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Saturday, November 15, 2003
 
Everybody knows.... (2)

  • There was no connection between Saddam and Al Qaeda. (there is concrete evidence there was active cooperation)

  • Thursday, November 13, 2003
     
    New Car...

    Pleasant surprise at the office yesterday evening. All of a sudden the new car I had ordered was delivered, two weeks before the expected date! Nice! No more Ford Fiesta for me, it's Opel Zafira time ;-)
    So far, after 250 km, I must say I'm quite happy with it. The only minor nitpick is that there seems to be no switch for the map reading light. Guess I'll need to look at the manual (or use the lights for the back seats, which do have buttons).

    Wednesday, November 12, 2003
     
    On Being Waken by a Marching Band

    Yesterday I had a day off and I stayed in bed quite a bit longer than normal. At around 11.00 hours, I awoke from the sound of a marching band right below my bedroom window. At first I was a bit pissed off: whose brilliant idea was it to disturb sleeping people with that infernal racket?!
    But then I looked out of my window and I remembered why there was a marching band coming through the street. And I felt thankful.

    Monday, November 10, 2003
     
    Everybody Knows...

    Based on my experience with Gazet van Antwerpen's editor insisting that G.W. Bush declared the end of the war (which he didn't, in fact), I was thinking about starting a new series of posts on this blog, titled 'Everybody knows...'.

    Each post would contain one of the 'facts' that 'everybody knows' are true, according to most journalists anyway, and consequently get repeated over and over in the media without any critical investigation. I would also include links to pages debunking the claims. Examples:
  • Everybody knows that the U.S. armed Saddam. (not true, most of his arsenal came from China, Russia and France).
  • Everybody knows that Iraqi reconstruction contracts went to the firms that made large campaign donations to Bush. (not true, companies that didn't contribute also got big contracts)
  • ...

    Any more suggestions for debunking?