Here comes the cynicism. I warned you.
So two weeks ago, I applied to join the German [[Piratenpartei]] (Pirate Party).
This political party, whose inspirational origin lies in the Swedish Piratpartiet, has been around for just over three years now and has declared its goals as the safeguarding of civil rights on the internet, the transparency and technical competency of the government, the reform of patent and copyright law and the furthering of free education.
The BBC article on Mugabe extending his reign - sorry, presidency - until 2010 has given me the opportunity for a little chuckle. So here's your World Politics Quote Of The Week:
Mugabe himself has decided to come clean about his succession. He basically has decided to succeed himself. (Johnathan Moyo, former Minister of Information, to the BBC
I was looking for the quote from George Orwell's novel 1984 that begins "War is Peace." So I plugged it into Google, and noticed something funny in the suggestions (I use search auto-completion).
After entering "war is" Google already came up with a ton of suggestions that start that way. Suggestions are ranked by the number of results they return, so these quotes are ranked by their popularity.
These are the top 10:
After months of absence, during which the blogosphere was pretty much stirred into a frenzy of worry (Search Google, Google Blogs and Technorati for "Where is Riverbend" and you'll see what I mean), our favorite Iraqi blogger has finally returned to post.
The US think-tank ISIS has apparently published the full text of Iran's response to a negotiation offer by the United Nations. The paper was previously classified, but was available for public download - for a while.
The full URL to the download was:
The last few weeks over at The Progressive Blogger Alliance have been filled with people asking to be put on the Blogroll. The Blogroll - actually one of the first efforts that the PBA grew from, before the network even used a central node based on Drupal software - was discontinued a while back. A mixture of administrative trouble, technical glitches and a rumor that the Google bot may interpret Blogrolls as link farms (and punish the sites' rankings).