From The NY Daily News: CIVIL WAR REENACTMENT – IN BAGHDAD?
Where did they come up with this one? The Multi-National Corps-Iraq press desk sent out a release today about a new operation targeting insurgents in Baghdad, which succeeded killing two insurgents and locating a cache of “artillery rounds, mortars, cell phones, weapons, propaganda, ammunition magazines and other bomb-making materials.” The clever name of this mission? Operation Bull Run.
From CD in February 2006: The Iraq Civil War, or Operation Bull Run
Last Sunday, Secretary of State Rice made the TV rounds and dismissed an “impending” civil war. And, technically, she’s right: It’s not impending if it’s already here. Her comments sound like Gen. Westmoreland’s December 1967 dismissal of the North Vietnamese’s ability to launch an offensive anywhere in South Vietnam. The following month the North launched the Tet offensive everywhere in South Vietnam.
Two points for the Pentagon to keep in mind:
- It was a JOKE.
- There have been two previous battles of Bull Run. We lost ’em both.
Y’know, Tom Lehrer once said that irony died when Henry Kissinger won the Nobel Peace Prize. Oh Tom, if only you’d been right.
(Mad props to Flagrancy To Reason for finding this.)
From Wired: How to Take Money From Kids: Sell Toys Both Physical and Virtual
Webkinz kick-started a trend in children’s gaming that ties virtual environments to real-world merchandise. Online games for kids aren’t new. Sierra Online had tot-focused games in the early ’90s, and Neopets proved a hot product six years ago with a similar concept. But the unprecedented success of Webkinz is inspiring everyone from Barbie to Disney to get children invested in both the digital and the physical.
From TheWhatchamacallit: Neopets a neoscam?
The NC Mall was the final blow though. Needing to use real money, to buy virtual items on a kids site? It should not be! I am going to write a twelve paragraph letter to neopets on this subject, after seeing how few people actually realize neopets is being taken over!
From Reuters: Program Reveals Where Wikipedia Entrees Come From
A new tracing program that reveals where Wikipedia entries come from is stirring up controversy. People using FBI and CIA computers edited entries on such topics as the “Iraq war” and the prison at “Guantanamo Bay,” presenting a conflict of interest for the nonprofit online encyclopedia, according to a company spokesperson.
From today’s New York Times: Seeing Corporate Fingerprints in Wikipedia Edits
Collateral Damage: See here & here.
Collateral Damage: Today’s sarcasm is tomorrow’s news.