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Digest – Oct 4 2010

I used to get this done on time all the time… got’damn.

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Unkie Dave on The Notebook and aging.

[...] I have therefore always believed that, baring accident or mishap, I would live to a similar age as my grandparents. But I have never given that much thought to the quality of that life, and after spending so much time in the stroke ward I will now admit to thinking about it a little too much. I try to maintain a healthy lifestyle, I am a vegetarian for almost ten years now, have never smoked, am less than an occasional drinker, and am fitter now than at any time in the last five years thanks to the auspices of the good folks at DublinBikes. Beyond that there is little more that I can do, and thinking about the future is less than productive.

Ken Foxe; Minister Martin’s €3,800 hotel bill and Minister Hanafin’s mother, documents online.

NAMAWineLake previews ghost estates report.

Senator Alex White blogs about the bank guarantee extension.

Recommended read this week: Gerard Cunningham on ‘cementgate’ and the media. Can’t believe we missed out chance for ‘Gategate’.

Gerard O’Neill on ‘economic possibilianism’. Economics via a Science magazine; why I love Turbelence Ahead.

Come Here to Me! with another super post on old Dublin. This time, the pirate radio stations the State wanted shut down.

On December 22 1967, a group of schoolboys on their holidays began transmitting music and stories across the airwaves. The Irish Times noted that the transmissions had come from “somewhere south of the Liffey” and that the young boys had made two one hour broadcasts, at 8am and 12.30pm…

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New international report ‘Cash for Coverage’. It’s on bribery of journalists.

Adrain Russell on Bill Clinton ‘the ordinary boy in a rich man’s play ground‘.

Ten awful auto-generated advert placements.

Jeff Jarvis on privacy and technology.

John Cassidy: is the recession really over? Part II.

Glenn Greenwald on the US media silence after a UN report finds Israel ‘summarily executed’ a US citizen on board the Gaza flotilla.

[...] To this day, I’m still amazed by how the American media and U.S. Government responded to this incident, given the fact that it was painfully obvious from the start that the Israelis’ conduct was the behavior of a guilty party.  The Israelis immediately seized all documentary evidence from the passengers showing what actually happened, blocked all media access to witnesses by detaining everyone on board (including journalists) for days, and then quickly released its own highly edited video — spliced to begin well into the middle of the Israeli attack — that was dutifully and unquestioningly shown over and over by the U.S. media to make it appear that the flotilla passengers were the first to become violent.  That was a lie from the start, and it was an obvious lie. 

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