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WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR MUMBAI? November 30, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in South Asia.
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Yoichi Shimatsu, a former editor of The Japan Times and reporter of events in Khasmir and Afghanistan suggests, via Alternet, a criminal mastermind. He suggests the likely person behind the events was Dawood Ibrahim:
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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG – GO YOUR OWN WAY November 28, 2008

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Three dogs on the leads is not too difficult, although the tendency to go their own way, or a way other than mine seems to increase.

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MUMBAI ATTACKS November 27, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in South Asia.
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Over a hundred peope have been killed, and it appears that Westerners have been selected as hostages in the “al Qaeda”- style attacks on Mumbai today. AP has the report (via Juan Cole):
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CLIMATE CHANGE CONSENSUS? November 27, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in Natural Environment.
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The BBC reports on the most recent international survey on attitudes to action on climate change. Support for changes in lifestyle is stronger in developing countries rather than in the so-called developed countries. (more…)

QUACK AS YOU SHUT THE DOOR November 25, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in US Politics.
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Of all the places in the wide digital world, this position being the duck pond ought to have sympathy for lame ducks, even figurative ones.
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RUDD’S ANNIVERSARY November 24, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics.
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Despite the fact that I have not been paying much attention it is still hard to believe that a year has elapsed since the Rudd Government assumed office. Others will have their own observations, and more accurate ones if they are closer observers of affairs. Here are my thoughts.
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PIRACY IN THE INDIAN OCEAN November 24, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in Modern History, Peace.
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Piracy is very simply defined as robbery at sea or on the shore. On one level is not too surprising that the response to the situation is to meet violence with violence. There is an intriguing possibility that warships will fly the United Nations flag.
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MEDIA MAGIC November 23, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in Blogging in general, Modern History.
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“Video killed the radio star”.  Perhaps not. In the United States, various personalities, principally from the right but more recently from the left, have made the transition form radio talk back to television.
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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG – “SHADOWS ON THE HILLS” November 21, 2008

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The dogs for reason best known to themselves seem to draw great pleasure from our walks. This week Cooper joined Sasha and Dexter.  Our shadows follow our foot steps.

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SECRETARY OF STATE November 21, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in US Politics.
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In the 1951 version of The Day the Earth Stood Still, the young boy, Bobby, says to the spaceman, Klaatu: “They have a man they call the Secretary, but he isn’t at all. My mother’s a real secretary”. She could take short hand.
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PURSUIT OF PSYCHE November 20, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in Life Experience.
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At some point as the creek draws from the surrounding the ground, and informs the landscape by following the course of least resistance flows into the main river.
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LINCOLN MEMORIAL ECHOES November 18, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in US Politics.
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In the Sixty Minutes interview Barack Obama said, among other things, he was reading Abraham Lincoln.
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ELECTORAL AFTERMATHS November 16, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in Global Electoral Politics.
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Should it have been required, we are reminded tha the United States has the original horse and buggy constitution.
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VIOLENCE AND PACIFISM November 16, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in Peace.
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The problem of war raises the problem of opposition to wars. Barack Obama, I believe said, that he was not opposed to war, only stupid wars.
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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG – ANOTHER AFTERNOON November 15, 2008

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It would be easy to mistake today for summer. We experienced the mix of a hot day, a brief downpour, and then thunder. Between the downpour and the thunder, we went out.

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G20 MEETING November 14, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in Humankind/Planet Earth.
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The Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, has flown off to Washington to participate in the meeting of twenty heads of government to discuss the global meltdown. As the president elect’s spokesman explained again, the United States has one president at time, so the meeting will be hosted by G Bush, and B Obama will not be meeting the leaders.
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READING AND REFLECTING November 13, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in Blogging in general.
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Chris Hedges, as Dylan Thomas before him, rages at the dying of the light – or at least the dimming of the light as he sees it. The printing press, I believe was the greatest thing before sliced bread, and then television came into our collective lives and history.

He writes (via Truthdig and Alternet):
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MINOR PARTIES AND MMP November 11, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in Global Electoral Politics, The Neighbours.
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The Mixed Member Proportional electoral system assures that minor parties will hold a role in government when the major parties do not secure more than 50% of the total vote of electorate votes and party votes.
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NINETIETH REMEMBRANCE DAY November 11, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in Peace.
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On 11 November 1918, the First World War finally came to an end, or at least the fighting ceased.

James Carroll observes in The Boston Globe:
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LUDDITES AND THE SPINNING WHEEL November 10, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in Modern History.
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Rupert Murdoch gave his second Boyer Lecture yesterday on ABC National. He envisages “A Golden Age of Freedom”. As the most successful – and ruthless? – newspaper and media businessman of our time, he might have something worthwhile to say.
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