Copyright Infringement by British Prime Minister’s Web Designer

British Prime Minister’s #10 blog is apparently not honoring the copyright agreement of the theme developer, in spite of the Creative Commons licensing. Theme copyright infringements are a serious issue that many non-themers overlook, mostly because it conveniently services their purpose. The old theme viewer was plagued with this issue that eventually led to creation of a new admin monitored repository. With the growing popularity of WordPress, this issue left unaddressed will only lead to more such goof ups or worse, blatant rip-offs, which will eventually lead to a decline in free quality themes.

Hacking - a Multi-million Dollar Industry

Jonathan Zittrain, professor of internet governance at the Oxford Internet Institute, who is also the author of “The Future Of The Internet And How To Stop It“, says that from 1998, hacking exploded. It is now all about making money. Listen to his interview on BBC Radio 4.

Don’t blame the immigrants, blame the Muslims

Do you get the sense that our politicians and the media jerks alike are trying to make an issue with “skilled immigrants” in connection with the recently foiled terror plot in the UK?

I wish that for once they could just come out and say that the problem indeed are the Muslims and not all immigrants. When was the last time a Chinese or Filipino tried to fly a plane into a building? On the contrary, check this terror attacks map for the 21st century and you’ll soon find yourself running into the same lowest common dominator, A.K.A “Islamic Radicals”. So the …

UK Pulling out of Iraq

iraqWhile the US is busy planning a surge in armed personal in Iraq, their largest ally is pulling out. The Republicans say it is a sign of success, that the Brits are pulling out as they completed the task of securing Southern Iraq. Then why may I ask are they not heading north to help their US counterparts?

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Saddam Dead, US Game Over

saddamMy peeve with Saddam’s death is not so much because the world lost a kick-ass dictator, but because he was the only one capable of keeping the 28 million or so idiots of Iraq from killing each other. Looking back at his (Saddam) heyday, Saddam had the majority Shea and the non-Arab Kurds in check (although by sheer brute force), which the current Coalition (read US & UK) forces cannot in a hundred years. I think the real loser in this story is not Saddam (yeah I know he lost his life!), but rather all of us, so thanks for spoiling my day!

Iraqi Body Count: a Positive Spin

By now, we all know that we are not “really� winning in Iraq. With body counts mounting on both sides, the Whitehouse decided to use it to their political advantage to use it. Of course it is just an sign as to how the current administration values Iraqi lives, but that did not stop President Bush from using it. In a speech at the Pentagon, Bush said that in the month of October, November and the 1st week of December the US and coalition killed or captured 5900 of the enemy!

Listen to it on NPR 
On a  side note, as of 12/17/2006 @ 14:23 EST, at least …

Is Bush naïve or extremely clever?

Bush told Blair during a G8 luncheon that a key to defusing the violence in the region was for “Hezbollah to stop doing this shit, and it’s over.” The conversation was caught by an open microphone nearby.

If Bush believes that Hezbollah was solely responsible for the mess, he is naïve.
If Bush believes that Hezbollah and Israel were jointly responsible for the escalation of violence, and he knew of the open microphone around him during lunch, and he knew that the media whores were out to eves dropping on his conversation with his British bitch, yet made a naïve statement such as this, he is extremely clever!

Oh, and if Bush believes that Hezbollah or Hamas would stop the attacks without Israel stopping its brutal aggression, he is dumb.

For more on this gossip, visit any of the so-called “credible news agencies.�

Global Climate Change: Focus on Africa


Originally posted at D.C. Watch

On this hot sunny Independence Day, I sit in my comfy chair and browse while this news catches my attention. And I wonder, “If it is so hot here, imagine how bad it should be in places like Africa?�

Is it really hard for one to accept that it is getting hotter each year? Are we in denial, just to defend our political ideologue?

According to a report on BBC, the Gleneagles Summit pledged:

Help Africa “improve resilience and integrate adaptation goals into sustainable development strategies”
Work to increase the use of renewable energy within the continent
Strengthen the Clean Development Mechanism, a Kyoto Protocol process with the potential to help poor countries set up renewable energy facilities
Work to tackle illegal logging
Improve Africa’s capacity for environmental and climatic research

Under the Kyoto protocol, which preceded the Gleneagles Summit, the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) was designed to introduce clean energy technologies into the world’s poorer regions. Richer nations with emissions targets to meet can choose instead to invest in clean energy systems in developing countries and receive carbon credits for doing so.

Yet a year later, less than 2 percent of the 210 CDM projects registered were in Africa. With the major share going to India, China and Brazil, which provide the western world “cheap commodities and service�. Africa lacks energy technologies in areas including hydroelectric and geo-thermal sectors, promoting the continuing trend of illegal logging, inducing anthropogenic climate change.

The obvious nature of these Summits seems far more self-serving than for the common good of all. If Africa were to provide in return to the richer countries good of value (of less value to be precise), would then have been a more equitable distribution of such (CDM) projects? Africa has and continues to be the most neglected continent, politically and otherwise. What we fail to understand is that climate change is not geographically limited to Africa, failing to address ecologically issues in one area can manifest into a catastrophe elsewhere.

For the BBC report, click here.

Metal Magnet Mittal (1), Arcelor (0)

arcWhen Indian-born billionaire Lakshmi Mittal launched a 25.8bn euros ($32.3bn) take-over bid in January, Arcelor director Guy Dolle denigrated Mittal’s products saying, “They make eau de Cologne, we make perfume.” Mittal upped the price by 10 percent of the initial offering, and the Luxembourg corporation decided it will not just make “eau de Cologne, but curry if Lakshmi insists.â€? Sit, roll over and play dead, good dog.

For more on this merger, visit Arcelor