I think the Charlie Sheen spectacle is just the latest in the media tradition of distracting people from real news, but this quiz in the Guardian is kinda funny. See if you can tell who said which. Since I’ve been zoning out both doodz, I totally flunked the test.
To be fair, Gaddafi is real news, as is the Libyan refugee crisis, and the fact that the Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for assassinating Pakistan’s only Christian minister in government.
The Middle-East is in flux, and thank goodness we at least Hillary Clinton heading the State Department. If anyone can steer the USA through this with our interests intact and without another bloody, expensive, useless war, it’s Hillary. If only the boobs in DC would stop undermining her by cutting her budget, or attacking her to win nomination brownie points. Give it up, Ron Paul, you can’t win against Palin anyway, even if you did win the CPAC straw poll.
Tell me what you think the real news of the day is.
In historical reflection, it’s been 25 years since the Philippine People Power Revolution, and here is a thoughtful piece from Al Jazeera on how change is hollow if the culture of corruption persists.
(The new President is “Noynoy” Aquino, son of President Cory Aquino and the guy in checkered shirtsleeves is “Bongbong” Marcos, son of President Ferdinand Marcos. Funny how the nicknames so parallel.)
UPDATE: ralphb has an interesting link in the previous thread, Friends in Embarassing Places, about Gaddafi’s son Saif:
Photographs of his British friends and business partners cluster in a circle around him: Nat Rothschild, scion of the banking family, who gave a party for Saif when he completed his doctorate on “civil society” and “global governance” at the London School of Economics; Sir Howard Davies, director of the LSE and one of Tony Blair’s economic envoys to Libya; Lord Peter Mandelson, a former Blair adviser, Cabinet minister, and European commissioner, who now advises “companies hoping to expand markets overseas”; Prince Andrew, who promotes British trade abroad; and, last but not least, Blair himself.
The super-rich are not like you and me; the bonds of wealth and power transcend plebian notions of patriotism and loyalty. In the days when monarchs ruled Europe, they traditionally called monarchs of other countries “cousin” whether they were related or not, because all royalty is closer to each other than they are to the masses. Similarly, the super-rich of America as a whole don’t care about our economy, or our country … they are not tied to it like we non-riche are.
This is an open thread.