Wired has an article/interview with Bittorrent creator Bram Cohen, which also delves into the future of the broadcast industry. In typical Wired style, it breathlessly exclaims how network TV is doomed, and how we’ll all be watching television on demand soon. I don’t doubt it, since that’s how I watch a lot of television anyway, but it’ll take a while before the average viewer decides to jump on board the Bittorrent bandwagon.
Apparently Donald Rumsfeld told troops in Baghdad that Flight 93, the “let’s roll” flight where the passengers supposedly took over and crashed the plane, actually got shot down by the military. Faster than you can say “exploding myth,” the administration claimed ol’ Rummy didn’t say what he said.
Quite frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised if the government DID shoot down the plane, and I wouldn’t hold it against them. They already had three planes embedded in national monuments, and the fourth was probably headed for the White House or somewhere else equally critical. The people on that plane were doomed one way or the other. But making up, or at least perpetuating, the myth that they took over the plane and sacrificed themselves, however noble and inspiring, may not be the truth.
Then again, maybe Rumsfeld has completely lost his grip on reality, and is talking a bunch of hooey. That’s much better.
Former weapons inspector Scott Ritter has a column on Aljazeera’s English website about how Saddam’s intelligence apparatus might be the real force behind the insurgency, and may be using Abu Al-Zarqawi as a cipher that keeps the Americans busy while they prepare to take the country back. It could be a whole lot of hand waving, but then again I’m no Middle East expert, and presumably Ritter knows a thing or two about how Iraq operates.
…which is apparently going to cause more social unrest in the Middle Kingdom. People tend to forget that, yes, China is an enormous market and a giant pool of cheap labour, but the whole reason they went Communist in the first place was because they were cheesed off at the inherent inequality of their system. It wouldn’t surprise me if that happens again, and this time they don’t have communism to fall back on.