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Iraqis Demonstrate Against Violence

BAGHDAD, Iraq, Nov. 28 (UPI) — Thousands of Iraqis took to Baghdad’s streets Friday condemning terrorism and urging a halt to political violence. ‘ [OK... so far, so good.] The demonstrators shouted “death to terrorists”… [Gaak! This sounds like a bad MadTV skit. Were these demonstrators paying attention to the supposed purpose of their event? Or are Iraqi political demonstrations just naturally dripping with ironic metacommentary?] –Iraqis Demonstrate Against Violence (UPI/Washington…

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More Questionable Use of My Work

More Questionable Use of My Work While surfing the web today, I was surprised to find, in an OpenWiki installation on a web page published by the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management (University of California, Santa Barbara), a document containing a subtantial amout of my own work. The OpenWiki document in question states that it has been reproduced with my permission, but that text refers to the (belated)…

What Not to Do When You Blog

Often, while sifting through the mountain of daily Gothamist correspondence, we come across emails asking for advice about starting a blog. Why anyone would consider Gothamist an authority on the sweet, intricate science of blogging is beyond us – but we are loathe to sidestep our obligation to respond. Here then, based on our blog-exploration and the evolution that is Gothamist, the first in a series of Gothamist Notes On…

Powell 'appoints' soul legend James Brown to new diplomatic post

Spokesman Richard Boucher confirmed Monday that [US Secretary of State Colin] Powell had indeed appointed [James] Brown to be the first US “secretary of soul and foreign minister of funk” but said the job description for the post had not yet been drawn up. –Powell ‘appoints’ soul legend James Brown to new diplomatic postYahoo/AFP) And yet again, life imitates The Onion “The time has come to face facts: To move…

Spam and excuses

Think about it — do you really believe that person who says they couldn’t do something because “something came up?” That they couldn’t do their homework because the printer broke? Lame…. These lies will work as excuses because no one believes excuses anyway! And to think, if they are outrageous lies, they will become more believable because they are just that inventive! Some examples: “A plane crashed off the coast…

Prepare Now for Better Online Election Coverage

The increased adoption of blogging, citizen journalism, Flash presentations and the like portend a different season of political coverage than what we’ve seen in the past. These aren’t new developments, but they’ve been used more frequently in the last year by the online-news industry, and will likely be incorporated into upcoming electoral coverage. –Steve Outing –Prepare Now for Better Online Election Coverage (Editor and Publisher) I’ll be teaching “Writing for the…

Mapping Votes by County: County maps and the 2003 California Statewide Special Election.

Unless the population of a state is dispersed evenly in proportion to the size of each county, there is no direct relationship between the physical area of a county and the number of people, registered voters, or votes cast within it. | Which is why I was surprised to see an analyst from a leading all-news television network point to a map of California and single out San Bernadino county,…