Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. Edward Abbey

17 April 2003

My teacher JupiterToday's Tribute: My teacher and friend - Jupiter. When I offer her food (any food), she eats it with relish. When I ask her if she wants to go for a walk, she bounds and screeches around the house like the happiest soul on earth. When I get home late from work and tell her there will be no walk today, she bounds around the house and smiles at me with her eyes saying, "Thank you, thank you for coming home anyway. Let's have some fun around the house instead." My dog Juno is always in a good mood, she is never angry, she never sulks and she knows only how to love (she cannot even spell the word hate)!
Tupac Amaru. Viva Tupac Amaru. The roots of this organisation go back to when Pizarro crashed through South America wiping out the last of the great Inca people. Depending on your politics, the modern day Tupac Amaru in Peru are seen as either heroes and liberators or as terrorists. Viva MRTA, viva I say! Is this the same group:
  • Tupac Amaru
  • The Fundamentalists
  • Amnesty International
  • 15 April 2003

    Today's Tribute goes to Queen Modjadji V1 and all her predecessors. The Rain Queen was crowned last week and I pay tribute to her and the Rain Queens before her for maintaining their Regency over the centuries. Modjadji is Mara - King and Queen - of the BaLobedu people. Custom dictates that the rain queen never marries. However, she will bare children by her close/royal relatives. After the coronation, the Queen will be attended to by her wives coming from 150 villages in Ga-Modjadji. As a fellow African woman I wish her strengh and wisdom for a long and healthy rain .... oops .... reign. I pray that the Badimo will guide her and preserve her, her people, their wonderful traditions and their beautiful cycad reserve near Modjadji Town.

    11 April 2003

    Today's Tribute goes to South African hero Chris Hani who observed: "Socialism is not about big concepts ... It is about safe drinking water ... health care ... a life of dignity". Hani was assassinated 10 years ago on 10 April 1993 by right wing extremists. Hamba Kahle Chris Hani, may we never forget your legacy.
    Censorship researcher Seth Finkelsetein observed: "Contrary to earlier utopian theories of the Internet, it takes very little effort for governments to cause certain information simply to vanish for a huge number of people."
    Although the invasion of Iraq is being fought under the name "Operation Iraqi Freedom," it has constricted the range of expression sanctioned by media outlets within the U.S. Starting before the war began, several national and local media figures have had their work jeopardized, either explicitly or implicitly because of the critical views they expressed on the war.
    Welcome to the second superpower ...

    Check this google criticism by Online Journalism Review:

    Google under fire
    Microsoft as "evil empire"? That's so 1998. Now it's time for the technology press to focus its muckraking eyes on a new supposed monopolist: Google. With its dominance in Net searches, and the rise of Google News, journalists have gone from praising the company to wondering if it's abusing its newfound power. Leading the charge is plucky British site The Register, which has two recent Google bombs -- one fingering the site for changing history ("Googlewashed"), and the other knocking Google News for listing press releases alongside real news

    Read more .... may be excited about google's purchase of Pyra Labs (see quote below), but I am not. In fact I'm very worried indeed. Blogging is the last outpost for real freedom of speech on the web. And just as we (freedom fighters) reach a critical mass, I see the powers that control the rest of the web come clamping down on us. Well I'm going to push my luck for as long as possible AND BE AS OUTSPOKEN AS POSSIBLE. Watch this space ....


    "Big news: Yes folks, it's true. As you may have read, Blogger's parent company, Pyra Labs, was purchased by Google. This should only mean good things for Blogger users. No immediate changes will take place, except we're working furiously to get more servers in place to handle the extra load this news has caused. Stay tuned."