Month: October 2002

Sniper porn

Although it didn’t get a lot of coverage at the time, on Monday, 9 of the world’s 13 internet servers were hit by a denial of service attack. According to this story, most people didn’t notice because the attack only lasted 1 hour. It’s kind of strange to me that there wasn’t more info about this in the news. I suppose it’s because all news resources are focused on providing around the clock coverage of the D.C. sniper. Michael Moore calls it “Sniper Porn — a.k.a. nonstop news coverage that tells you nothing new but titillates and scares the bejeepers out of you.” (full text – good read.)

But I suppose the fact that a DoS attack doesn’t make the news shouldn’t be very surprising since it appears that not even the fact that the U.S. is going to war is deemed newsworthy. The sniper obsession is obstructing the real news. Did anyone even notice the $355.5 billion defense bill that Bush signed yesterday? Or how about the latest suspicious Jeb/George capers?

Reporters Without Borders is publishing the first worldwide press freedom index. Find out how well your country respects freedom of the press.

A Missouri school has taken away a 13-year old boy’s internet privileges as punishment for his visiting one of the funniest sites on the web.

Odds and sods

Bowling for Columbine, Michael Moore’s new film, opened in the U.S. on 11 October. Read Michael Moore’s letter re: Bowling for Columbine, sent to his mailing list.

Free Mickey! You probably didn’t even know he was being held hostage. Wired also has an article.

3rd Circuit Approves Closed Deportation Hearings. “The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled by a 2-1 vote that the press and public have no constitutional right to attend the deportation hearings of aliens suspected of having a connection to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.”

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