December 14, 2005

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Iranian Leader Calls Holocaust a Myth

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has described the Holocaust as “a myth” and suggested that Israel be moved to Europe, the United States, Canada or Alaska.

Apparently, Alaska is no longer part of the US. But on the subject of the story, I think we established that this guy was a fruitcake when he called for Israel to be wiped off the map.

This is Iran. The country we didn’t invade.

Xbox 360 not a Hit in Japan

Microsoft Corp.’s new Xbox 360 video game console got a lukewarm welcome in Japan on its debut weekend with fans buying less than half the games available in stores, a market researcher said Tuesday. The cool reception could spell trouble for Microsoft as it tries to break into the world’s second-largest video game market and challenge the longtime dominance of Sony’s PlayStation.

Maybe they’d just rather buy local.

SMS fuels race riots

In case you’ve been missing it, there have been crazy race riots going on in the city of Sydney. Violence against lifeguards by a number of middle eastern looking men has led to mob attacks on Lebanese and other middle eastern appearing folk in the city. This story discusses the weird phenomenon of text messages connected to the riots.

Text messages were used to incite mob violence against people of Middle Eastern appearance at Sydney’s Cronulla beach on Sunday in retaliation for an earlier attack on surf lifesavers.

Further text messages and emails have been circulating in Sydney this week, calling for groups to gather at Cronulla and other beaches this weekend.

Queensland police said text messages calling for people to start “cracking skulls” had surfaced on the Gold Coast. Similar messages were reported yesterday in Victoria and Western Australia.

Authorities are questioning whether these really have anything to do with the riots. Are SMS mobs he wave of the future? Dial-a-mob.

Researcher tries to distance himself from cloning work

Some of stem-cell researcher Hwang Woo-suk’s high-profile human cloning work announced earlier this year may have been “fabricated,” a former top collaborator charged as he attempted to distance himself from the groundbreaking research.

Also, it turns out he plagiarized most of it from his clone.

Court pardons smitten bra burglar

A Chinese man who repeatedly broke into the home of a neighbor he secretly loved, at one point sneaking out with a bra and some photos, has been let off the hook by a Chinese court, Xinhua news agency said Tuesday.

The man confessed to breaking into the woman’s home five times, including once while she was sleeping, though he had fled as soon as she woke up, Xinhua said.

Police caught him red-handed in November walking out of the neighbor’s apartment with a key to her door, a bra, two photographs and her MP3 player, the report on Xinhua’s English Web site,, said.

When asked about the Mp3 player, the man said: “Um, I really like her taste in music, too.”

Bush Bubble

U.S.President George W. Bush said on Monday that he does not live “in a bubble” and that he is well aware of what is going on outside the White House, rejecting critics’ claims that he is out of touch with public opinion.

Then he said he hoped everyone was going to have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Man goes wrong way on highway for 11 miles

A Frenchman drove up a motorway in the wrong direction for 11 miles, crashing into five other vehicles and killing one person and injuring three others including two children, police said.

We’ve got you beat, France. We’ve got a guy who’s been driving a whole country the wrong way for 5 years.

Posted by James at December 14, 2005 10:02 AM
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That Yahoo!/Reuters story about President Bush may have been an excerpt from this longer story in TIME Magazine. It may disappear in a few days as they refresh their free weekly content.

TIME: The President Will Now Answer Your Questions

Halfway through there's an example of how Bush treats regular citizens like stupid children when he is asked a direct question. To him a condescending attitude is the way to appear presidential.

Posted by: Mike L. at December 14, 2005 10:57 AM

You joke about the "buy local" thing, but it is a very cultural Japanese issue. They would rather support Japanese businesses if they can get approximately similar quality.

We are up against that where I work. We have 85-90% market penetration around the world. Our main competitor is a Japanese company. In Japan, we only have 70%. The only reason we have that is that our products have capabilities beyond our competition. So, the Japanese chip makers use the competitor product for their lower end systems and only buy from us for the higher end stuff. If they ever catch up to us or at least come close, I think we'd drop to below 50% there.

Posted by: briwei at December 15, 2005 12:28 PM

I don't doubt it. They see the value in supporting their economy.

Posted by: James at December 15, 2005 2:53 PM

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