Friday, September 29, 2006

Weirdness in El Pais de Murdoch

This article contains the line 'In January 2000, al-Qa'ida tried and failed to attack the USS The Sullivans off Yemen'. Does the US Navy really have a vessel called The Sullivans? I hope so.

10 comments:

Nato said...

if all true, dr.clam, then it's fairly damning.

I heard a very intersting quote at the church we visited last Sunday, who has a significant role in supporting migrants in detention centres.

It's far more compellingly written than I can recall, but essentially it highlighted that if the US had been treated the way the way they have treated the middle east, they would indeed have grown to hate the middle east and made plans to kill them at every opportunity.

If you have not read or seen V for Vendetta (Alan Moore), then can I encourage you to do both. A stimulating and disturbing take on the nature of terrorism and at what point does someone use violence to resist oppression.

While the film has had to update for the 21st century, it did an admirable job of capturing the essence of Moore's narrative ('bullet time' knife fight aside).

Nato said...

Post-Script: If the US Navy had a ship called The Sullivans, does that mean we should call our next vessel The Waltons? :-)

Anonymous said...

Google kills speculative conversation.

Dave said...

By the way, have you seen the latest rant sweeping the internet - Keith Olbermann's return swipe at the Clinton-bashers?

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15004160/

Gotta say, the rabid attack dogs from the left are way better spoken than the rabid attack dogs from the right.

Dr. Clam said...

Damn Google. Nicely Googled, Anonymous! I must confess I couldn't discern any difference in tone or vocabulary between Mr Olbermann and the right-wing rabid attack dogs whose rantings I more usually peruse.
I read V for Vendetta back in the golden age, young Nato. I am keen to see the film eventually. "This is not anarchy. This is chaos."

Marco said...

Apparently, I am 41% Dr. Clam. Which reminds me - we were going to set up an "are you a moral relativist" questionnaire.

Dr. Clam said...

Yes, we were. Send me suggested questions if you like, and we will put one together!

(I think 41% is about where I would have expected to find you. Eventually I might put a list of links tp other blogs in the sidebar graded according to Clam-nature...)

Jenny said...

You have 28% Clam nature.

Hmm, sounds about right actually.

You have very little affinity with Dr Clam. You are probably ?left-leaning? and unduly sentimental about polar bears and baby harp seals.

Oh, I am not. I see no difference in the clubbing of baby seals and the clubbing of adult seals. The arbitrary valuation of juvenile animals as of more value than adults because they look cuter is a form of social programming we should all resist.

Dr. Clam said...

Hmm. And I had such high hopes for you, Jenny! Also, I thought I had gotten rid off all those annoying '?' marks... must fix...

Marco said...

I emailed a few question ideas to you, DR. Clam.