Slow Blogging

By December 23, 2009

Just a quick note to Banter readers, apologies for the slowness this past week. Regular blogging will return in full force after Christmas!

Trending Ads

By December 23, 2009

Online advertising goes live (via TechCrunch): RiotWise will match trending topics with display ads that are highly relevant to the same topics within an application such as a Twitter client or iPhone app. OneRiot says the “realtime relevance” results in a higher click through rate on the ads. The system is enabled by OneRiot’s realtime… Read More

Soldiers Sold Out to Pay for Unnecessary Technology

By December 22, 2009

Matt Taibbi on the socialistic Military Industrial Complex that works for tech companies, not actual military members: In the defense bill, it usually works like this: Congress sticks in a few extra airplanes or ships as a handout to this or that member, usually in exchange for his vote somewhere else on some other issue…. Read More

Award Winning Liar Glenn Beck

By December 22, 2009

Media Matters gives Glenn Beck the award for 'Misinformer of the Year': I think 'misinformer' is a rather gentle term for a man who has spent his time on Fox News lying about virtually everything Obama has done. Beck has used his platform to foment an enormous amount of hatred towards the President, and helped… Read More

Why Everyone Hates Tony Blair

By December 21, 2009

Tony Blair has hit back at his critics saying that 'not everyone' hates him, and that abroad, he remains highly popular. Blair has been mercilessly attacked for the riches he has attained post Downing Street and criticized for hiding his earnings from the eyes of the public through a vastly complex legal structure. From the… Read More

No One Listens to Jim Inhofe in Copenhagen

By December 19, 2009

Poor Jim Inhofe. The man flew all the way to Copenhagen to spread the word about the global warming hoax, and sadly for him, no one was listening. (Via Chez)

The Death of Health Care Reform

By December 19, 2009

Health care reform in America is officially over. The enormous energy from the Democratic base could have been used to enact serious reform, and instead has been misdirected by the Obama Administration and blown into the wind. After a year of intensive negotiations, back room deals, and compromise after compromise, the deal emerging from the… Read More

Celebrities Before Environment

By December 17, 2009

I'm back in the U.K at the moment, and saw this on the front page of Yahoo.co.uk: Joe McElderry, the number one searched name on Yahoo, recently won 'X Factor' (The British reality show hosted by Simon Cowell). Peter Andre, a failed pop star and part time reality TV celebrity (by virtue of marrying 'Jordan',… Read More

Obama Could Have Fought Harder for Health Care Reform

By December 17, 2009

Glenn Greenwald spells out why Obama should have fought harder for serious reform: >

Libertarians for Socialized Medical Care

By December 17, 2009

Every now and then, I check out Reason.com to see how libertarians are spinning the latest economic news. Usually, it's a mixture of paranoia, obsessive fixations on everything 'private' and an unhealthy aversion to government in all its forms. The economic crisis wasn't about lack of regulation, it was about too much regulation! (Bankers have… Read More

Pissed Off About Health Care Reform

By December 16, 2009

Bob Cesca is pissed: I'm pissed off. I'm pissed off at health care reform. I'm pissed off at this endless process of emotional highs and lows and exhilaration and dejection and history and infamy. I'm pissed off that President Obama "thanked" the independent senator from Connecticut even though the senator nearly killed health care reform… Read More

Bernanke is Person of the Year?

By December 16, 2009

Time Magazine shows how utterly clueless it is by awarding the man who helped engineer one of the biggest financial meltdowns in human history 'Person of the Year'. The article is reads: "How the mild-mannered man who runs the Federal Reserve prevented an economic catastrophe". Bernanke did help stave of a catastrophe, but firstly, he… Read More

America No Longer a Technological Innovator

By December 15, 2009

George Monbiot looks at what US secretary of energy Steven Chu would describe as amazing American environmental innovations and points out that Europe is decades ahead when it comes to energy saving technology : Professor Chu went on to explain two amazing new discoveries: a camera which can see how much heat is leaking from… Read More

New Huff Post Column – Tony Blair Must Be Charged With War Crimes

By December 14, 2009

My new Huff Post column as promised. Please spread the word with digg/reddit/facebook!

Tony Blair: “I Would Have Invaded Iraq Anyway”

By December 14, 2009

A stunning admission by the former British Prime Minister: I'll be writing a piece for the Huff Post on why Blair must be charged with war crimes, so stay tuned.

Matt Taibbi Vs American Prospect

By December 13, 2009

A very interesting back and forth between Matt Taibbi and Tim Fernholz on Taibbi's article 'Obama's Big Sellout' in Rolling Stone. Taibbi's piece in Rolling Stone essentially argued that the Obama administration has completely sold the country out to Wall St, and more specifically, Goldman Sachs. The article is extremely well researched and provides specifics… Read More

Apple Vs Nokia Heats Up

By December 11, 2009

Don't you just love it when mega corporations fight? From Tech Crunch: In a very concise statement, Apple has let the public know that it has today filed a counter suit against Finnish handset maker Nokia, who at the end of October 2009 took the Cupertino company to court over alleged patent infringement for technology… Read More

Unemployment Numbers are Still Awful

By December 11, 2009

Paul Krugman wonders why people are getting excited about the unemployment numbers: It was truly amazing the way last week’s employment report was hailed by many people as a sign that our troubles are over. Here we are, having suffered huge job losses, and needing to make up the lost ground — and a report… Read More


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