Transatlantic gravy trains

The race between George W. Bush and John Kerry is set to become the most expensive US presidential election in history at $1.2 billion, a report on campaign spending said on Thursday, the Financial Times reported. Taken together, the presidential and congressional elections will cost $3.9 billion, up 30 per cent from the $3 billion […]

EU signs new Constitution

European Union leaders today signed the new EU constitution in a lavish ceremony held in Rome. Heads of state and government took it in turn to sign the text in the same room where the Treaty of Rome was signed to establish the EU in 1957. Also present at the ceremony were the leaders of […]

Those voting machines… again

So maybe my little joke on Friday about the Florida electronic voting machines needs thinking about again. From the Wall Street Journal: COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – 5 November 2004 – An error with an electronic voting system gave President George W. Bush 3,893 extra votes in suburban Columbus, elections officials said. Franklin County’s unofficial results […]

Ukraine blogs

[BBC News image] Headline news items on nearly every TV station and online media site is what’s happening in Ukraine. For instance, this latest report from BBC News. And this from the Kyiv Post. There are increasing numbers of blogs being written by people inside Ukraine and elsewhere, with comments and views that reflect the […]

EU anti-spam measures face uphill struggle

Thirteen European Union countries have agreed to boost cooperation to tackle unsolicited commercial email, aka junk email and spam. The thirteen are Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, The Netherlands, and Spain. InfoWorld says that under an agreement announced by the European Commission yesterday, the countries’ antispam authorities have […]

Outed by the bloggers

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Comedy Central is a great example of stand-up comedy on the web at its very best. The Daily Show last Thursday was just hilarious, a satirical take on mainstream media and the blogosphere, the fake White House reporter and his naughty secrets and the recent Eason Jordan scalping […]

Schwarzenegger podcasts

Podcasting knows no boundaries as a communication channel. It was just a matter of time before high-profile and internationaly-known politicians embraced this medium. Via Steve Rubel comes news that Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hollywood actor and current Governor of California, is now offering his weekly radio addresses as podcasts: Podcasting is the latest in on-the-go, on-demand technology […]