Monday, August 29, 2005

Thursday, August 25, 2005

English selected as the official language of the European Union over German

The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility.


As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5- year phase-in plan that would become known as "Euro-English".
In the first year, "s" will replace the soft "c". Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy.
The hard "c" will be dropped in favour of "k". This should klear up konfusion, and keyboards kan have one less letter.


There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome "ph" will be replaced with "f". his will make words like fotograf 20% shorter.

In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible.
Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling.

Also, al wil agre that the horibl mes of the silent "e" in the languag is disgrasful and it should go away.


By the 4th yer people wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing "th" with "z" and "w" with "v".

During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd from vords kontaining "ou" and after ziz fifz yer, ve vil hav a reil sensibl riten styl. Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech oza. Ze drem of a united urop vil finali kum tru.

Und efter ze fifz yer, ve vil al be speking German like zey vunted in ze forst plas.

If zis mad you smil, pleas pas on to oza pepl.

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Done. Thanks for the pointer, Harald!

Guardian Unlimited | World Latest | U.S. Dodges Robertson Comments on Chavez

Guardian Unlimited | World Latest | U.S. Dodges Robertson Comments on Chavez: "State Department spokesman Sean McCormack called Robertson's remarks about Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez ``inappropriate,'' but stopped short of condemning them.

``This is not the policy of the United States government,'' McCormack said. ``We do not share his views.''"

A strong disagreement sounds differently.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

CNN.com - Robertson:�Chavez remarks misinterpreted - Aug 24, 2005

CNN.com - Robertson:�Chavez remarks misinterpreted - Aug 24, 2005: "'If he thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think we really ought to go ahead and do it,' said Robertson on Monday's program. 'It's a whole lot cheaper than starting a war.'"
It's all about "the values" - right?

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Konjunktur: "Economist" bejubelt deutsche Wirtschaft - Wirtschaft - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten

Konjunktur: "Economist" bejubelt deutsche Wirtschaft - Wirtschaft - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten: "So etwas gab es seit Jahren nicht mehr: Der 'Economist', das einflussreichste Wirtschaftsmagazin der Welt, bejubelt den Standort Deutschland. Den Aufschwung vermasseln, so mahnt das Blatt, könnten nur noch die deutschen Politiker."

Wer haette das gedacht? Wenn die mal nur Recht haetten ...

Smell of fear

CNN.com - Senate to hold gas prices hearing - Aug 19, 2005: "Driven by tight supplies and U.S. crude prices near $65 a barrel, average retail gasoline prices hit a record $2.55 a gallon this week, according to government data.
That's about 68 cents higher than just a year ago and the biggest weekly increase on record, which has triggered fears that high energy costs could hurt U.S. economic growth."


How about encouraging more fuel efficient vehicles (e.g. by removing tax breaks for SUVs), raising design & construction codes to require higher standards for insulation of buildings, …..?

CNN.com - Former aide:�Powell�WMD speech�'lowest point in my life' - Aug 19, 2005

CNN.com - Former aide:�Powell�WMD speech�'lowest point in my life' - Aug 19, 2005: "'I look back on it, and I still say it was the lowest point in my life.'"

Monday, August 15, 2005

Magazine - Is America the World's 97-lb. Weakling? - FORTUNE - Page

Magazine - Is America the World's 97-lb. Weakling? - FORTUNE - Page: "'Can America compete?' is the nation's new No. 1 anxiety, the topic of emotional debate in bars and boardrooms, the title of seminars and speeches offered by the liberal Progressive Policy Institute, the conservative economist Todd Buchholz, and countless schools and Rotary Clubs. The question is almost right, but not quite. We're wringing our hands over the wrong thing. The problem isn't Chinese companies threatening U.S. firms. It's U.S. workers unable to compete with those in China - or India, or South Korea. The real question is, 'Can Americans compete?' "

Very insightful analysis of the challenges raised by the globalization. A lot of this is not only true for the U.S. - but for Western Europe as well. Not quite sure why there is so much fuzz about a traditional U.S. brand such as Jeep being owned by a foreign company. After all, a lot of traditional non-U.S. brands have been acquired by U.S. companies over the past decades. Why is what has been good for GM some decades ago now all of a sudden a bad thing if the nationalities involved are exchanged?

Nevertheless, the whole point about high value service jobs being in danger of moving abroad is well observed.

Case in point: Here is another case study about IBM and its recent move of jobs - some of which were already highly profitable - from Western to Eastern Europe.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

I have a dream ...

Die Zeit - Leben: "Mein Traum ist ganz einfach. Ich träume davon, das Land aus den Händen der Republikaner zu befreien."

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

9/11 Panel Seeks Inquiry on New Atta Report - New York Times

9/11 Panel Seeks Inquiry on New Atta Report - New York Times: "'I think this is a big deal,' said John F. Lehman, a Republican member of the commission who was Navy secretary in the Reagan administration. 'The issue is whether there was in fact surveillance before 9/11 of Atta and, if so, why weren't we told about it? Who made the decision not to brief the commission's staff or the commissioners?' "

Let's see whether the administration's teflon shield works this time ....

onegoodmove: Bush Flips Out

onegoodmove: Bush Flips Out: "What incredibly infantile arrogant behavior from the President of the United States. He has no respect for the office. All class!"