June 26th, 2004


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...and I can say Control Room is the second-best documentary I saw today. Heh. No, really, it was pretty damn good. A few pacing/editing issues, yes. But the material is top-notch. Got to see a *completely* different perspective on the whole Iraq war issue, and developed a respect for al Jazeera (when they started out, *no one* liked them, and they still take flak from all sides, but keep soldiering on because they see themselves as having a unique outsider's perspective on things in their world, and want more people to have diverse opinions.) Well worth seeing, but you can probably wait until it's on cable.

And, in a duplication of my warning from my earlier review, there are some very graphic violent images in here. However, they are very topical, and in fact one of the issues discussed in the film is why they choose to show such images to the world.

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The BBC's ten things we didn't know this time last week.
BONUS: Ten things we didn't know this time two weeks ago.
(And thanks to asimplelife for reminding me about these.)

Israeli soldiers put up photo exhibit showing the mistreatment of Palestinians by Israelis.

Yet *another* White House report has to be revised because it's numbers were too optimistic/just fucking wrong. Again, it's either incompetence or deception, and neither is a good option.

Can we expect more medically enhanced food in the future?

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Bizarre new spacecraft being built, that may open the doors to a new level of astronomy.

KFC decides against opening up stores in... Tibet.

Jeopardy champion crosses the $500k mark. (I keep having Quiz Show flashbacks.)

Tanzania fights government corruption with... death curses.

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Latinate and RQ went out for sushi, and were kind enough to bring some crazy roll back for me. Tast-ee.

Unfortunately, after that, we decided to watch The Order. I have something of a taste for bad films, but man, this one was a real challenge. At one point, I even stopped the movie in the middle, so I could go over the last couple scenes and make sure I understood exactly what was going on, and try to puzzle out why. It's definitely the worst reunion of actors from A Knight's Tale I have seen this week.