Friday, April 29, 2005

U2 and Martin

Blogging has been lite the last week due to my graduation this weekend and also because I have spent all day going to a few U2 shows.

I read this morning on NealeNews that Bono was booed when Martin was mentioned. I was at that show.

It is quite true that he (Martin) was heavily booed just before the song "One." Bono critisized him for not living up to his 0.7 percent of GDP should be foreign aid idea.

However, Martin or Bono was not booed when Martin was mentioned several other times when Bono said that he believed he is a good man and would do the right thing. He was actually cheered. Although it was hard to tell if they were cheering Martin or Bono.

"I told Martin I would be a pain in the ass," Bono. " I suppose this week I became one of many pains in the arse that is ..." - referring to no-confidence measures I am sure.

And the thousands of people who now have his phone number may be too.

Monday, April 25, 2005

GM industry to legalize cannibalism - puts human gene in rice


hmm, succulent human liver genes...

Japanese researchers have inserted a gene from the human liver into rice to enable it to digest pesticides and industrial chemicals. - The UK Independent

For the most part I've not been too concerned about genetically modified foods. Viewing it as similar to grafting I've subscribed to the view the Economist has held for a number of years. However, genetically grafting cacti into maize is one thing, genetically grafting humans into rice is quite another.

Hecklers



APPARENTLY, THE BBC has been hiring hecklers to crash on Conservative events in Britain. They are being equipped with microphones and watched by BBC-TV crews.

BBC: "This is a completely legitimate programme about the history and art of political heckling."
Tory spokesperson: "I do not believe that the BBC should be in the business of creating news."

Interestingly enough, the BBC also has the scoop here. It seems a bit strange to have a news organization report about itself.

Call me a cynic, but it wouldn't surprise me in the least if the CBC has done this before...