Wednesday, June 12, 2002
1. Canadian exchange rate: Just as the U.S. dollar = 1.6 Canadian dollars, a U.S. hit = about 10 Canadian hits. So my 10,000 are roughly equal to Pejman's 100K. 'Course, this doesn't explain me vs. Damian, so:
2. Lack of valuable real estate: In a remarkable show of poor taste, neither Instapundit nor Vodkapundit has established a permanent link to this site. (Thanks to that, I'm not even an insignificant microbe in the damned blogosphere!)
[A Rambling Aside: There was a kerfuffle recently about Andrew Sullivan's lack of linking, in which Virginia Postrel suggested that professional journalists have economic incentives not to link. I would suggest a sociological reason for the presence/absence of linkage: status. Much work on status suggests that those who don't have it exhibit acts of deference towards those who do -- and that those who do frequently interpret these acts as "their due" and hence don't provide any benefits to the deferers. The big trouble is that it is hard to measure status and get around endogeneity problems when trying to test this empirically in a way that can survive the peer review process at a good journal. Someone can score a major academic home run by, say, taking the development of the blogosphere and the patterns of linking and studying the status formation process. Note that this isn't a gripe about Instapundit or Vodkapundit, both of whom have huge numbers of links (even if they ignore some of the
Anyway, there have been times when I thought that at 10K hits I would just declare victory and go home, and stop blogging. This morning it still feels like fun, so I assume I'll keep going. But that may change by tomorrow....
But now, mindful perhaps of the midterm U.S. elections in November, Mr. Bush seems to harbour no doubts about Israel's tactics. Its continuing raids in the West Bank constitute self-defence, he explained on Monday. Time is not "ripe" for a peace conference, because "no one has any confidence in the emerging Palestinian government...."
No one, including the Globe and Mail earlier in the week.
When Mr. Sharon reiterated his long-standing position that no dialogue with the Palestinians is possible until all violence ceases -- a near-impossible condition -- Mr. Bush did not disagree. As for a timetable for a Palestinian state, as Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak urged a couple of days earlier, forget it.
So apparently the U.S. should impose a timetable for a Palestinian state that is currently run by a government that is unable to deliver on anything it negotiates. And since this government is unable to control violence, the Israelis should just ignore the terror campaign and continue to negotiate towards a land for peace deal. Oops! Except that the PA can't be expected to actually deliver on the "peace" part.
Unmentioned during the Bush-Sharon talks was [place various sins of Sharon/Israel here]..
Instead, the focus was on further isolating the beleaguered Mr. Arafat, an ever-larger target whose efforts to reform the Authority are treated by Israel as a joke. Mr. Bush now seems to agree, unsure though he may be about which Palestinians the Israelis should be talking to.
So it is wrong for Israel to treat Arafat's reform efforts as a joke? Didn't the Globe and Mail suggest that these efforts are a joke just a few days ago?
Three possible conclusions: the Globe and Mail's unsigned editorialists have split personalities, remarkably poor short-term memories, or a fundamental lack of logical consistency.
Also yesterday, Mr. Coderre said he personally favours placing biometric identifiers -- like fingerprints or eye scans -- on identity cards that landed immigrants need to travel. He said he has asked officials to work on the idea, but will have to consult with cabinet and Privacy Commissioner George Radwanski before making a decision.
To which I say, "sounds good to me!" If Canada ever gets around to giving me Landed Immigrant status, I'll be more than happy to be fingerprinted. I'm not a citizen of Canada, and I think the country has every right to impose certain policies on non-citizens that it would not impose on citizens.
[Caption from National Post article: Canadian Labour Congress president Ken Georgetti gives B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell an uncomplimentary salute in a speech to congress convention delegates yesterday in Vancouver.]