Monday, August 01, 2005

Our Editorial Policy

DU uses numbers to decide what to blog - anything that merits our readers' attention has to be in some sense true - not just another of the million opinions out there. So here's how DU reacts to today's top four headlines in the London and Washington Times.

London Times

London bomb suspect charged with terrorism
Interesting. Italians have a long history of releasing terrorists, so don't get interested until they hand him to the Brits. But the Brits have a long history of releasing terrorists too! So the only story here is whether these societies can change.

Bush bypasses Senate to appoint Bolton to UN
Yawn. Clever misinformation - the London Times is anti-Bush.

Tributes to King Fahd of Saudi Arabia who died today
Yawn. Saudi Arabia is a Fear State. It ranks at one of the world's most un-free nations (along with Libya, Syria, Cuba, Burma and NoKo) and has a corruption index the same as China & Syria. So basket case, don't bother looking at them until they have a revolution.

Controversy over troop cuts for Northern Ireland
The most interesting story of the four. Blair is abandoning part of the United Kingdom to a bunch of thugs. I've been tracking him on this, latest here. Can Brit society recover from a pusillanimous Prime Minister?

Washington Times

7 more arrested in Britain
Interesting. The US MSM is following the Brit campaign post 7/7 very carefully. Initially they were afraid of a Spanish cut-and-run from Iraq. Now they're contrasting Brit anti-terror favorably with its US equivalent. Actually, the US does some counter-terror things much better than the Brits, and vice-versa (the CIA is awful). Working on this.

Mexican mercenaries expand base into U.S.
Big Issue, for which I'm (painfully) building the numbers to answer the question: is Mexican immigration a net gain to the US or a net loss? My guess is the former, but most of the conservative blogosphere thinks otherwise. The reason it's important is population growth - without hispanic immigration, the US is headed into the same demographic pit as Japan & Europe.

Santorum calls out Hillary on raising children
Big Issue. Hillary Clinton may be the next President, in which case all hell will break loose since she's an isolationist. This story is about Republicans trying to position her as a nasty socialist. She's a bit more complex than that, and I'm modeling her likely policy choices & will post sometime.

Dieters sweet on candy
Groan.