Short Takes: News From All Over: December 11, 2003

The Corrupt Corporate Norm
By Jim Hightower,
I hate to distract you from the media’s 24/7 saturation coverage of the latest Michael Jackson saga, but have you noticed that the corporate crime spree – bilking us of billions of dollars – continues to roar like an out-of-control wildfire, devouring industry after industry?

Mapping the Internet
By Katherine Sandiford,
Ever wonder what the Internet looks like? Network Engineer Barrett Lyon rose to a workplace bet to produce a graphic representation of the Net. The latest image looks more like an arty cosmic explosion than an actual web or net. His program takes only one day and one computer to produce – a feat that leaves other net mappers behind in the cosmic cyber dust.

You’ve Never Seen A Font Size This Big
By Adam Overland,
The UN World Summit on the Information Society is meeting in Geneva, and for the occasion, the Helloworld Project designed a clever way for the people of the world to get their messages across to delegates. Email or SMS your message to a special address and through 500-foot-high lasers, it may appear on the side of a mountain, or the U.N building in New York. If you’re lucky, Kofi Annan might just respond.,1282,61103,00.html

Bust Bob Novak
By Adam Overland,
Bob Novak still hasn’t come clean on the source of the White House official who revealed the name of CIA agent Valerie Plame, endangering her life in what is regarded among many as an act of revenge on her husband, former US ambassador Joe Wilson, who challenged Bush’s now infamous lie about the Iraq-Niger uranium connection. Be the 7043rd person (and counting) to sign this petition to let Novak’s bosses know how you feel.

As Long as the Name’s Spelled Right?
By Erin Ferdinand,
Looking to prove the old adage that, in politics, there’s no such thing as bad press? Type in the words ‘miserable failure’ into Google, hit the ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ button and bask in the goodness of this bad press.

Lunch With The Chairman
By Seymour M. Hersh, The New Yorker
When posed with the question of whether lunching with Saudi-born arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi is a conflict of interest, Defense Policy Board chairman Richard Perle indicated that anyone who believed so was thinking ‘maliciously.’ Watch as Seymour M. Hirsh gets rightfully rabid. — EF

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