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Daily Archives: April 15, 2005

USAs två bloggosfärer

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Digby i In These Times har en mycket bra analys av USAs två politiska bloggosfärer. Den ena, högerns bloggosfär, har ett nära samarbete med det republikanska partiet och dess strategi går ut på att angripa ideologiska motståndare i massattacker.

Den andra, den progressiva bloggosfären, består av individer som inte samarbetar sins emellan och som därför får betydligt mindre genomslagskraft i medierna.

De rebublikanska medierna är också mycket nära allierade med högerbloggarna medan det samma inte alls gäller på vänsterkanten.


As Garance Franke-Ruta writes in the April issue of The American Prospect, the right-wing blogosphere has also recently become useful to long-established political operatives such as Morton Blackwell, mentor to iconic GOP campaign strategists Karl Rove and Lee Atwater. In the recent Eason Jordan affair, the right blogosphere was credited with forcing the former chief news executive of CNN to resign over a controversial off-the-record comment. It turned out that many conservative blogs were part of this larger concerted effort. In the wake of this success, conservatives are now running what Franke-Ruta describes as “Internet Activist Schools, designed to teach conservatives how to engage in guerilla Internet activism,â€? or what some people used to call “dirty tricks.â€?


Det är ledsamt men inte speciellt förvånande att allteftersom den amerikanska bloggosfären utvecklas så blir den också rårare och mer konfrontationsaktig.

mmer att bli intressant att se om den svenska bloggosfären kommer att utvecklas på samma sätt.

Kinas farliga demonstrationer

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De närmaste dagarna kommer att avgöra om det kinesiska kommunistpartiet kommer att kunna stoppa de folkliga protesterna, som startades av regeringen, eller om de kommer att spridas.
Situationen kan snabbt urarta speciellt eftersom det finns ett stort missnöje i Kina och så många idag har tillgång till SMS och Internet:


Internet bulletins boards and mobile phone text messages sent nationwide called for anti-Japan rallies in as many as 21 cities on Saturday and Sunday, while others promoted protest marches on sensitive anniversary dates in May and June.

The authorities seemed likely to allow one major march in Shanghai and perhaps several others around the country, local officials and journalists said. But officials also expressed alarm that a carefully monitored anti-Japan protest held in Beijing last weekend had apparently triggered a flood of grassroots organizing activity that could further upset relations with Japan and undermine China’s own social stability.

“Express your patriotic passion in an orderly manner,” the Beijing police said in a statement posted on the Internet today. The statement said that all street protests must be approved in advance and warned that violators would be “punished according to the law.”

It remains unclear how many of the activities planned for Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Shenyang, Nanjing and other cities would come to fruition. The advance notice of the protests gives security forces time to plan measures meant to avert unauthorized demonstrations of any significant scale.

Beijing was abuzz with talk of further protest activities on May 1, China’s traditional labor holiday, and May 4, the anniversary of a student-led nationalist rally in 1919, which was also directed against Japan, though the police seemed highly unlikely to permit major rallies to continue into May.

Bankrutter försvåras i USA

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USA är komsumtionens förlovade land. En hörnpelare i det amerikanska samhället har alltid varit att den som råkar i ekonomiska svårigheter kan gå bankrutt och på så sätt börja om i livet och få sina skuldrer avskrivna.
En ny lag som har instiftats efter stark lobbyverksamhet från kreditkortföretagen, gör det mycket svårare att gå bankrutt och lagen slår speciellt hårt mot USAs fattiga.


The legislation would impose a new means test on Americans who filed for bankruptcy protection. Those with incomes above the median for their state, and who can pay at least $6,000 over five years, would have to develop a plan to repay creditors.

Under current law, they have the option of asking a bankruptcy judge to erase their debts in return for forfeiting some of their assets. The median household income in California is about $50,000.

The new law also would require those who go into bankruptcy protection to receive credit counseling.

Democrats split on the legislation, with about one-third — six of them from California — voting with Republicans in favor of the bill.

“I believe bankruptcy should be a last resort allowing people who need protection to receive it and people who can repay all or some of their debts to do so,” said Rep. Ellen O. Tauscher (D-Walnut Creek), who voted for the bill. “Our current system isn’t good for consumers, families or a society that values individual responsibility.”

Others argued that the legislation would undermine a fundamental principle of bankruptcy law dating back centuries: that debtors, especially those hobbled by misfortune, should be given a fresh start in their economic lives. Although their remaining assets can be seized to pay debts, their future earnings should not.

The new law would “bind hardworking Americans to credit card companies as modern indentured servants,” said Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco), the House minority leader.


Den nya lagen är en del i republikanernas pro-business politik som förstärker företagens makt och försvagar de svagastes position i samhället.