Geneva Convention Revival

Sounds like some sort of Swiss Family Robinson Revue at the Grand ol Opry, donit?
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In a potential coup for human rights the world over, the Pentagon has decided to adhere to the minimum standards of the Geneva Conventions (first ratified in the mid-20th century) to detainees in Guantanamo and elsewhere.

This statement (read the memo) comes two weeks after a Supreme Court decision ordering the Bush Administration to follow the guidelines of Article 3 of the Convention.

Now, if only the Supreme Court can decide that Global Warming is a reality and demand the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol (signed in 1998 by Al Gore, but never ratified), the U.S. will really be on its way to seeing eye to eye with the rest of the modern world.

The World (Cup) is a (Head) Butt

It was the lowest scoring World Cup since 1990, and the U.S. couldn’t even score by themselves. There is verifiable evidence that Americans now dislike soccer even more, and 1998 champs and ’06 runner up France is now the headbutt of all jokes.

I enjoy watching soccer and find it at times quite exhilirating. Penalty shot overtime shootouts, however — anticlimactic denouement of the first order. Anyway, it sure didn’t take long for the Zinedane Zidane online headbutting video game to go live. Play it here.

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Drama at Rocketboom

Well, shame on me for not having had the 3-5 minutes to take out of my daily happenings to keep up on my once-favorite Rocketboom vlogcast. (And no, I never got any action out of my February cameo, since yr asking).

Alas, it seems I missed some serious drama late this week as host Amanda Congdon announced — or did she threaten — her departure.

Such big news this is, that as AP National Writer Jocelyn Noveck points out:

On the Web site technorati.com, which monitors tens of millions of blogs, “rocketboom” was the top search ? globally ? both Thursday and Friday. (Kenneth Lay, the Enron Corp. founder who died Wednesday, was second.)

Somebody please, say ’tain’t so!

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UPDATE: while Amanda’s sob story is posted at her blog – apparently Andrew Baron, majority owner of Rocketboom, spilled his guts at CaseCamp in Toronto on Friday night. And it’s all here on YouTube. Anyway (and holy shit does HuffPo look weird)! Rachel Sklar says the new hostess is the possibly hotter but most probably less talented Joanna Colan. As the New York Times printed Friday, move over Star Jones Reynolds and Dan Rather!

L.A. Filmmaker Sues Rumsfeld Over Detention in Iraq

cyrus karIn the first civil case challenging U.S. detention policies in Iraq, an Iranian-American filmmaker who was imprisoned in Abu Ghraib and other facilities for 55 days without charge sued Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and other high-ranking military officials.

Cyrus Kar, 45, of Los Feliz, alleges that his detention violated his civil rights, the law of nations and the Geneva Convention.

source: L.A. Times.

Now how about some justice? Amnesty has this report on detention under the American occupation in Iraq, in which at least four Americans in addition to Kar have been also held without charge.