Effin Balkenende doesn't know when to stop digging:
Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende's governing party said Monday it will accept a "no" verdict only if turnout reaches at least 30 percent and if 55 percent of those who vote reject the charter.
In other news, higher temperatures predicted for the weekend.
Well, that seems to be the end for our local heatwave. In other news:
King Fahd is 'stable', but then, so are most corpses if you put them in the freezer.
Yeah, yeah, we have heard this one before.
"Unfortunately the Dutch taxpayer is refusing to pick up the tab"
If MSF loses this case, and I hope they do, it will force them to manage the risk of their staff members. Paying ransom to kidnappers, especially terrorists,is a catastrophe not only for the victim, but for the societies which MSF claims to help. The ransom money is typically used by kidnappers to buy more weapons and paraphernalia that will in turn be used to harm still more people in the areas MSF wants to succor. Unless organizations like MSF can be made to bear a share of this cost, they will undervalue the risk they impose on themselves and others. If they had to pony up $300,000 a year to insure their staff in places like former Soviet Central Asia or the Middle East, MSF would think long and hard before making deployments without taking precautions. It would force them to use more indigenous staff, to employ "volunteers" trained in counter-surveillance, to take professional security advice and to avoid areas which are too dangerous for anyone to operate it. Unfortunately these steps would also diminish its fundraising appeal, a fact of which it is well aware. - Wretchard
Real life imitates Battlestar Galactica: Bart Somers
sends a squad of a blueshirts to arrest throws Patricia De Waele out of the party for talking without permission.
Hmm. I have just the right music to go with this (Clicking this link is illegal in Germany and Austria)
image - top: Patricia De Waele, soon to be formerly of the VLD - bottom: Mary McDonnell as "Laura Roslin", her presidency remaining in doubt until July 15
The old one was a bit outdated, so here:
1 drink whenever
Cmdr. Adama looks unhappy.
Col. Tigh is drunk.
Col. Tigh is abusive.
Col. Tigh has a drink.
P.O. Dualla relays a communication.
"Starbuck" is smoking a cigar.
"Starbuck" is gambling.
"Starbuck" wins at gambling.
"Starbuck"'s Viper takes damage.
Dr. Baltar has an erotic fantasy.
one of Dr. Baltar's erotic fantasies is interrupted.
C.P.O Tyrol scratches his head.
"Apollo" disobeys an order.
a Cylon is referred to as a 'Toaster'.
Dr. Cottle is smoking a cigarette.
"Boomer" is angry/unhappy/depressed/suicidal.
there's a shortage of food/water/tylium/labour/pilots/whatever.
someone says "Frack" or "Fracking".
2 drinks whenever
Cmdr. Adama smiles.
Col. Tigh smiles.
"Starbuck"'s Viper is shot down.
"Starbuck" disobeys an order.
a nr.6 is killed/deactivated.
Dr. Baltar has sex with a human.
Any scene on occupied Caprica.
3 drinks whenever
a new type of Cylon is revealed.
nr. 6 appears without showing cleavage.
5 drinks whenever
basestar baseship is destroyed.
Cmdr. Adama turns out to be a Cylon.
President Roslin turns out to be a Cylon.
1 bottle whenever
"Galactica" reaches earth.
Contains major spoilers. Well, actually, if you have half a brain, it contains NO spoilers but I can't rule out people who haven't seen the first (or should that now be the 2nd) trilogy passing by.
The Problem with RotS is that it is, strike that, ought to have been, for all practical purposes, more a Greek drama than an action movie. We all know how it's going to end: the jedis dead or in hiding, the twins placed with their respective foster-parents, some unfortunate droids getting their memory wiped, Anakin slightly the worse for wear, and the Emperor in control of most of the republic.
There's usually two ways to make this work: one is to focus on character evolution, but that requires good acting, good scripting and good direction, the other one is to rely on good storytelling, again requiring top-notch writers and editors.
Alas, we get none of this, only the usual cgi setpiece battle-scenes, who almost look designed to confuse us and to make us forget we already know the ending.
What SHOULD have been the most important story arc, Anakin's turning, is, well, it just isn't there. We don't know what's going on in Anakin's mind because there's not much dialogue, not even with his supposedly love of his life. Yeah, it's an illicit love and all that, but if he managed to knock her up, he should have managed a few conversations also.
Enough with the bitching. On the upside, we have some funny droid scenes, Ewan McGregor's makeup, the aforementioned setpieces (including the Obi-Wan/Anakin showdown) and a few Natalie Portman shots.