Iraq could not get much bloodier, but it could be about to get a lot more interesting, as Turkey may be only weeks away from a major incursion across the northern border.
Dutch TV's Big Donor Show turned out to be a hoax designed to highlight the lack of organ donors in the Netherlands, but whether the hoax will serve its claimed ends remains to be seen.
Trouble on the pampas – or whatever geographical term is relevant to Venezuela – with news that Andrew Bolt is banging the drum about a petition inviting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to come to Australia and inspire us.
With the abduction of five Brits – one specialist and four security personnel who, the papers said, erroneously, were guarding him – from inside the Iraqi Finance Ministry, life is getting tougher for the vast army of foreigners ripping off bli ... er ... helping the country in its transition to democracy.
No sooner has Big Brother Australia set a new low in pop culture nihilism than the Netherlands, home of Big Brother, trumps our ace, with a TV show in which three people who need a kidney transplant will compete to win the favours of a 37-year-old donor who has a terminal illness.
Kevin Rudd and British prime-minister-in-waiting Gordon Brown have both cited German pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer as a major influence on their careers. What is it about Bonhoeffer that attracts these guys?
God knows everyone who offers opinion for a living should swear off opening debate with the ‘what has happened to our society when….’ (shift-F3 on the keyboard) type of question. But what has happened to our society when someone can a) not only go on a television game show disguised as a reality show when her father is known to be dying, but b) make a pact with her family not to be informed of his death?
Even for a place which produces more history than it can consume locally, today was a bit of a corker on the island of Ireland, with an election in the Republic, and the swearing in of the Northern Ireland assembly at Stormont, and the hitherto unimaginable -- except in the mind of a sitcom writer -- vision of Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness becoming first and deputy ministers respectively.
Given the love-in between the going…going…going…PM Tony Blair and his co-conspirators in the Coalition of the Willing, you could be forgiven for thinking that the New Labour apparatchiks weren’t particularly interested in solidarity with the global labour movement.
Like your average grouchy post-Marxist, I don’t have a huge amount of time for the post-modern idea that there are no facts, only interpretations – but the situation in Iraq would be enough to test even the strongest faith in the idea of an objective reality.