March 23, 2006


Google evolves into all-purpose website
(MICHAEL LIEDTKE, 3/23/06, Associated Press)

The finance section Google Inc. unveiled Tuesday continues a philosophical shift that's turning its once-pure Internet search engine into an all-purpose website that seems increasingly interested in getting people to stick around instead of sending them elsewhere.

The evolution has been unfolding during the past four years as Google has introduced free e-mail, news, photo sharing, instant messaging, shopping and mapping services that are staples of one-stop websites commonly known as "portals."

Ever notice how no one ever means Darwinism when they refer to genuine evolution?

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Hobbes in Sudan: What a world without U.S. power looks like. (Opinion Journal, March 23, 2006)

The Arab League--so quick to denounce Danish cartoons--has also stymied any global intervention to stop the murder of their fellow Muslims. Here's League Secretary General Amr Musa earlier this month: "In Sudan, there is a problem related to Darfur. We will listen to the Sudanese state minister to explain to us the developments in the issue of Darfur . . ." The League plans to hold its meeting next week--in Khartoum.

The African Union has at least sent 7,000 troops to the region, but they are under-funded and under-equipped to enforce a truce that Sudan blatantly flouts. But the African failure is also political. In January the Union held its own summit in Khartoum, and next year it plans to award Sudan its presidency. The rule seems to be never to say a discouraging word about other African leaders, no matter how murderous.

As for Europe, France would be ideal to lead an intervention force. The French have military bases in neighboring Chad and could establish a no-fly zone to stop Janjaweed bombing. However, Paris is already occupied with another intervention in the Ivory Coast, and with its own business interests in Sudan isn't volunteering in any case.

Amid this global abdication, Mr. Annan finally decided last month to call in the American cavalry. He visited the White House and, with media fanfare, all but begged President Bush to do something. Despite U.S. obligations in Afghanistan, Iraq and many other places, Mr. Bush responded by proposing an expanded U.N. peacekeeping force under "NATO stewardship."

Darfur, on the other hand, is a case where the proper reference is Applied Darwinism.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 23, 2006 9:08 AM

Unfortunately, Darfur is old news. The UN wrings its hands again (but does nothing).

Where are the "moralists" on the left? Jimmy Carter? Jim Wallis? Al Sharpton?

The problem with Darfur is that the solution means a new government in Khartoum. No one is going to push that far. And, to be blunt, what are another 100,000 (200,000 or even 500,000) more dead Africans to Europe, China, Russia, the Arab world, or even the US?

Perhaps Bono could call for an immediate American military presence and orders to treat anyone outside the refugee camps as hostile, but I doubt it.

Maybe Michael Ignatieff should go lecture the Sudanese government.

Posted by: jim hamlen at March 23, 2006 4:00 PM

I'd like to use another search engine, but other than Yahoo which isn't much different and no where near as convenient, where to go?

Posted by: erp at March 23, 2006 4:06 PM

Would the 911 attack be Applied Newtonism?

Posted by: Joseph Hertzlinger at March 23, 2006 4:56 PM

911 was just applied deconstructionism.

Posted by: oj at March 23, 2006 5:05 PM