where does the Wetmachine crowd go for breaking news?

With Saddams capture last night, I’d like to know the implications for trial. If we turn him over to an international court for, say, gasing Kurdish forces, won’t he want to tell the court where he got his intelligence reports? Could that lead to a subpoena of previous US administrations? What happens at trial and in world opinion if he’s tried by us or by a US-controlled Iraqi “government”.

Where can one go to get the poop? Google isn’t current enough. CBS, ABC, and NBC (GE and Microsoft, my two least favorite corporations) are covering the story, but say nothing of relevence about trial. NPR has an audio report that hasn’t been transcribed yet, so I can’t search for the word “trial”. Slashdot and kuro5hin aren’t on to this yet. (I wonder if I should check Urban Legends.)

My regional newspaper has some coverage (go print media!), but the New York Times and the Washington Post want me to fill out forms before they tell me anything. (And besides, the stuff about trial at the NYT isn’t transcribed from audio yet. Odd, for a newspaper.)

The day after the last election, and on the moring of 9/11, I was at work and had the resources of a hundred well-informed people. While getting paid a lot of money to come up with technology to change the world, we had each other and the best broadband money could buy to get info throughout the day. Now we’re all isolated in our homes. Where do you go for the real deal?

About Stearns

Howard Stearns works at High Fidelity, Inc., creating the metaverse. Mr. Stearns has a quarter century experience in systems engineering, applications consulting, and management of advanced software technologies. He was the technical lead of University of Wisconsin's Croquet project, an ambitious project convened by computing pioneer Alan Kay to transform collaboration through 3D graphics and real-time, persistent shared spaces. The CAD integration products Mr. Stearns created for expert system pioneer ICAD set the market standard through IPO and acquisition by Oracle. The embedded systems he wrote helped transform the industrial diamond market. In the early 2000s, Mr. Stearns was named Technology Strategist for Curl, the only startup founded by WWW pioneer Tim Berners-Lee. An expert on programming languages and operating systems, Mr. Stearns created the Eclipse commercial Common Lisp programming implementation. Mr. Stearns has two degrees from M.I.T., and has directed family businesses in early childhood education and publishing.


  1. I’m more of an audio junkie. The BBC show Talking Point this morning focused entirely on the issue of a trial. The word is that Saddam will face a civil trial in Iraq, which, as you point out, is the safest option for the US government.

  2. I don’t know. For big, breaking stories like the capture Saddam, or the flying into buildings by airplanes, I tend to rely upon the corporate media, always checking with NPR first.


    However, for analysis and non-“big” stories I rely on any number of contrarian websites, with my recent favorite being talkingpointsmemo.com.


    One truly sad development over the past few years is that radio, other than NPR, has become completely useless as a source of info about breaking “news”. Oh well. Maybe I should point this out to Mr. (Michael) Powell–how consolidation and “efficiency” in the corporate news media has not led better sources of impartial information to the electorate? I’m sure he would be shocked and dismayed. Not. :^)


    As for television news, the last time I watched a regular show from start to finish was the night Ronald Reagan got elected president for the first time.


    I did watch telvision news on four other occasions: the fall of the Berlin wall, the Clarence Thomas hearings, the congressional debate before gulf war 1, and the Clinton impeachment hearings. In general, however, watching corporate happy/sensational news is basically life threatening. I feel like I’m going to explode when I watch it, so in general, I don’t.


    BTW I’ll send you my New York Times and Los Angeles Times login/passwords if you want them. Send me an email.

  3. Is it against the law to send Iraq intelligence reports, Harold? What would the indictment be for?

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