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With its reporters and editors immediately being invited onto the Sunday talk shows after the website’s launch a few weeks back, is the place to go for political news and comment these days, both national and local. It also invites stories from readers about politics in their locality. (Spin doctors must be slavering!)
This is a social website for folks who love movies from all around the world. It doesn’t yet have an Oceania channel, so get cracking you guys down there! You can rent or buy the movies by download. It also has forums for people with particular interests, and feeds that will alert you to what’s newly posted. Now is the time to join; as it’s still a start-up much of the content is free.

I’ve used stumbleupon for a while now to recommend/find recommended news stories and websites. They’ve just launched an online video recommendation service at with a number of interesting channels. Because it relies on viewers tagging the videos they watch, be prepared for some startling discoveries.

“History” came up with an Australian TV segment of two comedians taking a Trojan Horse around modern day Sydney to see where they could get it on-site, and a January 2000 BBC documentary called The Koran and the Kalashnikov, which someone has edited to include a CIA logo at the opening and closing.

Stumbleupon searches YouTube, Google Video, and

:: George Washington University’s National Security Archive::
At you’ll find a list of recently declassified documents from the US government. The Archive is an independent, non-governmental research institute and library that uses the Freedom of Information Act to pierce the “self-serving veils of government secrecy”, as one of the institute’s award citations puts it.

Recently posted are the PowerPoints used to brief the Bush administration about how the war in Iraq would go. If the link has gone from the front page, search for “Polo Step”. Be afraid. Be very afraid!



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