According to a USA Today/CNN/Gallup Poll, a majority of Americans say they’d be likely to vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton if she runs for election in 2008.
In what is surely one of the most incredible comebacks in club football history, and against all the odds, Liverpool FC recovered from a three-goal deficit at half-time against AC Milan in the Champions League final tonight and were crowned champions of Europe for the fifth time.
Only time will tell if they are allowed to defend their title next season, having failed to qualify for the tournament from the four places awarded to the English Premiership.
Steve Jobs contributed to the ‘D: All Things Digital‘ conference last night, where he poorly attempted to explain why he thinks Apple are right to sue the people behind one of the world’s most popular Mac rumour websites, Think Secret, for releasing sensitive product information leaked to them by his own employees.
Walter Mossberg and Kara Swisher interviewed Jobs on-stage about the infamous ‘Bully vs Blogger’ case and the popular Washington political blogger Wonkette noted it all down:
Swisher: “Would you have sued if the Wall Street Journal had done this?”
Jobs: “We might have. But the Wall Street Journal has serious thought behind it… the thing is today is that everyone can be a journalist… we are in a gray area and we are trying to help in some small way.”
Serious thought behind it? More like serious dosh behind it.
The truth is, Jobs probably fears that he has a bigger chance of losing against the Wall Street Journal than a 19-year-old blogger.
He seems to be experiencing some difficulty in making the distinction between those who make the news, and those who make up the news, preferring to believe that the freedom of the press in the USA should be decided by those who are the subject of the story, especially when they have more money than the writer of the story.
Quote from yesterday’s very balanced leader in The Guardian:
“…this is an unnecessary strike. The director general, Mark Thompson, has not made a compelling case for the scale or speed of the 4,000 job cuts. Nor has he shown how they will lead to better programme making. Mr Thompson should get back to the negotiating table and the strikers back to work.”
Revenge of the Sith finally closed the book on George Lucas’ epic Star Wars series, explaining away every last detail about the origins of the major Star Wars characters and dissecting every last plot thread which would follow in the immensely superior original trilogy.
Whilst it was easily the best of the first three movies (and considerably darker), it still managed to highlight Lucas’ inability to effectively convey character emotion, simultaneously emphasising his desire to patronise the audience by revealing the workings behind the numinous mysteries that made the Star Wars movies so appealing in the first place.
Despite this, it wasn’t all bad – Natalie Portman managed to shine some dignity on her stilted dialogue as Amidala, and Ewan McGregor truly became Alex Guinness’ Obi-Wan Kenobi towards the end – but Heyden Christensen continued to look like he was chucking a hissy fit, instead of decending into evil to finally become the evil dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Vader.
Moments to watch out for: the fight between Iain McDiarmid’s Chancellor Palpatine and Samuel L Jackson’s Mace Windu; Yoda fighting the Emperor; and the subtle conversations between Palpatine and Anakin Skywalker, as the young Jedi is slowly manipulated to serve the Dark Side of The Force.