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Weapons of Maths Instruction

I’ve just discovered why Broadband will become ultimately become pervasive. My eight year old daughter, a fan of ‘Mucha Lucha’ on the Cartoon Channel wants to play the games on the official Warner Brothers Website.

She already has two Sony Playstations (1&2) and can’t quite grasp my excuse that attempting to play an online game over the internet without Broadband access will be like watching paint dry.



But why can’t I play” she asks with her bottom lip trembling ominously and I can’t really explain that dial-up on BT from our multiple residential locations is cheaper and less complicated to arrange than Broadband, the speed I rarely need anyway.

In the end, the psychological pressure will become relentless and she’ll have her way, with Broadband fed straight to her Macintosh. I never really learned to how to say no to women and might as well surrender to the inevitable now to avoid a long drawn-out struggle that I can’t win.

Speaking of women and long drawn-out struggles, I asked a friend of mine, one of the most respected journalists in the Arab world what she thought about the progress of the war with Iraq so far. She replied:

What the US is doing is sickening and the Arabs for all their supposed non-support are standing by and eating McDonald's while the watching talking heads on Al-Jazeera. I am a nice normal person who feels like doing violence to nearly everyone these days”.



Meanwhile, CNN/Reuters: News reports have filtered out early this morning that US forces have swooped on an Iraqi Primary School and detained 6th Grade teacher Mohammed Al-Hazar. Sources indicate that, when arrested, Al-Hazar was in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a set square and a calculator. US President George W Bush argued that this was clear and overwhelming evidence that Iraq indeed possessed weapons of maths instruction.

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