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In Praise of Big Brother

Another article from the Economist.

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Anonymous said…
I can’t help but thing that this is a “spin” from our dearest neighbours over the Adriatic Sea …. This will explain the media mania in Italy over a watch that falls on a floor…
I don’t know what to make of this. Is it an attempt of “Bush hate campaign” or just to put down your small neighbours?
ITS said…
Yeah it's pretty pathetic... I have been reading message boards about this one... People are going nuts about it...

Just check this thread out...

http://forums.fark.com/cgi/fark/comments.pl?IDLink=2861089&ok=1
Anonymous said…
Just by looking at who actually aired the "news" (ITAlY). The bigest thiefs that have, are and will exist ever, who invented mafia, corruption, money laundry and all the rest, that if you go in Naples central train station is a 99% change of getting stabed for 5 euros, I dont expect very much. IT IS PURE JEALOUSY.
And I saw the so called evidence, if the guy could have taking it in less that 9/10 of a second in the middle of 30 strong gang of CIA then it most be a world record. The guy must have a medal.
Stop talking about this becouse is not real
Anonymous said…
Here is another video angle proof that the watch fell on the ground and was retrieved by the bodyguard:

The watch fall on the ground. Bush looks down along with his bodyguard. Later it was given to Laura.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKDdF6vfjoo&eurl=
Anonymous said…
Bush dropped his watch, time 00:54!
As you may notice in the video, Bush's wristwatch fell off at some point, but it has been confirmed by media (VizionPlus TV) that it was found by the bodyguards who handed it over to Lady Bush later on. And you will see in many other videos Bush wearing his watch again while entering Air Force One during departure as he waives back to us. If he had a spare watch, most likely it would have been inside the airplane, therefore, there is no doubt that Bush got his original watch back and everything was accidental. So, don't worry, be happy, time is still ticking on and everything is in Bush's hands! Kosovo will be Independent soon, think of 4th July 2007 as the day of happening, where we can celebrate together with Americans, The Independence Day. (more)
Anonymous said…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GGwi22ZiOU
Anonymous said…
http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idUSL1285325620070613

I guess it's settled now, hopefully.
ローラ said…
I am a little confused as to how this is related to the article in the Economist. I really enjoyed the article by the way and the earlier pictures were wonderful.

Anywhosle, why dignify any of this crap? If people want to make Albanians out to be thieves, than there is really not much we can do about it.
our man said…
Lolers, I originally had a link to a report in the IHT of the watch incident because I thought it was a nice quirky story. When it turned out to be the only story from the Bush visit I removed it.
Alban said…
Bush's Watch, Take Two

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19189682/

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