Friday August 1, 2008

Friday August 1, 2008  Google News now has versions for Botswana, Ethiopa, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.  Previously, the only African version was for South Africa.

All of these are in English.

The Zimbabwe page does not appear to be censored.

Other versions in English are for Australia, Canada (also one in French), India (also Hindi and Tamil), Ireland, New Zealand, the UK, and the US (also in Spanish.)  There are versions in fifteen languages other than English.

If you want to see what a country’s news media are reporting about that country (and about yours), go to http://news.google.com.  Go to the bottom of the page, and see the links to other versions.  It’s not perfect; for one thing, some of the stories will be taken from sources outside that country.  But it’s probably the best overview available.

If you suspect the country’s press is censored or bias, you may want to also read the pages for nearby countries.  For the US, that would be Canada (and Mexico, if you read Spanish.)
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Took a batch of donations to Steeple People thrift store.  Picked up a couple of free magazines.

Across the street to the Wedge co-op.
Steeple people — donated, got magazines

***DreamHaven Books is following its June sale and July sale with an August sale.  Bought a couple of used paperbacks:

Jack Chalker’s collection short story Dance Band on the Titanic, whose nonfiction content gives inadvertant lessons in writing an unreliable narrator.  Chalker talks about slights to his fiction; the way he says he doesn’t care about those slights leads me to believe he cares a great deal.

Algis Budrys’s fixup novel Some Will Not Die does some things very well.  I’m trying to figure out what they are, and how he did it.

It’s not a well-constructed novel; I don’t think Budrys managed that till nearly 40 years after his first novel was published and about 30 years after Some Will Not Die.

***On to the Aldi on Lake Street, where I bought some food.  Then Cub Foods, where I bought dish soap from their mostly-$1 shelves.

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