Americans are in furious debate over gun control laws. Honestly I don’t expect things in the US to change anytime soon, because as long as Americans hold on to the attitude that owning guns is a “right” (regardless of the fact that it can and has been abused before), we will be hearing more mass-murder incidents by individuals on civilians.
The man that the US of A love to hate is officially dead as a doornail, apparently shot in a US-led commando raid on his hideout somewhere in Pakistan. When I first read the news, the first thing I felt was relief. After all, a good Khawarij is always a dead one. OBL’s greatest mistake was to pick out civilian targets for his so-called “global war” against the US, and I never could understand the rationale for doing so. If he had launched his attacks against Israel, that would have made better sense. Then again, the Khawarij never had a record for ever thinking straight or take into consideration the immense harm they would do to Islam in general and the Muslim ummah in particular by killing innocent lives.
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Even though it is running on Pligg, Project Petaling Street has been modified to accommodate only blog pings. That makes it different from other standard installations of Pligg. Not trying to toot my own horn here, but PPS has many things which other blog aggregators (most especially a certain “PPS Killer” *snigger* hosted on a UK server) do not have.
Among its more interesting features are:
- Fast, dedicated hosting server with a robust system, protected from hacks. Hosting is based in the United States. PPS also has its own dedicated IP, which is good from an SEO perspective.
- Ability to vote or comment on a blog ping. This is a feature that was planned from its very inception but was never implemented until the move to the new system.
- Has the groups feature where users can set up their own communities and get other PPS users according to their specific interests.
- A list of popular tags being used by PPS users, with its own page.
- You can see the live activity of the site and how PPS users are engaged in using PPS.
- Unlike a certain “PPS Killer” *snigger again*, all links are SEO-ed and are dofollow. There are no redirects from the pings, all links point straight to the specific blog post. This means that unlike other blog aggregators, PPS works great for search engines and will pass Google PageRank juice to your blog posts.
In the future, I plan to have more functions added such as a login integration feature with Facebook Connect and other features that I will not list here at the moment.
Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill talks about his bombshell story in The Nation about Blackwater’s involvement in targeted killings, drone attacks, and other covert operations in Pakistan.
A lot of people are pinning their hopes that the new American President will bring change, especially to the destructive foreign policies initiated by his predecessor. His inauguration speech was no doubt very inspiring, it was like a breath of fresh air listening to it compared to the donkey that inhabited the White House before him. People are focusing on the colour of his skin as the impetus for initiating change but before I throw in full support behind him, I want to see what his actions are.