Saturday, January 06, 2007

Revealed: Israel plans nuclear strike on Iran

I wouldn't read too much into this story. States have contingency plans for all sorts of situations. I'd be shocked if Israel didn't have such plans drawn up. Why these plans were publicized is another matter. -ed.

ISRAEL has drawn up secret plans to destroy Iran’s uranium enrichment facilities with tactical nuclear weapons.

Two Israeli air force squadrons are training to blow up an Iranian facility using low-yield nuclear “bunker-busters”, according to several Israeli military sources.

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Why Israel will go to war again – soon

There will soon be another war in the Middle East, this time a renewal of
the conflict between the Israel Defence Force (IDF) and Hizbollah. The conflict
is inevitable and unavoidable. It will come about because Israel cannot tolerate
the rebuilding of Hizbollah's fortified zone in south Lebanon, from which last
year it launched its missile bombardment of northern Israel. Continue...

Friday, January 05, 2007


I have been looking for new jobs in the fields of public relations/communications. I am not giving up on journalism, but I need to expand my job skills because I don’t feel comfortable putting all of my eggs in the journalism basket. Here is why:

Reporters are paid shit. From what I understand, even at decent publications, reporters still don’t make much compared to what people make in the corporate world. I am not sure why that is, but that’s how it is.

It’s not like being a reporter is an entry level job that doesn’t require a university education. For example, at my current job as a reporter I have covered some important stories. I have interviewed significant figures in Wisconsin, and written about state politics during this past election season. Reporting certainly takes skill. One must be able to write, obviously, but reporting requires much more than that. You have to write FAST. Every day there are looming deadlines; multi-tasking is par for the course; research skills, investigative skills, fact checking—all are a must. On top of all that, your byline goes out on top of every article you write. If you make an error, or if people don’t like what you wrote, you get an earful on the letters page. You have to have a thick skin. And there’s more. You have to have people skills. You have to learn to coax some people to divulge information. You have to be aggressive and think fast. Sometimes you have to keep your cool in the face of truly psychotic people, which is not easy—see here.

None of the above bothers me. In fact, I like the pace of work; I like the deadlines; I like it all, especially composing the stories and writing cleaver leads, etc.

But I get paid—after having received a raise four months ago—a paltry $11.70/hour. It’s embarrassing to admit. I earned more as a waiter in college.

The paper only gives me 30 hours/week. Tack on about 10 hours for my commute and I’m basically busy with work 40 hours/week, full time. Yet, I am unable to make ends meet. It’s stressful.

And so for now I am looking to enter the field of PR for practical reasons. A) I need to earn more money to dig myself out of a widening pit of debt that is accruing thanks to my current salary, and B) I need make myself more marketable in the job market, as stated above.

This doesn’t mean I’m giving up on journalism. I’ll always have the skills I have developed and if I can manage to earn more money, I’d like to do some Michael Totten-style reporting down-the-line. My dream is to go to Iran and see for myself what the heck is going on there. A Jewish citizen of the Great Satan goes to Iran… what will he find?

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