June 11th, 2002

Fishy Circumstances


For once, I'm feeling as if I'm accomplishing what I need to. It helped that I started off the day with a full set of exercises, and that last night Cat asked if I wanted to work on Latin once a week with her - not only will it provide some structure to my weeks, but it'll be social, and it'll keep me from completely sliding with Latin until fall.

I've had my first weblog citation - not of my weblog, of an email, thanks to Ideofact, he of the interesting history of medieval tech discussions. I don't want to overdue it, but I often do feel compulsive about ensuring an adequate understanding of the Medieval world view (to the extent I know anything about it) is communicated - and Flat Earthers are few and far between in those days.

Goals today: Edit at least 10 more pages of paper.
Fishy Circumstances

Immigration issues

Saw mention of Rekha Basu's column on immigration problems for young couple, thanks to David Hogbert's discussion of it. Immigration is an awkward thing at the best of time, let alone when a law has been broken along the way.

Still, it does remind me of the larger issue - you would think by now that countries would have figured out that people lead complicated, international lives and that's a normal thing these day. It'll be interest to see what happens with Italy's changing immigration laws... If Italy's passes, then, according to the BBC's article on the subject from June 4th,
"non-EU foreigners will only be able to live in the country if they have arranged work before entering, and they will receive a residency permit only for the duration of their employment contracts - up to a maximum of two years.

The bill also makes family reunions more difficult - immigrants will only be allowed to bring their children to join them if they are under 18.

The government, which has frequently linked immigration with crime, will make foreigners provide fingerprints for identification purposes, while those immigrants who return to the country after being expelled will be treated as if they have committed a crime."

And just because the lower house overwhelmingly approved the bill hardly means Italy is of one mind on this issue. Take, for example, this article from La Reppublica. And it is, after all, accused (quite rightly) of being a racist, xenophobic law.

The Corriere della Sera discusses fingerprinting immigrants, as well as Italians.
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Sometimes the media ARE the news

From the BBC's reporting on the McCarthy-Mills wedding today - the article was about the media watching the village and what few highlights there were from among those glimpses.

"One onlooker suggested that he was so loud because CNN did not use a satellite, just two tin cans and a very long piece of string.

It was very surreal to think that every time he barked at his camera, millions of people across the US were having their breakfast to pictures of him in this small sleepy Irish village.

But there was little else for the massed onlookers to watch.

By the time NBC's Dawna Friesen filed a morning report, she was surrounded by a crowd who applauded as she signed off. "
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Today's summation

Technically I've editing 11 pages today, but in practice it was pathetically little work with tons of idle fidgeting, reading, web browsing etc. to flesh it out into a day. I really don't feel like I got much done. Even if, technically, I fulfilled what I set out to do. Shows I set my sights even lower than I was thinking I was doing.

Little landmark for this weblog - my first LJ Friends linkage to me, courtesy of cliosfolly!