Taking the temperature: Delirious. The Grauniad's list of most read articles today goes like:

1) Flight from the fight: Anne McIlroy on two deserting US soldiers (56,725)
2) US porn industry hit by HIV fear (PA) (47,676)
3) HIV scare hits US porn industry (35,650)
4) Blair condemns Israel and opens rift with US (18,085)
5) Sidney Blumenthal: Hear no evil, read no evil, speak drivel (18,084)
6) George Monbiot: Their beliefs are bonkers, but they are at the heart of power (14,566)
7) Arab ally snubs Bush amid 'unprecedented hatred' for US (14,310)
8) Terry Jones: Invade Iraq? It's a no brainer (10,679)
9) Probe shows Iraq nuke facilities unguarded (AP wire) (9,581)
10) US military 'pressuring' journalists (8,820)

The readers thus speak. I recommend George Monbiot's piece. The lede - "To understand what is happening in the Middle East, you must first understand what is happening in Texas." And Terry Jones': "Everyone agrees that President George Bush's lobotomy has been a tremendous success." Get a cup of coffee and enjoy. I'd like to thank the Guardian for making my choices easy. Most important to read what everyone else is reading.

Afterthought: This is a British newspaper. All top ten articles are about the US. The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.

Steve | 18:24 |