Flea cites Blazing Cat Fur quoting Sea Kitten. Not certain what history will make of our kind - provided, of course, there is anything passing for history in our future socialist Utopia/Caliphate. But a note to future historians regardless: We were the sane people.
What a mess is Canada. Thanks to the long domination of the liberal left there, journalists are hauled up before kangaroo courts for accurately quoting European Muslims, the indigenous live in squalid zoo-like reservations sniffing petrol, and now we see near-pogroms on university campuses organized by executive officers of student unions. Recently the American Political Science Association announced it was reconsidering Toronto as a venue for its annual conference because of the threat to academic freedom in the country. And of course all this exists side-by-side with the notorious and insufferable conceit of Canadian mainstream opinion which regards itself as probably the most enlightened country in the world.
It’s important to realise that the ugly turn Canada has taken is entirely a consequence of the influence of the “soft” left-wing politics similar to the kind that HP espouses, and not the work of a handful of extremists preying on an otherwise healthy body-politic. If you want to fight fascism, fight the liberal left, which by undermining traditional values facilitates the extremists. If you want a society fit for human beings where Jews and other minorities of ethnicity or intellectual viewpoint are safe, promote conservatism.
Not much in the way of spoils, actually. Unless you count rebuilding Germany and everything stepped on my Germany (including France, for the love of God) as a spoil; and this after the Blitz (a buzz bomb is included for effect). Pop goes the weasel (1948) does part of the math. I am just happy to see England when it was still England.
MI5 has estimated that up to 4,000 British Muslims had travelled to Pakistan and, before the fall of the Taliban, to Afghanistan for military training. The main concern until now has been about the parts some of them had played in terrorist plots in the UK. Now there are signs that they are mounting missions against British and Western targets abroad. “We are now involved in a kind of surreal mini-British civil war a few thousand miles away,” said an army officer.
It is only a British civil war because the British Establishment has chosen to pretend so. If Her Majesty's government continues to refuse its duty, we risk a proper British intifada. Crumpets thrown. Feelings injured. And then the football hooligans to do the work the Army and the police are forbidden to do. Such is the metastasis of fascism.
Or we surrender our daughters to the enemy. Your call, Prime Minister Brown.
And another thing: Say as much in Canada and you risk being summoned before a "human rights" commission. Our ignorance - and two wide oceans - are not the armour they once were.
"I am hoping for a Pot Noodle and a cup of tea!" the Sun quoted her as saying at the bash.
Pot Noodle Flavour Development Manager, Grahame Walker, said: “We’re always on the look out for ideas for new flavours so when Miss Beckinsale announced her love for Pot Noodles we just had to make one in her honour. Steak & BeckinsALE is just like Kate – classically British and a tasty little number.”
One wonders how post-moderns would respond if they were present when Spanish explorer Hernando Cortes witnessed the Aztecs sacrificing the hearts of prisoners to prevent the cosmos from collapsing. Would they pass judgment in that case?
The answer, sadly, is obvious: Post-moderns would blame the Spanish. Or, failing that, themselves. They would then insist Nahuatl be recognized as an official language, engage in interpretive dance celebrating charming Aztec folkways and demand anyone wincing at the sight of blood sit through an anti-racism class. Conservatives get to pay for all of the above.
In the months prior to the war, Abdullah received $3,000 per month for his investment, but, since the fighting broke out, the investor has not seen any revenues and fears his investment went down the drain.
"I went to my broker, who is a friend of mine, and he told me that he had the same problem. What can we do now?" the desperate vendor wondered.
You could stop trying to kill Jews and get a proper job. Just a thought.
Gmail users who are logged into the accompanying chat service Google Chat, as most are, have been getting messages that appear to be from friends, urging them to click on a Web address starting with tinyurl.com that takes them to a site called ViddyHo. The site asks for the person's Gmail log-in information and then hijacks the account, sending out chat messages to all of the user's contacts and spreading itself further.
The online service Twitter had a steady stream of complaints and warnings about the attack. "To anyone who receives a Viddyho invite from me, please ignore it," a Twitter user named Zaffi cautioned. "I think I've been duped."
James Lileks eviscerates the hysterical Puritanism of "the left" as the Mayor of San Francisco is caught with bottled water. RTWT.
Sir. Six oysters for breakfast with a rasher of bacon is an indulgence. Three showgirls in your lap is an indulgence. Racing a car at high speed on weekends is an indulgence. Having a moral tuning fork that twinges when someone drinks water from a plastic bottle is an affectation.
Yet another dystopia that looks better than day to day life, Sleepdealer may nonetheless be the closest thing to a proper cyberpunk film ever made. I am not getting my hopes up. I have been fooled by trailers before.
"A warship's survivability can be built on one of two premises: invincibility or invisibility,'" the company says in a statement (pdf). "For nations with deep pockets and imposing military budgets, invincibility is the chosen high-ticket objective. For countries with more limited material resources, the more affordable choice must be invisibility, to which stealth is the obvious path."
Small point: A warship's survivability also depends on a friendly port to return home to. Something to think about as the Swedes make nice with their jihadi colonists so the jihadi colonists will be nice when they are in charge.
Larger point: If anthropology had ever got anywhere as a science we would know how to trigger a Swedish swarm phase. Vikings sound like a better deal than corsairs.
* I just like saying fully armed and operational.
** A cutaway view of the Visby class corvette for the curious.
Age of Pericles pens a scathing critique of "smart power". It is well worth the read for all it would be better we live in a world where these ideas were so obvious they could be left unsaid. Revealing too for an image of Persia's nominal leader*. Our adversaries are rabid neo-Nazis, psychopaths and mental defectives.
In Iran's case, it's a hat trick.
Theoretically, "smart power" is supposed to encourage other nations to aid the United States in international conflicts and create brotherhood. ... In an obnoxiously smug ivory tower kind of way, it's true; however, recent experience proves that smart power must be exercised upon a reasonable constituency. That is to say, begging a regime so blatantly disrespectful of international institutions to supplicate to more of the same strongly-worded UN letters isn't smart. In fact, it's just plain dumb. Furthermore, the "power of ideals" might work well in a culturally-barren society begging for an identity. Unfortunately, religious leaders in the Middle East have already found a common cause, and it's pretty much at loggerheads with everything the West has done, ever.
* An image at odds with the lamestream media's picture of the man as an Iranian Kennedy. That isn't a president; it's a mug shot.
This McDonald's flash RTS McVideogame should keep Brooks amused for a bit. Though I get the impression it was meant to criticize GM foods, employees of the week and the like, I expect the rightosphere may co-opt it as a best practice sim.
From the start, the commission should never have considered such a project. As Don Macpherson, a columnist for the same newspaper, wrote: "You don't need insight to see that recalling the defeat of the French in North America with a sort of Heritage-Minutes Plainsfest in the capital of the descendants of the losing side wasn't a good idea."
Of course the radical fringe of the sovereigntist movement that threatened to disrupt the show was wrong, but this is not the point. Such angry reactions are to be expected when an event is deemed offensive by a large part of the population. Contrary to the reports that circulated throughout Canada, the opposition was not limited to militant sovereigntists. It came from large numbers of francophones, including many federalists.
A quick translation for Flea-readers living in warmer climes: By "federalists", Gagnon means French people employing French people in Canada's federal bureaucracy at the expense of English, Chinese, Italian and various other Canadians. But this is almost beside the point. To Gagnon and her ilk, "angry reactions" including threats of violence - this is the unambiguous meaning of her words - are not limited to a radical fringe but are typical of mainstream French opinion in this country. Hardly surprising. Rinse and repeat for "Palestinians" and anyone else taking full time welfare as a platform for jihad and you have the response of "the left" to every problem their stupid, sinful largesse has created.
Such is the lesson of jihadi violence and threats of violence: We have no spine and we will surrender to your demands whim. What choice do we have? Somebody somewhere might be offended.
Let us make something perfectly clear: I am offended. I find French threats offensive. I find apologies for French threats offensive. Above all, I find the cancellation of our British victory celebration offensive.
The linked piece under "apologists" compares the re-enactment to Orange marches in Northern Ireland. Fair dues. Everyone had better hope our government grows a spine. If not, the comparisons will not end with symbolism but in retaliatory inter-communal vigilantism. We have been down this road before. Once the people lose confidence in the ability or the willingness of the state to defend their freedoms, it falls to the people to defend themselves in whatever Hobbesian fashion they can contrive.
I am confident we have learned nothing.
Also beside the point: Cancelling a re-enactment of British victory when what is left of the British in this country have ceded our symbols, our traditions, our place names, our system of measurement, our right to use our own language, the honour of our ancestors and the legacy of our children to the French. What matter a summer pantomime when we won the war and systematically gave away the peace. These days, saying as much can land you in front of a "human rights" commission; as kangaroo an example of kangaroo French justice as one can imagine.
For all that Europe has mortgaged its entire civilization so that a generation or two can stretch their pensions, English-speaking North America has only been prevented from the same mistake by the good fortune of an impoverished - and largely Catholic - Latin America (I haven't a clue how the Japanese have managed; they do not seem to have imported a generation of of their neighbours' children to look after them in their old age).
For all that Mexicans and the like have proved far less disruptive of America's version of Western Civ than their Turkish and North African equivalents have been to the Europeans, the melting pot risks being tipped over by events (not the most elegant parallelism I have ever managed but I hope you get my gist nonetheless).
"Worst-case scenario, Mexico becomes the Western hemisphere's equivalent of Somalia, with mass violence, mass chaos," said Ted Galen Carpenter, vice president for defense and foreign policy at the Cato Institute, a Washington-based think tank. "That would clearly require a military response from the United States."
Hat tip to two sources who might prefer to remain anonymous...
Now here's a thought . . . . If you are ready for the adventure of a lifetime, try this:
A.. Go to Pakistan , Afghanistan or Iraq illegally. Never mind immigration quotas, visas, international law, or any of that nonsense.
B.. Once there, demand that the local government provide free medical care for you and your entire family.
C.. Demand that all nurses and doctors be fluent in English, and that all food be cooked according to your special specifications in the hospital
D. Demand free local government forms, bulletins, etc. be printed in English.
E.. Procreate abundantly.
F.. Deflect any criticism of this allegedly irresponsible reproductive behaviour with, 'It is a cultural thing; you wouldn't understand.'
G.. Keep your original identity strong. Fly your previous country's national flag from your rooftop, or proudly display it in your front window, or on your car bumper.
H.. Speak only English at home and in public, and make sure that your children do likewise.
I.. Demand classes on English culture in the Muslim school system.
J.. Demand a local country driver license or national insurance number equivalent
K.. This will afford other legal rights and will go far to legitimise your unauthorised, illegal, presence in Pakistan , Afghanistan or Iraq
L.. Drive around with no MOT, tax or insurance and ignore local traffic laws.
M.. Insist that local country law enforcement teaches English and English culture and values to all its officers.
N.. Organise protest marches against your host country, inciting violence against non-whites, non-Christians, and the government that let you in.
Good luck! You'll soon be dead.
It would never happen in Pakistan , Afghanistan or Iraq (or any other country in the world for that matter) except in the UK, US, Canada or Australia, because we are run by soft, politically correct politicians that are too scared to 'offend' anyone. and prize over the best interests of our above country.
If you agree, pass it on.
If you don't, go ahead and try the above in Pakistan, Afghanistan or Iraq - keep your head when others may be losing theirs, and send me a postcard.
Update as I catch up on events: Paging Michael Ignatieff. Michael Ignatieff to the clue phone, please. I realize this is all a bit inside-baseball for non-Canadian Flea-readers but follow the link for a handy - and hilarious - Kathy Shaidle round up.
Steve Paikin, demonstrably a more patient man than most, makes a decision that is sadly remarkable in Canadian journalism: It is sane, reasonable and responsible.
Well, now we’ve got a different story, right? Now, it’s no longer a story about the appropriateness of our choosing Kathy to appear on the program. Now it’s a story about a well known Liberal Party operative threatening us (with what? We didn’t know) unless we did what he said.
They said if Stephen Harper was elected there would be political censorship of the media... and they were right! Also, it is charming to note Paikin is surprised to find his private emails being published. Etiquette is not everyone's strong suit.
Mew Goo Guy Ding Update: Kick him while he's down, you say? Well, if you insist.
Claim: Chinese restaurants in the U.S. use cat meat in their entrees.
But that's the States, of course. Ottawa? Could be another story. I lived in Ottawa and trust me we are some shifty people.
Update: There should be a Weblog Comments Awards... "If you've never met someone who screams their own name when they reach orgasm..."
Remember all that goodwill George Bush supposedly squandered after 9/11? You know, the kind that lead the French to claim they were all Americans now?
Yeah, about that.
Don't get me wrong. We have many welcome allies in this fight. For example, the UK, Canada, Poland, and even France and Germany have sent troops, though these latter two refused to allow their contributions to engage in combat. And don't forget Georgia, which had a damn good reason to call their troops home. They've all lost soldiers in the War on Terror and we praise their troops. The failure here is not their soldiers'. And it's not really their governments' either.
The failure is Obama's. Obama, who criticized President Bush for failing to get more support out of our European allies. Obama, who played Monday-morning quarterback to decisionmakers in Washington. Obama, who puffed himself up with cheap words. Obama, who led us to believe he could do better. He can't deliver.
Not to worry. American progressives can take a leaf out of Canada's book on this one: Slap a smug smile on your face and tell all your friends how much the world loves you and as if by magic it will be true! And if you have never been anywhere, can't speak your own language properly let alone, say, Farsi and abase yourself before the imaginary Ewok religions of a variety of dark haired people you know nothing about... so much the better. "God willing".
While it is possible I might consider expanding my reading horizons, I am pointing you at Ace of Spades HQ once again as Gabriel Malor has a handy Battlestar Galactica thread underway. Handy, at least, to those of us who are still scratching our heads after last week's episode and the wall of exposition the writers are building around a fleet of rag tag fugitive plot-holes.
Many spoilers - including a visual - for those of you who are not up to date with the latest broadcast.
Glen Larson, creator of the original Battlestar Galactica, is in talks with Universal to write and produce a movie version. The proposed big-screen version would have no connection to either television series. It would be yet another re-launch with a new concept, although it will obviously keep the characters and the ship.
Los Angeles-based Victorian gentleman, Alfred Darlington busts some Flea-ish moves with a Monome; a sensible solution to presenting music to an audience when you are used to producing said music inside the box.
Though I prefer the look of the JazzMutant Dexter and the Tenori-On has a kawaii factor the Monome lacks. As for me, all future Ghost of a flea music now depends on the forthcoming APC40 controller for Ableton. Such is the peril of Gear Acquisition Syndrome.
Related to the latter if not the former: Some appealing soft synths.
His thinking relies on comparable dependencies on foreign oil production, foreign debt and runaway military spending but my favourite bits reflect an engineer's pessimism about humanity.
In the mid-1990s the all-time peak in global oil production was scheduled for the turn of the century. But then a lot of things happened that delayed it by at least half a decade. Perhaps you’ve noticed this too, there is a sort of refrain here: people who try to predict big historical shifts always turn to be off by about half a decade. Unsuccessful predictions, on the other hand are always spot on as far as timing: the world as we know it failed to end precisely at midnight on January 1, 2000. Perhaps there is a physical principal involved: information spreads at the speed of light, while ignorance is instantaneous at all points in the known universe. So please make a mental note: whenever it seems to you that I am making a specific prediction as to when I think something is likely to happen, just silently add “plus or minus half a decade.”
The Interior Ministry said it had ordered Richard Williamson out of Argentina because he had failed to declare his true job as director of a seminary on immigration forms and because his comments on the Holocaust "profoundly insult Argentine society, the Jewish community and all of humanity by denying a historic truth."
I am by no means certain this is good news. By all means, expel Williamson for failing to meet the requirements of his visa but I am less sanguine at the prospect of people being ordered to leave the country on the grounds of being an idiot, for all that he is an idiot with a pulpit. Worse yet, the government of Argentina seemed to have no difficulty with Williamson until he became a well known idiot with a pulpit.
Better to let his NGO sort him out community-organizer-style.
The flap led the Vatican to demand that the British clergyman recant before he can be admitted as a bishop in the Roman Catholic Church. It also prompted the Society of St. Pius X, founded by Lefebvre, to dismiss Williamson as director of the La Reja seminary in Argentina and to distance itself from his views.
They say life imitates art; sometimes it just imitates a Brian Herbert Dune knock off. The gasohol must flow.
A Saudi imam has issued a fatwa or religious edict, banning the use of alcohol as a fuel substitute for petrol. "I warn Saudi students that live abroad not to use alcohol as a cheap substitute for petrol, because the prophet has cursed not only who drinks it but also those who use it for other purposes," said the Saudi imam Mohammed al-Najimi, quoted by Saudi daily, Shams.
Not even vaguely related if I'm honest: Catholicism and Protestantism and fantasy and science fiction. Scratching my head at this and wondering what Flea-readers make of it.
The main SF line is ‘Protestant’ in its imaginings, with Catholic impulses providing important counterpoint. Roughly, Protestantism is all about the ‘disenchantment of the world’ and Catholicism is about magic and sacralization. So SF is Protestant and fantasy is Catholic, and the fact that SF is often hard to distinguish from fantasy just goes to show that Protestant and Catholic imaginative impulses can intertwine and do complicated stuff.
If I was grading this the words "complicated stuff" would be circled, connected to the margins with a line and an arrow pointing to the words "need to unpack this". As to the rest, are we meant to believe SF emerges from the "work ethic" as Venus on a half-shell? Though - and fair dues - modern fantasy was defined by Tolkien's Catholic morality and sensibility. If Heinlein was raised Baptist we could be on to something.
For Y chromosome readers wondering where all the toilet paper is going, the answer has something to do with the application and removal of cosmetics. Could have asked, I suppose, but that would have been cheating. Will report as further evidence is acquired.
Aerial combat has always been more about engineering than flying
Cesar Rodriguez' office features an image of his F-15 Eagle - and a rather larger AIM-7 in the foreground - as these appeared in the head-up display of an Iraqi MiG pilot.
It was the final splash of light on his retinas, probably arriving too late for his brain to process before being vaporized with the rest of his corporeal frame. Pilots like Rodriguez don’t romanticize such exploits. These are strictly matter-of-fact men from a world where war is work, and life and death hang on a rapidly and precisely calibrated reality, an attitude captured by the flat caption mounted on the frame: This is an AIM-7 air-to-air missile shot from an F‑15 Eagle detonating on an Iraqi MiG‑29 Fulcrum during Operation Desert Storm.
This anecdote by way of making an argument for the F-22. Or of maintaining total dominance of the air, which might not be quite the same thing.
A British nuclear submarine collided with a French sub in the Atlantic because sophisticated antisonar equipment made them undetectable to each other, it has been claimed. The French submarine Le Triomphant remained unaware that it had rammed and damaged HMS Vanguard until days later, when it was informed by the Royal Navy. ...
The French Navy claimed this month that the bow sonar dome of Le Triomphant was probably damaged in a collision with a submerged shipping container while returning from patrol. It only discovered that it had hit a British submarine after one of the regular exchanges of information with the Royal Navy.
And in the civilized world: India raises its defence budget by 34%. Good.
Vanguard's bicycle locks are said to have held but the Gods of Metaphor must have been struck dumb.
The Ministry of Defence said the Vanguard returned to its base in Faslane, Scotland, with only "scrapes". A spokesman said: "We can confirm that the UK's deterrent capability has remained unaffected at all times and there has been no compromise to nuclear safety."
With a unicorn in the White House, the New York Times has given itself permission to think what the sane amongst us were thinking at about about nine in the morning a few years back. The good news is we are now one step closer to "the left" denouncing President Obama as a "house" so-and-so. Silver lining and all that.
Nightmare possibilities include synchronized assaults on several shopping malls, high-rise office buildings or other places that have lots of people and relatively few exits. Another option would be to set loose half a dozen two-man sniper teams in some metropolitan area — you only have to recall the havoc caused by the Washington sniper in 2002 to imagine how huge a panic a slightly larger version of that form of terrorism would cause.
So how are swarms to be countered? The simplest way is to create many more units able to respond to simultaneous, small-scale attacks and spread them around the country.
A nasty shock for private contractors who signed up for the Pentagon's Human Terrain System social science teams as staff discover they are now to be civil servants. For most, this means a dramatic cut in pay.
One Wired commenter does the math.
I'm certain that someone is going to be jumping on the chance to work in Iraq with it's bugs/scorpions/IEDs/insurgents setting you on fire with cooking oil so you spend two months dying slowly in a hospital/etc. etc. for $16.55 an hour. It beats not having a job.... I guess... .
(Typically contractors work 80+ hour work weeks. 40 hours normal time + 20 hours time-and-a-half + 20 hours double-time = 110 labor-hours/week. 50 work weeks per year* and 91k per year... $16.55/hour.)
Lots of blah-di-blah about the new Kindle wireless reading tablet (described in detail at the Amazon Kindle page). Happy as I am with dead tree media when it comes to novels, I was content to ignore the whole idea until I came across the story reframed with a new twist as part of today's copyright wars.
It turns out Kindle has some capacity to read books to you. Potentially handy for those with lazy eyeballs; assuming - of course - this feature actually works. But what to do with the audiobook rights? Neil Gaiman considers.
My point of view: When you buy a book, you're also buying the right to read it aloud, have it read to you by anyone, read it to your children on long car trips, record yourself reading it and send that to your girlfriend etc. This is the same kind of thing, only without the ability to do the voices properly, and no-one's going to confuse it with an audiobook.
Quite sensible to my mind. Let that be an end to it.
When you go down that road, all you do is lead to the situation that you have in, say, Saudi Arabia. In Saudi Arabia, you can't start a newspaper and print what you think, so if you object to the House of Saud, the only thing you can do is blow stuff up.
In a shift that has Russia and Europe worried, Israel may have overtaken Russia as the biggest beneficiary of India's defence budget in the last two years, officials in the know said. Also worrying the Russians and the Europeans is the growing importance of the US for the Indian military.
Funny how "Russians and the Europeans" are now an obvious community of interest and concern. It is a post-9/11 thing.
Speaking of taking the piss: Taking a break from hiding behind Arab women and children as they attempted to kill Israeli women and children, Hamas freedom fighters took Israeli medical shipments (you know, the ones our media could not report on) and turned medicine bottles into grenades. Because that is what we are dealing with. Because this is what heroism looks like to "the left".
Six degrees of Kevin Bacon jokes are suspended for the duration of the following broadcast. Check out the trailer for Taking Chance.
In April 2004, Lieutenant Colonel Michael Strobl, USMC, came across the name of 19-year-old Lance Corporal Chance Phelps, a young Marine who had been killed by hostile fire in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. Strobl, a Desert Storm veteran with 17 years of military service, requested that he be assigned for military escort duty to accompany Chance's remains to his family in Dubois, Wyo.
What scares the establishment is that everybody are equals on the net. Everybody can share and receive freely. There is no central point of control. They are fighting tooth and nail to bring back the good old days, where there was a hard division into approved senders and passive consumer receivers, where the approved senders would compete for the wallet of the consumers. Essentially, they are trying to turn the Internet into a cable TV network.
China's bloggers celebrate the failure of their state media to report on their own problems. Their towering inferno, for example.
Wang Xiaofeng, a popular blogger, could not help noting that CCTV employees had accidentally created one of the biggest stories of the year and then failed to cover it. “They didn’t feel the urgency to report the news, even though the fire was up to their eyebrows,” he wrote. “In this case of breaking news, the official media has been defeated by the citizen media.”
Even if they lamented the death of a firefighter, other bloggers were almost gleeful over the network’s misfortune. Some said they were happy to see the demise of a building that had come to symbolize the government’s Olympian extravagance. Others noted with self-satisfaction that the charred structure was also intended to house recording studios for CCTV.
With tongue-in-cheek humor, another writer, Chaindrive, tried to find a silver lining in the fire. The rebuilding effort, he said, would mean more jobs for unemployed migrants, more money spent on construction materials and a lift for the economy.
“Businesses will have new customers and our government officials will have new opportunities to take bribes,” he wrote. “To make up the loss, we taxpayers will pay more, but our G.D.P. will go up and society will move forward in harmony.”
The Election Compass for the 2009 Knesset elections is an interactive tool designed to inform the Israeli voter about the positions on various issues of Israel's diverse political parties. I scored high on Hawk in the Hawk/Dove axis and just to the right of centre on Socioeconomics. This result placed my responses close to the party platform of Haichud Haleumi (National Unity). Judging by their website - and their general agreement with me - I am betting these guys get something like five votes.
The city government blamed fireworks from Monday night's Lunar New Year celebrations for a massive fire that engulfed a 44-story tower in the brand-new complex that also houses the iconic headquarters of China Central Television. ...
Xinhua quoted a Beijing government spokesman as saying an initial investigation showed the fire was caused by "illegal launches of firecrackers." It was unclear how that was known, nor did the report explain what was illegal. In 2005, Beijing ended a ban on fireworks downtown during the New Year celebrations.
Note to 9/11 truthers: Firecrackers are somewhat smaller than fully fuelled passenger airlines. Now for the mandatory lame-stream kowtowing to our mandarin overlords.
There was international dismay at the destruction of an integral part of a widely acclaimed architectural wonder. Carl Galioto, a partner at the New York office of architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and an expert in high-rise safety, said after watching a video of the Beijing fire that its size and fury were unprecedented. "I've never seen one like that. What a nightmare. It's incredible," he said.
Tales of the Black Freighter brings to strikingly animated life the graphic novel’s richly layered story-within-a-story. Within the graphic novel, Tales of the Black Freighter, appears as a comic book read by a young man in New York City while the city is being destroyed. This daring pirate saga chronicles a sailor’s journey home from being marooned. During his journey, the young seaman is “forced by the urgency of his mission to shed one inhibition after another” and experience horrible events along the way. The turbulent events the sailor endures seem to mirror those in the Watchmen’s world.
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Summer Glau explains robot love. Just a guess but I am betting Terminator infiltration units make a wicked sammich.
"Cameron's deep love for John is because he is her whole reason for existing... I think that is love, and I think she would do anything for him, and in her reality, I think that's what love is for her."
Nick Cohen sees an end to Britain's honeymoon with President Obama. This goes double for Canada's "left": in love with Obama, in hate with free trade, a little unclear on just who buys Canada's goods and services and clueless as to just where all the magic government money comes from.
Press and public are still so in love with Obama that they barely noticed that Congress ordered the US government to spend American taxpayers' money on American goods last week. True, senators watered down the measure and Obama insisted that existing trade treaties must be respected. Nevertheless, protectionism triumphed and profoundly unsettled European policy makers as it did.
In their minds, Republicans were the "stupid white men" who cared nothing for foreigners. Now, they find that the Democrats are the real America Firsters, not only in Congress but also at the Doha talks, where an agreement on freeing up world trade seemed within reach. It is in the balance, because Democrats want to protect the American economy against foreigners dumping subsidised goods and to hold countries to account for their environmental standards and respect for labour rights.
Obama came to power with more international goodwill than any president since Eisenhower, mutter angry ministers. Do not think his popularity will last if he keeps on indulging the protectionists.
Not to worry, Obama brand protectionism would be popular with many Americans including, quite possibly, many Republicans (seriously, Obama v France in a cage match = tough call). If Democrats can make the giant mental leap from cordoning off their markets to cordoning off their borders, Obama will be re-elected.
Actually, masked vigilantism has much to recommend it. Or so I am reliably informed.
Collectible: Coraline has yet to be released but potential collectors are going to want to get in on the game early; props and such are already appearing at an eBay charity auction. I expect this screen used Coraline animation puppet to be particularly sought after.
1999: The first Victoria's Secret online fashion show also becomes the first major webcast, attracting an estimated 1.5 million viewers worldwide. The 21-minute spectacle featured VS supermodel Tyra Banks and a pulchritudinous supporting cast flaunting the latest in boudoir apparel.
Funny how it turns out the Pope does have some latitude after all. Of course, if you point this out before the fact you get the stick. As one friend pointed out to me, Vatican PR needs to be brought forward from the Middle Ages.
On Jan. 24, the Vatican announced it was lifting excommunications on four bishops from the ultra-traditionalist Society of St. Pius X. Not only are the four bishops unrepentant enemies of Vatican II, which completely transformed the Church over the past decades, but one of the men turned out to be a vocal anti-Semite and Holocaust denier.
Richard Williamson has said that Jews are plotting world domination, that women should never be allowed to wear pants and that the movie The Sound of Music is pornographic. He also thinks 9/11 was a hoax.
The Vatican announcement about the bishops was made on the 50th anniversary of Vatican II and Holocaust remembrance weekend in Europe.
Yesterday, the Vatican was still in full damage control, saying it now wanted Bishop Williamson to recant his extremist views.
And a variety of other classic films that would be much improved with zombies. In this case, the addition has the advantage of greater historical accuracy.
Synopsis: A Soviet cinema masterpiece, Eisenstein’s film depicts the 1905 uprising of zombies on the titular vessel against the oppressive officers of the Tsarist regime. It begins when soldiers aboard the Potemkin are forced to eat rotten, maggot-infested meat, which turns the men into mutinous zombies. Later, the city of Odessa becomes overwhelmed with undead citizens and the Tsarist military is sent in to massacre them. In the end, though, even the soldiers are converted.
Possibly should have put a spoiler warning on that one. Kids these days cannot tell you what year 9/11 happened let alone the particulars of ancient history of no immediate relevance to their interests.
Britain's Foreign Secretary David Miliband on Wednesday called for new talks between major powers aimed at ridding the world of nuclear weapons.
Miliband published a policy document calling for a resumption of debate on disarmament, despite the West's fears over Iran's pursuit of a nuclear weapon and over the prospects of terrorists acquiring access to the technology.
The British foreign policy chief said that he hopes the US, Russia, China, Britain and France can begin talks aimed at the eventual elimination of all nuclear arsenals.
All right, one comment. The worst aspect of this farce is that this farce is not only grounded in a catastrophic stupidity but in simple, incomprehensible greed. Her Majesty's government appears to have decided nuclear weapons are too expensive for a nation of non-contributing zeroes to maintain and that such weapons are, in any event, unusable. "Top generals" may have a point. We won't use nuclear weapons under any circumstances and as such these weapons are no deterrent to a rational mind. Worse yet, nuclear weapons are no deterrent to governments who do not care a damn about the lives of their people and even less a caution to ideologies celebrating mass extermination as justice and/or martyrdom.
By the same logic, Iran should continue its breakneck attempt at acquiring these all too usable weapons and - again by the same logic - the left will continue to support any monster with the will to atomic power provided this power be used toward the left's nihilistic ends.
Among my earliest memories of dealing with hippie/feminist thought control is the time I found myself explaining my Cramps T-shirt to a Wiccan priestess. "There can't be a woman in that band," she sneered. I explained the depth of her error as best I could and more politely than she deserved. Looking back on so many conversations along these lines, I realize now I should never have conceded there was a point to be debated. A two word explaining would have been more than sufficient.
The severed head of a missing schoolgirl has been discovered by St. Petersburg residents, a presumed victim of the Florist and Butcher killers.
The case got its name from the professions of two suspects arrested on Saturday. Yuri Mozhnov worked at a florist's and Maxim Golovatskikh was a butcher in St. Petersburg's main meat market.
The two men, who investigators say both have criminal records, were immersed in Goth and Emo culture.
If these two were both Goth and Emo small wonder they were confused. Though how they worked up the organizational skills or requisite motivation to carry out a murder is beyond me. Not to make light of the situation, obviously. Will update once I have worked out what the Russian press thinks Emo looks like when it is at home.
How is it I am only now learning of Gareth Pugh? It is as if Tim Burton cast a fashion designer... If House Flea's North of 60 collection ever sees the light of day, I want a line that looks much like this. The Seal edit is brilliant too.
ii - The final Watchmen poster. Somewhat lacking in extra-dimensional horrors.
iii - More on a rumoured Blade Runner sequel. Lucas has already raped my childhood - so much so I was numb even to an abomination like the The Lost Boys "sequel" - but enough is enough. If this monstrosity proceeds it will be time for direct action. I cannot go back in time and throw Brian Herbert under a bus but this I can put a stop to. Never. Again.
I hope the American electorate are happy with their movie President. No (public) resume. No friends (he will admit to). No record of public service (voting present does not count). But I admit he looks the part. The rest of us are going to have to hope fronting it is enough to get the job done.
A genteel panel on Mid-East issues flew out of control after [Peres] let rip such eloquence and emotion that nobody dared stop him, and people sat enthralled, or in tears, or aghast, as he related how Hamas was deploying terror in Gaza.
A hundred Fatah prisoners in Gaza had been thrown from roof-tops, he said. Dozens had been shot in the legs. The Gaza schools had become a Gulag of Palestinian prisoners, he said, reading aloud a letter from Fatah's secretary-general.
"The tragedy of Gaza is not Israel, it is Hamas. They created a dictatorship. A very dangerous one."
I am enjoying this whole Amazon adventure, obviously. Arguably, a little too much. Still, it beats Pajamas Media and, unlike some other big ad vendors one might mention, Amazon has managed to keep a lower profile politically. I just want to sell stuff me (these pixels don't publish themselves) and - to that end - am hoping to make my music available through a related interface...
Protip: This is how to publish a Canadian politics and pop culture blog. Heavy on the Romanian pop stars. Light on the aristocratic Russian Liberal party leaders. Either way it is all lip-syncing and vampires all the time but you get the picture.