There is evil, there is premeditated evil and then there is Write or Die. With an improved desktop edition, it is even eviler.
Progress Bars! Pretty!
Now there are visual indicators to show you your progress relative to your goals. In addition to these I have refined the warning animation, now there is a gradual fade to red instead of formerly where it would quite obviously get redder every second. Once you start typing again there is another gradual fade back to your preferred background colour.
Baroness Cathy Ashton never had any voters at all, as she has never ever stood for election. Ashton made a career in leftist non-governmental organizations and was appointed to the House of Lords as ‘Baroness Ashton of Upholland’ by the Labour government. “She has never had a proper job and has never been elected to anything in her whole life,” Farage said, “so I guess she really is the true representation of the modern-day political class in this European Union.” Farage demanded to know whether “as the treasurer of CND during a period of time when CND took very large donations and refused to reveal their source she took funds from organizations opposed to Western-style capitalism and democracy.”
“That question must be asked,” Farage told the Parliament. “Did she take money from enemies of the West? That question must be answered.”
Michael Gerson describes "old media dinosaurs" as "the basis for the entire media food chain"; this definintion rendering us pesky bloggers not only bottom feeders but ungrateful bottom feeders. Without old media, new media is nothing.
That's laughably untrue in the Warmergate story. If you rely on the lavishly remunerated "climate correspondents" of the big newspapers and networks, you'll know nothing about the Climate Research Unit scandals - just the business-as-usual drivel about Boston being underwater by 2011. Indeed, even when a prominent media warm-monger addresses the issue, the newspaper prefers to reprint a month-old column predating the scandal. If you follow online analysis from obscure websites on the fringes of the map, you'll know what's going on. If you go to the convenience store and buy today's newspaper, you won't. That's the problem.
“My role in life is to be a burr under the saddle. I didn’t pick that for myself, it just happens that’s the way I am. I wish I could be one of the really sweet guys, but for me nobody has a good word. That’s because my allegiance is to art, to the work. I have no allegiance to magazines, producers, studios, networks or anything. The work is what counts.”
A small note to the Big Hollywood writer: People do not paint with canvas, even if their names are Picasso or Dali. Ellison will notice, trust me.
The map was put up by hospital administrators to 'celebrate the ethnic diversity' of the sick children treated there, each at a cost of £1,400 a day. It shows dramatically how the NHS now treats patients from every corner of the globe.
The 243 mothers are from 72 different nations. They include Mongolia, the remotest regions of Russia, Japan, Africa, South America, swathes of Asia, Australasia and even Papua New Guinea.
I am not a graphic designer but have had enough demands for free writing/publishing (I am looking at you, Canadian "conservative" publications) that I can relate to David Thorne word for word (via Dave in Texas).
Theodore Dalrymple claims Le Corbusier was to architecture what Pol Pot was to social reform, saying "it is no coincidence that he willingly served both Stalin and Vichy."
A terminal inhumanity—what one might almost call “ahumanity”—characterizes Le Corbusier’s thought and writing, notwithstanding his declarations of fraternity with mankind. This manifests itself in several ways, including in his thousands of architectural photos and drawings, in which it is rare indeed that a human figure ever appears, and then always as a kind of distant ant, unfortunately spoiling an otherwise immaculate, Platonic townscape. Thanks to his high-rise buildings, Le Corbusier says, 95 percent of the city surface shall become parkland—and he then shows a picture of a wooded park without a single human figure present. Presumably, the humans will be where they should be, out of sight and out of mind (the architect’s mind, anyway), in their machines for living in (as he so charmingly termed houses), sitting on machines for sitting on (as he defined chairs).
Read the whole thing; Dalrymple's hat tip to the graffiti of uneducated slum denizens is a classic. Also true.
Rockstar INXS enthusiasts might wonder what happened to J.D. Fortune, one time lead singer of INXS once again running his life out of the back of a car. For Fortune's sake, I hope it turns out there are second acts in Canadian lives.
Lukas Rossi offers JD Fortune a helping hand - ET Canada Feb 18, 2009.
GlaxoSmithKline spokeswoman Gwenan White told AFP that the affected doses of its Aprepanrix vaccine had caused reactions to the heart and lungs. Ms. White added that some 172,000 doses are involved, although she declined to reveal how many of those had already been used.
Professor Nigel V.H. Oldham, speaking to Iowahawk Geographic, explains a "violent data dance" is what makes climate researchers an unique breed of scientists.
Like other species in the order homo scientifica, the climate researcher gathers and organizes data to lure grant money to the hive. In contrast to those other species, however, the climate researcher has evolved a set of complex violent behaviors to insure any data leaving the hive is perfectly adapted to nature's most lucrative and sweetest grants. It really is a marvel of natural selection, and explains why the climate researcher continues to thrive in any kind of weather condition.
Much more about this branch of homo scientifica at the link.
Less funny: The Competitive Enterprise Institute filed three Notices of Intent to File Suit against NASA and its Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) for failing to provide documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act.. For three years.
The information sought is directly relevant to the exploding “Climategate” scandal revealing document destruction, coordinated efforts in the U.S. and UK to avoid complying with both countries’ freedom of information laws, and apparent and widespread intent to defraud at the highest levels of international climate science bodies.
Flea-readers unfamiliar with NASA may be fascinated to learn the organization used to be involved with advanced space research science, exploration and engineering. Thanks to the Frankfurt School and a Nietzschean transvaluation of values, NASA is now a thriving New Age cult.
"It is a form of renewable energy which, unlike solar or wind power, produces a predictable and stable amount of energy regardless of the weather," explained Stein Erik Skilhagen, in charge of the project at state-owned Statkraft, which specialises in renewable energies.
Osmotic energy is based on the principle that nature is constantly seeking balance, and plays on the different concentration levels of liquids.
When freshwater and seawater meet on either side of a membrane -- a thin layer that retains salt but lets water pass -- freshwater is drawn towards the seawater side. The flow puts pressure on the seawater side, and that pressure can be used to drive a turbine, producing electricity.
Just enough to power a coffee maker at the moment but an idea with some potential. Or we could just drill, drill, drill. You know, like the Norwegians do.
Also: "I accept your nomination for President of the United States."
A passage at 15:00 sounds all too familiar: "The Republican plan for solving economic problems is based on growth and productivity. Large amounts of oil and natural gas lay beneath our land and off our shores untouched because the present administration seems to believe the American people would rather see more regulation, more taxes and more controls than more energy."
On February 16, 1940, the destroyer Cossack, acting on Churchill's personal orders, steamed headlong into neutral Norwegian territorial waters in defiance of international law, boarded the German freighter Altmark and freed 299 captive British merchant seamen.
Legend held that the first the prisoners knew of their deliverance was a shout down a hatchway from a sailor on deck: 'The Navy's here!' The episode passed into folklore, exemplifying the Royal Navy's centuries-old tradition of triumphant boldness.
On October 28, 2009, the armed Royal Fleet Auxiliary tanker Wave Knight met Somali pirates transferring the British couple Paul and Rachel Chandler from their yacht Lynn Rival to a hijacked Singaporean container vessel. When warning shots from Wave Knight failed to deter the pirates, its 100-strong crew stood by and did . . . absolutely nothing.
Your fate is what you make. We richly deserve ours.
To a geologist, glaciers are among the most exciting features on Earth. Though they seem to creep along at impossibly slow speeds, in geologic time glaciers are relatively fast, powerful landscape artists that can carve out valleys and fjords in just a few thousand years.
I've always admired your writing. I've known smart, mouthy young guys, since I grew up at a time just before the schools and postmodern victimary ideologies conspired to shut up the young men who wanted to dominate the classroom with their spirited if often half-baked ideas. Believe it or not young guns used to be common if you went to the right schools. Sure, the overly-confident youth could be a problem in its way, one that was addressed by guilt-promoting ideologies. However, my last experiences, before I had to leave the academic world behind, was of young people now turned sullen and cynical and silent and stupid by the reign of PC and its demands for performance of self-incrimination/confession of "privilege", or assertion of victimhood, neither of which are often appropriate to a self-respecting youngster. I witnessed the rise of a reign of speech enforcers, people who thought it was their high duty to shut up obnoxious "privilege", indeed anything too normal or even anachronistic (as if the bad guys of old still mattered). What resulted, on one one level, was a lot of sexless males and genderless females - no one too boisterously natural - without much respect for truth beyond (cynicism of) the reigning pieties of victimhood... That was a much bigger problem it seemed to me.
Airline pollution activists Plane Stupid are on a collision course with the advertising regulator after launching a graphic cinema campaign that sees CGI polar bears falling to bloody deaths to highlight the impact of carbon emissions.
The media will show you sick apocalyptic fantasies like this but they will not show you the martyrs of 9/11. All I can say is thank God for Trey Parker and Matt Stone. For want of satire we would be left with direct action.
The people of Detroit are incapable of managing their own affairs. Leftist utopias end in Robocop (if you are lucky). So much for democracy. The evidence.
“I have not seen this many unclaimed bodies in 13 years on the job,” said Albert Samuels, chief investigator at the mortuary. “It started happening when the economy went south last year. I have never seen this many people struggling to give people their last resting place.”
Unburied bodies piling up in the city mortuary — it reached 70 earlier this year — is the latest and perhaps most appalling indignity to be heaped on the people of Detroit. The motor city that once boasted the highest median income and home ownership rate in the US is today in the midst of a long and agonising death spiral.
These same people now hold the reigns of power in Washington. Best of luck.
The Royal Navy has apologized for sending up the Spanish; the culprit, a gunnery target flag in Spanish livery. This is bad enough on its face - seriously, sod the Spanish - it is none of their concern what happens in British territorial waters.
What is worse is the spectacle of the Royal Navy apologizing for nothing. After all, they choose to pretend the send up was unintentional and therefore have nothing to apologize for.*
Which is a lie. Obviously.
An MoD spokesman yesterday insisted the Spanish had been mistaken, but pledged to take action so a row did not flare in future.
He said: 'HMS Scimitar was using Flag No1 during gunnery practise – not the Spanish national flag. Flag No1 is traditionally used on gunnery targets due to its high visibility however we recognise its similarity to the Spanish national flag and will use an alternative marker during gunnery practise in this area in the future.'
The men who chose those colours were men and, had the Spanish complained at the time, would have thought it a very great joke and loaded the guns for another volley. Once upon a time, I expect the Spanish would have been men enough to appreciate the humour. These days we may expect an "human rights" complaint against the Royal Navy.
I cite a Guardian article on the anti-homosexuality bill as the wording of the petition itself strikes me to be inflammatory and somewhat obscure. Nonetheless, it seems to me the bill not only offends common decency but also common sense.
A Ugandan government bill that is advocating the death penalty for gay people will hinder the country's fight against HIV/Aids, legal experts and activists warned this week.
Under the anti-homosexuality bill, now going through parliament, anyone repeatedly "caught" having sex with someone of the same sex faces the death penalty, while people who touch each other in a "gay way" could be jailed.
A clause in the bill also punishes anyone who fails to report an offence within 24 hours of witnessing or finding out about it.
By contrast: Not that I am opposed to draconian punishments per se. For example, having been released on compassionate grounds and survived his three month prognosis, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, his friends, family and neighbours should all be nuked from orbit (and you know why).
I am not a dark person and I don`t consider myself dark
Flea-readers in New York from November 22 through to April 26 of next year might stop in at the MoMA for a Tim Burton exhibition.
Taking inspiration from popular culture, Tim Burton (American, b. 1958) has reinvented Hollywood genre filmmaking as an expression of personal vision, garnering for himself an international audience of fans and influencing a generation of young artists working in film, video, and graphics.
Related: Not a Tim Burton per se but DIY vinyl wall art for Flea-readers who are either not headed to the MoMA or who cannot wait until they do.
Apartments, however, are usually a pain to paint and then paint to cover-up your awesome paint, and an especially big pain when you move around as often as I do.
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Wednesday rejected a recent decision by the European Court of Human Rights opposing the display of the crucifix in school classrooms in officially secular Italy saying it is important to maintain traditions.
"It is of fundamental importance to maintain your own traditions, and Italy has a Christian and Catholic background. Therefore, to keep the tradition of the crucifix in the schools is extremely important," the Dalai Lama told a media conference at Italy's chamber of deputies.
The show looked 'f***ing old-fashioned' next to new formats such as Changing Rooms, says Wilman now, and after it was finally axed in 2001, he and Clarkson got together over a pub lunch to draw up a manifesto for a brand new Top Gear.
First, it would have a news section so 'important but boring' cars could be dispensed with quickly. Second, it would be filmed before an audience in an old aircraft hangar that would become 'an oasis for people who like cars'.
Third, they would have an all-male line-up. Fourth, and perhaps most importantly, 'it would always be an unfair show,' says Wilman.
'The BBC would say: "You should get Professor Suchabody on, talking about the environment,' and we would go: "F*** off."
Grasping for the Wind solicited book bloggers in science fiction, fantasy and horror to suggest the worst or most disappointing endings in science fiction and fantasy novels. I reproduce most of Omphalos SF Book Reviews' comment on "Hunters of Dune" as it needed to be said and is for the ages (much more at the link).
... the worst ending in SF undoubtedly is also the longest and most drawn out ending in the history of the genre: Hunters of Dune and Sandworms of Dune. These two monumental piece of junk books were penned by Brian Herbert and his “writing” partner Kevin J. Anderson in an attempt to wrap up Frank Herbert’s monumental, epic and amazingly well crafted Dune chronicles.
Can I tell you a secret? Lean in close now. The Herbert’s have ears all over the place and I don’t want them to hear this…again. The series was complete when Frank died. The whole point of the six Dune books that Frank Herbert wrote were to show one thing: How Leto II successfully put humanity onto the Golden Path, or a path towards a societal configuration that would ensure the immortality of the race. The first trilogy of books tell the story of Leto II coming to power, and the empire he inherited from his father, Paul. The fourth book, God Emperor of Dune, shows Leto’s plan at its most vulnerable point. Without providing any spoiling detail, Leto made it work. The last two books, Heretics and Chapterhouse, were about a different story in the Dune universe where the characters saw a risk to the Golden Path. At the end of Chapterhouse Frank Herbert left a few rhetorical question that Herbert the Younger and Anderson spun into the “greatest cliff-hanger in the history of the genre.”
Yeah, right. A close reading of Heretics and Chapterhouse reveal all the answers that anyone needs. But, with a few notes that they claim to have found in Herbert’s attic, and the mythical outline for “Dune 7″ that was reportedly found in a safety deposit box in the months after Herbert and Anderson claim to have gotten together to draft an outline for the plot of Dune: House Atreides (the first of six useless, needless prequels to the first Frank Herbert Dune novel, and the first baby-steps in a blatant, clumsy reengineering of an absolute classic of literature), they have indeed gone where no man should ever go. Frank Herbert’s Dune is, in my mind, unassailable. It’s the best book that SF has to offer, and it probably always will be. It was a masterful updating of even then-dated motifs and tropes, a romantic tale of adventure, a coming-of-age tale par excellance, a singular statement on the state of politics in the 60’s, and the landmark novel of the ecological age of that our culture has been working itself towards ever since. Hunters and Sandworms are not only unworthy of shelf space near Dune, they shouldn’t even be used as library door-stops.
This year, it's especially important to have clear information on what you can do to prepare for the flu season. With this in mind, we are happy to share a new feature for the U.S. which allows you to more easily find locations near you for getting both the seasonal and H1N1 flu vaccine. After expanding Google Flu Trends to a total of 20 countries and 38 languages, allowing more people to see near real-time estimates of flu activity, we began brainstorming with the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services (HHS), their flu.gov collaborators and the American Lung Association on the flu shot finder and other ways Google can be helpful to people this flu season.
One of Britain's new £2bn aircraft carriers could be sold off under cost-cutting plans being considered by the Ministry of Defence. India has lodged a firm expression of interest, the Observer has learned.
The sale of one of the two 65,000-tonne vessels would leave the Royal Navy with a single carrier and could force Britain to borrow from the French fleet, which itself has only one carrier and is reluctant to build more.
Yet we mock the Victorians for their fears of degeneracy and decline.
If you need proof that creating “television” is a completely different game these days, look no further than the Vancouver-produced science fiction series Riese . To begin with, the series launched not with a television pilot, but with a nine-minute episode on YouTube and the video site Koldcast.
SFFaudio links interviews with Riese series producer Nicholas Humphries, co-creator Ryan Copple and actress Sharon Taylor.
In a series of audacious papers, Nielsen and Ninomiya have suggested that setbacks to the LHC occur because of "reverse chronological causation," which is to say, sabotage from the future. The papers suggest that the Higgs boson may be "abhorrent to nature" and the LHC's creation of the Higgs sometime in the future sends ripples backward through time to scupper its own creation. Each time scientists are on the verge of capturing the Higgs, the theory holds, the future intercedes. The theory as to why the universe rejects the creation of Higgs bosons is based on complex mathematics, but, Nielsen tells TIME, "you could explain it [simply] by saying that God, in inverted commas, or nature, hates the Higgs and tries to avoid them."
Canadian Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney announces a new citizenship booklet underlining Canada's proud military history and emphasizing the rights and responsibilites of Canadian citizens alongside common values of freedom, democracy and equality of the sexes.
In Canada, men and women are equal under the law. Canada’s openness and generosity do not extend to barbaric cultural practices that tolerate spousal abuse, “honour killings,” female genital mutilation, or other gender-based violence. Those guilty of these crimes are severely punished under Canada’s criminal laws.
Describes secret operations at the British Political Warfare Executive School located near Cairo, Egypt, and OSS personnel undergoing training for morale operations activities in the Balkans. Trainees work in calisthenics, history, geography, language, radio broadcasting and monitoring, propaganda leaflet composition, portable printing press operation, interrogation techniques, and vehicle operation and maintenance. Includes a panoramic views of Cairo, OSS headquarters, the training camp, the pyramids and sphinx.
Just when you thought it was safe to buy French wine: Russia is set to buy up to four Mistral-class helicopter carriers from France and allow for at least two to be produced jointly in Russia.
Never at a loss to pass up a commercial deal that could hit Western strategic security interests, the French government is on a fast track to sell Russia one or more helicopter carriers that will provide the amphibious capability it now lacks in the Black Sea ...
Such a capability could allow the Kremlin to move troops and tanks into neighboring Georgia more quickly, for example allowing Russian Spetznaz, or Special Forces, to invade in a matter of hours rather than the days it took in its August 2008 invasion.
Chang argues that inconsistencies in Chinese official statistics — like the surging numbers for car sales but flat statistics for gasoline consumption — indicate that the Chinese are simply cooking their books. He speculates that Chinese state-run companies are buying fleets of cars and simply storing them in giant parking lots in order to generate apparent growth.
Another data point cited by the bears: overcapacity. For example, the Chinese already consume more cement than the rest of the world combined, at 1.4 billion tons per year. But they have dramatically ramped up their ability to produce even more in recent years, leading to an estimated spare capacity of about 340 million tons, which, according to a report prepared earlier this year by Pivot Capital Management, is more than the consumption in the U.S., India and Japan combined.
This, Chanos and others argue, is happening in sector after sector in the Chinese economy. And that means the Chinese are in danger of producing huge quantities of goods and products that they will be unable to sell.
Italian archaeologists Angelo and Alfredo Castiglioni, twin brothers, have discovered bronze weapons and hundreds of human bones which they reckon are the remains of the lost army of Persian King Cambyses II.
According to the Greek historian Herodotus (484-425 BC), Cambyses, the son of Cyrus the Great, sent the soldiers from Thebes to attack the Oasis of Siwa in 525BC. Their mission was to destroy the oracle at the Temple of Amun after the priests there refused to legitimise his claim to Egypt.
It charts the itinerary of the story’s main characters, individually and in group, showing when they meet, separate and rejoin each other. The progression is from left to right, not only in tune with the traditional (Western) reading direction but also mirroring the trajectory in the story itself, which starts in the Shire on Middle-Earth’s western edge and leads to Mordor in the east.
Since 2006, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has been orbiting Mars, currently circling approximately 300 km (187 mi) above the Martian surface. On board the MRO is HiRISE, the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera, which has been photographing the planet for several years now at resolutions as fine as mere inches per pixel.
L. Ron Hubbard articulates a "human rights" strategy familiar to Canadians who have been paying attention.
And you say "Why are you against human rights? If you know something about this subject, you just follow it right straight up. Total attack. In other words, you don't defend Scientology; you just attack on this line of human rights.
One cold spring day in 1943, two junior lieutenants, Tamara Pamyatnykh and Raisa Surnachevskaya, were on a routine patrol over a Soviet railway junction. Suddenly they were confronted by an armada of 42 German bombers - they reacted immediately.
Could the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights actually subpoena U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.?
That scenario is unlikely, but it suddenly has entered the realm of possibility. The Civil Rights Commission is making a full inquiry into a controversy about a voter-intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party and several of its members and has escalated its investigation.
After more than 170 years, the original recipe for Lea and Perrins Worcestershire Sauce has been revealed. It was found in notes dating from the mid-1800s that were dumped in a skip by the sauce factory.
Brian Keogh, a former Lea and Perrins accountant, discovered the notes, which were neatly written in sepia ink in two leather-bound folios, and rescued them.
Vinegar, molasses, sugar, salt, anchovies, tamarind extract, onions and garlic. And under spice and flavouring: Cloves, soy sauce, lemons, pickles and peppers.
Put it this way, no matter the rest it is a relief to me to hear someone who believes in technological progress, a patriotic spirit and the necessity to preserve civilization.
"The PLA air force must establish in a timely manner the concepts of space security, space interests and space development," Mr Xu added, "We must build an outer space force that conforms with the needs of our nation's development (and) the demands of the development of the space age."
Superiority in outer space can give a nation control over war zones both on land and at sea, while also offering a strategic advantage, Xu said, noting that such dominance was necessary to safeguard the nation.
"Only power can protect peace," the 59-year-old commander added.
"The threat weighing on Ukraine's national security which we cannot fight alone forces me to ask our close friends and strategic partners for urgent help," Yushchenko wrote.
Ukraine has also ordered 16 tonnes of antiviral drug Tamiflu from Switzerland, the president's office said. The health ministry said 60 people had died from respiratory problems in the past week, without indicating how many had succumbed to H1N1.
Poland, which has strained relations with both countries, was cast as the "potential aggressor". The documents state the exercises, code-named "West", were officially classified as "defensive" but many of the operations appeared to have an offensive nature.
The Russian air force practised using weapons from its nuclear arsenal, while in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, which neighbours Poland, Red Army forces stormed a "Polish" beach and attacked a gas pipeline.
François Delarozière has done his utmost to find how to square a circle to imagine the Manège Carré Sénart. With 18-meter-long sides, an over-300-m_ area, the highest point around 14 meters and a 40-ton weight, the extraordinary machine can take 49 persons on board on every ride. If this carrousel is complete while moving, it is so monumental that it is already an attraction. Its moving elements – that are all unique and custom-built – evoke an imaginary and singular menagerie of Sénart: 3 giant buffalos, 4 climbing insects, 10 insects on rail, 3 fish heads and some other poetic and dreamy jokes…
According to Wikipedia, Santa Muerte - or “Saint Death” - is a "deity or saint-like figure worshiped or venerated in Mexico, probably a syncretism between Mesoamerican and Catholic beliefs." In this instance, take "syncretism" to mean "resurgent paganism".
Details begin to emerge following the death of Timothy Hampton, a British nuclear expert working with the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO). It transpires Hampton may not have committed suicide by flinging himself 17 floors down the stairs; he may have been flung.
Under a year ago, an American died at the IAEA in strikingly similar circumstances, his body being found at the bottom of a stairwell.
A UN spokeswoman said an investigation into that case continues, though Austrian police have concluded it was suicide. She said: ‘This might have been a copycat thing in the CTBTO.’