Cigarettes may contain traces of pigs' blood, an Australian academic says with a warning that religious groups could find its undisclosed presence "very offensive".
University of Sydney Professor in Public Health Simon Chapman points to recent Dutch research which identified 185 different industrial uses of a pig - including the use of its haemoglobin in cigarette filters.
That self-esteemists mostly know that they are about as sincere as Marie Antoinette playing shepherdess is illustrated by the following: When patients pretended to confide in me that they were suffering from low self-esteem, I used to reply that at least, then, they had got one thing right: they had valued themselves at their true worth. (Of course, I used care when addressing the patients: those with higher education were less able to bear the exposure of their deception by means of irony, because their education had equipped them with stronger and more sophisticated powers of rationalization.)
Patients, students, take your pick: Your feelings about your mark are a matter of perfect indifference to me. I would, however, be happy to explain how you earned it (as I may have said recently).
And the act of murder-sacrifice as the MO of the Temple of Elemental Evil.
Emergency Ministry spokeswoman Svetlana Chumikova said 23 people were killed at the Lubyanka station in central Moscow. The station is underneath the building that houses the main offices of the Federal Security Service, or FSB, the KGB's main successor agency.
The second explosion hit the Park Kultury station about 45 minutes later. Chumikova said at least 12 were dead there.
Expect two things: First, the usual evil retards denouncing the incident as a false flag operation and pretext. Second, for the Russians to go apeshit.
Which is what we should do when this sort of thing happens. In Canada, you are just as likely to get a Canada Council grant, tenure or a sinecure as Governor General.
Lee Sheldon is an accomplished screenwriter and game writer, having worked on TV shows like ST:TNG and Charlie's Angels as well as the Agatha Christie series of games from The Adventure Company. He now teaches game design courses for Indiana University's Department of Telecommunications. Instead of assigning his students a grade at the end of the course, he instead starts every student at 0 xp and they earn points through completing quests like solo projects and quizzes in addition to grouping up for guild projects and pick up groups. How many points they have at the end of the course determines their actual "grade."
This is about more than mortgages and interest rates, it is political.
At the height of our boom, it became fashionable to disdain economic growth. People forgot that the history of the world is one in which most human beings have had a very hard time. A social order which produces steadily, genuinely growing prosperity for most citizens is therefore a great and rare achievement. It was the failure of socialism to ensure such prosperity which lost it the Cold War. But if I were a Communist now, I would be rubbing my hands. The promise of liberal capitalism is that people are free to share in and accumulate the rewards of their labours, and that this, in turn, will help those rewards increase. For millions of people, this is now not happening. Every expectation of intergenerational security on which bourgeois life thrives is blocked. With the public purse as empty as the voters' pockets, no political party can see the way through this. Ministers, bankers, Parliament have all failed, while looking after themselves comfortably in the process. So the conditions are ripe for a new politics of grievance and anger. Which is where revolutions begin.
Which is fine, so long as the revolution is preceded by a word like Reagan or Thatcher. Most revolutions aren't.
Theodore Dalrymple cites what may be the most costly ballot stuffing scam in British history. Since Labour took office, the National Health Service has taken on 400,000 new staff, one-fifth of all new jobs created in Britain during the period.
Experience has long shown that further spending by state-monopoly suppliers of services (if services is quite the word I seek) benefits not the consumers but the providers. And they—ever more numerous—naturally vote for their own providers, the politicians. Thus the NHS has become an enormously expensive method of ballot-stuffing. Personally, I would rather have outright electoral fraud. It would be less expensive and slightly more honest.
I have taken to reading the comments on main stream media articles. Here I find all the letters to the editor that the activists never published during the decades of when rising social spending had no effect on rising social problems, even as activist employment levels rose, and activist pay scales accelerated. Gosh, reading those comments, people sure are angry. I can see why the fringe leftists suppressed the voice of the working class. Aside from the utility of cherry picking public opinion to create the illusion that fringe leftism is mainstream, it also protects our lefty aristocrats from facing the specter of an uprising of the working class. Now we can see that the working class is angry. No work, under employed, taxed, and mocked for their virtues by non-working, over-paid, taxspenders, the working class has found a new technology, the internet, which is as revolutionary as the printing press.
People often ask me, "How do you manage to think of that? What an extraordinary (or sometimes extraordinarily dirty) mind you must have." I certainly have got vivid powers of imagination, but I don't think there is anything very odd about that.
We are all fed fairy stories and adventure stories and ghost stories for the first 20 years of our lives, and the only difference between me and perhaps you is that my imagination earns me money.
Image: Ian Fleming often wrote at his desk in the master bedroom at Goldeneye.
The Chinese government is probably unhappy about a new report by a Virginia-based, non-partisan think-tank called Project 2049 that reveals significant and previously little known details about Base 22 in the Qinling mountains in Shaanxi province, China's primary storage facility for nuclear weapons. Publicity about this new report - "China's Nuclear Warhead Storage and Handling System" - first appeared in Defense News in early March.
One can quickly understand the reason for Beijing's displeasure. Although the existence of this strategic storage complex in northwest China has been known for years, what has been said in the report about the size - 400 square kilometers, the tunnel complex inside Taibai Mountain, and the railway lines leading to this mysterious fortress is not the kind of detailed information that China is eager to share with the outside world.
At the risk of violating anyone's positive space, what happened to Canada? How did the country that gave us Jim Carrey, Mike Myers, Martin Short, Dan Aykroyd and Catherine O'Hara suddenly become a bunch of whining crybabies?
North of the border we just call them "Canadian Conservatives."
Yesterday, I got an email from a prominent conservative academic; it was, I think, a touch harsh on the object of its attention. Here’s what it said: “Frum's pathetic, desperate whining reeks of self-loathing. At least that shows good judgment: I loathe him, too.”
Via Ace, adding re. Frum (and the remainder of the Canadian retardentsia).
But because his attitude is viewed more favorably by the liberal retardentsia whose approval he so craves, he deems that his attitude is the more sophisticated and intellectualized one.
Mythos fans will recognize the Bloop for what it is (sound file at the link).
The stars, pretty much aligned.
The Bloop is the name given to an ultra-low frequency and extremely powerful underwater sound detected by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) several times during the summer of 1997. The source of the sound remains unknown.
According to the NOAA description, it "rises rapidly in frequency over about one minute and was of sufficient amplitude to be heard on multiple sensors, at a range of over 5,000 km." NOAA's system ruled out its origin as any known man-made sound, such as a submarine or bomb, or familiar geological sounds such as volcanoes or earthquakes. While the audio profile of the bloop does resemble that of a living creature, the system identified it as unknown because it was far too loud for that to have been the case: it was several times louder than the loudest known biological sound.
When I first learned of objections to the restoration of a bronze statue memorializing Henry Morton Stanley I assumed such objections were based in post-colonial ideology, Congolese nativist fascism and the generalized, low-grade anti-British grievance children of British immigrants come to expect in, for example, Canada.
Stanley led a peculiar life, filled with name changes and hopes to make it big. Born in Denbigh, a small Welsh market town, his birth certificate designated him a "bastard". He travelled to America and by several accounts never consummated his marriage because of a great fear of women. Later a Daily Telegraph journalist with a moustache he blackened daily, he was spurred into colonial adventure with a sadistic twist. He once cut off his dog's tail, cooked it and fed it back to the dog. By the time he took on the Congo, he had already lain waste to dozens of towns on the exotic island of Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania.
The Pentagon's project to build the next generation of military fighter jets cleared a major hurdle Thursday when a test version of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter successfully completed a vertical landing for the first time.
In terms of appearance, the T-50, or as its still known the PAK FA (Perspective complex of front aircraft), is similar to the Raptor. But it may turn out to be much better and more economical. It is impossible to compare the features of the two aircraft, since everything to do with the T-50 is still classified information.
With the back and forth this week between men not understanding women and women not understanding men, I’m starting to wonder if I understand the members of my OWN sex.
Leave aside the tattoos* and we are left with the question of why a man would pass over a great beauty for the charms of a seemingly lesser beauty. If he could have Sandra Bullock why would he choose to turn elsewhere?
There are two answers to this question.
The first concerns a distinction between a woman who is "beautiful" and a woman who is "hot". While the expression of this distinction is idiosyncratic to some degree, I believe the distinction itself will be immediately recognizable to most men. When it comes to sex, "hot" trumps "beautiful" every time.** Sandra Bullock is beautiful, quite lovely actually, but Bombshell McGee is hot, much more so in person, I suspect, than in her photographs.
The second answer is a bit more straightforward: Sex addiction.***
* Theodore Dalrymple will never see eye to eye on the issue.
** Some lucky men are blessed to find both qualities in the same woman. But then I am in favour of tattoos.
*** In which Matt Stone mocks The Huffington Post to their face.
We’ve all heard of being “carbon neutral,” and while the technology does not yet exist for vehicles, let alone an entire army to have zero impact on the environment, the Israeli Defense Forces is pushing to be the first.
A self-declared “green” army, the IDF recognizes projects that connect its soldiers with the environment.
Look, barn owls are awesome (at the link) but they are also entirely beside the point.
Almost nobody in the United States who supports Israel is much fussed about an impact on the environment if it means defending an embattled democracy, still less by yesterday's carbon emmissions hoax. And anybody in the United States yearning for a "green army" (most Leftists would describe this as a contradiction in terms) would already be convinced of Israel's virtue by now were they open to reason, justice, even naked self-interest, in the first place.
The Left is right about one thing: They do not despise Israel out of anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitism is an excuse - for the paleocons, a reflex - but I expect the Left would hate Israel all the same if its first language were, say, Swedish. The key is to find a people other than the Jews who would have dared a democratic and socialist experiment in the desert, who would have attempted to found a polity grounded in equality in the midst of medievalism, barbarism and spiritual darkness.
The Left despises Israel not for its crimes (imagined, for the most part) but precisely for its virtues. The Left hates Israel because Israel is a democracy, because Israel supports the rights of minorities, because Israel defends the rights of women. Advertising the green credentials of the only country in the Middle East that isn't an environmental (economic, social, political and moral) disaster is a lost cause. If anything, it is more fuel for the fire.
The Left hates Israel because the Left hates itself. The Left is a suicide cult but - as with their shaheed brothers - they do not have the decency to top themselves quietly in a corner. Their plan is to take as many of us with them in as gruesome and pointless a manner possible.
Worse yet, Israel is itself largely a product of the Left. How else to explain Gaza, armed and aggrieved with a stated aim of genocide. In most normal history, Gaza would be green, prosperous and empty of evil squatters. The war would have been over fifty years ago and the Arabs, having lost, might have learned to live with their neighbours in peace.
Note to future civilizations: Think carefully before extending the franchise to the mob. It is not as if you haven't been warned. We were.
The accountants at PricewaterhouseCoopers have calculated that starting next year, Britain would have to make across-the-board budget cuts of 5 percent a year to come close to cutting the deficit in half by 2014. But because the Brown government has already declared the budgets for health, law enforcement and schools to be off-limits, cuts of up to 10 percent -- per year -- are to be expected in most areas, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. And things could even turn out to be much worse if there is no strong economic upturn during this period.
Jedi believer wins apology after being kicked out of Jobcentre for wearing a hood
When benefits claimant Chris Jarvis was asked to put down his hood in a Jobcentre, he said he was entitled to wear it because of his Jedi faith.
'I am a Star Wars follower. It means following the way of the Jedi,' he said yesterday. 'The main reason is I want to wear my hood up and I have got a religion which allows me to do that.
'Someone with their own religious views is allowed to wear what their religion says - the Sikhs are able to carry a great big dagger. My religion allows me to wear my hood.'
I am foursquare in favour of the Jedi religion (Episides IV, V, VI, obviously; followers of "I", "II", "III" must be killed) but surely this sets a bad precedent. Imagine the next time some child rapist is caught and he claims to follow a religion where God tells you to rape children. It would be compensation next. "No such religion exists", of course, but give it time and something like that might turn up in the UK.
Rumours British firm Desire Petroleum may have struck oil near the Falklands arise as the Royal Navy announces the arrival of nuclear attack submarine HMS Sceptre to patrol the islands.
Experts claim there could be as much as 60 billion barrels of crude oil under Falkland's waters.
There are already two Navy vessels in the area. HMS York, a Type 42 destroyer, is partolling off the island's capital of Port Stanley. HMS Scott, a survey vessel, is also nearby and the fleet has air support from a squadron of RAF Typhoon fighter jets based on the islands.
Scientology or not, Kirstie Alley obviously knows the secret to physical health, so I’m gonna do whatever she does. Although I may only do half. I don’t want to lose too much weight, too quickly. Ohh, I should take a bunch of pictures starting today to document my rocket ride to fitness!
This is a serious business. A team of researchers at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences is preparing to bring out the first installment of Corpus Coranicum – which purports to be nothing less than the first critically evaluated text of the Qur’an ever to be produced.
What this means is that the research team is in the process of analysing and transcribing some 12,000 slides of Qur’an mansucripts from the first six centuries of the text’s existence. Once that is complete, the way is open to producing a text that annotates and, presumably, provides some sort of exegesis on the differences found in the early manuscripts.
Now about the “terrible and forbidden books” — I am forced to say that most of them are purely imaginary. There never was any Abdul Alhazred or Necronomicon, for I invented these names myself. Robert Bloch devised the idea of Ludvig Prinn and his De Vermis Mysteriis, while the Book of Eibon is an invention of Clark Ashton Smith's. Robert E. Howard is responsible for Friedrich von Junzt and his Unaussprechlichen Kulten.... As for seriously-written books on dark, occult, and supernatural themes — in all truth they don’t amount to much. That is why it’s more fun to invent mythical works like the Necronomicon and Book of Eibon.
- H.P. Lovecraft, In a letter to Willis Conover
She claimed to have worked out that da Vinci foresaw the end of the world in a “universal flood” which would begin on March 21, 4006 and end on November 1 the same year. Documents showed that he believed that this would mark “a new start for humanity”, Ms Sforza Galitzia said.
“There is a da Vinci code — it is just not the one made popular by Dan Brown,” she said.
Not so fast, say the comments.
Dan Schwartz wrote:
If Leonardo really referred, in 1498, to the date "November 1, 4006", he would have been using the Julian calendar, as that was the calendar then in use. On our current Gregorian calendar, the date in question would be November 29, 4006. Not that the four-week difference means that much when you are talking about the "end of the world". But Ms. Galitzia also says that the date will mark "a new start for humanity", so I guess it isn't the literal end of the world after all, is it? Any more than December 21, 2012 will be.
The airborne had the best overall view, but crowds who shrugged off the chill after sunset and clustered round each flare were rewarded with an awesome sense of the past. Flickering into life on the Whin Sill crags, above the twilit forest and marsh to the north, the 500 lights recreated the ancient border between civilisation and the barbarians.
The Guardian calls it a recreation. I call it foreshadowing.
To celebrate the Alfa Romeo centenary, Alfa Romeo and Bertone have collaborated on this Pandion concept car. Alfa Romeo asked Bertone to make their interpretation of the 'Biscione' which is prominently featured in the Alfa Romeo badge. The name comes from a unique bird of prey in the Osprey family.
The most unique trait of the Pandion is its side windows which extend down to the front wheel arch. Like the Pandion bird, the doors open up in a gull-wing fashion.
By way of taking a poke at the wets affecting deep horror at recent remarks by Nigel Farage in Brussels, Frederick Forsyth cites Parliamentary precendent (via Andrew Stuttaford).
Over 200 years ago an outraged Lord Sandwich rose purple-faced in the House to shout at an opponent. “Wilkes, you will die either on the gallows or of the pox.” “That,” drawled John Wilkes without a pause, “must depend on whether I embrace your Lordship’s principles or your mistress.”
Terribly rude but what a put-down. We should have more like that, not less.
An Israeli ad agency has re-enacted the assassination of a Hamas commander in Dubai in a new for Mahsanei Kimat Hinam supermarket commercial (hat tip to Lumpy, Grumpy and Frumpy, who points out such a commercial would never be made in Canada).
They were found to value leisure time far more highly than older members of the workforce and were much more likely to want a job with an easy pace and lots of holidays. They were also less likely to want to work overtime.
Generation Y are much more likely than previous generations to see work as simply a means of paying the bills.
Growing numbers of British school-leavers have 'attitude problems' and believe the world 'owes them a living', a Tesco boss warned today. Youngsters too often turn up late for work and interviews and fail to see the importance of dressing neatly and working with others, said Lucy Neville-Rolfe, director of corporate and legal affairs.
Many also struggle with basic maths and English as exams become easier and schools fail to properly enforce discipline.
As the world's superweapons projects move underground, DARPA has pondered a means of navigating through huge enemy underground bases in the absence of GPS: Sferics-Based Underground Geolocation (S-BUG).
DARPA boffins have noted that one of the few kinds of wireless signal which can penetrate underground is low-frequency radio. Unfortunately such signals are quite hard to generate at the required power levels. A network of lo-freq RF nav stations widespread enough to offer decent accuracy would probably be impossible to deploy.
But the right kind of signals are generated naturally by lightning strikes, which cause the emission of "atmospheric" ("sferic" or "spheric") radio pulses. An underground receiver could perhaps be built capable of detecting sferics from lightning bolts hitting the surface hundreds of miles away. It could be informed of the positions of the strikes over LF comms by a single specialised surface base station, similarly far off, and thus calculate its own position from sferic data coming in from several directions.
For two days only on 12th and 13th March, the Thames Tunnel, which stretches from Rotherhithe to Wapping, will re-open to the public for the first time in 145 years to mark the end of London’s EAST Festival.
Due to unprecedented demand, tickets for the Tunnel tours have now sold out however there are still places left for the Fancy Fair, a recreation of the original 1852 party hosted to celebrate the opening of the tunnel. Audiences are promised strange and wonderful Victorian characters, cosmoranic views, aerialists, jugglers, historic food and drink and music powered by steam. As Robert Hulse, the Director of the Brunel Museum has stated, “This is not just the birthplace of the tube system, it is the site of a Victorian rave!”
As descendants of the Prophet, these individuals feel personally insulted, emotionally distressed and defamed by your newspaper's re-publication of the drawing. They have therefore retained my law firm and instructed me to approach you …
Not so longer ago, this sort of language would have been cause for ridicule, and the threats a cause for war. At some point, vigilantism is going to take the place where the law used to be. At the moment, it is a war of every one against every one and Danish newspapermen have been comprehensively disarmed.
The Florida Armed Occupation Act of 1842 (5 U.S. Statutes 502) was passed as an incentive to populate Florida. The main terms of the Act read like public policy via Robert Heinlein.
The Act granted 160 acres (0.6 km²) of unsettled land south of the line separating townships 9 and 10 South. (a East/West line about three miles (5 km) north of Palatka and about ten miles (16 km) south of Newnansville) to any head of a family as long he satisfied the following conditions:
* be a resident of Florida and not having 160 acres (0.6 km²) of land in Florida when asking for the permit;
* get a permit from the Lands Office;
* he or his heirs reside for five consecutive years on the grant ;
* clear, enclose and cultivate 5 acres (20,000 m2) of land during the first year;
* build a house on the lot during the first year;
* the land should be two or more miles away from a garrisoned military post.
The last statement implied that the person should bear arms for his own protection.
Actually, the last statement implied the new homestead is the functional equivalent of a garrisoned military outpost; a redoubt of civilization held by force against Nature and against the barbarians.
A lot has changed in the world in 170 years. There has been a bigger change in our souls.
Otherwise known as the forgotten supressed history of the Democrat party: following the Civil War, 1300 white Republicans and 3500 black Republicans were lynched by the Ku Klux Klan (via Mitchieville).
"Now that we know the Canadians are leaving, everybody is talking - everybody is complaining," said Jacky Khawly, a local business owner with family ties to Canada's Governor-General. "We know we have to start to mobilize."
“I chose to arrive on March 8, International Women’s Day, because we must remember that hope lies with women, that without their involvement, perspectives and solutions, it would all be for naught; nothing would be viable,” Jean said in her blog post.
“I want to support that which is on the horizon, beyond the rubble.”
Walter Chandon: "Thank you for bring this to our attention"
[Search for "Toronto paramedics complaints" and found this post? Keep reading, my adventures with Toronto paramedics starts after the following news from England]
Kane Gorny died of dehydration after three days in a British teaching hospital. Gorny was so desperate for the water refused to him by hospital nurses he telephoned the police.
They did not save him.
'The police told me he'd said, "Please help me. All I want is a drink and no one is helping me".
'By this time my son was confused due to his lack of medication and I think the nurses just ignored him because they thought he was just being badly behaved.
'They were lazy, careless and hadn't bothered to check his charts and see his medication was essential.'
Here is the best bit.
His mother added: 'When I went back to the hospital I was told that all the nurses had been offered counselling as they were so traumatised, but nothing was offered to me.
This is not a British problem, this is a socialist medical system problem. This happens in Toronto.
A close friend of mine, suffering from a chronic medical condition requiring frequent contact with the whole gamut of the medical profession, is forced to make frequent hospital trips via ambulance; this most often in a state of considerable pain and distress. On a recent occasion, her nausea was such she asked to lie down on the stretcher instead of having to sit up in the back of the amublance en route to emergency. The paramedic refused her request on the grounds she "did not want to make the bed" and, when my friend asked again, the EMS worker had her partner stop the ambulance so the pair of them could call over a police officer. This for a woman who might weigh 110 pounds soaking wet.
The officer, not knowing my friend's medical condition and assuming another uniformed emergency services worker would not lie so she would not have to change the sheets on a stretcher, told my friend she could not lie down and to do as the paramedic told her. This for a paramedic too lazy to do her job (at C$80,000 a year if she has been at it for a while). Perhaps needless to say, the paramedic refused to identify herself or offer any specific means of filing a complaint and, having initially refused to escort her patient from the ambulance into emergency (an offense in itself), followed her in to get the story straight with the ER nurses. This in turn prejudiced my friend's ER treatment on that visit.
Unfortunately, when my friend needs to get to emergency she is at her most vulnerable and is least able to record the details necessary to file a complaint let alone secure a legal remedy. She is not alone and - for at least some paramedics - the fact makes for good sport. I worked at a teaching hospital for two years and the only people cockier than the surgeons were the paramedics, they carry themselves like cut rate Top Gun extras. This is not an accident. This has been allowed to go unchallenged. Something has gone seriously wrong with the "culture" of emergency medical services - and particularly with paramedics - in Toronto.
I was not present for this particular incident (it would have had a very different ending) but, having watched Toronto paramedics at work in my living room, can personally attest to their arrogance, their inability to listen, their prejudice and their lack of professionalism. One team left medical waste for me to tidy up after them. Tell anyone who will listen: Any time you have to deal with these people, take down every detail you can. You may need the paper trail - and your attorney - for you to have any hope your word will be taken over that of the police officer or the paramedic, let alone the ER physician.
From direct observation, I would testify in court that Toronto paramedics do not appear to have consistent training on how to take a patient's blood pressure, let alone anything more complicated. I have formed a genuine, deep seated contempt for the profession.
If you live in downtown Toronto and you need to get to hospital, take a cab. It is cheaper and the cab driver will not actively try to get you killed on the way.*
Better yet, save your cab fare and stay home. Having dealt with every emergency room in downtown Toronto over the last year, there isn't one I would send my worst enemy to.** ***
* Forgive my hyperbole. By "killed" I mean "arrested".
** Though if you, my worst enemy, should happen to read this, go to the ER at Mount Sinai. Enjoy! Toronto General, by contrast, has been mostly ok. I even managed to secure a written apology from Toronto East General over some recent unpleasantness so cloud, lining, etc.
*** "To which I would send my own worst enemy." Damned prepositions.
March 8 Update (please note I have changed the title of the post to reflect the following): I forwarded a link to this post to Toronto EMS and have now received the following unsigned reply. "Thank you for bring this to our attention."
I am in receipt of your recent correspondence and ask that you provide some details, date and pick up address relating to the incident you describe so that we can commence a review of this call. Your assistance is appreciated. Thank you for bring this to our attention.
Fortunately, Walter W Chandon's City of Toronto email address identified the note's author, even if he could not be bothered to do so himself (according to Linkedin, Chandon is Co-ordinator Professional Standards at Toronto Emergency Medical Services).
This is exactly what I am talking about. A bloodless letter cut-and-pasted by somebody who, had they read what I had written, would already know I cannot provide the details he wants.
The man could not be bothered to sign his name.
Why should he? 99.9% of the time, a member of the public making a complaint has no other recourse, no other hope than that some high handed civil servant will actually do his job (let alone his duty).
My reply, unedited (with apologies for style). Five gold stars for anyone who gets the Le Devoir reference.
Dear Mr. Chandon,
You have mistaken my intention. My friend has had to endure rough treatment almost every time she has encountered your service; things are only marginally better when we have called for an ambulance when I have been present to explain to the paramedics the nature of my friend's medical condition. When she is on her own and in no state to explain her condition, Toronto EMS has been discourteous, unhelpful and at times bordering on criminal in its treatment. This is not an isolated incident, this does not only impact my friend's access to medical care, but is a systemic problem.
I find it difficult to believe you are not aware of the issue. Be assured that thanks to our experience over the last year, I now record each and every detail of each call to Toronto EMS and this information is filed for my friend's attorney. Unfortunately, when I am not present - and when your paramedics refuse to offer any incident ID number - my friend is in no position to collect the details needed to instigate an investigation.
Your paramedics know this. Obviously.
I am a conservative, I believe in law and order. Half my relatives for the last four generations have served in the police or the armed forces. I have every sympathy for EMS workers confronted by irrational, even potentially dangerous, patients. For EMS workers to abuse the authority entrusted to them by refusing a disabled woman the comfort of lying down on the way to hospital is sickening to me. I not only wish I had any way of identifying the crew - or the police officer who unwittingly enabled their abuse of power - I wish I had a camera crew present to demonstrate to the world the kind of service Toronto EMS provides for its most vulnerable clients.
Your reply strongly suggests you did not read my post carefully, do not take my concerns seriously and have no intention of addressing the culture that has taken root in Toronto's emergency medical services.
I am therefore pursuing the matter through other channels. For what it is worth, my political blog has more readers than the editorial page of Le Devoir. Be assured you can ignore my note but you will not be able to ignore the problem.
Now imagine you have no lawyer and no soap box. You could complain all you like; Toronto EMS would still know they do not have to care. Perhaps this time they do.
The Kingdom of England is in a parlous state. Ruled by a rotten Scottish tyranny, the nation groans under the weight of oppressive, unconstitutional laws, the ruling elite is in the pay of its absolutist masters on the continent, and many Englishmen suspect their government is promoting an oppressive and reactionary religion against the will of the people.
The nation’s only hope is a charismatic young Dutchman fighting almost single-handedly against the creation of a united Europe under the rule of an unelected tyrant in Holland’s southern neighbour.
Ed West should get a special prize for "Cathophobia". And he is very nearly right about recent retro-1930s street battles between United Against Fascism and the English Defence League. The trouble is West, and the rest of the Telegraph, do not understand the UAF is the new BUF. On Cable Street, the EDL would have fought shoulder to shoulder with the Jews.
Related: Meanwhile, the Daily Mail is worried Geert Wilders will engulf Britain in a holy war. Evidently they have not noticed the holy war in Britain already underway.
"For all our tolerance, unfortunately we are also tolerant to the intolerant. We should learn to start being intolerant to the people who are intolerant to us. That is the best lesson for the Dutch government to learn."
And, according to Wilders, it's not just the Dutch government who needs to learn this - other nations, Britain included, are "going in the wrong direction altogether".
"There is almost no country more politically correct than the UK," he has said.
"Look at the terrible things that happened in London after Madrid. You have more reason than most to make this debate transparent and public.
"As long as the political elite does not take the questions, the threats, the problems of large parts of their constituents seriously, I am very negative about the future."
Tabloid Bild newspaper has written an open letter to Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, telling him he was visiting a country where, unlike his own, people "get up early and work."
"No one here has to pay thousands of euros in bribes to get a hospital bed. We don't give pensions to generals' daughters who can't find a husband ... Taxi drivers give receipts and farmers don't get billions of euros in EU subsidies for non-existent olive trees," the newspaper thundered in its Friday edition.
Yet another sign the People may be fed up with the Party.
While Tim Rogers is finally fed up with Japan I suspect I could stick it out for a bit. For one thing, I have no problem with sarcastic office participation. I much prefer the Japanese understanding of the practice as pure, empty ritual; for its zen, if you will. The cheerleaders at my old hospital job expected me to pretend to be happy and somehow to mean it (hat tip to Quotulatiousness).
A friendly word of advice to the author: If you are a vegetarian, non-smoker you need to move back to San Fransisco for anyone to respect your particular complaints. The Japanese do not owe you a living, let alone your brand of righteous, masturbatory puritanism.
The game design thoughts are fascinating, however.
Maybe you know the story about how Gran Turismo got started because Kazunori Yamauchi, on his first day in the Sony Computer Entertainment offices, wrote out a sample game design idea consisting only of the words "I want to drive my car on my television." What you may not know is that this is more or less the way many Japanese companies have been doing everything creative for maybe fifty years. Occasionally, I'll be out eating dinner with friends, and young people at a nearby table will be talking about opening a business. This is really common: it seems like they have no idea what the company is going to be. Okay, this happens in the West, too — BioWare got started from the idea of making medical software. Well, sometimes, Japanese companies don't even start with that much vision. They're just companies. Who knows what the products have to be? There's a lot of at-wall shit-flinging. Sony, back then, were requiring all employees in the Computer Entertainment division to fill out a Game Design Idea Submission form every single day. What's most intriguing is that — every time I've ever talked to a Japanese businessperson about a product that was actually monstrously successful, it seems that the one thing the boss respected most about their proposal was how it was worded so simply. For example, Kazunori Yamauchi hadn't even filled out the form completely for Gran Turismo's proposal. (If this idea morbidly amuses you, try Kobo Abe's novel Kangaroo Notebook, in which a company man simply writes "Kangaroo Notebook" on a proposal form, exciting his boss's interest and turning his life into a stressful hell. (Among other things.)
'It's a pretty terrifying role, but a huge privilege to be part of an iconic show. I'm following in a long line of great actresses who have played the companion, so it's quite daunting. I'd love to sit down with them and have a good chat about it.'
I gather the TARDIS has also undergone some interior remodeling.
Mike Potemra is troubled by news of Satanic sects at the Vatican (ahem), or rather by the high probability the news suggests an otherwise respected exorcist has gone "off the emotional rails" by drawing attention to the problem.
This is a mistake. I have no clue if Satanic sects are particularly active at the Vatican at the moment (too busy in Canterbury, I would have thought) but accusing an exorcist of an "excessive interest in demonology" is not only unreasonable in itself but is also bad for the brand. Do you think anyone would watch Omen or The Exorcist or, at one time, Madonna if it they used Quaker iconography (ahem)?
The charming and trend savvy type. They are especially attuned to the big picture and anticipate trends. They often have sophisticated language skills and come across as witty and social. At the end of the day, however, they are pragmatic decision makers and have a good analytical ability.
They enjoy work that lets them use their cleverness, great communication skills and knack for new exciting ventures. They have to look out not to become quitters, since they easily get bored when the creative exciting start-up phase is over.
Fortunately, I think this blog is still in the exciting start-up phase.
The ENTP, like the ENTJ, is charismatic, outgoing, and intelligent. ENTPs are often quickwitted, clever, and genial; they typically display a highly organized, rational cognitive ability which makes them natural scientists and inventors.
ENTPs are creative, complex people who seek to improve their understanding of the natural world, usually by building armored fifty-story-tall robotic monsters with iron jaws and death-ray eyes, or by creating genetically mutated plagues that spread unstoppably across the land, turning all who are contaminated into mindless zombie drones. They are less likely to want to conquer the world than to destroy it utterly, reducing it to nothing but slag and rubble--though this is often merely a side-effect of their pursuit of knowledge.
Russia recently agreed to sell a dozen Su-30 top-of-the-line fighter aircraft to Vietnam, in addition to an increase in other arms exports such as the recent Vietnamese purchase of six Russian Kilo submarines.
A key analyst has concluded that while Moscow's policy doesn't directly mention China, it includes references to the nation because of its mention of a "real possibility of military conflict." The alarm follows China's training program for what would appear to be an invasion of Russia.
If the tragic Manichean’s accoutrements are v-neck sweaters and the Collected Poems of Pablo Neruda, the triumphal Manichean’s are varsity jackets and the collected works of Glenn Beck. This archconservative elder to his sunken-chested baby brother similarly traffics in either/or dichotomies of political thought, believing that everything his own government or society does is right and all those who criticize it—even from within—are radical communists. This may be because the triumphal Manichean once was one himself.
China's Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress has passed the National Defense Mobilization Law, a War Measures Act for the black beret and grey turtleneck crowd.
Wouldn't it be lovely if this were the last we hear of it?
[Bai Zixing, Director of The General Staff Mobilization Department]:
"If China's sovereignty on territorial integrity and the country's security are at stake, China's People's Standing Committee will enact a general or partial mobilization in accordance with the constitution. The Chinese President will issue the launch of mobilization in accordance with the decision made by the Standing Committee."
Military mobilization is to be led jointly by the NPC Standing Committee and the Central Military Committee. China’s military, the People’s Liberation Army, reports to the ruling Chinese Communist Party.
When MEPs hooted and jabbered like stricken animals at the President of the Czech Republic, who happened to oppose the Lisbon Treaty, no action was taken (see here). When the then Liberal leader, Graham Watson, said that pro-referendum campaigners reminded him of Russian Communists and German Nazis, he was roundly applauded. When Martin Schulz, the Socialist leader, said that Euro-sceptic MEPs made him think of him of Adolf Hitler, the Euro-MPs behind him nodded sagely (See here. Weirdly, the clip of Shulz’s remarks can no longer be accessed on the EP website.)
By contrast, when Nigel Farage, the leader of UKIP, complained that Herman Van Rompuy, the new President of Europe had the charisma of a wet rag, he was fined 2,980 euros.
Which tells you all you need to know about contemporary cursing. Call someone a Nazi and it is water off a duck's back. Make fun of their shitty little civil service appointment and there will be Hell to pay.
Students cannot fail the class. They either receive a "pass" grade or are withdrawn from the course if it appears they cannot pass, Perea said.
"All we do is give them an opportunity," he said. "I do believe that (the ethnic studies) course is a course set up so the kids will come out of there with the kind of information that a freshman here taking an ethnic studies course will have."
Yet still they believe conservatives are the racists.
Habitat: Defense giant BAE Systems laboratory in London
Behavior: The Demon flies with no fins and almost no moving parts, so it rarely needs repairs. Software makes it partially autonomous.
Notable Features: The entire body of the craft is shaped like a wing. Dozens of thrusters situated on its top and bottom shape airflow, replacing the work typically done by tail fins and ailerons. Onboard software varies the strength of each thruster to control pitch, side-to-side movement (yaw) and roll. BAE Systems engineers hope to begin test flights this month.
Céleste Boursier-Mougenot at Barbican Centre, London
French artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot creates works by drawing on the rhythms of daily life to produce sound in unexpected ways.
For his installation in The Curve, Boursier-Mougenot creates a walk-though aviary for a flock of zebra finches, furnished with electric guitars and other musical instruments. As the birds go about their routine activities, perching on or feeding from the various pieces of equipment, they create a captivating, live soundscape.