English Russia calls it a Russian Lords of the Rings. It is actually a Russian translation of The Hobbit. Mikhail Belomlinsky's illusrations are the draw for those with no Russian; his adapted map is particularly charming.
Though most of the details about America’s warhead stockpiles are highly classified, there are a few key points well known to close observers. Most of our nuclear warheads are 20-30 years old. The last weapon was constructed in 1991 and the last test detonation of a bomb occurred in 1992. The average age of an operational bomb is slightly over 30 years old, meaning many of our deployed warheads were built before President Reagan took office. Scientists who specialize in warhead construction and sustainment are aging and retiring at an alarming rate. By 2008, over half the nuclear specialists at our national laboratories were over the age of 50, and very few of those under 50 have the technical know-how to produce and sustain functional weapons. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates estimated that within a few years, roughly three-fourths of our nuclear technicians will be at retirement age. The National Nuclear Security Administration, a Department of Energy subagency responsible for the security and health of our stockpile, has lost over a quarter of its workforce since the end of the Cold War. Components in our warheads are aging just as fast. We no longer possess the capacity or ability to construct certain parts required in our bomb designs.
Israel's split with Turkey deepens and UPI's Gaza staff writers are on the job explaining it is all Israel's fault, Israel is to blame and how Israel is in a lose-lose situation of its own making. Objectivity!
In the end, Israel kissed goodbye to 60 years of secret military and intelligence cooperation that preceded the 1996 military cooperation pact by four decades.
The LR-SAM area defence missile is being jointly developed by India and Israel under a Rs 2500 crore project which began in 2006. The missile, also called the Barak-2 are to equip the three guided missile destroyers of the Project 15A class. The three destroyers are to join the Indian navy in one year intervals beginning in 2012.
India and Israel: Disparate cultures united by a sense of humour.
NASA boffins report that an unknown object approaching the Earth from deep space is almost certainly artificial in origin rather than being an asteroid.
Object 2010 KQ was detected by the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona earlier this month, and subsequently tracked by NASA's asteroid-watching service, the Near-Earth Object Program headquartered at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.
Lest any wonder Araby reckons the desolation of Christendom is ripe for colonization and plunder, this relic of the 1960s is a pointed finger of accusation: You! You the vaginafied of the West! Look upon this child's toy of the inexcusably recent past and gawp at the rack of manhood!*
* man·hood (măn'hʊd') n. 1. The state or time of being an adult male human.
I therefore felt and feel and shall not cease to feel that as long as I have any superfluous food and someone else has none, and I have two coats and someone else has none, I share in a constantly repeated crime.
Written like a man who has had two coats given to him. If he had earned even one coat, he would have known better.
South Korea may be considering a naval blockade of North Korea. Though I am not certain The Chosun Ilbo quite understands the ramifications of the term in English.
The sanctions the government announced on Monday include steps to blockade North Korea, which became unavoidable after clear evidence showed that the sinking was an act of military aggression against the South.
And speaking of hideous, soul-scarring nerd shame.
Some distancing behaviour from the comments.
It will be funnier 20 years from now when these kids will vehemently deny they were ever into this. Its this generations bellbottoms and platform shoes.
Posted 05/25/2010 at 07:24:09 PM
Reply telezombie replied to skrag2112:
I don't deny being a punk during the 80's and 90's. It's something I'm proud of to this day.
Posted 05/25/2010 at 08:50:08 PM
Reply ZeroCorpse replied to telezombie:
Me too... but then, I think there's a big difference between punk/alternative/goth style of the late 70s to early 80s, and walking around in Hot Topic rip-offs of that style while adding fake dog tails to the mix and declaring yourself a "werewolf".
I feel the same way about these kids that I did about the "vampires" who co-opted punk/goth style and ran around drinking V8 and playing "Vampire the Masquerade" as if it were real to them.
Posers with no creativity. Come up with your own style, kids. Don't keep borrowing from the true (1st generation) hippies, punks, and goths who are all at least 36 years old right now.
I hate disco, but at least the disco generation came up with their own (ugly) style. Gen Y and later seem to be caught in a loop where they keep borrowing from punk, goth, and hippie styles. (But at least they're not borrowing from disco).
Posted 05/27/2010 at 05:57:55 PM
Clinton offers China proof the North Koreans attacked and sank South Korea's warship. I would ask "why bother" but that would not cover the mind rending futility of the gesture. You will understand why momentarily.
Mrs Clinton said a 400-page technical report on the sinking by an international team, including experts from the US, led to the “inescapable” conclusion North Korea was to blame and that action had to be taken. Should the Chinese need more information, she said the US would offer it.
How in the world did the US get 37% of the vote! What would have possibly been the benefit from such an action? The US is stuck in two wars, a massive debt, 20 million people out of work, A war on the border with Mexico and a major environmental disaster growing by the day. A major confrontation with Korea is certainly not on their list of priories at the moment.
And this from a guy who thinks the U.S. government knew in advance of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
I have no idea what I mean by that but it sounds sufficiently yellow peril-ish to introduce yet another problem a pro-American President would have had to address: China's control of a number of strategic mineral resources has become obvious.
A tightening supply of rare-earth elements such as neodymium, samarium, and dysprosium used in permanent magnets, catalysts, glass, polishing, and a broad range of other applications has caught the attention of policymakers in Washington, stimulated efforts to tap rare-earth deposits in North America and Australia, and spurred R&D on alternative materials.
The US and the rest of the world have relied on China for nearly all of their rare-earth supplies. But China has been curtailing its exports in recent years, conserving the elements for its own manufacturers. That has prompted fears of an impending shortage in the West.
Philippe Ridet profiles Italy's right of centre Northern League, many of whose concerns will look familiar to Canadian conservatives (via Gates of Vienna).
It is a platform that has proved remarkably successful with small business owners weary of seeing their taxes "squandered" to help the terroni ("bumpkins from the South"), their employees who fear that immigrants will take their jobs, farmers and wine growers outraged by the nit-picking rule-makers in Brussels, and craftsmen worried by the competition from China and emerging countries. In election after election, the League has gone from strength to strength, sidelining the Left and eventually rivalling — and even overtaking — its ally, the right-wing People of Freedom party.
Time and again Western electorates have demonstrated they will support a genuine conservative platform whenever our Establishment betters have the nerve to offer us one. But unless things change dramatically and soon we are living in the last generation where the numbers could support a conservative platform. After that we will have to cross our fingers enough Chinese and Indians have arrived to present a workable coalition against the local arm of the caliphate.
A "Saudi" woman opens fire on Arabia's religious pollice.
In an unprecedented outburst toward Saudi Arabia's religious police, a married woman shot at several officers in a patrol car after she was caught in an "illegal seclusion" with another man in the province of Ha'il on Tuesday.
"She shot at the officers to distract them and allow the man to escape instant detention," said Sheik Mutlak al Nabet, a spokesman for the religious police in Ha'il. He added that the unnamed woman's husband has filed an official report, asking for his wife to be punished and stripped of her Saudi nationality.
Under the American electoral system, Michael Savage and Jo from Florida both have votes that count the same. While in Canada, Michael Savage would considered too right ring for the Conservative party and Jo from Florida would have tenure.
Every murderous totalitarian government of the 20th century began with some insulated group of faux-intellectuals congratulating each other on how smart they are, and fantasizing about how, if they could just install a dictatorship-for-a-day, they could right all the wrongs in the world.
It is the ultimate fantasy of the narcissist. And we’ve got whole generations of them, in control of our media and our government, all intent on “remaking America.”
Here's a thought: The worst generation in the history of the world is about to retire. Now they need the retirement benefits "they paid for" I wonder how much of the bloated helping state they are willing to part with in order to fund their twilight years. Thinking of just one example among many here, if the Baby Boomers are true to form - and you know they will be - it is all too easy to imagine countless Grievance "Studies" departments shut down in the name of economy. Having gutted the natural sciences and any teaching of classical values, fat tenured salaries in the Studies departments are the only low hanging fruit remaining in the universities. Well, that and a (not so small) industry of counselling and support services. By contrast, those departments teaching skills sought by employers - and therefore by parents and students - should weather the last great crest of Western demography. Somebody has to pay for all the rest.
Would be bloody lucky if this meant a repetition of the Protectorate. A couple decades of Cromwell could sort out England for the next few centuries.
An alarming number of young people do not know the difference between Oliver Cromwell from Horatio Nelson, a survey shows.
The poll of 18- to 24-year-olds found that 45 per cent of young Britons did not know Nelson led the British to victory at the Battle Of Trafalgar, and 28 per cent thought that Trafalgar was part of the English Civil War.
Indeed, 15 per cent thought that Oliver Cromwell led the British forces against the French and Spanish navies during the Napoleonic Wars.
By contrast, many young "Britons" know Uthman was murdered while at prayer.
This song and the animated video for it were first made in 1987. At that time the animation was done by painting each frame manually in Deluxe Paint and animating them via a UNIX script called "longmovie" onto UMatic tape. It caused quite a stir when first broadcast as it repeatedly goes to black. Various bootlegs of this are on YouTube, but a good quality copy is on a DVD called Palaeolithic.
In 1994 a 3D version was made on an Amiga using Imagine. Since then the video has featured knives and forks travelling through a reflective space. Every few years another version was made for live shows at the time and each slightly improved the rendering quality. This version was made for a live show in Brisbane in 2007 and was rendered in Cinema4D. It's near identical to the version shown in Belgium in 2005 - just recalculated for 720p.
The raytracing here takes a very long time as there are apparently infinite reflections inside the space. Actually there's about 8 bounces - even then each frame took as long as 12 minutes to create.
Scenes from Israel's 4th Annual "Turning Points" National Home Front Command Exercise.
The national Home Front Command exercise begins today, May 23rd 2010. The IDF Home Front Command, the National Emergency Authority, search and rescue forces, local Israeli authorities, government offices, security organizations, the education system as well as public and private organizations will participate in the nation wide exercise.
The exercise is aimed at improving national preparedness and responses of the home front to emergencies. The exercise will improve cooperation between the various organizations and institutions and prepare them for different emergency scenarios.
The exercise, taking place for the fourth consecutive year, was scheduled and planned in advance as a part of the IDFs 2010 training plan. This exercise is an additional measure taken by Israel to prepare the public and the local authorities for emergency periods.
Very soon German workers are going to grasp that all the financial reserves they piled away the last two decades from not doing what a Spain or Italy did are essentially gone. Someone in Munich worked 40 hours a week until age 67 for someone in Athens not to — and for someone in Athens to demand that someone in Munich do so or else. The idea that nations like Greece, both overtly and implicitly, insult nations like Germany has no basis in historical terms.
Nor should it. I am a great admirer of Germany, as it happens. The trick is to develop a natural, confident nationalism in place of the disintegrating nullity that is European citizenship. Past internationalist efforts to nullify the German character have tended to foster the worst of that which they would supress. In Germany, as anywhere, we must consider the return of the repressed.
It isn't that work or the status quo. It is that work or Götterdämmerung in an Islamic Germany or a new, nuclear armed Nazism.
An email making the rounds (hat tip to the Father of the Flea).
For all of you out there across the globe who have fought so hard to tackle the hideous enemy of our planet, namely carbon emissions, that bogus god you worship named "Climate Change" or "Global Warming", there is some really bad news that will be very painful for you to process.
The current volcanic eruption going on in Iceland, since it first started spewing volcanic ash, has, to this point, NEGATED EVERY SINGLE EFFORT you have made in the past five years to control CO2 emissions on our planet. Not only that, this single act of God has added emissions to the earth estimated to be 42 times more than can be corrected by the extreme human regulations proposed for annual reductions.
It's very disheartening to realize that all of the carbon emission savings you have accomplished while suffering the inconvenience and expense of driving Prius hybrids, buying fabric grocery bags, sitting up til midnight to finish your kid's "The Green Revolution" science project, throwing out all of your non-green cleaning supplies, using only two squares of toilet paper, putting a brick in your toilet tank reservoir, selling your Landcruiser and speedboat, going on vacation to a city park instead of overseas, nearly getting hit every day on your bicycle, replacing all of your $1 light bulbs with $10 light bulbs ...well, all of those things you have done have all gone down the tubes in just the past week. The volcanic ash emitted into the Earth's atmosphere in the past weeks has totally erased every single effort you have made to reduce the evil beast carbon. And, those thousands of jobs you helped move to Asia with expensive emissions demands on businesses...you know, the ones that are creating even more emissions than when they were creating our jobs, well that must seem really worthwhile now. And I do wish that there was some kind of silver lining to this volcanic ash cloud but the fact of the matter is that the bush fire season across the western U.S.A. will start in about 2 months and those fires will negate your efforts to reduce carbon emissions in our world for the next 2 years.
So, grab a beer, give the world a hug, and have nice day!
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama says he's a Marxist, yet credits capitalism for bringing new freedoms to China, the communist country that exiled him.
"Still I am a Marxist," the exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader said in New York, where he arrived today with an entourage of robed monks and a heavy security detail to give a series of paid public lectures.
"(Marxism has) moral ethics, whereas capitalism is only how to make profits," the Dalai Lama, 74, said.
The next time Obama puts the Dalai Lama out with the trash will be satisfying. Though now these two frauds are singing from the same sheet I expect he will receive a warmer welcome from the Obama White House in future.
When Tibet finds its Jefferson, I will support the liberation of Tibet.
Toward the end of an extensive interview with Vice magazine, Bret Easton Ellis offers details about his forthcoming collaboration with Gus Van Sant on The Golden Suicides.
The movie is really Jeremy Blake’s journey. We meet him before he even knows Theresa Duncan. I really related to Jeremy, and I love his work, and I kind of fell in love with him. The movie is from his point of view. It’s not from her point of view. It is an incredibly sympathetic portrait of him, and I think of her, too. Part of the problem with the original magazine piece is that it’s kind of gossipy and a little salacious at times, and it concentrates on things that I’m not that interested in. But this is a heartfelt script. If anyone is thinking that I’m doing some kind of, like, “Bret Easton Ellis” take on it, like it’s a satire or stand-up, they are completely wrong. It’s a very heartfelt love story.
Not my take on the story but then I don't know any more about the truth of the matter than does Ellis; his version is at least sympathetic to Theresa for all it makes her out to be a bit crazy (which, in fairness, at least in one sense was my impression).
Here is the revolting part. Sadly, Hollywood will only love when you are dead and beautiful. Yes, Theresa was beautiful, but there was so much more to her beauty than being "hot".
[Vice] That’s where her theories about a Scientologist plot against her come into it.
[Ellis] The Scientologists. And then she began to build this huge narrative as to why she wasn’t successful in the film industry. I’m haunted by it. I don’t know why it resonated with me so much.
You explained it pretty well. It was the relationship that you’d been having, and your experience with The Informers. That could really put you in a place where the Blake-Duncan story would hit you hard.
And they were hot.
They were hot. Yeah.
Literally, this is how it sold with one of the producers, to get financing for it. “Who wants to see a movie about two people who kill themselves?” And then the other producer said, “Well, they were hot.”
And he said, “Really? Well, where’s the pictures of them? Ah. Yeah.”
"I am confident that Arizona's utilities would be happy to take those electrons off your hands," Pierce wrote. "If, however, you find that the City Council lacks the strength of its convictions to turn off the lights in Los Angeles and boycott Arizona power, please reconsider the wisdom of attempting to harm Arizona's economy."
If the woman is charged with assaulting the officer, she could face a lengthy prison term, or a lashing, or both. But public opinion appears to have been firmly behind her.
'People are fed up with these religious police, and now they have to pay the price for the humiliation they put people through for years and years,' Saudi human rights activist Wajiha Al Huwaidar told the Media Line news agency.
'To see resistance from a woman means a lot... This is just the beginning and there will be more.'
If only Canadians could find it in themselves to confront our own blasphemy police in precisely the same terms.
Death Masks are easily the most haunting mementos of the deceased. They have been in existence since the time of Tutankhamun, whose solid gold burial mask is an object of extreme beauty and superstition. Here, we present twenty casts that have preserved some of the most famous faces to have graced this planet.
In the past, I've remarked to friends that the difference between a Jewish liberal and a Jewish conservative is that when a Jewish liberal walks out of the Holocaust Museum, he feels, "This shows why we need to have more tolerance and multiculturalism." The Jewish conservative feels, "We should have killed a lot more Nazis, and sooner."
Sunday's event at a campus north of Tel Aviv followed other high-profile Iran simulations in Israel and the United States in recent months. But it broke new ground by assuming the existence of what both countries have pledged to prevent: an Iranian bomb.
"Iranian deterrence proved dizzyingly effective," Eitan Ben-Eliahu, a retired air force commander who played the Israeli defence minister, said in his summary of the 20-team meeting
And if you think that's depressing, read on.
Though the wargame saw Iran declaring itself a nuclear power in 2011, the ensuing confrontations were by proxy, in Lebanon. In one, emboldened Hezbollah guerrillas fired missiles at the Defence Ministry in Tel Aviv. That was followed by U.S. and Israeli intelligence findings that Iran had slipped radioactive materials to its Lebanese cohort, to assemble a crude device.
How long do you think it would have taken the Roman Empire to nuke Persia if Rome had the bomb and Persia was about to get the bomb?
Rome lasted a thousand years. We won't make the next fifty.
Here's a thought: My plan to return to Britain and establish an English tribal area/reservation/bantustan is probably not going to work out short of a Crusade to retake the islands. A more realistic goal is an English homeland in Judea and Samaria (the whole Lost Tribe business, you see). We descendants of Oliver Cromwell would make excellent neighbours for Israel.
Furthermore: I have come to believe Israel might need India but I no longer believe Israel needs the United States. Take Israel's new stealth technology, for example. Since the West has started handing out medals for sparing jihadis, I take it we won't need this sort of military advantage in future. Best not let it fall into the hands of European caliphs in any event.
Remember the cloaking device used by the Klingon war ships in those old Star Trek television programs? Science fiction, right?
Not any more.
Meet the Black Fox Active Adaptive IR Stealth System, created by Israeli start-up firm Eltics Ltd., a company that produces electronic warfare systems in Ashkelon. The new technology can make a helicopter, tank or ship, vanish into thin air.
Surplus to requirements and more Monty Python than James Bond - despite the Ian Fleming connection - but World War II strategic headfake Operation Mincemeat still stirs in me a sense of loss and nostalgia where once there was patriotism and a love of my fellow Englishmen.
Too much to excerpt properly. The following is for flavour.
To fashion the container that would keep the corpse “fresh,” before it was dumped off the coast of Spain, Mincemeat’s planners turned to Charles Fraser-Smith, whom Ian Fleming is thought to have used as the model for Q in the James Bond novels. Fraser-Smith was the inventor of, among other things, garlic-flavored chocolate intended to render authentic the breath of agents dropping into France and “a compass hidden in a button that unscrewed clockwise, based on the impeccable theory that the ‘unswerving logic of the German mind’ would never guess that something might unscrew the wrong way.” The job of transporting the container to the submarine that would take it to Spain was entrusted to one of England’s leading race-car drivers, St. John (Jock) Horsfall, who, Macintyre notes, “was short-sighted and astigmatic but declined to wear spectacles.” At one point during the journey, Horsfall nearly drove into a tram stop, and then “failed to see a roundabout until too late and shot over the grass circle in the middle.”
If any other tribe were being hunted to extinction, I would have something to say about it. I can hardly remain silent now for all this particular genocide is popular in Canada's polite company.
"A genocide goes beyond murder. The genocide that we are talking about highlights other issues too. Whites are the only group whose language is being attacked and eliminated. White culture is being attacked and eliminated. We have ticked the boxes which qualify a nation of genocide and there is a genocide of whites"
I gather there are people shocked to learn the Soviet Union planned a nuclear attack on China in 1969. Swayed by the Americans, they didn't attack China.
But this is the actual shocking news.
The historian claims that Washington saw the USSR as a greater threat than China and wanted a strong China to counter-balance Soviet power. Then US President Richard Nixon was also apparently fearful of the effect of a nuclear war on 250,000 US troops stationed in the Asia-Pacific region and still smarting from a Soviet refusal five years earlier to stage a joint attack on China's nascent nuclear programme.
They could have stopped the spread of atomic weapons and chose not to. So much for civilization. We will get precisely what we deserve; millions dead in a fire lit by chanting Persian maniacs.
Can whoevers been calling me please speak either English or German? This is getting insane, you can save your Insaladdins and infidel for someone else, I'm not shutting down this group because you've found my phone number.
Pantomime: Near bankruptcy, the Greeks are to provide France and Germany with billions in arms sales from the money they are lending Greece.
Franco-German lawmaker Daniel Cohn-Bendit said that Paris and Berlin are seeking to force Prime Minister George Papandreou to spend Greece’s scarce cash on submarines, a fleet of warships, helicopters and war planes.
Now, to the silly people who seem to think that the events of the past few days have shown me to be wrong - how, exactly did I err? I was absolutely right about three important things - two of fact and one of opinion. I said Mr Cameron was a man of the Left, and I said he wouldn't and he shouldn't win a majority. I said (and Mr Brogan and Mr Portillo agree with me from their very different perspectives) that the Tory Party couldn't win a majority again. I even remarked rather early on Mr Cameron's closeness to Mr Clegg, in my one question to him during the campaign. Remember what I asked: ‘Are you politically closer to Norman Tebbit or to Nick Clegg?’ And remember that he didn't answer. Well, he has answered now, hasn't he?
But what of my cavilling foes - whose case always seemed to be based on the idea that a Tory victory at all costs was both possible and desirable, without any reference to what sort of government it would bring? Did they either want or predict the Cameron-Clegg civil partnership? Are they pleased at what has taken place, now they have got it? Are they pleased by the enthusiasm that Mr Cameron shows for lashing his party to the Liberal Democrats, quite possibly forever?
Epic Boobs Girl's latest attempt to end her meme has been quashed.
A girl who posted pics of her "epic boobs" and inadvertently became an Internet meme lost a lawsuit against the outlet that made her a star. It raises the question: If you become an internet meme, what should you do?
According to some accounts, this canine resident of Athens (his name translates into "Cinnamon" in English) has been spotted at nearly every protest that has occurred in the Greek capital over the past two years. The distinct blonde mixed breed dog has many adventures under his belt, as documented in this slideshow.
Commander James Kraska, JAGC, U.S. Navy, serves as the Howard S. Levie Chair of Operational Law at the U.S. Naval War College and Senior Fellow at Foreign Policy Research Institute claims China is set for naval hegemony.
The Chinese navy has been throwing its weight around in East Asia. A US Navy commander asks how much longer the US can do anything about it.
Abstract: Years of strategic missteps in oceans policy, naval strategy and a force structure in decline set the stage for U.S. defeat at sea in 2015. After decades of double-digit budget increases, the People’s Liberation Army (Navy) was operating some of the most impressive systems in the world, including a medium-range ballistic missile that could hit a moving aircraft carrier and a super-quiet diesel electric submarine that was stealthier than U.S. nuclear submarines. Coupling this new asymmetric naval force to visionary maritime
strategy and oceans policy, China ensured that all elements of national power promoted its goal of dominating the East China Sea. The United States, in contrast, had a declining naval force structured around 10 aircraft carriers spread thinly throughout the globe. With a maritime strategy focused on lower order partnerships,and anational oceans policy that devalued strategic interests in freedom of navigation, the stage was set for defeat at sea. This article recounts howChina destroyed the USS George Washington in the East China Sea in 2015. The political fallout from the disaster ended 75 years of U.S. dominance in the Pacific Ocean and cemented China’s position as the Asian hegemon.
I am still pro-carrier, mind you.
Elsewhere in Middle Kingdom news: China's first man in space has said that Chinese astronauts eat dog meat to keep their strength up as they orbit around the earth.
"Many of my friends are curious about what we eat [in space] and think that the astronauts must have some expensive delicacies, like shark's fin or abalone," he wrote. "Actually we ate quite normal food, there is no need to keep it a secret," he added.
Plans to sweep away hundreds of years of history by radically overhauling Parliament were outlined by the coalition government. The House of Lords would be replaced with an elected Senate and five-year fixed term Parliaments introduced.
At some point, like most teenagers, these second and third generation Canadians take an interest in their family history. Sometimes Mom and Dad are happy to share stories, anecdotes, and their own thoughts with the kids. However there are also times when Mom and Dad are trying to forget the lives they left in Iran, Lebanon, Syria, etc. This does not stop a kid from wanting to know. Where does the child turn? The Internet, the library, the Masjid - wherever they can find someone willing to give them information, someone who can give them a sense of belonging and heritage. Most adults have a hard time figuring out propaganda from fact, myth from reality; teenagers will often go with whatever information stirs up their emotions.
My propaganda was called "The Lord of the Rings". For my thoughts concerning Orcs fouling the Shire, see The Battle of Bywater.
You have nothing to lose but your veils: The plain speaking Christopher Hitchens.
The French legislators who seek to repudiate the wearing of the veil or the burqa—whether the garment covers "only" the face or the entire female body—are often described as seeking to impose a "ban." To the contrary, they are attempting to lift a ban: a ban on the right of women to choose their own dress, a ban on the right of women to disagree with male and clerical authority, and a ban on the right of all citizens to look one another in the face. The proposed law is in the best traditions of the French republic, which declares all citizens equal before the law and—no less important—equal in the face of one another.
Officially, Israel's unemployment rate is about 8%. But that doesn't include Israeli citizens who are not trying to find work, either because they feel disenfranchised, such as many Arab Israelis, or because they've chosen a life of state-subsidized religious study, such as many ultra-Orthodox Jews.
Nearly 27% of Arab men and 65% of ultra-Orthodox Jews don't work, government figures show. The non-employment rate for ultra-Orthodox men has tripled since 1970, Ben-David said.
Today Arabs and the ultra-Orthodox together make up less than 30% of the population, but they account for nearly half of school-age children. If trends continue unchecked, Arab and ultra-Orthodox children could make up 78% of Israeli classrooms, recent studies have shown.
This was a coordinated attack; not only are the Muslims cheering the assault, but others join in, attacking cops (like at the very end, one Brave Soldier of Allah cold-cocks an unaware cop, then runs away and assumes the fetal position).
, pour encouragement les otres or however that goes.
Neal Adams, perhaps the most celebrated living comic book artist, said be believed Frazetta was the rare individual who could bridge the vast gulf between fine art and pop illustration.
"There is no one who can fill the space left empty by the passing of Frank Frazetta," Adams said Monday. "Few have studied Classic Renaissance oil painting, and applied it so successfully. Few can draw outward from deep within their gut; very few can actually paint and draw man/woman sexual allure; nearly none can tell a story with oil paint that lets you know what is actually in the muscle and sinew of the artist."
By spearheading assaults on guerrillas in neighbouring Lebanon and Palestinian territories, the Israeli air force had gained the techniques necessary for any future strikes on Iranian sites, Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon said.
"There is no doubt that the technological capabilities, which improved in recent years, have improved range and aerial refuelling capabilities, and have brought about a massive improvement in the accuracy of ordnance and intelligence," he told a conference of military officers and experts.
"This capability can be used for a war on terror in Gaza, for a war in the face of rockets from Lebanon, for war on the conventional Syrian army, and also for war on a peripheral state like Iran," said Yaalon, a former armed forces chief.
I love every connnotation of "peripheral" in that statement.
So much for those Yank-style televised leaders' debates only a couple weeks back. Instead, Britain will end up with a leader who didn't participate in the leaders' debates, presiding over a coalition that wasn't on the ballot, implementing a platform no party ran on, yet committed to transformative electoral reform for which there is no mandate.
If all the above doesn't sound terribly democratic, well, at least, Mr. and Mrs. Bloggs of Little Stitch-Up-On-Thames can still elect their Member of Parliament and know who they're going to get. As it happens, that's what the LibDems want to change — to some Continental-style "proportional" system. The way things are going, giving every voter a blindfold and a pin would make as much sense.
RTWT for the Sovietization of the Celtic economies.
One 21-year-old waitress, who uses the pseudonym Veronica, said her parents were furious when she revealed her plan to sell herself. She said she signed up to the controversial project to earn money and change perceptions about sex.
She added: "Technically I'm selling my virginity for money, technically that would be classified as prostitution, but it's not going to be a regular thing, so in my head I can justify that I'm not going to be a prostitute."
By way of complaining about the Porsche 911 GT3, Jeremy Clarkson expresses a number of opinions that used to be blindingly obvious. But cultures change. Or atrophy and die.
One thing I’ve noticed over the years is that if you drive into London at 6am, half of the cars on the roads are Porsches and Astons. Whereas if you go in at ten to nine, they’re all Renaults. Simple solution, then. You want a nice car? Get up earlier and do more work.
Homeopathic bombs are comprised of 99.9% water but contain the merest trace element of explosive. The solution is then repeatedly diluted so as to leave only the memory of the explosive in the water molecules. According to the laws of homeopathy, the more that the water is diluted, the more powerful the bomb becomes.
‘It was only a matter of time before these people got hold of the material that they needed to make these bombs,’ said former UN weapons inspector, Hans Blix, ‘The world is a much more dangerous place with the advent of these Weapons of Mass Dilution.’
With "Cullen" leaping 300 spots in the charts, Stephanie Meyer has changed the fashion for baby names.
The most popular boy’s name was Jacob, an eternal favorite that happens to be the name of the buff rival of paler-than-thou Edward: Jacob Black. The most popular name for girls was Isabella, the progenitor of Bella, the love interest of both Edward the vampire and Jacob the werewolf. Just plain Bella logs in at 58.
These are baby names for white people, you understand, and so of diminishing statistical consequence. Flea-favs Sheniqua and, of course, Mohammed will most likely remain unaffected no matter the popularity of the Twilight franchise.
A "conservative" attempt to rebrand its image, remake British politics and, above all, thwart the will of the people has failed. For the moment, at least. If the Liberal Democratics get any part of their wishes in a coalition government we should expect much more coercion along the same lines.
They were the A-list candidates who were going to change the face of the Tory Party.
Drawn from diverse social backgrounds, they were younger and more likely to be female as David Cameron vowed to end the domination of ‘male, white, professional, grey-suited and straight’ MPs.
But an analysis of Thursday’s results suggests that some of Tory HQ’s favourite candidates struggled to overcome local resistance to the ‘rebranding’.
What Theodore Dalrymple says of Greece is true for the West and an inherent problem with representative government wherever the universal franchise is unaccompanied by widespread virtues such as honesty, self-control, providence, prudence, and self-respect.
When the crowd tried to storm the Greek parliament, shouting, “Thieves! Thieves!,” its anger was misdirected. It was a classic case of what Freudians call projection: the attribution to others of one’s own faults. It is true that the Greek politicians are much to blame for the current situation, and no doubt many of them are thieves; but their real crime was not stealing, but offering a substantial proportion of the Greek population a standard of living that was economically unjustified, maintained for a time by borrowing, and in the long run unsustainable, in return for votes. The crime of that substantial proportion of the Greek population was to accept the bribe that the politicians offered; they were only too prepared to live well at someone else’s expense. The thieves were not principally the politicians, but the demonstrators.
Of course, to the Frankfurt School minded this is not a bug but a feature. Destroy the education system and criminalize morality and in a generation or two it is the rule of the mob (and they plan to rule the mob).
With three per cent of the vote, the UK Independence Party may have cost the "Conservatives" as many as 15 seats.
Though I doubt it. Had I bothered to vote, it would have been for the UKIP or nothing.
A UKIP spokesman last night claimed the party had deprived the Tories of wins in up to 15 seats, but did not provide a full list. He blamed the Tories for rejecting an electoral deal in which UKIP candidates would have stood aside in return for a referendum on Britain leaving Europe.
He added: 'We are not responsible for the behaviour of the Conservative Party who rejected the offer of a deal. The voice of our supporters is important and massive and the only way to teach the Conservatives that is to hurt them.'
Two blocks from the scene of the WTC massacre and smashed by falling debris, the Burlington Coat Factory is to be replaced by Cordoba House, a $100 million 13-storey mosque.
Note to New York city planners: Cordoba was liberated from its Muslim occupiers in the 29 June, 1236.
... some 9/11 families said they found the proposal offensive because the terrorists who launched the attacks were Muslim.
"I realize it's not all of them, but I don't want to have to go down to a memorial where my son died on 9/11 and look at a mosque," said retired FDNY Deputy Chief Jim Riches - whose son Jim, a firefighter, was killed on 9/11.
"If you ask me, it's a religion of hate," said Riches, who did not attend last night's meeting.
Rosemary Cain of Massapequa, L.I., whose son, Firefighter George Cain, 35, was killed in the 2001 attacks, called the project a "slap in the face."
"I think it's despicable. That's sacred ground," said Cain, who also did not attend the meeting. "How could anybody give them permission to build a mosque there? It tarnishes the area."
As part of a brief but wide ranging question and answer session with the Financial Post, Niall Ferguson makes an important observation about Africa. And, not incidentally, about socialism vs capitalism.
A In the eyes of the Chinese, it is a place with a lot of commodities and very poor infrastructure, and the Chinese have figured out they can access the commodities if they provide the infrastructure. So, they have a pretty instrumental view of Africa. Given the West has a sentimental view of Africa, which is they want to [help with] water, give it aid, help Africans by giving them free malaria meds. And China, of course, thinks that’s absurd. They want to come in and buy stuff, give them highways in return. And right now that model is working better.
Q Working better for China or Africa?
A Working better for Africa. Just look at the growth rate. Africa is enjoying … rapid growth, and it is mostly on the back of sales of commodities and the improvement of infrastructure. By comparison, we’ve had 50 years of development aid and achieved less.
There is much else to consider in Politics?' "A New Hellenic Philosophy: Rise Up!" but one passage concerning Greek public service unions struck me in particular. Yet more evidence we must first dismantle our state bureaucracies if we are too recover our civilization and see to the watchtowers.
Call it a Crusade if you will.
The outrageous, uncivil and violent behaviour of protesters who have made the streets of the capital a very dangerous place, and who have engaged in a nation wide intifada against their struggling government forced to face the music of their incautiously dangerous economic fiddling, is incomprehensible. Throwing rocks and incendiary Molotov cocktails, demolishing property and destroying lives.
Thugs associated with unions and deeply dysfunctional ideological movements clashing with first-responders so that firefighters are unable to rescue people trapped in burning buildings represents a civil atrocity of atrocious incivility. All are implicated; teachers, hospital workers, trash collectors, pensioners, construction workers and any number of other public employees.
Let the mandarins riot. Then let them starve. They have lost the mandate of heaven (via Blazing Cat Fur with more random furballs).
The elite unit was pushed to the brink of mutiny after it was banned from saving the SAS soldiers captured by militants because to do so would embarrass the Government.
The astonishing edict drove SAS officers close to mass resignation, according to a hardhitting report by the Tory MP Adam Holloway, a former Guards officer.
The SAS Lieutenant-Colonel on the ground, believing that ‘politically motivated’ commanders in the UK were ‘unable to make rational and effective decisions’, sent in a rescue team anyway – fearful that within hours the captured men could have been spirited away or executed.
The rescuers blasted their way into the police station in Basra where the two soldiers were being held and saved them.
For which he should receive a medal Her Majesty's government is unfit to award him.
Shame about dismantling the Royal Navy. It might have come in handy.
A British oil company is set to invoke the wrath of Argentina with the discovery of oil in the Falklands.
Rockhopper Exploration today announced that it has made an oil discovery in the North Falkland Basin - the first oil find of an exploration programme in the Falkland Islands that has already pushed relations between London and Buenos Aires to breaking point.
Every artist "steals" a little, whether they realize it or not. For instance, we talk about how some musician was "influenced" by music they grew up with, even if sometimes that influence consists of outright stealing and/or barely remixing a classic. That's just the way it works.
But sometimes, it's even more blatant than that. In fact, some of the most successful musical acts in history based huge chunks of their careers entirely on plagiarism. Like...
Disappointment in humanity at the link. The musician part of humanity at least.
The country's budget shortfall was the third largest in the EU last year but will overtake both Greece and Ireland this year, according to the forecasts. Greece's measures to tackle its public finances problems are projected to cut its deficit to 9.3% of GDP.
I am looking forward to Machete due to the awesome. But I am also looking forward to the day when I see a film that demonizes and revels in the murder of our political opponents instead of the usual hate propaganda and pornography of murder directed against white Christian men. For the moment, I know my place at the back of the bus.
From the comments:
"Make sure you don't buy a ticket at the box office; everybody who sneaks in to the theater illegally gets to stay for free."
Related: California high school students are lucky they were only sent home for wearing the American flag on Cinco de Mayo; in the UK or Canada they would have been charged with an hate crime.
Five Live Oak High School students' First Amendment rights were challenged this morning when they were asked to leave school because they donned American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo. Officials at the school chose not to comment on the situation, but one student said an official called the T-shirts "incendiary."
"They said we were starting a fight, we were fuel to the fire," said sophomore Matt Dariano.
"We decided on a human-like robot because it's more fascinating and stimulating for us," said association director Hideo Sugimoto to the Daily Yomiuri newspaper. "We'll make an attractive robot to carry our dreams to the universe."
Attractive robots can be fascinating and stimulating it's true. For making babies, not so much.
A husband has vowed to keep his wife indoors after she became the first woman in Italy to be fined for wearing a burka in public. Amel Marmouri, 26, was handed the 500 euro (£430) penalty after she was spotted queuing inside a post office by police with her body and face fully covered by the garment. She was warned she would receive another fine if she were spotted again in her burka.
Yesterday her husband said as a result he had no option but to stop her from going out. Unemployed Ben Salah Braim, 36, said: 'I just don't know where we are going to get 500 euros to pay the fine.
'We thought as she was going to the mosque she was OK to wear the burka. We knew about the law and I know that (the law) is not against my religion but now Amel will have to stay indoors.
Posted by the Flea at 10:19 AM
The War on Freedom
Daniel Greenfield argues the only people who want the freedom to keep what they earn, write what they think, choose their own health care, elect their own leaders, read what they like and live lives apart from the great machinery of the state—are the White Male Oppressors.
What he says rhetorically I am quite happy to say literally. The rot set in with the Reform Act of 1832 with all too predictable.
How do you take away the freedom of a free people without putting tanks on every street? You do it by transforming their culture. By turning the very idea of freedom into something ugly and shameful. A foul thing to be associated with extremists and other bad folk that good citizens are advised to avoid. The goal being to convince the people that their freedom is a thing they should be happy to give up, rather than having to forcibly take it away from them.
Under Canada's provincial variety pack of state mandated medical insurance, you will not be shocked to learn it is often difficult to find a family doctor who can admit a new patient to the roll of their medical practice. In the United States it has been supply and demand, in Canada it has been and remains rationing and waiting lists.
With this in mind (and with apologies for my continued use of the passive voice), does anyone happen to know if it is legal - let alone ethical - for an Ontario GP to tell their patient that if he or she seeks a second opinion then he or she will be struck off the patient list at their practice?
If so, please feel free to comment or email. This is not an academic question.
Unless Israel stops them. An act which would, perhaps ironically, save the lives of countless Arabs chanting for the death of the Jews.
Even if containment and deterrence might be more successful against Iran than just suggested, nuclear proliferation doesn't stop with Tehran. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey and perhaps others will surely seek, and very swiftly, their own nuclear weapons in response. Thus, we would imminently face a multipolar nuclear Middle East waiting only for someone to launch first or transfer weapons to terrorists. Ironically, such an attack might well involve Israel only as an innocent bystander, at least initially.
Given Pakistan was a made up country less than twenty years old at the time "Pakistani" immigration started. the British people need to understant it is Mirpuris who have enriched British lives in ways illegal too numerous to recount.
Some in Pakistan call Mirpur "Little Britain". When thousands of residents lost their livelihoods as farmers in the 1960s - when a huge dam was built in the area - there was a mass migration of Mirpuris to the United Kingdom, where there were labour shortages. As a result at least 70% of the Pakistani diaspora living in Britain today originates from this one small district.
Notes on Mirpur suggest a robust policy of Sikh immigration might be the specific.
'It has been replaced by a concoction of foreign cultures, of which English is only a small part. Maybe it's because it makes me feel my culture has no worth or place any more. Like it's illegitimate. Someone has to do something.'
Capturing Somali Pirates: The First Person Shooter View
My favourite part is the way the gun tracks the shooter's head movements, a bit disconcerting considering my current Fallout 3 skewed worldview. Also, the hilariously simulated looking view of stair climbing.
"I would find especially in her nighttime prowling activities that to have this much volume of fabric behind you - I can understand the cape - it think it could be dangerous. It could get caught on an antenna."