Still, could someone please tell me how police are supposed to track down young men matching the description of black bloc anarchists without actually stopping and searching people who fit the description?
I'm disappointed in you. When it's middle class men educated in Pakistani madrassas near a high security zone, you're all in for profiling.
But when it's middle class men educated in Canadian universities near a high security zone, the rules become different.
A little consistency, please.
I couldn't agree more. When 19 guys who looks like Mike Brock retask commercial airliners as cruise missiles, I say we profile them. Especially when Canada's police services start profiling guys who have, in point of fact, already retasked commercial airliners as cruise missiles.
As unconfirmed reports of an imminent Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear facilities pick up steam in the Middle Eastern media, a US-based strategic intelligence company has released a chart showing US naval carriers massing near Iranian waters.
Not terribly surprising if you think about it. Who else could protect Iran's nuclear sites from the Israeli air force? I joke, I joke.
It is more likely this is the result of a normal change-over between carrier groups than preparation for military action. Though I admit the possibility President Kick Ass has decided it is time to appease the American public for a change. If so, mark your calendars for the first of Sha'ban 1431.
The police would like a word: G20 Black Bloc vandals - Have info? Call Police 416-808-2222 or Anon @18002228477
Some people have jobs: "We had to evacuate our store. So we're just leaving and it's pretty f-ed up."
Warning, jaywalking features.
And now your moment of zen: A physics lesson.
Update: The Toronto Sun is keeping an updated G20 timeline for Sunday, June 27. I am curious about the mass arrest of 70 people from a University of Toronto student union building at 10am.
The lastest as I update this post: "12:03 p.m. — Second round of clashes between cops and activists underway. Several journalists roughed up. Cops batons drawn and were rushing protesters. Bikes on the road."
Update: Square Mile Wife links to CTV footage of the mob on Yonge Street. A number of Mannequin-Canadians are injured.
Notice the only people with enough balls to actually do anything are normal citizens, bystanders who don't want their city destroyed.
We may usefullly generalize from this observation.
John Thompson didn’t think the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty would sink so low as to try to disrupt the passage of Canadian war dead.
The arrival of our war dead at the Coroner’s office always begins with a 2:00 PM arrival at CFB Trenton, and the trip from the base to downtown Toronto almost invariably takes about two and half hours.
The Anarchists and Trots lunged out of Allen Gardens up on Carleton and made a fast march towards Yonge Street, getting as far as College and Yonge with baseball bats and the occasional slingshot firing ball bearings (I overheard a police radio talking about molotov cocktails, too). In short, they got within about 150 metres of the Coroner’s Office just as the motorcade was arriving. The timing was not accidental.
Anarchists burning police cars and looking for a fight
Intestinal blockage passes for irony: "This is what democracy looks like! That is what a police state looks like!"
PintoPonyProductions reports - They are actually attacking people who are taking pictures: "Camera is not expression. It is part of the spectacle."
These Guy Debord references make for a better class of riot.
Torontopia reports - Toronto G20 - Yonge Street trashed: "Yonge Street was trashed by anarchists during the big G20 protest march. I didn't see any looting, just smashed windows."
This is a masterpiece of détournéflânerie (oops, had Debord on the brain). The running commentary on the specific targets of this Afternoon of Broken Glass is particularly cogent.
Toronto mounted police: "Thank you for your cooperation!"
I have a love/hate relationship with Canadian etiquette. I mean, there is a time and a place.
Note the peace-rioters broke a window at Remington's, a gay bar on Yonge Street. Normally this sort of thing would be described as a "hate crime". But then the Left is untroubled by consistency of conscience.
That said: "Bell was trashed. Can't say I feel too bad." Testify, brother.
Sacrilege: They trashed Tim Horton's at College and Yonge (end of the above video).
Citizen journalism continues: "The thing is obviously the police were not around here. The police were down by the business district protecting the leaders of the G20 and not the retail on Yonge Street. Some people took advantage of that to trash downtown Toronto."
There is a minor to do in Canada over the status of a security fence separating G20 participants from lumpen Toronto, particularly in light of a regulatory change affording police broader latitude to stop and identify anyone approaching the barrier (within 5m of the barrier, to be precise).
Let’s just suspend the Charter of Rights for a few days. I mean, hey, where’s the harm in that?
Hark at the peevish voice of outraged moderation.*
A minor problem. The Charter of Rights has not been suspended. The security fence has been designated a public work under the 1939 Public Works Protection Act and, much like, say, the perimeter fence of a hydro-electric facility, is subject to more stringent policing. No law has been changed or enacted. This is a regulatory change made by the Ontario Cabinet following a request by Toronto's chief of police for clarification of police powers and responsibilities during the G20 summit. This seems entirely reasonable to me.
It is entirely reasonable for the police to have the authority to protect the summit security perimeter and entirely reasonable for the Ontario government to provide that authority under existing law.
What is not reasonable is to assume Canadians have any rights to speak of, Charter or no Charter. Provided it can maintain the confidence of Parliament, the government of the day can do precisely what it likes. This is Canada, not the United States. The Charter of Rights has not been suspended. The Charter of Rights is valueless.
* Hey, when was the last time I slagged Jay's opinions? I am gunning for a sidebar quote here.
Major Japanese firms have partnered with companies abroad and engage in joint development for nuclear reactors, such as Hitachi Ltd's cooperation with General Electric and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries with France's Areva.
Minna, a 34-year-old PR executive said that she had discussed emigration with her husband as recently as yesterday, but had decided to stick to China. Her opinion about the UK? Taxes are too high and the standard of living is just too low.
"They work longer hours than you do, twice as long, quite often. Why not? They're not working for the clock. They're working to win the war! They do not make as much money as you do. Well, they are not working to make money, they are working to win war! They work every day of every week. Is this so strange? They are not working to get days off, they are working to win the war!"
Imagine for a moment, if there really were a huge group of people living in your country, and I mean millions, who were from a country your country was at war with.
And what if these people really hated your country and everything it stood for and was about, even though they were living in it and enjoying its protections and a great deal of financial support. Who worked night and day to destroy it. Who protested every time your country won a victory over their place of origin. Who advocated and sometimes committed horrible acts of violence against your people.
The rest of this conjecture at the link.
* Such is conventional wisdom. But then the closest we will ever come to knowing how things might have gone differently is the live social experiment we have chosen to live with now.
While the entire Gulf coastline is vulnerable, the state most exposed to the fury of a supersonic wave towering 150 to 200 feet or more is Florida. The Sunshine State only averages about 100 feet above sea level with much of the coastline and lowlands and swamps near zero elevation.
You may be feeling disorientated, overcome by a surreal sensation, on hearing such extraordinary, unprecedented views. They are the almost forgotten, forcibly extinguished voice of sanity which most people had thought forever excised from British politics. These policies are common sense, which is something we have not experienced in any council chamber, still less the House of Commons, in decades.
The rest of The Telegraph's Mayor Peter Davies update at the link.
The license was provided by a claim by the team's coach Kim Jong-hun that the dictator "gives regular tactical advice during matches using mobile phones that are not visible to the naked eye." The coach added the fantasy device was invented by Kim Jong-il himself.
“Shame that the demonstrators/kids on Sunday attacked and intimidated pretty much any white person walking along Whitechapel Road (including smashing the windscreens of a white van with three white guys in). Even those three guys weren’t racist before – they probably are now.”
Not to worry. It didn't happen, was an act of desperation and we deserved it anyway. Just giving you the heads up on lamestream media reporting of the incident; assuming, of course, it doesn't just vanish down the memory hole.
But it did happen and it will happen again. The longer Her Majesty's government allows riot and disorder to rule the street the more likely a second English civil war.
Also: A report on the day from EDL Whitechapel. Some time ago I made a proposal to explore counter-insurgency operations in London. To my knowledge, it was ignored.
Peter Stanford: "Mystery of the pregnant pope: new film reopens one of the Vatican's most enduring wounds."
For centuries, the Roman Catholic Church has tried to bury her story. But of all the legends suppressed by the Vatican over the years, this is one that refuses to go away. Now, a new film has brought to life the story of the only female pope - and it is being shown this week in cinemas cheek by jowl with the Vatican. And there are plans to bring it to Britain.
For a Church that still treats women as second-class citizens, it is a source of considerable embarrassment and will once again raise the question of whether Pope Joan, as she is called in medieval chronicles, really did exist.
My comment, seeing as The Daily Mail chose not to publish it.
"For a Church that still treats women as second-class citizens ..."
I can think of at least one religion that really does treat women as second-class citizens. It appears in your paper all the time but you Daily Mail cowards will never describe it as such. Much easier to publish cheap anti-Catholic bigotry secure in the knowledge the Pope will not order your heads hacked off on YouTube.
I can only assume The Daily Mail comments editor agrees with me.
Update: Oh, so now they publish it. Let's see how my memory matches up to what I wrote the first time.
"For a Church that still treats women as second-class citizens..."
I can think of at least one religion regularly mentioned in this paper which really does treat women as second-class citizens. Not that you Daily Mail cowards will tell the truth about it. Much easier to make cheap, bigoted anti-Catholic remarks knowing the Pope will not order your heads chopped off.
An Essence Magazine online story asks, 'Another White Actress to Play Cleopatra?'
'Honestly, I don't care how full Angelina Jolie's lips are, how many African children she adopts, or how bronzed her skin will become for the film, I firmly believe this role should have gone to a black woman.'
Small problem. Cleopatra VII Philopator was Greek. Well, Macedonian. After almost three centuries of Ptolemaic rule in Egypt, she was the first of her line to bother to learn Egyptian.
Which is all by the by as the Egyptians were not "black" and, with one dynastic exception, neither were their pharaohs.
The bust (above) is a likeness of Cleopatra carved in her own lifetime. Compare that profile to her likeness on her coinage and I believe you will agree it is probably accurate. She wasn't Angelina Jolie - or Elizabeth Taylor, for that matter - but she was "white".
This is what you get when you found a political system on the family values of Henry VIII.
We have known for a long time that Prince Charles' empty sails are so rigged as to be swelled by any passing waft or breeze of crankiness and cant. He fell for the fake anthropologist Laurens van der Post. He was bowled over by the charms of homeopathic medicine. He has been believably reported as saying that plants do better if you talk to them in a soothing and encouraging way. But this latest departure promotes him from an advocate of harmless nonsense to positively sinister nonsense.
We don't need another Thatcher. We need another Bloody Mary.
I do not read The Economist anymore but I think Charlemagne's observation is worth filing away for future rhetorical ends. By some measures, Europe is more diverse than America.
Per-capita wealth in Mississippi, the poorest state, is almost two thirds the national average. But the poorest EU member, Bulgaria, stands at 38% of the union average. Mississippi is also the most religious state: folks there are three times more likely to go to church weekly than in Vermont (the most secular state). Well, three quarters of Maltese and two thirds of Poles go to church once a week: just 3% of Danes do the same. Mississippians are less likely than Californians to think global warming is a “very serious” problem, by 56% to 73%. Try Estonia, where just 42% think climate change is “very serious”, compared to 84% of Greeks.
From which a reasonable person might conclude a currency union was not going to work, let alone the political union for which a currency union was the fig leaf. Old Europe might have been worse but it is now becoming obvious that worse was better.
Jonah Goldberg argues for the green fuels of the future: oil and coal.
Everyone takes as a given that the environment would be better off without oil and coal. And it would be better off if there was a better fuel available. But, not counting nuclear, there isn’t. ... And, if you ignore the climate change argument, fossil fuels have been an incalculable gift to mankind (it’s worth noting that environmentalists launched their anti-petroleum jihad before anyone was concerned with global warming). Without fossil fuels, we might not have cut the Malthusian knot that was causing us to burn through a wide assortment of “renewable” resources.
BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg told reporters in Washington: "I hear comments sometimes that large oil companies are greedy companies or don't care, but that is not the case with BP. We care about the small people."'
Justin Taffinder of New Orleans was not amused.
"We're not small people. We're human beings. They're no greater than us. We don't bow down to them. We don't pray to them," Taffinder said.
* Terry Hanners, 74, construction company owner in Gulf Shores, Ala.: "These BP people I've met are good folks. I've got a good rapport with them. But BP does not care about us. They are so far above us. We are the nickel-and-dime folks of this world."
Over at the Village Voice, Jen Doll cleared it up for Svanberg: “Oh BP, when will you learn? It’s not small people, it’s Little People! Jeez.”
The Most Effective Zombie Survival Plan: Become one.
I grew up while the Cold War was winding down. I went to high school in the early eighties. During that time, my nuclear survival plan was this: D.A.D. or Demand Atomic Death. I figured since we’re all going to die anyway, why not do so in a massive explosion? Go out with a bang.
My Zombie Survival Plan is just as simple: become undead.
Long time Flea readers will understand the metaphor. Expect more along these lines in the twilight of the West.
... for all you current college students out there - if you're not attending a top tier university or your major doesn't involve math or computers on nearly a daily basis, you have no business borrowing money to pay for your education. These days it's a bad investment and a sucker's bet.
Soubie was working for then-prime minister Alain Juppé in 1995 when the nation underwent weeks of disruptive and violent strikes against reforms of the welfare state. As France veered towards major unrest, Le Monde wrote,
M. Soubie and his colleagues asked the relevant ministers and business leaders which particular reform projects had lit the powder keg. To their great surprise, they discovered that no such projects existed. All it had taken was a phrase, a passing mention in a speech by M. Juppé about reforming the health service, to unleash one of the most spectacular clashes of the last 30 years.
This is why France’s welfare state has always been as unreformable as it is unsustainable.
Reform being the enemy of revolution, radical leftists plan to use the banking crisis to their own ends. They may have belatedly noticed their Messiah has thus far been better at inspiring Tea Parties, the real blue-collar grass-roots of America. Time to organize some spontaneous resistance!
"This fight against Wall Street is part of an even larger fight over who matters in the society, over our values and our priorities, over whether or not we have corporate control in banking, whether BP can destroy the coast, whether the insurance companies can deny our health care, whether companies can dominate our politics saying that money is speech," Booth said.
Booth is an old hand at leftist astro-turfing operations. She's a disciple of Saul Alinsky and she founded the Midwest Academy, a training institute for radical community organizers. "Alinsky is to community organizing as Freud is to psychoanalysis," she has been quoted saying.
Too bad for this lot. The revolutionaries are already on the streets. They call themselves a Tea Party.
J.E. Dyer writes on Jimmy Carter and American malaise thirty years later. The following passage which struck me in particular. The comparison between pacifism and nihilism is obvious once it is pointed out.
Existential ambivalence is a parlor game; it doesn’t put food on the table or keep our property secure; it doesn’t do for us anything we actually need. The people who indulge in it do so at the sufferance of the others who don’t.
... Natali is sticking with Canadian financiers. As such, they will be far less beholden to wussing out the ending or making the whole damned thing safe for mass audiences. If I were an investor, frankly, I'd see this as a missed opportunity for a name brand property. But Canada doesn't play that way. This is a country with nationalized health care and light rail in all major cities. Have you been to Calagary? The damned town and its ridiculous + 15 is straight out of Caprica. Natali and Gibson, of course, both hail from the Great White North. They may both be heaadbanging to the "The Fountain of Lamneth" in celebration right now.
Spoilers aside, I am happy to explain the ending of the novel to anyone who still doesn't get it. No Geddy Lee required, promise.
Related: No word if Sasha Grey is to reprise her role as Molly Millions.
The Sukhoi PAK FA is Russia's 5th Generation fighter jet. The T-50 performed its first flight January 29, 2010. Its second flight was on February 6, which is showed in the recently released video. The third one was on February 12. After the first test flight it was given a new look - the jet was painted in the standard clolors of the Russian Air Force.
Good thing too. In Canada they could end up in front of a human rights tribunal.
Long waits at Germany’s Expo 2010 pavilion in Shanghai reportedly have Chinese guests brawling and hurling “Nazi” insults.
The skirmishes reportedly began on one of the first days of the expo, which runs from May 1 to October 31. On that day a long line of people, including some in wheelchairs, became enraged with delays and began tearing flowers out of the ground and throwing them at the pavilion.
Some shouted "na cui, na cui," which the paper said was Chinese for “Nazi, Nazi,” Schmitz confirmed.
The fall of Helen Thomas is a sign the New Media have crashed those genteel lawn parties, clad in combat pajamas and digital beer hats, asking rude questions about the hosts and laughing at their sputtering indignation. The New Media doesn’t stand on ceremony. Its elder statesmen, talk radio pioneers like Rush Limbaugh, have spent their entire careers being insulted and disrespected by the mainstream press. The same political and opinion elite that indulged decades of insane prattle from Helen Thomas, politely ignoring some of her worst outbursts, was quick to trumpet fraudulent accusations of racism against Limbaugh for things he never said, to paint him as unfit for association with a professional football team. Such relentless assaults build thick skin, and sharp wits. The New Media breeds gladiators, and has little patience for deans and doyennes.
As I lay stretched upon the beach of Nice, I began to feel hatred for birds which flew back and forth across my blue sky, cloudless sky, because they tried to bore holes in my greatest and most beautiful work.
- Yves Klein
The nationalists, who were otherwise indistinguishable from the rest of the protestors, held signs including "We'll Stab for Peace", "We'll make the world abandon reason", "We Believe in blah-blah-blah", "What the hell am I doing here?" and "Don't mess with the Zohan", according to a report in the popular blog, The Muqata.
Pending a reliable Iron Dome or some such, I could not agree more with Jay Currie's suggestion (please, not a solution) for the Gaza problem: Complete disengagement from Hamas. Let the Egyptians handle their border crossing as they will and let disproportionate force be the response to any aggression from the Gaza strip.
Meanwhile Israel has a perfect right to say…we’re done. You want water or power, do it yourselves. Or pay for it. Medical services…look to your Arab brethern. Money? Well there is lots of money in the Middle East.
If you want to see real poverty, real squalor, just let Gaza fend for itself under Hamas.
Frankly, I cannot see why Israel has hung on so long. As to the rockets and such like from Hamas; a good thick wall, missile interceptors and a policy of ten random howitzer shells for every rocket launched with the option of air strikes would surely school the Palis faster than the “blockade”.
The key to this scenario is, of course, out of the question. With the possible exception of Red China, there isn't a government on earth prepared to defend its sovereignty with such clear sighted realism. Check Jay's comments for Kateland's all too plausible interpretation of a more likely outcome of Israeli disengagement.
More worrying still: Jay Nordlinger. Follow the link if you have ever taken the Montrealer.
I have a feeling Helen Thomas will be snapped up by somebody — some publication. Certainly if she wants to be. Her views are becoming ever more mainstream. For many years, the argument was over Israel’s borders — its ultimate composition. Now the argument, even among Western liberals, is over the existence of Israel itself.
If we could mandate Economics 101 for every college or university qualification, we could go a long way toward addressing the problems of civilization (via Hot Air).
Who is better informed about the policy choices facing the country—liberals, conservatives or libertarians? According to a Zogby International survey that I write about in the May issue of Econ Journal Watch, the answer is unequivocal: The left flunks Econ 101.
Follow the link for the gory details. Seriously, these people should be disenfranchised.
Anyone with a Peak Oil fanatic in their life has grappled with the etiquette of the Facebook unfriend button. I am certain for many the whole topic can be a drag. For me it is just one apocalyptic scenario among many and far from the bleakest.
Pro tip: Peak Oil friends are a simple way of adding to your Zombie Survival Plan without tipping your hand.
Mrs. Wilkerson has now read two dozen books about peak oil and related topics. For a while, she became depressed at work and had trouble discussing her feelings with her husband because the conversations were so dire, she said. At work, her colleagues told her directly “that they were tired of hearing about it,” she said. “They felt I was going to an extreme, thinking collapse was going to happen.”
She added, “I was ready to move out to the country and be an organic farmer, but I learned that’s not the way to do it. You need a community.”
Whereas for the low, low price of $75 dollars, Mrs. Wilkerson, I can hook you up with a global network community of armed collapsitarians. It isn't all about the oil for us, Mrs. Wilkerson, but you will be able to say as much about peak oil or whatever you want and nobody will be able to stop you from hitting the "publish" button.
My tip jar button is in the sidebar. Resist the monoculture!
With better-paid jobs disappearing and the prospects for home ownership diminished, the traditional culture of hard work has been replaced increasingly by what Dick Hobbs describes as the "violent potential and instrumental physicality." Urban progress, he notes, has been confused with the apparent vitality of a rollicking night scene: "There are parts of London where the pubs are the only economy."
London, notes the LSE's Tony Travers, is becoming "a First World core surrounded by what seems to be going from a second to a Third World population." This bifurcation appears to be a reversion back to the class conflicts that initially drove so many to traditionally more mobile societies, such as the U.S., Australia and Canada.
Except this time, we have run out of new worlds we can escape to.
Consider if you will the Left's technical term for young men with violent potential and instrumental physicality: Revolutionary army. I expect for the "Labour" party none of this was intentional. It was just bread and circuses for the mob and the wholesale importation of voting blocs with the next election as the only horizon.
But for the community organizers on the Left it could very well be a revolutionary army was the whole idea all along. If so, I do not believe it is not going to work out the way they planned.
Closely related: The children of middle class intellectuals also stage revolutions. Not to worry though. Back in the day this would have meant engineers and such, people capable of assessing the world as it is and responding accordingly, people capable of organizing themselves and others (if only to smuggle box-cutters onto the plane).
Try imagining a revolution run by cultural studies students and despair.
Some might say that she deserves it -- who borrows $100,000 to finance a degree in women's and religious studies that won't make you any money? She should have wised up, and others should learn from her mistake, instead of learning too late, as she did: "I don't want to spend the rest of my life slaving away to pay for an education I got for four years and would happily give back."
But bubbles burst when people catch on, and there's some evidence that people are beginning to catch on.
Ethan Perlson says even Israel's leftists are wrapping themselves in the flag. This is one of the few genuinely heartening pieces of news I have heard in some time.
They waved Israeli flags and sang patriotic songs, and gave Turkey the proverbial finger, holding up signs that read, “How many Kurds did you kill today?” and calling for the world to recognize the Armenian genocide.
At the protest there were “straights, gays, Russians, Ethiopians, and even French tourists,” said Gene Epshteyn, 35. “Ninety-nine percent of the people there were secular. This was not a right-wing rally. It was average everyday Israelis who’ve had enough.”
The late Neil Postman wrote a commencement address should the opportunity to give one arise. It never did.
The address survives, however, as Postman's open source gift to posterity should you ever need to deliver a commencement address yourself.
Like the Athenians, the Visigoths also disappeared, but not before they had ushered in the period known as the Dark Ages. It took Europe almost a thousand years to recover from the Visigoths.
Now, the point I want to make is that the Athenians and the Visigoths still survive, and they do so through us and the ways in which we conduct our lives. All around us—in this hall, in this community, in our city—there are people whose way of looking at the world reflects the way of the Athenians, and there are people whose way is the way of the Visigoths. I do not mean, of course, that our modern-day Athenians roam abstractedly through the streets reciting poetry and philosophy, or that the modern-day Visigoths are killers. I mean that to be an Athenian or a Visigoth is to organize your life around a set of values. An Athenian is an idea. And a Visigoth is an idea.
It is a thing of beauty, the rest at the link. Not that I blame the Visigoths for the Dark Ages, mind you (via Steynite 412).
If we can convince a generation their Leftist educators have lied to them, stolen their history and left them with no practical or philosophical preparation for the working world - let alone their citizenship - then a generation's "march through the institutions" could be reversed at a stroke. All we have to do is convince this new generation of the truth. And if they don't believe us now, their search for work upon graduation should go some way toward making our argument.
Take this opportunity and the reality of budgetary constraints and we could finish the job. Close every "studies" department and - tenure or no tenure - everyone involved can be left to fend for themselves in the private sector.
Dear University Alumni Office,
I'm sorry to hear that the university's $750 million endowment has fallen in value to $500 million because of the recession and because your bank died. I'm also sorry to hear that you're dealing with declining enrollment due to the fact that middle-class families are no longer willing or able to bet their homes on a $45,000-a-year higher education for their children. I really am.
So, what I want to know is, why are you wasting money on glossy fundraising brochures full of meaningless synonyms for the word "Excellence"? And, why are you sending them to ME? Yes, I know that I got a master's degree at your fine institution, but that master's degree hasn't done jack shit for me since I got it! I have been unemployed for the past TWO YEARS and I am now a professional resume-submitter, sending out dozens of resumes a month to employers, and the degree I received in your hallowed halls is at the TOP OF IT and it doesn't do a fucking thing.
You know, maybe if you wanted a little bit of money from me (and these days you'd get about $3) maybe you should send me a fancy color brochure admitting your role in the bubble economics that got us all in to this mess.
For example, since 1987, higher education expenses have gone up 450 percent, while personal income in this country has gone up 87 percent, making tuition IMPOSSIBLE to afford without special financing. But, during this time, you were thriving because people could come up with the cash in two ways:
1. Get a home equity loan and use the inflated value of their house to pay for their kid to get drunk and/or raped at your school and then lose the house when the market crashed.
2. Get a federal loan.
HAD IT OCCURRED TO YOU THAT NEITHER OF THESE SOURCES OF MONEY ACTUALLY EXIST? THAT IT WAS BEING MANUFACTURED BECAUSE YOU MADE PEOPLE THINK THAT ONE OF YOUR DEGREES WAS NECESSARY TO CLIMB TO THE TOP OF THE BUBBLE?
Oh yes, federal loans. I've got $40,000 of those, which are in "forebearance" right now because I'm unemployed, meaning that the feds are paying the interest for a while, which is convenient for me, but not for our government which is now owned by China. You know, the idea behind federal loans was that it would allow more students to attend your university, not let you INFLATE your tuition to obscene levels! I mean, what the fuck were you spending the $16,000 per semester on, anyway? I was in a public policy program, so that meant we got to sit in classrooms and listen to Professor God up at the front of the lecture hall glorify Himself and Creation as He saw it and talk about how much smarter he was than anyone else and how much he'd learned at MIT and the RAND Corporation.
Really, that's about all you did for us -- gave us a lecture hall, gave us an arrogant bastard to listen to, and gave us a room full of computers we could use sometimes, and you gave us a degree that employers look at and say "This guy knows how to write reports. Amusing." And I will be paying for this privilege until I am 51 years old.
So I'm sorry that the economy's been rough on you. Maybe, if you wanted to save a little money, you could stop printing and sending brochures to my parents' house (oh yeah, that's where I live because I can't afford rent on ANYTHING). And, maybe I'll donate a little bit of money to you in 2030, when I get the loans for your imaginary education PAID OFF!
Note how the writer demands the university explain "what the fuck were you spending the $16,000 per semester on, anyway?" Note how the writer never paused to ask the same question before paying it.
Consider too the ambitions of this "public policy" student to direct the rest of our lives should the right government sinecure ever provide the chance.
We could retake civilization if we could spread the knowledge of Economics 101.
Also, when women threaten violence in the presence of an opposing opinion it is "cute". Especially when they have been taught to offer violence, pouting and lip-quivering outrage instead of a reasoned argument to the contrary supported by evidence.
"You have carried out the mission we have entrusted to you", said Barak. "You have kept the flotilla from reaching Gaza. People should always remember that this is not North America or Western Europe, this is the Middle East: a region without mercy for the weak, where you don't get a second chance if you don't defend yourself. You have defended your lives. I have seen it and I have heard it from your commanders".
It is true here too. It is just that between us and harm lie two great oceans and the United States Marine Corps.
If you believe the Gaza Flotilla is an information operation intended to herd the cats of mass media into a narrative – which is what I believe is the ultimate intention of the NGO effort here – then we can presume to already know the narrative of the second flotilla. The NGO desires a clash on June 8th. Why? Because by creating a clash on June 8th the mass media can be expected to include a reminder of the anniversary of the USS Liberty incident 43 years ago as part of the narrative. We can expect the NGO to fortify the ship in ways that prevent the use of cameras from other ships or aircraft. Why? Because cameras from helicopters and Israeli ships represent a greater threat than the actual IDF commandos do – if you believe the battlefield is the information space. The ship will be more fortified internally? Why? Because the open space of the open deck favors the Israelis, but the small compartments of the ship favor the defenders in creating opportunities to control camera angles and perception of events to onlookers thousands of miles away.
The battlefield off the coast of Israel is in the information space, not the Mediterranean Sea.
I think this is exactly right; the rest of the argument is at the link. I had not made the connection between this corsair propaganda and the USS Liberty, yet more evidence the Left is a sink-hole of wilful ignorance, anti-Semitism and conspiracy theory.
The third time's the charm: Flotilla passenger: "I want to be a shahid ('martyr')".
In footage captured on the Gaza flotilla, a passenger describes how he has attempted in previous convoys to become a martyr and that "with god's luck" he will succeed on this flotilla. While the Gaza flotilla passengers had presented themselves as peace activists who would not act violently towards Israeli forces, this provides further evidence to the contrary.
Evidence is nice. A flaming oil slick would have been more effective and less controversial.
Watch this first. It predates the current fracas but remains entirely on point. Vlad Tepes:
This is a fantastic moment in politics. The Netherlands tells it like it is to Turkeys face. While this happened some time ago in the EP, it seemed like a good time to post it given Turkey's role in the current 'aid' flotilla.
In a piece for The Wall Street Journal last year, I documented the “after effects” of a previous “emergency Gaza boat flotilla,” when the arrivals were seen afterwards purchasing souvenirs in well-stocked shops. (You can also scroll down here for more pictures of Gaza’s “impoverished” shops.)
But the mainstream liberal international media won’t report on any of this. Playing the manipulative game of the BBC is easy: if we had their vast taxpayer funded resources, we too could produce reports about parts of London, Manchester and Glasgow and make it look as though there is a humanitarian catastrophe throughout the UK.
Well said, though in fairness there is a humanitarian catastrophe underway in the UK. It could take a reverse armada to sort the problem.
Israeli Navy Soldier describes the violent mob aboard Mavi Marmara
A soldier that took part in boarding the Mavi Marmara describes the violent confrontation that awaited on it's decks.
This is all well and good but the sane people are already convinced and the Jew haters would not believe you if the Messiah himself swore on a stack of Bibles. Note too if you serve in the IDF you must conceal your identity for fear of your well-being and that of your family. But the pirates about the Mavi Marmara will be celebrated as heroes, rewarded with plaudits and tenure, instead of fearing for their lives before they hang from the yardarm.
Vlad Tepes: "Please go to this site and look at a series of photos of a protest which puts a rather stunningly clear perspective on this mornings flotilla event. Remember, these boats where sent by Turkey as part of a propaganda campaign against Israel."
There was an Israeli demonstation in Tel Aviv in front of the turkish ambassy this evening, take a look at he collection of photos, the interesting signs (part in english) and the beautiful israeli girls :)
Free Kurdistan. Free Cyprus. Remember the Armenian Holocaust (it is particularly moving to witness Israelis mark the genocide of Armenians by this name).