It seems an unlikely concatenation but the comparison is entirely appropriate. It is more than a little disturbing how much I relate to this.
Via the Right Scoop, a lesson in how porn addiction develops. At first the tamer stuff, like Christie yelling at reporters, is enough to satisfy you. But soon it’s not. Soon you need something dirtier to get your thrills, like Christie yelling at unionized schoolteachers and then being tsk-tsked for it by Mika Brzezinski on “Morning Joe.” Before you know it, you’re staying up all night to download gonzo videos of him vetoing spending bills. Some of you know only too well what I mean, alas.
Alas. Sweet, sweet video at the link. Glenn Beck features.
Ace sums up a form of brain damage incurred by the ruling class of the entire Western world; a profoundly maladaptive memeplex, if you will: "I think there is a type of person -- well-represented in the "Political Class" and in progressive politics -- that has learned, from college, that the Abstract is everything, that Real Smart People are always focused on the Abstract, on metaphors, on symbols."
...a few weeks ago I saw a guy at the riots in Toronto who complained that the police barricades were a symbol representing a division between the protesters and the G-20 representatives.
And I thought, "Gee, no, actually it's not a symbol of a division; it really is, in fact, a physical division." Because, see, you're rioting. (And not symbolically in riot, either.) You can tell it's a real-world division because now you can't get to the G-20 conference center and throw rock-metaphors through the window-symbols.
Language, vocabulary, ideas, imagery -- everything succumbed to my one intense purpose of thinking & dreaming myself back into that world of periwigs & long s's which for some odd reason seemed to me the normal world.
Agent Bedhead sent this widget along. Depending on the snippet, it is this or Cory Doctorow for me.
Full scale version here; best with headphones unless you have decent reference monitors. The video is an edit of Umberto Scarpelli's sword and sandal epic, The Giant of Metropolis (1961). I needed something that said "vacation on Kaitain".
Michael Rubin asks if Turkey can give American defense secrets to Iran.
The truth is we don’t know. We’re on the verge of selling Turkey our most advanced fighter, and there has been little attention given to what the shift in Turkey’s foreign-policy orientation means when it comes to technology-sharing.
No, the truth is we are dependent on the goodwill of the "President" of the United States to defend the defense secrets of the United States.
It is the sort of thing Americans used to be able to take for granted two long years ago.
Nicholas always has good material at Quotulatiousness, please visit and thereby assuage my guilt (if only somewhat) for lifting this P.J. O'Rourke quote in its entirety.
Writing is a slow and a difficult process mentally. How you physically render the words onto a screen or a page doesn’t help you. I’ll give you this example. When words had to be carved into stone, with a chisel, you got the Ten Commandments. When the quill pen had been invented and you had to chase a goose around the yard and sharpen the pen and boil some ink and so on, you got Shakespeare. When the fountain pen came along, you got Henry James. When the typewriter came along, you got Jack Kerouac. And now that we have the computer, we have Facebook. Are you seeing a trend here?
On the surface, there is nothing surprising about the Orthodox church reaching out to young people. Many Christian denominations in Western countries have their own youth groups, and in 1991 the Russian church itself created the All-Russia Youth Orthodox Movement, an understaffed organization that works mainly with children and early teens.
What makes the new youth groups stand out is their planned promotion of a blend of religion, anti-Western philosophy, politics and patriotism — values that will be passed on by youth leaders like Batrakov, who is among 100 people who signed up for a two-month crash course on Orthodox youth leadership in Moscow that started in May. Church representatives said the number of such leaders might reach into the thousands.
Submission Earth: Now that NASA's primary mission is submission, Russia considers Chinese spaceships as a back up for Soyuz and Progress.
"I think Chinese spaceships would play an important role as a backup for the Russian vessels Soyuz and Progress in case of some unforeseen situations," Anatoli Perminov head of the Russian space agency Roskosmos,told RIA Novosti news agency.
After U.S. space shuttles cease their missions in 2011, Russia will remain the only country capable of delivering crews to the ISS.
With expensive accounting rules, an increased threat of litigation and hundreds of millions of dollars in fines for some firms, the once prestigious New York Stock Exchange and other American markets have become unattractive to Germany's biggest companies. Daimler and Deutsche Telekom have fled this year and the few remaining are likely to follow.
The mood of the public is turning ugly against public officials who are being paid far more than they should. I'm betting Bell is just the start of a nationwide wave of revolt. The public entitled class that previously thought itself untouchable, is going to find out its very touchable when irate mobs get fired up and start demanding action.
If only Canadians cared enough about their democracy to become ever so slightly irate.
Russia is a vast nation, encompassing a sizeable portion of two continents. In terms of available open-source imagery coverage, many areas in Russia cannot be viewed in sufficient resolution to identify any SAM assets present.
The SAM systems which have been identified do, however, provide valuable insight into Russian SAM deployment strategies, allowing the overall SAM network to be analyzed even if all of the deployed assets cannot be located.
Many - many - maps and lively debate in the comments at the link.
Whether this is of any wider significance I cannot quite decide. After all, football is only a game: though the late Bill Shankly, manager of the Liverpool Football Club, once said that football wasn’t a matter of life and death ...
Punchline at the link.
Elsewhere among the ruins: Portsmouth officials descend into self-parody, ordereding all violence to be removed from a traditional Punch and Judy show.
There will be no scenes in which Mr Punch hits Judy, and the scene where he throws away the baby has been replaced by the child simply being put to bed.
But puppeteer Daniel Liversidge will be keeping Mr Punch's catchphrase: 'That's the way to do it.'
They are doing it wrong.
While I am in Dalrymple country: Take the time to compare Fr. Robert Crouse on faith and pharmaceuticals with Theodore Dalrymple's Romancing Opiates. Both contradict today's received wisdom (which is neither received nor wisdom).
First, to say I am not entirely certain why I am linking this. Some combination of awe/incredulity at other people's priorities and an admiration for the speaker's cadence, yes. But mainly as an illustration of how people actually talk about the world - how people actually conceptualize the world and make decisions in the world - and how this bears no relationship to the self-imposed thought control practiced by the Establishment and its Myrmidons.
"Black women would appreciate your cooperation in this matter."
I don't have to agree with Atlanta Sistah, but she does not live in fear of a semantic planet. Respect.
Second, to bitterly complain she won't let people embed the video (Update: Ha! Now embedded. Thanks, Scott.).
Third, and I can't believe I am doing this: A reply. It has almost four times the page views.
Remember: Cook, bake and cut a bitch. It's all about priorities.
WIth news of the mainstream popularity of gaming in Germany, Quotulatiousness comments on the life of gamers in the English-speaking world.
I once joked with a fellow gamer that it was a good thing that most gaming stores were in “bad” areas of town . . . because if someone recognized you there you could always say you were visiting the strip club or the porno magazine store (so much better than admitting you were a gamer). Protective coloration, so to speak.
Ugaritic was last used around 1200 B.C. in western Syria and consists of dots on clay tablets. It was first discovered in 1920 but was not deciphered until 1932.
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology told the program that the language was related to another known language, in this case Hebrew. The system is then able to make assumptions about the way different words are formed and whether they consist of a prefix and a suffix, for example.
Through repeated analysis, the program linked letters and words to map nearly all Ugaritic symbols to their Hebrew equivalents in a matter of hours.
"... from a BBC programme called NCS Manhunt, features a speech by a man called Laurence Bright, played by the excellent Marc Warren. It was originally aired on March 12, 2001, and the summary says: “It becomes clear that the crimes are racially motivated, and the team uncovers a secretive right-wing organisation bent on starting a race war.”
I'm an Englishman. I'm from Bermondsey, South-East London. My father was called George. He was also from Bermondsey. His father, another Bermondsey man, was called George too. And his father, my great-grandfather, is from the same place. He was called Edward.
These three generations of my family, were in the fish trade. I'm the first member of my family not to work at the market in Billingsgate. My great-grandfather had eleven brothers and sisters. I dont know exactly how many of his generation married or exactly how many children they produced. I've so far tracked over two-hundred of them.
Many still live in Bermondsey. Some are still in the fish trade.
There are seven called George, and five called Victoria. I stand here, in front of you, as a representative of all of them. And I ask in their name the great question put by our patron, Mr Powell. What do they know of England, who only England know? Or, what can my family, who come from England, who lived in England, who know only England, say of this, our country?
Mr Powell once spoke of the destruction of ancient Athens and the miraculous survival in the blackened ruins of that city of the sacred olive tree; the symbol of Greece, their country. And he also spoke of us, the English, at the heart of a vanished empire, seeming to find within ourselves that one of our own oak trees, the sap rising from our ancient roots, and he said perhaps, after all, we who have inhabited this island fortress for an unbroken thousand years, brought up, as he said, within the sound of English bird song under the English oak, in the English meadow, beneath the red cross of St. George, it is us who know most of England.
And I appreciated him for saying that, because it was as if he spoke for my family, who understand well their own country. Who understand even better their own capital, London town, as we used to call her. As we strolled in her parks, as we marveled at her palaces, as we did buisness in the city, went west for a dance, took a boat on the river. The pale ale and eel pie of old London. The London of my family for as many generations as I know. The London that will in less than fifteen years will be less than fifty percent white. London, where in fifteen years a white person will be in the minority.
Am I racist? No. Do I have anything against people of other races? No. So what then is my gripe?
My gripe, and I speak on behalf of seven men called George and five women called Victoiria, my gripe is quite simple.
My gripe is that we were never asked. My gripe is that we were told, not asked, and everyday we are told again and again how we are to be and how our country is to be. We are told by them, and we know who they are, they're English too. They are the class that has always set themselves apart, they are the class that has always taken what they wanted for themselves, and now they are the class that is giving England away.
They have never asked us, and they never will.
Do we allow them to sell our heritage? Or is it time for us to speak?
To speak, to refuse them the right to give away our holy, or bountiful, our only England that has, that has nurtured us, naked, grown us as the oak. Is it time for us that England know to come yet again and defend our country? With our fire, our fists?
Is it time for us sons to rise again?
I say yes.
I say yes.
I say... Yes.
"This time it will be different," they (always) say. Yes, because this time we should have known better.
“On a day when (because EU Foreign Policy Chief Baroness Ashton is in Gaza) the BBC and other media have featured extensive reports all day long on what they term the dire economic situation in Gaza, why are they not mentioning the new shopping mall that opened there yesterday?"
Unseen for years due to the fragility of the materials, 'Springtime in an English Village' offers an extraordinary and unexpected snapshot of rural life in wartime. After a fairly predictable opening - farmers ploughing fields, cute baby animals gambolling - it finally gets down to business. The film is about that most ancient of English traditions: the selection and crowning of the Queen of the May. But what is so surprising is that 60 years ago the village of Stanion in Northamptonshire chose to honour a young black girl - apparently the daughter of an African merchant seaman who had been evacuated there during the War.
The under-30 unemployment rate in Spain has just hit 44 per cent, twice the adult rate. Italy also has passed the 40 per cent mark, and Greece has gone even further. If you count all the people who’ve given up looking, it means the number of people between 20 and 30 who have any form of employment in these countries is something like one in five.
See five thousand years of history in 90 seconds. Sadly, no bunnies.
Who has controlled the Middle East over the course of history? Pretty much everyone. Egyptians, Turks, Jews, Romans, Arabs, Persians, Europeans...the list goes on. Who will control the Middle East today? That is a much bigger question.
I almost did not link this because of its treatment of the last hundred years or so. Judge for thyself.
Fair warning: You will get sucked in to the whole film. Even if you have never seen it, I guarantee parts of it will look familiar.
Harry Steele (Charlton Heston) is the smart, two-fisted relic hunter who has found the secret hiding place of ancient Inca gold, high in the Peruvian Andes at fabled Machu Picchu, and is willing to use anyone or anything to get there; Dr. Stanley Moorehead (Robert Young) is the idealistic archeologist who wants to give the long-lost treasure back to the Peruvian people; Elena Atonescu (Nicole Maury) is the beautiful and seductive refugee they both fall for, and who will stop at nothing to stay out from behind the Iron Curtain; Kori-Tika (Yma Sumac) is the exotic Inca priestess, whose otherworldly singing is the only way to pacify the restless Peruvian natives; Ed Morgan (Thomas Mitchell) is the murderous thief, driven by a lifetime of greed, who is trying to steal the treasure for a last great score. Harry must race them all to find the treasure, using a secret of his own - only Harry knows the ancient ritual which will reveal the hidden gold in the tomb of the last Inca King, in a stunning scene that influenced the Well of Souls from "Raiders Of The Lost Ark".
Blame Chris Myrick for the inspiration. And my mood on a Friday afternoon. This one goes with a shout out to Agent Bedhead. Not safe for work unless you are an executive director or are too corporate or whatever.
Sometimes, unexpected guests can very quickly become pests. But what happens when you ask them to leave? Join the Red Queen and Alice on live action, animated journey down the rabbit hole, as they are caught in an evolutionary arms war between parasite and host.
IDF Spokesperson's Unit: "The film, produced by the Eiland Team of Experts, breaks down the events of the flotilla using a timeline which alternates between 3D models and footage captured throughout the incident."
... 8 of the 9 demonstrators killed were members of the IHH or other allied groups. Around half of those killed had declared in front of their families their aspiration to die as martyrs ("shahids"). Footage on the Marmara shows that the violence had been prepared: metal poles and chains were prepared, slingshots, buzzsaws, gas masks, tear gas, bulletproof vests, knives, and more. A briefing had taken place before the IDF had boarded the ship, with the leader of the violent demonstrators telling the group to attack the IDF soldiers at any cost.
There were 718 total passengers of the flotilla ships. Most were released without undergoing any investigation. The last passenger left on June 6th.
What's the over/under on this thing dropping its ordinance in the name of a) Skynet or b) the next Caliph?
Defence firm BAE Systems today officially unveiled its first ever high-tech unmanned stealth jet. The Taranis, named after the Celtic god of thunder, is about the same size as a Hawk jet and is equipped with stealth equipment and an 'autonomous' artificial intelligence system.
The plane will test the possibility of developing the first ever autonomous stealthy Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) that would ultimately be capable of precisely striking targets at long range, even in another continent.
Let us admit the remote possibility the Taranis will be operated by someone espousing old school Celtic values. If so, things could get spectacularly interesting.
After carefully reviewing your new priority for NASA, to reach out to Muslims and make them feel good about “their historic contribution to science, math, and engineering”, which consisted mainly of ripping off Greek and Indian science, and passing it off as their own, we have developed a comprehensive plan for utilizing the talents and abilities of Muslims to further the goals of this nation’s goals space program, which you so articulately described as “That Outer Spacey Thing”.
Well, someone must've invaded or overthrown a corrupt government or something like that. I know it wasn't the U.S., though. I may not be all that up on current events, but I do follow the news enough to know when my own country attacks another country. Maybe it was one of those genocides that solves itself without substantive international intervention. Well, that's one less horrific reality of modern geopolitics hanging over our heads!
German Gen. Anton Dostler is tied to a stake before his execution by a firing squad in the Aversa stockade. The General was convicted and sentenced to death by an American military tribunal. Aversa, Italy. December 1, 1945. Blomgren.
It tastes salty, comes from an ill-tempered and malodorous animal and is unlikely to improve a bowl of cornflakes. But camel's milk could be the latest superfood to hit shop shelves as producers seek permission to sell it in Britain for the first time.
High in Vitamin C and low in fat it is also more digestible than cow's milk and suitable for the lactose-intolerant.
That's why alarm bells would have sounded in Beijing on June 28 when the Tomahawk-laden 560-ft. U.S.S. Ohio popped up in the Philippines' Subic Bay. More alarms were likely sounded when the U.S.S. Michigan arrived in Pusan, South Korea, on the same day. And the Klaxons would have maxed out as the U.S.S. Florida surfaced, also on the same day, at the joint U.S.-British naval base on Diego Garcia, a flyspeck of an island in the Indian Ocean. In all, the Chinese military awoke to find as many as 462 new Tomahawks deployed by the U.S. in its neighborhood.
It isn't a lot of missiles compared to China's arsenal across from Taiwan but as martial theatre it is impressive nonetheless.
The worst thing about this is not the prospect of the Syrians manufacturing bioweapons, it is knowing how the Left would react if they were inflicted on the free people of Israel.
With stomach turning glee. Satan has them.
The Syrian president has told Syrian news sources that food and drinking water in military bases, coupled with one of the country’s worst droughts in over 40 years, are responsible for the outbreak of plague.
Drinking water, food and a heat wave are not common causes of plague ... unless they have increased the contact between humans and plague carriers. Because of this ... questions should be raised about the true cause of the Syrian army plague.
Hizbullah will likely fire close to 800 rockets into Israel every day during a future war, senior IDF officers said on Wednesday, as the Northern Command declassified for the first time evidence of Hizbullah’s growing presence inside close to 160 villages throughout southern Lebanon.
Using the village of el-Khiam – located about 4 km. north of the border – as an example, the IDF showed extensive footage, videos and maps of homes that Hizbullah has taken over and used to store weapons caches and establish command-and-control centers.
The Times of India reports a good idea. The headline explains itself but wait there's more.
The Cabinet is also likely to consider amending the existing laws to provide for deterrent punishment to those who parade a woman naked in the streets of a village terming her as a witch. At present such crimes are punishable under Section 354 of IPC for outraging the modesty of a woman and attracts a modest punishment of two years imprisonment.
Former Justice attorney J. Christian Adams on Tuesday testified before the commission that his former employer not only abandoned the voter intimidation case for racial reasons, but had instructed attorneys in the civil rights division to ignore cases that involve black defendants and white victims.
Commissioner Ashley Taylor said the panel will send out a letter as early as Wednesday calling for the Justice Department to open an investigation into the charge.
As the biggest investigation into the “climategate” e-mail scandal concluded on Wednesday afternoon, climate change sceptics in the blogosphere were quick to call the results of the inquiry a “whitewash”.
Most were unconvinced by the report that followed a the six-month review by a committee led by former civil servant Sir Muir Russell, which looked into the hundreds of e-mails hacked last year from the University of East Anglia.
Climate sceptics and bloggers had alleged that the e-mails showed climate scientists wrongfully manipulating data to change the outcome, concealing key data and attempting to subvert the process of peer review of scientific papers.
Related: Hot weather in the summer and cold weather in the winter proves climate instability or something.
Canadians should expect more extreme weather like the current heat wave baking southern Ontario and Quebec in the future because of climate change, a leading climatology professor says.
"My strong opinion is that these kinds of extremes are something you would expect in a warming world, and expect to happen more frequently," Harry McCaughey, a professor of climatology at Queen's University, told CTV.ca.
Also related: Climatology is a scam.
UpdateThe Register has more on the University of East Anglia's "independent" enquiry into the conduct of its own staff. It turns out they cannot even honestly represent the content of their own report. And why should they? Their brain-washed followers can now declare the "stolen" emails proved nothing.
Not that proof of anything was ever at issue for the cultists.
We exhort therefore all of you in God, we ask and command, and, for the remission of sins enjoin: that those who are of God, and, above all, the greater men and the nobles do manfully gird themselves; and that you strive so to oppose the multitude of the infidels, who rejoice at the time in a victory gained over us, and so to defend the oriental church -freed from their tyranny by so great an outpouring of the blood of your fathers, as we have said, - and to snatch many thousands of your captive brothers from their hands,- that the dignity of the Christian name may be increased in your time, and that your valour which is praised throughout the whole world, may remain intact and unshaken.
The number of college graduates in China is growing far faster than the number of white-collar jobs in major cities like Beijing and Shanghai. Young people who thought higher education would lead to high-paying jobs and chic apartments are instead cramming by the tens-of-thousands into slums near the IT districts where they seek jobs in computing and programming. The new aspiring professionals are known as "ants" because of both their eagerness to work and a willingness to cram together in poor living conditions.
... Rieper and co imagine the helix without any effect from outside heat. "Clearly the chain of coupled harmonic oscillators is entangled at zero temperature," they say. They then go on to show that the entanglement can also exist at room temperature.
That's possible because phonons have a wavelength which is similar in size to a DNA helix and this allows standing waves to form, a phenomenon known as phonon trapping. When this happens, the phonons cannot easily escape. A similar kind of phonon trapping is known to cause problems in silicon structures of the same size.
Flea-readers outside Google Ads' catchment area for Toronto will be edified to learn what has popped up in my sidebar.* I confess it may only be amusing to those of us in le tout rightosphere up north.**
* I make no endorsement for the advertised product or service; I am making an editorial observation.
** The answer is "yes", btw. But only if I get to be Chief of Police.
Maitland-based Liberty Counsel filed a lawsuit Thursday to overturn a ban on Bible distribution on public school campuses in Collier County. According to the Liberty Counsel, the Collier County School Board allowed World Changers to distribute free Bibles to students during off-school hours on Religious Freedom Day, but now the school officials claim that Bibles do not provide any educational benefit to the students and the distribution should stop.
The Union Jack has been rebranded in the hope of reflecting "a more modern society". By adding black.
Remember: When the Left says it, it isn't racist.
A campaign is being launched to modernise the red, white and blue flag by adding a touch of black to reflect multicultural Britain in the 21st Century.
The proposed new flag [at the link] is the work of Nigel Turner, an enthusiastic fan of the UK's transformation into a multiracial society over the past 50 years.
Note to the BBC: The United Kingdom has always been a multi-racial society. Even if we lump the Welsh, the Cornish, the Manx, the Scots and (some of) the Irish into a Celtic mass it is still the lot of them vs the English.*
The BBC still clearly believes there is a "white" race (which makes them not racist somehow).
* Yes, I know the Isle of Mann is not part of the United Kingdom. Just didn't want to leave anyone out. The Channel Islanders can fend for themselves.
A section of Criminal Code covers “neglect by peace officer,” stating “a peace officer who receives notice that there is a riot within his jurisdiction and, without reasonable excuse, fails to take all reasonable steps to suppress the riot is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years.”
Not sure if it applies to a senior officer’s orders?
They used to shoot men for malingering. But then I am an old fashioned law and order type.
And another thing: Warmington points out we are unlikely to get much by way of an independent public inquiry.
Sadly the political power base is going to try to avoid an inquiry so the public may have to rely on mainstream media and bloggers to piece all of this together.
We've heard from multiple sources today that Ohio Homeland Security multicultural relations director Omar Alomari has been fired as a result of our exclusive Jawa Report investigation into his extremist ties and lying on his resume (omitting he had been fired from a local college for sexual harassment of a student). We reported two weeks ago that he was under investigation.
They have another bad guy in their sights. At the link.
Even Professor Henry Higgins — rarely lost for words — would be dumbfounded. New research shows that the cockney dialect he battled so hard to beat out of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady will disappear from London's streets within a generation.
As its traditional speakers emigrate to Essex and Hertfordshire, the 650-year-old accent is dying off in London., to be replaced by multicultural London English, heavily influenced by West Indian patois, Bangladeshi and remnants of old cockney.