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Trick or Jizyah!

31st October 2009

You want scary?

We’ll give you scary.

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Mystery of Argleton, the ‘Google’ town that only exists online

31st October 2009

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An English “Brigadoon”?

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The Broken Political Equation

31st October 2009

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In general, if the strategic political forces are aligned properly, then the tactical level concerns resolve themselves. This mathematical rule in politics (it is very close to applied chaos theory) regularly produces victory for those applying the rule.

There are oh so very many outright political violations that irrationalism – an identifiable and documented strain of ideologies, among them, fascism — can only explain the behavior of the White House and the House and Senate leadership.

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‘Hogwarts’ castle hires Disney boss to improve tourism

31st October 2009

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The medieval castle, seen by millions of Harry Potter fans in the films, is the home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland.

We have the technology.

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Thailand: “More than 3900 people have died in shootings, bomb blasts, beheadings and crucifixions” since 2004

31st October 2009

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Beheadings? Crucifixions? Those who insist that this is simply a nationalist insurgency with an Islamic character that is only incidental should take note: no other group around the world besides Islamic jihadists is practicing “beheadings and crucifixions” with any regularity in 2009. And why are “beheadings and crucifixions,” both of which one might be forgiven for thinking of as relics of a distant and barbaric past, happening in Thailand at all?

Why, because Islamic jihadists — contrary to the prevailing wisdom of the learned analysts — read and follow the Koran.

“The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: that is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter…” — Koran 5:33

“Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers (in fight), smite at their necks…” — Koran 47:4

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Accents and Dialects of the UK

31st October 2009

An interactive map.

At last I can understand what Ricky Gervase is saying.

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Rent-a-Goat in Action! Clearing Brush the Way Nature Intended It

31st October 2009

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Well, yeah.

Wonder if they eat kudzu.

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Why Every Country Has a Different F#$%ing Plug

31st October 2009

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The more you look at the writhing orgy of plugs in the world, the sillier it seems. If you buy a phone charger at the airport in Florida, you won’t be able to use it when your flight lands in France. If you buy a three-pronged adapter for le portable in Paris, you might not be able to plug it in when your train drops you off in Germany. And when your flight finally bounces to a stop on the runway in London, get ready to buy a comically large adapter to tap into the grid there. But that’s cool! You can take the same adapter to Singapore with you! And parts of Nigeria! Oh yeah, and if said charger doesn’t support 240v power natively, make sure you buy a converter, or else it might explode.

I interpret this as God telling me not to travel. But that’s me.

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Green Berets get wearable combat smartphones

31st October 2009

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Sir Christopher Lee knighted by the Prince of Wales

30th October 2009

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And about fargin’ time, too.

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Report: Dozens in Congress Under Ethics Scrutiny

30th October 2009

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Nearly half the members of a House panel in control of Pentagon spending, including Rep. John Murtha, are under scrutiny by ethics investigators in Congress, according to a leaked report.

This actually does come as a surprise. Usually they don’t even bother.

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NYT: So, they had to shoot a guy. Please don’t ask any more…

29th October 2009

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Let’s be blunt: the FBI shut down a proto-cell of radical fringe Black Muslim domestic terrorists – which is something that’s going to please everybody, with the possible exception of CAIR.  And as can be seen from the links, most news organizations are capable of reporting on this in a forthright fashion… but the New York Times takes until the second-to-last paragraph to even hint at it.  Which is problematical; after all, the idea here is for a newspaper to report on what happened.  Not to make its readers have to go out and find out what really happened…

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Thoughts on Health Care Reform

29th October 2009

Steve Landsburg isn’t afraid to ask the hard questions.

1. Insurance is not part of the solution; it’s part of the problem. Many people—and especially poor people— get too little health care in this country. That’s largely because many other people—and especially rich people—are overinsured. People with insurance demand more health care, which drives up prices. More insurance coverage will make this problem worse, not better.

3. A public option can only make things worse. A government run insurance system can only do one of two things: Mimic the private insurers, or do something different. If it mimics the private insurers, it serves no purpose. If it does anything different, it can only be worse.

After all, what can it do different? Approve more claims? But where will the money come from? Higher premiums? But we’ve already agreed that if people wanted that kind of insurance it would already be offered. A more efficient bureaucracy? But if there were a way to save money by streamlining the bureacracy, why wouldn’t all those greedy private insurers have adopted it already? Does anyone believe that the major insurance companies are too lackadaisical to make an easy extra buck?

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Fox News Communicates With Pirates Holding British Couple Hostage

29th October 2009

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But apparently the British government is off somewhere playing with themselves.

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Canadian folk singer killed by coyotes, park official says

29th October 2009

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Everybody’s a critic.

Let that be a lesson to us all.

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Eco-Nuts Out to Destroy Life As We Know It

29th October 2009

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The 350.org protesters, who want to drop CO2 in the atmosphere to that level, were especially critical of the United States:

“You have destroyed nature with your industrial waste and gases more than any other nation in history. Despite this, you refuse to sign the Kyoto agreement so that you can secure the profit of your greedy companies and industries.”

Oops, that’s wasn’t the eco-nuts, that’s a direct quote from Usama bin Laden in 2002. –While Al Qaeda and eco-nuts use different tactics, they share a similar enemy: civilization.

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Iraq arrests over 60 security force members — including 11 senior officers — over Baghdad bombings

29th October 2009

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Sure, all ready to pack up in Iraq and shift focus to Afghanistan.

Time to kiss the horse and leave.

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UN Aids Jihadis

29th October 2009

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Hey, it’s all about priorities. Perceived gender sensitivity is more important than preventing people getting blown up by Muslims. It all makes perfect sense — if you’re the U.N.

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The Least Transparent Administration in History

29th October 2009

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My, what a surprise. Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

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Ryukyu Kingdom Festival Tsunahiki

29th October 2009

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Each team is made up of 15,000 people, pulling a 656 ft rope.

Whenever I read a science fiction story that involves an alien species, I can never get into it unless the alien species is at least as weird as the Japanese.

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Zimbabwe deports United Nations torture official

29th October 2009

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And the chickens come home to roost….

Boy, those Zimbabweans are sure lucky they’re no longer under the boot of that oppressive white regime.

Thank God for the U.N. and the international community, or who knows what sort of hell they’d be living in now.

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Situational Awareness

29th October 2009

Steve Sailor is always worth reading.

Military researchers have found that two groups of personnel are particularly good at spotting anomalies: those with hunting backgrounds, who traipsed through the woods as youths looking to bag a deer or turkey; and those who grew up in tough urban neighborhoods, where it is often important to know what gang controls which block.

Personnel who fit neither category, often young men who grew up in the suburbs and developed a liking for video games, do not seem to have the depth perception and peripheral vision of the others, even if their eyesight is 20/20.

The best troops he’s ever seen when it comes to spotting bombs were soldiers from the South Carolina National Guard, nearly all with rural backgrounds that included hunting.

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Software That Fixes Itself

29th October 2009

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Let’s see, the programmers who are responsible for the software that doesn’t work in the first place are to be depended on to make it fix itself. Guys, if you knew how to fix what was wrong, why not make it work right to begin with? Sheesh.

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Man tried to rob bank with spoon

29th October 2009

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Guess the Poles don’t have that “We’ll fire you if you resist” policy.

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ACORN Still Eligible for Donations Through Government’s Combined Federal Campaign

29th October 2009

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Somali Pirates Hijack Thai Fishing Vessel

29th October 2009

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The latest seizure means pirates are now holding a total of eight ships.

And is anyone doing something about that? Apparently not.

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FAA Slow to Alert Military of Wayward Plane

29th October 2009

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The Federal Aviation Administration violated its own rules by taking more than 40 minutes to alert the military after losing communication with a Northwest Airlines flight last week, according to officials familiar with internal reviews under way at several federal agencies.

The pilots got their licenses jerked – which would appear to be an appropriate penalty; they won’t work as pilots again. Will any of the bureaucrats at the FAA lose their jobs? Don’t hold your breath….

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District Judge Concludes E-mail Not Protected by Fourth Amendment

28th October 2009

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In relevant part:

The Fourth Amendment protects our homes from unreasonable searches and seizures, requiring that, absent special circumstances, the government obtain a search warrant based on probable cause before entering. This is strong privacy protection for homes and the items within them in the physical world.

When a person uses the Internet, however, the user’s actions are no longer in his or her physical home; in fact he or she is not truly acting in private space at all. The user is generally accessing the Internet with a network account and computer storage owned by an ISP like Comcast or NetZero. All materials stored online, whether they are e-mails or remotely stored documents, are physically stored on servers owned by an ISP. When we send an e-mail or instant message from the comfort of our own homes to a friend across town the message travels from our computer to computers owned by a third party, the ISP, before being delivered to the intended recipient. Thus, “private” information is actually being held by third-party private companies.

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A Radar System made for an Army Helmet

28th October 2009

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A useful thing.

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Foldable Kitchen Scale saves you on counter space

28th October 2009

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A very clever idea.

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Canadian woman killed by coyotes

28th October 2009

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I guess there are some things that a single-payer plan can’t fix.

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Wife of LA Dodgers owner demands divorce money for private jet and clothes

28th October 2009

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The wife of the Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt has filed divorce demands which include £20,000-a-month for clothes, travel by private jet and her old job back as chief executive of the baseball team.

And women wonder why men avoid commitment.

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Housing As Busing

28th October 2009

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No Neighborhood Left Behind.

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Minox NV mini II makes night vision pocketable

28th October 2009

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We have the technology.

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Taliban welcomes Hillary Clinton to Pakistan with car bomb that kills 90

28th October 2009

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You’ve got to hand it to the Taliban, they really know how to show a girl a good time.

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Freedom and Peace; Thinking and Feeling; Me, Rick and Sonja

28th October 2009

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Nobody asked, but you know what I’m sick of? I’m sick of the Jean-Luc Picard train o’ thought…that when a peace-loving side meets up with a war-making side, the peace-loving side can simply communicate its thoughts and preferences that war not happen — and unilaterally decide that it is not to take place here.

That’s caused quite a few wars in the past, you know. That’s the biggest out of many reasons why I’m sick of it. FU, Capt. JLP.

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British adventurer travels world on bike but has it stolen from Southampton

28th October 2009

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Geoffrey Williams, 53, pedalled across the vast Sahara Desert and escaped from a Hungarian jail during his epic travels on the 1949 touring bike.

He also narrowly avoided being shot by border guards as he travelled from Hungary to the old Yugoslavia with nephew Philip ‘Phizzy’ Middleton, 42.

The cycle has survived numerous crashes including one which was so serious that Mr Williams had to undergo surgery on his back.

But now the yellow bike, nicknamed Celia, has gone missing after thieves managed to negotiate 7ft-high gates, a metal chain and two padlocks.

Britain is becoming a Third World country.

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Bullets used by British soldiers ‘too small to defeat Taliban’

28th October 2009

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Well, duh. The 5.56mm round was developed for use in jungles, like – ta da! – Vietnam; it doesn’t have the range for open-country fighting.

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Indian engineer ‘builds’ new glaciers to stop global warming

28th October 2009

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Shucks, AlGore can do that just by coming to town to give a whine speech.

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“YOU MAY BE A TALIBAN IF…”

28th October 2009

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1. You refine heroin for a living, but you have a moral objection to liquor.
2. You own a $3,000 machine gun and $5,000 rocket launcher, but you can’t afford shoes.
3. You have more wives than teeth.
4. You wipe your butt with your bare hand, but consider bacon “unclean.”
5. You think vests come in two styles: bullet-proof and suicide.
6. You can’t think of anyone you haven’t declared Jihad against.
7. You consider television dangerous, but routinely carry explosives in your clothing.
8. You were amazed to discover that cell phones have uses other than setting off roadside bombs.
9. You have nothing against women and think every man should own at least four.
10. You’ve always had a crush on your neighbour’s goat.

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Bid to impeach Gov. Mark Sanford begins Tuesday

28th October 2009

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Kick his sorry ass OUT.

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Carmakers betting on mini minivan

28th October 2009

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And this points up the fundamental flaw with the ‘progressive’ push for mass transportation – the overwhelming transportation need in the modern world is not for moving people but for moving stuff, and things like light rail are really bad at moving stuff. This is why tiny cars with room for two people and maybe a sack of groceries get raves in the press but don’t sell worth shit, and why minivans and SUVs and pickups are the most popular vehicles on the road.

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Japan Intercepts Ballistic Missile in Hawaii Test

28th October 2009

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Nah, that Star Wars stuff won’t ever work.

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Playing a musical instrument makes you brainier

27th October 2009

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That’s why rock stars are such mental giants. Just like the banjo kid in Deliverance.

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Suppose 21st Century Disasters Like 19th Century

27th October 2009

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The Democrats would scream like little girls. And probably blame Bush.

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Sweet Cider Donuts

27th October 2009

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I don’t eat donuts in general, but I make an exception for these babies whenever I visit an orchard that makes them. Basically, they’re buttermilk donuts with apple cider added to the batter—lending more moisture, and a subtle sweetness—and often spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. I like them best fresh from the fryer; they don’t taste as good even a few hours later, which puts a fortunate curb on my impulse to take home a few dozen. (Although I suspect that dunking a less-than-fresh cider donut in hot mulled cider would still taste pretty darn good.)

You know you want one. Or a dozen.

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Church of Scientology in France convicted of fraud

27th October 2009

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The Church of Scientology was found guilty of fraud in France on Tuesday and fined more than half-a-million pounds, but judges stopped short of banning the group.

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Why AARP Supports Government Run Healthcare

27th October 2009

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Today’s Washington Post sheds some light on AARP’s decision, and why it  has spent more than $37 million on lobbying since January 2008.. It emergest that AARP stands to make millions if this legislation is passed. The Post reports that AARP collected more than $650 million in royalties and other fees last year from the sale of insurance policies, credit cards and other products that carry the AARP name, while former AARP chief executive William Novelli received more than $1 million in compensation last year.

Proposals before congress would significantly increase AARP’s already bulging coffers. An insurance-mandate is the most obvious of these – forcing people to buy insurance they don’t want and don’t need will increase insurance companies profits, which will flow onto AARP. What’s more however, is that the Senate Finance Committe Bill specifically excludes AARP from limits on the tax tax deductibility for all insurance company executive salaries over $500,000. Other parts of the proposal, such as the “windfall profits” tax, also would not apply to AARP, once again making it more attractive for insurance companies to funnel campaigns through the AARP. Most insiduously,under the Democrat bill, seniors could pay as much as 20 cents more out of every premium dollar to fund “kickbacks” to AARP-sponsored Medigap plans.

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Skull of pliosaur that ‘could have bitten a car in half’ found on Britain’s Jurassic Coast

27th October 2009

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Ah, those were the good old days.

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“Incidents” in France after a “youth” dies evading police

27th October 2009

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“After his death, at least 50 youths took to the streets and started to break windows at the entrance of Gabelle, an outskirt of the city. The youths also burned garbage, tires, a motorcycle and five vehicles in a shipyard, said the police. When the Police and the fire-fighters arrived on the scène, protesters threw stones and Molotov cocktails against them. Then, the police retaliate by firing tear gas but it was unable to enter into Gabelle.”

Think about that last sentence for a minute.

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