DYSPEPSIA GENERATION

We have seen the future, and it sucks.

Archive for November, 2010

No Volunteers, Please, We’re Unionized

30th November 2010

Read it.

The land of fruits and nuts does it again.

When volunteers began to help answer phones in the office and support the school librarian at Petaluma Junior High School, CSEA Local 212 president Loretta Kruusmagi immediately objected. Representing 350 clerical and janitorial staff in the Petaluma school district, Kruusmagi betrays not the least concern for the kids her union supposedly serves when she glowers: “As far as I’m concerned, they never should have started this thing. Noon-duty people [lunchtime and playground assistants]—those are instructional assistants. We had all those positions. We don’t have them anymore, but those are our positions. Our stand is you can’t have volunteers, they can’t do our work.” Notice the possessiveness with which Kruusmagi regards these “public servants.” Nice to see that it’s “all about the kids” at the CSEA.

Posted in Dystopia Watch | Comments Off

Got news? An Islamic ratings system for games

30th November 2010

Read it.

Now we have a case where a group is trying to rate games for an entire religious body. Kotaku, a video game blog in the Gawker network, posts this interesting tidbit about how a group in the Middle East has launched a ratings system for games based on the tenets of the Islamic faith.

Wonder what sort of rating they give scenarios where Marines are blowing away jihadists.

Posted in You can't make this stuff up. | Comments Off

If ObamaCare’s Individual Mandate Goes, Then What?

30th November 2010

Peter Suderman ponders the implications.

As I noted yesterday, the authors of the recent health care overhaul legislation failed to include a severability clause in the text of the law. A severability clause is inserted into legislation in order to protect the bulk of the law should one provision be deemed unconstitutional. But as because the PPACA has no severability clause, a court—at least in theory—could take down the entire law if it decided that the mandate was unconstitutional.

Oops.

Posted in News You Can Use. | Comments Off

4th Amendment Wear – Because everyone loves passive – aggressive protests

30th November 2010

Read it.

The greatest thing about America is that our entrepreneurs can find a business opportunity in even the most unpromising disaster.

Posted in Is this a great country, or what? | Comments Off

FBI Celebrates That It Prevented FBI’s Own Bomb Plot

30th November 2010

Mike Masnik is somewhat disgruntled.

With all of the new security procedures we keep hearing about, it’s important for the government to keep convincing us that we’re under a very real immediate threat that could put us at risk at any moment. Along those lines, you may have heard over the weekend about how the FBI supposedly stopped a terrorism bomb plot in Portland, Oregon. Except it appears more and more people are scratching beneath the surface and realizing that the entire plot appears to have been cooked up by the FBI itself. Yes, it sounds like they found a dumb kid who was willing to carry out a bombing. But there doesn’t appear to be any evidence that he actually had any ability to actually do so… until the FBI came along and provided him with all the details.

I have no problem with it. In fact, I have no problem with the concept of ‘entrapment’ in general.

There are two types of people in the world: Those who are willing voluntarily to comply the the social strictures necessary to preserve our society as a functioning system, and those who aren’t. When the latter actually Do Something (and that something varies from time to time and place to place), we call them criminals, and Do Something, typically unpleasant, in response. ‘You can’t cheat an honest man’, as they say, and you can’t entrap someone who isn’t already strongly inclined in that direction.

When it comes to terrorism, which by its nature involves covert and secretive activities, the case is less straightforward. Pace Bill Engval, potential terrorists don’t go around wearing a sign saying ‘Potential Terrorist’. It is, nevertheless, a socially useful thing — and, I suggest, a fruitful use of the resources of our public safety agencies — to identify such people before they have a chance to Make Trouble.

For better or worse, however, we can only do Bad Things to Bad People after they have taken a legally significant step on the road to Badness. It’s not good enough to say, ‘He’s a doofus, forget him’, because there’s no guarantee that he won’t (a) progress sufficiently beyond doofus in the future to emerge as a problem child, or (b) fall in with Evil Companions who might use him as a Useful Idiot on the road to a more competent Badness. Terrorism is like a sweater: When you pull on a loose end, you never know how far it will unravel; but you have to pull regardless, because you never know how far it will unravel.

I am therefore happy that this particular loose end has been tied up, and hope that eventually he will be locked up, and I look forward to many more in the future.

Posted in Think about it. | Comments Off

TechCrunch Classics

30th November 2010

Read it.

TechCrunch is one of the better technical blogs, and they’ve assembled their “Greatest Hits” in a separate space. This link is to the pointer post. Highly recommended.

Posted in News You Can Use. | Comments Off

What Schools Worry About

30th November 2010

An Informative Chart.

Posted in News You Can Use. | Comments Off

UK: More state schools to offer Latin in curriculum overhaul

30th November 2010

Read it.

Latin will undergo a revival in state schools under Coalition plans to put it on an equal footing with modern foreign languages.

Sometimes the old ways are best.

Posted in News You Can Use. | Comments Off

Mystery Surrounds Cyber Missile That Crippled Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Ambitions

30th November 2010

Read it.

Simply put, Stuxnet is an incredibly advanced, undetectable computer worm that took years to construct and was designed to jump from computer to computer until it found the specific, protected control system that it aimed to destroy: Iran’s nuclear enrichment program.

The target was seemingly impenetrable; for security reasons, it lay several stories underground and was not connected to the World Wide Web. And that meant Stuxnet had to act as sort of a computer cruise missile: As it made its passage through a set of unconnected computers, it had to grow and adapt to security measures and other changes until it reached one that could bring it into the nuclear facility.

When it ultimately found its target, it would have to secretly manipulate it until it was so compromised it ceased normal functions.

And finally, after the job was done, the worm would have to destroy itself without leaving a trace.

That is what we are learning happened at Iran’s nuclear facilities — both at Natanz, which houses the centrifuge arrays used for processing uranium into nuclear fuel, and, to a lesser extent, at Bushehr, Iran’s nuclear power plant.

Posted in News You Can Use. | Comments Off

Eric Holder: Man on a Mission

30th November 2010

Read it.

Mr. Obama is sending his Attorney General to Switzerland to lobby for the World Cup. Yes, apparently the most important job for the American Attorney General is to make sure we get a soccer tournament in 2022.

Posted in Dystopia Watch | 1 Comment »

Liberal Outrage, and Its Absence

30th November 2010

Victor Davis Hanson draws back the curtain.

Julian Assange prides himself on being a bomb-thrower, eager to take down Western governments and banks, the U.S. military, etc. Yet, in cowardly fashion, he stays clear of getting involved with dissident leakers from those governments and groups — e.g., China, Iran, North Korea, Hezbollah, Russia, Syria — that (1) do far more damage to the global body politic than the United States, and (2) might well do bodily harm to Mr. Assange should he do to them what he does to Western interests.

And that tells you everything you need to know about Julian Assange.

Posted in Dystopia Watch | Comments Off

Algeria to try four converts from Islam to Christianity for “illegally opening a place of worship”

30th November 2010

Read it.

Persecuting converts to Christianity is ongoing in Algeria, but it could be worse: since Islamic law actually calls for such people to be murdered, and Algerian authorities are instead just doing their best to make their lives miserable, those authorities qualify as bona fine “moderates.”

Posted in Living with Islam. | Comments Off

P J O’Rourke

30th November 2010

The Telegraph reviews his latest book.

Never one to keep his mouth shut, PJ O’Rourke’s knack for seeing the funny side of things has made him one of the world’s most controversial and celebrated humorists. His latest book is an attack on big government – but no subject is really safe from his wit.

Wow, there’s a shocker. By my count he’s written ‘an attack on big government’ at least six times now.

But, it wasn’t the taxes that turned him back into a true Republican. It was seeing his reflection in a shop window: “dirty jeans and a work shirt with mystic chick embroidery on it”. He dumped the Left because he didn’t like the threads. As a man suspicious of new ideas, it didn’t occur to him to separate the ideology from the outfits.

Hey, a man’s gotta have priorities.

Posted in Think about it. | 2 Comments »

It’s Time to Profile

30th November 2010

Read it.

As horror stories from the TSA become an ever-expanding genre, it is important to remember that the entire roiling controversy over airport security has come about solely because of the government’s refusal to acknowledge the true nature of the threat we’re facing. While it is theoretically possible that a wheelchair-bound, eighty-year-old Baptist grandmother from Des Moines could hijack an airplane and crash it into an American landmark in the service of Allah, the likelihood of her doing so is infinitesimally smaller than the possibility that such a thing might be done by a young Muslim male of Arab or Pakistani origin.

And so the only thing left for the TSA to do, if it is really about protecting Americans and not humiliating us or stripping us of our freedoms as well as our clothes, is profile: to admit that Muslims are much more likely than other groups to be plotting terror attacks, and to screen passengers accordingly.

Posted in Think about it. | 1 Comment »

Arianna: There’s the Super-Rich, and Then ‘The Rest of Us’

30th November 2010

Read it.

Says the woman whose former husband spent $30 million to lose a Senate seat in California.

Ms. Huffington’s 13th book is a cri de coeur bemoaning the evisceration of the U.S. middle class and America’s slide toward Third World status. As she describes it to me, “that’s really a country where there are the super-rich, who live behind gates with guards protecting their kids from kidnapping, and the rest of us.”

The rest of us?

If the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post seems so unself-conscious about lumping herself in with the proletariat – even though her own L.A. home is nestled safely behind electric gates – it is because she bleeds for the millions of formerly middle-class Americans, she says, who were left downtrodden by the Great Recession.

Truly, you cannot make this stuff up.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off

UK: Educational Embarrassment

30th November 2010

Check it out.

A red-faced headteacher has apologised after a school report containing 14 spelling mistakes and grammatical errors was sent to a parent by a form tutor. Plain English campaigners slammed the error-laden email and said the teacher should be sent back to school herself. The school report errors are revealed just days after the government’s education secretary Michael Gove called for teachers to crackdown on poor spelling and grammar.

Apparently British teachers aren’t any better than American ones.

Posted in Dystopia Watch | Comments Off

Man eats nothing but potatoes for two months

30th November 2010

Read it.

… winds up speaking with an Irish accent….

Chris Voight, executive director of the Washington Potato Commission, set himself the task of cutting out all other foodstuffs for 60 days to prove the nutritional value of the starchy vegetable.

For 60 days, the 45-year-old denied himself all foods except potatoes, seasoning such as salt and pepper, and a little oil to cook them in.

His challenge was an attempt to prove to the US Government that the potato should remain a part of the school lunch programme, amid claims from the US Institute of Medicine that it should be replaced by other vegetables.

I like him already.

As he ended his trial at midnight on Monday, Mr Voight, denied that the experiment had damaged his health, claiming it had helped him lose 21 pounds and lower his cholesterol.

He told the Today programme: “I absolutely feel great. I’ve always had lots of good energy on this diet, I’ve had no strange side effects, I sleep well at night. I just had my last medical exam today and it came back fabulous.”

And there you have it.

Posted in Is this a great country, or what? | Comments Off

Egyptian Security Used Live Ammunition on Christian Coptic Protesters, 4 Killed

30th November 2010

Read it.

Christian Copts worldwide were shocked and enraged at the use of live ammunition by Egyptian state security forces against unarmed Coptic protesters, causing the death of three Coptic young men. A four-year old child suffocated from tear gas thrown inside the chapel. Rights groups inside and outside of Egypt have condemned the use of excessive violence by security forces and the use of live ammunition against Coptic demonstrators.

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

Posted in Living with Islam. | Comments Off

Global warming destroyed rainforests 300 million years ago

30th November 2010

Read it.

Researchers believe the destruction of the rainforests kicked off an evolutionary burst amongst reptiles and inadvertently paved the way for the rise of dinosaurs 100 million years later.

Not good news. We’ve got as many dinosaurs as we can handle already.

Posted in Dystopia Watch | Comments Off

Acupuncture’s effect ‘isn’t just psychological’

30th November 2010

Read it.

It limits activity in parts of the brain tasked with gauging pain, an experiment on 18 volunteers found.

Crucially, researchers believe the study shows that acupuncture does not only work on a psychological level – as a ‘placebo’ – but that is also has a direct ‘dampening’ effect on the brain’s pain processing centres.

Don’t like a scientist’s opinions? Wait a year or two, and he’ll probably change it.

Posted in News You Can Use. | Comments Off

UK: The historical lessons of daylight robbery

30th November 2010

Read it.

Ever since Willett, there have been two groups of people who are unhappy with the existing arrangement. Some would like to return to GMT, the country’s natural time zone, all year round – but they have never put forward legislation to this end and such a move is, in any case, no longer permitted under an EU directive.

Sounds like a good reason not to belong to the EU.

Posted in Dystopia Watch | Comments Off

UK: New Year resolutions to be funded under public health drive

30th November 2010

Read it.

And you can’t get much sillier than that. Somebody ought to sue David Cameron for false advertising in calling himself — or his party — Conservative.

Posted in Dystopia Watch | Comments Off

The King’s S-S-Speech

30th November 2010

Steve Sailer is always worth reading.

The King’s Speech illustrates G. K. Chesterton’s 1905 insight that hereditary kingship is “in essence and sentiment democratic because it chooses from mankind at random. If it does not declare that every man may rule, it declares the next most democratic thing; it declares that any man may rule.” Colin Firth portrays that “anyman” as King George VI (reigned 1936-1952), father of the current queen, a man who was callously raised as the unimpressive spare to the glamorous heir, his older brother Edward VIII.

And Edward VIII was the Barack Obama of his day, a self-centered narcissist who just couldn’t understand why he couldn’t have everything his way. As result he quit when the going got tough, and stuck his brother with a thankless job for which he had no preparation and even less inclination, but in which he stepped up to the plate and hit a home run despite impressive odds.

Posted in Think about it. | Comments Off

Self-Esteem and Character

30th November 2010

Dennis Prager draws back the curtain.

Florida State University professor Roy Baumeister (Ph.D. psychology, Princeton University) has revealed that in a lifetime of study of violent criminals, the one characteristic nearly all these criminals share is high self-esteem.

Posted in Think about it. | Comments Off

Obama’s chickens come home to roost

30th November 2010

Read it.

One can understand why the concept of American exceptionalism underwhelms Obama. As Tumulty notes (per Seymour Martin Lipset), the concept often has been invoked as an explanation for why the U.S. is the only industrialized country that does not have a significant socialist movement or Labor party. Much of Obama’s career, especially his many years as a community organizer, strongly suggests that he is less than comfortable with the fact that the U.S. is exceptional in this respect. No wonder he put the concept of American exceptionalism down when asked about it in France.

Posted in Think about it. | 1 Comment »

Wind Revolving Door

30th November 2010

Read it.

It’s no wonder wind energy is so expensive; it’s not the cost of erecting the windmills, it’s the cost of hiring all the former government officials to get the windmills approved! The conclusion I reached about the Maine situation bears repeating in the Rhode Island case: If this were all being done by an oil company there’d probably be a much bigger uproar, but because it’s wind, it has an image as “clean” energy.

Posted in Dystopia Watch | Comments Off

Other peoples’ money

30th November 2010

Eric Raymond is basically sound.

“The trouble with socialism,” Margaret Thatcher once famously said, “is that sooner or later you run out of other peoples’ money.” This observation is the key to understanding the wave of government bankruptcies that has already begun to break over us.

What’s actually happening here is that bond investors are catching wise about the largest political truth of the post-Cold-War era: government is bankrupt. It’s not just individual governments that are headed for financial collapse, but the entire model of ever-expanding statism that began with Otto von Bismarck’s Prussian state-pension system in the late 1800s.

Took ‘em long enough.

Posted in Think about it. | Comments Off

What Does it Mean to Work Hard?

30th November 2010

Read it.

Some interesting thoughts on work and non-work.

The point is, crank-widget work is easy to define and measure in objective terms. Information work is different. Drucker offered the correct, but mostly useless idea that part of information work is defining the work to begin with, which makes it very ambiguous. Call it define-and-do work.

But when you are doing define-and-do Druckerian work, it is basically impossible to decouple definition from execution a priori in useful ways (“my job is to define my job and do it” — sounds like a GNU recursive acronym, doesn’t it?). “Work” is whatever the hell you need to do to “get the job done.” A non-constructive definition.

By the same standard, you sometimes need a  vacation to recover from a vacation if the original vacation involved meeting family expectations. I am sure that’s especially true for many Americans who are returning after stressful family weekends. That’s a “work” vacation because between the turkey and the pumpkin pie, you may have had to justify your career/life to your Dad, and the reaction mattered. If this is true for you, then for better or worse, your Dad is your customer for a product you are creating called “my life.”

Posted in Think about it. | Comments Off

All Sarah, All the Time

30th November 2010

Power Line does a recap.

Actually, we probably spend less time talking about Sarah Palin than almost any political web site–a fact of which I am rather proud. But, for those who need a daily Sarah fix, here it is.

Posted in News You Can Use. | Comments Off

Labor Union Health Fund Drops Children’s Health Coverage, Blames ObamaCare

29th November 2010

Read it.

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

Posted in Whose turn is it to be the victim? | Comments Off

Nuclear scientist killed in Tehran was Iran’s top Stuxnet expert

29th November 2010

Read it.

Prof. Majid Shahriari, who died when his car was attacked in North Tehran Monday, Nov. 29, headed the team Iran established for combating the Stuxnet virus rampaging through its nuclear and military networks. His wife was injured. The scientist’s death deals a major blow to Iran’s herculean efforts to purge its nuclear and military control systems of the destructive worm since it went on the offensive six months ago. Only this month, Stuxnet shut down nuclear enrichment at Natanz for six days from Nov. 16-22 and curtailed an important air defense exercise.

Prof. Shahriari was the Iranian nuclear program’s top expert on computer codes and cyber war. .
Another Iranian nuclear scientist, Prof. Feredoun Abbassi-Davani, and his wife survived a second coordinated attack with serious injuries. He is Dean of Students, a key political post at the university ..

The plot thickens.

Posted in News You Can Use. | Comments Off

The DeLay Conviction: Even the Post Doesn’t Buy It

29th November 2010

Read it.

When even the Washington Post is coming to the defense of Tom DeLay, one can be sure that something isn’t quite right with the former House majority leader’s prosecution and conviction.

That’s because it’s a totally ginned-up political show-trial, which is why it was brought in Travis county, that gleaming blue pustule in an otherwise healthy red state.

Posted in Dystopia Watch | 1 Comment »

The Men Who Stole the World

29th November 2010

Read it.

“After all,” we wrote in 2003, “you can’t have an information economy in which all information is free.” And if the apocalypse was coming, Fanning, Johansen, Frankel and Cohen were the four horsemen.

And yet the world is still with us, and not with them.Try that with a dollar bill.

That tells you everything you need to know about the mirage of ‘intellectual property’.

Posted in Think about it. | Comments Off

Mac of the future: the OS

29th November 2010

Read it.

Homage to the company whose rising stock price means that I may actually be able to afford to retire while I still have all of my teeth.

Posted in News You Can Use. | Comments Off

The Protest March as Educational Field Trip

29th November 2010

Read it.

Probably the most striking thing about last week’s student demo against the Lib-Con government’s cuts and tuition fees agenda was not the protest itself – which, like all youth protests, was loud, bracing and had some good points as well as bad ones – but rather the sad-dad effect. It was the way in which university lecturers, teachers, journalists and middle-class parents – the respectable adult world – gave a vigorous nod of approval to the demonstration, fantasising that it was some kind of genetic or educational extension of their own inner youthful radicalism….I remember when it was considered embarrassing if your mum phoned a mate’s house to check if you were okay during a sleepover. But to phone the cops to find out, in the words of one demo-approving dad, ‘when our children will be home’? That’s the death-knell of radicalism right there.

Kind of like the Institutional Revolutionary Party in Mexico. ‘Sure, we’ve got a permanent revolution here. Be sure to fill out the forms.’

I suppose it would be too cruel if we were to laugh….

Posted in Whose turn is it to be the victim? | Comments Off

Computer identifies the most boring day in history

29th November 2010

Read it.

So far, anyway.

I remember that day. Life was better then.

Posted in Think about it. | Comments Off

US memos: Iran armed Hezbollah through ambulances

29th November 2010

Read it.

Of course. Deceiving foolish kufr is just plain fun for Muslims.

Posted in Living with Islam. | Comments Off

Facebook App Scam Promises To Reveal Who Checked Out Your Profile

29th November 2010

Read it.

Over 60,000 people have been hit in the past few hours on Facebook by a scam which claims that after installing an app called ePrivacy you can see who checked your profile. Needless to say the app does not work. Instead it just lets the scammer access your profile and post “OMG OMG OMG… I cant believe this actually works!” to your wall, with a link to the app, thus spreading it further.

Yet another excellent reason to avoid Facebook.

Posted in Dystopia Watch | Comments Off

The Hobbit embroiled in race row

29th November 2010

Read it.

The troubled “Hobbit” film project has become mired in a race row after reports that a British woman of Pakistani heritage was told she was not white enough to take part as an extra.

This is not a matter of ‘race’ (what ‘race’ are Pakistanis?), but one of ‘color’ (for which ‘race’ is the politically fashionable surrogate), and this requirement is directly related to the job. Next they’ll be demanding that Othello be played by a lesbian Latino in order to promote ‘diversity’.

She has started a Facebook group called “Hire Hobbits of all colours! Say no to Hobbit racism!”

What an idiot. She ought to be disallowed because hobbits aren’t as shit-stupid as she appears to be.

And 5′ is not ‘the perfect height to play one of Tolkein’s hobbits'; the perfect height to play one of Tolkein’s hobbits is 3′, which any ass who had read the books would know. It’s common these days for journalists to write about stuff concerning which they are grossly ignorant, but that doesn’t mean the rest of us have to put up with it.

Posted in Dystopia Watch | 2 Comments »

Scientists trick cells into switching identities

29th November 2010

Read it.

The need for embryonic stem cells recedes in importance faster and faster.

Posted in News You Can Use. | Comments Off

Freaks and geeks

29th November 2010

Power Line looks at the SWPL phenomenon.

But is this group an elite? There’s a place where one can reasonably aspire to be part of the elite based on taste in TV shows, books, and recreational activites. That place is high school (or maybe middle school). In the adult world, elite status depends mainly on the money one accumulates, the things one accomplishes, and the power one exercises.

Posted in Think about it. | Comments Off

The Principle of Abrogation in the Quran

29th November 2010

Read it.

Like no other holy book among the world religions, the Quran contains an abundance of contradictory expressions. What is forbidden in one place is expressly demanded in another, and vice versa. However, the contradictory quality of the Quran is only an apparent one. It falls apart abruptly when one recognizes the very carefully protected secret hidden within the architecture of the Quran. For the Quranic Suras (chapters) are not arranged chronologically, but rather according to their length — and the newer Suras (from Muhammad’s violent later phase when he was in Medina) override the older ones from his era in Mecca that were comparatively more peaceful. However, this secret is guarded by Islamic scholars very closely as if it were a holy grail — and is aired only on particular occasions.

What you don’t know can kill you … and your family.

Posted in Living with Islam. | Comments Off

U.S. Army Unveils ‘Revolutionary’ XM25 Rifle in Afghanistan

29th November 2010

Read it.

Let’s just hope that doesn’t mean ‘works like the Soviet economy’.

‘Highly sophisticated’ usually means ‘maintenance nightmare’.

The military isn’t overly concerned that the weapon might be captured by the enemy, because they would be unable to obtain its highly specialized ammunition, batteries and other components.
Until they steal them from military supply convoys, as they traditionally do in Pakistan.

Posted in Your tax dollars at work - and play. | 1 Comment »

Fire Set at Oregon Bomb Suspect’s Mosque

29th November 2010

Read it.

Someone set fire to an Islamic center on Sunday, two days after a man who worshipped there was accused of trying to blow up a van full of explosives during Portland’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Other Muslims fear it could be the first volley of misplaced retribution.
‘Misplaced retribution’? Oh, right; we can’t have people going around acting like Muslims.

Posted in Living with Islam. | Comments Off

Body Scanner Operator Caught Masturbating at Colorado Airport

28th November 2010

Read it.

That’s security, of a sort.

Posted in Your tax dollars at work - and play. | 4 Comments »

Wikileaks Completes Obama’s Transformation Into Jimmy Carter

28th November 2010

Read it.

The U.S. Embassy takeover in Tehran on November 4, 1979, was the start of 444 days which came to define Jimmy Carter.  The U.S. government was revealed to be powerless and the President weak.  Those among us who were alive and conscious during those days have embedded the feelings of helplessness.

There have been many comparisons of Barack Obama to Jimmy Carter, focused on the economy.  But the continuing leak of documents by Wikileaks has become for Obama what the Iranian hostage crisis was to Carter.

The Wikileaks folks trot the globe with impunity and funnel documents to the press at will, for the purpose of damaging U.S. relations with other countries, our war efforts, and our intelligence capability.  And we do almost nothing about it.

Posted in Dystopia Watch | 1 Comment »

Swiss voters approve foreigner deportation plan

28th November 2010

Read it.

If the Swiss can do it, why can’t we?

Posted in Think about it. | 1 Comment »

Taliban prepare to punish WikiLeaks Afghan informers

28th November 2010

Read it.

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

Wonder whether we could slip Assange’s name in the list of Afghan informers. Kill two birds with one stone, so to speak.

I also love the oxymoronic term ‘Taliban courts’.

Posted in Living with Islam. | Comments Off

Christopher Columbus was son of Polish king

28th November 2010

Read it.

But the latest theory suggests that the great navigator, who died in 1506 after four voyages to the New World, was in fact of royal blood: the son of King Vladislav III who was supposedly slain in the Battle of Varna in 1444.

In his third book on the subject Manuel Rosa, who has spent 20 years researching the life of Columbus, suggests that Vladislav III survived the battle with the Ottomans, fled to live in exile on the island of Madeira where he was known as “Henry the German” and married a Portuguese noblewoman.

Mr Rosa believes a conspiracy was agreed to hide Columbus’ true origins and to protect the identity of his father. “The courts of Europe knew who he was and kept his secret for their own reasons,” the researcher at Duke University, North Carolina said.

And if you believe that one, they’ll tell you another one.

I think it’s a variant on the Polish Joke, personally.

Posted in You can't make this stuff up. | Comments Off

WikLeaks Reports It Is Under Attack. Conspiracy Or Self-Promotion?

28th November 2010

Read it.

I’m shocked, I tell you, shocked.

But the Voices of the Crust are standing by to carry on its anti-American struggle.

El Pais, Le Monde, Speigel, Guardian & NYT will publish many US embassy cables tonight, even if WikiLeaks goes down.

Ah, yes, the Usual Suspects. What would we do without them? Perhaps win the war against terrorism, or something disgusting like that.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off