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Is Cursive Dead?

30th April 2011

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Of course not — there’s an app for that….

I am constantly amused by the extent to which those who consider themselves — and are certainly considered by their friends — ‘progressive’ reveal a deep desire to abandon industrial civilization and get back to a Rousseauian primitive state in which we all sit around like Eloi and have a good time in a lovely world where everyone is happy and nobody has to see anything she doesn’t like. And they never seem to realize that the Morlocks lurk underneath and do all of the nasty bits and will eventually present the bill.

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A Blog About Bad Tipping

30th April 2011

Freeberg, as usual, says all that needs to be said.

I tend to agonize much more about take-out. I drive over, she swipes my card, out comes a paper tape for me to sign and it’s got “gratuity” on it — I’m not even looking at my food yet and here I am filling the damn thing out. What’s the food gonna be like? Are they going to bollux it up? Lose track of the order and make me wait an extra twenty minutes? If I don’t know any of this, then why am I tipping?

If a ‘gratuity’ is a necessary part of the price, then why is it not included in the price? Forced ‘gratuities’ are like taxes – they distort the market for a product and make it more difficult for consumers to make informed choices.

If I choose not to pay over and above the formal price of a meal, I don’t see how the ‘waitperson’ has a beef with me, as oppose to his or her employer, who is deliberately paying them a sub-market wage on the expectation that the customer will make up the difference.

I suppose this is just another instance of the ‘entitlement’ mentality that is dragging down our culture. Ah’m agin’ it.

 

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Libertarian Open-Borderites Refuted

30th April 2011

Dean Ericson speaks for the adults.

You kids don’t get it. You sit here splitting libertarian hairs, counting angels on pinheads, spinning out your abstract theories as if they mattered. Listen; in your open-borders fantasyland libertarianism is dead, dead, DEAD! And you and yours are dead. What the hell do you think happens when 100 million foreigners from around the world come pouring in here? They all sit around sipping espresso while discussing the finer points of libertarianism? — it’s laughable! Listen; they wage a merciless politics of my-group-against-all-others, a savage struggle of competing peoples to see who comes out on top and garner the spoils and who shall be plundered and ruled. For pete’s sake use your imagination, try to see what would actually happen, try getting your thinking out of the lazy rut of your precious ideology and *imagine* the reality.

Unfortunately, ‘movement libertarians’ (such as those who run–and inhabit–tReason magazine) are intellectually arrested adolescents, whose concerns are adolescent concerns — I want sex! I want drugs! I want rock & roll! — rather than the concerns of adults, and whose perspective is correspondingly narrow. Perhaps equally unfortunately, our civilization has produced a society so rich and secure that they have the room to bloviate in this fashion without being brought up short by reality, as would quickly happen in a more primitive state of society, full of evil men who think that others exist for their own profit and amusement. People like Mohammed, for example.

MORE: Yes, what would you do? Cut a road through the law to get after the Devil?
ROPER: Yes. I’d cut down every law in England to do that.
MORE: And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned on you … where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted with laws from coast to coast, Man’s laws, not God’s, and if you cut them down … do you really think you could stand upright in the wind that would blow then?

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Civilizational collapse, part 642: Studying the bus schedule in English class–for credit!

30th April 2011

Heather MacDonald kicks over a rock.

Is soullessness a job requirement for “education reformers?”  I have never seen evidence to the contrary.  The latest travesty to roll out of the ER factory is the so-called “Common Core” state standards initiative, a voluntary set of learning goals for K-12 education developed by the “National Governors Association Center for Best Practices” and the “Council of Chief State School Officers ,” organizations whose very names start mountainsides of red flags a-waving.

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‘Weather Is Not Climate Unless People Die’

30th April 2011

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Obama’s Medicare Appointee Has Accidental Encounter with Reality, Learns Nothing

30th April 2011

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Donald Berwick, the person appointed by Obama to be in charge of Medicare, has a column in the Wall Street Journal that makes a very good observation about how relative prices are falling for products bought and sold in the free market. But he then draws exactly the wrong conclusion by asserting that further crippling market forces for healthcare will yield similar cost savings for programs such as Medicare.

We’re from the government, and we’re here to help you … fail.

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They Sure Don’t Make Pyrex Like They Used To

30th April 2011

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Most people probably don’t think of Corning as a crime fighting company, but when it sold its Pyrex brand to World Kitchen in 1998, the company accidentally made the illegal manufacture of crack cocaine more difficult—a fascinating example of unintended consequences.

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Texas Bill Would Make Invasive Pat-Downs a Felony

30th April 2011

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The bill would make it illegal for a security officer to intentionally touch someone’s private areas — even atop clothing — unless they have probable cause to believe the person is carrying something illegal.

The revolt against the TSA grows apace.

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Ball Girl Makes Amazing Catch

29th April 2011

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Sign that kid up. Oh … wait…

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Lara Logan: “They really enjoyed my pain and suffering. It incited them to more violence”

29th April 2011

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The brutal, opportunistic sexual assault of Lara Logan — an inconvenient incident in the feel-good story the mainstream media desperately wanted the Egyptian revolution to be — is for many Westerners an introduction to the deplorable treatment and constant harassment of native as well as foreign women in Egypt. And as we have seen, the practice persists due to the mentality that women are possessions of men and do not belong in public, and, crucially, the ability to blame the victim for supposedly falling short of Islamic strictures on dress and behavior, as commenters on an Arab News story on harassment openly and stridently did here.

The burden is placed almost entirely on the woman to avoid “provoking” harassment, or worse. That is not the stuff modern, stable democracies are made of, not only because of the lack of equality, but because self government in a society cannot survive without the government of the self on the individual level: no excuses, no displacement of responsibility.

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A Victory for Property Rights in California “Blight” Case

29th April 2011

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If pretty much any area can be declared blighted and condemned, no one’s land is safe unless, of course, they have a lot of political clout.

The trial court ruling is only the first step in an ongoing legal battle. California courts are historically very deferential to blight condemnations, and it’s certainly possible that the trial court will be overruled, at least on some issues.

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Royal wedding: Archbishop backs William and Kate’s decision to live together before marriage

29th April 2011

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Still anticipating that day when the Church of England gives up on that whole ‘Christianity’ thing as not being sufficiently hip and trendy.

Next Thursday, say.

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Is America Ready for the Return of National Offend a Feminist Week?

29th April 2011

The Other McCain does his bit.

To be unmarried and childless is the feminist ideal of liberation from male-dominated heterosexist tyranny. “Feminism is the theory; lesbianism is the practice,” as Ti-Grace Atkinson once boldly proclaimed. However, understanding that some women may not be able to attain the sterile nirvana of lesbianism, feminists have encouraged heterosexual women to pursue anti-family practices such as cohabitation, promiscuity, unwed motherhood and divorce.

Unenlightened persons sometimes object that such behaviors do not actually increase happiness for women. But the goal of feminism is not to increase female happiness. The goal is to maximize male misery.

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Chris Matthews, you ignorant slut.

29th April 2011

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In the first clip, Matthews and guests laughingly question George Bush’s (who is, I hear, a white guy and former American President) academic credentials; and in the second clip, Matthews and other guests bitterly whine that… nobody ever questions a white President’s academic credentials.

This, ten minutes later.

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US Navy Wants Modular Ship Construction

29th April 2011

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“You have to build with open architecture,” Mabus told a group of defense writers in Washington on April 27. “You have to build modular ships like the LCS, so you don’t have to change the hull when technology changes.”

To make that strategy successful, Mabus acknowledges, the Navy also has to change its shipbuilding ways. “We owe the industry more stable designs,” he says, adding the service can no longer design as it builds. “We owe them more mature technologies.”

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Ninth Circuit Holds That Violating Any Employer Restriction on Computer Use “Exceeds Authorized Access” (Making It a Federal Crime)

29th April 2011

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Just when you thought the Ninth Circuit couldn’t get any nuttier….

I had though the world was safe from the nuttiness of the Justice Department’s broad theories of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act in the Lori Drew case. Not so. Readers may recall I once blogged about a similar case, United States v. Nosal, that raised similar issues in the context of an employee who breached his employer’s written restrictions on computer use. What I didn’t realize is that DOJ appealed a district court’s order in Nosal and brought the issue to the Ninth Circuit.

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Jihadist Website Cites Classified Information

29th April 2011

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A popular jihadist website has reposted a classified list of British intelligence agents, with names and the location of their postings. The post is the most recent example of Islamist websites citing classified intelligence data, released by whistleblower groups like Wikileaks and Anonymouse.org.

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Why we stick to our own class – it’s a meeting of minds

28th April 2011

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No wonder I dislike almost all of my relatives.

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Ancient Teeth Show Neanderthals Were Righties

28th April 2011

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Along with widespread right-handedness indicating that these ancient hominids possessed language-ready brains, humanlike inner-ear fossils show that Neanderthals’ ancestors could hear all the sounds employed in modern tongues, Frayer asserts.

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Episcopal Divinity School Embraces “Gender Continuum”

28th April 2011

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I’m waiting for the day when the Episcopal Church decides that the term ‘Christian’ isn’t inclusive enough and needs to be gotten rid of.

Next Thursday, say.

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Nine Americans Methodically Killed By Afghan Pilot at Kabul Airport

28th April 2011

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An Afghan Air Corps pilot, angered by an argument with nine American trainers at Kabul airport, pulled a gun on the Americans, disarmed them and methodically killed them, officials said today.

The shooter then apparently shot and killed himself.

The Afghan military said the gunman was a 20 year veteran of the Afghan Air Corps who had gotten in an argument with the American trainers during a meeting in a conference room at the Afghan Air Force headquarters.

A U.S. official told ABC News they believe the pilot left the meeting after the argument, then returned and forced the Americans to remove their weapons before shooting them with a U.S. provided M9 semi-automatic weapon.

Must have been that ol’ Islamophobia getting him down.

This is the seventh time this year that coalition soldiers or Afghan security forces have been killed by either members of the Afghan security force or insurgents impersonating them.

Remind me why we’re still in that flea-bitten country. I don’t see a damned thing there worth the loss of a Corporal’s hangnail.

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Despite Economy, Green Roofs Bloom

28th April 2011

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Good news for dwarves. Elves … not so much.

Much of this growth occured in cities like Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C., which offer significant ”public policy support” for green roofs.

In other words, they pay you or give you some other sort of break to persuade you to put in a ‘green roof’. Which in turn suggests that ‘green roofs’ are another boondoggle, like ‘alternative energy’.

Furthermore, green infrastructure projects create lots of local jobs. “Green roofs are highly labor intensive and you can’t export these jobs.”

One could say the same about buggy whips. I suspect that the resemblance is more than superficial.

According to Peck, green roofs have many financial benefits.

Enough so that you don’t need ‘significant public support’ to persuade people to put them in? (Apparently not….)

In one omission in their study, the government didn’t explore whether green roofs are carbon neutral and how much green house gases they sequester over their lifetime.

A shocking dereliction.

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‘Government, Too, Has Trouble Selling Buildings’

28th April 2011

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See, here’s where Donald Trump might be an asset.

For more than six years Akridge, a developer in Washington, had its eye on a 10-story office building in Bethesda, Md., which had been vacant since the National Institutes of Health moved out in 2002.

But the federal government did not put the building on the market until November 2009. By then, of course, the real estate market had slumped. Akridge and its partner, Rockwood Capital, a real estate investment fund in White Plains, finally bought the building last October, paying $12.5 million, less than the $14 million asking price.

What? The Federal government lose money? But that’s What It Does!

Yet various obstacles make it difficult for the government to unload buildings it no longer wants.

For one thing they must first be offered to other federal, state and local agencies. Officials also have to ascertain if the building has a community use — say, for a homeless shelter.

I am not making this up.

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Calling animals ‘pets’ is insulting, academics claim

28th April 2011

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Domestic dogs, cats, hamsters or budgerigars should be rebranded as “companion animals” while owners should be known as “human carers”, they insist.

Even terms such as wildlife are dismissed as insulting to the animals concerned – who should instead be known as “free-living”, the academics including an Oxford professor suggest.

The call comes from the editors of then Journal of Animal Ethics, a new academic publication devoted to the issue.

I am not making this up.

UPDATE: Jonah Goldberg has a hard time with it, too:

I think my pro-animal views are pretty well known and I don’t want Cosmo to think I am a snake in the grass, but you’d have to be crazier than a loon, if not downright batty, to buy into this monkey business. I don’t want to rat these guys out, but they should understand that they are the canaries in the coal mine leading to the end of civilization. If we listen to this bull we’ll all go to the dogs. I mean seriously, don’t have a cow, man. I am all for treating animals humanely, but this is a horse of a different color. When I read it I felt like a deer in the headlights. This dog just won’t hunt.

 

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France Telecom employee sets himself on fire

28th April 2011

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Ah, those French; so impulsive.

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Turkey plans to build waterway bigger than Suez and Panama canals

28th April 2011

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He said the canal would be some 28-31 miles in length, 492 feet wide at the surface, and have a depth of 82 feet.

The canal, to be built on the European side of Istanbul, will link the Black Sea with the Marmara Sea and will be large enough for supertankers to pass through.

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Why Engineers Distrust Business People

28th April 2011

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I’d like to see a parallel article on ‘Why Business People Distrust Engineers’.

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Armadillos linked to leprosy in humans

27th April 2011

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Each year only about 150 people in the U.S. are infected with leprosy, a bacterial disease that can lead to nerve damage and disfigurement. In most cases, people are infected after being exposed to saliva from an infected person, usually while traveling to parts of the world, such as Africa and Asia, where the disease is more prevalent.

Of the 50 patients and 33 wild armadillos the researchers analyzed from the U.S., 25 patients and 28 armadillos shared a genetically identical strain of leprosy bacteria. And at least 8 of the 25 patients carrying the strain reported contact with armadillos.

Let that be a lesson to us all.

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UK: Three out of four benefits claimants are fit for work

27th April 2011

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… which would be more significant if there were any work to be had.

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French air traffic controller stabbed to death at work

27th April 2011

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The killer had stabbed him three times in the throat, lung and chest, police sources said, adding that the killing took place in a secure zone accessible only with an identity badge. Prosecutors launched a murder investigation.

The French, they’re so impulsive.

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Toilet Paper is Important

27th April 2011

An Informative Chart.

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Muslim group claims royal wedding is legitimate terror target

27th April 2011

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That’s some fine Religion o’ Peace™ you got there, Mohammed.

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Vacaville Inmate Sues State For Sex Change Surgery

27th April 2011

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Lyralisa Stevens was born as a male, but for years has received estrogen therapy in the process to become female. Stevens was convicted in 2002 for murdering a woman in San Bernardino over a $400 clothing debt.

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Ethiopia: Muslims beat evangelist to death, assault his pregnant wife

27th April 2011

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

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LinkedIn Takes A Data Dive To Examine What’s In A Professional Name

27th April 2011

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With enough data, we can analyze the world.

Note that the #1 CEO name in Australia is Bruce.

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Municipal extortion and full employment for lawyers

27th April 2011

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Government service corrupts, and absolute government service corrupts absolutely.

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Teachers Unions Working Feverishly to Organize Charter Schools

27th April 2011

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Because, you know, we can’t have kids getting a decent education if it’s not provided by union members.

“If we do not figure out how to organize charter schools and if we are not successful in doing that, we will end up in the same place as the auto workers. So there is no more key question before us as a union and a broader labor movement with regard to education than how we approach charter schools and our ability to organize them.”

To hell with the kids–this is about jobs!

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The Great Stagnation, in agriculture

27th April 2011

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Overall, it is neglected knowledge just how much the “Green Revolution” has slowed down since the 1990s.

Thank you, environmental movement.

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Libya: tribal chiefs call on Col Gaddafi to go

27th April 2011

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Any country that has politically significant ‘tribes’ is not a civilized country. Sorry, but it just isn’t.

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Do the Work: Steve Pressfield looks at the new publishing order

27th April 2011

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Amazon has something that old-school publishers do not: it knows who buys its books. Simon & Schuster doesn’t know that. Stephen King doesn’t know it. I don’t know it. But Amazon does.

Amazon has a database of the names and e-mail addresses of every one of its customers who has bought not only books by the actual author it wishes to promote, but all other similar books by similar authors.

And Amazon has permission from most of these customers to alert them when a new book they might like comes down the pike. That is HUGE. That’s a game-changer.

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UK: Pub singer’s ‘racism’ arrest over Kung Fu Fighting performance

27th April 2011

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Simon Ledger says he fears he will end up with a criminal record for performing the 1974 disco classic at a seafront bar on the Isle of Wight on Sunday after two people walking past apparently took offence.

The 34-year-old, from the island, regularly features Carl Douglas’s 1974 number one hit in his set when he performs at the Driftwood Beach Bar in Sandown.

But after striking up the melody in front of customers at the weekend he noticed a man of Chinese origin walking past with his mother, making gestures at him and taking a picture on his mobile phone.

He said that he later received a telephone call from police – while he was dining in a Chinese restaurant – asking him to meet officers about the incident.

He was then arrested and questioned before being bailed.

Another reminder:

  1. Thank God you don’t live in Britain.
  2. Without eternal vigilance, it could happen here – probably in California.

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Fortress: The Transforming House That Turns Into Fortress at Push of Button

27th April 2011

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I want one.

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Europeans Blame Israel for Murders Committed by Islamists

27th April 2011

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Many European reactions to the recent murders by radical Islamists of pro- Palestinian Israeli filmmaker Juliano Mer-Khamis and Italian activist Vittorio Arrigoni replicate the typical recurrence of the same: Shift the blame to Israel in an a priori fashion without delving into existing empirical evidence.

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Turkey begins dismantling monument meant to promote reconciliation between Turkey and Armenia

27th April 2011

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It overshadows an Islamic shrine. And who needs reconciliation with those kuffar Armenians, anyway?

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Wisconsin Doctors May Get Away with Fake Sick Note Caper

27th April 2011

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Heck, even BigGovernment’s Andrew Breitbart even got a fake sick note while he was in town.

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Airborne killer robot destroys Libyan anti-aircraft missile

27th April 2011

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In news which will send a cold chill down the necks of fast-jet pilots and air forces around the world, it has been announced that an unmanned “Predator” drone has destroyed a heavy Libyan surface-to-air missile in Tripoli on Sunday.

And they said Flight Simulator was a waste of time….

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UK: London’s Finsbury Park mosque a “a key transit facility,” and “an attack planning and propaganda production base”

26th April 2011

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Welcome to Londonistan.

The documents show that at least 35 detainees at Guantánamo had passed through Britain before being sent to fight against Allied forces in Afghanistan. This is thought to be more than from any other Western nation.

 

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Afghanistan jail break ‘an inside job’

26th April 2011

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The Afghanistan jail break where hundreds of Taliban insurgents escaped may have been an inside job, according to President Hamid Karzai’s office.

Oh, ya think?

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Man jabs crocodile in eye to escape

26th April 2011

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Gotta love Australians.

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African migrants set up camp by Paris Eurostar terminal

26th April 2011

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Hundreds of Tunisian and Libyan migrants have set up camp near Paris’s Eurostar terminal with the intention to pay their way into Britain following a French crackdown.

The problem with ‘open borders’ is that it lets the locusts through. Pass the popcorn.

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