Saturday, May 06, 2006
Though growth in the US is tapering off, the rate is still staggeringly high compared to other parts of the developed world, and nearly matches those of the much-lauded emerging markets.
Economic activity, as we all know is an enemy of the vicious mother Gaia. At least the luvvie mystification with all thing empirical is reported in the right department heading.
The BBC, though still manages to find a cloud in every silver lining whenever possible with the US, to the point where in the recent "Día sin los Inmigrantes", only the business programs made a passing acknowledgment that it was actually an uneventful " un día sin noticias". How folk-Marxist types could get weepy about the undermining of wages by making an over-supply of it available to the US is still bewildering to me.
Though repeated incessantly, Auntie failed to make a key distinction between the 3 categories of intention in the "movement": there are non-US citizens who are simply in the US to work and have no intention of settling permanently, non-US citizens who are working, but are here illegally, and then there are immigrants who actually want to become US nationals. They also repeated that there is a demand for "rights", but none that they would explicitly specify.
I'm sure a moving target would be to the activists' (and the reporters') preference. Either way, they'll expect something more from the natives than the natives (the citizens) expect from one another.
Non Illegitimus carborundum est, as a good friend of mine would say. Opera and common sense have always been his guide, and the peril of anyone trying to sell him a bill of goods.
Friday, May 05, 2006
One the planks on the Conservative Party’s platform was to establish a genuine and robust intelligence service to protect Canadians and keep any trouble coming their way to actually not come their way.
It turns out that Canada’s own Mister Evil, former chairman of a curiously named launch pad for evil-hood has already done it. It’s semi-private, and obviously is meant to look out for him.
Kevin Steele at the Western Standard’s Shotgun group blog has more.
The only thing there is left for Maurice Strong is to have a Bond movie bad-guy modeled after him.
John Rosenthal opines on a report in Le Figaro that "someone" is doing the sneaky Pete to make sure Hamas remains unpressured to behave like adults.
Meanwhile the paranoia of their paesanos perpetuates itself. Modernity, common sense, gravity... all offenses that merit a hand-chopping. The fuse is lit!
Culturally enlightened Parisian residents show simplistic Americans what decorating and design are all about
My R-M-I, myself, and I
They're using the traffic cone as a Eurotrash sex toy. Dig the cowskin pattern on the chair
When the non-professionals and the uninitiated meddle
Why these people who promote environmentally damaging ideas can’t be removed from Government, I’ll never know. It’s likely a PR game where leftist will call “devastation” and again say that the world will end if you move their cheese.
The First National Sustainable Design ExpoContact: Suzanne Xxxxxxxx, (202) 564-#### / email@example.com
(Washington, D.C. - May 3, 2006) Imagine a world where houses are built from plant materials* instead of cement and bricks. Drinking water is disinfected by solar energy, not chemicals. And homes are designed to harvest rainwater to supply hot and cold water. It's not a far away dream - you can see it next week at the first National Sustainable Design Expo on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., May 9-10 which showcases the best new designs for sustainable products and technologies, also called "green technology."Amazing. Here’s someone organizing an event that they want Builders, Architects, and Engineers to take an interest in and they use the colloquial term “Cement” that even most homeowners don’t use.
All frame houses in north America have been traditionally made from a “plant material” called Mister Tree. The goal of the past half century for the profession at large, and for all people who could afford it, was to build out of materials that make for “sustainability” because they don’t decompose – typically “cement” and bricks. In other words they have a long, meaningful lifespan. Significant ammounts of energy don’t need to be expended rebuilding them, or demolishing and replaceing them.
As for collecting you drinking water from your own roof – that’s where drinking water comes from anyway. By trying to do this yourself, all you’re doing is spending wads of money to replicate what municipal systems already do, all without having a pump in your house that will eventually fail.
Case in point, anyone who has had to draw their domestic water from a well (known in some parts of the world as a borehole,) is usually delighted when utilities are extended to their area.
The ground, by the way might either be drawing from that very same rain, or from an aquifer recharged by those rains. So all you’re doing is spending money and effort on a cistern and pumping system, each of whose parts as well as the effort it takes to install it, contains embedded energy wasted on ones’ own moral vanity. I’m sure it might make sense to you if you’re a enviro Ted Kaczynski type, but hardly a myth worth promoting among those who cant seem to add.
* Kaczynski’s rotting crib – formed nearly entirely from “plant matter.” It will have
Thursday, May 04, 2006
"Until not so long ago, there was another superpower -- the Empire of Evil, which could be blamed for much that was wrong in the world." And if the Soviet Union was an evil empire, Walesa said, the United States was "an empire of good" -- a beacon of hope to millions trapped behind the Iron Curtain. But "today, there is no longer an Empire of Evil -- so who gets blamed for everything that goes wrong?"While also offering constructive criticism of the US, he said:
"If the superpower had not recognized the dangers after September 11" and reacted as it did, he says, Al Qaeda and its supporters would have grown even bolder. "Today the world would be in total chaos, total revolution -- a total mess."The fuse is lit!
Perceptive as ever, he also forgot that unanimity and speaking with one voice was what the whole “EU experiment” was supposed to be about. The difference between exceptionalism of this sort and “agreeing to disagree” is basically treason.
« It is necessary to maintain European assistance to the Palestinians. This is just as the president of the Republic said to the Egyptian and Palestinian presidents. He is right. But one wonders then why prior to that he let his government before adopt the position of the European Council, which was exactly the opposite of it.It is precisely because they are so destructive and abhorant that this needs to be done acutely so that it ends as quickly as possible. What other non-military alternative is there? Wouldn’t a non-military solution to the situation, say, SANCTIONS be what the garden variety leftist want FIRST?
Undoubtedly is will take delicacy to define the position properly. Hamas remains on the lists of the terrorist organizations, it does not condemn the attacks perpetrated in Israel, it does not recognize the existence of this State, and its notion of the relationship between the religion and state is opposite ours’. To grant them our assistance could, according to some, seem like recognition of this or an acceptance of its standards and its methods. Hamas, in spite of the international pressures, did not agree to yield to our preconditions. Would it no otherwise be necessary to help the new Palestinian government, in spite of what it is and with the risk of contradicting our values because of the very precarious living conditions of the Palestinians? »
« Would such a situation be at least likely to lead Hamas to change its positions, in particular with regard to Israel? In the short term, on foreign policy to be effective, and without anything in exchange, nothing does not make it possible to discount it. What can make evolve/move Hamas, it is time. It is the logic of the responsibilities, they are the governmental constraints, it is the inevitable cohabitation with Israel in the exiguity of the territories already obtained or disputed: on the questions of water, provisioning, work, safety. Reality [of leadership] can lead Hamas to change gradually. It can also lead the Palestinians to ignore Hamas in the next election. »So, no disincentive can ever be used with Hamas, right? So do what they want, and they’ll do what you want, right? DON’T EVER withdraw your funds from a situation that you find morally repugnant even if it’s for the larger good of the Palestinians because leading by example is irrelevant, right?
« Is this what we want? We hoped for democratic progress in the Middle East, but when free elections took place in the Palestinian territories, the result was not what we wanted. »
And this man wants to be President? Pluralism means the large poweres don’t always get what they want, but the root of the word is still PLURAL. Hamas’ ugly habit of killing off Israelis, Palestinian Christians, Gays, and anyone else they would need to, like get plural with is reason enough for even a Socialist to hold the line.The fuse is lit!
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
But a politician has stoked a debate by calling for an official Turkish translation of the third verse of the song -- the only verse sung on official occasions because the others, including the first one starting "Deutschland, Deutschland Über Alles" and the second one ending "German Women, German Loyalty, German Wine and German Song", are deemed outdated, subject to misinterpretation, and a bit too fervent.
Courtesy of Allahpundit via Hot AirThe fuse is lit!
It seems fairly obvious, unless you take seriously the echo chamber of the left, and the raving madness of conspiracists when the only people they can accuse of oppressiveness is the societies they grew up in, and for reasons of adolescent immaturity hate. A sample:
No doubt the influence of the Knights of Columbus with its membership of 1.5 million means that the American press is not free to report on matters that threaten the security-survival of the Papacy. But as if this were not sufficient, in recent years a new organization has been created to serve as the point of attack on the American freedom of the press -- the Catholic League for Religion and Civil Rights. The next chapter is devoted to a survey of the League's chilling effect on this freedom in the 1990s.Henceforth, their name shall be “the Bongmeisters”...
What IS obvious is where the press is clearly not free. Hard on the heels of a BBC/Reuters fearfully circumspect poll by Globescan asking where their own believability lies, a study finds the least free environments for speech, and the worst of them have either the totalitarian necklace of Socialism around their neck, or factions of Jihadists who are actively hostile to freedom of speech:
The list of worst offenders ranges around the world, also including Libya and Eritrea in Africa; Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan in Central Asia, and Syria. Funny enough – the BBC in revising the reporting of the story they made by commissioning a poll was quick to play down why so many Americans no longer trust the press Far from a matter of being free, the problem is that much of their product is bought from and sold to the U.S.
"North Korea is the world's deepest information void," said CPJ Executive Director Ann Cooper, whose group prepared the list to coincide with World Press Freedom Day today. Not only do all journalists work for the Korean Central News Agency, she said, but all radios in the country are made so they can only pick up government-run stations.
The CPJ panel that compiled the list apparently had no shortage of candidates. Governments routinely associated with strict press controls, such as China, Zimbabwe, Iran and Ethiopia, didn't even make the list. Nor did countries where journalists are intimidated, injured or killed for their work, such as Iraq, Congo, Lebanon, Egypt and Pakistan.
Miss Cooper said that all the countries on the list are run by dictators, have almost no independent media, and severely restrict Internet usage where it is available at all.
After the forgotten public statements “expressing support,” little to none came from Europe on the UN Democracy Fund.
Contributions from Germany, Britain and France to the fund -- that had received 32.48 million dollars from 16 countries by the beginning of March -- amounted to no more than 1.6 million dollars, 609,350 dollars and 588,100 dollars respectively. Apparently exporting to dictators requires less customer service, or at least represents effective “constructive engagement” with them, regardless of what they tell the public.
UNDEF expects an additional 16.54 million dollars in the coming months from five countries including Chile and Bulgaria.
What's the problem? Isn't Europe in favor of democracy promotion? Now, Europe likes to blow it own horn regarding its record on foreign aid, and Europeans constantly find ways to shame the United States on this issue. British Treasury Secretary (and likely the next prime minister) Gordon Brown are among those who have pushed for each developed nation to commitment 0.7 percent of its gross national product to foreign aid. [ ... ]
Few Europeans countries beyond Scandinavia actually attain this goal. But by dint of counting everything from student aid programs tointernational broadcasting to assistancetoformer colonies, European governments do look like they are giving more than Washington. As official accounting also mostly fails to add up private international charity, which has a much longer tradition in the United States, the disparity often does look embarrassing. Here, however, is an excellent opportunity for the United States to ask Europeans to put their money where their mouth is.
Despite lip service from the German and French U.N. ambassadors praising the project, and despite the wealth of Europe, Germany has so far contributed just $1.6 million, Britain $609,350, and France $588,100. The figures were compiled by Thierno H. Kane, director of the civil organizations division at the U. N. Development Programme, and were circulated at a meeting in Berlin last week. A number of other European nations have pledged just $10,000 each year, though it should be noted that many of them are Central and Eastern European countries whose economies are still struggling
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
Monday, May 01, 2006
The Washington Post published an editorial of uncharacteristic opinion and subject – the Doha round. Were not so much global economic activity not tied to it, it would hardly be their usual cup of tea.
The item was titled Rescuing Trade. Excerpts:
The chief obstacle to a deal is the European Union, driven by countries with highly protected small farmers – Ireland, Poland and, above all, France. Last year the Bush istration proposed cuts in farm subsidies that, even after stripping out the accounting tricks, amounted to a genuine concession. It was then up to the European Union to reciprocate, but removing such tricks from the proposal left virtually nothing of substance. When negotiators tried to shoft the Europeans at the Hong Kong meeting, French President Jacques Chirac personally called officials to ensure that progress would be blocked.[...]
Where they have alluded to French obstructionism, they have been quick to add that the US farm offer is not perfect...
These qualifiers are true; but the larger truth is that French farm politics is the single biggest holdup.The Post which is normally the protectionist when it comes to any critic of Bush said further of Chirac:
He needs to be made to feel that things he cares about – France’s reputation as a friend of Africa, France’s close political ties with Germany – will suffer if he allows the Doha round to die.
Blogger Hou-Hou (Houssein) says one snarky thing about some cranked up anti-American about the movie United 93, and he gets it from a bunch of weaselly comments having nothing to do with 9/11, the film, or anything else but their unblinking, irrational hatred of the only “strong horse” against the intemperate mass murderers who want to dress your daughter like a potato sack.
Julie (whom Hou-hou is quoting) has a fit. The type you have when world events don’t concider, not for one moment your mood:
I wanted to vomit in front of the film United 93 which still will show us how the Americans are good, fine and how the good people sacrificed themselves for freedomThen the commenters bounced in off of the turnip truck:
(Hou-Hou): I like it when she’s irritated!
Max: When Independence Day was still playing in the USA, certain American rose the hand on the heart during the speech of the president. I hope that their patriotic feelings will not go further when this film is played. It was already rather ridiculous the hand on the heart.As if Max really knew if anything of the sort actually happened, the magnitude, or whether or not a handful of people doing something matters in a nation of 300 million people. All that seems to matter is that he finds an example of something to prop up his small-minded whining and penis envy.
Flying camel: There is nevertheless a little hope in the land of Uncle Sam at the time when one hears a significant director like George Lucas says: "[...] the United States is a "provincial country" whose culture invaded the rest of the world by the means of the Hollywood productions."
In short, keep hope... The sleeper will finally wake up, as they say...
Does, er…, “Mr. Camel” really think we’re going to “wake up” to his own, personal vision? That movie directors have anything whatsoever to do with the temperament of a culture?
Does Camelboy get that most Americans crack up laughing when they hear George Lucas’ quote? After all it’s Lucas himself that has the guilt-ridden lefty conscience because he isn’t much of an intellect, and is the one producing and capitalizing on this unfortunate, low-brow export.
Which seems to sell very well. What Herr Fliegende Kamel would think of a ticket buyer in Karachi or Berlin is not known.
All were preoccupied with anything but the actual story in the film except for the charming and Leilouta
I can't wait to see it!The fuse is lit.
George Clooney might be trying to make the genocide in Darfur a notch in his social bedpost, saying that "it's the first genocide in the 21st century" as if no-one knew, but it isn't. It was one of many at the close of the 20th century, and the only reason he didn't notice it is the same reason the modern and decayed left has been enabling evil. It is another by-product of militant Islam's indulgence in the evil of ignoring their own tradition of moral philosophy. It is nothing other than a convenient blindness to the notion of right and wrong - the very disease that the left suffers from.
They have refused to pay attention to the Americans who were desperately trying to call attention to the genocide in Sudan for two decades because the voices desperate to be heard were Christian with whom they have a political truc, and traditionally observant Jews whom they mete out a special hatred for. Face it dickhead – they’re dieing because your political ilk were looking for evil among the rural American Christians while those very same faithful were left to beg their neighbors for cans of food to send to Sudan.
Wake up. They're human. As human as those that attract the sudden pityof celebrities from the studies in your Los Angeles Schindler and Wright houses and condos in Manhattan and Monaco, skillfully appointed to convince someone that a human hand has touched them.
I recommend that you stick to your craft and stop obstructing the people who spent their lives in sincere exploration of human need. Let them aid the miserable in Darfur by getting out of their way. Now that it's convenient for you, they don't need the shade of operating in your self-promoting shadow. The world doesn't need another twit like Bono, and we just finished spending 25 years getting the ilk of Galbraith out of the way of alleviating poverty.
Make a movie or something, and stop seeking the love of detached strangers. If you can’t manage that stick to baby seals or some other distraction.
the fuse is lit!
Sunday, April 30, 2006
Inclusion and the socialist mind.
Man’s self respect is, of course, unfounded when relativism is the guiding principle of a person’s hatred of others. It’s only natural that since leftists are obsessed with race and genetics, that the ‘genetic diversity’ argument would eventually trump any notion that it’s about protecting a diversity of opinion.
Either that, or they’re desperately looking for a new voting block or perhaps even running out of victim groups to parade around for their supporters’ pity.
Via John Ray, we find this bit of headache inducing oversimplification of the soul reported by Libertad Digital.
Using the justification that man shares 98.4 percent of his genes with chimpanzees, 97.7 percent with gorillas, and 96.4 percent with orangutans, the Socialist Party will propose that simians are entitled to "human rights."The notion that all beings are helpless, and that this is a justification of the treatment of man is a natural next step for this argument of theirs. All food, housing, all needs of every sort, has to be provided by the state – just as a zoo or reservation must.
El Mundo reported on Tuesday that the socialist coalition has called for a press conference in which they will propose measures in Congress to immediately include advanced simians in a category shared with humans granting them "the moral and legal protection which, at the moment, only humans enjoy".
An international organization is seeking a declaration in the UN which will guarantee the rights of simians, and to defend their interests just as they do "of minors and the mental challenged of our species."
The journalist and writer Joaquin Araujo, who is also the president of this organization, will present the report with which he will seek "to defend the establishment of protected territories, so that chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans can continue living like free beings, by their own means".
He persecutes himself, therefore, this that "recognizes their rights to them the life, the freedom and not being tortured with experiments, with the hope to end this new form of slavery". According to the people in charge of the Proyecto Gran Simio "today only Homo Sapiens are considered members of the community of those equal ones to our species. The chimpanzee, gorilla and orangutan are our nearest relatives. They have sufficient mental faculties and a touching life to justify their inclusion in the community of equals".
It proves something which is patently obvious about the Socialism’s “vision” - that if man does have all of his basic needs provided for in some impossible deus ex machina fashion, there is no need to be anything other than a beast obsessed with eating, eliminating, sleeping, reproducing, and with power within a clan. Somehow, I suppose this is supposed to justify something about their notion of man, or perhaps just the normalcy of sticking their opposable thumbs up their asses instead of being productive participants in the real human coexistence project that we call civilization.
Fiddlesticks, Green Goofballs. There is this little detail called free will that you’ve always managed to ignore and show contempt for. That lack of free will is the reason for our concern for them in their innocence. Why undermine it?
This notion that the animal world is a good analog of egalitarian society, and picture gay penguins coexisting with feminism-friendly Bonobo monkeys in the same big union local, I say simply –go camping- for once, and stop picking and choosing species to the exclusion of nature the way you do aspects in reality. Real, non-idealized animals fight over resources and do their best to NOT coexist. This behavior is the last thing greenies think about when they have their faked stigmatas and epiphanies on the environment.