One can only hope that Iran agrees.
While during the Cold War there may have been a case for maintaining a nuclear deterrent, today the Trident missile system is a hugely expensive anachronism. In the words of the Labour MP, Joan Ruddock: "The question is, how we best achieve our own security? It has to be through global co-operation over climate change---which is a greater threat than any conflict." Much the same argument applies to France's deterrent.
Saturday, November 11, 2006
One can only hope that Iran agrees.
Were they to discuss Communism in these terms, there would be no anger at all.
An Austrian Legislator points out the “good side of Nazism”.
An far-right deputy recently elected to the Austrian Parliament underlined the “good side” of Nazism on national television. His remarks caused a wave of indignation in the political community. [ ... ]
“Of course the Nazis had a good side, we just don’t want to notice it these days”, declared elected official Wolfgang Zanger, during a broadcast on Tuesday evening. He said that Adolf Hitler “had given hope to people” and in particular built Autobahns.
The remarks were considered “scandalous” by the secretary general of the ÖVP party, and “unacceptable” by President of the Parliament Barbara Prammer (SPÖ). The Greens demanded Zanger’s resignation.
Mr. Zanger’s remarks emerge after previous controversies involving several pro-Nazi members of Parliament in Austria. FPÖ senator, John Gudenus, had been forced to resign in April 2005 after having questioned the existence of gas chambers.That any of this is even an issue after more than half a century is laughable. The goal is clearly for people to psyche their way out of facing the notion of good and bad itself. 20 years ago it was relativism, and while it did manage to leave its’ stain on the public mind, now it seems that more and more often the evidence of evil is being denied.
It takes a certain state of stupidity for anyone to believe that humans aren’t fallible, and it always seems to start with people not thinking that there is anything larger in the world that themselves – not their society, nor a higher power, nor even their neighbors, but themselves.
England expects every man will do his duty- Admiral Lord Nelson
We are the Dead. Short days ago- Major John McCrae, May 1915.
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Friday, November 10, 2006
Two generations of being insulated from the reality of the international jungle, of not having to defend their own survival because they have been living under the protection of the American nuclear umbrella, have allowed too many Europeans to grow soft and indulge themselves in illusions about brutal realities and dangerswrites Thomas Sowell.
The very means of their salvation have been demonized for decades in anti-nuclear movements and protesters calling themselves "anti-war." But there is a huge difference between being anti-war in words and being anti-war in deeds.
… The famous Roman peace of ancient times did not come from negotiations, cease-fires, or pretty talk. It came from the Roman Empire's crushing defeat and annihilation of Carthage, which served as a warning to anyone else who might have had any bright ideas about messing with Rome.
Only after the Roman Empire began to lose its own internal cohesion, patriotism and fighting spirit over the centuries did it begin to succumb to its external enemies and finally collapse.
That seems to be where western civilization is heading today.
Behind the predictable displays of false compassions lies an even more persistent predilection to support evil:
The dirty little secret is that every mass-murdering ideology in the last two centuries had its origins and supporters in Europe. Pol Pot was Cambodian by birth but learned his revolutionary ideology in Paris. He was trained by the French Communist Party and the Russian KGB, went home, and massacred two or three million of his countrymen. Even Saddam’s Baathist Party was modeled on the European fascist parties of the 1930s.
If anyone can find evidence of anything demonstratively and
The Fuse is Lit! (No Pasaran)
Comparing the lie of a “Holocaust that never was” to false claims of a holocaust on the Palestinians.
Tied for second place in Iran’s recent “Holocaust, What Holocaust?” cartoon contest is Frenchwoman Françoise Pichard, who goes by the pen-name of Chard. Except there’s one problem - she didn’t place the entry. Her ideological base-point is the branch of fascism that Europeans associate with the extreme-right, in spite of its’ authoritarian bent, and lack of belief in economic and individual freedom that Marxism is based on. For what some observers have concluded is racism, she has it in for Muslims as well as Jews.
(Inscription: Myth of the gas chambers)
“...Who knocked it over?..."Robert Faurisson, a man trying to make the intellectual environment safe for Nazism, tried to form a conclusion that the Shoah was a myth based on “evidence” gathered decades later of not seeing any gaskets on the hatches of the gas chambers, but apparently for his writings, only insofar, I suppose, as those doors were not sealing in Jews, since such a denial wouldn’t just be able to explain 6 million missing European Jews, but millions of others including the Roma. He has been publicly defended by none other than Pol Pot defender Noam Chomsky.
Of the contest, Françoise Pichard told AFP:
If I did receive the prize money someday, it would go completely to the Committee for Mutual aid to European Prisoners (BOLETUS) relating to the case of Michel Lajoye, except for a gift to the Cat Refuge.
As rotten as his thinking is, the idea of having these sorts of ‘thought crime’ sentences is what is perceived to be a free society isn’t just ironic, but speaks to a very European nonchalance about free speech.
That impulse, like the Iranian effort to infect people’s minds into denying Hitler’s genocides makes me think that they all deserve one another.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Ikea has an interesting take on things using French society’s culture of complaint to float an advertising theme.
”France is tired. France is worn out. France is at the end of its rope.
The solution? - new beds of course!
Do something about it! 'React'.
The same way they haven’t reacted to things like civil unrest and a women getting burned alive. Why not throw a few umlauts and first-names in there for good measure while you’re at it?
Libération PropagandaStaffel is asking the French government to bail them out. Never mind the ethical and business implications of this, nor the idiocy of thinking that a government should subsidize one part of a society’s political ideology and not another, nor the inevitability that the product will be one huge journalist thrill ride.
You’ve got to love the causes:
- People don’t buy the paper: it’s expensive, and the only hard news they run are wire stories.
- They don’t run it like a business. Le Monde is part of a larger publishing operation including magazines. Libé has a magazine, but it’s about as popular as the paper. The insuffrable staff would neither thin out or become more productive, and were unaware of just how it is one runs the means of production to begin with.
- Classifieds and advertising: they don’t have enough because their circulation sucks, and unlike a “real” Marxist society, they can’t use compulsion to keep eking out business.
- Distribution: their greatest single cost which they can't create do much about. Basically, they have a Union problem. It couldn't happen to a nicer bunch.
Sudden change of climate not declared catastrophic. Not only do the “Cosmic ray” fantasies spontaneously evaporate like issue of the hole in the ozone layer, but so does the never-ending voting machine fetish of the left:
History was made this week! For the first time in four election cycles, Democrats are not attacking the Diebold Corp. the day after the election, accusing it of rigging its voting machines. I guess Diebold has finally been vindicated.The left’s approach to this whole thing has been similar to trying to “own the means of production”, except that the means is overraught anger and the product is election outcomes.
So the left won the House and also Nicaragua. They've had a good week. At least they don't have their finger on the atom bomb yet.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
As if they’d actually be any less hateful to the US anyway.
Guess what: they never are, no matter what happens. Imagine the silliness of the American left to think that they can get a positive (a completely useless) stroke from “the Continent” - it's completely misguided.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
On Arte, yet another “expert” that no-one has ever heard of plausits aloud during a program discussing whether or not deposed dictator Saddam Hussein will be executed. The audience is entertained with the usual flair or talking in circles, but one wonders if it has sunk in to John and Jane Public that the Moustachioed Mass Murder was actually found guilty. I guess so, they immediately wanted to deny the Iraqis the catharsis of getting on with their lives when the general consensus of the all knowing was to demand that he not be executed. Now Pinochet [!!!], that would be another story...
Cosmic ray diversionary chaff being deployed now, Captain!
You'd think he was going to be kicked out of the White House or burnt alive on the White house lawn.At least they didn’t commit the usual media error of calling him “Georges”
I swear, their media is ”the gift that keeps on giving” in oh, so many ways.
'La valeur Europe n'existe plus...” said Pascal Bruckner on the program, who used the US as a counter-example saying that one scandal in Abu Ghreib doesn't mean everything about what is happening in the Near East is bad or that all Americans are bad. The remainder of the program was consumed by the toxic and childish theme which might just might bring readers closer to the realization that behaviour is neither genetic nor racial so that they might grow comfortable into the 1970s. The theme tonight: Are whites responsible for all the world's ills?
Amusing, really, since the entire culture likes to blame a multi-racial America for all everything it sees wrong with the world, yet imagines the United States to be even more white-bread and rhythmically challenged than they are, and always more brutal.
The program rounded out with some “indigenous” looking South American who surely found a new venue in France now that Marxist fantasies are back on the Vaudeville circuit. Much as is usual Es ist zum kotzen.
The online strategy is a dramatic shift from the legion's more passive traditional approach of posting posters in railroad stations while waiting for social, economic and political turmoil to push recruits its way. After the Spanish Civil War ended in 1939, for instance, Spanish enlistment soared, only to dwindle in contemporary times as Spain prospered with European Union membership.Doreen Carvajal writes about the French Foreign Legion.
By far the lowest contingent remains English-speaking recruits - just 2 percent are from the United States and Britain. According to legion officials, this is due not to cultural antagonisms, but rather because American and British applicants have trouble passing endurance tests that emphasize lower body strength and running.
The [stiff white] caps are exhibited at the force's Aubagne museum, but the historic displays and battle paintings also underscore the harsh side of life - and death - for a legionnaire. In the long, bloody history of the Foreign Legion, 35,000 men have died in combat, the last in Haiti in 2004.
Given that history, the most frequent question that recruiting officers pose to candidates is blunt: "Are you sure you want to become a legionnaire?"
"To be sure, the progressives deserve credit for having refined their view of the military: not murderers and rapists, just impoverished suckers too stupid for anything other than soldiering. The left still doesn't understand that it's the soldier who guarantees every other profession -- the defeatist New York Times journalist, the anti-American college professor, the insurgent-video-of-the-day host at CNN, the hollow preening blowhard senator. Kerry's gaffe isn't about one maladroit Marie Antoinette of the Senate but a glimpse into the mind-set of too many Americans."
It's another reason to keep your eyes open..."
That journalism is used an instrument to try to alter reality by altering perceptions should come as no surprise. They have to alter what they can't quite control, becasue the press doesn't seem to be able to accept that the public is capable of interpreting events for themselves.
“When I was in the United States recently and read the negative news in the Washington Post, New York Times and in the network TV broadcasts, I even wondered if things had gotten so bad since I had left that I shouldn’t return,” said[Iraqi Kurdistan Prime Minister] Barzani.
Monday, November 06, 2006
It seems that the unquestionably holy UN's own report on the cost of the greenie agenda shows that The Stern Report deceptively underestimates the cost at 1% of GDP.
But what is an annual cost of 1% of GDP anyway? GDP is a gage of what the whole of the economy looks like after the taxman has taken his cut.
Simply put, among the advanced economies on the world 1% of GDP is the same value as about half of yearly economic growth. Have you seen a handful of houses built in your neighborhood? Let's say there are 10. They are an expression of the growth in the GDP value of property. The same addle-brained morons who would support the greenies’ devolution of humanity would be the first ones end up living rough on the streets.
Under the proposed strictures of the Stern Report’s recommendations there would only have been five. That's just in housing. Imagine anything else that you've seen changed, made new, or improved are not immune. Take all of that, and cut it in half.
Now imagine that the entire thing is made to look small to make the concept of committing to it more palatable. Imagine that the real cost is twice that, consuming ALL growth, devouring the incentive to do anything better, more efficiently or renew it in any way.
Since it creates growth or grows income, all of it will have to be taxes at 100% to absolve the guilt of people who bought into something they don't understand, sold to them by a by a bunch of rotten crypto-Marxists.
If anyone takes one percent of GDP year on year, and in the process offsets any benefit whatsoever of economic growth, it wont take long for that economy to contract to the point where the absolute sum amounting to 1% would need to be 2% to maintain the same amount. It is a measure that will make the global economy contract, create pollution and misery generating poverty, while accomplishing nothing for the environment.
Sound all so very humanistic, concerned, etc., etc., doesn’t it? The final word goes to Bjørn Lomborg writing in the Wall Street Journal who doped through all 700 pages of the Stern Review:
It matters because Gordon Brown, Tony Blair and Nicholas Stern all profess that one of the major reasons that they want to do something about climate change is because it will hit the world's poor the hardest. Using a worse-than-worst-case scenario, Mr. Stern warns that the wealth of South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa will be reduced by 10% to 13% in 2100 and suggests that effect would lead to 145 million more poor people.
Faced with such alarmist suggestions, spending just 1% of GDP or $450 billion each year to cut carbon emissions seems on the surface like a sound investment. In fact, it is one of the least attractive options. Spending just a fraction of this figure--$75 billion--the U.N. estimates that we could solve all the world's major basic problems. We could give everyone clean drinking water, sanitation, basic health care and education right now. Is that not better?
[ ... ]
Last weekend in New York, I asked 24 U.N. ambassadors--from nations including China, India and the U.S.--to prioritize the best solutions for the world's greatest challenges, in a project known as Copenhagen Consensus. They looked at what spending money to combat climate change and other major problems could achieve. They found that the world should prioritize the need for better health, nutrition, water, sanitation and education, long before we turn our attention to the costly mitigation of global warning.
Look Who's Supporting the Morally Repugnant Elite.
Want proof that the left is worthless? Take it from some badass widowmaking terrorist “freedom fightin’ minutemen” themselves:
"Of course Americans should vote Democrat," [said] Jihad Jaara, a senior member of the Al Aqsa Martyrs BrigadesRinging endorsements to give peace a chance if there ever were any.
Muhammad Saadi, a senior leader of Islamic Jihad in the northern West Bank town of Jenin, said the Democrats' talk of withdrawal from Iraq makes him feel "proud."
Abu Ayman, an Islamic Jihad leader in Jenin, said he is "emboldened" by those in America who compare the war in Iraq to Vietnam.
Islamic Jihad's Saadi, laughing, stated, "There is no chance that the resistance will stop."Good luck lefty. You want it all? Go ahead – deal with it and stop bitching.
He said an American withdrawal from Iraq would "prove the resistance is the most important tool and that this tool works. The victory of the Iraqi revolution will mark an important step in the history of the region and in the attitude regarding the United States."
"Because of Our Past, We Germans Must Refrain From Giving Lessons" (to the Russians, the Chinese, etc)
Etant donné notre passé, nous, Allemands, devons nous garder de donner des leçons.In his interview with Daniel Vernet, Gerhard Schröder explains modestly — and with a touch of wisdom, even the heroic — that his indulgence for Vladimir Putin and Russia is due to Germany's past, which must keep "us Germans from giving lessons" to others.
Except, of course, when those others' names are George W. Bush or Uncle Sam and when, by the strangest of coincidences, they do not have a relation with their country's businesses and industries that could cause them to order a cut-off in dollars or oil. In those (exceptional) cases, the face of courage suddenly rears its head, rock-solid principles make their appearance, fingers can be wagged, and lessons can be given.
Vote early and vote often, I guess. BBC headline basically declared former Marxist flunky Daniel Ortega victorious - turns out he has 40% of the 15% of ballot boxes that were counted by 4 a.m. local time. What's funnier is that the BBC introduced him as having fought the 'US backed Contras", and consistently neglected to mention that the Sandinistas were created and funded by the KGB.
They evaporated when the Soviet Union withdrew funding prior to their collapse. But as far as “external meddling” is concerned, no mention is ever made of the KGB or the cold war.
As one would expect from the Guardian/Observer militant-industrial complex, a very familiar looking article by a formerly ambitious, young, starry-eyed Briton who volunteered to pick coffee beans to support the nascent Marxist beachhead regime in the 80’s reappears. Rife with the obsessions of the time, it mentions Thatcher and Reagan with the desperate tone of the times. This has to be at least the fifth time I’ve seen this story recycled in the Guardian/Observer, and is sure to stoke the reminiscence of a bunch of wretchedly unimaginative and ill-informed Marxists now in middle age who seek a kind of proletarian-Rococco hybrid lifestyle.
Those were the days, my friend. I thought they’d never end. Then again, to achieve peace, one didn’t have to try to become a Soviet as these empty souls prowling London wanted us all to be.
As for what it all amounts to, Fausta rounds up the familiar sounding threats that Europe and North America’s lunatic left are so willing to accept at the cost of any other individual’s freedom:
Rafael Ramirez, the government minister and head of PDVSA (the Venezuelan oil monopoly that owns CITGO in the USA) gave a speech last week where he specifically threated with firing from their jobs, physical force and "total anihilation" for those PDVSA employees who don't reciprocate Hugo's love of his people and who don't conform to the party line, and for those who don't support the Bolivarian revolution.Coerted loyalties, poverty at the expense of all, an intellectually barren life... This is their future because of the western left being so enamored by the Marxism they supported 25 years ago, is willing to support it again today. They are willing to do for free what the KGB agents took home a paycheck for to fill some guilt or an empty place in their hearts.
Having lived four years behind the Iron Curtain, to them I say "move there, asshole. If you survive through your beloved purges you can tell us all about the glory and wonders of Socialism."
Naive relativists, destructive deconstructionists and superficial sophomore philosophers, incapable of analyzing and dissecting even their own ideas
Derek Bok, Harvard's current president, echoes and extends [the] criticism in "Our Underachieving Colleges," where students can't write, can't reason, can't speak or read a foreign language, and lack the ability to think critically. "Most," he writes, "have never taken a course in quantitative reasoning or acquired the knowledge needed to be a reasonably informed citizen in a democracy." Worse, they don't know what they don't know. Surveys show these naive relativists, destructive deconstructionists and superficial sophomore philosophers, incapable of analyzing and dissecting even their own ideas, to be immensely pleased with their educations.Was it Victor Davis Hanson who said that Europe is becoming one huge Ivy college? In any case, think of Europe as you read Suzanne Fields' article.
A prejudice against the military, coupled with grade inflation and lack of intellectual discipline, combine to create spoiled and pampered students who lack the will to defend their country from those who would destroy it.
Sunday, November 05, 2006
It’s a beautiful world we live in
- Unaware that a society trampled on for a generation needs to cathartically put evil behind them to move forward, Douste-Blazy opposes the death penalty for mass murdering deposed dictator Saddam Hussein. Even while Nuri Al Maliki is on a state visit to Paris. Who are they going to stick in the tent next, Phil?
Hey Man, Pass the Album
- Here’s a brave seeker of the truth: a Belgian nutball thinks that cosmic ray balloting is guiding elections – all in favor of well, the ideology of candidates that cosmic rays seem to be able to differentiate:
Perhaps how the cosmic ray which effected the memory of one of the electronic ballot boxes in Schaerbeek, this cosmic ray will make it possible to sensitize deputies who have already won the electronic vote count!I wonder what’s boiling his bongwater. Everyone knows that cosmic rays, and all of nature under Darwin’s creation votes for the left!
Membership has privileges. Like Vandalism and Stuff.
- Last but not least, the French government (if you can call them that,) has obstructed NATO in constructing a defense against large scale acts of terror. Good work. Your new name in the caves of Waziristan is now “Target no. 1” Hey, and have a nice day.
Plans to boost Nato's co- operation with countries such as Australia and Japan in an effort to forge a partnership against terrorism have been blocked by France.They naturally prefer to extend the influence of bloodthirsty Jihadists of course, because they have some idea that only the US can chafe French pride.
The moves were to have been at the centre of a summit of the alliance's leaders to be held in Riga this month. Nato officials now accept that only a loosely worded pledge to increase contacts with partners in Asia and Australasia will be included in the communiqué, which will be agreed by President George Bush and other leaders in the Latvian capital.
The French opposition comes as a blow to the US, which spearheaded the proposal and which would like to see regular Nato "forums" with countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea. But while the idea won support from traditional allies of Washington such as the UK, France has made it clear that it opposes a move it sees as part of a campaign to extend US influence.
That this could cost a great many lives, possibly even among the supernatural French citizenry who are shielded by a force-field of sentimental thoughts, doesn’t seem to matter.
Vandals that numbered a hundred or more attacked passengers on the no. 4 and no. 12 Metro lines between Marcadet-Poissonniers and Château Rouge, stations. They stripped passengers of their valuables such as handbags, mp3 players, cell phones, etc.
Except, quite ironically, at two tabloid format local papers called Le Parisien and Aujourd’hui that have a familiar air about them in that they resemble the New York Post and New York’s Daily News to a degree, and are less likely to pull their punches.