Saturday, February 20, 2010

Continental Drift

1967 - Communism’s promoted definition of Justice:

Justice: Ethical and legal category that refers to social equality of humanity, which is only possible only with the common ownership of the means of production, and which enables real equality in a legal sense. Justice as a standard of social relationships is not a timeless, universal, or unchanging concept. Middle-class society can claim only the formal legal equality of civil law as its highest principle of justice, because the primary purpose of justice – the protection of capitalist property – is the basis for the perpetuation of societal inequalities. Historical materialism discovered the class nature of justice and proved that the working class’s pursuit of justice requires the abolition of exploitation, social inequality, bureaucratic despotism, and imperialistic war, which means the elimination of capitalism and the establishing the common ownership of the means of production under socialism. The Marxist-Leninist concept of justice contains fundamentally includes equal social possibilities for all people to develop their personal abilities on the basis of inviolable legal and moral principles. By justice, we understand that the power of imperialism and militarism will finally be broken, the peaceful endeavors of the people will be protected, and every imperialistic attempt to misuse humanity for aggressive purposes will be ruthlessly eliminated; that socialist accomplishments are inviolable, that all citizens will be equally entitled to take part in socialist construction and through their work create a better life for all; that there will be no privileged classes that exploit and oppress the people, that the socialist principle “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need” will be realized; and that those citizen who accomplishes best results for society will enjoy the highest appreciation be honor.
2010 - a leftist activist’s definition of ‘Social Justice’:
Social workers also apply social-justice principles to structural problems in the social service agencies in which they work. Armed with the long-term goal of empowering their clients, they use knowledge of existing legal principles and organizational structure to suggest changes to protect their clients, who are often powerless and underserved. For example, social workers may learn organizational ethics to ensure that clients are treated respectfully by staff or they may examine the organization’s policies on personal client information to make sure it is held in confidence.

Often, social workers bring social justice concepts into the wider social and political arena. Following the September 11, 2001, attacks in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington an international group of social workers issued statements condemning terrorism but calling for examination of possible underlying causes. In particular, the statements suggested that terrorism may be fueled in part by global practices that led to poverty and rage among millions of Middle Eastern citizens.

Indeed, from the beginning of their profession, social workers have been involved in “connecting the dots” between peace and social justice. According to social work philosophy … Peace is not possible where there are gross inequalities of money and power, whether between workers and managers, nations and nations or men and women.
1967 - Communism’s promoted definition of War:
War: Violent continuation of politics, organized armed combat between classes, states, or nations, which is undertaken for the economic interests or political and military goals of specific classes. Historically, war is the result of the division of community into antagonistic classes. It is rooted in the production relationships of exploitive society, today represented by imperialism. Only when that social system is overthrown in every country will the socioeconomic grounds for war will disappear.
2010 - a leftist activist’s definition of ‘war’:
go to war.... corporations send a message, support a particular mindset with charity/donations, and they pretty much make the call on the war thing... how about a war profiteering amendment.... if that incentive was gone, there would be little draw for a war of choice.

A war amendment would state that any and all contracts between the victim nation would remain in effect (with other nations and not the invading nation) so that the economy of invaded nation would not be ripped out from under the victim nation's feet so to speak.

Had the U.S. reinstated Iraq's contracts with Russia, France, Germany and others, the insurgency may have been a shadow of what it is now, and many American kids might still be alive.
I’ll omit the conventional, class based definitions, as they are simply to much like that of the Communists of the last century.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Yes We Clam!

Clam sellers in Baarle Hertog, on the Dutch-Belgian border, find a novel way to sell their products (dank u wel to Carine)…

The Vicious Spreading of Unfounded Rumors

We haven’t heard much from Georges lately because the practicing of Santeria can be so time consuming.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Postcards from Emo-land

Looking for those great European thinkers dispensing wisdom in their time of need? Good luck! Most of it amounts to anguished self-pity and emotionialized scapegoating, such as we find with this brilliantly, if not unwittingly funny notion that Europe's huge defecits and debts are the fault of American lenders calling in their paper, as if there were no lenders from any other part of the world.

The scenario employed against Greece, Portugal and Spain by New York-based international financial gamblers is all too familiar to anyone who recalls the events of the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis. Then, as now, hedge funds targeted a country whose GDP was largely dependent on tourist dollars - Thailand - and had fiscal problems at the time.
I guess the humane thing to do would be for the rest of humanity to make loans to them and write them off, owing to the mere european-ness of those Europeans.

This self-absorbed explanation can only be explained by the notion that Thailand is a tourist economy because that's where Europeans go to beach and molest children, THEREfore an alighnment can be drawn to the last economic tale the author could find a straw-man to associate with, even if it does happen to be the erstwhile Hungarian "open democracy" funder George Soros.
The scenario employed against Greece, Portugal and Spain by New York-based international financial gamblers is all too familiar to anyone who recalls the events of the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis. Then, as now, hedge funds targeted a country whose GDP was largely dependent on tourist dollars - Thailand - and had fiscal problems at the time.
Because spinning is the same as doing or saying, of course, and Europeans should somehow be allowed to determine taxation worldwide, of course. The passivity is only out-done by the arrogance.

A consensus is developing among Western experts that the globalisation of financial transactions has not led to overall economic growth, being now considered a huge disappointment.
I suppose that will remain true until, like the loans made to souther Europe to ease it's growth, and hedge its' risks, a big deal only if they have to pay it back. Make no mistake about it, were the bonds not offered to cover for bloated states that can't control state spending.
By allowing NY financial traders to viciously attack struggling EU members, the US is putting the transatlantic partnership in jeopardy.
As if they really were a partner, and not a hideous chore one would prefer to avoid.

The difference with America is that the US states that are overleveraged won't be in a position to make silly arguments about the standing of a nation's image and the affection with which it's held in the world.

It's as silly at the argument thrown around prior to the deposing of Saddam Hussein that if the US did what leftist activist demanded, that "the world" would love the U.S. Well, some of the world does, and some of the world doesn't, and that will always be true. But you can be sure that the entire world isn't going to buy the "lender's emotional obligations" to Europe's government employees' unions argument.

All of this over an long overdue and inevitable currency revaluation.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

It’s Kind of Like Sticking it to the Man

Now there’s one passionate environmentalist

Maybe there are Pictures of them in the Zapruder Film

Next time you find some virulent loon spewing invective at you for not submitting to their demand that you convert to their religion of Anthropogenic Global Warming, just ask them the activist’s usual evasive question: ‘whose paying you?

The difference is, though, that you won’t be asking them to degrade or evade as the phrase is normally employed, even if they are unwittingly supporting racketeering. You’ll be entitled to a factual answer:

In recent years, however, on the initiative of Lord Kinnock when he was its chairman, the British Council has been hijacked to promote the need for action on climate change. In answer to a Freedom of Information request, we can now see some of the curious ways in which the British Council has been spending our money.

More than £3.5 million has gone on recruiting a worldwide network of young "climate activists" in over 70 countries to engage in climate change propaganda – what Marxists used to call agitprop – and to pressure their politicians to join the worldwide struggle. Under a programme called Challenge Europe, £1.1 million has been paid out to fund young "climate advocates" in 17 countries across Europe, including Britain itself. But £2.5 million has been spent on a more ambitious project to recruit a global network of 100,000 activists in 60 countries across the world, led by 1,300 young "International Climate Champions", to participate in "international peer networks, both in person and online, to share ideas, projects and experiences".

Of this sum, £303,093.24 went to China; £71,262.91 to Brazil; £53,006.25 to Japan; £70,132.88 to India (including £11,000 to Dr Pachauri's Teri institute); £77,507.89 to oil-rich Qatar; and £50,000 to the US. There was £120,000 for a dozen different countries in Africa, including £14,000 to fund climate champions in starving Zimbabwe.
Then again mendacity has never been much of a problem to green advocates of the forcable primitivization of man.
One of the most widely quoted and most alarmist passages in the main 2007 report was a warning that, by 2020, global warming could reduce crop yields in some countries in Africa by 50 per cent. Dr Pachauri not only allowed this claim to be included in the short Synthesis Report, of which he was co-editor, but has publicly repeated it many times since.

The origin of this claim was a report written for a Canadian advocacy group by Ali Agoumi, a Moroccan academic who draws part of his current income from advising on how to make applications for "carbon credits". As his primary sources he cited reports for three North African governments. But none of these remotely supported what he wrote
No matter. They’re only words. They’ll only turn into policies.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Let’s Employ their Logic, which...

...would when used by European critics of anything and everything American, would throw spaghetti at the wall, and ‘merely ask questions’. Plausitting the similarity between Haiti and Belgium wouldn’t fall far outside the form of logic when anything perceived to be an authority of any sort can be marginalized, as though they were all ‘raging against the machine.’

Today in Belgium there was a nasty train accident with over 20 people killed.
Not too long ago, a typical sort of invective was ejaculated over the notion that American medical personnel in Haiti were amputating indiscriminately. Does that logic apply in Belgium at the scene of this week’s head-on commuter train crash?
The accident occurred at 0830 local time (during the morning commute) on a train line south-west of Brussels, Belgium. Two commuter trains collided head-on after one of them missed a red light. The trains are thought to have been carrying 300 people over 25 of whom died in the collision. Several of the people were injured badly enough to require amputation.
I would bet that it would be met with nothing other than guarded concern for the fate of the injured, and that the thought of criticizing the practices of the emergency medical staff on the scene in the city of Halle in Flemish Brabant.

Otherwise, feel free to ignore the rest of the Examiner article which repeated the report of amputation not found in most of the print pieces, but was reported by Deutsche-Welle, AP, and BBC. It otherwise tries to salve fear of train wrecks and otherwise try to scare people out of their cars for reasons of using the energy you're buying and taxed for anyway, in spite of decades of propaganda on the subject.
The author seems blissfully unaware that unlike a rather empty train or bus, after one drives to work, ones’ car is emitting nothing into the air. Rationalizations about the efficiency of mass transit are always founded on the notion that they are always full, all the time, and ignore that transit systems are normally exempt from energy taxes, and frequently receive unmetered energy at no cost.

Ah, but I digress.

Another part of the story is rather predictable, but just as much of a train wreck, quite frankly:
Belgian train drivers went on strike Tuesday in protest at working conditions after the head on collision between two rush hour trains in which 18 people died.

The Belgian rail company SNCB said the spontaneous walkout had been widely followed and many cancellations and delays would follow.
Conditions that they were never previously aware of? I’ll bet not. One wonders who this perfunctory and ritualized strike is really against. It flies in the face of the idea that someone, somewhere can, by bureaucratic diktat, do more than the striking railroad workers who killed these people by screwing up.
The strikers denounced the downgrading of their employment conditions, which they said could have been a factor in the deadly train crash.
Of course, of course...
As the crash investigation got underway Monday, Flemish Brabant provincial governor Lodewijk De Witte said one of the trains had apparently failed to stop at a red light and hit the other at high speed.

The train line where the crash happened is fitted with a security system designed to halt trains automatically at a stop sign.

However one of the trains was not equipped with the system, according to Marc Descheemaecker, a senior SNCB official.
Which is a great reason to rely on an automated system that isn’t installed, and otherwise demand higher pay due to some lack of awareness that this would cause, justifying some Katrina-esque looting in the face of suffering of the accident victims, their loved ones, and the survivors of those killed.

The New Urban Hillbillies

Bypassing the court, and living in their own universe, the foreign origin population of a Danish housing project are practicing their own vigilante law:

A council of elder men seems to be the deciding factor on the Vollsmose Estate in Odense, where local people seek decisions on divorces, rivalries and debts.

“We can confirm that there is a Council of Elders. We have strong suspicions that they solve a number of criminal cases internally. But that is the culture here. It’s just difficult to prove when it all happens in secrecy. The Council has existed for several years,” says Vollsmose Local Police Leader Per Frank.

The Council of Elders has been accused of ignoring a suspected paedophile and not reporting him to the police. Instead, the council banished the suspect to Germany in 2008
So how’s that “new man” Socialism collectivism thing working for ya? Probably not that well if there are people improvising quasi-“libertarian” solutions to work around it.

Monday, February 15, 2010

An Exposé of the Family Court System: Parents Have a Right to the Care, Custody, and Companionship of Their Children

Stephen Baskerville gives a brief but in-depth (and damning) exposé of the history of America's family court system, which he calls "an abuse of government power … virtually 100%". "What we need more than anything in this country", adds the author of Taken Into Custody (The War Against Fathers, Marriage, and the Family), is "a presumption of shared parenting" as well as
an act that will preserve, that will codify the ancient, very ancient recognition in the common law — in this country and in the English common law — that parents have a right to the care, custody, and companionship of their children and to supervise their upbringing; this is decades, if not centuries of case law … it's simply common sense…

Ripped from the Culture Pages

So, do you think you’ve had a bad day?

Chef found butchered in kitchen
I blame manmade global warming, actually. That is, if it already isn’t on the list.
But Copenhagen Police say the evidence suggests the man may have inflicted the stab wounds on himself.

‘We don’t know if it was an accident, a homicide or if the injuries were self-inflicted
Unless it was something else. Nice job narrowing it down, by the way, Coppers. At least the brilliant conclusions didn’t require humanity to recalibrate the stupid index.

Next week!: we bring you stories ripped from the pages of the society column. So don’t touch that dial!

Oh, THAT consensus....

The academic at the centre of the ‘Climategate’ affair, whose raw data is crucial to the theory of climate change, has admitted that he has trouble ‘keeping track’ of the information.

Colleagues say that the reason Professor Phil Jones has refused Freedom of Information requests is that he may have actually lost the relevant papers.

Professor Jones told the BBC yesterday there was truth in the observations of colleagues that he lacked organisational skills, that his office was swamped with piles of paper and that his record keeping is ‘not as good as it should be’.

The data is crucial to the famous ‘hockey stick graph’ used by climate change advocates to support the theory.

Professor Jones also conceded the possibility that the world was warmer in medieval times than now – suggesting global warming may not be a man-made phenomenon.

And he said that for the past 15 years there has been no ‘statistically significant’ warming.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Cupid's Arrow Downs a Lancaster

What better day than today for a strange old love story? From 1946, it's A Matter of Life and Death. What ho, old Chum? It's David Niven and Kim Hunter, madly in love.

Part I

Part II

This Year it’s a Barry White vs. Small Appliance Cage Match

In the survey seven out of ten Dutchmen say that Valentine’s Day is ‘unattractive’ to them. Phrases they use to describe the day are ‘juvenile’, ‘commercial’ and ‘of little substance’.
Which is sad, because any pretext to snog is a good one as far as humanoids with a pulse are concerned. The womenfolk, though, seem a lot less self-conscious about it than these robotic, rutting, romantically deficient oafs:
Dutch women are more prone to give Valentine’s Day a positive review. Forty percent say that they are excited about celebrating it, whilst only twenty-five percent of Dutch men share their enthusiasm.
Anthropogenic terminology can account for the visible disparity, however.

The Scandals That Have Rocked the Miss France Pageant

Remember the Miss America scandal back in '84? (Proof America is racist!!) That's nothin'; les Ricains ne sont que des amateurs! Popeater has all the info on the scandals that have rocked the Miss France pageant (the first of which, incidentally, occurred — see photo 7 — the year before America's Vanessa Williams scandal)…