In this world, which I no longer comprehend, great emotions rise on one side because a reputable magazine did not pay due attention to ensure that its sources were impeccable, and on the other because the Qur'an was reported to have been debased. Of course, sacrilege of the Qur'an is hurtful to the many faithful, including myself. But is it not utterly depressing that so many died, that Muslims killed Muslims because they could not control their grief? And that both sides in this latest flare-up appear to care so little about what is being done to human beings across the world in the new wars of this century?Emphasis added.
And the last two paragraphs of the column, which was inspired by the notorious British memo on cooking the WMD evidence:
A Reputation in Tatters
George W. Bush and his gang of neocon warmongers have destroyed America’s reputation. It is likely to stay destroyed, because at this point the only way to restore America’s reputation would be to impeach and convict President Bush for intentionally deceiving Congress and the American people in order to start a war of aggression against a country that posed no threat to the United States.
America can redeem itself only by holding Bush accountable.
This memo is the mother of all smoking guns. Why isn’t Bush in the dock?I continue to think, as I have since this smirking cowardly deserter and radical stooge was elected, that there is a tipping point at which his magic will cease to work. We still haven't reached that point, but if we do, it will be because people like Roberts are willing to line up with Howard Dean and say out loud:
Has American democracy failed at home?
There is some shit we will not eat!
Ne dites plus jamais blog ! La Commission générale de terminologie et de néologie a publié au Journal officiel du 20 mai un avis établissant une liste de termes et d'expressions destinés à supplanter les anglicismes sur Internet. Ainsi, "bloc-notes", que l'on pourra accepter sous sa forme abrégée "bloc", désignera "un site sur la Toile, souvent personnel, présentant en ordre chronologique de courts articles ou notes, généralement accompagnés de liens vers d'autres sites", soit un blog.One more time, in the true language spoken by all inhabitants of the Internet:
D'autres expressions anglo-saxonnes familières aux internautes ont désormais leur équivalent en français. La commission propose de traduire un "hoax" (une fausse information) par un "canular". Le "worm", ce logiciel malicieux qui se transmet par le Réseau et perturbe le fonctionnement des systèmes, devient logiquement un "ver". Quant au "splash screen", qui s'affiche à l'écran pendant le chargement d'un fichier, d'un programme ou d'un logiciel, il faudra dorénavant dire "fenêtre d'attente".
Never say "blog" again! The general commission on terminology and neologisms has published in their official journal of May 20 an advisory establishing a list of terms and expressions designed to supplant the anglicisms on the Internet.
Thus, "bloc-notes", that one may accept in its abbreviated form "bloc" will designate "a site on the web, often personal, presenting in chronological order short articles or notes, generally accompanied with links to other sites", as it were a blog.
Some other Anglo-Saxon expressions familiar to surfers ("internautes!") have their French equivalents from now on.
The commission propses to translate "hoax" (false information) by "un canular".
A "worm", a malicious program that transmits itself across the net and disturbs the function of systems, becomes, logically, "une ver."
As to the "splash screen", which pops up during the loading of a program, it should be called "fenêtre d'attente" henceforward.
Jorge teaches "Intellectual Property" in the Masters program at the Polytechnic University of Valencia UPV. He proposed to give a talk on the benefits of P2P and talk about the law relating to P2P and copyright in Spain. He proposed to demo what sort of legal uses one could make of copyrighted works from P2P networks, and informed the Spanish collecting society, the national police and the attorney general to let them know what he was up to.
Russian lake disappears, baffling villagersEmphasis added. Via Alertnet.
MOSCOW, May 19 (Reuters) - A Russian village was left baffled on Thursday after its lake disappeared overnight.
NTV television showed pictures of a giant muddy hole bathed in summer sun, while fishermen from the village of Bolotnikovo looked on disconsolately.
"It is very dangerous. If a person had been in this disaster, he would have had almost no chance of survival. The trees flew downwards, under the ground," said Dmitry Zaitsev, a local Emergencies Ministry official interviewed by the channel.
Officials in Nizhegorodskaya region, on the Volga river east of Moscow, said water in the lake might have been sucked down into an underground water-course or cave system, but some villagers had more sinister explanations.
"I am thinking, well, America has finally got to us," said one old woman, as she sat on the ground outside her house.
Newsweek magazine's now-retracted story that a military guard at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, flushed a copy of the Koran down a toilet has sparked angry denunciations by the White House and the Pentagon, which have linked the article to Muslim riots and deaths abroad.That's just the pull quote. Check the whole thing. Link via doughty Susie Madrak's invaluable Suburban Guerilla web log.
But American and international media have widely reported similar allegations from detainees and others of desecration of the Muslim holy book for more than two years.
James Yee, a former Muslim chaplain at the prison who was investigated and cleared of charges of mishandling classified material, has asserted that guards' mishandling and mistreatment of detainees' Korans led the prisoners to launch a hunger strike in March 2002. Detainee lawyers, attributing their information to an interrogator, have said the strike ended only when military leaders issued an apology to the detainees over the camp loudspeaker. But they said mishandling of the Koran persisted.
I note with sadness a passing of a very important person, which almost went unnoticed last week.
Larry LaPrise, the man who wrote "The Hokey Pokey," died peacefully at age 93.
The most traumatic part for his family was getting him into the coffin.
They put his left leg in. And then the trouble started.
Cmon...you know it's funny.
"The protocols that were in place after September 11th were followed."That is to say,
"If all this guy is going to do is keep reading a kiddy goat book for ten minutes and then hide out in an airplane for the next 18 hours, why tell him?"
Clause 3: The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.
U.S. Constitution, Article VI
Apparently, what it boils down to is this: V-day is "empowering" while P-day is "subversive," "harrassing," or just plain wrong. More tales of PC run amok, this time from Roger Williams University in Providence, RI. [warning: the P-Day link is NSFW, if it's NSFW to look at a mascot costume of a penis.]Mine was shorter, but, "it ain't the meat, it's the motion".
By Chris Floyd
Published: April 29, 2005
It seemed, at first, like nothing more than a novelty item in the news briefs, the kind of odd, meaningless side-fact thrown off by most major stories: "New Pope, President's Brother Had Link in Swiss Group." But a look beneath the surface of this innocuous connection reveals a vast web of sinister alliances -- and moral corruption on a world-shaking scale.
The network links a bewildering line-up of players -- the Bushes, the Vatican, bin Laden, Saddam Hussein and China's Communist overlords, among others -- in a staggering array of crime and turpitude: prostitution, pedophilia, mass death and war profiteering. Yet this is not some grand "conspiracy theory," a serpent's egg hatched in Bilderberg or Bohemian Grove. It's simply the way the Bush boys do business, trawling the globe for sweetheart deals and gushers of blood money from the war and terror they foment.
At the center of this particular nexus is the unlikely figure of Neil Bush, the feckless, fraudulent brother of the current president. Neilsy, as he's known in the family, is most famous for costing American taxpayers $1 billion to bail out a savings-and-loan he had ruined with secret insider loans to his own business partners. For this massive fraud, he was fined -- by his father's administration -- the princely sum of $50,000, which was actually paid by one of his dad's political bagmen, of course.
"Yeah, I know they're on my tail, but they won't get me. I'm clean and not on the job. I do appreciate the heads-up though. Thanks, fellow lowlife."I never saw who he was ducking, but I have no doubt they were there, and I have to say I appreciated his generous, inclusive attitude, although I don't think I'd want to be trailing him out of a bar at 2 a.m., looking for the next bit of fun.
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