Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Rum, Sodomy, and the Rag

Fun facts encountered while looking up aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), presently anchored alongside Syria:

Reports began surfacing immediately after delivery in May of 2009 of issues with the ships toilet system. As of November, 2011, the entire system has gone down at least twice, rendering all 423 commodes in the ship's 130 heads inoperable, with many more incidents that have rendered either half of the ship, or sections of the ship, without operating sanitary facilities. In one ship-wide incident, a repair crew spent 35 non-stop hours attempting to return the system to working order. The system is said to suffer breakdowns when inappropriate materials such as feminine hygiene products are flushed down the toliets.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Lone Doof

The quality of "lone wolf" terrorists remains underwhelming:
Two law enforcement officials said Monday that the NYPD’s Intelligence Division had sought to get the FBI involved at least twice as the investigation unfolded. Both times, the FBI concluded that Pimentel lacked the mental capacity to act on his own, they said.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Ask not for whom the strife bodes...

The New York Times knows multiculturalism when it sees it (abroad):

Sectarian Strife in Diverse City Bodes Ill for All of Syria

With all these models of truly multicultural (as opposed to whatever is meant by the phrase here in the States) societies around us, you'd think our elite might question its policy of planned ethnic diversification. Because while ethnic cleansing has a long, bloody history, ethnic diversification has none at all. That is other than history's many examples of imperial powers importing one population to displace another--we are the first to inflict this upon ourselves--which has always been just a means of ethnic cleansing. What part greed and what part stupidity propel our elite's actions remains a mystery to me.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Glib Talib

The Taliban are now deploying snark:
NATO figures show that enemy attacks declined by 8 percent during the first nine months of this year compared to the year before. The United Nations, on the other hand, reported in September that insurgent attacks had increased by 39 percent in the first eight months of this year.

Referring to the gradual drawdown of military forces that has begun in Afghanistan, the Taliban statement read, “If [Nato Secretary General] Rasmussen and all his allies leave Afghanistan completely then the attacks on them will reach zero and he can propagate the notion even more and say that the number of Taliban attacks have fallen further.”
Needs work, but looks like some aspects of Westernization are taking hold.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Contextualized for Your Protection

I love this. Tintin is being sold with a familiar, reassuring paper band:
A spokesman said: “This is why we took the unusual step of placing a protective band around the book with a warning about the content and also included an introduction inside the book by the original translators explaining the historical context.
The warning reads: “In his portrayal of the Belgian Congo, the young HergĂ© reflects the colonial attitudes of the time…

“He depicted the African people according to the bourgeois, paternalistic stereotypes of the period – an interpretation that some of today’s readers may find offensive.”

A Waterstones spokesman confirmed that the book had been switched to the graphic novels section of its stores four years ago, and that since then its position had not changed.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

In the social realm what is conventionally meant by “progress”, now, is the direction of societal drift, whatever it may be. The aggregate of all those liberated, loosed souls, whose beneficent effect is presumed. Social Progressives concern themselves with identifying the general direction of this drift, so that they may then name it, and approve of it as, Progress.


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