Thursday, March 18, 2004


David's Medienkritik says that, while the initial reaction of Germany's left-wing media to the results of the Spanish election was one of joy and relief, a new mood seems to be building up fast: the feeling of fear. Zapatero's intention to withdraw the Spanish military from Iraq does not meet with unanimous approval of even the most ardent Bush-haters.

Bidinotto has some updates on the money-laundering scandal in the John Kerry campaign -- and on what Rudyard Kipling had to say about appeasing terrorists.

In case you have not seen it yet, here is another story about the personal arrogance of "John the Jerk" Kerry -- this time from an airforce pilot who worked for him. Kerry really "cares" (about Kerry).

A Leftist puts the workers first! How unusual: "Opposition Leader Mark Latham has backed continued clear-felling of Tasmania's old-growth forests until 2010, angering environmentalists who had hoped he would pledge to halt logging earlier."

More scare-based "science": "Antibiotic use increases breast cancer risk, according to a new study. But after scrutinizing the study, I'm leaning toward linking grant-hungry researchers and a publicity hungry medical journal with reprehensible sensationalism. ... Without a plausible biological link between antibiotic use and breast cancer, the researchers relied exclusively on statistical analysis, a potentially useful tool if the data analyzed are of reasonable quality. These study data, however, fall way short."

China Hand's recent postings reveal some interesting contrasts: Most of his students have TWO cellphones; things get CHEAPER almost daily in China but they cannot make good bread in at least his part of China.

Arlene Peck says that the Arab areas within Israel have descended into gang-ruled anarchy.

Carnival of the Vanities is up again with its usual wide range of select blogospheric reading.

Over the years I have collected a lot of recipes for food that I particularly like. Many of them are for fairly unusual dishes but some are just shortcuts. I thought I might as well share them with anyone who is interested so I have started a separarate site on which I hope gradually to post my whole collection. The site is here. The first recipe I have put up is for what should be a fairly traditional Australian meat pie but which nonetheless seems to be little heard of today: Lamb and bacon pie. Great with a tossed salad and a glass or three of good Australian red wine.


The Left have always wanted more spent on welfare and made "Fascism" a swear-word. President Bush deposed a brutal Fascist dictator and sponsored a big expansion of welfare. But instead of being admired by the Left, he is hated with a passion. What does that tell you about the Left? It tells you that they have no principles at all: That everything they have ever claimed to stand for is fake.

Three more examples of Leftist dishonesty: They blame the 9/11 attacks on "poverty" in the Islamic world. Yet most of the attackers were Saudis and Saudi Arabia is one of the world's richest countries! They also say that they oppose racism yet support "affirmative action" -- which judges people by the colour of their skin! They say that they care about "the poor" but how often do you hear them calling for the one thing that would bring about a worldwide economic boom in poor countries -- the USA and the EU abandoning their agricultural protectionism? Leftists obviously care more about conservative farmers than they do about the poor!

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