Monday, October 15, 2007


Dawkins's views on the Jewish Lobby
The Camel in the Tent
Martyrs of the middle classes
JI splinters now threaten Aussies
Security and Defense: Goodwill gesture or kiss of death?
Academic Freedom and sloppy research
Rudd vows to charge Iran leader
Bring him to justice
Young Somalis lured home by Al-Qa'ida
The Left among us like victimhood
Islamic cleric preaching 'extremism, hate'



One reason why you should make the subject line on your emails short and to the point: "When her computer pinged the arrival of her 30,000th unanswered e-mail, Vanessa Fox dared to fulfil the office worker's darkest fantasy: she declared "e-mail bankruptcy" and deleted them all. Fox, an internet strategist for online property company Zillow, said she felt both "terror and relief" as her inbox registered zero for the first time in a decade, then horror as it started filling up again at a rate of 1,000 e-mails a day. The Seattle-based strategist, who formerly worked for web giant Google, says e-mail overload is a problem she cannot easily solve. "Anyone working in an office knows the feeling of guilt about not answering all the serious e-mails," said Fox, 35."

More BBC deception: "The creative director of the BBC is embroiled in a new crisis over alegations that he presented the film of an American director as his own work. Alan Yentob has been accused of presenting a film about a reclusive 1960s pop star as his own when the interview was in fact conducted by Stephen Kijak, a US film-maker. Viewers who have seen the film on Scott Walker, part of Yentob's Imagine series on BBC1, claim the programme was a "shameful deception" because it left the impression that Yentob had done the interview. The BBC insists Yentob - who has said there can be "artifice without deception" - has done nothing wrong and used standard industry practice by editing Kijak out of his own film. The controversy, however, raises new questions about widespread broadcasting techniques."

The unhappy French: "It is sometimes the case that Britons living in France, or dreaming of doing so, are blissfully unaware of the extent to which France is a stressed and unhappy nation. Seduced by summer images of elderly men playing boules, the cafe culture, and lunches of seemingly limitless duration, it is easy to forget that France is a functioning society with all the problems and complexities that that entails. The French are popping anti-depressants at an extraordinary rate. It is estimated that 3.5 per cent of the population are taking medication for depression at any given time. While this might be good news for the drug manufacturers (some of whom are French), it does paint rather a worrying picture of the general mental state of the nation. The suicide rate in France is amongst the highest in the industrialised world. At 17.6 per 100,000 head of population it is around 2.5 times the rate of the UK." [Unsustainable arrogance has its price]

FEMA aiming for even bigger bungles: "The Federal Emergency Management Agency is quietly drawing up plans for a handful of disasters: devastating earthquakes beneath San Francisco and St. Louis and catastrophic storms in South Florida and Hawaii, FEMA's chief said Thursday. In a departure from its traditional expectation that states develop such responses, the agency is forming "base plans" for responding to specific calamities, FEMA Administrator R. David Paulison said in an interview Thursday with The Associated Press. FEMA officials expect to finish plans for a massive Bay Area quake by the end of the year and are at work on another response blueprint for a large quake on the New Madrid fault, which runs from southern Illinois to northeastern Arkansas and lurks beneath St. Louis, Paulison said."

Unionists taking last chance to get realistic: "Two labor strikes this fall have been short, but the outcome is still tough for auto workers: After years of rising pay and benefits, the tide has turned the other way. The next generation of United Auto Workers will receive lower pay and benefits than their predecessors, judging by the contracts reached or ratified this week. If there's a big pattern in the current round of auto-industry bargaining, that's it. Officially, pay cuts aren't part of the deals. But the launch of a two-tier system, offering many new hires lower wages, raises the curtain on an era when overall pay will be lower. In benefits, a new contract ratified by UAW workers this week allows General Motors to contribute to a cash-balance retirement plan for new entry-level workers, rather than providing a guaranteed pension. Meanwhile, in deals cut this year and in 2005, union workers and retirees will be shouldering more of the rising costs for healthcare, and the companies less. All this marks a major shift for a union that has often set a standard for organized labor nationwide. This time, too, the labor trend in Detroit could have spillover effects beyond the auto industry."

The religion of peace in Nigeria: "Militant Islamists in this city in the northern state of Borno have sent three letters to a church warning that members would be attacked in the next few days, raising tensions where 50 Christians were killed and 57 churches destroyed last year. Leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria told Compass that the letters were dropped onto the premises of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN), in the Polo Area of Maiduguri, on separate days last week. Mosque calls to prayer were sounded at 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. last night, hours when Muslims do not usually observe prayers, putting police and security agencies on alert. By 6 this morning, police armored tanks were patrolling the streets to thwart any plans to attack Christians."

There is a big new lot of postings by Chris Brand just up -- on his usual vastly incorrect themes of race and IQ.


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"Why should the German be interested in the liberation of the Jew, if the Jew is not interested in the liberation of the German?... We recognize in Judaism, therefore, a general anti-social element of the present time... In the final analysis, the emancipation of the Jews is the emancipation of mankind from Judaism.... Indeed, in North America, the practical domination of Judaism over the Christian world has achieved as its unambiguous and normal expression that the preaching of the Gospel itself and the Christian ministry have become articles of trade... Money is the jealous god of Israel, in face of which no other god may exist". Who said that? Hitler? No. It was Karl Marx. See also here and here and here.

The Big Lie of the late 20th century was that Nazism was Rightist. It was in fact typical of the Leftism of its day. It was only to the Right of Stalin's Communism. The very word "Nazi" is a German abbreviation for "National Socialist" (Nationalsozialistisch) and the full name of Hitler's political party (translated) was "The National Socialist German Workers' Party".


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