A small punch for man...

Sep. 19th, 2017 10:27 am
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One of the most memorable moments for me, tbh. You know, the one where Buzz Aldrin, the legendary astronaut, one of the first two men to land on the Moon, and the second to set foot on its dusty surface, delivered a knock-down punch on an ideological opponent. The guy had been literally thumping a Bible on him, so Buzz decided enough was enough.

Now, I'm not in favor of violence and all that, but I can't deny sights like these can't help but make even the most avowed pacifist snigger with delight. Here's why.

First, the event:

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Sep. 18th, 2017 01:19 pm

Sobieski is a Nazi now?

Sep. 18th, 2017 03:31 pm
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The other day, a bunch of Antifa geniuses decided to prettify a memorial to Jan Sobieski commemorating his victory in the Battle of Vienna (1683) - you know, the one that repelled the Ottoman invasion of Central Europe. These experts of history wrote "No Nazi" on it, probably because they believed Sobieski was a racist Islamophobe. A proto-Nazi, so to speak. He fought the Ottomans, after all.

Because Nazism existed in the 17th century, obviously.

He was such a Nazi, that Sobieski! )

Lessons unlearned

Sep. 17th, 2017 05:49 pm
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Failed companies, billions worth of lost investments and savings, millions of personal dramas... For many people, the mechanism that translates little digits jumping on the laptop screens of some costumed gentlemen sitting in their Manhattan offices, into a Greek docker losing their job, remains a complete mystery. But as all-encompassing as it may've been, the crisis never really reached to the core of the system. It didn't change the way the markets function, and neither did it prompt us to cleanse the financial system of the piled systematic problems, or to uproot the errors that have led to them.

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Talk about stupid walls...

Sep. 16th, 2017 12:11 am
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Not sure if true, but if is, then WOW.

These Plans For A High-Tech UK Border Wall Might Even Be Dumber Than Trump's

"Plans formulated by a think tank for a high-tech border between the UK and Ireland have been met with derision, because essentially the plan is to have drones and airships patrol the border like we're living in a steampunk dystopian future. ... A proposed solution from the Legatum Institute is to deploy drones, airships, and hot air balloons to patrol the border at all times. They say that "persistent surveillance of the border region" could be achieved through a combination of these unmanned arial vehicles and aerostats (airships or hot air balloons)."

I don't know, maybe the "think" part in think-tank is not too appropriate in this case.

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Sep. 15th, 2017 02:22 pm

Cassini: the Grand Finale

Sep. 15th, 2017 09:47 am
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20 years after NASA launched the Cassini probe toward Saturn, and 305 years after the death of its namesake, the bus-sized gadget is having the last moments of its mission. In a plunge into the atmosphere of the 5th planet, it will send a last batch of images, and will be no more. Just after 6:32 a.m. ET, Cassini will turn into a meteor, and burst to pieces.

Links for watching live:


Meet the failures club

Sep. 14th, 2017 09:03 pm
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BRICS. These countries were supposed to be the future economic superpowers that would eventually overcome the clumsy Western economies. But China is now pursuing goals of its own, Russia is pressed against the wall, Brazil and South Africa are lagging behind... What happened?

The BRICS meeting in China was a good chance for the host country to demonstrate their prowess right before the 19th congress of their Communist Party. To show off both to the world and at home. The sensitive topics were to be ignored for a while, lest any unrest be caused before the umpteenth re-grouping of the ruling elite. Only topics where relative consensus exists are to be touched, like free trade, climate change, and protection from cyber terrorism. Oh, and the challenges to the digitalized economy, a subject that's of particular importance for the Indian chairmanship of BRICS. Except, the big summit and the demonstrations of like-mindedness can't conceal the fact that China has long abandoned the main purpose of BRICS. With their New Silk Road initiative, they've shown they pursue their own goals and they want to increase their domination of the Asian continent.

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The consequences of stupidity

Sep. 13th, 2017 09:29 pm
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A few days ago Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN provided a glimpse into Trump's plans for his policy towards Iran. Sure, the details are yet to be forged out, but the international community got the idea. And things ain't looking good at all:

Haley lays out case for US to leave Iran deal

Trump himself is going to announce his intentions about Iran next month. But Ms Haley is preparing the world with what her boss perceives to be a long list of Iranian transgressions, making the case for the upcoming confrontation.

It's a long list really, and the accusations are serious. Given the events in Syria, the list will probably be growing even longer. Because Iran is about to turn Syria into its colony, as regional observers are so eager to point out. As far-fetched as such an assessment may sound, it's not exactly groundless.

All of this could serve as an excuse for scrapping the nuclear deal with Iran. Because Iran's regional ambitions are not subject to that agreement, and they're pretty obvious. As are the US ones.

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Empty threats

Sep. 12th, 2017 08:25 pm
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It's tempting to say Trump is incompetent and unfit for ruling just because his style is so inadequate. But such conclusions would only give more ammo to his supporters. They don't care about criticism, they believe it's the elite's clinging to the status quo that Donnie the Hero has brought down. In fact no flood victim in Texas would've received more aid, or gotten a new home if Melania hadn't made her first trip to the region on high heels but in rubber boots. The world would probably be no further away from a catastrophic conflict with North Korea if the president had given hints about his intentions at a press conference like most people do, instead of Twitter. And the pardoning of sheriff Joe Arpaio would've been a scandal anyway, because even before he had signed the decree, the president had already demonstrated his disdain for the supremacy of law too many times.

Let's face it. Both America and the rest of the world will have to learn to live with this president for a long time, whether they like it or not. As for the big tasks at hand, from Texas to Florida to Korea, it's useless to dwell too much on the little snags. In fact, the moderates within the GOP may be going too far by dismissing even his maniacal boasting as a stupid whim. Because with his empty threats and empty promises, Trump is undermining the credibility of the presidential post. It's an eternal crisis management, a permanent divide-and-rule tactic. After Harvey, his administration did avoid many of the mistakes Bush did in 2005. But that's not so much thanks to the president as it is *GASP* thanks to Congress, which has managed to reform its disaster response routine through the years preceding Trump (THANKS, OBAMA!)

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When even Aung San Suu Kyi can't or won't speak out against this some folk wonder why some of us get a bit picky about even casual stereotyping. Personally, I monitor my own responses to things, trying to make sure they fit in with my values, not my prejudices. It doesn't always work, obviously, because apart from being a self-righteous prig, I'm also human; frail in courage, and aware of my frailty.

Good ol' Desmond Tutu, an honourable and decent chap, with a track record of burying his personal prejudices in favour of his values and beliefs, has actually written to Aung San Suu Kyi urging her to remember her heroism, and rekindle it in the cause of justice.

Now, the matter may appear to be complicated by the fact that the Rohingya are Muslim, and a number of generations previous hailed from Bengal. And the people of Myanmar are Buddhists, that most peaceful of religions. Also, the Bengalis were invited to what was then Burma by the British Empire, as the Empire also relocated many thousands of Indians throughout the world. (Which may be why the Indians were expelled from various countries in Africa, as the African nations adopted the fasces of nationalism in their quest for national identity. Such governments evidently so worried about Indian domination of business and commerce, that mere decades down the line they were happy to sell their natural resources to China for infrastructure development. It's almost like the British building the railways in India, but cleverer.)

Be that as it may, what do the panel think about those nice peaceful Buddhists committing acts of ethnic cleansing against those awful Muslim chaps? And is it time to round up all the Nobel peace prize winners and jail them, just on sus, of course, having profiled the observable criminal acts committed by some of the winners since Kissinger? Of course these are the exceptions; most peace prizes going to spectacularly great-souled folk like Malala Yousafzai or Desmond Tutu. But until recently I would have tried to shoehorn Aung San Suu Kyi into that group.

And in some respects this is why we monitor ourselves and each other as part of a community; to prevent ourselves from succumbing to our baser natures. Else we would rend and slash and slay our way though our short lives on our path to painful death.

Other people may be hell, as Sartre opined, but they sure as hell civilise us.

This is just the beginning

Sep. 11th, 2017 02:15 pm
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Many people must have asked themselves these days, are Harvey and Irma just the first heralds of what is to come in the years and decades ahead? Are mega-hurricanes going to become the new normal? And are they a revenge from nature for the crimes we have done against it?

Tropical cyclones are ranked from grade 1 to 5 depending on their intensity. This includes wind speed, rainfall, and the destructive energy. Grade 5 is the most extreme. While Harvey was 4 at its height, Irma has reached a speed of 285 kmph, and is 5th grade. One of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes in recorded history. People of the Caribbean coast used to have it relatively easy in recent years, but this year's hurricane season is something else. This could be partly explained with the effects of El Nino. This year it had a longer duration, and this affected the Atlantic tropics as well.

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Comedo, ergo sum.

Sep. 10th, 2017 02:39 pm
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If you tune back to 30 years ago, you'd realize how huge the invasion of food into our lives has become today. And I don't mean the substance itself, which we used to put the emphasis on in the past. I'm talking about images of food: recipes, celebs being photographed while cooking or eating food, culinary globe-trotters sharing their gastronomic experiences from around the world, bloggers displaying their fave meals before (and often instead of) consuming them. These days, it seldom happens that a bunch of folks would sit at a table somewhere, and not bring the conversation to food (book talk used to be the fad in the days of yore; but no more).

Ranty rant is incoherently incoherent... but you are already loving it )

nearly Friday nearly nonsense

Sep. 9th, 2017 08:07 am
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If you were waiting for Hillary to connect - to have a moment where she could relate to the voters, where she would seem more like a human and less like a political robot - well, better late than never, right?

Hillary coped with loss with alcohol, junk food, and POSSIBLY xanax

Xanax and alcohol? IF TRUE, this absolutely explains the delayed concession. Maybe whoever wrote this part of her book should've had a bigger hand in campaign decisions. I know, hindsight being what it is and all - still, the public knowing things like this couldn't have made the outcome any worse.

Don't know if I would've gone with wine though - chardonnay... a little too confident - you have to have whiskey on hand for situations like this. Even when you've got a 98.653% chance to win - especially then, actually. It's multipurpose, celebration or sadness - choose your own adventure. Then again, not sure if I'd trust myself with whiskey and a barge full of fireworks...

Xanax - wouldn't be a bad choice. Everyone's a little touchy about opiods right now - probably don't need to go that direction with any possibility of a political career left.

Burgers? I like them, but it could get a little messy - wouldn't you rather lay down or at least recline and watch results come in? I'd settle for some boiled peanuts - they give you something to throw at dipshit advisers whenever a state is lost.

What's your ideal menu for monumental election night defeat, or victory?

Friday WTF. Ah, those Russians...

Sep. 9th, 2017 12:04 am
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Who would've thought that posing with an axe, or lying in the bath-tub covered in noodles, or against the background of dead animals would help you hook up with a partner? Seems like these Russian girls have found the way! They must've realized that there's a buyer for every commodity. Just imagine these buyers!

A handful of specimens )
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When Germans collectively believed because Trotsky, Luxemburg, and Eisner showed a 'Judaeo-Bolshevik' conspiracy of all Jews being collaborators with the murderous Soviet Union of Lenin and Stalin, this is what that 'traditional retaliation' became:

cut for picture of genocide )

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Should we condemn growing beyond the savage and gruesome methods our ancestors took for granted and that lead people who've lost their homes to a civil war where the very states that condemn them (looking hard at YOU MY OWN COUNTRY AND FRANCE) bomb them and then wonder why they're fleeing in the first place? 

I say not. Europeans evolved, Europeans learned. The Russians haven't, because their society is an army with a country, and the USA forgot that it once hated soldiers to cheer every time a multi-million dollar bomb blows up a shepherd and his wives. I don't want the last, best hope of Western civilization to wither on the vine when it has the chance to remain the redemption of the good within the Western bloodbath and to keep the ideals alive. The world without them has all the same problems but is starker and crueler and colder in ways to meet them.

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Trump doesn't seem to care about nature very much...
...And nature sure doesn't care about him either.


Trump said climate change is a lie.
The climate said, hold my beer.


Oh, and Charlie Hebdo strikes again.

On a side note, is it OK to joke about Irma hitting Mar-a-Lago?

...I hope all of you guys are safe, wherever you are. This will be getting worse before it gets any better.

Have we forgotten why they hate us?

Sep. 7th, 2017 11:42 am
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I mean not exactly "us", but the U.S. See, the North Korean people are deprived of many things. Freedom, you'd say. Sure, freedom. Also, food. (They do have plenty of weapons, though). But one thing is more abundant than anything else: propaganda. They start getting fed anti-US hatred from the cradle. They're taught to hate the "imperialist aggressor" in their guts from day one.

This propaganda functions flawlessly, because it feeds on the collective memory from the Korean war. It's a war that keeps defining the life and mindset of North Koreans to this very day. The fact that technically, the war ain't even over yet, is helping a lot in that respect, too. In fact, no peace treaty has ever been signed, there's just an armistice. Six decades of official war! Amazing.


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The Gerasimov doctrine

Sep. 6th, 2017 07:24 pm
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"Lately, Russia appears to be coming at the United States from all kinds of contradictory angles. Russian bots amplified Donald Trump during the campaign, but in office, Kremlin-backed media portray him as weak. Vladimir Putin is expelling U.S. diplomats from Russia, limiting options for warmer relations with the administration he wanted in place. As Congress pushes a harder line against Russia, plenty of headlines declare that Putin’s gamble on Trump has failed. Confused? Only if you don’t understand the Gerasimov Doctrine"...

, as Molly McKew points out in her article at Politico.

In a nutshell, Gerasimov adopted some Soviet tactics from the Cold War, then adjusted them to the modern realities, and developed a new theory of modern warfare which resembles hacking the enemy society rather than an all-out assault. It's part of the new fad in geopolitics that we call Asymmetric Warfare. You invest little resources, but cause a lot of damage and confusion behind enemy lines. Without firing a single bullet. Sound neat?

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