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calendar   Thursday - September 05, 2013

Bored With Syria

Oy vey, isn’t there anything else in the news?

Yes, the rebels are some brutal bastards.  Did you really expect anything different? Not only are they in a war, it’s a war driven in part by religion, and it’s in a corner of the world where both sides come from a culture not exactly known for compassion, forgiveness, or even fair play.

The Syrian rebels posed casually, standing over their prisoners with firearms pointed down at the shirtless and terrified men.

The prisoners, seven in all, were captured Syrian soldiers. Five were trussed, their backs marked with red welts. They kept their faces pressed to the dirt as the rebels’ commander recited a bitter revolutionary verse.

“For fifty years, they are companions to corruption,” he said. “We swear to the Lord of the Throne, that this is our oath: We will take revenge.”

The moment the poem ended, the commander, known as “the Uncle,” fired a bullet into the back of the first prisoner’s head. His gunmen followed suit, promptly killing all the men at their feet.



Putin thinks John Effin’ Kerry is a liar? But, but he served in Vietnam!!

And Vlad is playing Baracky boy like the world’s cheapest rented violin. What a laughingstock our pResident is. Thanks so much Barry.

President Obama arrived in Russia today to find the already failing relations with his host in even worse condition. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s threat to provide his Syrian allies with a missile shield in the event of U.S. airstrikes further complicates Obama’s flagging effort to win international support for an attack on Damascus. As the Guardian reports, Putin’s warning that an attack without UN backing would provoke military aid from Russia may drive away the handful of international partners for Obama’s proposed attack.

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s claim that the main combat unit of the Syrian rebels is part of Al Qaeda adds a further chill to U.S.-Russia relations. Putin said Secretary of State John Kerry “lies openly” about Al Qaeda’s role among U.S.-backed rebels in Syria. Putin’s comments came after Kerry’s testy exchange with Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., over the role of terrorist groups in the rebellion. Kerry claimed that Al Qaeda-allied groups were a small fraction of the force. State Department officials dismissed Putin’s charge.

Russia has a missile shield? That they’ll give to the Syrians? What is it, an iron umbrella they can hold over their heads? Because hey. Russian + high tech = fish - bicycle.




Maybe I can find something better to write about. Hey, I saw a hummingbird yesterday. I didn’t know we had them here, and I think that’s the first time I’ve ever seen one anywhere. Cool.

UPDATE: You know what sucks? What sucks is when the Conservative Blogosphere, the VRWC (vast right-wing conspiracy ... ask Hillary about that one), agrees with that sneaky KGB commie bastard.

John Kerry Cannot Tell a Lie ... well, maybe we should say he can’t tell one very well.

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When Secretary of State Kerry testified at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on President Obama’s proposed Syria adventure he said he didn’t want to rule out the need for the U.S. to deploy troops to the ground in Syria, then the former Senator from Massachusetts – and Democratic presidential nominee – backtracked and said if it means winning the vote for war, the Obama administration would have “no problem” with Congress writing a resolution prohibiting Obama from sending troops to fight on the ground in the Syrian civil war.

This was reminiscent of the remark Kerry famously made during a debate with President George W. Bush that first he was for Bush’s war in Iraq – before he was against it.

Oh yeah, it was such a great idea making Lurch our new Secretary of State.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/05/2013 at 02:26 PM   
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calendar   Monday - August 26, 2013

Guess They Were Bored Too

Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub says authorities believe they have arrested everyone involved in the beating death of an 88-year-old World War II veteran last week.

A second teen suspect was arrested without incident early Monday morning in a Spokane home. The first suspect turned himself in last week.

Both suspects are 16-years-old.

Straub said Monday morning that police believe they have in custody everyone involved in the robbery and beating death of Delbert Belton last Wednesday night.

Well, that’s nice. Now drown them.

Meanwhile, it’s indefinite leave WITH FULL PAY for the government employee calling for an all out race war. Because he’s Black. Only reason, no matter what the liars tell you.

And ... knock me over with a feather ... the CBC just might have admitted that race relations have NOT moved forward an iota under “the first post-racial pResident”. No kidding; they’ve become much worse. On purpose. And it ain’t YT’s fault, not one bit. Nor the GOP’s. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/26/2013 at 05:19 PM   
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calendar   Friday - August 23, 2013

Good. Now Chop His Head Off

Nidal Malik Hasan, Fort Hood Shooter GUILTY



FORT HOOD, Texas (AP)—Army Maj. Nidal Hasan was convicted Friday for the deadly 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, a shocking assault against American troops at home by one of their own who said he opened fire on fellow soldiers to protect Muslim insurgents abroad.

A jury of 13 high-ranking military officers reached a unanimous guilty verdict on all 13 counts of premeditated murder and a guilty verdict on 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder. Hasan is now eligible for the death penalty.

Because Hasan never denied his actions, the court-martial was always less about a conviction than it was about ensuring he received the death penalty. From the beginning of the case, the federal government has sought to execute Hasan, believing that any sentence short of a lethal injection would deprive the military and the families of the dead of the justice they have sought for nearly four years.

Hasan, a Virginia-born Muslim, said the attack was a jihad against U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He bristled when the trial judge, Col. Tara Osborn, suggested the shooting rampage could have been avoided were it not for a spontaneous flash of anger.

“It wasn’t done under the heat of sudden passion,” Hasan said before jurors began deliberating. “There was adequate provocation — that these were deploying soldiers that were going to engage in an illegal war.”

All but one of the dead were soldiers, including a pregnant private who curled on the floor and pleaded for her baby’s life.

The attack came to an end when Hasan was shot in the back by one of the officers responding to the shooting. He is paralyzed from the waist down, confined to a wheelchair, uses a catheter and wears adult diapers.

Guess the Army won’t be Pampering him much longer. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/23/2013 at 06:25 PM   
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calendar   Monday - August 12, 2013

crap news

Sometimes the news is crap.

Sometimes it’s little crap about big crap.

Other times it’s big crap about little crap.

On occasion it’s just plain old crap.

Maybe it doesn’t really make any difference.

Any which way, I wish I could un-see what I saw.

Gak.



Personally, I rather read about one great SSD than half a dozen SSDDs, even if it isn’t the newest of new news.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/12/2013 at 04:59 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - August 07, 2013

3 cheers and 3 cheers more for , Mr. Godfrey Bloom who refuses political correctness. UKIP

Rest Not So In Peace, freedom of speech.

All manner of things bug me. What else is new?  But one of the things that really makes me see red is all this false “outrage” some people claim to feel. And some who call themselves conservatives are not adverse to joining with the bleeding heart bed- wetters of the left in expressing themselves thus on the issue of race.  Even if it isn’t exactly a race issue.  Sometimes it’s a country or group of countries and a population that have shown themselves prone to the kind of comment made and recorded by a man I never heard of before today. 

He is Godfrey Bloom and I doubt I’ll ever hear of him again and you won’t either.
However, his name should be noted and remembered because he committed a crime so large, so mean, so raaaaaaacist, that his recorded comment was sent to a newspaper called the Guardian.  Think Trotsky and Reds bmews.
So you know already that Mr. Bloom is an okay guy and said nothing that should remove him from the party, that being UKIP.  A threat to the Tories as their numbers are growing, and some conservatives have left the Tory Party and have joined UKIP.
But Mr. Bloom made a boo-boo of speech.  Poor man did not think before he spoke, which is as you all know, an urgent prerequisite in these awful days of politically correct speech as well as thought.
It comes down to, just what the heck is racist and what is sexist or phobic?  I guess it’s whatever someone wants it to be, and is generally used to score points with some voters and to silence anyone on the right.  That’s because nobody on the right has any valid points and we are all bigoted and racist and so therefore have no right to an opinion or if we do then we mustn’t say it out loud else we might “outrage” and “offend” someone, somewhere.

Well, Mr. Bloom apparently caused a great deal of (bogus) outrage by referring to some countries as, “bongo-bongo land”. 
He was not the first politician to use that term btw.

In April a leaked email from Mr Bloom suggested he was concerned about excessive ‘political correctness’ among new recruits to UKIP.

Two months ago UKIP leader Nigel Farage ensured an Italian MEP was expelled from UKIP’s European alliance for saying a black minister in Italy was part of a ‘government of bongo bongo’ who would want to impose ‘tribal traditions’, and would be better suited as a housekeeper.

‘If I’ve offended anybody in bongo bongo land I’ll write to the ambassador’: UKIP MEP dismisses row over foreign aid outburst

Godfrey Bloom rebuked by party for comments at meeting with supporters
Said foreign aid used ‘to buy Ray-Ban sunglasses’ and Paris apartments
Today he stood by his remarks and denied they were racist
Accused David Cameron of picking taxpayers pockets for charity
UKIP tell him not to repeat the phrase but say foreign aid must be debated

By TIM SHIPMAN, DEPUTY POLITICAL EDITOR and MATT CHORLEY

A senior UKIP politician has been rebuked after telling activists that Britain should not be sending aid to ‘bongo bongo land’. 

http://bcove.me/4vghx72p

Godfrey Bloom, a UKIP member of the European Parliament, suggested foreigners used aid to ‘buy Ray-Ban sunglasses’ and ‘apartments in Paris’.

As a political storm grew over the remarks, he remained defiant, insisting he was standing up for ‘ordinary people’.

But today UKIP chairman Steve Crowther said: ‘We are asking Godfrey not to use this phrase again as it might be considered disparaging by members from other countries.

‘However, foreign aid is an extremely important debate that needs wider discussion.’

Mr Bloom’s remarks emerged in the week his party is due to publish its list of approved candidates for next year’s European elections – at which the party hopes to get the biggest share of the vote.

Asked what he would do if he was reprimanded, Mr Bloom told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘I’d say “Righto, sorry, sorry everybody”.

‘If I’ve offended anybody in bongo bongo land I shall write to the ambassador at the Court of St James’s and apologise to him personally.’

In the recording leaked to The Guardian he says: ‘How we can possibly be giving a billion pounds a month when we’re in this sort of debt to bongo bongo land is completely beyond me.

‘To buy Ray-Ban sunglasses, apartments in Paris, Ferraris and all the rest of it that goes with most of the foreign aid. F18s for Pakistan. We need a new squadron of F18s. Who’s got the squadrons? Pakistan, where we send the money.’

Last night a UKIP spokesman said Mr Bloom’s remarks were being ‘discussed right at the very highest level of the party’ while sources close to Mr Farage confirmed disciplinary action against Mr Bloom was being considered.

Here’s where it all begins folks.  In the class rooms of the world, ruled by who?
Give me the kiddies is the old saying.

Laura Pidcock, from campaign group Show Racism the Red Card, said: ‘What I can tell you is that in the classrooms that I visit as an anti-racism education worker, these crude stereotypes that see Britain as a civilised place and overseas as tribal is an extremely homogenising sentiment and I think it’s incredibly damaging.

SEE AND READ THE REST


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 08/07/2013 at 11:22 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - July 25, 2013

AT LEAST 80 DEAD AND 140 INJURED

Just found this .....

No sound, 14 seconds.

Terrifying video captures moment Spanish passenger train derailed killing at least 80 people and injuring 140 - as driver confesses to bosses: ‘I hope no-one died… I was doing 120mph’

The passenger train derailed outside city of Santiago de Compostela
All eight carriages of the Madrid to Ferrol train derailed
The train was carrying 218 passengers when it smashed into the wall
Many were travelling to the area on the eve of a Christian festival
Foreign Office confirmed a British citizen is among the injured
Spanish PM has visited scene and declared three days official mourning

By Steve Nolan and Jill Reilly


HERE FOR SOME HEART STOPPING PHOTOS AND REST OF STORY


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 07/25/2013 at 02:26 PM   
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calendar   Sunday - July 14, 2013

Srsly, WA?

Pew Reseach quiz on things in the news. Kinda sorta. A dozen questions, with pictures. Multiple choice.

http://www.pewresearch.org/quiz/the-news-iq-quiz/

Damn, I missed one.

Link borrowed from Theo’s.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/14/2013 at 04:24 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - June 20, 2013

some things to ponder

Heard on radio of the death of singer Slim Whitman. He had a good voice and knew how to express a song, although I have to admit I wasn’t a fan.

What I recall most were those endless and endlessly boring TV ads promoting his albums.  Those LPs were made and marketed for TV of course, so no surprise they were endless. I think that was in the days before the remote/mute.  ?

There are one or two other items that I don’t think will sit well with our membership here.

The morning papers are telling me that Mr. O. on his visit to the Fatherland, has told the Germans that America will be in the forefront in the fight against
GLOBAL WARMING.  I ask you, could I make that up?  That’s what he promises.
I wonder what that’s gonna cost, assuming he keeps the promise.  Although why America has to keep any promise he makes to the govt. in Berlin is beyond me.
Global Warming?  Isn’t it supposed to be climate change, now that the warm part is being bought by fewer ppl?

On the other hand ....  Obama is coming under much criticism from his own people for something I don’t think our readers will mind.
In fact, it may bmews a few of us.  (thanks Drew) What I mean to say is, we’re supposed to be against whatever he is for. Is that not correct?
Well, his own people are trashing him for, and this is quoting a German newspaper,

His supporters are upset that sometimes seems even more ruthless than his predecessor on issues of national security.

Say what?  Where do the Germans get that from?  Or, is there the possibility there may be some truth in it? 
Now that is very scary. 

Then I saw something, not even an entire article, just a mention under a heading that said, “Will America finally get it round to it?”
The subject was immigration reform and from what little I read, which was only a line or two, apparently the Dems will build on their Latino base.
Well of course they will.  And they ought to considering they suck up to that group without any thought of what it might mean for the future.  What the heck, it’s a future my generation won’t live to see play out.

Speaking of things that play out.

Syria.  As things start to look dark for the rebels and their terrorist allies, more western countries want to give aid to the ‘good rebels’ except we really have no idea of just who those illusory folks might be. 
But we know President Assad has received help from ‘bad guys’ in the form of Hezbollah.  Who Israel does not like. But a problem I have heard debated here on panel shows made up of some folks who have traveled to and covered the news in those places have things to say.  Like, at least with Assad there could be some stability once this conflict is over.  His particular muslim tribe does not endorse the strict islamic code of dress on women, girls are not excluded from schools, and the people most worried about his possible fall are the few Christians who remain.  Under Assad, they were not treated badly but who wants to guarantee what another muslim sect would do.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 06/20/2013 at 09:16 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - May 09, 2013

Oh Go Stuff Your Damn Racist Memes

Oh puh-leez ma sistah, step off.

The guy is a hero. OK, he’s a small hero, but he’s a man that did the Right Thing at the Right Time. Good for him.

And I think he’s achieving instant internet stardom not because he’s a low income ghetto dweller but because he’s an honest and personable fellow. The man is a natural story teller; he relates this tragic story in a way that makes you smile. People love him. He’s funny. And that has nothing to do with what he looks like or where he’s from. The interview video is on two posts further down this page, so I won’t post it again.

Some people have their heads screwed on backwards, I swear.


Does a Cleveland man’s dizzying ascent to viral stardom expose America’s racist underbelly?

No sooner did America hear about the miraculous story of three long-missing women being freed from captivity in a Cleveland home did Charles Ramsey, the neighbor who reportedly aided in their escape, become an internet star.

Ramsey was one of the first to provide reporters with an eyewitness account of the rescue of Amanda Berry who, along with Georgina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, had been missing for a decade. (Read more about their rescue here.) Ramsey offered America a candid, self-effacing report that immediately caught the eye of thousands upon thousands of people all over the world. Like any good story, Ramsey peppered his tale with details ("I was eaten’ my McDonald’s") and offered a humorous analysis of an otherwise unbelievable situation: “Bro, I knew something was wrong when a little pretty white girl ran into a black man’s arms. Something’s wrong here. Dead giveaway.”

But as Ramsey’s cult-of-personality swelled, criticism also emerged.

“What’s really getting everyone’s attention isn’t his intervention in saving the women’s lives,” says Roger Ratchet at Gossip On This, “it’s his wide-eyed, tactless, and ebonics-peppered speech that has everyone in stitches.”

Ramsey is not the first black American to be thrust suddenly into the spotlight this way. Remember Antoine Dodson of “Hide Your Kids, Hide Your Wife” or Sweet Brown of “Aint Nobody Got Time for That”? They also gave equally frank local TV interviews that were manipulated, memed, catch-phrased, and forwarded around for entertainment.

In the eyes of many critics of these memes, the common denominator among Ramsey, Dodson, and Sweet Brown is that they are poor and black. And to some, this kind of meme-ification reveals America’s racist underbelly. “Laughter directed at Sweet Brown plays into the most basic stereotyping of blacks as simple-minded ramblers living in the “ghetto,” says Aisha Harris at Slate. The root of such jokes are “disrespectful at best.” Harris continues:

It’s difficult to watch these videos and not sense that their popularity has something to do with a persistent, if unconscious, desire to see black people perform. Indeed, Ramsey’s race and class are central to his temporary celebrity, says Gene Demby at NPR. And these memes are patronizing.

Total BS. Ramsey’s charm lies in what he says and how he says it. The man is completely frank and bluntly honest, which is an amazing breath of fresh air in this day and age. No, I don’t live in his world, and he doesn’t live in mine. So what? I’d have this guy over for beers and barbecue any time.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/09/2013 at 11:50 AM   
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calendar   Friday - April 12, 2013

Sometimes you just know

The bothersome thing about stereotypes is that they get that way by so often being true.



VIDEO: Woman throws her baby at fellow bus passenger in order to start fistfight


A woman on a Connecticut bus was so angry at another passenger that she tossed her baby at a stranger in order to physically engage [another passenger]



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You don’t even need to look. You already know.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/12/2013 at 09:30 PM   
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A Belated April Fool’s?

I’ve had fun in the past on a couple other blogs with the monthly magazine released by the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. In their infinite wisdom, they named their publication

the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

and refer to it by the acronym. In short (ahem), it’s PNAS magazine.

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And I’ve noted lately in another blog, how filling up the hungry maw of the ever hungry 24/7 News Cycle often leads to news stories that seem to be nothing more than the blatantly obvious ... which is wryly amusing ... but sometimes things seem to go a bit too far.

Like this one. A big long one in this month’s PNAS magazine, on big penises. Hey, it’s science! Show respect!

Penis size interacts with body shape and height to influence male attractiveness

Abstract

Compelling evidence from many animal taxa indicates that male genitalia are often under postcopulatory sexual selection for characteristics that increase a male’s relative fertilization success. There could, however, also be direct precopulatory female mate choice based on male genital traits. Before clothing, the nonretractable human penis would have been conspicuous to potential mates. This observation has generated suggestions that human penis size partly evolved because of female choice. Here we show, based upon female assessment of digitally projected life-size, computer-generated images, that penis size interacts with body shape and height to determine male sexual attractiveness. Positive linear selection was detected for penis size, but the marginal increase in attractiveness eventually declined with greater penis size (i.e., quadratic selection). Penis size had a stronger effect on attractiveness in taller men than in shorter men. There was a similar increase in the positive effect of penis size on attractiveness with a more masculine body shape (i.e., greater shoulder-to-hip ratio). Surprisingly, larger penis size and greater height had almost equivalent positive effects on male attractiveness. Our results support the hypothesis that female mate choice could have driven the evolution of larger penises in humans. More broadly, our results show that precopulatory sexual selection can play a role in the evolution of genital traits.

It took a team of four scientists to do the research. Amazingly, it was not the team of Wang, Peters, Johnson, and John Thomas, but the team of Wong, Peters, Mautz, and Jennions. Translating the above abstract of their research from Scientese to English, with the aid of an analytical third-party peer review article that goes to reasonable, but not painful, length to understand the thrust of their reasoning ... and we get the earth shattering news that Chicks Big On Dicks, and the 24/7 news cycle is once again satisfied. But never satiated.


Science proves women like men with bigger penises

The human male possesses the Italian designer faucet of penises. They’re pretty big, the biggest of any primate’s relative to body size. And they’re showy, too, right out there, front and center on our upright bodies (i.e., they don’t retract), as if they were meant to be seen as part of the décor. Why?

A study released today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) offers an explanation: Women are attracted to penises, and the bigger the better.

“Penis size does affect attractiveness,” lead author Brian Mautz, a University of Ottawa post-doctoral researcher said in an NBCNews.com interview.

Past research has seemed to indicate that women, as a group, are drawn to larger male members. But those results have been disputed as sexist, or scientifically flawed, or both.

So Mautz and his team, working at the Australian National University, designed an experiment in hopes of settling the controversy. They created 49 unique, computer-generated, nude, life-sized male figures. Each figure varied in three traits: height, shoulder-hip ratio and flaccid penis size.

The researchers then displayed all the figures to 105 Australian women with an average age of 26. The women, who were not told which traits varied, were asked to rate the attractiveness of the figures as sexual partners on a scale of 1-7. The women were alone in the room and their responses were anonymous.

As past studies have shown, women prefer tall men with broad shoulders and narrow hips, like an Olympic swimmer. But when Mautz controlled for those variables, it turned out that penis size (overall length and girth) was about as important as stature.

“As you increase penis size, the amount of attractiveness scores gets bigger” in a linear fashion, he explained, until 7.6 centimeters, or 3 inches. After three inches, attractiveness still increased, but in smaller increments.

Not only were the ratings higher, but the women also spent more time gazing at the generously endowed figures, a sign they preferred looking at them as opposed to figures with smaller penises.

Women with a greater body mass index held stronger preferences for big penises. And size was most critical in tall men, perhaps, Mautz speculated, because “a taller guy must have a disproportionately larger penis to sort of make it clear” he’s endowed.

So there you have it. You would assume that such a study would also point out the statistically most popular male height given that they already knew the most popular male body shape. A little cock-up perhaps, or else the researchers just wanted to stay true to the thesis in hand.

Or as Mautz puts it in his paper, “Our results support the hypothesis that female mate choice could have driven the evolution of larger penises in humans.”

Of course, this is the 21st century. Most men wear pants – or at the very least, kilts. Mautz was quick to soothe men by saying that his study did not include other proven mate choice factors like money, intelligence, hair or whether a guy drives a 1997 Chevy Astro.

Hey, how about a 1997 Saturn? LOL


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calendar   Friday - March 29, 2013

russians track foreign “rights industry” operating in their country.

I hate to use super liberal sources but then, why not?
And this one does the old heart good to read.

GOOD for Russia and,

BRAVO President Putin, for giving those “rights” bastards a poke in the eye.  They’re annoyed. Good!  They’re pissed. Good!  They’re unhappy. Good!

I wish the Russians would reform the old KGB for the express purpose of dealing with these creeps.  With extreme prejudice.

Seems the Russian govt. is fed up with foreign nationals and organizations coming to their country and interfering in their internal affairs, and generally just making themselves a royal pain in the butt.  You know.  The same way they are allowed to operate at home in the USA and here in the UK.  So here is what the Ruskies are doing, and why not? 

Tax inspectors and prosecutors have been raiding anti-corruption and their allied friends in the “human rights watchdog” industry.  It’s a clampdown on on FOREIGN funded charities and non govt. agencies operating in their country.

RFE/LIBRTY

In Russia, More NGOs Targeted For Inspections

By Claire Bigg

Amnesty International has joined a growing list of organizations raided by Russian officials in recent weeks amid what activists describe as a ruthless Kremlin crackdown on dissent.

Prosecutors and tax police on March 25 searched the venerable rights watchdog’s Moscow headquarters, along with three other prominent advocacy groups—the movement For Human Rights, the Public Verdict Foundation, and the Agency for Social Information.

Russian Raids Continue

The Agora rights association says more than 40 nongovernmental organizations across Russia, many of them vocal critics of President Vladimir Putin, have been subjected to unannounced audits in the past month.

Other groups have also reported surprise inspections by the Justice Ministry, the fire-safety service, and the Health Department.

Agora estimates that up to 2,000 organizations may have been searched in total.

Prosecutors on March 25 said they were simply conducting extra checks of foreign-funded organizations that fall under controversial new legislation requiring such groups to re-register in Russia as “foreign agents”—a term widely used to discredit or execute people during Josef Stalin’s purges in the 1930s. Many groups have refused to comply.

Nongovernmental organizations are crying foul and accuse authorities of seeking to muffle critics in response to unprecedented antigovernment protests last winter.

Amnesty International condemned the inspections in a toughly worded statement, accusing Russian authorities of seeking to “deliberately stigmatize and discredit NGOs in the eyes of the public.”

It also reiterated fears that the new law on “foreign agents” may be used “to harass and seek closure of those highlighting abuses and critical of the government.”

Both Amnesty International and the movement For Human Rights claim officials involved in the searches requested documents that the government already has on file.

Source here is radio free europe and radio liberty.

The left love to use words like liberty. They use it a lot.  Means when you don’t agree with them you are automatically anti freedom and anti liberty.

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Rachel Denber of Human Rights Watch
So, whatcha think guys?  Liberty loving, lefty Eye Candy?


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 03/29/2013 at 12:25 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - March 13, 2013

Knife Crime - Out Of Control In UK

While looking up a few links to respond to Peiper’s post, below, I found a news page that keeps track of Knife Crime in the UK and the US.

http://www.newsnow.co.uk/h/Current+Affairs/Crime/Knife+Crime

It’s pretty much constant. Not every entry is for a single event; what gets in here are links to stories about knifings. So the same stabbing may be linked by a number of news posts.

They have a similar page on gun crime.

But ... horry clap ... the way them savage English go at each other with the cutlery!





Over on the Gun Crime page, more of the stories are from the USA. And, as usual, the UK’s coverage of news over here is much more detailed than our own news people give us. I hate that, but I’m grateful to them for it.

Case in point: did you know there was a mass shooting today in New York? And it appears to be Rifle Violence, not just regular Gun Violence. Six people were shot, 4 died, at a car wash and in a barbershop in the little country town of Herkimer NY. Suspect drove away in a red Jeep, is still at large.

Compare how CNN covers the back-page story, here, with 1 picture and a mere 115 words, and doesn’t even mention the “long gun”, or the car wash, or the perhaps connected explosion and fire in a local building,

with how the UK Mirror does the job with 4 pictures and 251 words.

I guess the English have more time to read, since they’re all unemployed.



Newsnow seems like a decent aggregator site. Big news and small. Find out about the 38,010 cows put down in Great Britain, all with TB - tuberculosis!!! - and this is a 10% increase over last year. Sounds like they’re just as chock full of diseased livestock as China is! Maybe neither one should be turning up their noses at all that yummy horse meat. 

Actually, they’ve got news from all over the world, all in little pages of links. No ads, no pics, no nonsense. I like it.



But I do cherish the marvelously cheeky Brit news stories like this one, speaking of horse meat
Post-horsemeat, Tesco’s to buy Giraffe in bold £50m deal

That’s a whole lot of neck bones!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/13/2013 at 03:22 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - February 20, 2013

out,out damn candle

There was an overlooked anniversary passed us by about two weeks ago.

Dateline 1863, England

A deputation from the Anti Slavery Society waited upon Mr. Adams, the American minister, handing him a copy of a resolution in which, while they depreciated the war in America, they held the Confederates responsible in their resolution to found a new state upon the system of slavery, and they hailed the president’s proclamation as the death blow of that principle.

(As if that unfortunate war of northern aggression was any of their damned business but then that’s liberals for ya.  Can’t solve problems in their own country but happy to advise in others.)

Anyway, the article continues.

Mr. Adams, in reply, declared the Confederates worse than supposed, for they wanted to overthrow the union, and it was only when foiled that they had recourse to succession.

Mr. Adams was a damn liar and the tooth fairy no doubt passed him by which didn’t help his disposition any.

Here’s another interesting but unrelated tidbit. This time from Australia.

A BAN ON BIRTHDAY CAKE CANDLES?

Looks that way.

Kids are being instructed NOT to blow out candles on birthday cakes together – because they could pass on germs. 
Well, yeah. I guess they could.  Maybe there’s a lot more them floating about these days as opposed to my days long ago.
Anyway, parents are being told to either provide a separate cupcake, with a candle on it, for the birthday child, or else enough cupcakes should be provided for other children.
Parents are angered at what they regard as an enlarging nanny state, and so far have told the folks advising this latest safe at all costs to get stuffed. 


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