Haunted Reason, Killing An Arab
if you don't happen to take part in that system of illusions and self-deception, what you say is incomprehensible
An amazing aspect of this sort of heavy coverage of events past is the degree of consensus that quickly develops among all mainstream outlets on certain fundamental (and fundamentally controversial) issues. For example, the question of "what went wrong" in Iraq is now almost universally answered as follows:
The invasion was initially successful, but the plan for the peace was faulty. Bush administration officials misestimated the amount of resistance they would find in the wake of Baghdad's fall. Donald Rumsfeld and his civilian officials in the Pentagon ignored military warnings and did not deploy sufficient soldiers to handle this initial resistance. As a result, the occupation was unable to quell the rebellion when it was small. This first blunder allowed what was at best a modest insurgency to grow to formidable proportions, at which point occupation officials committed a second disastrous blunder, dismantling the Iraqi army which otherwise could have been deployed to smash the rebellion.
Bottom line: General Eric Shinseki was right. If the U.S. had deployed the several hundred thousand troops that he insisted were needed to lock down the country (instead of hustling him into retirement), then the war would have been short and sweet, and the U.S. would now be well on its way both to victory and withdrawal.
This, I think, is a fair summary of the thinking on Iraq currently dominant in the mainstream media and, because it ignores the fundamental cause of the war-after-the-war -- the American attempt to neo-liberalize Iraq -- it is also profoundly wrong.
In a world dominated by the wealthy the temptation will always exist for NGOs to acquire funds, and respectability, by saying at least some of what the powerful want to hear.
It's an understandable temptation. Nobody should seek out oblivion - especially those who document human rights abuses. Any attention given to their work by the media may save lives and alleviate suffering, but the price of corporate respectability is high, and it is paid by people that human rights groups are supposed to defend.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) appears to have succumbed to this temptation. The quantity and content of what it has published about Haiti and Venezuela over the past two years provide a good example of how to avoid oblivion: downplay the human rights abuses of US allies, and exaggerate the abuses of official enemies. By doing this HRW has assisted the US in its efforts to crush democracy in Latin America.
Aristide won the presidency twice - in 1990 and again in 2000-. Both times his triumph at the polls was overwhelming and unassailable. Both times he was overthrown in US backed coups led by Haiti's tiny elite. HRW responded quite differently to both coups.
J'ai déja blogué sur les ONG, Haïti et Joe Emersberger ici
Le Guardian a publié un article de Marine Hyde sur la sortie de Charlie Sheen. Celui-ci répond.
Sheen Challenge to Media
The mere fact that you did a cut and paste job of the slanderous and idiotic Marine Hyde London Journal piece, speaks volumes about your credibility as a major media entity.
Like so many other mainstream outlets, domestically and abroad, no attention whatsoever is given to the questions I raise or the evidence that stimulated those very questions.
Instead, low-brow idiotic hit pieces are spewed forth in an effort to sway the readers' opinion of the messenger while blatantly disregarding any of the potentially valuable content of the story. It's transparent sandbox propaganda as dated and cheap as the paper it's printed on.
Do a little research on Building Seven. Building Seven lives at the epicenter of my entire debate. Prove yourself worthy of genuine investigative journalism. Look at the video evidence.
Observe the same data I have. Submit a formal request to the Pentagon or the DOD to release video PROOF that flight 77 did exactly as they claim. You will be stonewalled. You will be dismissed unconditionally. If there is nothing to hide - why are they hiding it?
To avoid any confusion - I reiterate:
Building Seven - Pentagon video documentation.
If any portion, or portions of this text is any way deleted or manipulated, you will only confirm what myself and countless others have suspected all along: Media complicity with no interest in the truth.
A CNN poll at the time of this writing currently sits at 84 percent IN SUPPORT of my views.
Say what you must about me - it means nothing.
Yet, if you continue to overlook the hard questions and physical evidence regarding 9/11 - you only confirm what so many of us "Conspiracy Idiots" have suspected all along - The Official Report is, at best, an insulting work of FICTION.
Wow sérieux. Le bon docteur Chicoine: "Oui" Guy. A.: "Céline, une tite tappe s'es fesses entre deux adultes consentants, vous avez jamais essayé ça?".
Clémentine, au départ jolie, allumée et pertinente, se transforme peu à peu, dans la chaleur du débat, en virago verbo-motrice intarissable et impossible à arrêter, débitant tous les lieux communs du féminisme. Ardisson en a plein les bras. Puis Huster saute dans la bataille. «Mais nooon, mon vieux. Tous les hommes sont des salauds. Depuis 3 000 ans que nous les battons, les femmes, que nous les violons, etc.» Zemmour, déjà tout petit quand il est en pleine extension, courbe les épaules, baisse la tête mais continue à résister. Et la rigolote qui s’en mêle : «Ben là, si une femme qui se fait violer ne peut plus se faire avorter !» Zemmour sonné, se tait, mais branle du chef. Huster en remet : « Non, je ne fais pas le démagogue … et cessez de vous dandiner! » «Mais non, je ne me dandine pas », réplique Zemmour.. «Si, si, il se dandine!» ajoute la rigolote.
Du présent blogue:
Keith Olbermann: "who does the president think he's fucking kidding?"
via-1 L'Akrasie en direct via Crooks & Liars "That baseball has not caught on among the French may only underscore the global superiority of a sport that has been a vibrant American export since the days of whale oil".
L'akratique nous blogue aussi un extrait d'un article du NYT:
"That baseball has not caught on among the French may only underscore the global superiority of a sport that has been a vibrant American export since the days of whale oil".
Actor Charlie Sheen has joined a growing army of other highly credible public figures in questioning the official story of 9/11 and calling for a new independent investigation of the attack and the circumstances surrounding it.
Over the past two years, scores of highly regarded individuals have gone public to express their serious doubts about 9/11. These include former presidential advisor and CIA analyst Ray McGovern, the father of Reaganomics and former Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury Paul Craig Roberts, BYU physics Professor Steven Jones, former German defense minister Andreas von Buelow, former MI5 officer David Shayler, former Blair cabinet member Michael Meacher, former Chief Economist for the Department of Labor during President George W. Bush's first term Morgan Reynolds and many more.
Speaking to The Alex Jones Show on the GCN Radio Network, the star of current hit comedy show Two and a Half Men and dozens of movies including Platoon and Young Guns, Sheen elaborated on why he had problems believing the government's version of events.
Sheen agreed that the biggest conspiracy theory was put out by the government itself and prefaced his argument by quoting Theodore Roosevelt in stating, "That we are to stand by the President right or wrong is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."
"We're not the conspiracy theorists on this particular issue," said Sheen.
"It seems to me like 19 amateurs with box cutters taking over four commercial airliners and hitting 75% of their targets, that feels like a conspiracy theory. It raises a lot of questions."
Sheen described the climate of acceptance for serious discussion about 9/11 as being far more fertile than it was a couple of years ago.
"It feels like from the people I talk to in and around my circles, it seems like the worm is turning."
Suspicious collapse of buildings
Sheen described his immediate skepticism regarding the official reason for the collapse of the twin towers and building 7 on the day of 9/11.
"I was up early and we were gonna do a pre-shoot on Spin City, the show I used to do, I was watching the news and the north tower was burning. I saw the south tower hit live, that famous wide shot where it disappears behind the building and then we see the tremendous fireball."
"There was a feeling, it just didn't look any commercial jetliner I've flown on any time in my life and then when the buildings came down later on that day I said to my brother 'call me insane, but did it sorta look like those buildings came down in a controlled demolition'?"
Sheen said that most people's gut instinct, that the buildings had been deliberately imploded, was washed away by the incessant flood of the official version of events from day one.
Sheen questioned the plausibility of a fireballs traveling 110 feet down an elevator shaft and causing damage to the lobbies of the towers as seen in video footage, especially when contrasted with eyewitness accounts of bombs and explosions in the basement levels of the buildings.
Regarding building 7, which wasn't hit by a plane, Sheen highlighted the use of the term "pull," a demolition industry term for pulling the outer walls of the building towards the center in an implosion, as was used by Larry Silverstein in a September 2002 PBS documentary when he said that the decision to "pull" building 7 was made before its collapse. This technique ensures the building collapses in its own footprint and can clearly be seen during the collapse of building 7 with the classic 'crimp' being visible.
The highly suspicious collapse of building 7 and the twin towers has previously been put under the spotlight by physics Professor Steven Jones and Kevin Ryan of Underwriters Laboratories, the company that certified the steel components used in the construction of the World Trade Center towers.
"The term 'pull' is as common to the demolition world as 'action and 'cut' are to the movie world," said Sheen.
Sheen referenced firefighters in the buildings who were eyewitnesses to demolition style implosions and bombs.
"This is not you or I watching the videos and speculating on what we saw, these are gentlemen inside the buildings at the very point of collapse."
"If there's a problem with building 7 then there's a problem with the whole thing," said Sheen.
Bush's behavior on 9/11
Sheen then questioned President Bush's actions on 9/11 and his location at the Booker Elementary School in Florida. Once Andy Card had whispered to Bush that America was under attack why didn't the secret service immediately whisk Bush away to a secret location?
By remaining at a location where it was publicly known the President would be before 9/11, he was not only putting his own life in danger, but the lives of hundreds of schoolchildren. That is unless the government knew for sure what the targets were beforehand and that President Bush wasn't one of them.
"It seems to me that upon the revelation of that news that the secret service would grab the President as if he was on fire and remove him from that room," said Sheen.
The question of how Bush saw the first plane hit the north tower, when no live footage of that incident was carried, an assertion that Bush repeated twice, was also put under the spotlight.
"I guess one of the perks of being President is that you get access to TV channels that don't exist in the known universe," said Sheen.
"It might lead you to believe that he'd seen similar images in some type of rehearsal as it were, I don't know."
The Pentagon incident
Sheen outlined his disbelief that the official story of what happened at the Pentagon matched the physical evidence.
"Show us this incredible maneuvering, just show it to us. Just show us how this particular plane pulled off these maneuvers. 270 degree turn at 500 miles and hour descending 7,000 feet in two and a half minutes, skimming across treetops the last 500 meters."
We have not been able to confirm that a large commercial airliner hit the Pentagon because the government has seized and refused to release any footage that would show the impact.
"I understand in the interest of national security that maybe not release the Pentagon cameras but what about the Sheraton, what about the gas station, what about the Department of Transportation freeway cam? What about all these shots that had this thing perfectly documented? Instead they put out five frames that they claim not to have authorized, it's really suspicious," said Sheen.
Sheen also questioned how the plane basically disappeared into the Pentagon with next to no wreckage and no indication of what happened to the wing sections.
A real investigation
Sheen joined others in calling for a revised and truly independent investigation of 9/11.
Sheen said that "September 11 wasn't the Zapruder film, it was the Zapruder film festival," and that the inquiry had to be, "headed, if this is possible, by some neutral investigative committee. What if we used retired political foreign nationals? What if we used experts that don't have any ties whatsoever to this administration?"
"It is up to us to reveal the truth. It is up to us because we owe it to the families, we owe it to the victims. We owe it to everybody's life who was drastically altered, horrifically that day and forever. We owe it to them to uncover what happened."
Charlie Sheen joins the rest of his great family and notably his father Martin Sheen, who has lambasted for opposing the Iraq war before it had begun yet has now been proven right in triplicate, in using his prominent public platform to stand for truth and justice and we applaud and salute his brave efforts, remembering Mark Twain's quote.
"In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, brave, hated, and scorned. When his cause succeeds however, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."
Huge Reaction To Sheen 9/11 Story. Linked on Drudge, later removed, PrisonPlanet.com, 21 mars 2006
"the legal, military and journalistic banditry that have accompanied the Iraq enterprise from the start were all field-tested in the late 1990s in the Balkans"
Did Milosevic or His Accusers "Cheat Justice"? The Show Trial That Went Wrong, Alexander Cockburn, 14 mars 2006
via-1 MediaLens qui commente:
Without recognising their earlier role in propagandising for war against Serbia, and without drawing attention to the implications for US-UK criminality, the media has completely re-written its own history on Milosevic. A media database search by Media Lens has failed to turn up a single example of any British journalist describing Kosovo as 'genocide' since Milosevic's death.
It seems the earlier massacre at Srebrenica in 1995 is now Milosevic's worst crime. Of the 1999 'genocide' in Kosovo, the alleged mass slaughter of tens of thousands, there is not a word.
Dédié à tous les fans de Louise Arbour.
I blame Disney for the Iraq war. At first that may sound silly and simplistic but I'm not talking about corporate deviance or greed, I'm talking about naivete. As Americans we spend our entire lives watching movies and TV shows where the good guy always wins in the end. He always gets the girl and saves the world. The first time I saw a shakespearean tragedy I cried, questioned my beliefs and re-thought my entire existence - that's what good stories do to people. But the Disneyification of the American psychology has created a mountain of dull people...
"I understand that you feel that the sample was small: this is most puzzling. 142 post-invasion deaths in 988 households is a lot of deaths, and for the setting, a lot of interviews. There is no statistical doubt mortality is up, no doubt that violence is the main cause, and no doubt that the coalition forces have caused far more of these violent deaths than the insurgents (p<.0000001).
This website is intended to introduce fans of the film/graphic novel V For Vendetta to the history and philosophy of Anarchy. V For Vendetta was originally a comic produced in the mid 1980s by Alan Moore and David Lloyd about a man who destroys the corrupt state he lives in, promoting Anarchy to the masses all the while. This core message of Anarchy has been severely twisted in the film verison. So much that Alan Moore has asked to be withdrawn from all media references and to have his name removed from the film's posters.
The Harvard Review of Philosophy: On this conception, how do you study semantics?
Le général Hillier [à la tête des forces armées canadiennes] a commandé les forces de l’OTAN en Afghanistan et en Bosnie-Herzégovine, mais il est également très familier avec l’armée américaine. De 1998 à 2000, il a été général commandant-adjoint canadien du IIIe Corps blindé de l’armée des États-Unis, à Fort Hood, au Texas. Que l’armée canadienne passe aujourd’hui sous commandement américain à Kandahar ne devrait pas être une surprise.
«Ces slogans ont été nombreux. Je n'en cite que quelques-uns, durant les trois premières années du mandat: "Nous sommes prêts!", "Réinventer le Québec", "Briller parmi les meilleurs", "L'avenir, résolument!", "Réaliser le Québec de demain!"», a dit la chef de l'opposition.
The pony hidden in slavery is the fact that it was the ticket to America for black people. I have long urged blacks to consider their presence here as the work of God, who wanted to bring them to this raw, new country and used slavery to achieve it. A harsh life, to be sure, but many immigrants suffered hardships and indignations as indentured servants. Their descendants rose above it. You don’t hear them bemoaning their forebears’ life the way some blacks can’t rise above the fact theirs were slaves.
Uncle Chutzpah and his willing executioners-the media, UN and coalition of the cowardly and bribed-have isolated Iran and set her up for possible destabilization and aggression. One wouldn't think this possible given the remarkable parallels in argument and (phony) evidence in this case and that of the failed aggression in Iraq, but the power of the aggressor and subservience of the media and international community are apparently boundless.
Uncle Chutzpah and His Willing Executioners on the Dire Iran Threat: With Twelve Principles of War Propaganda in Ongoing Service, Edward S. Herman, 15 mars 2006
Un Charles-Philippe David parfois agréablement surprenant, pointant directement "les gens d'extrême droite au Danemark" qui ont publié les 12 caricatures. C'est juste, et ce contexte précis a toujours été évacué des médias. Il parle par ailleurs des objectifs de démocratisation en Irak et Afghanistan, invoquant même l'occupation britannique! Mais bon.
Patricia Paquin était plus délicieuse qu'Anne Dorval! You go girl!
|L'Irak en panorama: Michael Schwartz chez TomDispatch|
The conventional understanding of meritocracy is that it is a system for awarding or allocating scarce resources to those who most deserve them. The idea behind meritocracy is that people should achieve status or realize the promise of upward mobility based on their individual talent or individual effort. It is conceived as a repudiation of systems like aristocracy where individuals inherit their social status.
I am arguing that many of the criteria we associate with individual talent and effort do not measure the individual in isolation but rather parallel the phenomena associated with aristocracy; what we're calling individual talent is actually a function of that individual's social position or opportunities gained by virtue of family and ancestry. So, although the system we call "meritocracy" is presumed to be more democratic and egalitarian than aristocracy, it is in fact reproducing that which it was intended to dislodge.
In this article we show that Manufacturing Consent has been ignored by leading US academics working on the relationship between the media and US foreign policy. We argue that it cannot be the case that this work has been ignored by them because they disagree with the general thrust of its analysis of media-political elite relations. Their understanding of news media and its relationship to US foreign policy is in many ways the same as that of Herman and Chomsky. The standard liberal myth of the news media in the West – that it is independent of elite interests and provides the people with the information necessary to ensure that they can hold elites and in particular governments to democratic account – is rejected widely by academics who study the news media and US foreign policy, although this self-image is routine amongst most journalists. In contrast, the most common and empirically substantiated perspective is that, with respect to coverage of US foreign policy, on balance, the US media serve elite interests and undermine democracy. The media do this by portraying the world in a way that tends to shape the perspective of those entering the political elite, generate public consent for or at least acquiescence to US foreign policy and make it difficult for the public to have access to information necessary to challenge the interests of the elite. This is seen to operate less through censorship than through a recruitment process that selects and rewards those who see the world in a way congenial and unchallenging to those elite interests. Uncongenial facts and framings usually do not have to be censored because they are mostly not even perceived to exist. Herman and Chomsky point out that the title Manufacturing Consent is actually a quote from mainstream author Walter Lippmann who saw this relationship as natural and proper.
Joanna: So, where do you work, Peter?
Peter Gibbons: Initech.
Joanna: In... yeah, what do you do there?
Peter Gibbons: I sit in a cubicle and I update bank software for the 2000 switch.
Joanna: What's that?
Peter Gibbons: Well see, they wrote all this bank software, and, uh, to save space, they used two digits instead of four. So, like, 98 instead of 1998? Uh, so I go through these thousands of lines of code and, uh... it doesn't really matter. I uh, I don't like my job, and, uh, I don't think I'm gonna go anymore.
Joanna: You're just not gonna go?
Peter Gibbons: Yeah.
Joanna: Won't you get fired?
Peter Gibbons: I don't know, but I really don't like it, and, uh, I'm not gonna go.
Joanna: So you're gonna quit?
Peter Gibbons: Nuh-uh. Not really. Uh... I'm just gonna stop going.
Joanna: When did you decide all that?
Peter Gibbons: About an hour ago.
Joanna: An hour ago... so you're gonna get another job?
Peter Gibbons: I don't think I'd like another job.
Joanna: Well, what are you going to do about money and bills and...
Peter Gibbons: You know, I've never really liked paying bills. I don't think I'm gonna do that, either.
Joanna: So what do you wanna do?
Peter Gibbons: First I'm gonna take you out to dinner, and then I'm gonna go back to my apartment and watch kung fu. Do you ever watch kung fu?
Joanna: I love kung fu.
Peter Gibbons: Channel 39.
Peter Gibbons: You should come over and watch kung fu tonight.
Joanna: Ok. Ok. Can we order lunch first? Ok.
Un homme à nouveauQu'est-ce que ça fait d'avoir vécu à la fois en tant qu'homme et en tant que femme? Peu de gens peuvent vraiment dire qu'ils comprennent comment le sexe opposé pense, mais Charles Kane y arrive. Charles a un jour été un entrepreneur irakien de haute réputation, mais après avoir perdu un gros contrat, il a du coup vu ses affaires s'effondrer et sa femme le quitter avec ses enfants. C'est suite à une sévère dépression qu'il a décidé qu'il serait une femme. Après une chirurgie majeure, il semblait vivre heureux en tant que Samantha, mais deux ans dans la peau de cette femme et il réalisait qu'il venait de faire la pire gaffe de sa vie.
Diffusions de cette émission:
Mercredi 8 mars à 20h00
Samedi 11 mars à 23h00
Dimanche 12 mars à 3h00
Lundi 13 mars à 0h00
J'aime mieux ça que 'Le Coeur A Ses Raisons' Party (get in here), collectif, 10 mars (lien corrigé) via-1 MySpace Most Popular Blog Posts.
|Citations hilarantes de Office Space|
Google a de l'humour... Mon billet La fin absolue du monde, traduit par Google.
Ben quoi, sont où les vénézuéliens?
"It's all right, because it's all white."
"This is the greatest country in the world, we are all lucky to be here, even us blacks... but to us the U.S. is like that uncle who pays for your college tuition but has molested you when you were young: gotta forgive, gotta forgive."
"If you read, you motherfucking die. The first black dealers were dealing books
Nigger, who taught you octagon."
"Marriage is not a sacred institution! Not in America! Not in a nation that watches 'Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire'
Michael Jackson got married how fucking sacred is that shit."
"I should have my own dorm at Howard"
"marriage ain't for you
married women don't have pussies, they have vaginas
I haven't had a blow-job in years... I've had fellatio."
Et je suis fatigué d'écrire.
Chris Rock, Never Scared Wow. J'avais manqué le début à la première écoute; le maître du moment. ★★★★★
They both learned the same astounding piece of information about the little things that can set the threat sensors to beeping and blinking.
They were told, as they moved up the managerial ladder at the call center, that the amount they had sent in was much larger than their normal monthly payment. And if the increase hits a certain percentage higher than that normal payment, Homeland Security has to be notified. And the money doesn't move until the threat alert is lifted.
Bon, c'est vraiment n'importe quoi cette idée de 'fnord' ici, mais j'aime bien le vidéo, sais pas trop pourquoi...
Pour cibler le propos, sur YouTube c'est tagé: Mgirls, FGP, 四千金, CNY, Chinese, New, Year, celebration, siqianjin, si, qian, jin, malaysia.
Ah ah ah je vous ai bien eu, vous allez avoir cette toune dans la tête jusqu'aux prochains jeux olympiques
Monique Gagnon-Tremblay [ministre des Relations internationales et responsable de l'Estrie]: «Cette montagne [Orford] est une anomalie, elle ne devrait pas se trouver dans un parc...»
"[Ces juifs qui m'attaquent sont tous] des négriers reconvertis dans la banque, le spectacle et aujourd'hui l'action terroriste"
C'est un bon truc que les orangistes du Québec devraient appliquer: une foule de poursuites pour incitation à la haine à tout historien qui déroge de la Ligne Canadienne, puis ils en prennent un qui se trouve à l'étranger, lui sacrent une volée; rien, et rien dans les médias non plus; lui sacrent une autre volée à son retour au Québec, attendent ses déclarations sur eux dans les médias, qui vont bien sûr faire leur devoir cette fois, du moins à moitié; la bonne moitié.
Ajout 19:45 David de ManuMilitari qui a défendu la 'liberté d'expression' dans le cas des 12 caricatures change de cap: même la partie violente, raciste et suprémaciste du peuple élu doit être protégée de la critique, par criminalisation de cette même liberté d'expression; go figure.
Ajout samedi Panel au fruit (!) commente:
La semaine derniere, un jeune juif a été assassiné. La thèse anti-sémite n’est pas complètement retenue. Pourtant, il y a conférence de presse du premier ministre, et de l’équivalent du ministre de la justice. Excuses publiques, souper avec la famille de la victime, etc.
Avant-hier, un musulman a été tué et la thèse raciste semble beaucoup plus claire. Aucune conférence de presse, aucune excuse, aucun ministre n’a soupé avec la famille…
via-1 Lady in the radiator, un de ces quelques sites Myspace ultra-actifs (nécessite beaucoup d'amis complètement mongoles)
Guardians Of Power - described by John Pilger as "the most important book about journalism I can remember" - has not been mentioned, let alone reviewed, once, in any national newspaper since its publication in January (it has been reviewed in the New Statesman and Spectator). This is not through lack of effort on the part of potential reviewers. Mark Curtis, one of Britain's leading historians and political analysts, offered to write a review for the Independent. His offer received this response from the Independent's literary editor, Boyd Tonkin:
"Not this time, thanks." (Forwarded to Media Lens, February 24, 2006)
Another offer of a review was sent to the Independent by Paul Taylor, Senior Lecturer in Communications Theory at the University of Leeds. Taylor received the same message from Tonkin:
"Not this time, thanks." (Forwarded to Media Lens, February 23, 2006)
The reality is also that all corporate media consistently, over decades, suppress critiques of their own practices, and there is next to nothing the public can do about it. So claims of consumer power - if we don't like something, we can choose something else we do like - are a nonsense. Literary editors pretend not to notice this obvious truth when they choose to ignore the tiny handful of books that dare to criticise their own profession.
Bryan, je t'aime!
Either I'm to skeptical, or these pr0n spams have become more sophisticated.
Also note, if this is ligit, that I am asexual, until such time as a female of "exeptional" quality presents herself.
Right now, my libido has been usurped by my neocortex.
Ajout 9 mars: pourquoi être chiche et ne pas partager ce butin découvert en fouillant un lien donné par le dit Bryan. Les Kleptones font ce que tous les ti-gars ont déjà fait, mais professionel: [Bohemian Rhapsody, The Kleptones, mp3]. Le dit groupe s'est rendu au #6 de mon palmarès 2005.
L'étatsunienne Wafa Sultan déclare sur Al-Jazeera que la thèse impérialiste du choc des civilisations de Hutington, conseiller de Brzezinski, rédacteur du rapport de la tristement célèbre Commission Trilatérale et coup de coeur chez Renaud-Bray, est trop généreuse: les arabes sont des barbares. Bien sûr, Al-Jazeera censurée ici devient soudain importante, puisqu'elle produit un bout de clip nous rassurant que la victime est en fait le bourreau. Le Québec n'y échappe pas, et Suzanne Lévesque en est à la fosse aux lionnes: "cette femme est géniale!"
Tient tient: Jean-Guy Dépôt, président du Conseil Régional de l'Environnement de l'Estrie et membre actif du PLQ, en entrevue à Jacques Beauchamps à la radio de radio-canada [Désautel, extrait audio: 43:45] , nous apprend (ou confirme) que l'ex-ministre Mulcair (récemment viré) était ouvertement et fièrement contre la possibilité de privatiser une portion du Parc National du Mont-Orford, entre autres. Ce dernier article cite l'ancien président du PLQ, Robert Benoit: "C'est la première fois qu'un ministre de l'Environnement fait une annonce où on a invité seulement les acteurs économiques". Au radio-journal, chef Boisclair prétend que les terrains qui seraient vendus 16 millions en valent au bas mot 500. /Et Harper qui nous envoie du 'support the troops' wahaha./ La même émission nous a laissé entendre, par l'entremise de Robert Frosi, Marie Holzman [Désautel, extrait audio: 19:00], présidente de Solidarité Chine, un exemple vivant de ces beaux vers de Boileau, de son Art Poétique: Ce que l'on conçoit bien s'énonce clairement, Et les mots pour le dire arrivent aisément.
New running order - 4 March '06
The final running order for Pet Shop Boys' new album "Fundamental" looks like this:
The Sodom and Gomorrah Show
I made my excuses and left
I'm with Stupid
Casanova in Hell
Indefinite leave to remain
The album will be released on May 22.
Ah bon? (maudite boisson #2):
Battleship Potemkin CD - 25 August '05
Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe release their original music for Eisenstein’s classic film “Battleship Potemkin” as a joint venture between EMI Classics and Parlophone on Sep 5.
The music was recorded in London and Berlin with the Dresdner Sinfoniker in 2004, with orchestrations by Torsten Rasch.
It was premiered on Sep 12 last year, when Pet Shop Boys and the Dresdner Sinfoniker played the score to accompany a screening of the film in London’s Trafalgar Square. The free event was presented by the ICA and GLA and attracted 25,000 people. At the time, The Independent noted that “this must be the largest audience for an art movie ever recorded”.
By blurring this distinction, Pinker and Jackendoff mischaracterize our hypothesis 3 which concerns only FLN, not “language” as a whole. [For many linguists, “language” delineates an abstract core of computational operations, central to language and probably unique to humans [narrow]. For many biologists and psychologists, “language” has much more general and various meanings, roughly captured by “the communication system used by human beings.” [broad]]. Many of their arguments and examples are thus irrelevant to this hypothesis. Their critique of the minimalist program is for the most part equally irrelevant, because very few of the arguments in our original paper were tied to this program; in an online appendix we detail the deep inaccuracies in their characterization of this program. Concerning evolution, we believe that Pinker and Jackendoff’s emphasis on the past adaptive history of the language faculty is misplaced. Such questions are unlikely to be resolved empirically due to a lack of relevant data, and invite speculation rather than research. Preoccupation with the issue has retarded progress in the field by diverting research away from empirical questions, many of which can be addressed with comparative data.
À Libre-Échange, l'imbuvable table ronde téléquébecquienne, appuyée à sa droite (est-ce possible) par Mario Roy, la bien connectée Suzanne Lévesque révèle sans gêne sa classe sociale: "Avant [le roman révisionniste de Michael Crichton sur la pollution humaine], j'angoissais beaucoup en me levant avec le réchauffement climatique, maintenant j'angoisse moins"
La fille des deux autres mentionne le mot 'rossignol' dans une chronique sur un film d'art, Mario Roy y va d'un commentaire de sous-mononcle sur la grippe aviaire.
What about the contrary worldwide consensus of scientists that global warming is a man-made disaster in the making? Crichton's answer: "If it's consensus, it isn't science. If it's science, it isn't consensus." As I suppose in the old consensus that the earth is flat.
Crichton's is not actually a thesis that the displaced folks in Louisiana and Texas can concentrate on at the moment in the wake of Katrina and Rita. Yet for his polemic on global warming, Crichton has become something of a hero to the groups fighting hard to stop anything like the Kyoto treaty.
The well-endowed think tank, the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy, honoured Crichton with an invitation to Washington to address its members - not on the novel, but on science policy in the 21st Century. The point of that was to embrace Crichton's attack on what he calls the pseudo-science of global warming.
The sceptics on global warming needed this kind of reinforcement. They have mostly been keeping quiet after the ferocity of Katrina and Rita, widely blamed in the press on the unusually hot waters of the Gulf.
Senator James Inhofe [Republican chairman of the Senate Environment Committee]'s previous best effort was this: "With all of the hysteria, all of the fear, all of the phoney science, could it be that man-made global warming is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people? It sure sounds like it."
The senator did not explain quite how 2,000 top scientists in 100 countries could have been persuaded in 2004 to produce a rare consensus that gas emissions left unchecked will produce a series of catastrophes. Nor is he likely to try and explain in the post-Katrina atmosphere.
All the delaying tactics, denials and obfuscations bring to mind what happened in 1974 to two American scientists, Professor Sherwood Roland and Dr Mario Molina. They coolly set out the evidence that the chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) used in refrigeration, aerosols and air conditioning were eating at the ozone layer which protects mankind and plants from dangerous ultraviolet radiation.
They were at once smeared as scaremongers. The manufacturers ran an all too successful campaign to fog the issue. A lazy media bought into it. The public got bored and bamboozled. And as they did so, millions more tons of the pollutant were added to the atmosphere.
Thirteen years later when the world finally woke up to an ozone hole bigger than anyone had predicted, there was a swift international agreement - led by the US - to find alternatives to the CFCs. In the meantime, great damage had been done.
Du présent blogue:
“People generally do not favour action on a non-alarming situation when arguments seem to be balanced on both sides and there is a clear doubt. The weight of impressions on the public must be balanced so people will have doubts and lack motivation to take action. Accordingly, means are needed to get balancing information into the stream from sources that the public will find credible. There is no need for a clear-cut ‘victory’. ... Nurturing public doubts by demonstrating that this is not a clear-cut situation in support of the opponents usually is all that is necessary.” lien
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Est-ce que quelqu’un d’autre a vu ça?
Moi je l'avais pas vu; bonne chose de pas faite.
Démagogie et absence de rigueur intellectuelle ont toujours été des armes de choix dans l’arsenal rhétorique de Martineau, mais cette fois, il est descendu plus bas que jamais (plus bas, même, que son ahurissant topo anticyclistes d’il y a quelques années). Pour résumer son absurde argument, qu’il n’a cessé de rabâcher tout au long du reportage, démontrant encore une fois les limites de sa capacité de raisonnement : dans le fond, Adbusters est aussi pire que Nike, parce qu’il produit un magazine de qualité et vend des calendriers… J’admire la patience des gens d’Adbusters qui ont réussi à supporter cette juvénile inquisition sans se lever en disant, "Ok, l’entrevue se termine ici. Monsieur, vous n’êtes qu’un gros cave". Désespérant de simplisme et de mauvaise foi. Et les petits logos qui poppaient durant le reportage étaient d’une démagogie dont Jeff Fillion aurait été fier. Encore une fois, Richard Martineau démontre pourquoi – s’il est malheureusement partout, de son vivant – on ne se souviendra pas de lui longtemps, après sa mort…
J'veux pas me répéter, mais, agyoye.
Libellés : richard martineau
"The only domestic terrorist attack here is the U.S. government's attack on the people of Puerto Rico." - New York State Assemblyman José Rivera.
21:59, TQS, Jean Lapierre à Patrick Lagacé (le tinami de Richard Martineau): "T'es le laquais du patronat"
pour crimes contre le peuple québécois
Claude Dauphin, vice-président du Comité exécutif de la ville de Montréal et président de la Conférence régionale des élus de Montréal.
"Yes. And the city council of Montreal is very important to Quebec. Montreal has half the gross domestic product of the province. And we are changing the culture of that council. Forty per cent of it is now non-francophone. Seven out of 11 members of the executive committee are now non-francophone. Caucus meetings are conducted in 60 per cent English." -Robert Libman
Libellés : québécophobie
"M. Parenteau a pu s'exprimer régulièrement sur les ondes de Radio-Canada pendant huit ans: c'est un privilège dont il a joui et dont bien peu de francophones ont joui." - Ombudsman de Radio-Canada
I'm not saying that "chess" cannot be fun. I'm not saying that the "formal system" and puzzle games need to be banished and those who like them are idiots. I'm just saying that the proportions should be recalibrated, because right now the weight is ALL on the meta-game.
i was just on the bus. doing typical travel things. you know, listening to my ipod, staring out the window, day dreaming about ice cream and puppy dogs. a few stops before mine, a sheriff's car pulls in front of the bus with its lights on. he gets on, moves to the back and an undercover informs a woman that she's being cited for wearing headphones. apparently, having both headphones on while in a bus is a crime. they take her info. they are about to leave when the undercover notices me with my ipod. do you have your id, he rudely asked. i asked why. he informs me that what i'm doing is illegal. that i can only have one earphone in at a time. i was looking at him completely dumbfounded. shaking, i looked through my bag for my id then he took down all of my info. when he saw that my id was from canada, he asked why i was in the country.
Dès son entrée sur Myspace, mon ami Ève a eu des prétendants virtuels. Elle a pensé à quelque chose pour s'éviter des acharneurs, mais voilà que l'amour n'est pas seulement aveugle, il est aussi anosmique.
"hello, i am very happy 4 ur response, although u said i'm not in ur type. And, i really like ur profile that why i go 4 u, and i can do anything 4 ur love, u said if i can put a fish on my head. dear, i'm ready to do it wat i need frm u is to say u agree to my proposer, n i wil be the man happiest in the world. hope to hear frm u soonest. -DANNY "
Aux francs-tireurs, Richard Martineau semonce Guy A. Lepage qui aurait invité Karla Homolka si l'occasion s'était présentée, pourtant déja invitée au Point. Les faits reprochés sont horrible, mais sont arrivés avant le non-passage à TLMEP. Que dire d'un appui au crime suprême de Nuremberg avant qu'il ne se produise?
Hitchens est un gauchiste comme on les aime. Pas une moumoune qui boit du thé vert et rêve d'un monde qui ressemble à un calendrier scout, mais un querelleur qui n'hésite pas à ruer dans les brancards, quitte à se faire des ennemis parmi ses pairs. Un Michael Moore plus cultivé et moins naïf. [...] un essayiste brillant
Selon Hitchens, la gauche se goure complètement lorsqu'il est question de Saddam Hussein. "Comme tout gauchiste qui se respecte, je suis un adversaire politique de George W. Bush, a-t-il écrit dans un quotidien britannique, mais je crois que le président a raison de vouloir attaquer l'Irak. Refuser de se battre contre Hussein en 2002, c'est comme refuser de se battre contre Hitler dans les années 40. Un jour, le régime de ce dictateur mégalo et sanguinaire (qui n'a pas hésité à utiliser des armes chimiques contre son propre peuple, rappelons-le) prendra fin. Ce jour-là, j'aimerais pouvoir regarder le peuple kurde et le peuple irakien dans les yeux, et leur dire que leur sort me tenait à coeur et que leur souffrance ne me laissait pas indifférent."
Hitchens n'est pas le seul gauchiste à appuyer l'idée d'une éventuelle intervention militaire en Irak. La revue New Republic a récemment consacré sa une à cette question. Le titre du texte: A Liberal Case for War. Ou comment on peut être à la fois de gauche et pour la guerre...
Comme quoi le monde est décidément bien plus complexe qu'on ne le croit.
Libellés : richard martineau
Explication du recul constant des gars dans les universités (et cégeps), à Enjeux hier dans un reportage intitulé Moi Tarzan, Toi Jane:
"Y'a un espèce d'abandon, de capitulation des hommes qui renonçent à certains métiers qui vont se dévaloriser parce que les femmes vont y entrer"
-Françoise Guénette [Enjeux: extrait vidéo, 5:15]
Avant la dernière pause, Alain Gravel nous annonce la finale: tout n'est pas noir, l'avenir des filles est plus positif que ne nous le laisserait croire le reportage. Le dernier bloc du reportage, très court, est en effet réjouissant: des petites filles qui déclarent entrevoir leur avenir sans homme, avec de beaux effets audio-visuels de croix rouge [Enjeux: extrait vidéo, 7:55]
Ça fait râler les garçons. Ça les énerve de voir des filles premières de classes. Certains prétendent même que c'est la principale raison de l'échec scolaire des garçons. Il ne semble venir à l'esprit de personne que c'est plutôt parce que les garçons ne travaillent pas assez et prennent pour acquis qu'ils ont droit aux meilleurs diplômes parce qu'ils sont des garçons et qu'ils méritent les premières places sans fournir d'effort.
Libellés : féminisme
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