Oh Happy Day
Once again, Fidel congratulations and long live the socialist revolution.
In the world of half-wits what is the measure of a man?
Professor of David Held (London School of Economics) tells the audience that the U.S. lost only three thousand people on 9/11; it kills 30,000 children every month. He refers to poverty and illness, which the U. S. is not doing its share to eradicate. (I loose my cool, and suggest that even one who is very critical of the U.S. would realize the difference between deliberately setting out, in cold blood, to kill thousands of civilians versus not doing one’s share in a complex chain of events, under difficult conditions – for instance, corrupt governments that eat up much of the aid they get. Held has the decency to correct his statement).You got that? Its not only your fault if you walk up to somebody and shoot them, but you are guilty if somebody dies across the world from starvation. Remember the "joke" about finishing your food because there are starving people in Ethiopia. Apparently, at the London School of Economics they take this very seriously. And the rule only applies to you if you are an American.
Taken By Surprise: A senior official from the South Korean finance ministry said he was taken aback by the Moody’s move but played it down. “It is surprising because Moody’s delegation in January said there would be no change in its rating outlook,” said Kwon Tae-shin, director general of the ministry’s international finance division.Fair enough. Lets hope South Korea, US and Japan find a way through this.
“But we don’t need to take the Moody’s decision too seriously because it is only an outlook downgrade and not a rating downgrade.”
[Stalin] was the father of the first "peace movement," which for years served as an instrument of the Kremlin's global policy.Read the whole thing if you are interested in history.Thanks to No Watermelons.
Stalin's "peace movement" was launched in 1946 at a time when he had not yet developed a nuclear arsenal and was thus vulnerable to a U.S. nuclear attack. Stalin also needed time to consolidate his hold on his newly conquered empire in eastern and central Europe while snatching chunks of territory in Iran.
If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?Stalin left some advice for those that will follow him...
Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything.For the journalist
A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.For the teacher
Ideas are more dangerous than guns...We do not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas?For the social scientist
History is politics projected into the past.For the military strategist
There is no such thing as an invincible army.For everbody
Death is the solution to all problems...No man, no problem.For himself
If you kill one man, you are a murderer, if you kill a thousand men, you are a conquerer, if you kill everyone, you are God.
idle hands do the devil's work.Better stop idling.
During the Soviet occupation, between 1.5 and 2 million Afghans were killed, out of a population of about 15 million.But there is more...
The Soviets had all sorts of innovative methods for "pacifying" villages that were suspected of collaborating with rebels. One was to kidnap a woman, take her up a few hundred feet in a helicopter above her village, strip her naked, and push her out the door. The Soviets would also do things like leave toys laying around the countryside for children to find--said toys being wired to bombs that would dismember or kill any child foolish enough to try to pick them up.And one of the comments had this gem
A standard method of "pacifying" a particularly troublesome village was to walk into town with tanks and troops, and start chucking grenades into people's homes. Then they'd shoot anyone--any age, any sex, armed or unarmed--who fled out the doors.
when I was there, the muj war is a distant memory, a legend almost. something akin to our civil war. Although they know the stories, the emotional impact is a bit muted.This internet thing is really going to take off.
Afghanistan is a country that on a whole, does not know their own history except for a few stories and legends.
well, that was in Bamyan anyway. teh seperate cites and regions all have feeling all their own. however, most of what is though about afghanistan is false. A reporter cannot possibly understand what is going on there by spending a week or two in country and then reporting back to mr and mrs public about what's "going on". I spent 8 months there and I know that I barely got a chance to scratch the surface.
We might be able to discount the occasional statement of disgruntled, embittered Iraqi exiles about how happy their countrymen will be to see American troops lift the yoke of oppression from them; after all, the exiles have an agenda of their own.
But the economic patterns of the people of Baghdad can't be dismissed. They are betting with their wallets that their day of liberation is at hand. And they think they will be better off for it.
What I find fascinating is that privately held real estate's values are booming now in anticipation that Saddam's personal and regime-held real estate will be literally booming shortly from JDAMS.
"We don't want people who just read the New York Times," says a New York-based MSNBC producer. "We've got plenty of those types. We want people who read and understand National Review, the Drudge Report and Lucianne.com." Understand?The folks at Nat Review are gussing up their resumes. Is MSNBC collecting opinions like a menagerie or are they journalists. Are they going to have a rainbow of views, with a show for each perceived political stripe? Lets get Al Sharpton to host a show. Lets get that fat guy from the American Muslim group on CNN to host another. Or are they doing journalism over there at MSNBC. That's a rhetorical question. If they were doing journalism their people would read more than the NY Times, and reading The Nation does not count.