Entries from May 2008

Pity the New Eco Slaves

Funny kind of charity… The Times – Scandal of the Kilimanjaro sherpas<br/> When porters die or their health is ruined, charity trekking becomes adventure imperialism, by Melanie Reid The peak, the highest in Africa, and at 5,898m (19,340ft) the world’s highest free-standing mountain, is not only iconic; it is the tallest that can be climbed […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Light Reading for a Pentecostal Bank Holiday

The Times – Can science and God ever get along?<br/> Shared faith: what string theory and the belief in a divine entity might have in common, by Tim Hames I’m not going to quote any of this (it’s all interesting, and besides it’s early and I’m sans caffeine still), but I recommend people read it […]

Categories: Science and Nature

A Fish Learns to Ride a Bicycle

So, apparently feminists really are b-witches. Daily Mail – How my mother’s fanatical views tore us apart By REBECCA WALKER (Alice Walker’s daughter*) Introduction: She’s revered as a trail-blazing feminist and author Alice Walker touched the lives of a generation of women. A champion of women’s rights, she has always argued that motherhood is a […]

Categories: People and Current Events

A Brief History of Hebrew

The Times – Remember 1882, as the Cornish say<br/> Past Notes: if the Cornish are to revive their language, they should take a history lesson, by Graham Stewart Apparently the Cornish want EU recognition of their language. Which, of course, I’m all for. It is here that their ambition fails them. For, if the greatest […]

Categories: History

Cate Blanchett Can Play Me Anytime

The Times – The good, the bad and the Russians<br/> Russians are the latest to feel stung by being cast as Hollywood villains When members of the Russian Communist Party complain that in his new movie, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Harrison Ford is dogged by an evil KGB agent played […]

Categories: Entertainment

Two Nuclear Submarines and a Celebrated Luxury Ocean Liner

The Times – Titanic search was cover for secret Cold War subs mission The man who located the wreck of the Titanic has revealed that the discovery was a cover story to camouflage the real mission of inspecting the wrecks of two Cold War nuclear submarines. When Bob Ballard led a team that pinpointed the […]

Categories: War and Peace

Limos and Hair and Invitations, Oh My!

So, yesterday, we: went to the church to meet the monsignor, went to nordstroms to look at the half-yearly sale, went to the reception place to meeting the coordinator, went to san mateo to meet the photographer, went to the church to meet the wedding coordinator, went to bloomingdales to look at fine china, went […]

Categories: Wildcard

Pusillanimous Fudge

The Times – The Lambeth Talk<br/> Brown should be meeting the Dalai Lama in Downing Street Though both John Major and Tony Blair invited the Dalai Lama to No 10, Mr Brown insisted that the Nobel Peace Prize winner was visiting purely in a spiritual capacity, and he would therefore meet him only at Lambeth […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CLXXV

One of the downsides to using WordPress rather than Moveable Type is the comments view. It tends to default to listing the whole comment, or else there’s a short view which doesn’t actually say where the comment is, so the blogger (that is, me) tends to get lazy and go for viewing the full comments […]

Categories: Uncategorized

Unilaterally Aidvading

The Times – Britain to back air drops to deliver aid to Burmese cyclone victims But Britain has not ruled out supporting action under the terms of the UN’s 2005 New York declaration, which sets out the “responsibility to protect” populations from crimes against humanity using “appropriate diplomatic, humanitarian and other peaceful means”. In a […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

The More Things Change, the More the Global Warming Stays the Same

Yeah, I see how it is… BBC – ‘Fewer hurricanes’ as world warms Hurricanes and tropical storms will become less frequent by the end of the century as a result of climate change, US researchers have suggested. So, see, now the line can be, “An unusually inactive hurricane season is being forcast… a sign of […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Earthquake Drills

The Times – Why did so many Chinese schools collapse in the earthquake? In almost every town and village rocked by China’s massive earthquake distraught parents point to the ruins of a school where their only child died. Angry citizens have deluged the Government with demands for an explanation and the Government vowed yesterday to […]

Categories: Science and Nature

"Hmming" Thoughtfully

Macleans – I’m starring in one of those movies<br/> You know, the one where only the maverick investigator knows something scary’s going on, by MARK STEYN Here’s the thing: two years ago, the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada took The Western Standard to the Alberta “human rights” commission for republishing the Danish Muhammad cartoons. A […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Impenetrable Farming Practices Finally Come in Handy

The Times – Japan’s silos key to relieving rice shortage The United States and Japan are poised to strike a deal that will remove one of the most widely reviled distortions in global rice markets and could send prices plummeting in the coming weeks. The move, which will flood the market with an estimated 1.5 […]

Categories: Food

The Difference a Free Press Makes

Telegraph – China shows a human face with earthquake rescue mission By Con Coughlin Far from being a member of the remote and autocratic regime that is normally portrayed as governing the world’s most populous country, Wen Jiabao, China’s personable prime minister, has appeared repeatedly on television lending comfort and support to the survivors, making […]

Categories: People and Current Events