Entries from August 2009

Always Read the Footnotes

Found at the bottom of a brief essay on terrorists vs freedom fighters: The Joy of Curmudgeonry – Dowsers and Terrorists [1] An archaeological geophysicist once told me that dowsing was sometimes used in site-surveys as a rough but effective substitute for some of the more technically-advanced and expensive conductivity-meters, but that their use was […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Girls: Worth £125.

Times Online – India welcomes more baby girls for first time More girls were born in Delhi than boys last year for the first time, according to official figures, after parents were given cash bonuses of £125 for each new daughter as part of a drive to stamp out female infanticide. Government officials cited the […]

Categories: People and Current Events

And Don't Forget Your $15 Filing Fee

NAACP requires victims file requests in triplicate before investigating incidents of racial violence: Gateway Pundit – Black Conservatives Hold Protest at NAACP Over Ken Gladney Attack (Video)

Categories: People and Current Events

Alexandr Karpushin's Moment in the Sun

Now, how does a cargo ship disappear in the world’s busiest shipping lane? The Times – Missing ship Arctic Sea spotted in mid-Atlantic The vessel’s disappearance started an international maritime search when it vanished shortly after the crew made contact with Dover coastguard on June 28. The ship sailed along the South Coast but its […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Of Differing Backgrounds and Reverse Wedding-Crashing

Telegraph – Why must we bow to the intolerant ways of Islam?<br/> Jim Fitzpatrick MP and his wife were quite right to leave a wedding because it was segregated by sex, says Alasdair Palmer. When Jim Fitzpatrick MP and his wife decided to leave a Muslim wedding party after they discovered it was segregated by […]

Categories: People and Current Events

And Again: I Love the French

We all know, don’t we, how tedious Communists are. Well: The Times – French Muslim woman wearing ‘burkini’ banned from Paris swimming pool The local authorities insisted that no politics were involved. “The lady was almost fully dressed,” Daniel Guillaume, the head of sports facilities for the Seine-et-Marne département, said. “The personnel simply applied the […]

Categories: People and Current Events

That One, Minus One

Categories: Wildcard

A Little Light Armchair Reading on the Singularity and Human Survival

I’ve always wondered (well, not always), and now I know! Lifeboat Foundation (Safeguarding Humanity) – Tastes like the singularity, but less filling Singularities. A singularity is a situation in which a mathematical model stops working. For example, for what x is the equation x/2=5 true? x=10, because then x/2=5; no singularity there. But what about […]

Categories: Science and Nature

A Little Light Armchair Reading on Jefferson, Adams, Franklin and Imperial Constitutions

Telegraph Blogs has redesigned. It is now not only impossible to peruse the complete repertoire of recent writings, because they put only one page of “Telegraph Blog Latest” articles on the front page and after that you have to go narrowing down by category within category to see anything, but the RSS feed has broken […]

Categories: History

Literary Standards Where it Matters

Apropos of absolutely nothing at all, this just amused me, from Giles Coren, currently in France, in The Times, third item: There’s a bit of an unseemly pool-bagging system here, which you wouldn’t have expected at such a pukka joint, whereby these idle millionaires go scuttling to the pool on their way to breakfast, and […]

Categories: Art and Literature

Wear Wool, Save Mongolia

China (and environs), again: The Times – Green grass of steppes falls victim to West’s stampede for cashmere The danger facing Mongolia is that its steppes may be transformed into a desert similar to the one eating away at neighbouring China. The culprit is the humble goat — and the fascination of fashionistas for cashmere. […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Oh Bonfire, Obon Festival

Every year around this time of August I think wistfully back to the day in 1998 when, over at my cousins’ house in Palo Alto one summer’s afternoon, they announced they were going to walk over to the Palo Alto Buddhist Temple for the Obon Festival. I had no idea there was a Buddhist Temple […]

Categories: War and Peace

Of Italian Luncheons and Electric Cars

I really like Leo Lewis, the Times’ Asia correspondent: The rip-off kings It was easy to snigger at the tale of Yasuyuki Yamada, his girlfriend and their €700 lunch in the Piazza Navona, Rome, last week. Hilarious stereotypes abounded: insouciant young Japanese far from home, naively placing the task of menu selection in the hands […]

Categories: Food

By All Means, Let's Go This Route

Can science save us from the NHS?<br/> New antibiotics might help to fight hospital infections; but that would cost us money… by Terence Kealey (vice-chancellor of the University of Buckingham) Last Thursday the Office for National Statistics confirmed that more than 20 patients a day now die from the superbug infections, MRSA and C difficile. […]

Categories: Science and Nature

The (Attempted) Annihilation of a Career

I found this last night, and thought it was rather interesting: WSJ – From Emmitt Till to Skip Gates<br/> Black victim, white oppressor. It’s a narrative we know well, by Shelby Steele Emmitt Till had walked into a cultural narrative in which his role was already tragically written. It was a narrative designed to preserve […]

Categories: People and Current Events