Entries from April 2010

Hitler Is Told Constantin Film AG Is Protecting Their Copyright

I love these parodies. Long live fair use!

Categories: Entertainment

How to Speak Icelandic

With the world’s journalists stranded in one place or another, this is what they fill 24 hour news with, a song on how to pronounce Eyjafjallajokull (ay-uh-fyat-luh-yoe-kuutl-ul): Oh well. It’s quite sweet. Are there any links between Icelandic and Welsh, I wonder? That thhhl noise at the end sounds familiar…

Categories: Science and Nature

The Great White North and Land of Unexpected Phrasing

A hilarious bit from a Mark Steyn article I barely didn’t link to the other day: In 1993, government spending averaged 52.2 percent in Europe, and 70.9 percent in Sweden. The Swedes have reduced government spending (as a fraction of GDP) by almost a third in the last 15 years. Their corporate tax rates are [...]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Dr Leith Penny, of Westminster Council, Would Like to Apologise

Evening Standard – Workmen destroy ancient Paddington tombs Workmen have desecrated an 18th century burial ground by destroying scores of ancient tombs, some of which belonged to children. The men were repairing a wall in St Mary’s churchyard at Paddington Green and dug up the garden above the cemetery. Local resident Julyan Wickham saw the [...]

Categories: History

Don’t Bring a Nuke to a Machete Fight

NRO – Mark Steyn: Nonproliferation? How Quaint! The mound of corpses being piled up around the world today is not from high-tech nuclear states but from low-tech psycho states. You could just about enforce nonproliferation back in the Cold War, when the only official nuclear powers were the Big Five at the U.N. Security Council [...]

Categories: War and Peace

“Nice Continent. Pity About the Africans.”

This is long, but engrossing: New Yorker – The Hunted Did American conservationists in Africa go too far? by Jeffrey Goldberg It follows the story of a husband/wife pair of American grad students turned conservationists who moved to Botswana and then Zambia and got involved in fighting illegal ivory poachers. The first half quotes much [...]

Categories: Science and Nature

Coexistance is Easy in the Judenrein!

Mark Steyn (again): This is a question that should be asked more often: Moshe Ya’alon, a former Israel Defense Forces general who now serves as Benjamin Netanyahu’s strategic affairs minister, posed the following query in an interview published in the Jerusalem Post: “If we are talking about coexistence and peace, why the [Palestinian] insistence that [...]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Guam Capsizing

The Corner – Mark Steyn: Congressional Oversight in Action Watching the Commander of the Pacific Fleet’s deadpan face as Congressman Hank Johnson (D., Ga.) asks him about the danger of the island of Guam tipping over and capsizing is a glimpse of how the viziers to the loopier Ottoman sultans must have felt. Here’s the [...]

Categories: Politics

Jeremy Irons As Sebastian: SCANDAL

Telegraph – Brideshead Reunited: actors reveal how acclaimed roles nearly never happened The two men have revealed that before filming began on the 1981 screen adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s most famous novel, each was cast for the other’s role. They both had to battle to overturn decisions by the director and producer that Irons should [...]

Categories: Entertainment

US TV Shows, At It Again

Telegraph – Is this the real face of Jesus? Jesus was 5’8″, swarthy and looked nothing like the Renaissance painters’ depictions of Christ, according to a reconstruction based on the Turin Shroud. The picture looks pretty likely, but then so might’ve the one of Cleopatra if one hadn’t seen her family tree. Actually, no. Looking [...]

Categories: History

So, I Stepped Out Onto the Lanai…

…because the line so amused Half last time… Our plane left at 8.30 this morning, shaved a half hour off the flight time, and we landed at 11. We were in the rental car by quarter to noon, and at the condo (after stopping at Safeway for coffee/filters/milk/bottle of wine) by 1. Amazing. Some people [...]

Categories: Wildcard

In Praise of the Gene Genie

DCI Gene Hunt is on Twitter. It makes me so happy to see him there. I bring this up because: Times Online – Did anyone see what’s happened to crime? Tony Blair was elected to be tough on it. But now the public has lost faith in the police, by Alice Thomson Five children, three [...]

Categories: People and Current Events

What a Jerk

WHAT GIVES HER THE RIGHT?!?! /jealous About halfway through the nausea kicks in and you just think, “oh COME ON.” Although, I keep expecting one of them to roll over on her and kill her, cuz, y’know, IT’S DANGEROUS CUDDLING WITH WILD ANIMALS THAT ARE THE SIZE OF VOLKSWAGENS.

Categories: Science and Nature

Nukes! And Security! Together!

This is so funny on so many levels I can’t even begin to parse them all: France will not give up nukes WASHINGTON – France will not give up nuclear weapons because doing so would “jeopardise” its security, President Nicolas Sarkozy said this morning as global leaders gathered for a summit on nuclear security. “I [...]

Categories: War and Peace

Aussies Saving the World, One Uranium Mine At a Time

Brett McS reports that the Climate Skeptics Party is looking for a slogan. He favours “Aussies Saving the World,” which I’ve improved on slightly. Any others?

Categories: Politics