Entries from September 2013

Fullbore Lump In Throat

This week is on the Westgate Mall attack in Kenya: Cdr Salamander – Fullbore Friday

Categories: War and Peace

Being Used As Line-Sitters For the Boys On a Field Trip Because They’re Jewels, See

From this article: No fairy tales or singing for pupils The head and his deputy at a Muslim free school were allegedly bullied out of their posts by religious hardliners Worse than the not allowing singing (except faith songs), or stringed instruments (why the hell are stringed instruments un-Islamic?), or the headscarves for non-Muslim teachers, […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Oh, the Horror

I just tweeted this, saying that I have less-than-zero interest in watching horror films, but I do like hearing about the art of making them (seriously, a lot of thought goes into the good ones, which is always very interesting): Kermode Uncut: Cattle Prod Cinema I add a post here because, and this isn’t something […]

Categories: Entertainment

Pity My Poor Unhappy Swimming Pool

Yeah! Finally! wait but why – Why Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy (I like this post’s style. It’s sort of Hyperbole and a Half meets Quora.) So yes, now that you’ve gone away and read the whole thing, I agree with all of it, and read the whole thing, except: • I think it’s overstating […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Mark Steyn’s Good Advice

National Review – American Ineffectualism Every American ally is cringing with embarrassment at the amateurishness of the last month. By Mark Steyn First, the usual depressing stuff: Charles Crawford, Britain’s former ambassador in Serbia and Poland, called last Monday “the worst day for U.S. and wider Western diplomacy since records began.” Obama set it in […]

Categories: Politics

Trains! The “Holy Codswalloping Corruption, Batman” Edition

Technically this is a Peter Recommends, because he’s been referencing it off and on since it was published last October, but he finally sent it to me yesterday: The New Yorker – BOSS RAILThe disaster that exposed the underside of the boom. By Evan Osnos It’s very long, and I could’ve quoted the whole thing […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCCIV

I love this: Craigslist – – $800 Bedroom Available (Williamsburg, Brooklyn) (Here’s another link in case that one disappears) If anyone is interested, I’m renting out my bedroom in Williamsburg, Brooklyn immediately. I apologize for the short notice. The apartment features a kitchenette, a large (by New York standards, ha ha) bathroom, and a roommate […]

Categories: War and Peace

Peter Recommends CXLVI

Cracked (god, the ADS; avert your eyes from them) – The 6 Weirdest Things We’ve Learned Since 9/11, by David Wong I like this. I especially like #6 “Terrorism Totally Works!” (it goes in reverse order, so #6 is first), for pointing out the amount of money we spent and how utterly inefficient it is […]

Categories: War and Peace

Seven Sociopaths (Brett Mc_S Reporting)

Intrepid Australian Elections Correspondent Brett McS files the following report (filed previously with RC2, and do link over for further coverage): This is John Howard’s legacy in action. Twelve years of balanced budgets and paying off of the former (Labor) government’s debt to the point where the Australian Government’s books were in the black. Rudd […]

Categories: Politics

All Things Considered, I’d Still Rather Go To Iran

I won’t, or I wouldn’t, but I’d like to: Tehran’s Street Style – The Tehran Times

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Protesting Starbucks: The Celebrity Chef Edition

So I listened to Jamie Oliver’s appearance on BBC’s Woman’s Hour last week, which is about 22 minutes long, it’s the first segment, and it’s very interesting, especially this bit towards the end: JO: This recession is NOT going like everyone says, I can tell you that. Jane Garvey: What do you base that on? […]

Categories: Food