It’s All Greek

I love this. It’s one of the funniest and best-written things I’ve read in a while. I spent the whole time reading it wanting to print it out so I could highlight all my favourite turns-of-phrases. But there’s also a lot going on in it: As soon as I started reading, suddenly all that stupid [...]

Categories: People and Current Events

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

#twittersilence

God I’m bored. Twitter is a lovely, lovely place. I don’t understand people who can’t get into Twitter. I used to work for a lady who was (HAH) spearheading the (HAH) social (HAH HAH) outreach for the support side of a major brand name internet monetization product, and she said proudly to me, on my [...]

Categories: Business & Media

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCC

As usual, the title cards and captions are the best part. The book title, too, is the best part. But the really best part is how Putin’s headshot has no captioning at all. That’s the best part. It’s interesting that this is uploaded by somebody whose titles are all in arabic, so, obviously, for an [...]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Southern Africa Doing a Bang-Up Job at Animal Conservation

National Post – All of Mozambique’s remaining rhinos killed by poachers Johannesburg – The last known rhinoceroses in Mozambique have been wiped out by poachers apparently working in cahoots with the game rangers responsible for protecting them. The 15 threatened animals were shot dead for their horns last month in the Mozambican part of Great [...]

Categories: Science and Nature

Read Thy Comics

I’m catching up on Reader and, oh damn this is creepy (from April 9): xkcd what if? – Pressure Cooker Also, on April 14 (the day before the Boston Marathon), the Sunday Times had a piece on the charming leadership of Chechnya: Moscow crime ring run by Chechen police A GROUP of armed thugs accused [...]

Categories: People and Current Events

On Stupid Laws and Stupid Reactions To Them

Mark Steyn is very much worth a read today, on the people who obviously didn’t mean to break the so-numerous-as-to-be-unknowable laws they broke but were still punished, because they aren’t on NBC: NRO – Mark Steyn: Laws Are for Little People And not for David Gregory.

Categories: Business & Media

Pastor Youcef

Late to this, but Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani has been released after three years in jail for apostacy and other ridiculous charges, which included a death sentence. I’m giving credit to RC2‘s relentless Twitter campaign (and the efforts of Amnesty International and the State Department and lots of other organizations besides).

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Miscellaneous Sex Stuff

First, a fairly good essay for laying out the basic arguments without falling into the “eww icky” trap like so many do, except this still irritated me just because of her language choices. I mean, let’s face it, if I gave this to just about any one of my peers to read, they’d call her [...]

Categories: People and Current Events

Sex! Crime! Islam! It’s Interesting I Swear!

I already posted this on Twitter, but it needs a spot in the external memory drive: The Independent – Asian grooming: why we need to talk about sex Special Report day two: Our investigation into the background to the Rochdale child abuse ring concludes by exploring its cultural and religious implications, by Paul Vallely As [...]

Categories: People and Current Events

Finally Some Good Ideas From the NAACP

This amused me: The Corner – Mark Steyn: Let’s Have Burkina Faso Run U.S. Elections The NAACP have asked the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva to investigate U.S. voter ID laws. The U.N. Human Rights Council includes such paragons of human rights — and free elections — as China, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, Libya (elected [...]

Categories: Politics

Pronto

Audio of the Costa Concordia’s captain trying to weasel out of going back to his ship: I said on Facebook the other day that I find it reassuring that abandoning ship is still something one can get arrested for. Like, despite everything, sometimes someone is still going to expect that you do something heroic or [...]

Categories: People and Current Events

De-Power-Tripping the TSA

The Hill – House Republicans look to ‘strip’ TSA screeners of their ‘officer’ title More than two dozen House Republicans introduced legislation on Thursday that would prevent the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) from calling airport screeners “officer” unless they have gone through federal law enforcement training or are otherwise eligible for federal law enforcement benefits. [...]

Categories: Politics

See, I Do Still Read the News

The Corner – Mark Steyn: Zero Tolerance, Zero Proportion Among much of America’s hideous educrat monopoly, the Golden Rule is that regulatory compliance is always the right thing to do, no matter how stupid and wicked it is. This news item — “First Grader Accused Of Sexual Harassment” — came to my attention with the [...]

Categories: Politics

Svetlana’s School Chums

Uh, jeez: Telegraph – Obituary: Lana Peters Lana Peters, who has died aged 85, was better known as Svetlana Stalin. She spent a lifetime trying to escape the notoriety of being daughter to the man who vies with Adolf Hitler for the title of most vicious tyrant of the 20th century; ultimately, and perhaps inevitably, [...]

Categories: History