Dominique Strauss-Kahn: I Have No Idea What’s Going On

But I love this line: Meanwhile, while Bernard-Henri is scandalized that a mere chambermaid can get a “great” man like Strauss-Kahn in trouble with the law merely by credibly accusing him of sexual assault, I am proud to live in a country where a housekeeper can get a world leader pulled off a plane bound […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Never Read YouTube Comments

The latest viral scandal: 6 Year Old Girl Groped By TSA Apparently it’s been a while since I’ve had to fly anywhere (/clicks heels/) but since when do they run a finger inside your underoos? What is that going to accomplish? I don’t think “Groped by TSA” is strictly accurate. The poor woman seems like […]

Categories: People and Current Events

New Genre: Bureaucracy Thrillers!

A bear has just excused himself into the woods: Guardian – Wang Xiaofang exposes world of Chinese bureaucracy Bestselling author exposes shady world while readers buy his books to get insight into how to become government officials Far from glorifying the Communist party apparatus, these books offer readers a glimpse into a shady world where […]

Categories: Art and Literature

Of Nasty Nurses and Hash Tags

This had me near tears today (and it’s nothing to do with old age NHS vs social care scandals) (and it’s not exactly the Telegraph that it appears in): The Independent – Christina Patterson: Nasty nurses? Tell me something new Some people, on hearing that old people in hospital were being left lying in their […]

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Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCLV

Wheat & Weeds – I Burn My Books One Word At A Time Hehehehe classic.

Categories: Art and Literature

Say You’re At Stanford…

I finally got around to reading in full a column by Teddy Dalrymple on the Pope that RC2 linked to the other day. Since I do love a point-proving hypothetical: It is universally accepted that step-fathers, for example, are many times more likely to commit both physical and sexual abuse against children than biological fathers; […]

Categories: People and Current Events

The World’s Worst Screw

Via the Australian (and elsewhere): “Lawyers cry foul over leak of Julian Assange sex-case papers“ In a move that surprised many of Mr Assange’s closest supporters on Saturday, The Guardian newspaper published previously unseen police documents that accused Mr Assange in graphic detail of sexually assaulting two Swedish women. One witness is said to have […]

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The State That Can Do Anything But Keep Us From Going Blowed Up

The Times – David Aaronovitch: This is no Robin Hood. They were our secrets<br/> The Assangeists don’t trust the State to run foreign or defence policy. So why do they trust it to run everything else? Let me make a quick observation about how, in this supposed war, contradictory positions are adopted. We have Tea […]

Categories: War and Peace

Inappropriate Questions Before the Inappropriate Touching

Towards the end of another good point about the TSA ridiculousness, Exclusive: TSA frisks groom children to cooperate with sex predators, abuse expert says, I found: On Tuesday, TSA administrator John Pistole said the agency may change its screening rules for victims of sex abuse. Jesus how are they gonna screen for that? The TSA […]

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Codename “Rubes”

Sweet, but kinda alarming, unless we really, really get that there are people being hypocritical out there: The Times – The secret’s out: the Yanks are a force for good David Aaronovitch When this whole thing started at the weekend it was billed as a series of tales of damage and scandal concerning the United […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

GWOT and the Breastfeeding Threat at Home

TSA Breast Milk Screening Harassment Okay, first of all, who puts breast milk through the x-ray machine? They always have those little laser scanners for baby stuff. Apple juice, water, empty sippy cups, all that jazz. What on earth point is there in x-raying a plastic storage baggie of milk? It’s a baggy. You swish […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Peter Recommends CXXVII

Quothe Peter: “FFS.” TSA Screener Accosts 3 Year Old Child at Security Checkpoint He also found this article with accompanying slideshow of a few of 35,000 images from one of those x-ray scanners that, err, can’t save images. And the images that they can’t save are discarded immediately. Which is why Gizmodo unearthed all 35,000 […]

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Dear John, From Hal

Something James Delingpole found for his Telegraph blog, and reprinted in its entirety (as am I (can’t stop the signal!)): Dear Curt: [as Dear John letters go, "Dear Curt" is a really good one] When I first joined the American Physical Society sixty-seven years ago it was much smaller, much gentler, and as yet uncorrupted […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Sakineh’s Son Writes to 27 European States

I don’t think Ruthie Gledhill will mind if I repost this letter in full: Articles of Faith Blog – Sakineh’s son writes: ‘My mother is innocent and has spent five years languishing in cold, black pit.’ From Sajjad Ghaderzadeh, son of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani To 27 European Countries: Greetings to all officials in European countries, […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Art Installation as Provocative, Political

Compare Ai Weiwei (designer of the Birds Nest stadium in Beijing) to, I dunno (Wikies at random), this glorified theme park for pretentious adults: The Times – Ai Weiwei: the artist risking his safety for art, by Janice Turner Ai has always been a cussed, provocative figure. He took a series of photographs, Study in […]

Categories: Art and Literature