Friday, 30 April 2010
A Wake on the Santa Barbara Pier
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by Thomas J. Scheff (May 2010)


Sundays the tourists, seeking cheer,
stroll on our local pier.
They pass, in plain view
A memorial quite new
for our soldiers who died
in the war against Iraq this year: more>>>

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Posted on 04/30/2010 6:01 PM by NER
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Friday, 30 April 2010
A Sumerian Legend
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by Mark Anthony Signorelli (May 2010)


The sun that rose in Kish for many hours
Had seered the walls that ringed the royal quad,
And burned the timeless rituals on the towers,
Imprinted in the dessicated sod
In olden days, to appease some arcane god. more>>>
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Posted on 04/30/2010 5:56 PM by NER
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Friday, 30 April 2010
Highbrow and Lowbrow
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by Mary Jackson (May 2010)


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he most highbrow thing I read is the Times Literary Supplement and I only read about half. Someone - I don't know who - described it as  "the last refuge of pedantry and malice", and the letters page is often delightfully sniffy. more>>>

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Posted on 04/30/2010 5:52 PM by NER
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Friday, 30 April 2010
Copyrighting the Bible
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by Geoffrey Clarfield (May 2010)


You know, that's good, because if you actually were as innocent as you pretend to be, we'd never get anywhere…Everybody has something to conceal.
 
--Humphrey Bogart, as Detective Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon, 1941
 
 
This is the story of the discovery and recovery of the lost "Gospel of Judas" by the National Geographic Society. It starts off in Egypt but it quickly becomes a Swiss-American mystery. It is a heroic tale, a real cliffhanger; pure Hollywood, worthy of a film starring Humphrey Bogart or Harrison Ford. more>>>
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Posted on 04/30/2010 5:47 PM by NER
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Friday, 30 April 2010
A Review of "I Am Nujood, aged 10 and Divorced"
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by Esmerelda Weatherwax (May 2010)



I Am Nujood, aged 10 and Divorced
By Nujood Ali and Delphine Minoui

Three Rivers Press 2010
192 pages


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his book is not yet published in Great Britain; I bought a copy from the US through Amazon. It is Nujood’s story in the first person taken down originally in French by Delphine Minoui of Beiruit, who wrote further material in between. It was translated into English by Linda Coverdale. more>>>
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Posted on 04/30/2010 5:41 PM by NER
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Friday, 30 April 2010
Television News
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by Anonymous (May 2010)


Three years ago, I wrote the article presented below which describes my personal experiences while working on a short contract at the London based headquarters of Associated Press TV News in Camden. more>>>
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Posted on 04/30/2010 5:37 PM by NER
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Friday, 30 April 2010
Voting LibDem - the clincher
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If you are not put off the Liberal Democrats by their anti-Semitism, their kleptocratic, quangocratic, bueaucratic and Eurocratic policies, their proposed amnesty for illegal immigrants (i.e. more and more Muslims) by the fact that Nick Clegg believes that Britain was no better than Germany in WW2, and that the Islamic call to prayer is as "beautiful as Church bells" and that LibDem values are Arab values, then here's the clincher: The Guardian backs Nick Clegg:

Citizens have votes. Newspapers do not. However, if the Guardian had a vote in the 2010 general election it would be cast enthusiastically for the Liberal Democrats. It would be cast in the knowledge that not all the consequences are predictable, and that some in particular should be avoided. The vote would be cast with some important reservations and frustrations. Yet it would be cast for one great reason of principle above all.

After the campaign that the Liberal Democrats have waged over this past month, for which considerable personal credit goes to Nick Clegg, the election presents the British people with a huge opportunity: the reform of the electoral system itself. Though Labour has enjoyed a deathbed conversion to aspects of the cause of reform, it is the Liberal Democrats who have most consistently argued that cause in the round and who, after the exhaustion of the old politics, reflect and lead an overwhelming national mood for real change.

Proportional representation – while not a panacea – would at last give this country what it has lacked for so long: a parliament that is a true mirror of this pluralist nation, not an increasingly unrepresentative two-party distortion of it. The Guardian has supported proportional representation for more than a century. In all that time there has never been a better opportunity than now to put this subject firmly among the nation's priorities. Only the Liberal Democrats grasp this fully, and only they can be trusted to keep up the pressure to deliver, though others in all parties, large and small, do and should support the cause. That has been true in past elections too, of course. But this time is different. The conjuncture in 2010 of a Labour party that has lost so much public confidence and a Conservative party that has not yet won it has enabled Mr Clegg to take his party close to the threshold of real influence for the first time in nearly 90 years.

This time – with the important caveat set out below – the more people who vote Liberal Democrat on 6 May, the greater the chance that this will be Britain's last general election under a first-past-the-post electoral system which is wholly unsuited to the political needs of a grown-up 21st-century democracy.

Proportional representation means that the Tories will never again be in power, because the LibDems will always get into bed with Labour. It means more bureaucracy, Eurocracy, kleptocracy, quangocracy, anti-Semitism, "beautiful Arab values" and more and more Muslims. Loads of them.

Is that what you want?

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Posted on 04/30/2010 5:28 PM by Mary Jackson
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Friday, 30 April 2010
Fading Away ? Douglas MacArthur and Our Crisis of Meaning
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by DL Adams (May 2010)
 
During times of national strife, upheaval, and war thoughtful people look in many directions for counsel and context. The essential resource for this research has always been history. more>>>
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Posted on 04/30/2010 5:31 PM by NER
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Friday, 30 April 2010
Iran?s Nuclear Threat
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An interview with Israeli Diplomat Paul Hirschson

by Jerry Gordon and Mike Bates (May 2010)
 

Following Israeli PM Netanyahu’s visit to Washington in late March, we had the opportunity to interview the Israeli Deputy Consul General for Florida and Puerto Rico, Paul Hirschson. His assignment covers political and economic affairs. Hirschson is a native of Johannesburg, South Africa who made aliyah to Israel in the mid-1980’s. Trained in finance and accounting with an MBA from Boston University, he spent more than a decade working in Israel’s burgeoning high tech sector. During his high tech experience he represented an Israeli firm in the Persian Gulf Region and had exposure to the great divide between Sunni Muslim states and Shia Iran. He brought this invaluable business and cultural experience with him when he chose to change careers and entered Israel’s Foreign Ministry as a diplomat. more>>>
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Posted on 04/30/2010 5:28 PM by NER
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Friday, 30 April 2010
Baltic Rebirth and the Zionist Staging Ground for a Jewish State
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by Norman Berdichevsky (May 2010)


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ike the Jews, the Latvians, Lithuanians and Estonians maintained a distinct and isolated cultural heritage stemming from pre-Christian times, suffered the persecution of militant Crusaders (the Teutonic Knights considered it a holy task to Christianize or exterminate them from the 12th to the 14th centuries); were victims of the intolerant designs of the Russian and German empires to assimilate "peculiar" minorities; enjoyed a late flowering national renaissance based first and foremost upon the ancestral languages, sustained a far flung Diaspora (for the Balts in Scandinavia, Canada, Australia and the United States); and strove to bring about reborn national states committed to democratic ideals but surrounded by aggressive and hostile neighbors. more>>>

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Posted on 04/30/2010 5:18 PM by NER
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Friday, 30 April 2010
Implacable Muslim Hatred of Jews
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by Jerry Gordon (May 2010)


Al-Yahud: Eternal Islamic Enmity & the Jews
By Elias Al-Maqdisi & Sam Solomon
ANM Publishers
PO. BOX 5303
Charlottesville, Virginia 22905

Sam Solomon and the late Elias Al-Maqdisi have produced in Al-Yahud an indictment of the implacable Islamic hatred towards Jews and Christians. The authors present the exegesis of primal hatred at the core of the Quranic Canon, but they do something more. They make the connection between the doctrinal hatred of Jews and denial of ancient Biblical claims to the Holy Land of Jews and Christians. more>>>

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Posted on 04/30/2010 5:11 PM by NER
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Friday, 30 April 2010
Kati Comes Home: East European Jewry Confronts Its Holocaust Secrets
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by Thomas Ország-Land (May 2010)


Kati Marton, an award-winning American foreign correspondent, was researching a book on the Holocaust when a chance remark by a survivor changed her life. The book was about Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who rescued thousands of Hungarian Jewish lives during the Second World War. “What a pity, my dear,“ the old woman told the visiting journalist, “that this man arrived too late to save your own grandparents from the gas chambers...” more>>>

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Posted on 04/30/2010 5:07 PM by NER
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Friday, 30 April 2010
Brother Tariq and the Muslim Hoods: Towards a Taxonomy of Islamic Subterfuges
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by Ibn Warraq (May 2010)


Brother Tariq: The Doublespeak of Tariq Ramadan

By Caroline Fourest, Foreword by Denis MacShane
New York & London, Encounter Books, 2008
Notes, Index. xv + 262 pp.

Faith, here's an equivocator that could swear in both the scales against either scale, who committed treason enough for God's sake, yet could not equivocate to Heaven. Oh, come in, equivocator.
             -- William Shakespeare Macbeth, II.3

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Posted on 04/30/2010 4:57 PM by NER
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Friday, 30 April 2010
Muslims and Westerners: The Psychological Differences
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by Nicolai Sennels (May 2010)

February 27th 2008. On a cold and windy Wednesday (for cyclists like myself), I took a deep breath, grabbed the microphone and did something that changed my life. more>>>

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Posted on 04/30/2010 4:51 PM by NER
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Friday, 30 April 2010
Confucius: Disorder In Words Must Not Be Tolerated
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Theodore Dalrymple mentions the passage in the Analects where Confucius talks  of  confusion -- or rather, "disorder" -- in words. In an article  he posted on Jan. 1 2008 o he made mention of the same passage, and at the time I posted  a comment which,  instead of putting up again at his article this month, I will raise to the level of a posting, as below: 

1 Jan 2008
Hugh Fitzgerald

Confucius  is mentioned, and allusion made to his preoccupation with words, in the article above.

Frederick Ungar, in his introduction to Karl Kraus' book, "The Last Days of Mankind," writes that Kraus often quoted Confucius:

"If concepts are not right, words are not true; if words are not true, works are not achieved; if works are not achieved, morality and the arts do not thrive; if morality and the arts do not thrive, justice miscarries; if justice miscarries, the nation does not know where to put its feet and hands. Therefore, disorder in words must not be tolerated."

 

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Posted on 04/30/2010 4:50 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 30 April 2010
On the other hand
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For those Muslims happy to risk eternal fire and no virgins by voting the British Muslim Initiative have released their list of candidates most likely to behave in the Muslim interest. HT Dominique.
Among others they reckon Margaret Hodge in Barking (not Nick Nick? Why ever not???) Gruesome Galloway, Abjol Miah and Salmonella Yaqoob for Respect in Limehouse, Bethnal Green and Birmingham Hall Green respectively. Caroline Lucas the Green in Brighton Pavillion (saw lots of her window posters on Sunday) and Shahid Malik (insh'allah) in Dewsbury.

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Posted on 04/30/2010 4:43 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Friday, 30 April 2010
Morality, Emotion Markers and Social Change
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by Thomas J. Scheff  (May 2010)          


Experts agree that emotion and feeling are important for many reasons. However, there may be a reason little mentioned as yet: emotions can serve to distinguish what is important to the individual from myriads of cognitions that are not. (Nussbaum 2001 takes a different path but also concludes that emotions serve as markers for values.) Many basic problems arise because modern societies give emotions short shrift.  What relevance might such ideas have to the study of morality, and toward changing our society? more>>>

 
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Posted on 04/30/2010 4:46 PM by NER
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Friday, 30 April 2010
Triumph of Maya: The Rhetoric of Darwinism
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by Mark Anthony Signorelli (May 2010) 
 

In certain strains of Hindu philosophy, the concept of maya is used to refer to the persistently deceptive nature of material creation, the prakriti. If Brahman, or the ultimate reality, refers to a realm of unity and absolute stability, the prakriti refers to a realm suffused with division, mutability, and decay, and thus the material universe, in its appearance, becomes like a veil obscuring the genuine truth of Brahman. more>>>

 

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Posted on 04/30/2010 4:42 PM by NER
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Friday, 30 April 2010
Southern Comfort
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by Rebecca Bynum (May 2010) 
 
“Things reveal themselves passing away,” someone remarked to William Butler Yeats, and it is an historical fact that every established order writes its great apologia only after it has been fatally stricken. – Richard M. Weaver

In the passage above, Weaver was writing about the passing of the American South, its rooted feudalism, its chivalry, its attachment to the land and its deeply religious nature. In pre-Civil War America, the South was a civilization apart; more closely akin to that of Europe than to the Puritan North. more>>>
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Posted on 04/30/2010 4:37 PM by NER
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Friday, 30 April 2010
The New Faith, Hope and Charity
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by Theodore Dalrymple (May 2010) 
 

Confucius said in the Analects that the first thing he would do on coming into power was to ensure that things were called by their proper names: for if they are not, what confusion follows!
 
But confusion does not arise from poor nomenclature only. Correct naming is a necessary but not sufficient condition of clear thought. Unexamined premises and false assumptions are a fruitful source of bad thought and worse conclusions. more>>>
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Posted on 04/30/2010 4:33 PM by NER
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