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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Simmering Tensions
In Pakistan, one person has been killed and 11 others injured in clashes between Muslims and Christians. The riot started because women were allegedly harassed. I think it would never have come to a riot if the women had just harassed them back.

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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Libraries and Democracy
From Lance In Iraq:
Speaking of libraries, here's one that's opened since the 278th arrived. Saddam didn't spend money on this kind of thing, what with goldplating the palace toilets and all.
Go read it all, this guy's great.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
It's the least wonderful time of the year
Today is the worst. day. ever. They proved it. They proved it with Science!

After all, it's Jan. 24, the “most depressing day of the year,� according to a U.K. psychologist.

Dr. Cliff Arnall's calculations show that misery peaks Monday.

Arnall, who specializes in seasonal disorders at the University of Cardiff, Wales, created a formula that takes into account numerous feelings to devise peoples' lowest point.

The model is:
[W + (D-d)] x TQ
M x NA

The equation is broken down into seven variables: (W) weather, (D) debt, (d) monthly salary, (T) time since Christmas, (Q) time since failed quit attempt, (M) low motivational levels and (NA) the need to take action.
You can all bite me.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Fomenting Hatred
Words fail me:
A group of nationalist Russian lawmakers called Monday for a sweeping investigation aimed at outlawing all Jewish organizations and punishing officials who support them, accusing Jews of fomenting ethnic hatred and saying they provoke anti-Semitism.

In a letter dated Jan. 13, about 20 members of the lower house of parliament, the State Duma, asked Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov to investigate their claims and to launch proceedings "on the prohibition in our country of all religious and ethnic Jewish organizations as extremist."

The letter, faxed in part to The Associated Press by the office of lawmaker Alexander Krutov, said, "The negative assessments by Russian patriots of the qualities and actions against non-Jews that are typical of Jews correspond to the truth ... The statements and publications against Jews that have incriminated patriots are self-defense, which is not always stylistically correct but is justified in essence."

The stunning call to ban all Jewish groups raised concerns of persistent anti-Semitism in Russia.
Raised concerns?!
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Bus Number 19
On January 29, 2004, a Palestinian policeman climbed aboard Bus 19 in Jerusalem and detonated his explosive belt. The explosion killed 11 people and injured 50.

From Israpundit: The little bus that could
Five and a half month later this blown out bus was shipped to The Hague, standing outside the International Court of Justice, while judges deliberated on Israel's security barrier. It took with it its sad memories of those 11 innocent people that had once led full and useful lives.

For days, it stood outside the courtroom, believing it's burnt out hollow interior would speak louder than any Israeli delegations words ever could.

The number 19 bus has since been purchased by a Humanitarian group of Christians call the Jerusalem Connection. It was consequently shipped to the United States where its empty burnt out shell was loaded onto the back of a trailer. In the last months this bus has spoken volumes at any number of anti-terror rallies across the US.
And then bus number 19 came to Berkeley
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
649 Girls Under 14
What could a young girl possibly do that would be considered an activity against the state and warrant her arrest? Did she flirt with a boy in the street? Was her hair not completely covered? Did she steal a shirt, or a candybar? Was she forced to prostitute herself? We'll never know; or at least we won't know until Iran is free, someday.
Tehran, Iran, Jan. 23 – The commander of Iran's State Security Forces in Tehran announced that 649 teenage girls under 14 years of age have been arrested in the Iranian capital over the past ten months.

The SSF chief told a press conference in Tehran yesterday, "Of the 59,121 individuals arrested in Tehran over the past ten months, 3969 of them were women; 649 were girls under the age of 14".

The SSF chief said that the Iranian capital was facing both a social and a security crisis, adding that his forces were prepared to crack down on anyone suspected of engaging in activities against the state

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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Wal-Mart Pros and Cons
My position is very clear on this - I don't like Wal-Mart - but not because I'm an elitist. I love discount stores and I haven't cared about labour unions since I was 18 and naively joined one. The reason I don't like Wal-Mart is because it's a huge store and I hate shopping in huge stores. I hate Macy's and Nordstrom's too. (Ok, Nordstrom's I don't mind so much...)
Wal-Mart has an image problem. Unfortunately, the company seems to have only just figured this out.

Last week, it launched a nationwide public-relations offensive consisting of full-page ads in national newspapers, aggressive responses to critics in the press and a new Web site, www.walmartfacts.com.

Perhaps an "associate" -- Wal-Mart's version of an "employee" -- wandered into a Barnes & Noble and happened upon Bill Quinn's How Wal-Mart Is Destroying America and the World and What You Can Do About It or Al Norman's The Case Against Wal-Mart.

Regardless, Wal-Mart faces an uphill battle to restore its reputation after years of unanswered assaults. Fortunately for the company, it has a secret weapon: a small country's worth of satisfied shoppers.

The complaints against Wal-Mart are familiar to many by now: The company supposedly pays its workers too little, destroys small businesses, rips apart local communities and -- when it's feeling particularly sinister -- pushes little girls off of tricycles.

What's less well-known is just how popular Wal-Mart is with consumers. Obviously, a lot of people shop there -- about 100 million a week. But do they like it?

Wal-Mart Wakes Up
Speaking from personal experience, I'm the only dissatisfied Wal-Mart customer I know, so I think that yes, consumers like it. But just in case a Wal-Mart CEO is reading bloggie (it could happen), may I make a few suggestions: first of all take out all the guy stuff and move it to a separate store, let's call it "Wal-Manly-Mart." That includes the weight benches, the big TVs, the war-like video games and the hunting equipment. Next, move the children's section over there as well, and the McDonald's and the popcorn machine. The men can now take the kids with them to their own Wal-Mart and voilá! Peace and quiet (and a much smaller store) for the rest of us.
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guest author: Jefe in Discarded Lies:
Traveling Around Ireland With The Band - Day 1
Day 1 - Wednesday
Norfolk - New York - Shannon - Galway

In November, for the second year running, my sister Julie & I spent a week traveling around Ireland with the band Black 47, an Irish-American band from New York City. They solved a problem common to many Irish-American bands. How does a band tour Ireland when their fan base is in America? Take the fan base with you. In 2003, there were about 120 of us tagging along; in 2004, it was a more manageable 60 or so.

I suppose the tour started when we met up at the Aer Dingus Lingus terminal at JFK. We knew right where to find everyone–the bar. After catching up with the other tour vets from last year and meeting some of the new folks, and saying hi to the band, we were ready to board. The flight was on time, though we had about an hour of continuous sickening turbulence that had most everyone making sure their paper bags were handy.

After landing in Shannon, we boarded the two tour buses for the drive to Galway. Julie and I had our wish fulfilled–our driver, starting after Galway, would be Joe, whom we wished we had the previous year. Whereas our driver was known for banning anything fun (including, for some unknown reason, ice cream) and not allowing anyone to use the bus toilet (and griping when we asked him to stop for a bathroom break), Joe the Seanchai was known for terrific storytelling, jokes, and songs. And allowing most anything, including the critical drinking on the bus.

On the way to Galway, we stopped at the stunning Cliffs of Moher. Unfortunately, it was raining and the winds were high, the lone bad weather day of the trip. Julie and I made it to the first landing before heading back, totally drenched, and with a now broken umbrella. If we hadn’t seen the cliffs the year before, we probably would have braved the climb. We passed through the Burren ('a craggy bed of limestone'), and travelled along Galway Bay into Galway.

After a quick nap at the Galway hotel and an excellent dinner (all hotels and pubs in Ireland seem to have great food), we headed out to the Roisin Dubh for the first concert of the tour. Neck, an Irish band out of London, joined the tour there and opened for the band, as they would throughout the trip. They would turn out to be a big part of the life of the trip, both with their electrifying Irish punk, constant great humor, and friendliness. After the show, we wandered around Galway checking out the local bars. John Curtin demonstrated how hard his head is (to the detriment of a framed picture), and that he looks dashing in a scarf. Julie and others showed what drunk people can do to/with statues. Once back at the hotel, we hung out at the Residents Bar, doing some more catching up, and watching Marion, the Neck fiddler, try to avoid the advances of a drunken tour member. I believe it was there that he was given the nickname of Spain, borrowed from the day’s headline: Spain is in Chaos. We called it a night at about 3:30AM, giving us about 3-1/2 solid hours of sleep.

to be continued...
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Monday Winds Of War
Winds of Change.NET: Winds of War: Jan 24/05
Iranian agent caught in Iraq; Iran President uncowed by US pressure; Reza Pahlavi asks US to avoid intervening militarily in Iran; Saudi Arabia wants to build 4500 new madrassas; How US keeps terrorists from Canada out; Egypt nuke program investigated by IAEA; Israel pleased with Abbas moves; Rumsfeld determined to supplant CIA; Posse Comitatus weakened; Chinese woman held in Boston dirty bomb plot; Pentagon offers incentives to keep SF troops enlisted; Sudan releases Islamist kingpin; South Africa disarms poor blacks; ISI recruiting illegal immigrants for terrorism in India; Mullah Omar continues to bluster; JI is training MILF; India is Bush country; Pakistani general says Binnie ain't in Pakistan; Ukraine wants to join EU; Germany to deport hundreds of Islamists; UK's Straw ruling out supporting US strikes on Iran; Russia restructuring security forces; Germany arrests 2 in dirty bomb plot and much more...
Go, dip your toe in the water, and then run home to sweet bloggie with all the nice emoticons and root cellar and diner and stuff. Those people think too much!
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