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evariste in Discarded Lies:
The Emperor's New Computer
Mac Mini: The Emperor's New Computer
Apple is a master at hype, everyone knows this. Its founder, Steve Jobs, is well-known throughout the industry for possessing a “reality distortion field? which makes people crave Apple computers and one-button mice despite their exorbitant price and in the face of all rational logic. Both the Apple hype machine and Jobs' reality distortion field have kicked into overdrive this year with the recent release of the bold, innovative and affordable G4 Cube...oops I mean the Mac mini.

I’ll admit, we were excited at first to get one in the lab to put through its paces. I had heard about the machine and seen a few clips on G4 of Steve Jobs' keynote at Macworld San Francisco in January. My curiosity piqued by the pronouncement of a $499 computer from Apple, I checked out Apple.com to look up its specs. While the hardware is about roughly equivalent to a Windows PC circa 1995, what got me interested were Apple’s claims about its size, weight and footprint.

If you believe Apple’s marketing department, the new Mini is “smaller than most packs of gum? and weighs “less than four quarters?. Well, we received our test unit from Apple yesterday, and let me say right off the bat that those claims are a wee bit of an exaggeration. Far from being Trident-sized, the Mini actually measures about 6.5?x6.5?x2?, about the size of two wonderbread cheese sandwiches stacked on top of each other, or about 50 packs of Bubble Yum. As for the weight, it feels about three pounds. Hold a Mini in one hand and four quarters in the other and tell me which one feels heavier. You could perform this experiment yourself at an Apple store.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Islamist Compassion
The Down syndrome boy who was made into a bomb by terrorist monsters
Amar Ahmed Mohammed was 19 years old. But the fact that he had the mind of a four-year-old did not stop the insurgency's hard men as they strapped explosives to his chest and guided him to a voting centre in suburban Al-Askan.

Before dawn yesterday in Baghdad, his parents strapped his broken remains to the roof of a taxi to lead a sorrowful procession to the holy city of Najaf. There, they gave him a ceremonial wash and shrouded him in white cotton before burying him in the shadow of the shrine of Imam Ali, the sainted founder of their Shiite creed.

Unlike the hundreds of others in the region who knowingly volunteered for an explosive death, Amar died because he did not know. He had Down syndrome.

On most days, Amar would slip out of his parents' house and wander the streets of the Al-Askan neighbourhood until dusk when, usually, a friend or neighbour would bring him home. On Sunday, when his parents, Ahmed, 42, and Fatima, 40, went to vote with their two daughters, they left him at home as usual.

Al-Askan is a dangerous and mixed area. When the Herald attempted to visit it yesterday the police allowed us to advance only a few blocks into the area before ordering us out - the immediate area of Amar's home was the centre of a running gunfight between Shiites of the Al-Bahadel tribe and Sunnis of the Al-Ghedi.

One of Amar's cousins, a 29-year-old teacher who asked not to be named, claimed the insurgents must have kidnapped him. "He was like a baby," he said. "He had nothing to do with the resistance and there was nothing in the house for him to make a bomb. He was Shiite - why bomb his own people?

"He was mindless, but he was mostly happy, laughing and playing with the children in the street. Now, his father is inconsolable; his mother cries all the time."

After voting at 7.30am, Amar's parents joined the extended family for a celebration that became a lunch of chicken and rice, soup and orange juice at the home of one of his relatives.

The sound of the blast interrupted the party. But it was assumed to be a mortar shell, Amar's cousin said, a follow-up to a mortar barrage across the city in the first hours of voting. "Everyone was very happy and excited, but news came that a mongoli had been a bomber. Ahmed and Fatima became distressed and they raced home," he said. "They got neighbours to search and one of them identified Amar's head where it lay on the pavement. His body was broken into pieces.

"I have heard of them using dead people and donkeys and dogs to hide their bombs, but how could they do this to a boy like Amar?"

Apparently, Amar triggered the bomb before he got to the intended target. No one else was hurt or killed. But he was not the only one in Baghdad to make a mark on the election. A dirty pair of sneakers were all that remained of another suicide bomber who tried to make his way to another polling station.

A police colonel, Salam Alak al-Asadie, told how his neighbour stopped the bomber. "There was a Sudanese man with a bomb. He looked odd and Naiem Hamoudi Jacobi jumped on him, grabbing at his arms and trying to stop him exploding the device hidden in his clothes. He was so brave. Two policemen who were nearby died, but had Naiem not acted when he did the bomb might have killed a hundred people.

"Voting had been slow till then. But people were so angry they poured out of their homes - even the Sunnis who had said they would not vote."

Naiem Jacobi, 35, was the father of three children. His brother-in-law, Mohammed Bakir, said: "This is the price we have to pay for freedom. But this family has paid too much - 14 of my brothers and relatives were hanged by Saddam during the 1991 rebellion in Najaf. I was advised to flee the country and I did. So did my brother, Salam - he now lives in Sydney, Australia."

Unconfirmed reports of insurgents co-opting two other people with Down syndrome (both plots were foiled) suggest that Amar's death was part of a deliberate city-wide plan, rather than the action of a rogue unit.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Restoring Tribal Honour
I'm sure that this woman had to break through many ancient prejudices and tribal customs to become a doctor. It doesn't look like she was able to escape them completely though. At least she has a medical association standing up for her. How many other women are facing the same fate alone?
PESHAWAR: A tribal jirga in Sindh has decided to kill a woman doctor who was allegedly gang raped in Sui to restore the “lost honour? of her tribe, a Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) official told a press conference on Wednesday. PMA President Dr Umer Ayub said the husband and in-laws of the doctor had told him of the jirga or local council’s decision in Gumbat Khairpur. He demanded the members of the jirga be arrested, and the alleged rapists of the doctor be hanged at Minar-e-Pakistan to deter such crimes. He criticised the federal interior minister for not visiting the woman doctor and her family. He also slammed the NWFP Assembly for not condemning the alleged rape. Ayub said a tribunal formed by the Balochistan government to investigate the incident should be given a one-month deadline. “It has been 24 days since the incident and not one of the accused has appeared before the tribunal. The culprits should appear before the tribunal and not on television,? he said. Ayub said the woman doctor had given her statement to the tribunal a couple of days ago, naming her alleged attackers and outlining the incident in detail. He said DNA tests should be used to identify the culprits. He said the PMA central council would meet on February 13 to discuss its future line. Jirga wants doctor killed
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Why is Marriott hosting a celebration of the Islamic revolution in Iran?
January 28, 2005

From: The Office of Iran of Tomorrow Movement

To : John. W. Marriott Jr., CEO
Marriott International, Inc.
10400 Fernwood Dr.
Bethesda, MD 20817

It has recently come to our attention that the Director of the Interests Section of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Washington D.C., Mr. Ali Jazini, has reserved a large section of the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center for a celebration of the "Twenty Sixth Anniversary of the glorious victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran." While you may not be aware of the political and economic ramifications of this event, it is certainly in the best interest of Marriott International, Inc. and in the interest of the United States of America to deny Mr. Jazini the opportunity to hold this celebration at your Conference Center or at any other Marriott property. For your information, February 6th has been formally declared as "Death to America Day" in the Islamic Republic Calendar. The date chosen to hold this celebration, February 6th, is closely associated with the Iran Hostage Crisis, in which Islamic fundamentalists, acting under the orders of the Iranian Government, stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and took 52 American Diplomats hostage, holding them for 444 days. This celebration is a blatant insult to those Americans who suffered for 444 days during the Hostage Crisis and to the 241 Americans who died at the hands of the Islamic Republic in the 1983 bombing of an American barrack in Lebanon. By associating Marriott with a government which President Bush has repeatedly declared to be a "state sponsor of international terrorism", you are not only putting a black mark on the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel, but also on Marriott International across America. Due to the great revulsion that the majority of expatriate Iranians and patriotic Americans feel towards the Islamic Republic, a boycott of the Marriott properties by these two groups will likely ensue and a great deal of unpleasant publicity will undoubtedly result. Furthermore, under President Clinton (Executive Order 12959), the Islamic Republic has been declared "an extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy and economy of the US". Trade with the Islamic Republic or facilitation of its activities within the borders of the United States is illegal under U.S. law. Allowing this "celebration" to take place at the Marriott could very well violate these legal parameters set in place to protect national security, and result in a number of serious legal and financial ramifications for Marriott International. Page 2 Since its inception, a primary goal of the Islamic Republic has been to destroy what it terms "the Great Satan", a crude reference to the United States. To this end, they have used every means at their disposal including hostage taking, targeted assassinations, bombings, and other blatant acts of terrorism. They are currently in the process of developing nuclear weapons which, if completed, could pose a major threat to American personnel and interests in the Persian Gulf region and beyond. Given that providing a terrorist breeding ground in the United States is illegal, facilitating a celebration on Marriott property for the purpose of rejoicing in their terrorist victory borders on treason and certainly is a betrayal of those American lives taken by Islamic Republic terrorist activities. Iranian Americans will not tolerate the act of celebrating the Islamic victory against America, and we are prepared to take any action necessary to stop this event and to facilitate and support Homeland Security involvement in this matter. Although you may have been previously unaware of the true consequences of allowing this pageant of anti-Americanism to take place, you are now being given clear notice of the true intent of the February 6th event organized by a terrorist state sponsor, the Islamic Republic of Iran, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. We thank you for your time and hope that this issue is taken seriously by the Board of Directors of Marriott Properties and its senior management staff, and that the problem is properly addressed before any damage occurs to Marriott International’s reputation.


Dr. Iman Foroutan
Executive Director
Iran Of Tomorrow Movement

CC: John W. Marriott III, Executive VP.
Marriott International, Inc.
10400 Fernwood Dr.
Bethesda, MD 20817

Bob Daley
Bethesda North Marriott
5701 Marinelli Rd.
North Bethesda, MD 20852

Secretary Tom Ridge
Department of Homeland Security
3801 Nebraska Ave. NW
Washington DC 20528
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
The Gujarat Massacre
I have never known a riot which has used the sexual subjugation of women so widely as an instrument of violence as
in the recent mass barbarity in Gujarat.

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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Bush Doctrine Is But An Echo
I am not intelligent enough to comment on this:
Tom Wolfe: The Doctrine That Never Died
SURELY some bright bulb from the Council on Foreign Relations in New York or the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton has already remarked that President Bush's inaugural address 10 days ago is the fourth corollary to the Monroe Doctrine. No? So many savants and not one peep out of the lot of them? Really?

The president had barely warmed up: "There is only one force of history that can break the reign of hatred and resentment, and expose the pretensions of tyrants ... and that is the force of human freedom.... The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. ... America's vital interests and our deepest beliefs are now one..." when - bango! - I flashed back 100 years and 47 days on the dot to another president. George W. Bush was speaking, but the voice echoing inside my skull - a high-pitched voice, an odd voice, coming from such a great big hairy bear of a man - was that of the president who dusted off Monroe's idea and dragged it into the 20th century.

"The steady aim of this nation, as of all enlightened nations," said the Echo, "should be to strive to bring ever nearer the day when there shall prevail throughout the world the peace of justice. ...Tyrants and oppressors have many times made a wilderness and called it peace. ...The peace of tyrannous terror, the peace of craven weakness, the peace of injustice, all these should be shunned as we shun unrighteous war. ... The right of freedom and the responsibility for the exercise of that right cannot be divorced."

Theodore Roosevelt! - Dec. 4, 1904, announcing to Congress the first corollary to the Monroe Doctrine - an item I had deposited in the memory bank and hadn't touched since I said goodbye to graduate school in the mid-1950's!

In each case what I was hearing was the usual rustle and flourish of the curtains opening upon a grandiloquent backdrop. But if there was one thing I learned before departing academe and heading off wayward into journalism, it was that these pretty preambles to major political messages, all this solemn rhetorical throat-clearing - the parts always omitted from the textbooks as superfluous - are inevitably what in fact gives the game away.

Theodore Roosevelt's corollary to President James Monroe's famous doctrine of 1823 proclaimed that not only did America have the right, a la Monroe, to block European attempts to re-colonize any of the Western Hemisphere, it also had the right to take over and shape up any nation in the hemisphere guilty of "chronic wrongdoing" or uncivilized behavior that left it "impotent," powerless to defend itself against aggressors from the Other Hemisphere, meaning mainly England, France, Spain, Germany and Italy.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Hindus on swastika ban proposal: not so fast, Europe!
You know what this says to me? How trashy modern Europeans are, that they took a holy symbol and imbued it with evil, and now they want to compound their sin by banning the disgraced holy symbol that reminds them of their crimes.
Hindu radicals have reacted strongly to a call by European parliamentarians for a Europe-wide ban on Nazi insignia, a symbol of good luck and prosperity for Hindus and part of all that is auspicious from marriages to starting of new businesses.

The ban was proposed after Britain's prince Harry provoked international outrage by wearing a Swastika armband and Nazi costume at a party. The pictures, beamed worldwide, prompted deputies in the European parliament to call for a ban on Nazi insignia, an idea that the European Commission said was worth considering.

In New Delhi, Giriraj Kishore, general secretary of the VHP slammed the move saying the ban could be devastating to the sentiments of the Hindus who have accepted and respected all religious symbols in their homeland. Kishore said any disrespect to the Swastik, a 5000-year-old emblem finding mention in the most ancient scriptures, could evoke a backlash against the Christian community, increasingly being suspected by India's radicals as being leading a silent conversion campaign.

"In reality, the religious symbol is sacred. Some people misuse it. It is improper if one were to ban it because of one person's misrepresentation. If one has to be banned at all, then the cross will have to be banned first," Kishore said in New Delhi.

To the millions who suffered in World War-Two, the Swastika is a loathed emblem of hatred, racism and xenophobia. But, to Hindus, it is a revered symbol, derived from the Sanskrit "Svastika" meaning "Good to be."

Swastikas are often seen in London's antique shops and market stalls. The seven lakh Hindus in multi-cultural Britain meanwhile have launched a campaign to "reclaim" the swastika from its Nazi past.

"A Europe-wide ban would of course affect British Hindus quite a bit, because we use it in our houses, we have it on the doorways, we have it in ceremonies, you know, in weddings. We even paint swastikas on babies after they have their hair tonsuring ceremony, the first hair cut. Swastikas are used as pendants. And all of this is used purely to express devotion to God. It has nothing to do with xenophobia and hatred," he said Ramesh Kallidai, secretary-general of the Hindu Forum in London.
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