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We're back!
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We had a series of crippling load average spikes, even though traffic conditions were normal. We asked ServInt about it, and if maybe some other customer was hogging the cpu, and they basically said "tough shit, it's your fault". So, I downloaded a benchmark program called unixbench to see what kind of numbers we would get. Final score was something like 13 on ServInt, ~150 on unixshell (another host I use for other purposes). So we decided they were lying to us and had oversold the server, and switched to unixshell for now. We're giving SI another chance to do right by us but the benchmark doesn't lie, so if the benchmark score doesn't improve we're staying here at unixshell.
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A touchiness about touch
Many residential treatment centers in America have "no-touch" policies, originally introduced to protect staff members from allegations of sexual abuse or harassment. There are certain "good touches" allowed, like a high five or a handshake, or a pat on the shoulder, but hugs or other forms of touching are a no-no. This policy is controversial in itself not only because touch is an important aspect of human interaction, but it's beneficial and often therapeutic, especially in children and teenagers with attachment disorders.

Schools have also introduced "no-touch" policies, to protect students and staff from any allegations of improper behaviour. But what these policies have done is create an anxiety about what's proper behaviour around children and this anxiety often leads to extremes: Don't touch those kids!
Piper tells me that the anxiety about touching children is now 'mainstream'. 'Even schools that said, "this isn't a problem, we're touchy feely" - we found that they were panicking. They were adapting their behaviour in ways of which they perhaps weren't aware.' In some cases, particular individuals might be okay to touch, but only to the exclusion of other teachers. Piper cites one headmaster who said 'I'm okay, because I have 25 years of experience, but I wouldn't trust my staff'. At another school, staff would go to matron if a child needed to be touched - if they had a bump on their head that needed checking, for example - rather than check it themselves.

The normal, everyday interactions between adults and children are being viewed as poisonous. Decent and competent child professionals end up watching each other and themselves for signs of suspicious behaviour, a situation that Piper describes as a 'perfect panopticon'.
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Abbas and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad, Extremely Secret Poison
Abbas says still suspects Arafat was poisoned. Not that he has any proof that the old goat was poisoned or that he intends to accuse anyone, of course, except, you know...
"Question marks have been raised about Israel. But I cannot accuse it before I am certain and have proof," he said.

"We have suspicions that Yasser Arafat might have been murdered by poison. We don't have any proof. So I have said that the file is open until we know the truth," Abbas said.

He said the French doctors told the Palestinians they could not trace in Arafat's blood any poison known to them. "So there are poisons which they do not know," he added.
It's voodoo, man.
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The Perestroika Man
Ronald Reagan is often credited with ending the Cold War but I think that Gorbachev's reforms - the infamous perestroika, glasnost and uskoreniye - did more to end the Cold War then all of Reagan's rhetoric. The reforms didn't quite work out as Gorbachev had planned: he wanted the Soviet Union to become a loose federation of states but what he got in return was the total collapse of a communist empire.
While praised worldwide, Gorbachev has been reviled at home, where a majority of Russians hold him responsible for the Soviet breakup and subsequent economic chaos that impoverished millions. He won a mere 1 percent of the vote in the 1996 presidential election; he hasn't run since. Many still accuse him of caving in to the West. Anatoly Utkin, a senior researcher with the U.S. and Canada Institute, chastised Gorbachev for drastically cutting Soviet nuclear arsenals and agreeing to Germany's reunification without getting anything in return.

"Gorbachev didn't know the West. And the West didn't trust the nobility of his motives and coldly used him," Utkin said in a column in the weekly Argumenty i Fakty.

Gorbachev's record as a man who gave freedom to his land also was tarnished by some darker pages.
At 75, Gorbachev Laments U.S. 'Arrogance'
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Solidarity like totally rules, dude!
With all the protests against the Mohammadoodles lately, some of us may have forgotten the riots that happened in France a few months ago. Not to worry, Greek anarchists are keeping the memory (and the flames) alive.

In the early hours of Saturday morning, the Greek newspaper "Eleftherotypia" received a phone call that a bomb was about to explode at a central Athens branch of the French bank BNP, as "an act of solidarity with the rioters of the French ghettos." The bomb, which consisted of one and a half kilos of dynamite and a timer, fortunately did not cause too much damage. The day before the bank bomb, there had been an arson attack at the Renault dealership at an Athens suburb. Four cars were doused with gasoline and set on fire. Eleftherotypia again received a telephone call from someone who said that the attack was organised by a "group of comrades" (no, no one from bloggie was involved that I know) and that it was "an act of solidarity towards the imprisoned revolutionaries of the organisation 'Action Directe' who are being held in French prisons for the last 19 years. The struggle continues".

Yes, the struggle continues, against parked cars, apparently. Here's a little background on Action Directe. By the way, for the last 30 years Eleftherotypia has been the favourite medium for terrorists who like to call the newspaper to give warnings about pending bomb explosions or to explain their motives about murders they've committed. The newspaper used to publish these rambling "manifestos" of murder, thus giving the killers the attention they craved.

Meanwhile in Salonica -- yes, we have anarchists in Salonica too. We may not be the capital of Greece -- as we rightfully should be since our city is smarter and prettier and gosh darn it people like us -- but we're not that woefully unhip as to not have anarchists. Anyway, in Salonica, someone set off three small bombs in two cars belonging to a Swedish diplomat. Okay, this one does not have to do with the French riots, I admit, but check it out: Eleftherotypia got the obligatory phone call which explained that this time the attack was a -- were you going to say "an act of solidarity"? You'd be right! The arson attack was "an act of solidarity towards bank robbers and people who are accused of belonging to the N17 terrorist group."

If someone has a good explanation about the correlation between cars of Swedish diplomats and Greek bank robbers, I would like to hear it. Oh, and I have another question: since everyone and their uncle is being phone-tapped in Greece, would it have killed the spies to tap Eleftherotypia as well?
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