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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Hatewatch Briefing 07/15/05
Still hating on my own 'cause Lewy14 is still on vacation. People have gone around the world in less time than this, Lewy! (Just kidding, he'll be back very soon and this is the last chance I get to wreak havoc on my own.)

Anyway, in case you're in a good mood or something, I can take care of that problem with my Hatewatch Briefing over at Winds of Change.NET.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Top Chinese General Menaces US with Nukes over Taiwan
The Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) has never in history been delayed, but the Pentagon's been sitting on it for over three weeks now. The big question is what it will say about China. Well, here's what China is saying.

FT.com / World / Asia-Pacific - Top Chinese general warns US over attack
China is prepared to use nuclear weapons against the US if it is attacked by Washington during a confrontation over Taiwan, a Chinese general said on Thursday.

“If the Americans draw their missiles and position-guided ammunition on to the target zone on China's territory, I think we will have to respond with nuclear weapons," said General Zhu Chenghu.

Gen Zhu was speaking at a function for foreign journalists organised, in part, by the Chinese government. He added that China's definition of its territory included warships and aircraft.

“If the Americans are determined to interfere [then] we will be determined to respond," said Gen Zhu, who is also a professor at China's National Defence University.

“We . . . will prepare ourselves for the destruction of all of the cities east of Xian. Of course the Americans will have to be prepared that hundreds . . . of cities will be destroyed by the Chinese."

Gen Zhu is a self-acknowledged “hawk" who has warned that China could strike the US with long-range missiles. But his threat to use nuclear weapons in a conflict over Taiwan is the most specific by a senior Chinese official in nearly a decade.

However, some US-based China experts cautioned that Gen Zhu probably did not represent the mainstream People's Liberation Army view.

“He is running way beyond his brief on what China might do in relation to the US if push comes to shove," said one expert with knowledge of Gen Zhu. “Nobody who is cleared for information on Chinese war scenarios is going to talk like this," he added.

Gen Zhu's comments come as the Pentagon prepares to brief Congress next Monday on its annual report on the Chinese military, which is expected to take a harder line than previous years. They are also likely to fuel the mounting anti-China sentiment on Capitol Hill.

In recent months, a string of US officials, including Donald Rumsfeld, defence secretary, have raised concerns about China's military rise. The Pentagon on Thursday declined to comment on “hypothetical scenarios".

Rick Fisher, a former senior US congressional official and an authority on the Chinese military, said the specific nature of the threat “is a new addition to China's public discourse". China's official doctrine has called for no first use of nuclear weapons since its first atomic test in 1964. But Gen Zhu is not the first Chinese official to refer to the possibility of using such weapons first in a conflict over Taiwan.

Chas Freeman, a former US assistant secretary of defence, said in 1996 that a PLA official had told him China could respond in kind to a nuclear strike by the US in the event of a conflict with Taiwan. The official is believed to have been Xiong Guangkai, now the PLA's deputy chief of general staff.

Gen Zhu said his views did not represent official Chinese policy and he did not anticipate war with the US.
Pass the cognac to Marine Momma for the tip, and jlfintx, have an Ugly Ripe tomato.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Al-Qaeda Websites
DOZENS of extremist groups, including al-Qaeda, are no longer hiding in caves and recruiting from the desert. Increasingly, they're using the internet to send messages, spread hatred, and recruit and train members.

Earlier this year, the Washington-based Search for International Terrorist Sites Institute, which monitors terrorist websites, uncovered a 26-minute video documentary that offered a step-by-step guide on how to make a "suicide-belt" bomb for use on a crowded bus.

A simple search query today brings a list of sites from the darkest parts of the internet, including the highly-publicised text books The Anarchist Cookbook and The Terrorist's Handbook.

The latter gives instructions on how to build bombs and concoct poison and chemical agents.

The internet is also used to connect terrorists with willing bomb-makers. Richard Reid, the 29-year-old so-called shoe bomber, is said to have told investigators that he acquired his explosives from a dealer in Amsterdam, whom he tracked down through the internet.

The web is also a resource for al-Qaeda to publicise its messages. One of the methods employed to hide messages is steganography, a technology that hides documents and secret messages inside digital photographs, maps and other images.

Alneda.com, an al-Qaeda site that first appeared after the 11 September attacks, has functioned for the past four years as a so-called internet parasite - a site that is embedded within another website without the site owner's knowledge.

A cat-and-mouse game with enforcement agencies led the website to show up inside the sites of a 14-year-old student, a software security firm and a horror movie fan's tribute pages to the director Clive Barker.

One of the most-watched al-Qaeda websites, although its location and URL address constantly changes, is Sawt al-Jihad (Voice of Jihad). The site first carried the declaration of war by Osama bin Laden against the United States in 1998.

Another al-Qaeda website, al-Battar, offers chilling details on how to conduct private and public kidnappings.

Al-Battar, which means The Sword, is posted on the internet twice a month. It is one of several websites that posted footage of the beheading of hostages in Iraq.

Another website - al- Muhajiroun - threatens to murder, crucify or cut off the hands and feet of anyone who co-operates with American forces in the war on terrorism.

Still another - 357 Islamic Hosting - provides a way to set up terrorisist websites, "anonymity guaranteed". It even accepts credit cards.
The passer-by who could be ready for death
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Jihad on the decline?
Is this why Zarqawi is pleading for women to join? Here are some Pew surveys that might please the non-jihadi in you: Poll: Support for Bin Laden on Decline

A thimbleful of cognac to RIP Ford... (I did find the story on my own but it's not so much fun drinking alone)
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sine in The People's Diner:
Eats, Fruits and Grills
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
A culture of honor and shame
Salman Rushdie said that India and Pakistan need to end the 'culture of rape':
"The 'culture' of rape that exists in India and Pakistan arises from profound social anomalies, its origins lying in the unchanging harshness of a moral code based on the concepts of honor and shame," Rushdie wrote in an opinion column published Sunday in the New York Times.

"Thanks to that code's ruthlessness, raped women will go on hanging themselves in the woods and walking into rivers to drown themselves. It will take generations to change that. Meanwhile, the law must do what it can."

Women in Pakistan are often subjected to brutal crimes such as murder, rape and being burnt with acid.
Rushdie also criticized India, saying the legal system should not recognize decisions by Muslim legal experts such as those from the powerful Islamist seminary Darul-Uloom that deny women their rights.

"At the risk of being called a communalist, I must agree that any country that claims to be a modern, secular democracy must secularize and unify its legal system, and take power over women's lives away, once and for all, from medievalist institutions like Darul-Uloom," Rushdie wrote.
There are a few brave women who are fighting this battle for all women and they're a blessing to all of us: The heroic women of Pakistan
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Dear God, Please Kill Internet Explorer
- Opera!
- Now!
- 'Cause with Opera we won't have to worry about this crap!
And God gave Opera to the people. (For a small fee, of course.)
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Takfiris and Infidels
Within hours of the attack on London, some of the Muslim world's most influential preachers were expressing their outrage.

Sheikh Mohammed Tantawi, who runs the venerable Al Azhar university in Cairo, told Islamonline.com, "Those responsible for the London attacks are criminals who do not represent Islam."

Yusuf al-Qaradawi, an influential Muslim scholar based in Qatar with a vast Internet and satellite television following, called the blasts "cruel and barbaric black actions that Islam harshly condemns."

But even a man like Mr. Qaradawi - a controversial figure who has some credibility with extremists for his past praise of suicide attacks against Israel - has little influence among the tiny sliver of Muslims who are now prosecuting what they see as a global jihad, analysts say.
Can Islam's leaders reach its radicals?
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kianb in Pahlaver:
Dutch 'Mata Hari' Infiltrated Arab European League
According to newspapers, the Dutch political wing of controversial Arab European League (AEL), led by radical jihadist Abu Jahjah, is becoming rudderless after a long 'Mata Hari'-esque infiltration. A young sexy lady seduced the AEL's high ranking members and passed the sensitive information to Dutch intelligence agency.

The leaders and establishers of AEL in Holland are packing their bags to disappear from political scene in the aftermath of this painful espionage affair. Among them are the director of AEL-Holland, Mr. Nabil Marmouch and other high ranking politicians like Naima el-Maslouhi en Jamil Jawad.

The AEL-Holland is literally moved to Antwerp, Belgium, where Abu Jahjah is still officially active. Abu Jahjah himself is learned to be in Lebanon since last year and it's not clear what keeps him busy there.

It was almost 2 years ago that controversial AEL was set up in Holland to 'give muslims more political voice', by importing radical islamic leaders like Qazi (The 'Jihad-Shopper') from Pakistan and celebrating suicide bombings in Iraq and Israel.

An analyst believes that the sexy Mata Hari 'blew away the political hierarchy of AEL' in Holland. It's simply done with them.

Next mission? Osama's cave?!
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guest author: papijoe in Discarded Lies:
When I overload on politics and the general state of the world I often use (and sometimes abuse) the internet to go in search of a virtual version of more carefree days.

The other day it was toys. I'm amazed at how lousy today's offerings seem compared to what must have been the golden age of kid's toys and games. A lot of them survived; I still play Candy Land Parchesi and Uno, albeit with my daughter.

Others were lost in the mists of time. Until now. Thanks to sites like this and this I was able to track down some of my favorites.

I didn't even remember the name of the coolest toy I ever had. It was like a hot plate covered with a plastic chamber and a built in vise-like mechanism. It came with this colored plastic squares that you put on the hot plate and as they warmed up they unfolded into a variety of beasties and monsters. Then you could heat them again and press them back into the squares. This is what the original box and the toy itself looked like:

At an even younger age, I was obsessed with a series of secret agent toys by Mattel called "Agent Zero M" They were basically ordinary items which turned into weapons:

I hope you are all tracking with me on this. I mean, it looks just like a short wave radio, but it turns into a rifle! How freakin' mint is that? Here's another classic:

For the life of me, I can't figure why they wouldn't bring this one back. OK, the name would have to be changed. Are the production costs too high? Modern toys like most products seem to be heavy on engineering and cheap on everything else. I blame electronic games for the apparent decline of "real" toys. If you've been pining for a favorite toy, let me know if you find it here
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Happy Bastille Day, You French Jerks!
France is celebrating Bastille Day on the fourteenth, pretending they've remained true to the revolutionary fervor that convulsed Gaul in the 18th century. As the skies in America light up with fireworks in recognition of the birth of France's revolution (not), Lee Harris's thesis on the French contribution to civilization comes to mind.
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