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Mom, Look What We Did!
So, we've been gone all day. No, we weren't selling Bloggie's secrets to the Iranians in exchange for cheap floozies. At least, zorkie wasn't. We were working on cool toys for Bloggie! Heh heh. So. Here's what we did today:

1. We worked on a secret project that we're not spilling the beans on yet. You'll find out at 6 AM Monday, when the beans will flow like milk and/or honey. Be late for work if you have to. They won't mind-they'll admire your spunk and moxie, or possibly your lack thereof.

2. Thank FAY! for collecting all your birthdays, cause she hounded your asses like you owed her MONEY! That was totally awesome. We love you Fay, thanks! :-)

3. Which leads to: We wrote a sidebar module that reads the birthdays from Fay's nice file and automatically shows a birthday cake. If you want yours or some random girl's you're trying to impress to be in there, email us your birthday. Next, we're gonna do a scrolling feed across the bottom of Bloggie with shout-outs on it, like on TRL. Carson Daly looked at us like idiots when we asked him to host, but he'll come around. The elusive Francophobe bigel requested any birthday other than 9/11, Pearl Harbor and 4/20, a marijuana holiday. So, we gave bigel a few birthdays. We're not telling you why we picked the days we did, but see what days they are and you'll figure it out.


We have a special spoilers section (http://discardedlies.com/spoilers/post_title.php), for talking about cultural events that people who haven't seen/read it would like not to have the ending spoiled. First post goes up on the 5th of August so if you want to talk about Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, finish it by then!

Bloggie team, you'll find a new blog at MT.cgi where you can add spoiler threads of your own, if you're so inclined.

So, we weren't playing video games all day. But that's what we're gonna do now.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Bore TV
Lucky us: Al Gore's TV Network to Make Debut Monday. Al said he wants it to be "the television home page for the Internet generation." I suppose since he invented the Internet he feels responsible for its offspring too. Kinda like a grandfather.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Norwegians are less liberal than they'd like to believe
Eight out of ten Norwegians would support changes in their constitution limiting freedom of speech, freedom of expression and freedom of assembly.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
And Yet...
Jeff Jacoby: Nazi reminders in Gaza?
Let's be clear: You don't have to support disengagement to agree that the Nazi-talk is grotesque. The Israeli army is not the Gestapo. The peaceful Jewish residents who will be forced from the homes and land they love are not being sent to gas chambers. Sharon's plan may be delusional -- instead of enabling Israelis to ''disengage" from Palestinian violence, it will bring them more of it, and in deadlier forms -- but it isn't the Final Solution.

And yet . . .

And yet there is no getting around the fact that Israel is about to become the first modern, Western nation in more than 60 years to forcibly uproot a whole population -- men, women, children, babies -- solely because they are Jews. There is no getting around the fact that the forthcoming expulsions are rooted in the belief that any future Palestinian state must be Judenrein -- emptied of its Jews. And while it goes without saying that Sharon and every member of his government abominate the Nazis and all they stood for, there is no getting around the fact that disengagement is meant to appease an enemy that has always regarded the genocidal hatred of Jews in a very different light.

Long before there were ''occupied territories," Haj Amin El-Husseini, the grand mufti of Jerusalem and the leader of Palestine's Arabs, urged Hitler to ''solve the problem of the Jewish elements in Palestine and other Arab countries . . . by the same method that the question is now being settled in the Axis countries." When five Arab armies invaded the newborn Israel in 1948, the secretary-general of the Arab League vowed to wage ''a war of extermination and a momentous massacre, which will be spoken of like the Mongolian massacres and the Crusades."

More than half a century later, what has changed?
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
King Fahd “recovers"
Did you know that the Saud family have a website? Yup.
on the occasion of the recovery of the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz, Crown Prince Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz, the Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, has granted pardon for prisoners who do not constitute a source of danger to the public security or to the regime, said an official source at the Interior Ministry noting that such prisoners constitute the overwhelming majority of the prisoners.

The official source pointed out that prisoners detained or convicted for big crimes, those who have been convicted by the Shariah court or expected to be convicted, those who have been detained for special rights, or those have escaped the penalty either before or after the issuance of the verdict, will be excluded from the forgiveness.

Persons due to be granted pardon have to take the pledge of avoiding recurrence of their crimes.

In case of recurrence of the crime, they will be re-imprisoned. Prince Naif Ibn Abdul Aziz, the Interior Minister, has issued his directives to the governors of the regions and to all concerned authorities to immediately carry out the Royal Order.
So it's back to pooping in the pool for King Fahd.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Hot Air-Propelled Withdrawal
Somehow sensing that this time, the terrorists are sincere about disarming, the British army is standing down in Northern Ireland, withdrawing troops and demolishing bases. Yet one of the bases being withdrawn reveals the farcical nature of any IRA promises to get on the straight and narrow:
BELFAST -- The British army began closing or demolishing military installations in the Irish Republican Army's rural heartland yesterday in a rapid response to the IRA's declaration to renounce violence and disarm.
Soldiers started to dismantle or withdraw from three positions in South Armagh, a rebellious borderland nicknamed "bandit country," where soldiers still travel by helicopter because of the risk of IRA dissidents' roadside bombs.
The move came a day after IRA commanders promised to disarm fully, and directed their units to dump their weapons and use "exclusively peaceful means" from now on.
The breakthrough was the product of a two-year diplomatic showdown between the IRA and its allied Sinn Fein party, on the one hand, and the British, Irish and U.S. governments, which demanded the IRA's full disarmament and disbandment -- in effect if not in name.
Britain, which also paroled an IRA mass murderer Wednesday as part of the emerging new agreement, agreed to close down an army base in the South Armagh village of Forkhill, a hilltop tower near Camlough Mountain with commanding views of surrounding hamlets and roads, and a tower in Newtownhamilton, the only South Armagh village with a substantial Protestant minority.
Lt. Gen. Reddy Watt, who commands the British army's 12,000-member force in Northern Ireland, confirmed the military cutbacks. Gen. Watt said he and Chief Constable Hugh Orde, commander of the Northern Ireland police, "have decided that a further reduction in security profile is possible."
The British army has already withdrawn more than 7,000 soldiers and closed more than three dozen installations since 1998, but paused the gradual process in recent months to await the IRA's next move.
With yesterday's cutbacks, seven watchtowers along the South Armagh border with the Irish Republic will remain -- half the number in place in 2001. One tower already dismantled had monitored activities at the farm and fuel-smuggling base operated by Thomas "Slab" Murphy, the IRA's reputed chief of staff.
The hilltop posts allow troops to monitor movements on roads and eavesdrop on conversations with the use of high-powered directional microphones, and are despised by Catholic locals as fostering a "Big Brother" atmosphere in their tight-knit, closed communities.
Protestant politicians condemned the British authorities' rapid reward for the IRA words, noting that police still aren't able to operate without military backup in South Armagh.
"It's criminally irresponsible of the government to do this, given what has gone on in those border areas," said Arlene Foster, a negotiator for the Democratic Unionist Party, which represents most of the province's British Protestant majority. "The government seems quite happy to act on words alone."
But Conor Murphy, a former IRA member who is Sinn Fein's member of the British Parliament for South Armagh, said its residents "have lived with the negative effects of military occupation for too long." He said yesterday's military retreat "must be built upon in the days and weeks ahead."
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The Law of the Desert
Not too long ago I spent a number of days visiting a friend of mine on a kibbutz. But this was no standard kibbutz, the kind that evokes (increasingly inaccurate) images of rolling hills and strong dark Jewish farmers tending their fields of grain and orange trees, going back at night after a hard day's work to live in spartan but happy socialist contentment. No, this kibbutz was smack in the middle of one of the most barren deserts in the world, giving the Sahara, the Rub Al-Khali and the Antarctic a run for their money as "most lifeless stretch of earth on the planet": ha-Arava (the Plain), running south of the Dead Sea along the border with Jordan until the Red Sea. And to further cement its forbidding nature, instead of the romantic desert of shifting dunes and palm oases, the Arava's surface is mile after mile of large, jagged chunks of rock. The heat climbs to over 120 degrees in the summer, the only thing moving are the clouds of flies that zone in on any large living thing, and in the valley between the mountains of Israel and Jordan hardly any wind blows. It rains once a year. It defies the conventional logic of "deserts get cold at night." In short, it is nature's way of telling people to turn around immediately.

In any other country, nobody would live in such a place. But Israel is not like any other country, and from the first moment somebody said, "make the desert bloom," idealistic teenage settlers poured into the Negev and Arava. Some of the settlements they founded succeeded, some failed. Some were destroyed holding off Arab armies in the wars of Independence and 1967, and some mounted heroic defenses with young kibbutzniks armed with nothing more than ancient rifles and fierce love for their land holding off entire battalions for weeks at a time. Some became towns and some remain small kibbutzim filled with idealists inspired by the rugged beauty of the desert and by the Nabatean ruins dotting the landscape offering proof that man has inhabitated the desert before.

Indeed, the Israelis have revolutionized desert agriculture. The kibbutz I stayed at is famous for being the home of the Arava Institute, an agricultural research facility dedicated to finding increasingly clever ways to coax green out of the rocky ground. The date palm groves and green grass and shady trees of the kibbutz attest to their success. And interestingly, the Arava Institute doesn't just draw Israeli Jews -- both Israeli and foreign Arabs come to study there, particularly Jordanians who have taken advantage of the peace agreement with Israel to increase agricultural yields in their own country, which suffers from the same climatic problems as much of Israel. And everybody gets along -- removed from propagandizing leaders and borders, it's remarkably easy to coexist. Perhaps it's because 120 degrees is too hot for fighting, perhaps it's because it often seems the dwelling places of the younger members and volunteers are clouded in a thick haze of ganja smoke, but whatever the reason, it works, and provides an example that Jews and Arabs can do more together than trade gunfire.

In many ways, kibbutzim like these are among the last vestiges of classic Zionism in Israel. They may have rejected socialism and material deprivation, but these kibbutzniks are still out working agricultural miracles in some of the harshest land in the world. They love the land, and as modern Israel testifies, from the forested hills in the Carmel and Galilee that were absolutely bare 100 years ago to the productive fields that were once malarial swamps to the manmade oases of green in the desert, the land loves them.

"The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the excellency of our God...then shall the lame man leap as a deer, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water...and the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away."
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Sunday Morning Fun
This was a very fun game, avoider, all you have to do is try to keep your cursor safe. And afterwards you can tell us which superhero you are.
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