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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Put the Psychopaths in Charge
Being a psychopath may not be all that bad--some of the best market investors, company chiefs and top lawyers may be a little--er...nuts: Psychopaths could be best financial traders?
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Drugs and Individual Responsibility
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Antisemitism in Mexico
Is there any place in the world where antisemitism is absent? In Mexico City, anti-Semitism gains a hold in market and salons
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
San Diego's 14-mile border fence is on
I love the headline on this one: U.S. Acts to Finish Divisive Border Fence. It's a fence, you idiots. It's supposed to be divisive.
WASHINGTON — In a rebuff to California officials and environmentalists, the Bush administration cleared the way Wednesday for completion of a 14-mile-long border fence that will run through coastal wetlands to the Pacific Ocean near San Diego.

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff waived environmental laws for the first time since Congress gave him that authority in May. Finishing the last 3.5 miles of fence is expected to cost about $32 million.

Combined with older existing fencing along the Mexican border, Chertoff said, the newly completed fence will form a security corridor — including two new roads, additional fencing, stadium-style lighting and surveillance cameras — for U.S. Border Patrol agents.

Border Patrol Chief David V. Aguilar said agents would then have 200 acres to patrol, not 2,000.

"Bottom line, this is about border security," Aguilar told reporters. "We're addressing the vulnerabilities here" in closing a border to potential terrorists.

Reducing the territory that needs patrolling also will deter illegal immigration because of the "certainty of arrest in that zone," he said.

Aguilar pledged that border agents would be "good stewards of the environment," and he blamed much of the area's degradation on border crossers who hide in the wetlands and litter in the area.

With Chertoff's announcement, the department formally waived enforcement of environmental and other laws that had delayed or threatened to delay the project.

In a statement issued by his office, Chertoff promised to "act in an environmentally responsible manner consistent with the security needs of the nation."
Next, the article goes on to detail various environmental whining about the fence, before a very revealing quote:
Aguilar said Chertoff's action — which goes into effect Friday when it is published in the Federal Register — did "not mean we want to build a wall around the Southwest border."

Some environmental and human rights groups think the government is planning nothing less.

"Alarmingly, it does appear that the U.S. government is moving toward constructing a series of mega-fences along the border," said Peter Galvin, director of conservation in San Francisco for the Center for Biological Diversity. "These massive fence projects don't actually cut the number of people crossing, just the location."

When border agents plug a security hole in California, he said, it pushes illegal immigrants to the east, where they encounter harsh, sometimes deadly conditions in the desert.
LA Times reporter: Umm, can I get a quote about the actual environment, or did I accidentally call a border security expert?

Peter Galvin: Uh, oh yeah, right right! Sorry!
As for environmental implications, he said, "sealing off the biology between the United States and Mexico is a disaster. These animals don't know political boundaries."
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kianb in Pahlaver:
Church of England: Let's Forgive the Terrorists
Church of England bishops have suggested Christian leaders apologise to Muslim leaders for the war in Iraq.

A report from a working group of bishops says the war was one of a "long litany of errors" relating to Iraq.

As the government is unlikely to offer an apology, a meeting of religious leaders would provide a "public act of institutional repentance", it said.

It urges a "truth and reconciliation" meeting, but acknowledges that arranging it could be difficult.

The report, entitled Countering Terrorism: Power, Violence and Democracy Post 9/11 [PDF], was written by a working group of the Church of England's House of Bishops.

It suggests the meeting would be an opportunity to apologise for the way the West has contributed to the situation in Iraq, including the war.
Bishops suggest apology for war
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Germany's Euthanasia Crimes
The first mentally-handicapped victims of Nazi Germany were children; initially they were starved or they received a lethal injection, and when those methods proved to be inadequate for the numbers of people scheduled to be killed, the basements in six asylums were modified into gas chambers. About 70,000 to 75,000 mentally-handicapped children and adults were killed in the gassing program, with about 200,000 more dying from starvation or injection. None of the people prosecuted for these crimes served a life sentence and more than half of them were acquitted. Nazi killers of mentally ill lightly sentenced
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Katrina ends Landrieu's career
Senator Landrieu: From Democrat To Demagogue to Loser
Senator Mary Landrieu, Democrat of Louisiana, is up for reelection in November 2006. She won narrowly twice, thanks to her political base, New Orleans. Her chance for reelection was destroyed along with that city.

Because she and others failed to strengthen the levees and to prepare New Orleans for a hurricane above category 3.

Louisiana is a red state. But, until recently it had not elected a Republican Senator since Reconstruction. By 2007, however, it should have two and Mary Landrieu's Senate career should be through.

On August 28, 2005, before the levees broke, Senator Landrieu was complimenting Governor Blanco and local officials for "tremendous" preparation and focused on Louisiana's eroding wetlands, not the levees and protecting New Orleans from a hurricane above category 3:
The article goes on at length; click the link above to finish it. Here's hoping Mayor Nagin and Governor Blanco's careers are also over.

I'm disappointed Bobby Jindal never got to be Senator. Maybe next time he will.
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zorkmidden in Bloggies Of Our Lives:
Message From Above
A very mysterious gathering is taking place in the kitchen. It's smacking of bitter conspiracies and hidden secrets involving Jews, Muslims, Christians, Atheists and Non-Denominationals.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Greece, the land of mysteries
Greece's ultra-nationalist, extreme-right party Chryssi Avgi (Golden Dawn) was planning to hold a "Hatewave Festival" in Greece, to celebrate--well, to celebrate hate I suppose. They weren't able to meet in Meligala, as originally planned, because they were met with strong opposition there, people didn't want to rent camping sites to fascists because they don't like fascists, and so the poor fascists were forced to meet in Athens. And before any of you Athenians out there start harassing me about insulting Athens, let me tell you this, fools: I'm from Salonica and your shitty little town doesn't hold a candle to ours. But I digress.

The extreme-rightists/fascists/neo-nazis met in Athens to hold a rally and there was a riot and people tried to set the university on fire and threw molotov cocktails at the police. Except it wasn't the extreme-rightists/fascists/neo-nazis who did that, because they didn't even hold their rally, they listened to some Italian guy talk for a bit, and they went home. Then, hundreds of hooded "left-wing activists" who had gathered to protest the rally and who became furious when the rally didn't happen, turned their anger on the police and the nearby buildings, shops and cars. They also attacked the Socialist party offices and tried to set the Polytechnic school on fire.

So I have a few questions: first of all, what kind of "left-wing activists" are they that they destroy the socialist party's offices, shouldn't they be destroying the conservative party's offices? And also, shouldn't they be happy that the rally didn't happen? Why did they get so angry when it didn't, did they want the rally to happen? And why set the university on fire? What did the university do to them? Actually the university is a haven for "left-wing activists" so what is the purpose of setting it on fire?

Those and many other questions trouble me.

Violence flares in Athens after anti-Nazi protest
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