discarded lies: friday, april 27, 2018 1:57 am zst
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Men At Work
well, Man and Woman

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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
An ideal mouse
I don't like using a mouse and I don't like using a touchpad. I'm one of the five people on earth who actually enjoy using the (almost extinct) little pointer-stick in the middle of the keyboard. I remember back in the olden days, when all laptops used to have the little pointer-stick. We were happy and carefree back then, and even though we had to use a dial-up connection--not to mention that our hard drives were barely bigger than a GB and our RAM was smaller than a pigeon's brain--we didn't complain. We had a little pointer-stick in the middle of the keyboard and life was good. But young people today...pphhht. Anyway, you mouse-worshippers out there might enjoy this: The elusive perfect mouse
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
The Passion of the Penguins
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Not Blogging in China
The Chinese government is requiring bloggers to register and identify themselves, in order to protect Chinese society from "sex, violence, superstitions and other harmful information" available online. Well, communism sucks, how's that for harmful information? China Clamps Down on Blogs

P.S. Reporters Without Borders has called China "the world's biggest prison for cyber-dissidents."

(a thimbleful of cognac to WriterMom)
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sine in The People's Diner:
Cheese Blogging
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kianb in Pahlaver:
Nazi SS War Criminals Still Enjoy Full Protection In Germany
Since the 50's, members of the former German Wehrmacht and ex-Nazi SS members have the right to receive German citizenship and social pension in Germany. There were several Dutch ex-Nazi members who escaped from Holland and fled to West Germany, where, as former SS members, received German nationality and therefore they stood outside the jurisdiction of the dutch ministry of justice.

Recently on the news is Herbertus Bikker, a Dutch former member of German Waffen-SS, who lives freely since 1952 in Hagen nearby Dortmund.

Bikker got a nick name during the WWII: 'The Punisher of Ommen', referring to how he brutally tortured Jews and freedom fighters in 'Erika' camp, located in east of Holland near a small town called Ommen.

In 1949 a Dutch court initially sentenced him to life imprisonment for murdering Mr. Jan Houtman- a famous Dutch freedom fighter. Bikker escaped 3 years later from Breda city prison in Holland, went to West Germany and received German nationality.

The case has been brought to a German court when a Stern magazine reporter found him in 1997 but the judge ruled in 2004 that Bikker was unable to attend and follow the proceedings.

Now, [21 September 2005] the German court finally confirmed that Herbertus Bikker can not get prosecuted in Germany because of his health condition and they are closing the case definitely.

Papijoe has been alerted, again.
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throbert in Channel Ж:
Pop quiz!



Well, I was working on a post about my harrowing adventures in detox, but that reminded me that I wanted to drop off a couple of old crossword-puzzle magazines for my fellow detoxer Monika -- a middle-aged woman who was fluent in three languages and who'd immediately pegged me as another Smart Person. We'd bonded over the crosswords in the Sunday Washington Post Magazine, and these aren't just any old secondhand puzzle mags I want to send her. They're issues that I personally edited during my two-year stint at Dell when I was living in NYC. (I wanna know if she likes my clues for the expert-level crosswords!)

So anyway, I found my archived puzzle magazines, started flipping through them, and thought I'd share one of the text-only brainteasers. This one's called PEDANTIC PROVERBS -- familiar sayings have been disguised with sesquipedalian words and verbose circumlocution, and the object is to figure out the plain-spoken original...
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Blue Turkey, meet Red Turkey
Istanbul's city government finds itself the enforcer of Turkish beach etiquette as the country bumpkins start beachgoing and making the city slickers uncomfortable when they swim in their burkas. Pretty entertaining bit of contrast there. Apparently the unsophisticated think it's perfectly okay to swim in their tighty-whities, while the sophisticates have gotten a law passed mandating swimsuits to fight the plague of Hanes and burkas. If you're a man, you can't wear too little, and if you're a lady, you can't wear too much. I like it!


Hee hee! The guy in the white shirt is the Turkish beach fashion police, ordering the Man in White to go change into a swimsuit.
The flap appeared to begin with a screed that a columnist unleashed in the July 27 issue of the newspaper Radikal. Mine G. Kirikkanat, a very white Turk, began by writing about how proud she was of Istanbul's shiny international airport, which "lights up Turkey's 'non-Arab' face."

But the drive into the city, she wrote, was something else. In the parks along the shore road toward town, "men in their underwear rest ruminating, women wearing black chadors or headscarves all are fanning the barbecue. . . . This view is repeated every 10 meters square, our dark people cooking meat by the sea that they turn their [behinds] toward."

"Carnivore Islamistan," the columnist dubbed the scene, capturing in a brutal phrase the major fault line of class and politics in modern Turkey.

If the kebab is the staple food of Anatolia, the white Turks native to Istanbul prefer sea bass, bluefish and other delicate catches of the two seas that bracket the city and the Bosporus Strait in between. And this, too, has caused consternation.


"We are Ataturk's women!" shouted Mine Okcugil, 38, clasping the hand of the woman in the chaise longue next to her at Caddebostan. Her own bikini was in danger of falling off her front. She works at the Agriculture Ministry.

"We are all modern women of the republic," said Semra Aydemir, 52, a retired teacher, also in a tiny two-piece. "We are against terrorism. We are against violence. We are against ugliness."

So it is that men and women roaming the beach in T-shirts reading "Security" keep an eye peeled not only for men wearing too little but for women wearing too much. Female beach-goers no longer are allowed to wade with their legs covered by flowing fabric.
Man, if that ain't a rallying cry, I don't know what is. TWATVU-Turkish Women Against Terrorism, Violence and Ugly people.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
'In favor of Iran, all the red notices have been canceled'
Warrants in '94 Bombing Are Delisted
Iran succeeded Wednesday in getting Interpol to cancel international wanted notices for 12 Iranians sought by Argentina in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center, police sources said.

Argentine judicial authorities called the decision a blow to their investigation of the Buenos Aires attack, which killed 85 people, the country's deadliest.

At its annual conference in Berlin, world police body Interpol conducted a ballot of delegates on rescinding the "red notices" arising from the attack.

"In favor of Iran, all the red notices have been canceled," an Iranian delegate said.

Two other sources independently confirmed the outcome.

Argentina and Israel lay responsibility for the bombing on Hezbollah guerrillas backed by Iran, but Tehran repeatedly has denied involvement.

Interpol suspended the 12 notices requested by Argentina after Iran complained about irregularities, citing corruption allegations against the judge involved.

Argentina was seeking reinstatement of the notices.

Argentine court officials said removal of the alerts, which means countries are no longer obliged to publish the arrest warrants, made it unlikely the suspects would ever be brought in for questioning.
(a glass of pomegranate juice to Khorshid)
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guest author: papijoe in Discarded Lies:
Racial Purity Sponsored by Kelloggs...
Something to think about next time you eat a bowl of Corn Flakes...

Eugenics became popular due to the support of many different public leaders and interest groups, argues Stern. People like J.H. Kellogg, a thoracic surgeon and sanitarium owner, and Victor Vaughan, former dean of the University of Michigan's Medical School, were driven by the idea that eugenics would be linked with humanitarianism. They believed they could help poor people by sterilizing them while simultaneously helping the human race eliminate "bad genes" from its gene pool. The eugenics movement was also popular among animal breeders, who believed that if one could produce a pedigreed pig, one could also produce a pedigreed baby.

Kellogg, the inventor of the corn flake, is best known for developing innovative strategies to improve the diets of the poor. Yet he also supported the sterilization of the "unfit" and in 1911 established the influential Race Betterment Foundation with money from the Kellogg cereal fortune.

In 1914 Kellogg organized the first of three major national conferences on race betterment in Battle Creek. Amid an atmosphere of lavish banquets, he called for biological action in scientific research. Addressing the conference, Kellogg said: "We have wonderful horses, cows and pigs. Why would we not have a new and improved race of men?" He wanted the "whiter races of Europe to establish a Race of Human Thoroughbreds."

After a failed bill in 1897, the Michigan Legislature passed a sterilization law in 1913. With both Kellogg and Vaughan on the state board of health, Michigan became the seventh state to enact sterilization laws. Only one operation was performed before the practice was declared unconstitutional in 1918. After adding legal safeguards, and buoyed by the rising popularity of eugenics, however, Michigan passed a new and more carefully designed sterilization law in 1923.

In 1927, the U.S Supreme Court upheld Virginia's forced sterilization law. The case in question centered around a 17-year-old girl who'd been diagnosed "feeble-minded." Summing up the popularity the eugenics enjoyed at the time, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote, "Three generations of imbeciles are enough."

Soon thereafter, hundreds of Michigan residents who had been labeled "feeble-minded," "mentally defective" or "sexually deviant" were sterilized at the Lapeer State Home and Training School, the Ionia Reformatory, Jackson State Prison, at the University of Michigan hospital, and at other county and state facilities. The historical record indicates that sterilizations peaked in Michigan during the 1930s and 1940s, and diminished steadily during the 1950s and 1960s.

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