Facebook users plot global carrot rampage

Ξ January 26th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Politics and Society |

"More than 60,000 people from an online group have pledged to swarm supermarkets and buy out their supply of carrots in one day in a bizarre mission labeled "impossible" by vegetable growers."


Tony Benn – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ξ January 13th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Politics and Society |

Five questions Benn insists should be asked of any powerful person:

  • What power have you got?

  • Where did you get it from?

  • In whose interests do you use it?

  • To whom are you accountable?

  • How do we get rid of you?

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Humorix | Finally, A Solution To The DMCA!

Ξ December 29th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Politics and Society |

On the sixth day, He debugged.

On the seventh day, He continued to debug. Rest is for the weak.

On the eight day, the debugging continued. Only 128 compiler warnings did He now receive.

On the ninth day, the program compiled correctly. Upon execution, it immediately coredumped.

On the tenth day, The Great Programmer debugged.

On the eleventh day, He debugged.

On the twelfth day, He waved a dead chicken, but the Great Program continued to segfault.

On the thirteenth day, He discovered the fatal flaw, a misplaced comma He did find. And then void main() executed, and the Big Bang did occur.


Chinese Town Becomes Graveyard of Christmas Past : TreeHugger

Ξ December 29th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Politics and Society |


Jewish Fable on Christmas Eve | The Distributed Republic

Ξ December 27th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Politics and Society |

There is a well known midrash [parable] about the two brothers, one who had a family and the other who was single, who each night would deliver wheat to each other. The one with the family rationalized: I am so fortunate to have a family, my brother has nothing, let me at least give him extra wheat.

The single one rationalized: I have no need for all this wheat, my brother has a family, he needs it more.

One night they met while delivering the wheat to each other, hugged and cried. The place they met became the site of har habayis [Temple Mount, holiest site in Judaism, site of the First and Second Temple].

A modern version of this midrash has it that the brothers each night go into the others' field to take wheat. The single brother rationalized: My brother is so fortunate to have a family. I have nothing, Let me at least enjoy a larger portion of wheat. The brother with the family rationalized: I have a family, I need more wheat, so I will go to my brother's field and take wheat from him.

One night they met, fought, and the site of their meeting became the Knesset [legislative branch of the Israeli government].


Socialism for Gunslingers: Frankly Comrade

Ξ December 19th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Politics and Society |

    During the seventies, Ferrari Bravo worked in the University of Padova's Institute of Political Science, where Negri had assembled an impressive array of workerist intellectuals. One of them, Alisa del Re, recalls a certain intellectual elitism within the Institute, that drew its sustenance as much from familiarity with the experience of worker militants at Venice's petrochemical plants as it did from close attention to the Grundrisse and Capital. In her words:

    the most evident form of this was the phrase "frankly, comrade, I don't understand you", which actually meant "you're a fuckwit"


Best AFP photos 2007_English_Xinhua

Ξ December 16th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Politics and Society |

    An Iranian man waves a final good-bye to his relatives before being hanged, in Teheran, Aug. 2, 2007. Two men were hanged for murdering a judge in 2005. This was the first time Iran had implemented hanging in public since 2002.

Iran ranks fourth in the world in terms of state-judiciary sanctioned murder, pipped to the post only by: China, Sudan, and U.S. America.


Kehlkopfmikrofon: Almost forgot these comments

Ξ December 11th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Politics and Society |

The blogger blogs the blogger blogged. Blogaciously


ConsumerReports.org – Gift card pitfalls

Ξ November 23rd, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Politics and Society |

For the imaginationly challenged: try $Cash$ - the gift card with no expiration date!


What Future? Street Children in the Democratic Republic of Congo: V. Abuses

Ξ November 21st, 2007 | → 1 Comments | ∇ Politics and Society |

    So anyway… the other day I got this thumb-solicitation for a site. Normally when I get these I just oblige: I visit, and thumb them down.

    But this one was different.

    It made me stop and think.

    I shan’t embarrass the sender by naming them, but the message was:

    For the up coming Xmas!
    check this blog out: maclegacy.blogspot.com

    Help them out. Do something good for Xmas.

    The basic story here is: there’s this family, they have a kinda dated PC system, I mean it’s only a 1.7Ghz processor, it’s definitely last year’s tech.

    They would like to upgrade to a MacBook Pro, presumably as they have seen the ads, and wish to be Different&atrade;. This, however, will cost them $2,499…

    Which is pretty big money if you are ‘poor’.

    So far they have made $18.50, only $2480.50 to go. But in today’s caring society, that’s nothing when people get together to help those in need! I mean look at Novemnber the 5th, Ron Paul (PBUH) day, they raised almost $4 million, just to pay for an advertising campaign!

    Who wouldn’t want to help others at Xmas?

    Oh wait, I almost forgot to review this site. Silly me.

[ A street girl warms herself by a fire in the evening. – Marcus Bleasdale ]

    Fifteen-year-old Amelie left home at age ten when her parents died, and now lives with a group of girls in Lubumbashi, who share food, sleep in a group during the day, and engage in sex work at night. She told Human Rights Watch researchers that she may go with three or four men each night and can make from 1,000 to 2,000 Congolese francs (U.S.$2 to $4). The amount of money she receives is conditional on whether condoms are used. She tries to insist that her clients use condoms every time. She told us, “Sometimes men come and take me by force and afterwards, leave me no money. That happens often, I started this work when I was ten years old. It is not a good life. I would rather go somewhere else and study.”

    $2499 = 625 days of sex work for her, at the full $4 price.

    The amount given for St. Ron Paul, never mind the mainstream candidates?

    A lot more days, but then, you know, it’s true: the choice between tweedle-dee and tweedle-dumber, and tweedle-crackhead… that’s far more important than 10 years olds selling themselves for sex on the street. That’s Civilisation.