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Super delusional and super patriotic?

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Today while driving to work, I was annoyed by this bumper sticker on a filthy Ford Focus in front of me. Despite all the grime, I could see that it read:

“If you don’t stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Filed under: Current Affairs, Exhaust

BY THE NUMBERS: AMERICAN DENSITY

FUN FACT: Over 60 million Americans believe the Sun revolves around the Earth.

Why? Because Americans are so advanced.

(All numbers expressed are percentages of Americans, unless indicated otherwise) Read the rest of this entry »

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Yeah but you already knew this.

Greenwald could still teach you a trick or two.

Article from Salon.com discussing [omg, surprise!] the media’s manipulation of certain terms in order to villify others and yet absolve yourself of the same crimes. Worth reading.

http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/radio/2010/03/14/terrorism/index.html?source=newsletter

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Vacationing on Mars.

Further to this post I wrote a while back, I’d like to link a Newsweek article that talks about privatizing space.

I’m sure some people reading this are going to take offense, as it seems space is such a territory that should remain “for everyone” but here are a few thoughts for those folks to consider:

1.) The article is about privatizing space travel. As in, allow private companies to pioneer new methods of space transport and housing, instead of relying only on government-associated entities such as NASA.

2.) In my view, outer space is a territory just like land, sea, and air. No one disputes that states, countries, and nations have claim over certain stretches of the Earth, and that these claims are enshrined within universally accepted and established political boundaries. So why not outer space? (Although this is not what the Newsweek article is discussing.)

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BY THE NUMBERS: CELLPHONES

Observing the relentless and unstoppable evolution of humanity’s technological capacity, at a glance.

 

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WHAT THE FRANCE?! Do you love us or hate us?

Spineless Frenchies need to make up their mind about Islam. One day they’re all up in arms against Islam (banning the hijab) and the next day they’re tripping over themselves to kiss its feet (see below). Read the rest of this entry »

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Subprime Redux – Death Dealers

Wall Street never learns.

Despite causing one of the biggest financial crises in world history via the subprime debacle, Wall Street is back on the prowl like a serial murderer, and this time, its getting a lot more hideous. As the NY Times details in a story yesterday, Wall Street banks have whipped up a new plot that screams SUBPRIME MELTDOWN in a piercing, 120-decibel blast so shocking it leaves you gasping for breath as you try to figure out how low this class of humanity can go in its pursuit for fatter paychecks and super-padded bottom lines.

Details: Read the rest of this entry »

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What Vladimir Putin doesn’t want you to read.

Read this article first, on NPR about how GQ was blackmailed by the Russian government because of a story one of their reporters did on Russian corruption. GQ caved in and didn’t print the story online, nor in any of its international versions. It was printed only in the American version of the September issue, and even then buried deep in the issue, on page 246. It wasn’t even mentioned on the front cover, like many other stories are.

And then read the banned article, below.

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Into the dark abyss of horrific depravity.

Normally I don’t write about news events.

I don’t feel the need to. I have a really high tolerance level for the non-stop torrent of bad news day in, day out. The collapsing economy. People losing their jobs. People dying in senseless bloodshed. Murder, war, death, destruction, rampant shirk, rape and pillage, inhuman savagery, child abuse, indescribable torture, massive corruption, etc.

None of this makes me flinch or bat a single eyelid. Being a descendant of Dawud [AS], I’m a freakin’ awesomely unstoppable steam-rollin’ freight train. You can throw all the bad news you have at me and I’ll just smile at ya and keep right on comin’. This is the world I live in, and there’s always the bright side, there’s always the eternal hope I have for the celestial amount of khayr and goodness that humanity has within itself.

I honestly thought I had seen and heard most – if not all – of the depraved ugliness that humans can be capable of.

Until today.

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What Goes Around Comes Around, Baby

Well, this looks friendly!

The VATICAN!!! … of all places, my goodness … is stumping for Islamic finance?! I mean, I know some people are just plain slow, but WOW guys! come on! It took you 1400 years to get the drift? I’m all for taking time to exact proper due diligence, to make sure you know what you’re getting into but really … a millennia-and-a-half?

Oh wait never mind you were probably waiting for the ghost of Pope Urban II to cool his jets about this decision, I mean, DUH! you need money to start yet another [ill-advised] joyride into lands yonder to the East.

Vatican promotes Islamic finance in face of global crisis

Vatican says Western banks should look at rules of Islamic finance to restore confidence amongst clients.

ROME – The Vatican said banks should look at the rules of Islamic finance to restore confidence amongst their clients during the current global economic crisis.”The ethical principles on which Islamic finance is based may bring banks closer to their clients and to the true spirit which should mark every financial service”, the Vatican’s official newspaper Osservatore Romano said in an article in its latest issue.

The article argues that Western banks could use tools such as the Islamic bonds, known as sukuk, as collateral.

Sukuk may be used to fund the “car industry or the next Olympic Games in London”, it said.

The article also said that profit share, gained from sukuk, may be an alternative to the interest, underlining that the sukuk system could help automotive sector and support investments in infrastructure area.

Using the Islamic sukuk system, money would be invested in concrete projects and profit share – instead of interest earned – is distributed to clients.

The Osservatore’s editor, Giovanni Maria Vian, said that “the great religions have always had a common attention to the human dimension of the economy,” Corriere della Sera reported.

 

 

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(Hat tip to Pact for the link)

sing it baby!

Hey girl, is he everything you wanted in a man?
You know I gave you the world
You had me in the palm of your hand
So why your love went away
I just can’t seem to understand
Thought it was me and you babe
Me and you until the end
But I guess I was wrongDon’t want to think about it
Don’t want to talk about it
I’m just so sick about it
Can’t believe it’s ending this way
Just so confused about it
Feeling the blues about it
I just can’t do without ya
Tell me is this fair?

Is this the way it’s really going down?
Is this how we say goodbye?
Should’ve known better when you came around
That you were gonna make me cry
It’s breaking my heart to watch you run around
‘Cause I know that you’re living a lie
That’s okay baby ’cause in time you will find…

What goes around, goes around, goes around
Comes all the way back around
What goes around, goes around, goes around
Comes all the way back around
What goes around, goes around, goes around
Comes all the way back around
What goes around, goes around, goes around
Comes all the way back around


 

 

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