Friday, December 28, 2007
The Swedes not have a gun culture. When classifying films they rate film violence more harshly than film sex. They are currently not at war. they haven't been at war for a long time. How then do the Swedish armed forces recruit troops and officers. These two ads highlight, which I doubt are part of their training highlight the need to solve difficult and mentally taxing problems or suffer injury or death. That sums up the role of the officers doesn't to solve questions quickly while under physical and emotional stress.
Here is a precis for Falling Over Ourselves to Follow the Leader.
Here is a ROB article on the same study.
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Here are some the highlights.
- between 60 and 76 percent of those polled seek the growth of Sharia throughout Pakistan;
- only 26 percent say Sharia should play the same role (15 percent) or a smaller role (11 percent) and 15 percent do not answer;
- only 44 percent favor the Pakistani Army pursuing Al Qaeda
- only 48 percent support the Pakistan Army acting against “Taliban insurgents who have crossed over from Afghanistan”;
Let us remember in our rush to eulogize Bhutto that Pakistan is mostly made up of our enemies.
Musharraf is basically living on borrowed time.
Well--okay--he was already living on borrowed time but everyone's going to blame him for this now.
Damn--how likely will this tear the country apart?
Everyone to rule Pakistan since 1947 has been living on borrowed time, Doc...
But now there's nobody to lend the borrowed time.... Things are going to go south pretty soon.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
quote in Telegraph article,
UK troops prepare for Christmas in Afghanistan.
A reference to the Christmas truce of 1914.
Monday, December 24, 2007
This is an usual ad. Most beer ads because of regulatory limits only focus on at the events leading up to getting beer. This ad has a person concentrating on walking in a straight line stopping and going with a drum beat.
“It’s as if in the United States, for example, they said that everything has changed, that Roosevelt and Franklin are no longer the right political figures, everything they did was horrible and revolting, and we have a new ideology here now, let’s quickly get used to it,”
It is a nice analogy except that has always been members of the American Right who consider what FDR did in the New Deal was an unmitigated disaster. The New Deal may have saved American capitalism but it allowed in the eyes of its detractors too much share of the wealth for the non-rich. The current Bush era "prosperity" which concentrates the economic gains only in the top 1% is seen in some Republican circles as the rightful return to a pre-New Deal economy.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Ben Mulroney and his corrupt father.
View it on Youtube.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
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Tuesday, December 11, 2007
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Friday, December 07, 2007
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Cost of burying dead one: $18,750
Help the economy - shoot to kill.
"Locked in Combat with Zombie Castro".
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Saturday, December 01, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
This is a blog post at Foreign Policy Magazine about the long term cost of mass mobilization wars. The biggest cost of having a war is the pension cost. The article points to a study looking at the true cost of the Iraq mess. the blog post has this interesting quote and and comment.
Suppose a drummer boy, age 14, became a soldier in 1861 and was disabled in that war. Suppose also that he married, had children, his wife died, and he remarried late in late, at say age 60 in 1907. Suppose further that his second wife was 25 years old at marriage and that at age 30 she bore him a child who was mentally or physically incapable of supporting himself. That child would be 57 years old today [that is, in 1969] and still drawing benefits — more than a century after the war ended.
Sounds unlikely, right? Yet Clayton nonetheless found that 1,353 dependents of Civil War veterans were still getting government benefits as late as 1967.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
" what is the best way to recycle old tech in the US?""
Give it to a pack rat. They'll pile it up with their other...treasures. Soon you'll read about the guy who couldn't get out of his house because the doors and windows were blocked.
Anonymous Coward in a slashdot discussion about computer recycling. For the record when I last moved I had 2 computers besides my current one and 4 monitors. The theory was the other monitors and computers were "backups".
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Here also is a Colbert writer channeling his inner asshole, or entertainment executive. The biggest sob story is that his son had to settle for a "non-endangered birthday tiger".
Here is a blog from the writers, United Hollywood. There is also a video of the Simpson writers making pointed comparisons between Mr Burns and Mr Murdoch. There is a claim that Simpson profits paid for Rupert Murdoch's "throne of bones" and his "lake of blood".
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Rude joke alert:
Q - What is long and red and hangs down between Ronald Reagan's legs?
A - Brian Mulroney's tie.
Friday, November 09, 2007
Thursday, November 08, 2007
I like this line in the cartoon:
"Please take us to Fifth Avenue so we can purchase some of your quaint native costumes."
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Friday, November 02, 2007
Mulroney not Popular with Canadians or Canadian Criminals. However the "Business" Community still likes him.
Nobody seems to like to the guy.
Listen here for the full interview with Karlheinz Schreiber.
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Local politics also plays a role in this "natural" disaster. San Diegans have failed to learn the lessons from the terrible firestorms that ravaged the county in October 2003. At the time, San Diego had no unified county fire department. The city, the county, and outside agencies failed to work in concert. The city had a small fleet of antiquated fire engines, no firefighting helicopters, and not enough money for radios, batteries and emergency fire shelters for its firefighters. At the time, the city, arguably the most fire-prone major city in the United States, ranked 40th in the nation in firefighters per capita.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
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Monday, October 15, 2007
And "New Ireland" is a tiny, rural island full of cannibals.
No change there then
Saturday, October 13, 2007
reference to the Bicameral mind and the origins of conciousness
Funny how that voice in the heads of Muslims never seem to tell them to clean the parks, help the poor, look after the orphans, get off welfare, stop forcing your wife to wear the bedsheet in public, buy breath mints, stop blaming evrything on other people, speak up about the Jihad that smears Islams image of Peace, treat females like actual equal Humans .
BUT NO , Allah keeps telling them to Murder, steal, whine, sue, behead, attack, plot agianst(sic) people, use welfare to breed like flies for more Jihad-Johnny's, bomb Public Transit, kill children, kill little girls going to school, Kill Kill Kill Kill.
Can you see a pattern here folks?
The voice in my head tells to to lose weight, pay your bills, be polite, help neighbours, pick up trash, help the elderly, help tourists, help immigrants adapt, donate to charity, give away my old PC , fix PC's for free or almost nothing, pay fair price for Yardsale items, and don't act as if my SH*T don't smell like everyone elses does.
Buy hey, maybe Allah is so deep and loving that I just can't comprehend why murdering people to show you're a Peaceful God is the correct way to love someone.
There are many psychotic people who hear 'voices'. Some of them hear the 'voice of God'. When God says 'strike that man down, it is time to strike that man down. With psychotics , there is a lack of critical reasoning. It may be that 'God' told this individual to drop his pants in public, or throw his dinner plate. The psychotic never question why 'God' would tell them to do something so stupid, or meaningless.
At least in the Islam, when Allah says to 'drop your pants', you can understand why. The voice of Allah comming either as a hallucination, or through the Quran, another hallucination, makes the motivations clear. With the psychotic infidel, the motivations are not so clear. So what Islam really is, is a structure provided to hallucinating muslims, who desire to 'drop their pants' in a pure and holy way.
So for the sake of purity, it is important to follow Allahs insructions, killing people, or 'dropping your pants' in public, is acceptable as long as you have Allah on your mind when you do it...
Friday, October 12, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Thursday, October 04, 2007
He can find Jews hiding behind walls simply by head butting the wall!
shows an inverse relation between
calmness and the hero population.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
Here are some more ads also for the Vancouver Film Festival; interrogation, possessed child and freak show.
In France, we often do work less than 40 hours a week.Less work also means better productivity. There surely is a "balancing point", but if it exist, it is different for every person, and is not constant with the time.
Believe it or not, there is actual research done on this--not that anyone ever pays attention to the results. If I recall correctly, it boils down to something like this:
- Productivity is low for the first 1-3 hours of a day as people get into the swing of things
- Daily productivity mostly goes up, but drops toward the end of the day (possibly because people are consciously "winding down")
- Productivity per worker hour peaks somewhere around a 30-hour week.
- Total sustainable productivity per week peaks at around a 45-hour week.
- Around 50 hours and up, fatigue builds up over time until burnout kicks in. Sustained work weeks of 50 hours are likely to be getting less TOTAL WORK done than sustained 35-hour weeks.
- Work weeks of around 80 hours are sustainable for maybe a week or so before catastrophic loss of total productivity occurs
- Anything much more than 80 hours likely results in immediately LOWER productivity, as fatigued workers make mistakes that take more time to fix than the extra hours provide.
From this, one can conclude that European schedules are more likely to maximize individual productivity (more work per hour), while American schedules are more likely to maximize organizational productivity (more work per person). One can also conclude that any manager who demands sustained work weeks of 50 hours or more is incompetent and a fool; the management equivalent of the kind of programmer who creates so many bugs he provides a net negative productivity to the team.
In practice, actual work hours are lower than they appear; most salaried workers are prone to finding numerous ways to not work while at work, largely because in many office environments physical presence is seen as more important than actual productivity.
I suspect the best balancing point would be something like four 9-hour workdays per week. Longer days to minimize the productivity drain of mornings, but a shorter total work week to allow occasional bursts of extra effort without creating long-term burnout.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Ottawa's Muslim community yesterday supported the woman's decision to clear her name.
"Who are we to judge somebody else, especially if a person is innocent?" asked Mumtaz Akhtar, president of the Ottawa Muslim Association.
He acknowledged that in some Muslim countries, especially in smaller villages, people do hold the belief "that victims of rape are unclean."
"They despise the person who has been a victim of rape, even if it is their own daughter. But it is not like that here. People are more educated."
He said she shouldn't worry about that connotation, adding that people are likely to be more sympathetic because it was not her fault.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
I would have thought haggis would be a major deterrant to...well, eating.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Doing Time is an enlightening tour through the Japanese system, well worth the read.
Friday, September 21, 2007
A Midwest sandwich chain has created a human flip book using t-shirts as the drawing surface. Although there has only been less than 5000 viewings of this ad it has been listed in 2 different blogs that I follow, Ads of the World and Cartoon Brew, and animation and an advertising blog. Here is the making of video below.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
This is a great ad, makes me want to vote for him, but I live in California, I've heard good things about New Mexico, like there the Rent is very cheap and the Single Women have Low Standards.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Hey. HEY! Where d'ya think you're going? (muttermutter) Spoiled brat...
Monday, September 10, 2007
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Thursday, September 06, 2007
"We gots a bit a of problem, like. The other civvie stuff, its moves aside, but this bastard won't." The sargeant brightened, and dropped a hand to his sabre. " kill hem sor?"
The guards stirred, and the dogs of the two parties exchanged tail down snarls. The civilian opened his mouth to protest, looked up at the sargeant and suddenly realized there was real hope behind the request.
Friday, August 31, 2007
Our sovereign Lord the King chargeth and commandeth all persons, being assembled, immediately to disperse themselves, and peaceably to depart to their habitations, or to their lawful business, upon the pains contained in the act made in the first year of King George, for preventing tumults and riotous assemblies. God save the King.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
"Jewish warriors" - Just leave us alone dammit
"Muslim warriors" - insert latest violent mass murder here, daily
thread CNN Moral Equivalence Marathon.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
How to make the best of your best man's speech
Wednesday August 15, 2007
No wedding is complete without a best man - although we might perhaps extend this sentiment to "no wedding is completely ruined without a best man", courtesy of a case currently being heard by a jury at Preston crown court. According to the prosecution, the trouble started when the best man at a wedding reception in Yorkshire misjudged the mood of his audience, and decided to expose himself in the name of entertainment. He then allegedly went on to batter a guest who upbraided him for this behaviour.
There are no doubt weddings where this sort of thing is positively encouraged, but herein lies the dilemma for any best man: it is impossible to gauge the mood of a group made up of two different sets of friends and family.
Best man speeches come in three basic varieties: pompous and lawyerly; shambolically ribald; and inoffensively boring. There are "good" best man's speeches - well judged, amusing, moving and brief - but they don't appear in sufficient quantity to constitute a separate category.
At the diabolical end, you have best men who employ PowerPoint and the odd one who thinks it's a good idea to recount the bride's sexual history in song while accompanying himself on the guitar. If you spot him at the rehearsal dinner scrawling on a napkin and asking people for words that rhyme with "venereal", replace him with a second cousin immediately.
Never, under any circumstances, have two best men (as happened at the Yorkshire wedding). If there's one thing worse than a loudmouth who can't wait to tell the family of the bride what a drunken, sexually incontinent no-mark her future husband is, it's two loudmouths trying to outdo each other.
And if you should ever be asked to be a best man, just remember that your main obligation is to thank the bridesmaids, and that anything else you say is liable to offend somebody. And when in doubt, don't get your penis out.
Monday, August 13, 2007
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Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Transformer as used car
Working robot transformer
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Let us look at the email inbox for General Erich Manstein on 3/2/42, when he was engaged in the Crimea:-
HeiniKreditAnstalt...............Get the cheapest motor insurance quotes from us
Adolf Hitler.........Why did Lt Schmidt take one-and-a half hours for lunch yesterday?
Mrs Manstein....................He's your son, too. What are you going to do about the gum disease?
Adolf Hitler........................Why are the water cooler maintenance people late?
Bill from Sonnenliebe...........Have you made pension plans? Try us!
Colonel, 541 Infantry...........Regiment will be at start-line 12 am.
Adolf Hitler....Transfer Corporal Schultz & his 6 men from Kerch to the Tartar Ditch.
As you can see, of all these messages, only one is relevant to the matter in hand.
From Johnnyreb on the thread Modern (2006) computers and the internet in WWII on AH.com. For the record Hitler was into to giving detailed and mindless tactic instructions. This tendency can be seen as this clip of Hitler as a gamer.
Capt. Frank Willard, US Army Special Forces, Caguyen River, The Philippines:-
At first I thought they handed me the wrong dossier. I couldn't believe they wanted this man dead. Third generation West Point, World War One, the Battle of the Beltway, about a thousand decorations. Like they said, MacArthur had an impressive career, maybe too perfect. He was being groomed for one of the top slots in the Corporation, four-star, Chief of Staff. Then things started to slip. Leaving the bombers on the ground to be blasted by the Japs. That gold the Philippine President gave him. And this guy was still in the field, commanding American troops. LOVED YOU IN WALL STREET.
The last comment, screamed out loud, caused the boat's crew to look up in surprise. Then they shrugged their shoulders. Willard was a spook: Those guys were nuts.
The msm press would just ridiculeUnfortunately this was from a blog on killcastro. The mission of this site is to encourage murder. The weasel word this site uses to excuse murder is that they do not "advocate the illegal execution of Fidel Castro." You can never trust a crazy ex-Cuban.
as another one of those crazy anti castro Miami mafiosos, discredit him, and negate any effectiveness he does have...
Friday, June 22, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
wishes to remain anonymous, in
In Albany, Life Has Seeped Out of Night Life,
in the NY Times.