Friday, 26 February 2010

The Muslim Brotherhood in the US

I've been meaning for some time to get some information "set in syber", for reference, on the Muslim Brotherhood, especially in the US.  As the Holy Land Foundation Trial of 2007 found, all major Muslim organisations in the US are fronts for the Muslim Brotherhood.

"Does anyone ever get it wrong?"

Alan Alanson in the South China Morning Post has a competition which really does test one's mettle.

Make four predictions in the business or economics area for the end of the year.  They have to be specific.  For example, his are:
So, first, a European or Eastern European government will default on or restructure its debt. Second, oil will hit US$100 again. Third, there will be a merger of two of the world's top media companies, and fourth, another one of the 50 largest American companies will face collapse.
My four:

A pox on detox

I've written before on the scam of "organic" foods.  Basically, there's no difference between the food you buy at the supermarket and the same stuff you pay three times as much for, which is labelled "organic".  No difference in amount of fertiliser or pesticides.   No difference in the amount of nutrition.

I thought the same about "detox" programs.  You know, the ones where you "get rid of poisons" in the body by "eating" only fruit juices and such like for a week or more.  That's supposed to rid you of toxins.  Problem is, there's zip evidence that it does.

Should we get MAD again -- *AND* get even?

Remember the MAD doctrine during the cold war?  It stood for "Mutually Assured Destruction".  Sounds crazy, but it kept us safe in a post-war Nuclear world.  Simply put the doctrine was that "if you nuke me, I shall immediately retaliate with nukes in overwhelmingly destructive force."  Thus understood, both sides had a pretty powerful incentive to prevent any nuclear strike.  For what rational leader would want to press the button on the destruction, the annihilation, of his own people?  "None", is the answer.  For all the insanity of communism, post-war Soviet leaders had a natural antipathy to death, to commiting national suicide.  Ditto the US.  So this "MAD" doctrine, was sane and rational.

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

"Koran on my mind", the doco.

From Nineteen Eighty-Four, by George Orwell
The keyword here is blackwhite. Like so many Newspeak words, this word has two mutually contradictory meanings. Applied to an opponent, it means the habit of impudently claiming that black is white, in contradiction of the plain facts. Applied to a Party member, it means a loyal willingness to say that black is white when Party discipline demands this. But it means also the ability to believe that black is white, and more, to know that black is white, and to forget that one has ever believed the contrary. This demands a continuous alteration of the past, made possible by the system of thought which really embraces all the rest, and which is known in Newspeak as doublethink. Doublethink is basically the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.
– Part II, Chapter IX — The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism

Skiing North East China - Yabuli

Being some of the few -- the very few -- foreigners skiing in Yabuli, North-east China, seems  I'd better note down some info.
Summary of Yabuli (亚布立): "Sun Mountain Resort" 2-3 hours by car from Harbin, Helongjiang province, NE China (near the Russian border): Cold, good snow, no lines, limited runs, even more limited après-ski.  Fun for a couple of days and good for beginners....

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Off to China...

We're off to Harbin for a week's skiing, so no blogging for a while....
Cheers and Happy Chinese New Year of the Tiger to all!

Postscript: that's Yabuli, the resort we went to, and it's just like that!

Thursday, 11 February 2010

The ABC's "inner struggle" to understand the Jihad

I started listening to Australia's ABC Radio a while back.  A recent discussion with a Muslim spokesperson on Islam prompted my letter to them re the meaning of "Jihad".  I'm posting this here now rather than tossing out, as it may come in useful for reference.  The simple conclusion is that "Jihad" means "Holy war to spread Islam".  Any other meaning (eg "inner struggle for self improvement") is very much secondary.

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

One Law for All, Fundraiser

Maryam Namazie (click photo to her website)

This is surely unarguable, isn't it?  One Law for All?  Even for my leftie relatives and mates?  The point Ms Namazie has made in several of her presentations is that the expansion of Sharia Law courts in the UK (there are already nearly one hundred!) is bad for women and bad for children....

Radical rabble rousers in the UK

Well worth the nine-odd minutes it takes to watch this video.  And ask  yourself afterwards: what you would do if you happened to be -- heaven help you -- one of the British Law Lords or a member of the European Court of Human Rights.  What would you do with the Imams and Sheikhs in the UK who are being sought in other jurisdictions for terrorism activities. (Courtesy Jihadwatch.org)

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

China: "we have the technology"

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China too coruscates!  Having written in the immediately preceding post about Israel's achievements and the mentality that helped achieve them, I'd better post a chart that's been sitting on my desktop for some time.  China's research.  I don't have the original article, but the chart tells most of the story.
"China's output of scientific reports started expanding dramatically in the mid-1990s and, in terms of annual output, the country now stands second only to the US."
That is a fantastic achievement, a stunning return on the investment of sending hundreds of thousands of students to study in the west since the seventies.

Twenty Facts about Israel

I haven't checked all the facts this list below, though the ones I know are correct.  Let me know if you find anything wrong at: fu.saisee@gmail.com and I'll pass it on.
It was put together by a website I stumbled on, Strategy Page, so hat-tip to them.
Of course there will be objections that the US has pumped billions in military and civilian aid into Israel and continues to do so. True, but then oil-rich Arab countries have had Trillions (about seven Trillions by one estimate) pumped into them via oil revenues, and have nothing approaching Israel's achievements to show for it.  Israel's achievements have drawn the likes of Warren Buffet to invest, an unusual step for the Sage of Omaha.
These achievements are the result of a mentality.  A mentality that rewards construction over destruction, innovation over immolation, learning over reciting, life over death, an economy that, as a result, coruscates in a crescent of corruption....

Electric boost for bicyclists

Roger Phillips, 78, uses an electric bicycle in Manhattan, 
although they are not officially permitted on New York streets.
(courtesy New York Times)
Attentive readers may recall that I have been running a sporadic campaign to have e-bikes legalised in Hong Kong.   In part that's involved my riding round on my own e-bike in an attempt to get arrested.  I want to get arrested so that I can have its legality tried in court.  The issue is that e-bikes don't come under any one of the definitions of "vehicles" in the Road Transport Regulations and therefore they're by default classified as motorbikes, which they're clearly not and clearly cannot pass tests as motorbikes.

What if Palestinians had been Chinese?

In the early post-48 establishment of Israel, and after the failed attack on the new state by the Arab League, some of Israel’s neighbours indicated willingness to deal with the new state.   These included Jordan, Lebanon and even previously belligerent Egypt.   What happened?  The Mufti of Jerusalem Amin al-Huseini organized assassination of these moderate elements.  Al-Huseini went on to mentor Yasser Arafat and his murderous reign, so disastrous for the Palestinians. (See “Icon of Evil: Hitler’s Mufti and the rise of Radical Islam”)....


The Saudi "Peace Initiative": a massive protection racket

The man called "Fat Tony", he come by you restaurant and he make you a offer cannot refuse -- "youse pay us: youse restaurant, she be protect" -- why, that seems like a pretty good deal, insurance you tell yourself.   So you pay your money and you get your protection.
I ask: what's the difference between Fat Tony's protection racket and what the Saudis offer in a so-called "peace" initiative?  I answer: the difference is that you can trust Fat Tony to keep his side of the bargain.
I wrote about the Saudi's 2002 "Peace" initiative to resolve the Palestine-Israel issue here .  Below is a quick recap straight from today's International Herald Tribune, the international edition of the New York Times, which continues, shamefully and shamelessly to tout this lousy "bargain"....

"How to land on your feet when speaking in public"

The BBC World Service has been replaying a broadcast of Lucy Kellaway from October 09, in which Lucy gives tips to would-be public speakers.  She says she finds public speaking more frightening than spiders or getting mugged in a dark alley.  Most people feel the same. Lucy skims for tips all books on the subject that cross her desk.  She ends with a couple of simple tips: (i)  Practice, practice, practice and (ii)  Junk all aids such as powerpoint.  Also "never read your speech".  All fine tips.  But what about the *fear*, Lucy?  What about the spider on the  mind?

Monday, 8 February 2010

"A symbol of Tyranny" -- Che Guevara

I often wonder why there are some conceptions fixed in the public mind, quite at odds with the facts.  One of these is Che, a hero of the left, the subject of films, hagiographies, and T-shirts.  Che's the handsome revolutionary, a fighter for the people, for democracy, the one we all want to emulate.  Not.  See the letter below from today's South China Morning Post.
This is the same as the fixed in steel concept that Islam is the Religion of Peace™, despite the tsunami of evidence to the contrary, and the at best ambiguous stance of even the so-called "moderates".
Letter on Che follows....

Monday, 1 February 2010

Jon Stewart on the SOTU

All the vibe and analysis you could want on Obama's State of the Union.

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