Lefty southpaw Obama can't throw a baseball
It's the double negative Lefty southpaw thing that prevents Obama throwing properly.
Harsh but unfair.
It was Howard’s alleged barbarity to asylum seekers in particular that earned him the foulest abuse from people who showed none of the compassion they demanded from him. You know them and their kind, and how they luxuriated in abusing Howard.Pure Poison's number one Bolt obsessive begs to differ, producing this nastiness directed at Gillard:
“A man with the heart of a caraway seed,’’ jeered Mike Seccombe of the Sydney Morning Herald…
A “cold-hearted prick’’, said footballer Michael Long…
(He has) “bloodless lips of string’’, added Herald Sun columnist Jill
“Unflushable turd,” sniggered author Mungo MacCallum.
The then Labor president Carmen Lawrence even endorsed a Rock Against Howard CD with tracks such as John Howard is a Filthy Slut.
Refugee advocate Pamela Curr said the Gillard government was “no better than the last”.Jeez, it's no wonder Bolt takes no notice of the PP boyz (and Sear in particular) – not only is Curr's observation tepid, the last government was the Rudd government, not the Howard government.
"If there are people who have been eligible for the levy [payment] who haven't required it and have gone in and claimed it, I think they are simply low-life," he said.Why shouldn't all eligible persons claim the payment?
During the trial, O'Connell refused to acknowledge Judge Wisbey when he entered the court and, instead, rose to bow to the jury.In my opinion anything more harsh than a significant fine is inappropriate in the circumstances; many would persuasively argue that the free speech quashing precedent set by this decision is a dangerous infringement of personal liberty.
Judge Wisbey said O'Connell showed no remorse and his behaviour "was that of a bully".
In a highly unusual move, on the first day of the trial instead of using his opening address to outline his defence O’Connell made a speech declaring the court unlawful, backing his argument by citing the constitution of Australia, the Westminster division of powers, the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Judiciary act of 1903 among others.At the conclusion of his video O'Connell tell one his victims to "get a good Jewish lawyer”. O'Connell would have done well to take the advice himself.
He then said he wished to “indict the jury so they become a grand jury,” and put Judge John Wisbey on trial for treason.
Judge Wisbey ordered the trial continue.
O’Connell’s defence centred on his argument Judaism was not a race but a religion.
He made several wild assertions in court, including that "Jews rule the world," and at one point suggested Israel is planning to invade Australia.
Floods are a fact of life in a Queensland summer.The government's one-off levy, while well intended, does nothing to address Queensland's massive flood problem. And with the cyclone season running to April, and a continuing La Niña, it's entirely possible Queensland will soon again experience flooding. In any event, Queensland will again eventually experience catastrophic flooding. What then, another levy?
There is a shortage of two million homes in this South American country of nearly 29 million people, according to the Venezuelan Builders' Association.So rather than do something constructive Chavez goes for the Robert Mugabe distract-the-masses-ploy by seizing private farms. The results parallel the Zimbabwe model:
The national farming union Fedenaga said it has already seen a drop from 70 percent to 45 percent in banana production in the region, and has predicted beef production will drop by 30 percent and dairy by four percent as the seizures continue.The Guardian reports that Chavez has also urged the less fortunate to "occupy" the land of the better off, with the poor seizing the opportunity.
If the ancient Greeks had developed Facebook they would have recognised that it addresses the innate human need for thymos.While not pretentious, the following line – by Dr Gideon Polya, commenting on an article on the Australian of the year (scroll down to the first comment) – must surely be in the running for the WTF outright stupidity award:
Thus on US-dominated Spaceship Earth, avoidable deaths from deprivation total about 20 million annually; post-1950 avoidable deaths in US-occupied countries total about 90 million; in Iraq (1990-2011) and Afghanistan (2001-2011), violent deaths and non-violent deaths from war-imposed deprivation total 4.4 million and 4.9 million, respectively, under-5 infant deaths total 2.0 million and 2.6 million, respectively, and refugees total 5-6 million and 3-4 million, respectively).Both lines are at the Sydney Morning Herald site. Funny that.
How many of them has Blair authored? Clearly he can't be trusted where handles are concerned.The PP boyz were initially ecstatic that their behind the scenes sleuthing had "caught Blair out" but their joy soon turned to panic when it became apparent they had way overplayed their hand.
Why is this site so obsessed with this Sear guy? Three Sear-devoted posts in three days? A minute by minute breakdown of a podcast?Can I prove Sear lodged that comment? No. Was it Sear? Almost certainly.
Did he reject your advances or something? [What's with the homosexuality allusion" Is it meant to be an insult? - Ed.]
No, seriously, I thought he was just some blogging lawyer but from your coverage he and Loewenstein must be a lot more important in Australia than I'd assumed.
Anyway, good to find this site. Keep up the good work!
This week marks the start of ‘Healthy Weight Week,’ brought to you by the Dieticians Association of Australia (DAA).None of the "growing number of health professionals opposed" to healthy eating is nominated, however. Turner goes on to slam obesity researchers whose work is funded by "Big Pharma":
With the DAA claiming that 61 per cent of Australian adults and 25 per cent of Australian children are either overweight or obese, many people would think this is a great initiative. So why are a growing number of health professionals opposed to this campaign?
The reality is that obesity research is riddled with conflicts of interest.Obviously science ain't science when it's corporately funded. But science, or reality, isn't exactly Turner's forte:
The DAA’s Healthy Weight Week recommendations advise us to swap soft drink for diet versions. Do they seriously believe that putting aspartame - a chemical previously listed by The Pentagon as a biochemical warfare agent - into one’s body is healthier than real sugar?Instead of the fat turning to discredited "obesity experts" who poison their clients with sweeteners of mass destruction Turner offers this feel-good-about-yourself advice:
[Health At Every Size] acknowledges that our bodies are continually communicating with us. Whether you are constipated, hungry, or satiated, it helps to stop and listen. Intuitive eating teaches us to reconnect with our internal signals. If you eat highly-processed foods regularly, chances are you aren’t going to feel very well. Listening to our bodies is a skill.And aren't we lucky that Turner's BodyMatters Australasia just happens to offer a multi-faceted counseling and treatment service that can either help you lose weight or make you feel good about your body, or both.
HAES also encourages people to engage in physical movement that is pleasurable to them, instead of obsessively counting their steps with a pedometer or seeing exercise as punishment. Respecting body diversity and seeing health as an ongoing multi-faceted process will help to end the war against our bodies. Every day we can feel good about the fact that we have respected our bodies through health-giving activities, instead of hating ourselves for not reaching that number on the scales. After all, how can you truly nourish something you hate?
Ms Turner,It'll be interesting to see if/how Turner responds.
You do provide for-fee services and treatment for overweight individuals, do you not?
Please provide the names of health care professionals other than yourself, and possibly your partner, who oppose "Healthy Weight Week".
Also, please back up your claim that aspartame is, or ever was, a "biochemical warfare agent".
Why is this site so obsessed with this Sear guy? Three Sear-devoted posts in three days? A minute by minute breakdown of a podcast?Yep, the comment may be anonymous but it has Sear written all over it: it was posted at 4:44 am WAST (7:44 in Melbourne); it contains thinly disguised distracters such as "this Sear guy" and "good to find this site"; and it's Sear's writing style.
Did he reject your advances or something?
No, seriously, I thought he was just some blogging lawyer but from your coverage he and Loewenstein must be a lot more important in Australia than I'd assumed.
Anyway, good to find this site. Keep up the good work!
I won’t celebrate Australia Day this year. I don’t know if I ever have. I know this will make some people angry.Angered that Brull doesn't celebrate Australia Day? Really Michael, no-one cares.
One of Australia’s most prominent conservative writers, who I imagine would consider himself rather patriotic is Andrew Bolt. Seeking to demonstrate his literary sophistication, he listed his favourite conservative authors, beginning with Christian anarchist Leo Tolstoy. As my opposition to patriotism may seem extreme to some, it may be worth recalling what Bolt’s favourite “conservative” author once had to say on the subject...Brull is wrong, of course: Bolt does not list his "favourite" conservative authors but rather "Great conservative authors of the past two centuries".
We've been troubled by the sort of rhetoric that has come out of various commentators and principally Republican politicians — Sarah Palin and the like — saying Mr. Assange should be executed, assassinated.Legal action is a distinct possibility:
Certainly if Sarah Palin or any of those other politicians come to Australia, for whatever purpose, then we can initiate a private prosecution, and that's what we intend to do.So what exactly did Palin threaten?
On her Facebook page, Palin suggests that Assange should be "pursued with the same urgency as al-Qaida and Taliban leaders."Considering that Palin is almost single-handedly responsible for the rising tide of American violence that veiled threat cannot be taken lightly.
Australian soldiers who are entitled to taxpayer-funded Viagra pills have been warned about the dangers of erectile dysfunction drugs and told they can have just four tablets a month.The podcast concludes with a look at U.S. politics, the PP boyz agreeing that Fox News is evil.
Defence personnel, including those on active duty in places such as Afghanistan, have also been informed they must be medically assessed as suffering from sexual performance problems before the pills will be prescribed to them.
What, did nobody listen to the podcast?
Sensible debate is too often muddled by a political commitment to small government that can lead to less transparent, less equitable and less efficient outcomes.As if that from Spies-Butcher is sensible. And there's also this:
Raising taxes to pay for expanded public spending, particularly on health, the main component of the ageing budget, is widely supported.The report Spies-Butcher links to does indicate that Australians want more spent on health but notes this contradiction:
While most respondents have a preference for increased spending on public services, 60% of them also think it is more important for the government to lower taxes for economic growth than to set taxes high enough for essential services.So Spies-Butcher is less than honest in saying that Australians are happy to pay increased taxes for health care.
At the start of a new year, thinkers from the Centre for Policy Development and contributors to their recent publication, More Than Luck: Ideas Australia needs now ask how might we expect the shrill tone of the national conversation to change? What policy resolutions might our elected representatives make for 2011? This series presents ideas for citizens who want to see fundamental changes to how the country is run and a to-do-list for politicians who want to look beyond the polls or the next election cycle to tackle the future before it tackles us.As far as I can tell, the shrill demands for fundamental change emanate from the deep thinkers on the Left for whom government cannot be big enough.
Also, it hadn’t clicked that, unlike when I was just some guy with a blog, I can now actually ring the subject of a piece and say “it’s Jeremy from Crikey” and they’ll answer the phone.Somewhat later reality strikes:
Marika [Dobbin, the Age] didn’t return calls from Crikey.Jeremy who, from where?
Tried to speak with Orhan Pamuk directly tonight here in Jaipur, India about his Galle position. He refused to speak/say anything.It's hard to talk while laughing.
[Andrew] Bolt doesn’t make this point, but is there actually enough water on Earth to raise global sea levels by 100 metres?Hey Jeremy, try Google rather than getting Pure Poison's commenters to do your research for you.
Michael Brull has a featured blog at Independent Australian Jewish Voices, and is involved in Stop The Intervention Collective Sydney (STICS).Yet Brull's most recent post at IAJV (like STICS a less than impartial activist organisation) is dated 19 September 2009 and is, in any event, hardly proof of expertise.
We now have even more proof, yet another smoking gun: Israel is deliberately starving the population of Gaza.Starving? No, not really:
It is true children are not starving to death. There is no “humanitarian crisis”. But Palestinian's are suffering nonetheless:As a brief snapshot, I previously noted that some 66 per cent of babies have anaemia, as do 35 per cent of pregnant women in Gaza.Brull should spare a thought for the plight of Indians, with 40-80% of pregnant women and 75% of children anemic.
So far this month, about 35 rockets and mortar shells have been fired into Israel from Gaza. Israel has indicated that it would invade again, as it did two years ago, if the attacks did not stop, or at least become much less frequent.What exactly is the ABC trying to accomplish by publishing such tripe? (That's a rhetorical question, the answer to which we all know.)
Singapore-specific [leaked] cables have shown that diplomats and officials of this tiny but prosperous city state have scant regard for leaders of neighboring countries and have insulted their neighbors with disparaging remarks.Amongst the many disparaging remarks:
Tommy Koh, a senior diplomat of Singapore, took pot shots at Japan and said that Japan was “the big fat loser” in the larger strategic matrix as China’s relations with ASEAN nations continued to improve. This is not insulting had Koh stopped at that only. However, the Singaporean diplomat blabbed on and blamed Japan’s “stupidity, bad leadership, and lack of vision.” Koh dragged in the Indians as well and called India “stupid” for being “half-in, half-out” of ASEAN.Jeez, Singapore creates an island of economic success and straight away gets a head swell.
My worry? That this weapon, despite its high (almost $2000) price tag, could encourage a new breed of ugly, empty-headed tourist behavior: will people approach animals they should keep away from knowing that if they have an animal-felling Taser they can get away with it?Hey Hank, I stole me one of them Bear Tasers; what say we go find a grizzly and see if she works.
Given the way regular Tasers have been misused - with their use sometimes a first resort and then being used to deliver repeated stun shocks to boot - it's hard to see how this hardware could encourage a better relationship between people and animals.
Our hybrid drivetrain has never been about fuel savings.Not about saving fuel, eh? Then why does Lexus online say this about its hybrids?
We've never been about pure economy, that's Toyota's area, you've got us confused with the other brand. We do performance hybrids. We don't see a juxtaposition between racing and hybrid at all
A hybrid vehicle uses different power sources to operate more efficiently. Lexus has spent years developing its hybrid technology to create Lexus Hybrid Drive, the most advanced hybrid technology available.The key here is to drive like an 80 year old woman if you want to save the planet from behind the wheel of a hybrid.
Combining a petrol engine with electric motor(s), Lexus Hybrid Drive delivers a smooth powerful ride with low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
Antony Loewenstein is a Sydney independent journalist, author and blogger. He has two best-selling books, My Israel Question (2009) and The Blogging Revolution (2008), and has written for the Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald, Haaretz, The Nation, Huffington Post and many others.Saying that Loewenstein "has written for" those publications implies that he was employed by them as a writer or was contracted to contribute pieces on nominated subjects. On the available evidence this is incorrect.
That’s a pretty explosive quote, even for Bob Brown, so I quickly read the story to get some context. Strangely, the quote was nowhere to be found.Gaukroger is indeed correct that Brown did not utter those words in that sequence, but as is so often the case with Crikey, and Pure Poison in particular, the facts are subtly manipulated: the News.com.au piece is not linked; News.com.au did not present the story as a headline but rather as one of many "teaser" links on its homepage, hence Gaukroger needing to enlarge the "headline" in his screen grab; Gaukroger does not quote what Brown actually said in public; and Gaukroger ignores that Brown does say that coal mined in Australia causes global warming and that global warming in turn caused the floods.
"It is unfair that the cost [of the floods] is put on all taxpayers, not the culprits," Senator Brown said.For Gaukroger the really big error here is that News.com.au "misquoted" Brown rather than Brown's bogus claim to a scientific underpinning for his contention that global warming "caused" Queenland's flooding:
"Burning coal is a major cause of global warming. This industry, which is 75% owned outside Australia, should help pay the cost of the predicted more severe and more frequent floods, droughts and bushfires in coming decades. As well, 700,000 seaside properties in Australia face rising sea levels."
"Scientists agree that current floods come from record-high temperatures of Australian oceans this season."Senator Brown is wrong, of course: scientists do not agree that human induced warming "caused" the floods:
"It's a natural phenomena. We have no strong reason at the moment for saying this La Nina is any stronger than it would be even without humans," said Neville Nicholls of Monash University in Melbourne and president of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society.Now whereas some scientists might be willing to "link" the floods to climate change I challenge Senator Brown to provide a list of recognised climate scientists who agree that coal mined in Australia caused Queensland's floods. If he can't do that he should publicly retract his assertion.
"It's the single biggest cause - burning coal - for climate change and it must take its major share of responsibility for the weather events we are seeing unfolding now," he said in Hobart today.Senator Brown elaborates in an ABC radio interview, here.
"We know that the oceans around Australia are at record high temperatures, and that's causing the moisture in the air which is leading to these catastrophic floods.
"It is costing billions of dollars, besides the pain, the anguish, the loss of life, the destruction and it should not be left to ordinary taxpayers to bear the full brunt of that."
The problem with multinationals is not who’s behind them, but where they continue to be based, and what that means in respect of the goods they mine and the money they make.Say what?
Manufacturers of high performance vehicles are making us exceed the speed limit.This?
Alcohol manufacturers are making us drink to excess.Or this from the Sydney Morning Herald?
Junk food companies are making customers fat, then selling them the cure, health experts claim.Wrong. Those who over-consume calorific foods are making themselves fat.
Mr Moir said a culture of selfishness had developed. Motorists treated the roads as their personal territory and appeared to do extraordinary things to keep that space.Not traveling interstate for many years it's impossible for me to compare WA drivers to those in the rest of Australia. That said, WA drivers aren't that bad, provided you know the unwritten road rules.
"Issues like hogging the right-hand lane, poor overtaking and failing to merge in an orderly fashion are prime examples," Mr Moir said.
"I drive in every State on a regular basis and I've noticed a distinct trend in WA in terms of the aggression and selfishness of drivers."Not traveling interstate for years I can't comment on how WA drivers compare to those in the rest of Australia. But as Mr Moir says, WA drivers are plenty aggressive.
The key issue is - what is Wikileaks telling us about the world? What are the documents Wikileaks is releasing saying to us about how our governments behave? And what is says is very, very clear - confirming in some way what many of us might have thought before - governments, our governments who we elect lie to us all the time. There is a litany of examples - the middle east, Africa, Asia, Australia - governments say one thing, journalists repeat that lie and Wikileaks says something else. And you would think - and you'd be wrong - that the journalists themselves who write those kind of lies and repeat the government policy over the years and who have been wrong would come out and say mea culpa. That has not happened.Right, as if Loewenstein has admitted to any of his manifold errors, ever.
This week there are reports that the Great Barrier Reef is threatened as plumes of dirty flood water from the Burdekin, Fitzroy and Burnett rivers expand into the ocean. Underwater visibility has dropped from 50 metres to 1 metre in affected areas, according to the New Zealand Herald. The inundation of silt threatens to clog the delicate corals, while the drop in salinity may also be problematic for the stenohaline organisms.Ain't Mother Nature a bitch?
But the greatest source of coral mortality may come from an explosion in the coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish population, Katharina Fabricius at the Australian Institute of Marine Science told the New Zealand Herald.
Ominously, three previously observed outbreaks of crown-of-thorns starfish have coincided with large floods in the Burdekin river, Fabricius said.
But as Judge Ross concluded his sentence, Assange spoke up, declaring: ''Your honour, I feel a great misjustice has been done.Little wonder then that Assange is resisting extradition to Sweden.
''I would like to record the fact that you have been misled by the prosecution in terms of the charges … and a number of other matters.''
His outburst was rebuffed by Judge Ross, who told Assange he ''would be well advised'' to sit down behind his lawyer and keep quiet.
''No, you have pleaded guilty, the proceedings are over.''
LNP shadow attorney-general Jarrod Bleijie has called for looters to be named and shamed, and ordered to perform public clean-ups.Looting can also have deadly consequences in that people will be very reluctant to leave their homes unoccupied if there is a history of looting that makes them fear their unattended valuables will be stolen. The harsh penalties and public revulsion are therefore understandable.
"Its bad enough that flood-hit Queenslanders have to contend with the heartache of their losses," Mr Bleijie said.
"No one needs to suffer the double whammy of having valuables stolen."
If their house has been destroyed by flood already, does it make much difference that someone’s stolen their video-camera? Particularly if that means it can be claimed on insurance as theft rather than just damage by rising water?Cool, looting is a public service, provided the victims can afford theft insurance.
Queensland mining giant Clive Palmer was forced to use his private helicopter to pluck up to 60 people from treacherous floodwaters in and around his horse stud in south-east Queensland.Palmer didn't want to waste the fuel but the armed pilot was adamant.
He's going to deter all good-quality women away — he's going to attract the diva-drama bitches.The man looking for, er, love? The king of drama Julian "don't-send-me-to-America, they'll-give-me-the-chair" Assange.
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Palin, who may be guilty of ‘encouraging a terrorist act’ is politically finished I would think now, and Donald Trump the automatic Republican front-runner, closely followed by his hair. And Fox News, which has done its fair share of enflaming domestic terrorists with its Tea Party war cries and yodellings, may lose some sponsorship and a lot of audience, fast.Predicting the future is risky business and Ellis is almost certainly wrong: if anything the seemingly endless stream of anti-right rants – many, like Ellis's, Loughner-like – will eventually produce a backlash that will increase support for the right. Good work Bob, keep it coming – read the whole thing, it's nutty as.
I'll take a wild guess here. The scumbag who committed this crime has been caught; I'll bet he'll turn out to be a Teabagger who listens to a lot of AM talk radio.The Tea Party connection didn't pan out so Myers changed tack:
What we have here is an attempted assassination of a politician by an insane crank at a political event, in a state where the political discourse has been an unrelenting howl of eliminationist rhetoric and characterization of anyone to the left of Genghis Khan as a traitor and enemy of the state…and now, when six (including a nine year old girl) lie dead and another fourteen are wounded, now suddenly we're concerned that it is rude and politicizing a tragedy to point out that the right wing has produced a toxic atmosphere that pollutes our politics with hatred and the rhetoric of violence?Myers' attempt to score points off a tragedy is truly grotesque. As Tim Blair says, Myers is an idiot, the ever-so-smart scientist still trying to link Loughner to the right. It would be a good idea to wait until there's some evidence, any evidence.
Screw that. Now is the time to politicize the hell out of this situation. The people who are complaining are a mix of lefty marshmallows whose first reaction to the fulfillment of right-wing fantasies by a lunatic is to drop to their knees and beg forgiveness for thinking ill of people who paint bullseyes on their political opponents, and right wing cowards who are racing to their usual tactic of attacking their critics to shame them into silence. This is NOT the time to back down and suddenly find it embarrassing to point out that right-wing pundits make a living as professional goads to insanity.
Mr Assange told Swiss newspapers Tribune de Geneve and 24 Heures personal pressure placed on him "reinforces my determination".The photo attached to the story shows not the confident whistle-blower we all know and love but rather a dejected Assange holding a begging-cup. It was perhaps unwise of Assange to start a business dependent on donations.
"But from a financial point of view, it's another matter," he said.
"We have been losing more than 600,000 francs ($620,053) a week since the start of the publication of the diplomatic cables.
"To continue our business, we would need to find a way or other to get this money back."
Anticipating that the whalers might attack a stationary Gojira, the Steve Irwin readied a Delta boat. Upon orders from Captain Paul Watson, the Delta crew set out to turn the approaching whaler away. The Delta crew headed towards the harpooner at full speed getting ready to deploy a prop fouler. This caused the whaling vessel to make an abrupt turn to port. The Delta pursued the fleeing Yushin Maru No. 2 for 11 miles delivering a dozen stink bombs onto the deck of the whaler before returning back to the Steve Irwin.The only aggression was from the SS vigilantes.
Meanwhile, pilot Chris Aultman had landed his helicopter on the Bob Barker some 75 miles to the south along the ice edge of the Ross Sea. The Yushin Maru No. 2 made a move to push through the ice to approach the Bob Barker with the objective of turning their water cannon onto the helicopter. Aultman was able to get his helicopter airborne before the harpooner closed in. The Bob Barker then turned to confront the whaler, causing the whaler to turn and flee back through the ice.
And for those wondering why a Blue Dog Democrat, the kind Republicans might be able to work with, might be a target, the answer is that she’s a Democrat who survived what was otherwise a GOP sweep in Arizona, precisely because the Republicans nominated a Tea Party activist. (Her father says that “the whole Tea Party” was her enemy.) And yes, she was on Sarah Palin’s infamous “crosshairs” list.Krugman has closed comments on the post because "crazies are coming out in force, and it’s all too likely to turn into a flame war." Gee, put up a crazy post and draw crazy comments. Funny that.
We (me and various other people behind the scenes) have created The Australian Family Lobby …Someone should also email intellectual property specialist Jeremy to share what copyright means. There is already an AFL, and they take copyright very seriously indeed:
Please email the AFL at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to share what family means to you.
You may not use these trade marks or the names 'Telstra Corporation Limited', 'Telstra Corporation' or 'Telstra' or the name of any of Telstra’s related companies or the names 'Australian Football League', 'AFL’ or the names of any of the AFL Clubs.Despite living in Melbourne, home of the real AFL, Jeremy seems never to have heard of this small sporting organisation. Maybe they’ll retaliate by publishing a picture of his cat.
Australia knew legal action against Japanese willing would likely fail. Didn't stop Rudd pursuing itAnd this:
The raunchy, ribald antics that cost Capt. Owen P. Honors his command have a long history in the U.S. Navy, where leaders have routinely tolerated such behavior in the name of maintaining morale at sea.There could yet be further fallout:
But the Navy fired Honors on Tuesday, two days after a series of videos he made in 2006 and 2007 surfaced on the Internet, removing him from the helm of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise just weeks before it was to head to the war in Afghanistan. Honors made the videos when he was the ship's executive officer, or second in command.
"While Capt. Honors's performance as commanding officer of the USS Enterprise has been without incident, his profound lack of good judgment and professionalism while previously serving as executive officer on Enterprise calls into question his character and completely undermines his credibility to serve effectively in command," said Adm. John C. Harvey Jr., commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command.
Harvey will lead a broader investigation into whether other senior Navy officials knew about the four-year-old videos, which aired on the ship's closed-circuit television, and why they failed to take disciplinary action against Honors. The probe is likely to focus on whether Rear Adm. Lawrence Rice, who was captain of the ship in 2007, and his immediate commander, now-retired Rear Adm. Raymond A. Spicer, had seen the videos or received complaints about them.Whether or not Rice knew of the videos is irrelevant: as the then commanding officer of the Enterprise he should have known what his XO was up to. Thus Rice's head too must roll.
Taimour was a normal person, a normal Muslim. There were no alarm bells.That a man regarded as a normal Muslim blew himself up in attempting to kills innocents sets off my alarm bells.
The videos resemble something a college fraternity could have put together as a joke and posted on YouTube. There are scenes showing women showering together, frequent sexual references and a number of antigay slurs and vulgarities.The videos, are variously described as "raunchy", "lewd" "sex" videos and "raunchy lesbian shower videos", the latter description by Gawker, which cautions potential viewers:
But instead of a college joke or an amateur YouTube production, the videos — created about four years ago and now becoming public — appear to be the work of a man who is currently the commanding officer of the Navy’s nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Enterprise, based in Norfolk and weeks away from deploying. The man, Capt. Owen Honors, reportedly not only orchestrated the making of the raunchy videos, but also starred in them and filmed them aboard the Enterprise with government equipment while the carrier was deployed during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Warning: they are boring.Hmm, boring yet raunchy lesbian shower videos. Impossible. In fact, the videos are pretty much "gay" – as in lame – and not at all what you'd expect from all the hype. Decide for yourself whether the uproar is warranted.
Caldicott: You know what occurred to me the other day as I was pondering this whole thing, Antony? What is some of the, uh, cables start revealing, uh, the truth about government thinking about 9/11?Caldicott then asks her guest to give some background on Julian Assange. Loewenstein provides a summary gleaned from Wikipedia but does reveal that he was invited to sit on on the Wikileaks' board but this "never got off the ground". Assange is obviously smarter than we thought.
Loewenstein: Well that's a veryinteresting question. Uh, yes, most of the documents that have been released are generally for the last two or three years but some of the documents go back to 1966. There's a little bit of stuff about, um, Indonesia and East Timor and the 70s. Thus far at least, and we say only 1% of documents have been released, there may well be stuff about 9/11. There may well be stuff about the Iraq war. Many people I know are interested to find out the intimate details about the run up to the Iraq war, the Afghan war and, potentially, which many of us fear, another war, a war against Iran.
Caldicott: Well, I mean, if 9/11 documents were released that would put the cat amongst the pigeons so to speak. I mean, there's a huge amount that we don't know.
Caldicott: And that was covered up and could have huge political ramifications in the United States.
A study examining the causes of a dramatic spike in birth defects in the Iraqi city of Falluja has for the first time concluded that genetic damage could have been caused by weaponry used in US assaults that took place six years ago.Author Martin Chulov then speculates about likely speculation:
The research, which will be published next week, confirms earlier estimates revealed by the Guardian of a major, unexplained rise in cancers and chronic neural-tube, cardiac and skeletal defects in newborns. The authors found that malformations are close to 11 times higher than normal rates, and rose to unprecedented levels in the first half of this year – a period that had not been surveyed in earlier reports.
The findings are likely to prompt further speculation that the defects were caused by depleted uranium rounds, which were heavily used in two large battles in the city in April and November 2004. The rounds, which contain ionising radiation, are a core component of the armouries of numerous militaries and militias.Chulov has no idea what he's talking about. Depleted uranium ordnance is specifically designed to penetrate the armour of armoured vehicles whereas there were few if any tanks or other armoured vehicles in Falluja. Depleted uranium rounds were fired from neither assault rifles nor artillery. The fighting was not a set piece military battle but rather involved U.S. forces against insurgents.
Their effects have long been called into question, with some scientists claiming they leave behind a toxic residue, caused when the round – either from an assault rifle or artillery piece – bursts through its target. However, no evidence has yet been established that proves this, and some researchers instead claim that depleted uranium has been demonstrably proven not to be a contaminant.
Who cares more for Afghans' safety? Do Afghans themselves care more, or do the U.S. and European occupiers care more? Many mainstream media would have you believe that the occupiers care more. For example, see the December 17th story on the BBC, at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8417964.stm).Savabieasfahani continuing:
Can anyone really claim that French and Polish lives mattered more to their Nazi occupiers than to the occupied French and Polish themselves? The absurdity of such claims should be quickly apparent. But is it really apparent, when the U.S. and Europeans are doing the occupying?
Today's BBC reports on an Afghan "market bombing" that was presumably being carried out by a motorbike carrying two men, heading straight toward a crowded market. The "two men" who supposedly were carrying out the bombing and their affiliations are not known.
The first question that arises in my mind is: who benefits from chaos and outright murder of Afghan (or Iraqi for that matter) populations? Do Afghans benefit, or do the military occupiers benefit? Does anyone wonder how occupations perpetually justify themselves as a police force trying to create "law and order" among ungrateful native populations?
Stories that claim the occupation forces to be the champions of humanity, or angels bringing only safety to the occupied population, are not uncommon. Many similar stories are delivered to the U.S. public about Israel. How can you expect us to believe that soldiers occupying Palestine are there to stop "the violence" and establish democracy?Now this does not discredit the Falluja report as biased hogwash but it does show that Savabieasfahani is not an unbiased reporter; this is especially so when the report is heavily speculative and woefully short of facts.
From Iraq to Afghanistan to Palestine, chaos and disorder serves the occupation forces. Those who perpetuate chaos and disorder are more likely to be connected to the occupation than they are to the local unarmed civilians.
Have occupation forces really conducted bombings and blamed "the natives" for it? The answer is yes.
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s fleet has found the illegal Japanese whaling vessels on the last day of the calendar year. In the vastness of the Southern Ocean, Sea Shepherd’s ships have now found the Japanese fleet before they even began killing whales. This is a momentous victory for the whales and precisely how Sea Shepherd’s President and Founder Captain Paul Watson had hoped to ring in the New Year.It's also a momentous PR success for Watson, whose name appears six more times in the piece:
Captain Watson was able to...Everyone who donated to Sea Shepherd can be proud that Paul Watson is using their money to feed his enormous, publicity seeking ego.
Captain Watson figured...
Captain Watson decided...
Captain Watson deduced...
Captain Watson instructed...
Captain Watson took the Steve Irwin east...
Dancing with Death Machines at the Bottom of the WorldYou gotta love it when an adventurer puts so much emphasis on the deadly danger he's facing on behalf of whales.
“What an awesome way to begin the New Year,” said captain of the Gojira Locky MacLean of Canada. “Our three vessels dancing dangerously through the ice packs locked in confrontation with the three harpoon ships of the Japanese whaling fleet. It was both deadly and beautiful. Deadly because of the ice and the hostility of the whalers and beautiful because of the ice, and the fact that these three killer ships are not killing whales while clashing with us.”