27 04 12 - 21:15
Why do such different places have the same problem?
3. France and America have more in common than just high unemployment.
Immigration, race and the assimilation of France's large Muslim community have been prominent issues leading up to the election, even before the March shootings by an Islamic extremist in Toulouse and Montauban.
Sarkozy has been tough on immigration. Last year, a law went into effect banning Islamic face coverings in public places, the so-called burqa ban. And in a recent television interview, Sarkozy said France has "too many foreigners" and that the country is not integrating them properly.
Sarkozy won the 2007 election by taking a strong stance on race, according to political analyst Simon Persico from the Center of European Studies. But Le Pen, this year's far-right candidate, says Sarkozy hasn't been strong enough while in office.
"Le Pen is saying the original is better than the copy, and that voters should not believe Sarkozy on race," he told CNN. - CNN
Constant racial antagonism; nationalism rising.
Why are both sides of the Atlantic so confused?
Maybe we got our hands on a bad batch of ideology around 1789.
Your move, France.
19 04 12 - 18:30
Kids are emboldened by this permissiveness, she adds: âThe kids figure their parents were experimenters back in the day, and so why shouldnât we be?â - AP
Once one generation decides to go extreme, there's nowhere to go but down.
Communism, hedonism, lack of metaphysical awareness, lack of awareness beyond the self, individualism, narcissism, solipsism, promiscuity, oblivion, neurosis, anxiety... add up to modernity.
BUT WE'RE FREE NOW
16 04 12 - 18:29
[T]he anti-Semites / white nationalists are concerned about the Third-Worldization of the West. So what are they going to do about it? Nothing. Theyâre going to direct all their energy against the Jews, based on the belief that once the Jews are destroyed, all the Westâs other racial and cultural problems will be solved as well. So the anti-Semites, an addition to being evil, are among the stupidest people who have ever lived. If they werenât so vicious and ugly, their stupidity would be funny. - Lawrence Auster
The problem is simple: delusion.
It takes a form called liberalism.
Cull and restart.
Don't get caught up on intermediary targets, especially mistaken ones.
Fight the root of the problem.
Maim. Kill. Sodomize. Win!
16 04 12 - 18:28
Police have arrested three people for allegedly killing at least five women, eating parts of their bodies and using their flesh to make stuffed pastries known as empanadas that they sold to neighbours in their northeastern Brazil city.
Details of the incident began to trickle out after the newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo released a video on its website at the weekend.
In the video Isabel Cristina da Silva, 51, said she and her husband, Jorge Beltrao Negromonte, and his 25-year-old girlfriend, Bruna Oliveira da Silva, had eaten 10 kilograms of human flesh over the course of five days in the city of Garanhuns.
The three suspects belonged to a sect that preached "the purification of the world and the reduction of its population," police inspector Wesley Fernandes in the city of Garanhuns told the Globo TV network. - Stuff.co.nz
Cull the unwary, foolish, parasitic and vain.
We are a terrible movie with 7 million red shirted extras.
15 04 12 - 14:08
Low-rent restaurants can experiment at relatively low risk. If a food idea does not work out, the proprietor is not left with an expensive lease. As a result, a strip-mall restaurant is more likely to try daring ideas than is a restaurant in, say, a large shopping mall. The people with the best, most creative, most innovative cooking ideas are not always the people with the most money. Many of them end up in dumpier locales, where they gradually improve real-estate values.
A lot of awesome food can be found, of course, in high-rent districts, but it tends to come at awesomely high prices as well. Urban rents (on average) have been rising over the past few decades. Even the financial crisis has not overturned this longer-term trend. Growing tourism, falling rates of violent crime, and the general growth of commercial activity have all contributed to this phenomenon: the expensive places are costing more and more. As a result, the ethnic restaurants found in the middle of high-rent cities are becoming more upscale. The cheap, experimental ethnic restaurants are moving to the peripheries of major cities. (Just as high rents push out quirky food, so do they push out quirky culture, including clubbing scenes and offbeat art galleries.) Whether or not you like that development, itâs one you have to understand and, to some extent, work around.
I love exploring the suburbs for first-rate ethnic food. Many people consider suburbs a cultural wasteland, but I am very happy searching for food in Orange County, California; the area near San Jose; Northern Virginia, near D.C.; Somerville, Massachusetts; and so on. I donât always pre-Google to find the best place, and I donât keep tapping on my iPhone. I drive around and keep my eyes open for dining establishments likely to follow the economic rules for good, innovative, and affordable food. - The Atlantic
In the city, everyone is manic. 10,000 people for six foot square.
The suburbs are saner living.
14 04 12 - 10:34
I don't hate people. I just hated what happened to that guy, just like I hated what happened to the victims in Tulsa. But what I really hate is how the video is only going to confirm what so many whites think about blacks and the arrests are only going to confirm what so many blacks think about whites.
That's where much of the focus will inevitably go instead of to what I think is far more important, and that is what blacks think about ourselves. I don't need to tell you what the response from the black community would be if the victim in the Baltimore video was black and the assailants white. But for some reason many blacks puree crimes of this nature through some warped situational ethics filter, which in the end only makes a mockery of the community more than it empowers it.
For if President Obama had a son, he would look like Trayvon, but he would also look like one of the assailants in that video. That's the uncomfortable truth that the black community must deal with: Racism still hurts us, but not nearly as much as we hurt ourselves. - L.K. Granderson
He's too restrained to flip it around, but whites do themselves an assload of damage by refusing to talk about race honestly and to separate it from $$$. Ultimately, I don't think it's a question of crime, wealth or racism. I think it's a question of white people wanting to live on their own terms with people like them. I think black people desire the same thing, but aren't going to see that until more of them are at a middle class level of income. Then again, while I type, their ethnic homeland is being partitioned by China and India and its wealth is being exported.
13 04 12 - 22:35
The same stupid politically correct guiltfest that happens when a white person talks about race:
The Miami Marlins suspended manager Ozzie Guillen for five games, effective immediately, on Tuesday, just before Guillen apologized for recent comments praising Cuba's Fidel Castro.
Guillen sparked a firestorm when he told Time magazine recently that he respected Castro for being able to lead Cuba for six decades.
"I respect Fidel Castro," Guillen said in the article. "You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that son of a bitch is still there." - CNN
How is his pseudo-praise of Fidel Castro any different than 100,000 hipsters wearing Che Guevara tshirts?
Give it a rest and stop smashing down people for their opinions. He's a baseballl dude... don't try to make him into a hero. Trust him for baseball. Let him have opinions outside of that.
For a society dedicated to "fwee spweech" we sure are touchy about it.
11 04 12 - 16:52
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08 04 12 - 15:26
Beneath the thin veneer of civilization lies a howling madness, and the average normal human being has the ability to commit genocide during the day, then come home and tuck the kids in at night, or to ignore the pain of a billion people in misery while mowing the lawn or doing christmas shopping.
The Big Lie is that all of the problems of human life are separate. If you compartmentalize them all, you can convince yourself that once you lose that 40 pounds, or get more money, or get your husband to stop beating you, or finally kick that addiction, you'll be a normal happy person like everyone else. And once you get the right politician elected, or win the war, or convert the infidels to your religion, the world will be a happy place.
The problems of life are all symptoms of the same cause. The locks on your doors which you need to keep out burglars, the schoolyard bully, the serial killer, the drug addict, the drug dealer, the billionaire who thinks he's being exploited by the poor, the millions of soldiers fighting for peace, the enslavement or slaughter of entire races of people, and your own unhappiness, all are interconnected. They are all part of one problem.
I wish I could define the problem for you, or offer a solution. Human beings seem to have a basic design flaw. - "The Big Lie"
This article doesn't know it, but it's inherently conservative. Liberals blame institutions. Conservatives blame (some) individuals. Moral character is a prerequisite for existence in a society that is not anarchic and thus third-world in level.
If âblackâ is bad, then âwhiteâ should be as well. If calling someone âAfrican Americanâ is the correct way to identify someoneâs ethnicity or skin color, then shouldnât we refer to everyone using the same convention? I believe my family tree goes back to Ukraine, but anyone who sees me would classify me as âwhite.â I was born in Florida. Should people start calling me Ukrainian American? Should I be insulted if they donât? If everyone in the world could answer those two questions, they wouldnât all give the same answers, and that is one half of the main problem of trying to be politically correct, or trying not to offend anyone. Itâs a matter of different strokes for different folks, and you canât possibly and shouldnât have to accomodate everyone.
The other half of the problem is that trying to avoid causing offense is a never-ending rabbit hole. What may offend one, wonât offend another. What wonât offend billions, may offend a select few hundred. Itâs fairly rational to think that someone somewhere is offended by something that isnât universally accepted as âoffensive,â something that most of us may even say or do every single day of our lives. So, who are we to say that the small, select group offended by our actions that we consider totally benign are wrong in their taking offense, and who are they to say weâre being offensive in the first place? Thatâs the problem. Political correctness and being offended are all a matter of taste. Itâs no different than what television shows you like, or what kind of seafood makes you gag. - "Why You Should Stop Worrying About Offending People," by James Plafke, Geekosystem
People like to blame external forces. Institutions, other people, gods, the weather.
It's not individuals failed a moral test called life, but that they were robbed
man, someone stole it all from them.
But most people are mediocre so that's unlikely.
More likely we have some dumb monkeys who evolved from their jungle roots and became Homo Sapiens
, but they still act according to their "glorious Simian heritage" and act like children, blaming other things for their own failings.
07 04 12 - 05:12
This site started as translations of nihilist texts, but has expanded well beyond that. Check it out for some useful materials in Brazilian Portuguese.
04 04 12 - 07:10
Liberalism is a form of neurosis. It compels people to deceive themselves. Thus when they lie to others, they're not aware that they're lying.
What is unfolding in Detroit is a looking glass into the future of America, as brought to you by Tea Party darling governors and their right-wing brethren in Congress. They talk about saving taxpayers money and reducing the size of government, but there has been a common thread uniting the most controversial proposals from the right's newest champions: they all overreach -- and not by a little. Their agenda is not to fix what is not working in civil society. They want to starve the public sector and dismantle public employee unions. - Alternet
Sometimes they even admit it: the public sector and employee unions must go to "fix what is not working in civil society."