May 2003

“A man ordered to attend a self-help group for domestic violence offenders used the meeting to try and recruit a hitman to kill his former girlfriend.”

*facetious.

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“Furious, prophetic, sagacious and brutally satirical, Hunter S Thompson is still displaying his implacable contempt for power in Kingdom of Fear. Paul Theroux celebrates the king of gonzo” MORE

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“Our debate on journalism and war has relied upon notions such as truth, objectivity and balance; but what are the philosophical foundations of these ideas? Here the editor of The Philosophers Magazine, against what you might expect, concurs with David Loynís defence of the ideal of objectivity, and suggests that Loynís critics have crossed the line from healthy scepticism to defeatist relativism. ” EXCELLENT

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Comprehensiveness
Parsimony
Clarity of theoretical constructs
Clarity of relational propositions
Internal consistency
Testability
Empirical support
Heuristic value
Novelty
Counter-intuitiveness

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Korpela's 42 Laws about Usenet [Usenet]

by Limbic on May 21, 2003

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Dr Jim Hoare, Former British Charges D’Affaires in North Korea 2000-2 asserted the following:

North Korea is not NEARLY as dangerous as the press make out. It almost certainly does NOT have nuclear weapons. Its army is is tatters. Its infrastructure is collapsing. It has 1/3 of its people reliant on UN food. It is not a credible threat and could not invade the South. It needs normalisation not escalation. The problems are the people are deeply ignorant and know of nothing but their dire life. They are docile, needy and ignorant. There is no anti-government groundswell. Furthermore, the International community is unwilling to reward nuclear sabre rattling with aid and engagement. One good point is that the US is acting bilaterally with the regional powers (China, Japan, South Korea) to address the problem. North Korea is a small frightened country in desperate economic trouble (but reforming well and full of promise according to economists like David Wall from the Centre of International Studies) that is doing everything it can to try and get attention and aid.

Some points also make by Malcolm Rifkin:

1. The US was right to consider Iraq as the main threat and N Korea as an exaggerated diversion.
2. The N Korean military is not nearly the threat it is made out to be.
3. This is more about managing the problem then countering the threat.
4. No one in the region seems to want a rapid collapse of the present regime, instead they want a controlled reform not rapid, destabilising change.

There was also an amusing anecdote from Rifkin:

Albanian dictator, Enver Hoxha, in China: “Albania and China are very important countries. Together they make up 25% of the worlds population!”

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Is Israel arming China? [Foreign Wire]

by Limbic on May 21, 2003

Yes. This is a very worrying development. US aids Israel with funding, weapons and joint defense developemts (this aid amounts to billions of dollars). Israel sells this technology to China, the US’s principle threat in the 21st century. China then passes on this technology to Israeli enemies like Iran. This is insane.

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The Easter Island Statue project [sscnet]

by Limbic on May 21, 2003

“The monolithic statues of Rapa Nui (Easter Island) are called moai in the Rapanui language. Carved on the island by the ancestors of the current population, approximately 50% of the total of 887 statues documented to date still remain in the immediate vicinity of Rano Raraku, the quarry in which they were produced. The majority of the remaining statues were transported to and erected upon a variety of ceremonial structures called ahu. This feat is one of the great megalithic achievements of Pacific prehistory.” MORE

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From Gigi Sempau's photolog…

by Limbic on May 21, 2003

http://p.fotologs.net/users/g/i/g/i/_/s/gigi_sempau/my_photos/2003/05/19/1053329345.jpg

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