March 2004

Savages mutilate bodies in Falluja [BBC]

by Limbic on March 31, 2004

These Iraqi Sunnis are acting like Palestinians.

Four contractors working for the US army have been killed and their bodies mutilated in the Iraqi city of Falluja.

The group were shot and burnt in their cars, before a cheering crowd dismembered the corpses and hung two of them from a bridge.

…The corpses were dragged from the wreckage and television pictures showed one burnt body being kicked and stamped on, while at least two were tied to cars and driven through the city, witnesses said.

Adults and children hacked the bodies to pieces, before lynching two of the charred remains from a bridge spanning the Euphrates River.

Maybe the solution is to throw a wall around them too? Maybe cordon them off from civilisation and let the rest of Iraq get on with it.

If you want to horrify yourself, check out these pictures from the attack. Be warned, they involve children playing with mutilated corpses.

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We Are Finishing the War [National Review]

by Limbic on March 31, 2004

Anatomy of our struggle against the Islamicists – by Victor Davis Hanson. I find just about everything this man writes is compelling reading. Here is the start of his latest, brilliant article:

cross the globe we watch the terrible drama play out. Car and suicide bombings in Baghdad are aimed at American aid givers, U.S. peacekeepers, Iraqi civilians, and provisional government workers. Spanish civilians are indiscriminately murdered — as are Turks, Moroccans, Saudis, and Afghans.

President Musharraf is targeted by assassins. Synagogues are blown apart. Suicide murderers try to reach a chemical dump in Ashdod in hopes of gassing Jews to the pleasure of much of the Arab world and the indifference of Europe. Indeed, Palestinian murderers apologize for gunning down an Arab jogger in Jerusalem — for the colossal mistake of thinking that he was Jewish. The world yawns, but is then outraged because Israelis take out a mass-murderer during a time of war. We are witnessing a grand struggle between those who create things and those who can only destroy them, between those who are confident and build civilizations and those who have failed and turned vicious.

Daniel Pearl is executed on television. The U.N. is singled out as a target for mass murder in Iraq, as are synagogues in Istanbul. Again, we in the West are supposed to tremble at the devilishness of the jihadists or turn on each other in fear. ‘We worship death, you cling to life,’ they warn us. Al Qaeda’s message to Europe — which they hate even more than the United States, because it is not only wealthy but soft and weak as well — is that of every mythical monster who promises his trembling prey that with proper flattery he can be gobbled down last.

Get over an read the rest!

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Metal Storm (as in metal hailstorm) have developed “a hand gun that speaks several languages, broadcasts the conversation to the police, fires lethal and non-lethal bullets and is activated only by the grip of the registered owner…

The law-enforcement gun can tell the police station when an officer has drawn his weapon, where he is and how many rounds are fired…can tell both the user and the bad guy what it’s doing – it can say I’m on stun or I’m on lethal, and it can speak in different languages…If (the officer is) in an incident, he can switch the audio on so that the people at the station or the squads on the way to back him up can hear what’s going on.” MORE

See also “ULTIMATE FIREPOWER” from Popular Mechanics

Sound and looks like something out of Drudge Dredd, but the future is now.

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Aerogel [Nasa]

by Limbic on March 29, 2004

Nearly as light as air solid which does not conduct heat well (i.e can be a heat shield).

Aerogel is a solid, but it is 99.8% empty space. In fact, it very closely approaches the density of air. It practically IS air. It’s still a solid, though, and you can even pick it up or set things on it.

Since it’s very porous, if you throw something at it, it will bury itself within the material.

This substance was recently used aboard the Stardust spacecraft, which flew through through the trail of a comet and collected dust particles. Since the dust in the comet’s trail was traveling at about 6 times the speed of a rifle bullet, the only way to collect them without altering their shape or destroying them was to use this substance. As an added benefit, objects embedded in the substance leave that nice little trail, so no matter how small the particle is, it’ll still be pretty easy to find and retrieve. And also, it doesn’t conduct heat very well…

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Oil running low…

by Limbic on March 29, 2004

Following on from my recent post on Life After The Oil Crash, here is a new book by Kenneth S. Deffeyes called “Hubbert’s Peak : The Impending World Oil Shortage”.

You have to wonder about the judgment of a man who writes, “As I drive by those smelly refineries on the New Jersey Turnpike, I want to roll the windows down and inhale deeply.” But for Kenneth S. Deffeyes, that’s the smell of home. The son of a petroleum engineer, he was born in Oklahoma, “grew up in the oil patch,” became a geologist and worked for Shell Oil before becoming a professor at Princeton University. And he still knows how to wield a 36-inch-long pipe wrench.

In Hubbert’s Peak, Deffeyes writes with good humor about the oil business, but he delivers a sobering message: the 100-year petroleum era is nearly over. Global oil production will peak sometime between 2004 and 2008, and the world’s production of crude oil “will fall, never to rise again.” If Deffeyes is right–and if nothing is done to reduce the increasing global thirst for oil–energy prices will soar and economies will be plunged into recession as they desperately search for alternatives.

It’s tempting to dismiss Deffeyes as just another of the doomsayers who have been predicting, almost since oil was discovered, that we are running out of it. But Deffeyes makes a persuasive case that this time it’s for real. This is an oilman and geologist’s assessment of the future, grounded in cold mathematics. And it’s frightening. Deffeyes’s prediction is based on the work of M. King Hubbert, a Shell geologist who in 1956 predicted that U.S. oil production would peak in the early 1970s and then begin to decline. Hubbert was dismissed by many experts inside and outside the oil industry. Pro-Hubbert and anti-Hubbert factions arose and persisted until 1970, when U.S. oil production peaked and started its long decline. MORE

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Just checked out Chomsky's new blog

by Limbic on March 29, 2004

He is way crazier than I thought. Check out this latest post of his:

All opponents of the invasion of Iraq — at least, all those who bothered to think the matter through — took for granted that there would be beneficial effects, as is often the case with military interventions: the bombing of Pearl Harbor, for example, which led to the expulsion of Western imperial powers from Asia, saving millions of lives. Does that justify Japanese fascism and its crimes? Of course not: there is far more to consider, and I’ve never had any question that these other considerations amply justify condemning Japan’s aggression as a war crime — the “supreme crime” of Nuremberg.

What the funk? This promises to be fun!

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I thought this was from The Onion when a colleague sent it over. It is the latest in the “Muslims are victims” effort that the liberal media are trying to pump out to balance out the growing outrage at Muslim violence and large scale support amongst the of UK Muslims for terrorists like Hamas and Al Qaeda.

This sort of thing does not help. When UK Muslims are calling for Jihad, signing up to fight British soldiers overseas, supporting attacks on the US and UK and we read of Muslims committing terrorist attacks somewhere in the world every day, moans about stop and search become nearly laughable. We have the familiar names making their appearance in the Guardian’s weekly “Racist police” story and they are reduced to this sort of straw-clutching.

I personally do not care for the paranoid complaints of well known race baiters, police haters and 5th columnists. My view on this particular story is simple:

1. These accusers have offered no evidence that the police are harassing Muslims or stopping them disproportionately. It may well be rubbish.

2. If the police are stopping more Muslims than before, it makes perfect sense. If you are a visible Muslim then expect to be scrutinised closely in airports and public places during these times of high terror alert. Irish people accepteded that they were sometimes stopped and searched during IRA bombing campaigns, Muslims ought to accept as much now.

People are carrying out mass murder across the world in the name of Islam. There is a price for this barbarity and that price is people taking steps to defend themselves. Those steps may sometimes mean that Muslims are inconvenienced occasionally (as indeed are many non-Muslims). This is not a high price for us to pay and no more that is to be expected from citizens. I would be perfectly happy for the police to stop me regularly for the public good, I expect that Muslims – the majority being good and decent citizens – would be too.

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Googledorks proliferate

by Limbic on March 29, 2004

Google is stimulating the growth of possibly the easiest form of hacking on the internet. It involves using google’s advanced search to find files containing passwords, hidden databases, images and other materials people have placed on web servers, but did not necissarily want people to see.

Examples range from companies putting their sensitive financial information in spreadsheets on their websites to people who have left the default settings in place on web authoring programs like FrontPage (so people know where their private information is kept.)

The Register has the story – “The perils of Googling“. See also Johnny I Hack Stuff , the best online repository of Google attacks and searches.

For those who need to get either cached or private information off Google’s various archives, see

Removing Your Materials from Google – How to remove your content from Google’s various web properties.

Some people are more than thrilled to have Google’s properties index their sites. Other folks don’t want the Google bot anywhere near them. If you fall into the latter category and the bot’s already done its worst, there are several things you can do to remove your materials from Google’s index. Each of Google’s properties—Web Search, Google Images, and Google Groups—has its own set of methodologies.

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…and she is concerned about the number of ladies committing suicides. The huge question is – what about men Cherie? Women receive more lenient sentences from the courts already and the male suicide rate is 6 times that of women.

We have no Minister for Men to point this out, so people like Mr Blair can get away with this sort of spurious and sexist appeal.

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Superb article from Victor Davis Hanson :

The recent assassination of Sheik Saruman raises among some Americans the question—at what point should we reconsider our rather blanket support for the Israelis and show a more even-handed attitude toward the Palestinians? The answer, it seems to me, should be assessed in cultural, economic, political, and social terms.

Well, we should no longer support Israel, when…

Mr. Sharon suspends all elections and plans a decade of unquestioned rule.

Mr. Sharon suspends all investigation about fiscal impropriety as his family members spend millions of Israeli aid money in Paris.

All Israeli television and newspapers are censored by the Likud party.

Israeli hit teams enter the West Bank with the precise intention of targeting and blowing up Arab women and children.

Preteen Israeli children are apprehended with bombs under their shirts on their way to the West Bank to murder Palestinian families.

Israeli crowds rush into the street to dip their hands into the blood of their dead and march en masse chanting mass murder to the Palestinians.

Rabbis give public sermons in which they characterize Palestinians as the children of pigs and monkeys.

Israeli school textbooks state that Arabs engage in blood sacrifice and ritual murders.

Mainstream Israeli politicians, without public rebuke, call for the destruction of Palestinians on the West Bank and the end to Arab society there.

Likud party members routinely lynch and execute their opponents without trial.

Jewish fundamentalists execute with impunity women found guilty of adultery on grounds that they are impugning the “honor” of the family.

Israeli mobs with impunity tear apart Palestinian policemen held in detention.

Israeli television broadcasts—to the tune of patriotic music—the last taped messages of Jewish suicide bombers who have slaughtered dozens of Arabs.

Jewish marchers parade in the streets with their children dressed up as suicide bombers, replete with plastic suicide-bombing vests.

New Yorkers post $25,000 bounties for every Palestinian blown up by Israeli murderers.

Israeli militants murder a Jew by accident and then apologize on grounds that they though he was an Arab—to the silence of Israeli society.

Jews enter Arab villages in Israel to machine gun women and children.

Israeli public figures routinely threaten the United States with terror attacks.

Bin Laden is a folk hero in Tel Aviv.

Jewish assassins murder American diplomats and are given de facto sanctuary by Israeli society.

Israeli citizens celebrate on news that 3,000 Americans have been murdered.

Israeli citizens express support for Saddam Hussein’s supporters in Iraq in their efforts to kill Americans.

So until then, I think most Americans can see the moral differences in the present struggle.

If the Palestinians wish to hold periodic and open elections, establish an independent judiciary, create a free press, arrest murderers, subject their treasury to public scrutiny, eschew suicide murdering, censure religious leaders who call for mass murder, embrace non-violent dissidents, extend equal rights to women, end honor killings, raise funds in the Arab world earmarked only to build water, sewer, transportation, and education infrastructure, and pledge that any Jews who choose to live in the West Bank will enjoy the same rights as Arabs in Israel, then they might find Americans equally divided over questions of land and peace.

But all that is a lot of ifs. And so for the present, Palestinian leaders shouldn’t be too surprised that Americans increasingly find very little in their society that has much appeal to either our values or sympathy. If they continually assure us publicly that they are furious at Americans, then they should at least pause, reflect, and ask themselves why an overwhelming number of Americans—not Jewish, not residents of New York, not influenced by the media—are growing far more furious with them.

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