January 2007

Paris Hilton exposed

by Limbic on January 26, 2007

By now the latest Paris Hilton privacy invasion is well under way.

A website called ParisExposed.com is advertising the fact that last year they legally acquired 6000sq feet of her private possessions after she defaulted in the storage bill.

The collection involved thousands of photos, videos, diaries and private records.

These have now been made public via the website and it seems that it is yet more utter humiliation for the heiress.

The fact that these have been made public genuinely disgusts me. It one thing for a storage depot to sell off good to recoup their expenses, it is quite another to violate someone’s privacy to such a shocking extent.

Imagine if someone managed to get every single of one your private records, photos, videos and letters then proceeded to publish every one of them on the web?

It is a form of malicious victimisation – bullying – and should be avenged as such.

If I were Ms Hilton I would throw considerable amounts if my fortune into creative ways to counter-humiliate the owners of the website.

I would hire people to sift their trash, photograph them on vacation, subpoena their photos & videos (then publish them). I would set aside a few million to hire private investigator to spend the rest of the target’s life doing everything in their power to find and publicise humiliating material on them.

She should use her money to make them rue the day they decided to profit from her humiliation.

Ms Hilton, I am at your service if you require my skills as a misery maker.

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Protect the gifted to protect your culture

by Limbic on January 26, 2007

From Aztecs vs. Greeks by Charles Murray

If “intellectually gifted” is defined to mean people who can become theoretical physicists, then we’re talking about no more than a few people per thousand and perhaps many fewer. They are cognitive curiosities, too rare to have that much impact on the functioning of society from day to day. But if “intellectually gifted” is defined to mean people who can stand out in almost any profession short of theoretical physics, then research about IQ and job performance indicates that an IQ of at least 120 is usually needed. That number demarcates the top 10% of the IQ distribution, or about 15 million people in today’s labor force — a lot of people.

In professions screened for IQ by educational requirements — medicine, engineering, law, the sciences and academia — the great majority of people must, by the nature of the selection process, have IQs over 120. Evidence about who enters occupations where the screening is not directly linked to IQ indicates that people with IQs of 120 or higher also occupy large proportions of positions in the upper reaches of corporate America and the senior ranks of government. People in the top 10% of intelligence produce most of the books and newspaper articles we read and the television programs and movies we watch. They are the people in the laboratories and at workstations who invent our new pharmaceuticals, computer chips, software and every other form of advanced technology.

Combine these groups, and the top 10% of the intelligence distribution has a huge influence on whether our economy is vital or stagnant, our culture healthy or sick, our institutions secure or endangered. Of the simple truths about intelligence and its relationship to education, this is the most important and least acknowledged: Our future depends crucially on how we educate the next generation of people gifted with unusually high intelligence.

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Amazing oldies rock the house

by Limbic on January 6, 2007

From The Good New Network

Imagine an elderly choral group of singers aged 73-100. Now imagine that group belting out songs by the Rolling Stones, The Clash or Talking Heads. Meet The American Young @ Heart Chorus. It was started in 1982 by seniors in a home for the aged in Northampton, Massachusetts, and included elders who’d lived through both World Wars.

My favourite is their cover of “Fix You” by Coldplay (below), but you must check out their cover of The Ramones’, “I Want to Be Sedated.” (see it at the link).

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Somewhere Out There is Our Forever

by Limbic on January 5, 2007


Somewhere Out There is Our Forever

Another lovely shot from Sol Dust Love

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Climbing Mt. Improbable

by Limbic on January 3, 2007

From Climbing Mt. Improbable:[Image: Matthew Putney, for the LA Times].

On the front page of the LA Times today, greeting the new year, is a story about a man with a plan in Iowa: ‘Surrounded by cornfields that stretch to the horizon,’ we read, ‘in a place where molehills pass for mesas, avid outdoorsman Don Briggs has long dreamed of climbing a mountain. So he decided to build one.’

(Via BLDGBLOG.)

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From Literary Review comes a great review of Betrayal: France, the Arabs, and the Jews By David Pryce-Jones

As I write, it is exactly a year since the desolate banlieues of France erupted in an orgy of violence, on a scale which had not been seen for generations. At the time, these riots were blamed on social exclusion. Since then, it has become clear that the rioters are not just ‘immigrants’ or ‘youths’, but are first and foremost Muslims. When they set light to a car, their cry is often: ‘Allahu akhbar!’ (‘Allah is great!’)

The violence, moreover, is endemic and ubiquitous. In 2005, there were 110,000 incidents of urban violence, including 45,000 vehicles burnt out. This year, there has been an average of over 100 incidents a day. Since the riots supposedly subsided last January, some 3,000 police officers are reported to have been injured. France is quite deliberately being made ungovernable.

This ‘French intifada’ was merely the culmination of a process that has turned many suburbs into no-go areas for the police and increasingly for non-Muslims too. In particular, the Islamist rabble-rousers who are behind the insurgency have incited their followers to attack Jews, who are now outnumbered by Muslims in France by at least ten to one.

How has it come to this? In this devastating indictment, the cri de coeur of an Englishman who loves France but is exasperated by the French, the background to this breakdown of civil society gradually emerges. David Pryce-Jones has discovered the explanation in the archives of the French foreign ministry, known after its imposing headquarters, the Quai d’Orsay. The corps diplomatique who have run this institution like a private club – known to initiates simply as ‘la carrire’ – are responsible not only for the decline of French prestige abroad, but also for creating the conditions for the unfolding catastrophe at home.

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