November 2007

Sucker Punch

by Limbic on November 30, 2007

 Carlos Rotella at Slate has a good article on  “The art, the poetry, the idiocy of YouTube street fights” – the posting of online fight videos. He reports from the virtual “Land of a thousand asswhippings”.

The fight video is a compelling genre and holds a grim fascination for many. There are some great “stories” in some of these fights: Bullies beaten, loudmouths silenced, assaulted women avenged, one man beating twenty attackers and pimps felled by karate instructors. Unfortunately they are the exception.

The vast majority are simple thuggery, bullying, gangs stomping  outnumbered victims, unwilling schoolboys goaded to fight and drunken street fights. The sheer unfairness of many of them is staggering. Sucker punches, men beating women and as mentioned gangs attacking lone victims. It seems that the most disgusting cowardice brings no shame in some cultures. In my culture, striking a woman was considered an enormity. According to these videos, it is perfectly normal behavior in most places.

Referring to this video, the Slate article notes:

I’m hideously fascinated by the sheer dumb enormity of this infamous sucker-puncher’s belief that landing one of the most cowardly cheap shots in the archive confirms him as a man among men. He actually says, “I’m so cool”—and adds, somewhat anticlimactically, “I’m not the average motherfucker.”

I am also fascinated by this. And outraged. The puncher is the  most contemptible coward yet he is completely unaware of both his cowardice and idiocy. One has to marvel. I think that perhaps notions of chivalry, nobility and fairness are much rarer than I thought.

Two videos  one from the article and one I found as a result of the article – are outstanding. One for the sheer hilarity of the start and the brilliance of the end. the other for sheer horror of what very may very well have been a murder.

Firstly the hilarity…You must watch to the end. From the article:

Take, for example, this 81-second masterpiece. Listen to the crowd’s response when the guy in the red shirt assumes his stance. It’s as if they’re exclaiming “Doofus!” and “Genius!” at the same time. Is Red Shirt a clown? Is he actually good at martial arts? Is he scared stiff and trying to bluff his opponent, or deeply serene and about to wipe the floor with him? The doofus/genius effect persists throughout the fight, which you have to watch to the very last second in order to appreciate its full import. On the one hand, Red Shirt displays competence: He keeps his feet from getting tangled up, stays focused on his foe but also checks for blindside attacks by additional opponents, remains relatively calm when warding off blows, and delivers a decisive shot. On the other hand, his performance takes on a certain awkward quality when the initial You Just Made a Big Mistake moment gives way to an extended sitzkreig that goes on so long the video-maker had to edit some of it out. When he does finally land the big blow, it looks more like a prayerful haymaker than an expert application of the Vibrating Fist of Death.

 

And now the horror….

I will not embed this video because I never want to have this sort brutality expressed through my blog. A gang on Asian kids firstly brutalizes a cowering boy, then the real nastiness begins when they suddenly turn on a girl in the crowd. A single butch attacker begins the furious assault – and then in what looks like some sort of hideous emergent flocking behavior, a group of girls continue the assault with a viciousness that is hard to believe, not to mention watch. The girl is left completely unconscious, possibly dead.

There is debate about what happened and where.  It appears to be a Chinese or Filipino gang somewhere in North America.  The police and FBI have been alerted to its existence.

Here is the video [WARNING: HORRIBLY UPSETING AND BRUTAL]

 

Via – The art, the poetry, the idiocy of YouTube street fights. – By Carlo Rotella – Slate Magazine

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In January of 2007 a young couple, Christopher Newsom and Channon Christian (above) went out on a date in Knoxville, Tennessee. On their way home, they were attacked and abducted. The man, Christopher, was raped.  He was doused in petrol and set on fire. Eventually he was shot. His mutilated body is dumped on a railway line. He was the lucky one.

Channon – the girl – was not only forced to watch the rape and horrific murder of her boyfriend, she endured several days of being beaten, gang raped and sodomized.  After being forced to perform fellatio on of her attackers, they forced her to drink bleach to destroy DNS evidence. They took turns urinating on her, they she was strangled to death and stuffed into a bins where she was eventually found days later by shocked police.

Photos might give you a clue as to why you have probably not heard about this case in the mainstream media and why the national and international press have not gone near it despite its obvious newsworthiness.

That’s right, the victims are white and the perpetrators are black, and that does not fit into the media’s simple narrative structure which holds that whites are the racist oppressors and minorities the blameless sufferers of that oppression.

Even the staggering amount of black-on-white race crime and other cases like these (you think I am exaggerating? Check out The Wichita Massacre. Bet you have not heard of that either) cannot dent the media’s self-censorship on this topic.

This is a crime of almost unbelievable cruelty and viciousness. The question is why was was not reported in the national and international media? Where was the outcry about this truly horrific crime?

CNN and every other network wasted hundreds of hours on the racial hoax at Duke University (white oppressor narrative) and the farce at Jena (white racist narrative) and arch-race baiter Al Sharpton’s gimmicky circling the Justice Department to protest against “Hate Crimes”. They send live teams to cover this posturing and propaganda stunts, yet we hear nothing about the horror of Christopher Newsom and Channon Christian’s rape and murder?

The horrible fact is that it appears to me that a generation of mainstream media reinforcement of the myth of white racism has probably worsened black racism which in turn result in murderous sadistic racial violence against whites. I would sincerely like to be wrong but the media cover-up is a standing joke and the facts of racial violence in both the UK and USA speak for themselves.

Next time you see Al Sharpon on Lee Jaspers or other pseudo-community leader or “race advisor” bleating about racism, just remember that we are labouring under an Orwellian media myth that inverts the truth which is that the vast majority of inter-racial violence in Britain and the USA is black on white.

I dare you to check it for yourself. Go on:

Urban Legends Reference Pages: Murders of Christopher Newsom and Channon Christian

Michelle Malkin – Its not a useful crime

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Channon_Christian_and_Christopher_Newsom

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Cognitive Bias

by Limbic on November 27, 2007

Here are two good lists of Cognitive Biases and human mental frailties.

Monkeymagic » Cognitive Bias

Why We do Dumb or Irrational Things: 10 Brilliant Social Psychology Studies

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The King of Sauces

by Limbic on November 26, 2007

The King of Sauces, originally uploaded by Limbic.

Tabasco, I love you.

I have tried for years to deny you, to cut back, to shun you, to spurn you so as not to offend the chef.

I no longer care. You are the one. With you carrion is a delight and blandness banished.

FBI Profilers: I am a tabasco-ist.

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Technoviking

by Limbic on November 25, 2007

Behold the Techno Viking! Below are still from the infamous Kneecam No. 1 video by Matthias Fritsch featuring the most terrifying raver in history: Techno Viking.

The action takes place in 2000, at Belin’s “Fuckparade” (a response by nasty people to the feel good Love Parade) and is entirely unscripted.

Below is a YouTube version of the video (here is a higher quality .mov version).

Techno Viking enters about 38 seconds in, but the hilarity really starts at 01:30 (or -02:30) . It is almost unbearably funny.

 

You may also enjoy the captioned version.

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First Kosovo, and then what?

by Limbic on November 22, 2007

The Boston Globe:

“A unilateral lunge for independence by Kosovo could spur Serbs in Bosnia and Herzogovina – half that country’s population – to follow suit. And Kremlin warnings against the imposition of any Kosovo formula not acceptable to Serbia raises the specter of Russian backing for independence movements in Georgia, Moldova, and even Ukraine. This would be a prescription for armed conflict around the periphery of Europe.

…Some European diplomats also worry about the United Nations carving new countries out of older countries’ provinces. They recognize that separatist reflexes persist in regions such as Catalonia and the Basque country. Even the Flemish and Walloon populations of tiny Belgium may want a nationalist divorce.”

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Race, genes, and intelligence

by Limbic on November 22, 2007

From Slate Magazine

“Last month, James Watson, the legendary biologist, was condemned and forced into retirement after claiming that African intelligence wasn’t ‘the same as ours.’ ‘Racist, vicious and unsupported by science,’ said the Federation of American Scientists. ‘Utterly unsupported by scientific evidence,’ declared the U.S. government’s supervisor of genetic research. The New York Times told readers that when Watson implied ‘that black Africans are less intelligent than whites, he hadn’t a scientific leg to stand on.’

I wish these assurances were true. They aren’t.”

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A perfect storm for gold as mines left empty

by Limbic on November 21, 2007

From The Telegraph:

“The era of ‘peak gold’ has arrived.

Try as they might, miners cannot find enough ore at viable costs to replace their fast-depleting reserves, even if they dig miles into the centre of the earth.

‘There’s not much gold out there,’ said Gregory Wilkins, chief executive of top producer Barrick Gold.

‘Global mine supply is going to decrease at a much faster rate than people generally believe. Many of the new mines that people are anticipating will never come into production,’ he told the RBC Capital Markets gold conference in London.

…We know from the US Academy of Sciences that some 26pc of all the copper and 19pc of all the zinc that ever existed in the earth’s crust has already been lost to mankind, mostly wasted in milling or smelting or buried in landfills.
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Data has never been collected for gold, and the 5bn ounces of mined over history is still around. Roughly 1bn are in central bank vaults. But the same patterns of exhaustion are emerging.”

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Bike sex case sparks legal debate

by Limbic on November 17, 2007

From the BBC NEWS:

“The case of a man convicted of simulating sex with his bicycle has sparked a debate about human rights and the privacy of an individual.

Internet message boards have been buzzing with comment about the case of Robert Stewart, 51, from Ayr.

He was reported by cleaners at a hostel who unlocked his door and found him engaged in a sex act with his bike.

Stewart was put on the Sex Offenders’ Register, which some posters said was an over-reaction by the sheriff.”

Whilst this looks like a massive overreaction and invasion of privacy, the authorities were forced to put him on the register after he admitted a breach of the peace and there was a sexual nature to the “crime”.

How he ended up in the courts I do not know. Since when was engaging in a sex act with an inanimate object behind closed doors a crime?

As the article notes, women with dildos and men with dolls ought to be worried.

The nasty trend to wards invasion of privacy in the UK seems to be worsening.

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Last thing Serbia needs

by Limbic on November 16, 2007

From Channel 4 website:

A video obtained by a charity shows the life for many inside Serb mental hospitals amounts to a version of hell. Unending cruelty if not by design, then by neglect. And yet tonight Serbia’s Prime Minister said it’s all “fabricated” and “malicious”. Source: Channel 4 – News – Serbia’s secret shame

This is the last thing Serbia needs, A Romanian Orphans style public disaster debacle where inhumane treatment of the vulnerable is uncovered and publicized around the world.

I was not surprised at all by this report. In the summer of 2006, babies at Belgrade’s main maternity hospital were dying from hyperthermia because of overheated wards. A charity drive by an expatriate magazine Cord arranged for air-conditioners to be installed (I suspect those air conditioners saved many little lives in the 2007 heat wave where daily temperatures exceeded 40 degrees for three weeks).

Around that time I also learned from impeccable sources of serious abuses against expectant mothers if they did not bribe hospital staff. It seemed to be understood that one had to bribe the staff to get normal treatment – there was even some sympathy for the practice, with people pointing out to me that they are paid very little.

If the government has no money to put in Air conditioners in maternity hospitals in the capital, and there are routine abuses of patients in the same hospital, it comes as no surprise that there are dire circumstances and abuses at regional facilities.

Like anyone, I am outraged at the mistreatment of these helpless people, but before we sit too comfortably on out high horse, perhaps it should be noted that Westerners have to bear at least some responsibility for this.

The illegal and unfair bombing of Serbia is 1999 caused massive damage to the government and he economy. The entire country is still reeling from it. At least some of the horror Channel 4 viewers witnessed is directly attributable to the bombing.

Under-staffed, under-paid, under-resourced, under-supervised, under-funded…all of this is party NATO’s fault.

So whilst we condemn this dreadfulness and make sure it is stopped, contain your moral outrage. If you are reading this in Europe or America, its party your fault.

[Update: Blic newspaper weighs in. A telling quote from a Serbian minister agrees with me:

‘The problem is also in small pay, insufficient staff and poor housing conditions’, Ljajic says. ]

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