December 2010

Denis Dutton – RIP

by Limbic on December 29, 2010

I read with sadness today that Denis Dutton, founder and editor of Arts and Letters Daily, has died.

This is a great loss. I would like to offer my condolences to his friends and family.

Denis Dutton, founder and editor of Arts & Letters Daily and a professor of philosophy at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, has died. Born in California, Mr. Dutton received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He created Arts & Letters Daily in 1998. The Chronicle of Higher Education purchased the widely praised site in 2002.

“Denis was the creative force behind Arts & Letters Daily and wrote all the items on the page himself, even when he was on vacation,” said Phil Semas, president and editor in chief of The Chronicle. “He is nearly irreplaceable. Even so, we intend to continue Arts & Letters Daily in the spirit in which Denis created and nurtured it.”

Evan Goldstein of The Chronicle and Mr. Dutton’s longtime collaborator, Tran Huu Dung, a professor of economics at Wright State University, will continue to produce the site.

From: Denis Dutton, Founder of ‘Arts & Letters Daily,’ Dies – The Ticker – The Chronicle of Higher Education

See more:

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2010/12/denis-dutton.html
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/2010/12/denis-dutton-has-died.html
http://reason.com/blog/2010/12/28/denis-dutton-rip
http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/dutton09/dutton09_index.html
http://www.3quarksdaily.com/3quarksdaily/2010/12/denis-dutton-9-february-1944-28-december-2010.html
http://dgmyers.blogspot.com/2010/12/denis-dutton-19442010.html
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/256014/re-dennis-dutton-rip-adam-keiper
http://www.ted.com/talks/denis_dutton_a_darwinian_theory_of_beauty.html?awesm=on.ted.com_8nRa&utm_campaign=denis_dutton_a_darwinian_theory_of_beauty

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California 2011

by Limbic on December 16, 2010

“Over a hundred-mile stretch, when I stopped in San Joaquin for a bottled water, or drove through Orange Cove, or got gas in Parlier, or went to a corner market in southwestern Selma, my home town, I was the only non-Hispanic — there were no Asians, no blacks, no other whites. We may speak of the richness of “diversity,” but those who cherish that ideal simply have no idea that there are now countless inland communities that have become near-apartheid societies, where Spanish is the first language, the schools are not at all diverse, and the federal and state governments are either the main employers or at least the chief sources of income — whether through emergency rooms, rural health clinics, public schools, or social-service offices. An observer from Mars might conclude that our elites and masses have given up on the ideal of integration and assimilation, perhaps in the wake of the arrival of 11 to 15 million illegal aliens.”

From: Two Californias – Victor Davis Hanson – National Review Online

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Kosovo a decade later…truth emerging

by Limbic on December 16, 2010

[Part of the series of lost posts found in my drafts folder. In 2010 I used to fight a lot with people about Kosovo and Serbia. This one was obviously meant to be a pro-Serbian piece, drawing attention to the organ harvesting scandal in Kosovo]

Kosovo PM is head of human organ and arms ring, Council of Europe reports | World news | The Guardian
Kosovo physicians accused of illegal organs removal racket | World news | The Guardian
Kosovo ‘crime ring’: police to examine allegations against PM Hashim Thaçi | World news | The Guardian
BBC News – Kosovo rejects Hashim Thaci organ-trafficking claims
Kosovo’s prime minister ‘key player in mafia-like gang’ – Telegraph
Kosovo physicians accused of organ trafficking racket – Telegraph
B92 – News – Organ trade report “great victory for Serbia”
B92 – News – “Allegations against Thaci baseless, slanderous”

Report Says Kosovo Prime Minister Led Criminal Gang – NYTimes.com

Report: Kosovo leader implicated in organ trafficking – Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Kosovo: How Black Is My Valley | Kosovo | Thaci | Serbia | Foreign Matters | Sky News Blogs

Endorsement for report alleging Kosovo PM links to organ trade racket | World news | The Guardian

Hashim Thaci, Kosovo’s Organ Trafficking Boss | The Lord Byron Foundation for Balkan Studies

Richard Holbrooke Dies, and the Next Day his Legacy Comes to Life: Latest “Serbian Myth” Proves True: Organ Extraction

Holbrooke’s Legacy by Justin Raimondo — Antiwar.com

“The signs of collusion between the criminal class and the highest political and institutional office holders are too numerous and too serious to be ignored.” | MetaFilter

The Snake of Kosovo

Latest “Serbian Myth” Proves True: Organ Extraction – Atlas Shrugs

B92 – News – Reactions to CoE investigator’s report

B92 – News – “Bank accounts will incriminate Thaci”

B92 – News – Media see “Kosovo, state of horror”

B92 – News – “Contempt of court” urged over organ trafficking

Murder and organ harvesting in Albania

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Two more excellent RSA animations

by Limbic on December 7, 2010

I love these animations from RSA. Here are two more:

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