And for my last of the day. Tiny tidbits of totally useless information…Eastern Independence, Western Conformity?


 

ScienceDaily (Jun. 17, 2008) — While the act of selecting an everyday writing utensil seems to be a simple enough task, scientists have found that it actually could shed light on complex cultural differences.

Bits:

As Yamagishi explained, “What is typically interpreted as differences in the ‘preference’ for uniqueness and conformity among Japanese and Americans is actually a reflection of how people interpret ambiguous situations. By default, Japanese tend to view situations as ones in which they are under surveillance from others, whereas Americans tend to view the same situations as ones in which no one cares about their choices.”

Science Daily

Just in case you are curious…The Smiley with the shades comes from the 8 in 2008 being next to the end or closing Parentheses ( )…Such as 8)

OH, one can do breasts also…. ( . ) ( . ) See.

 

No wonder Vlad the Impaler IV(yes, yes he was Romanian, I know aka Vlad III and Dracula) and Ahmadinejad see eye to eye. Vlad is either midget or Tony Blair is a very tall Brit.


Blair talks Middle East peace in Moscow

The former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is in Moscow to discuss peace in the Middle East. He has already met Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Moscow on his first visit to the Russian capital since becoming Middle East Peace envoy.

Russia Today

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Banana Chip Cookies Recipe


 

1 3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour (see head notes)
1/2 cup (toasted) wheat germ
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
scant 1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup natural cane sugar (or brown sugar)
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2/3 cup banana chips, loosely chopped
1 cup chocolate chips
2/3 cup toasted walnuts, chopped

The rest at 101 Cookbooks

 

Lakes across Canada to be turned into mine dump sites


Lakes are in B.C., Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories and Nunavut

CBC News has learned that 16 Canadian lakes are slated to be officially but quietly “reclassified” as toxic dump sites for mines. The lakes include prime wilderness fishing lakes from B.C. to Newfoundland.

Whatever side J.M. and Wonder Woman are on…I’m with them.

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Oil at record near $140 a barrel


The price of crude oil has hit a new high of close to $140 a barrel in New York trade, despite Saudi Arabia agreeing to increase output in July.

US light crude rose to $139.89 a barrel, surpassing the previous high of $139.12 on 6 June.

BBC

A Superb Post, by the always excellent, Instapundit.


Democrats. It includes a video, of a seemingly more sane, in touch with reality, Democrats. Instapundit

JAMES KIRCHICK ON THE GEORGE ROMNEY DEMOCRATS:

 

If Democrats wish to contend they were “misled” into war, they should vent their spleen at the CIA.

In 2003, top Senate Democrats — not just Rockefeller but also Carl Levin, Clinton, Kerry and others — sounded just as alarmist. Conveniently, this month’s report, titled “Whether Public Statements Regarding Iraq by U.S. Government Officials Were Substantiated by Intelligence Information,” includes only statements by the executive branch. Had it scrutinized public statements of Democrats on the Intelligence, Foreign Relations and Armed Services committees — who have access to the same intelligence information as the president and his chief advisors — many senators would be unable to distinguish their own words from what they today characterize as warmongering.

This may sound like ancient history, but it matters. After Sept. 11, President Bush did not want to risk allowing Hussein, who had twice invaded neighboring nations, murdered more than 1 million Iraqis and stood in violation of 16 U.N. Security Council resolutions, to remain in possession of what he believed were stocks of chemical and biological warheads and a nuclear weapons program. By glossing over this history, the Democrats’ lies-led-to-war narrative provides false comfort in a world of significant dangers.

 

Read the whole thing. Meanwhile, a video stroll down memory lane:

Taliban Militants Take Over Afghan Villages


KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Hundreds of Taliban fighters took over several villages in southern Afghanistan on Monday just outside the region’s largest city, and NATO and Afghan forces were redeploying to meet the threat, officials said.

Mohammad Farooq, the government leader in the Arghandab district of Kandahar province, said around 500 Taliban fighters moved into his district and took over several villages.

Arghandab lies just north of Kandahar city — the Taliban’s former stronghold — and a tribal leader from the region warned that the militants could use the cover from Arghandab’s grape and pomegranate orchards to mount an attack on Kandahar itself.

“All of Arghandab is made of orchards. The militants can easily hide and easily fight,” said Haji Ikramullah Khan. “It’s quite close to Kandahar. During the Russian war, the Russians didn’t even occupy Arghandab, because when they fought here they suffered big casualties.”

The push into Arghandab comes three days after a sophisticated Taliban attack on Kandahar’s prison that freed hundreds of insurgent fighters being held there.

NATO spokesman Mark Laity said NATO and Afghan military officials were redeploying troops to the region to “meet any potential threats.”

“It’s fair to say that the jailbreak has put a lot of people (militants) into circulation who weren’t there before, and so obviously you’re going to respond to that potential threat,” he said.

Two powerful anti-Taliban leaders from Arghandab have died in the last year, weakening the region’s defenses. Mullah Naqib, the district’s former leader, died of a heart attack last year. Taliban fighters moved into Arghandab en masse last October, two weeks after his death, but left within days after hundreds of security forces were deployed there.

 

A second leader, police commander Abdul Hakim Jan, died in a massive suicide bombing in Kandahar in February that killed more than 100 people.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, Afghan and U.S.-led coalition forces killed 35 militants in two skirmishes in the south, the coalition said Monday.

Twenty militants were killed in Zabul province after they attacked a combined patrol with rockets, mortars and gunfire. The combined forces returned fire and called in airstrikes against the insurgents in the Sunday battle.

Fifteen militants were killed in the Sangin area of Helmand province Saturday after a group of men in a treeline fired on Afghan and coalition troops. Two hours of fighting ensued, and military aircraft were again called in.

More than 1,900 people have been killed in insurgent violence in Afghanistan this year, according to Afghan and Western officials.

Fox News

Islamic psychopaths, regardless of where they may be, know only one thing. To die, is their “heaven”. I would do that, in massive quantity even if would entail erasing the so called “moderates”. In fact as far as I’m concerned, were there one Islamic left on this planet, it would be one to many.

Prisons, whether in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan OR Guantanamo Bay, just will not work. A much better method or series of methods would be, bringing back the old time rack, waterboarding, burning slowly while tied to a stake are much, much better.

Another would be to squeeze, their balls in a vise. If the preceding method or methods didn’t work, they either had no knowledge of things higher then their own mind…which isn’t much…OR they were not going to talk to begin with.

Dispense these to their “heaven” after a few tries, as it is all they live for, anyway. YES, they become martyrs, but to paraphrase someone recently, “they are dead, (d-e-a-d) martyrs”.

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Dept. Of Sanitation Asks Public To Separate Perfectly Good Stuff From Garbage



DOS also asks citizens to separate old books into piles of fiction, non-fiction, short stories, paperbacks, anything by Dean Koontz, and picture books about space or dinosaurs that a 5-year-old boy might like.

Bits:

“For far too long, Americans have been throwing out working lamps, expensive coasters, and those nice wooden shelves along with their regular trash,” Sanitation Secretary Frank DiPietro told reporters at a press conference. “This wasteful practice not only threatens our environment, but it also forces certain individuals who, say, need a new ottoman to rummage through piles and piles of dirty garbage.”

“Just look at this coffee table, for instance,” added DiPietro. “It’s not even all that cracked.”

“How am I supposed to keep track of all this?” said Chicago resident Joanna Keyes, who is required to sort out her garbage into 17 separate piles, including three individual stacks for things that might be good for tying up larger stuff, smaller objects perfect for desks or maybe a table, and those long metal tubes that are just right for hanging clothes on. “All I wanted to do was throw away an air-hockey table my kids hardly touched.”

The Onion

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Time to play ball, Iran.


Ahmedinejad does want to destroy Israel and anyone who tells you different is either deluded or lying… or both… or worse.

Death to Israel!

That wasn’t one of his interviews with Western media. That’s Ahmadinejad on his home turf.

But here’s some memorable, albeit toned-down quotes to the Western media, just for the record.

“They (Israel) are attackers and illegal.”

We think Israel is an invader and it’s cruel and it hasn’t got a united republic. All other countries, all other neighbouring countries are against it. It cannot continue it’s life.

And this despicable man thinks more research is needed into the ‘historical’ matter of the holocaust.

What vile.

“If there was (a) holocaust, where did it happen?”

And to think some in the West are defending this man and the abhorrent regime he supports.

Iranian nuclear power for civilian use: fine.

But Iran must not be allowed to enrich their own uranium.

Tougher diplomacy? Necessary. Done.

Tactical strikes on enrichment facilities if Iran doesn’t start playing ball… pronto? Necessary.

And soon to be overdue.

Bush offers what surely must be one of Iran’s last chances.

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A Rewrite Of An Older Post


J.M. Heinrichs, a friend of us all, forwarded this email which is the same as a post which accidentally got removed. 

So here is the post, originally put up by Nilk, somewhat slightly altered.

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More Of My Misdeeds


Ok, I’ll admit, my misdeeds aren’t as funny as this, but I’m still sure I’ll be punished for them one day.

So here’s some more things I’ve done wrong:

  1. I kept a friend up until well past 1 am, even though I knew he had to get up at 5:30 am… and I laughed.
  2. I had impure thoughts about another person.
  3. I made a rude gesture at a pedestrian.
  4. I slowed down to 20km/h under the speed limit because the fuckwit in the truck behind me was annoying me.
  5. I called a dog a rude name for barking, and entertained thoughts of shooting it with a rifle.
  6. I placed a bet on a horse race that may not have been legal.
  7. I hung up the phone in the middle of a conversation with a work client, because he was annoying me.
  8. I put off lunch with an acquintance because of “work commitments”… but I was actually at home and took a nap. They’d been annoying me.
  9. I laughed at a businessman who was rushing and being impatient with other people, and promptly fell down an escalator. He’d annoyed me from afar, and it was hilarious.
  10. I went to the beach, but I refused to go in deep enough to give the sharks a free feed.
  11. I laughed when my cat walked into a playground, dug up some of the mulch, laid it’s steaming pile of catly business on the ground, buried it up and walked off. The hilarious part was that I snickered, and my five year old niece, in Prep, looked at me and said “Auntie Ash, we don’t laugh when people poo themselves in the playground. We have to be nice and take them to the teacher.” Which made me laugh so hard I almost fell over. The deadpan serious look on her face was awesome.
  12. And finally, I said something really stupid to a good friend, and at some point I plan on actually apologising… if they’ll let me. Oops.
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Dear Miss Banners, etiquette advisor.


I am to play in a golf tournament today. I was ill last evening and it continues into this morning, to where I must be close to a bathroom. That plus the fact, that while once I could play this sport/game of golf, due to a series of physical incidents and my being lazy and not willing to practice, I can no longer shoot a round of golf, the way I once could.

What should I do?

Gentle reader, thank you for your writing. Due to the complete illegibility of your handwriting, I had it deciphered and analyzed by a forensic handwriting analyst.

The analysis report has just reached my desk. The conclusion(s):

1. You are psychotic.
2. You are a shitty (please pardon my vulgar language) golfer.
3. The shitty golf, was not helped by and with your physical “incidents”.
4. Due to your “illness”, you would no doubt play a round of golf, even shittier.
5. In Miss Banners most humble opinion, today would be a fine day to stick your golf clubs up your ass, thereby solving your shitty golf AND the need to be close to a “bathroom”, problems. (oh, the analyst also mentioned that you are a crude individual).

Miss Banners, etiquette advisor.

Thank you so much for your advice, Miss Banners, etiquette advisor.

I do appreciate your responding in taking the time and effort in my first missive. You see this tournement, was to be in honor of a dear friend at the golf course, that had to have immediate and an emergency quadruple heart by-pass surgery, just thee days ago. I feel I must reveal my name to you.

Signed, Norman Bates.

Now what do you advise?

Dear Gentle psychotic shitty golfer, Norman Bates. I once read that you and your mother, ran an Inn. In fact, Alfred Hitchcock made a movie based on you and your mother’s Inn.

My advice:

1. Do NOT ever write to me, again.
1. Do you want your “friend” to completely recover from his “emergency quadruple heart by-pass surgery”?
2. Do NOT ever write to me again!.
3. Did I mention…Do NOT ever write to me, again?

Miss Banners, etiquette advisor

I will take your advice NOT to write to you again, AFTER this missive.

Thanks, BITCH!
Norman Bates

Police Kill Man Who Stomped Baby To Death. If only they could have been able to kill this son-of-a-bitch, TEN times over.


TURLOCK, Calif. —  Police killed a 27-year-old man as he kicked, punched and stomped a toddler to death despite other people’s attempts to stop him on a dark, country road, authorities said.

Investigators on Sunday were trying to establish the relationship between the suspect and the child they say he killed Saturday night. The Stanislaus County coroner said the boy appeared to be between 1 and 2 years old based on his size, according to county sheriff’s deputy Royjindar Singh.

“It’s been a long night of wondering, ‘Why?’ — not only for the officers and the passers-by who stopped and tried to help out, but for anyone. Why would somebody do this?” Singh said.

The rest of this vile sickening story at Fox News. The little boy was vindicated, just a little late.

I’ve always maintained, that “men” or such as this coward, that beat women*, OR children**, deserve NO trial, rather they deserve just what this vile bastard got. Immediate justice. This filth got exactly what was needed, in this case.

* There are two occasions that this is allowed…One, self defense. Two, a burka clad menace with a bomb belt.

** Some would say that a somewhat sharp well placed hand on a child’s bottom, when acting out is a beating, but (no pun) in my mind, it is not.

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