Category Archives: random nonsense

Euro’s Share In Reserves Overtakes U.S. Dollar

…The Moscow Times reports. Russia’s reserves, that is. The euro’s share in Russia’s forex reserves, the world’s third-largest, overtook that of the dollar last year as the country pressed on with a gradual diversification, the Central Bank’s annual report showed. The euro’s share increased to 47.5 percent as of Jan. 1 from 42.4 percent a […]

It’s just you, me, and Uncle Sam. And before I leave you, you’re gonna find out that me and Uncle Sam are one and the same.

Ah. I believe this is the first time I see someone in semi-mainstream US media all but suggesting that in the US the military is running the state. He’ll probably apologize in a few seconds.

Site of free will found in brain!

— NewScientist reports. When a neurosurgeon electrically jolted this region in patients undergoing surgery, they felt a desire to, say, wiggle their finger, roll their tongue or move a limb. Yes, they really do call it “site of free will”; ha-ha-ha-ha, — the irony…

Google Mystery, revisited.

With this recent ADL v. William Robinson story I guess it’s time to update my old Warsaw/Gaza post. Here’s how it looks today: search string Nov 21, 2008 Apr 30, 2009 warsaw gaza 1,150,000 hits 1,190,000 hits “warsaw ghetto” gaza 35,500 hits 60,200 hits Let’s see, a majority of the new Warsaw & Gaza pages […]

Priorities, priorities…

“UN Pitches Ban vs. Ahmadinejad on One-Way TV Screen, No Questions UNITED NATIONS, April 20 — The UN’s priorities were shown this Monday morning when a one-way video feed of Secretary General Ban Ki-moon denouncing Iranian president Ahmadinejad’s comments on Israel preempted the UN’s noon press briefing.” – UN watchdog Inner City Press reports. “Questions […]

Torture memos and my misconception

…read some of those memos and was mildly surprised. I thought it would be something like this: “Make it happen.” Well, apparently it’s more like The Trial or Gilliam’s Brazil: Bureaucracy gone amok.

Chomsky: The Soviet Union Versus Socialism

Following the discussion two threads down, I want to link this short piece by Noam Chomsky, written in 1986. …In periods when there is little challenge to State capitalist institutions, the same fundamental commitments lead the ‘new class’ to serve as State managers and ideologists, “beating the people with the people’s stick,” in Bakunin’s words. It is […]

Slate.com, you’re out of my RSS feed.

I used to like Slate, but with people like Applebaum, Hitchens, and Saletan becoming more and more prominent, there’s been a steady decrease of readable stuff there. Today I read a piece titled Why Israel Will Bomb Iran. The rational argument for an attack. It’s one of those (unfortunately rather common) things where states are […]

The most important of all arts…

…is the cinema, according to Vladimir Lenin. So, because youtube is there, I’ll link two scenes that stuck in my head since I watched these films for the first time decades ago. First is the assassination scene from Il Conformista: The second is, as far as I am concerned, the best friggin’ scene in the […]

…in which Charles Murray…

…offers a passionate critique of the Gotha Programme,  urges the American elite to try cheap ketchup. It’s a good laugh.