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Aneristic Illusions / Re: "Stupid wingnut says something stupid" thread
« on: January 13, 2015, 12:06:31 am »
I may never stop laughing

Aneristic Illusions / Re: "Stupid wingnut says something stupid" thread
« on: January 12, 2015, 11:57:43 pm »
Shillman Fellow, WTF I just can't stop laughing. This is comedy gold, you couldn't make it up

Aneristic Illusions / Re: "Stupid wingnut says something stupid" thread
« on: January 12, 2015, 10:20:59 am »
Fox fux up again
An American terrorism commentator speaking on Fox News has been forced to apologise for describing Birmingham as a "Muslim-only city" where non-Muslims "don't go in".

Steven Emerson told the channel that in London "Muslim religious police" beat "anyone who doesn't dress according to Muslim, religious Muslim attire".

He later issued an apology for his "terrible error".

But many on social media have been ridiculing his comments.

Yes I realise it is only Fox news but this putz has supposedly given evidence to Congressional commitees and heads up a thing called The Investigative Project on Terrorism  Wow and their finances look a bit iffy

And this is apparently not his first foot in mouth moment because when I looked him up [yeah I know its only Wiki]
Despite being widely criticized for his inaccuracies[3][4][5][6][7][8] and for fomenting Islamophobia,[9] Emerson frequently testifies before Congressional committees on al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations.[10]
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!![my emphasis]

He's said he's going to give a donation to Brum and apologised grovellingly but he also dissed London with his comment on Sharia policing and seems to think that that is ok if he pleads to Birmingham, but the thing I haven't found in any report yet, though it may come in later is the huge elephant in the room that he believes that this could be actually happening in Britain right now. And another gem from Emerson's wiki page
Richard Clarke, former head of counter-terrorism for the United States National Security Council, said of Emerson:
"I think of Steve as the Paul Revere of terrorism ... We'd always learn things [from him] we weren’t hearing from the FBI or CIA, things which almost always proved to be true."

FFS America, get a grip  :roll:

Ancient British Carol to celebrate the season,
well its quite old anyhow

or then again maybe you need a better reason for the season

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: December 14, 2014, 11:24:03 am »

LOL I could watch that all day long

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: December 12, 2014, 01:51:59 pm »
The implication that "Indirect torture is ok" seems to be an outrageous use of language along the lines of "Extraordinary rendition". If you knowingly and complicitly hand a gun to someone then, in my book, you are as culpable as the guy who pulls the trigger. YMMV but the victim is still shot/tortured/whatever.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: December 12, 2014, 12:25:10 pm »
Its not just America, though. I don't believe for a minute that British hands are clean. The "Free World" seems to be guilt-free when it comes to torture etc, etc.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: December 11, 2014, 03:49:42 pm »
Yeah, its weird. It was big news then it was gone. I checked the Beeb website because I knew I had seen this break initially, probably in the middle of the night when I was watching the BBC news channel at obscure o'clock. Then I got to thinking. Seems to me [though I could easily be wrong] that news is only "News" when the bodies are still buried, the plane is still missing, the kidnapped girls are still being sought for. Nope, scratch that, the plane is still missing and the schoolgirls are still missing, and gthe "News" is never going to tell you where the bodies are buried.

I got nothing

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: December 11, 2014, 11:14:22 am »
Further examples of the shamelessness of UK media outlets.

Major stories lately could include such thing as:

More massive hacks at Sony, to the point where it's looking like "Everything's gone. EVERYTHING". Emails, full details of employees, management, customers, the lot. Early releases apparently include details of exec's pay. I hear it's considerable, particularly considering how well Sony have been doing of late.

Indications that "Everything's gone" include films due to be released in 2015 appearing on torrent sites. Not one or two, we're talking at least 5. DVD screener quality.

Obviously totally unrelated to this, Various torrent sites are currently offline with rumours abound of the Pirate bay being raided (again) and shut down (again).

Yet most places, no mention of either, at all. Almost as if it's not worth mentioning. Depressingly, Sony losing all their shit really isn't. It's more the scale (and distribution) of loss and the highly co-incidental timings that I'm looking at here.

Principia Discussion / Re: What degree are you?
« on: December 07, 2014, 01:03:47 am »
I'm 45 degrees so I seem to be pretty sharp - though I might actually be 315 in disguise, its hard to know really

Bring and Brag / Re: Creating things out of Chaos
« on: November 10, 2014, 10:49:32 am »
I don't care who composed it but it is pretty catchy

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Demanding parents
« on: November 05, 2014, 06:52:02 pm »
The lack of any framing context to explain the use of the material is more problematic than the quotation. This is nowhere near a sufficient "lift" to be outside the realms of "fair usage". Its a book of 340pp six short paragraphs - sounds like fair usage to me.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Demanding parents
« on: November 05, 2014, 06:43:32 pm »
We seem to have a plagiarism issue here.

Fix it, Holist.

<SNIP>  Whichever way the individual turns to find a solution (and these strategies may be used consistently or inconsistently), he or she will not have mastered the basic process of self-regulation and will remain prone to being overdemanding or underdemanding of others. (Sue Gerhardt)

As a citation its maybe a bit too subtle - but its definitely there, and I've seen a lot worse treatment of original sources around here over the years. So nothing really to fix. Certainly not plagiarism, but the quote definitely needs some explanation

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