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Archive for September 2007

BA censoring BB

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Perhaps as expression of its solidarity with Burmese bloggers, British Airways is blocking Boing Boing

Internet Access to this site has been BLOCKED
British Airways Plc prohibited website information page.

Boing Boing, in turn, says British Airways is probably using one of the censorware companies like SmartFilter, who also supply the censorship technology model regimes like Syria and the United Arab Emirates.

See, that’s the trouble with censorship. Once you start, its hard to draw the line.

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September 28, 2007 at 1:59 pm

the little blog that could

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15;00 in burma time
right now
they’re using fire engines
and hitting people
and dragging them onto E2000 trucks
and most of them are girls
and people are shouting

Don’t let them march alone.

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September 27, 2007 at 9:57 am

YouTube – Google Docs in Plain English

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September 20, 2007 at 10:31 am

Posted in Uncategorized

None but the dead are permitted to tell the truth

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It was a time of great and exalting excitement. The country was up in arms, the war was on, in every breast burned the holy fire of patriotism; the drums were beating, the bands playing, the toy pistols popping, the bunched firecrackers hissing and spluttering; on every hand and far down the receding and fading spread of roofs and balconies a fulttering wilderness of flags flashed in the sun; daily the young volunteers marched down the wide avenue gay and fine in their new uniforms, the proud fathers and mothers and sisters and sweethearts cheering them with voices choked with happy emotion as they swung by; nightly the packed mass meetings listened, panting, to patriot oratory with stirred the deepest deeps of their hearts, and which they interrupted at briefest intervals with cyclones of applause, the tears running down their cheeks the while; in the churches the pastors preached devotion to flag and country, and invoked the God of Battles beseeching His aid in our good cause in outpourings of fervid eloquence which moved every listener.

The War Prayer, by Mark Twain

Refused by his publisher, published only after his death – and the end of WW I.

(ht Eleanor Lang)

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September 20, 2007 at 9:03 am

Posted in peace, poetry, war

Silent victims and brave voices

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Gulfnews tells us about the Missing women of Gaza
“During August, six women were killed and that is a very high number with regards to the Palestinian society. Al Mizan Centre for Human Rights in the Gaza Strip revealed, from its latest statistics, that 12 women were killed anonymously, 30 women were victims of domestic violence and 72 received various injuries all in the space of one year,” added Shomor.The last victims were three women who were killed and buried in pits in a cemetery in the Gaza Strip. Had there been no witnesses, nobody would have known about these women. Al Mizan Centre for Human Rights in the Gaza Strip strongly condemned the surge in crimes, the mystery that surrounds these crimes and the absence of serious investigations to identify the criminals and bring them to court.

Who is to blame?

Shomor attributes the disturbing increase in the number of violence to many reasons; the most important being the unstable political situation that the Palestinian people live in, as well as the Israeli occupation and the security chaos. During crisis and war, women and children often pay the price.

Ah, and the Israeli occupation. Right. You know, I would be hard-pressed to find any good words for the occupation, but is it really helpful to blame everything on it? By clinging to the absolute victim stance, Palestinians are dis-empowering themselves. Honour killings, tribalism, militia law – these are Palestinian issues, and the responsibility for addressing them is Palestinian. Israel can’t solve them for you, and if it could – would you want it to?

Apparently, Said Suirki is saying the same, and many people in Gaza tend to agree:

GAZA CITY In the dock are rival Hamas and Fatah leaders standing in anticipation of the judge’s verdict on their vicious internecine conflict that pit the Palestinian against one another; but this time in a satirical drama. “All are guilty of killing the people and the nation,” ruled the judge after a passionate and stormy debate on the Shawa cultural centre in Gaza, the setting of the audacious “Al Watan” or the Nation play.

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September 19, 2007 at 7:03 am

Sproing!

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Check out this uber-cool release from my man G. But seriously, apart from the slap on the back to a friend, this is worth looking at. It just shows that to create a good game, you don’t need a million dollar budget, hyper-realistic budget, Danny deVitto voice-overs. All you need is a real good idea. But then, I guess sometimes a million dollars is easier to come by.

Warning! not for people who intend to finish their PhD this year.

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September 15, 2007 at 6:37 pm

Posted in cool, Education, flash, games, LOL

Science shows: Liberals are smarter.

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Exploring the neurobiology of politics, scientists have found that liberals tolerate ambiguity and conflict better than conservatives because of how their brains work.

Yeah, yeah. but its just a theory, you know. Like evolution. Anyway, here’s the original paper abstract:

Neurocognitive correlates of liberalism and conservatism

David M Amodio1, John T Jost1, Sarah L Master2 & Cindy M Yee2

1 Department of Psychology, New York University, 6 Washington Place, New York, New York 10003, USA.

2 Department of Psychology, 1285 Franz Hall, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California 90095, USA.

Correspondence should be addressed to David M Amodio david.amodio@nyu.edu

Political scientists and psychologists have noted that, on average, conservatives show more structured and persistent cognitive styles, whereas liberals are more responsive to informational complexity, ambiguity and novelty. We tested the hypothesis that these profiles relate to differences in general neurocognitive functioning using event-related potentials, and found that greater liberalism was associated with stronger conflict-related anterior cingulate activity, suggesting greater neurocognitive sensitivity to cues for altering a habitual response pattern.

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September 11, 2007 at 5:21 pm