Archive for October, 2003

NK Nukes

Steve sent me two interesting stories about nuclear proliferation in North Korea and the Middle East. I don’t think there’s any better way to sum up the matter than this.

In other news, a new poll says that 59% of Palestinians would support terrorist bombings of Israel even if Israel pulled out of West Band and Gaza, and a Palestinian state were formed.

Fifty-nine percent of Palestinians believe that Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad should continue their armed struggle against Israel even if Israel leaves all of the West Bank and Gaza, including East Jerusalem, and a Palestinian state is created, a new survey shows.

Similarly, 80 percent of Palestinians say that, under those circumstances, the Palestinians should not give up the “right of return.”

Nintey-six percent of Israeli Jews say the people who piloted the planes on September 11 were terrorists, while 37 percent of Palestinians share that view.

Slightly more than one in four – 26 percent – of Palestinians believe Israelis planned the 9-11 attacks.

Forty-two percent of Palestinians and 61 percent of Israeli-Arabs stated that they support the people who are attacking Americans in Iraq. Zero percent of Israeli Jews said they did.

Jews don’t support Islamic terrorism? No way!

If you haven’t done so recently, check out the spiffy new look of the ObjectivismOnline forum.

Mail Call

I got an email today from “HotSexyYellaFella31”:

…i am very interested. I am a 17/m/tx and I live very close to the area you live in….I am str8 but I wanna see what messing with a guy is like. If you need your dick sucked or a quick jack off email me or give me your phone number ASAP [email protected]
-Of course I would be looking for the same, but i am a reasonable person so just try it out wit me.

For some freakish reason I have gotten at least a dozen of such emails from various “str8” men. Normally I just delete them, but I’m going to make an example out of this “kid.” A few points:

  • If you are propositioning random men for gay sex, you may be “str8” but are definitely not straight.
  • My website states quite clearly that I am interested exclusively in the female sex.
  • In case you missed that, it states even more clearly that I am a 23 year old graduate student, which is probably a good sign that I won’t be picking up any “confused” 17-year olds anytime soon.
  • If “HotSexyYellaFella31” is indeed 17, then he probably needs a good grounding and a psychiatrist. I suspect however that he is an adult looking for vulnerable minors, in which case he probably needs a cop.
  • I don’t care if you the Olson twins and you just turned 18, I absolutely refuse to talk to anyone who thinks that ”wit” “u” and “r” are legitimate words.
  • Parents, please check your kid’s email.

judge raps out dismissal…

Here is the actual ruling handed down by a judge in the Eminem defamation case, quoted verbatim:

Mr Bailey complains that his rap is trash,/
so he’s seeking compensation in the form of cash./
Bailey thinks he’s entitled to some monetary gain,/
because Eminem used his name in vain./
The lyrics are stories no one would take as fact,/
they’re an exaggeration of a childish act./
It is therefore this court’s ultimate position,/
that Eminem is entitled to summary disposition.

Monkeys’ brains move robotic arms: researchers at Duke have conducted experiments in which monkeys learned to operate a robot arm using only their brain signals.

Music news…

Winamp 5 is in beta. I have just two words to describe it: GET IT

In other news, iTunes is now available for Windows. I was not particularly impressed with it. On the plus side, $1 per song is a lot cheaper than buying CD’s, especially since you only pay for the songs you like. On the downside, the iTunes software is not very powerful and does not support WMA. With my very limited student budget, I’m still waiting for an unlimited subscription model, even one that doesn’t allow songs to be stored locally.

What I’d really like, is music that plays in surround sound to justify the 5.1 speaker system I bought…

More loony Brits…

Terrorists can have serious moral goals, says Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams. Furthermore,

“Violence is not to be undertaken by private persons,” he said. “If a state or administration acts without due and visible attention to agreed international process, it acts in a way analogous to a private person. It purports to be judge of its own interest.”

A nation protecting its self-interest? God forbid!
In related news, here is an interesting story on Shirin Ebadi, the winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize: “Why the Mullahs Fear Her“

Yahoo bans Yahoo Groups

In response to Yahoo’s refusal to delete a listserv run by “banned separatists,” the Indian government forced Indian ISP’s to ban the entire Yahoo Groups community. The easily circumvented ban is one of many instances of censorship in India and Pakistan. I’m curious as to whether the site is still being blocked. Perhaps some readers in India could enlighten me…

“The Real Iraq”

Amir Taheri writes on “The Real Iraq“: “a first-hand account of an Iraq that is rapidly moving forward in nearly every aspect of life – political, economic and cultural. And a people that, while understandably skeptical after decades of tyranny, is nonetheless hopeful – and grateful for their liberation.”