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IP: *.warszawa.sdi.tpnet.pl 26.02.03, 09:49
How about if we publish here, every day, links to the articles we personally find interesting? Here is the link you can start from: www.abyznewslinks.com/ I find it convenient. And here the first article I recommend: israelnationalnews.com/english/newspaper/torah/ask-rabbi.htm. In short: Jewish view on Christianity. Quite interesting and funny, not too long. Perhaps we should translate and publish it on religious forum? :)
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      • Gość: chickenShorts Re: links to interesting articles all over the wo IP: *.abo.wanadoo.fr 26.02.03, 12:05
        awalk :))) this is great, the link I mean!

        "...he had a penchant for gazing at women[1]. Among other deviant actions, he
        removed a brick from a building and bowed down to it in worship..."

        A womanizer! A brick adorer!... ha ha what a great stuff!

        And the idea ab. the links is great, too! All for it! I may even try to
        contribute something worthwhle, once I've recovered from the shock of my life!
        • chickenshorts Re: links to interesting articles all over the wo 27.02.03, 19:55
          Well, not an interesting article... but a brick-a -brack of quiz+picture
          gallery & such... rubbish...you may like it... or not...I don't give a monkey...

          www.guardian.co.uk/quiz/questions/0,5961,603836,00.html

          film.guardian.co.uk/quiz/questions/0,5952,904127,00.html

          www.guardian.co.uk/cartoons/stevebell/0,7371,899276,00.html

          www.guardian.co.uk/cartoons/stevebell/0,7371,898586,00.html
    • Gość: awalk Re: links to interesting articles all over the wo IP: *.warszawa.sdi.tpnet.pl 28.02.03, 09:14
      This one is for cat lovers and it is from the NYT section of Q&A. I quess the title "Shocking the cat" says it all. There are more like "Why do horses sleep standing up?" etc. www.nytimes.com/learning/students/scienceqa/archive/970415.html

      You think we are alone in fighting corruption in Poland. Go to Namibia a small country in Africa and read "Banging the Drum on Corruption".
      www.namibian.com.na/
            • Gość: chickenShorts Re: links to interesting articles all over the wo IP: *.abo.wanadoo.fr 01.03.03, 08:56
              Why is it always the thieves and crooks insisting on God being their patron?
              Was He the first mafioso... or what?...
              "Pressure for(...) a reference to God or Christianity(...) has come from
              several quarters including Christian Democrat parties and the Italian and
              Polish governments, but is opposed by many others."

              news.independent.co.uk/europe/story.jsp?story=382373
                        • Gość: awalk Re: links to interesting articles-not an article IP: *.warszawa.sdi.tpnet.pl 02.03.03, 09:53
                          Today I went to the Kingdom of Tonga. You certainly remember Polish jokes about Germans, Russians and Poles, so here goes another one but from a different longtitude and latitude:

                          "There were three men going on a cruise, a palangi, a fijian, and an indian. They share the same room and they were having a blast. They get to share their cultures and get to tell stories about their respected homeland. As they were enjoying this wonderful adventure, the palangi guy got a coca cola and started drinking. The palangi drink half and threw the bottle of coke into the ocean, the Fijian and the Indian guy was surprise and asked why he threw the coke away, the palangi guy said " Oh, we have alot in my homeland". The Indian guy got some lotti and started eating it and when he ate half, he also threw away the other half into the ocean. The palangi and Fijian guy asked why he threw it away, they could have ate it, the Indian guy said they have alot of lotti in India. So the Fijian guy didn't have any Fijian stuff to show to those two.... The Fijian guy was thinking of something but had no idea. The palangi and Indian guy was waiting for the Fijian guy and finally the Fijian guy said," Ahh.. he got up and walked over to the Indian guy, picked him up and threw him to the ocean... The palangi guy was freaking out and told the Fijian guy if he's out of his mind but the Fijian guy calmly said, " Don't worry we have alot of Indian in Fiji....."

                          and some local responses to it: "okay okay.....tuku ho'o sio lalo ki he kau initia.....ke lau'i nautolu.....hahaha"

                          and another one: "HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA........how mean.........but hahahahahahahaha"

                          www.planet-tonga.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=5&sid=5bfca12858ef68ca62186c9820bd3e2c
                              • glory Re: links to interesting articles-not an article 03.03.03, 12:45
                                I've just come across funny and bizzare side: www.urinal.net
                                A Tribute to some of the finest and foulest urinals in the world. Roving piss-
                                merchants contribute troughs from Antarctica to outer space, and without a
                                sign of George Michael anywhere, thankfully.
                                Talking about shitholes, well, have you seen that freak show called Jackass:
                                The Movie? So stupid! Watching total idiots in crazy stunts it was a
                                punishment to my eyes and a good test, but I was laughing so much.I must be
                                going nuts.
                                Perhaps the most famous Jackass stunt of all time, this beauty features
                                Knoxville ( crazy Jackass ) trapped inside a poo-packed portaloo, lifted by a
                                crane and flipped upside down- resulting in a shower of poo, piss and toilet
                                water.
                                It's horrible.
                                • Gość: chickenShorts Re: links to interesting articles... IP: *.abo.wanadoo.fr 06.03.03, 18:15

                                  ...ha, that's what I call a 'born journalist's' journalism!

                                  "He found himself – in New York by then – single and sex-starved. He not only
                                  made his own rake's progress in those post-marital years but – clever him, in
                                  his journalistic training – he took notes as he went along and kept them in a
                                  hanging manila binder in his apartment."

                                  (...) "Unlike those chick-lit triumphs – Bridget Jones's Diary or the Candace
                                  Bushnell column that spawned the series Sex and the City – this is the story of
                                  a real person, Marin. This invites two reactions. It is not as funny as it
                                  might be, because it is about actual victims – himself, and the scores of women
                                  he picks up and just as quickly discards. But, for the same reason, it holds a
                                  kind of sad poignancy. And there is an emotional arc to his tale, which ends,
                                  as it happens, with the death of his father and the discovery, finally, of real
                                  love."

                                  enjoyment.independent.co.uk/books/features/story.jsp?story=383976
      • Gość: anti war Re: links to interesting articles all over the wo IP: *.bos.east.verizon.net 05.04.03, 14:20
        Below is a link to one of the best independent on-line magazines in USA. New
        articles are published daily.

        www.workingforchange.com/index.cfm
        Below I copied the fragment of the article I found unbelievable.

        Isn't that special
        Molly Ivins - Creators Syndicate

        04.03.03 - Former Texas Gov. Ann Richards observed the other day that the price
        of gasoline has gone so high in Texas that women who want to run over their
        husbands have to carpool.

        Thought we needed a laugh before plunging back into the war. Here's a lovely
        item: Australian Broadcasting Corp. reports U.S. soldiers in Iraq are being
        asked to pray for President George W. Bush. Thousands of Marines have been
        given a pamphlet, put out by In Touch Ministries, called "A Christian's Duty."
        It is a mini prayer book that includes a tear-out card to be mailed to the
        White House pledging that the soldier who sends it has been praying for Bush.

        "I have committed to pray for you, your family, your staff and our troops
        during this time of uncertainty and tumult," says the card. "May God's peace be
        your guide."

        That's special.

    • Gość: Kagan Re: links to interesting articles all over the wo IP: *.vic.bigpond.net.au 16.03.03, 08:19
      Gość portalu: awalk napisał(a):
      How about if we publish here, every day, links to the articles we personally
      find interesting?
      K: Ilu was jest, 'awakl"?

      ere is the link you can start from:
      www.abyzneslinks.com/
      I find it convenient.
      K: przed tem bylo "my", "we", a terza skurczyles sie do "I" (ja)?
      And here the first article I recommend:
      israelnationalnews.com/english/newspaper/torah/ask-rabbi.htm.
      In short: Jewish view on Christianity.
      Quite interesting and funny, not too long. Perhaps we should translate and
      publish it on religious forum? :)
      K: Sza, zydzie!

      • Gość: chickenShorts Re: links to interesting articles all over the wo IP: *.abo.wanadoo.fr 17.03.03, 12:37
        From yesterday's 'Observer':
        (...)"The animated carp commanded Rosen to pray and study the Torah. Rosen
        tried to kill the fish but injured himself. It was finally butchered by Nivelo
        and sold.

        "However, word spread far and wide and Nivelo complains he has been plagued by
        phone calls from as far away as London and Israel. The story has since been
        amplified by repetition and some now believe the fish's outburst was a warning
        about the dangers of the impending war in Iraq"

        www.observer.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,915125,00.html
        • Gość: awalk Re: links to interesting articles all over the wo IP: *.warszawa.sdi.tpnet.pl 17.03.03, 13:56
          Gość portalu: chickenShorts napisał(a):

          > From yesterday's 'Observer':
          > (...)"The animated carp commanded Rosen to pray and study the Torah. Rosen
          > tried to kill the fish but injured himself. It was finally butchered by Nivelo
          > and sold.
          >
          > "However, word spread far and wide and Nivelo complains he has been plagued by
          >
          > phone calls from as far away as London and Israel. The story has since been
          > amplified by repetition and some now believe the fish's outburst was a warning
          > about the dangers of the impending war in Iraq"
          >
          > <a href="www.observer.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,915125,00.html"ta
          > rget="_blank">www.observer.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,915125,00.html</a>


          Yes and the same story from NYT www.nytimes.com/2003/03/15/nyregion/15FISH.html
      • Gość: awalk Re: links to interesting articles all over the wo IP: *.warszawa.sdi.tpnet.pl 18.03.03, 18:56
        Gość portalu: Kagan napisał(a):

        > Gość portalu: awalk napisał(a):
        > How about if we publish here, every day, links to the articles we personally
        > find interesting?
        > K: Ilu was jest, 'awakl"?
        >
        > ere is the link you can start from:
        > <a href="http://www.abyzneslinks.com/"target="_blank">www.abyzneslinks.com/</a>
        > I find it convenient.
        > K: przed tem bylo "my", "we", a terza skurczyles sie do "I" (ja)?
        > And here the first article I recommend:
        > <a href="israelnationalnews.com/english/newspaper/torah/ask-rabbi.htm."t
        > arget="_blank">israelnationalnews.com/english/newspaper/torah/ask-rabbi.htm.</a
        > >
        > In short: Jewish view on Christianity.
        > Quite interesting and funny, not too long. Perhaps we should translate and
        > publish it on religious forum? :)
        > K: Sza, zydzie!
        >
        Kagan I admit I was wrong about you. You need a professional help. Don't put it off.
                  • Gość: chickenShorts Re: links to interesting articles all over the wo IP: *.abo.wanadoo.fr 03.04.03, 10:44
                    ...the wonderful Dr Jane Goodall

                    "(...)I entered a clearing, and he was sitting there, looking at me, as if he
                    had been waiting for me. And who knows, perhaps he was?" She is still delighted
                    by the memory, "I wasn't quite sure what to do, but after a little while I
                    approached him, very gingerly, and I noticed there was a pinenut on the ground -
                    they love those. So I picked it up, and very slowly, very gently, held it out
                    to him. He pushed my hand away, but he didn't run away. So I tried again, and
                    he took the pinenut from me, and threw it on the ground. But then he did the
                    most remarkable thing. He reached out his hand" - she slowly extends her own -
                    "and covered mine with it, and just held it for a moment." Her touch on my
                    wrist is cool, and feather light. "It's what chimpanzees do to reassure each
                    other. And it was just remarkable, this wild animal communicating with me just
                    as he would with a member of his own species. I don't know if there was some
                    ancient brotherhood between us that he was tapping into. But I found it
                    absolutely incredible." At that moment, she says, she knew that the
                    evolutionary gap between humans and chimpanzees was not, after all, so very
                    wide."
                    (...)
                    "We have to stop leaving all the decisions to the so-called decision makers,
                    but take matters into our own hands, realise that each one of us makes a
                    difference, and that if everyone who cares acts in a way that is ethical,
                    thinks about buying ethical things ..." she pauses for breath, with a self-
                    conscious smile, "... then the world would be changed very fast."

                    www.guardian.co.uk/life/interview/story/0,12982,928163,00.html




                    • Gość: chickenShorts Re: links to interesting articles all over the wo IP: *.abo.wanadoo.fr 08.04.03, 18:25
                      Tony's gamble!?!
                      "The role of Candide on the world stage is not ignoble. Arguably it infuses
                      geopolitics with a persuasive optimism that is badly needed. But the Blairite
                      version confronts two obstacles.

                      First, it places a bet on responses from Washington that there is no recent
                      evidence to expect. While understanding, indeed echoing, America's belief that
                      terrorism, rogue states and weapons of mass destruction will define most of
                      global politics in coming decades, Blair will urge on Bush the case for justice
                      as well as security in handling them. This means justice for Palestinians, a
                      better world order for trade, more generous treatment of Africa, a rededication
                      to the UN etc. In other words, a shift first in the discourse then in the
                      priorities coming out of Washington."

                      politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/comment/0,12956,932060,00.html
                      • Gość: chickenShorts Re: links to interesting articles all over the wo IP: *.abo.wanadoo.fr 10.04.03, 09:44
                        How about some Capra?

                        "...a living system, with its internal intelligence and complex feedback
                        organisation, reacts to the meaning it finds in the information. The system
                        selects the messages to which it listens and then evolves its own response.

                        Capra says that this is why it is so hard to change the culture of a big
                        corporation. Management consultants may mechanically redraw the organisational
                        chart. But the social network that actually is the company then extracts what
                        it wants to hear from the imposed plan. The response to the external
                        perturbation is organically unpredictable - sometimes creative, which makes the
                        consultants look good, but often frustratingly wayward.

                        Hidden Connections devotes its first half to an excellent introduction to
                        systems science. The second half is where Capra shows what it means to start
                        seeking organic rather than mechanical fixes to our planet's many woes.

                        Genetically modified crops are a good case in point. Dewy-eyed technologists
                        promise that we can engineer our way out of food shortages and pest problems.
                        But Capra counters that this is just not telling the truth about the way genes
                        actually work. The outcomes of biotech experiments are not simply hard to
                        predict - which would be a technical issue - but inherently impossible to
                        control. So what GM protestors are rightfully trampling underfoot is a false
                        mechanical conception of nature.

                        Capra also shows how the rapid deregulation of trade over the past 20 years -
                        carried out largely behind closed doors by unelected bodies - has removed local
                        cultural and legal brakes on the power of money. All values except profit have
                        been steadily stripped out of the system, making us actually less able to
                        protect ourselves against polluting and wasteful economic activities."(...)

                        books.guardian.co.uk/reviews/politicsphilosophyandsociety/0,6121,767645,00.html

                            • Gość: chickenShorts Re: links to interesting articles all over the wo IP: *.abo.wanadoo.fr 13.04.03, 16:24
                              The pay day looms up!!!
                              (...)"...congratulations to Dick Cheney, who was chief executive of Halliburton
                              from 1995 to 2000, and who currently receives a cheque for $1 million a year
                              from his old company. I guess he may find there's a little surprise bonus in
                              there this year. Well done, Dick.

                              Congratulations, too, to former Secretary of State, George Schultz. He's not
                              only on the board of Bechtel, he's also chairman of the advisory board of the
                              Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, a group with close ties to the White
                              House committed to reconstructing the Iraqi economy through war. You're doing a
                              grand job, George, and I'm sure material benefits will be coming your way, as
                              sure as the Devil lives in Texas."(...)

                              www.observer.co.uk/worldview/story/0,11581,935649,00.html
                              • Gość: chickenShorts Re: links to interesting articles all over the wo IP: *.abo.wanadoo.fr 20.04.03, 13:32
                                Zygmunt Bauman at 78!

                                "(...) He argued that the Holocaust could only happen because of modernity's
                                technology and bureaucracy. What modernity did was to generate unintended
                                consequences of bureaucratic complexity and created the conditions in which
                                moral responsibility disappeared."

                                Bauman argues that to blame Germany effectively exonerates everyone else,
                                whereas the ideas of eugenics were adopted and received scientific credibility
                                in many countries including the US and Scandinavia.

                                The Holocaust triggered the ethical preoccupations of his books of the early to
                                mid-90s: "What is it in our society which makes this sort of thing possible?
                                The real problem is why, under certain circumstances, decent people who are
                                good husbands, neighbours and so on, participate in atrocities. That's the real
                                heart of the problem. There are not so many psychologically corrupted people in
                                the world to account for all the many atrocities around the world. So that was
                                my problem: people who, under other circumstances, would be exemplary members
                                of society, participate in monstrous things - though it's difficult to say if
                                they become monsters.

                                "It all boils down to a person and personal responsibility. I was fascinated by
                                sociologists' research into the people who helped the victims: these people
                                were a cross-section of the population. None of the factors which sociologists
                                believe to be the determinants of human behaviour - education, religious
                                belief, political attachment - correlated with the incidents of heroic
                                resistance against evil. Somehow, the ability to resist is not fully dependent
                                on social conditioning."

                                books.guardian.co.uk/departments/politicsphilosophyandsociety/story/0,6000,929724,00.html

                                • Gość: chickenShorts Re: links to interesting articles all over the wo IP: *.abo.wanadoo.fr 21.04.03, 20:06
                                  "The prime minister was categoric. The French must take the responsibility for
                                  the war in Iraq. President Chirac "sabotaged" the last hope of a peaceful
                                  solution. "If the UN had given a strong and united ultimatum to Saddam, it is
                                  possible that we could have avoided conflict." Tony Blair did not explain how
                                  French support for a second security council resolution would have kept the
                                  peace. But there is only one possible scenario on which his allegations could
                                  be based."
                                  (...)
                                  "If he believes that, he is too stupid to be prime minister."
                                  (...)
                                  "I have put it out of my mind because, having spent so many years insisting
                                  that the prime minister is an honest politician, I need more time to prepare my
                                  recantation. However, I have never suggested that Blair is too easily moved to
                                  gratitude. So I write without compunction that instead of excoriating the
                                  French, the prime minister ought to have given thanks for Chirac. A month ago,
                                  the president of France saved his bacon."

                                  www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,940370,00.html
        • Gość: chickenShorts Re: links to interesting articles all over the wo IP: *.w80-11.abo.wanadoo.fr 08.05.03, 19:39
          What's elitist?... & what's all this about dumbing-down?...

          "It is an interesting question: how can priorities in the personal lives of
          those who have the power not translate into priorities for others?

          So, yes, newspapers do have a duty. Not only to nurture, explain and report on
          all aspects of our culture, from Britney to Britten. But also to question and
          hold accountable those who know the importance of art and have the power
          actually to do something. To report when they do something. And also to report
          when they do nothing."

          www.guardian.co.uk/arts/features/story/0,11710,951260,00.html
          • Gość: awalk Re: links to interesting articles all over the wo IP: *.warszawa.sdi.tpnet.pl 08.05.03, 20:23
            Gość portalu: chickenShorts napisał(a):

            > What's elitist?... & what's all this about dumbing-down?...
            >
            > "It is an interesting question: how can priorities in the personal lives of
            > those who have the power not translate into priorities for others?

            I think the question is not interesting and the answer is trivial. But then it is a rhetorical question.

            >
            > So, yes, newspapers do have a duty. Not only to nurture, explain and report on
            > all aspects of our culture, from Britney to Britten. But also to question and
            > hold accountable those who know the importance of art and have the power
            > actually to do something. To report when they do something. And also to report
            > when they do nothing."

            Yes, but it is a sef-imposed duty. A salesman's pitch.

            And about the tank, I think it had the orders not to move. How come the author overlooked this obvious alternative. Is it a coincidence?
            • Gość: chickenShorts Re: links to interesting articles all over the wo IP: *.w80-13.abo.wanadoo.fr 09.05.03, 18:14
              Ever heard of Leo Strauss?

              ...Strauss taught that within societies, ''some are fit to lead, and others to
              be led'',(...)

              But, unlike Plato, who believed that leaders had to be people with such high
              moral standards that they could resist the temptations of power,

              Strauss thought that ''those who are fit to rule are those who realise there
              is no morality and that there is only one natural right, the right of the
              superior to rule over the inferior''.

              www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3284.htm
                • Gość: awalk Re: links to interesting articles all over the wo IP: *.warszawa.sdi.tpnet.pl 16.05.03, 10:02
                  Saudis Are Shaken as Jihad Erupts at Their Front Door

                  "In recent years, terror attacks around the world, although carried out in the name of Islam, the faith born here, seemed distant. Jihad was something that happened elsewhere."

                  www.nytimes.com/2003/05/16/international/middleeast/16RIYA.html
                  We are getting more and more involved every day. What do you think when it will happen in Poland? Or perhaps you believe it won't happen here, it is distant and happens somwhere else, far away?
                  • Gość: awalk Re: links to interesting articles all over the wo IP: *.warszawa.sdi.tpnet.pl 18.05.03, 10:43
                    "BAGHDAD, Iraq, May 17 � It was another bad week for Karim W. Hassan, director general of Iraq's electricity commission.

                    Looters had already pilfered underground cables, carted off computers that regulate power distribution, stolen 25 of the guards' 30 patrol cars, emptied warehouses of spare parts, ransacked substations and shot up transmission lines across the country's electric grid.

                    Then, his men reported, armed bandits stole the only cable splicer in central Iraq, needed to repair countless vandalized electric lines.

                    On top of that, another group of gunmen stole his own car. The upshot: yet more delays in restoring electricity in this city, weeks after the war ended.

                    "Give me security," said Dr. Hassan, speaking for many Iraqis, "and I'll give you electricity."

                    The power company's problems are but one example of how Iraq's descent into lawlessness has stalled its return to normalcy, increased the costs of reconstruction and squandered much of the good will Iraqis felt for their new American overseers.

                    In the space of a few weeks, awe at American power in war has been transformed into anger at American impotence in peace..."

                    www.nytimes.com/2003/05/18/international/worldspecial/18LOOT.html
    • krotka1 Re: links to interesting articles all over the wo 18.05.03, 11:41
      Enjoy this:

      1994's MOST BIZARRE SUICIDE

      At the 1994 annual awards dinner given by the American Association for Forensic
      Science, AAFS President Don Harper Mills astounded his audience in San Diego
      with the legal complications of a bizarre death. Here is the story.
      "On 23 March 1994, the medical examiner viewed the body of Ronald Opus and
      concluded that he died from a shotgun wound of the head. The decedent had
      jumped from the top of a ten-story building intending to commit suicide (he
      left a note indicating his despondency). As he fell past the ninth floor, his
      life was interrupted by a shotgun blast through a window, which killed him
      instantly. Neither the shooter nor the decedent was aware that a safety net had
      been erected at the eighth floor level to protect some window washers and that
      Opus would not have been able to complete his suicide anyway because of this."
      "Ordinarily," Dr. Mills continued, "a person who sets out to commit suicide
      ultimately succeeds, even though the mechanism might not be what he intended.
      That Opus was shot on the way to certain death nine stories below probably
      would not have changed his mode of death from suicide to homicide. But the fact
      that his suicidal intent would not have been successful caused the medical
      examiner to feel that he had homicide on his hands. "The room on the ninth
      floor whence the shotgun blast emanated was occupied by an elderly man and his
      wife. They were arguing and he was threatening her with the shotgun. He was so
      upset that, when he pulled the trigger, he completely missed his wife and the
      pellets went through the a window striking Opus.
      "When one intends to kill subject A but kills subject B in the attempt, one is
      guilty of the murder of subject B. When confronted with this charge, the old
      man and his wife were both adamant that neither knew that the shotgun was
      loaded. The old man said it was his long-standing habit to threaten his wife
      with the unloaded shotgun. He had no intention to murder her - therefore, the
      killing of Opus appeared to be an accident. That is, the gun had been
      accidentally loaded.
      "The continuing investigation turned up a witness who saw the old couple's son
      loading the shotgun approximately six weeks prior to the fatal incident. It
      transpired that the old lady had cut off her son's financial support and the
      son, knowing the propensity of his father to use the shotgun threateningly,
      loaded the gun with the expectation that his father would shoot his mother. The
      case now becomes one of murder on the part of the son for the death of Ronald
      Opus.
      There was an exquisite twist. "Further investigation revealed that the son
      [Ronald Opus] had become increasingly despondent over the failure of his
      attempt to engineer his mother's murder. This led him to jump off the ten-story
      building on March 23, only to be killed by a shotgun blast through a ninth
      story window.
      "The medical examiner closed the case as a suicide."

        • Gość: chickenShorts Re: links to interesting articles all over the wo IP: *.w80-13.abo.wanadoo.fr 20.05.03, 13:28
          A Vision for a world order...

          "The case has been filed in Belgium, on behalf of 17 Iraqis and two Jordanians,
          because Belgium has a law permitting foreigners to be tried for war crimes,
          irrespective of where they were committed. The suit has little chance of
          success, for the law was hastily amended by the government at the beginning of
          this month. But the fact that the plaintiffs had no choice but to seek redress
          in Belgium speaks volumes about the realities of Tony Blair's vision for a
          world order led by the US, built on democracy and justice."

          www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,959442,00.html
          • Gość: awalk Re: links to interesting articles all over the wo IP: *.warszawa.sdi.tpnet.pl 20.05.03, 19:47
            Gość portalu: chickenShorts napisał(a):

            > A Vision for a world order...
            >
            > "The case has been filed in Belgium, on behalf of 17 Iraqis and two Jordanians,
            >
            > because Belgium has a law permitting foreigners to be tried for war crimes,
            > irrespective of where they were committed. The suit has little chance of
            > success, for the law was hastily amended by the government at the beginning of
            > this month. But the fact that the plaintiffs had no choice but to seek redress
            > in Belgium speaks volumes about the realities of Tony Blair's vision for a
            > world order led by the US, built on democracy and justice."
            >
            > www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,959442,00.html

            Excellent!
            • Gość: chickenShorts Re: links to interesting articles all over the wo IP: *.w80-11.abo.wanadoo.fr 21.05.03, 12:27
              Try to be Chimp, man...

              Apparently only 98.5% of DNA is constant across humans while some chimpanzees
              share 99.4% of their DNA with some humans... In other words, some of us are
              closer to Chimps than to Dubya... What a good news!!!

              "Chimps have language. They can, and do, communicate with humans. There is a
              linguist chimp called Nim Chimpsky with a vocabulary of 125 signs, all used
              correctly. Chimps can solve problems, use tools and when they lose their teeth,
              even improvise a makeshift food blender. Two observers have now claimed to see
              chimps in the wild leaving each other "notes". Separate groups of chimpanzees
              have different ways of doing things, and pass these ways on through the
              generations: that is, chimpanzees have culture, just as humans have culture.
              Some laboratory animals can count up to nine, and remember a sequence of up to
              five Arabic numerals. Captive chimps have starred in films, performed in
              television commercials, and served each other afternoon tea at London Zoo. They
              are naturally political creatures: they have been observed forming alliances,
              using subterfuge and launching breakaway parties. They use violence to get
              their way when they can, and sex to get their way when they cannot.

              In a word, they might be human."

              www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,3604,960125,00.html

              • Gość: awalk Re: links to interesting articles all over the wo IP: *.warszawa.sdi.tpnet.pl 21.05.03, 16:57
                Gość portalu: chickenShorts napisał(a):

                > Try to be Chimp, man...
                >
                > Apparently only 98.5% of DNA is constant across humans while some chimpanzees
                > share 99.4% of their DNA with some humans... In other words, some of us are
                > closer to Chimps than to Dubya... What a good news!!!
                >
                > "Chimps have language. They can, and do, communicate with humans. There is a
                > linguist chimp called Nim Chimpsky with a vocabulary of 125 signs, all used
                > correctly. Chimps can solve problems, use tools and when they lose their teeth,
                >
                > even improvise a makeshift food blender. Two observers have now claimed to see
                > chimps in the wild leaving each other "notes". Separate groups of chimpanzees
                > have different ways of doing things, and pass these ways on through the
                > generations: that is, chimpanzees have culture, just as humans have culture.
                > Some laboratory animals can count up to nine, and remember a sequence of up to
                > five Arabic numerals. Captive chimps have starred in films, performed in
                > television commercials, and served each other afternoon tea at London Zoo. They
                >
                > are naturally political creatures: they have been observed forming alliances,
                > using subterfuge and launching breakaway parties. They use violence to get
                > their way when they can, and sex to get their way when they cannot.
                >
                > In a word, they might be human."
                >
                > www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,3604,960125,00.html
                >

                Just one question to keep things in perspective. What would you call a human with vocabulary of 125 words and able to count to nine. A chimp man? :)
                • Gość: chickenShorts Re: links to interesting articles all over the wo IP: *.w80-11.abo.wanadoo.fr 21.05.03, 22:38
                  Gość portalu: awalk napisał(a):


                  > Just one question to keep things in perspective. What would you call a human
                  wi
                  > th vocabulary of 125 words and able to count to nine. A chimp man? :)

                  Don't insult a chimpanzee! Bauer maybe?... Gary Bauer that is. I don't know how
                  many words he can utter but...
                  Look at this, I think it's just another proof of american insanity...

                  "The land of Israel was originally owned by God," said Gary Bauer, president
                  of American Values and a Republican presidential contender in 2000. "Since He
                  was the owner, only He could give it away. And He gave it to the Jewish
                  people."

                  www.washtimes.com/national/20030518-114058-5626r.htm
                  • Gość: awalk Re: links to interesting articles all over the wo IP: *.warszawa.sdi.tpnet.pl 23.05.03, 07:41
                    Gość portalu: chickenShorts napisał(a):

                    > Gość portalu: awalk napisał(a):
                    >
                    >
                    > > Just one question to keep things in perspective. What would you call a hum
                    > an
                    > wi
                    > > th vocabulary of 125 words and able to count to nine. A chimp man? :)
                    >
                    > Don't insult a chimpanzee! Bauer maybe?... Gary Bauer that is. I don't know how
                    >
                    > many words he can utter but...
                    > Look at this, I think it's just another proof of american insanity...
                    >
                    > "The land of Israel was originally owned by God," said Gary Bauer, president
                    > of American Values and a Republican presidential contender in 2000. "Since He
                    > was the owner, only He could give it away. And He gave it to the Jewish
                    > people."
                    >
                    > www.washtimes.com/national/20030518-114058-5626r.htm

                    Yes, this is a good one. Now let's listen to the extremist from the third party. The Blacks!

                    'He taught that blacks were the "original people" and whites were "devils," an "artificial mutation" created by an evil scientist.
                    Louis Farrakhan is known by his followers as being "a better orator than Martin Luther King Jr., a better author than Norman Mailer, a better diplomat than Henry Kissinger, and more handsome than Muhammad Ali." Let's take a look at one the best known and most articulate Black Muslims in America and his ideology.
                    Farrakhan continues today with recruitment of youth gang members, prison inmates, college educated youth and the African American middle-class with the same message that many critics term as "words of hate and racism." In a speech given March 11, 1984, Farrakhan proclaimed, "Some white people are going to live .... but (God) don't want them living with us. He doesn't want us mixing ourselves up with the slavemaster's children, whose time of doom has arrived."'

                    And here is what he thinks about Jews etc.:

                    "...America and England and the nations backed Israel's existence. Therefore when you aid and abet someone in a criminal conspiracy, you are a part of that criminal conspiracy. So America and England and the nations are criminals in the sight of almighty God. Now that nation called Israel, never has had any peace in forty years and she will never have any peace because there can never be any peace structured on injustice, thievery, lying and deceit and using the name of God to shield your dirty religion under His holy and righteous name.'

                    'the Jews don't like Farrakhan and so they call me 'Hitler.' Well that's a good name. Hitler was a very great man. He wasn't great for me as a Black man (See Hitler's attitude toward Blacks) but he was a great German and he rose Germany up from the ashes of her defeat by the united force of all of Europe and America after the first world war. Yet Hitler took Germany from the ashes and rose her up and made her the greatest fighting machine of the twentieth century, brothers and sisters, and even though Europe and America had deciphered the code that Hitler was using to speak to his chiefs of staff, they still had trouble defeating Hitler even after knowing his plans in advance. Now I'm not proud of Hitler's evil toward Jewish people, but that's a matter of record. He rose Germany up from nothing. Well, in a sense you could say there is a similarity in that we are rising our people up from nothing, but don't compare me with your wicked killers.'

                    www.blacksandjews.com/Farr_&_Jws.html
                    • Gość: chickenShorts Re: links to interesting articles all over the wo IP: *.w80-13.abo.wanadoo.fr 29.05.03, 20:20
                      Ladies, attention, ladies...

                      "Ladies! Looking for a way to relax? Then try sniffing a man's underarm. New
                      research shows that armpit sweat calms female volunteers.

                      "The underarm contains physiologically active pheromones," says chemist George
                      Preti of the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelpha, Pennsylvania, who
                      led the study. These behaviour-altering chemicals - which are common throughout
                      the animal world - can affect the brain, and hence our bodies, without our even
                      realizing it."

                      www.nature.com/nsu/030527/030527-2.html
                      • butter_fly Re: links to interesting articles all over the wo 29.05.03, 20:55
                        Gość portalu: chickenShorts napisał(a):

                        > Ladies, attention, ladies...
                        >
                        > "Ladies! Looking for a way to relax? Then try sniffing a man's underarm. New
                        > research shows that armpit sweat calms female volunteers.
                        >

                        Great news really cS!!!
                        But if you read on:

                        "The findings may be good news for couples wanting to maximize their chances of
                        conception."

                        Oh, well, it's not that good after all...
                        But you keep searching and when you find sth that would let me relax and only
                        relax... do not hesitate...

                        felling like flying high - butter





                          • Gość: chickenShorts Re: links to interesting articles all over the wo IP: *.w80-13.abo.wanadoo.fr 13.06.03, 17:49
                            Hungry? Where to go?
                            Oh, yeah, the caff... The 'great' british caff... Remember them? Brrr! Sad
                            ballad indeed...

                            "In the interests of research, I decide to eat at one of the area's best-
                            preserved establishments, the Bliss café, which is near my house.

                            Among its nearby competitors are Crazy Horse and Happy Joe's. Their sadly
                            ironical names are typical of their kind, not to mention the British psyche.

                            Bliss's menu is displayed in the window, with (a greasy spoon desideratum)
                            misspelt additional items and specials crudely penned onto coloured cardboard
                            taped to the glass.

                            The list is headed by the Full English, a meal that sounds like a threat. The
                            variations on this standard breakfast are described and priced in taxonomical
                            detail, among them the addition of the foreshortened bubble and (blood)
                            pudding."

                            www.guardian.co.uk/food/Story/0,2763,977063,00.html
    • perk Like Kosovo like Iraq 14.06.03, 19:21

      "The WMDs haven't turned up. In 1999 there was no
      genocide in Kosovo. But, says Neil Clark, Tony Blair has
      never allowed the facts to get in the way of a good war..."

      "In both Kosovo and Iraq, the government's war strategy
      seems to have been threefold: 1. In order to whip up
      public support for war, tell lies so outrageous that most
      people will believe that no one would have dared to make
      them up. 2. When the conflict is over, dismiss questions
      about the continued lack of evidence as 'irrelevant' and
      stress alternative 'benefits' from the military action,
      e.g., 'liberation' of the people. 3. Much later on, when
      the truth is finally revealed, rely on the fact that most
      people have lost interest and are now concentrating on
      the threat posed by the next new Hitler..."

      www.balkanpeace.org/hed/archive/jun03/hed5839.shtml





      • Gość: chickenShorts America's imperial delusion IP: *.w80-11.abo.wanadoo.fr 14.06.03, 22:03
        The US drive for world domination has no historical precedent

        Eric Hobsbawm
        The present world situation is unprecedented. The great global empires of the
        past - such as the Spanish and notably the British - bear little comparison
        with what we see today in the United States empire. A key novelty of the US
        imperial project is that all other empires knew that they were not the only
        ones, and none aimed at global domination. None believed themselves
        invulnerable, even if they believed themselves to be central to the world - as
        China did, or the Roman empire. Regional domination was the maximum danger
        envisaged until the end of the cold war. A global reach, which became possible
        after 1492, should not be confused with global domination. The British empire
        was the only one that really was global in a sense that it operated across the
        entire planet. But the differences are stark. The British empire at its peak
        administered one quarter of the globe's surface. The US has never actually
        practised colonialism, except briefly at the beginning of the 20th century. It
        operated instead with dependent and satellite states and developed a policy of
        armed intervention in these.

        The British empire had a British, not a universal, purpose, although naturally
        its propagandists also found more altruistic motives. So the abolition of the
        slave trade was used to justify British naval power, as human rights today are
        often used to justify US military power. On the other hand the US, like
        revolutionary France and revolutionary Russia, is a great power based on a
        universalist revolution - and therefore on the belief that the rest of the
        world should follow its example, or even that it should help liberate the rest
        of the world. Few things are more dangerous than empires pursuing their own
        interest in the belief that they are doing humanity a favour.

        The cold war turned the US into the hegemon of the western world. However, this
        was as the head of an alliance. In a way, Europe then recognised the logic of a
        US world empire, whereas today the US government is reacting to the fact that
        the US empire and its goals are no longer genuinely accepted. In fact the
        present US policy is more unpopular than the policy of any other US government
        has ever been, and probably than that of any other great power has ever been.

        The collapse of the Soviet Union left the US as the only superpower. The sudden
        emergence of a ruthless, antagonistic flaunting of US power is hard to
        understand, all the more so since it fits neither with long-tested imperial
        policies nor the interests of the US economy. But patently a public assertion
        of global supremacy by military force is what is in the minds of the people at
        present dominating policymaking in Washington.

        Is it likely to be successful? The world is too complicated for any single
        state to dominate it. And with the exception of its superiority in hi-tech
        weaponry, the US is relying on diminishing assets. Its economy forms a
        diminishing share of the global economy, vulnerable in the short as well as
        long term. The US empire is beyond competition on the military side. That does
        not mean that it will be absolutely decisive, just because it is decisive in
        localised wars.

        Of course the Americans theoretically do not aim to occupy the whole world.
        What they aim to do is to go to war, leave friendly governments behind them and
        go home again. This will not work. In military terms, the Iraq war was
        successful. But it neglected the necessities of running the country,
        maintaining it, as the British did in the classic colonial model of India. The
        belief that the US does not need genuine allies among other states or genuine
        popular support in the countries its military can now conquer (but not
        effectively administer) is fantasy.

        Iraq was a country that had been defeated by the Americans and refused to lie
        down. It happened to have oil, but the war was really an exercise in showing
        international power. The emptiness of administration policy is clear from the
        way the aims have been put forward in public relations terms. Phrases
        like "axis of evil" or "the road map" are not policy statements, but merely
        soundbites. Officials such as Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz talk like Rambo
        in public, as in private. All that counts is the overwhelming power of the US.
        In real terms they mean that the US can invade anybody small enough and where
        they can win quickly enough. The consequences of this for the US are going to
        be very dangerous.

        Domestically, the real danger for a country that aims at world control is
        militarisation. Internationally, the danger is the destabilising of the world.
        The Middle East is far more unstable now than it was five years ago. US policy
        weakens all the alternative arrangements, formal and informal, for keeping
        order. In Europe it has wrecked Nato - not much of a loss, but trying to turn
        it into a world military police force for the US is a travesty. It has
        deliberately sabotaged the EU, and also aims at ruining another of the great
        world achievements since 1945: prosperous democratic social welfare states. The
        crisis over the United Nations is less of a drama than it appears since the UN
        has never been able to do more than operate marginally because of its
        dependence on the security council and the US veto.

        H ow is the world to confront - contain - the US? Some people, believing that
        they have not the power to confront the US, prefer to join it. More dangerous
        are those who hate the ideology behind the Pentagon, but support the US project
        on the grounds that it will eliminate some local and regional injustices. This
        may be called an imperialism of human rights. It has been encouraged by the
        failure of Europe in the Balkans in the 1990s. The division of opinion over the
        Iraq war showed there to be a minority of influential intellectuals who were
        prepared to back US intervention because they believed it necessary to have a
        force for ordering the world's ills. There is a genuine case to be made that
        there are governments so bad that their disappearance will be a net gain for
        the world. But this can never justify the danger of creating a world power that
        is not interested in a world it does not understand, but is capable of
        intervening decisively with armed force whenever anybody does anything that
        Washington does not like.

        How long the present superiority of the Americans lasts is impossible to say.
        The only thing of which we can be absolutely certain is that historically it
        will be a temporary phenomenon, as all other empires have been. In the course
        of a lifetime we have seen the end of all the colonial empires, the end of the
        so-called thousand-year empire of the Germans, which lasted a mere 12 years,
        the end of the Soviet Union's dream of world revolution.

        There are internal reasons, the most immediate being that most Americans are
        not interested in running the world. What they are interested in is what
        happens to them in the US. The weakness of the US economy is such that at some
        stage both the US government and electors will decide that it is much more
        important to concentrate on the economy than to carry on with foreign military
        adventures. Even by local business standards Bush does not have an adequate
        economic policy for the US. And Bush's existing international policy is not a
        particularly rational one for US imperial interests - and certainly not for the
        interests of US capitalism. Hence the divisions of opinion within the US
        government.

        The key questions now are: what will the Americans do next, and how will other
        countries react? Will some countries, like Britain, back anything the US plans?
        Their governments must indicate that there are limits. The most positive
        contribution has been made by the Turks
        • Gość: chickenShorts Re: America's imperial delusion... suite. IP: *.w80-11.abo.wanadoo.fr 14.06.03, 22:06
          ...
          The most positive contribution has been made by the Turks, simply by saying
          there are things they are not prepared to do, even though they know it would
          pay. But the major preoccupation is that of - if not containing - educating or
          re-educating the US. There was a time when the US empire recognised
          limitations, or at least the desirability of behaving as though it had
          limitations. This was largely because the US was afraid of somebody else: the
          Soviet Union. In the absence of this kind of fear, enlightened self-interest
          and education have to take over.

          This is an extract of an article edited by Victoria Brittain and published in
          Le Monde diplomatique's June English language edition. Eric Hobsbawm is the
          author of Interesting Times, The Age of Extremes and The Age of Empire


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