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China Bans Use of English in Print, Internet

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Chinese authorities have banned the use of foreign words and phrases - especially English - in Chinese newspapers, books and websites.

The ban, reported Wednesday, was issued by the General Administration of Press and Publication, the governing body for written publications. It says the increasing use of English and half-English phrases is damaging the purity of the Chinese language and disrupting the nation’s "harmonious and healthy cultural environment."

The ruling body leaves some room for English words and abbreviations to be used if they are immediately followed by a Chinese translation or explanation. It says translations should be consistent with basic translation principles and practices.

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Posted: December 23rd, 2010
at 1:20pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: myninjaplease,fo' real?,language

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CIA Promoted American Modern Art

Some people (continue to) call it revisionist history, but in 1995 some ofA the people involved in the CIA’s campaign to finance and promote American Modern Art during the Cold War began to come forward.A The article quoted below is one of the first examples of this chain of disclosures.A I personally have never been a huge fan of the style of American Abstract Expressionism, but there are certainly pieces that have a huge, even subconscious cultural effect on even me, a hater.A Ninjas beware: The CIA might be promoting our ish… just sayin’…

The US government now faced a dilemma. This philistinism, combined with Joseph McCarthy’s hysterical denunciations of all that was avant-garde or unorthodox, was deeply embarrassing. It discredited the idea that America was a sophisticated, culturally rich democracy. It also prevented the US government from consolidating the shift in cultural supremacy from Paris to New York since the 1930s. To resolve this dilemma, the CIA was brought in.

The connection is not quite as odd as it might appear. At this time the new agency, staffed mainly by Yale and Harvard graduates, many of whom collected art and wrote novels in their spare time, was a haven of liberalism when compared with a political world dominated by McCarthy or with J Edgar Hoover’s FBI. If any official institution was in a position to celebrate the collection of Leninists, Trotskyites and heavy drinkers that made up the New York School, it was the CIA.

Until now there has been no first-hand evidence to prove that this connection was made, but for the first time a former case officer, Donald Jameson, has broken the silence. Yes, he says, the agency saw Abstract Expressionism as an opportunity, and yes, it ran with it.

"Regarding Abstract Expressionism, I’d love to be able to say that the CIA invented it just to see what happens in New York and downtown SoHo tomorrow!" he joked. "But I think that what we did really was to recognise the difference. It was recognised that Abstract Expression- ism was the kind of art that made Socialist Realism look even more stylised and more rigid and confined than it was. And that relationship was exploited in some of the exhibitions.

"In a way our understanding was helped because Moscow in those days was very vicious in its denunciation of any kind of non-conformity to its own very rigid patterns. And so one could quite adequately and accurately reason that anything they criticised that much and that heavy- handedly was worth support one way or another."

To pursue its underground interest in America’s lefty avant-garde, the CIA had to be sure its patronage could not be discovered. "Matters of this sort could only have been done at two or three removes," Mr Jameson explained, "so that there wouldn’t be any question of having to clear Jackson Pollock, for example, or do anything that would involve these people in the organisation. And it couldn’t have been any closer, because most of them were people who had very little respect for the government
, in particular, and certainly none for the CIA. If you had to use people who considered themselves one way or another to be closer to Moscow than to Washington, well, so much the better perhaps." (Source)

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Posted: December 7th, 2010
at 9:12am by Black Ock

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Categories: art,politricks,weaponry,fo' real?,primary sources,ninjas are everyehere,americana

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Train Bombing

This (video below) was so controversial on likecool.com that I had to repost it. It seems that not only do Americans have a problem with graffiti (which I can understand) but also that they use populism to trash blogs that may think it’s cool, if not just worth a gander in extreme cases. I’ve seen this same behavior on many an internet blog, but this is my cause du jour because it irked the heck out of me.

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I think Americans need a healthy dose of "your opinion doesn’t matter" for breakfast. It’s not that I oppose hearing your voices, but (take a look at the comments on that blog) I honestly am tired of you people being absolutely outraged at everything… Is this what the "birthers" do in their spare time?

Graf culture is, at the very least, interesting. The art is often times wildly expressive and intriguing, as are the methods. From an objective standpoint one could say that vandalism (even that passing for art) is irresponsible, producing a municipal cleanup burden that is unfair for the taxpayer. I personally would argue that if that is the case, there are a whole range of other issues that anyone making this argument deserves to be MORE fired up about, but that may be irrelevant.

I personally think that many of the people commenting on that post probably do things that, viewed through the right lens, could be said to be equally or more reprehensible and/or irresponsible. But that may also be irrelevant.

I would continue to say that anybody who has never viewed a piece of illegal street art and thought "cool" is as deficient as the Catholic Church during the enlightenment and needs to broaden their horizons a bit - but, again, irrelevant maybe.

One thing I can say is that the part of graf culture about "fighting the system" is a wholly American, wholly democratic activity. I’m sure the early American terrorists who rebelled against the British were frowned upon for "fighting the system" too. In fact, they vandalized a lot of good British tea. When blacks in America fought Jim Crow laws, they practiced civil disobedience as well, albeit non-destructive of property. No matter how decentralized or unfocused it is, we must realize that this ideology plays a large role in the graffiti culture. The art having evolved from the disparate American street, is it really that surprising? Now there’s relevance!

Civil disobedience is as American as apple pie- so don’t be down with the fascists. That said, tag my house and I’ll tag your spouse.

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Posted: November 23rd, 2010
at 12:55pm by Black Ock


Categories: hood status,art,crime,contemporary,fo' real?

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The Hipster in the Mirror

A year ago, my colleagues and I started to investigate the contemporary hipster. What was the "hipster," and what did it mean to be one? It was a puzzle. No one, it seemed, thought of himself as a hipster, and when someone called you a hipster, the term was an insult. Paradoxically, those who used the insult were themselves often said to resemble hipsters a they wore the skinny jeans and big eyeglasses, gathered in tiny enclaves in big cities, and looked down on mainstream fashions and "tourists." Most puzzling was how rattled sensible, down-to-earth people became when we posed hipster-themed questions. When we announced a public debate on hipsterism, I received e-mail messages both furious and plaintive. Normally inquisitive people protested that there could be no answer and no definition. Maybe hipsters didn't exist! The responses were more impassioned than those we'd had in our discussions on health care, young conservatives and feminism. And perfectly blameless individuals began flagellating themselves: "Am I a hipster?"

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Posted: November 13th, 2010
at 2:38pm by Koookiecrumbles


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The Atlantic’s Rules

-When in doubt, let a manuscript go back.
-Always remember that the fastidious element in the Atlantic audience is its permanent and valuable core.
-Don’t over-edit. You will often estrange an author by too elaborate a revision, and furthermore, take away from the magazine the variety of style that keeps it fresh.
-Avoid mistakes of fact. If a paper is statistical, question the author closely.
-The Atlantic has always been recognized as belonging to the Liberal wing. Be liberal, but be radical only as a challenge to be answered.
-Be careful about expenses. Calculate the cost of each number. Remember that our margin is always narrow.
-A sound editor never has a three-months’ full supply in his cupboard. When you over-buy, you narrow your future choice.
-Follow the news. Remember that timeliness means being on time, not before the time.
-Interesting papers on conscience, personal religion, theory of living, are always precious.AThe Atlantic has three dimensions — breadth of interest, height of interest, depth of interest. Individual personal philosophy always adds to the depth.
-Keep all suggestions in the Black Book, so that they can be followed up.
-Humor is precious and correspondingly hard to find. Most humor that reaches us is merely jocularity, and it is well to be jocular only when really funny.
-Quick decisions — except in poetry. Collect groups of verse and make a selection after several readings.

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Posted: November 12th, 2010
at 3:39pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: fo' real?,et cetera

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Marc Salem at Gel 2006

Marc focuses on "how the mind creates reality and meaning," according to his site, and this presentation shows how. Chiefly by observing non-verbal communication, Marc is able to distinguish truth from falsehood in a very engaging exercise with audience members.

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Posted: November 9th, 2010
at 4:44pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: life,weaponry,fo' real?,science

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Albino Candidate Overcomes Prejudice

Tanzania’s first elected albino MP said yesterday the result was a breakthrough for albinos in the east African country, where scores have been murdered for their body parts to be used in sorcery. Salum Khalfani Bar’wani won the southern Tanzania Lindi Town constituency seat, beating a ruling party candidate who had served in parliament for 15 years.

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Posted: November 7th, 2010
at 6:05pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: politricks,fo' real?,9th dan,ninjas are everyehere

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My Ninja, Please! 11.1.10

Did they really give this crazy ninja an endorsement deal? Did anybody else note that he looks like a very disturbed Paul Pierce (sorry, Paul).

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Posted: November 1st, 2010
at 7:37am by Black Ock


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‘Ninja Group’ Mastermind Faces Death Penalty

Most of the times ninjas that are breaking into homes with nun-chucks and such get caught, fans revel in the fact ‘real’ ninjas are on the loose. But this story of a ‘ninja group’ mastermind who helped orchestrate a botched robbery that ended up with Byrd and Melanie Billings getting murdered as the couple’s nine young disabled children hid nearby is by far the worst case of ninjas at work that these webs have ever seen..

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Posted: October 26th, 2010
at 4:12pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: not ninja-worthy,fo' real?,real life news

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