Archive for February, 2007

Populism

Populism is a term that doesn't travel well. Last summer in a conversation, a visiting university professor from Scandinavia called Sarkozy, an anti-immigrant French politician who may replace Chirac, a "populist." I objected, claiming that a Frenchman who took such political positions probably misunderstood a political philosophy invented by immigrants on the American frontier. "Start a trend," I pleaded, "even if this definition of 'populism' has become standard usage in the EU, you should try not to use the term as a catch-all description of political backwardness-out a sense of historical accuracy."

It would be unfair to pick on a Finn describing French politics in English because there IS a certain element in USA that uses the term "populism" in exactly the same way. Joe Klein of Time magazine summed up the elite Washington view in a Slate essay when he described populism as a "witlessly reactionary bundle of prejudices: nativist, protectionist, isolationist, and paranoid."

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Posted: February 13th, 2007
at 5:49pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: politricks,philosophy

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Posted: February 13th, 2007
at 5:46pm by Koookiecrumbles


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Russian soldiers ‘used for sex’

As if being drafted into the Russian army wasn’t bad enough:
The Russian military is reported to be investigating claims that army conscripts were forced to work as male prostitutes in St Petersburg.

The command of the interior ministry unit denied the claims made by the Soldiers’ Mothers human rights group.

Recently, there has been increased attention on Russian military abuses. Last year, an 18-year-old soldier was so badly beaten that he had to have his legs and genitals amputated.

[BBC News]

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Posted: February 13th, 2007
at 1:08pm by Pheezatron


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

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Rap about your taxes and win 25k

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Posted: February 13th, 2007
at 12:11pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: too good to be true,not ninja-worthy,business

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diamonds on my portable usb memory card

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Posted: February 13th, 2007
at 11:38am by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: bling,computers

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"Chimps had a stone age too"

SYDNEY: West African chimpanzees may have been using stone tools to crack nuts more than 4,000 years ago - thousands of years earlier than previously thought.

According to research performed by a team of Canadian, British and U.S. researchers, our closest relatives may have developed the behaviour on their own or inherited it from our common ancestor, rather than learning the use of tools from early humans.

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Posted: February 13th, 2007
at 11:15am by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: life,robots,weaponry

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The Freecycle Networka"¢ is made up of many individual groups across the globe. It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer (them’s good people). Membership is free. To sign up, find your community by clicking on the region on the left. You may then go directly to your local group by clicking on "Go To" or you may immediately joining by clicking on "Join." It will generate an automatic e-mail which, when sent, will sign you up for the local group and send you a response with instructions on how it works. Can’t find a group near you? You might want to consider starting one (click on "Start a Group" for instructions). Have fun!

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Posted: February 13th, 2007
at 11:15am by Koookiecrumbles


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uber shades

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Posted: February 13th, 2007
at 11:15am by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: myninjaplease,gear

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"THe practical futurist

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As the joke goes, on the Internet nobody knows youa€™re a dog. But although anonymity has been part of Internet culture since the first browser, ita€™s also a major obstacle to making the Web a safe place to conduct business: Internet fraud and identity theft cost consumers and merchants several billion dollars last year. And many of the other more troubling aspects of the Internet, from spam emails to sexual predators, also have their roots in the ease of masking onea€™s identity in the online world.

Change, however, is on the way. Already over 20 million PCs worldwide are equipped with a tiny security chip called the Trusted Platform Module, although it is as yet rarely activated. But once merchants and other online services begin to use it, the TPM will do something never before seen on the Internet: provide virtually fool-proof verification that you are who you say you are.

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Posted: February 13th, 2007
at 11:15am by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: myninjaplease,web

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