Posted March 30, 2008 in News • Tags:

Anyone who has any lingering doubts over the utterly contemptible, mind-boggling evil of the Chinese Communist regime ought to be convinced by looking a little deeper at some of the details behind China’s recent crackdown in Tibet:

China’s long-term strategy, which the violence may have only reinforced, has been to wait for the Dalai Lama to die on the theory that it can control his successor as Tibet’s spiritual leader. A new Dalai Lama would likely have little of the same prestige, inside China or abroad.

In 1995, China arrested the Panchen Lama, the No. 2 in Tibetan Buddhism, a 6-year-old at the time. He has not been seen since. China then anointed another Tibetan youth as a replacement, and it has tightly controlled his education and public duties since. Under Tibetan Buddhism, traditionally the Panchen Lama names a new Dalai Lama, theoretically giving the Chinese government control over the present Dalai Lama’s succession.

Countries around the world have been grabbing adjacent territory throughout history, eliminating or “assimilating” the existing populations in the process–my own included. However, in the early 21st century, no country that expects to be taken seriously on the world stage ought to believe that it can get away with such barbarity. A government that “disappears” a six-year-old child in hopes of controlling its conquered territory has no legitimacy whatsoever.

Posted March 23, 2008 in Life • Tags: ,

The New York Times’ age-old fascination with everything “post-modern” is revisited in an article showcasing recent works, all residential luxury towers in Manhattan, from some of today’s leading star-chitects. No mention is made of the city’s tanking economy and the fact that there might not be enough international tycoons left in a couple years to fill all these new condos. [more]

Posted March 22, 2008 in News • Tags:

The recent unpleasantness that China’s government is trying so valiantly to “handle” (i.e. crush) in Tibet and other areas is proving to be quite a thorn in that fraudulent regime’s side as it tries desperately to project some sort of “legitimacy” to the world just a few months before the start of the next summer Olympic games. [more]

Posted March 10, 2008 in News • Tags:

State legislators passed a law Saturday that would require adults who French kiss a child younger than 13 to register as a sex offender.

This is what happens when “tough on crime” meets “think of the children”. Yet there was one lone dissenter–he must hate children…. Oh, he thinks the law isn’t tough enough. Well, expect an explosion in the number of false French-kissing accusations–and in the number of adults who cross the street at the sight of a child.

Posted March 8, 2008 in News • Tags:

The government was concerned that the images, which included views of the entrances to military bases, were a threat. Gen. Gene Renuart, head of the military command responsible for homeland defense, said, “It actually shows where all the guards are. It shows how the barriers go up and down. It shows how to get in and out of buildings. I think that poses a real security risk for our military installations.”

What’s the big scare? Russian spy satellites? Al Qaeda operatives? Nope. It’s snaps that can be taken by any bloke walking down the street, but only when Google does it. As was shown when NYC recently tried to ban photography in the subways, the lowly camera has proven to be one of the government’s most feared “weapons”.

“… we have accommodated their requests.”

Yeah, no shit. That’s the proper response to one of the few entities that the Google juggernaut can’t stare down. But how laughable is it when the world’s mightiest army is afraid of some guy driving down the street snapping pics?

Posted March 7, 2008 in News • Tags:

Björk has gotten into a spot of trouble in China:

… singer Bjork caused controversy by shouting “Tibet, Tibet” at a Shanghai concert. … China’s culture ministry said the outburst “broke Chinese law and hurt Chinese people’s feelings” and pledged to “further tighten controls”.

“Hurt Chinese people’s feelings”? Hold on while I vomit…. There, back now. One would think Chinese people’s “feelings” are hurt more by their illegitimate government’s detainment and torture of their countrymen who do things like… advocate freedom for Tibet. Foreigners get off with a warning and perhaps banishment; natives disappear.

Vice cops apparently don’t have any real crime to fight, as they continue–with admirable reluctance–to take on the dreadful burden of asking hot babes for sex in stripper bars.

The State Liquor Authority lifted the jiggle joint’s liquor license Wednesday for allowing prostitution to flourish on the premises. … Undercover Manhattan South vice cops found women selling sex to customers in back rooms, VIP lounges and even bathrooms in the W. 28th St. club.

One has to wonder, from where does the liquor board derive its authority to combat sex “crimes”? And since the charge seems to be prostitution, isn’t the usual punishment a short jail term for the “criminals”? None of this makes any sense. Nevertheless, the government will continue to pat itself on the back for fighting these “crimes”, thinking there is any relationship whatsoever between vice and real crime. In case they intend to bring up the “broken windows” theory where stopping smaller crimes leads to a decrease in larger crimes (about which topic and whether this theory is actually responsible for NYC’s dramatic drop in crime during the late nineties and early aughts one could fill an entire book), I offer the following memo to the NYPD, or the liquor board, or whoever the fuck they’re getting to fight crime these days: stopping vice does not have any effect on real crime, unlike other petty crimes such as vandalism or trespassing. The people who seek expensive stripper sex and the strippers who service them are not the same people who go on to commit larger crimes.

The real crime is that victimless crimes are crimes in the first place™.

Posted February 13, 2008 in News • Tags: ,

Uh… what?

Rights groups on Wednesday praised Hollywood director Steven Spielberg’s decision to shun involvement with the Beijing Olympics opening and closing ceremonies because China was not doing enough to help end the crisis in Darfur.

I can think of a lot of reasons to condemn China’s corrupt, murderous regime without dragging the Sudan into it. [more]

Posted January 25, 2008 in News • Tags: ,

Finally, some radical thinking on bus and subway fares:

It might sound like pie in the sky– but a new plan unveiled today would not only keep bus and subway fares down, it would eliminate them altogether. It’s an extreme congestion pricing plan that makes Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s look tame.

Not mentioned in the article–or anywhere that I’ve seen–is the cost savings that could be realized by eliminating the massive fare-collection apparatus required by the current system: token booth clerks, the computerized metro card system, card readers. One wonders whether the idea of eliminating fares might actually pay for itself, without the need for the draconian congestion pricing mentioned in the article (which doesn’t have a hope in hell of passing). Which leads to:

However worthy an idea, it seems unlikely New Yorkers will see free subways and buses anytime soon. It’s not even being considered by the Congestion Pricing Commission, which votes next week on a proposal to forward to lawmakers.

Of course no one will take the idea seriously. The Transit Workers Union would become apoplectic. They know that their salaries–like in almost any business–are the largest cost of running the system. And since the city sings to its tune, there’s no eliminating those jobs, let alone getting even modest cuts on the table.

Posted January 17, 2008 in News • Tags:

“Can we simply abandon an enterprise because it is a problem for a particular individual?” Chertoff told CNN. “I don’t think I can accept that.”

A perfect expression of this administration’s contemptible loathsomeness.