Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Smug Vegans Won't Bone Meat Eaters

Carnivore sex off the menu

No sex, please, you're a carnivore.

A new phenomenon in New Zealand is taking the idea of you are what you eat to the extreme.

Vegansexuals are people who do not eat any meat or animal products, and who choose not to be sexually intimate with non-vegan partners whose bodies, they say, are made up of dead animals.

The co-director of the New Zealand Centre for Human and Animal Studies at Canterbury University, Annie Potts, said she coined the term after doing research on the lives of "cruelty-free consumers".

Cruelty-Free Consumption in New Zealand: A National Report on the Perspectives and Experiences of Vegetarians and other Ethical Consumers asked 157 people nationwide about everything from battery chickens to sexual preferences.

Many female respondents described being attracted to people who ate meat, but said they did not want to have sex with meat-eaters because their bodies were made up of animal carcasses.

"It's a whole new thing – I have not come across it before," said Potts.

One vegan respondent from Christchurch said: "I believe we are what we consume, so I really struggle with bodily fluids, especially sexually."

I would imagine the meat eaters of New Zealand are breathing a collect sigh of relief at this.

Please spend one moment to stare at these two. Note the dripping self-satisfied holier-than-thou-self-righteousness that oozes from their meat free mugs.

Now consider this well armed lady. I bet she eats meat. I bet she's in better physical condition than those saggy old space hippies.

The thing I dislike about Vegans most is how smug they are. If you don't want to eat meat, fine. If you don't want to do it for ethical reasons, well good for you. But if you want to announce to the world that you are better than me because you have decided to be a Vegan, well you can go get stuffed by a carrot.

Take the time to replace the words "meat eater" or "carnivor" in that article with the words "Black" or "Jew" or whatever group you choose you get a very clear view of how these pompous dickweeds think.

They don't want your cooties on them because you aren't part of their club. Their club is the bestest and made up of only the coolest kids who know the secrets and have all the answers.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Stray Dogs Of War

This fellow Beauchamp is getting lots of press after typing up a tell-all expose on the horrors of war in Iraq and all the bad things he and his fellow GIs did, illegibly illegibly.

Whether these tales from the crypt are true on not is now for the special investigators to figure out.

One of the lesser crimes described was how one fellow would go out of his way to run over stray dogs with his armoured car.

What I'd like to know is how they actually managed to find any dogs, stray or otherwise in an Islamic country. But perhaps during the Saddam years dogs were free to roam unhindered.

Chinese Poet in Exile

Please take ten minutes to watch this short film of Chinese poet Huang Xiang who fled the Peoples Republic of China to Pittsburgh PA.

If his poetry and shouting annoys you remember that it annoyed the overlords in China enough to want to kill him.

I don't know what the woman in the video is talking about when she says that speech in America is being restricted. I suspect she doesn't know what she's talking about either. Huang Xiang knows about restricted speech though as do many in China.

Kudos to Josetxu for telling this story.

Haneef Freed After Growing a Dan Hill Beard

Australia drops charges against Haneef

Australia has dropped all charges against Indian doctor Mohamed Haneef, who had been arrested in connection with the failed UK terror plot.A Brisbane court has cleared Haneef of all charges of abetment in the Glasgow car bombing.

Haneef had been detained in Brisbane on July 2 and was later arrested for assisting terrorists. Shortly after charges against him were dropped, Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions Damian Bugg, who had stepped in to review the case, said a mistake had been made and now they would further review what went wrong and how.

The doctor had been charged with providing a mobile SIM card to his cousins Sabeel and Kafeel Ahmed, who have also been accused in the case, but it was revealed the SIM card was found miles away from the scene of the Glasgow car bombing. The Australian police had faced strong criticism in Australia as well as India for slapping charges against Haneef on flimsy grounds.

So why exactly did he need to buy an Austrailian SIM card for his cousins in Scotland?

''We are happy Haneef is cleared of all charges. India will ask Australian government to provide visa to Haneef . Our first priority is to bring him back. Haneef can come back on regular visa or be deported,'' said E Ahamed, Minister of State for External Affairs. Haneef's lawyer, Peter Russo, said that if the charges were dropped, Kevin Andrews should reinstate Haneef's visa.

The honesty IS too much.

Pinoy Block Buster!

Philippines pushes for human rights body in Southeast Asia

MANILA, Philippines: The Philippines wants a landmark charter being drafted by Southeast Asian countries to allow the creation of a human rights body to deal with violations in the region, Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo said Thursday.

Diplomats from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are locked in debate over the proposal, he said.

"It's still a work in progress," Romulo told a news conference.

Enshrining human rights protection in the charter has been a touchy issue because some ASEAN countries have spotty rights records, such as military-ruled Myanmar.

If you've been there, I know you are laughing right now.

Thailand Jails Protest Leaders

Around the world there will be alot of hand wringing about this but not in the City of Bangkok where their rampage is viewed as in bad form and unnecessary. No one in the West seemed to notice that for over six months prior to the Coup tens of thousands of Thais protested on an almost daily basis against Thaksin. No one in the West noticed that Thaksin was beginning to employ hired thugs to beat up the anti-Thaksin protesters. No one in the West really noticed anything until the Coup happened.

The word "military" gets thrown around a lot in the article above. I am not allowed to 're-publish it" which is good for them as if I did I would go through it and point out all the mistakes.

There was NOT 5,000 protesters. There were 5,000 protesters last week when a factory closed. There were at most 3,000 protesters during the DAY. The riot was at 10:30 pm. There might have been 500 to 800 rioters. The organizers did incite the riot as they are well documented on video doing so. There were also some leaders directing and coordinating the rioters from the top of a truck.

Thaksin didn't control the military. Thankfully. He did control a large part of the Police and the Para-military "Forest Rangers" in the North. One of the reasons the Coup did occur when it did was to avoid Thaksin using his Forest Ranger Boarder Police (armed with HK rifles) to quell a large Anti-Thaksin rally that was planned. When the Coup occurred the Police where ordered to stay home, the Forest Rangers were restricted to their bases and their helicopters were grounded. Thus no blood shed.

Thaskin refused to step down after 2005 election results came into question. There was ample evidence of him buying votes, bribing election officials and so forth. Instead of stepping down he called a snap election in 2006 which was annulled as the opposition had refused to take part in it. He still refused to step down at that point. As unpleasant as a Military Junta might be to Western sensibilities Thaksin was a crook of the highest order and Thailand is better off with out him.

The constitution will be voted on. Copies of what it contains have be distributed to one and all and the debate about its contents has begun. This will be the 17th version since 1933.

Now if only they could fix that airport he had built.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Latest Indonesia Quake - Smoking Man or Angry Allah?

Powerful Quake Rocks Eastern Indonesia

MANADO, Indonesia - A powerful earthquake rocked eastern Indonesia on Thursday, sending residents fleeing from swaying homes and hospitals, authorities and witnesses said. There were no immediate reports of damage.

The quake, which had a magnitude of 6.9, triggered a tsunami warning but the alert was quickly lifted after it became clear no destructive waves had been generated, the country's geophysics agency said.

In the city of Manado, people fled from markets, hospitals and schools, witnesses said. One woman ran from the second floor of a hospital carrying her son, who had an IV drip in his arm.

"What's going on? What's going on?" she screamed before being calmed by other people.

The earthquake struck under the Maluku Sea at a depth of 20 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said on its Web site. The quake's epicenter was more than 130 miles north of Ternate island.

"We felt a strong tremor for almost a minute, people ran in panic from buildings," said George Rajaloa, a resident in Ternate. "Children are crying and their mothers are screaming, but there is no damage in my area."

The U.S. Geological Survey initially put the quake at 7.0 magnitude, but later lowered it to 6.9.

Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago, is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.

In December 2004, a massive earthquake struck off Sumatra island and triggered a tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people in a dozen countries, including 160,000 people in Indonesia's westernmost province of Aceh.

Just over a year ago, another quake-generated tsunami killed around 600 people on Java island

When some thing of this nature happens we humans have some strange need to find a cause to explain the effect. According to the religious leaders these quakes are because the Indonesians aren't following Islamic Law to the letter OR it's from a secret weapon of the Americans or Jews or those pesky Australians. Unfortunately that sort of irrational thinking isn't confined to any one particular religion. After the 2004 Tsunami various religious types got in on the blame action. Remember, finger pointing works for everyone!

If you worship an angry god use his wrath to explain whatever unfortune event that befalls you. If you don't have a god, well you can still find something or someone to blame!

The Fox Mulder Wannabees of the West of course blame the US Government, International Bankers, The Smoking Man, Lizard People from the center of the earth and so on.

Oddly neither the regilious or the paranoid never bother to consider science behind what causes these tragic events or the simple fact that Indonesia and the surrounding area has been prone to earth quakes, volcanoes and so forth since the dawn of memory.

But true believers never let such pesky things like science or history spoil their fun.

Gore Snubs Thailand

Eco Evangelist and former Vice President Al Gore has cancelled his trip to Thailand supposedly due to a heavy workload. Could it be possible that he's afraid of further riots?

Gore Snubs Thailand Visit

Al Gore has canceled a scheduled appearance in Bangkok to give a talk on global warming scheduled for next month due to workload.

The former US Vice President was originally scheduled to arrive in the capital on August 8 but his representatives have now confirmed that the event will not be taking place due to Gore’s heavy workload.

Gore had earlier accepted an invitation from the Pacific Basin Economic Council (PBEC), an independent business association that links economies of the Asia-Pacific region to come to Thailand to talk about global warming.

Ever since the 2000 election which he lost to President George W Bush, Gore has been channeling his energy on saving the planet from irrevocable change through global warming. His documentary on this topic, “An Inconvenient Truth”, gained worldwide popularity and won an Oscar for Best Documentary in February this year.

Appearing in his place will be hundreds of filthy backpackers dressed in floppy clothes who will mill about at various beaches and cafes and talk about how seeing the world has really put in all in perspective, man.

Myanmar Human Rights Defender Jailed

Myanmar Human Rights Defender Jailed

A Myanmar human rights defender beaten by a pro-government mob was sentenced to eight years in prison for inciting unrest, activists said Wednesday.

Myint Naing was sentenced Tuesday by Judge Aung Min Hein in the Henzeda township court, 60 miles northwest of Yangon, said Bo Kyi, joint-secretary of the Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners-Burma.

He said information about the sentence came from the trial's spectators and the defendant's lawyer. The judge or a court spokesman could not be contacted.

The U.S. Campaign for Burma, which lobbies against Myanmar's military government, says that five villagers who were with Myint Naing were also sentenced to four years' imprisonment each. Burma is the old name for Myanmar, and preferred by the military regime's opponents.

Myint Naing - also known as Myint Hlaing - and a fellow member of Human Rights Defenders and Promoters Network, Maung Maung Lay, were attacked and seriously wounded April 18 at Oakpon village in Henzeda, said the U.S. Campaign for Burma and the New York-based Human Rights Watch. They were headed to another village to continue to conduct human rights training.

Their attackers, the groups said, were 50-100 men with clubs and other homemade weapons. The groups said the attack was organized and carried out by members of the Union Solidarity and Development Association - USDA - a government-backed group accused of assaulting and intimidating the junta's opponents.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Weapons in Cambodia? Really?

I bet this never gets mention in the snoozing West.

CAMBODIA: Weapons still flowing to Tamil Tiger rebels

A new report by the prestigious Jane's Intelligence Review in Britain has found Cambodia remains one of the main sources of weapons for Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels. The Tamil Tigers have been fighting for an independent homeland for nearly four decades, in a conflict that has so far claimed more than 60,000 lives. Cambodia's interior ministry has responded to the report, saying it's attempting to fully eradicate the illegal movement of weapons, huge caches of which remain in the country after decades of civil war.

But Mr. Tea Banh, chewing on a slice of Happy Pizza says "No way, Dude. I checked the weapons and they are all here"

Cambodia denies it was a source of weapons for Sri Lanka's Tigers
July 25, Colombo: Cambodia today denied a media report that Cambodia was a source of weapons for Sri Lanka's LTTE.

Cambodian Minister of Defense Tea Banh had said to the Cambodian media that the report is entirely groundless, and there is no authentic evidence to prove it.

“The weapons which belong to the Cambodian government are all in the country and nobody will export them to foreign countries,” a news report said quoting the Minister.

The Jane's Intelligence Review said that ‘Cambodia is one of the most significant single source of weapons for the insurgent group’.

Taliban Shoot Hostage

These bugs can't actually win in a stand up fight so they have to shoot unarmed Aid Workers and set off bombs to get their way.

Taliban shoots S Korea hostage

Afghanistan's Taliban killed one of the 23 Korean hostages yesterday after Kabul failed to free Taliban prisoners, a spokesman for the group said, adding insurgents would kill more if their demands were not met.

"Since Kabul's administration did not listen to our demand and did not free our prisoners, the Taliban shot dead a male Korean hostage," Qari Mohammad Yousuf said by phone from an unknown location.

Eight of 23 South Korean hostages held by the Taliban in Afghanistan were then released late yesterday, Yonhap news agency said, quoting an unidentified government official in Seoul.

The Thai Monks Go South

Hundreds of Buddhist monks to spend Buddhist Lent in violence-wrecked southern Thailand

Hundreds of yellow-robed Buddhist monks arrived in Muslim-dominated southern Thailand on Wednesday at the start of Buddhist Lent in the hope their presence will promote peace in the insurgency-wracked region.

Buddhist Lent — a three-month period — marks the beginning of the rainy season in Thailand, a time when villagers present offerings of food and flowers to monks who must remain on temple grounds. The age-old practice is traditionally to prevent them from trampling new plants and insects.

"The 346 monks will spend this time in various temples in the area to boost morale among the Buddhist population there and to bring a message of peace to a place torn apart by the insurgency," said Air Force Commander Chalit Pukbhasuk who saw the monks off from Bangkok.

The monks traveled by air force plane to the south and will be spending their time at temples in Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat, Thailand's three southernmost provinces where 2,300 have been killed since an Islamic insurgency flared in January 2004.

Bombings and drive-by shootings are a near-daily occurrence in the region, and while initially Buddhists were the main targets, Muslims are also coming under attack.

The "hearts and minds" thing that has been tried for the last while has come under a great deal of scoffing from those far away. In actual fact it seems to be working. The local Thai Muslims are increasingly put off at the violence and the pointlessness of it. They are helping the Police find both weapons and culprits and not helping the so called "separatists".

Former Third World Leader May Be Dodgy

There are several givens in the Third World. It's hot. Traffic is bad. The cops will shake you down and... believe it or not, the leaders are dodgy. Having experienced almost a decade of Third World heat, traffic, shake downs and dodginess I am always amazed at how blissfully oblivious the true hearts of the West are of the absolute degree of dodginess that exists. They will with good intent send food clothing and so forth to "help the poor". Those items will be either taken by who ever has the pistols and or sold in markets around a given area. Go to one of these markets and marvel at the number of t-shirts that were clearly donated by various Church groups and helpful types.

That brings us to ex-Thai Prime Minister Thaksin. It would appear that he's "suspected" to be involved in last weekends ultra-violence which the halfwits in the Western Media has repeated misnamed a "protest" by "pro-democracy activists". As others in the region have noted this was really a staged rampage by drunken Thai taxi drivers and other paid thugs and riff-raff coordinated and organized by Thaksin's former party the Thai Rak Thai party. In the aftermath of the event of course they are denying any involvement but unfortunately the local TV news teams have plenty of footage of the mob chanting "Thai Rak Thai" in unison as they pelted the Police with bricks that were torn up from the sidewalks.

A long Thaksin arm?

A connection between outsted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and last Sunday's violent anti-coup protests is highly possible, Thailand's junta leader Gen Sonthi Boonyaratkalin thinks.

"Based on an analysis of their preparation process, we are fairly sure that there is a connection between Mr. Thaksin and the violent protests," the Council for National Security (CNS) chairman said on Tuesday in an exclusive interview with Modernine's morning news programme.

However, during the TV Channel 9 broadcast he did not confirm wide speculation that Mr Thaksin was the main financial supporter for the protest."There have been many news reports suggesting that the former PM provided them with financial assistance," Gen Sonthi said, "but there has not been any confirmation."

Thaksin has used excessive violence throughout his rule. 2,500 people were shot dead with no due process by plains clothed Police during his bogus "War on Drugs". He originally attempted to buy the Manchester United Football Team using public funds and so on. Then there is the new Bangkok Airport... This was a graft cash cow beyond imagination. Guess who's friends got the juicy contracts. Guess what Airport is plagued with problems? (I would suggest you only bring carry on)

from July 1st...

Man City’s Thai tycoon faces arrest

The former Thai prime minister who is poised to buy Manchester City football club could be extradited from Britain to face corruption charges in his home country. The Thai embassy in London has confirmed that a warrant will be issued for the arrest of Thaksin Shinawatra if he refuses to return to Thailand.

Thaksin, who was overthrown by a military coup in September, is understood to be only days away from taking control of the Premiership club in a deal valued at £81m. He is said to be lining up Sven-Goran Eriksson, the former England coach, as the club’s new manager.

Inquiries by The Sunday Times have established that the financing of the deal is far from straightforward. The main shareholder in the company buying Manchester City is an obscure Bangkok property firm that is said to be “controlled” by Thaksin and his family, although he has no significant stake in it.

Thaksin has been jaw-boning in English on the Western Media about how he's retired from politics however he has been appearing via internet feed to speak to his massed supporters. He has also distrubted multiple slickly produced video CDs to the rural areas that outline his claims of innocence and blame the Coup on intricate conspiracies that even Fox Mulder couldn't have strung together. These are the same "Dark Influences" he was bantering on about back during the "War on Drugs".

The current leadership has been losing some popularity by passing intrusive laws, trying to crack down and censor the internet and not having a clue how to handle the economy. That being said the violence last weekend in Bangkok only reminded the majority of people why they celebrated when they found out that the Coup was ousting Thaksin.