Political Correctness raises its ugly head again.
After an all-party parliamentary committee heard evidence that over half the British public has a negative view of their body image — with girls as young as five worrying about how they look and plastic surgery rates on the rise — they came back with the type of solutions we’ve come to expect from Big Government: Force all school children to attend mandatory self-esteem and body-image classes, and consider including fat people as a protected class under the country’s hate speech laws.
Leave it to the British to take things one step too far. There is nothing wrong with educating children, but preventing adults from speaking what’s on their mind is an egregious violation of the right to free speech. If the committee’s recommendations are followed, the government could put “appearance-based discrimination” in the same class as racial or sexual discrimination — making “obese” and “fat” just as bad as discriminatory terms used against blacks or gays.
I wonder if this is required reading for recruits of the People`s Liberation Army Strategic Rocket Forces. The Strategic Rocket Forces people control the Chinese military`s nuclear tipped missile force.
You know that word that really should be in the dictionary? Until it actually makes it in, here’s where it goes. Welcome to our collection of user-submitted words.
|shwag : poor quality marijuana…
|Thuggs : imitation Uggs…
|mankini : a man’s bathing suit that looks and fits like a woman’s bikini bottom…
|stroke out : to die from a stroke…
|swaportunity : an opportunity to exchange one thing for another…
prostidude (noun) : a male prostitute : gigolo
slore (noun) : slut : whore
(noun) : a very skinny man
pyramidiot (noun) : a person who believes eccentric or lunatic notions about the Egyptian pyramids
squatch (verb) : to search for the creature known as Sasquatch or Bigfoot
(adjective) : cool : awesome
(noun) : the night before tonight
We saw that movie yesternight.
appstracted (adjective) : distracted by an application on a mobile device
The pedestrian was hit by a car because he was appstracted.
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Zombie apocalypse becomes reality in Miami as police shoot naked, mindless man literally eating the face off another man.
(NaturalNews) The long-dreaded “zombie apocalypse” may already be underway in Miami, where a human zombie — a mindless naked man — was encountered by police officers who found him literally feasting on the face of another naked man. This is a true event and has been reported by CBS Miami which says:
“Miami police shot and killed a man on the MacArthur Causeway Saturday afternoon, and police sources told CBS4 they had no choice: the naked man they shot was trying to chew the face off another naked man, and refused to obey police orders to stop his grisly meal. …Officers found one man gnawing on the face of another, in what one police source called the most gruesome thing he’d ever seen.”
At that point, the police officers shot the zombie once, but he continued feeding on the other man’s face. They were forced to shoot him again, which mercifully killed him. Then they sought to aid the victim whose face was already mostly eaten off.
“With the attacker dead, lying nude on the pavement, officers and paramedics were able to get to his victim and rush him to Jackson Memorial Hospital. Police sources say the man had virtually no face and was unrecognizable. Once the bizarre confrontation came to an end, police were left with the task of figuring out what had happened…”
A surveillance video has surfaced of the incident. Here’s a still shot from the video, showing the two men lying on the sidewalk, under a road bridge, with a police car parked nearby:
The Miami Herald also reported: “According to police sources, a road ranger saw a naked man chewing on another man’s face and shouted on his loud speaker for him to back away. When he continued the assault, the officer shot him, police sources said. The attacker failed to stop after being shot, forcing the officer to continue firing. Witnesses said they heard at least a half dozen shots.”
The Zombie apocalypse begins
Are we now witnessing the rise of the zombies? Humans who subject themselves to fluoride, aspartame, psychiatric drugs, vaccines and street drugs end up lobotomizing their higher brains. Vaccines, for starters, cause extreme neurological damage, and some vaccines are actually made of aggressive viruses designed to “eat” targeted regions of the brain, resulting in a biological lobotomy.
What’s left is the primal section of the brain, sometimes called the “reptilian brain.” Or the “zombie brain,” to use a pop culture term. This zombie brain has no morals and no logic. It only knows hunger, sex, violence and fear. It is entirely focused on selfish needs and has no ability to consider the welfare of others.
“America is becoming a zombie nation,” award-winning investigative journalist Jim Marrs recently told me in a phone interview. In fact, he wanted to name his most recent book “Zombie Nation,” but the publisher overruled him and instead had it named, “The Trillion Dollar Conspiracy,” which doesn’t even make that much sense given the broad coverage of topics in the book. The word “zombie” did make it into the subtitle, however. Here’s the full title: “The Trillion-Dollar Conspiracy: How the New World Order, Man-Made Diseases, and Zombie Banks Are Destroying America.”
Notice the Canada Arm
SpaceX capsule: Nasa astronauts enter the Dragon after historic docking
Astronauts at the International Space Station have a week to unload supplies from the privately-funded SpaceX Dragon
Astronauts have entered the Dragon for the first time, a day after the privately-funded capsule made history by successfully docking at the International Space Station.
Nasa’s Don Pettit popped into the cargo vessel at 5.53am ET, remarking that it smelled like a brand new car and reminded him of a pick-up truck.
Pettit and other crew members have a week to unload the Dragon’s supplies – food, clothes and other supplies – before it is is scheduled to return to earth.
The capsule was sent into orbit by Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), the first private company to launch a mission to the ISS.
Its berthing on Friday was met by cheers by staff at SpaceX headquarters in California.
Elon Musk, the PayPal entrepreneur behind the project, described the event as a “great day for the country and the world”.
He added that it had put human beings one step closer to becoming “multi-planet species”.
Earlier on Friday Pettit had informed ground control of the successful docking, with the words: “It looks like we’ve got us a dragon by the tail.”
Experts had to overcome a slight glitch with laser sensors which briefly delayed the docking manoeuvre. That aside, the procedure went to plan, according to those tasked with carrying out the berthing procedure.
It is the first American craft to dock at the station since the US grounded its shuttle programme, marking a shift towards outsourcing space expeditions to the private sector.
The craft carried around 1,200lbs of water, food, clothing and other supplies for the station’s six astronauts.
Before heading back, Dragon will be stocked up with equipment from the ISS.
Unlike other cargo vessels which burn up on re-entry, the SpaceX craft is expected to survive the trip back to earth. It is due to splash down off the coast of California on Thursday.
The task of capturing the capsule appears to have gone smoothly. Pettit and fellow astronaut Andre Kuipers used a 58ft robotic crane to grab Dragon and attach it to the space station.
SpaceX is helping share the burden of resupplying the international station with crafts from Russia, Europe and Japan. It forms part of President Barack Obama’s space strategy of handing over orbital flights to the private sector, freeing a slimmed-down Nasa to concentrate on the farther reaches of the cosmos and unmanned missions to Mars.
US authorities have also expressed a desire to buy commercial flights for its astronauts, breaking Russia’s monopoly on flying crews to the station. SpaceX has said it hopes to upgrade its services to manned flights in the future.
The title above is a line from a Taliban poet. They revere their suicide bombers.
Taliban poetry: the gentle, flowery side of the story?
A new collection of verse from the Afghan frontlines has caused much controversy, but it also provides a valuable glimpse of an otherwise unseen culture
In the 1980s, an artist friend of mine made a poster for Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s Hizb-e-Islami, a militia later allied with the Taliban. The poster depicted a bearded Afghan mujahid clutching Qur’an and Kalashnikov and standing atop a slaughtered Russian bear. It was sent as a postcard to British journalists and politicians, without controversy.
In the same period I remember reading stories in the mainstream press about the mujahideen’s poetic love of flowers and song. After the Russian rout, these mujahideen committed excesses so extreme that it took Taliban puritanism to re-establish order. Then the Taliban committed their own excesses, of a different sort, and after 9/11 the west waged war on them. Nobody now celebrates the gentle, flowery qualities of these men who have burnt schools and smashed television sets.
Poetry of the Taliban, therefore, is a brave and useful project. Published this week, and already denounced in some quarters as “self-justifying propaganda”, it offers a perspective on the conflict through the Other’s eyes, something worth more than a library full of cold analysis.
There are poems of love, battle, transience, grief, enthusiasm, material deprivation and mystical astonishment. The voices are diverse and often surprising. Faisal Devji’s preface points out that this poetry is not the official product of the Cultural Committee of the Islamic Emirate, not centrally organised propaganda, but the efforts of men (and one woman) who fight for a variety of reasons: tribal, ethnic or nationalist, and particularly out of gut resistance to foreign occupiers. At its simplest or crudest the poetry describes a pastoral idyll and an innocent people spoiled by the dread hand of foreign-brought war and western technology (the mobile phone, for instance, suffers harsh criticism).
But a great deal of this Taliban poetry will be comprehensible to western readers who are unable to understand Taliban ideology. The major themes are recognisable, even universal, and the dominant form is the ghazal, or love lyric, which links the Pashtu language to the classical civilisations of Persia and India. The poems describe a land of mountains and pines, each stone a ruby, each bush a medicine, and of laughing blossoms, dancing tomorrows, of twilight arriving with its lap full of red flowers (a poem called Sunset, reproduced here, reads more like a product of a Zen monastery than of a Deobandi madrasa).
What is interesting is that the Taliban’s official face and past practice has been so fiercely anti-Sufi, anti-historical, and seemingly anti-culture. This book provides an entirely different outlook. Indeed, in their rich memory of 19th-century British invasions, of Afghan folklore and Islamic heroism, the Taliban poets seem more awake to history than we are.
As well as raillery and satire against the foreign enemy and its local servants, there is self-criticism aplenty. “Humanity has been forgotten by us,” writes one poet. “And I don’t know when it will come back.”