Thursday, December 06, 2012

Stories below the fold

How can anyone be against a global treaty on disability rights?

Uh, maybe because of the fine print that would allow outside, unelected officials to order you what your laws should say?
or as the blog points out: these treaties are like Arthur Dent's eviction notice:

Readers of the late Douglas Adams’ classic book “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” will no doubt remember the following exchange, which occurs when protagonist Arthur Dent confronts the local bureaucrat who is attempting to demolish his house:
`…You hadn’t exactly gone out of your way to call attention to [the plans] had you? I mean like actually telling anyone or anything.’
`But the plans were on display…’
`On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.’
`That’s the display department.’
`With a torch.’
`Ah, well the lights had probably gone.’
`So had the stairs.’
`But look, you found the notice didn’t you?’
`Yes,’ said Arthur, `yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying “Beware of the Leopard.’
Sadly, the practice of deciding on a course of action, forcing it through by any means necessary, and then retroactively pointing out that one’s critics could have voiced their objections at the proper time and place is not just the stuff of comedy...
Big Brother Google is watching you....

Google is funding World Wildlife Foundation to use drones to catch poachers. Presumably the big money mafiosos behind the poachers will stop their evil deeds...or maybe they'll just shoot them down.


Could Iraq be the new superpower in the Middle east within the next decade? TPMBarnett discusses. Videohere.

Related item: Why manufacturing could return to the US...

Cuba has released a blogger/democracy advocate from jail.

ntonio Rodiles, curator of the independent scholarly forum Estado de SATS [es], was released in Havana last Wednesday after enduring over three weeks of detention. Rodiles was arrested on November 7, along with numerous other bloggers and civil society advocates on the island, including well-known blogger and attorney Laritza Diversent, author of the blog Jurisconsulto de Cuba [es] (Cuban Legal Advisor). There has been no report of Diversent’s release as of December 3, 2012.

Bulgaria's golden treasures from the Bronze age.

As Eastern Europe, the Ukraine and the Russian steppes open to archeology, expect the history books to be rewritten.

Sanctions are hurting Iran: There is now a medicine shortage.

Yes. The trouble with corrupt gov'ts is that they take care of themselves and use money to get around sanctions, and let the people suffer...
Over the past three weeks though, local media in Iran have highlighted allegations of mismanagement and mishandling of imports by the government. This has contributed to the drug crisis and revealed corruption and incompetence at the highest levels.
Hossein Ali Shahriari, the head of the parliament's health commission, stated [fa], “The government has paid no attention to the domain of health and medicine.” He added that there has been “virtually no currency” for the budget and the import of medicines over the last six months.
The minister of health, Marzieh Vahid-Dastjerdi, also criticized the budget allocation, saying: “We don't know what happened to the hard currency allocated to the purchase of medicine.” According to her, only 24% of the required budget for the purchase of medicine has been provided by the Central Bank.
Bloggers comment on Kim Kardashian's visit to Bahrain.

Best comment:
WafaAlsayed: No offense, but asking Kim kardashian 2 comment on the political situation in Bahrain is like asking a chipmunk 2 prepare a 3 course dinner
Freakonomics : "Homicide victims rarely talk to police" and other horrible headlines 

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