2/28/2015

Steve Fullarton - International Brigades - Proudly Remembered


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Turkey - Bomb Scare At US Consulate

Massive Black Hole Discovery Challenges Existing Science

From 'The Atheist's Tragedy' (1611) By Cyril Tourneur

This is from a rarely performed play of Tourneur's, less famous than the Revenger's Tragedy which is now largely attributed to Thomas Middleton, rather than, as it once was, Tourneur himself.
Walking next day upon the fatall shore,
Among the slaughter'd bodies of their men 
Which the full-stomack'd Sea had cast upon
The sands, it was m' unhappy chance to light
Upon a face, whose favour when it liv'd, 
My astonish'd minde inform'd me I had seen. 
He lay in's armour, as if that had been
His coffine; and the weeping Sea, like one 
Whose milder temper doth lament the death 
Of him whom in his rage he slew, runnes up
The Shoare, embraces him, kisses his cheeke,
Goes backe againe, and forces up the sandes
To burie him, and ev'rie time it parts 
Sheds teares upon him, till at last
As if It could no longer endure to see the man
Whom it had slaine, yet loath to leave him 
With a kinde of unresolv'd unwilling pace, 
Winding her waves one in another, 
Like a man that foldes his armes or wrings his hands
For griefe, ebb'd from the body, and descends
As if it would sinke downe into the earth, 
And hide it selfe for shame of such a deede.

2/25/2015

Ukraine - Chechens Fighting For Russia in Donetsk

Bertrand Russell On War

'And behind the diplomatists, dimly heard in the official documents, stand vast forces of national greed and national hatred – atavistic instincts, harmful to mankind at its present level, but transmitted from savage and half-animal ancestors, concentrated and directed by Governments and the Press, fostered by the upper class as a distraction from social discontent, artificially nourished by the sinister influence of the makers of armaments, encouraged by a whole foul literature of ‘glory’, and by every text-book of history with which the minds of children are polluted.’ 15 Aug, 1914.

War Breaks Out Among The War Groupies

The Defense Of Bill O'Reilly Enters The Thuggish Phase | Crooks and Liars:
Here's a moment of thuggishness from O'Reilly himself, as reported in The New York Times:
Mr. O’Reilly’s efforts to refute the claims by Mother Jones and some former CBS News colleagues occurred both on the air and off on Monday. During a phone conversation, he told a reporter for The New York Times that there would be repercussions if he felt any of the reporter’s coverage was inappropriate. “I am coming after you with everything I have,” Mr. O’Reilly said. “You can take it as a threat.”
In a better media world, this would offend every journalist who wasn't an ideological ally of O'Reilly's. This would get the rest of the press's back up. But it won't, because the nerdy members of the Journalism Club see O'Reilly and the rest of the people at Fox as BMOCs who sit at the cool table in the media's high school cafeteria. They fear Fox. So most of them won't wade into the fight.

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