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Rove resigns, Gonzo gone, Cheney changed his mind

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This month has witnessed some promising developments regarding certain senior members of the Bush administration.

Earlier this month, Karl Rove (a.k.a, The Prince of Darkness), who was the chief strategist to Bush, announced his resignation. This was greeted with much fanfare and joy.

A quick bio.

Last month, the US Senate issued a subpoena against Karl Rove as part of an investigation into the sacking of eight federal prosecutors, but Mr Bush ordered him not to testify, citing executive privilege.

Mr Rove was also investigated in connection with the exposure of CIA agent Valerie Plame, though prosecutors decided he should not face any charges.

Next, it was the turn of Bush’s chief attorney general, Alberto “I can’t recall” Gonzales to (finally!) announce his resignation. As chief attorney general, Gonzales was accused of sacking federal prosecutors purely on political grounds (ie, they weren’t loyal bushies), and then blatantly lying and contradicting himself to cover up. If you feel particularly sadistic, you can watch him pathetically trying to squirm and wriggle away while being grilled by a senate hearing committee.

And finally, for something completely different. Can you name the Halliburton board member, who in 1994, gave a persuasive and astonishingly accurate warning about the dangers of invading Iraq and the instability it might cause? You’ve got to see it to believe it!


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August 28, 2007 at 11:07 am

Posted in people, politics, videos

An Inconvenient Truth

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Well, I finally found time to watch it.

Simply put, I think the documentary is fantastic, and that Gore did a great job in establishing the scientific basis behind the current consensus that human activities contribute to climate change.

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August 24, 2007 at 4:29 pm

Posted in movies, science

Why astrology doesn’t work

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As told by professor Richard Dawkins

Professor Dawkins is the host of a new TV documentary called ‘The Enemies of Reason‘, where he shows the absurdity of faith healers and astrologers (among others) in his calm, precise, witty, logical and brilliant manner.

From Channel 41, which hosts the series,

There are two ways of looking at the world – through faith and superstition or through the rigours of logic, observation and evidence – in other words, through reason. Reason and a respect for evidence are precious commodities, the source of human progress and our safeguard against fundamentalists and those who profit from obscuring the truth.

Part 1 of the documentary is called Slaves to Superstition and can be found here.

[1]- Enemies of Reason

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August 15, 2007 at 10:14 pm

Deranged madmen

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From the Hindustan Times

A leading Muslim cleric today issued a fatwa that the face of controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen be blackened for her alleged comments against Islam and demanded that she be immediately expelled from India.

Barkati also said that he had offered a reward of Rs 50,000 for anybody who would blacken Taslima’s face as he urged authorities to immediately deport her to Bangladesh.

If there are any moderate Muslims reading this, please make yourselves heard and speak out against such moronic, deranged, and sadistic men so that they can be put in jail, where they belong. Your silence against such atrocious behavior is what protects these madmen (however, see edit2 below).

Only the collective voice of moderates can throw the deranged nutjobs like the cleric above into prison or a madhouse.


There’s an update to this story. From the Times of India,

In a stunning follow-up to the attack on Taslima Nasreen by Muslim activists, the Hyderabad police on Saturday booked the exiled Bangladeshi author for promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, language — a charge that can get her two years in prison, if proven. The attackers are roaming freely, charged with minor misdemeanours.

The move by cops, who had dragged their feet on complaints against the goons of a city-based political group, the Majlis-Ittehadul Muslimeen, booked Taslima under section 153 (a) of the IPC after a complaint by MIM’s floor leader in the AP assembly Akbaruddin Owaisi.


That’s monstrously preposterous rubbish. I can’t believe that the system of administering justice in India has been reduced to this! Akbaruddin Owaisi is the person who want her to be killed. In fact, he’s said

“We are very proud of our MLAs and activists who assaulted her,”
“We will implement the fatwa issued against Taslima if she comes to the city again.”

Akbaruddin, MIM floor leader in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly, had threatened to kill the exiled author if she visited Hyderabad again.

Those are direct threats of PHYSICAL HARM. These people are trying to kill her! Put them in jail before they can do harm!!! How hard can this decision be? Instead, the police book Taslima for “promoting enmity”!!!! You’d be hard pressed to “promote enmity” better than trying to kill someone!!!!!

“What is this special status that Nasreen enjoys where she speaks to hurt and then feels proud of it?”

Freedom of speech, you moron.


After a few minutes with Google, I have come across condemnation of this act from the Muslim community. While it is still my opinion that the majority of the Muslims are indeed keeping silent, it’s nice to know that there are Muslims who do support the freedom of speech.

Shame on you hoodlums!
The American Muslim

Fatwa to blacken Taslima’s face (Hindustan Times)
Taslima’s very existence is provocative, says MIM leader(The Statesman)
After attack, Taslima faces case of promoting communal enmity(The Hindu)
Police slap case on Taslima (The Times of India)

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August 9, 2007 at 6:17 pm

Posted in people, politics, religion, WTF


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The sticker for the vessel says, “Made from High Quality Stainless Steel”.

However, “high quality stainless steel” for the handle? Or, does this ingenious product have some other subtle use, and is in fact, not a cooking vessel as it so innocently looks?

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August 7, 2007 at 8:22 pm

Posted in engineering

Found in a library

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Yesterday, while I was fishing around in a library, I came across this disheartening index in the science section.

Library notice image


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August 4, 2007 at 2:25 pm

Posted in pseudoscience, WTF

Marcus Brigstocke

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He is absolutely hilarious. I enjoyed this rant of his, which was pointedly incisive, yet wickedly funny.

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August 3, 2007 at 10:08 pm

Posted in humour, rant, religion