Archive for July 2003
Get ‘Em While They’re Cheap!
The perfect addition to your economic rationalist, neo-imperialist, uncompassionate conservative blog!
The US 4th Infantry in Iraq have been playing tricks on Iraqi generals:
On Wednesday night, he said, his troops picked up the wife and daughter of an Iraqi lieutenant general. They left a note: “If you want your family released, turn yourself in.” Such tactics are justified, he said, because, “It’s an intelligence operation with detainees, and these people have info.” They would have been released in due course, he added later.
Tim Dunlop, as usual, is outraged:
This piece of nastiness should be clearly unacceptable. And it is surprising how little attention it is getting from pro-war commentators and bloggers.
How can it be moral?
Apart from anything else, what such behaviour does in the battle for hearts and minds amongst Iraqis is probably nothing short of disastrous.
It’s been a while since I snarked at Tim, so I had a go in his comments, repasted here for your reading pleasure:
AS a special murder task force investigates the bloody amphetamines drug war erupting in Victoria, police around the country have uncovered dozens of clandestine laboratories and copies of an illegal “cookbook” on how to make the illicit drugs.
It is believed the recent murders in Melbourne are linked to drug wars that are being fuelled by the availability of internet recipes and a manual called Secrets of Methamphetamine Manufacture, written by an underground chemist known as “Uncle Fester”.
The 183-page book, available on the internet, tells how to set up backyard kitchens right through to large-scale productions rivalling the traditional crime syndicate operations.
It’s really only a matter of time before the local production of ecstasy and other pills reaches the point where decriminalisation is seriously looked at. Police and politicians long ago realised that trying to stop marijuana consumption was impossible, because it’s so easy to produce. If we reach the point where any teenager can make ecstasy after a trip to Bunnings, what then?
Gloria Arroyo is dealing with internal conflict:
Ms Arroyo said the Philippines will avail of the good offices of Malaysia in the search for a political solution to the conflict with the MILF
Formal talks between government and the MILF were supposed to resume late that month in Malaysia.
military officials acknowledged the target of the campaign was the MILF
Department of Justice and that both the government and MILF had agreed to a ?cessation of hostilities? effective July 19.
All the evidence points to MILF!
A New Zealand study has revealed that teenage boys like to download photos of naked teenage girls:
The study profiled 106 people who have been investigated by the Censorship Compliance Unit. The bulk of the people profiled in the Department of Internal Affairs study were identified via the internet.
The offenders’ ages, at the time they were investigated, ranged from 14 to 67 with the average age being 30.
Almost a third of the offenders were students and a third lived at home with their parents or grandparents. The most common age of offending in the study’s sample was 17.
But almost a quarter of the offenders were aged less than 20 years.
Pretty shocking stuff so far. But wait, there’s more!
After the 33 students identified in the study, the next biggest group was the information technology industry and white collar/administrative positions.
People who work with computers are more likely to look at porn on the internet. Additionally, most of them are male. A vital link that wasn’t mentioned is that most of the offenders also have eyes.
Who says Islam hasn’t kept up with the times?
MUSLIM men can divorce their wives through text messages on mobile telephones, the New Straits Times reported yesterday.
Hamid Othman, adviser to Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, said divorce via SMS or short messaging service was in accordance with Sharia law if it was clear and unambiguous.
“SMS is just another form of writing,” Hamidas said, following an Islamic court decision on Thursday that ruled in favour of a man who served divorce on his wife using SMS.
Islamic law permits a man to divorce his wife by saying “talaq” ? I divorce you ? three times.
Thats 82527082527082527 for those of you with predictive text.