The Green Zone – a review

This Matt Damon Hollywood blockbuster The Green Zone brings Iraq back to public interest. It details blunders made and deliberate lies told by some in the U.S. Government.

Iraq’s been largely forgotten, I feel, as attention shifted to Afghanistan. This movie is timely.

… The film was inspired by the non-fiction 2006 book Imperial Life in the Emerald City by journalist Rajiv Chandrasekaran, which documented life in the Green Zone, Baghdad …

Click PLAY or watch the trailer on YouTube.

It’s a work of fiction, based loosely on fact. That seems a misrepresentation of history to many critics.

Personally I thought Green Zone a very compelling movie. Not Bourne compelling, but strong.

The only downside is that the plot hinges on WMDs (Weapons of Mass Destruction).

There are many reasons why the American led invasion of Iraq will go down in history as a mistake as colossal as Vietnam. Lies told about WMDs are one of the lesser reasons.

Ironically, I feel that George H. Bush did the right thing in Desert Storm (1991). An awesome, strategic air strike. And then withdrawal as quickly as possible.

If you threaten the USA, expect the bombers and drones over your capital city within weeks.

I wish George W. had done the same.


burqa to be banned in France

While France is the most wonderful nation on the planet, I find this trend disturbing.

Paris, France (CNN) — France’s lower house of parliament Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a ban on any veils that cover the face — including the burqa, the full-body covering worn by some Muslim women.

The vote was 335 to 1.

The measure must still go to the French Senate before it becomes law. The Senate is expected to vote on it in the week of September 20.

Amnesty International immediately condemned the vote.

“A complete ban on the covering of the face would violate the rights to freedom of expression and religion of those women who wear the burqa or the niqab in public as an expression of their identity or beliefs,” said John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s expert on discrimination in Europe.

French people back the ban by a margin of more than four to one, the Pew Global Attitudes Project found in a survey this spring.

Some 82 percent of people polled approved of a ban, while 17 percent disapproved. That was the widest support the Washington-based think tank found in any of the five countries it surveyed.

Clear majorities also backed burqa bans in Germany, Britain and Spain, while two out of three Americans opposed it, the survey found. …

CNN – Burqa ban passes French lower house overwhelmingly

Proponents argue that it’s a security issue. Opponents say it’s a veiled slur against freedom of Religion.

I should say that even I was startled at the number of ladies wearing burqa in Germany last summer. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one in public in Canada.

Businessman Rachid Nekkaz has committed to a €1m fund to fight the French ban.

scummy Facebook ads

By coincidence, there happens to be a surplus of young women looking for my demographic …

These girls are so hard up, they have to advertise on Facebook.

I’ve tried clicking the X. They simply feed me new dubious ads.

I’ve tried using internet tools like Readability to take out those unwanted ads. … It doesn’t work on Facebook.

Leave a comment if you know a way I can avoid them. The only solution I’ve found, so far, is to read new posts in Seesmic Desktop. But the features in that Twitter client are really limited.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Facebook. But they allow deceptive ads from scumbag bottom feeders.

big, fat idiot – Rush Limbaugh on Haiti

Rush Limbaugh on Haiti relief donations:

‘We’ve already donated to Haiti. It’s called the U.S. income tax’

Of all the over-paid right wing radio talk show nobs, I like Rush the best. He’s got some sort of folksy appeal. Once in a while he talks some common sense.

That said, he’s a bald-faced liar, at times, distorting facts to serve his own political biases. That he’d use the suffering of innocents in Haiti just to bolster ratings … and bash Obama. That’s the last straw.

Rush Limbaugh is dead to me. I’ll never listen to the Big Fat Idiot again.

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That’s my decision. Read other reactions on the L.A. Times Comments blog.

2nd-grader suspended over drawing of Jesus

Another school over-reacts.

Merry Christmas to those responsible at Lowell M. Maxham Elementary School, Taunton, Massachusetts (MA). You idiots.


Father angered by forced psychological evaluation of boy, 8

Here’s the offending “violent” image …

… The student drew the picture shortly after taking a family trip to see the Christmas display at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, a Christian retreat site in Attleboro. He made the drawing in class after his teacher asked the children to sketch something that reminded them of Christmas, the father said. …

read the full article

(via Jason Mortimer on Facebook)

After it hit the fan in the media, school officials decided to dispute the father’s complaint. I’m inclined to believe the family … and crucify Julie Hackett, superintendent of the Taunton public schools.

privacy, ha … get over it

In the U.K. we can see what’s yet to come in the other large cities of the world.

They have cameras everywhere.

One London bus has 16 CCTV cameras inside.

So far they’ve spent £500m on the Closed Circuit TV program.

Does it work?

Only one crime was solved by each 1,000 CCTV cameras in London last year, a report into the city’s surveillance network has claimed.

The internal police report found the million-plus cameras in London rarely help catch criminals. …

BBC – 1,000 cameras ‘solve one crime’

(article recommended by Stuart Green)

graffiti artist Banksy painted this while being watched by a CCTV camera
graffiti artist Banksy painted this while being watched by a CCTV camera

details on the brilliant social commentary

At my hostel in Edinburgh there’s a sign in the kitchen saying:

Food has been stolen from this kitchen. If it continues, we’re actually going to take the time to review the video camera monitoring it!

I think these cameras are inevitable. They don’t work now. But our robot overlords will improve them over time.

Meet your Meat – disgusting

This is probably the vilest thing I’ve ever endured.

A People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals expose of commercial meat production.

The video that all meat-eaters should watch and every vegetarian should own, “Meet Your Meat”, narrated by Alec Baldwin, covers each stage of life of animals raised for food. No PETA videos are copyrighted, so copy them for everyone you know.

I recommend you do not click PLAY, not watch it on YouTube.