Thursday, March 09, 2017

Eat Your Spinach New Cold War

FUGITIVE cultist Rocco Leo has warned a Supreme Court judge that acting against him will result in divine retribution, saying the hand of God will "come down on his head"

There are few writers as highly regarded as Franz Kafka (1883-1924). Even people who have not read Kafka understand his blend of the sinister and absurd. Despite the reputation of being a high-brow, intellectual author, Kafka wrote bewitching tales in clear prose. Indeed, his stories are often short and ostensibly easy to understand even if the allusions and implications are complex. And his writing is often shot through with humour – not just absurdity, but also comic misunderstandings and dry irony. Prague born and bred Kafka spent most of his nights alone, embracing asceticism and avoiding social obligations. But it was love that shaped the end of his life... Blogging nights 

Sharia in Australia

Jean-Louis Lebris de Kérouac grew up speaking joual, a working-class dialect of Canadian French. Later, going by “Jack,” he would shape the nature of Amerikana

In praise of “useless” knowledge. The best scientific minds — Einstein, Faraday, Imrich, Planck — have been driven by curiosity and intellectual challenge, not practical applications ... Knowledge Sharing MEdia Dragon  

NSW authorities have given the green light to prosecute Moutia Elzahed, after she stated she wouldn’t “stand for anyone except Allah” when appearing before Judge Audrey Balla in December.
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Looks to me like the catchphrase “limousine liberal” might need an update? And did I miss the “Advertisement” label?

MSNBC: “The Rachel Maddow Show has obtained, exclusively, a Department of Homeland Security intelligence assessment document. The document, from the Office of Intelligence and Analysis, makes the case that most foreign-born, U.S.-based violent extremists are likely not radicalized when they come to the U.S., but rather become radicalized after living in the U.S. for a number of years. The document follows another piece of research (pdf) from Homeland Security that undercut President Trump’s rationale for a travel ban as a means of keeping violent extremists out. On Friday, the Associated Press published an analysis from Homeland Security that said citizenship in any given country – including the seven countries listed in the executive order – is likely an unreliable indicator of whether someone poses a terrorist threat. The new assessment, obtained by the Rachel Maddow Show and dated March 1, tracks 88 violent, foreign-born extremists in the United States. More than half of them had been in the U.S. more than 10 years before they were indicted or killed. Homeland Security tonight has confirmed the authenticity of the document. The department says production of it began in August 2016, and that it likely would have reached the White House. We have asked the White House for comment tonight. They have not responded…”

Florida’s still cool with open carry law. Shocker. Correction: Florida Supreme Court upheld the BAN on open carry. I truly need more sleep, apologies. [Volokh Conspiracy]

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