Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping talk Russia-China relations DW

Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

― Neil Gaiman, Coraline via Dov


RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW:’ We’ve Forgotten Why We Won The Cold War. “The Cold War was about defeating all that for the sake of human freedom. 2019 marks 30 years since communism cracked up. Thirty years on, are we really going to forget what we won, and why? Will the world wake up in time?”
It says something about the limitations of rock music that while there was an entire oeuvreof Vietnam War protest songs in the late ’60s and early ’70s, there were infinitely fewer songs focusing on the Cold War. The ones that come to mind are David Bowie’s 1977 slice of life in divided Berlin, “Heroes,” and those written after the Wall fell in 1989: the aforementioned Jesus Jones’ “Right Here Right Now,” the Scorpions’ “Winds of Change” and Pink Floyd’s “A Great Day for Freedom.” Were there any others?

Tiananmen Square & the March into the Institutions Chuǎng. Lambert: “Don’t know the source and the funding.”

UNDERCOVER VIDEO FROM CHINESE LABOR CAMP: Never-before-seen undercover video shot inside one of China’s labor camp shows inmates forced to spend long hours doing menial work at desks, with “cabbage swimming” soup their basic sustenance. Protesters of the terrible conditions are beaten badly, chained to beds, according to The Epoch Times, which has extensive sources inside China.

Anyone who can tell you that Chernobyl is anything other than one of the most powerful indictments of Soviet communism with a straight face is nothing other than a propagandist.
Now try to act surprised that the media is full of them.
In the 1980s, plenty of lefties convinced themselves that the film adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984 that starred John Hurt and Richard Burton was a searing indictment of Margaret Thatcher’s Tories, despite the fictitious totalitarian regime’s ideological portmanteau, Ingsoc, serving as an abbreviation of the words “English Socialism,” as a way to project Stalinism, circa 1948, further into the post-WWII future, and into Orwell’s England

Amazon Shows Off New All-Electric Prime Air Drone That Will Start Delivering Packages ‘Within Months’ GeekWire. If you think they are just delivering packages, I have a bridge I’d like to sell you. I hope they are used for target practice in gun-owning neighborhoods.

"You are, in fact, being followed" — conspiracy theories for the ultra-rational from philosopher-humorist Alex Baia and Thatcher Jensen, in The New Yorker

Workers at the Chess Moving container yard in Blacktown may have been familiar with big trucks carrying 40-foot shipping containers by day - but some were accustomed to something a little fancier after hours. The trial of four men accused of involvement in the importation of $1.5 ...

The levels of stress in dogs correlate with the stress of their owners

Drinking unsalted tomato juice has surprising impact on cholesterol Slashgear

Ayres pushed to subdivide and develop parts of historic estate: emails

The emergence of earlier plans to subdivide parts of the property has alarmed locals who have lobbied for the estate to be reserved for public use.

Shouldn’t we stick to the simple stuff for now — like firing rockets full of pollution into the upper atmosphere to fight global warming?