Statue of George Bush raised in Albania

Bush statue unveiled in Albania, Euronews, 2011 7 7


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"Here is a town to shame the whole world. It is full of statues and not
one of them of a soldier. Only poets and thinkers have been so honoured. "

William Shirer, on Ljubljana, Slovenia, from "Berlin Diary", 1938


Eisenhower 2011

Ali Farzat was attacked and his hands were broken recently, over some cartoons he had drawn that were critical of the government. . . the government in his case being the dictatorship of Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Asad.

One of the cartoons that Farzat drew was of a soldier, guarding a cache of missiles, but clothed in tatters, and dreaming of a loaf of bread.

Assad's Cartoonish Crackdown, DAVID KENNER, Foreign Policy magazine. Aug 25 2011

Ali Farzat علي فرزات, Facebook.com

ali-ferzat.com

Targeting his Talent, renowned Syrian cartoonist severly beaten Angie Nassar, nowlebanon.com, Aug 25 2011

Jillian York's twitter

It reminds one of Dwight Eisenhower's Cross of Iron speech, from the 1950s.

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.

This world in arms in not spending money alone.

It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.

The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities.

It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population.

It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals.

It is some 50 miles of concrete highway.

We pay for a single fighter with a half million bushels of wheat.

We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people.

This, I repeat, is the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking.

This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron."

(text from Information Clearing House)

Malda leaves slashdot

In my time on slashdot.org, i went from a troll who got IP banned to having about 15 or so articles accepted for publication, generating hundreds of interesting comments.

Now the guy who created that slashdot thing is gone. Why did he leave? The internet had changed, and he didn't think he could 'objectively' decide how slashdot should change with it.

What, specifically, caused him to feel that way? We may never know.