“A letter sent from the Oxford University Press (OUP) to an author warning not to include "pigs plus sausages, or anything else which could be perceived as "pork" in their book.
The move meant not to "offend" Muslims comes after British Sky News refused to show Charlie Hebdo's latest cover that features Mohammed, in a surprising act of censorship that comes as world media has in general rallied to support freedom of speech after the attack.” http://virtualjerusalem.com/culture.php?Itemid=15672
A letter from the Three Little Pigs to the Oxford Press.
We, the Pigs, are offended that the publisher banned us from their publications. We the Pigs are outraged at being discriminated against by the Oxford University Press
We sacrifice ourselves and are made into sausages for the benefit and well-being of the fine members of the Oxford publishing community who love to consume our brothers and sisters, especially in the form of sausages.
So it is totally unfair to ban us Pigs, loyal and peaceful citizens, from this enlightened publishing house especially considering that we, the pigs, do not threaten anybody and never seduced innocent Muslims or Jews. Nor are we planning to do so considering that we, the Pigs, have plenty of fans ready to enjoy our company and our sausages.
Signed: Big Bad Wolf
Signed for the Three Little Pigs who are busy building their house.
I have been arguing with some in the Russian community who support Putin and his policies. No one changed their opinions. So I decided to list facts. Just the facts about Russia and the European Union. The facts prove in my opinion that not the EU, nor the US is interested in confrontation with Russia.
EU investment in Russia.
The EU is the most important investor in Russia. It is estimated that up to 75% of Foreign Direct Investment stocks in Russia come from EU Member States (including Cyprus). http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/countries-and-regions/countries/russia/
Over the past decades, NATO reached out to Russia with a series of partnership initiatives, culminating in the foundation of the NATO-Russia Council in 2002. No other country has such a privileged relationship with NATO. http://www.nato.int/cps/eu/natohq/topics_111767.htm?
Europe's military spending
A combination of austerity-driven budget cuts and historical wariness of military spending mean that among EU Member States in NATO, only Estonia, Greece and the UK met the alliance’s target of 2% of GDP spent on defense last year. In 2012, EU Member States spent an average of roughly 1.5% of GDP on defense. In real terms, total defense spending has been decreasing in the EU since 2006, dropping about 10% from 2006 to 2011. http://www.debatingeurope.eu/2014/09/24/peaceful-eu-countries-increase-defence-spending/#.VLHqLivF-7I
Leaders in the region, who have reacted to Russia's occupation of Crimea by expressing fears that they could be next, are now taking solace in their alliances. "Thanks be to God, we are NATO members," exclaimed Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite last week. This month, Norway is hosting 16,000 NATO soldiers for previously planned cold-weather training exercises on the Russian border, much to the Russians' displeasure. Among those participating in Operation Cold Response are 1,400 Swedish troops under the Nordic nation's limited partnership with the alliance. http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/03/after-crimea-sweden-flirts-with-joining-nato/284362/
US missile defense system
Two recent editorials from Heritage fellows have criticized the Obama administration for abandoning Eastern European allies. According to the editorials, Obama has given up proposed missile defense sites in Poland and the Czech Republic (sometimes called the "third site"). They argue that this will serve to embolden Russia and increase our vulnerability to Iran's missile capabilities. http://csis.org/blog/obama-throwing-eastern-europe-under-bus
The situation after the invasion in Ukraine.
Russia is currently engaged in the largest nuclear weapons buildup since the end of the Cold War. It is planning to spend over $55 billion on its missile and air defense systems in the next six years, compared to about $8 billion a year that the U.S. spends on its missile defense programs.
Russia has over 1,400 nuclear warheads deployed on long-range ballistic missiles. These missiles can reach the U.S. within 33 minutes. It is also engaged in ballistic missile modernization and is reportedly developing intermediate-range ballistic missiles that are prohibited under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with the U.S. These missiles are most threatening to allies in the European theater. http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2014/03/us-missile-defense-policy-after-russias-actions-in-ukraine
Germany and Russia.
The EU has imposed new sanctions to prevent Vladimir Putin from further escalating the crisis in Ukraine. Berlin has played a leading role in the punitive actions, despite protests from the German business community. There's no turning back for Merkel.
Germany would prefer to do business with Russia.
"About 6,200 German companies are engaged in Russia, some of them very strongly," Anton Boerner, head of the BGA exporters' body, told the Dortmunder Ruhr Nachrichten newspaper. "For them, economic sanctions would be a real catastrophe." http://rt.com/business/germany-russia-sanctions-businesses-365/
Investments in Russia.
Russia has been cited as the worst place to invest among the biggest world economies in light of the conflict in Ukraine, according to foreign investors polled by Bloomberg in their quarterly Global Market Investor's Poll. http://www.themoscowtimes.com/business/article/russia-is-worst-place-for-foreign-investment-poll-says-/500038.html
Crimea under Russia
Since Russia annexed the Black Sea peninsula 10 months ago, more than $1 billion in real estate and other assets have been stripped from their former owners, according to estimates from the owners and lawyers. The assets include banks, hotels, shipyards, farms, gas stations, the major bakery, a vital dairy and even the storied lots of Yalta Film Studio, which 50 years ago made this now shabby seaside resort the Hollywood of the Soviet Union. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/11/world/seizing-assets-in-crimea-from-shipyard-to-film-studio.html?_r=0
Russian soldiers killed in Ukraine.
Eleva Vasilieva, a human rights activist and the group’s founder, says that the total number of deaths of Russian soldiers and mercenaries in Ukraine warfare could be about 4,000.
“We don’t know the number of wounded and those who could be killed of wounds as this figure is hidden,” she (Vasilieva) said at a press briefing in Kiev.
“Under Ilovaisk on Aug. 25-27, when the Russian troops were deployed, we recorded the first thousand Russian officers (killed) just in two days,” she added. https://medium.com/war-is-boring/the-war-in-ukraine-is-killing-lots-of-russians-cdf321c369
Scandinavia and near Baltic countries.
Throughout 2014, an unprecedented number of air space violations and incidents have required NATO Baltic Air Policing to scramble jets in response. Most significantly, there has been a dramatic increase in Russian military exercises in the area. Such air space violations have been equal-opportunity-bullying, targeting Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania alike. The goal of these increased military activities in or near Nordic/Baltic space is to undo the emergence of a collective defense system in the region. http://www.the-american-interest.com/2014/11/17/putin-targets-the-scandinavians/
Budapest Memorandums on Security Assurances, 1994, that Russia broke.
The Presidents of Ukraine, the Russian Federation, the United States of America and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom signed three memorandums (UN Document A/49/765) on December 5, 1994, with the accession of Ukraine to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Through this agreement, these countries (later to include China and France in individual statements) gave national security assurances to Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine. The Joint Declaration by the Russian Federation and the United States of America of December 4, 2009 confirmed their commitment. http://www.cfr.org/nonproliferation-arms-control-and-disarmament/budapest-memorandums-security-assurances-1994/p32484
About freedom of speech in Russia. 56 Journalists Killed in Russia since 1992/Motive Confirmed. https://cpj.org/killed/europe/russia/
So in conclusion I am asking my readers to draw their own conclusions based on facts.
"First They Came for the Jews"
By Pastor Niemoller
First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.
SARCELLES, France — From the immigrant enclaves of the Parisian suburbs to the drizzly bureaucratic city of Brussels to the industrial heartland of Germany, Europe’s old demon returned this summer. “Death to the Jews!” shouted protesters at pro-Palestinian rallies in Belgium and France. “Gas the Jews!” yelled marchers at a similar protest in Germany. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/24/world/europe/europes-anti-semitism-comes-out-of-shadows.html?_r=0
Gunmen have shot dead 12 people at the Paris office of a French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, in an apparent militant Islamist attack.
Four of the magazine's well-known cartoonists, including its editor, were among those killed, as well as two police officers. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30710883
The writing is on the wall. The world is sick again. And the first and usual symptom is the rise of antisemitism. But Europe learned nothing from the events before and during WWII. Nothing.
Attacks on Jews and Jewish houses of worship as well as Jewish businesses are becoming commonplace in European countries, especially in France. But who cares! These are Jews. Nobody cares about Jews! The Europeans never liked Jews. They did not move a finger to help Jews before and during the war.
And what is fascinating is the Jews never, never posed any threats to anybody. And yet they, the Jews, are always a scapegoat, always the first to suffer the growing hate.
But what the Europeans never learned is that the evil never stopped with Jews. It is feeding on the hatred and indifference of others, growing and getting stronger. And when Evil gets strong enough it goes further. It strikes another victim and while the silent majority is preoccupied with the daily grind, the evil gets stronger, bolder. And it strikes again.
Europe learned nothing. But Jews did. We will not be helpless victims anymore. And if the Europeans will not come to their senses, they will be the next victim.
And their antisemitism will not appease the Evil.
Issues are not black and white.
In light of current events, I am trying to sort it out in the simplest possible terms while doing my best to be impartial.
Is there racism in the US?
Yes, I have no doubt about it. And racism is here for a long time to come.
Racism has been illegal in the US since the Civil Rights Act of 1964. But you cannot end racism just by legislature. The flames of racism are burning brighter now due to the killing of black Americans by police and the reaction of black community.
I think that killings by police is nothing new and the police are very seldom at fault. For some reason it all came to light recently in Ferguson.
The danger of generalizing.
There is a lot of outrage after the killing of an unarmed black men by police.
I noticed that the media is lumping all those cases together. The problem is that each case is different.
You cannot blame all police. You cannot blame the police every time.
Are there bad policemen? Yes, of course.
Are there poorly trained policemen? Yes.
Just like in any profession. But we should not blame the entire police establishment for being racists. I want our police to be here for us. To serve and protect.
Who are they? One person I hear from is Al Sharpton, who is using the situation to promote himself. Al Sharpton is not a leader, he is an opportunist. Rights come with responsibilities. By just demanding rights and not teaching responsibilities, leaders like Al Sharpton do more harm than good.
Many black people are successful in our country. They are politicians, they serve in the military, they are actors and writers, teachers and scientists. These are the people who should be role models for all of us, especially for the black community. These people have proved that despite difficulties and racism, one can succeed in our society.
Many of them talk about racism and racial profiling and unfairness to all black men. And it is absolutely correct, but what I do not hear too often from these successful people is, "I worked hard, I overcame a lot of obstacles, a lot of prejudice and I succeeded. Look at me." Why I do not hear this from prominent successful black people?
Is that fair? Probably not...but necessary. It takes generations to change, to overcome the old thinking, stubborn stereotypes.
So, where do we start?
There is no single solution. There are no simple solutions.
The problem starts with families. There are many broken black families. There is an old stubborn black culture of victimhood and suspicion.
Anti-white, anti-learning, "Oreo cookies" culture. Black kids who want to learn and excel are being bullied by other black kids. Black people who want to succeed and learn are facing difficulty in their own neighborhoods. At school they are dressed like any other person around them, but they change their appearance before going back to their neighborhoods. This black culture holds kids back and makes it very difficult and challenging to succeed. It is as damaging as racism.
We have black kids in our extended family. We have black neighbors who are immigrants from Haiti. Our sons are about the same age and are friends. At one time our son told us that his friend's grand- mother forbade him to play with our son because our son distracted him from studying. Family culture!
Everything should be done for those who want to succeed. Good education should be available for those who want to learn, who want to brake the cycle of dependency and poverty. The lottery system for the magnet school enrollment is a disgrace.
Access to education for those who want to learn is the most important way to address guns in our society.
In our gun-crazed society police have to be extra careful. Officers are suspicious and sometimes paranoid about being shot. And there is a good reason for this paranoia, because anybody might have a gun. So,considering that split-second decisions usually occur in life and death situations, the killing by police will continue as long as we as a society remain obsessed with guns.
Lets be honest with ourselves. If I see a black guy in our neighborhood, do I get suspicious? It depends. I have black neighbors, I know their kids and I treat them just like any other neighbor. But, if I see a group of black guys with their pants around their knees hanging around my neighborhood, (actually if I see any such group of young people) I will call the police The reason why I would call the police is that I would be concerned for my safety.
On the other hand if a white person showed up in an inner city black neighborhood, he or she could be in danger, and it is not because the neighbors are concerned for their safety.
I think that the case in New York was wrong - use of unnecessary force. The case in Ferguson is still open for investigation. Each case is unique and should be studied as a separate case.
And one more thing. In the class of "citizen police academy", I was told to obey the police officer's command...even if you have no idea why the police stopped you. It will be sorted out later, just do what the police tell you to do or they will force you to do it!
My personal opinion is that many of the protests are misguided and are unfairly vilifying the police.
I want to conclude that the blame lays in part on some in the black community and that race relations cannot be improved by violence and reckless rioting.
Happy Holidays to all! Let's celebrate life!
Sony on a short leash
North Korea hacked into Sony Pictures' spine and officially now has Sony Pictures on a short leash. From now on every new movie release has to be approved by the Great Leader.
The European Union removed Hamas from the terrorists list and is going to invite Hamas to become a member of the EU. That bold move will help the EU fight the Israeli expansionist and genocidal policies in the otherwise peaceful Middle East.
Closer ties with Cuba
After long negotiations, Cuba agreed to help Obama spread Socialism in the United States. Real American patriots (also known as the Republicans) are outraged that instead of bombing Cuba as we in America usually do with other countries he, Barack Hussein Obama, is in cahoots with Castro to finally enslave all freedom-loving Americans under the Obama-Castro Communist regime.
What The "Two-State Solution" Has to Do with the Rise of Islamic Extremism: Zero
"What Kerry perhaps does not know is that the Islamic State is not interested in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at all. Unlike Kerry, Sunni scholars fully understand that the Islamic State has more to do with Islam and terrorism than with any other conflict.”
An exercise in logic.
Some “intellectuals” and some not so- intellectuals are claiming that Israel is causing all the problems in the Middle East by oppressing the Palestinian people.
So the logical conclusion would be that Muslims in the Middle East are killing each other to help the Palestinians. I guess Shiites and Sunnis are killing each other to prove that they love their Palestinian brothers.
And Hamas is killing their Palestinian brothers and sisters to prove that only Hamas can liberate them
To rephrase Golda Meir: they hate each other more than they love their children.
As to those “intellectuals” and not-so intellectuals, I would suggest they think before they talk because they obviously cannot do both at the same time.
Also, my intellectual friends, while you are quiet please think about this: How many countries in the Middle East recognize the right of Israel to exist? A two-states solution means the recognition of the state of Israel. How many countries in the Middle East are interested?
By the way, many super-nice intellectuals (some call them Liberals) love to fight for victims, for the oppressed. Guess what: I'M A JEW AND I DO NOT WANT TO BE A VICTIM ANYMORE!
And please stay quiet while you ponder these issues. Good luck.
Our heads are getting bigger while our brains are shrinking.
Did the 20th century make us big-headed? Maybe so, since forensic anthropologists at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville found that white Americans' heads are getting bigger and bigger...in size, that is.
The researchers studied about 1,500 skulls that dated from the mid-1800s through the 1980s. They noticed that the skulls gradually became larger, taller and narrower. As a result, faces have become longer
While the human brain is shrinking.
A new study has confirmed what scientists have long believed to be the case – the human brain is shrinking. For more than 7 million years the hominid brain has grown increasingly bigger, almost tripling in size. But for the last 10,000 years, the human brain has been shrinking at an alarming rate and no one really knows why. New research has attempted to answer this question by examining size changes in specific regions of the brain. - See more at: http://www.ancient-origins.net/news-evolution-human-origins/scientists-are-alarmed-shrinking-human-brain-001446#sthash.lWdqQdAo.dpuf
More than 4,000 years ago, great civilizations existed around the world and the ancient
inhabitants built incredible buildings and cities with great precision and beauty, often with astronomical alignments that we are only just beginning to realize. Nowadays, technology has taken over, rendering our need to apply skill, creativity and memory virtually redundant. Instead of memorizing navigational routes we switch on our ‘sat navs’ and rather than storing phone numbers and addresses in our memory banks, we have them all in hand on our iPhones and Blackberries. Our technology is evolving rapidly, but sadly it seems that we are not. http://www.ancient-origins.net/news-evolution-human-origins/scientists-are-alarmed-shrinking-human-brain-001446
So it seems that while our heads are getting bigger our brains are getting smaller. And why am I not surprised? And what fills the empty space in our heads? Marshmallows I think. Here are the facts: 20% of Americans believe that the Sun revolves around the Earth http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023830951
We do not need to think for ourselves anymore. Why bother? Just google it!