Archive for the ‘Culture’ Category
A beef has arisen between two Illinois KKK groups about whether one of the organizations is actually being led by a “white” man.
Robert Jones, the Imperial Klaliff of the Loyal White Knights, doesn’t think the Traditionalist American Knights are legitimate because he believes their leader, Ancona, is Jewish…
The Traditionalist American Knights recently distributed literature in New Lenox.
“Frank Ancona is also Jewish and his wife is Jewish and he’s being exposed all through the Klan world as a fake and he ain’t even white and you can actually look his family tree up which we’ve got his family tree which we can give y’all too and you can post it…”
“It says that Ancona is a nonwhite name, it’s a traditional Jewish name, Italian, and his wife, the Klan is supposed to be a Christian organization and his wife actually practices the Wiccan religion, which is basically devil worshipping to me where you’re worshipping any God besides God himself. I just thought I’d let y’all know that.”
Ancona denied that he was Jewish and called the Loyal White Knights and Jones a bunch of “drunks and druggies.”
“If I was a Jew, I’d admit it,” Ancona. “We don’t want their white trash Hoosier types. Apparently their messing around with alcohol has destroyed their last few remaining brain cells.”
It’s truly wonderful to sit back and watch these scum-sucking thugs argue among each other who is “pure” enough to represent the worst in American bigotry.
They deserve each other.
It may not be the most glamorous of archaeological finds, but the discovery of 700-year-old stinking toilets has got experts excited.
Human excrement described as being in ‘excellent condition’ has been found at the 14th century site, which features a number of special purpose-built barrel latrines.
Amazingly, the medieval faeces inside them still smell pungent, despite having had centuries to mellow.
It is not yet known whether the two toilets were attached to a house or acted as a public lavatory.
It is hoped that the excrement will give scientists a better idea of what people ate in Denmark at the time and it is now being analysed by experts…
The find is especially useful to experts as the barrels were used for a different purpose before they were transformed into toilets…Markings on the wooden barrels include the owner’s details and reveal that some of them were used to transport goods, as well as to store fish.
Archaeologists also found three barrels stacked on top of one another that are thought to have been used as a basic well…They were tied together and packed with clay to make them waterproof, while a system of pipes at the bottom of the structure was also discovered.
Excavation of the site is continuing and it is now the largest excavation in an urban area in Danish history. Odense is the country’s third largest city.
One of the study objects most sought after by archaeologists I would bump into when I lived in the Navajo Nation were coprolites. A hifalutin word for fossilized people poop. Usually in a special spot in or near an Anasazi ruin.
You can learn a lot about folks from their poop. Unless they’re too anal and uptight – and explode.
No – I don’t know if this is the actual well
Spanish police are hoping to speak to a man who allegedly left 21-year-old Edelia Aponte at the bottom of a well after she fell in while they were having sex.
Aponte got stuck in the water at the bottom of the 15-foot hole for about a half hour after failing to notice that the wood covering the well’s opening was loose.
Police found out about the young woman’s situation after they received an anonymous phone call alerting them about her whereabouts. It’s possible that the man, whom she had only just met that evening, placed the call.
If Ciudad Real police are able to track him down, the man could be charged with failing to aid someone in need of assistance.
Firefighters rescued Aponte from the well and she was taken to a hospital and treated for hypothermia.
“It could have ended in tragedy,” fire service spokesman Leni Portillo told El Crisol de Ciudad Real. “Luckily, she could swim and she wasn’t knocked out as she fell.”
The range of preparations requisite for modern impulsive sex never seems limited. I guess swimming lessons are now required.
A Catholic nun has caused a firestorm after she allegedly told teens at Charlotte Catholic High School in North Carolina last month that masturbation can turn boys gay, and gay men have up to 1,000 sexual partners.
Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, an assistant professor of theology at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee, reportedly has a history of anti-gay rhetoric. In one of her online lectures, she called oral sex an abnormal act that’s “imported from the homosexual culture…”
In one of her online videos Laurel reiterates that “a man’s desire for instance, for his father’s love, his father’s affection, what happens to it? It can become sexualized. And he can begin to think he has a sexual desire for another man, when in fact, he doesn’t.” She adds that boys who have been sexual abused also use “homosexual acts” as revenge. When reached by phone, Laurel said she hadn’t seen all the reports yet, and could not immediately provide comment.
Aquinas College President Sister Mary Sarah Galbraith defended the school presentation in a statement to the Tennessean, maintaining that, “the presentation was given with the intention of showing that human sexuality is a great gift to be treasured and that this gift is given by God…”
RTFA for notes on this silliness compounded by ignorance. MoJo also maintains a list of stupid abstinence lecturers appearing around the country if you really want to make your brain bleed.
A Florida man may have gotten out of going to work after staging a fake burglary at his home, but the place he ended up is probably worse — jail.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Dwayne Yeager on Monday morning informing them that his house had been broken into.
“My door’s open, my windows to my son’s bedroom are wide open,” Yeager said in his call. “My TV’s in there on the ground.”
The 31-year-old even had a suspect in the burglary.
“On the corner, right when I pulled up, a white, kind of little Honda Civic pulling away,” he said. “White, it had kind of like a black fender.”
When neighbors provided deputies with information that indicated Yeager was lying, he was “confronted with the discrepancies” and then confessed to faking the entire thing.
“He stated his wife was adamant that he go to work and he didn’t want to,” according to the arrest report.
Yeager was hit with one count of providing false information to law enforcement and released on $500 bail.
My guess is his wife had already left for work and he staged this while she was gone. The man is an obvious dim bulb.
Demonstration by Confederation of German Trade Unions for minimum wage
Germany’s cabinet agreed on Wednesday to a national minimum wage of 8.50 euros ($11.75) per hour – a flagship project for the Social Democrats who share power with Angela Merkel’s conservatives.
The minimum wage will take effect in Europe’s biggest economy from 2015 but will not cover minors, trainees and some interns. Some employers can continue to pay their workers less until the end of 2016 if they are covered by certain collective agreements…
The Bundestag lower house of parliament is due to debate the law in June before passing it in July. The Bundesrat upper house is expected to wave it through after the summer break.
Employer lobbies say blah, blah, blah.
Of the 28 states in the European Union, 21 have minimum wages. EU states without minimum wages tend to have smaller low-wage sectors than Germany and a bigger proportion of their workers are covered by collective wage deals between unions and employers.
Then, we have the United States where our courageous Democrats are considered too radical for Republicans and the rest of the right-wing crowd for offering a proposal that wouldn’t match inflation since the last update years ago – by the time the change took place. Assuming it ever gets past the Party of No in Congress.
Just one more moment to look back over the half-century or so since the end of WW2 and consider our victory in the War in Europe and what the losers have achieved compared to the winners.
Researchers had the agents — as the virtual robots are called — act like true student and teacher pairs: student agents struggled to learn Pac-Man and a version of the StarCraft video game. The researchers were able to show that the student agent learned the games and, in fact, surpassed the teacher.
While it may sound like fun and games, helping robots teach each other to play computer games is an important area of research in robotics — and it’s not easy. If robots could teach each other tasks, then people wouldn’t need to; for instance, a housecleaning robot could teach its replacement the job.
If you’re worried about robots taking over the world, though, don’t be…”They’re very dumb,” says Matthew Taylor, an expert on robots, agents and helping them to learn.
Even the most advanced robots are easily confused, he says. And when they get confused, they stop working. He says it often takes two or three times longer than he thinks it will to get a robot to work at all.
The easiest way to successfully teach a robot new skills is to remove the “brains” of the old one and put them in the new one, says Taylor. Problems occur, though, when hardware and software don’t work in the new model…
As anyone with teenagers knows, the trick is in knowing when the robot should give advice. If it gives no advice, the robot is not teaching. But if it always gives advice, the student gets annoyed and doesn’t learn to outperform the teacher.
“We designed algorithms for advice giving, and we are trying to figure out when our advice makes the biggest difference,” Taylor says.
I’m not courageous enough to give personal advice on teaching robots – or teenagers. I’m pleased to note the progress, though.
The decision to ban Japan’s annual whaling drive off Antarctica, handed down by the United Nations’ highest court on Monday, was a hard-won victory for conservationists who long argued that Tokyo’s whaling research was a cover for commercial whaling.
The ruling by the International Court of Justice in The Hague halts a Japanese program that has captured more than 10,000 minke and other whales in the Southern Ocean each year since 1988 in the name of biological research.
Japan may not be ready to lay down its harpoons entirely. Though the ruling is final, it allows the Japanese to continue to hunt whales under a redesigned program, said Nanami Kurasawa, who heads a marine conservation group in Tokyo.
And the court’s decision does not affect smaller hunts that Japan carries out in the northern Pacific, or coastal whaling carried out on a smaller scale by local fishermen…
In a 12-to-4 judgment, the court found that Japan was in breach of its international obligations by catching and killing minke whales and issuing permits for hunting humpback and fin whales within the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, established by the International Whaling Commission.
Reading a summary of the judgment, the presiding judge, Peter Tomka of Slovakia, said that the latest Japanese program, which was expanded in 2005, had involved the killing of thousands of minke whales and a number of fin whales, but that its “scientific output to date appears limited.” The ruling suggested that Japan’s whaling hunt was based on politics and logistics, rather than science…
Australia, a former whaling country, brought the suit against Japan in 2010, accusing the country of using a loophole to get around a 1986 worldwide moratorium on commercial whaling.
…Japan’s whaling program has struggled financially in recent years, as more Japanese consumers turn up their noses at whale meat and as environmental activists chasing whaling boats make the hunts more difficult. Hunts in recent years have relied on public subsidies, including money drawn from funds earmarked for Japan’s post-tsunami reconstruction.
Some critics said that Monday’s decision presented Japan with an opportunity to bow out of a practice that has become a drain on its finances, as well as a blow to its image abroad.
I think the Japanese politicians who constructed and defended the programmatic lie of scientific research to justify the annual whale slaughter should be converted to a diet of bat soup. From Guinea.
The legalization of medical marijuana has sparked debate across the nation for decades…Some have argued that medical marijuana’s legalization will lead to higher crime rates. But according to a new study at UT Dallas, legalization of medical cannabis is not an indicator of increased crime.
It actually may be related to reductions in certain types of crime, said Dr. Robert Morris, associate professor of criminology and lead author of the study…
The UT Dallas team began its work in summer 2012 after repeatedly hearing claims that medical marijuana legalization posed a danger to public health in terms of exposure to violent crime and property crime.
The study tracked crime rates across all 50 states between 1990 and 2006, when 11 states legalized marijuana for medical use…Since the time period the study covered, 20 states and Washington, D.C., have legalized marijuana for medical use.
Using crime data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, the researchers studied rates for homicide, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, larceny and auto theft, teasing out an effect for the passing of medical marijuana laws…
None of the seven crime types increased with the legalization of medical marijuana…
While it’s too soon to say if there are definitive drawbacks to legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, Morris said, the study shows that legalization does not pose a serious crime problem, at least at the state level.
Anyone with a studied view of crime and criminology isn’t in the least bit surprised by the finding. If you pay attention to what makes crime a growth industry – we usually witness the quest for scarce goods dramatically and artificially shaped by restrictions that have nothing to do with reality.
Cannabis is no more deleterious to human beings than alcohol. As thoroughly as I advise moderation in food and drink, especially booze, I would encourage the same about cannabis consumption. In fact, in my own life I don’t even drink beer anymore though I appreciate it as a natural product of fermentation just like the bread I bake every week.
If and when cannabis becomes legal for recreational use here in New Mexico, I’ll hunt down a recipe for Alice Toklas brownies. Probably make one batch for family consumption. And never bother again.
That has nothing to do with the need to support an end to the stupidity that infects our legal system.
Teresa Millward and Helen Brearley married in Halifax
The first same-sex weddings have taken place after gay marriage became legal in England and Wales at midnight…Politicians from the main parties have hailed the change in the law.
David Cameron said the move sent a message that people were now equal “whether gay or straight”, but some religious groups remain opposed.
Scotland passed a similar law in February; the first same-sex marriages are expected there in October. Northern Ireland has no plans to follow suit…
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said “Britain will be a different place” as a result…
Labour leader Ed Miliband congratulated those planning to tie the knot…”This is an incredibly happy time for so many gay couples and lesbian couples who will be getting married, but it’s an incredibly proud time for our country as well, recognising equal marriage in law,” he said…
Peter Tatchell (L) chief witness at Peter McGraith and David Cabreza’s wedding in Islington
Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell acted as chief witness at a packed ceremony at Islington Town Hall in London just after midnight as Peter McGraith and David Cabreza were wed after 17 years together.
Mr Tatchell said the couple and all the others getting married had “made history” and “made Britain a more tolerant, equal place”.
With a crowd of photographers, journalists and well-wishers waiting, the couple took the opportunity to highlight the international struggle for gay rights.
Mr McGraith said: “Very few countries afford their gay and lesbian citizens equal marriage rights and we believe that this change in law will bring hope and strength to gay men and lesbians in Nigeria, Uganda, Russia, India and elsewhere, who lack basic equality and are being criminalised for their sexual orientation.”
RTFA. It’s the sort of journalistic record of an historic event some corners of the British Press still do very well.
Bon voyage to the happy couples. It’s always a boon to humankind to witness another nation move forward towards equal rights, equal opportunities. Pity, we haven’t reached that point in the GOUSA – though here in New Mexico our citizens of LGBT gender have acquired the right of marriage – moving past one more barrier, one more step beyond second-class citizenship.