Two quotes for 13, November 2010

Quote 1: “What the F. are you talking about?

I swear, your country’s going downhill. People’s concerns are getting irrelevant. I’ve seen chimps with higher concerns and aims. Listening to bullshit music, talking about bullshit topics, while your whole country is being burnt down and bankrupt, and all they can talk about is Sarah Palin?

That’s not idiotcracy, that’s Chimpocracy.

Actually Kemal, it sounds like perfect opportunity to create an autonomous parallel society..  Perfect opportunity for someone who wants to take advantage of it.

We’ve got to get off this freaking island of fools, before they eat us or something..”
Khalid Bey , in response to my observation over coffee regarding the Sarah Palin/TLC Documentary series

Quote 2:
“.Part of the courtesy of the rich man is humility and generosity. If he is bereft of these two qualities, he has no intellect.
If the rich one is bereft of courtesy, he will go the path of hideousness.
This is why it is said that the best thing that a man can have is an intellect that supports him, or if he is not there, then wealth that will cover him, and if he is not there, lightning that will burn him, so that the land and the slaves will be at peace.” – Sidi Ahmed el-Zayruq – commenting on the intellect’s superior to wealth, and of the dangers of wealth without virtue or intelligence, as a burden to the earth and humanity.

Links for 4 November 2010

The colors may change, but the substance stays the same, by Ferdinand Bardamu

This one made me think a bit..

Heart Workout, The Journey of the Body, Thoughts on Temperance

Rape is not funny. Yes, even when it’s George Michael. (updated), by Indigo Jo

A hint of Orwell In the UK, No more trials by Jury?
Cut jury trials, says victims’ champion Louise Casey
“..The right to trial by jury for many lesser offences should be ended in England and Wales, the Commissioner for Victims of Crime has proposed..”
[What a prim, self satisfied smirk on her pasty face, swear to god, where do they dredge up these people?]
BP’s Environmental Disaster: Fishermen Report Louisiana Bays Filled With Oil, by Dahr Jamail and Erika Blumenfeld

Did somebody just try to buy the British government?

Richard Lynn on Italian “IQ”
“Generally speaking, Lynn is not to be trusted. He’s been caught numerous times falsifying and manipulating data to fit his conclusions (e.g. here, here, here, here and here), and it looks like he’s up to his old tricks again.

This time around, he’s not even using actual IQ data, but the proxy of scores on reading, math and science tests administered to 15-year-olds (PISA 2006). So he’s attempting to quantify innate general intelligence by looking at the academic performance of school kids, a measure that to a large extent involves learned knowledge and other factors. And while some researchers still argue that one is an accurate predictor of the other, one of Lynn’s own sources, Deary et al. (2007), addressing two of his other sources, suggests that caution should be exercised..”

Across the U.S., Long Recovery Looks Like Recession

Are Credit Checks Keeping The Jobless Out Of Work? by Laura Bassett Huffington Post