Iraq militia stone youths to death for emo style | Reuters

Just as well we liberated them from an awful dictatorship eh? Good job “coalition”…

Iraq militia stone youths to death for emo style | Reuters.

Rob Higgs – YouTube

It’ll never sell. They shoulda made it musical…

Rob Higgs – YouTube.

WING – YouTube

best watched gently stoned…

WING – YouTube.

Invisible Children | Kony2012

Damn! This looks like it could actually work. Let’s see if we can help it along a little.

It certainly takes care of this year’s PFL battlegroup, we usually lend ironic support to some villain or other. We broke with tradition last year and chose the hero who started the Arab Spring (Mohammad Bouazizi). Time to get back to where we belong, with the bad guys. And they don’t come much badder than the medieval style arch-criminal Joseph Kony.

What particularly struck me about the video is the intelligent construction of the message. There is nothing that anyone (apart, possibly, from the target, Joseph Kony) can take issue with. At one stage, I thought the narrator was being a bit heavy handed with his own kid, Gavin, but when he made the point that kids of Gavin’s age are among Kony’s victims, it made the scene utterly justifiable.

Also I’m impressed that he hasn’t demanded blood – which would be more eminently justified in Kony’s case than any other criminal, political or private, alive today. This alone sets an enormous precedent. As would a positive result arising from an inspiring web run campaign based on true consensus. We ALL want to see the bastard stopped and brought to justice. We ALL want to see, as far as possible the enormous damage he has wrought, reversed.

No one’s going to argue “on the one hand this, on the other, that”. From the Westboro Baptist Church (who might argue that Kony represents God’s punishment for our tolerance, nay, encouragement of Sodomy) to the Government of the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea (who might argue that Kony is a natural consequence of Capitalism and its selective morality) we ALL want the same thing.

That’s VERY rare. Almost unique. It might even be enough.

And, if it is, you’ll have played your part in what the world may one day come to see as the first act of REAL Global democracy. That’ll be something to tell the grandkids.

So watch it and weep. Then sign up and join the movement…

KONY 2012 from INVISIBLE CHILDREN on Vimeo.

Invisible Children | Kony2012.

Invisible Children | Kony2012

It would be excellent if a web based campaign somehow provided the solution to this, so far, intractable problem, where the international community has so spectacularly failed…

Invisible Children | Kony2012.

Is There a Fatal Flaw in the TSA Nude-Body Scanners? – Jeffrey Goldberg – Technology – The Atlantic

there are many reasons to oppose the unaccountable operation of these overly intrusive scanners but, unless I’m missing something, this isn’t one of them. Granted he’s exposed a flaw but getting punters to “twirl” or simply rotate 90 degrees during the scan would fix it. So while we welcome this exposure of their continuing incompetence and “security theatre”, it doesn’t offer the killer blow which will force the authoritarians to back down…

Is There a Fatal Flaw in the TSA Nude-Body Scanners? – Jeffrey Goldberg – Technology – The Atlantic.

We’re Underestimating the Risk of Human Extinction

Why now?

I’m certainly not the first but even I have been prattling on about extinction level threats for over 15 years. This, after all is what “god” was talking about when we met in 2000. And I painted some of the threats we can look forward to a few years back when I wrote Reasons to be fearful” (Ch 10 part 2) in 2005. And Resurrection was, in part, inspired by Nick Bostrum’s original essay on the Simulated Universe Argument.

So what’s new? Why has he surfaced here? Answers should be attached in the usual way (or, if you’re not a WordPress blogger, email me)

Full article at Atlantic