By Pete Moore On August 18th, 2014 at 9:40 pm
Carrying out beheadings and other extreme acts is unthinkable for most people, but the right cocktail of factors can make anyone an extremist, says neuroscientist Prof Ian Robertson
I’d have thought this is pretty obvious. I’ve said in here before that if I’d been born in NI I might have gone that way. I don’t mean that I’d have been a different person and therefore of a different mind either. There’s not the slightest chance of me initiating violence against someone, or of attacking innocents for a political cause, but even as I am now, I think that the younger me, if born elsewhere, would easily have been capable of picking up a gun and doing terrible things. That’s not to excuse terrible acts, and I wouldn’t today excuse myself my younger self.
This isn’t a great admission. Within a few years the Germans went from being as sophisticated, intellectually and culturally, as any people, to terrorising a continent. But it’s not as if the goosesteppers and headchoppers are the only extremists. The transatlantic War Party is still popular, and by any (classical) liberal measure it’s extreme. Clearly we need to be on guard first and always to ourselves.
By The Troll On August 18th, 2014 at 2:56 am
We await the word of the master of the house. What will be the fate of our home? The bickering of the children has taken it’s toll, and we wait for judgement. Sitting on death row for our crimes. Shall it be the noose, or a reprieve, the hand of the executioner or a letter from the Governor?
Some may not feel this way, but the depression that I feel I know is shared. By me, David, and several others. I feel an oppressive weight hanging overhead. I have to write something.
This site has been my home for a long time. I have seen it in many incarnations, populated by many characters. Some loved, some hated. An eclectic gathering of scholars, wonks, politicians, lawyers(god help us), businessmen, doctors, engineers, drunkards, anarchists, and housewives. All however have been part of a grand tapestry that I love. A reflection of life filled with the richness of passion, love, envy, desire, anger, and hope. All the fragrances that make life worth living.
Maybe it is to much a reflection of the world. The world is at war, and so are we. I like to believe that there is still Hope in the world. So I cling to hope for us.
There will be no comments on this thread. Not to be the Bastard that I am, but because I hope we will all reflect on this living work of Art and how it has been a part of each of our lives. I hope it remains so.
By Mike Cunningham On August 17th, 2014 at 12:34 pm
So how do you combat an outbreak of a virus which is virtually unstoppable?
Well, if you are in Africa:-
Three Liberian patients received ZMapp on Friday, according to Tolbert G. Nyenswah, a Liberian assistant minister of health and social welfare. The patients signed consent forms stating that they understood the risks of the untested drug, and waived liability for any adverse effects.
The doses had been flown into Liberia after appeals from President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia to President Obama and senior American officials. Its arrival last week lifted morale and “raised the hope of everybody,” Mrs. Johnson Sirleaf said. The situation, however, was volatile. On Saturday afternoon, several hundred people in an area of Monrovia known as the West Point slum broke through the gates of a former school that had been converted days earlier into a holding center for people with suspected Ebola.
Samuel Tarplah, 48, a nurse running the center, said Saturday evening that the protesters wanted to shut it down. “They told us that we don’t want an Ebola holding center in our community.” He said the intruders stole mattresses, personal protective equipment, even buckets of chlorine that had just been delivered. “They took everything.”
Yep, the very place where the ‘experts’ hoped to contain the sick and the dying was trashed and ransacked.
Modern Africa…………..Just like the old Africa!
‘in an area of Monrovia known as the West Point slum’ which is really difficult to distinguish from all the other slums!
By The Troll On August 17th, 2014 at 12:18 am
A man who was protesting today after looting broke out last night again in Ferguson is getting a glimpse of reality.
Now I don’t know if the killing of the man in Ferguson by the Cops was justified or not. No one except the 4 people involved really know. What I do know is when you spend seven days attacking the Cops the reaction they witnessed last night was always a possibility.
Rioting broke out again, the store that the man had “allegedly” robbed before being killed was looted and destroyed. The Cops stood and watched. They dared not intervene.
If the Police are afraid to react to preserve the peace, who will stop the Animals from getting YOU?
By Pete Moore On August 16th, 2014 at 8:40 pm
Pure comedy gold at the touch of a button: what a great thing this interweb is, eh? I have my Porridge box set on the shelf somewhere and it gets a run out occasionally. It’s up there with the greatest sitcoms in my book. The scripts and observations were pin sharp, so good you can watch them over and over and they’re always fresh. Just add a top cast and squeaky boots -
By Pete Moore On August 16th, 2014 at 6:17 pm
What a fascinating documentary this is.
It was on 8th December 1991 that Boris Yeltsin and his Ukraine and Belarus counterparts met and signed the instrument to dissolve the Soviet Union. I came across this RT (nope, not doing that waltz again) film, using interviews with many people witnessed it, about the events leading up to, and on, that day. Anyone interested in modern European history might find it fascinating too. A couple of points stand out. Mikhail Gorbachev, as Russian President at the time, was kept entirely in the dark and knew nothing about the meeting or what would happen. Someone has already noted in these here parts (ehem) that Mikhail Gorbachev was no heroic reformer, and here we see in his own words that he tried – and failed – to defend the Soviet Union “to the last bullet”. We also see that Boris Yeltsin might have been a little in the dark too, because a worker at the remote facility who attended Yelstin when he arrived for the signing says that “it was clear he’d just come from a social function.” I think we know what he means.
If you watch it maybe you could park yourself on youtube’s bandwidth -
By David Vance On August 16th, 2014 at 2:48 pm
I have received an email from long term ATW commentator Agit8ed informing he that he has decided to leave the site. Some of you may be familiar with his reasons – it comes down to the language and tone used in recent discussions. This depresses me no end. I hate it when anyone leaves. I always wanted ATW to be a big enough tent for all. But it’s not. And I wonder should I carry on. I am in a lucky position insofar as I write what I want and feel no real need to justify anything but when people partake in the comments, things can turn ugly and that really bothers me. I’m going to think about it.
By The Troll On August 16th, 2014 at 4:57 am
First in, Last out…. something different
By The Troll On August 16th, 2014 at 4:28 am
The Republican Field for President just shrunk by one.
Governor Rick Perry of Texas just bit the dust. Perry was indicted on two Felony Counts. Abuse of official capacity, a first-degree felony, and coercion of a public servant, a third-degree felony. The Story is here. Right or Wrong, win, or lose any ambition he had of running just went down the drain. Texas is the most stable State in the Union, he had a great platform from it to run on, but….
The right does not forgive.
A defiant Perry calls felony indictment a ‘farce’
AUSTIN — Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Saturday that the indictment against him was an “outrageous” abuse of power and vowed to fight it.
“This indictment amounts to nothing more than abuse of power and I cannot and will not allow that to happen,” Perry said at a news conference on Saturday.
Perry spoke a day after a grand jury indicted the Republican on two felony counts of abuse of power for making good on a veto threat. He dismissed the prosecution as a “farce.”
A special prosecutor spent months calling witnesses and presenting evidence that Perry broke the law when he promised publicly to veto $7.5 million over two years for the Public Integrity Unit run by the office of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg.
Lehmberg, a Democrat, was convicted of drunken driving, but refused Perry’s calls to resign.