Posts from June 2003

Baghdad Bob captured

Baghdad Bob captured
: Or so says the Mirror.

Real business

Real business
: Marketing Fix is bought by Andy Bourland. Good news for all.

Those were the days, my friend

Those were the days, my friend
: Via Der Schockwellenreiter, here are some DDR (East German) nostalgia sites (this one auf Englisch); I have a soft spot for commie kitsch.

Hot!

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: We’re blogging the beach!

That’s right. Forget about politics, war, the law, religion, life, and death.

We’re blogging bodies!

And I couldn’t be prouder.

Here’s the NJ.com Beach Blog.

On top of that, you can control the cam on the beach at the Jersey Shore with ZoomCam.

Enjoy, you poor office rat.

: And, shame on me, I neglected to send you to our MLive.com Michigan Beach Cam. Yes, Michigan beach.

Iranian Christmas

Iranian Christmas
: David Warren has visions of sugarplums dancing in his head at the thought of the mullahs’ collapse:

…when the world’s first, most successful, and longest-lived, “Islamist” totalitarian regime finally dies, the prestige of Islamic political fanaticism everywhere will be catastrophically undermined….

If the ayatollahs fall, the international Hezbollah terrorist network will be orphaned; the Syrian Baathist dictatorship will lose its main foreign ally and prop; the North Koreans will lose their principal weapons market; the nuisance of Iranian subversion will be removed from Iraq and Afghanistan; the last serious Russian influence in the region will evaporate; France will lose its chief remaining means to sow mischief against U.S. interests; and the U.S. will lose its only credible rival as a military presence in the Gulf.

It is moreover just possible that the world oil market will go into long-term glut, from the collapse of political obstacles to free trade. This would have various economic implications, debatable environmental ones, but two indisputable strategic effects: the permanent elimination of Saudi Arabia’s oil weapon, and the gradual removal of the oil crutch upon which the region’s economies lean. The very need for productive enterprise, to feed swelling young populations, will force free-market reforms that will change the nature of Arab society.

And this is before calculating the power of example, if Iran — flanked, Allah willing, by other successes in Iraq and Afghanistan — can establish a secular democratic constitution. The desire for it is overwhelming, and after the fall of first the Shah, and then the mad mullahs, Iran may have exhausted the alternatives. The prospects for a democratic constitutional order are better in Iran than in any Arab country, from the Iranians’ willingness to do it themselves. They do not require a foreign liberator.

Mouth-watering, eh?

Iran today

Iran today
: Pejman Yousefzadeh has a very good backgrounder on Iran today at Tech Central Station.

: More from the Iranian/American couple blogging their trip to Iran. This from the American wife, on clothes:

Before coming here, I promised myself that I would not obsess over the headscarf and the manteau that I am forced to wear. When other writers did that, I was bored. I thought that there were other issues of women

Free straightlines here!

Free straightlines here!
: Fill in your own joke:

Canadian medical researchers have discovered an intriguing condition, sexsomnia, in which people who are asleep proceed to initiate sexual activity with others. The condition, detailed in the June edition of the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, appears to be a mix of sleepwalking and adolescent wet dreams.

Amazingly, not all partners of such people are distressed or irritated by the novel experience of having an unconscious person make love to them. Some almost prefer it.

Another holiday

Another holiday
: Alt.muslim reports:

This July 4th, leaders of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and the Muslim American Society (not to be confused with the American Muslim Society of Imam W. D. Muhammad, which shared that name until recently) are planning a joint convention in Philadelphia that will be the mother of all patriotic Muslim events.