January 31, 2011

Of course you never know with bloggers

...but I'd always thought Anne Althouse was taller.

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January 30, 2011


I was curious how they were going to do that Vocaloid tour.
The answer appears to be "Quite well indeed."

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Interesting Finds and Linky Luv

Steven Den Beste has just watched Havoc in Heaven and seemed to like it.

Actual footage of his reaction taken by one of our crack team of espionage beavers

Wonderduck had a rather different reaction to Rio Rainbow Gate...but it seems to have driven him over the edge, so everything's OK now.

I would normally be unlikely to give a magical girl show a second thought. However Ubu indicates that Puella Magi Madoka Magica seems to going into some very interesting (and dark) places.

Don is asking the hard questions.

Beta Waffle is back! Has been for some time...but I'm slow in noticing these things.

( For example, a few months ago I was surprised to see DVDs of Linebarrels of Iron for sale. I had no idea the show actually existed. I had thought that LOI was a joke strip by Beta Waffle parodying Anime cliche's...Actually, it was a show composed of Anime cliches that Beta Waffle was mocking/reviewing. )

Note: Frau Bow image  is unrelated to the content of this post. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused. 

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Things Fall Apart...

The situation in Cairo is very worrisome.

While some seem very happy that there is a populist revolt going on, I do not share their optimism.

 Mubarak is indeed brutal and oppresses people. Like the Shah of Iran, many of the people he is oppressing desperately need to be oppressed for the good of humanity. Like the Shah, if Mubarak falls, he is likely to be replaced by a pretty radical anti-US anti-Israel group of Islamists, in this case tied to the Muslim brotherhood. 

There is a lot of criticizing of the president on his handling of this situation, but we don't know what intel he is privy to, what conversations he's had or what is being done behind the scenes. What we CAN be sure of is that the US doesn't have much sway over the situation right now and any pressure we are perceived as applying will likely make the situation worse. I don't envy the President tonight. He may indeed be out of his depth, he may indeed have a blinkered worldview, but he is now faced with a situation that has the potential to become very bad indeed, and there is very little he can do.

This has the potential to be a very big international crisis, if Mubarak falls the odds are things in the middle east will go very far south with alarming rapidity.

Egypt controls the Suez canal (not, as some have suggested, the Panama Canal) and having a Sunni version of the Iranian mullocracy control that waterway has very real implications for world trade.

Having Egypt, which shares a boarder with Israel go all Jihadi is a very bad thing.

The news services are following this pretty well but there were a couple of opinion pieces I thought merited linkage.

The mustache of justice has thoughts here.

Cdr. Salamander has a long post here.

Rep. Thaddeus McCotter has a piece in Human events (via Cubachi, who has additional video)

Stratfor has extensive analysis here.

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Marketing Note

If one is attempting to convince potential customers that one should be paid by said individuals to write their dissertations, then typing...

Your blog is really helps for my search and i really like it.. Thanks a lot..
... may not be the best way to inspire confidence in ones product quality.

On the other hand, It might work. People who hire out their papers, let alone dissertations, are wastes of skin better utilized by burn victims...much like comment spammers

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