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Al Jazeera's English Bureau: You Can't Say "Extremism," "Terrorism," "Jihad" or (of course) "Islamism" | Main | Morning Thread (1-29-2015)
January 28, 2015

Ye Old Obernite Open Thred (1-28-2015)

Helsinki Great, NYC Good, Lisbon Bad: The "Honesty Arc"

So researchers did a test of honesty in major cities around the world based on lost wallets.

Sixteen world cities, times twelve wallets. Each wallet containing the equivalent of $50 in local currency, some business cards and family photos, and a mobile phone number. How many wallets are returned?

...First, the good news: none of the cities surveyed brought shame on itself by returning none of the wallets. The bad news: globally, your chances or getting your wallet back are less than half. Of the grand total of 192 wallets sprinkled across malls, parks and sidewalks in those 16 cities, only 90 were returned - not more than 47%.

The most honest city was Helsinki, Finland where 11 out of 12 wallets were returned. And New York City outperformed every city in Europe other than Helsinki and Budapest with 8 out 12 wallets returned. Of all the cities in the test the worst were Lisbon and Madrid with a 90%+ loss rate. So don't lose any personal belongings or children in those cities.


MSM Attempting to Ban the N* G* Z*** Word

Not only do they not exist according to the MSM but by the newly issued PC rules you can no longer even talk about them in public.

But in the following days, the counter-attack against those calling attention to the growth of Islamist extremism in Europe has now gotten to the point where it is no longer possible for anyone to mention the existence of a "no go zone" for non-Muslims anywhere in Europe. But those who are trying to portray the entire topic as a conservative or anti-Muslim meme that must be stamped out are forgetting some important information. It wasn't Fox News or any conservative outlet that helped popularized the idea of such zones; it was the impeccably liberal New York Times.

The backlash against mention of no-go zones has gotten to the point where CNN anchor Anderson Cooper actually apologized for letting several guests mention them on his program. Though had he interviewed Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo who speciously threatened to sue Fox News for mentioning no go zones in the region of the French capital and had heaped scorn on Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal for doing the same, Anderson also did a mea culpa for letting some guests say the dreaded words.

In the wave of the Paris attacks, several guests on this program mentioned 'no-go zones' in France. I didn't challenge them and twice referred to them as well. I should have been more skeptical, I won't make the same mistake again.


Seattle Government Now Going Through Citizens' Trash for Public Shaming, Revenue

DEA Gives Up Plan to Monitor All Vehicle License Plates Near Gun Shows

Reason #23 why I've soured on the War on Drugs and now view it as approaching the same amount of harm that it was started to prevent.

Alphabets and the Written Word: All Tools of the Patriarchy Used to Oppress Women

Of all the sacred cows allowed to roam unimpeded in our culture, few are as revered as literacy. Its benefits have been so incontestable that in the five millennia since the advent of the written word numerous poets and writers have extolled its virtues. Few paused to consider its costs. . . . One pernicious effect of literacy has gone largely unnoticed: writing subliminally fosters a patriarchal outlook. Writing of any kind, but especially its alphabetic form, diminishes feminine values and with them, women's power in the culture.

You know if I accepted Feminists' own views of their fellow women the only possible conclusion would be that women are such fragile, delicate creatures, utterly maladapted to this world, that they should be confined to large farms where they can organically till the soil and sing goddess songs during their sisterhood rites while protected from masculine technology such as written language, harsh words, standards, and sarcastic eye-rolling. For their protection and safety of course. (thanks to Ben)


Robert Downey Jr. Producing A Movie About the USS Indianapolis

And the movie script acknowledges Quint's story from Jaws as the inspiration.

The Faces of Auschwitz

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Giving the Gift of Machine Guns

Because the Left has been slacking off in its krazy hatred for the Koch brothers recently so they had to step it up a bit.

Armenian Girl Sings The Opera From 'The 5th Element' On Russian The Voice And Wows the Audience and Judges

You can watch the original movie sequence here.

Non-Americans Weigh in on Which American Customs Seem Outrageous or Pointless to Them

enormous gaps around toilet doors! omg why??? Edit: I'm no prude, I'll happily pee in a field, but it IS a shock when you visit the USA from Europe and feel so exposed. And women have period-related stuff to do as well, no-one wants an audience for that.
Blowing leaves instead of just picking them up in a plastic bag. I was living with relatives for a year and they asked me to clean the driveway. I said I would get the broom and sweep them into plastic bags to dispose them. They all looked at me like I was nuts and told me I was NOT to sweep, but BLOW the leaves in different directions. I replied the leaves would be back in ~15 mins after I had finished to which they said I didn't know what I was talking about.

So I blew the damn leaves for an hour and went back inside once I was done. Not 30 mins after that, my uncle drags me out and scolds me because the driveway is full of leaves again.

That everybody asks "How you doing?" without expecting or wanting any real answer.

The Cuban Exiles Inside Cuba


Professions Most Likely to be Married

1) Dentist

2) Chief executive

3) Sales engineer

4) Physician

5) Podiatrist

6) Optometrist

7) Farm product buyer

8 ) Precision grinder

9) Religious worker

10) Tool and die maker

Bifocal Safety Glasses


To Serve Man: The Notebook


Women Asked to Draw Vaginas and the Female Reproductive System...

Hilarity ensues.


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