Archive for October 14th, 2010

The Fairness Doctrine


Heard about it?

It’s here.

How about the Equal Time rule?

Neither help anyone.

So why this, MTV? Well, in music, timing is important…

Viacom networks MTV, BET and CMT are giving an hour of free air time to President Obama less than three weeks before the midterm elections. The networks will NOT give equal time to a Republican before the election.

The so-called “A Conversation with President Obama” will be live and commercial-free on six Viacom networks at [deleted – how’s that for fairness? – ed.].

MTV denies that the Obama TV hour is political, despite the timing, weeks before the midterm elections.

The head of Viacom, which owns MTV, Sumner Redstone, is essentially a Democrat supporter.

thanks, RWB

Could temperature and humidity affect the Korean F1 GP?


It doesn’t take an expert to suggest “yes”. The last few races have been played out in relatively hot and/or humid conditions. Japan was very wet and the temperatures in this region of the world are now and were, especially then, pretty warm. The race before that was in Singapore, a country known for being hot and humid. Before that, the F1 basked in the European summer.

But come Korea’s first ever F1 GP in 10 days time, well, from someone who’s lived here a few years, the temperature and the humidity drops off sharply in October. There is a very short autumn between Korea’s short, hot and humid summers and her long, cold and dry winters.

In a sport where 1000ths of seconds can be crucial and hence be the difference between millions of dollars, things like temperature and humidity are important factors to weigh in. Such things do affect the cars (they affect ours too but we just don’t notice).

Sudden temperature and/or climate changes affect us, too (read: the drivers… heck, even the mechanics).

Added to that, the track is one of a handful that are anti-clockwise. This will place huge G-forces on the other side as-per-usual of driver’s necks. Huge to the point of 4 to 5 Gs. Imagine training your neck to resist a certain force, then one weekend it has to endure the opposite for which it is less trained? If still unsure, put a 300kg weight on one side of your neck and see how it feels.*

*Well that’s for the body but the neck still cops it… big time.

And consider this. The last two races in Brazil and Abu Dhabi are both in hot climates, one wet, one dry.

So we go from a string of “hot races” to one “cold” race, to more “hot” races.

It’ll be an extra challenge for the teams but a win for the fans. Nothing like stirring the pot, keeping the teams on their toes!

Video. (Narrated by Mark Webber, the current leader of the championship and an Aussie!)

PS

This race is vital to Korea and it’s a damn shame the entire track (well, the track is OK, I mean the rest) most likely won’t be picture perfect come race day. I’m anticipating teething problems (go figure). However, for all their faults, Korea is a nation that 50 years ago received aid from Somalia, and look at them now. They’ll work it out, even if my Korean co-teacher continues to be “difficult”.

Oh, the parallels…

Regardless, can’t wait! Even if the facilities will probably be worse than in Dehli.

Global Terror Alliances


The Left versus Islam?

Not really. Not yet, anyway.

The FBI arrests affirm an emerging terror alliance between American-based leftists, Islamic terror organizations, Colombia’s FARC, and Irish Republican groups.

However, the Koran’s Surah Al Ma’idah Ch. 5 V.32 states “that if anyone kills any other human being, whether it be a Muslim or non-Muslim, unless it be for murder or for spreading corruption in the land, it is though he has killed the whole of humanity… so killing any other human being…it is prohibited in Islam.”

But what if I, you, and/or the West is deemed to be “spreading corruption”? Considering we don’t adhere to the Koran, wouldn’t that be the case?

Should Kim Jong-il die today?


Well, it could be bad news for Mr Next, Kim Jong-un.

Gordon G. Chang (I don’t much care for the first page of his piece, but the last part is good – in that sense, kinda like the movie “Salt”.):

If [Kim Jong-il] can survive for, say, a half decade, his son should be able to consolidate his position in the quarreling constituencies making up the North Korean regime. If he passes from the scene before then, however, he will not be a match for his adversaries in Beijing, where the senior leadership does not appear to want a third-generation Kim, and Pyongyang, which is populated with potential rivals for power.

Kim Jong Il is said to have delayed medical attention for his father, who was stricken with a heart attack in July 1994. That act — akin to patricide — permitted the current leader to ascend the throne sooner than anticipated. It’s unlikely Kim Jong Un will do the same to his father, who at least at this moment is his only hope.

But perhaps better news for the rest of the world.

UPDATE

The vid’s only an hour old at the time of posting. With any luck, the same click in a bit will have English subtitles. Anyway, the words are above, the visuals are below.

UPDATE II

Here’s a transcript (?) from their main web site.

As NMA.tv previously reported and animated, Kim Jong-un [3rd son – ed.] has been confirmed as the next leader of North Korea, or the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The Workers’ Party held a lavish military parade on Oct. 10 in celebrated the party’s 65th year anniversary. Kim Jong-il, the ailing leader, was seen with Kim Jong-un. South Korean media reported yesterday, however, that one of Kim Jong-un’s loyal aids had planned to solve the “brother in exile” problem. As Kim Jong-il’s the eldest son, Kim Jong-nam was once rumored to be in consideration to be a successor. He was Kim Jong-un are half brothers. But living abroad, the older brother has often made comments that annoyed the state. He is currently living in exile in Beijing and Macau.

China got word of the assassination plot and warned North Korea against it. Kim Jong-nam has close ties with the children of senior Chinese officials, known as the ‘princelings’. Rumors have it that in the event of the North Korean regime collapse, China would back Kim Jong-nam in his control of the state. In an interview with a Japanese media outlet last Saturday, Kim Jong-nam said he was not interested in becoming the next leader of North Korea. He also said his little brother is too much of a military man and he remains skeptical of Kim Jong-un’s abilities to bring wealth for his countrymen.

Would you rather have Kim Jong-il, Kim Jong-un or Kim Jong-nam rule your country?

Princelings, dynasties, hereditary rule. Makes you wonder what Europe’s kings and queens were like for the common man, or what they were like in general. ;)

But didn’t the world’s commies, namely those North Korea and China followed, get rid of monarchies?

Ho hum. The Bushes, the Clintons, the Roosevelts. Not quite the same, but such is the nature of power. The Murdochs, the Packers… Obama…

Wait a minute!

Obama hates slurpees


But why? Put it this way. If something out there reliably foretold your doom, how would you feel?

More German terrorists


As if eight weren’t enough, add one more to that list.

American Jihadist


This is the disturbing story of how an American Muslim, Samir Kahn, “grew” to be compelled to use, encourage and facilitate acts of terror on his own country, namely in the form of a new method, the lone Jihadist, one not connected to any particular terrorist cell.

I am proud to be a traitor in America’s eyes just as much as I am proud to be a Muslim; and I take this opportunity to accentuate my oath of allegiance (bai`yah) and the mujahidin of the Arabian Peninsula’s bai`yah to the ferocious lion, the champion of jihad, the humble servant of God, my beloved Shaykh, Usama bin Ladin, may Allah protect him. Verily, he is the man that has shook the thrones of the tyrants of the world. We pledge to wage jihad for the rest of our lives until either we implant Islam all over the world or meet our Lord as bearers of Islam.

More American Jihadists can be found here.

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