Top-notch Yankery

Brilliant posts from John Cole and The Editors on the Newsweek/Koran-flushing, followed by general riffing about dishonesty and idiocy (in both cases). From the latter:

"If people say they are going to do something, and then they do it, and then they say they’re going to do something else, and they do that, too, and on and on, you should assume they’re going to do what they say they’re going to do. Even if they aren’t looking at you when they say it.

"Conversely, if they consistantly tell you they are going to do things they never do, it is worth considering the possibility that you’re a big, huge, gigantic, bitch. Even if they look you right in the eyes and say "freedom" every two seconds."

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On a roll

I’ve replaced the list of linked weblogs on my right: it now matches up with the feeds and categories in my RSS reader.

So if you’re not on it, this is either because I don’t read your site, or because I’ve forgotten to subscribe to it. If you think I should be subscribed to, reading, and therefore linking to, your site, then explain why in the comments.

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National Hitler Day

If you’re interested in Japanese attitudes to WWII, Western and Chinese attitudes towards the Japanese, and the difference between national generalisations and racist invective, go and read this. Long, but worthwhile.

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Online communities: a force for good

A site named archives pretty much every text file posted to BBSes in the pre-Web, pre-broadband days when H3XX0Rz were real H3XX0Rz, and women were rumoured to exist.

It includes such delights as How To Fuck The Dead, How To Make A Letterbomb, Why The US Is A One-Party Jewish Democracy, and How To Survive The Coming Apocalypse.

Overall, I’d tentatively conclude that the level of sanity in online discussion has actually improved since the early 1990s. Which, given its current state, is shocking.

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Idiocy kebabbed

Our Word Is Our Weapon utterly skewers some ignorant bollocks from Stephen Pollard on ‘free trade’, aid and third-world debt.

While it’s always agreeable to stick it to a buffoon, the post is more notable for being one of the most succinct, well-sourced and well-argued explanations of why the hardline dogmatic free traders are unequivocally, factually and morally wrong. Read it, whatever your views. Although should you be a hardline free trader, I’d be especially interested to see a rebuttal…

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