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Some sort of fartwah from the religion of piss, that is. Except for poor lil’ ol’ me. It’s just not fair. Now it’s Mark Steyn, curse his brilliant bones, who has attracted the attention of a bunch of hysterical, censor wannabe mooselimb students in Canada. OK, as fartwahs go, that’s not much of one but still. It’s a damn sight more than I’ve ever got.

Four students at Toronto’s Osgoode Hall Law School are accusing Maclean’s magazine of violating their human rights over an article titled The Future Belongs to Islam.

Living in a future that belonged to pisslam would most certainly violate my human rights, as amply documented by the atrocities, perversions of justice etc. etc. committed on a daily basis in every single country run by that sick death cult.

They’ve filed complaints with the federal, Ontario and British Columbia human rights commissions over the October 2006 article.

Sticks and stones and all that. Which part of “freedom of speech” do you NOT understand, you pointy-headed poop-packers?

The article discusses the high birth rate among Muslims and speculates that Islamic people could become the majority population in Europe. It also says some Muslims are violent radicals.

And which part of that is a “violation against somebody’s human rights”, pray tell? Unless being insulated from facts is a “human right”, of course. Is there anything about the above that isn’t an objective statement of fact?

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LC Serena, the perpetual lurker manages to find the time to post a righteous screed on her latest experiences in the moldy halls of academia.

I must say, she seems determined to torment the pointy-headed denizens thereabouts endlessly, while performing at 100%+ academically.

It’s rather lengthy, so I’ll save the Emperor’s bandwidth and send you over to the Cigar Intelligence Agency, to read the whole thing:

Great Moments In Coledge Edukayshun

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The wonders of Academic Asshattery never cease. Fortunately most of the good science coming from the halls of institutes of higher learning occurred before the mold set in and actual scientific principles was scrupulously followed, to wit: a hypothesis was formulated to explain a particularly consistent behavior (and the hypothesis may very well have multiple explanations) and published, permitting peers to review the work and after considerable debate your theory just might be determined to be sound science or you go back to square one and start over again. But that was yesteryear. Today scientific method involves 1) An agenda that absolutely, positively must be proven, without any variance from the intended result 2) Research (usually paid for by public funds) carefully screened or adjusted to meet the agenda requirements and 3) Immediate publishing of the research results to the public sans any careful peer review.

And thus, we get the following. Alleged scientifically produced evidence (i.e. hard proof) of something, even the author himself finds arguable. But don’t let that stop you from immediately concluding the agenda has been proven and now “settled” science.

Gay Unions Sanctioned in Medieval Europe

Civil unions between male couples existed around 600 years ago in medieval Europe, a historian now says.

A nice conclusive statement isn’t it? Surely there must be incontrovertible evidence of this right?

Historical evidence, including legal documents and gravesites, can be interpreted as supporting the prevalence of homosexual relationships hundreds of years ago, said Allan Tulchin of Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania.

No question whatsoever, homosexuality has been prevalent throughout much of history and well documented in some cases. However, other ‘new’ evidence that the author himself alludes that could be interpreted (differently) doesn’t fall into the category of proof of anything.

If accurate, the results indicate socially sanctioned same-sex unions are nothing new, nor were they taboo in the past.

Hold the presses there. The existence of a legal document in and of itself is no proof of a societal sanction. Our legal system routinely voids various documents, being outside established customs and laws. We’ve seen wills conveying the decedent’s estate to pets that were eventually overturned.

“Western family structures have been much more varied than many people today seem to realize,” Tulchin writes in the September issue of the Journal of Modern History. “And Western legal systems have in the past made provisions for a variety of household structures.”

Why yes, I do believe you are right there anyway. We’ve adjusted family structures for couples with children from previous marriages, adoptions, custody for other than immediate familial relatives and such.

For example, he found legal contracts from late medieval France that referred to the term “affrèrement,” roughly translated as brotherment. Similar contracts existed elsewhere in Mediterranean Europe, Tulchin said.

In the contract, the “brothers” pledged to live together sharing “un pain, un vin, et une bourse,” (that’s French for one bread, one wine and one purse). The “one purse” referred to the idea that all of the couple’s goods became joint property. Like marriage contracts, the “brotherments” had to be sworn before a notary and witnesses, Tulchin explained.

Let me toss some other possibilities into ‘your’ maybe it is true hypothesis here. Throughout the medieval period numerous brotherhoods and sisterhoods sprang up, often related to religious practices. The Templars are one group that comes to mind. They were known as the ‘Poor Knights’ upon their induction into the order, they took a pledge of poverty, transferred their wealth to the order and pledged allegiance to their fellow Templars as brothers. Females entering convents also took similar pledges of poverty, piety and fealty to the particular order. An unbiased observer might conclude that considering the relative popularity of various orders such as these just might include legal documentation of their vows. I just happen to be a Notary Public myself, the notaries of the time were generally scribes, just ordinary citizens that could read and write. A notarized document is merely certification that the signatory parties are who they say they are, the document was not signed under duress and the statements and facts therein are the truth. A notarized document does NOT make any conclusion whatsover, that in this case the ‘contract’ has legal validity. Hells Bells you could have a mafia “Hit Contract” notarized if you really wanted to.

The same type of legal contract of the time also could provide the foundation for a variety of non-nuclear households, including arrangements in which two or more biological brothers inherited the family home from their paents and would continue to live together, Tulchin said.

Go ahead, keep inserting your foot into your mouth even further. Why don’t you?

But non-relatives also used the contracts. In cases that involved single, unrelated men, Tulchin argues, these contracts provide “considerable evidence that the affrèrés were using affrèrements to formalize same-sex loving relationships.” [Emph Mine]

Possibly, but you’ve provided a lot of evidence to the contrary. But don’t let common sense stop you from drawing a conclusion supporting your agenda. I do notice that on the path to ‘proving’ your agenda, the use of a number of disclaimers emnating from your piehole.

The ins-and-outs of the medieval relationships are tricky at best to figure out.

Buuuuwwwwaaaaahhhhaaaaaa….You just can’t make this shit up. All those tricky ins-and-outs. No doubt Mr. Tulchin has explored every possible combination of said activities.

“I suspect that some of these relationships were sexual, while others may not have been,” Tulchin said. “It is impossible to prove either way and probably also somewhat irrelevant to understanding their way of thinking. They loved each other, and the community accepted that.” [Emph Mine Yet Again]

Backpedal, cover your ass and proceed you ass-hatted academic chancre. If you take a look at most current religious orders, we are taught to view one another as brother and sisters in faith and with love. You know that pesky Bible book, that some of us plebes actually read, understand and believe in, tell us to do exactly that. It’s not an argument for homosexual love, you simpering, booger-eater.

Do keep on digging, just don’t mind if we piss in your hole from time to time.

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The horror of it all, our illegal aliens are being devastated by our Eeevil Kkkapitalist lifestyle. Besides the issue of playing by the rules to get their working papers, another issue I have is their refusal to assimilate into the culture.

Not to worry, a bit of academic ass-hattery of the Foist Magnitude is always about, to reinforce why it’s a good thing for the felons to retain their former cultural habits.

U.S. Culture Boosts Hispanic Immigrants’ Substance Abuse Risk

Adoption of American culture and lifestyle makes Hispanic immigrants to the United States more likely to use illegal drugs and abuse alcohol, a new study suggests.

That would be the Hispanic immigrants coming from a country the produces the largest marijuana crops in the world, along with skatey-eight million brands of tequila as well as a considerable amount of beer. I’m sure all the above is for export, as everyone knows Mexico has prohibition on the consumption of alcohol and they would never use any of the other available psychotropic drugs.

The study of more than 6,700 adults (including 1,690 Hispanics) in Washington state found that acculturated Hispanics were nearly 13 times more likely to report the use of illegal drugs than Hispanics who adhered to their traditional culture.

Nice statistic, but what was the test question to determine their level of acculturatization? I always thought assimilation was the proper term for adoption of a new country’s culture, but then again I’m not a credentialed member of sociological panderers academia.

Acculturation refers to the adoption of new cultural beliefs and social skills by an immigrant group.

So your hypothesis is that drug and/or alcohol abuse is a cultural belief? What social skill would that be, opening a bottle or rolling a joint? Color me stupid here, but I think those skills are possessed by groups of people throughout the world.

The study found that 7.2 percent of acculturated Hispanics reported using illegal drugs within the previous month, compared to less than one percent of non-acculturated Hispanics and 6.4 percent of whites.

Acculturated Hispanics were nearly twice as likely as non-acculturated Hispanics to report current binge drinking and more than three times more likely to report “bender” drinking — consuming alcohol continuously for days in a row without sobering up.

Any possibility the non-assimilated messicans are lying to you, trying to avoid the police or ICE? I suppose not, as it doesn’t support your agenda. Maybe you should compare benders on college campii in the figures too.

“In general, recent Hispanic immigrants are more family-oriented and have less tolerant views of drugs and alcohol use,” study lead author Scott Akins, an assistant professor at Oregon State University, said in a prepared statement. “Although immigration and assimilation will provide some migrants with benefits such as wealth and job stability, immigration and acculturation can be a difficult process which has negative consequences as well.”

Another La Raza apologist comes a-spewing from our public edumacational system. Just give them what they really really want, finish the Reconquista and they’ll all go back to being clean and sober peasants again in most of our formerly southern states.

MS-13 anyone?

The study was scheduled to be presented Sunday at the American Sociological Association’s annual meeting in New York City.

The epitome of academic asshats, sociologists, having the combined intellect of a tablespoon of yogurt, spent how much taxpayer’s money for this little gem of dishonest, slanted science?

Have a few burritos and shut your pieholes, we aren’t buying what you’re peddling today.

Perhaps if the millions strolling across the non-existent border, stayed on their side of it, they wouldn’t pick up all these bad American habits.

How’s that for a solution? *crickets chirping* Didn’t think so.

Sphincter Snarfers. *spit*

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I suppose the Emperor with all the palace transfer woes, forgot the change in Imperial Staff™ working hours. Or at least in my case, an early morning visit for some medieval dental surgery, followed by a few hours of drooling as the Novocaine from Hell wore off, I’m back at work now.

*Memtok, tingle that critter for speaking of his Imperial Sithiness in that tone of typing*

US Slipping In Life Expectancy Rankings

Ahhh, a pitch for Mickey Mastodon’s latest crockumentary, SicKo. Well let’s read on…….

Americans are living longer than ever, but not as long as people in 41 other countries.

Just one more reason to pack the old kit bag and move to anyplace other than here in “The Two Americas”. Of course our wonderful Rottie readers immediately know what’s coming in a sentence or two, right?

For decades, the United States has been slipping in international rankings of life expectancy, as other countries improve health care, nutrition and lifestyles.[Emph Mine-It’s a teaser]

Countries that surpass the U.S. include Japan and most of Europe, as well as Jordan, Guam and the Cayman Islands.

“Something’s wrong here when one of the richest countries in the world, the one that spends the most on health care, is not able to keep up with other countries,” said Dr. Christopher Murray, head of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.

Ahh the wonderful Cayman Island health care system that I’ve seen in person, fortunately not as a patient. As I recall it was a cinder-block, one-room shack with a window air-conditioner. The waiting room was spacious and had a distinctively open-air feeling about it. Call it Waiting Room Al Fresco. Dr. Murray, giving head for the ’cause’ of free health care for all.

A baby born in the United States in 2004 will live an average of 77.9 years. That life expectancy ranks 42nd, down from 11th two decades earlier, according to international numbers provided by the Census Bureau and domestic numbers from the National Center for Health Statistics.

2004? Unless, I accidentally triggered one of the sekret Rott Admin Backstage Buttons, I do recall it’s 2007. Smell Factor up another notch.

Andorra, a tiny country in the Pyrenees mountains between France and Spain, had the longest life expectancy, at 83.5 years, according to the Census Bureau. It was followed by Japan, Macau, San Marino and Singapore.

Taking a page out of the James Hansen, school of statistical gerrymandering, Murray finds a sufficiently small sample populace to show the ‘horror of it all’ as the U.S. keeps slipping away to sing with the bleedin’ choir invisible.

The shortest life expectancies were clustered in Sub-Saharan Africa, a region that has been hit hard by an epidemic of HIV and AIDS, as well as famine and civil strife. Swaziland has the shortest, at 34.1 years, followed by Zambia, Angola, Liberia and Zimbabwe.

Civil Strife? Oh you mean genocide don’t you? That does tend to decrease a given population’s life expectancy. Maybe you need to pluck another dingleberry out to impress us with your shameless socialist promotion.

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Strangely silent since last month’s LiveEarth flop, the one, the only vessel of all things scientifically credible, the Goreacle of Wormening™ finally speaks. We were beginning to wonder in this shop, if he had found a 24/7 buffet that his handlers couldn’t pry him away from.

But, alas we were wrong and he pops up again, adding a new word into the lexicon for those of us out here that still aren’t buying his bullshit, along with ‘denier’ we’re now propagandists. I’m still waiting for my check from Exxon/Mobil though.

Well, let’s pick up with the purveyor of putrid scientific swindles in Singapore.

Gore: Polluters Manipulate Climate Info

Research aimed at disputing the scientific consensus on global warming is part of a huge public misinformation campaign funded by some of the world’s largest carbon polluters, former Vice President Al Gore said Tuesday.

“There has been an organized campaign, financed to the tune of about $10 million a year from some of the largest carbon polluters, to create the impression that there is disagreement in the scientific community,” Gore said at a forum in Singapore. “In actuality, there is very little disagreement.”

I wonder what Tune they’re playing during the financing? So a paltry $10 million is being spent by all the eevil kkkorporations to make a dent in the lunacy and economic suicide pact, that you’ve built an entire platform on. Not content to have control of virtually every major media outlet, the UN and huge number of academic asshats, you feel the need to muzzle the opposition.

Gore likened the campaign to the millions of dollars spent by U.S. tobacco companies years ago on creating the appearance of scientific debate on smoking’s harmful effects.

We’re quite aware of that effort, the original one where big tobacco refused to admit nicotine was addicting and studies indicated that smoking is bad for you health. But the more recent one on the harmful effects of second-hand smoke has been throughly debunked, although you wouldn’t know it from the Tobacco Nazi’s endless war to keep anyone from engaging in a legal habit. *Pausing to light another Kool* Be careful on the materials you’re building a straw man with there Al.

“This is one of the strongest of scientific consensus views in the history of science,” Gore said. “We live in a world where what used to be called propaganda now has a major role to play in shaping public opinion.”

Absolutely, 100% of the pews in the Church of Gore are in agreement. In the rest of the world almost daily studies are creating cracks in “the strongest consensus”. The propaganda bit is interesting though, almost Freudian, as that is exactly the technique being used to sell the public and government on this whole issue. Along with threats of professional credentials being pulled from ‘deniers’, censure and general black-balling of the few honest scientists now coming forward. A long time ago, there was quite a bit of ’scientific’ consensus that the earth was flat. History seems to be repeating itself here, replete with the attacks on anyone questioning the veracity of your hypothesis. The only thing lacking is an inquisition, but nobody expects the Goreacle inquisition.

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More honest scientists are coming forward pointing out the asinine ‘alternatives’ espoused by the Global Wormening crowd, in meeting our energy needs while reducing greenhouse gases. The entire issue and the proposed ’solutions’, primarily massive reductions in the use of carbon based fuels, is a classic placing of the cart before the horse. The Gorebots want, no DEMAND !! world action and legislation, yet viable substitute energy sources are limited. Of course the left has their favorite ‘green’ substitutes, none of which could meet even a fraction of an industrial economy.

Renewable energy could ‘rape’ nature

Ramping up the use of renewable energy would lead to the “rape of nature”, meaning nuclear power should be developed instead. So argues noted conservation biologist and climate change researcher Jesse Ausubel in an opinion piece based on his and others’ research.

Ausubel (who New Scientist interviewed in 2006) says the key renewable energy sources, including sun, wind, and biomass, would all require vast amounts of land if developed up to large scale production – unlike nuclear power. That land would be far better left alone, he says.

And we aren’t talking vast acreage for solar or wind power farms, we’re talking vast square mileage.

Renewables are “boutique fuels” says Ausubel, of Rockefeller University in New York, US. “They look attractive when they are quite small. But if we start producing renewable energy on a large scale, the fallout is going to be horrible.”

Instead, Ausubel argues for renewed development of nuclear. “If we want to minimize the rape of nature, the best energy solution is increased efficiency, natural gas with carbon capture, and nuclear power.”
‘Massive infrastructure’

After spending a considerable portion of my adult life in the Nuclear Energy business, it’s amazing to hear the environmental types even mention the evil “N” word.

Ausubel draws his conclusions by analyzing the amount of energy renewables, natural gas, and nuclear can produce in terms of power per square metre of land used. Moreover, he claims that as renewable energy use increases, this measure of efficiency will decrease as the best land for wind, biomass, and solar power gets used up.

Moreover, once the warmeners start seeing the bulldozers leveling their backyards for miles off into the horizon, the screaming will start. Remember the flap over the Cape Cod off-shore wind farm?

Using biofuels to obtain the same amount of energy as a 1000 megawatt nuclear power plant would require 2500 square kilometres of prime Midwestern farm land, Ausubel says. “We should be sparing land for nature, not using it as pasture for cars and trucks,” he adds.

He’s actually being conservative there. Most nuclear facilities are multi-unit plants typically having two reactor plants on site. The last generation of reactor, nuclear steam supply system and generators produce about 1400-1500 megawatts of electricity. Two of these plants at the same site producing nearly 3000 megawatts would fit nicely onto about 50 acres, much of which would be the open areas required for security between the fences and the actual buildings. So using Mr. Ausubel’s thumbrule in a real world example, your average nuclear generating station produces energy that would take 7500 square kilometers. (call it 2900 square miles). The State of Rhode Island has about 1000 square miles in total land area, and Delaware 1955 square miles of land area, to get a good reference on those numbers. I like his thinking and give him a pass on relinquishing highways for cavorting wabbits.

So put simply, it would take a biofuel energy farm the size of both Rhode Island and Delaware to produce 1000 megawatts of juice.

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Oh, we cannot hardly contain our Schadenfreude. Sweet, sweet Schadenfreude. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

LC Clinton (first name, not last) sends us these wonderful news:

BOULDER, Colo. — The University of Colorado’s governing board on Tuesday fired a professor whose essay likening some Sept. 11 victims to a Nazi leader provoked national outrage and led to an investigation of research misconduct.

Ward Churchill, who had vowed to sue if the Board of Regents took action against him, said immediately after the 8-1 vote was announced: “New game, new game.”

Three faculty committees had accused Churchill of plagiarism, falsification and other misconduct. The research allegations stem from some of Churchill’s other writings, although the investigation began after the controversy over his Sept. 11 essay.

But of course he’s going to sue. What has this nation come to if tenured tumblefarts can’t falsify, plagiarize and otherwise conduct themselves in ways unbecoming with impunity? Go right ahead, Chief Shitting Bull. We can’t wait to laugh at you when you get slapped down again.

“The decision was really pretty basic,” said university President Hank Brown, adding that the school had little choice but to fire Churchill to protect the integrity of the university’s research.

“The individual did not express regret, did not apologize, did not indicate a willingness to refrain from this type of falsification in the future,” Brown said.

Considering that the sum total of his qualifications seems to be an uncanny ability to use a Xerox machine and a fake “Indian” certificate that he found in a Cracker Jack box, it would seem strange if he were to agree to abstain from doing so in the future.

His braindead attorney, predictably, completely disregards the facts of the case and states instead:

Churchill’s attorney, David Lane, said that the decision was retribution for Churchill’s Sept. 11 remarks and that he would file suit on Wednesday.

“For the public at large, the message is there will be a payback for free speech,” Lane said. “It sends a message out to the academic community generally that if you stick your neck out and make politically inflammatory comments, you will be dragged through the mud for two years and you will ultimately have your tenure terminated.”

Allow us to repeat, for the benefit of Mr. Lane who has elevated boneheadedness and inability to comprehend to an art form, we quote (with emphasis):

But the essay that thrust Churchill into the national spotlight, titled “Some People Push Back: On the Justice of Roosting Chickens,” was not part of the investigation.

But obviously Reading Comprehension wasn’t part of the curriculum at the Central American diploma mill from which Mr. Lane apparently bought his degree. Unless he can point us to the part of the Constitution that declares falsification and plagiarism “protected free speech.”

Now break out the champagne!

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(Thanks to LC Trooper THX1138)

Once again, your research tax dollars at “work:”

Rugged American individualism could hinder our ability to understand other peoples’ point of view, a new study suggests.

And in contrast, the researchers found that Chinese are more skilled at understanding other people’s perspectives, possibly because they live in a more “collectivist” society.

“This cultural difference affects the way we communicate,” said study co-author and cognitive psychologist Boaz Keysar of the University of Chicago.

So what did they do?

The study, though oversimplified compared to real life, was instructive. Keysar and his colleagues arranged two blocks on a table so participants could see both. However, a piece of cardboard obstructed the view of one block so a “director,” sitting across from the participant, could only see one block.

When the director asked 20 American participants (none of Asian descent) to move a block, most were confused as to which block to move and did not take into account the director’s perspective. Even though they could have deduced that, from the director’s seat, only one block was on the table.

Most of the 20 Chinese participants, however, were not confused by the hidden block and knew exactly which block the director was referring to. While following directions was relatively simple for the Chinese, it took Americans twice as long to move a block.

“That strong, egocentric communication of Westerners was nonexistent when we looked at Chinese,” Keysar said. “The Chinese were very much able to put themselves in the shoes of another when they were communicating.”

More specifically, they were much more aware of Herr Komrade Director and felt a terrific urge to disregard their own thoughts in order to please him. Reminds me of an old joke from the Cold War:

A Russian applying for a job with the Party was asked “what is 2 plus 2?” and promptly replied: “What do you want it to be, Comrade Commissar?”

Needless to say, he got the job.

If only America was more like that, right?

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