Thursday, July 07, 2005

Upcoming Dancesport events near you

This weekend there are several good events.

The Desert Dancesport Classic is at the Marriott Resort and Spa in Palm Desert, CA.

The Imperial Star Dancesport competition will be at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 1450 Route 70 East, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034.

The Twin Cities Open is being held at the Sheraton Bloomington outside Minneapolis.

There are still more events for other types of dancing. The list I'm working from is here.

So get up and go!

Questions for Ingrid Newkirk

Who? Maybe this quote will remind you
“A rat is a pig is a dog is a boy. They are all mammals. Ingrid Newkirk, PETA
Yes, she's into animal rights.

Look around on the page I linked for similar thoughts from other animal rights types:

“If the death of one rat cured all diseases, it wouldn’t make any difference to me.”
Chris DeRose, Last Chance for Animals

“The life of an ant and that of my child should be granted equal consideration.”
Michael W. Fox, Humane Society of the United States

Of course we shouldn't burden Ms. Newkirk with defending things she didn't say, but what she said is plenty. And in a couple of days (7/9) she'll be at a newly opened Borders bookstore in Timonium, MD. Hmm, I wonder if she'll be answering any questions from the public?

And if she will, what would you like to ask her? Because I'm just brash enough to go there, just a few miles from where I'm camped north of Baltimore, and ask her a few. Any suggestions?


A Russian youth wearing a drag outfit which gave him improbably large breasts has been caught trying to sit an entrance exam for a female friend.
Moscow University security guards first thought the applicant had an oversized bust because "she" was trying to take crib sheets into the exam.

A search unmasked the false bosom, the university told the BBC News website.

Stolen from Dave Barry.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

My way or the highway

So now we've had Live 8, a huge series of performances by some of the top performers ever with the stated purpose of helping Africa. Yeah, right.

It's true that it would do little good for all those millionaire musicians to raise money for Africa. The place has been an aid sinkhole for generations. But Bob Geldof et al have the answer
"This is without doubt a moment in history where ordinary people can grasp the chance to achieve something truly monumental and demand from the eight world leaders at G8 an end to poverty"
Yeah, you read that right - they'll hold the G8 nations responsible!

Um, how about holding the African nations responsible?
A 2004 World Bank report on corruption noted that bribery is a trillion-dollar industry, causing far more wealth to flow from poor countries to rich countries than the poor countries receive in foreign aid. Whereas an estimated trillion dollars of foreign aid was given to poor countries between 1950 and 2000, at least five percent of the world's domestic product (amounting to $1.5 trillion in 2001) goes into the financial markets of wealthy countries in the form of money laundering. Focusing on Africa, The Economist reported that 80 percent of the funds lent between 1970 and 1996 "flowed out as capital flight in the same year." Robert Guest, the magazine's Africa editor, estimates that this amounts to about 40 percent of Africa's privately held wealth. In his book The Shackled Continent, Guest goes on to note that although a "Marshall Plan for Africa" (as advocated by many supporters of foreign aid) might be a good idea, "Africa has already received aid equivalent to six Marshall Plans."
And Herb London asks
What happened to the $2 billion raised with Live Aid? Moreover, over the last decade government and private charities have poured over $25 billion into Africa for seemingly little effect? In fact, Africa has had an aggregate g.d.p. reduction of about 25 percent since the Live Aid concerts two decades ago.
If the morally trendy types who support initiatives like this had any grasp of reality, they'd realize that there's exactly one organization in the US that's capable of correcting the real problems that lead to the symptoms they want to address. And that organization is booked heavily in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere right now.

My bet is that the Geldofs would reject that idea out of hand. Far better than the impoverished should remain so until a solution acceptable to the the Geldofs is found, right?

More by Ed Driscoll here and Don Surber here.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Whatever happened to the Ozark Mountain Daredevils?

Well, they have this website, for one.

And while we're in the general neighborhood, it seems that some of the members of Black Oak Arkansas have survived. Go Jim Dandy!

Popup Blocker? What Popup Blocker?

Are some popups getting past your popup blockers? See a discussion about why it might be happening here.

From Mark's Sysinternals Blog - part of a site full of terrific Windows ubergeek info and code.

Monday, July 04, 2005