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The Podcast / Bogosity Podcast for 17 March 2019
« Last post by MrBogosity on March 17, 2019, 06:00:01 PM »

News of the Bogus:
15:10 - Biggest Bogon Emitter: The UK

17:10 - Idiot Extraordinaire: Lisa Kramer

This Week's Quote: "It is rather strange that unless one has a criminal mind and no respect for other people and their property, no one claims it?s permissible to go into one?s neighbor?s house and tell them how to behave, what they can eat, smoke, and drink, or how to spend their money. Yet, rarely is it asked why it is morally acceptable that a stranger with a badge and a gun can do the same thing in the name of law and order." ?Ron Paul

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Dan Reed has made a new documentary called "Leaving Neverland" with the help of 2 of Michael Jackson's alleged "victims" chock full of inconsistencies and inaccuracies.
Razorfist the Rageaholic did some actual research pointing why the child sex abuse accusations levied against Michael Jackson were nothing else but a hot steaming pile of garbage:

The other 2 nominees:
-Wade Robson testified under oath during the 2005 trial that Michael Jackson did not molest him.  So was he lying then (perjury) or is he lying now (defamation)?
-James Safechuck did not refuse to testify during the 2005 trial.  He simply was not a factor during the 2005 trial.

This to me looks like the last thrashing death throes of #MeToo witch hunt.
General Discussion / Re: Fav quotes
« Last post by Dallas Wildman on March 09, 2019, 11:44:24 PM »
J.P. Beaubien of  "Terrible Writing Advice" on Megacorporations:

The Podcast / Re: Bogosity Podcast for 3 March 2019
« Last post by evensgrey on March 08, 2019, 01:48:31 PM »
The worst example I know details of in the UK is the 2005 killing of Jean Charles da Silva e de Menezes by the Metropolitan London Police.

Mr. Menzes was gunned down by police who were looking for suspects in a prior failed bombing.  The suspects were believed to be from the horn of Africa, which makes the notion that a Hispanic man could be reasonably mistaken for them rather implausible.

I expect most people here know about most of these issues, but I ran across a very disturbing thing some years ago:  The officer who did the actual shooting was back on regular duty before the investigation was even completed.  We know this because the victim's family family released information the had obtained that the officer in question had killed someone else as armed officer before the investigation was completed.
General Discussion / Re: Fail Quotes
« Last post by Ibrahim90 on March 03, 2019, 06:18:29 PM »
That and people naturally attempted to help; even the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire sent supplies--against the UK government's request. The Irish still celebrate the guy--they got this plaque for him
The Podcast / Bogosity Podcast for 3 March 2019
« Last post by MrBogosity on March 03, 2019, 06:00:00 PM »

News of the Bogus:
17:00 - Biggest Bogon Emitter: Department of Homeland Security

20:05 - Idiot Extraordinaire: YouTube

This Week's Quote: "Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am?not stuck in the middle, but hovering above the entire farcical spectrum, weeping as I behold my fellow man's devotion to political illusion and self-destruction." ?Robert Higgs

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The Podcast / Re: Bogosity Podcast for 24 February 2019
« Last post by evensgrey on March 03, 2019, 03:10:48 PM »
China was willing to loan Venezuela a lot of money because they were to be paid back in oil.  They don't care about the ideology of the government there, they care about getting resources.  This is more or less the prototype of the Belt and Road Initiative, in which the CCP has been arranging lavish loans for infrastructure projects in many third-world countries that have no hope of paying them back and then the debt is 'forgiven' in exchange for turning over the use and control of infrastructure or resources the infrastructure allows access to.

There are airfields and ports that have been converted into Chinese military bases all over Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia.

Incidentally, wasn't there a huge scandal with the NYPD (which might go back to Serpico's time there) where the drug unit was busting dealers, taking the money and drugs, and then dealing in their place?  (Doing this in uniform, on duty.  It must be wonderful to be able to run a raid off the books like that.  I suspect is ended messily for the dealers, since they'd know what was going on and the DEA would doubtless have loved to come up with a crew of dirty local cops.)
General Discussion / Re: Fail Quotes
« Last post by Dallas Wildman on March 02, 2019, 05:55:46 PM »
I generally like these videos, but for this series on the Irish potatoe famine I can't seem to count how many times the narrator blames the free market while pointing out policies that go against the free market.

Especially considering that here's the case another politician with cynical and superficial support of free markets.
It helps that Near Easterners traditionally held the blacks in contempt; anyone in Pre-Islamic Arabia tend to be called things like "crows", "slaves" (this one is still used), and "son/daughter of *insert mother's name*" (a huge insult for a patronymic society: you're calling them bastards)

There's a poet, Antara b. Shaddad, who wrote poetry of the finest caliber: a lot of them are about how people "shame him for the blackness of his skin" to use his phrasing. They also called him "ibn Zabiba" (son of Zabiba) --his black mother:

What's inspiring about it though is that it never broke his will: at the end of the poem, where he lists all the degredations he faced, he says this:

I will abide till my injustices* lay me down
and till patience will loudly crash within me (lit. "between my sides")
(though) your place is in the air (or vault) of heaven is in its place
and my arm is too short to reach the planets

He also says (earlier):

And if they forget me, then the sword-blades and spear-tips,
will remind them of my deeds, and where my blows landed

(Antara was a warrior for his tribe, who won his freedom by defending it against dhubyan, Abs' mortal enemies at the time.

What puzzles me is this: here are black people--real ones--who are worthy of being held up as role-models that blacks can show as evidence (and very valid evidence), that they're the equal of all others: Antara isn't alone, mind you, and he isn't even the best example (he could be very blood-thirsty against his tribal enemies). They have also produced glorious kingdoms and empires, with rich and complex histories, worthy of study:

They have Mali, Songhay, the Kongo (the one from centuries ago), Great Zimbabwe, Benin, and so on and so forth.

*can also mean burdens; 3awadhil is a word that doesn't have a direct translation in English.

General Discussion / Re: Fav quotes
« Last post by Ibrahim90 on March 01, 2019, 07:49:47 PM »

I mean, seriously, what more do I need to say?
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