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Destruction Compared: Atom Bomb Vs. Government

Seared on the minds of the American psyche like permanent light etchings on metal from the blast of an atomic bomb is the horror that was our annihilation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in an ultimately successful attempt to strike the final death-blow to the god-complex surrounding the Japanese Prime Minister necessary to end World War 2.

With these two ominous mushroom clouds forever hanging in our collective memory, it is easy to forget that is history now and Hiroshima and Nagasaki might not be what we Americans expect them to be.

And conversely, in our hotbed of industrialization and commercialization and progress, it is easy to forget that those places the government has lavished substantial attention on may not be the paradises we envision they ought to be.

First, there is the cloud we all know so well. That evidence of ultimate destruction, the mushroom cloud. But where we see this eternal spectre, the enterprising Japanese, freed from their oppressive military/industrial complex serving the whims of sycophantic minions of the Emperor-god Hirohito, have turned a thousand-year wasteland into this:

Hiroshima Japan

Where is that man-made desert of radioactive fallout we’d expect? Not here apparently.

Compare that thriving scene with this image that is becoming all too common in that cesspool of government largesse, Detroit:

Detroit Michigan

Depressed is a charitable description.

Maybe we should drop a few more A-bombs?

Just kidding. And honestly, the Japanese government tends to be significantly more meddlesome on average and for a longer time than the US government. But when you look at the wasteland and tragedy that once was this shining city of American ability and pride, the automobile capital of the world, that is now an also-ran laughing stock for most and a hell-hole and increasingly decrepit pit for many of those unfortunate enough to live there, there really is little comparison between this place that ought to be surging and that place, which we generally write off in our mind’s eye.

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Around The World In 80 Seconds

Germany

American feminists tend to be firmly in the anti-war camp these days, and firmly against any attempt to stop radicalized Islam taking over countries and cultures in it’s quest for world domination. A female world leader who has actually accomplished something beside marry ‘Slick’ Willy, Andrea Merkel, has begun championing a cause modern American feminists would likely faint over.

Japan

A popular praise of Japan is it’s extremely low murder rate. Now, I’m not one to naturally jump to splitting hairs and such, but apparently we should be speaking of Japan’s extremely low reported murder rate.

America

United Kingdom

Note: I am posting this article in whole because the blog it belongs to apparently is completely off-line or dead, neither of which cases make me happy. The original article was here, written by Dave of Out of Ergyng, but the link, when I checked, was dead.

**Update: Apparently the blog was just down for a bit. It’s now up, and I’m glad for that.**

The concern of the emergency services for health and safety rules has cost a boy his life. James Poynton collapsed on a beach near Liverpool. First his parents were told an ambulance wouldn’t be sent until they could be sure of the spelling of the nearest road. When the ambulance arrived, the paramedic didn’t run to his rescue. She walked. She didn’t want to be out of breath. According to the Daily Mail:

A spokesman for North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust confirmed that its staff generally would not run on uneven ground as they were carrying heavy equipment and might not be able to carry out resuscitation if they were out of breath.

But for those Americans looking forward to Hillary Clinton’s vision of socialise medicine (okay, you probably aren’t reading this blog if you do), there’s more to this story. His mother had been told the day before he died that his heart condition was non-urgent, so he wouldn’t be seen. The letter offering him an MRI scan at a future date arrived the day after he died.

 

Everywhere But Malibu Beach

Apparently beautiful women are smarter. But I already knew that. After all, the most beautiful woman in the world likes me, and she’s brilliant too.

Today’s Interesting Stuff

It’s an old letter, but it bears rereading:

To al-Qa’ida terrorists in Iraq:

I see that you have captured a U.S. Marine, and that you plan to cut off his head if your demands are not met.  Big mistake.  Before you carry out your threat I suggest you read up on Marine Corps history.  The Japanese tried the same thing on Makin Island and in a few other places during World War Two, and came to regret it.  Go ahead and read about what then happened to the mighty Imperial Army on Tarawa, Iwo Jima and Okinawa.  They paid full price for what they did, and you will too.

You look at America and you see a soft target, and to a large extent you are right.  Our country is filled with a lot of spoiled children who drive BMWs, sip decaf lattes and watch ridiculous reality TV shows.  They are for the most part decent, hard working citizens, but they are soft.  When you cut off Nick Berg’s head those people gasped, and you got the media coverage you sought, and then those people went back to their lives.  This time it is different.  We also have a warrior culture in this country, and they are called Marines.  It is a brotherhood forged in the fire of many wars, and the bond between us is stronger than blood.  While it is true that this country has produced nitwits like John Kerry, Michael Moore, Howard Dean and Jane Fonda who can be easily manipulated by your gruesome tactics, we have also produced men like Jason Dunham, Brian Chontosh and Joseph Perez.  If you don’t recognize those names you should.  They are all Marines who distinguished themselves fighting to liberate Iraq, and there will be many more just like them coming for you.

Before the current politically correct climate enveloped our culture one of the recruiting slogans of our band of brothers was “The Marine Corps Builds Men.”  You will soon find out just how true that is.  You, on the other hand, are nothing but a bunch of women.  If you were men you would show your faces, and take us on in a fair fight.  Instead, you are cowards who hide behind masks and decapitate helpless victims.  If you truly represented the interest of the Iraqi people you would not be ambushing those who come to your country to repair your power plants, or sabotage the oil pipelines which fuel the Iraqi economy.  Your agenda is hate, plain and simple.

When you raise that sword over your head I want you to remember one thing.  Corporal Wassef Ali Hassoun is not alone as he kneels before you.  Every Marine who has ever worn the uniform is there with him, and when you strike him you are striking all of us.  If you think the Marines were tough on you when they were cleaning out Fallujah a few weeks ago you haven’t seen anything yet.  If you want to know what it feels like to have the Wrath of God called down upon you then go ahead and do it.  We are not Turkish truck drivers, or Pakistani laborers, or independent contractors hoping to find work in your country.  We are the United States Marines, and we will be coming for you.

Our military is the right stuff. If only our leadership (besides Bush and those stalwart few who, like Lieberman and Thompson, put no cowardly qualifications on their patriotism) would accept that and allow them to fight their fight.

If WWII Was An MMPORG

(Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game, ie. fake life for those without real lives)

Be careful reading this, profanity is rather strong. But for those willing to brave the junk, and with a n00b lvl of l33t sp34k, you are in for the read of the day.

You Might Be Too Educated If…

And for that tag line above. No doubt you’ve already pasted it in google and read the answer, but if you haven’t…

Si hoc legere scis nimium eruditionis habes
Roughly translated means: “If you can read this, you’re overeducated.”

Call A Kid Smart And Ruin Their Life

Well maybe not that bad, but it certainly does not help their chances.

I’ve written about this recently but I ran across another article on the issue of children who know their smart versus children who are used to having to try to succeed. In considering this issue I find my own reactions to be similar to the child who knows they’re smart. I don’t try very hard. I love to learn, it’s one of the greatest perks of being a geek: I’m expected to learn and know. But when I don’t succeed I become discouraged very quickly, falling prey to thoughts of insufficiency and other sundry terrible things. My rather positive disposition tends to offset this effect for me, but it is still hard to keep playing a game when I’m being beaten. In computer games I’m more likely to find the ‘cheat codes’ and play the game using an invulnerability mode or other enhancement. I tell myself and others that it makes the game more enjoyable to me, which is true, but it is only a surface evidence. I play games with assistance because I become irritated when I try and fail and try and fail, and I don’t try again.

They say the first step towards fixing a problem is recognizing you have one… Well, consider this problem well and truly recognized.