Tuesday, November 28, 2006

U.N. To Tackle Growing "E-Waste" Menace


By Reuters
Sun Nov 26, 6:36 AM ET

NAIROBI, Nov 26 - Western donations of old computers, mobile phones and televisions could be toxic "hand-me-downs" posing a hazard to the environment of poor countries, a major U.N. conference will hear this week.

Delegations from some 120 nations meeting for five days of talks in Kenya will focus on the estimated 20-50 million tonnes of so-called "e-waste" generated globally each year, much of it then shipped to the developing world.

There's a very simple solution, you officious, corrupt pricks: we'll simply cease sending our old stuff to third-world countries.

"We want developing countries to receive usable items," Sachiko Kuwabara Yamamoto, head of the Basel Convention which monitors hazardous waste, told a news conference on Sunday.

"Of course, who pays for this is a big issue," she said.

Aha! As usual with the U.N., it's about "who pays". So that as many U.N. bureaucrats and their cronies as possible can get a "taste".

Western consumers who donate old equipment to poor nations, especially in Africa, could be adding to a multitude of environmental problems there, officials say.

"...could be adding..."? So you bastards aren't even sure about "environmental problems", but you're already convinced that someone should pay for it. Speaking of which...how's that Kyoto Protocol thing working out for you?

One study last year in Nigeria said about 500 containers of secondhand electronics arrived at Lagos seaport every month.

But dealers said as much as three-quarters of the PCs, televisions and phones inside were "junk" -- so obsolete they could not be repaired. Many were burned at open-air dumps, releasing toxic fumes and leaching chemicals like barium, mercury and brominated flame retardants into surrounding soils.

Why are developed, successful nations being held accountable for (alleged) irresponsible disposal of these items in third-world shitholes over which they have no control? Oh...it's because first-world countries have money and should feel guilty about it. They can then assuage that guilt by forking large quantities of money to the U.N. so that about 90% or so can be skimmed by their officials. You know...like that whole "Oil For Food" business.


Kenyan Environment Minister Kivutha Kibwana said the same thing was happening at dumps around his capital city Nairobi.

"If you go there you will see the other side of these donations," he said. "And this problem is on the increase."

As stated earlier, there's a very simple way to fix the problem; you get nothing. Zero. Zip. Zilch. Say "buh bye" to the toxic fumes, barium, mercury and brominated flame retardants. Simple and effective.

And you can also say "buh bye" to all of the technology that your miserable countries cannot afford to purchase new from overseas, much less design and manufacture for yourselves. This will help ensure that your shithole fiefdoms fall even further behind the developed world and allow you to play for additional sympathy.

On the table at this week's meeting are proposals to make manufacturers -- including some of the world's top computer companies -- take more responsibility for their products, from the design stage through the supply chain to final disposal.

Could these assholes be any more blatant? Successful capitalistic endeavors like Dell, HP, Gateway, Toshiba, Apple, Sony, et.al. have deep pockets. And that's just not fair to destitute, corrupt, despotic, tyrannical countries, is it?

The U.N. Environment Programme estimates that some 14-20 million PCs are thrown out each year in the United States alone.

Activists say if manufacturers had to pay recycling costs, they would create less toxic, longer-life products.

Fuck recycling; with the exception of aluminum cans, it's a giant scam. The proof of this is very simple: aluminum cans are the only "recycleable" which anyone will actually pay cash for.

If other sectors were profitable, recycling companies would also pay you for paper, plastics, glass, etc. But they don't, because there is no savings in recycling them. At least not without billions of dollars in taxpayers' money subsidizing the whole shebang.

As an example of Basel's work with industry, Yamamoto hailed a four-year partnership with 12 mobile phone manufacturers including Vodafone, Nokia and Sony Ericsson to develop strategies for the recycling and re-use of the more than 600 million phones now sold worldwide every year.

I don't have a problem if private companies voluntarily want to investigate methods for recycling and re-use of phones (or anything else). But I have a huge problem if this is forced upon them. Particularly if it involves the U.N., as I believe they are one of the most foully corrupt and despicable organizations on the planet.

As well as "e-waste", the meeting will also consider what to do with thousands of aircraft and ships expected to go out of service and be scrapped before the end of the decade.

I'm sure this "consideration" will primarily involve methods for extorting money and lining pockets.

It will also focus on strengthening nations' obligatory reporting on waste shipments thought to be have increased more than four-fold around the world in the last decade. Only about 70 percent of Basel signatory nations currently file reports.

"You can only manage what you can measure," Yamamoto said. "The reporting we have at the moment is really just the tip of an iceberg."

Too bad this alleged "iceberg" is unlikely to sink the United Nations like the friggin' Titanic. Personally, I'd love to watch Secretary General Coughing Anus' frozen cadaver sink into the depths of the North Sea.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Islamic nations establish science network!

Islamic scientists discover pink thingies inside the human body.

Research into electric djinns.

Islamic rocket science.

Saddam with a Zionist space alien.


By Wagdy Sawahel

Islamic nations will set up a network to explore the relationship between religion and science, according to a report on the Science and Development Network website (www.scidev.net).

Note that "scidev.net" backwards is "ten.vedics", no doubt a veiled (heh!) reference to the Aryans who settled India ca.1500 B.C. and the fact that even 3500 years ago, Germans were ten times more efficient at exterminating Jews than present day Islamists.

Ethical issues have been at the forefront of debates among the scientific and Islamic communities in recent years, as scientists have pushed the boundaries of research into economically significant fields such as biotechnology, genetically modified crops to survive drought and fight hunger and stem cell research with the potential to combat debilitating diseases.

Not to mention even more pressing ethical and scientific issues like "Jews: Transgenic Descendants of Apes, Pigs and Dogs", "'Frankenstein': Classic Novel or Zionist Plot to Create Legions of Undead Super-Jews for Controlling the Banking Industry?" and "Jack & Jill (If Those Are Their Real Names): Were They Fetching Water or Poisoning the Well?".

Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, director general of the Morocco-based Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, said the network was needed to strengthen scientific research.

Giving-up filthy Seventh Century practices might jump-start the whole business, but that's probably asking way too much.

"Our Ummah [community] witnesses a lack of interest in keeping pace with the latest scientific and technological developments," Altwajiri said. The Islamic community "has the lowest levels of scientific and technological development among all nations and suffers from a poor scientific infrastructure at all levels."

Because of the wide-spread belief that virtually all scientific advances (except those which might lead to the immediate gratification of killing Jews) are tools of Shaitan.

Just like Jews themselves.

He said consolidating Islamic solidarity would help confront the challenges they face. The new network. which will consist of scholars, scientists, technologists and researchers from Islamic countries, will monitor and analyse the applications of new developments biotechnology, nanotechnology and information technology.

To investigate their usefulness in killing Jews. And later, kuffars.

It will assess their ethical and legal — with regards to Islamic law — impact on society.

This may take them some time, given that nearly everything is evil, save treating women and children like chattel, murdering unbelievers (especially Jews), beheading, stoning, shooting, stabbing, asphyxiating, crushing, poisoning and exploding.

The new network will also issue guidelines for ethicists, scientists, policymakers and the general public.

It will likely consist of "dead kuffars make the baby Mohammed laugh."

In addition, the network will seek to promote an Islamic scientific culture through training programmes on the ethical responsibility of scientists.

"Islamic scientific culture" is a sad joke equivalent to "Congressional ethics." Their last scientific advance was the invention of "zero", which is the answer to the perennial query "how many Jews are an acceptable number?"

Athar Osama, founder and coordinator of the Pakistan Research Support Network, said Muslim scientists need a broader consensus to reassure them of what scientific practices are in line with Islamic values.

That's easy: none. But Allah will look the other way if it leads to murdering unbelievers, because he is a swell deity.

Pa Tamba Ngom, a researcher at the Nutrition Programme of Medical Research Council, The Gambia, warned of the risk of isolating Islamic scientists.

"While it is important to have such an Islamic boost for science, [one should not] lose sight of the fact that scientific research is heavily hinged on global collaboration. A balance must be reached between the benefits of an Islamic boost for science and the realities of the present day situation," he told SciDev.Net.

Mr. Ngom further stated that, "Goat carts and sailing ships may not be the most efficient method of delivering weapons of mass destruction. But we believe we're very close to a breakthrough in flying carpet technology."

The Islamic Ethical Network on Science and Technology was announced at the third Islamic Conference of the Ministers of Higher Education and Scientific Research held in Kuwait in November. It was attended by representatives from 56 states and 30 regional and international organisations.

Scientists, technologists and science policymakers from Islamic, Arab and international academic organisations attended the conference, which was organised by the Morocco-based Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. The next conference will be held in two years' time.

At which time they hope to have a symposium on the magic phrase "seem seem sallabeem" and its usefulness to invoke djinns.

To prevent the continuing brain drain, participants suggested that Islamic countries increase academic opportunities and facilities for higher education and training, particularly at postgraduate research levels.

A motion to discourage young men and women from blowing themselves to smithereens was unanimously rejected as "too radical".

The conference also agreed to increase scientific cooperation between countries. - SciDev.Net

This will be initiated by an open and frank discussion of self-flagellation technologies.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Six Muslim imams removed from MSP flight


Updated: 11/21/2006 08:55:21 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Six Muslim imams on Monday were removed from a US Airways flight at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and questioned by police for several hours before being released, a leader of the group said.

The six were among passengers who boarded Flight 300, bound for Phoenix, around 6:30 p.m., airport spokesman Pat Hogan said.

A passenger initially raised concerns about the group through a note passed to a flight attendant, according to Andrea Rader, a spokeswoman for US Airways. She said police were called after the captain and airport security workers asked the men to leave the plane and the men refused.

"They took us off the plane, humiliated us in a very disrespectful way," said Omar Shahin, of Phoenix.

It's the same damned thing every time; "humiliation", "disrespect". Never, ever a single word of understanding about why many Americans might be just a tich concerned about strangers on their flight in a post-9/11 world.

The six Muslim scholars were returning from a conference in Minneapolis of the North American Imams Federation, said Shahin, president of the group. Five of them were from the Phoenix-Tempe area, while one was from Bakersfield, Calif., he said.

Three of them stood and said their normal evening prayers together on the plane, as 1.7 billion Muslims around the world do every day, Shahin said. He attributed any concerns by passengers or crew to ignorance about Islam.

I call "shenanigans", as it is my understanding that Muslims always kneel in submission when they pray to their fetid death deity; I doubt these asshats were "standing". Further, given the behavior of the Muslim community in America for more than five years, many of us are anything but ignorant about Islam.

"I never felt bad in my life like that," he said. "I never. Six imams. Six leaders in this country. Six scholars in handcuffs. It's terrible."

Pally, if you think you feel bad now, just wait until the average American has decided they've had enough of you and your evil cult. You are a fool if you believe that just because you have most of our leaders cowed that the same is true for us "just folks".

Trust me...you're going to feel a whole lot worse next time your co-religionists do something we don't care for on our soil.

Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, expressed anger at the detentions.

Mr. Cooper is a professional seether and whiner.

He also once told the Minneapolis Star Tribune, "I wouldn't want to create the impression that I wouldn't like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future." Further, more than one former official of CAIR has been convicted of terrorism-related crimes which they committed while working for that august organization.

"CAIR will be filing a complaint with relevant authorities in the morning over the treatment of the imams to determine whether the incident was caused by anti-Muslim hysteria by the passengers and/or the airline crew," Hooper said. "Because, unfortunately, this is a growing problem of singling out Muslims or people perceived to be Muslims at airports, and it's one that we've been addressing for some time."

Anti-Muslim sentiment in America is caused almost solely by the actions of you and your co-religionists, period. The fact we haven't yet gone bug-fuck nuts on Muslims in this country demonstrates that we'll put up with a lot of crap.

But be aware that our patience with you is very nearly at an end.

Hooper said the meeting drew about 150 imams from all over the country, and that those attending included U.S. Rep.-elect Keith Ellison, D-Minneapolis, who just became the first Muslim elected to Congress. Shahin said they went as far as notifying police and the FBI about their meeting in advance.

Shahin expressed frustration that - despite extensive efforts by him and other Muslim leaders since even before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks - so many Americans know so little about Islam.

We know that you're ultimately interested in creating a world-wide caliphate; there's really no room for negotiating, understanding, rainbows, unicorns or "Kumbaya". And I defy you to show me any credible evidence of your so-called "extensive efforts".

"If up to now they don't know about prayers, this is a real problem," he said.

The real problem is that we know precisely what you're praying for.

Reached by cell phone just after his release, Shahin said he didn't know where they would spend the night or how they would try to get back to Phoenix on Tuesday. Hooper said US Airways refused to put the men on another flight.

Thank you, US Airways. I hope that the flying public will reward you with increased business.

Hogan said more information would likely be released Tuesday.

The other passengers on the flight, which was carrying 141 passengers and five crew members, were re-screened for boarding, Rader said. The plane took off about three hours after the men were removed from the flight.

Next time, fly one of your fuckin' carpets and avoid all of the hassles at U.S. airports which are a direct result of your co-religionists' actions.

Do you have any idea how just how much the security procedures at airports necessitated by Muslims have angered and frustrated most Americans? The payback's going to be worse than you can possibly imagine.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Raccoons invade California enclave


Raccoons invade California enclave
By NOAKI SCHWARTZ, Associated Press Writer
Fri Nov 17, 7:37 PM ET

One balmy summer night, Larna Hartnack awoke to the cries of her dog Charlie and, to her horror, found the Dalmatian in a battle for her life — pinned by a gang of raccoons that tore into her flesh and nearly gnawed off her tail.

Charlie survived. But recurring raccoon attacks on dogs and other creatures have unnerved people along the Venice Canals, a funky, well-to-do beach neighborhood packed with ardent dog lovers, many of whom are now afraid to walk their pets at night or leave them alone in the back yard.

Communities around the country are plagued by destructive or aggressive raccoons, and many of them routinely trap, remove and even kill the animals. But this being California, the city's animal-control agency is instead urging people to try to get along with the raccoons — a notion that strikes some as political correctness gone wild.

Yup...we need to find the Rodney King of the fucking raccoon 'hood there in Venice and put him on TV plaintively asking, "Couldn't we all just get along?".

"What we're trying to inculcate in the L.A. community is a reverence for life. If we have more reverence for life, it translates into all our programs — for women and infants, the elderly and everybody in our community," said Ed Boks, the head of Los Angeles Animal Services.

Apparently Mr. Boks doesn't include Charlie the Dalmatian in this "reverence for life". What next, you pinhead? Compassion for packs of wild dogs? Rabid animals? Killer bees?

This asswipe should be trundled to the L.A. Zoo and fed, alive, to the lions; well see how well that "reverence for life" works for him.

"As we develop these programs that demonstrate our compassion for creatures completely at our mercy, it makes for a more compassionate society all the way around."

What would be compassionate to the taxpayers of L.A. would be to immediately terminate this cocksucker for abject failure to do his job and replace him with a grown-up.

Wildlife experts are commending the city for resisting demands to remove the raccoons. No-kill policies are rare among animal-control agencies in the U.S., and most apply only to dogs and cats. In Los Angeles, rabies in raccoons is not as big a threat as it is in other parts of the country, and there may be more sympathy for wildlife.

"Los Angeles is typically one of the more progressive agencies," said John Hadidian, director of the Humane Society's urban wildlife program. "I consider this a welcome sign that others might follow soon."

It sure is "kind, caring and compassionate" to allow people's pets to be attacked by wild animals.

The strategy has angered some residents.

No fucking shit.

"Oh my God. I don't think I've ever been more insulted as a woman to be compared to a voiceless raccoon," said Hartnack, owner of Charlie the Dalmatian. She said the agency "seems more concerned with making a political statement than protecting people."

*Ding ding ding ding ding!* Demand that Mr. Boks put his money where his big, fat, annoying mouth is by feeding the raccoons. By offering himself as a feast for them.

"Once you've been attacked by these animals and have them hanging out on your deck, your respect for their lives is lower than your respect for your animal's life and your own security," she said.

The animal-control agency sees people as part of the problem: They are tempting raccoons by leaving dog food and trash bags unguarded.

The agency also believes that women who are raped are "asking for it" by wearing provocative clothing.

"If you live in a high-crime area and don't put bars on your windows and you've had break-ins before, you're asking for it," said Gregory Randall, a wildlife specialist with the agency. "Our goal here is coexistence and making the alterations you need to make."

It's sooo progressive and compassionate to blame the victims.

No, Mr. Randall...when the authorities charged with protecting you and your property fail to do their job, you purchase a weapon and kill the perpetrators yourself.

Further, if it were up to me, you and Mr. Boks would have your rectums cauterized with a white-hot poker and you would be left to slowly drown in your own filth as an object lesson. And then have your carcasses given to the raccoons.

In most cases, the city traps animals only if they are injured or attack people, he said.

Wildlife experts are reluctant to move the raccoons to the wilderness because they could have trouble surviving and might introduce diseases. Also, Randall said raccoons do not attack unless cornered.

I see...it is the raccoons who are the victims here.

He advised residents to try to keep raccoons out of their homes by getting rid of trellises and bougainvillea, closing cat doors and locking up kibble. Strobe lights, motion-activated sprinklers and talk radio can scare off the animals.

Talk radio? That could turn the raccoons into *gasp* eeeevil conservatives.

Venice Canals, a community of 400 homes, is the kind of place where nearby shopkeepers greet customers and their dogs by name and often have a bowl of water or dog biscuits on hand. One resident turned part of his property into a dog park.

That's probably why the raccoons are so pissed; they don't have their own park so they're feeling marginalized and are demanding social justice by acting out.

Dogs have not been the only victims of the raccoons. They have chomped on ducks, a parrot and the legs of a turtle that they dug out of hibernation. Nadine Parkos, former president of the Venice Canals homeowners association, said the koi fish in her pond were massacred.

Some residents tried to trap the raccoons but instead snared two cats and an opossum.

As for Charlie the Dalmatian, fur has grown over her scars, but she still whimpers and cowers when she sees raccoons approaching the family deck.

Hartnack and her husband have bought a BB gun and got the dog a stuffed raccoon.

"She loves attacking it," Hartnack said.

Might be smarter to purchase a shotgun and use it on Messrs. Boks, Randall and Hadidian.