Archive for July, 2007

Discover Capitalism meeting: Discussing Michael Yon and Martin Durkin

Tomorrow’s discussion topics @ DISCOVER CAPITALISM (Melbourne, Australia) …

  1. An American in Iraq.

    For this segment we will draw on two (1 | 2)recent dispatches from embedded (in Iraq) journalist, Michael Yon.What I found fascinating about these two dispatches
    is what they reveal (in part, without even realising
    it) about the way Americans think. And how they shed light on how and why the United States has truly earned
    its Superpower status.

    That America’s economic and military supremacy is no accident. That it flows naturally from the way Americans think.

    The first dispatch reports on a meeting between
    American commanders and Iraq civilian and military leaders.

    The second dispatch details the decision making involved
    in bombing a house in which a terrorist was hiding.

  2. Responses to The Great Global Warming Swindle.

    We’ll have a look at how Martin Durkin, the producer
    of TGGWS has responded to his critics, as well as
    how they’ve responded to his documentary and to
    Global Warming denialists.

Venue: Royal Oak Hotel
Corner of Bridge Road and Church Street, Richmond.

Food & Drinks available throughout the night.

Barboo/Sydney and I will be there from about 6.30 PM.
Join us before the formal meeting begins! …

… which will be at 7.30 PM sharp. And we finish at 9.30 PM sharp.

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Blog discussion on racialism and racism

Since disabling the THINKER TO THINKER ™blog of Mikko Ellila (for his advocacy ofracialist public policy), there’s been a very interesting, indepth, detailed debate going on at the PRODOS blog exploring every aspect of racialism and racism.

Everything from immigration to crime statistics, IQ scores, Nationalist movements, scientific studies, and many more areas have been touched on.

The tone has been reasonably polite, if robust at times, from both racialists and anti-racialists.

I invite you to have a look at:

http://prodos.thinkertothinker.com/?p=366

It’s taken up quite a bit of my time, participating in the commenting, and also dealing with private correspondence from some participants, but it’s certainly been worth it!

Racialism and racism are two areas I’ve never examined.

I’m enjoying learning how the racialists and racists (I do differentiate the two, although they have areas in common) put together their arguments.

My interest is not so much for the sake of polemics (i.e. in order to rebutt them) but primarily to get a genuine, clear understanding of their methodology, principles, approach.

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Boring updates: MYprodos ACP streamlined, Snewpi upgrades

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been working on further upgrades to …

  • The MYprodos system’s administration control panel.
    I need to add several thousand subscribers from various PRODOS projectsto the system and the current system was too awkward. The upgrades have been successfully completed with the assistance of my favorite coder, Davide Villani.
  • The SNEWPI system.
    This allowscampaign project leaders and team members to link to NON-endorsed websites without breaching the NON-endorsement guidelines of campaigns such as Celebrate Capitalism ™. There’s still a little bit more to do on this one, but we’re nearly there.

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Michael Yon speaks with the enemy of our enemy

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In Michael Yon’s latest report from Iraq, Al-Qaeda on the Run, he interviews Abu Ali of the “1920 Revolution Brigades” – the military wing of the Islamic Resistance Movement in Iraq, and formerly called the Iraqi National Islamic Resistance.

Michael Yon writes:

Just months ago our forces would have shot Abu Ali on sight, and he surely would have done the same to us.

Today we are allies, for now.

… We had certainly killed a lot of his people, and the 1920s certainly had killed many American soldiers.

During severe fighting with al Qaeda in April 2007, the 1920s reached out to American soldiers, and together they have been dismantling al Qaeda here in Baqubah and other places.

Why? Why has the 1920 actively turned against Al Qaeda?

Abu Ali said that on 1 April 2007, he and his people attacked al Qaeda in Buhriz for their crimes against Islam

… Abu Ali said they fought hard against al Qaeda, and on 10 April, they asked the Americans to join the attack. It worked.

Abu Ali said that “al Qaeda is an abomination of Islam: cutting off heads, stealing people’s money, kidnapping… every type of torture they have done.”

In concluding the interview Abu Ali had the following message for Americans …

… he said, “I ask one thing,” and now I [Michael Yon] paraphrase Ali’s words: “After the Iraqi Army and Police take hold and the security forces are ready, we want a schedule for the leaving of the American forces.”

I find this a curious statement to make.

After all, US-led Coalition forces already plan to do exactly that: To leaveonce the job is done – onceIraqachievesa reasonable degree ofstable,democratic governance.That’s been the plan from the beginning, hasn’t it?

Doesn’t Abu Ali know this? Or perhaps he doesn’t trust the Americans? Or perhaps when (hopefully) it finally happens, he can claim some credit for it?

Afterall, as The MIPT Terrorism Knowledge basereports (by the way, its database seems to be a few months out of date regarding the 1920, and doesn’t include mention of recent developments) …

The group first appeared in June 2003 as a “nationalist Jihadist movement” dedicated to the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq in order to build an Islamic state.

It’s vital that they do not appear to be actually HELPING United States forces. Any appearance of “help” must be a means to an end.

The endbeing the most bitter of allends:building an Islamic state – a state that is incompatible with Democracy.

Let’s also keep in mind that, as the Jamestown Foundation reports (April 10, 2007) a former 1920 leader – as well as about 30 members – have been slain recently by Al-Qaida:

The 1920 Revolution Brigades recently announced the death of its leader, Harith Dhahir Khamis al-Dari, nephew and namesake of Harith al-Dari, the exiled head of the Muslim Scholars Association.

The 1920 Revolution Brigades is one of the largest indigenous Iraqi insurgent groups, but after al-Dari’s death, the Brigades announced its split into two factions (the 1920 Revolution Brigades and Hamas-Iraq).

… Al-Dari was reportedly long targeted by al-Qaeda for his refusal to pledge allegiance to Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, amir of the ISI [Islamic State of Iraq], and was finally killed by an al-Qaeda ambush on March 27.

… Al-Dari is not the only insurgent leader who has been targeted by al-Qaeda. In addition to stepping up their propaganda campaign promoting the ISI, al-Qaeda has been actively engaged in assassinations and targeted bombings against Iraqi Sunni tribes who do not comply.

According to al-Hayat, militants from various factions stated that al-Qaeda has killed 30 members of the 1920 Revolution Brigades and the Islamic Army (al-Hayat, March 31).

Looking forward to more details from Honest Yon.

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Announcement: Mikko Ellila blog in breach and to be disabled

Further to my earlier notes, and after several months of careful consideration and consultation I have now determined that in his advocacy of racialist (note: I do not use the term “racist”) views and policies, Mikko Ellilä at his blog MikkoEllila.ThinkerToThinker.com isin breach of THINKER TO THINKER™ policies and principles, and incompatible with Capitalist Ideals,and that I will be disabling his blog within seven days.

Some of the blogs and forums which have been following the Mikko Ellila issue …

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Land Down Under here I come!

Well, here I am (pictured above)getting readyto fly back to Australia – the world’s biggest island – the world’s smallest continent.

We’ll be stopping for two days in Los Angeles to meet up with Betsy Speicher and friends, and landing in Melbourne on Tuesday July 10.

So, I’ll probably be offline until Tuesday evening.

But I’ll be thinking of you! :-D

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Independence Day 2007!

[photopress:Cincinnati_July03_2007_b.jpg,full,pp_image] Barboo (Sydney Kendall) and her intriguingly ugly husband, Prodos, getting ready for Independence Day 2007. Pictured in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.

It’s midnight! It’s the 4th of July! And I’m in the USA!

Happy Birthday America!

Here’s my Independence Day 2007 rap for you…

Coalition Rap 2007

I’m an Aussie yes I am
I am a freedom lovin’ man
From Iraq to Vietnam
I shake the hand of Uncle Sam

And how I love
To fight The Fight! (boom boom!)

And how I’m proud to stand
With the Stars and Stripes!

Cause I’m a freedom lovin’ man
You know an Aussie, yes I am
From Down Under you can hear
With a thunderrific cheer …

We got the SAS
You got the Petraeus
We’re gonna do what we gotta do
Together we’re the best (two) …

Hup Two Three Four!

Go Go USA
U – S – A!
Let’s Go Go USA
U – S – A!
(I’m ready!) Go Go USA
U – S – A! (Now!)

ALL THE WAY WITH THE USA!

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Jim Manzi gets his global warming ass whipped

Replying to my post, Manzi, Manzi, Global Warming Pansy, which criticised his National Post article, Game Plan,Jim Manzi has now really made an ass of himself.

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Michael Yon in Baqubah Iraq: The courteous and the furious

[photopress:email_prodos.jpg,full,pp_image] [photopress:cool_dude_victor_quinonez.jpg,full,pp_image] Fellow Michael Yon fan, Victor Quinonez, pictured above,
wrote to me saying: “Mike Yon does the best job in telling us about it all, and he takes the best pics.” We’re with you on that one mate!

Michael Yon, embedded (journalist, photograper, blogger) with American troops fighting alongside Iraqitroopsreports on entering and liberatinga villagein Baqubha, previously held byAl Qaeda.

This is a brief report but includesplenty ofgruesome photos of villagers murdered by Al Qaeda in Iraq.

Michael Yon’s reports nearly always include observations about the soldiers and their commanders -their effectiveness on the joband theircharacter. This is often captured by his description ofhow he is treated by the soldiers.

… Although the soldiers usually do not know me, they are courteous and professional, and always watching out for me.

And so it was with LT Baxter, who was commanding the M-1 tank that I’d be riding along in, and who made sure I didn’t break my neck getting into the tank. I nearly pulled him off the tank while climbing aboard.

… LT Baxter, the tank commander, was concerned that the heat was getting to me, and checked my uniform for sweat, asking several times if I was okay. They always watch out for me.

Also, how the American soldiers behave towards captured enemy combatants:

Later in the day, some of the soldiers from the unit I share a tent with, the C-52, told me that one of their Kit Carson scouts (comprised of some of our previous enemies who have turned on al Qaeda) had pointed out an al Qaeda who had cut off the heads of children.

Soldiers from C-52 say that the Kit Carson scout freaked out and tried to hide when he spotted the man he identified as an al Qaeda operative.

Just how (or if) the scout really knew the man had beheaded children was unknown to the soldiers of C-52, but they took the suspected Al Qaeda to the police, who knew the man.

C-52 soldiers told me the Iraqi police were inflamed, and that one policeman in particular was crazed with intent to kill the man who they said had the blood of Iraqi children on his hands.

What’s this guy doing being a cop if he can’t deal with this situation?

According to the story told to me on 30 June, it took almost 45 minutes for the C-52 soldiers to calm down the policeman who had drawn his pistol to execute the al Qaeda man.

Was he sacked from his job? I don’t know. I doubt it.

Anyway, thisis apart of Michael Yon’s report I found most interesting:

That same policeman nearly lost his mind when an American soldier then gave the al Qaeda man a drink of cold water.

I wonder how much this small incident sums up the nature of the problem we have – and may continue to have – in Iraq.

[photopress:al_Zarqawi.jpg,full,pp_image] Al Zarqawi, former leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq.
Oink Oink Akbar!

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