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Wednesday, February 15, 2006


Cartoon Protests, or Energizer Bunny

Are they really protesters, or are they the Energize Bunny reincarnated? This thing just keeps dragging on and on and on and on....

70,000 gather for violent Pakistan cartoons protest

By Times Online and agencies

Two people, including an eight-year-old boy, have died during a second day of violent protests across Pakistan over depictions of the Prophet Muhammad in European newspapers.

Dozens of demonstrators were injured in clashes with police in Peshawar, the restive capital of North West Frontier Province near the border with Afghanistan, when a crowd of 70,000 marauded through the streets, burning three cinemas, scores of cars and a KFC outlet.

Further protests also took place in Lahore, where 1,500 students staged an unannounced rally outside Punjab University...

Tuesday, February 07, 2006


Cartoons to go w/ Yesterday's Blog

I found a couple cartoons that I think go well with yesterday's blog...This first one especially. The second one I just think is prudent with what is happening with Iran, the holocaust and the nuclear crisis.

Monday, February 06, 2006


Protesters Torch Danish Mission in Beirut

This is really beginning to annoy me. I am stunned at how stupid - yes stupid - the Islamic community are behaving. I understand to some degree why they are upset. I also think that free press allows the Danish paper to print what they want - but they could have used better judgment.

I keep hearing how peaceful Islam is supposed to be; and how violence is strictly forbidden; how they are being stereotyped because of the violent extremists; etc. This would have been a great chance for the leaders of Islam to scream out to their followers to protest peacefully. However, taking over buildings by armed men, burning down the Mission, violent protests, etc does nothing to support the Islam claim of peace.

I believe that Islam is a peaceful religion, but once again the leaders of the faith failed. The first time is by not being much more vocal and active and constant in renouncing terrorism. This time by not screaming out against the behavior of these - probably few in the scheme of things - followers.

Protesters Torch Danish Mission in Beirut Over Caricatures of Muhammad; One Reportedly Killed


BEIRUT, Lebanon Feb 6, 2006 (AP)— Muslim rage over caricatures of the prophet Muhammad grew increasingly violent Sunday as thousands of rampaging protesters undaunted by tear gas and water cannons torched the Danish mission and ransacked a Christian neighborhood. At least one person reportedly died and about 200 were detained, officials said.

Muslim clerics denounced the violence, with some wading into the mobs trying to stop them. Copenhagen ordered Danes to leave the country or stay indoors in the second day of attacks on its diplomatic outposts in the Middle East.

In Beirut, a day after violent protests in neighboring Syria, the crowd broke through a cordon of troops and police that had encircled the embassy. Security forces fired tear gas and loosed their weapons into the air to stop the onslaught.

The protesters, armed with stones and sticks, damaged police and fire vehicles and threw stones at a Maronite Catholic church in the wealthy Ashrafieh area a Christian neighborhood where the Danish Embassy is located.

Flames and smoke billowed from the 10-story building, which also houses the Austrian Embassy and the residence of Slovakia's consul. Protesters waved green and black Islamic flags from broken windows and tossed papers and filing cabinets outside.

Witnesses said one protester, apparently overcome by smoke, jumped from a window and was rushed to the hospital. Security officials said he died.

Thirty people were injured, half of them members of the security forces, officials said, making it the most violent in a string of demonstrations across the Muslim world. All the injuries were from beatings and stones.

Prime Minister Fuad Saniora said before meeting with top Islamic leaders that about 200 people were detained, and police said they included 76 Syrians, 35 Palestinians and 38 Lebanese.

The first apparent victim of the political fallout from the violence was Interior Minister Hassan Sabei, who submitted his resignation. It was not immediately clear if the resignation was accepted...

Read more at: abcnews.go.com/Internat...

Friday, February 03, 2006


America = Sue, sue, sue, sue...

It never ceases to amaze me the things that Americans will sue - and win - over. There was the now famous McDonald's coffee lawsuit and many others. Now it appears there is the "I played my iPod too loud and now I have hearing loss" lawsuit. Come on! If your clumsy and spill coffee in your lap, or are too stupid and listen to your music too loud, that is your problem. I have traveled all over the world, and American is by far the worst when it comes to personal accountability. Are there too many rich people floating around so the middle class or poor feel they have a right to sue and get some of the goods? Whatever it is, it needs to stop and Americans need to take responsibility for their own action - McDonald's didn't make you fat, you super-sizing every meal did - sue yourself! Why is insurance so high, because we sue for everything.
Apple Hit With iPod Hearing Loss Lawsuit

The suit asks for unspecified damages, and demands that Apple Computer update the iPod software so its portable music players can't blast tunes at more than 100 decibels.

By Gregg Keizer
TechWeb News

Feb 2, 2006 12:05 PM

A Louisiana man filed a lawsuit this week claiming that Apple's iPod can cause hearing loss.

The suit, submitted to a San Jose, Calif. federal court on behalf of John Kiel Patterson of Louisiana, seeks class-action status, asks for unspecified damages, and demands that Apple Computer update the iPod software so the portable music players can't blast tunes at more than 100 decibels.

Hard on the heels of experts saying that the use of earbud-style headphone like those bundled with iPods can lead to hearing loss, Patterson's suit charges Apple with not advising users of a safe listening volume, nor including a meter on the devices to monitor decibel levels.

"The ear buds are small and are placed in the listener's ear canal, close to the cochlea,'' the lawsuit read. "The close proximity to the ear canal directly impacts the amount of hearing loss caused by the MPs [music players], simply because there is less chance of dilution of the sound.''

Apple's practice is to not comment on pending legal action, but it has made some adjustments to iPod volume in the past. In 2002, for instance, it had to restrict the devices' output to 100 decibels to sell them in France.

The last time Apple was hit with a class action was in October 2005, when disgruntled buyers of the iPod nano complained that the gizmo's screen scratched too easily.

The company's iPod line has a stranglehold on the portable digital player market, and holds an estimated 70 percent of the business globally. In January, Apple said that it sold 14 million iPods in the last three months of 2005.

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