Friday, August 13, 2004

The Atlantic Magazine has a good article on the emails of al-Qaeda. It is interesting that it strips the a lot of the gleam off them, they look more human with their bickering and internal politics. I don't understand why so many people put faith in the UN to solve the problems of the world by mediation when al-Qaeda thinks that the UN is a false god:

… I pray to God—after having granted you success in destroying the dead, deaf, and mute false gods—that He will grant you success in destroying the living false gods, the ones that talk and listen. God knows that those [gods] pose more danger to Islam and monotheism than the dead false gods. Among the most important such false gods in our time is the United Nations, which has become a new religion that is worshipped to the exclusion of God. The prophets of this religion are present in the UN General Assembly
… The UN imposes all sorts of penalties on all those who contradict its religion. It issues documents and statements that openly contradict Islamic belief, such as the International Declaration for Human Rights, considering all religions are equal, and considering that the destruction of the statues constitutes a crime …
So much for the EU and all the lefties of world thinking that UN can broker peace through out the world.

With the disappearance of free pubs, most pubs are going to be owned by corporations. The local pub down the street from me is going to be torn down and houses will be built on it. It is a bit of a dive, the local taxi driver said that you would wipe your shoes off as you are leaving, but it is getting killed off when one of the big pub chains open up down the street with good food and children’s playground. It is a sad day in England when a neighborhood can not support its own pub, but with pints going for 2.50 to 3.25 pounds (4.57 to 5.95 USD) I can understand why at these prices free pubs are having a hard time staying open.

Ten Recurring Economic Fallacies, 1774–2004

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