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January 2010 Blog Posts (38)

the awful ring of truth | to whom the benefit?

who shot JFK? click this link for one webmaster's portrayal

Oh dear that looks like it might make some sense. Oh dear oh dear that's fuckin' scary.

In roman law as derived from athens they had a careful phrase for the extraction of motive: cui bono. "who does it benefit". That'll find your villain, evil is often a shortcut to acquisition, bypassing justice and those whose benefits you'd…


Added by bishopdante on January 11, 2010 at 18:30 — No Comments

the right attitude

Some dude has written a book documenting the lineage of the hakka culture as distinct from han or greater chinese culture.

The spot the hakka traditionally call home is the yellow river, which is considered by anthropologists to be the primitive root of the asian strand of human culture, with a considerable quantity of archaeological evidence to support the theory.

The book has a disclaimer, which I feel is well suited to the study of any history, culture or…


Added by bishopdante on January 11, 2010 at 0:00 — No Comments

wikipedia has a culture

that's why it's not objective or factual. Wikipedia is a work of collective journalism, with all of the mess that comes with it.

When reading it, it's important to bear that in mind. Who it was written by, with what regulations.

One of the best things about it is the "talk" tab where you will often find comments like "this is a load of bullshit" and other critical/improving ideas.

But the selection of content, it's various indexing systems are all the work of… Continue

Added by bishopdante on January 10, 2010 at 18:00 — No Comments

temple of solomon

the temple of solomon is written into various accounts as being the first temple of the israelites.

These days you can download a diagram.

Note the treasure chests. This is a bank.

The knights templar, orchestra of the crusades and international trade pioneers, they built their base on the ruins of said temple.

It's a mosque today.


it's extraordinary… Continue

Added by bishopdante on January 7, 2010 at 15:00 — No Comments

a few millennia of banking

Earliest banks

The first banks were probably the religious temples of the ancient world, and were probably established sometime during the third millennium B.C.

Banks probably predated the invention of money. Deposits initially consisted of grain and later other goods including cattle, agricultural implements, and eventually precious metals such as gold, in the form of easy-to-carry compressed plates.

Temples and palaces were the safest places to store gold… Continue

Added by bishopdante on January 7, 2010 at 14:30 — No Comments

edward gibbon quote from the decline & fall of the roman empire

"The obvious definition of a monarchy seems to be that of state, in which a single person, by whatsoever name he may be distinguished, is entrusted with the execution of the laws, the management of the revenue and the command of the army.

But, unless public liberty is protected by intrepid and vigilant guardians, the authority of so formidable a magistrate will soon degenerate into despotism.

The influence of the clergy, in an age of superstition, might be usefully… Continue

Added by bishopdante on January 6, 2010 at 13:48 — No Comments

Chemical Weapons.

Dr. Gerhard Schrader (25 February 1903–1990) was a German chemist specializing in the discovery of new insecticides, hoping to make progress in the fight against hunger in the world. However, Dr. Schrader is best known for his accidental discovery of nerve agents such as sarin and tabun, and for this he is sometimes called the "father of the nerve agents".

Schrader grew up in Bortfeld, near Wendeburg, Germany and studied chemistry at TU Braunschweig, and was later employed at the… Continue

Added by bishopdante on January 6, 2010 at 1:44 — No Comments

the hand of banking reaches easily through iron curtain

North Korea is easily within reach of bankers. Waiting = interest.

In 1979 North Korea renegotiated much of its international debt, but in 1980 it defaulted on all of its loans except those from Japan. By the end of 1986, hard-currency debt had reached more than USD 1 billion. It also owed nearly USD 2 billion to communist creditors, principally the Soviet Union.

The Japanese also declared North Korea in default. By 2000, taking into account penalties and accrued interest,… Continue

Added by bishopdante on January 6, 2010 at 1:18 — No Comments

modular robotics

Added by bishopdante on January 5, 2010 at 17:37 — No Comments

north korea is probably the weirdest country in the world.

Both North and South Korea maintain peace villages in sight of each other's side of the DMZ. In the South, Daeseong-dong is administered under the terms of the DMZ. Villagers are classed as Republic of Korea citizens, however they are exempt from paying tax and other civic requirements such as military service.

In the North, Kijong-dong features a number of brightly painted, poured-concrete multi-story buildings and apartments with electric lighting. These features represented an… Continue

Added by bishopdante on January 5, 2010 at 14:30 — No Comments

axe murdering on the north korean border

What on earth are people playing at?! This is like WW1 mentality.

we were pruning a tree in no-mans land

I think that one could safely call north korea the world's largest ghetto.

Added by bishopdante on January 5, 2010 at 13:00 — No Comments

weird cold war casualties

The Korean War was also the first armed confrontation of the Cold War and set the standard for many later conflicts. It created the idea of a proxy war, where the two superpowers would fight in another country, forcing the people in that nation to suffer the bulk of the destruction and death involved in a war between such large nations. The superpowers avoided descending into an all-out war with one another, as well as the mutual use of nuclear weapons. It also expanded the Cold War, which to… Continue

Added by bishopdante on January 5, 2010 at 12:57 — No Comments

kim jong il is citizen kane but waaay further out there


Added by bishopdante on January 4, 2010 at 16:29 — No Comments

birds full of bottle caps!

those are crazy looking winged bottle… Continue

Added by bishopdante on January 4, 2010 at 15:24 — No Comments

a book called "war on the middle classes"

NEW YORK (CNN) - - I don't know about you, but I can't take seriously anyone who takes seriously either the Republican Party or Democratic Party - - in part because neither party takes you and me seriously; in part because both are bought and paid for by corporate America and special interests. Neither party financially gives a damn about the middle class.

Our country's middle class is not just collateral damage in what has become all-out class warfare. Political, business and… Continue

Added by bishopdante on January 3, 2010 at 15:00 — No Comments

who needs factory slaves these days?

go on then, I'll race… Continue

Added by bishopdante on January 3, 2010 at 1:54 — No Comments

chemical warfare

Modern doctrine requires very high concentrations almost instantly in order to be effective (one breath should contain a lethal dose of the agent). To achieve this, the primary weapons used are rocket artillery or bombs and large ballistic missiles with cluster warheads. The contamination in the target area is only low or not existent and after four hours sarin or similar agents are not detectable anymore.

Added by bishopdante on January 3, 2010 at 1:39 — No Comments

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