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Guns kill?

May 7th, 2009 (03:31 pm)

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Fast & Furious Romania

May 7th, 2009 (10:28 am)

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Cheers to Klaus

May 7th, 2009 (10:11 am)

Václav KlausVáclav Klaus, President of the Czech Republic, proves once again that he's the most distinguished European statesman of nowadays.
By the way, for acquaintance with Czech matters and physics I can warmly recommend the excellent Reference Frame of Luboš Motl.

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Obama the Record-breaker

November 6th, 2008 (12:56 pm)

Here is what a market thinks of election of different presidents of the US. More precisely, change in DJIA in the post-election day. Election of the Republican presidents is marked in red, Democrats in blue. Obama beats everybody even that nurturer of the Great Depression FDR.

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Workers of the world, unite

October 15th, 2008 (11:12 pm)

The Kremlin endorses Obama.

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Financial troubles

October 6th, 2008 (01:58 pm)

A couple of observations on the present financial turmoil.
First, the US vs. the EU. I might question the bailout bill but I do recognise that the US as a sovereign country has a capability of rapid response as it deems to be necessary. In the EU, financial regulations are imposed from Brussels and it might take years to change them. Meanwhile, member states are starting to breach the EU rules up to treaties to deal with the issue, Ireland, Greece, Denmark and Germany moving to guarantee savings in banks. The Central has a dilemma: either to enforce the EU rule and be responsible for eventual financial meltdown or keep silence while Your rules are flushed down hoping for "beneficial crisis" and resumption of power concentration later. In extremis, the present troubles might turn out a make-or-break for the EU. In any case, Europe is likely to suffer worse due to cumbersome regulation process of the EU.
Second, socialism vs. capitalism. On October 28, 1929, Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped by 12.8%, marking a start to the Great Depression. On October 19, 1987, Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped by 22.6%. Why another Great Depression didn't set in? To the large extent, different responses brought different outcomes. Reagan's capitalist policies ensured that mere another DJIA record was set, sweeping socialism of Hoover and Roosevelt blew medium crash into the Great Depression. This is why I'm rather cautious on that pork-laden bailout bill (aka relief for wooden arrows industry) and government intervention in general. As old chap Ronie said: "Government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem."
In a month, we'll see who will steer America for the next years. Right now, bets are 2:1 in Obama's favour. And I'm concerned he's not to be Reagan-like. As a side note, the EU actions are even more likely to be on socialist side further darkening European prospects. As proverb goes, when America sneeze, Europe gets a fever.
Well, we live in interesting times indeed.

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September 11th, 2008 (11:34 pm)

Supporters of Republican vice presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, hold up campaign signs, one of Palin as "Rosie the Riveter," as they wait in line to see Republican presidential candidate Sen., John McCain, R-Ariz., and Palin, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008, at a campaign rally at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. Photo by The Associated Press When it became certain that John McCain will win the Republican nomination I sighed: my favourite was Fred Thompson, that man with a potato-like nose who has played the President of the US in some movies. McCain looked too much of RINO.
When a time was closing to choose the VP candidate, I browsed eventual names and stopped on Sarah Palin as would-be American Iron Lady. But thought that McCain will take Mitt Romney, a safe choice to beat Joe Biden.
When McCain announced Sarah Palin I sighed again - but with a relief this time. In a week, my relief turned into delight as Palin besides of having the right opinion turned out to be an ignitor for the Republican side in general. An anger, hysterics and incredible make-believes about her are the best evidence how desperate the Democrat camp is now. And it's not just wishful thinking of mine, look on markets - for the first time, Intrade prediction market rates McCain-Palin ticket higher than Obama-Biden.
Barring something extraordinary, the next campaign stop will be candidate debates in the late September and October. Previous showing suggests Republicans might win them too.

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Peace enforcement

September 6th, 2008 (01:50 pm)

Kremlin's business as usual

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Environmentalism as religion

May 22nd, 2008 (05:00 pm)

Jonah Goldberg in Los Angeles Times:
"Environmentalism's most renewable resources are fear, guilt and moral bullying. Its worldview casts man as a sinful creature who, through the pursuit of forbidden knowledge, abandoned our Edenic past. John Muir, who laid the philosophical foundations of modern environmentalism, described humans as "selfish, conceited creatures." Salvation comes from shedding our sins, rejecting our addictions (to oil, consumerism, etc.) and demonstrating through deeds an all-encompassing love of Mother Earth. Quoth Al Gore: "The climate crisis is not a political issue; it is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity.""

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Global warming and forests

May 22nd, 2008 (04:50 pm)

Last glacial maximum vegetation. Map generated by the National Geophysical Data Centre

From the desk of emeritus professor Philip Stott: the last glacial maximum vegetation map shows the world only became significantly forested with the global warming that followed the end of the glaciation. So a couple of questions arise:

  •  If the spread of forests is a characteristic of global warming, why then are forests and trees seen as a counter to ‘global warming’?”
  • Which follows which, the trees the climate or the climate the trees?

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The Soviet Story

April 15th, 2008 (03:39 pm)

A truly impressive trailer of the great film.

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Today in Riga

May 8th, 2007 (06:04 pm)

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The Great Global Warming Swindle

March 12th, 2007 (11:07 am)

The Great Global Warming Swindle
"The Great Global Warming Swindle" on Google Video
Are you green? How many flights have you taken in the last year? Feeling guilty about all those unnecessary car journeys? Well, maybe there's no need to feel bad.
According to a group of scientists brought together by documentary-maker Martin Durkin, if the planet is heating up, it isn't your fault and there's nothing you can do about it.
We've almost begun to take it for granted that climate change is a man-made phenomenon. But just as the environmental lobby think they've got our attention, a group of naysayers have emerged to slay the whole premise of global warming.

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Every bit as since 20ties

February 27th, 2007 (03:14 pm)

But the Republican and Democrat parties of the US represent interests of oil and arms tycoons and those of handful financial oligarchs.
Kurbonali Tursunaliyev. Are party and electoral systems of the US democratic? Pravda Vostoka (The Truth of the East). Tashkent, February 23, 2007.

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Did You know?

January 8th, 2007 (12:52 pm)

How many children are needed for the generation replacement? With a decently low mortality, around 2.1. Which developed countries reach it? The US and only: 2.09. The second is Iceland with 1.92 - already below the replacement level. But did You know there are lots of supposedly high-fertility countries that also fall below the US benchmark?

Sri Lanka1.84
Did You notice Iran in the list? Do You understand what does it mean? In 20 years, Iran will have no more cannon-fodder. On the other hand, have You noticed recent energy problems in Iran? Oil production is declining and export is going to dry, having the 2nd largest gas reserves in the world, Iran can't fulfill gas supply obligations to Turkey. Why? Think of decades of socialist mismanagement since the fall of shah. So even without any external interference Ahmadinejad has a choice between aggression now or death by starvation later. Time is on our side. Bar that nuke thing.

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Russian fun

January 5th, 2007 (05:50 pm)

Wanna some Russian fun? Try

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Grim milestones

January 5th, 2007 (05:38 pm)

War still beats "peace" under Hussein.

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No market please, we’re French

January 5th, 2007 (05:21 pm)

A quote from the French Socialist presidential candidate Ségolène Royal’s New Year Message:
"From today, it is time to prepare for France’s Presidency of the EU in 2008. I want a Europe that protects against the disorder of globalisation, where the only law is that of the market."
P.S. Honestly stolen from the Brussels Journal.

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January 5th, 2007 (04:46 pm)

In another show of servility and greed leaders of Latvia are hastily pressing for the border treaty with Russia, conceding the peace treaty of 1920, surrendering 1156 sq.km of Latvian territory and spitting on the legal continuity of the country and consequences of the deal.

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Joys of the Zone

January 5th, 2007 (04:43 pm)

Slovenia joined the Zone on Monday. On Wednesday, its citizens started to enjoy all the benefits it brings.

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Quaero - Ask Chirac

January 5th, 2007 (04:38 pm)

Another white elephant of europhiles is reported dead: Germany has confirmed it is pulling out of a planned French-German internet search engine designed to compete with US giant Google.

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Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité

January 5th, 2007 (04:32 pm)

European Commission vice-president Günter Verheugen has questioned the need for small EU countries to have their own member of the European Commission. Welcome to the Animal Farm: All Animals Are Equal, But Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others.

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Israeli Arabs

August 7th, 2006 (11:28 am)

As Hezbollah rockets rain on the Northern Israel local Arabs express their stance: Hope Nasrallah gets a rocket between legs. May I remind Arabs constitute 52.2% of population in the Northern District of Israel and 22.9% in Haifa District.

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Sodomites on a run

August 7th, 2006 (11:10 am)

While straight Latvians are under pressure of local and European homophiles sodomites encounter more virtuous attitude in the US. Talk about putrid Americans, heh.

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Here I come

March 31st, 2006 (01:34 pm)

Ciba arestēta, ieviešos te.
Latvian bloghouse Sviesta ciba is under arrest so I've come here.

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