To my handful of readers:
I decided to terminate this blog, and start something new at my own domain.
The new website is: http://www.blograju.com
I am now the Blog Raju! Raju means king in “my people’s” language. I decided that being the blog raju is much better than the cumbersome Spirit Epiales. I had to use spirit because Epiales was already taken by some boring person.
http://www.blograju.com does not have any content as of today, but I will try to have something fun to read by tomorrow evening (Sunday,Dec 4 2011).
This website will close in four weeks. Come to http://www.blograju.com !
If petroleum is a rapidly dwindling resource, and if economically viable alternatives might not be available before the world’s reserves are severely depleted, the long-term interest of the United States is best served by importing all we can and saving our reserves until the supply of other nations goes dry.
The fact that we are not doing this suggests that the world has more oil than the “peak oil” people would have us believe.
Yesterday, I wrote about the British taking offense at a Tintin comic book.
As reported in the Telegraph and The Blaze, the British are also offended by this advertisement:
The British are concerned that the advertisement “sexualises” a child. Dakota Fanning, the actress/model in the photo, was seventeen years old at the time. She may still be seventeen, or maybe eighteen now. In any case, Britain’s age of consent is sixteen. The British are becoming increasingly prudish, as if they were not prudes already.
The British are afraid that Tintin in the Congo will offend black readers, and has deemed the comic book unsuitable for children. The full article by the UK Telegraph is here: Tintin banned from children’s shelves over ‘racism’ fears
The first four paragraphs from the article:
The Campaign for Real Education has condemned his publishers as “over the top” for deciding to package one of his early adventures, Tintin in the Congo, in shrink-wrap and with a warning about its content.
Its criticism comes within weeks of the worldwide release of Steven Spielberg’s new film about the boy reporter and his dog Snowy.
George Remi, the Belgian artist better known as Herge, first published his tale of derring-do in Africa in 1930. When he re-worked it in 1946 he removed several references to the Congo being a Belgian colony.
But the book still contained a number of images that were perceived as racist. One of these showed a black woman bowing to Tintin and saying `White man very great…White mister is big juju man`.
Amazon.com is also worried about offending English-speaking readers. They blurred the cover image of Tintin in the Congo (they also made it difficult to copy):
Amazon is not worried about offending the French-speaking customers:
Click on the images to see the images on Amazon.
Americans did not read Tintin comics. I read the books as a child on summer vacations in India. I also read Asterix in India.
The Congo region of Africa over the past two decades is the world’s deadliest war zone. Mass rapes are used as weapons, children are kidnapped and forced into militias, rampant disease and violence have killed five million people.
This is funny. Yesterday (11 Nov 2011): The Vancouver Sun is worried about the elephants.
A disclaimer on a comic book will save the people, and the elephants.
Sean Hannity devotes an unnecessary amount of time on his radio and television shows exposing the double-standard of the Democrat media. He thinks that his Democrat guests will be embarrassed or ashamed when he plays the evidence of left-wing hypocrisy.
Mr Hannity needs to learn that liberals think hypocrisy is a virtue.
I started doing some research into the idea of intelligence. Is intelligence really measurable? Is intelligence important, or do other characteristics matter more? Nature vs nurture?
This topic makes people very emotional, but I will do my research intelligently.
Our soldiers are not fighting for our freedom. They are not fighting for anyone’s freedom. I don’t know why they are fighting, but we are told that the US Military is fighting terrorism. More specifically, we are fighting terrorism inspired by Islam.
I know Islam is a violent religion, and many of its adherents want to spread sharia around the world. I agree that those who wish to impose sharia in the United States should be opposed. Those who wage violent jihad (terrorism; use of violence to advance one’s ideology) should be arrested and/or shot.
My question for my fellow Americans is this: If we want to keep sharia out of the USA, why are we fighting the Muslims?
Local and state laws dictate when and where I may purchase/consume alcohol. I am restricted as to where (outside city limits) I can watch naked ladies dance, and even then the amount of nudity is restricted. The government has roadblocks to check for sobriety, insurance papers, and seatbelt usage. They monitor our Internet and scan our computers to see what we download. They tell us what we may and may not smoke. Incidentally, we have the highest percentage of our people in jail than any other country in the world.
We have restrictions around the nation on gambling, prostitution, smoking, drinking, pornography, nudity… We don’t have to worry about jihadists imposing sharia from Mecca; the enemies are in our local city halls.
This Halloween the world’s population will reach seven billion people. The media will run “overpopulation” stories.
What bullshit! We are not overpopulated. Do some math.
Population density of New York City: 27668 people per square mile.
Area of Texas: 268820 square miles.
People in the world: 7000000000.
All the humans in the world can fit into Texas at density of 26040 people per square mile, which is still less than the population density of New York City.
The rest of the world can be used for agriculture or returned to nature.
I admire rich people. Actually, I love rich people. They buy things, they use services, and make life easier for the rest of us.
This is another “only in India” story: Hundreds of Indian Girls Named “Unwanted” Choose New Names.
“Nakusa” (spellings and pronunciations vary) means “unwanted” in Hindi. Many Indians choose to name their daughters Nakusa. I suppose this is better than killing the baby, which is what some families do. Families with money get an illegal ultrasound and kill female fetuses. The lucky girls in the article referenced above get to choose new names.
In India, girls are not wanted. Girls are expensive, because weddings are expensive and families are expected to pay dowries. In India, boys outnumber girls by a significant margin. The article linked above gives a ratio of 1000 boys for every 914 girls. This gap varies among the states. A significant gap has existed for decades, and the gap is still widening.
Why do families pay the goddamn dowry? If young men outnumber young women (as they do), then the young man’s family should pay the dowry! Ladies are in short supply, so the young men should have to compete for them. Instead, the ladies are buying husbands. The notion of dowry in a nation where men outnumber ladies is stupid and absurd. Will female infanticide, abusive naming, and bankrupting dowries be eliminated now that every woman is guaranteed (more or less) to get a husband? No, this is India. The idiots are so stuck in their primitive traditions that common-sense changes are impossible.