“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Naked virgins plow the fields in India

Waiting for the girls

Naked girls plow fields for rain

Thu Jul 23, 2009 4:35pm EDT

PATNA, India (Reuters) - Farmers in an eastern Indian state have asked their unmarried daughters to plow parched fields naked in a bid to embarrass the weather gods to bring some badly needed monsoon rain, officials said on Thursday.

Witnesses said the naked girls in Bihar state plowed the fields and chanted ancient hymns after sunset to invoke the gods. They said elderly village women helped the girls drag the plows.

"They (villagers) believe their acts would get the weather gods badly embarrassed, who in turn would ensure bumper crops by sending rains," Upendra Kumar, a village council official, said from Bihar's remote Banke Bazaar town.

"This is the most trusted social custom in the area and the villagers have vowed to continue this practice until it rains very heavily."

India this year suffered its worst start to the vital monsoon rains in eight decades, causing drought in some states.

(Writing by Bappa Majumdar Editing by Sugita Katyal)


  1. Makes as much sense as anything the "Warmeners" have suggested.

    Indians are dirty old men (it's a "scientific" fact. - google it.

  2. Uh, Singhe, ol buddy, it's awfully dry. I think you oughta have that li'l ol 17 year old daughter, of yours, get nekkid, and, uh, go plow the fields. Whatta you think? heh, heh

  3. This Global Warmaloney is serious, dangerous, and destructive stuff. Unlike healthcare, it has, absolutely, NO redeeming benefits.

    - rufus

    I wouldn't support a government program to halt continental drift either, but that doesn't make presently conceived healthcare reform more palatable by comparison.

  4. G-d I love pagan women....

    Neked plowing....

  5. I WOULD ABSOLUTELY WITHOUT A DOUBT support a government program to bring global warming to Bogota. In a hurry. No matter how much it costs. But this, unfortunately, is on no one's agenda.

  6. No, Trish, you'll take your Government-paid (for life) Healthcare, and be happy. Well, cheers to you.

    The point is: At least with Healthcare, "Somebody" gets "Somethng." With the Global Warming Baloney, "Everybody" Suffers.

  7. It's kind of ironic, really. Some of those poor people are paying Taxes to pay for your "Cadillac" Coverage (for life," but it Appalls you to think that you might have to "Return the Favor."

  8. So it just won't do, rufus, to discretely suggest that because you recognize the massive swindle of the warmaloney movement, your healthcare policy position reflects good judgment and a sober grasp of reality.

  9. You can suggest anything you want. I'm just saying you're being selfish, if not hypocritical.

    The Great Global Warming Swindle - Part 3

  10. I can prove to you that people are Dying for lack of healthcare.

    I'll bet you can't prove to me anyone's dying due to CO2-induced global warming.

  11. "It's kind of ironic, really..."

    And this fresh tack does not change ANY structural deformity with regard to the legislation in question.

  12. I can prove to you that people are Dying for lack of healthcare.

    I'll bet you can't prove to me anyone's dying due to CO2-induced global warming.

    Sun Jul 26, 02:10:00 PM EDT

    First of all, I'm not a global warming groupie and never have been, so you can just knock it off. (And see my 2 PM again.)

    Nor, OTOH, am I an anti-reformist in matters of healthcare. I simply do not support reform as presently conceived. Sorry.

  13. However (and I hate to keep harping on this, but its a miserable obsession of mine) if you could change MY weather we might be able to do business with one another.

  14. You started it, Sweets; I didn't (review morning's comments.)

    The Great Global Warming Swindle - Part 4

  15. Embareasses the Gods, aye?

    Keep them bareasses at it, all day long.

    What century is this, there?

    There is certainly a primal disconnect 'tween us, well some of us and them.

    Pick your battles, doug.

    Pick an issue where you may win, stay on it and gain the goal.

    At present the your smear campaign on Sotomayer has gained her at least 65 votes in the Senate.

    Comparing Obama's ears, to Dumbos', does Dumbo a disservice, but sways no reader to pack his trunk.

    Want to work against the Global Warmists, that's good to go, with me. But the first step, setting up the charitable trust awaits fulfillment.

    "Toward Truth" would be a jolly good name for it.

  16. Is there a Final Healthcare Bill to read, let alone even debate?

    I thought there were a myriad of Bills scattered across the disparate Congressional committees involved.

    So that the final product was still in flux.

  17. "You started it, Sweets."

    No, I'm just the one who remarked your initial approach. And we've got all day to run down your list. So carry on.

    Reminds me. There was this interrogator named Shimberg, Russian fellow - high, squeaky voice - who was in the booth with an uncooperative source. In, like, ten minutes, he ran through the book. Condensed:

    "So, you wanna smoke?"

    "I don't smoke."

    "Um, you wanna write a letter home?"

    "I have nothing to write."

    "Well, then. Would you like to be repatriated?"

    "There's nothing left for me back home."

    "Are you interested in emigrating to the United States?"

    "I hate your country."

    (Few moments pause.)

    "Boy, are you a fuck-up. What a lame ass you must be to have landed in here, huh?"

    Maybe you had to be there. But it is long since legend.

  18. You'll see the "final" bill about the same time the Legislators do, Rat. ie, about 12 hrs after they've Voted on it.

    It'll be a mess, and, absolutely, no one will like it.

    But, it Will pass by the end of the year. The Republicans will make sure of that.

  19. Well, you've pretty much exhausted that.

  20. Jes tryin to do my part.

    If there be anything else I can do, jes holler.


  21. Maybe, we should go through it again?

    It's pretty important.


  22. It IS important. It's just not important to health care.

  23. Uh, our leaders made This thread about Global Warming.

    Health Care is so yesterdayish.

  24. BTW, I want some pikturs of the nekkid virgins.

  25. I've SEEN oxen, before.

    Nekkid virgins, not so much.

  26. And just look. The two of us all by ourselves made it today-ish.

  27. Nap time. I'm going balmy.

    Nekkid Virgins, huh?

    Yep, definitely, nap time.

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  29. Let's try again.

    Just goes to show what can be accomplished when one says FTPTB.

  30. 2. Parade of US Officials Expected to Increase Pressure.

    by Yehudah Lev Kay 4 US Officials Pressure Israel

    A parade of four senior U.S. officials due in Israel this week are expected to increase pressure on Israel to agree to a construction freeze in Judea and Samaria and avoid any action against the Iranian nuclear threat.

    The special U.S. envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell, lands in Israel Sunday after a short visit in Damascus. He will meet with Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Sunday and with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday

    Accompanying snap shot of Mitchell jawboning Bibi begs a caption:

    Mitchell: " I want to be clear that, you know, all sides are creating the conditions, putting themselves in position so that when we begin a formal negotiating process, we’ve put ourselves in the best position to have a successful outcome...blah...blah...blah..."

    Bibi (thinking to himself): "You're shitting me, right George?"

    ...Arrival of Four Officials Said to be "Coincidental"

    American officials said the convergence of four senior officials on Israel in one week was “coincidental

  31. So was arresting those Rabbis.


    Better believe it, or not.
    They've only had the "goods" on some of 'em since 2006.

    Just happened to wait, until now, to splash 'em across Israeli television, doin' the perp walk.

  32. I do not know why the den mother's untaxed health care benefit should be cause for debate, rufus.

    The Unions support the idea, too.

    Most Socialists do, support subsidies for themselves.

    But shudder to think that the exact same benefit could or should be extended to others.

    Open the military healthcare system to the uninsured community, that's one thing we could and should do,post haste.

  33. ... Congress passed the Dependents Medical Care Act of 1956 and the Military Medical Benefits Amendments of 1966. These acts allowed the Secretary of Defense to contract with civilian health care providers. This civilian health care program became known as the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services (CHAMPUS).

    In the late 1980s, because of escalating costs, claims, paperwork demands, and general beneficiary dissatisfaction, DOD initiated a series of demonstration projects. Under a program known as the CHAMPUS Reform Initiative (CRI), a contractor provided both health care and administrative-related services, including claims processing. The CRI project was one of the first to introduce managed care features to the CHAMPUS program.

    Beneficiaries under CRI were offered three choices — a health maintenance organization-like option called CHAMPUS Prime that required enrollment and offered enhanced benefits and low-cost shares,

    a preferred provider organization-like option called CHAMPUS Extra that required use of network providers in exchange for lower cost shares,

    and the standard CHAMPUS option that continued the freedom of choice in selecting providers and higher cost shares and deductibles

    Make that available, to everyone.

  34. Earth bears scars of human destruction -A Canadian astronaut aboard the International Space Station

    "This is probably just a perception, but I just have the feeling that the glaciers are melting,
    the snow capping the mountains is less than it was 12 years ago when I saw it last time,"
    Thrisk said.
    "That saddens me a little bit."

    Feelings, wo-o-o feelings,
    wo-o-o, feelings again in my arms.

    YouTube - Feelings - Morris Albert


    Feelings, nothing more than feelings,
    trying to forget my feelings of love.
    Teardrops rolling down on my face,
    trying to forget my feelings of love.

    Feelings, for all my life I'll feel it.
    I wish I've never met you, girl; you'll never come again.

    Feelings, wo-o-o feelings,
    wo-o-o, feel you again in my arms.

    Feelings, feelings like I've never lost you
    and feelings like I've never have you again in my heart.

    Feelings, for all my life I'll feel it.
    I wish I've never met you, girl; you'll never come again.

    Feelings, feelings like I've never lost you
    and feelings like I've never have you again in my life.

    Feelings, wo-o-o feelings,
    wo-o-o, feelings again in my arms.
    Feelings...(repeat & fade)

    - Morris Albert

  35. For some folks, doug, it always about the feelings, never mind the facts.

    Who do you like, who do you hate, that's all that matters, to many.

    Love to see those naked virgins, but they'd be Indian peasant girls, hard scrabbled, at best.

    Not a lot to look at, be my guess.

  36. If the forgotten one had known that an O6 over 24 recieves $9,207 per month and an O7 rates, $11,007, in base pay, plus various allowances and entitlements.

    He'd have not noticed the $30 bottle of wine.

  37. Currently, the Army has 4000 colonels and about 150 one-star generals. ...

    So, our corps of colonels, about a $39 million dollar expense, per month. Just in base pay, excluding entitlements and allowances.

    The Army has 306 generals leading nearly 525000 troops.

    That is a Bird Colonel for every 131 troops, about a Company size element, back in the day.

  38. The 33 four-star generals and admirals in the U.S. military serve in two broad ...

    Seems the US military is a tad top heavy, today, from a WWII full engagement, total war perspective.

  39. Peace Time Leadership in Wartime.
    Long War Essentials

  40. Hell, Rat, the taxpayers (a group that includes, myself) pay for most of My medical care, also.

    And, in my estimation, the much-maligned VA does a pretty good job of it. Now, it's true, when Crestor was sky-high they put me on 80 mg generic Zocor; BUT, my cholesterol dropped like a rock.

    And my VA doctor rides me harder than any civilian Doctor ever did on getting my "good" cholesterol Up, and quitting smoking, etc. When my first prostate biopsy came back negative, he insisted on a second due to my high PSA count.

    When it was time for a colonoscopy they sent me to a first-class clinic to have it done (I suppose they didn't have the facilities to do it, themselves.

    I know several people that would give anything they had for such health care.

    Of course, I don't begrudge Trish, and her husband fine health care. They earn it, every day. I just think that in a fine country such as ours that we should be a little more sympathetic to those not so lucky.

    And, yes, I know it's going to cost me on April 15, but I'd rather help Americans get health care than many of the things our government does with our money (giving it to foreign nations, for their healthcare, for example.)

    I'm, also, having been around this situation a little bit, cognizant of the fact that we're already spending a lot of this money, foolishly, and to no result. As I've said before, I can name four, or five, people, off the top of my head, that we would come out on top by helping.

    Anyway, the time for preaching, and proslytizing on this subject is coming to an end. Minds have been made up, and I'm getting the feeling that the die is pretty much cast. It's all in the "details," now; and, those, you and I, aren't going to change.

  41. An O6 over 30, $9,711 per month

    It used to a 75% retirement at 30 years, may well still be. That'd be 6 grand a month.

    Well earned, surely, but still a lifetime endowment at 50 years of age.

    Little wonder that matters of money are considered droll.

  42. My dad loves the VA service that they provide, here in AZ.
    Sings their praises.

    So do most of the Tonto Basin boys that use that system.

    I do not begrudge the folks that recieve military health benefits. I just think that having so many people unable to access the finest medical system in the whirled, while we build hospitals and clinics in Iraq and Afpakistan, is not the right course, for US.

    When Mr Bush held the power, he punted. Now Obama has the ball.

    We're in the cheap seats, fer sur.

  43. ARE, Sweden (Reuters) - Germany called a French idea to slap "carbon tariffs" on products from countries that are not trying to cut greenhouse gases a form of "eco-imperialism" and a direct violation of WTO rules.

    The issue of greenhouse tariffs has met bitter opposition from developing countries such as China and India, who count on the developed world to buy their exports as they build their economies in the face of the worst financial crisis in decades.

    Matthias Machnig, Germany's State Secretary for the Environment, told a news briefing on Friday that a French push for Europe to impose carbon tariffs on imports from countries that flout rules on carbon emissions would send the wrong signal to the international community.

    "There are two problems -- the WTO (World Trade Organization), and the signal would be that this is a new form of eco-imperialism," Machnig said.

    "We are closing our markets for their products, and I don't think this is a very helpful signal for the international negotiations."

    European environment and energy ministers are meeting in Sweden to try to come up with a single vision of how the 27-member bloc will fight global warming, ahead of a major environment summit in Copenhagen.

  44. trish wrote:

    "Nor, OTOH, am I an anti-reformist in matters of healthcare. I simply do not support reform as presently conceived. Sorry"

    Now I don't have a dog in the health care hunt what with residing abroad and no plans to return to the US but from where I'm standing it appears as if the health care system in the US is pretty dysfunctional. In any health care reform bill there will be many things to criticize (my main concern is that the health bill, as presently constituted, doesn't address the very important cost side) however if this thing doesn't pass then the status quo will reign for the next many decades (nobody will bother to try to change it again) and for that the US people will suffer more than they should

  45. rufus,

    Do you dispute the statistics indicating the general warming trend? Do you dispute that we have an effect on our environment?

  46. Sheriff Nabs 74 in 3-Day
    Crime Sweep

    PHOENIX - The MCSO is reporting that so far, a total of 74 people have been arrested as part of their 3-day illegal immigration and crime sweep .

    25 were arrested for being in the country illegally and the others for having outstanding warrants.

    Starting Thursday, sheriff's deputies along with posse volunteers and Pinal County authorities began the combined effort to combat undocumented immigration.

    Sheriff Joe Arpaio has run several crime and immigration sweeps over the past year, leading to criticism that he was racially profiling suspects. Arpaio denies that claim.

    On Saturday, Arpaio was forced to let 10 illegal immigrants go because their arrests didn't fit new Department of Homeland Security policies -- they committed no other criminal or civil violations.

  47. I would dispute that a general warming trend was caused by the effect humans have on the enviorment.

  48. I would point out that glaciers have been receding for the past 13,000 years. Well before any form of industrialization had begun.

  49. "The CO2 concentration in the atmosphere has risen from about 314 ppm (parts per million, volume) in 1958 to about 334 ppm in 1979, i.e., an increase of 20 ppm, which is equivalent to 42×109 tons of carbon. During this same period, about 78×109 tons of carbon have been emitted to the atmosphere by fossil-fuel combustion. It has further been estimated that more than 150×109 tons of carbon have been released to the atmosphere since the middle of the nineteenth century, at which time the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere most likely was less than 300 ppm, probably about 290 ppm.

    By reducing the extent of the world forests (at present about 30 percent of the land surface) and increasing the area of farmland (at present about 10 percent of the land surface) man has also transformed carbon in trees and in organic matter in the soil into CO2. The magnitude of this additional emission into the atmosphere is poorly known. Estimates range between 40×109 tons and more than 200×109 tons for the period since early last century."

  50. Does THIS a graph of global temperatures taken form NASA satellites look like a "warming" trend to you?

    Ash, you go back to 1975, and we have a "warming" trend. You go back to 1945, and, not so much.

    You go back to 1800, and the little Ice Age, and we have a warming trend. You go back to the Midievil Period, and you've a slight cooling trend.

    Go back to Roman times, and you've got a Greater Cooling Trend. Go back to the Holocene Optimum, and you've got a Sizable Cooling Trend.

    Pick your Poison.

  51. The meteoric rise of the Incan empire between 1400 and 1532 was driven by a sustained period of warmer weather, new research on Peruvian lake sediments suggests.


    Fed by bountiful surpluses of maize and potatoes, Incans were free to engage in other activities such as establishing huge networks of roads. Most importantly, the surpluses enabled them to build fit and well-resourced armies and weaponry.


    For the first 3000 years or so represented within the 8-metre section of lake sediments, the climate was relatively cold – the core contents dominated by rock and sandy fragments washed into the lake from the mountains.

    Incan Empire

  52. Even if true, ash, that human effect does not necessarily equate to the cause of climatic change.

    That is what is in dispute.

    The majority, well over 80%, if memory serves, of CO2 conversion occurs in the oceans. The forests are seconarary, at best in that regard. With grasslands being CO2 eaters, just as trees are.

  53. Ah, I see Rufus has already done that.

  54. ROBERTO MICHELETTI, the current President of Honduras, praises Mrs Clinton.

    Stall and retreat, delay until the next election.

  55. Ash, they don't even know what causes the Inter-Glatials. They seem to correlate with the Malenkovitch (sp?) Cycles, but most scientists think there has to be more to it than that.

    They can't forecast weather with any accuracy, whatsoever, out over 4 days. Sometimes, 4 hours, it seems. Or, 4 minutes.

    There is a Very Strong Correlation between Global Temperatures, and the PDO (Pacific Decadal Oscillation,) and the AMO (Atlantic Multi-Decadal Oscillation;) but, they haven't the foggiest what causes those phenomena.

    All they do know is that for the last 30 years we've been in the "Positive" (higher temps) phase of both the PDO, and the AMO. And, that the PDO (an, approximate 30 year cycle) is, now, shifting to its "Cooler" phase.

    An El Nino is trying to form in the Tropics, as we speak. Most think it will continue to strengthen, but some aren't so sure. The thing is: NO ONE knows why they form.

    They can't even agree on whether it's the heat that dissipates the clouds, or the lack of clouds that causes terrestrial heating.

    But they're "Sure" that a trace gas that constitutes 0.04% (Four Ten Thousandths) of the atmosphere, and operates in the same frequency as water vapor (which constitutes 80% of "greenhouse gases) is going to "Drive" heat to Cataclysmic levels?

    Color me really, really, really Skeptical.

  56. The ice in the middle of Greenland is some three kilometres thick and, deep down, it is hundreds of thousands of years old.

    Indeed this core ice provides an invaluable record of conditions that prevailed during the last great interglacial period, which came to an end more than 100,000 years ago.

    Greenland has not always been icebound. Two and a half million years ago it was covered in forest and heath, but even the worst-case scenario of man-made climate change is unlikely to reduce the northern hemisphere's greatest mass of ice to a pathetic pile of slush in the foreseeable future.

    Greenland's Future

  57. All we Really know for sure is that, as Sam has pointed out, in the past warmer times have been More Prosperous Times.

    Here is some really important research from the University of Illinois that shows Corn and Soybeans THRIVE with Higher Levels of CO2.

    Worldwide, Vegetation is up about 6% in the last decade, or so.

    I suspect we're going into a "cooling" trend; but, I wish it weren't so.

  58. There's something else you have to take into account. Most, truly, "Rural" stations in the U.S. show a pretty-much flat line over the 20th Century. It's the Urban Stations (probably, 95% of our weather stations Should be considered "Urban") that show a 0.6% increase in temps.

    The UHI (Urban Heat Island) effect is real; and it is powerful.

    Factoid: Farmers within 15 miles, or so, of Lincoln Nebraska (Lincoln Nebraska, for Cris'sakes) will optimize their yields by using different seeds, and farming techniques, than those farther away from the "city." The UHI is that strong (in Lincoln, Ne.)

    The middle of a good-sized city can be as much as 8 to 10 degrees warmer than the surrounding countryside. Don't believe it? Get in your car and, paying attention to your dashboard thermometer, drive from the outskirts, through the city, and back out, again. Let us know the results.

  59. Defying skeptics in her party, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vowed Sunday to overcome lingering obstacles and pass health-care reform in the House, restoring momentum to President Obama's top domestic priority and order to her own unruly Democratic caucus.

    "When I take this bill to the floor, it will win," Pelosi (Calif.) said on CNN's "State of the Union." "This will happen."

    The speaker, who has struggled to overcome a series of recent setbacks, raised the stakes by planning to restart talks Monday among bickering Democrats on the Energy and Commerce Committee, one of three House panels with jurisdiction over health care and where the bill stalled last week. Democratic leaders are newly confident that these differences can be resolved, possibly in time to bring a House bill to the floor before lawmakers depart Friday for the August recess, although Pelosi did not commit to a timetable

    Read more:

  60. The trend over the past 50 years is an increase of about .5 bushel, per acre, per year (bu/ac/yr). That rate of improvement in Iowa soybean yields will continue or possibly increase over the next decade.

    Current soybean yields are about 50 bu/ac/yr.

    Kansas is the leading producer of wheat in the United States with yields of about 45 bu/ac/yr. Yields have been improving at about .5 bu/ac/yr since about 1950.

    Optimistic Future

  61. That should have been a 0.6 C change in temps.

  62. From Sam's Link:

    "In the case of corn, since 1955 the average rate of increase in Iowa crop yield has been two bushels, per acre, per year," said Huffman. "That's an amazing accomplishment starting from about 65 bushels, per acre, per year in 1955, up to about 165 bushels, per acre, per year now."

    Huffman thinks the future will be even better.

    "From 2010 to 2019, corn yields are going to increase quite substantially, maybe at four to six bushels, per acre, per year," he said.

    What makes this Really Interesting is that Fertilizer usage is Down, significantly, over the last 20 Years. So is Erosion, and Irrigation.

    We've never done Genetically Modified seeds with soybeans, and wheat, like we have with corn. But, I, halfway, expect that to end.

    BTW, Corn is selling for about $3.20/bu. That's a little less than $0.06/lb. Up, only a penny a pound, or so, from what it was "before ethanol."

  63. OH, and we're No Longer "Subsidizing" our Corn/Soybean/Wheat farmers to the tune of about $11 Billion/Yr.

  64. Even if you subtract the ethanol blenders credit you still end up with a Savings of about $6 Billion/Yr.

  65. Production of Urea fertiliser has commenced at Notore Chemical Industries Limited, Onne in Rivers State. This is coming after the production of Ammonia fertiliser which commenced few months back.


    Notore was faced with the reality that comes with rehabilitation. Jite Okoloko, Notore’s managing director explained some months back: “You set a target at the beginning of rehabilitation; all things being equal, you achieve your target.

    But if otherwise, the timeline begins to shift until you have clear visibility till the end. Bear in mind that when we acquired the assets of this company, we didn’t have enough time to do the actual due diligence – technical due diligence.

    Nigerian Production

  66. Man, that Nigeria project is a Hell of an undertaking. Great Job. Great Post.

    Africa has So Much Damned Potential. It's just a Cryin Shame that anyone would go hungry in that climate.

  67. French President Nicolas Sarkozy was "doing well" in hospital after collapsing during a weekend jog, his chief of staff said, as the ailing leader was urged to cut back on his gruelling schedule.


    Secrecy has long surrounded the health of French leaders, with former Socialist president Francois Mitterrand able to hide for 11 years the fact that he had prostate cancer, diagnosed soon after his election in 1981.

    He died in 1996, less than eight months after leaving office.

    Jogging Collapse

  68. Japan's key Nikkei stock index rose above the 10,000 line Monday to hit its highest intraday level since early October, lifted by optimism on global economic prospects and hopes for improved domestic corporate earnings on its longest winning streak in 21 years.

    Surpassing 10,000 at the outset of trading, the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average ended the day up 144.11 points, or 1.45 percent, from Friday to 10,088.66, its highest close since June 12. It last topped the psychologically important line July 1 on an intraday basis.

    Economic Optimism

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