“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, January 18, 2011

You know, this place makes me wonder...

Sorry guys, there is no mystery or deeper meaning here.

Of Man’s first disobedience, and the fruit
Of that forbidden tree whose mortal taste
Brought death into the World, and all our woe,
With loss of Eden, till one greater Man
Restore us, and regain the blissful Seat,
Sing, Heavenly Muse,


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  2. The Huffington Post?


    You actually read that commie rag?

  3. Are the facts in dispute?

    Are you saying that 200 cows were not found dead?

    That the AP story that was quoted was nonexistent or false?

  4. It was on the Google list of headlines, if it is not true, if the AP has misinformed the public or has been misquoted, I'd like to know.

  5. There are reports of animals dying, in droves, from across the whirled.

    There are biblical floods in Oz.
    Or so AP reports.

    According to The AP, mass animal deaths are not all that uncommon.

    Can we believe the AP report relaying government reports that these mass animals deaths are unrelated?

  6. I heard a report that mass deaths are common. Our attention to them is what's uncommon.

  7. A few years back there was a mass killing of sealife off the east coast. It was attributed to an upwelling of extremely cold water.

  8. I'm not sayin' it's not true.

    I'm just sayin', 'The Huffington Post'.


  9. After a recent incident involving the deaths of a very large flock of birds it was determined that they had all died of blunt force trauma. It was speculated that they had been disturbed from their roosting area and in the dead of night had flown into things.

  10. I remember a couple of years back, Mongolia had a winter so bitterly cold that virtually all of their livestock was wiped out.

  11. Nearly a thousand people were killed in flooding last week in Brazil.

  12. The floods in Oz are bad but not unprecedented.

    And, in some places, not peaking as high as in the past.

  13. Rains let up during the day on Tuesday in the disaster-hit areas but picked up again in south-east of Brazil on Tuesday evening.

    Army helicopters have been carrying out rescue and supply operations to attend to residents cut off from help for nearly a week since rains unleashed a sudden spate of hillside mud, trees and boulders on the tourist towns below, sweeping away or burying neighbourhoods.

    Populist politics and lack of urban planning across much of Brazil has allowed the construction of whole neighbourhoods in areas with high risk of flooding and mudslides.

    Deaths Top 700

  14. Residents of the flood-devastated township of Grantham in southern Queensland have asked to be given privacy.


    Premier Anna Bligh says the residents of Grantham are reliving the terror of the deadly flash flooding as they return home.


    As Grantham grieves, the appeal for Queensland's flood victims has surpassed $100 million.

    Plead for Privacy

  15. Why does the lovely blonde turn into an elderly Indian woman?

    After you cut the snake's neck?

  16. I will probably never have another dream like that.

  17. Sorry. Didn't mean it to be creepy.

    Hell. What's creey nowadays?

  18. I thought of this last night: