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These are all the Blogs posted on Wednesday, 25, 2007.
Wednesday, 25 April 2007
Anti-terror chief asks Muslims to help more
Wishful thinking from the Yard. From The Telegraph
Few anti-terrorist operations are sparked by intelligence from Britain's Muslim communities and the flow of information to police and MI5 has to be increased, the UK's most senior counter-terrorist officer said last night.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Clarke, head of Scotland Yard's counter-terrorism command, warned there was also a dangerous distrust of the intelligence on which police worked. This was typified by the controversy over the abortive "chemical bomb" raid on a house in east London last summer.
He criticised those who fuelled this distrust by claiming police operations were politically motivated to justify British foreign policy. The public was not being informed of the true nature of the terror threat, said Mr Clarke.
In a speech to the Policy Exchange think-tank in London, he said: "We must increase the flow of intelligence coming from communities.
"Almost all of our prosecutions have their origins in intelligence that came from overseas, the intelligence agencies or from technical means. Few have yet originated from what is sometimes called "community intelligence." This is something we are working hard to change."
Mr Clarke, also national co-ordinator for anti-terrorist operations, warned starkly that al-Qa'eda was targeting the UK in a sustained campaign which, unlike IRA terror, aimed at mass civilian casualties with no warnings and suicide attacks.
"We have seen how al-Qa'eda has been able to survive a prolonged multi-national assault on its structures, personnel and logistics. But police have been "accused of exaggerating the threat posed by terrorists in order, it was alleged, to help the Government justify its foreign policy. . . The difficulty is that when an event like the operation in Forest Gate (the "chemical bomb" case) last year occurs, distrust of the intelligence has led to demands for it to be scrutinised by community representatives, not only after an operation, but even before it."  This isn’t an innocent community being distrustful – this is the civilian arm of jihad doing its bit.
This was difficult in terror cases where the intelligence was not the police's to give, he said. If the public were sceptical he asked, what other sources of information did they have? "There are more than 100 people awaiting trial in terrorism cases in the UK. That should, one would think, be the source of a wealth of information.  Well, so far terrorist trials have not been as informative as we might wish, for a number of reasons. . . Because of the fact that terrorist cells and networks are inevitably linked, this has meant that over the past five years I can hardly remember a time when there were not court orders in place restricting what could be published about terrorist cases.”
Posted on 04/25/2007 1:36 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 25 April 2007
World Cup winner Ball dies at 61
This is sad news from the BBC
World Cup winner Alan Ball has died of a heart attack at the age of 61. Ball was a key member of the England side that won the World Cup in 1966 and went on to win 72 caps for his country.
He started his career at Blackpool and went on to play for Everton, Arsenal and Southampton before a playing spell in the United States of America.
He also managed seven clubs over a 19-year period, including two spells with Portsmouth as well as Southampton and Manchester City.
Ball was awarded an MBE in 2000 for his services to football.
Ginger haired, squeaky voiced, skinny as a rake and boundless energy. Never a pin up like Georgie Best but an excellent team mate. Sadly I never saw him play except on television.
Posted on 04/25/2007 2:15 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 25 April 2007
Poor Britannia

Simon Heffer in The Telegraph sums up New Labour's failures admirably:

The past decade has seen a sustained assault on public probity, economic responsibility, constitutional efficiency, the rule of law, administrative competence, liberty of the subject, and our international reputation of a sort unknown in living memory. I defer to no one in my disdain for the Major government: but, with the notable exceptions of its economic buffoonery and its toadying to pro-Europeanism, it could not hold a candle to the present crew for sheer destructiveness of our values, our way of life and our money.

If you seek its monument, look around you. Our public services, which we were told were safe only in Labour's hands, are nearly non-serviceable. As a group of doctors protested on Monday, the NHS is now so hopeless that people, having already paid high taxes for the privilege of a free-at-point-of-use service, are making huge sacrifices to pay to go privately.

Children pass record numbers of GCSEs and A-levels, and record numbers go on to university, yet employers report a shortage of able graduates and, as Jeff Randall wrote here a fortnight ago, would rather have entrants straight from school.

Council taxes, like many other imposts, have risen far faster than inflation, yet local services (bins again) are being cut. Do not be deceived by a near-doubling of the prison population in the past decade into thinking Labour is "tough on crime". The police are now a weapon of social engineering, with promotion at the highest levels contingent usually on how well an officer buys the ruling ideology, and not how good he is at catching criminals.

Crime has risen because of Labour's refusal to address the causes of criminality, notably family breakdown, poor schools and the proliferation of drugs. The knife culture, and the present epidemic of youths going around stabbing each other to death, is redolent of what a happy country Labour has made.

Never since the Six Acts of almost 190 years ago has individual liberty been so abused by the state in peacetime. As the statistics show, this is not about controlling crime: it is about controlling people. Yet (and this is a mark of the incompetence with which we are governed) our borders remain porous and the Government barely knows where to start in enforcing them, with the minister responsible admitting that the public have become angry. But since one of the flagship policies of Blairism - devolution - has effectively ended the United Kingdom, perhaps disregard for our borders comes as standard.

We face a troubled old age because of the assault on pensions by he who looks sure to be the next prime minister. High taxes are driving more businesses abroad: contrast this with the success of our much-patronised neighbour, Ireland. High personal taxes have been used by the next prime minister to build a client state that employs almost a quarter of our workforce and, in some Labour heartlands, between a third and a half. In the countryside, by contrast, farmers are adding all the time to the suicide statistics, and their land is seen as little more than a theme park.

Our soldiers die ever more numerously in Iraq. Our Armed Forces are ruthlessly run down. To curry favour with an anti-American Europe, Mr Blair offers to sign up to its new "constitution" without any consultation of the British public. But worst of all, perhaps, is the vice Mr Blair came to power principally to eradicate: sleaze. I know he is not a crook, but there are allegations that crookery has happened on his watch. Whatever he wants his legacy to be, it probably isn't the sight of some of his associates being taken off in handcuffs.

We are not in shock - we are all to used to this - so let us avoid cliché. Let us not talk of 10 wasted years, for that is too simple and, indeed, is not enough. Let us talk, instead, of 10 utterly ruinous ones.

I have my doubts about Cameron and the Tories, but how could they possibly be worse than the current Labour government? Actually, it is possible to be worse. Gordon Brown would steal even more of our hard-earned money and waste it. He is ideologically, rather than opportunistically, opposed to free markets and private enterprise.

Posted on 04/25/2007 4:00 AM by Mary Jackson
Wednesday, 25 April 2007
Throwaway age

For the citizens of Huxley's Brave New World, mending is a sin; they are exhorted to throw away and buy new. This suits the producers of new things. We haven't reached that stage in all areas of life, but it certainly applies to computers and related products. Andrew Marr writes in The Telegraph of the time his printer, only a year old, broke down. Unable to mend it, or to find someone who could mend it, he was forced to replace it:

[To] discard a hugely sophisticated article of silicon, wiring, glass and plastic, whose computing power would have filled a room at a Sixties university, because I cannot mend it, is surely terrible. Go to any big waste tip and you'll see glinting, glittering mounds of computers, laptops, printers, never mind mobile phones and digital cameras, chucked because they're out of date, or because some comparatively tiny thing has gone wrong, and no normal person can mend them.

No previous generation could have imagined doing this. It's the equivalent of finding a seatbelt snagging on your Ford Cortina, so throwing the car away; or discarding a typewriter when the ribbon runs out; or an expensive, gleaming lawnmower with blunt blades. So is this wastefulness an inevitable consequence of the digital age? Most people could either mend something straightforward, find someone who could, or easily find a part to replace. But how many people, even teenagers, can mend a broken computer? How easy is it to get a spare part for your laptop? There is a minor industry in reconditioning computers, but it is tiny.

Meanwhile, the Microsofts, Apples and Hewlett Packards need swift obsolescence to make profits. Every new generation of software seems nervier, more neurotically prone to a hissy-fit - it's just like people who are a little too clever to stay the course. So I know it's dreaming to say that what we need is less digital cleverness. But I want a computer that writes, a printer that prints, using "final generation' software that does not need to be updated or upgraded, on solid, simple machines that last.

Although my mild hassle with a printer was mundane, it seems to me a planet-sized problem.

See also my post here on Upgrade Rage. Readers thinking of upgrading to Windows Vista should think again. It will only give you grief. Donate the money to New English Review instead. We need it more than Bill Gates does, and we promise to give you more pleasure. Click here, please. It's easy.

Posted on 04/25/2007 4:21 AM by Mary Jackson
Wednesday, 25 April 2007
25 April 1915
Posted on 04/25/2007 5:33 AM by Robert Bove
Wednesday, 25 April 2007
Posted on 04/25/2007 5:50 AM by Robert Bove
Wednesday, 25 April 2007
Reviving a 'dead' language
This scheme in the borough of my birth and early childhood is nice news. From The BBC.
The children are writing postcards about their favourite things - holidays, sport, food. But however many times they jot down "wish you were here", their intended recipients never will be.  They have been dead for about 2,000 years.
It sounds macabre, but a primary school in Hackney, east London, is actually trying to keep something alive.
Latin, the ancient language which has long been in decline in state schools, is being taught in the area for the first time that anyone can remember. (I was older and living in Waltham Forest when I studied Latin – I don’t recall any of my cousins in Hackney mentioning it).
Class organiser Lorna Robinson has even devised special words - such as "pedifolle" for football and "campus lusorius" for playground - for nine and 10-year-olds at Benthal Primary School to use.
The aim is to introduce the ethnically mixed pupils, who speak up to 30 different languages at home, to Latin, which underpins much English vocabulary.
Lorna, who started the classes last September, said: "We want to see if the Latin improves their literacy results. It's a very specific aim. We also want to promote interest and opportunities to learn Latin in state schools. It will help the children think about language and how it is constructed at an early age. They all ask questions and are making good progress. I've tried to make the Latin lessons very activity-based.  It's sort of like being a detective. We start off using words on cards and get them to work out the links with English words.  Then we do things like play bingo to teach them numbers. Recently we taught the kids imperatives in Latin by designing road signs.” My Latin teacher had a similar approach 40 years ago. My efforts to translate Jimi Hendrix was not her greatest success however.
Judging by the rapid raising of hands every time Lorna asks a question, they enjoy the lessons.
Johanna, nine, said: "I think it's really interesting. We've done a lot of fun stuff and it helps me with some words when we're doing literacy. My mum is Brazilian and the Latin helps me with my Portuguese."
Lorna, who has a PhD from Oxford University, has made it her mission to promote the classics in state schools. Lorna, who is being funded by Cambridge University, said: "Some of the children have a lot of behaviour problems. It's challenging but interesting as well. Sometimes people have a defeatist attitude to schools in inner-city areas and they criticise new initiatives, but this has been eye-opening.
Five primary schools in Hackney will be offering Latin from September. This summer, though, could present her sternest challenge.  Lorna has agreed to go to the US to teach Latin in five schools in the Bronx, one of the toughest areas of New York.
What do you think Robert?
Posted on 04/25/2007 6:16 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 25 April 2007
Pro-gun agit-prop
Oleg Volk is running a series of stark photo posters that speak for themselves.  They're all blunt, but this one might be the best to the lot.
Posted on 04/25/2007 6:29 AM by Robert Bove
Wednesday, 25 April 2007
Most Muslims agree with Qaeda's goals
This is from the Kuwait Times, although the source is a US organisation.
Most Muslims want US military forces out of the Middle East and Islamic countries, and many agree with Al-Qaeda's goals, if not its tactics, according to a public opinion poll conducted in Egypt, Morocco, Pakistan and Indonesia. "Most respondents have mixed feelings about Al-Qaeda," said a statement of the study's findings, conducted by the Washington-based nonprofit group and the University of Maryland.
"Large majorities agree with many of its goals, but believe that terrorist attacks on civilians are contrary to Islam." A full 91 per cent of Egyptians and 69 per cent of Moroccans said they approved of attacks against US soldiers in Iraq, while 61 per cent of Indonesians disapproved.
Those polled were asked whether they thought certain ideas were the goals of Al-Qaeda or groups inspired by the Osama bin Laden-led militant network, and then were asked to what extent they agreed or disagreed with those goals. Most agreed that Al-Qaeda goals included requiring a strict application of Islamic, or sharia, law in every Islamic country, pushing US military forces out of all Islamic countries, and keeping Western values out of Islamic countries-and most were supportive of those aims.
A wider range of opinions was found regarding the question of suicide bombers and whether their actions could be justified often, sometimes, rarely or never. Forty-one per cent of Egyptians said "an attack in which a Muslim blows himself up while attacking an enemy" is often justified, while 19 per cent said "sometimes" and 28 per cent said "never."
The poll was conducted from December to February through in-home interviews by native Arabic, Indonesian and Urdu language speakers with around 1,000 people in each country.
Posted on 04/25/2007 6:45 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 25 April 2007
Burqa woman 'stopped by bus driver'
From The Local, Swedish news in English.
A bus driver in Malmö has been suspended after he allegedly tried to stop a woman from boarding because she was wearing a burqa.
The incident happened on Tuesday morning when "Leonora" boarded the number 35 bus on her usual route between the Rosengård housing estate and the city's central station. (not the quietest of routes by all accounts)According to "Leonora", the driver stopped her from boarding, saying that her burqa made her hard to identify.
A burqa covers a woman from head to toe, with a small mesh screen to see through.
"I have never before needed to identify myself on a public bus" she told Metro.
Bus operator Arriva says that the driver has a different version of events, but he has been suspended while an investigation is carried out.
Meanwhile in Stockholm The Swedish Emergency Management Agency are conducting “the largest simulated exercise of a grand scale crisis ever undertaken in Sweden” today.
SAMÖ 2007, aims to gain an understanding of a crisis situation so as to improve coordinated responses by emergency services. In addition to the obvious need to rescue and care for the injured and shocked, they will also practice the containment of the spread of infectious agents, toxic chemicals and radioactive materials.
Update here.
Two leading members of the Green Party complain that the exercise will contribute to further stigmatization of Muslims.
The terrorists in the exercise have been given the fictional name of 'Bogalanders'. They live in one of the predominantly immigrant areas, their religion is split into two factions and they are protesting against the occupation of holy ground in 'Bogaland'. "The parallels with Muslims and Islam are not exactly hard to find,"  
Join the dots, before it's too late.
Posted on 04/25/2007 7:19 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 25 April 2007
Peers of the realm

A “senior gay Conservative”, according to The Times, is claiming that former British Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath propositioned men for sex in the 1950s.


“Senior gay Conservative” indeed. Is he a “senior gay” who happens to be Conservative or a senior Conservative who happens to be gay? I regard homosexuality as a matter of indifference. I simply do not care whether Ted Heath was gay or not. He took us into the EU, or Common Market, as it was then. Now that’s a real sin. Being gay does not make somebody interesting, funny, kind or clever, nor does being straight. This story caught my eye for other reasons.


Before you read further, an explanatory note. “Cottaging” in – as it were – the Queen’s English, denotes casual gay sex in public toilets. I doubt whether this word is used in America – given the relative sizes of our countries, perhaps Americans call it ranching. Anyway, back to the story:


Brian Coleman, chairman of the London Assembly, claimed that the former Prime Minister curbed his behaviour after he was warned that it would harm his career…

“It was certainly not a secret that he was an old queen. I have been told that he was warned about his behaviour and then stopped.”

In a column for the online edition of the New Statesman, Mr Coleman wrote that Sir Edward was one of a number of gay men who have thrived in government.

He wrote: “The late Ted Heath managed to obtain the highest Office of State after he was supposedly advised to cease his cottaging activities in the 1950s when he became a Privy Counsellor,” he wrote.

Those who can, do; those who can’t, counsel.

Heath would not be the first British Prime Minister to be connected with toilets. Churchill’s Private Secretary came looking for him to announce the arrival of the Lord Privy Seal. Churchill was in the toilet, and replied: “Tell the Lord Privy Seal that the Prime Minister is sealed in the privy and can only deal with one sh*t at a time.”

Then there was Neville Chamberlain, who was overheard while in the toilet saying: “I have in my hand a piece of paper.”

Posted on 04/25/2007 8:08 AM by Mary Jackson
Wednesday, 25 April 2007
Nose to Grindstone
My mega-review of Neal Stephenson's giga-novel The Baroque Cycle will be in the forthcoming issue of New Atlantis, going to press this week, I think.  I have a long piece on Euler in the current (Spring '07) Wilson Quarterly.  Did a review of a book about email for last weekend's Wall Street Journal.  Got a long piece in the hopper for NER, and my "Straggler" column will be in the forthcoming NRODT.  "The single talent well employed," or WHAT?
May is a traveling month:  In DC for an AEI-sponsored bout—two falls, two submissions, or a knockout—on Darwin and conservatism May 3rd.  Then May 8-22, I'm a guest speaker on a cruise Lisbon-New York.  (Not an NR cruise.)  Shall be sending in lots of posts about the sea.
Posted on 04/25/2007 4:48 PM by John Derbyshire
Wednesday, 25 April 2007
Brains don't make you rich

Startling revelations from The Times:

A great mind does not always make for a great bank balance, according to research that suggests the richest people are no cleverer than the rest of us.

Scientists in the United States have found that while average incomes tend to increase with IQ scores, intelligence has very little to do with absolute wealth.

A high IQ also offers no protection against falling into heavy debt or other kinds of financial mismanagement. The very brightest are more likely to have money problems than those who are slightly above average intelligence.

The findings, from a team at Ohio State University, could reflect the way in which many of the most impressive fortunes are not amassed through steady accumulation of high salaries, but by other means that are not influenced heavily by academic intelligence.

Schooled in wealth

Duke of Westminster inherited a property empire but left Harrow with one O level. Failed Sandhurst exam and went on to command the Territorial Army

Sir Richard Branson Virgin founder left school at 15. Now has a fortune of £3 billion

Sir Alan Sugar Amstrad entrepreneur left Brooke House School in East London aged 16 to set up his first company, selling car aerials from the back of a van

Sir Philip Green Retail tycoon left school without qualifications aged 15. Is now worth an estimated £3.6 billion

Prince of Wales attended Trinity College, Cambridge, with a relatively meagre two A levels in 1967

It is silly to lump together those who made their own money and those who inherited it. Alan Sugar and other entrepreneurs may not have much in the way of academic qualifications, but they certainly have brains. Prince "coffee enemas" Charles and the Duke of Westminster don't have a brain cell between them. That said, aristocrats aren't meant to be too clever. It wouldn't do.

Posted on 04/25/2007 9:23 AM by Mary Jackson
Wednesday, 25 April 2007
Four admit explosives conspiracy
Four men have admitted being involved in a conspiracy to cause explosions on dates in 2001 and 2004 during a hearing at the Crown Court at Woolwich.
Junade Feroze, 31, Zia Ul Haq, 28, Abdul Aziz Jalil, 34, and Omar Rehman, 23, all pleaded guilty to an offence under the explosives substances act.
They are alleged to have taken part in a plot involving Dhiren Barot.
The men will be sentenced at a later date.
Posted on 04/25/2007 10:40 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 25 April 2007
Contest Results, or, Not À la vieille Varsovie, and Not Lednicki's Table-Talk

In answer to the contest question here, Paul Blaskowicz writes:

"monocular (Zubrowska, 1958), binocular (Chachlik, 1959-1960), triocular (Strogonoff, 1960)"

These scientists are most definitely not fictitious.  They flourished in the 1950s at  the time of much Soviet-Polish scientific co-operation at the Akademia Medyczna w Warszawie.In 1961 they were denounced as subversives and "sneerers" by a disaffected stalinist student  (later identified as Iwana Wielkiegacie).  Zubrowska  was demoted  to teaching assistant at the Technikum in Szczecin,  Chachlik  was recalled to Pinsk and never heard of again.  Stroganoff's  experiments on the de-tangling of the triocular puzzle at the  Helena-Petrowna-Blawatsky  laboratory was examined by a six-man committee of  party functionaries (mostly non-scientists) who concluded that it was unorthodox, especially his paper Ataki nerwowe i pomodory pod kapitalizm. He was recalled to Moscow, but drowned himself in the Wistula the day after receiving the summons. RIP 

The entry from the one-man Anglo-Polish delegation embodies both the spirit and letter of Perec's original. But there are three things wrong with it.

First, one of the conditions set in the original was that the names of the "real scientists" to be identified had to have been previously mentioned by me at Jihad Watch.

Second, none of the three you mention-- Zubrowska, Chachlik, Strogonoff -- are, in fact,  such "real" scientists (though I wouldn't mind having dinner with all three).

Third, the Polish title of the article you refer to, the one about attacks of nerves and tomatoes under capitalism end with the "pod kapitalizm" when the preposition asks a bit more of the noun:  "pod kapitalizmem."(And in Russian it would be "pri kapitalizme"). Another, more colloquial way, would be to imitate the Communist-era "za komunizmu" and write "za kapitalizmu."

One can, however, hardly disagree with your implied contention that the Sklodowska girl gets all the attention in Western scientific circles, and poor Helena Blawatsky, for some unaccountable reason, has been appreciated in the West not by scientists but by such literary figures as Yeats. God knows why.

A spirited entry. But the contest remains open for a while longer.

In other words:

Prawie, ale nie cygaro.

...The quaere quodlibets-and-quillities contest has come to its promised end. There were no entries that correctly identified the real scientists whom Perec, in his mock-article on Tomatopic Demonstrations etc., mentions in the passage in question.

They are: Stephen Kuffler, David Hubel, and Torsten Wiesel.

They have all been mentioned several times at Jihad Watch.

Here are the twp passages in which all three are mentioned, and then one about Kuffler alone:



“The rules require that a recipient of a Nobel Prize must be alive. One particularly sad example of this was the Nobel in Medicine that was awarded to Torsten Wiesel and David Hubel, but not to their colleague Stephen Kuffler, who deserved it as well but had died in October 1980, and had he not, would have shared the 1981 Nobel Prize for Medicine with Wiesel, an Uppsala-born scientist who had come to work in Kuffler's lab in Baltimore, and with Hubel, an American who did ditto."


[Posted by: Hugh at November 7, 2004 08:43 PM]


But it would be absurd to award Sistani Nobel sainthood quite yet. Of course the Nobels outside the sciences no longer mean much. Why, even in the sciences lots of deserving people don't receive it, while some not quite so deserving do, and then there are the tragedies of timing, the would-be winner who dies just before a prize he would have gotten is announced, so is no longer included (Stephen Kuffler, who worked with Wiesel and Hubel, is one example).

 [Posted by: Hugh at February 10, 2006 08:49 PM]


At a certain point one just gets fed up, do gorla, stufato, with Islam and everything about Islam. It is all so boring and idiotic even to have to take certain things seriously. But one must, just as one had to in 1933 or 1935 or 1937 or 1939.

So, for mental refreshment, you can go to this link:

to read about Kuffler's life, especially his Austrian childhood and youth, his training in languages and letters before he turned to science, and other details that evoke a world that no longer exists. Note his experience in Austria during the Anschluss.

Try to imagine someone like that ever coming out of the world of Islam. Ask yourself why that could never be.

Now click on someone else -- Georges Perec, say, or Oliver Wendell Holmes, or Henri Focillon, or Balthus, or Fats Waller, and ask yourself why none of these people could conceivably come out of the world of Islam.

After you have answered your own questions, to your own satisfaction, think about what is important to you. Think about what Islam inculcates, what is important in Islam, for Muslims. Explain, if you can, how those who believe in Islam can conceivably exist in a state of permanent harmony with those who do not so believe, who wish to resist Islam, who do not wish to transform their own societies, their own laws, customs, manners, understandings, to accommodate the unceasing demands of Muslims for changes to make things the way they would have them be.

Think about that at odd moments, from here on out.


[Posted by: Hugh at February 10, 2006 10:37 PM]

"Try to imagine someone like that ever coming out of the world of Islam. Ask yourself why that could never be. Now click on someone else -- Georges Perec, say, or Oliver Wendell Holmes, or Henri Focillon, or Balthus, or Fats Waller, and ask yourself why none of these people could conceivably come out of the world of Islam."
I add Elvis, or Doris Day, or Ella, or Bugs Bunny, or our beloved Stanlio and Olio, or whoever happens to be the favourites of the people I'm talking to.  I find this makes them think quite a bit about what would be missing in their lives if ever the RoP - which not a few of my circle used to be synpathetic towards - held sway. 
"First, one of the conditions set in the original was that the names of the "real scientists" to be identified had to have been previously mentioned by me at Jihad Watch."

Witaj Hugh:

Ooops - rather like someone waving to a friend at an auction, and ending up the distraught owner of a £5000 piece of hideous victoriana: I wasn't entering the comp; just mentioning and defending three scientists who had been denounced as deviationists by Ms Iwana Big-Knickers. She got 2 years for all her mischief after the fall of socialist Poland. Tee-hee. 

"Second, none of the three you mention-- Zubrowska, Chachlik, Strogonoff -- are, in fact,  such "real" scientists (though I wouldn't mind having dinner with all three)."

Yes, they were all quite delicious in their own way. Though I think Zubrow(s)ka and Strogonoff OR Chachlik, rather than all three together, would make for  a better balanced dinner party.

"Third, the Polish title of the article you refer to, the one about attacks of nerves and tomatoes under capitalism end with the "pod kapitalizm" when the preposition asks a bit more of the noun:  "pod kapitalizmem."(And in Russian it would be "pri kapitalizme"). Another, more colloquial way, would be to imitate the Communist-era "za komunismu" and write "za kapitalizmu." "

How remiss of me: I should have referred to the archives for the correct title, Thinking of dear, departed Strogonoff at 3 a.m. I was tired and emotional. My exposure to Polish ended at age 6, when granny Jakubowski died.  I have an almost non-existent active knowledge, but can understand a little written Polish. I know it should be "pod kapitalizmem" and most definitely said that as I was typing.  Strogonoff will forgive me.  (I draw attention to my misspelt "pomydory", too: though "pomOdory" was the mispronunciation I heard as an infant.  Your "za komunismu" is Czech, not Polish, I think - and a definite typo.) I think Strogonoff used "pod" rather that "za" because "pod kapitalizmem" sounds more negative (?) .

"One can, however, hardly disagree with your implied contention that the Sklodowska girl gets all the attention in Western scientific circles, and poor Helena Blawatsky, for some unaccountable reason, has been appreciated in the West not by scientists but by such literary figures as Yeats. God knows why."

Hear, hear.  Especially after all the work Helena Petrowna did on the third eye,  the further elaboration of which work Strogonoff was involved with when he was reported to the authorities. One can hardly walk through the meanest Polish village without coming across an ulica Marii Sklodowskiej-Curie, but  does one ever encounter a single Helena Petrowna Blawatsky Street? No.  Anti-Russian, anti-theosophical prejudice.  Shame.

"A spirited entry. But the contest remains open for a while longer.

In other words:

Prawie, ale nie cygaro."

Dziekuje.   (Falls to the floor,  dejected.) --Paul Blaskovicz

"Za komunizmu" it should be, and I have corrected the typo of "s" for "z." But it was used, in the bad old days, in colloquial Polish, and was identified as such, and then the possible obvious variant on it -- "za kapitalizmu" -- was given. So I accept the typo, but not the suggestion that "za komunizmu" (or "za kapitalizmu") are not perfectly good Polish expressions, in common use within recent memory.

You are 100% correct in saying  that "za kapitalizmu" is the usual form, and "pod kapitalizmem"  sounds slightly strange, nor was I suggesting for one nano-second that "za kapitalizmu" was anything but a perfectly good expression (and the correct one). 

"I know it should be "pod kapitalizmem" and most definitely said that as I was typing."  I mean here only "kapitalizmem" after "pod" was correct; not that I was right in using it!

My efforts at speaking Polish in Poland  sometimes produce a great deal of mirth, for all the wrong reasons. --Paul Blaskovicz

You may have misunderstood me.  I didn't write that "pod kapitalizmem" sounded strange. In offering up "za kapitalizmu" (on the model of "za komunizmu" that was a decade or so ago in use) I was not implying that that form is better than "pod kapitalizmem" but is merely more colloquial and to some at this point more natural.

Posted on 04/25/2007 4:50 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 25 April 2007
Maoist Ballet
This is irresistible.
I am ashamed to say I can actually hum the main theme from Red Detachment of Women.  For a few weeks ca. 1971 I was holed up in a crummy hostel in Hong Kong with an American comsymp who had the thing on cassette tapes, which he played all day long.
Thirty years later, in China itself, there was a campy craze for old Cultural Revolution artefacts, and RDoW was re-issued.  My wife has it on CD.
Posted on 04/25/2007 5:12 PM by John Derbyshire
Wednesday, 25 April 2007
Adressat Unbekannt

Mocking the military - and even military-age civilians - seems to be all the rage these days.

Of course a well-turned phrase is very useful against a loaded gun. --Mary Jackson

If the comment above is addressed to me, that envelope has been mis-addressed. I was not "mocking the military" and had I found such a use of "kind of" elsewhere by the most civilianish of civilians, would have used it. See the prior companion piece at this website about the similar overuse of "sort of." Two criticasters, one of them Gore Vidal, and neither of them in uniform, provide the examples of usage in that case.

Mis-addressed, that envelope -- adressat unbekannt, it is kressmann-taylorly stamped, and pushed a bit too far.

Civilians, particularly those in the public eye and those with pretentions, are fair game. Journalists deserve all they get. Soldiers, particularly those whose comrades have died, and who may die for their country themselves, deserve a little leniency on matters of vocabulary and syntax. --Mary Jackson

When it comes to misuse or imperfections of language, I don't think there is any occasion on which immunity from criticism should be allowed. Not even at a gravesite. The only time it is permitted is when one is deliberately lowering one's level of language to reach a wider audience, for the purposes of propaganda, and then the speaker or writer can allow himself leeway for that purpose. The conscious violating of one's own standards is, in such cases, punishment enough.

Whatever ;-) --Mary Jackson

Posted on 04/25/2007 5:14 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 25 April 2007
East is Red
You want Cultural Revolution memorabilia?  We got Cultural Revolution memorabilia.
I really like the one of a Red Guard stomping on a stinking intellectual wearing a dunce's cap.  Whaddya mean, it reminds you of high school?
Posted on 04/25/2007 5:27 PM by John Derbyshire
Wednesday, 25 April 2007

Speaking of, here is Andrew Bolt in the Herald Sun:

April 25, 2007

  • Turkish visitor numbers to site soaring
  • Possibility Gallipoli may be made Islamic sacred site
ISLAMIC fundamentalists are running tours to Gallipoli to teach Muslims that the Turkish dead were martyrs for Allah. 

Tour operators say the trips are subsidised by religious and political groups who want Turkey to become a Muslim state.

"The people taking these tours are not proper guides, licensed by the Government," complained a tour guide on Gallipoli, who refused to be named for security reasons.

"Some are from religious colleges and are teaching that Turkish soldiers were helped by miracles - that Allah was responsible. It's rubbish."

Turkish visitors to Gallipoli have soared from several thousand annually 20 years ago to two million.

Australian War Memorial senior historian Ashley Elkins said unlicensed guides preached a Muslim version of Gallipoli that played down the role of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the Turkish general at Gallipoli who was hated by some Muslims extremists for creating a Turkish republic that is secular, not religious.

"Some of these guides are even claiming Ataturk ran away from the battlefield," he said.

There has been a growing interest in Gallipoli from the Turkish Government, which makes all school children visit the site.

Bigger monuments have been built to honour the dead Turks, including three mock cemeteries.

Australian National University historian Bill Gammage warns in an essay published this month that these monuments are less focused on Ataturk and "reflect a growing feeling for the Turkish dead as martyrs to Islam".

"In remembering its martyrs, Islam might make Gallipoli a sacred site," he said.

Turks this week welcomed Australians as always at Gallipoli, but some asked pointed questions of tourists.

A Turkish visitor at the Chunuk Bair memorial to New Zealanders, dwarfed by a huge statue of Ataturk, interrupted my guide yesterday to ask me why Australians had come to Gallipoli to fight, and why we were always so eager to please Britain.

And a Turkish interpreter for a Herald Sun journalist was asked by a Turkish woman why foreigners were there when their soldiers had killed so many Turks."
Posted on 04/25/2007 5:29 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 25 April 2007
From Pothole to Potshot
I mentioned the shooting of the Mayor of Nagasaki the other day.  Here is more, from blogger Takuan Seiyo .
Incidentally, on the same day when our media were all over the Virginia Tech killings, the Mayor of Nagasaki in Japan was gunned down by a gangster. The gangster was upset over damage to his car by a pothole he drove into next to a construction site in the city of Nagasaki. In a country where the population has been totally disarmed and is fed regular anti-gun propaganda, only the 85,000 members of the official crime gangs have access to guns, not counting the 5-shot antique revolvers used by the Japanese police. So much for gun prohibition as a panacea that will rid us of evil.
Posted on 04/25/2007 5:34 PM by John Derbyshire
Wednesday, 25 April 2007
Carolus Egger and Latinitas

Carolus (Charles) Egger's "Latinitas" provides the latest news in Latin. And the Vatican three years ago issued a two-volume dictionary of Latin which includes the best attempts by Latin scholars, including Egger, to render -- scientific terms, geographical terms, and so on in current English -- into Latin.

And the land of Finland, of midnight suns and pastel Helsinki, is also doing its bit, and more than its bit, to keep Latin alive and well and presumably living in Turku.

In fact, here is one obituary (by a Finn, at a Finnish website) of the late Carolus Egger:


Abbas Carolus Egger Kalendis Septembribus diem obiit supremum.

Fuit multos per annos caput latinistarum in Secretaria Status Civitatis Vaticanae, simul etiam praeses fundationis "Latinitas" et moderator commentariorum periodicorum eiusdem nominis.

In Pontificio Instituto Altioris Latinitatis, quod Summus Pontifex Paulus Sextus condiderat, inter primos docuit.

Opera eius Latina sunt permulta, ex quibus apud latinistas totius terrarum orbis notissima sunt "Lexicon nominum virorum et mulierum", "Lexicon nominum locorum", "Lexicon recentis Latinitatis".

Ut homines ad vivum usum sermonis Latini induceret, scripsit librum didascalicum cui titulus est "Latine discere iuvat".

Monumenta urbis Romae opusculo Latino nomine "Roma aeterna" illustravit. Carolus Egger anno millesimo nongentesimo nonagesimo septimo Conventui Academiae Latinitati Fovendae in Finnia celebrato interfuit, quem conventum postea propter usum linguae Latinae exemplarem laudavit. Apud Finnos multos amicos habuit, quibus ex obitu eius est cordolium.

"Est causa nobis laetitiae,
quod nobis advenis datur,
ut Finniam visamus, quae non solum
locorum amoenitate commendatur,
sed etiam, ac quidem potissimum,
propterea afficitur laudibus,
quod iniqua hac aetate quasi arx
est ac propugnaculum linguae Latinae."
C. Egger.

Nuntios 26.9.2003 redegit T. Pekkanen

Posted on 04/25/2007 5:37 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 25 April 2007
Just A Little Cottage


To an American, that word evokes a small Cape Cod house, now grey-shingled from the weather, with a little white picket fence, and a gate, and beach plums and roses, and a view of the dunes and the sea beyond. And possibly vines, of the twining woodbine (not Twining's tea, not Woodbine's fags) -- kind. Keats: "love in a hut."

Posted on 04/25/2007 5:47 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 25 April 2007
English, as spoken by the English
And the Welsh, Scottish, and Irish, too.  A friend alerted me to this exceptionally cool website.  It gives you a map of the British Isles.  You can click on any region and time period and hear the way people speak/spoke, in 3 or 4 minute sound clips. 
I naturally wanted to hear the voices of my childhood.  There he is, Billy Williamson, Northamptonshire farm laborer, talking into a mike in 1957.  "Sounds like a hillbilly," said my American daughter.  No, honey; the hillbillies sound like **us**.
Posted on 04/25/2007 5:58 PM by John Derbyshire
Wednesday, 25 April 2007
Despatches From Dalrympia, or, Will There Always Be An England?

From The Telegraph:

"A mother of three told a court yesterday that her 16-year-old boyfriend "cheated" on her with a teacher.

The teenager had twice had sex with 29-year-old Jenine Saville-King, the supermarket manager said.

The teacher phoned to say that she loved the boy and "had left her husband", the woman told St Albans Crown Court.

Saville-King, 29, of Hook, Hants, denies sexual activity with a child and a breach of trust.

Prosecutors say she began the affair when the boy was 15 and a pupil in a school that she worked at in Watford, Herts. They say the affair lasted for more than a year and continued after the boy left school and began working in a supermarket.

It is also alleged that Saville-King continued the relationship after becoming pregnant and giving birth to her husband's son.

The boy, who is now 18, cannot be identified for legal reasons.

The 37-year-old woman told jurors that she met the boy two years ago when he began working at a kiosk in her supermarket.

She said they were now living together after beginning a relationship in August 2005.

"We worked together," the woman said. "I was his manager."

She said Saville-King, who gave birth in July 2005, would "hang around" the supermarket at around the time the boy began working there.

"(The boy) worked on the kiosk. She (Saville-King) would be loitering. Hanging around. There was a pushchair," the woman told the court.

"She was just there constantly hanging around. Once or twice I saw her talking to him."

The woman said she and the boy went on holiday to Cyprus in October 2005. She said she learned that the boy had been texting Saville-King while in Cyprus. The woman said she had taken the boy's phone while he was asleep and called Saville-King. "She (Saville-King) told me that (the boy) loved her and he was going to be with her. I was quite shocked because of the way he had been behaving with me," said the woman.

"She (Saville-King) told me she had been to hotels with him on two occasions previously. The previous two Fridays.

"At this point it then dawned on me that (the boy) and her had cheated on me.

"I told her (Saville-King) that since we had been on holiday (the boy) basically had not been able to leave me alone. At this point she (Saville-King) screamed down the phone at me." The woman said the relationship between the boy and the teacher was "sexual" and added: "She said that she had been sleeping with him. She said that she had sex with him on the last two occasions."

Saville-King told detectives that, at the time of her arrest, she had been suffering from "mental health problems".

She said she was depressed and had an eating disorder, the court heard.

Saville-King told police: "(The boy) has pursued a campaign that became one of harassment, intimidation and threats of different kinds towards me and my family. I consider he has deliberately used the concern and support I have offered him and manipulated it into the false allegation I am now confronted with."

She said she had complained of a lack of support from staff at the school.

Saville-King said the boy had visited her home but for an innocent reason and she denied that any "sexual activity" had taken place there or anywhere else.

The trial continues."

Posted on 04/25/2007 9:07 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald

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