These are all the Blogs posted on Tuesday, 5, 2010.
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
‘Bomb Threat’ suspect seized in Paris
From The Daily Express
ANTI-TERROR police in Paris yesterday seized a man over a series of bomb threats as fears rose of a new wave of Al Qaeda attacks.
The suspect, in his 50s, was arrested at his home . . . in the town of Meudon on suspicions of links to a phone threat against Saint-Lazare train station. Parisian authorities have recorded nine bomb alerts, including at the Eiffel Tower, in the past month - three times as many as last year.
The Foreign Office is warning UK travellers they face "indiscriminate" attacks from Al Qaeda if they visit France or Germany. We are in as much danger if not more if we stay in England. Keep calm and carry on.
The heightened terror warnings came after a Pakistani intelligence official revealed that eight Germans and two British brothers were at the heart of an Al Qaeda-linked terror plot. Yesterday, the official revealed that the Germans had been killed by two missiles launched from a CIA drone aircraft at a mosque in Mir Ali, North Waziristan. One of the Britons died in an earlier strike but the other brother had escaped.
Posted on 10/05/2010 3:28 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
Geert Wilders trial suspended after he attacks judge
From The Telegraph
Geert Wilders, the anti-Islam politician, told a Dutch court that he stood by his opinions that the Koran is a "fascist book" and Islam is as dangerous as Nazism, as he went on trial for inciting racial hatred. Mr Wilders is being prosecuted for describing the Koran as "fascist" and for comparing it to Adolf Hitler's book Mein Kampf, a text that is banned in the Netherlands.
Last year, the Dutch Court of Appeal ruled that, despite the case being dropped by prosecutors, that it considered "criminal prosecution obvious for the insult of Islamic worshippers" being compared to Nazis. Mr Wilders faces five charges of inciting racial hatred between Oct 2006 and Mar 2008. If found guilty, Mr Wilders faces over a year in prison or a £6,600 fine.
Speaking at his trial yesterday, Mr Wilders said: "I am sitting here as a suspect because I have spoken nothing but the truth. I have said what I have said and I will not take one word back."
Throwing down an open challenge to the court, Mr Wilders, 47, attacked the three judges sitting in the Amsterdam court for prosecuting him for "stating my opinion in the context of public debate. I can assure you, I will continue proclaiming it," he said.
However, proceedings were suspended for 24 hours, after Mr Wilders demanded that the court's presiding judge be replaced.
Attacking "scandalous" remarks, Mr Wilders and his lawyers asked for the court to be dissolved. "With this presiding judge and such a panel of judges, a fair trial isn't possible anymore," he said.
If the court rules in favour of the objections, new judges will need to be appointed, delaying proceedings.
He also accused the Dutch authorities of putting on trial the 1.5 million voters who backed his anti-immigration Freedom Party (PVV) during June elections, making Mr Wilders a kingmaker in Dutch politics. "I am on trial, but on trial with me is the freedom of expression of many Dutch citizens."
Posted on 10/05/2010 3:45 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
EU rule that Germany must have shorter nouns
I read Newsbiscuit's latest with not a little Schadenfreude:
The European Commission on Languages has passed a landmark resolution against the lengths of German nouns. From next year it will be against European law for the Germans to string individual words together to create lengthy so-called 'super-nouns'.
The new noun Directive or 'das neuer Deutsche Shoertennounendirectivbrusselsbullscheisser aus kommen ist' as it was billed in the German press this morning was first proposed back in 1998 or 'neunzehnhundertachtundneunzig' as it is known in Germany. Delegates from smaller European countries had reported feeling intimidated by the size of these big German words and finally Luxembourg and Denmark jointly proposed that Germany scale down it's nouns to less menacing levels. Germany responded by explaining that compound nouns were part of their 'historischesprachentradition' at which point several delegates ran out of the chamber claiming 'linguistic bullying'.
A further suggestion, that the Germans put their verb earlier in the sentence to help interpreters get on with their job a bit quicker was defeated when the German hit back with resolutions aimed at ending French shrugging and excessive Italian hand gestures.
The Commission has come under criticism in the past for the huge amounts of time and money spent trying to resolve the differences between the various European languages. Last year they abandoned years of talks aimed at standardizing the noises attributed to European farm animals. Negotiations broke down after the French refused to budge from its historic position that the cockerel goes 'cocorico' despite the United Kingdom gaining Irish and Dutch support for 'Cock-A-Doodle-Do'. The Germans were insistent that the horse went 'hu-u-u-u', the English said that the horse went 'neigh' and the French said a horse went perfectly with shallots and a red wine sauce.
Tomorrow the committee is expected to vote that it would all be a lot simpler if everyone in the European Union just spoke English. 'We do this every time there is a new French delegate. It's worth it just to see their faces.'
Posted on 10/05/2010 4:43 AM by Mary Jackson
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
Geim And Novoselov Win Nobel In Physics, Graphene Honored For Future Services To Humanity
Two Win Nobel for Work on Ultra-Thin Material
A pair of Russian-born physicists working at the University of Manchester in England have won the Nobel prize in physics for investigating the ultra-thin properties of carbon flakes known as graphene, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said Tuesday.
They are Andre Geim, 51, and Konstantin Novoselov, 36. They will split the prize of $1.4 million.
Graphene, in which carbon atoms are arranged in a flat hexagon lattice like chicken wire, is not only the thinnest material in the world at one atom thick, but also the strongest.
A sheet of it stretched over a coffee cup could support the weight of a truck bearing down on a pencil point. Among its other properties, it conducts electricity and heat better than any other known material and is completely transparent. Physicists say that eventually it could rival silicon as a basis for computer chips, serve as a sensitive pollution monitoring material, improve flat screen televisions and enable the creation of new materials, among other things.
In a statement, the Royal Academy said, "Carbon, the basis of all known life on earth, has surprised us once again."
Posted on 10/05/2010 6:43 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
We are constantly being told how much Islam has contributed to learning. This comment, on an article from three years ago, quantifies the amount precisely:
u bloody son of a bitch whats the reason u made this topic. u wrote that islam is the main cause of war.u r not nybody to post something about others relegion.but u know what theres no reason that u r so stupid cos u were born nd grown in such a F*c*ed up society where ur mother have sex with there son..brothers make out with there sisters..u have no respect for ur ladies..nd u say islam is the cause of war
Posted on 10/05/2010 7:01 AM by Mary Jackson
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
A Musical Interlude: Spin A Little Web Of Dreams (Freddy Martin Orchestra, voc. Elmer Feldkamp)
Posted on 10/05/2010 7:51 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
GSOH or GOSH?
I once heard of a lonely hearts ad that read "Utter rotter seeks gullible young maiden". Perhaps it was in the London Review of Books. From The Times:
Looking for love is a serious business, but for the readers of the lonely hearts ads in the London Review of Books it can be pretty hilarious, too. Step forward David Rose, the man behind this very English take on dating, that sees seduction replaced by self-deprecation, wit and the downright odd
"Hi," read the covering letter of the first lonely hearts advert sent to the London Review of Books. "Thank you so much for starting this column. Here is my ad: '67-year-old disaffiliated flâneur picking my toothless way through the urban sprawl, self-destructive, sliding towards pathos, jacked up on Viagra and on the lookout for a contortionist who plays the trumpet.'"
And so a peculiarly English phenomenon was born: the personal ad that not only didn't brim over with the usual wild-eyed enthusiasm, but instead valued eccentricity above eligibility. The London Review of Books personals are no place for attractive brunettes with a GSOH. Instead, a litany of baldness, flatulence, bankruptcy, drunkenness and oddity saunters blithely across the page. "Failure? Pah! I invented the word," begins one. Or: "Romance is dead. So is my mother. Man, 42, inherited wealth."
As LRB advertising director David Rose (above, in disguise) puts it, these people are rarely inhibited by positive thinking.
Bald, short, fat and ugly male, 53, seeks short-sighted woman with tremendous sexual appetite. Box no. 9612.
Blah, blah, whatever. Indifferent woman. Go ahead and write. Box no. 3253. Like I care.
I've divorced better men than you. And worn more expensive shoes than these. So don't think writing this ad is the biggest come-down I've ever had to make. Sensitive F, 34. Box no. 6322.
Don't let distance come between us. Or metal bars. Or restricted access. Or the magic sweeties that make the night terrors go away. Write now to bubbly (others say "Maximum Security" but what do they know?) F, 34, before the clowns tell her to do things the clowns shouldn't do. Box no. 7635.
Medication free after all these years! Join me (anxious, overweight, self-harming flautist, F, 34) for congratulatory drink (or seven) in side-ward of nation's finest. Box no. 4425
I am an accountant. Box no. 7542.
Must all the women in my life take the witness stand? Serial embezzler, gangster, fly-tipper and - crucially for the prosecution against an otherwise watertight defence - bigamist (M, 48) WLTM easy-going, dizzy fems to 50 who don't ask too many questions (it's a busy trip - I'll be back on Tuesday). Box no. 3663.
Your place or your other place? Woman, 32, needful of the finer things in life seeks stinking rich bloke, 80-100. Must be willing to fibrillate his ventricles when he becomes tiresome or bankrupt or both. Also interesting thirtysomethings for illicit and immoral affair to be conducted concurrently with the above. Box no. 1597.
Posted on 10/05/2010 9:22 AM by Mary Jackson
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
Tariq Ramadan, scholar of Islam and quester of meanings, wants a we. Didn't he go before he came out?
Our societies are awaiting the emergence of a new "We". A "We" that would bring together men and women, citizens of all religion-and those without religion-who would undertake together to resolve the contradictions of their society: the right to work, to housing, to respect, against racism and all forms of discrimination, all offenses against human dignity. Such a "We" would henceforth represent this coming together of citizens confident in their values, defenders of pluralism in their common society and respectful of the identities of others; citizens who seek to take up the challenge in the name of their shared values at the very heart of their societies. As loyal and critical citizens, as men and women of integrity, they join forces in a revolution of trust and confidence to stem the onrush of fear. Against shallow, emotional, even hysterical reactions they stand firm for rationality, for dialogue, for attentiveness, for a reasonable approach to complex social questions.
We and whose army? I'd rather have a new Wii. Or how about an old we? Let's revive the Old English dual form wit, meaning "we two", or "git" meaning "you two" or "Tariq Ramadan".
Posted on 10/05/2010 9:48 AM by Mary Jackson
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
Esprit De L'Escalier
Posted on 10/05/2010 10:31 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
Police Make 12 Terror Arrests In France
From Sky News
Police have arrested 12 people and seized guns and ammunition following two separate anti-terrorism raids in southern France.Those arrested are suspected of having links with Muslim extremists, it has been reported.
Nine men were detained around the southern cities of Marseille and Avignon on suspicion of trafficking firearms and explosives. A Kalashnikov rifle and a pump-action shotgun were said to be among the arsenal discovered. Three others were arrested in a separate operation.
It is understood the cell planned to supply shelter and fake ID papers to jihadists attempting to return to France after undergoing training on the Afghan-Pakistan border.
Two of those suspects were arrested in Marseille and the third in Bordeaux. Officials stressed that the two sets of arrests were not linked.
In the second raid, three of the suspects' phone numbers were found in the phone of Ryad Hannouni. He had been picked up on Saturday close to the central train station in the Italian city of Naples, allegedly carrying a bomb-making kit. The 28-year-old Algerian is suspected of being the head of the terror cell and a European arrest warrant has been issued for his extradition to France.
Posted on 10/05/2010 10:42 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
I Am You, Or Christine O'Donnell And Tariq Ramadan, Together Again At Last
Tariq Ramadan wants us all to be "We." A new "We," a " We" that is all that we can be, a :"We" apparently consisting of Muslim and non-Muslim alike, will efface all differences, and Humanity will be on the Royal Road, that is the Past, fi sabil Allah, to Justice and the Islamic Way. Ramadan's very special new innocuous-sounding "We" will consist of Muslims, and those non-Muslims who have the decency to pretend -- for god's sake, keep pretending, don't ever stop! -- that Islam is just fine, that Tariq Ramadan is a splendid fellow and great thinker (the Qataris are even now negotatiating with the ghost of John Sparrow to see if the holdouts opposed to Ramadan's appointment as a Fellow of All Souls can be dropped. After all, the Qataris came up with the scratch to buy Tariq Ramadan his current "professorship" and they can come up with a lot more if he can only be allowed to swan around the West (he so hates visiting Muslim countries -- they're just so....so backward) , billing himself as a "Fellow of All Souls." Chris Patten, that smooth man, would certainly have no objection. After all, who objected to the Said Business School at Oxford? Just the usual fuddy-duddies, such as Oswyn Murray and Jasper Griffin, with Holywell Manor and its environs playing the role of the Vendee. The "We" of Tariq Ramadan is meant to smoothly pretend that Islam itself, in its time of increasing troubles because of increasing scrutiny, not based, as it so clearly is, on a division of humanity between Believers and Unbelievers, that is Muslims and Infidels. How very convenient for the colubrine likes of Tariq Ramadan. The "We" of Tariq Ramadan is a sickeningly collevtivist and ekwilist appeal to pretend that we are all the same, that we all want the same thing, that only by non-Muslims forever pretending that Muslims do not work to remove all obstacles to the spread, and then the dominance, of Islam, can harmony be achieved -- the harmony that is, that Muslims, threatening at every step (and Tariq Ramadan is the smyler with the knyf under the cloke, and the implied threats -- those to be made and carried out by his less-suave Muslim bruvvers, lurk menacingly behind the smiles and wiles)
Christine O'Donnell (M.A., Oxon.), Fellow of All Souls (she didn't have to buy her position) and, rumor has it, soon to receive the Order of Merit,, is ompletely lacking in the non-stop guile of Tariq Ramadan, and on the whole, she is less of a menace, both in the idiocies she offers, and in her forthright presentation of those idiocies. Her latest youtube appearance offers a variant on the same idea. . She thinks that she is us, that is to say, in her saying, "I Am You." Sje has out a new youtube true-blue accounting of herself that directly addresses the question of whether or not she is a witch. Voters apparently wish to know. Her answer makes short shrift of doubters and dissenters. She is not a witch. She is you.
Other not-made-for-but-now-on-youtube appearances of Christine O'Donnell, who is rumored to be on the Short List for the Booker Prize, can be seen here and here..
Christine O'Donnell and Tariq Ramadan offer variations on the same idiotic theme. But the only one who represents a real threat to all of us is Tariq Ramadan. Make fun of C. D. all you want; it's easy to do and she deserves it, and she soon will be out of the picture, but worry, worry, worry about Tariq Ramadan and those who refuse to grasp, as Carollne Fourest and Paul Berman and Ibn Warraq and Rebecca Bynum have coolly understood, in writing, and when those who are well-prepared and thus able to dissect him have been allowed to appear on television, in French or in English, as Fourest here, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali here, and Nicolas Sarkozy here and here,
Posted on 10/05/2010 9:16 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
Nobel Prize Winner Co-Wrote Paper With His Hamster
Andre Geim, who just received -- along with colleague Konstantin Novoselov, the Nobel Prize in Physics, co-wrote a paper with a colleague last-named Tisha. But don't tell a soul, not even a Slavic soul: Tisha is Geim's pet hamster.
The cite to what will surely become a collector's item, is here:
- ^ A.K. Geim and H.A.M.S. ter Tisha, Physica B 294-295, 736-739 (2001) doi:10.1016/S0921-4526(00)00753-5
Some may remember a previous mention at NER of the French writer Georges Perec.
Also mentioned in the same botta-e-risposta were three scientists, David Hubel, Torsten Wiesel, and Stephen Kuffler, as part of a discussion of those who died just before they would certainly have shared in a Nobel )as Stephen Kuffler surely would).
All three are listed as the authors of a made-up scientific paper that appears as one of theentries in the bibliography to a scientific paper that Perec wrote, that is a parody of a scientific paper, that far outstrips in wit all the Ig-Noble ceremonies put together (the trouble with the Ig-Noble awards is that the most celebrated participants are not quite as amusing as they might be, and certainly there hangs over the proceedings a self-consciousness about their own greatness, and contributions to real, not pseudo-science, that vitiates -- though not fatally --- the proceedings.
That paper, Experimental Demonstration of the Tomatopic Organization in the Soprano (Cantatrix
sopranica L., has become celebrated among connoisseurs
.A French site describes Perec's paper thus
« L'auteur étude les fois que le lancement de la tomate il
provoquit la réaction yellante chez la Chantatrice et demonstre que divers plusieures aires de
la cervelle elles étaient implicatées dans le response, en particular, le trajet légumier, les
nuclei thalameux et le fiçure musicien de l'hémisphère nord2 ». Les autres portent sur
l'hybridation des papillons dans l'île d'Iputupi ; sur l'histoire de la collaboration scientifique
entre Marcel Gotlib, prix Nobel de botanique expérimentale, et Léon Burp, brutalement
disparu, en physiologie médicale et sur la contribution d'un auteur peu connu Romuald Sain-
Sohaint, « auquel on devrait l'attache-trombone, le bouton et le boomerang comestible » ;
ou bien l'histoire de la Beauce et de Notre-Dame de Chartres ; ou encore L'esquisse d'une
géographie mélancolique : Roussel et Venise.
I have posted Perec's paper on Tomatoes and Sopranos at NER but now am moved to re-post it, as a tribute to Tisha, Geim, Novoselov, and the wonders of Graphene.
Posted on 10/05/2010 11:38 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
Georges Perec: Experimental Demonstration Of The Tomatotopic Organization In The Soprano (Cantatrix sopranica L.)
Experimental demonstration of the tomatotopic organization in the Soprano (Cantatrix sopranica L.)
Laboratoire de physiologie
Faculté de médecine Saint-Antoine
Démonstration expérimentale d'une organisation tomatotopique chez la Cantatrice.
L'auteur étude les fois que le lancement de la tomate il provoquit la réaction yellante chez la Chantatrice et demonstre que divers plusieures aires de la cervelle elles etait implicatées dans le response, en particular, le trajet légumier, les nuclei thalameux et le fiçure musicien de l'hémisphère nord.
As observed at the turn of the century by Marks & Spencer (1899), who first named the ``yelling reaction' (YR), the striking effects of tomato throwing on Sopranoes have been extensively described. Although numerous behavioral (Zeeg & Puss, 1931; Roux & Combaluzier, 1932; Sinon et al., 1948), pathological (Hun & Deu, 1960), comparative (Karybb & Szyla, 1973) and follow-up (Else & Vire, 1974) studies have permitted a valuable description of these typical responses, neuroanatomical, as well as neurophysiological data, are, in spite of their number, surprisingly confusing. In their henceforth late twenties' classical demonstrations, Chou & Lai (1927 a, b, c, 1928 a, b, 1929 a, 1930) have ruled out the hypothesis of a pure facio-facial nociceptive reflex that has been advanced for many years by a number of authors (Mace & Doyne, 1912; Payre & Tairnelle, 1916; Sornette & Billevayzé, 1925). Since that time, numerous observations have been made that have tried to decipher the tangling puzzle as well as the puzzling tangle of the afferent and/or efferent sides of the YR and led to the rather chaotic involvement of numberless structures and paths: trigeminal (Loewenstein et al., 1930), bitrigeminal (Von Aitick, 1940), quadritrigeminal (Van der Deder, 1950), supra-, infra-, and inter-trigeminal (Mason & Ragoun, 1960) afferents have been likely pointed out as well as macular (Zakouski, 1954), saccular (Bortsch, 1955), utricular (Malosol, 1956), ventricular (Tarama, 1957), monocular (Zubrowska, 1958), binocular (Chachlik, 1959-1960), triocular (Strogonoff, 1960), auditive (Balalaika, 1515) and digestive (Alka-Seltzer, 1815) inputs. Spinothalamic (Attou & Ratathou, 1974), rubrospinal (Maotz & Toung, 1973), nigro-suiatal (Szentagothai, 1972), reticular (Pompeiano et al., 1971), hypothalamic (Hubel & Wiesel, 1970), mesolimbic (Kuffler, 1969) and cerebellar (High & Low, 1968) pathways have been vainly searched out for a tentative explanation of the YR organization and almost every part of the somesthesic (Pericoloso & Sporgersi, 1973), motor (Ford, 1930), commissural (Gordon & Bogen, 1974) and associative (Einstein et al., 1974) cortices have been found responsible for the progressive building-up of the response although, up-to-now, no decisive demonstration of both the input and output of the YR programming has been convincely advanced.
Recent observations by Unsofort & Tchetera pointing out that ``the more you throw tomatoes on Sopranoes, the more they yell' and comparative studies dealing with the gasp-reaction (Otis & Pifre, 1964), hiccup (Carpentier & Fialip, 1964), cat purring (Remmers & Gautier, 1972), HM reflex (Vincent et al., 1976), ventriloquy (McCulloch et al., 1964), shriek, scream, shrill and other hysterical reactions (Sturm & Drang, 1973) provoked by tomato as well as cabbages, apples, cream tarts, shoes, buts and anvil throwing (Harvar & Mercy, 1973) have led to the steady assumption of a positive feedback organization of the YR based upon a semilinear quadristable multi-switching interdigitation of neuronal sub-networks functioning en desordre (Beulott et al., 1974). Although this hypothesis seems rather seductive, it lacks anatomical and physiological foundations and we therefore decide to explore systematically the internal incremental or decremental organization of the YR, allowing a tentative anatomic model.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
Experiments were carried out on 107 female healthy Sopranoes
(Cantatrix sopranica L.)
furnished by the Conservatoire national de Musique, and weighing 94-124 kg (mean weight: 101 kg). Halothane anesthesia was utilized during the course of tracheotomy, fixation in the Horsley-Clarke, and major operative procedures. 5 % procaine was injected into skin margins and pressure points. Animals were then immobilized with gallamine triethyiodide (40 mg/kg/hr) and normocapnia was maintained by appropriate artificial ventilation. Spinal cord transections were performed at L³/T² levels, thus eliminating blood pressure variations and adrenaline secretion induced by tomato throwing (Giscard d'Estaing, 1974). The fact that the animals were not suffering from pain was shown by their constant smiling throughout the experiments. Internal temperature was maintained at 38 °C ± 4 °F by means of three electrically drived boiling kettles.
(Tomato rungisia vulgaris)
were thrown by an automatic tomatothrower (Wait & See, 1972) monitored by an all-purpose laboratory computer (DID/92/85/P/331) operated on-line. Repetitive throwing allowed up to 9 projections per sec, thus mimicking the physiological conditions encountered by Sopranoes and other Singers on stage (Tebaldi, 1953). Care was taken to avoid missed projections on upper and/or lower limbs, trunk & buttocks. Only tomatoes affecting faces and necks were taken into account.
Control experiments were made with other projectiles, as apple cores, cabbage runts, hats, roses, pumpkins, bullets, and ketchup (Heinz, 1952).
Unit activity was recorded through glasstungsten semi-macroelectrodes located
, according to the methods of Zyszytrakyczywsz-Sekrâwszkiwcz (1974). Spike recognition was performed by audiomonitoring: every time a unit discharge was heard, it was carefully photographed, tapped, displayed on a monograph and, after integration, on a polygraph. Statistical evaluation of the results was made using a tennis like algorithm (Wimbledon, 1974), that is, every time a structure responds up to win the game, it was recognized as YR-related.
At the end of the experiments, Sopranoes were perfused with olive oil, and 10 % GlennFiddish, and incubated at 421 °C in 15 % orange juice during 47 hours. Frozen 2 cm unstained sections were mounted into delta-strawberry sherbet and observed under light and heavy microscopy. Histological verifications confirmed that all the electrodes were located in the brain except four that were found in cauda equina and filum terminale and disclosed from statistical analysis.
Stereotaxic explorations of brains during tomato throwing showed that most of the areas respond differently to the tomesthetic stimulation. As can be seen from
, where the results are summarized, three (3) distinct areas gave definite, unambiguous and constant responses: the nucleus anterior reticularis thalami pars lateralis (NARTpl), or nucleus of Pesch (Pesch, 1876; Poissy, 1880; Jeanpace & Desmeyeurs, 1932), the anterior portion of the tractus leguminosus (apTL), lying 3.5 mm above the obex and 4 mm right of the tentorium and the dorsal part of the so-called ``musical sulcus' (scMS) of the left hemisphere (Donen & Kelly, 1956). It is of interest to notice that, if the left hemisphere was kept for analysis, the right hemisphere was left.
TABLE ONE. Differential responding of tomatic stimulation in the brain at different frequencies.
Examples of responses obtained from these structures can be seen on figure 1 where temporal analysis of the spike distribution based on their Responsive-Area-Temporal-Programming (RATP) properties allowed to distinguish 3 unit subtypes: 1) units responding before the stimulation; 2) units responding during the stimulation and 3) units responding after the stimulation.
Fig. 1: Unit activity in structures responding to tomatic stimulation. Bar indicates stimulus onset & cessation.
Calibration: 3.1416 ms. Each trace is made of the superimposition of 33.57 successive recordings.
Note the point in A, the arrow in B and the black triangle in C.
Cross-examination of responses driven by other projectiles and Ketchup stimulation are shown on figure 2 and argue unquestionably in favor of a tomatotopic organization of the YR along, between and across the NARTpl, apTL and scMS. Temporal relationships of those responses, as examplified in fig. 3, showed that the hypothesis of a clustering interdigitation of neuronal subnets is highly probable, although no experimental evidence can be given due to the relative difficulty of entering those damned structures without destroying a lot of things (Timeo et al., 1971).
Fig. 2: Examples of response in the apTL provoked by tomato and other throwings. Explanations in text.
A = tomato; B = apple; C = cabbage; D = hats; E = roses;
F = ketchup (kindly provided by Laroche-Ciba, Inc.); G = pumpkin; H = bullet.
Fig. 3: Temporal relationship of the responses recorded in the YR area.
Abscissae: arbitrary units; ordinates: international units. Explanations in text.
It has been shown above that tomato throwing provokes, along with a few other motor, visual, vegetative and behavioral reactions, neuronal responses in 3 distinctive brain areas: the nucleus anterior reticular thalami, pars lateralis (NARTpl), the anterior portion of the tractus leguminosus (apTL) and the dorsal part of the so-called musical sulcus (scMS). As pointed out by Chou & Lai (1929 b), Lai & Chou (1931 a, b) and Unsofort & Tchetera (1972), the YR organization cannot be simply reduced to an oligosynaptic facio-facial nociceptive reflex which would have relayed over in the fascia leguminosa of the VIth laminations of the ventral quadrants of the paleospino-rubro-yello-tectocerebellonigrostriatal tomatonergic ascending pathways. For the fact that horseradish peroxidase injected into the Sopranoes' vocal cords is retrogradually transported from the apical dendrites of the vagus nerves to the tomatotomatic synapses of thc contralateral pseudogasserian afferents (McHulott
, 1975) proves with some likelihood the leguminous nature of the mediator responsible for the transmission of the message from the receptive tomato fields to the YR circuitry (Colle
, 1973). Thus, 3,5 (M-tri) argyril-beta-
-tomatase which is selectively trisynthetized in the NARTpl-apTL bundle and whose destruction blocks up drastically the YR (Others
, 1974) stands out as the major candidate for the transmitter involved in the YR retroacting loop, although an alternate hypothesis based upon latency calculations, and cocross frequency correlations, puts forward the feasibility of a tomatotonic synapse (see Dendritt & Haxon, 1975). Although decisive experimental evidences are still lacking and further series of experiment are needed before the complete elucidation of the YR can be achieved, it seems logical to advance that above combined arguments along with experimental results described in our work are likely to support the hypothesis of a semi-linear multi-stable multi-switching net-back feedwork organization of the YR whose a tentative anatomical model can therefore be proposed (
Fig. 4: Tentative anatomical model of the YR organization. Explanations in text or elsewhere.
Black lines = inhibitory; borken lines = interrogatory; dashed lines = redhibitory; stellate lines = whig-and-tory.
This work was supported by grants from the Syndicat régional des Producteurs de Fruits & Légumes, the Association française des Amateurs d'Art Lyrique (AFAAL) and the Fédération internationale des Dactylo-Bibliographes (FIDB).
The author gratefully acknowledges the helpful criticisms as well as the skilful assistance of J. Chandelier, M. De Miroschedji and H. Gautier.
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Posted on 10/05/2010 12:03 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
It's not a word used very often nowadays, and certainly not often enough.
It was used, today, by Dr. Wiliam Petit, at the conclusion of the trial of one of the men who participated in arson, rape, and murder of his d two daughters.
Here's the story from The New York Times:
Triple Murder Case Yields Convictions on 16 of 17 Counts
NEW HAVEN - A former parolee with a long history as a petty criminal was convicted of capital crimes on Tuesday for his part in a brutal nighttime home invasion in Cheshire, Conn., three years ago that left a woman and her two daughters dead. The jury deliberated less than one full day.
The defendant, Steven J. Hayes, who, the testimony showed, described his eager anticipation of the crime with an "LOL" - laughing out loud - text message hours before taking part in murder, rape, kidnapping and arson at the home of the Petit family on Sorghum Mill Drive, was convicted of 16 of 17 crimes in all; he was acquitted of arson.
Of those, six are crimes that make him eligible for the death penalty. The same jury that sat during the three-week trial is now to begin a penalty phase to determine whether Mr. Hayes, 47, is to be sentenced to death. The trial is to continue on Oct. 18 with the penalty phase, which could last a month.
"There is some relief, but my family is still gone," Dr. William A. Petit Jr., whose wife and two daughters were killed that night, said after the verdict. "It doesn't bring them back. It doesn't bring back the home that we had."
The Cheshire case has played a central part in a debate in Connecticut about whether to repeal the capital punishment law.
The testimony showed that Mr. Hayes and a friend he had made at a Connecticut halfway house for parolees, Joshua Komisarjevsky, entered the Petit house in the middle of a July 2007 night, beat and restrained Dr. Petit and wreaked havoc, including the rape and strangulation of the woman, Jennifer Hawke-Petit.
The two daughters, Michaela, 11, and Hayley, 17, died of smoke inhalation in a fire set by the intruders.
Dr. Petit, 53, testified at the trial. He has called for the execution of Mr. Hayes and Mr. Komisarjevsky, who is likely to be tried next year.
After the verdict was delivered and the jurors left the courtroom, Dr. Petit fought back tears as he huddled with the chief prosecutor, Michael Dearington.
Moments later, he emerged from the courthouse into a chill drizzle with members of his family and his wife's family lined up behind him.
Met by a large group of reporters and television cameras, he thanked the jurors "for their due diligence" and said he hoped that they would continue the "same diligence and clarity of thought" in the penalty phase of the trial. While in the past he has said he favors the death penalty for the defendants, on Tuesday he did not discuss his desire for a capital sentence.
He was asked how he had the strength to keep going through the court ordeal. Speaking calmly, he looked around the crowd and said it appeared that most of them were decent people. You would do the same thing, Dr. Petit said with his father clutching his arm tightly, "if your family was destroyed by evil."
Posted on 10/05/2010 1:23 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
Annals Of Iraq: Iyad Jamal Al-Din (Shi'a)
Watch, and listen to one of the two most advanced participants in Iraq's public life, here.
Posted on 10/05/2010 1:35 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
Annals Of Iraq: Mithal Al-Alusi (Sunni)
And here is the other one of the two:
Heather Robinson at The Huffington Post, April 10, 2010:
Hugely disappointing news from Iraq last week as Parliamentarian Mithal al-Alusi, who won his seat in Iraq's Parliament in December, 2005 and has been a fearless champion of human rights, press freedom, and democracy, lost his seat. He has told me he believes the elections to have been fixed against liberals like him - by Iran and Saudi Arabia.
I published a piece about this allegedly fixed election last week in the New York Post.
Alusi and other liberals, such as Shiite candidate Iyad Jamal al-Din, received drastically fewer votes than expected. Alusi tells me there were major discrepancies between the vote count according to the Iraqi Electoral Commission and independent monitors. Initially, the head of the European Parliament's Delegation for Relations With Iraq reported it had serious concerns over a flood of election fraud allegations. But the United Nations has certified the election as above board, despite these many complaints.
Ayad Allawi, whose electoral list won 91 seats to the 89 won by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Malki's State of Law Coalition, looks to be the favorite for prime minister.
Alusi says influence-buyers are controlling "two blocs" in the Iraqi government - one representing Shiite Iran, the other Sunni Saudi Arabia - neither side interested in the liberals in Iraq who refuse their money.
An ideological pioneer, Alusi has paid a dear price for his independence. He first won election to the Iraqi Parliament in 2005 after his two sons were murdered by terrorists.
The killings occurred in the aftermath of his decision to visit Israel--at that time considered a crime in Iraq. Refusing to be intimidated, Alusi stayed in Iraq and built his political party, the Iraqi Nation Party, which champions free markets, a free press, human (including women's) rights and counter-terrorism cooperation with other democracies--including Israel.
He says he is concerned for the security of candidates who ran on his party's ticket, or list, including in smaller towns across Iraq.
"Liberals are alone," he says. "But I cannot say my people did leave me alone. My candidates [and supporters] have been asked, 'You don't know he went to Israel?' Why would you support him?' They answered, 'Because of that I am with him.'
"Young people, liberals, but strong people, fighters. They ran in areas where they were not secure. They were so brave."
Although the United Nations has seemingly closed the door on an investigation, many people claim to have evidence of large-scale fraud taking place in these elections.
If Alusi does not retain his seat, it will be a loss of untold proportions for the people of Iraq. This remarkable man, a living example of courage, has in a few short years taken on thousands of years worth of prejudice, and charted a course towards true democracy in the middle east--a dream that was and is worthy, despite the yawning chasm between the ideal and the reality. He had stood up for the voiceless, including the women of Iraq, who have all too often been kept on the sidelines there, occupationally and politically.
Regarding women and the March 7 elections, Alusi tells me he met with "people from Mosul, Kirkuk, Sunni areas in Anbar province" and they have told him "in Anbar women did not vote." He went on to say, "we got it from our people, our areas--I am Sunni and from this area--in small towns and villages, they had to go out to vote. I did ask them, 'How far are the election centers? They said, 'Eight kilometers.' And the village directors said, 'Women can't vote.' This has happened in other elections, too."
If significant evidence of widespread fraud and voter disenfranchisement in these elections exists, and if the United States does not insist on a thorough investigation, we are forfeiting so much, and even dishonoring the sacrifices of our brave troops who have brought democracy to Iraq. I plan to stay on this story.
Alusi maintains there is still a window of time for the United States to demand an investigation.
"The White House position [is] they don't have any proof the election has been fixed," he says. "When I say 'I don't have any proof till now' it does not mean I won't have proof one week later."
One blessing in a week of extremely disillusioning news has been my new familiarity with Iyad Jamal al-Din. He, too, lost in the March 7 election - Alusi believes because of Iranian infuence-peddling and corruption. Alusi describes this young Shiite politician as "a good man."
Check him out
Posted on 10/05/2010 1:39 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
A Musical Interlude: I'm Gonna Wash My Hands Of You (Ambrose Orch., voc. Sam Browne, Elsie Carlisle)
Posted on 10/05/2010 1:47 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
Malawi Muslims burn Bibles in protest
LILONGWE (Reuters) - Muslims in southern Malawi have been burning Bibles in protest against their distribution in Islamic schools by Gideon's International, a senior Muslim Association of Malawi official said on Tuesday.
"That annoyed some parents and other leaders who have resorted to burning the holy books ... in protest," Sheikh Imran Sharif, the association's secretary general, told Reuters. He said the burning of Bibles was carried out by a few Muslim fanatics and the association has ordered them to stop.
Reverend McDonald Kadawati, a leading Christian clergyman asked Muslim leaders to ask followers to stop burning Bibles. "This is a sad case of religious intolerance and we condemn it in all uncertain terms," Kadawati said.
Gideon's International, which is dedicated to providing copies of the Bible to people around the globe, said on its Website it has distributed about 90 million Bibles in 22 countries in eastern Africa. I still have the Gideon Bible (New Testament and Psalms, to be precise) I was given at school in Leyton in 1966. I wonder if they are still welcome in that school now?
The incident in Malawi comes after U.S. President Barack Obama appealed for religious tolerance last month in response to a Florida pastor's threat to burn copies of the Koran, which sparked an outcry in the Muslim world.
Posted on 10/05/2010 1:45 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
In want of a 'We'
For Tariq Ramadan and others in want of a 'We' - not the Royal We, nor the French Oui, nor the Wii of the digital age - here's a suggestion:
We We We all the way home.
Posted on 10/05/2010 5:52 PM by Mary Jackson
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
Nobel For Literature
Not awarded, as it should have been, to Jacques Barzun.
Posted on 10/05/2010 9:50 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
"I sweared, but I didn't mean it": Times Square bomb plotter tells us how a devout Muslim approaches his oath of citizenship
From this AFP report as retailed by Australia's ABC:
'Life sentence for defiant Times Square bomber'
'A Pakistani-born US citizen who tried to set off a car bomb in New York's Times Square in May has been sentenced to life in prison.
'A defiant Faisal Shahzad warned Americans "the war with the Muslims has just begun", as he was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison for a botched attempt to bomb New York's famed Times Square.
'The defeat of the US is imminent and will happen in the near future", he told the court shortly before his sentence was announced. "Brace yourselves because the war with the Muslims has just begun".
'Shahzad, a US citizen who lived in Connecticut and started what resembled an ordinary American family before embracing jihadist militancy ('embracing jihadist militancy' - sic: when, oh, when, will a mainstream journalist simply write - 'before embarking upon combat jihad'? - CM) pleaded guilty in June to the May 1 bombing attempt.
Now for the part of this report that simply jumped out at me the moment I read it: the most important, and the most revealing, and the most useful, and the part that from this point onward should be incessantly brought to the attention of those non-Muslim politicians and officials who have to do with immigration and citizenship, all over the free non-Muslim lands - CM.
'The 30 year old (it should be: 'The 30 year old Muslim - CM) obtained US citizenship in April 2009 but said Tuesday it was only a ploy.
And no-one who knows anything at all about Islam will be at all surprised.
Qur'an 9: 3 - 'Allah and his Messenger dissolve obligations". Qur'an 66: 1 - 'Allah has already sanctioned for you the dissolution of your vows'.
Qur'an 3: 28 - "Let believers [Muslims] not take Infidels [non-Muslims] for friends and allies instead of believers. Whoever does this shall have no relationship left with God - unless you but guard yourselves against them, taking precautions". Raymond Ibrahim in his article "How Taqiyya Alters Islam's Rules of War" states that Muslim scholar Ibn Kathir, interpreted this verse to mean that 'Whoever at any time or place fears...evil [from non-Muslims] may protect himself through outward show".
The Hadith of al-Bukhari, Vol 7, p. 102, states that 'Abu al-Darda said: "Let us grin in the face of some people while our hearts curse them"; and again, from Bukhari, Vol 4, Book 52, No. 268 - 'Narrated Abu Huraira - 'Allah's Apostle called: "War is deceit".
The Umdat al-Salik, Shafii manual of Islamic law, quotes (as an authority) the Muslim scholar al-Ghazali, as follows: "Speaking is a means to achieve objectives. If a praiseworthy aim (and one may note that conquering America for Islam, would be seen as a praiseworthy aim - CM) is attainable through both telling the truth and lying, it is unlawful to accomplish it through lying because there is no need for it. **When it is possible to achieve such an aim by lying, but not by telling the truth, it is permissible to lie if attaining the goal is permissible...and obligatory to lie, if the goal is obligatory. When the purpose is war (and we see that Shahzad has clearly shown he views himself as at war with the USA - CM), settling a disagreement, or gaining the sympathy of a victim legally entitled to retaliate, it is not unlawful to lie when any of these aims can only be attained through lying...".
A little additional anecdotal testimony, courtesy of one 'ecil man' posting on Mr Spencer's jihadwatch website, July 8, 2005, at 7.52 am, in a discussion of Islam and lying: "Actually I have a friend who was raised a moslem in Pakistian [sic]. He no longer believes in god period. But he stated to me any non-moslem who thinks he can be friends with a moslem is a fool. Never believe what they say. To lie or deceive a nonmoslem is a great honor...".
So, bearing all this in mind, back to our Pakistani Muslim jihadist Shahzad in the courtroom in America...
"Didn't you swear allegiance to this country?" Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum asked him.
"I sweared, but I didn't mean it," Shahzad replied...
'The son of a Pakistani air force officer, Shahzad came to the United States to study at the age of 18 and in 2009 became a naturalised American citizen.
And now we all know exactly how much that US citizenship - so ardently sought, so proudly borne, so loyally lived by millions of non-Muslim immigrants to America, including the forebears of persons such as Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum with her magnificently Jewish name, and including those Filipino-born, Korean-born and Latin-American-born new-minted US citizens whose names may be seen in the list of the 9/11 dead - meant to this Muslim, and what it likely means to many, many others just like him. That is: nothing.
Nothing but a temporary pose during the preparation of an act of Jihad. For as Hizb ut Tahrir, and others, openly tell us, a Muslim is supposed to give no loyalty or friendship to anything else but the Ummah; certainly not to any Infidel nation-state - CM.
'Living in the suburbs of New York City, he worked as a financial analyst and married another Pakistani-American, raising two children. But he says he became disillusioned with his estrangement from Islam and upset at what he considered humiliation of Muslims worldwide.
O indeed, I'm sure he felt 'humiliated'...because Muslims, 'the best of people', do not yet rule the entire world. Anything less than that is a condition of oppression and humiliation, a grave injustice, to those who feel themselves entitled and mandated so to rule - CM.
'In a 40-minute Taliban video released by the US government, Shahzad, wearing traditional clothes and carrying an automatic rifle and a Koran, calls for war against the West to avenge what he refers to as downtrodden Muslims.
"You will see the Muslim war has just started, until Islam spreads war over the whole world", he threatens in the video..."Our way is with the sword".
'The video was apparently shot while Shahzad was receiving training in Taliban-friendly regions in Pakistan over the previous year before coming back to Connecticut and gathering materials for the bomb'.
Judging from this, he had Jihad well and truly in mind even as he insincerely took part in that US citizenship ceremony (I am assuming there was a ceremony ) in 2009. I wonder whether, somewhere, there is a photograph of the participants in that ceremony, all those new-minted Americans smiling side-by-side; and among them one Faisal Shahzad, smiling with the rest while nurturing hatred in his heart. - CM.
Posted on 10/05/2010 9:12 PM by Christina McIntosh
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
The Dangerous Nuttiness Of Ken Cuccinelli
Posted on 10/05/2010 10:26 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
Australia: Muslim refugee gets visa on 'humanitarian grounds'; one month later, sexually assaults teenage non-Muslim girl on train
Yet another example of a Muslim abusing the hospitality offered him by a foolishly-compassionate non-Muslim society.
I had wondered whether to include this report, which I came across just before going on holidays; but when, on my return, I discovered the story - posted on NER on 27 September - of a Muslim illegal immigrant's attempted rape of a non-Muslim Englishwoman (thwarted only by Jake the Rottweiler's bold intervention), I decided that the mindset revealed by this Muslim man's actions in Australia was so similar to that of the would-be rapist in the UK, that the Australian report should be included, for the better connecting of dots.
From 'Adelaide Now', Sean Fewster, Court Reporter, reporting:
'Refugee sexually assaulted girl one month after getting visa'.
'A refugee sexually assaulted a teenage girl on a city-bound train just one month after earning a visa on "humanitarian grounds", a court has heard.
'Sayed Mohammad Sidaqat, 34, appeared in the Adelaide Magistrates Court today and pleaded guilty to one count of indecent assault.
'Prosecutors told the court that, on July 17, Sidaqat boarded an Outer Harbour line train at Ethelton and sat down next to a girl, 16.
'He "squashed her" up against the side of the train before caressing her hand and placing it on his erect penis.
'Prosecutors said the girl felt "extremely scared and powerless" as Sidaqat kissed her neck, fondled her breasts, and tried to touch her pubic region.
'Francis Elekwachi, for Sidaqat, said his client was an Afghani national who fled the country to escape the Taliban.
Now for the sob story - CM.
'He said Sidaqat's wife (I wonder how old she was when he married her? Might be interesting to find out. - CM), four children, mother and sister in law were in a refugee camp in Pakistan. (Poor things, they must be missing him....I suggest he be sent right back to them in Pakistan, once he's served his sentence - CM).
'My client was arrested during the Taliban regime, imprisoned, and tortured", Mr Elekwachi said.
Then he, none better, should know what it feels like to have other people do to you what you do not want them to do. As the mother of two teenage daughters, I have no sympathy whatsoever for this sexual predator who cornered, grabbed and groped a girl half his age - CM.
'About five years ago he managed to escape...he emigrated to Australia in search of safety (boo hoo! how safe does that girl, whom he attacked on the train, now feel? - CM) and a better life for himself and his family. (Does his victim feel that HER life is better because of his arrival on our shores? We have enough sexual predators of our own already, but at least they can't claim a religious mandate for what they do; we do NOT want to import such as Sidaqat who clearly feel entitled to treat every non-Islamic woman as if she were his 'possession of the right hand' - CM).
'He was granted a visa on humanitarian grounds in June of this year (His victim's parents should be petitioning the department of immigration for the cancellation of that visa, forthwith - CM) and came to Adelaide on June 15".
'He [the lawyer] said Sidaqat suffered from mental health issues including post-traumatic stress
(I don't believe it; and in any case PTSD should be no excuse for what he did - CM)
but was remorseful and unlikely to re-offend
(I don't believe it - CM).
'Magistrate Joseph Baldino said he could not be sure of that without further psychological reports. "He came to Adelaide on the 15th and committed this offence on the 17th, just a month later" Mr Baldino said.
"I don't think I can deal with this without further exploration".
(I hope to god that the psychologist and/ or psychiatrist called in to do the assessment, knows something about al-taqiyya, deception to further the cause of Islam, or of the Muslim vis a vis the non-Muslim - CM).
'He ordered psychological and psychiatric reports and remanded Sidaqat on continuing bail (who's paying? - CM) for sentencing in November. (And so this creature, 34 years old, who attacked a girl young enough to be his daughter, is turned loose, to continue to intimidate the feminine non-Muslim public - CM).
'Outside court, the victim's father said his daughter was "coping" after her ordeal. "She feels like she can't let things get her down, and she's travelling on the train again", he said. He said it was "very distressing" for Sidaqat to be on bail.
(I should say so! - CM).
"I don't want this sort of thing to happen again, to someone else", he said.
(You can be sure it will; if not Sidaqat, who may have got a bit of a fright from his arrest, then some other Muslim will feel entitled to do as he likes to non-Muslim females - CM).
"Our laws really have to be looked at, here in Australia, when people commit offences and get bail".
(The father focuses simply on the bailing of certain types of offenders, a complaint that of course applies also to non-Muslim criminals. But the case of Muslims such as Mr Sidaqat also shows that there needs to be an additional revision of our laws: to begin with, so that those who are so swift to grossly abuse the hospitality they have been offered, may be equally swiftly evicted; and then, down the track, to simply prevent Muslims, any Muslims - for among them are many, many Mr Sidaqat's, and worse - from being admitted at all - CM).
Posted on 10/05/2010 10:12 PM by Christina McIntosh