2002-06-30

And we are told that "when the terrorists strike in Europe, we'll know how it feels for Israel"...

Newsflash: They already do.

From the article:

A bomb has exploded in the main Greek port of Piraeus, seriously injuring one man.
[...]
Explosives disposal experts defused a second, unexploded device found in the area, police said. Authorities did not immediately identify what kind of bomb it was.
[...]
It is the second time in less than two weeks that an explosive device has detonated in Piraeus.

Another article mentions that the Greek bombings seldom target people, with 23 dead since the bombings began in 1975.

Other European countries have been attacked by terrorists too, with higher death tolls, what with the IRA, the Red Army Fraction in Germany, the Red Brigades in Italy, the ETA in Spain (with ETA bombings as recently as recently as barely two weeks ago), and others.

2002-06-26

"Doubt of the real facts, as I must reveal them, is inevitable; yet if I suppressed what will seem extravagant and incredible there would be nothing left."
--H. P. Lovecraft, At the Mountains of Madness

Vostok: lake of shadows - high weirdness in Antarctica, centered on Lake Vostok, from Graham Hancock's "Antarctica is really Atlantis" over Antarctic Space Nazi to secret U.S. explorations by shadowy agencies.

2002-06-24

Taking the test at the Ideology Selector (warning, lots of popup windows), I find...

1: Third Way
2: Radical
3: Liberal
4: Centrist
5: Left-libertarian
6: Neoconservative
7: Libertarian
8: Conservative
9: Paleo-libertarian
10: Paleoconservative
(Capsule descriptions of the ideologies can be found here.)

I wasn't all that surprised by the results, except perhaps landing Left-Libertarians so high - I'm not that left-leaning (though perhaps I am by U.S. standards), and getting Neocons higher than Libertarian (I'm much more of a small-l libertarian than a conservative, neo or otherwise).

Of course, the test is designed for test-takers from the U.S.A., so a number of the questions were somewhat difficult to map onto my mental landscape ("Should local government be allowed to regulate gambling?" - will it be unregulated otherwise? Or just illegal?).

Moving on to the Political Compass (I decided to skip the Political Quiz Show, as it was just too U.S.-centric for me to be able to make any sense of it), I land on -1.62 and -8.05. The World's Smallest Political Quiz shows me as a Left-Liberal at 100% Personal Self-Government and 30% Economic Self-Government, and the Politopia quiz from the Institute for Humane Studies pegs me as a Centrist (and I note that it, too, has quite U.S.-centric questions).

(Thanks to Jim Henley for the pointers.)

2002-06-23

It looks as if I won't make any progress on my struggles with the archiving tonight. Oh well, back at it tomorrow.
It seems that Saddam et consortes were lying about the number of dead Iraqi babies from Western sanctions. Is anyone surprised?

Some interesting, and quite chilling, reading.

Who and/or what am I? In no particular order: an increasingly lackadaisical computer science student, active in LysKOM and on Usenet, Swedish, probably an internet addict, and a fan of science fiction, fantasy and horror, role-playing games (current favourites: Steve Jackson Games' GURPS Transhuman Space, Pagan Publishing's Delta Green, and Atlas Games' Unknown Armies), and various kinds of music, including but not limited to powernoise, industrial, darkwave, gothic, ethereal, trance, future pop, techno, EBM, and dark ambient.

I like to travel, but have (so far) visited only fourteen nations, though they're scattered on five continents, which is something, anyway.