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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

John Kerry Go Home

Originally uploaded by sbove.
Everything thats wrong with the Democratic party is manifest in John Kerry and the remark he made about troops, Iraq, college. High risk, low return. No control. No focused agenda. No strategy. No party coordination. Totally infuriating to anyone who wants to see the Republican regime depowered in the upcoming election. He should crawl back home and keep his head down for 10 years for such an f-up. DOES HE WORK FOR ROVE???! HE MIGHT AS WELL.

I am NOT a Republican, but I cannot, in good concience be a Democrat. They are the WORST poilitical strategists and managers imaginable. They deserve to be taken to the cleaners by the Republicans who at least understand how to fight a good street fight when one is warranted.

This country needs a new party to challenge the Republicans. It is NOT the Libertarians or the Greens. Its a NEW PARTY. Where is James Carville? Hes the only non-Republican with enough CLUE to do this. The Democrats are as DEAD as the WHIGS.

Monday, October 30, 2006

United Arab Emirates Builds World's Largest Terrorist Target

There's something vaguely diabolical or mad about this -- La Tour Babel deMille.

Burj Dubai...the centerpiece of a 20-billion-dollar venture featuring the construction of a new district, "Downtown Burj Dubai," that will house 30,000 apartments and the world's largest shopping mall.

Designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, who also designed the Sears Tower in Chicago and the Freedom Tower in New York City.

Lead architect Adrian Smith modeled the floor patterns after the unfolding of a lotus flower. Looks more like cross sections of a mammalian male-sex-organ to me.

Construction by South Korea's Samsung.
Completion scheduled at the end of 2008.
One billion dollars.

This means that Bill Gates could buy more than 40 of these buildings and live in them.
Thank goodness he has more sense. He's a horizontal low-buildings-on-campuses kind of guy.

Larry and Sergey at Google could each build 10 of these and live in them, and buy 10 747's to fly around to them, and still have change left over for a few Trident Nuclear subs to cruise the high seas in. The purchasing power of $14 Billion really ain't what it used to be.

More Stats:

Already 79 stories.
Will have worlds fastest elevators (40 mph).
Secret final height, 700 meters (2,296 feet) and more than 160 stories
Designed so it can be extended during construction in case any building is announced to surpass it.
Final planned height may be 808 meters (2650 feet) and 195 floors.

Thats around 2x the size of either of the world trade centers.

2,500 workers on the tower site alone.
Peak about a year from now at over 5,000.
For the whole site ... at any point in time, when the whole Downtown Burj Dubai district is under construction, there will be 20,000 men working.

"Average wages of the south Asian laborers, who work in summer in temperatures reaching 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit), are "probably in the range of a couple of hundred US dollars a month" for a shift of "eight to 10 hours" a day, six days a week. And, "They can get overtime if they like."

Protests over pay and poor working conditions have already degenerated into riots complete with equipment smashing and car burning.

Just the kind of workers I'd want building my 160th story penthouse pad.

Sounds Biblical to me.

Why any human would live in such a structure is truly beyond my understanding.


Fagles New "Aeneid"

Professor Robert Fagles
Originally uploaded by sbove.
Professor Robert Fagles, 73, retired chair of comparative literature department at Princeton:

"If you depart from the civilized, then you become a murderer. The price of empire is very steep, but Virgil shows how it is to be earned, if it’s to be earned at all.

Derek Jacobi recorded Mr. Fagles’s “Iliad,” with great rhetorical force, and Ian McKellen his “Odyssey,” with particular feeling for the more intimate moments. Another great British actor, Simon Callow, has been recruited for the new “Aeneid."

Fagles new English translation of “The Aeneid” (Viking), "emerges as a work of surpassing beauty, feeling and even relevance, everything that teachers used to say it was."