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1 Charles Johnson  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 5:54:48pm

This is a great little video. Simple but awesome concept, done well.

2 austin_blue  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 5:54:49pm

Groundhog day!

3 watching you tiny alien kittens are  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 5:56:49pm

He's created a paradox in the space time continuum, soon there will be billions of him out riding around on stolen bikes. The earth is doomed!

4 Decatur Deb  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 6:02:03pm

Should have gone back into the store.

5 Charles Johnson  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 6:05:36pm

Wow, I upgraded to iTunes 11 today, and I'm not sure I like it.

iTunes was bloated and needed a redesign, but some of the choices Apple made here don't seem like improvements. Some features I really liked were radically changed, like iTunes DJ.

6 Killgore Trout  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 6:13:56pm

A good CSM article on the Egyptian constitution.
Why is Egypt's draft constitution so controversial?

......the principles of sharia should be in accordance with the established schools of Sunni Muslim doctrine. This limits the discretion given to judges in deciding on sharia issues, and could limit them from applying a progressive interpretation of sharia. But it could also keep judges from drawing on more extreme or conservative interpretations of sharia, say rights activists.

Also included in the constitution is an article stipulating that scholars of Al Azhar, the university and mosque considered one of the most respected centers of Sunni Muslim research and learning, be consulted on matters of sharia. It does not make the Al Azhar scholars' opinion binding.

It is the first time that a consultative role for Al Azhar has been enshrined in Egypt's constitution.

Both of these articles are dangerous, says Michael Hanna, a fellow at The Century Foundation who tracks Egyptian politics. "What that does is begins to shift all the terms of discourse away from the civil law system and toward religiously-based strictures," he says. "Al Azhar is enshrined in the text. Sunni jurisprudence is enshrined in the text. It begins to shift the terms of reference and privileges a certain discourse that is religiously based."

Read the whole thing, especially the concerns about religious freedom and women's rights.

7 Killgore Trout  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 6:14:50pm
Freedom of religion has also been curtailed in the new constitution. Egypt's previous constitution guaranteed the freedom of religion and religious practice. The same wording was used in earlier drafts of the new constitution. But the document that was voted on last night only promises freedom of practice for the Abrahamic religions – Islam, Christianity, and Judaism.

This leaves other religious sects in Egypt, such as Egyptian Bahai'is, stripped of the right to publicly practice their faith.

"To say that they can't even practice their religious rights is terrifying," says Ms. Morayef. She notes that the limitation could easily be appled to Baha'is, who have already fought an uphill battle in Egypt just for the right to leave the religion section of their national identity cards blank. (ID cards include citizens' religion and the options are limited to Islam, Christianity, or Judaism.)

8 Killgore Trout  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 6:17:01pm
One of the "worst" parts of the new text, according to Ali, is its continuation of the centralization of government in Egypt. The document keeps most authority with central government and does not empower local governments, or make them more accountable to the people.

The new document delegates defining the power, mandate, and appointment of governors to legislation.

Under current legislation, governors are appointed by the central government, rather than elected. Elected governors was one demand of many of the protesters during the revolution. The constitution provides for the election of local councils, but strips them of any real power, stipulating that the central government will "answer requests for assistance" from local councils. "What that means is that the central government will be providing all essential services," says Ali. "What you're doing is you're electing people who don't have any authority. It's actually worse than not electing them at all."

9 Four More Tears  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 6:17:10pm

re: #5 Charles Johnson

Wow, I upgraded to iTunes 11 today, and I'm not sure I like it.

iTunes was bloated and needed a redesign, but some of the choices Apple made here don't seem like improvements. Some features I really liked were radically changed, like iTunes DJ.

The vibe I'm getting from Apple fans is that they're making quite a few missteps lately. Not the same without Steve.

10 Political Atheist  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 6:31:57pm

re: #5 Charles Johnson

Is it less bloated?

11 Charles Johnson  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 6:44:53pm

re: #10 Political Atheist

On the surface it appears less bloated because of the simplified default interface, but if you go to the View menu you can enable a lot of the same old features, so most of them are still there - just hidden.

iTunes really needs to be broken apart into three separate applications - a music player, a store browser, and an organization/backup/sync utility.

12 Gus  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 6:53:32pm

OK, let's get drunk. //

13 Political Atheist  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 7:02:17pm

re: #11 Charles Johnson

Could not agree more about the split up. I have become a huge Spotify fan though. Not thrilled with the revenue for the artists, but I find the most interesting covers. Like Carlos Santana and Yoyo Ma doing this one...

[Link: open.spotify.com...]

spotify:track:3I9EmVsF53rstJnuUDhHhG

While my guitar gently weeps

14 CuriousLurker  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 7:02:38pm

re: #12 Gus

OK, let's get drunk. //

Let's not and say we did. ;)

Can't stay, just came by to drop this off for everyone to gawk at.

Remember that Afghan girl whose face became so well-known after being on the cover of NatGeo? The pastel artist in the video below created a portrait of her based on it that's amazingly realistic. I wish I had that kind of talent. *sigh*

Oh, speaking of realism, check out this horse painting.

15 Gus  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 7:04:08pm

re: #14 CuriousLurker

Let's not and say we did. ;)

Can't stay, just came by to drop this off for everyone to gawk at.

Remember that Afghan girl whose face became so well-known after being on the cover of NatGeo? The pastel artist in the video below created a portrait of her based on it that's amazingly realistic. I wish I had that kind of talent. *sigh*

Oh, speaking of realism, check out this horse painting.

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OK, thanks. Nice and catch you later. ;)

16 Charles Johnson  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 7:20:43pm
17 jaunte  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 7:23:45pm

re: #16 Charles Johnson

Nice that you get a (not that Charles Johnson) disclaimer.

18 freetoken  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 7:25:07pm

From earlier today, a story I've had open but wondered if there was anything I could add:

Stevie Wonder cancels concert for Israeli group

Stevie Wonder is calling off a concert for a group that raises money for the Israeli military.

Wonder had been scheduled to perform Dec. 6 for Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, which raises money for Israeli soldiers and their families.

Wonder said the United Nations recommended canceling his performance because he is an official "Messenger of Peace" for the organization. The United Nations overwhelmingly voted to recognize a Palestinian state on Thursday over vehement U.S. and Israeli objections as hopes for Mideast peace talks stalled.

Wonder said in a statement he was canceling with a heavy heart but that "I am and have always been against war, any war, anywhere."

Several petitions had called on Wonder to cancel the performance.

All I've got is.... UN!!! UN!!! UN!!! UN!!! UN!!! UN!!! UN!!! UN!!! UN!!! UN!!! UN!!! UN!!! UN!!! UN!!! UN!!! UN!!! UN!!! UN!!! UN!!! UN!!! UN!!! UN!!! UN!!! UN!!! UN!!! UN!!! UN!!! UN!!! UN!!! UN!!! UN!!! UN!!! UN!!! UN!!! UN!!! UN!!! UN!!! UN!!! UN!!! UN!!! UN!!! UN!!!

19 jaunte  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 7:26:00pm
The Daily Caller‘s fascination with the doings of the dozens-strong New Black Panther Party

Panic!

20 Gus  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 7:26:39pm

re: #19 jaunte

Panic!

Image: leprechaun.jpeg

21 jaunte  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 7:31:52pm
22 Political Atheist  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 7:35:07pm

re: #16 Charles Johnson

Very cool they made the distinction clear.

23 austin_blue  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 7:37:52pm

re: #21 jaunte

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Shocking!

24 jaunte  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 7:42:48pm

Here we go again

Portions of Texas move back into severe drought

A dry fall that is on track to making the record books has sent portions of Texas, including Houston and Fort Worth, back into severe drought, raising concerns about wildfires and the health of wheat crops and tree farms, climatologists said Thursday.
September and November could be the driest of those months since 1950 and among the top five driest on record, State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon said. And not much more rain is expected this winter or spring since the El Nino pattern meteorologists had counted on for some moisture fizzled out almost before it began.

25 Gus  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 7:43:06pm

re: #21 jaunte

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[Link: cha.house.gov...]

26 freetoken  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 7:45:49pm

re: #24 jaunte

It's drizzling tonight here in San Diego, but we're not expected to get much rain. It's been very dry this fall so far here too.

27 jaunte  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 7:45:51pm

re: #25 Gus

"In the 1990s, CHA facilitated development of the House e-mail system and the availability of Internet access, and authorized software and networking upgrades to provide better electronic links between Members' Washington, D.C., offices and their district offices."

'The Internet is not something that you just dump something on. It's not a big truck. It's a series of tubes."

28 Gus  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 7:47:01pm

re: #27 jaunte

'The Internet is not something that you just dump something on. It's not a big truck. It's a series of tubes."

Electronic links!


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