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Playgrounds for sheikhs and oligarchs: the secret world of ​London’s luxury hotels

The hotels of which the capital’s new cadre of foreign rich are so fond are now the places a middle-class Londoner is most likely to bump into an oil-state sheikh or a Russian steel tycoon – sitting across the lobby on a wedding anniversary tea or brushing shoulders at the restaurant. - -The Guardian

Ikea in Älmhult: behind the scenes at the retailer's top-secret furniture lab

The original Ikea building is still there, buried in six decades of accreted industrial structures and offices, and is in the process of being turned into a museum. - - (Wired UK)

What signifies it to me, whether he who does it is a king or a common man;

Not all the treasures of the world, so far as I believe, could have induced me to support an offensive war, for I think it murder; but if a thief breaks into my house, burns and destroys my property, and kills or threatens to kill me, or those that are in it, and to "bind me in all cases whatsoever" to his absolute will, am I to suffer it? - - Thomas Paine

“In a revolutionary epoch, sometimes men taste every novelty,

sicken of them all, and return to ancient principles so long disused that they seem refreshingly hearty when they are rediscovered.” — Russell Kirk

[Bumped] "'Oh,” you say, "But there's no way even the United States could kill the entire Muslim population of the planet."

I guarantee you that right now, right this very minute, that there exists somewhere in the Pentagon a detailed, step-by-step plan for the destruction of Islam by means of military force, from the Ka'aba right down to the shabbiest plywood shawarma stand in Karachi. -- The Pearl Harbor Switch

From Abuse of Language, Abuse of Power, by Josef Pieper

"The general public is being reduced to a state where people are not only unable to find out about the truth but also become unable even to search for the truth because they are satisfied with deception and trickery that have determined their convictions, satisfied with a fictitious reality created by design through the abuse of language.--" The News Is Propaganda | Politically Short

We have replaced all ancient gods with a single one: equality.

To act in such a way as to offend equality causes people to retreat from you as if in fear of diseases or demonic possession; conversely, any activity can be justified in the name of upholding or expanding equality, regardless of its outcome. Egalitarianism is the god of our time

‘Close Your Eyes and Pretend to Be Dead’ What really happened two years ago in the bloody attack on Nairobi’s Westgate Mall.

Over the birdsong, car alarms, and ringing of the unanswered mobile phones of the dead and wounded, Simon could now hear gunshots, explosions, and screaming. | Foreign Policy

Victor Davis Hanson asks the wrong question: Calling Obama a nihilist lets him off the hook.

He has perfected his presentation of a certain persona, and he doesn’t care if non-supporters see through him; what’s important is that he reach enough other people to accomplish his goals. - - neo-neocon

Christians Need Not Apply

In their 1990 book After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the 90’s, homosexual activists Hunter Madsen and Marshall Kirk called for the valuing of homosexuality, prescribing a desensitization of Americans to homosexuality via a “continuous flood of gay-related advertising,” a “conversion of the average American’s emotions, mind, and will, through a planned psychological attack, in the form of propaganda fed to the nation via the media.” -- The New American

In what can only be deemed a miracle, the peoples of earth have managed to pass through a fourth blood moon this year without the apocalyptic events.

Gog and Magog must have spent the entire duration of the blood moon saga playing Angry Birds on their iPhones and drinking their Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes, thereby missing their cue to invade plucky Israel and initiate the Battle of Armageddon. Alternative Right

Libertarians have built an entire philosophy around avoiding contact with the enemy.

In the culture wars that have roiled the nation over the last fifty years, libertarians have been hiding under their beds. | The Z Blog

The Depravity Deepens / Child-Size Sex Toys:

TranZwear: For Parents Of FTM Children/teens We are able to adjust to your size or other requests as we make all the items all right here under one roof in our shop.

Most people also assume that recycling plastic bottles must be doing lots for the planet.

Here’s some perspective: To offset the greenhouse impact of one passenger’s round-trip flight between New York and London, you’d have to recycle roughly 40,000 plastic bottles, assuming you fly coach. The Reign of Recycling

Michigan soybean farmer digs up mammoth bones

They dug from 9:00 AM until sunset and were able to recover 20% of the mammoth’s bones: a dramatic skull with two large tusks still attached, the jaw, more teeth, the pelvis, parts of both shoulder blades, one kneecap and multiple ribs and vertebrae. The History Blog

All of the totalitarian monsters of the last century despised Christians, Jews, and America.

The Nazi war on Christianity and the Soviet war on Jews tend to be ignored by modern historians, but writers at the time had no doubt at all that the liquidation of all those who were part of the Great Faith, the various denominations of Christians and of Jews, was an absolute and inevitable purpose for these totalitarians. Hatred of the Great Faith

Winnie-the-Pooh (Bear), nee Edward, age 90, passed away in his home on October 4.

Lifelong connoisseur of hunny, Winnie-the-Pooh was known to friends and family alike as a creature of habit, and his death came as no surprise to his husband, Piglet, who commented tearfully that “his diabetes just got out of control. I told him and told him to eat more healthfully, but he wouldn’t.” McSweeney’s.

Both the heroin addict and the joggers are thin, and both for the same reason. They want to feel good.

One is addicted to opiates, the other to public opinion. Reflected

Here’s a sad, crappy fact: laws don’t do anything by themselves.

If a lunatic has a gun today, and a law banning lunatics from having guns is passed tomorrow, the lunatic will still have the gun the day after tomorrow. Plain Truth About Mass Shootings

FaceTinder. UberDrones. Watching people play videogames. Selfies. LOLcats. Friending. Tube videos. Free porn. Pawnshop reality TV.

If all your life amounts to is the pursuit of the Perfect Selfie, the Greatest High Score, the Largest Number of Mega Awesome Totally Fake Friends , you’re a proud member of Generation Stupid. Generation Stupid

Soccer Cock-Up

Iran female soccer team accused of manning up Iranian soccer fans were left reeling earlier this week after eight members of the women’s national team were found to be men.

It is not actually “democracy” I oppose, in principle, but the power of the State.

The propaganda of the State relies on a selection of cant terms — “democracy,” “equality,” “freedom,” “human rights,” “reform,” “progress” — each an unqualified abstract conceptual designed to prey upon human credulity. -- David Warren

27 Ways to be a Classic Man

25. The classic man will prepare himself morally and practically to make life and death decisions and will not shy from those areas of life which may ultimately demand it of him. - Cobb

Chris Harper Mercer, martyred – that is the word – ten Christians yesterday for the crime – in his eyes- of their faith.

In the same way that we can hold Wahhabist doctrines to be the source of Islamic jihad, so we can now hold militant atheism/materialism to be responsible for this martyrdom of Christians. - Barrel Strength

Gee, and they were doing such great work

Over the last 10 days, Obama’s top advisers on cyber-security, ISIS, and Russia have all resigned. - - Andrew Stiles

The Suburban Lawn

A previous owner had landscaped with a heavy hand, and when we moved in thirty-seven years ago, when I was ten, a pair of monumental weeping willows cast the back of the house in deep shadow, three tall firs planted too closely together entwined their arms into messy knots, and a gnarled something blocked the living room view. -- The Fabulist

Last May the Northern Supply route was shut down.

As the Taliban rolls into the Warduj district after taking Kunduz, the fundamental limits to any US counterattack are imposed by the fact the Obama administration has already pulled the supply plug on the forces there. The Logic of Logistics

You already knew that Umpqua Community College was "gun-free," right?

“Possession, use, or threatened use of firearms (including but not limited to BB guns, air guns, water pistols, and paint guns) ammunition, explosives, dangerous chemicals, or any other objects as weapons on college property, except as expressly authorized by law or college regulations, is prohibited. -- Ammoland

The Camouflaged Military Bunkers of Switzerland

"Neutrality is no guarantee against radioactivity."

Bad Air: Pollution, Sin, and Science Fiction in The Doom of the Great City

For here, where on the previous night had throbbed hot and high the flood-tide of London’s evening gaiety, was now presented to my poor fevered sight, the worst, the most awful features of the whole terrific calamity. | The Public Domain Review

Terroristine has been an ancient dream since 1973 or was it 1967.

It is a vision of a country where everyone is a murderer and children are taught from a very young age that their purpose in life is to die killing people who don't share their religion. -- Three Cheers for Terroristine

The internet will become controlled speech.

If the Right does not get a site or business into the upper echelon of internet content providers, it will face the same embargo on its views that persists in the mainstream media currently. -- Amerika

If you think Trump will lose, you are probably comparing him to an ideal you hold for what a president should be.

If you believe he will win, you probably have a background in economics, or law, or engineering, and you have learned how to make valid comparisons to alternatives. -- | Scott Adams

The people we call Progressives are suffering from a mental disorder.

These are not people with whom you can have a conversation because they find some way to preach Progressive craziness at you, even over the damned weather. - -The Faith of the Crazy

Party ON, Dude

Sebastien Lucas, the pathologist who carried out the postmortem, said that Bismarck had been injecting cocaine on an hourly basis on the day before his death, and that Bismarck's body contained the highest level of cocaine that he had ever seen, as well as morphine; he also had liver damage, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV. - - Gottfried von Bismarck

Meet the Turtles That Hibernate in Mini-Fridges and Cruise in Barbie Jeeps—and the New Yorkers Who Can’t Live Without Them

She was calling him ‘Little Turtle’ which in her young voice sounded more like ‘Little Dildo’ which was not something I wanted to call him,
so I tried shortening his name to ‘LittleDill’ which still sounded like “Little Dildo” — so finally he became “DoubleDill” — no space between letters. -- Narratively

When God Abandons a Nation (Romans 1:18-32)

"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness." - - John McArthur

The beginning of the end, for us, was democracy.

It trained us to be vapid, waiting for other people to present us the question to vote on, and to be irresponsible, blaming “the voters” (as if we were not among them) for whatever outcome and scapegoating the politicians, TV preachers and advertisers who showed up to take advantage of the bonanza of that much concentrated incompetence in any one place. Why ours is a fallen world

William Levitt: The Man Who Built Suburbia

If the American family wanted a chance to prosper, they were going to have to play by his rules. | Mental Floss

More Mush from the Wimp

"The human predicament is driven by overpopulation, overconsumption of natural resources, and the use of unnecessarily environmentally damaging technologies and socio-economic-political arrangements to service Homo sapiens' aggregate consumption." Paul Ehrlich and Anne Ehrlich March 2013 Proceedings

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