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Monday, June 20, 2011

Ugly Islam/Muslims: Top clerics and Arab officials spew hideously ugly anti-Semitism

Ugly Islam
Via MEMRI TV, top clerics and Arab officials spew hideously ugly anti-Semitism -- and make it clear that they'd hate Jews and call for their death regardless of the existence of the state of Israel.

(The Jew hatred is written into the Quran, far predating the existence of the state of Israel, as more than one of these vile Jew haters make clear.)

This video needs to go viral to show the "COEXIST" people how silly and naive they are. I'll coexist with anybody who believes in any sort of ridiculous stuff -- providing they don't want me and others dead. Unfortunately, while Jesus tells Christians to turn the other cheek, Islam commands Muslims to convert or slaughter the infidel.

On the video, watch the imam teaching children to hate Jews, and hoping their mothers will compel them to do Jihad. They have claymation of the Jews who have transformed into apes.

See them blame the Jews for "provoking Hitler," and hear a Lebanese official rejoice about the mass murder of the Jews in the Holocaust.

The last guy, in the Italian tablecloth-like red headdress, again and again trumpeting the death and "humiliation" of the Jews in the Holocaust, is one of the ugliest things I've ever experienced.

All in all, vile, ugly stuff.

J.K. Rowling to flatten $1.6M home


'Harry Potter' author will use the new space to expand her personal garden.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling
Photo: ZUMA Press
When you're one of the richest women in the world, you don't need magic to make your dreams come true.
J.K. Rowling, author of the "Harry Potter" series, has been given planning permission to knock down a $1.6 million home outside of Edinburgh, Scotland, for the sole purpose of expanding her personal garden. The 45-year-old purchased a 17th-century mansion next to the property two years ago for a reported $3 million and apparently has had her eye on the development ever since.

Submitted plans detail a Renaissance-style garden complete with greenhouse, summer cottage, and a "garden room" folly with a 30-foot conical center tower and a chimney. While the project sits in a conservation zone, the governing council did not object to the development because it "goes some way to restoring an original garden plot."
"However, we note the loss of a perfectly adequate and functional recently constructed dwelling from the city's housing stock and we regret and question the sustainability aspects of this demolition," said Marion Williams, director of the Cockburn Association.
Rowling, who by some estimates pulls in $1.6 million every three days from the "Harry Potter" empire, is also rumored to be the new buyer of a rural 2,000-acre farm in Tasmania. The $10.5 million spread features a seven-bedroom home, pool, tennis court, stables and 4 kilometers of frontage on the Esk River.
The final film in the series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II," is due out in the U.S. in July.

Kapow! New Batmobile unveiled

Jez Spink

The new Batmobile.

“Breathable” carbonfibre body, levitating wheels and environmentally friendly hydrogen power for Batman’s latest wheels.

It seems the Caped Crusader is now fighting pollution as well as crime.

The latest version of the Batmobile has been unveiled for a new theatrical production based on the famous comic-book hero – and it swaps traditional jet power for electric propulsion generated by a hydrogen fuel cell and lithium-ion battery pack.

The new Batmobile, which will star as a prop in the Batman Live World Arena Tour that starts in Manchester, England, next month, was designed by renowned car designer Gordon Murray.

The Batmobile - with Batman.

Murray penned the McLaren F1 in the early ’90s that for a decade was the world’s fastest production car, while he’s currently producing a tiny city car called the T25.

“It was a clean sheet of paper from a design point of view,” says Murray. “I drew on my early experience as a child reading comics and watching the Batmobile grow as a character in the comics.

“I wanted to have a bit of fun with the wheels, so [the car] includes what I call ‘virtual wheels’, which interact with gravity to lift the car off the ground.”

The new Batmobile.

In addition to the LED-illuminated wheels, the Batman Live levitating Batmobile features laser-beam generators in the nose, a carbonfibre body that “breathes” and a carbon-ceramic afterburner – which presumably produces zero emissions.

The jetfighter-meets-F1-car creation has more in common with Batmobiles from the 1990s Batman films, starring Michael Keaton as the Dark Knight, rather than the 1960s TV series version, which was based on a 1950s Ford concept car called the Lincoln Futura.

Murray’s Batmobile includes room for both members of the Dynamic Duo, Batman and Robin, with the cockpit accessed via a sliding split canopy.

The new Batmobile.

Long Exposure Plus Light = Magical Glowing Balls


Lately it’s really hip to play around with light and long exposure, because admit it: it’s awesome and fun! Now photographer Denis Smith from Australia has taken this kind of photography to a whole new level. What he does is to use long exposure on his camera and a flash light or another kind of light source to create a glowing ball.

It looks like it’s been fixed on Photoshop because the balls are flawless, but you’re wrong if you think any kind of software has been used here. The talented Smith captures them in all kinds of places, whether it’s indoors, outdoors, in the dark, under a bridge, on the street, in the living room, you name it!

They come in all kinds of different colors which gives them a magical glow. We love this kind of art and hope to see more from him soon. While you hope for the same thing you can check out these crazy long exposure light painting photos.

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Why China's Ghost Towns Matter for Our Economy

By Derek Thompson

You could say it started with a little bit of food. Too little, as it turned out. Short supply and high demand for fruits and grains created historic bursts in food prices around the world. In the Middle East, where food accounts for 40% of spending, it fed political unrest. Revolution spread to Libya, whose crude crisis led to a surge in global oil prices. Expensive gas tag-teamed with expensive copper and other commodity inflation in India and Brazil. Meanwhile, debt crises restrained growth in Europe, an earthquake set back Japan, and the U.S. recovery found more walls to hit.

It's no surprise that the global recovery is facing a new round of setbacks, as the IMF reported in a new report issued today. But after high food prices, slow growth, and heavy debt, there's another potential force emerging that could block the global recovery.

This one starts with metal. Too much, as it's turning out. China's property market is showing signs of rusting. Home buys in major cities are slowing down. Construction outside China's largest cities has infamously produced dozens of "ghost" towns that are actually more like stillborn cities, because they were designed for residents that never materialized (images and commentary via Gus Lubin at Business Insider):

More unused lots in Ordos

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The People's Bank of China has raised interest rates four times in the last two years and raised bank deposit requirements 11 times since January 2010, reports Caixin, a Chinese business magazine. This will slow down investment and make it more difficult for the country's emerging middle class to move out to these theoretical cities. Few analysts are anticipating a full-scale meltdown of the Chinese housing market. But even a moderate dip reverberates.

You can't keep an economic crises a national secret. As we've seen, Greece's debt problem is Europe's currency mess is the world's financial crisis. Similarly, China's housing problem is Latin America's commodity mess is the world economy's crisis. China gobbles up half of some of the world's highest selling metals. A dip in demand hurts Australia (coal, iron ore, natural gas), South Africa and Brazil (industrial metals) and Chile (copper), Alex Frangos of the Wall Street Journal writes. A slowdown in demand would send ripples in all directions. Currencies in Australia, Brazil, Chile peso would decline. Ditto industrial production out of South Korea, Taiwan and Japan.

This isn't meant to be histrionic or dire. (In the department of silver linings, a slowdown in China might ease commodity inflation. If Beijing lets its currency appreciate, it would bring trade into equilibrium in southeast Asia. And so on.) It's meant to be realistic. Seven months ago, analysts were predicting 2011 would be the Year of America. It was unthinkable that food inflation could help spark an Egyptian revolution that bled into Libya, shocking oil prices, which helped constrain growth for the first six months of the year. China's empty homes are worth watching.

Evangeline Lilly Cast As An Elf In The Hobbit

Author: Josh Tyler

Evangeline Lilly Cast As An Elf In The Hobbit image
Liv Tyler won’t be in The Hobbit. While her Arwen character is an ancient immortal and thus technically alive at the time this prequel story takes place, Tyler confirmed awhile back that she hasn’t been asked to show up on set. So if you’re looking for a new female elf character to replace the Arwen in these new Middle Earth movies, who do you cast? Evangeline Lilly, of course. She’s like Liv Tyler, except without the Aerosmith connection.

Hobbit director Peter Jackson confirmed her involvement today on his Facebook page. Lilly has been hired to play a character newly created specifically for the feature version of The Hobbit. She’ll be a Woodland Elf named “Tauriel”. That name even has a translation already, because of course that’s how back-story obsessed author J.R.R. Tolkien would have wanted it, were he the one inventing this new elf-babe. PJ says “Tauriel” means “daughter of Mirkwood”. So now you have a pretty good idea of where she lives.

The addition of Lilly is important, not only because she’ll look good in pointy ears, but because it could help solve one of the 4 big story problems we predicted Peter Jackson would encounter in adapting Tolkien’s book for the screen. If Evangeline’s role is big enough, it could help clear up problem #4, which is that the original Tolkien version of The Hobbit contains no female characters. None. In Hollywood, the general consensus seems to be that girls need someone to identify with, if you want them buying tickets.

Evangeline isn’t the only person getting in the Middle Earth makeup chair down in New Zealand. Jackson has also confirmed the casting of actor Barry Humpries, to play the Goblin king. This is a villain character encountered by Bilbo and his Dwarf companions on their journey. You won’t see a lot of him, but he does play a pivotal role in the story. Jackson says he’ll portray the character “in much the way Andy Serkis created Gollum”. In other words, you won’t actually see him on screen, but you will see a computer generated character created based on his performance.