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Rumsfeld setur į laggirnar rannsóknar og menntastofnun, mun veita grįšur ķ 'Master of the Destruction of Foreign Countries'

Crazy as a coocooclockAš auki mun rannsókna og menntasetur Rumsfeld fįst viš tilvistarspeki og ljóšlist. Samkvęmt Washington Times:

Rumsfeld has moved to new offices on M Street Northwest where he is working on setting up a new foundation, according to Larry Di Rita, a former Pentagon spokesman and Rumsfeld aide. ... 

"He's [Rumsfeld, ž.e.] considering a lot of things but he wants to remain engaged in public policy issues and is in the process of creating a foundation that would involve teaching and research fellowships for graduate and post-graduate students," ... The goal is to promote continued U.S. engagement in world affairs in furtherance of U.S. security interests.

Žetta finnst bloggurum ķ Bandarķkjunum aušvitaš alveg stórfyndiš, žvķ Rumsfeld er fręgastur fyrir aš hafa lagt grunninn aš einhverju hörmulegasta fķaskói ķ sögu bandarķskrar utanrķkisstefnu. 

Rumsfeld veršur žó einnig minnst fyrir framlag sitt til stjórnmįlaheimspeki, žvķ viš hann er kenndur heill skóli tilvistarspeki. Rumsfeld minnti okkur t.d. į raunveruleika strķšs og hernašar, og aš mašur fęri ķ strķš meš žann her sem mašur hefši en ekki einhverja ašra ķmyndaša heri:

“As you know, you go to war with the Army you have. They’re not the Army you might want or wish to have at a later time.”

Žetta sagši Rumsfeld desember įttunda, 2004, į fundi meš hermönum ķ Kuwait, og ég held satt best aš segja aš žetta sé ein uppįhaldstilvitnun mķn ķ stjórnmįlaleištoga eša hernašarsnilling, og ég žori aš vešja aš žessi tilvitnun muni lifa ķ manna minum um ókomnar aldir og halda nafni Rumsfeld į lofti löngu eftir aš ašrir mešlimir Bush stjórnarinar verša öllum gleymdir...

En Rumsfeld hefur sagt fleira skemmtilegt ķ gegn um tķšina - t.d. um hvar gereyšingarvopn Saddam vęru. Ķ vištali į ABC fyrir rśmum fjórum įrum sagši Rumsfeld:

We know where they are. They’re in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat.

"East, west, south and north, somewhat." Žaš žarf alvöru snilling til aš lįta sér detta ķ hug aš svara spurningu meš žessum hętt, og ég efast eiginlega um aš žaš sé hęgt aš kenna svona snilli ķ rannsóknarskólastofnun, žó hśn sé rekin af Rumsfeld sjįlfum!

Og fyrst viš erum farin aš tala um snilligįfu Rumsfeld er rétt aš rifja enn og aftur upp ljóš hans, "the known and unknown unknowns", upprunalega flutt į fréttamannafundi/ljóšalestri varnarmįlarįšuneytisins žann 12 febrśar 2002:

    • Reports that say, that something hasn't happened
      • are always interesting to me,
    • because as we know, there are known knowns;
      • there are things we know we know.
    • We also know there are known unknowns;
      • that is to say, we know there are some things we do not know.
    • But,
      • there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don't know...
    • we don't know.

Ég skal hundur heita ef žaš leynast ekki fleiri gullmolar ķ persónulegum pappķrum Rumsfeld.

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Plamegate og Scooter

PlamegateŽartil Lewis Libby braust fram į sjónarsvišiš tengdum viš öll nafniš Scooter viš miševrópskt nśtķmatónskįldatrķó. Mér dat ķ hug aš halda žvķ fram aš įstęša žess aš ég hef ekkert skrifaš um Plamegate og Lewis Libby sé aš ég sé aš reyna aš mótmęla žvķ aš hann hafi svert nafniš Scooter. Žegar fólk heyrir minnst į "Scooter" hugsa nśna allir Libby, sem žykist žjįst af minnistapi, en ekki hugljśfa samkvęmistónlist aš sannri miševrópskri fyrirmynd.

Raunveruleg įstęša žess aš ég hef ekkert skrifaš um Lewis Libby er aš ašalatriši mįlsins viršast liggja nokkuš ljós fyrir: Cheney hefndi sķn į Joseph Wilson fyrir aš hafa vogaš sér aš benda į aš Team Cheney hefši logiš upp žeirri sögu aš Saddam vęri aš reyna aš byggja kjarnorkusprengju. Og žar sem Cheney er karlmenni įkvaš hann aš hefna sķn meš žvķ aš rįšast į eiginkonu Wilson - Valerie Plame, og eyšileggja starfsframa hennar hjį CIA. Og žegar upp komst um žessa ómerkilegu ófręgingarherferš voru Cheney og Libby ekki bśnir aš semja nógu sannfęrandi afsakanir, og Libby endaši meš žvķ aš ljśga viš yfirheyrslur.

Žetta mįl allt veršur sennilega ekki almennilega įhugavert nema ef Lewis Libby veršur sakfelldur fyrir žessar lygar - žvķ žį fyrst geta óvinir Bush-stjórnarinnar snśiš sér aš the dark lord - varaforsetanum sjįlfum!

En fyrir žį sem eru eldheitir įhugamenn um Lewis Libby og Plamegate męli ég meš žessum stuttermabol. Fyrir 17$ getur mašur sżnt öllum sem vilja vita aš mašur sé stjórnmįla- og conspiracy nörd af verstu gerš. Svo žegar Libby veršur kominn bak viš lįs og slį getum viš aftur fariš aš tengja Scooter viš menningarlega śrkynjun af bestu gerš - en ekki ómerkilega pólķtķska spillingu!

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McDonalds sękir um einkaleyfi į samlokugerš

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Žvķ samlokugerš er išnframleišsla sem krefst flókinna vķsinda, og full įstęša til aš McDonalds, sem segist hafa fullkomnaš samlokugeršarlistina, fįi aš njóta žess... Fyrirtękiš hefur sótt um einkaleyfi į "tękjum og ašferšum" sem eru notašar viš samlokugerš:

The burger company says owning the 'intellectual property rights' would help its hot deli sandwiches look and taste the same at all of its restaurants. It also wants to cut down on the time needed to put together a sandwich, thought to have been dreamt up by the Earl of Sandwich in 1762.

The 55-page patent, which has been filed in the US and Europe, covers the 'simultaneous toasting of a bread component'. Garnishes of lettuce, onions and tomatoes, as well as salt, pepper and ketchup, are inserted into a cavity in a 'sandwich delivery tool'.

The 'bread component' is placed over the cavity and the assembly tool is inverted to tip out the contents. Finally, the filling is placed in the 'bread component'.  It explains: 'Often the sandwich filling is the source of the name of the sandwich; for example, ham sandwich.'

Žaš gefur auga leiš aš žaš žarf aš vernda snilldaruppgötvanir McDonalds, sem hefur fundiš upp samlokur geršar śr "bread components", lauk, tómötum, salati, salt, pipar og tómatsósu, og notar til žess "sandwich delivery tools"... Ég hafši miklar įhyggjur, žvķ mķnar samlokur eru nefnilega lķka geršar śr "bread components", en McDonalds hefur sem betur fer lżst žvķ yfir aš žeir ętli ekki aš ofsękja hefšbundna samlokugerš:

McDonald's said: 'These applications are not intended to prevent anyone from using previous methods for making sandwiches.'

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Mįlshöfšun gegn Borat ķ Bandarķkjunum - og Borat bannašur ķ Rśsslandi!

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Įšur hafa samtök hśmorslausra sķgauna höfšaš mįl į hendur Borat ķ žżskalandi, en žetta er fyrsta mįlshöfšunin gegn honum ķ Bandarķkjunum! Tveir unglingspiltar sem birtast ķ Boartmyndinni hafa höfšaš mįl gegn Sasha Baron Cohen fyrir aš hafa logiš aš sér, gabbaš sig til žess aš taka žįtt ķ fyllerķi og fyrir aš hafa neytt sig til aš horfa į klįm... en žaš vita allir aš heišarlegir ungir menn myndu ekki drekka vķn eša horfa į myndband meš Pamelu Anderson og Tommy Lee Jones ķ rśmini nema tilneyddir af vondum dónum meš yfirvaraskegg!

The plaintiffs -- listed as John Doe 1 and John Doe 2 -- were allegedly assured the film would not be shown in the U.S. and their identities would not be revealed. They were both selected to appear in the movie and, according to the suit, taken "to a drinking establishment 'to loosen up' and provided alcoholic beverages." They claim they signed the movie releases after "heavy drinking."

Kvikmyndatökumennirnir eiga aš hafa hvatt žį til žess aš halda įfram aš drekka - og aš Borat hafi žvķnęst gabbaš žį til žess aš horfa į dónalegt myndband meš sér.

The plaintiffs claim they suffered "humiliation, mental anguish, and emotional and physical distress, loss of reputation, goodwill and standing in the community..." because the movie was indeed released in the U.S.

Žvķ žaš vita allir aš ķ "the fratboy community" er ekkert meira nišurlęgjandi en aš standa fyrir fyllerķisólįtum, horfa į Pamelu Anderson nakta og hegša sér almennt eins og deli... Žaš er hęgt aš sjį afrit af mįlsskjölunum hér, og žau eru stórskemmtileg lesning.

Ungmennin krefjast žess aš fį minnstakosti 25.000 dollara ķ bętur - en lįta dómstólum eftir aš įkveša hversu mikiš beri aš greiša sér fyrir allt hugarangriš.  

Ķ öšrum Borattengdum fréttum er žaš helst aš velsęmis- og listmatsskrifstofa Rśsslands (The Federal Culture and Cinematography Agency) hefur įkvešiš aš banna kvikmynd Borat! Ekki vegna žess aš hann geri grķn aš Bandarķkjamönnum, heldur vegna žess aš ritskošunarapparatiš telur aš Rśssar muni ekki fatta brandarana... Samkvęmt The Chicago Tribune:

An agency official, Yury Vasyuchkov, cited the film's potential to offend religious and ethnic feelings...

The agency's decision amounted to the first such restriction on a film's public distribution--pornography aside--since the Soviet system of censorship collapsed in the late 1980s. In doing so, Russia has gone further even than Kazakhstan, the country that bears the brunt of Baron Cohen's mock documentary by Borat, a boorish state television reporter who visits the United States.

Ég get ekki meš neinu einasta móti skiliš hvernig Borat getur ęst til haturs į neinu öšru en Sušurrķkjamönnum. En kannski hafa Rśssar, Sķgaunar og fratboys annarskonar hśmor en viš hin?

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mbl.is Segjast hafa veriš platašir til aš koma fram ķ mynd Borats
Tilkynna um óvišeigandi tengingu viš frétt

Fyrstu fjórar mķnśturnar śr śr Boratmyndinni į YouTube

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Į Huffingtonpost er hęgt aš horfa į fyrstu fjórar mķnśturnar śr nżju Boratmyndinni. Viš sjįum heimabę Borat, kynnumst įhugamįlum hans (table tennis, disco dancing, photograph watching women do the toilet), og komumst aš žvķ aš hann var sendur af upplżsingarįšuneyti Kasakstan til Bandarķkjanna til aš finna svör viš vandamįlum Kasakstan. Kasakstan į nefnilega viš žrjś vandamįl aš glķma: Economic, Social and Jew. Sķgaunarnir eru augljóslega meira svona almennt nuisance en alvöru vandamįl? (Myndbandiš er hér)

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Art-o-meter męlir "suckage rating" listaverka...

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Gizmodo fjallar um "the Art-o-meter" sem notar hreyfiskynjara til aš męla hversu lengi fólk stoppar til aš horfa į listaverk, og gefur verkinu svo frį einni stjörnu til fimm... Gizmodo heldur žvķ reyndar fram aš męlirinn męli "suckage rating", en ekki hversu lengi fólk horfi į listina. 

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Djśpsteikt Coca Cola

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Ķ einfeldni minni hélt ég aš "deepfried snickers on a stick" į Minnesota State Fair vęri einhverskonar hįpśntkur djśpsteikingarvitfyrringarinnar, en aušvitaš hafa athafnamenn ķ Texas fullkomnaš žessa list. Ef žaš getur ekki veriš stęrra ķ Texas žarf žaš aš vera vitlausara: Žar er nefnilega hęgt aš kaupa djśpsteikt Coca Cola! Djśpsteikta kókiš var fundiš upp af Abel Gonzales Jr, sem er einhverskonar uppfinningamašur, og fręgur mešal įhugamanna um djśpsteikingu:

Gonzales deep-fries Coca-Cola-flavored batter. He then drizzles Coke fountain syrup on it. The fried Coke is topped with whipped cream, cinnamon sugar and a cherry. Gonzales said the fried Coke came about just from thinking aloud.

Gonzales achieved notoriety in 2005 with the fried peanut butter, banana, and jelly sandwich -- selling an estimated 25,000 of the treats, according to the fair's Web site.

Ef mašur boršar pulsu į priki, vafša inni pönnuköku meš sśkkulašibitum, er žetta sennilega višeigandi eftirmatur? Hér eru svo leišbeiningar fyrir žį sem vilja reyna aš djśpsteikja Snickers, MilkyWay eša Oreos heima hjį sér.

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Anti Defamation League skerst ķ leikinn Borat-Kasakstan deilunni: "Borat er dóni, og segir ljóta hluti"

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Bandarķsk blogg hafa veriš aš fjalla um žrjį hluti undanfarna tvo daga: 1) Macaca, 2) Foley, 3) Borat. Og fyrir vikiš höfum viš öll gleymt NIE skżrslunni - en žaš er nógur tķmi fram aš kosningum til aš velta žvķ fyrir sér utanrķkisstefna bandarķkjastjórnar og hversu hörmulega mislukkuš, og nęstum fyndin hśn er, ž.e. ef hśn kostaši ekki milljarša ķ almannafé, og žśsundir mannslķfa. Og svo eru žaš aušvitaš fréttir af tengslum Karl Rove og Abramoff.

En svoleišis alvörufréttir eru frekar depressing - og žessvegna hef ég hugsaš mér aš halda mig viš Borat og Macaca ķ bili. Og žaš er af nógu aš taka!

The Anti Defamation League, sem er einhverskonar félagsskapur sem fylgist meš andsemķtisma og įrįsum į gyšinga hefur séš įstęšu til žess aš śtskżra žaš fyrir Bandarķkjamönnum aš Kasakstanski blašamašurinn Borat sé bara grķn - hann sé EKKI TIL Ķ ALVÖRUNNI, og žvķ engin įstęša til aš vera aš taka skošanir hans į gyšingum of alvarlega. (Samkvęmt Borat ętti aš skjóta gyšinga, žvķ žeir eru vondir, meš stór nef, grįšugir og almennt til ama). En ADL telur samt įstęšu til žess aš hafa įhyggjur af žvķ hversu dónalegur Borat sé, og svo sé voša voša ljótt aš gera grķn aš Kakakstan. ADL telur sig nefnilega lķka vita hverngi best sé aš gera grķn: "It would have been better to have used a mythological country". Reyndar eru kaflar ķ fréttatilkynningu ADL sem eru frekar fyndnir:

"When approaching this film, one has to understand that there is absolutely no intent on the part of the filmmakers to offend, and no malevolence on the part of Sacha Baron Cohen, who is himself proudly Jewish. We hope that everyone who chooses to see the film understands Mr. Cohen's comedic technique, which is to use humor to unmask the absurd and irrational side of anti- Semitism and other phobias born of ignorance and fear.

"We are concerned, however, that one serious pitfall is that the audience may not always be sophisticated enough to get the joke, and that some may even find it reinforcing their bigotry.

"While Mr. Cohen's brand of humor may be tasteless and even offensive to some, we understand that the intent is to dash stereotypes, not to perpetuate them. It is our hope that everyone in the audience will come away with an understanding that some types of comedy that work well on screen do not necessarily translate well in the real world - especially when attempted on others through retelling or mimicry.

"It is unfortunate that Mr. Cohen chose to make jokes at the expense of Kazakhstan. It would have been better to have used a mythological country, rather than focus on a specific nation."

Fréttatilkynningu ADL mį sjį hér. Reyndar held ég aš flestir Bandarķkjamenn hefšu stašiš ķ žeirri meiningu aš Kasakstan vęri "mythological made up country" - ž.e. ef landkynningarrįšuneyti Kasakstan hefši ekki fariš aš draga athygli allra aš žvķ aš Kasaktstan vęri ķ alvörunni alvöru land.

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Pulsa į priki, vafin innķ pönnuköku meš sśkkulašibitum, mmm...

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Matarmenning Bandarķkjanna er einstök. Ķ haust fór ég į Minnesota State Fair og keypti mér djśpsteiktan Snickers į priki, velt uppśr flórsykri - en žetta toppar žaš nś eiginlega. 'Jimmy Dean Chocolate Chip Pancakes & Sausage on a Stick'. Yummy!


Handhafar MBA grįša óheišarlegri en annaš fólk, samkvęmt nżrri rannsókn

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Eša allavegana eru MBA nemar óheišarlegri en ašrir hįskólaborgarar. Žessar nišurstöšur koma į sama tķma og Andrew Fastow er dęmdur ķ sex įra fangelsi fyrir stórfelld fjįrsvik Enron. Semsagt, samkvęmt smįfrétt ķ Washington Post  spuršu tveir prófessorar viš Rutgers 5000 MBA nema hvort žeir hefšu svindlaš ķ skólanum einhverntķmann seinasta įriš - og 56% ašspuršra višurkenndu aš hafa svindlaš aš minnsta kosti einu sinni, sem er untalsvert hęrra en mešaltal allra nemenda ķ doktors og MA prógrömmum - mešaltališ er 47%, mešan nemendur ķ félags og hugvķsundum eru heišarlegastir, ašeins 39% žeirra višurkenndu aš hafa svindlaš į seinasta įri.  

The researchers asked participants how often, if at all, they had engaged in 13 specific behaviors, including cheating on tests and exams, plagiarism, faking a bibliography or submitting work done by someone else.

Žetta viršist vera landlęgt vandamįl hjį nemendum sem ętla sér ķ bissness: 

McCabe has studied cheating among undergraduates for more than 16 years. "On every study except one, business students come out on top," he said. "Their attitude seems to be "Hey, you have to -- everybody else does it." And business students already have developed a bottom-line mentality -- anything to get the job done, however you have to do it."

Žetta mį tślka į žann veg aš žaš sé sjįlfval óheišarlegra og undirförulla karaktera ķ višskiptafręši. Gordon Gekko myndi vera sammįla žessu, ž.e. aš heišarleiki sé karaktergalli sem geri menn aš lélegum fjįrmįlamönnum. (Į myndinni er Gekko aš leggja Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) lķfsreglurnar).

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