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The new Dark Ages

Posted by Charles II on December 21, 2011

Juan Cole:

The Scientific Institute in Cairo has been burned [note use of passive voice]. It was the second oldest such institute outside Europe, after the one in Philadelphia. Some 200,000 rare books and manuscripts are abruptly gone. The military government of Egypt allegedly stationed snipers atop the building, who fired on demonstrators, putting the Scientific Institute in the crossfire of Egypt’s current political struggle.

Most of Egypt’s history, poof. No microfilms. No copies. Just… gone.

Now, back to the passive voice. Here is a Google Translation of Reem Abu Fadl at an Arabic site called Shorouk News (via Angry Arab Blogspot):

And the development scene, the third and absurd and bloody in the street of Qasr Al-Aini after the attack on a sit-Council of Ministers on Friday morning, got up by members of the military police and agents of them on the roofs of public buildings and began throwing pieces of marble, bricks and Molotov cocktails at the demonstrators and passers-by and then moved across the surface until they pay the crowds towards the Tahrir Square. Attacks lasted several hours, prompting some demonstrators to respond, followed by the outbreak of fire in a building complex scientific.

It is shocking that the army did nothing to quench the fire, but rushed to the attack on Tahrir Square, firing live bullets and dragged protesters and insulted in the streets while young revolutionaries went to the burning building, risking their lives to save what can be saved from the collection.

But English language media, such as the NYTimes, blame the protestors. Here’s a source, Al Masry Al Youm linked by The Lede at the NYT and David Kirkpatrick amplifies that here.

Added: And our State Department continues to avoid confronting the military’s violence, to the point that a reporter calls it “ostrich head in the sand material”:

QUESTION: Please, the last question. You said you had been speaking out. Are you ready to take any kind of action if security forces are not acting accordingly?

MS. NULAND: Well, I’m not going to stand here with a crystal ball and predict where we’re going to go.

Can I have a “WTF?!?” please?

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The eighth day of Christmas

Posted by Charles II on December 21, 2011

These people make good chocolate.

You know what to do.

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Phone hacking scandal snares cop in bribery charges

Posted by Charles II on December 21, 2011

The Guardian:

The Metropolitan police have arrested a 52-year-old female serving police officer over payments from journalists, Scotland Yard has said.

The 52-year-old woman, believed to be a royal protection officer, is being held at an Essex police station after detectives arrested her at her home at dawn.

She is the first police officer arrested under Operation Elveden, an inquiry into alleged illegal payments to officers which is running alongside the Operation Weeting phone-hacking inquiry.

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Guess What: Individual Persons Carry MUCH Higher Tax Burden Than Corporations

Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 21, 2011

Since Tony Sutton, some dude called Love, and the Minnesota College Republicans are now following me on Twitter, this is for them:

Ever wonder whether people or corporations carry a heavier tax burden? Well, it’s not even close: people pay more in taxes by a long shot.

Yes, that’s for both Federal and state taxes. In 2008, corporate entities paid only 12.0 percent of federal revenues, while individual taxpayers contributed 45.3 percent to the Treasury. In that same year, corporations accounted for a measly 4.27 percent of state and local revenues, whereas individuals paid 27.9 percent of state revenues in 2008. State corporate income taxes were $52 billion while state personal income taxes were nearly six times greater at $301 billion, and state sales taxes were, at $ 278 billion, not far behind.

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