Friday, May 20, 2011

The KiKi

Cover your ears, clap your hands! It's The KiKi Radio Show...

Nice Photos, But Wrong Decade

The U.K. newspaper, The Daily Fascist Mail*, has published rare color photos from the Library of Congress, of Americans during the Great Depression. Above, women employed as 'wipers', or steam cleaners of locomotives, enjoy a break in Iowa in 1943.

Unfortunately the Daily Mail seems to have the decade wrong: most of the color photos are from the 1940s, by which time the Second World War and America's involvement, were fast making the Great Depression of the 1930s a thing of the past.

*In the 1930s, the Daily Mail infamously supported a British version of the Nazi Party, the British Union of Fascists. Example: a 1934 article entitled: "Hurrah for the Blackshirts."

Don't Leaf Home Without Your Phone

About to bloom all over Ireland: the Hawthorn. Blossoms, leaves, seeds of many, many trees can now be identified without a PhD in Botany, using Leaf Snap, an app for your smart phones.

Monday, May 16, 2011

French Socialist Accused of Raping African Woman

he New York Times leads with:
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the leader of the International Monetary Fund, spent most of Sunday at the Manhattan Special Victims Unit in East Harlem as prosecutors sought additional evidence, including possible DNA evidence on his skin or beneath his fingernails, to bolster allegations that he had sexually assaulted a maid in a $3,000-a-night suite at a Midtown hotel, officials said.
 I've no idea what sort of man Strauss-Kahn is, but he is "a leading Socialist and the managing director of the International Monetary Fund," and so I am shocked (call me naive) that a man who is a socialist would commit such an act.

One of the first socialists in France, 19th century writer Charles Fourier wrote that is a socialist society,

The degree of emancipation of women is the natural measure of general emancipation...
 But he also wrote:
The humiliation of the female sex is an essential feature of civilization as well as of barbarism... 
 And, it follows:
No one is punished more severely for keeping woman in slavery than man himself ...

If Strauss-Kahn is guilty...what a disgusting pig.