Pamela Anderson “abuses” little girl

Pams-No-Child-Abuser-90ab0fa75dcfaa083b62dbacaac1e674-pamelaandersonHSawardsPamela Anderson has been accused by the New York Post of appalling child abuse. An impassioned plea by Hollywood Life dotcom says she’s no abuser.

Here are the tawdry details of what she did to the little girl – don’t read on if you have a weak heart:

She allowed the 9 year old girl to carry the train of her Vivienne Westwood gown at some awards ceremony.  The little girl was apparently morally deflowered by the encounter and fidgeted half the time.

The matter is so serious that a psychologist had to be wheeled in for an opinion:

Dr. Joanne Demore, a child and adolescent psychotherapist in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. sees no harm at all in Adelaide’s evening activities. “If the child wanted to and the mom approved, then it’s not child abuse,” says Dr. Demore.

Phew!  Without that testimony, the people of the United States and indeed, the world, would have cast Pamela Anderson into purgatory for the debauchery of her young charge.  After all, she did make that video a few years back.

Thanks the Lord for the moral watchdogs in our community.

Domestic tip for Wednesday

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Never buy a solid bed and mattress worth hundreds or even thousands of pounds or dollars.

When the man in the apartment next door starts playing his stereo at midnight the other side of your bedroom wall, it’s impossible to move your bed-monstrosity to the living room.  However, if you had an airbed, then it could be simply up-ended and shifted next door, thereby ensuring a good night’s sleep and no nasty litigation from him if you complained about his noise, infringing his personal rights.

Incidentally, it will also encourage morality – observe the woman only able to read a brochure  – any hint of hanky-panky and they’d both bounce off the airbed.  The downside is that the heavier partner [possibly the male – I weighed in at 87kg the other day] has the lighter partner rolling down on top and incommoding him all night.

But I feel these are minor quibbles compared to the symbiosis and balance you’d develop in order to both stay afloat and not crash onto the hard floor.  You’d learn teamwork and add interest to the hitherto relatively dull process of sleeping at night.

China watches, waits and when the west is weakened, makes its move

xin_051004081136159203635Do you know who this woman is to the left ?  She’s Senior Colonel Yao Yunzhu.

Any clearer?  She is the Chinese interface with the western military and interestingly, was seen at STRATCOM in Omaha.  Still not clear?  STRATCOM handles all aspects of US nuclear war, inc. strategy.  A senior Chinese military figure was invited there?

Yao is currently a senior researcher at Department of World Military Studies at the Academy of Military Science (AMS). She joined the PLA in 1970. She holds a master’s degree of arts from the PLA’s Foreign Languages Institute, and a PhD in military science from the AMS – the first woman in China to earn a doctorate in this field of study.

She spent last year at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and is currently a fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.

During a dinner held in early 2007 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, she became the first Chinese military officer to comment publicly about the controversial 2007 Chinese anti-satellite (ASAT) test. Previously, only the Chinese Foreign Ministry had issued brief statements about the ASAT test.

General Kevin Chilton, commander of US STRATCOM invited her but in so doing, Yao, who speaks good English, may well have learned more than she gave away.  Kissinger had previously praised her astuteness and grasp of international issues.

She says that there will be a militarization of space.

In the booklet Chinese Foreign Policy, Pragmatism and Strategic Behaviour, in Chapter 7 – Traditional Chinese Military Thinking, Yao and Junbo write:

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There is a lot greater chance in war, said Mao, merely following traditional Chinese thinking, if the army has moral right on its side.  Yao and Junbo write:

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Thus:

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So, take a scenario where both China and Russia have been strongly opposing the utilization and proliferation of weapons in space, on the grounds, unofficially, that they are for now outgunned and the US have been blocking limitation talks.  China’s policy is “nourishing obscurity” until the time is right, at which time, they shall declare the need to put right the moral wrong.

That’s the traditional approach but Deng Xiaoping added a different approach, more closely aligned with the west – that national strategic and material interest is paramount.  Yao writes that with this as a major goal but with the strategy of the moral force of right-thinking, morale and one purpose inevitably winning the day.

In practical terms, the US intransigence on space weapons would require a Chinese response, both on the grounds of morality [the safety of the world] and of national interest [the safety of China].

The authors say Mou and Li [Stratagem and Strength] are two differences between China and the west, with the Chinese depending heavily on stratagems [Sun Zi’s “subduing the enemy without fighting”] and the west on blasting through with superior weapons.

Yao says the western military thinkers turn to strength because it is easier to quantify than wisdom and westerners are “hard thinkers”, requiring concrete answers to concrete questions, relying on cut and dried truths.  She says:

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This is what the westerners face in their wars, e.g. Afghanistan and why the Chinese feel the west must inevitably lose.  China plays a game of allowing the west to expend its effort on military action in unwinnable fights whilst back at home, the carcass of their society rots away.

When the time is right, the Chinese step in.

The best laid plans …

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Compared to Andrew Allison‘s woes and probably yours as well, my source of annoyance this morning must seem insignificant.

It was the sheer disorganization which made me write a timetable.  I was promising to get back to people and not doing it, worrying about work, toothache and so on and basically failing to cope.  So, a rigid timetable was the only way – it worked well in Russia so why wouldn’t it here?

Yesterday was Day 1 – first genuine training day [the others before the conference were shaking the cobwebs out].  Gruelling but good, followed by the bicycling up to my friend’s place.  A feeling of achievement, of getting somewhere.  Diet right again and swimming on the alternate days.

Down I went there today, stoked up with energy and even the change of fitness advisor didn’t faze.  What did faze was when he said, “Pool’s closed.”

What!?!  Pools don’t close without notice.

They do if they’re leaking water, a fairly fundamental problem, one would have thought and possibly involving structural changes down there.  I can see it closed for months.  Bloody hell and I’d only just slotted swimming into the mix.

There are other pools.  Yeah, yeah but this one is a short bike ride from me and I have an issue with the hygiene of big public pools and ASBOs.  Besides, the whole point of it was to have a quick swim before the day’s doings began.  And it was such a nice, light, bright, friendly looking pool, dotted about with OAPs and almost like my apprenticeship for old age – not at all unpleasant.

I’m sorry, I’m going to be petulant and childish about it – this is the pits, it’s typical, it’s what always happens, damn it. Aaaaaaaaagh!!!

There now.  That feels better.  On my bike and see you later.

Most liveable cities? Really?

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There’s an Australian travel blog which always seems to come up with interesting things.  His latest is about “most liveable cities’ lists which get published from time to time and as he says;

I always have a laugh at those “world’s most livable cities” lists. I mean, I know they take into account “important” things like political stability, social welfare structures, transport, education and the rest – but would you really want to live in most of them?

He likes these ones:

Barcelona
Tomorrow. I would move there tomorrow. In fact, I’d move almost anywhere in Spain tomorrow. But Barca has it all – a great food culture, a good music scene, a champion football team, beautiful architecture, beautiful people, a laidback beachy vibe … What’s not to like?

Amsterdam
I’ve spent every minute of every trip to the Dutch capital dreaming about what it would be like to live there, to cycle its narrow streets on my way to work, to play in its bars by night, or just to sit out in a cobbled square or lie in the Vondelpark whenever the sun is shining. And I reckon: awesome.

… among others.  Well, as a young writer, writing for the young set [does anyone write for any other group these days?], he might be right.  My list has some similarities and some differences.  For a start, i don’t like cities, fullstop, period!

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However, if one must choose cities, then:

1.  Venice

2.  Vienna

3.  Paris

4.  Madrid

5.  Kazan

6.  … oh, I don’t know.

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I’d actually much prefer towns like Barbizon, Modica, Goathland, Whistler, Alice Springs, Klagenfurt, Zelenodolsk [gorod devchornek] or sort-of towns like Geyser.

And you?