Thanks to Vagabondish: Riot Tourism…2009’s Best International Hotbeds of Anarchy & Dissent
France and Italy
France’s infamous 2005-2006 uprising against the First Employment Contract (which allowed employers to end job contracts for anyone under 26 at any time during a two-year period without explanation or warning) has led speculators to believe that social welfare cuts and economic reform in the wake of the credit crisis could lead to another spirited reaction from the French people. Italy is in a similar predicament, and still feels the effects of 2001’s anti-G8 riots in Genoa which left a protester dead in the street.
In many European countries, where so much of a country’s infrastructure depends on government programs, changes and cuts aren’t received well by the people. Unhappy situations are rapidly escalated by political rhetoric and radicalized community organizing. With every government tightening belts in attempts to balance their budgets, the people will probably feel the repercussions of their government’s mismanagement soon. And that could lead to violent reactions in volatile countries like France and Italy.
Denmark’s extremely militant squatting network in otherwise affluent Copenhagen makes it another country to get lucky in if you’re traveling to find a riot. In 2008 we saw violent repelling of the police around the “Free State of Christiania,” as cops and local politicians continued to put pressure on the squatter community that has operated semi-autonomously since the 1970s. Police were pelted with firebombs, stones, and bottles while attempting to navigate blockaded roads to deal with increasingly successful attacks by youth. As 2009 sets in, Denmark’s resistance community will be ready to oppose another forcible eviction. Like most of Europe, the motorcycle helmet is an unbelievably popular accessory during uprisings in Denmark, as is the gas mask, so dress accordingly.
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Geert Wilders is coming to the US. Although I’m not a fan, this is good news for free speech in America.
If anyone is wondering why I’m not a fan, here’s the short version:
The best way to win a war is to know your enemy.
We are currently fighting a war against a well-organized paramilitary/terrorist infrastructure that is funded by Islamist countries like Saudi Arabia, Iran and Pakistan. The financial and ideological foundations of this infrastructure are managed by Hezbollah, the Muslim Brotherhood and branch organizations like Hizb-ut-Tahrir, Hamas, CAIR, Fatah and the Muslim American society.
Military training is provided by Iranian, Pakistani and Libyan intelligence agencies. While most of this organization’s riches come from wealthy oil ticks, supplemental income is provided by criminal activity like drug and cigarette smuggling.
Most nations around the world are allied with terrorism’s state supporters and most ally with their branch organizations like Hizb-ut-Tahrir and the Muslim Brotherhood. Without this political support, this organization could not survive.
That’s who the enemy is, and that’s how the enemy works. The best way to fight it is to attack the enemy’s intelligence agencies and their alliances.
A short list of who the enemy is not:
- annoying moonbats
- Charles Johnson, or any anti-Islamists who question the idea that Muslim immigrants should be deported from European countries because they’re Muslims.
- the Koran
- the MSM
Like some anti-Islamists, Wilders doesn’t correctly identify the enemy. I’m not a fan of anyone who proposes poor or losing strategies during wartime, so I can’t claim to be a fan. I have the same problem with moonbats and the MSM.
However, I support free speech whether I agree with the speech or not, so his arrival in America is worth celebrating.
First your phone went wireless, then your laptop, now finally, your camera!
Never scrounge around for a USB cable again! Eye-fi is a magical orange SD memory card that will not only store 2GB worth of pictures, it’ll upload them to your computer (All Eye-Fis), and to Flickr, Facebook, Picasa (or 14 others) (Eye-Fi Explore and Eye-Fi Share), even geo-tag them so you can see exactly where in the world you took the photo (Eye-Fi Explore) wirelessly, invisibly, automatically!
This little guy looks like a normal 2GB memory card and works with nearly any camera that takes SD memory. There are no antennas, no protrusions, no subscription fees, and no cables.
How it works!
You set up the card once with the included USB card reader, choose a photo sharing service of your choice then slip the card in your camera.
From then on, you never have to touch anything. Just take photos. Whenever your cameras near the wireless network you selected and idle, Eye-fi will upload all your photos (JPEGs only) to your computer and/or online photo sharing service.
Paul Stamatiou has a review –
The SSNP and me: Christopher Hitchens talks Lebanon, louts and the Left:
Whatever one’s view on his politics, Hitchens’ talk was an astonishing performance by a combative master of the English language. He barks, and he bites. Did he regret his sharpness with one young girl, to whom he directed a purring, “don’t go pissing me off, now?” No, indeed. “She was a brat. Possibly a nasty brat – who wouldn’t take yes for an answer.”
Left wing questioners and – peaceful – SSNP protestors at the talk who presented him with a poster inscribed “You are a fascist,” were two of the many facets of Lebanese politics displayed during Hitchens’ visit. On February 14, he saw a crowd of tens of thousands massing in Martyrs’ Square in the sunshine. They commemorated the fourth anniversary of the death of assassinated former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, led by the March 14 leaders who also celebrated the uprising that saw the end of Syrian hegemony in Lebanon. And on Monday he went to Dahiyeh in the dark and rain for the Hezbollah commemoration of the first anniversary of military commander Imad Mughniyah’s death. What did he take away from this? “I’m very impressed,” he said, “by what you might call the spirit, the courage and humor of [March 14’s members].
“The contrast between the rally on February 14 and the Hezbollah commemoration was as good a contrast as you could want,”
The only decent dialogue-ing I ever heard on race was in “White Men Can’t Jump.” So, if I say “shut your anorexic malnutrition tapeworm-having overdose on Dick Gregory Bohemian diet-drinking ass up”, will that make Eric Holder happy?
Otherwise, I can’t think of what to say…