The Cold War 2.0

We all thought that the Cold War ended when the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991. But recent remarks by the Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Russian congress in his yearly State of the Nation address has the news wires, political analysts, and NATO command asking if the Cold War is hot again. President Putin stated the he plans halt Russia’s commitments to the 1990 Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Treaty (CFET) at least until new NATO states have ratified the treaty. The CFET has strong limits on signatory nations on the number of military troops and equipment positioned in continental Europe. Think of the CFET as a cap on what countries could spend in military hardware, or a stop light on the arms race.

President Putin is taking a hard stance on the CFET because the Czech Republic and Poland, former Soviet block countries, are thought to be potential locations for an European missile defense shield proposed and sponsored by the United States. The Bush administration believes that a missile defense shield along and facing the Russian border will protect NATO nations against missile threats from Iran or North Korea. Since the Bush administration has been caught crying wolf about Weapons of Mass Destruction President Putin dispelled the logic behind having an American missile defense in Europe by saying, “This talk about defense against terrorist is simply ridiculous, terrorist use other methods, and the terrorist threat should be countered by cooperation rather than confrontation.”

President Putin is also quoted as saying that the presence of American missiles in Europe would heighten the risk of mutual destruction. In regards to the Russian protest of the missile defense the United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice dismissed Putin’s concerns as laughable. She said, “The idea that somehow 10 interceptors and a few radars in Eastern Europe are going to threaten the Soviet strategic deterrent is purely ludicrous.” Instead of ridiculing the concerns of the Russian head of state, a man in command of thousand of nuclear warheads, I would recommend that the US Secretary of State review the events that lead up to the Cuban Missile Crisis.

At the height of the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis brought the world to a standstill as it almost brought it to an end. From the American perspective the crisis began when the Soviet Union furnished Cuba with Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) armed with nuclear warheads. Cuba is just 90 miles south of Florida and a Soviet ICBM has the range to reach Washington, D.C. or New York. From the Soviet perspective, the crisis began when the United States installed nuclear warheads in Turkey. Let us remember history, not repeat it.

In the 1987 President Regan said, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” It seems that President Putin is now trying to say, “Mr. Bush, don’t build this wall!”

[tags]cold war, russia, europe, czech, missile crisis, icbm, warhead, treaty, nato[/tags]

TED Talks

What is TED? TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design but according to the official website, “TED is an event like no other” in that “it brings together more than 1000 thought-leaders, movers, and shakers.” Some of these sofa movers and salt shakers talked and presented on their work. There was an interesting talk by Hans Rosling that showed public, government, and UN statistics of world development in new and visually rich ways.

President Clinton was there to receive the TED Prize.

Another interesting talk was of Tony Robbins who was trying to motivate himself to speak on motivations. At the start of his talk he joked that his shortest seminar is 50 hours and at the TED conference he was alloted 20 minutes. Robbins is without a a doubt a great public speaker, he talked about unlocking your true potential.

There are a ton more videos at the YouTube TED Talks profile page.

[tags]robbins, clinton, video, talks, ted[/tags]

Pakistan’s Gun Market

If you are down in Pakistan and need to pick up some guns and ammo you might want to stop by the Darra gun market. If you can’t make it to Pakistan then you might want to see the following travel documentary about the regions unique gun industry.

Many of the guns here are made by hand the locals. You can also try before you buy, just climb to some roof and point up to the sky.

[tags]travel, vice, guide, travel guide, pakistan, ak-47, darra, documentary[/tags]

Shake Dat Booty Meat Tutorial

Since I like me that booty meat, I put together some educational booty videos on how to shake that booty meat.

I am a carnivore and I myself like something with more meat…

If you want to really learn how to pop that booty next time that beat drops then you may want to check out Booty Basics Season 1. Now give me a beat for that booty.

If you like what you saw and would like to learn more, you can get more booty meat here, here, and here.

[tags]booty, booty meat, dance, hot, sexy, booty beat, booty videos[/tags]

Listening Thoughts

You can’t make war in the Middle East without Egypt and you can’t make peace without Syria.
— Henry Kissinger

What luck for rulers that men do not think.
— Adolf Hitler

Fear could never make virtue.
— Voltaire

Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.
— Albert Einstein

The Gulf War was like teenage sex. We got in too soon and out too soon.
— Tom Harkin

It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.
— Aesop

It is a thousand times better to have commonsense without education than to have education without commonsense.
— Robert G. Ingersoll

To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
— Elbert Hubbard

[tags]quotes, einstein, gulf war, hitler[/tags]

Human Slingshot

File this under the ‘don’t try this at home’ section. Check out a video of a daredevil chick as she is placed in this bungee jump/slingshot harness, some guys pull stretch the bungee cord with an ATV and let go. Check out the poor girl fly through the air. I would totally pee on my pants.

[tags]human slingshot, bungee jump, crazy[/tags]

Get Dick Cheney Laid

There is a new and shiny web 2.0 service called Get Them Laid that is trying to get Dick Cheney, the Vice President of the United States, some hard and fast loving. The only thing is I can’t tell if the site is a gay site (the web site’s logo seems like two dudes having sex). Either way, gay or straight, help out Dick get some. According to his bio on the site, the last time he got any was…

A very long time – his heart is not so good.

The Vice President also needs help getting any because…

Dick can’t get laid because his black heart is about to fail and because no one beings in existence find him attractive

I would say that the creep veep can’t get any because he is lurks behind a bush and President Bush beats around his own bush.

[tags]cheney, vp, veep, sex, laid, lurker, bush, creep[/tags]

Russian Wedding vs Russian Bootcamp

The following video is of a Russian wedding going wrong, way wrong. Some biker chick gets ballshevik on the bride and the two go at it. All I understand is, “Demetri” and “You Slut.” The best part is when some other chicks join in the fun. One of the chicks tag teams with the biker girl and she almost gets her dress torn off, hot! Check out the video instead.

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The following is a video seems to be from some soviet era hazing in some cold mean Siberian military training facility. Some guy that thinks he is a Jean Claude Van ‘I Don’t Give A’ Damn kicks around cadets like if they are punching bags. I guess this is how Ivan Drago trained.

[tags]russia, russian, soviet, wedding, bootcamp, you slut, hot, catfight, ballshevik[/tags]

Asian Masterplan

I am not culturally diverse enough to know the stereotypes for every creed, race, and nationality. But Kevjumba breaks stereotypes down in his I have to Deal with Stereotypes video. And even though he is Asian, that is not the reason he is cheap nerd with no social life or style.

YouTube user Shyaporn produced an informational video where he lets us know NOT to bring to attention Asian stereotypes as it is jacking up the Asian Masterplan of world domination. According to Shyapron, “By causing the world to under estimate and ignore us, we silently grow to power” to achieve “total economic and cultural colonization of America” by 2020. Shyapron says to his fellow Asians, “Lets leave playing the race cards as we always have to the Blacks and th Jews.”

Praise be to Buddha.

[tags]asian, stereotypes, youtube, video, asian masterplan, world domination[/tags]

The Science Channel

Just to get some science into my daily dose of YouTube, I put together a few videos that try to explain some sort of scientific phenomena. The first video won some prize for showing shampoo drip in slow motion which produced a stable Kaye effect. I would explain what the Kaye effect but I be making stuff up so you better check out the video.

The next video demonstrates a optical time illusion by have drops of water in sync with a set of strobing UV LEDs. The drops are falling in real time, that is as you would expect in your daily life, but because how they are filmed the drops seem to be moving backwards in time. Again, the video provides a better explanation.

The next video is an x-ray time-lapse movie of the solar wind in some crabby pulsar.

[tags]science, xray, solar wind, strobe, kaye effect[/tags]