Guinea Pig gambling, the most fun anyone can have in downtown Bogota without alcohol

Notes from Camelid Country

I realise the whole concept of using guinea pigs as a form of gambling seems absurd. What can a guinea pig offer the gambling addict when compared to horse racing, cock fighting or just plain old roulette? Well, I’m here to let you know that guinea pig gambling is as nerve-rackingly, heart-pumpingly exciting as much better known ways of being separated from your money.

The Andes is the birth place of the guinea pig, so it seems fitting that an Andean country should have invented a ‘sport’ involving a hand trained guinea pig, upturned plastic bowls and a PA system. Its probably a better life for the guinea pig than the fate that awaits them further south in Peru, where they end up roasted and served with a side of potatoes and veg.

Strolling down a busy street close to Bogota’s Candelaria district, a small crowd of people, curiously gathered…

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Changing Times

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yak3A Dry Bones Cartoon ~D13526_1

Folks who are addicted to punning are often inappropriate in the expression of what they believe exhibits their wit and linguistic skills. I am NOT one of those annoying people. So excuse today’s cartoon. I couldn’t resist.

Read More by Yaakov Kirschen at Dry Bones .

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THE PAEDOFILE: Reforming the Family Courts…what is behind this disastrous MoJ effort?

The Slog

Do we blame the Fishface at the top? Or is this just another élite cover-up?

graylingptAn intellectual stickleback engages in introspection

The constitutional braindeath at the heart of the Conservative Party gets more depressing with every month that passes. Labour under Blair and Brown were no better – and I have no doubt at all that the ‘advisers’ in the Ed Miller Band are just as thick – but it is the Tory Party that’s in power, and as right now they’re the ones vandalising the Rule of Law and Equality before the Law, they are obviously the people to fire at. With these clowns in charge, one simply couldn’t miss.

The man at the top of the ironically named Ministry of Justice these days is Christopher Grayling. He is a bloke who recently said,”Britain’s reoffending rates are shameful” and then went on to ignore every successful voluntary sector experiment…

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From carrier pigeons to fiber-optic links

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Financial markets have moved well beyond Rothschild’s carrier pigeons. The financial centers of New York and Chicago are 700 miles apart. Fiber-optic cables transmit data between them in approximately seven milliseconds. However, that is an eternity in the life of a high-frequency trader. So Spread Networks has invested $300 million building a fiber-optic cable through the Appalachian Mountains. The shorter cable reduces the time taken to transmit data to about one millisecond.

There are limits to this process. The laws of physics suggest that the speed of communication is limited by the speed of light, which takes four milliseconds to travel 700 miles. If such technology had been available, news of Wellington’s victory at Waterloo would have reached London one thousandth of a second after the result was known. A close run thing would then have taken on a quite different meaning.

An interesting question now arises. In the 21st…

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Thoughts on the Guardian while at the Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism


Along with my CAMERA colleagues, I’ve been participating in the Global Forum for Combating Antisemtism, a three-day conference in Jerusalem organized to allow activists from around the world the opportunity to strategize on best practices in combating the various manifestations of anti-Jewish racism.

During one of the plenary sessions, I was able to ask Itamar Marcus of Palestinian Media Watch if he could shed some light on a phenomenon addressed often at this blog: the Guardian’s consistent failure, when reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, to report on the pervasive  antisemitism within the Arab and Muslim Middle East – what we’ve characterized as their glaring antisemitic sins of omission.

Marcus replied to my query concerning the putatively liberal media group’s silence in the face of such bigotry by suggesting that Guardian contributors may find it easier to accept the ‘grievance excuse’ rather than acknowledging the existence of hateful, violent ideologies…

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Holy Cow

I have always wondered about this. Thanks.



Mother Cow is the queen in the pantheon of sacred Indian animals. In fact, she stands head and shoulders above the rest. There are group all over Indian demanding the government name the cow as the national animal to replace the tiger which currently holds that honor. You might wonder how this all came about.  Many years before the  pyramids were built in ancient Egypt, or written law chiseled into stone by Hammurabi,  or paper invited by the Chinese, the Indian people had given up their nomadic wanderings. They had settled down to an agricultural lifestyle. This was before coins were used as money, and wealth was determined by the number of cows owned by the farmer. Cattle became legal tender and were used as payments, presented as dowry, and even used to pay the hated taxes!  Through the ages, cow’s milk has been often the only source of nourishment…

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: A top-to-bottom critique of contemporary political thought

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In the light of continuing controversy about Michael Gove’s education reforms, I thought this piece from November last year might be appropriate. Its point was that topline reporting very rarely if ever gets to the bottom of things. And the bottom line is ‘Simple clarity will always be Top of the Pops’.

November 22, 2012 · 9:31 am

Why the topline should always be the bottom line.

As long as the people in charge are incompetent crooks, jargobollocks will always be with us

I had a depressing start to the day. Outside it was grey, windy, and threatening to be wet. I drank too much wine last night talking on Skype to an unusually engaging person. I groped about for the TV zapper and turned on BBCNews. Once  again, it was sofa time.

I think morning-news sofas are done to death now. OK guys, we get the message: it’s jolly informal…

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The return of a BBC featured hunger striker

BBC Watch

Readers no doubt remember that just three months ago BBC journalists produced several articles on the subject of Palestinian prisoners who were at the time on hunger strike.

Those BBC reports systematically omitted relevant information regarding the terrorist activities which were the cause of the men’s imprisonment. An article from February 18th 2103 merely stated:

“One, Samer Issawi, has been on an intermittent protest for 200 days and is said to be in a critical condition.

The three other hunger strikers are Tariq Qaadan, Jafar Ezzedine and Ayman Sharawna.”

Another report – by the BBC Jerusalem Bureau’s Yolande Knell, dated February 28th 2013 stated:

“Two others, Samer Issawi and Ayman Sharawna, are still on hunger strike and are being observed in hospital.”

As BBC Watch reported at the time:

“Ayman Sharawna, from Dura near Hebron, was also released under the Shalit deal in October 2011, by which…

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