The Real Dubai

The place may look fabulous from afar, but so does the Pyramids of Egypt and we know how they were built. Things haven’t changed that much in the Middle East for thousands of years. They still use slave labor. Witness the real Dubai.

Sonapur is a rubble-strewn patchwork of miles and miles of identical concrete buildings. Some 300,000 men live piled up here, in a place whose name in Hindi means “City of Gold”. In the first camp I stop at – riven with the smell of sewage and sweat – the men huddle around, eager to tell someone, anyone, what is happening to them.

Sahinal Monir, a slim 24-year-old from the deltas of Bangladesh. “To get you here, they tell you Dubai is heaven. Then you get here and realise it is hell,” he says. Four years ago, an employment agent arrived in Sahinal’s village in Southern Bangladesh. He told the men of the village that there was a place where they could earn 40,000 takka a month (£400) just for working nine-to-five on construction projects. It was a place where they would be given great accommodation, great food, and treated well. All they had to do was pay an up-front fee of 220,000 takka (£2,300) for the work visa – a fee they’d pay off in the first six months, easy. So Sahinal sold his family land, and took out a loan from the local lender, to head to this paradise.

As soon as he arrived at Dubai airport, his passport was taken from him by his construction company. He has not seen it since. He was told brusquely that from now on he would be working 14-hour days in the desert heat – where western tourists are advised not to stay outside for even five minutes in summer, when it hits 55 degrees – for 500 dirhams a month (£90), less than a quarter of the wage he was promised. If you don’t like it, the company told him, go home. “But how can I go home? You have my passport, and I have no money for the ticket,” he said. “Well, then you’d better get to work,” they replied.

Sahinal was in a panic. His family back home – his son, daughter, wife and parents – were waiting for money, excited that their boy had finally made it. But he was going to have to work for more than two years just to pay for the cost of getting here – and all to earn less than he did in Bangladesh.

It’s a fascinating article and well worth the read. It covers all aspects of life there.

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Obogus Tanks

As predicted, the people are really starting to hate President Obama. Not because he’s black, not because of racism. But because he is doing just about everything wrong and goes over seas and acts like a Hollywood lefty dissing his own country. He even bowed to the Saudi King, who is hated by Muslims, especially the Islamo-Fascists who want to kill us. Smooth move, Barry!

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Of course, the media has mostly fawned over Obama and his wife during their trip, making the press even more useless than ever. Some of the obsequious displays on some news channels were almost a parody if they weren’t so revolting.

But back home the partisan divide is even bigger than Bush’s. And it’s growing. It’s the biggest in the modern age, And he’s barely been at this two months!

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I was watching Geraldo this weekend, mainly because I had the TV on in the background and he was calling Obama’s European trip a triumph. Yeah. The same way the G20 has solved the economic crisis. Riiiiight.

The deluded scam artists politicians are all going to feel the heat from their local populous. I suspect the crazed out of work killers we’re seeing now, and the riots over seas are just the opening salvo in what is going to be a rocky 4 years. Even people he once counted as allies are starting to hate him.

Roger Friedman Fired

Roger Friedman, who wrote the Fox411 column on their news site, was just fired for admitting in his column that he pirated the new Wolverine: Origin movie that is due in theaters in May.

Fox considers it a blow that the film was leaked so early on piracy sites like The Pirate Bay and that it’s a good copy, with only some FX unfinished.

Friedman has been writing the column for 10 years. I have been reading iot about that long. He was able to scoop a lot of stuff, but he also had vendettas against some people like Tom Cruise and would go out of his way to trash them at every turn. A good example was his constant criticism of the Valkyrie movie way before it was even made, and after it came out even though he admits to never having seen it.

When you read the comments about his firing on some sites it’s clear he is not liked by a lot of people. Of course, a lot of those people are Fox haters. It always gets me how bent out of shape people get over Fox when all the other cable news outlets suck vastly more.

Awesome Science Kit

From before my time. I had a chemistry set when I was like 12 or 13. This is amazing.

There’s no way something like this would be sold today. As I understand it, science kits now are so neutered because of PC and fear of lawsuits they are almost worthless. Here’s a modern catalog.

It's the Sun, Dummies

Last month the Heartland Institute had a conference on Climate Change in New York. 800 scientists were there. 34,000 scientists have signed their petition that Climate Change is natural and not man made. You can download speeches, PDF files and power points from their lectures. They make many compelling arguments.

For example, this shows the climate over many thousands of years. Notice there were plenty of warming periods before we have factories or cars, or the earth even had people.

This one shows there is no correlation between CO2 and rising temperatures. None. But the sun’s activity, yes. There is tons of evidence to suggest the sun causes warmer temps. Gosh, what a surprise.

The sun makes the earth warmer. We’re in a period of decreased solar activity and lo and behold, the earth is cooling.

And to think plenty of fools on the AGW side deny this. But the public is losing interest in the whole subject. Obama and his ideologues are in for some blowback, I think.