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The Burj Khalifa should never have been built.

On the pointlessness of ego-based architecture:

Was anyone actually impressed by this building as a feat of engineering when it went up in 2009? Obviously not — by this point, it is well understood that anything in architecture is possible if you have enough money, and the Burj Khalifa cost over $1.5 billion dollars.

I knew they trucked tons of sewage out of that building due to the lack of infrastructure. I didn't know that close to a third of it was basically hollow:

The city of Dubai did not green light a building that extends a half-mile into the air because of a pressing need for residences in downtown Dubai. To the contrary, the top 800 feet (244 meters) of the building, or 29% of the structure’s total height, is devoted to non-usable floors.
Linked on the 12th of August, 2022 Details

Israel’s Netanyahu brings his dirty laundry to Washington. Literally.

Not the Onion:

Israeli officials denied that Netanyahu overuses his American hosts’ laundry services, calling the allegations “absurd,” but they acknowledged that he has been the target of laundry-related accusations in the past.
Linked on the 26th of September, 2020 Details

John Stewart Daily Show - Presidential Oopsie #134: Maybe there weren't any WMD in Iraq (RealVideo)

Imagine you found out there is no Santa Claus after you bombed the North Pole.

Linked on the 2nd of February, 2004 Details

Belgium takes on the US.

Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt has accused the US of being a very dangerous nation wanting to rule the entire Arab world. I guess we'll be hearing about freedom waffles and freedom chocolate very shortly.

Linked on the 31st of March, 2003 Details

Not in my name.

After seeing a poster in a window close to my apartment, I did a bit of web searching and found this: Not in my name, a site by Jews who can no longer tolerate and will no longer remain silent about Israeli government brutality against Palestinians.

Linked on the 24th of October, 2001 Details

Fake journalist assassins.

The assassins of commander Chah Messaoud seem to have been Moroccans living in Belgium who passed themselves off as journalists. Once again, Osama Bin Laden is suspected as the sleeping partner in this crime. Read the detailed account of this story and how the international islamic organisations recruit and train.

Linked on the 21st of September, 2001 Details