The Baron’s disconnected

Unfortunately, the Good Baron lost the Internet connection, so no posts have gone up for the last two days. He’s alive and well dealing purely with physical reality, but we expect him to inhabit his regular seat in Cyperspace within a day or two.

In the meantime, comment approval will be slower than usual, too. Stay tuned, all will be normal soon. Except of course the world at large, but that’s a problem for another day.

Atrocities in Syria – Sister Hatune reports

Cross-posted from Vlad Tepes:

This was an editing job fraught with tough decisions. The most difficult was whether or not to leave in the section where she shows her slides and videos that I know for a fact would get this video pulled down from YouTube under its current modus operandi. I do not know exactly why beheading and mutilation videos of jihadis manage to stay up on Youtube indefinitely while videos which show that they are doing this and why get pulled often very fast but I still do not think its a conspiracy by Google so much as islamic and leftist activism flagging videos with harsh content that make Islam look bad under certain contexts.

My answer then, was to leave that section of her presentation in because frankly, her description of the photos and videos are probably nearly as effective as seeing them. My suggestion is to put on headphones or speakers and sit back and listen without watching that section of the presentation. I think you will find what the sister has to say quite moving. However I am uploading all the photos she used for her presentation and at some point probably the videos as well. So you can click through the gallery as the presentation is being made and see what the live audience is seeing. Some of these pictures are harsh though and the warning for those that have PTSD not to look is real and not for dramatic effect.

Sister Hatune’s presentation and related photos (warning: graphic!) are below the break.

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Power outage

Greetings from Baron and Dymphna, who are both well. Which, unfortunately, is more than can be said of the power grid keeping their house electrified. The grid, which had been struggling adapting to winter, now appears to face new trouble dealing with spring and liquid (shocker!) water.

Thus, posting is temporarily suspended, apart from this notice. Comments will still be approved (or trashed, as appropriate), by yours truly.

Update from the Baron: The power just came back on. It’ll take me a while to catch up, though.

Many thanks to Henrik for filling in.

I don’t know what gave the local grid such a strain — we only had about five inches (13 cm) of wet snow. Admittedly, the wind was a bit stiff in the morning, but still…