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So Morsi died just a couple days ago, and the Egyptian new media has spun all manner of stories on the subject:

This video from the Joe Shoe has all the sources and clips you need: I can provide a translation, should this make it into the podcast.

The man was clearly maltreated and abused, and this doubtless hastened his death. Yet they refuse to confront the government, and the government is spewing one lie after another.

To me this touches on the subject of political repression--as it does for Joe here  (of Joe Show fame). This is a topic I think needs greater exposure, so that no one forgets the struggles of those who do truly want liberty and decency (I know, Morsi himself wasn't one such, but still).

If possible, I'd like to be co-host for this one this Saturday.

General Discussion / Political action a la IRA
« on: October 26, 2018, 09:42:39 AM »

Yeah, that's all I got.


In the event that this isn't somehow a parody of reality, here's Donald Trump's latest scientific revelation:

Seriously, this guy deserves it:

This Moroccan gentleman has produced a series of videos called "the conspiracy", which propose all manner of fantastical conspiracies, from the Ebola one up there, to the idea that a certain Setasi is a Greek conspiracy to reintroduce Hellenic Paganism into Morocco. (the video up there does come with English closed captions).

Why the Silver cluon? well, these are parodies, with a specific purpose: to show how easy it is to cook up a conspiracy, and reveal therefore the folly of blindly subscribing to one. But they aren't just any parodies. I'll let the man speak for himself (he puts it under every video in the series):

Quote from: Silver Cluon: Marouane Lamharzi Alaoui
هذه السلسلة هدفها السخرية وإظهار سهولة خلق نظريات المؤامرة من حقائق ووقائع موثقة


The goal of this series is satire, and the demonstration of the ease of the creation of conspiracy theories, with the use of documented facts and incidences

And my god is he lulz (though to be honest, I have to turn on the subtitles where I can: Moroccan Arabic is actually almost completely unintelligible to a Levantine Arabic Speaker (e.g., myself). Mercifully the disclaimer is in Fusha, which any Arab can understand.

General Discussion / Netherlands v. Erdogan
« on: March 21, 2017, 04:17:20 AM »
So, any comments on the Netherlands' troubles with Erdogan?

For those who don't know: the Dutch deported two Turkish ambassadors, who were agitating the Turkish immigrants so that they may support Erdogan for another term and for constitutional amendments.

I'm personally with the Dutch on this: Erdogan had no business interfering with another country, and what he did is I understand very illegal even by Turkish law, but doubtless people are going to be either blowing this out of proportion, or otherwise ignore it.

I was busy with school (wrapping up my Masters') so I couldn't bring this up till now.

General Discussion / Paying yet again for the sins of the father?
« on: February 03, 2017, 04:42:07 PM »
You guys know how Obama murdered Anwar al-awlaki's teenage son?

Well, Trump decided it was OK to send in a squad which killed his eight-year-old sister, and 12 people in total:

It is reported that this was likely by accident, but I have to ask: who leaves a child to writhe for two hours on the earth till she died?

I'll let Dr.Benjamin Burger (who is on my advisory committee), explain in some detail:

But to sum it up: New regulations have been proposed to make de facto illegal to collect, study, or own any fossil from Federal land. This gives more power to the BLM, and hinders science, the economy, and is all-around a dick move.

General Discussion / The latest election in Gambia
« on: December 03, 2016, 11:17:02 PM »
Was done by way of colored marbles:

Looks like the marbles have spoken: Jammeh has lost the election.

For those who don't remember, here's Charles discussing this:

General Discussion / A bizarre topic on language
« on: November 14, 2016, 10:11:07 PM »
So, I've been watching a sermon by one Adnan Ibrahim, a Gazan Imam currently in Austria, and he makes an interesting case: That language can completely affect a person's mindset, including (and I'm not making this up) their sexuality/views on sexuality--at least to an extent.

And I'm not talking about our personal choice of words (vulgarity/non so), but rather things like basic vocabulary, grammar, syntax, etc--the structure of the language, in other words.

Now with regards to sexuality, I have to say I'm incredulous and find his hypothesis to be...bizarre, but he did get me thinking. Specifically, now what I'm wondering if it is possible that language type can have an impact on the way we think politically as well? Could it explain perhaps the various ways various cultures view governments throughout the world? I mean, statism is worldwide, but the various flavors seem to suggest certain cultural biases to an extent--however incompletely. Could the cultural biases be an effect of the languages spoken?

I ask, because he gives another example--one I can buy: In Australia, there is a tribe which describes its directions entirely according to cardinal directions (i.e. no right or left). This seems to affect their ability to figure out cardinal directions, so that they are never lost in the outback. I could see similar conditioning affecting politics to an extent.

Thoughts? I have few aside from curiosity, I just want to get the ball rolling.

General Discussion / We live in strange times...
« on: April 26, 2016, 02:35:44 PM »
When Jordan, an Arab Monarchy in the middle of the Near East, is 7th in economic frredoms in 2015 (Fraser Institue). At least I'm a citizen there, so can escape if the economy here totally collapses.

The US--"land of opportunity" is 16th. The only other country in the region freer economically is the UAE--5th freest. (Israel's 39th).

The Canadians here can have--for now--the satisfaction that Canada is 9th. So much for being the "Nirth Anerican Sweden"--Sweden is 42nd.

so why are many in the US voting for people who want to make a Venezuela (157th) of us?

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