Pull That Thread Everything is Connected If You Stretch It Long Enough

The Frailty of the Adjective ‘Islamist’

Posted on September 15, 2013

Happy to. The use of the word 'Islamist' as an adjective for 'leader*' forces a false causality between excessive force and 'Islamist' leaders. This false causality implies a false solution: if we get rid of the Islamists, we get rid of excessive force. If the 'Islam-ness' of a leader was a relevant detail for explaining the excessive use of tear gas, then there would be almost no cases of such misuse in countries where there is non-Islamic leadership. However, we know this is a tactic governments worldwide have used and continue to use, for no other reason than to deny people their right to peaceful protest.

When Dissent Makes You a Terrorist, Remember Where You Stood on Egypt

Posted on August 17, 2013

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These days, being on the other side is all it takes to be labelled a terrorist.

What is the evidence, 1 by 1, against each of the dead? What is that special quality that made them 'terrorists' instead of people protesting against a state of affairs they found unacceptable? As opposed to, say, YOU, when YOU do it?

Calling your political enemies terrorists so you can mow them down and exterminate them is still murder.

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In these days, when the mere act of dissent makes you a terrorist, remember what you supported when you find yourself on the other side. As the bodies of your family and friends---your children and your neighbors---pile up, just keep repeating to yourself over and over: 'I support this I support this I support this' until the tank grinds your bones into the ground or the sniper's bullet blows the mantra from your brain.

 

 

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Want to Censor an Idea? Make it Unfashionable

Posted on August 6, 2013

“Without any censorship, in the West fashionable trends of thought and ideas are carefully separated from those which are not fashionable; nothing is forbidden, but what is not fashionable will hardly ever find its way into periodicals or books or be heard in colleges. Legally your researchers are free, but they are conditioned by the fashion of the day.”
― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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Uyum Sağlamazsan, Yutulursun!

Posted on July 24, 2013

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Gezi barricade

(Makaleyi  orijinali İngilizce makaleden çevriri için
Miraç Can Uğur'a
ve çeviri tetkiki için Dr. Altay Ünaltay'a
teşekkürü bir borç bilirim. Diane Bogosian.)

Gezi Parkı Eylemleri İçin Bir Gerçeklik Testi. Artık Çok Mu Geç?

Gezi gösterilerinin bitişinin işaretleri Jenny White’ın (her hangi bir şekilde otoriter veya uzman işi olmasa da) ufuk açıçı blog mesajında belgelenmiş ve Nicole Pope’un Gezi Parkı'nın "son başarısı" olarak Today’s Zaman’daki “Birşey değişti mi?” makalesinde 'resmileştirilmiş'ti.

Yazarlar hayat boyu başarılarınızı kutlamaya başladığında gerçekte söyledikleri şey, ömrünüzün sona erdiğidir.

If You Don’t Adapt, You Will be Absorbed.

Posted on July 18, 2013

TÜRKÇE version >>

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A Reality Check for the Gezi Park protests. Is it too Late?

Signs of the end of the Gezi Protests has been documented in Jenny White's insightful (but by no means authoritative) blog post, and  made 'official' by Nicole Pope’s Gezi Park 'Lifetime Achievement' recap in Today’s Zaman article entitled "Has anything changed?

When writers are celebrating your lifetime achievements, what they're really saying is, 'your life is over.'

Evil Twin Valentine Day Wish List

Posted on February 13, 2012

#1: For All Life's Artificial Moments, an Artificial You!

Perfect for: Cocktail Parties, Family Gatherings, Performance Reviews, Admiring Possessions, Praising Incompetency, Submitting to Undeserved Authority, Listening Attentively to Mind-Numbing Air Bags, Finding Newborns adorable, Making Small Talk, and more!

The Akutoroido DER (DER stands for "Dramatic Entertainment Robot") is a robot with a 'realistic' female appearance, facial expressions, and movements (ie her eyes blink and she uses hand gestures to accentuate the points she’s making) whose makers claim can understand simplistic conversation topics ("Are you married?")  and make reply ("No, but I am looking.")

JAZZ GOT THEM

Posted on July 7, 2011

 

Police blame rap culture for silence after shootings Authorities in Alton say they have struggled to get witnesses to talk about 8 shootings since May 13.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) - Thursday, August 23, 2007

Author: Carolyn Tuft ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

ALTON - A new form of peer pressure, possibly glamorized by rap music, has police here struggling to find answers in several recent shootings.

Since May 13, the Alton Police Department has investigated eight shootings. And in each case, police have struggled to persuade witnesses to talk.

Lt. David Hayes, chief of detectives for the department, blames the problem, in part, on a new trend caused by rap stars who "glamorize the stop-snitching policy."

 

 

What Does China Censor Online?

Posted on January 19, 2010

source: informationisbeautiful.net

Go To:

Selected Banned Websites

Banned Search Terms

NOTE: only the Chinese terms are blocked, while the English terms are freely searchable.

Third Worlding It: Evidence of a De-Evolving U.S.?

Posted on January 14, 2010

Angry nationalism shouts down prudence. Disproportionate military spending threatens economic wellbeing. Industry has its hand so deep in the government's purse that private enterprise is becoming public property. The currency falters, the infrastructure crumbles and a supine media, once a watchdog of the powerful, happily licks the strongman's hand.

If the picture looks familiar, that's because we've seen it many times before, from Argentina to Chile to Russia. The U.S. is third worlding.

Going South:
From macho militarism to official corruption, America increasingly resembles a Third World nation.

by Ximena Ortiz
January 2010 The American Conservative

In this articulate, insightful, yet highly accessible and blunt analysis, Ximena Ortiz makes a compelling case for the argument the United States is becoming it's own worst enemy: a militaristic, corrupt, Third World State.

OLD MICHAEL JACKSON STORY RESURRECTED!! THRILLER REPEAT!!!

Posted on January 10, 2010

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a Michael Jackson News Exclusive!!!

'News Corpse' Re-Animated by Bloggers
Suffering from 'Acute Hyperbol Intoxication'!!

According to the January 10, 2010 edition of the 'News of the World', a British tabloid, it has a 'world exclusive" on publication of death certificates that show Michael Jackson was 'murdered':

MICHAEL Jackson's death certificate rules he WAS murdered, the News of the World can reveal.
We obtained a copy of the document and an amendment to it - that have never been published.

Uhm, not true. Unless you want to be a stickler about things like "our copy has never been published" or "never published with this clerk's signature' or 'never been published with this bit blacked out." Or fill in the <bullshit> here.

The real crime being committed, however, is by all the journalists and bloggers who are at this very moment spreading old news and false credit like some sort of 'I can't believe it's not butter!' plague in articles, blogs, and tweets—including content providers who are selling it, for perhaps the second time, to their paying clients.