A lot of people don’t like Hitler because he gave their ideas a bad name.
“Scientists have been able to show that the short-term immune response to an immediate parasite attack typically is costly in energy. … Chickens reared in germ-free environments enjoy about a 25 percent gain in body weight compared to those raised in conventional environments.” (Robert Trivers, The Folly of Fools, 2011). I call the attention of Skræling Hippie to this finding. If true, then the well-named Skræling Hippie was reared amidst maximum germ load to become naturally strong and only got exhausted, couldn’t build flesh and bone.
It is cool how the sun is 400 times bigger and 400 times farther away than the moon allowing the almost perfect overlap. I love coincidences. (John Parker)
If a mathematician estimated the probability for this, he’d probably conclude it’s so minute that you can rule out the fact…
Abaya On Ice: Two Qatari Women Iceskating. Doha City Center Mall, Qatar, Aug 2017.
Ah Paris (capital of la France), its grosses pétasses… Paris as romantic as a finger in the a**
Chinese-American actress Chloe Bennet voices for equal rights in Hollywood. (People’s Daily, China)
“Hollywood… wouldn’t cast her with a last name that made them ‘uncomfortable.’” Everything that sounds foreign makes an American uncomfortable.
U.S. is the major Western country with least media correspondents abroad. Adamantly isolationist in their heads and yet interventionist in fact! My source: “U.S. citizens are generally at a disadvantage in understanding foreign policy. Some is due to indifference because of its two protective oceans. Some arises from the extraordinary fact that the United States, the world’s only superpower, has fewer correspondents permanently stationed in foreign capitals than any other major Western nation. The result for U.S. media is a remarkably small pool of expertise on foreign culture and politics within their own organizations.” (Ben H. Bagdikian, The New Media Monopoly, 2004)
En su libro de 2006 ‘Historia general de al-Andalus’ niega [Emilio González Ferrín] la invasión islámica de 711 y la Reconquista. (Ibn Maher Kabak)
La imposibilidad material de la invasión tal como descrita en las crónicas árabes fue sacada por Ignacio Olagüe (La revolución islámica en Occidente, 1974) de los escritos del general Edouard Brémont, “el Lawrence francés”. Las crónicas árabes hablan de la conquista como de un milagro, y de veras, examinando a lo dicho, sí que lo fuese… En realidad, el islam unitario encontro terreno fértil en el arrianismo unitario mayoritario en España contra una minoría trinitaria opresora. En Córdoba capital del espíritu Roger Garaudy sigue a Olagüe: “En el siglo 8 lo que se introduce en Europa no son los árabes, sino el Islam.” (Sin embargo, Garaudy no sigue Olagüe a proposito de la origen preislámica de la mezquita de Córdoba.) Y, respecto a la llamada Reconquista, como lo escribe Olagüe ¿puede hablarse de reconquista cuando duró 800 años y la conquista árabe supuestamente sólo un par de años?…
Con los godos se introdujo el arrianismo, que más tarde fue perseguido por los propios reyes godos. Los “árabes” de la “invasión” fueron bereberes de la provincia goda de África del norte, la Tingitana: soldados norteafricanos mandados por godos en socorro del arrianismo español.
Experts estimate there are still thousands of unexploded WWII bombs in Germany : 60.000 people were evacuated in this Frankfurt neighborhood in Sept. 2017 to allow for the diffusion of a massive bomb. (Al Jazeera English)
The biggest problem may be, if recent research on the progress of the Third Reich’s nuclear program is right, a couple of nuclear reactors rotting underground…
Britons are convinced that the aim of their empire was to grant colored people access to reading Peter Pan by James Barrie.
You Better Believe the Cleveland Police Responded to the Browns Players Who Took a Knee: Police union not happy with kneeling Browns players. (Townhall) [The players take a knee during the national anthem as a protest against what they see as police brutality in the country.]
Conscientious objection is a human right. Police expressing disapproval over this right being exerted are being, I think, anticonstitutional. [That was before POTUS himself expressed his disapproval…]
According to anthropologists Draper & Harpending, girls raised by single moms are promiscuous. (Source: “The anthropologists Patricia Draper and Henry Harpending found a strong correlation between a woman’s mating strategy and the degree to which she experienced paternal investment during childhood. On average, women raised in a home without the presence of an investing father pursue an ‘opportunistic’ reproductive strategy, which is characterized by early sexual activity, multiple partners, and early and frequent reproduction in the context of short-term relationships.” David Buller, Adapting Minds, 2005)
You now know where to find and get ’em, boys!
Draper & Harpending conclude that the absence of an investing father gives the girl clues of a polygamous world, rather than to give fun-seeking boys clues of fewer obstacles. And for sure – what obstacle is a Christian dad?
A message of hope to Zio’s: According to latest research, there is no fatality in being subhumans. You can improve. #Palestine
It is estimated that 27 million people around the world are enslaved today, 80 percent being sex workers (Bin Jelmood House, Mshreireb Museums, Doha). That makes 21.6M sex slaves in the world, typically women forced into prostitution by maffias. – And yet men are monogamous? Taking an average of 10 clients per day (which for these slaves – perhaps contrary to voluntary prostitutes – may even be low), that makes 216M men served each day. At this rate it takes current sex slaves about 17 days to serve the entire male population of the world (3.8 billion). Less than 2 weeks if you substract little boys from potential clients.
From another source, 40 to 42 million prostitutes would be at work. According to Global Perspectives on Prostitution, 43% of prostitutes receive more than 8 clients per day, 47% between 5 and 8, 10% between 1 and 4.
The average annual income of a US prostitute would be $290,000 ($24,165 per month) => to their pimps! This is 3.6 times the mean income of a US white household ($80,000), thus 7.2 times that of a white person. #jetset
U.S. Mean Household Income (source Wkpd): Asian $90,752 / White $79,340. White is about 0.85 of Asian. Who’s the boss now?
To whites who want to end Affirmative Action: Don’t saw off the branch we’re sitting on, we’ll be craving for it soon! (IQ maniacs are the fifth column of the yellow peril.)
The world makes too much bread. A 1/3 of US bread goes to waste & surplus factory output is killing small bakeries. (Ken Rutkowski)
What if the aim is to kill small bakeries? Is there anything they can do but die?
A thought on T.E. Lawrence, “Lawrence of Arabia.” It is peculiar that the survivor of so many war events died on a quiet Dorset road–en route to discussing plans for meeting Hitler.
At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance, by Danielle L. McGuire. (United Black Books)
At the street’s dark end, raping a black woman is less conspicuous. Knowledge for Prevention.
Focus on what matters and let go of what doesn’t. [An example among zillions of the kind of shallow wisdom bots flood Twitter with]
Sometimes I’m afraid to become a bot.
One day I’m going to kill a bot.
Now a bot may ban me for what I’ve just said. Remember the Japanese guy with his mosquito. [A Japanese user was banned from Twitter for tweeting death threats to a mosquito roaming his room and posting a photo of the mosquito dead. It was said he had been banned according to the standard procedure, that is, by a bot following the algorithm.]
That would be the first time banishing a user is justified from the bot’s point of view. Sort of AI self-defense. [PS. I wasn’t banned.]
Free markets are the spin by which our privileged legitimate their privileges. But they don’t exist except as spin.
Hekmet Fahmy the Egyptian belly dancer who spied for the Third Reich. link
It has taken the coalition two years to reconquer half the territories ISIS had conquered in –how long?– a couple of weeks?
Prince William escorts Prince George to his first day of school, just like his mom Princess Diana escorted him in 1987. (Today)
Prince William is not Prince George’s mom, though.
And what was doing Prince George’s mommy, may I ask?
First day of school? Snow on the ground? September…London… [A detective commenting on the picture with Princess Diana escorting her son William. Answer from another user:] Thought that was odd but when I checked his first day was in January for some reason.
And was his last day in January too for some reason? The very same day for some reason? Would the reason be that Prince William never went to school and remained at the royal palace but they needed to make a picture showing that he was going to school with other children?
Over 366,000 people have signed a petition demanding Aung San Suu Kyi’s Nobel Peace Prize be revoked over violence against Rohingya Muslims. (AJ+)
How do you know she won’t get a second Nobel Peace Prize over Rohingya issue as it is dealt with now?
I don’t think anyone would reward her for staying silent.
Only wait until Israel is the one deciding who’s to get the Nobel Peace Prize.
Wall Street => Wailing Wall Street. Source: Presidente Juan José Arévalo #Guatemala #antiimperialista
Number of legal terminated pregnancies in U.S. in 1996: 1.36M. U.S. population in 1996: 270M. That’s about 1 abortion for every 100 women (all ages). I don’t know the U.S. age pyramid exactly but as a guesstimate that would make one abortion for every 65-70 fertile women. Each year.
Number of births in U.S. in 1996: 3.9M. 3.9/1.36 = 2.8 = birth-to-abortion ratio, that is, one abortion for every 2.8 births.
China’s Economy Will Overtake the US in 2018. (Forbes) / The EU economy is larger than that of the US. Does that make the EU the global leader – in anything? Aggregate statistics simply aggregate. (Salvatore Babones, author of American Tianxia: Chinese Money, American Power and the End of History, 2017)
EU isn’t as integrated, remains a fictitious entity.
I don’t know what statistics they’re using. In PPP terms it’s already larger. In F/X terms much smaller. But that doesn’t really mean much. (Babones)
It means America will have to teach her children that the first economy in the world (as to GDP ppp) is communist, atheistic, undemocratic China. lol
Total GDP really isn’t a meaningful statistic, but if you really think that China is the world’s leading economy, more power to you! (Babones)
It seems that GDP is meaningful when U.S. is the first world GDP and it isn’t meaningful when U.S. is first no more. Besides, it’s the trends. U.S. has just been taken over. Give it a little time.
Do you know these figures from U.S. on Asian vs White income ? U.S. Mean Household Income: Asian $90,752 / White $79,340. Chinese communities overseas are an asset for China, no doubt. On the other hand, there are no Yankee communities overseas. Also, China’s IQ is 105, US’s is 98, & China’s IQ is still crippled by poverty and, although it is improving fast, backward education (both exerting developmental strains on individuals).
You understand that Salvatore’s close friend, Wang Gungwu, wrote an entire book explaining that you can’t lump the whole diaspora together? You understand that one of the biggest Chinese diaspora communities (Singapore) has slang words in the local dialect mocking Chinese people?
Yes, I do. You also find American slang words mocking Americans from this or that state.
Looting begins in Florida. Rest assured, any bookshops will be completely safe. (Paul Joseph Watson, of Prison Planet, legending a photo showing blacks looting a shoe store)
Well, this is looting but the goods are going to be damaged by water if no one removes them, and I’m sure the owners are insured for flood. Interestingly this looting is zero harm: insurances will pay for the damages made by the hurricane, looting or not. It’s called windfall. The goods are lost for everyone who doesn’t take them, and insurance will pay for flood damages, looting or not.
Windfall is routine business practice. Let me give you an example: You organize a show but it’s cancelled due to a hurricane. Customers are entitled to a refund, only a few ask: this is windfall. Many businesses will get windfall from Hurricane Irma: tickets preordered, money cashed in, shows cancelled, refund waived by many. Jackpot.
[As a user told me the “loopholes” I described were not the same as looting, I added the following] Many businesses cancel shows after a terror attack – for what reason? For people ask no refund because of commotion. I’m not talking of businesses impacted by an attack, but of venues sometimes dozens of kilometers away. Cancelling all their shows for a week or ten days! Yet the government said nothing, only to be careful… Jackpot! Multiball!
Photo of Paul Joseph Watson, @PrisonPlanet, at his Charlottesville lecture on Why I Am Proud of My Blue Eyes. [Irony]
Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi removed from Interpol wanted list. (Al Jazeera English)
How many people, then, are on Interpol’s wanted list for no good reason?
Primatologist Frans de Waal isn’t subtle: He imputes the state of Ceausescu’s orphanages, in Romania, to John B. Watson and American behaviorism. [The Age of Empathy, 2009, pp. 13-4]
“Enron’s CEO, Jeff Skilling –now in prison– was a great fan of Richard Dawkins’s The Selfish Gene” (Frans de Waal, Ibid.) lol All geniuses are misunderstood; apparently, not all the misunderstood are geniuses.
In his books influential primatologist Frans de Waal spreads, in passing, the canard about lampshades made of Jews’ skin by German manufacturers. [He does in his above quoted book at least.]
Frans de Waal the influential primatologist: “In 2007 Time selected him as one of the world’s hundred most influential people.” #lampshades
How come today Darwinians say the strict exact opposite of Darwinians yesterday? Cf. William Chapple’s The Fertility of the Unfit, 1903. There’s a Darwinian contradiction in terms in such a book’s title, which a Darwinian couldn’t fail to see, and yet they endorsed the paradox. As if they saw something to which today’s Darwinians, back to basic primatology, are blind. On the other hand, if instead of relying on male dominance models we rely on homogamy models, the contradiction is solved.
[It turns out Frans de Waal, again, is largely responsible for that “back to basic primatology” movement I have been talking about. On this phrase, first, it is a way of speaking, of course: Primatology has made great progress since the days of eugenicism, but what is new also is the dubious application of primate alpha male dominance models to human societies, according to which high-status men are the equivalent of alpha gorillas in their gorilla harems. And here Frans de Waal is alleged to have played a major role: “Now, if the evidence for the claim that females prefer high-status males is as weak as I’ve made out, why is the claim so widely accepted? I think the reason is that we are captivated by a particular picture of the relation between sex and status among our primate relatives, and this picture affects our perception of human mating. It is widely accepted that among non-human primates high-status males have greater mating success than males lower in the status hierarchy. This belief is due partly to the popularity of the engaging work of the primatologist Frans de Waal, who has been one of the main purveyors of this idea.” (David Buller, Adapting Minds, 2005)
Right-wingers are “the unfit” eugenicists warned about. Hard-working, they say. What is it that makes work so hard for them if not their genetic deficiency?
Avocados sold in France as coming from Colombia in fact come from Israel. Good news: BDS is working. [This tweet and the few next ones are basically retweets of pictures and short videos from French user Opération Boycott, who photographed fraudulent labels in various department stores around the country. The misleading labels are aimed at concealing that the products come from Israel. I won’t post all pictures, as I don’t find the vegetables corner of a department store to be a particularly exciting place. Sorry. Feel free to pay a visit to Opération Boycott’s Twitter page.]
Avocados sold in France as coming from Chili and yet they come from Israel. Are people nauseated by Israeli avocados?
People are so nauseated by Israeli products that stores in France sell Israeli avocados as coming from Spain.
Fraudsters a gogo: Big poster origin Mexico, small label (true) origin Israel.
People are so nauseated by Israeli products that Jaffa mandarins from Israel are sold as being from France. Frenchie thinks he’s supporting local production and in fact he buys Israeli mandarins unbeknownst to him… Psha! / C’est grave. Le client qui pense acheter local pour soutenir la production locale en fait achète des produits israéliens !/
Fraudster Madness. These oranges are labelled both “Products of France” & “Israel Imports.” Consumer is king so they drive him crazy.
If you tell the consumer a product is from Israel it will make her want to vomit, so you sell Israeli avocados as coming from Spain.
Now you will see why they fraudulently resort to fake labels on products from nauseating Israel:
The word meme, coined by Richard Dawkins, is so pointless that only the far right uses it.
Picture of Dr Richard Dawkins thinkin hard about memes:
They say sport (as circus show) is a good catharsis to nationalist sentiments. I say sport feeds nationalist sentiments.
[Panda] Qiao Yi has good table manners: after milk, let nanny wipe her mouth and be a clean girl again. (iPanda)
Why give milk to pandas and, as we do, to cats when biologists tell us only humans have gene for lactose tolerance after weaning?
Picture: Lactose-intolerant hedgehog and cat sharing a cup of milk. I ain’t sayin biologists are wrong but… it’s bluffing.
“Reclaiming America’s Values” (an article by Joe Biden in New York Times)
This propaganda picture is so appealing to Americans because it subliminally depicts anal sex between two men.
The shaft is also the front man’s prick, with which he’s penetrating something or rather someone concealed to the viewer, thrusting doggy-style.
Five guys to raise a flag… and yet they only see the front man’s buttocks. American pervs.
It’s known the picture was made up and the guys were posing. Yet few realize it doesn’t take five guys fondling each other to raise a flagpole like the one shown. This is homoerotic porn in the guise of patriotic propaganda.
In our series We Learn from Fascists, today: Gini coefficient. From Corrado Gini, founder of the Fascist “Central Institute of Statistics,” 1927.
In our series Patented in the Third Reich, today : maglev (magnetic levitation). Hermann Kemper, 1934, Reichspatent Nummer 643316.
Is it proven that my genes can better replicate overall while I’m alive than when I’m back to dust?
The aim of love is not reproduction but love songs.
Científica mexicana Leticia Corral corrige a Stephen Hawking y recibe reconocimiento mundial. (Perfecto)
Sin embargo, igual que Hawking ella postula un universo finito (tiene forma de), lo que llama la pregunta absurda: ¿Qué hay más alla del universo? De lo que hablan no deberían llamarlo universo (“el todo”) sino una provincia. Tal vez una autonomía, a mí eso no me importa.
Hawking y otros se sirven de las matemáticas para hacer metafísica. Es original.
Para la lógica más allá del todo no hay nada, para la física hay “la” nada, es decir un espacio, con ciertas propiedades. Y el todo penetra la nada.
Como en realidad no puede pensarse ni un universo finito ni un universo infinito, en realidad el espacio no es una propiedad objetiva del universo.
Si no pensamos sin contradicciones (Gödel), lo que intuimos y pensamos no es la natura ya que ésta no puede contradecirse sin dejar de ser.
No one can deny Osama Bin Laden‘s steadiness. As he frowned in life, in death he frowned. Proof in pictures. #FakeNews
Allow me a doubt on second thought: Is it true that this pic of dead Osama was broadcast by official channels?
I believe so. Below is a still from CNN news report. (Mara O.)
[Of course, the fact that this blatant forgery has been circulated on the Web has raised lofty comments about “conspiracy theories” being ablaze. One of those explains that “The White House has decided not to release any pictures of bin Laden.” That was the point of my question above. The fact that a TV channel with a reputation of seriousness has broadcast a forgery as genuine is a serious problem too which, as far as I know, has remained undiscussed by debunkers of conspiracy theories. So, on the website of that particular debunker I posted the following remark: “The doctored picture was broadcast by CNN News as a genuine photo of Bin Laden’s corpse, under the head ‘US Kills Osama in Pak.’ I’ve got a still. Please be aware, then, that not only ‘people’ are suckers, but also the mass media and their journos, on which the people rely for their information.” Now, if the still I am relying on here turns out to be a forgery too, please let me know.]
There are two ways of being antinationalist: being a globalist or being a nationalist (anti all others except MY sweet sweet dear Nation).
Think of nationalist champion Viktor Orban (Hungary): He’s against an Austrian law favoring Austrian workers in Austria. You bet he is!
Malaysia’s first ever craft beer festival was axed because of a direct Islamist militant threat to the event (Newsweek)
Some want to make Muslim countries accept beer festivals but would they accept muezzin calls in Western cities?
Invasion of the Subhuman Politicos – Who Can Stop the Slime Flood?
Western democracy is all about criminalizing dissent. No more censorship bureaus but more and more laws criminalizing speech. Holocaust-denial laws (not a minor offense: a crime), on the way Israel-slandering laws (a crime), &c. Censorship bureaus have been replaced by lobbying for speech-criminalizing bills being passed by Congress. The lobbies and Congresses of the world will drive us to that society where only AI bots can talk.
Dark matter makes up most of the universe but we can only detect it from its gravitational effects, no one knows whats creating the gravity. (John Parker)
In fact dark matter is one more ad hoc theorization aimed at squaring inconvenient facts => theoretical glut
You’re free to take a knee during the Anthem. POTUS is free to criticize you. And we’re free to turn you off. And that’s what’s happening. (Joe Walsh, radio host and former congressman)
Turning people off for their opinion may be an offense under the American constitution, providing it protects freedom of opinion. Clearly, if you must lose your livelihood because of your opinions, these opinions are not protected and there’s no freedom of opinion. An employer has no say on his or her employee’s opinions: a business contract is different from feudal lordship.
[Yet my correspondent claimed the man was a certain American rabbi Shlomo Ettinger working for Mossad. When I asked for his source, he linked, without comment, to an article in fact debunking the idea that the ubiquitous Islamic rage boy is rabbi Ettinger…]
The linked article is rather convincing that “Islamic rage boy” is not NYC pusher rabbi Ettinger but the Kashmiri Shakeel Ahmad Bhat. The author, however, seems to believe that Islamic rage boy is genuine, but he’s an obvious agent provocateur of a cyberage kind, paid by Israel, India or others. This pic is from the article:
Look at ubiquous Islamic Rage Boy compared with Muslim protesters around him. He’s a scam. Islamic Rage Boy has been selected by his paymasters (Mossad or others) for his particularly ugly, alarming grimaces.
Politicos are turds, journos are turds, and yet democracy’s good? => mierdocracia (Ernesto Cardenal)
No one remembers Lionel Jospin* and yet the man, first was stoned by Arabs in Jerusalem, then was beaten by Jean-Marie Le Pen at elections. *(Prime Minister of France 1997-2002)
Franco was harsh with Catalans, eh? What about French parliamentarism with French Catalan provinces? Catalan rooted out: Frenchied their a**!
#UnlikelyRoyalBabyNames [Context: A new royal baby on the way in UK]
Adolf (Or is it a likely name?) [cf Edward VIII]
Moron the Great
Bashir Yusuf. Still unlikely.
Covfefe MAGA IrmaHurricane Israel
Podesta Knobster Risotto #AutocorrectARecipe [For a refresher see Tweetantho 1]
God save the Queen #TalkLikeAPirateDay
Watch more porn
Watch more advertising
Buy more stuff
Plastic surgery (DM me for the best address)
Do as I say
Join the cult
Be a hard-working American lol
Eugenics and Euthanasia
September 30, 2017
Travel notes from Doha, Qatar, August 27-30, 2017. Palms, sea, sand, the evening light, and the best of contemporary architecture.
Poll (posted on Twitter). Do you think that you benefit from democracy as much as politicians do?
What’s the point of boasting that censorship bureaus have been dismantled when one can be condemned by a court of law for what he or she writes?
George W. Bush wanted to bomb Al Jazeera’s headquarters in Doha. (Doha Bus Information)
They are now using self-cleaning windows on Doha skyscrapers (because of sand). (Doha Bus Information)
Msheireb Museums (متاحف مشيرب)
Bin Jelmood House’s Exhibit on Slavery
Modern slavery (الرِّق المعاصر). Qatar, like every nation, has long since abolished slavery. Yet we all continue to be faced with a global problem. Slavery not only continues in the present day but also may be a greater human problem than it has ever been. An estimated 27 million people are victims of modern slavery around the world and almost every country is involved. Most modern slavery takes the form of human trafficking. (A United Nations definition of human trafficking follows.)
It turns out that 80 percent of contemporary slaves are sex workers – presumably most of them women. Asking where these sex slaves work, I think the answer is that the majority of them work in affluent Western countries. Western countries are where the greatest number of slaves are to be found.
The exhibit also says a word on the Islamic kafala system through which ‘guest workers’ are introduced in some Arab countries where they toil under conditions that human rights associations describe as slavery. In this respect Qatar has been specially targeted, in particular regarding the nation’s use of South Asian workforce in the construction sector. The exhibit doesn’t try to contest that kafala is a form of slavery nor to claim that there is no issue; it doesn’t expatiate on the problem very much, however. Yet, as far as I know, and my reflection dates back to a French TV documentary I saw a couple of years ago about kafala in Qatar, there is no doubt in my mind that many beneficiaries of the kafala system are multinational Western companies that operate in Qatar. Yet the documentary of which I am talking failed to report on this. On the contrary, it stressed the case of one German company which CEO was taking steps to release the company’s South Asian workforce from the kafala system, which reporting bias evidently led to the implicit conclusion that all Western companies operating in Qatar were opposing the practise in the same fashion. Nothing was said about other Western companies and I fail to see how, if those do not oppose kafala actively, they would not benefit from this form of slavery. And it is my understanding that a great deal of Western companies are making business in Qatar.
Circassian (white) as well as black slaves were numerous in the Gulf for ages.
Mohammed Bin Jassim House
In a video a gentleman from Pakistan says when he first came to Doha 35 years ago there were no Qatari riyals, today’s national currency – only Indian rupees.
A New Msheireb Development project under the patronage of the Emiress intends to make of this historical central area of Doha a model ‘green,’ i.e. ecological, renewable-energy-friendly neighborhood. Today it has become a rather populous district crowded by South Asian migrants with their shops and businesses. I wonder whether these migrants will still be there once the area has been turned green and fashionable…
After a short cruise on a derelict dhow***, I took a stroll on the Corniche but my mind was not at ease because I couldn’t help wondering how on earth I would manage to cross the road (a densely trafficked two-way street) to the other side to get a taxi. I must have walked more than a kilometer before I met a pedestrian crossing, and as soon as I saw it I decided to stop my anxious stroll. The traffick lights turned green for cars as I arrived, and I must have waited something like ten minutes for the lights to turn red again – and yet they turned green again just as I engaged the second part of the crossing, so I had to trot behind a Somali-looking cyclist who wanted to cross the road at the pedestrian crossing and had turned on an alarm on his bike in case the car drivers would not notice him and would run over him (actually over us) as night was beginning to fall.
***(For this dhow cruise I paid between 5 and 7 times the usual price because I had confused the service I would be offered with a half-day or full-day ‘chartered tour’ with dinner included, of which my information guide gave notice (Marhaba, autumn 2017, courtesy of Radisson Blu hotel). Confused in this way, I hardly bothered to haggle over the outrageous price (which for a chartered tour would have been unexpensive), actually made a very unconvinced and ineffectual attempt at it (asking for a price much too close to the one uttered), and only on board the boat did I realize my mistake. I had probably also been impressed by the crowd of shabby South Asian boatmen who surrounded me as soon as I got off the taxi on the Corniche. Forgetting that they were competing entrepreneurs rather than a single-minded gang of tourist-exploiting thugs, I overlooked that one of them tried to make me understand I was going to pay too high a price by accepting the offer that the sly youngster had made me, when he said, after I asked for water, that there wasn’t fresh water on the dhows for customers (so I’d better reconsider). I was invited to walk in the boat and I walked in, thus agreeing to the outrageous terms. They had no fresh water on board and had to ask some fellow boatmen on the other side of the bay for two bottles, which were proffered to me after about half the thirty-minute cruise. By the time the cruise ended, I had realized my mistake, as I said, and that what was supposed to be one of the cheapest attractions in Doha would be one of the most expensive for me (about 40 euros). When handing his riyals to the boy, I tried to be inconspicuous for I was seeing the other boatmen staring intently at the both of us. The boy took the banknotes and, overwhelmed by delight, started performing monkey shines, grotesquely palpating the notes as if to check their genuineness. I said ‘good bye’ as graciously as I could, as well as to a grey-haired boatman who seemed to be endowed with some authority and who politely answered with his own good bye, and I left the wharf. The boy was unable to repress a brief laugh behind my back, so happy he was, and for a moment I expected the whole of them to burst in prolonged, irrepressible laughters at me and my foolishness. They did not and I feel grateful. Besides, I never perceived the slightest sign of agressiveness on the part of these amiable South Asians. I warmly recommend the dhow cruises in Doha.)
Man walked on the moon and I walked in Doha. It comes as no surprise that the superposh new residential area called The Pearl Doha, built on an artificial island, advertises its property as being ‘pedestrian-friendly.’ An argument of weight, no doubt!
The Pearl Doha is the counterpart of The Palm Dubai, also on an artificial island and also a superposh residential area. I don’t know which copied the other. The Pearl also boasts free wifi for all residents (through the national telecom company Ooredoo’s ‘Supernet’).
To be precise it is the neighborhood which looks like a brand new Venice that is advertised as been ‘pedestrian-friendly,’ but I guess the other parts, like the one that replicates a Swiss Lakes canton, mustn’t be too unfriendly either…
Pedestrian NASCAR dads.
The more cars in a country, the more pedestrian her culture.
No matter how many luxury cars it sports, the bourgeoisie is pedestrian.
Mathaf Museum of Arab Modern Art
Going to a museum of modern art is an adventure, perhaps the ultimate urban adventure: ultraperipheral locations unknown to hotel staff and taxi drivers! I have experienced this recently in Prague, in Sharjah (coming from adjacent Dubai), and in Doha.
To go to Mathaf Museum, Doha, from Msheireb Museums, standing on the pavement I waved my hand to an official Karwa company’s turquoise taxi, which stopped. I said I was going to Mathaf Museum and the driver, who, by the way, had one passenger already, told me to get in. Then he wanted me to confirm that I was going to the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), which is the principal cultural institution in the city and, as I was to find out, about the only one known by hackmen and hotel staff. I said no, I was going to Mathaf Museum. After a few exchanges in which the other passenger, a South Asian gentleman like the driver, took an active part, watching at my map and giving instructions to the driver in a language that was neither English nor Arabic, the driver dropped his other passenger and started toward the peripheral area called Education City where Mathaf Museum was located.
I learned afterwards, from a limousine driver, that Karwa cabs normally don’t go to such peripheral areas. Only because my Karwa driver first had thought I was going to the more central Museum of Islamic Art had he let me in his taxi, and I assume he, when informed of his mistake, did not dare to throw me out!
When we finally arrived at Mathaf Museum –and that took some time because he, and I, had to ask our way to wards and security guards at a few booths here and there in Education City– I learned that the shuttle bus I had expected would drive me back to downtown, did not operate that day (even though the Mathaf was open, as the shuttle is between Mathaf and MIA and the latter was closed that day, so the shuttle did not operate). I asked my Karwa taxi if he could wait for me on the spot and tell me what he asks for the service, but I did not manage to convince him, and he left. So I made my visit to the museum concerned about how I would manage to come back from that remote and rather lonely place… Luckily I had the phone number of a limo driver, Mister Basheer, and in the end was lucky enough to have him drive to the museum to pick me off in no time.
In parenthesis, it reminded me that, although Sharjah is no further than 15-20 minutes from Dubai, tourists in Dubai don’t seem to know the many interesting museums to be found in Sharjah, as Dubai taxi and limo drivers don’t know these museum’s locations. Yet my limo driver there, Mister … (his name will come to me), turned out to very helpful throughout.
In Prague, although one of the two museums for contemporary art I visited was located near a metro station, it was a very peripheral station, serving areas hardly conceived for pedestrian convenience. I had first taken a wrong exit and walked in a desolate industrial spot a dozen minutes, map in hand, before I realized the museum was on the other side of the metro station. Then I came back and took another exit on the opposite side, which led me straight to a… highway – a concrete desert stormed at intervals by zooming metal monsters. I was lucky enough to meet a young man who told me that that second exit was not the right one either for my destination and he was kind enough to accompany me to the museum and give me instructions on how to reach the station after my visit.
Mathaf Museum, although my visit was a little marred by the uncertainty I described, was worth the pain.
Rubaeat (1994), by Palestinian artist Kamal Boullata:
Composition (1970) & The Farthest West (1970-71), by Mohammed Melehi:
In the Depth of Alienation (1972) and Untitled (1971), by Rafa al-Nasiri:
Médina entre deux orages (ca. 1982) (Medina between two storms), by Nejib Belkhodja:
Contrary to Sharjah Art Museum, where I saw the painting Sabra and Shatila by Palestinian artist Bashir Sinwar (posted here), I found no Palestinian militant work in Mathaf Museum.
When you travel to the Gulf, first the nationals’ garments convey to you a sense of worth and dignity alien to Western streets. Then you turn on the TV and see their sitcoms…
Female characters in Gulf sitcoms are depicted in their houses as they are in reality in their houses, that is, unveiled. Does it make sense? You can’t see your neighbor’s hair (sometimes not even her face) but you can see a sitcom actress’s hair! It’s not okay to see your neighbor’s hair in real life but it’s okay on TV! Well, one could say it’s the same as elsewhere: you don’t see, unless by accident, your neighbors naked but you can watch programs with nudity…
More broadly, I guess that makes perfect sense if the veil (and what form of veil) is… a woman’s choice.
Which reflections lead me to the following cultural anthropological questions: Who can see whom’s hair or face? In what circumstances?
A young Christian once described to me I don’t remember what annual meeting of Christian youth in France as a “get-down spot” (f*ckpad). Some acquaintances to whom I told it did not find that incongruous, while taking the testimony at face value. I wonder whether they would find it incongruous if someone described to them the Islamic hajj or pilgrimage to Mecca as a “get-down spot”…
Hundreds of pages (742 to be precise) of FBI declassified documents about Hitler living in Argentina after the war! here (Part 01 of 04)
I’ve always heard that those who speculate about Hitler living in Argentina after the war are nuts. Turns out the FBI are the most nuts of all.
Republicans are good at starting wars, Democrats at continuing them.
Biased against celibacy as Anglo-Saxon culture is, it can’t prevent that some men don’t marry (because of sterile prostitutes and serial marriage).
[I don’t know but I don’t take for granted that prostitutes serve singles more than they serve married men, as some (married men) claim.]
‘’Hitler massacred 3 million Jews… there are 3 million drugs addicts. I’d be happy to slaughter them.’’ (Rodrigo Duterte, President of the Philippines)
3 million? In my nephew’s textbook, it’s 6 million.
Duterte shrinks by half the number of Jewish victims of the Holocaust found in textbooks. That makes him a criminal according to French law. #negationism
Proposed removal of statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee
and right-wing protest
Retweet (RT) if you want to see all statues and monuments to Napoleon in France removed. (He re-established slavery in all French colonies after it had been abolished in 1794 and in Haiti after the slaves’ revolt led by Toussaint Louverture.)
RT hard if you want to see all churches removed because of forced conversions and Inquisition.
RT if you want to have the passages justifying slavery removed from the Old Testament.
Give these rightwingers a break: they’re telling you they only want the same as Israel.
Roman Colosseum must be torn down. It was built by slaves and used to glorify fascist emperors. (SpiritOf1642)
The Wailing Wall must be torn down: Jerusalem Temple was built by slaves for a Jewish fascist king. I’ll quote the Bible on demand.
Make no mistake: the wailing at the Wailing Wall isn’t in memory of the slaves who died building the temple.
I really do think it’s time to rename Washington, DC. Perhaps Lincoln, DC? (Salvatore Babones)
Let’s be bold: Obama, DC. Yes we can.
Campuses, cities reject far right after deadly Charlottesville rally. (Al Jazeera News)
You’re wrong, they don’t reject Israel. At all.
Barcelona Terror Attacks
Sickened by horrific terror attack in Barcelona. U.S. will work w/ allies to find those responsible & bring to justice. Praying for victims. (Vice President Pence)
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#Cambrils. To think that such a prestigious center of knowledge and culture has been hit by barbarity! #UniversityOfCambrils
The dean of Cambrils University asks me to forward her prayers.
Officers Cleared After Subjecting Black College Student to Body Cavity Search, What Her Lawyer Calls ‘Rape by Cop’ (Know Your Rights Camp)
This piece of news is arousing… I mean… anger-arousing.
Soon in the dictionary: “searchfisting.” Example: The male cops searchfisted Charnesia for dope.
The U.S. won’t legalize drugs because it then would have much fewer Afro-American inmates (working for peanuts) and many more Afro-American millionaires.
Crimea’s Muslim Tatars allege systematic Russian oppression (Al Jazeera News)
After centuries of being “cossacked,” the word (from Cossacks) meaning being raped and put to the sword by the czar’s cavalrymen.
Stalin’s genocide of Crimean and Caucasian Muslims after WWII is being denied in Russia and the West. #negationism
Turkey lowers age of consent to 12 years old! [This tweet, by a British user inclined toward nationalism, generated the customary flood of outraged, Islamophobic reactions that its author had intended.]
For your information, it’s legal in Westerm countries for kids to have sex, provided both partners are kids.
[In France, for instance, the law formally allows minors between 15 and 18 to have sex with other minors and/or with adults – unless the adult has authority over the minor… Besides, the law formally forbids sexual intercourse between an adult and a minor younger than 15. However, the law says nothing about two minors less than 15 or two minors of whom one is younger than 15 and the other is from 15 to 18, for example a 17 year-old and a 12 year-old, and thus commentators assume intercourse is legal (by virtue of the principle nulla pœna sine lege). As you can see, the law is rather intricate, and I’m not quite sure it makes any sense at all.]
The fascist left hates life, hates children and hates God. Survival is victory.
Listening to WASP conservatives you’d swear Jesus was married with children.
“LSD is a specific cure for homosexuality” (Dr Timothy ‘High Priest’ Leary). Why not make LSD mandatory, then?
[To be fair, Leary also wrote the following, in the same book, at that: “Homosexuality is not an illness. It is a religious way of life. Homosexuals should accept their state as a religious path.” But “Homosexuals cannot join heterosexual clans.” (The Politics of Ecstasy) To be fair again, this book is a collection of essays, interviews etc. from various years. The first quotation is from 1966, the second from an undated chapter. Yet, it hardly brushes the feeling aside that Leary wasn’t overconcerned with his saying everything and its contrary. Like all good ‘high priests,’ I guess.]
There’s one mention of Jews in Uncle Tom’s Cabin, in the mouth of St. Clare, an amiable character, and it reads as follows: “Why, what’s the matter? said he. Can’t you take my word? One would think you had taken lessons of the Jews, coming at a fellow so!” Chap. 28
Implicit association tests (IAT) show that blacks prefer white over black, and priming blacks for ethnicity impairs their mental test performances. Apply the same research protocol to the relationship between Jewish and non-Jewish whites. Now.
[My source here is Robert Trivers, The Folly of Fools: The Logic of Deceit and Self-Deception in Human Life, 2011: “Black and white people are similar in their explicit tendency to value self over other, blacks indeed somewhat more strongly so. But when it comes to the implicit measures, whites respond even more strongly in their own favor than they do explicitly, while blacks – on average – prefer white over black, not by a huge margin but, nevertheless, they prefer other than self. This is most unexpected from an evolutionary perspective, where self is the beginning (if not the end) of self-interest. … This has the earmarks of an imposed self-deception – valuing yourself less than you do others – and it probably comes with some negative consequences. For example, priming blacks studentss for their ethnicity strongly impairs their performance on mental tests.“]
Did you know that ‘journalists’ are so cretinous they have launched 420k pages saying I live in a ‘cupboard’ and 261k in a ‘basement’? (Julian Assange)
Drop the inverted commas for journalists. We already know that journalists are beautiful in fairy tales.
Make America Neo-McCarthyite Again: ‘liberal’ censorship quest continues. (Julian Assange)
By writing ‘liberal,’ in inverted commas, you reinforce people in adhering to each and every scoundrel who calls herself a liberal.
[In reply to Assange’s tweet] The censorship surge is not a “liberal” thing, contrary to all the altreich twists. So-called Conservatives have long been worse censors. (“Dr Roy Schestowitz”)
The surge is ‘liberal’. Conservatives, with few exceptions, have always opposed free speech, although there is some support now in reaction. (Julian Assange)
“That freedom which you, the intellectual, the liberal, would deny to others.” Timothy Leary in 1963. The surge is kinda old…
Please note that Leary didn’t bother to write liberal in inverted commas.
It’s time to talk about Trump’s mental health (Washington Post)
But you already did, don’t you remember?
It is not for the state to prosecute nasty online trolls.
Nasty yourself! It’s none of your business if I want to be prosecuted.
[A reply by a Briton to the above headline] Agree. The penalty for being an arse online should be that everyone thinks you’re an arse.
Like with Rudyard Kipling. Everybody outside Britain knows he’s an arse.
Why is it easier for cops to infiltrate neo-Nazi beerdrinkers than Jihadist teetotalers?
For every Jihadist terror attack committed, the police have prevented ten neo-Nazi attacks. Do not look at the delayed trains only [as there also are trains which arrive on time. As the saying goes in France, where railway companies are still state-owned and state-managed].
And now what you’re all waiting for!
The Hashtag Games
So f*ck me God
His Assholiness Popeye Francis
Yes We Kahn
We’re Journalists (From NYT article We’re Journalists, Mr Trump, Not the Enemy)
“We’re Journalists,” Mr Trump, that is, Subintellectuals.
“We’re Journalists” and we get our just deserts.
“We’re Journalists” so be proud of us, mommy! #motherfckers
How I’ll Do the Job
She was traumatized by her experience in Auschwitz.
She had lost a leg in World War One.
She had nice flaxen blonde hair but I got fed up with kissing her denture off her mouth.
She was hit by a hit-and-run car before my eyes and died, so I guess we had to say goodbye.
She wasn’t Jewish enough for my ambition.
She had lied about her father’s wealth.
She thought she was a good catch but I only wanted her money. It was breaking my heart.
Her Dem father wasn’t reelected so I dated the Rep’s daughter instead.
I had needed a black girlfriend to get some new acquaintances but then she took things a little too seriously.
She refused to sell her body.
Her father refused to replenish her bank account.
Once our dating had introduced me to the higher circles in which she had rather low status, she was standing in my way.
She was too shocked when she found out that far from being devout I only was a lecher who had had it all with her.
I got promoted and my new female colleagues are just more interesting.
I had stopped visiting prostitutes.