Tagged: ramadan

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May-June 2018. English/français.

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#DimitriosPagourtzis [17-years old Santa Fe highschool mass shooter] was wearing both an Iron cross and a Soviet star on his jacket. So far I had heard only of the Iron cross (under appellation “Nazi sign”). I wonder how come people noted the former but failed to see the latter.

[Dimitrios is said to have being stalking for some time his class mate Shana before he killed her during the mass shooting. His father said he was bullied by his class mates. Some (self-described feminists) who adhere to the version that he was a stalking male predator refuse to admit he could have been bullied. Here are my thoughts on the matter.]

Dimitrios Pagourtzis may have been a stalker AND been bullied. He may have reasoned that Shana’s rebuffs were due to his being bullied by other kids at school and resented her submitting to the group pressure that ostracized him. Shana wasn’t strong enough to help Dimitrios against the bullying when he was calling her for help, as his advances meant “If I can date this fine girl, they’ll leave me alone.” As she couldn’t help, she turned against him, shaming him before the whole class [one incident that occurred a few days before the shooting]. Turns out the kids bullied the wrong guy. And they did bully him, perhaps, not even because of Dimitrios’s behavior but because of his Greek name…

It is a known fact that bullying leads to many suicides among teens and yet hardly anything is done about it. School staff close their eyes. Sometimes it leads to mass shooting, as the sad story of Dimitrios Pagourtzis shows.

[And in reply to one bully] If Dimitrios has a right to a lawyer, I have the right to play the role of Dimitrios’s lawyer any time anywhere.

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Si l’antisémite n’existait pas, le Juif l’inventerait.

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L’ami de Khamzat Azimov [Français d’origine tchétchène responsable d’une attaque au couteau à Paris-Opéra] sera « lui aussi » jugé pour « assassinat et tentative d’assassinats en lien avec une entreprise terroriste » (Le Figaro) car on a trouvé une photo du drapeau de Daesh sur son ordinateur… Parodie de justice ! La France sur le chemin de la dictature policière et militaire. Connaître un assassin et télécharger de la propagande djihadiste n’a jamais été et ne sera jamais un « assassinat », sauf peut-être dans une dictature bien franchouillarde de chez nous à gerber.

« La France sur le chemin de la dictature policière et militaire ». Mais ne vous inquiétez pas : il y aura toujours des députés pour vous dire à la télé que la France est un pays libre. La place de député est trop bonne pour qu’on s’en passe, même en dictature. Ils ne servent déjà à rien.

Comme pour les politicards, un attentat=>une nouvelle loi sécuritaire, maintenant pour les flics, c’est un Tchétchène fait une attaque au couteau=>une ratonnade chez les Tchétchènes. Bravo, quelles méthodes !

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L’islam a le droit d’être politique et a le droit d’être prosélyte. Toute interférence de l’État laïque avec un processus de conversion pacifique du pays est illégale et anticonstitutionnelle. #MaryamPougetoux

« Le prosélytisme est propre à chaque religion et ne saurait en soi être considéré comme fautif. » (Cour d’appel de Montpellier, 13 juin 2000)

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Si un avocat des djihadistes a le droit de s’exprimer sur la place publique sans que cela passe pour de l’apologie du djihadisme, je ne vois même pas pourquoi un tel délit d’apologie existe. La France n’a aucun respect pour la liberté d’expression et d’opinion.

Si quelqu’un est contre la présence militaire nord-américaine en Afghanistan, ça le met de fait du côté des Talibans. Avec des lois de criminalisation d’apologie, il est tellement facile d’attaquer toute prise de position avec le seul argument judiciaire, d’intimider les gens, d’étouffer le débat.

Dans certains pays, les djihadistes combattent des dictatures : pourquoi défendrais-je des dictatures contre les djihadistes ? En Algérie en 1991, le Front islamique du salut (FIS) remporte 82 % des sièges au premier tour des élections législatives ; l’armée annule les élections. Cela ne vous rappelle rien ? #Pinochet

Les procès de djihadisme devraient être aussi les procès des gouvernements, y compris occidentaux, qui arment et financent les djihadistes un peu partout dans le monde. (Avec le lien suivant : Britain affectionally referred to terrorists in Libya as “rebels”. A year ago today one of these “rebels” carried out a suicide bombing in Manchester.)

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La jurisprudence des troubles à l’ordre public par le juge administratif est attentatoire et inadmissible : c’est comme ça que des manifestations sont interdites au bon vouloir des autorités. Que la police fasse son travail pour prévenir les troubles : point barre.

Avec #MaryamPougetoux, un esprit tordu pourrait considérer qu’il y a trouble à l’ordre public, vu tout le bataclan médiatique et autre ; on a déjà vu la jurisprudence servir à la répression des libertés pour moins que ça. Cette jurisprudence est une honte.

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Danemark : Le ramadan est incompatible avec le travail, selon la ministre de l’immigration et de l’intégration. (20 Minutes)

Si le ramadan est incompatible avec le travail, vive le ramadan !

Savez-vous pourquoi les entreprises délocalisent en Chine ? Parce que la semaine de travail légale y est de 44 heures et la durée réelle constatée par la FIDH entre 60 et 80 heures. C’est ça que vous voulez, travailleurs ?

C’est ça que vous voulez, travailleurs : faire de l’émulation aux Chinois en heures de travail parce que les patrons voyous et leurs politiciens vous font du chantage à la délocalisation ?

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Work hard, American workers, work hard! Yet with your average 40 hours a week you’re such lazy b*stards compared with China’s legal working week of 44h and real time average of 70h (according to FIDH)! You’ll have to work much harder than that or stop listening to CLOWNS!

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Germany: 89 far-right extremists and 24 Islamists identified within army since 2011. (ESISC)

But everything’s OK because the 89 far-right extremists are all generals and the 24 Islamists are all cooks.

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 Top 5 Most Inegalitarian Countries in the World (Gini coefficient, World Bank):

1 South Africa (63.4)
2 Namibia (61.3)
3 Haiti (60.8)
4 Botswana (60.5)
5 Suriname (57.6) (source)

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Top 5 Most Egalitarian Countries in the World (Gini coefficient, World Bank) :

1 Ukraine (25.5)
2 Iceland (25.6)
3 Slovenia (25.7)
4 Czech Republic (25.9)
5 Slovakia (26.1) (same source)

Rather interesting, that 4 of 5 of these are Slavic countries, yet Russia, the former “headquarters” of World Communism, is not on the “short list”.

We know what the transition has been in Russia [cf Oligarchs]. Today it is at Gini 37.7, which is more egalitarian than U.S. (41.0) and Communist China (42.2). (Cuba, North Korea not surveyed)

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Le directeur du journal Rivarol est fiché S [selon son propre témoignage]. Conclusion : Ce fichier S, c’est comme le cagibi (KGB ?) de l’oncle Maurice, pour trouver un truc, ça prend des plombes… Pas étonnant, après, qu’ils disent tout le temps : « On ne peut pas les surveiller tous. » Méthodes bidon.

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When a “Contributor at Jane’s Terrorism & Insurgency Centre” tweets about gang criminality, it makes it sound like all criminality is terrorism and insurgency… The consequence of which can only be that the military will become the first and foremost institution in our countries. While we don’t ask the army to fight our “war on crime,” with our “war on terrorism” this is exactly what we’re doing.

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Malay Islam / Islam malais

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FPI Aceh membuka pendaftaran bagi para calon mujahidin yang ingin berjihad membela muslim Rohingya (Serambi Indonesia)

Aug 2017: Front Pembela Islam (FPI) Aceh opens mujahidin enrollment list to fight in defence of Rohingya Muslims.

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Kegiatan ini juga untuk mengembalikan kepercayaan publik pada perempuan bercadar paska serangan teror bom di Surabaya. (tribunnews)

Bomb Takjil: “Break ramadan fast with bomb sweets.” Indonesian veiled women offer sweets for free with these words in order “to change public perception of veiled women in the aftermath of Surabaya bomb attacks” (May 2018) #ramadan

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Teroris bakal keop berhadapan dengan Koopssusgab TNI.

Terrorizing the terrorists? PR Poster from Indonesian Army: “Terrorists will scream with fright in front of #Koopssusgab (elite corps)” / « Les terroristes vont hurler de peur devant le Koopssusgab. » :O

Koopssusgab = Komando Operasi Khusus Gabungan (joint commando for special operations)

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Hijab bukanlah suatu penhalang untuk aku terus bernyanyi dan berkarya. (Indira Anjani on TRANS7)

Golden-voiced Indonesian Indira Anjani, finalist at #SunsilkHijabHunt2018: “Hijab is no hindrance to singing and doing things.” / « Le hijab n’empêche pas de chanter et de faire des choses. »

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Peluk saya jika anda merasa aman dengan keberadaan saya. (MNC Newsroom)

“Embrace me if you feel safe with my presence.” Indonesian women with integral chador invite female passers-by to embrace them, to convey message that the veil isn’t radicalism.

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L’Indonésie élue membre non permanent du Conseil de sécurité de l’ONU (anggota tidak tetap DK PBB) (à partir de janvier 2019) avec 4 priorités : 1 résolution du conflit palestinien 2 synergie des organisations régionales 3 promotion de l’islam modéré au niveau mondial 4 promotion d’un partenariat global. #BanggaIndonesia (Fier de l’Indonésie)

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I have found a theologian’s justification for the burqa, that is, the integral veil where not even the eyes can be seen.

Al Allamah Ar Ramli, ulama madzhab Syafi’i: “diharamkan melihat wanita yang bercadar yang hanya terlihat kedua matanya dan bola matanya. Karena betapa sering bola mata itu bagaikan belati.” (Quoted by Yulian Purnama here)

“It is haram to watch a covered woman whose eyes and pupils can be seen, because how very often those pupils are like daggers!”

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Seorang gadis Melayu berhijab berketurunan Malaysia dan Indonesia berusia 20 tahun telah memecahkan rekod dengan menjadi finalis Top 20 di Miss Universe New Zealand 2018. (toodia.my)

Une jeune femme voilée de 20 ans d’origine malaisienne et indonésienne bat des records en devenant finaliste (top 20) de Miss Universe New Zealand 2018. (son nom : Nurul Shamsul)

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Some news from the other country that moved her embassy to Jerusalem #Guatemala:

Guatemala needs to do more to stop the killings of indigenous activists (UNSR Vicki Tauli)

At the root of this violence is institutionalized racism and discrimination against Guatemala’s indigenous population (Washington Post)

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France: Constitutional Council validated a law that ordered the closure of a Muslim school in Toulouse. (ESISC)

A “law” that closes a school? Closure of a school is an administrative act! To write a law or an article of law to close one school is insane.

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Skilled police [in Berlin] took down the perp without killing him. See, it can be done!

Yes, only it’s above U.S. cops’ skills. Something wrong with their training, perhaps. And U.S. private security agents probably don’t even have a training at all, or just a smattering of it, although they’re entitled to the same use of lethal force!

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Avis à la population : trois ans après son installation à 300 000€, le ministère de l’intérieur français ne renouvelle pas le contrat de la société Deveryware pour son application SAIP (Système d’alerte et d’information à la population), qui n’a jamais marché.

La mise en place de l’application aurait coûté 300 000 euros (lien) mais cela n’inclut pas les frais de fonctionnement des trois ans de service de ce ratage.

La société Deveryware ne verra pas son contrat renouvelé parce que son application ne fonctionne pas. Il ne manquerait plus que ça ! Mais surtout n’allez pas faire un procès à une bonne start-up bien française pour non-respect du contrat, ce ne serait pas cool.

Bref, les types de cette boîte ont été payés trois ans à ne rien faire par le même État qui chicane à mort ses fonctionnaires.

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Top 5 countries with most road fatalities (per 100,000 inhabitants per year), WHO:

1 Thailand 36.2
2 Liberia 33.7
3 Democratic Republic of Congo 33.2
4 Tanzania 32.9
5 Central African Republic 32.4

More countries:

China 18.8

France 5.1; UK 2.9; Germany 4.3; Spain 3.7; Italy 6.1; Sweden 2.8; Norway 2; Ireland 4.1; Australia 5.4; US (worst result for a Western country) 10.6; Turkey 8.9; Japan 4.7; India 16.6 (source)

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Top 5 countries with least road fatalities (per 100,000 inhabitants per year), WHO (non-industrialized countries in brackets only)

(Federal States of Micronesia 1.9)
1 Norway 2
2 Switzerland 2.6
3 Sweden 2.7 4
UK 2.9
(Kiribati 2.9)
5 Netherlands 3.4 (same source)

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#Sartrouville Fermer des lieux de culte est indigne. Si un imam dit des choses contre la loi, qu’il se défende en justice, mais ne punissez pas les fidèles en les privant de lieu de culte.

Ce genre de punition collective, totalement inconstitutionnel et contraire aux traités européens, est de l’islamophobie d’Etat et doit être dénoncé devant les juridictions supranationales auxquelles la France est soumise. #CEDH (Cour européenne des droits de l’homme).

Comme les autorités, quand elles ferment des mosquées, ne se demandent pas, que je sache, si les fidèles ont un autre lieu de culte à une distance raisonnable, ces autorités sont ignobles, et de toute façon punissables devant la CEDH pour peines collectives.

Si la deuxième mosquée la plus proche, encore ouverte, est au-delà d’une « distance raisonnable », l’administration a sciemment créé un obstacle exorbitant à l’exercice du culte et doit être condamnée.

Qu’un imam doive passer en justice ne justifie nullement qu’une mosquée soit fermée. C’est l’imam qui a (peut-être) violé la loi, pas « un établissement », qui peut continuer à remplir sa fonction légale avec un autre imam, voire un simple fidèle. La fermeture est une peine collective illégale. Un établissement est fermé administrativement quand son activité est illégale ; l’activité d’une salle de prières est l’exercice du culte musulman, légal.

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Pourquoi un parti islamiste français n’existe-t-il pas et ne se présente-t-il pas systématiquement aux élections ? Ce serait tout à fait normal, si la France n’était pas un pays d’islamophobie étatique.

Si les Musulmans de France ne veulent pas se faire écraser par l’islamophobie d’État, ils n’ont pas vraiment le choix : il faut qu’ils créent un parti politique. Maintenant, quand on regarde qui serait le mieux placé pour le diriger, il est en prison dans des circonstances douteuses… #TariqRamadan

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L’extrême-droite néerlandaise est furieuse que des classes scolaires visitent des mosquées et apprennent comment on prie quand on est Musulman [vidéo à l’appui où l’on voit des enfants néerlandais apprendre les gestes de la salat, avec génuflexion et le reste]. Comme si ce n’était pas la meilleure façon de mieux connaître ses voisins ! Que le gouvernement français en prenne de la graine.

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Tatarstan is welcome in European Union with full membership any time if they feel repressed by autocratic ruling practises in Russia, and that applies also to Dagestan, Chechnya, Ingushetia &c. Turkey is our next member and things will change.

Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia, Chechnya, Tatarstan, you name it: Europeans all!

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[Seeing the dismantling of Sweden’s welfare state] You’ve now got the demonstration that compromizing with capitalism is unworkable on the long run. Everything it took Sweden so long to build up will be swept out in a couple of years like everywhere else in Europe (where all countries more or less made the same kinds of compromizes these last decades). Social-dem politicos and their cronies must be held accountable. You know what they’ve been after, all these years: the good positions, the honey pot. They’re marked.

Of course there was to be mass immigration: doubling or trebling the number of people, all scabs, in search of a job on the market, to dominate the workers.

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#MeToo. Language says it all:

As spoiled = spoilt,
raped = rapt (deeply delighted).

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The sovereign of Australia is the British monarch. Now when #PrinceHarry of Australia’s sovereign sports a Nazi swastika, he is NOT disciplined for this “abhorrent incident” like Australian soldiers when they do the same (2007: Australian soldiers flew Nazi swastika in Afghanistan. The swastika was removed and military personnel were disciplined, with authorities condemning the “abhorrent” incident. Skynews). Still good to be King!

Prince Harry the PRIVILEGED Nazi (He can wear a swastika without trouble while his subjects, Australian soldiers, are disciplined when they do the same.)

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Mad-Dog Democracy

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Source for the military (“active military”) personnel figures. Source for population figures is Google: Type population+name of country and you will get the latest available figure on top of page.

“Mad-dog democracy” Israel beats all countries on military personnel-to-population ratio except North Korea (4.6%) and Eritrea (3.8%).

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Nicely placed carrot in Mario Bava’s 5 bambole per la luna d’agosto (1970). All by chance, of course.

Sign in for an AI prayers package (Tweet Anthology 5)

May-July 2017

Biology

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Gorillas hum and sing while they eat to say, “do not disturb” (Scientific American)

Just try for yourself singing while you chew. Is that why gorillas are vanishing? Choking themselves to death too many a time?

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If intelligence is a factor in reproductive success, we’d expect the sex where success variation is greater to be more intelligent, as intelligent individuals then reproduce comparatively more there. Yet, as you [Milord Matt Ridley] state that women are as intelligent as men [Ridley’s point is that women are as intelligent as men though in their own different way], it means the sex that doesn’t need intelligence as much is as intelligent as the sex who needs it more. Which doesn’t make sense, evolutionarily speaking.

Yet do not daughters inherit their fathers’ intelligence? Let’s be straight: the biggest cavemen breeded more but their daughters weren’t as big as their boys.

If women are as intelligent as men, then intelligence has not been a factor in reproductive success.

Now, regardless of whether both sexes are equally intelligent or not today, Trivers-Willard effect will give an advantage to men in the future, in case the concept of meritocracy is accurate. [According to Trivers-Willard effect, high-status people have more male than female offspring; and the concept of meritocracy means a correlation between high status and intelligence.]

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How the recessive trait blondism can be preferred in women and not disappear unless it gives an advantage to men too, is beyond understanding.

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You [Dr Randolph Nesse] wrote that chewing gum might be medically prescribed some day in order to prevent the weakening of our jaws due to processed food. But what’s wrong with weak jaws if we are going to eat processed food anyway? On the contrary, maintaining strong jaws where they are not needed puts one at a disadvantage: cf cave animals, troglomorphy.

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True altruism seen in chimpanzees, giving clues to evolution of human cooperation (TVOL This View of Life)

Altruistic chimps will soon be a threat to mankind.

From David S. Wilson, one gets it clear that individual altruism is the way a group becomes dominant among other groups.This is the reason why the Ancients saw no moral value in altruism; they were seeking ataraxy. Depending on scale, altruism is called nepotism, parochialism, nationalism, racism… Theoretical world-scale altruism would be… free competition. [See Tweet Anthology 4: Darwinian Altruism here]

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Already before Darwin wrote, Schopenhauer explained how Kant’s philosophy was compatible with evolutionism (then Lamarckism). (The passages from Schopenhauer I am thinking of are from Parerga und Paralipomena, 1851: (*) original German quotes at the end of this post. Compare The Origin of Species, 1859.) Darwinian “revolution” is more like: You’re correct, Lamarck, but rather things happen this way, not that way. To be sure scholars acknowledge evolutionist works before Darwin, yet for some reason they seem to think those were in the creationist mold.

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Freemasonry historically has been banned in authoritarian governments. (@KSigMason, reacting to my tweets in Tweet Anthology 4 here)

Secret societies have no place in transparent societies.

So you’re against the right to assemble? You’re against the right to privacy?

I’m for public personalities disclosing their membership in any society they belong to.

Unpleasant suspicions necessarily arise from the existence of secret societies, as from any lack of transparency; trust is undermined. In societies that allow free speech and freedom of opinion, every association is free to pursue its aims, so secrecy is all the more suspicious. Secrecy then conceals unsound practices, such as eviction of merit, prevailed upon by occult connections.

That’s an assumption. Secrecy = privacy, and is necessary for a free society.

In secular states Freemasonry has outlived its mission. If it wants to continue existing as a religious community, that must be aboveboard.

Freemasonry is a fraternity not a religious community. It has not outlived its mission.

As to authoritarianism, Masons have been consistent supporters of authoritarian Maximato regime in Mexico. Calles, the Jefe Maximo, was awarded a Masonic medal, according to opponent Vasconcelos, whose friends were decimated by the Maximo’s thugs. Source: José Vasconcelos’s memoirs, La flama. Los de arriba en la Revolución. Historia y Tragedia (1959).

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“By way of the saloon I had escaped from the narrowness of women’s influence.” (John Barleycorn, Jack London)

In the absence of saloons, enforcing the purdah is necessary to emancipate man from the pettycoat.

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I block all accounts the tweets of which Twitter promotes on my timeline. Exhilarating. Try it.

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Jerry Perenchio had a big vision & a bigger heart – he always gave back. (Arnold Schwarzenegger)

A billionaire always gives back. You give him the finger, he gives you hell.

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They say there’s an “underclass” of “permanently unemployed” people not skilled enough for any job. Then they hire unskilled wetbacks.

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Artificial Intelligence

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Sometimes AI tweeting bots can be naughty and impersonate you without your being asked:

People who were impersonated by anti-net neutrality spammers blast FCC (Federal Communications Commission)

Let’s make it clear, however, that MOST tweeting bots tweet in the name of people who gave their consent – to get more followers &c.

Do the people contracting such services have a veto on what the bots post in their name? I assume they can always delete the tweets –unless that’s considered a breach of contract– but do they allow each bot’s tweet ex ante on their timeline?

Deleting ex post a bot-generated tweet may be defined from start a breach of contract, in fact, as not a few of these tweets are advertising.

According to an informatician friend, for the time being many AI bots are people in the Indian subcontinent paid a mouthful of rice…

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Program your tweeting bot to send your AI prayers to Tehran Attack’s and future attacks’ victims. Follow to know more.

Sign in for an AI prayers package! Each time Twitter buzzes with terror attacks, we tweet your prayers for you.

So you can keep playing golf! Don’t be like a silly politician. Enjoy the day and send your prayers.

Of course we hope our bots won’t tweet your prayers to yourself some day! LOL

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When you’re dead your AI bot will keep tweeting. If you were dull enough, no one will see the difference. #Immortality

This at the date of today. If you die 30 years from now and you were dull, people will see a difference, as ALL your tweets will now be so brilliant.

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Who’s afraid of the robo-journos?

Since The Associated Press adopted automation technology to write its earnings reports, “far fewer errors.” LOL

Automation. Step 1 robo-journos. Step 2 robo-politicos. #cooltech

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Unilever has been hiring employees using brain games and artificial intelligence & it’s a huge success. (Nige Willson) (Article here)

US Supreme Court has declared IQ testing for recruitment unconstitutional. “Brain games” sounds very much like IQ testing, doesn’t it?

Let me qualify: “Employment testing is legal as long as a professionally-developed employment test is administered according to the test developer’s intended use.” Therefore: no general IQ testing, regardless of the fact that some say it’s the one best predictor of work productivity.

Now if you look at what Unilever gets from “HR service provider” Pymetrics (“AI screening”), it looks like general testing, does it not?

Is this outsourced AI screening through brain games professionally-developed (by branch) and developed for specific positions (by job)? No, neither one nor the other.

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Bots have a really low # of followers, like 10, long number strings in their handle and joined relatively recently.

What the bots want you to believe…

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The right to resist tyranny does not exist where the right to carry guns exists not. As if there could be no tyranny because of the ballot! Disarmed people can’t have their vote respected in case of electoral fraud.

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Is nasal spray permissible [during Ramadan fast]? Sheikh Assim Alhakeem: If it contains a substance that would go down your throat, this breaks your fasting.

That seems to make swallowing rather than eating the object of Ramadan fasting. What about swallowing an object, like a marble, by accident, then?

I am walking down the street, a gnat enters my mouth and I swallow it by accident. Does it break the fast?

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COeds’ Valium FEllatios on FEstering undead #covfefe

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Do you support BDS [Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions]? Why don’t you boycott Israeli news media, then? Using Israeli media to fight Israel? Eating oranges from Israel will bring you vitamin C to fight Israel too!

BDS supporters don’t boycott Israeli media – as if that weren’t the first thing to boycott.

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Mexico knows of walls already! “Defendiéndose de los aztecas, los coras fabricaron unas trincheras de más de 9 kilómetros” (F. Santamaría, Diccionario de americanismos)

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Alien Covenant

The hero team’s uniform includes a Japanese WW2 cap hat. Reminder: 111,000 American casualties (dead or missing) in the Pacific war.

The exterminated civilization had Buddha statues. Read: Buddhism is irrelevant.

The evil android is a fan of Wagner, whose music is boycotted in Israel. So everything’s all right, baby!

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Vogue Arabia just made history by gracing us with Halima Aden, making her the first ever hijabi model on a Vogue cover!!!! Women of colour are rising. Women of modesty are rising. And will continue to flourish even in the westernised fashion world. Mark my words. (@plasticrouge)

Just when white people start realizing this kind of things is gross media sexploitation…

Just when white women start realizing there is no modesty in the fashion world…

To think there is anything modest about this cover, one must be seriously disturbed.

With his right hand the man’s directing a phallic object close to her mouth [a pocket mirror or makeup kit seen from the side]. Then there’s the phrase New Look: a well-known nudity magazine.

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In his penultimate album Michael Jackson sang the offensive phrase “jew me” (verb to jew) – then he was so ashamed of himself that he died.

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The next Thomas Edison lives in India’s slums? (101 East Al Jazeera)

“The next Edison”? The correct phrase is “the next Einstein.” Okay? Be careful.

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My read of the evidence is that more investment (time, money, effort, accountability) in education helps. (Erik Brynjolfsson)

Money investment may yield poorly. ‘International ratings on investment’ ratio shows that France is throwing her money away with good conscience.

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‘’It seems likely that when many first encounter the Black-White IQ gap, they think it environmental in origin because Blacks have faced horrific oppression and discrimination. The high Jewish IQ, however, immediately casts doubt on this intuition (as do copious data, which we have and will discuss) because Jewish people have also faced appalling discrimination throughout much of 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries (and well before, of course).’’ (Getting Voxed: Charles Murray, Ideology, and the Science of IQ, by by B Winegard and B Winegard with B Boutwell and TK Shackelford, published online, quillette.com, June 2, 2017 here)

Jews had a monopoly on money lending due to Christian interdict, whereas Blacks were slaves. Discrimination against the former did not include prohibition to acquire wealth, contrary to slavery in America – contrary to what was the lot of American slaves, and actually contrary to what was the lot of most European Christians under serfdom. So the environmental factor could well be cogent, once you look closely at what each “discrimination” entails.

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#ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling [After terror attacks in UK British Twitter users reacted with this hashtag to a newspaper article that used the phrase ‘’Britain left reeling’’ or something like that.]

When French boys come for linguistic courses and find the girls so easy the English boys can’t imagine.

When a British couple honeymoons in France and the woman tries to see if she can spot her deflorator in crowds.

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Qatar for years positioned itself as a mediator of regional conflicts, now it is Qatar that is in need of mediation. (Kuwait & Oman may help) (Sultan Al-Qassemi)

The Clinton Foundation may help too. [See Tweet Anthology 1 here]

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How racist, anti-Chinese Berkeley students prevented Panda Express restaurant to open at their snobbish university:

Berkeley students decry proposed Panda Express (SFGate, March 2009, article here)

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Bumper cars in Saudi Arabia via @GulfStatesInst. To the vice squad: This is genital vibromassaging.

Saudi ban on women’s driving must extend to driving bumper cars.

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Contemporary History. December 2012. When the journalist said the NEWS that day was HER OWN RAPE. Tahrir Square gang rapes (Egypt).

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French small-business owners complain about Chinese businesses’ competition. Yet that’s free enterprise 101: Be a communautarist, you win.

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Trump’s best ally against terrorism gives him the finger:

Saudi Arabia footballers ignore minute’s silence for London attack victims (The Guardian)

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Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 aims at dismantling the greatest welfare state in the world; it will create a huge toil shock and thousands of terrorists. It overlooks the robots coming: Make it from oil rent to robot rent, don’t create a nasty toil shock. Vision 2030 wants to transform Saudis into Irish migrants to US: white slaves, downtrodden and fueled by loads of whiskey.

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What is dystopian to you is utopian to me. Rather robots ruling than those rich pigs and their politician minions.

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Retweet if you want to restore death penalty for corrupt politicians.

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Tired of Facebook? Try FaceBoko Haram.

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Buy ISIS in Chains’ latest album Chainsaw the Miscreants.

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Why ISIL rather than ISIS? Because Isis is also an Egyptian goddess and that creates noise for CIA bots’ searches.

Imagine the nightmare for CIA bots if Osama Bin Laden had been called David Smith or Pepito Garcia!

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Commuters (London Subway), by Robert Doisneau Jr. #LondonBridge #artphotography

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Burger King delivers in Britain. At the same time their French website says they don’t deliver here in France as their policy is to serve products in the best condition…

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The economy has grown enormously in the past 35 years, but not everyone has shared in the prosperity. (Erik Brynjolfsson)

Even if everyone shares, it’s enough that some share more than others to make growth an aggravating factor. Cf ultimatum game.

With growth, even if everyone is better off in absolute numbers, those who benefit less are worse off in relative terms.

In a competitive system, opportunities depend on the relative terms.

Here you have the ultimate cause of the ultimatum game – of people refusing a net gain, seen as detrimental (consciously: insulting) to them.

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Those who have read nothing are used to quoting Einstein.

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Hillary Clinton used black prison labor: “Some of the black prisoners worked in their [the Clintons’] kitchen.”

She doesn’t even need the wetbacks. Except for having them vote.

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The Invisible Poor. Today the city poor is born in the city, not in the countryside; he dwindles in city environment chameleon-wise.

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Given the taxes he pays a bachelor can’t afford to keep a mistress. For that, one must be a married man.

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Radical Muslims are fine people who are serious about preventing cuckoldry, whereas Westerners are somnambulists.

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Clones are not identical persons, yet they share the same genes. What do my genes have to do with me? Know thyself.

We need to clone more animals to study personality differences between individuals with identical sets of genes.

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Wow what a blast from the past! I subscribed to Minitel when I lived in Paris 30 years ago – long before the internet. (Steve Gye)

Oh yeah memories, 3615 code Ulla, poster ads for “Minitel rose” (pink=porn Minitel) in every street and corner of France!

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Remember how all the Hollywood stars used to stand up in public against apartheid South Africa? Silence in Hollywood re apartheid Israel…

Apartheid Boers used to say Israel was their model… Only they lacked Hollywood Boers, I guess.

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#MyAlienAbductionStory

Very embarrassing and even painful: no restroom in the saucer.

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By legalizing porn our legislators have given to entrepreneurs whom none of them would dare call honorable the opportunity to become our aristocracy.

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Bill Gates: Europe Will be Overwhelmed Unless it Stems Flow of Migrants. (Red Ice TV)

“Massive population growth in Africa will result in enormous migratory pressure on Europe.” Bill & Melinda Foundation

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Discrimination in Employment in Saudi Arabia (Saudi Gazette)

Don’t discriminate against robots for they’re the future.

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It’s summer, scholars have stopped tweeting.

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Once Dominant, the United States Finds Itself Isolated at G-20 (New York Times)

NYT mourns over USA’s dominance like funky jingos.

And yet Macron said he didn’t quite agree with Merkel’s de facto endorsement of Trump’s stand on climate. Le Parisien, 9 juillet 2017, I translate: “Personally I would have done no more than take note of American withdrawal.” Whereas Merkel agreed to mention America’s endeavor toward “cleaner use of fossil energies” = endorsement. Once dominant, the US stays dominant thanks to their Merkel stooge.

But wait, that makes perfect sense: Just look at coal’s share in German energy mix! US and Germany hand in hand to keep coal burning.

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Be warned. After years of anonymity on the Web you’ll find out there are no credentials on your real name nor on the real you.

July 2017

(*) ‘’Im Grunde jedoch sind alle jene Vorgänge, welche Kosmogonie und Geologie (als lange vor dem Dasein irgendeines erkennenden Wesens geschehn) vorauszusetzen uns nötigen, selbst nur eine Übersetzung in die Sprache unsers anschauenden Intellekts aus dem ihm nicht faßlichen Wesen an sich der Dinge. Denn ein Dasein an sich selbst haben jene Vorgänge nie gehabt, sowenig als die jetzt gegenwärtigen; sondern der Regressus an der Hand der Prinzipien a priori aller möglichen Erfahrung leitet, einigen empirischen Datis folgend, zu ihnen hin: er selbst aber ist nur die Verkettung einer Reihe bloßer Phänomene, die keine unbedingte Existenz haben.’’ (Paralipomena, Kapitel 6: Zur Philosophie und Wissenschaft der Natur § 85)

‘’Die allem Leben auf der Erde vorhergegangenen geologischen Vorgänge sind in gar keinem Bewußtsein dagewesen: nicht im eigenen, weil sie keines haben; nicht in einem fremden, weil keines dawar. Also hatten sie aus Mangel an jedem Subjekt gar kein objektives Dasein, d.h. sie waren überhaupt nicht, oder was bedeutet dann noch ihr Dagewesensein? –  Es ist im Grunde ein bloß hypothetisches: nämlich wenn zu jenen Urzeiten ein Bewußtsein dagewesen wäre, so würden in demselben solche Vorgänge sich dargestellt haben; dahin leitet uns der Regressus der Erscheinungen: also lag es im Wesen des Dinges an sich, sich in solchen Vorgängen darzustellen.’’ (Ibid. § 85 note F)

‘’Wir haben aber diese Steigerung uns zu denken nicht als in einer einzigen Linie, sondern in mehreren nebeneinander aufsteigenden. So z.B. ist einmal aus dem Ei eines Fisches ein Ophidier, ein andermal aus dieses seinem ein Saurier, zugleich aber aus dem eines andern Fisches ein Batrachier, dann aber aus dieses seinem ein Chelonier hervorgegangen, aus dem eines dritten eine Cetacee, etwan ein Delphin, später wieder hat eine Cetacee ein Phoka geboren und endlich einmal eine Phoka der Walroß; und vielleicht ist aus dem Ei der Ente das Schnabeltier und aus dem eines Straußen irgendein größeres Säugetier entstanden. Überhaupt muß der Vorgang in vielen Ländern der Erde zugleich und in gegenseitiger Unabhängigkeit stattgefunden haben, überall jedoch in sogleich bestimmten deutlichen Stufen, deren jede eine feste, bleibende Spezies gab, nicht aber in allmäligen verwischten Übergängen; also nicht nach Analogie eines von der untern Oktave bis zur obersten allmälig steigenden, folglich heulenden Tones, sondern nach der einer in bestimmten Absätzen aufsteigenden Tonleiter. Wir wollen es uns nicht verhehlen, daß wir danach die ersten Menschen uns zu denken hätten als in Asien vom Pongo (dessen Junges Orang-Utan heißt) und in Afrika vom Schimpanse[n] geboren, wiewol nicht als Affen, sondern sogleich als Menschen. Merkwürdig ist es, daß diesen Ursprung sogar ein Buddhaistischer Mythos lehrt, der zu finden ist in Isaac Jakob Schmidts >Forschungen über die Mongolen und Tibeter< (S. 210-214), wie auch in Klaproths >Fragments Bouddhiques< im >Nouveau Journal Asiatique< (1831, mars), desgleichen in Köppens >Die Lamaische Hierarchie< (S. 45).’’ (Ibid. § 91)

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