Friday, March 14, 2014

Found in Translation

Antony Loewenstein is delighted that his (ahem) best-seller is available in the Arab World.
I’m told the book is available in most Arab countries.
Nearly one in every three Arabs is illiterate. It's a perfect fit!

Antony, famous for silencing any dissent on his blog boasts:
I’m happy that this title continues to generate debate in the Arab world where a dissident Jewish, atheist voice isn’t too often heard.
In some Arab countries, Jews are forbidden from entering the country. In others, they are simply massacred. No wonder they aren't heard from. There's not many atheists elsewhere who would simultaneously describe themselves as Jewish either.

As for the "debate" being generated by his book?
In 2013 my first book My Israel Question was translated and published in Arabic by the Lebanese-based publisher All Prints. The name was changed to Cases Against Israel.
The Arabs have answered his Israel Question well and truly. HIs original publishers Melbourne University Press apparently couldn't. 


Monday, March 10, 2014

Allah Einstein

A batshit-crazy learned Iranian cleric has claimed that Albert Einstein was a Muslim.
Ayatolla Mahadavi Kani, described as the head of the Assembly of Experts in the Islamic Republic of Iran, who says that there are documents proving the Jewish scientist embraced Shiite Islam and was an avid follower of Ja'far Al-Sadiq, an eighth-century Shi'i imam. 
In the video, Kani quotes Einstein as saying that when he heard about the ascension of the prophet Mohammed, "a process which was faster than the speed of light," he realized "this is the very same relativity movement that Einstein had understood."
Even his name sounds Muslim! It was obvious.

I guess this is one way to prop up the otherwise practically non-existent intellectual output from the Arab-Muslim world. The site's down at present but Masada2000 noted:
There are a mere 12 Million Jews in the entire world yet they have received 185 Nobel Prizes. 
The Muslims number 1.4 Billion, or 117 times the number of Jews! Based upon this 117:1 Muslim-to-Jewish ratio, one might expect the Muslims to have 24,920 Nobel Laureates.
They have nine! and one of them [Arafat] was a murderer
  They've just added a tenth. Albert Einstein.

Friday, March 07, 2014

Merciful Muslims

A Christian man was captured by Muslims in Syria. He was forced to recite the Shahada and convert to Islam. As a reward for this, they mercifully decided not to shoot him.
(Warning: Graphic content)

Smug, Aren't They?

A letter in today's Sydney Morning Herald
Herald readers have been too polite so far, but I’ll say it. Bogan-land is a borderless area occupied by Daily Telegraph readers. 
Alan Carruthers Artarmon
I'm not sure if Mr Carruthers has picked up a copy of the Tele in the last decade, but as someone who reads three newspapers daily, I can say that had he read today's he would have seen every single one of the letters therein were far more relevant to the readership than the banal attempts at wit filling space in the Silly.

Yes, ten years ago the Tele was typically full of spelling errors in the brief section that wasn't the sport of the form guide. However many remaining Herald readers seem to have missed the substantial decline in calibre of that publication over the years.

Meanwhile, startup lefty publication The Saturday Paper has (literally) plastered these signs all over the inner-city.

Murdoch runs newspapers without the vandalism of private property.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Space. The Final Fatwa.

Time Magazine reports:
A religious watchdog in the United Arab Emirates has issued a fatwa against traveling to Mars with Dutch entrepreneur Bas Lansdorp’s project Mars One.
So no Illudium Q-36 Explosive Infidel Modulator then.

The organization, General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments (GAIAE), has likened the voyage to committing suicide, something that is forbidden according to Islam.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

You have Two Choices

Booked a flight on Jetstar recently. After scrolling through lots of unwanted 'upsells', car-hire, travel insurance, food onboard I was asked if I wanted to pay for the big one:
Please indicate if you would like to offset the carbon emissions for your trip before continuing 
The two options given were: "No thanks" and "Yes please". Very polite to be sure but missing a third option: "Absolutely not, are you kidding?"

Friday, February 21, 2014

Where do I Sign?

  • Permanent full-time position, salary package up to $91,640 pa
The Greens NSW (GNSW) is seeking an individual with a wide range of skills. The Executive Officer is a newly created position. It will be the most senior employed position in the NSW Greens. It is not a political position, or a party spokesperson position. It is an executive and managerial role.
Plus you get to hang out with Sarah Hanson-Young and talk about TV shows.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Bend it like Burkha

Iranian women footballers will be required to undergo mandatory gender-testing after it was revealed that four players in the national women’s team were in fact men.

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Ant's Pants

Eight years ago, serial Israel-hater Antony Loewenstein was quoted in the SMH saying "I don’t want to be defined as the guy who criticises Israel; I didn’t ask for this.”

Eight years later, let's see how that's going. The Sydney Morning Herald's Executive Style section interviewed him, describing him thus:
Antony Loewenstein is an Australian-Jewish opponent of Israel. Having spent time in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza and written two books on the subject,
Actually it's one book (if you can call it 'writing') and his time spent in Israel is considerably less than a typical Jewish teenager on study tour.

Topics covered include his species:
He says it’s his “responsibility as a human first, and a Jew second, to speak out when injustice occurs committed by my people’’.
His people? Who are they? Also discussed, Antony's eating:
He says while growing up in Melbourne, he attended Sabbath meals with his family.

‘‘I recall discussions about Israel and Palestine and the casual racism expressed towards Arabs. I didn’t have the knowledge then or language to forcefully respond but it made me distinctly uncomfortable.”
Antony is not very good at recalling Sabbath dinner conversations. His own family think he's a liar.  

And as always:
I continue to receive hate mail and occasional death threats for daring to support the Palestinians.”
He's just like Salman Rushdie, only without the sales figures. As Tim Blair once noted, the only people likely to be sending Antony death threats are English teachers.

How an unemployed author qualifies as 'executive' is anyone's guess but if they're going to talk fashion, how could they miss Antony's indoor hat-wearing past attempts?
It looked like he was wearing some sort of tracksuit cargo pants, purple sneakers, a man-bag and a khaki locomotive driver’s hat (worn for the duration).


Saturday, February 01, 2014

Think of the Children

Wait until Sara Hanson-Young sees this factual programming...

The Royal Australian Navy will have more explaining to do.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Three R's

Western Australia's Learn for Life Foundation is a non-profit organisation promoting the importance of education for people of all ages.

Watch and learn.