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Killer Cartoons

Posted by glasscastle on 7th February 2006


this cartoon, from Al-Watan (Oman) (August 10, 2002), Jewish acts are
equated with those of the Nazis. This Nazi-type anti-Semitic caricature
of a Jew has a hooked nose, a hunched back, has no shoes, and is sweating.


Although we have decided to uncharacteristically
refrain from posting any of the 12 offending drawings of Muhammed, we
can’t resist getting in on some of the controversy. To show that we can clearly
relate to
people being deeply offended by callous and viscious cartoons attacking
our religion and the things we hold closest to our heart, we have decided
reprint some
other examples of this reprehensible practice.

Seeing such racist and anti-semitic cartoons makes us want to race out
to the streets and start a world-wide religious war against anyone with
such a lack of respect as to publish distorted lies like these…..

In the above cartoon, from Akhbar Al-Khalij (Bahrain) (June 10, 2002),
the anti-Semitic caricature of a Jew on the right says: "Say: "I hate
the Arabs!" and American president George W. Bush, made to resemble
a parrot, repeats: "I hate the Arabs, I hate the Arabs."




major theme in Arab cartoons is the bloodloving or blood-thirsty Jew.
In today’s Arab world this image of unbridled hatred has mutated
into the alleged quest for Palestinian blood.
Blood-drinking Jews are frequently shown by Al Ahram, one of
Egypt’s leading dailies. On 21 April 2001, it printed a cartoon showing
an Arab being put into a flatting mill by two soldiers wearing helmets
with Stars of David. The Arab’s blood pours out and two Jews with kippot
and Stars of David on their shirts drink the blood laughingly.



A Jewish Devil (Ariel
Sharon), walks on the bones of dead Arabs.





cartoon from the Anti-Defamation League web site

It is clear that nothing can be gained by trying to understand or reason with people who would publish such
distorted trash.  The only solution is to kill them, obviously.
Or are we missing something here?

authors note: It occurs to us that in today’s hyper-heated debate environment, we should make it explicitly clear that the previous comments are facetious in nature. Humor blogging can be dangerous when faced with readers completely lacking a sense of humor….

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Easy as Making a Peanut Butter Sandwich

Posted by glasscastle on 7th February 2006

We turned our class over to an experienced and able replacement lecturer
today, and tomorrow we go in for the prep for the operation to put our
stomach back where it belongs, on Friday.  Meanwhile, we will keep
in touch with the little dears (actually this is a great group, with
students from 9 countries on 4 continents) via our class WIKI.

After years of experimenting with class web pages, web calendars, mailing
lists and class blogs, we have become firm fans of the concept of a class
WIKI. A WIKI is the absolute easiest web page to alter and manage. Students
have their own pages to play around with by the end of the first session.
The language is so simple and intuitive that complete beginners are posting
photos and songs by the end of the second session.

PBwiki logoWe
have been happily using PBWiki for three semesters now, and it is completely
transparaent and non-intimidating to students.  There
is a free 1 GB option, and for five bucks a month you can get 100 GB,
enough for multiple pages, images and sound files. It takes about 10
seconds to register and get your WIKI up and running.

The students love having their own pages, but because we want them to
feel secure about posting whatever they are thinking or doing, the class
is password protected. But try making your own!

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Project Genesis – Titanic Two?

Posted by glasscastle on 7th February 2006

MIAMI -Royal Caribbean International on Monday ordered the world’s
largest and most expensive cruise ship, a $1.24 billion vessel that will
hold up to 6,400 passengers. It’s the latest step in the industry trend
of supersizing ships, which delight many passengers but are too crowded
for other guests.

The ship, dubbed Project Genesis, will be 220,000 gross registered tons
when it is delivered to the world’s second-largest cruise operator in fall
2009 by Oslo, Norway-based shipbuilder Aker Yards. Gross registered tons
is a standard way to measure a ship’s size and is a unit of volume equal
to about 100 cubic feet.

The ship will weigh about 100,000 tons based on displacement – a Nimitz-class
aircraft carrier comes in at about 97,000 tons.

"Project Genesis truly is a remarkable ship. Its bold design, daring innovations
and technological advancements will delight our existing cruisers and help
us draw in new ones," Richard Fain, the parent company’s chairman and CEO,
said in a statement.

from the New York Times

Do we detect a faint whiff of hubris? We have a bad feeling about
this one. Don’t think we’ll be booking a suite for the inagural cruise.
Besides, wasn’t Project Genesis the end of Mr. Spock?

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