Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Our current yoga masters

Russia's president Vladimir Putin has said:
"Russia has never declared Hamas a terrorist organization, but it doesn't mean we support and accept everything Hamas has done and all the statements it has made.
Russia expecting Hamas to recognize Israel's existence and abandon its radical position, but that it would not support cutting off aid to the Palestinians. "
While Kofi, Solana and Condy sported the usual bullshit:
Hamas-led Palestinian government must commit to non-violence, recognition of Israel and acceptance of existing peace agreements if it is to maintain its level of financial support.
Isn't it the time, finally, to change asanas?

Monday, January 30, 2006

Enough of yoga

For too many times I have heard this way too probable for my taste scenario, in printed broadcasted, electronic media and even fellow bloggers. That it wouldn't be long till our beloved politicians abandon their pledge not to deal with Hamas until it denounces it's threats to destroy Israel, saying something like "the Palestinian people shouldn't suffer for their government's position".

Well, dear politicians! I understand your fascination with yoga, but isn't it the time to get your heads out of your asses?

Aussie Dave vs Mr. S.

In the light of ongoing JIB Awards, a self hating Jew named Silverstein has launched a provocation in order to get some publicity at others expense. On his blog he trash talked about JIB Award, it's participants and organizers in provocative posts full with false facts, quotes of context and outward lies.
To my dismay, Dave has decided, instead of leaving this Silverstein to write to his 5+ regular readers (like I do *see below), to enter in discussion, therefore giving him exactly what he wanted - free traffic and publicity.

Dave, give some traffic to me instead! I can whine about JIBs too!

* To my devoted 5+ readers! Thank you!

Update (01/02/2006):
Finally Dave has done the right thing.

Cory Doctorow's speech on broadcast flags and digital TV

Ever since I've read Mr. Doctorow's Microsoft DRM (Digital Repressive Right Management) speech, I keep track of his speeches on this matter. He warns about the dangers and uselessness of the DRM systems.
Every time I hear what those greedy corporations plot I'm held by barely controllable anger, but i keep listening, since I feel obligated to know what these people are up to. This time Mr. Doctorow was talking about the upcoming initiative of broadcasting flags in digital television, the related legislation and what profound repercussions that might have.

It is a "must listen", even if it is not included in your area of interest, since it touches each and every one of us.

Another useful article on this issue.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Being patriotic? Then you being racist.

On a TV program dedicated to automobile hobbyists I heard some English guy and his girlfriend talk about his car. Being (I quote) "a big patriot of his country" he painted his car in red and white colors of flag of England. They told, that he is being accused, by quite a few people, of being a racist.
Quote - "Many people do not differentiate between being a patriot, and being a racist. I'm just proud in what I am."

I'm lost here. Maybe you can diagnose such society.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Abdul Hadi Pallazzi

I believe that the world has not only the right, but an obligation to know about such men like Abdul Hadi Pallazzi.
Abdul Hadi Pallazzi is a leader of Italian Muslim Assembly and a co-founder and a co-chairman of the Islam-Israel Fellowship. I will not quote his biography, you can find it at Wikipedia, but I would like to state that I respect his courage and integrity, since by saying aloud something like this, he is placing his life in jeopardy.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Couldn't have been done better if it was on purpose

Following the previous post:

A prominent Israeli newspaper Maariv has placed a photo of president of Syria Bashar Assad and president of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during the official visit of the later in Syria, while placing on the second page a photo of the president of France Jacques Chirac, during his visit to France's nuclear submarine base, in reference to his warning to nuke the terrorists and their supporters.

Being enough to place those two photographs in such proximity, the real fun starts when you look at Chirac's photo thro the light:

Friday, January 20, 2006

French hypocrisy

During a visit to northwestern France, where France's nuclear submarines are based French president Jacques Chirac said:
The leaders of states who would use terrorist means against us, as well as those who would consider using in one way or another weapons of mass destruction, must understand that they would lay themselves open to a firm and adapted response on our part. This response could be a conventional one. It could also be of a different kind.

Against a regional power, our choice would not be between inaction or annihilation. The flexibility and reactivity of our strategic forces would enable us to exercise our response directly against its centers of power and its capacity to act.
Well France has reminded the world about it's legal right to defend itself. Whether they meant business or not, it's a different story, but what I wanted to know, is what changed m. Chirac's opinion?
For the last decade France's policy was to refuse to recognize this right for other countries. So what was it? Were it the recent riots throuth whole France, or terror attacks in London? Or was it the fact that every now and then a Al Qaida cell in discovered in Europe , and nobody knows how many of them there are?
Would you recognize other country's right to defend themselves, or was it another case of French hypocrisy?

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Hamas PA elections campaign

In response to yesterdays Hamas support rally, LiveJournal user Andrushka (posted in Russian) presented some of the Hamas leaflets used in their election campaign, among with photographs of the "candidates" on their military parade and some of their "military achievements".

He was wondering for how long will the world continue to watch all this while talking about solving Israeli-Palestinian conflict in peaceful democratic way. He also suggested that it might not be long till we all will have to defend our right not to study Koran.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Funny name incident

It is an oldie, but never the less is still funny.
Mel Gibson (if I'm not mistaken) was a guest on a popular Israeli daily TV entertainment
show "Good Evening with Guy Pines"”. The host introduces himself and the guest to the audience, then Mel asks Guy: "Guy Pines? (pronounced Peenes) Really?"

Old thing, new face

I've listened to the latest album from VanZant "Get right with the man". A very nice rock indeed, a bit country like but still good. But what a pity that such good artists got involved with such crooks like SonyBGM. With all the respect I carry toward the artists, I feel really bad about giving money to that SonyBGM scum.
I have a suspicion that the artists are their hostages as well. These people remind me the mob from the twenties of the previous century. Same tactics of racket intimidation and extortion, just they are using an army of lawyers and crooked politicians to do the dirty work while keeping the law on their side.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

The Sky News disgrace

Sky News just presented a perfect example for my previous post.

You all might know, already, about severe condition of Israeli PM Ariel Sharon. To cover this Sky News arranged a discussion on Ariel Sharon himself and some speculations on what will come next.
It was the most biased "discussion" I have ever heard in my life. For about 10 minutes that I had the patience to watch it I watched so called experts compete in who will make a bigger monster of a sick and probably dying man.
One of the "experts", a round faced man with thinning gray-white hair, was telling the audience how for the last five years Ariel Sharon "has put a veil on the world eyes", putting an emphasis on how many have gasped when G. W. Bush had called him a man of peace. That meanwhile Sharon was securing Israel true interest - the west bank, effectively expanding the west bank settlements while pretending to oppose it, and cutting of Jerusalem and Arab towns and lands by building a security fence. Apparently leaving Gaza, but controlling it from the outside. The orator also declared that Israel will have a hard time finding a leader that could do the same trick.
In that discussion they also made a brief "history lesson" how Sharon has oppressed Palestinians in the course of his life, that there is a memorial on the Jordanian border where Sharon has passed with his tank brigade, how he ruled with absolute harshness while being military commandant over Gaza and how could the forget about Sabra and Shatila. That he was declared unfit for administrative posts. These exerts also reminded the audience that the Palestinians are scattered and divided without any real leader, that their only income is international help and how easy target they were to Sharon.

There were other things that I couldn't remember, but the point is clear...