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Bloggingheads 02-26-2011 04:07 PM

From Cairo to Doha (Issandr El Amrani & Blake Hounshell)
 
Note: Due to technical difficulties, the last few minutes of this conversation were lost.

bjkeefe 02-26-2011 05:42 PM

Re: From Cairo to Doha
 
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Originally Posted by Bloggingheads (Post 199190)
Note: Due to technical difficulties, the last few minutes of this conversation were lost.

As soon as the discussion moved to Israel. COINCIDENCE???

;)

The first forty-four minutes were good. Thanks for them, Issandr and Blake.

Ocean 02-26-2011 06:09 PM

Re: From Cairo to Doha
 
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Originally Posted by bjkeefe (Post 199197)
As soon as the discussion moved to Israel. COINCIDENCE???

;)

Clearly a conspiracy of global proportions!


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The first forty-four minutes were good. Thanks for them, Issandr and Blake.
Same, thank you both.

handle 02-26-2011 06:15 PM

Re: From Cairo to Doha
 
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Originally Posted by Ocean (Post 199198)
Clearly a conspiracy of global proportions!

Stuxnet?

Ocean 02-26-2011 06:24 PM

Re: From Cairo to Doha
 
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Originally Posted by handle (Post 199199)
Stuxnet?

Worse. Schmucknet. ;)

ohreally 02-26-2011 06:53 PM

Re: From Cairo to Doha
 
I bitched about bhtv contents and, next thing you know, my wish comes true. But then I see this quote by Gaddafi on Hounshell's blog and I wonder... (Kleenex is Wikileaks in Gaddafese.)

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You may be reading this Kleenex and empty talk on the Internet. This Internet, which any demented person, any drunk can get drunk and write in, do you believe it? The Internet is like a vacuum cleaner, it can suck anything. Any useless person; any liar; any drunkard; anyone under the influence; anyone high on drugs; can talk on the Internet, and you read what he writes and you believe it. This is talk which is for free. Shall we become the victims of “Facebook” and “Kleenex”* and “YouTube”! Shall we become victims to tools they created so that they can laugh at our moods?
Drugged, demented, drunk, lying, useless writer on the Internet... How does Gaddafi know about me?

timboy 02-26-2011 11:39 PM

Where is our Science Saturday?
 
Need some Science at least once a week.

Ocean 02-27-2011 09:17 AM

Re: Where is our Science Saturday?
 
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Originally Posted by timboy (Post 199230)
Need some Science at least once a week.

True.

willmybasilgrow 02-27-2011 09:26 AM

Re: From Cairo to Doha (Issandr El Amrani & Blake Hounshell)
 
I stopped after Blake said he didn't know if the story of Ben Ali ripping off the general's epaulets is true or not, yet it was nevertheless indicative of the situation there.

If you don't know if the story is true or not, it's indicative of nothing.

Ocean 02-27-2011 09:30 AM

Re: From Cairo to Doha (Issandr El Amrani & Blake Hounshell)
 
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Originally Posted by willmybasilgrow (Post 199241)
I stopped after Blake said he didn't know if the story of Ben Ali ripping off the general's epaulets is true or not, yet it was nevertheless indicative of the situation there.

If you don't know if the story is true or not, it's indicative of nothing.

Even if that particular instance never happened, the image of wanting to degrade the general for saying he wouldn't go against the people captured the dynamics at play.

bjkeefe 02-27-2011 06:03 PM

Very Serious News Item
 
NYT:

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Arab World Embraces Israeli’s YouTube Spoof of Qaddafi Rant

A satirical YouTube clip mocking Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s megalomania is fast becoming a popular token of the Libya uprising across Middle East. And in an added affront to Colonel Qaddafi, it was created by an Israeli living in Tel Aviv.
The language barrier is perhaps preventing my enjoyment from being full.

However!

In a note underneath the video, we see:

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For edit version with no girl dancing:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GcUutnU2gk
Current views for the 1st: 489,100
Current views for the 2nd: 69,792

rfrobison 02-27-2011 06:10 PM

Re: Very Serious News Item
 
MG also is in serious need of a tailor. Can't an absolute dictator get decent clothes anymore? I'm thinking he has trouble impressing those bodyguards of his in that getup.

Ocean 02-27-2011 06:17 PM

Re: Very Serious News Item
 
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Originally Posted by rfrobison (Post 199268)
MG also is in serious need of a tailor. Can't an absolute dictator get decent clothes anymore? I'm thinking he has trouble impressing those bodyguards of his in that getup.

I don't think too many people were paying attention to him in that video.

rfrobison 02-27-2011 06:23 PM

Re: Very Serious News Item
 
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Originally Posted by Ocean (Post 199270)
I don't think too many people were paying attention to him in that video.

What can I say: "I only have eyes for Moamar..."

I'd set it to music but I'm not as clever as the YouTube poster.

ohreally 02-27-2011 08:47 PM

Re: Very Serious News Item
 
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Originally Posted by rfrobison (Post 199268)
Can't an absolute dictator get decent clothes anymore? I'm thinking he has trouble impressing those bodyguards of his in that getup.

Why is an absolute dictator a colonel? Did he keep being denied promotion?

bjkeefe 02-28-2011 01:13 PM

Re: Very Serious News Item
 
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Originally Posted by ohreally (Post 199275)
Why is an absolute dictator a colonel? Did he keep being denied promotion?

I always wondered that myself. My best guess has always been that it was for show, to make him seem like less than a complete megalomaniac.

Wikipedia's entry seems to support this somewhat:

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He added the title of prime minister in 1970, but gave up this title in 1972. Unlike some other military revolutionaries, Gaddafi did not promote himself to the rank of general upon seizing power, but rather accepted a ceremonial promotion from captain to colonel and has remained at this rank since then. While at odds with Western military ranking for a colonel to rule a country and serve as Commander-in-Chief of its military, in Gaddafi's own words Libya's society is "ruled by the people", so he needs no more grandiose title or supreme military rank.[2]

bjkeefe 02-28-2011 01:16 PM

Re: Very Serious News Item
 
Another happy bit: Apparently, one of the ways the Libyans got around being surveilled on line was to adopt fake identities and send coded messages ... on dating sites.

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(Maybe we should be taking a closer look at Chris Lee?)


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