Liberals are smart

According to this study, they can handle ambiguity and and conflict better than conservatives.

Previous psychological studies have found that conservatives tend to be
more structured and persistent in their judgments whereas liberals are
more open to new experiences. The latest study found those traits are
not confined to political situations but also influence everyday
decisions.

The results show "there are two cognitive styles — a liberal style and
a conservative style," said UCLA neurologist Dr. Marco Iacoboni, who
was not connected to the latest research.

[..]

Analyzing the data, Sulloway said liberals were 4.9 times as likely as
conservatives to show activity in the brain circuits that deal with
conflicts, and 2.2 times as likely to score in the top half of the
distribution for accuracy.

And just when you are willing to maybe entertain the idea that this study is not politically biased, well..

Sulloway said the results could explain why President Bush demonstrated
a single-minded commitment to the Iraq war and why some people
perceived Sen. John F. Kerry, the liberal Massachusetts Democrat who
opposed Bush in the 2004 presidential race, as a "flip-flopper" for
changing his mind about the conflict.

Ahh, ok! 

Hallal Russian Meat

A married Emerati Prince sees a cute young russian girl, 11 years his junior, working as a waitress in a resturant in the hotel he was staying in. It took a week to "woo her" and now they are married. While such news would usually prompt "russian whore" jokes (The Guy is a UAE prince, the country is rolling in them, talk about buying the cow..), I would like to bring your attention to a very important detail: The girl is Muslim. Her last name is even…wait for it…Muslimorova. Oh Baby!

The story has captivated Belarus's tabloids. Natasha is from
Azerbaijan and a Muslim. She told the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda
that she had married her new husband for love.

The sheikh, 30,
already has a wife and five children, the paper reported. "I can't say
anything without my husband's permission… But for me life has become
a fairytale," Natasha told the tabloid: "I really love this man."

Can't say anything without her husband's permission, ehh? Well-trained already I see. Good for him them!

Yep, that one is a winner! 

Sarkozy fascinates me

Not really him, but the way he is portrayed. It's, hmm, well, check this out:

Many blacks and Muslims in the troubled neighborhoods ringing French
cities voted for the first time, saying they were motivated by one
desire: to stop law-and-order, tough-on-immigrants Nicolas Sarkozy from
becoming president.

So, he is the law- and -order candidate, and that's suppsoed to be his weakness? The reason why he is disliked? And the people from the troubled french regions, the areas of highest crime rates and the cause of the fear fueling the french people to vote this time, are opposing him for it? 

How exactly do your opponents expect you to lose an election when they are calling you law-and-order guy, and they are the ones causing the most criminal trouble in the country? Wouldn't that be like Bin Laden getting mad at Bush for going after him? I mean, even Bin Laden knows better than to do that. But it gets worse…

Sarkozy's campaign has been haunted by his use of the word "scum" to
describe young delinquents days before widespread riots erupted in 2005
in the bleak suburbs on the outskirts of the country's cities. Some
youths took Sarkozy's comment as a declaration of war.

"If Sarkozy wins, there will certainly be riots here in Clichy and
all over France," said Mohammed Saidi, a first-time voter who was born
in Morocco. The 43-year-old electrician and father of four voted in
Clichy-sous-Bois, where the riots broke out and spread nationwide.

Another first-time voter, 20-year-old Fatma Celik, said that if
Sarkozy wins the runoff May 6, "people are going to go crazy here."

So they shouldn;t vote for Sarkozy, because the people he cracked down on, who broke the law, might break the law again? Aren;t they saying that he better not win or else huge riots and acts of mayhem will take over the country? Isn't that using fear and the threat of violence to ensure getting their goal? Would we be stretching it, if we said that this is similar to terrorism?

Again, I am not a Sarkozy supporter, but god damn, If I was an undecided frenchman, and I see this piece in the newspaper, saying that the gangs do not want Sarkozy to win because he is tough on crime and they will conduct riots if he does get elected, well, I would want to elect this guy. Get some order restored to the streets, no?  And again, this is the image that his detractors and critics are penning of him. Amazing, no?

Azmi Bisharah, escaping Israel?

The Rumor mill is working overtime on this!

Spielberg, Hypocrite?

The case is made here!

The dangerous world of cricket

Gambling, corruption and Murder. And you thought cricket was boring!

An apology on Cannabis

Cannabis? Addictive? Physically addictive? What?

Earth’s Crust is missing

This is such a strange story!

Brave New World!

The CIA is now running ads on TV for recruitment (see here and here ). I guess with the Private Intelligence agencies springing up all over, they have to compete with the market, no?

There are also Private military operations companies in case you are wondering. Blackwater has to be my favorite. I mean, you gotta love their Global Stabalization services, no?

Here is something I want to know

Why is my blog listed as a Baha'i blog? Last time I checked I was listed as both a christian blog and an athiest blog. But Baha'i?

That's a new one! 

Blog to America

Here is a blog service where people can write blogs directed towards the US. Check it out and enjoy the mulitude of reasons why people really hate the US!

What scares me…

Is this website. Not the avian Flu outbreak or the epidemic, atlough it's scary in its own right. No, what scares me is the website. what it represents.

This is a government website over the Birdflu cases in Egypt. It's up to date, it's easy to use, and informative. It has information and plans to counter the problem. Up-to-date death count. It's professional.

And it's coming from this government.

See, I like my world in black and white. Either we are inept, or we are not. I decided, for my own piece of mind, that we are inept. This proves me wrong. Someone with a brain designed this and continues to work on it. This could mean that we have a government that just acts inept for the sake of it, but knows better and can do better when it wants to. They are just intentionally being inept for the hell of it.

Or this could just be a fluke.

Yeah, a fluke. That's possible, right?

It better be a fluke! 

grrrr………. 

A twist in Abdel Karim’s trial

The AbdelKarim's trial is becoming surreal.

Guess what the head Judge of the Alexandria court of appeals- the court Abdel Karim's case will go to if he gets a guilty verdict- does on his spare time?

He blogs.

The discovery was made by Gharbeia (link in arabic) and it gets better. The dude wrote a book on the legal bases and defintions of blogging. A freakin book! This is the Boss of any Judge that will take Abdel Karim's case in court. One wonders how will that affect the verdict exactly!

This is becoming so interesting!  

“Immigrants, don’t stone women!”

So says a canadian town.

But whatever happend to multiculturalism? And respexting other people's culture? Isn't such a declaration, in canadian eyes, RACIST, as my canadian friend has told me repeatedly?

Oh well, maybe the canadians are waking up! 

How to win popularity in the Muslim world?

You get a picture taken of you while napping in a Mosque!

 

Piousness, defined! (Hattip Kamangir

Of course, you might look like a hobo, and some smart people might ask why you would need to sleep there when you are the freakin President, but who said Propaganda was for the smart amongst us? 

Something fishy here

You know, this was supposed to be a post making fun of the Burqini ( A Burqa-Bikini, don't ask) until I read this:

Mecca Laalaa is the lone exception. Instead of a barely there bikini,
she's in a burqini – a top-to-toe two-piece lycra suit complete with
hijab, or Islamic head covering.

[...]

Ms. Laalaa is one of 24 young people of Arab descent who signed up for a 10-week surf lifesaving-training course.

Mecca Laalaa? Mecca..Laalaa? What?

Ok, maybe I am just rusty, but dear arab readers, does that sound like an arab name to you? Cause it seems made up to me. I have never met a girl called Mecca or seen the last name Laalaa anywhere. It almost sounds like a parody of what an arab name should sound like.