Monday, September 05, 2005

Glum morning cheeriness !

Well I know the weekend has been a bit of a shocker for everyone - no less for Iraqis who have just seen their liberators go down the sinkhole.

Anyway, bit of optimism to chirp everyone up:

One good thing about Iraq, if the climate models are correct it'll become a basin of civilsation again - because all the big coastal maritime cities are going underwater and Iraq is well placed in the middle away from the edges (bad news for Manhatten - sorry, I can't help it I'm just the weather forecaster).

Also, Fats Domino lives and he's "goin' back to Nu Orleans"...

That's it from me for now, I'm about all good-newsed out.


#9/05/2005 12:04:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger richsanter

i may often disagree with you emgire, but i've never mocked the victims of abu gharaib, the earthquake in bam, the recent death of innocent shiites or the death of palestinians. some people are still trying to find out if their friends and family are still alive from the disaster, so next time use some common sense before making such idiotic posts. you claim to be always speaking out for the victims of the world, yet you make an ignorant post like that with the sole purpose to hurt people that have no home, no food, and no water. you're a big person. this is why i say you have no class.

#9/05/2005 01:54:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger emigre

Oh come on richsanter - I feel like I've been to 10,000 funerals, this century just seems to be one civil disaster after another. It really takes a toll on the global psyche - seriously, it wrings people out. You gotta look on the bright side sometimes. And you can't not smile that Fats Domino pulled through - there's always a glimmer of hope when musicians survive. Besides, I'm not into that whole cashing in on the sympathy vote by pretending to feel what I don't, today I felt cheerfully miserable and that's what you get.

#9/05/2005 09:50:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Anonymous Ranger

Thanx Boy's

#9/06/2005 12:32:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger richsanter

im glad fats domino is ok and hopefully he can rebuild his mansion somewhere safer, but i didnt think your weather forecast was humerous. some may think you are wishing disasters on cities, like manhattan. it seems far too early to be making jokes that very close to being over the line of tastefullness.

#9/06/2005 03:40:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger emigre

I appreciate that you're making an effort to control yourself now richsanter, but after watching you spend over 80 percent of time on this blog swearing at other posters and sh*t stirring as people blog through misfortune, you're hardly in a position to be lecturing anyone on sensitivity. Where was your compassion when refugees streamed out of Fallujah? There's always been gallows humour on this blog, it's preferable to the anger that boils over on message boards (as it has been this week). A gentler way of dealing with global mourning allows the weary a joke.

#9/06/2005 07:30:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger Andy Panda

You're missing the point: The usa army... George Bush. The fact that they choose between TWO parties.

#9/06/2005 08:14:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger emigre

Oh hello Pablo, but a choice between the usa army and George Bush - or the usa army and George Bush choose their parties ? Eep.

Anyway, as with any functioning democracy that has more then two options so too does discussion here have a number of meandering tributaries.

#9/06/2005 09:23:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger richsanter

you're right, i didnt publicly acknowledge any compassion for those refugees, but i never made any distasteful jokes about what happened. if you dont have anything nice to say, then dont say anything at all, right? im certain my views on the fallujah issue were well-known, so what would be the point of saying something about the innocent people caught in the middle? that wouldn't make much sense and i never had any problems with them. nobody is asking you to fake sympathy. if you dont have any, fine, then just post about something else. show a little dignity and have some restrait in what you post because you do have an effect on people and you have a responsibility as a blogger to recognize that.

#9/06/2005 01:21:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger cile

seen from The Netherlands i can understand Emigre's joke here quite well, and i definitely had a good laugh. maybe we dutch would do good to start some nice collaboration within the bigger waterworks in iraq, so that we will have a future on soil, instead of under the water level. The Netherlands is thought to disappear under the sea in 'some' years... for nearly half of its surface ... so these things seem to liquify my future (which climate models do you follow E? ;)

#9/07/2005 04:14:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger emigre

Which climate models cile? Good question, at any rate most seem to point in the same direction - higher ground ! I'm just worried that all richsanter read in my post was a joke and missed the Manhatten warning - which is no joke at all.

I'm beginning to understand where Nostradamus got his sense of humour from though, after foreseeing all that death and destruction he must have felt the need to break out somewhere.

#9/07/2005 08:07:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger Andy Panda

I guess I didn't make my point clear.

I don't think United statens have much of a choice when there is only two parties to choose from.

I read somewhere "dictatorial democracy is when there's freedom of speech but the administration doesn't listen".

United statens are very fast to feel offended or outraged. That's what happens when the ugly things (half of them set up by their own intelligence institutions)all happen far from your territory. That's what happened on september 11 and many people outside the USA (including me) was like "It was about time". By that I don't mean that I'm happy for the dead people. Waht it means is that if nobody wakes this people up somehow the whole world is going to succumb to their "leaders".

Blair doesn't want hate preachers. Man, murdering democratically elected presidents in latin america, financing contra-insurgent armies in México, El salvador, Nicaragua, with 10'000 of deads as a result, sounds like an elocuent hate preaching to me, that ain't very nice. I suppose this "richsanter" guy would need to KNOW this to be able to feel compassion (which is a completely useless feeling) for them. Wonder what it would take for him to take ACTION. Maybe someone close to him in a humilliating or hostile situation.

By the way. And adding to the sense of humor, the guy says you made an "ingorant" post to hurt people that have no home, no food and no water (but they must have internet to be able to read, and hence, be hurt, by your comments).

Great blog. keep it up.


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