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Ignorance is as ignorance does
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, March 07, 2007

If you're going to call someone, or a group or a nation ignorant, it's usually good advice to try to not come off as abysmally ignorant yourself. Unfortunately, as you'll see, an Al-Jazeera TV host wasn't quite able to pull that off.

First Faysal Al-Qassem's claim that Americans are woefully ignorant:
"The American citizen, I am sad to say, is considered one of the most illiterate people on earth when it comes to politics. I watched a show recently and almost died of laughter. Someone was interviewing a group of Americans in a public park. He asked an American, for example: 'Which terrorist county should America attack?' he answered: 'Italy.' His answers showed he didn’t have a clue about what goes on in the world, or where this country is.

"Even American President George Bush... On the day he became president, a reporter asked him, on a live broadcast: 'Mr. President, so you know what’s happening in Pakistan today?' The president responded: 'Do you?' There was a coup in Pakistan that day. Pakistan is an important area of American influence, yet the president says he does not know what is happening there. There is political illiteracy in the West. No country in the world equals America when it comes to political illiteracy. The Americans are the first to admit this."
Unfortunately, this is fairly true of a larger portion of our population than I'd like to admit. Had old Faysal stopped there, well, I'd be able to understand how he almost "died of laughter" watching the show he's talking about.

However, I was still dying of laughter from reading this from the same fellow:
"Did you know that even the Internet... Many viewers may not know that the code of the Internet web is located, at this very moment, on board one of the American aircraft carriers, which sails the oceans. With a single push of a button, they can disconnect any country from the Internet, as an economic sanction. In addition, when you enter the Internet, you see the first letters 'http'... This is a special protocol which sends you to America, and only then you can enter a website that may be right next to you."
Oh and you ought to treat yourself to this guy's theory on "neo-Goebbelism". And he doesn't mean George Gobel.
"Exactly. Or until some of it gets into the minds of the masses. It goes back to Goebbels, Hitler’s famous information minister. In my opinion, these Goebbels deserves our sympathy… By Allah, he deserves our sympathy. They curse him, spit on him, and call him a liar, yet today, they have developed the theory of Goebbelism a thousand times more than during the Nazi period, because of the huge budgets of the media outlets, and because of the diversity of the media - the Internet, TV, journals, and so on. Goebbelism was never more prosperous than today."
Heh ... and if any network should know about that, well it would be Al-Jazerra.
 
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This interweb thing is hard!
 
Written By: shark
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*obligatory series of tubes reference*
 
Written By: ChrisB
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Watch out, we may soon be seeing this clown anchoring one of our network newscasts.
 
Written By: James E. Fish
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Watch out, we may soon be seeing this clown anchoring one of our network newscasts
Co-anchored by Baghdad Bob.
 
Written By: looker
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Watch out, we may soon be seeing this clown anchoring one of our network newscasts
Co-anchored by Baghdad Bob.
And I say that would be good and a welcome relief from the corporate shills that the Patriarchy throws up every night in support of it’s Capitalist Rape of the Poor and Mother Gaia.
 
Written By: Joe
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Faysal also manufactured most of his claim about Bush. The coup in Pakistan took place a year prior to the election. Bush was aware of the coup when questioned about it a month later in New Hampshire on a campaign stop, but couldn’t place the General’s name.
Having seen the Jaywalking segment on Leno, I can’t doubt his first claim.
 
Written By: Ted
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Joe,
I though all the communists were confined to universities. This luddism is getting old. Corporations have provided us with a comfortable life. Compare that to the conditions in states with a centralized economy. Check out Hayeck’s “Road to serfdom.”.
 
Written By: James E. Fish
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Hmm, Musharraf came to power a year prior to the election, not "on the day he became President". And President Bush was excoriated by Democrats when during an interview, while campaigning for President, he made comments supportive of Musharraf.

It doesn’t seem that this Al Jazeera host even has a clue on that part.
 
Written By: Hansmeister
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James E. Fish it is obvious that you suffer from the Petit Bourgeois False Consciousness that infects so many Americans or it may be that you are one of the Rapacious "One Percenters" that benefit from 95% of the goods and services produced in this country, expropriating the Surplus Value of the Workers, the Poor, Womyn and People of Colour. Should you be one of the former, sirrah, please read any number of works by Marcuse, Derida, and Foucault, if you are on of the latter then rest assured that gibbet awaits you and other members of the phallocracy that dominates, momentarily, this Earth.

Or you might lighten up and get the joke....
 
Written By: Joe
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Joe,
I apparently had my "Bovine Scatology Detector" set to the OFF position. You got me good. Well done.
 
Written By: James E. Fish
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Yeah, Joe is starting to scare me with how good he’s getting. I wonder if his tinfoil hat that he’s masquerading in isn’t actually starting to cook his brains and make him believe this stuff. It’s almost too good....
 
Written By: Bill W.
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He can out-Erb Erb.
 
Written By: looker
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He can out-Erb Erb.

Written By: looker

Hey I think I’ve just been INSULTED...
 
Written By: Joe
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Your writing is worthy of Noam Chomsky or Nat Hentoff, joe. You baited the hook and I bit hook line and sinker. <*))))))<
 
Written By: James E. Fish
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He can out-Erb Erb.
Erb is doing quite well defending Joe Wilson’s honor . . . I wouldn’t count him out yet.
 
Written By: Don
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Osama Bin Laden believed that if he attacked America he could cause our collapse like the Soviet Union, with our country breaking apart into individual states.

Now, that is ignorant.

Unless maybe he was thinking of red/blue state differences.

Even then, not gonna happen.
 
Written By: Harun
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This is a special protocol which sends you to America, and only then you can enter a website that may be right next to you."
It is indeed a special protocol. In the computer world, it is known as the protocol of the Elders of Zion.

Little-known fact.
 
Written By: Dale Franks
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It is indeed a special protocol. In the computer world, it is known as the protocol of the Elders of Zion.

Little-known fact.
Well, since Dale let the cat out of the bag, I suppose the truth must at last be revealed.

"http" is an acronym for "Hatikva Tzidkatcha Tzedek Pardes".

"Hatikva" means "hope"

"Tzidkatcha Tzedek" is the prayer performed on the Sabbath following the sacrificial offering.

"Pardes" is itself an acronym for the four ways of understanding the Torah — peshat (simple or literal); remez (hinting or allegorical); derash (complex or homelitic); and sod (secret or mystical) — and which is the root of the english word "paradise". For an extra twist, rabbis instruct that one’s approach to the Torah through Pardes must start with sod, or the mystical, which is why the safest rotes through the internet tubes is via URL addresses that begin with "https". Those who approach it from the other way around only succeed in erecting false heavens or paradises for themselves while the true meaning of the Torah (and heaven) escapes them.

So, putting it altogether, "http" loosely translates to "hope, sacrifice, paradise" which is the path to Jewish liberation and freedom, aka the jewish paradise of Israel.

I trust that clears everything up.
 
Written By: MichaelW
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I thought http just stood for:

Hebrew

Transfer

Tax

Paid.

If they realized that every time they accessed the www, they were paying our friends at the Zionist Entity.

Well LOFLMAO
 
Written By: xanthrope
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Osama Bin Laden believed that if he attacked America he could cause our collapse like the Soviet Union, with our country breaking apart into individual states.

Now, that is ignorant.
I guess he thought that the Afgan War brought down the USSR. Ignorant, but such is common on some of the key events of the post-WW2 period.
 
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