Category Archives: Idiocy

Headline of the day: Suspicions confirmed, again

From the Guardian:

Obama’s drone war a ‘recruitment tool’ for Isis, say US air force whistleblowers

Four former service members – including three sensor operators – issue plea to rethink current airstrike strategy that has ‘fueled feelings of hatred’ toward US

Map of the day II: Free expression goes bad

Leave it to Ben “West Point” Carson to distort U.S. geography almost as much as he does his own life story, as in this Tweet opposing admission of Syrian refugees to the United States. If you can’t spot the error, just take a close look at upper New England. Via the Washington Post:

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Islamophobes play dangerous media game

Right wing propagandists eager to spread their loathing have taken up Photoshop and false branding in the wake of the attacks in Paris, throwing truth to the winds in their vicious smear campaigns.

What follows are two variations on a them.

First, the false branding, via The Independent:

A Facebook video being widely shared that supposedly shows Muslims in London celebrating in the aftermath of the Paris terror attacks is fake, it has been shown.

The video, entitled “Muslims Around The World Celebrate The Islamic Victory In Paris France”, claims to show a large group of Muslim men cheering and waving Pakistani flags outside Tooting Broadway station in south London, following Isis’ statement claiming responsibility for the attacks.

The voice of a newsreader can be heard over the cheering, describing scenes of Friday’s violence in which 129 people were killed in a wave of attacks.

It has since been revealed that the footage actually shows British Pakistanis celebrating a cricket victory during the 20/20 games in 2009.

And the Photoshop variant, via RT:

A Sikh man from Canada found himself at the center of unwanted attention after a bathroom selfie he took was doctored to make him look like one of the suicide bombers involved in the Paris attacks and then spread in the media.

The digitally altered image of Veerender Jubbal showed him wearing what looked like a suicide vest and holding a Quran. It appeared on the front-page of one of Spain’s largest newspapers, La Razon.

It was subsequently picked up by two Italian newspapers and an Italian TV channel with nearly 2 million followers. “One of the terrorists may have entered Greece along with Syrian refugees. The unidentified attackers were between 15 and 18 years and acted in three teams,” read the text by the image of Jubbal. La Razon apologized on Sunday afternoon.

On the left is the Photoshop version, with the original on the right:


Sikhs like Jubbal aren’t even Muslims, though they are all too often the targets of violence, including murder, by those out to injure followers of Islam.

Headline of the day II: Wretched excess

From the London Daily Mail:

My mansion really is worth $500m, claims the man behind most expensive home ever built which boasts five swimming pools, a casino and a VIP nightclub

  • The Bel Air home, which will be finished in 2017, is close to those of celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston and Elon Musk
  • The property has panoramic views of the LA basin and Pacific Ocean and will cover more than 100,000 square feet
  • The price works out to about $5,000 per square foot, which the property’s developer Nile Niami says is a good price for what the buyer is getting
  • The home will have five swimming pools, a casino, a nightclub and a lounge with jellyfish tanks replacing the walls and ceilings
  • Niami, behind films including action-thriller The Patriot, hopes to double the world-record for the most expensive home ever sold

Headline of the day: Stupid advertiser tricks

From the Guardian:

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Quote of the day: Lessons in shark-jumping

From Washington Post columnist Dana Millbank, recounting the antics of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as Bibi headed to Washington for another round of head-butting and glad-handing:

Three weeks ago, he declared in a speech that “Hitler didn’t want to exterminate the Jews” but was advised to by a Palestinian cleric to “burn them.” It took a week of international furor before Netanyahu retracted his remarks.

Two weeks ago, he scolded but did not fire his deputy foreign minister, Tzipi Hotovely, who said that “my dream is to see the Israeli flag flying over the Temple Mount” and called on Israel to allow Jews to pray on the mount, where al-Aqsa Mosque stands.

 Last week, Netanyahu appointed as his new chief of public diplomacy a man who called Obama an anti-Semite and who said Secretary of State John Kerry has the intellect of a 12-year-old.

Headlines of the day: Ben Carson, good or bad?

Following up on that photo of Ben and Jesus,  the Ben Carson myth is founded on a tale he tells of having been a bad, bad boy tell an encounter with Jesus on the throne [no, it wasn’t Jesus sitting on the heavenly throne, but Ben sitting on that mundane object sometimes called the porcelain god].

But for the myth to work, his tales of a bad “before” and a cherubic “after” have to be true, and that’s where he’s running into trouble.

From New York Magazine, a truly surreal headline:

Ben Carson Defends Himself Against Allegations That He Never Attempted to Murder a Child

The Washington Post notes the reason for Carson’s reluctance to admit he may have been a better boy than he claims:

Why Ben Carson’s claim that he stabbed someone is so key to his appeal to white America

And as for the good boy who emerged out of all those youthful troubles?

First, from the San Francisco Chronicle:

Ben Carson may have fabricated a story about being the ‘most honest’ student while at Yale

Finally, wrapping it all up with the New York Daily News:

Ben Carson admits he lied about West Point scholarship, insists stories about troubled childhood are true