News From Around The Blogosphere 10.22.09

1. Man ran down “too Westernized” daughter – An Iraqi man alleged ran down his daughter and her friend with a car because he believed she’d become “too Westernized.” The man, Faleh Hassan Almaleki, was last seen in a gray or silver Jeep Grand Cherokee, which I assume was the same car used to run down his daughter, so apparently it still drives. Now if that doesn’t raise sales, I don’t know what will. Too bad the Cash For Clunkers program ended.

2. Can a Japanese algorithm predict when you’re going to die? – I wouldn’t bet on it, but you gotta love the headline.

Does it work? Well, according to the team’s paper, published online here, the doomware has achieved “a moderate level of accuracy”.

3. Orac a shill for Suzanne Somers? – I guess this is the conclusion that Jake Crosby over at Age of Autism must accept since her book was advertised on Orac’s blog.

4. Whose side is Susan Hutchison? -According to her profile:

She is the executive director for the Charles Simonyi Fund for the arts and sciences which among other things, supports the work of atheist Richard Dawkins. She’s also served on the board of the Discovery Institute, which promotes the idea of intelligent design…

5. Atheists already donate 6% of Secular Student Alliance’s goal to raise $50,000 – It’s a great start but there’s still a long way to go. I urge anyone who can afford to donate to do so, even if it’s only a little bit.

6. Holocaust denier Bishop Richard Williamson faces possible charges – I always hate when I have to defend the rights of Holocaust deniers, expecially ones who are also religious authorities, but sometimes protecting freedom of speech means having to defend horrible people. Even though not about his arrest, I highly recommend Chris Hitchens’ superb defense of David Irving’s work being published because of his passionate defense of even the worst kind of speech.

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8 Responses to News From Around The Blogosphere 10.22.09

  1. Mark P says:

    Does anyone else think it odd that a man, who drives a flash Jeep, and LIVES IN THE US runs his daughter down for being Westernized?

    Gee, if I didn’t want my daughter to be Westernized, I might think that living in the West was a bad idea.

    Apparently, it’s alright for him, but not for her. Prick.

  2. […] Iraqi man who ran down daugher is caught – I blogged about this story last week. Glad to hear this douchebag, Faleh Hassan Almaleki, was […]

  3. Samra says:

    Lest you think there must be some truth to the alleged World War two Treblinka holocaust
    http://www.nafcash.com is offering a $10,000.00 REWARD
    For locating JUST ONE of the alleged “HUGE MASS GRAVES” of Treblinka.
    NAFCASH presents: THE TREBLINKA CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION CHALLENGE
    You must scientifically – forensically prove the grave’s EXACT location. There are other Historians who have gone further to challenge The Believers to show just a single body, just one person that had been gassed by the Germans during the entire World War Two. They are still waiting for the holocaust believers to shift through the “mountains of evidence” to see if they can find just one single piece of real scientifically valid evidence.

    • mjr256 says:

      LOL. No thank you. Rigged challenges don’t hold any interest for me. The information is now so freely available that there’s really no excuse for your ignorance, Samra. You need look no further than Wikipedia to learn how the challenge is deliberately designed to be unwinable. That’s why they chose Treblinka instead of, say, any other death camps or concentration camps like Auschwitz. They could have just as easily used Rumbula or Belzec, other sites that we now know were deliberately dug up.

      From Wikipedia:
      “Of course, historians have documented evidence that as Germany’s defeat became imminent and the Nazi leaders realized they would most likely be captured and brought to trial, great effort was made to destroy all evidence of mass extermination. Heinrich Himmler instructed his camp commandants to destroy records, crematoria, and other signs of mass extermination.[24] As one of many examples, the bodies of the 25,000 mostly Latvian Jews whom Friedrich Jeckeln and the soldiers under his command had shot at Rumbula (near Riga) in late 1941 were dug up and burned in 1943.[25] Similar operations were undertaken at Belzec, Treblinka and other death camps.[24] In the infamous Posen speeches of October 1943 such as the one on October 4, Himmler explicitly referred to the murder of the Jews of Europe and further stated that the murder must be permanently kept secret.

      So your challenge fails as its seen for the shallow, bigoted bullshit that it is. Better luck next time, Samra.

      Get an education:
      http://www.dangeroustalk.net/a-team/Holocaust

  4. Fred says:

    how long does it take to dig up and burn 25,000 bodies ?

    why were the prisoner records of Auschwitz, which eventually fell into the hands of the Soviets, not destroyed?

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