Maybe, maybe not. Time to do some more checking though. Via here:
"In the five years that I have been visiting Gaza and the West Bank, I have met hundreds of Hamas politicians and supporters. None of them has professed the goal of Islamising Palestinian society, Taleban-style. Hamas relies on secular voters too much to do that. People still listen to pop music, watch television and women still choose whether to wear the veil or not.
The political leadership of Hamas is probably the most highly qualified in the world. Boasting more than 500 PhDs in its ranks, the majority are middle-class professionals - doctors, dentists, scientists and engineers. Most of its leadership have been educated in our universities and harbour no ideological hatred towards the West. It is a grievance-based movement, dedicated to addressing the injustice done to its people. It has consistently offered a ten-year ceasefire to give breathing space to resolve a conflict that has continued for more than 60 years.”
Folks - always enquire, always learn, always keep an open mind.
And that’s my advice to the tumblin classes for 2009…
e.g. ““I believe the banking system has been stabilized. No one is asking themselves anymore, is there some major institution that might fail and that we would not be able to do anything about it.” —Henry Paulson on National Public Radio, Nov. 13, 2008”
I insult the Kings of Leon, and not one beardy response. Not one…
vruz: perhaps they’re overrated just like the killers and the rest of the other stupid new kids on the block ? I think of them as the next Coldplay. i.e.: bloodless, meaningless, musicalities for the unaware.
OK, lets kick over some more tumblr sacred cows and watch what happens.
1) Joy Division. Saw them live (Leeds Futurama Fest) in 1979, was seriously underwhelmed. One thing Ian Curtis did not have (at least on that night) was stage presence. Kiddies, you know nothing…
vruz: ahhh… but we were young and inexperienced… I look back to those days with a kind regard, no matter how bad or good they were.
2) The Pink Floyd. Everything wrong with 1970’s music, personified in a group of fat, pompous, drug addled, arguing millionaires.
vruz: they weren’t fat in the 70s, but I’m told Gilmour is going to give birth to twins any time now. they did drugs and a lot of noise in the 60s. too fucking great music in the 70s. and then they effectively became everything the punks said the floyd were in the 70s. I commend the boys for their far-reaching vision.
3) Elvis Presley. Bloody Excellent. You people owe him everything.
vruz: everything that’s wrong in a fat, pompous, drug addled, bitter millonaire after he got tired of singing silly songs for teenagers ?
vruz: bottom line: everything sucks. but especially so: Elvis Presley and Kings of Leon
Have to say I’m with vruz all points, although I don’t mind a little bit of Elvis every now and then - and I do mean a little bit - but I would have a lot more respect for the man if he’d written his own songs…
Oh, and I like that 60’s Floydy noise…
Now they’re biting back - Excellent….
I am, of course, still completely correct. The iconic, paradigm shattering, Elvis can be forgiven anything…
“Cultivate hatred, it’s your greatest asset” Malcolm McLaren.
Andy Burnham (UK Culture Secretary) is no fool – some say Labour simply doesn’t understand the internet, but no, it understand aspects of it only too well. As he says, “If you look back at the people who created the internet they talked very deliberately about creating a space that governments couldn’t reach”. Well maybe not those who created it, but certainly those who came soon after. And that really bothers you, doesn’t it, Andy?
2009 will be the year of the War on t’Internet, folks. Pick a side, and stand by your mouse.
”—Frank Fisher here. Brits - our own Clean Feed war is about to begin.
Quite a lot of the dead this weekend appear to have been Hamas members, but what is it supposed to solve? Is Hamas going to say: “Wow, this blitz is awesome – we’d better recognise the state of Israel, fall in line with the Palestinian Authority, lay down our weapons and pray we are taken prisoner and locked up indefinitely and support a new American ‘peace process’ in the Middle East!” Is that what the Israelis and the Americans and Gordon Brown think Hamas is going to do?
Yes, let’s remember Hamas’s cynicism, the cynicism of all armed Islamist groups. Their need for Muslim martyrs is as crucial to them as Israel’s need to create them. The lesson Israel thinks it is teaching – come to heel or we will crush you – is not the lesson Hamas is learning. Hamas needs violence to emphasise the oppression of the Palestinians – and relies on Israel to provide it. A few rockets into Israel and Israel obliges.
“Duffy and Alexandra Burke were the UK’s top-selling musicians of the year, according to official sales figures. X Factor winner Burke sold 888,000 copies of her version of Hallelujah in the last two weeks of the year to take the year’s biggest-selling single. Duffy’s debut album Rockferry held off a late challenge from Take That to come top of the year-end chart, with 1.685 million copies sold. Kings of Leon, Leona Lewis and Coldplay all sold over a million albums in 2008.”
Shite. The lot of them. And yes tumblrs, that does include those long haired nonentities the Kings of Leon.
(Hunkers down awaiting ripostes from drippy, cappucino sipping, acoustic guitar carrying, beardy, twenty somethings…)
“You know you are intellectually handicapped when your point of entry to classic texts is your pre-adolescent reading of comic books. When the first visual referent for any Norse God is the one drawn by Jack Kirby.”—
True. But Mr Feastingonroadkill did go on to get an ‘A’ Level in Ancient History (Grade ‘C’ !)
“aXXo may be anonymous, but he (or she, or they) is a global brand. His most popular uploads are downloaded illegally by up to a million internet users per week. His files regularly make up more than one-third of all the films trafficked on BitTorrent”
“NORMAN: What do you know about caring. Have you ever seen the inside of one of those places? The laughing and the tears—and the cruel eyes studying you. My mother there! But she’s harmless! Wh— she’s as harmless as one of those stuffed birds!
MARION: I am sorry. I only felt—it seems she’s hurting you. I meant well. (Marion is more than a little spooked by his personality transformation.)
NORMAN: People always mean well! They cluck their thick tongues and shake their heads and suggest, oh so very delicately—! (He sits back. The storm is over. Gently:) Of course, I’ve suggested it myself. But I hate to even think about it. She needs me. It-it’s not as if she were a—a maniac—a raving thing. She just goes a little mad sometimes. We all go a little mad sometimes. Haven’t you?
MARION: (her concern relaxed) Yes. Sometimes just one time can be enough. Thank you.”
“No! I tell you no! I won’t have you bringing some young girl in for supper! By candlelight, I suppose, in the cheap, erotic fashion of young men with cheap, erotic minds!”—Norma Bates. Or was it Grandma Feastingonroadkill all those years ago?…