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From The Mouths of Boxers…?

By on Dec 19, 2001 in Media, Politics | 0 comments

Saw some of the new Muhammad Ali movie….and this is a direct quote from the script. I have no idea if Muhammad Ali ever said exactly this, but judging from what I’ve heard him say when confronted by reporters recently at the so-called Ground Zero of the former WTC, I wouldn’t be surprised. The man seems to have a way with words. Check this out. This is obviously in relation to the Vietnam War, which he wanted nothing to do with. “I ain’t burning no flag, and I ain’t running to Canada. I’m staying right here. You wanna send me to jail? Fine, you go right ahead. I’ve been in jail for 400 years, I can be there for 4 or 5 more…but I ain’t going no 10,000 miles to help murder and kill other poor people! If I wanna die, I’ll die right here, right now…fighting you – if I wanna die. You my enemy, not no Chinese, no...

Disney’s Trying To Make It’s Way Up My Butt…

By on Dec 14, 2001 in Media, Politics | 0 comments

I just saw a promo spot on Showtime Arabia. The clip showed three dervishes spinning around, finally morphing into Mickey Mouse’s head and two ears, the Disney Logo. Dervishes, I tell you. Mickey Mouse’s head and ears. ‘Nuff Said.

Potter, My Ass. Watch The Ring Trilogy!

By on Dec 11, 2001 in Media | 0 comments

Forget Harry Potter. Harry Potter has always seemed like a complete rip-off of the Books of Magic by Neil Gaiman & John Ney Reiber. I am not qualified to make such a statement since I haven’t read the Potter books, but the main character, as well as the basic premise of the series does seem like a Gaiman/Reiber-Lite. Something I simply can’t get excited about. However, I didn’t log on to throw pies at people. I was Hobbit-Searching 😉 And I have Hobbit-found! Go to the official Lords of The Rings movie web site and feed yourselves on the trailer. It’s available in several sizes and resolutions, if you have the bandwidth, go for the full screen version. It looks absolutely stunning. I first read the books years ago. Went straight from Hobbit to the Rings Trilogy. Devoured the damn thing. Gandalf is easily a mythical figure, and goes through an amazing...

Cultural Dialogue, My Ass…

By on Nov 28, 2001 in Media, Politics | 1 comment

Alright, for those not in the know, I live in Egypt. It is currently the month of Ramadan. All over what can be called Arabia, there are, among others, sincere people who are trying to use this time to get closer to the roots of their religion. Family gatherings are more common, and there is, at least, an attempt at piety. Showtime Arabia – or Big Ass Imported TV, has a modified logo – with a ‘Ramadan Karim‘ text attached to it. Showtime are interested in portraying, apparently, an appearance of mutability, and of cultural respect. So… How does that explain that, on Showtime, as I type out these words – at a time of night which in Ramadan approaches that of So7our. The last meal before the day before, the time of the intention of fasting – there are two naked lesbians on my TV screen? I mean, where’s the logic in that? Let’s be...

The Puppy Gets Groomed

By on Nov 13, 2001 in Media, Politics | 0 comments

I was at a friend’s place lately, and we were both talking about … The World. Yes, we have those sort of conversations. We were wondering what it is that the world really needs. We were thinking that it must be ignorance that’s causing all this strife. That information is not flowing fast enough, and not to the right people. We were thinking that if everybody could speak to everybody then surely the wars would cease. Surely once everybody knew everybody else’s point of view, then understanding would take place. One Big Climatic Moment Of World Communication would invariably lead to that age of blissful peace. Surely, we thought, the Internet must be the solution. We need everybody in the world to have a PC and a ‘net connection. We need everybody to log on – we need the whole world to confront itself. American needs to talk to Afghani, perhaps less...

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