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Ninja please!? Ultra-Orthodox Jews at Iran’s Holocaust denial conference?

Another example of news we couldn’t have made up if we had tried.

As many of you ninjas know, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been hosting a conference for Holocaust deniers. Many of the attendees are easy to guess, including prominent white supremacists like the US’ own David Duke, and a mix of Islamic fundamentalists. So why are the ultra-orthodox jews pictured above attending such an event? Well, they too seek the destruction of the state of Israel. Some excerpts from the BBC article:
…Rabbi Cohen said there was no doubt about the Holocaust and it would be "a terrible affront to the memory of those who perished to belittle the guilt of the crime in any way".

In its place, Rabbi Cohen said, should be "a regime fully in accordance with the aspirations of the Palestinians when Arab and Jew will be able to live peacefully together as they did for centuries". Neturei Karta believes the very idea of an Israeli state goes against the Jewish religion.

The book of Jewish law or Talmud, they say, teaches that believers may not use human force to create a Jewish state before the coming of the Messiah.

[Rabbi Cohen] argued that the genocide had been divine will. "The Zionists, with their secular pompous approach behave in complete opposition to this philosophy and dare to say ‘Never Again’. "They have the audacity to think that they can prevent the Almighty from repeating a Holocaust. This is heresy."

Read it for yourself

via BBC News


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Posted: December 13th, 2006
at 10:14pm by Pheezatron

Categories: not ninja-worthy,politricks,fo' real?,real life news,philosophy

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Reports say Senator had stroke - Possible that the Dems could lose control of Senate?

There are conflicting reports that Senator Johnson of South Dakota had a stroke today and is currently hospitalized. Aides and the Senator himself realized something was awry when the Senator began to stutter during a radio interview, after which reports say the Senator lost all ability to speak. The on-staff doctors were notified and an ambulance subsequently took the senator to the George Washington hospital in downtown DC.

Many have noted that should Johnson not be able to continue service that the Republican governor of South Dakota, Mike Rounds, would appoint his replacement to take the seat until the end of what would have been Johnson’s term in 2008. If this were to happen, the 51-49 Dem/Rep split in the Senate that was the result of the midterm elections would return to the 50-50 split that we have now, with VP Dick Cheney being tie-breaking vote, essentially creating a Republican majority (albeit one that is not veto proof)

It is however important to note, as Tim Russert did on NBC Nightly News tonight, that there is indeed quite the interesting precedent for such a situation, ironically also involving South Dakota. In 1969, Senator Mundt suffered a stroke and was incapacitated. After demanding that the governor appoint his wife to fill his seat, which the governor refused to do, Mundt refused to step down thus preventing the governor from appointing a replacement. He remained in office until his term ended in 1973.

We’ll link to MSNBC on this one since they were the ones that broke the story.

Update: There are now reports that the Senator did not actually suffer a stroke….Regardless, we wish the Sen. Johnson a speedy recovery (and not just because the balance of power is at stake, but becase we ninjas have feelings to)

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Posted: December 13th, 2006
at 10:08pm by Pheezatron

Categories: politricks,fo' real?

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Incompetence knows no party

Looks as though incoming Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi has picked a real winner for the new chair of the House Intelligence Committee.

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Rep. Silvestre Reyes of Texas, who incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tapped to head the Intelligence Committee when the Democrats take over in January, failed a quiz of basic questions about al Qaeda and Hezbollah, two of the key terrorist organizations the intelligence community has focused on since the September 11, 2001 attacks.

When asked by CQ National Security Editor Jeff Stein whether al Qaeda is one or the other of the two major branches of Islam — Sunni or Shiite — Reyes answered "they are probably both," then ventured "Predominantly — probably Shiite."

That is wrong. Al Qaeda was founded by Osama bin Laden as a Sunni organization and views Shiites as heretics.

Members of the Intelligence Committee, mind you, are paid $165,200 a year to know more than basic facts about our foes in the Middle East. How do these people get elected? Coupled with the fact that only 6 people in the American embassy in Iraq speak Arabic fluently (probably because the rest were fired for being gay), it looks like

via CQ and CNN

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Posted: December 13th, 2006
at 4:11am by Pheezatron

Categories: not ninja-worthy,politricks,fo' real?

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The Coup Crash

we got on the bus after doing a show at The House of Blues San Diego as part of The Coup/Mr. Lif tour. As the bus took off, I thought that I would go lay in my bunk, listen to my Ipod, and write. But then Zhara, Mr. Lif’s friend and the tour’s merchandise seller, announced that she had "Anchorman" on DVD. Oh Shit. Will Ferrell or writing? Hot 16s would have to wait tonight…Good Night San Diego! So I stayed up in the front lounge of the bus and, even though I’ve seen this movie twice, commenced to laugh my ass off.

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Posted: December 13th, 2006
at 4:09am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: music,fo' real?,real life news

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The Brits & ‘Big Brother’ (not the TV show)

MNP has already reported on the ubiquitous surveillance cameras in the UK, which can even record conversations. (And let’s not forget the large number of cameras to catch speeding motorists either) Well now, a senior police official in the UK has suggested creating a DNA database to help combat crime, starting with taking and catalogging DNA samples from every baby born in the country.

Sounds eerily reminiscent of Gattaca doesnt it? (which was based on Brave New World of course)

Story via the BBC

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Posted: December 12th, 2006
at 2:25pm by Pheezatron

Categories: crime,politricks,fo' real?

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Full Circle

Surprisingly, his French was perfect and he explained to me that since he had neither family nor money, he came to live in the movie set. He looks after the place, the real roof of the fake house protects him from the sandstorms, and if a tourist throws him a small coin every once in a while, he can buy some more tea and some food. And he is hardly the only one living in the Lucas-built wonderland in the middle of the Sahara.

article at mysanantonio

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Posted: December 12th, 2006
at 10:50am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: myninjaplease,life,celebrity,too good to be true,home,business,film,architecture,fo' real?,real life news

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From Wikipedia:

Harajuku became famous in the 1980s due to the large numbers of street performers and wildly dressed teens who gathered there on Sundays when Omotesando was closed to traffic. Those movements lead to the vibrant "Hokoten Band Scene". This was stopped at the end of the ’90s and the number of performers, Visual Kei fans, rockabilly dancers and punks has steadily decreased since. Today on Sundays one can see many Gothic Lolita as well as many foreign tourists taking pictures of them on the way to Meiji Shrine. Some tourists are surprised to see such a large exhibition of Japanese youth dressed up in often shocking outfits.

Near the train station there is the Meiji Shrine, which is famous for the large number of people who come to visit every year, as well as Yoyogi Park. Also nearby are Takeshita Street, a street lined with fashion boutiques and various goods mostly for young teenagers, and Omotesando, a very long street with cafes and upscale fashion boutiques popular with residents and tourists alike.

Harajuku gallery at thejapanesearecrazy

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Posted: December 11th, 2006
at 1:42pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: photo,fo' real?

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Global livestock emissions (farts etc) create more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire transportation sector!

That’s right ninjas, your eyes are not fooling you. The new United Nations FAO report, "Livestocka€™s Long Shadow a€"Environmental Issues and Options," reads:

"…the livestock sector accounts for 9% of CO2 deriving from human-related activities, but produces a much larger share of even more harmful greenhouse gases. It generates 65% of human-related nitrous oxide, which has 296 times the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of CO2. Most of this comes from manure.

And it accounts for respectively 37% of all anthropogenic methane (23 times as warming as CO2), which is largely produced by the digestive system of ruminants, and 64% of ammonia, which contributes significantly to acid rain."

The report also notes the contribution of the livestock business to deforestation as land is cleared for grazing, and water pollution, as antibiotics, growth hormones, pesticides, chemicals, and manure leak into the environment.

Story via Green Car Congress

Read the full report (PDF format) here

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Posted: December 11th, 2006
at 11:37am by Pheezatron

Categories: not ninja-worthy,politricks,fo' real?,real life news

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Early Mac Clones

The Apple as a PC?! Clones from Bell & Howell to Brazil.

article at lowendmac

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Posted: December 11th, 2006
at 11:13am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: computers,apple,fo' real?

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