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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."

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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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The Coup Crash


So,
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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Taxpayer dough going to evangelical Christian religious indoctrination

In prisons across America there is a way to get better ammenities and have more recreation options than the usual hour a day most get in the ‘yard.’ Sign up for a [tag]religious[/tag] ‘rehabilitation’ program, which is 99% of the time run by evangelical Christians and for which there are no alternatives for prisoners of other faiths. Sound like an unconstitutional violation of the separation of church and state? You bet. Recently, Robert W. Pratt, chief judge of the federal courts in the Southern District of Iowa, ordered one such Christian ministry to return the $1.5million it had received from the government for its program. Of course, the legal issue doesn’t seem so clear to some, who see these programs as a way to combat recidivism etc.
The NYTimes has published a great article on the subject, Religion for a Captive Audience, Paid for by Taxes. Some excerpts:

The cells in Unit E had real wooden doors and doorknobs, with locks. More books and computers were available, and inmates were kept busy with classes, chores, music practice and discussions. There were occasional movies and events with live bands and real-world food, like pizza or sandwiches from Subway. Best of all, there were opportunities to see loved ones in an environment quieter and more intimate than the typical visiting rooms.

But the only way an inmate could qualify for this kinder mutation of prison life was to enter an intensely religious rehabilitation program and satisfy the evangelical Christians running it that he was making acceptable spiritual progress.

Related reading: Jails for Jesus - a great article on the topic from MotherJones magazine

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Posted: December 12th, 2006
at 2:43pm by Pheezatron


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Where the is Sudan?

And that is just on one side of the White Nile. Opposite Alsunut, on the Omdurman side, Saudi and Kuwaiti investors have bought a large plot of land on which they intend to build a huge financial centre. And all this is taking shape in a country which is still subject to comprehensive economic sanctions, imposed by America, for giving shelter and support to terroristsa€"including, at one time, Osama bin Laden.

article at economist

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Posted: December 12th, 2006
at 11:08am by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: business,politricks,architecture,real life news

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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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Dr. Muhammad Yunus

You can now catch Yunus‘ social entrepreneurship words of wisdom in 100 different languages.

from ashoka

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Posted: December 11th, 2006
at 1:36pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: weaponry,real life news,9th dan,entrepreneurship

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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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You Murder and Then Pay No Bribe?!

article at pakistaniat

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Posted: December 11th, 2006
at 11:16am by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: not ninja-worthy,real life news

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No a Apocalypto

Having viewed a screening of Apocalypto at UCSB on December 3rd, I walked away recognizing three main points within Mel Gibson’s movie. This first colors the entire story, seemingly as a kind of guiding moral: "the good Indian is the savage one in the forest." There is absolutely nothing appealing about Maya city-life in this movie- no indication that Maya urban centers flourished in the region for hundreds of years. Instead, religious figures are depicted as fraudulent or heavily drugged; political figures are fat and passive (both of these characterizations having been lifted straight from The Road to El Dorado); and everyone else seems to be living a nightmare of hard labor, servitude, famine, and/or disease.
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Posted: December 7th, 2006
at 4:47pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: myninjaplease,film,politricks,real life news

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