Posts filed under “Really, really bad calls”

What Should Be Done In the Wake of the French Terror Attack?

“The Proper Response to Today’s Tragic Events Should Be for EVERY Publication On The Planet To Print Depictions of the Prophet Muhammad”

 

We at Washington’s Blog have done as much as anyone to dispel the myth that all Muslims are terrorists. (Herehereherehereherehere, and here).

And we’ve written as much as anyone on the dangers of false flag terror: carrying out terror attacks and then falsely blaming in on your enemy.

We don’t yet have many facts on the horrific French terror attack which killed writers and cartoonists who satirized Islam.

However, our initial gut reaction is that every website in the world should run the new cartoon which the paper published yesterday which allegedly was the cause for the terror attack.

Paul Joseph Watson – a smart, prominent, alternative blogger who has written widely on false flag attacks, Western aggression and related topics – had the same reaction, writing:

The proper response to today’s tragic events should be for EVERY publication on the planet to print depictions of the Prophet Muhammad.

(Islamic teachings forbid any depictions of Muhammad; and the publication against which today’s terror attack was launched had been firebombed 3 years ago when it printed a cartoon depicting Muhammad in a satirical manner.)

We don’t condone attacking an entire religion for the murderous acts of a crazed few.  We are also in favor of cultural sensitivity.

On the other hand, we are big believers in free speech and satire. As we’ve previously noted:

There is a well-known tradition thousands of years old – called “crazy wisdom” – which uses humor as a path for speaking truth and waking people up from their erroneous beliefs and their coma of sleepwalking. (Famous rock and roll dj Wes “Scoop” Nisker wrote a great book on the subject, which I strongly endorse).

We think there may be a way to harmonize these competing ideas.   Every website and traditional media publication in the world could satirize ISIS and the other extreme, murderous Islamic fundamentalists … while respecting – and pretty much leaving alone –  the overwhelming majority of Muslims who are peaceful and sane.

What do you think? Please let us know how you would approach this issue.

Category: Philosophy, Really, really bad calls

Fun with Forecasting, 2014 Review

It’s that time of year again. All of the usual suspects trot out their forecasts for 2015 on markets, interest rates, gold, oil, economic growth and unemployment. You can set your calendars based on these prognostications, just as long as you remember to ignore their often-hilarious track records. Regular readers know this is a pet…Read More

Category: Really, really bad calls

Astrological Predictions for 2015

Your stars for the year ahead Source: The Poke

Category: Digital Media, Really, really bad calls, UnScience

14 Meaningless Stock Market Phrases

Great list from Henry Blodget of Business Insider 14 Meaningless Phrases That Will Make You Sound Like A Stock-Market Wizard “The easy money has been made.” “I’m cautiously optimistic.” “It’s a stockpicker’s market.” “It’s not a stock market. It’s a market of stocks.” “We’re constructive on the market.” “Stocks are down on ‘profit taking.’” “The…Read More

Category: Investing, Really, really bad calls

The Not So Friendly Skies

@TBPInvictus I’m excited about skiplagged.com, the website that is currently being sued by United Airlines and Orbitz for enabling “hidden city ticketing” (which you should read up on before continuing). I needed to travel to Cincinnati last spring. During a period in which my plans were tentative, round-trip fares were in the mid-$300 range or…Read More

Category: Consumer Spending, Current Affairs, Really, really bad calls, Travel, Web/Tech

Who Are We Killing with Drones?

West Uses Anti-Terror Laws to Murder Farmers, Small-Time Drug Dealers and Low-Level Taliban Members – Poppy Farmers, Drug Couriers and Drug Dealers Spiegel reported yesterday that drug dealers and low-level Taliban members were targeted for death by drone: NATO didn’t just target the Taliban leadership, but also eliminated mid- and lower-level members of the group on…Read More

Category: Legal, Really, really bad calls, Technology, War/Defense

Josh Brown: Investment Fads and Themes, 1996-2014

Another year in the books and I’ve updated my Investing Fads and Themes by Year guide accordingly. It begins with 1996 because that was my first summer working on The Street and my earliest exposure to the market. I do this every December because I agree with the eminent philosopher Bob Marley in that “If you know your history,…Read More

Category: Investing, Psychology, Really, really bad calls

Kim Jong-un Meets the Streisand Effect

Since its Christmas Day release on digital networks and in certain independent movie theaters, “The Interview” has pulled in $18 million. More than 2 million people have downloaded the movie about a nonsensical plot to assassinate North Korea’s leader — and that’s before Apple’s iTunes adds the film to its streaming and download catalogs today….Read More

Category: Film, Really, really bad calls, War/Defense, Web/Tech

The Real Wolves of Wall Street

Source: Master’s in Accounting Degrees

Category: Digital Media, Finance, Really, really bad calls, Wages & Income

How U.S. Torture Led to the Rise of ISIS

  Nice Job Creating Terrorists, You Morons … We’ve previously noted that many members of ISIS were members of Saddam Hussein’s secular Baath Party who converted to radical Islam in American prisons. And we’ve documented that torture creates more terrorists.   Indeed, Salon notes: Among the most notable victims of torture was Sayeed Qutb, the founding…Read More

Category: Really, really bad calls, Think Tank, War/Defense