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Edward Furey

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  • Bill O'Reilly says Muslims will Diss Hillary; but 8 Muslim Countries Chose Female Leaders
  • Bill Nye Science Guy to Debate GOP Rep Gohmert on Gravity
    • Airplanes, bugs, birds and balloons fly. If gravity really existed that would not be the case. But no, the establish refuses to Teach the Controversy (that I've just made up out of nothing).

    • During his tour at the Royal Mint, Newton embezzled enough money to set up a fund to finance “physics” research worldwide. Edmond Halley was the first trustee. He was thus able to keep alive belief in the existence of gravity, even after his death. By controlling the grants to researchers, the fund was able to steer all research along Newtonian lines and suppress competing theories. The scheme fell apart late in the 20th Century because the money was invested in Barings Bank, and disappeared when the bank collapsed in 1995. True story.

  • Another non-terrorist non-Muslim Plane Hijacker: The Sochi Plot
    • You might also have mentioned that the airline is a Turkish airline, so we would seem to have an Orthodox Christian committing a terrorist act against Muslim company.

  • How Peter O'Toole Saved the Arabs (According to David Lean)
    • I think you are mixing up Alec Guinness's Faisal with Anthony Quinn's Auda Abu Tayi. Faisal is clearly a sophisticated political operator, whether calling Lawrence aside for a private chat in his tent, advancing in the Arab cause in an interview with Arthur Kennedy (the movie’s version of Lowell Thomas), or haggling with Allenby (Jack Hawkins) and Dryden (Claude Rains). But the picture does not patronize Auda either, who gives a wonderful English version of what I take to be Arab oratory (“I am a river to my people”) that thrills both his own people and Lawrence, and all of us wonderful people sitting out there in the dark.

      Sherif Ali (Omar Sharif) gets an extremely unusual treatment. When we first meet him, he kills a character the audience already likes, Lawrence’s Bedouin guide (“Today will be difficult, but tomorrow: good riding.”) for what seem to be arbitrary reasons to the audience. In a conventional movie, this would mark him as a villain and Lawrence’s enemy. But he’s one of the heroes and increasingly a voice of restraint and humane behavior as the story progresses. I think the point here is that Arab customs and priorities must to be seen on their own terms (which Ali explains briefly, noting that his victim knew he was doing wrong) and have their own validity, however much they seem to differ from English norms.

  • White Terrorist is "Gunman," "Alleged Shooter," no Mention of Wingnut 'New World Order' Beef
    • A similar incident at the same airport (LAX) in 2002, in which one person was killed and others wounded at the El Al counter was labelled a terrorist attack, even though the attacker (with an Arab background) had no known international connections and, in the FBI's judgment,acted alone. Just like this guy.

  • Terrorism and the other Religions
    • Also, most of the Muslims who fought in World War II fought against Hitler (and Tojo). The Indian army, which fought in North Africa, Italy, India proper and Southeast Asia was about one-quarter Muslim. Scores of thousands of troops in the Free French forces were Muslims from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, who would fight in Italy and France.

    • Well bethought, but I think you should add the Armenian massacres at the hands of the Turks to Muslim side of equation. It doesn't alter your main point, but adds a percentage point to the Muslim side of the equation.

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