THE FIRSTS — how media is spicing things up


this is a short post since it has been a while since another one. I was reading in the news recently and i found that obama’s first interview as a president was with aljazeera. now forgetting about this piece of news , in general the media over uses the word “first” way too much. many times i was confused with it. after gaza war, there was first attack after the ceasefire, then another first respond, then another first closing crossings. and this goes one on everything. first big crisis, worst crisis. it really gives you a subconscious thought that this even is very important, while most of the time it has happened before many times.

some methods to do that without being a liar, you always add a small sentence afterwards, this is the worst improvement in the econmoy in the last 5 years. or the most brutal attack since the attack on gaza. now to think about it, this is a very short time and it is not weird that it is true, it just sound interesting. i think it will reach to a point where they will say something “this is the first one to do something since the last one did it “i can easily see some similar derivative of this, probably if someone swam a river, they probably will use something like that.

impact of this is not always big, but in the interview news for example, many commentors were really pissed that the FIRST interview was with an arabic channel, i do recall while following obama’s news, they always metnioned first for every step he takes, first interview since planning to run, first blah since offically run, first blah since he took this state, first blah sine he is the democratic nominee, first blah since the speak he did, … etc you get where i am going. it gives importance to events more than they deserve which can , as shown from the comments, to give wrong impression to readers.

just felt like sharing this idea

الاعتداء على رجال الأمن خط أحمر و سب الذات الالهية شو لون خطها؟؟

أزعجني بشدة مقال جريدة الرأي التالي

بالله عليكم في خدا عاقل بيجي على واحد ابو عضلات و مايك قنوة و مع سلة من صحابه و بضربو هيك ؟؟؟؟ بدون ما يكون عاملو شي او ضاربو ؟؟؟

واذا الاعتداء على رجال الامن خط أحمر , حد عاقل يحكيلي رجل الامن بسب الذات الالهية اجا بخط شو لونو ؟؟


nice arabic poem

Received this by email, it is nice so i shared.

ولدي يزورُ حديقة الحيوانِ !

وَلَدي يزورُ حديقـةَ الحـيـــــــــــوانِِ ويعودُ يحكي لي كوصفِ عـيـــــانِ
ويقول : يا أبتي رأيتُ مَشَاهــــــــداً تَدَعُ الحـــــليمَ هـنـاك كالـحـيـــــرانِ
إنّي رأيتُ الذئبَ يُظهرُ بأسَــــــــــــــــهُ فـي نـعـجـةٍ مُـنهَـدَّةِ الأركــــــانِ
ورأيـتُ قـرداً فاسِـقـاً متلـصّـصــــــــاً يرنـو إلى أُنـثى لدى الجـيــــــران
ورأيـتُ ديكاً مُتْخَماً شَبَعاً ولــــــــــم يَـرْمِ الفُـتــاتَ لجارهِ الجوعـــــــــانِ
ورأيـتُ لـيـثاً خائراً مُتخـــــــــــاذلاً وعـريـنـهُ بـقـيـادةِ الـجــــــــــــرذانِ
ورأيـتُ صـقـراً غـافـلاً.. وإناثــُــــــهُ مـفــتـونـةٌ بـالـبـُــومِ والغِربـــــــانِ
ورأيـتُ ثـوراً كـم يظنُّ خـُـــــــــوارَهُ شَـدْواً كـشــــــدوِ بــلابـل البُستــانِ
ورأيـتُ دُبَّـاً كـالكـثـيبِ ضَخامَــــــةً ويـظـنُّ قـامـتَـــــهُ كـغُـــــصن البـانِ
ورأيـت للـحـِرباء ألفَ عَـبَــــــــــاءةٍ لِـتَـبَـدُّلِ الأحــــــوالِ والأزمــــــانِ
والـثـعـلـبَ المكُار يمشـي خاشعــــــــاً مُـتـظـاهـــــراً بالـزُّهد والإيــمانِِ
فصرختُ : أُقْصُرْ يا بُنَيَّ ولا تَـــــزِدْ وصفــــاً.. فتلكَ حديقة الإنســــانِ!
لََلـذِّئـب أرقـى مِن بنـي الإنســان إنْ عاشـُــــوا بغـَـــــير المنهج الربَّاني

فيصل محمد الحجي

Some Rabbi opinion about Carpet bombing Gaza and john stewart sketch

i received this by email, interesting

Eliyahu advocates carpet bombing Gaza
May. 30, 2007

All civilians living in Gaza are collectively guilty for Kassam attacks on Sderot, former Sephardi chief rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu has written in a letter to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

Eliyahu ruled that there was absolutely no moral prohibition against the indiscriminate killing of civilians during a potential massive military offensive on Gaza aimed at stopping the rocket launchings.

The letter, published in Olam Katan [Small World], a weekly pamphlet to be distributed in synagogues nationwide this Friday, cited the biblical story of the Shechem massacre (Genesis 34) and Maimonides’ commentary (Laws of Kings 9, 14) on the story as proof texts for his legal decision.

According to Jewish war ethics, wrote Eliyahu, an entire city holds collective responsibility for the immoral behavior of individuals. In Gaza, the entire populace is responsible because they do nothing to stop the firing of Kassam rockets.

The former chief rabbi also said it was forbidden to risk the lives of Jews in Sderot or the lives of IDF soldiers for fear of injuring or killing Palestinian noncombatants living in Gaza.

Eliyahu could not be reached for an interview. However, Eliyahu’s son, Shmuel Eliyahu, who is chief rabbi of Safed, said his father opposed a ground troop incursion into Gaza that would endanger IDF soldiers. Rather, he advocated carpet bombing the general area from which the Kassams were launched, regardless of the price in Palestinian life.

“If they don’t stop after we kill 100, then we must kill a thousand,” said Shmuel Eliyahu. “And if they do not stop after 1,000 then we must kill 10,000. If they still don’t stop we must kill 100,000, even a million. Whatever it takes to make them stop.”

In the letter, Eliyahu quoted from Psalms. “I will pursue my enemies and apprehend them and I will not desist until I have eradicated them.”

Eliyahu wrote that “This is a message to all leaders of the Jewish people not to be compassionate with those who shoot [rockets] at civilians in their houses.”

here is John Stewart comedy sketch about Gaza in the daily show