Archive for the ‘Rant’ Category

Israel, the land of Multi-Tribalism

July 17, 2009

Not recently, it has come to my peeved attention that Israeli news headlines are made and broken with the employment of a single  gimmick: Xenophobia sells.

A deranged woman starves her infant boy to the point of severe malnutrition. She’s mentally ill, and caused her young child terrible anguish, but tragedy and mischief are not enough to keep the Israeli public buying newspapers, apparently. No. The Israeli public wouldn’t be as good a consumer as its masters do dearly wish it to be without some good, well-crafted random-primed hatred.***

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Shudder

May 10, 2009

I’ve been asked to translate a petition by two parents of an Autistic child. I turned down the offer, of course, but not before reading through it a bit and having to fight a strong urge to vomit.

 

Autism is a terrible affliction, and parents of autistic children are pretty much doomed to a life full of strenuous challenges – but this is NOT a pretext to deny one of the best medical interventions against disease humanity has known. Anti-vaxers are child slaughterers. Children are dying today of highly preventable diseases because of idiot parents who grind their axes at the expense of dead, not autistic, dead children.

Despicable.

Exodus is Bullshit, Passover is Bullshit

April 16, 2009

Passover is over (heehee), and finally, we are allowed leavened bread once more. Most of the time, living in Israel doesn’t require constant endurance of religious inanity. Religious inanity is there, alright, but most of the time, I don’t get to feel it.
I feel it most strongly on Yom Kippur, when everybody is fasting, no cars are allowed, and everything is closed, without exception. I feel it in the weekends, when buses aren’t operational, and a lot of businesses are closed, preventing me from doing anything fun without a drive to Tel-Aviv or other neighboring towns.

In passover, I feel it in my stomach. See, I don’t eat that Matzos crap, not in any version whatsoever. It’s shit.

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Is Evolutionary Theory Useless?

March 5, 2009

The latest rant by Michael Egnor, the ID-creationist neurosurgeon with a surname that simply demands snarky puns, has got me thinking not so much about the crux of his graphic tantrum (“There’s lots of idiots like me! *thumps chest* and we’ll kick your ass!”) – but about something he wrote that’s quite superfluous to Egnor’s petulant ravings:

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Hilarious Christian Zealot

March 4, 2009

Over at Odd Innuendo, in a garden variety post about Hitler not being an atheist (and some stuff on why Stalin’s atheism has nothing to do with him being an insane dictator) – the comments boomed.

One of the comments was by a one “alan” who,it seems, is some sort of Christian zealot, who believes that the only version of good in this world is the True Christian variety (yes, he actually pulled the “No True Scotsman” spiel on me).

At first, I was having enough fun seeing alan squirm with the indefensible position that Hitler was, for some reason, an atheist (he used the words “I am a devout catholic” in 1941. Maybe he wasn’t much of a catholic, but catholic he was, and people like Fred Phelps are still considered to be bathshit insane Christian).

But sooner than later, the argument turned into a debate on biblical morality (with occasional puns about atheists being assholes every now and then, sigh.)

The hilarious part was when I noted some examples from Deuteronomy and Leviticus which, putting it mildly, color God and the bible in negative hues. Stuff like stoning homosexuals, stoning witches, stoning adulterers, stoning unruly children, et cetera.

This is the hilarious bit.

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A Simple Way to Prove That There is No Palestinian People:

January 16, 2009
Henya, Hamas prime minister at the Arab convention in Qatar

Khaled Mishal, Hamas prime minister at the Arab convention in Qatar

Prove that the Arab population in greater Palestine does not exist.

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Gee, thank you, religious council of stupid

January 14, 2009

As all Israelis not living inside a bathtub know, the city of Ashkelon has joined the fray of rocket-bombed cities as of December. About six months ago, construction works for a defensive extension to the city’s “Brazili” hospital building were ceased.

Was it because of Ashkelon no longer being in danger? Was it for a lack of funding? Maybe, for some reason, it was simply impractical to build airtight bunkers in a place full of sick, possibly contagious human beings?

No. The construction works were halted because ancient tombs were found within hospital area, making it a knot in Rabbinical knickers. An airheaded lot of religious acolytes prevented a life-saving construction project because of supersitition and dimwitted idiocy.


20 days into the war, and the great masters of stupid had indulged the terrified citizens of Ashkelon by leniently allowing construction to proceed, as a part of “Pikuach Nefesh” (life-saving exception to the Halacha code).

Gee, thanks a friggin’ bunch, you blithering twerps!

There are some times in which I truly, in all sincerity, hate religion.

Fatwah Envy – קנאת פטוואה – English/Hebrew

January 5, 2009

(Bilingual post, for English, scroll down)

הבלוגוספירה הישראלית ממשיכה לגעוש עקב המלחמה בעזה, וחלק מהתגובות חושפות באופן שיטתי פרופיל קודר ומזעזע של כותביהן.

אייל גרוס כתב פוסט היוצא כנגד המחסור בסיוע הומניטרי ראוי בעזה וכן גם כנגד המתקפה הישראלית של מטרות אזרחיות לחלוטין ברצועה, כאשר הבולטת ממתקפות אלה היא המתקפה על מחסן רפואי. איני יכול לשער בנפשי איזה ערך אסטרטגי יש למתקפה שכזו, אך קטונתי מלאמר.

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No More War! No More War?

December 27, 2008

In an awesome feat of disproportionate response, the IDF responded to Hamas’ breaking the several-months’ long cease fire with Israel by bombing the fucking shit out of Gaza. We had one civilian dead and 6 wounded in a southern city called “Netivot” (I only learnt how to sign that in ISL last week) and a few hours later, the IAF took care of annihilating 60 different security targets in Gaza, killing more than 200 Palestinians and wounding about 700. The bodycount is kind of hard with most of the bodies not in one piece, but I’m sure they’ll manage.

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Ignorance isn’t Bliss, Lack of Introspection Is

December 6, 2008

Frankly, this is something that’s been nagging in my head for some time now (due to stuff that’s happening in my personal life, and thus aren’t particularly interesting enough to post about). I’m saying “frankly” because I’m not sure how to phrase the idea I’m talking about in an interesting way, but I’ll give it a try, anyway.
I had a chat with the missus today about how miserable I get because I’m constantly aware of how inferior I am all the time. This is, I told her, not an indication of superior intelligence, but only of a bad habit of over-comparison with everybody else. It’s a dangerous occupation I can’t rid myself of, and it brings me my penchant for horrible, incapacitating moods (that’s okay, I only have them when no one’s watching, which is most of the time 🙂 ).

I’m well aware that there are people out there who are beyond ecstatic on a perpetual basis, and for some reason, the fact that I run faster or have a bigger vocabulary than theirs does not shatter their jubilance in the least. When I was (an even more) arrogant adolescent, I viewed this apparent imperviousness as stupidity or ignorance. This was sadly disproven when I noted that people like that are my vast superiors in many respects, and it further pestered me that even “idiots” can beat me at my own game.

Well, needless to say, I was using the wrong paradigm. It’s not that they were idiots, they just didn’t bother as much as I did (and do) with comparative introspection. The truth of the matter is that I will be a much happier man if I just “lightened up”, but I really can’t do that. It’s my eternal quest for scoring more points than everybody else that seems to propel me to do greater things, and without that, I really don’t know if I’d push as hard as I do.

This doesn’t mean that I’m afraid I won’t be as successful (I’d probably be more) if I stopped sizing myself up all the time, but the fact remains that I can’t stop, even though I want to.