These people are absolutely nuts

From the Times of Israel:

In honor of Iranian mother’s day, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei took to Twitter Sunday to vent his spleen share his views on gender issues, asserting that the West considers women to be “goods and means of pleasure” and that this is the product of the “Zionists’ plot.”

You choose: he’s insane, or he’s off his medication, or he is so blighted by hatred that everything he doesn’t like is the fault of the Zionists.

Could it be all three?

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The shoe is on the other foot for the BBC

In case you missed it, the Twittersphere has been all ablaze with the conspiracy theories of one  Ashgar Bukhari – “prominent Muslim activist” – who has accused “Zionists” of a conspiracy to wage psychological warfare against him, including stealing one of his shoes. Feel free to see the extent of this conspiracy by going to Twitter and searching for the hahshtag #MossadStoleMyShoe.

But in the midst of this bizarre development, Hillel Neuer posts an excellent question.

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Do you think the BBC will answer?

[First seen at BBC Watch.]

 

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We know who really slaughtered Charlie Hebdo

It was obvious…

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I sometimes think social media like Twitter would do well to advertise psychiatric services. They would do really well with the likes of these conspiracy theorists. And while they are tendering treatment, they might want to inquire as to what type of four year olds Greta Berlin is associating with. If its her kids, there’s a surefire call to be made to the appropriate social work department.

More on this from Honest Reporting, here.

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Making the earth move

This is comedy gold, as dug up by the incredible Elder of Ziyon:

It’s artificial earthquake time!

Minister of Awqaf and Religious Affairs in Gaza, Ismail Radwan, says that the Israelis are going to cause an artificial earthquake to destroy the Al Aqsa Mosque and to build a new Solomon’s Temple in its place.

Really, the Palestinian Arabs need to come up with something new to accuse Israel of.

They have warned us about this impending earthquake in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012 and an Egyptian “researcher” made a similar claim earlier this year.

I really don’t know what is taking those Jews so long. After all, they already tested the technology in 1927, when the Al Aqsa mosque was damaged but, alas, not destroyed. By now I’m sure the technology has been perfected.

It appears the Arab media has an insatiable appetite for utter garbage. Are they bonkers? Do any of them actually believe this nonsense? No wonder their political leadership lacks – by any objective measure – maturity. The whole scene is reminiscent of pre-pubescent times in the school playground, making up stories to flex our imagination muscles. We stopped doing that when we grew up…

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Arafat is still dead

Probably my favorite headline of the week. Credit to Adam Levick at CiFWatch for tweaking the Guardian’s tail (or should that be tale?) due to its inept, not to say conspiracy minded, coverage of the glowing corpse of the former PLO leader.

Yasser Arafat has been dead for nine years, but attempts to resuscitate old libels suggesting that he was murdered by Israel will likely continue to periodically grace the pages of the Guardian – at least as long as someone, somewhere, claims to have new, previously unrevealed evidence.

On November 6, the Guardian devoted five separate articles…encompassing over 3200 words to a ‘stunning’ new report by Swiss scientists on their autopsy of Arafat’s remains. (Details of the Swiss report were originally obtained by the Guardian’s ideological ‘sister-site’ Al-Jazeera.)

As I posted at the time:

So, ignoring the issues like a chain of custody for the samples – which is a mess upon mess – the facts do not support the theory of such poisoning. But since conspiracy theories need nothing but a willing audience – especially since Israel’s being fingered for it – do not expect this one to wither and die. (Or fade away…)

So, As Adam points out, what’s the Guardian to do when a report comes out that says Arafat wasn’t poisoned? Put that on the front page? Say sorry for pointing a crooked finger at Israel? No way.

The French report found that Arafat’s death in 2004 was caused by the effects of “old age following a generalised infection”, and ruled out the possibility that he was poisoned. In contrast to the paper’s saturation coverage of the Swiss findings, Sherwood’s latest story on the new report was not featured on the Guardian’s home page, and was consigned to page 19 in the print edition of the paper.

Read the full CiFWatch piece here. And, yes; Arafat is still dead.

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Glowing in the dark

Yasser Arafat may have been poisoned with Polonium-210

That’s the headline of this Guardian piece.

Yasser Arafat was poisoned with Polonium-210.

That’s the headline that people will think they saw.

There are many problems with the suggestion that Arafat and Polonium-210 came together, without his permission, as it were.

First, the half-life of Polonium-210 is 138 days. What does that mean? The level of radiation (amount) reduces by half every 138 days. The bad terrorist boss died in November 2004.  That makes it over 8 years from death to time of testing, or 21+ half-lives. To put it another way, in that time the radiation would fall to less than one millionth of what it was. The levels being reported as present in 2012 (when tested) could only be explained if he were almost literally glowing with the stuff. It does not stack up.

Second, the medical reports say (or said…) that Arafat’s symptoms were not those of radiation poisoning.

So, ignoring the issues like a chain of custody for the samples – which is a mess upon mess – the facts do not support the theory of such poisoning. But since conspiracy theories  need nothing but a willing audience – especially since Israel’s being fingered for it – do not expect this one to wither and die. (Or fade away…)

 

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