Censorship on Flickr
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'ø' blir visst for vanskelig for utenlandske kunder, derfor en 'o' med akutt aksent både over og under, det blir så mye enklere: 'ó̗'
Altså: FÓ̗ROYA BANKI.
Det hele minner meg om Spin̈al Tap.
The Bryan Ferry interview
Aber die Art und Weise, wie sich die Nazis inszeniert und präsentiert haben, meine Herren! Ich spreche von den Filmen von Leni Riefenstahl und den Gebäuden von Albert Speer und den Massenaufmärschen und den Flaggen - einfach fantastisch. Wirklich schön.
Well, to me it is pretty obvious that Triumph des Willens is a good movie. Does meaning that make me a Nazi? Or is it saying so that makes me one?
Part of the problem is that people confuse etics and esthetics. When people believe that good looks equals good ethics, good-looking Nazis become a problem.
The solution is not in denying the obvious quality of Riefenstahl's movie. The solution is detaching beauty from ethics.
The 9/11 attack on World Trade Center was the best staging ever of a terrorist act.
That does not make it ethical.
Why does Ferry's opinion matter more than mine, anyway? Whether an artist is praising Nazi movies or organizing Live-Aid, what he says should be jugded by what he says, not by who he is. (That was one of the messages of The Wall, where Pink was played by Geldof.)
Personally I am more offended by Ferry seeming to endorse speeding in his Audi A8.
Disrespecting the pope
First, an anonymous cartoon from Newsweek 2006-10-02, Atlantic edition, page 5:
Appearently Newsweek has so much respect for the prophet, that the prophet cartoon must face away from the readers. Yet their lack of respect for the pope, allows them to accuse him of making fun of Islam.
Or is it simply that drawing the prophet is dangerous, while dissing the pope is not?
What did Benedict XVI say at the University of Regensburg, anyway?
He did quote Manuel II Paleologus' critical remarks on Islam. But he did also quote an anonymous source that said that God does not exist. So what?
Even if the emperor's remark were in error, both the remark itself, and the quotation, must be allowed.
Benedict's main message was that the Roman Catholic Church, as opposed to Islam,
is built on reason (Vernunft). The English words in the Vatican's translation,
reasonable. The latter usually carries positive ethical value,
I don't know if the German Vernunft does.
Abraham's god demanded blind obedience, to the point of being willing to murder your own son. Does not sound reasonable. The claim that Islam is not built on Vernunft can't be controversial.
Benedict's claim on Christian Vernunft builds on the word λόγος in the beginning of of the gospel of John. That interpretation may be right, but then the bibles I have checked are wrong: they translate to English word, German Wort and Norwegian ord.
- Im Anfang war das Wort, und das Wort war bei Gott, und das Wort war Gott.
- Am Anfang war das Wort. Das Wort war bei Gott, und das Wort war Gott selbst.
- Im Anfang war das Wort, und das Wort war bei Gott, und Gott war das Wort.
We couldn't hold Iraq responsible for what Saddam Hussein did, because he was not democratically elected.
And we can't hold Palestine responsible for Hamas policies, because they are democratically elected.
Ingenting er ment å være lett
This is difficult: A drawing af a Prophet with a bomb in his turban, is a blaspemous claim that the peace-loving Islam is violent.
While calling a military exercise the
Prophet war games
The meeting of cultures requires mutual respect
the meeting of cultures requires mutual respect.
But between a culture of freedom, and a culture that demands submission,
there is little common ground where they can meet.
An agreement like:
If I am kind enough not to offend you, you must be kind enough not to kill me,
is not mutual respect - that is giving in to threats and intimidation.
I do believe a civilized and respectful dialogue may be possible between western secularism and Quran-based Islam. But not with the polytheist idolaters who worship their prophet as a god, and read hadith like the Quran itself.
Deleting a DNS host entry
The outer right party Sverigedemokraterna has had the DNS host entry for sverigedemokraterna.se deleted.
Maybe by the Swedish Internet Authority, maybe by their former DNS supplier.
They are online again - from exile - at sverigedemokraterna.net.
I can only guess that the deletion was caused by their publishing images of a certain prophet.
Whoever deleted them, is taking on quite a responsibility: by deleting one domain, they implicitly endorse everything they do not delete. They also encourage those who use violence to have opponents silenced.
Update: Seems like SÄPO (the security police) 'talked to' the ISP, the ISP then 'found it best' to delete the host. The Swedish Security Service protects Sweden and democracy.
Might reduce short term danger, but the smell of blood in the water will attract the sharks again. In Norwegian : "som å pisse i buksa for å holde varmen." (Peeing in your pants to keep warm.)