1. Sam Harris on the Charlie Hebdo attack (Audio)
Sam Harris meets my working definition of genius. That is, ‘an ambassador to the obvious’. However I have a few minor differences with him in his analysis here.
“The Muslim world”, he says, “simply has to get used to free speech winning”. Not gonna happen. We have to pound them into submission as we have every time in history when Islam has intersected with any other group. That has proven to be the only way that we can preserve our public trust and ability to offer ideas that are not in full agreement with the religion and politics of the day. The rest of it is excellent however.
2. inks and nibya gunmen attack Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli
Militants have attacked a hotel popular with foreigners in Libya’s capital, killing at least three people and injuring 12 others, officials say.
Several gunmen stormed the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli and opened fire in the reception area. A car bomb also exploded outside the hotel. Unconfirmed reports say some of the assailants have blown themselves up and that foreigners are among the dead.
(I waited a day or two after I initially got this to check the source. I feel its so important that its best not to float this one till there is some indication its not made up out of whole cloth. Fausta’ a great blog about the jihad in Latin America, had said this a week or two ago or more, and the person who runs the site linked above I am assured is very good)
This video from Jan. 23rd is very interesting.
North Korea this past weekend accused Israel of “representing dictatorial forces for aggression that trample down the legitimate right of the Palestinian people.”
Pyongyang responded angrily to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remark to the visiting Japanese premier last week in which the Israeli leader said that both Jerusalem and Tokyo face “formidable threats from nearby rogue states” – Israel from Iran and Japan from North Korea.
Iran, Netanyahu said, “cannot be allowed to travel the road taken by North Korea,” a path, which he said led to an agreement with Pyongyang in 1994 that “was widely celebrated as a historic breakthrough for nonproliferation, but in the end, that deal failed to prevent the dangerous proliferation that threatens all of east Asia today.”
6. Lets end on a happy note. Oz-Rita translated this great little song from France. Clearly this kind of humour dos not lend itself to translation but you will get the idea.
At LiveLeak there is a comment which corrects one moment of translation:
at 00:21 however. The translator translated “trous de balles” as bullet holes (which is technically correct) – but in this context it means “assholes”.
Thank you Richard, M., Draculea, Don C., ML., and many more.