Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Biased cropping and Helen Thomas’s bigotry


Jewish date:  26 Siwan 5770 (Parashath Qoraḥ).

Today’s holidays:  Tuesday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time (Roman Catholicism), Feast Day of St. Iggy Pop (Church of the SubGenius).

Topic 1:  More on recent anti-Semitism, dealing with the Mavi Marmara incident:  “Special Analysis: Fauxtography - Reuters Caught Again” deals with the photographic equivalent of quoting out of context:  biased cropping.  “"Go Back to Auschwitz": A Message From the Flotilla” deals with the flotilla’s blatantly anti-Semitic communications to the Israeli Navy and that there were known terrorists on board. Reporter Helen Thomas’s historically ignorant comments that Jews should leave Israel, which resulted in her extremely quick and extremely just firing, are discussed in “Helen Thomas: Israelis "Go Back to Poland"” and “Helen Thomas and Open Season on Israel”.  The latter notes the contemporary context of Jewish anti-Semitism and Jewish tolerance of anti-Semitism.

Topic 2:  Just some reminders that religious persecution is not limited to a single part or even a few parts of this planet:  “RUSSIA: Dagestan's controls on Islamic education” and “Religious leaders launch tirade against Ahmedis”.

Topic 3:  For today’s religious humor: “shun!!1! shun the non believer!”:
This is actually a Charlie the Unicorn reference, but the sentiment does occur in real religious behavior.


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