Tuesday, September 19, 2006 

Bush Speech - "We learned that they are evil"

Sunday, September 17, 2006 

  • ‘Special Needs’ Saudi soccer team capture first World Cup.

    Emile Durkheim, one of the leading sociologists, once argued that the individual is a product of society and not the other way around. In other words, we must begin with society in order to understand human beings.

    Having said that, I would like to comment on the Saudi World Cup victory from a sociological perceptive. Many would ask the pertinent question...If these guys can do it, how come the National Team can't? I would say that this 'Special Needs' team isn't a part of society.

    In the past World Cup tournaments, 2006, 2002, 1998, people would be surprised after each loss the National Team suffered. We're still asking the same questions today. Many would rant, "Where did all that money go?" Others would ponder, "Their needs are met, where is the output?" and so on. Referring back to Durkheim, in the end of the day, this National Team is just a sample pool of Saudi society. It reflects how "well-organized" we are, sarcastically speaking. And it also tells you a lot about our "dedication" to hard work, another sarcastic comment. Saudi Arabia has a lot of well-dedicated, hard workers, but compared on a macro level, these individuals are just a few one-digit percentiles that don't reflect what the larger scope of society looks like, or how it behaves. Many would argue, well, that's not true. I would say, why not? We would all know the outcome if a World Cup was held with the following events: job performance, work ethics, input and output while on the job, dedication, motivation, etc. I bet we would come last in all these events. How do I know? Well, I have yet to see a World Cup with these events. But I can sure comment on the Saudi team because it's in the spotlight for everyone to see. I'm not bashing on the team, I follow the team's news everywhere. I always say the only thing that keeps me patriotic is the national team.

    Going back to the 'Special Needs' team. In our society, or any society, these individuals are deemed deviant because they are not like us and they don't meet or societal expectations and "needs." They come from diverse psychological backgrounds. Some are autistic, others have learning disabilities, and the list goes on. The positive aspect I see in these people is that they are different from the culture or society they live in. Studies have shown that autistic children don't have a sense of 'self' and so they see the world from a lens that is very different from ours. I enjoy trying to communicate with autistic children. I feel they are missing a few genes that we all carry. I don't see that 'hate' gene. Nor do I see the 'judging' gene, and so on. You feel like they're the original human template that we were all born from. The nature vs. nurture argument does not apply here.
    This is where I come to conclude....I think the 'Special Needs' term should be labeled on all of us. This team that won the World Cup isn't in need for 'special needs'..it is us.
  • Saturday, September 16, 2006 

    Where do I go from here..

    Somewhere in Arizona..
    Originally uploaded by obscure_persona.

    Monday, September 11, 2006 

  • Very smooth man...Auto-eroticism undoes Slovak driver.

  • US President George W Bush has said the fight against terror is a "struggle for civilization." Shut the F up doushebag...Do you even know what "struggle" means? or "civilization?" or even..."for?"

  • More die from suicide than wars and murders, experts say.
    "About 20 million to 60 million people try to kill themselves each year, but only around 1 million of them succeed,"
    said Dr. Jose Manoel Bertolote, a mental health official at the World Health Organization (WHO).

  • Assessing terrorism 5 years after 9/11.

  • One million ways to die.
    "In the five years since that shattering day, the government has spent billions on anti-terrorism projects, instituted a color-coded alert system that has never been green, banned fingernail clippers and water bottles from airplanes, launched a pre-emptive war on false pretenses, and advised citizens to stock up on duct tape and plastic sheeting...."

  • The ultimate blog post.

  • Memory worries may signal brain tissue loss.

  • Fort Collins named 'Best Place to Live' in America.
    "The natural setting, the vibrancy of downtown and the presence of Colorado State University helped put Fort Collins at the top of the magazine’s list."
    Craig Matters
    Money executive editor
  • Saturday, September 09, 2006 

  • Studies show that sensitivity to others' feelings underdeveloped in teen brain. More on the teenage brain here.

  • I was wondering about my low sperm count...sex toys contain dangerous chemicals says Greenpeace.
    "It is unbelievable that such toxic substances can be used in adult toys. We have tested many products in the last few years but never have we encountered such high concentrations," Greenpeace spokesman Bart van Opzeeland said.

    "Tested" on who? he he...Alllrrriiiiight!..eh..

  • I bet my mommy can kick your mommy's butt. Can't we just grow up! Danish paper reprints Holocaust cartoons.

  • Just like I predicted (mashallah 3alay). Prosecutors ask to drop federal charges against Al-Turki. Although there is no evidence to support the alleged sexual abuse, the "slavery" case is totally against him. Here's the thing everybody, if you're a Saudi, in a post-9/11 U.S.A., don't F around. Why the F can't you just adhere to local laws just like everybody else! We treat people like shit in Saudi Arabia, so what goes around comes around. We still haven't learned anything from Al-Hussayen case. Why can't you guys just wait till you go back home and do what ever the F you want to do. (My two cents).

  • It's been a long time since we last had useless debates over "saucy" topics. AlArabiya's weekly book report. (in Arabic). Check out the comments. I always love how anal-retentive most of AlArabiya's surfers are. That's the only motivation that keeps me going there.

  • How to temper your temper.
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