Archive for WTF
2 different articles, 2 extremes point of views on Lebanon, one author.
Read as Elie go though a love-hate relationship with a country dear to many:
May 2012, Lebanon is on the brink of another chapter of a civil war.
If you live in any of the countries listed below, here is a sample of recent events… it is pretty bad:
Tripoli – 14 May 2012:
“Tension has been rising between Tripoli’s Sunnis, who support the Syrian opposition against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, and supporters of the Syrian government including Tripoli’s Alawite community.
The arrest of Shadi Almawlawi, a young Sunni sheikh, triggered the armed clashes. “
And in Beirut, one week later:
اشتباكات مسلحة في طريق الجديدة بين مسلحين مقربين من تيار المستقبل وعناصر من التيار العربي قرب مبنى الهندسة في جامعة بيروت العربية،
على خلفية مقتل الشيخ أحمد” عبد الواحد شمالي لبنان بنيران حاجز جيش لبناني.”
Yet, most news across the world are turning a blind eye.
Why is that? The tourists are already scared away anyway.
Here is an overview of randomly selected online newspapers:
Our journey starts on the American continent:
US » CNN
Japan witnessed recently a Tsunami compounded by many, ongoing earthquakes of magnitudes never been seen before, coupled with severe cold weather and radiation leaks. Is such a disaster which has left 23,000 dead or missing the worst case scenario?
Not so fast! Despite the widespread devastation, it took 6 days to repair the Great Kanto Highway in Naka.
Knowing better, how are the Lebanese handling the lack of rain issue?
A) Started by conserving the water consumption ?
B) Educated the people about water conservation techniques ?
C) Fixed the leaky water infrastructure ?
D) Prevented half of the water that falls in Lebanon to run into the sea?
E) None of the above
And the answer is …
Type the word Arab in Google (and a space), you will get suggestions based on what millions of people search daily… Apparently, many look for a nice girl to marry on the web! Why not?
I decided, just for fun, to find the most popular nationalities that look for their second half on Google, here are the results:
Top 5 women for marriage list*:
Or was it potatoes? Tomatoes? Ginger rhizomes?
Nobody knows. Unlike other beverages, a bottle of Smirnoff Ice doesn’t list the ingredients, and the official website doesn’t provide any additional data neither.
It was my understanding that food labels are required to list all ingredients, in order of decreasing weight. (See the label on an Almaza bottle below)
This leaves Smirnoff vulnerable to rumors.
Conveniently, the trend now is to accuse people and companies randomly on blogs, having as only proof a vague lack of denial from the accused parties.
In case you haven’t read them, here are the latest news:
6000 miles East of New Jersey, the John Nash of Arabia uncovered from Jordan recently a dangerous truth: Google works hand in hand with the CIA:
ومع رفض التأكيد يعني أنه هو تأكيد بأن لمخابرات أمريكا ولوج ورفض الرد حول جهاز الموساد هو تأكيد بأن له ولوج لبريد عرب كرنش لأن جوجل تستطيع أن تنفي أو تقول لا يوجد لهم ولوج
In short, here is what happened (in the founder’s words):
The founder of ArabCrunch asked Google if the CIA or Mossad have access to their emails on Gmail; Google refused to confirm, which is a confirmation that Google works with the CIA!
He later mentions that he prefers to give his life away, rather than reveal the sources of his articles… ouf!