September 2nd, 2010


A Videogame Post -- Racist games

Austrian Anti-Muslim Game Stokes Outrage

A right-wing Austrian political party's published a flash game in which the countryside is overrun with minarets and mosques and players must stop their construction. Because nationalism and xenophobia's so much more fun when it's in the German language!

Moschee Baba ("Bye-Bye Mosque") is a minute-long, shooting-gallery type game in which a stop sign is clicked on a minaret, mosque, or muezzin (the guys who sound the morning calls to prayer). It's a political ad for the Freedom Party in the Styrian province; regional elections are coming at the end of the month.

No one's killed and nothing's destroyed in the game, but its tone is pretty hateful and paranoid and it's pissed off political opponents but good. Social Democrats, the Green Party and, of course, the Muslim community have demanded the game's removal and an investigation for "incitement."

The game is, of course, a gross caricature of the reality of the situation in Austria. Only four mosques with a visible minaret exist in the country. None are in Styria, whose population is 1.2 percent Muslim.

After the game ends, it serves players with a push poll, asking if there should be a ban on minaret construction, wearing of burqas, niqabs or other Islamic garments, and if Muslims should sign some oath accepting Austrian law's primacy over the Koran. Fun stuff. SOURCE

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Mansplaining And Bad Science Have a Sexist, Unfunny Baby

Why Women Aren't Funny
What makes the female so much deadlier than the male? With assists from Fran Lebowitz, Nora Ephron, and a recent Stanford-medical-school study, the author investigates the reasons for the humor gap.
Christopher Hitchens

Be your gender what it may, you will certainly have heard the following from a female friend who is enumerating the charms of a new (male) squeeze: "He's really quite cute, and he's kind to my friends, and he knows all kinds of stuff, and he's so funny … " (If you yourself are a guy, and you know the man in question, you will often have said to yourself, "Funny? He wouldn't know a joke if it came served on a bed of lettuce with sauce béarnaise.") However, there is something that you absolutely never hear from a male friend who is hymning his latest (female) love interest: "She's a real honey, has a life of her own … [interlude for attributes that are none of your business] … and, man, does she ever make 'em laugh."

Now, why is this? Why is it the case?, I mean. Why are women, who have the whole male world at their mercy, not funny? Please do not pretend not to know what I am talking about.

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Source has more. Which is good, because I do enjoy men explaining to me that the fact that I'm pretty means I can't do anything else :D

edit: Soooo old article is old. My b for seeing someone link it and not thinking to doublecheck the date. Still, I'm glad some people who haven't heard of C. Hitchy get to see his opinions and hate him now! He's not good for much else.

Brooklyn College's Assigned Reading Adds To Online Mosque Wank


Reading about it online, you would think that the controversy over this year’s assigned reading for students new to Brooklyn College would have led to fevered student and faculty protests by now, making the campus the latest to be roiled by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

But so far at least, the furor over the book — “How Does It Feel to Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America,” by Moustafa Bayoumi, an associate English professor at Brooklyn College – is unfolding a bit like the debate over the planned Islamic community center in downtown Manhattan: much of the intensity seems far afield, while the response in the neighborhood itself is more muted.

The seeds were planted last winter, when professors in the English Department, with Donna Wilson, the dean of undergraduate studies, chose this year’s “common reader”: a book given to all freshmen and transfer students in an effort to provide a common experience at the outset of the school year. The books are generally set in New York City, have a biographical element and are written by authors available to speak on campus.

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Be sure to check out the comments which are filled with trolls, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, flouncing, threats to cut Brooklyn College from wills/annual donations, and more!

This is yet another case of People Who Don't Even Go Here discussing NYC political issues. I'm actually more curious about the book after reading the debate. Also ONTD_P, what books were you assigned to read as college freshmen? I had to read Maya Angelou's All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes and I hated it.
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Teens allegedly harass mosque members

CARLTON, N.Y. (WIVB) - Members of a local mosque say they're becoming targets. Mosque members say they were harassed Saturday night and Monday night, a gun was fired, and one of their members was nearly run down by a car.

Bilal Huzair of the World Sufi Foundation Mosque said, "If it was a hate crime, so be it. They need to be charged as a hate crime."

For now, five teenagers from the Orleans County Town of Holley are charged with the misdemeanor count of Disrupting a Religious Service Monday night during night service at the mosque on Fuller Road in the Town of Carlton.

"We heard two cars that were screaming and driving back and forth, yelling obscenities, you know against the religion itself. Calling us Muslim **** ****," described Huzair.

This is the holy month of Ramahdan for Muslims and these mosque members say two nights earlier, the same group of 17 and 18-years-olds disrupted their service and even fired a gunshot. 17-year-old Mark Vendetti was charged with an additional felony weapons count.

After the service ended, a member of the mosque spotted the two vehicles at this nearby boat launch and called six other mosque members to block them in the parking lot until police arrived. One of the mosque members sustained minor injuries after being struck by one of the pickup trucks.

Orleans County Sheriff Scott Hess said, "Someone could've been hurt or worse, so that's why law enforcement, the District Attorney's office and members of the mosque are all taking this very seriously.

Sheriff Hess has no reason to believe this is connected to recent criticism of plans to build a mosque at Ground Zero. District Attorney Joe Cardone isn't sure whether he'll seek more serious hate crime charges.

"I want to look at the situation and certainly speak with the members of the mosque and get their input on the situation and deal with it appropriately," said Cardone.

17-year-old Mark Vendetti is held on $10,000 bail on the gun charge, the other four teens, 18-year-olds Dylan Phillips, Anthony Ogden and Jeff Donahue and 17-year-old Tim Weader, are due in Carlton Town Court next week to face the misdemeanor counts.


All right, seriously now, knock it the fuck off, America.
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Jewish teacher suspended in France for teaching 'too much' about Holocaust


A high school history teacher is accused of 'brainwashing' her students, says French news agency AFP.

A French history teacher in Nancy, France, has been suspended for breaching the principle of secularism and neutrality after the French education ministry concluded that she was teaching "too much" about the Holocaust and spending too much time organizing trips for her students to Nazi death camps in Poland and the Czech Republic.

Auschwitz train tracks AP january 1941

1941 photo showing the railroad tracks leading to the entrance of the concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Photo by: AP

Catherine Pederzoli, 58, was investigated by officials at the education ministry, who released a report about the matter in July. The report accused the teacher of "lacking distance, neutrality and secularism" in teaching the Holocaust, and of manipulating her charges through a process of "brain-washing," according to the French news agency AFP.

In December, when the French Minister of Education Luc Chatel was visiting Pederzoli's high school, several of her students staged a protest over the decision to cut in half the number of students traveling to Poland on an upcoming trip, meant to acquaint the students with Nazi camps in the region. Pederzoli was accused of inciting the protest.

The principle of secularism and neutrality in France is meant to protect the separation of church and state. The ministry's report cites that in meeting with investigators, the teacher used the word "Holocaust" 14 times while using the more neutral term "massacre" only twice.

Pederzoli's lawyer, Christine Tadic, said Tuesday that Pederzoli had been organizing trips to concentration camps for the past 15 years, but that a change in the school's administration in 2007 had led to a witch hunt against her.

Tadic claimed that "had the teacher been Christian, no one would have accused her of brainwashing." Furthermore, she asked whether Pederzoli is in fact being blamed for being Jewish.

Also on Tuesday, Tadic filed for an injunction over the teacher's suspension. According to AFP, the court has 15 days to rule on the matter.


Kelly LeBrock

Washington woman attacked with acid

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Bethany Storro had just bought a pair of sunglasses and was celebrating a new job when a woman walked up to her with a cup and said: "Hey pretty girl, do you want to drink this?"

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I don't know if this qualifies as political news. I think it's relevant since this particular form of violence is rare in the US, but commonly used in other parts of the world as a way of "punishing" pretty girls. I haven't found anything about whether police think this is racially motivated.