September 19, 2007

Returning objects

Alisher Usmanov has bought the artwork collection of the late cellist Mstislav Rostropovitch in order to hand it over to the Russian state while the powerful Yale University had to surrender its collection of Peruvian artefacts from Machu Picchu one of the soon to be destroyed (I mean restored) co winner of the seven new wonders of the world.
It seems a fad has started to send back local artifacts is underway with the full backing of finance moguls and of the academical world while international politics just ignores the subject.

That means that the possibility of us getting back the Berlin Cleopatra, the Louvre's Cat and the British museum Rosetta stone is becoming a more plausible one.

Am not sure if one should be happy or one should worry...

September 16, 2007

will it be enough then?

Fundamental freedoms are under attack however the freedom to push the button is still allowed to some. (Full text)

According to the BBC, the advances made in individuals surveillance are on the verge of many a breakthrough. This disturbs me deeply.

It seems that 75% of individuals in most of the world do not mind being watched 24/24 all year round, at least according to polls. I believe this has to do with Religion. If one is religious, one knows he is being under the stethoscope of God however this universal "soulprints" (as opposed to fingerprints} of the human race disturbs me deeply. Not because I am defending "His" prerogatives, but out of a deep ingrained need for a place where the masks can fall without no one ever finding out one's private moments.

The "Logan's run" nightmare is even more disturbing than Orwell's "1984", and although "Animal Farm" amazing maxims are freely quoted by today's world leaders, without the shadow of a smile, and with apparent utter conviction, my most feared nightmare is the crystal in the palm of one's hand, or even worse the electronic chip into your DNA through the cell phones waves.

Governments have now outlawed casual smokers. I propose they do the same to cell phone users. I'll keep mine though.

.. in order to change moods I would suggest you watch this , learn the song and form a delegation"Wafd" to present our requests .

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People's assembly election mid 90's

I wonder to whom the delegation (if it was ever formed) would present its demands these days, Does anybody know where Napoleon is?

September 15, 2007


More Facebook stories.

On 9/11, the unmasked version of this photo was deleted from Facebook. I wonder why? No explanation. No warning. Nothing. Is El Qaeda controlling Facebook and decided to commemorate their vicious attack by deleting all traces of the twin towers ???

This picture was posted to the "fun wall" of a friend of mine who incidentally is the woman on the picture. A personal picture, then.

I wonder why should we not respect the amazing architecture masterpiece the twin towers have been. I will not dwell into that. The disturbing detail about it is that this "Fun Wall" application is actually controlled by So it is difficult to pinpoint who is responsible for this deletion.

A few days later, this picture too was deleted this time definitely by Facebook, as the person who posted a non commented version of it as the logo for a group, was not only sentenced, no death row. Immediate execution and a warning to top it was the unstoppable destiny.

" This decision is final. Thank you for your understanding" (Facebook Theodore)

However this version is still on Facebook in a well named group. Check Teezbook on Facebook.

How many "God Gifts" are there?

Why is there so many groups that are related to religions?

The numbers of which can only be matched by those related to sex?

Who is deciding what can be said or showed on what is after all your own profile?
Is there a hidden agenda?

99% of all groups being quite obnoxious and not flying very high intellectually. The most ridiculous superstitions being discussed by some.

While In real life more and more people seem to have decided to stand up for their right to believe whatever they feel like believing, I cannot help but wonder about this bigot's approach to WWW. I wonder when are we going to start discussing the flatness of Earth or the normalcy of beheading prostitutes , the right of an American federal judge to order around an independent country and the fair punishment for spreading an unfounded rumor.

All this said, and while I am happy to see Mekharbesha still Kicking on Facebook, I do wonder why El resuscitated itself. Facebook is no more a free country than any other. Maybe after all the cat is convinced by the Egyptian saying :

"البلد دي احسن من غيرها"
This country is better than any other