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February 9th, 2010 (11:25 pm)
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-- My 3D program is not working on the new Mac. I don't know why. The folks who made it and I are trying to figure it out.

-- This is my next ski mask.

-- Who is your ultimate nerd drinking buddy?

-- Protesters heckle Israeli official. This is not remarkable. However, when said official is speaking at the Oxford Union and one of the numerous hecklers is an Oxford student who actually is yelling "Kill the Jews!" I think it's safe to say there is a serious problem. Britain is a bad place for Jews these days.


Posted by: beamjockey (beamjockey)
Posted at: February 10th, 2010 01:17 pm (UTC)

Hmmm. It would be cool to commission a Mekon ski mask.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: February 11th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)

Your being a bit melodramatic dont you think. We are talking about one person here.

Just because he abused the privilage of free speech that the OU has. Its also unfair for you to stigmatise the other protester as some of those other protesters are more than likely against Isreals actions in Palestine and the occupation not simply cause they are jews.

And why is is a bad place for Jews in the UK have you ever been here and been insulted yourself???

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: February 11th, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
cameron screw you

The temptation to hearken back to the days of Usenet and flame your illiteracy is overwhelming, but I'll confine myself to your ignorance: he's not one person. He's one of a large number of organized people who showed up to deliberately disrupt the event. At least one other tried to rush the stage. Others interrupted the speaker and caused disruptions in the auditorium.

Free speech is not a privilege. It is a right. It also carries a responsibility to be polite while the other fellow speaks his mind. That's what we call "being civilized," and it's sort of how responsible people behave.

Meanwhile, the Muslim Student Union at Cambridge had a guest speaker of its own: Azzam Tamimi, who had told the BBC he'd be a suicide bomber if he had the opportunity. The Cambridge Jewish Society objected to his presence and formally protested his invitation, but when it was not revoked, guess what? Tamimi's speech was not disrupted. He was, in short, treated with the respect that civilized people pay their political opponents.

It has become clear to me that this needs to change. Organizations whose opponents see uncivilized disruptions as a valid tactic *must* immediately perform this tactic themselves on their opponents at every opportunity, because it has become clear that the people and organizations who do this to more civilized opponents are not punished with anything greater than a slap on the wrist.

And yes: when people feel secure calling for genocide in public, I take it very, very seriously.

Posted by: doctor_alice (doctor_alice)
Posted at: February 11th, 2010 11:43 pm (UTC)

My nerd drinking buddy would be Bruce Campbell, as several people posted at the link. He is so much fun to watch in "Burn Notice" and he looks like he's having the time of his life.

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