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Saudi to execute then crucify murderer: update 3, October 2010

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Sharq newspaper reports that Saudi authorities are to execute a murderer then crucify his dead body. This is apparently the second such crucifixion ordered by the Hail court. Nice. Forgiving.

Hat tip: Sultan


I’ve just stumbled upon an article on recent discussions in the Shura council on how to maintain a sense of morality in the face of modern mass-media.

Morality (from the Latin moralitas “manner, character, proper behavior”) is a system of conduct and ethics that is virtuous.

What an absurd country.

On the passing of dignitaries: Lee Kuan Yew wife dies 3, October 2010

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Kwa Geok Choo, the wife of Lee Kuan Yew the founding father of Singapore and the mother of Singapore’s current Prime Minister, has died. The press release said that:

The family has requested that no obituaries, wreaths or flowers to be sent. All donations will go to the National Neuroscience Institute (NNI) Health Research Endowment Fund.

Sultan Al Qassemi noted this story on his twitter feed and made an interesting observation.

Imagine an Arab leader not expecting flowers, wreathes & obituaries, in addition to endless visits. There would be serious consequences.

The 10:10 video 3, October 2010

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This is a video released by some Green folk publicizing a new campaign. It’s fairly gory in a dull 4th-rate type of gory way. There’s been a fair amount of upset about the video. Many have complained that it is unnecessarily gory to the detriment of the message.

This, however, misses the point. This – as in this blog post – is the reason behind the video: people talking about it; free publicity. It has, therefore, worked, as far as I see it.