‘Protest cola’ targets Muslims

Is it ‘the real thing’?

A Derbyshire company is launching a range of “Muslim-friendly” drinks as part of a backlash against American brands including Coca-Cola.

The Qibla Cola Company claims its products are an alternative for people who “reject injustice and exploitation” and as a means of protesting against what it calls the “colonial” administration of President Bush.

Its decision to launch a range of drinks comes months after a French company launched Mecca Cola in a bid to cash in on anti-US sentiment among Muslims. Guardian/UK

Spiritual Refugee:

Junko Chodos: “In a society that does not allow for the existence of individuality, the effort to become an individual invites persecution. Although this sort of persecution is not as visible as political persecution it is nevertheless fatal to one’s spiritual being, so the persecuted person becomes an exile. One usually goes into this sort of exile only after a sustained battle against the cultural system in which one’s whole life is wrapped up. The battle is painful. Wounded and bleeding, one becomes an exile. These people I call “spiritual refugees”; I consider myself one of them.” CrossCurrents

Weapons of Mass Confusion —

A Security Strategy Doomed to Failure: “Whatever the merits of the case for war against Iraq, the terms of debate about the Bush administration’s larger strategy are flawed. The new emphasis on WMD has not been accompanied by any serious public discussion of the differences among such weapons. A security strategy that fails to acknowledge those differences and their consequences for U.S. foreign and military policies is doomed to failure—in Iraq and elsewhere.” — Owen R. Cote, Jr., Boston Review

Also: Stakes high for White House in arms search: Too early for criticism, administration insists. DenverPost In other words: ‘Just you wait.’ I have said repeatedly that, if clandestine arms are found, the sociopathic dysadministration will announce their ‘discovery’ when it is coincidentally most politically opportune to deflect mounting denunciation.

Smart Heuristics:

“Isn’t more information always better?” asks Gerd Gigerenzer.

…Gigerenzer provides an alternative to the view of the mind as a cognitive optimizer, and also to its mirror image, the mind as a cognitive miser. The fact that people ignore information has been often mistaken as a form of irrationality, and shelves are filled with books that explain how people routinely commit cognitive fallacies. In seven years of research, he, and his research team at Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, have worked out what he believes is a viable alternative: the study of fast and frugal decision-making, that is, the study of smart heuristics people actually use to make good decisions. In order to make good decisions in an uncertain world, one sometimes has to ignore information. The art is knowing what one doesn’t have to know. The Edge

Eric Harris Admitted Homicidal and Suicidal Thoughts

To this day, the authorities want us to believe that Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold showed absolutely no signs of being violent before they and others unknown (and officially unacknowledged) committed the Columbine massacre, the bloodiest school shooting in US history.

We’ve already seen that just two months before the killings, Harris turned in a graphic short story about a massacre as a school assignment.

The three documents below are from Harris’ juvenile diversion file. They were sent to The Memory Hole by Randy Brown, a Columbine parent and a member of the Columbine Records Review Task Force. In them, Harris tells the authorities that he has homicidal and suicidal thoughts, and his parents reveal that their son has suicidal thoughts. The Memory Hole

R.I.P. Nina

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Jazz great Nina Simone dies at 70: “Nina Simone, the jazz great whose rapsy, forceful voice helped define the civil rights movement, died Monday at her home in France, according to her U.S. booking agent. She was 70.

Though she remained a top concert draw in her later years, she was quite frail… At a 2001 concert at Carnegie Hall, she had to be helped to the stage, and was later seen sitting backstage in a wheelchair.” AP/Salon I listen all the time to a compilation CD I made from my scratchy Simone LPs on the very day I first learned how to burn CDs. From the joyousness of ‘Here Comes the Sun’ to the plodding, inexorable anguish of ‘Just Like a Woman’, Simone’s jazz chops were not at all trivialized by covering pop tunes, which coinhabit the Simone heights for me with ‘I Need a Little Sugar…’ and ‘Mississippi Goddamn’.

Also: Nina Simone: The End of an Era. BBC