Tuesday, April 12th, 2011
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Ohhhh Noes, There Are Fatwas on Facebook!

War-mongering health-care privatization advocate Niall Ferguson is the sort of person who gets to take to the pages of Newsweek to declare himself appalled that people use the Internet for bad things! "The clash of civilizations would have been easy for the West to win if it had simply pitted the ideas and institutions of the 21st century against those of the seventh. No such luck. In the new mash of civilizations, our most dangerous foes are the Islamists who understand how to post fatwas on Facebook, email the holy Quran, and tweet the call to jihad."

This is the second most-mockable thing I've read in the last 30 days.

Since you asked, this excerpt from Bill James' Solid Fool's Gold: Detours on the Way to Conventional Wisdom is still the dumbest thing I've read all year. It's like Malcolm Gladwell Lite, minus the decent research and with a more advanced understanding of how to set up an unreasonable comparison that actually makes no sense.

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keisertroll (#1,117)

Regarding the Bill James article, I am a louay VORP away from writing the Great American Novel.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

I am not unhappy to see you WHIP Bill James.

keisertroll (#1,117)

WHIP it. WHIP it good.

@dntsqzthchrmn That's just, like, your OPSpinion, man.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

@Clarence Rosario PECOTA someone your own size.

What we’ve ended up with is something more like a mashup of civilizations, in which the most militantly antimodern strains of Islam are being channeled by the coolest technology the West has to offer.

Substitute "Sarah Palin" for "Islam", and you may be on to something.

HiredGoons (#603)

BUT HOW ELSE WILL I KNOW WHAT THEY'RE MAKING FOR DINNER!?

According to this website right here, I slept with your mom. Because, well, I slept with your mom.

KarenUhOh (#19)

1. Regime Change Through Friend Requests +

2. I had to read that entire Bill James article to figure out it was an excuse to post a photo of Justin Verlander =

3. Kabul Needs a Major League Franchise.

deepomega (#1,720)

The embarrassing part is that if someone emails you the Quran you have you kiss your laptop screen before you look at it.

MikeBarthel (#1,884)

So is that Bill James article more or less dumb than "What's the Matter With Kansas?"

keisertroll (#1,117)

@MikeBarthel It's still better than Thomas Frank's "WHAT IS THE DEAL WITH AIRLINE FOOD?!"

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