Friday, February 13, 2009

Blowback

"Blowback" refers to unintended reverse effects, and is often used in the context of clandestine operations. Here I am using it to mean negative reaction to this blog.

Ok, well blowback has been very mild so far, and limited to email commentary which I'll discuss (no legal threats so far!).


Check out the 6:30/9:11 "Poverty and ignorance" trope in the first of these YouTube videos. This is something people want very much to believe. And El Naschie knows it: He's an incompetent physicist, to the extent that he's a physicist at all, but a virtuoso at self-promotion.

I did a cursory Google on 9/11 principals:

In 1985, Atta entered Cairo University, where he studied engineering. As one of the highest-scoring students, Atta was admitted into the very selective architecture program during his senior year. In addition to his regular courses, Atta studied English at the American University in Cairo. In 1990, Atta graduated with a degree in architecture. For several months after graduating, Atta worked at the Urban Development Center in Cairo, where he worked on architectural, planning, and building design.

Moussaoui has been known by other names, reportedly including Abu Khaled al Sahrawi and Shaqil while he was in Oklahoma. He holds a master's degree in International Business from South Bank University in London, having enrolled in 1993 and graduated in 1995

Said Bahaji (also transliterated as Saeed) was an alleged member of the Hamburg cell that provided money to the perpetrators of the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks. He's a German citizen, was born to a Moroccan father and a German mother in 1975. The family moved to Morocco when he was nine years old. He came to Hamburg in 1995. He enrolled in an electrical engineering program at a technical university in 1996.

Mounir el Motassadeq studied electrical engineering in college.


So much for "Poverty and ignorance".

Now as to the email. The email from which this is extracted was long and overwhelmingly positive, but this is about blowback so I'm only going to address that part. Here it is:

In closing, let me remark that I find certain aspects of your site unfortunate. These concern the header image with its faux Arabic writing and the translated Arabic biography (with highlighted 'Hamas' reference which hardly makes any sense to me as El Naschie must have been educated in the 60s or 70s but 'Hamas' as we know it has been 'founded' in the 80s). No idea what that stuff is about, but I find it potentially comes over as anti-Arab which is missing the point.

At least to me said point seems to be to document that the guy does questionable science, poorly manages the journal entrusted to him – thus fleecing university libraries – and appears to be a bit of a legal bully. None of these points is inherent to any culture and the facts on these issues seem strong enough on their own. Meaning that no additional cultural or personal attacks should be needed. In fact, such details may just be an opportunity for distractors to claim it's an ad hominem or cultural arrogance of some sort. And, at least from my point of view, it shouldn't be. I could hardly care less about what Mr El Naschie does or where he comes from, but I do care about what our library gets for its money and that crackpot topics don't flood the journals.


I sent El Naschie the link to my blog and asked him where he became a "full professor of engineering" as he claims on his Web site. No answer so far.

Your relish in blaming westerners for the dysfunctons of other cultures is tragic.

Check this out -- El Naschie blaming Western racism, and if I understand correctly his implication, Jews, for his lack of a nobel prize:

Valhaiz the Nobel prize in physics this year, my teacher; but in recent years has been to withhold the prize from me, although I deserve it, this does not deny that those who have it do not deserve it; but the Nobel committee dealing bias against scientists from the two types; BECAUSE I AM AN ARAB AND A MUSLIM, and not only that they were exposed from the persecution; but there is an Israeli researcher Obhathi publication of his name and lost my right.


Now I'm just going to repeat what you said with apropriate emphasis and comments. Here it is:

But I find it potentially comes over as anti-Arab which IS MISSING THE POINT.
No. It's exactly the point. EL NASCHIE's POINT.
At least to me said point seems to be to document that the guy does questionable science, poorly manages the journal entrusted to him – thus fleecing university libraries – and appears to be a bit of a legal bully. None of these points is inherent to any culture and the facts on these issues seem strong enough on their own. Meaning that no additional cultural or personal attacks should be needed.
Who's doing that? HINT: EL NASCHIE.
In fact, such details may just be an opportunity for distractors to claim it's an ad hominem or cultural arrogance of some sort.
Who's doing that? HINT: EL NASCHIE.
And, at least from my point of view, it shouldn't be. I could hardly care less about what Mr El Naschie does or where he comes from
who is making a big deal about where he comes from? HINT: EL NASCHIE.
but I do care about what our library gets for its money and that crackpot topics don't flood the journals.


That is all.

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