Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Free Officer lie

The Great Man has been fibbing about his father. He hasn't learned that successful lying requires a consistent narrative.

An anonymous commenter (the one who thinks El Naschie is a douche, and who translated Elbeet Beetak so that we could subtitle it) follows up on Zahy's investigation, according to which El Naschie wrote in Rosa Al-Youssef that his father was a Free Officer, an assertion unsupported by historical records:

That's an outright lie. Not only was his father NOT a member of the free officers movement, his father was actually forced to retire from the army after the revolution and when the revolution turned socialist his family was stripped of some of its wealth. As happened in most of those families, they sent their kids abroad as in the case of our douche. In interviews the douche has had to say that despite the way the revolution treated his family, he still loves Egypt.

The fact that his father was NOT a member of the free officers movement is made explicitly in an interview published this month:

http://mohamed-elnaschie.blogspot.com/2010/05/2010.html [The link is to Mohamed Mustafa's blog where .jpg images of Arabic text are posted.]

The magazine, El Doha, is published in Qatar. Guess who the douche doesn't attack here. [Um. Qatar?]

I think though that whoever it is that writes down the douche's ramblings might of made a mistake during dictation. On the other hand, it might be worth contacting Rosa ElYoussef about this inaccuracy. Imagine an American saying that his great grandfather fought with George Washington only for it to turn out that he was actually collaborating with the British crown

I have always used "douche" and "douche bag" interchangeably, but some at Urban Dictionary claim they are distinct concepts.

Zahy found another instance of the same lie on Egystricker. From the comments below:

I think the great man (El naschie) mentioned that his father was belonging to free officers movement, this didn't take place through dictation mistake.
It has been done intentionally, El naschie was spreading this lie through internet from long time, another occurrence for this lie
http://egystricker.blogspot.com/2007/12/blog-post_6973.html [Note that this is archived on El Naschie Watch as well: Who's behind the El Naschie smears?]
كان والده واحدا من ضباط يوليو ورجالها حول الرئيس جمال عبد الناصر
translating into English
"His father was one of the July officers and men around President Gamal Abdel Nasser." ["July officers" because they deposed Farouk I on July 22, 1952]

The great thought that he can fool all people even if he narrates in an inconsistent manner.
The great man's (El naschie ) is a full series of lies.

That pretty much puts the last nail in the coffin of the dictation mistake excuse.

What nickname should we use for our translator who thinks the Great Man is a douche? If he won't pick one I may have to assign him one for convenience.

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  1. The Doha article is very important and I will try to gradually translate it. The article is written as a portrait of the douche and not in a straightforward interview style. The writer is using a really 'literary' style that is a bit overblown, which is quite ironic. There is an explicit time line for the douche's career which is worth using as a reference for his future lies. It is claimed, for example, that:
    (1) he corrected mistakes made by Stephen Hawking
    (2) he was promoted to the rank of 'professor' at Riyadh University in Saudi Arabia
    (3) he lectured at London University
    (4) he worked as a 'professor' at Cornell in the department of space science and aeronautics
    (5) he 'taught' at Cambridge
    (6) he is the 'head' of the Solvay Institute
    (7) he will not visit Israel until it plays nice
    Heavy stuff. But the killer is this stunning quote, that could only be produced by someone having attained the douche caliber:
    "Although I have never said or asked anyone to say on my behalf that I have been nominated for the Nobel prize, that doesn't mean that we should ignore the fact that I have actually been nominated for a Nobel more than once."
    Read 'em and weep.

  2. I think the great man (El naschie) mentioned that his father was belonging to free officers movement, this didn't take place through dictation mistake.
    It has been done intentionally, El naschie was spreading this lie through internet from long time, another occurrence for this lie
    كان والده واحدا من ضباط يوليو ورجالها حول الرئيس جمال عبد الناصر
    translating into English
    "His father was one of July officers and it men around the president Gamal Abdul Elnaser."

    The great thought that he can fool all people even if he narrates in an inconsistent manner.
    The great man's (El naschie ) is a full series of lies.

  3. (1) Not plausible that he corrected Hawking. (2) In one of the archives (SIAM?) a supporter says Riyadh is where he got the "full professorship" claimed on his Web site, but I couldn't confirm and never believed that. (3) Even undergrads can lecture. (4) He was at Cornell for long enough for records of him and his wife living in Ithaca to exist. I found some. He probably visited someone there. It is inconceivable he was hired. (5) Maybe he did a problem on a blackboard at a seminar once. (6) "Head" of Solvay?! (7) He talks often about not going to Israel on principle in spite of the opportunities available to him. In Egypt, of course. I hope he goes to Israel eventually so we can hear what he tells Israeli audiences.

    He said the same confused obfuscatory self-contradictory stuff about the Nobel on Elbeet Beetak. I think Khairy Ramadan thought he was an idiot. Or a douche perhaps.

    On the El Doha translation -- Hooray! You can email it or post it in comments; a little at a time, or all at once; whatever you like.

  4. Zahy -- That's awesome. Absolutely awesome.

  5. Part 1 of the translation:

    The Egyptian Physicist Mohammed El Naschie
    Big on Ultra-small technology

    His one chagrin was with Time, since his early years he felts that Time was his eternal murderer ..

    He often wondered while he was sad and alone: we know Space and behold it, so why can't we behold time and hold it instead of only feeling its passage? From that early era, Time has been Mohammed EL Naschie's nemesis, chasing him around wherever he comes and goes! That is why his theory deal with Time as something tangible, just like Space.
    He has at last held Time and touched it with his hands, he even thinks that we can bring back bygone Time and travel through Time to see the past. Through a critical view of the structure of Space and Time he has been able to build a bridge between high-energy physics and spacetime. He has unified two distinct theories, quantum mechanics which describes atomic structure and relativity theory that studies high-speed motion, to construct one theory that El Naschie calls "Unified theory of fundamental forces". He has even pointed out mistakes made by Ilya Prigogine, Nobel laureate of 1978, and the esteemed scientist Stephen Hawking.

    El Naschie was born in a time when life was like a boiling pot. WWII was ravaging Europe and Rommel, the desert Fox, was violently knocking on Egypt's door. Political life in Egypt was going from bad to worst, the king on one side and the political parties and the government on another. The people were looking for a path and couldn't find it. Egypt's army was forced to enter a war that it had no business with (*). Salah-El-Din El Naschie was one of the officers of that army that was confusedly torn between loyalty to the leadership and compassion towards the people.

    Everything was about to collapse while this officer was awaiting the birth of his second son while the winds of war war blowing from Europe to agitated Egypt.

    Mohammed entered this world while Egypt was in a state of economic paralysis, so his father named him after the rejuvenator of modern Egypt's economy, Mohammed Talaat Harb. So if his father took from "Salah-El-Din El Ayouby" (Saladin) nothing but the military title, he hoped that Egypt's economic development would come at the hands of his son!

    Egypt's governance was like a ship crossing a dark sea in a storm, and no one knew where the country was heading.

    Mohammed grew up as thing deteriorated further, and by mid-century it seemed that all hope was lost, to the point where the great writer and poet Kamel El-Shinamy wrote his famous essay, "I am searching for a man," which left a lasting effect on Egyptian society.

    And shortly the man arrived with the July 23rd 1952 revolution. Because Mohammed's father was not among the Free Officers Movement, he was forced or chose to retire, since the new climate where young officers rules was not suitable for an older officer with a long history of serving the establishment.

    (*) The writer uses the classical Arabic expression expression used by Sheikh El-Maraghy, the Sheikh of Al-Azhar during WWII, that the Sheikh used to describe WWII in parliament to dissuade the government from aiding the British in the war.

  6. Magnificent translation. Keep going when you are able to.

  7. What's the name of the author of the El Doha piece?

  8. The author's name is Mohammed Abou Zeid

  9. Part 2: An engineer or a donkey?

    Retiring wasn't easy for the office Salah El-Din and the situation cast shadows on the family, from fear of being chased or trial. The mother traveled with the older son to Kuwait, while Mohammed El Naschie stayed with the father in Cairo. In the midst of the hasty and teenage moves made by the revolution towards its sons (*), even against its own leader, President Mohammed Naguib, there was no more safety for the father and son. Consequently the father made a difficult decision to send his son to complete his education in Germany, when he was not yet fifteen.

    Mohammed traveled at an age when all he wanted was tenderness and a warm embrace. As a result he was attracted to art and music. But when he decided to study them his father objected saying: arts and literature are a hobby and not a job!

    The father was a stiff military kind that didn't allow people refusing his orders, but he was a strong believer that the doors of the future will be opened only with the key of science. And science, in particular engineering science, is what will take the hand of developing nations. If the father lost his battle with his job, he wasn't about to let his children lose there whole future. He gave his son an ultimatum: "You either become an engineer or you will become a donkey (**)". And since Mohammed did not want to become a donkey, he chose engineering.

    In another compromise between his love and hobby and his father's wish, he choose architectural engineering. The father quickly recognized the attempt and forcibly made him change his mind. In the end the son relinquished to his father's wishes and chose to study civil engineering in Hanover University, admittedly without much enthusiasm and only to satisfy his dad.

    Mohammed El Naschie graduated in 1968 and worked for three years in companies that built roads and bridges in the Germany. Because of his forever new ideas, one of his professors advised him to leave work and to travel to the US for graduate school. El Naschie complied, but on his way to the US he stopped in England where he switched from civil engineering to applied mechanics.

    Creative Chaos

    In his new field he found a place for art and creativity and became completely absorbed in his new studies and got a masters and PhD from London University where he was then chosen to become a lecturer. After two years he traveled to Saudi Arabia to teach at Riyadh University and a manager of projects at the National Center of Science and Technology for four years during which he was promoted to professorship.

    The major transformation in his life occurred when he was called up to work at Los Alamos labs in the US. This step was the beginning of his move out of engineering which was forced upon him and into nuclear science.

    Around this time a new science, "Chaos" or "Deterministic Chaos", appeared, and El Naschie jumped ships in a major way to Cornell University where he introduced a new line of work in this science that raised him to the level of the great innovators in the history of science.

    (*) I wonder what the douche's friends at Rosa ElYoussef will think of this jab at the Egyptian revolution published in his name in a Qatari magazine of all places!

    (**) Symbol of stupidity and a common curse word in Egyptian culture

  10. keep going, keep going, you are on a roll...


  11. I see another lie. Tell me if you think I am nitpicking.

    From the front page of the Great Man's homepage (and many other places): "M.S. El Naschie, born 1943 in Cairo, Egypt. He received his entire education in West Germany (Hamburg and Hannover ) and later on in England where he obtained his Ph.D. from the University College, London - U.K."

    From part 2 of the translation: "Consequently the father made a difficult decision to send his son to complete his education in Germany, when he was not yet fifteen."

    Well then, it wasn't his entire education. It was what you might call his secondary education. There's nothing wrong with being partly educated in Egypt, that's not the point; just don't say you weren't.

  12. Part 3:

    El Naschie found himself attracted to this new science and decided to study it, after which he joined New Mexico University as an "extraordinary" (sic) professor for two years before working at Cornell University as a professor in the department of space and aeronautics where he specialized in deterministic chaos. During this period he met Sir Herman who gave him the chance to join the venerable Cambridge University. Being hired at Cambridge was not easy and he faced many difficulties, especially since his background was in engineering while 99% of his coworkers were physicists and so he felt estranged. El Naschie outdid himself and showed that he deserved to teach at Cambridge. He did not stop there, but became so good at theoretical physics that his mentor Ilya Prigigine (a German Jew and Nobel Laureate) nominated him for a Nobel. Although El Naschie believes that political considerations affect the Nobel decisions and that they are not totally objective, and he even told the writer that two of the Nobel committee are being interrogated by the Swedish authorities for bribery, he still dreams of the receiving the award but not to the point where he loses sleep over it. El Naschie's life has been a long journey full of success and achievements, and full of obstacles and failures also. He traveled from Egypt through space to Europe, from which he traveled through Time in his research. From Cairo he traveled alone he sit at the top of the Solvay Institute for Physics in Belgium. A journey not to be measured in millions of miles as much as it should be measured in seconds, or better yet, femtoseconds. A journey in which distances were long and durations short, ending with Mohammed El Naschie at the top of the science of Chaos.

    The word Chaos was coined by the Greek poet Hesiod circa 700 BC in his famous statement "In the beginning was Chaos and nothing else besides the emptiness and unlimited space". The word came to represent undesired disorder.

    Linguists define Chaos in dictionaries as agitation and disorder, and scientifically to mean undesired randomness. In modern times, the American historian Henry Adams (1858-1918) used the term saying that "chaos generates life while order generates familiarity (custom?)".

    Scientists have been confused while following these unexpected scientific phenomena despite their small size (sic) where prediction is not feasible. This issue kept scientists busy and was communicated to Norway's king in 1989 (sic) who decided to award a prize to whoever could answer the question: "Is the solar system stable?" Poincare was mulling that question and showed that Newton's laws did not predict a solution for the motion of the sun, earth, and moon, and he won the prize.

    Then came Edward Lorentz who made use of Poincare's mathematics to present a simplified mathematical model for the weather that took into account temperature and the speed of the wind. The final outcome of his work was chaos theory, that simple perturbations lead to complicated behavior. This line of research progressed to Ilya Prigogine who described phenomena far from equilibrium and discovered that bifurcation and self-organization occur in equilibriated systems when perturbed. His work led him to chaos/complexity theory that shows how chaotic behavior arise in thermal and chemical, and also biological, systems.

    Prigogine used the concept of dissipative systems to demonstrate how complex structures arise and that order is generated by chaos.

  13. A revolution in the sciences

    The research of Dr. Mohammed El Naschie led to what may be described as a revolution in science, especially in the area of atomic and chemical sciences. His work has allowed scientists to determine the values of physical constants in the universe, such as the universal gravitation constant and the electromagnetic constant, in a theory that unifies all physical forces, namely gravitational, electromagnetic and nuclear forces, in one law, which drove NASA to use his work in their applications. Furthermore, the Center for Theoretical Physics at Frankfurt University, which is the biggest center of physical research in Europe, honored Dr. El Naschie as a distinguished professor, and he was also honored in Hayder Abad University in India, and was awarded the State Appreciation Prize by Egypt.

    Dr. Mohammed El Naschie has a large number of papers published in international scientific journals, and hos work has important applications in nuclear physics, particle physics. Many of these papers were published in a peer-reviewed journal that he was editor-in-chief for, and he also has many other scientific writings, all of which were written in English.

  14. Although Dr. Mohammed El Naschie is one of the pioneers of deterministic chaos, he is still an artistic controlled by his creative impulses. He grew up with two loves in his heart, a love for nature and physical sciences, and a love for art and literature. His first love drove him many a time to read literary and philosophical books, and his hobbies also include oil painting and listening to music.

    Dr. Mohammed El Naschie writes poetry and loves reading El-Maary, Al-Akaad, Taha Hussein, and El-Hakkem. Some of his favorite characters are from the theater of Eugen Ionescu and Samuel Beckett, the pioneers of the theater of the absurd.

    Dr. El Nascie has two daughters, the older, Shirren, studies architecture at Leeds University, and the youngest, Sonya, is a vetenarian. He is from a family that loves science as decided by the officer Salah El-Din El Naschie. His brother Dr. Amr El Naschie is the head of the Earthquake Institute (sic) in the US, Said El Naschie is a well-known scientist in chemical science in the University of Alabama. El Naschie loves skiing and practices it often. He goes to Germany specially to enjoy it there.

    The issue of El Naschie's nomination to the Nobel prize his becoming known for that has led to criticism from some quarters of the Egyptian elite. Some have criticized the situation saying: "There is no such scientific title for a scientist called a Nobel nominee". Although El Naschie responds to his detractors on this issue, whether they are objective in their critique of have personal biases, in few words saying that he has never said that himself. The title came about when a newspaper wrote that about him and was later followed by other newspapers. El Naschie adds, "Although I have never said or asked anyone to say on my behalf that I have been nominated for a Nobel, that shouldn't make us ignore the fact that I have been in fact nominated for a Nobel more than once." Although some have chosen this point to aim arrows at El Naschie, he chooses not to linger too much on this issue, but instead search for ways to serve his homeland Egypt. He returned to Cairo after a long journey abroad and after reaching the upper echelon in science abroad and at home, he returned with hopes and ambitions. He went to the authorities with a complete project for nanotechnology, the technology of the ultra-small, and he was met initially with a warm welcome. He met the top authorities and the parliament held a hearing to listen to his vision on nanotechnology and was welcomed by the members of parliament. The newspapers took wind of the man and the hopes attached to him, but as usual with Egyotian bureaucracy, the dream started big and then diminished gradually until it disappeared, which saddened El Naschie's heart. His sadness was deepend n proportion to the viscious media campaign that he faced, which is backed, according to him, by organizattions and individuals, some of which are known, some of which are not, to the point where soem of them accused him of planning for 9/11 and that he is helping Saudi Arabia build a nuclear bomb.

    El Naschie admits that he sometimes compromises, but he will never abandon his eastern roots which he was raised on. He categorically refuses to visit Israel until things go back to the pre-67 arrangement. He hates the US policies towards Arabs and Palestine and its sins in Iraq, but he is optimistic about Obama's policies and expects him to return the US to the principles of justics and freedom established by the founding fathers.

    He refuses to gain any other citizenship besides his Egyptian citizenship, despite the bitterness in his throat. But the severe war waged against him by his enemies has led to building annoyance and the disappearance of his smile which has been replaced by sad and angry looks. Who will make El Naschie smile again?

  15. I agree that is a lie, but not one of his more damaging ones

  16. Make sure you let me know when the translation is finished.

  17. You have mad skilz. OK, I am working on this right now. It's is clearly one of the most important El Naschie docs ever.