Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Telegraph nukes 615 comments on surfer dude

Another archive for your amusement is El Naschie Watch's compendium of 615 comments on Roger Highfield's 14 November 2007 Telegraph article Surfer dude stuns physicists with theory of everything, on Garrett Lisi's E8-based theory of everything.

Apparently around early or mid June 2010, the Telegraph Web master decided gratuitously to delete all 615 comments. They were familiar to El Naschie Watch readers as a goldmine of Naschienal Socialist sock puppetry. Today there are only four on the Telegraph Web site, all written after the huge deletion, and all boring. Why did the Web master delete them, yet keep comments open? I have no idea. But it is to guard against eventualities like this that the El Naschie Watch archives exist.

The Telegraph is a repeat offender. El Naschie Watch's This surfer is no Einstein archives the no-longer-online reader comments on the 22 January 2008 Telegraph article by Marcus du Sautoy called Garrett Lisi: This surfer is no Einstein...

Three other El Naschie Watch archives were updated today to incorporate the latest reader comments and make some other improvements:

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  1. El Naschie's Rosa Al-Youssef column is up for Wednesday July 28. Comparative democracy. Arabic or English.

    El Naschie starts with a joke about Einstein's relativity, because he always likes to start with a name-drop. One hair on your head isn't a lot but in your soup it is. Then he talks about what he calls the three stages of democracy, of which Egypt has nearly achieved the first, as some Scandinavian countries have, but America and Germany haven't. He criticizes unbridled capitalism and communism.

    I think he's going to continue musing about political systems tomorrow.

  2. El Naschie's Rosa Al-Youssef column is up for Thursday July 29. Plato democracy in the city of wonders. Arabic or English.

    El Naschie begins by name-dropping philosophers Friedrich Hegel and Plato.

    He muses vaguely and at length about democracy. He doesn't come right out and say it, but the purpose of this essay (which began yesterday and looks like it will continue tomorrow) is to defend the Mubarak regime against charges of being undemocratic. He says democracy doesn't have an absolute definition, but depends on time and place. He thinks unbridled democracy is mob rule.

  3. El Naschie's Rosa Al-Youssef column is up for Friday July 30. Wealth of the nation. Arabic or English.

    Name dropping time. Karl Marx. Adam Smith. Thomas Robert Malthus. John Kenneth Galbraith. Paul Samuelson. He tries unsuccessfully to name-drop President John F. Kennedy, but confuses him with his brother Robert Kennedy.

    El Naschie name-drops so much it's a pathology. It's related to his Nobel Laureate obsession.

    El Naschie makes three claims he says are so important he will devote several articles to them: 1. Egypt's youth is Egypt's most valuable resource. 2. Nuclear energy and nanotechnology are the keys to Egypt's future. 3. The Egyptian economy requires scientific excellence.