Funny Friday Dontcha Know

Apparently, the Arabic phrase “Allahu Akbar” may also mean, “where is the bathroom?” if you choose to believe the family of an Arab man arrested on a recent flight in the US.  He was banging on the cockpit door while yelling that phrase according to witnesses on the plane, but his family is sure he was just having a “potty emergency”

The Yemeni man who was wrestled to the floor after pounding on the cockpit door of a plane approaching San Francisco may have mistaken it for the bathroom.

Rageit Almurisi cannot speak English very well and could have misunderstood the signs inside the jet, his cousin claimed.

The maths teacher, who was heard yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’ as he allegedly battered the door, had also only been on three planes in his life and would have been unfamiliar with the layout.

Hope you like text messages, because the government wants to be able to send them to you whether you like it or not.  You can opt out of some of the messages, but apparently will be required to receive the all-important “presidential blasts.”  Why is this funny?  The irony of a system that will likely be useless is some of the events when it is really needed.  One of the stories I read had a quote from someone who mentioned that there was no “cell service” for much of the day on 9/11 in NYC.  Reasonableness never stopped them before and I don’t expect it will now.

Finally, a story that deserves a post of its own, which I will sure get to at some point soon.  Some scientists are going to try and solve the problem of “evil.”  I am not optimistic about his efforts when his definition is so flimsy:

His proposal is that evil be understood as a lack of empathy — a condition he argues can be measured and monitored and is susceptible to education and treatment.

His proposal is that evil be understood as a lack of empathy — a condition he argues can be measured and monitored and is susceptible to education and treatment.

He plans to “measure” this exactly how?  Since he later states that empathy is a “skill,” I imagine that he would have to say that those who are truly evil are basically unskilled.  Thus, evil can be defeated by. . . education, I suppose.  I wait with no optimism whatsoever for this one.

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