Tuesday, July 27, 2010

ABC Lateline: Ayaan Hirsi Ali

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July 26, 2010 on ABC Lateline (Australia) - Transcript

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  1. GOOD GRIEF!!! Another bigoted racist, just like Condell!!!

  2. Is trolling fun? Why else do it?

  3. When will we hear an interviewee stump the interviewer with one of the short answers?
    Like: "I'm agnostic as well as atheist" or "because agnostic is not a valid answer (to the question of belief)".

  4. 'The Patrician gets really shirty about ethnic trouble,' said Sergeant Colon moodily. 'He gets really sarcastic about it.'
    -- Discworld, Men at Arms.

  5. Martin: Not being of the internet age and subsequently not sure of all the trendy acronyms, short forms and meaningful keyboard signals and strokes, I looked up "troll" on Wiki.
    The answer to your query is "yes" (the answer to your second question is contained in the first)
     This is definitely an "intentionally provocative action" on my part, but I don't consider it "off-topic."
    I'd agree, however, it might be considered "off-topic" to those whose opinions differ. And then, of course there are those who don't have an opinion until they check to see the way the wind is blowing.

  6. BluePrint: Fantastic quote.
    I have a particular affection for: "No matter how sarcastic I get, I can't seem to keep up."

  7. Sadly, agnosticism understood as "the question of a gods existance is unanswerable" is very rarely used in practice it seems. It would be nice though.

    Same goes for atheism understood as "I don't believe in any gods, whether any exist or not is a different question".

  8. Ayaan is so brilliant!