Pigdogfucker salutes Omar Khayam for an excellently provocative and taboo-breaking piece of performance art. And he\’s got a rubber yak.

Meanwhile, our prejudices about EU-haters being a co-extensional group with the dhimmification-loon brigade are confirmed: the EU Referendum blog has talked about little beyond the (let\’s be honest, entirely trivial) cartoon fuss for days. Their tasteful little cartoon of a dark-skinned chap painting horrific antisemitic propaganda while berating an innocent-looking white chap for drawing a picture of Mohammed is, erm, indicative.

The Arab press is occasionally guilty of antisemitic cartoonery – while the leading gallery thereof is curated by a complete paranoid loony, some of the images there are a bit off. The problem isn\’t that they portray Israeli leaders as murderous bastards: this is somewhere between true and untrue-but-not-racism. The problem is that some of them (actually a minority of the ones that the gallery is cross about, but still some) depict Israel using unpleasant Nazi-era Jewish stereotypes. Not ideal, although perhaps the fact that Israel keeps murdering Arabs excuses a bit of hyperbole here…

The Danish cartoons have very clearly confirmed one popular prejudice, which is that nobody Scandinavian will ever say or do anything amusing, except by mistake. As if to stake a claim for Holland\’s place in the same pantheon some Dutch dickhead has put together a bunch of cartoons which manage to be even more offensive and less funny (which is a hard combination to achieve) than the originals. Good effort, Netherlands bigot guy.

For really top-class comedy stunts, however, you need to turn to Hamas:

In August 2001, Hamas sent a suicide bomber into a Sbarro pizzeria in Jerusalem. He killed 15 innocent Israelis, mutilating many dozens more. A month later, Hamas student activists at al-Najah University in Nablus celebrated the attack with an exhibit, a mockup of the smashed Sbarro shop strewn with blood and fake body parts — a severed leg, still dressed in jeans; a human hand dangling from the ceiling. The inscription (with a reference to the Qassam military wing of Hamas) read: \”Qassami Pizza is more delicious.\”

Beat that, cloggies and Vikings…

Cool Tube-geekery

The Guardian and TfL – two organisations that do an excellent job of annoying people who ought to be annoyed – have embarked on a very cool project: they\’ve produced a version of the Tube map that features 20th century music instead of stations.

As with Simon Patterson\’s The Great Bear, each line represents a common theme. Unlike the Great Bear, however, intersections on the map feature cross-genre artists – so Bjork is on the intersection of avant-garde, jazz, pop, electronica and soul, while the Clash are on the intersection of rock and reggae. Good effort, overall.

Yay! More Nazi thug amusements

Can they please hold Nick Griffin\’s retrial in London? Not because of the socio-political make-up of the jury – just because I want to be a part of the hilarity next time round…

Hang the complainants

ASA rulings are a frequent source of both humour and despair. That\’s not quite fair: the ASA are somewhat po-faced, but are vaguely sane. Many of the people who complain to them, however, are genuinely certifiable – and certification would be far too lenient for these 89 complainants (the link should point to page 8 of a PDF).

Liberal update

Popbitch again:

Mark Oaten has made his first appearance since the rent-boy story broke, and is vowing to save his marriage. Mrs Oaten is likely to poo-poo that idea however, when she finds out the \”utterly degrading act\” alluded to in the papers was coprophilia. It seems that Mark, unlike most politicians, likes to eat shit!

And the lucky rent-boy who got to perform this task? Meet Kris. He describes himself as \”straight forward, open-minded and easygoing. I am fascinated by the natural world and people who have something interesting to say. I enjoy anything safe and am totally versatile.\”

So when\’s the Menzies Campbell scandal going to break?

Independent *and* impartial

Meet the Carbon Monoxide Kills campaign. Note the way that instead of focusing on prosecuting dodgy landlords and unqualified gas installers (who are responsible for effectively all carbon monoxide deaths), it focuses on getting people to buy carbon monoxide detectors.

Meet Rob Aiers. He takes time out from his busy day-job as Director of Envirotec UK Ltd to lead the Carbon Monoxide Kills campaign, which encourages people to buy carbon monoxide detectors. What a brave, public-spirited figure; if all businessmen were like him, the world would be a kinder and better place. Indeed, his magnanimity is so great that I\’m going to reward him with a link to the Evotec UK Ltd website.

And yes, by some bizarre coincidence… etc.

£1000 for someone to \”rough up\” Lucy Daw

If you can subesquently \”ship her to an island far away\”, the price is doubled.

The usual disclaimers apply.

Militias: controversial

Hamas aren\’t allowed, because they\’re a militia. But the Constitution says that everyone ought to have a militia. What gives?

Relatedly, this article sheds some light on why the Israeli reaction to Hamas has been quite so ridiculous. Perhaps some kind of \”dear Israelis: the Irish aren\’t blowing us up any more and Northern Ireland is much less wracked by horror than any time in the last 40 years\” letter might be in order…

That cartoon thing, again

Yes, they\’re shit cartoons, but really, fuck off.
This kind of shit makes me side with the loonies on the right. And seriously, Muslims-of-the-Western-world, you don\’t want liberals like me to start siding with the loonies on the right…