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18 February, 2006

Cannibal candy of Sharjah

Cretins of the week: "Mothers in Sharjah":

SHARJAH — Mothers in Sharjah have expressed their displeasure over the availability of a gummy candy shaped like human and animal gums with teeth and other body parts in the supermarkets.

Are these women really so incredibly stupid and poorly educated that they seriously believe a few sweets will "lead to cannibalism"?

"Some children don't understand what is wrong or right. They find it exciting to eat human parts and believe they are monsters. This may develop into a psychiatric problem later on," said a parent.

Hopefully it will, and these children will eat their cretinous parents, thus raising the average IQ in Sharjah by about fifty points.

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82 Comments:

Blogger Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

I grew up eating swedish candy in the shape of rats...I must be seriously diturbed by now... lol

18 February, 2006 01:29  
Blogger grapeshisha said...

No doubt these are the same people who think fish have fingers.

18 February, 2006 03:01  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SD...if anybody is stupid and uneducated it is YOU...
People have opinion...and different opinions dont make them stupid...
Are there studies that proove them or you wrong or right?
When we see the fucked up west...and their fucked up children..we do look at what they bring to our culture with care...after all...many of the "innocent, fantasy promoting" things..including games... screwed thier children..increasing crime rates...
So let people speak Ms. Freedom of Speech

18 February, 2006 05:14  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When we see the fucked up west...and their fucked up children..we do look at what they bring to our culture with care.

OK, I'm the first to admit that the West has a lot of social problems. Happily, I can report that cannibalism is not among them.

18 February, 2006 05:39  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not yet...

18 February, 2006 05:53  
Anonymous al-republican said...

Hahaha... it's really amusing how comments shape up here!

Life at work would be boring without this passtime!

Keep commenting people!

18 February, 2006 08:48  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon @ 5:14. You make a good point...lets talk studies:

http://www.disastercenter.com/crime/uscrime.htm

The Crime rate in the US has dropped every year since 1991....damn the screwed up children.

Another study:

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pub/pdf/cnscj.pdf

Almost all western countries are showing declining crime rates...damn the screwed up children again.

18 February, 2006 08:56  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank god, otherwise a woman being raped every 2 minutes in USA is certainly bad! But I am glad things are impoving! Check out these stats if you think I am wrong

http://www.speakout.org.za/events/stats/stats_Usa.html

18 February, 2006 09:16  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SD, theres nothing stupid about the parents' concerns.


Why is it that everyone must think in a particular way?

Its funny how some of you advocate freedom of speech yet when it comes to such issues (and those comments on rapists a month back), you cant tolerate any dissent.....

18 February, 2006 09:21  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon @ 5.14 - could you just stand back and read again what you have written? You cannot blame all of your ills on the west. The middle east is vecoming more of a consumer throw away society than most parts of the west. After all, who is responsible for a child's upbringing - manufacturer's of candies or parents. You cannot just blame other people, take a look in the mirror. When you refer to crime you need to thik carefully. In most western countries crimes are recorded and those statistics are published. Crimes such as driving without insurance, registration, licence etc, are all recorded in the west. When was the last time you saw someone here pulled over for having and expired registration - I'll tell you, I've been here 8 years and I haven't seen one. Just remember, parents are responsible for their kids, no one else, not maids, security guards, shop assistants or nay one else. Get with the program, take some responsibility and stop balaming everyone except the real cause.

18 February, 2006 09:25  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also SD, you keep on mocking RAK and Sharjah, yet do you know that its very possible that many in Dubai also think that way?

And no, dont call them "stupid and poorly educated" just because they dont agree with you.

18 February, 2006 09:26  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To anon @05.14am
you my friend are the stupid one. you get up at 5 am to read a blog which you don't agree with and then criticise it.

get a life !

18 February, 2006 09:45  
Anonymous mohamed Elzubeir said...

SD, as much as I am enjoying the unleashed version of the blog, I wish you would continue your subtle indirect satirical style, as opposed to the direct style. Of course, that's just my wish.. since I enjoy the sarcastic, witty and subtle style much more.

To the others, quit holding this 'free speech' crap. Anyone with half a brain can see how ridiculous the whole thing is.. parents freaking out over animal shaped gummy bear.. pellease! SD has the right to call them stupid. Incidentally, I call them super stupid.

18 February, 2006 10:11  
Blogger Balushi said...

OFF-TOPIC:

Sometimes i see people eat whole chicken including the chickens genitals!!!


what does that turn people into???



Sorry for being Off-Topic.

18 February, 2006 10:15  
Blogger Harsha said...

heheheheh @ Balushi,

its a good thing that ppl dont eat roosters and only chickens (I'm Vegetarian!!)

btw i've seen those candies, they r ewwwww - not the animal ones - i guess they're ok - what happened to those animal shaped biscuits? but the candy in the shape of gums and teeth - thats sad - seriously it really could provoke kids wanting to experiment eating their own teeth once they fall off!

18 February, 2006 10:40  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HEY HERE IS A CANNIBAL STORY FOR THE ANONYMOUS WHO SAID DOESN'T HAPPEN !


KASSEL, Germany -- A German court has convicted a self-confessed cannibal of manslaughter and jailed him for eight and a half years, ending a sensational trial that fascinated and appalled the country.

The court in Kassel ruled that Armin Meiwes, a 42-year-old computer expert who met his victim on the Internet, had no "base motives" in the crime -- sparing him a murder conviction.

Meiwes admitted killing and carving up Bernd Juergen Brandes but insisted it was all consensual.

Prosecutors wanted a life term, calling the man a "human butcher" who acted to "satisfy a sexual impulse." Defense lawyers said the victim volunteered to be killed and eaten, therefore the crime should be classified as a mercy killing.

They wanted him to be convicted of "killing of request," a form of illegal euthanasia carrying a sentence of six months to five years.

Among the evidence examined by the court was hours of video footage taken of the events of March 10, 2001.

As well as gripping the country with the power of its graphic detail, the case has also turned an uncomfortable spotlight on a hitherto unacknowledged world of cannibalism and extreme fetishism.

Meiwes told the court how he met the man via the Internet and arranged a meeting.

During the trial Meiwes' lawyer, Harald Ermel, cited e-mails in which the victim insisted on being killed and eaten. One read: "There's absolutely no way back for me, only forwards, through your teeth."

Meiwes' video of the killing, in March 2001, persuaded even prosecutors to concede the death was voluntary.

Media and observers were kept outside while the tape was shown to the court. One newspaper said a woman almost fainted during the film, which shows Meiwes talking to the severed head while he disembowels the body, hung from a hook.

Emotionless and calm, Meiwes recalled how he began the killing by cutting off the victim's penis at the victim's request, how they fried it in a pan and tried but failed to eat it.

Meiwes then told how they waited for hours until the victim, weakened by loss of blood from his wound, fell unconscious.

Meiwes then stabbed him to death, cut him in pieces and ate 20 kilograms of him over the following months, defrosting pieces portion by portion. Psychiatric experts have found Meiwes to be sane and fit to stand trial.

He told the court he had fantasized since puberty about consuming a man to deal with the emptiness left by the departure of his father.

Meiwes said he regretted the deed and would not repeat it. "I had my big kick and don't need to do this any more," he told the court.

Meiwes says he is writing a book on how he came to live his ultimate fantasy.

CNN's Walter Rodgers said: "Most Germans are aghast yet fascinated at the idea of a cannibal in their midst. This is not supposed to happen in a tidy, democratically ordered German society. And yet it did."

18 February, 2006 10:45  
Anonymous al-republican said...

I just knew it Meiwes' story was going to come!

I am so damned bored at work (and life just sucks generally) that I am actually waiting for more comments!

18 February, 2006 10:52  
Blogger Moona said...

whatever they think, i find it disgusting . The last candy i tried was from Ikea it was car shaped. Children are smarter than adults what i blame is: What's the pleasure of eating candies shaped in such disgusting way?

18 February, 2006 11:21  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes, some psycho in germany ate body parts (and the other guy volunteered to be eaten... what a freak!) But how that backs up the point that all in the West are corrupt and have hidden cannibalistic tendencies is beyond me... Can you prove that he used to eat those human-shaped candies as a kid and that's what turned him...? Lol!

Off-topic - I used to like those candy cigarettes when I was little but that doesn't mean that I smoke now... Oh bugger, hang on, yes I do. Damn that candy!

18 February, 2006 11:35  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i like candies that look like a bunch of worms...i've been eating the ginger bread man, is there somthing wrong with me?

this country hasnt heard of edible panties, i'm sure baba will enjoy sinking his teeth whn mama wears it.

18 February, 2006 11:43  
Blogger Slagothor said...

Ah, this newfangled "freedom of speech" concept appears to be confusing some people who are a little unfamiliar with it.

Here's a quick primer: yes, people in Sharjah are free to voice their concerns about how eating gummi-bears may inevitably lead to cannibalism. In turn, others are free to criticize, mock and deride these statements.

I laugh at you addle-brained anonymous sub-morons who think that criticizing stupidity is somehow infringing on "free-speech". Please, keep it coming, as I can always use the laughs.

18 February, 2006 11:53  
Blogger samuraisam said...

anonymous @ 10:45 world map
Please tell me if germany is in the west. thank you.

I agree with elzubeir, also along with this new direct style you have a new readership of people that previously couldn't understand, which is where these new anonymous stupid comments come from.

As for this whole "candy shaped gum", I used to eat those when I was a kid.
BELIEVE IT OR NOT, I AM NOT A RAGING CANNIBAL!, well only on weekends, I actually do find the odd homeless person and eat their teeth and fingers. A rare delicacy.

And are these mothers so weak that they can't even stop their 5-10 year old children from purchasing them? You are so lucky in the Middle East, you can have children without worry, Etisalat loves your children more than you, screw parental responsibility, blame it on someone else. It always works.

I warned them several times not to buy them because they are disgusting.
So they tried to discipline their children, but were too useless at it that they had to blame a company?

Too bad Etisalat can't proxy our diets eh?

I'm sure the only reason the children enjoy eating the human shaped (no nether region parts yet?) sweets so much is because it pisses off their mother.

When we see the fucked up west...and their fucked up children..we do look at what they bring to our culture with care.
I love this attitude towards the "evil west" and their "loose moral code", NEWS FLASH: you live off the evil west, your money comes from their, you provide them with oil which makes their cars go putt putt.

Everyone I know that displays this "evil west" attitude happily sips Pepsi-Cola while dining on KFC/Mc Donalds/Burger King/Starbucks, while playing with their Nokia phones and their iPods and their Microsoft Windows installations or their Mac OS X installations, or even their linux installations, while listening to the "morally degrading" music of the west. ARGH.

18 February, 2006 12:03  
Blogger secretdubai said...

SD, theres nothing stupid about the parents' concerns.

Yes, there is.

Its funny how some of you advocate freedom of speech yet when it comes to such issues (and those comments on rapists a month back), you cant tolerate any dissent.....

It's funny how you say we can't tolerate dissent when comments are open here and I've just allowed dissent.

SD...if anybody is stupid and uneducated it is YOU...
People have opinion...and different opinions dont make them stupid...


No - it's you. For being so stupid as to think it's ok for the women to have their opinion but not me.

Bring it on. You and the anon above look like total fking idiots, which I am enjoying immensely.

As for the "evil west" - have you compared divorce rates in this region and the rest of the world recently? Try here

And here's a clue: when your region is criticised, try to find a better defence that "the west is evil!" "the west is corrupt!" We're not talking about the west. We're talking about fked up people in your society. Grow up and stop trying to avert responsibility all the time.

18 February, 2006 12:17  
Blogger Shafique said...

Keep up the good work SD, I really enjoy your blog - both the pre and post-unleashed versions.

The scary part is that my initial reaction is that this is a wind up.

Look - there is stupidity and superstition in all societies, UK, US are not excluded. Just do a Google on the Darwin awards..

I have to say, I also grew up eating sweets shaped as mice, eyeballs, dentures.... now why do I have a sudden urge for some fava beans and a nice (non-alcoholic - work with me here) Cianti...??? :)

18 February, 2006 12:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"We're talking about fked up people in your society. "

Ok, you consider them fked up, we dont.

We also consider the Danish cartoonists fked up people, while you are free to think what you want of them.

Heres the thing, some people e.g. murderers,rapists, can be considered messed up by anyone with some common sense


However, the "Sharjah mothers", the Danish cartoonists, etc. are people who are not universally considered fked up.

18 February, 2006 12:51  
Anonymous ali said...

dont think its funny.

:)

18 February, 2006 13:03  
Anonymous ali said...

oh and yeah, dont believe its stupid either.

mothers will be mothers will be mothers.

18 February, 2006 13:04  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Something about an intellectual woman with a potty mouth turns me on.. I know, I'm sick!

18 February, 2006 13:19  
Anonymous al-republican said...

I just read something in the newspaper about a US$ 265 million spaceport in the UAE! NO, it's not in Dubai; its being planned to be built in white-dubaians favorite punching bag, RAK! All the "hate" is paying off, I guess.

I think SD created this blog for light-hearted jokes about this part of the World, but I guess some of the jokes don't sit too well by a lot of people. There is a very fine line between joking about something and offending others. But, people these days do not give hoot about other peoples' sentiments. That's pretty sad, if you ask me.

I am cool with SD poking fun at occurences in Dubai as long as she is not offending anyone (which she has on a few occassions). But I wonder if SD and other westerners who find this place, and Muslim at large, weird are making an effort to understand why people behave in this part of the World as they do? For example, Islam is the Western media's favorite scapegoat. Just like ordinary people blame most ills on the West, the media in the West blames every ill on Islam. So I wonder if people take the time of verifying such claims and independantly doing any research on Islam and Muslim polity?

Finally, Samuraisam, I am not attacking SD! So please dont write back something macho in defense of SD. Western women seem to be better fending for themselves. It's when their come in that it becomes really pansy. And whats the fixation with Etisalat and their proxy? Just get a job at DIC and you can d/l all the porn you want to!

Cheers!

18 February, 2006 13:34  
Anonymous al-republican said...

Errata:

It's when their men come in that it becomes really pansy.

18 February, 2006 13:37  
Blogger CG said...

My kids favourite is the rowntrees bursting bugs...when you bite into them they squirt out a blood coloured juicy centre....scrum.

And we once had a great time with some candy gums/teeth in Australia. I wish I could find them here.

Are they close to needing psychiatric care? If so, then it would be from having a deranged mother like myself. Other than that they are having a ball.

SD..there is a big thing in this part of the world, called BLAME.....oh man they just love to find something to blame someone for. Right load of moaners. Whatever it is that you can give them, sell them blah blah...they will always fecking (PP) complain. Idle minds. thats what it is.

18 February, 2006 13:57  
Blogger MJ said...

Can't they just not allow their kids from eating these candies if they don't want them. You can't block everything that might harm your kids from them, this is not the way of life.

"Mobiles are not good for kids and because my child wants one and I can't say no to him I suggest mobiles shouldn't be allowed in this country. Please."

yes, even the kind of candy they eat when they are in KG affects that.

Wait, maybe these women can't and that's why we have all these... kids.

This is stupid, I grew up eating all these candies and I never ate a whole person or sucked anyone's blood or broke their teeth, only a bite every now and then. :)

18 February, 2006 14:05  
Blogger samuraisam said...

al-republican I am flattered that my fearless wrath must have you place a disclaimer on your postings. Brilliant.

18 February, 2006 14:06  
Anonymous The Rakster said...

As Al-Republican points out, we are getting the mega-spaceport built here in RAK, and as yet no thread for SD on the matter! I guess if it doesn't involve camels, goats, weirdos trying to jump to the moon off a high building for a meeting with GW, women beating up their husbands in the streets outside local "massage" parlours or other sorts of wackiness, then it doesn't deserve a mention.

Come on, SD, there is lots to play with there:

RAK'S getting a spaceport - Well, we always knew they were from another planet!

RAK has selected the first astronaut to blast off from their new spaceship: A 2-year-old goat called Tuffaha.

I am sure all you sophisticated Dubaians can find much to chortle about on this one.

18 February, 2006 15:06  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey SD fuck u u dumb ass smarty pants freedom hippy bitch... go get a life... LOL the Only one stupid in here is u bitch... hmm do u have kids?! maybe i should giv u guys a visit and chop your kids with a butter knife and make my pit bull eat em.. hahaa u fuckin dumb bitch

18 February, 2006 15:40  
Blogger trobriander said...

Funny how the father role is never mentioned anywhere, but hey, it’s the middle-east.

Mothers tend to be a bit edgy due to the constant daily pressure of bringing up the children - I heard greater eccentric stories. However, it is proven that children better indulge on food when it comes in funny shapes, to include animals, human, geometrical shapes etc. to simply fool them into eating. One of the worst mother’s nightmares is when the child refuses to eat. The children at that age will not correlate the factual shapes with actual realities. There will be time when a child comes to comprehend such a notion and will eventually be inclined towards reasonable shapes like the Mars bar!

I would worry about the content of the candy and the way it’s been sealed, but I would certainly be happy to see children can eat normally.

18 February, 2006 15:47  
Blogger secretdubai said...

hey SD fuck u u dumb ass smarty pants freedom hippy bitch... go get a life... LOL the Only one stupid in here is u bitch... hmm do u have kids?! maybe i should giv u guys a visit and chop your kids with a butter knife and make my pit bull eat em.. hahaa u fuckin dumb bitch

Is this an example of eastern superiority? How literate, peace-loving and intelligent! You really have proved your point to me.

Thank you greatly for gracing this place with your wisdom and kindness.

18 February, 2006 16:00  
Anonymous al-republican said...

Nice, trobriander! Points well elucidated and definitely logical!

Cheers!

18 February, 2006 16:05  
Blogger Balushi said...

We are all stuck in the Internet Cage!

18 February, 2006 16:06  
Anonymous al-republican said...

Balushi i beat you by seconds there!

Touche :D

18 February, 2006 16:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon @ 539

cannablism is a problem - just ask the germans n i think the belgians too...

18 February, 2006 16:17  
Blogger Slagothor said...

So, can anybody tell my why the American-Iranian spaceport is being built in RaK? Did they offer the most money?

The ideal place to get into space is from the equator, and the closr to it, the better, so it would have made more sense to build this thing in Liwa. Unless the object was to have it as close to Iran as possible without it actually being in Iran.

18 February, 2006 16:22  
Blogger Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

Candy-rats, anyone? Fishfingers? (actually they are called fish sticks in sweden but oh well)

18 February, 2006 16:48  
Blogger samuraisam said...

IQ?
oh wait, this is a KT article, we shouldn't be expecting IQ.

18 February, 2006 17:07  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Something tells me SD is going to be BLOCKED once more, SOOON..lol

If it (unfortunately) happens, perhaps she can console herself..afterall, she is repeatedely bending, showing her rear, and politely asking for IT :)

18 February, 2006 17:19  
Blogger Papadose said...

I know of a parent who had approached his daughters school principal(of the Institute where she took extra tuition classes) and furiously argued with him and her Math teacher, as to why his daughter simply could not loose 6 marks from the maximum attainable total. His argument was that since he was a IT Engineer/Software Developer, his daughter was genetically superior to other kids and would "obviously" outperform the rest of the class. Hence, according to him, the loss in marks was due to the poor teaching skills of her teachers.
---Morale of the story? Some parents can simply be stupid.

Economic studies have shown over- parenting has little or no effect on a childs moral values nor influences his personality traits in any kind of major way whatsoever--http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/006073132X/sr=8-1/qid=1140269231/ref=pd_bbs_1/104-2411971-5755168?%5Fencoding=UTF8

However, I wonder about that kid sometimes though..imagine a parent like that!!

18 February, 2006 17:36  
Blogger archer14 said...

(Together) We will go our way
(Together) We will leave someday
(Together) Your hand in my hands
(Together) We will make our plans

(Together) We will fly so high
(Together) Tell all our friends goodbye
(Together) We will start life new
(Together) This is what we'll do

(Go West) Life is peaceful there
(Go West) In the open air
(Go West) Where the skies are blue
(Go West) This is what we're gonna do

(Go West, this is what we're gonna do, Go West)

I love Pet Shop Boys. (Middle-finger to all you westhaters)

18 February, 2006 18:04  
Anonymous Mohamed Elzubeir said...

Actually, Eastern Superiority, if such a thing can exist, is best displayed via Dubai's continuous growth as a trade hub. After all, the Middle Eastern man has been known longest for his skills as a trader and a merchant.

Having said that, I don't believe in East vs. West in today's global economy. Everyone competes against everyone. You cannot simply choose sides and sit on your side of the fence. Everyone's got ladders and people are all over the place. It's a whole different ball game.

SD, on a serious note though, I am tempted to stop visiting my favorite blog if the quality of comments does not get out of its current slump. I realize it is a huge headache to moderate it.. but it is seriously becoming more of a 14-year olders' playground than what it used to be.

I long for the days when Balushi was the only annoying factor.. now it's just every other commenter.

A plead for the people visiting this blog -- please keep your comments decent and responsible. I really don't mind the vulgar language (I can have the vocabulary of a truck driver at times), but the ideas displayed are simply too childish.

18 February, 2006 18:35  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said Mohammed. I have to agree. I have also been considering giving up what used to be light and pleasureable reading. On another note, Mohammed, why can't I get into your blog anymore? I miss it! Please enlighten..

18 February, 2006 18:48  
Blogger secretdubai said...

archer14 - they are my favourite band! I was all set to marry Neil Tennant for several years before realising I was the wrong gender :(

Mohammed - point well taken. I am going to delete the obscenities from here on. I wish Blogger was as powerful as LiveJournal regarding comments, but it isn't, so there is much less I can do.

I don't want to disable comments entirely, because I hugely appreciate your and others' comments, and I think that people should have a right to respond if they disagree/agree/have more insight. Even when I don't always agree with someone else's opinion: having it presented intelligently and reasonably is still useful.

18 February, 2006 18:51  
Anonymous m.r.r.t. said...

Why is it that some of us Arabs criticize "The West", we always make snide remarks toward Freedom Of Speech?

Is that supposed to be an insult or something? If so, it is a very poor one.

People, let's be clear on something:Freedom Of Speech is not speech you have to like. It's not speech you have to agree with. It doesn't even have to make sense.

On another note, it looks like the UAE is finally catching up with the West in regards to the crazy "Won't-somebody-please-think-of-the-children!" type mothers.

All we need is for this to turn into a frivolous lawsuit against the candy companies, and we'll have made it, baby!

18 February, 2006 19:27  
Anonymous mohamed Elzubeir said...

Anon @ 18 February, 2006 18:48

Ah, had to take the blog down and doubt I would bring up a personal type of replacement again. I think I would most likely end up with something that talks about my current field of work.

Sorry, didn't realize I had readers ;)

18 February, 2006 19:33  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I really loved your rant about dealing with the rental committee. Excellent. I have looked for your blog ever since.

18 February, 2006 19:44  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well Well...by now I know there is an uhappy group of people here in the UAE...everything we say is "stupid", nothing is good enough, we dont speak english well enough for their liking...those unhappy group of people are so miserable cause they are just looking for whats wrong in our country..they are so mad cause we are trying to hold on to our culture...they are basically unhappy...
The part that I dont get is...what is so attractive about this country that you still suffer? the money? interesting...if it is the money...you must be paid better her cause we appreciate your services? does your smart countries lack that appreciation..
These stupid mothers you are referring to are the mothers who dont sleep around and fuck their husbands friends..those mothers are the mothers who dont kick their children out when they are 18...they are the mother who actually cook meals (yes there are mothers who have their nannies become the mother) but the majority are not..I am a local woman and I tell you...ITS NOT.
I just dont understand why SD and the rest of you are so resentful of this country...and throw dirt in our face all the time...and expect us to respect you..
Damn you..its getting out of control..
And to that narrow minded anon who doesnt know why I am up at 5am...doctors work at night you know...
This is just a trashing blog...that is not productive and wont change anything that you complain and nag about..cause the people who read it are either bitter people like your self SD or curious local people who are also still curious to know what most foreigners think about while they roam around my country...
Get a happier life..will you

18 February, 2006 20:17  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

right on... the going is getting tough and the tough is..., well, let's see!

18 February, 2006 20:37  
Blogger secretdubai said...

Here's the thing, anon@20:17. You've basically used one entry where I mock some misguidedly paranoid mothers to have a huge rant - and a rude rant, frankly - about expats in general.

You've made various obscene allegations about what I assume are "western" mothers.

I suggest you get a clue. The reason I rant about certain things here is because I actually believe and wish they could be better. Which indicates not only that I have faith in this place to improve, but that I actually care that it does. Otherwise, I could just gloat. But I don't. I get angry because it bothers me that people are dying on the roads, getting evicted from their properties, not getting paid for months on end. I don't think these things are funny or trivial. I think they are wrong. And I think that we all have a moral duty to address them.

Actually read through my blog and notice the many times I've given praise where due and made constructive criticism.

But I doubt you will do that. Sadly, you're one of the all-too-many "victim mentality" people around here. You can't take any criticism, so you just fling mud back (and far worse mud than was ever flung at you). Either that, or you are just not intelligent enough to really understand what is being said here.

Stupid or closed-minded: I really don't know what is worse.

18 February, 2006 20:45  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@SD
"But I doubt you will do that. Sadly, you're one of the all-too-many "victim mentality" people around here. You can't take any criticism, so you just fling mud back (and far worse mud than was ever flung at you). Either that, or you are just not intelligent enough to really understand what is being said here."
Can you please explain how are you going to make the change when you are just posting this here on the blog...where people who can make the change wont read it...could you explain it?
Second...what mothers choose to expose their children to or not is really up to them...whatever you think or I think...I am a doctor and to tell you the truth..its always their call..and when mothers refuse antibiotics or certain vaccines I dont say they are stupid...at the end of the day...nobody will love their kids more than them..not you..not me.
Second...whats important about that article that you had to put it here? is it an oppurtuntiy to use "Stupid" and Mother in sharjah" together?
and by the way...I have read most of your blog..and although there are few praises but the majority is just plain negative..and most of the people who comment...have nothing more to add..just more insult..I have yet to see a constructive criticism..
And for your information..these topics that you are raving about is a concern and has been addressed to the people in power by "the stupid locals"..but have been ignored..so goodluck making a change in this sad blog.
Maybe you will feel a little smarter..opinionated woman...by talking the talk...but to be honest..I think this blog is all about you...and nothing about the well being of my country...
cause you are doing nothing but talk.
And please dont call me or anybody else stupid..you have no right to be rude. You can "criticize" all you want..but you can use "constructive" "clean" words..
otherwise you will just evoke negative response...

18 February, 2006 21:02  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@SD.."Even when I don't always agree with someone else's opinion: having it presented intelligently and reasonably is still useful. "
LOL make up your mind...you dont mean a word you said here...you are going to delete..then you respect...then you talk about being resasonable and useful...
What a messed up woman you are

18 February, 2006 21:04  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've never wanted to pick up my keyboard, run outside and hit random people on the head more than after reading anons comments.

18 February, 2006 21:08  
Blogger Tim Newman said...

Just like ordinary people blame most ills on the West, the media in the West blames every ill on Islam.

As far as I can tell, the right-wing Western press blames all ills on Islam and immigrants, the left-wing Western press blames all ills on the United States and capitalism.

18 February, 2006 21:11  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@18 February, 2006 21:08

hit it on your head first..cause you could do with some change in the neuronal firing...it will help release some happy hormones...try it and post a comment..lets see the difference

18 February, 2006 21:15  
Blogger secretdubai said...

Second...whats important about that article that you had to put it here?

I found it funny. It's my blog. That's why I put it here. This is not your blog. It's mine. Tough luck if you didn't like that article.

but you can use "constructive" "clean" words..

What an amazingly hypocritical request, given that you used "fuck" and "damn" in your previous post! And tried to imply that (western? non-Sharjah?) mothers sleep around and don't feed their kids, which has zero to do with the topic in hand.

You also made the assumption that this article was about local mothers. I actually assumed, it being in the English-language KT, it referred to expat mothers. Either way, I didn't specify, I just said "Sharjah mothers" like the article did.

As you say, you are a doctor, so you can't be that stupid. I realise this blog upsets you, and the fact that I am able to write it. But do bear in mind I make continual effort to respect your country's laws, which is why - so far - I haven't been arrested. As something with an apprecation of media law and ethics, I also avoid defaming anyone.

Yes: the overall tone might be critical and negative, but it's my blog and that's my choice. You really don't have to read it if it upsets you so much.

Can you please explain how are you going to make the change when you are just posting this here on the blog...where people who can make the change wont read it...could you explain it?

I have no clue who reads this blog, or how important they are, but according to my stats there are visitors from "important" places (though they could of course be lowly staff working at those places). I doubt they pay much attention to my dull rantings, but you never know.

18 February, 2006 21:15  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

regression...my blog not your blog..
SD...the only reason you are respecting the media is the fact that you dont want to be "deported"..
Im smarter than you are...and I am sick of you assuming this heroic role..of "saving" the UAE...
Your blog is as shallow as you are...
it would be interesting what come up next from your shallow narrow minded brain..and yes..you are stupid cause you dont mean what you say..and LOL still looking for faults..
So dont talk about "appropriate..and decent and etc" you have no respect for anyone..even to other decent westerners (the few I know)

18 February, 2006 21:24  
Blogger secretdubai said...

Im smarter than you are

Really? I think we'll leave it at that. I'm sure everyone here would agree with you.

18 February, 2006 21:26  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to know who is SD in person..cause you are just like a drum..loud but empty..
Audience...Clap for SD...she rest her case
LOL
Drama queen

18 February, 2006 21:28  
Blogger secretdubai said...

OK - SOME CHANGES

Abusive comments are getting out of hand (and by this I mean obscene) on both sides of the argument. As a result, I'm disabling anonymous commenting, at least for now.

Blogger is free to join, so it doesn't prevent anyone from commenting. It just means that you need to sign up, which will give you a recogniseable identity.

This means that not only can people follow more easily who is debating with who, but troll commenters can be more easily tracked and reported to Blogger.

You don't have to give your names: you can use nicknames and pseudonyms. Apologies to the many polite, pleasant anons - both the dissenters and the assenters - but it has become necessary. The next step would be comment moderation, and I really don't want to have to do that.

18 February, 2006 21:30  
Blogger samuraisam said...

*golf-clap*

18 February, 2006 21:31  
Blogger archer14 said...

Mr.Elzubeir, as much as I respect your overtly intellectual mind and expert armchair analysis of posts on this blog, surely, you must have heard of "free speech", haven't you? I beg of you, your majesty, to understand that this is not your blog, and that others have the express right to comment whatever thy want, provided thay have an identity. Now how about registering yourself at blogger, my dear sir?

On a lighter note, much to thy majesty's chagrin, dare I say --we should start filming!Yes!.....
SD presents "CANNIBAL CANDY"
Starring-
Mohamed "14 yr olds playground inspector" Elzubeir
The Anonymous "I love my country for" Doc.
Balushi aka chicken genitals
& of course The Sharjah Mothers.

18 February, 2006 21:55  
Blogger moryarti said...

This blog does not allow anonymous comments

FINALLY!

I think you should've done this along time ago... :)

18 February, 2006 22:07  
Blogger samuraisam said...

let's hope that signing up for a blogspot account is too complicated for these anonymous posters.

muah.

18 February, 2006 22:09  
Blogger trobriander said...

SD,
I wished that crisscrossed anon lady had muffled off a bit of her monotonous personal attacks, by which she could have given us a chance to hear a voice from the antipode – perhaps she should reconsider and try anew.

18 February, 2006 22:23  
Blogger secretdubai said...

tobriander: one of the main problems I am having is that the majority of "dissenters" express themselves so badly. I realise it's an unfair playing field - this isn't a first language for many of them.

But so many of them genuinely don't seem to understand the point of the posts, or people's comments here, let alone the overall tone. I really don't know what to do. I can't explain anything to them, I can't appease them.

I've deleted some of the really obscene comments (endless expletives) but have left others as you can see (eg anon@05:14).

I think what they really want is for me to stfu (just as I want them to stfu!) So an impasse. But at the end of the day, this is "my" space, and there is nothing to stop them expressing themselves endlessly and fully in a blog of their own.

Any other suggestions you guys have would be very welcome. Several people have suggested disabling comments altogether, but it feels unfair to do that.

And it seriously alarms me that that woman is a doctor, with her appalling disturbing views on "western" mothers. I really hope her practice is confined to local women. I probably have too high expectations of doctors, but I have always believed they should be as open minded and non-judgemental as possible, at least in public.

18 February, 2006 23:02  
Blogger Mohamed Elzubeir said...

archer14,

I'm not sure what I have said that calls for your response. I simply hoped for certain changes to happen and I am delighted they have.

Unfortunately, it meant that I had to get a blogger account, which I did not want -- but it's a small sacrifice to hopefully save a brilliant blog from turning into a civil war zone.

SD not only echoes some of my very thoughts, but does so more eloquently than I could. It also amuses me to have the west vs. east folks come in, when I certainly agree with much of what SD has to say most of the time (when I don't agree I do post otherwise). I surely don't belong to the West by a long shot -- neither do I want to. I'm happy with where I am and what I am.

18 February, 2006 23:55  
Blogger secretdubai said...

Brilliant - thanks so much for signing up, Mohamed. I know it is a hassle (I have had to do the same for things like Typepad) so I do appreciate it. And thank you for your kind words.

I want to get this place back to more funny and less angry. Even when I rant, it's not supposed to be 100% fury (except in rare cases that really warrant it). For my part I plan to work on making the humour/satire/irony show through, so I don't just sound grumpy all the time ;)

19 February, 2006 00:15  
Blogger Bizarrism said...

The man in the book of records, who eat a whole areoplane must have been fed with hot milk and used boarding passes while in the cradle.

19 February, 2006 11:20  
Blogger ssosw said...

SD

Keep in mind that when you try to be funny you also hurt someone's feelings.When I first started reading your blog your comments were fun but now it is more like personal attacks. You seem to have lost your patience. As the moderator you must accept the comments and views of everyone posting( not counting the badmouthers and of course Balushi :-) ).Instead you team up with a a bunch of like minded people and wage war on the rest who you consider to be too backward or uncivilised.You have stooped so low that your main defence nowadays is " This is my blog".I dont mean to offend you or any of the posters who support you but it would be great to take an effort and realize that most people from "our part of the world" are not as broad minded as you are.

19 February, 2006 12:20  
Blogger CG said...

I think you should post something more controversial than this, then enable comment moderation, and only allow the positive feedback....that will really leave some people ripping their hair out....hehe (yes, revenge, I know)

19 February, 2006 12:21  
Blogger secretdubai said...

it would be great to take an effort and realize that most people from "our part of the world" are not as broad minded as you are.

I recognise this, but what am I supposed to do? I rarely if ever (for legal reasons) blog about an issue that isn't already in the papers first. Whether that's education, women's issues, crime, etc.

I freely admit I have lost my patience over certain things, one of them being the "blame the west" commenters, and the "go home" commenters. You are not one of those, and I really do appreciate your polite and kind reply.

Do bear in mind that I don't expect or demand people to share my opinion: yes I rant, and I argue, but underlying that is my belief that people have a right to disagree. And even more, that they have a right to express their disagreement.

Regarding personal attacks in the actual blog posts: these will be rare, for legal and ethical reasons. In the comments I feel freer to take someone to task. For the record: I don't see people here as universally backward or uncivilised. I do think that many people here - though it is NOT their own fault, as the government admits - are not so much uneducated as badly educated. The most senior government figures and educators continually emphasise the need for drastic improvement.

And I think this different style of education is why some people may find open debate and criticism difficult.

Thank you for your comments anyway.

19 February, 2006 12:55  
Blogger Bizarrism said...

The irony behind the "Blame the west" or "Go Home" characters is that for their daily comfort, use western inventions and innovations.

19 February, 2006 14:18  
Blogger Keefieboy said...

All this is about Jelly Babies! Unreal.

22 February, 2006 21:18  
Blogger Keefieboy said...

Oh sorry, I'd forgotten what is was really about by the time I'd read through the cavalcade of comment.Gummy Bears. Sheesh!

22 February, 2006 21:50  
Blogger g.knotee said...

I loved Gummi bears as a child--the red gummi bears to be exact. It never affected my childhood, I didn't end up a demented adult eating pandas or grizzly bears. They're kids, let them enjoy goo and dirt and weird-looking candies! SD, entertaining blog entries.Very interesting...

23 February, 2006 20:09  

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