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Nokia Madhi Riot

Some ledes, you just don’t know what to do with. Like this one from BosNewsLife, harvested by ReligionNewsBlog:

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL (BosNewsLife)- Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called on Muslims around the world to mobilize their troops alongside Iran against Israel and the United States to prepare for the coming of the “Mahdi” seen as “the savior of Islam“.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged all Islamic countries to unite in anticipation of Mahdd al-Montazar, Arabic for the “awaited one”, according to statements obtained by BosNewsLife Friday, August 28.

What do you do with that? Are BosNewsLife a gang of fiction-writing nutters like that supposed rogue journo who was writing all that mad shit at Mainichi WaiWai way back when? Has Khamenei really declared the imminence of Judgement Day? I have my doubts on all counts, but it’s an amusing little piece if you can get past the shitting fear.

Nokia Money – I’m trying to decide if this is interesting or not. On the one hand, Nokia seem to be trying to place themselves not as a bank, so much as an alternative to banking. On the other hand, I’ve been hearing about how we’re all going to buy shit with our magic mobile phones for fifteen years now, and my magic mobile phone can’t sustain a signal in the middle of the fucking Cotswolds.

It’s like… Nokia Point And Go is a terrific idea…

Simply point your phone at real life objects and quickly find relevant content and services. With automated object recognition technology, utilizing an innovative visual interface Nokia Point & Find’s unique strength is its automatic object recognition, the service also recognizes bar codes, integrates GPS

…if your Nokia phone’s GPS has ever bloody worked. Or, being kind… if it’s ever taken less than fifteen minutes to tell you where you are. I love Nokia phones, I’ve used Nokia phones for ten years, but Nokia do seem to have reached a point where the idea is much more interesting to them than it actually working. Which I realise means I won’t be getting free Nokia phones any more. It was very kind of them to gift me phones and tablets, and I owe them a lot, but the horrible truth is that they’re getting less functional all the time.

Jan Chipchase and his team have been on a research tour in Asia, and making some fascinating posts along the way. I’d catch the last three weeks’ worth if I were you, but you can start with today’s:


A young Urumqi girl checks out a poster of rioters caught after the riot between the Uighur and Han Chinese population where 146+ people died… In such a highly charged environment they’ll likely be receiving a death sentence…

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  1. ewlparsons ewlparsons

    I wouldn’t worry too much about the Mahdi thing. In theory, his role is more to prepare the earth for the return of Isa (Jesus), so we’ve got a little breathing space before judgment day and resurrection. Pretty certain he’s going to have to unite all of mankind first, so that might take a while.

    Also, since Khomeini is a Shi’a, and a twelver at that, the Mahdi has actually been “on his way” since around 873 AD, when he went into hiding. Meaning that he’s been out there, biding his time for over a thousand years… He can probably wait a while yet. Plus, we’re still waiting on the one eyed false messiah to show, and the big M-man can’t make his move till all the players are on the field.

  2. That photograph is haunting. Sorry about the lame cliche, but it really does fit. It sort of reminds me of the Hemingway short-story: “For sale, baby shoes, never worn.”

  3. Rob Rob

    Nutters, probably. [The Iranian bit…] Or the standard ridiculous religious propaganda and zeal given more immediacy through the vagaries of translation.

    Fair cop though, the WaiWai stuff wasn’t just a gaijin spinning tales from nothing. It was pretty much copy/pasted from Japan’s low rent gossip mags. When the folks at Mainichi figured out that if foreigners [god forbid] could read the same trash as the Japanese folks, it might make them *look bad* and then the hammer came down…

  4. The whole Madhi thing remind me of this Liverpool based Rabbi who was (is?) radically opposed to the existence of Israel as the bible state that the Jews should only restore the promised land at the dawn of Apocalypse. The Jerusalem religious authorities got apparently so pissed off they declared him “Kosher” (which seems to mean it is not a sin anymore to kill him). Apparently he used to go to the Hamas meetings.

    Also on the matter of augmented reality you may want to check out the Eden of the East anime.

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