Re: Guest Post - the Blogger Behind the Sheik

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I found it fairly short, or are there more than the quoted three paragraphs?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 02-17-13 2:19 PM
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Is there a link somewhere?


Posted by: Nathan Williams | Link to this comment | 02-17-13 2:19 PM
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I'm guessing this is about The Iron Sheik. Who could have guessed the two elderly celebrities who would most effectively brand themselves using social media would be George Takei and The Iron Sheik?


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 02-17-13 2:21 PM
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Whoops. Link added. Let me know if the link disappears.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 02-17-13 2:23 PM
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No, here's the actual article.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 02-17-13 2:24 PM
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This is the Sheik in question.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 02-17-13 2:31 PM
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"blog" is also a noun, but it's still not the right noun for the individual posts.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 02-17-13 2:41 PM
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Oh, true.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 02-17-13 2:45 PM
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My first reaction was "No fucking way" which was partly prejudice. Then I thought it thru, and I wouldn't get between brothers battling for a kingdom, billionaires with diplomatic immunity, if it was Asian, African, South American...maybe paranoia, but it just didn't seem worth it. Fitzgerald taught me that the rich are different, as in evil. Hell, I wouldn't get in the middle of a fight between NBA players or tv actors.

Then I followed some links and the RAK is a struggling commercial venture in hell, so couldn't afford bad publicity. All just business, and if the checks were big enough...nah, I still remember Dogs of War. Fuck it. Easy money can bite ya, and stay away from the rich fucks.

This cat is gonna eat some polonium for his indiscretion.


Posted by: bob mcmanus | Link to this comment | 02-17-13 3:14 PM
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Terrible, self-obsessed article, far too brief - why on earth not name the guy? As Sifu no doubt found, "UAE royal who was ousted by his half-brother" isn't a description that could fit a whole lot of people. (Reminds me of talking to a defence contractor a few years ago: "We've got one national government interested. We can't say who it is, but it's a predominantly Jewish country in the Middle East".)


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 02-17-13 3:26 PM
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This is actually very similar to the plot of Syriana.


Posted by: real ffeJ annaH | Link to this comment | 02-17-13 3:35 PM
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The blog/post distinction is an important one. I hope you can educate the public.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 02-17-13 4:38 PM
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Didn't HuffPo render that distinction indefensible? i mean, we all know it, but it's circling the drain.


Posted by: k-sky | Link to this comment | 02-17-13 4:49 PM
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We will die on the barricades to defend subtleties of usage with our beloved shitty neologisms!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 02-17-13 4:51 PM
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Anyhow I like that he uses "blog" instead of "blog post" because it makes him sound like a fucking nimrod.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 02-17-13 4:52 PM
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defend subtleties of usage with our beloved shitty neologisms!

I heard that some people actually use "shart" to mean farting while shitting instead of shitting while farting!


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02-17-13 4:57 PM
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What no it's neither don't make me sacrifice myself.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 02-17-13 4:59 PM
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15: One theory on how "nimrod" became an insult: Sense 2, probably from the phrase "poor little Nimrod," used by the cartoon character Bugs Bunny to mock the hapless hunter Elmer Fudd.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02-17-13 5:01 PM
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18: yes, I read that wikipedia page recently, because I love to call people "nimrod" and it's confusing, if you think about it.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 02-17-13 5:05 PM
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19: It does sound more toolish than awesome in English (nitwit, nimrod, numbnuts).


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02-17-13 5:14 PM
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I'm a little surprised how grating I found the blog/post confusion.


Posted by: Nathan Williams | Link to this comment | 02-17-13 7:26 PM
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20: I've come to grips with it as essentially ironic.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 02-17-13 7:32 PM
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This is one of those stories annoying to non-kid people, but Mara has gone from arbitrarily yelling "Stingray!" pretty quickly to "Muskrat!" over the summer, which we didn't complain about at all because no one would, but then she's swapped that for showing up in our bedroom every morning to yell "Nutcrack!" and that seems inappropriate in ways I'm not sure I can define for her. Maybe I can make it part of the story about why she really needs to stat in her bed all night? Or maybe I can just teach her "nimrod" and see if that runs its course.


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 02-17-13 7:41 PM
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Why do people assume that those with children don't get annoyed as much?


Posted by: text | Link to this comment | 02-17-13 7:43 PM
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Text, I do get that you write something passive-aggresive in response to me whenever you get the chance, presumably because I thought your book sucked. If I finally acknowledge that, will you leave me the fuck alone? I think you were offering those kind of terms last time.


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 02-17-13 7:47 PM
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I never pay that much attention to you, to be honest, but I'm sorry you didn't like my book. I'm not often accused of being passive aggressive.


Posted by: text | Link to this comment | 02-17-13 7:51 PM
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OT: I don't know if the Lasdun book has come up yet here, but -- I had no idea there were so few legal remedies available. This may not be the best time to bring it up and maximize discussion, but.


Posted by: lurid keyaki | Link to this comment | 02-17-13 8:14 PM
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Is anyone watching the All Star game? I can't be bothered as I have no interest in soft basketball with no defense.


Posted by: text | Link to this comment | 02-17-13 8:18 PM
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The only terms I was offering with regard to my book was that I'd reimburse anyone's dollar in exchange for an amazon review. That offer still stands.


Posted by: text | Link to this comment | 02-17-13 8:21 PM
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I don't understand how anyone could be annoyed by a story that involves someone yelling "nutcrack" in your bedroom first thing in the morning.

You might be able to dissuade Mara from yelling "nutcrack," but I'm going to start yelling it, so the total amount of nutcrack in the world will at worst remain constant.


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 02-17-13 8:21 PM
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Have we reached peak nutcrack?


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02-17-13 8:22 PM
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Or the source of denial?


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02-17-13 8:24 PM
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"Doctor Living Stones, I presume."


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02-17-13 8:25 PM
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25: He writes mysterious passive-aggressive things in response to everyone now and then. Don't take it seriously.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 02-17-13 8:46 PM
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33: That would have been more appropriate from Stanley.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 02-17-13 8:48 PM
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At least it's not 'nut sack.'


Posted by: J, Robot | Link to this comment | 02-17-13 8:50 PM
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36: not yet!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 02-17-13 8:51 PM
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I just it point out when people write stupid things, sorry. I mean no personal offense. It's like a facial tick, but in blog form. I think Crypnic ned is a wonderful human being.


Posted by: text | Link to this comment | 02-17-13 8:52 PM
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I totally didn't write "it point." Someone's pulling a funny on me.


Posted by: text | Link to this comment | 02-17-13 8:57 PM
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Facial tick.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 02-17-13 8:58 PM
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The guy's a prostitute with no knowledge of his subject or awareness that ignorance is a problem.


Posted by: LW | Link to this comment | 02-17-13 9:12 PM
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41 to 40.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 02-17-13 9:13 PM
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Wait, ignorance is a problem? I'll bet knowledge is the solution!


Posted by: text | Link to this comment | 02-17-13 9:16 PM
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34 to 43


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 02-17-13 9:18 PM
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Why are you being mean to me today, ned?


Posted by: text | Link to this comment | 02-17-13 9:21 PM
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Every time Mara says "Nutcrack!" someone else should yell "Er!"


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 02-17-13 10:58 PM
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Yelling "Stingray!" every morning seems like a very useful service for parents of small children, because it serves as a valuable reminder that anything can happen in the next half hour.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E06cNv55jTs


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 02-18-13 3:09 AM
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41 to 26


Posted by: alameida | Link to this comment | 02-18-13 6:33 AM
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The guy's a prostitute with no knowledge of his subject or awareness that ignorance is a problem.


Posted by: LW | Link to this comment | 02-18-13 6:34 AM
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this is at least way less sad than the...christ, I was about to say chestnut, but fuck that, "evergreen stingray" of a story that cosmopolitan publishes every 3.5 years about an LA high-end, natural blonde prostitute who signs up for a tour of duty in some windswept, asslick of nowhere harem in saudi, maybe 30K--not nothing, but, where's the assurance you won't end up as a lampshade? the agency has him as a repeat customer blah whatever, anyway they can just purchase small children from afghanistan for lampshades never pull that kind of shit anyway, that's some bullshit from a book you read, seriously, let's put that aside so we can go on with life. so, 60 or 90 days, 95% of the time either packing on the pounds or getting in killer shape at the princeling's lavishly appointed tables or gym, respectively, and 5% of the time giving up the anal for aforesaid princeling and his guests, who are all about the natural blondes, and the anal. hand over heart, every 3.5 years. maybe they get 50K now but I sort of don't even think so.


Posted by: alameida | Link to this comment | 02-18-13 6:48 AM
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49: O RLY?


Posted by: alameida | Link to this comment | 02-18-13 6:48 AM
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50: Doesn't Nicola Six tell Keith Talent a tale like that in London Fields?


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 02-18-13 7:22 AM
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Man, I could not get through that fucking book. My brother gave it to me IIRC and I really, really tried since I appreciated the gesture.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 02-18-13 9:45 AM
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I don't know if it's still the case, but for quite a while US Cosmopolitan was much raunchier than the UK version and the Aussie version was even more so.


Posted by: emir | Link to this comment | 02-18-13 3:46 PM
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that is why for quite a long time prostitution was legal here in narnia, while cosmopolitan magazine was not. they let it in now, but with a big, satisfying sticker that says "UNSUITABLE FOR THE YOUNG."


Posted by: alameida | Link to this comment | 02-19-13 4:06 AM
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Excellent idea. All magazines should have such stickers. Nature? UNSUITABLE FOR THE STUPID. Just Seventeen? UNSUITABLE FOR THE ADULT. Fortune? UNSUITABLE FOR THE POOR. GQ? UNSUITABLE FOR THE STRAIGHT.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 02-19-13 4:13 AM
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al leaves unspecified what sort of big, satisfying stickers are attached to the Narnian hookers.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 02-19-13 4:16 AM
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56: GQ? UNSUITABLE FOR THE STRAIGHT.

UNSUITABLE FOR THE UNSUITABLE.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02-19-13 5:34 AM
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To the OP: The story reminded me of the episode of A Visit of the Goon Squad where the woman becomes an image consultant to an African(?) dictator.

The guy's a prostitute with no knowledge of his subject or awareness that ignorance is a problem.

Sure. The circumstances were a bit odd, but in essence he was functioning no differently than any PR/marketing flack anywhere ever.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02-19-13 7:32 AM
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59. But he's written about the fascinating gig as if he were a journalist-- he used to be one. He fantasizes about influencing events in a place he's never seen, under his real name. He apparently does not undestand that there could be a distinction between paid hype and responsible reporting.


Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 02-19-13 8:04 AM
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London Fields is a fucking stupid book, and the fact that it made Martin Amis a celebrated author proves that the human race doesn't deserve to survive. Many people were surprised after 9/11 that Amis turned out to be an idiot. What did you expect? He was the author of London Fields.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 02-19-13 8:36 AM
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Many people were surprised after 9/11 that Amis turned out to be an idiot.

I blame the parents, myself.


Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 02-19-13 8:38 AM
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Yes! I gave up on London Fields even though an ex g/friend was a big fan, and always thought Amis was a prick.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 02-19-13 8:39 AM
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59, 60: And he's a lousy prostitute. I would think that a large part of what you're taking the money for in a gig like that is preserving the illusion that the ostensible writer actually wrote whatever it is. As soon as the money stops coming in, he renegs? I wouldn't hire him for anything where I had to trust him at all.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 02-19-13 8:56 AM
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Oh, and the one piece of the story which is most interesting for an American audience, which is the identity and institutional affiliation of the US handlers who are apparently hoping to install another puppet on the shore of the Persian gulf, this piece he very carefully protects.

This crap gets circulated, while writing about Bahrain doesn't. A quashed democracy movement and the US naval base don't get mentioned together, why would anyone care about that. Grr.


Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 02-19-13 9:06 AM
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Oh, and the one piece of the story which is most interesting for an American audience, which is the identity and institutional affiliation of the US handlers who are apparently hoping to install another puppet on the shore of the Persian gulf, this piece he very carefully protects.

Well according to wikipedia:

Separate media reports attribute his removal from office to other factors, mainly that Sheikh Khalid was considered to be at odds with the political leadership of the UAE. Khalid's vocal hostility to the US intervention to depose Saddam Hussein's Ba'ath regime became a liability for the UAE. In 2003, he led a protest march of several hundred people through Ras-Al Khaimah that culminated with Khalid himself burning the American flag and allowed the local radio station to broadcast a consistently anti-US line.[13] This occurred at a time when the federal government guided by Sheikh Zayed in Abu Dhabi was strengthening cooperation with the US

so I am not sure why the US would want him back.


Posted by: James B. Shearer | Link to this comment | 02-19-13 5:20 PM
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So he's not all bad.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 02-19-13 6:16 PM
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58 is great.

Oh, and if you'd rather have a full-length memoir than a mere Cosmo article about the "I was a UMC white girl in a harem!" thing, here you go. (Southeast Asia rather than the middle-east, though.)


Posted by: x.trapnel | Link to this comment | 02-19-13 6:44 PM
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