Steven Colbert Discovers the Truth About Egyptian Shark Attacks

December 12, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

Last week we covered that authorities in Egypt placed the blame for recent Red Sea shark attacks on the Jews. We’re am not talking about the lawyer kind of shark either. An Egyptian official has claimed that a shark that killed one person and left four others injured in Egypt could have been placed there by agents from Mossad, the Israeli spy agency.  Steven Colbert explains it all to you below (if you cannot see video below click here):

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December 11, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

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The Israeli Shark Attack On Egypt: Explained!

December 7, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

Egypt claims that Israel may be behind a deadly shark attack:

An Egyptian official believes that Israel’s intelligence agency might be behind the fatal shark attack of a German tourist in Sinai over the weekend, the Jerusalem Post reports.

“What is being said about the Mossad throwing the deadly shark (in the sea) to hit tourism in Egypt is not out of the question, but it needs time to confirm,” South Sinai Gov. Muhammad Abdel Fadil Shousha told egynews.net.

But if you think about it, the Arab assumption that Israel is behind the attack is to be expected.

After all, the Arabs have an ongoing case of anti-Semitic selachophobia:

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Egypt’s shark week: Mossad to blame?

December 7, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

Five
tourists have been attacked by sharks (with one killed) over the past week in
the waters off Egypt’s Red Sea coast, a vacation area especially popular with snorkelers
and scuba divers. And nobody knows what to do.

Despite the
frequent depiction of the
cartilaginous fish as terrifying man eaters, these kinds of attacks are
actually very rare. The Egyptian government has brought in experts from
around the world to help solve the shark crisis. So far no one has arrived at a
definitive conclusion, but possible explanations include over fishing in the
Red Sea, an excess of resorts along the coast, and the effects of climate
change
.

There’s
another theory floating around, though: Israel’s infamous intelligence agency
is behind the attacks. Ahram Online reports (and refutes):

Speaking on
the public TV program "Egypt Today" yesterday, a specialist
introduced as "Captain Mustafa Ismael, a famous diver in Sharm El
Sheikh," said that the sharks involved in the attack are ocean sharks and
do not live in Egypt’s waters.

When asked
by the anchor how the shark entered Sharm El Sheikh waters, he burst out,
"no, who let them in."

Urged to
elaborate, Ismael said that he recently got a call from an Israeli diver in
Eilat telling him that they captured a small shark with a GPS planted in its
back, implying that the sharks were monitored to attack in Egypt’s waters only.

"Why would these
sharks travel 4000 km and not have any accidents until it entered Sinai?"
said Ismael.

Earlier
today, General Abdel Fadeel Shosha, the governor of South Sinai, backed
Ismael’s theory. In a phone call to the TV program, he said that it is possible
that Israeli intelligence, Mossad, is behind the incident and that they are
doing it to undermine the Egyptian tourism industry. He added that Egypt needs
time to investigate the theory.

The shark attacks
have the potential to do some real damage to Egypt, where tourism is pillar of
the economy and an important provider of jobs. But the idea that Israel (which
is currently dealing with its own Nature Channel-worthy crisis) is
behind the attacks is pretty farfetched.

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The Mossad Shark Plot: Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back in the Water…

December 6, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

This is just too much.   Next in the news?  Israel is cloning dinosaurs to destroy Iran’s nuclear program!

“Shark attacks on tourists in the Red Sea have triggered a flurry of speculation as to what could have caused them, with suggestions ranging from overfishing to an Israeli plot to harm Egyptian tourism.

The body of a 70-year-old German woman washed up on the shore at Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh on the Red Sea after an attack on Sunday. Officials said the shark had taken a chunk out of her right thigh and bitten through her right elbow.

Egypt had just lifted a ban on swimming in parts of the area imposed after three Russians and a Ukrainian were injured in shark attacks last week.

The government has invited international experts to help locate the killer shark but officials were at loss as to what could have caused its behavior.

‘There is not one reason that will be ignored. We are seeking any reason that causes a change in shark behavior,’ Ahmed el-Edkawi, assistant secretary for the South Sinai region, told Reuters.

Some said sharks had been drawn to shallow waters after cattle being shipped in for last month’s Islamic feast of the sacrifice, or Eid al-Adha, had died and were thrown overboard.

Others suggested it could have been part of a secret plot by Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency.

‘What is being said about the Mossad throwing the deadly shark (in the sea) to hit tourism in Egypt is not out of the question, but it needs time to confirm,’ South Sinai Governor Mohamed Abdel Fadil Shousha was quoted as saying by state news site egynews.net.”

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Has Bernanke ‘Jumped the Shark?’

November 9, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

QE2 comes under fire from an unlikely source.
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Has Mad Men Jumped the Shark?

October 20, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

John Swansburg, dialoging with Michael Agger and Julia Turner over at Slate, offers this amusing theory on a scene from Sunday’s season four finale of Mad Men. It contains an incredibly mild spoiler that shouldn’t detract from your viewing of the episode if you haven’t yet seen it:

Bobby and Sally already have their bathing suits on under their clothes, and prepare to jump in the pool. “I’m going to be a shark!” Bobby declares. The children and Megan try to persuade Don to join them for a dip, but he refuses, claiming he’s too beat. Instead, he retreats to his hotel room, where he briefly indulges in one of his signature brooding sessions. But before we know it, he’s back at the pool and in his trunks. “Hey, can I throw some herring to you two?” he says, then leaps in.

Rob’s impression, formed after a single viewing, was that Don had jumped over Bobby, who at the time was pretending to be a shark. Don jumped the shark! Could it be that the writers of the show were making a very subtle joke? Acknowledging the firestorm that would greet Don’s swoon for Megan as well as the difficulty of keeping a series exciting—but not absurd or unbelievable—through four long seasons? I forwarded Rob’s e-mail to Julia, who took the theory a step further: If the writers were acknowledging this challenge, might they also be suggesting that they are more than up to it? Julia noted that after plunging into the water, Don proceeds to pick up his son and chuck him through the air. The shark has jumped Don! The Mad Men writers haven’t jumped the shark. The shark is their plaything. They own the shark. They can make the shark do whatever they please.

Even Swansburg admits this is a stretch, but it’s an amusing conjecture.




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Colbert jumps the shark?

September 30, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

At least on Capitol Hill.


Comedian Stephen Colbert didn’t take Rep. John Conyers’ advice and leave his hearing on immigration reform before making a mockery of it and embarrassing Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and the other Democrats on the subcommittee.  Instead, lawmakers are taking Conyers’ advice and simply not showing up on Colbert’s show at all.  After years of being the [...]

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‘Happy Days’ Didn’t Jump The Shark After Fonzie Jumped The Shark

September 4, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Fred Fox, Jr. takes to the LAT to confess that he wrote the infamous “Fonzie Jumps The Shark” episode of Happy Days.  And note that, despite what some guys sitting around a dorm room ten years later — and now everybody with Internet access — happen to think, it wasn’t a defining moment for the show.

“Happy Days” was finishing the 1976-77 season as the most popular series on television, an accomplishment we were all proud of. That year had begun with a highly rated three-part story in which Fonzie ( Henry Winkler) rekindled the flame of a former love, Pinky Tuscadero. Because of this success, ABC and Paramount wanted us to open the next season, our fifth, with another three-part story.

After discussing different scenarios, we decided to take the “Happy Days” gang to Hollywood, with Fonzie invited for a screen test. One of the plot lines would be Fonzie clashing with “The California Kid,” a cocky local beach boy. Since Henry water skied in real life, it was suggested the characters race and then, as a tiebreaker, have to jump a shark in a netted area in the ocean.

Now, whose idea was it for Fonzie to jump the shark? Amazingly, I can’t remember — which is frustrating, as I can usually watch a “Happy Days” episode from any season, hear a joke and recall who wrote it. My friend Brian Levant, then a talented new member of the writing staff, believes that Garry Marshall, the show’s co-creator and executive producer, and Bob Brunner, the show runner at the time, made the suggestion. But what I definitely remember is that no one protested vehemently; not one of us said, “Fonzie, jump a shark? Are you out of your mind?”

[...]

There were no objections from the cast, the studio or the network concerning “Hollywood 3,” as it came to be titled. It aired Sept. 20, 1977, and was a huge hit, ranking No. 3 for the week with a 50-plus share (unheard of today) and an audience of more than 30 million viewers.

[...]

All successful shows eventually start to decline, but this was not “Happy Days’” time. Consider: It was the 91st episode and the fifth season. If this was really the beginning of a downward spiral, why did the show stay on the air for six more seasons and shoot an additional 164 episodes? Why did we rank among the Top 25 in five of those six seasons?

[...]

Fortunately, my career didn’t jump the shark after “jump the shark.” When “Happy Days” ended, I went directly to the ABC Paramount hit show “Webster” and, after that, wrote and produced, among others, “It’s Your Move,” “He’s the Mayor, “The New Leave It to Beaver” and “Family Matters.” In 1987, Brian Levant and I created the action comedy which won an International Emmy.

Having characters go off to California or Hawaii for a multi-episode adventure was a staple of television sitcoms from the 1950s through the 1980s; I can’t recall it happening much since.  It was, presumably, a way to bring some life into a show that had been around for a number of years filming on the same set.

Frankly, I can’t think of a show offhand that lasted more than four or five seasons that didn’t go into a decline.   After awhile, people are tuning in to keep up with the characters they’ve come to care about over the years rather than because the show is particularly entertaining.

Certainly, “Happy Days” was pretty weak in its declining years.   It went from being a show about high school kids making the awkward adjustment into adulthood with the help of loving parents and a tough but decent biker friend to a series of gags involving a guy in a leather jacket who could make various appliances do things they weren’t supposed to through the power of “cool.”    But they managed to hang on for eleven seasons, almost all at the top of the ratings.

via Ken Levine




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