18 Ekim 2017 Çarşamba

Ministry Confuses Abraham's Tale by 1,000 Years

türkçe links to original Turkish article

(Milliyet Newspaper, 18 October 2017)

nemrut dağı ile ilgili görsel sonucu
There's no 'sunset clause' in history books.

Since the beginning of the school year many school books have been
gathered up or pages destroyed because of mistakes.  In the 6th grade
book about the Kuran prepared by the National Education Ministry
(MEB) for middle schools and 'imam hatip' (religious) schools one
particular mistake has generated discussion.

king nemrut & abraham the rest of the story...

In the book the MEB confused King Nemrut with the King of
Kommagene, with regard to during which king's reign Abraham
was thrown into the fire.  The book explains that Abraham lived in
2100 B.C. but the image used in connection with Abraham shows
the statues of Nemrut Dağı that were built by the Kommagene
Kingdom 1,000 years later (!). 

kommagene (commagene) kingdom what's 1.000 years...?

In 1987 UNESCO the statues were placed on the World Heritage
List and declared to be the 8th wonder of the world.  The MEB,
though, characterized the statues for students as "idols" and a
"center for disbelief, immorality, ugliness and idolatry".  On the
page where the MEB explains that Abraham destroyed the idols
there are pictures of a 'Zeus-Oromasdes' statue, an eagle-headed
status and giant statues in a row atop a piece of wood that is 10
meters high.

nemrut dağı haritası ile ilgili görsel sonucu

Internet Dating Dangerous in Adıyaman

türkçe links to original Turkish article

(HaberTürk Newspaper, 18 October 2017)

missed advice if only Mehmet had listened to Adıyaman's Mustafa 

Cinsel ilişki hevesiyle buluştuğu kadın tufaya düşürdü
Would-be Romeo this time on, instead of below, the balcony.

In Adıyaman, yesterday morning Mehmet U. (42) went to an address
in the Altınşehir neighborhood where he had agreed to meet a woman
he met on the internet.  After exchanging pleasantries, the woman
went to the kitchen, grabbed a knife and held it to Mehmet's throat,
thereby relieving him of his cellphone, ring and bracelet (!).

The woman also took all of Mehmet's clothes and locked the door
behind her as she left.  Stranded and naked, Mehmet went to the balcony
wrapped in a blanket to beseech neighbors for help.  Police were called
and a locksmith opened the apartment door.  Mehmet's clothes were
found at the building's entrance and police began looking for the woman.

adıyaman haritası ile ilgili görsel sonucu

17 Ekim 2017 Salı

Hospital Accountant's Drip by Drip Embezzlement

türkçe links to original Turkish article

(HaberTürk Newspaper, 17 October 2017)

2 milyonluk vurguna tazminat davası yusuf keleş ile ilgili görsel sonucu
Scene of the crime, left, and diabolical accountant Keleş.

The salaries of personnel at the Metin Sabancı Baltalimanı Bones
Hospital  were showing small reductions and a scandal years in the
making erupted.  The Ministry of Health decided to look into the
matter and inspector Şahin Savaş found that between 2003 and
2010 accountant Yusuf Keleş had finagled the books to embezzle
1.9 million TL  (about $600,000).

Keleş had siphoned off small amounts from payments made to
the hospital personnel, amounting to a 1.3 million TL loss for those
individuals and a 600,000 loss to the Treasury.  Keleş sent the money
to the accounts of himself and 19 others but did not send the payroll
registry electronically to the bank, instead sending information to
the bank by email.

Keleş is now a defendent in multiple court cases filed by both the
victimized hospital personnel and the government.  Four of Keleş's
supervisors are also been held accountable for not keeping track
of Keleş's activities.  The Health Ministry had demanded all the
money back, with interest (!).

embezzlement cartoons ile ilgili görsel sonucu

                Keleş, at the beginning...

'Bizzaro' Weinstein

türkçe links to original Turkish article

(Milliyet Newspaper, 17 October 2017)

Rektörden tepki çeken  ‘haram’ paylaşımı
Sort of Weinstein' mirror image. Nevertheless, the resemblance...

The Dean of Adıyaman University, Prof. Dr. Mustafa Talha Gönüllü,
has posted a message on social media referring to certain books and
'hadis' (words or actions attributed to the Prophet Muhammed) as
examples that justify the belief that a man and woman who are not
married should not shake hands or be left alone.

In his post Dr. Gönüllü says that "it is improper for a man and a woman
who are not married to touch each other or be alone together.  And since
looking at a woman one is not married to is forbidden then, of course,
touching them or being alone with them is prohibited.  The Holy
Prophet intimated that holding the hand of a foreign woman is more
terrible than touching fire.  He signaled that one who does so will grasp
the fire of Hell."

                                     ...is uncanny.

(Predictably), Gönüllü's post drew strong reactions on social media,
which prompted him to post this: "situations that occur in hidden places
and, in fact, sometimes in public areas make one worry about the future
of our community.  The 'ayets' (verses of the Koran) and 'hadis' are
applicable throughout the universe.  It is the duty of every Moslem
wherever they are to share these 'ayets' and 'hadis'.  If the ones you know
are limited then have others who know more examples share them.  We
know that anyone who opposes this is anti-Moslem."

 adıyaman haritası ile ilgili görsel sonucu

16 Ekim 2017 Pazartesi

No-Gun Weddings; Akido-Savvy Caregivers

türkçe links to original Turkish article

(Milliyet Newspaper, 16 October 2017)

Mermi parası öğrencilere  kalem ve silgi olacak
Osmaniye's NRA chapter must be asleep at the switch.

In Osmaniye, a campaign has begun against the firing of guns at weddings,
which kills or wounds many innocent people.  The village chiefs leading
the campaign stated that "firing weapons at weddings ruins the joyous
atmosphere.  Instead of buying bullets, spend the money on children's

In this regard, at the wedding of Emine and Mikail Canbolat in the
Şekerdere neighborhood posters were raised with the following messages:
"This wedding is safe because no guns have been fired!", "Say 'no' to guns,
no bullets in the sky!" and "No to love of guns!"  The Gendarmerie and
the village chiefs handed out stationary items for school to about 100
children.  The items were purchased with the money that would otherwise
have been spent on bullets.

Ali Kama, a village chief living 15 kilometers from the city center, said
that "we don't want to see anyone hurt by bullets fired by a reckless
person.  We hope that what we're doing here will spread across the
nation."  (ed. comment: figure the odds.)

osmaniye türkiye haritası ile ilgili görsel sonucu


türkçe links to original Turkish article

(Milliyet Newspaper, 16 October 2017)

Aile Hekimliği Derneğinden doktorlara aikido dersi
"Ouch!"..."Just take two aspirins and call me in the morning."

Because of the recent rise in violence against doctors (!) across the
country, doctors in Bursa have begun learning aikido to protect
themselves.  Male and female doctors of the 500-member Bursa
Family Doctors Association have been taking aikido lessons twice
a week for two hours for the past three months.

Association President Ali Torun explained that "violence against
health professionals who provide health services to our citizens
cannnot be tolerated.  The state has to take effective measures
in this regard because it's clear that the measures taken so far are
just eyewash.  That's why we're having our members take aikido
lessons to defend themselves."

bursa haritası ile ilgili görsel sonucu

Don't You Know Who I Am!?

//ed. note: internet version unavailable.//

(HaberTürk Newspaper, 16 October 2017)

ayşegül aldinç ile ilgili görsel sonucu
             I'm important and you're not.

In Etiler, Istanbul, Samet S. (28) works as a salesperson at a glassware
shop in a shopping center.  Samet parked his motorcycle in the shopping
center's parking lot but when he left work he found his motorcyle
overturned and damaged.  Video images showed that the person who
had hit Samet's motorcycle was singer Ayşegül Aldinç. 

Aldinç reluctantly came to the police station with her mother and
scolded Samet, saying "Have you done your military service?! We had
to come all the way down here because of you! Aren't you ashamed of
stealing our time like this?!"  Aldinç's mother added "I pray and every
day I'll call a curse down upon you!"

Claiming that he had not been compensated for the damage to his bike
and that he had been humiliated by Aldinç and her mother, Samet filed
a suit against them asking for 500 TL in psychological damages and
830 TL in physical damages.  Samet stated that he had been humiliated
by the singer's attitude and words, making him feel that he was a
worthless person, undeserving of attention.

don't you know who I am? ile ilgili görsel sonucu
From Ayşegül's latest fashion line.

15 Ekim 2017 Pazar

Ancient Olive Trees Transplanted, Thriving

türkçe links to original Turkish article

(Hürriyet Newspaper, 15 October 2017)

Bin Yıllık Zeytin Ağacını Söküp, 'İnşallah Tutar' Diyerek Antalya’ya Diktiler
       I think that I shall never see 
          A poem lovely as a tree.

Two olive trees, 800 and 1,200 years old (!), respectively, were
transported from Akhisar district of Manisa province two years ago to
the Vakıf Zeytinliği (VZ/Olive Tree Trust) in Antalya.  The trees were
removed from a field in Akhisar to make way for the Istanbul-Izmir
highway now under construction. 

Both trees are thriving in their new home and 5 kilograms of olives
were harvested from each tree this year.  The trees were moved at
the initiative of the  Antalya Ticaret Borsası (Antalya Commerce
Market/ATB) and VZ's Vahdet Narin noted that the trees had thus
been saved from the wood pile, adding that "touching a 1,200 year-
old tree gives a person a special joy." 

olives ile ilgili görsel sonucu
             1,000 year-old olives.