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Monday, December 03, 2007
Earlier this year, Catholicgauze posted "The United Caliphates of Europe," which he had earlier presented at the yearly meeting of the Association of American Geographers in San Francisco.
For those who messed it, another lesson in the danger of importing Islamic microsotates is from in the International Herald Tribune's "France stunned by rioters’ savagery (hat-tip to Glenn):
In retrospect, it was not a good idea to have left his pistol at home. Called to the scene of a traffic accident in the Paris suburbs last Sunday, Jean-François Illy, a regional police chief, came face to face with a mob of immigrant youths armed with baseball bats, iron bars and shotguns.
What happened next has sickened the nation. As Illy tried to reassure the gang that there would be an investigation into the deaths of two teenagers whose motorbike had just collided with a police car, he heard a voice shouting: “Somebody must pay for this. Some pigs must die tonight!”
The 43-year-old commissaire realised it was time to leave, but that was not possible: they set his car ablaze. He stood as the mob closed in on him, parrying the first few baseball bat blows with his arms. An iron bar in the face knocked him down.
“I tried to roll myself into a ball on the ground,” said Illy from his hospital bed. He was breathing with difficulty because several of his ribs had been broken and one had punctured his lung.
His bruised and bloodied face signalled a worrying new level of barbarity in the mainly Muslim banlieues, where organised gangs of rioters used guns against police in a two-day rampage of looting and burning last week.
As the European Union follows the United States in adding members to increase its labor and land, Brussells must be careful to minimize its exposure to whatever is wrong in Islamic cultures. The West Balkans and Ukraine are logical next steps for integration. Contra Secretary Miliband (hat-tip to Tom), integration of Muslim countries, such as Turkey, or states that may be Islamic by the end of the century, such as Russia, should be delayed for the time being. (Economic and business ties, of course, can expand and their natural rate.)
Monday, July 02, 2007
No one should be surprised that several of the (latest) British terrorists are highly educated Muslims. Two years ago, a respected special ed teacher was one of the 7-7 bombers.
While we disagree with Osama bin Laden's goal of "civilizational apartheid," it nonetheless may be wise to minimize the globe's commerce with the Arab world while pushing as much humiliating feedback to her as possible.
"Modern Islam is Radical Islam," indeed. This is the fault of a deeply sick Arab world that we must do our best to transform into something human.
Sunday, July 01, 2007
No central thread to today's links, other than that they touch on topics previously discussed.
- Hamas stages a false-flag operation against Mickey Mouse on children's television (hat-tip to Drudge Report). Still, Islam is the answer.
- The Metropolis Times join Econolog, gnxp, PurpleSlog, Unqualified Reservations, and myself in discussing New Atheism as a form of Mainline Protestantism.
- ZenPundit links to Scientific American articles on punishment and economic irrationality. I've studied the same things with lower-tech tools and reported the results on this blog, twice (see "The Wary Guerrilla" and "The Wary Student").
- Lastly, my perl net:ftp upload problems go away when I try under another ISP, meaning that Lincoln's Time Warner (which is already in hot-water for bad service) is the problem.
That's all for now!
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Earlier, in "The Wary Guerrilla, I looked at the phenomonon on the individual level:
Stay tuned to tdaxp for an expanded version of "The Wary Student," which will follow up previous research by looking at classroom settings. Or even check out the attack on Mike Daisey for another example of this sort of intolerance.
Monday, April 09, 2007
Slashdot links the Guardian's summary of what the UK Ministery of Defense fears the world may look like in 30 years. Some thoughts below:
Actually, this would be a revolutionary petite bourgeious...
"The middle classes could become a revolutionary class, taking the role envisaged for the proletariat by Marx," says the report. The thesis is based on a growing gap between the middle classes and the super-rich on one hand and an urban under-class threatening social order: "The world's middle classes might unite, using access to knowledge, resources and skills to shape transnational processes in their own class interest". Marxism could also be revived, it says, because of global inequality. An increased trend towards moral relativism and pragmatic values will encourage people to seek the "sanctuary provided by more rigid belief systems, including religious orthodoxy and doctrinaire political ideologies, such as popularism and Marxism".
Resentment among young people in the face of unrepresentative regimes "will find outlets in political militancy, including radical political Islam whose concept of Umma, the global Islamic community, and resistance to capitalism may lie uneasily in an international system based on nation-states and global market forces", the report warns. The effects of such resentment will be expressed through the migration of youth populations and global communications, encouraging contacts between diaspora communities and their countries of origin.
... is perhaps optimistic. Of greater concern to Europe are European Islamic No-Go Zones.
Nice bit about China though:
Tension between the Islamic world and the west will remain, and may increasingly be targeted at China "whose new-found materialism, economic vibrancy, and institutionalised atheism, will be an anathema to orthodox Islam".
The world would be very different in 9/11 had been directed against Shanghai and Beijing. Perhaps, as China connects with more and more New Core powers and threatens Islamic ruleset absolutism, that day may still come.
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
tdaxp note: my great appreciation to Catholic Exchange, CNN, My Way, and you-know-who for making this news report possible
The leader of the world's largest Christian organization has joined other world leaders in conemending violence over the publication of statuesque caricatures of Jesus Christ.
Benedict XVI, head of the Roman Catholic Church, joined with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Condoleeza Rice, the U.S. Secretary of State, in calling for calm, saying they were "deeply alarmed at the repercussions" the statue has caused.
"We call on the authorities of all countries to protect all diplomatic premises and foreign citizens against unlawful attack," read the statement released by the three world leaders.
The violence that has swept across parts of the world has come mainly in response to the publication -- mainly in American newspapers -- of a caricature of Jesus Christ, something considered offensive under Christian faith.
Across much of the Christian world on Wednesday, political leaders urged calm over the dispute.
In Paraguay, that nation's top Catholic bishop called for an end to riots against the statue, as police shot dead two protesters to sto hundreds of them from marching on a U.S. military base near Asunción, the Associate Press reported. At least 10 people were wounded, the AP reported, quoting officials.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
"Nobody ever got fired for buying Big Blue."
For years IBM's strength rested on vendor-lock in and vendor-compatibility. A company that wished to buy electronic computer equipment had one choice, Big Blue, which offered complete systems that were entirely under the control of IBM. IBM keyboards communicated in IBM EBCDIC to IBM terminals, connected through IBM wires to IBM mainframes, IBM harddrives, IBM tape backups, and IBM power supplies. The complete solution set took the world by storm, offering One Ruleset (Buy IBM) which entailed numerous sub-products. The system worked.
In the same way, the One Ruleset of the Koran swept aside the old Roman world, tearing up the Orthodox and Arian peoples it subjugated, rolling back much of the Christian 4GW revolution. Islam did this almost as an afterthought, as it also spread into formerly Zoroastrian, Hindu, Buddhist, and Animist countries. No one ever got fired for buying Big Blue, and no one ever got beheaded for embracing Islam.
But IBM met Microsoft.
And Islam met Catholocism.
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
My friends, the charade is over. For years I have been furitively poisoning easter wells, using the blood of gentile children for matzo balls, and of course smuggling aphrodisiac chewing gum to Egyptian teenagers. I have been able to do this because your foolish governments have not required me to wear a yellow star, thus allowing me to deceive good Muslims and Christians into believing I am not a Jew. I know my actions are evil and wrong, but they are the ways of my ancestors, the pigs and the dogs.
What is disturbing about LNM's comment, I also find it particularly disturbing for someone who is Jewish, and anti-Arab and anti-Muslim, to falsify his identity in order to defame others., is not that it is (apparently) Islamic hate-speech. I've been threatened with harm and condemned to Hell by Muslims on this blog before. Rather, it is that the comment combines serious criticism with paranoid ravings. Education and westernization no more detracts from Arab anti-Semitism than it detracted from German anti-Semitism.
When we face fanatics and anti-Semites, we are not dealing with back-water hicks. Rather, we struggle against modern ideologues who hold modern ideologies. This has implications for the long war against terrorism. Appeasing our enemies, avoiding outrages and allowing them to modernize on a steady tract, may not be a wise thing. The problem with the Arab world (and those it influences) is not that it is modernizing too slowly, it is it is modernizing in the wrong way.