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Monday, October 05, 2015

Texas cops

Tulia. Houston; Waco.

A little helpful note to the state's finest: the real world ain't that scene in The Dark Knight.

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American Apparel


As background: American Apparel had a record of cutting costs by, yes, hiring non-Americans. They fired those workers not because they wanted to, but because their discriminatory anti-American practices were just that egregious.

It's of interest that they went for Trump this year. One possibility: that they wanted to impose the same laws that bit them, upon the American garment industry as a whole. That's how corporations roll - self-interest.

Still: if that is the case, then at least this time they were calling for equal-protection. I take their recent endorsement as a sincere apology. For my part I am sorry they are no longer with us.

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Seventy percent? Really?

I have met two people with this inner-ear / vestibular condition, or with something like this, in my forty years on this planet. (I mean, besides fall-down drunks.) I do not wish vestibular vertigo upon anyone. But I'm not seeing that it affects seventy-percent. Seven-percent seems too high.

I am smelling one of those conflict-of-interest thingies again. A horrible disease exists; the sufferers and their friends want Something To Be Done; numbers get inflated and, now, unfortunately, people like me have to call shenanigans on those numbers. (And now we look like assholes because we've raised the flag. Well, fine; I'm an asshole. My point stands.)

Please, please, please, DO help those suffering from this condition where they suffer. Please do donate to charities with a proven record of offering such help. But please do not support anyone who lets slip a crap statistic like this. They have an ulterior motive; they're on the take.

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Dallas has a problem

- a mental problem. Susan Hawk has taken "me-time" off duty to the tune of months.

I can understand a case of Teh Sadz. I can understand some random person not wanting this stuff out there. But... if you are the District Attorney for a large city, or in Dallas's case a third of a metroplex... then you have this thing called "responsibility".

We all need to match our abilities to our ambitions, and to plan our careers accordingly. If you don't, then you have erred. If you persist, you are a fool.

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Carly Fiorina as a war president

Carly Fiorina is a mediaeval historian, by training. She argues that this gives her insight into Baghdadi's mind.

If that were the Presidency's primary function at this time, that argument could work. I hope that we won't, next year, be placed into such a position, that the Presidency require this as its primary function. If my prayers come true: then I still have hope Fiorina will be useful in an advisory role - like Condoleeza Rice, Russian scholar, a decade ago. If they don't... well, we're screwed anyway.

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Sunday, October 04, 2015

How to ban a noxious religion

Lawrence Auster once singled out Islam as incompatible with the American way, which it is; and proposed to exclude Islam by name from Constitutional protection. I never did accept this notion as stated, but I hadn't quite gotten to expressing that explicitly (which is mine own fault). So, here we go:

To single out a group for whatever reason is a collective writ of attainder. The Constitution has a ban on attainder, at least for citizens. If we are to have civil-rights at all, that ban is the best in the Western world. It should be a "Forever Clause", like certain parts of the Constitution of Honduras. Therefore, when we get to that other ban on the "religious test for office", I would stick this one asterisk onto it: exclude any candidate for Federal office who supports attainder.

This incidentally also means the Feds won't be able to discriminate on racial grounds. Including outcome-based "affirmative action". There's something for everyone to dislike here! But anyway.

I suggest to whoever it may concern, Herman Cain or Dr Carson or freakin' Stacey Dash or whoever runs next time - that the GOP propose an Amendment based on Auster's proposal but abstracted out. I could give it a shot: religions with a casuistic law-code do not count for the purpose of this Constitution. So a religion would be allowed apodictic statements like "thou shalt not commit adultery" but not "give adulterers 100 lashes". Its priests can say "let us ban abortion" (or "we should spend more on womens' health"), but not "sentence abortionists to five years of labour" (or "impose a 5% tax on gentlemens' clubs").

If we're serious about Constitutional government, and preserving it, that's what has to happen: a forever-clause stamp on "no attainder", and the lifting of protection from religions that happen to look a lot like Islam. (Neo-reactionaries of course won't care. But this post isn't for them.)

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Is Ben Carson fair game?

I am not a Constitutional lawyer, but there's an interesting argument between the Holy Land Foundation CAIR and candidate Ben Carson.

As Hamas CAIR pointed out, Ben Carson has his own personal religious test for office. The Constitution bans such tests, but cannot ban an official from making his own hiring decisions that, oops, don't seem to include people of religion "I". This blog hath hosted this very discussion before, last time a black guy ran for the Republican nomination.

The problem with Islam (here) is that the Qur'an singles out a few religions itself. Moreover a practicing Muslim must support the religious test for office. In Sunnism (CAIR is Sunni) only the caliph may command the Believers in offensive war, and it should be exceptionally rare that a non-Muslim may hold a superior position.

Islamist chutzpah aside, CAIR is currently 501c3 which means tax-exempt. They shouldn't be pronouncing on Presidential candidates. They can point out where a candidate is violating the Constitution or other laws. Except... in this case, Carson didn't do that, and hasn't (yet) proposed to. Same as with Cain before him.

In the meantime, the Muslim Brotherhood CAIR's members should consider themselves lucky they are all not deported to Egypt, as they richly deserve.

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Saturday, October 03, 2015

Upload #117 - an Arabic qur'an

Last weekend I went down to the library and found Mustansir Mir's 1989 classic on Arabic idiom in the Qur'an. That got me thinking about Ahmad al-Jallad's new glossary and grammar of Safaitic: which language he says is Arabic, and which has its own idiomatic turns of phrase. Why not compare one set with the other?

So, new project: "Arabic Influence on the Style of the Koran". I haven't yet used any of this in the mainstream of my projects. But it can, at least, serve as an apologion (if that's a word) for why I'd cited al-Jallad in those projects.

I've additionally taken some changes to "Basmala". Also fixed up: "Against Jihad", "Iconoclast".


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Thursday, October 01, 2015

What non-Hindus are up against in India

A mob of a hundred Hindus surrounded a Muslim, and beat him to death - for, um, eating a steak.

Hindus got "ahimsa" like Christians got the Prince of Peace. Neither religions' professions of nonviolence mean anything in practice. These concepts are for insiders only. If someone near to the community has not joined the community, their life is at a knife-edge.

(Note that in Hinduism "ahimsa" is even deader as a letter, given that Hindus also got a warrior caste.)

Anyway, that's human-nature for you: all Yahoos, all chimpanzees after a trip to the barber.

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

English and Spanish are still likely to win

Okay, this article is stupid. The raw data are good, but the conclusion is rubbish.

Comparing English, which is a single Germanic language, to all the Chinese "dialects" is stupid. The Chinese "dialects" stem from early-mediaeval Chinese or even before that. They are not dialects; they are languages.

It is even more retarded to compare English speakers to "Arabic" speakers. Nobody speaks classical Arabic; it's debatable whether anyone ever did. What we have instead is a proliferation of Arabic-origin languages, with "modern Standard" Arabic forming a sort of pidgin classical overlay; like Latin for early-modern European scholars and Catholics.

Based on demographics, I don't see Mandarin Chinese expanding beyond where Mandarin Chinese is already spoken. I'm also not seeing the Prakrit languages expanding outside India. Classical Arabic might make a comeback as a mother-tongue, if the caliphate expands through to Egypt and North Africa and East Africa - but that's a long shot.

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Google want in on this

Google is keen on ending injustice, in concert with the United Nations. What's the UN definition of injustice? To hear WaPo talk about it, it includes saying stuff the UN disagrees with.

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

If you want protection, pay up

Britain: if they went ahead with their plans to display it, they would have to pay £36,000 for security for the six-day show.

But but but I thought the cops were there to protect everybody, regardless of ability to pay! - said nobody.

Anyway, do please explain to me how this "security" racket differs from jizya. And don't say "because the monies don't go to Islam". If it's a state demand for more funds then those funds go straight to the state; if to private security then they go to taxes (and likely "off duty" fuzz). Either way the revenue benefits Choudary.

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Upload #116 - in the name

Recently I've been made aware of old Orientalist controversies around Q. 17:1. That sent me to re-reading the Noeldeke-commenced Geschichte. You know, that textbook that took at least five Krauts nearly a century to finish... Anyway, as you might know, I immediately thought that Q. 17:1 might be a basmala - not a verse.

In my other projects I noticed that "Blast", "Women", and "TSM" had separate discussions on early basmala. Further findings bled into the two books. It wasn't easy to keep track of what I'd said and where. My problem then was that I wasn't able to make a publon of it. Now, thanks to Noeldeke, I think I can.

So: new PDF, "The Furthest Basmala". Those aforementioned essays now point thither.

As luck would have it, Noeldeke revealed to me a whole new sura! Well, a couplet of a sura anyway - whose second verse is identical to Q. 32:17. So that meant a near-rewrite of "Qudsi".

Also fixed up: "Jihad", "Smoke", "Ethics", "Dispute", "Focus", "Spenders", "Interceding".


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Friday, September 25, 2015

The State lashes out

Misprison - this is a word we will all have to learn, those of us who still think we have a Fifth Amendment in this country:

Agents picked up Joseph “Joey” Meek Jr., 21, of Red Bank, while he was at work Thursday afternoon, his girlfriend, Lindsey Fry, told The State newspaper shortly afterward. Meek called her on his cell phone as it was happening, Fry said. “He just said, ‘They want to talk to me, but I think I’m going to jail,’” she said.

Do. Not. Ever. Cooperate. With. The. Police. Unless. You. Have. A. Lawyer. The police are paid agents of a government, and that government is run by politicians, and the politicians are beholden to voters, and the voters are ignorant and emotional and stupid. Also, selfish and evil. And (depending on location) members of a hostile tribe to boot. The tribe wants more blood - it always does - and the local cops don't like looking like they failed to protect the initial victims (there wasn't much they COULD do but hey). Meanwhile, there's you - a schmuck barely out of your teens, and caught up in this mess already. Think you can outlawyer an entire city and its lawyers, by yourself?

No. You can't. So don't.

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The view from Avignon

Bergoglio marches on.

We have a name to attach to the raising of this heathen to the Vatican: Cardinal Danneels. Meanwhile Ace had suggested that we should actually listen to the Pope's words; some Christians in the thread didn't want to hear it.

I'll go one further: if you remain loyal to this pope and to the cardinals who put him there, then you are not a Catholic. It's not going to get any better from here on out. It will get worse.

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Clockboy's family plays the game

When Clockboy's story started to fall apart, I saw parallels with "Zoe Quinn" Van Valkenburg. I predicted that the next stage would be for the Clockboy family to cry harassment. ("Death threats on Twitter", would be the formulation.)

I am a prophet. There should be a sura named after me.

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Free speech online

Roger Pearse gives up:

Increasingly I see a trend whereby the powerful deny free speech to their political opponents. I see companies being advised to Google for job candidates, in case they are “unsafe”. Those who still dare to protest are almost all of one political complexion, and that not the one in power. To protest is increasingly presented, cynically, as a party statement.

Do please read the rest.

Do I think he's right? Well... today I got this latest arrogance from Google: The UN's Global Goals to end poverty, climate change, and injustice. Learn more. Soak in the ambience. Understand that they aren't saying positive things; I do not hear of opportunity and justice (leave alone climate). They are talking about ending, ending, ending what is evil, evil, evil.

By ending "poverty" the UN and Google intend attacking independent corporations; by ending "climate change" they intend cutting your power, and by ending "injustice" they intend, basically, ending you. And if you disagree with the UN and Google then you're un-learned.

This isn't the world we were promised, but it's the only world we're allowed to live in.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Proposal for private charities

Employees of the government are mamluks, not employees as we civilians understand them. Whatever they get is given them by a vast armed gang. Their customers aren't us civilians; their customers are the party in power.

Meanwhile charities compete against other charities just like businesses compete against other businesses: some might be more deserving than others, depending on the donor's preference. In general, State-directed funds that go to a service that private actors can provide, crowd out individuals' funds that could otherwise go to those private actors.

Those charities which accept donations from government mamluks have taken those donations, second-hand, from us. Maybe we would have supported those charities ourselves. What we can say is that those charities are in unfair competition with non-State charities.

It should be a law that charities - for tax purposes - refuse donations from State employees.

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The speaker for the dead would have a field-day

Jake Brewer, in life, was the Left's man to the end.

Brewer was last seen in real-life riding into oncoming traffic, on behalf of a benefit that he was supporting with - I don't know what, since bicycling from A to B has no direct effect on C. Brewer was last seen online promulgating the clock-boy hoax.

Jake Brewer risked the life of two childrens' father for nothing, is what should be inscribed on his headstone.

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Boulder JLF, day two

I attended the festival again. I had the terlit-hobo do the updates in that book thread.

To circle back to that last talk, on Dalrymple's Return of a King, I could not help but compare the British debacle in Afghanistan with the Jaysh al-Fana' in then-called Zabulistan. So, between the two, I came up with a handy chart of when not to invade Afghanistan:

  • In winter,
  • Any other time of the year.

I hope that this chart proves useful to future adventurers in that land.

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Flipping the V sign at America

Clock Boy is Sudanese and therefore aware of the V sign, palm-reversed.

I spent enough time in Britain to know this. I'd learnt this even before I got back there, from having read Adrian Mole. Let alone what my British (by upbringing) parents taught me.

He knows what he was doing; his father knows;.... Obama knows.

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Jaipur Literature Festival, day one

Jaipur has exported its writers' pow-wow over here to Boulder.

I found this out when I awakened late, was stymied from driving through my morning drive-through stop, so had to park in the city to walk up to that stop. In turn, finding free parking that late on Saturday morning proved a PITA. It was so bad that I felt I had to stay in town for a little longer - so, I got the cheapest burrito I could find and wandered into the library.

Turns out the Jaipur Literature Festival was there. I actually had no clue about this. I went, and what I found there turned out to be... better than I hoped. I'll have more on it later. But in the meantime, here are some first impressions:

Our local David Barsamian is a Chomskyite tool, but mostly just a tool. The talk he was moderating concerned groupthink. The speakers mainly challenged the leftist groupthink - or, at least, proposed that it should be challenged. Barsamian was most proud that he'd been banned from the world's largest democracy (a sneer at India) along with Greenpeace. Then the audience questions came up, of which there were four. The first three were by whites (there were no Indians on stage). The third, a female who sounded like a hippie to me, filibustered for about three minutes about, best I can tell, nothing. The fourth - at last - was an Indian. He gave us the Indian government's perspective, which is that Greenpeace were funded from overseas and so not an expression of Indians' interests in India - which, a democrat would think, would be best expressed by the Indians' elected representatives. Barsamian then closed the discussion without answering the question because oops, out of time. I repeat: Barsamian = tool. I will continue not listening to anything Barsamian says.

As an aside, the most interesting speaker at that table was "Molina Speaks". But even he had problems: I perceived early on ("microaggressions!") that he has a thin skin, and sees every slight as a Big Proof Of His Point. After the picoaggression talk with which he'd started his side of the discussion, he then noted how other Leftists dissed him because in 2010ish he'd gotten into musing about the tech singularity. It might even be true that he's right, at least as he presented his examples; but still - paranoia is a stinky cologne. I did appreciate, a little, that he would have the Left abandon the narrative of apocalypse - we are not headed to a Promised Land. I would have liked more discussion on how he'd avoid a "continual revolution" up to the Left Singularity; but I didn't think, then, to raise my hand about it. (I'd not have had time to get an answer anyway, as told above.)

I did above express some sympathy with the Indian people. But I don't share this sympathy with Hindu believers. I must report from this conference that, for a start, Hindus don't grok this Western "science" thing. One Indian audience-member said that Indic traditions had passed down "scientific knowledge". In another talk an Indian was talking about the "science" of yoga. I caught a whiff of Forbidden Archaeology from at least the former. To compare with Muslim mystics, at their most obscurantist - even they don't pretend that their faith-claims are Science!!; such Muslims instead claim, more honestly (if debatably), that in Islam science cannot exist outside the revealed Word of God.

The schedule fell out that around 5:15 PM the talks weren't about meta-literature but about specific books various presenters had written. For this I basked in the power of die Casey Schwartz - who had written about psychoanalysis versus neuroscience. It turned out that psychoanalysis isn't a science and neuroscience is. This is where the Indians popped in to claim that so's yoga. (I admired Schwartz's politeness; I'd not have been able to replicate this, as you know.) This is also where I asked my only question of any presenter in the whole event - which was, I admit, a "troll", to get Ms Schwartz to say "psychoanalysis is not a science" outright or at least in as many words. And she did! Anyway nobody defended Freud. However she did offer that a Nobel Prize Laureate (in the sub-science of memory) had stated that some of Freud's terms might well re-enter neuroscience, as useful shorthand for what neuroscience had been finding out. I was wondering later if this might happen for political reasons, but then realised I didn't care; it might just be to stay in dialogue with the Freud-influenced literature of the twentieth-century. Overall: may the Schwartz be with us.

For the Counter-Currents readers amongst us, yes; I did have my copy of Kevin MacDonald's Culture of Critique out on my laptop. For those other readers amongst us, MacDonald is a psychologist and a sociologist; and Culture deals in part with trends in these disciplines, which have failed as science but have succeeded in weakening the scientific disciplines in university. Mostly the book tries to prove TEH JOOZ' influence in such pseudosciences, and why they got into them. But I saw no need to bring up this book - just yet. Maybe Ms Schwartz will consider it in a sequel. I admit some personal interest in rebutting the overall thesis - especially since MacDonald has been vindicated (narrowly) with respect to the fraudulence of Freud (and of Adorno). But hey, all that's for another day.

I sat in on two talks where Simon Montefiore and William Dalrymple each gave talks; one with both. Both speakers seem to rest within the European Classical Liberalism. In America I think the closest analogue is "neo-conservatism". Montefiore dared here to praise the neocons by name; and he stated he wants open borders, FREE STUFF!! (medical-care), intervention in the Near East and a hard line on Iran. As for the space-programme... screw it. I don't know Dalrymple's domestic views (because he didn't challenge Montefiore here) but he wants detente with Iran. I invoke a pox on both but mostly on Montefiore. Given the antiscientific bent of the native Jaipuri Hindus (and Muslims), at least we can say he wasn't in the wrong place...

In that first talk, the Barsamian Left was represented by Kai Bird, who writes at The Nation. He said something interesting - quit supporting Egypt, the Sauds, and Israel. The other two had already noted that Obama's regime is not supporting these villains; we're now supporting Iran, or moving toward that. So policy-wise Bird is arguing against, well, nobody; he's arguing against straw. More so I caught a whiff of "let the Russians do what they want". I am old enough to remember when this was a consistent The Nation position. I'll not say that a pro-Kremlin stance is wrong, these days. But I will wonder if that party-line, again, has been bought.

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