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SOME REASONS WHY ISLAM IS WINNING

 Below is another essay from our friend Paul Merkley.

I can say categorically that there never was a moment in my life when I could detect anything appealing in Islam.

To begin with,  I am far too respectful of the positive accomplishments of our civilization to be tempted by “orientalism” in all of its forms. The manly accomplishments as well as the thoughts of Lawrence of Arabia are wasted on me. But as for the substance: Muslims seek to change our minds about the allegiances that we might have inherited from four  two thousand years of the history of Christianity by directing our attention to Islam’s sacred history – which, quite apart from being 3400 years shorter, has to me the aesthetic appeal of desiccated fruit.

According to Islamic teaching, “God created man from clot of blood. “Surah 96. How did blood get onto the scene of human history before or any  part of the animal creation did? Whose blood, then?

Bits and Pieces – 20170901, Friday

Commentary: As food for thought, consider: Two New Totalitarian Movements: Radical Islam and Political Correctness. The former idea is not new new to readers of this blog but the latter may be. Rather it is a popular manifestation of totalitarian thought and practice in the West.

Civil Unrest: An Intimate History of Antifa. Also others are commenting on the rise of violence in division: The Rising Trend of Civil Unrest and Threats of political violence rise in polarized Trump era. Martin Armstron also comments: Extreme Left & Extreme Right Believe in the Same Thing – Oppress all Opposition. Finally, you won’t hear about this on the CBC: FBI, DHS Officially Classify Antifa Activities As “Domestic Terrorist Violence”.

Martin Armstrong identifies an aspect of the civil war in the US at the political level when he notes that Trump has been under continuous attack since he became president: Trying to Force Trump to Resign.

Bits and Pieces – 20170211, Saturday

Commentary: I had a discussion today with my friend Paul Merkley, continuing the theme of anarchism that he explores in his most recent essay, published here yesterday and linked below.

I have recently considered the trite allegory of the straw that broke the camel’s back. It is used by linear deterministic thinkers to argue that a specific act is “the last straw”, the causal factor of some ensuing major event. It entirely misses the point that in natural systems, it is the state of the system and not the singular act that is important.

In some states of a forest I can drop a lighted match and nothing happens other than that the match burns itself out. When the forest is in another state, however, that match causes a forest fire. It is interesting to know that the frequency of forest fires of a particular size follows a mathematical relationship known as a power law. All natural systems follow their own power laws. Anarchy, the expression of a segment of our society – a natural system – would be expected to obey its own power law.

It is the buildup of fuel on the forest floor that determines the size and severity of a forest fire. We have been witnessing a buildup of violent, intolerant dissent coming from the progressive left of our society. The frequency of mini-fires of this nature: French Protesters Set Car On Fire During Ongoing Anti-Police Protests: Live Feed, seems to be increasing. Unlike small forest fires that reduce the overall fuel load in a forest and reduce the likelihood of a major blaze, these protests and expressions of anarchy actually may be increasing the underlying rebelliousness, increasing the likelihood of a major conflict.

We can’t know when or even how it will occur but the risk is increasing and one might begin to think of preparation to survive a major event.

Bits and Pieces – 20161229, Thursday

What We’re Reading Today

Civil Unrest: Look for more when we have such advocates as Micheal Moore: Michael Moore Urges Civil Disobedience At Trump’s Inauguration, Warns “It’s Going To Be A Lot Worse”.

Fake News and Propaganda: Obama Quietly Signs The “Countering Disinformation And Propaganda Act” Into Law. Keeping you up to date: Mainstream Media Is Now Whining About The “Fake News” Hysteria It Created.

Trump: Recall that leading up to the Brexit vote, the establishment was flooding the media with dire predictions of economic collapse and social armageddon. And then none of it happened. The Trump phenomenon has remarkable parallels to Brexit including the post-Trump effects such as Trump Brings Consumer Confidence to 13 Year High.

Russia: Obama seems bent on doing as much damage as he can, while he can: Obama Set To Announce Economic Sanctions And “Covert Cyber Ops” Against Russia For “Election Hacking”. And then he pulls the trigger: US Retaliates Against Russia For “Hacking The Election”: Expels 35 Diplomats, Unveils Sanctions with the response: Russia Warns Of “Proportional Response” To Obama’s “Paranoia”.

Bits and Pieces: Here’s an article on Obama’s exit, stage left (an appropriate metaphor): A Loser’s Malice: What’s Behind Obama’s Attacks On Putin.

This we include simply because it’s interesting – North American retail destinations by age: At What Age Do You Outgrow IKEA?.

Concerning US assets in Syria: Russia: Mass Graves Full Of Tortured Civilians Discovered In Aleppo. Imagine if the US had used something other than “moderate” rebels. By the way, have you seen this reported in the MSM?

Belatedly, we publish this essay from Paul Merkley: FAREWELL TO OSLO. Paul raises th4 issue of the extermination of Middle east Christians.He also discusses the Palestinian issue and the two state proposal.

Finally, a target for Trudeau to aspire to and with his world traveling under the guise of diplomacy, he’s well under way: Obama’s Vacation Costs Expected To Top $90 Million Over 8 Years.

Bits and Pieces – 20161205, Monday

What We’re Reading Today

Commentary: Not much today and yesterday.

Civil Unrest: Of interest: Website Raising Money To Fund Assassinations Of Trump, Pence Uncovered On “Dark Web”.

Trump policy: The Taiwan incident may have an interesting connection: Bob Dole “Mastermind” Behind Trump-Taiwan Call: WSJ.

Bits and Pieces: Paul Merkley addresses the political revisionism rampant in our culture: CIVILIZATIONOPHOBIA.

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