This blog takes pride in avoiding the soft bigotry of low expectations, especially in relation to Islam(ism) and the Middle East, and is more than pleased to report any positive news, like, for instance:
Hamas viewed negatively, even in Palestinian territories..
Strong majorities in most countries have unfavorable opinions of al Qaeda..
I really should weigh in on the Arab-Israeli “most attention per least casualties” war, – ( “only” ~ 50,000 fatalities since 1950 ), – and the ongoing “Operation Protective Edge”, but for the time being I have more “important” things to do, e.g. watching Le Tour de France.. – (Forgive me for this (in)appropriate illustration, – it’s becoming a habit of mine.. :)
I was seriously pissed off yesterday, – not that I was in any way surprised, – when I learned about a “manifesto”, signed by 27 Danish dignitaries Israel-hating Islam-apologetics, tittled “Condemn Israel’s attack on civilians in Gaza“. – Truth, of course, is that Hamas, not Israel, attacks civilians ! – While Hamas encourages its own people to become martyrs, and cynically use them as human shields, Israel’s effort to spare Gaza civilians is exemplary, but.. as I said, I am “busy”..
For the time being, therefore, I’m posting this wonderful photo instead, – or is it a drawing.., – that I absolutely LOVE. It comes with an equally wonderful piece of music, – “Contemplazione”, by Alfredo Catalani, – (hat tip: Snaphanen).
A “special sensitivity”-free, – and entirely rational – word to Western feminists Islam-apologetics.. - by Terri Murray
The desire to engage with Islam in critical argument and debate is not a form of disrespect,but of esteem. Westerners who refuse to do so patronise Muslims and hypocritically oppose sexist practices and beliefs only where it is “politically correct” or expedient to do so. Not only are they fair-weather feminists, they also treat Islam with a special sensitivity that they do not grant to other religions, not because they really respect Islamic sexism, but because they are reluctant to be labelled “Islamophobic” or “racist” (since any criticism of Islamic sexism is likely to be misrepresented as such).
Concern for, rather than indifference to, the plight of women living under Sharia law in sexist theocracies is anything but racism. In expressing human solidarity with these women, Westerners are not assuming their culture’s superiority over Islamic culture,but feminism’s superiority over sexism – a view that is exclusive to no particular culture and is certainly not absent from Islamic culture and religion. Western indifference to the fate of women from other cultural or religious backgrounds is far more racist than demonstrating interest in their struggle for human rights. Islam is a religion, not an ethnicity. There are plenty of non-white people, men and women, who disagree with Islamic misogyny and homophobia.
Transhumanism, in a way, is about defeating / transcending entropy, or, more specifically, the second law of thermodynamics, - in fact very much so..
Unfortunately, according to critics, it is an impossible task, – or is it.. – Hear what Aubrey de Grey has to say on BBC HARDtalk, see below..
As opposed to entropy, consider EXTROPY.., – a word coined by T.O. Morrow and Max More as an antonym (opposite in meaning) to entropy, i.e. the natural tendency of the universe to fall apart into disorder, and /or the inherent limitations of humankind..
Thus, Extropy is.. a measure of intelligence, information, energy, opportunity and capacity for growth, – ultimately aiming for the overcoming of death..
Extropy, however, is more of an attitude, – it is anti- and defiant of - entropy, rather than just the opposite of it, which is.. Negentropy, – a concept introduced by Erwin Schrödinger in his 1944 book, “What is Life”. Basically, it is.. what a living system imports, to keep its own entropy low, i.e. the degree of order or organization within a closed system..
But I am digressing.., – or.. actually I ain’t, but it’s getting late, so now listen to HARDtalk:
Ok, so Indians practice open-field defecation as a means of fertilisation, I get that, but from what I’m reading, it is a very risky business, in particular if you are unfortunate enough to be a lower caste girl / woman.., which is to say that rape is a many-faceted monster..