Thursday, November 19, 2015

вот украуна, не россия

A friend of mine introduced me to, which is a free foreign language study program.  It would have been nice to have had this a few years back.  Unfortunately the languages I want to study, such as Greek, Hebrew or Ugaritic, aren't in the system.  Russian is in the system and the Cyrillic alphabet is one that I have wanted to learn for a while, so ...

I must say of all the systems I have struggled with for learning languages, this is the most efficient.  Like Pimsleur, the language is thrown at you with no explanation, but this can easily be found now on the internet. The bigger headache with Russian is dealing with the Cyrillic keyboard.  With the Duolingo system, you must type back Russian words from memory, which is quite a challenge.  My hope is to persist for a time to see if I can develop some ability to make sense at least of the pronunciation of Russian text.

My main gripe about Duolingo is that the interface seems directed at about a 3rd grade level.  I would prefer something a little more, well, it is hard to describe.  Perhaps a heads-up display with cross hairs?  As for the type of phrases, I would prefer something more trendy, such as

"Boris, did you enter the coordinates into the missile targeting system?"
"Will Dimitri talk?"
"Yes, Dimitri will talk.  That is why we gave him the wrong information."
"They get virgins, but we get vodka."

Monday, November 16, 2015

Flat Earth Revolutions

I should put in a link to this discussion with a young theology student, Ben, who wants to defend the idea that there really was a flat earth belief in the ancient world and that it wasn't just part of the same frenzy of academic malpractice kicked off by Washington Irving's hoax.  His basic method depends on interpretations of pieces of mythology that I had previously read, but had not seemed to me to be even discussing the shape of the earth, thus, I had not listed them in my collection of works discussing the flat earth.  I will thus direct someone who might follow my list of quotes to consider Ben's list, but I will not myself list them since none of his examples associate a shape to the earth, nor can we ascertain that anyone actually believed them to be discussing the shape of the earth, nor given that assumption do we know if they had other sources of opinion, thus, at best the arguments require many leaps of faith.

My main observation here is that modernists are infinitely resourceful in claiming that the Bible doesn't mean what it plainly seems to indicate by the language, while the mythological genre, being vastly less certain of meaning than the Bible, is to the contrary something for which modernists have no problem establishing certain meaning where I would not have even tried.

Our agreement is to stick to our original positions.  Ben to the belief that flat earthism was nearly universal due to primitive ignorance of science, so that the clear association of the flat earth belief by Aristotle to only three people, all of whom were scientific atheists, is totally unremarkable and irrelevant.  Me to the belief that anyone who spent significant time outside traveling before the invention of the street light would have considered the earth to be spherical, while only these three who boasted of scientific atheism were to be documented in all of history as being flat earthers.  Their belief system passed on to the hyper-gnostic, pseudo scientific Epicureans, where it became one of the most resilient belief systems of the classical world.  This "philosophy" was warmed over by David Hume in the 18th century, and - although not specifically believing in the flat earth - is today in total control of academia with its conceit of scientific enlightenment.  And one more irony, being that David Hume warmed over Epicureanism under the title of the polar opposite belief system, Skeptics which was a similar to the Academics.  Thus, today those who are gnostic Epicureans refer to themselves as agnostics, skeptics and academics.  It is all a complete mess.

The additional side to this is that Ben is quite respectful to academia.  I on the other hand view the brain of the brilliant academic as being the Devil's playground, just as Augustine had obsered.  What does puzzle me is how he plans to square worship of atheist academia above all with a theology degree, but that isn't my problem to worry about.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

POTUS: "... innocent civilians ..."

My initial knee jerk reaction to this phrase was something like, "Ha!  He clearly is not knowing his Christian theology, since there are none who are innocent".  It can only be that we are innocent with respect to crime A, but not that we are innocent on any absolute scale, unless you are a leftwing politician.

But then my Greek language syntax class lecture just offered up Romans 3:23 -

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."

Which in Greek is:

"πάντες γὰρ ἥμαρτον καὶ ὑστεροῦνται τῆς δόξης τοῦ θεοῦ"

The verb for sin is "ἥμαρτον", which they have kindly pointed out is in the Aorist tense:

"The aorist is used here, leaving the action in some sense undefined.  However, it is an equally true statement that: "all sin" (present-customary) and "all have sinned" (perfect-past action with continuing results). Therefore, the choice of the aorist by Paul was used to emphasize one aspect or possibly to say less (or to stress the fact of humanity's sinfulness) than the present or perfect would have done.  However, any of these three tenses could have been used to describe the human condition.  an author's portrayal is thus selective at times and simply brings out the aspect that he wants to emphasize at the time rather than giving the full-orbed reality of the event."

Clearly I must have sinned since I have 90 pages of this to go through this weekend, along with the lecture and the homework.

So where are we?  Perhaps I should stop before I make too many more mistakes.

Monday, November 09, 2015

In Racism We Trust?

Periodically I make a hopeless attempt to process the apparent explosion of racism and condemnation of racism that is going on.  Part of this is just gathering data, but I can't help doing a little preliminary processing:

1. There is the recent frantic efforts to get rid of the Confederate flag as if it meant the same thing to African Americans as the Swastika did for Jews.  As a northerner who grew up in the south, I am somewhat mystified.  It wasn't my flag, but I had not viewed it as a symbol of oppression.  What is peculiar about this exercise is that the screaming is coming from the left, who don't seem to know that the Confederate flag was the flag of the Democratic party.  Isn't that a bit like the neo-NAZIs suddenly taking offense at the Swastika?  I am all for repentance and forgiveness, but this has a certain surreal character that I can't quite grasp.

2. Then there is the resignation of the president of the University of Missouri who doesn't seem to be able to bring the little racist incidents to a stop.  Now being a Christian, I certainly believe that "all men are CREATED equal", but Christian beliefs are unconstitutional, especially in a state school, so I would be reluctant to condemn a non-Christian for violating Christian teaching with his racism.  We must also note that these days every student at the school knows that every man, women, transgendered, queer, polygendered, xenogendered, ... did not EVOLVE equal" - no matter what the vice chancellor for diversity, inclusion and equity says - so maybe someone can explain to me what the secular principle is that is being violated?  In fact the students know these things because it is mandated by the government that all children be taught these things.  OK, so there is a law against racism, which we should certainly obey, but the law is in direct conflict with the teachings of the university regarding the origin of humanity/huwomanity so it will likely have no more force than marijuana laws, which are likewise in direct conflict with other university teachings.

There are more such things I could note, but will stop here.  As I said, my Christian theology compels me to examine myself periodically for any racist tendencies, even if they are merely in my thoughts, and eliminate them.  America, however, is not a Christian nation, nor do I understand the principles that it appears and/or claims to be following.

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Swimmer's Itch

It is that time again.  Swimmer's Itch is due to a parasite that lives in lakes.  It is initially in snails, but then the snail releases the parasites which float towards the surface and then latch onto waterfowl, of which loons are a member of the targeted class.  The parasite then infects the bird, which eventually release more into the water which then seek out snails to infect and the process is complete.

What I have noticed is that most of the year these little critters aren't active.  Either the water is too warm or it is too cool, so I had no problem all summer.  In the fall, however, the water temperature is dropping so the month of November is when these little guys get busy again.  Water temperature now is probably in the mid-60's.  I got myself about 20 bites the last time I went swimming.  If I apply sunscreen over much of my body, the number of bites is greatly reduced.  Thus, I will probably reduce swimming for a few weeks and add the sun screen.  Each bite will be a bit like a mosquito bite in lasting two or three days and being a bit itchy.  Thankfully my body isn't reacting to them as badly as it did a few years ago, although I have by far the strongest reaction to these bites among those who swim with me.  For now, I am looking forward to the water temperature dropping to the 50's, since they will be too busy shivering to bother with biting loons.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

University of Tennessee, Tullahoma Space Institute

I grew up in Tennessee and went to the University of Tennessee, but have never been to the Space Institute.  My impression was that this had something to do with activities outside of Earth's atmosphere, but after the visit I have a different view.  It is because there is lot's of open "Space" around the campus.  If they want to grow they really need a football stadium.  But I like it the way it is.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Friday, October 16, 2015

A formal statement of The Doctrine of Errancy

"All religions have passed through human minds and human hands, and are therefore likely to abound with human errors; so that the man who believes in the infallibility of a book is but one step removed from the superstition of him who believes in the infallibility of a high-priest; he merely removes the idea of verbal inspiration from the broad daylight of the present, where its improbability would be too obvious, into the dim obscurity of the past, where difficulties become lost in the misty shadows of antiquity.  Whatever is true in religion will bear the fullest investigation and most searching criticism; it is only error that fears discussion." - Essays on The Sacred Language, Writings, and Religion of the Parsis, by Martin Haug, Late Professor of Sanskrit and Comparative Philology at the University of Munich, 1878

It is a good thing that modern science doesn't pass through "human minds and human hands"!

I believe that God has a sense of humor, and part of that is that he will condemn those who mock Him to believe their mocking.  That is, when contrary data comes in that is blindingly obvious and threatens them with extermination, they will still be unable to change course.

In this book professor Haug notes that the scriptures of the Avesta were in Old Persian, which was a dead language.  A very poor translation was made from Old Persian to Middle Persian, and then additional mediocre translations were made from Middle Persian to other modern languages, with the net result that the modern priests of the Zoroastrian religion were completely unable to comprehend their own scriptures.  Even today the Old Persian has not been very well decoded, so that text books on the language must presuppose a knowledge of the vaguely similar Sanskrit language and then rather than providing definitions for words, they provide potential cognates in Sanskrit, Middle Persian and Armenian, leaving it to the student to work out what makes the most sense.  The Doctrine of Errancy would thus be quite accurate regarding Zoroastrianism, yet completely in error for Christianity and Mohammedanism.

My reading between the lines indicates that Prof. Haug's attack is directed at Protestant Christianity.  But as I have pointed out, those who mock will cursed to believe their mockery, which is obscurely indicated in Isaiah 28, and many other places.  For example, the mock charity called the welfare state, which pays deadbeats, drug addicts and drunks along with the truly needy and does this through theft, this is now the vehicle for the army invading Europe.  But now they believe this insanity to be a moral necessity, and have completely lost view that the welfare state was merely intended to mock true Judaeo-Christian charity.  Then there will be the Saracen swinging a sword to remove the head of the enlightened intellectual, who will be completely unable to comprehend that there was nothing at all either "dim" or "obscure" regarding the behavior of their founder.  In the US, we have an enraged feral underclass having been raised with no experience of the human family, due to governmental policies, which were likewise driven by intellectuals mocking the family.

Which is all to say that God is truly in charge, and the mocking of men will not cause Him to fail in His purpose.

"Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, not sits in the seat of scoffers" - Psalm 1:1

Thursday, October 08, 2015

When the lawless write the laws ...

"Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?" - Proverbs 27:4

The California government just passed a bill requiring equal pay for women in a way that was intentionally designed to make finding out relative pay easier along with litigating over that differential.  Yes, the women of California are oppressed!

What has me baffled about this bill is that it refers to the "opposite sex". If there were an even number of genders, then they could be divided up into pairs of "opposite sex", but the official number is 51, so I am not sure how this works, unless opposites now come in 3's and there are 17 sets of them, which wouldn't surprise me since it now takes 3 to produce a child here in California.  According to my older, simplistic strategizing, however, if another man is earning more than I am, I can just change my gender to female and then file a lawsuit.  What I am wondering is if a male can file a discrimination suit if the females earn more than him, such as for a waiter at a Hooter's restaurant.  Happily we can be confident that the lawyers will work hard to earn their gender neutral pay as they diligently litigate out all the nuances to this bill.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Dr. Strangelove

Given the current situation in the world, I thought it would be good to take a nostalgic trip back to a, more, um, sane era by watching Dr. Strangelove.  For example, there is Peter Sellers acting the role of a world leader who actually wants to limit the damage.  Then we get to ponder the difference between an exponential decay of radioactivity, vs the exponential growth rate of other phenomena based on a reversed sign of the half life.

Of course I should repent as a Christian for viewing the current world as some sort of Black Comedy, since the tragedies are real.  As always, I trust that God will bring about good through the chaos.  Yet at the same time, I expect mankind to eventually make choices of the destructive sort described in Dr. Strangelove.  This won't be the act of a single madman triggering events, but rather humanity in mass going off to destruction in a raving herd.  But for now I will enjoy things and do my best to make things better.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Obama's Religion?

The subject of the religion of a politician is always tricky.  One viewpoint is that it is personal and therefore none of our business.  This ignores the fact that the behavior of people and their policies often has a direct connect to their religion, and in a Democracy it is our business to choose politicians based on how we think they will behave.  Another viewpoint is that someone's religion is inherently unknowable, so why bother?  Then the cynics chime in and note that the only deity that a politician cares anything about is himself.  Another rhetorical angle is the "who are you to question his faith"?  Technically, I believe we all have a faith and I don't question that.  I just want to know "faith in What?"  Is it a faith in the Flying Spaghetti Monster that drives atheists?  What is it?  From my perspective, a politician's religion does matter and we can list possibilities and impossibilities regarding the First Religion, but we must acknowledge that only at the final judgment will the nuances be made clear.

First we must consider the American context.  For the last century, if anything correct was taught about Christianity (or Islam) in the government schools, clerics would immediately start litigation alleging a violation of "the Constitutional separation of Church and State".  If anything wrong was taught, this would be defended by the same clerics as "freedom of intellectual inquiry" and that to become mature thinkers, students would need to be exposed to ideas they didn't like.  The result being that most graduates from Ivy League schools these days have notions of religion, history and philosophy that are completely garbled and divorced from reality.  To some extent both Obama and I are products of this same indoctrination program, as are just about all Americans.  To find out more about Christianity, we are typically shaped by the denomination we associate with - if indeed we do associate with one - or else we spend a lot of time investigating matters ourselves, which few do.  Then there is the Bible itself, which is the primary source of Christian teaching, unless you are a Papist or some other group that deprecates the Bible.

So one way to answer this question is to look at the religious organizations that people associate with.  Obama was famously with the United Church of Christ.  This is an extremist sect that uses the Bible, but negates most of the teaching.  For example, it was at the forefront of ordaining gay priests and promoting hyper-promiscuity as if the Biblical command to "love your neighbor as yourself" was primarily to be understood in sexual terms, in spite of all the more numerous commands to restrain your sexual impulses.  I listened to an Easter sermon from Obama's church (a Black congregation) which featured imagery of Christ and the Crucifixion, but then switched to imagery of a lynching, ignored the resurrection, and offered up a conclusion that was purely Victim Theology:  The belief that others have sinned against me, which is the only thing that matters.  Certainly the Black community has suffered, but the UCC has not only been useless in helping the Black family to recover, they have been actively working to make the problem worse by transferring the ownership of the concept of the family to the LGBTQ activists.

Then there was Obama's preacher with his famous "God Damn America" sermon, which has a similar ring to "Death to America".  One is tempted to think that the Mohammedans merely wish for America to die, but Jeremiah Wright wants America to burn in Hell forever.  This certainly reflects the view of a large portion of America.  The Bible teaches us to look at ourselves for the answer, but Victim Theology teaches us to look at others and assume that what ever they have, they got by stealing.  The result is that many who are richer and better off than 90% of the world's population are burning with rage about how they have been mistreated.  Another result is the White House's foray into the War on Cops.

The most curious Christian variant is that of the Social Justice movement.  Orthodox Christians are commanded to do good and charity with their own time and money.  Leftists have famously improved on this by doing charity with other people's time and money.  Just as taking out loans and investing in the stock market permits people to make a huge profit compared to the dumb heads who only invest what they can spare, so a penniless deadbeat can do charity that vastly exceeds what any Orthodox Christian can do.  The deadbeat along with the Pope can look down their noses at the churlish Christians who have constrained themselves by their depravity to never give more than 100% of what they have.

So where was I?  Obama's religion.  I don't see any evidence that his religion has any connection to Islam.  Clearly it is informed by Christianity and the Bible in some sense, but we must keep in mind that even Satan quoted scripture.  I think Obama's religion is simply a reflection of what is preached in the government schools by America's intellectual elite along with many of the modernist churches, which can be characterized as follows:

"But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.  And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed.  And in their greed they will exploit you with false words.  Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep." - 2 Peter 2:1-3

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Rise of the Machines

Human Friendly Robot: How can I help you?
Customer:  Disconnect service.
Human Friendly Robot:  You would like to add a sports package?
Customer:  No!
Human Friendly Robot: I didn't understand.  Would you like to add a sports package?
Human Friendly Robot: Let's start over.  What would you like me to do for you?
Customer: Dis-con-nect Ser-vice.
Human Friendly Robot: I understand.  You want our unlimited channels package.
Customer: No!
Human Friendly Robot: I didn't understand.  Would you like an unlimited channels package?
Customer: No! (growling)
Human Friendly Robot: Please stay on the line while we transfer you to a representative.

(10 minutes later)
Friendly Human: Sorry to keep you waiting, would you like to add a sports package?

(Note: The above has been abbreviated and is only a small portion of the ordeal.)

Friday, September 18, 2015

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

A Jaundiced View Of The World

Some say that it is not good for a newborn chick to spend a lot of time with a grumpy old loon.  The old loon, however, seems to be getting the worst of this as carrying around the 7 and a half pound weight for extended periods of time is putting a load on the back.  But being an aquatic animal, I shouldn't be surprised that I can swim much further than I can walk, especially when carrying junior.

Anyway, the doctors say that my grandson has jaundice, and if the jaundice doesn't go down they are going to put him under some lights to cure it.  Thus, I have the duty of walking him around in the daylight to get him some sunlight.  No need to worry about sunburn, since I am limited in my carrying time due to old age.  The last checkup indicated that he was doing fairly well, so hopefully this won't be needed too much longer.  It is certainly good news that jaundice is a curable condition.  And it is still a joy to do what I can with this new little one.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Congratulations, you are now officially "Gramps"

They tell me that my first grandson made his entrance into the world early this morning.  I am certainly pleased and looking forward to giving him and my daughter and her husband a visit.  But I am also wondering how many rules of political correctness I am breaking by declaring that I am now a grandfather.

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Natives vs Aliens

A note arrived that a nearby park which is part of my daily walking route will be closed so that the creek bed can be widened for flood control efforts.  The portion to be closed is a half mile long and unfortunately include a section of the park that is a conduit between parks.  The plan is to remove the existing trees, widen the channel of the little creek, reinforce the new embankments, and then, "One hundred twenty-one (121) native trees will be replanted towards the end of project construction in 2016".  The closure will continue for about a year.

Looking at this from the positive side, the one year estimate is considerably less than the ten years that it took to build the Panama Canal and the Suez Canal, while the 61 mile long Kiel Canal took eight years.  The canal that Xerxes built across and isthmus in Greece took 3 years.  What has puzzled me more is the need to have native species replanted, since clearly I am not a native species here, nor are the Chinese and Indian Indians who frequent the park.  Why is it that invasive species are offensive in most cases, unless we are talking about homosapiens, at which point the more invasive the better?  But then if we talk about building housing for all the aliens, people start getting sour and grumpy again.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Getting Lectured

Fall semester is starting, so I have a second semester Biblical Greek class to do and separately a Machine Learning series of lectures on the agenda.  The Biblical Greek is on syntax and presumes mastery of basic grammar, which certainly is not where I am at.  To explain syntax, I will use an example from Aristotle: "I saw him being beaten with my eyes".  The challenge here is whether "with my eyes" is a modifier to "saw" or to "beaten".  Grammar doesn't tell us this, and instead we must look to syntax for guidance on the possibilities and probabilities.  The Machine Learning lecture series is from Caltech and follows some of my technical interests.  Eventually grammar and syntax will converge as I still need to follow up on earlier forays into compiler theory and implementation.  It is amazing to me how the scientific, technical and language worlds eventually interrelate.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A new restaurant for Fremont

I am trying to figure out what to do as an altruistic citizen of this city.

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Emergency Beer Delivery Service

Entrepreneurs are always coming up with something new here in Silicon Valley.  I like the telephone number since this gives it a quaint, retro look.

Mein Kampf wrapup

There is a lot more ranting against the RINOs Bourgeois politicians, the Jews, and many other targets, but at the same time it seems to me some clear analysis.  Hitler didn't get into power merely by being a mindless Trump.  Instead, he has some analysis of many topics, such as the various geopolitical actors.  For example, he contrasts the aims of England with those of France in their policies towards Germany just after The Great War.  England needs Germany as a counterbalance to France, whereas France wants a dissolution of Germany into smaller states.  What I was hoping to see in this work was more of the fascist economic program, but this didn't happen.  Instead Hitler takes the line that future policies will need to "evolve" according to the circumstances.

In this "evolve" theme we have another similarity with the communists.  They both consider it premature to map out a plan since whatever the future will bring is unknown.  A contrast is that the Marxists are more focused on destroying the present institutions, whereas Hitler has a more specific vision of where he wants to go in his Aryan agenda.  I have a sense that Hitler's eventually choice of gas to dispose of Jews relates to his experience of a gas attack during WW1 which let him nearly blind and which he blamed on the Jews.  The antipathy towards the slavs is spelled out in detail so that the Russians should never have had any doubt about Hitler's intentions.

Although Marx didn't provide much of a future plan, there are still some similarities in what was accomplished.  When the criminal classes rise up in Marxist revolt and overthrow society, the criminals will not want to leave things in a state of anarchy.  Instead, one will rise up as a leader and initiate a dictatorship.  The idea of common property than readily morphs into common property according to the whims of the despot, and the party organization becomes the new government.  In these general aspects Marxism follows Hitler.  Yet keeping in mind my earlier remarks of generalities vs specifics, Despotism can take on many forms so that individual implementation of communism can vary considerably while staying within the framework of Despotism.

This study will need to remain incomplete for now, since I would need to follow up with a study of the development of NAZI policies after 1924.  Maybe later, but I have other items clamoring for my time now.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Mein Kampf as Leadership Text?

Long ago I had subscribed to Harvard Business Review for a time.  They had case studies at the end in which a business situation was described.  Two experts would then comment on this case study to provide advice.  They would both "read between the lines" and double the number of facts in play, then provide a forceful recommendation on how to fix the business situation with a determined program.  The problem was that the expert's advice were usually completely different directions, and sometimes diametrically opposed to each other.  What I learned in the end was that it doesn't matter what decision you make, just that the decision must be presented and executed with bloody minded assurance of the absolute infallibility of the opinions of the leader.  The experts would also introduce additional "facts" which were contradictory, so I suspect that they came up with their solution first, then contrived the "facts" to pave a path from the solution back to the case study.

In Mein Kampf Hitler explains that political party leadership must be of the same sort, but his starting point for comparison is religious dogmatics.  "Religion" is too vague to inspire anyone, but the true strength of a religion lies in its theological specificity backed by authority that is above being questioned.  A suicide bomber never acts on the basis of "religion", but rather on a very specific set of dogmatic principles.  Thus, Hitler devises 25 points which he declares to be a "statement of faith", just as the Communists have their "statement of faith" in the Communist Manifesto.  The fussing over whether a point is correct or not causes people to have second thoughts about giving their life for that principle, so discussion of the points is prohibited.

The starting point Hitler chooses for his dogmatics is that Germans are the Chosen Race, albeit he uses evolutionary notions rather than attributing this to the work of God.  This is forcing a reevaluation of my prejudices with regard to his group.  I had known race was important to them, but not in this sense.  Hitler asserted that it wasn't Christianity that made Germans great but rather Germans who made Christianity and other cultural phenomena superior.  Cultural assimilation was thus deduced to be bad, since it would confuse Germans and they would be more likely to breed outside of their superior genetic line.

Everything else in Hitler's program seems to derive from his first principle of German racial superiority, backed by a ruthless campaign to help Survival of the Fittest do what it is supposed to do without any help:  Those who aren't genetically German can never be German, while physically or mentally deficient Germans should be prohibited from breeding.  Since he saw the genetic competition in mostly military terms, the emphasis was on promoting a militaristic nation.

A puzzle to me after reading this is how there could ever be a neo-NAZI group that isn't German.  Americans are mongrels.  Of course even Mongrels and Marxists can be racist, but as Hitler noted, it wasn't racism, but rather a particular dogmatic form of racism that was the foundation for his cult.  A diffused racism can never achieve focus.

It is important to note that Hitler was always devising his system to be in competition with Marxism.  By insisting on the unity of the German race, he was going into direct conflict with the Marxist who taught division of the German race based on class.  Hitler deduced that talent would be found throughout the German people, and that educators should seek out the best and promote them from whatever class they came from.   The ordinary would receive an ordinary and pragmatic education, but the extraordinary would receive more training.  This formula might be termed, "no talent left behind".

An additional point of interest were Hitler's Storm Troopers.  The communists of his time were in the practice of sending factory goons to non-communist meetings and beating any talented speaker to a bloody pulp.  Hitler's four and a half years on the Western Front didn't incline him to react timidly, so he organized some young men and made sure that they were sufficiently disciplined to deal with the communists according to the only methods the communists could understand:  Their own.

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Mein Kampf: The Science of Hope and Change

The history of scientific insulting is now becoming more clear to me.  It begins with Karl Marx.  Hitler advanced the science.  Then Gordon Ramsay brought the science of insults to perfection.  After having read a collection of 19th century histories and communist writings, it seemed fitting to follow up with this Mein Kampf.

I have a little time to read, but didn't want to spend money on Hitler's work, so pulled a .pdf version down to my iPad for perusal.  The first half of this 500 page rant has now passed in front of my eyeballs.  Hitler is mostly condemning everything, but he has not yet proposed any program.  Everyone knows he is anti-Jew and anti-Marxist.  What I had not known is that he is equally anti-Slav and a bit anti-French, but everyone is anti-French.  The part that for some reason is missed by Dr. Wiki is that Hitler was also vehemently opposed to "international capital" and stock corporations to the same degree that he was anti-Marxist.    Somehow he managed to confound the two, since Jews were prominent in both international capital and Marxism, so that he considered these to be part of the same conspiracy and was oblivious to the fact that they are mutually exclusive.  This error was related to a separate error, that the Jews were all of one mind, thus, he completely failed to understand that just because some Jews might be pimps and pornographers, they weren't all of this profession.  His single minded attribution of every evil in the universe to a grand Jewish conspiracy seemed to me as a conspiracy theory worthy of The Matrix.  Other groups that Hitler condemns are the monarchists, the parliamentarians and the bourgeoisie.  The bourgeoisie is condemned because they are wealthy, comfortable, and consequently unwilling to take a course of action that might be risky.  Clearly I am a bourgeois slug, although he would probably still be astounded at the degree of self-destructiveness achieved by our Republicans.  Other targets of his vitriol are the press, the pacifists and the sick perpetrators of "modern art".  Then there were the scum who married outside of their race, with me as a prime example.

The fun part of this is Hitler's take on marketing and motivational speaking.  The principles are universal and are as valid for selling tacos as for politics, but Hitler claims to having mastered the field by studying the Marxists.  This amounts to finding a message that is simple enough to be grasped by the average person, then pushing it relentlessly.  For some reason all this comes naturally to most Marxists.  Hitler mastered this and threw it back in their face.  He chose red as his party's symbol and introduced "socialist" into NAZI for the purpose of deliberately goading the Marxists.  He then targeted the proletariat and turned their techniques against them.  Part of Hitler's success was undoubtedly simply because much of the population was longing for someone to talk back to the Marxists.  It is tempting to wish that America's conservatives might learn from this, but only for a brief time.  Hitler knew where he wanted to lead Germany, but America's conservatives have no such agenda, whether it be for good or evil.

So much for the first half of this.  Diagnosing the ills of a fallen humanity is the easy part.  The second part of Mein Kampf is supposed to tell us what he intends to do.

Friday, July 24, 2015

The Sikh Religion, Its Gurus, Sacred Writings and Authors, by Macauliffe

Several years ago an elderly Sikh man who looked to be in his 80's started waving at me frantically as I was driving through the neighborhood.  I stopped and he jumped into my car and started saying something like "gudwara".  It was quickly clear that he didn't know a word of English, but was frantic to get somewhere.  I pondered the situation for a moment and decided that there should be some entertainment value to following this elderly gentleman's instructions, so started driving ahead and pointing different ways at the intersections to see if he approved.  After several miles we drove into a neighborhood that I wasn't familiar with and onto a "Gurdwara Road".  This quickly brought us to a Sihk temple where a number of other elderly Sikhs were waiting outside for my client.  I dropped him off and everyone waved, but I was almost as much in the dark when this was done as when I started.  My next door neighbor is a Sikh family.  Yet I know almost nothing about Sikhism. has this work on the Sikh religion which I though it good to listen to for my commutes.  So far I am into the introduction which has shed a little bit of light onto the subject.  The religion was started by Guru Nanak in the 15th century.  I learned that the English officers encouraged their Sikh recruits to be good followers of their religion, since this facilitated military discipline, bravery and loyalty.  Although we might argue about loyalty when discussing the assassination of Indira Gandhi.  There was also some discussion of the pre-Sikh history which begins with the Brahmins driving out the Buddhists, and later the Mohammedans forcing their religion into India with the most brutal techniques known to man.  

Macauliffe explains his goals of providing a text on the subject that was as accurate as possible, avoided slanders, and met the approval of the Sikh gurus of his day.  These goals seem to have been met in their entirety.  This has me pondering the modern intellectual who will do almost the exact opposite with Christianity:  To meet scholarly approval, a work on Christianity must slander, defame and twist, ideally along new directions that had not previously been considered.  Anyway, I am glad to have such an introduction to Sikhism.
Something that I have wondered about is regarding the exodus of westerners from Christianity.  Even the Pope is ashamed to be known as a follower of Christ and chooses instead to be publicly known as a disciple of Marx.  In this mad rush, westerners have settled into all kinds of religions, but I have yet to see one embrace Sikhism.  Why is that?

Macauliffe tells a little of his problem of bringing Sikhism to the Western reader.  This relates to the original gurus preferring the vernacular, which is now a dated version of Punjabi.  To this is mixed in Sanskrit, Persian and Arabic, with some special terms that only the gurus can explain.  This creates an extraordinarily complex linguistic problem that can only be addressed in India in careful consultation with the gurus.  A related problem is that the Sikhs themselves might not be terribly well informed of their religion.  The first volume of this is 14 hours of recording, and it seems that there are 6 volumes to the set.  If I survive this will I achieve nirvana?