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04-15-2018 The Frightening Human Virus   Leave a comment

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The human race in my opinion is seriously flawed. There’s all sorts of speculation from the scientific community these days concerning the coming “Singularity”. They say that’s the point in time when the machines will be more intelligent than mankind and will assume control of things. I actually read one recent statement that machine intelligence could be the next logical evolutionary step for the human race. I honestly have no answer to that kind of thinking but who knows. There are times when I think machines would probably do a much better job than we’ve done so far. Everything humans get involved with starts with strong emotions which and slowly devolves into ethnic and religious biases and conflicts. Nothing gets accomplished and the arguing and fighting eventually result in some sort of armed conflict and endless killing.

I’m sick to death hearing about religions spewing their self-serving propaganda to any fool who’ll listen. I don’t hate or even dislike people who are true believers in their religion of choice but I also need to make clear that I have no love whatsoever for any current organized religions or sects. That being said I intend to pass along a few tidbits of information supplied to me by a trusted friend. He’s a diligent researcher and most of what he’s offering is factual. A few of you religious fanatics out there will insist on refuting everything I’ve written but I honestly could care less. As we all know opinions are like assholes. Everyone has one and this one is mine.

I’ve made a point over the years to read everything I could find on as many religions as possible. I had the pleasure of reading translations of the Torah, the Koran, Old and New Testaments of the Bible, The Egyptian Book of the Dead, and many associated writings of the Greeks and Coptics. What it all has amounted to for me is a forty year migraine headache. The only thing worse that reading religious propaganda is trying to rationally discuss religion with allegedly intelligent religious people. These are the people who are similar to the People’s Temple Kool-Aid drinkers that followed the Reverend Jim Jones to their death in Guyana in 1978. They hear only what they want to hear and immediately attack anyone who disagrees in the slightest. They loudly disagree only to interrupt any discussion they might bring into question their own belief system.

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Here is the information as I received it.

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The following paragraphs are just rough estimates of all of the fine works accredited to RELIGION. Read them and weep for mankind.

German Peasants’ War – A series of peasant revolts during the height of the Protestant Reformation, spurred on by a mix of economic and religious causes. 100k deaths for Christianity.

Moro Insurgency – Islamic rebels in the Philippines have a long, bloody history of resistance against colonial and Philippine governments alike. 120k deaths for Islam.

Northern Crusades – Crusades to root out the Baltic pagans. Couldn’t find any good casualty estimates, but 150k deaths for Christianity seems reasonable.

Algerian Civil War – More Islamist rebels. 200k deaths for Islam.

Lord’s Resistance Army – Christian militants in Central Africa. Remember Kony 2012? 200k deaths for Christianity.

Albigensian Crusade – France leads a crusade to root Cathar heretics out of the Languedoc. Estimates vary wildly from 7k to 1mil, but let’s just say 200k deaths for Christianity.

Great Turkish War – A “Holy League” of Christian states rolls back the Ottoman Empire’s conquests in Eastern Europe. 300k deaths for Christianity.

Afghan Civil Wars – A variety of Islamists, including Al Qaeda, vie for control over Afghanistan. 400k deaths for Islam.

Rashidun Conquests – The Islamic Caliphate conquered its way from being a desert backwater to the world’s most powerful state in an incredibly short period of time. I can’t find anything resembling an estimate for the casualties involved, so I’m going to completely BS this one: 500k deaths for Islam. Trust me, it won’t affect the winner.

Ottoman Conquests – Mehmed II leads the Ottomans on a merry path of conquest over Eastern Europe. 800k deaths for Islam.

The Crusades – All of Christendom spends a few centuries banging it’s head against a Holy Land-shaped wall. 1mil deaths for Christianity.

So far, Christianity’s crusading habit is definitely a big source of casualties, but those pesky Muslim militants have pushed Islam into the lead. The score is neck and neck at 1,950,000 deaths for Christianity and 2,120,000 deaths for Islam.

But three wars that most people have never heard of completely blow this competition out of the water.

French Wars of Religion – The French Protestants and Catholics spend 36 years massacring each other silly. 3mil deaths for Christianity.

Thirty Years’ War – Protestant and Catholic princes duke it out for control of the Holy Roman Empire (modern Germany). War is waged between mercenary companies that loot the countryside to support themselves. One third of Germany dies. 10mil deaths for Christianity.

So that’s 15 million deaths for Christianity and a mere 2 million for Islam.

But in the year of our lord 1850, a new challenger blows them both out of the water.

Taiping Rebellion – Hong Xiuquan was born into a poor family in southern China. In 1837, he fails the imperial civil service examinations– his only hope of getting ahead in life– and has a nervous breakdown. Long story short, he reads some pamphlets from Portuguese missionaries, gets some freaky visions, decide’s he’s Jesus’s younger brother, rounds up some followers (known as the God Worshippers), and launches a rebellion against the Qing Dynasty that results in the deaths of over 20 million people.

It’s entirely possible that Christianity has made up the 5 million death gap with smaller wars and general low-intensity persecution over time, but without any good statistics on that, I’m going to say the most bloody religion of all time is the God Worshippers, a religion that existed for less than 30 years.

EDIT: Meir Lipnick points out a glaring oversight– Timur used Islam to justify his conquests, adding 17 million to Islam’s score. I’m sure there are plenty other wars I’ve missed.

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This deadly human virus arrived on this world in an unknown fashion and as any good virus will do . . . it slowly began to methodically destroy it’s host.

Let’s hope the machines do a better job.

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11-17-2013 Islam and Me   Leave a comment

I think of myself on most days as a fair and honest thinking person.  It’s the way I like to be treated therefore it’s how I try to treat people I meet.  With that in mind I thought I would make one more try to understand our Islamic brothers and sisters without painting them all with the “Terrorist Brush”.  I didn’t say it would be easy but I’m willing to make the attempt one more time.

I’m a patriotic American and the anger than I hold inside myself is in response to terrorism in general and 9/11 in particular. It’s now been a dozen years since the 9/11 attacks and that anger hasn’t abated in the least.  Let me go back to that time and explain.

I had just become unemployed when the company I worked for went bankrupt.  I was sitting on my coach watching the entire attack from start to finish, unable to move or take my eyes from the screen.  I wasn’t alone. there were millions of others doing the same damn thing.

A week of so later I decided to learn as much as I could about our new Islamic enemies and the alleged reasons for their actions.  The first thing I did was to read the Koran from cover to cover. It’s much like the Bible and the Talmud where it’s intentionally written in such a way as to allow a lot of room for interpretation. I visited certain Islamic web-sites and read ream after ream of supposed religious quotations designed to entice non-thinking individuals into idiotic actions.  I was confused almost immediately because almost none of what I was reading was found in the Koran as they claimed.  As with some Christian sects, words from ancient texts were intentionally  misquoted and corrupted and made to fit the extremist views of the writer.

Looking at history the Islamic culture at one time was the leader in almost everything including but not limited to the scientific, education, astronomy, and hundreds of others areas.  They ruled most of the civilized world for centuries and did a pretty decent job of it.  They were murderous and ruthless but so was everyone else including the Christians at that time.

Jump ahead to the present day and things have changed dramatically.  They are no longer the “Big Dog” and anyone not with them must convert or die.  It’s truly a moronic approach but it’s what the extremists have chosen.  It should be stated clearly that worldwide they kill more of their own people than anyone else which I can’t even begin to understand.

The following quotations are Islamic proverbs which would be perfectly acceptable to almost anyone of any religion.  Ninety percent of the Islamic people are hard working and only interested in leading a good life and raising their families, just like everyone else.  These proverbs prove that for me.  Read them for yourselves and decide.

“It is wise to bring some water, when one goes out to look for water.’

“Habit is the 6th sense that overrules the other.”

”Paradise can be found on the back of horses, in books and between the breasts of women.”

‘If you have much, give of your wealth; If you have little, give of your heart.”

“Marriage is like a fort, those who are in want out, those who are out want in.”

“A fat woman is a blanket for winter.”

“A woman can hide her love for 40 years, but her disgust and anger not for one day”.

“Even a one eyed guy will wink at a beautiful woman.”

“Love sees sharply, hatred sees even more sharp, but jealousy sees the sharpest for it is love and hate at the same time.”

“When you shoot an arrow of truth, dip its point in honey.”

“Lie to a liar, for lies are his coin; steal from a thief, for that is easy; lay a trap for a trickster and catch him at first attempt, but beware of an honest man”

“Anything that happens once does not necessarily happen again, everything that happens twice is likely to happen for the third time as well.”

“On the day of victory no one is tired.”

“Fear can make a donkey attack a lion.”

“God can see a black ant walk on a black stone in a black night.”

“Fear those who are afraid of you.”

“We learn little from our successes, but a lot from our failures”

Now that I’ve given them credit where it is due I must in good faith throw a huge and important criticism in their collective faces.  Until the ninety percent of reasonable Muslim’s decide to stand up and denounce that extremist ten percent there can be no peace.  I want to see the Islamic population of every little mosque on the planet take a stand against the murder of innocents for political gain.  They continue to stay quiet because of their fear of retaliation from the extremists and at the same time insist on whining and crying about the bad treatment they receive from non-Muslims.  You can’t have it both ways.  Period.  End of story.