What Manny Harrison Has

In February of 2014 I opined that the word to characterize what he evinces in his persona is Whacktitude.

WordPress Gets More Astonishing the More One Uses It

The Blaagh is back, after another nearly two-year hiatus, and upgraded to WordPress 4.1.1.  Now I’m self-hosted (so page load times will likely be slow until I upgrade) and somewhat more WP-savvy, having a number of commercial clients whose websites I maintain and repair.

The upgrade to 4.1.1 happened without me even trying.  I was experimenting with ftp credentials to confirm it wouldn’t bomb out on permissions or something when I merely navigated to the upgrade page on the 3.0.1 Dashboard.  It never arrived at the page – it just upgraded effortlessly, seemingly without even requiring credentials (which is not necessarily a good thing.)

Anyway, the job is done.  Amazing.  This is a really strong platform.

Still More Shenanigans over at HollywoodLife.com

And then this.


America, Wake the hell up!
Posted at 9:08 PM on April 16, 2013

This is a 9/11 Sandy Hook attack by the U.S Federal government to distract the American people from their agenda’s. They will use fear to control you to give up your rights or freedoms. They will use the word ‘terrorism’ to scare you. Look how easy they have brainwashed you. Wake the hell up! They are people in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan and other middle eastern countries, being shot, killed, raped, abused, and bombed cause of fighting ‘terrorism’. Terrorism doesn’t exist, and the only terrorist or terrorism that does exist is the pigs in the federal government, big banks, and big corporations. Boston bombing is a distraction and a false flag to increase security, start a World War, or to invade a country. They are alot of people in the middle east in a way worse situation than Boston. People, Wake the hell up. Wake up!


To which I replied:


Mike Gardner
Posted at 11:00 AM on April 18, 2013

America, Wake…,
I admit that Barack Obama is an incompetent boob, a shameless panderer and possibly deeply morally evil (witness his position in the Illinois state legislature on botched, born-alive abortions), and further that his agenda in the world and especially the Middle East centers on empowering Islamist regimes and starving true democracy movements, and further still that he is a classic big-government liberal which bespeaks (or belies!) a fundamentally totalitarian impulse, but your denial of the incontrovertible evidence of the nascent Islamic jihad successfully targeting America means that you are a two-bit conspiracy theorist of the sort that is routinely mocked on call-in radio shows where they invite you to disgorge your fulminations to the amusement and delight of the audience.

Sorry to be the one to break the news to you.

The worst part of this is, in certain limited ways you’re dead on. The abominations in Iraq and Afghanistan are nearly the worst sort of knee–jerk adventurisms by those who fail to comprehend the enemy. The real enemy is our failure to comprehend that not all cultures think like we do, value what we do, appreciate what we’ve accomplished — there are not a few on the planet who would like to extinguish that, and some of those for avowedly religious motives. Until America awakens to that unwelcome reality, the twin horrors of misdirected resources and ineffective responses, and of (unfortunately) misguided opinions (like yours) about the true nature of the threat will continue.

And it should no go unmentioned that the idea that “they’re” attacking us because we are invading “their” lands militarily has been debunked repeatedly by citing, no[t] right-wingers in the West, but the jihadists themselves, who make no secret of the fact that [they] hate us because we are infidels. They are offended that we disbelieve in their divinely-mandated cult of death-worship, pedophilia, urine-drinking and misogyny.
Mike

More Shenanigans at HollywoodLife.com

Then there was this, which was also a response to my reply to Terah.


Cameris
Posted at 12:16 PM on April 16, 2013

American Muslims Mourn For Boston Marathon Victims
16 Apr, 2013 07:37 CET

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community condemns bombings and calls for unity against extremism

Press Release
For Immediate Release: April 15, 2013

Contact: Qasim Rashid
(202) 499-7035
qasim.rashid@ahmadiyya.us

American Muslims Mourn For Boston Marathon Victims

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community condemns bombings and calls for unity against extremism

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA expresses its most heartfelt condolences to the victims and families affected by the bombings in Boston today and prays that God Almighty gives them patience, comfort and strength during this time of immense struggle. While details of the attack continue to emerge, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA condemns this horrific act in the strongest possible manner. The Community prays that those responsible for today’s bombing are swiftly brought to justice and that peace is once again restored.

“As Muslims, our duty is both to God and to humanity,” said Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA National Vice President Dr. Nasim Rehmatullah, “and we want our fellow Americans to be confident that we stand united with them, especially in this difficult time.” Moreover, the Community’s Boston chapter is available to provide assistance to those affected by this tragedy.

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA also commends the first responders, police officers, and firefighters for acting so quickly and courageously. Their heroism should not be forgotten.

About Ahmadiyya Muslim Community:
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a dynamic, reformist and fast-growing international revival movement within Islam. Founded in 1889, the Community spans more than 200 countries with membership exceeding tens of millions. Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, established in 1920, is among the first American-Muslim organizations.

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is the only Islamic organization to believe that the long- awaited messiah has come in the person of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908) of Qadian, India. Ahmad claimed to be the metaphorical second coming of Jesus of Nazareth and the divine guide, whose advent was foretold by the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad. The Community believes that God sent Ahmad, like Jesus, to end religious wars, condemn bloodshed and reinstitute morality, justice and peace. Ahmad’s advent has brought about an unprecedented era of Islamic revival and moderation. He divested Muslims of fanatical beliefs and practices by vigorously championing Islam’s true and essential teachings.

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so go away you racist bigot.


To which I replied a few days later.


Mike Gardner
Posted at 9:56 PM on April 23, 2013

@Cameris
Thank you for bringing the pronouncement of the Ahmadiyya community to our attention. It is most welcome to hear members of the Islamic faith weigh in against anyone, Muslim or not, who commits such crimes. At the time they issued this release, it was not yet widely known that it was their co-religionists who were responsible, but I trust the emergence of that fact has not altered their respect for America or contempt for the perpetrators.

The Ahmadiyya, it should be noted, are considered heretics by the overwhelming majority of Muslims. Both Sunni and Shia denounce, and in other parts of the world, persecute, the Ahmadiyya. In no sense do they speak for worldwide Islam.

You forgot in your parting shot to accuse me of being an “Islamophobe.” That would have nicely rounded out the obligatory ad hominems to be directed at anyone who tells the truth about the nature and extent of the jihad. And please, for the record, quote specific statements I’ve made which are “bigoted” or “racist”.

By the way, what race is Islam again?

Regards,
Mike


There was, naturally, no response from Cameris.

Some Shenanigans over at HollywoodLife.com

This exchange took place just after the Boston jihad attack by the Tsarnaev brothers. At the time of this writing, they had not yet been identified or apprehended — I surmised, because it had all the earmarks of jihad warfare, that it must surely be so, and I was right.


Terah
Posted at 3:28 AM on April 16, 2013

Not being of the USA, and not having any affiliation with any religion (I trust on my inner sense of right and wrong – if there is a supreme being, I’m sure he’ll keep me straight), I can only say that this doesn’t smell like a terrorist attack, and even if they find the perpetrator to have ties to a larger terrorist organisation, I don’t find it likely that this was done one their behalf.

1: No one claimed the attack yet
2: 2/5 bombs went off, 3/5 found and dismantled
3: What on earth is offensive about a marathon?

This was probably some misled soul who got lost his job and got evicted and blames the world for his problems. Unfortunately, he lived in or around Boston…

I wish all the victims and everyone involved all the power to deal with this horrible event.


Mike Gardner
Posted at 8:32 AM on April 16, 2013

Terah,

I find your argument incoherent. You don’t sense the attributes of a terror attack here? Surely even though you are outside the US you have access to the news from Iraq, Britain, Pakistan, Israel, India and many other places where bombings of just this style (multiple devices, staged detonation to cause maximum injury) were carried out by Islamic jihadists. And why on Earth would a perp with “ties to a larger terrorist organization” NOT carry out such an attack on their behalf? Acting as a lone wolf? What purpose, then, of being part of a larger organization? Incoherent.

Terror organizations attacking the West, especially the US, don’t typically take credit immediately for their evil, unlike in many other parts of the world. I can only conjecture about why this is so, perhaps fearing the wrath of the US military which has shown itself capable of killing you wherever you are on the planet. Jihadists, though they are clever and diabolical, have nevertheless not shown themselves to be the most competent bomb technicians on the planet (thank God!). Witness Richard Reid, Umar Abdulmutallab and Faisal Shahzad. It is therefore not a surprise that some of the devices failed. And an endless series of statements by the jihadists themselves establish that it is not specifics of our way of life that they’re attacking, spurred by hatred of marathons or financial centers. They hate us because we are infidels. They are offended that we disbelieve in their divinely-mandated cult of death-worship, pedophilia, urine-drinking and misogyny.

An out-of-work Bostonian? Surely you jest.

Love,
Mike


flickertwist
Posted at 10:56 AM on April 16, 2013

I want to slap you so bad right now that you forget your name. As a Muslim, I am just enraged. Jihadist? Do you even use that brain of yours? What they speak is not what Islam is. What they speak is all a lie. This is to all who instantly blamed the Muslims. Put a sock in your whirlwind of lies.


Somewhat later, after the fact that it was indeed a jihad attack was established, I responded to flickertwist.


@flickertwist
Yes, the peaceful and tolerant Muslims are forever lovingly and tolerantly threatening those who point out that those who commit violent jihad are doing so in the name of Islam, as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev revealed today about the motive of his brother Tamerlan who reportedly “wanted to defend Islam.” Similar motives are routinely cited by jihadists. If their description of Islam is inaccurate, how did they all come to (mis)understand it the same way?
Mike


No response from flickertwist.

An Oxymoron

The advocates of gay marriage are bent on repealing the Law of Gravity. Obviously, they’re not stupid.  They realize that’s impossible, so this must be about something else.

I hate writing about this topic because it’s ridiculous, and because what these publicity hounds want is attention, but in the interest of defending Reality from Fantasy I’m compelled.  Obviously there is no such thing as a gay marriage any more than there can be a Catholic Muslim — it’s definitionally precluded, if words are to have any meaning.  Men don’t ‘marry’ men just like men don’t ‘marry’ animals.  They might have an immoral relationship with one, but that’s just inappropriate sexual behavior.  It’s also inappropriate for a married man to have an immoral relationship with another man’s wife, and so one might think that the advocates of gay marriage would champion that arrangement as well, declaring that adulterers should have permission to be married.  But they don’t, as far as I know.  Nor do they make any public statements in favor of including an animal in a relationship, at least not sexually.  The cynic in me says he know why.  Those positions are instant political losers which would poll under 0.1% in favor and permanently tar any advocate as a first-rank crank.

But if gay marriage, why not bestiality?  Why not adultery?  Why not polygamy?

The answer emerges fairly quickly when you get to know such folks.  It’s not that they want society to get off their backs about their particular choice of immoralities.  It not that Civil Union just won’t do, ’cause it’s not about filing joint tax returns and inheritances and medical proxies.

Such people swim in a different ocean than most of us.  They are descended culturally from a long lineage of Those Who Cast Off Restraint.  It’s not hard to find freethinkers all the way back through history who decided that morality shouldn’t exist.  I don’t mean who suppose we should have a right to be immoral, but that the very concept is misguided.  I mentioned earlier about words having meaning — it is another facet of this kind of person to very much want words not to have intrinsic meaning when it’s inconvenient to their preferences.

That’s basically what’s at the core of ‘gay marriage’.  Marriage is a word with an inconvenient meaning, pointing as it does to the self-evident fittingness of heterosexuality, with the concomitant intrinsic rebuke to their particular choice of immoralities, so the fastest route to neutralizing the threat is to redefine the rebuke out of existence.

It’s one of the larger signs of the cultural degeneracy of the past 50 years in America.  That such an argument is even entertained by educated minds is conclusive evidence of the presence in our culture of underlying premises unconnected to real life which are inculcated in the academy so consistently that they remain unchallenged even to the extent that jurists and politicians act against the Law of Gravity.

I got news for them.  That rocket’s got no fuel.  No clothes on that Emperor.  Everyone can stand around the launching pad for the next 100 years saying, “Whoosh!  Whoosh!,” and flinging their arms up but it’s not going to fly, because men don’t have a, well, and at that point one of the most notorious reasons for this whole debate having gotten this far emerges.  Polite people avoid using lewd language, so the vulgar descriptors which would expose this insanity at its root just don’t appear in print.

So it’s not about molesting Fido or inviting a neighbor or two into a permanent soiree.  It’s about whether “meaning” has any meaning, or whether it doesn’t.  For these people, it doesn’t.  They make it up as they go along.  If you doubt me, consider these guys, or these.

I have a personal theory as to why this is increasingly the case in the modern era.  All people everywhere in all earlier eras, as do those in the Third World today, had a kind of ongoing reality check in their lives because of having to work or starve, and frightening levels of infant and small child mortality, which kept people sorrowful and hence humble.  We are spared much of that in the West because of productivity and prosperity thousands of times higher than any other human culture has experienced in the history of the world.  It gives those who are inclined to mischief a huge opportunity to follow their depravities and blasphemies far longer, without the abrupt correction that occurs when the belly or the cradle is empty.

I Can’t Imagine This Isn’t Unique

Here’s one for you to rebut. I logged on to last.fm just to prove, well, nothing, and selected my favorite artists. Here’s the list, in no particular order:

Jim Cole (wasn’t in their database)
All Time Low
The Brecker Brothers
Franke and the Knockouts (wasn’t in their database)
The Undisputed Truth
Dixie Dregs

I challenge anyone to name another person on this planet who includes these same six among their favorites. If there is one, I’d like to meet them.

To get an idea how weird this is, try these.

Dregs:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rkNYcmxKNA

Cole:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qh_NwTtCxLc

ATL:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFB8sibwRL4&ob=av2n

BBs:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIGsSLCoIhM

Truth:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOYVpfCnt3I

FatK:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYTfkr2N_4Q

And throw these guys in, just for fun.

When Life Goes Wrong

A friend of mine is dying from a disease that is taking him out in a very visible way.  I don’t care that it’s painful for me to watch — it’s much more painful for him to suffer.  He’s not taking it well.  He’s in continual pain and uses some of those obnoxious analgesics that turn you into a vegetable so you’re not moaning and crying and wincing in pain constantly.

He’s not taking it well in the other way, either.  Bitterness over his life being cut short, being in such suffering and having been ripped off quite recently by a number of ‘friends’ has boiled over in his psyche and he dissolves into ugly rants.  I listen patiently and try to interject as little as I can while he rails against God and bastards who steal from him and Christians who are all hypocrites and cries and cries about the wrongness of it all.  Strangely, jokes seem to help.  He’s stuck.  He knows he’s going to suffer and die anyway.  But laughter is the best medicine, and despite my fears about offending or alienating he repeatedly seeks me out because I lend an ear that can be trusted not to take offense or be alienated.

He’s alone.  Wife #2 left him some time back for a guy in the office, his brother died of an overdose  a few years ago, his mother passed in Ohio recently and his only son is estranged.  And he’s left with this cancer and a hundred and ten year old dog, a Chihuahua, who’s also departing soon.  The coward in me wants to have nothing to do with this.  I’m not some nobleman who valiantly remains in the fight for the larger principle of it or the promise of the merciful being shown mercy.  I can’t escape duty.  That’s the way I was raised.  And so I’m going to love and serve quietly to the end.

A Thought on Genius

An interesting model-illustration of human cognition occurred to me this morning.  Imagine a sphere.  At the center a nuclear reaction is occurring.  This represents the whole of the ‘processing power’ of the human mind.  In unusually brilliant individuals, like my daughter Emma, the reaction is hotter, brighter, but in ordinary minds it is nevertheless hot.

I notice that Emma’s world appears chaotic at a glance, with projects in various stages of completion and books and the flotsam of life strewn everywhere.  A closer look reveals startlingly high levels of organization amid the chaos.  Now, look at that sphere again.  The surface of the sphere is the cognitive interaction of the individual with the external world.  Areas on the surface, picture continents and islands, are the various disciplines and relationships of the individual.  Exemplii Gratis, one of the ‘Hawaiian Islands’ is her ability to solve Rubik’s Cube.  Australia is her relationship with her friend Jasmine.  Etc.  But now also picture a wedge of rays emanting from the center, the reactor core, to the surface, illustrating the allocation of resources (‘processing power’) from the total capability of the mind that is applied to this particular aspect of cognitive experience.  In a normal individual, there is a capability to apply the mind to that part of the surface in such a way that the individual appears normal — people come away from them feeling as if they’ve met a real person, or the Cube gets solved.

Now consider another scenario.  The idiot savant does not exhibit this appearance of normality in many types of interactions, but is instead very strange.  Even (perhaps especially) their savant characteristic is strange.  But what if the path through their sphere from the surface to the center is non-homogenous?  That not all paths are equally traversible, or there are latencies in the channel, or … you can see the network transmission analogy arising, but that is not my intent.

What if the path to the core is frighteningly optimized for the peculiar gift of the savant, but it’s not really a gift — it’s just the application of the entire energy of the core to the one thought to the exclusion of the others arising at the surface because the neural pathway of whole-person-ness from the remainder of the surface is so suboptimal?

Just a thought.  Almost certainly thought before.  Probably the subject of a dozen research papers exploring it in a hundred times more depth.  But fun.

I was actually trying to reason through how the chaos can arise on certain areas of Emma’s cognitive surface and yet so much of it function at such a high level, and seized on the sphere analogy simply as a visualizable.  Then the ‘path to the center’ observation arose naturally and with it the application of that central heat source to the interaction occurring at the surface.

Quick Note on the Hiatus

Blaagh went off the air for a month because Network Solutions lost the WordPress MySQL database.  It just vanished one day in late June.  I called them to restore it from backup only to discover there was none.  They could restore the filesystem, but not the database unless I’d selected to back it up automatically.  I hadn’t.  (I have now.)  So, it was gone.  The whole blog.  Permanently lost.

Well, who knows what God has in mind in the plan (we have the mind of Christ, but not foreknowledge per se) and out of the blue on July 28th, the database reappeared.  Fully linked.  Passwords intact.  As if nothing had ever happened.  This over a month after it was gone for good.

Needless to say, I immediately backup up the whole site, files and database, so there wouldn’t be a repeat of this imbroglio, and the happy result is, as you see, the site is restored.  Thanks, Lord.  I appreciate that.