one of the founding texts of modern Islamic fundamentalism, Seyyid Qutb’s book Milestones…. breathes hatred or contempt for all that is not Islamic and is a kind of Islamo-Trotskyist call to permanent revolution until the whole world accepts Islam
Just as Trotsky did not believe in socialism in one country, so Qutb did not believe in Islam in one country
Qutb makes it quite clear that no consideration at all is due the polytheists, against whom a merciless war not only could, but must, be fought. Moreover, in his view, all that existed before Islam was mere jahiliyyah, ignorance. These are not the kind of ideas propitious to the preservation of ancient monuments, to put it mildly.
Lord Curzon, Viceroy of India, was not a man without a certain self-confidence, [the ultimate colonialist imperialist]
But, unlike the Islamists of today, he was not arrogantly barbaric. In a speech to the Royal Asiatic Society in Bengal in 1900 about the obligation of the colonial government to preserve historical monuments, Curzon said:
“There is no principle of artistic discrimination between the mausoleum of the despot and he sepulchre of the saint. What is beautiful, what is historic, what tears the mask off the face of the past and helps us to read its riddles and to look it in the eyes - these, and not the dogmas of a combative theology, are the principal criteria to which we must
Anyone who does not recognise the generosity and even nobility of these words is a barbarian, who values his own petty notions of consistency more highly than civilisation itself.
Barbarism is a permanent temptation and has its own peculiar psychological rewards. The Cultural Revolution in China was a mass outbreak of barbarism carried out in the name of the dogma of a combative theology, albeit a political pseudo-theology. It was because of, and not in spite of, its barbarism that it was popular in France
you need homogeneity of outcomes to maintain your ludicrous assumption of equivalency
you will even ignore the majority of religions for analysis and then you will juxtapose different time periods to create an artificial equivalency
you are desperate to hold on to the blatantly false premise
as for goobermit and power being weaponsized ANY excuse will do (plenty of non religions have murdered far more millions), it has NOTHING TO DO WITH RELGION .... it is the politics that allows goobermit to exist that is the crux of the Evil
4. It's the other person's business.
Empiricism without moral context is just another weapon. Faux empiricism, where the conditions and constraints are engineered for pre-conclusion is another form of propaganda.
Over the past 105 years, 1.4 billion .... have produced eight Nobel Laureates while a mere 14 million J have produced 167 Nobel Laureates.
they are 22 percent of the world population and produce less than five percent of global GDP
they are kept hostage by (malsI) – a medieval hate ideology perpetrated by a criminal and lunatic who suffered depressions, (depar), murdered and robbed other people, flew around on a ‘winged’ donkey, and had no control at all of his bestial urges, desires and distorted ego..............Dr Farrukh Saleem
(malsI) wants to conquer the world . . . Those who know nothing about (malsI) pretend that (malsI) counsels against war. [They] are witless!" Ayatollah Khomeini
“The very first essential for success is a perpetually constant and regular employment of violence.” Adolf (reltiH)
or an improvement
A belief in the spiritual significance of marriage was associated with marital quality.
Spouses’ attendance at church services is associated with marital stability.
Adolescents’ religiosity was associated with their prospects for marriage. Compared with other peers, adolescents with higher levels of church attendance and higher reported salience of religion were more likely to marry and less likely to cohabit.
On average, among urban mothers who gave birth outside marriage, those who attend religious services frequently are more likely to become married within a year of their children’s births.
Young adults who attended religious services frequently during adolescence are more likely to disapprove of premarital sex and cohabitation.
The frequency of spouses’ church attendance was associated with marital satisfaction.
Fathers who attend religious services frequently are more likely to be engaged with their infant children.
Frequent church attendance is related to fidelity in marriage.
Men and women who regularly attend church services are less likely to commit an act of domestic violence.
Adolescents’ religiosity is related to their marital expectations.
[i won't vouch for the source but it strikes me plausible.............the negative social and economic potential of agnosticism and atheism's requires a mitigating structured philosophical-moral framework (a substitute for religion), such as Objectivism, otherwise the nihilism of moral relativity, equivalency and non judgmentalism is a stew in which anyone or group of malice can add to (and there is no shortage of "them")
70% for high school grads
BERKELEY, CA—Offering an alternative explanation for the period of heavy glaciation and lower global temperatures, new evidence published Wednesday by scientists at the University of California suggests that Earth’s most recent ice age was caused by the planet drifting into a particularly chilly part of the Milky Way. “While past theories have posited that the last ice age was the result of factors ranging from changes in the planet’s atmosphere to the precession of its rotational axis to an ebb in solar activity, our research concludes that the epoch-long drop in surface temperatures can instead be attributed to Earth having floated through an extremely nippy corner of the galaxy,” said Dr. Gerard Weidl, explaining that the exceedingly brisk conditions prevailing in that particular region of outer space could be blamed for the growth of polar ice caps and the spread of glaciers across nearly a third of Earth’s total land area. “Luckily, about 11,000 years ago we coasted into a significantly balmier part of the Milky Way, which explains how much toastier everything’s been since then.” Weidl added that, should the planet float back into a chilly pocket of the universe, the few species that manage to survive would likely need to bundle up or else they would catch the shivers.
[the Onion's opinion is just as reliable as anyone else's ...... a reversible Terra Forming solution eliminates measurement error risk]
spending is informative but not determining
the primary shift is housing, cars and healthcare
A century ago, .... 80% of families were renters and nobody owned a car. Today, more than 60% of families are home owners, and practically everybody owns a car.*
The other ..is health care. Health-care spending makes up more than 16% of the U.S. economy, but only 6% of family spending, .....One reason for the gap is that most medical spending isn't out of our pockets. Employers pay workers' premiums and government foots the bill for the elderly and the low-income. Government spending on Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid has quadrupled since the 1950s in the most meaningful measurement, which is share of GDP.
In short, health care costs are squeezing Americans. .....We are paying for health care with taxes, borrowing, and compensation that goes to health benefits, rather than wages.
[DoD share of GDP circa 1900 was 1.5%, today it is 5.7%]
[bottom line the metrics are difficult: aggregated private and public balance sheets with YoY changes in equity sounds the cleanest] ..... averages versus medians are another tactic of distortion or ignorance]
[but after all that is done, drawing conclusions shouldn't be done until education type/quality, IQs, religio-hetero-spawning family unit representation....do we have the workforce skill and personality set to meet global demand?]
without income and asset numbers, this is useless
there was but there wasn't is the summary of your post
sounds like a reversible Terra Forming solution would mitigate the risk of "the science being so settled"
oh well!!! that market research closes the books .....idiot .... no wonder the shoe store hasn't branched
urgency needs the palpable and recurrence
so weather becomes climate when in sync with the political agenda
and since weather has different outcomes, the science had to be "re-settled" to bring all outcomes in sync with the political agenda
just because they are ruthless liars and power grabbers doesn't negate the phenomena or even its causation necessarily ..... what it does do is disqualify them from any civil discourse on what to do about it - they are skum
technically the Republic was still place
indeed those committing the deed were Liberatores