Sunday, January 10, 2016

Why I Fear for Europe's Future

Today marks a new era for this blog, for a couple of reasons. The first one is that it's been a while since I've published anything here, the second one is that my style of living and writing has changed, therefore, I will probably write less frequent articles but will make sure that they're the best quality possible. Let's get started.




Three summers ago, I visited the lovely city of Heidelberg, Germany. It was there that I witnessed the greatest country in the world. Warm, sunny summer with fresh air, there were people from all around the world living in harmony, and in my time there I met, aside from Germans and other Europeans, people from Tunisia, Algeria, Turkey, Israel, U.S.A., Japan, and a whole plethora of other countries. I was taken in by a man named Stefan, along with his girlfriend, now wife Sabrina, and it has been one of the best experiences of my life, and from them and their country I have learned a lot. He will also probably disagree or agree with my point of view and I will probably disagree or agree with his point of view but that will not affect my respect for him and hopefully not his respect for me.

In that time I was a leftist, but even three years ago, the left wasn't as they're known today. It was more moderate, but in recent years, I have gone through changes in my way of thinking. For this, there are various reasons, but I found that I had stopped identifying with the ideals the media, of which the majority is leftist, was pushing. 


The Left, Arab Spring, and the Religion of Peace


 

This goes from everything to praising mothers for the mere fact that they're single and downplaying the importance of the father in a home (Mine had left for a while, and although I stopped seeing him, it had a profound impact on me and my brother), believing that more taxation and more welfare is the answer, when in fact this drives prices upwards, causes a loss of well-being in society, and gets rid of incentive for competition, and other details that are important in everyday life. 

It was summer of 2012, and the last year there had been an interesting movement in the Arab countries, that one called the Arab Spring, where countries like Egypt, Lydia, and Syria began fighting their dictators. It was also the year that Occupy Wall Street occurred, basically, it was the year of the protestor. And I protested however I could, but at the same time, I tried to remind people that not all those in the one percent were actually evil greedy corporate owners, and were in fact people like Bill Gates, who through his charities is about to eradicate some strong diseases in Africa. Still, back to the Arab Spring. This is where I started seeing the regressive left for what it was, for many of them saw much in black and white.
 

There was one thing that dictators like Gaddafi and Assad were doing that was an unintended consequence of the Arab Spring, and that was preventing the massive exodus of Arabs into Europe which we are seeing nowadays. I must admit, it's an impressive movement of people, and last year, around 950,000 Arabs entered Germany. Sweden is also having issues, because they’re running out of housing for the immigrants. These two are probably the most affected countries by the enormous influx of people into their land.

Between the Spring and today there occurred a few things, such as an extremely tough economic crisis in Greece, which has caused even average housewives and students to become prostitutes for prices as cheap as a sandwich, or the staggering rate of unemployment in Spain, the lack of economic growth in Portugal and Italy, and, of course, the extremely low birthrate in Germany, lowest in the world, negative for native Germans. 

Another important thing that occurred is the current civil war in Syria which has so many factions and networks that I could not possibly take the time to describe it as a subsection of this article, but one of the factions is, indeed, quite important, and this is the Islamic State of the Levant, otherwise known as ISIL, or ISIS. 
 

ISIS itself has said a couple of years ago that they would lead the destruction of the west by infiltrating Europe with millions of Muslims with the purpose of outbreeding them and winning the numbers game. When Merkel announced open borders for any Syrian refugee, they saw an opportunity, and it is estimated that one out of twenty Arabs which entered Germany is in fact a jihadist, either with ISIS or by their own ideology. It is also known that most of the "refugees" (80%) are not in fact Syrian, but from neighboring countries, and that most of them are unaccompanied men with the intention of bringing their families. This means that the one million will probably be multiplied eventually, keep in mind that they will likely not have one wife and two children but three or four wives and a few children with each. 

Why is Germany doing this, though? Isn't it a risky move considering that they're the ones holding the EU from certain doom with the aid of France? Economically, it cannot be good, because they are importing a lot of unskilled workers which will inevitably drive wages down, as the supply of labor, especially unskilled, will be higher than demand. Also, it is a fact that many of the welfare recipients in Germany and the Nordic countries are, in fact, first or second generation immigrants, something that takes a huge toll on the economy. 

Where does the contradiction of the Regressive Left come from?

Let's not forget that these are Muslims coming from Arab countries, and while I cannot say that I hate any ethnic group just for their skin or where they come from, you have to admit that it’s pretty difficult to name any other religion which has caused as much terrorism, totalitarianism, censorship, sexism, or human rights violations as the Arab countries. There are few countries that will execute a person for not believing in their religion or breaking one of the rules from that religion that are not the Islamic countries, especially those that follow Sharia Law.

 

What perplexes me is that the left is now an avid supporter and apologist of the more violent Islamic cultures. Not liberals, true liberals believe in equal rights for all, democracy and freedom. These are what is denominated the “regressive left” (A term coined by a Muslim, by the way). They call critics bigots while at the same time treating countries like Syria and Bangladesh like they’re children, like they have no accountability. They preach to defend women’s’ rights while at the same time defending the most misogynist cultures in the world. They want to defend LGBT rights when those people would be executed in most of those countries. They say they defend freedom of speech but are quick to censor that which is considered unacceptable, such as the recent New Year’s Eve attacks in Cologne, Hamburg, Stuttgart, and Frankfurt. They say they want to be tolerant and allow mosques to be built on their land, but when will you be able to build a Protestant or Russian Orthodox Church in, say, Saudi Arabia? They say they want multicultural societies but the more “liberal” countries like Sweden are quick to criticize, and even hate, white people, just for the sake of being white, while at the same time exalting all that is foreign. I am not advocating xenophobia, but where’s the pride for your own country?

Oh, I know. Nationalism is seen as dangerous in Europe, of course. I never saw a German flag around, but I never actually saw Germans being hateful of Germany itself. There are some now that are speaking up, saying that it’s good that the Nazi descendants are unable to breed as quickly as foreigners so they can be bred out, and politicians themselves will openly insult their people. The Swedish politicians will call their own people White Supremacists while living in neighborhoods isolated from the Somali immigrants. Angela Merkel got in touch with Mark Zuckerberg to censor “Islamophobic bigots” and the police will jail those who speak openly against Islam.

 
Why don’t the men defend their land? This one’s pretty simple, and pretty sad, but the answer is that they don’t really have much to fight for. They have been demonized by the women and their country, and families have been more unstable lately than ever before. When a society exists, there is a constant power struggle between the family and the state, and in Europe, the state is winning. Why would you fight for a country if your genes will not survive there, or anywhere, in the long run? When you and your girlfriend or wife have a dog or cat instead of a child, you aren’t probably too inclined to fight for your land and will find it easier to leave. Europe is a special case, especially, because they mustn’t really fight anybody, just prevent the entry of radicals who are incompatible with their culture.

One common argument for the open borders policy currently taking place in Germany is that Islam is a religion of peace, therefore there should be nothing to fear. Of course, when the mayor of Cologne releases a behavior guideline for the women to avoid rape, instead of telling the refugees and second-generation immigrants who for some reason have not assimilated to European culture to follow the damn law, you have to question whether that’s the case. Keep in mind, there’s no Old and New testament to the Quran which separates the fundamentalist and liberal Muslims, and although most of the religious texts have depravity one way or another, you have to wonder how those who follow Islam, as some of the most devout to their religion, are compatible with more liberal civilizations when their book has passages on killing infidels, having slaves, how to treat your wife essentially as a slave as well, or their prophet who had sex with a nine year old.

 

Like I said, other texts have bad passages as well, such as the Bible which has a talking donkey, incest, and other wild situations. The difference between Christians and Muslims, though, is that I’ve never seen death threats by Christians to cartoonists for making fun of Jesus or other things, I’ve never seen Mormons murder for their prophet, the closest thing I’ve seen is Zionism, a modern colonial situation of which my eyes have been opened by a Palestinian professor I had in high school, one of the best I’ve had.

Does that mean I hate Islam? No, I embrace all cultures because from all of them there is something to learn. I support everyone’s right of freedom, free speech, even if I do not agree with their ideas, live wherever they want, but I don’t see rights as something that’s for granted. I see them as privilege. I saw drug dealers defended by the National Commission of Human Rights from being attacked by the army because they were underage, and this made me consider them unworthy of the right to be protected because they themselves had murdered. That’s the same way I see refugees, most of which aren’t even that, who go to Europe and rape or murder in the name of their religion. If they will act like invaders, they should be treated like invaders. Feminists ignored the rapes in Cologne and dismissed it as men being men, while fighting a nonexistent rape culture in colleges, at the same time that Europe is importing people that come from a true rape culture. Even the Imams are yelling at their people who are sent to Europe that they will outbreed the Europeans; that they will have more children and therefore conquer. The ones at school will beat up the native boys in groups, they increased the rape in Sweden to the point that politicians are not showing who is doing the rapist because “the facts are racists”. What the hell is going on?


I think that it’s very sad that a country like Germany, where one could be outside in the middle of the night, and not be in danger even in the bad neighborhoods, now have to take measures such as women changing their behavior to prevent rape, unsafe streets at night, hell, there will probably end up being Sharia zones like those in Great Britain. How the hell are there pedophile sex rings in Germany as well? How come one of the previously safest countries in the world has to look for weapons in the black market and hope they’re not caught by the police, or create their own vigilante groups, which are fought against by the police in greater numbers than the disruptive immigrants, when previously this was unthinkable?

I am afraid for Europe because this is not the way the greatest country in the world should be. I am afraid for Europe because the country which is holding the Union up is setting itself up for hardship in the long run. I am glad that there are countries like Hungary and Rumania who are not allowing themselves to be trampled over by the enormous masses of immigration. The true refugees, which is a quiet minority at this point, is given a bad image by another loud minority, and that saddens me deeply.

Ideas are powerful and if you will spread bad ideas, you should allow somebody to argue the alternatives, not censor them, not execute them, and definitely not dismiss them for being different in the name of “tolerance”. I am not a racist, I am not a bigot, I firmly believe in the idea that it is our duty to fight evil however we can, and right now, evil is manifesting itself as cultural genocide. I don’t know how far this article will make it, I don’t know if you, as a reader, will even make it to the end of it for being offended by what is, at most, a moderate stance on the situation, but if you get to this, and can do something about it, then go ahead. We’re citizens of the world, we have to fight for harmony to exist, but never at the expense of someone else.

Link collection:

Arab Spring

Bill Gates

Economic crisis


Feminism, families, reason to defend



Gaddafi talking about immigration, ISIS plan to send Muslims to Europe

Gays and Islam


Germany




Greece crisis


Human Rights Arabia


Imam about breeding Europe


Immigration Numbers




Insulting Germans



Muslim attacks/threats





Occupy


Regressive Left

Sharia zones



Single mothers, importance of fathers



Syrian War

Sweden






Saturday, June 21, 2014

5: Misconceptions People Still Hold Today

        There are facts, there are people who spread those facts, and then there are idiots who fuck with these facts and bring about very stupid ideas. They can come in the form of old wives' tales, but then again some aren't, and these are just a few that I hear quite often.

5: Vaccines cause autism


        No, they don't, and if you're not going to give your child vaccines because you think that then god damn you don't deserve a kid. There is this website which answers the question: How do vaccines cause autism?

4: Fat-Free won't make you fat


      Fat is very convenient for your taste buds, and a lot of foods contain fat. Of course, there are people who for some reason or another can't/won't eat fat so there are substitutes. These substitutes tend to be higher in caloric content because of the sugar that is added in order to add good taste. Also people tend to eat more to compensate because, well, fat is filling, sugar is not.


3: Something without chemicals is good for you


       Everything's a chemical. You can't take away chemicals from a fucking tomato because it will cease to exist. This one's spread by ecologic activism enthusiasts who don't have an idea about what they're saying. Yes, there are chemicals that are bad for you, but then again you're a carbon-based lifeform. 

2: If the Earth were (x) closer/further from the sun we would freeze/burn to death


       This one's plain stupid. I've heard about 10 meters. Better not climb up a mountain, then. Actually, our planet shifts thousands of kilometers all the time and the change is minimal. The distance we need to actually change the temperature must be enormous. 

1: We use 10% of our brains

        Yeah, we use 10% of our brains like we use 33% of traffic lights at a time. There are human beings who do have the ability to use 100% of their brains at the same time, though. I wouldn't say they're superhuman, there's a bit of everything, some are smarter than others, some are not, but you can tell when they use all of their brain at the same time, because we call that having a seizure.

Your brain, on seizures. Blue indicates dormant parts and red indicates activity.

Friday, June 6, 2014

D-Day


         Today marks the 70th anniversary of the largest naval invasion in the history of war: D-Day. Part of the Normandy landings in WWII, this stage of Operation Overlord, which gave to the decline of Nazi Germany, could not have been undertaken in such a fashion had it not been for various factors, especially Operation Bodyguard, which mislead the Nazis concerning the landings of the allies. 


       The weather was pretty important as well. This is because the beaches of Normandy were lined with bunkers which would spray those arriving with lead. The skies were gray, and the shore was foggy, which allowed the armored ships to arrive to the shore with relative ease. Of course, once the soldiers jumped off their ships it was every man for himself, and the battle's casualties were around 1,000 Nazi soldiers and 14,000 Allied soldiers. 


      This was a clear victory for the Allies, though, because this put a strong foothold which could be expanded and this led to the liberation of France, and the debilitation of the German army. Of course, there was a wall that had been built in order to defend against an Allied invasion. This project had been undertaken by Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, known for being an incredible strategist. This made the rest of Operation Overlord quite difficult for the Allies, but then again, at this point in the war the Nazis were using captured weapons and equipment, which tended to be unreliable, so they had lost much of their strength. 

To be fair, though, Rommel was a badass.
       To be honest, I don't know how Americans celebrate, or conmemorate, this day, so I would like to remind everyone that every war has its horrors. Imagine the fear a soldier had, sitting on a boat, under a constant hail of bullets, knowing that the moment the door opens he'll probably be shredded to pieces if he's not quick enough, and even then his chances were slim. It's admirable, to go to war knowing that.

      I want to end this on a lighter note. In one of the beaches there was a Scottish man with a bagpipe and he would just play it and walk from one end of the beach to the other. He was never shot. He wanted to give morale to his fellow troops and the Nazis thought he had mental problems so they didn't bother. Also, if you want a good artistic representation of what D-Day was, watch the beginning of Saving Private Ryan. It's pretty awesome. 

The bagpiper himself: Bill Millin.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Kurt Cobain


April 5, 1994. Pen, paper, a heroin kit, a shotgun and a box of shells. Automatic For The People by R.E.M. is playing. 

"To Boddah:

Speaking from the tongue of an experienced simpleton who obviously would rather be an emasculated, infantile complain-ee. This note should be pretty easy to understand.
All the warnings from the punk rock 101 courses over the years, since my first introduction to the, shall we say, ethics involved with independence and the embracement of your community had proven to be very true. I haven't felt the excitement of listening to as well as creating music along with reading and writing for too many years now. I feel guilty beyond words about these things.

For example, when we're backstage and the lights go out and the manic roar of the crowds begin, it doesn't affect me the way in which it did for Freddie Mercury, who seemed to love, relish in the love and adoration from the crowd which is something I totally admire and envy. The fact is, I can't fool you, any one of you. It simply isn't fair to you or me. The worst crime I can think of would be to rip people off by faking it and pretending as if I'm having 100% fun.

Sometimes I feel as if I should have a punch-in time clock before I walk out on stage. I've tried everything within my power to appreciate it (and I do, God, believe me I do, but it's not enough). I appreciate the fact that I and we have affected and entertained a lot of people. It must be one of those narcissists who only appreciate things when they're gone. I'm too sensitive. I need to be slightly numb in order to regain the enthusiasms I once had as a child.

On our last 3 tours, I've had a much better appreciation for all the people I've known personally, and as fans of our music, but I still can't get over the frustration, the guilt and empathy I have for everyone. There's good in all of us and I think I simply love people too much, so much that it makes me feel too fucking sad. The sad little, sensitive, unappreciative, Pisces, Jesus man. Why don't you just enjoy it? I don't know!

I have a goddess of a wife who sweats ambition and empathy and a daughter who reminds me too much of what I used to be, full of love and joy, kissing every person she meets because everyone is good and will do her no harm. And that terrifies me to the point to where I can barely function. I can't stand the thought of Frances becoming the miserable, self-destructive, death rocker that I've become.

I have it good, very good, and I'm grateful, but since the age of seven, I've become hateful towards all humans in general. Only because it seems so easy for people to get along that have empathy. Only because I love and feel sorry for people too much, I guess.

Thank you all from the pit of my burning, nauseous stomach for your letters and concern during the past years. I'm too much of an erratic, moody baby! I don't have the passion anymore, and so remember, it's better to burn out than to fade away.

Peace, love, empathy,

Kurt Cobain

Frances and Courtney, I'll be at your altar.
Please keep going Courtney, for Frances.
For her life, which will be so much happier without me.

I love you, I love you!"


          I'd write a post about why Kurt commited suicide, but his letter says it all quite well. Cobain was a Buddhist, and Boddah was his imaginary friend from childhood. He was an intellectual, and many believe he didn't kill himself, others believe that, given his non-violent nature, this was his most violent act and a gesture of great proportions. Whatever it was, though, burned his image into society's head. 

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Beatles: 50 Years Later


           As I was checking my mail, I noticed this interesting message from the content director of VEGAS.com. They are giving homage to The Beatles for their 50th anniversary of their performance in the Ed Sullivan Show. Of course, it's a pretty good reason to write about them, so here goes nothing. 


           I never had the pleasure of seeing them perform or anything (I'm 19), but growing up, I used to hang around with my uncles a lot and one of them would listen to their music all day. I was always intrigued by their style, which differed from album to album, and of course I got to choose my favorite songs such as Hey Jude, Penny Lane, Twist and Shout, and some others. 


           As a younger teenager, though, I never understood why they became so famous. After all, they were a worldwide sensation. Hell, I still don't get it. Their music is catchy, but not complex. Their voices are harmonious, but not difficult to imitate (if you have a trained voice). They were just a four-guy band that happened to become pretty famous. 

But then again, there was something about this band. 


           Just about anybody can listen to it and, if not fall in love with the music, enjoy it. This is something modern pop music tries to accomplish, but the Beatles came from a time before entertainment had such a wide reach. I mean, there was television, radio, and there were vinyl disks, but that was about it. Now you have apps that can even suggest music for you based on what you listen to. Besides, music has gained such a degree of similarity these days that you can predict most songs pretty easily. 


            However, this never happened with the Beatles. Most of their songs are different, and granted, some were similar but that's quite normal in a band. What they have that makes me admire them is the fact that, from one album to the next, their style was always changing, and not in a way that made people complain like they do nowadays. It was a natural transformation that came as the four members grew and matured physically and emotionally. This, I believe, is what makes them trascend through ever-changing trends and styles and is, probably just one small part, of why we consider The Beatles one of the best bands to have existed. 


Friday, February 14, 2014

Contemporary Literature and Modern Manhood


          I've been working on comparing and contrasting these novels, Mist by Miguel de Unamuno and The Tunnel by Ernesto Sábato. We were also required to read an essay by Milan Kundera which talks about the history of novels, which details the way they've been changing from Don Quixiote to existentialism, and he argues that the problem with modern literature is that real problems such as war, famine, plagues, or just the need to chop some wood and build a fire. 


          What does this do? This gives us time. Both Mist and The Tunnel are about a man who falls in love with a woman. One's set in a sarcastic tone, one's set in a dark tone, but the same thing happens in both, which is that the man gets so involved and so obsessed with his woman that he begins to put her needs above his while the woman doesn't even give anything back. One of the men spends the book trying to kill himself and the other ends up killing the woman. 



         Kundera expresses the opinion, which holds pretty close to reality, that novels reflect the reality of society's situation at the time. Don Quixiote was about the dual nature of reality and a man's idealism. This was written when the Spanish Empire was thriving. You can choose any novel you want and you'll find something similar. The same goes for any manifesto, any essay, a damn piece of writing on the wall. 

Fucking writing on the wall.
         So, how does this reflect contemporary man's reality? We don't have to hunt, we don't fight each other, hell, it's hard to fight each other without breaking the law now, we don't have wars, at least in (most of) the Western World, we don't have tribes, we don't manage ourselves the same way that cavemen used to. And now we're supposed to be all politically correct because somebody will be offended, which is, pretty much just a whine. We have time. With time, and nothing to fix, nothing to keep our minds, we create our own problems, like the men in the novels who would do anything to please their women. 


             Another thing is the heavy influence that feminism has had on society. I respect what the movement stood for at first, but it has been transforming to such an extent that lead it to extremism, which is not good in any context. Although it's not just that. There's also the anti-bullying. It's all right, discrimination's something ugly and you're not going to just pester somebody because they're different, but you're not going to glorify things that will affect your health in the long run. There's fat acceptance, for example, which at first was meant to prevent people from discriminating on those who are overweight, obese, and all, but it's not an acceptable excuse to be fat, and for those who argue that being fat is healthy, a quick, superficial investigation should suffice to change your point of view. 

Modern man.
        But lo and behold, I'm treading too deep in just one point. There is a suppression of competition, and many see the ideal and instead of trying to reach it, they try to bring it down, like crabs in a bucket. The need to please others before pleasing yourself is only one of the many problems that men have created for themselves, as is apparent. Here we have a whole generation of males who have been told that they should be ashamed of being raw and crude with their way of being when, throughout thousands of years, it's worked out. Another example is that many men don't work out at all anymore. Intellectuals can claim that they work out their minds, but even the great Greek philosophers worked out and considered that everybody should be able to see the capacity of strength and power that their bodies have.

Here you see Plato and Aristotle with invisible basketballs.
            When you get yourself busy, you'll notice a change, which is that you'll get more things to do without even having to seek them out, and things that appeared pretty meaningful before will become trivial compared to what you're doing, because now you're actually getting busy with real shit. It's like what happens in American Beauty. Once the narrator actually gets busy, he develops this aura that causes awe in others. If you read contemporary literature, you'll find that many of the main characters are men with weak willpower who never put themselves before others. 


         Don't be the contemporary man. Be like the men of ancient lore, those who were willing to fight a fucking windmill for the thrill and bravery (Note, I do not condone fighting windmills, people will believe you're high on acid). Be like the Greek philosopher, the Rennaisance man. Be yourself, but always be better than what you were the day before.

Grow some facial hair if you can as well. That's cool.