Obligatory Mute Math Post

This is massively way overdue…

If you haven’t had a chance to check out these guys yet – well – here’s your chance. They have a very unique sound. I would say that it verges on a sort of electronic rock. …except – not teh ghey like some other electronic rock. The coolest aspect for me is that they can pull off some pretty amazing things live that, when listening to their album, you would just assume were all laid down during production. Yet – there they are – mixing and preforming it all live.

Consider the following song titled, Reset. It is purely instrumental, but is a great illustration of what I am talking about:

Another thing about Mute Math that I have noticed is that, like other great groups, (at least personally) there music grows on you. The more I listen to their stuff – the more I like it. If you get a chance to see these guys or pick up their album, it would be well worth your time and money.

Here is a great inview/introduction to the group if you still aren’t convinced:

I almost forgot to mention that their drummer is absolutely great. He takes a very simple kit and creates some surprisingly groovy beats.

Video Interview: Robert Spencer about Religion of Peace: Why Christianity is and Islam Isn’t

I found this interview very insightful an educational. Spencer clearly lays out his position and effectively dissolves some of the false claims from his critics (as he is commonly and incorrectly labeled a, “hater,” and thus marginalized). Please take the time to watch or listen.

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Robert Spencer

Interview Questions:

  • You are the author of Religion of Peace: Why Christianity is and Islam Isn’t. Why did we need this book?
  • Doesn’t radical Christianity pose just as big a threat as radical Islamic fundamentalism?
  • How did we get to a point where so many people think the above question is true?
  • How do you respond to “Christian” incidents of violence such as “Timothy McVeigh?”
  • How do you explain the wide-spread fear that we are going to be overtaken and ruled by a “Christian Theocracy?”
  • Do Christians have the right to participate and express their views in the public sphere?
  • You are often accused of supporting the idea that all Muslims, all followers of Islam wish to kill non-believers. Is this true?
  • Do you think that the average American, concerned about the state of the world and the west, has enough correct intellectual and moral information about these issues to combat propaganda and the information war?
  • What was your take on the Koran flushing incident, as well as other related controversial civil rights cases?
  • Why can you submerge a crucifix in urine as art – but flushing a Koran is a felony?
  • In what ways is our government failing to stem the spread of Sharia Law in America?

Learn more about Robert Spencer.

Friday: Mark Steyn – Multiculturalism

Mark Steyn

“That’s what the war’s about: our lack of civilizational confidence. As a famous Arnold Toynbee quote puts it: “Civilizations die from suicide, not murder”–as can be seen throughout much of “the Western world” right now. The progressive agenda–lavish social welfare, abortion, secularism, multiculturalism–is collectively the real suicide bomb. Take multiculturalism. The great thing about multiculturalism is that it doesn’t involve knowing anything about other cultures–the capital of Bhutan, the principal exports of Malawi, who cares? All it requires is feeling good about other cultures. It’s fundamentally a fraud, and I would argue was subliminally accepted on that basis. Most adherents to the idea that all cultures are equal don’t want to live in anything but an advanced Western society. Multiculturalism means your kid has to learn some wretched native dirge for the school holiday concert instead of getting to sing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” or that your holistic masseuse uses techniques developed from Native American spirituality, but not that you or anyone you care about should have to live in an African or Native American society. It’s a quintessential piece of progressive humbug.”

Also On multiculturalism: “General Sir Charles Napier was impeccably multicultural: “You say that your custom is to burn widows. Very well. We also have a custom: when men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks and we hang them. Build your funeral pyre; beside it, my carpenters will build a gallows. You may follow your custom. And then we will follow ours.”

Space Ghost: Learning to Speak I-talion

…sorry the audio is off.

Friday – Bonus Brak: Who is Evil?

New Apple iStuff

The new 08 Apple crap is up:

http://www.apple.com/

And by the way, the new iMac commercial is: ighey. (How do they choose their music?)

But then again: long product explanation videos: nice.

Green Conservatism

There is this stereotype that Conservatives do not care about the environment. This particular line of thinking really bugs me because it is absolutely false and absurd (also – it was a presumption that I previously held). Obviously – if asked, nearly any conservative you’ll find is not someone who is all for the destruction of the natural world. The only real difference between liberal and conservative thought on the environment, is the methodology.

One major factor in this stereotype was that, early on, the environmental movement was hijacked, not by moderates or centrists, but by the far left. Consider this quote from Green Peace’s Patrick Moore:

“The environmental movement I helped found has lost its objectivity, morality and humanity. The pain and suffering it is inflicting on families in developing countries must no longer be tolerated. Eco-Imperialism is the first book I’ve seen that tells the truth and lays it on the line. It’s a must-read for anyone who cares about people, progress and our planet.”

– Patrick Moore, Greenpeace co-founder

Environmental issues have become powerful tools for controlling politics as well as people’s views of politics. How do they do this? Like I mentioned above– because the vast majority of people are clearly pro-environment, it is easy to set up political platforms that play on peoples fears. This might seem surprising – but the same people who accuse conservatives of using terrorism as a fear mongering tactic, will turn right around and shove “Global Warming” in your face – and tell you the earth’s destruction is eminent, and how it’s all your fault, and we have to do something now! “We have ten years to save the planet!” Oh, Please…

Prudence says we should hover somewhere in the middle. We should be mindful of the environment, whilst thinking of realistic solutions (aka. solutions we can implement currently, without demolishing our economy.) that can protect it in a reasonable manner. We also should be wary of junk science in regards to the environment, as it is a prevalent problem. For instance: I remember my 4th grade teacher telling us on tree planting week (this is back when Save the Rain Forest was in vogue. You know, slightly before the acid rain hysteria…) that the earth only had 60 years of fresh water left. Of course this is false – but as a 4th grader why wouldn’t I believe what my teacher said? It would be years later in biology when I would actually learn about this:

Water Cycle

But the fact was – by then, I already has the pre-installed fear that we were absolutely destroying all the water on the planet – regardless of the facts. Learning about the water cycle didn’t really change these feelings. So – as an impressionable young kid, based solely on stereotypes – which direction do you think I would naturally lean politically on environmental issues? Would this leaning have then been based on sound reasoning?

Conservatives and Liberals will certainly disagree on the methods – but similar to tax issue stereotypes, this idea that conservatives care nothing for the environment needs to be seen as the absurd miss-characterization that it is. This mindset that Evil greedy conservatives just want to burn the rain forest down, blast mass quantities of filth into the air, and pave over the rest of the natural world, must be discarded. Newt expands on this idea:

So with that in mind, here is an issue to consider:

The USA needs to become energy independent. This is something that I think everyone can agree upon at least to some degree. We need a real and practical solution to this problem.

Often – the first idea suggested is that we should abandon oil and invest in fuel alternatives. But throwing money at unknown new technology has no guaranty or time-line of success – (Side Note: This is true Especially if the government is involved in the process. As I have stated before at length – the government does not have a bottom line or any really good reason to innovate and invest money wisely. The government’s involvement should consist of giving incentive for businesses to invest in new technology. Consider the boom in Hybrid car sales. This innovation was not caused by government intervention – rather, high gas prices and other factors created demand – thus, the free market responded.).

I am not saying that we shouldn’t be investing money in energy alternatives (as we already are), but I think this is more of a long term solution and is unreliable at best – thus not a very practical/realistic solution. In fact – I don’t really know what the best solution may be. I can tell you, however, that there have been several fairly reasonable suggestions that would indeed temporarily help us move in this direction. All have been shot down by the environmental movement:

  • Drilling in ANWAR – strongly opposed by the environmental movement, even angled drilling from the edge of the park.
  • Drilling off-shore – opposed by the environmental movement.
  • Nuclear Power – opposed by the environmental movement.

So the really big question you need to ask is, “Is the opposition to these solutions based on sound scientific reasoning?” If so, then we must search for alternative solutions. However – if the opposition is based on radical rhetoric, junk science, and/or frenzied political hype – it also, must be discarded.

Admiral Ackbar Cereal

It’s A Trap!!!

Massive Skateboarding Faceplant

I just had to post this from DDR.

“And she’s he’s Ok!” -Wayne’s World

Of course – cut before the line… Booo!

Friday Steynquote: Tragedy, “Bush’s War”, Invading Pakistan

Steyn SuitDP: “…I just wanted to start out by asking you about your reflections on the horrible tragedy that we’re learning about in Minneapolis.”

MS: “Well, you know, I think it’s a sad fact of life that this is something one is expected to have an opinion on. I remember when the tsunami struck, I was astonished within 48 hours at getting kind of hate mail from people who were complaining that I hadn’t taken a political position on the tsunami yet. And something similar, I think, has happened with this Minneapolis bridge, where everyone kind of jumps in and starts making generalizations either about it’s because we’re spending so much money in Iraq and Afghanistan that we’re not spending enough money on American infrastructure and all the rest of it. It’s way too early for that kind of thing. What has happened is a horrible tragedy. There are lots of places in the world where bridges collapse not routinely, but it’s not unexpected. It is rare in America, which I think testifies to the general sturdiness of American infrastructure. And when it does happen, I think the important thing is to mourn and sympathize with those who’ve been genuinely bereaved and those who are still waiting for news. This kind of rush to politicize everything, I think, is kind of sick and a little decadent, to be honest.

…(Call Dropped)…

I was just really making a simple point that I think common decency requires us to put some of the hyper-politicization on hold. You know, the idea that this is Bush’s fault, or the Governor’s fault, or any of this kind of stuff is just idiotic and insulting to the dead.

I whole-heartedly agree. Blaming the Minnesota bridge collapse on President Bush’s “warmongering” is absolutely despicable and ludicrous. These people should be ashamed and repudiated. The same can be said for the insensitive jerks in the media who were running specials on gun control in the midst of their reporting on the Virginia Tech massacre. This practice is vile and reveals a lack of compassion and good judgment on behalf of the offenders.

Idiots Insulting the Dead:

And people wonder why Air America’s Ratings are lying at the bottom of the free market sewer?

AirSewage

Back to Mark Steyn…

“DP: Do you think that there may be a tide turning a little bit in the media about how the surge is going?

MS: Well you know, I think it’s easy for us to lapse into fatalism. Fatalism is the curse of much of the Arab world, that if you look at, if you talk to people there, they often think that everything is preordained. And a lot of our discussion on the war takes place like that, that whether or not it was a good decision to go to war in March of 2003, the idea that its somehow got a pre-designated ending, and America can do nothing about that, is completely idiotic. America can change…

…(Call Dropped (must be Cingular))…

…I was just talking about on the war that I think all wars start off, you start badly, you learn your plan isn’t right, you adapt the plan, and how swiftly you adapt the plan is really the difference between victory and defeat.

DP: Absolutely. Where do you think the Democrats are at this point? I mean, do you think that they’re in a position, especially in the Senate, where they kind of have to begrudgingly give Petraeus until the September report?

MS: Well I think politically, they’re over-invested in defeat, and I think it’s just grossly irresponsible, because the fact of the matter is there’s a real country called Iraq, thousands of miles away, where 25 million people live, and what is at issue there is that the future of those 25 million people, and the future of American credibility in the world. And if you weigh that against you know, whether this or that piece of news is good news for the Democratic Party politically in Washington, I know which I think is the real issue, and I know which I think is the peripheral issue, and I think the Democrats just need to grow up about this. You know, you can save the arguments for the history book. But when you’re in the war, the best thing to do is just get on with it and win it, and not think that this can be portrayed as Bush’s war. It’s America’s war. And it will be a defeat if it’s lost, not for Bush, but for the United States of America.

DP: Well, speaking of Democrats that need to grow up, thirty seconds, Mark Steyn, Barack Obama wants to go in and invade Pakistan?

MS: Yeah, well I think that’s just, you know, the Democrats are always in favor of the war you’re not fighting. If someone was to say, oh, the 3rd Infantry Division go in tomorrow, he’d be hailing that as the new quagmire. The fact of the matter is that the Pakistani tribal lands are incredibly difficult areas. The idea that you could send either huge numbers of American troops or even special forces in there to operate, I think, is completely, I think is completely idiotic. It would cause…Pakistan has 120 million people who by and large are hostile to the United States. Getting them dancing up and down in the streets shouting death to the Great Satan is not a good idea.”

-Full interview

(emph, mine.)

[ht: Steynonline, HH]

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