The cultural divide


The reason why the Western world and the Islamic world are so completely out of touch.

Remember the interview of Khaddafi with Blair? Khadddafi was purposely showing the soles of his shoe to Blair when he was sitting down with him. In our culture crossing your legs is something nobody pays attention to. In his culture showing the soles of your shoes is a grave insult. It means that you are like dirt under his shoes.

So all the while when Blair was having in his mind a civilized conversation, Khaddafi was gravely insulting him on purpose. And anyone watching from his culture knew exactly what he meant.

Same with all of the Western world idea’s of straightforwardness, reasonableness, evading war when you can by diplomacy etc. They are very ethnocentric. In Islamic culture those who negotiate do so out of weakness. They don’t have the concept of civilized resolution of problems. Either you submit or you don’t. If you negotiate you are submitting because to them that means you are running out of steam, the will to fight.

Why negotiate if you can win? That’s the warriors ideology, you fight till you win or lose. You don’t give up in the middle unless you have to.

Also you never are honest. You always lie, you never show your true intentions, that’s stupid, how can you defeat your enemy by being honest? To them that’s absurd and anyone who is honest to them they take for an idiot.

That’s now the huge problem Obama (and in fact all Americans/Westerners) can’t get to grips with. By his speech in Egypt in 2008 he submitted and lost all his respect and that of the USA. His speech in their minds said:

We acknowledge  Dar al Islam.

If you acknowledge that, you acknowledge automatically the Dar al-Harb, since the two are unified. The one only exists in contrast to the other.

And since the USA is not (yet) Dar al Islam it’s logically Dar al-Harb. So you are admitting the superiority of Islam over your part of the world since you are an infidel.

By that all powers in the region felt emboldened and they were justified time and again because Obama keeps on talking and not acting.

The result? Some call it the Arab spring. But it isn’t. It’s a carefully planned and orchestrated taking over of the whole region by the radical Islam. The Muslim Brotherhood prepared in all nations well ahead very good networks, instigated riots (which was easy, since normal people really where fed up) and afterwards immediately put their network into action to take over the power.

Egypt is now under control, Tunisia, Libya is well under way. Syria is being conquered with the help of the same naive West as they helped in Egypt, Jordan is getting very unstable, Algeria and Morocco as well.

And we are standing by the side and cheering them on under the illusion that we are helping progress.

All that due to a total lack of cultural understanding.

Addition due to lack of context (a very rough sketch indeed):

I’m mostly taken by the interpretation that Islam is a jumble of oral traditions of nomadic tribes interfused with jewish and christian religious teachings.
In those days almost everyone was illiterate, nomads sit around their campfires and recount events, handle disputes, manage the tribes daily life. Slowly judaism and christianity (nomads travel everywhere) start to get spread via that way, but along the way due to poor translation and bad memory the texts become more part of their own culture.

Islam gets born.

Now is the standard nomad life one of stealing from other tribes, conquest, plundering villages etc. There is not much else to do since due to their nomadic lifestyle they don’t do farming much. Lifestock a bit. So you have a basically warrior nomad lifestyle that starts to develop a ‘religion’ of their own. One day a successful leader, mohammed, finds a way to unify the tribes using the ideology as a binding force. What follows are ages of murderous conquest,destruction, plunder without any thought of the future. If you are a tribe in a desert there is no end to what you can plunder.

By doing so during centuries the 2 (ideology and warrior lifestyle) get unified in the Sunna with the Hadith, writings that ‘explain’ the Quran. Also in that mix, get taken the Tafsir, yet another more mundane easier to follow for the general public explanation. That all formed over the ages, by incorporating written tribal justice, the Sharia. The islamic law.

So today the Islam is still a warrior ideology, with remnants of christianity and judaism (the old testament is practically copied, but distorted).

In the end Islam as it stands today is an ideology that encompasses a derived religion mostly geared towards conquest.

Statins yet again shown to be practically useless


Which is logical since causal the link between CVD and cholesterol is non-existent and the correlation tenuous at best. Statins side-effect profile are however very well documented, and are very negative resulting in a negative cost/benefit profile.

These findings suggest that statin therapy can lead on average to small gains in total life expectancy and slightly larger gains in CVD-free life expectancy among healthy individuals, and show that life expectancy benefits can be predicted using an individual’s risk factor profile. The accuracy and generalizability of these findings is limited by the assumptions included in the model (in particular, the model did not allow for the known side effects of statin therapy) and by the data fed into it—importantly, the risk prediction model needs to be validated using an independent dataset. If future research confirms the findings of this study, the researchers’ web-based calculator could provide complementary information to the currently recommended ten-year CVD mortality risk assessment. Whether communication of personalized outcomes will ultimately result in better clinical outcomes remains to be seen, however, because patients may be less likely to choose statin therapy when provided with more information about its likely benefits.

http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pmed.1001361

No, Asperger is not a disorder


Neuroskeptic tweeted this article

Is an adult with Asperger syndrome sitting in your waiting room?

This developmental disorder affects children and adults and can present challenges to providing medical care.

Silly article

IT IS NOT A DISORDER.

It is a different state of mind, leading to communication disturbances with those who are not blessed with the freedom of mind it gives. We don’t like looking in your eyes because we see the lie. We see the neurotypical playing their games. We see the ape mind staring back at us, through the human eyes. It’s uncomfortable.

Stop making this a disorder, stop treating it as if we are incompetent. It’s you who are incompetent to handle the apebrain inside pulling your strings. We don’t want to be like you, slaves to a anachronistic primal brain which outlived its usefulness.

The anxiety we feel is caused by the high stimulation of the environment you created, full of bright lights, loud music and endlessly nattering people. Sure we like to talk, but not about what auntie Bridget did.

For fuck sake. Stop already.