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Comment: Re:Color me surprised (Score 1) 865

by cold fjord (#48599297) Attached to: Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Were it possible, I'd be willing to bet money against that.

"Were it possible"? You must not follow the news much.

Australia Is The Largest Per Capita Contributor Of Foreign Fighters To ISIS

I think your notion about the "spurious counter terrorist raids" is peculiar. The way to protest against anti-terrorism raids is to actually engage in terrorism? Your notion about grieving parents also seems off.

Comment: Re:Don't worry guys... (Score 2) 865

by cold fjord (#48598757) Attached to: Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Might be referring to the numerous sting operations bordering on entrapment where the prime impetus for a group of would-be terrorists turns out to be an undercover federal agent encouraging them to cause trouble.

How much "encouragement" would it take to convince you to:
- Walk into a building with a suicide bomb vest and attempt to detonate it
- Park a van full of explosives at a public event and push the detonator in the middle of the ceremony

The stings offered them the opportunity to engage in terrorism, nothing more. They had the intent.

Comment: Re:Comparison equally valid on both sides (Score 1) 865

by cold fjord (#48598709) Attached to: Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

So where are all of the officially sanctioned Christian slaves and sex slaves? That's kind of the way these discussions go. On one hand is the active and widespread activity of Isis, al Qaida, and other actors in the Muslim world, and on the other is someone pointing to a Bible verse and says, "See! See! Christians and Jews could do something like that hundreds or thousands of years ago too!" The problem at hand is what they are doing now.

Comment: Re:Comparison equally valid on both sides (Score 4, Interesting) 865

by cold fjord (#48598389) Attached to: Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

I'm not trying to defend them, they're as ridiculous a caricature of villainy as you can get, but they're a product of the east west dynamic much more than a product of Islam.

Right .....

ISIS Jihadis Get ‘Slavery for Dummies’

One of the biggest problems the West has is recognizing them for what they are based on their actions and who they say they are as opposed to what the politically correct nonsense being published in the West says about them.

Unfortunately it isn't just ISIS, Al Qaida, and company.

Russian Blondes Wanted for Islamic Sexual Slavery
“I hope that Kuwait will enact the law forsex slaves”

Comment: Re: Don't worry guys... (Score 2) 865

by cold fjord (#48598195) Attached to: Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

If that is what you believe then you believe a lot of nonsense.

Iran considers itself at war with the US, and you may recall that it is ruled by Shia Islam clerics.

Radical Islam has been at war with the West and Israel for decades. Invidual factions have had tens of thousands of members. Something on the order of 100,000 Jihadis are believed to have gone through al Qaida's training camps in Afghanistan alone. You would think that by now if there was going to be a "Christian extremist" splinter group take up arms against Islam you would have seen that by now. Do you have any canidates?

The claim that "Christian extremists" are fire bombing paediatrician offices as a practical matter is nonsense. There are few incidents over decades, and one of the most prolific and dangerous attackers, Eric Rudolf, wasn't even a Christian, he was an atheist.

The KKK isn't a Christian organization despite its propaganda, and it is a tiny threat today that is still watched by law enforcement. I doubt it would go after Muslims since they both hate the Jews.

Your imagination is running away with you.

Comment: Re: What the hell is wrong with Millennials?! (Score 1) 463

by cold fjord (#48596435) Attached to: Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

How many Soviets fought in the Pacific campaigns, such as Okinawa, Tarawa, the Philippines, and Iwo Jima? Were any Soviet warships present at Midway or Coral Sea? Did the Soviets contribute any warships to defeat the U-boats in the Atlantic to keep the supply lines open? Did any Soviet armies fight in Africa, the Middle East, or Italy? Did they help liberate France? How big was their strategic bombing campaign against Germany? How million tons of war material, food, and other supplies did the USSR ship to the US and UK?*

The answer to all of the above is either zero, or close enought to zero that it doesn't matter. The reverse is certainly not true.

The Soviets then, and Russians now, don't seem shy at all about claiming credit for the defeat of the Axis. They still hold a rather large military parade each year to celebrate it. (I trust nothing is said about Italy since .... you know.)

* Did you know that 30-40% of the heavy tanks helping to defend Moscow at the Battle of Moscow in 1941 were Lend Lease material?


by cold fjord (#48594977) Attached to: The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

Your argument doesn't hold water. You state roughly that the Nazis are leftist because all totalitarians are leftist. And as Nazis are totalitarians they must be leftist.

No, that ithe AC stated. The AC stated that the National Socialists (Nazis) were leftists because they are socialists.

Quoting the AC:

Of course the Nazis were leftists. There were a progressive socialist party, that actually implemented a bunch of progressive ideals, often the first in Europe to do so: universal health care, minimum wage, social security ...

The Left has more than one branch of socialism having both the communists (international socialists) that exterminate classes and the Nationional Socialists that exterminate races. Marx and Engles called for both.

The US "democrat and republican party" being one example of such an authoritarian right wing faction.

That is just silly. The Democrats aren't right wing, and the Republicans aren't authoritarian.

Comment: Re:Your argument is devoid of facts (Score 0) 380

by cold fjord (#48594829) Attached to: The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

The rest of the AC's argument is as stupid and ill-informed.

As is yours for trying to claim that the German National Socialist party wasn't socialist. The National Socialists took the other path Marx outlined. The Communists created socialism and exterminated various economic classes, the National Socialists created socialism and exterminated various social/ethnic groups or nationalities. Marx and Engles call for both.

So yes, the National Socialists were in fact socialists.

On 16 June 1941, as Hitler readied his forces for Operation Barbarossa, Josef Goebbels looked forward to the new order that the Nazis would impose on a conquered Russia. There would be no come-back, he wrote, for capitalists nor priests nor Tsars. Rather, in the place of debased, Jewish Bolshevism, the Wehrmacht would deliver “der echte Sozialismus”: real socialism.

Goebbels never doubted that he was a socialist. He understood Nazism to be a better and more plausible form of socialism than that propagated by Lenin. Instead of spreading itself across different nations, it would operate within the unit of the Volk.

So total is the cultural victory of the modern Left that the merely to recount this fact is jarring. But few at the time would have found it especially contentious. As George Watson put it in The Lost Literature of Socialism:

It is now clear beyond all reasonable doubt that Hitler and his associates believed they were socialists, and that others, including democratic socialists, thought so too.

The clue is in the name. Subsequent generations of Leftists have tried to explain away the awkward nomenclature of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party as either a cynical PR stunt or an embarrassing coincidence. In fact, the name meant what it said.

Hitler told Hermann Rauschning, a Prussian who briefly worked for the Nazis before rejecting them and fleeing the country, that he had admired much of the thinking of the revolutionaries he had known as a young man; but he felt that they had been talkers, not doers. “I have put into practice what these peddlers and pen pushers have timidly begun,” he boasted, adding that “the whole of National Socialism” was “based on Marx”.

Marx’s error, Hitler believed, had been to foster class war instead of national unity – to set workers against industrialists instead of conscripting both groups into a corporatist order. His aim, he told his economic adviser, Otto Wagener, was to “convert the German Volk to socialism without simply killing off the old individualists” – by which he meant the bankers and factory owners who could, he thought, serve socialism better by generating revenue for the state. “What Marxism, Leninism and Stalinism failed to accomplish,” he told Wagener, “we shall be in a position to achieve.” -- Leftists become incandescent when reminded of the socialist roots of Nazism

If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants. -- Isaac Newton