Monthly Archives: November 2015

Pārdomas pēc melnās piektdienas Parīzē

Šķiet, jebkurš piekritīs, ka cilvēka dzīvība ir unikāla, tā ir ne ar ko neaizstājama. Tādēļ šādi notikumi vienmēr ir traģēdija. Bet ir daži jautājumi, kuri man neliek mieru, un proti:  Vai cilvēku dzīvībai ir dažāda vērtība? Ja tā, tad kas … Continue reading

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Terorisms drīzumā var iznīcināt mūsdienu civilizāciju

Anatola Fransa romāns “Pingvīnu sala” no literatūrzinātnieku puses tiek klasificēts kā parodija par Francijas vēsturi. Tas tā patiešām arī ir, lai gan romānu varētu pieskaitīt arī citiem žanriem: fantastikas, antiutopijas, alternatīvās vēstures. Tāpat romānu var nosaukt par pravietisku. 1908.gadā izdotais … Continue reading

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Scientific Faith Is Different From Religious Faith

If you want to annoy a scientist, say that science isn’t so different from religion. When Ben Carson was challenged about his claim that Darwin was encouraged by the devil, he replied, “I’m not going to denigrate you because of … Continue reading

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Bēgļi

Bēgļi. Lielie spēlētāji katrs atbalsta savas (naftas, teritorijas, militārās, politiskās sistēmas, reliģijas un, visbeidzot, mentalitātes) intereses. Dod naudu, ieročus un netiešāku palīdzību – izglītības un tehnoloģiju atbalstu. Protams, visu pasniedzot no savas pasaules izjūtas pozīcijas. ‘Esiet tādi, kā mēs, un … Continue reading

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Homelessness

In the early 2000s, cities around the country pledged to end homelessnesswithin a decade, drafting ambitious 10-year plans to get all  of their homeless people into stable, permanent housing. One Great Recession later and the number of homeless people stands … Continue reading

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Refugees

“My position on Syrian refugees is that we should admit families with children, but no single men unless there is a reliable and rigorous system for vetting them. A Syrian passport is not enough since they are easily forged. I … Continue reading

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Seeking a Cause for Terrorism, France? Look in the Mirror

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brian-ross/seeking-a-cause-for-terrorism-france_b_8608802.html?utm_hp_ref=world&ir=WorldPost France must create a future for their minorities, and live up to the constitutional promises of freedom of religion and assembly. End the decades of rhetoric and vide noblesse political statements and self-congratulatory legislation that is given little or … Continue reading

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Transnational Corporations

I think the first thing that needs to be done is recognize a shift away from government and toward corporate power.  Economies of scale have allowed TNCs to garner more economic power than many governments.  This, in turn, has allowed … Continue reading

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We

Hitler invaded Russia in 1940. We don’t hold the Russians responsible for being invaded even though they had a ghastly regime in place at the time which had committed many atrocities. Germany was the one who invaded, ergo Germany was … Continue reading

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Finding Peace Within the Holy Texts

David Brooks Politics, culture and the social sciences. It’s easy to think that ISIS is some sort of evil, medieval cancer that somehow has resurfaced in the modern world. The rest of us are pursuing happiness, and here comes this … Continue reading

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The Terrifying Brilliance of Islam

Here are some of the key components of the idea-collection known as Islam: http://www.citizenwarrior.com/2009/05/terrifying-brilliance-of-islam.html 1. A standardized version of the idea-collection is written down.This is something basic to several religions and isn’t an Islamic invention, but it is an important … Continue reading

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All of our choices are bad, and we helped make it that way: ISIS, Islam and the real story of our decades-long foreign-policy disaster

Bad policies, bad outcomes: We started much of this and can’t extricate ourselves. This is how we got here This is not, as much as anyone might insist, a civil war within Islam. This is no crude contest between the … Continue reading

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We created Islamic extremism: Those blaming Islam for ISIS would have supported Osama bin Laden in the ’80s

History takes no prisoners. It shows, with absolute lucidity, that the Islamic extremism ravaging the world today was borne out of the Western foreign policy of yesteryear.  Gore Vidal famously referred to the USA as the United States of Amnesia. … Continue reading

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Arhibīskaps Vanags brīdina par Rietumu civilizācijas apdraudējumu

“Rietumu civilizāciju pašlaik būtiski apdraud vērtību degradācija un migrantu ieplūšana, kas nāk ar savām, bieži vien Eiropai naidīgām vērtībām.” Tas vienkāršoti teikts.Vai šīs vērtības ir Eiropai ‘naidīgas’?  Plašākā skatījumā redzam milzīgas intelekta un psiholoģiskas atšķirības (skat. dažus rakstus iepriekš). Varētu teikt … Continue reading

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The hot new job in Silicon Valley is being a robot’s assistant

But have we been thinking too much about the jobs such technology could take away, rather than those it could create? Now, ventures like Facebook’s digital personal assistant, M, suggest that “robot’s helper” might soon be a job description in … Continue reading

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Robot Toddler Learns to Stand by “Imagining” How to Do It

Instead of being programmed, a robot uses brain-inspired algorithms to “imagine” doing tasks before trying them in the real world. Like many toddlers, Darwin sometimes looks a bit unsteady on its feet. But with each clumsy motion, the humanoid robot … Continue reading

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How Robots Can Quickly Teach Each Other to Grasp New Objects

Practice makes perfect, though, as one robot is proving. It is teaching itself to grasp all sorts of objects through hours of repetition. The robot uses different cameras and infrared sensors to look at an unfamiliar object from various angles … Continue reading

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Our Robotic Children: The Ethics of Creating Intelligent Life

Philosopher Eric Schwitzgebel argues that conscious machines would deserve special moral consideration akin to our own children. “If we create genuinely conscious robots,” Schwitzgebel writes, “we are […] substantially responsible for their welfare. That is the root of our special … Continue reading

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Muslims and Westerners: The Psychological Differences

Consequences of failed integration? The World Economic Forum published a report Islam and the West: Annual Report on the State of Dialogue 2008 in which they show the results of a survey conducted in 12 non-Muslim and 12 Muslim countries. The last … Continue reading

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The importance of talking … after a brush with death

http://www.ted.com/talks/jean_paul_mari_the_chilling_aftershock_of_a_brush_with_death?utm_source=newsletter_weekly_2015-11-15&utm_campaign=newsletter_weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_content=talk_of_the_week_button In April 2003, just as American troops began rolling into Baghdad, a shell smashed into the building author and war correspondent Jean-Paul Mari was reporting from. There he had a face-to-face encounter with death, beginning his acquaintance with a … Continue reading

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The Onion Predicted The Rise Of The Islamic State In 2003

The satirical news site warned the Iraq War would fuel “a million bin Ladens.” “If you thought Osama bin Laden was bad, just wait until the countless children who become orphaned by U.S. bombs in the coming weeks are all … Continue reading

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Only When We See the War Criminals In Our Midst Will the Blood Begin to Dry

In transmitting President Richard Nixon’s orders for a “massive” bombing of Cambodia in 1969, Henry Kissinger said, “Anything that flies on everything that moves”.  As Barack Obama ignites his seventh war against the Muslim world since he was awarded the … Continue reading

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Creating God

You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do. – Anne Lamott

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Three Simple Truths About Terror, Religion, and Islam

On: Terrorism is the illusion of power. It only becomes powerful when people fall for it. Picture a magician who performs a variation on the trick of sawing a person in half. The “victim” screams in agony as the saw … Continue reading

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Let’s not get it wrong this time: The terrorists won after 9/11 because we chose to invade Iraq, shred our Constitution

We destroyed ourselves with our dumb 9/11 overreactions. It’s essential not to make the same mistake again. Assuming the official story is right, then Al Qaeda got $7 million of effect for every dollar it spent on the attack–$7 million, … Continue reading

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