Java Zen:Thinking Out Loud Thursday, 2017.04.27
Everyone's heard of Erwin Schrodinger's famous thought experiment. You put a cat
in a box with a bottle of poison, which many people would suggest is about as
far as you need to go.

		The Unadulterated Cat

2007.04.29

The Truth Never Changes

Except when it does. The Truth defined by Claudius Ptolemy stood for some 1,400 years before the Truth defined by Nicolaus Copernicus ground Ptolemy’s cosmological Truth to dust. The Truth had changed. When one Truth, however, stands as long and has as deep a roots as Ptolemy’s, it can take a great deal of time to be eroded by the new Truth. Such was the case with Copernicus’ Truth. When so many of a society’s beliefs have been built upon a particular Truth, society is loath to relinquish the old Truth in favor of the new.

It is the same for personal beliefs and what each of us perceive as the “Truth.” An attorney friend of mine leverages this inertia when questioning witnesses in court. He begins with “Would you agree the Truth never changes?” The answer to this question is usually “Yes.” The one exception I know of was when this question was asked of a research MD expert witness. Science types, if they learned the idea of science at all, know the Truth changes. But the average bear believes the Truth, as they understand it, is as solid as a block of stone. My attorney friend then skillfully guides the witness into acknowledging the Truth of the case he is presenting. It’s a beautiful thing to watch.

When the battle is between one who knows the Truth changes and one who believe it does not, my money is on the one who knows they are dancing on quicksand.

There are, of course, areas of human experience where the unacknowledged absurdity of immutable Truth make the experience what it is. Take this for example…

The Bean

It’s “The Bean”, as the locals call it, in Chicago. I took this picture last week while there on business. Is it art? Does it reveal a Truth to you?

Most of the visual arts are lost on me. I know what I like. Asian calligraphy and the works of David Lee and Frances Ku are particular favorites. But “The Bean” wasn’t revealing any Truths for me that day. That is, not until I looked no further than my own feet. There it was. The Truth revealed just as clearly as if it had been, well, chiseled in stone.

AT&T Plaza

It’s a commercial. (I did say most of the visual arts are lost on me. That’s probably why I play piano and cello rather than muck about with paint or clay.) But what about this…

Wacker 1

Found this after wandering East on Wacker to Lake Michigan. Again, no Truths were revealed, not even chiseled in stone. But I do know it had puppies…

Wacker 2

I shall leave the subject of Truth from Art alone and instead focus on the Truth that drives, reassures and comforts most of us. It’s the Truth of “reality.” But here again, there is an often unacknowledged contamination of subjectivity. There is the Truth of facts and the Truth derived from those facts, the interpreted Truth.

Just West of where I live can be found baked into the stone footprints from some long dead giant lizard. Virtually everyone agrees to this fact. The footprints are there. The creature, and any such creatures like it, have long since vanished from the planet. Where the Truth of these footprints becomes schizophrenic is in how the fact of those footprints are interpreted. My interpretation, and the resulting Truth I carry around, says those footprints were left there millions of years ago. Others interpret those prints has being no older than a few thousands years, what with the Earth not being older than some particular reference claims. A single Truth of fact with two associated, yet incompatible interpreted Truths.

A popular and politically correct Truth to hang your hat on these days has to do with global warming and whether or not it’s an established fact. My read is that it isn’t. Man’s experience with the weather is just too small a window from which to claim having any kind of clear view of what the global climate is doing. One hundred years ago, some scientists and much of the press was all abuzz with claims that the next ice age had begun.

I believe it is a good thing to reduce the amount of pollution we, as a species, spew into the atmosphere. I’ve believed that since high school when the high pollution alerts in Denver, compounded by the city’s infamous temperature inversions, left the air smelling like a sewer for weeks. Today, even with the population having growing significantly, the air is much cleaner. The global warming hysteria has not deepened my conviction in this regard.

So Al Gore is burning tons of jet fuel to haul is ass around the globe in order to set up circus tents and parade his “An Inconvenient Truth” dog and pony show. (Sidebar: When was it the Academy created a slide show category for it’s award?) I’m left with several questions. Who’s Truth is Gore selling? Inconvenient for whom? How can such a complex issue contain just one Truth? Frankly, I don’t think the Earth gives a damn about us. 4 billion years ago it was a sea of molten rock with no atmosphere. Life has been wiped clean from the surface and recreated anew probably more times than we know. The hysteria about global warming is a self-serving one and those on Gore’s band wagon are more interested about their own skin that saving the planet. The planet will save its self and will do so with the same indifferent cruelty and violence from which it began.

Listening to Gore and his evangelists leaves me with the creepy feeling that the solution to the “problem” of global warming is for others to solve (usually through some sort of sacrifice) so that they can continue living the life to which they have become accustom. (Man, are they going to be pissed if some killer asteroid is discovered for which they can’t buy impact offsets.) Setting the problem to rights, assuming it exists, will take something Al Gore and the eco-elites are apparently incapable of: An Inconvenient Effort.

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2007.05.01

Interesting article from ScienceDaily (“Earth’s Climate Is Seesawing, According To Climate Researchers“) illustrates my point about our window to the nature of Earth’s climate being rather small. For all their credentials, the scientists really don’t know for sure what is happening with the climate. Those that claim to be sure, probably aren’t honest scientists. (H/T Bryan at Hot Air)

2007.05.02

Added link to David Lee’s work at Lahaina Galleries.

2006.12.26

Kill. Worship. Repeat.

This is about as subtle as a pig farm in June (H/T: Classical Values):

Fundamentalist Islamists in Gaza have begun a campaign of bombing and arson against Internet cafes, pharmacies and pool halls.

A group calling itself the Swords of Islamic Righteousness issued a statement claiming responsibility for some of the attacks, denouncing Western, immoral behavior, such as unveiled women and loud music, a Times of London correspondent reported.

The group said it would continue “shooting rocket-propelled grenades and planting bombs at Internet cafes in Gaza, which are trying to make a whole generation preoccupied with matters other than jihad and worship.”

It’s pretty clear. But lets repeat it. Now, put down that Pinot Noir and paté laden cracker and listen closely: “…preoccupied with matters other than jihad and worship.”

No sense in picking up that wine and liver now. If you do, they’ll want you dead. If you aren’t busy worshiping or killing those who are not worshiping and killing, then what good are you? You’ll have to be killed. No compromise. No placating. No bargaining. No freedom. In fact, just make the word “No!” the lead word in all your self-talk. No!

The moderate Islamists might say it’s just an insignificant extreme faction promulgating this position. But the moderates are not speaking up because, duh, they’ll be killed for doing something other than worshiping and killing. Which means they’re not moderates at all.

Qui tacet consentit.

2006.11.04

Weapon Or Holy Relic – You Decide The Evidence Is Clear

I’m filled with outrageous outrageously outraged outrage at [fill in your name and contact information here] and declare jihad on your fish tank. (This is, of course, problematic for me, what with being a practicing Buddhist and all. But I’m sure I’ll find a way once complete and utter jihadi blindness kicks in.)

It was alleged that Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (Iran’s highest authority) came to Friday, October the 13th prayers packing a Persian Mauser.

Oh, nuh, nuh, nun, nun, nooooOOOOOOoooooo, I don’t think so. It just looks that way. That was no weapon designed to kill humans. It was a holy relic. Follow along as I prove my case with a comparison to the Pope.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei with a holy relic (The Mauser, ding dong. It’s debatable whether or not the microphones can as yet be considered holy relics.):

Khamenei 1

The Pope with a holy relic:

Pope 1

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei with a holy relic:

Khamenei 2

The Pope with a holy relic:

Pope 2

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei with a holy relic:

Khamenei 3

The Pope with a holy relic (detail):

Pope 3

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei with a holy relic (detail):

Khamenei 4

The Pope with a holy…ah…er…The Pope appears to be unarmed sans relic in this picture:

Pope 4

There. That should be more than enough proof for even the most staunch septics among you.

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2006.11.05

Changed title – mistakenly posted with draft version of title.

2006.10.30

Wom·an Ar. noun – 7: An idiot with a short memory

[This post builds on my previous posts Wom·an Ar. noun – 1: Raw meat, 2: Something to blame, Wom·an Ar. noun – 3: Play things, 4: Something to kick around and Wom·an Ar. noun – 5: Weapons of mass seduction, 6: Satan’s soldiers.]

He’s ready! Yes he is! al-Hilaly is extending is meat hooks hand and apologizing to his little meat balls “cherished pearls”

Sheik Taj al-Din al-Hilaly described women as “cherished pearls” and said rape was abominable as he tried to explain the comments which have engulfed him in controversy.

While he expressed some contrition to the women of Australia, he attacked the “dubious media” and “devious groups” which he says have slandered and defamed him.

It’s always someone else’s fault. But ya’ know, he’s just sick about this, ladies:

Australia’s most senior Muslim cleric collapsed with chest pains and was taken to hospital today following widespread calls for him to quit after delivering a sermon in which he compared immodestly dressed women to uncovered meat eaten by cats.

al-Hilaly

He’s sooooooo ready to make up.

“I turn to all the women of Australia and the world. You are the shining lights of the world … How could any sane person think of humiliating you?” he wrote.

“You are the cherished pearls, the dearest thing in the world. So don’t be taken as offerings at the temples of the merchants of pleasure, or advocates of decadence and corruption.”

Or idiots without a memory for the fool things misogynists spew:

Satan sees women as half his soldiers. You’re my messenger in necessity, Satan tells women you‘re my weapon to bring down any stubborn man. There are men that I fail with. But you’re the best of my weapons…The woman was behind Satan playing a role when she disobeyed God and went out all dolled up and unveiled and made of herself palatable food that rakes and perverts would race for. She was the reason behind this sin taking place.

Word is, al-Hilaly is seeking an indefinite leave from his duties at Sydney’s Lakemba mosque. So what do you think? Too much stress or just tough love? If you are lost in the dark on this, Ayaan Hirsi Ali is carrying the light and shows the way.

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2006.10.31

Mary Katharine Ham calls it like it is. Be sure to follow the links to Wafa Sultan and Brigitte Gabriel. Every bit as impressive as Hirsi Ali.

2006.10.29

Wom·an Ar. noun – 5: Weapons of mass seduction, 6: Satan’s soldiers

[This post builds on my previous posts Wom·an Ar. noun – 1: Raw meat, 2: Something to blame and Wom·an Ar. noun – 3: Play things, 4: Something to kick around.]

Reading further into Sheik al-Hilaly’s comments, it just gets worse (H/T Tim Blair):

When it comes to adultery, it’s 90 percent the woman’s responsibility. Why? Because a woman owns the weapon of seduction. It’s she who takes off her clothes, shortens them, flirts, puts on make-up and powder and takes to the streets, God protect us, dallying. It’s she who shortens, raises and lowers. Then, it’s a look, a smile, a conversation, a greeting, a talk, a date, a meeting, a crime, then Long Bay jail. Then you get a judge, who has no mercy, and he gives you 65 years.

There are just so many things wrong with this, where do you start? Perhaps the Meat Head Mufti has been so preoccupied with finding all the different ways life has him outraged he’s lost a few details, like the fact he’s the one with the penis. Recall the comment at the heart of the Mufti’s revelations:

If you take uncovered meat and put it on the street, on the pavement, in a garden, in a park, or in the backyard, without a cover and the cats eat it, then whose fault will it be, the cats, or the uncovered meat’s? The uncovered meat is the disaster. If the meat was covered the cats wouldn’t roam around it. If the meat is inside the fridge, they won’t get it.

Rather than sealing women up in layers of blankets, Mr. Meaty Mufti, the easier solution would be to lock your nuts in an iron cup. As the astute Tim Blair has put it:

But if the meat is outside the fridge, and the cats are inside the fridge, they won’t get it either. For a long, long, time. Trust me on this.

Castration is an option, O Holy One, something else you and cats could have in common. And that “lack of mercy” you perceive in the judge is actually the presence of a spine. But I’ve interrupted the Mufti’s lardy thoughts:

But when it comes to this disaster, who started it? In his literature, writer al-Rafee says, if I came across a rape crime, I would discipline the man and order that the woman be jailed for life. (Emphasis added)

Dude gets 65 years for rape. Whaaaaaaaaaa! Jail the victim for life. WhooooHooooo!

Satan sees women as half his soldiers. You’re my messenger in necessity, Satan tells women you‘re my weapon to bring down any stubborn man. There are men that I fail with. But you’re the best of my weapons…The woman was behind Satan playing a role when she disobeyed God and went out all dolled up and unveiled and made of herself palatable food that rakes and perverts would race for. She was the reason behind this sin taking place.

Are you sick yet?

Ah, well al-Hilaly has an apologist in Keysar Trad, President of the Islamic Friendship Council of Australia:

Mr Trad said Sheik Hilali’s speech was a series of “off the cuff” remarks given as a late-night talk about chastity and marriage.

Well, that makes it all better.

“Obviously, there is a severe penalty for rape and there should be. He’s saying, ‘If you do this, if you behave in a sexual way, see how much trouble you can get into’,” Mr Trad said.

Here’s the math on that:

Rape = “Behave in a sexual way”

This goes against everything I understand about rape. In the Muslim world view, touching, hugging, kissing, holding hands, rape and other sexual behaviors – it’s all good…if your the guy. “Misinterpreted.” “Off the cuff.” Whatever. I find nothing even tangentially acceptable in what is revealed by this kind of thinking. That the Meaty Minded Mufti isn’t alone in this pattern has my attention. My hope is that others, like me, are tracking…

Much more here.

2006.10.27

Wom·an Ar. noun – 3: Play things, 4: Something to kick around

[This post builds on my previous post Wom·an Ar. noun – 1: Raw meat, 2: Something to blame.]

From reporter Lindy Kerin (ABC Australia):

TONY EASTLEY: After coming under intense pressure over his comments that scantily-dressed women provoke sexual violence, one of Australia’s most senior Muslim clerics has been given a slap over the wrist by the organisation that employs him. (Emphasis added)

“Scantily-dressed”? The spin on that makes me dizzy. Not wearing a hijab qualifies as “scantily-dressed”? Anything less than this:

Burka

qualifies as “scantily-dressed”. Consider yourselves duly informed. Hey, don’t complain, you have your choice of two colors!

And then we have this from Meat Head Mufti al-Hilaly:

Is misunderstanding. I’m very, very sorry for that. People misunderstanding my talk in my mosque.

But as reported by The Australian:

In a Ramadan sermon that has outraged Muslim women leaders, Sydney-based Sheik Taj Din al-Hilali also alluded to the infamous Sydney gang rapes, suggesting the attackers were not entirely to blame. (Emphasis added)

We can assume Muslim women leaders (for example, Nada Roude from the Islamic Council of New South Wales and the United Muslim Women’s Association) would have sufficient grasp of the language and context to know full well what al-Hilaly meant and intended. And their understanding was such that they were left with an unfavorable impression – outraged, actually. [That word, “outrage”, is becoming increasingly diluted and devoid of meaning, much like the word “terrorist.” – Greg] There have been calls for his resignation, no less, from elsewhere within the Islamic community.

al-Hilaly’s apology is as vacuous as the Islamic fundamentalist’s claim to represent a “peaceful” religion. The News Limited reports:

Australia’s leading Muslim cleric, Sheik Taj al-Din al-Hilaly, says he will only resign when the world is “clean of the White House”.

After emerging from Friday prayers at Lakemba Mosque today, Sheik Hilaly was asked by a media pack whether he would quit over a speech in which he said scantily-dressed women invited rape.

After we clean the world of the White House first,” the sheik said. (Emphasis added)

Think about this folks. There is a “first” which means there is a second. I’ll speculate what’s second: All non-Muslims “willingly” convert or are exterminated. I’ll speculate what’s third: All women are bound and gagged entombed appropriately attired in their hijab and burka.

Time to wake up and smell the hummus. This guy is never resigning. His three month suspension from preaching not withstanding, there will always be something else that offends al-Hilaly’s knuckled sense of what’s right. I’ve every confidence there is an abundant supply of steep thinkers like al-Hilaly. If Satan ever had a tongue, it’s guys like this.

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2006.10.27

Michelle Malkin echoes and elaborates.

2006.10.29

#1 – Ann Althouse articulates a point I didn’t make as clear as intended:

Reuters paraphrases the quote above [Sheikh Taj El-Din Hamid Hilaly: After we clean the world of the White House first…] as a statement that “he would not go until the White House was cleaned out.” Somebody needs to learn how to read. Those words aren’t a mere wish to see President Bush out of the White House. They state a desire to rid the world of the White House. The place in need of “cleaning” is not the White House, but the world. The uncleanliness is not the President in the White House, but the White House in the world.

Meat Head Mufti al-Hilaly’s comments reveal both his agenda and it’s scope. My belief that al-Hilaly’s comments are a “misunderstood” and isolated expression goes about as deep as Muslim tolerance of other religions.

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2006.10.26

Wom·an Ar. noun – 1: Raw meat, 2: Something to blame

One would think the revealing commentary by Sheik Taj Din al-Hilali, Australia’s most senior Muslim cleric, would instantly set no less than half the nation’s population (that would be you, girls) on edge and awaken them to what awaits on the far side of unassimilated “multiculturalism” and Shar’ia law:

In a Ramadan sermon that has outraged Muslim women leaders, Sydney-based Sheik Taj Din al-Hilali also alluded to the infamous Sydney gang rapes, suggesting the attackers were not entirely to blame.

In the religious address on adultery to about 500 worshippers in Sydney last month, Sheik Hilali said: “If you take out uncovered meat and place it outside on the street, or in the garden or in the park, or in the backyard without a cover, and the cats come and eat it … whose fault is it, the cats or the uncovered meat?

“The uncovered meat is the problem.”

The sheik then said: “If she was in her room, in her home, in her hijab, no problem would have occurred.”

Tim Blair calls it right: “A lot of things don’t occur if you never leave your room. Ask any prisoner.”

Rather than swallow the politically correct oatmeal cooked up by apologists for all things Muslim and the MSM, I have to wonder where is the FREAKIN’ outrage and rebuttal to this type of monstrous thinking, particularly from the supposed feminists organizations and politicians on both sides of the aisle?

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2006.10.26

#1 – There’s more over on Hot Air: Aussie mufti to women: Stop making us rape you

#2 – Yikes!

#3 – “I unreservedly apologise to any woman who is offended by my comments,” Alhilali said. Riiiiiiiiiiiight. Can you say “Taqiyya“?

#4 – Allahpundit’s usual reserved analysis: “’Protecting women’s honor’ is virtually a science in some Muslim countries”

#5 – And Iowahawk has found a vein.

2006.10.29

Modified title


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