Everything the world has culturally appropriated from the west. That is, what are those parts of our Western Judeo-Christian way of life that have been taken on by other cultures. I’ve taken the painting from the post, but at least I can claim it as part of my own. I’ll provide the conclusion, but go to the link to see the examples.
Campus social justice warriors insist that the greatest victims of cultural appropriation are non-western cultures, like the Native Americans, Japan, and Mexico. No doubt, they would use some sort of intellectual contortion to claim that western culture can’t be appropriated. Something about “punching up,” or “culture plus power” no doubt.
But looking through history, a neutral observer can’t fail to see that western culture is the most appropriated of them all. Other countries have been borrowing, imitating, and remixing western culture for centuries.
And that, unquestionably, is a good thing. Look at what the Japanese have done with video games, computers, and animation. Look at the brilliance of Korean composers, trained in classical European music. Look at the industriousness of China. Western culture has enriched the world, just as non-western cultures have. It’s certainly possible to condemn it. But then, as demonstrated above, your arguments would look ridiculous.
“Western culture has enriched the world!” How does he think he can get away with saying that?
The Strange Case of the Secular Progressive-Islamist Alliance has been summarised by Robert at Small Dead Animals. These are the many things that Radical “Progressives” and ISIS have in common:
Both hate Christianity and Judaism
Both excuse the preaching of hatred towards disfavored ethnic groups
Both excuse violent attacks by Muslim terrorists, citing “Islamophobia”
Neither believe in free speech
Neither are capable of even the tiniest criticism, citing micro-aggressions or Islamophobia
Both hold America and Israel in contempt
Both favour rule by an unaccountable elite
Both have dreams of totalitarian rule with leaders selected by political or religious criteria
Both shun modernity, such as that provided by the energy from fossil fuels
Both lie habitually, believing such deception is completely justified
Both are determined to end, or severely curtail, our constitutional democracies that all stem from Judeo-Christian roots
This from the SMH: Loyalty, power and the plan to replace a PM.
Malcolm Turnbull offered Scott Morrison the position of treasurer in a Turnbull government in February, seven months before Tony Abbott was removed as prime minister.
It was the day before the first and unsuccessful spill motion against Mr Abbott, in a phone call with Julie Bishop as a silent participant, according to multiple informed sources. . . .
The call took place when Mr Turnbull and Ms Bishop happened to be at the same fundraising event in a private home in the Sydney suburb of Woollahra on Sunday, February 8. They repaired to a quiet room and closed the door for privacy.
Mr Turnbull phoned Mr Morrison, who was in his car driving to Canberra for the spill the next day. The phones at both ends of the call were switched to speaker-phone.
“Multiple informed sources”, were they? So let us see who could have known about this private conversation between Malcolm, Julie and Scott? Why it would be Malcolm, Julie and Scott.
And who come out looking like weaselly and duplicitous, or in other words, who would not have wanted to see this story in the press? Why none other than Julie and Scott. And who had ambitions to lead the party, as a kind of heir to Tony on the conservative side? Here we are down to Scott alone, who since becoming Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Middle Easter Affairs (Frydenberg Division), has done nothing but turn off those of us who still hold Tony in high esteem.
And in whose interests is all this leaking and story telling? I’ll have to think about it and will get back as soon as I can work it out. Whoever it is, must have irritated the others to an incredible extent. At least we can rule out Malcolm because how crazy would you have to be to start leaking against a government you lead.
There’s money in having oil to sell and there’s money in being opposed to the sale of oil. Funny world, and both sides have converge on Paris over the past fortnight. Oil money has been translated into ISIS while the global warming crowd are redirecting trillions into various projects that will deliver nothing other than wealth to those who could not possibly create it and never will. But they will certainly go through an enormous amount of this wealth in the process. The cretins marching in the street are encouraging the very outcomes that will keep themselves poor but make a very small proportion exceedingly rich.
Meanwhile, Skeptical Climate Documentary Set to Rock UN Climate Summit – ‘Climate Hustle’ To Have Red Carpet Premiere in Paris. You can go to the link for more, and there is quite a bit more. The one thing I am sure of is that the movie will not rock anything, but it will be nice for us to be aware of as we are being fleeced. Here I will only repeat the first comment on the thread.
Hope it is effective in explaining WHY it is a “hustle”, climate issues notwithstanding– because it isn’t about “climate” at all– it is about the use/abuse of “climate” from schools to political circles, in propaganda form, to beat over the heads of both the unsuspecting and the skeptical, ultimately for pushing a global governance agenda. And in the process, corrupting honest scientific debate, leading directly to the destruction of the preimminence of scientific leadership in America, when deference to so-called United Nations climate concensus is given. Make no mistake, it corrupts the ENTIRETY of the scientific community, by a relatively small, vocal, and cult-like fanaticism.
Or to quote from another of the comments: “Funny how the ‘cure’ is the re-distribution of wealth.”
It’s hard to believe people treat this stuff seriously, but there you are. It’s how our elites recognise each other. It’s their form of a secret handshake. They have to know it’s nonsense, but if they are going to cream off more of our money for their uses, this is the perfect set up. Yet even as our leaders head off to Paris for a couple of weeks of high living paid for by us, we do see this:
Decade long ice age predicted as sun ‘hibernates’…
FLASHBACK: Temp data fiddling ‘biggest science scandal ever’…
The evidence just doesn’t seem to matter since the evidence won’t be evident for fifty years.
The 21,000 metric tons comes from The Telegraph in London and this doesn’t include any of the travel. I won’t link because it’s too depressing.
From the distant past: C’mon, seven days from now it will all be last week’s news, “it” of course being the mass migration to and ISIS attacks in the heart of Europe. And so it has turned out, even as back to Paris we go. This time for the climate summit, where everyone can take their brave and transgressive positions on the greatest non-issue in history. The headline today at Drudge:
WORLD LEADERS PREP WAR ON ‘WARMING’
Good to know they are taking these issues seriously. Therefore, from The Wall Street Journal we have Matt Ridley and Benny Peiser with Your Complete Guide To The Paris Climate Summit. Here’s how it starts which only shows you once again how obsessive some people are about things that don’t matter:
In February President Obama said, a little carelessly, that climate change is a greater threat than terrorism. Next week he will be in Paris, a city terrorized yet again by mass murderers, for a summit with other world leaders on climate change, not terrorism. What precisely makes these world leaders so convinced that climate change is a more urgent and massive threat than the incessant rampages of Islamist violence?
It cannot be what is happening to world temperatures, because they have gone up only very slowly, less than half as fast as the scientific consensus predicted in 1990 when the global-warming scare began in earnest. Even with this year’s El Niño-boosted warmth threatening to break records, the world is barely half a degree Celsius (0.9 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than it was about 35 years ago. Also, it is increasingly clear that the planet was significantly warmer than today several times during the past 10,000 years.
Whatever the temperatures were, are and will be, the planet is warming and we must act now to prevent catastrophe fifty years from now or maybe it’s a hundred. It warms the heart finally to see political leaders taking a longer-term perspective, not chaining themselves to the immediate moment and the election cycle, as they can almost inevitably be expected to do.
There seems to be some resentment hereabouts.