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Google Earth Raises Discrimination Issue In Japan

XchristX Re:Slavery = Stupidity ? How un-multicultural of y (457 comments)

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The Hindu caste system [wikipedia.org]. This system exists and is operational in many parts of india.
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The article lead states:

Although generally identified with Hinduism, the caste system was also observed among followers of other religions in the Indian subcontinent, including some groups of Muslims and Christians

There is also another article:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caste_system_among_Indian_Christians/

SO nice bit of selective obscurantism there. Also see "Curse of Ham"

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Classic Books of Science?

XchristX Re:One Resource (451 comments)

In the 9th century, 500 years before Europeans started arguing whether the world was round, Al-Battani and his ilk calculated the circumference of the Earth at 40,253km. Correct to within 200km!

Eratosthenes' measurement was more accurate, was several centuries prior to al-Batani's, and was also made in the Middle East (by riding on horseback from Aswan to Alexandria in Egypt during the summer solstice, actually).

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Classic Books of Science?

XchristX Re:One Resource (451 comments)

Al-Jabr [wikipedia.org] is the Arab mathematician who discovered (or invented, whichever way you lean on that topic) algebra. It is still named after him.

His name wasn't "Al-Jabr". His name was al-Khwarzim (as in "the guy from Khwarzim, the Persian kingdom that Chengiz Khan pwned some decades later)

Al'Jabr is from the title of his book (al-Kitaab fi Hisaab al-jabr wa'l Muqabla).

Al-Khwarzim may have written the Hisaab-Kitaab for algebra, but Aryabhata in India had discovered many of those results long before Al-Khwarzim had.

[url]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aryabhata[/url]

Hey, history gets written by those on top at any point, which at the time were the Arab imperialists who stole India's numeral system and called it "Arabic".

more than 5 years ago
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UK To Train Pro-West Islamic Groups To Game Google

XchristX Re:Islam, eh? (469 comments)

At this moment they *might* be savage, but the lovely christians killed off other peoples (yes, peoples) by the thousands, and some are still doing so today, under the banner of religion.

Compared to the hundreds of millions that the Muslims have butchered over the centuries in Africa, Afghanistan, India, Indonesia?

The Hindu's despise a large chunk of their own people and use them as serfs for the sake of their religion.

Not as a matter of state law. One of those "serfs" was India's president.

The "orthodox" jews in Israel make it a sport to starve out an entire people because their religion tells them it's their chunk of land.

Most of Israel is not orthodox, or religious for that matter. Israel has open gay bars, and is the only middle eastern country with full LGBT rights. These guys sound "orthodox" to you? The primary conflicts there are nationalistic, with religion playing only a periphereal role.

You Americans have some bizarre orientalist ideas that everything in Asia is motivated by religion. Simply not true.

The animist people who listen to shamans in black Africa are hunting down and chopping apart albino blacks because they are thought to have magical properties.

Sucks to be them, for sure. Still, the death toll is hardly in the millions there. Compare with the 1971 Bangladesh genocide by Muslims (3 million dead for that one alone).

In conclusion, religion is just plain and simple evil disguised in a robe with a funny hat (why do they all need funny hats to make their statement??)

Fair enough. However, you make the classic fallacy of moral equivalence here. All religions are indeed bad but they are not equally bad. Some are worse than others.

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UK To Train Pro-West Islamic Groups To Game Google

XchristX Re:Sharia Courts nothing to worry about. (469 comments)

You are missing the point. The Arbitration Act only allows Sharia courts, Jewish courts, or some form of secular arbitration, to apply if both parties agree to it. If you are a non-muslim and you consent to have your case judged according to Sharia law then you get what you deserve for crass stupidity.

You're not seeing the bigger picture. This whole voluntary Sharia Law thing is just a wedge to be used to muscle in more Sharia law, eventually culminating in an ever-expanding Islamic ghetto in the UK where Islamic law abrogates British law. It has happened countless times in other countries and at other times.

People who immigrate to other countries should conform to the laws of that country, not bring their backward cultural and religious baggage with them. It's just the rank arrogance of the Islamic leadership and aggressive collectivist ethnocentrism of the Muslim world that makes them do this.

Try being an immigrant in the UAE and claiming that you want to follow secular laws instead of their Islamic Sharia+Feudal monarchy and your hand will be cut off.

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UK To Train Pro-West Islamic Groups To Game Google

XchristX Re:Good (469 comments)

Jamiat Islami

BTW are these guys still around? I read somewhere that they split up. Is the larger Islamofascist Jamaat-e-Islami in Pakistan supporting them with expat funds? I haven't been following Afghanistan much these last few months (too busy with Pakistan, where the Taliban seem to have moved and set up shop), but I do remember that the Afghan-Tajik tailor in my old neighbourhood loved to diss the Jamiat-Islami some years back. They kidnapped his son and forcibly recruited him into their rural death squads (killing people they thought were Soviet Collaborators etc.).

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UK To Train Pro-West Islamic Groups To Game Google

XchristX Re:Sharia Courts nothing to worry about. (469 comments)

Not as bad as it sounds http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7233040.stm as you can see other religions can also pass judgements upon small non-criminal sectors of the law meanwhile all criminal matters are reserved for the UK's state courts.

Not the same thing. While Jewish law and Islamic law may have some nominal similarities, the main difference is that Jewish law only applies to Jews, not gentiles, whereas Islamic Sharia Law is a strategy created specifically to oppress non-Muslims in Islamic land quite brutally.

Issues with Jewish courts are best left within the Jewish community for the orthodox and reformist Jews to hash out. It doesn't affect any of the rest of us per se.

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Angry Villagers Run Google Out of Town

XchristX Re:True (1188 comments)

There is more chicken tikka masala in Austin than there is in London.

Having lived in both cities...

more than 5 years ago
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Smart Immigrants Going Home

XchristX Re:Great! (770 comments)

This is how you bring human rights to China

Extremely unlikely. Most of the Chinese students at my University are ferociously ethnocentric about their government, and immunize it from criticism using some pretty nasty hesperophobic bile.

In fact, their justifications for China's deprivations in Tibet are astoundingly similar to 19th century European Orientalism and Colonialism (apparently, the Tibetans are "uncivilized savages who eat people and drink blood" and the Chinese are only trying to "civilize them" by taking away their land, ethnically cleansing them in droves and bilking their natural resources to feed the Chinese economy).

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Supreme Court of India Comes Down On Bloggers

XchristX Re:That is so full of... (131 comments)

But they haven't been so stupid as to say Hindi bankers and Jews planned it.

They do say these things. Amaresh Misra, a major ideologue for the Communist Party, even published this ludicrously anti-Indian/antisemitic conspiracy theory in Communist party mouthpiece:

http://www.countercurrents.org/misra031208.htm

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Supreme Court of India Comes Down On Bloggers

XchristX Re:Oh Boy (131 comments)

Sorry, I got the chronology wrong. My mistake. However, her government and several of her boy-toys in said government were indicted by the courts over the years, going back to the Allahabad High Court in 1975 itself (though they couldn't do much about it when the women effectively seized power).

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Chawla_was_indicted_for_Emergency_excesses/rssarticleshow/4058011.cms
http://www.boloji.com/plainspeak/015.htm

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Supreme Court of India Comes Down On Bloggers

XchristX Re:Oh Boy (131 comments)

You're a nutcase.

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Supreme Court of India Comes Down On Bloggers

XchristX Re:Oh Boy (131 comments)

I'm disturbed by this. I believe the Internet should be a place where anyone can say anything. This will only increase anonymous blogging. On the other hand, I would be very hesitant to trash the judiciary as it's one of the few pillars of Indian society that is keeping corrupt politicians from doing whatever the hell they want.

Indian judiciary is independent of government. Indian supreme court even went so far as to indict the government under Indira Gandhi when she declared emergency and suspended the constitution in 1984.

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Supreme Court of India Comes Down On Bloggers

XchristX Re:Oh Boy (131 comments)

Naturally the government isn't taking this lying down. They have, apparently having spent their school history classes smoking behind the bike sheds, recruited a brutal right-wing militia to put down the communist uprising.

This claim is a complete pantload of bullshit. You've been smoking whatever Ganja the naxalite-Communist terrorists have been feeding you. The NHRC has long since debunked these absurd conspiracy theories. SJ is privately funded. To be sure, they have sympathizers in government, but their money mainly comes from private donations from the local landlords etc., much like Ranvir Sena in Bihar.

I'll bet you believe (like many Communists in India have propounded) that the recent Mumbai terror attacks were part of a secret conspiracy between Hindu bankers and the Jews, right?

The Communist-controlled Indian media has glorified the Maoists and demonized their opponents, but the fact remains that the Maoists are a China-funded terrorist group that actively seeks to destroy India and depopulate the North-eastern states as a vanguard for a possible Chinese invasion from Tibet. Numerous documents were released by the FOIA division of the CIA that showed how Moist militants received financial support from China and infiltrated the Indian Army in the 1962 Sino-India war.

The CIA has already provided evidence as to how Indian Communists, underthe instructions of their Chinese paymasters, infiltrated the Indian Army during the Sino-Indian war and betray military secrets to Beijing.

http://www.foia.cia.gov/CPE/POLO/polo-07.pdf
http://www.foia.cia.gov/CPE/POLO/polo-08.pdf
http://www.foia.cia.gov/CPE/POLO/polo-09.pdf
http://www.foia.cia.gov/CPE/ESAU/esau-15.pdf

Highlights include:

#CPI(M) [Communist Party of India Marxist] heavyweight HK Surjeet influenced by Communist Soviet Russia to setup an underground organization
#CPI(M) did proceed to recruit a secret organization within the Indian Army.
#China and Soviet Russia both insisted that the CPI(M) must develop a standby apparatus capable of armed resistance, while intensifying penetration of Indian Military forces.
#With the People's Liberation Army now present along the Indian Border the Indian Party had a channel of support for Armed Operations and a potential "liberator" in the event of mass uprisings - 13 Sept 1959
#4 powerful radio sets had been installed in the office of the China Review in Calcutta to listen to broadcasts from Beijing
#Chinese Financial Subsidies to sections of the CPI(M) particularly the left faction strongholds in West Bengal
#A foreign supply base was now available for the underground organizations with the Chinese occupation of Tibet and other frontier areas.
#Letter asking for collaboration in Indian underground organization work aimed at an eventual revolution, because China has a border with India and can provide arms and supplies.
#Also Jaipal Singh, head of the illegal organization within the Indian Army decided to reactivate his organization in 1961 following the hard left faction gaining control of the party.

In addition, the Communist Party of India have successfully carried out several pogroms and genocides against Hindus and Tibetan refugees in India, particularly during the 70's and 80's (read up on the Nanoor genocide and Morichjhanpi genocides sometime, the Communist controlled Indian media will never discuss these things, of course), all as part of a Trotskyist strategy of maintaining a state of "permanent revolution" (the most recent one being the Nandigram SEZ genocide), all at the behest of their Chinese paymasters.

China has also aggressively sponsored the terrorist Naxalite Communist terror movement in India by financing major Communist radicals (ethnic Bengali Bolshevists like Charu Mazumdar and Kanu Sanyal received training from Chinese war camps in Tibet only to subsequently lead the naxalite reign of terror across India's "Red Corridor").

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Israel, Palestine Wage Web War

XchristX Re:Coherent plan vs. terrorism (951 comments)

Now I have ZERO clue what the law says regarding a Hindu Temple setting up shop in Israel, but that's WAY above my pay grade. If you want real explanations, and not a very lay explanation on Slashdot, consult your local Orthodox Rabbi.

There was a Jewish-Hindu interfaith thingie in new Delhi in 2007

http://www.dailystaregypt.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=5788

The Hindu/Jewish summit set the tone for interfaith collaboration. The "Protocol of Cooperation" -- a declaration signed by Rabbi Yona Metzger and Swami Dayananda Saraswati, the convener of The Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha -- primarily acknowledges the shared values of two of the oldest religions in the world which both believe in the one Supreme Being who is the ultimate source of reality and creation, and condemns all forms of religious violence. The summit agreed to constitute a standing committee on Hindu-Jewish relations.

Swami Dayananda Saraswati noted the "declaration will serve as a benchmark for others to follow and emulate, resulting in a better environment for all. I have always believed in peace-full co-existence. All religious traditions should respect common values and insist on compassion. Religious leaders bear the responsibility of leading their followers to a path of peace so that the world will become a safer place to live."

Lauding the efforts of The World Council of Religious Leaders (WCORL) who organized this summit, Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger said "though religious dialogues have increased recently, the Hindu-Jewish declaration is a significant move that highlights the necessity of expanding interfaith community.

For thousands of years we have marched on parallel causes and have now built bridges of cooperation between the two religions. Jews have lived in India for over 2000 years and have never been discriminated against. This is something unparalleled in human history".

The Jewish delegation included Rabbi David Rosen, former Chief Rabbi of Ireland and President of IJCIC, the International Jewish Committee that represents World Jewry in its relations with other world Religions, Oded Weiner, the director general of The Chief Rabbinate of Israel and over 10 International Jewish leaders. The Hindu participants included over 30 prominent heads of Hindu traditions from all over India.

The summit provided the framework for Jewish and Muslim leaders to meet and discuss the significant role religion could play in promoting peace in the Middle East. On Palestine, Metzger lamented that his community had dialogue only with moderate Muslim leaders with little power and influence. "So far efforts to engage other sections who command power have proved futile. But that doesn't mean we will end our efforts".

Also, I believe small diaspora Hindu denominations (Vaishnavites) and Brahma Kumaris people are already there in Tel Aviv, and they celebrate Janmashtami fairly openly.

http://www.wwrn.org/article.php?idd=6636&sec=28&con=35

I don't know what Orthodox Jewish positions are here. But I was watching an interfaith dialogue on NPR or someplace like that and an orthodox Jewish Rabbi was saying that they have no fundamental disagreements with henotheistic , monotheistic and nontheistic Hindu denominations because their practices can be interpreted as conforming to noachide laws. Plus their complete lack of antisemitism classifies them as righteous.

more than 5 years ago
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Israel, Palestine Wage Web War

XchristX Re:Put things in perspective... (951 comments)

Well that's not really true...

Hint: Muslims did not build the Kaaba. The "appropriated" it.

more than 5 years ago
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Israel, Palestine Wage Web War

XchristX Re:Put things in perspective... (951 comments)

Furthermore Hindus are the biggest supporters of Israel outside of the western world. You'd think that this would foster some mutual understanding...

Apparently not.

more than 5 years ago

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New law in Iran. Death Penalty for "online cri

XchristX XchristX writes  |  more than 6 years ago

XchristX (839963) writes "The Jerusalem post reports:
A new law has been passed by the Iranian parliament extending use of the death penalty to online crimes. Previously, only people charged with insulting Islam or drug trafficking had been sentenced to death. In accordance with the new law, bloggers and website editors can be sentenced to death for crimes such as "promoting corruption", "prostitution" and "apostasy" (the lattermost is, of course, punishable by death in Islamic law itself).

Blogging about subjects such as minority rights and freedom of speech and religion has already carried a risk. In 2005, blogger Mojtaba Saminejad was tried before a local court in Teheran charged with "insulting the prophets" (note the plural, ie Abraham, Moses and Christ as well as Muhammad, an attempt to make the law "PC", perhaps?), which carries the death penalty. He was eventually acquitted. Last year, two Kurdish bloggers (anti-Kurdish racism is quite widespread in Iran) were sentenced to death on charges of (ahem) "subversive activities against national security, spying and separatist propaganda".

McCarthyism with an Iranian face."

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