Saturday, July 22, 2017

Lecture of the week

I often criticize the rabid fundamentalists of the green religion (as I similarly criticize the radical fundamentalists of the left and right of Catholicism).

But that doesn't mean I hate everything about it: I mean, I live a green lifestyle (eat locally, eat organic rice that we grow, live frugally).

So here is a talk about the love of nature:


Philippine news

SP has a long summary about the clan feud behind the siege in the south, along with explanations why urban warfare is so hard...I like the headline: Not a refuge but a eathtrap.

there are reports that nearby countries report their crazies have connections with our problems, and even help them. Hopefully they will learn to stay home where it is safer.

in the meanwhile, there is supposed to be a cigarette smoking ban for health reasons. Sounds like the foreign NGO's are here. HELLO: tobacco causes health problems.

SHABU and marijuana only kills your soul, families and society, and is deeply connected to corruption and crime. Priorities please.

The main problem here is corruption. But most of the elite are related to each other, and family comes first. And most of the elite follow the agenda of overseas elites.The locals have little say in the matter, but never mind. So Duterte is hated by the international elite but loved by ordinary folks, who are the victims of the druggies and of the corrupt politicians.

It's like the local  Catholic church's emphasis on green issues. Tagle is running for pope, so must go along with this absurdity...

Lots of pressure by outsiders for us to clean up first world issues while ignoring the problems in front of their nose.

another day, another bank heist.






Friday, July 21, 2017

sometimes hospice is a good option

you can say no to aggressive medical care.

John McCain has a glioblastoma, and the press is saying, hey there is treatment so don't give up the fight.

even though the dirty little secret is that the survival rate is low and the treatment is lousy.

I often criticize "QALY" criteria that deny treatment to the elderly or handicapped, figuring they are better off dead, but there is a good argument that people with weak bodies from age or handicaps might get a lot more side effects and less benefits from aggressive therapy.

This is an individual choice:

Yes when Joy's sister got malignant melanoma with metastases, I got her in a trial for experimental immunotherapy in Manila, (which didn't work, by the way). But she was only 45. Ditto for my "young" 60 year old brother in the US, whose cancer was put into a six year remission with a drug that was still in the trial mode when he started taking it.

But at age 80, the body is older, and many organs have vulnerabilities.

In many cases, hospice care is a good alternative.

Which is why my husband refused chemo for his Chronic leukemia: it might have put him into remission but he already had heart and kidney problems from his high blood pressure so the books noted that in such patients it was considered "optional".

Comfort care at home was his choice, and he died in his own bed, with family present.

Of course, this does have a downside: Lack of hospice care. One of Lolo's cousins had a lot of pain for a fractured hip that was treated with bedrest (no money for the expensive prosthesis needed due to osteoporosis, and he had medical problems that made surgery dangerous). He died after a few months anyway, but after a lot of suffering despite good home care by his niece and her son.

And we see a lot of stroke patients limping around town with post CVA footdrop... a lot of strokes and heart attacks due to high blood pressure because they can't afford the medicine for this...

There are free clinics, but often people don't go, and medicine alas is not free.

War Stories below the fold

StrategyPage on the difficulties of urban warfare, and how ISIS manipulates the SJW and the press.


One major operational goal stressed by Iraq officers was minimizing civilian casualties. ISIS fighters use civilians as "human shields" to deter coalition attacks on their positions. The thugs who commit this war crime always accuse their adversaries of targeting the civilians. ISIS also makes routine use of mosques as battle positions and supply depots. That complicates offensive operations where the attackers are trying to minimize the destruction.
We are seeing this use of human shields in the fight in the southern Philippines, so we are reading articles like this one.

 Something to remember when you read headlines accusing the Philippine soldiers of killing innocent civilians.
although I suspect they might "accidentally" kill some not so innocent folks pretending to be civilians...

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Also from SP: It took Colombia 20 years to essentially shut down their Marxist insurgents. The economy is booming.

a short background note:

A lot of the FARC guys who turned themselves in will get amnesty: However, like my son's birth sister's common law husband, who came in from the cold after a previous amnesty 20+ years ago, some of them may be found dead after being shot by unknown perpetrator (i.e. private payback).

The murder rate in Colombia is high, despite gun control.

Because of this, like here in the Philippines, most of the middle class folks have illegal guns hidden in their homes for self defense...  Lolo used to hide his WWII submachine gun in the closet (and no, I don't know where it is: He gave it away after his first stroke).

The problem of civilians using guns for self defense is that if you are not trained to shoot automatically, you hesitate and end up dead.

The SP article notes that the drug gangs are still a big problem in Colombia, and the economic collapse of Venezuela is not helping things along.

nor are the ecowarrior types:

Accusations that the herbicide (Roundup) used to kill coca plants causes cancer has led to growing protests in rural areas and the government halted the spraying, even though there was no proof to back up the accusations. 
and then there is this dirty little secret: they worry more about farmers getting cancer than farmers being enslaved to work for drug dealers.

 The farmers often don't have much choice (grow the stuff or die, or try to flee). 


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The clueless are complaining that there is a lack of "people of colour" in the new movie Dunkirk.

And my step son asked why this French beach had a "British" name. It's not British but Flemish...

This is an example of "out of the box" thinking: The Germans assumed they would either surrender or be killed, but the Brits found a third way to get them out, using civilian boats.

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I am not up to date with what'sup in Syria, but AustinBay at Instapundit links to this article on Military Times as a headsup.



... the videos of U.S. armored vehicles headed towards the embattled city of Raqqa calls into question the type of aid being delivered to the Kurdish allies and its adequacy to liberate the city from ISIS fighters. 


one does hope the Kurds will be allowed their much desired independence after all of this.

One big roadblock was Turkey (who worries it might give their Kurdish minorities ideas) but given recent news from Turkey, I say "putang ina" to them.

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Speaking of "putang ina": US congress folks want to stop allowing the Philippines to get weapons for their cops and military to punish them for the drug war.

The dirty little secret is that China is supplying them now. 

Our town's local news report gives an example of what's going on in corruption and murder...not all the murders are "drug related" you know.

the problem is that the strict "libel" laws means that the press can't print the rumors of why someone was killed.(i.e. criminals murdering during a robbery, private hits, including payback for a wrong done to someone, or a politician killing his rival, or if it is drug criminals killing snitches, or if it is cops dispensing "justice")

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China vs Google


hmm... does this mean someone gave someone a little gift under the table to change the app's advice?

Well, like Google, they auction off key words used in searches.



Baidu map apps are the Chinese language equivalent to Google maps, the they are trying to take over the world from google.

Wikipedia article on Baidu

Newsweek article discusses

China’s largest mobile map service has expanded its coverage to Europe and the rest of the world in a partnership with Here, a mapping company formerly known as Nokia Maps, in a move that could challenge the global dominance of Google Maps as the most popular online map. Beijing-based search giant Baidu, sometimes referred to as the Google of China, will launch Baidu Maps in more than 150 countries, providing services for 99 percent of the world’s population. Here was rebranded in 2015 after it was sold to a consortium of German car manufacturers that included Audi and BMW.
the irony is that Google is kept out of China, but hey, China can not only get their own monopolies going but arrange with others to spread their form of technology everywhere.

Can you say "monopoly" or "illegal trading practices" people?

But they do have competition, from AliBaba, the "ebay/amazon" company of China.

the t article notes that some people in China are switching to Ali Baba's Gaode map app.

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Also what caught my eye was that there are actually private hospitals in Socialist China. Hmmm...

Putian group of hospitals are described in this article.

they started with a Chinese medical practitioner who found treatment for scabies, and gradually expanded in a very capitalistic fashion.
The private hospitals founded by Putian residents do share some characteristics. They tend to target treatments that have higher margins and that can be performed at relatively lower risk. Fertility treatment, plastic surgery and dental care are popular. More importantly, these sectors aren’t normally included under the national medical insurance system, so patients tend to choose private hospitals that specialise in these categories.
According to Bain, the consultancy, China’s healthcare industry will more than triple to $900 billion by 2020 from $275 billion four years ago. The central government also wants more private capital in the sector to increase the supply of medical services.
Private hospitals could also help with the reform of public hospitals by increasing competition. In April, the State Council gave private hospitals the right to set prices for treatments that had previously been government-controlled.

something to remember when you read about the wonderfulness of single party payer medical plans run by the government.


Peace in our time!

Because it worked so well in 1938:




EXPERTS WARY THAT U.S. COULD TRADE CHINESE SOUTH CHINA SEA CONTROL FOR NORTH KOREA DENUCLEARIZATION: I say this cynical trade and sell-out won’t happen but somebody sure needs to write about that. (HINT: It’s Option 3.) (Bumped from earlier this morning, but now with additional hint.)
HINT 2: Read the North Korea options essay (second link). This trade won’t happen. However, there are people in southeast Asia who are scared it might. It is a course of action option– a very bad one. However, I think it’s a deal Beijing’s imperialists believe is possible, which says something about Beijing’s imperialists. 
what is more worrisome is that this is a military think type essay

and then the US wonders why Duterte makes anti American remarks.

China needs to take over this open water sea lane so that they can block the sea routes to Japan and Korea... and they are now trying to take over a shallow area to the EAST of Luzon, with the idea they will eventually take over all of the Philippines.

The elites probably would be okay with this (as many of them were when Japan tries the same thing... one of the dirty little secrets of WWII).

But the last time China tried it, they failed.

And unlike the Philippines, VietNam and probably even Indonesia will fight back.

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heh. All they want is Peace peace peace!


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Stories below the fold

The Aftermath of the Battle of Mosul will include a lot of payback to locals who "helped" the terrormasters. 

and many western volunteer who get away could return home and bring their murderous skills with them.

and what will happen if the Kurdish referendum in Sept votes for independence? 

read the whole thing. A complicated mess (and it has been that way since at least 1500 BC).

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Hanta virus: It's Back
We had an outbreak awhile back when I was working in New Mexico... luckilywe didn't have any on "the res" but at least two cases in nearby communities meant it was around.

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ComicCon: A place to recruit for support for the space program.

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Dogs vs Wolves: It's in the genes.

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A discussion of the latest crackdown HERE. and HERE.

I bring this up because one of Ruby's highschool kid chat rooms on facebook includes a Chinese student who got back on somehow... she said it was hard to get connected, but no details...

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The Yin Yang of religion

When I made the comment about the "neurotic nun" who saw the "Sacred Heart" being used to stop the emphasis on rules in a Catholic revival in France, I was not criticizing neurotic nuns.

I refer to James' The Varieties of Religious experience (Wikipedia summary):

He believed that religious experiences can have "morbid origins"[4] in brain pathology and can be irrational but nevertheless are largely positive. Unlike the bad ideas that people have under the influence of a high fever, after a religious experience the ideas and insights usually remain and are often valued for the rest of the person's life.[5]
Why, yes. This is true, whether you are talking about St Margaret Mary, St Faustina, Martin Luther, or the Buddha.

Ancient religion was often a ritual by priests (in ancient Egypt or Mesopotamia) to keep the Gods from smashing you. There was also a "live a just life" aspect (see Egyptian pyramid texts) if you wanted to go to heaven. This is a "lateral" experience, where religion was about rules and justice (which is good, unless you are the poor peasant who gets punished for minor infractions against the establishment).

But the reaction to this burden by those seeking God/enlightenment was often neurosis, because they can't follow all those rules... the personal experience let them get a personal relationship to the deity/enlightenment as more important than ritual (see the Gita, Buddha, or your local Pentecostal church) and often leads to a peacefulness in life, loss of neurotic worries, and a personal kindness that is a balm to everyone they meet.

Of course, this can also lead to excess zeal one one hand, or a "I'm spiritual not religious" experience, where the personal high of knowing God  has nothing to do with helping others.

 But as a whole it can lead to social reform from below, either a renewal of society or a complete breakdown of the social order. This is not just European: The history of Buddhhist thought in China and Japan show similar infuences.

The emphasis on mercy renews the neurotic and is a godsend to the poor, who often are too weak to follow the rules (or break them out of need). But this weakens the idea of "rule of law", so it can also send out the idea to the sociopath types that rules are allowed to be broken with impunity.

Put name of your favorite sociopathic politician (or religious leader) in blank.

So te Yin and Yang of religion is going on in the Catholic church, with the Pope on the side of Mercy at a time when some of us think he should be pushing the idea of law like the Old Testament prophets who condemn not only divorce but bribery and corruption and cruelty toward the poor.

Micha, call your office...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Vatican Conspiracy theories (or don't mess with the Indian)

in the Francis wars against pious folks, even Pope Benedict pushed back on what is going on, reminding folks that Jesus doesn't abandon the church and not to worry if the ship of peter is foundering a bit.

this is not new in Catholicism: Reminds me of the Jansenist vs the Jesuit battle in medieval France. Moral folks like Pascal backed the Calvinistic inspired strict Catholic movement, but the Jesuits hit back with a convenient vision by a neurotic nun: that of the "Sacred Heart" that stressed mercy. (one side effect of this was the moral laxity about sex and luxury that led to the French revolution, but never mind).

Sound familiar?

We see a redux now, where the real enemies are not those killing babies or old folks, schtupping altar boys, or looting hospital funds to furnish your apartment, but those who live by the rules and just want to be left alone to practice their faith.

So Francis' minions struck back against the "religious right" last week in a screed that reminds me of the straw man accusation in thhe Democratic two minute hate against religion that I see posted on facebook.

How bad was it? Well, GetReligion called it "Son of Da Vinci Code" and notes that CNN covered it as politics, not morals. Well, duh.

As for the right wing Catholic blogosphere: never mind. Most are frothing at the mouth.

However, a thoughtful reply was made by America's Pottawatomie bishop: Bishop Chaput, who was sent to Philly to cleanup the mess by popular "uncle Tony" who looked the other way when stuff was going on.

Chaput is media savvy, and smart: How smart? Well, once the NYTimes misquoted him, and he pushed back by posting the transcript of what he actually said.

So here is his weekly column:

first he points out that this is a "straw man" argument.

The article in question, La Civiltà Cattolica’s “Evangelical Fundamentalism and Catholic Integralism in the USA: A Surprising Ecumenism,” is an exercise in dumbing down and inadequately presenting the nature of Catholic/evangelical cooperation on religious freedom and other key issues
he then points out that it ignores that taking one stance (prolife, e.g. Republican friendly) doesn't mean one cannot take another religious stance (immigration and poverty, e.g. Democrat friendly).


 Catholics and other Christians who see themselves as progressive tend to be wary of the religious liberty debate. Some distrust it as a smokescreen for conservative politics. Some see it as a distraction from other urgent issues. Some are made uneasy by the cooperation of many Catholics and evangelicals, as well as Mormons and many Orthodox, to push back against abortion on demand, to defend marriage and the family, and to resist LGBT efforts to weaken religious freedom protections through coercive SOGI (sexual orientation/gender identity) “anti-discrimination” laws. But working for religious freedom has never precluded service to the poor. The opposite is true. In America, the liberty of religious communities has always been a seedbed of social action and ministry to those in need.

read the whole thing.

Yes, religion is not PC in todays' world, but if the catholic church falls apart, or is taken over to serve the NWO, it will have a big impact on politics.

So what do we ordinary folks do? We have our rosaries, and we say them...

Sounds silly, no?

Fernando Marcos call your office...

China, Russia, and the new "silk road"

If you scroll down StrategyPage's essay on Russia you will find a discussion of how China is economically trying to take over the southern former Soviet Union states and even eastern Siberia.

read the whole thing.

There is also a mention how low gas and oil prices are slowing the Russian economy.

Yes, fracking in the US (and excess pumping by the Saudis) is keeping the price of oil low, and a great boon for ordinary people in poor countries.

But it is bad for places like Russia, and also Iran: SP essay here where the (Obama) treaty with Iran hasn't helped as much as they thought it would, because of low oil prices.

oh, by the way, that essay note that Turkey is busy building a wall on it's borders with both Syria and Iran:


The wall is meant to make illegal crossings more difficult and easier to detect. The wall is directed at smugglers, illegal migrants and Islamic terrorists.

this isn't the only country building a wall for security:

India is building one too to stop terrorism in Kashmir.

Historially, but Rome and China built walls to stop barbarian invasions and to regulate business with these outsiders.

Both did not work in the long run, because they only work if the government reinforcing the wall is strong. But there is a joke that Rome fell because China built a wall so the Huns decided to move westward instead of southward. Not quite true, but it shows that even in 400 AD that the world was interconnected (not to mention the various plagues that came in from the east.

How much of Islam's and the Arab's success was due to the depopulation from Justinian's plague? 

So today's big worry on Drudge is that scientists have managed to manufacture horsepox from DNA segments bought legally. Whoops. Of course the problem with germ warfare is that it blows back and would kill one's own folks.

unless, of course, it is done by the same crazies who want depopulation to save mother Gaia (as in various conspiracy movies from Inferno to Kingsman).

but that's another conspiracy theory for another day...

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A wrinkle in time

LIN for audiobook by chapter... it seems to be a fan read book, but hey, it's free...

and here is the author discussing her fantasy writing.



actually, she also writes adult fiction and wonderful essays about life and family and writing.  I have several of her books including some from her "crosswicks journal" series.

 A wonderful and thoughtful book on caring for a parent with Alzheimer's disease is The Summer of the Great Grandmother.

Oprah, Angels, and L'Engle



the real question is if this will morph to a "new age" fuzziness or be true to it's universal themes  of good vs evil...

like Tolkien, the Christian themes in the book are not obvious and actually are universal, but without the idea that there is evil and it can seduce even good people (in the book, her younger brother, who is smart but not wise) the book turns into mush.

 ... in the book, Mrs Who is an angel (as was Gandalf)... She tells Meg of the struggle against darkness, and mentions many heroes on earth who fought the darkness, including (but not only) Jesus (which should make the fundies nuts, but is actually Biblical since all who fight evil and do good deeds are on the good side of the fight). Like Stephen King's The Stand, it is up to ordinary folks to chose which side they should join.

the previous remake as a Disney channel movie was boring.

The multiracial casting is interesting and doesn't change the story, except that it might put a racial aspect into why Meg is an outsider, and a stubborn geek not fitting in at school... in the book, Meg was told that her best weapon would be her faults, i.e. inability to conform and stubbornness... and indeed the reason she can overcome the super brain because she is stubborn.

Sort of like the stubborn Michael Caine character in the Iprcress file...



Say it isn't so Pooh



Drudge links to a story that Winnie the Pooh is now a symbol for Chinese dissadents and jokesters who ridicule their beloved leaders. (/s).

The blocking of Winnie the Pooh might seem like a bizarre move by the Chinese authorities but it is part of a struggle to restrict clever bloggers from getting around their country's censorship. When is a set of wrist watches not just a set of wrist watches? When is a river crab not just a river crab? Inside the Great Firewall of China of course.

the article discusses the way that locals try to get around government censorship and the Great Firewall of China.

a typical way to ridicule the government is to show Winne and friends in a similar pose:


The article describes the crackdown as part of Xi's grab of power and attempts to crack down on corruption. Well, good luck to that, but why do I suspect that a sardonic teenager will be more likely to be the victim than a crooked billionaire?

and if you live in China and upload to "the Cloud", American companies like Apple and Amazon have data centers in that country. 

but Chinese who do this don't have to fear that their government will spy on them, insists Apple:


Even though it's working with a government-owned company, Apple sought to reassure customers in China that the arrangement won't compromise their privacy. "As our customers know, Apple has strong data privacy and security protections in place and no backdoors will be created into any of our systems," the company said in a statement. What's more, Apple says it will hold to the security keys protecting the data that people routinely back up in iCloud accounts.
Right. One rival computer security expert is quoted as saying it's like letting the fox into the henhouse.

Cyberwars have been going on for quite awhile, but the press hasn't noticed.

Now, if we could only get the US government to take it's own computer information that seriously... I had my Federal personnel file hacked (presumably by Chinese hackers) two years ago, along with a couple million other employees. And we won't even mention Hillary's emails...

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more HERE about how Chinese dissadents and joksters use puns and symbols to annoy the censors, including the R rated pun of "Grass mud horse"....

Monday, July 17, 2017

Migrant workers from Africa (part two of a series)

This is part two of the MigrantRights series about recruiting migrant workers in Africa (Uganda).

a lot of the worker are untrained, and many are abused. The gov't tried to stop recruitment of maids but people went anyway.

I wonder if the African maids are being recruited because the wages of Filipina maids has gone up?

Women are especially vulnerable to abuse: Pinay maids report they enjoy working with families in the Middle east because the families are religious and have a lot in common (albeit the religions are different). Filipino history has many Muslim/Arab roots in it's culture, and we have a long history of village women working as maids before marriage, and they are part of the family.

But African culture is different:

Acclimatising to life in the Gulf continues to be a big problem for Ugandans, who are used to a rather vibrant, community-based lifestyle. Proper pre-departure training will align expectations with reality.

Read the whole thing. The lack of opportunities in Africa are one reason that half a million African "migrants" are trying to get into Europe.

and of course it's not just Uganda and the Middle East: Ten percent of Zimbabwe's population have migrated elsewhere to send money back to support their families thanks to Mugabe's kleptocratic socialism. Many have gone to South Africa, causing resentment there, since many have more education than locals and are willing to work for lower wages. So it's not just "racism".

Summary:Africa needs jobs.

Ottoman genetics (podcast)

Ottoman history podcast discusses the genetics of Turkey and the ottoman empire. mp3

I haven't listened to it yet but the area should show a complicated genetic pattern.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Chinese stories below the fold

China is spreading all over the world.

With little attention in the US press, and when it is noticed it usually written about as military or geopolitical power play rival of the US.

Well, it has lots of implications: China's new "silk road" initiative for example is discussed here at StrategyPage: OBER: One belt one road.


China needs international trade and Obor is the Chinese plan to control as much of it as possible. This is essential for a prosperous economy because without that the communists are in big trouble. Obor means China owning or otherwise controlling as many of the new roads, railways, ports, pipelines and sea routes as possible. China is investing nearly $200 billion in Obor construction. This includes land routes through Central Asia to Europe and the Middle East, another through the Himalaya Mountains to the Indian Ocean (soon to be under new management if China has its way) and new land connections into Southeast Asia.
The key to China’s new sea routes is asserting ownership of the South China Sea.

another story missed is the huge internal migration of rural Chinese into the cities, causing displacement and family eruption and cultural changes similar to those in countries where large numbers of their people migrate overseas to work (e.g. the Philippines, where ten percent of our people are OFW)

The good news: People are no longer poor.

The bad news: Some remain poor (usually this is cited by ati globalists, ignoring that they aren't any more poor than they were in the past, but there are fewer of them).

But the really bad news is that families are disrupted.
From an article at ProjectPartner 


While some families move to the city together, are forced to separate ... Usually the husband will leave in search of work. He’ll visit once or twice a year, if possible, and bring money back to support the family. Even when this works out as planned, it’s leaves the women and grandparents to farm and take care of the children. In many cases, both parents leave and are unable to return. The creates a generation of children left behind.

and another uncovered story: The young urban professionals are turning to religion.

Here is a discussion by the editor of the UKEconomist:





And with Chinese working all over the world, it means some of them will "spread the faith".

From the SP article cited above:

In southwest Pakistan ISIL revealed that they had kidnapped the Chinese couple that was taken on May 24th. The two Chinese were then murdered for being non-Moslem. Pakistan later found that the two were actually Christian missionaries who entered Pakistan without revealing their intentions.

 when you read how there are no longer Christians in the Middle east in articles: Remember, they mean locals who belong to traditional Christian churches.

But there are quite a few Christians from other countries working there, and some of them have been trained to share their faith.

So will the "one belt one road" initiative lead to a secular tyranny under the Chinese communists, and/or a war of civilizations, or will there Peter Berger's prediction that the result will be religious toleration and an open society?

China does have a history of this, and the Penn Museum has a series of lectures discussing how the silk road led to the spread and mixing of ideas, including those of many religions,

and later, when a murderous conqueror reunited the kingdoms of the old silk road, Nestorian Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam met and lived with each other side by side under the benevolent dictatorship of Genghis Khan...



Developing.

Podcasts of the week

John Bachelor has a discussion of Trumpie boy's business connections with Russia, and notes that working with business there means working with the Russian mafia (which supports the government).



Of course, as I have pointed out in many previous posts, this is how business is done all over the world: check my previous post that mentions Brazil

If you check out TrumpJr's Trump tower in Manila, I'm sure you will find lots of connections with crooked Pinoy politicians and businessmen who work in manila, including the crooked Chinese businessmen who run the economy here.





but Hillary's slights of hand with the Clinton foundation quid pro quos, her connections with Wall street,  (not to mention Chelsey's husband's shenannigans) suggest she knows how to make money from corruption, but not necessarily make money, start a business that gives people jobs, or construct a building by managing the corrupt you have to work with.


This is one reason that the "Hillary's emails", which were mainly about her dirty tricks, is a nothing burger, as the meme on the internet says.

If "collusion with Russia" just translates to "showing the dirty tricks by your opponant", then a lot of us wonder: Where the fuck was the press in digging up the dirty tricks? Wasn't that supposed to be their job?

Hillary's contempt for ordinary folks was one reason she lost. The press acts as if these "deplorables" were bigoted rednecks from Alabama, but what tipped the scales was the Catholic union workers in the Midwest.

and the anti religion meme of the elite (one reason I avoid reading facebook) who backed Hillary was another problem.
The courts who were busy whittling down freedom of religion (i.e. freedom to live your life according to your conscience) to "freedom of worship" (freedom to go to church one hour a week). This was a big issue with the Catholics, outweighing the immigration issues and even the opinion of the Pope.

Of course, the Pope is popular in the polls because he winks at sins, but most Catholic know he also hates the deplorables who are so "rigid" that they think schtumping altar boys and corruption are bigger sins than using an air conditioner.

Many did not approve of Trumpie boy, but they knew that the kleptocracy and maybe even a low grade persecution of non PC churches and those who believe in old fashioned morality would continue under Hillary.

And then there is this:



The Trump “base” knew the 2016 presidential election—the contest between Mr. Obama’s successor and whoever would run against her—wasn’t just another election. It was a crucial event, deciding whether America would go on in the Western tradition as it had developed in the U.S. or continue its steady drift away from those ideas.
Progressives have an interest in ridiculing the Trump speech (in Poland) as a stalking horse for the heretofore obscure and microscopic alt-right because it deflects from their own political values—on view and in power the past eight years.
If there is one controlling Western idea developed across centuries in Europe, including by resort to war, it is that the individual person deserves formalized protection from the weight of arbitrary political authority, whether kings, clergy or dictators.
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update: Read discussion at GetReligion blog, which notes the passing of Peter Berger and his work.


Modernity is not creating secularization, Berger concluded, but, rather, pluralism, in which adherents of different religions increasingly live side by side. That led to one of his final essays a year ago, contending that pluralism carries great value for religious faith. Reasons: it enhances human freedom, assures faith is no longer taken for granted, strengthens churches because they’re truly “voluntary associations,” and helps distinguish between core beliefs and less important matters.