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LINKAGE 2020-12-15

SOLARWINDS POSSIBLE VEHICLE OF GOVERNMENT HACK.
Austin-based software company SolarWinds, which makes server and network management applications, was the unwitting middleman in a sophisticated attack targeting the US Commerce and Treasury Departments.
https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2020/12/15/it-company-solarwinds-identified-as-potential-source-of-major-government-agency-hack/

ANTRIM COUNTY DOMINION AUDIT: 85,000 TIMES ALLOWABLE ERROR RATE.
Almost 70 percent of ballots processed were marked as errors.
https://www.westernjournal.com/dominion-audit-ballot-error-rate-least-85000-times-higher-fec-allows/

ARIZONA ISSUING SUBPOENAS FOR BALLOT COUNTER FORENSIC AUDIT.
Arizona Senate will issue subpoenas to inspect and audit ballot counting machines in Maricopa County, despite denials from county election officials of any irregularities.
https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/12/arizona-states-issues-subpoenas-forensic-audit-completed-maricopa-county/

PORTLAND SMALL BUSINESSES FACE RATE HIKES AFTER RIOTS.
Rates have gone up as much as fourfold.
https://www.oann.com/small-businesses-in-portland-face-insurance-hikes-after-riots/

ANTIFA INCITES VIOLENCE AGAINST ANDY NGO.
Graffiti inside antifa's self-proclaimed "autonomous zone" purports to give Andy's address, while cops and DA do nothing.
https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1338809168170508291

BOY GEORGE IN DUET WITH ASAF GOREN, DEFYING ANTI-ISRAEL ACTIVISTS.
"Rainbow in the Dark" includes Hebrew as well as English lyrics - at Boy George's insistence.
https://www.algemeiner.com/2020/12/09/uk-pop-icon-boy-george-claps-back-at-bds-activists-in-duet-with-israeli-singer/
Kore

Freedom and Jihad

A miscellany of links and comments on militant Islam in the world today.

I'd been hoping to work these into a coherent essay, but time doesn't permit; so for now, this will have to do.

STATE OF THE JIHAD
Merkel allows prosecution of German comic who mocked Erdoğan. I lived in Turkey for two years in the mid 1980s. I doubt I'd recognize the country today under Erdoğan. But the really horrifying part is what's happening to Europe.

More at Spiegel:
Jan Böhmermann has disappeared. He's not giving interviews; he's not answering his phone. Since Monday, he has also gone silent on Twitter, where he is normally extremely active. He has hardly left his home in Cologne in the last few days and he is also now under police protection. ...

'Blasphemy' charge for Kuwaiti professor. I fought in Desert Storm for this?


JIHADIS BLAME INFIDEL DECADENCE FOR ATTACKS, INFIDELS AGREE
Iain McWhirter explains that the only weapon Islamic State fears is tolerance. Ummm, no. 'Islamic State isn’t a country. They don’t invade with armies, but with fear.' Actually, they invade with fighting men, with guns and bombs and knives and other deadly weapons; and they can be defeated similarly. But this sets the tone for the kind of poetic, irrational thinking that McWhirter relies on to make his case for the great virtue of doing nothing. Notice also McWhirter's tacit endorsement of Islamic State's condemnation of "the capital of adultery and vice"; there's a touch of covert puritanism there.


IT'S ONLY HATE SPEECH TO TALK ABOUT IT
This isn't hate speech, of course. It's only hate speech to talk about it.

"Explain Brussels": Matthew Doyle arrested for tweet.

Tweeter charged, charges dropped.

Gatestone on Geert Wilders trial. 'This miscarriage of justice being orchestrated against Geert Wilders is merely one aspect of the many prosecutions being carried out under laws less about prevention and punishment of actual crimes, and more about criminalizing dissent against the demographic transformation of Europe.'


EASY TARGETS VS HARD COMMITMENTS
It's easy to stand up against people who won't cut your head off, and it's easy to stand up in defense of those who will. What's a little harder is keeping up your commitment to freedom against a really dangerous enemy.

Here's a petition by atheist and secular Arabs calling on Facebook to stop deleting their group pages:

While Arab atheists, with absolutely no exaggeration, already face all kinds of oppression, torture, restriction of speech and even sentences to death in their countries (we mention Raif Badawi, Mohamed Cheikh, Achraf Fayad as examples ), Arab atheists are facing a huge risk of losing the remaining freedoms that are practiced secretly or online, wich are , including the freedom and the right of thinking and discussing freely, a basic right of a human being, hence being alive! ...

Full text in English and Arabic at the link.


"YOU SPIT ON FREEDOM"
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Apocalypse and Its Discontents

Spengler on civilizational death and its consequences.

Hoyt on the myths of collapse: 'Collapse doesn’t regress to an earlier and simpler age. It might require some skills from that time, but mostly it just makes your life more confusing, complex and see above, scarier. ...'

I don't count myself a conservative, and I don't entirely buy the thesis that r/K selection theory explains liberalism and conservatism. But I think conservatives tend to understand and value the things that have survival value - strong family and cultural ties, a clear code of moral conduct, a respect for tradition, an appreciation of the role of conflict and competition in life - and I respect that.

Liberalism in its contemporary incarnation has morphed into an atavistic parody of itself, masochistically embracing its own humiliation and destruction at the hands of alpha-male jihadis: the K/r paradigm meets the D/s paradigm.

I don't know what future awaits us in the West. I think it's likely that cultural factors, economic factors, or a combination of both will conspire to give us a lower standard of comfort, safety, security, and health in the coming years than we have come to expect. I don't really envision a catastrophic "collapse of civilization" (although I certainly don't rule that out) - what I do visualize is more of an erosion of the infrastructures we've come to take for granted.

Hoyt concludes: 'Put down those matches and take up your hammer and nails. The only solution is to build under, build around, to teach, to learn, to change minds and hearts. The future must be built piecemeal.' And this is what keeps me going - the process of building the world and the civilization that our children will live in.

Shabbat shalom!

Paris terrorism roundup

A week ago, Paris was attacked by Muslim terrorists, and 129 innocent people were killed.

Regie Hamm:
I work in the world of entertainment. My colleagues and I live a life of creativity, philosophizing and experimentation. We build nothing, feed no one, serve no one and provide nothing of life-sustaining value. We are the singers and dancers and circus clowns. And even as we bask in this pointless existence, we have the audacity to pontificate and issue decrees and tell the world where it has gone wrong. Some of us even have the unmitigated gaul to do this from bed (are you listening Russell Brand?)

Most of my contemporaries in the entertainment business are liberal progressives. I’m pretty used to it and I get along with them fine. They are, for the most part, harmless. But what I know that many of them seem to not be able to get their heads around is that we all get to be peevish punks for one reason only …We. Are. Protected.

Free societies don’t just happen on their own. ...


Sam Harris:
Understanding and criticizing the doctrine of Islam—and finding some way to inspire Muslims to reform it—is one of the most important challenges the civilized world now faces. But the task isn’t as simple as discrediting the false doctrines of Muslim “extremists,” because most of their views are not false by the light of scripture. A hatred of infidels is arguably the central message of the Koran. The reality of martyrdom and the sanctity of armed jihad are about as controversial under Islam as the resurrection of Jesus is under Christianity. It is not an accident that millions of Muslims recite the shahadah or make pilgrimage to Mecca. Neither is it an accident that horrific footage of infidels and apostates being decapitated has become a popular form of pornography throughout the Muslim world. Each of these practices, including this ghastly method of murder, find explicit support in scripture.

But there is now a large industry of obfuscation designed to protect Muslims from having to grapple with these truths. Our humanities and social science departments are filled with scholars and pseudo-scholars deemed to be experts in terrorism, religion, Islamic jurisprudence, anthropology, political science, and other diverse fields, who claim that where Muslim intolerance and violence are concerned, nothing is ever what it seems. ...


Bret Stephens:
We live in the age of the sanctified tantrum—the political and religious furies we dare not name or shame, much less confront.

Students bully college administrators with contrived political demands. The administrators plead they can do better, then capitulate. Incompetent writers pen trite racial screeds aimed at the very society that lifts them above their ability. They are hailed as geniuses. Donald Trump’s bid for the Republican presidential nomination epitomizes the politics of the tantrum. He’s angry as hell, and so is his base. We’re supposed to respect this.

And then there is the tantrum of Islam, another eruption of rage that feeds off our astonishing willingness to indulge it. ...


Naftali Bennett:
Europe, the U.S. and their allies can defeat the terrorists of Islamic State, or ISIS. The first step is making the decision to fight back. The next step is understanding that drones and standoff missiles will not be enough. Ground troops will be needed.

In 2002 Israel went on the offensive in the West Bank cities of Nablus, Jenin, Jericho and Tulkarm, going house-to-house and door-to-door to hunt down Palestinian terror suspects. ...


Some people are going to quibble about the phrase 'Muslim terrorists'. That's just tough. These are invariably the same people who never hesitate to generalize about the people they don't like politically: Republicans, Conservatives, whatever. So you can skip the lecture.

Via A7: Will a Jerusalem summit launch the fightback for the free world?

'For Samy and Srdoc, it is about "celebrating, rather than apologizing for our shared values."

Beyond the philosophical or ideological realm, they are more aware than many of the shared strategic challenges. Srdoc has for years campaigned to raise awareness of the links between drugs and arms trafficking via the Balkans into Europe, and the role such criminal networks play in funding Islamist terrorism.

The International Leaders Summit itself was born out of those concerns, which directly and indirectly threaten the entire western world, Samy recounted. ...'

Originally posted by arutzsheva at Will a Jerusalem summit launch the fightback for the free world?