Off-topic: Czech readers may listen to an episode of Planetarium where they interviewed me about string theory. The program (archive) was aired on Czech Public Radio North on Saturday 18:05 Czech Summer Time.These überjerks show that when you calibrate your moral sense to the situation of Syria, Bashar Assad is the good guy. The Islamic State is the "real Islam that matters" in the region. Their acts humiliate everyone who has been spreading ludicrous PC fairy-tales about Islam as a religion of peace. There may be people who are peaceful and call themselves Muslims but they are unfortunately irrelevant. What's relevant and "truly Islamic" are groups like the Islamic State – and whether you like it or not, their attitudes are supported by much of the Quran, too. Islam is a form of fascism – and it has been almost nothing else for something like 1300 years.
Volcano: Bárðarbunga began to erupt, so far subglacially, but you may watch the webcam and it may get more interesting.
These monsters are murdering lots of peoples including the Yezidis, an eclectic church sometimes considered as an Islamic sect and sometimes a hybrid of shamanism and Christianity. Those mostly Kurdish people worship Melek Taus, an angel considered to be a "fallen angel" by the Muslims (and probably others) because he refused to lick Adam's aß at one point. Count me as a fan of Melek Taus, too. Adam was just a transitional fossil between mutated apes and homo sapiens – no need to worship this ancestor of ours.
Also, the Islamic State has a P.R. department that is doing pretty much the same thing as MSNBC and other cheap sources of "news" (brainwashing of the undemanding audiences) we know in the West. They use clever tricks to spread their message on the "social media" and they have a superior technology capable of filming hours of professional footage containing dozens of types of murders as well as the warriors' distribution of ice cream among children and they obey many rules of the PC P.R. media as well as Hollywood to impress some people.
Aside from all the murders, they have destroyed lots of very old churches and tombs etc. that have been around for centuries or millennia, waiting for the right pieces of human šit that will devastate them. Lots of important traces of heroes in the Bible existed a year ago but they no longer exist.
I think that most people in the West agree that this scum should better be eradicated before it's too late.
A small problem is that this eradication requires one to kill about 10 million of French citizens, too. The video above – and this page – inform us that according to some polls, 15% of the French population has a positive opinion about the Islamic State. The percentage jumps to 27% in the age group 18-24 years.
Holy cow. These numbers are particularly striking because the Muslim population of France – particularly folks of Algerian descent – is often quoted to be still below 10 percent. So millions of Frenchmen who are not Muslims think about the Islamic State positively.
Europe 2015. This map is almost a decade old. I hope that in a year, we will see that it was way too pessimistic.
Fortunately, some form of Newton's third law may be seen to apply and save the day. So there are tens of millions of the French people who have pretty much exactly the same negative attitude as I do. It's often said that about 20% of the Muslims is a critical mass at which they may become able to take over countries. I am not sure whether such a tipping point exists and where it is.
They may be particularly "assertive", to put it very diplomatically, so they may take over the power structures in a country before they reach 50% of the population. On the other hand, many other people realize the threat. It seems rather sensible to believe that 20% could also be the critical threshold at which the traditional part of the society starts to actively fight against the emerging threat. I suspect that if the political percentage of Muslims were going to reach 30%, Marine Le Pen would start to be seen as too soft a protector of France as we have known it.
We can already see such trends in France, I think. The growing support for Front National is one argument that this is already occurring. But the intensely hawkish attitudes of Hollande, a socialist politician, towards the militant Muslims, also show that the "reaction" is penetrating to other mainstream parties that still try to work with the traditional voters. France isn't afraid of imposing various kinds of bans to protect the characteristically secular atmosphere in France.
The Islamic State murdered the U.S. journalist, Mr Foley. Barack Obama made an emotional speech how saddened he was and how important it was to keep pressure on the Islamic State and to never deviate off course. To prove the latter statement, he returned to the golf course in a few minutes and was smiling all the time. Even The New York Times had to point out that something seems to be wrong in the White House. Just to be sure, I am not surprised by this hypocrisy of Obama at all so I won't inflate this "story" beyond the three sentences you have just read.
Mr Foley was killed by a British member of the Islamic State, a member who is often said to be intelligent. The British guy reminds us that the Islamic State has European supporters outside France, too.
For quite some time, people could have speculated about the looming Clash of the Civilizations and the Islamization of Europe and things like that. But what I really find worrisome is the "metastasis" portion of the process. The Islamic murderers who want to decapitate the European civilization and replace it by the first-millennium bloody superstitious inhuman anticivilization are not sharply separated from the good guys. Multicultural policies of recent decades have made all the boundaries really fuzzy. If we speculatively imagine that the Islamic State trash will start to spread to Europe, with their violent type of politics, we will indeed have to kill lots of people "in between", too. I hope it will never have to happen.
New political and military questions mean that politicians may offer new, sometimes unexpected answers. I have mentioned that Hollande, a socialist, is hawkish when it comes to the violent Muslim threats. The left-wing pope, Francis, also says that the West should use all human and ethically clean methods to disinvite the Islamic State members from the existence. Note how ethical he is! I am personally praying that the Islamic State will evaporate and the vapors will move to a different planet.
There are also negative surprises. David Cameron is the nominally center-right (but fanatically green) prime minister of the country whose citizen has murdered Mr Foley. He doesn't feel too bad about it – at least not bad enough for him to admit that he is standing on the same side of the Syrian barricades as Bashar Assad. Assad is no angel and he may annoy and he does annoy us for many reasons. But to undermine his influence in Syria at this moment could have far-reaching consequences in the foreseeable future.