Amen. I'm glad that the Regressive Left is being called out for it's shit so that true Progressives can start flourishing. It's amazing how the "Left" managed to create its own version of Right Wing fanatics that, in a way, are much worse because they are the ones on college campuses teaching this shit. A bunch of "cry-bullies", as they are often called. Big voices, no action, no perspective. All they do is try to foster an atmosphere where only their point of view is valid and everyone else should be shut up and shunned. It's especially true with the very real need for Islam to be called out as a religion that serves to perpetuate the practices of Islamists and Jihadists. That's not an attack on the religion, it's an attack on how it's practiced. The Bible has very similar passages, but it's long passed the time where the Bible is followed in such a way. I've said it a few times over the last few days, but can you imagine if Spain attempted another Spanish Inquisition? They'd be called out and ex-communicated from the worldwide community. Why is it that we let the same type of behavior go on day in and day out in the Middle East all because we're afraid to talk about belief? Joe Rogan just had a great podcast with Christina Sommers about this. She specifically focuses on how Feminism lost its way, but it spans into a more general conversation about political correctness and the "Regressive Left".
You're 100% right @apoc81. The fact that world leaders are still not talking about this honestly is now becoming down-right irresponsible. It's time we stop pretending like belief doesn't drive actions. And how can we try to fight against the ideology of ISIS when one of our "allies" practices what is only a slightly more benign version of what they do, as the official rule of law!? The pussyfooting around this discussion has to end, glad to see you write this.
Trump is just using the old saying "There's no such thing as bad publicity". He's essentially making a mockery of the entire political system. He's pulling an Andy Kaufmann on the US electorate. I don't think we should focus so much on what he does or says, but that our political system is so untrusted, corrupt and broken that large swathes of the population actually find this type of insane talk refreshing. I don't fully blame them, hearing him say something dumb like "all Mosques should be closed" is a whole lot more interesting than all of the non-answers that all other politicians give. "I'd rather know my enemies" type of thing.
Hopefully they can manage to save some lives, but this sounds like it has the makings of a story where everyone is murdered and the terrorists either kill themselves or go out guns blazing. They obviously have a death wish.
@Bjomesphat I think there's a little confusion over what I'm saying, let me try to better explain: Plex clients and Plex Media Server are two totally different things. So let's not conflate the two. The benefits I am referring to are from Plex Media Server. Kodi, on the other hand, is both a front and back end baked into one thing. Plex Media Server suffers no "lack of control and flexibility" compared to Kodi, because Kodi doesn't even offer anything remotely comparable. Plex Media Server is far more advanced, flexible and capable than the backend of Kodi, even if you go through the hoops of trying to set up a MySql remote database, it sucks compared to Plex Media Server.I wasn't clear on what I meant by "automatic" updating. Yes, Kodi updates on startup or you can get plugins to update on intervals or even WatchDog which tries to watch your file system and trigger on-the-fly updates (but it's not great). What I am referring to with Plex Media Server is that my media is immediately available as soon as it is added to my server. It's actually shocking how fast it identifies new media and scrapes it with full art, theme music and synopsis. Plex Media Server is a persistent service that runs, regardless of whether your clients are running, and is smart enough to be able to immediately see new media and add it without having to even bother with a full library update (which is what Kodi does). It's really a night and day difference, Kodi can't match it. Plex Media Server does not require that you use Plex clients. I use Plex Media Server as the back-end for my Kodi installation on my TV. Why? Because I get the immediate updates of my library with or without my Kodi client running. I get transcoding (though I don't need it in this case, but you can still get transcoding to non-Plex clients if need-be). But, most importantly, I get a centralized media database which keeps track of my watched, unwatched, and status of each video across my entire house. I can start watching a movie on my TV through Kodi downstairs, stop it, and then go up to my bedroom and resume where I left off via Plex on my Roku. It's great. All in all, it's just really important to not confuse Plex clients and Plex Media Server. Yes, Plex clients are less flexible than Kodi, though that only matters to me in some cases like on my TV where Plex doesn't support 5.1 but Kodi does. But Plex Media Server is a whole different animal, independent of the clients, and is not something Kodi offers at all. But the best part is that you don't have to give up Kodi to use Plex Media Server. If the things I listed above appeal to you at all, then you can just run Plex Media Server and share to Kodi via DLNA or use plexBMC + the Amber Skin to make a free Plex client with all the bells and whistles of Kodi (which is what I do).
Yes. The Middle East needs to step up to the plate and solve this problem. The pressure you refer to from the outside world isn't that great, it needs to be more. I'm not referring to rednecks and Fox News acting like ignorant assholes, I'm talking about sensible world leaders and governments finally admitting that "belief" is the problem here. Daesh is not doing what they do for fun, they are doing it because they are following their religion sincerely. They sincerely believe this is what they are supposed to be doing. The connection between belief and action cannot be ignored any longer, it's horribly irresponsible of the world to do so. The arguments about how Christianity and Judaism have fucked up things in their ancient texts have long been addressed. Yes, their ancient texts say a lot of screwed up things also, but those religions have evolved with the times. The problem with Islam is that it has been in this bubble of Oil money where these countries have been able to entirely stagnate intellectually and socially. With a global community, they can no longer sit by and just "be", they have to move forward with the times as well (especially considering that their stagnation and total lack of intellectual contribution to the world has lead to shit like Al Qaeda and Daesh). And I'm not referring to individuals, I'm talking about major governments. Look at how many countries in the Middle East, including our "ally" Saudi Arabia, that practice Sharia Law officially. Officially! It's ludicrous. How can we fight Daesh while one of our "allies" in the region practices what is only a marginally more benign version of their beliefs as the rule of law? It's not an attack on the religion, it's an attack on how the religion is practiced. If the Spanish tried to execute another Spanish Inquisition in the 21st century, how well do you think that would go over? Why do we allow the same type of behavior in the Middle East? Are we really that afraid to offend someone that we can't even admit that their fucked up actions are driven by their beliefs? /end rant
Well, the "say it's Islam" crowd isn't wrong. Arguably the most important philosopher of our time, Sam Harris, is an outspoken member of said crowd. His point isn't to blame all Muslims, but to acknowledge that it is religious belief that serves as the foundation for all of this animosity and violence. And, specifically, that Islam is the only major religion left that hasn't been pressured by society to squash its outdated values. That's just a fact. But he already has said/written it better than I can, so I'll leave you with one of his better blog posts: http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/sleepwalking-toward-armageddon