Introducing Guest Blogger Phil

Phil joins Aaron as a guest blogger on tdaxp. Noted genius, Phil gives his bio as

I’m 37 now, when I was 20 I left college to pursue my dreams and have adventures. I spent a couple of years living my bohemian poet fantasy, writing surrealist poetry that apparently only I could understand. Then I spent several years in the Army as an infantryman, including a six month tour with the MFO mission in Egypt. After leaving the Army, I set out to pursue my dream of becoming an airplane pilot and earned a commercial pilot certificate and some other ratings. I then spent a few years finishing up college and after graduation rented a one room cabin out in the woods in rural Missouri for a year to read and reflect and live a version of the Walden dream. I was considering pursuing careers in history, international relations or journalism and eventually spent a year at Southern Illinois University in the journalism program and working at the school paper. But I was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug and came up with an idea of starting an audio publishing company specializing in aviation and military history and have spent the past couple of years saving money and developing the idea while working as a tour guide in DC. I’m right at the beginning now of starting the business. I’m in the process of moving to Pennsylvania and spent this past weekend setting up my small home studio and hope in a couple of weeks to start recording my first audio book.

 

He’ll post when he feels like it. Welcome aboard, Phil!

Introducing Guest Blogger Abu Musab al-Zarqawi

Stop Comparing Me to American Moonbats,” by “Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi,” Iowa Hawk, 5 July 2005, http://iowahawk.typepad.com/iowahawk/2005/07/stop_comparing_.html (from Little Green Footballs through TigerHawk).

Hot on the heels of Aaron and Phil, I’m proud to run an article by arch-terrorist and founder of Monotheism and Jihad al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al Zarqawi:

 

As a holy activist battling infidel crusaders and their heretic lackeys here in Mesopotamia, Allah knows I have to have a thick skin. Still, every once in a while, I’ll run across something that really gets my blood boiling. For instance, after my last opinion piece I got this nastygram from some choad over in Great Satanland:

 

I am appalled and sickened that anyone would draw a parellel between Al-Zarqawi and the American Left.

 

Oh, ya think? Well, I got news for you, Moby: I’m not exactly thrilled about any such comparison MYSELF, okay? See, I didn’t spend the last ten years crawling in the sand at jihad training camp, getting my knuckles thwacked by an Imam every time I forgot a Quran verse, and living in smelly Baghdad safehouse just to get compared to a bunch of trucker-hat AltWeekly motards from Austin and Seattle.

 

Me, like the American Left? I mean, are you fucking joking me?

 

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tdaxp guest blogger, and noted terrorist,
Abu Zarqawi

 

Next, when you string up some smoldering infidel carcasses from a Fallujah bridge, they’re all like, “fuck yeah, screw those mercenaries! High five, man! C’mon, man, don’t leave me hangin’ bro!” But where were these guys when there was dismemberment and heavy carcass-lifting to do? Updating the UBB scripts on their fucking message boards, that’s where.

 

 

It’s not fair, and I swear to Allah the next time somebody tries to link the jihad with these infidel dipshits, I am totally going to snap. And the next time one of you chicken martyrs puts on a keffiya and starts babbling about “solidarity with the resistance,” remember this: just because we are planning to kill you last doesn’t make you our buddy.

Homosexuals, Disease, etc

STDs on rise among gay men,” UPI, 6 July 2005, http://news.webindia123.com/news/showdetails.asp?id=94339… (from Drudge Report).

Stupid, ahistorical behavior => terrible, ahistorical plague.

 

Sexually transmitted diseases, especially syphilis, have become more common among gay men as the fear of AIDS has declined.

 

The article goes on to cite contributing factors, which would barely be a problem if not for the main problem. Not that this is new

2002 New HIV Diagnoses

Happy Birthday President Bush

George Walker Bush, 43rd President of the United States of America, turns 59 today.

 

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President Bush, Leader

Bush will be memorized as the third Post-Cold-War President, the second NAFTA President, and the first Global War on Terrorism President.

 

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President Bush, Full Spectrum Politician

 

Happy birthday, George!

Around the blogosphere: Speed of Thought salutes the Commander-in-Chief, bRight & Early wonders what an appropriate gift would be, Conservative Thinking notes it with other events, Shell bee is not happy, pipblog pipes up from Denmark, and Blogs for Bush enthusiasticly writes, “We here at Blogs For Bush would like to wish President Bush a happy birthday!”

Genetic Algorithms in the Real World

Circumcision may offer Africa AIDS hope: Procedure linked to much lower rate of new HIV infections,” by Sabin Russell, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 July 2005, http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/07/06/MNGANDJFVK1.DTL&type=printableL (from Drudge Report).

 

First, the news

 

French and South African AIDS researchers have called an early halt to a study of adult male circumcision to reduce HIV infection after initial results reportedly showed that men who had the procedure dramatically lowered their risk of contracting the virus.

The study’s preliminary results, disclosed Tuesday by the Wall Street Journal, showed that circumcision reduced the risk of contracting HIV by 70 percent — a level of protection far better than the 30 percent risk reduction set as a target for an AIDS vaccine.

According to the newspaper account, the study under way in Orange Farm township, South Africa, was stopped because the results were so favorable. It was deemed unethical to continue the trial after an early peek at data showed that the uncircumcised men were so much more likely to become infected.

 

Then, the theory

 

Laboratory studies have found that the foreskin is rich in white blood cells, which are favored targets of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. So the theory is that men who are uncircumcised are much more likely to contract the virus during sex with an infected woman, and that the epidemic spreads when these newly infected men have sex with other women within their network of sexual partners.

 

Last, the philosophy

 

The Law of Moses contributed to the survival of the Jewish people for a number of reasons. One of the ways was by mandating sanitary living. In a world racked by disease, prohibitions against the worst carrier animals and handling corpses kept people alive.

 

More generally, this story shows how Rationalism is still trying to approximate Tradition. Rationalism is a top-down exercise, like Sovietism or Microsoft Windows, where the world is assumed to be a machine that can be fine tuned. Traditionalism is a bottom-up project, like open source programming or 4th Generation War, where the world is assumed to be a chaotic, turbulent sea.   (In computer science terms, tradition is a genetic algorithm).

 

The world is not a machine. It is an ocean. Just as man has yet to solve the traveling salesman problem, but ants had a good-enough solution millions of years ago, we will never “solve” some problems. But “good enough” solutions will naturally arise.

 

It is our job to stop trying to be perfect and rationally, and embrace the imperfect, the good-enough, the traditions.