Adam on Homosexuality

Note: Due to the number of links, blogspirit did not allow Adam of The Metropolis Times‘s thoughts to be posted as a comment. They are well written and worth consideration, so I am posting them as a story instead. I will comment on them tomorrow. — tdaxp

 

Homosexual sex is no more dangerous than heterosexual sex. Blaming the problem of unprotected sex on homosexuality is like blaming the Black Death on people handling rot with their left hands. There’s as much need for the qualifier ‘left’ as there is ‘homosexual’

Yes, many pre-modern cases are pederastic or otherwise non-egalitarian. In fact, this seems to be the norm among historical homosexuality, and you are correct in that egalitarian homosexuality is appearing more often. Whether its happening more often or its simply more out in the open is something no one can claim to know.

But there are also examples of a minority of romantic lovers of exclusively the same sex. Same-sex marriage even when members of the opposite sex were avaliable are no modern invention. Neither are men that freely perfer other men. These articles discuss the varities of homosexual conduct through history and make mention of the men who perferred men.

http://www.buzzle.com/editorials/7-17-2004-56743.asp
http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/homosexuality/
http://www.usc.edu/isd/archives/oneigla/onepress/reviews/homosexualities.html
http://www.oursafehaven.com/articles/contra3.htm
http://www.glbtq.com/literature/african_1lit.html

Neither is same-sex preference ‘unnatural’

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/02/07/MNG3N4RAV41.DTL
http://endo.endojournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/145/2/478
http://www.wholeearthmag.com/ArticleBin/338.html

These took me about 10 minutes to find and read.

Here’s an article on the “hijacking” of the word gay:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gay#Word_origins

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.

Scientology v. Registan

Support Registan,” by Chirol, Coming Anarchy, 2 July 2005, http://www.cominganarchy.com/archives/2005/07/02/support-….

Disturbing news from Registan, via Chirol, in its entirety

 

Webmaster extraordinaire and close friend of ComingAnarchy, Nathan of Registan.met, needs your help. Both Curzon and I have contributed so far. The link has the whole story as well as Asiapundit. Here’s a quick intro:

Rather than recount the whole tale, the past couple months have been extremely uncomfortable. They have included a vicious and nasty verbal attack on me from a Hubbard management consultant, plummet ting morale amongst coworkers (many have left), having my concerns dismissed by my boss, and much more. What really brought it to a head was my boss acting like the staff’s unhappiness and the concerns I brought to her about WISE and ABLE make her a victim of religious persecution. Let’s repeat that. Disagreement equals persecution. I was treated as the root of that persecution because I have shared my criticisms of Scientology with my coworkers. In other words, my negativity infected them–a truly insulting idea not only to me, but to my coworkers, who had plenty of problems without me saying a single word. I wouldn’t be surprised if I was formally thought of as a suppressive person. I certainly felt like I was being treated as one.

 

 

For more on the evils of Scientology, or just a good laugh, see the Wikipedia article.

 

4.3.5 States

Note: This is an excerpt from a draft of my thesis, A Computer Model of National Behavior. The introduction and table of contents are also available

4.3.5 States

The last entity type to consider is states. States emerge from the behavior of nations over places. Like places they are just entities without any methods of their own. Nonetheless, the output of the model should be intelligible and should follow historical patterns if only states and no nation information is displayed. This is because the central thesis of this model is that the behavior of states is actually a side-effect of the behavior of nations.

Nonetheless, the behavior of states is very important. The state level is a great test to see if a nation-based model can predict not just the evolution of nations, but also other activities by other entities. If it does not the argument that other behavior merely emerges out of national behavior is severely undermined.

The structure of the state entity type is kept purposefully simple. The objective in designing it is to ensure that a meaningful and important problem in political science, why states behave in the way they do, can be solved by this model. However, this model is not an all-inclusive attempt to see how parliamentary styles, entrenched bureaucracies, and other details. Though an extended version of this model should be able to explain these behaviors, it is simply out of the scope of this project.

Entity 4 (States)

  • UID
  • Name
  • Power

Figure 10. States Entity

Computer Science Thesis Index

4.3.4 Nations-in-Places (NPs)

Note: This is an excerpt from a draft of my thesis, A Computer Model of National Behavior. The introduction and table of contents are also available

4.3.4 Nations-in-Places (NPs)

NPs are considered next. An NP is not a true entity type because it is really the relation between a nation and a place. However, it has its own attributes and because of the important role it plays in the model, it typically is viewed as if it is an entity. Like the other entities it has a UID, but because it is a relation it has foreign keys that correspond to its nation UID and place UID. Similar to the nation UID and the parents of nations is national history. This list tracks the nations of which this nation in place has been part. National history like parents does not affect the simulation, but it makes the model more useful by letting the system rapidly determine the history of a NP, and where it fits in the great march of nations.

The rest of the NP attributes are subjective. They are the familiar foursome of assertiveness, aggressiveness, health, and magnitude, plus density. Because NPs can be thought of as inheriting from both nations and places, care should be taken to ensure that the precise purpose of these attributes is not confused and that every attribute adds something valuable to the system.

Specifically both magnitude and density are needed, in spite of similar definitions. The common thread of both nation magnitude and place magnitude is that it indicates the importance, with a value of zero making that thing irrelevant. The differences are pretty clear after explanations, however. The problem is a result of the originality of this thesis, meaning there is little established jargon to fall back on.

Density is a measure of a NP’s existence, or put another way a nation’s existence in that particular place. It is analogous to the density of an electron in a region of space. A density of one shows that the nation completely and definitely exists in a place, while a density of zero shows that a nation in no way exists in that place. The NP will struggle for more density if it has any will to live. The density index affects calculations for the nation, because it serves as a weight in the weighted average.

Magnitude shows the importance of a place for a nation. This can be seen as the emotional bond between a nation and a particular place. An example of this is Split, Croatia, which early in this century was very important to Italian politicians while being little cared for by anyone else, including Croatia. Magnitude is set to an appropriate value at the beginning of a run, and factors such as the effort a nation has put into securing a place and its length of occupancy there may affect this variable.

The final three attributes, assertiveness, aggressiveness, and health, operate just as they did with nations. Assertiveness and aggressiveness directly affect competition, while health tells if the NP is in decline in the given place. The striving between NPs occur entirely within a place, so a NP in one place cannot affect a NP in another. So while a NP may be super aggressive, it is only super-aggressive to other NPs in its same place.
It has been mentioned, but the other purpose of these attributes is to affect the weighted averages of the nation to which the NPs belong. Assertiveness is the weighted average of assertiveness, magnitude is the weighted average of magnitude and density, etc. So another reason why so many attributes have to be analogs of those in nations is that they are need to keep the model coherent.

Visually, the NPs entity type can be visualized as follows

Entity 3 (Nations-in-Places)

  • UID
  • Place ID
  • Nation ID
  • National History
  • Density
  • Name
  • Parents
  • Assertiveness
  • Aggressiveness
  • Health
  • Magnitude

Figure 9. Nations-in-Places Relation

Computer Science Thesis Index