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It looks like Google has gone full Social Justice Warrior (SJW) on us. I often like looking up information about Google Doodles to find out more about the person pictured. (https://g.co/doodle/h9zb77) Well, here are some quotes from Wikipedia (and some of my comments) concerning what I found out about Yuri Kochiyama:

"She is notable as one of the few prominent non-black Black separatists. Influenced by Marxism, Maoism, and the thoughts of Malcolm X, she was an advocate for many revolutionary movements."

Interestingly enough, if Marxism and Maoism had gotten a foothold, there would be no Google today at all.

"Then, they moved to New York in 1948, had six children, and lived in public housing for the next twelve years."

Isn't it always the case that those who hate the system the most are the ones who irresponsibly procreate and live in public housing that is subsidized by the taxpayer?

"Kochiyama in the mid-1960s joined the Revolutionary Action Movement, a clandestine revolutionary nationalist organization which was one of the first organizations in the black liberation movement to attempt to construct a revolutionary nationalism based on a synthesis of the thought of Malcolm X, Marx, Lenin, and Mao Tse Tung. She was one of the few non-blacks invited to join the Republic of New Africa (RNA), established in 1968 and which advocated the establishment of a separate black nation in the U.S South. Kochiyama joined, and subsequently sided with an RNA faction that felt that the need to build a separate black nation was even more important than the struggle for civil rights in Northern cities."

I am just repeating it, as it is so absurd, but Google is promoting someone who believed in black separatism, which is complete segregation of races, and thinks that Vladimir Lenin and Mao Zedong are role models.

"In 1971, Kochiyama secretly converted to Sunni Islam, and began travelling to the Sankore mosque in Greenhaven prison, Stormville, New York, to study and worship with Imam Rasul Suleiman."

Uh-oh. She has shown her cards.

"Kochiyama was a friend and supporter of Assata Shakur, an African-American activist and member of the former Black Liberation Army (BLA), who has been convicted of several crimes including first-degree murder before escaping from U.S. prison and receiving asylum in Cuba. She stated that to her Shakur was like "the female Malcolm [X] or the female Mumia [Abu-Jamal].""

Poor oppressed murderer! She needs our help!

"Kochiyama also travelled to Peru to gather support for Abimael Guzman, leader of the Shining Path, which is classified by the Peruvian government, the U.S., the European Union, and Canada as a terrorist organization and has been widely condemned for its brutality, including violence deployed against peasants, trade union organizers, popularly elected officials and the general civilian population. Kochiyama stated "[t]he more I read, the more I came to completely support the revolution in Peru.""

Nothing more really needs to be said. It speaks for itself.

"Kochiyama also supported Yu Kikumura, an alleged member of the Japanese Red Army, who was arrested in Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam in 1986 when he was found carrying a bomb in his luggage and subsequently convicted of planning to bomb a US Navy recruitment office in the Veteran's Administration building. Kochiyama felt Kikumura's 30-year sentence was motivated by his political activism."

"In 2005, Kochiyama was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize through the “1,000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005” project."

Information for you, lest you trust the committee for the Nobel Peace Prize.

"In response to the United States' actions following the September 11 attacks in 2001, Kochiyama stated that 'the goal of the war [on terrorism] is more than just getting oil and fuel. The United States is intent on taking over the world' and 'it's important we all understand that the main terrorist and the main enemy of the world's people is the U.S. government.'

Yes... The same US government that gave her her public housing. Anyway, finally, I will give you one more quote, just in case you haven't made your mind up about this woman whom Google adores...

"In 2003, while being interviewed by Tamara Kil Ja Kim Nopper, Kochiyama said '... I consider Osama bin Laden as one of the people that I admire. To me, he is in the category of Malcolm X, Che Guevara, Patrice Lumumba, Fidel Castro, all leaders that I admire.... You asked, 'Should freedom fighters support him?' Freedom fighters all over the world, and not just in the Muslim world, don’t just support him; they revere him; they join him in battle. He is no ordinary leader or an ordinary Muslim.'"

Here is a link to my (pretty much identical) blog post on this:
http://odracirys.blogspot.com/2016/05/it-looks-like-google-has-gone-full.html

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Sorry, folks! You went out of your way to answer the rants of a troll, but please don't feel like you need to go on. Mr. Christopher Gomez is all into the philosophy of Kant...the same philosophy that says that if someone is hiding from a murderer in your house, and the murderer comes to your house and asks where the possible victim is hiding, you should tell the murderer the victim's location. I think we can all learn from Kant...namely, we can learn what lazy, illogical philosophy is and make sure we avoid using it.

I think Mr. Gomez ended the conversation well (before he started it again...that's just what he does...says goodbye forever and then responds five minutes later) with the songs he used to "play him out". "Disturbed" and "Tool", in particular, sum up Mr. Gomez particularly well.
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Kocatepe Mosque (built 1967-1987) must be one of the most beautiful structures worked on over its time period. For a design like this to get off the ground in the 1960s is extremely rare. Thankfully, this is the design they went with. It could have been very different.

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The Kocatepe Mosque is the largest mosque in Ankara, the capital of Turkey. It was built between 1967 and 1987 in the Kocatepe quarter in Kızılay, and its size and prominent situation have made it a landmark that can be seen from almost anywhere in central Ankara.



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Bangladesh is a place where atheists and LGBT activists are murdered on sight. In other words, it is like Pakistan, but more liberal. (That's a sad but true joke, fellas.) However, sometimes it is interesting to hear things from another perspective, so I bring you an article about the very righteous execution of Motiur Rahman Nizami, an architect of genocide back when Bangladesh was breaking away from Pakistan and Hindus, freedom fighters, and yes...smart people in general...were systematically murdered by the Pakistani military and Pakistan loyalists.

On the Wikipedia page for "1971 Bangladesh genocide", it is said that "During the nine-month-long Bangladesh war for independence, members of the Pakistani military and supporting Islamist militias from Jamaat e Islami killed an estimated 300,000 to 3,000,000 people and raped between 200,000 and 400,000 Bangladeshi women in a systematic campaign of genocidal rape which was supported by Imams and Muslim religious leaders who declared that Bengali women were 'war booty'. It is estimated that up to 30 million civilians became internally displaced."

This man's execution is good news. It occurred at least 45 years too late, but hey, it's something. I like that this "Dhaka Tribune" article shows the Bangladeshi nuances that you will not hear elsewhere, starting from "Barbarous" in the headline. It is almost a bit too honest to be uttered in the Western media. When the West does it, we're racist. When Bangladeshis do it, it is because they have seen barbarism, and know well that no other name for it suffices.

It is interesting how in the opinion of this news site, criminals "abuse Islam" "by saying 'Pakistan is the house of Allah,' 'Hindus are always enemies of Muslims' and 'Islam and Pakistan are one and indivisible.'"

I can say that this country, which hacks atheists and LGBT activists to pieces has at least done ONE thing right. On the other hand, we have President Obama, who will NOT seek the death penalty for the leader of the 2012 Benghazi Attack, saying that "while he supported capital punishment in theory, he found it "deeply troubling' in practice".

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/us-will-not-seek-death-penalty-for-accused-ringleader-in-benghazi-attacks/2016/05/10/a84654f4-16dd-11e6-aa55-670cabef46e0_story.html

This from the same President Obama who uses drones and airstrikes. I'm not a hypocrite. I'll happily have people killed either before or after they commit a terrorist act. Some naive people would not want them dead in any case. President Obama seems to only want them dead before they commit terrorist attacks. After they have shown their capacity for the mass murder of innocents, their execution becomes "deeply troubling" for some reason...

Anyway, getting back to Bangladesh, the land of dead atheists, I will finally include this article about an LGBT editor who was hacked to death.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36128729

Let's hope Bangladesh from this point forward finally starts a trend of killing bad people and not good people...

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Motiur Rahman Nizami, the kingpin of notorious al-Badr force and second top collaborator of the Pakistani occupation forces after Jamaat guru Ghulam Azam, was executed at Dhaka Central Jail in the wee hours today. The execution took place at 12:10am, DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia told the Dhak
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Meanwhile, the killings in Bangladesh are of course evil and disgraceful crimes that put to shame the religious community in which name they seem to be committed.
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"The Most Important Moment in the History of Life"...and I correctly guessed it!

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+Odracirys Mediys The fun thing is that on May 6th you pointed out no eukaryote without mitochondria was known to you and on May 12th the publication of the discovery of such an organism, first occurred.
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I do not like "whitewashing", nor do I generally like any Western adaptation of anime/manga (think "Dragon Ball: Evolution" *shudder*).  However, what I love is their innocence and lack of a culture of victim-hood.  In other words, they have not learned how to be "People of Color", and instead think of themselves as just like anyone else.  Japan has often been compared to the Galapagos Islands...a land that evolved by itself and without so much influence from the rest of the world.  I hope that at least in the good ways, that Galapagos effect remains.  I would rather have proud (or neutral) yet innocent-minded Japanese people than "People of Color".  That is one reason why I love Japan.

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+Charlie Franz You admiring Japanese culture and Japanese admiring your culture is not some paradox.  You can each find something in each other's cultures which is worthy of admiration...and that's a good thing.  I have lived in three countries (the US, Japan, and Singapore) and I have found positive and negative points about all three.  I find it impossible to rank them as a whole.  I can only rank them on certain individual points.  In each, I can find various qualities.
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The UK: Empire to Colony in a matter of a few decades. If pro-EU fear-mongering claims were to be believed, the US would have immediately failed after gaining independence from the UK. As we know, that didn't happen. But somehow, it is now being said that you must subjugate your own sovereignty to a largely undemocratic empire in order to gain or maintain prosperity. Strange...

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+George Wolf Sorry. Fast talking and ideas that go over your head do not necessarily mean that something is wrong. It means that you need to delve into the issue more and understand it more. It could be wrong, but it could be right. If you don't even understand, then you shouldn't make that judgment. For my part, basically understood everything in the video and I didn't find the speaking too fast. I would actually be interested in learning specifically what you didn't understand...what words were too fast so that you couldn't understand. Watching the video again, I had trouble finding anything that could give you trouble.

As for the "nationalism" bit about losing its seat on the UN Security Council, well, that is something you completely misunderstood. The narrator pretty clearly said that the UK has all of that, and there was no even veiled claim that they would ever lose it. The point was, "If Britain isn't big enough to compete on the world stage, who the bloody hell is?" In other words, it is that the EU is not necessary to compete.

"I favor a government of the human species, controlled by a legislative body elected by universal suffrage."

That would be awesome in a perfect world. To completely destroy that idea, all you would have to do is imagine (realistically) that the entire human species on this planet were under one government and all had an equal vote in this one global nation. I guarantee you that you would not have gay marriage and quite a number of other things that have become possible in the past few years in some of the more liberal nations on earth. Your global government might very well have blasphemy laws. Who knows.

You say you regard all attempts at secession to be harmful. Is this true of countries seceding from the USSR? Is it true of the US from Britain? In fact, as for me, I was leaning towards a Scottish secession from the UK (although I was not very invested in the outcome). Why do you think that so many small nation states are successful? Singapore was part of Malaya, but it is even more successful alone. The United Arab Emirates could be part of a pan-Arab super-state, but it seems to be doing MUCH better alone. Hong Kong and Macau have a lot of autonomy within China, and they are quite rich. The UN in 2014 ranked Monaco, Liechtenstein, and Luxembourg, as the countries with the highest GDP per capita in the world, and they are all very small nations which speak the languages of their neighbors yet are independent. They could have easily been swallowed up by Germany and France. I'm not saying that these are the best places in the world, but I am saying that being on their own doesn't seem to have hurt them...or made them somehow nationalistic and fascist. I am against secession when the reason is to continue slavery, but it seems foolish to "regard all attempts at secession to be harmful".

Finally, you talk about the threat of right-wingers. Do you think that the majority of European nations would be dominated by right-wingers if the EU didn't exist? Personally, I think that right-wingers thrive because people feel like they have no say and are getting fed up. For example, they are given quotas of tens of thousands of refugees that they must accept, handed down from un-elected officials above - most of whom are from other countries. That makes right-wingers stronger. And imagine that if right-wingers actually did gain power the most European countries. If that were the case, then they would have quite a lot of control over every European nation, instead of just their own nations. Then, the liberal countries would be handed laws by the majority of right-wing countries. Imagine that for a second. So to me, having countries run by their own people and instead of by outside forces is best. Then, they can decide what is best for them.
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I'm sure its fine. It just looks complex and tedious for a dog to learn ÷))
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"If people knew how really nonaggressive sharks are as a species, they would lose the stigma they got from watching 'Jaws'. When people see this, they start liking sharks," Jordan said. "Humans kill 100 million sharks a year, so it's important for people to change their thinking about them."

That quote has a very good message...but if I could change one thing, I'd change "as a species" to "as a superorder/group". In fact, even among Lemon Sharks (Negaprion), there are two species.

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Truth. The author who originally wrote JAWS had so much remorse over the shark fear his book created that he spent the rest of his life working toward shark preservation. 
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Forget a journalism degree. Just take Teleprompter Reading 101 and you'll be ready for a job as an anchorperson.

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Journalism school is almost useless anyway without another degree. General news reporters frequently don’t understand the issues they are talking about, but that doesn’t matter since the spin is more important than the facts.
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We are in an anthropogenic sixth extinction: 
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+Deynaaz D Yes it's sad. The dying off of the big cats is all attributable to human stupidity. Most beautiful animals there are.
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Introducing rationality to the masses
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My long-term goal is to make the world a better place.
My short-term goal is to slow the world's rate of decay.

I love rationality and compassion, and that's what I fight for.  Yet those who eschew compassion should not expect to get it.

My interests are varied, but if I were to make a list of some, they would be atheism, traditional art and architecture, non-pretentious photography, peak oil, economics, environmentalism, and animal rights.  If you are wondering where human rights come in, note that humans are animals.

I didn't grow up an atheist or a vegetarian.  I just got proven wrong.  And when that happens, you can either give in to logic or lie to yourself.  I chose the former.  Nobody grows up with all the answers.  We all make mistakes.  What separates the strong from the weak is the ability to accept that you were wrong and start to do what's right.

With this page, I want to make a difference, even if it's small.  If for every 100 haters, there is one mind that I can change, this will be worth it.

I plan to post links to YouTube videos and the like, which I find entertaining and educational.  I also might write some articles about the things I care about.  Additionally, I may post some pictures - larger versions of which I may put on sale.

We'll see how this goes...
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