I came across this in a link at Cold Fury, one of the new additions to the blogroll.
Here are the bullet points; read the whole thing:
1. They don’t think the same way we do.
2. When you meet them in just the right circumstances, they are a very likable people.
3. Their values are fundamentally different from ours, their self-esteem is derived from a different source.
4. Not only can they not build the infrastructure of a modern society, they can’t maintain it either.
5. They do not think of obligations as running both ways.
6. In warfare, we think they are sneaky cowards, they think we are hypocrites.
7. In rhetoric, they don’t mean to be taken seriously and they don’t understand when we do.
8. They don’t place the same value on an abstract conception of Truth as we do, they routinely believe things of breathtaking absurdity.
9. They do not have the same notion of cause and effect as we do.
10. We take for granted that we are a dominant civilization still on the way up. They are acutely aware that they are a civilization on the skids.
11. We think that everybody has a right to their own point of view, they think that that idea is not only self-evidently absurd, but evil.
12. Our civilization is destroying theirs. We cannot share a world in peace. They understand this; we have yet to learn it.
We cannot prevail against islam – a malignant political ideology masquerading as a religion – until we are willing to understand what it is and what kind of culture inculcates it.
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Bob has announced he is taking a significant hiatus from blogging to attend to life issues; mainly, looking for work in the ObamaEconomy™ and dealing with some medical issues.
If y’all appreciate what the many selfless, unpaid bloggers do providing an antidote to the static of the MSM, consider helping this one out in a time of need by dropping something in his tip jar. He’s not asking for help from his readers; I’m just suggesting that we in the ‘Verse consider it.
I stumbled on this today: a completely acoustic version of The Who’s epic Baba O’Riley on piano. This kid plays all the parts, including the computer-sequenced arpeggiated opening riff (?!), the chords, the guitar licks, and the closing viola solo. Oh, and he sings it too. Then he just gets up and motherfuckin’ walks off camera. Too cool.
To thank everyone for sticking around to see if we still existed, I promised some actual, mmm, CONTENT. This one sorta blew my mind:
Evelyn Glennie is a Scottish virtuosa percussionist. Royal Academy of Music grad? Check. Grammy Award winner? Check. Regular extensive world tours with orchestras and collaborations with musicians ranging from Bjork to Bobby McFerrin? Check. Performed on Sesame Street and at the Olympic Games? Check. Deaf as a post? Check. Wait, what?
Hearing? I don’t need no stinkin’ hearing to be a professional musician.
Glennie began to lose her hearing at age 8, and by age 12, was profoundly deaf. You’d think that hearing would be the one thing necessary for a professional musician. Nah, not so much. She often performs barefoot, and feels the music through her whole body.
Here is an interesting TED talk where she plays and talks about how to really listen to music:
Moral of the story? Don’t let anything stop you from doing what you want to do. Deaf? Be a musician. Worked for Beethoven.