Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/9/2013

Firearms sales in Virginia increased last year by 16% to a record 490,000, yet gun crimes decreased by 5% during the same period. Observers were puzzled by the mysterious decrease in crime, what with all those new guns out there in the hands of citizens.

In other news, a devout Muslim man in Britain was delighted when he found the name of Allah on a crisp (potato chip). He was breaking his fast at an iftar meal, and when he pulled the crisp out of the bag, at first he thought it was partially burned. After recognizing the writing on it, he decided to save it as a miraculous keepsake.

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The Kristallnacht of the Multicolored Republic

“Although the politicians and the Evangelical Church of Germany do everything to play down the arson and hush it up…, the Germans in Garbsen, whether Christian or not, understand the handwriting on the wall.”

Last week we posted translated German newspaper reports concerning the burning of the Willehadi-Kirche in Garbsen. Our Canadian correspondent Rembrandt Clancy has translated an essay from Politically Incorrect about the incident, with an introduction based on German newspaper reports published today (August 9).

Introductory Note from Rembrandt Clancy

The essay that follows, Crystal Night of the Multicoloured Republic? by C. Jahn, was originally posted at Politically Incorrect on 7 August 2013. The essay analyses, in the light of recent history, the first arson perpetrated on a church in Germany and the political consequences that can be expected from it.

Gates of Vienna has already reported on the event itself. The evangelical Willehadi-Church (Church of St. Willehad) was burned to the ground along with the adjacent parish hall, with damage estimated in the millions. It happened on the night of 30 July 2013 in the town of Garbsen in Lower Saxony, about 11 km northwest of Hanover. The Willehadi-Kirche is situated in the most populated district of Garbsen known as Auf der Horst.

The following excerpts from the Hannoversche Allgemeine, reportedly a Left-leaning newspaper, provide Gates of Vienna readers with a background similar to that which German readers have before reading C. Jahn’s essay. It is generally agreed that the alleged perpetrators, who have not yet been apprehended, hail from a culturally enriched section of the Garbsen. The reaction of the Lutheran spokesman to the event is also an interesting case study in itself, and gives substance to C. Jahn’s statement that not only state support has been withdrawn from the German people, but also ecclesiastical support.

According to the Hannoversche Allgemeine (9 Aug. 2013):

“It is not the first time that arsonists in the Auf der Horst part of the city have been playing with fire. In this year alone the police recorded 31 intentionally set fires. As a rule it is paper recycling bins which go up in flames. A week ago there was also an attempt to set fire to the same parish hall which is now burned to the ground. In most cases the police have no clue as to the perpetrators. But the residents of the quarter express their suspicion bluntly: ‘We have been terrorised by youths for years. They swear at us, deal drugs openly, and no one does anything,’ says Klaus-Dieter Gorges. Most of the young men have partly consolidated themselves into youth-gangs and name themselves AIG (Foreigners in Garbsen) or Gtown Gangsta, whereby the ‘G’ stands for Garbsen.”

In another article of the same date the Hannoversche Allgemeine reports that among the gangs in the quarter, one is Turkish and the other Kurdish:

The AIG is not the only group which is demanding control and respect. Also the [Turkish] ADHP gang (“Auf Der Horst Power”) are involved, and the members of the gang known as the KBB (“Kurdish Blood Brothers”) are on the move in the Garbsen Kronsberg-Quarter. A regional criminological analysis which the city of Garbsen commissioned in 2007 reported that these youth groups cause great uncertainty among the inhabitants. ‘That affects primarily older people and women’, says Constable Günter Hirche, the police liaison officer in Garbsen.”

Ingrid Spieckermann is a Lutheran theologian with the title of State Superintendent in the region. In a homily at the first church service after the fire she is quoted in yet a third article by the Hannoversche Allgemeine as follows (9 August 2013): “There are many small steps to a peaceful co-existence but there is no alternative.” The paper further reports that “she calls for the permanent improvement of the social structure in the housing area and that research into the causes is indispensable.” Here Spieckermann shows how the so-called “social justice” of the churches works; that is, how Christian charity, having become divorced from its roots, loses its native interiority and its inherent spirit of self-examination, becomes collectivised and metamorphoses into the ‘critical theory’ or cultural nihilism of Marxism. The causes of the arson are not to be found in the endogenous characteristics of the dominant ‘culture’ from which the immigrants come, but are due instead to external structural obstacles that German society is placing in their way, hence causing their anti-social behaviour. German society is the cause of the violence and the immigrant ‘youths’ are the victims.

Then, as if she were projecting her own cultural self-loathing, Spieckermann presents her theory about the motive and victim status of the arsonists:

“How could it come to pass that people lose respect? Such acts stem from a deep self-hatred. In this way the perpetrators do something to themselves.”

The Hannoversche Allgemeine does not report whether or not Ingrid Spieckermann had a plan as to how the German residents of the area ought to be protected.

The translated article is below.

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Kiss Your Ham Goodbye, Norway

The brief report below from French television concerns the cultural enrichment of Norwegian schools. The father interviewed in the clip describes what happened to his children in school when the number of “children of Norwegian background” dropped below 50%. When the number of enriched students reached a certain critical mass in the classroom, non-Muslim children were no longer able to bring ham sandwiches to school in their lunches.

The children were compelled to accommodate their classmates “because others think that [eating ham] is illegal”. That is, the perception of the illegality of ham forced the de facto enforcement of non-Norwegian law in a Norwegian school. That law is, of course, Islamic law, and Norway is in the process of becoming a sharia state.

Many thanks to Oz-Rita for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/8/2013

The Greek government is having trouble finding a contractor to build the first state-sponsored mosque in Greece. Firms that had previously shown interest in the project backed out, admitting that they were concerned about a popular backlash. Coincidentally, the unemployment rate in Greece rose to a record 27.6% in May.

To readers who have emailed me about what FrontPage Mag did to Diana West (pulling a friendly review of her book and substituting an extremely hostile one): Yes, I’m aware of what happened. Excerpts from Diana’s response are included in tonight’s news feed.

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A Burka-Clad Jewel Thief

Update: A commenter named gatekeeper has kindly provided us with this image of “The Blot”:

Suitable, don’t you think?

Our Norwegian correspondent The Observer has translated an article from today’s Dagbladet about the latest culturally enriched criminal incident in metropolitan Oslo: a jewelry store heist by a robber wearing a burka.

The translator includes this note:

The two robbers may be Somalis — tall and thin: that’s a pretty accurate description of male Somalis.

The jewellery shop could be operated by Indians. Judging by the name, I don’t think it’s run by Norwegians or Jewish persons.

There’s also an article about the case in ‘News and views from Norway’. It doesn’t mention anything about the burka, however.

The translated article:

Here’s the CCTV footage of the fleeing burka robber

Security cameras caught the robbers’ dramatic escape after the brutal robbery at Vestli.

VESTLI (Dagbladet): One of the security cameras inside a Prix grocery store located vis-à-vis Lakshmi Jewelers, which was held up by armed robbers earlier today, captured the escape of one of the robbers.

One of the perpetrators was wearing what appears to be a light blue or purple burka. This has also been confirmed by several witnesses.

Police have secured surveillance footage from the Prix store along with footage from the jewelry store’s own surveillance cameras.

Large scale police operation

The armed robbers struck just before 1:30pm today at the jewelry store located in Vestliveien. Witnesses have told Dagbladet that they heard screaming coming from inside the store and that they saw the perpetrators run away from the scene.

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A Postscript on the Affair of the Spitting Professor

The editors of Dispatch International have returned from their summer vacation. While they were relaxing on holiday, the now-infamous “spitting professor”, Eric Svensson, was lashing out on Twitter at DI’s editor-in-chief, Ingrid Carlqvist. (See the bottom of this post for links to previous articles about the Twitter-Spitter.)

The following article about the Eric Svensson controversy — and its implications for Ingrid Carlqvist’s personal safety — was published today at Dispatch International:

Spitting professor affair leads to breakthrough for alternative media

by Maria Celander (translation edited by Gates of Vienna)

The biology professor Erik Svensson tweeted that he wanted to spit in the face of Dispatch International editor-in-chief Ingrid Carlqvist, and showered her with hate-laden invective. After the incident garnered attention in the alternative media on the web, Lund University was bombarded with e-mails from hundreds of angry people, wondering if this behavior was consistent with the University’s code of conduct.

“The choice of words was very unfortunate and the University does not want to be associated with these kinds of expression. However, Erik Svensson has apologized, he regrets what he’s done and has promised never to do it again. That concludes this business as far as we are concerned,” says Olov Sterner, dean of The Faculty of Science, and Erik Svensson’s closest superior.

Earlier this week, he had a personal meeting with Svensson to clarify what had taken place. Tweets along the lines of “I don’t want to hug you @ingridcarlqvist. I want to spit in your face if I get a chance”, and epithets such as “vile” and “odious” have naturally tarnished the University’s reputation.

“That is of course the case. It affects the University when he writes things in his professional role of professor. That’s why it was important to us to be very clear that we don’t condone this behavior,” says Olov Sterner.

The fact that the public received any information at all about Erik Svensson’s aggressive twittering, is entirely due to the alternative media — above all the popular websites Avpixlat, Exponerat and Fria Tider that published Svensson’s Twitter comments. Enraged readers e-mailed Lund University by the hundreds, prompting the University to act.

“Most people were outraged and horrified that a person of that stature, a professor, could express himself that way and show such blind hatred and disdain based on differences of opinion,” one of the editors of Avpixlat tells Dispatch International.

The editor is shocked that Erik Svensson openly and unabashedly spewed such hate against a female journalist. The climate of debate in Sweden has long been such that behavior like this has gone unchecked, opines the editor. But perhaps this is the beginning of something new — thanks to the Internet and the fact that people can now get their news from sources other than the traditional media.

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The Blonde and the Marseillaise

Undeterred by YouTube’s removal of three of her videos, “The Blonde” keeps on speaking out on behalf of France and the French identity, this time focusing on the leftists’ proposed change to the national anthem.

Many thanks to Oz-Rita for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling. Note: The Blonde quotes from a culturally enriched rapper in this video, so that one of the subtitles contains profanity:

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Five Types of Time

Summer Fundraiser 2013, Day 4

The theme of this week’s fundraiser is the amplitude of time. That is: there’s plenty of it!

Tip jarThis little chunk of it — the seven days of our bleg, plus the wrap-up — has great significance for us, and we have to cram a lot into it: persuading our readers to help out, recording donations, writing thank-you notes, plus normal blogging activities.

In the larger scheme of things, however, it’s just another chunk of minutes, hours, and days, no different from all the rest. “Time be time,” as the Rasta character in Neuromancer says.

But is that true?

Except in the neighborhood of a singularity — e.g. a black hole — the dimension we experience as time is, for all practical purposes, linear and uniform. From a purely scientific standpoint, all intervals are similar, regardless of their magnitude. But that’s not the way we human beings experience time: a split-second is qualitatively as well as quantitatively different from a decade.

For the sake of philosophical contemplation, I have arbitrarily divided the human experience of time into five distinct types:

1.   Micro Time
2.   Conversational Time
3.   Quotidian Time
4.   Macro Time
5.   Cosmic Time
 

These categories are not simply larger or smaller versions of one another. Each has its own intrinsic characteristics, based on the subjective way the human psyche experiences it.

1. Micro Time

This is the interval of time that is perceived as an “instant”. Most of our existence passes without our being aware of it. However, there are certain occasions — most of them probably less than pleasant — when micro time dominates our experience. Take, for example, the split second between when your skidding car leaves the road and the front bumper hits the tree. Or the interval between when your foot slips on the ice and you land on your coccyx on the sidewalk.

Positive examples might include the moment of childbirth, or the triumphant sensation of being the first runner to breast the tape.

Micro time is the minimum unit of conscious human experience. The optic nerve transmits about twenty distinct images per second to the brain, so 0.05 seconds may be the smallest unit of micro time. Or there may be other senses — hearing, touch, proprioception — that have smaller units of transmission. But somewhere in that neighborhood lies the smallest quantum of experienced time. Below that we cannot go.

It would be impossible to live as a human being if everything were experienced in micro time. That’s why our brains are equipped to aggregate perceptions into discrete chunks of greater duration.

2. Conversational Time

Much of our experience is mediated by language. The exchange of information between people, or the recollection of such exchanges, or the imagining of them — this is the stuff of most of our routine existence. Those who adhere to the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis assert that nothing can be thought without the mediation of language, which determines one’s thought-forms.

The temporal space in which conversation occurs forms what I call conversational time. It is bounded from below by the length of time it takes to form or hear a phoneme — which is a very brief interval, much smaller than a second. However, the more significant unit of conversational time is the morpheme, the smallest unit of language in which semantic meaning can be encoded. Collect these units into words and sentences, pass them back and forth, and you have conversational time.

A New Yorker can pack a lot of conversation into two or three seconds. In my part of the world, where the slow drawl is the order of the day, the same amount of meaning takes somewhat longer to convey. So the span of conversational time must remain elastic.

The upper limit for conversational time is hard to pin down, but it can’t really be more than a few minutes. After that the ebb and flow of what was said fades away, and the conversation has been “chunked” into encoded packets for later recall.

Quotidian Time

This is the realm of the agenda, the classroom, the bus schedule, and the workaday world. It contains all those experiences which are held in short-term memory, after the ephemera of the conversation have disappeared into oblivion.

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/7/2013

Our tipsters are still on vacation, sipping their frosted drinks on sunny strands in exotic locales while we toil away in our sweatshops. In other words, the news feed remains light.

The second day of the trial of Major Nidal Hasan adjourned early after members of his legal team — he is representing himself in the trial, but has a court-appointed team of legal advisors — told the judge that their client is seeking martyrdom, and is deliberately angling for a death sentence. The lawyers asked that they be excluded from further participation, and the judge adjourned for a day to consider their motion.

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Stalking the Mythical Islamophobe, Part 1

Last month we noted that the ill-defined term “Islamophobia” has been used repeatedly in official publications, papers, and interventions submitted at Human Dimension meetings or other functions hosted by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

As a relevant example, consider “Guidelines for Educators on Countering Intolerance and Discrimination against Muslims: Addressing Islamophobia through Education”, which was published jointly [pdf] by OSCE/ODIHR, the Council of Europe, and UNESCO in 2011. The document contains 49 instances of the word “Islamophobia” (including those used in footnotes and cited URLs), yet the closest it comes to a definition of the term is this brief description found on page 17:

“‘Islamophobia’, a term which is widely used by NGOs and frequently appears in the media, tends to denote fear, hatred or prejudice against Islam and Muslims.”

The above passage does not qualify in any way as a definition of “Islamophobia”, and yet the word forms the basis for an entire guidebook officially published by OSCE. It is completely unacceptable that an undefined term be employed in such a manner, especially when the topic referenced is currently so controversial.

At the Supplementary Human Dimension meeting in Vienna on July 12, 2013, in response to the repeated use of the term “Islamophobia” during various OSCE proceedings, Dr. Harald Fiegl (on behalf of Mission Europa Netzwerk Karl Martell) requested a definition of the word:

In response, the Turkish government representative Mr. Umut Topcuoglu quoted a definition of “Islamophobia” that had been used previously:

The definition itself [pdf] was written by Ömür Orhun, the former Personal Representative of the Chairman-in-Office of the OSCE on Combating Intolerance and Discrimination against Muslims, and currently the Advisor and Special Envoy of the Secretary General of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The inclusion of this definition without disclaimer in the official record of an OSCE event (OSCE “Supplementary Human Dimension” meeting in Vienna, 11-12 July 2013) has made it de facto an official OSCE definition:

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Post-Jihad Stress Disorder

As Forces loyal to the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad continue to make advances against the “rebels”, dispirited jihad fighters from Western countries are expected to return “home” with a bad attitude and a working knowledge of explosives and firearms, looking for a fight. Authorities in Norway are apprehensive about “Norwegian” mujahideen who make their way back from Syria with the intention of applying in Oslo the skills learned in Homs or Aleppo.

Our Norwegian correspondent The Observer has translated an article about the concerns of PST, the Norwegian security police. My favorite quote from the article:

“They watch the horrors on TV and on the Internet, and want to travel to Syria to do something good for others.”

Only a Swedish or Norwegian academic could advance such a bizarre explanation for the motives of the holy warriors of Islam.

The translator includes this introductory note:

This article from today’s VG describes the ticking bomb that the Norwegian authorities have lovingly brought to our shores, assembled and planted firmly under their own feet. They have of course also lit the fuse, knowing very well what will happen next.

It’s so obvious that it almost borders on the ridiculous, but even so they probably still believe that they can prevent the inevitable cataclysmic bang.

The psychiatrist quoted in this article is worried about PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). I’d be more worried about SAIBD (Severe Allah-Infested Brain Disorder). Registered cases of this mental illness are unfortunately on the rise in Norway.

The translated article from VG.no:

Worried that Norwegian Syria warriors may commit terror

PST is concerned about returning combatants

(VG NETT) Radical Muslims are traveling abroad to fight in the civil war in Syria. They return home to Norway with a robust social network and military fighting skills.

Ever since the mass protests against the Assad regime descended into an armed conflict in 2011, dozens of Norwegian Muslims have traveled abroad to fight shoulder to shoulder with various rebel groups.

PST is now deeply concerned about the warriors returning to Norway.

“Some of those who have gone off to fight could eventually return to Norway more determined and more capable of planning terrorist attacks,” says Siv Alsén, a spokesperson for the PST, to VG.

“This could be the result of both personal experiences and of having established ties with groups that wish to carry out attacks in Western countries,” she says.

The numbers are rising

According to PST the number of individuals that have traveled from Norway to various conflict areas has risen and some have probably joined different militant Islamist groups.

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The Spitting Professor Dodges a Bullet

Erik Svensson is a professor of biology at the University of Lund in Sweden who went from obscurity to notoriety overnight after a series of vile Twitter outbursts against various “Islamophobes”.

It seems the Twitter-Spitter will hold onto his job after all. The University of Lund had a quiet chat with their distinguished professor yesterday, and decided that his sins, although manifold and grave, did not merit dismissal. Dr. Svensson was properly repentant, and promised not to repeat his offenses.

Below is a brief report from Skanskan, a local newspaper in South Sweden, as translated by our Swedish correspondent LN:

No action against professor

by Lars Johansson

The case of the professor’s insulting posts on twitter has now been resolved, but the university will take up a policy discussion.

“It was a good meeting, so now we are happy to continue,” says Olov Sterner, the dean of the Faculty of Sciences, after the meeting on Tuesday, where Erik Svensson , a professor of evolutionary ecology, was called to answer for his twittering that had attracted considerable attention.

Among other things, he described Ingrid Carlqvist, editor of the highly Islam-critical magazine Dispatch International, as a nuisance and a vile little person whose face he wanted to spit in.

“He regrets his language, repeats his apologies and promises that it will not happen again,” says Olov Sterner.

9-11 Time

Summer Fundraiser 2013, Day 3

The theme of this quarter’s fundraiser is the amplitude of time — its nature, its passage, and how it is understood by those who experience it. The 9-11 terror attacks were what drew us into the blogging business, so it’s only fitting that we take a look at the flow of time as reflected in the horrific events of that day, and what followed afterwards.

Virtually everyone in America remembers exactly what they were doing on September 11, 2001. That’s the nature of how we experience cataclysmic events: they become part of the familiar furniture of one’s existence from then on, always present at the back of the mind, if not at the front of it.

My parents had such a moment on December 7, 1941. I shared with them a similar moment on November 22, 1963. September 11, 2001 was the first such moment in the 21st century.

Tip jarI was working in Richmond that beautiful September morning, and as the news filtered through the office about what was happening in New York, everyone stopped working and gathered around in solemn groups, sharing what information they could collect. There was no TV in the place, and only one radio, which didn’t work very well. After the first half hour or so all of the major news sites on the web — CNN, Fox, the networks, Drudge, etc. — were overwhelmed and would no longer load. I was able to pick up the BBC site for a while, and saw photos of the burning towers in Manhattan. People stayed on the phone to their loved ones, hearing accounts of what was on TV. I talked to Dymphna almost constantly, and she reported what she was hearing on NPR.

Our office closed before lunch, allowing everyone to go home and stare at what was unfolding on television. By then both towers had collapsed, and the reruns of those choking clouds billowing out over lower Manhattan ran almost continuously, as if in a loop. I stopped off at a relative’s house and watched some of the coverage before making the long drive home.

It seemed as if my mind ceased functioning normally that day, a condition that persisted into the days that followed, only lifting gradually over a period of several weeks. I imagine that most people had a similar experience — it was as if the world no longer made sense, and normal thought was no longer possible. I went about humdrum daily activities in a fog, somehow able to function, but utterly preoccupied with what had occurred that day, and the aftermath of it.

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/6/2013

The trial of Major Nidal Hasan, the alleged shooter in the Fort Hood mass workplace violence incident, began today in Texas. Maj. Hasan acknowledged that he was the shooter, and referred to himself as a mujahid. He is acting as attorney for his own defense, and in that capacity cross-examined some of the witnesses called by the prosecution.

In related news, the State Department is urging American citizens to leave Yemen — the last place of residence for Maj. Hasan’s mentor Anwar al-Awlaki before he was killed in a drone strike — because of the risk of terror attacks by Al Qaeda.

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Notice to tipsters: Please don’t submit extensive excerpts from articles that have been posted behind a subscription firewall, or are otherwise under copyright protection.

Caveat: Articles in the news feed are posted “as is”. Gates of Vienna cannot vouch for the authenticity or accuracy of the contents of any individual item posted here. We check each entry to make sure it is relatively interesting, not patently offensive, and at least superficially plausible. The link to the original is included with each item’s title. Further research and verification are left to the reader.

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