2015 January 01 Thursday
What Was Surprising In 2014?

Looking back on 2014 what was surprising? Not much. One thing stands out: crucifixions. ISIS/Daesh brought back the use of crucifixions in 2014. Talk about a blast from the past. Wow. Pictures and more pictures of the same not for the faint of heart. On the other hand, their beheading Christian children is not surprising.

I'm also a little surprised by Daesh on slavery. Daesh has been quite in-your-face about slavery being a very legitimate since it is part of Shariah law.

“Enslaving the families of the [infidels] and taking their women as concubines is a firmly established aspect of the Shariah,” the article says. “If one were to deny or mock [it], he would be denying or mocking the verses of the Quran.”

ISIS are trying to turn the clock back 50 years. Saudi Arabia and Yemen only abolished slavery in 1962 under pressure from Britain and the UAE did the same in 1964 with Oman following in 1970. Have these countries fallen away from the true faith?

My own practical reaction: Give every Christian and in the Middle East a weapon. Help them carve out a couple of Christian states. Do the same for Yezidi and Kurds.

What else surprised me: Hysterias of The Narrative. Megaphone mania. Not surprised that they happened. But they seem to be getting more frequent. Maybe I'm wrong and I've just become more inclined to enumerate them. I'd really like to see some stats on how often the mainstream liberal media go on campaigns to exaggerate and fabricate morality plays.

So what surprised you in 2014?

What do you think is coming in 2015?

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2015 January 01 10:30 AM 

Nick said at January 1, 2015 12:17 PM:

I was surprised by the rapid collapse of Iraq. It totally undermined the idea of intervention and state-building in the Middle East, which was already shaky.

As far as the "Megaphone mania" I think outright censorship and criminalizing of free speech will become more frequent in the form of "hate speech" legislation and banning of comments on internet sites. The faceplant of the SJWs (Social Justice Warriors) on issues like Ferguson, #GamerGate and the UVA rape hoax are too brazen to cover up. Millions of lemmings will go along with the program just because they're too brainwashed to be helped, but an increasing number of people will wake up to the deception. The question is how this minority will act and through which outlets. @Rooshv has been very good on standing up to SJWs

Mercer said at January 1, 2015 3:38 PM:

Oil prices fall almost in half. Liberal media obsessing over Ferguson even after convenience store photos leaked.

Wolf-Dog said at January 1, 2015 6:00 PM:

If the price of oil declines further and stays there, this will adversely affect that Arab world, but the increasing poverty would also strengthen the religious fundamentalists. It is possible that either ISIS or similar groups will overthrow the Saudi monarchy, and if this happens, even with the lower priced oil they will be one more step closer to the Caliphate.

Separately, this new article says that the Syrian civil war caused the deaths of an additional 76,000 people in 2014:


But the article also lists the following breakdown of the 2014 casualties in the Syrian war:

* At least 22,627 were government soldiers or members of pro-government militias
* Almost 17,000 were militants from groups including IS and al-Nusra Front
* More than 15,000 were from moderate rebel groups and Islamist factions
* Civilians made up 17,790 of the dead

The above distribution of casualties should be worrisome because the supporters of Bashar Assad (mostly Alawites, secular Sunnis and other minorites like the Christians) simply do not have the population to replace 20,000 dead soldiers per year. Thus if this war continues, it is likely that in a few more years Assad will run out of soldiers to stop the fundamentalist takeover of Syria, as more foreign fundamentalist fighters are flocking to Syria every year.

Since Iraq has a larger non-Sunni population, it has a chance of stabilizing and slowing down the expansion of ISIS there, but it is worth noting that fundamentalists are also gaining ground in Libya and Egypt, and they might ultimately come to power in Egypt.

JB said at January 2, 2015 10:17 AM:

The increase in Narrative Hysteria is simply a sign of the increased power of the political left due to the influence of their little foreign colonizers. They no longer have to fear a backlash from white voters because they know their non-white supporters will vote anti-white and for gibsmedat. It's permanent. You can kiss the First and Second Amendments goodbye.

Seth W. said at January 7, 2015 3:02 PM:

Politics really is dead. The problems of the world today are technical ones and no politics can address any of them. People continue to elect pople from this or that political party, when it is useless. Politics and politicians have become an anachronism. Politics is now as useless as religions. Sadly people continue to hold those systems of belief with lots of zeal.

ErisGuy said at January 11, 2015 11:34 PM:

Quick quiz: when was slavery abolished in Europe?

In France, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Norway, Luxembourg, Italy, and West Germany, with the fall of the National Socialists. In Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Czech, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Bulgaria, Russia, Belorussia, and East Germany, with the fall of the International Socialists. Western Europe abolished slavery only when American and British armies conquered it. By abolishing slavery in 1962, Saudi Arabia was decades ahead of most of Europe.

There is nothing in Socialism that forbids slavery.

Seth W. said at January 28, 2015 2:30 PM:

"There is nothing in Socialism that forbids slavery."

Everything in Socialism forbids slavery. However, there's nothing in Capitalism that forbids slavery, like the one we have today. Economic slavery.

Seth W. said at January 28, 2015 2:31 PM:

Mercer, there's no liberal media anymore.

Seth W. said at January 28, 2015 2:38 PM:

"Saudi Arabia was decades ahead of most of Europe."

No, ErisGuy slavery was something important and necessary for poor people. Giving a slaves his/her freedom meant giving him a death sentence of starvation. So what Arabs did when they abolished slavery was to send many to their dead. Desert Eris, it was desert. Being a slave was desirable since you were fed, clothed and sheltered.
Context ErisGuy, you're missing CONTEXT.

When Abraham is letting Sarah's slave free, she -the slave- is crying, because she was left alone to die.

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