The Paper August 2012

02 August 2012

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+29 # Islamscarface 2012-02-28 14:08
Do you want to be an infidel in a Muslim-dominate d country?

Honor killings are happening — not just in Iran, but in the United States of America! A raped woman is stoned for not being a virgin. A man kills his daughter for dating an infidel. A girl is sold into slavery to her cousin...by her father. A Christian police officer is fired for rejecting training on Muslim faith. A US university professor is forced to quit when Muslim students persecute him for speaking the Koran in his comparative religions class...because he is an infidel. The media is not allowed to tell us when murder and terrorist acts take place "in the name of Allah." Muslims have infiltrated various arms of government. The daughter of the founder of The Muslim Sisterhood is an assistant to our nation's Secretary of State.... The largest growth in America by percentage is those of the Muslim "faith." 18,000 people have been killed worldwide by Islamist terrorists JUST SINCE 9/11. In 1,400 years 240,000,000 have been slaughtered at the command of over 100 verses in the Koran that require conversion to Islam or death.
Can Christianity and Islam coexist? You decide!
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-17 # Easy solution...Paul H. 2012-02-28 16:20
Why don't we just all drop belief in our modern mythology and live in the peace of a world without superstition and religion. Killing and dying in the 21st century from such idiotic and nonsensical belief systems is beyond understanding.
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# Buy youself a coloring book......webzight 2012-03-05 18:58
Of global proportions so you can color in the fantasy belief of your choice!

Besides this whole thread being OT and not addressing the fact that "superstitious beliefs" are a world wide problem, saying religions are the reason for world unrest is patently false.

It always those who seek power and wealth through the "use of religions" that are the real problem throughout history!!

"Religions" that "seek" the purity of man in his context with the power of the universe through "good deeds and actions" will always triumph over evil men!

"Religions" that "seek" the control of man will always be cults of death, destruction and concurrent mental and physical slavery to those false ideals.

The Devil may not exist to some of you, but he'll sure have a lot of followers if he ever shows up!
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+1 # Reply to Easy SolutionChris C 2012-03-06 13:42
What is beyond understanding is that you really -believe- it's even possible to have peace on the terms you mention.
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+3 # RE: Reply to Easy SolutionPaul H. 2012-03-06 20:07
Oh I do indeed believe its possible to have peace without the influence of the inventions of the minds of men called "gods". Why do you suppose these beings were 'created' in the first place? Control. Control of how people think, behave and create. How much faster would the world have recovered from the destruction of the Roman Empire had intelligent men and women been allowed to progress science without the fear of being burned at the stake?

If the delusions of humankind did no harm I'd be happy to leave such things to those gullible enough to believe them. But such belief systems have and currently cause incredible harm. Burning children because they have demons in them, stoning a woman to death because she was raped by one other than her husband, killing people because a book was burned. How can intelligent educated people support structures and systems that perpetrate these crimes against basic human dignity? These things are done because people are IGNORANT. Ignorant of the simple truth that humans are responsible for the treatment of other humans. I want to see a world where people cannot hide behind a fictional godhead and claim the sick twisted things they do are the will of that god. As long as religions are acceptible the actions of these people will find supporters who will support and condone their actions.

Everybody on this planet needs to learn to take personal responsibility for what they do.

All societies would then have no qualms condemming those who perptrate crimes as criminals, not 'believers'.

Explain why a 'believer' should be given free reign to kill, maim, and destroy merely because he professes a belief in a manufactured entity? It's past time for human society to grow up and disposses itself of it's 'father' figures and stand on its own. Those who believe, many who say morality does not exist without god, I ask you, what are you afraid of?
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+3 # RE: Buy youself a coloring book......Paul H. 2012-03-06 20:12
Indeed, religions that seek 'purity' and enlightenment such as Buddhism are beneficial. You are correct, its those who seek power and wealth that cause the problems but they cause the problems by manipulating the ignorant 'believers'. Each of whom believes their particular religion is the right one...worth defending and killing for. You are correct, if the devil showed up, he would have followers but I don't think as many as you might believe.

As to this thread being OT, I disagree. Religion is just superstition writ large. Nothing more.
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+20 # WowMike Barnett 2012-02-28 14:21
Michael, this is, in my opinion, one of the most powerful articles you have written. I'd like to see everyone from secondary school on up read it, and I'd like to think that many families will read it together and have intelligent discussions about it afterwards. You've tied things together in an extremely poignantly insightful way. Thanks.
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+1 # Fatwah?TomC 2012-02-28 15:05
Michael how do you avoid having a fatwah declared on you? Or am I just not up to date and there is one?
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+6 # KoranScott Evans 2012-02-28 15:06
Based on how the Koran tells its followers to treat others, every one of them should be burned. Speaking out against its burning is a slap in the face to the families of everyone who has been murdered due to someone reading and believing its message.
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+4 # ResignationJbad04 2012-02-28 16:03
Damm good, Michael,damm good. Seeing the bomb go off in Jbad and the two officers killed at the MoI fill me with a sense of disappointed resignation. I left Jbad in '05 with a sense of hope that things would improve. That hope is now gone. Thanks for your insight and take care.
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+7 # RE: Tigers, Crocodiles, Korans and SuperstitionsJim Delaney 2012-02-28 16:15
Michael,
I worked in Bangaldesh "72-'75 and hopped the ferry thru the Sundarbans a few times. Intensely interesting place. Definitely felt vulnerable during the passage. They told me that with so many sinkings of overcrowded ferries over the years, that the tigers came to rely on human corpses as their main and most convenient source of food. Which made the trip even creepier. Despite gruesomeness it all, sure hope the tigers are able to survive all the poaching. The Sundarbans offer their last real hope.
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+2 # TigersTimJ 2012-02-28 16:26
Fascinating post - you are a great story teller.

I highly recommend a related book about tigers and a place very different from suburbia - "The Tiger" by John Vaillant. It has a similar theme to this report.
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+5 # Amazing!Leyla Najma 2012-02-28 17:24
At this point Michael, we should all just hire you to come and give talks and show photos of all your experiences! You are an amazing man with amazing photos and stories! Thanks for sharing!

Leyla
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+8 # RE: Tigers, Crocodiles, Korans and Superstitionsrainisfree 2012-02-28 17:35
Thank you for the illumination of logic, you are a valuable force.
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+4 # RE: Tigers, Crocodiles, Korans and Superstitionsa&n 2012-02-28 19:26
Loved you story Mike. You know...sometime s you don't have to have some political point to prove....you just enjoy the story. This was one of those times. Thanks Mike. Very interesting...
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+4 # LTC, USMC(Ret)James L. Owens 2012-02-28 21:35
I have to agree with "Wow". I was thinking what a great parallel you were making and how aptly it described waht we think of as retaliations.
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+5 # RE: Tigers, Crocodiles, Korans and SuperstitionsHeywood Jablomi 2012-02-28 22:49
Outstanding storytelling, Mike!

Really fine. The article flowed nicely, I never felt a need to skip ahead, your descriptions were clean, and not overwrought, and the subject-matter. ....well, I had no idea.

You know that I am fascinated by the topic of superstitions and comparative anthropology. You also know that I am supremely superstitious myself. So this writing of yours really spoke to me.

Nice work. Thanks for doing it. :)

All my best,

Heywood.
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+2 # 21st century manPeter 2012-02-28 23:23
Michael,
great, spoken like it should be. Keep it up, even if it seems fruitless. Someday it will be clear.
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+1 # BugJames F. McClellan 2012-03-01 21:28
Michael,
We have friends who are missionaries in the Congo. So far this year, they've killed 72 Cobras in their home. The wife told me; "It's beginning to get a little unnerving."
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+2 # POWERFUL STUFFChieftain 2012-03-05 13:00
Michael, I agree with one of your earlier posters -- this is one of the most powerful articles and photo essays you have ever produced.

It is brilliant work!
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+1 # RE: Tigers, Crocodiles, Korans and SuperstitionsTitan 1 2012-03-05 13:33
You rode with us in Diyalah back in 05. I still follow your articles. I couldn't agree more with this article. Human sacrifice is centuries old, Allah has replaced Baal and Moloch and is the only change in this centuries old problem in that region.
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+1 # RE: Tigers, Crocodiles, Korans and SuperstitionsPat 2012-03-05 15:21
A most fascinating article. You have a great sense of adventure.
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+4 # Inspiration by communication.. .webzight 2012-03-05 19:14
From the wildest corners of the planet to the most terrifying scenes of modern combat, no other modern scribe has come close to communicating the power of the moment like Michael Yon.

Yet he remains a virtual obscurity to most of the world, and that in some sense is good;-)

I agree wiht a previous poster about students, that students who are interested in real life investigative reporting follow Michael's work from start to finish.

While his articles many times are opinionated, they are pure from the heart and truthful in intent and focus!

The words, the pictures, the message, always outstanding and gripping!
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+1 # NiceJoey Dern 2012-03-07 14:41
Wow that dude just looks cool!

Go-Anon.tk
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# RE: Tigers, Crocodiles, Korans and Superstitionsrobin yates 2012-03-08 14:33
I read somewhere one way of stopping tiger attack is to wear a mask but on the back of your head.Tigers only attack from the rear. Worth a try
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+1 # Pleasant breakscotch7 2012-03-26 01:13
Gotta pile on. Great Storytelling, great pix. Thanks for sharing your "vacation."
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# There was a time!FThomas 2012-08-02 19:40
What an interesting article. If you have ever visited the jungles of SE Asia you know that The Sandarbans is spoken of by adventureres with a great deal of fear and respect.

I enjoyed the article and could imagine the smells and the vegitation lined streams, canals and rivers where man tries to eo-exist with nature at it's most primal.
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# Silly CommentaryWhiskey7 2012-08-30 07:29
So much laughable misinformation in this piece. Hindus cremate their dead and yes put the Ashes in the Ganges. The operative word there is 'ashes'. You'd have to be blind to mistake earten pots with ashes for "bodies floating down the river". That pretty much sets the tone for the rest of the article as well. The whole article is basically a giant "OMG! Look at them heathens!" sign board. Good for you, I guess. Ignorance being bliss and all.
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