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The Purported Movement, and Statements

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I am glad to hear (read) a more positively phrased statement from the likes of Dawkins regarding hateful behaviour — by “positive”, I mean to say “not stated as a negation”, as with for example, his absurd and dismissive poke … Continue reading

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The Pink Mustache of the New Underclass

Nothing in the microcosm of American civic politics symbolizes the destruction of the old Leftist agenda better than the new “cab war”. The regulation of cabs used to be about protection against driver exploitation. While everyone was sleeping,  owners found … Continue reading

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Punk is Dead.

A thrash Metal act, with associated fake blood and grunting into microphones is, in its highest estimation, regarded as a nostalgic trip; in its worst, a comedy act. Only a handful of years ago, the music director at that absurd … Continue reading

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A Commenter Who Can’t Be Arsed

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I get it. It wasn’t actually meant literally to be a definitive list of trolls and malcontents. Amanda Marcotte’s essay on Rawstory.com, A Definitive Ranking of the Weirdest People on the Internet was, by my reading, more of a raspberry … Continue reading

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When “Putting into Perspective” is Denial and Deflection

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I think it is very interesting the way in which comparative numbers and deprecating language is used toward the goal of making a highly prejudicial point. When a perceived panic, caused perhaps by the knowledge of a distant violence, threatens … Continue reading

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The Servant of The Brady Bunch

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If ever there was an overtly ideological depiction of the deeply stratified and hierarchical society of the United States, it was in the person  of the live-in servant among the cast of extremely affluent characters in The Brady Bunch. This … Continue reading

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A Short Observation on Ideology and Politics

When one hears or participates in talk of this thing called “ideology” (or one of its cousins, “ideological” or “ideologue”) there is often a confounding mix of language which accompanies this which makes it difficult to separate out the overt … Continue reading

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The Beginning of Freedom

No exercise of freedom exists when everyone approves! Freedom of expression begins precisely and exclusively when your audience does not like what they hear, but listens anyway. Freedom of speech is not “for” the speaker; freedom if speech is for … Continue reading

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Weapons and Public Urination

Just remarkable, this cult of death which actively sublimates all facts and empirical examples into a personally “acceptable” and satisfying form of patriotic fervor, invoked with little more than a bit of empty-headed, “guns don’t kill people…”, then dismissively waved … Continue reading

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Where to go with Ideology?

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For one thing, “ideology” is a twentieth century word. Practically made up, whole cloth. So, that’s suspicious. Surely, though, the form and function of ideology is not restricted to a single century and one type of thinking. Within the twentieth … Continue reading

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Ideology in the Science I Think I Love

I am interested in ideology. Don’t get me wrong — I am as partisan and practical as the next person. And, I like the scientific method; I use the scientific method. I’d be foolish to say — to think, even … Continue reading

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Of Angels, not Men

A writer put two characters into nearly every scene and circumstance in a story. Those characters are, by implication, therefore themselves pivotal whether they are made to seem aware of it or not. 〜 Angels represent the visible manifestation of … Continue reading

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The Atheist Label and Dissent

The label, “atheist”, was, first and foremost and still today, applied by partisans to those dissenters who spoke against the conservative condition. These same, self-privileged and group-validated conservatives, usually religious, usually a single, dominant sect or party, use the label, “atheist”, … Continue reading

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Expansion

“Five sigma, clear as day: r at 0.2…+/- 0.05“ –Chao-Lin Kuo, co-PI, BICEP2, in surprise announcement to Andrei Linde Sean Carroll makes some guesses the day before. BICEP2

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Manal al-Sharif and the continuing hostility toward women in Saudi Arabia

This video is about four years old. But all of the issues and conditions surrounding this protest still exist as of this writing. See also version with English captions added. “Manal al-Sharif, one of the organizers of an online campaign … Continue reading

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The Perfect Plan

…oh, I know, I know! I am the The Perfect Being and all, but, you know what would be really great? Don’t get ahead of me! LOL Wouldn’t it be really great if We created this whole line of ‘time and … Continue reading

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Absence of Source: William Cowper didn’t say it

Right away, I have to note, that, beside the fact that the expression is almost trivially true in a broad sense, and for the boring fact that once you have the first half in your head, you practically cannot help … Continue reading