Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Religion

I don't have a problem with any person's religion; I have a problem with a person's religion making problems for me!

I'm going to be 66... My experience has been that proselytizing religions are toxic mechanisms officiated and otherwise populated by too many—tolerated—hypocrites and psychopaths.

The only thing making any sense to me at all has been secular humanism because, existentially, it's never "God" providing for the clear benefits of community... ...in any monotheism... be it patriarch Judaism, its male progeny Christianity, or grandson Islam. It is the individual human—individually—buying in to that community making such so. 

Compassion, support, and appreciation tendered needy individuals clearly providing for good quality of life, in the aggregate, is the product of individual human beings finally. God is not (has never been) necessary in this process and and has only ever been shown, in my view, that it is to be avoided. 

Good deeds, paid forward, in efficacious behaviors of good humanism trumps the monied organisation of Gods produced in man's image to do his bidding.  Ever derided Paganism has, and has ever had, the more positive affect.



"Paranoia runs deep ... " not that there's anything unjustified about that. Look OUT not UP!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Channeling Driftglass #1



Channeling Driftglass #1

~~Both Sides, Where?~~


Republicans unthinkingly reduce their fatuous constituency to the lowest common denominator of bigotry, ignorance, and loathsome fear by way of a "Southern Strategy."  This strategy invites an extremely unhinged if mindlessly fervent contributing person to a monolithic voting base.  This is a voting base who will believe what errant authorities tell them... ...if it's about the way one should feel regarding "God," homosexuals, and a woman's right to choose.
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...But! The Democrats!
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Republicans deny all science and sensibility.  This denial manifests in their pursuit of dangerous reductions to the costly but necessary oversight and accountability of immortal corporate persons by reasonable regulation and regular inspection holding them to the most tenuous of reasonable accounts.
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...But! The Democrats!
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Republicans fomented two dire economic recessions contributing to the suffering of millions fueled by unpaid for cash giveaways to big business.  As a result, it caused a financial meltdown rivaling the Great Depression and needlessly degraded the faith and credit of the United States.
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...But! The Democrats!
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Republicans started wars for profit based on craven lies and gluttonous distortions. They are wars longer now than any war in US history.  They are wars that are senselessly if profitably being fought, still.
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...But! The Democrats!
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Republicans furiously if fatuously foment a foul agenda to facilitate the mixture of  Church with State where that initiative has been the harbinger of horrendous doom everywhere it's been employed in history and around the World.
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...But! The Democrats!
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Republicans ignore a crumbling infrastructure, the evil of a for profit health system, the reverse affect of a for profit prison system, and the horror of a for profit prosecution of needless war.
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...But! The Democrats!
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Republicans squandered a Democratic surplus, incurred trillion dollar deficits, and just... ...lost... ...some 2.1 Trillion dollars in black programs announced a couple of days before the Twin Towers fell on September 11th.
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...But! The Democrats!
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Republicans kick back every jobs bill, kill every extension to unemployment, evaporate food stamps, put people in the streets, and defund every program designed to give a deserving person a leg up.  They plan, even now, to cancel the insurance of 10 million people.
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...But! The Democrats!
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Republicans plan to make the EPA toothless and impotent, destroy public schools, Privatize Social Security, Voucher Medicare, defund Medicaid, and would seem to be the ready champions of dirty air, toxic food, and polluted water.
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...But! The Democrats!
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Republicans suppress the vote, intimidate the voter, abuse the voting process, and erode the legislation written to protect same.
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...But! The Democrats!
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Republicans purport that "trickle down" rewards the hard working faithful, hoping we won't notice that it's more like being "trickled on" as the pecuniary movement of aggregate wealth actually gushes, and decidedly, up!
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...But! The Democrats!
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Republicans lie without the remotest shame, unblinkingly, and with confidence.  They support flat-Earth paradigms of religious creationism, disrespect the aspiration to intelligence, abhor the arts, detest education, and gloat toxic ethics of anti-science.
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...But! The Democrats!
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Wait!
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But! The Democrats, WHAT?!
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Notice the obvious dearth, reader, of corresponding Democratic infidelities in any way comparable to Republican crimes and misdemeanors.  See, there cannot be the remotest reasonable comparison.  Were there the remotest comparison it would be giddily iterated by the Republicans on every stage and platform they control (which is virtually all of them).   They do not.  No... all we get from them is the likes of such that "Obama is a Nigerian foreigner and homosexual Muslim actually married to a trans-gendered man...".  Hope weeps
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What do the Democrats do, then, to justify the "Both Sides Do It" meme stumped and championed by high-speed journalistic sellouts the likes of  David Brooks, David Gregory, Chuck Todd, Luke Russell, George Stephanopoulos, et sig al?
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These are the discursive agents convincing the masses that the politics is "equivalent," that there is "no difference" to the extremes of each... that each is equal with regard to foibles and failures.  That it's a horse race blessed and cursed on either side fundamentally the same... that Republicans and Democrats run neck and neck in an equivalence born of good persons doing right as they honorably see that honor...
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Democrats!  Just as extreme?  Just as incompetent?  Just as inept?  Just as hypocritical?  Just as bungling?  Just as criminal?  Just as compassionless, psychopathic, and insentient?  No.
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No.  Search history, head, and heart, reader.  Both sides, and decidedly, DON'T!  There is but one Party pulling the trigger on our national demise.  The blame can come to rest squarely in the most profound of profound legitimacies.  An alternative Party lacks "tusk" and "trunk," but empowered?  It knows the people's success!  That's the history.
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Yes, anything else is but the province of corporate psychopathy desperately trying to avoid the lawful fetters of its just social responsibility.  It dooms itself and us, sincerely and will surely see its members hanging lifeless from swings, someday, on deserved lengths of the coldest piano wire.



"Paranoia runs deep ... " not that there's anything unjustified about that. Look OUT not UP!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

You don’t protect my freedom: Our childish insistence on calling soldiers heroes deadens real democracy - Salon.com



Excellent -- and brave, on this Veteran's Day -- article in Salon about the knee jerk patriotism we are force fed on a daily basis. Since 9/11 it has been exaggerated to surreal extremes.

You don’t protect my freedom: Our childish insistence on calling soldiers heroes deadens real democracy - Salon.com: Put a man in uniform, preferably a white man, give him a gun, and Americans will worship him. It is a particularly childish trait, of a childlike culture, that insists on anointing all active military members and police officers as “heroes.” The rhetorical sloppiness and intellectual shallowness of affixing such a reverent label to everyone in the military or law enforcement betrays a frightening cultural streak of nationalism, chauvinism, authoritarianism and totalitarianism, but it also makes honest and serious conversations necessary for the maintenance and enhancement of a fragile democracy nearly impossible. (Salon)

Sunday, November 2, 2014

I’m terrified of my new TV: Why I’m scared to turn this thing on — and you’d be, too - Salon.com

Similar reasons I don't buy new cars, have a smart phone, etc. Bad enough I use Facebook and the internet in general:

I’m terrified of my new TV: Why I’m scared to turn this thing on — and you’d be, too - Salon.com: I just bought a new TV. The old one had a good run, but after the volume got stuck on 63, I decided it was time to replace it. I am now the owner of a new “smart” TV, which promises to deliver streaming multimedia content, games, apps, social media and Internet browsing. Oh, and TV too.

The only problem is that I’m now afraid to use it. You would be too — if you read through the 46-page privacy policy.

The amount of data this thing collects is staggering. It logs where, when, how and for how long you use the TV. It sets tracking cookies and beacons designed to detect “when you have viewed particular content or a particular email message.” It records “the apps you use, the websites you visit, and how you interact with content.” It ignores “do-not-track” requests as a considered matter of policy. (Salon)