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Empathizing with a mother's impossible choice
I just read Heather Heying's most recent Substack article presenting a mother's letter and was inspired to write this poem. I hope it can offer some comfort that there are many like me who feel for those struggling through these uncertain times.A mother's fear just shook my soulShe filled my thoughts with rage untoldare stories of the children whowe should protect but instead spewjustifications for inoculationsthat are "safe, effective, and protect the nation"How in the world are these claims...
20220727: Visits
My brother and his family are in town visiting (from Texas). I always enjoy visits from family and friends who are out-of-state: the kids seem to grow like weeds and it's always fun catching up. It seems that even though we have such modern communications like phone, texting, email, and even video conferencing, it's still a great thing being in person with those you love.
Marriage is disincentivized
QuickieLet's just take this on face value:After being married for 2 years, a Billionare's wife cheats on him with his friend, another richer Billionaire.The husband, betrayed by both wife and friend asks for a divorceShe sues him for 1 BillionSo, she is rewarded for her immoral behavior. Not only is she rewarded, but she is rewarded more than most people on this earth, to date, have ever been rewarded.And he is punished financially, more than most anyone, to date, for being harmed.Does this...
A Win for Healthy Forests
Today’s topic is of vital importance to every county in Washington state that has Department of Natural Resource forest lands. The recent July 21 Washington Supreme Court ruling in Conservation Northwest v. Franz was a win for the DNR, schools, and the environment. What was this case about, and why is it so important?You may remember that many years ago, Washington State had a strong timber industry which created jobs and thriving communities. This industry produced sustainable and renewable...
The Age of Liars
ElonedLast night Tesla's earnings and recent stats were announced for the quarter. Among the information presented was his selling of bitcoin- 75% of it around 29K.Now, I know that he had circumstances he had to deal with. He probably needed the money. BUTHe had said that he would hold onto bitcoin.“If the price of bitcoin goes down, I lose money. I might pump, but I don't dump. I definitely do not believe in getting the price high and selling or anything like that,” Musk said. “I would...
20220801: Double Entendre
We seem to love double entendres. That there can be a very obvious "plain" understanding, but also a very devious (usually sexually derived) second understanding gives us great joy that we are somehow let in on a secret. Usually the second understanding is as obvious as the first understanding, but that doesn't seem to diminish the fun. The English comedian and TV star, Benny Hill, was a master of the trade.
Ayn Rand at *The Internet Encyclopedia of...
I wrote the article on novelist-philosopher Ayn Rand for *The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy*. “Ayn Rand” — revised Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy article – Stephen Hicks, Ph.D.I wrote the article on novelist-philosopher Ayn Rand for The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. My entry focuses on her ethical philosophy. The articles are periodically reviewed by encyclopedia’s editors and authors, and here is the...
Acorn
Acorn | Watercolor, gouache, color pencil, pencil, and crayon on paper | 9x7.4 inches (23 x 19 cm)It was a blue morning. I sat on the bed for a while even though I was fully awake. It'll be over 100 degrees later in the day, and I have a doctor's appointment around noon. If I don't take Dingo out now, there be no time to walk with him safely. I didn't want to do anything. I was angry at nothing. Now I have another worry about walking. I sat there arguing with myself for 30 minutes. Finally, I...
20220809: Forward Looking
Many advertisements for financial products and companies' release of financial data often include a warning about "forward looking" statements, meaning that they have to admit they can't predict the future. However, what they are stating is that, all other things being equal, this (future) outcome is going to happen. We see this now in our current political climate, it's getting bad and I can see a massive change coming just over the horizon.
20220726: Good Ol' Fashioned "Play"
Our dog is quite large (a Great Pyrenees at 85 lbs. and still growing) and can't really play with small dogs. Our friend brings her Rhodesian Ridgeback over every now-and-then and they play and play: Tug-of-war with a rubber grip toy, chasing each other around the sofa, finally we have to let them out back where they chase each other around the yard. They then come back in and collapse on the floor panting. It's quite refreshing and a stress-reliever to watch them have so much fun at play....
20220719: Nose To The Grindstone
I'm working on a project and have been really putting my nose to the grindstone to get it done. I'm happy with the progress so far, the big test comes Thursday; so keep me in your prayers and wish me good luck! :-)
20220805: Frustration
Frustration is a feeling or emotion arising from an obstruction of a goal, usually because of reasons that are unknown, unusual, or appear to be more than mere coincidence or otherwise unreasonable. An example might be trying to get to work on time but your 20 minute commute takes 35 minutes even though you do not see any accidents, road work, or first responder activity. It can also build over time; an example may be that the work you do appears to be undermined or otherwise reduced or...
20220731: Season Three, 31st Episode!!!
The thirty-first episode of Season Three of my video podcast, "The Integrated Man", is now out! The episode is entitled: "S3E31: Upon Further Review", where I review the original concept for The Integrated Man.Our sponsor, Egard Watches, has very kindly given us an exclusive offer of 20% off your order! The link is posted in the Description field under the video. For Thinkspotters (the Thinkerati) it's in the Media Content of my page. Otherwise, to watch click on VIEW CURRENT PODCAST at my...
Is An Upcoming Global Famine Crisis...
Is An Upcoming Global Famine Crisis Inevitable?Will Cannibalism Re-introduce The New Red Meat In The 21st Century? “Who controls the food supply controls the people; who controls the energy can control whole continents; who controls money can control the world.” – Henry Kissinger Unfortunately, Henry Kissinger’s famous quote is manifesting right before our eyes. It is this combination of elements at play that are causing the perfect storm. The food supply, energy and global currencies are all...
Pity the Cowardly Lion
(I am composing on a mobile, without the text options available on the hi-res site, so please bear with it. I will use quotation marks in place of italics wherever necessary.)Let's call to mind the character of the Cowardly Lion in the classic film, "The Wizard of Oz," as portrayed with great aplomb by Bert Lahr. As you may recall, assuming we are all film buffs here, there is a scene in the film in which the Lion affirms his belief in "spooks." He squints his eyes and stomps his feet, quite...
SPECIAL WEEKEND THOUGHT: 👉 Guarding God's...
“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? ‘I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.’” (Jeremiah 17:9-10 NIV)“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (Proverbs 4:23 NIV) “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 36:26 NIV)“Create...
The Academic Objectification of Minority Groups
It is my prediction and hope that, sometime in the relatively near future, we will finally acknowledge the unsustainable and ultimately backward way in which we objectify minorities as a thing to be examined and studied and handled in the fine, delicate manner so inconsistently demanded of us when we have any sort of interaction with them. It isn’t even consistent with how any of them seem to want to be practically treated, and it’s so obviously no wonder. Who would want to be massaged into a...
Shameful star chambers
In a recent judgement about a sexual misconduct case at Cornell University the judge compared the campus disciplinary committees to the infamous English Star Chambers. He warned that “these threats to due process and academic freedom are matters of life and death for our great universities.” We too should be regarding what’s happening at our universities with utmost seriousness. Our universities have wrongly taken it upon themselves to set aside our criminal law system and put in its place...
High gas prices
As of today, the average price of gas in the USA is $4.72 per gallon. We can all agree that $4.72 per gallon for gasoline is rather high. However, things could be worse. For example, let's take a look at the average price of gas in the United Kingdom. The average price of gasoline (petrol) in Great Britain is 1.91 pounds per liter. Convert this ratio from the British pound to the US dollar and from liters to gallons. After the calculation, the price of gas in the UK is $8.78 per gallon,...
Nuclear Preparedness PSA
This was publicly aired in NYC today. A dear friend of mine shared this with me. Do they know something we don't? Nuclear Preparedness PSA (with captions)NYC Emergency Management shares important steps for New Yorkers to follow if a nuclear attack occurs. For more information on how to be prepared for emergencies, visit NYC.gov/emergencymanagement or call 311 (212-639-9675 for Video Relay Service, or TTY: 212-504-4115).youtu.be
It's still beautiful
iPad drawingIt's been nine months since I got diagnosed with cervical cancer. During this time, my life turned upside down. I felt I had lost myself. During radiation treatments, I couldn't walk well. I could sleep in only one position. ( Now I have two. What an improvement!) My house got massier and massier. After 39 sessions of radiation, I had the notorious brachytherapy. Brachy is an internal radiation treatment that places certain types of needles on the tumor and gives the radiation...
O'Donohue on Justice
"Part of understanding the notion of Justice is to recognize the disproportions among which we live...it takes an awful lot of living with the powerless to really understand what it is like to be powerless, to have your voice, thoughts, ideas and concerns count for very little. We, who have been given much, whose voices can be heard, have a great duty and responsibility to make our voices heard with absolute integrity for those who are powerless." John O'Donohue
20220713: Teething Pains
A national chain restaurant just opened up near me and my wife suggested we go there for dinner. The food was excellent (although I had to have my pork chops re-fired, you don't serve pork chops "medium"), the service... well, they tried. It was clear that the servers were learning a new system (to them) and all-in-all they were doing quite well. The managers on-duty obviously had worked at this chain's other restaurants and were nimbly helping the new staff along the way. At the end of...
The Rope-dancer
In the shards of my fragmented soul I seeWicked faces of humanity grinning back at me.When unsought darkness, from chains, breaks free,Unmet selves come flying at me.Led by shadows own in trap or trance,Or even with conscious will perchance,I prowl with not one backward glance.Behind me, the devils gleefully prance.Spirits I hound with vigour anew;My better self with demons I imbueTo enter chasms descended by few,Where games of light and shade ensue.Down there, stolen riches gleamed,While...
20220714: Fending For Myself
My wife is taking a short trip to visit family in the Midwest; leaving me to "fend for myself" (and the dog). She texted me from the airport and I responded But...who'll feed me? I like to poke gentle fun at myself as it makes her laugh and feel less nervous about traveling. I'll be fine... and yes, the dog will get fed and walked too! :-)
20220715: Over And Done With
I try to follow a Christian understanding of humility, non-judgementality, and respect for everyone's challenges. Yeah, over and done with that! These people (I won't say who) are obviously using that against me and their imbecility is now recognized for what it is: not a natural challenge that they were born with but a conscious choice to take advantage of the human capacity of others to give and care. It's "Atlas Shrugged" coming true 70 years later.
NATO — Most Dangerous Military Alliance on Planet
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (#NATO) and the arms industry that depends on it for billions in profits, has become the most aggressive and dangerous military alliance on the planet. Created in 1949 to thwart Soviet expansion into Eastern and Central Europe, it has evolved into a global #war machine in Europe, the Middle East, Latin America Africa and Asia...Flirting with Armageddon to profit the arms industry and carry out the futile quest to reclaim #USA global #hegemony is at best...
20220716: Forcing Your Hand
To force someone's hand is to get them to act or speak prematurely or unwillingly or to do something they weren't otherwise inclined to do. For me, it's come to this: the actions of others is forcing my hand to speak out about the insanity that is now going on in this world beyond "normal" levels. I'm generally inclined to be quiet about this as I have a deep respect for the dignity of every person to have their own opinion and speak about it. But, like the child in "The Emperor's New...
20220717: Season Three, 29th Episode!!!
The twenty ninth episode of Season Three of my video podcast, "The Integrated Man", is now out! The episode is entitled: "S3E29: Suffer Fools", where we look at the difference between tolerance and being taken advantage of.Our sponsor, Egard Watches, has very kindly given us an exclusive offer of 20% off your order! The link is posted in the Description field under the video. For Thinkspotters (the Thinkerati) it's in the Media Content of my page. Otherwise, to watch click on VIEW CURRENT...
20220718: PT, Rehabilitation, Setbacks, And...
(Wow, long title): Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation after a major surgery can be very long and drawn out; and there are always setbacks and obstacles to overcome. We'll discuss in the next podcast...
19 Habits and Principles on Peak Performance...
The Sightless Ones
Would you stand at the final thresholdAnd into the blinding light behold? If all your perceptions the flames consume, Would you live sightless till new eyes bloom? If, to hold your ground you chooseAnd measured passions you'd fain refuse, Once more your eyes may fill with wonderAnd spasms of divinity tear you asunder. Seared by beams but unmoved I stood,Till much in me reduced to dead wood.New forms sprung forth in flashes whiteFor poets to confine lest...
thinkspot Weekly Digest - July 21, 2022
In this issue of the thinkspot weekly digest, we have a movie trailer, several provocative forum discussions and lively videos. We love what you’re creating, and are especially interested in your written work, images, thoughtful discussions, and original audio and video content. It’s our goal for this digest to balance content from new-to-thinkspot users with the more established and popular contributors so you get a feel for the wide variety of thinking and creating on the platform. Thanks...
What Rippaverse Comics Says About the Comic...
Eric D July is a Libertarian Commentator who mostly addresses comic book culture on YouTube. His success led to him working on Glenn Beck's Blaze TV. Most recently, July decided to stop talking about what's wrong with comics and do something about it. He is launching his own comic book universe, the Rippaverse. Using a crowdfunding model, he is selling the first book, a graphic novel called Isom. For 35 dollars, you get a fully illustrated (meaning colored) 96 page book. He's calling it...
Rule By The Most Unwise – Very Progressive!
Rule By The Most Unwise – Very Progressive! Dear Friends,It seems to me, the unwise gleefully go where the wise know not to. The wise understand that no matter how wise, smart or learned they are, they are not qualified to make moral choices for others. The unwise, on the other hand, will use violence to force others to follow their moral dictates. Since they don’t know any better. The society we live in has become one where the wise know they will be set upon for speaking up. The...
20220720: Traveling
Traveling to handle a project I'm working on - pray for me and wish me luck! :-)
Dark Prince - Part Two
Music has played an integral role in the development of Jacqueline Hart Citizen Part One.One of our most influential musicians has been Atrey. Scroll on to find out why --> You can find out more about @atrey_tm in the links below: https://atreythetaste.bandcamp.com/https://open.spotify.com/artist/73S1zHIBGAuJyjdDIEELqw?si=8imEVL7xQ_ydvavWQw5NAw
20220721: 580/24
My project required me driving a total of 580 miles in less than 24 hours! Ugh, but it was worth it. Price of gas is coming down a little bit, but still tough to bear... :-)
Beach Bumming and Higher Order Knowledge, Part 1
The philosophy I grew up with was one of discipline and hard work; hard work being the metric to be maximized. In this case I take discipline to be the cognitive resource which enables an individual to either do what they decided to do or not do what they decided not to do, regardless of their particular feelings after that decision has been made. Hard work then is the application of that resource, discipline, to some task or goal. Maximizing hard work means that one takes the path that...
20220722: Muscle Memory
Muscle memory isn't about your muscles retaining "thoughts", it's about the brain learning about repetitious behavior and mapping these to "memory" so that future actions are more automatic. Muscle memory makes you faster and more efficient in doing tasks over and over but it can also have negative effects when you need to move or act contrary to the muscle memory.
20220723: Season Three, 30th Episode!!!
The thirtieth episode of Season Three of my video podcast, "The Integrated Man", is now out! The episode is entitled: "S3E30: Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation, Setbacks, And Overcoming Adversity", where we look at the challenges of recovering from major surgery.Our sponsor, Egard Watches, has very kindly given us an exclusive offer of 20% off your order! The link is posted in the Description field under the video. For Thinkspotters (the Thinkerati) it's in the Media Content of my page....
20220724: Paying The Price
My wife begged out of the weekly trip we make to the national "warehouse" store for groceries. No problem, I tell her; I can handle it alone. I then proceeded directly to the nearby restaurant that we like before hitting the store. I left all the receipts (store, gas, restaurant) on her bathroom sink like I always do and she noticed the one for the restaurant and tried to complain. She quickly realized that if she had gone with me to the store, she would have enjoyed the restaurant as...
What is education?
What is education? What is its purpose? These are questions I’ve been asking myself for a few years now. I am not exceedingly intelligent. To be honest, I’m likely just barely average. I had an average education, meaning I graduated as a B student knowing shockingly little about the world. i am raising five children. So far, some have been fairly intelligent and some are like me: just average. One struggled mightily with anything related to schooling. That child in particular is the reason I...
Prison
Salmon and Dams Prosper in Harmony
This year's salmon run destroys the Democrat narrative!Washington salmon fishermen are practically giddy with excitement over the massive sockeye salmon return this year. We are having the “biggest Columbia River Sockeye Return since 1938”! The sockeye numbers are exciting, and signal a monumental victory that all environmentalists, tribal leaders, hatchery managers, and dam managers should be celebrating. By working together, these groups appear to be making great progress in salmon...
20220725: Timeframe
The environmentalist says: "OMG! The temperature [in TIMEFRAME A] just went up 20 degrees (F)!" Says I: "Relax, the temperature in SWFL always swings from 60 to 80 from 2AM to 2PM, it'll swing back in 12 hours. We understand this cycle well."The environmentalist yells: "OMG!! The temperature [in TIMEFRAME B] just went up 100 degrees (F)!" Says I: "Relax, the temperature in Chicago always swings from -10 to 90 from January to July, it'll swing back in 6 months. We understand this cycle...
Meta [FB] Issues Sanctions
As per, FB stacks up so-called breaches & sanctions against users with its algorithms. It alleged I was in breach with some comment I made but wouldn't specify exactly what I said which triggered their typical crushing & compounding punishments. A big tech company actually believes it can monopolise free speech & dictate to humans what is or isn't acceptable to a human being with a voice.There's no viable appeal process, it is a monologue & FB gets the final say, every single time.I hate FB...
We are more unified than we believe.
"I cannot say anything which hasn't already been said before. I cannot dream for that which my neighbors' neighbor hasn't also imagined. Even if we all thought the same, how would we ever communicate it?" - Forgotten men, with forgotten words
RIchard and Ophelia Go to Vegas
There he was; hung over, naked, spooning a woman and palming her very large breast. Given the size of the cupping, he was immediately aware that it was not Hayley he was pressed up against. They were lying on the floor of a Las Vegas Penthouse suite and the events that led to here were a blur. Oh, and he had on his wedding ring. He removed his hand from her boob and found her hand. That’s where he found Hayley’s ring. And suddenly he knew with whom he was in flagrante delicto. “Oh...
Short Story Contest Entry -- "The Zombi...
TheZombie ShipwreckHeist Synopsis:The stoolie stashed the thumb drive in the kid’s ship model. The boss needs it back and sends in the Mook. “I seen him do it, boss. Stuffed it in the kid’s toy ship. It’s on the kid’s desk in a clear plastic box. Right next to the window. Eazee-peazee, muh neezee.” The boss did not question Finn or wonder why that rat-faced stoolie Finn had been following would dump the thumb drive in such a strange way while being tailed. It was just the kind of...
Short Story Contest Entry -- "When The Devil...
When the Devil Stole the Bowler’s Bride A long time ago, in a land far away, a common tradesman’s bride vanishes on the day of their wedding. He must use all his wits to find her and risk everything to win her back. “Your bride’s stolen,” said innkeeper Farnham. Aelfric Bowler’s left leg ceased pumping automatically at the pole-lathe’s pedal-lever, which pulled the leather thong looped around the workpiece, turning it. His sharp bowl-maker’s gouging tool had cut long...
20220728: Out-The-Window
Well, my schedule/plans are out-the-window, but in a good way. My brother is visiting from TX and my daughter is flying in from WA; I have a video podcast to write, record, edit, and post, and we have plans with my other kids this weekend. I don't mind; it's always good to see family that you haven't seen in awhile. :-)
Mobile Disasters
Mobile Disasters Dear Friends,It seems to me, whenever I listen to the expert class explaining why the world is so bad, all I hear is a half wit whining, “I shot myself in the stomach, three times… and its all your fault!” They set there, with nit brows and knowing looks, and claim that the Strategic Petroleum Reserve release is holding down the price of gasoline, even though it is going to China, and without fear they could be asked, “What happens when the SPR runs out in a few months?” Even...
20220729: Triage Vs. Prioritize
When you have too many demands on you (and only so many hours in the day), you have to prioritize knowing that some of the demands may get addressed too late. This is similar to triage (medical care on the battlefield), where sometimes you separate-and-sort the injured for the limited resources at hand, knowing that there is a category of "they are going to die anyway". It's harsh, and grates on our ethics/morality; unfortunately, it is a reality we have to deal with.
Whose Story Is This, Anyway?
< We All Get The Story Wrong >The Triune God, Creator and Sustainer of the universe, must be amused when philosophers, celebrity psychologists, actors, televangelists and politicians invite God into their story.But, we all do this.Christians not only attempt to fit God into our own stories, but we often lack the self-awareness to realize that we sometimes have our stories wrong. We tend to place ourselves as the central characters of the Biblical narrative. We are David, facing the...
20220730: Who To Lean On
As I slowly emerge from a scheduling nightmare (mostly of my own making), I realize that in times like these, I rely on the patience and forbearance of family and friends. I'm very thankful.
PARENTAL GUILT TRIPS! Rapidfire Philosophy!
Philosopher Stefan Molyneux takes on donor questions on a powerful livestream 31 7 2022Please help support the show!www.freedomain.com/donatehttps://rumble.com/v1eb95z-parental-guilt-trips-rapidfire-philosophy.html
Uhura is dead.
Nichelle Nichols, Lt. Uhura on 'Star Trek,' dies at 89Nichols broke ground and paved the way for Black actors in Hollywood as Uhura. Her castmate George Tak
On Learning to Keep My Mouth Shut
I had dinner with my twelve-year-old daughter alone last night. She’s the size of a ten-year-old, so it still surprises me when she says enlightened things. She told me there are things she can barely stand to think about because she can’t figure them out, like the concepts of forever and nothing. As she gloriously described her thoughts from contemplating these ideas, I tried to contain my excitement, but she was on to me. We talked about ’what is one?’ and nihilism and philosophers. We...
The Washington Crime Clock
Did you see the Washington Crime Clock? It’s a visual representation of the crime rate in Washington for the worst offenses, and is on page 11 of the Crime in Washington 2021 Report from the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC). The Crime Clock shows there’s one crime against persons every five minutes. There’s one crime against society every 31.5 minutes. There’s one crime against property every 1.4 minutes. These numbers show clearly that Washington State public...
20220802: Spiky Waves
Sometimes, activity comes in waves. These waves can be methodical, like sine or bell-curve, and other times very spiky. My recent spiky activity in my schedule seems to be calming down, although I still have a few "returns" that haven't come in yet. Maybe I can relax a little and concentrate on recovering a more methodical schedule! :-)
20220803: Pins And Needles
When waiting anxiously for an outcome, it's sometimes called waiting on pins-and-needles, meaning your standing or lying on a bed of them - very painful. It's a way to physically represent an emotional pain; very eloquently I might add.
Protecting boys from sexploitation
Now here’s a funny thing. Take a look at this photo of the four people heading up Australia's Digital Platforms Regulators. The control of our county’s high tech online business is firmly in the hands of women. Not a skerrick of gender diversity to be seen. The cheerful long-haired blond is Julie Inman Grant, the powerful eSafety Commissioner whose 435 employees are beavering to keep our citizens safe online. The only problem is her cosy crew are devoting most of their efforts and $31m annual...
If You Are Lost... --variant on short story...
If You Are Lost… BySean Valdrow He hurt her too badly. She had to go now. Her mind detached, round and round she went as she climbed the spiral stair of the decrepit mansion. The worn stone steps gave her passing sneakers slith-slith sounds. She ascended the stair despite the inside-pain, the deep hurt. Her right leg needed to do odd out-and-forward locomotion to ease climbing. She found her way to the top of the stair and turned right. She moved under a kind of autopilot, her...
20220804: Emotional Energy
The emotional energy (or even, mental energy) required to get through all of the daily decisions you make can be sapped by one obstruction - for example, waiting on an expected response. This makes it more and more difficult to want to make decisions/move forward with other actions including working through problems that you are facing. Diet, exercise, and proper sleep can help a little but in the end, you have to face the reality that you are at a limit until something changes.
“Cruella” Kamala “de Vil” Harris, First...
Say what? Is Cruella Kamala being prepared and groomed to become the first female American President? While it would be fantastic to have our first female president of the United States reaching the levels that other countries have already reached, Cruella Kamala is not presidential material because her extreme corruption even surpasses her incompetence. This is what it looks like when someone is selected for a job/career/political position, in this case, the second highest office in the most...
20220807: Season Three, 32nd Episode!!!
The thirty-second episode of Season Three of my video podcast, "The Integrated Man", is now out! The episode is entitled: "S3E32: Frustration", where we look at expectations realized or not.Our sponsor, Egard Watches, has very kindly given us an exclusive offer of 20% off your order! The link is posted in the Description field under the video. For Thinkspotters (the Thinkerati) it's in the Media Content of my page. Otherwise, to watch click on VIEW CURRENT PODCAST at my website. The discount...
Politics Is Not A Game
“Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed – else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.” – Dwight D. EisenhowerI became a Libertarian recently in Warren County, Ohio because it was time to have skin in the game. Prior to 2020, I was politically agnostic. I had no strong opinion toward most political topics and I chose to refrain from voting, which I thought was responsible given my...
20220808: Close Encounters Of The Covid Kind
My work sent me home (I can work virtually from home) since I had what the CDC states is a "close contact" with someone who just tested positive for Covid; and I have to quarantine for 5 days. It's almost like a free vacation - I can get up an hour later to be "at work" at the same time and my work rules change which makes it a lot easier. Of course, I have no symptoms and have tested negative. :-)
The Rooster Rider -- Amazon Review
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful journey for a rainy afternoon.Reviewed in the United States on August 9, 2022Verified PurchaseThis is the perfect adventure for book lovers of all ages. It is full of honorable life lessons and behaviors. It has great thought out characters and a story line to match. A book you can give your grandchildren and know that they will be better for reading it. I'm personally hoping for adventure #2!She also had this to say, messaged to me directly:I was born dirt...
Question for Jordan Peterson, on the "Gentle...
Where does one draw the line between the gentle monster, and "turning the other cheek"?I spent most of my life "turning the other cheek" and it did not get me very far. Now I am adopting the opposite strategy. My parents tried to get me to do this years ago, but I was reluctant to be assertive and stand up for myself.What about allowing others to destroy what we have created, and destroying all hope for the future? Of course, I think that is inadvisable, but is that not "turning the other...
Who Writes History?
Who Writes History?Dear Friends,It seems to me, the term, “the victors write the history,” is as pernicious as it is nihilistic. The adage doesn’t inform, it gives permission. Because lets face it, what is your stake in the troubles between Marius and Sulla? Our view of Roman history is from such a vantage point in time, that we can dispassionately examine their history, regardless of the winner of any engagement or war. Tamerlane conquered India and will always and forever be a villain. His...
20220810: Good For The Gander
I don't care what side of the political spectrum you are on, you cannot support the political weaponization of the DOJ/FBI - we have become a third world banana republic. Reminds me of the old warning: what's good for the goose, is good for the gander. Those who initialized this are in for a rude awakening after November.
20220811: What's Good For The Goose
In the early 1970's, Richard Nixon was facing impeachment and removal for Watergate. At some point, 6 or so Republican Senators went up to the White House to tell Nixon "we can't cover you on this" - in other words, he'd be impeached (by the House) and removed (by the Senate). He resigned rather than face that. Fast-forward several decades, and the Republicans thought they had their chance to do the same to Clinton, the facts were indisputable, he had lied at court, under oath (he raped a...
EL RAPTO PRETRIBULACIONAL NO SE INVENTÓ EN EL...
Todos los cristianos creen en el arrebatamiento (o rapto, del latín raptio como se expresaban los padres de la Iglesia y los puritanos). Está textualmente en 1 Tesalonicenses 4:17 que profetiza que “seremos arrebatados”. No todos están de acuerdo, sin embargo, en qué significa exactamente esta palabra inerrante, inspirada y suficiente de Dios. Tema aparte de la exégesis de este y otros pasajes relacionados es el del entendimiento histórico de esta doctrina del arrebatamiento a lo largo de los...
20220812: Good For You
As a child, if I did something stupid or against the rules and got hurt (not seriously), my dad would say "good for you". Meaning I got what I deserved. He actually meant it lovingly and would explain why I'm not going to ever do that again (because it hurt!) :-)
Do we need socialism?
Dr Peterson wrote in Rule 2, “Human beings have a great capacity for wrongdoings”. I found it to be a very honest and important statement about the human race. The question is: how could we reduce or neutralize this proclivity?Christianity made a significant contribution to reducing mindless killings and human suffering. But it did not prevent wars, cruelty or inquisitions, etc.Most importantly, Christianity failed in improving human living conditions. Christianity promoted charity to help...
Scientific racism
At present in America and Europe we witness countless demonstrations against racism. There are many causes of racism, but to one of the most important belongs scientific racism. In fact, scientific racism fuelled by Darwinian ideology seems to be largely forgotten, at least in the white community. Scientists tend to blame racism on politicians, preachers, the uneducated masses or pop culture. They don’t want to acknowledge the scientific community’s own responsibility in spreading racist...
Revolution in evolution
During the last few years there was a flood of publications describing how the loss of genes was fuelling evolution. It appears that as a result of gene losses new features and adaptations had been developed.Two important analyses that appeared in Nature Ecology & Evolution (ref.1) earlier this year showed that many genes are inessential. By analyzing hundreds of genomes from across the animal kingdom, researchers in Spain and the United Kingdom showed that gene loss dominates the...
EDP_00 - Introduction
Everyone seeks to attain happiness which arises from fulfilling our desires. We walk along exhausting paths to cast off the shadow of death and search for the light of life. But our desires follows both good and evil. Having such contradictory nature, we are doomed to perish. Such a state can only be resolved when we realize our contradiction within by means of life and death. Religions have made strenuous efforts to despise the pleasures of the body for the sake of spiritual bliss. But like...
Notes_01 - God, Dualism and Judgement
Rev. Moon's words on God as a Judge and Dualism.From Book six of the Cheong Seong Gyeong. Book 6 • Our Life and the Spiritual RealmChapter 2 • What Kind of Place Is the Spirit World?Section 6. Judgment6.1. God has no concept of the enemyWhy did God create humankind? Would God enjoy being alone? Would He be happy, or would He be lone­ly? Religion today cannot even answer these questions. Christians say, “God is the great Lord of judgment, the Judge who sends the bad to hell and the good to...
Notes_02 - God labors in grief, Religious life
A look into comforting God's grief - from speeches by Rev. Sun Myung Moon.God's warning to the world Book TwoChapter five: Stony path of tearsGod Labors in GriefIs religion based on the charismatic personality of its leaders, or on God? Religion must be based on God. Is God, who has to drive humanity onto this path of collision with unhappiness, a happy God? A human has only a limited life span, and in that brief time he has to go through much hardship and toil to overcome his unhappy state,...
MyThoughts_01 - Forgiveness, The last days
My thoughts on this topic rose primarily from trying to figure out, would God not stop until 100% of people are restored? I’m assuming that God has been working throughout history to restore human beings to their originally intended nature (Building the kingdom of heaven on earth). Then how does God forgive certain things that seem unforgivable. Such emotions like resentment cannot exist in the kingdom of heaven. Eventually every evil deed (anything that’s outside of God’s principles) will...
EDP_01 - The Principle of Creation
Part OneChapter OneThe Principle of Creation It took six ordered periods of time to create the universe. Not reconned with the literal rising and setting of the sun.Bible: 1 Light 2 Separation of waters under the firmament from the waters above the firmament 3 Division of land from the ocean 4 Plants, Birds, Fish, Mammals, HumankindScience: 1 Expanding plasma 2 Formation of heavenly bodies which gave light 3 Molten earth cooled 4 Volcanic eruptions filled the sky with a firmament of water 5...
Why men kill themselves
Over twenty years ago, federal member of parliament Greg Wilton took his own life. The tragedy was the culmination of a series of events which highlight how poorly we deal with vulnerable men. Three weeks earlier, Wilton had been found “in a distressed state” with his children in a car in the national park, apparently rigging a hose to the exhaust. It was widely reported as an attempted murder-suicide. He spent time in psychiatric care, but with his Labor colleagues maneuvering to force him...
Power Corrupts the Corruptible
It all started with a post I made that went like this. [The GoFundMe cancellation of funds, not just the trucker's convoy in Canada. Still, all the cancelations over the cashless society is how it works.Only it will be the government, when it gets mad at you, wiping out your "money."Welcome to the Social Credit System.]A reply. "I'm totally fucked then."My response. [You're not alone. We number in the billions. It is why they want to downsize the population.Not because of any other reason...
20220622: Faith And Free Will
Hypothetical: You are an atheist and are sitting out back on your porch enjoying a fine summer evening. The sun has just set and a large, beautiful moon is high in the sky. Suddenly, to one side of the moon and as large, appears a head-and-shoulders of an ancient-looking man, just like the stereotypical depiction of God the Father you see in Medieval art: long, white hair and beard; halo; etc. His hand appears out of nowhere and grabs the Earth, stopping it; yet no one dies, no earthquakes...
The Reason for History
The study of history for the purpose of becoming humble, empathetic, and open-minded are well intended reasons to study history, but they are not the true reason to study history. History is an interpretation of the past. No one’s interpretation is the same as the other, but this does not mean history is subjective. It is still provable through reason and a hierarchy of evidence. But because it is impossible to be completely correct about an historical event, we cannot rest in the false...
The control of language
As many people know, I completely despise the use of 'they' in the singular. While it is a small issue, it's actually part of the greater issue of how the left tries to change and control language, and ignorant Conservatives and Right Wingers fell into the trap hook, line, and sinker.Learn more her: PronounsALTERNATE TITLE: WHY I WON’T BUY YOUR TABLETOP RPG. With this treatise I’m going to piss off the both the political Right and the political Left. Yay me! I look forward to your...
So who am I?
A slight introduction. Not too serious. Primarily because I’m not very interesting. Also because I somehow tend to flow out from a specified center, in many directions and become diluted and even more uninteresting. Well, I am a human being, an entity struggling to make some sort of sense of this confusion called the world. I tend to say that I am some sort of existentialist. I am also a Bishop Elect in a little net based early christian Church. I do mass and publish at my youtube every...