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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...
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.
Science as Bad Religion
Science as Bad Religionby Asa BoxerThe following is an excerpt from the first chapter of a book I've been working on exploring how science has become a recidivist project kicking over the traces of secular civilisation. Here we begin to examine the recent covid scare as a case study. The chapter is 10 pages long, so I thought it best for this venue to break it apart into several segments. The secular refers to the worldly, as opposed to the churchly. Although dictionaries tend to set the...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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.
19 Habits and Principles on Peak Performance...
Science as Bad Religion Part 4
Science as Bad Religion Part 4by Asa BoxerIn part 3 of this series (Chapter 1 of a book I’m presently writing) I shared information on Fauci’s critics, those MDs and most highly qualified specialists in the world. I also exposed the overwhelming evidence proving the dangers of the vaccines, how authorities were aware of potential injuries but skipped animal testing anyway, and how in the face of extremely high injury rates, the so-called vaccines not only continue to be deployed, but are...
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...
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! :-)
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...
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....
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...
Sovereign vs Civilized
Magic mushrooms are the most powerful plant medicine in the world and have a very wide variety of uses, they are not only great for healing those who are sick, but also for enhancing those who are healthy. They are safe, natural, organic, non-addictive, and superior to pharmaceutical drugs, as all natural medicines are. They are highly effective for treating mental health issues, whether it is depression, addiction, or anxiety. They are also excellent for treating trauma, which is often the...
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...
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...
My Short Story in Bards & Sages!
Amazon - Bards and Sages Quarterly (July 2022)Bards and Sages Quarterly (July 2022) by Gregory Alan Burhoe, John Didday, Peter M. Floyd, Charlotte H. Lee, Susan Meyer, Carol Scheina, KT Wagner, Julie Ann Dawsonwww.amazon.ca022) "Z"Zor, Ruler of Earth" is a Sci-Fi comedy that's sure to make you laugh. 🙂 https://www.amazon.ca/Bards-Sages-Quarterly-July-2022-ebook/dp/B0B5JXRF9X/ref=sr_1_1#fiction #author #scifi #comedy #satire
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...
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...
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
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...
ST GEORGE IN RETIREMENT SYNDROME ft. Douglas...
STREAMDOWNLOADNFTWelcome back the esteemed DOUGLAS MURRAY to the MU!This week with a certified BANGER on the subject of the very real, very dangerous, very SAD and very WIDESPREAD disease...ST GEORGE IN RETIREMENT SYNDROMEIn which St George, after slaying the dragon and getting all the acclaim from slaying the dragon…might…MIGHT be tempted to… to go round the land! Finding MORE DRAGONS! MORE DRAGONS to slay! AND! There being a DEFICIT OF DRAGONS IN THE LAND…Might end up… swinging his word at...
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...
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...
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
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...
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 -- "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
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! :-)
How to build a hydrogen bomb (in three easy...
Back to Belief. Belief is the action of the mind that does not know. It is not the action of a mind that knows. You might say it is the action of the mind that wants to know. When we believe, we accept the truth of something in a propositional way, or provisionally, or temporarily, so that we may then test the particular assertion. Belief is an utterly disposable thought which cannot be long maintained in the absence of confirmation without becoming a mere delusion. When it is used properly,...
thinkspot Weekly Digest - Aug 04, 2022
In this issue of the thinkspot weekly digest, we have a two short stories, original art, forum discussions and lively videos. We love what you’re creating, and are especially interested in your written descriptions, 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....
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.
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...
My latest article on substack:
My latest article:How to balance work, life, and relationships without losing your self.spoiler: you can't, and that's a good thingjohnlaubach.substack.
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...
The Terrible Truth About Charity
or, how you are exploited through philosophy...https://rumble.com/v1f8n8f-the-terrible-truth-about-charity.html
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...
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...
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 "good fight" has failed!
The "good fight" hasn't stopped the far left, it has created the "group dynamics" that the far left claim existed in the first place.It's checkmate. The only "fight" is for individuals to get back to work, entrepreneurs to get back to building businesses, for individuals to get back to improving their own situation and helping those around them to improve theirs. Individuals built this western world, ideologues try to control it.They have only the control that we give them and here we are...
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...
The Biological Roots of Knowledge: Sin and...
We are, in a real sense, still a single-celled organism: we abide by the rules for which that unity came to exist, how it continues to exist, and what it means to exist. Autopoiesis is the term used for a self-making unity. From the very beginning there has been something which we can call the seed of cognition. This is how the organism is structurally and dynamically in relationship to the environment, and knowledge is how it has adapted to be better coupled, more resilient to variables. The...
Cards Against Humanity Tells Customers to Get...
We received this email today from Cards Against Humanity wherein they inform us and all others living in 22 states that are pro-life to get bent. They don't care if they lose money and even did a poll to find out what people think in these states. That said, most of their questions are irrelevant to Roe vs Wade. They call these states forced-birth states which makes me wonder if the other states are forced-kill-a-life states. This Company Doesn’t Want Your Money | Freedom Lover USAOn August...
Not a thing
I’m just so glad to be on the road again. Let’s begin lyrically. When this site launched at long last, and I re-connected to the virtual world for the sake of trying it out, that epidemic had just begun to have its way with us. I was traveling then, too. I immediately noticed the preponderance of political content lowers the tone of this experiment, but I understand it’s where people are at. This is a tragedy of the age. We are understandably threatened in our persons by the low intelligence...
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.
Putting the Fun back in the fundamental
The road below the window is utterly silent for only two hours each day, between one and three A.M. It is a state highway. Not an interstate highway, where we might expect the whoosh of passing cars and trucks to go without a rest, but a busy thoroughfare, nonetheless. Roads can be noisy. What do we call the noises roads make? Road noises. They rise and fall in awareness, like ocean waves breaking upon a rocky shoreline, though they are not as romantic to the discerning mind perhaps. To speak...
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...
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...
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!) :-)
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...
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...
Science as Bad Religion Part 2
Science as Bad Religion Part 2by Asa BoxerLast week I posted Part 1 of this excerpt from the first chapter of my book. Today we continue examining the covid panic as a case study in how 21st century science is behaving, not according to data, but according to institutional systems that have lost the spirit of secular science altogether, imposing instead a kind of pseudo-religion or cult in which populations are expected to follow The Science with blind faith. Last week, after considering the...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Where Do You Source News Reports, and Why Does...
Note that I've asked about reports, and not opinion, commentary, etc.This week I asked someone this question, and he gave me the name of a far right-leaning political pundit with a podcast. This would be akin to me getting all my news from the Rick Smith Show, I imagine (no offense to Mr. Smith).How do we know what we know? What difference does it make where and how we get our news?
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! :-)