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Stop Taking Politics Personally
Gregg Hurwitz
 February 22 2024 at 12:44 am
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Before the bill to secure our border and reform immigration policies even arrived, Speaker Mike Johnson declared it, “Dead on arrival.” Trump likened it a gift to Democrats, declaiming with characteristic punchiness, “A bad border deal is far worse than no border deal.” The Republicans preferred to kill the deal entirely than pass a negotiated compromise and give the White House home team a win. Given that Republicans intend to run on border security, they benefit from keeping the issue raging like an infection through election season, the better to fundraise and drive turnout. In case this sounds familiar, the Democrats deployed the same playbook around abortion. The lame-duck Democratic Congress of early 2022 could have sought to codify a federal baseline of abortion rights, just as it enshrined the right to gay marriage. Instead they put forth a bill with zero compromises so every Republican would be on record opposing it, useful indeed for fundraising letters and next season’s mud-slinging. The result? More outrage and polarization. More nothing getting done. Zero movement toward settling issues and moving America forward into an increasingly complex future. You’d think we might have woken up by now. AI, a land war in Europe, a rapidly innovating economic landscape, quickening polarization spurred by teams of addiction experts wielding algorithmic deep-machine learning, Jews and Muslims warring in the cradle of civilization, the birthplace of original sin. When the world tears itself apart and hits another seeming bottom, there are only two directions to go. Upward together with renewed hopes for peace and prosperity given our abundance of collective resources. Or we turn this bottom into yet another ceiling of a fresh hell beneath. It's easy to direct our ire at Schumer or Trump, but the fault isn’t merely in the stars. It’s in ourselves and what we demand of and reward from our society. How much of our resources and attention are we devoting to leaders who do budge—who compromise, argue, negotiate, moderate, and bridge-build? And to positions, bills, laws, or policies that are actually achievable? Beneath the blinding lights of our 24-7 Outragetainment Industrial Complex, it’s hard to know where to begin. An excellent starting point would be for us to sacrifice our notion of chronic uniqueness, our belief that the singular pattern of our private heart should be the template for the political world around us. We must give up the narcissistic will to have our every attitude translated into the direction our party of choice takes—and that the country takes from there. My personal politics are more liberal than where I believe the country should be and where I aim my efforts to advise and guide those in positions of governance who choose to listen to me. That’s not merely strategic on my part, some cynical approach to the electoral chessboard. The Constitution and what I consider fair and right for America doesn’t perfectly match my idiosyncratic set of cultural beliefs. And guess what? It’s not supposed to. The Constitution isn’t designed to be stretched out of shape to mirror the precise beliefs of each of our country’s 330 million individuals. It can’t possibly accommodate every person’s cultural whims and peculiar perspectives. Rather, ourglorious “bundle of compromises” provides the protective frame of a majestic home in which we can all seek to thrive, be free, and prosper. Our founding fathers provided an architecture for these goals that is solid beyond compare—or at least a damn lot better than any other system that has been tried. It used to be obvious, but now it seems radical to say that our red and blue elected officials shouldn’t kowtow to our every belief. No matter what platform of values we’ve arrived at to govern our own lives—whether we’re country-club Republicans, libertarians, San Francisco liberals, Second Amendment advocates, white/black/brown/whatever working class, lefty activists, MAGAites, intellectuals, people of faith—or any combination of the above—we need our leaders to hold a broader view of the big picture, of what compromises, negotiations, and alliances are necessary for America to hold strong and keep competitive in a world containing powerful leaders like Putin and Xi. That means as citizens we must strive to find that broader view as well. We must not demand that everyone else fall into lockstep with our particular world view. We must not pressure others to celebrate that which they are only willing to tolerate. Monetized pressures to polarize, outrage, and radicalize are blasted at us every time we turn on a screen. The more we eschew those impulses, the more unified we will be to face the coming firestorms, challenges, and opportunities. And they are coming. Let us begin by ceding what space we might find between our personal values and what we believe is the best and fairest way forward for 330 million different personal values. The more we allow for that within ourselves, our discourse, and our engagement, the more we move our parties toward badly needed common ground. Democrats are an imperfect proxy for liberalism. Republicans are an imperfect proxy for conservatism. One of the aims of true liberalism is to engage meaningfully with true conservatism and vice versa. They are respectively the gas pedal and brake for how we navigate complex change. Only stomping the gas means we smash into a wall or fly off a cliff. And standing on the brake means we don’t go anywhere. The rest of the world will not wait for us to figure out how to drive the car. We must drive it now. It’s up to us whether we break down or continue forward together. Continuing forward together means remembering that true liberalism is handshake distance across the aisle from true conservatism. Don’t take politics personally. Take them seriously.
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Checkout Blues
Octaveoctave
 February 04 2024 at 09:38 pm
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Where I live, in a blue, blue, blue state, I have encountered crazy stuff at checkout. For example, one clerk staffing the checkout station had a personal "rule" that she and she alone had to touch the receipt first after it printed, rather than the customer. If the customer dared to touch the receipt first, she flew into a cursing, homicidal rage. She still works there...she is about 3 or 4 hundred pounds and is angry all the time. I have also had cans roll down the checkout conveyer belt and touch the items of the customer in front of me. They became enraged and threw the cans at my head, threatening to kill every single person in the store. I was pretty taken aback by this, to say the least. I have also been gullible enough to allow someone to cut in line in front of me, after they begged since they supposedly had just a tiny bit of business to transact. However, it turned out to be not so minor, and turned into a delay and a lot of confusion. They seemed to be wanting approval to steal some products. The checkout person became frustrated, told them to just take the merchandise, and ordered them out of the store. However, they refused to leave, and just held up the long line. They demanded to know what they had done wrong, and were so confused or stupid that they could not understand. This ended up in a huge fight with people threatening to beat me savagely, etc. The people who butted in, had no idea what was going on; they just wanted to bully everyone else. I was not impressed. So...checking out can be a problem, at least around here. I never have had problems checking out anywhere else...just here. This place is unique. But people who have lived here their entire lives are completely oblivious to this nonsense.
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thinkspot Newsletter 2/16
thinkspot
 February 16 2024 at 05:43 pm
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Checkout Blues 1 min Where I live, in a blue, blue, blue state, I have encountered crazy stuff at checkout. For example, one clerk staffing the checkout station had a personal "rule" that she and she alone had to touch the receipt first after it printed, rather than the customer. If the customer dared to touch the receipOn Responsible Parenthood 1 min A recent Supreme Court verdict in India caught my attention the other day. In this judgement, the top court refused the plea of a 44-year old unmarried woman to become a mother through surrogacy. According to the Surrogacy Regulation Act, widowed or divorced women between the ages of 35 and 45 years Climate The EU And Farming 3 min Posted on February 11, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It seems to me, the elites in Europe must be stark raving mad. Who shuts down farming? No nation in history has had rulers that stupid. Let alone an entire continent! In what universe does it make sense to force your people to be dependent on unreliaThe role in rejector 8 min I recently came across an impressive YouTube short by a woman named Billie Rae Brandt. In this short, she explains a recent reaction to a man who approached her in a coffee shop. In the video, she claims she is in a committed relationship, but instead of expressing immediate rejection in this interacWhy Should I Commit to Just One Person My Entire Life? 8 min Marriage is the oldest of all social institutions. The second person God created was the wife of the first (Gen. 2:18-24). The world’s first two people were also its first married couple. Like many of our oldest institutions, marriage is being challenged. While the ratio of divorces to marriages (a wBread and Circuses 1 min The Roman Colosseum, in all its grandeur, was not just about entertainment; it was a masterclass in distraction and population control. Fast forward to today, and it's evident that the tactics of ancient Rome have not been left in the dust of history. They've simply evolved. The Super Bowl, with its The Intermission: John 6:22-59 2 min During one of the more unique conversations that Jesus has with a group of people in Capernaum, He shares what God commissioned Him to do. In some ways, we could describe this as God the Father’s job description for Jesus – and we could measure the effectiveness of Jesus’ ministry through His worMedia Thoughts: Flashback Episode — An Extraordinary Sin: Mark 3:20-30 Flashback Episode: Year in Mark – Episode 7: When Jesus’ family thought He was crazy, and some religious teachers speak out against Jesus’ source of power, discover how we can be forgiven of almost anything, except for one extraordinary, significant sin.Join the Conversation: These government assisted suicide programs have existed in Belgium and some other European jurisdictions for some time. But the last few years have seen the introduction of the MAID (Medical Assistance In Dying) program in Canada and the VAD (Voluntary Assistance in Dying) program in Australia. I am
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When in doubt, ask, "What would the Übermensch...
Sadhika Pant
 January 31 2024 at 01:11 pm
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A realisation struck me a few days ago - I need to expose myself more to environments where I assume an apprentice role, and be surrounded by individuals more knowledgeable or competent than myself in their pursuits. In other words, I need to be humbled more. In my discussions with older family members—such as aunts, uncles, and my grandmother—I've noticed that they infuse every other utterance with references to God. Phrases like "Bhagwan ki kripa se sab theek hai" (All is well by God’s grace) or "Upar wale ki marzi rahi, toh ye bhi ho jayega" (It’ll happen if God wills it) are commonplace. Their greetings involve invoking God, as do their interjections. Even after a long, tiring day, they sigh or yawn, followed by the name of Rama. While I do have daily praying rituals, I realise that I lack this constant remembrance of God in my moment-to-moment interactions, not only in my personal language but also in conversations with others. I am uncertain if I can fully articulate the value of this God-infused language in daily life. I sense that it arises from a combination of humility and a surrender to God for the outcomes of our lives, rather than attempting to control them to the extent where any unpredictability or setback evokes a sense of failure. Like many in my generation, most of my social interactions revolve around friends and colleagues, focusing on problem-solving in areas such as career, finances, family dynamics, or relationships. Over time, my work has become a comfort zone, and it's been a while since I faced a situation where I felt less adept. Even my hobbies and interests outside work follow a similar pattern - measuring a day's success based on completed tasks and progress on various life fronts. When all you do is problem solving, you tend to divide your day out in tasks and micro-tasks, and try hard to “perform” all the time, whether it is in completing work deadlines or cooking a wholesome meal or even reading a book. Reflecting on these aspects, I realised my impatience with slower, less productive, or less creative days, as well as sick or sleepy days, or unpredictably eventful days. I've become accustomed to minimising chance, and have little tolerance for uncertainty or incompetence (in myself and in others). In this pursuit of control and efficiency, I couldn't help but wonder: If the Übermensch were to stub his toe, would he curse the stone? Or would he incorporate a triumphant dance into the stumble? What if I deliberately placed myself in an environment where I'm the incompetent one? A religious gathering, such as at a temple or ashrama, comes to mind. Here, surrounded by older, wiser individuals with greater scriptural knowledge, I would be constantly reminded of how little I know about my own religious faith, how little I accord to God, and the many ways I sin every day. Could this experience teach me patience? Could this voluntary confrontation with failure teach me tolerance? In Nietzschean terms, could this “down-going” be my “over-going”? “Ah! my brother, hast thou never seen a virtue backbite and stab itself? Man is something that hath to be surpassed: and therefore shalt thou love thy virtues,—for thou wilt succumb by them.” - Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus spake Zarathustra.
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thinkspot Newsletter 2/1
thinkspot
 February 01 2024 at 05:00 pm
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What is the design of a woman 5 min Much, if not all, of my ideals of what defined a good woman were built into my understanding of Proverbs 31. It says that she brings her husband good. It says her husband can trust her. It says she laughs without fear of the future. It says she speaks wise words. It says she instructs with kindnDelving into a Hindu Myth: Sacrifice and Redemption 5 min The Myth: The tale of Bhagiratha and Ganga, found in the epic Ramayana and the Puranas, is a significant story in Hindu mythology and is associated with the origin of the river Ganges (Ganga). King Sagar, a powerful ruler and ancestor of Lord Rama, performed the Ashwamedha Yajna (Horse Sacrifice) to War In Europe 4 min Posted on January 26, 2024 by johnDear Friends, It seems to me, one way you can tell the elite in a nation, are utter, complete and total failures, is if they start a war, and the people stand down. That was the death knell of ancient Rome. The elite so abused the people no one would fight for them. WHO Pandemic Treaty Facing Challenges 1 min The recent news of the WHO's pandemic treaty facing challenges, attributed to 'conspiracy theories', brings to the forefront a critical and complex issue in global health governance. This situation presents an interesting dichotomy: on one hand, health institutions warn of the dire need for internatiIdentifying the Players: Bureaucrats 1 min No tips, please!!!!!!!!!!!! Phase Two. Document Three. February, 2024Let’s start with bureaucrats:bureaucrats are a selfish and myopic socio-political element. One of their primary goals is to enlarge their administrations, and thereby their power.Every regime has had a bureaucracy and bureaucrats.Media Thoughts:Power is Prosperity: The Battle for the LSR Dams Abundant energy lifts societies out of poverty and into prosperity. Lack of energy destroys societies and creates poverty... “The more energy you have, the richer you are.” So why do the "Six Sovereigns" want to negotiate a secret deal to destroy clean green energy in Washington state?#183 - Navigating Discipline with Love and Logic In this episode, we'll explore practical ways divorced or divorcing dads can discipline their children authoritatively using the principles of Love and Logic. This approach emphasizes setting clear boundaries with empathy and love, allowing children to learn from their mistakes, in stark contrast to Jesus’ Gift to Us: John 2:1-12 Year in John – Episode 4: When Jesus and His disciples were invited to a wedding early on in His ministry, discover in His first official miracle and amazing gift He offers to every believer, disciple, and follower through all of history.Join the Conversation: Excellently Explained Video On Proposed Shady Electoral Reform: Trudeau STRIKES DIRTY DEAL With Singh! I found this video to be well explained when it comes to how the Liberals and NDP coalition are working to make our elections more corrupt than ever before. My main concern is having the opportun
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How the Left Thinks...Or Doesn't
Octaveoctave
 February 05 2024 at 08:54 pm
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I like to survey Left wing essays and news to get sort of an idea of what my "adversaries" believe and are thinking. A lot of arguments they put forward to placate the Left wing base are ludicrous. There are immense volumes that they do not know, because in general they have a severe allergy to widely surveying news and web sites from a variety of ideological backgrounds. For example, it is almost "canon" to these Leftists that there has never been any cheating or fraud in any US election, ever. And they just ignore all the evidence to the contrary and call people who disagree with them mentally ill. They also believe the earth is going to incinerate in 5 or 10 years and all life will be extinguished because people are farming and breathing and driving cars. Uh huh...well, for people that scream constantly, "trust the science", they really have no idea what they are talking about. They also seem to blindly trust anything that comes out of "big government", "big technology", "big media", "big Hollywood", most large corporations and multinationals and the liberal elites. As someone who has watched the Left flip flop back and forth on their positions over the decades, this is another sort of amazing example. Recently I came across this essay: Lasting Impact: Things MAGA Ruined For Everyone https://thatsviralnow.com/lasting-impact-things-maga-ruined-for-everyone/ My first warning about what I was about to read in this piece was that the author "Matty Jacobson" looked like a child of no more than 20 or 25 years of age. Matty lists off a long list of complaints that are mostly nonsense. For example: (1) Matty claims that people who support Trump "ruined" the red baseball cap. But it was the Left attacking anyone with a red baseball cap that ruined this type of hat, not people supporting Trump. (2) Matty also does not like the phrase "Make America Great Again" and thinks its meaning has been besmirched. So what about "Hope and Change", or "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your health plan, you can keep your plan." and any number of other phrases that have become colored by the nonsense of the Left? (3) Matty does not like the fact that Twitter/X now has some on the Right who are pushing back. The Left liked Twitter when they "ruled the roost" and could promote nonsense and lies and trade child porn with each other to their heart's content. Being forced to abide by societal norms and laws irritates them. Having other voices heard offends them. The same is true of other internet forums. Finally the Right and conservatives and the anti-woke have awakened and are pushing back a tiny bit. And Matty hates this. (4) Matty does not like it when the mainstream news is branded as "fake news". But the mainstream media has done this to themselves. I remember in 2016 when the "newspaper of record", the New York Times, put on their front page that the country was confronting an emergency represented by Trump, so they would no longer report the news accurately and truthfully. This lasted for a couple of years as I recall. Of course, I did not trust them before that, and I definitely do not trust them now. The NYT even boasted that it was only going to publish fake news, at least on one topic anyway. So it offends Matty when we call it out for what it is? (5) Matty is upset that there are politics discussed at family gatherings, like Thanksgiving. But the Left fired first, with Obama repeatedly advising his followers to approach their relatives at holiday gatherings and feasts and "get in their faces" to push his agenda. Maxine Waters said similar things, including pushing to make it impossible for any conservatives to ever appear in public. This went on for years and years and years before finally some pushback to started to appear. If I remember correctly, it was during Obama's term that more than half of all US families reported irreparable rifts over politics. The Right and conservatives and MAGA did not do this. The Left did it. The conservatives and MAGA are just responding. Matty, if you do not like it, then maybe you idiots should not have started it. How did you think it was going to go? (6) Matty is upset that the Right classify themselves as patriots and show the US flag. But the Left for decades has been burning US flags and stomping on US flags and spitting on servicemembers and so on. The Left chose what side of this issue they were on, long before Matty was born and probably before his parents were born. (7) Matty does not like the fact that Right wing political rallies have become boisterous, exuberent affairs. Well, compared to the dull-as-dishwater lectures by the pretentious, joyless, angry, stick-up-their ass Left that few attend, Right wing rallies do stand out. There is minimal passion but plenty of fear and loathing and depression on the Left. The Left want to show how tolerant and peaceful they are by resorting to violence and worse. They disgust me, and I think they disgust most rational people. (8) Matty claims that MAGA is devoted to "winning above all". Sorry Matty, but phrases like "by any means necessary", and "No justice, no peace" have been the dominant tenets of the Left for decades. Are you too stupid to know this, Matty? Or too young? Or just ignorant and naive? The Right is only starting to wake up now, having lost almost all of the educational establishment and the media and the entertainment industry and a large fraction of corporate executives, and enduring the aggressive encroachment of Leftist BS into sports and every other aspect of society. It is about time. Is it too late? We will find out, I guess. (9) Matty does not like how Federal institutions and organizations and agencies like the FBI are now viewed negatively. Well Matty, if you do not like it, you morons on the Left should not have politicized them and turned them into weapons to go after the average law-abiding citizen, you see? You thought making the FBI and other Federal institutions into a sort of Praetorian Guard for the Left was going to go unnoticed, did you? Wow, talk about clueless and naive. (10) Matty does not like the supposed narrowness of the MAGA positions and policies. But the same criticisms could be more accurately aimed at the woke. We have been under the thumb of the woke for probably as long as Matty has been alive. This oppression has become worse and worse. And now the US State Department, in a sort of rebirth of American Imperialism, is pushing it on foreign countries like crazy (with the implied threat of US military action if they do not comply with "woke mandates"). And people have had about enough of it. So now Matty is whining about how terrible "populism" is, and how awful it is to push for things that are good for most people and that most people want. However, to Matty, I say, "tough". (11) Matty complains about how modern technology has created information bubbles or silos and algorithms that cause more disagreement and dissension. But Matty, these are the products of the woke Big Tech companies that you seem to be in love with. This has nothing to do with MAGA or conservatives. You Leftists did this, so enjoy.
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thinkspot Newsletter 2/8
thinkspot
 February 08 2024 at 05:18 pm
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When in doubt, ask, "What would the Übermensch do?" 3 min A realisation struck me a few days ago - I need to expose myself more to environments where I assume an apprentice role, and be surrounded by individuals more knowledgeable or competent than myself in their pursuits. In other words, I need to be humbled more. In my discussions with older family membeHow the Left Thinks...Or Doesn't 6 min I like to survey Left wing essays and news to get sort of an idea of what my "adversaries" believe and are thinking. A lot of arguments they put forward to placate the Left wing base are ludicrous. There are immense volumes that they do not know, because in general they have a severe allergy to widelWarped Politicians 3 min Posted on February 2, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It makes no sense to me, the same people who expect Eagle Pass Texas, a town of thirty thousand, can accept twelve thousand illegal immigrants a week, and that’s perfectly acceptable… yet also firmly believe that New York City, with a population of niUNSTOPPABLE - MEANINGSTREAM 490 | STREAM 1 min What happens when an unstoppable force meets ANYTHING AT ALL? FIND OUT ON THIS HISTORICAL STREAM OF GLORY AND WONDER!TRACKLISTINGAkira The Don - DEFAULT AGGRESSIVE (Instrumental)Akira The Don & Jocko Willink - DEFAULT AGGRESSIVEAkira The Don ft. Berton Braley - The Will to WinAkira The Don - GOOD ft.Election 2024: The Four Wild Cards, Part 1 5 min Judge Joan Donoghue of the International Court of JusticeIt’s election time in the United States. You’ve, no doubt, already heard or seen the election ads on television, radio, and throughout the internet.President Joe Biden announced that he would run for reelection on April 25, 2023. At that point,Identifying the Players: Technocrats (Part One) 2 min Phase Two. Document Five. March, 2024Identifying the Players: Technocrats (Part One)‘Elon Musk offers [AI] brain chips . . . Nick Bostrom calls for a totalitarian one world government. Eleizer Yudkowsky wants ‘airstrikes’ on rogue data centers. Sam Altman wants ‘exclusion zones’ for Luddites. Ben GoeTough Questions w/ Dr. Peter McCullough [Ep. 38] 1 min In this episode of Healthy & Awake Podcast, we speak with Dr. Peter McCullough, a leading cardiologist and researcher, to explore novel health interventions. Our discussion spans the impact of new medical technologies on conditions such as heart inflammation. Dr. McCullough provides expert analysis, Media Thoughts: Destroying the Temple: John 2:13-25 Year in John – Episode 5: When Jesus is challenged for clearing the commerce out of the temple, discover how and intentional misunderstanding sets the stage for Jesus’ ultimate mission for His ministry to this world.Join the Conversation: Anyone else seeing Jordan Peterson for the We who wrestle with God book tour in the next few months?
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thinkspot Newsletter 2/22
thinkspot
 February 22 2024 at 07:59 pm
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Stop Taking Politics Personally 4 min Before the bill to secure our border and reform immigration policies even arrived, Speaker Mike Johnson declared it, “Dead on arrival.” Trump likened it a gift to Democrats, declaiming with characteristic punchiness, “A bad border deal is far worse than no border deal.” The Republicans preferred to...Why Are Michigan Democrats Choosing the Abyss? 3 min If nothing changes in Michigan before Tuesday, Rep. Dean Phillips will repeat Gov. Nikki Haley’s achievement earlier this month in Nevada: by some crazy margin, he will lose his party’s primary to “none of the above.”In reality, Haley at least did lose to a somebody: 60% of voters plainly chose...Comments on the Essay 'Between Research and Responsibility' 25 min I liked this essay by Washington University Junior Jonah Sachs:Between Research and Responsibility: The Invention of Dynamitehttps://hxstem.substack.com/p/between-research-and-responsibility. It examines the history around the creation of dynamite and the establishment of the Nobel Prizes. All discover...The 2014 Ukraine Coup, And The American Trio Who Started It All 16 min Euromaidan Protests, Ukraine 2014 The Ukraine President Who Wanted Neutrality For His CountryThe world is still buzzing about Tucker Carlson’s interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin. You may have been surprised to hear Putin indicate that the conflict...Is Religion Historical or Allegorical? 4 min To what extent can you read religion as you read history (depicting events) or as you read science (explaining the workings of the universe)?Although I hold my own views on these matters, they hardly serve as answers that conclusively resolve such inquiries. And perhaps that is for the best....Media Thoughts:Does the Media Shape Your Views?—FiresideChat Ep. 327 When a friend from New York City called Dennis in concern about a California storm, it raised questions about the media’s impact on our perception and behavior. As the media constantly tries to instill fear and make us panic, Dennis reminds us to trust our own eyes over blindly accepting what we’re...The Book that the West Needs - with Stephen Blackwood Stephen James Blackwood is a Canadian-American professor, academic, and social commentator. Blackwood is the founder and president of Ralston College, a liberal arts college awaiting accreditation in Savannah, Georgia. We met on the Daily Wire+ Exodus panel where he had a lot of amazing insights and...All Things China with Cindy Yu My guest today is Cindy Yu. Cindy Yu is an assistant editor at the Spectator Magazine, and she's the host of the "Chinese Whispers" podcast, which is actually one of my favorite podcasts.We talk about whether China will invade Taiwan. Join the Conversation: From the article 'What we Know About Cognitive Decline', Allysia Finley, WSJ, February 18, 2024, we learn that the FDA and other government entities are trying to restrict access to Alzheimer's tests and treatments, and cancer tests and treatments. There have been some massive technical advances in...
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The 2014 Ukraine Coup, And The American Trio...
David Reavill
 February 19 2024 at 05:38 pm
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Euromaidan Protests, Ukraine 2014 The Ukraine President Who Wanted Neutrality For His Country The world is still buzzing about Tucker Carlson’s interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin. You may have been surprised to hear Putin indicate that the conflict between Russia and Ukraine began much earlier than February of 2022 when Russian troops crossed the border into Ukraine. Putin said that he felt that the conflict began with the Euromaidan Coup in Ukraine ten years earlier. It was then that bloody riots took place in the capital city of Kyiv. Specifically in Maidan Square, hence the name. During those bloody riots, over 100 Ukrainians were killed, and absolute chaos broke out, first provoking the then President, Viktor Yanukovich, to send in troops and later creating a massive backlash that would see Yanukovich resign from the Presidency and flee to a self-imposed exile in Russia. For those of us in America, this appeared to be a spontaneous uprising of the people against an oppressive central government. It went unnoticed that working behind the scenes were three Americans, three who became the driving force behind first the Ukrainian Coup and later, as it morphed into a Proxy War with the Russian Federation. Euromaidan Demonstrations, 2014 It’s been a decade since the events in Ukraine have overtaken the world. History was made in February 2014, when a rebellion in the streets of Kyiv, the resignation of a President, and the annexation of Crimea galvanized the world. Suddenly, the international community divided into two camps, the pro-Ukrainian and the pro-Russian. Fully eight years before the Russo-Ukraine War began, all the elements of all-out war were in place, managed by three Americans, Victoria Nuland of the US State Department, George Soros of the Renaissance and Open Society Foundations, and Joe Biden, at the time Vice President of the United States. They were the diplomat, the head of a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), and the US Vice President. Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych Our story begins in the closing days of 2013. The President of Ukraine was Viktor Yanukovych, serving out his last year of a four-year term. When first elected, Yanukovych was considered a pro-European Union, pro-American President. It followed, then, that he would be anti-Russian, something that fits nicely with the European and American future for Ukraine. However, Yanukovych had other ideas. He felt that Ukraine ought to be neutral, not choosing either side, Russia or the EX/US. For Ukrainians, this had been its historical and geographic position — a crossroads of trade and commerce between Scandinavia and Europe to the North and West and Russia and Assia to the east. Yanukovych resisted any effort to align with either side. It places Yanukovich in a delicate position; he must walk the fine line between Russia and the West and keep the Ukrainian people informed of his evolving strategy. Two significant events showed just how difficult this balancing act was. The Port Of Sevastopol When first elected to the Presidency, he chose to renew the Russian lease on the Port of Sevastopol, the home of the Russian Black Sea Fleet. Russia and Ukraine signed in 1997 with a term of 20 years. Although it had ten years to run, Yanukovich thought he could cut a better deal by re-negotiating the lease early. Indeed, he achieved a reduced price for Russian natural gas used to make the lease payments. It was a win for the Ukrainian people, who enjoyed the lower energy costs. But in the West, it was considered befriending Russia, something the EU/US would not tolerate. The European Union By 2013, the European Union and the United States began to exert tremendous pressure on Yanukovich to align more closely with the West. The European Union proposed that Ukraine sign an “Association Agreement.” It’s an agreement that stops short of full membership in the EU but closely aligns the “Associate Country” with the EU. Turkey has been a long-standing Associate Member of the European Union. And you’d need help telling the difference between full and associate membership. Turkey is bound by the same restrictions and prohibitions as a full member and is expected to give priority to other EU Member States in trade and commerce. For Yanukovich, this was the first necessary step in admitting Ukraine as a full member of the EU. Receiving an invitation to one of the most significant multi-state associations in the world must have been a heady time for Yanukovych. Yanukovich was likely elated at the EU’s offer and inclined to sign up. Impetuously, he announced that he would shortly sign the EU Association Agreement. However, this would become a fatal mistake for Yanukovych’s Presidency. Either he failed to understand the full ramifications of becoming an EU Associate or forgot that another offer was likely coming from Russia. Whatever the reason, Yanukovich changed his mind. After telling the world he would sign the EU’s Agreement, he reversed and said he would NOT. Instead, he signed a trade agreement with Russia. And like all of Yanukovich’s significant deals, this was a sound financial agreement that would provide Ukraine with inexpensive energy costs, especially natural gas, and much-needed aid and assistance with the Ukrainian Nuclear Power plants, just like the Sevastopol Agreement. In Yanukovich’s World, remember he’s an economist; this was a rational decision. He received a better deal from Russia, and so he took it. It was that political blind spot that we talked about earlier. He failed to comprehend that this change in direction would deliver a mortal blow to his Presidency. That sharks were already circling. George Soros Fans The Flames Of Rebellion George Soros. On November 21, 2013, Yanukovich announced that he would reject the European Union’s Offer of Associate Membership and instead sign a trade agreement with Russia. It was when things began to spin out of control. It is unlikely that Yanukovich, or anyone in his Government, could have anticipated what would occur. There was too much at stake and too many different parties involved. America began to make its presence known. At all the levels available, diplomatic, Non-Governmental, clandestine, various American operatives went into action. Initial demonstrations at Maidan Square At first, reactions on the streets of Kyiv were mild. A few dozen protesters gathered in Maidan Square in the center of Kyiv to protest what they felt was Yanukovich’s duplicitous action. Ukraine was, and still is, a divided nation. While there are many “Russian Speakers,” as we’ve noted, there are also a substantial number of Ukrainians who do not trust their neighbors to the north and east. These are the ones who still resent the sting of the Soviet Union and distrust all things Russian. To them, Yanukovich’s actions seemed like a double-cross. Enter the Renaissance Foundation, a division of George Soros’ Open Society. Soros is one of the most politically active of all global billionaires. A native of Hungary, Soros has marshaled his great wealth to incite societal change throughout Eastern Europe. It was Soros and his various Non-Governmental Organizations that fomented the so-called “color revolutions” throughout the region following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. The Crowds reached an estimated 800,000 at its peak. Twelve years later, he was more than ready to take on Ukraine. So, what began as a simple walking protest, the kind Americans used to see in the 1960’s, quickly morphed into a full-scale encampment within Kyiv. It became a city within a city, complete with reinforced barricades, tents, food service, and even a broadcast center. At its peak, more than 800,000 Ukrainians called Euromaidan their home for the duration. Temporary Kitchens were set up. As the Euronews said in their headline: “A Rather Modest Ukrainian Protest Turned Into A Revolution.” The logistics alone behind the Euromaidan Operation were substantial. People would need food and water, although many local businesses stayed open throughout the encampment. Demonstrators filled Sandbags with the only available resource: ice, with the bags stacked 5 meters high. They reinforced with ramparts to repel the tanks and other heavy equipment they expected the Government to throw at them. Tents became living quarters. On the street, all forms of communication were humming. Social media was alive with news from Maidan Square. Even television Channel 5 was carrying live reports. All this is from a state-of-the-art broadcast studio in the center of the encampment — Renaissance Foundation at work. The Press Center. On the home page of the Open Society, you can find this summary: Why did Ukraine’s Euromaidan protests begin? “In late November 2013, Ukrainians took to the streets in peaceful protest after then-president Viktor Yanukovych chose not to sign an agreement that would have integrated the country more closely with the European Union.As the protests in Kyiv’s Independence Square, or Maidan, continued into 2014, the Government began cracking down on the demonstrators. The size of the protests only grew in reaction and turned into what was termed “the revolution of dignity.” Those who remained on the Maidan risked assault, kidnapping, unlawful arrest, and loss of their jobs. On January 16, the Government introduced a series of repressive laws severely restricting civil society and the right to protest. On January 22, the first protesters were killed in clashes in Kyiv; in all, over 100 mostly civilian protesters died, the majority on February 20 and 21."https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/explainers/understanding-ukraines-euromaidan-protests Resentment naturally built on both sides of the barricades as hundreds of thousands of people crowded outside in the cold, with little to do, while Police tried to anticipate their next move. Some of the demonstrators wanted to strike first by taking out Yanukovich. They headed toward Yanukovych’s home. Former Ukraine Prime Minister Mykola Azarov related how a mob of 3,500 headed toward the Yanukovich residence, with designated groups “tasked with capturing him and implementing the “Libyan variant.” Yanukovych was to be murdered just like Gaddafi.” Muammar Gaddafi was the former leader of Lebanon, brutally murdered by a similar mob just three years before. (https://tass.com/world/775435). Yanukovich managed to escape. But back at Maidan Square, things continued to escalate, climaxing on February 21, 2022, when Ukrainian Police opened fire upon the demonstrators, killing dozens. Writing just a few days after February 21, 22, 2022, Matt Spetalnick describes a phone call between President Yanukovych and U.S. Vice President Biden. “As the bloodiest day of anti-government protests in Ukraine was drawing to a close last month, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden called President Viktor Yanukovich for the second time in three days and delivered a blunt message. Pull back your security forces now and accept a European-brokered settlement, or you will be held accountable, Biden warned the pro-Russian leader. “It WILL catch up with you.” Initially defiant, Yanukovich sounded subdued by the end of the hour-long call, according to a senior U.S. official knowledgeable of the conversation. Within hours, Yanukovich signed a deal with the opposition and fled to Russia.” https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBREA2A1XZ/ It was probably to be expected that Yanukovich would flee to Russia. Like many Ukrainians, he was of Russian heritage. What is most remarkably about this conversation is less that he aided in Yanukovych’s resignation than that he identified Yanukovich as a pro-Russian sympathizer. For Biden, Ukraine would become the “sword” by which he could inflict the most pain upon the Russian State. As any careful observer will note, each appeal that Biden makes for more funds and weapons for Ukraine is always prefaced with “halting Russian aggression.” When the fighting ended, 104 demonstrators had been killed, along with 26 police officers. President Zelensky lays a wreath at the Maidan Square Memorial. President Yanukovich, most of the Government, and the Police all abandoned the city. The Rebels had won. Days later, Yanukovich showed up in Russia, where, to this day, he remains in exile. For Ukraine, the country would never be the same. Gone was Yanukovych’s dream of a country like Switzerland, a neutral nation at the crossroads between Russia and Europe. Viktor Yanukovych reflects on his loosing the Presidency of Ukraine. Elected Or Selected, Victoria Nuland Takes Charge of Elections At precisely the same time that riots were occurring in Kyiv, Russia moved on to Crimea. In its history, Crimea has seen many flags fly over its lands, as many have come to concur that this peninsula lies on the strategic intersection of the Black Sea and the Azov Sea. The citizens of Crimea had voted overwhelmingly to become part of Russia,President Putin said that for years, he received requests from the “Russian-speaking” people of Crimea to escape the oppression of the Kyiv Government and join the Russian Federation. Russian Troops take Crimea. Interestingly, the citizens in Crimea had much the same opinion of the Kyiv government as those of the Maidan Revolution. Yet, when Crimea voted by 97% in favor of integrating with Russia, all of the Western powers rejected that referendum as illegitimate — on the one hand, accepting the premise of the Maidan Square Protesters that Kyiv was corrupt and needed to be opposed, but rejecting the same concept for Crimea. No matter what one feels about the legitimacy of the Russian annexation of Crimea, from a purely strategic perspective, it was nearly a flawless military action. Only five people died as Russian troops took control: 2 Ukrainian soldiers, 1 Russian soldier, and two civilians. Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, Washington was busy reacting to everything happening in Ukraine. After Russia took Crimea: “Vice President Joe Biden pressed President Barack Obama to take decisive action, and fast, to make Moscow “pay in blood and money” for its aggression. A Biden aide recalled that the president was having none of it.” Seattle Times, November 12, 2019 https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/what-joe-biden-actually-did-in-ukraine/ But while President Obama would not follow the Vice President’s admonishment that Russia pays with “money and blood,” nonetheless, he did appoint the Vice President as special emissary to Ukraine. Biden would join Victoria Nuland as the two ranking US officials in Ukraine there. Victoria Nuland. Ms. Nuland assumed the position of Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian affairs the year before. Ms. Nuland presented the world with the most iconic moment of the Maidan Demonstrations. She galvanized the protesters by leaving the US Embassy and delivering cookies to the demonstrators. A simple gesture that vividly demonstrated the United States’ support for overturning the existing Kyiv Government of Viktor Yanukovich. However, as the history of these events has unfolded in the intervening years, it is now apparent that Nuland’s role in guiding the 2014 Ukraine Coup went far beyond handing out cookies. The South China Morning News discovered a recording of a conversation between Ms. Nuland and US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt discussing the chances of Poroshenko getting enough votes to take the Presidency of Ukraine. Background: You may find this call difficult to follow. I certainly did the first time through. But what you have here is an insight into the US State Department managing the election process following the Maidan Coup. In it, Ms. Nuland talks about her desire for Vitali Klitschko to “remain outside of the new government.” Klitschko and his brother Wladimir are very popular boxers and martial arts experts. They both won many championships for Ukraine and had been slowly entering the political arena as Mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko was a viable candidate for the Presidency of Ukraine. From Nuland’s point of view, if Klitschko entered the Presidential Race at this critical point in 2014, he might take votes away from her preferred candidate, Petro Poroshenko. Known as the “Chocolate King.” Poroshenko was one of the wealthiest men in Ukraine, due mainly to his founding of the Roshen Confectionery Company. Nuland election strategy worked to a “T.” Poroshenko’s main rival, Mayor Klitschko, withdrew from the race, and Poroshenko won comfortably. Vice President Biden congratulated the newly elected Ukraine President, Petro Poroshenko. As President, Poroshenko was entirely aligned with Nuland and the Americans. Abandoning Yanukovich’s hope for a neutral Ukraine, Poroshenko was staunchly anti-Russian. Adopting a one-language policy that would virtually outlaw all Russian speakers. He also pushed the “Russian Separatists” further into the Donbas Region. The two Donbas centers of Donetsk and Luhansk were among the first regions of Ukraine liberated by Russia during the current Special Military Operation (SMO). Conclusion The 2014 Ukraine Coup was now complete. The duly elected President, Viktor Yanukovich, was exiled to Russia. His dream of Ukrainian neutrality was to be no more. In his place, a solidly pro-US/EU President, Petro Poroshenko, would begin shutting down Russia-Ukraine relations while building Ukraine’s ties to Europe and the United States. In the decade since the Ukraine Coup, leaders worldwide have all changed. Most European countries have new prime ministers or presidents. Petro Poroshenko is no longer the President of Ukraine. But in the United States, the same trio continues at the top. Just this week, George Soros purchased the Audacy Group of 220 Radio Stations, thus becoming the second-largest radio network in the country, just in time for the 2024 US Election. Soros remains ever a political activist. Victoria Nuland has risen through the ranks at the US State Department and currently holds the position of Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. She can continue influencing Ukrainian politics through State Department Policies from this position. Joe Biden, of course, is the President of the United States and continues to fight against Russia. For Biden, the past two years have seen Ukraine become the proxy of the United States to oppose Vladimir Putin aggressively. Follow me here on ThinkSpot for more stories from the ValueSide.
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The role in rejector
liberty5300
 February 09 2024 at 11:26 pm
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I recently came across an impressive YouTube short by a woman named Billie Rae Brandt. In this short, she explains a recent reaction to a man who approached her in a coffee shop. In the video, she claims she is in a committed relationship, but instead of expressing immediate rejection in this interaction, she decides to entertain the conversation. She was eventually able to allude to the fact that she lived with her boyfriend nearby. She understood that the man likely took interest in her romantically, but she didn’t necessarily let her assumption stop the conversation from taking place. Maybe he wasn’t even interested in her that way. We women certainly have the ability to misinterpret “the approach.” My husband, who is much more extroverted than I am, was surprised by how many women used to take his kindness as “interest.” Matt Walsh often talks about this in relation to women at the gym. These women dress half-naked, put up a tripod, and start posing. The next day, they post a video on Tik Tok about the “creepy guy” staring at them while lifting weights. You see “creepy guy” in the background, trying to figure out why in the hell he’s being secretly videotaped during his work-out. Anyway, let’s assume the approach assumption is accurate. It takes a lot of courage for a man to approach a woman, and she didn’t want her reaction to potentially stop him from approaching other women in the future. I think this attitude is rather empathetic. It’s easy to take attention for granted when “taken” or “single,” and handle the role as “rejector” very poorly. It’s also easy when “single” to only decline theoretically, but subsequently succeed in practice by “ghosting” men. Words should, ideally, match actions. Women seem to have a role to play in our current culture. We must strive to handle the role of “rejector” more gracefully. We may be a bit rude or aloof out of discomfort when approached, but that’s not a good enough excuse for blatant disrespect. What about choosing to, instead, inspire men? We generally know that women begin the mating process with a higher value while men must achieve this “value.” I’m not sure who I can attribute this to, for so many people have acknowledged it, especially recently. Value may be defined here as mating desirability. Unfortunately, an attractive woman, especially before twenty-six, sees her value as forever. She can’t see clearly through all of the male attention, and, especially in adolescence, I’m not sure her brain is yet wired to process the bigger picture. Imagine this female matches with every single man she finds attractive and worthwhile on a dating application. Her entire pool is already “high value man.” A little bit of narcissism, unfortunately, is kind of inevitable in these younger and underdeveloped years. It’s a false and fleeting sense of superiority, but it exists, even in the most well-meaning beautiful women. Andrew Tate describes this well. I think it’s also important to note that beautiful women are sort of divided, if I’m describing this correctly, in the male psyche. This is quite obvious, in practice. There’s one category or image, the “wholesome” woman. The girl-next-door.She’s innocent. She’s “pure.” She’s “homegrown.” These “homegrown” women have it all, at least, the high-value long-term mating prospects. Men look at these women and can only see marriage. These women can “do no wrong,” even if they mess up a few times. Most men will overlook a few bad decisions, as long as it’s not the general pattern. Women who fall into the temptation of chronic promiscuity and attention-seeking are a whole different species to men. I believe these two categorizations have everything to do with how women present themselves. This includes aesthetically, in vocal tone, language utilized, and in body language, even if they aren’t conscious of it. These are all forms of flirting, even if they aren’t yet directed towards anyone. Based on my observations, promiscuous women tend to flirt without much selection or discrimination. The “wholesome” category of women tend to stay true to one partner or “choice.” They can go back-and-forth between “promiscuous” and “wholesome” but “promiscuous” is reserved for her husband alone. It’s important to realize that women, more often than not, are pretty much wired for monogamy, however, this is unfortunately also paired with hypergamy, or a proclivity to “upgrade.” I’m not sure that this should scare men, necessarily. It could serve as a motivator to continuously strengthen the marital bond. Shared faith is another even more important variable, this is something Ben Shapiro notes in one of his videos. Theoretically, women who are in open relationships or polyamorous, are likely searching for the “upgrade,” and will voluntarily switch back to monogamy once satisfied. More promiscuous women ultimately despise men, it’s very sad. Just take a look at the poetry written by Megan Fox. Women like this get bitter with age. Some promiscuous women are able to still settle down after their reckless endeavors, but their partner is typically of lower quality. Their behaviors aren’t accepted by sophisticated men. The term, “hitting the wall,” works well to describe what happens with aging promiscuous women. If “wholesome” women already have partners, those “hitting the wall” are what’s leftover. It’s insidious for them, and it’s not difficult to theorize the “why.” My theory is that, when you’re aging, as a woman, attention from men actually increases for a bit. When you’re younger, you’re not an “option” for half of the population. They don’t approach you. However, as you approach middle age, virtually any man will see you as a potential partner. Poetry excerpt by Megan FoxWomen struggle with grasping this, as it blurs self-perceived value. I assume that approaching perimenopause/menopause, you kind of experience the other side of the bell curve.” If women aren’t careful, they can unintentionally and chronically overestimate their “value” as they age until it is too late. I don’t find it shocking “why” women take “the approach” for granted. However, it doesn’t mean it’s the right attitude. Men aren’t approaching women nearly as much as they used to. They are absolutely terrified. This is terrible, really. This realistically poses a threat to humanity as we know it if this fails to occur. We have the Pornography-Addicted Incels and the OnlyFans Models, two extremes that equally “bite the hand that feeds them,” if you will. Learning to embrace male attention, and expressing gratitude for the courage in the “approach” is something we can work on, culturally. This excludes the predatorial types, obviously. This is gratitude for the average Joe. A sort of thanks, even if it’s actually, “no thanks.” Encouraging predatorial males, on the other hand, is counterproductive, if not dangerous. If there are signs of this sort of behavior, I think it’s best for the female to bring a strong male into the environment, whether it’s her father, husband, or even brother. This should solve the problem quickly, especially if they are somewhat intimidating. I watched a recent video where a child predator discusses who he targets. He targets single moms and their children. He will also target children who don’t have strong male figures. I think this target population could also be relevant to women of all ages. I’m almost positive that Louise Perry and Jordan Peterson discuss this in an interview, but I didn’t exactly grasp the big picture. I think Jordan Peterson stated something a bit controversial, like preventing rape is partially the responsibility of the men in the family or the husband. I think he’s accurate, even if it’s controversial. This is very obvious if you watch enough true crime. My college best friend, back in October, invited me to a girls night out for some live music and dancing. We usually hang out with our kids together, but she had an itch to get out there and reminisce our geeky “wild” college days (we met in Organic Chemistry). We used to “joke,” even before Tik Tok discovered this, in order to get guys, “look scared, lost, or confused” in an environment. This wasn’t supposed to be manipulative, we just realized we’d always end up meeting guys this way. During girls night out, my friend had a bit of an attention-seeking urge. So I joked, “look scared!” Sure enough, as the bar filled up, we had some men approach us. This was easy to buffer (we are all married), until we decided to sit down and get some food. I wasn’t drinking, but my friend and her high school friend were, and they began to drunkenly rant. I spaced out. Suddenly, a man sat in the chair next to me (at our table). He asked if he could sit there (there were no open tables) and I agreed. I realized immediately that he was likely romantically interested because of a stutter in his voice, and I almost shut down. “Here we go again,” I thought. How dare a man want to talk to me! (lol) However, instead of snubbing him this time, I decided to go ahead and entertain the conversation. My husband was picking me up in only half-an-hour, and having a more sober conversation than my friends were having was actually quite appealing. “You look confused,” he said, or something similar. I chuckled and nodded. How ironic. We began to talk and he offered me a drink. I declined and told him my husband was picking me up shortly. Instead of leaving, he stayed and continued to talk to me. Even though his intentions may have been “the approach,” our conversation was meaningful. He told me he wants to find a wife and have children, that the bar scene wasn’t for him. That women were seeking the much more casual rather than a committed relationship. He was frustrated with the current dating scene and he just wanted to meet someone. My ranting friends eventually caught on to our conversation and began to interject, just as my husband showed up. Apparently, they even talked to him for a little bit after I left! I said goodbye and left feeling much better than I would have if I had snubbed him and wallowed in my own discomfort and awkwardness with rejection. It was rewarding, and I’m slowly changing my approach in these situations. Billie Rae Brandt was absolutely correct in her YouTube short. This is what we can do, as married or single women. We must handle the men who approach us with much more caution and grace. We should express our gratitude and appreciation for, truly, the utmost compliment. In this, we help men AND women in courting or dating. When we advocate for men, we protect femininity. For if men are the pursuers and often experience rejection, a meaningful conversation is much more encouraging than a scowl and the cold shoulder.
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Climate The EU And Farming
Numapepi
 February 11 2024 at 04:46 pm
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Climate The EU And Farming Posted on February 11, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It seems to me, the elites in Europe must be stark raving mad. Who shuts down farming? No nation in history has had rulers that stupid. Let alone an entire continent! In what universe does it make sense to force your people to be dependent on unreliable supply chains and foreigners to feed them? That didn’t work out so well for Germany during and after World War One. When an entire generation of German youth were starved to death by the British blockade of Germany. Maybe it will this time though. Especially since they’re picking a fight in their bread basket. There’s always the possibility their actions stem from malevolence instead of stupidity. Which, of the two, is better for us. Because evil defeats itself and isn’t interested in blowing up the world. While idiots would do it out of stupidity. I strongly support the citizen farmers movement in Europe. The elite get confused about the role of government. Being so smart, wise and doggone it, just better people than the rest of us, the pedophile elites should make all the decisions, and enforce those wise, benighted and benevolent orders on us, at the end of a machine gun. If our betters decide farming is a danger, then we have to starve, it’s our duty, or not. The correct role of government is to protect the citizens from other governments, provide a means to settle disputes and damned little other than that. Especially not telling farmers what to do. The most important industry we have. Our lives literally depend on it. And the elites are throwing a monkey wrench into the works? They didn’t even resort to eating bugs during FDR’s great depression. Running a con game is one thing, letting it get so out of control it threatens mankind, is quite another. A player who games a rube out of a few dollars is a bad guy. He’s heartless and belongs in prison. The dirt bag who swindles an entire nation and people out of their inheritance, Rights and wealth, is a demon deserving of life in prison. Our elite have let the con get so far out of control, our very planet and mankind’s existence is threatened, now that’s the epitome of a piece of excrement. With the caveat that feces is less stupid. The global warming swindle has been lucrative. I have to admit that. To push the con though, the climate alarmists have spent an astonishing amount in wealth, political favor, and credibility. The IPCC are proven liars, and their predictions have never come true, so we should listen. Then there’s the regulations the elite across the West are implementing at the behest of corporate farms. Because, divesting farmers of their land worked so well for Ukraine, after the Kulaks were killed. Only five to fifteen million died in that famine. The latest absurdity, vilifying backyard gardening as detrimental to the climate, is exactly wrong. Can you imagine the mindset, the stupidity, of someone who thinks Monsanto’s industrial farms, with GMO crops, Roundup ready and spraying vast regions with pesticides, is more environmentally friendly than you tilling a few square feet in your backyard, and planting a tomato. Those First Nations peoples must have been a real bull in a china shop, farming maze, beans and squash, on a small and sustainable scale! The bastards! The elite are playing a dangerous game. Trying to move us to eat bugs before the infrastructure is ready. Like they’re doing with electric cars. The trouble is, if your car won’t run, oh well, but if you can’t eat, that’s a problem that requires a solution. A violent one if necessary. Famine as a tool of control, terror and punishment is only effective on an ignorant people. When folks have access to information they act up. This con game has got out of hand. We’re onto it. When global warming was only about control, that was bad enough, but now the swindlers are tempting literal starvation… and that’s simply not acceptable. There has to be serious consequences. Millions are dead from their released bioweapon, Covid, now they’re shutting down farms. Evil or stupid… enough is enough. Sincerely, John Pepin
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Why Are Michigan Democrats Choosing the Abyss?
JonathanFunke
 February 21 2024 at 11:14 pm
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If nothing changes in Michigan before Tuesday, Rep. Dean Phillips will repeat Gov. Nikki Haley’s achievement earlier this month in Nevada: by some crazy margin, he will lose his party’s primary to “none of the above.” In reality, Haley at least did lose to a somebody: 60% of voters plainly chose “other” only because their preferred flavor, orange, wasn’t on the menu. (Trump skipped the Nevada primary, and competed in the state’s caucuses a few days later instead.) But Phillips stands to lose because Michiganders may choose the actual abyss. A group co-founded by Sen. Bernie Sanders is organizing to that end, saying it wants to send Pres. Biden the message that “he needs to separate from [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu." It’s a protest vote, and to register this protest, they’re making hundreds of thousands of calls asking voters to pull the lever for “uncommitted.” They’re acting as though a protest candidate named “Phillips” isn’t even on the ballot. But Phillips is indeed on the ballot—and for months he’s been a vocal critic of how Netanyahu is prosecuting Israel’s war against Hamas. If that’s the message you want to send, the three-term Minnesota Congressman is the natural messenger, from Michigan to the other 42 states where he’s secured ballot access. What drives disaffected Democrats to consider “nobody” a better ally than “somebody”? Some distrust Phillips for balancing his deep sympathy for Palestine with a defense of Israel’s fundamental right to self-defense. But Phillips called for “an immediate and mutual ceasefire” in Gaza just six weeks into the war, citing its “unacceptable toll on Palestinian civilians.” Yet to this day, the administration’s vetoes of UN ceasefire resolutions continue to cost Biden dearly in Michigan polls. The contrast couldn’t be clearer. For many who will choose “uncommitted” over Phillips on Tuesday, I think the mental mechanism at work is subtler and more insidious than any policy disagreement. It’s as though they simply cannot process the theoretical possibility that someone other than Biden will be the nominee. They are so distracted by the big circus on our tiny screens that they believe a scream into the electoral void—a vote for no one—is the only card they have to play. As Nietzsche put it: Man would rather will nothingness, than not will at all. It is a desperate and blinkered reflex, and a dangerous one. While the technologies have evolved, the hardening of this reflex—to shout down rather than to look up, think fresh and choose different—has always helped the autocrat. Today it is particularly face-palm-inducing to see progressives spurn Phillips, a natural ally who shares their outrage at Netanyahu and would carry none of Biden’s biggest negatives into November, when we will face the far greater threat. Haley, in a delightful moment of media jiu jitsu, yesterday lured reporters to a presumed concession speech, only to forcefully commit to staying in the race indefinitely. She has the resources to do so; Phillips does not. Nevertheless, even as he laid off much of his campaign staff last Friday, Phillips pledged to “continue this journey as long as you want this journey continued.” Even if it seems he must, like the late Sen. John McCain, eventually carry his own suitcase through the airport. We are lucky that Phillips is staying in. Even more than Haley, he does so at great personal and political cost—and against a party that pays even less lip service to a fair primary process than Republicans do. Those who have listened to Phillips know his voice is welcoming, purposeful and vibrant. The least Michigan Democrats can do is go into the voting booth, and choose him over the abyss. Disclosure: The author has contributed nominal amounts to the presidential primary campaigns of both Dean Phillips and Nikki Haley.
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On Responsible Parenthood
Sadhika Pant
 February 12 2024 at 12:03 pm
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A recent Supreme Court verdict in India caught my attention the other day. In this judgement, the top court refused the plea of a 44-year old unmarried woman to become a mother through surrogacy. According to the Surrogacy Regulation Act, widowed or divorced women between the ages of 35 and 45 years can avail the surrogacy route, but this does not extend to single unmarried women. The court observed that child bearing is a huge responsibility, and expressed concern about the child’s welfare and upbringing in such a scenario. It noted that the decision to remain unmarried had been the woman’s own, and the advancement of science and medical procedures should not automatically lead to changes in societal norms. Encouraging the woman to reconsider marriage or explore adoption as alternative paths to parenthood, the court added that the Indian constitution still regards the institution of marriage worth saving, even at the risk of being perceived as conservative. It stressed that unlike Western countries, where the presence of both a mother and a father is not deemed essential for a child's well-being, India is not ready to throw away the nuclear family structure just yet. As anticipated, the decision drew criticism from the left, with some even alleging a violation of fundamental rights. I, on the other hand, think that this was an extremely wise decision, all things considered. Some may argue that the court's decision is regressive, but let's not confuse progress with pandering to individual desires at the expense of societal stability. Perhaps it's time to acknowledge that not every desire warrants immediate gratification. It's not about denying rights; it's about prioritising the best interests of the child over adult whims. If someone's commitment to parenthood is contingent upon bypassing established societal norms, perhaps they should reconsider whether they're truly ready for the responsibilities that come with raising a child. It’s a reminder that just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should.
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Why Should I Commit to Just One Person My...
Andrew Carroll
 February 10 2024 at 02:12 pm
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Marriage and Commitment Marriage is the oldest of all social institutions. The second person God created was the wife of the first (Gen. 2:18-24). The world’s first two people were also its first married couple. Like many of our oldest institutions, marriage is being challenged. While the ratio of divorces to marriages (a whopping 1:2) has held quite steady over the last twenty years, even declining a bit, the number of new marriages was 38% less in 2020 than in 2000 (CDC). This means that much fewer people are choosing to be married. People are asking the question: Why should I commit to just one person my entire life? God, the Creator of mankind and marriage, can give the only authoritative answer. God made marriage to be a lifelong commitment. Divorce has never been pleasing to God, only permitted in certain circumstances. It is the duty of man to obey the Lord’s commands (Eccles. 12:13), and God has commanded that marriage be honored for life (Matt. 19:3-9). What does this mean? To commit yourself to a single person is to reject every other person in the world. Marriage, at least in this culture, is ceremonially sealed by the phrase “I do.” But “I do” has a much broader corollary: “I don’t.” “I don’t permit myself to have any other lover nor any of the infinite potential lives correspondent to that. I don’t want any life but the life I will have with you.” Now, that is romantic. But what happens when the romance fades? Can this rash commitment stand the test of time? Anything worth having requires commitment. Think of health, wealth, and relationships. Obtaining and maintaining these things is difficult and time-consuming. Thus, they require commitment. Likewise, marriage is difficult and time-consuming (1 Cor. 7:28). It requires commitment. This is an indication of its value, not of its disvalue. If you remain conscious of the value of marriage, your commitment will last. What then, you may ask, is the value of marriage? First, consider the alternative. God said of Adam, “It is not good that the man should be alone” (Gen. 2:18). If you abandon marriage, you are not only denying yourself a lifetime of partnership but the gift of children (Ps. 127:3-5). Second, it is the only righteous means of sexual expression. If you intend to have sex any time between now and when you die, you had best be married (1 Cor. 7:9; Note: some are called to celibacy for the Lord’s sake, but this article is not directed towards them). Third, it is a way to increase your holiness (more on that later). And lastly, it is a picture of the love between Christ and His church (Eph. 5:22-33). In this sense, it is evangelical. Perhaps at this point, you are saying, “Yes, that’s all quite nice, but you do not understand my situation. I have good reason for breaking my commitment!” I would like to address some of the most common reasons to break a marriage commitment, providing a Biblical perspective for each.What if I chose the wrong person? Well, you probably did, and that is okay. With so many people in the world, it is virtually inevitable. Dr. Jordan B. Peterson, in his book Beyond Order, puts it well: “There are seven billion people in the world. At least a hundred million (let us say) might have made good partners for you… the probability that you found the theoretically optimal person approaches zero.” Even if you had chosen the right person, how would you know? He or she would make you happy all the time, never argue with you, and always act the way you expect him or her to, right? If that is what you seek in a spouse, you do not yet have a mature conception of marriage. As Sacred Marriage author Gary Thomas suggests, marriage is not supposed to make you happy, it is supposed to make you holy. Like all things in life, marriage is not about you or your spouse. It is about God. Recognizing this is the beginning of a healthy marriage. To quote Gary Thomas again, “I believe that much of the dissatisfaction we experience in marriage comes from expecting too much from it… my wife can’t be God, and I was created with a spirit that craves God.” When you and your spouse direct your attention at pleasing God more than pleasing each other, you enter a new world of joy. This shared purpose, more than the compatibility of your personalities, is what will bind you together. “But the person that I have committed to is not a Christian.” Though being bound to an unbeliever in this way is a difficult road (which is why the Lord forbids it in 2 Cor. 6:14), it is still the Lord’s command that you remain bound to your unbelieving spouse unless they leave you (1 Cor. 7:12-16). You can sanctify your spouse and children through your godly influence.What if I love more than one person at the same time? We have already said that the world is full of people who might make a good match for you. It is not surprising then that you may encounter more than one of them. And if such Biblical figures as Abraham, Jacob, David, and Solomon all had more than one wife, with God never directly intervening, you may begin to question why you should not. However, you must look no further than the very lives of those Biblical figures to see the sort of havoc that polyamory wreaks. Abraham’s wives were at odds with one another and so were the sons they produced. Those sons grew into great nations which are still at war today. Jacob’s wives also resented each other, and the hatred among his sons saw one of them tossed into a pit and sold into slavery. The conflict between the children that David had by different wives began with rape and ended with murder. And it was Solomon’s many wives that eventually turned him away from the Lord. Do not invite this chaos and destruction into your life by multiplying lovers. While monogamy is never explicitly commanded in Scripture (except to particular groups, see Deut. 17:17, 1 Tim. 3:12), a careful reading reveals a strong implication in favor of it. If you are still not convinced, remember that the fundamental practice of a daily devotion is also never directly commanded in Scripture. Be grateful for the one that God has given you and put away your desire for any other.What if my spouse was unfaithful to me? God understands your pain. God has been betrayed by His people all throughout history. As it was the adultery of the Jews to follow false gods, so it is the adultery of the modern Christian to idolize the dead things of the world around us. Let the pain of unfaithfulness be a lesson of the seriousness of idolatry. God has permitted that those whose spouses have committed adultery may divorce them (Matt. 5:31-32, 19:9). It would be no sin for you to do so. Be mindful, however, that God has remained with His people through all our betrayals (Hosea 1-3). If you believe that it is God’s will for your life, I encourage you to endure as God has endured with us.What if I am already divorced? Is there any hope for me? There is always hope in Christ. If your divorce happened because you disobeyed God, He will forgive you. God sent His Son Jesus to pay the price for our sins, so that we may once again have a relationship with Him. As God has reconciled Himself to us, He desires that we be reconciled to each other. Seek reconciliation with your spouse, and if you cannot, remain unmarried (1 Cor. 7:10-11). You have been given the chance to walk in the freedom of your redemption, to go and sin no more. There is nothing better you can do.Conclusion So, why should you commit to just one person your entire life? Marriage, like all gifts from God, is good. Only when you have made the commitment that marriage requires may its full goodness and beauty be revealed. As you show the glory of God’s design to a world that has long since forgotten it, you offer a glimpse into the far-surpassing glory of Christ’s commitment to us, His beloved bride the church. Commit yourself fully to your marriage and watch as God’s glory is revealed in your life. The above article was originally published February 23, 2022 on innerfire.com.
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Warped Politicians
Numapepi
 February 02 2024 at 04:16 pm
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Warped Politicians Posted on February 2, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It makes no sense to me, the same people who expect Eagle Pass Texas, a town of thirty thousand, can accept twelve thousand illegal immigrants a week, and that’s perfectly acceptable… yet also firmly believe that New York City, with a population of nine million, is completely overwhelmed by ten thousand a year? Moreover, New York is a self declared sanctuary city. No wonder they’re so angry all the time. The cognitive dissonance must be mind rending. Add to it the unfiltered hypocrisy of not wanting illegals to live near them, or on Martha’s Vineyard, yet expect others to… and you have a recipe for a deep mental illness. The human brain isn’t meant to be warped into such an absurd space. The illegal immigration issue alone highlights the situation the elite have got themselves into. Politics is never a sphere, encompassing everyone’s benefit, it’s twisted and bent along the lines of special interests. A Venn diagram of universal interests would necessarily be a circle or sphere. Special interests however most often are at odds with the general welfare. So they would trace lines within the circle of general welfare, including only the interests of the favored that’s bought the politician, and excluding the general welfare. That politician therefore, must pay heed to the interests that purchased him or her, against the interests of the general. Contorting themselves into it. A politician who doesn’t bend to special interests, can breathe deeply, until the gobs of money arrayed against her gets her voted out of office, in favor of he who’s willing to squeeze in. To fit in such a space one has to contort him or herself. Warping them in mind, body and spirit. The question then becomes, how to twist the desires of the special interest, and against the general welfare, into a manipulation that makes it sound like it’s for the general interest? War for example. The Hegelian dialectic has been very successful. Exploit resources in the media to claim we’re under attack. Then use the outrage you ginned up to fuel the war you wanted. Sending the children of the patsies to die for cheaper bananas. To believe, or force oneself to believe, such actions aren’t evil, one has to segmentalize their consciousness. Else their conscience would destroy them via their super ego. We all have to think of ourselves as the good guy… even as we commit atrocities. That’s why the longer someone is in politics the more crooked they become. They’ve had to squeeze into some pretty tight spaces. The more someone segmentalizes their consciousness, the easier it becomes, until they have no conscience whatsoever. Eventually becoming so crooked, when they die, they’ll have to be screwed into the ground. Why would a person who’s tirelessly worked against the interests of mankind, for a special interest, be bothered by a little insider trading, bribery or perverting democracy? They wouldn’t. That’s why they’re so corrupt. Selling one’s soul warps the spirit as much as the mind. Once the soul is gone, the sky’s the limit, of crime. Such corrupt people get along fine until they’re threatened with discovery. Then they act as a unit to cancel the threat, like an immune system. If politics warps, and power corrupts, then how twisted and putrid must our elites be? The examples of illegal immigration, covid, the response to it, the attacks on democracy, free speech and law itself prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, our elites are as crooked as a spring. To not see what they’re doing though, now that projects stupidity, by searchlight. Replacing them is a temporary fix. The incentives will bend anyone who slides into that brake, the answer is to limit the power of the elite, all elites. Political interests will forever warp people to their will, and as long as the power to benefit the politically favored at cost to the whole, is in the hands of politicians, judges and bureaucrats, those incentives wont change. Take the power, create consequences, punish corruption, and that’ll be a start. Sincerely, John Pepin
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Bread and Circuses
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 February 13 2024 at 03:35 am
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The Roman Colosseum, in all its grandeur, was not just about entertainment; it was a masterclass in distraction and population control. Fast forward to today, and it's evident that the tactics of ancient Rome have not been left in the dust of history. They've simply evolved. The Super Bowl, with its massive audience and spectacle, serves a similar purpose in today's society. And when you add in a cultural icon like Taylor Swift, the event's ability to captivate and influence expands exponentially. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed watching the game with my family, but it's important to peel back the layers and see what's really happening beneath the surface. In the latest episode of Healthy & Awake Podcast, "Operation Taylor Swift," we dive into how celebrities are not just entertainers but tools in the machinery of influence, shaping public perception on a grand scale. Before the cries of "conspiracy theorist" start, let me assure you, we approach these discussions with a sense of humor and an open mind. The Roman Empire would have marveled at our modern world, where the colosseum is not a place we go, but something we bring into our homes through TVs and smartphones. How do you strike a balance between engaging with culture and consuming entertainment, while also keeping a scrutinizing mind to avoid the undue influence of others? And in recognizing these patterns of influence, how can we ensure we're not just passive consumers but active, critical thinkers in our engagement with media? Healthy & Awake Podcast: Apple: https://bit.ly/44pEBV6 Spotify: https://bit.ly/47KVbBM Rumble: https://bit.ly/3HPzG6V YouTube: https://bit.ly/3SKeZjn
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Election 2024: The Four Wild Cards, Part 1
David Reavill
 February 05 2024 at 02:13 pm
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Judge Joan Donoghue of the International Court of Justice It’s election time in the United States. You’ve, no doubt, already heard or seen the election ads on television, radio, and throughout the internet. President Joe Biden announced that he would run for reelection on April 25, 2023. At that point, he also announced that Julie Chavez Rodriguez, granddaughter of labor organizer Cesar Chavez, would be his Campaign Manager. This will be Ms. Rodriguez’s second national campaign effort. Her first was the unsuccessful Presidential Campaign of Kamala Harris in 2019. President Joe Biden Biden’s campaign slogan is “Finish the Job.” (Together, we can “ Finish the Job” for the American people.) He has selected, once again. Kamala Harris will serve as his vice president should he be reelected. It will be an up-hill struggle for the Incumbent President; the day he announced, the Public Broadcast System (PBS) ran the results of their most recent opinion poll indicating that Biden’s support was a mere 41%. Former President Donald Trump Running against President Biden is former President Donald Trump. It’s one of those rare times in American history when two Presidents, the current President and former President, are running against each other. President Trump will continue to utilize his earlier campaign slogan: “MAGA,” an acronym for “Make America Great Again.” His campaign slogan is “I’ll never stop fighting for you.” The Trump campaign spokesman is Steven Cheung, who served both in Trump’s 2016 campaign and the Trump administration. The latest Ipsos Opinion Poll found that most Americans are unhappy with their choices for President, although less so for Trump. In the poll taken on January 24, Trump leads Biden by 5%, 39% to 34%, although we can expect those numbers to change many times between now and the General Election. The Four Wildcards Lending a degree of uncertainty is the number of geopolitical events occurring, any of which could turn this election on its head. The four events I’m referring to are the Conflict in Gaza, the Ukraine War, the actions of the Houthi Rebels in the Red Sea, and the reactions of the Federal Reserve. Let’s explore each of those. The Gaza Conflict The War in Gaza On October 7, 2023, Hamas Rebels entered a concert in Israel and killed approximately 1,400 attendees. The State of Israel was enraged. President Benjamin Netanyahu immediately began preparations for retaliation, assembling a War Cabinet; Israel began a massive military response aimed at destroying Hamas. As the conflict commenced, world opinion was generally behind Israel. The raid by Hamas was generally considered an act of terrorism, and most thought that Israel had every right to punish the perpetrators. However, as the IDF (The Israeli Defense Force) commenced its actions, it became increasingly apparent that they had no regard for civilians who might be caught in their fire. To date, the number of Palestinians killed is approaching 28,000, a number twenty times larger than those killed by Hamas. What’s more, more than half of those killed include women and children. In addition to taking human lives, the IDF has also campaigned to destroy homes, apartments, stores, and other buildings in Palestinian towns. As the IDF campaign progressed, all three of the Palestinian colleges and universities have been razed, hospitals destroyed, and infrastructure torn apart. These are not my conclusions. These are the conclusions of the International Court of Justice, the highest of all international courts under the jurisdiction of the United Nations. Last week, the ICJ issued its preliminary judgment on the issue of Genocide. The country of South Africa brought charges against Israel, and the behavior of the IDF qualified as wanton Genocide. Israel had crossed the line of pursuing Hamas terrorists and was now pursuing a policy that would result in the killing and dislocation of the entire Palestinian people. These were explosive accusations. If proven, they would make Israel an outlaw state and at risk of becoming an international pariah. From the River to the Sea In the following clip, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says that his long-standing policy is to extend Israel’s sovereignty “From the River to the Sea.” This would eliminate the Palestinian State. Before the Court last week was the decision of whether there was sufficient evidence of Genocide to take further action. The Court ruled that Israel’s actions warranted further investigation. The ICC cautioned Israel not to threaten the “Group” (i.e., the Palestinians) with death or harm. Eventually, this matter will come before the General Assembly of the United Nations. The Court has made the critical decision that South Africa has presented sufficient evidence to warrant further litigation against Israel. The case of Genocide against Israel will proceed. The International Court of Justice Ruling In the following clip, Judge Joan Donahue of the United States reads a portion of the ICJ’s ruling. In it, she admonishes Israel that it must not act in any fashion that would be reminiscent of Genocide, although the Court stopped short of imposing an immediate Cease Fire. Political Risk The risks here for President Biden’s reelection campaign are enormous. In an extended and far-ranging trial of Israel at the ICJ, the United States could be brought into the litigation as the chief accomplice. After all, it has been the Biden Administration that has been steadfast in supplying Israel with all the arms and support needed to pursue the battle against Hamas. If it turns out that Israel did indeed pursue Genocide, then it is also possible that America could find itself as a co-defendant in the same trial. There are many hypotheticals here, but any step down this road would likely be considered a blot on this Administration’s record. Part II of this series will explore the Ukraine War and its ramifications on the 2024 Election. ** Follow me here on ThinkSpot for more stories from the ValueSide.
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The Intermission: John 6:22-59
Cam
 February 13 2024 at 11:53 am
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During one of the more unique conversations that Jesus has with a group of people in Capernaum, He shares what God commissioned Him to do. In some ways, we could describe this as God the Father’s job description for Jesus – and we could measure the effectiveness of Jesus’ ministry through His words during this conversation. The big statement Jesus shared is this: “The Father gives me the people who are mine. Every one of them will come to me, and I will always accept them. I came down from heaven to do what God wants me to do, not what I want to do. Here is what the One who sent me wants me to do: I must not lose even one whom God gave me, but I must raise them all on the last day. Those who see the Son and believe in him have eternal life, and I will raise them on the last day. This is what my Father wants.” (John 6:37- 40 NCV) A few verses later, Jesus summarizes this idea again by saying, “The Father is the One who sent me. No one can come to me unless the Father draws him to me, and I will raise that person up on the last day.” (John 6:44 NCV) Jesus’ job description is simple: (1) Don’t lose any of the people who God has given Him, and (2) raise these people on the last day. The significance of this statement is amazing and challenging to what many of us have as a preconceived notion regarding how God interacts with His people following Jesus’ resurrection. The first part of this description is easy for us to grasp, because for those of us who believe Jesus is God, there is absolutely nothing that anyone (Satan included) could do to steal from Jesus. But with that said, Satan has done a masterful job of blurring the significance of this second part of Jesus’ job description. Jesus has been called to resurrect God’s followers on the last day. The only way for this to happen is through the sacrifice He gave on the cross. It is through this sacrifice that we are able to accept the gift of eternal life. However, most people today among Christianity believe that death is not in their future. This idea runs counter to what Jesus shares here because if they never face death, how could Jesus “raise them up” on the last day? As Christians, we have the assurance that we will be saved and brought to heaven, and we know through Jesus’ sacrifice that death is not the end of our story, but for all but a few of God’s followers who live during the final days of earth’s sinful history, death counts as an intermission to our lives, stories, and relationships with God. This post first appeared on ReflectiveBibleStudy.com What do you think? Do you agree/disagree? Leave your thoughts below.
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Delving into a Hindu Myth: Sacrifice and...
Sadhika Pant
 January 28 2024 at 08:28 am
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The Myth: The tale of Bhagiratha and Ganga, found in the epic Ramayana and the Puranas, is a significant story in Hindu mythology and is associated with the origin of the river Ganges (Ganga). King Sagar, a powerful ruler and ancestor of Lord Rama, performed the Ashwamedha Yajna (Horse Sacrifice) to establish his supremacy. During the ritual, the sacrificial horse was stolen by Indra, the king of the gods, who wanted to interrupt the ceremony. Sagar's sons, led by Anshuman, searched for the horse and found it near the hermitage of Sage Kapila. Misunderstanding the sage to be the thief, they accused him, disrupting his meditation. In his wrath, Sage Kapila burnt them to ashes with his fiery gaze. Anshuman's son, Dilipa, and later his grandson, Bhagiratha, were unable to perform the last rites (funeral rituals) for their ancestors. The ashes of Sagar's sons remained restless, so Bhagiratha took it upon himself to find a solution. Only the waters of the Ganga (the Ganges), then in heaven, can bring the dead sons their salvation. Bhagiratha undertook intense penance and austerities to please Lord Brahma, the creator. Impressed by his devotion, Brahma granted him a boon but advised him to seek Lord Shiva's help to contain the force of Ganga's descent to Earth. Bhagiratha then prayed to Lord Shiva, who agreed to break the fall of Ganga on his matted hair, minimising the impact on Earth. The river Ganga, pleased by Bhagiratha's efforts and Lord Shiva's intervention, agreed to descend to Earth. As Ganga flowed down, her descent was so forceful that it could have disrupted the earth. Lord Shiva, however, skillfully trapped Ganga in his locks, releasing her in a gentle stream. Ganga then flowed over the ashes of Sagar's sons, bringing them redemption. The river continued her journey on Earth, purifying everything she touched. The river Ganges is considered sacred in Hinduism, and bathing in its waters is believed to cleanse one of sins. Parallels: While the specific details of the Bhagiratha and Ganga myth are unique to Hinduism, the motif of a sacred river and its purifying properties is a common theme found in various religious and cultural traditions worldwide. In ancient Egyptian mythology, the Nile River was considered sacred and played a crucial role in the religious and cultural life of the people. The annual flooding of the Nile was associated with the goddess Hapi, symbolising fertility and abundance. The river was believed to be a life-giving force, similar to the sacred attributes associated with the Ganges in Hinduism. The Jordan River is mentioned in the Bible, particularly in the context of the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist. According to Christian beliefs, the act of baptism in the Jordan River symbolises spiritual purification and rebirth. The river is seen as a sacred space for rituals of cleansing and initiation. Symbolism: The Ganges River is often seen as a purifying force, capable of cleansing individuals of their sins. Bathing in the Ganges is believed to wash away sins and impurities, signifying spiritual rebirth.. In the myth, the descent of the Ganges is associated with the redemption of King Sagar's sons, who were turned to ashes due to a curse. In Hinduism, the river is considered auspicious for performing funeral rites, and its waters are believed to aid in the transition of the departed souls. Lord Shiva's role in trapping Ganga in his matted locks represents control over powerful forces. It symbolises the need for balance and restraint in handling intense and potentially destructive energies. This intervention highlights the importance of divine guidance in navigating the challenges of life. Bhagiratha's intense penance and austerities represent the importance of devotion and sacrifice in Hinduism. His unwavering dedication to the welfare of his ancestors, as well as his perseverance in seeking divine intervention, reinforces the idea that sincere devotion can evoke a positive response from the divine. The myth shares thematic elements that resonate with Carl Jung's psychological concepts, particularly the archetype of the hero's journey and the symbolism of salvation or rebirth. There are parallels between Bhagiratha's quest to bring Ganga to Earth and the archetypal motif of extracting one's father (wisdom of the ancestors) from the belly of the whale (chaos), a concept often associated with psychological transformation and reconciliation. In Jungian psychology, the father represents authority, tradition, and the collective unconscious. Bhagiratha's quest to redeem his ancestors, mirrors the hero's journey to confront ancestral issues or unconscious elements. The redemption of the ashes signifies a transformative process, aligning with the hero's quest for self-discovery and individuation. The Message: The Ganga is not just a river but a spiritual and cultural lifeline for millions of people. Its waters are considered sacred, and the river plays a central role in various religious practices, rituals, and festivals. Cities along the Ganga, such as Varanasi, Haridwar, and Rishikesh, draw in tourism, fostering economic opportunities for local businesses and communities. Pilgrims travel to the Ganges to perform rituals, take holy dips, and seek spiritual solace. This cultural significance remains a vibrant aspect of modern life in India. Bhagiratha's pursuit of redeeming his ancestors mirrors humanity's yearning to rectify past mistakes and instigate positive change. The human relationship with time is intricate; while we cannot alter the past, we possess the capacity to negotiate with the future. The religious concept of sacrifice, deeply embedded in this temporal relationship, stands as a significant contribution of religion to the systems that benefit us today. By forgoing immediate pleasures, we can aspire to create a more favourable future—a principle underpinning the entire banking system, where saving for the future is paramount, akin to how squirrels save nuts for winter. In modern life, the myth encourages individuals to take responsibility for their actions and for those committed by their fathers, and seek to redeem rather than resent them for it, even if it means sacrificing the comforts of the present. Only by doing so, can the future be “purified” for the next generation. “I love him who justifieth the future ones, and redeemeth the past ones: for he is willing to succumb through the present ones.” - Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra.
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Is Religion Historical or Allegorical?
Sadhika Pant
 February 21 2024 at 12:23 pm
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To what extent can you read religion as you read history (depicting events) or as you read science (explaining the workings of the universe)? Although I hold my own views on these matters, they hardly serve as answers that conclusively resolve such inquiries. And perhaps that is for the best. It is this kind of perpetual questioning that keeps conversations surrounding religion alive. Some people view religious texts primarily as historical documents, containing accounts of events that actually happened in the past. They interpret these texts literally and believe that the stories and events described within them are accurate representations of real events. For these individuals, religion is closely intertwined with history, and the two are inseparable. On the other hand, many others interpret religious texts allegorically, seeing them as containing deeper symbolic meanings rather than literal truths. They believe that the stories and teachings found in religious texts are meant to convey timeless truths and moral lessons, rather than being strictly historical accounts. From this perspective, religion is more about the metaphorical and spiritual interpretation of events rather than their literal truth. In other words, science made certain questions redundant when it demystified some of the workings of the universe. We turned to books or experts in search of answers to the questions that flooded our curious minds, not unlike how we turn to Google in today’s day and age. But before knowledge became scalable with the advent of the education system or the printing press, we had historically turned to prayer for the answers. Somewhere in the transition, scientific scepticism became indistinguishable from the spirit of inquiry that had preceded the era of scientific exploration. That spirit is very much alive and kicking, but, beyond scientific inquiry, are other outlets considered valid sources of knowledge? If so, can a modern perspective accept truths derived from sources that lack objectivity or empirical evidence? An attempt to answer such questions would be wanting, without a discussion on the composition of ‘truth’ first. The post-Enlightenment era has influenced how modern people approach religion, emphasising rationality, scepticism, and empirical evidence as the criteria for truth. There's a tendency in modern societies to prioritise objective and empirical truths over subjective or metaphysical interpretations. This perspective has led to increased scrutiny of religious claims and interpretations, as well as efforts to reconcile religious beliefs with scientific discoveries and historical evidence. However, this doesn't mean that all interpretations of religion must conform strictly to empirical standards. In trying to determine the truth of a statement or an idea, it is important to consider the goal that one wishes to achieve with the statement or the idea. For example, does the truth of a knife solely rest in its existence, or does it also depend on its capacity to cut sharply? Of course, the object knife exists regardless of whether it is sharp or blunt, the category ‘knife’ only exists insofar as it is usable for the purpose designed — its ergon and fulfilment of its telos, so to speak. To be categorised as a "knife," an object must possess certain recognizable traits, including a knife-like appearance and a sufficiently sharp blade, although some degree of variation is permissible. For the human brain to be able to abstract out the category ‘knife’ from the object, it must prioritise the object's purpose as the essence of its identity. And the truth in abstraction cannot be dismissed; numbers and words are abstractions, and play essential roles in running our world. Extending the analogy forward, the truth of an idea must also rest on its usability. Ideas laying claim to truth must, to some extent, address the problems they aim to resolve, thereby enduring long enough to be preserved and transmitted to future generations. Science addresses the question: Science seeks to answer the question: How does the universe operate? History, on the other hand, aims to answer: What occurred? Ideas failing to furnish satisfactory answers are not recognized as scientifically or historically accurate. Religion, on the other hand, addresses a distinct inquiry: How should we conduct our lives? Knowledge that optimally facilitates human survival and reproduction, providing meaning amidst chaos and tragedy, provides responses to this question. Religious systems have mobilised whole populations on more than one occasion. The abstraction of human experience, the nature of reality and the meaning of life as described in religious frameworks is true because it is meaningful and improves the odds of survival of the human race. Many would disagree, but I believe that religion is allegorical, and this abstraction makes it a fundamental truth as it surpasses time constraints and the specificity of historical individuals.
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Comments on the Essay 'Between Research and...
Octaveoctave
 February 21 2024 at 05:18 pm
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Abstract This essay has three main points: (1) We need defense because otherwise we would be destroyed. And in defense, science and STEM are growing in importance. (2) You can't know ahead of time what a discovery will eventually be used for, at least not always. (3)This character Harari who is associated with the WEF is sort of a hypocrite.The plans he and his associates in the WEF have for humanity are terrible. And they plan on using the very discoveries and advances that STEM makes. But meanwhile, Harari thinks STEM people should not make any advances because they might be used for ill. But Harari and the WEF and people like them are those who want to use the advances for ill!Body I liked this essay by Washington University Junior Jonah Sachs: Between Research and Responsibility: The Invention of Dynamite https://hxstem.substack.com/p/between-research-and-responsibility It examines the history around the creation of dynamite and the establishment of the Nobel Prizes. All discoveries or innovations can be used for both good and for ill. And all the possible applications of a given advance are not always immediately apparent. For example, after the laser was discovered in 1960, for a good decade or more it was said to be a solution looking for a problem to solve. Although the laser was used in surgical experiments not long after its first appearance, widespread medical use took longer to emerge. Also, the UPC code scanner and optical disc recording and fiber optic communications took at least a decade to develop and reach the point where they could be broadly implemented. Other applications, including directed energy weaponry, took even longer to develop. New applications of the laser continue to be announced all the time even now, more than 63 years later. The idea for such a device was even older, and predated its physical implementation by substantial amounts of time. The theoretical possibilities of a laser or maser had been described many decades before they were first built in laboratories. It is certain that when the first musings about such a technology were published by Einstein in 1917 that no one could really foresee what might eventually occur and how these devices might be used. Although the Sachs essay suggests it is possible to hold back discoveries for the "good of the public" or "humanity", I am not convinced that this is reasonable over the longer term. When the time is "ripe" for an innovation or discovery, they will frequently be made by multiple people and groups almost simultaneously. The discovery of calculus and the Theory of Evolution are two such examples.[1] The original discoverer or inventor and their close supporters and colleagues have some small measure of control over the new knowledge, at least for a limited period. But even then, espionage (as in the case of Klaus Fuchs and the Manhattan Project) can take away this advantage in short order. Many mistakenly believe that hiding or halting advances or discoveries or forbidding scientists, engineers and mathematicians from working in defense can reduce the chance of war.[2] However, history shows us this is not true. The US demilitarized and became isolationist before both world wars, but that did not stop the US from being dragged into these conflicts. I am reminded of the famous aphorism, "He who would have peace should prepare for war."[3] People mistakenly believe that unilateral disarmament can dissuade adversaries and opponents from pursuing military and terrorist activities. But the evidence is strong that the opposite is in fact closer to reality.[4] Rather than forbidding STEM innovators from making progress that in retrospect might appear dangerous (something that is very difficult if not impossible to predict), perhaps it is better to consider other restrictions on new technologies. We have laws and judicial systems and treaties and international bodies and political infrastructures and public opinion that are supposedly a check on the bad inclinations of those in power. We also have various other forms of deterrence. It is a bit naive to think that the only solution is to stop STEM progress or censor science because of the weak or corrupt natures of those in power, their evident inability to rein in their dark impulses and their repeated frantic attempts to circumvent or even remove the checks and balances that are available. Surely we can develop better mechanisms of control than this. This situation is particularly ludicrous since many of those in power unceasingly lecture the rest of humanity about how much more ethical and moral and virtuous they are than everyone else, all evidence to the contrary. It quite striking that one of those who is particularly pretentious and self-righteous about his moral superiority is quoted in the Sachs essay; that is, Professor Yuval Noah Harari.[5] I also found the content of these Yuval Noah Harari quotes particularly telling. Knowing who Harari is and who he associates with, these two Harari statements border on the astounding: (1) “𝘏𝘶𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘴 𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘭𝘸𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘧𝘢𝘳 𝘣𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘯𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰𝘰𝘭𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯 𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮 𝘸𝘪𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘺.” (2) “𝘛𝘦𝘤𝘩𝘯𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘨𝘺 𝘪𝘴 𝘯𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘥𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘤, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘢𝘤𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘣𝘦 𝘥𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘥𝘰𝘦𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘮𝘦𝘢𝘯 𝘪𝘵 𝘮𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘣𝘦 𝘥𝘰𝘯𝘦.”[7] Harari is reportedly the "right hand man" of problematic globalist Klaus Schwab of the World Economic Forum (WEF). In addition, Harari has made numerous other statements which are more than slightly disturbing. Harari's occasional employer or colleague Schwab has a scandalous history[10] and has also made a lot of outrageous comments over the years.[12] For example, recently Harari gave a lecture saying that human rights are just words on paper, so they do not really exist; Harari even implied that they probably should not exist. In some sense, Harari is partially correct. However, there are many ways to organize societies, and those that enshrine human rights as something special differentiate themselves from the others. So human rights might be fictitious in a way, but so are all laws and all money and assets and property and contracts and other agreements. A lot of things we accept and rely on are kind of illusory, from some point of view. But we find these fictions useful. Harari also wrote that indigenous people are essentially "apes" in his 2011 book 'Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind'. As someone of indigenous extraction, I do not find this comment particularly charitable. In addition, Harari is a huge advocate of imposing a permanent lockdown on all of the world's population. We can reasonably surmise that this would exclude the "elites", like those in the World Economic Forum (presumably including Harari himself).[13][14] Harari was stimulated to imagine how wonderful such a lockdown would be because of our recent experiences with the pandemic lockdown. However, the pandemic and the associated lockdown were not some innocuous events that had no effect on civilization; far from it. There were many millions killed either by the virus, which appears to have been purposely man-made and funded by the US taxpayers, or through incompetent medical care and iatrogenic disasters of various sorts, including sloppy vaccine science and bad policies. There were also many trillions of dollars of economic losses, including many failed businesses. Children's development and educations were drastically affected and suffered setbacks. Many lost their jobs because they did not want to take the vaccines, which were not near as effective or safe or tested as had been advertised, purported and promised. Some who resisted the vaccine or other pandemic measures were punished and imprisoned. Protests were violently put down. We still have not had a very accurate accounting of all the disasters associated with this event; the powers that be just want to cover it all up and hope everyone else forgets.[15] But as previously mentioned, it is not just that Harari is a bit of an offensive and obnoxious loose cannon who seems to lack prudence and self-awareness. It is also those that Harari is closely associated with, like the World Economic forum, and in particular, its leader Klaus Schwab. For example, Schwab and his minions and colleagues at the WEF are lobbying for the abolishment of agriculture, and the imprisonment of all farmers and fisherman as "climate criminals".[17] They also are in favor of mass surveillance and mass censorship.[18] At the yearly WEF meeting at Davos, Switzerland, Schwab was intrigued by the idea that mass surveillance could and would enable the elites to know people better than they know themselves. In this way, the self-styled elites (such as the WEF members), who are our "wanna-be overlords", would supposedly be able to predict with complete accuracy how people would vote. Schwab offered to save the earth's entire population from the inconvenience of going to the polls to vote. Schwab said he would just vote for everyone so they would not have to be bothered with something as tedious as voting. Schwab was also excited at this year's WEF meeting in Davos by the idea of brain implants and brain-computer interfaces. Schwab was enthusiastic about the idea that he could know what everyone was thinking. This is attractive to people like Schwab who want to impose punishments for "thought crimes" or "wrong think". This also starts to sound more than slightly unsavory and even creepy. In addition, the WEF is eagerly anticipating the introduction of digital currencies world wide, to prevent people from buying the "wrong things", or from saving any money. The WEF want the ability to force all your money to "expire". After all, they want the "little people" to "own nothing, and be happy".[19] There was even a section at this year's Davos conference on maintaining some control over science and technology, and keeping abreast of any potential and new developments. My impression is that they know that their careful and ambitious plans can easily be upset by the emergence of unanticipated developments in various spheres, including in STEM. The people in the WEF are uncreative and unproductive for the most part,[20] but they are in positions of power and they desperately want to maintain the current status quo. John Kerry made it clear in his presentations at Davos that the entire point of these crises they anticipate or even create, is to make huge profits. Of course, if there is one thing these billionaires appear to desperately crave, aside from infinite power and control, it is even more wealth. It is up to us, the public, i.e., the polity, to put an end to this disgraceful charade that has developed. We need to send a strong signal that we are not just sheep or potential slaves, and that we are worthy of being treated with dignity and respect.Notes [1] For more examples, consult the web article: 13 “Stolen” Inventions-Will The Real Inventor Please Stand Up https://www.savingadvice.com/articles/2024/02/12/10129777_13-stolen-inventions-will-the-real-inventor-please-stand-up.html [2] In his later years, Harvard economist John Kenneth Galbraith, who had served in the FDR, Kennedy and Johnson administrations, was a firm believer that scientists and engineers should refuse to have anything to do with the military (in spite of his own repeated involvement with the military). I heard him lecture about this at MIT in 1980. For an economist, Galbraith seemed to have no idea about what funding and positions were available for young STEM professionals in the United States, or why the US was a leader in innovation in STEM (mainly because of the substantial funding of STEM by US military and intelligence entities). [3] This sentiment has been repeated many times over the centuries. For a couple of noteworthy examples, consider: Si vis pacem, para bellum https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Si_vis_pacem,_para_bellum 𝘚ī 𝘷ī𝘴 𝘱ā𝘤𝘦𝘮, 𝘱𝘢𝘳ā 𝘣𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘶𝘮 (𝘊𝘭𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘓𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯: [𝘴𝘪ː 𝘸𝘪ː𝘴 ˈ𝘱𝘢ː𝘬ẽː ˈ𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘢ː ˈ𝘣ɛ𝘭𝘭ũː]) 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘓𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯 𝘢𝘥𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘴𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘴 "𝘐𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘱𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘦, 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘸𝘢𝘳". 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘩𝘳𝘢𝘴𝘦 '𝘚𝘪 𝘷𝘪𝘴 𝘱𝘢𝘤𝘦𝘮, 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘢 𝘣𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘶𝘮' 𝘪𝘴 𝘢𝘥𝘢𝘱𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘢 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘧𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘓𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯 𝘢𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘳 𝘗𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘶𝘴 𝘍𝘭𝘢𝘷𝘪𝘶𝘴 𝘝𝘦𝘨𝘦𝘵𝘪𝘶𝘴 𝘙𝘦𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘴'𝘴 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵 𝘋ē 𝘙ē 𝘔ī𝘭𝘪𝘵ā𝘳ī (𝘧𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘵𝘩 𝘰𝘳 𝘧𝘪𝘧𝘵𝘩 𝘤𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘺 𝘈𝘋), 𝘪𝘯 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘶𝘢𝘭 𝘱𝘩𝘳𝘢𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘴 𝘐𝘨𝘪𝘵𝘶𝘳 𝘲𝘶ī 𝘥ē𝘴ī𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘵 𝘱ā𝘤𝘦𝘮, 𝘱𝘳æ𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘵 𝘣𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘶𝘮 ("𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘭𝘦𝘵 𝘩𝘪𝘮 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘥𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘳𝘦𝘴 𝘱𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘸𝘢𝘳."). 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘢 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘩 𝘪𝘵 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘷𝘦𝘺𝘴 𝘢𝘭𝘴𝘰 𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘳 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬𝘴 𝘴𝘶𝘤𝘩 𝘢𝘴 𝘗𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘰'𝘴 𝘕𝘰𝘮𝘰𝘪 (𝘓𝘢𝘸𝘴) 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘊𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘚𝘩𝘪 𝘑𝘪. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘩𝘳𝘢𝘴𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘱𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘰𝘧𝘵𝘦𝘯 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘢 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘳 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘯𝘦𝘤𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥. "To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace." -- George Washington https://www.mountvernon.org/library/digitalhistory/quotes/article/to-be-prepared-for-war-is-one-of-the-most-effectual-means-of-preserving-peace/ FIRST ANNUAL ADDRESS, TO BOTH HOUSES OF CONGRESS | FRIDAY, JANUARY 08, 1790 [4] The US disarmed, declared itself neutral and was strongly noninterventionist leading up to both World War I and World War II. In both cases, the US was essentially dragged into the conflicts to save Western Civilization. Trying to step back from conflict did not protect the US particularly. Also, it is extremely dangerous if one's adversary is able to make an advance in some destructive technology first. This has happened in the case of the jet fighter and the ICBM, for example. In both cases, the US and the West were flirting with disaster. And this came very close to happening in the case of the atomic bomb. The Japanese were only a month or so away from dropping a nuclear device on San Francisco, when the Japanese surrendered. Even some of the refined nuclear material that found its way into the American atomic devices was stolen from a shipment that was being sent from Germany to Japan. The US stopped work on hypersonic missiles, only to find themselves playing catch-up to the Russians and the Chinese who had leapfrogged the US in this technology. If you stop work on some weapons technology, and even if a treaty to supposedly stop development of this technology is in place (as in the case of biological weapons), that does not mean that your adversaries will necessarily stop. And it is even worse if your enemies reach dominance in a particular type of destructive weaponry first. [5] Many draw parallels between Harari and Jordan Peterson. Both have written books for the public that sold quite well. Both command large fees for speaking to the public. Both are academics. However, upon closer inspection, it is apparent that Peterson and Harari are not that similar at all. In fact, Peterson and Harari are closer to complete opposites. Harari is the son of an arms manufacturer in Israel. Although Harari managed to dodge mandatory military service in Israel through exploiting a series of loopholes, Harari seems fascinated with the military and has written extensively about it. Peterson is the son of a school teacher. Peterson seems to be quite well-respected in his field of research. Harari's work, on the other hand, appears to approach plagiarism; Harari is at least very sloppy in his scholarship and attribution practices. Peterson is careful and exacting in his publications. Harari's publications are full of errors and he is not particularly respected by his peers.[6] Peterson's work is heavily cited by others in his profession and he has contributed substantially to the scholarly literature in his field. Harari is more of a popularizer, a polemicist and a gadfly. Also, if you look at who Peterson and Harari associate with, and their views on society and culture, they are like mirror images of each other. Peterson fears the encroachment of the 'woke mind virus', weaponized compassion and creeping totalitarianism. Peterson is a defender of Western civilization. Harari promotes woke views and gives the impression that he sides with those trying desperately to destroy Western civilization. Peterson has created the Association for Responsible Citizenship (ARC) in an attempt to oppose the efforts of the World Economic Forum (WEF). Harari on the other hand is in bed with the World Economic Forum and wants to support and encourage the efforts of the WEF. Peterson has gone to court to defend his right to free speech. Harari is disdainful of free speech (at least for the public, not for "elites" like himself and the WEF; they are just dictating to us, the ignorant masses who are beneath them, the so-called "deplorables"). Harari is distinguished by his tremendous vanity and icy arrogance. Peterson comes off as the exact opposite, as someone who wants to do well, but admits he often comes up short. And Peterson is quite emotional; he is famous for crying over various issues in public. [6] For details, consult, for example, the article: The Dangerous Populist Science of Yuval Noah Harari https://www.currentaffairs.org/2022/07/the-dangerous-populist-science-of-yuval-noah-harari/ This is an article by Darshana Narayanan, Current Affairs, July 6th, 2022, who writes, "The best-selling author is a gifted storyteller and popular speaker. But he sacrifices science for sensationalism, and his work is riddled with errors." [7] These two statements by Harari are incredible in the extreme, and are at the very least hypocritical. This is particularly true considering what Harari and his close associates propose, advocate and lobby for, encourage and demand. Harari and his colleagues at the World Economic Forum push for the abandonment of human rights, to make privacy illegal, for mass censorship and surveillance, for total control of the media,[8] for worldwide slavery and a global totalitarian authoritarian government with infinite power and authority over the world's population. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. They also are desperate for the world's population to shrink by 95% or more, immediately if not sooner, by "any means necessary". These elites and the WEF in particular, make every effort to circumvent and subvert all controls and laws over their activity, if not according to the precise letter, at least in spirit. In the face of this sort of recalcitrance, are the technical innovators really those at fault? Harari attempts to chastise the technical community for its supposed dangerous creations. This is an obscene fantasy. He blames STEM and its practitioners while the wealthy elites that Harari is apparently part of, represents and advises, are more than willing to seize any and all technical tools and apply them to destroying Western Civilization and enslaving most of the world's population. The comparison between these two groups is stark. Why cast aspersions on the technical community when the leadership and political class (of which Harari prides himself on being a member in good standing) are those who are pushing frantically to create a dystopian hellscape? [9] [8] It is increasingly clear that the media in the West has become less and less trustworthy over recent years. The idea that a free press still currently exists has become almost risible. Outside public scrutiny, through a free and independent media or from new internet venues, is critical for the functioning of a free society. I am reminded of a famous quote of Thomas Jefferson on this issue: "The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter." -- Thomas Jefferson, 1787 [9] Harari lectures everyone else about morality, but his own values are more than slightly suspect. Harari seems to place all the responsibility for bad behavior on STEM professionals who invent technology that others misuse. However, the technical people are almost never those who misuse technology or the tools they create. This abuse is almost exclusively the province the politicians and other decision makers, and influencers like the WEF, Harari's peers. It is like trying to blame the people who make axes for the actions of a serial axe-murderer. Axes are useful tools, but they can also be weapons. And blaming those responsible for the technology instead of those who use it to produce a disaster is the wrong approach. For example, Obama tried desperately to create a situation where Iran would acquire ICBMs and nuclear weapons. The Clintons created the environment where Russia could and did develop hypersonic weapons and sold Russia a large fraction of the American uranium ore stockpile. Klaus Schwab devoted a large part of his career to trying to spread nuclear weapons technology. The Biden administration has steadfastly pursued internet and media censorship on a variety of topics, such as the pandemic and vaccines and global climate change and election fraud and assorted wars they wanted to encourage (going so far as to fund both sides by various means). The Biden administration has continued this even when ordered by the courts to cease this activity. [10] Schwab's father was a famous German Nazi and owned weapons factories. His father's company even won awards for being the most outstanding Nazi corporation in Germany. Therefore, Schwab was raised in a Nazi household, in a similar way to his close friend and fellow World Economic Forum supporter George Soros.[11] Fascist ideas profoundly shaped both of these influential men. Schwab was an enthusiastic supporter of the Apartheid Regime in South Africa and even worked diligently (for substantial fees, of course), to help them acquire nuclear weapons to attack or at least threaten their black African neighbors. [11] Soros is quite proud of personally causing the deaths of many thousands of Jews. Soros says the period when he was ruining Jewish lives were the happiest days of his life. Remember, he was helping to slaughter his fellow Jews by cooperating and working with the German SS. Soros is a staunch WEF member and has many times expressed his loathing of Western civilization and his determination to eliminate it. I would suggest that Soros probably resents the fact that the Nazis lost World War II. Therefore, Soros seems to want to get revenge, in some way, by being as disruptive and destructive as he can. [12] In light of these problems and issues, Harari is the last person I would want to take advice from or trust with the future plans of civilization, let alone endow with any power. [13] Harari shares this view with Klaus Schwab's daughter Nicole Schwab, as she has confirmed in numerous public statements. [14] In all likelihood, none of the restrictions and policies the WEF proposes would apply to the WEF members, i.e., the "elites". They are "our betters" and we are just the "hoi polloi". So the WEF fly in to Davos, Switzerland every year en masse in substantial numbers of private jets that spew more pollution in just a trip or two than most people create in years or even their entire lives. But it is ok, you see, because these elites supposedly "care" about the planet and therefore the pollution they produce is "necessary". However, the pollution caused by everyone else is "gratuitous" and "unneeded" and should be terribly punished, according to these elites. These elites are "greener" than someone who just rides a bicycle because they have declared themselves to be "greener", and they "care more"; according to them, anyway. [15] There are some disturbing indications that some connected to the WEF had some forewarning of the pandemic. If you look at Schwab's emails and Bill Gates' emails, one certainly gets that impression. The same is true of Bill Gates' investments. Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel joked at the WEF that he told his staff a year before the pandemic broke out that they would have to ramp up vaccine production by more than a factor of 1000 because he was confident a pandemic would occur in a year. He related that his staff thought he was crazy, but he was uncannily completely accurate. Also there are suspicious reports about the CEO of Pfizer and his senior staff not getting vaccinated themselves (apparently the Pfizer CEO could not visit certain foreign countries because of his own personal lack of vaccination).[16] There also seems to be some desperation to hide all the records of this event. Pharmaceutical companies that are being sued in various jurisdictions are just producing totally redacted, blacked-out pages in discovery. Now the WEF is gleefully predicting another imminent pandemic from a "disease X" that will supposedly be 20 times more lethal than the covid19 (i.e., SARS-CoV-2) virus. What makes this all more disturbing is that Klaus Schwab and Bill Gates and others have made repeated statements about the supposedly desperate need to reduce the world's population by at least a factor of 20 or even 100 as soon as possible. And they have even suggested that the best way to do this is through a manufactured virus and/or deadly vaccinations. [16] This makes a statement Harari published in his 2017 best-selling book 'Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow' somewhat concerning: “𝘚𝘰 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘨𝘨𝘭𝘦 𝘢𝘨𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘵 𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘴𝘶𝘤𝘩 𝘢𝘴 𝘈𝘐𝘋𝘚 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘌𝘣𝘰𝘭𝘢, 𝘴𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘪𝘱𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘯 𝘩𝘶𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘺’𝘴 𝘧𝘢𝘷𝘰𝘳. … 𝘐𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘮𝘢𝘫𝘰𝘳 𝘦𝘱𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘮𝘪𝘤𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘶𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘳 𝘩𝘶𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘶𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘰𝘯𝘭𝘺 𝘪𝘧 𝘩𝘶𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘵𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧 𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮, 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘪𝘤𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘳𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘨𝘺.” [17] Jojo Mehta, speaking at the WEF in Davos, wants "ecocide" to be a serious crime that she can brutally punish. She wants to make farmers and fishermen "climate criminals". The Dutch government and the Sri Lankan government were following the plans and demands of the World Economic Forum when they effectively declared war on farming in their countries. Sri Lanka suffered an economic collapse and riots, and the Dutch government, after many farmer protests, was eventually voted out of power. Several other countries have governments that have at least partially acquiesced to these desires, leading to farmer protests. Even Stacey Abrams, the perennial failed gubernatorial candidate in Georgia (who has maintained for years that she really won at least 2 of the Georgia state elections for Governor), has opined, "why do we need farms? I get all my food from the grocery store like normal people." As comical as this statement is, there have been numerous rumblings in the US about plans to drastically alter agriculture in the US. The WEF has also proposed the forced inoculation of most of the world's population to make them allergic to the consumption of meat. The elites will not be required to take this injection, of course. [18] The problem with mass censorship is that the current ruling elites want to forbid all discussions of things they find uncomfortable, inconvenient or embarrassing. This would include things like an honest discussion of climate science and related policies, or evidence of voter fraud, or government corruption, or unbridled immigration policies, or details about the pandemic, and so on. The pandemic was an entire series of scandals and cover-ups and government lies for the benefit of some supermassive pharmaceutical companies and their investors. It would be a great topic for an international review to examine what we learned and how our responses failed us. However, many of those who do not want to be held accountable for assorted acts of fraud and mismanagement have been calling for a permanent amnesty on anything associated with this calamity. I am not sure that ignoring this massive event and allowing those who engaged in negligent or even criminal behavior to suffer no consequences, not even public shame or being the subject of a transparent inquiry, is a particularly good idea. This disaster was like a huge war in its impact. So why should those who caused it get a pass, exactly? [19] "You'll own nothing and you'll be happy" is a phrase that originated in a video from the 2016 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. This video was based on an essay authored by Danish politician Ida Auken, who is associated with the WEF. [20] At Davos this year, there were pointed comments about Elon Musk no longer being welcome in their ranks. And the WEF organizers also made sure to emphasize that Argentina's new president Javier Milei would not be invited back to Davos. Musk and Milei (as well as Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan Chase and Kevin Roberts of the Heritage Foundation) clearly have the "wrong attitudes" to fit in with the Davos crowd. They seem to be too interested in the well-being of the world's population as a whole, instead of being just greedy and selfish. The WEF has a very inviting and glossy website advertising their "good works". Although the WEF pays lip service to environmentalism and the flourishing of liberal democracy, that seems to be only a surface disguise. That is not what the WEF is really about; not even close.
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Why Psychedelics and Academia Don't Mix
ClintonNabess
 February 23 2024 at 04:53 am
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Many people describe the psychedelic experience as the most powerful and meaningful experience of their lives, it often affects them on a multi-dimensional level whether they are consciously aware of what is happening to them or not. They may experience massive expansions of consciousness, miraculous healings, psychological rebirths, spiritual awakenings, religious or mystical experiences, etc., and end up being perplexed as to what has happened to them and how. Even experienced users often struggle to understand the mysterious nature of Magic mushrooms and their own psychedelic experiences. And although scientific research and studies have produced an abundance of data on the benefits of Magic mushrooms and the psychedelic experience, many of their discoveries have led to more questions than answers. The fact that Magic mushrooms can repair broken neurons and rewire the brain may give some physiological insight into how they can improve mental health, but this is only scratching the surface, it cannot explain miraculous healings, psychological rebirths or mystical experiences. It is important to realize that Western society is just now in the process of “discovering” Magic mushrooms, and the folly of most academics stems from their inability (due to ignorance) and/or refusal (due to fear) to acknowledge the Sacred. As valuable and interesting as the scientific data may be, science is just one branch of knowledge, the problem for so many in the West is that their minds are exclusively limited to the scientific perspective. What is really needed in the field of psychedelic research is not necessarily specific knowledge about psychedelic substances or their effects, but an expansion of awareness that acknowledges the realm of the Sacred. However, most academics are a long way from having a spiritual awakening, most of them have not even individuated or achieved any significant level of psychological development. The vast majority of academics in Western society are predominantly unconscious, they are not unique individuals capable of free and independent thought, but rather programmed automatons that are bound to the lies, delusions, limits, impositions, conventions, indoctrination and hive mind of the collective unconscious. This unconscious collective operates in and controls the realm of the mainstream, which is why everything mainstream is basically a farce, whether it’s media, politics or the various fields of academia, most notably science, medicine, history and archeology. The only truly exceptional academics are individuals, and they are rarely acknowledged or admired by the mainstream, they are usually slandered and ostracized by their peers and institutions because of their ability and willingness to think and act beyond the confines of the collective unconscious. They are rarely swayed by public opinion or the demand for conformity and they often hold Truth and integrity in higher esteem than money, honors and acceptance. Consequently, the best and brightest academics are forced to fight to defend their positions, they face tremendous amounts of resistance and hostility, and their works are often overlooked, underrated and forgotten. The mainstream has its own versions of what they consider to be the “best and brightest”, which are those who excel slightly beyond the rest but remain within the confines of the collective unconscious (the exceptionally mediocre). The reason their able to dominate institutions and entire fields of knowledge is due to their superfluous presence and like mindedness, the fact that they share a collective “identity” means that they also share the same vanity, pride, arrogance, etc., and so naturally work in unison to perpetuate the same lies and push the same agendas; they conspire unconsciously. They make a mockery of every field of knowledge and have weaponized institutions in order to control information and manipulate people’s perceptions of reality. Western education is not simply outdated, obsolete and meretricious, it is dangerous. The education system is one of the main driving forces of totalitarianism, the fact that you can remain largely unconscious even after receiving extensive levels of education is appalling to say the least. Trying to learn about Magic mushrooms and the psychedelic experience from academics is like the blind leading the blind, they do not have the knowledge, experience or ability to guide or teach anyone in this domain. They choose to mock, ridicule, dismiss, shun and ignore everything that frightens them, makes them uncomfortable or contradicts their programming, including the Sacred. And trying to study Magic mushrooms without acknowledging the Sacred is absurd and ridiculous. One of the first steps that people should take if they want to learn about Magic mushrooms and the psychedelic experience is to distance themselves from the corrupting influence of society and mainstream education. Most Westerners are deluded by arrogance and pride; they believe their academics and institutions to be infallible and view them as the foremost authorities on everything. The Truth is that these indoctrinated bigots and corrupt institutions have misled people by convincing them that psychedelic substances are drugs, and even worse that they are dangerous.
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Pay for my thoughts
Rick Petteruti
 February 11 2024 at 03:57 am
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If you are on LinkedIn and see my comments, I often state that if you want my opinion it will cost you, for example: “$1200 plus 8.25% Texas Sales Tax”. (the price changes based on subject) The question I expect to be asked is why I do this? There are several reasons. I will itemize but not necessarily imply any priority or level of importance in the sequence of what I write. There is no implied or explicit hierarchy of any kind. The first reason for my statements is that I value my opinions. As I have stated many times in many articles, I get paid for my opinions. The same mental processes behind my problem solving thinking are the same processes that form my opinions. I get paid for my opinions at work. My other thoughts should also be in line for compensation. I have ideas that I do not give away at work. These are mine and mine only. Have you seen the many news items where an engineer from a company leaves to form a startup so that they can have full control over the idea and obtain the fullest financial reward of said work? I am very much into Cognitive Intelligence and that work belongs to me and no one else. I also spend considerable time on other subjects as well including physics, psychology (perception), and philosophy to just name a few. I am not one to ‘cast pearl before swine’ since, again, I value my opinions. I only discuss important things with those I value and whom I know value me. For that, I am very grateful. Most people will not get the full “Rick” so to speak. Well, technically nobody does. This is a matter of philosophy. The second reason is my ego is not so great that I am the center of mass for ‘truth’. I am just a soul on a long journey called life. I get things wrong sometimes. I get more things correct but that doesn’t teach me as much as getting something wrong. I am also sure that many of you have experienced the fallout of being wrong. You surely heard from many. You know, like the “TPS Report Cover Sheet” scene in the movie “Office Space”. The ego is the one thing that really can ruin your day if you are not careful. There are instances where ego gets people ended. We impart a special responsibility to those who interpret law, for example, and expect a degree of fairness and impartiality. When those fail in this respect, many innocent people suffer the consequences. This is something I find intolerable. I will not allow my ego to get the better of me. Oh, and btw, I have a series of mental exercises I called “Right-Brain Exercises” that I use to ensure my perceptions are accurate. They will be included in a book I am writing. Just a reminder as in the paragraph above; if you want my thoughts, you have to pay for them. No freebies. The third reason I ask that you to pay is due to ‘cancel culture’. I’m sure that many of you are well acquainted with this topic. I am sure that someone, somewhere will be offended. Most of the time, there are people that will misinterpret my words or miss the point altogether. There are people out there that completely lose it when you say “hello”. I have experience in this department. It was one hell of a lesson I assure you. Wearing sunglasses helps. Again, my “Right-Brain Exercises” will teach you how to identify and avoid such people. Some people will interpret my reasons as ‘self censoring’. There is some truth to that. But I have also learned to pick my battles carefully especially my enemies. I have a few but I endeavor to keep that number low to non-existent. It’s really simple, if for whatever reason, I lose my income source because of what I wrote, I will need some time to rebuild that income loss. It’s simple folks: the world runs on money. The forth reason is that I do not want my work to end up being used by pathological people. Einstein had lamented that if he knew his work could usher in weapons so great that threatened the existence of humanity, he wouldn’t have contributed. That’s my interpretation. Then, there are those like Suskind who said that his job is to do the work and let the politicians figure out its use. I do not trust politicians of any kind. These people are not the best that humanity can offer. I have studied far too much history to know that those in power only screw things up and royally for that matter. Again, a matter of interpretation. I have tons of ideas, but I would prefer to take these to my grave than have them hurt anyone or by use, make themselves powerful and hurt others. I suppose you can interpret that as ‘do you deserve my thoughts and\or my work?” I know it sounds egotistical, but that’s not my motivation. If it were, I would have simply put them out there and let the chips fall where they may. If I decide to sell my ideas, you can pay for them. But that is 100% up to me and no one else. I create the product, I decide the price and decide if want to sell it. My thoughts belong to me. You can get your own.
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Paradigm Of Crime
Numapepi
 February 07 2024 at 03:34 pm
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Public Crimes Posted on February 7, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It seems to me, the problem with being above the law, as the progressive, Marxist and socialist factions are, is that their criminal behavior will grow and grow until they end up doing something so undeniable and evil, the paradigm breaks down and someone goes to jail. From the murders of Seth Rich and Jeffery Epstein to the wiping of hard drives, Biden bribery and covering up the Awan brothers, the politically favored have surpassed themselves in crime. Exploiting law as a political weapon however is too public and obvious. Then there’s the election fraud that was covered up by the Jan 6 false flag event. Another public and obvious crime. Coupled with the pipe bomber, who increasingly looks like a federal agent on official business, makes the crimes impossible to cover up. They’re in CYA mode now. Fani Willis thought she was above the law. Hiring her boytoy, billing the state twenty four hours a day seven days a week… to the tune of millions, and signing off on the payments herself, she epitomized corruption, and that’s before she abused her authority to effect election interference. Prosecutors are above the law in all but name. They’re the right hand of the State that never slaps itself. You and I will never know the multitude of crimes prosecutors in the past have got away with… because they’ve been covered up and left unpunished. I would wager good money that better than seventy percent of prosecutors are literal psychopaths in the DSM. Fani’s crimes would have been unpunished and covered up… had they not been so public and obvious. She’s backed the deep state into a corner. The Biden syndicate thought it was above the law, and their deep state masters are doing everything in their power to insure it stays above the law, but Biden’s ineptitude, dementia and kids, keep exposing the crimes to the public. Then the bureaucracy goes to extreme lengths to cover them up. Like raiding James O’Keeffe’s home in the early morning (over the Ashley Biden diary that O’Keeffe had already given the FBI) and the FBI gave all the seized lawyer client data to the NYT, to help with their lawsuit against O’Keeffe’s Project Veritas… very corrupt. Meanwhile, the republican leaders in both the House and Senate have been grandstanding, instead of working, and have run out the clock on impeachment. Which I’m sure their handlers in the deep state intended from the get go. Nancy Pelosi is above the law… but for how long? As her complicity in the events of Jan 6th become more and more exposed to the public, and those crimes tie in with innocent Americans being sent to prison, like Chewbacka guy, I have to wonder how much longer the deep state will cover for her. The DOJ has gone full retard in punishing her political enemies. Even attacking a former President in an clumsy attempt at election interference. A crime if anyone else does it. Hillary Clinton got away with astounding crimes against this nation and it’s people because of Trump’s magnanimity. Not because of any charity of the masses. People cooling their heels in a jail cell for a minor crime, I’m sure, had no mercy for her and her munificent crimes against national security and the rule of law. Law breakers, when not caught, always up their game. It’s human nature. Petty criminals evolve into hardened criminals. That’s the trajectory of all criminals, small time and big time… Tony Soprano to Joe Biden. Add to this natural evolution, a total lack of consequences, and the progression is sped up by orders of magnitude. That’s why we’re seeing people, groups and entities that were always above the law in the past, getting themselves in the cross hairs of a law enforcement that’s on their side. The crimes are becoming too public, too obvious and thus fail the plausible deniability test. I predict, they can’t help themselves, whether because they’re stupid or malevolent, they’ll keep committing ever more public and undeniable crimes, until someone loses an eye… or goes to jail. Because it’s human nature. Sincerely, John Pepin
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Answering the Atheist: Why does God Allow...
Sadhika Pant
 February 09 2024 at 10:56 am
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Among the plethora of arguments that atheists might give to contest the existence of God, a particularly understandable one is: If God indeed exists, why does he permit the existence of suffering? Does God permit suffering due to a lack of omnipotence, or is it a deliberate choice, suggesting a level of mercy inconsistent with believers' perceptions? This argument delves into the longstanding question known as the problem of evil. It grapples with the apparent contradiction between the existence of a benevolent, all-powerful deity and the presence of suffering and evil in the world. Some argue that God's omnipotence and benevolence can coexist with suffering if there is a greater purpose or plan that transcends human understanding. This perspective posits that God allows suffering as a means to achieve a higher good or to teach moral lessons. While I do not disagree with this viewpoint, let’s come to it later. A more compelling argument for me is the priority God puts on free will rather than on ‘happiness’ by default. Assuming that we live in a world where free will is not only possible, but also desirable, the option for individuals to engage in cruel, unfair, or inherently evil actions must remain on the table. It is only in this scenario that true morality can emerge — when individuals possess both the opportunity and capacity for malevolence yet consciously choose not to act on such inclinations. It follows then, that evil and suffering must exist —firstly, to allow the choice of abstaining from such actions and, secondly, as a consequence of those who do enact them. It is here that my atheist comrade would say: “Fair enough. But what about those who endure suffering not as a direct result of their own actions? What about the little children who die of cancer? What evil did they do?” From a theological perspective, various explanations may be offered, such as the concept of a greater divine plan that is beyond human comprehension. On the surface of it, such a response may seem overly optimistic, evasive, or even facile in the face of tragedy, I think that is often because it is often not understood well enough. One might say: “A divine plan beyond human comprehension seems like a convenient explanation whenever one lacks an answer or when faced with intense evil or tragedy, casting doubt on the mercy of God.” The answer’s in the question, here. An encounter with malevolence or tragedy is enough to make some believers question their faith, yet it can also be a humbling experience that leads even the most sceptical individuals to contemplate the divine. That is not to say that little children do not die of cancer every day, or that a faith sufficiently strong can shield oneself from witnessing such tragedy. The path of faith is portrayed as a choice, perhaps the ultimate one, as asserted by many religions. To enable individuals to make this choice, God cannot constantly manifest in an unequivocal manner. It is the enigma presented through tragedy and the elusive nature of God that transforms faith into a conscious choice rather than rendering it redundant. So, God could have created every human as an inherently moral being, eradicating suffering from the world. Additionally, he could have manifested in a visible, tangible, and unambiguous form, making faith in God the only logical and evident path. However, a world free of deprivation and longing would also be devoid of free will, morality, and the concept of redemption. It could be a place with endless cake for everyone, but we'd be oblivious to its sweetness, for we would not have known hunger. “I believe in it, I answer for it, for the whole work of man really seems to consist in nothing but proving to himself every minute that he is a man and not a piano-key! It may be at the cost of his skin, it may be by cannibalism! And this being so, can one help being tempted to rejoice that it has not yet come off, and that desire still depends on something we don’t know?” - Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground.
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UNSTOPPABLE - MEANINGSTREAM 490 | STREAM
Akira The Don
 February 01 2024 at 10:03 am
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What happens when an unstoppable force meets ANYTHING AT ALL? FIND OUT ON THIS HISTORICAL STREAM OF GLORY AND WONDER! TRACKLISTING Akira The Don - DEFAULT AGGRESSIVE (Instrumental) Akira The Don & Jocko Willink - DEFAULT AGGRESSIVE Akira The Don ft. Berton Braley - The Will to Win Akira The Don - GOOD ft. Jocko Willink Akira The Don & Gary Vaynerchuk - 94 Nicks Akira The Don - Liverpool (Version 1 Demo) (Instrumental) Akira The Don & Scott Adams - Low Self Esteem Is Like A Virus Akira The Don - Oh (What A Glorious Thing) (Instrumental) Akira The Don - Oh! What A Glorious Thing Akira The Don & Jordan Peterson - Make It Beautiful (Aesthetic Version) Akira The Don & Douglas Murray - The Mob Akira The Don - The Mob (Instrumental) Akira The Don - WAGMI Akira The Don - I Should Kill Myself (Instrumental) Akira The Don - JUST KEEP MOVING (UNCLE IROH) Akira The Don - JUST KEEP MOVING (UNCLE IROH) (Instrumental) Akira The Don & Naval Ravikant - Escape Competition Through Authenticity Akira The Don & Stan Lee - The Sort Of Story That I Myself Would Enjoy Reading Akira The Don & Terence McKenna - The Truth Requires No Belief Akira The Don & David Goggins - Who You Are Akira The Don & Earl Nightingale - We Become What We Think About (Rough) Akira The Don - Do You (Instrumental) Akira The Don & Joe Rogan ft. Jocko Willink - Discipline Gets Things Done Akira The Don & David Goggins - On The Other Side Is Greatness Akira The Don - INVICTUS You can also listen to our streams as audio on your podcast feed of choice. STREAM HERE
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Identifying the Players: Technocrats (Part One)
UserduRFN4u5o4
 February 01 2024 at 10:55 pm
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Phase Two. Document Five. March, 2024 Identifying the Players: Technocrats (Part One) ‘Elon Musk offers [AI] brain chips . . . Nick Bostrom calls for a totalitarian one world government. Eleizer Yudkowsky wants ‘airstrikes’ on rogue data centers. Sam Altman wants ‘exclusion zones’ for Luddites. Ben Goertzel assures us [that ‘legacy humans’ will] be preserved like squirrels in the park.’ Dark Aeon Certainly by 1915, nation-states could conscript you to go ‘over the top’ and likely die. That control, however, was ideological; and there were huge chunks of the world beyond the reach of ‘the system’ as it existed at that time. By the 1950’s, however, citizens in western nations were steadily being woven into a web of documentation – but huge chunks of the third world remained beyond the pale. Today’s Post is cheery and reminiscent because it turns out that understanding the advent of technologies – and we are specifically interested in the last half century – is a much much bigger project than you might think. I’ve spoken to everyone over 60 that I know. Please put some datum of your own in the Comments. So, personal insights: I rented my first flat (apartment) in Australia in 1980. One’s ‘Documents of Life’ – birth certificate, school results, gas and telephone bills – were all paper. Vaccinations in the Regular Army were mandatory. (Airborne Infantry, me.) When I went to Asia in 1983, all documents were still paper. In India at that time, I recall, when you booked an international phone call at the ‘call center,’ you were advised to bring food and bedding for the wait until you were called, which might be a day or more. And technology at this point – the early ‘80’s -- was still largely stuff: cars and video players and Walkmans and bicycles with ten gears. ‘Lag’ is a thing of particular note. For example, the contraceptive pill was authorized in the U.S. in 1960; but it was not in use in my cultural milieu – it was a bombshell life-event for my girlfriend and her female friends – until the mid-late 1970’s. Geography is part of the lag. We assume that electronic surveillance technologies, for example, spread in some pattern from ‘first world’ to ‘third world,’ from banks and airports first, to bus terminals and shopping malls.
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Is Science Reliable?
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 February 01 2024 at 04:11 am
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The intrigue of placebo-controlled studies in science is undeniable, especially considering we're still unraveling the mysteries of the placebo effect. This underscores a key insight: science, despite its value, doesn't always paint the complete picture in our quest for health and wellness. At Red Pill Health & Wellness, your unique health journey is our priority. As your Board Certified Health Coach (NBC-HWC), I'm dedicated to a method tailored specifically to you. This approach goes beyond standard practices, integrating scientific knowledge with your personal life experiences and goals. It's a partnership where your individual needs guide us. Together, we explore various aspects of wellness, balancing well-researched strategies with a deep understanding of your unique situation. This way, your path to wellness is not just well-informed but also perfectly aligned with who you are and where you want to go. How do you balance scientific information with personal experience in your health decisions? Remember, a journey to wellness is deeply personal, and it should be tailored just for you. Interested in a health plan that puts your experience at the forefront, informed by science but guided by your individual needs? Click the link in my profile. Let’s craft your unique path to wellness together. _________________________________________________________________ 🧠 "Collaborative Critical Thinking" Unleashed: As a Board-Certified Health Coach, I guide you through personalized strategies for optimal health and awareness. Explore more at www.redpillhealthandwellness.com. ⏳ Check out "Creating Time Wealth" Early Bird Presale: https://www.redpillhealthandwellness.com/creating-time-wealth-landing-page 👓 Get the stylish BonCharge Glasses I wear—15% off with code 'healthy-and-awake'. https://bit.ly/3ZtPFPv 🛒 🌐 Your one-stop hub for all things Healthy & Awake: www.mikevera.com 🍏 Elevate your health with my coaching and online programs: www.redpillhealthandwellness.com 📚 Books for critical thinkers—Healthy & Awake Book List: https://bit.ly/3PNN7Js 💌 Get weekly health insights and podcast updates: https://www.redpillhealthandwellness.com/newsletter 📢 Heads up: The links in the episode's show notes are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links is a great way to support the show—at no extra cost to you! Twitter: https://twitter.com/red_pill_health Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/healthyandawakepodcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/healthyandawakepodcast/ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@healthyandawakepodcast Rumble: https://rumble.com/c/c-3481244 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelfvera/ TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@red_pill_health New Healthy & Awake Telegram Community: https://t.me/healthyandawake
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Government Assisted Suicide Programs
Octaveoctave
 February 13 2024 at 10:26 pm
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These government assisted suicide programs have existed in Belgium and some other European jurisdictions for some time. But the last few years have seen the introduction of the MAID (Medical Assistance In Dying) program in Canada and the VAD (Voluntary Assistance in Dying) program in Australia. I am not as aware of what is going on with these programs in Belgium and Australia. However, being of Canadian origin, I am following the evolution of MAID in Canada. And at least to me, it looks like it is going off the rails. It is being pushed aggressively by the Canadian Federal Government, and it is constantly expanding. Will there be any limits to this program? When will common sense and ethics and basic decency and morals and good judgement prevail? It was initially sold as a painless easy convenient way for the terminally ill to pass away peacefully. But that was just the start. More than 60% of the people who apply for MAID are approved for termination, with very little oversight or vetting or restrictions. At this point, tens of thousands of Canadians have been eliminated through the MAID program. Because Canada has a smaller population than the US, the number who have been exterminated in Canada is equivalent to about half a million people being killed in the US. The MAID program is now advertised constantly in the Canadian media (and almost all the media are completely controlled by the government in Canada, now). It is being implemented and recommended for injured veterans, so that the government does not have to support them any longer. It is being pushed for the homeless and the addicted and the unemployed. There is a massive effort now to extend the MAID program to children and the depressed and anyone mentally ill. How long before those who are demented or just elderly will be pushed into committing suicide? What about someone with a contrary political opinion, like Jordan Peterson? That is what used to happen in the USSR. If someone had a different political opinion, they were deemed mentally ill in the USSR. And then they were locked up in asylums, in horrible conditions. The Canadian government and some provincial governments are now encouraging addiction by essentially legalizing methamphetamines and fentanyl and other toxic addictive substances in many jurisdictions, and in some cases, providing them. Of course, the overdose rates have sky-rocketed upwards, as well as killings associated with drug dealing. [1] So the government has no problem getting the citizens addicted, even children without their parent's approval or permission, and then to cope with the situation, the government also has no problem effectively executing the people whose lives they have destroyed. This is sort of startling considering that there is and has been a widespread discomfort with capital punishment in Canada, for many years. What on earth is going on? No one seems to be asking many questions since the Canadian Federal Government seems to be evolving into an effective totalitarian dictatorship of sorts. Can anyone question it? Can anyone question anything ? You see what happened to Jordan Peterson when he questioned these woke Canadian policies. Prime Minister Trudeau has spoken admiringly about the Cuban Government and the Chinese Communist Party and has said repeatedly he wants to impose that style of government in Canada by force. Canadian doctors have objected for the last 2 years to Canadian Federal Government plans to start executing the mentally ill. So, in response, the Canadian Federal government is going to implement a 3 year retraining period to force Canadian doctors to start killing the mentally ill. This is somewhat analogous to the retraining program that is being forced on Jordan Peterson. This is particularly problematic because there are no standards for who can recover from mental illness. Many people can recover, given time. But will they just be killed to speed up the process and for "efficiency"? Over 40% of Canadians are chronic users of anti-depressants. Will they all be deemed mentally ill so they can be slaughtered wholesale? What about the trans community, which has a very high suicide rate and depression rate? The Canadian government is aggressively pushing trans surgeries on the population, particularly young people. But if the surgeries go wrong, or the patients are not satisfied with the outcomes of the trans treatments, will they just be put to death? Perhaps even requesting transitioning would be enough to get you classified as mentally ill, so they would not even go ahead with the medications and surgeries, but just put those requesting a transition to death right away. It is much more cost effective and more efficient that way, right? There are rumors that the government wants to use MAID to exterminate the indigenous peoples of Canada. It would be convenient, from some points of view. They just cause a lot of problems, after all. And it can't be classified as racist because the Federal government is doing it, and they are super woke and compassionate and tolerant, you see? Looking North across the border, it is difficult for me to understand what is going on, exactly. It looks pretty out of control, to me. [2] Notes [1] This reminds me of a quote by George Soros, a few years ago. Soros expressed displeasure at the peacefulness of Canada. He said he wanted to spend some money to encourage a higher murder rate in Canada. Is some of this due to Soros? I know Trudeau pretty much does anything the World Economic Forum in Davos wants, and Soros has a lot of influence with the WEF and their leader Klaus Schwab. Soros and Schwab are both unrepentant Nazis, and Trudeau has had more than a few scandals with Nazis during his time in power. [2] An interesting discussion can be found at: Canada’s doctors REVOLT against Justin Trudeau’s MAID program, what’s next? | Redacted News https://unitedrepublicnews.com/todaysnews/canadas-doctors-revolt-against-justin-trudeaus-maid-program-whats-next-redacted-news/
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The Government Would Never Do That!
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 February 07 2024 at 04:00 am
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In reflecting on history, it's clear that governments have been responsible for significant misdeeds. Despite this, there's a tendency to act as if such events are relics of the past, ignoring the possibility that similar issues could be unfolding today, often unnoticed until it's 'too late' to address them effectively. This brings to light the crucial role of skepticism in our interaction with government and authority. While adopting a questioning stance towards authority isn't universally popular, it's undeniable that the world benefits from skepticism. It seems we're in no short supply of blind followers, yet what we truly need is a greater abundance of critical thinkers. History has shown that governments can and do lie, and they have various incentives to continue doing so. A piece of advice that resonates with this reality is straightforward yet profound: don't trust known liars. This advice extends beyond skepticism; it's a fundamental principle for making informed, healthy decisions. By questioning and verifying the information we're given, especially from sources with a history of deceit, we protect ourselves and contribute to a more informed, vigilant society. I'm curious to hear your thoughts. How do you balance the need for skepticism with the need to engage positively in society? And how do you navigate information and narratives from authority figures in your quest for truth?Healthy & Awake Podcast: Apple: https://bit.ly/44pEBV6 Spotify: https://bit.ly/47KVbBM Rumble: https://bit.ly/3HPzG6V YouTube: https://bit.ly/3SKeZjn 🧠 "Collaborative Critical Thinking" Unleashed: As a Board-Certified Health Coach, I guide you through personalized strategies for optimal health and awareness. Explore more at https://www.redpillhealthandwellness.com
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The Year Of Chaos
Numapepi
 February 14 2024 at 03:51 pm
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The Year Of Chaos Posted on February 14, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It seems to me, I predicted 2020 would be the year of election fraud, and was I spot on. I predict this year will be the year of chaos and terror culminating in magnificent election fraud. New reports are saying there was 28% fraud in 2020. Better than 1 in 4 votes, mailed in, were fraud self admitted in polls. So, as it turns out, the US need not have experienced the invasion of illegals, the coming waves of terror attacks in the homeland, the debacle in Afghanistan, the Ukraine Russian war, the Hamas Israeli war, record inflation, and the Yemen conflict. These disasters and more, are directly traceable to the 2020 election fraud, that put his Fraudulency II in office. Moreover, that they got away with the fraud in 2020 and 2022, means the corruptocrats will redouble their efforts in 2024. The election fraud has become so obvious, a blind and deaf mouse, without the ability to smell or touch, could find that piece of cheese. That the mockingbird media claims there “wasn’t enough” is laughable. Biden “won” by razor thin margins in every swing state, and that with a total disregard of election laws. So, the “fraud wasn’t enough to swing the election…” is a pure lie. Any fraud was enough. The exact opposite of the truth. Which is what we have come to expect from the media that told us covid came from a pangolin, and if you questioned that narrative… your a racist. A media that’s so full of lies, even their most ardent fans are getting sick of the rotten sugar. One thing all liars have in common, they insist we believe them, because they’re the most honest people ever! Pinky swear! When someone gets away with a crime, they don’t sit back and live off the dividends, no… they do it again. For the rush of pulling one over as much as the profit. And boy is there profit in election fraud! Look at the billions the deep state progressive faction has dropped into a black hole. The faction of zero ethics, anti American and mindlessly stupid, has no problem engaging in election fraud, then jailing anyone who protests it. Proven by the January 6th false flag. Where the pipe bomber(s) and the only one on camera calling to go into the white house, skated on jail, but grandmothers who were waved into the capital by the capital police, went to prison. The only people killed were protesters, one shot, the other beat to death. Only truly evil scum would be so bereft of humanity as to do such things. People utterly lacking any semblance of ethics rule us, and will continue to rule us, no matter how we vote… as long as they’re allowed to get away with election fraud. New reports claim Bill Barr knew about election fraud, going on in realtime in 2020… and covered it up! Bill Barr was in on the fraud. As was the entire bureaucracy. The same bureaucracy that refuses to charge Biden with high crimes against the US government, while charging Trump with having a Presidential Library. Why is the world melting down under this illegitimate regime? Because they have no morals, brains or wisdom… their only attribute is their psychopathy. Because only real psychopaths would flood a nation with terrorists, who will certainly act up this year, to effect the election. 2024 will be the year of chaos. Wars will break out, most funded on both sides by the US… as the Hamas Israeli war is. If it breaks out, the CCP Taiwan war too. China gets US foreign aid. What good is there in having a trillion dollar military if there’s no one to fight? Since no one else has the money to build up an army worth fighting, its up to us to do it. Now our kids are refusing to go fight, for cheaper bananas, the elite have decided to bring the war here. That’ll do it. The Houston church shooting last weekend was a down payment on what we have coming. He/she was an illegal with “Palestine” on it’s gun. The government wants you to know, they’re very worried about this, it might give you a bad impression of illegals. Remember, vote in November, else the deep state will do it for you. Sincerely, John Pepin
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Changing Our Beliefs
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 January 30 2024 at 04:16 am
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Changing our minds is tough, especially when we're bombarded with endless streams of information online. It's interesting how we often stop questioning the beliefs that have comfortably nestled in our minds. Yet, it's in the face of new, challenging information that true growth happens. This isn't just theory; I've experienced it myself, reshaping my views through interactions with our Healthy & Awake Community. It's about being open, even when it's uncomfortable, and learning to weigh our words, realizing their impact can be far-reaching online. At Red Pill Health & Wellness, we encourage this introspection and reevaluation of beliefs. It's not about discarding your entire belief system but about refining it, making it resilient and adaptable in the face of new facts. How do you navigate the ever-changing landscape of information and beliefs? In what ways has your interaction with diverse viewpoints challenged or reinforced your understanding of the world? _________________________________________________________________ 🧠 "Collaborative Critical Thinking" Unleashed: As a Board-Certified Health Coach, I guide you through personalized strategies for optimal health and awareness. Explore more at www.redpillhealthandwellness.com. ⏳ Check out "Creating Time Wealth" Early Bird Presale: https://www.redpillhealthandwellness.com/creating-time-wealth-landing-page 👓 Get the stylish BonCharge Glasses I wear—15% off with code 'healthy-and-awake'. https://bit.ly/3ZtPFPv 🛒 🌐 Your one-stop hub for all things Healthy & Awake: www.mikevera.com 🍏 Elevate your health with my coaching and online programs: www.redpillhealthandwellness.com 📚 Books for critical thinkers—Healthy & Awake Book List: https://bit.ly/3PNN7Js 💌 Get weekly health insights and podcast updates: https://www.redpillhealthandwellness.com/newsletter 📢 Heads up: The links in the episode's show notes are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links is a great way to support the show—at no extra cost to you! Twitter: https://twitter.com/red_pill_health Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/healthyandawakepodcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/healthyandawakepodcast/ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@healthyandawakepodcast Rumble: https://rumble.com/c/c-3481244 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelfvera/ TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@red_pill_health New Healthy & Awake Telegram Community: https://t.me/healthyandawake
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Comparing Canada and Australia
Octaveoctave
 February 16 2024 at 11:29 pm
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Both countries are similar in many ways. Both are anglophone countries, mainly. Both were British colonies. Neither had a revolution like the US. Both have large aboriginal populations. Both have low population densities. And so on and so forth. However, there are some differences. Not a single Australian state has a conservative or even a centrist government (according to my Australian sources). At least Alberta in Canada at the moment has a conservative government (are there any other provinces with one?). Australia and Canada have very different immigration policies as well. Australia retains a tight grip on immigration, and it has even further tightened its immigration policies recently. Australia now focuses even more on "merit" and "qualifications" to gain the right to immigrate. Canada, per capita, has more immigration at the moment than any other country on earth. And there are few if any restrictions on qualifications to immigrate to Canada currently, which strikes me personally as a singularly dumb idea. I do not really understand what Canada is doing under this current lunatic in office. Australia, perhaps because of its isolation and the threat from China, has a far more robust military than Canada does. Australia pays far more attention to R & D, while Canada mainly exports its technical talent to the US, and rides on American coat-tails. During the pandemic, both countries went through terrible gyrations that in retrospect look terrible. Australia opened covid19 concentration camps. There are also shocking videos online of Australian police beating the hell out of lockdown and mandate protestors with nightsticks. Canada disgraced itself in front of the entire planet by seizing bank accounts of those who donated to the trucker rally (even seizing American bank accounts...what on earth?). Canada was also planning to seize children from the protestors (Peterson thought this was a bad idea, and for saying so, he has been charged with some offense). Perhaps Canada was not quite as brutal during the pandemic as Australia was, but Canada's actions were more heavily publicized (particularly since they enforced them on American citizens; a really, really bad idea in hindsight). This hurt Canada's reputation terribly, internationally. I think most Canadians do not even realize how bad they look to the rest of the world because of this. Canada has squandered its moral standing, and even might look worse than the US in this instance, if such a thing is even possible. Canada also has almost exclusively left wing media, controlled by the Canadian Federal Government. Australia at least has Sky News, which is reasonably conservative, even on a par with OAN and Newsmax in the US. So in spite of the similarities between the two countries, there are some substantial differences as well.
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Government Assisted Suicide Programs
amusedtodeath
 February 14 2024 at 03:37 pm
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These government assisted suicide programs have existed in Belgium and some other European jurisdictions for some time. But the last few years have seen the introduction of the MAID (Medical Assistance In Dying) program in Canada and the VAD (Voluntary Assistance in Dying) program in Australia. I am not as aware of what is going on with these programs in Belgium and Australia. However, being of Canadian origin, I am following the evolution of MAID in Canada. And at least to me, it looks like it is going off the rails. It is being pushed aggressively by the Canadian Federal Government, and it is constantly expanding. Will there be any limits to this program? When will common sense and ethics and basic decency and morals and good judgement prevail? It was initially sold as a painless easy convenient way for the terminally ill to pass away peacefully. But that was just the start. More than 60% of the people who apply for MAID are approved for termination, with very little oversight or vetting or restrictions. At this point, tens of thousands of Canadians have been eliminated through the MAID program. Because Canada has a smaller population than the US, the number who have been exterminated in Canada is equivalent to about half a million people being killed in the US. The MAID program is now advertised constantly in the Canadian media (and almost all the media are completely controlled by the government in Canada, now). It is being implemented and recommended for injured veterans, so that the government does not have to support them any longer. It is being pushed for the homeless and the addicted and the unemployed. There is a massive effort now to extend the MAID program to children and the depressed and anyone mentally ill. How long before those who are demented or just elderly will be pushed into committing suicide? What about someone with a contrary political opinion, like Jordan Peterson? That is what used to happen in the USSR. If someone had a different political opinion, they were deemed mentally ill in the USSR. And then they were locked up in asylums, in horrible conditions. The Canadian government and some provincial governments are now encouraging addiction by essentially legalizing methamphetamines and fentanyl and other toxic addictive substances in many jurisdictions, and in some cases, providing them. Of course, the overdose rates have sky-rocketed upwards, as well as killings associated with drug dealing. [1] So the government has no problem getting the citizens addicted, even children without their parent's approval or permission, and then to cope with the situation, the government also has no problem effectively executing the people whose lives they have destroyed. This is sort of startling considering that there is and has been a widespread discomfort with capital punishment in Canada, for many years. What on earth is going on? No one seems to be asking many questions since the Canadian Federal Government seems to be evolving into an effective totalitarian dictatorship of sorts. Can anyone question it? Can anyone question anything ? You see what happened to Jordan Peterson when he questioned these woke Canadian policies. Prime Minister Trudeau has spoken admiringly about the Cuban Government and the Chinese Communist Party and has said repeatedly he wants to impose that style of government in Canada by force. Canadian doctors have objected for the last 2 years to Canadian Federal Government plans to start executing the mentally ill. So, in response, the Canadian Federal government is going to implement a 3 year retraining period to force Canadian doctors to start killing the mentally ill. This is somewhat analogous to the retraining program that is being forced on Jordan Peterson. This is particularly problematic because there are no standards for who can recover from mental illness. Many people can recover, given time. But will they just be killed to speed up the process and for "efficiency"? Over 40% of Canadians are chronic users of anti-depressants. Will they all be deemed mentally ill so they can be slaughtered wholesale? What about the trans community, which has a very high suicide rate and depression rate? The Canadian government is aggressively pushing trans surgeries on the population, particularly young people. But if the surgeries go wrong, or the patients are not satisfied with the outcomes of the trans treatments, will they just be put to death? Perhaps even requesting transitioning would be enough to get you classified as mentally ill, so they would not even go ahead with the medications and surgeries, but just put those requesting a transition to death right away. It is much more cost effective and more efficient that way, right? There are rumors that the government wants to use MAID to exterminate the indigenous peoples of Canada. It would be convenient, from some points of view. They just cause a lot of problems, after all. And it can't be classified as racist because the Federal government is doing it, and they are super woke and compassionate and tolerant, you see?
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The Medical Council’s poor defence of its...
angelobottone
 February 11 2024 at 11:04 pm
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Dr Suzanne Crowe, President of the Irish Medical Council (IMC), appeared before the Oireachtas Committee on Assisted Dying on Tuesday and defended their extremely controversial decision to remove the prohibition on doctors deliberately ending a patient’s life from the Council’s ethical code. She denied the charge that the move helps pave the way for euthanasia and asserted that the organisation has no position on the committee’s work as it falls outside the Council’s direct remit. But a body like the IMC ought to have a position on the deliberate killing of patients, surely? Why is the old prohibition no longer in the ethics code? Certanly the IMC agrees that the law can be unethical and can’t blindly follow it in all cases? She also admitted that the Council had not widely consulted doctors before it made the huge changes. In the 2024 revision of the Guide to Professional Conduct and Ethics, the Medical Council made several alterations from the previous edition, including the removal of the phrase: “You must not take part in the deliberate killing of a patient.” Dr. Crowe explained that this change has misinterpreted, emphasising that the guide still mandates doctors to comply and operate within the law. But is this sufficient? This decision has attracted criticism from several hundred doctors and also from Bishop Kevin Doran. Senator Ronan Mullen queried Dr. Crowe about the rationale and process behind this significant change. She responded that the Council’s aim is to provide principles-based guidance rather than a legal code, suggesting that the specific line about not participating in deliberate killing was inconsistent with this approach. She also noted that references to specific treatments, such as assisted reproduction and ionising radiation, were removed to align more with conceptual rather than case-based guidance. However, the removal of the prohibition on killing patients is not about specific treatments but relates to a fundamental principle of medical ethics that dates back to Hippocrates’ obligation “First, do no harm.” This foundational ethical tenet, emphasising healing over harming, has been a consistent feature in previous editions of the Medical Council’s code. The deletion of such a significant ethical principle seemed to lack substantial justification, which Dr. Crowe appeared unable to provide. She admitted that while there was no specific consultation on this particular issue, there was a broader consultation on the overall content of the guide, although many doctors appear to have been unaware it was even taking place. British ethicist David Albert Jones has observed that the new guide contains eight paragraphs on patient privacy protection, highlighting the depth of consideration given to certain aspects of medical ethics while seemingly overlooking the profound implications of removing a long-standing ethical principle from the Medical Council guide. You would have to assume that if the law told doctors to violate patient privacy, the Council would object and denounce the law as unethical. This makes the removal of the prohibition on doctors killing patients all the more disturbing.
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Neuralink-Isn’t this a Black Mirror Episode?
liberty5300
 January 30 2024 at 02:10 pm
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I’m not sure why, but I can’t start a conversation, only a “thought.”I keep seeing news related to the first successful human Neuralink implant. I understand that many people could benefit from Neuralink, especially working with stroke patients for so many years. However…it’s still creepy. This was actually my favorite episode of Black Mirror, or one of them. I really like OLD Black Mirror. The new stuff is terrible. This is called Crocodile, if you haven’t seen it. I don’t know anything about the real brain implant, but I assume it’s involving a different part of the brain than the “Recaller?” Episode description: Rob hits a cyclist on a mountain road, killing him; with his companion Mia he throws the body into a lake. Fifteen years later, Rob visits her to talk about sending an anonymous letter to the victim's wife. Afraid the letter would be traced, Mia kills Rob. Later, an insurance investigator Shazia researches an unrelated car accident and learns that Mia saw it out of the window that evening. Shazia uses a "Recaller" to view people's memories as best as they can picture them. Shazia speaks to Mia, who sees Mia's memories of both of her killings, despite Mia trying to stop herself thinking about them. Mia ties Shazia up, uses the Recaller to discover Shazia told her husband about the visit, and kills Shazia. Mia journeys to kill Shazia's husband and also kills their baby son to avoid leaving evidence. However, the son was born blind and the family guinea pig observed Mia, so police track Mia down to her son's school production. Anyway, what do you think, Thinkspot?
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70s - MEANINGSTREAM 487 | STREAM
Akira The Don
 January 29 2024 at 06:18 pm
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Enter the MeaningStream Time Machine and take a trip to the dancefloor... in the NINETEEN SEVENTIES... 💃 TRACKLISTING Vashti Bunyan - I'd Like To Walk Around Your MindundefinedWar - Lowrider (Clean) (Extended)The Jam - Start!Blondie - DenisThe Undertones - Teenage KicksElvis Costello And The Attractions - Olivers ArmyBlondie - Sunday GirlThe Motors - Dancing The Night AwayThe Clash - I Fought The LawBob Marley - Stir It Up (Short / Re-Drum)The Police - Message In A Bottle (19Sixty Quick Edit)The Dynamics - Move On Up (The Dynamics Original Version)Prince Jazzbo - Crab WalkingThe Dynamics - Whole Lotta LoveMax Romeo - Chase The Devil (Drew Pierce Edit)Althia and Donna - Uptown Top RankingTaggy Matcher - Rapper's Delight (Taggy Matcher Dub Version)The Specials - A Message To You Rudy (STARTING FROM SCRATCH RMX)Earth, Wind & Fire - Shining Star - The Reflex RevisionThe Real Thing - You To Me Are EverythingDiana Ross - It's My House (Original Promotion-Only 12' Remix)Andrea True Connection - More More More (Re-Drum)Zapp - More Bounce To The OunceKool And The Gang - Jungle Boogie [The Reflex Revision] 2016 UPDATEKraftwerk - Trans-Europe ExpressDiana Ross - I'm Coming Out [#][Chic Mix]Herb Alpert - Rise (DJ Moar RMX / Short Edit)Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony - The Hustle (Elad Short ReDrum)Barry White - Can't Get Enough Of Your Love (DJ Greg J ReDrum)Hot Chocolate - You Sexy Thing (Remix) (Jason Bee Quick Edit)KC & the Sunshine Band - Boogie ShoesThe Clash vs. Jackson 5 - Should I Stay or Should I Boogie? - Loo & Placido - mixO Jays - For The Love Of Money (Pecoe Edit)Funkadelic - Knee Deep (Drew Pierce Short Edit)Candi Staton - Young Hearts Run FreeHARRY BELAFONTE - Jump in the LineThe Who - Baba O'RileyFleetwood Mac - DreamsFleetwood Mac - Dreams (Gigamesh Edit)Talking Heads - Psycho KillerTalking Heads - Psycho Killer (AK WARP)Marvin Gaye - Got To Give It Up [The Reflex Revision]The Reflex - Bad Girls [The Reflex Revision] REMASTER 2016Roxy Music - Love Is The Drug (Todd Terje Disco Dub)Yes - Owner Of A Lonely Heart (Quick Hit Clean)Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive (Disco Pleasure Bootleg)Otis Clay - Only Way Is Up [The Reflex Edit] 2016 REMASTERDiana Ross - The Boss (Dimitri from Paris Remix)Roy Orbison - Oh Pretty WomanMarvin Gaye - Ain't No Mountain [The Reflex Revision] 2016 UPDATEHermes House Band - I Will Survive (Original Single Edit) ACCESS THE STREAM HERE
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Ideas Over Ideologies
Sadhika Pant
 February 04 2024 at 09:04 am
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"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not." - John 1:1-5 (King James Version). The "Word" refers to the divine expression of God, often associated with the creative power through which God brought the universe into existence. It symbolises the divine logos, the utterance that brings order to chaos and gives life to creation. The act of speaking or pronouncing the Word is a powerful and transformative act, reflecting the divine will. "Om is the imperishable word. Om is the universe, and this is the exposition of Om. The past, the present, and the future, all that was, all that is, all that will be, is Om." - Mandukya Upanishad. "From Om, the sky was produced, from Om, the air was produced, from Om, the fire was produced, and from Om, the waters were produced." - Taittiriya Upanishad. On the other hand, Hinduism explores creation through the sacred syllable "Om" (or Aum). In Hindu philosophy, it is believed that the entire universe emanated from the cosmic vibration represented by the syllable "Om." In short, it is the sound that initiated creation. It represents the ultimate reality or Brahman, and is often chanted at the beginning and end of prayers, mantras, and rituals. The significance of Om lies in its encompassing nature, representing the past, present, and future, as well as the waking, dreaming, and deep sleep states of consciousness. The three sounds in "Om" (A, U, and M) are said to represent various aspects of existence. "A" signifies creation, "U" represents preservation, and "M" symbolises dissolution. The chanting of Om is believed to connect the individual soul (Atman) with the universal consciousness (Brahman) and align oneself with the cosmic order. Comparing the two, both the "Word" in the Bible and the "Om" in Hinduism assign a divine, creative force responsible for the genesis of the universe. While the specific theological and philosophical contexts differ, the common thread lies in the recognition of a primordial, divine sound or expression as the source of creation. Both emphasise the transformative power of sound and speech in shaping reality. These theological concepts hold profound relevance for contemporary individuals, particularly in understanding the power of articulation in shaping our reality. The Bible suggests that God's act of naming and speaking brought the universe into existence. The act of naming, defining, and constraining the scope of ideas through language is not only foundational to the systems we have created, but also crucial for human communication and the construction of meaning. Modern society is built upon systems that rely on clear definitions and shared understanding. Legal, political, and social structures depend on the agreed-upon meanings of words and concepts. This is especially relevant in the face of the challenges posed by the collapse of definitions in a world influenced by wokism and post-modernist views. Definitional collapse in modern society refers to the increasing challenge of establishing clear and universally accepted definitions for concepts, values, and even reality itself. Postmodernism posits that there is no single, objective truth, but rather multiple interpretations. This leads to a proliferation of subjective truths, challenging the stability of commonly accepted definitions. Wokism, particularly in its focus on identity politics, challenges fixed definitions of identity categories. While this is seen as a form of empowerment, it leads to a constant redefinition of terms related to identity. Fluidity in identity categories makes it challenging to establish stable definitions, contributing to a sense of uncertainty in societal discourse. Both scrutinise language as a tool of power. While some scrutiny may be useful to incorporate original, or even unpopular ideas, it also contributes to definitional collapse. The constant reevaluation and deconstruction of language can create ambiguity and hinder effective communication, as words and concepts become contested grounds. It becomes difficult to find common ground for meaningful discussions and collaboration when the very terms used in discourse are subject to multiple interpretations, leading to polarisation and a breakdown in communication. The collapse of a shared narrative can have negative psychological and societal consequences, influencing the way individuals perceive the world and interact with one another. A shared reality provides a psychological anchor, a common framework that individuals use to make sense of the world. It is built on trust in common institutions, societal norms, and agreed-upon truths. When this trust erodes due to a collapse in the shared narrative, individuals may become cynical about information, institutions, and even fellow citizens. This can contribute to a breakdown in social cohesion, as well as disorientation and uncertainty on an individual level. Individuals grapple with an existential crisis, as the narratives that once provided meaning and purpose become fragmented. In the absence of a shared reality, individuals may construct their own subjective realities based on personal beliefs and biases. This can lead to the formation of echo chambers, where people only engage with information that aligns with their pre-existing views, reinforcing divisions and restricting open-minded discourse. Religion has historically played a crucial role in providing a shared narrative for people, offering a framework for understanding the world, shaping identity, and fostering a sense of belonging. The decline of traditional sources of shared reality, such as religion and nationalism, doesn't automatically lead to a rational, more humane, or egalitarian society. Instead, it can create a vacuum that is often filled by ideologies that, at best, are oversimplified and, at worst, insidious. These ideologies capture the imagination of people because they reinforce what they would like to believe about themselves, which is that all the failure of their lives is a consequence of unfair systems and oppression by powerful groups and only freedom stretched to ridiculous proportions can set them free for empowerment. History has shown that when traditional narratives collapse, societies are susceptible to ideologies that exploit grievances and promote extreme ideologies. The rise of leaders like Hitler, who manipulated the void left by societal upheaval, serves as a cautionary tale about the potential consequences of unchecked populism and extreme ideologies. “For when Truth battles against the lies of millennia there will be shock waves, earthquakes, the transposition of hills and valleys such as the world has never yet imagined even in its dreams. The concept “politics” then becomes entirely absorbed into the realm of spiritual warfare. All the mighty worlds of the ancient order of society are blown into space—for they are all based on lies: there will be wars the like of which have never been seen on earth before. Only after me will there be grand politics on earth.” - Friedrich Nietzsche, Ecce Homo.
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Identifying the Players: Technocrats (Part Two)
UserduRFN4u5o4
 February 02 2024 at 10:04 pm
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Phase Two. Document Six. March, 2024 Identifying the Players: Technocrats (Part Two) Covid responses, the trans agenda, and now the technocratic dynamic, exhibit a pattern. One: someone – not an elected official or you – really really cares about something or someone. Two: because they really care, and because you are ignorant (or maybe a fascist), there must be no distracting discussion of the fine print. Three: the implementation of the solution ‘bypasses’ civil society – the tax-paying voters. Four: note that this model involves an open-ended expansion of bureaucracy simply because more caring equals more bureaucracy. This increase in ‘processes’ serves effectively to further ‘hold at arm’s length’ the citizenry. Who knows what an ‘ox bow lake’ is? In Australia, we call it a ‘billabong.’ Google it. A river changes its direction a little, and a section of that river gets cut off. Well, that’s what is going on. Society is being made into a billabong. Two types of anti-democrats – Super Poindexters (technocrats) and political activists (neo-communists) -- are ‘redirecting the river’ so that society and its institutions become cut off from the control and development of their own society. One key to understanding this dynamic is Singer’s expanding moral circle. No one wants to say, ‘Thus far and no further!’ The Western Australian Government Covid website provided the following datum: ‘a 96-yr.-old man died a Covid-involved death’ What could this possible mean? A 96-yr.-old man in a nursing home could suffer a banana-custard-involved death. Invoking the involvement of Covid is a ploy here. It’s a tactic of Really Really Caring. So, money-printing provides a theoretically unlimited supply of funding, and Really Really Caring justifies the shouting down of any desire to discuss the logical limits of how much the individual must defer to society. This is an inversion of individualism, of ‘the pioneer spirit.’ So, how is the above relevant to ‘identifying the players’? Well, with the immigration invasion of Europe last decade, it was the neo-communists (and Co.). With the trans agenda, same crowd. But did the equation change with the Covid responses? With Covid, the zealots and the poindexters double-teamed. The zealots, with the slavish assistance of the MSM, vituperated all and sundry. Meanwhile, the Super Poindexters worked with gubmints and massive corporations to advance the ‘surveillance industrial complex’ (and make a ton of money). But ‘technocracy’? Starting in perhaps the 1980’s, we’ve seem the Super Poindexters leveraging rapidly developing technologies. Three things concern us. The first is that they are so utterly self-centered that their interest in democracy is nil. The second is that a range of factors makes their project astonishingly powerful, which is allowing them to become more central players in everything, and their rapidly growing power is side-lining all other players. The third is that capitalism and nation-states (like China) have chimed in on technocracy. Let’s consider this issue later.
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Coitus interruptus
Bettina Arndt
 February 03 2024 at 03:09 am
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Frozen, Disney’s highly successful animation series, captivated little girls across the world. So too, the feminists have had huge success in promoting their own version of “frozen” – instilling in criminal courts everywhere the notion that rape victims often suffer a physiological state known as “tonic immobility” which renders them incapable of resisting their plight. No matter that the science behind this theory is problematic – as Emily Yoffe explained in her article on bad science supporting prosecution of sexual assault. “I froze” has become the uniform description covering every oddity in the rape victim’s behaviour and flawed memory of events – a description that’s invariably accepted, totally unchallenged. But men’s physiology is seen as irrelevant. There’s zero interest in examining men’s capacity for response in varied sexual situations let alone any pressure for science on male bodily processes to be considered in criminal investigations and proceedings. Yet this issue is central to determining guilt or innocence in a critical area of criminal law – the issue of revoked consent. With the introduction of affirmative consent laws, not only is consent required throughout sexual activity, but women have the right to pull the plug whenever they feel like it. And men are expected to immediately snap to attention and withdraw. Easier said than done, you might say. Well, that’s the issue. Most judges seem to assume that there’s no problem in expecting an immediate retreat from the male in response to the female red flag. Never any consideration of whether he even noticed the flag, or realised what it was, or whether she was waving it clearly, or maybe that he might have been frozen, rendered immobile due to surprise and shock. There’s a fascinating article on the legal issues at play here - Consent Interruptus: Rape Law and Cases of Initial Consent, by University of Western Australia law lecturer, Theodore Bennett. He spells out the legal arguments resisting any notion of allowing a reasonable time to withdraw after revoked consent, with feminists objecting that this “primal urge’ argument perpetuates the myth of the unstoppable male who can’t be responsible for his rampant sexuality. Kansas State feminist scholar Lois Pineau says the claim that men don’t have immediate control is “factually unfounded.” Not so fast, says an expert in Human Factors and Ergonomics (HFE) – which is the science of how humans behave and interact with each other in various environmental contexts. I’ll call this Australian expert “Anton Crabtree” – unfortunately he’s decided he needs to disguise his identity due to the tricky ideological climate in today’s academic world. Dr Crabtree also has expertise in aviation medicine which is precisely the area we usually associate with HFE, given its vital role in investigations of human error in situations like plane crashes. Crabtree makes a compelling case that this type of examination of neurocognitive and physiological limitations also has bearing on whether men crash and burn in the bedroom. “The absence of the rigorous assessment and well-established scientific considerations of Human Factors analysis is a glaring omission to any claim of a fair system of justice for persons accused of sexual assault after revoked consent. Ignoring the science inevitably risks further miscarriage of justice which can be catastrophic to individuals and families and damaging to society,” writes Dr Crabtree in an academic paper he is preparing for publication on the subject, which examines case law revealing this ongoing deficiency in our justice system. I’m including a draft of this groundbreaking research article here and hope you will help circulate it and ensure it receives proper attention – particularly in legal circles where there is such a dire need for education to address the ongoing injustice occurring in these cases. This research should also have a place in the sexual consent courses being taught in our schools and universities. The case described by Bennett which really blew me away involved a blind man (Morton) who was charged with sexual assault after being set upon by three young girls. They pulled down his pants and a seven-year-old then commenced fellatio without his consent. The judge commented: “it seems clear that the initial introduction of the accused’s penis into her mouth did not occur as the result of any voluntary act on his part”. Yet Morton was convicted because he failed to extract his penis out of the girl’s mouth quickly enough. The law deemed that this was sexual assault because he “voluntarily” allowed the act to continue “for a few seconds” by not moving. Morton testified that because of his impaired vision he tended to freeze in response to unexpected events. Crabtree comments: “In these circumstances, feeling a small mouth and sharp teeth around his penis would be a genuinely startling event and freezing is a normal non-volitional reaction to startle. Additionally, even when he had recovered sufficiently to make a neurocognitive assessment, he would be justified in his fear of his penis being bitten if he reacted in any other way than freezing. “ As Crabtree points out the startle response has been described in the literature for over 100 years. It’s well understood that the “fright fight flight or freeze response” is an involuntary reaction to a sudden, sharp, unexpected stimulus. Like a blind man feeling a small mouth gripping his penis. Or any man wallowing in the pleasure of a consensual sexual experience who is suddenly told the deal is off. He’s now having non-consensual sex. Which means rape. Which could mean prison. Dr Crabtree explains that after the initial shock, it takes time for a man’s body to be capable of the much slower cognitive assessment and decision-making process required to process that troubling message, particularly when his body is subject to the sensory overload associated with high levels of sexual arousal. He explains: “At high levels of sexual arousal, males are subject to sensory overload, where their psychological/physical resources are focused on their growing excitement. This means it may take very clear, repeated and even forceful intervention for the male to perceive consent is being revoked. It is unrealistic to assume a man at such a time is in full control of his neurocognitive processes, and physical responses. It is unrealistic to expect that cessation of the sexual act and withdrawal of the penis can occur instantaneously or near instantaneously at the time a complainant decides to revoke consent.” It is Dr Crabtree’s view, that given the serious consequences for accused men, women should be required to make sure their message revoking consent is not only sent but received and understood – “even if this requires clear repeated and escalating intense words and actions.” Yet Theodore Bennett’s summary of relevant case law mentions an alleged victim who revokes consent by saying, “Wait.” What’s that supposed to mean? Surely, she could simply be saying, “Slow down and wait for me.” There’s also a 1988 case where the complainant says, “Quick, it’s them” when she hears the sound of her mother’s car. As Theodore Bennett explains this could mean “quickly finish” rather than “quickly withdraw.” Note that there’s active discussion amongst American legal scholars regarding a legislative requirement that revoked consent must be effectively communicated, but no apparent interest in this issue in Australia’s feminist-led legal community. It received absolutely no attention from the trial and appeal judges involved in Australia’s most famous revoked consent case, involving Kevin Ibbs, a Perth man who became known as the “30 Second Rapist” because he was convicted of sexual assault after continuing for 30 seconds after his partner revoked consent. In fact, the whole ghastly business was a set-up, with Ibb’s wife arranging for her best friend to have sex with him and then revoking consent – to get him charged with rape and sent to prison, so that she could get hold of the marital home. It worked a treat - Ibbs ended up in jail. Eventually his conviction was quashed, he was acquitted and the two women were briefly imprisoned. However, by then Ibbs had lost his reputation, his business, all his assets and, eventually, his life – he committed suicide some years later. So how did the woman in this case revoke consent? By announcing very late in the proceedings that it was “not right” because Ibbs’ wife was her best friend. Get a load of this – Ibbs had already stopped once, to get the complainant to confirm with his wife that she was OK with the sexual encounter. It was, so they got back into it and then the accuser waited until he was highly aroused before complaining it was not right. In no way was this a clear statement that she was withdrawing consent. Yet the judges fluffed around with all sorts of pronouncements about the “reasonableness” of the 30 seconds he continued in the saddle, arguing about whether Ibbs response should have been “nearly instantaneous.” To my mind the whole thing was both unscientific and egregiously unfair. With affirmative consent laws only recently put in place and sexual consent courses teaching girls that they have the right to withdraw consent at any time, we can expect to see many more such cases. It’s abundantly clear that this entire system is designed simply to nail men – which means there are very different rules for women and men. Like - women freeze but men don’t. Crabtree mentions a NSW case involving a clearly manipulative 16-year-old who admitted to using sexual texting to bully the defendant, JP, before accusing him of sexual assault. The incident took place in a cramped car, where she withdrew consent while lying on top of him. JP explained that when she suddenly said “no”, he “froze”… “I basically lost control, went into a lost mind”. As she was on top, he could not withdraw. Crabtree explains that from an ergonomic point of view, it’s unlikely JP would have had the strength or room to lift the girl off him in order to withdraw his penis. JP said he did not want to “grab” her to try to remove her as he was worried about her seeing it as assault. In the end this young man was lucky. His excellent silk, Margaret Cunneen SC convinced the jury to acquit him. But many accused men aren’t so fortunate. Crabtree makes a strong case that HFE investigations should be informing the court, just as this science plays a role in determining responsibility in plane crashes and other incidents. “The most important proven principle of HFE investigations is not to jump to conclusions particularly of blame or culpability. HFE demonstrates that an approach that combines sound investigative process and proper support for victims/complainants can co-exist with the presumption of innocence and the right to due process. The science has shown us that this approach combined with better understanding and education leads to better outcomes.” Better, fairer outcomes, no doubt. But in the current climate the goal appears to be to simply obtain more rape convictions. So, hang the science, unless, of course, it can be used to ensure more “victims” come out on top.
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Corruption And Collapse
Numapepi
 February 21 2024 at 03:27 pm
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Corruption And Collapse Posted on February 21, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It seems to me, once the elite’s corruption has oozed to the bottom of society, that nation is on a water slide to oblivion. People follow their leaders. That’s a major tenet of Confucius’ ideology. Mo Ti also argued that the rulers of society choose the direction of that society. That train of philosophy seems to have gone past the station though. Elites today believe wholeheartedly that they act in a vacuum. Their corruption only effects society, tangentially, and not directly. The effect is direct because we follow our leaders. If our leaders are virtuous, or at least appear virtuous, we will follow their example, and be virtuous, if they’re obviously criminals, we’ll follow and be criminals. Once the people have followed criminals, and given up all ethics, that society has fallen and it can’t get up. We follow the examples of those we’re shown. The rotating bedrooms of the movie stars, in the nineteen fifties and sixties, normalized divorce… to great effect. Bernays used our herding nature to get women to smoke cigarettes, as a way to be your own woman. Of all the ways we’re manipulated the most powerful are the examples of the elite. When Sara Palin strode on the republican stage, sporting shooting glasses, they instantly became a fad. We follow the elite because we want to be the elite. You don’t follow the example of criminals, drug addicts or derelicts… because that’s not your goal in life. Unless it is. We mimic those we want to be, not those we don’t want to be. Which means, the elite have a responsibility to act virtuous, to keep society on the right path. An elite that’s so bereft of self awareness they expose themselves as corruptocrats, are unlikely to get religion and see the light… unless criminal charges sway over them like a sword of Damocles. As long as there are no consequences for anything they do… pervert elections, make up false allegations to jail innocent people, and pedophilia, it’ll get worse. The solution is for a few of them to go to a real prison for a very long time, as examples. That our courts are as corrupt as vulture vomit makes punishing corruption difficult. Not impossible though. We still have sway over our “representatives.” A barrage of calls demanding the impeachment of a few judges, Engoron, Maya Guerra Gamble, Christopher Lopez, etc… who have proven themselves unable to adjudicate law fairly. Rome is a classic example of a culture that rose in virtue and fell in corruption. Regulation and bureaucracy became a means to wealth through graft. The elite flipped every incentive upside down to enrich themselves. In doing so they led the Roman people to become every bit as corrupt as they. If crime pays… everyone becomes a criminal. In Rome the elite made crime the paradigm. As our elites have done today. In our collapsing culture, society and nations, crime pays, but virtue is severely punished. The corrupt can make up stories about someone, total fiction, and if the victim doesn’t go to prison over the fraud, and has the unmitigated audacity to call the liar, a crazy person, a court will fine the victim of the lies, 80 million dollars. For slandering the liar. One reason our society, culture and systems have fallen, and can’t get back up, is a corrupt elite. They ride a gravy train that rolls over the wealth, rights and children of the people, it’s the elite’s sworn duty to protect. Morals and ethics are no impediment to an elite, that are so corrupt, a maggot won’t pass them on the street. It’s not that the system’s are broken, it’s the scumbags who’s job it is to run them, that are broken. They’re actually defecating in their own wells. Polluting the very source of their authority… our Constitution. Moreover, in their insanity, they refuse to listen to reason, because, they claim to be the only ones who are sane. As they castrate their little boys. How does a people recover from justified and total distrust in utterly stupid elites? Ask the Mongols, Celts and Romans. Sincerely, John Pepin
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Identifying the Players: Plutocrats
UserduRFN4u5o4
 January 30 2024 at 08:46 am
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No tips, please!!! Identifying the Players: Plutocrats Phase Two. Document Four. February, 2024 We are not only going to accept fuzzy definitions for a few Posts, but we want fuzzy definitions because they allow us to move at a pace. So, what is ‘plutocracy’? It’s outright rule/significant influence on society by the very rich. It’s displaces or distorts democracy. Let’s back up: what’s democracy? It’s rule by the people. Are there many forms of democracy? Oh yeh! Have we, historically, enjoyed much democracy in this world? No. Every time we begin ‘approaching democracy,’ something seems to nudge us off course. So, ‘plutocracy’? It’s one of those things that nudges us off course. And these few words bring us close to today’s goal. Although plutocracy and a range of other problems have largely kept us from achieving ‘real’ democracy, it seems that, thirty years into the Internet era, technology and techno-driven transgenderism and tech-driven (early forms of) transhumanism are bringing into play amounts of money/power that make old-school plutocracy look like a playground game. [Blah blah blah – we have to get to 250 words. This site is ridiculous – blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah (This is insane.) blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.]
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Focus on the Father: John 15:18-16:4
Cam
 February 14 2024 at 12:22 pm
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Whenever I read this passage, I am struck by the words that Jesus says right at the beginning, “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you.” (John 15:18 NASB95) Jesus then goes on to share the truth that servants are not greater than their masters, and that the person who hates Jesus also hates the Father as well. In the New Testament time period, religious people were the ones that seemed the most opposed to Jesus. The world outside Judea largely ignored what was going on in that region. With that said, was Jesus just talking about church people hating His true followers or is there more to this teaching? As is often the case, I believe there is more to this teaching – a subtle hidden layer beneath the surface. We can find a clue to one of these subtle truths in John 15:21 and it is restated a second time in a different way in John 16:3. This subtle truth is that the world does not know the Father. We could expand this truth to say that the world might include everyone – both sacred “Christians” as well as secular atheists – who do not know the Father. Those who do not know the Father will never understand who Jesus was and why He came. These people will minimize Jesus’ role and His significance to being someone who had some good things to say but who probably should have kept better company since one of those in His inner circle of twelve betrayed Him. This leads me into a big theme/idea that I see in this passage: I should be more focused on growing closer to Jesus and the Father than on caring what others think about me. My focus should not be on getting others to like me, but on modeling the Father’s love for humanity as demonstrated in Jesus’ life and ministry. I will never be greater than Jesus, but I can be an example of who He is to today’s world – specifically to the little corner of the world that I live in! This post first appeared on ReflectiveBibleStudy.com What do you think? Do you agree/disagree? Leave your thoughts below.
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The Destruction Of The Nation State
Numapepi
 February 16 2024 at 04:26 pm
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The Destruction Of The Nation State Posted on February 16, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It seems to me, the chaos we’re living through, is part of the plan the elite are implementing to break the nation state system. Like Lenin said, “If you want an omelet you have to break a few eggs.” And if you want a global despotism, you have to kill a few billion people. That’s the price you and I will have to pay for the elite’s vision. What’s a nation… a race, a religion or a people? It’s a culture. The nation, city state or any other political entity is a culture, else it’s an empire. A culture is a common set of feelings, ideas and an ethos. Once the city state’s culture was expanded to a larger land area, the city state grew into the nation state. The globalists want to move us to the next level… the global state. Like in Star Trek. As a result, we have to experience the suffering that comes with any birth. The nation state has to go. It’s the primary impediment to their global utopia. Just ask George Soros. The problem is, the people in each nation share a common culture, that unites them. We become tribal in our perception of our culture. A culture may be based on our race, religion… or philosophy, as the United States culture is. To destroy a nation then, all a scumbag need do, is destroy the culture. Not an easy task but doable. If enough people are imported, who subscribe to a different culture, the clash will destroy both. Better yet, import millions of people who despise the culture, and the people of that nation, and the ensuing chaos will ruin that nation as effectively, as soothing a fearful person with nightshade tea. Destroying a nation’s culture is destroying that nation. The US is a unique culture, one that other nations have tried to emulate, with little success. The US culture is a philosophy, not a race, religion, political party or elite. American culture is the American way… self sufficiency, hard work and thrift. As Ben Franklin might have put it and maybe did. America is good because Americans are good, is how Alexis De Toqueville called it. The moral culture of the US is to be spiritual, ethical and honest. Moreover, the culture of the US is accepting of anyone, as long as they embrace American culture. That’s why tens of thousands of immigrants came to America and became Americans. By the second generation, most immigrant families back then only spoke English. My father went to first grade, only speaking French, I was never taught a word of it. Mass immigration can’t but destroy the culture of any nation that experiences it. Which, I contend, is the real goal. Changing the electorate for a one party state is a valid theory, but I think it’s too narrowly focused. I would agree that many of the politicians abetting the crime, have this in mind, but the real, long term goal, is the destruction of the United States as a political entity, as well as all nations across the planet. In this the CCP is stupidly weaving their own hangman’s noose. Western elites in Europe think they’ll be the new global rulers, but we all know what happens to traitors. New regimes always sweep the traitors out first thing. Because no one with a brain trusts a traitor. Even if there are no elites who have the total destruction of the nation state, in mind, that’s what they’re doing. I believe there are a few, who not only know the goal is the destruction of the nation state, but are guiding the process. Those malevolent souls are willing for the rapes in the Darrien Gap, the millions dead from fentanyl, Covid and vaccine that isn’t, to weigh on their souls. The goal is so wonderful, a global totalitarian government, inescapable, where the survivors will own nothing and be happy… is worth burning in Hell. The human suffering is worth it for such a glittering vision of dystopia. We need not be unwilling participants though. We could act up. Civil disobedience, ridiculing the elite, and speaking up to our, ahem… “representatives.” There’s no need for our children to live in fear, want and oppressed… when they could live free, prosperous and happy lives. The choice is yours. Choose wisely. Sincerely, John Pepin
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Parasitic Bureaucracy
Numapepi
 February 09 2024 at 03:15 pm
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Parasitic Bureaucracy Posted on February 9, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It seems to me, the role of bureaucracy, is to limit the power of the populace, to change the course of a nation. A permanent managerial government, amoral, above the law, and accountable to no one, can insure longstanding anti Constitutional policy is carried out, despite the protestations of the victims. Unelected they face no political repercussions for anything they do. As long as they put the staple in the correct corner, the proper number of paper clips denoting how many copies, and follow procedure to requisition those staples and clips, they can do no wrong. Being a bureaucrat removes a person’s very soul. Since the incentives are all pernicious. No one is more heartless than a bureaucrat, doing the most horrible things to someone, and sleep well at night, knowing they served the bureaucracy. Bureaucracy is always at odds with the people. Because there’s no political consequences for anything they do, the politicians get those, the bureaucrat can enact the most inhuman policies and be protected by anonymity. Making 100k plus a year, with gold plated benefits and an 80% retirement, they have it made. A bureaucrat is the closest thing to an oligarch there can be, without calling them, oligarchs. The bureaucrat spends all day, dutifully working for that gargantuan paycheck… by figuring out ways to make life harder for the people. Their friction comes at great cost. It’s worth it though… if you want to lower the lot of mankind. The regulations bureaucrats create, always benefit a politically favored group, at cost to the nation. They’re a cog in an economic mutilator. The machine that is bureaucracy is run by and for the shadow government. Think tanks, corporations and non governmental organizations (NGO’s) form the shadow government. Each allowing a power broker access, while keeping the populace and anyone the elite don’t like, far away from the levers of actual power. Republic, democracy, etc… these are only games the elite play on us, to keep up the appearance that we have a say. But as 2020 and 2022 proved, it’s theater. Protest for election integrity and go to jail without trial. Proven by the Jan 6th grandmothers cooling their jets in a prison cell right now. Each power broker has their lever. The billionaires the NGOs, the intellectuals get the think tanks and the Military Industrial complex run the corporations. Bureaucracy is a tool of elitists. Bureaucracy is justified by the philosophy, the only way to protect the weak from the strong, is to empower the strong to harm the weak. Then remove all consequence for it. That way the benevolent strong can protect the weak from the malevolent. If a few of us little people have to be crushed underfoot, by the benevolent strong, so be it, it’s for our own good. The bureaucrat sees every problem as needing a regulatory solution. Stub your toe now you have gout? Pass a regulation. Got in a car accident? Pass more regulations to make driving safer. Like to parade around in front of children half dressed as a harlot? Pass regulations to prevent parents from complaining. Simple. Every problem has a governmental solution. It’s not big brother that’s watching… it’s the all consuming mother. Bureaucracy is the dream of those who favor unlimited government. The administrative state, they reason, is filled with loyal, hard working patriots, who only want to serve, and make 100k plus a year, with gold plated benefits and an 80% retirement, for the low low price of… their souls. Without consequence for harming the public, the incentive is for bureaucrats to become sociopaths. Relishing in the harm they do. That’s why there’s always a line at the DMV, a missing dot over an I will get a years worth of work returned, and why a bureaucrat will walk onto your land and order you around. Of all the forms of government, the administrative state masquerading as a republic is the worse. For the reasons I’ve laid out. Bureaucracy is like a parasite, that thinks it’s the host, until it kills them both. Sincerely, John Pepin
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80s PARTY - MEANINGSTREAM 494 | STREAM
Akira The Don
 February 06 2024 at 02:02 pm
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Some of this stream has been muted, due to copyright claims. Patrons can stream the full unedited video, and download the audio and video here, meanwhile, Youtube channel members can download the video and audio here. HOP IN THE DELOREAN AND JOIN AKIRA AND THE GANG FOR A TRIP TO THE EIGHTIES! TRACKLISTING Lazerhawk - Space Is the PlaceBananarama - Cruel SummerFleetwood Mac - Everywhere (Psychemagic Re-Edit)Late Nite Tuff Guy - Say U Love Me (LNTG rework)The Sisters of Mercy - Dominion/Mother RussiaABC - The Look Of Love (Part 1)Hall & Oates - Private EyesAl Stewart - Year Of The Cat (Ken Walker Remix / Re-Drum)Stetsasonic - Talkin' All That Jazz [Dim's Radio Edit. Remixed By Dimitri From Paris]The Clash - This Is Radio ClashThe League Unlimited Orchestra - Love Action (I Believe In Love)The Psychedelic Furs - Heartbreak BeatBon Jovi - Livin' On A Prayer (Re-Drum)a-Ha - The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (Extended Version)The Power Station - Some Like It Hot (Short Edit)The Pet Shop Boys - Suburbia (Short Edit)ABC - When Smokey Sings (Rhythm Scholar Stellar Groove RMX / Short Edit)Duran Duran - The Reflex (Retro Shock Remix)The Sisters of Mercy - Lucretia My ReflectionNew Order - Blue Monday [12'' Mix]Real Life - Send Me An Angel '89 (Extended Mix)Duran Duran - Girls On Film (Flat Intro)The Cult - She Sells Sanctuary (Re-Drum)The Police - Don't Stand So Close to MeBlondie - Call Me (Original 12" Version)Gerard McMann - Cry, Little Sister (Theme From The Lost Boys)Soft Cell - Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go? (Cutdown)Jefferson Starship - We Built This City (Short Edit)A Flock Of Seagulls - I Ran (AK WARP)Devo - Whip ItThe Jam - The Eton RiflesThe Teardrop Explodes - RewardWham! (George Michael) - Careless WhisperWham! - Wake Me Up Before You Go Go [Intro Edit]Fine Young Cannibals - Good Thing (Intro)Adam & The Ants - ''Antmusic''Crowded House - Don't Dream It's Over (Flat Intro / Short Edit)Paul Engemann - Scarface (Push It to the Limit)The Go-Go's - We Got The BeatKenny Loggins - FootlooseTom Petty and The Heartbreakers - Don't Come Around Here No MoreTom Petty - Free Fallin' (Scooter Epic Intro / Re-Drum)Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers - Running Down A DreamThe Jam - Down In The Tube Station At MidnightPhil Collins - You Can't Hurry LoveSpandau Ballet - True (Re-Drum / Short Edit)The Highwaymen - Johnny Cash with Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings - HighwaymanDavid Bowie - All The Young DudesMott The Hoople - All The Young Dudes
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"WORDS CAN BARELY DO IT JUSTICE!" MEANINGWAVE...
Akira The Don
 February 07 2024 at 04:32 pm
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📺 Watch the full show on OANN I was invited onto the estimable Chris Boyle, AKA Best Tie Placement In The News Game's OANN TV show to talk about Meaningwave, which he's relatively recently discovered and fallen in love with, like any smart individual would. 🤖 The Meaningwave Autonomous Zone Robot Assistant says: "The discussion between Chris Boyle and Akira The Don on OANN provides a deep dive into the world of Meaningwave, highlighting its creation, cultural impact, and the creative process behind it. Akira's passion for blending music with meaningful content shines through as he shares stories of individuals touched by his work. The segment not only explores the genesis and influence of Meaningwave but also underscores the potential of music to inspire and bring about positive change in the global community. This conversation invites listeners to reflect on the power of art in shaping perspectives and encouraging personal growth." This is a good point well made, thank you Robot Assistant. We also find out how Chris discovered Meaningwave, and what the next releases in the Meaningwave Universe are going to be. Thank you, Chris, OANN, and everyone who helps spread the good word of Meaningwave, which, thanks to you... EXISTS! MEANWHILE! We're streaming every weekday on our YT channel at 8ET, and 2ET on Saturdays and Sundays. We look forward to seeing you at a show! Hold tight for a new mixtape later this week! LOVE TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY! AKIRA THE DON Don Studios Playa Del Carmen, February ‘24 ELSEWHERE IN THE MU!LATEST LIVESTREAM: SUPER REQUEST SHOW RELOADED! - MEANINGSTREAM 496 | STREAMLATEST MUSIC VIDEO: Akira The Don ft. Theo Von - USING COCAINERECENT ALBUM: 𝐌𝐘𝐓𝐇𝐎𝐒 | Joseph Campbell & Akira The Don | Full Album
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Too Incompetent To Charge
Numapepi
 February 10 2024 at 04:45 pm
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Too Incompetent To Charge Posted on February 10, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It seems to me, the story that Biden won’t be charged with mishandling classified documents, despite the grievous way he allowed them to potentially fall into the CCP and other enemies hands, is because he’s incompetent… is not that the man has late stage dementia, that’s been obvious since his installment as a puppet president, the real story is, if he’s too incompetent to be held to a basic criminal standard, why is he still in office? His supporters who claim he’s above the law due to ineptitude, should be the first ones asking him to step down. If they’re the least bit consistent. Republicans should be impeaching. Especially since they recently tossed out one of their own over an allegation of corruption, while Biden’s corruption and dementia poses a real and present danger to the world. The lead executive of a nation has to be on the ball. Democrats would insist on nothing less from a republican President. To argue that the bureaucracy can do the job of running the government, is arguing we don’t need elected representation. That a special prosecutor has now made a sworn statement, President Biden engaged in the mishandling of classified documents when a senator, and vice president, yet can’t be prosecuted because he’s incompetent, must be addressed. That this is the main thrust of the story, yet remains unaddressed, says a lot about our ruling elites. Republicans want him to be the democrat nominee because he’s so universally loathed, while democrats want him to remain in office so history’s brush will paint them in a better color. Both are wrong. To someone on the outside looking in this looks like a classic cover up. Trump was President while he declassified the documents his lawyers took for his Presidential library, as had every other President before him, yet has been charged with mishandling classified documents. The case is in the court system now. Meanwhile, Biden was a senator and vice president when he took classified documents from a SCIF and stored some at a university the CCP had access to, his garage that Hunter would do lines in with his foreign bosses, and strewn anyplace Biden has been. The bureaucracy had quite a greased hog chase running them all down. Yet, while Biden’s mishandling is clearly a crime, he’s not being charged. While it’s debatable whether the deep state has the Constitutional authority to override a President. Both cases involve the bureaucracy’s contention, it alone, has the authority to classify and declassify national secrets. In Trump’s case, his declassification was without the consent of the administrative state and so is a crime. In Biden’s case, his taking classified documents without authority or permission is irrelevant, since only our foreign adversaries got access to them. Trump might have allowed Americans to see what their government has been up to. Now that’s a heinous criminal offense… transparency. Just ask Julian Assange. The contrast is as stark as it is illustrative of the corruption and inability of a bureaucracy to run itself. People drunk on their usurped power are sub optimal choices to give unlimited authority to. Proven by recent history. The same bureaucracy that’s charged a former president… isn’t charging a former senator and vice President for the same crime, because they claim he’s incompetent? Yet they say he’s competent to stay in office? Seriously? Moreover, the democrats in the house and Senate are unanimous he should stay in office… or else. So we have democrats and the deep state saying the President is corrupt and incompetent but should stay in office. Like the Arizona judge who found there had been fraud and probably enough to effect the outcome of the election… but he didn’t want to overturn a democratic election. The bureaucracy is becoming ever more absurd by the day. They want to cover it up, but their insanity effects us more and more, and so is becoming impossible to hide. Sincerely, John Pepin
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Dr. Dreidel "represents", and Calls out...
Octaveoctave
 February 01 2024 at 05:19 pm
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Believe it or not, the number 1 rap song in the US (and possibly the world) at the moment is a piece decrying the pointlessness, the vapidness, and the destructiveness of rap culture, and popular culture in general. It features Canadian rapper Tom MacDonald and conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, who calls himself "Dr. Dreidel". When I first heard about this "song" in an interview of Ben Shapiro by Piers Morgan, I thought it sounded sort of crazy. Ben Shapiro is a huge classical music fan and gifted performer (he plays the violin). Shapiro has repeatedly said that rap music is garbage. However, rap is a potentially valuable platform to deliver some uncomfortable truths to society at large, which definitely is in need of some correction. I do not agree with Shapiro on all topics. However, Shapiro is a valuable figure in the culture wars, and I support his efforts and those of his compatriots. The Daily Wire is an icon on the conservative side of the ledger, and given the near total dominance of modern culture by the progressives, it is an important response to the nihilist efforts to destroy Western Civilization and create a dystopian nightmare. Here is a link to this rap "song": "Facts" - Tom MacDonald (feat. Ben Shapiro) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kGpohEpuTE MacDonald and Shapiro point out how ignorant and shallow modern popular culture is, particularly rap music. And the rap community is mainly supported by disaffected young white men, who are somewhat lost in modern society. They do not suffer from quite as much mental illness as young women, but there is a lot of depression and feelings of hopelessness. That is why people with positive messages for young men (and young people at large) like Jordan Peterson and even to a certain extent, the Tate brothers, and my favorite, Dan Bongino are so valuable and increasingly popular. Young men feel they have no opportunities and no future. They feel their lives are pointless. They feel they cannot get ahead and they are consumed by video games and substance abuse. Women with unrealistic expectations reject them. The mainstream media and academia and politicians and pundits tell them how worthless and awful and toxic they are, nonstop. At this point, this phenomenon has gone on for a couple of decades. And it is having a profound negative impact. I am very glad I am not growing up in this current cultural milieu. It is pretty ugly and destructive. I was brought up in a very different time, and in a different place. I did not fit in. I was rejected by women, or felt that I was rejected by women, anyway. But I was enthralled with the idea of pursuing a career in Research and Development, which is what I did. Now that I am sort of a contributor to STEM R&D, I am overwhelmed by the vast amounts of opportunity and the endless possibilities. Things do not have to be as negative as they appear, if you just pay attention to the messages of the mainstream. There is a lot of hope, if we can manage to carve out a space for human flourishing and creativity again. For some months, I was a member of a monthly zoom call with my former classmates from MIT. I did try to bring up the very negative "woke" messages and movements that were and are infiltrating the STEM community. I was met with hostility from one female professor, 'Professor A' in particular, who responded with articles advocating the banning of all males from STEM. In addition, and in somewhat of a contradiction, this woman also supported efforts to replace all biological females with males pretending to be women, as some sort of "social justice champion", or something. I was not particularly happy and I responded that wokeness is basically a new form of American Imperialism that is being imposed by the US on the rest of the world. For example, I recently discovered that pushing wokeness is now the main function of the US State Department. And when State approaches Third World developing countries to do this, there is the understated or maybe not-so-understated implicit threat that the US is prepared to attack these places militarily to impose this nonsense on them by force. I never was particularly in favor of American military intervention abroad, but this strikes me as particularly stupid. Anyway, there has never been another zoom meeting as far as I know. I might have been disinvited as a trouble-maker. However, the lady who invited me, "Professor E", tells me that there are no more zoom meetings. However, I am curious to know what Professor A thinks now of her beloved social justice movement. Professor A is Jewish, and now this woke movement has revealed itself to be stridently antisemitic, and in favor of the wholesale slaughter of every single Jew on the planet. Has Professor A reconsidered her ridiculous positions? Or has she turned into another self-loathing Jew, like George Soros (proudly responsible for the deaths of thousands of Jews during World War II, and now dedicated to the destruction of Western Civilization completely) ?
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"Settled Science"
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 February 05 2024 at 05:16 pm
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Looking back at old advertisements, such as doctors endorsing cigarettes or the use of DDT as safe, offers a stark reminder of how scientific consensus can evolve. These advertised products, once rooted in the 'settled science' of their day, now serve as cautionary tales about the malleability of scientific understanding and the influence of commercial interests on public health messaging. It's important to remember that science is not a static repository of facts, but is really a dynamic, ongoing process of inquiry, debate, and revision. Scientific papers conclude with discussions and arguments for a reason: they're part of a larger dialogue, where evidence is interpreted and narratives are formed. Science, at its core, is about building and challenging these narratives based on evolving evidence. While science is a powerful tool for understanding the world, it is also susceptible to the influences of its time, including commercial and political pressures. This realization calls for a critical approach to interpreting 'settled science,' reminding us to question who benefits from these narratives and why. At Red Pill Health & Wellness, we emphasize the importance of critical thinking and healthy skepticism in navigating scientific claims, encouraging a dialogue that respects the integrity of good science while remaining vigilant about its potential misapplications. As we face today’s health and wellness claims, it’s vital to apply this lens of critical inquiry. What practices endorsed today might tomorrow's evidence overturn? And how do you discern between well-founded scientific consensus and potentially misleading narratives? PS: I know there have been calls for longer form content. It's on my list, but please bear with me for now with this shorter content. For my longer form content, which takes a great deal of time to put together, please check out my Healthy & Awake Podcast. My last episode was with Dr. Peter McCullough!Healthy & Awake Podcast: Apple: https://bit.ly/44pEBV6 Spotify: https://bit.ly/47KVbBM Rumble: https://bit.ly/3HPzG6V YouTube: https://bit.ly/3SKeZjn
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Staring Down The Barrel of The Extinction of...
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 February 04 2024 at 12:01 am
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No tips, please! Phase Two. Document Seven. March, 2024 ‘For them, the universe is expanding out into an all-encompassing social media platform.’ ‘ . . . the struggle hinges on persuasion, deception, or subtle psychological manipulation.’ Dark Aeon, Joe Allen Postmodernism and Utopianism and Authoritarianism and Technology are, in combination, easily powerful enough to extinguish democracy; and that’s what happening. Let’s take a broader perspective. The Roman Empire wasn’t that large, but it was vastly larger than the city states of 3,000-4,000 B.C. The Mongols and Chinese empires were comparably large – and in 31 words, we’ve traversed five millennia. The British and Spanish colonial empires – now we’re almost in the Twentieth Century – were larger again, genuinely massive, and geographically fragmented. Technology enabled this. Technology has been the enabler from the beginning: the horse-drawn chariot, the siege engine, roads, the Mongol bow, the musket, ocean-going ships of war. One thing, however, had not been invented over the millennia: utopianism. Let’s draw a line across history in the second half of the 1800’s. Until that time, it had never been supposed that planet earth could be ‘homogenized.’ (It can’t actually be, but that has not much lessened the seductive nature of the idea.) By the 1970’s, the ‘socialist empire’ – if you include Russia and China and social-democratic nations like Australia and Canada and Sweden – was the biggest empire ever. Resources and technology (and ‘discounting the future’ with debt, etc.) provided for this. Capitalism and communism and ex-colonial nations and some other elements were engaged, for the first time in history, in a genuinely global tussle. But the advent of postmodernism and computers/the Net changed the equation again. Postmodernism empowers a moronic form of utopianism, and computers/the Net is empowering a global imposition of that form of utopianism. The thesis above is shockingly simplistic, but it puts the pieces of the puzzle together in a basically-correct manner. Utopianism is contrary to human nature. Intelligent and ruthless individuals just keep refashioning utopian empires to their own ends. China is a case in point. This brings us to February, 2024. The intelligent and ruthless element is doing yet again what it always does, but this time they have a super power, technology, which is ideally suited to a first-time-ever global authoritarian political model.
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Psychedelics and The Three Great Fears
ClintonNabess
 February 25 2024 at 06:32 pm
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Magic mushrooms are one of the most potent plant medicines in the world, when used responsibly they can be a highly effective treatment for many different mental health issues, such as addiction, depression and anxiety, just to name a few. They do not mask symptoms or temporarily numb pain but can potentially aid people in overcoming and conquering their mental health issues for good. Organically grown magic mushrooms do not have any artificial substances which means that they do not lead to many of the negative side effects associated with pharmaceutical drugs, such as dependency, disease or death, you cannot become addicted to, or overdose on magic mushrooms. Yet even though they are far safer and more effective than pharmaceutical drugs they are surrounded by hesitancy, resistance, excessive precautions, fear, stigma and prohibition. This irrational behavior is not due to any predictable risks of danger or injury but is mainly driven by unconscious fears. The issue is not that magic mushrooms are dangerous, but that the psychedelic experience that they induce triggers three unconscious fears which are present within most human beings, these are the fear of the self, the fear of the unknown and the fear of the sacred. This is why psychological development and self-knowledge are so important, without an understanding of your own psychology you are bound to be ruled by unconscious forces. Those who lack self-knowledge are not only ruled by unconscious forces but highly susceptible to self-deception as well, a man cannot think freely or independently unless he has individuated, until then he will remain bound to the collective and his thinking, words and behaviors will be constrained to the limiting beliefs and prevailing narratives of the collective unconscious. What is interesting about this phenomenon is that it does not matter if you are a highly educated and distinguished professional or an uneducated and utterly ignorant fool, both can be just as influenced by unconscious forces in the absence of self-knowledge, the study of psychology is indispensable. The fact that people can remain unconscious to such a large degree, before, during and after being educated in Western society is egregiously concerning. The psychedelic experience is one of the best ways to raise your consciousness and free yourself from the fetters and limiting beliefs of the collective unconscious. Having psychedelic experiences on a regular basis can result in massive expansions of consciousness in relatively short periods of time, one psychedelic experience may induce a greater expansion of consciousness than what may have otherwise taken years of concentrated effort to accomplish without the use of psychedelics. This can enable you to become aware of, and activate the multi-dimensional aspects of your self, affecting you mentally, emotionally, physiologically and spiritually. Magic mushrooms are often referred to as teachers or guides, they seem to have a mirroring effect which reflects the level of consciousness and state of mind of the individual, giving them only what they are ready for. The study of Jungian psychology can be used as an added form of guidance for exploring the self through the psychedelic experience and is also a powerful way to raise your consciousness in and of itself. Combining the two can act as a powerful catalyst to the initiation, amplification and acceleration of psychological development, promoting massive expansions of consciousness with a keen sense of direction and understanding. This is not to say that you should rush the process of raising your consciousness, you should always start by taking it slow and finding your own pace, going too fast can potentially overwhelm you and may lead to various psychological disturbances and imbalances. Again, this does not necessarily mean that magic mushrooms are dangerous, because you can just as well induce these psychological issues by raising your consciousness too fast through the study of Jungian psychology, even without the use of magic mushrooms. Jungian psychology and magic mushrooms are invaluable tools in the journey to self-hood and should be used by anyone who seeks self-knowledge. The biggest barrier that people face in relation to the psychedelic experience, psychological development and raising their consciousness is fear, fear hinders growth, progress and development keeping people’s psyches in a state of default. Many of the mental health issues and psychological problems that people struggle with can be greatly alleviated or even resolved by facing their fears. Arrested psychological development, fear and unconsciousness are so rampant in society that they are not only viewed as normal and acceptable, but even demanded through conformity, those who are unconscious are pathologically hostile and resistant to those who are not. One of the first steps to overcoming your fears is to become aware of them. By learning about the three great fears of the psychedelic experience you can gain great insight into yourself and how much these fears may be affecting you; this can also enable you to grasp the magnitude of how influential these fears are in dictating the behavior of entire societies. It is quite easy to notice these fears in other people, and although we can learn much from observing others, we must guard against projection and avoid getting distracted from ourselves. Far too many people get caught up in projection because it allows them to judge the shortcomings, flaws and folly of others while ignoring their own, and it always happens that what they tend to notice in others is exactly what they should be addressing within themselves. Or as Jung stated, “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”. In order to better understand these three great fears and the level of influence that they have on human behavior I will share a brief summary of each, but keep in mind that unconscious fears are complicated, they may be viewed from many different perspectives and in various combinations depending on your level of understanding. 1-The Fear of the Self Why is the fear of the self so rampant in modern societies, is it because the societies themselves are structured in a way that promotes materialism, vanity and triviality, naturally leading people to become identified with their persona, while completely neglecting or rejecting their true self? Or is it possible that the collective fear of the self has actively influenced and shaped the structure of modern societies, creating a superficial role-playing environment which is congenial to those who lack self knowledge and are only conscious of their persona? One persona is usually insignificant and will rarely play much of a role in changing or influencing the structure of a society, but millions of people who are identified with their persona can shape and mold the structure of a society to an exceptionally large degree, even if it is done unconsciously. The persona is like a mask that ‘individuals’ wear for social purposes and personal presentation, and although it is an important aspect of the self, those who are solely identified with it are predominantly unconscious. One must consciously pursue psychological development and look within to explore the self, unfortunately most people choose to shun, ignore or reject themselves out of fear, keeping their psyches in a state of default and remaining unconscious of their inner world. When an ‘individual’ chooses to shun, ignore or reject their own self, they become a puppet to unconscious forces which often turn them into their own worst enemy, wreaking havoc on their life, health and relationships through their own unconscious driven thoughts, choices and behaviors. Carl Jung summed up this phenomenon beautifully when he said, “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” This avoidance of the self is not only driven by the fear of the self, but also by a refusal to take responsibility, by remaining ignorant of the self the ‘individual’ is also choosing to remain unconscious which enables them to assume the role of a blameless victim. Unconscious ‘individuals’ are usually slaves to their lower desires, driven by greed, lust, gluttony, pleasure, distraction, etc., they will choose things, associate with people, engage in behaviors and put themselves in situations that lead to sickness, disease, depression, guilt, shame, turmoil, pain, suffering, danger, injury, abuse, etc., but will rarely ever acknowledge that the terrible things that befall them are the result of their own poor choices. Magic mushrooms may act as a solution to this because they can reconnect you to your true self, expanding your consciousness and leading you to self-knowledge, but only for those who are willing to face themselves, even in the presence of fear. Carl Jung summed up the fear of the self best when he said, “People will do anything, no matter how absurd, to avoid facing their own souls.”. Rejecting the self is not only an act of cowardice but a betrayal of the self as well, it leads to feelings of guilt, shame, regret and often drives men into states of mediocre stagnation or degenerate decline. Although the path to self-knowledge, growth and change can be challenging, it is well worth the effort, especially when you consider that the alternative is a type of unconscious self-induced hell. As hard as the journey to self-knowledge may be, it is not all bad, it is also empowering, energizing and invigorating, it can lead you to better health, vitality and a more meaningful existence. The difficulty for most people is that they have a lot of darkness that they must embrace and work through in their journey, this darkness may stem from repressed emotions, trauma or unresolved conflict. However, the most important darkness that an ‘individual’ must face is their shadow, the shadow is the dark aspect of the self which contains the qualities and traits that have been rejected because they are considered to be bad, evil or unacceptable. Most people are not consciously aware of their shadow because they have not even begun their journey to self-hood, their shadow is usually completely repressed, if they do become conscious of its influence or presence they often attempt to ignore or suppress it, but suppressing the shadow is a form of self rejection that can turn you into your own worst enemy in the same way previously mentioned. The shadow must be confronted and integrated into the personality, which is a vital part of the individuation process. The amount of darkness that an individual must embrace in their journey to self-hood will determine the potential brightness of the light that they will find in it. In this way darkness can be viewed as something good and beneficial because light could not exist without it. Or as Carl Jung wrote, “No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven unless its roots reach down to hell.”. 2-The Fear of the Unknown The fear of the unknown is one of man’s oldest and most powerful fears, people will go to great lengths to ignore, dismiss and deny the existence of certain subjects, information or ideas that may trigger this fear. The collective fear of the unknown has played a significant role in the formation of Western academia and its doctrines, many subjects are foolishly dismissed and treated as taboo, not because they are illegitimate or have been discredited, but because they frighten people and cause discomfort. This fear of the unknown is triggered by magic mushrooms because the psychedelic experience is in many ways an embodiment of the unknown and mysterious. The reaction to the psychedelic movement that took place in the sixties can give us insight into how the unconscious fears of the collective can stifle and hinder the progress and advancement of everyone. Rather than embracing and integrating these plant medicines into society, the unconscious fears of the collective and the authoritarian tyranny of the state led them to be demonized and prohibited. Much of the unconscious fear around psychedelic plant medicines has been greatly amplified by deceitful propaganda campaigns that persuaded millions of people to believe that they were dangerous drugs that would lead to addiction and self destruction. Part of the reason that these campaigns were so successful is because the fear was already present. It seems that the state may have even strategically exploited the collective fear of the unknown in a way that enabled the population to cower from their fears with a false sense of righteousness and a facade of superiority, believing themselves to be better than the “criminals”, “degenerates” and “substance abusers” who use these “dangerous” and illegal “drugs”. This behavior between the state and the population resembles that of the relationship between a narcissistic parent who shields their child from reality, this overbearing protection prevents the child from growing up, causing them to become weak, docile and delusional. Only in this case it is grown men and women who are choosing to remain in unconscious ignorance with an infantile dependence on the state to protect them, telling them what and how to think even into their old age. Conditions of safety, comfort, and ease are the very breeding grounds for what Nietzsche referred to as “the last man”, a man who lives a meaningless life of ignorance, hedonism and laziness. The most dangerous aspect of this last man lies in the fact that he is the rule, he is like an ocean of mediocrity that threatens to drown all exceptional individuals in unconsciousness and triviality, one must be a strong swimmer to endure his superfluous presence and overwhelming influence. If an individual does not allow himself time in solitude, he will end up feeling drained, demoralized and exhausted, you need to protect your energy. It is particularly important to face adversity, many men instinctively know this and seek to challenge themselves through activities that promote strength, stamina and endurance, such as weightlifting, martial arts, boxing, cold exposure etc., this is also why many men prefer to work jobs that require hard physical labor. Physical strength, stamina and endurance are invaluable, but the greatest strength we can ever attain comes from within, and it only comes to those who are willing to face their fear of the unknown. Facing your fear of the unknown in this way can be seen as a form of mental adversity which will enable you to cultivate fortitude and grit. The psychedelic experience is naturally feared because it is unknown and mysterious, but when you combine that with the fear of the self and the fear of the sacred it becomes a powerhouse of unconscious fears. Facing each of these fears through the psychedelic experience should be viewed as opportunities to become stronger by overcoming them. Fear is a great robber of life which can prevent you from reaching your highest potential, or as Joseph Campbell put it, “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek. Fear of the unknown is our greatest fear. Many of us would enter a tiger's lair before we would enter a dark cave. While caution is a useful instinct, we lose many opportunities and much of the adventure of life if we fail to support the curious explorer within us.” 3-The Fear of the Sacred The fear of the sacred is the greatest of these three fears because it encompasses the fear of the self and the fear of the unknown simultaneously. All life is sacred, including the self, but most people have become so disconnected from the sacred that they have grown to fear it, if by chance they do encounter or experience it they often interpret it as something separate from themselves, as something unknown. Magic mushrooms trigger this fear because the psychedelic experience that they induce is, or at least has the potential to become sacred depending on the nature and intention of the individual. Taking a full dose of magic mushrooms, which is five dried grams, may lead to what is referred to as a religious or mystical experience. These experiences are unique to the individual and usually difficult to articulate, but they can be broadly summed up as a powerful reconnection to the sacred aspects of reality, which include the self, the earth, nature, the cosmos and the universe. These experiences often lead to massive expansions of consciousness, psychological rebirths, personal transformations, spiritual awakenings and miraculous healings. They are usually described as the most powerful and meaningful experiences that the individual has ever had. Reconnecting to the sacred may be unfamiliar, strange and even terrifying for certain people, the further one drifts away from the sacred, the more their fear intensifies. The collective fear of the sacred is so powerful and prevalent in Western academia that it has virtually eradicated the knowledge of, relationship to and even the capability of having belief in the existence of the sacred. Much of the atheistic materialist reductionist doctrines of the West are akin to clever defense mechanisms within the collective unconscious which are meant to protect people from their fears by pretending that they do not exist, a type of denial through self-deception which masquerades as intellect. Hannah More described this cunning trickery when she said, “The ingenuity of self-deception is inexhaustible.”. Atheistic doctrines are naturally popular because they resonate with the collective unconscious, they offer the same type of protection to the masses that they do to those who create and/or regurgitate them. This is not protection from any danger or threat, but protection from fear, from facing truths, realities and subjects that trigger discomfort and uncertainty. This is why science has degenerated into somewhat of a religious cult, it is used as a haven by those who have chosen to shun the sacred out of fear. The fear of the sacred is particularly intense amongst the indoctrinated, they do not have the capacity to think beyond their education, this is the degrading and dehumanizing nature of atheistic doctrines, they mislead people into believing that they are an insignificant fluke, a product of chance in a universe with no meaning, which is a perfect recipe for nihilism. Logic would dictate that this fear of, and disconnection from the sacred would be absent in religious people, however, it is often just as strong in them as it is in their supposed opposites – atheists. Carl Jung shed some light on this paradox when he said, “One of the main functions of organized religion is to protect people from a direct experience of God.”. Those who cling to atheistic materialist reductionist doctrines are not very different from many of those who cling to religion, their behavior is simply driven by unconscious fears. Most religious people use organized religion as a form of protection from their unconscious fears in the same way that others use science. They will go through the motions of going to church, listening to a priest, reading religious texts, etc., but will avoid any deep or meaningful religious practices, such as contemplation, introspection, meditation, ceremony, ritual, etc. What is even worse is that many of them will criticize, slander and attack those who engage in these deeper religious practices, foolishly labelling anything that triggers their unconscious fears as witchcraft, summoning demons, evil, etc. Atheistic academics do the same thing by referring to such religious practices as superstitious, imaginary, hallucinatory, etc., they also do this to their scholarly opponents and critics by labelling them as pseudo-scientists, quacks and conspiracy theorists. Unconscious cowardice defends its delusions through dismissal, denial, and slander. People of this type are always compelled by programming and driven by unconscious forces; fear, conformity, tradition, convention, public opinion, political correctness, the need for acceptance, the desire to appear “good” to others, etc. The indoctrinated are often arrogant and narcissistic, when they can no longer rationally justify their position they resort to personal attacks, they will mock, scoff, ridicule, slander, sabotage and mischaracterize anyone who challenges their delusions. At this point objective truth becomes irrelevant and civilized discussion impossible, the mob will stand behind whoever affirms their delusions and embodies their ‘values’. This is why almost every position of power and influence in Western society is occupied by incompetent, mediocre and delusional men, democratically elected leaders are the epitome of the unconscious mob. Or as H. L. Mencken stated, “Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.”. Being disconnected from the sacred is a disease and shunning its existence out of fear is cowardice, the reason people are so resistant and hostile to the truth is because they are scared to face reality. Or as Friedrich Nietzsche put it, “Sometimes people don't want to hear the truth because they don't want their illusions destroyed.” Nietzsche was well aware of man’s propensity to shun reality by creating phantasmagorical worlds in which he could shelter himself from his fears and from truths which he was not willing to face. In The Will to Power he wrote, “Metaphysics, morality, religion, science – they are portrayed in this book as nothing more than different forms of deception; with their help we can believe in life. ‘Life is supposed to inspire confidence’; the task thus imposed is tremendous. In order to solve this problem, man must already be an inveterate liar, but he must above all else be an artist. And so he is: metaphysics, religion, morality, science – all are mere artefacts of his determination to create appearances, to lie, to escape from ‘truth’, to deny the ‘truth’. This ability, man’s artistic ability par excellence, thanks to which he violates reality with his lies – he has in common with all that is. After all, he himself is a part of reality, truth and nature; how could he help but share in its genius for lying!...”.
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Self Lies
Numapepi
 February 18 2024 at 03:27 pm
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Self Lies Posted on February 18, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It seems to me, there’s no more harmful lies, than the ones we tell ourselves. Lies like, “I’m a good person, my side is always right, my group is the best, we’re the only people who are virtuous, we’re so smart we should make all the decisions, I’m so smart I should make all the decisions, etc…” We lie to ourselves all the time. Some lies are harmless, but others are dangerous to our society, nation and very souls. No place do lies put us in more danger than when engaged in politics. Because politics is the nexus of so many raw nerves. Our interests, tribalism, team spirit, cultural ideas, law, religious tenets, wealth, fairness, etc… They’re tied up in politics to some extent. As a result we lie to ourselves even about our motivations. Often to suppress the cognitive dissonance that comes from those self lies. Both the left and the right, liberal and conservative, has a role to play in governance. As long as neither becomes hegemonic. A leftist is the type of person who will witness someone diving into a pond, and smashing their face into a rock, then being rushed to the emergency room, in close proximity to death… and will jump in the pond at the same spot. Then lament how it’s possible they could have smashed their face on a rock too. Because they’re adventurous, care free and heedless of danger. While a conservative will witness the same thing, and swim elsewhere. Without the adventurous, we stagnate, without conservatism, we smash our faces into rocks. Making the lie, our side should always have hegemonic power, because, whatever self lie we currently believe… very dangerous. The “I’m a good person…” lie is deadly. It can be exploited to cover a multitude of sins. This is a reason that when we do a bad thing to someone, even by accident, we tend not to like that person. Because, since we ourselves are good people, and we wouldn’t harm an innocent person, because that would conflict with our self image, that other person must be bad. This calms the cognitive dissonance that we feel from harming an innocent person, even accidentally. Do you think the Nazi death camp guards thought themselves evil people? Of course not. They thought themselves the good guys. They justified their atrocities by believing wholeheartedly, the innocents they were murdering were bad. Even the children. Like abortionists, Islamists and elitists do today. The simple fact of the matter is, your not a good person, nor am I, at best we’re bad people trying to be good. Bypassing that truth with a lie isn’t going to make us good people. It’ll only make us demons without a conscience. Moreover, holding to a belief, in the face of obvious evidence to the contrary, makes us stupid. Believing in absurdity is one of the hallmarks of stupidity. Plus, being unwilling to reexamine a belief, is proof of stupidity. The elite then, who believe killing a large percentage of the human race, to bring humanity in line with the planet’s carrying capacity, to maybe prevent a greater catastrophe later, is engaging in this kind of stupidity. Thinking they’re good people, and doing evil, is justified by the logic, the people they harm must be bad. Like those bad Maga republicans. Lies are dangerous but the ones we tell ourselves are the most dangerous. Because they sooth our conscience making us demons, allow us to believe absurdities, and make us stupid. I would argue that most if not all the problems we face as a species, now, are due to our lying to ourselves. The elite today believe absurdities, that fly in the face of history, because they’re lying to themselves. Do you think “judge” Engoron thinks his abuse of the law to get Trump is a bad thing? Or makes him a bad person? Of course not. He knows in his carbide heart, he’s the good guy. What other role of law than to be exploited to destroy bad people like Trump. Why is Trump evil? Because Engoron hates Trump, and since the “judge” is a good person, Trump must deserve it. So, again, we smash our faces into a rock. Sincerely, John Pepin
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Beyond Conformity
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 February 11 2024 at 05:27 am
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Remember the time when mandates were being pushed, and disagreeing with the 'experts' was shunned? It was a period that starkly highlighted a troubling trend: such environments prioritize enforcing conformity over nurturing individual free-choice. They erode our autonomy, undermining our ability to make decisions for ourselves, and impose a one-size-fits-all approach. Red Pill Health & Wellness is more than just a coaching service; it's a commitment to fostering genuine personal growth and understanding. We stand firmly against the tide of conformity, choosing instead to honor the uniqueness of each individual's health journey. By engaging in collaborative critical thinking, we create a space where diverse perspectives are not just heard but are integral to our collective growth. Our aim is to craft strategies that resonate with your personal path, challenging the norm and embracing what truly works for you. In this spirit, I actively practice what we preach. Here, we encourage open dialogue and the exchange of differing opinions. Disagreeing posts aren’t deleted; they're welcomed. This approach extends beyond just our platform to my personal life, where I consciously surround myself with a variety of viewpoints. It's a deliberate choice to strengthen intellectual resilience and foster a broader understanding of the world around us. How do you sift through the vast health information and advice to find what genuinely works for you? Have there been instances where you’ve had to question widely accepted health norms to align with your own beliefs or needs? Moreover, how do you perceive the role of engaging with opposing viewpoints in strengthening your intellectual and personal development?
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After Our Failures: Mark 14:27-31
Cam
 January 30 2024 at 12:04 pm
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During the supper Jesus shared with His disciples on the night He was betrayed and arrested, Jesus shares a prophecy with them that makes them all a little uneasy. Jesus also tries to point them towards His resurrection, but it seemed to fall on deaf ears because of the earlier statement. Both Mark and Matthew record this conversation. Mark tells us that Jesus said, “You will all fall away, for it is written:” “‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’” (Mark 14:27 NIV) But before they could interrupt Him, Jesus concludes this statement pointing towards His resurrection saying, “But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.” (Mark 14:28 NIV) Peter is stuck on the earlier statement Jesus made, and we tend to focus in on Jesus’ prediction about him, but if we look closely, Mark tells us that Peter was not alone in his vocal commitment to Jesus. Both Mark and Matthew tell us that Peter insisted, “‘Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.’ And all the others said the same.” (Mark 14:31 & Matthew 26:35 NIV) We tend to focus on Peter and his big denial, but all the remaining ten disciples said the same according to both Mark & Matthew. They all vocalized their commitment to Jesus. At this point in the night, Judas had already left and was headed to the Jewish leaders and to round up the mob that would arrest Jesus. The remaining ten disciples shared Peter’s commitment to Jesus; they just weren’t as vocal about it. This makes me wonder if this passage, and what ultimately happens, hints at how easy it is for people to silently fall away. One disciple, Peter, went down in a big way, but the other ten loyal disciples all scatter without a word. While John and Peter follow from a distance, and John doesn’t have the same big failure Peter had, the other nine are silently gone, and we only see them later together, gathered back in the upper room. In our own lives, while we may fail God in a big way, it is also possible to fail in subtle and more silent ways. Staying quiet when we should speak is often just as bad as saying the wrong thing when we should have been silent. Both are missed opportunities. This passage cautions me to be wary of the subtle ways I can mess up – but it also gives hope that regardless of how public or silent my failure is, Jesus is ready to forgive and accept me back. He wanted to meet the disciples at Galilee after He had risen, and that was to welcome them back after their failures. This post first appeared on ReflectiveBibleStudy.com What do you think? Do you agree/disagree? Leave your thoughts below.
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The Joy of Suffering
christianhartis
 February 15 2024 at 09:39 pm
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James 1:2-4 reads, "Consider it all joy, my brothers and sisters, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. " To be tested and challenged is an opportunity for faith to be tested, and these trials are inevitable for James declares, "when you encounter..." not if you encounter or you may encounter, but, "when." The most faithful believer is not exempt from this verification check on faith. Therefore, the prescribed posture of Christian is joy in the midst of adversity. How often do we successfully respond in this manner? Endurance must be built and we find this parallel in the human body. A muscle must be stressed and worked beyond its default function to increase strength. The mind must be intrigued and introduced to different perspectives, ideas, and issues to grow in perspective and in versatility. When endurance has its perfect result, the believer is considered complete...perfectly submitted to Christ...lacking in nothing. This parallels so acutely with Psalm 23 Verse 1, "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want." Full surrender to God's authority and lordship equates to contentment...contentment is prescribed in the midst of consequence, evildoers, and our own carnality may produce an instinctive longing for temporal relief and escape from discomfort and pain...that escape...that relief will not produce endurance. Rather, when we chase our instinctive solutions we cultivate addiction and idolatry...the enemies of spiritual endurance and faith. So what, then, shall we rejoice in while our circumstances crumble around us, our securities deteriorate, and crises abound? I shall not boast in anything No power, no gifts, no wisdom But I will boast in Jesus Christ His death and resurrection There but for the grace of God, go I.
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When I say "I" I over-complicate it
John Aufenanger
 February 09 2024 at 07:45 pm
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Ultimately, there is a single place at the end of every road. It is the place from which there is no where else to go. It is where we are now. Indeed, we have never left this place. There is nothing to be said, nothing to be thought, no action to be accomplished that can possibly lead elsewhere. Everything that seems to happen is happening to awaken us to the realization that we are here. There is no there. This is why Life. There is no way to mess it up. There is no way to get it wrong. There is no wrong path. There is choice, but we are not it. We may organize, polemicize, problematize, and politicize. We may destroy the Earth while on the path, even with the high motive of putting down a species that is suffering beyond belief. Or, we may commit vile atrocities, engage in warfare and governments, unleashing every possible Hell. No matter. All of Experience - whatever it looks like - is happening to awaken us. As I write the first word I over-complicate it. When I say "I" I overcomplicate it. Our problem - (there is no problem) - is that what we are cannot be found in the mind. It is too simple for the mind to grasp. Which vegetable is the nicest vegetable? A sweet potato. Peace, friends. %Ggfyrdgdyhfyg ugu yfey igfdy onvdf ohfdgx urtdy b gvjyfudt 7 go get ougfdy kgfyddt ugdtfd kughgdty ugffhhdtu uggsfg hfhffydg htutry uuty urr6yud just red d utfgdx hfftegj ufutt if guy ufgvdurfb urggd
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PARTY - MEANINGSTREAM 492 | STREAM
Akira The Don
 February 05 2024 at 11:46 am
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Some of this stream has been muted, due to copyright claims. Patrons can stream the full unedited video, and download the audio and video here, meanwhile Youtube channel members can download the video and audio here. GOING IN WITH ALL THE POWER OF A BILLION ANDREW WKs! IT'S TIME TO PAAAAARTY! TRACKLISTING Porter Robinson - Sad Machine (kd Remix)Adele - Hello - Marshmello RemixWiz Khalifa - Hella OsRich Gang ft Young Thug & Rich Homie Quan - Lifestyle (Intro Dirty)T-Pain vs UB40 - Buy U A Red Red Drank (DJ Quickie Blend / Clean / Intro)CHVRCHES - The Mother We ShareLuniz - I Got 5 On ItWu-Tang Clan - Bring The Ruckus (Dirty / Short Edit)K?d - Find Paradise (Show Edit)Big Tymers - Still FlyDon Henley - The Boys Of Summer (Re-Drum)Warren G - This D.J. (Remix)Riff Raff - Let Me DriveNas - If I Ruled The World feat Lauren HillEn Vogue - My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)James Brown x Notorious B.I.G vs. Anderson Paak - The Realest Come Down (Mighty Mi Then & Now Blend / Dirty)Panjabi MC - Mundian To Bach Ke - Mike Mason RemixPanjabi MC ft. Jay-Z - Beware of the Boys (Mundian To Bach Ke)Bloodywood - Punjabi MetalSnow - InformerQ Tip - Breathe And Stop (Intro Outro) (Clean)Eve ft. Gwen Stefani - Let Me Blow Ya Mind - Punkie Moombahton Bootleg (Dirty)French Montana ft Swae Lee - Unforgettable (Dirty)Rihanna ft. Drake - Work - Phil N Good Tropical RemixPete Rock & C.L. Smooth - They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)Bart Simpson - Do the BartmanCoolio - Fantastic Voyage (Timber Mix)EMF - UnbelievableDJ Felli Fel ft Akon, Diddy, Ludacris & Lil' Jon - Get Buck In HereJa Rule - Livin' It UpMantronix - Got To Have Your Love (Club Edit)Stevie Wonder - Superstition (Select Mix Remix)Digital Underground - The Humpty DanceKelis - Trick MeUNKLE, Ian Brown - Be ThereDJ Kool vs. JSTJR - Let Me Clear My Throat (NOVA 'Culo Pa' Bootleg) (Dirty)k7 - Come Baby ComeAaliyah feat. Slick Rick - Got to Give It UpPublic Enemy - Harder Than You Think (Featurecast Remix)Will Smith - Gettin' Jiggy With ItBee Gees - Night Fever (Intro Clean)bbno$, Rich Brian - edamame (feat. Rich Brian)House Of Pain - Jump AroundKriss Kross - JumpDestiny's Child - Jumpin' Jumpin'Van Halen - Jump (Intro)Depeche Mode - Just Can't Get EnoughThe Reflex - Rock The Casbah • The Reflex Re√isionKeith Murray - The Most Beautifullest Thing In This World (Dirty / Short Edit)Cee-Lo - Fck You [Joe Maz Remix]The Who vs Kasta x Galantis x Raven & Kreyn - Baba O'Riley (Fuseamania Bootleg)Eric Prydz - Call on MeBoys Town Gang - Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Original Extended VersionVarious - Elton John & Kiki Dee - Don't Go Breaking My HeartLulu & The Luvvers - ShoutVan Morrison - Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)Fugees - Killing me softlySemisonic - Closing Time (Intro / Cold Out)
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A new report exposes the dubious claims made...
angelobottone
 February 16 2024 at 11:06 pm
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If all mothers are out working, which is what the Government seems to want, and most young children are in daycare, shouldn’t we closely examine the benefits of this aim from the point of view of mothers, children and society? The question is particularly relevant in light of the carers’ referendum on March 8th. Many claims are made by politicians and others about the benefits of putting young children into daycare. A big one is that it creates a more equal society by closing achievement gaps among children from different socio-economic backgrounds. However, a new study by the think tank Civitas challenges this and other claims made about daycare. The report, called ‘Universal childcare: is it good for children?’, is based on a big review of international research about the supposed benefits of daycare and one conclusion it arrives at is that the evidence does not strongly support the claim that it leads to a more equal society by improving the academic performance of less advantaged children. While high-quality childcare can benefit older children (above three years) from disadvantaged backgrounds in the short term, it is unclear if these benefits last into adulthood or lead to better job prospects and earnings. There is little research showing a link between daycare and life-long benefits. Any money spent by the State must be justified. The State is pouring lots of money into subsidising daycare. The burden of proof is on the State to demonstrate the benefits of this. That evidence seems to be much weaker than most people suspect. To cut a long story short, other influences on a child are far stronger than time spent in daycare, unless the child is from a very poor and dysfunctional family in which case target subsidised daycare at this group rather than providing universal subsidies. The Civitas report says: “The research consistently finds that family characteristics, parenting and the home learning environment have a more significant influence on children’s development than childcare. These factors are also more important than family income. The quality of care a child receives in the home can be high or low, independent of the family’s socio-economic status. Formal childcare only offers development benefits for children if it replaces lower quality care. If a parent is able and willing to provide high quality care in the home, then long hours in formal childcare may be detrimental rather than beneficial for the child’s development”. The reports also says that the effect of subsidised daycare on maternal employment is mixed and modest at best. Advocates says it increases employment rates among mothers, but even if this is a desirable outcome (it is only desirable if it is what mothers want), there is little evidence State-subsidised daycare has much effect on maternal employment rates either way. Subsidised childcare may help mothers who avail of it financially, but it doesn’t necessarily empower all women, as it assumes all women prefer to work rather than care for their children at home. This overlooks the value many women place on raising their children themselves. This is a very relevant point in the context of the carers’ referendum. The push to make it normal for children to be cared for by someone other than their mothers is based on a few assumptions: that moving childcare from homes won’t hurt children, parents, or society; that it’s more important for a mother to be involved in work than with her children and family; and that having a job is empowering and rewarding for women, while taking care of the home and children is not seen as valuable. The report notes that “while these beliefs are influential in academic and political circles, evidence suggests that they are not representative of the values and beliefs of the general population.” A survey commissioned by the Iona Institute a few years ago found that only 17pc of respondents preferred to use day-care for their children under the age of five, while 49pc of respondents preferred to mind their offspring at home and a 27pc preferred a family member to do so. The report by Civitas concludes that universal childcare has not shown the big benefits claimed by its advocates. The quality of daycare provided is critical, but it is hard to ensure that it surpasses the care provided by a loving family at home. This being so, why is the Government so determined to have as many mothers as possible in the workplace and to end the Constitution’s commitment to try and protect mothers from being forced out of the home due to economic necessity? Image by Esi Grünhagen from Pixabay
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MAGA vs Trump Derangement Syndrome
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 February 14 2024 at 01:40 am
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The only thing people love more than categorizing themselves is putting others into categories. This tendency isn't merely a social habit; it's deeply ingrained in our psychology, stemming from a hardwired mechanism known as the ingroup-outgroup bias. This bias has roots in our survival instincts, helping our ancestors quickly distinguish friend from foe. However, in the modern context, this instinct often leads to oversimplification and stifles nuanced thinking. While categorization can sometimes offer accurate descriptions, it more frequently serves as a mental shortcut that undermines critical thinking, productive dialogue, and the exchange of ideas, ultimately dividing us more than uniting us. Consider the example of Donald Trump, a figure who polarizes like few others. On one side, there are individuals whose devotion might resemble a cult. On the opposite end, there are those who exhibit what has been termed "Trump Derangement Syndrome," a level of opposition that can be just as extreme. I've seen people from both extremes, and as is often the case, the most reasoned perspective likely lies somewhere in the middle. The appeal of categorization is understandable; it simplifies the complex web of human thought and behavior. But here's the crucial point: critical thinking was never meant to be easy. It challenges us to move beyond the lowest hanging fruit, to question our assumptions, and to extend the benefit of the doubt rather than relying on labels that allow us to make quick judgments. This intellectual shortcut shares its roots with mechanisms that drive deeper societal divides, such as racism—a divisive, 'divide and conquer' strategy. Despite these tendencies, we must remember that most of us share more common ground than divisive narratives suggest. It's too easy to view those with differing opinions as enemies rather than as fellow humans with whom we simply disagree. Choosing understanding and critical engagement over categorization and division reflects our strength and intelligence. How can we work to overcome our ingrained biases and look beyond labels to see the complex individuals behind them? What steps can we take to foster empathy and understanding, bridging the divides that these biases reinforce? Healthy & Awake Podcast: Apple: https://bit.ly/44pEBV6Spotify: https://bit.ly/47KVbBMRumble: https://bit.ly/3HPzG6VYouTube: https://bit.ly/3SKeZjn
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Never Ashamed: Luke 9:21-27
Cam
 February 06 2024 at 11:51 am
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Probably the most clear and direct statement about Jesus comes immediately after He shared about His upcoming death and resurrection. While Jesus sets the bar for following Him really low, in some ways it is ridiculously high as well. Luke tells us that after Jesus shared about His upcoming arrest and death, He tells all those who are present, “If you want to come with me, you must forget yourself, take up your cross every day, and follow me. For if you want to save your own life, you will lose it, but if you lose your life for my sake, you will save it. Will you gain anything if you win the whole world but are yourself lost or defeated? Of course not! If you are ashamed of me and of my teaching, then the Son of Man will be ashamed of you when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.” (Luke 9:23-26 GNT) On one hand, the requirements Jesus sets for us are really low. They are not based on social status, financial status, or popularity. These things have hierarchy and they are ways of measuring people in relation to other people. But everyone has the breath of life in them, and it is this life that Jesus refers to. While the cross Jesus took up was a literal cross, and while many of the disciples and first followers of Jesus also ultimately took up literal crosses, Jesus is speaking figuratively of challenges that come against our faith in Him. When we choose to go with Jesus, the first thing He says is that our “self” should be left behind. If we are trying to bring our lives and our stuff along on the trip with Jesus, we will not be able to keep up. Jesus tells us, “if you want to save your own life, you will lose it, but if you lose your life for my sake, you will save it” (Luke 9:24 GNT) This sounds backwards, but it speaks to the focus we should have for our lives. If we focus on building ourselves up, or on acquiring all we can in this world, it won’t mean anything if we miss this one point. When time ends, the only decision that will have mattered is whether we have placed God/Jesus as first in our lives. And Jesus finishes this idea out by saying another easy-to-understand idea that is also challenging to apply. “If you are ashamed of me and of my teaching, then the Son of Man will be ashamed of you when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.” (Luke 9:26 GNT) When we have chosen to follow Jesus, we should never be ashamed of our decision. We can expect to face challenges, and we can expect that there will be those who don’t understand, but if we hold on tightly to our faith and belief in Jesus, and we are never ashamed of our association with Jesus, then He will stick up for us when He returns in His glory with the Father and His angels. This post first appeared on ReflectiveBibleStudy.com What do you think? Do you agree/disagree? Leave your thoughts below.
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“And” is Better than “Or”: Matthew 23:1-36
Cam
 February 02 2024 at 12:25 pm
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Tucked within Matthew’s chapter full of Jesus’ challenges to the scribes and Pharisees, we can find an interesting concept played out regarding what God wants from His people and how the religious leaders missed it. In these challenges, Matthew tells us Jesus said, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others. You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!” (Matthew 23:23-24 NASB95) This section describes how the scribes and Pharisees were incredibly detailed and meticulous, but in their laser-like focus on certain religious instructions, they had missed the big picture of what God wanted. When reading this section, it is easy to get caught in an “either/or” mentality. We see how these religious leaders were exceptionally detailed with their tithing, but they missed out on the justice, mercy, and faithfulness aspects of the law. If we are not careful, any four of these sections can be focused on at the exclusion of the others. Just like tithe can become the primary focus, so could justice, mercy, or faithfulness. If justice is focused on like these leaders focused on their tithing, then we will find a group of believers who are critical of others and any sins they see present in those around them. If mercy was focused on like these leaders focused on their tithing, then we will find a group of believers that resemble a support group, and while it is a prime place for people to go to be accepted, they may not actually grow out of their challenges or towards God. If faithfulness was focused on like these leaders focused on their tithing, then we might find a group of believers who have such high personal standards that others may be turned off and think that they would never fit in or be welcome. Focusing on only one of the four areas Jesus describes misses God’s picture for His people. Jesus finishes by emphasizing the importance of all four areas when He says, “These are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.” (Matthew 23:23b NASB95) Moving forward with our faith, trust, and belief in Jesus should balance these four areas. We should focus on being faithful, extending mercy, displaying justice/justness, and giving generously. When we have these areas of our lives and character in balance, then we are living as Jesus lived, and being the people God created us to be. This post first appeared on ReflectiveBibleStudy.com What do you think? Do you agree/disagree? Leave your thoughts below.
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Food Marketing Madness
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 January 30 2024 at 11:18 pm
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The irony in our food choices often reflects deeper contradictions in our understanding of what's 'natural' or 'healthy'. On one hand, there's a vocal opposition to cow's milk as 'unnatural,' yet many turn to almond milk, which undergoes its own 'unnatural' process. This highlights how the concept of healthiness in food is not only diverse but also deeply subjective and often debated. At Red Pill Health & Wellness, we steer clear of prescribing a 'one-size-fits-all' diet. Instead, we engage in 'collaborative critical thinking' to determine what works best for each individual. Our approach isn't about rigidly dictating food choices; it's about building a flexible, personalized lifestyle that aligns with your needs and preferences without being overly restrictive or dogmatic. As for me, I love a good steak, but I'm not shy about experimenting with my diet. It's all about balance and listening to your body. This leads to an important question: How do you assess what's right for you when it comes to food? What are your criteria for choosing your meals, and how do you balance personal enjoyment with health considerations? Struggling with consistent health habits? Click the link in my profile for guidance on creating lasting behavioral changes. _________________________________________________________________ 🧠 "Collaborative Critical Thinking" Unleashed: As a Board-Certified Health Coach, I guide you through personalized strategies for optimal health and awareness. Explore more at www.redpillhealthandwellness.com. ⏳ Check out "Creating Time Wealth" Early Bird Presale: https://www.redpillhealthandwellness.com/creating-time-wealth-landing-page 👓 Get the stylish BonCharge Glasses I wear—15% off with code 'healthy-and-awake'. https://bit.ly/3ZtPFPv 🛒 🌐 Your one-stop hub for all things Healthy & Awake: www.mikevera.com 🍏 Elevate your health with my coaching and online programs: www.redpillhealthandwellness.com 📚 Books for critical thinkers—Healthy & Awake Book List: https://bit.ly/3PNN7Js 💌 Get weekly health insights and podcast updates: https://www.redpillhealthandwellness.com/newsletter 📢 Heads up: The links in the episode's show notes are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links is a great way to support the show—at no extra cost to you! Twitter: https://twitter.com/red_pill_healthFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/healthyandawakepodcastInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/healthyandawakepodcast/Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@healthyandawakepodcastRumble: https://rumble.com/c/c-3481244LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelfvera/TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@red_pill_health New Healthy & Awake Telegram Community: https://t.me/healthyandawake
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Food for democratic (and not 'of democrats')...
Este
 February 19 2024 at 03:17 pm
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Somewhere on Quora: "The bloody Chinese Cultural Revolution shows that one should always be wary of peasant coming into power shouting slogans. They are not champions of democracy as you think, they think they ARE the democracy. Whatever they say right is right." I remember reading something in a piece of literature (fiction) that sounded remarkably similar - "What do the beavers know?" - referring to how the apex predators actually moderate their entire food chains due to their self interest in having a consistently abundant supply of prey.So, what about it? What can I say? While the left jumps on the "carnivore bad" band wagon that just illustrates a refusal of rigor of thought; while the right just keeps saying "agree! agree! AGREE!"; I'm unsure where to find myself in that spectrum. May be, just may be, one day I will. Or, may be, I'll die trying. Alternatively still, I might just forget about this shortly after writing this. Only to be vaguely reminded of this a later day, whereupon, I either fail (refuse?) to think too much about it, or, really expand on it. We'll see, I guess. Yeah. We will see. PS> There is no reason to read this PS. Or, even a real reason that it has to even exist, in the first place. Other than, that is, to please our beloved TS overlord (That is, the application rule they choose to deploy, that I must enter two hundred and fifty counts of these linguistic components called Words, into these lines, to finally let them deem me eligible to post). Or rather, deem my thought eligible to be posted. Now, since these are just my thoughts that I’m posting here and may, more likely than not, NOT be two hundred and fifty words long, this PS piece might see repetition across my posts, potentially with some changes. Who know – I guess, once again – we’ll see.
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Don't Trust Corporate Media
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 February 23 2024 at 05:12 pm
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It always catches me off guard to hear that some still place their trust in mainstream media, especially when overall trust in these outlets is at an all-time low. And frankly, there are valid reasons for this skepticism. Time and again, we've seen instances where the news has distorted the truth or, in some cases, outright lied. Consider the recent years, where we were told with unwavering certainty that a certain intervention was safe and effective. Those who dared to question were not just criticized but often ostracized. This topic of media trust—or the lack thereof—is something we've delved into on the Healthy & Awake Podcast, recognizing the shift towards independent voices as a pivotal moment in our collective search for truth. But perhaps it's more accurate to refer to it not as mainstream media but as corporate media. These entities often seem to echo what you want to hear, leading to polarized takes on nearly every issue. On one end, there's Fox; on the other, CNN. Each represents a distinct camp or political ideology, turning the other into something akin to an enemy. Adhering to one side's narrative often labels you as misguided by the other. This division does more to misinform and divide us than to bring any semblance of truth or unity. This polarization is why there's a growing trust in independent voices—commentators, journalists, podcasters—who step away from state-sponsored narratives. I see this shift as a positive development, a move towards authenticity and away from a media landscape riddled with deception and lies. The crumbling of the corporate media system under the weight of its own failures is, in my view, a cause for celebration. It's a clear signal that people are tired of being misled. But, of course, these are just my thoughts. What's your take on this? Do you see the rise of independent media as a step forward, or are there aspects of mainstream media that still hold value?
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The Call For Us All: Matthew 8:18-22
Cam
 January 31 2024 at 12:19 pm
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A theme among many of these passages is that as I read each segment while preparing these journal articles, I am amazed at what is said, and what is not said. My brain likes to fill in and assume some of the missing details, but in reality, the opposite could have happened. This passage is a clear example of one where my brain has filled in details that are not present. Other places and invitations Jesus gives say that the invitee goes away sorrowfully or chooses to leave instead – but this passage is clearly silent on this. It is an assumption to think that the man left to bury his father just as it is an assumption to think that he seized the opportunity and followed Jesus. After verse 22, Matthew switches gears and the disciples leave the area in a boat with Jesus. Why would Matthew have not included a few words to indicate the man’s choice? It could have been as simple as “He joined.” or “He left.” Let’s look again at details included in the passage – perhaps Matthew does give an answer. Verse 21 gives us a solid clue, because it clearly says that the one asking Jesus was one of His disciples. Now think with me for a minute: Would Jesus say “Follow Me” to someone who was already currently a disciple? Maybe, because we do see Him say this a second time to Peter following His resurrection (John 21:19) but I am inclined to believe that Matthew tips us off to this being the call of a less prominent disciple. It would be interesting to know which disciple asked the question, but perhaps the point in this passage is not teaching us about one individual’s call, but instead about a call to follow that we all receive. We are all called to follow Jesus, and while I don’t think Jesus wanted to insult the memory of the disciple’s father, I believe He wanted to shift our focus onto the things that really matter – specifically towards the future life for those who believe in Him. This post first appeared on ReflectiveBibleStudy.com What do you think? Do you agree/disagree? Leave your thoughts below.
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Two Types of Relativists
Toby Walker
 February 16 2024 at 08:07 pm
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While recently discussing Ruyong Wang’s 2004 unequivocal linearization of the Sagnac effect, I have come to realize there are 2 different philosophical camps of relativists: Covariant relativists do not seem to grasp the problem, or simply ignore and disregard the generalization of the Sagnac effect. Many of them likely don’t understand its implication to their paradigm, and continue to operate under the assumption that Special Relativity provides predictive value over classical mechanics (which it does not). Pure relativists understand the problem of the generalization of the Sagnac effect, and are forced to philosophically embrace a reality which is wholly relative to the observer, and unexplainable in the context of reality, as illustrated below: A QUEST FOR THE ORIGIN OF THE SAGNAC EFFECT - BHADRA, GHOSE, RAYCHAUDHURI - 2022 The important distinction here, is that the covariant relativist believes that Special and General Relativity can be reliably used to make “pre-dictions.” (this is dynamics) The pure relativist has realized, and accepted, that the theories they hold true exclusivley make ad-hoc “post-dictions” (which are kinematic). Pure relativists have accepted the philosphical and religious leap that must be taken, of a universe which is wholly relative to the observer. When one is forced to Lorentz transform a local Sagnac effect, and deny the direct relationship of the velocity of the moving fiber, with the velocity of c, one is forced to deny logic, and take a massive philosphical leap. Generalized Sagnac Effect A Landmark Experiment: The Linear Sagnac Test of Ruyong Wang A Quest for the Origin of the Sagnac Effect Sagnac Effect and Pure Geometry
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State of Oklahoma Developing AI Digital...
RJGonTS
 February 01 2024 at 09:44 pm
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In the name of taxpayer dollar efficiency, the State of Oklahoma is wanting to create digital full time employees ( AI based FTEs), and asking their workforce to embrace this by adopting digital FTE team members. https://www.govtech.com/artificial-intelligence/oklahoma-governor-says-ai-can-eliminate-government-redundancy?_hsmi=292120740 I have some concerns. I believe the aim of efficiency with taxpayer dollars for government services is a worthy aim; One concern I have is that a government entity is giving tacit approval through its public promotion of an approach that aims to " Establish an AI digital workforce task force to encourage the existing workforce to incorporate more digital employees", and its example for other enterprises to do the same. (FPOV recommendation). https://app.box.com/s/xt2wwek5mi1b11zeb7vsnrrzpdivdhv8 It would seem in this announcement and recommendations the seeds of employment displacement are being planted, (see linked BLS/Gallup/MIT/BostonU study page 5 highlighted text). https://app.box.com/s/509wdxcbfeift1u43vxo8sueba9d6cbp I believe when people are no longer economically relevant it won't be long before they are socially marginalized and then become existentially under threat. I believe it is clear that the State of Oklahoma, in its zeal to lead from the emerging future, is miscalculating its own impact to statewide corporate employment. IMHO, This trajectory's will lead to Oklahoma's primary export becoming policy and technology driven unrecoverable joblessness. (Career Lifecycle Education and UBI not withstanding) I believe their approach will inflict needless suffering, and if the corporate C-suite simply follows the State of Oklahoma's lead, along with industry AI vendors, Microsoft, Amazon, Google, OpenAI, they will be steamrolled into thoughtless AI adoption which will use corporate payroll transfer to their monetize their stacks. (BLS/Gallup - reinstatement effect of technological adoption). In collaborative and cooperative production our world has been characterized by relationships that are alliances or rivalries. Where does AI, robotics and automation align to relationships in this regard? A more pressing question is where does our own government's intentions fall in that characterization? I ask for members of this community to start conversations in their circles and with their leadership on the need for a better paradigm of generative value architecture between humans and AI; this development with the State of Oklahoma is the perfect opportunity to raise the need to do so. I believe there should be a paradigm and principled approach that is more considered that helps enterprises preserve customers, margin (profit) and jobs. Let this be a race to the top for excellence, and delivering human-centric differentiated value, rather than a race to the bottom through initiatives that only aim to use AI used for job replacement and the type of cost cutting approaches that lead to commodification of intelligence. I presented a new paradigm approach at a recent AI Innovation Ecosystem - Economic Development Conference. https://app.box.com/s/2mw4pzwe6l3vvy0hu1lupr1dqvlyssgm I am looking for opportunities to influence leaders and impact outcomes. Contact me with questions or opportunities. - RGJonTS
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The Allais Effect and the Anisotropy of Space
Toby Walker
 February 16 2024 at 08:23 pm
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During the solar eclipse of 1954, Nobel laureate Maurice Allais observed anomalous behavior of his pendulum. This effect was named “The Allais Effect,” and subsequent study has been largely neglected, due to a philosphical bias, and the implications of the results. I have been having a hard time finding information about the book Maurice Allais published in 1997: “The Anisotropy of Space: The necessary revision of certain postulates of contemporary theories.” Why is this? Looking at the content, it becomes obvious why modern physics tries to bury Allais’s work, and the anomaly of the Allais effect, as it directly contradicts modern theories: Maurice Allais continued to observe his pendulum over the years, and found that the variations in the precession rate, were relative to the sidereal motion of the Sun and Moon: Maurice Allais had a lot to say about gravity too. Translation: “It is therefore appropriate to consider that the current laws of gravitation are in no way the perfectly verified, definitive, and immutable laws, on which one bases the assertion that my experimental results are contrary to all the experience acquired in the field of astronomy. These laws, like all experimental laws, are only verified with a certain approximation.” Allais also disagreed with Newton: The ISBN of the book is 2-908735-09-1. The book was published in 1997, but according to Wikipedia, it does not exist: It’s important to note, that in 1970, a paper from a Harvard lab was published corroborating Allais’s results, and indicating that they had been measuring the same effects for 17 years. 1970 Solar Eclipse as Seen by a Torsion Pendulum
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Trust
Numapepi
 January 28 2024 at 04:31 pm
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Trust Posted on January 28, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It seems very frustrating to me, that we can’t trust a word from the mouths of the experts, government or press anymore. They’re all the worse kind of liars. Lying when the truth would serve them better. What I find so annoying about this, is that before I can give a smidgen of credence to anything they utter… I have to do a TON of research. Then I don’t trust most source either. So I’m reduced to reproducing experimental outcome. Which, obviously, as a curmudgeonly old guy with limited resources, isn’t always possible. I can feel my blood pressure rise whenever I hear the term, “The science says…” as if there’s a deity, the Science, that speaks to us… omnipotent, omniscient and benevolent. When in reality, it’s a bunch of psychopaths, trying to manipulate us into self harm. I used to trust the experts back in the day. It seemed they were more human hearted then. I can’t imagine any of my childhood doctors ever tolerating sterilizing a child. They would have become violent at such a notion. They certainly worked with far less. No MRI, PET Scans, or stents… they had to use their knowledge and intuition. Humanity and empathy was a big part of their practice. I suspect that kept a lot of psychopaths from many expert professions back then. Today, if you see a doctor, it’s for a moment and they usually don’t talk, they read what the nurse wrote. Any ache or pain befuddles them without fifty thousand in tests. Then those tests are usually inconclusive so they want to do exploratory surgery. Like anyone wants a demonstrated incompetent carving on them with a knife. My trust of government when I was a kid was Pollyannish. It was unwise to the Nth degree. Youth always fall for that scam though. Only those raised to be skeptical of power have some immunity. Being a boomer I wasn’t. We were taught in school, the media and by culture, that the government was fighting for us against the evils of communism. While communism is evil on a scale unimaginable by an ignorant kid, the evils of our elites was nearly as bad back then, and equal today. With deaths measured in the millions. Now, in my jaded state of absolute disrespect for power and those who wield it, my default position is the government and elite are always lying, unless proven true, by multiple sources. Because I don’t trust people who have lied to me over and over… for centuries. I used to trust the media that I agreed with, but now, not so much. They often have headlines that aren’t backed up in the story. That irritates me. It’s a waste of my limited time. Once I catch any news source participating in that kind of shenanigan, I tune out. I have to say though… I’m astounded at the outright anti truths the “unbiased” media vomits. The color of bile, with the same smell and taste, their reporting is often the opposite of the truth. I haven’t been to the boarder, but I shop at stores, and the amount of people today in the store, who don’t speak much English and are obviously not from around here, outnumber those who do! I’ve never seen that before. Lending credence to the reports the boarder is open, and calling into question Biden and the unbiased media’s assertion, the boarder’s secure. We live in a technological age. In such a time, honest experts, government and press is paramount. That honesty leads to trust. Our elites are all demonstrable liars though. Daily standing before us, with straight faces, saying up is down and wrong is right. Our doctors give us anti advice, then profit from the harm they’ve done. Our politicians act as demons, trying to harm the nation and its people. Meanwhile, the media calls itself the most trustworthy organization that ever existed, following Machiavelli’s advice to lie constantly, then claim to be a truth teller. Undermining the fabric of honesty that’s required for our technology to function, our science to advance, and our standard of living to grow. Losing trust due to a mistake is one thing, losing it because of malevolence, is another. Sincerely, John Pepin
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Political Greed
Numapepi
 February 04 2024 at 03:53 pm
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Political Greed Posted on February 4, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It seems to me, the most destructive form of greed, is political greed. Individual greed however is good. The individual seeking to improve his or her life, The means being serving others… and by doing so elevates all mankind, while the politician seeking to enrich themselves, take from mankind. Then there’s corporate greed, which the greedy politicians either love or hate, depending if they’re in bed with that corporation. Have you ever heard the fake Indian attack Planned Parenthood’s revenue river of blood, profits or wealth? Of course not! Their greed is her greed. So it’s okay. Your self interest, on the other hand, is vile and hateful to the greedy politicians. It gets in their way. That’s why a greedy politician will call you “greedy,” for not wanting to give him your hard earned money… to do evil. As Milton Friedman said, everyone’s greedy, my greed’s fine, it’s everyone else greed that’s bad. The communist, the socialist, the fascist and the capitalist are all greedy. Because man is greedy. The difference in paradigms is for the communist to fulfill her greed, she must take from others at the point of a gun, the socialist is a bit more courteous about it, they take using a gun, but say thank you after… meanwhile, the fascist enables their greed by taking from the politically disfavored, and investing that money in global conquest. The evil capitalist however has a different path to meeting his greed. He has to think of a way to serve mankind to get rich. The bastard. Someone else has to get a want or need met for the capitalist to get rich. It’s a two way street, a win win, making it unacceptable to the greedy elite. No one is more greedy than a politician, who produces nothing but friction, for his daily lobster. All day long they set around making deals to benefit the politically favored at cost to the nation, economy and mankind. Regulations are to an economy as brakes are to a car. Someone who lightly touches the brakes too often will wear them out quickly and have poor gas mileage. Someone who rides the brakes will get the poor gas mileage and brake wear, faster and with the added benefit of loss of control in bad weather. The brakes on our economy must be red hot. That friction may harm the economy and the little guy… but does it enrich the greedy politician and rent seeker. Who’s greed is never mentioned in the unbiased media, in their scrambling greed for a piece of the king crab. How can someone who is being stolen from accept the moniker, greedy, from the thief? Imagine you’re being held up at gun point in an alley and the thief calls you greedy, because you held out a few dollars in your shoe, for a cab ride home? Would that be the penultimate form of hypocrisy? No, it wouldn’t. When a politician calls you greedy… that’s the penultimate form of hypocrisy, the acme of deceit. Because the robber is certainly not wealthy, moral or intelligent, nor does he claim to be. While the greedy politician is wealthy and claims to be moral and smarter than us. So much smarter, they can spend our money much more efficiently then we can… just ask them. A politician then does the same action but claims it’s virtuous when they steal money. Magnifying a crime with hypocrisy and a lie. Political greed is a singularly evil human quality. It can only be met by damaging mankind. That’s why politician’s have thought up so many manipulations, to convince us that their greed is virtue, while ours is evil. Twisting right into wrong is a past time of all lawyers, psychopaths and politicians, but I’m being redundant. Amplifying their crimes of greed with hypocrisy, pride, envy, gluttony, sloth and protected by wrath. Then there’s the Epstein thing leading me to conclude lust is also on their list. Meanwhile, some of us believe a better way is to provide a way for everyone to get rich… by serving mankind. Horrible, I know, to serve others for one’s wealth, but you have to admit… it’s efficient. Building wealth instead of destroying it and disempowering the politicians with their multitude of sins. Sincerely, John Pepin Sincerely, John Pepin
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SPECIAL WEEKEND THOUGHT: 👉 Closing A Door,...
Cam
 January 27 2024 at 11:45 am
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“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 3:14 NIV) “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24 NIV) “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV) This past week, I struggled with a probable “no” answer to a big prayer I’ve been praying. In several places, Jesus challenges us to ask God to help with things weighing on our hearts. (Some examples: Matthew 6:6; Matthew 21:22; Mark 11:24; Luke 11:9; and John 15:7.) In my case, the response wasn’t a clear “yes”. Instead, the answer I received appears to be a “no” to most of my request. God answered my prayer in a lesser way, and for that, I am grateful — even while also disappointed. When receiving any answer that isn’t a yes to our prayers, Satan is ready to flood our minds with doubts. My experience was no exception. My prayer life could be better. I could pray more frequently, I probably could pray with more faith, and I could be more heartfelt when I pray. I could easily go on. But it is good to remember that coming to God in prayer is not a competition. Comparing prayers or prayer lives with other people is about as useful as comparing marriages. One can look at others for ideas, but implementing these ideas into our own lives will be unique compared to the lives of those who inspired us. In the gospel of Luke, Jesus shares a fascinating parable at the beginning of Luke 18. This parable opens by saying: “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” (Luke 18:1) What follows is an example of a persistent widow who keeps asking for justice from an unjust judge. While some might see God being represented by the unjust judge, this parable appears to contrast God’s goodness when compared with the laziness of those who are not righteous. The parable concludes by Jesus saying: 📖 “And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly.” (Luke 18:7-8a) This parable presents a dilemma: we should keep praying persistently, even while God will see that we get justice and answers quickly. Jesus describes God as being better than the judge, answering quicker, and being more sympathetic towards us. However, that leaves me with the prayer where I appear to have received a “no”. If God’s answer is final, I will be disappointed — but ultimately okay. I trust He has the other parts of my prayer figured out. However, if this “no” is an invitation to persist, then I will pray, asking God to reconsider and to grant the full request! 🙏 📖 ✝️ ✅
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NUKES - MEANINGSTREAM 491 | STREAM
Akira The Don
 February 02 2024 at 11:04 am
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Fighting academia's feminist tentacles.
Bettina Arndt
 Yesterday at 02:43 am
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As the toxic sludge of feminist claptrap seeps through the academic world, there are many principled researchers grinding their teeth at this blatant ideology and poor scholarship. Most don’t dare put their head above the parapet. But now there’s a lone warrior calling it out, well aware he is likely to implode his academic career in the process. James Nuzzo (pronounced ‘NEW zo’) is a Perth-based exercise scientist who grew up in rural Pennsylvania keen on sports and weight-lifting. A high school anatomy and physiology course inspired him ultimately to pursue a PhD on the neuroscience of strength training at the University of NSW, followed by several successful years researching the physiology of muscle strength and fatigue. He’s currently affiliated with Edith Cowan University, busily churning out academic articles on topics like exercise neurophysiology, physical fitness testing, the history of exercise research and strength training equipment, and sex differences in exercise preferences and performance. Men’s health has also been one of his key interests and he wasn’t happy to see his discipline infiltrated by gender ideologues whining about women missing out while totally ignoring the health outcomes of boys and men. He came across one article which took this bias to a whole new level. A bunch of mainly female exercise physiology students from UNSW cooked up the dubious argument that “gender-based violence is a blind spot for sports and exercise medical professionals.” That was the title of their journal article published in Sports Medicine, an article which could be used as a primer for feminist tunnel-vision. The ideologues started off with a position statement from the peak American sports medicine body alerting healthcare providers to the health impacts of sexual violence. But then they did a neat pivot, without any explanation, to devote their entire article to regurgitating all the usual dogma about gender-based intimate partner violence (IPV). All the familiar cherry-picked data is there showing women as the only victims – the only mention of men referred to their “socially determined privilege,” an alleged cause of violence against women. No mention of young male victims of abuse by coaches or fellow athletes, of which there have been plenty, nor of lesbian perpetrators of abuse (lesbians top the chart of rates of IPV). And not one word about the decades of research showing men and women are victims of IPV at roughly equal rates. Nuzzo set out to put them straight, seeking to get the true facts published in a letter in Sports Medicine. And he succeeded, but only after nearly a year of back and forth with the journal. It helped that he combined forces with Deborah Powney, the University of Central Lancashire psychologist doing work on male victims of coercive control, and John Barry, from the Centre for Male Psychology in London. It was revealing that Sports Medicine took the unusual step of submitting the letter to peer review but, amazingly the three reviewers all concurred with the critique by Nuzzo and his co-authors. Next, the original authors were given a chance to respond – but after months, they declined that option. So ultimately the letter was published – one small victory for proper scientific inquiry. Their published comment proved it was the UNSW academics who had the blind spot, by providing a summary of some of the best research showing equal gender rates of IPV victimization, which also applied in sports environments. Storm in a teacup, you might conclude. Perhaps. But it is a telling example of how the feminist take-over of our universities is playing out. We now have increasing numbers of radical young female academics and students, probably indoctrinated back in their school days, all keen on displaying their feminist credentials in their so-called scholarship. Increasingly they are forcing this sludge into diverse disciplines, right across all academia. And hardly anyone calls them out. One wonders about whether all their professors are simply wimps, too nervous to attract the wrath of these wildcats by challenging their blinkered rants, or too lazy to do the work and check out whether there’s evidence to support these radical views, or perhaps they are themselves all captured, convinced the feminist perspective is the only truth. Sometimes it is senior, suitably indoctrinated academics who are leading the charge, now that they have been successfully installed at all levels of our universities. Let’s not forget these are the teachers of the next generation, intent on convincing young women they are set for a life of persecution, abuse and discrimination. They are teaching our future bureaucrats who’ll be setting key policies, the future lawyers, judges, social workers, and the politicians who will be deciding where the dollars are spent. Their goals are transparent and the process is unfolding before our very eyes. I had a chat on video with James Nuzzo, talking not only about his Sports Medicine skirmish, but also all the other sacred cows he’s been targeting in his published articles, blogs and podcasts. This brave guy deserves a wider audience. Check out his Substack, The Nuzzo Letter. It’s infuriating to read Nuzzo’s research and discover how much we’ve been hoodwinked. How often do we hear complaints about the “underrepresentation” of female participants in research studies? Nuzzo points out that in America the Office for Research on Women’s Health was established within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 1990, predicated on allegations of the “widespread exclusion of women in clinical trials.” This assertion was later debunked, and annual reports from the Office reveal that women constitute 55-60 percent of all participants in NIH-funded clinical trials each year. Yet thirty years later, the Office is flourishing, pouring out funding for women only projects. Similarly, all the Australian governments fall over each other to prove their commitment to improving health outcomes for women and girls – as Nuzzo shows here. Another of Nuzzo’s published articles concerned bias against men’s issues in the UN and WHO. He conducted a content analysis showing consistent promotion of women’s issues whilst men are ignored. The UN’s sustainable development goal on ‘gender equality’ is exclusive to females. The organisation observes nine International Days for women’s issues/achievements and one day for men. They operate 69 Twitter accounts dedicated to women’s issues and none for men. And so it goes on. If this issue presses your buttons, perhaps you’d like to sign a petition to defund the UN? DAVIA (the Domestic Abuse and Violence International Alliance) has launched a petition that calls on groups to “suspend their funding of the United Nations until all UN agencies fulfill their pledge to respect the ‘dignity and worth’ of all persons and assure the ‘equal rights of men and women. Surely that is a worthy goal. It’s encouraging to see these growing signs of rebellion. But, also, a pleasant change to find someone looking for the good in men. I loved Nuzzo’s most recent blog on Men: The Martyrs of Medicine. He’s unearthed a 1929 medical journal article listing the names of male doctors and researchers who died as a result of acquiring the disease they were studying or medical technology they were developing. Brave men who gave their lives trying to save others from yellow fever, typhus, bubonic plague, and other infectious diseases. It was quite a story and a welcome change to see the risk-taking now so often labelled as toxic being promoted as valuable, even inspiring. ·
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Why Limit The Expert Elites?
Numapepi
 Yesterday at 03:13 pm
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Why Limit The Expert Elites? Posted on February 25, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It seems to me, all of human history is nothing but a recount of why people, especially the elite, need to be limited in their ability to implement their stupid ideas on others. Among the multitude of problems with tyranny this is one of the worse. Too much power, in the hands of a despot, oligarch or bureaucrat will lead to absurdity. The lack of feedback mechanisms and unlimited power combine to make rulers insane. Such paradigms are epitomized by Sodom and Gomorrah, Athens and the modern West. Don’t think I’m only talking about sexual depravity, it’s the whole gambit of stupidity. The leaders of these and many other states, in history and many lost to history, were alike in that they had insane leaders with unlimited power… that ruined their prosperity, health and humanity. There’s the tale of Caligula, the mad Roman emperor. Crazy as a bed bug he ruled with unlimited authority. Backed up by the Praetorian Guard. As is often the case with insane rulers, they have no personal power, they’re a post turtle. ‘You come upon a turtle on a post and you immediately know several things. One, the turtle didn’t get there itself, someone put it there. Two, it has no idea what to do once it’s there. Three, it’s terrified of falling off.’ – from the internet. In the case of Rome, it was the praetorian Guard that put him there. In the case of America, it’s the permanent government, the bureaucracy, deep state also called the administrative state… that put the post turtle Biden there. Our little Caligula, crazy as a tornado, inept at anything but graft, and a puppet in all but name. History explains what happens to societies that are ruled by maniacs for long… they collapse in ruin. Usually historians record their demise as the result of an invasion, famine or revolution. Those are tangential exigencies, that didn’t lead to the collapse, but were the “feather” so to speak. The same city state, nation state or empire would have been immune to invasion while in their prime, famines come and go but they only lead to collapse once the society has uncoupled with reality, and revolution only happens when the people are fed up. Nations rise in virtue and fall in decadence. It’s the cycle of mankind, just as biological entities experiences periods of growth, stagnation and more growth. The same holds true for ecosystems. Man’s governance of himself is no different. The Twentieth century’s lessons were unnecessary and unlearned. By 1920 the truth was obvious but too bitter for an elite that desired total power and control. Moreover, they convinced themselves they were smarter, wiser and more benevolent than Robespierre. So they set themselves to improving the lot of man… by slaughtering a large portion of it. Hitler thought himself a hero, Lenin believed killing people no different than breaking eggs, and the millions killed by Mao was a down payment on the reshaping of humanity itself, through eugenics, to make us more compliant, less individualistic, and therefore, better servants. The hubris of the elite back then resulted in crimes against humanity that boggled the mind… before our elites came out with Fentanyl, permawar, covid and the “vaccine.” You and I are no different, born into a life without consequence for anything we do, convinced of our rightness, and drinking wine laced with lead… we’d likely become insane despots as well. It’s not the tyrant you see, that’s the problem, it’s the tyrant you don’t see, that’s the source of the problem. The power behind the throne enables insanity to triumph over sanity. Rome had the praetorian Guard, Stalin the KGB, and Biden the deep state. They all serve their purpose, to skim the nation of wealth and power. Eventually, the insanity gets bad enough that nation invites invasion, sets itself up for collapse, or the people get so fed up with the insanity, they revolt. No matter how it ends, insane leaders always lead the people to ruin, that’s why they need to be limited… unless history’s wrong. Sincerely, John Pepin
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SPECIAL WEEKEND THOUGHT: 👉 Trusting a Holy...
Cam
 February 24 2024 at 12:27 pm
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“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (Psalm 56:3-4 NIV) “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV) “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. ‘I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.’” (John 15:4-5 NIV) This morning, as I get up to write this short weekend thought, trusting God is on my mind. While there is no shortage of craziness happening in our world, those who have read the Psalms, Proverbs, and the gospels understand that even while life can be crazy, hectic, and even hostile, it is helpful to realize that God is in control. However, why would Someone in control allow this world to continue as it is? It seems counter-productive to let the world push God away, even while God’s character may be the only thing that can save it. I suspect that what is happening right now is far from what God wants, even if it is what God has allowed. Just like delaying pleasure today can help us have more in the future, God might allow today’s world because He knows it will become something even greater in the future. While skeptics will hold up today’s world as their primary exhibit to dismiss a “loving” God as a fraud, a Christian can choose to trust God while recognizing that we don’t have all the answers from our limited perspective. While the Bible describes God as love, it also describes Him as holy. Once in the Old Testament and once in the New Testament, we find descriptions of angels emphasizing the holiness of God (Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8). Both these verses repeat the word “holy” three times when describing God. This is the only term the Bible repeats three times when describing God. God’s descriptions present a dilemma: a holy God must punish those who sin. However, a loving God must offer forgiveness. The accuser knows this and has held up this contradiction in his case against God. But Jesus solved this dilemma by taking our sin onto Himself — by dying the death we deserved and offering the life He deserved to all who will accept it. When faced with God, those living outside of His will have two choices: humility or hostility. One option is humbly turning to God; while the other is hostility and fighting against Him. In each case, God is the same. The difference is how our hearts respond. The choice before us is humbly trusting a Holy God, even while we don’t have all our questions answered. Or rejecting Him with hostility because He doesn’t fit into the frame we created for Him. I humbly choose trust, and I humbly invite you to do the same! 🙏 📖 ✝️ 👍
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4 years ago i wrote this
Cameron1inm
 February 09 2024 at 07:25 pm
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Look at that morning sun Shining like it hasn't since the past Hurray for the carbon tax Fixed that thing we did at last Oops oh no we threw a rod That was just the quiet before the blast Here comes a new engine Thrule Filled with authoritarian rule It runs on nothing sept broken backs Soot caked against the black glass What was once built off the backs of giants Crumbled from all the silence Quietness wasn't our choice Censor ship the whip of choice Look at the morning sun Oops I'm sorry the grave I'm in Was caused by someone else's sin Cameron M Vessey . . . . . Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Cras consectetur mattis nisi, vitae volutpat libero luctus in. Integer et diam condimentum, suscipit sem nec, facilisis orci. Aliquam mauris nulla, scelerisque eget placerat non, dignissim quis ipsum. In enim nulla, placerat sed velit vel, porta semper est. Mauris lorem nisi, rhoncus vitae mauris eget, scelerisque auctor enim. Quisque malesuada erat eros. Aenean ut aliquam dolor, nec lobortis magna. Sed id justo urna. Phasellus suscipit, eros id aliquam viverra, dui sapien viverra urna, id ultrices leo erat vel eros. Duis feugiat risus ac scelerisque volutpat. Proin faucibus risus nec neque lacinia, id egestas neque pellentesque.Orci varius natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Ut viverra dolor eget ex cursus viverra. Proin sollicitudin porta consequat. Fusce molestie eget magna ac cursus. Donec ultricies facilisis tempor. Praesent tristique consectetur eros, mattis posuere arcu aliquam sodales. Sed ut euismod urna, nec tempus tellus. Nulla quis enim dapibus libero venenatis placerat.Nulla mi sapien, mattis in ante ac, aliquet tincidunt ante. Aliquam a velit ligula. Nulla commodo urna et justo tincidunt cursus. Praesent vitae vehicula ligula, in tempor lectus. Nulla id eros felis. Phasellus sodales, lacus at congue scelerisque, urna turpis volutpat nisl, ut sagittis eros mi vel justo. Curabitur in tincidunt tortor. Suspendisse id aliquet neque. Nulla facilisi. Integer accumsan, velit ac viverra fermentum, orci sem sollicitudin purus, pretium consequat augue nunc maximus libero. Praesent pellentesque risus sed egestas hendrerit. Nullam porta porta felis. Vestibulum eget ante urna. Fusce varius laoreet quam, sed porta nibh efficitur aliquet. Sed iaculis, elit at egestas iaculis, orci mauris pellentesque orci, vel fermentum erat lacus pellentesque enim.Vivamus et facilisis lectus. Quisque eu hendrerit quam. Nunc laoreet dapibus turpis, id dignissim nulla ultricies a. Sed massa leo, tincidunt eu massa nec, auctor aliquet sem. Mauris vitae dapibus justo. Proin egestas placerat felis quis rutrum. Praesent justo dui, commodo ac nulla et, tincidunt convallis erat. Vestibulum luctus tempor est id posuere. Nam a sollicitudin risus. Suspendisse at justo vitae sem lobortis egestas. Curabitur ac mi quam. Donec malesuada, felis ut pellentesque ultrices, diam metus efficitur lectus, ut commodo velit nulla sit amet dui. Maecenas gravida, erat in commodo dictum, sem enim rhoncus sem, vel semper diam elit ut risus.In tristique lobortis nisl eget posuere. Donec et faucibus risus. Nunc odio sem, venenatis malesuada mollis ut, interdum non nibh. Fusce interdum justo risus. Mauris ornare, ante in elementum porta, tellus arcu sollicitudin massa, id varius velit metus vitae massa. Nunc suscipit nulla luctus eleifend hendrerit. Aliquam consequat erat non sapien gravida, quis tempor nibh ornare. Curabitur tristique neque quis sapien varius, sit amet volutpat sapien eleifend. In vitae pulvinar augue. Aliquam viverra condimentum bibendum. Pellentesque nec mi nulla. Sed lobortis, felis vitae viverra tempus, mi purus tincidunt ligula, id tempor sem ligula sed lectus. Pellentesque nisi metus, cursus semper blandit ut, aliquam sed libero. In blandit diam id imperdiet porttitor. In hac habitasse platea dictumst.
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Big-Food-Industry Lies
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 January 27 2024 at 09:24 pm
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The history of companies marketing 'industrial ingredients' as safe for consumption, with a blatant disregard for public health, is a troubling occurrence. This practice goes beyond making profits, and often involves influencing scientific literature to downplay risks and exaggerate benefits. The outcome is a distorted public perception of what's healthy and what's not. Being 'healthy & awake' means being vigilant about these practices. It's about understanding how corporations have shaped our diet and health decisions, often prioritizing their well-being over ours. Take, for instance, the sugar industry's decades-long campaign to minimize the harmful effects of sugar while casting fats as the main dietary villain, significantly skewing dietary guidelines and public opinion. This pattern of manipulation prompts us to ask: What other examples of food industry manipulation can you think of? Have you encountered any food products that were later revealed to have hidden health consequences? Please share your insights and experiences, and let's raise collective awareness about the importance of scrutinizing the foods we consume. _________________________________________________________________ 🧠 "Collaborative Critical Thinking" Unleashed: As a Board-Certified Health Coach, I guide you through personalized strategies for optimal health and awareness. Explore more at www.redpillhealthandwellness.com. ⏳ Check out "Creating Time Wealth" Early Bird Presale: https://www.redpillhealthandwellness.com/creating-time-wealth-landing-page 👓 Get the stylish BonCharge Glasses I wear—15% off with code 'healthy-and-awake'. https://bit.ly/3ZtPFPv 🛒 🌐 Your one-stop hub for all things Healthy & Awake: www.mikevera.com 🍏 Elevate your health with my coaching and online programs: www.redpillhealthandwellness.com 📚 Books for critical thinkers—Healthy & Awake Book List: https://bit.ly/3PNN7Js 💌 Get weekly health insights and podcast updates: https://www.redpillhealthandwellness.com/newsletter 📢 Heads up: The links in the episode's show notes are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links is a great way to support the show—at no extra cost to you! Twitter: https://twitter.com/red_pill_health Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/healthyandawakepodcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/healthyandawakepodcast/ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@healthyandawakepodcast Rumble: https://rumble.com/c/c-3481244 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelfvera/ TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@red_pill_health New Healthy & Awake Telegram Community: https://t.me/healthyandawake
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Balancing Backstage Living with Onstage...
Cam
 February 16 2024 at 12:08 pm
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Early on in Luke’s gospel, following Jesus healing a man with a skin disease, we learn a secret Jesus used to strengthen His private life. In this secret, we discover a principle Jesus used to guide the “hidden” area of His life, and it is one that we can use in our own lives as well. After healing a man who had been suffering from a skin disease, Luke tells us that “the news about Jesus spread even more. Many people came to hear Jesus and to be healed of their sicknesses, but Jesus often slipped away to be alone so he could pray.” (Luke 5:15-16) Jesus had requested that the healing remain more subtle and hidden, but that seemed to accelerate the news spreading. However, Luke tells us that as the crowds got bigger, Jesus became more intentional about slipping away to places where He could be alone to pray. Prayer away from the crowds was Jesus’ secret to remaining connected with God. While Jesus walked with the Holy Spirit throughout His ministry and while Jesus let God lead and direct His life, He knew that a living only in the spotlight is not healthy. He also knew that it was just as unwise to live entirely out of the spotlight as well. Luke’s gospel helps us catch a glimpse of how Jesus balanced living on the stage of life with how He balanced life backstage. In many ways, Jesus’ “backstage” prayers strengthened His connection with the Father so that His “onstage” life could better glorify the Father. Jesus’ secret for His personal life was prayer, and through prayer, Jesus remained connected with heaven. Prayer helps us be connected to God as well, and if we neglect prayer when we are alone, our lives will soon drift away from God – both backstage and onstage. Prayer helps keep our connection with God alive, strong, and healthy. This post first appeared on ReflectiveBibleStudy.com What do you think? Do you agree/disagree? Leave your thoughts below.
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CHILLING - MEANINGSTREAM 486 | STREAM
Akira The Don
 January 28 2024 at 07:52 pm
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LET THERE BE RIGHTEOUS AND GROOVY CHILL TRACKLISTING Akira The Don & Scott Adams - The Mating ProcessAkira The Don - The Mating Process (Instrumental)Akira The Don - For Freedom (Instrumental)Akira The Don & Scott Adams - For FreedomAkira The Don - Making Money Is Not About Luck (Instrumental)Akira The Don & Naval Ravikant - You're Not Going To Get Rich Renting Out Your TimeAkira The Don - Everybody Can Be Wealthy (Instrumental)Akira The Don - PURE IMAGINATION LOFIAkira The Don & Alan Watts - KindlyAkira The Don & Scott Adams - It Feels Like It WorksAkira The Don & Naval Ravikant - Productise YourselfAkira The Don ft. Terence McKenna - Meme MagicAkira The Don & Scott Adams - Repetition & SimplicityAkira The Don & Jordan Peterson - So Much WorseAkira The Don & Jordan Peterson - wishes05 - We Become What We Think About (Rough)Akira The Don - Determining The Direction Of The Cosmos (Instrumental)Akira The Don & Joseph Campbell - STANDING ON A WHALEAkira The Don & Jordan Peterson - Set Your House in Perfect Order Before You Criticize The WorldAkira The Don & Theo Von - I Don't Feel Alone As I used ToAkira The Don - I AM I THINK I WILLAkira The Don, Norm Macdonald - UNKNOWABLEAkira The Don & Jordan Peterson - Transcendence Of SufferingAkira The Don & Scott Adams - The User Interface For RealityAkira The Don - JUST KEEP MOVING (UNCLE IROH)Akira The Don - JUST KEEP MOVING (UNCLE IROH) (Instrumental)
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SUPER REQUEST SHOW RELOADED! - MEANINGSTREAM...
Akira The Don
 February 07 2024 at 12:37 pm
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After the previous stream was cruelly cut short by demons in the machine, Akira stayed up all night troubleshooting, and now we go again! THE SUPER REQUEST SHOW! In which Meaningwave Enjoyers Superchat their requests to get their Meaningwave song of choice played! YOU HAVE THE POWER TO PROGRAM THE ULTIMATE MEANINGWAVE LIVE SET! GO FORTH AND BE MIGHTY! TRACKLISTING Akira The Don ft. Terence McKenna - CatalystsAkira The Don - That's God (Instrumental)Akira The Don, David Goggins - BOBBLEHEADSAkira The Don ft. Jim Morrison - Using MachinesAkira The Don & Joseph Campbell - FOLLOW YOUR BLISSAkira The Don - Lemmings (Instrumental)Akira The Don ft. Alan Watts & Dre - It Takes Two (What's The Difference Remix)Akira The Don & Jocko Willink - EVEN IN DEATHAkira The Don - I Did It (Instrumental)Akira The Don & Fred Rogers - Look for The HelpersAkira The Don ft. Fred Rogers - Always Look for The HelpersAkira The Don & Joseph Campbell - THEY WERE ONEAkira The Don & Jordan Peterson - Oh Ye Of Little FaithAkira The Don, David Goggins - UNACCEPTABLEAkira The Don - WAGMIAkira The Don & Jocko Willink - STEPAkira The Don & Marcus Aurelius - Thanks To The GodsAkira The Don & Alan Watts - Agrarian SocietyAkira The Don ft. Joe Rogan - MY FAVOURITE STORIESAkira The Don - How Dark It Can Get ft. Jocko WillinkAkira The Don & Alan Watts - The Sound Of The Rain Needs No TranslationAkira The Don x Jordan Peterson - Wishes (MASTER)Akira The Don & Terence McKenna - The Truth Requires No BeliefAkira The Don & Jordan Peterson - Jordan B Peterson's Drinking SongAkira The Don & David Goggins - The Dark SideAkira The Don & Jordan Peterson - Life Is SufferingAkira The Don & Joe Rogan - Do Something!Akira The Don & Paul Harvey - Thank You GodAkira The Don - Fck You Pay Me (Instrumental) You can also listen to our streams as audio on your podcast feed of choice. STREAM HERE
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SPECIAL WEEKEND THOUGHT: 👉 Receiving God’s...
Cam
 February 03 2024 at 12:11 pm
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“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (Mark 11:24 NIV) “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.” (2 Thessalonians 3:16 NIV) “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 3:14 NIV) I’m not sure if this is just me, but the more I pay attention to what is happening in the world, the stronger one specific realization becomes. While this might be an insight that comes with age, it seems as though life is structured in a way that steals peace — growing in intensity as time moves forward, especially within the last ten years. Ninety-Eight percent, or more, of everything news media tells us seems to feed the anxious parts of our conscious, while also stealing away any potential peace that may have settled. Perhaps this is simply something I’m noticing now, while it has been happening for decades or centuries. However, within the last 10 years, my perception is that most forms of media, the political landscape, and extending down to even day-to-day conversations have amplified events and stories that cause anxiety — stories that steal peace. Pushing away the sources of anxiety is almost a God-sized task in our lives. Actually, pushing anxiety out of our lives is a God-sized task. Multiple times, the Bible promises us God’s peace. However, God’s peace that can push anxiety away has one small condition: we must intentionally focus on it in order to receive it. If we spend ten seconds each day focused on God’s peace, while we spend ten hours worrying about [insert any topic you can think of here], it’s no wonder that God’s peace is absent. Jesus models this in His own life, most clearly on the night before facing the cross. While anxiety could have filled that night, Jesus intentionally filled it with prayer, and on helping His followers by sharing promises with them to get them through what was about to happen. If we follow Jesus’ example and drastically limited the time we focus on the challenges in the world — especially challenges we cannot affect outside of prayer — then we free ourselves from the biggest cultural parasite in our world today. The more we open our Bibles, even if it is to read it rather than to study, the more we open a door into our hearts for the Holy Spirit to bring God’s peace. Anxiety grows when we focus on things that feed it (i.e. all the chaos in the world we have little control over). God’s peace can enter our lives when we intentionally spend time with Him and let Him bring peace with Him — peace that assures us that even while the world is going downhill, He is still bringing history to a close and to the ultimate defeat of sin. 🙏 📖 ✝️ 🕊️
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Controversial Health Narratives + More...
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 January 27 2024 at 11:31 pm
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Hello, critical thinkers! We're on the brink of a thrilling milestone – I've been invited to an exclusive, closed-door event tailored for 'awake' podcasters. This isn't just progress; it's a quantum leap for the Healthy & Awake Podcast and Community. Your support, from spreading our mission to your engagement on social media (shoutout LinkedIn friends!), is catapulting us to unprecedented heights. My deepest gratitude for being the driving force of this journey! Details on the event are under wraps for now, but stay tuned! If you're following me on social media, keep your eyes peeled in early March – you might catch glimpses of me mingling with some of the most influential figures and fellow podcasters in our arena. This gathering is a convergence of minds that promises to ignite new ideas and collaborations, amplifying our voice and reach. Exciting developments await, and I can't wait to share them with you post-event. 🎧 Last Episode Recap: Disease X - More Than Just a Theory? In our recent episode of the Healthy & Awake Podcast, we delved deep into the captivating and somewhat controversial realm of 'Disease X'. This term, introduced by global health authorities, signifies a yet-to-be-identified pathogen with the potential to trigger a global pandemic surpassing the severity of COVID-19. Why are renowned entities like the World Health Organization (WHO), Johns Hopkins University, and the World Economic Forum (WEF) putting Disease X under the microscope? We embarked on an explorative journey to answer this and to understand the broader implications for global health. Our discussion navigated through the intricate crossroads of public health policy and the realm of conspiracy theories. Is the conversation surrounding Disease X a prudent exercise in foresight by global health leaders, or is there an untold narrative beneath the surface? As we piece together various narratives, this episode serves as a platform for critical thinking and spirited dialogue, examining the complexities of Disease X and its potential impact on health and global politics. Join us in this thought-provoking exploration. Click the HERE to watch on Rumble! Or listen on Apple/Spotify.🎙️ Up Next: A Deep Dive into Vaccine Narratives In preparation for a groundbreaking conversation with our upcoming guest – a notable medical doctor with a significant presence on social media and notable appearances, including on the Joe Rogan podcast – our next episode will tackle the complex and multifaceted subject of vaccines. Many of you have already made some sharp guesses about our guest's identity following the big hint in our last episode on 'Disease X'. This next episode is dedicated to exploring the diverse narratives surrounding vaccines, a topic often echoed with a singular perspective in mainstream discourse. While vaccines have been hailed as the holy grail of modern medicine, there's another side to this story that's seldom heard. We'll delve into these less explored narratives, not to dispute but to understand and discuss the broader context. As your host, I'm no medical doctor, but I am committed to asking critical questions and uncovering insights. This is an episode I've pondered over for quite some time, given the extensive notes and viewpoints I've gathered. We'll aim to keep it concise yet informative, but don't be surprised if this evolves into a two-part series to fully do justice to this topic.👀 Top Post Spotlight Check out this week's top-performing post on LinkedIn and join the engaging conversation by clicking HERE. Read the full article here: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2024/01/22/carbon-footprint-homegrown-food-allotment-increase My commentary: "The headlines discouraging people from growing their own food raises eyebrows and questions. As always, our focus here is on the narratives, and it's hard not to sense an undercurrent of big food corporate propaganda. If we entertain the thought that the climate concerns, often cited in these arguments, might be exaggerated, it opens up a realm of other possible motivations for discouraging home gardening. Being 'healthy & awake' involves critically examining these narratives. Why might there be an effort to dissuade individuals from cultivating their own food? Could it be a tactic to maintain dependency on large food corporations? Or perhaps there are economic interests at play, aimed at keeping consumers within the commercial food supply chain? What are your thoughts on this issue? Can you think of any other reasons why growing your own food might be discouraged? Let's uncover the layers behind these headlines and discuss the implications for our food choices and independence." As always... Stay healthy & awake, Mike Vera https://www.redpillhealthandwellness.com/links
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BOTTOM 50 - MEANINGSTREAM 497 | STREAM
Akira The Don
 February 08 2024 at 01:14 pm
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We're back with the countdown of the least steamed Meaningwave Masterpieces! Because if there's anything we learned the last time we did this, is that they are ALL MASTERPIECES! Did your listening activity change anything from last month AND WHAT IS THE LEAST STREAMED MEANINGWAVE SONG THIS MONTH??? AFFECT THE OUTCOME! FOLLOW THE PLAYLIST HERE. TRACKLISTING Akira The Don - Utopia (Instrumental)Akira The Don & Jordan Peterson - UtopiaAkira The Don & Joseph Campbell - NOT Greatly ChangedAkira The Don & Theo Von - I Saw My Dad In A DreamAkira The Don - I Saw My Dad In A Dream (Instrumental)Akira The Don - Everything's A Scam (feat. Riva Tez)Akira The Don & Jordan Peterson - Beautiful WomanAkira The Don - REDUCE EFFORT ft. Manly P. HallAkira The Don & Joseph Campbell - GREATLY CHANGEDAkira The Don ft. Noam Chomsky - Freedom of SpeechAkira The Don & Jordan Peterson - TammyAkira The Don & Jordan Peterson - Wild ManAkira The Don - Wild Man (Instrumental)Akira The Don - No Such Thing As a Dragon III (Orchestral Version)Akira The Don & Joseph Campbell - ONE IS FREEAkira The Don & Joseph Campbell - A STUFFED SHIRTAkira The Don & Joseph Campbell - HERE IT COMES COMESAkira The Don & Jordan Peterson - What's More Worthwhile Than That? (Orchestral Version)Akira The Don & Joseph Campbell - Mother’s No GOODAkira The Don ft. Alan Watts X Carl Jung - ACCEPTED TOOAkira The Don & Joseph Campbell - Nature Is STILL OURSAkira The Don ft. Jim Morrison - Using MachinesAkira The Don & Eric Weinstein - Arch NemesisAkira The Don & Internet Historian - Be Me In Elementary SchoolAkira The Don & Internet Historian - Be Me Love PopcornAkira The Don & Internet Historian - Be Me Be SixteenAkira The Don - The Golden AgeAkira The Don ft. Scott Adams - Good VS GoodAkira The Don - Good VS Good (feat. Scott Adams & Norm Macdonald)Akira The Don ft. Terence McKenna - Meme MagicAkira The Don ft. Gary Vaynerchuk - The Greatest YearAkira The Don & Internet Historian - Be Me Play MinecraftAkira The Don & Jack Kirby - NEW GODS 01 - I Had To Make SalesAkira The Don & Stan Lee - Just Because Someone Has A SuperpowerAkira The Don x Kurt Vonnegut - Harrison Bergeron ( Meaningwave ® )Akira The Don ft. Rupert Spira - I Had To Become Like YouAkira The Don & Eric Weinstein - Criteria For Choosing An Arch NemesisAkira The Don & Eric Weinstein - A Theory Of EverythingAkira The Don - Habits (feat. Naval Ravikant)Akira The Don & Jack Kirby - NEW GODS 02 - The Questions Have Been TerrificAkira The Don & Eric Weinstein - Some Of YourselfAkira The Don ft. James Altucher - Idea MuscleAkira The Don - Born For This (feat. Charles Bukowski)Akira The Don - Born Like This ft. Charles BukowskiAkira The Don & Joseph Campbell - The First Function Of MYTHOLOGYAkira The Don & Marilyn Monroe - Generally MiserableAkira The Don - How I Made Meaningwave (feat. Jordan Peterson)Akira The Don & Richard Feynman - Trees Come Out of The AirAkira The Don - LUNCHBUCKET ft. Jordan PetersonAkira The Don - WAGMI (Orchestral Version)Akira The Don - EVERY SECOND COUNTS (Instrumental)Akira The Don & Stan Lee - The Sort Of Story That I Myself Would Enjoy ReadingAkira The Don - The Sort Of Story That I Myself Would Enjoy Reading (Instrumental) You can also listen to our streams as audio on your podcast feed of choice. STREAM HERE
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PARTY! - MEANINGSTREAM 485 | STREAM
Akira The Don
 January 28 2024 at 06:23 pm
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Join Akira and the gang for a celebration of a week complete, and a life worth living! STEAL HIS LOOK!You can get the fine apparel Akira is wearing on this stream here. NEW 2024 MERCH IS ALSO HERE!This set got hit with 56 copyright strikes and is blocked in 42 countries! But have no fear, you can watch it right here. DOWNLOAD AUDIO HEREDOWNLOAD VIDEO HERE TRACKLISTING Kanye West - Chakras Akira The Don - Maybe Could Be Possible (Instrumental)Crime Mob - Knuck If You Buck Ft. Lil' ScrappyAkira The Don & John Vervaeke - Steal The CultureKanye West - Use This Gospel (feat. Clipse & Kenny G)Kanye West - Can't Tell Me NothingEmpire Of The Sun - Walking On A Dream (Dstar & Rick Wonder Remix) (Clean Extended)Soulja Boy - Crank That - DJ Kontrol & Shan Tha Don RemixNo Doubt - Don't SpeakCoolio - Gangsta's Paradise (Feat. L.V.)San Holo - Donkey KongDuke Dumont ft. A.M.E. & M.N.E.K. - Need U (100%) - Jauz & Marshmello RemixThe Knack - My sharonaKanye West - POWERKanye West x Point Point - PowerSiM - The RumblingDie Antwoord - DIE ANTWOORD IS DEADTommy Cash,$uicideboy$,Diplo - ZuccenbergJoji - SLOW DANCING IN THE DARK (Intro Dirty)Joji - SLOW DANCING IN THE DARK (Loud Luxury Remix) (Dirty Extended)Electronic - Getting Away with It - 2013 RemasterThrottle - Hit The Road Jack (Super Short Edit)Technotronic - Pump Up The Jam (Intro)Blur - Song 2Tag Team - Whoomp (There It Is) (Dj Rukus Acapella In - Dirty)Blur - Song 2 (CHUCKIE BOOTLEG / K. SCOTT EDIT)Mr Oizo - Flat BeatLil Pump - D RoseThe Chemical Brothers - Get Yourself HighQT - Hey QT (Original Mix)Corona - The Rhythm Of The NightMadison Avenue - Don't Call Me Baby - DAAB RemixC&C Music Factory vs NERVO, FTampa - Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) (BPM Supreme Bootleg) (Clean)Real McCoy - Runaway (19Sixty Quick Edit)Daft Punk - Technologic - Tall Boys vs Paki & Jaro Acap Intro EditEiffel 65 - Blue (Da Ba Dee)Haddaway - What Is LoveRepublica - Ready to Go (Quick Edit)Junior Senior - Move Your Feet - Erick Decks & Jay Frog 2016 RemixAretha Franklin - Deeper Love - DAZZ 2016 RemixThe Cranberries - Dreams (Diggz Short Edit)Azzido Da Bass - Dooms Night (Timo Maas Remix)Akira The Don & Jocko Willink - I FEEL FINERick Springfield - Jessie's Girl (Intro)deadmau5 - the veldt (8 minute edit) [feat. chris james]Avicii vs. Nicky Romero - I Could Be The One (Original Mix)Anri - 悲しみがとまらない I CAN'T STOP THE LONELINESSHannah Diamond - Fade AwayHarold Melvin & The Blue Notes - The Love I Lost (Dimitri from Paris Super Disco Blend)Andrew W.K. - Total FreedomCockney Rebel - Tumbling DownLil B The Based God - I'm GodAkira The Don - All The Ducks Are Swimming In The Water ACCESS THE STREAM HERE
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SPECIAL WEEKEND THOUGHT: 👉 The Gift of Rest 📖
Cam
 February 17 2024 at 12:35 pm
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“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 NIV) “In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat—for he grants sleep to those he loves.” (Psalm 127:2 NIV) “By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.” (Genesis 2:2-3 NIV) Several times a month, my schedule chips away at my nightly sleep. Those evenings, I have meetings to attend that run late, and the following morning, I still must get up at my normal time to prepare for work. On the mornings that followed fewer hours of sleep, I am less efficient with my time as the mornings that follow nights with enough sleep. The idea of rest, or perhaps the idea of lacking rest, is fresh on my mind at the end of this week because several days this week contained evenings where I did not get to bed as early as I would have liked. For me, we are ending a week that has reminded me we all need rest. Those familiar with how the Bible describes rest cannot escape the idea that rest is a gift from God: • During creation week, each day begins with the time set aside for rest (evening, then morning). Creation week also concludes with a day God blesses and sets aside for rest. • When God frees the Israelites from Egypt, one of the first extended stops they make is by a mountain where God reminds them of His law. Tucked within this law is His gift of rest, found within the commandment that begins with the word “Remember”. • During the first century, Jesus invites us to come to Him to receive rest. The rest Jesus offers is one more extension of God’s gift of rest. Rest is a clear gift from God. Rest also reminds us that God supplies our needs. While we still have work to do, regular rest — especially rest that focuses on God — helps us remember that God is our Provider. God invites us into His rest. God’s rest not only supplies rest for our bodies; His rest also includes our souls. When we come to Jesus, we experience a rest that comes from the religious requirements already being done for us. Unlike most other “religions”, where your status with God is based on how much you’ve done for Him, Jesus presents us with a relationship where He accomplished everything needed for our redemption. Within Jesus’ model, our responsibility is accepting His invitation and accepting His gift of wedding clothing (Matthew 22:9-13). For those who enjoy studying, the last portion of this parable is filled with material. In Jesus’ parable, we find an amazing gift — a gift that includes the rest God offers to all who come to Him! 🙏 📖 ✝️ 👍
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What's Worse, Climate Change Or Totalitarian...
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 February 26 2024 at 12:46 am
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In today's conversation, I'm not looking to dive into the depths of climate change itself—a topic both complex and beyond my expertise. Instead, I want to explore the narratives that surround it. It's intriguing, isn't it? How the same sources that struggle to predict tomorrow's weather claim certainty about the climate decades from now. Over the years, we've seen a fair share of doomsday predictions that haven't come to pass. This observation isn't meant to diminish the importance of environmental stewardship but to question the solutions often proposed—solutions that invariably involve more government intervention and increased taxation. Skepticism, in this context, seems not only reasonable but necessary. Especially when those advocating for drastic changes in our lifestyle, those urging us to reduce our carbon footprint, are the same individuals who traverse the globe in private jets and maintain fleets of cars. It's a classic case of "rules for thee but not for me." This discrepancy between words and actions invites us to question the motives behind certain climate change narratives. Are the proposed solutions genuinely about safeguarding the environment, or are they about consolidating power and control? As always, I believe in doing our part for the planet. Simple, everyday actions can make a difference. But when it comes to grandiose schemes that demand sacrifice from the many to accommodate the lifestyles of the few, a healthy dose of skepticism is warranted. What are your thoughts? How do you navigate the complex narratives surrounding climate change, and where do you draw the line between personal responsibility and skepticism towards proposed solutions? Healthy & Awake Podcast: Apple: https://bit.ly/44pEBV6 Spotify: https://bit.ly/47KVbBMRumble: https://bit.ly/3HPzG6VYouTube: https://bit.ly/3SKeZjn
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Episode 93: Seven Podcast Recommendations
Jamie McGlue
 February 03 2024 at 01:37 pm
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It’s as simple as it sounds! I offer you seven podcasts which I find incredibly valuable, uplifting, informative, insightful and generally awesome. Can you dig it? The Joe Rogan Experience RFK Jr Podcast Part Of The Problem, with Dave Smith The Jordan B. Peterson Podcast Aubrey Marcus Podcast Stay Free, with Russel Brand Kosmographia – The Randall Carlson Podcast https://youtu.be/X4y02kb2Rqo ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
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Government Assisted Suicide Programs
amusedtodeath
 February 14 2024 at 01:47 pm
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These government assisted suicide programs have existed in Belgium and some other European jurisdictions for some time. But the last few years have seen the introduction of the MAID (Medical Assistance In Dying) program in Canada and the VAD (Voluntary Assistance in Dying) program in Australia. I am not as aware of what is going on with these programs in Belgium and Australia. However, being of Canadian origin, I am following the evolution of MAID in Canada. And at least to me, it looks like it is going off the rails. It is being pushed aggressively by the Canadian Federal Government, and it is constantly expanding. Will there be any limits to this program? When will common sense and ethics and basic decency and morals and good judgement prevail? It was initially sold as a painless easy convenient way for the terminally ill to pass away peacefully. But that was just the start. More than 60% of the people who apply for MAID are approved for termination, with very little oversight or vetting or restrictions. At this point, tens of thousands of Canadians have been eliminated through the MAID program. Because Canada has a smaller population than the US, the number who have been exterminated in Canada is equivalent to about half a million people being killed in the US It was initially sold as a painless easy convenient way for the terminally ill to pass away peacefully. But that was just the start. More than 60% of the people who apply for MAID are approved for termination, with very little oversight or vetting or restrictions. At this point, tens of thousands of Canadians have been eliminated through the MAID program. Because Canada has a smaller population than the US, the number who have been exterminated in Canada is equivalent to about half a million people being killed in the US. It was initially sold as a painless easy convenient way for the terminally ill to pass away peacefully. But that was just the start. More than 60% of the people who apply for MAID are approved for termination, with very little oversight or vetting or restrictions. At this point, tens of thousands of Canadians have been eliminated through the MAID program. Because Canada has a smaller population than the US, the number who have been exterminated in Canada is equivalent to about half a million people being killed in the US.
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STOICWAVE II! FIVE HUNDRED STREAMS! AND MORE!...
Akira The Don
 February 16 2024 at 09:49 pm
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GREETINGS BELOVED WAVE RIDING INDIVIDUAL! It’s been a bumper week here at Meaningwave HQ… We kicked it off with a brand new mixtape, STOICWAVE II - MEMENTO MORI, and we’re closing it with everyone’s favourite Friday Night Online Event, our Meaning Stream PARTY, where we’ll be going off in the usual peak manner, as is only right and proper when we aced another glorious WEEK! Earlier this week I was invited onto esteemed South African personality Conscious Caracal’s show to talk music and meaning, the psychology of music, being productive, and more. Meanwhile this week, it was a vintage one for streams - we celebrated our 500th STREAM on Saturday with a glorious 9-hour celebration, during which we looked back on the epic journey from number one to number NOW, played 100s of amazing songs, peaking with the grand unveiling the first single from the forthcoming MEDITATIONS VOL II… Forsooth! MIXTAPE: STOICWAVE II - MEMENTO MORI INTERVIEW: Conscious Caracal: MeaningWave: Music and Meaning | Akira the Don STREAMS: 🔴 500TH STREAM PARTY! | MEANINGSTREAM 500 🔴 GO! | MEANINGSTREAM 501 Epic Meaningwave turbo set, featuring the brand new ‘24 demo version of Our Revels Now Are Ended featuring the beloved Alan Watts. 🔴 THOSE DAYS | MEANINGSTREAM 502 Akira nearly didn’t stream due to unconfirmed concerns, but did anyway and everyone was glad as it was glorious. 🌹 LOVE SESH | MEANINGSTREAM 503 Akira celebrated Valentine’s Day by parking up the Good Ship Waverider next to an active volcano and executing a delightful love-themed DJ set, useful anytime you wanna do some romancing… 🔴 JOCKO VINYL TEST PRESSES! MEANINGSTREAM 504 Good news! The Jocko vinyl testpresses are IN! We listened to to THE PATH on vinyl for the first time, and lo it was glorious. “It was my first time hearing “How Dark It Can Get” and it was amazing!”, says Meaningwave’s Jayson Eva. Thank you for being here! Hold tight for a new mixtape next week, swallowed by the first single from the next album the week after! See you on stream from 8ET tonight for our regularly scheduled PARTY, and at 2m ET Saturday and Sunday! LOVE YO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!AKIRA THE DONDON STUDIOS MEXICO, FEB ‘24
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Senate Immigration, etc., bill
rayd
 February 06 2024 at 05:46 pm
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The Senate bill to fix the border (and provide funds to Israel and Ukraine) is a fraud perpetrated on America’s citizens. Besides combining unrelated funding packages into one bill, it is an attempt to pass a federal statute legalizing illegal entry into our country! If passed, it would require the Executive branch, i.e., the President, to enforce allowing up to 5,000 migrants to come illegally into our country per day. That members of the Senate could construct such a bill shows how corrupt our federal government has become. Rahm Emanuel is credited with the idea of never letting a crisis go to waste. He was referring to Black Swan crises. Now, the Democrats are simply creating crises so that they can use them to damage Republicans or the country or both. History has shown that they will do anything to enhance their power to use government for their benefit. When the Civil Rights movement began in the ‘50’s and ‘60’s, Democrats were fiercely against Blacks having equal rights. They were the party of the KKK, Jim Crow laws and segregation. President Eisenhower, a Republican, tried to pass a voting rights bill but was thwarted by House Speaker Lyndon B. Johnson, a Democrat. After President Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, VP LBJ became President. Convinced that the Civil Rights movement was not going to be stopped, he convinced many of his fellow Democrats that they would have the gratitude (and votes) of generations of Black Americans if they would support for a voting rights bill. Sure enough, Democrats received credit for passing the Voting Rights Act of 1964, (even though a higher percentage of Republicans voted in favor than Democrats) and the Black vote was solidly for Democrats for decades. Now that many Black Americans are seeing the duplicity of the Democrat party and beginning to vote Republican, Democrats need to cultivate a new, reliable voting bloc. So, Biden and his party reversed the Trump policies, opened the border, and incentivized millions of immigrants from around the world to come illegally to America. They were provided free cell phones, bank cards, food, transportation, etc., paid for by American taxpayers. They know that once they arrive, it is likely that they will be able to stay, and the Democrats will make sure they will be given voting rights. As illegal aliens settle throughout the country, their increased numbers will boost the number of Democrat Representatives in the House of Representatives and enable Democrats to win more political races in cities, counties, states and at the federal level. Presto, Democrats once again have created a crisis and used it to further empower their party and denigrate Republicans and have done so at the expense of the taxpaying citizens of our nation. Democrats love power and treat American citizens as suckers. Save America. Close the border. Deport illegal aliens.
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Coming Back Empty-Handed: John 7:37-52
Cam
 February 23 2024 at 12:34 pm
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During the final days of a major festival that happened in the middle of Jesus’ ministry on earth, the chief priests sent guards to arrest Jesus. Jesus had chosen to finish the festival teaching and preaching in the temple, and the leaders saw this chance to arrest Jesus. So they sent guards to arrest Him, but the guards end up returning empty handed. The Pharisees demanded to know, “Why didn’t you bring him in?” (John 7:45 NIV) The guards responded, “No one ever spoke the way this man does.” (John 7:46 NIV) It is here that the Pharisees reveal their motives and their character. The Pharisees believe Jesus to be an imposter and a liar. We can see their thoughts through their response: “You mean he has deceived you also? Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed in him? No! But this mob that knows nothing of the law—there is a curse on them.” (John 7:47-49 NIV) The Pharisees and chief priests have incriminated themselves. They accuse the crowd of being cursed, but the crowd’s true thoughts are divided. A curse on the crowd could cause confusion, but this statement simply shows how closed-minded these leaders have become. They claim the mob knows nothing of “the law”, and in the context, they are referring to the Old Testament scriptures – but just a few verses earlier, John points out one cause of the crowd’s division being over something that was prophesied in the Old Testament. The Old Testament prophecy stated that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem and Jesus was raised in Galilee. The crowd’s division over this apparent contradiction shows that they all knew the Old Testament writings. And this leads into a big truth I see displayed in this passage: When someone has closed their minds to an idea, they will then begin to justify their decision in often irrational ways. The Pharisees and chief priests irrationally claimed the crowd was cursed just to emphasize their point to the guards. All this ended up doing is confirming that they had chosen to stand against Jesus and what He was doing, and regardless of what happened, they were closed-minded towards anything that didn’t confirm that Jesus might be the Messiah people were believing Him to be. While the chief priests had closed their minds to believing in Jesus, the guards returning empty-handed tells us they were still undecided regarding whether Jesus was the Messiah. We are in the same position as the guards today. If we are still on the fence regarding who Jesus is, it is worth wrestling out this question for ourselves because our choice on this matter has eternal results! This post first appeared on ReflectiveBibleStudy.com What do you think? Do you agree/disagree? Leave your thoughts below.
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Unwrapping The Earth: Matthew 24:26-35
Cam
 February 21 2024 at 12:21 pm
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Sometimes when reading passages in the Bible, my imagination takes over, wondering what the scene or event that is being described will be like. Often times, I imagine myself living at the time of this event, but in today’s passage, Jesus describes an event that has not taken place yet – at least in the way that He seems to describe it. (Matthew 24:26-35) Four things will happen immediately after the distress of those days (days that included the persecution of God’s church):The sun will be darkened.The moon will stop shining.The stars will fall from the sky.The heavenly bodies will be shaken. Then to conclude this traumatic, earth-shattering event, Jesus appears in the clouds, and angels gather all of His people together to be with Him. Some scholars point to some specific days in history when the sun stopped shining, when the moon was covered up, and spectacular nights filled with falling stars. They say these events may fulfill what Jesus is describing here. However, in my probably overactive imagination, I see a different event described here. I see the setup for the climactic conclusion of earth’s history. Currently, the earth is a round sphere floating in space. Jesus tells us that when He returns, every eye will see the event, but unless you use a series of mirrors, you cannot see all parts of a sphere, and from the sphere itself, there is not ever one stationary point in space that is visible to everyone at a single point in time. To explain it another way, if we imagine the sun as our stationary point in space, it is not visible to the half the earth that is experiencing night at this point in time, while it is visible to the half of the earth that is experiencing daylight. So when Jesus returns, for every eye to literally and physically see Him come back, the earth’s round structure may have to change. God might have to set the stage by “unwrapping” and flattening out the surface of the world. If this is the case, what would it be like from our perspective?The sun would be darkened – if the earth unwraps with everyone facing in a direction opposite to where the sun is;The moon would stop shining – if it no longer has access to the sunlight to reflect off of (or if it too is behind the direction the flat earth is facing);Stars would fall from the sky – when we see a “shooting star”, it is a rock, or some object in space, breaking through the outer layers of our earth’s atmosphere and burning up. If the earth itself breaks apart and flattens out, I’m sure there would be hundreds, if not thousands of objects that would collide with our atmosphere and be burned up –> which would appear like shooting stars.The heavenly bodies would be shaken – not only would there be lots of burning up debris from the earth’s structure changing, every star in the sky would move and appear to change position. However, in this case perspective matters because while it looks like they are moving, we are the ones who really are moving. In my imagination, Jesus is describing how God will set the stage for His return by unwrapping the outer layer of the earth. A “flat” earth would allow God/Jesus to return so that every eye could see Him. So why would Jesus tell us this? In my mind, it’s for one clear reason: Jesus wants us to know that when this event happens and when the stage is set for His return, we don’t have to be afraid. When the world feels like it is breaking apart, God is still in control – and the future of all His people is safely in His hands. This post first appeared on ReflectiveBibleStudy.com What do you think? Do you agree/disagree? Leave your thoughts below.
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Calling the Sick: Mark 2:13-17
Cam
 February 09 2024 at 12:02 pm
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During one of the meals Jesus ate with people that society had rejected, we find a fascinating and profound statement. After Jesus has invited Levi (Matthew) to be one of His disciples, Levi invites the group over to his home for supper. It is during this meal that some Pharisees notice what is happening and they are quick to challenge the situation. The Pharisees call some of Jesus’ followers over and ask them, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” (Mark 2:16b NCV) In some ways, this was meant to be a trap for the followers, but Jesus was too aware of what was happening to avoid jumping into the challenge. Overhearing what was being asked and implied, Jesus replied to the Pharisees saying, “It is not the healthy people who need a doctor, but the sick. I did not come to invite good people but to invite sinners.” (Mark 2:17 NCV) This statement could easily be seen as an insult to Matthew, all of Matthew’s tax collector friends, and even all Jesus’ current followers. By making the comparison that He does, Jesus is identifying those who He is choosing to associate with as sick and sinners. Not only that, but in a subtle way, Jesus actually gives the Pharisees a compliment, implying that they are healthy and good. This might be the only “compliment” Jesus ever gave to them, but it wasn’t because they truly were healthy or good. The Pharisees only believed they were healthy and good, and while they tried to put on a good show, hidden sins and hypocrisy were decaying their characters on the inside. In this statement, Jesus actually makes a key distinction that is worth us paying attention to. Jesus separates the two groups of people present throughout time in His simple analogy, and it is these two groups that will be present at the judgment. Jesus came to be our Healer, but the only way He can heal us is when we acknowledge our need. People who claim to be healthy don’t go to the doctor because they don’t feel they have a need. In the same way, someone who is living a “good” life won’t believe they need any help being better. But the reverse case is true as well. People who realize they are sick will go to a doctor they believe can heal them, and those who are sinners realize that they don’t measure up to God’s standards. These people then are open to receiving outside help. Jesus came to invite those who are open to receiving outside help and it is this simple distinction that separates people throughout history. This post first appeared on ReflectiveBibleStudy.com What do you think? Do you agree/disagree? Leave your thoughts below.
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Disability rights groups concerned euthanasia...
angelobottone
 February 11 2024 at 10:43 pm
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The Oireachtas Committee on Assisted Dying continues to hold hearings. On Tuesday it heard from representatives of disability groups. Peter Kearns (pictured), the representative from the Independent Living Movement observed that debates about euthanasia and assisted suicide can easily “trigger commentary with eugenic overtones”. He said that lack of necessary resources and of societal acceptance will make disabled people feel like a burden. Mr Kearns acknowledged that there is a variety of opinions on end of life issues among the members of his group and disabled people should not be used as “pawns” in this debate. Nonetheless, he stressed the negative impact that the introduction of assisted suicide or euthanasia would have on people with disabilities. “In other jurisdictions where assisted suicide has been legislated for, disabled people frequently speak about feeling hopeless, ‘having nothing to live for’ or feeling they would be ‘better off dead’ and take the State’s only clear support ‘option’ to cross the Rubicon to ‘clinical assisted suicide’”, he told the Committee. Many members of Independent Living Movement Ireland believe that the offer of assisted suicide would result in disabled individuals feeling like they are a ‘burden’ on their families, the State, and Irish society, primarily due to a lack of necessary support, according to Mr Kearns. “We need to be mindful of any discourse in relation to assisted dying that can trigger commentary with eugenic overtones about who is ‘worthy’ of supports to live”, he said. The Independent Living Movement says that many disabled individuals fear a slippery slope where the concept of ‘dying with dignity’ evolves from euthanising terminally ill people to encompassing those who might end their lives due to societal pressures or the perceived inferiority associated with disabilities. This concern was confirmed by John Dolan, CEO of the Disability Federation of Ireland. “It is important that the State does not unduly have an ‘invisible’ hand, or influence, in the decision of someone to end their life because it has not supported disabled people to have a life of independence equal to everyone else”, he said. Both witnesses were careful to represent the variety of views held by the members of their organisations, but it was clear that both very much fear the “slippery slope” and that the grounds for assisted suicide and euthanasia will swiftly more from the terminally ill to those considered to have a poor quality of life such as people with severe disabilities.
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MAGIC (WITH SPECIAL GUEST DJ HERCULES) -...
Akira The Don
 February 23 2024 at 02:06 pm
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JOIN AKIRA AND THE GANG LIVE FOR SOME MEANINGWAVE MAGIC! TRACKLISTINGLil Hercules - Chicken Nuggets (Rough Master A)Akira The Don & Comic Book Girl 19 - One Step Beyond LogicAkira The Don & Jordan Peterson - Spirit Of The FatherAkira The Don & Alan Watts - Do Things That Are Delightful To YouAkira The Don - Born Like This (feat. Charles Bukowski)Akira The Don & Alan Watts - Play On DemandLIL HERCULES - TOUCH GRASS (Master)Akira The Don, Kurt Vonnegut - IF THIS ISNT NICE I DONT KNOW WHAT IS (Instrumental)Akira The Don & Joseph Campbell - THEY WERE ONEAkira The Don & Alan Watts - From a Certain Point Of ViewAkira The Don ft. Kamal Ravikant - I Vow To Love MyselfAkira The Don & Danika XIX - TRUE BELEIFAkira The Don - TRUE BELIEF (Instrumental)Akira The Don & Alan Watts - Food Sex PowerAkira The Don & Naval Ravikant - A Calm Mind A Fit Body And A House Full of LoveAkira The Don - A Calm Mind A Fit Body And A House Full of Love (Instrumental)Akira The Don & Marcus Aurelius - You Could Leave Life right NowAkira The Don & David Goggins - The GovernorAkira The Don & Alan Watts - An ApertureAkira The Don & Jocko Willink - GO!Akira The Don & Alan Watts - Patterns On The WavesAkira The Don & Jordan Peterson - 42 Rules For LifeAkira The Don & David Foster Wallace - Because It's HardAkira The Don ft. Marcus Aurelius - BETTER THAN JUSTICE You can also listen to our streams as audio on your podcast feed of choice.STREAM HERE
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Episode 94: What’s So Good About The World?
Jamie McGlue
 February 09 2024 at 03:46 pm
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Let’s find something nice and heartfelt to say about as many different countries as we can. What a world! Verily overflowing with charming characteristics. https://youtu.be/Ia1YHtztkKA ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
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Curing Cold Love: Matthew 24:1-14
Cam
 February 07 2024 at 11:59 am
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When reading Jesus’ life from the four gospels, I am often fascinated at the details that one writer includes that the others don’t include. Sometimes it is a detail that is changed, while in other cases, it is a new detail that the others simply didn’t share. In Matthew’s version of this teaching, he shares a verse that is unique to his gospel message, and it stands out to me because I think it is relevant for our point in history: “Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold.” (Matthew 24:12 NASB95) Both Mark and Luke include all the surrounding verses in their teaching, but only Matthew gives us this one little detail – and it is a detail that I find fascinating. First off, this is in a prophecy portion of Jesus’ teaching. Jesus is looking forward into a future time. It is possible the time He was pointing to has already happened, or it might be the time period we are in the middle of, or it could even be a time period that still is in the future time for us as well. However, what made this verse jump off the page was not wondering when this would happen. Instead, I was fascinated at the implications. In this verse, we find two different (and supposedly unrelated) ideas: law and love. Jesus connects the two by saying that the lack of law in one’s life and/or in society will have an effect on one’s love. This is opposite to the allure of “forbidden love” that we see throughout society and culture. We have the Romeos and the Juliets choosing each other over the social norms present and we conclude that true love can exist outside of the area of law when both partners consent and when no one gets hurt. But Jesus, in this verse, pushes back. He says it is only through obedience that we can experience true love. What is it about obedience (the opposite of lawlessness) that might be so important? When I ask myself the question, only one thing comes to mind: humility. In order to obey someone or some rule, one must humble himself/herself and view themselves as less than the person/idea they are obeying. In contrast, viewing oneself as being above the law is about as prideful of an attitude as one can get. Pride, which means a focus on oneself, destroys relationships, and it is rampant in cultures where people think that laws are important – but only for other people. In places where people think that their common sense or situation warrants an exception to obedience, this is when a culture shifts from being lawful (or law-minded) and towards lawlessness. And when people have this attitude, their focus on self erodes their ability to truly love other like God loves others. When our love grows cold, our hearts harden, and it makes it hard for anyone (including God) to reach in. It seems backwards to think about, but the only way to soften a hard heart is for the person holding that heart to choose to move towards God. By moving towards God, He can soften your hard heart, or give you a heart transplant. Why do people choose to move towards God – especially when they are completely self-focused? It is only after they choose to realize and admit that their lives are empty of meaning and purpose. Stuff doesn’t bring lasting satisfaction. Disobedience can define someone’s life, but it is a shallow definition. When people think about their legacy, what their life is worth to others after they have died, then there is an opening for God to point them in a new direction – which in all cases is towards Him. Disobedience hardens our hearts. When we choose to obey Jesus and move closer to Him, only then is He able to melt our hard hearts, which allow us to fully experience true God-like love for Him and others. God is able to write the most amazing legacy imaginable for our lives when we choose to follow Him. This post first appeared on ReflectiveBibleStudy.com What do you think? Do you agree/disagree? Leave your thoughts below.