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Saturday, June 25th, 2016
2:57 pm
Do What Your Manhood bids thee do, from none but self expect applause;
He noblest lives and noblest dies who makes and keeps his self-made
laws
The Kasidau of Haji Abdu Al-Yazdi
by RIHARD BURTON Victorian Adventure

Discuss

Current Mood: confrontatial
Friday, April 1st, 2016
2:32 pm
They Laughted @ Hitler
So, without further ado, here are Jordan Ray Correll’s comments about his experience at a Donald Trump rally in Fayetteville, NC:

“So, if you know me or my friend, Seth Quackenboss, then you know that we often get ourselves into ridiculously wacky situations, especially when we're together. Yesterday was one of those days. We decided to drive down to Fayetteville in order to hear a certain orange politician speak. Yes, you guessed it. We went to a Donald Trump rally.

Now, I am not a supporter of Mr. Trump in any way, shape, or form. I'm quite inclined to a certain berning sensation that I've been experiencing for some time. But that's beside the point. The point is, we thought that we were in for a time of jokes and hilarity. And at the beginning, it was. There were a few speakers before Trump came out and they were not well organized at all. They were comical. One man, a veteran, said that he had shed blood on 7 continents. And unless I missed the great Antarctica War, I highly doubt that's true. Let it be known for the record, that I am not against veterans in any way shape or form. I just thought that particular comment was funny. Because I doubt he actually wounded someone in Antarctica. But a more plausible explanation would be that he was doing penguin research and accidentally pricked a penguin and it bled. Anyway…

One speaker also said that we needed to get rid of 911 calls and we all need to handle our problems ourselves. Well...that's highly unlikely. I can't imagine that people will start forgoing 911 calls when their house in burning down in order to try and extinguish the fire themselves. But, ya know, it's a nice thought.

So those were my laughable moments. Trump was about to come out. We had our signs ready. We were going to go all out. Yelling and screaming and whatnot. Because, why else were we there if not to join the spectacle? He comes out. People go crazy. For the first twenty to thirty minutes I sat there with high expectations of hilarity. After half an hour, my feelings turned extremely grim. I was scared and upset. Let me explain...

Trump basically said the same few things the whole time. He knows exactly what will get a cheer from the crowd and he says it. He mentioned his wall several times. About five or six if I can remember correctly. At one point he said "We're going to build a wall. And who's going to pay for it?" And the crowd yelled, "Mexico!" and then they lost their minds. Now, we all know exactly why this is stupid. So I won't elaborate. It was just very unsettling. He mentioned ISIS several times. About ten. But not exactly how to stop ISIS. Just comments like, "We're gonna get ISIS," and "ISIS is going down." Blanket statements. He did say that for America to win again (any sort of winning, not just against ISIS) we have to go outside of the law and he isn't afraid to do it. And that's unsettling for several reasons. But I'm just reporting the facts. And that was all he said on policy. Completely void of content or substance. Just statements that would get the crowd cheering.
Now, let's talk about the protesters. There were many. I think throughout the hour long rally, there were roughly 15-20 groups of protesters. Some of them were individuals and some were in groups. They popped up throughout the rally here and there. And some of them were yelling and causing a raucous but some of them were just standing there with their anti-Trump shirts or their pro-whoever else shirts. They were all removed. Peaceful or violent.
One man had a shirt that said "Love is the answer," and he was thrown out. Trump's comment on this man was, "And love is very important but I mean, who's making love to that guy?" And my stomach churned. A few minutes later, a woman stood up not far from where the other man was and starting protesting. She was removed. Trump's comment was, "She was with the other guy. They're actually a couple. A *clears throat* beautiful *gagging noises* couple." And the crowd laughed and cheered. It was horrifying.

But out of everything I saw, the crowd was the worst part. I have never seen more hateful people in my life. Everyone was just filled with so much hatred. If a protester had a sign, even the peaceful ones, they would take the sign from them, rip it up, and throw it back at the protesters. Whenever a protester would get removed, the crowd would yell horrible things. Once, after a protester was removed, Trump said, "Where are these people coming from? Who are they?" A lady, sitting not 5 feet from me, said, "Well hopefully when you're president, you'll get rid of em all!" Get rid of them? Get rid of anyone who opposes Trump? It was sickening. I felt truly nauseous. And these people loved the protesters. They loved the drama and the chaos. And Trump fed upon it. It was easily one of the strangest and uncomfortable things I've ever witnessed. I could just hear the horrible things being spoken around me and it made my skin crawl.

Needless to say, there was very little laughter on my part. I thought this was going to be joke...and it was, but for a very different reason.
I implore you, if you're thinking about voting for Trump, reconsider. You are only promoting chaos and hatred. I witnessed it firsthand. And trust me, this is not something you want to see in person. This is not what you want to happen to our country.”

Current Mood: scared
Friday, December 11th, 2009
1:40 pm
Play fair
Comic referenced by AC Grayling in the article posted below

http://richarddawkins.net/articles/4688

Monday, April 6th, 2009
12:02 pm
Spanking the playground Bully-dealing with ''too big too Fail' Banks in the USA

Anything that is too big to fail is too big to exist



Think you might find this interestingly thoughtful supergee

http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200905/imf-advice/4
Tuesday, March 17th, 2009
4:54 pm
The Moral Instinct by Steven Pinker
reposted from www.richarddawkins.net
The Moral Instinct
by Steven Pinker
Reposted from:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/13/magazine/13Psychology-t.html?ref=science

Which of the following people would you say is the most admirable: Mother Teresa, Bill Gates or Norman Borlaug? And which do you think is the least admirable? For most people, it's an easy question. Mother Teresa, famous for ministering to the poor in Calcutta, has been beatified by the Vatican, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and ranked in an American poll as the most admired person of the 20th century. Bill Gates, infamous for giving us the Microsoft dancing paper clip and the blue screen of death, has been decapitated in effigy in "I Hate Gates" Web sites and hit with a pie in the face. As for Norman Borlaug . . . who the heck is Norman Borlaug?

Yet a deeper look might lead you to rethink your answers. Borlaug, father of the "Green Revolution" that used agricultural science to reduce world hunger, has been credited with saving a billion lives, more than anyone else in history. Gates, in deciding what to do with his fortune, crunched the numbers and determined that he could alleviate the most misery by fighting everyday scourges in the developing world like malaria, diarrhea and parasites. Mother Teresa, for her part, extolled the virtue of suffering and ran her well-financed missions accordingly: their sick patrons were offered plenty of prayer but harsh conditions, few analgesics and dangerously primitive medical care.

It's not hard to see why the moral reputations of this trio should be so out of line with the good they have done. Mother Teresa was the very embodiment of saintliness: white-clad, sad-eyed, ascetic and often photographed with the wretched of the earth. Gates is a nerd's nerd and the world's richest man, as likely to enter heaven as the proverbial camel squeezing through the needle's eye. And Borlaug, now 93, is an agronomist who has spent his life in labs and nonprofits, seldom walking onto the media stage, and hence into our consciousness, at all.

I doubt these examples will persuade anyone to favor Bill Gates over Mother Teresa for sainthood. But they show that our heads can be turned by an aura of sanctity, distracting us from a more objective reckoning of the actions that make people suffer or flourish. It seems we may all be vulnerable to moral illusions the ethical equivalent of the bending lines that trick the eye on cereal boxes and in psychology textbooks. Illusions are a favorite tool of perception scientists for exposing the workings of the five senses, and of philosophers for shaking people out of the naﶥ belief that our minds give us a transparent window onto the world (since if our eyes can be fooled by an illusion, why should we trust them at other times?). Today, a new field is using illusions to unmask a sixth sense, the moral sense. Moral intuitions are being drawn out of people in the lab, on Web sites and in brain scanners, and are being explained with tools from game theory, neuroscience and evolutionary biology.

"Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the oftener and more steadily we reflect on them," wrote Immanuel Kant, "the starry heavens above and the moral law within." These days, the moral law within is being viewed with increasing awe, if not always admiration. The human moral sense turns out to be an organ of considerable complexity, with quirks that reflect its evolutionary history and its neurobiological foundations.

These quirks are bound to have implications for the human predicament. Morality is not just any old topic in psychology but close to our conception of the meaning of life. Moral goodness is what gives each of us the sense that we are worthy human beings. We seek it in our friends and mates, nurture it in our children, advance it in our politics and justify it with our religions. A disrespect for morality is blamed for everyday sins and history's worst atrocities. To carry this weight, the concept of morality would have to be bigger than any of us and outside all of us.

So dissecting moral intuitions is no small matter. If morality is a mere trick of the brain, some may fear, our very grounds for being moral could be eroded. Yet as we shall see, the science of the moral sense can instead be seen as a way to strengthen those grounds, by clarifying what morality is and how it should steer our actions.

Current Mood: thoughtful
Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
12:31 am
Writer's Block: Evolutionary Contributions
In the spirit of the Darwin Awards, what gets your nomination for the stupidest act committed by a human this year?


Appointing sarah palin as republican vice-Presidential Candidate
Sunday, July 6th, 2008
10:06 pm
DEAR JOHN POEM TO A MUSLIM LOVER
HAND IN HAND

I want to walk beside you
through life.
And you
Want to Put a ring in My Nose
To Pull me along.
Intoxicated by Love
I want to love You
And you!
Want to be god
Making and Breaking me.
I want to dance forever in
the courtyard of your heart
and you!
Singing songs of my helplessness
On the tambourine my needs
Want me to dance like a puppet.
I want to become a perfume
and permeate your body
But you!
Want to hide me in your pocket.
I want to cry
And you!
Want to make me laugh as
you flick your fingers.

ANITA DAWOOD SINDAR POET ; PAKISTAN



Current Mood: thoughtful
Friday, June 13th, 2008
3:29 pm
I Find this funny AKA I'm a Sad bastard
Note to the Inteetually Challanged . This is a Parody

THE FACHIST DELUTION BY RICHARD DAWKINS

EXCERPTS:

Then he trots out the tired old example of the holocaust. I've news for Professor Dawkins: yes, Fascists killed six million Jews in the 1940s. But they didn't do this because they were Fascists; but because they were human beings. All through history Jews have been killed. Killing Jews is one of the things that people have always done; deplorable, perhaps, but a fact of life. Since killing Jews predates Hitlerian Fascism, and since it has carried on after the decline in influence of Hitlerian Fascism, I think it's pretty obvious that this particular mass-murder of Jews had very little to do with Hitlerian Fascism,

I am not, of course, suggesting that Fascism has been perfect; no reasonable Fascist would. Whilst it's true that the Leader is the inerrant embodiment of the will of the People—ordinary Fascists themselves are prone to all the fallibilities of the human condition. Fascism has never claimed otherwise. But whilst Dawkins is happy to highlight the occasional bad consequences of Fascism, he wilfully ignores the good that Fascism manifestly has done in the world.
Wednesday, October 10th, 2007
3:12 pm
Self Exposiure
Open Challange from supergee



Comment on this post and I will pick seven of your interests. You then explain them in your journal and re-post.




buffy Best show thwre has ever been on TV. Funny Wise and sexy
cats Mystertious creatures of the night elegant self-surficient
computers Attraction of puzzles Appeals to the Vulcan side of my personality
cs lewis Was caaptured/damaged by Lion Witch Wardrobe young for a time was caoptivated by His Christian Apologetics grew out of that tbut he has a hold still. Some people prefer Chesterton but I can't see that.
folkmusic Basic snobbish attitude of Intelectual who lkike to pretent he's jiust folk
philosophy Were are we coming from were are we going . An attempt to pretend we can beat the game and evade basic hopelessnees? Maybe. </b>
spanking. Hhem I claim the 5th. I just get off on teens and woman having their Fannies wallopped. Purely in Fantasy R/L I'm a perfect Gentleman . Well mostly
Monday, July 9th, 2007
11:50 pm
PORT TALBOT-a pooor place but my home
On the ground, the smell hits you :a nasty acrid stench that gets into the back of the throat. But thereis another smell here; the smell of accepted failure, the smell of a town that is going nowhere and doesn’t seem to care.

JOHN HUMPHREYS - A National broadcaster

J Humpheys is the sort of man who would play the daffy uncle in a Walt Disney Film . Affable amiable a bit soft.
Thursday, January 11th, 2007
4:58 pm
DAWKINS & PARENT's RIGHTS re Religion
Shall be wring more on this but for a start read

Parents Rights / Religious Schools
Tuesday, December 5th, 2006
4:55 pm
The Truth Shall Make you Free
On Channel 4 UK.

Japan:
Camera team films bunch of College Students paying big bucks to swim with dolphins @ a Tokio Dophinarium. Select One Girl blissed out glowing with touchy-feely vibes.Offer to show Her a video. She is filmed watching
Video is of the Dolphins being captured in a south coast Villiage. Fresh meat is short most all of the pod (is it pod with dolphins) are butchereds with crowbars machitees.Two are saved to sell live. Girl shrivalls weeps but watches intently.
She leaves beraggled says 'Thank you .Yopu complete Bastards'
Saturday, November 18th, 2006
3:27 pm
MAMA
Ever thought that Tynasaurious Rex loved its kids. There is a -a won't call it a theory but a speculation that its so.
Summery of the Arguement
Are you aware that baby mamal objectively luke cute. They have non-funtional features big eyes exagerated big head - in short they are Disneyfied. Why to trigger soppyness in the parents. Tomake them risk their lives for the kiddies. Its quite established.
Now the controvershal bit so me analysis of those Dynosaurs that kept a nest and presumably guardrd their young show simukar features QWD
Thursday, November 16th, 2006
12:47 pm
Thinking the Unthinkable: a Modest Proposal Post 9/11
Religious Freedom is accepted by all on the Left &all but the craziest of the crazy on the Right. Maybe the time has come to re-define it as a privilege. A default privilege to be given to all but a couple of percentage points those too dangerous to be given that which would consume them (joyous consumation. Yes for THEM).
Perhaps a time has come for a movement of the boundaries of what is acceptable not acceptable as a matter of good taste and ‘decency’ though religiosity is disgusting enough to us non-theist that’s not the POINT. Society should protect that is its only Justification.
Would not the situation in Ireland be improved if Dr Paisley had been quietly taken aside and given an affective dose of Christ Aversion Therapy? The Present Pope as obnoxious a piece of shit as we’ve seen would not it to be to the benefit of all if he could not be moulded into something more socially acceptable? Such as an agnostic/atheist?
The practicalities I leave to the experts. Sleep depravation Drug Therapy. I have heard that some neuroscientists believe they have identified the ‘God centre’ in the brain. Some experimentation will be necessary. I don’t see much actual physical pain being necessary but Omlets and Eggs.
Caution is advised the perversity of the Universe guarantees that which we despise will be intricately interwoven with much that we admire but the danger we face is immense and blessed are the Sqwamish is not part of my personal Beatitudes.
Purely pragmatically this might act as a real deterrent were the Law at present is Toothless. Could suicide bomber (unfortunately only the incompetent ones), hate mullahs and paedophilic priests being made over into what they despise?
This will be painful to the fine feelings those of us who value personal autonomy & if despite all there is a God he will doubtless damn us.
Tough Titty.

Current Mood: Ironic
Friday, August 25th, 2006
12:03 pm
How to Piss off your Local Baptist Preacher #23
There is a species of cricket the female of which can flush out her cervix with urine and does so ,giving herself a D & C, if the male has not given her a good enuf seeing too.
Now Kiddiewinkies what does thais te;lll us about God's Plan

Current Mood: Unreverential
11:59 am
Feeling Old and Tired
Its finally happened.
Last Night's TV TIME TRUMPET -fiction nostalgeria seies set 25 years in the Future.
I thought couple of the jokes on Terriorism were in Bad Taste.
Excuse me the Nurse has prefered some boiled mush for my Lunch
Monday, June 19th, 2006
12:05 pm
Sociopath?
You Are 40% Sociopath

From time to time, you may be a bit troubled and a bit too charming for your own good.
It's likely that you're not a sociopath... just quite smart and a bit out of the mainstream!
Wednesday, May 17th, 2006
11:04 am
Of Pagan Interest
Did a piece about HOLBY CITY a nursesand doctors soap in the UK at least mentioning PolyAmory about 2 year ago (cann't spare the time to look it up right now)
Thot I'd note that a minicule mention of Wicca crept into last nights (16 May 2006). It was what passes for sympathetic in these here parts. Witchcraft as a nessesary cruth for some sad bastards who have trouble relating with their Mother's. O'couse as you get past that the Need wither's away.
Aim those death curses carefully I'm just the messanger here.

Current Mood: Thoughtful
Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006
12:17 pm
Beatitudes Revisited
God in JOAN OF ARCADIA says 'Blessed are those that despise me for Rightiousness Sake'

Wgat other additions to the Beatitudes would you make?
Wednesday, April 26th, 2006
4:17 pm
A Book Review

BREAKING THE SPELL BY DANIEL C DENNETT



This is the 2nd draft the polite vertion.The 1st was sopamoriphic full of hurt feelings trust me you wouldn't have liked.

This isn't a very good book. Those who have lkked Dennett's wit and concise prose in CONCIOUSNESS EXPLAINED BRAINSTORMS & FREEDOM EVOLVES wil find little here. Its a bloated book its heavy going it flatterns every point it makes.
Why? Well that comes close to putting the author on the couch as a rule I don't beleave in that. But just this once.
Dennett is not a soft-core writer his previous have been: 'So you believe Physical Basis of Human thought /Free Will/ Morality was a mystery wrapped in an enigma. Get real Here's a basic theory AbC QED. Oh you don't find anything in that to give Life Meaning. Not my Problem. Do I look like a social worker?
The new book (BTS) is about Religion and a rational analysis of what people get out of God-meme. Dennett has been frightened by the rise of the Born -Agains in the USA and Muslim Fundermentalism in the Middle East. He tries to write a book that that oxymoron the intelegiant believer could handle .The effect is Barry Malzberg channeling Spider Robinson it don't quite work.
A Bad book by Dennett contaiins nuggett of real insight.Read this book but its work don't expect to be entralled by the power of a first class mind.
Get it out of the Library
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