Chris Hedges: What Can Atheists Learn from Religion? Interview with Alain de Botton (2012)…

Date: May 08, 2018

01) Chris Hedges: What Can Atheists Learn from Religion? Interview with Alain de Botton (2012)

“The degree to which one can be considered an atheist while simultaneously being an adherent of a sect of a traditionally monotheistic, polytheistic, or non-theistic religion is the subject of ongoing theological debate. About the book [Religion for Atheists: A Non-believer’s Guide to the Uses of Religion]:

Some people with what would be considered religious or spiritual beliefs call themselves atheists; others argue that this is a contradiction in terms.

Christianity, as a theistic and proselytizing religion, tends to view atheism as heresy. According to the Book of Psalms 14:1, “The fool hath said in his heart,1 there is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.” However, high rates of atheism have been found among self-identified Christians in the United States. For example, 10% of self-identified Protestants and 21% of self-identified Roman Catholics were found to be atheists in a HarrisInteractive survey from 2003.
There is no single Christian approach toward atheism. The approach taken varies between Christian denominations, and Christian ministers may intelligently distinguish an individual’s claims of atheism from other nominal states of personal perspective, such as plain disbelief, an adherence to science, a misunderstanding of the nature of religious belief, or a disdain for organized religion in general.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church makes this explicit. While it identifies atheism as a violation of the First Commandment, calling it “a sin against the virtue of religion”, it is careful to acknowledge that atheism may be motivated by virtuous or moral considerations, and admonishes the followers of Roman Catholicism to focus on their own role in encouraging atheism by their religious or moral shortcomings:
(2125) […] The imputability of this offense can be significantly diminished in virtue of the intentions and the circumstances. “Believers can have more than a little to do with the rise of atheism. To the extent that they are careless about their instruction in the faith, or present its teaching falsely, or even fail in their religious, moral, or social life, they must be said to conceal rather than to reveal the true nature of God and of religion.”[20]
A famous idiosyncratic atheist belief is that of Thomas J. J. Altizer. His book The Gospel of Christian Atheism (1967) proclaims the highly unusual view that God has literally died, or self-annihilated. According to Altizer, this is nevertheless “a Christian confession of faith”. Making clear the difference between his position and that of both Nietzsche’s notion of the death of God and the stance of theological non-realists, Altizer says, “To confess the death of God is to speak of an actual and real event, not perhaps an event occurring in a single moment of time or history, but notwithstanding this reservation an event that has actually happened both in a cosmic and in a historical sense.”
Many would dispute whether this is an atheist position at all, as belief in a dead God implies that God once existed and was alive. Atheism typically entails a lack of belief that any gods ever existed, as opposed to not existing currently.
A 2001 survey by “Faith Communities Today” found that 18% of Unitarian Universalists (UU) consider themselves to be atheists, with 54% considering themselves humanist. For comparison, 16% of UUs consider themselves Buddhist, 13% Christian, and 13% Pagan, according to this study.


Verdensvevde Kropper 2015…


Date: May 07, 2018

01) Verdensvevde Kropper 2015

“At the end of the 1990s the Internet comes to Northern Norway and coincides with the sexual awakening of young Mads (12). The introduction of pornographic images into his life complicates his relationship with his parents, and their house becomes a minefield filled with uncomfortable interactions.”

A BoyLover could greatly UN-complicate Mads family situation…

…just saying.

Lovely short film…

…I wish they’d make movies like this in the U.S…

…But, victimologists imagine that boys like this one who plays Mads “don’t exist”…For, truly…”a boy must be utterly destroyed, by the experience of acting sexual, or being naked, in front of a recording camera”…

Should the masses actually see “this filth”?…”Oh, the horrors!”…

…We’ll never hear the end of it, from the victimologists…who will have to be endlessly consoled over this…this…this…

this brain dead delusion going on in their own minds

Putting the mentally ill lunatics aside…

…Interesting subject matter addressed in this movie…

The boy is lovely…I’m just glad they didn’t take it into some crazy direction, like having him rape [or assault] one of the girls he was playing around with…or some other, hyperbolic nonsense.

Boys of that age and porn…I mean…good grief…they go together like a hand in a glove, because this is when most males sexuality really starts coming on strong.

The fact that this boy is isolated from sexual outlets…that’s just kind of the story of male sexuality in chains, now isn’t it?…”Dominate and manipulate all males, right from the start”…

Porn does not honestly hurt people…it’s never learning to put it down, and avoid excess, that is the problem…

…Which is why it should be a legal, openly available thing, that is just out there, without social stigma…So it does not become “the forbidden fruit”, some people get obsessed with.

Imagine if that porn were “just another thing in life”…and those parents made no issue over it…and they openly explored the porn, together with Mads…and they talked about it…and about sexual issues…

…Wouldn’t that be so much better, than to be fighting with your own boy…who is clearly a sexual being in need of more than just his hand and imagination?

People fear the sexual boy…They fear the sexual child…

…and it’s such a senseless, losing battle.

I love these movies, where they don’t hide a boy’s [or girl’s] sexuality…but they actually explore it.

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Young White Men Die, Should We Mourn Them? NJJ episode 10…

Date: May 06, 2018

01) Young White Men Die, Should We Mourn Them? NJJ episode 10

“For most Canadians and Americans, the mass outpouring of public grief over the April 6th bus c rash that killed members of the Humboldt Broncos Junior Hockey team was easy to explain—it was a terrible loss of youthful potential that caused millions of people to respond with sympathy and tributes.
A Canadian woman named Nora Loreto saw things differently.”

Infowárs Wants You To Know Civil Wár Is Coming…

Date: May 05, 2018

01) Infowárs Wants You To Know Civil Wár Is Coming

“Owen Shroyer, a radio host at the conspiracy theory outlet Infowars, warned listeners yesterday that he believes “civil war is inevitable” unless liberals reckon with “their own mental issues.”

During his “War Room” program yesterday, Shroyer said that his audience was right that “we have to bury [liberals] politically and culturally.” He added that as long as liberals “continue to exist,” they will “destroy this country” and “destroy this culture.”

“These people are such phonies. I’m sorry. I hate saying stuff like this. I have to do it. It’s my job,” Shroyer said. He continued, “I have to tell you, unless the left comes to grips with reality, unless the left comes to terms with their own mental issues—I mean honestly folks, I hate saying this. I really don’t want to say this.”


Paul Ryan’s Attack On House Chaplain Blows Up In His Face…


Date: May 05, 2018

01) Paul Ryan’s Attack On House Chaplain Blows Up In His Face

“After House Chaplain Rev. Patrick J. Conroy announced his resignation recently, the House was quick to point out that Conroy had been forced out of his position because Paul Ryan didn’t like his stance on poor people. With an outpouring of support from members of BOTH parties, Rev. Conroy decided to withdraw his resignation, and he’s now DARING Paul Ryan to come and fire him. Paul Ryan has lost a lot of fights during his career, but losing one to a Holy Man might be the biggest embarrassment yet for him. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.


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FCC Mysteriously Delaying Implementation of Net Neutrality Repeal (It’s Not Dead Yet)…

Date: May 04, 2018

01) FCC Mysteriously Delaying Implementation of Net Neutrality Repeal (It’s Not Dead Yet)

“April 23rd was supposed to be the first official day when the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality went into effect, but mysteriously enough, the FCC is actually—intentionally—delaying their own repeal, and it has yet to be posted to the Federal Register. So while this is technically good news because net neutrality is still alive and well, it’s bad news because this delay is possibly being done to give ISPs more time to defeat momentum for net neutrality laws at the state-level.


I’m Your Number One Fan [Controversial documentary about stalkers]…

Date: May 04, 2018

01) Controversial documentary about stalkers – I’m Your Number One Fan

“I’m Your Number One Fan is a controversial documentary from 1996 that has attracted a cult following in the UK. It features Blue Tulip Rose Read who stalks Mike Read (at the time a famous DJ). The documentary is centered around the point of view of the stalker and includes German doctor Klaus Wagner, who believed that Princess Diana was at the heart of a hate campaign by the Queen. It includes an opening sequence shot on Super 8 film that led to UK film critic Victor Lewis Smith stating that it “transcended the documentary format”.

After being broadcast in the UK, The Evening Standard newspaper began selling Mrs Read T-shirts and the writers of the comedy series, The League of Gentlemen, featured quotes from Blue Tulip in Royston Vasey newspaper signs in various episodes of the first series of the show. The writing on these signs include “Ed Stewart’s breath stinks”, “Mike Read’s breath is beautiful” and “Mike Read made me better”.

Director: Jaine Green
Runtime: 50 minutes

Provided with permission from Jaine Green, Director & Producer.”

Paraphrased: Stalkers are relating not to you…but to some disordered fantasy of you”…

If you think that stalkers of MAPs are so different from what you see here…I’ve got news for you…

…This sort of distorted obsession, quickly ramping up to hostile aggression and terroristic threats, is typical for stalkers of MAPs.

…They’re detached from reality…curiously, often obese…[and, no…they’re not the “fat n happy” type]…and desperately trying to scrape anything together in their life, at all, to mentally drag themselves to some state where their life has meaning.

It’s all about them…and the shortcomings in their own lives.

…It’s never actually about the individual MAP(s) they target, threaten and abuse.

Many of them are in desperate need of attention and affection, themselves…but they’re not getting it…and they take this [along with any other psychological baggage they have] out on MAPs.

“A delusion is not an opinion about the world…It’s not a judgement about the world…It’s absolute, incontrovertible, fixed “knowledge” about the world…Someone with a delusion “knows”…Anything you tell them, clearly cannot change it…Because you must be mistaken…They have the absolute and certain knowledge…which is a delusion.”

This is why it feels like repeatedly slamming your head against a brick wall, whenever you attempt to have a coherent discussion with them.

“For most stalkers…the telephone is the most common way of intruding.”

I’ve had a few of these nut cases over my lifetime…and, yes…they like to call on the telephone…quite a lot.

They think this is intimidating.

“I think that, violence is imminent in stalking…because the stalker is inevitably frustrated…the stalker inevitably is brought up against the limitations of reality…And that can produce anger…and anger can lead to threats and violence.”

So true.