Date: June 22, 2019
“Tech entrepreneur and Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang is expressing enthusiasm over the first debate lineup.
“We could not have drawn it up any better if we had been there selecting the draw ourselves,” Yang, who is the founder of Venture for America, told Hill.TV during an interview on Tuesday.
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Date: June 22, 2019
“The 2020 election will not be fair, and Donald Trump will have to be defeated despite the lack of fairness
Date: June 22, 2019
“As most famously presented by William Paley in his theological work titled “Natural Theology”, the Watchmaker Analogy (teleological argument) is a recurring argument for a designer, which, by way of analogy, asserts that complexity requires a designer.
The way Paley put it is essentially as follows: if you were walking across a field and saw a watch lying upon the ground, you wouldn’t assume that it had come together by chance because it’s too ordered and complicated. Rather, you would assume that it had a conscious and intelligent designer. By way of analogy, Paley then went on to argue that because life and indeed the universe is ordered and complicated, it too must’ve had a conscious and intelligent designer.
Throughout the video I pint-point several flaws and fallacies that those who use the Watchmaker tend to commit, but for a very brief summery (extremely brief), they are as follows:
1. False Analogy:
An analogy is a comparison between things that have similar features for the purpose of explaining a principle or an idea, and in this case, Paley insists that a comparison can be made between the complexity of a watch and the complexity of the universe, which both imply that they had a designer.
2. False Cause Fallacy:
Essentially, like all False Cause Fallacies, the Watchmaker Argument mistakenly confuses correlation with causation. It recognizes a relationship between complexity and designers, and then concludes that one necessarily implies the other.
3. Ignores Evolution by Natural Selection:
It completely ignores evolution by natural selection. Without getting into it too deeply, natural selection has been completely and utterly proven to be an unconscious process that has given rise to countless complex and purposed organisms. The watchmaker argument ignores this in the attempt to substantiate it’s black and white fallacy (deliberate designer or randomness).
4. Special Pleading:
Its core premise asserts that purpose and complexity requires a designer, and so if we draw the Watchmaker Argument out to its logical conclusion – that there is a god and that it created the universe and everything in it, then by applying the argument’s logic to itself we must conclude that this god too had a designer, and so on and so forth for infinity…
The Watchmaker Argument is self-contradicting. The argument first assumes that a watch is different from nature, which it indirectly claims is uncomplicated and random. However, it then states that since the universe is so complicated and ordered it too must have a creator. Thus, it gives the universe two incompatible and contradicting qualities.
The Watchmaker Argument doesn’t imply a designer – it implies that there are many designers. After finding that watch upon the ground, imagine if you then saw beside it a shoe. Would you assume that a watchmaker made that shoe? Of course not – you would assume that a shoemaker made it.
7. Ex Nihilo The Watchmaker Argument acts as if a watchmaker creates a watch from nothing, when this simply isn’t true.
A watch, like all human creations, is a rearrangement of energy and mater that already existed.
8. Doesn’t Support Theism:
The Watchmaker Argument doesn’t support theism. Even if it were accepted as a sound argument, it would only prove that a universe had a universe designer – and that’s it. It wouldn’t prove a particular religion to be true.
9. Incompetent Design:
An all-powerful and all-loving god would not create organisms with the type of suboptimal design that can be seen in nature. Meaning that either that god isn’t omnipotent or that it isn’t omnibenevolent – or both!”
|– Atheist Media Links|
Date: June 21, 2019
Happy International BoyLove Day!
Forgive the brevity of this post…it’s going to be another short IBLD post.
However…I did happen to finally get the EQF IBLD 20 year anniversary video done and uploaded.
I hope it is satisfactory, and pleases.
It’s located at the above link.
Date: June 20, 2019
“Things slow down with a host-only episode. Peace delivers an update about the UNRC’s child pornography proposal and the responses it received, while Murr gives a trip report on the 2019 B4U-ACT workshop. The main topic of the evening is a discussion on what it means to be “successful” as a MAP in current society and how each of the hosts both envisions this success and what they do to achieve it.”
|Sub-Blog Archive | M.A. Net
Date: June 19, 2019
“Electronic material that Infowars host Alex Jones turned over to the families of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims who are suing him contained images of child pornography, according to a court filing.
The filing also accuses Jones of threatening Christopher Mattei, a lawyer for the families, and his law firm, during an online broadcast of “The Alex Jones Show” on Friday in which he angrily claimed that unnamed people were “trying to set me up with child porn.”
The suit claims that Jones and others have “persistently perpetuated a monstrous, unspeakable lie: that the Sandy Hook shooting was staged and that the families who lost loved ones that day are actors who faked their relatives’ deaths.” Jones has said more recently that he has “had a chance to believe that children died” at Sandy Hook.”
“A Connecticut judge on Tuesday sanctioned InfoWars founder Alex Jones after he threatened one of the attorneys representing families of Sandy Hook shooting victims. Jones lashed out after the families’ lawyers alleged that Jones sent them child porn. Jones is being sued by the families for spreading the false conspiracy theory that the shooting, which claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults, is a hoax.
Bridgeport Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis said Jones crossed a line by personally targeting one of the Sandy Hook families’ attorneys in a segment on his web show about the allegations, according CBS Hartford affiliate WFSB-TV. As part of the sanction, Jones lost a special motion to dismiss the case, and he’ll be on the hook for plaintiff attorney fees related to the child porn investigation.
In a motion filed in court Monday, the families’ attorneys said that when a consultant was reviewing documents Jones turned over for the case, they found “an image that appeared to be child pornography.” They immediately contacted counsel, who then went to the FBI.
The FBI found “numerous additional illegal images” in the documents, which had apparently been sent to InfoWars email addresses.
“It is worth noting that if the Jones Defendants had engaged in even minimal due diligence and actually reviewed the materials before production, they would have found the images themselves,” the statement said. “Because the Jones Defendants did not do that, they transmitted images to the plaintiffs that if they were knowingly possessed is a serious federal crime.”
“You’re trying to set me up with child porn,” Mr. Jones said. “One million dollars to put your head on a pike.”
Norman Pattis, a lawyer for Mr. Jones, said that the allegation had already been investigated by the F.B.I. and that Mr. Jones had been cleared of any wrongdoing.”
“Attorneys representing victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre who are suing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for defamation have accused the InfoWars host of sending them files containing child pornography.
The Connecticut Post reports that court documents filed on Monday show that the law firm representing the Sandy Hook victims claims that it discovered several inappropriate images involving children in a large stash of electronic files that Jones had been ordered to turn over.”
“…lawyers say when Jones complied with the court request, he also sent over electronic files containing child porn, per CT Post.
Jones has since claimed that the child porn was placed on his servers in a malware attack, and offered $1 million to whoever found who did it, per The Daily Beast. On his Friday Infowars show, he implied that Christopher Mattei, the attorney representing the Sandy Hook families, planted the material.”
“During his Infowars internet radio show last Friday, lawyers for Sandy Hook families who are suing Alex Jones say the controversial radio host threatened one of them when he discussed the presence of child pornography in emails from his program’s computer server.
A Superior Court judge will hold an emergency hearing Tuesday in Bridgeport on the alleged threat. Jones appeared to threaten Chris Mattei, a lawyer for the Sandy Hook families, when he announced a $1 million reward for any information and then the conviction of the person who he said planted pornography on his company’s webserver.”
“It appears, according to a report from The Daily Beast, that Jones was ordered to hand over a trove of data to lawyers involved in the Sandy Hook defamation suit against the controversial media personality. In about a dozen threatening emails sent to Infowars “by one or more anonymous people,” Sandy Hook lawyers found images of child pornography, which, according to Jones attorney Norman Pattis, were never opened. Sandy Hook legal representation sent over the material to the FBI in late May, when they received the messages, sparking an investigation.
“I spoke to federal prosecutors last week. They report that there is no indication anyone at InfoWars knowingly possessed child pornography,” said Pattis, according to the outlet. “The items were embedded in emails sent to folks at InfoWars without ever having been opened.”
“Court documents allege that InfoWars founder and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones was in possession of child pornography and sent it to the legal team defending the families of Sandy Hook victims.
Lawyers from Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder, the firm representing the families of Sandy Hook victims, filed a statement on Monday stating that they discovered child pornography in documents that Jones’ defense sent as part of the discovery process of the lawsuit.
Upon discovering these items, the counsel immediately sent them to the FBI for further inspection — which confirmed that they were indeed pornographic images of children, the counsel said.”
There’s an actual response from InfoWars included in this collection of links…
It’s only fair that this not be weeded out, considering they have a right to unimpeded response to such accusations.
It’s plausible that someone sent them “child porn”, unsolicited.
Given the inhumane B.S. people are put through when they’re found to possess “child porn”…I wouldn’t even wish this sort of karma on someone like Alex Jones…
…even though he is an a-hole, who’s been awful towards MAP’s…and it would be mighty satisfying, to watch him walk a mile in our shoes.
…I would never be so cruel, as to drop “child porn” onto anyone.