Waking Up with Sam Harris #114 – POLITICS AND SANITY (with David Frum and Andrew Sullivan)…


Date: January 24, 2018

01) Waking Up with Sam Harris #114 – POLITICS AND SANITY (with David Frum and Andrew Sullivan)


“In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with David Frum and Andrew Sullivan about the Trump presidency, hyper-partisanship, how democracies fail, immigration, the lowering life expectancy in the U.S., racism, social media, the opioid crisis, marijuana legalization, religion, what a healthy politics might look like, and other topics.

David Frum is a senior editor at The Atlantic and the author of Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic, his ninth book. Frum spent most of his career in conservative media and research institutions, including the Manhattan Institute and the American Enterprise Institute. He is a past chairman of Policy Exchange, the leading center-right think tank in the United Kingdom, and a former director of the Republican Jewish Coalition. In 2001-2002, he served as a speechwriter and special assistant to President George W. Bush. Frum holds a BA and MA in history from Yale and a law degree from Harvard.

Andrew Sullivan is a writer at large for New York Magazine. He holds a BA from Oxford University in Modern History and Modern Languages and a PhD in government at Harvard University. He was editor of The New Republic from 1991 – 1996, and the creator of The Daily Dish, one of the first political blogs, from 2000 – 2015. A winner of three National Magazine Awards, he was also the weekly American columnist for the Sunday Times of London from 1996 – 2014. He wrote the first cover story and first book in favor of marriage equality in 1989 and 1995, an AIDS memoir, Love Undetectable, in 1998, and The Conservative Soul in 2006.”

Richard Wolff On The Slave Labour Of Californian Inmate Firefighters…


Date: January 24, 2018

01) Richard Wolff On The Slave Labour Of Californian Inmate Firefighters


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http://edition.cnn.com/2017/10/13/us/california-fires-inmate-firefighters/index.html
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/opinion/the-conversation/sd-how-much-are-california-inmate-firefighters-paid-to-fight-wildfires-20171020-htmlstory.html

Ruby Ridge – PBS American Experience [2017]…


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Date: January 24, 2018

01) Ruby Ridge – PBS American Experience


“PBS American Experience is Documentary on American history consistently among the best shows on television. Episode is Ruby Ridge.”

I used to listen to Bo Gritz…back in the mid nineties, on shortwave radio…It was during that early transitional phase, I sometimes talk about…where I left organized religion, but still identified as Christian…

…I don’t know that I’d say I was searching for something different…so much as I was astonished and intrigued, at what all I was encountering [and finding it somewhat exotic, listening to native news/broadcasts, from other countries/communities I’d never before heard from].

Bo talked about Ruby Ridge, quite a bit…and I know it had a profound impact on him…

I’m glad it was a passing phase.

I had read somewhere, in passing, that Bo attempted suicide…Apparently, he survived.

Ruby Ridge is a prime example, of just how wrong a stupidly handled situation can go…

…And I don’t like so much to draw this comparison…But it’s been in the back of my mind, over the years…that this exacts sort of thing can happen to MAP’s, just as easily…

I never knew what to believe, about the racist allegations…But, realizing what had happened…primarily at the hands of the U.S. government…

…I mean…jesus…They killed a young kid…They killed a mother, who was holding her young infant…

…This case has always had a strong impact on me, where it came to understanding what some people in the U.S. government are willing to do…how savage and ruthless, they are willing to allow things to get…

I’ve never been a survivalist, nor terrorist minded [obviously]…But taking stock of how the U.S. government has abused, tormented and killed so many…even of it’s own citizens…

…It’s easier to understand, what has gone into creating home grown terrorists.

The U.S. government, itself, holds no small part of this blame.

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“Let’s Sue Ozzy!”…


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Date: January 23, 2018

This selection from “In Self Defense: The Life and Times of An Atheist BoyLover…Memoirs and Ethos”, has been narrated by Rocco White. Please enjoy the listen, or read along if you like…or need to.
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Does anyone remember when Ozzy Osbourne was taken to court, because fundamentalist religious parents believed their teenage son committed suicide because of listening to Ozzy’s song, “Suicide Solution”?…

Despite that the song was not an encouragement to commit suicide…indeed, it was quite the opposite message…and despite the existence of metaphors…and despite that art commonly takes an unflinching, fierce form…Nobody was successfully telling any of this, to those religious parents…who saw a song title [“Suicide Solution”], and that was all they ever needed to see, or know…Their minds were set…all facts be damned…

…Ozzy was no longer allowed to be anything in their minds, than the wicked demon they envisioned him as…

Often times…this is precisely what I feel like…not just when people attack me for being a pedophile…but when people attack the life’s work, I’ve done…

At this point…I’ve been writing about being a homosexual pedophile, for about twenty years…The first several years of writing, are mostly lost…but, I might have a substantial body of work, stretching back fifteen years…It’s long and broad enough, to where I could not deny my drive and ambition, if I wanted to…What I’ve created, is stark and bold…

…And some people sneer at it…claim, or imply, “some child is going to get raped, because of it”…

…They say a lot of really nasty, hurtful things…spinning my words, and what I’ve built, entirely out of it’s natural [and historical] context…

…They haven’t got the first inkling of a clue…as to why I have created this body of content…Why I had too…Despite that I’ve explained this, numerous times over…

…These kinds of zealots, are fundamentalists…

…They don’t care, that there is something much deeper and broad…and, indeed, far different from what they are expecting…contained within this body of work…

…Or, maybe some of them do recognize this…and the fact that they cannot control what they don’t understand, terrifies them…

They want things to be so simple, and categorized…separate and isolated…Everything where it can be easily manipulated…

They only want to think and speak of things…in the strict way that they want to speak and think of those things…And they wont tolerate others, behaving differently.

It’s because we live in a world…where Ozzy Osbourne even could be dragged before a court, for the “offense” of making a song about a hard subject…

…that people like me exist, to push back against the ignorant insanity…from the people who refuse to see, refuse to listen, refuse to communicate…and refuse to understand…refuse to coexist…


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Gay Hollywood:The Last Taboo (2009) documentary…


Date: January 23, 2018

01) Gay Hollywood:The Last Taboo (2009) documentary


“Looks at the challenges facing gay artists in Hollywood past and present. Hollywood in the 1920s was the most homosexual friendly place to be as most of the behind-the-camera staff were gay. However, for those in front of the camera there was no tolerance from the movie-going public. Any homosexual who wanted to maintain a career had to remain in a well-locked closet. During the 1950s, the studios provided their own “police” who would be the first to arrive at any scene of an “indiscretion” or other scandalous act. Their task was to collect and remove any evidence and then call the real police if necessary. The studios, wanting to safeguard their investments, even forced male gay actors, like Rock Hudson and Cary Grant, into sham marriages.”

Politics and Terrorism (Sexual Reform)!…


Date: January 23, 2018

01) Politics and Terrorism (Sexual Reform)!


“Increasing populism and nationalism, like countless times in history, will lead to more and more war and upheaval.

For More Information http://www.sexualskills.co.uk/ or http://www.nvsh.nl/ — THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE SITE ABOUT SEXUALITY!

The NVSH (Dutch Society for Sexual Reform) aims to contribute to the sexual emancipation of individual and social life. Our main activity is the promotion of knowledge and understanding of sexual behaviour in the widest possible sense.

Sexual reform-
Holland is the only country in the world which has an association specifically dedicated to sexual reform. We started out as a Neo-Malthusian League, which opened the first birth control clinic in the world in 1881. In 1946 the present name was adopted and a broader range of targets was formulated. Up to the sixties, a great deal of energy went into building up the organisation, which ran 60 clinics and reached a membership high of 220,000 in 1966. Also much work was put into improving the quality of contraceptives (condom, diaphragm and spermicidal jelly) and introducing the contraceptive pill.

At the heart of the ‘sexual revolution’, we formulated targets such as:

equality for men and women
availability of good contraception and abortion services,
good sex education at all levels (see Basics)
training of sex teachers and researchers at university level
no restraints on pornography
combating jealousy
no discrimination against any form of voluntary sex
critical concern about population growth

Some of these goals have been partially attained, others remain as difficult as they were, while others again have suffered a backlash in the reactionary period that followed the end of the seventies.
Sex education in schools, for instance, is as difficult, if not impossible, as it was before. From time to time campaigns or short programmes are introduced into schools, usually because of some public concern, e.g. teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections or sexual abuse. These negative approaches are a far cry from systematic all-year round elucidation, rational discussion and positive attitude building, which require time and effort at every level.

Sexual reform remains necessary-

Sexual reform thus remains necessary for many years to come, especially now that the world is moving towards a crisis of pollution, war and human suffering as a result of overpopulation, which itself is due to a blind following of the reproductive imperative so characteristic of sexual backwardness. Positive developments are the increased scientific understanding of human nature, the emancipation of children, and the postponement or rejection of pregnancy by many young adults, which allows for more experimentation and freedom in relationships and may lead to an entirely new and better morality.”