You’ll Never Guess Who’s Funding Oppo Research Against Progressive Laura Moser…


Date: February 25, 2018

01) You’ll Never Guess Who’s Funding Oppo Research Against Progressive Laura Moser


“ON THURSDAY EVENING, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee took the extraordinary step of publicly attacking a prominent Democratic candidate in a contested Texas primary. The party committee’s move was made all the more jarring given the background of the candidate, Laura Moser, who in 2017 became a hero of the Trump resistance movement as the creator of Daily Action, a text-messaging tool that channeled progressive anger into a single piece of activism per day.

“Voters in Houston have organized for over a year to hold Rep. [John] Culberson accountable and win this Clinton district,” DCCC Communications Director Meredith Kelly told the Texas Tribune. “Unfortunately, Laura Moser’s outright disgust for life in Texas disqualifies her as a general election candidate, and would rob voters of their opportunity to flip Texas’ 7th in November.”

The comment followed the release of an opposition dossier the party compiled on Moser. To date, the DCCC has made only two such memos public, one on Moser, and the other on arch-conservative Rick Saccone, a Republican running in an upcoming special election in Pennsylvania.

Citation:
https://theintercept.com/2018/02/22/national-democrats-go-nuclear-publicly-slam-a-dem-candidate-as-corrupt-for-far-less-than-its-own-officials-do/

Jordan Peterson; Breaks Down the Creation of the #ME TOO Movement with Christie Blatchford…


Date: February 23, 2018

01) Jordan Peterson; Breaks Down the Creation of the #ME TOO Movement with Christie Blatchford


“Me Too” (or “#MeToo”, with local alternatives in other languages) spread virally in October 2017 as a hashtag used on social media to help demonstrate the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment, especially in the workplace. It followed soon after the public revelations of sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein.

The phrase, long used by social activist Tarana Burke to help survivors realize they are not alone, was popularized by actress Alyssa Milano when she encouraged women to tweet it to “give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem”. Since then, the phrase has been posted online millions of times, often with an accompanying personal story of sexual harassment or assault. The response on Twitter included high-profile posts from several celebrities, and many stories of sexual violence were shared, including from Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Judd,Jennifer Lawrence,and Uma Thurman.”

“Sexual entities” and “rules of sex”…

…Important, relevant concepts…

It kind of gets to the crux, of what impedes so many sexual minorities…

The secret to human sexuality in a culture…is that there are no absolute rules…

…That may seem very disturbing…and, yes…taken to extremes, it could have disturbing consequence…

…but, sexual norms, are what we make of them…And they are extremely fluid.

I think the reason why “we don’t know” what the rules are…is because we have such a vast range of diverse, sexual tolerance and interest…

When you are forced to coexist, with people who have little [or no] sexual tolerance…and you are a sex positive type of personality…there is going to be a sub-culture clash.

I’m just astonished that we still have not figured out how to get along in peace, over the sexuality of our species.

…You would think, that we would have gotten past this by now.

Waking Up with Sam Harris #117 — Networks, Power, and Chaos with Niall Ferguson…


Date: February 23, 2018

01) Waking Up with Sam Harris #117 — Networks, Power, and Chaos with Niall Ferguson


“In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Niall Ferguson about his new book “The Square and the Tower.” They discuss his career as a writer, networks and hierarchies, how history gets written, the similarity between the 16th century and the 21st, the role of social media in the 2016 Presidential election, the influence of advertising on the public sphere, Trump, the Russian investigation, Islamic extremism, counterfactuals, what would have happened if Clinton had won the presidency, immigration in Europe, conspiracy theories, capitalism, globalization, communism, wealth inequality, universal basic income, Henry Kissinger, the prospect of a US war with China, cyberwar, and other topics. You support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/subscribe.”

Tom Holland ‘De-Radicalising Muhammad’…


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Date: February 23, 2018

01) Tom Holland ‘De-Radicalising Muhammad’


“Tom Holland delivers the ‘Christopher Hitchens Lecture’ from Hay Festival 2015.”

I dare say…Tom Holland is the most interesting, instructive and constructive scholar on Islam, that I have thus far encountered.

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Ajit Pai Now Being Investigated for Corruption by His OWN Agency…


Date: February 23, 2018

01) Ajit Pai Now Being Investigated for Corruption by His OWN Agency


“After months of flaunting his close relationship with companies like Verizon and Sinclair Broadcasting, the FCC is finally doing something that should have been done a long time ago: they’re investigating their own chairman, Ajit Pai. We know he’s guilty, it’s just a matter of whether or not he’s been able to successfully hide evidence of his corruption.

Citation:
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/mb53jn/fcc-inspector-general-investigation-ajit-pai-corruption