Date: January 30, 2017
“David Sloan Wilson poses this question to Jonathan Haidt, author of The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided By Politics and Religion. Jonathan’s answer might surprise you”
Date: January 28, 2017
This always sneaks up on me…and I strangely happen to log in, on the same day this occurs, most of the time…leaving me with the sense that I must post something, to mark the occasion.
Well…It’s already been four years?…It seems like I was just breaking ground here, a few years ago…It’s hard to believe this incarnation of Our Love Frontier is four years old…Making it the oldest incarnation, yet…Which I’m pretty sure was true last year [age three], as well.
Let’s reflect, and take stock…
What has happened these last four years?
Well…I’ve released a ton of music, over about fifteen musical albums…of varying length and quality.
I’ve refurbished and created something like 40 sub-blogs…or is it closer to fifty?
M.A. Voice was introduced, and had it’s one year birthday about a month back…
M.A. TV was introduced…
I’ve really brought EQ Community links to the point of being something substantial…And Atheist Media Links is also shaping up into something…though still mostly the podcast section.
There are well over 1600 posts on this blog…a mixture of old and new content.
I moved the EQF homepage onto this blog…and have several functioning websites, within the page sections of this blog.
I’ve continued to write for “In Self Defense: The Life and Times of an Atheist BoyLover”, and even had a bit of a resurgence in 2016…Though I need to publish most of them…and I want most narrated.
I finally got an audio message forum up and running…Which kind of reminds me of the early days, on the EQF website…back when I made audio recording available, there…It’s up near the top of this blog…Granted, I was ill while recording a few of these…But it’s nice to have there.
I celebrated my ten year anniversary in the blogosphere, here on this WordPress blog.
…I’m sure I could go on.
This last year has been ablaze with activity…I’ve honestly never been more active, blogging…and I’m happy to say, that I’m finally getting some commenters.
Well…Here is to the next four years of blogging…or ten…or twenty?…more?
Date: January 28, 2017
“The philosopher and pride of Bakersfield, CA Manuel Vargas joins us to talk about culpability under conditions of oppression. How should we treat wrongdoers when their actions and character are shaped in part by their oppressive circumstances? Is it disrespectful not to blame oppressed people for their bad behavior? Can being oppressed make you more culpable in some circumstances? And what’s the point of holding people culpable anyway? Plus, the differences between “Hispanic” and “Latino/Latina/Latinx” and an exciting announcement: VBW merch!”
Date: January 28, 2017
This reminds me so much, of the way most people talk about MAPs…
…They ignore 99.999% of the facts, and throw at you a parade of extremely weak talking points and slogans…which themselves could be disproven, with a little bit of research.
These sorts depend on the public’s lazy apathy…and the public’s need for something, or someone, to demonize and unite against.
Donald Trump may have been elected to perform a handful of promises he made to the U.S. public…and he may be working to make good on those promises…
…but he was not elected to turn the presidential cabinet into a freak show…
The quality and nature of his picks, feel an awful lot like an unanticipated slight of hand…
…I mean…it’s Trump…and he’s a wild card…But I’m not so sure a lot of people saw this coming.
Trump may have successfully tapped into the sentiments of the public…
…But today, he’s seeming more like maybe he was just a well calculated plant, organized and put in place by ultra conservatives…and religious loonies.
“The state is not more important than the people…The people are the state.”
This is a great social ideal…and one which western nations often claim to hold as a core principle…
…But in practice, these countries love their scapegoats and class ladders, as much as anybody else…They love having people to spit on, hold in contempt and abuse relentlessly…It’s just that western countries are more mindful at concealing their own treachery, and failures as a civilization.
The biggest difference, is “the west’s” ability to sanitize the dialogue and rhetoric.
“The people are sovereign”?
…No…they most certainly are not.
If you’ve got a massive collection of people, who want nothing more than to be treated like the Borg…then I guess you’ve got something on which to speculate, maybe, a kind of sovereignty could exist…But it’s reliant on a collective platform, and not a true sovereignty everyone can realize.
This “sovereignty” is little more than a bid to seize power, which can be overthrown by any other Borg collective that has the numbers behind it.
…Which is why western governments tend to be such an insane clustered mess, of endless pendulum swinging…from one extreme to another.
Most people just get helplessly dragged along with it…That is not sovereignty.
One positive thing I can say about the ruling class of other types of countries…is that they are at least honest about what they are…usually.
Here “in the west”…we just lie to ourselves, to make ourselves feel better…because the truth of the matter is very ugly…and many fear the price, of actually forcing things to change.
Date: January 26, 2017
“David and Tamler go back to basics–discussing a paper (Victoria McGeer on responsibilty and Strawson) and arguing about restorative justice. What is the function of attitudes like resentment and anger? Do they presume anything metaphysics of agency? Why is Josh Greene trying to erode the moral scaffolding of society? Plus we talk about the latest Aeon troll piece on why sexual desire is wrong.”
Date: January 26, 2017
“…it looks like a group of internet trolls have created a new term to upset social justice warriors and mock LGBTQs.
Last week, individuals began identifying as “clovergender.” The term began being used to identify children who are trapped in the bodies of adults. They are calling for acceptance of this new identity, comparing it as an equivalent to being transgender. They are also claiming that because they are children trapped in the bodies of adults, it is OK for them to have relationships with children.
Well, Snopes looked into this, and the whole thing is a scam. It is meant to upset people and throw a wrench in the LGBT community’s movement for equality.”
“The term was evidently created by pranksters in order to mock individuals of non-binary gender.
That the concept appeared from the ether on or around 1 January 2017 strongly suggests it was a hoax.
Several users captured 4chan screenshots from 31 December 2016 and 1 January 2017 demonstrating that the “clovergender” idea was cooked up by resident pranksters in an attempt to mock individuals of non-binary gender (i.e., transgender people, gender fluid people, and people of alternate gender):”
Child Lovers have never given their endorsement to the “CLoverGender” thing…In fact, I have yet to encounter another Child Lover, who has any knowledge of this “CLoverGender” groups prior existence.
I had a few of these people on one of my Twitter lists, then I moved them to another list…They seemed kind of disingenuous.
Thing is…you start getting into this “cis gender” [Etc.] rabbit hole, and some of those people…I mean, “CLoverGender” is not a far leap, from anything to expect out of them…But I found the “child trapped in adult body” thing intriguing enough, to where I wanted to watch it for a bit…get a better sense of what was happening.
These findings are no shock.
It was not lost on me, of course, that they were commandeering “CL” in this effort…
CL is one of our terms, and it stands for Child Lover.
Myself being a Child Lover…I naturally wanted to keep an eye on this…Because these people are potentially causing even more trouble for us, than anybody else they may target.
The LGBTQ feels mocked?…
…Well, they coyly stole and incorporated one of our well used identifiers…How do you imagine we feel?
…And we’ve still got the PizzaGate B.S. dragging on, from these idiots.
A Comment Demanding Response:
“This seems like something NAMBLA would do. Are they connected to this somehow?” – Tim Peter
On what do you base this fantastical leap of yours, Tim?
Having watched NAMBLA [I was considering joining, at one point in time] for a good solid fifteen years or more…I can tell you they have no history of this kind of thing, at all. In fact, it sounds exactly like something NAMBLA would steer absolutely clear of…Nothing about NAMBLA’s historical conduct, indicates that they want anything to do with this type of behavior.
For your information…NAMBLA has been accused of all sorts of ridiculous things.
Here are only a few of them:
a) Newgon and NAMBLA Covered in Media
NAMBLA is no stranger, to having both gross distortions of it’s organization spread about, and incredulous accusations of criminal activity made against it.
In a world where almost nobody cares to look closer, check facts and dig deeper, before swallowing these stories wholesale…NAMBLA is the sort of group, which is forced to be unquestionably scrupulous and on the level…unlike virtually any other group in existence, past or present.
Tim…you clearly do not have understanding of NAMBLA’s intent, code and mode of conduct, focus and manpower…
NAMBLA has nothing to do with harassing other marginalized groups…When it was still allowed, it used to help support other such groups.
NAMBLA has such little manpower, that it has trouble keeping regular updates [IE: adding new articles and commentaries] on it’s website…even with at least two volunteers overseeing it.
…And you have the idea, that they’ve all run off to commit this “CLoverGender” hoax, for a lark?
NAMBLA is one of the only groups I can name, which stood up and fought in court, to protect one of the most crucial rights in the U.S. Constitution…Had NAMBLA lacked the will to fight, it would have established devastating case law…which could have ultimately had wide reaching consequences on everybody in the USA. The day they can arrest you for sharing information, or sharing an opinion…is the day the first amendment right to free speech is dead.
The entire USA owes a debt of gratitude to NAMBLA, on this ground alone.
There has never been a more of the people, for the people patriotic, pro-freedom group in the USA, than NAMBLA.
Call that personal opinion, if you want…but it’s based on many years of following NAMBLA, and it’s leaders.
NAMBLA actually embodies, most American ideals…and fights on behalf of them.
…Most people are just too blind to see this.
Date: January 23, 2017
“When it’s not possible for family or friends to be at a patient’s bedside in their final hours, a volunteer program in hospitals called No One Dies Alone works to ensure that terminal patients aren’t by themselves when they die.
It started in Eugene, Oregon, in 2001, and now volunteers can be found in hospitals across the country. Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson talks with Marilyn Judson, a volunteer with No One Dies Alone at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica.”
Date: January 23, 2017
Well…This will be interesting.