Date: December 09, 2020
“The White House is backing Bernie Sanders’ COVID checks.”
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Date: December 09, 2020
“To have people advocate for their sexual interest in children to be considered an orientation, equivalent to straight, bi, or gay, and for it to be endorsed and publicly supported, is to deny, minimize, and otherwise spit on the experience of those who have been sexually abused.”
“If one detects a measure of disbelief in my tone, you’d be reading it accurately. But whether those testimonials are true or not doesn’t really matter, it is simply another way of saying …
“While I deeply and sincerely feel for all the pain that has been caused as a result of your sexual abuse by an adult, I hope it won’t bother you if I showcase the shining examples of people who, unlike you, have managed to rise above that silly little boundary violation.”
Which is to say, “I may say I value your feelings, but actually I don’t, because it’s really all about me and always has been.”
I am serious when I say these people have to be the most shockingly tone deaf people I have ever seen in my life.”
“When these individuals and groups, who often have profile pictures of children and toddlers, dryly discuss this topic on Medium it is a slap in the face, and potentially triggering to those who have been abused. Whether they have a “right” to or not, is the wrong metric. If they care about their users on this platform, Medium would either not allow it, or provide an effective way to allow people who do not want to see it, be confident they never will. That is not advocating free speech violations, it is respecting the mental health of a large segment of your user base.
Because, as H. Nemesis Nyx, accurately points out, if your “kink” happens to be underage, and it’s strictly a masturbatory fantasy that is never carried out, then really, no one needs to know it, do they? If it’s more than that, then we have a problem. People with a healthy sexuality and a good sense of personal boundaries don’t feel the need to make their kinks a major factor in their public or online identity.”
…Thank you for decreeing, from the throne room of your palace, that you think MAPs belong to a special sub-group of human being, which lacks the status and freedom of other groups of human being.
Thank you for explaining why “we have no right” to respond to science, research, social issues, personal issues, and the most heinous accusations made about people like us…because you don’t want to see or hear anything about it which fails to reaffirm your own expectations.
…There are a lot of extremely hard issues, both social and personal, for which we are only doing greater damage by leaving them to fester, and not addressing what needs addressing, all to placate the angry and intolerant.
Do you imagine this is all a jolly good time for MAPs?
Do you think we are just having fun trolling you, for a laugh?
For MAPs, these are literal life and death issues…These are issues of being able to function and survive…These are issues of self worth and belonging, as a human being.
You act so smug and condescending…dismissing our orientations as “a kink”…and dismissing our openly talking about real social issues which need to change, as being some kind of trivial chatter…
The fact that MAPs are forced to live their entire lives under this abusive system…and if we stick our heads up at all, or stand up for ourselves…people like you feel entitled to rebuke us for “being disrespectful to victims”…even when we are doing objectively nothing against victims…is monumentally fucked up.
For once in the history of this ruthless species…how about we actually afford at least the bare minimum of human dignity and equal freedom to MAPs?…How about we actually put into practice for once, the principle of free speech and that of ones right to defend themselves, to associate, to reach out and to talk about issues which deeply impact their lives?
How about people like you stop thinking only of yourselves and what triggers you, and come to understand that your demands for thought purity and expression purity, are wreaking unspeakable havoc and suffering for other human beings?
How about no longer taking whatever unfortunate thing happened to you, using it as an excuse to keep doing shitty, abusive things against MAPs [a demographic which is overwhelmingly forced to be voiceless]?
MAPs who step out into the open, literally risk their lives in doing such.
We do it, because the issues we give voice to are just that vital and urgent.
“Conflating an individuals internal turn on that stays just that, with a pedophile who feels the need to talk about their desire to rape a child, is a massive false equivalency and disingenuous in the extreme.”
…How fucking dare you?…How dare you attempt to put these words into our mouths?
December 09, 2020
Songs of the Winter Château – Yule in Strings III [14:25]
01) The First Noel [spanish guitar]
02) God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen [Acoustic Guitar]
03) Boars Head Carol [acoustic guitar]
04) Come Little Children [spanish guitar]
05) Hark The Herald Angels Sing [Folk Guitar Cathedral]
06) Gather Around The Tree [Acoustic Guitar]
07) Angels We Have Heard on High [Acoustic Guitar]
08) Light The Advent Candle [acoustic guitar]
I’m happy to release a new holiday album for 2020!
If I have time and feel up to it, I may release a brass, or choir, or harp…or possibly some other form of Yule Time album…I have a substantial enough back log of completed tracks, that I can make several small holiday albums.
I want to see if I can get some new songs to add to the collection, though…A lot is rehashed…but these are still nice.
Date: December 08, 2020
Yesterday at work it was floating through my mind…how ironic it is that one of the funny stories about the Beatles…is how scared they were to come to the USA, because of their fears of guns in this culture…and how so many of us, even today, would laugh at that and call the fear ridiculous…
…And yet, one of the four Beatles was murdered by gun…for no sane reason.
Today…I learn via the radio, that John Lennon was murdered forty years ago today.
Synchronicity strikes again…What a trip.
Of course…I remember the news of it…but I’m not terribly familiar with exact dates.
On December 08, 1980, John Lennon was murdered.
…So, today I give a memorial to John Lennon.
WATCHING THE WHEELS. (Ultimate Mix, 2020) – John Lennon (official music video HD):
GIMME SOME TRUTH. ULTIMATE MIX. LYRIC VIDEO:
Well… (Baby Please Don’t Go) (Ultimate Mix) (Bonus Track)
WOMAN. (Ultimate Mix, 2020) – John Lennon (official music video HD)
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Date: December 08, 2020
“In this episode of the podcast, Stephen Laureys interviews Sam Harris about meditation practice and the scientific study of the mind.
– why Sam began to practice meditation
Steven Laureys, MD, PhD, FEAN (Fellow of the European Academy of Neurology), is a Belgian neurologist, neuroscientist, author, and speaker. He has written several publications including The Neurology of Consciousness: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropathology and the well-received La Méditation, c’est bon pour le cerveau, which he is working to publish in English in 2021.
Dr. Laureys also maintains a clinical practice at the University Hospital of Liège where his research focuses on understanding consciousness, meditation, and the mind.
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Date: December 08, 2020
“Millennia before engineering or software, robots and artificial intelligence were brought to life in Greek myths. The author of “Gods and Robots Myths, Machines, and Ancient Dreams of Technology” traces the link between technology and tyranny from modern day concerns over AI to back to antiquities fear of beings were “made, not born.”
Adrienne Mayor is a folklorist and historian of ancient science who investigates natural knowledge contained in pre-scientific myths and oral traditions. She has been at Stanford University since 02006; “Gods and Robots” (2018) is her most recent book. Her other books include “The First Fossil Hunters: Paleontology in Greek and Roman Times” (2000); “Greek Fire, Poison Arrows, and Scorpion Bombs: Biological and Chemical Warfare in the Ancient World” (2003); “The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women” (2014); and a biography of Mithradates, “The Poison King” (2010), a National Book Award finalist.
She is a 02018-19 Berggruen Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS), co-sponsors of this talk. While at CASBS she is continuing her investigations about how imagination is a link between myths about technology and science. Other projects include researching interdisciplinary topics in geomythology, to discover natural knowledge and scientific realities embedded in mythological traditions about nature.
“Gods and Robots: Ancient Dreams of Technology” was given on November 12, 02019 as part of The Long Now Foundation’s “Conversations at The Interval” Salon Talks. These hour long talks are recorded live at The Interval, our bar, cafe, & museum in San Francisco. Since 02014 this series has presented artists, authors, entrepreneurs, scientists (and more) taking a long-term perspective on subjects like art, design, history, nature, technology, and time.”