Waking Up with Sam Harris #136 – Digital Humanism (with Jaron Lanier)…


Date: September 03, 2018

01) Waking Up with Sam Harris #136 – Digital Humanism (with Jaron Lanier)


“In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Jaron Lanier about the economics, politics, and psychology of our digital lives. They discuss the insidious idea that information should be free, what we should want from an advanced economy, the role of advertising, libertarianism in Silicon Valley, the problems with social media, and other topics.

Jaron Lanier is a scientist, musician, and writer best known for his work in virtual reality and his advocacy of humanism and sustainable economics in a digital context. His 1980s start-up VPL Research created the first commercial VR products and introduced avatars, multi-person virtual world experiences, and prototypes of major VR applications such as surgical simulation. His books Who Owns the Future? and You Are Not a Gadget were international bestsellers, and Dawn of the New Everything was named a 2017 best book of the year by The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and Vox. His most recent book is 10 Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now.”

How to get Science Articles for free…


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Date: September 01, 2018

01) SciHub – How to get Science Articles for free

02) Science’s pirate queen


http://sci-hub.tw/

http://libgen.io/

I’m hardly looking up scientific research papers every day, or anything like that…In fact, it’s a rarity for me anymore.

…But you can rest assured, after twenty years…I’ve ran into this outrageous paywall problem, many, many, many times…

This situation is an outright scandal…It’s unethical…and it normally stops the average person right in their tracks, when they’re attempting to genuinely research something.

What these companies are doing, is tantamount to concealment…with data and information, vital to the influencing and functioning of our culture.

If this content has the potential to have any impact at all on a culture…the people have a moral, ethical and natural right to see it…analyze it…discuss it…all of which are impossible, where access is prohibitive.

This issue is entirely different, from people who just want to steal a copy of a Stephen King novel…or steal a copy of a movie.

Research should not be copyrighted.

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Collateral Damage of a Deeply Dysfunctional System: What Would Anthony Avalos Say?…


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Date: August 31, 2018

01) Who’s to blame? 10 year old Lancaster boy beaten to death after coming out gay

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“Was the death of Anthony Avalos, a Lancaster, California ten year old boy who came out as gay, the result of neglect and oversight of CPS authorities after years of complaints?

It has since been revealed that the Department of Children and Family Services received at least 16 calls over the years alleging that Heather and Leiva were abusing the children, aged 11 months to 12 years old. School administrators and family members, as well as a teacher and a counselor, had all called in to voice their concerns.

They reported that the children were being sexually abused, beaten and bruised, forced to fight one another, and forced to eat from the trash, according to Department of Children and Family Services Director Bobby Cagle. The concerned callers also reported that the children were being denied food and water, were forced to crouch for hours, and were even dangled upside down from the home’s staircase.

A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesman also revealed that Child Protective Services had come to the house at least once for child abuse allegations involving one of Anthony’s siblings. Maria reported Heather and Leiva to the county and Anthony’s school three years ago but said nothing was done to remove the children from the home.”

…If I recall correctly…this is the exact same system, which forcibly removed Anthony from the home of his loving grandparents [who raised him, and wanted to keep him]…and dumped him into that hell…all because his mother had legal custody rights, according to the state.

These “child protection” organizations are very notorious, for a number of reasons…ranging from overzealous crusaders, to inept bums working at them…to overwhelming workloads, from too many cases for their people to handle…

…One of the glaring issues…is all the mind-blowing waste…of time, energy, money and resources…which goes into tormenting and devastating intergenerational relationships [plus the kids who are being “too naughty”, and doing entirely natural things with each other], at the hands of these organizations, and their people…

…when we’ve simultaneously got all these cases like Anthony’s…where there is objective abuse…where the abuse is both extreme, and life threatening…But the people responsible for stopping this sort of thing are…inept?…apathetic?…Whatever efforts they have put forward…they were useless, in stopping this boy’s senseless death.

Was it worth it?…

…Was this tradeoff worth it?…

…Was Anthony Avalos’ unspeakable murder offset, by all the naughty perverts corralled and fed into the system?…

…Do we all feel it was time, resources, energy, lives and deaths and tortures “well spent”…that the people of these agencies likely had to spend, interfering in intergenerational relationships, where they were neither wanted nor needed?…

Maybe…it’s time to start focusing on genuine cases of abuse?…

…I strongly believe, Anthony would say it is…

…Maybe, Anthony Avalos would be alive today…if it weren’t for all the moral outrage cases, which these agencies are tasked to eradicate?

Just a thought, there.

…I tend to think that a ten year old’s ability to continue living healthy and untortured, is universally more important, than some moral supremacists fits of outrage, which demand appeasement.

The system and culture in the U.S. tortured and murdered this boy, every bit as much as the primary people behind the violence.

If you support the way things currently are…I’m not sure how you can live with yourself…

…It’s your position, which traded away the life and safety of Anthony Avalos…as if it were some sort of bargaining chip.


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Paramotors: Icarus Trophy [2017]…


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Date: August 31, 2018

01) I Hit A Tree And Broke My Paramotor – Icarus Trophy Day One


I Hit A Tree And Broke My Paramotor – Icarus Trophy Day One:


Day one of the Icarus Trophy started out rough. After some poor decision making, I took a downwind landing into a spot way too tight for my glider, hooked a tree, and fell breaking three of my spars. Luckily, it was fixable with some super glue and duct tape. Shortly after, I took a face plant in a cow pasture but it was smooth sailing after. I grabbed dinner with a local Twin Bridges family and had a perfect heated pilot lounge to sleep in. Tune in for the remaining four days of my Icarus Trophy adventure!”

325 Miles In One Day On My Paramotor – Icarus Trophy Day Two:

“On the second day of the Icarus Trophy, near perfect weather and a tailwind up high allowed me to cover an insane amount of distance. On the first two legs, hypoxia was definitely a concern. By my third flight of the day, the air became very turbulent and thermally which proved to be my most difficult flight yet. Finally, I took a gamble and flew away from the recommended course to Jackpot, Nevada for the night.”

Crossing The Salt Flats On My Paramotor – Icarus Trophy Day Three:

“The third day of the Icarus Trophy was tough. I woke up feeling drained and sore but was presented with the sketchiest launch of the entire race. After leaving Jackpot, I was surprised with turbulent wind as I arrived in Wendover. The following flight was the most challenging of the entire race. The turbulence got so bad toward the end that I decided to land safely at a rest area. The final flight was a extremely beautiful but a race against the sun set. Luckily, Nephi airport had a courtesy car and I was rewarded with a nice meal at Wendy’s.”

Flying Into A Thunderstorm – Icarus Trophy Day Four:

“Day four was full of tough decisions. Just after crossing an incredible 11,000ft mountain range, I received a message warning the pilots about a 30 mile wide system with 42,000ft tops around the Monument Valley and Lake Powell area. The system was exactly in the direction I was headed and moving even closer throughout the day. Risky decision after risky decision led me all the way to Monticello Airport, which turned out to be the nicest FBO I had visited. Hot coffee, a courtesy car, and a big fluffy couch made a day of tough flying well worth it.”

I WON THE ICARUS TROPHY – Icarus Trophy Day Five:

“Before I started this race, I decided that I wanted to finish safely and to the best of my ability. I wasn’t too worried about beating the competitors and if I won, it would just be a bonus. This turned out to be the greatest adventure of my life. Dodging clouds by Missoula, eating meatloaf with a family in twin bridges, cruising at 11,000ft for over an hour, fueling up in ‘the middle of no where’, getting the worst sunburn of my life, crossing the salt flats, sleeping on a bathroom floor in Nephi, flying beside giant rock walls near Moab, fueling up among private jets in Page, and finally crossing the finish line at full speed downwind in Mesquite. It was truly an adventure I will remember for the rest of my life.”


Now…

…I’m not insane…[honest!…I’m not!]…So, I’m never going to actually do this…

…But, you have no idea how badly I want to.

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Fox Host Shrugs Off 40% Of Americans Struggling To Meet Basic Needs…


Date: August 30, 2018

01) Fox Host Shrugs Off 40% Of Americans Struggling To Meet Basic Needs


“BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST): And just to show there is work to be done, there’s another study out, I know it caught your attention too, that 40 percent of American families struggle to meet at least one basic need like food, clothing, skipping a meal. That bothers me. STUART VARNEY (FOX BUSINESS HOST): And medical. OK. Well, consider this: 40 percent of Americans say that they struggled to meet one basic need at least once in the past year. Struggled. They talk about food insecurity. If you struggle to put one meal on the table, then you are part of the 40 percent. What’s the word “struggle” really mean? We’ve all had a little tightness in the wallet every now and again, what does “struggle” actually mean? And another thing that people that had a hard time meeting is their medical bills. Do you want to blame Obamacare for that? We were supposed to have lower medical costs but we got higher medical costs…

Citation:
https://www.mediamatters.org/video/2018/08/29/fox-host-dismisses-economic-hardships-faced-many-americans-whats-word-struggle-really-mean/221130


Caught with Transgender Porn: Is Alex Jones Gay?…


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Date: August 30, 2018

01) Alex Jones Is Obsessed With Transgender Porn


“Right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, whose transphobic rants have seen his broadcasts removed from YouTube, unwittingly revealed transgender pornography on his phone, video appears to show.

The radio show host behind the controversial InfoWars brand was filming a segment promoting “personal wellness” products on an affiliate site when he clicked away from the page on his mobile phone.

For a split second the camera, still trained on his screen, revealed an array of open tabs including a page titled: “Naughty tbabe Marissa Mi…”

“Tbabe” is a term used to refer to transgender pornography stars and the clip is believed to show Marissa Minx, described as “Australia’s #1 Trans Companion/XXXAdult Model”.

The actor later tweeted her support, writing that it was “fantastic he is watching scenes”.

But she also retweeted several posts criticizing Mr Jones for his “hypocritical” and “blatantly anti-trans views”.”

I’m not shocked, in the least.

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