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NeoWayland is a pagan philosopher, libertarian & part-time trouble maker. Keeping vigil, he shares beacons of individual freedom & responsibility while watching for threats to LIBERTY. There's more to life than just black & white.

❝Why I Love America❞

“Dennis Prager has traveled all over the world. But at the end of every trip, he returns home with a new appreciation for America. Why? Because no country is more open, more generous, and has done more for the cause of freedom than America has.”

❝The lost neighborhood under New York's Central Park❞

“If you’ve been to New York, you’ve probably visited Central Park. But there’s a part of its story you won't see.

It’s a story that goes back to the 1820s, when that part of New York was largely open countryside. Soon it became home to about 1,600 people. Among them was a predominantly black community that bought up affordable plots to build homes, churches and a school. It became known as Seneca Village. And when Irish and German immigrants moved in, it became a rare example at the time of an integrated neighborhood.

Everything changed on July 21, 1853. New York took control of the land to create what would become the first major landscaped park in the US -- they called it “The Central Park.”

In the Vox series Missing Chapter, Vox Senior Producer Ranjani Chakraborty revisits underreported and often overlooked moments from the past to give context to the present. Join her as she covers the histories that are often left out of our textbooks. Our first season tackles stories of racial injustice, political conflicts, even the hidden history of US medical experimentation.”

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  • As I said, I live in AZ. What's being reported in the news is not what people are saying.

    I'm also a news junkie, here's my watching headlines page.

    Here are a couple of recent additions.

    Fauci omits context, feeds alarm with warning of 100,000 coronavirus infections a day
    “Estimates by other U.S. public health authorities and academic researchers indicate we may have already far surpassed 100,000 new infections per day, the vast majority of them mild and/or asymptomatic.”

    Georgia Is Doing Fine, Thank You
    “The first-to-reopen state maintains a Covid-19 death rate well below those of northeastern states—though you’d never know it from the media coverage.”

    Stanford doctor: Coronavirus fatality rate for people under 45 'almost 0%'

    COVID-19 is close to losing its epidemic status in the U.S., according to the CDC
    “The percentage of coronavirus deaths in the country has been declining for ten straight weeks.”

    I didn't have a working political blog when the pandemic first hit, so my lexicon entry. As I wrote there,

    "There's also been deliberate confusion between “cases” and those testing positive for the virus. Most people do not show symptoms. Standard treatment usually doesn't include viral screening. Medical professionals treat the symptoms and test for the virus only if the disease is virulent or persistant.

    The panic is unprecedented. Measures have been far more drastic than those taken during 1918, 1968, 2009, and the AIDS pandemic. Before 2020 there were no state-wide quarantines, no state-wide business closures, no state-wide lockdowns, no National Guard, and no massive unrelenting fear mongering. The 2009 pandemic is especially relevent, since deaths were on the same scale and presumably just as infectious. But that is a problem, the current data is fudged.

    EXPERTS will claim that the drastic measures saved lives. But we don't know how many in the general population would have had a higher risk. All we have is unreliable death numbers and the projections. There's no real baseline. We don't have the actuality."

    I expect it will take years to sort out, but I'm pretty sure this was politically motivated. I am no fan of Trump, but this was a deliberate attempt to crash the economy so Trump would look bad. And when that didn't pan out, the riots started.
    original thread

  • Usually it's more trouble than it's worth to call you out on some of your "statements."

    In the case of "satanic ritual abuse," the accusations screwed up the lives of those accused and the kids who were psychologically manipulated by "adults" into giving and believing false testimony. That's called brainwashing, and doing to to children is unspeakable.

    Since you don't have proof of your allegations, I'm going to call you out every time you make the claim.
    original thread

  • The phrase is tenpins.
    original thread

  • It was left up to the states. In most cases, they were chosen by the state legislatures. There were some issues, but afterwards the law of unintended consequences kicked in big time. It certainly wasn't planned, but combined with some of the campaign finance "reform" laws over the years, U.S. Senators became kingmakers and gatekeepers in state politics. One of the worst offenders was the late John McCain in my own state. Unless it was a minor office, you didn't get on the Republican ballot without his approval.

    Speaking of unintended consequences, look at the panic reaction to COVID-19. Most of that happened on the state level. Looking back at the original justifications, social distancing and face masks were never intended to save lives, just "flatten the curve" so all the deaths didn't happen at once. When the virus turned out to be much less dangerous than the original projections, suddenly stuff started becoming political. It's turned out to be one of the biggest economic disruptions in history with almost no public health benefits. Politicos and technocrats are hardly ever held responsible, and their recommended solution is more government to fix the problems causes by government action to fix the problems caused by government intervention and so on.
    original thread

  • If Hoover had kept his hands off, things would have bounced back quickly.

    Prohibition, the drug war, direct election of Senators, and the income tax. About the only thing that really worked out was giving women the vote.
    original thread

  • grins An it be a grand thing too, dontchakno.

    KYFHO now and forever.
    original thread

  • It's an idea that I've been telling people for years. Government is not your friend, and government agents aren't really concerned with The Greater Good.
    original thread

  • Minor modifications on PV watching headlines page.

    Updated NWNW to include watching headlines link in dropdown menu and in news section.

  • The Pagan Vigil Reader is up and running. I'll have to change the RSS source when I get TPY resurrected, but I shouldn't have to make any more changes.

  • Reworked PV menus.

    Edited bear definition to include actual definition of what bears are.

    Added baizuo to lexicon.

  • Finished cross reference links in lexicon and published.

  • Minor rewrite of competition lexicon entry. Changes not published yet pending lexicon updates.

  • Tweaks on PV blog post layout page, including restricting blog post gallery to four images maximum. Added banner gallery to libertarian meme page. Redid code for sidebar and about box background uses new directory controlled by admin portal.

  • Cleaned up and unified UI on PV admin portal. Added backstage tab and moved appropriate items there.