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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.

❝Cops, Karens, and the Coming Dystopia❞

“It's a scary time in America. In the last few weeks, we've seen police violence, protests, riots, snitch lines... all framed by the backdrop of a viral pandemic. It's not hard to see that a lot of people are hurting and angry. It's also not hard to understand why.

It's a formula for conflict involving cops, Karens, and the threat of a dismal, uncertain future -- and dystopian fiction has given us prescient previews.

With the coronavirus lockdowns and the fear they spread both causing massive economic and emotional damage in this country, Americans have been strained to the breaking point. This country's founding promises of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness have every appearance of being betrayed. Three high-profile incidences of police (or police-adjacent) killings of unresisting people in just the month of May lit the fuse, but the explosion was primed and ready to go well before that.

The echoes of dystopia in today's reality are clearly heard. Movies like "V for Vendetta" and the genre of dystopian fiction in general are incredibly important to our way of thinking about and our reaction to the world around us. Here's why.”

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    blockquote>“What do you mean, why’s it got to be built? It’s a bypass. You’ve got to build bypasses.”

    "Why? Has anyone considered the alternatives?" — Episode One, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio series
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  • American religious liberty.

    Frankly, we seem to be the only nation that gives a damn about it at all. Sometimes.
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  • It doesn't.

    Now is that a reflection of government or society? It raises the question if government should exist, especially in it's present form.

    Please notice that I've gone out of the way not to mention either major party or the candidates. The current President is a result, not the cause. Framing the problem in terms of the present election just conceals a real mess.
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  • I deliberately avoided the whole mental competence bit and focused on character. From all appearances and not just accusations from the President's party, the challenging nominee is guilty of the things the his party has spent the last four years accusing the President of. How is the challenger substantially better except the letter after the name? I can't emphasize this enough, what kind of party would allow that behavior in a nominee? I'm also heavily implying that party may not have your interests at heart.

    "When "None of the Above" is listed on a ballot, there is the possibility of NOTA receiving a majority or plurality of the vote, and so "winning" the election."

    And that is a bad thing? Given what happened in the last election, wouldn't it have been better not to have had a President these last few years?

    I think we can agree that the President didn't win the last election so much as his opponent lost. Without getting into the reasons why, wouldn't it have served your goals better not to have a President at all for the last few years?
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  • What do you do when the candidates are unacceptable?

    I'm not supporting the President or any current office holder. But I have to wonder when the opposing nominee has so many character flaws that have been known for decades.

    What does it say about a party that would offer that as a nominee? Are they really looking out for the "little guy?"

    Shouldn't "None of the Above" be a valid choice actually printed on the ballot?
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  • Not exactly, it's complicated. Ideally they would go to someone she knew who would care for them Ebay is looking like the best option. .
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  • Wills should be reviewed/updated every 10-15 (13?) years, more so as circumstances change.

    My mother passed in August and her will was more than 45 years old. One of it's central provisions was providing custody for a minor child (me). My father passed about a decade ago. The lawyer who drew up the will and who was to serve as executor passed twenty-five years ago.

    I'm not a lawyer or a financial expert, but I've been told that when I was given power of attorney and medical power of attorney, her major assets should have been placed in trust.

    Meanwhile, exactly what does a pagan do with fifty+plus angel statues and a couple of hundred crosses?
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