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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.

❝I Love America Too Much to Stay Silent❞

“Nestride Yumga experienced real corruption and civil rights abuses in Africa. Then she came to America, the land of opportunity, education, and freedom. So when Black Lives Matter protests declared America guilty of systemic racism and injustice, she knew she had to defend her adoptive country.”

❝Disney and city of Anaheim putting pressure on state of California❞

“It sounds like Disney and the other theme parks in California have had enough. It sounds like they are starting to put some pressure on the state to get some REAL guidelines for reopening parks. CAPA, an organization representing California theme parks, has sent a formal request for these guidelines so that Disneyland and other parks can prepare for nearly everything else in the country.”

❝The World Is Doing Better Than Ever. Here's Why You Never Hear About It.❞

“A huge amount of progress has taken place that a lot of people just don't take into account, especially smart people who are attending to the real problems of the world," says Ronald Bailey, Reason's science correspondent and the coauthor, with Marian Tupy of, of Ten Global Trends Every Smart Person Should Know: And Many Others You Will Find Interesting.

For instance: In 1990, the World Bank estimated that about 1.9 billion people lived in "absolute poverty," defined as surviving on the inflation-adjusted equivalent of $1.90 a day. By 2018, the number had dropped to 650 million, even as global population increased. If current trends continue, less than 5 percent of the planet's population will be in absolute poverty by 2030.

Despite ongoing problems in the Amazon and elsewhere, forests are expanding on net across the planet. "If you look broadly across the entire globe," says Bailey, "what you find is forests have expanded since the 1980s to an area that's about the size of Alaska and Montana combined, basically 800,000 square miles of land." And the world is getting safer, too, especially for poor people. "The chance of a person dying from a natural catastrophe—earthquake, flood, drought, storm, wildfire, landslide, or epidemic—has declined by nearly 99 percent since the 1920s and 1930s," write Bailey and Tupy.

Other positive trends include continuing economic growth and rising living standards around the globe, far fewer food shortages and famines, a decline in the number of autocratic regimes, and a reduction in major armed conflicts.

Bailey tells Reason that this massive ongoing progress is largely ignored because politicians and the media have an interest in foregrounding bad news—and because human beings, at least in the past 200 years, tend to take progress for granted. He says that's a mistake. Progress is the result of implementing better ideas for organizing society. "Basically," he says, "the Enlightenment happened." With that came the rise of representative government, property rights and markets, and especially the free speech and open inquiry that are essential for technological and social innovation.

Ten Global Trends functions as both a counter-argument to doomsayers and a warning to the complacent. Progress, says Bailey, doesn't just happen. "What we're trying to do with this book is to not let people take it for granted," he says. "If we keep the same institutions that enabled this, then much more of it will happen in the future”

❝She's Politically Homeless. You Probably Are Too.❞

“Bridget Phetasy on why Trump and Biden fail to inspire and how new media are reshaping politics.

Until the Republicans and Democrats start appealing to voters like her, they will have to eke out tighter and tighter victories by scaring partisans with insane claims. Despite that, Phetasy is optimistic because she thinks new media are staging a conversation that speaks to politically homeless independents.”

❝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.”

❝The AUDACITY Of Oprah Winfrey - White Privilege??❞

“Oprah Winfrey is a self-made African American woman with a net worth of over $2 billion USD, and she has now taken the opinion that America is best viewed through the lens of a racial caste system. In this understand of America, even the poorest white still has innate white privilege and an advantage over other groups. But is her own success story possible in such an imagined world?”

❝The EARN IT Act Is a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing❞

“The Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act of 2020, also known as the EARN IT Act, is a dangerous bill introduced by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. If it becomes law, it will end private communication on the internet.

The EARN IT Act is part of a long history of using sex panics to expand state power. If we fall for it this time we may effectively end freedom of expression and open communication on the internet as we know it.

EARN IT threatens website providers’ and other intermediaries’ ability to provide end-to-end encrypted services. End-to-end encryption is critical to ensuring private communication and often personal safety.

Like so many of the save-the-children bills before it, EARN IT will not combat child sexual exploitation, but it will be the largest expansion of state surveillance powers in recent history, eliminating private communication on the internet."

Tip of the hat to The Honest Courtesan.

❝Dr. Stella Immanuel: We Don't Need to Die. There Are Treatments for COVID.❞

“American doctors are holding a “White Coat Summit” in Washington, D.C. to address “a massive disinformation campaign” by the media about coronavirus.

Dr. Stella Immanuel has successfully treated hundreds of COVID-19 patients using Hydroxychloroquine. This broadcast went viral and Facebook DELETED this video off our page. This censorship is out of control!

Watch as Dr. Immanuel tackles the media's narrative about Hydroxychloroquine.”

A “good starting point”

The Decalogue isn't universal. It never has been. Insisting that it applies to everyone is just another way to control the another's behavior. After all, how can they dare question if it's "God's will?"

Adapted from a discussion at another site.

American Language

Should there be an "official" American language? Problems with "bilingual education" as opposed to learning another language. The two things are not the same and are applied for completely different reasons.

Adapted from a discussion at another site.

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  • Yes, my opinion. Just as the existence of objective standards are your opinion. That's my point.

    You. Have. No. Proof.

    What you have is your belief and experience and an unstated need that my belief and experience must give way to yours. You recognize that unless I (and by extension other "non-believers") do not submit, your belief has no preeminence..

    You have faith. Nothing more, nothing less.

    I've tried to be polite about this, but that is your core issue. Christianity loses it's special spot and it's assumption of moral authority. The reputation means nothing. It's up to the words and actions of those who call themselves Christians. They don't get a pass for the label.

    That probably makes you uneasy if not threatened. It's not how you were taught that country is supposed to work. Now before you take it personally, look carefully at what has happened here.

    I've not attacked Christianity. Nor have I gone after Christians for being Christians.

    What I've disputed is that Christianity is the default moral setting. I've said that it's not enough to call yourself Christian, you have to show it. You have to do the right thing in a World that doesn't care about the label.

    Seems to me a certain carpenter talked about that, but hey, I'm an ignorant pagan and couldn't possibly know that.
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  • I consider objective standards in the humanities, morality, and religion to be a logical fallacy. Even the precepts and ideas carved-in-stone tend to change over time.

    In the physical sciences most objective standards are highly subject to local conditions. The speed of light in a vacuum and so on.

    I think the soft sciences are even more subject to the observer effect than the hard ones.
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  • I prefer to use respect when possible, it makes things easier. I read many sites, although I only comment on a handful. I do this because I'm interested in people and what they think, not because I am out to convince anyone. Tacere is part of how I face the World.

    Short of crawling into someone else's head, I've no way to rate morality except behavior. I don't think I'm wise enough to judge by anything else. For me at least, so far that has proven effective.

    You hae a point about higher morality, but I am not sure it's workable for me.
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  • In my book, he runs about 35% interesting. Every once in a while he's right, and sometimes he's dead accurate.

    I just don't like him libeling other faiths. Particularly when his knowledge comes more from Hollywood and online games than actuality.
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  • Fair point.

    Considered from a fictional objective standard, one religion isn't necessarily morally superior. Many claim to be so, but they require the believer to accept at least some of their moral premises and then dismiss other religions don't accept those moral premises.

    Personally I make the distinction between faith and religion. Faith is between you and the Divine, no one else. Religion is the system to get you to faith, and more often than not to restrain your actions.

    "…I saw that what had repelled me were the actions of individuals, not the tenets of their faith.


    The existence and nature of the Divine is an act of faith. Any logic is going concerning the Divine is going to be self-referential. This doesn't "prove" or "disprove" the Divine, it just means that unless people share a common belief, religion isn't going to make sense. It's not just how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, it's if the angels are baseball fans or football fans.

    There is no sturdy foundation for building a higher morality within the framework of religion unless everyone concerned shares the religion. Or at least shares similar religions. It's all individual choice. Your morality may be defined by your religion, but that is your choice. Your choice doesn't bind your neighbor any more than their choice binds you. To me that means that any common morality has to exist outside a religious structure. I know of no better example than the Ethic or Reciprocity. I've argued elsewhere that the EoR is the keystone of Western Civilization and one of the few things that humans share outside a cultural context. We know it works.
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  • I just don't think that a religious label accurately reflects morality. You're not a better person because you are Christian, Jewish, pagan, Buddhist, or Muslim. You are a better person because of how you treat others.

    And if the religion doesn't tell you anything about a person's morality, then maybe we should stop emphasizing the label over the action. A man is measured in the lives he touches.
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  • You've got one person who keeps asking for proof of your smear allegations.
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