Tuesday, March 24, 2015

State Troopers Crack Down on Anti-Fracking Activists

http://www.npr.org/2015/03/01/389598765/fracking-opponents-feel-police-pressure-in-some-drilling-hotspots It seems to me that now of days the state troopers have become more like storm troopers. Whatever happened to free expression, and the right to petition for a redress of grievances? These civil liberties used to be able to be taken for granted as being protected under our constitutional republic. But now, as I've posted before in this blog, our freedom, and privacy is increasingly being eroded by the surveillance state, which has been established under both the P.A.T.R.I.O.T. act, and the NDAA. In the supposed interests of suppressing insurgents, and or militant groups, the government is infringing upon the lawful power to peaceably dissent. I am concerned that another civil war might erupt, if things continue to transpire as they have been. But I contend that when in the course of human events the political powers that be infringe upon the just powers of we the people to stand up for what we deem to be our rightful common good, and personal freedom, then the right to revolution is justified. For as our late president, John F. Kennedy stated, "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn101159.html If the state persists in making concerned citizens out to be terrorists, it may come to find that their concern will turn into a self fulfilled prophecy. We must not be eager to enter into sedition lightly. However we must also be ever vigilant in defending our land, and our liberty from oppressive authority. Preferablely by peaceacle means, and if necessary by forcible means. Ecological health, and political freedom are far too precious to be imperiled by the elite establishment, and it's collaborators in government. Time shall tell very well whom shall ultimately prevail. And in the end, after all is said and done, history shall judge. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Review of Frozen

I just finished watching today the Disney animated film, "Frozen". It's supposedly based upon "The Snow Queen" by Hans Christian Anderson . http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Snow_Queen. But both I, and other have noticed that it's dissimilar to the before mentioned story. So I was wondering if it might by a mythical analogy to the case of the Marquise de Dampierre. https://prezi.com/c7hguzquo20o/tourettes-syndrome/. Both she, and Elsa, the princess in the movie, lived lives of affluent seclusion due to a congenital abnormality which afflicted them, and of which they had trouble coping with, and controlling. And with the creation of the Michael Vey series of books http://en.m.wikipedia.org/…/Michael_Vey:_The_Prisoner_of_Ce…. I do not think it inconceivable that Disney would try to jump on the band wagon. smile emoticon With that being said, I might just be reading to much into it. Though I do also remember reading a novel called "Icy Sparks". http://www.enotes.com/topics/icy-sparks. So make of that what you will.;)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Threat of Totalitarian Tribulation

You're probably are not aware, but I generate supplemental income by completing surveys on-line. Well one of these surveys rather freaked me out. It was concerning my opinions regarding the use of biometric chips in making purchases. http://singularityhub.com/2009/07/02/will-your-id-soon-be-a-microchip-under-your-skin/ , http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2012/08/13/want-an-rfid-chip-implanted-into-your-hand-heres-what-the-diy-surgery-looks-like-video/, http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/tech/news/surveillance/2007-07-21-chips_N.htm Now at first at least, this new technology will be voluntary, and used by the private sector, in lieu of credit/debit cards. See, the excuse given for turning the body into a human debit card, instead of just doing it the old fashioned way, is that the cards might be compromised by identity theft. So tying the RFID chip to something personal, such as the imprint of a vein, or fingerprint, would supposedly be securer. Plus, the companies that administer this will even offer special deals to those whom agree to get injected with this digital technology. What might be called the proverbial carrot approach. However, as a libertarian, I am concerned about the possibility of some potential corporative state http://www.infoplease.com/encyclopedia/business/corporative-state.html gaining access to this personal information. Not only my financial transactions, but also my personal actions, such as my location, and movements. And even more alarming is the prospect, however dubious perhaps, that some sort of religio-political cult might take power, and mandate that everyone not only get injected with this sort of microchip, but also get tattooed with a certain symbol. As one might expect, Christians, based upon this one passage in the Book of Revelations https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+13%3A15-18&version=NIV., fear that this might be part of receiving the "mark of the beast" http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/ciencia/ciencia_implants06.htm Now, I suppose that my atheist followers, on this page, will scoff at this prospect. After all, it would seem that there are parts of the Bible, pertaining to end time prophecy, that are anachronistic. For instance, the verses that state that the ones whom nailed Jesus to the cross will be amongst those who shall see him returning in the clouds. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/2012/04/every-eye-shall-see-him-even-those-who-pierced-him.html Clearly the author of this book of the Bible, among others, expected that Jesus Christ would return to this world sometime within his lifetime. In fact they have written as much http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/says_about/end.html So it would be understandable if people were to simply dismiss all of this as being ancient dystopian fiction. However, to quote The Clash, in their song "London Calling" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfK-WX2pa8c, "You know what they said? Well some of it was true.". Plus, as this Youtube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8Du5K49db0 illustrates, there is currently a would be antichrist https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MV_3qvR55xs,  whom wants to use such microchips to control the population, and wants to slowly torture to death those who refuse it. So that's the potential proverbial stick. That some megalomaniac wacko might try to self fulfill biblical end times prophecy, by treating Revelations as if it were a script to follow, in establishing a totalitarian "new world order". So look, I myself am a deist, more than anything, and I do not believe that God is a person, and/or that any one person could ever personally embody God. As John Lennon put it, in his song "Instant Karma" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqP3wT5lpa4, "Who on earth do you think you are, a super star? Well right you are.But we all shine on
Like the moon and the stars and the sun
Well, we all shine on
Everyone," We all have souls, that are made in the "image of God". So therefore, as the Bible itself states, to a lesser degree anyway, we are all gods https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+82:6, https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+10%3A33-34&version=NIV . So no one has the right to exalt himself over others. We all have by rights free agency, and self government, which are bestowed upon us by the one true God of nature, mentioned in America's Declaration of Independence. And I shall never collaborate with, and/or capitulate to the New World Order, by taking it's mark. If this is ever mandated by the political power that be, in order for me to engage in commerce, then I shall become an agorist http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agorism. And furthermore, I expect that I'd be carrying out revolutionary resistance, until either the antichrist is defeated, or the messianic age of justice is brought about http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/judaica/ejud_0002_0014_0_13744.html, http://www.myjewishlearning.com/beliefs/Theology/Afterlife_and_Messiah/messianic-concept-reform-judaism.shtml. In doing so, I'd be carrying out the historic work of the zealots http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/judaica/ejud_0002_0021_0_21428.html, http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/15185-zealots.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

NSA HAS Been Snooping on Muslims, and Others

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GlMMv0bOAQ As I've posted before on this blog, the U.S. surveillance state has been targeting persons due to their political views. I had at the time felt that the only persons who'd have cause to be concerned would be those whose ideology is either notably left, or right of center. As Noam Chomsky put it, "The Smart way to keep people passive, and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum." http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/15454-the-smart-way-to-keep-people-passive-and-obedient-is But now it turns out that the federal secret police has been focusing upon people's religious views as well, even those whom are members of the two major political parties of Democrats, and Republicans, such as the two attorneys in the above referenced news segment. The very repression that those such as my maternal grandmother, may she rest in peace, feared was transpiring under the Clinton administration has since come to fruition during the two subsequent administrations of George W. Bush, and Barack H. Obama Jr. I'm concerned though that a plurality of the American people will remain complacent in the face of such encroachment upon our civil rights, and liberties, as they do not relate to the particular people reported to have been affected by such actions. They might not feel that the established political power will turn there hostile sights upon them. All that I have to post in response to such apathy is this quote by Pastor Niemoller http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/18468-first-they-came-for-the-communists-and-i-did-not.


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Libertarians Dispute the Root Causes of the Civil War

I just recently became aware of Jon Stewart's comedic commentary upon the remarks of right-libertarian pundit Andrew Napalitano's remarks on the U.S. Civil War, and Pres. Abraham Lincoln's role in it. http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-february-24-2014/denunciation-proclamation I , especially from my perspective as a left-libertarian commentator, take a more nuanced view of the impetus of the war between the states. First off, I primarily agree with the remarks made in this article. http://philmagness.com/?p=589, namely this part, "As noted, these are views that enlist fundamentally ideological considerations of the sort that tends to exert a distortive effect upon the processes of historical inquiry. Finding neither particularly adequate, and both prone to one-dimensional and hyperbolic editorializing at the expense of historical complexity, I’ll offer the following two concurrent ground rules for any libertarian wishing to enter a Civil War discussion:
  1. One needn’t be for the Union to be against slavery.
  2. One needn’t be for the Confederacy to object to the North’s prosecution of the war.
As a further general observation, let it be noted that when libertarians say something stupid about the Civil War it usually stems from accepting only one of these ground rules and neglecting the other." For example the noted abolitionist, Lysander Spooner, a figure widely claimed by the right, and left libertarians alike, was supportive of the supposed right of the southern states to secede. http://lysanderspooner.org/node/44 And Abraham Lincoln himself proclaimed this, "If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would also do that. What I do about slavery and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union; and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it would help to save the Union.” -http://www.abrahamlincolnonline.org/lincoln/speeches/greeley.htm So why so I believe the various southern states voted to secede from the Union? Bluntly put, because their leaders were a bunch of stupid sensationalists. Look, similarly to today, the conservatives of the time had been making out the Republican presidential candidates, first Fremont, and then Lincoln, out to be radical extremists. Look at these two historic political cartoons, and see for yourself. On Fremont http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2003656588/ , and on Lincoln  http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2003674590/. Both were portrayed as favoring socialism, just as our current president, Barack Obama is made out to, by conservative rightists of today. So in my view, the south's struggle for separation from the federal government was an over reaction to what they thought was going to be an extreme social change, in which not only would their supposedly be the abolition of chattel slavery, but of wage slavery as well, And any other explanation, whether it pertain to slavery, or tariffs, falls short of standards of authentic historical validity. I understand how people will want to try to ennoble the conflict as either being about the freedom of slaves, from a unionist standpoint, or the rights of states, from a confederate bias, but really the war was in reality simply a tragic mistake.  P.S.In the interests of full personal disclosure, in case any of you were wondering, I am the descendent of Civil War veterans, whom all fought on the federal side. Most notably this man http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=20459968. So I might be expected to hold a pro-northern bias, at least subconsciously, as due to the south's decision in favor of rebellion, I was at risk of never having been born, if my ancestors hadn't survived it. So my sentiments might be seen as being emotional, and not merely rational.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Proposed Bill Intended to Define, and Condone Corporal Punishment of Children Dies in Commitee

http://www.kansascity.com/2014/02/19/4834744/kansas-spanking-bill-will-not.html As John Stewart mentioned on his show http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/21/jon-stewart-kansas-corporal-punishment_n_4830881.html , Kansas legislator, Gail Finney, proposed a bill to legally indicate what corporal punishment, as contrasted with supposed physical abuse, is about. Now some might wonder what's wrong with that. Well I assert that, in all fairness, no one of any age, sex, or position should ever be subject to acts of aggression. I mean strict fundamentalist Muslims might insist that they would never abuse their wives, merely correct them with corporal punishment, as a last resort. And they likewise have preconditions as to how one is to properly discipline wives, and children. http://www.islamweb.net/emainpage/index.php?page=articles&id=158765 , https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChnpaMK1oLQ , https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIwdb3lFEUE.Incidentaly, when I told my mother of this, that according to Islamic principles, a man is not to beat his wife as he would a donkey http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/damianthompson/3683071/Lessons_in_how_to_beat_your_wife/ , and that the best of men are those whom behave best to their wives http://muslim-responses.com/Womens_Honarable_Position_/Womens_Honarable_Position_ , her response to me was /"oh thanks"/. So if a woman is not willing that even her husband have such authority over her, to inflict pain upon her, even in a most mild fashion, why should children, who are all the more so vulnerable, be treated any different, if not worse? If we are to permit children to be hurt in this manner, then in order to be consistent, we must also allow husbands the perogative to likewise strike his wife. I feel that a persons supposed freedom of religion, such as with the tradition of corporal punishment of delinquent subjects in a patriarch's family, must be countered by the recognized individual right to freedom from fear, in a modern, free, civil society. And anyway, even with Christianity, the scriptures counter balance the prescription of flogging http://www.openbible.info/topics/spanking_children, and even stoning http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+21%3A18-21&version=KJV, of children , are counteracted by these verses http://www.hiddenhurt.co.uk/bible_verses.html , http://www.holybible.com/resources/living_learning/fall_1999/provoke_not_children.htm. And God requires not only that we do justly, but also that we love mercy, and walk humbly with God. http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Micah+6:8&version=KJV And one is not humble if one exalts oneself over another, and not loving mercy if one is brutal towards one's family. And not only is this the opinion of myself, but also that of learned rabbis http://www.unhinderedliving.com/discipline.html , http://www.reformjudaism.org/practice/ask-rabbi/does-judaism-advise-spanking-disobedient-child , http://www.thejewishweek.com/features/hammerman_ethics/sparing_rod. Plus, in addition, a number of christian figures have also come out to discourage the spanking of children http://www.christianpost.com/news/pcusa-passes-resolution-against-spanking-children-77776/ , http://childrenshealthcare.org/?page_id=146, http://www.stophitting.com/index.php?page=unitedmethodist And lastly, from a historical standpoint, through out history children have had possession of deadly weapons. http://www.lordsandladies.org/knighthood-training.htm , http://scriptamus.wordpress.com/2009/11/02/child-soldiers-are-unfortunately-nothing-new/. So the "rod of correction" was counterbalanced by the dagger of protection. A father could beat his son's butt, but the son could react by then spilling his father's guts.So the before referenced verse about not provoking children to wrath was not merely a nice piece of advice, but rather a fair warning. Now of days though, typically children only train with styrofoam versions of weapons, such as with Nerf products. So there is no longer a level ground between the capabilities of violence between adults and minors. And, being that my blog is written from the standpoint of philosophical anarchism, I contend that if a fully free society does not decide to intervene in cases of men striking their dependents, it should also not do anything against children whom fight back against such severe heavy handed oppression. And, in addition to seemingly authorizing the use of force against sons, the Book of Proverbs also authorizes it against anyone more generally, regardless of age. http://biblehub.com/parallel/proverbs/19-29.htm So all in all, I state that the only time one should ever use violence is in response to belligerence. And even then, only in proportionate amount of force. This is in accordance with both the nonaggression principle http://www.5stepstoanarchy.com/what-is-the-non-aggression-principle/ , and just war criteria http://www.iep.utm.edu/justwar/ .

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Ohio State Sen. Capri Cafaro Proposes Official Oversight of Would Be Homeschoolers

http://www.tribtoday.com/page/content.detail/id/597010.html I'm not sure what to make of this proposed legislation. I have mixed feelings. On one hand home education should not be allowed to be used as a smoke screen for abuse, and/or other potential crimes. Besides this case, as well as this other even more notorious case http://www.thenation.com/article/nightmare-christianity#, there is also the perceived risk of some homeschoolers turning into terrorists. Case in point http://www.globaljihad.net/view_page.asp?id=226. But as Home Education Magazine points out, http://unschooling.com/homeeducationmagazine/child-abuse-under-the-magnifying-glass-is-there-room-for-growth-for-all-of-us/. And I do not think that homeschool families should be singled out for undue scrutiny. I tend to feel that this is more of an example of a government official wanting to at least seem as if she's trying to do something about this problem. But I rather doubt that in practice it can be all that effective. Especially with the Children's protective services being so overwhelmed and underfunded. Like, if they failed to be able to keep this teen boy safe, after concerns were reported, how does State Senator Cafaro expect that social workers will be able to keep up with all of the parents who request permission to homeschool? Also, a number of homeschooling parents have this sense of entitlement, in that they think of home education as being a divine right, rather than a priviledge granted by the state. So they will be liable to just not notify the state of their activities, and homeschool underground. But as I referred to above, there is a problem of various cults whom educate, more like indoctrinate really, their children at home. Incidently, not only Christians, but also Muslims are engaging in home education http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/feb/21/muslim-families-turn-to-home-schooling/?page=all. And while I'd like to think that many, if not most of these families are peaceful, and law abiding, would it come as a surprise if the political powers that be might feel inclined to want to keep tabs on such people? But I am not convinced that this approach would be all that effective. Plus I feel that if the state, in the interest of child welfare, and public safety, were to thusly intrude upon homeschooler families, they should also conduct investigations into all other familes as well. Only some might think that would be an invasion of privacy. But my point is just that homeschoolers should not be singled out, and unduly impeded by bureaucracy. The problem is not so much that of home schools, but rather cult schools. Yet, in spite of what some people seem to think, homeschoolers are not by and large as socially isolated as Sen. Cafaro seems to think they might tend to be. I mean it's not likely that there will be a case altogether like the plot of "Thr3e", which is both a psychological thriller novel, and film, by Ted Dekker http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thr3e_%28film%29 If state involvement is to be deemed to be necessary, I feel that it should simply consist of evaluation, and medical examination, such as it is in Pennsylvania. http://www.education.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/overview_of_homeschooling/20312 , http://home.comcast.net/~askpauline/hs/homeschoolmedical.html As both medical personel, and licensed teachers, as evaluators are required to be, are required by law to report indications of abuse, and/or neglect. And, this has actually worked to stop child abuse. For example, in this one case I know of, there was a Schwartzentruber Amish girl whom was severely mistreated by her family. And, a nurse whom examined her helped her to get away from her adverse circumstances, as related in the last story in this article http://legalaffairs.org/issues/January-February-2005/feature_labi_janfeb05.msp And I don't think you can get more social isolation than the Schwartzentruber Amish. So in my opinion, while the education, health, and well being of children is an important public concern, intrusive government involvement is not called for..