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Wed, 01 Apr 2015 13:52:23 -0700
I don't know if I'll post to this blog again, it is possible for who can predict such things, but until that day you can find me on Facebook, Norm Jenson, and the little writing I continue to do atMostly Anecdotal >.
Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:37:22 -0700
You remember the story. The king hires a couple of hucksters who tell him they can weave garments so fine that they are invisible to the stupid and those unfit for their jobs. The king hires them. His entourage all pretend that they can see the garment so as not to lose their jobs and appear stupid. It's not until the King displays his new clothes to the town that the problem is obvious. Everyone pretends to see the clothes but one young boy who points out the King's nakedness. Whereupon the whole town see's it for what it is, but the king continues unwilling to acknowledge his lack of clothes.
Richard Dawkins has been pointing out for a long time how the personal gods man has created are like the emperor's new clothes, but instead of being admired for his honesty, for his frankness, like the boy in the story. He is told that such things are just not said in polite company. And so there are those who continue pretending that the problem is with Dawkins and not them. They believe it is okay to pretend that their God exists They have faith (pretending to know something you have no evidence for) and that is enough. They are as hypocritical as the characters in Hans Christian Andersen's tale.
Wed, 19 Feb 2014 20:23:22 -0700
The Utah legislature is in session. They're doing their best. They've turned down millions of dollars for health care. They're meeting with the teetotalers, the tea partiers, the pyramid schemers. They're meeting with each other trying to figure out how to benefit their own financial interests.
They've decided that the prison should be moved providing them with more real estate deals. They're supporting more technology assuring us that a computer can teach just as well as a human and that it doesn't need healthcare, just a maintenance contract that they can provide. They struggle with facts. They struggle with logic. They're suspicious of science. They're looking for a way to deal with these inconvenient truths.
It's the reason they were now rushing through a bill that will protect them, that will enrich them, that will keep the gravy train on track, a witless protection program. A program that will make the world right.
In its final act of the session, it is prepared to pass the Witless Protection Act. It is based on similar bills passed in like-minded states--Texas, Kansas, Ignorance.
The act will make it easier to defend the climate change deniers, the evolution skeptics, the society for the defense of bigotry.
It is certain to pass constitutional mustard, there being no constitutional dictate of rationality. The Bill of Rights protects ignorance, it protects stupidity, it protects them.
Yes, the Witless Protection Act, it's their defining moment.
Thu, 14 Nov 2013 11:39:14 -0700
My son Chris and I have been discussing Libertarians, and frankly just don't get it. Perhaps we still have a libertarian reader or two that can justify their philosophy.
Libertarians think that the winners in society earn what they get fair and square. For that to be true, everybody has to have an equal opportunity. To think that there is equal opportunity is delusional. For example, consider race. "When researchers in the United States sent out identical résumés to prospective employers, some with white-sounding names (e.g., Emily and Greg) and others with black-sounding names (e.g., Lakisha and Jamal), the white résumés generated 50 percent more calls from employers."
Greene, Joshua (2013-10-31). Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them (p. 13). Penguin Group US. Kindle Edition.
More to the point, Libertarianism naturally leads to unequal opportunities. The rich pass on their advantages to their children, who then begin life with a head start. That head start is based on an accident of birth, not talent or hard work. This always be the case, hence, libertarianism produces unequal opportunity. This undermines its moral foundation, the fair and square, of earning what you get.src="http://rcm-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&bc1=000000&IS2=1&bg1=FFFFFF&fc1=000000&lc1=0000FF&t=onegoodmove-20&o=1&p=8&l=as4&m=amazon&f=ifr&ref=ss_til&asins=B00C5R7GRQ" style="width:120px;height:240px;" scrolling="no" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" frameborder="0">
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I couldn't watch the video all the way to the end, but I think the conclusion is either that atheists are heartless monsters or that Oprah isn't really that religious, I can't tell which.
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Sat, 24 Aug 2013 09:39:05 -0700
Oh hi! Have I shared this before? Roy outdoes himself.width="459" height="258" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/xtIPqcD71nQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>
Sun, 18 Aug 2013 10:20:51 -0700
There are advantages to being a skeptic. The most commonly cited one is that you don't have to worry about being abducted by aliens, but there are other advantages that make a skeptical world view appealing.
You don't have to worry about being crucified, sealed in a tomb rising three days later having not taken a shower, and upon arriving home find that your house has been burglarized. *
You don't have to worry that when your friends arrive to commiserate that they will give you that what the fuck look, and note that you have been wearing those same clothes now for three days. If you are a skeptic they wont have to offer to take you to the Jesus Saves Thrift Store where you can purchase lightly used, and thankfully recently laundered attire.
If you're a skeptic you don't have to worry about running into Big Foot on a camping trip or Yeti if you're in the Himalayas, nor should you worry about being attacked by a giant snake like critter named Nettie.
When you gaze into the sky you won't have to put your imagination into hyperdrive when you see some object you can't identify. You'll go through life unable to identify many things, both in the sky and on the ground and feel okay about it.
And you won't ever get lost inside the sound stage where the moon landing was filmed, or look for multiple gunmen where there was only one, or join the ranks of the thousands of people keeping the secret of the World Trade Center bombing conspiracy.
You won't have to sort through thousands of supplements wondering if this time you've found the magic pill that will rescue from all those nasty diseases discovered by man, granting immortality in this world or another.
You may however be left out of the more popular groups, the naive and the gullible, you'll feel a bit like an alien. There are not many like you.
Mon, 12 Aug 2013 22:47:31 -0700
You can consider this an open thread if you want to use it to exchange comments. I'm not finding much time to post these days instead I'm spending my time reading and birding. I have started to write a bit again at my Mostly Anecdotal blog if your interested. Perhaps Andy or Red can find some time to post something of interest.
Okay at least one link I found interesting.
Mon, 01 Jul 2013 16:54:34 -0700
Wed, 26 Jun 2013 22:33:07 -0700
If your marriage needs "defense," PLEASE don't have kids. http://t.co/MfSOCD60IB— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) June 27, 2013
And something that reminded me of a conversation with Syngas about Obama:
Fri, 21 Jun 2013 16:08:21 -0700
An enormous amount of media space has been dedicated to promoting the notion that all processed food, and only processed food, is making us sickly and overweight. In this narrative, the food-industrial complex—particularly the fast-food industry—has turned all the powers of food-processing science loose on engineering its offerings to addict us to fat, sugar, and salt, causing or at least heavily contributing to the obesity crisis. The wares of these pimps and pushers, we are told, are to be universally shunned.
Tue, 04 Jun 2013 14:36:35 -0700
The philosopher's critique of evolution wasn't shocking. So why is he being raked over the coals?