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I can put up with differing points of view, but be prepared to defend your premise; don't just throw something out there without supporting evidence. And don't bother even starting a conversation if you doubt science, believe in flat earth, doubt the moon landing, are opposed to vaccines, or just generally believe in fairytales. Keep an open mind and maybe get off the internet once in a while....
Monday, August 31, 2020
People am stupid
Friday, August 28, 2020
Ascent Of Man, episode 11 - Knowledge Or Certainty
But this piece of storytelling is really deep and thought provoking.
Another thought on Religion
Instead, it's become about Republican Jesus(tm) who is a white, gun-toting, self absorbed fellow who is in it for the cash.
That's what today's Christianity posits. And if we see it through that lens, then I reconcile peoples faith with what I see.
It's the 10 generally accepted recommendations (footnote: try not to break all of these at one time, and if you do, then make sure there's a darned good reason, like money).
It's stories about how a guy lived his life as a messenger for how you can pay cash to get in the afterlife.
It's about people preying on you while they ask you to pray.
It's absurd. And it's why there's a picture of Republican Jesus(tm) with his hand on trumps ass. Or maybe he's just reaching for his wallet!
Now it makes sense.
The messaging around Covid is wrong.
Thursday, August 27, 2020
A follow up about religion
Today, the husband of an aunt died. He had an untreatable form of cancer, and was dealing with it as best he could.
He was a good man. He gave of himself and lived his life righteously. People loved him, and sort of like my dad, people were inspired by him.
And here's the thing. He was a man of god, and considered himself to be a good Christian.
And yet he got sick. He suffered. And he passed away.
Meanwhile, there are unhinged narcissists who live on. Without suffering.
So if you still believe in this god, then you've been duped.
This is not a merciful god. And the jokes on you.
Fuck that noise.
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
The GOP, Trump, and the election
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
In a way it was inevitable, school edition
They posited that if you were a doctor in the 1800s and got transported to (what was then) today into a modern operating room, you'd be lost. There would be no way to understand medicine or technology. And it's that way for many professions or occupations. The advances we've made would render most people unable to do their job.
But not so for teachers. If you took a teacher out of a classroom in the 1800s and moved them to today, it would be familiar. You still interact with students, still administer tests, and so on. Sure, the materials themselves may be unfamiliar and there could be a computer in use. But by and large, they could manage.
In the time between when I heard the story and today, little more has changed.
So in the spring, we had a pandemic and classrooms were closed and students switched not-at-all seamlessly to online education. It was hit or mostly miss. But the technology allowed for it.
And now here we are 6 months later. No one gave any thought to what we do when it was school time again. No one committed effort, money, or time to the problem.
Instead many just wanted us to return to school basically as it was around February. And with no thought given to how to keep kids safe.
Surely there were things that could have been implemented...but if we use the shooting in parkland a few years ago as a test case, that seemed unlikely. The simple answers - fences and more police - don't solve anything, they just sound nice and make politicians feel good about themselves. And because you can't just put a virus fence up, there is really nothing simple they can apply.
And given that in nearly 200 years, teaching hasn't evolved at all, really, then 6 months was never going to cut it in terms of finding practical solutions for teaching during a pandemic.
We're so stuck in doing things the same, we have no interest in funding education, and the politics of the situation (from large scale, to unions, to the school itself) mean that there's really no possible outcome *today* that's going to be good.
It's going to take a serious overall of education that perhaps starts with private enterprise (much like NASA is now letting private companies launch rockets) take on the less bureaucratic nature of enhancing, well maybe reinventing, education.
Hopefully it starts to happen soon.
We started school today and it's marginally better than it ended last school year. But this isn't the answer. And neither is going back to exactly what we had before.
Photo from Teacher Magazine
Thursday, August 13, 2020
And surely he's right. People would rather rely on a higher power and look for some kind of divine intervention than have to think for themselves.
My dad passed away last week. He was a good guy. Never sought attention, fame, or glory. His own brothers-in-law had no idea he invented the things he did, because he didn't brag about it.
He constantly taught and mentored. He gave of himself. And yet he was stricken with this disease and lost the essence of what he was, and died relatively young.
Meanwhile, you have people like the orange menace in the White House who have lied, cheated, stolen, lived on vanity and sought fame, never giving back to anyone. And people like him don't suffer through things like this.
So you talk to religious folks and they talk about god working in mysterious ways, or there being some grand plan, or there's scripture that explains it.
That's just noise. If that's your religion. If that's how your god works, then you are being ridiculous. There's no mercy in that. There's no thinking that god is trying to do anything good for humanity that he supposedly created. And if the Bible is to be believed, and god cast out sin with the story of Noah, then why do good people die and narcissists live on? Seems backward to me.
And then there's the second piece to my puzzle. My dad was surely not religious. He was born to a Jewish mother and never had religion growing up. Then, as an adult, he looked for a religion that worked for him. We went to a fair number of churches and he found that they were all about profit, rather that prophet.
At one point, just to prove a point, my dad became an ordained minister from some church. All it took was a few bucks and he mailed away for a certificate. No training. No religion required. If memory serves, the only thing they encouraged him to do was set up his own church ministry and contribute to them.
That was the end for him. He never again considered religion as meaningful. Now, I said that he got engaged with things because his sons did. And that's true.
When it was time for me to go to high school, my parents decided the best education for me was catholic high school. So I went there. And to save a few bucks on the tuition, we started attending sunday services and making a minimum donation to the church.
In a way, my dad went *for me* and not for himself. He never believed nor cared. And he actually never went back as I entered my senior year.
So it's an enormous joke that's being perpetrated here at the end.
You see, my mom has several fairly religious siblings. And she asked one who's a minister at an evangelical church to hold a service.
It annoys me to no end. But I suppose ultimately the joke is on him, my dad would actually laugh at the absurdity of it all.
Now I just need to think of the right words to say if I'm asked. Snarky but truthful.
Thursday, August 6, 2020
The kids will win.
Of course, derision was cast at them by the establishment.
But many in that generation became registered voters that year, and more have since then. So they can back up that statement with a voice in shaping the nations future.
I'm not going to sit here and try and speak to what they want, but I can generally tell you that they come from a variety of backgrounds, social statuses, have mixed families in terms of religion and race, and are connected to the world in a way that those of us who are little older can't quite comprehend. Plus many are technologically savvy.
So when they hear about progressive issues, social injustices, or people telling them to let the adults lead, they bristle. They're ready to tackle these things.
A couple of years ago, the first of what will probably be many elected representatives took office, in AOC. The establishment hates her, but thats their problem. They'll have to get over that. She is starting a move that will drive more younger people into caring about politics.
And then you hear about the Tik Tok kids that essentially is an informal group of these folks. Trump and others see them as a threat - because they successfully disrupted a klan, er, trump rally and essentially took them out of the data collection business (the backbone of last generation political campaigns).
So they want to ban Tik Tok. But what they really don't get is that it's not about the platform. That's just *a tool*. Take it away, and they'll find another. They're pissed off and motivated. And my hunch is that they enjoy tweaking the old establishment.
These kids are learning how to assert themselves. And frankly, given how the old, white, male establishment treats everything, I can't blame them. Kids were shot in school, the wealthy are granted all manner of privilege, there's racism and xenophobia, and no one is taking charge during a pandemic. It's time for the next generation to take the reigns and shape the future.
There was another thing that has happened in the last few weeks: college football student athletes are banding together to demand change in the face of the pandemic. They want us to recognize that they are the product and thus will change the way college football is managed.
Since this is *the* money maker in most universities, the programs will have to listen.
They have a long list of things they're asking for, but at the heart of it is that they want a seat at the head of the table to help guide what football should be doing now, and 20 years from now. It's another example of the kids finding the will - and a way - to win.
No matter what, they'll outlive the old establishment.
So buckle up. Things are about to get interesting.
Marco on Karen Bass
Marco likes to quote a particular book that has some stuff in there from a central character about compassion, and turning the other cheek - even against your enemies.
Yet its okay, in his opinion, to celebrate the death of another human and decry anyone who mourns Castro.
Perhaps he really doesn't understand that book.
From Kim Jung, to Duarte, to the mess that is Venezuela, mr trump has a thing for dictators. And he doesn't seem the least bit concerned about that.
Heck, even when he does nothing about the killing of US troops, funded by a close-to-a-dictator in Putin, marco brushes that off with a shrug.
But he's "tough" on Cuba. And therefore it's different.
Surely, Marco is blinded by his own family's history with Cuba, and not appreciating how trump is a wanna be dictator who would do many of the things Castro did, given a chance.
"Willing ignorance" is an interesting turn of phrase because that's exactly what the GOP about everything trump does, even when he talks up communism.
A communist sympathizer already inhabits the Oval Office. He's just playing dumb and hoping you won't notice.
What a fool we have representing us in the senate.
Karen Bass had this to say about Fidel Castro's passing in 2016:
"The passing of the Comandante en Jefe is a great loss to the people of Cuba."
That's a direct quote, , and she is currently one of the top candidates to be Joe Biden's candidate for Vice President. It's comments like these that show the willing ignorance Democrats have when it comes to communism.
They're more concerned with pleasing far left voters than they are with speaking out against a communist dictator. It's awful, and shows how out of touch the party has become.
Karen Bass' comments concern me, and the fact she's even being considered as Vice President should concern every single American in the country.
We can't allow communist sympathizers to infiltrate the highest ranks of our government,
Monday, August 3, 2020
Peter Kennedy Patents
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