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Jordan Peterson on Postmodernism

Jordan Peterson
I've watched Jordan Peterson for a while now, since before his step into the limelight of gender controversy. He is the author of a great book, "Maps of Meaning" which I will post about some other time. One of the things he's most vehement about is the destructive power of postmodernism. This was brought up by Derek James in the comments on Facebook. I thought this was a good opportunity to post a...
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Anger in France as girl, 11, judged to have ‘consented’ to sex with man – The Local

This fellow in France has sex with an 11-year-old girl. He's arrested. The judge decides that he is not guilty of rape. This has plenty of people really upset. The judge is correct. The reason he's correct has to do with the nature of laws. Laws differ all around the world and in the US from state to state even. For example, the age of consent in France is 13 years old. That's the arbitrary num...
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Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault By Stephen R. C. Hicks

Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault By Stephen R. C. Hicks
Postmodernism is something I think everyone already knows about but perhaps they don't know that is what they are seeing. Everyone seems to know that the meaning of words is changing, that reality is being bent, that once respected institutions are being called wrong and evil and oppressive. People see this going on. There's a reason and a name behind the driving philosophy of these changes, it's ...
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Samantha Power: Why Foreign Propaganda Is More Dangerous Now – The New York Times

Washington on a Building
Though I don't agree with the motivation that clearly prompted this author to write I do agree with her ultimate conclusion. What I mean by that is, I don't think that Russia caused Hillary to lose or Trump to win. She points out that such efforts failed to unseat Reagan or Thatcher. I don't believe for one moment that this is the kind of foreign influence George Washington was talking about. But ...
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Two years later, where is the 92-pound Petoskey stone?

Two years later, where is the 92-pound Petoskey stone?
Platypus Club member Scott Erskine shared this one with me. It has several interesting facets to it. First, this is a fossil. It's a fossil of a coral to be specific. Hexagonaria percarinata to be even more specific. This is a large polyp stony coral similar to many that still exist today. Corals are very old and have succeeded through ice ages and heat waves.Though they are much older than reefs ...
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Are you ready for some football? Neither are the players.

One more note on the NFL. Everywhere I go I see comments and articles on the protests and Trump's comments on it. They have a right to protest and he has a right to say it's stupid. What no one has a right to do, of course, is pass a law that forces someone to stand, sing, or show respect. This is true not just of the flag, but of anything or anyone. The market can decide, as I stated in my previo...
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DAMNATION! Jesse Jackson claims Trump not going to Heaven over immigration

Jesse Jackson
Recently the ever less relevant Jesse Jackson made a speech in which he said, “The Department of Justice and the current administration are undermining Dr. King’s Dream. We are marching to reaffirm that religious leaders will recommit to being at the forefront of social justice and civil rights.”   It's sad when dead people, who can't speak for themselves, have words put in their mouth. Ar...
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Why The Word ‘Woke’ Encapsulates An Evil, Self-Defeating Ideology

My eye was drawn to this article by the headline. I really dislike the word "woke". Personal thing you know. I find it kind of queer. Not in the new homosexual use of the word, but the old-fashioned, actual meaning. Then I continued with the article because I found its topic of Gnosticism to be interesting. Somewhere along the way I got an odd feeling in my gut as I read. For those of you who h...
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$15 an hour – are you really worth it?

Burgers!
"Ironically, the futuristic short-order cook has been developed to replace workers in one of the most progressive states in America. Several California cities have already raised the minimum wage as the state plans to push the rate to $15 by 2022." “This wage is not sustainable for a lot of companies… in that $5 increase, you’re talking about $12,000 increase per employee… where does that money...
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Trump Speech To UN – Socialism is Bad, Dictators are Bad, US is Good, Etc.

Trump giving speech at UN
My short take This speech has gotten usual reactions. The side that supports Trump and his America First agenda think this was a great speech. Some saying the best one he's given. The side that opposes the president or his agenda (some won't even listen to his agenda because it's from him) say it was a terrible speech. Some are saying it was a "war speech" designed with no other reason but find...
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The American dream is a prayer to the future.

Handcart Company
I've heard many definitions of the American Dream over the years. More often than not it is about a wife, a car, a house, and a fine job to pay for it all. For me, those things aren't the dream, but rather the products of that dream. The term comes from comes from historian James Truslow Adams who wrote in 1931 that it was "That dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and full...
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Christians Are Outraged Over Jennifer Lawrence’s Heretical New Movie

Heart in hand
Just as I can't comprehend how someone can be "outraged" over a salute, I cannot conceive of gathering that depth of emotion over a movie either. Note that I specify outrage as the thing I don't understand. Anger, frustration, sadness, and other emotions are within the scope of what I consider reasonable reactions but I reserve outrage for only a few acts and really movies and YouTube videos don't...
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Will CNN Disavow Anthony Bourdain’s Threat To Poison President Trump? | Daily Wire

Bourdain
Once again I find myself, not offended. When famed chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain was asked what he would cook for Kim Jong Un or President Trump he replied simply, "Hemlock". I think this is terribly funny and clever. It's a poison you know, the one that killed Socrates. I don't think for a moment he meant it or that the Secret Service needs to go out to his home and take fin...
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CNN’s Don Lemon and reporter’s moment of body positivity

Don Lemon Gay Man Shames Woman for Being Fat
A reporter was covering hurricane Irma and she wanted to describe just how powerful the wind was and what it felt like to be in it. That's good television you know. It's like on a cooking show, the audience can't taste or smell the wonderful confection so the host has to describe it all as best they can. Well, sitting comfy at home we can't feel the wind so she wanted to convey the absolute power ...
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