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Are Criminals Worthy of Your Charity?

The good Samaritan
I recently had a good discussion on one of the libertarian pages I frequent. Their post was about Alyssa Milano, the actress, giving charity to illegal immigrants while firefighters had their homes burn down while protecting others. I commented, "The two are unrelated. Also, as I understand the libertarian position, charity is a personal activity that the individual decides on. Not saying she's ma...
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Giant Puppets Roam the Streets

Giant Minotaur Puppet
This is one of several giant puppets that have been created. I marvel at them. Each limb is controlled by its own puppeteer. In this case the thing is so huge and mechanical that one might call that person a driver instead of a puppeteer. However, in the true sense that's what they are, puppeteers moving around a giant puppet in order to tell a story. Puppets have endured as human story telling de...
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Sue’s Favorite Sword: YouTube Video

Ancient Sword
I'm not sure why really but swords have always fascinated me. I have a nice collection of them and I've trained in their use. I've studied fencing, Asian martial arts sword use, and the use of a broad sword as well. The swords in the below video show signs that they were owned by different people. Each person put their own unique design on the sword but left some of the old design as well. They we...
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San Francisco’s homeless tax a page out of Atlas Shrugged

Socialism, one murder away from utopia
San Francisco has passed what they are calling a "homeless tax". That is a misnomer of course as the homeless aren't the ones being taxes. Rather businesses are being taxed and the money being taken and used for programs designed to help the homeless. "Proposition C, as it was known to voters, is the largest corporate tax increase in San Francisco history." Even the name sounds rather sinister in ...
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What Banksy’s Shredded Art Teaches About Rights

Banksey shreadathon
I recently posted about how rights don't take away morality or ethics - nor do morality and ethics take away rights. Oddly enough the long discussion we've had as a society about violence, video games, drugs and pornography is a fertile setting for understanding how we can live in a rights based society and still find it okay to "protect" others from bad moral decisions. Perhaps you've heard of...
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If Elizabeth Warren is Special then We’re All Special

Warren's DNA results
Elizabeth Warren finally took a DNA test to put her ancestry to rest once and for all. It was quickly reported that she had a full-blooded Indian ancestor within 6-10 generations. Well, there you have it! She has a new campaign add and an entire web page dedicated to her "Native American Heritage". This is an example of a lie snowballing. Once you tell the lie, you have to support the lie and the ...
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Feminism has taken women back to the stone age

Kardashian of Venus
I very much enjoy reading and listening to Camille Paglia (because of her rapid fire talking I rather read than listen). She's insightful and has a firm understanding of history at a fundamentally human level (if that makes sense). She likens the trend of photos taken from behind a woman (a la Kylie Jenner and her kin) to the ancient stone age fertility totems like the Venus of Willendorf. You kno...
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Do Violent Video Games and Movies Cause Violence?

Grand Theft Auto
Rights don't take away morality or ethics - nor do morality and ethics take away rights. Oddly enough the long discussion we've had as a society about violence, video games, drugs and pornography is a fertile setting for understanding how we can live in a rights based society and still find it okay to "protect" others from bad moral decisions. I've heard of the movie "Faces of Death". It's a ...
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“Climate Change” is Back-Door Socialism

Wind and Solar
The idea of artificially pulling Co2 from the atmosphere scares me. It does for a couple of reasons. First, we simply don't comprehend the balance of the Earth. Regardless of what computer models might have people believe we cannot predict. There are far too many variables for that. Forests thrive under high Co2. So-called global warming has been great for plant life and thus for herbivores and th...
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Kanye West explains his 13th Amendment comments – CNN

Kanye Sings
Kanye "Ye" West is in the news again for saying that the 13th Amendment should be repealed. As you can imagine this was not received well at all. This is the amendment that reads, "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction." Of course ...
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Creator of World Wide Web Has a New Plan

Facebook Knows You
Tim Berners-Lee is worried about how tightly the Internet is controlled and wants to do something about it. “The intent is world domination,” Berners-Lee says with a wry smile. The British-born scientist is known for his dry sense of humor. But in this case, he is not joking." In our modern world, he's right. Cyber-wars could devastate a nation but leave every building standing. As time has gon...
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Western philosophy vs Eastern: There is no “vs”

East and West
The central premise of an article I recently read is that western philosophy can only teach us so much. Though that seems like a really deep subject and perhaps to some an assault on western philosophy I really only have a couple of things to comment on. In one way the author is right and in another they are wrong. The reason they are wrong is that western philosophy is incredibly strong and deep ...
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China’s Social Credit and the Joyously Oppressed

You are being watched.
I posted about China's social credit system when it was first announced and I think one other time since then.  A more recent article tells the story of one woman who has no problem being watched, followed, judged, and rated, by her government. The program won't fully be online until 2020 at which time it will take the form of a dystopian horror worthy of 1984. Am I exaggerating? Here's the of...
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American Sentiment for Immigrants

Violence in South Africa
I often post stories from other countries as I find what happens there instructive. Wisdom is looking at the mistakes of others and learning from them without having to make the same mistakes yourself. This kind of violence is abhorrent. Of course we all know that in the end the choice to be violent or not is an individual one. It's a particular kind of weakness of mind that blames others for y...
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Kavanaugh sexual assault allegations

Brett Kavanaugh Swearing Oath
I am sure by now you have all heard about the letter that was written about Judge Kavanaugh. The author has accused him of sexual assault. This took place when he and the accuser were in high school. It's reasonable to assume that the timing is politically motivated. Of course I can't say if that really is the case or not. It may be that the woman doesn't care so much about political parties but d...
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