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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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Pride and Kisses

kisses for rent
I'm not quite sure what to make of this article. The author tells the story of when she was abroad teaching English. She couldn't make the rent and each month the landlord's boyfriend would come around and give her the extra cash in exchange for being allowed to make out with her. No sex, but lots of kisses and probing tongues. "I never took my clothes off, never touched him with my hands. He w...
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Some Thoughts about Truth

The truth is like a lion
We are locked in an ancient war. The war between force and liberty. Rather than face the fear that comes with liberty, rather than put in the work that is required to be free with responsibly, one side of that war writes a play in which each person has their part written for them. Actors who refuse the role or try to ad lib don't get to quit the play, they get forced into performing. The actors o...
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The Poor Don’t Deserve Anything

Socialism chokes liberty
“The only chance we have to restore this country, that is peaceful, is this convention,” said Jim Moyer, a Convention of States supporter." The convention he's talking about is a constitutional convention aimed at changing the US Constitution to prevent the country from becoming socialist in nature. To platypus like me that sounds reasonable. It sounds reasonable that we wouldn't want to take away...
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Young people need a rite of passage

Wrong challenge
As you can see by the photo this young man has suffered burns. His name is Kyland Clark and he's 15 years old. What you can't tell from the photo is that it was his friend who caused the burns. It was done as part of the newest "challenge". For those of you who aren't aware a "challenge" on the Internet is nothing new. Some of them are harmless, like the ice bucket challenge which is simply to ...
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Freedom of Association and Segregation – A Nightmare of Freedom?

Colored Only NO Whites Allowed
Whenever I point out things companies do I usually preface it with "they have a right to because it's a private company". I don't say this as a means to excuse what they have done. In fact, I get frustrated when people brush off the actions by saying that. Just because it's a private company and they have the right to do something doesn't meant it's a good idea and it doesn't mean we have to like ...
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The Post Tower of Babel World: A Hope and a Warning

All sorts of languages
This idea has come to me many times. The idea that English is becoming a universal language. That's not an exact truth of course but you will find many people who know English as a second language. Reasons why abound. Commerce, colonialism, science, all played their part. Movies, music, and comic books too. I like to think that it is the incredible flexibility of the language. I love English to ho...
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Meat Isn’t Murder – A Steak is not a Jew

PETA compares eating meat to Nazis killing the Jews
If you don't want to eat meat, that's up to you. I know a couple of people who don't for medical reasons on the advice of a nutritionist. I know a couple of people who don't because they think it's wrong. Though oddly enough they eat fish somehow not thinking that's meat. I don't personally know any vegans or anyone who doesn't eat meat because they think it is unrighteous. This screen shot...
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James Gunn Gets Fired for His Sexual Orientation?

I remember my first NAMBLA meeting. It was the first time I felt ok being who I am.
Director James Gunn has been fired from Guardians of the Galaxy III for some tweets he made about 10 years ago, a few a little sooner. They were dug up by a conservative group who released them as a means to expose the hypocrisy of Hollywood. Then the Internet got involved and dug up many more. We've talked a few times about the "MeToo" movement and this seems like part of it. My general take on...
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Birth Control, Abortion, and Desperation 

Hand book for women
This article is about a book that came out in the late 1960's which was to educate women on human reproduction. It brings up a couple of thoughts for me. First, I do not consider birth control and abortion to be the same thing. There are those who do believe that based on their religious beliefs. If you wish, as an individual, not to use birth control that is your personal choice. I do not shar...
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Trump’s Handmaid on the Supreme Court?

Supreme Court Potential Handmaid
"Donald Trump's potential candidate for Supreme Court justice and many of her immediate family members are members of in a controversial religious group that asks members to take a lifetime loyalty 'covenant', encourages female submission to their husbands, and helped inspire publication of The Handmaid's Tale, a dystopian novel about theocratic government." So, this brings up something interestin...
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Meet the Americans Following in the Footsteps of the Knights Templar

Templar
The Knights Templar have a Hollywood reputation. Meaning what most people know of them is formed by what they have seen in movies. Though one thing about them that Hollywood got right was the fact that they were a powerful group. They had money and ability. They set out to protect people as they traveled to and from the Holy Land. In 1099 the Holy Land was taken back from Muslim control and so pil...
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A Tweet That Signals Hope for the Future

Man with a cigar
The below linked article that inspired this blog post is about a tweet which reads, "I’m not a party guy,” he wrote, “but I’d be down if someone threw a real roaring 20’s party for 2020. Like real tuxedos and all. Not shirtless dudes with a bow tie. Like a real Gatsby party with everyone fully dressed like the era." I'm sure to a lot of people this story seems quite benign but to me I find it r...
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A Dream of the White Hat and the Muddy Faces

Mud Men
I had a dream that I was in a small village that had stood for many years. It was my home. I returned to my house through winding streets and back alleys. Alleys with clothes hanging overhead and stones for pavement. Alleys with activity and fire escapes. Down one such alley was a young man wearing a white hat. He was standing on a soap box giving a speech to no one at all. When I saw the white ha...
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Tribal leaders demand parents kill their child – The State, Abortion, and Human Rights

Amazonian Boys
In the Amazon (and elsewhere in the world) tribes of people will often kill children that suffer from birth defects and sometimes consider twins to be bad luck (so one of them has to go). In one case brought up in this article the tribal leaders decided a girl had to be killed due to her small size and inability to speak. The parents were ordered to do it. They could not so killed themselves in st...
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