Thursday, August 27, 2015
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
I was the administrator of an online social media site at one time. It was a wide open place and there were a lot of opinions. What I quickly discovered was that Christians and people of faith were denigrated and made fun of on a regular basis. Along with that were many irreverent discussions coming from all sorts of directions, philosophically speaking, especially from the so-called scientists in the group. These were generally people who professed to believe in the faith of scientific inquiry and reject everything else. If you couldn't see it, touch it, smell it, taste it, quantify it, etc., then it did not exist. Any reference to old, "paternalistic" religion was met with extreme rudeness.
Along with those types, there was another general group who did believe in spiritual matters but more in a pantheistic sense. They yammered on about the moon and goddesses and neo-mystical stuff that was just as far out as any Christian mysticism I had ever heard. Odd thing is, the self-appointed scientists did not attack those folks. They only attacked the Christians.
And so what happened to those few who were banned? They did whatever they could to hack their way back inside to leave nasty messages and to spread stories about unequal treatment. They posted on other message boards and other community sites about how they had been unjustly treated. They cried. They whined. There were also instances of DOS attacks and spam bombs. Things got so bad, it finally brought down the site. By that time, I didn't care because like the other Christians, I just wanted out too. Who wants to associate with a bunch of sickos and nasty people?
When I look back, I see that circumstance as a microcosm of present-day American society.
There was a tiny, vocal minority that was particularly nasty. The owner of the site was also an admitted atheist and the vocal minority were his friends. Actually, the owner was what I call a working atheist in that he supported the idea that religion, specifically Christianity, should be eradicated. If pressed, he would admit the same for all other religions yet he never talked about them. Why did he hate Christianity in particular? Good question, but I think it was part of his natural disdain for any and all authority and Christianity just happened to be the cosmic authority he had grown up with. Had he grown up in Iran, he probably would have hated Islam.
I wonder if the same thing is not happening in American society today? As a nation, we are incredibly fragmented and distant from one another in terms of any kind of unity. I can't imagine Democrats and Republicans working together because they have become polar opposites and the leaders of both parties are so obviously bought and paid-for by powerful international interests that neither can be loyal to their country. Politics is about the accumulation of raw power, nothing more, nothing less. Those who wield the power are those who stand behind the politicians. They are corporations, old money fronted by families and organizations that have been around for hundreds of years. They have enough money and connections to purchase the political positions and implant whoever they want.
I hope you're not one of those people. However, if you are, let this serve as notice. What you seek to change is the only proper view of reality. Oh, admittedly, there are many others, and sometimes they become dominant for a period of time, but in the long run, truth will prevail. While the strong may dominate for a time, the meek, you see, will inherit the earth.
It's our own consciousness that causes the collapse of logical choices into the one correct choice. Sure, you can continue to make the wrong choice over and over until you're finally out of choices altogether, or until you come to the conclusion that there is only one solution. Are you there yet? Can you see it from where you stand? Don't be blinded by your own self-delusion of how you think the world should be.
Posted by TommyBoy at 7:36 PM
As the 14th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, it’s important to remind people that we still don’t know what happened that day. What is known about 9/11 is that there are many incredible facts that continue to be ignored by the government and the mainstream media. Here are fourteen.
1. An outline of what was to become the 9/11 Commission Report was produced before the investigation began. The outline was kept secret from the Commission’s staff and appears to have determined the outcome of the investigation.
2. The 9/11 Commission claimed sixty-three (63) times in its Report that it could find “no evidence” related to important aspects of the crimes.
3. One person, Shayna Steinger, issued 12 visas to the alleged hijackers in Saudi Arabia. Steiger issued some of the visas without interviewing the applicants and fought with another employee at the embassy who tried to prevent her lax approach.
4. Before 9/11, the nation’s leading counter-terrorism expert repeatedly notified his friends in the United Arab Emirates of top-secret U.S. plans to capture Osama bin Laden. These treasonous leaks prevented Bin Laden’s capture on at least two separate occasions.
6. The official story of the failed air defenses on 9/11 was changed several times and, in the end, paradoxically exonerated the military by saying that the military had lied many times about its response. The man who was behind several of the changing accounts was a specialist in political warfare (i.e. propaganda).
7. Military exercises being conducted on the day of 9/11 mimicked the attacks as they were occurring and obstructed the response. NORAD commander Ralph Eberhart sponsored those exercises, failed to do his job that day, and later lied to Congress about it (if the 9/11 Commission account is true).
8. A third skyscraper collapsed late in the afternoon on 9/11. This was WTC 7, a 47-story building that the government’s final report says fell into its own footprint due to office fires. The building’s tenants included U.S. intelligence agencies and a company led in part by Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney. Meetings were scheduled there to discuss terrorism and explosives on the morning of 9/11.
9. News agencies, including BBC and CNN, announced the destruction of WTC 7 long before it happened. One BBC reporter announced the collapse while viewers could see the still-standing building right behind her in the video. Years later, after claiming that it had lost the tapes and then found them again, BBC’s answer to this astonishing report was that everything was just “confusing and chaotic” that day. Of course, one problem with this is that the news agencies predicted the exact building, of the many damaged in the area, that would collapse. Another big problem is that no one could have possibly predicted the collapse of WTC 7 given the unprecedented and unbelievable official account for how that happened.
11. Ultimately, building construction codes were not changed as a result of the root causes cited by the National Institute for Standards and Technology for destruction of the World Trade Center (WTC) buildings. This fact shows that the international building construction community does not believe that the WTC buildings were destroyed as stated in the official account.
12. AMEC, the company that just finished rebuilding the exact spot where Flight 77 was said to hit, was put in charge of cleanup at the WTC and the Pentagon. The man who ran the company, Peter Janson, was a long-time business associate of Donald Rumsfeld.
13. The response of the U.S. Secret Service to the 9/11 attacks suggests foreknowledge of the events in that the agency failed to protect the president from the obvious danger posed by terrorists.
14. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission notified the FBI of suspected 9/11 insider trading transactions. That evidence was ignored and the suspects were not even questioned by the FBI or the 9/11 Commission.
There are, of course, many more incredible facts about 9/11 that continue to be ignored by authorities and much of the media. Let’s hope that the next major terrorist attack results in legitimate reporting and unified calls for truth before fourteen years have passed.
Posted by TommyBoy at 7:33 PM
Monday, August 24, 2015
Sunday, August 23, 2015
This statement of Socrates’, as told by Plato, is sufficient to explain the necessity of studying philosophy. Everyone is pitched into the world blindly and makes do as best they can with the things they are given. For many, this muddling through is hard enough, and examining their motives and the rightness of their actions is just an added, and superfluous, difficulty. However, if we do not examine our lives and use the wisdom we gain from it to plan the future, we are no better than animals following instinct to survive. To take control of your life you must engage your mind. This is not to say that everyone must become a new Socrates, or study academic philosophy, but to paraphrase Voltaire ‘we must all cultivate our own wisdom.’
Posted by TommyBoy at 7:43 PM