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Checkout Blues
Octaveoctave
 February 04 2024 at 09:38 pm
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Where I live, in a blue, blue, blue state, I have encountered crazy stuff at checkout. For example, one clerk staffing the checkout station had a personal "rule" that she and she alone had to touch the receipt first after it printed, rather than the customer. If the customer dared to touch the receipt first, she flew into a cursing, homicidal rage. She still works there...she is about 3 or 4 hundred pounds and is angry all the time. I have also had cans roll down the checkout conveyer belt and touch the items of the customer in front of me. They became enraged and threw the cans at my head, threatening to kill every single person in the store. I was pretty taken aback by this, to say the least. I have also been gullible enough to allow someone to cut in line in front of me, after they begged since they supposedly had just a tiny bit of business to transact. However, it turned out to be not so minor, and turned into a delay and a lot of confusion. They seemed to be wanting approval to steal some products. The checkout person became frustrated, told them to just take the merchandise, and ordered them out of the store. However, they refused to leave, and just held up the long line. They demanded to know what they had done wrong, and were so confused or stupid that they could not understand. This ended up in a huge fight with people threatening to beat me savagely, etc. The people who butted in, had no idea what was going on; they just wanted to bully everyone else. I was not impressed. So...checking out can be a problem, at least around here. I never have had problems checking out anywhere else...just here. This place is unique. But people who have lived here their entire lives are completely oblivious to this nonsense.
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Ideas Over Ideologies
Sadhika Pant
 February 04 2024 at 09:04 am
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"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not." - John 1:1-5 (King James Version). The "Word" refers to the divine expression of God, often associated with the creative power through which God brought the universe into existence. It symbolises the divine logos, the utterance that brings order to chaos and gives life to creation. The act of speaking or pronouncing the Word is a powerful and transformative act, reflecting the divine will. "Om is the imperishable word. Om is the universe, and this is the exposition of Om. The past, the present, and the future, all that was, all that is, all that will be, is Om." - Mandukya Upanishad. "From Om, the sky was produced, from Om, the air was produced, from Om, the fire was produced, and from Om, the waters were produced." - Taittiriya Upanishad. On the other hand, Hinduism explores creation through the sacred syllable "Om" (or Aum). In Hindu philosophy, it is believed that the entire universe emanated from the cosmic vibration represented by the syllable "Om." In short, it is the sound that initiated creation. It represents the ultimate reality or Brahman, and is often chanted at the beginning and end of prayers, mantras, and rituals. The significance of Om lies in its encompassing nature, representing the past, present, and future, as well as the waking, dreaming, and deep sleep states of consciousness. The three sounds in "Om" (A, U, and M) are said to represent various aspects of existence. "A" signifies creation, "U" represents preservation, and "M" symbolises dissolution. The chanting of Om is believed to connect the individual soul (Atman) with the universal consciousness (Brahman) and align oneself with the cosmic order. Comparing the two, both the "Word" in the Bible and the "Om" in Hinduism assign a divine, creative force responsible for the genesis of the universe. While the specific theological and philosophical contexts differ, the common thread lies in the recognition of a primordial, divine sound or expression as the source of creation. Both emphasise the transformative power of sound and speech in shaping reality. These theological concepts hold profound relevance for contemporary individuals, particularly in understanding the power of articulation in shaping our reality. The Bible suggests that God's act of naming and speaking brought the universe into existence. The act of naming, defining, and constraining the scope of ideas through language is not only foundational to the systems we have created, but also crucial for human communication and the construction of meaning. Modern society is built upon systems that rely on clear definitions and shared understanding. Legal, political, and social structures depend on the agreed-upon meanings of words and concepts. This is especially relevant in the face of the challenges posed by the collapse of definitions in a world influenced by wokism and post-modernist views. Definitional collapse in modern society refers to the increasing challenge of establishing clear and universally accepted definitions for concepts, values, and even reality itself. Postmodernism posits that there is no single, objective truth, but rather multiple interpretations. This leads to a proliferation of subjective truths, challenging the stability of commonly accepted definitions. Wokism, particularly in its focus on identity politics, challenges fixed definitions of identity categories. While this is seen as a form of empowerment, it leads to a constant redefinition of terms related to identity. Fluidity in identity categories makes it challenging to establish stable definitions, contributing to a sense of uncertainty in societal discourse. Both scrutinise language as a tool of power. While some scrutiny may be useful to incorporate original, or even unpopular ideas, it also contributes to definitional collapse. The constant reevaluation and deconstruction of language can create ambiguity and hinder effective communication, as words and concepts become contested grounds. It becomes difficult to find common ground for meaningful discussions and collaboration when the very terms used in discourse are subject to multiple interpretations, leading to polarisation and a breakdown in communication. The collapse of a shared narrative can have negative psychological and societal consequences, influencing the way individuals perceive the world and interact with one another. A shared reality provides a psychological anchor, a common framework that individuals use to make sense of the world. It is built on trust in common institutions, societal norms, and agreed-upon truths. When this trust erodes due to a collapse in the shared narrative, individuals may become cynical about information, institutions, and even fellow citizens. This can contribute to a breakdown in social cohesion, as well as disorientation and uncertainty on an individual level. Individuals grapple with an existential crisis, as the narratives that once provided meaning and purpose become fragmented. In the absence of a shared reality, individuals may construct their own subjective realities based on personal beliefs and biases. This can lead to the formation of echo chambers, where people only engage with information that aligns with their pre-existing views, reinforcing divisions and restricting open-minded discourse. Religion has historically played a crucial role in providing a shared narrative for people, offering a framework for understanding the world, shaping identity, and fostering a sense of belonging. The decline of traditional sources of shared reality, such as religion and nationalism, doesn't automatically lead to a rational, more humane, or egalitarian society. Instead, it can create a vacuum that is often filled by ideologies that, at best, are oversimplified and, at worst, insidious. These ideologies capture the imagination of people because they reinforce what they would like to believe about themselves, which is that all the failure of their lives is a consequence of unfair systems and oppression by powerful groups and only freedom stretched to ridiculous proportions can set them free for empowerment. History has shown that when traditional narratives collapse, societies are susceptible to ideologies that exploit grievances and promote extreme ideologies. The rise of leaders like Hitler, who manipulated the void left by societal upheaval, serves as a cautionary tale about the potential consequences of unchecked populism and extreme ideologies. “For when Truth battles against the lies of millennia there will be shock waves, earthquakes, the transposition of hills and valleys such as the world has never yet imagined even in its dreams. The concept “politics” then becomes entirely absorbed into the realm of spiritual warfare. All the mighty worlds of the ancient order of society are blown into space—for they are all based on lies: there will be wars the like of which have never been seen on earth before. Only after me will there be grand politics on earth.” - Friedrich Nietzsche, Ecce Homo.
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Dr. Dreidel "represents", and Calls out...
Octaveoctave
 February 01 2024 at 05:19 pm
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Believe it or not, the number 1 rap song in the US (and possibly the world) at the moment is a piece decrying the pointlessness, the vapidness, and the destructiveness of rap culture, and popular culture in general. It features Canadian rapper Tom MacDonald and conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, who calls himself "Dr. Dreidel". When I first heard about this "song" in an interview of Ben Shapiro by Piers Morgan, I thought it sounded sort of crazy. Ben Shapiro is a huge classical music fan and gifted performer (he plays the violin). Shapiro has repeatedly said that rap music is garbage. However, rap is a potentially valuable platform to deliver some uncomfortable truths to society at large, which definitely is in need of some correction. I do not agree with Shapiro on all topics. However, Shapiro is a valuable figure in the culture wars, and I support his efforts and those of his compatriots. The Daily Wire is an icon on the conservative side of the ledger, and given the near total dominance of modern culture by the progressives, it is an important response to the nihilist efforts to destroy Western Civilization and create a dystopian nightmare. Here is a link to this rap "song": "Facts" - Tom MacDonald (feat. Ben Shapiro) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kGpohEpuTE MacDonald and Shapiro point out how ignorant and shallow modern popular culture is, particularly rap music. And the rap community is mainly supported by disaffected young white men, who are somewhat lost in modern society. They do not suffer from quite as much mental illness as young women, but there is a lot of depression and feelings of hopelessness. That is why people with positive messages for young men (and young people at large) like Jordan Peterson and even to a certain extent, the Tate brothers, and my favorite, Dan Bongino are so valuable and increasingly popular. Young men feel they have no opportunities and no future. They feel their lives are pointless. They feel they cannot get ahead and they are consumed by video games and substance abuse. Women with unrealistic expectations reject them. The mainstream media and academia and politicians and pundits tell them how worthless and awful and toxic they are, nonstop. At this point, this phenomenon has gone on for a couple of decades. And it is having a profound negative impact. I am very glad I am not growing up in this current cultural milieu. It is pretty ugly and destructive. I was brought up in a very different time, and in a different place. I did not fit in. I was rejected by women, or felt that I was rejected by women, anyway. But I was enthralled with the idea of pursuing a career in Research and Development, which is what I did. Now that I am sort of a contributor to STEM R&D, I am overwhelmed by the vast amounts of opportunity and the endless possibilities. Things do not have to be as negative as they appear, if you just pay attention to the messages of the mainstream. There is a lot of hope, if we can manage to carve out a space for human flourishing and creativity again. For some months, I was a member of a monthly zoom call with my former classmates from MIT. I did try to bring up the very negative "woke" messages and movements that were and are infiltrating the STEM community. I was met with hostility from one female professor, 'Professor A' in particular, who responded with articles advocating the banning of all males from STEM. In addition, and in somewhat of a contradiction, this woman also supported efforts to replace all biological females with males pretending to be women, as some sort of "social justice champion", or something. I was not particularly happy and I responded that wokeness is basically a new form of American Imperialism that is being imposed by the US on the rest of the world. For example, I recently discovered that pushing wokeness is now the main function of the US State Department. And when State approaches Third World developing countries to do this, there is the understated or maybe not-so-understated implicit threat that the US is prepared to attack these places militarily to impose this nonsense on them by force. I never was particularly in favor of American military intervention abroad, but this strikes me as particularly stupid. Anyway, there has never been another zoom meeting as far as I know. I might have been disinvited as a trouble-maker. However, the lady who invited me, "Professor E", tells me that there are no more zoom meetings. However, I am curious to know what Professor A thinks now of her beloved social justice movement. Professor A is Jewish, and now this woke movement has revealed itself to be stridently antisemitic, and in favor of the wholesale slaughter of every single Jew on the planet. Has Professor A reconsidered her ridiculous positions? Or has she turned into another self-loathing Jew, like George Soros (proudly responsible for the deaths of thousands of Jews during World War II, and now dedicated to the destruction of Western Civilization completely) ?
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Fighting Feminisms Tentacles
DarrylN
 February 27 2024 at 12:00 am
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SALLY KORNBLUTH OF MIT CLAUDINE GAY OF HARVARD LIZ MAGILL OF PENN Feminism on campus has been all about breaking through the glass ceiling, getting women in positions of power, and thereby delivering policies that will be beneficial to all women. The movement from its inception has focused on masculine toxicity and has had some success of pacifying male interest in women for sure, if having sex and birth rates are a measure of such things. To 'iron man' the movement, the focus on sexual abuse of women and sexual exploitation of children has gained widespread support across western society that this is intolerable behavior. Abuse is not tolerated, sometimes to hysterical degrees too, as is often the case with sexual matters. And now we have Sally, and Claudi and Lizzie. Isn't it ironic that when women gain power over men, here at the top of the profession, at the pinnacle of their profession, these three; and who do they support? Well, they support the most toxic forms of masculinity that have ever existed with their obfuscations and non-answers on the Oct 7th rapes of women and men and children, baking kids in ovens, calls for genocide. Talk about blaming the victim, Jews are accused of genocide, even as Jewish girls were raped to death, they are deemed responsible. How is this explicable? Women who seek power, namely feminists, inevitably seek out men who have more power than them. It is hormonal. It is evolved into a woman's nature. To seek out power is to seek out men who are more powerful. It is in a woman's nature to seek a more powerful sexual partner. Anyone else is deemed to be too much estrogen to sexually satisfy. The incel rapists gangs of Hamas, the lowest level that humanity has reached yet, but nevertheless outside of the power and control of the femnists, with their fully demonic expressions of raw power and rage: these are who get the juices of the swooning feminists flowing big time. Winning the culture against men, being the leaders of their profession, as feminists are throughout academia now, has been a real phenomena. The victory is real. And to ironman again, it is good. Men are very willing domestic partners in the West, changing diapers, shuffling kids around, cooking meals, wiping noses. the culture has changed in response to demands of feminists. As for the feminists on campus, Sally, Claudine, Liz Mcgill, these are all Hamas babes now. Likewise, thousands of girls raped and prostituted across Europe, Rotherham for example, and it is not even a feminist issue. On the contrary, feminism is all about enabling the 'Asian' rapists and pimps in the name of inclusivity, diversity. I think it is hormonal response ultimately. The more that women gain real power vis a vis men in the West, these are the exact women donning their hijabs and swooning to the proclamations of IS and now Hamas. That is what makes feminists hot. It is deeper than ideology. Mansplaining and manspreading are out. Men stilfle themselves around feminists. Raping girls until their pelvis's break is in. This is who the feminists support on campus these days. It is on the Congressional record now.
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Don't Trust Corporate Media
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 February 23 2024 at 05:12 pm
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It always catches me off guard to hear that some still place their trust in mainstream media, especially when overall trust in these outlets is at an all-time low. And frankly, there are valid reasons for this skepticism. Time and again, we've seen instances where the news has distorted the truth or, in some cases, outright lied. Consider the recent years, where we were told with unwavering certainty that a certain intervention was safe and effective. Those who dared to question were not just criticized but often ostracized. This topic of media trust—or the lack thereof—is something we've delved into on the Healthy & Awake Podcast, recognizing the shift towards independent voices as a pivotal moment in our collective search for truth. But perhaps it's more accurate to refer to it not as mainstream media but as corporate media. These entities often seem to echo what you want to hear, leading to polarized takes on nearly every issue. On one end, there's Fox; on the other, CNN. Each represents a distinct camp or political ideology, turning the other into something akin to an enemy. Adhering to one side's narrative often labels you as misguided by the other. This division does more to misinform and divide us than to bring any semblance of truth or unity. This polarization is why there's a growing trust in independent voices—commentators, journalists, podcasters—who step away from state-sponsored narratives. I see this shift as a positive development, a move towards authenticity and away from a media landscape riddled with deception and lies. The crumbling of the corporate media system under the weight of its own failures is, in my view, a cause for celebration. It's a clear signal that people are tired of being misled. But, of course, these are just my thoughts. What's your take on this? Do you see the rise of independent media as a step forward, or are there aspects of mainstream media that still hold value?
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Episode 94: What’s So Good About The World?
Jamie McGlue
 February 09 2024 at 03:46 pm
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Let’s find something nice and heartfelt to say about as many different countries as we can. What a world! Verily overflowing with charming characteristics. https://youtu.be/Ia1YHtztkKA ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
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Episode 95: Why You Really Want A Relationship
Jamie McGlue
 February 16 2024 at 11:02 pm
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Companionship, affection, romance, sex; it can all come from casual connections. But a true long-term relationship offers all this and more: not only in spite of, but also because of the difficulties of adjusting one’s ego and habits to the ways of another wilful individual, living together inevitably means learning and growing together. Not only from inspiration and example but from the necessary patience, negotiation, empathy, kindness and respect that a relationship demands in order to remain happy and nourishing. Where a couple is out of sync, they must determine if the subject of disagreement is merely divergent wants or if it relates to needs; does it relate to the non-negotiable core essence of one’s nature? These we must accept, or else walk away. But where mere wants are concerned, through honest conversation in search of truth, harmony can always be found; and so we grow. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~