Quick Takes – Leviathan: Amish Prisoners; Authoritarian Eurocrats; Outlawed Straws

     Another “quick takes” on items where there is too little to say to make a complete article, but is still important enough to comment on.

     The focus this time: “All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state”

     First, a little bit of mood music:

     Carrying on…

     Pro-tip: If you are selling herbal remedies, NEVER EVER make anything even coming close to a medical claim, or else the FDA will come down on you like a ton of bricks. Even if the folk remedy has been around for centuries…

“Another of Girod’s products, called TO-MOR-GONE, contains bloodroot and was claimed to be “very good at removing tumors.” This old folk remedy has been practiced for centuries, mostly to remove dead skin layers from around skin tumors and wounds. But bloodroot removes this dead skin due to its caustic properties. The FDA decided this was a danger to the public and demanded to inspect his manufacturing process — in other words, his home.

“Girod, stating that his products weren’t subject to FDA oversight because they were herbal remedies, barred their entry. As part of the Old Order Amish community, his religious beliefs mandate that he avoid the modern world as much as possible, including modern pharmaceuticals. Nevertheless, the FDA decided that since Girod made vague medical claims, his products were drugs and subject to the full weight of the federal bureaucracy.”

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#MeToo Movement vs. Victorian Art

     John William Waterhouse is considered a master of the Pre-Raphaelite school, a reformist art style the thrived during the Victorian era. Waterhouse’s ” Hylas and the Nymphs” has not been found to be #Problematic.

” The work usually hangs in a room titled In Pursuit of Beauty, which contains late 19th century paintings showing lots of female flesh.

“Gannaway [, the gallery’s curator of contemporary art,] said the title was a bad one, as it was male artists pursuing women’s bodies, and paintings that presented the female body as a passive decorative art form or a femme fatale.

“‘For me personally, there is a sense of embarrassment that we haven’t dealt with it sooner. Our attention has been elsewhere … we’ve collectively forgotten to look at this space and think about it properly. We want to do something about it now because we have forgotten about it for so long.’

“Gannaway said the debates around Time’s Up and #MeToo had fed into the decision.”

     It was being re placed by a more politically correct contemporary artist…

     The claim is that this isn’t censorship, with the promise that it could return “recontexualised”…

     However, in the now vacant space “Visitors were invited to write their views about the decision on sticky notes and post them in the vacant space.” The Vox Populi was strong against the removal:

     “But after a backlash, the city council, which runs the gallery, announced that the painting would return to the wall.

     “The gallery’s interim director Amanda Wallace said: “We were hoping the experiment would stimulate discussion, and it’s fair to say we’ve had that in spades – and not just from local people but from art-lovers around the world.

     “‘Throughout the painting’s seven day absence, it’s been clear that many people feel very strongly about the issues raised, and we now plan to harness this strength of feeling for some further debate on these wider issues.’

     “The gallery is now planning a series of public events ‘to encourage further debate’.”

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Fall of the Berlin Wall

     Today marks the day that the Berlin Wall, an artifact of not only the Cold War but also the Allied victory in World War II, has been down―10,316 days―as it was up.

     This is a testament to those who, during the Cold War, refused to accommodate Communism, but stood up against the Soviet menace and said “no more”.

     There was no more stirring call against the Berlin Wall, and the Communist regimes that it came to symbolize, than Ronald Reagan’s speech at the Brandenburg Gate:

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An Excuse For Perversion

     Aside from legitimate cases of mental illness and an increasingly larger number of young people who have been indoctrinated, the entire “trans” phenomena is, to a large degree, about legitimizing perversion.

     A few years ago, a grown man claimed to literally be a little girl, begging the question: Can we finally call it perversion now?   Now, the idea that one can be “trans-aged”, being a person of one age living in the body of a person of another age (much like a person identifying as a woman but actually being a man), is being used as a legitimate excuse by a thirty-eight year old man who molested three children as young as six years old.

“A Chicago man accused of sexually assaulting two six-year-olds and an eight-year-old on repeated occasions, told police officers that he’s really ‘a 9-year-old trapped in an adult’s body,’ prosecutors revealed on Wednesday.

“Thirty-eight-year-old Joseph Roman is charged with repeated predatory criminal sexual assault. The numerous attacks began in 2015 and continued until earlier this month.

“Roman has reportedly confessed to some of the attacks to authorities. His victims were the daughters of his friends.”

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News of the Week (February 4th, 2018)


News of the Week for Feb. 4th, 2018

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The Feminist Enwokening of A.I.

Rather than just be a spying device for Amazon, Amazon’s “Alexa” has gone full woke feminist:

“Last year, the tech-centric e-magazine, Quartz, sponsored a study which analyzed whether various home assistants like Alexa and her competitors, Google Home, Apple’s Siri, and Microsoft’s Cortana, would respond when called vulgar names or confronted with feminist-defined sexist terms like ‘slut.'”


“Amazon was, apparently, rather distressed by Quartz’s findings, even if regular, everyday Americans weren’t likely to ask Alexa whether she was a feminist, query her for her views on reproductive rights, or call her a ‘slut’ (especially given that she’s not a real person), so they made an effort to change Alexa’s programming, making her more ‘woke,’ and even giving her the option to rebuke sexist questions.

“Now, when asked if she’s a feminist, Alexa responds, eye-rollingly, that she is, ‘[a]s is anyone who believes in bridging the inequality between men and women in society.’

“When called a derogatory term like ‘slut,’ Alexa will now go into “disengagement mode” and refuse to answer a question, replying ‘I’m not going to respond to that.’

“Feminists are, of course, overjoyed at the faux achievement of programming a robot with no actual gender to respond to insults in a politically correct and wholly feminist way. And Amazon’s Alexa engagement team is patting itself on the back as a result.”

     If Alexa is people’s main way of interacting with Amazon, then perhaps this may spur people to abandon Amazon for less politically correct climes. There are, after all, far more pleasing interfaces out there.

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Quick Takes – Socialist Healthcare: Delayed Treatment; Dearth of Nurses; Not So Free

     Another “quick takes” on items where there is too little to say to make a complete article, but is still important enough to comment on.

     The focus this time: “Free Healthcare” is great… if you are healthy.

     Hat Tip to Insureblog for bringing these items to our attention.

     First, a little bit of mood music:

     Carrying on…

     We are often told that without nationalized healthcare, poor people won’t be able to get the treatment they need. Turns out that socialized healthcare is even worse:

“Waiting for treatment has become a defining characteristic of Canadian health care. In order to document the lengthy queues for visits to specialists and for diagnostic and surgical procedures in the country, the Fraser Institute has—for over two decades—surveyed specialist physicians across 12 specialties and 10 provinces.

“This edition of Waiting Your Turn indicates that, overall, waiting times for medically necessary treatment have in-creased since last year. Specialist physicians surveyed report a median waiting time of 21.2 weeks between referral from a general practitioner and receipt of treatment—longer than the wait of 20.0 weeks reported in 2016. This year’s wait time—the longest ever recorded in this survey’s history—is 128% longer than in 1993, when it was just 9.3 weeks.


“Patients also experience significant waiting times for various diagnostic technologies across the provinces. This year, Canadians could expect to wait 4.1 weeks for a computed tomography (CT) scan, 10.8 weeks for a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, and 3.9 weeks for an ultrasound.”

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A Drugged And Docile Populace: A Sci-Fi Dystopia; A Woke Utopia

     It is a common trope in Science Fiction, and other works, for dystopian governments to enforce their power by forcibly drugging a populous to make it more docile and malable.

     Now it is being seriously proposed in order to get Western Civilization to accept ceasing to be Western Civilization.

“A group of researchers from Germany and the United States have published a study which concludes that doping ‘xenophobic’ populations with massive quantities of the estrogen-linked hormone Oxytocin will cure nationalism – making native citizens more accepting and generous towards migrants who simply want free handouts from Western taxpayers while Islamic extremists peacefully rape and murder infidels.

“‘Accommodating the large influx of migrants not only challenges the humanitarian capacities of European countries but also requires their native populations to adjust to rapid growths in ethnic diversity, religious pluralism, and cultural differentiation. However, the impetus to adapt to changing social ecosystems is susceptible to considerable interindividual heterogeneity. Resistance to this transition often goes along with xenophobic sentiment, and as a consequence, recent elections in Europe have favored populist candidates who have openly expressed xenophobic attitudes toward refugees.'”

     Perhaps even more disturbing, the United Nations wants in on the brainwashing:

“Our results imply that an OXT-enforced social norm adherence could be instrumental in motivating a more generalized acceptance toward ethnic diversity, religious plurality, and cultural differentiation resulting from migration by proposing that interventions to increase altruism are most effective when charitable social cues instill the notion that one’s ingroup shows strong affection for an outgroup. Furthermore, UNESCO has emphasized the importance of developing neurobiologically informed strategies for reducing xenophobic, hostile, and discriminatory attitudes … Thus, considering OXT-enforced normative incentives in developing future interventions and policy programs intended to reduce outgroup rejection may be an important step toward making the principle of social inclusion a daily reality in our societies.”

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Euthanasia Is Built On A Lie

     A slippery slope isn’t a fallacy when it happens over and over again, despite promises to the contrary. Oh, it is claimed that just because the promise for euthanasia to only be used on the terminally ill in excruciating pain at the end of their life to “die with dignity” was tosses aside once homicide was normalized as a medical procedure in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Canada doesn’t mean it’ll happen in the good ole U. S. of A, right?


“[The Oregon Health] Authority very liberally construes the law in its regulatory approach. From ‘Oregon Health Authority Reveals Hidden Problems with the Oregon Assisted Suicide Model […]:

“‘The law is best seen as a permissive law, and states only that patients must have a terminal illness with six months or less to live. It does not compel patients to have exhausted all treatment options first, or to continue current treatment. ‘

“Here’s the thing: Assisted suicide was sold to Oregon voters as exactly the opposite–as a very restricted law that would merely serve as a safety valve when nothing else could be done to alleviate suffering. It was always baloney.”

Death, Rx

     Wouldn’t we know if this was being abused?

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News of the Week (January 28th 2018)


News of the Week for Jan. 28th, 2018

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