News of the Week (January 27th, 2019)

 

News of the Week for Jan. 27th, 2019


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The Magical Awokening

     The term “Great Awakening” refers to several periods in American history when religious revival had a distinct and immense impact on American civilization, the 2nd such Great Awakening in the late 18th and early 19th century being probably one of the better known ones. In contrast with “awakening”, modern society is plagued by an “awokening” wherein mature religious theology and philosophy is replaced by magic in a “golden bough” vein…

“Is the social justice movement that’s sweeping British and American universities a secular religion? The core beliefs of the members of this cult certainly seem to play the same psychological role as the central tenets of the world’s major religions. They furnish their adherents with rituals and blasphemy laws, a way of distinguishing between the sacred and the profane, a vision of what it is to be a good person and live in a good society, and they enable them to engage in tribal sorting, dividing people between members of the in-group and the out-group. No doubt the same could be said of most political ideologies, but there’s one aspect of left-wing identity politics in which it reveals itself as more cult-like than other belief systems. I’m thinking of its magical component.

“This was brought to my attention by the psychiatrist and blogger Scott Alexander. In a post entitled ‘Devoodooifying Psychology’, he compared the concept of ‘stereotype threat’ to a voodoo hex. Stereotype threat holds that if a person is expected to perform badly in a test because she’s a member of a particular group, she will perform badly. It is invoked by the social justice left to explain the under-performance of women in Stem subjects, as well as other group discrepancies. Alexander means two things by this. First, that the effect of stereotyping someone, according to the theory, is similar to that of a voodoo curse, negatively affecting their performance. Second, that the effect isn’t real. Stereotype threat is one of the casualties of the ‘replication crisis’ afflicting psychology, with researchers unable to replicate this finding.

“Another example Alexander gives is ‘unconscious bias’. This is the idea that people, particularly straight white men, are influenced by biases they aren’t aware of that lead them to discriminate against women and minorities. Informing people of their biases, usually by making them take an implicit association test, is one of the key elements of diversity training, which has become an $8 billion-a-year industry in the US even though study after study has shown it doesn’t work. A belief in unconscious bias isn’t confined to members of the intersectionality cult, but they have latched on to it, partly because it enables them to claim racism and sexism are responsible for a host of outcome discrepancies in spite of the evidence that bigotry and prejudice have declined significantly in the past 30 years while many outcome discrepancies have remained stable. Again, there is something deeply irrational about this: a belief in an unseen force that is responsible for many of society’s ills.

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“The same belief in magic reveals itself in the claim that certain words or ideas associated with ‘white privilege’ are a form of ‘epistemic violence’, capable of wreaking untold psychological damage on women and minorities. When a group of LGBT+ activists at a university claim that giving a platform to a ‘Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminist’ will ‘erase’ the identity of trans students, it is tempting to dismiss this as hyperbole. But maybe we should take what they say at face value. If we grant them that courtesy, we have to conclude that the members of this cult attribute a terrifying supernatural power to those in possession of ‘white privilege’. They really do believe that the people at the top of the intersectional hierarchy can literally ‘erase’ people by uttering certain words, almost like magic spells. In this context, the ‘safe spaces’ that have been created in universities, in which students are protected from the harmful effects of these spells, are a bit like churches — holy places where evil cannot penetrate.”

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Quick Takes – War on Heavy Metal: Assault by the Banks; Assault by Academia; Assault by SJWs

     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: The Dimension Hatröss of the Left.

     First, a little mood music:

     Carrying on…

     Operation Choke Point is a scheme by the Federal Government to destroy businesses by getting banks to unperson them financially. A brief explanation of Operation Choke Point:

     While purportedly for illegal businesses, it has been used against perfectly legal businesses such as payday loan companies and gun shops. Now, it has now been used to take down a music label:

“A wide-sweeping initiative from the United States Department of Justice back in 2013 called Operation Choke Point was initially designed to curb payment processing for ‘terrorist’ activities, “fraudulent” purchases, and money laundering. However, according to one record label owner, the banks who have been in the news for demonetizing and deplatforming legitimate businesses over the last few months are doing so at the behest of those overseeing Operation Choke Point.

“It started with a Kotaku in Action thread, which notes that a death metal/black metal record label has shut down in the wake of PayPal pulling out support for processing purchases, along with the creditors at Visa and MasterCard because the company was labeled as ‘high risk’, ‘promoting hatred’, ‘promoting violence’, and ‘promoting hate speech’. In the case of Elegy Records, a label that hosted all sorts of death metal music since 1996, their closure comes from the inability to sign with a normal credit processor due to being “high-risk”. There are also high-risk credit processors, but it’s expensive, unreliable, and comes with no guarantees, which makes it untenable for most normal businesses.

“Elegy Records’ owner, Rob, told the outlet DeathMetal.org, in a piece published on December 17th, 2018, that PayPal simply said he could no longer use their services, following instigation from a website called MetalSucks, which is headed up by Matt Goldberg and Ben Umanov.”

     In other words, they were financially deplatformed for thoughtcrimes. And banks would be punished if they did not comply:

“‘Accordingly, in late 2010 or early 2011, the FDIC’s senior Washington officials convened a meeting of all Regional Directors. The FDIC is divided into seven regions, each of which has a Director in charge of exercising the FDIC’s supervisory authority over each bank in his or her region. At this meeting in which all of these Regional Directors (or their designees) were gathered, the Senior Deputy Director for the Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection informed them that “if an institution in their region was facilitating payday lending, the Regional Director should require the institution to submit a plan for exiting the business.’

“‘These instructions, the Senior Deputy Director, conveyed, came from “the sixth floor”—the Chairman and senior leadership of the agency’

“‘At the meeting, the Senior Deputy Director conveyed the following message: “if a bank was found to be involved in payday lending, someone was going to be fired.”‘”

     Freelance Journalist Nick Monroe covers this in depth, and his tweet thread is worth reading in full.

     For a more in depth look, read the “Statement of Undisputed Material Facts Operation Choke Point” below:

Statement of Undisputed Mat… by on Scribd

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Netherlands and Repressive Tolerance

     Herbert Marcuse, one of the thought leaders of Cultural Marxism, believed that tolerance required one to be intolerant of “repressive” ideas, speech, and intolerance, later expanded upon by Karl Popper. In short, it was believed that one should be intolerant of the intolerant and evil in order for tolerance of the good to be tolerated. This practically calls the question: Quis decernit?

     In the Netherlands in order to demand the tolerance of same sex marriage, ad ferendum are declared to be the few actual Christians who openly signed the Nashville Statement in support of traditional monogamous male/female marriages.

“Authorities in the Netherlands are reportedly investigating whether the 250 evangelical pastors who signed the Nashville Statement on biblical sexuality have violated the law after objections were raised by so-called “equality organizations.”

“The Nashville Statement, which was released in the U.S. in 2017 in response to the rising tide of secularism and the erosion of the Christian consensus on the issues of gender, marriage, and sexuality, affirms what the Christian church has accepted throughout its 2000+ years of existence — namely that marriage is between one man and one woman and that humans, made in the image of God, were created male or female with divinely ordained differences. Not intended to be a political treatise, the Nashville Statement was intended to be an instructive document for the church and Christian ministries.”

     Ironically enough, the loudest voices against the signers comes from the “Cosplay Christians” who make Unitarians look like snake-handlers talking in tongues.

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The Latest in Transgender “Science”: Reincarnation

     An article in a recent peer-reviewed academic journal, International Journal of Sexual Health, ponders the question: Do past-life memories have a connection to transgenderism? Unsurprisingly, the study found just that.

In part, the study found that:

“The possibility that children’s past-life statements may be fantasies independent of any parental influence merits further attention as well. Can preexisting GNC lead a child to report past-life memories specifically as a member of a different sex, as if playing out gender nonconforming tendencies in fantasy? Several points argue against this possibility. First, although it is impossible to rule out that in some of these cases the child’s statements and behaviors may be rooted in fantasy, in more than half of our cases the idiosyncratic details of the past life have been found to match the life of an actual deceased individual. When limiting our analysis to such cases only, we find an equally strong association between GNC and memories of a life as a member of a different sex.”

     That’s right, past-life memories due to reincarnation is considered a legitimate field of academic study. The study authors don’t go so far as to right out say that this is a case of a soul in the wrong-sexed body, but the influence of “previous lives” is not a new area of study when it comes to shaping “personality development” in addition to (or perhaps in lieu of) genetics or environment.

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Banning the Receipt in California

     The People’s Republic of California, which has already banned plastic grocery bags and waged war on drinking straws is now poised to go after… receipts.

     AB 161, as introduced into the California Legislature Grand Soviet, would require:

“[O]n and after January 1, 2022, a proof of purchase for the retail sale of food, alcohol, or other tangible personal property, or for the provision of services, provided to a consumer, as defined, by a business to be provided only in electronic form, unless the consumer requests that the proof of purchase be provided in paper form. The bill would specify that the first and 2nd violations of these provisions would result in a notice of violation and any subsequent violation would be an infraction punishable by a fine of $25 for each day the business is in violation, but not to exceed an annual total of $300. The provisions would be enforced by the same enforcement officers authorized to enforce the California Retail Food Code. By creating a new crime and imposing additional enforcement duties on local health agencies, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.”

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News of the Week (January 20th, 2019)

 

News of the Week for Jan. 20th, 2019


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Cross Dressing Nazis

     World War II Germans soldiers really likes transvestitism…

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Quick Takes – The Democrats’ Coming Assault on the Second Amendment

     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: If the government can whittle down your rights, you don’t have rights.

     First, a little mood music:

     Carrying on…

     Demonstrating the importance of denying anti-gun leadership concomitantly in both houses of Congress and in the Presidency, Speaker “San Fran Nan” Pelosi and company have introduced HR8, which would “require a background check for every firearm sale“.

     In summary:

“HR8 requires that loans, gifts, and sales of firearms be processed by a gun store. The same fees, paperwork, and permanent record-keeping apply as to buying a new gun from the store. If you loan a gun to a friend without going to the gun store, the penalty is the same as for knowingly selling a gun to a convicted violent felon. Likewise, when the friend returns the gun, another trip to the gun store is necessary, upon pain of felony.

“A clever trick in HR8 effectively bans handguns for persons 18-to20.

“The bill has some narrow exemptions. The exemptions do not cover stalking victims. Also excluded are farming and ranching, sharing guns on almost all public and private lands, NS storing guns with friends while on vacation. The limited exemption for family excludes first cousins and in-laws. The minuscule exemption for self-defense excludes stalking victims.

“The bill authorizes unlimited fees to be imposed by regulation.”

     The text as introduced:

Bipartisan Back5 ground Che… by on Scribd

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Literal Human Sacrifice for Gaia

     The environmental movement has been less about science than it has been about an apocalyptic religious notion for half a century more or less.

     Nothing makes that clearer than a true believer sacrificing himself to his god Gaia as in imploration for others to engage in zealous insanity!

“I was not at all pleased by the way that the New York Times’s annual “The Lives they Lived”–obituaries for notables who passed away in 2018 — depicted the death of David Buckel, a radical environmentalist who killed himself by self-immolation to benefit the earth.”

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