Shaming Culture – some quotes

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From – Discipline and Punish by Michel Foucault

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Why Baal, of all things…?

  • A pair of 6th century monumental statues known as theBuddhas of Bamiyan were dynamited by the Taliban in 2001, who had declared them heretical idols.

Iraq

  • The Islamic State (IS) has destroyed much of the cultural heritage in the areas it controls in Iraq. At least 28 religious buildings have been looted and destroyed, including Shiite mosques, tombs, shrines and churches.[16] In addition, numerous ancient and medieval sites and artifacts, including the ancient cities of Nimrud and Hatra, parts of the wall ofNineveh, the ruins of Bash Tapia Castle and Dair Mar Elia, and artifacts from the Mosul Museum were also destroyed.

Libya

Pakistan

  • Swat Valley in Pakistan has many Buddhist carvings, stupas and Jehanabad contains a Seated Buddha status.[25] Kushan era Buddhist stupas and status in Swat valley were demolished by the Taliban and after two attempts by the Taliban, the Jehanabad Buddha’s face was dynamited.[26][27][28] Only the Bamiyan Buddhas were larger than the carved giant Buddha status in Swat near Mangalore which the Taliban attacked.[29] The government did nothing to safeguard the statue after the initial attempt at destroying the Buddha, which did not cause permanent harm, and when the second attack took place on the statue the feet, shoulders, and face were demolished.[30] Islamists, such as the Taliban and looters, destroyed much of Pakistan’s Buddhist artifacts left over from the Buddhist Gandhara civilization especially in Swat Valley.[31] The Taliban deliberately targeted Gandhara Buddhist relics for destruction.[32] The Christian Archbishop of Lahore Lawrence John Saldanha wrote a letter to Pakistan’s government denouncing the Taliban activities in Swat Valley including their destruction of Buddha statues and their attacks on Christians, Sikhs, and Hindus.[33] Gandhara Buddhist artifacts were illegally looted by smugglers.[34]

Syria

Being Anti-Science…(Really?)

Smearing someone with the label “Anti-Science!!” is the intellectual counterpart of always screaming “Racist!!!” or “Homophobe!!” the second something you say doesn’t fit the Political Correct Shaming Culture’s sense of “truth”…

It occurs so much —- the immediate flashing of Red Flags + shutting down of minds and discussion —- you start to want to be anti-Science just to return the hate…

But, what I always say is — “Why should anyone believe Science as an Institution run by humans is any more immune to that species’ weaknesses than all others we witness him running…???”

It doesn’t work.

They remain convinced – Science is Beautiful — that it is “self-correcting” (as if religious practice or other endeavors aren’t).

News

I hope one day our culture will routinely peak behind the curtain into the halls of Science like they have the “objective” media in my lifetime. 

I’m old enough to remember when the news giants could get away with claiming they only report “facts” and are staunchly “unbiased”…

Say that today and the whole room will drop dead from side splitting laughter…

Science + Religion

I’m as pro-Science as I’m pro-Religion…

There are many areas of knowledge that I love to read around in as a novice.  It’s a great big complex profound universe —- and I’m glad to see mankind dig into it in so many different ways…

…but I don’t forget who is doing the teaching…

I take it on Faith that the Christian Bible is the Word of God.  — I’m 45 and read it off and on since early in elementary school —- and I’ve found no reason to jettison that Faith —- so it’s highly unlikely I’ll change my mind on it…

But I also don’t expect Perfect Understanding of it.

Nor do I hold Science up to such a high pedestal that articles like the one below would cause me to — lose my faith in Science…

http://www.firstthings.com/article/2016/05/scientific-regress

That is about a scientific study that found many experiments reported in different fields of science — could not be replicated. And/or results were discovered to be “cooked” just like news people do their “objective” stories…

Here is another article that shows the Smithsonian had to admit in court that its members had destroyed artifacts in the early 1900s that might have caused shock waves in Science of the time…

The allegations stemming from the American Institution of Alternative Archeology (AIAA) that the Smithsonian Institution had destroyed thousands of giant human remains during the early 1900’s was not taken lightly by the Smithsonian who responded by suing the organization for defamation and trying to damage the reputation of the 168-year old institution.

During the court case, new elements were brought to light as several Smithsonian whistle blowers admitted to the existence of documents that allegedly proved the destruction of tens of thousands of human skeletons reaching between 6 feet and 12 feet in height, a reality mainstream archeology can not admit to for different reasons, claims AIAA spokesman, James Churward.

Anytime you have vested interests – anomalies are going to cause problems and anger rather than broaden horizons or increase understanding…

Germanic Epicenter…?

It’s interesting to see Germany being thrown back into the center of upheaval in the West…

From before the first two World Wars, it and its rivalry with France and other European Empires made it the focal point of massive upheaval.

In the Cold War – it was the Tripwire – with NATO facing off in West Germany with the Soviets in the East — with Berlin too — guaranteeing that any mistake or stupidity on either side would —- start a chain reaction into WWIII just like WWI…

But, then the Cold War came to a surprising end.

The Berlin Wall fell and the two Germanies reunited.  Hurray!!

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Oh, that’s why we have no border security…

I’m new to reading on this and have been overseas much of the past 20 years, so I’m catching up.  This is from The Late Great USA published about a decade ago in 2008.

001This was announced after a meeting in Waco, Texas between the leaders of the US, Canada, and Mexico.

This explains why Pres. Bush Jr. was for Amnesty for people who’d entered the US illegally. It explains why Pres. Obama has changed how the Border Patrol and immigration bureaus operate – telling them to sit on their hands.

002Let’s think about it for a minute or two:

Can you imagine a result where the United States will witness its citizens being able to treat Mexico the way the English roughly did India back in the day…?

Do you think American families with modest savings will be sending a son or two down to Mexico to “seek their fortunes” in a land where their relative wealth is stronger?

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The Hard Road to World Order (1974) – Notes

The Hard Road to World Order by Richard Gardner of the Council of Foreign Relations

After outlining how the current state of the world at the writing of the paper (1974) is far from a willingness to cooperate on global initiatives like a World Judicial Court or UN-related orgs, he notes:

In short, the “house of world order” will have to be built from the bottom up rather than top down…but an end run around national sovereignty, eroding it piece by piece, will accomplish much more than the old-fashioned frontal assault.

Of course. When the majority of people your individual “world leaders” are supposed to “represent” —- hate the idea of World Government by elites — you have to think outside the box of Democracy if you want to gain Power to Control…

Can [world government] bring mankind into the twenty-first century with reasonable prospects for peace, welfare and human dignity? The argument thus far suggests it better had, for there seems to be no alternative.

That’s interesting.

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Welfare short…

Why was it so easy for “Intellectuals” to see a problem when – say – a Ford factory worker lived in a Ford factory apartment complex and shopped (on credit) in a Ford factory market and ate in a Ford factory commissary and sent their kids to a Ford factory school to grow up to become Ford factory workers…

….but they can’t grasp the impact of this !@#!…?