Digging into the Golden Rule

Digging into the Golden Rule

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” Simple enough. Those of us in the west have heard it before, and likely have heard one of the common versions from other cultures. From Buddhism: Hurt not others with that which pains yourself. From the Talmud: What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow men.  That is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary. It is important to note though: the majority of other versions are negative, proscriptive, whereas the commonly stated Christian version is positive – it tells you how to act, what to Read more »

Review: Blame

Review: Blame

What do you get when you cross Gregory Benford’s Great Sky River with a spaghetti western? Blame. A brief voiceover gives us the setting. In the far, far future where humanity lost the ability to communicate with the city it constructed, that they lived in, and so the city deemed them illegal residents, and began to exterminate humanity. Our story starts generations later. An aside. Yes. Given the word choice, I’m sure some people would love to make it about the current immigration kerfluffle, but keep in mind this is a Japanese comic from 20-30 years ago, and Japan isn’t exactly an immigration Read more »

Leftism’s Strange, Procrustean Bed

Leftism’s Strange, Procrustean Bed

I’ve mentioned before – socialism is evil. I’ll go further. Leftism is a death cult of the mind, of the spirit, of thought, and finally, of bodies. Jordan Peterson can indeed argue that post-modernism didn’t come about until the 70’s – which explains why, even as murderous as they were, the leftism of Lenin, Stalin, and Mao were at least coherent, and so were their followers in the west – but I would argue that while it may not have gone off the rails until then, the seeds were there, and it was inevitable. And as has been repeatedly noted: Read more »

Snowflake Day

Snowflake Day

Courtesy of the Didact, he finds a millenial who writes: Sure, some Millennials are guilty of being entitled. But turn on the news, and you’ll see some bigly examples of entitled, narcissistic Baby Boomers. Every generation is diverse. But at 75 million people, Millennials are the biggest, most diverse generation in the nation. We’re also the most educated. We know human-caused climate change is real. We know why the Civil War started. We know what Aleppo is. But society has a lot of misunderstandings about Gen Y. We’re overflowing with ideas to shake up our workplaces and make them more Read more »

Myth and Meaning

Myth and Meaning

I was first introduced to Jordan Peterson on Stefan Molyneux’s show. Jordan Peterson is an atheist. Regardless, unlike many, even if only on a mythological level, he has a far more understanding view of religion and the role it, or something like it, needs to play than many who are not believers, and a far deeper understanding of the symbology than many who are. It’s hours and hours of listening, but episodes 9, 10, 12, and 13 of his podcast, “Maps of Meaning” are well worth every minute. Casting further out, you’ll also find him tearing apart modern social justice Read more »

Slow Burns and Explosions

Slow Burns and Explosions

The difference between a fast fire and an explosive device can sometimes simply be that of whether or not the fire is contained. Thus the use of pressure cookers and pipes in explosives – to contain the explosion until it’s sufficiently powerful, instead of burning out over time, or scattering itself uselessly. As the infogalactic article states: The containment provided by the pressure cooker means that the energy from the explosion is confined until the pressure cooker itself explodes, creating a relatively large explosion using low explosives and generating potentially lethal shrapnel. Something similar holds true with immigration, and what Read more »

When Morrissey Makes You Look Like a Pussy.

When Morrissey Makes You Look Like a Pussy.

Morrissey back in the day was known for somewhat upbeat music about being very, very sad. Very sad. To the point that several comedians used that for fodder. This is of course as opposed to Robert Smith of the Cure and downbeat music about being so, very very sad. So, when Morrissey is calling people out for being a bunch of pussies… Celebrating my birthday in Manchester as news of the Manchester Arena bomb broke. The anger is monumental. For what reason will this ever stop? Theresa May says such attacks “will not break us”, but her own life is Read more »

Soft Targets

Soft Targets

A long, long time ago, I read a book by Dean Ing called “Soft Targets.” In it, an interesting solution to terrorism was proposed. Laugh at them. No, nut just laugh at them of course, but stop treating them in the news/etc. as monsters, but as fools, dunces, etc. Of course, in the story, several agents were nonetheless doing their best to prevent attacks, and if not entirely successful at first, caused enough issues with various attempts to make it easy to label the terrorists losers, clowns, etc. Why do I bring this up? Well, today, Scott Adams noted a new Read more »