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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Tracy Twyman was silenced, and I was censored

My latest at Medium.

 My Twyman piece, and only my Twyman piece, was buried. You’d have to go to my Medium page, or be a reader of Rational Review, to know it exists at all. 
This seems consistent with my own searches of Tracy Twyman over the past five days. The first page of her Google results gives just one result saying she has died. Google News has nothing about her.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Eric Garner: No lessons learned

My latest at Medium.

My thinking is, if we can’t get justice after an abusive cop event, we can at least reduce the frequency of cop abuse, by giving them fewer laws to enforce. Although I haven’t followed the story closely, few people seem to question whether Garner’s business should’ve been illegal in the first place; they just object to excessive force against him.

3-minute read.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Tracy Twyman and what we’re up against

My latest at Medium.
If there are child sex rings involving the rich and powerful, if it’s not just Jeffrey Epstein who was or is raping girls, then Twyman was a threat to them. They didn’t know how much she knew through fact-finding, and how much she could figure out. 
For there are few if any occult and conspiracy researchers who knew as much as Twyman about the code words, the bodily gestures, and other symbolism behind public and private communication. And she’d been researching sex abuse for a long time.

3-minute read.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Politics as Religion

My latest at Medium.

I don’t even have faith in “freedom” either. Freedom, to me, isn’t a faith, it’s the practical moral principle of the non-initiation of force. It is the state of being when one is not attacked or threatened with violence. It has nothing to do with speculations about how a “free society” would be better than the status quo. It is most definitely not an excuse to start wars, except in the Orwellian sense.

2-minuted read.

Thursday, July 04, 2019

Boycotting Boycotts

My latest, at the Libertarian Institute:

Boycotts were never my thing, regardless of the rightness or leftness of them. I appreciate that boycotts are a moral, non-violent means of regulating unethical business practices. It’s the libertarian approach, the anarchist approach. It does FAR less damage than the heavy hand of the State. 
But still, I wouldn’t boycott for  simple Golden Rule reasons. “Judge not, lest ye be judged.” 

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Selective Service Bullies

My latest at Medium.
I’d go beyond abolishing the draft. To the extent the U.S. should have military forces at all, I’d raise the enlistment age to 21. I don’t like the idea of a young man going straight from the authoritarian school systems to the authoritarian military. There should be some life experience in between. A more fully-formed adult is in a better position to judge whether military life is suitable for him. There may be even greater reluctance to carry out illegal orders.
(Of course, to carry out illegal orders is why the politicians and military brass want unquestioning teenagers. I don’t have the same values as them.)

3-minute read.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The “in my name” shame

My latest at Medium.

I haven’t spoken for a party, and haven’t been a dues-paying member of a party for 15 years. But I think I’ve opened several minds within my extended family, longtime friends, and general audiences. Let’s exaggerate that to the nth degree: what if I, having never appeared on radio or television, had persuaded 10,000 people to switch their votes. 
Over 50 states. 
If my own efforts swayed that many people to switch from one of the Two Parties to the other, that still wouldn’t have influenced any election, let alone a Presidential election.

4-minute read.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Unpersuaded and Unafraid

"I die when I die. Fear just takes the joy out of living."

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

My latest at Medium.

No allegation has been made that the student actually physically attacked fellow students, teachers, administrators, or the cop/resource officer. No allegation that he brought a weapon to school. He was arrested because they were unable to talk to him. I thought they all had to go through years of college education and certification to know how to talk to a child. All of them failed.


Monday, February 18, 2019

Kaepernick won, and good for him

My latest at Medium.
When L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling was recorded making racist remarks, the NBA forced him out of the league. Commissioner Adam Silver knew that an openly racist owner could not be tolerated in a league of mostly African-American players. 
Like the NBA, most NFL players are African-American. If a Sterling-like revelation came out, or two or three or four of them, that would be disastrous to say the least. There’s no amount the NFL wouldn’t pay to prevent it.


Friday, February 08, 2019

3 reasons it must be frustrating to be a woman, Part 2

My latest at Medium.

People might object, “Well, they don’t really want to wear the burqa, no matter what they say. They’re frightened. And they don’t no any better.” 
In other words, we’re not to respect their agency. We are not to believe what these women say. 
If a Muslim woman asks me for help in leaving her home and ridding herself of the burqa, I would help. Otherwise, I won’t make assumptions about the women who wear them. If I don’t respect their freedom, I don’t respect them.

Thursday, February 07, 2019

3 reasons why being a woman must be frustrating, Part 1

My latest at Medium:

As it still remains, men can go topless in public. Women can’t, either by local ordinances or by social expectations, no matter how uncomfortable they may feel. My preference is that the standards were equal. I’d rather see neither sex go topless in regular public areas, but I wouldn’t pass laws about it. I’d also prefer that it was socially acceptable for both sexes to go topless at beaches and swimming pools; to force women to cover up is to provoke men to over-fetishize that body part to unnatural degrees.

4-min read.

Friday, February 01, 2019

If I ran for President

My platform on Medium:
The number of people running for President of the United States increases by the day. Most of them have one thing in common: their proposals depend on Congress passing them. But we know that what is “promised” on the campaign trail becomes a lie after Congressional deals are made. 
I’m generally repulsed by such candidates. Telling voters “I am capable of getting my way in Congress, unlike all of my predecessors,” insults one’s intelligence. It’s wishful thinking. It’s silly. 
What Presidential candidates can and should do is announce what they will do with their power as President

4-minute read.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The Super Bowl’s Russian Roulette

My latest at Medium, what with the weather in the news.
As I write this on Wednesday morning, January 30, 2019, the Polar Vortex is causing wind chills as low as -40 in Minneapolis, Detroit, and Indianapolis. The weather is so dangerously cold that schools are closed in those cities. 
The Twin Cities area and the Detroit area have each hosted two Super Bowls. Indianapolis has hosted one. The New York City area, which will see wind chills in the negative teens today, has also hosted a Super Bowl. 
Through 2024, host cities for the Super Bowl have been selected and, fortunately, they’re all in warm climates. 
But I strongly urge NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL owners who vote on future host cities to remember Polar Vortex of 2019.