Thursday, January 17, 2013

The American News Trolls

You probably have a good idea from the title, exactly what I am talking about. News Trolls. They are given the name synonymous with the act of trolling in a boat dangling bait on a hook behind the boat in the water because fast moving fish that strike at anything that moves, like bass for example, will take the bait and get caught by the person who is "trolling". If you look at the definition online (I know I am repeating myself here, but Rachel Maddow finally said the same thing on her show recently.)
An "Internet Troll" is someone who (according to Wikipedia:) "... posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as a forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion."
And now, as I said before, A NEWS TROLL is someone who says things just to get attention, make you angry, make you write about them, make you fearful, make you buy their books just to see what crazy notion they come up with next and you believe it, buy it, and that is the whole idea behind FOX NEWS, Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, and Ann Coulter. They sell half their books to people who buy them just to call them disgusting.
This is what Rachel Maddow said about it:

And the point is just what we learned to do with Trolls on the internet: "Don't feed the trolls, if you ignore them, they will go away." (My original response long ago on YouTube below.)

Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Republican Time Machine

by The Arizona Mildman - A take from a liberal perspective.

This morning I read a story on Chuck Hagel's Appointment that is being whined about by the Republicans. A lady named Jennifer Rubin who works for the Washington Post and says hers is a take from the Conservative Perspective, is indicative of what is happening in the United States right now - a complete rewriting of history. She entitled her column Right Turn, which this nation did the opposite of during the last election and since, which makes me want to state that her column should be entitled Wrong Turn, because that is what the majority of Americans believe now.

Hagel's Cuban Problem is Republican War Hawks who believe in something that most of us need to remind them is not our goal in the United States, and that is an Imperialist Take Over of other countries. Which countries do they want to take over? Simple, the ones the Republicans of the past put in power. The Shah of Iran, the Mujahdeen in Afghanistan, and real pain in the memory of the Republican Party, a guy who was a rebel "freedom fighter" in the eyes of the Republican Party, Fidel Castro of Cuba. Their lack of vision and foresight created several countries to be what they are. That is why they are trying so desperately now to rewrite history, while using the one thing that the United States did to start conflict in the Middle East as a Talking point, Israel. Most young people don't even realize where Israel came from. They are not the Israelites from the desert that we read about in the bible, so being "The Chosen People of God", according to the Old Testament that they, the Jewish people, don't recognize as factual. The Republican Party wants to cling to the one thing they did right, in their own minds and not in any diplomatic terms seen as correct, shoving the Jews from Nazi, Germany in the desert wasteland of Palestine, in "freedom camps", while escaping the Nazis, which, like most things the Republicans do, was supposed to be a temporary set up. As usual, like the Bush Tax Holiday that was supposed to last two years, they got used to it and said, "Gee, let's just make this permanent", without realizing that the effect it had on other people was disastrous. As usual, they have a bad habit of leaving their messes for everyone else to clean up. So, somehow, the state of Israel was born in the middle of someone else's country and we, the United States of Imperialism, decided to leave it that way and keep Israel as someone we consider an ally because "we trained 'em real good".  Consider this, the United States, during WWII, put Jews in an Arab speaking Muslim country and expected that to be okay. (Good thinking, huh?) They have tried to kill each other since. The thing we don't seem to get through our heads is, that just because they have lots of oil, doesn't make Arabs our ally. They fund most world wide acts of terrorism discreetly through other countries and we pay for it at the pump. Nice arrangement, huh? And that is who conservatives want to think our biggest ally is. At the same time, we consider Israel an ally? (Are you starting to see a conflict of interest here?)

The fact that we, the United States, helped fund and put Castro into power during 1959 and we thought that was a good thing because Batista was a bad guy, according to the Right Wing chatter at the time. Well, as usual, Castro turned out to be what they now consider a WORSE guy because he doesn't believe in capitalism and the free market. God Forbid anyone in the United States should start wondering why a government based on Marxist principles would thrive in an economy that capitalism is finally failing at. Let's look at what Karl Marx said about capitalism. He didn't say he would overthrow capitalism, he said he would wait until it self destructed and society had no choice but do things in a socialistic way, everyone being equal and being treated equally with the GDP being shared by the many instead of a few. The casinos, sugar cane, the tobacco industry and their famous cigars, all of the money gets spread out so that everyone gets at least something. At Wikipedia, I read that "...the economy of Cuba is a largely centrally planned economy dominated by state-run enterprises overseen by the Cuban government," (which is socialism) "...though there remains significant foreign investment and private enterprise in Cuba. Most of the means of production are owned and run by the government, and most of the labor force is employed by the state, although in recent years, the formation of cooperatives and self-employment has been encouraged by the Communist Party."

What happens in most of these foreign countries is we look for an ally who will sway things our way, eventually. And we put someone in power who, at the time, was a poor struggling "freedom fighter" rebel, which we consider our founding fathers to have been (ignoring the fact the most of the actual founding fathers were aristocratic slave owners), and so we supply the "poor downtrodden underdog" with the tools they need (arms) to gain power. And once they are in power and have take over the power that they wrenched from the cruel "anti-American dictator", then, they become the cruel anti-American dictator instead of being our ally. I, being thoughtful and mindful of others, wonder about the motives of these terrible people. I don't read the things that I am taught makes them my supposed enemy.

In reading forwards I found out that basically, in Cuba, the cronyism and corruption is in the private sector establishment, the "wanna be" capitalists. That is where the greed is in a socialist country is among the wealthy whose greed is unlimited. Pretty much the same problem we have here. BUT, on the flip side, the part Republicans who strive to keep crony capitalism alive want you NEVER TO HEAR IS, "...Cubans receive low housing and transportation costs, free education, and health care and food subsidies. Corruption is common, though allegedly lower than in most other countries in Latin America." And, "...In the year 2000, public sector employment was 76% and private sector employment was 23% compared to the 1981 ratio of 91% to 8%. Capital investment is restricted and requires approval by the government. The Cuban government sets most prices and rations goods to citizens. In 2009, Cuba ranked 51st out of 182 with an HDI of 0.863; remarkably high considering its GDP per capita only places it 95th. Public services and transport in Cuba however are regarded to be second-rate compared with its more developed counterparts on the mainland." So, that means in that country, those nasty dirty rotten socialists have made sure that, as most of you may have noticed, anyone who CAN WORK has a job. There is no unemployment rate (with people who seek work and aren't allowed or given jobs) like in the United States and everyone has free education and health care, I mean, what the hell are those people thinking. How can we define the elite snobs from common people if everyone is equal?? This is the main Republican problem with Cuba and they don't want to admit it.

Anyone who listened to General Wesley Clarke running around telling the public about the Republican Ideology Coups that they are trying to enlist in secret in the Middle East knows that Ann Coulter, who most people think is crazy, is just putting into words what they only admit in secret, among themselves, behind closed doors. So, we don't have a time machine, but we do have a duty to history to keep things in order as they happened, not as we would like them to be. Someone needs to let the conservatives in this country know that they are going to go down in history as the people who put Saddam Hussein (their latest history rewrite) in power, Fidel Castro in power, and the Mujahideen in power and they need to learn to live with it. Other countries will be just fine like they are, if we leave them alone, no matter how badly it burns their conscious "busy body self" that makes them want to, as Ann Coulter said, "Take over all Muslim countries, Kill all their leaders, and Convert them to Christianity." Converting people to Christian principles while not living them yourself is known in Europe as "Imperialistic Rule" which Imperialistic thinkers have been doing for centuries.

If you don't believe me, listen to Ann Coulter here:

and General Wesley Clarke here:

The Twelve Step Program Compared To The Four Noble Truths and The Eightfold Path

The Twelve Step Program (copyright AA World Services) compared to The Four Noble Truths and The Eightfold Path (as explained on The Big View website in the Buddhism section.)

(One of them, The Twelve Steps was developed and taught to help alcoholics and addicts relieve themselves of their form of suffering. The other, Buddhism, was taught in order to help relieve mankind of the suffering the Buddha experienced in the world at the time.)

Step One  1. Admitted that we were powerless over (State name of substance that you abused here.) and that our lives had become unmanageable.

This is the point where we face ourselves for the first time in as honest a fashion as we can muster. We had to admit to ourselves that we were a different class of person and the idea that we could be able to drink or get high like social party-ers was something unattainable for people like us, and that we had wasted a long part of our life trying to prove that we were normal. No matter how far down the scale we had gone, we couldn't drink or use like a normal human being.

The first noble truth: 1. Life means suffering.

To live means to suffer, because the human nature is not perfect and neither is the world we live in. During our lifetime, we inevitably have to endure physical suffering such as pain, sickness, injury, tiredness, old age, and eventually death; and we have to endure psychological suffering like sadness, fear, frustration, disappointment, and depression. Although there are different degrees of suffering and there are also positive experiences in life that we perceive as the opposite of suffering, such as ease, comfort and happiness, life in its totality is imperfect and incomplete, because our world is subject to impermanence. This means we are never able to keep permanently what we strive for, and just as happy moments pass by, we ourselves and our loved ones will pass away one day, too.

Step Two:  Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

This is when we saw in others and started to understand that we had a chance, the first sign of hope in a hopeless situation. We were told that we could choose a higher power of our own understanding, that it had to be a power greater than ourselves and we were to have faith that if we asked, it would give us the strength to stay sober and quit living in a hopeless state of mind and body.

The second noble truth: 2. The origin of suffering is attachment.

The origin of suffering is attachment to transient things and the ignorance thereof. Transient things do not only include the physical objects that surround us, but also ideas, and -in a greater sense- all objects of our perception. Ignorance is the lack of understanding of how our mind is attached to impermanent things. The reasons for suffering are desire, passion, ardor  pursuit of wealth and prestige, striving for fame and popularity, or in short: craving and clinging. Because the objects of our attachment are transient, their loss is inevitable, thus suffering will necessarily follow. Objects of attachment also include the idea of a "self" which is a delusion, because there is no abiding self. What we call "self" is just an imagined entity, and we are merely a part of the ceaseless becoming of the universe.

Step Three:  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

This is when we decided to align our will with the right path, guided and given strength by our higher power and give ourselves to this program in it's whole, vowing to go to any lengths to stay sober. We started praying and following the direction of the people who came before us, having faith that our higher power spoke through them.

The third noble truth:  3. The cessation of suffering is attainable.

The cessation of suffering can be attained through nirodha. Nirodha means the unmaking of sensual craving and conceptual attachment. The third noble truth expresses the idea that suffering can be ended by attaining dispassion. Nirodha extinguishes all forms of clinging and attachment. This means that suffering can be overcome through human activity, simply by removing the cause of suffering. Attaining and perfecting dispassion is a process of many levels that ultimately results in the state of Nirvana. Nirvana means freedom from all worries, troubles, complexes, fabrications and ideas. Nirvana is not comprehensible for those who have not attained it.

Step Four:  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

We wrote down our resentments, fears, sexual relationship failings, and included all other people that we had harmed. We made each list a four column sheet and dissected each problem systematically as the A.A. Big Book described in order to see how delusional we were and how selfish we had treated others. We realized we had to find a way to be rid of this selfishness.

The forth noble truth:  4. The path to the cessation of suffering.

There is a path to the end of suffering - a gradual path of self-improvement, which is described more detailed in the Eightfold Path. It is the middle way between the two extremes of excessive self-indulgence (hedonism) and excessive self-mortification (asceticism); and it leads to the end of the cycle of rebirth. The latter quality discerns it from other paths which are merely "wandering on the wheel of becoming", because these do not have a final object. The path to the end of suffering can extend over many lifetimes, throughout which every individual rebirth is subject to karmic conditioning. Craving, ignorance, delusions, and its effects will disappear gradually, as progress is made on the path.

Step Five:  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

We sat down with another person (hopefully our sponsor) and read what we had written, for the first time realizing as we were reading this how this might sound to another human being. We saw how petty and self centered our thinking had been. This was the beginning of seeing through our delusional thinking.

The First of the Eightfold Path : 1. Right View

Right view is the beginning and the end of the path, it simply means to see and to understand things as they really are and to realise the Four Noble Truth. As such, right view is the cognitive aspect of wisdom. It means to see things through, to grasp the impermanent and imperfect nature of worldly objects and ideas, and to understand the law of karma and karmic conditioning. Right view is not necessarily an intellectual capacity, just as wisdom is not just a matter of intelligence. Instead, right view is attained, sustained, and enhanced through all capacities of mind. It begins with the intuitive insight that all beings are subject to suffering and it ends with complete understanding of the true nature of all things. Since our view of the world forms our thoughts and our actions, right view yields right thoughts and right actions.

Step Six:  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

We aske our higher power to remove from us all the things that stood in the way of doing the right thing, his will for us. We became ready to start life over under new direction and a sound and sane ideal of how to live.

The second of the Eightfold Path:  2. Right Intention

While right view refers to the cognitive aspect of wisdom, right intention refers to the volitional aspect, i.e. the kind of mental energy that controls our actions. Right intention can be described best as commitment to ethical and mental self-improvement. Buddha distinguishes three types of right intentions: 1. the intention of renunciation, which means resistance to the pull of desire, 2. the intention of good will, meaning resistance to feelings of anger and aversion, and 3. the intention of harmlessness, meaning not to think or act cruelly, violently, or aggressively, and to develop compassion.

Step Seven:  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

We asked to be rid of the things that stood in the way of us leading a fulfilling life and blocking us from the sunlight of the spirit, the path to right action, word, and deed. We started to see how we had harmed ourselves.

The third of the Eightfold Path:  3. Right Speech

Right speech is the first principle of ethical conduct in the eightfold path. Ethical conduct is viewed as a guideline to moral discipline, which supports the other principles of the path. This aspect is not self-sufficient, however, essential, because mental purification can only be achieved through the cultivation of ethical conduct. The importance of speech in the context of Buddhist ethics is obvious: words can break or save lives, make enemies or friends, start war or create peace. Buddha explained right speech as follows: 1. to abstain from false speech, especially not to tell deliberate lies and not to speak deceitfully, 2. to abstain from slanderous speech and not to use words maliciously against others, 3. to abstain from harsh words that offend or hurt others, and 4. to abstain from idle chatter that lacks purpose or depth. Positively phrased, this means to tell the truth, to speak friendly, warm, and gently and to talk only when necessary.

Step Eight:  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

We looked back at our list that we made when we took inventory and wrote down the names of the people we had harmed, vowing to set right the mistakes of our past that we could physically accomplish.

The Fourth of the Eightfold Path:  4. Right Action

The second ethical principle, right action, involves the body as natural means of expression, as it refers to deeds that involve bodily actions. Unwholesome actions lead to unsound states of mind, while wholesome actions lead to sound states of mind. Again, the principle is explained in terms of abstinence: right action means 1. to abstain from harming sentient beings, especially to abstain from taking life (including suicide) and doing harm intentionally or delinquently, 2. to abstain from taking what is not given, which includes stealing, robbery, fraud, deceitfulness, and dishonesty, and 3. to abstain from sexual misconduct. Positively formulated, right action means to act kindly and compassionately, to be honest, to respect the belongings of others, and to keep sexual relationships harmless to others. Further details regarding the concrete meaning of right action can be found in the Precepts.

Step Nine:  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

We set forth on a mission of cleaning our side of the street as best we could. We admitted our faults to people we had harmed, admitted we were wrong, and asked what we could do to make it up to them. When they told us, we made amends the best we could to show an honest effort to make things right and follow through instead of just whining that we were sorry like we had done a thousand times before. At this point we start feeling like we feel relieved and start realizing even more what harms we do others when being selfish and try to start living a new way in every thing we do.

The fifth of the Eightfold Path:  5. Right Livelihood

Right livelihood means that one should earn one's living in a righteous way and that wealth should be gained legally and peacefully. The Buddha mentions four specific activities that harm other beings and that one should avoid for this reason: 1. dealing in weapons, 2. dealing in living beings (including raising animals for slaughter as well as slave trade and prostitution), 3. working in meat production and butchery, and 4. selling intoxicants and poisons, such as alcohol and drugs. Furthermore any other occupation that would violate the principles of right speech and right action should be avoided.

Step Ten:  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

We took inventory at night and set right any new harms we had done, in the same manner as we made amends in step nine. We continued this process from now on for growth spiritually and humanely.

The sixth of the Eightfold Path:  6. Right Effort

Right effort can be seen as a prerequisite for the other principles of the path. Without effort, which is in itself an act of will, nothing can be achieved, whereas misguided effort distracts the mind from its task, and confusion will be the consequence. Mental energy is the force behind right effort; it can occur in either wholesome or unwholesome states. The same type of energy that fuels desire, envy, aggression, and violence can on the other side fuel self-discipline, honesty, benevolence, and kindness. Right effort is detailed in four types of endeavours that rank in ascending order of perfection: 1. to prevent the arising of unarisen unwholesome states, 2. to abandon unwholesome states that have already arisen, 3. to arouse wholesome states that have not yet arisen, and 4. to maintain and perfect wholesome states already arisen.

Step Eleven:  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

We asked our higher power to give us the intuitive thought or decision and to guide us throughout the day and show us where we could help others, ever mindful to TRY not to selfishly harm others. We ask to remove selfish motives so that we can see clearly what our higher power would have us do. We spent some time reflecting after praying on what our path for the day was to be.

The seventh of the Eightfold Path:  7. Right Mindfulness

Right mindfulness is the controlled and perfected faculty of cognition. It is the mental ability to see things as they are, with clear consciousness. Usually, the cognitive process begins with an impression induced by perception, or by a thought, but then it does not stay with the mere impression. Instead, we almost always conceptualise sense impressions and thoughts immediately. We interpret them and set them in relation to other thoughts and experiences, which naturally go beyond the facticity of the original impression. The mind then posits concepts, joins concepts into constructs, and weaves those constructs into complex interpretative schemes. All this happens only half consciously, and as a result we often see things obscured. Right mindfulness is anchored in clear perception and it penetrates impressions without getting carried away. Right mindfulness enables us to be aware of the process of conceptualisation in a way that we actively observe and control the way our thoughts go. Buddha accounted for this as the four foundations of mindfulness: 1. contemplation of the body, 2. contemplation of feeling (repulsive, attractive, or neutral), 3. contemplation of the state of mind, and 4. contemplation of the phenomena.

Step Twelve:  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

We now use our new consciousness to help others, which at the same time, helps us. Now that we have been given the power to help others and been relieved of the hopeless state of mind and body through a daily reprieve, we set out to help other people who need the same thing, by sharing the gift we have been given, and to help others in our work and living environments and throughout our daily lives. We use the intuitive thought that we gained through our prayer and meditation session to see clearly what we could do to help the man who still suffers and be a better person today than the day before, growing incrementally on a continuous basis.

The eighth of the Eightfold Path: 8. Right Concentration

The eighth principle of the path, right concentration, refers to the development of a mental force that occurs in natural consciousness, although at a relatively low level of intensity, namely concentration. Concentration in this context is described as one-pointedness of mind, meaning a state where all mental faculties are unified and directed onto one particular object. Right concentration for the purpose of the eightfold path means wholesome concentration, i.e. concentration on wholesome thoughts and actions. The Buddhist method of choice to develop right concentration is through the practice of meditation. The meditating mind focuses on a selected object. It first directs itself onto it, then sustains concentration, and finally intensifies concentration step by step. Through this practice it becomes natural to apply elevated levels concentration also in everyday situations.

Sources Cited:
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Friday, January 11, 2013

The 15 Defining Characteristics of NOT Bowing to Fascism

"The Fifteen Defining Characteristics of NOT Bowing to Fascism"; 
by The Arizona Mildman (Steven Walker) copyright 2013.
(Adapted from Dr. Lawrence Britt's "The Fourteen Defining Characteristics of Fascism".)

1. NOT allowing you to force me to wave flags, salute flags (real big with the Nazis), salute the president (...or any other authority figure you selected but I didn't have the opportunity to vote for), wear flag lapel pins, wear t-shirts with flags on them, or any other way represent nationalism, including reciting a pledge of any kind, is NOT FASCISM, but bowing to those demands is.

2. NOT allowing you to take away my rights (as defined in the constitution) for any reason, including tending to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc. or fear of foreign invaders that won't happen unless we are trying to force them to look, think, be, or believe like us, is NOT FASCISM, but bowing to those things is.

3. NOT allowing you to force me to Identify Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause that you force me to believe, or causing the people of our country to be rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc. is NOT FASCISM, but allowing you to make me feel like I hate those people is.

4. NOT allowing you to force me to believe that Supremacy of the Military is necessary, even when there are widespread domestic problems, and allowing the military to be given a disproportionate amount of government funding, while the domestic agenda is neglected, while soldiers and military service are glamorized is NOT FASCISM, but allowing you to make me believe those things is.

5. NOT allowing you to commit Rampant Sexism IS NOT FASCISM, because the governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Opposition to abortion is high, as is homophobia and anti-gay legislation and national policy in fascist societies.

6. NOT allowing you to control mass media is NOT FASCISM, because in fascist countries, the media is directly controlled by the government (which is controlled by corporate power), not indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives and slanted the way "the establishment" wants it to be in order to tell people what kind of government (and politics) is right, and censorship, especially in war time, is very common, so bowing to those things IS FASCISM. No one source should control mass segments of the social information media.

7. NOT allowing one's self to be controlled by fear is NOT FASCISM, but when the obsession with National Security and when fear is used as a motivational tool by the government or mass media over a society, it  IS FASCISM.

8. NOT allowing religion and government to be intertwined is NOT FASCISM, because governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies (including it's constitution), or actions. Allowing government or politicians to use religions to speak for them to intimidate and control society  IS FASCISM.

9. NOT allowing corporate power to be protected is NOT FASCISM, because the industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite. Allowing money from corporations and special interests to control who gets elected, IS FASCISM.

10. NOT allowing labor power to be suppressed is NOT FASCISM, but allowing that, IS FASCISM because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, so in fascist societies labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed (like "right to work" states do).

11. NOT allowing a disdain (hate or fear) for intellectuals and the arts is NOT FASCISM, because fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. In fascist countries, it is common for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts is openly attacked, and governments often refuse to fund the arts. Allowing those things to happen or attempting to cause society to have a fear or disdain for intellectualism  IS FASCISM.

12. NOT allowing one's self to be obsessed with crime and punishment is NOT FASCISM, because under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people in fascist societies are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations so allowing those things IS FASCISM.

13. NOT allowing Rampant Cronyism and Corruption is NOT FASCISM, because fascist regimes are almost always governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders and allowing those things IS FASCISM.

14. NOT allowing Fraudulent Elections is NOT FASCISM, because elections in fascist nations are a complete sham or at other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries (voter suppression), and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.

15. Not allowing you to force me to be a fascist is NOT forcing Nazi-ism down your throat or "taking away your rights" because if  you want to live in a fascist society, you need to go somewhere else where they don't have a constitution, laws, courts, elections, and a Supreme Court.

NOTE: Allowing yourself or your society to be controlled by people who want to control you is being subservient and becoming part of a "fascist society" where people's wills are controlled and they follow blindly with the attitude of, "Oh well, that's the way it is here." is how fascist leaders take over. A society can't be controlled by media or government unless they allow it. Being forced to become part of a 'previously written for you' scenario isn't freedom, it is a kind of  'hidden message' fascism. And the society that allows these things is just as responsible as the leaders who try to impose it. Laws are made to protect ourselves and our rights are supposed to be for everyone. They are not just legal rights, they are human rights that are protected by law that were written to protect us, when someone tried to take them away. We must look at them from that standpoint. As long as I am not harming another human being, I should be within my rights, according to the constitution. Human rights demand equality. Equality means everyone.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

We Need To Stop Kidding Ourselves

For years I have tried to understand the minds of conservatives. Selfish, self centered, and completely lacking in any legitimate form of critical thinking. That last part is important because it gives us two clues. The blocks to critical thinking are built into mainstream religion as a manner of control Let me explain.
As I have stated before in previous posts, the first three blocks to critical thinking are 1)  Cultural Conditioning and Egocentric Thinking, 2) Ethnocentric Thinking, and 3) Reliance on Authority Figures.
No one that I have ever talked to, at about eight years old or younger, just decides one day that he or she is going to join a specific religion, so that is usually thrust upon us. My family was the normal protestant middle class family in Arizona. I was not told to go out and pick a religion, I was told, "We are Methodists". No one asked me if I wanted to be a Methodist, I was simply told that was what I was. I once asked why and was told by my mother that was what her family was, as if it was a law that you had to be the same religion as your parents, something you inherited. Parents try to "indoctrinate" their children into their own favorite religion, without a single thought that as an individual, you have the right to be who or what you want to be and that you might want to be different or even not religious at all, when you are grown.
Some parents believe that it gives them a solid foundation of some kind as if that is important. They want their child to believe like they do, is what it really is and most people try not to face the fact that they are actually trying to "mold" young minds in their own likes and dislikes. I could go into the entire reason behind why I am not a Christian but that is a religious discussion and I will save that for another post. Today I am talking about conservatism. It is described as :  "...a political and social philosophy that promotes retaining traditional social institutions."  and "...the disposition to preserve or restore what is established and traditional and to limit change." The unfortunate thing that comes from this is many of these people remain a "follower" of said religion and then grow up believing that they never need to research or learn anything new because they have all the answers if they just listen to their minister, deacon, priest, rabbi, etc. Then the clergyman tells them to follow what certain politicians or religious leaders / philosophical teachers to find answers. We have already come to follow because we are told that is a testimony of our faith and we want to be "strong in faith" because we are taught as children in a lot of families in this country that you will go to some form of paradise as a reward for having faith, or go to some form of punishment in an existence we can't see if we don't have the right amount of faith. So when we pray and that doesn't work we are told it was our fault because we didn't have enough faith. I am a literal person so I looked up the word faith, and let me read it to you; "...belief that is not based on proof".