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~ I AM AN ONLINE FRIEND of Donna’s and am excited to see launch of her new project– Livia Magazine. How do we live well in the midst of our times? How do we redeem our days and years to live and be fully and joyfully alive?
In this first article I’ve seen, Donna herself speaks up on a very current matter to her, to modern women and families, and a modern suffering-averse society tending more and more to ugly eugenics, and erasing the blessings of having children with special needs–
Wow.. smart, interesting, unflinching, thoughtful discussion about a serious question posed by life in a child-indifferent and disability-hating society– what lives are worth living? How shall we bear our burdens as parents, friends, or supporters of special needs people, as an affirmation of life? Where will we find the blessing in life as it is actually lived?
“We at Livia believe in the innate worth of every single human being as a unique person.
We believe that the key to a good life lies in discovering our potential as a unique person, and through that, developing a health sense of self-worth.
And we believe that society is strongest when the people within it are able to harness their true potential to the benefit of themselves, their families, their friends and their communities.
Our mission at Livia is to help young women embrace their womanhood and realise their potential. We do this by encouraging them to:
engage with the wider world around them: its culture, its history and its people.
think for themselves, to develop their own opinions, and to critically assess new ideas and concepts.
be the best them they can be, by trying out new activities and finding out what it is that they are gifted at.
Broadly centre-right in our political positioning, our voice is generally informative, but also witty, light, interesting, lively. We embrace and promote Livia values of self-reliance, entrepreneurship, curiosity, civic-mindedness and, of course, femininity.
Crucially, we feel that in these divisive times a commitment to emphasising the ties that bind us is essential. At Livia we are determined to maintain a positive outlook in our editorial output.”
Sounds pretty good, huh? Binks thinks so. As most of you know, I calls ’em like I sees ’em– if this was crap, I’d say so, friends or not. I think Livia Magazine is the beginning of something really good.
So please support this project with your stories, your hits and reading and sharing and pondering. Pass on the articles to people who might need to read them, and gain a better perspective on all the topics Donna puts out there. Seek to live well, and to encourage others to do likewise.
If it should happen that Binks kicks the bucket in the next 60 years or so, please….
— Mourn my death, all death, and do not have a forced-smiley “Celebration Of Life”, or, I swear, my corpse will zombiefy briefly, rip off its own arm, and club the preacher senseless with it.
— Don’t preach me into heaven.. or hell. You don’t know that: death is not an automatic graduation. That’s God’s business. Preach about God’s judgment and mercy in Jesus.
— Don’t tell my loved ones “he’s in a better place”, as a form of comfort. You won’t know that. “So sorry” is fine.
— Don’t tell my family “Everything happens for a reason”, either. “So sorry”, or “Good riddance” is just fine.
— Pray for my soul. Not so that it gets into heaven, but that the purgation is as quick and perfect as can be. If I’m in hell, I won’t care.
— My body will not be rubbish, leftovers, ‘or not really me’. It’ll be an integral part of who I was, and– in the resurrection– who I will be again, in Jesus. It will be resting and sleeping in hope, in the grave.
— Don’t plague my loved ones with your clever atheism, or on the other hand with very special theories about God and the afterlife and reincarnation and your pets going to heaven and suchlike.
— No, I will not ‘become an angel’ when I die. Nor shall I become a spotless Saint™. Eulogies are for pagans, trying to impress the gods or the public about the amazingness of the dead person. Have a wake, if you want to blab about my life, failings, and hilarities.
MY NAME IS Binks Webelf, and I’m a fairly big guy (for my generation, at least). Actual big bones (the above is me at 2 1/2), 6′ in socks, shoulders as wide as a doorway– if I were anorexic weight, I’d still be about 175 pounds. Plus, I’ve battled weight (poor/ stress/ sugar eating) much of my adult life.
Behind the current fat-‘shaming’ and lunatic ‘body acceptance’ controversy, there is an actual health crisis afoot, which social media could cover, Mr. Crowder, and save a lot of lives: the sugar-powered metabolism, leading to metabolic syndrome. It’s the hidden plague ensickening and killing millions.
Stupid Science Men
Remember low-fat ‘The Balanced Diet’ idea? Much smart, so science, very brain! Wow!!
Idiot food-scientists in the past century thought people were like machines– what you put in, you get out. Thus, dietary fat became evil: less is good. Eating fatty food makes you a blob, they believed. Bad consequences ensue.
Their new rules (which I grew up with)? Fewer eggs, less butter, diet everything, artificial sweetners, only occasional bacon, no cheese or anything like it– and lots of that that horrible inedible skim milk blue water of starvation & death. Bleagh.
Reality check versus Science Men– that’s not how humans actually work: your body & cells burn fat, and parts of your body (brain, nerve-sheaths, cell-structures) are literally composed of certain kinds of fats. Ooops. Reality 1, Stupid Science Man 0.
What actually happens if you severely restrict fats, or else eat a junk-fat carb-sugar-soft-drink loaded diet? Disaster is what.
ALERT! Body Red Alert!
The body will consume whatever fuel it gets. It needs a mix of fats, veg, fruits, some carbs and the like, but can run (badly) on carbs (bread, carbs, SUGAR). In this case, the body literally starves for fat, since it’s running mostly on sugar. Fat? What fat? I got none, says the metabolism,– so the fat goes into emergency storage. Really.
Mostly running on sugar? You must be starving to have so little fat in your furnace! Then your system hits the “Store ALL The Fats!” alarm, and so you find a carb+sugar fueled person sometimes not necessarily eating very much, but their body is on red alert, and storing fats like mad. Fatter, and fatter, and fatter. Horribly ironic, no?
Lotsa False Cures
Mocking the fat is the one still-permissible cruelty in 2016. You can see in the flesh what you rightly or wrongly imagine to be that person’s sins: gluttony, greed, sloth. Bad fatty!
The usual slings & arrows? EAT LESS, YOU PIG! Or, TAKE A WALK, LARD BUTT! Eat less! Exercise more! Diet, you slob! Feel better?
Except, even when sugar-fueled people do this, they lose weight super-slowly, and what little dietary fat they have gets burnt up, leading to.. you guessed it.. another “Store ALL The Fats!” alarm. Metabolism slows even more; the body even starts to burn its own muscle., since it is starving of fat. Vicious “Store ALL The Fats!” circle speeds up.
That’s when the fats turn into super-fats (triglycerides) and start getting glued into the liver (a form of inflammatory hepatitis), into arteries and, around the organs, and serious health problems & metabolic syndrome kicks in. The body can become almost resistant to insulin, because there’s so much sugar– and insulin around trying to control it– the cycle is out of control– type 2 diabetes ensues.
The Actual Cure
Cure? NOT to eat less, starvation diet, or all the usual very profitable DietInc. nonsense. The diet industry only wants you fat, and eternally trying to lose wight (and, ironically, starvation/ see-saw dieting can also ruin your health).
Read this book (and here’s the website)*, but moderate the suggested diet a little, because even cavepersons ate some carbs–roots, nuts, and the like– just as current stone-age people still do in 2016.
Do a low(er) carb/ higher fat/ veg semi paleo-style diet. After the fat alarms switch off, the body re-adjusts to burning fat instead of sugar-fuels, and consuming food– instead of hoarding fat and burning sugar– in real-time. Eat as much as your body needs– snack often, gorge less. Ditch all soda-pop, diet or super-saturated sugar. Both are toxic, in different ways.
You’ll feel hungry a lot more, and you’ll need to snack. You’ll start gradually losing weight, as the body no longer thinks it is starving to death from lack of life-giving fats. Combined with moderate exercise and enough food to fuel your activity, all of a sudden your body is operating as it should. Suddenly, EVERYTHING changes. Brain, energy, weight, eyesight, taste buds, recovery for exercise or injury.
Craving sugars? We’re all sugar addicts these days– have some fresh fruit instead. Mind you, this will also require some will-power, resolve, and self-discipline. Simply having the answer to a problem doesn’t solve the problem itself.
Learn up, and pass that on, and much of the politics of fat vs. thin will simply vanish. Yer welcome. ~
* The book authors don’t know me from Adam, and I’m only sharing this because it works.
Saith the Binks– the following (minus section-headings,minor formatting, and graphics) was written as a comment on Loki’s webpage for the article just below. It is unedited, and so there you are, and there you go. ~B~
~ ITEM:PRIVILEGE AND PREJUDICE: SOCIAL JUSTICE IN AN AGE OF MALE CONFUSION– February 25, 2016 by Loki The Scottish Rapper
This is a brilliant, courageous, truth-speaking essay, and while you will get flak from your own side as a possible heretic, keep speaking, thinking, and looking at reality as you are trying to do.
I don’t fit in many of the modern categories– I’m a vaguely libertarian-ish old-liberal-ish semi-Catholic-ish middle-aged male Christian. Where do we believers fit, except in the categories of ‘old absolutist’, bigot, superstitious, and wrongly maligned as if all Christians are anti-intellectual, creationist, and laughable, and exactly the same? Everywhere, and nowhere– equally oppressed?
Picking A Team
Therefore, looking around the current political battlefields, I find many of the new Atheists interesting, because rigorous, if biased; I find the power-mongering systems-theory irrationalist SJWs cultic and absolutist and moralizers and comment-blockers; and the secular economic capitalist too cruel and immoral; the MGTOW/ PUA/ MRA men’s movement partial and obsessed, if worthy of sympathy; the 3rd wave feminists unreflectively and nastily Marxist, without understanding their own progressivism. Sigh.
Back in the 1980s when I was in university, the politically correct were trying, but failing in their first effort to conquer academia, silence criticism, and make colleges into tribal hooting places, instead of a level playing field for learning, thinking, gaining some grasp on various topics via effort and research, without profs being nasty cheerleaders for this or that propagandistic cartoon of a topic. Yes, there was such a time, even after the irrational rumblings of the 1960s.
The 80s? You talk to all sorts of people to learn what & how they think; you disagree, or even disapprove in some cases, but still have coffee and friendly chit-chat after; you actually try to think both sides of an issue– then you know more than a one-side-only obsessive. You imperfectly use the evidence and reasons and tools you have, without judging someone who differs from you as stupid, or immoral, not entirely human or deserving of respect… or in need of re-education camp.
Enter The Now
Safe-spaces? Tantrums? No-platforming? Really? Monsterizing anybody who disagrees in any speck or word of the current moment of identity politics? Nope. Erasing from our common humanity whole categories of our fellow men and women via class, race, gender, cheap discount Marxism, and right-grabbers, minoritarian cry-bullies and petty tyrants? No way.
Anyhow, sorry for the pontification. Great article. I got here via Sargon of Akkad.
THESE UTTERLY awesome videos are reasonable, fair, and crushing responses to this recent sexist cry-bully video from Buzzfeed about exactly how much stupid sucky men suck.
There are lots more response videos all over the YouTubes, so go ahead and fill yer boots*. People seem to have had enough, already, of the uni-directional ‘conversation’ with modern semi-fascist/ Marxist feminist bigots.
The point here? Our right to fight back, as men and women who are non-feminists, or anti-feminists, and not Social Justice Dumbots.
When the special snowflake SJW crazies are yelling in your face about all the ways you are evil and sexist, it’s a good response to say (after rolling your eyes) “Piss off. No I’m not. In fact, you are the sexist bullies, and here’s why…”
Standing fast catches the screamers off guard because they’re used to apologies, apoplexy, flusterment, or agreement, not calm and factual answers. Best of all, the fragile SJWs and ‘safe-spaces’ campus radicals aren’t really as certain and strong as they like to appear. Paper-thin slogans and the even thinner thinking behind them do not a castle make.
The worst part of all this? Feminism turns most ordinary well-meaning women into nasty parrots, who mindlessly repeat doubtful studies, simplistic statistics, and lying slogans about.. well, everything: slut-shaming, wage gaps, rape culture, patriarchy, ‘Listen & Believe’, and more generally repeating the ridiculous and tired ideas uttered by rich white feminists, sometimes from 50 years ago and more.
Feminist fact-checking? Reason? Fair-mindedness? It is to laugh. Or cry.
I’m gonna let the saucily hilarious ShoeOnHead (an actual woman), wrap this up. Enjoy:
Fight the good fight, my ever-growing army of pre-dead minions!.
*NB: “A boot” in this context is not footware, but a reusable leather mug, commonly used on shipboard, and more generally 300+ years ago. The inside was treated with beeswax, or pitch to make it less leaky and leathery-tasting. Because sexism, no doubt.
THE POINT OF TERRORISM is.. terror: submission, paralysis, fear, to control & change you inside. Politics, warfare, & conquest by other means.
You acquiesce to increasing levels of “peace and security” fascism at home, to supposedly prevent internet & mosque made Islamofascists from home and abroad. And you’re never allowed to forget or think otherwise than: You. Are. Helpless.
So, welcome to the new normal, and the atypical and strange form of war, where you are on the front line of the Jihad. Your ordinary life– but suddenly with added machine guns, bombs, soldiers & police, and ever more safety-rape at security checkpoints. This is, of course, daily life in much of the world, now coming home to roost.
These terror attacks are not going to stop, although thankfully some are prevented by the authorities, despite themselves— though one does wonder if such terrorism isn’t found useful by advocates of a disarmed populace in a prison-state. You know, “useful crises” for the dark powers within the West, and the Jihadi threat-makers, too.
You can be safe, but not free. Or, you can be free, but not safe.
This truism is our life in 2016, and we made it. It’s founded on the fact that Baby Boomers and later could not did not or would not have replacement levels of children; that we imported people to replace our own missing kids; BUT (and thus the Canadian & more general problem) after Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau removed the educated-immigrant requirement, we increasingly allowed in welfare-ready, criminal, and under-educated people, including non-Westernized Muslims (and others) who brought their radical problems and ideas from home to here.
Canada In The Bullseye?
So far, useful-idiot Canada has been part safe-house, and part money-bags for radical terror groups. Our naive and well-intentioned “Multiculturalism” was supposed to mean cool new restaurant menus, and neighbours with exotic outfits and recipes at FolkFest. That’s because to us, faith and politics and Big Ideas and even our entire society are no longer to die for.. that’s the government’s job, now. Yet we import (or create) serious radicals who can operate well below our mental and political radar, people who are gladly misusing Canada’s nice reputation and passports and smug cluelessness.
Moreover, the informal hawalabanking system which allows money to be brokered all over the world from Canada? It means that some families are getting extra money from their Canadian relatives.. and so are some groups who like killing, bombing, raping, and decapitation. Terror gets saddle-bags of cash sent to them from Western supporters and mosques, and there’s no easy way to track it. It might– just might– mean that Canada will only be targeted by homegrown solo or small-group Jihadis, and not ISIS bombing a major airport, big city, or some mass gathering of people.
Who To The Rescue?
Since we’re all unofficially evil & dangerous, even law-abiding peaceful citizens in Canada can go to jail if they shoot or stab a home invader, or, one presumes, a bomb-strapped terrorist. Don’t worry! we’re told, polices will protect you!
This is a fraudulent promise, in the case of Jihadi-suicide terrorism, since the moment the scumtards start shooting or/ and then explode is the moment you’d like really some protection. When seconds count.. the police are only minutes away! I’m not saying that a gun-toting citizenry can solve everything, but nobody really can– even a total police state, overflowing with “Pe-E-e-eace & Se-E-e-ecurity“, and where everybody gets lightly raped at the airport.
Never forgets (until next time)! Roll out the fraidy-cat hashtags, avatars and animated GIFs! Signal that virtue! Lower the flags and light the monuments! Much sads! So feels! Tweet your defiances! SHHHTerror-nausea risingSHHHH….
What’s to be done, Binks? Be proactive, prepared, and not a victim. Because I said so, dammit! You. Are. NOT. Helpless.
In Canada, and gun-lite Europe, everybody CAN and SHOULD have (1) An Every Day Carry (EDC) kit, (2) An Emergency Plan, (3) A Way To Help, and (4) Some Self-Defence Skills. Even if our modern airport faux-security theatre undercuts some weapon-options, you don’t have to be totally helpless if dangerous, terrorist, weather crisis, or other emergency situations arise.
1. Your Very Own EDC
(1) Google or YouTube search for ‘Every Day Carry’ (EDC)– and most items are detailed on Amazon.com, so you can buy them more affordably on eBay. Every responsible, mature, and thus safety/ self-defence minded person from 8-year old on up should have some basic daily carry items.
Your EDC, for example? A rescue knife, keychain, good flashlight, a paracord bracelet, a mini-BIC lighter, a tiny Swiss Army knife (with tweezers & a pen), emergency whistle, small multitool, a smartphone, a watch or other time-piece, pen and paper (you can even get self-defence pens), some water, an LED micro-light, a firesteel. In the U.S., you should also have a punchy small gun (.40 or 45ACP), and your concealed-carry license, where possible.
Then.. there’s yer plastic raincoats, emergency mylar blankets, a compass, power-bars, a small backpack, tissues, some Ibuprofen, a bandana (for slings, wounds, and many other uses)….
There’s an EDC out there for every budget, level of readiness and complexity, and you can even colour-coordinate if you wish, ladies and gentlemen. Make an EDC keychain for each person in your family, and one for the car. Start small, build up, and switch items depending on your daily needs and travel.
Ask yourself: if you were ditched in a snowstorm, on a sinking ship, or caught by a hurricane, or some other emergency, how happy would you be to have these items? How much would you be willing to pay to have them on your belt, in your coat, or stocked in your purse?
2. Get Me Outta Here!
(2) Fun With Escapism. Play this video game in your head, wherever you are. If a bad guy or group of them were to come from this or that direction around me, where could I and my loved ones escape/ run to/ hide from bullets or other violence? Practice this mentally at home, the mall, supermarket, parking lot, airport, tourist location, nightclub, school or university, wherever.
Always try to have a plan A, B, and C– such options keep you from just panicking, and freezing in place. Think: I must be where the danger ISN’T.. and move away if it’s coming close. Don’t be conspicuous, or needlessly heroic– be bland and grey and unremarkable.
Americans: if you have your conceal carry license, use it and carry your sidearm, at very least to create a safe-zone or an escape route for yourself and others. Usually, the police will not be rushing in to save you any time soon. That’s not their job.
3 & 4. Help Out, Self Defence
(3) Do you have a basic First Aid/ CPR course? Could you operate one of those emergency Defibrillator machines you’ll sometimes see around? Could you stanch a wound, secure a broken neck, or use a tourniquet? Get those skills, now, when it’s not urgent. Sign up the office, or the whole family, or the whole school.
Re: helping– Beware that rushing right in after a bombing may be super-dangerous, because some bombers will plant delayed secondary explosives, for when they think the ambulance, police, and firemen have arrived– for even more horrible and costly collateral damage. Do what you can, be cautious, but a dead or wounded you is no use to anybody in need of help.
(4) Basic men or women’s self defence courses are available almost anywhere. MMA/ Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu, Karate, Tae-Kwon-Do, Krav Maga clubs are all over the place, and give you health, confidence, and some self-defence skills at the same time. A little weapon-training will help you fight with various weapons, or improvise, or know how to defend yourself (and others) against different attacks.
Almost Done, Ye Windbag Elf?
The middle class and upwards in Western Europe and much of North America have been generally safe, soft, and peaceful for almost three generations. We’ve enjoyed an extended local vacation from readiness, preparedness, living on the edge, thinking in an emergency.. because we’ve been mistakenly taught in the nanny state mental universe we live in that The World Is Safe, and if not, that Somebody Else Will Always Come Along To Save And Help Us.
A helpless, needy, compliant, disarmed & sheepish populace is ideal for those in power– but not the people themselves. Especially in emergencies.
This is naive at best, and grossly negligent and irresponsible at worst. The world isn’t really like that, so thank emergencies and bad people in this at least: we must be prepared as a minimum level of responsible adulthood. Sure it will cost some time and money and learning– but how much is your life or my life worth? That of our kids, grandkids, or neighbours?
Please keep learning up on those four starter-topics, via Google, YouTube, even Pinterest (and more here)– and pass the word on to others. We don’t have to either live in fear and terror, or in a prison-state.
Be free, and brave, and responsible with that freedom.
You see, the cry-bullies just haven’t been heard, and you’ve mean-spiritedly misunderstood them, and, like, also, and they have totally important stuff to say. Aside from slogans, face-paint, public disturbances, and a very watered down 175 year old Marxism and the 227+ year old Revolutionism.
The neo-Jacobinettes now have a YouTube Channel, so feel free to ‘enjoy’ their offerings. Oh, and plus? Because Milo’s an “assh*le”, one says no doubt in a spirit of diversity, inclusion, tolerance, and safe spaces, you #%@! bigot. Right then.
Living In The Ruins
The Promised SJW Utopia.. So Very Very Close!
There are not a few lost, sad, broken & odd people clustered under the SJW-pity party umbrella. I feel sad for them, for they have lost they know not what, in exchange for easy propaganda and screaming. Still, these are alleged adult alleged university kids.
That old academic idea that you study & ponder and listen first, second, and third, and only then (and very humbly) come up with some thoughts or words or ideas? Lost on them. Modern undiversity rewards insta-blab, BrainingLite, endless outrage and offendedness, and “Talk First (and loudly), Brain Later (if ever), cuz actual thought is a tool of the oppressors! This often devolves into #@%!$&*! and schoolyard-style name-calling, now with added threats and shoving, before you know it.
See, if I thought Milo was evil incarnate, I’d read up & learn up on his arguments and articles, write down some questions, criticism, and serious problems I saw, and go at it during the question & answer, on a blog, in e-mails, or in discussion. Not as fun, but much more effective, IF your goal is to actually learn, practice critical thinking, and (just imagine) actually convince Milo on a point or two to change his mind, or elaborate and correct his ideas.
On The Other Hand
A wise old prof of mine used to talk about his youthful university days, when he came to one of his profs, enthusiastically proclaiming that he had a new and exciting theory on the subject of the class. The professor thought a moment, then said (not cruelly) “..But why on earth would anybody be interested in that?”
That student later went on to be one of Canada’s wisest and mostly unsung Anglican professors and leading theologians, an adviser to bishops, archbishops, international scholars, and even a few popes. He was even described as “the conscience of the Canadian Church”. All because, first of all, he learned that true learning is mostly about listening first.
La La La, I Can’t Hear You!
It’s worse, now– more and more surrender to the quick-setting brain cement of Social Justice Marxism, slogans, propaganda, hate-speech, sexism-racism-fascism, and dehumanizing people on the basis of appearance, sex, skin colour, and ideas. The students are revolting.
The prizes? Instant moral high-ground, instant conflict, instant significance! Regurgitating something you heard someone else said that someone else said somewhere is not learning; it’s not reasoning, intelligence or wisdom; it’s not even a second-hand education. It’s programming. Instant stupid.
FREE EDUCATIONAL RULES 101
Free advice is worth every penny, so here you go.
The only question, whether you’re considering Milo, or bell hooks, or your prof or textbook or favourite speaker is:
Is This True (or False)? (this takes reason, and patience)
Then, another big question: How Do I Know This Is True (or False)? (This takes research)
And if you’ve gotten that far, then:
What is Right And Wrong (Or Uncertain) About This idea/ argument/ position? (This takes the ability to objectively think outside a position– or on both sides– so you can coolly figure the good & bad of a particular argument, claim, or asserted truth).
The good news here?– if you can properly do this last step, you’re 5 times further ahead than someone who only understands (or misunderstand) one side of the argument.
Truth.. Just Is, Man
It’s a sad mess: and Rutgers is only one of many such semi-insane schools throughout North America, which have forbidden the search for truth.
Truth does not depend on a majority or minority vote; it has no colour, race, political stance, or creed; it does not have a best-before-date; professors or teachers or writers may or may not be actually interested in it; radical mass movements tend to discourage thought, introspection, seeking truth, or being fair to the opposition.
A few warnings on truthing gooder:
Repeating something often enough does not automatically make it true, or untrue.
Because a book or prof or politician said something does not magically make it true, or untrue.
Truth is true, whether you like it or not.
The popularity of an idea does not somehow make it true, or untrue.
Real learning is very hard work.
Your grasp of the truth is necessarily imperfect. Be humble, but defend what truth you know & have, until you learn otherwise.
The pooling of ignorance in search of truth does not guarantee you or your committee will ever find any.
Ignorance– especially deliberate bad learning, or dumbing yourself because ideology– can lead to mindless and unpleasant behaviour.
The truth is often risky, unpopular with the cool kids, hard to live with, and you bear responsibility for what you know, and for passing it on.
To know that you know nothing, or very little, is the beginning of learning, as Socrates taught.
I hope these collij kids– like the one in the vid above– one day wake up and realize who they are, what they’ve become, and how very very little they really know or understand. I hope.
~ ODDLY ENOUGH, a lot of the people I watch on Tube Of You are agnostics or atheists– because they also tend to be anti-feminist, politically incorrect, and willing to blab a lot. Often, they are worth listening to: Sargon of Akkad, ThunderFoot, Karen Straughan, the Honey Badger Brigade, just to name a few from my subscription lists..
Strange bedfellows: except, if I happen to comment, some such will ignore me, others will cheerfully turn around and lob grenades at Binks, because Evil Religious Lunatic Christers are even worser than Progs and feminits, dontcha know. “Oh yeah? WHAT ABOUT CRUSADES, INQUISITION, BIBLE SLAVERY, WITCH-BURNING?!?! Plus, No God, because science says!!”
Uh-huh. What now.. do I just surrender, now you’ve spoken the forbidden factoids? You caught us? the jig is up? mighty mighty atheist neckbeards win all the things?
Even more exciting is when some web-infidel goes on the attack with “You know what those Christians are all like!….” (you’ve met ALL of us, have you?), then spew caricatures, misinformation, and unrecognizable whatnot– to an actual Christian, telling them what & how they think & act and live. Not unlike: “You know what those garbagemen are like– eating babies, living in dumpsters, singing songs to pieces of garbage…” What-now?!
Still and all, modern atheism/ agnosticism is an important social fact, and should be addressed with moderate, funny, factual responses– not screaming or Bible Quotes– even if you’re unlikely to get a fair hearing. Even if much of modern atheism messes the facts, the idea of God, and the progress, history, & nature of science itself.
So: here’s what I wrote to Cracked.com, and copied to That Amazing Atheist, because I believe it to be true, and the beginning of a real answer to modern doubt:
AA has a nasty shtick. Some people like nasty.
Me, I think only faith or agnosticism is possible, for the simple reason that in order to *know* there is no God, you’d have to know all the things, everywhere, in all possible dimensions or universes– which is omniscience (or all-knowingness), which is one of the divine attributes, also commonly seen in teens everywhere, and internet commenters.
Further, the idea that you should apply Science(tm) to spiritual questions is itself suspect, because (a) Science is a metaphysical/ philosophical position leading to investigation (it is not the result of experiments), and (2) in no other area of life to we misapply “scientific” categories of evidence to decide what is or is not true, good, or the like. Food? Love? The arts? Literature? Romance? How to live? Beauty? Courage? How to die? Truth vs. lying? Friendship? Poetry? Architecture? Careers?.. i.e., pretty much everything ever that matters in being a human.
Don’t get me wrong– I’m not a creationist or anti-intellectual. But modern atheism lazily and smugly claims to have all the toys and all the truth, and I really think that’s not the case.
Not sure if I expressed that really well, but I think my point is sound. Only agnosticism ( I don’t know if there’s a God) is possible. Atheism (We know all the things, and there is no God, ever anywhere) is just too crazy-big and impossible a claim for a finite mortal (i.e., an ordinary limited person) to make.
Binks will let you know if there’s any response from either party. I did my best to be a decent human being first, no screaming, and no crap logic.