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Philosophy (News/Activism)

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  • What Libertarianism Gets Wrong

    05/27/2024 2:10:53 PM PDT · by TBP · 22 replies
    Discourse Magazine ^ | May 22, 2024 | Jon Gabriel
    Remember the “New Atheists”? They were a big deal 15 or so years ago, bashing irrationality and superstition in bestselling books like “The God Delusion,” “The End of Faith” and “God Is Not Great.” Some of them ultimately ended up as believers, others turned to ayahuasca, and Richard Dawkins recently admitted to being a “cultural Christian.” He still doesn't believe in the big J.C., but acknowledges his worldview was shaped in a Christian context. In a similar way, I've always been a cultural libertarian. A son of the Mountain West, my traditional conservatism is heavily dosed with a “leave me...
  • Interview with America’s premier Atheist Pronatalists on having ‘tons of kids’ to save the world

    05/27/2024 11:57:10 AM PDT · by nwrep · 25 replies
    Guardian ^ | May 26, 2024 | Jenny Kleeman
    Malcolm and Simone Collins with Octavian George, four, Torsten Savage, two, and Titan Invictus, one – in Pennsylvania. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- They are the poster children of the pronatalist movement, on a mission to save humanity by having as many babies as possible. This is not Quiverfull, the fundamentalist Christian belief that large families are a blessing from God. The Collinses are atheists; they believe in science and data, studies and research. Every decision the Collinses make is backed by data. “Nominative determinism is a heavily studied field,” Malcolm tells me, when I ask about his children’s names. “Girls that have...
  • Luxury electric vehicle maker becomes latest in industry to announce huge layoffs Bid to lower expenses amid slowdown in market

    05/26/2024 2:01:07 PM PDT · by rktman · 62 replies ^ | 5/24/2024 | Will Kessler
    Electric vehicle (EV) maker Lucid Motors announced that the company would be laying off staff in a bid to lower expenses amid a slowdown in the market. The layoffs will affect 6% of its workforce, equating to around 400 employees, and will trim from all employee levels, including leadership and mid-level management, according to a filing submitted Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Lucid is one of several EV makers to announce layoffs in recent months as consumers decline to adopt the product at the rate expected. The company estimates that it will have to pay out between...
  • An Open Letter on Scouting America from Chief Scout Executive Roger Krone

    05/24/2024 12:51:15 PM PDT · by fwdude · 34 replies ^ | May 21, 2024 | Roger Krone, Chief Scout Executive, President & CEO
    Friends – Growing up in Cincinnati, faith was an integral part of my life. My family, church, school, and troop all provided a community that helped shape who I was and who I would become in life. Even today, the simple, quiet reverence of Scout Vespers moves me. I know many of you who have grown up in Scouting feel the same way. As a parent, I believe that faith should be an integral part of childhood. In an increasingly complicated world, faith helps young people develop a broader perspective on life. Faith gives them a sense of hope and...
  • George Barna identifies biggest threats facing the Church: 'We've reached a time of Christian invisibility'

    05/23/2024 9:05:27 AM PDT · by fwdude · 43 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | May 21, 2024 | Leah MarieAnn Klett, Assistant Editor
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — George Barna, a leading expert in church and worldview trends, has weighed in on some of the biggest issues facing the Church — including the steady decrease in a biblical worldview and dwindling concern for spiritual formation — at a time of "Christian invisibility in our culture." .... “People have become more selfish, churches have become less influential, pastors have become less Bible-centric,” Barna, who now serves as the director of research at the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University, said.
  • Our Federal Government Needs an Intervention

    05/21/2024 9:09:47 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 21, 2024 | John Green
    Our Federal Government Needs an InterventionAllison Pearson has an important article in the Telegraph about the British National Health System (NHS). People in Britian are dying of treatable conditions because the NHS will not provide quality care in a timely fashion. As one doctor complained: “The NHS is run by managers for the benefit of managers.” It has shifted from doctors serving patients to the bureaucracy serving itself -- internally, rather than externally, focused. The NHS is a chilling illustration of where our federal government is headed.All complex systems require feedback and response. The driver of a car needs a...
  • Ocean water is rushing miles underneath the ‘Doomsday Glacier’ with potentially dire impacts on sea level rise

    05/21/2024 8:35:03 AM PDT · by rktman · 144 replies ^ | 5/21/2024 | Laura Paddison,
    Ocean water is pushing miles beneath Antarctica’s “Doomsday Glacier,” making it more vulnerable to melting than previously thought, according to new research which used radar data from space to perform an X-ray of the crucial glacier. As the salty, relatively warm ocean water meets the ice, it’s causing “vigorous melting” underneath the glacier and could mean global sea level rise projections are being underestimated, according to the study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica — nicknamed the “Doomsday Glacier” because its collapse could cause catastrophic sea level rise —...
  • Joe Biden's Problem Is in the Pews

    05/19/2024 3:48:24 PM PDT · by DeweyCA · 24 replies ^ | 5-19-24 | SALENA ZITO AND BRAD TODD
    To locate Joe Biden’s electoral problem, you need only to look on Sunday morning. Polling shows the mass-attending Catholic president trails Donald Trump by 10 points among those who attend religious services a few times a year or more. The score is reversed with voters who report they seldom or never attend church, with Biden leading by 10. It’s the starkest divide in the electorate – and one that political journalists rarely mention, perhaps because, as a profession, journalists are more removed from religion than the average American. Trump’s advantage with white evangelical Protestants is widely understood, but he also...
  • Marxism Is a Gulag of the Mind. The left manipulates politics by inverting the meaning of terms like ‘democracy’ and ‘equity.’

    05/19/2024 7:23:09 AM PDT · by karpov · 25 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 14, 2024 | Gary Saul Morson
    Back when there were still two Germanys, one a parliamentary democracy aligned with the West and one a Soviet satellite surveillance state, I had trouble remembering which was the Federal Republic and which the Democratic Republic—until I realized that the one calling itself democratic wasn’t. Even today, North Korea’s official name is the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The least democratic regimes in the world pretend to be the most democratic. Then as now, Marxists and those who have learned from them often justify abuse of language by redefining the key term. Words come to mean their opposite. To the...
  • Teacher in Viral Video Who Defended J.K. Rowling Has Been Fired. Here's His Reaction.

    05/17/2024 8:36:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Townhall ^ | 05/17/2024 | Matt Vespa
    It happened in February. It’s a video where a teacher, Warren Smith, is seen engaging in a conversation with a student who alleged that J.K. Rowling was transphobic. It quickly went viral. In less than five minutes, Smith, uncondescending, forces the student to rethink his position. The student admits he feels like an idiot after the pair discussed the phrasing and logical trajectory of the debate about the Harry Potter creator who has become persona non grata for her views on gender despite being an ardent leftist. This is utterly brilliant. A student accuses @jk_rowling of being transphobic. This teacher...
  • Appeals Court: Parents Cannot Opt K-5 Children Out of Pro-LGBTQ Curriculum

    05/17/2024 8:17:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    American Greatness ^ | 05/17/24 | Eric Lendrum
    On Wednesday, a federal appeals court ruled that parents in Maryland’s largest school district do not have the right to opt their children out of pro-LGBTQ curriculum in the K-5 grades. As reported by Fox News, the 2-1 ruling by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a previous decision by a lower court, which denied the parents a preliminary injunction based on their alleged failure to prove that the policy would constitute a violation of the First Amendment right to freedom of religion. The plaintiffs, three pairs of parents who sued Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), argued that...
  • The Whitmer ‘kidnapping hoax’ is on the brink of collapse...

    05/17/2024 6:35:56 AM PDT · by fwdude · 19 replies
    Revolver ^ | May 16, 2024 | Revolver News
    The Whitmer “kidnapping plot,” “fednapping,” or “hoax,” as it’s more commonly called, is likely one of the biggest entrapment cases the FBI ever staged, aside from January 6. The two plots are intricately connected and part of the same regime scheme to paint Trump supporters as domestic terrorists. However, when news broke about this “kidnapping plot,” Revolver News could smell a rat. We were ahead of the curve, being among the very first to connect the dots between the Michigan Kidnapping Plot and the January 6th Fedsurrection. Our groundbreaking article from three years ago sounded the alarm about possible federal...
  • The Biden admin is socially engineering your workplace

    05/15/2024 10:21:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    The Spectator World ^ | 05/15/2024 | Amber Duke
    Do you currently enjoy a workplace environment that is free of violent criminals? Is your work bathroom reserved for members of the same sex as you? You might not enjoy those commonsense benefits for much longer. The Biden administration is flexing the bureaucratic state’s muscle to force businesses to comply with its progressive worldview.Last month, the Biden administration’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced that it was suing Sheetz, a popular gas station and convenience store chain in the mid-Atlantic, for alleged racially discriminatory hiring practices. Sheetz is a great American success story. It was opened by Bob Sheetz in 1950...
  • The last gasp of the Boy Scouts of America

    05/15/2024 8:37:55 AM PDT · by fwdude · 63 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | May 13, 2024 | Scott Lively
    In the Cultural Marxists' "long march through the institutions," perhaps their toughest conquest was the Boy Scouts of America. This past week the BSA finally fully succumbed to the life-draining internal parasites with which it was infected 11 years ago after decades of stalwart resistance. As with so many aspects of the fundamental transformation America has suffered in the 21st century, the turning point in the takedown of the Boy Scouts was an Obama operation – headed by deep-state swamp creature Rex Tillerson with a major assist by then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
  • 1 in 3 LGBTQ adults say they’ve been treated unfairly by a health care provider

    05/14/2024 6:41:15 AM PDT · by fwdude · 57 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 3, 2024 | Jo Yurcaba
    Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer adults are twice as likely as their non-LGBTQ counterparts to report having had negative health care experiences over the last three years, according to a new report. One-third (33%) of LGBTQ adults say they were treated unfairly or with disrespect or had at least one negative experience with a health care provider, compared to 15% of non-LGBTQ adults, according to a new report by KFF, a health care and polling nonprofit formerly known as the Kaiser Family Foundation. Of the LGBTQ adults who reported negative experiences, 61% said a provider assumed something about them...
  • UNC-Chapel Hill Cuts DEI Funding, Transfers It to Campus Police

    05/13/2024 9:31:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/13/2024 | John Sexton
    Nearly three years ago I wrote about a mandatory diversity training that took place at UNC-Chapel Hill after the conservative paper on campus got an audio recording of the event.Ms. Parle started the presentation with an ‘indigenous land recognition,’ after which the hundreds of Greek attendees were advised that they should make a habit of repeating the political catechism in their daily lives and taught how to do so. After establishing her lecture was on stolen land, Ms. Parle asked students their feelings about ‘the system.’ Were they warm towards it? Apathetic? Or, the last option: ready to dismantle it?The...
  • Classical Music Alters the Brain–Here’s How ((in a Positive Way))

    05/13/2024 4:58:54 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 45 replies
    Epoch Times (Health Section) ^ | 8 May 2024 | Flora Zhao
    A gray-haired older woman sat motionless with her gaze lowered. In the late stages of dementia, she no longer spoke to others or made eye contact.When Ayako Yonetani started playing the violin, the woman slowly lifted her head.“Her mouth moved, and her eyes brightened as if she heard my music and was trying to follow it,” recounted Ms. Yonetani, a concert artist and professor of violin and viola at the University of Central Florida School of Performing Arts.Those who spent time with the older woman were astonished. “They had never seen her react like this before,” she said. But this...
  • Democrat Pollster Warns RFK's Support Will Crumble When They 'Learn His Real Views'

    05/11/2024 8:59:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Townhall ^ | 05/11/2024 | Sarah Arnold
    A top Democrat pollster is warning that 2024 Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s support among Republicans will crumble when they begin to see through his cracks. Kennedy has seen some support from the Republican Party primarily due to his right-leaning views such as being pro-parental rights and an anti-vaxxer. However, Mark Penn is warning to look beyond the surface of the Independent candidate. “I think that it will drop in half if Republicans learn the views, right now they don’t know these things,” Penn told Fox News’s Sean Hannity. “And there’s a group of Republicans that don’t like...
  • Does RFK know what he believes on abortion?

    05/11/2024 7:10:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 05/11/2024
    Independent presidential candidate and former Democrat Robert F. Kennedy Jr. admitted this week that he supports “full-term” abortions. In a sit-down interview with former ESPN reporter Sage Steele, RFK said that while he doesn’t think women should abort their children in the eighth month of pregnancy or beyond, he wouldn’t prohibit them from doing so. “Even if it’s full-term,” he said, later adding, “I think we have to leave it to the women rather than the state.” RFK’s position is extreme, no matter how you slice it. The majority of Americans believe there should be some restrictions on abortions; only...
  • Biden is Trying to Force an Energy Transition and These States Aren't Having It

    05/10/2024 9:46:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Townhall ^ | 05/10/2024 | Spencer Brown
    Attorneys general in 25 states have banded together to file a legal challenge to another "unlawful" Environmental Protection Agency policy that is part of President Joe Biden's crusade to "end" fossil fuels and force an energy "transition." At issue this time: the EPA's final rule establishing "New Source Performance Standards for Greenhouse Gas Emissions From New, Modified, and Reconstructed Fossil Fuel-Fired Electric Generating Units" as well as "Emission Guidelines for Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Existing Fossil Fuel-Fired Electric Generating Units" and the "Repeal of the Affordable Clean Energy Rule." Stemming from a 2009 Obama-era EPA "conclusion" that greenhouse gas (GHG)...