“What Pisses Me Off About Western Civilization”

From Canadian Stefan Molyneux.

Dan Carlin on The Rubin Report

“Dan Carlin is a Political Martian (Pt. 1)”:

“Dan Carlin on Trump, the Military, and Foreign Policy (Pt. 2)”:

“Dan Carlin on Hardcore History, and What Liberty Means (Pt. 3)”:

“Why Political Correctness Must End | Milo Yiannopoulos and Stefan Molyneux”

Journaling on a Friday evening in early February 2017

Been sick frequently this winter. Colds. Been battling this last one for over a week now. Makes me tired, has kept me indoors this whole week when not working. No desire for in-person company. Been skipping the gym lately too. Downtime. Sleeping more.

Mostly watching the wheels go ’round and ’round online during my waking hours. Observing the political fallout. Catching up on some of the news stories.

Currently listening to the audiobook The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis. Enjoying it. Prior to that listened to Thomas Sowell’s Intellectuals and Race and loved it. Will be re-listening to that one again! Mostly sticking with audiobooks these days, partly because lighting in my apartment sucks. Need to remedy that.

Been cooking at home more than usual, so that’s good. Tried my hand at making lasagna for the first time in a years a couple weeks back. Turned out okay. Nothing to write home about though. Otherwise fixing other simpler pasta dishes. Screw Atkins for now. It can wait. Continue reading

“Charles Murray — The Bell Curve Revisited”

From the Program on Constitutional Government at Harvard (March 14, 2014).

EXCELLENT talk! Loved how Dr. Murray outlined what the book actually stated and what can reasonably be inferred from it (and what yet cannot), as well as discussing the backlash his book received. Sad about his co-writer/co-contributor not making it to see the release and response of their research in their book. Fascinating topic with so many possible implications that we really do have to be reserved in our speculations, as Murray definitely is. It’s unfortunate that so many people chose not to actually read these men’s book yet still feel the need to trash their findings. I admit to not having read it yet, but I have watched a good many lectures/speeches from Dr. Murray, including part of this one before, and grasp his findings enough to appreciate the value of them, upsetting as they may appear to some folks.

The Truth is what what is, our opinions and desires be damned. That’s how Nature rolls. There comes a point where we have to come to grips with that, my fellow social sciences enthusiasts. Because some people’s assumptions proved wrong doesn’t mean it’s all over and that more interesting inquiries don’t exist on the horizon. And this right here points to the problems with the “social sciences” — inability or unwillingness to be flexible in light of new and substantiated data. Welcome to scientific inquiry! Learn to roll with it! Quit investing yourselves in particular outcomes. That’s called an ideology. Not true empirical Science. We have no choice but to accept that fact, lest we wind up on the wrong end of the Copernican controversy, as Dr. Murray mentioned. He’s right there. Absolutely is. See more and in-depth information on biology, physics and anatomy to start grasping the larger picture. It’s necessary for human development that we all learn to grapple with the information being presented to us and to not hide or simply dismiss it because it may not conform to our prior expectations.

Very important that we come to grips with this life lesson. Much as I love aspects of the field of Sociology, I still stand firmly on what I’ve stated here.

“The Truth About South Africa and Apartheid”

Very interesting. Worth paying close and careful attention to.

I feel here Stefan actually did a good job of being as objective and fair as he could.

“Real Racism and ‘Bogus’ Black Lives Matter (Larry Elder Interview Pt. 1)”

A Rubin Report video:

While I don’t agree with him on everything, having read a book by Larry Elder in the past, I do think his views on race relations and prejudice are spot on.

“Are Sane Liberals Centrists Now? Political Identity, Media Literacy, And The War Against The Left” (plus my thoughts)

Appreciated that video by the Hard Bastard. Stumbled across his channel recently and have been enjoying his content.

I agree with him there that one doesn’t have to move in any direction at all and yet now may appear more centrist relative to the current political situation. The reason being that so many others are swinging to the extremes, particularly the Leftist extreme. That then pulls libertarian-leaning folks like myself toward the center by comparison since the whole spectrum is going lopsided. I probably lean a bit further conservative than the Hard Bastard (though he did opt to vote for Trump in the end and I stuck with Gary Johnson), but my own views still remain pretty socially liberal. Not much has changed there recently. Maybe a slight shift rightward in reaction to so much of the fuckery we keep witnessing and due to getting sick of the SJW tantrum-fest. Gets old. But the core beliefs I’ve stood by for a couple decades now (namely, personal autonomy rights and protection of liberty and justice) remain intact and unswayed. The past several months are starting to make me rethink my opposition to the militarization of domestic police forces though (sadly enough).

The points showcased there by T.J. (The Amazing Atheist) were salient. His own full video follows:

Sometimes I agree with T.J., but other times he goes far beyond where I can go. Probably because he acts extreme himself in order to maintain popularity. Either way…

The most important question we’re faced with now is how to move forward. On what principles and values? With what vision in mind? He’s right that many of us aren’t interested in returning to some past point in history (assuming that were even possible), nor are we open to living under some new form of theocracy (Christian or otherwise). The “reset button” people seem intent on pressing sounds like a call for civil war, which is in nobody’s best interest. And if we weaken our society to a great extent, we’ll be leaving ourselves open to subversion by outsiders and rebellious factions among us with aims and ambitions that are ultimately undemocratic, unjust, and ideologically motivated by “ideals” already proven problematic in foreign nations. That’s no good either.

For those who desire communism, why not relocate to countries with such political schemes and allow Western societies to do as they will? Go live there and observe its reality firsthand and see whether it’s what you really want when the rubber hits the pavement. Go there and cry to their police about your civil rights and police brutality. And if Russia is such a monster that has offended your preferred presidential candidate, then why do so many of these vocal Democrats espouse ideological rhetoric not unlike that employed by Russia in decades past? Why push to create here in the U.S. that which you claim to despise elsewhere in the world? None of it makes any sense.

And on Islam…I have no loyalty to Islam. If Muslim people wish to live here and accept our justice system, with the full understanding that we strive to maintain strict boundaries between church and state (theoretically at least — we could do better at this) which means their Sharia Law cannot and will not take precedence, then fine. Go through the legal channels and welcome to it. But I don’t want us to suffer at the hands of foreign extremists (or domestic extremists either, for that matter). They have countries where they can live according to their beliefs, so it’s not mandatory that they come here, especially if their goal is to subvert our system and culture. Can’t stand that notion. I’ve always been grateful I wasn’t born in Saudi Arabia and am not acquainted with that half of my ethnic heritage up-close and personal, and I’ll be damned if it comes here and tries to push its subjugation scheme. That’s bullshit. It’s not the American way. In fact, it’s as backward as can be. The Muslims we tend to get along with practice a more liberalized version of their religion, not their fanatical minority. I am admittedly scared of the influence radicalized immigrants may have on our general safety and ways of life in America. Can’t deny that. Always have been nervous of their cultures since I’d be automatically deemed a heretic within them. No doubt. So it’s not in my own personal best interest to accept their potential influence uncritically. Feminists who defend them on multicultural grounds be damned.

Not all cultures are created equal, obviously. And perhaps we’re all biased in accordance with what we’ve experienced and what we value. Which is just life. Call it prejudice. Call it ethnocentrism or xenophobia. I care not. Not all prove compatible when living in close proximity. Sometimes space and freedom to be away from one another does more good than cramming us all together and expecting us to work shit out. Some differences won’t be sorted out anytime soon. Especially not where one group aspires to dominate all others (according to their interpretations of commandments in their holy book).

Equality under the Law is a concept that remains lost on a lot of people, even now as we’ve collectively stepped into the 21st century. Sad to see it also now appears lost on however many Democrats and their ilk within our own country. Sometimes people can’t fully appreciate what they have until it’s gone…