Islam as Political Ideology

Jeff Carlson, whose website is themarketswork.com, has a post that describes his thoughts on American Nationism

In his list, there is an item where he says Islam is an Ideology. I happen to agree with his thought here and that means that in my mind I cannot accord the practice of Islam the same standing as other religions since my view of religion is that it must be separate and distinct from government.... [Read More]

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New  religionsgeschichtliche Schule

Religionsgeschichtliche Schule is a term that has dominated the study of Christianity in academic circles for 150 years. It is translated from the German as “History of Religions School.” In this case it means ‘school of thought’ rather than a physical place, and is a reference to a group of influential scholars. They are important because most of their core ideas are still going strong on the internet and are currently taught in the Religious Studies Departments of many universities. 

A number of bad ideas got their start with the religionsgeschichtliche Schule, including “Pagan origins” of Bible stories and the idea that the divinity of Jesus developed late in the history of the Christian movement.

A colloquium was held at the University of Edinburgh a few weeks ago, titled “Varieties of Theism in Antiquity, and amounted to a series of new scholarly papers presented by a group of academics who celebrate the countervailing views that have debunked the ideas of the original religionsgeschichtliche Schule.

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The “Trump Heat Wave” of 2019 Falls Ten Degrees Short of the “FDR Heat Wave” of 1936

Think Progress beats the drums of climate change by warning of a “Trump Heat Wave:”

Most of the country is entering into the first few hours of a blistering heat wave that will extend well into the weekend.

Dangerous combinations of high temperatures and humidity will push the “heat index” (what the temperature “feels like”) past 100 degrees Fahrenheit from the Dakotas down to Texas and across to Maine and Florida, an area encompassing well over half of the country’s population.

But as countless studies have made clear, the kind of extreme heat waves this country, Europe, and elsewhere have been experiencing this summer and last have been made more intense and more likely thanks to human caused global warming.

Even worse, if we fail to significantly curb emissions of carbon pollution — which is the current plan put forth by President Donald Trump’s climate policies — then these severe and deadly heatwaves will become the normal summer weather over the next few decades.

What Think Progress conveniently forgets is that the “FDR Heat Waves” of the 1930s were far worse.

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Book Review: What Has Government Done to Our Money?

“What Has Government Done to Our Money” by Murray N. RothbardThis slim book (just 119 pages of main text in this edition) was originally published in 1963 when the almighty gold-backed United States dollar was beginning to crack up under the pressure of relentless deficit spending and money printing by the Federal Reserve. Two years later, as the crumbling of the edifice accelerated, amidst a miasma of bafflegab about fantasies such as a “silver shortage” by Keynesian economists and other charlatans, the Coinage Act of 1965 would eliminate sliver from most U.S. coins, replacing them with counterfeit slugs craftily designed to fool vending machines into accepting them. (The little-used half dollar had its silver content reduced from 90% to 40%, and would be silverless after 1970.) In 1968, the U.S. Treasury would default upon its obligation to redeem paper silver certificates in silver coin or bullion, breaking the link between the U.S. currency and precious metal entirely.

All of this was precisely foreseen in this clear-as-light exposition of monetary theory and forty centuries of government folly by libertarian thinker and Austrian School economist Murray Rothbard. He explains the origin of money as societies progress from barter to indirect exchange, why most (but not all) cultures have settled on precious metals such as gold and silver as a medium of intermediate exchange (they do not deteriorate over time, can be subdivided into arbitrarily small units, and are relatively easy to check for authenticity). He then describes the sorry progression by which those in authority seize control over this free money and use it to fleece their subjects. First, they establish a monopoly over the ability to coin money, banning private mints and the use of any money other than their own coins (usually adorned with a graven image of some tyrant or another). They give this coin and its subdivisions a name, such as “dollar”, “franc”, “mark” or some such, which is originally defined as a unit of mass of some precious metal (for example, the U.S. dollar, prior to its debasement, was defined as 23.2 grains [1.5033 grams, or about 1/20 troy ounce] of pure gold). (Rothbard, as an economist rather than a physicist, and one working in English customary units, confuses mass with weight throughout the book. They aren’t the same thing, and the quantity of gold in a coin doesn’t vary depending on whether you weigh it at the North Pole or the summit of Chimborazo.)... [Read More]

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Another Theory of Everything , version 0.7

One reason our swamp elite punditry and the traditional parties struggle with the environment the AGE of TRUMP has created is they operate within the traditional framework. It is understandable, they own the framework, having paid off the mortgage and are comfortable in the ruleset they have mastered.

Having started my career in the prehistoric days of IT, I observed a lot about the issues with changing a framework humans inhabit , in my case the workplaces of thousands of employees of large corporations. Most projects failed due to complete misapplication of the change because the IT folks missed understanding the framework entirely, rarely on technical failures. At best, early efforts mimicked the existing way of doing things. ... [Read More]

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Stefan Molyneux: The Truth about Single Moms

This is a magnificent presentation.  I catch this guy’s podcast, I devour his videos etc, and I agree with probably 90% of what he says.  I consider myself a better person for the decisions I make when considering the things I learn from Molyneux.

He styles himself a philosopher, and makes great efforts to engage in that arena.  It’s adorable, really.  He’s a mensch.... [Read More]

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BuzzFeed Glosses Amazon Review Fraud

Premium Member ctlaw pointed out a fascinating recent phenomenon on the recent RAMU: fraudulent reviews of Amazon products, accomplished not through the review process, but by the seller swapping out well-reviewed products for chintzy junk that doesn’t work, leaving the positive reviews in place.

Here’s a well-done overview of some aspects of Amazon review fraud.  I don’t care much for BuzzFeed, but they’re good at two things — hit and run content, and SEO.... [Read More]

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When the Troth Could Set You Free

 

Pennsylvania is on the verge of banning all “child” (under 18) marriages, even with the consent of parent or guardian of the minor.  Last year Delaware, bolstering its creds as a member of the Union rather than the erstwhile Confederacy, became the first state in the  US  to enact such a ban.... [Read More]

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