Liberal vs. Radical

 

Here’s a talk that seems to make some of the motivations and actions of “Radicals” a lot clearer.  The speaker contrasts “Liberals” (who believe the individual is the basic social unit, and that the person is distinct from the social group) with “Radicals” (who believe that the group is the basic social unit).  Particularly interesting is the notion of “Social Determinism”, in which one group has power and another group resists the power (Apparently, the main human dynamic).

Anyways, it’s made it a lot clearer when hearing some of the “resist” jargon and the talk of intersectionality of groups.  In a way it’s a bit scary to hear someone discussing the tenets of  Radicalism in such a clear, calm tone.

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The Next Battleground

Courtesy of the American Psychiatric Association

The APA Division 44 Consensual Non-monogamy Task Force promotes awareness and inclusivity about consensual non-monogamy and diverse expressions of intimate relationships. These include but are not limited to: people who practice polyamory, open relationships, swinging, relationship anarchy and other types of ethical non-monogamous relationships.

Finding love and/or sexual intimacy is a central part of most people’s life experience. However, the ability to engage in desired intimacy without social and medical stigmatization is not a liberty for all. This task force seeks to address the needs of people who practice consensual non-monogamy, including their intersecting marginalized identities.

The goal of the task force is to generate research, create resources, and advocate for the inclusion of consensual non-monogamous relationships in the following four areas:

-Basic and applied research
-Education and training
-Psychological practice
-Public interest

https://www.div44cnm.org/

And a preview of upcoming bouts:

https://www.apadivisions.org/division-44/leadership/task-forces/index

 

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Documentary on Evergreen College / Brett Weinstein

You may be familiar with Bret Weinstein’s story at Evergreen College.

Bret Weinstein is a biology professor at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., who supported Bernie Sanders, admiringly retweets Glenn Greenwald and was an outspoken supporter of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

You could be forgiven for thinking that Mr. Weinstein, who identifies himself as “deeply progressive,” is just the kind of teacher that students at one of the most left-wing colleges in the country would admire. Instead, he has become a victim of an increasingly widespread campaign by leftist students against anyone who dares challenge ideological orthodoxy on campus.

This professor’s crime? He had the gall to challenge a day of racial segregation.

www.nytimes.com/2017/06/01/opinion/when-the-left-turns-on-its-own.html

Here’s a recently released  three-part series of short films about “Bret Weinstein & Heather Heying’s experience at Evergreen State College.”  It’s particularly powerful as it contains a lot of video, not only of the sometimes scary protests, but of truly creepy meetings that seem like Cultural Revolution struggle sessions.  Revel in privileged people breaking down in tears as they admit to their badthink!

 

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Once again, Texas steps in to save the Free World

You’re welcome Free World, we’re always happy to oblige!

First rare earth processing facility outside of China to be built in Texas.

Summary via Instapundit’s comment section:

OPEC: “We have the world in our grasp with our control of OIL!”
Texas: “Hey look at this basin chock full of oil gas we just happen to have here”

China: “We will size control of the world by limiting these RARE EARTHS we are in control of!”
Texas: “Well shucks, turns out all our least desirable dirt is just full of those Rare Earth things!”

https://www.foxbusiness.com/industrials/first-rare-earth-processing-facility-outside-of-china-to-be-built-in-texas
https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/332096/

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Libertarian Thursday: Oakland’s Pothole Vigilantes

‘Pothole Vigilantes’ are covertly fixing Oakland roads in the middle of the night

You know you’re reading a P.K. Dick or Rudy Rucker dystopian Sci Fi novel when the author mentions Oakland burning in the background.

Here’s an enterprising group that’s taking it upon themselves to fix some of Oakland’s woes by filling in potholes when nobody’s watching.

The city’s response is not unexpected: “With finite resources the City cannot always respond immediately to every request – but every complaint is tracked, and the more data City leaders have about where residents’ issues are located, the better they can organize City resources to tackle long-term issues,” says a press release by Oakland Public Works.  For those who feel like they’re not getting through, the city asks you keep trying and report problems multiple times.

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Welcome to America’s Latest Co-Religionists

Satanic Temple Recognize as Church with Tax Exempt Status

Technically not a religion, but now acknowledged by the US Government as a “church or convention of churches.”

Ratburghers who may be members of more traditional institutions, what do you think?  Ratburghers with no particular affiliation, how about you? I’ll follow up later with my own thoughts.

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The Byron York Show

Anybody listening to Byron York’s new podcast? He’s always been an amazing reporter, and he is masterful with his podcast.

https://ricochet.com/series/byron-york-show

Americans, want to fear your government? Listen to the three latest episodes and admire the efforts they went to to set up three innocent citizens.

Hey, Was That Russian With The FBI?
With guest Michael Caputo
The former Trump campaign aide got mixed up in one of the weirdest episodes of the Trump-Russia affair. He talks about it all, from his brief run-in with the mysterious Russian Henry Oknyansky to the FBI agent who showed up in a muscle car to whisk him to Mueller’s lair.

Inside The Grand Jury With Carter Page
With guest Carter Page
Carter Page, the only man wiretapped — that we know of — in the Trump-Russia probe describes what it was like in the grand jury with Robert Mueller’s prosecutors. Also, what did the FBI ask in five, count ’em five, interviews? And then the question: Can you tell if you’re under surveillance?

Papadopoulos: Spying Did Occur
With guest George Papadopoulos
In this interview, George Papadopoulos describes —in crazy detail— why he believes a series of shady figures recorded him when he was he was working for the Trump campaign. Plus, why did so many foreign spooks want to buy him a drink? The answers to this and more in this episode of the Byron York show.

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Going to 11 on the Lileks/Trump scale

Nothing about NeverTrump broke my heart more than finding myself in frequent opposition to one of my favorite writers ever, James Lileks.  I have all his books and listened to the Diner every week as he fired up his trusty Cray-1.

Here’s an update to his excellent survey of Republican support for Trump.

11.  I see him on Fifth Avenue surrounded by enemies both D and R, both deep-state and shallow, returning fire furiously.  I’m phoning for whiskey (he’s got the lawyers covered I think), guns and money and calling in shots to him as well!

PS, if anybody knows the current Trumpitude of J. Lileks I would love to hear about it!

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When guns are outlawed…

…who will have the guns?

New Zealand Mongrel Mob leader says members won’t hand in their guns

Sonny Fatu, president of the Waikato branch of the Mongrel Mob, said that, while some members of the gang may have illegal guns, they will not be handing them in as they are necessary to their protection.

“Will gangs get rid of their weapons? No. Because of who we are, we can’t guarantee our own safety,” he said.

(paranoia bonus: note the Facebook tracking ID in the link.  Help Facebook know you’re interested in guns, gangs, and right wing terror!)

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