Conservative (whether Libertarian or Republican) Christian = Covert Satan Worshipper


Repub logoNotice the anarchist/Satanist stars there…?  Head down, legs up.  Classic Satanist.  Picture taken from the official GOP logo on Google.  Don’t believe me?  Look here.

I haven’t continued the posts on libertarians because I kept getting bogged down in exactly *why* their view so closely resembles exactly the opposite of what they profess:  i.e., traditional Christian values.  I am quite familiar with Satanists; being a member of an alternative faith means that any large scale gathering of Pagans will inevitably include one or two Satanists as well.  They live by their morals, and most are extremely hard working because they believe that they deserve what they get and they are willing to work to get what they want.  Their morals quite accurately describe the actions espoused by the conservative sector of our society today:  only those who deserve nice stuff get nice stuff.  If you’re poor it’s because you deserve it.  If you are hungry it’s because you are lazy and undeserving.  And so on.

I am appalled by the Prosperity Gospel espoused in most fundamentalist churches today; the idea that one can worship God and Mammon is thoroughly debunked by Jesus himself and I wonder that more so-called Christians don’t notice the fundamental disconnect between what Jesus *actually* said and what they think he said.  A friend of mine has a quote under her internet signature that fits perfectly:  “The Bible is like a software license – most people click “agree” without ever reading what’s actually written in it.”  It doesn’t help that Christians are taught to focus on one bible verse at a time instead of reading entire chapters to understand the context in which the verse actually resides.  It’s easy to take it out of context that way.

In my experience, many if not most conservatives who identify as either Libertarian or Republican also self identify as Christian.  I live in a red state, having moved here from a red state, so I am extremely familiar with the ideology.  And I truly can’t understand the fascination with Ayn Rand.   A bigger hypocrite never lived, I am sure.  And she was a terrible author to boot.  I have read her books….OMG.  My kids could have written more compelling stuff when they were in elementary school.  Full of logical fallacies and correlation = causation missteps.  Quite profound lack of critical thinking skills displayed, and boringly predictable heroes/heroines.

So I present to you the best dissection of modern Libertarian/Republican/Conservative ideology I have ever read, and one which makes so much sense I think it may actually be so:  A Christmas Speculation

The Archdruid nails it.  Perfectly in every way.  He intended it as satire; however, excepting the Ann Coulter part, I find it to be quite close to the truth as far as actual behavior of said people vs. professed beliefs. I find it sad that my Pagan ethos is much closer to the ethos espoused by Jesus than my self professed Christian born-again neighbors.

On the phenomenon of bullshit jobs – David Graeber


This is so very very true. I work in a field where administration is paid bonuses for cutting costs – but the people who pay the price are the patients, because most of the costs are in staffing.

Damn the Matrix

 

Found this article while looking for something else, and I thought, this fits right in with my attitude towards the BS “jobs jobs jobs” mantra we are constantly fed, so I’m reproducing it here in its entirety.  Enjoy….

In the year 1930, John Maynard Keynes predicted that, by century’s end, technology would have advanced sufficiently that countries like Great Britain or the United States would have achieved a 15-hour work week. There’s every reason to believe he was right. In technological terms, we are quite capable of this. And yet it didn’t happen. Instead, technology has been marshaled, if anything, to figure out ways to make us all work more. In order to achieve this, jobs have had to be created that are, effectively, pointless. Huge swathes of people, in Europe and North America in particular, spend their entire working lives performing tasks they secretly believe do not really…

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Blessed Yule!


Yule(Image credit runesmith.co.uk)

As a Pagan, this is my Holy Day.  It is the shortest day of the year, the longest night as well.  Yesterday, today, and tomorrow the sun will seem to have been hovering in the same low spot in the sky; after tomorrow it will be incrementally climbing higher in the sky, bringing more light and eventually warmth with its rays.

Holly still reigns supreme but today he will lose his battle with Oak.  The deciduous trees will leaf again, roots will seek ever more deeply and widely in their quest for nourishment.  Holly will be there, green as ever, waiting his turn once again to be the ruler.  The epic battle for supremacy will once again play out soon, all to soon, at the Summer Solstice.  And yet, as the earth needs time to rest and recuperate, so do we, those who grow our own food.  The rush of summer, endlessly preparing for winter, is exhausting.  When Holly wins the battle once again, we know we too have a rest in sight.  Time to enjoy our labors, the fruits of the Mother, will soon come.  All seasons are blessed, even when death is in the cards, for death too is sacred and a part of the endless dance of the seasons.

The promise of a new spring, a new summer lays in these three days of breathless waiting….waiting for the return of life to the Mother. May you have a blessed Yule!

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Holiday knitting


Hand spun hand knitted sweater for someone in Maine. I love this pattern! I will definitely knit this one again for other deserving people including one for myself. At minimum wage and materials this sweater costs over $600 (before taxes of course).

Pattern is called hitofude, which is Japanese for one brush stroke. It’s appropriate, because the pattern is knit entirely in one continuous piece and the only ends are where I made joins for new skeins of yarn. Absolutely ingenious construction and a very enjoyable knit. Continue reading

What Is The TPP? A Primer


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What Is The TPP? A Primer.

This article was written by Kimberly Paxton and originally published at The Daily Sheeple

If you keep hearing about the TPP and really only have a general idea of what this is, there is a good reason for that. The negotiations have been kept a closely guarded secret, and those participating don’t want you to know what it is until it’s too late to change it.

Read on for a TPP primer.

What is the TPP?

TPP stands for Trans-Pacific Partnership. The countries involved in this proposed partnership are the US, Japan, Australia, Peru, Malaysia, Vietnam, New Zealand, Chile, Singapore, Canada, Mexico, and Brunei Darussalam. It boils down to being a massive free trade agreement, which would eliminate tariffs on goods and services and harmonize various regulations between the partner countries. If the agreement goes through, it will affect more than 40% of…

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Wake up conservative Americans, the TPP is the enemy not the UN agenda 21 right now!!!


I tried to reblog this from Damn the Matrix but it wouldn’t keep the formatting correctly, I’m making sure I give credit for it.

“To put it bluntly, The Trans Pacific Partnership would sacrifice national sovereignty, public health, and internet freedom, all in the name of helping private corporations keep their CEO’s wallets fat and their shareholders happy.”

Obama is PUSHING THIS to be done as soon as possible; he wanted it signed by the end of December but it’s likely it will be put off until the first part of January.  WRITE YOUR CONGRESS PEOPLE AND SENATORS  PROTESTING THIS ABORTION OF A ‘TREATY’ THAT PUTS AMERICAN JOBS, FREEDOMS, AND NATIONAL SOVERIGNITY AT RISK!!!  Don’t let Obama ‘fast track’ this through which means that our elected representatives have to sign it AS IS or reject it – and they’ve NEVER rejected a treaty that’s been fast tracked, EVER.

Wake up, people.  Putting corporations before people is making the big leap with this treaty.  No more government regulation of corporations, no more environmental protections, no more public utilities, no more public health protection, no more rights as we know them.

The Black Death Is Back…?! | Zero Hedge


Don’t think it couldn’t happen here; this is one of the things having sanitation regulations, regulations, and sanitary workers/facilities prevents.

Olduvaiblog: Musings on the coming collapse

The Black Death Is Back…?! | Zero Hedge.

Not since the Middle Ages has the bubonic plagues taken so many lives in a year. Having wiped out 25 million people in Europe, appearances of the Black Death since have been rare but the Red Cross is reporting a new outbreak has killed more than 20 people on the island of Madagascar. Living standards in the nation have collapsed since 2009 (what else happened in 2009?) and the prevalence of rats has helped spread the disease easily. While China claims to have the bird flu under control (despite some rumors out of Hong Kong), the Red Cross warns there is a risk of a Black Death epidemic.

 

Via BBC,

A village in Madagascar has been hit by a deadly outbreak of the bubonic plague, medical experts on the island have confirmed.

 

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Tangents


I worked on the second part of my post about Libertarian/conservative/Republican ideas and how history shaped the laws they hate, but I found myself going off on tangents.  I don’t know that I am fond of tangents, but I don’t think linearly and ending up on a tangent is more often than not where I’ll find myself when doing any sort of research.

I like history:  reading about it, watching documentaries on it, reading actual historical documentation whenever I can get my hands on it.  It doesn’t matter if it’s medieval history, pre-history, Renaissance, I get insights from it all.  I also enjoy participating in demonstrations of skills no longer common, and in experimental archeology types of activities.  It gives a very different perspective on the people and the societies of the past when you actually learn to DO what they did every day, in the way they did it.

That in itself was a tangent to the purpose of this post — to explain that I have opened the extra-large can o’ worms in trying to talk more on why some of those platforms are ultimately self defeating. And, out of touch with the historical basis for many of the very government agencies and rules they hate so much.  So it’s going to be a while longer while I

  1. finish my holiday knitting — there’s a LOT
  2. get the shopping done for those who don’t merit a (hand knitted) gift
  3. work on getting a preceptor for my next class
  4. go back to school
  5. separate my tangents into sections and flesh out each one

Please be patient, they are coming….

Hypocrisy and Half-baked thoughts


Cafe Hayek has a post by someone named Don Bordreaux trying to make the case that we should abolish the minimum wage.  He begins with a scenario of you being in a fast food restaurant or rent-a-maid office, or the grocery store and you accidentally overhear a woman who is obviously poor, who speaks broken English, ask for and be rejected for a job at this fast food restaurant:

Suppose that you’re at a McDonald’s restaurant or at a Safeway supermarket or at the office of a maid-service company and you see a 20-something young woman.  The woman is obviously poor by American standards and her English is broken and heavily accented.  She has no certifiable job experience.  She applies for a job and is rejected.  She – with entrepreneurial gumption – responds to the rejection by offering to work, not for the minimum wage of $7.25 per hour but, instead, for $5.00 per hour.  You observe the manager’s evident interest in her counteroffer.  The manager ponders for a minute or two and then whispers to her – yet loud enough for you to overhear – “Look, that’s against the law, but I can use you at $5.00 per hour.  So, okay, you’re hired!  But please don’t tell anyone or else I’ll be in serious trouble and you’ll lose this job.”

He then attempts, badly in my opinion, to play on you, the reader, for sympathy, by asking how you could be so heartless as to personally (italics his) intervene:

Would you – you personally – intervene to stop this woman from taking this job?  Would you – you personally – be willing to look her in the eyes and tell her that she may not take that job?  Would you – you personally – inform this young woman (with regret, of course) that she must remain unemployed for the time being and resume her job search elsewhere?  And would you – you personally – be willing to use force against this woman to prevent her from working at $5.00 per hour if she stubbornly ignores your demands?  Would you be willing, if her stubborn refusal to refuse the job persists, to poke a gun in her face to prevent her from working at an hourly wage of $5.00 per hour?

The writer goes on to say that, of course we’d happily turn in the manager, or call the police to intervene, but that prevents the manager and the woman from knowing that it was us, personally, who deprived her of the job and turned in the manager.  He ends with these questions:

But I wonder how many of you – you personally – have the courage of your moral convictions to be able to look the woman in her eyes and expose yourself personally, to her, as someone willing to deny her the opportunity to work at the highest wage she can now earn.

And if I’m correct, how can you, in good conscience, continue to feel that minimum-wage legislation is ethically justified?

The fact that I don’t eat fast food and can’t afford maid service  aside and so never would have heard this conversation to begin with —  I personally would have NO compunction about intervening in this situation, and making a report to the appropriate agencies as well as the division office of this fast food restaurant.

I would intervene for a number of reasons.  That’s because I can think logically.  First, if she was here as a refugee, the government would have offered her employment assistance and therefore she would not be begging for a job at less than minimum wage.  If she was here legally, she could also appeal to a number of government agencies which would be happy to assist her, on a level they do not seem to display for natural born citizens, with finding employment or in getting public assistance.

Second, I can do math.  If this situation were to happen without intervention, the very next thing to happen is that the manager would call his buddies and tell them that he got someone to work for less than minimum wage, and find out if his new girl has friends he can hire or refer to his manager friends.  The next time an employee calls out, or has any sort of a discipline problem, they will find themselves out of a job and yet another person willing to work for less than minimum wage will be employed.  This, I believe, is called wage deflation.  Paul Krugman has an excellent article on this very phenomenon I found when I went googling a definition for wage deflation.  Now, opinions on the REST of Krugman’s essays and work aside, this is a very commonsense and easily understood essay describing this problem.

Third, I can see the end resulting from this cause.  This will have ripple effects – or as the Aussies and the English say – a knock-on effect on the rest of the economy.  Because her wages are less, eventually there will be more people working at less than minimum wage than can be policed by agencies responsible for ensuring compliance with the minimum wage.  People will not speak up, because they will now be working outside the law – and those few who still work for minimum wage will be in fear of losing their own jobs.  These people will have even less money to spend on the basic necessities and therefore can’t.  Sectors not directly related to fast food will experience loss of revenue and layoffs will begin in those sectors.  Even the manager who began paying less than minimum wage will find that his bonus is cut, or the cost of living raise he was expecting, is not going to be happening. This will ripple across the economic landscape, and up the pyramid of unskilled, semi skilled, and skilled workers, to ultimately affect the owner class at the top. Of course, they at the top don’t rely on actual business earnings for their money, they rely on fantasy money produced via ‘vehicles’ such as bonds, stocks, and derivatives, so it will be quite a while before they realize that the REAL economy and money that their fantasy money used to arise from is, in fact, fantasy.

This author relies on shame and an appeal to the emotions in making this case, not logic.   This is why I think most Libertarians of today are just selfish shits who don’t want to share the sandbox, and can’t logically think their way out of a paper bag.  Or, as my ex-husband use to say, they don’t have enough brains to pour piss out of a boot.  We don’t live 150 years ago, and thankfully so, or most of us would be working in factories or mills for those business owners at pennies per week, 16 hours a day, 6 days a week.  We would have started working at as young as 6, and most of us would die from malnutrition or diseases easily prevented by proper diet, basic sanitation, and sunshine.  Yet these Libertarians would happily do away with minimum wage even though their wages are predicated on that minimum standard, and would decrease by a LOT, if it were abolished.  The concept of days off arises from the same place and time where minimum wage was implemented, and I’m sure Libertarians enjoy their holidays and days off as much as the next person.  Same for medical care, enough food to eat, the ability to live where you want…you get the idea.  It is BECAUSE of the abuses inflicted on the unskilled and fearful populace in previous centuries and eras that we have the protections — the privileges of middle class life — we have now.

I agree that regulation has gone too far.  I can’t, for instance, open a business out of my home, because I live in a residential area.  You can’t have manufacturing in a residential zone unless you want to drastically increase your tax burden and open yourself up to a whole host of new regulations.  If I were to ever get to the point where I wanted to open a store to sell my hand crafts, I would need to pay rent for a building miles away, all the utilities, fire/theft/liability insurance (because someone might strangle themselves with a skein of my yarn and I’d be liable), the gas to drive there and back, and so on….   They are right in this point of view.  It would be even worse if I were to build a building myself.  Construction insurance, loan insurance, building codes (including the Universal Fire Code — look that baby up if you want to be goggled with horror at ridiculous regulations!), handicap access, etc.

If I were to hire an employee it would get even more onerous.  Minimum wage, of course, but also Social Security tax, Medicare tax, state taxes, county taxes, and on and on…. or I could hire the employee on a 1099 as an independent contractor and let him/her worry about it, but I’m sure that opens me up to further regulations I can’t even conceive of right now.  Like I said, regulation has gone too far.  In this I do agree with  Libertarians.  How to fix this?  I don’t know.  I do know that slashing minimum wage without dealing with the economy strangling regulations (and the government entities creating more and more every day) is NOT going to work.  Appealing to flawed logic and misplaced compassion for an agenda that benefits business owners – the 1%’ers greatly in the near term, and hurts them in the long term, is NOT the way to go about this.

ETA:  I have more thoughts about this, but I don’t want to make it too long.  I’m on vacation from school until next week so I will actually have time to put thought to form.

How to stop Jeff Bezos from filling our skies with drones


Ilargi over at the The Automatic Earth has the  best idea ever.

Drones equipped with jammers….brilliant.

OK, so I’ve been thinking about this as well — and I think the way to keep these things out of the hands of our local police agencies is to make a very LARGE hue and cry over the ultimate loss of personnel this will cause.  After all, if there are drones patrolling the skies, what need is there for actual police on the ground?  A smaller force can be detailed to respond directly to an area where a crime was committed after the fact; there’s no need for actual in-person patrols when the drones can be deployed in place of people to detect crime.  Do we really want drones instead of personnel?

The same can be said of drones being used by other county/city agencies:  why should they, ultimately, employ people to go and check for code violations, say, when they can simply fly a drone over properties and very poorly pay someone to look at the pictures to find them?  Then they too can send out a small force targeted at violators.  Wouldn’t you rather have people being paid than drones?

The upshot is that if our tax dollars are going toward anything, it should be toward PEOPLE, not drones.  The use of drones will always and ultimately lead to job loss, or the replacement of better paid and trained people with lower paid and poorly trained drone masters.  Which will always and ultimately lead to more unemployment/underemployment and a poorer economic outlook for one’s own community.