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Predictions for 2015

Overview We’re living in a civilization that’s declining into a new Dark Age as part of the long cycle, while in the short cycle of generation, we’re gearing up for a major conflict.  These are the seasons in which we live, they’re part of the landscape and there’s nothing we can do about them.  Within this context, however, there is much that can be done.  What the conflict will be about, and how the Dark Age will manifest are still up in the air. Dark Ages result in the decline of states, but not necessarily the decline of peoples or...

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The Ten Commandments for Atheists; A Deconstruction

The following Ten Commandments for Atheists has been popping up on the Internet for the past couple of days, and since I’m stuck waiting on a rendering video, I figured I’d give them a quick deconstruction.

Before I begin, my stance on the whole New Atheist movement: it can be summed up as “So you figured out there’s no god? Good for you. Have a cookie.” I typically refer to the hardline adherents as ‘Atheistkult’, as I find them to be naive and arrogant, no better than the ignorant hordes thumping “Muh Bible!” This isn’t a sweeping condemnation of all Atheists (or Southern Baptists, for that matter), just the noisiest and most poorly read of the group.

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It’s Time for the Manosphere to Mend Bridges with the MHRM

If you ask most denizens of the Manosphere, they’ll describe AVfM as nothing more than “Feminism for men” (meanwhile, the MHRM would probably describe the Manosphere as “Nothing but a bunch of guys trying to get laid”). These are both gross mischaracterizations.

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The CIA Torture Report

On December 9th, 2014, the Democrats of the Senate Intelligence Committee published a report of the torture methods employed by the CIA during the War on Terror over the past decade, methods that were authorized under Bush, and carried on under Obama. My reaction can be broken down into three categories: the morality, the tactics, and the context. Let’s take these one by one.

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My brother is dead.

I should have written this weeks ago.  But it hurt too much. My brother – a young man from my military regiment – his name was Nathat Cirillo – was murdered by a terrorist during the attack on Capital Hill Nathan Cirillo belonged to my regiments.  He was an Argyll.  I was surprised by how much this affected me.  I was in the middle of editing video when I heard this – somehow – over Twitter or something? – nonsense.  I was in New Hampsire at the time, and an Argyll was dead.  I went outside to sit on the...

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Malala Yousafzai: A Manufactured Paragon

Even Beethoven didn’t write his first great symphony until he was in his 30s, and music is the sort of endeavour which can be focused on exclusively, it doesn’t require a breadth of life experience – just a lot of time. Politics, meanwhile, demands a wide set of experiences, a familiarity with the human condition, an awareness of your own dark nature, and a broad understanding of the various philosophies and ideologies which govern human society. There are no savants in politics; and for a teenager to be awarded this medal demeans the medal, as well as the recipient.