Police State – Enough is Enough

November 19, 2011 at 10:46 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

             I have been passively following the occupy movement, as many of you have been as well. However, I have become increasingly distressed by the way police forces and local governments have been handling the whole mess. It seems odd to me that there is not more of an outcry by citizens against a government that allows police to pepper-spray the elderly and peaceful protesters. This nation was built off of the hope and desire for freedom of speech, along with other inalienable rights. The meaning of this seems to have been lost in our nation. We as a people have the constitutional right to peaceful assembly and to freedom of speech. No one, not even the government that is designed to protect those rights can revoke them. This is an outrage that is against the constitution.

            The protecting force of America is taking advantage of the citizens. I respect the job that police do. It takes a lot of courage and endurance to do a job no one else wants to do: stand in the face of danger to protect. Protecting is not what has been happening at places like University of California, Davis. The assault of peaceful protesters is not what protection means. Civil disobedience has changed this nation for the better and the attempt to stop it only indicates the degree to which our government is broken. We citizens are those who form and give power to the government. That is the foundation of a representative government. When that government stops representing its people then its time the people spoke up and made it listen.

            To long the US government has done what IT wanted not what the PEOPLE want.  This is a trend that must be checked before it grows anymore out of control. We all need to voice our opinion and let our government know that we will not be taken advantage of not will we be abused. Please send letters to your local officials and representatives. Let them know, in a civil and mature manner that you are not pleased with their actions and that we as a people demand change.

This power is granted to the people of the united states in our Declaration of Independence: 

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new guards for their future security — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. — The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.” ~ http://www.usconstitution.net/declar.html

 

To read more of what is going on here are two of many news options:

 

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57328202/video-police-pepper-spray-passive-students/

 

http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=1029

 

 

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The Debate on God

September 23, 2010 at 5:08 am (Religion)

Here is a debate between a freind and I, I was wondering where everyone else stands on the issue.

Question:  The bible hasn’t been wrong in 6,000 years. Do you really want to question it now?

My response: The assumption was that if we grandfather the idea of god and say “look at all these people who have believed for all this time” then I can empirically say “and here are all the people who have questioned since the beginning” The debate over god cannot really be settled because no matter how many times someone claims there is one, I ask for evidence, there is none. which leads to the idea of faith for which there is also no evidence. Beliefs in a higher being cannot be empirically proven no dis-proven. Thus I do question for both sides and see no rational reason to accept either. ^.^

Friend response to me: Aubrey, given our past record with debate, I would like to dig into this a littlel deeper and see if we can find the rabbi…t hole 🙂 I have found evidence, and I can prove through referencing to historical finding, scientific findings, and biology, theology, the proof that there has to be a higher power.

Romans 1:19-20

19since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

Romans 2:14

14For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law.

Romans 2:15

15They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them

Psalm 19

1 The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
2Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
3There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
4 Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,
5 which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
6Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
and its circuit to the end of them,
and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

All these verses relate to God being the founder of all things. It even explains why we naturally know that things are wrong. I don’t have to tell someone that one of the commandments of God is do not murder, we already know that is wrong.

Now, opposing side.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/

if you really want to read it all….pretty much, billions of years accounts for rocks hitting against each other and….we are here now….

Proved through rocks and fossils

My biggest question is how could something come from nothing? If God is not there, that means that there is nothing that created this, which means nothing became something on its own.

I believe in God, some believe in dirt. Difference? I know where my dirt came from, where did yours?

The biggest problem I have with evolution is that it is all based on humanistic values, which is atheistic at heart.

If there is no God, we are no better than pigs and rats. Which would means we are cause and effect machines. Which takes away all free will, which takes away all responsibility for our actions, which takes away all accountability. No meaning to life, nothing after we die, no reason to wake up.

I don’t know about you, but I would hate to live in that world 😦

Now, the opposing sides fights.

http://www.clarifyingchristianity.com/creation.shtml

If you want more facts, I have videos, books, talks, all kinds of stuff.

I could fill up a whole filing cabinet and take on a whole tournament 🙂

My response: As for the argument for god, give em an example of something that does not come inscribed in a book that is supposedly given to humans form ‘god’ It is a logical fallacy to say that I know god is real because the book he gave to us says so…. I then can believe that the vampire Lestat is real cause of the book he wrote and gave to us through Ann Rice as a prophet. Under that premise I have yet to see evidence that you can gather from a more reliable source, aka empirically.
As for the evolution claim. There is not a claim that nothing came from something it is physics that states that the matter in the universe came from a hyper black hole that once it reach maximum density exploded giving the universe and that it (theoretically) will re-collapse and do it all over again. Evolution is scientifically backed up and the reason that it is ‘agnostic’ at heart not ‘atheist’ is that whether or not god exists there can be an empirical claim in the world allowing us to have a causal connection in the world around us. and that cause and effect does not declare a lack of free will. the way that our brains have ‘evolve’ has given us a small evolutionary 1 up on the rest of the evolving species on the planet. Not because god commands it but because with the way that our bodies are built we either had to adapt to our environment or die off like other have. We evolved.
This allows us to make a cognitive choice and thus retain our free will. Beyond that there is a claim in your argumetn that without god I would have no purpouse. However if I am a free agent of my own making that functions within the laws of nature without some over protective father figure watching my every move then I have a huge pourpuse each morning: to define myself by my action and to creat my own existence in the world with out the help of a higher power. This is because I as a free agent am powerful enough to make my own choices without supervision.
the idea that god needs to be in our lives is the result of anxiety about taking responsibility for ones own actions and the fear of death and all that in tells. Rationally there is no empirical claim for this thing called god that cannot be said and cannot be explained in some fashion by science. Further more if one were to say that it is because god willed it that way then your god in non-unique and becomes a matter of taste then a necessity to function in the world.

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What is your stance on the issue and is there any empirical evidence that can be made to prove the existence of God other then ‘faith’ based arguments?

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Love? Like? Need?

November 7, 2009 at 4:00 pm (Uncategorized)

The whole concept of love is interesting and I have come to the conclusion that I want to learn more about the subject. I have questions that would be good to seen answered, or as much of an answer as you can get out of a philosopher. Why is it that We find someone attractive in the first place, the most obvious answer to me is biology. Perhaps this illusion we call attraction is merely a way to perpetuate the species. If that is true though then what of our cognitive power, and free will? Illusions as well? The type of people we find ourselves attracted to, is there simply a DNA thing or do we find their virtues endearing and there faults tolerable. Many of these questions stem from a biological stand point, but what about the psychological. If Person y really likes person x, person y attempts to date person x, then find out person x has a partner already. This seems natural to say that person x would not be available. Lets say that after finding this person y is quite upset and decides that she will attempt to stop emotional feelings for person x and succeeds. Is this a biological function or is it that our intellectual abilities trump physical need? Has person y surpassed the need of the biological or is it simply a matter of timing and similarly matching DNA? I will do some reading and attempt to answer some of my questions. Then I will update my findings.

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People and the Romantic Idea

August 3, 2009 at 4:17 pm (Rantings and Musings)

This is simply musings. We’ll see where the idea ends up as it becomes more polished, if anywhere.

I was once upon a time a Romantic about people. All people are, at one point. I fell in love with the Idea of them and that is the fault in our current state of affairs. People are intrinsically mean and nasty. The idea of us being civilized is nonsense.  We operate in the State of Nature even in our so called “civilization” and no amount of Low or regulation can change that. People use each other as means for we see no end other then that of ourselves. When one human see another there is no true desire to help other then self gratification. Now Don’t get me wrong, I think people are very egoist and NOT that they ought to be on such an extreme leave. If there is a way to avoid this I hope to find it. However, from observation people act like the animals they evolved from and no matter how “civilized” we have become, we are no better then those ancestors of ours. People believe we has somehow evolved beyond the system and we are now better then that. I disagree.  In the Animal Kingdom there are no pretenses. When an antelope encounters a wolf she knows there is danger. Some how our evolution has rendered us smarter and for it we are worse.  Why is it that humans fell the need to lie? Is it the fact that we have created society? If we did exist in this State of Nature then would there even be a need for all of the false interactions? We still feed on each other and pray on the week, the difference is that the field  has moved from the physical to the mental realms. This is our  “secondary state of nature”. This is the folly of our upbringing. We are taught the right way to act and though it may be this ideal image of civilization it is not necessarily the human nature we share. As a result we function in this perfect ideal of what we want and expect people to be. This is what we picture when we call someone civilized or civil. The person themselves are irrelevant. The idea is all that matters. People are scavengers and when we become disillusioned and see others for the animal we all are, we call them evil or bad. Whether or not it is true. But it’s as they say: Ignorance is bliss. And the only way to function in this Secondary State of Nature is to act “civilized” and hope nobody notices you aren’t.

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Political Violence and the Disturbing Lack of Awareness.

June 23, 2009 at 7:33 pm (Government, Uncategorized)

The atrocities of the world are a terrible crime, but it is even worse to forget they happened. I missed the anniversary by 17 days, sorry… But Tiananmen Square should not be forgotten and yet it has. It has only been 20 years, within most of our lifetimes and yet we have forgotten it. It’s a sad day when such hardship and such strength was shown by students determined to chain the wrongs in the world and yet they are thrown to the un-read pages of history. Acts such as the political protests in Iran and around the world should be known. The cries of the repressed looking for freedom that no one will help deliver ring around the world with no one to listen. Taking action is a choice and an important one. By keeping these people that have sacrificed in our minds keeps the fight and meaning behind it alive. You will not care in a year or two about the newest shirt you bought or getting the newest style of cell phone. Please don’t let these things fill your mind. take a min to actually remember the people that have suffered and died for not only the things you have now, but more importantly the ideal of Freedom that allows you to have the option to do what you want. I ask that everyone stop even for 30 seconds a day and pause to remember those who have died for an ideal that we take for granted.
Please watch these one from may 4,1989 the second is one from the the current development in Iran.

R.I.P…
Please be warned ed these are graphic images and if you are a miner I request that you don’t look at them or have parent advisory. You may need to log in and confirm you birth date in the second video.

Tiananmen Square:

A girl named Nena in Iran:
http://www.facebook.com/ext/share.php?sid=120734722906&h=1AAK2&u=AE2rm&ref=nf

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Supreme Justice Nominee

May 27, 2009 at 3:48 pm (Government)

Sotomayor has been nominated by President Obama. Some people see this as a racial card, however, her reputation and skills as a judiciary set her apart from the crowd. She has had many years of experience and knowing that she has been on every level of the judiciary branch signifies that she knows multiple view points and will look at the cases before the judges fairly and rationally. There is a lot of fuss about Pres. Obama picking her because she is from the projects and she’s Hispanic. I find that she has the skills needed and her socio-economic background means very little. Her abilities is what should be looked at and when the congregational floor meets and adjourns I hope they make a fair decision based on those qualifications. Please contact you Senators and tell them to support fairness in the judiciary.

The NPR link for the article can be read here

There has been an article published by CNN that has marred her and questioned her competency. The article can be read here. The troubling part is the lack of evidence that was used to make the claim. There was no credentials that signify this and nothing to back up the claim. Was CNN using a misleading quote and is that a part of freedom of the press to twist and skew as they see fit?

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Torture Memo Investigation

May 5, 2009 at 8:53 pm (Ethics on Torture)

 

This Article was on NPR and can be read here. Is this Justice? The article is about the three lawyers that were involved in the “Torture Memo”. This is an update on the 2 year investigation on the lawyers. The Three of them will be disbarred from ever working as an Attorney again. However, They will more then likely not face Criminal charges due to the lack of proof of knowingly creating an immoral ethical document concerning the treatment of detainees and the use of “Harsh Investigation” techniques. The Assistant Attorney General Ron Weich has given a draft of the case against the three Attorney’s to them and they were to review it by the 4th of May. Should they be given a chance to review the case? This is a good move I believe for the US to hold to the idea of a fair trial. Should they be held directly responsible or should there be more blame on the Administration that allowed these Memos to be used? This is a good step foreword into the direction of reclaiming some ground internationally as a Country if they are held accountable.

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Hello

May 5, 2009 at 4:08 am (Uncategorized)

I’ve been meaning to start one of these for some time. We’ll see how this goes haha.

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