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The following posts are my ideas about My World, Politics, Education, and Religion. They aren’t meant to be scholarly articles. I can’t do that, and who reads that stuff? These are just one-sided conversations with non-experts and people who will give ideas some time.

I appreciate the time given to reading my ideas. Thank you. I can promise almost nothing in return, but an honest attempt at some truth.

This Blog is divided into 4 areas of my interest.

My World          Politics           Education           Religion

Each topic is familiar to all of us and these posts are my contributions to the dialogue.

MY WORLD is reached mostly through news services, Blogs, and Social Media. Any one alone is not trustworthy, so if I want to know about something, it will take a search for reliable information. I stay current with a balanced group of international news services, American news services, and Blogs offered by “experts” in their fields. I use an even number of information sources, conservative and liberal, for each American political philosophy – Independent, Democrat, and Republican.

I am an American. I am not a Republican or a Democrat. The difference is significant. When I hear someone is either a Republican or a Democrat, I wonder when and why they decided to stop being an American. The evidence for the clear distinction between Americans and Party Advocates will be a central theme in my POLITICS.

I will argue on these pages that EDUCATON is our best hope for America and so far, it is our greatest failure. I believe we can save ourselves by using the internet in the classrooms for more self-directed teaching, getting rid of tenure, and putting cameras in our classrooms.

My RELIGION is currently a disappointment. Too many people who claim to be closest to Jesus act like they never heard of the Guy as they beat people up with the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. I’m interested in how Jesus became the pendulum swinging between God and Politics.

An ongoing section of this Blog will be a search for information about a line of reasoning offered by Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Herman in the book, “Manufacturing Consent.”   The collection of articles will be titled

The Vile Maxim

the vile maxim

and it will contain the following 10 sections that work to explain the selling-off of America by a collection of Whores and Traitors:

1.  Reduce Democracy

2.  Shape Ideology

3.  Redesign the Economy

4.  Shift the Burden

5.  Attack Solidarity

6.  Regulate the Regulators

7.  Engineer Elections

8.  Control the People

9.  Manufacture Consent

10.  Marginalize the Population

The internet opens all doors to knowledge. What we can know is only limited by our skills at asking the right questions. This Blog will work to ask the right questions and I’ll give the evidence I find for my opinions.

Enjoy.

 

Add One More to the List  

I’m a little surprised at just how ignorant Americans are of this world, and I am embarrassed by what I see on social media that pretends to be adult conversation about the serious world and national issues.  The world is watching us duck a problem we created by our arrogant and uninformed dealings with sovereign nations in the Middle East.  Against everyone’s advice who ever read a book, we destabilized the Middle East and what is happening now is what we were warned against.  America created most of this immigration problem.  And the coalition countries who followed us into disaster in each Gulf War are taking the brunt of what always comes from our foolishness.

Right this instant there are people, literally, dying to get into this country.  They are coming and we cannot and should not stop them.  What we should do is what we already do, separate the good people from the bad people.  That is just one of the many continual jobs of any country.  We get bad people from other countries and we grow bad people right here at home.  What has ever been new about that?

Is it likely that everyone running for their lives from war-torn and corrupt countries are just bad people?  Is that even reasonable to think about?  Maybe there are going to be just enough bad people coming along with the good people to tip the scale in favor of complete national collapse?  I say no.

There are plenty of good people looking out for bad people.  We catch them all the time.  Some we don’t catch and they will do their damage.  The probability that an immigrant will come here just to do damage to us is actually not as high as the probability that a child born here will do the exact same damage.

In our history, we have said much the same things about every group of people who came to our shores.  The Colonials restricted Catholics.  We tried and often succeeded in placing immigration restrictions on the Irish, the Jews, The Germans, the Italians, the Chinese and Japanese, and our recent history has its own additions to this list.  Now we add fleeing Middle Easterners.

Notice how Catholics, Irish, Germans, Jews, Italians, Chinese, Japanese and Mexicans have managed to settle in without destroying America?  Even though there has been, and will always be, criminals in every ethnic group, we found them out, separated them from the decent people and we moved on.

We should be adults about this Middle East exodus and take some responsibility for our actions.  Maybe we can gain back some of our national honor by doing the right thing.   There is always some bad that hangs around the good.  We will find it out and move on, maybe this time with some earned pride. –MJ

 

Due Diligence in the Information Age

What is due diligence in the information age?

I came across this meme:

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I wanted to know who said, “Fate whispers to the warrior, you cannot withstand the storm.  The warrior whispers back, I am the storm.”   I wanted to read it in context.

This turned out to be a problem.

I GOOGLE, “ “Fate whispers to the warrior,  you cannot withstand the storm.  The warrior whispers back, I am the storm.”  I got Pinterest as the #1 hit:  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/575686764847920635/

There was a variation of the quote that gave the first line as, “the Devil whispers, you cannot withstand the storm.”

Then GOOGLE gave a list of bloggers using the phrase and a list of Fasebookers using the phrase.  No help.

I typed, “fate whispers to the warrior: author” and got this:  https://www.reddit.com/r/quotes/comments/3o3mqd/fate_whispers_to_the_man_you_cannot_withstand_the/

“[–]PixelatedBaloney 6 points 5 months ago*

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A Twitter/Instagram account named 556_Productions is claiming credit for a variation of this quote: Fate whispers to the warrior “you cannot withstand this storm” and the warrior whispers back “I am the storm”: Herehere, and here. The original post must be buried pretty far down, or I missed it while scrolling through, but they claim credit for it anywhere it’s posted without credit to them.

Then I found this:

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[–]556_productions 1 point 3 months ago

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We penned it for the first time in June of 2015, it’s not from Dune or any other book/movie”

I went to 556 productions and found this:  http://556-productions.myshopify.com/

At the 556 productions site I typed “Fate whispers to the warrior, “you cannot withstand the storm”. The warrior whispers back, I am the storm.”  into their search box.  I got nothing.

Do 556 productions own that quote?  Other search results give the author as, “unknown”.  Can I use this quote in a published article?

This is a problem for authors.  If we write for money and some great idea of ours ends up on a Wheaties box because it was found floating around on a meme, we might not have recourse.  How can we prevent a meme from taking our ideas and letting someone on Pinterest make money on our work?