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I’m back… not that I ever went away!

Do you ever get burnt out writing? Do you sometimes feel that you spend so many hours working on something and make little or no real impact?

It happens to me sometimes.

So I toyed with the idea of merely tweeting interesting stories and feeding them through here. Without commentary, I mean.

Also, sometimes I just get bored of my own thoughts and want to slip into the background.

Maybe you can empathize.

But today I’m back. I’ve decided to write again, to add commentary to interesting tweets. And to not just tweet (even though finding and choosing good headlines takes a lot longer that you might think, and isn’t as impersonal as it may seem).

Today’s tweet caught my attention because, well, it’s true. We are so sensitive to so many different special interest groups. But oftentimes we hear terrible things said about those who, for whatever reasons, don’t fit into the status quo.

It’s a bit of a farce to uphold liberal ideals with some groups and to turn a blind eye to others. We should try to be nice to everyone… not just the flavor of the month.


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Progress and political correctness in the context of religion

Stylistic tweaks… move toward present tense:

[earlier] … I just revised my earthpages.ca entry on the Hindu sage Ramanuja. The revision was several days in the making and I’ll probably make a few more stylistic tweaks. But here it is… for now.


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Can we blame the Bible for rape and sexual assault?

Reading this tweeted article, something struck me as not quite right. First of all, the ancient world wasn’t just about Jews and Christians; and sexism and sexual crime was rampant in almost all early cultures.

That makes sexism the root cause. A lot of the Bible reflects and reinforces ancient cultural biases, as do most other holy books.

Why would sexism be widespread in the ancient world? Well, we don’t have to tax our brains to come up with a plausible explanation…

Physical size.

Physical size has become far less important in the 21st century, so naturally things are changing for the better.

Another problem with the tweeted article has to do with today.

In Canada I am happy to boast that we are decades ahead of most of the world in terms of multiculturalism. In Toronto, where I live, Christianity remains the majority religion, but it’s only at 56.7%. And 49% of all Toronto residents are foreign-born.

So obviously other countries look a bit backward to progressive Canadians when it comes to living peacefully with different folks from around the world. “Progress” doesn’t only mean who gets the latest gadgets or finest threads at the lowest price.

But I digress. The point is this:

Rape and sexual assault still occur in most global cultures. It’s not entirely about religion or the holy books. Instead, a brutish mentality is to blame. Thankfully, time and right education will erase that lingering brute.

MC


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The sad raccoon stalker…


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Human beings raised in plastic bags?

It’s hard to imagine the psychological impact if this extends to human beings. Imagine being conceived in a test tube and then raised in a plastic bag. No human warmth. No sound of a heartbeat. Not a real one, anyhow. Innovators might pipe that in to make the fetus feel more at home.

My guess is that a person raised this way would be lacking something essential. But who knows, maybe the future is just cold, cold, cold.

MC


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Autistic hacker goes to jail – A colossal waste of talent and cash?

I’m no expert on so-called Autism and I don’t have a clue about hacking. But my guess is that this young man, now 20, was feeling alienated and found some kind of relief through his illegal activities. If I’m right, could this not be redirected toward the good?

Instead of throwing him in jail, which will likely make him feel even more the outsider, why not put him to work as a counter-terrorism agent for British Intelligence? Use his obvious talent to abort terror plots and save a ton of money by not funding a detention center.

I’m not talking slavery. Give him a fair salary and keep watch on his activities. Don’t allow him a home computer or smartphone for a probational period. And see what the young man can do.

That would be my sentence if I were judge.

MC


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Link between fracking and newborn deaths?