KREMLINGATE – WATERGATE FOR MORONS

KREMLINGATE – WATERGATE FOR MORONS

“The scandal surrounding President Donald Trump and his reputed secret ties to the Kremlin has swirled around him since before his inauguration 15 months ago. For his entire presidency, just what the commander-in-chief’s relationship with Moscow—no friends of ours, no matter how ardently Trump wants the Russians to be—actually it has hovered darkly over the Oval Office, never moving on. It’s no wonder the president has rage-tweeted so frequently about the investigation into his Russian links, proclaiming NO COLLUSION! too many times to count anymore.”

“However, the greatest distinction between Watergate and Kremlingate is the underlying crime. In the case of the former, it was a politically-motivated break-in; with the latter, it appears to be collaboration with a hostile foreign power that may be tantamount to treason. Whatever Nixon’s flaws, he was a veteran and former Navy man who was impeccably loyal to the United States. Trump is a draft-dodger who tears down our national institutions, one by one, while possessing a strange unwillingness to criticize Vladimir Putin—whose nasty crimes abroad have increased since January 2017—under any circumstances, for anything.”

#philosophy #donaldtrump #impeachtrump #kremlingate

https://observer.com/2018/04/mueller-investigating-trumps-ties-to-russia-is-watergate-for-morons/

ARE WE MORALLY BOUND TO LEAVE FACEBOOK

ARE WE MORALLY BOUND TO LEAVE FACEBOOK

Excellent article which asks some very relevant moral questions about Facebook. The author’s points are valid and to be honest I have reflected on all the same moral concerns raised.

“The platform has been used to disrupt elections, disseminate propaganda and promote hate. Regular users should ask if they are implicated in these failings.”

“…choosing to remain on Facebook might not directly undermine democratic values. But such an action could also be wrong because we might be failing to participate in a collective action (that is, leaving Facebook) that would prevent the deterioration of democracy.”

“That said, we should not place the responsibility to uphold democratic values entirely on Facebook. As moral agents, we should also hold ourselves responsible for our conduct, and we should be reflective about what we say, react to and share when we are on social media. “

“For now I’m going to stay on Facebook. But if new information suggests that Facebook has crossed a moral red line, we will all have an obligation to opt out.”

#philosophy #morality #socialmedia #facebook

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/24/opinion/sunday/facebook-immoral.html

HOW TO ARGUE RESPECTFULLY

HOW TO ARGUE RESPECTFULLY

“Many find themselves arguing with someone on the Internet, especially in these days fraught with political tensions. A great tool, the web also seems to drive dispute. It is also a reflection of the larger reality, where divisiveness has spread throughout our society. A classic essay from one of the Internet’s pioneers suggests that there is a way to harness such negative energy of the online world and disagree with people without invoking anger—a lesson that extends far beyond the web.”

#philosophy #argument #formallogic

https://bigthink.com/paul-ratner/how-to-disagree-well-7-of-the-best-and-worst-ways-to-argue?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&#Echobox=1543322509

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE PHILOSOPHY OF IGNORANCE

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE PHILOSOPHY OF IGNORANCE

“Philosophers have been talking about skepticism for a long time. Some of those insights can shed light on our public discourse regarding climate change.”

“No matter how smart or educated you are, what you don’t know far surpasses anything you may know. Socrates taught us the virtue of recognizing our limitations. Wisdom, he said, requires possessing a type of humility manifested in an awareness of one’s own ignorance. Since then, the value of being aware of our ignorance has been a recurring theme in Western thought: René Descartes said it’s necessary to doubt all things to build a solid foundation for science; and Ludwig Wittgenstein, reflecting on the limits of language, said that “the difficulty in philosophy is to say no more than we know.””

#philosophy #wisdom #knowledge #climatechange #psychology

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/26/opinion/skepticism-philosophy-climate-change.html

TERENCE MCKENNA – PSYCHEDELIC BARD

“You are a divine being. You matter, you count. You come from realms of unimaginable power and light, and you will return to those realms” – Terence McKenna

“Praised by hundreds of thousands of zealous soul-seekers worldwide, Terence McKenna’s accounts of his experiences with psychedelic substances have gifted us with astounding glimpses into the otherworldly. His lyrical intellect and learned interests included shamanism, renaissance alchemy, archeology, Jungian psychology, and technology. This made him a polymath like the psychedelic scene had never seen. May this brief portrayal of his existence be a homage to the knowledge he transmitted to our curious minds and the freedom to experiment he instilled in our wandering souls.”

“Terence brought us an infinite wealth of information from his journeys in this, and other, existences. Not a single psychonaut after him would come close to the phantasmagorical way he would weave stories to bring us closer to the unfathomable dimensions of reality. He made them describable, and he never did it with a Messianic undertone—his messages were always clearly idiosyncratic and inviting to discussion and attestation. As he would humbly state, close to his demise: “My real function for people was permission. Essentially what I existed for was to say, ‘Go ahead, you’ll live through it, get loaded, you don’t have to be afraid’”. He will be forever treasured for his contributions to the expansion of consciousness of the souls he touched with his account of the lore of the beyond.”

#psychology #psychonaut #psychedelics #terencemckenna #transpersonal #consciousness

The Life and High Times of Psychedelic Bard, Terence McKenna