April 11, 2004
Boundaries of Knowledge
I like this site, good alternative resource, much more than politics.
“…The political bias of our staff just happens to be ‘liberal’ or ‘progressive’ but that doesn’t mean we close our minds to ideas that are deemed conservative…”
I can see a lot of my own experience described in this very helpful article.
“Adherence to the cult lifestyle often results in radical behavior changes, along with “a loss of identity” compensated by an “enslavement to cult leaders” and further estrangement from family…
“…There has been a marked decline in the influence of the family and traditional religious beliefs, with a concomitant liberalization of personal values. The social climate has nourished rejection of cultural and moral standards. This has left adults and especially adolescents with the dilemma of finding values with which to fill this vacuum,…”
The author mentions the “all-powerful authoritarian leader”, which is what we had in the Worldwide Church of God.
He makes the well-intentioned but, to me, ironic suggestion that educators, government agencies and others should rise to the occasion and compensate for the fracturing of values and family. I think rather, that many who belong to these groups would have to call off their program of values destruction first. There are other points to quibble about – never mind – it’s a good article. (1)
“…When men, from custom or fashion or any worldly motive, profess or pretend to believe what they do not believe, nor can give any reason for believing, they unship the helm of their morality, and being no longer honest to their own minds they feel no moral difficulty in being unjust to others… Morality has no hold on their minds, no restraint on their actions.”
Liberty & War
Hero. Tyco juror, 79-year-old Ruth B. Jordan, in the face of media intimidation:
“…Even people who have so much they don’t know how to spend it, and still want more. Even they deserve justice when it comes to whether or not they committed a crime…”
This lady deserves nothing but respect on two counts: elderly and wise.
“…ability of recording information such as details of the transactions the paper note has been involved in…”
Of course, since NATO supposedly represents goodness and democracy, this can’t be terrorism, right? We have to get used to the idea that our Western governments have the right to attack churches? No, tell you what, I don’t want to get used to that idea. I never heard of such a thing.
It sounds like something the Nazis or the Communists would have done. On second thought, I just remembered – Clinton set a precedent for this at Waco. I guess they want to try it a few times to see if people learn to accept it. How else can they carry out their war “on terrorism” unless the people agree it’s “OK” with them to blow open a few churches?
NATO should disband and stop practising global dictatorship. Also, Canada should withdraw from NATO. Troops of a free nation should not be occupying other nations.
Bush accused of ignoring al Qaeda until after 9/11 (http://www.reuters.com/locales/newsArticle.jsp;:405e5bbe:8b4e545a35bba110?type=worldNews&locale=en_IN&storyID=4615687)
By the way, Zapatero has the label “Socialist”. Many get caught up in language and party labels. In practice, Bush, Clinton and Kerry are all big government socialists of one kind or another. Bush talks the “conservative” talk but talk does not make him “conservative”. Bush talks “freedom” while he pursues the path of former presidents in foreign and domestic intervention.
Spanish voters did not want any part of the Iraq war, and that is part of the reason they punished their former leader. Americans fought a War of Independence, so they ought to understand why other nations want independence from the US. Other peoples don’t feel proud when their leaders are bullied and deceived by the US government.
Most people in the world respect American ideals and much of American culture. The US government has had to work very hard to create “Anti-Americanism”. Many Americans have been brainwashed, so they don’t understand the nature of their government and how it contradicts their own ideals.
Eric Margolis: Bush’s War is a Financial Disaster (http://www.canoe.ca/Columnists/margolis_mar14.html)
Canadian Troops Head to Haiti (http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2004/03/12/379910-cp.html)
Inappropriate Criminalization: Woman denies charges in C-section case (http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/2004/03/11/378725-ap.html)
- This lady is possibly mentally ill as someone mentioned, and she made an irrational choice.
- She made a medical choice. People have to be free to make good and bad choices about their care. There are even people without the same facilities.
- She didn’t actively try to kill her baby but many others do try to terminate their unborn babies, and they are not charged with a crime.
- She’s a mother anyway, so give her a lecture and leave her alone.
 Adolescence Magazine, Fall, 1998, findarticles.com