dimanche 22 avril 2018

Revenge P.orn law violates 1st Amendment says Court


"Now it will be up to the state attorney general's office to defend the state's "revenge porn" law, which was passed in 2015 and punishes those who post intimate images from previous or current relationships online.

The Tyler-based 12th Court of Appeals said the law is unconstitutional because it's too broad and infringes on free speech, The Texas Tribune reported"

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Personal somone of mine and what he belives in

Hello fellow skeptics. As a skeptic myself, I would like to introduce someone I know from my personal life. His name is down below, along with what he believes in. Most of this was extracted from conversations with him and my casual experience with him. He was in my 8-10th grade class.

What Cody Ray Steen believes are for real:

PS: some of these, thinks he can do himself or become
He is Special ( because other people told him so. No really. )
Harry Potter
Elvis Conspiracy
MJ Conspiracy
Superheroes ( Superhero laws too. Even though they are not any were, on the internet at least. It’s only brought up when he dismisses my attempts to make him prove his position. )
Cartoons ( I think? )
Power rangers ( he and his "brother" Mathew are power rangers, at least that what he says )
Half human, half alien ( think Doctor Who )
Were-x (half human half animal)
Human Genetic Modification ( Told me about injecting t-rex DNA into himself and becoming a T-rex or something. )
Spirit Animals ( Spirit of the wolf, t-rex, etc. )
Super Intelligence ( smarter than everyone.)
Super Strength (able to lift tonnes? IDK really know.)
An afterlife ( remember you can believe in an afterlife and not be religious. )
Telekinetic powers ( I think? )
Dimensional Travel and Dimensions ( fantasy ones, mostly . Does not specify a mechanism. This is true for most of this stuff anyway.)
Time Travel
Doctor Who
Dimensional Agelessness ( He only ages in this realm not the other ones. )
Dimensional Forms ( His human form is in this realm. You get the idea. )
Apocalypse of mankind ( zombie, etc. Just told me Today that “there is no hope for you humans.”)
Absolute power ( able to destroy everyone, do anything he wants, etc.)
Alchemy, etc
Anything in fiction, basically. ( wouldn’t be surprised if he believe more. )

What Cody Ray Steen is elitist about ( not exactly relevant, but a nice addition ):
Music ( 80’s is the best, non-christian music is bad, etc. )
Religion ( Atheists are bad, hate god, are jealous, etc. )

What Cody Ray Steen does to dismiss questions and pulls for proof or evidence of his position:

Shifts burdens of proof ( “that's what you need to find out” He doesn’t even specify what website or place to goto to find out.)
Ad hoc ( “Its all top secret”, “superhero law”, “I can’t do that (even though I just said it), because of x or y”, etc )

What Cody Ray Steen does not believe in:

“Human” Science (I.e Real science)
“Human” Logic
“Human” Knowledge (I.e things that we can show )
“Human” Anything ( aka Anything that contradicts his beliefs)

No really. He is not a poe. He is serious about these things.

Cause hope, emotions, the future is scary, etc. Not good reasons for anyone to believe in anything.

I guess he was really indoctrinated. I bet he didn’t even learn what logic, science or how respect the fact that their music tastes, are not things to criticized. He is also the son of a pastor, specifically the Wesleyan one in Liberty Center and even when to the Creation Museum
in Cincinnati, Ohio. Also, a’lot of petty insults, such as “you know nothing about X” or making stupid faces or movements when I was asking him questions, etc. He has a brother named Ryan. I don’t really know if Cody believes in a hell, but Ryan definitely does. Both of them have ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). Not them excuses him from believing improbable claims on little or no evidence. After all, the person that typed this post is on the spectrum and Cody even has friends and a girlfriend.

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The Law of God

Christ Came to Fulfill the Law: ESV

Mt 5.17 "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

It is written The Law or the prophets, not the Moses law, that's the error you do. He was talking about the Law to love your neighbour as yourself:

Mt 7.The Golden Rule

12 "So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets

You see the same two words: Law and Prophets

The same thing says in Luke, the golden rule:

Luke 6.31 And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

This is a version of the golden rule to love your neighbor as yourself

The Great Commandment

34 But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36 "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?" 37 And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets."

You see when Jesus talks about the Law he talks about the Law to love your neighbor as yourself and you find the same words again as in Mt 5: The Law Prophets

Here again, when he talks about The Law, not the Moses law, the Law he talks about the Law to love your neighbor as yourself.

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

Luke 10.25 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" 26 He said to him, "What is written in the Law? How do you read it?" 27 And he answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself." 28 And he said to him, "You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live."

Here is an exemple where he talks about the Moses law:

John 7.23 If on the Sabbath a man receives circumcision, so that the law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with me because on the Sabbath I made a man's whole body well? 24 Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment."

When Jesus talks about the Law, he talks about the Law to love your neighbor as yourself, when he talks about the law of Moses He specifies it. Then in Mt 5 he talks about the Law to love your neighbour as yourself, the Law he fulfilled and accomplished. Jesus couldn't accomplish the law of Moses because it comes from Satan.

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The Hacking of the American Mind

The Hacking of the American Mind:
The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains
Robert H. Lustig, M.D

Yes, it's a book, but you can capture the essence of the thesis in this lecture:


Why do investment bankers care whether we are eating carbohydrates or fats?

Fat: The New Health Paradigm

It should be obvious why the pharmaceutical industry is concerned that statins may no longer be golden ticket that it once was.
However, when one door closes, another one opens, and a new drug for the next big self inflicted disease will take up the slack.

The cholesterol and calorie hypotheses are both dead — it is time to focus on the real culprit: insulin resistance

He proposes how the food and tech industries have made us addicted to their products, and provides some compelling science ( IMO ) to back it up.

It is all about dopamine and serotonin.

He discusses how various chemicals ( sugar, drugs )and products ( social media ) trigger dopamine release and create addictions.

Some key points:
1) Reward is not contentment, and pleasure is not happiness
2) Reward is dopamine, and contentment is serotonin
3) Chronic excess reward interferes with contentment
4) Chronic stress drives reward at the expense of contentment
5) Business has intentionally conflated pleasure with happiness,
specifically to get you to buy its junk or engage in hedonistic behaviors
that are profitable to them
6) Government legislation and Supreme Court decisions have made
it easier to buy that junk or engage in those behaviors
7) Individuals and society have become fat, sick, stupid, broke,
addicted, depressed, and most decidedly unhappy

It's hard to look around you and deny that this is happening.

How much do you anticipate returning to these discussions, to see what someone has to say about the intellectual bombshell you just dropped?:D

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Here is another one of my "Jodie Stories" for your review:

This past Friday I went to a local Italian place for lunch with five other coworkers. Our waitress was a pleasant young lady who had a Daith piercing for migraines. One of my coworkers that suffers from migraines asked the waitress how well the piercing worked since she suffers from migraines. The waitress said that she had constant migraines prior to getting her Daith piercing and that the piercing helped reduce those migraines to 2-3 per week ( I can't imagine how awful that must be since I have a couple of migraine headaches per year).

Anyway, the waitress left and we were discussing where to go to get a Daith piercing, then the conversation drifted off to other topics. We were there for a couple of hours, the lunch crowd had dwindled down, and we had the room to ourselves. As we were talking and gossiping we heard something fall, hit the tile floor behind Becky, who was sitting directly across from me. We looked to see if something fell out of her purse but didn't find anything. Ten minutes later, a cheap earring falls onto Becky's arm. We looked up at the ceiling, it was smooth, there was no where it could have dropped from, there was no one else in the banquet room with us. Annie Ruth decides to look on the floor again to see if she can locate what fell on the floor 10 minutes earlier and she finds another ear ring, not matching. We left them on the table and paid our bills, and left with the mystery unsolved.

Where do you think the earrings came from? Any logical explanations for this odd occurrence?

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samedi 21 avril 2018

Free trade agreements for Britain

Who will be the first to sign an FTA with the UK ?
My guess is Canada.

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It's not class it's race

Depressing NYT article showing that even the richest black families struggle to pass their wealth through the generations


For example:


As this chart shows, a black man raised by two parents together in the 90th percentile — making around $140,000 a year — earns about the same in adulthood as a white man raised by a single mother making $60,000 alone.

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