In this video I watched at the Nat Geo site four bigfoot are said to show up late in the footage. Three of them subsequently disappear. The comments published appear to be selected to reinforce the prejudice of the article accompanying the video in question. In each case the impression I get is that the commentator is commenting on the footage, but not on the file itself. Why not examine the file? Check the file out. Has it been altered? Where? When? How?
I’m reading through the latest issue of Skeptic when I run across the article Virtuous Reality by Douglas J. Navarick—no link. In it I read these lines in my physical copy, “But in purely materialistic scientific terms, could there be any difference in moral content between the actions of the terrorists and the tectonic movement of plates—his emphasis? They are both processes of nature and presumed to be to be governed by laws in their respective geological and psychological domains. The brain is a physical system no less than a planet.”
I have to ask, Mr. Navarick, do you think about the things you do think about?
There is a vital difference between tectonic plates and human beings, plates can’t think. We can. We can have motives and intentions. We can come up with reasons, we can rationalize. A thing or any animal without a functioning brain can’t have intentions. Any animal with a functioning brain can. And when that animal has brains enough to understand how their actions can help or harm another then the action in question becomes a matter of morality. In as much as Navarick’s example terrorists are human beings with functioning brains and who are capable of understanding that what they propose to do will harm other human beings to the terrorists’ benefit—my emphasis, then it is a moral act and an act of evil.
The thing we need to remember is that an act requires intention. Tectonic plates can’t act, we can. The fall of an avalanche or the breaking of a wave just happens, there can be no thought behind them. Sorry Mr. Navarick, but I can’t accept the rest of your argument because your basic foundation is so flawed it renders the rest of your article senseless and useless.Humans are capable of doing things for a reason, and until you accept that fact you have nothing of value to add to this discussion on the nature of evil.
People say we need immigration laws. I must ask, “We do?” Let’s be honest here, our immigration laws were originally enacted to keep undesirables out. Undesirables being those who are not white western Europeans.
Since then we have made changes, and now the rationale is to keep too many people from moving here. But now I have to ask, do we need to? Last I’ve heard, we’re not replacing our losses, fewer people are being born than dying. In short, we need immigration to replace our fatalities.
So they’re not real Americans. By who’s definition? I grew up in the 50s and 60s, back then we wouldn’t really qualify as Americans. How Americans are seen has changed over the years, and now a person from 1965 would be somewhat aghast at how we’ve changed.
As for not being able to handle a mass influx, we need a mass influx. We need more immigrants to make up for the people we lose. As for changing the nature of our society; it has changed and it will keep on changing. This is not the America of 1850, thank God.
And what if the whole world moves here? Well then, we’ve got an empty world outside of the United States to colonize. As a matter of fact, if everybody decides to migrate here, what say we forestall them and annex the planet. Just tell the world that instead of them having to move here to become Americans, America will be coming to you. From now one you are all citizens of the United States, with all the rights and privileges thereof. Of course, you are now all subject to U.S. law, which will mean changes.
But I rather doubt everybody’s going to want to become a citizen of the United States, or even want to move here. As a matter of fact, as far as I can see we can handle the influx, we just need to show some smarts in how we do it.
As for the fussy, new neighbors won’t kill you.
Today I learned that the fellow who was supposed to move out of his apartment as he promised to changed his mind. Steps are being taken to persuade him to follow through on his promise, but at the moment it looks like he’s going to get evicted, and that’s going to take a couple of months.
Keep in mind that he likely has a place to move to, and that it’s likely his family and his doctor are urging him to. But it sounds to me as if he’s gotten scared and wants to stay where he feels safe.
In the meantime I’m feeling unsafe and I really do need a place of my own. Or at least a room in a home with a stable environment and the landlord has some knowledge of the autistic and how we tend to behave.
To add to that I really do need to start using a cpap, I don’t think a delay of close to 60 days is going to do me any good.
While at the National City CA Walmart I had an incident. I was getting ready for a night on the street when my weakness and unsteadiness said I had to sit down on the floor. They called the paramedics and they took me to Paradise Valley Hospital.
They did a comprehensive exam and I learned I’m going through kidney failure and that I have atrial fibrillation. And that means I’m now an inpatient.
For that we can thank the Alpha Project of San Diego, though I doubt they are going to appreciate my “effusive praise” 🙂
That’s it for the moment, more later.