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Monday, September 24, 2018

REALITIES OF HUMAN INTERACTION

No mansplaining here, just trying to get us to a place where we can solve some problems.



It seems that we have a real problem with expectations.

First understanding we must put into the debate is the reality that human beings are not divine creations of a divine being.  Sorry, but unless we come to grips with the fact that we are highly evolved animals, with animal workings, animal needs and animal instincts we are going to continue to set expectations for ourselves that we can not live up to.

With that reality in mind, please repeat the following until it is memorized and understood:

THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR CRIMINAL BEHAVIOUR!

It does though force us to set a standard on what is criminal and what is normal communication between human beings on a cognitive and physical level. Simply put, what is an error in communication and what is an aggressive and intentional assault against a person who has a right to feel and be safe in any surrounding?

There are some surprising reasons for trying to embrace this reality:

  1. If we are realistic about how we work our interactions we are much more likely to be able to plan for safer and more enjoyable interactions.
  2. When we have a bad experience we should be able to more quickly decide on whether it's a crime, or just a dumb ass miscommunication, for which we need not spend the rest of our lives feeling shameful and victimized.
We have ALL HAD EXPERIENCES OF BEING TOUCHED OR PROPOSITIONED, no matter what our gender, age or position in life.  Some of these experiences are more extreme than others and some, in fact, are criminal.  Some of these are humans, acting like humans, as we have been for thousands of  years. Welcome to planet earth, it's not very perfect down here, but it's still pretty nice.

Friday, September 21, 2018

RAPE CULTURE

Rape Culture

There was a lot of room to believe, we believed, that Rape Culture was a primarily over blown catch phrase that some people used to gain points in this time of higher awareness. Then we see this tweet, with the link to a facebook post.  If proven to be accurate quotes from this group, it would seem to confirm the existence of this so called Rape Culture.

Check out @colinmochrie’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/colinmochrie/status/1043129403901968384?s=09

Wouldn't it be horribly sad if we are able to prove these?

Thursday, September 13, 2018

TRUMP EARNS FIRST FACT MISSILE LAUNCH

THE COMMAND CENTRE HAS AUTHORISED THE FIRST LAUNCH OF THE BS DETECTING FACTMISSILE.

TRUMP DISPUTES PUERTO RICO DEATH TOLL ESTIMATES        

B.S. TARGET CONFIRMED            

  WE HAVE A GO FOR FIRST LAUNCH, THAT'S A GO FOR LAUNCH!


With no supporting information, US President Donald Trump has earned the first launch of the BS targeting Fact Missile.  Point after point in his claim has no backing from qualified people in the field and no supporting information or documentation.  Below find links to 2 credible news outlets and the link to the George Washington University study the ASCERTAINMENT OF THE ESTIMATED EXCESS MORTALITY FROM HURRICANE MAR√ćA IN PUERTO RICO. If you can find a valid dispute to their method and results, feel free to let us know, we'll ask the questions.

Below that we have a listing of the credible information we are aware of currently, to dispute the WSU study.
(spoiler alert.....  it's ZERO)


CNN Story
https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/28/health/puerto-rico-gw-report-excess-deaths/index.html

THE GWU STUDY
https://publichealth.gwu.edu/sites/default/files/downloads/projects/PRstudy/Acertainment%20of%20the%20Estimated%20Excess%20Mortality%20from%20Hurricane%20Maria%20in%20Puerto%20Rico.pdf

USATODAY Story
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/08/28/hurricane-maria-puerto-rico-death-study-george-washington-university/1122899002/

Credible information disputing GWU study:


ZERO!

Friday, September 7, 2018

A VICTORY FOR FACTS AND DECORUM

InfoWars and Alex Jones have been permanently banned from Twitter for repeatedly violating their abusive behavior policy.

https://twitter.com/TwitterSafety/status/1037804427992686593?s=19

Good job Twitter.  

There will be those who will decry this as a blocking free speech.   It is not, in our view.  Free speech does not remove you from responsibility for your speech, and it in no way stops Mr. Jones from expressing his views.  Twitter has a right and a responsibility to ensure that they are not used as a tool to spread misinformation and hate filled rhetoric from all sides of the spectrum.

No one is saying he can't speak, just that he can't use their megaphone.

BRAVO!!

We can add Apple to the list of companies that don't want Alex Jones using their platform to spread his conspiracy nonsense.

Again BRAVO!!

DON'T DEBATE; SELL!

Have you accepted that you don't have to agree with, or like something, in order for it to be true.

If you were to sit down with a piece of paper and write down things you've heard you believe are true, and write down a list of things you've heard, you believe are untrue, take a second look.  Is it a list of true and untrue, or a list of like and dislike?

This gets to the root of the problem in trying to convince someone of something that needs to change.  It is far less a matter of trying to get them to understand the issue than it is trying to get them to like the solution.

PROOF BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT

Beyond a reasonable doubt.

What is reasonable doubt?  What is doubt? Who has to prove what in court?

First let's do an easy one.  Before they can lock you or anyone away, the government, represented by the prosecutor,  must prove you did what they say you did. Neither you nor anyone who is charged has to prove anything.  You only have to show a valid reason to not believe you committed the acts you are charged with.

Doubt is a reason to believe that something didn't happened the way you are told it happened. A reasonable doubt, is a valid reason to not believe that something happened the way you were told it happened.

 What's the difference?



It is not valid, to doubt what you have been told happened, because the person charged has green eyes, and you believe people with green eyes can't do bad things.  It is valid to doubt what you have been told happened if the accused person has green eyes and the witness gave a detailed description including that the person they saw had blue eyes.  That, for this writer at least, would raise a reasonable doubt.

We often, as public, sit in judgment,  of a court judgment without the burden of having to follow the rules, or the responsibly of the decision.  We make up our minds based on outrage, tribalistic instincts, sympathy or any number of personal experiences that sometimes can be helpful to understand the situation,  or cloud our thinking.

We need to relax and let the process work while understanding why it works the way it does.  Hopefully before we are sitting in court, charged with a very publicised crime, based on a vague description we happen to fit.  Public outrage is not proof beyond a reasonable doubt.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Terms Of Service Are Updated

Terms of service are updated.

A FACT IS A FACT, LIKE IT OR NOT.

It's important to understand that facts are things we can have an opinion on, BUT CAN NOT CHANGE.



Too much of what drives our discussion when tackling important issues is not accepting reality and working with it.  Interjecting how we feel about an issue clouds how we deal with what is happening.  What we want to work and what will work are often different, especially if we have not accepted the reality in front of us.

What about you, can NOT CHANGE, no matter how you or others feel about it?

You can like or not like your birth date, but your birthday is still your birthday.   You can choose to celebrate it on a different day,  but you can't change the fact of the year, month and day of your birth. You can vote when you turn 18, not when you feel like your 18, or when someone who doesn't know you says it's different.

Put your anger and admiration away when faced with a decision.  Deal with the facts, like them or not.