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Forum: What Do You See As The Pros And Cons of Digital Technology?

Every week on Monday, the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: What Do You See As The Pros And Cons of Digital Technology?

Laura Rambeau Lee, Right Reason : The advent of digital technology has changed all of our lives. Whether it has changed our lives for better or worse rests on each one of us alone and how we choose to use it. It is a two edged sword. At a time when the information we seek is at our fingertips, it is of utmost importance to be able to cull through pages and pages of data and critically determine what is true and what is not. Researching a subject can draw us into a rabbit hole of such dimensions we can spend hours in our quest for truth. For the autodidact the use of digital technology helps expand our understanding of specific topics of one’s own choosing in addition to history, the world, and world events. The scope of information is truly staggering and I personally love it.

Digital technology is a wonderful teaching tool but I fear there is too much dependence on it too early. I find so many utilize computers doing every task imaginable but they do not really understand the reasoning and methodology behind what they are doing. If we were ever to find ourselves in a situation where we had no access to it the world would suffer; not from the loss, but from the lack of core understanding and knowledge of what should be basic life skills. A simple example would be counting change back in a sales transaction. Today all one has to do is enter in the amount a customer gives to the cashier and the machine tells them how much change to give back to the customer. Without the computer many would not know how much change to give back. As a child of twelve I was taught how to count back change and then put to work in the family drug store. Today I see adults who have not learned to do this in their heads, so completely are they dependent on the technology. Our schools should be teaching these basic skills without use of computers so our children understand how to reason and think critically.

One can use this same technology to self-stimulate by watching movies, listening to music, playing games or communicate with others through social media such as Facebook and Twitter, filling up ones time while never actually doing, learning, or accomplishing anything. It seems many have no desire to actually get beyond this technology and explore or learn what is really happening in the world and engage in a meaningful and purposeful way.

Music has always played an integral part of my life and I find I do not enjoy the whole aspect of using mp3 players or downloading music. Listening through earphones or headphones seems so solitary and isolating. I love music that surrounds me and love sharing my favorite music with my grandchildren. My grandson actually commented he wishes music today was more like what I play for them.

While digital technology has improved our lives in so many ways, it rests on each of us not to be so completely dependent on it that we miss out on the little things in life, or the most important things either. Those are found in faith, family, and love… not on a computer.

JoshuaPundit: Any major technological change exacts a price for what benefits it provides.

Digital technology puts myriads of information at our fingertips, allows instant communication and the sharing of information across the globe, aids scientific research significantly, among it’s other many benefits.

Here’s what we’ve given up as a consequence. Yes, thousands of jobs and even whole industries have been devastated, but that always happens when a major change like digital tech comes along. A lot of the cost has been much more subtle.

While a huge amount of data and information has become available, a significant amount of it is simply bogus and therefore worthless. Mark Twain’s old dictum about a lie being able to travel around the world before the truth can even put its pants on was true when he said it, but it is far more true today than it was then. Essentially, the digital revolution has put deconstructionism, where people manufacture their own facts to fit a political agenda on steroids. Combined with the substitution of education for indoctrination this has been devastating for society in ways we’re just starting to comprehend now.

Another negative change is that society has become incredibly dependent on those little chips. When I was going through the public schools, the New Math was in fashion and I was frequently marked down on tests even though I got the correct answers for ‘not showing your work’ because my dad taught me how to do sums and other math calculations in my head. Nowadays, those kind of skills are extinct.

In society today, our power grid, manufacturing, food and water distribution, security, communications, medical facilities, heating, air conditioning, fuel distribution, access to money, even vehicle travel are all dependent on digital electronics. Eliminating them suddenly through an EMP attack would cause thousands of deaths and a major breakdown in society. I doubt that we have ever been this dependent before on any single aspect of technology.

To a certain extent, the human element in society has been retarded. Many young men and women no longer mix in society to find mates but hit Tinder or some other application and ‘swipe.’ People frequently text rather than calling or even sending an e-mail, forget about letters. Seeking employment in many cases is reduced to sending an e-mail with a resume’ as an attachment and today’s HR software can be programmed to eliminate any of those which contain certain buzz words or ‘triggers’ before a potential employer even sees them. Even sex itself is gradually being affected as more and more sophisticated and realistic robots become available at lower and lower prices.

With the advances in AI, will robots eventually become a new ‘grievance group’ demanding legal rights? I wouldn’t be a bit surprised!

Well, there you have it.

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Forum: What Do You See As The Pros And Cons of Digital Technology?


Article written by: Tom White

Cruz Supporters are Heaven’s Gate Cult 2.0

CruzCult

Honestly, it is the darnedest thing I have ever witnessed. And now we have come full circle. Do you remember the Heaven’s Gate 1.0 wacko’s?

On March 19–20, 1997, Marshall Applewhite taped himself speaking of mass suicide and asserted “it was the only way to evacuate this Earth”. After claiming that a spacecraft was trailing Comet Hale–Bopp, Applewhite persuaded 38 followers to commit suicide so that their souls could board the supposed craft. Applewhite believed that after their deaths, an unidentified flying object (UFO) would take their souls to another “level of existence above human”, which he described as being both physical and spiritual. This and other UFO-related beliefs held by the group have led some observers to characterize the group as a type of UFO religion. In October 1996, the group purchased alien abduction insurance to cover up to 50 members at a cost of $10,000.[32]

These seemingly normal people were led astray by a false prophet, or false god, take your pick. They were so smitten by the cult experience that they actually believed that there was a space ship coming to rescue them hiding behind the Hale-Bopp comet that visited the Earth in 1997. These people completely threw reason and logic out the window to follow their cult leader and actually believed that the way to board the space ship was to commit suicide.

So fast forward almost 20 years and that same phenomenon is playing out with a Canadian born candidate and his Cuban born father now leading, what for all intents and purposes, is the Heaven’s Gate 2.0 cult. These cult members hold rallies that look more like an Appalachian snake handling circus than a political rally.

Have a look at the video below and you will see what an extremist Canadian Ted Cruz and his Cuban father really are.

I was waiting for the Cruz supporters to run up and down the aisles babbling in tongues about a space ship hiding behind the White House or something.

There is a reason Ted Cruz has lost most of the Evangelical vote. Evangelicals are not fringe extremist cultists who subscribe to the extremist views of Rafael and Ted Cruz. They are not taken in by the “god cult” that the Cruz campaign has become.

To be honest, the Cruz Cult is the Heaven’s Gate 2.0 cult of today. The cult members claim the moral high ground but spew hatred towards anyone that does not go along with the extremist views of their messiah. To them, Cruz is Christ.

I have never seen the amounts of venom and hatred come from any true Christian group like I have from the Cruz cult.

So think long and hard before you are taken in by this snake oil salesman maned Ted Cruz. He is NOT what he pretends to be.

Hopefully now you understand how every one of Ted Cruz fellow Senators have come to despise him. He is not normal in the sense that most of us understand. I believe in Freedom of Religion and do not seek to deny his extreme views of Christianity. He is free to practice whatever he wants.

But what I do fear is this cult mentality that Cruz brings to the table. And the fact that his cult members attack anyone that does not share the views of these extremists. This man is far too extreme to ever become president. So before you accept his views as truly Christian, you need to look at the TRUE Ted Cruz and understand that his views are far outside the mainstream. He follows Dominion Theology:

Dominion Theology is a theocratic ideology that seeks to implement a nation governed by Christians ruling over the rest of society based on their understanding of biblical law.

And to speak directly to the whack jobs that are the Cruz family:

Dominion theology is also known as Christian reconstructionism and theonomy. Dominion theology states that biblical Christianity will rule all areas of society, personal and corporate. Christian reconstructionism reasons that society will be reconstructed by the Law of God as preached in the gospel and the Great Commission. Theonomy is a post-millennial view believing that all of the moral laws contained in the Old Testament are yet binding today.

The misguided Dominionists believe that they have been “anointed and chosen” to “bring in the Kingdom” of the Lord Jesus Christ. This heresy is not found in the Bible. The Bible says in Revelation that the Kingdom will only come when the King, Jesus Christ, returns at the Second Coming. And it will not happen one moment before the return of Jesus Christ. 

Rafael Cruz indicated that his son Ted is among the evangelical Christians who are anointed as “kings” to take control of all sectors of society, an agenda commonly referred to as the “Seven Mountains” mandate, and “bring the spoils of war to the priests”, thus helping to bring about a prophesied “great transfer of wealth”, from the “wicked” to righteous gentile believers. They believe that they are working to “bring in the Kingdom” right here and now instead of waiting for it as the Bible says with Jesus Christ.

They have seized upon this verses in an attempt to prove their end times transfer of wealth heresy:

“A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.” Proverbs 13:22 (KJV)

Now where, in your wildest imagination, do you see God saying that there will be an “end times transfer of wealth” in that verse? Well, if you are a typical, lying Prosperity Gospel preaching Christian swindler, you see it rather clear. But this is one of the core teachings of Ted Cruz’s brand of Christianity.

So if you are looking for a Cult leader as the next President, and you believe that Ted Cruz is Jesus, by all means vote for this false prophet. And deal with his nasty disciples who are so swift to judge and condemn you if you are not their particular brand of extremist crazy.

Ted Cruz makes the Taliban look like sissies.

And while there are no snakes used at any Ted Cruz rallies I have seen, don’t doubt for a second that Ted Cruz is truly a Serpent of Satan.

I would prefer that you vote for Donald Trump, but please avoid Ted Cruz at all costs. Trump took the Evangelicals in South Carolina because they have figured out that what I am telling you is the absolute truth.

SAY NO TO TED CRUZ!

 

 


Article written by: Tom White

Forum: Have Relationships Between Men And Women Changed For The Worse?

Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: Has The Relationship Between Men And Women Changed For The Worse?

The Razor : Feminism once meant equality between the sexes. It has long since devolved into man-hatred, with women portraying men as sexual predators incapable of reaching maturity with psychopathic tendencies. In the process they have recreated a neo-Victorian sexual paradigm where women are too weak and feeble and must be protected from men, their ideas and thoughts as well as their sexuality. I half expect feminist college professors to faint at the next microaggression. Thirty years ago I thought college age women were neurotic. Today I think they are absolutely insane.

Being the gatekeepers of sexuality has traditionally elevated women’s worth, forcing men of that age to put up with a lot of hassle. Fortunately today there are more distractions that compete for men’s attention, putting a limit to the amount of trouble they are willing to put up with in order to have sex. To put it bluntly, women are in danger of pricing themselves out of the market.

I once thought that because of the innate inequality of sexual desire shared between the sexes that men would always be dependent on women. But thanks to technology I see men growing independent from women to a degree that I once didn’t believe possible. And I’m also seeing women react in surprising ways to this change in the balance of power between the two sexes.

In all likelihood the spasms of feminist dystopia we are witnessing on today’s campuses and among the liberal elites will settle down and the he-ing and she-ing that has characterized our species since its inception will continue unabated. But if it doesn’t, women will stand to suffer more than they expect as men decide their crazy, self-contradicting controlling desires are simply not worth the trouble. Bring on the replicants!

The Independent Sentinel : Since the sixties, I’ve watched the man-hating feminists demean men. I won’t negate the fact that they have helped raise the status of women, but they’ve also elevated them to the point that they are encouraged to kill their babies at any time up to the moment of birth because it’s their bodies. In the process of boosting women, they’ve used the tactic of belittling men and attacking them as aggressors to win their points.

The left today includes both men and women putting men down. Women are seen beating up the bad guys while men are too often portrayed as weak or looking like Pajama Boy or walking around with orange hair and crashing into cars in Foster Child commercials. Aggressive sports are on the ropes and football players are portrayed as more violent than the other men though research proves it’s not true.

Older men and women appear to have great relationships in this country but I don’t know what the situation is going to be for the new generation. I will say, however, that women need to get ahead on their own merits, not because of preferential treatment, lies about their abilities, and degradation of men.

The Glittering Eye: I don’t find the Forum format conducive to long-form, citation-filled responses. Maybe I’ll write a post on this subject. I’ll just jot down a few quick thoughts.

I’m an empirical kind of guy and, if there’s empirical evidence that men and women are happier and better off, that their relationships are happier, longer, and more satisfied, and that children are being reared in more loving and secure environments than was the case 50 years ago, I have yet to see it. Over that period marriage rates have waned, divorce rates have risen, and the proportion of children being reared in homes with both of their biological parents has fallen to levels unparalleled in American history if not in human history as well.

Increasingly, men are becoming dispensable. A relative handful of elite women may wield more power and influence and reap more wealth than ever before but by far the greater number of women are being left to rear children alone.

You can change the laws. You can change the expectations. You can’t change millions of years of human physical and social evolution in a few years or even in a few generations. Is it any wonder that suicide rates have risen?

Laura Rambeau Lee,Right Reason : We know it to be true that for a society to survive we must first start with a secure family unit consisting of a father and a mother raising their children together; providing for them and teaching them morals and values and how to be productive members of society.

I really feel sorry for the youth today growing up exposed to progressive indoctrination especially when it comes to the male/female relationship. While the majority of children in the past grew up secure in their sexual identities, today the emphasis is on the aberrant among them. Our children are being taught at a very early age that there are all types of sexual preferences and all of them are acceptable. They encourage self-exploration at very early ages. It’s almost as if the majority of people, the heterosexuals, should NOT be the preferable choice. All this is doing is causing the lines to be blurred and creating uncertainty in our children. Like so much of the progressive agenda, uncertainty is the key to indoctrination and the younger the child the easier it is to shape and mold their morals and values.

Relationships today must be very difficult for young adults, given all of the information they are being fed from their progressive teachers and the media. However, I believe most of them will follow the traditional route and find a mate and settle down and raise their families. After all, we are hard wired to do so. Indoctrination will never be able to change human physiology.

JoshuaPundit : Ah, the prog fascist model! Remember ‘Julia,’ the character in that famous Obama ad? Something that immediately struck me and that I haven’t heard mentioned anywhere else was that there is another famous ‘Julia’ who was used as a model for cradle to grave government control of a woman’s life. She appears in Orwell’s 1984 and like her lover, Winston Smith is crushed by the State and condemned to live a loveless, lonely life afterwards.

Many women in America used to meet their spouses at school or at work. Today, most sane young men wouldn’t dream of asking anyone they work with or go to school with out on a date. All it takes is a malicious accusation of ‘sexual assault’ and they face expulsion or being fired. The risks are simply too high.

A lot of the young women who revel in this ‘victory’ will end up a lot like Julia in their mid to late thirties..unloved, miserable, childless and wondering where all the good men have gone to.

Lots of men are rethinking things too. After being demonized from that first day in kindergarten by the very society they helped to build and make a much more safe and pleasant place for women, an increasing number of them are choosing to avoid marriage and hold on to their adolescence as long as possible. Or they’re looking for wives elsewhere. As one of them put it, your children and 2/3 of your earnings is too high a price to pay for the privilege of seeing the average American girl naked.

Some bright spots – while the current laws and the culture being pushed today is designed to eliminate till-death-do-us-part marriage entirely, it persists stubbornly the among more traditional cultures in America, especially where religion is a factor. And those families are the ones having most of the children in America today. And there is also this. When times get hard, people tend to flush the sophistries of the Left and return to the traditions of the past. Marriage rates shot up during Great Depression.

Well, there you have it.

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Forum: Have Relationships Between Men And Women Changed For The Worse?


Article written by: Tom White

Your Huddled Masses Yearning for Jihad On the Dirty Boulevard

The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

There was a time when America was the new world, full of hope and wonder. A land that welcomed the cast offs. The unwanted from foreign shores that yearned to live in a land that was free. A land where they could start over with a clean slate and they and their generations to come would build a land that was to be the envy of the world. The beacon of light that shone around the world. A land that welcomed all who would come and share the goal of freedom and human rights and the desire to belong to something where the whole was greater than the sum of it’s parts. Where immigrants, refugees and the ones already here by birth could work hand in hand with one another and form a new, better place and a society that afforded far greater opportunity than the lands they left behind.

And they came. And they built the greatest nation that the earth had ever seen.

A nation built on unity that shunned the diversity that is pushed on us today. For what is diversity but the opposite of unity? America became a great melting pot where people melded together in spirit and shared the best of their culture and history that was combined and forged into something new, unique, strong and wondrous. Diverse people with a single mind. And the goal was to create a new, different and better land.

And America prospered and grew to become a shining example of many people becoming one nation. E pluribus unum. From many, one.

It was immigration that made America great and immigration made America strong.

But those days are long gone. Today’s immigrants, by and large, come here not to help build an even greater society, but to suckle at the breast of American largess and revel in the bosom and enjoy the fruits of the labor of those that built this society.

Today’s immigrants come from horrible places that make their flight perfectly understandable.

But today’s immigrants are not interested in joining the prosperity of this new way of life. They are intent on making America in the image of the country they fled. Manf of today’s immigrants have no interest in blending in with America, rather their interest is in preservation and recreation of the abysmal situation where they once lived.

Entire communities of those from the Muslim world covertly and more and more overtly bring Sharia Law, persecution of homosexuals and women, a culture of child abuse and animal abuse to America. They are not interested in joining the nation, but rather intent on creating their repressive lifestyle in a new place.

And many Hispanics refuse to learn English, the common language in the US and they, too, recreate their old homeland, culture and ways.

And the Eastern Europeans and many other ethnic groups are not interested in joining America, but prefer instead to bring the undesirable place they left behind to America.

This is not immigration. This is colonization. This is invasion!

Diversity has come to trump unity. It is now considered a good thing. Heritage. Culture. And even the Socialistic and repressive governments they fled are becoming a way of life. Again. Unity is long forgotten. Even disparaged. “Where seldom is heard a disparaging word” as become commonplace. #BlackLivesMatter is the new racism which implies #WhiteLivesDon’tMatter.

Today’s Americans hardly set a shining example of the unity we once had.

The new wave of immigration is not building America, it is destroying the once unified nation. Out borders are meaningless and we no longer control the flow of the invaders. And yes, they are invaders.

And now, despite the fact that some of the poor Syrian “refugees” who were displaced by war turned out to be terrorists in Paris, Obama still plans to import a few hundred thousand Syrians into America. Various numbers have been tossed out, 100,000 up to 250,000 Syrians will be resettled here, free to set up the same oppressive ways they knew in Syria.

But Obama claims they will be vetted. Vetted?

These people don’t even have birth certificates, the government from their homeland neither keeps nor shares criminal records. And the truth is, killing or wanting to kill non believers is not even a criminal act where they come from. It is simply not possible to weed out the would be terrorists from the ones that will simply go about setting up Little Damascus. But either way they will not assimilate into America. They will bring yet more diversity. Not unity.

And what percentage of the 250,000 are actually ISIS? Terrorist infiltrators that Obama will bring to our home towns? 1%? 1/2%? So 2,500? 1,250? There were only 8 who perpetrated the nightmare in Paris. Eight!

Today’s immigrants are not the same as those decades and centuries ago.

Today’s immigrants are Your Huddled Masses Yearning for Jihad. Muslim or not.


Article written by: Tom White