Friday Phive – Phughetehboutet

Exhuming McCarthy – Vid: So, I’m not going to try and understand the violent tendencies displayed by the far left and right (yes, both have), but I am concerned by the attempt to normalize both rhetoric and action. The far ends of the political/philosophical spectrum should not be viewed as “normal”. They are differing versions of a “Utopian” society, but the means to get there are drastic. While I’m sure that I reside left of center most of the time, I cannot accept the seemingly endless reports of violence from both sides. There are ways to be proud of who you are, and your particular heritage, without demeaning or negating that of others. And, unless you have the ability to reside outside of general society, we all need to work to get along side-by-side.

As a student of history, I am torn by the desire to destroy/remove memorial statues and such. While I can appreciate the ill feelings toward these monuments of the Confederacy, I also don’t believe that it is wise to wipe it from the national conscience. Pretending that the Civil War, and its underlying social-economic forces, did not occur seems pretentious and disingenuous. We cannot vow to not repeat horrendous historical moments if they are erased. Also, some of the folks being remembered are not as good/bad/black/white as either side would have you believe. As one example, please read.

Da Bills – ugh…I know it’s only the second pre-season game and they are all relatively meaningless, but my…it was not a good display of hope for the season except for some nice running by Shady. I’m really concerned that they are under talented at the QB position – which is the case with many teams, but at least protect the ball, right?

Genius – more of my impressions from this show coming, stay tuned 🙂

Via Nora – “There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting” – Buddha

 

Tuesday Topic – Genius

Very rarely am I surprised and rapt by a television show, especially on a topic that I though I was at least somewhat versed. But, you have to hand it to National Geographic, they have done a great job with the subject of Albert Einstein. I’m only on episode 4 so far and completely engrossed in the time period, the age of scientific discoveries, and the interplay between the “great minds” of the time. In addition to pealing back the layers on Albert and his personal struggles with family, love, respect, and acknowledgement, it also covers the politics of the Nobel prize, women in science, and the growing resentment of the Jewish faith.

I wonder how many today could push through all the adversity that these great scientists faced in their time? Not only were new ideas, or new ways of thinking about a problem, not cultivated in the academic world, they were at times outright mocked, shunned, or ignored. It seems that this time period truly was a quantum leap in discovery and the scientific process.

As for Albert, while coming off at times as a sympathetic character, he also had many flaws himself. So far in the series, his ego has gotten him into as much trouble with his professors, his father, and his wife as it has inspired him to continue to rethink some of the work of scientists before him. While I hoped that the advise his father gave him, from his death bed, regarding family would have had a lasting impact, Albert seems to have forgotten that message as he was reworking the idea of relativity and his quest to prove molecules exist. His wife seemed to be as gifted a scientist as he, and even contributed greatly to his work, yet did not receive much recognition from him or the larger scientific community. For the time, I understand that it was a male dominated profession (and something that we still struggle with today), but as comparison, Pierre Curie, in the last episode I watched, stated he would refuse the Nobel Prize if equal credit was not given to his wife, Marie.

I’m hoping that you enjoy this type of post and will continue to update as I progress through the series. I’ll be watching another episode or two tonight, so probably will post again this Thursday.

Friday Five…meh

So, first up…just an onlooker, at this point, in the “fight” against Co$. I was never in, yet concerned about the reported abuses and willing to speak out with the ex-members. Due to recent events, I’ve pulled back my vocal support and just taking a voyeuristic interest in the discussion. I still feel the exes should continue to report the abusive policies, beliefs, and actions, but I’m no longer taking an active role. The only advise I have is to continue to focus on the truth and provable facts. There is no greater way to cut through bs and smear than with hard evidence.

Pre-season football – I hope as we get closer to opening day my interest will increase, but at this point I have very little interest in watching any of these games. I understand the need to get feedback on rookies, free agents, and bubble players but, until the starters are playing and the games count, I don’t have any good reason to tune in. The only thing of interest, for me, is the resulting injury reports after the “games”. For me, it seems useless to televise these pre-season games as there is very little to gain from them, as a fan.

Battlegrounds – since my new pc is up and running, I’ve started playing this game with varying results. Best finish so far was a 2nd place – while I was taking out a player hiding in a shack, I was being shot by the eventual winner. I need to learn a little patience as, had I waited another 10-15 seconds, the other player may have revealed themselves so I could have taken them out before the player trapped in the shed. On the other hand, I’ve also been killed within 30 seconds – it’s the nature of the game, where the loot generates and players land.

Last days of summer – ugh, where did the summer go? Seems there have been far too many days of storms and rain than 100 degree weather. Not that I’m complaining about not sweating my butt off, but really not looking forward to closing the pool and mulching leaves. Guess I’ll need to play at least 1 more good party 🙂

Weekend – yay – ok, definitely going to take a little time to unwind, relax, and enjoy a few adult beverages. I’ve been too much solo parenting the last month, so going to try and enjoy time with my significant other, since the kiddos are spending a week with Nanny.

 

Verisimilitude

Felt it was appropriate to repost this one…

Flounder's Observations

Verisimilitude, generally defined, is “appearing to be true or real”, per Oxford Dictionaries. One English Lit professor explained it to me as “the act of being truth-like”. It does not mean truth, but rather the act of wanting to appear like truth. This has become a popular tool used by oppressive groups, individuals, and movements.

Rather than deal in truth, these actors produce words, actions, and propaganda that resembles truth that, when deconstructed, often falls apart quickly. The trouble is, only those who take the time to deconstruct, will find the flaws. Those who digest the works of an oppressor, do not take the time to deconstruct. They assimilate it as fact, and most often fail to challenge its validity. Such is the case with followers of most movements, such as cults, from my perspective. Followers are expected to simply accept what is provided as truth, and face punishment, or…

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Friday Five – Were they needed?

HOF Game – ok, I get that everybody should be excited for NFL to be back, but is this “game” really necessary? Who is so desperate for football to watch 2 teams that have only been through 1.5-2 weeks of training camp? – no offense to Dallas and Arizona fans. As with most preseason action, the plays are mostly generic and the risk of injury is too high for a meaningless exhibition. You would think that the Hall of Fame portion would be more than enough to draw an audience. But, I guess if people will watch the Pro Bowl, they would also watch this one. The one stat that killed me was the W-L record of the “starting” QBs… 9-32.

ICBM “test”- in response to N. Korea’s 2nd missile test in a week, was it necessary to fire our own test missile? Shouldn’t it be common knowledge that the U.S. military already possesses the technology to use such weaponry? I’m just not getting what the goal was in responding this way. Seems a highly volatile game of chicken…I won’t be surprised if the “Doomsday Clock” gets pushed.

Press Secretary – I mean, really, in the current administration, is there any more useless position? When the president is actively tweeting policy, position, and attacking MSM, his critics, and anyone he wishes, is there any need to have Spicey, Mooch, or Sanders? Does the press, much less the American public, get any additional information as a result? I don’t think so…

Collegiate Pre-season Top 25 Polls – is there any sort of poll that is more about favoritism than this? It’s all about the “power” conferences, coaches, and legacies. You can have the greatest college team on paper, yet haven’t won a darn thing yet. Or, you can have a talented team with little national recognition be overlooked. As compared to pro football, college has a higher degree of variability. Yes, they both have unexpected injuries but the turnover of talent is much higher at the college level, in my opinion. And, there are some stadiums that are nearly impossible to win as the visitor. One trend that I do like is many of the “easy” games that use to be scheduled in the first few weeks of the season are gone. I like that teams are tested right out of the gate, so you can get a better idea of how the season may progress.

Space left blank, intentionally  – TBD

 

 

 

Monday Mourning…don’t call it a comeback

Well, after a much needed week off to get my new pc up and running, and spend some time in the Outer Banks, yeah, not that super secret (haha) anti-scientology group, the North Carolina Barrier Islands 🙂 I’m back, refreshed and ready to continue.

So, what has transpired since my last post? Well, I’ve seen a lot of new, questionable accounts created on both sides, as well as the usual targeted trolling, whining, deflection, and denials. It’s kind of funny, as an outsider, that sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between one side or the other. There seems to be very little “fact checking” or concern for the truth. The more outlandish the claim, the more likes received, the happier they seem to be within their “group”. Unfortunately, at times, both sides seem equally foolish and misguided. If your “argument” isn’t rooted in facts or truth, you end up hurting the overall credibility and validity of everyone, whichever side you reside.

As for a comment about “being dramatic” due to blocking some accounts, I’d remind all that I did not create the thread, yet held my comments when there were tweets that I was uncomfortable with. I didn’t ask to be tagged, or untagged, and certainly didn’t get triggered by “blowing up my notifications”, especially after a few were active participants in the thread. It’s incredibly hypocritical to refuse untagging someone, even a scientologist who requested to be, then expect your request to be honored. It also seemed that several accounts changed their “tactics” after realizing a few “movers & shakers” were tagged in the conversation. Perhaps I’m wrong, perhaps I’ll be ostracized, but I will not change my approach, and will not be silenced by either side. As long as there are stories of abuse, harassment, and smearing, I will continue highlighting them.

As for vacation, we had great weather for all but the last day and a half. Lots of sun, sand, food, mini golf, kite flying, and, of course beer. 🙂 I’ll get into that a little more over the next few days.

Reminder, Anonymous is organizing global protests at Co$ locations, occurring on Sept 9 & 10th.

Stand Up, Speak Out, and Be Heard.

 

Friday 5ehr-ish…

Scientology math – beyond the claims of millions of members (eleventy bazillion), I also saw a thread on Twitter where one claimed that 27 out of 32 people are liars. So, 84% of the world’s population are nothing but low-life liars…6.3 billion, which would include the 2.5% of SPs, and 17.5% of PTS that LRH claims. Thus, leaving us with 1.2 billion non-liars. Yet, they can only account for a small percentage of that remainder. Add to that their claims of 47X growth, 837% increase in interest of scientology, and all their other unsubstantiated statistics, you can quickly see that their “new” math doesn’t add up.

Buzz words – I’ve also noticed an increase, from Co$ and their apologists, in words that are meant to trigger an emotional response – “Hate Crime”, “Veiled Threat”, “Bigot”, “Bigotry”, and similar verbiage. Somehow, not liking, let alone replying to, their recent FreedomMediaEthics and STAAD league bot account posts, or voicing a dislike for the abuse reported by survivors is now a punishable offense of the most heinous kind…

Bot/Alt Accounts – It is a disservice to both sides if they employ fake or spam bot accounts. These debates should be between real people rather than secondary or tertiary accounts created just to spread misinformation. I find that both sides participate in this activity, and both are equally sad.

Offline – I’ll be offline a good bit of the next week as I transition to a new PC and get it all up and running. Please be safe – Stand Up, Speak Out, and Be Heard.

BTW – I know it’s only 4 items, but just illustrating how Co$ math seems to work 😉

 

Verisimilitude

Verisimilitude, generally defined, is “appearing to be true or real”, per Oxford Dictionaries. One English Lit professor explained it to me as “the act of being truth-like”. It does not mean truth, but rather the act of wanting to appear like truth. This has become a popular tool used by oppressive groups, individuals, and movements.

Rather than deal in truth, these actors produce words, actions, and propaganda that resembles truth that, when deconstructed, often falls apart quickly. The trouble is, only those who take the time to deconstruct, will find the flaws. Those who digest the works of an oppressor, do not take the time to deconstruct. They assimilate it as fact, and most often fail to challenge its validity. Such is the case with followers of most movements, such as cults, from my perspective. Followers are expected to simply accept what is provided as truth, and face punishment, or fear of being shunned, for not adhering.

Oppressors frequently rely on a single source for all “truth”, such as scripture, policy, or jazzy propaganda pieces. If one would peel back the veneer of such things, you would easily note a lack of independently verifiable information or peer reviewed confirmation/validation. In fact, blind faith is a cornerstone of oppressive behavior. The leaders demand strict adherence through elaborate, documented means of punishment for those who do not acquiesce or follow without question. Simply, believe all I say/do, or face the consequences.

Beyond ideas of shunning, disconnection, being declared an apostate, or worse, it also provides guidelines on how to “handle” non-followers or critics in cookie-cutter fashion. As many others can attest to, the methods employed to silence critics is vast, but very predictable. Ranging from circular online “arguments” focusing on how followers are the only ones who are “truthful” (Honest PR hat), to Black PR (smear), or fair gaming, to extremes of gas lighting, legal/career threats, and surveillance or doxing. The goal is to either frustrate, enrage, or force disengagement. Bonus points if they can cause discord among groups of non-followers.

So, when faced with oppressors, their followers or apologists, how do you confront this idea of verisimilitude? My suggestion is to rely on provable, documented facts where available. It is far easier to argue from a position of truth with verifiable information, than attempting to appear truthful. Yes, on occasion you may be wrong – happened to me yesterday. But, rather than attempt to talk around the error, simply admit you were wrong, correct, and refocus on provable facts. In most cases, those who deal in verisimilitude will refuse to allow any in depth inquiry. They will quickly fall back to circular arguments, meaningless personal attacks, or similar means to deflect. It is their literal Achilles’ heel. When pushed to provide verifiable, validated proof, they cannot. It is very easy to identify the differences between appearing truthful, and being truthful. For me, I will continue to stand with those who are willing to look beyond the surface and dig for the truth.

Stand Up, Speak Out, and Be Heard!

 

Monday Motivation – On Non-truth

While we all probably have our own evidence of how Co$ peddles non-truths on a daily basis, I thought it would be “fun” to see what others have written or documented –

Select quotes from Source

Some Source Biographical Info

More Source quotes

Non-truth about the end

Supposed Crime Timeline

CCHR Info

CCHR Background

There are literally endless articles and links, but I think these provide a nice framework to see how non-truth is employed at an organizational level, let alone how some of the individuals bend or ignore truth to benefit their stance. Feel free to read and leave a comment on your own personal experience.

BTW, only 50+ days until NFL…

Stand Up, Speak Out, and Be Heard!

 

 

Friday Five – Chaos is the game

Politics – take your pick, supposed Russian interference, collusion, obstruction, emails, meetings, phone calls, government agents, special prosecutors, business interests, intelligence leaks, healthcare reform, Medicaid cuts, Opioid overdoses, voter database hacking, refusal to turn over voter database information, inaccurate security clearance applications, awkwardly timed foreign trips, very awkward greetings and goodbyes…so much data flying around that it seems impossible to get to exactly what the truth is. Fake news, Alternative facts, and whistleblowing/leaking just clouds the situation. And, as much as I am not on board with 45, there is a strong argument that network “news” is driven by agenda rather than facts. Every attempt to “catch up” on the news of the day results in being exposed to talking heads that try to drive home their point through innuendo or ignorance rather than fact. It would be great if any of them took the time and effort to fully research one piece of the puzzle before jumping to conclusions. Just because we live in a 24/7 news cycle era, does not mean we need to beat the same story to death with talking heads/opinions rather than provable facts.

Sports – sorry baseball, but this is the dark time of year. No football, basketball, or hockey, yet I could not find any interest in the events of the All-Star break. When the leading teams are only winning 67% of their games, and knowing we still have nearly 1/2 a season to go, I find myself uninterested. As for other sporting news, really not that interested in the Mayweather-McGregor “fight” either. The hype is fun to watch, but not sure that this match is worth $100+ on PPV. In the end, do I really care if a boxer can outbox an MMA fighter, or visa-versa?

Dog days of Summer – after a very fun 4th of July week, it seems I am now set in the realization the next holiday is Labor Day, so no long weekends, no planned BBQs, or other fun activities. Just a month and a half of heat, humidity, thunderstorms, and mowing grass. I’m hoping to snap out of this phase but, since I’ll be solo parenting for several weeks while my partner travels for work, I’m not optimistic about that.

Scientology and the Aftermath – although this docu-series has been nominated for 2 Emmys, it hasn’t stopped Co$ and apologists from trying to smear the area with black PR and going after supporters. STAAD and Freedumb Ethics are running promoted Ads on Twitter, spreading negative stories about folks like Leah and Bryan, or even trying to label this blog as a “hate” site. It’s a sad state of affairs when they cannot participate in real discussions about issues told by Co$ survivors. It is my understanding that they have been given open invitations to participate, but choose to ignore or attack after the fact. And, I know for a fact that they could leave comments here if they so choose. Instead, they would rather engage in one-sided character attacks. Fortunately, when this happens, folks like Aaron have the courage to speak out and address the accusations used against them…even if they cannot get the name correct. 🙂

Gaming – waaaay off topic here, but being an old school gamer, I have found myself interesting in watching some of the live-streaming of gaming on YouTube. Some of my favorites – PixelDwellers (personal friends), 5tat, One_Shot_Gurl, Baylze, ChrisesFace, and JHub. It’s amazing to see what this community has been able to do to turn gaming into full-time jobs, in some cases. It is also a really good way to meet fellow gamers and gain insight into some of the newer games that are out there. I highly recommend checking these and other streamers out.

Have a great weekend all – Stand Up, Speak Out, and Be Heard!