Money and politics

I don’t like that the current rules for money in politics means that I have to add an extra level of care to my shopping. Not only to I have to worry about the environmental impact, the company employment practices, but now I also have to worry that if I am supporting the wrong product that some of that money will be spent on political ideologies that I disagree with.

Shouldn’t I be able to buy something without worrying about the direct political repercussions of the action?

Money isn’t speech, corporations are not people.

 

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My giving you money is not me handing you my political voice.

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Are Agnostics a subset of Atheists?

Another discussion on Facebook that I will put my response here:

 

Gnosticism is a statement of special supernatural knowledge. If you are Gnostic you have special supernatural knowledge. If you are agnostic you don’t have special supernatural knowledge.

Theism is the belief in a deity or deities. If you are a Theist you believe in some form of deity. If you are aren’t a theist (or deist, or pantheist which are subsets of theist) then you are a not-theist, an atheist, one of the godless.

These two categories combine into four subsets:

The Gnostic Theist – I have special knowledge that god 100% exists.
The Agnostic Theist – I think that god exists, but I could be wrong.
The Agnostic Atheist – I’m not convinced that god exists, but I could be wrong (this is me btw)
The Gnostic Atheist – I have special knowledge that god does not exist, 100%.

I argue that the Gnostic Theist and the Gnostic Atheist do not exist, if some one had special knowledge over the debate, then the debate would be over. I think anyone that puts themselves into these categories doesn’t understand what special knowledge is 

The use of the term Agnostic in the general population is due to the stigmatisation of the word Atheist. Atheists are said to be immoral, satan worshippers, blasphemers (okay that is true), and any number of other nasty things. Using the term Agnostic allows you to express disbelief in a socially acceptable way and a good number of “Agnostics” use it as a badge of “intellectual superiority” and hold themselves above both the theist and the atheist.

But also there is the problem of things being attached to atheism. All atheism is is a lack of belief in god(s). It doesn’t mean that you believe in science, evolution, and the big bang. You can be an atheist and believe in spirits and the supernatural, just not god(s).

If you really want to define what I am you should look into secular humanism as a philosophy. I just use atheist as a shorthand because secular humanism requires lots of explanation.

Why I think the constitution needs an update

“Laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind.” Thomas Jefferson

“We might as well require a man to wear the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain forever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.” Thomas Jefferson

299 792 458 m / s is the law, all else is up for debate.

 

From a Facebook debate about gun control I am involved in. I wrote this to talk about why I think the current set of rules needs an update:

What I am arguing about is how we should frame our society to “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” Everything else in the framework of our society should be in support of these principles.

Next, the people that wrote the original document were very smart people, but they were not prophets and could not comprehend the ways that the world would change. Imagine what they would think of a telephone not even a smartphone with internet connections. However they were smart enough to know that they had no idea what was coming down the wire. So they built into the system an update mechanism.

That update mechanism was intended to be much easier to perform when there were only 13 states. We have increased that number almost 400% with no change in our change mechanism. In regards to population the framework was intended to work for a population of 2.8 million not 308.8 million.

From this I conclude that the framework is a living document that was intended to be changed as the needs of society change. However it has not kept pace with our society.

I am a scientist, a mathematician, a systems engineer, and a part time logician. I think in systems and I have a pragmatic philosophy. Our federal state is a complex system that doesn’t currently work and that means that the parameters need updating to correct the imbalance. This also means that we need to understand the purpose of the system and not the current implementation of the system.

The purpose of the system to to provide a safe place for people to live and have kids. The system does not provide a safe place for people to live and have kids so the implementation is wrong and must be fixed.

One problem with the system is that we have 500% the number of gun homicides than Australia per capita (I am discounting all other gun crime that Australia doesn’t have but believe me when we actually compare stats the USA is a horrible horrible result set). We launched multiple wars over the deaths of just under 3000 individuals, whereas 32,000 people by by gunfire on average each year. To put this in perspective the average local jurisdiction in the USA has about 6,200 people in it (http://www.newgeography.com/…/00242-america-more-small…). So 9/11 killed half a town. Guns kill over 5 towns a year. Since 9/11 we have killed off over 65 towns within the USA at the hands of US citizens.

This tells us that the current implementation of gun rules is wrong. We can also tell that the current implementation of the 2nd amendment is unclear and causes a lot of strife within our society.

I conclude as a systems engineer that the system is indeed broken because wiping out 65 towns in 13 years is not insuring domestic Tranquility, establishing Justice, promoting the General Welfare, or securing the Blessing of Liberty for anyone.

The constitution needs an update desperately and the whole of the Bill of Rights needs a revamp.

“The occasion is piled high with difficulty and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, we must think anew and act anew.” Abraham Lincoln

 

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I got linked this letter from Thomas Jefferson to James Madison on why the constitution and all the laws of the land should be ripped up and reset every 19 years. It is an interesting read.

http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/documents/v1ch2s23.html

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I am f-cking dying here, watch this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVuspKSjfgA

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