Xenu had a great fall.

scientology
Just watched ‘Going Clear’, the HBO scientology documentary.

The Huffington Post has a nice breakdown of all the dirty laundry as well.

This is about as damning as it gets to this particular brand of insanity. (Of course, gotta love em’, the Southpark folks nailed this several years ago, and quite accurately as well. Heh.)

I was raised “evangelical protestant” as a kid growing up. I spent years after leaving home reading up on and researching the world’s religions in general. I was trying to understand why people believed with all of their hearts and minds what I considered to be utter nonsense. From that perspective, this documentary didn’t give me any real “new” information other than some specifics that I was unfamiliar with.

The only difference I see with this religion/cult over all the others is its age, by which I mean its youth. No “accepted” religion in history as far as I can tell was ever accepted happily by the general population surrounding the small groups that were “true believers”.  The order of the day was to persecute/kill/banish those believers  until things evolved to favor the newer over the older.

From the ancient of days when an Egyptian Pharaoh decided to toss the gods out on their collective ears for an all in one Sun Worshiping Bonanza, in turn freaking out all of the clergy under him, all the way up to ol’ Joseph Smith and his golden Mormon tablets just a short hop back in the scheme of things, most people laughed…or got their dander up at the wacko-upstarts. This scientology stuff is nothing new.

Whether it be Xenu, the angel Moroni, Jesus, Zeus, Osiris, Odin, or ANY of the never ending stream of “gods and saviors”, people (in general) WANT or NEED to believe in something. They always have, and I suspect they always will…regardless of evidence to the contrary staring down upon them every night in the sky.

I say all that without trying to be  disrespectful to people’s personal beliefs. Everyone has to figure out the journey in this life on their own, and if believing in some power helps out, cool beans. (I just have a huge disconnect between “organized religion” and “belief”.)

When it comes to what a TON of religious organizations have perpetrated in the name of their gods and saviors over the centuries, I say a pox on all of em…this one just being the latest in a long line of charlatans and evil people sucking in those who just want some answers to the meaning of life.

Earth Day–a Rant.

Earth day.

Let’s see. What did I do to celebrate? Well I walked on it a bit. I breathed in some of its atmosphere.  I drove via a fossil fuel powered car to get and then eat some well seasoned dead animal flesh and some well seasoned plant life that grew in the Earth’s dirt that was cooked using some more fossil fuels which of course COME from the Earth. I used some electricity (more of those well mucked up fossils again) to surf the net, watch some videos, write some words, edit some others.

Thanks Earth.  Oh wait a minute, the EARTH didn’t DO any of that.  People made it so I could do all of that taking advantage of what is available ON the thin crust of this tiny little blue ball floating in the vastness of the cosmos.

(Except the bits about air, but as that is a product of the very nature of how the universe works at this distance from our type of star in combination with ALL of the life upon said globe, I’m not going to give credit to natural processes that happen whether we celebrate it or not.)

I’d rather have “Productive People” day I’m thinking, because without them, its caves/n/bears/n/short brutish lives of woeful ignorance, worshipping whatever boogieman robe wearing sly con artists can gin up to lighten the wallets of others.

People who blindly follow whatever meme happens to tickle their “foolish follow” bones have very little understanding of just how magnificent the mind of humanity can be.  (Or how stupid…never forget that part.)

Earth day? How about Intelligent Life day? Celebrate our ability to comprehend the universe around us.

“Earth Day”…yet another feel good meme that doesn’t mean a hill of beans without an intellect to comprehend it. Also, with intellect, wisdom and technology, comes another natural progression…a cleaner better environment in which to live.

Some will say that “Earth Day” is about protecting it.  When we can stop earthquakes, or cap volcanos that spew more bad crap into the air in A SINGLE DAY than we have managed in 50,000 years, when we can stop asteroids from annihilating everything in a single earthshattering kaboom!, then maybe I’ll listen.  Until then its political crap from those same old con artists mentioned earlier, only this time they are wearing green cassocks instead of black ones.

HAPPY PRODUCTIVE PEOPLE DAY!  🙂

It’s NOT the money.

I keep seeing this statement around the internets and elsewhere anytime someone has an issue with XY or Z (usually the government or some powerful conglomerate plotting evil death for its customers):

” It’s about money and NOTHING else.”

This annoys me to no end.

This is one of those memes that has been said so often, by so many, that now it’s assumed to be truth…when it is actually complete and utter tosh.

Money is merely a measuring stick for value. THAT’S ALL IT IS. The more you have, the more value you possess/control. It is POWER and CONTROL that should be eyeballed. Use money as a barometer of those two things, yes, but without money, the measure of control and power would be bullets, rifles, tanks, guns, whips and chains.

With money as the measuring stick and limited governments reined in from excesses, we are spared a 5,000 year span of REAL “haves and have nots”, slavery and agonizing death at the hands of others.

This irritation of mine applies even more so when applied to governments…who already control every aspect of currency. The only concern about money for a government is how much they can take from the governed to further their power and control over said governed without being reined in.

If you are having heartburn over an issue, and you stop and focus on “money”, then you haven’t reached the root cause of the issue, whatever that issue may be.

I’m an Objectivist…now what the hell-blam is that ya say?

Well fortunately for me, I don’t have to cold turkey this one.  I cobbed the following from Yaron Brook’s website, and as he is the CEO of the ARI (Ayn Rand Institute), I’d say my source for this is pretty much the horse’s mouth!

So…what is objectivism from the standing on one foot perspective?  Here:

1. Metaphysics: Objective Reality
2. Epistemology: Reason
3. Ethics: Self-interest
4. Politics: Capitalism

If you want this translated into simple language, it would read:

1. “Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed” or “Wishing won’t make it so.”

2. “You can’t eat your cake and have it, too.”

3. “Man is an end in himself.”

4. “Give me liberty or give me death.”

If you held these concepts with total consistency, as the base of your convictions, you would have a full philosophical system to guide the course of your life. But to hold them with total consistency—to understand, to define, to prove and to apply them—requires volumes of thought. Which is why philosophy cannot be discussed while standing on one foot—nor while standing on two feet on both sides of every fence. This last is the predominant philosophical position today, particularly in the field of politics.

My philosophy, Objectivism, holds that:

  1. Reality exists as an objective absolute—facts are facts, independent of man’s feelings, wishes, hopes or fears.
  2. Reason (the faculty which identifies and integrates the material provided by man’s senses) is man’s only means of perceiving reality, his only source of knowledge, his only guide to action, and his basic means of survival.
  3. Man—every man—is an end in himself, not the means to the ends of others. He must exist for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing others to himself. The pursuit of his own rational self-interest and of his own happiness is the highest moral purpose of his life.
  4. The ideal political-economic system is laissez-faire capitalism. It is a system where men deal with one another, not as victims and executioners, nor as masters and slaves, but as traders, by free, voluntary exchange to mutual benefit. It is a system where no man may obtain any values from others by resorting to physical force, and no man may initiate the use of physical force against others. The government acts only as a policeman that protects man’s rights; it uses physical force only in retaliation and only against those who initiate its use, such as criminals or foreign invaders. In a system of full capitalism, there should be (but, historically, has not yet been) a complete separation of state and economics, in the same way and for the same reasons as the separation of state and church.

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