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Philosophical Discourse / Innocence In The Age Of Social Media
« on: September 20, 2018, 09:40:02 AM »
There used to be a time when most people understood the idea of 'innocent until proven guilty',  It wassimple.  A person was presumed to be innocent until there was evidence that they were not innocent.  However in today's media driven culture it seems that innocence is no longer a presumption.  These days guilt seems to be. 

This bugs me as someone who has been falsely accused of something in the past and after the fact had it proven that the accusation was false.  That being after beink taken in by the police, given a lie detector test, etc. We always stress about the 'victim' in any given situation without first understanding that there is no victim until such a time that proof has been brought forth and the facts established. 

When social media and outrage become the standard for evidence then what we are advocating is not legal procedure and justice, we are advocating the rule of the mob, with their pitchforks and torches.   I personally find that DISGUSTING and anyone who supports that ish to be equally disgusting.

Anyone who has been falsely accused of something should understand.  To give a personal anecdote, there has been very few things in my entire life that have hurt my heart as much as the momentary look in my grandmothers eyes when for just a moment she doubted. 

The pain on her face and the DOUBT.  The realization to me that for a MOMENT...she considered that I did what I had been accused of.  That this woman I LOVE, my own grandmother who surely I believed would have ZERO doubts AUTOMATICALLY...then to see that shadow cross her face and that momentary look of confusion, doubt and disappointment - Until this day, It still haunts me.  Hurt like hell. And I had some of MY innocence taken away that day.

That is the other side of the coin.  People who are accused of stuff are victims too UNTIL proven otherwise.

Anywho....


In this age, where social media dominates our interactions and )to me) seems to have taken upon itself some of the functions of the court.  I feel that a discussion should be had about the dangers of allowing the presumption of innocence to fall by the wayside.

When your business is made public and digested by the masses on social media and guilt is assigned automatically with attendant repercussions in your life PRIOR to even getting a day in court, it is my devout belief based that society will descend into a new age of McCarthyism with neighbor against neighbor and the chaos that shall bring will surely effect the most vulnerable among us first, those being the ones who cannot really afford to have their lives upended by random (or not so random) accusations.


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General Discussion / Is It Just Me....
« on: September 18, 2018, 02:31:06 PM »
Is it just me or is anyone else waiting for the inevitable 'allegations' of sexual assault on someone trying to get a job which occurred during KINDERGARTEN.

'I was playing in the sandbox when he pulled my pigtails, I was so confused and felt so violated.  His friends just stood around and laughed at me.  I've held this hurt in for years and didn't say anything until I heard he wanted to get a job.  Fuck that mofo.  Pigtail pulling bastard'.



Yep.

Just a matter of time.

Mofos better start reviewing everything they've ever done since preschool.

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General Discussion / What Happens To Minorities When America Collapses?
« on: September 17, 2018, 09:51:41 AM »
Chris Hedges kinda scares me. 

If you listen or watch him lately it has been a non stop tear on the coming collapse of the American empire.  Now I am sure that thought fills some around here with joy but it is my thought that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence and that there is and will be dire consequences for minorities should America's failures transform it into a fascist state.


https://youtu.be/GeE5WnTUsF8



The key issue to me is that most of us (Speaking of Black Americans) have nowhere else we can go.  And should we stay, how prepared are we for what may come?

LEt us take a look at what may come first....

Genocide

Is it really so unthinkable when taking into account the history of Mankind that the possibility exists that should America decline, one of the first things that will happen is the mass extermination of minority populations?  Should we not be discussing this as a possibility and what we should be planning to protect ourselves from it? 

I personally have two plans...

One is moving eventually to a state which has ALOT more black people (Georgia) and secondly I have been contemplating a backup to that plan where I may (once budget allows) buying a home in Nigeria to flee to if necessary.

Total Economic Collapse

This one keeps me up at night sometimes.  The fear that all the money I have saved up will end up losing a tremendous amount of value should (before I retire) the the world withdraw from using the U.S. dollar as the reserve currency.  China and Asian countries in general are ascendant.  They have laid the groundwork to be the next superpowers while America declines.  Should our economy collapse or the world decide to move away from American money control then we are fucked and what is happening in Venzuela will be happening here.  I do not plan on eating rats for dinner in my old age. 

Not sure what to do about this one except invest in assets rather than put all your eggs in dollars and perhaps learn Chinese.

My outlook:


Minorities better start thinking long term survival in this country.  What this means is getting with your families and working on strategic plans for how to survive.  Invest in technologies that make your community more self-reliant.  Solar power for energy, buy land for farming, and train some mofos to defend all that. 

When the collapse comes, it will come quick and if history has taught us nothing it is that the unprepared will be the first ones led to slaughter.   

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Religion / Why Agnostics/Atheists Talk About God/Religion...
« on: September 17, 2018, 06:48:50 AM »
There are times when people wonder why Agnostics and Atheists speak on God and Religion when one group says they don't know if God exists and the other group flat out denies it.

The answer hit me the other day.  So I figured I would share.

The reason is simple:

Everything in our lives (Agnostics/Atheists) is touched by religion and thus touched by the overall belief in God or Gods. The laws we follow, social norms we adhere to, the men or women we can date, how far up in political office we are likely to go (it is GOD bless America after all), the list goes on.

We are in essence a minority, one that is discriminated against.  And being a BLACK agnostic or atheist...well...that goes double.  So why wouldn't we want to discuss the validity of the very belief system or systems that in so many ways places a burden upon us...a oftentimes discriminatory burden.  That is the expectation of an oppressoer.,  For the oppressed to remain silent and mind their own affairs without acknowledging that the system we are living within whether that system be slavery or religious doctrine that is espoused by the vast majority of the population is our affair because we have to deal with it every day no matter how we may not wish too.

I personally have no issue with what people choose to believe but as long as those beliefs and the laws, doctrines, social norms, ethics, policies, behaviors, psychologies, politics, etc. places even the slightest burden upon my life and impacts the choices I am able to make then I have every right to question and even critique those beliefs.

I hope that answers the questions for anyone who ever asks or wonders why agnostics and atheists discuss God and religion.


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General Discussion / Top 3 People (Still Alive) You Want To Meet
« on: September 07, 2018, 11:14:18 AM »
Just for the hell of it, list the top 3 people who are still alive today and why you want to meet them...

Mine:

1.  Elon Musk

First and foremost I want to shake his hand and thank him for sparking interest in space travel.  As a long time sci-fi geek one of my biggest dreams is walking SAFELY on another world and I am 100% supportive of humanity becoming a multi-planetary species.  Also I want to ask him what he thinks about (if even possible) building a HUGE 3D printer in space (for building other objects in space) and feeding it asteroids and stuff for the materials.  Plus he seems like a pretty cool dude.

https://youtu.be/oNas1VU_t5Y


2.  Killa Mike

I just want to talk black empowerment, politics and libertarian philosophy with this dude.  He just seems like the kind of person I would want as a friend.  Someone who is intelligent, informed and hood all at the same time.  Can hang out at the strip club and chill at the White House in the same day.   

https://youtu.be/hpxv_XkVmYY

3.  Jesse 'The Body' Ventura

I just wanna tell him to stop the BS and go ahead and run for President.  If Trump could win, damnit he could as well.

https://youtu.be/bMpcBZhFJig


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General Discussion / Are Commercials Still A Thing?
« on: September 05, 2018, 07:49:55 AM »
I was glancing at the whole Nike thread and it hit me that I had not seen the commercial that has some folks burning their shoes.  Fact is - I barely watch commercials anymore.  Basically only see them on Hulu and on some Youtube videos when I don't skip them in time.  Mostly Geico ads cause they are nice and short.

Got me to thinking what is the big deal anyways?  Do folks actually still watch commercials?  I only watch them when I have no choice because I am too cheap to upgrade to the package that lets you get the content without commercials.  Too many commercials though and I drop the app.  That is why I stopped using Crackle.  Crackle was just effin obnoxious with commercials.

Anywho...

Are Commercials Still A Thing?

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General Discussion / Is the Media Responsible For 'Fake News'?
« on: September 05, 2018, 07:36:27 AM »
So I was watching this Youtube vid with a bunch of people from the New York Times regarding 'fake news' and President Trump. 

Anywho...

It struck me that strangely enough, Donald Trump and his attacks on media would not have such potency if there were not a kernel of truth in what he is saying.  The fact of the matter for me personally is that long before Trump started his campaign I had already lost much of my respect for most news outlets.  I had stopped watching CNN, I had LONG before that figured out that Fox News was FFaux news and ?MSNBC was simply trying to be the leftists version of Fox.  Honesly it made me sick.

The only news I could stomach was either PBS or BBC.  They at least still had a veneer of respectable objecticity.

Fake news gained it power from the talking heads.   What we were being fed night after night was not news, it was COMMENTARY.  And commentary is just shy of being opinion.  What ever happened to that old saying 'Just the facts ma'am?'

This is what has allowed President Trumps attacks on media to be so effective.  Everyone whether consciously or subconsciously knew that the majority of news outlets had already abdicated their responsibility as the Fifth Estate.  The respect the media once held in American society had been thrown to the side in favor of the pursuit of celebrity and the money it brings in.  Thus 'fake news' was born as people were fed on a diet of 'gotcha' moments and sensationalism rather than actual news.

Remember - news is supposed to be BORING.  There is a certain amount of dedication, intelligence, and understanding to watch or read the actual news.  Because actual news is about as exciting as watching paint dry.  Why?  Because real news is not meant to ENTERTAIN.  It is meant to INFORM.

Once you start trying to entertain people you have entered into the business of telling people WHAT THEY WANT TO HEAR.

And telling people what they want to hear is the essence of 'Fake News'.

What it does is rob people of the ability to trust their own opinion or interpretation of the facts.  When the media has forsaken ANY attempt at objectivity and has decided to present their own interpretation on everything it forces people to choose which side they are on reflexively rather than allowing them the time to mull over the facts and come to their own conclusions.

So after watching these people from the New York Times basically whine about what a danger the rhetoric of President Trump is all I could think is when is the media going to take responsibility for their part in CREATING the situation?




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Technology and Science / Military/Security Tech Updates
« on: August 29, 2018, 09:44:27 AM »
I wanted to start a thread where folks can post the latest info on the latest military and security tech and devices.  So post here when you see something cool from laser rifles to surveillance drones.  Stay informed! Stay Prepared Black People!

Lets pop ish off with military exoskeletons....


https://youtu.be/aRXe1dPfaIU




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Feedback and Announcements / Just Because You Can Do Something...
« on: August 28, 2018, 02:21:41 PM »
Doesn't mean you should....

That's all I'm going to say.  Figure it out.  Ish is getting out of hand and is hurting your brand.

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This may get to be a bit rambling.  You have been warned.


First let me start this off with a few definitions gleaned from Google.

SMART:  having or showing a quick-witted intelligence.

INTELLIGENCE:  the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills.

INTELLECTUAL:  a person possessing a highly developed intellect.

INTELLECT:  the faculty of reasoning and understanding objectively, especially with regard to abstract or academic matters.

OBJECTIVELY:  When you do something objectively, you do it with an open mind, considering the facts rather than your personal feelings

DEVELOPED:  advanced or elaborated to a specified degree.

Got all those definitions?  Hope so.  Cause here we go...


I have had for the longest time the gnawing thought that way too many black people are overly emotional and it bugs me because these same folks also can be so SMART (see definition above).  Don't get me wrong here, I have no issue with people having emotions, however I feel that sometimes our emotions can get in the way of objectively examining the world around us and coming up with the proper plan of action for whatever it is we wish to accompkish.

That said, I believe I have conflated the idea of being SMART with that of being INTELLECTUAL.

Per the above definitions, being smart basically deals with SPEED.  Your ability to QUICKLY acquire and apply knowledge and/or skills (Intelligence).  The faster you can acquire knowledge and/or skills and apply yhjrm (thus demonstrating them) the more people will consider you to be a SMART person.

But that is different than being intellectual.  Per the definition, intellectual means possessing a highly DEVELOPED (see definition above) intellect (see definition above).

What this all means is that you MUST be able to develop within yourself a capacity to think objectively and divorce personal feelings and opinions from your discourse in order to achieve the status of intellectual.  Being smart is not enough. 

So why bring this up?

Well it seems to me that in this social media driven age we are in the MAIN driving force that the general public thrives on is OUTRAGE.  Outrage being an emotion.  PArt of the gnawing feeling in my gut is that black folks (in general) are headed into an anti-intellectual trap by culturally speaking putting more emphasis on Black Emotion versus Black Intellect.

And it isn't just thr outrage of social media...

Point to any corner of black culture and you will see an upswell of emotionalism eating away our capacity for collective intellectualism.

Lets go to chuuch! 

Yes.  I am agnostic so I am biased.  That said, there is in my opinion no greater bastion of black emotionalism than the black church and thus no greater destroyer of black intellect.  Once again - Remember the above definitions and in particular the difference between being SMART and being INTELLECTUAL.


Most if not all of us have been to church at some point.  Myself, I have also been to African churches and seen how they do.  Diue! Die! Die!   In the name of Jesus!  If you been to one, you know what I mean.

A very emotional experience.    Shouting, screaming, stomping, singing, some fainting, you know the drill.

I sometimes wonder sometimes what would happen if all those black folk took all that energy they expend every week and had a black Ted Talk instead.  Just wondering out loud.

Anywho!

There is of course the sheer ANGER of what who knows how many decades upon decades of exploitation black people worldwide have gone through.  This is bound to make it pretty hard to maintain an objective viewpoint.  A wounded animals first instinct is to strike out even at the hand of the veterinarian attempting to heal it. 

All that kinda means that one of the first things black people will need to do in order to move up and advance is to figure out how to deal with our emotions as a culture and see the world objectively.  AS stated in a previous thread, we need our own Age of Reason to take ahold. 

Ok, rambling done, just thinking out loud per the thread title, comment if you feel like it.

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Feedback and Announcements / Active Members....
« on: August 23, 2018, 10:58:22 AM »
@Raion

Just curious...

Per the stats there are 317 members or so on here.  Which if true means there are roughly 300 lurkers.  Is there a stat that shows ACTIVE members and if so, what is considered active?  A post or thread a month? a year? 

Related to this thought is I have notied that many times when you see 'Who's Online' there is many times a 'Guest' registering for an account yet there doesn't seem to be a correalated increase in activity.  IS there a reason for that?  Are these test accounts or are ppl just registering and then lurking?

Jus curious....


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President Trump today criticized South Africa for its plans to seize land currently owned by white farmers.  There are also rumors that killings have taken place which has been denied by the South African Government.


Overview:
https://youtu.be/NOxQipm93QY



Trump:

https://youtu.be/iCbfPa9C8qE


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General Discussion / #MeToo Gets Bit By Wild Cougar
« on: August 21, 2018, 08:16:33 AM »
My bad for finding this ish funny as hell.


https://youtu.be/k0rr0kMYXwc



#SorryNotSorry


 :'(


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General Discussion / What Is Your (Black?) Background?
« on: August 16, 2018, 06:39:30 AM »
Was a little curious about the makeup of the Diaspora on here....

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Civil Rights and Social Justice / The Black Resistance Strategy Guide
« on: August 14, 2018, 07:59:37 AM »
So I was watching a video about Charlottesville and some of the white nationalist groups that were there and I was struck by something the mother of that young lady who was killed said....

She said that they (white nationalists) kinda want people to not take them seriously and that it is part of their tactics to get people at rallies and such once they feel ish has calmed down and everyone is relaxed.  During the course of the video they also mentioned some group called RAM which is made up of ex-military types who know what the eff they are doing and have crazy plans for America and are willing to plan assassinations and ish.

So anywho...

Got me to thinking.

Black folks need our own strategy.  Strategy just happens to be one of my main strengths so I am offering this thread to you all as a guide to anyone who wants to use the ideas contained within.  Feel free to add your own.

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