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Occasionally I wandered in where I was not wanted and gave truthful answers.
Sometimes I even did it deliberately. A little disruption now can prevent disaster later.

Diversity of channels

We're plugged into more information and more information sources than ever before. A cascade effect is pretty common, where the same information (right or wrong) hits you from several channels at once, making it seem more important or more widespread than it actually is. That is why the number of channels is not nearly as important as the diversity of channels.
— NeoWayland, cascade effect
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Kirlian photography

As for Kirlian photography, it has nothing to do with the aura. There's no overlap, and someone's insistence that Kirlian photography ‘proves’ that the aura exists just complicates things.
— NeoWayland, aura
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NeoNotes – Government should not be trusted

Respectfully, I do not believe that a government agency should be trusted with caring for the environment.

When government is "responsible" for something, regular people stop paying attention. It becomes Somebody Else's Problem (I stole the label from Douglas Adams) and they can't be bothered. Then when something goes wrong, those ordinary people demand reform of the agency, not fixing the problem.

Additionally, it will always depend on keeping the "right people" in elected office AND overlooking abuse of power because it's the "right people." Case in point, the CO2 rules under the Obama EPA were far beyond anything used before and used shoddy science as the justification. Criticism of the rules was actively discouraged not because of the effects of the rules, but because it was the EPA and for the Greater Good. The institution and the policy was more important than the results.

Personally I avoid environmentalism. I prefer ecology and I focus on the interconnections and the tradeoffs. Power with instead of power over.



Pardon, but it's not the EOC (End of Conversation).

Carson's Silent Spring was disputed and is still disputed to this day. That should be part of any conversation including that book. It should also be a study for how propaganda is passed off as fact.

Looking at the history of the EPA, it's amazing how ineffective it has been. Just as one brief example, the "Superfund" has shifted the cost of environmental cleanup from the polluters to the taxpayer. Since the polluters face minimal consequences, of course they don't clean up their act (pun intended).

As I pointed out above, if it is government's "responsibility" to clean up the environment, then regular people just don't pay attention.

Just out of curiosity, what's the fix for "too many people?" Forced sterilizations? Killing by the millions and tens of millions?

NeoNotes are the selected comments that I made on other boards, in email, or in response to articles where I could not respond directly.

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Power through victimhood

I don't believe in enabling power through victimhood. I know that can seem cruel, but it's not. After a time, the training wheels get in the way.
— NeoWayland
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“Pantheons of the Ancient Mediterranean: Crash Course World Mythology #7”


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“Oedipus and the Sphinx”

This actually started as a student work

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Shaft of sunlight

Just a touch.

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“In the Footsteps of Brasidas”

“Life lessons from reading Thucydides and hiking at night”

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“Humans and Nature and Creation: Crash Course World Mythology #6”

“In which Mike Rugnetta brings you the final installation of our unit on creation myths. This week, we're talking about human beings and their relationship to the natural world. It turns out foundational stories have a lot to teach us about the ways in which people relate to the physical world around them, and the other organisms that inhabit that world. We'll talk about the Biblical idea that humans have dominion over animals, and we'll talk about Native American stories in which people and nature collaborate to create the world.”

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Platinum Rule

“Hope for the best, prepare for the worst and meanwhile, do everything you can to make things better.”
— Jim O'Neil
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Personal

Faith is a personal choice. It has to be, or it has no meaning.
— NeoWayland
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“Social Orders and Creation Stories: Crash Course World Mythology #5”

“In which Mike Rugnetta sits you down for a little talk about myth as a way to construct or reinforce social orders. Specifically, we’re going to look today at stories from around the world that establish or amplify the idea that the errors of women have brought bad things into the world. We’re talking about the idea that death and disease and pain came into the world as a result of human (specifically woman human) action, and that men should therefore be considered superior to women. This idea, which on its face may sound a little out there to our modern ears, is persistent and pernicious. We’re interested in looking at the ways that stories make social orders. We’ll look at Abrahamic, Greek, and Japanese creation stories that have, over the millennia, served to push something of a social order agenda.”

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“Earth Mothers and Rebellious Sons - Creation Part 3: Crash Course World Mythology #4”

“So, we’re still talking about sex this week, but we’re talking about Earth Mothers and their children. We'll start with Gaia, and her son Kronos, who had a classic childhood rebellion, and castrated his father. We'll also get into Kronos’s son Zeus, who would go on to dethrone his father. We’ll talk about Norse mythology, too, and look at the family that created the world, and worked together to make people.”

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Revelation

“When a person assumes that his or her revelation is the only true one, it only says that this person has had very few religious revelations and hasn't realized how many there are.”
— Margot Adler, Drawing Down the Moon
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NeoNotes — Diversity

Diversity of opinion is strongly discouraged.

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Bear Lake

I used to do photography until my camera was damaged.

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Who's a good boy?

The dog sells this one

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“Zeus and Antiope”

Here is where the scandalous part comes in.

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Tolerant

I can think of no other faith group that actually celebrates the nutcases as gifts from the gods. There is no politically correct way to describe it. People who would be shunned in any other circumstances are actually put on display to show how tolerant Paganism is.
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“What Is Myth? Crash Course World Mythology #1”

“Welcome to Crash Course World Mythology, our latest adventure (and this series may be literally adventurous) in education. Over the next 40 episodes or so, we and Mike Rugnetta are going to learn about the world by looking at the foundational stories of a bunch of different cultural traditions.”

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Journal 23Mar2018

Thinking by blogging

They want to know why they should even consider your faith when their faith is absolutest.

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“Rotating Moon from LRO”

“No one, presently, sees the Moon rotate like this. That's because the Earth's moon is tidally locked to the Earth, showing us only one side. Given modern digital technology, however, combined with many detailed images returned by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), a high resolution virtual Moon rotation movie has now been composed.”

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NeoNotes — Defending my faith (the long one)

I try to give Christians the benefit of the doubt, mainly because I expect the same. Some make it harder than others. Live and let live works mostly.

For space reasons, this entry has it's own page.

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Vital & fresh

I think it's vital to have friends outside your faith and outside your work. It helps you to balance. We need people we don't agree with but still trust to keep us out of the ego traps. We need other outlets for our passion just to keep ourselves fresh.
— NeoWayland
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Wearing black

“I wore black because I liked it. I still do, and wearing it still means something to me. It's still my symbol of rebellion -- against a stagnant status quo, against our hypocritical houses of God, against people whose minds are closed to others' ideas.”
— Johnny Cash
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Folly

“The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.”
— Mark Twain
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I believe in God

“I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It's just that the translations have gone wrong.”
— John Lennon
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Without

“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”
— Albert Einstein
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Religion is dangerous

“Religion is dangerous. The people in power have always realized this. Either they must tame it — make it all about how King Zork enjoys the Will of Heaven —or keep a heavy, cast iron lid on it.

The trouble with religious people is that they are not always loyal enough — to the king, to the government, to the Party, to the corporation.”

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Fundamentalism denies others choice

I won't submit to your game. You will frustrate yourself more and more if you keep trying. The reason I can do this here, now, is because America is based on choice and pluralism and responsibility. Bad choices and bad consequences teach people to make better choices.
Fundamentalism denies others choice.

It doesn't matter if it's atheism, Islamist, climate change, Christianity, progressive, conservative, pagan, or libertarian. The label just distracts from the tactic.

Fundamentalism denies others choice.
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Lady in violet

Not really pagan.

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In the spirt of the season

This dryad is an excellent symbol of spring.

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Disconnect

I don't suppose it's really important in the overall scheme of things, but I find it unnerving.

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NeoNotes — accusation

How would I prove that I don't do that?

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NeoNotes — IQ is culture dependent

It's not that they don't have the raw ability, most just don't have the skills.

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Sleeping

This one is pushing the limit of casual.

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“Andromeda Chained to the Rocks”

Notice how the mythological elements are barely there

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Not so silly

“After years of living friendless, having to make up his own talking animal companions, Christopher Robin (now known as Chris Robin) has become an emotionally charged teen artist. As he changed, so did his "best friend" the imaginary bear 'Winnie the Pooh', growing taller and more muscular to protect Chris from anything, or anyone, who crosses his path.”
— sketchnate, silly old bear
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Some mornings it's too much to bear

He's looking at you.

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