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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.

NeoNotes — Women's studies

Okay, seriously though, and this relates to one of my long standing criticisms of women's studies (and any number of gender studies, skin color studies, etc.)

If these various fields of study have any worth at all, they have to acknowledge that they are only part of the picture. Limiting your studies to one subgroup is going to limit your understanding. Especially if you dismiss without question other subgroups. It's the difference between rigorous study and fantasyland. It's why the theoretical has to cross over with the practical. It's not enough to say how things should work, you have to examine how things actually work together. You have to look outside your preconceptions and expectations for the things you can't explain. Otherwise you never leave the echo chamber.

Or, women's studies without human studies is sh*t.

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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NeoNotes – Government should not be trusted

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

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NeoNotes — Diversity

Diversity of opinion is strongly discouraged.

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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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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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NeoNotes — the middle

If the winter solstice is the middle of winter and the summer solstice is the middle of summer, the vernal equinox is the middle of spring and the autumnal equinox is the middle of fall.

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NeoNotes — multiple intelligences

As a rough definition, measurable intelligence is the practical knowledge and skills necessary for a given set of problem solving.

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NeoNotes — Fluffies and Crusaders

Uh oh, I just revealed Secrets That Must Not Be Revealed. The Powers-That-Wanna-Be may insist I turn in my lucky charm.

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NeoNotes — Define magick

"Supernatural" depends on the definition of "natural."

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NeoNotes — Perception and symbols

I wonder. If a symbol can be "tainted" no matter what it was used for previously, what does it take to "purify" the symbol?

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NeoNotes — Shift happens

Live and let live works mostly.

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NeoNotes — A long hard look

If it works for you and challenges you to be a better person, more power to you. It is not my place to question that, it's between you and the Divine.

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NeoNotes — Man separate from Nature

"Supernatural" depends on the definition of "natural."

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NeoNotes — Real religion

Who am I to judge what happens between someone else and the Divine?

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NeoNotes - style and a niche market

American pagans choose something different than the dominant monotheism.

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NeoNotes — Somebody finally said the C word

For all of the evidence of Christian bigotry, there's tolerance and pluralism right there beside it.

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NeoNotes — Roy Moore and the Decalogue monument - updated

Moore put a Decalogue monument in court. At night. With very few people knowing until the next day. Moore is on record as saying that man's law is under God's law. That is not something you want to hear a judge say, especially when you don't share his religion.

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NeoNotes — Satanic sacrifice

You know the problem with these massive conspiracy theories are that there are never enough conspirators and never enough victims.
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NeoNotes — Judaism

Pardon, but Judaism wasn't the original monotheism. Akhenaton introduced Atenism in Egypt, which may have influenced the development of Semitic polytheism into monotheistic Judaism.
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NeoNotes — Ecology vs environmentalism

Environmentalism is a crusade with everything that entails.
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NeoNotes — 10th anniversary of “Pentacle Quest”

If someone has served honorably, then they should have whatever they want on their headstone up to and including Mickey Mouse. Government issue or not, it's not about what is "approved." It's about honoring someone who chose to serve and fulfilled that duty.
     — NeoWayland
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NeoNotes — Help

I think it goes beyond religion.

I think it's the keystone to Western Civilization. ReligiousTolerance.org calls it the Ethic of Reciprocity. Christians call it the Golden Rule. My favorite version comes from the movies.

"Be excellent to each other! And party on Dudes!"

Philosophically, the EoR assumes that there are other people and they are just as important as you are. If you want to be treated well, you have to treat others well.

I call it parity. Some call it fairness. It's all the same thing. Help if you can because you may want help later.
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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NeoNotes — “J'accuse ...!” - updated

We pretty much agreed that women sometimes lie about rape and the code needed to take that into account. We added one small paragraph that said accusations of rape didn't necessarily mean rape.
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NeoNotes — A strong woman

Let me tell you about who is the ultimate model of strong women in my family.

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NeoNotes — Which god?

Our nation in particular calls back to the classical Greeks and the Roman Republic.

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NeoNotes — Witchcraft as rebellion

She is a parasite who is capitalizing on tragedy

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NeoNotes — Ravens today

Ravens are amazing birds aren't they?

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NeoNotes — SRW

Even that wouldn't matter so much if SRW wasn't just wrong in so much of what she passes off

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NeoNotes — The name thing

… taking a separate name shows dedication to your faith when you are initiated.

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NeoNotes — Sex positive

Sex without the emotional connection is masturbation. And just as fulfilling.
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NeoNotes — Nothing supernatural exists

You're thinking of magick as cheat codes that let you get around universal rules.

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NeoNotes — Origin of Wicca

At some point you should go out and find your own way.

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Kafkatrap

I was adding commentary to some of my lexicon entries.

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NeoNotes — What witch?

The "Witch Winter Solstice Ritual" in Nylon is populist pap. It's a lot like having Easter using only Cadbury eggs and never once mentioning a resurrection or what it might mean.

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No dissent, or The content of his character

So Rhyd just made the entry tier of my Watch List.

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When the universe has it's way with you - UPDATED

And why your "I" isn't the best thing to have around during sex

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Coyote

Adapted from an IM session, but it is just my words and beliefs

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