Looking at the NEWS April 6, 2018 Just Asking Questions

Liberal in tolerance but
Alt-right in protecting freedom of thought and speech.

My father told me to believe nothing of what I hear and only half of what I see because humans have a great capacity for self-deception. Today we know only too well how people only see what they want to see. This photo was taken from my kitchen window in Suzhou in 2012 on Chinese New Year. This is not a war zone. It just looks that way. You should see the video! CLICK THE PHOTO

Ideologues Don’t Usually Like Questions!

I read a rather interesting article the other day about the state of Australian politics, the key point to which was that society has shifted over recent decades from being predominantly just left or right of center, to more extreme points on the scale. This would explain why there was such a reaction to Donald Trump’s election. People are becoming extremists.

Western society has become ideologically polarized and it is from that perspective that John Hawkins at Townhall.com wrote on March 31, 2018 an article titled: 20 Questions You’re Not Supposed to Ask in 2018 America from which I provide just a few points.

Couldn’t you make just as good an argument that America is a matriarchy as a patriarchy?…. if you want to claim one gender is at an advantage or disadvantage in the United States, doesn’t it almost entirely depend upon what factors you pay attention to and what factors you ignore? In 2015, men suffered 93% of the workplace fatalities. In the United States, 78.8% of murder victims are male.

Shouldn’t we roll our eyes at people who come up with new reasons to be gratuitously offended most of the time? Aren’t people who are offended by things that most people just shrug off, the ones with the problem, not the rest of the world?

If we can have sanctuary cities and states where our immigration laws aren’t followed, why can’t conservative states refuse to allow abortions or arbitrarily lower the federal tax rates their residents have to pay?

The article was meant to be taken seriously but is funny nonetheless. Every ideological position really does have a flipside. In today’s extreme ideological environment however, in which free speech is almost a dirty word, it does not pay to ask too many questions about sensitive ideological topics, but if a person is to truly understand a topic, questions must be asked.

On the lighter side of asking questions, after reading one particular story this week, I personally just had to ask: ‘ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

Bill Introduced To Stop Government Payments To Deceased People

Let’s face it, if dead people can get up to vote they should be entitled to government payments and benefits.

On another issue about which people will ideologically pontificate without having done any proper questioning research, I saw a video this week which was sent from PragerU about people who criticize the Bible and the video demonstrates that we often simply do not understand statements that we find in the Bible. The video is only 5 minutes long and worth the viewing. You might also want to see one of my own articles on Bible Skepticism.

A rather serious issue concerning which virtue signaling ideologues don’t like questions being asked is Gender Dysphoria. I’m not going to weigh-in on the issue but if you go to this article and read other linked articles, you may discover that there is a dark side to the issue which no one wants to openly discuss.

And while on the serious issue of not wanting to openly discuss certain ideological issues, may I recommend that you take a look at this short video titled: Mommy Sent Me to Die and then tell me how evil Israel and/or the USA are.

When I use the term ‘ideological position’ what I am actually referring to is someone’s ‘belief.’ The problem with beliefs is that you can have one or more beliefs without having any specific conscious/subconscious knowledge or experiential justification of it/them. In short, you believe what you want to believe.

(Sorry fella! No point talking about logical conclusions since logic -pertaining to one’s ideology – is actually quite subjective.)

Too much ideological dogma is sourced in the personal Id/Ego/Super-Ego and as such is derived from certain desires/drives/needs such as feeling righteous or good, which is why ideologues do so much virtue signaling to ensure that YOU give them responses which are appropriate for stroking their – egos.

Unfortunately, ideological principles when codified in law, not only face the possibility of self-conflict, but can easily highlight the hypocritical nature of those seeking to codify such ideological principles.

In this next article for instance, the implied question is, ‘why is grandiose ideology so discriminately applied?‘ To be more precise, it asks, ‘why are Universal Rights not universally applied by the United Nations?’

The Murder No One Is Talking About March 29, 2018 by Rahim Hamid

Although Ahwazi human rights groups have reached out to international humanitarian bodies and organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, these groups refuse to investigate the regime’s crimes…. Ahwazi activists are increasingly embittered by the way in which Iranian human rights groups and media focus solely on crimes committed in the central, ethnically Persian areas of Iran, while effectively ignoring the chronic and systematic abuse, persecution and racism towards the Ahwazis and other minority groups who are mainly concentrated around the country’s perimeters. These groups include the Kurds, Baluchis and Turkish Azeris.

Unfortunately, it seems that the United Nation’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights is implemented only very selectively and when it is politically expedient.

On the topic of the United Nations, Tom DeWeese of the American Policy Center has for many years been fighting against another brain child of the United Nations – Agenda 21 (Sustainable Development) – and in a recent article titled A Challenge to the American Planning Association he demonstrates the United Nations connections and the deception involved in this Communist takeover of the USA. (Communist Goals are located in the far right column of this document.)

In his article Mr. DeWeese lists some of the survey questions and demonstrates how they are designed to trick people into giving the desired answer.  The misleading rhetoric of these people is not surprising when you begin to look deeper at who they are. Actually their identity and aims are published online as:

“an association of professionals, activists, academics, and students involved in physical, social, economic, and environmental planning in urban and rural areas, who promote fundamental change in our political and economic systems.”

“We believe planning should be a tool for allocating resources…and eliminating the great inequalities of wealth and power in our society … because the free market has proven incapable of doing this.”

Here are just two questions that Mr. DeWeese asks in his challenge to the American Planning Association:

No. 4 How do the citizens feel about planning with today’s mandatory smart meters that can overcharge users by 284%? What if such planning forced you to buy all new appliances which can be controlled and even turned off by the utility company without warning – all to enforce energy-use levels as required by arbitrary and unsubstantiated “planning standards,” Do they still support such “Planning?”

No. 6 How do the citizens feel about planning that creates non-elected boards, councils, and regional governments to enforce their UN-inspired policies, which actually diminish (if not eliminate) the power of the local officials they elected, severely reducing citizen input into policy? Do they still support such “Planning?”

Whilst the general topic of this article today is that of asking questions, the real issue here is that of people tending not to ask questions, or rather, of simply accepting what they are told because it ‘feels right’ or supports their ideological agenda.

We DO tend just to believe what we want to believe, but as I pointed out in last week’s ‘Looking at the NEWS’ article:

But real research requires what in science is called ‘falsification’; the process of trying to discover if there is a flaw in the theory and in the process of demonstrating it to be true.

Falsification is an integral part of all investigative scientific research. [Davies. P. (1992) The Mind of G-d. New York. Simon and Schuster. p.25 ] ‘the emphasis is thus on falsification, not verification. A powerful theory is one that is highly vulnerable to falsification, and so can be tested in many detailed and specific ways’

Although many people believe that they are logical and have a sort of logical scientific approach to life, the reality is that they usually look only for that evidence which supports their bias, rather than looking at everything that might disprove at a fundamental level the assumptions upon which they base their beliefs. In short, they usually ask the wrong questions.

A little test here: ‘Does the Sun rise in the East and set in the West every day?’ – Demonstrably the answer is ‘No!’ If you answered ‘Yes!’ then you need to work on your concepts of objectivity and subjectivity.

On a Lighter Note

This article was published the other day in Australia, and I found in it something amusing. Comment: Australia’s united response to Russia puts US, UK to shame by Peter Hartcher April 2, 2018 at Sydney Morning Herald

The supreme commander of NATO, American General Curtis Scaparrotti, says that: “Russia aggressively uses social media and other means of mass communication to push disinformation, test the resolve of the United States, and erode our credibility with European partners.” And a range of top US officials says that Russian hacking remains a danger to the US congressional elections due in November.

Why, with its actions exposed, is Russia continuing this blatant campaign? Admiral Rogers drew the obvious conclusion: “President Putin has clearly come to the conclusion that there’s little price to pay.” Quite simply, the US is failing to deter Russian intrusions into its most important systems.

Why indeed?

But here is a question that is not likely to be answered: ‘Is Russia involved in a blatant campaign?’

When it comes to blatant campaigns it has been obvious since before Trump became President that there has been a campaign in the USA to ruin or ensure the impossibility of a good relationship with Russia. If you remember, there was a big to-do when Russia did not expel American diplomats, preferring instead to wait and see what would transpire when Trump came to power. And weren’t the various media commentators LIVID.

Here’s another question: ‘Is it possible that there is a very deliberate dark state plot to prevent any real relationship and cooperation between Russia and the USA?’

Here is another: ‘Why do we repeatedly find on internet news sites, claims that we are just around the corner from World War III?’

You would think that if that were the case the media would support cooperation between Russia and the USA. Instead they seem almost desperate for W-A-R!

Did you notice that the current expulsion of Russian diplomats is based ‘not on evidence but upon belief?’ Since when is belief a substitute for evidence in our anti-god / anti-faith scientific world?

Quite clearly God exists because I believe that he exists and all bad things that happen in the world do so at the express will of Satan – because I believe it to be so. Unless you can provide some evidence to prove me wrong then my belief is as legitimate as yours.

This world is losing its way through the insanity of leftist / progressive ideological idolatry. Unless people begin to start asking questions and researching to obtain demonstrable evidence, and until they test their theories through processes of falsification to ensure that their theories hold water, then society as a whole will become factionalized and collapse.

People worry about trade wars with China and Nuclear War with Russia and North Korea, but if our democratic societies collapse under the weight of self-interested ideological factions, there will be no war with foreign countries because we will be inviting those armies to come and restore law and order in our streets.

Well that was a depressing thought wasn’t it?

To Finish on a Joke

A friend sent this to me in an email and I liked it. Apologies to its author for not giving due recognition.

In today’s world with President Trump getting hit daily I decided a little Bible Lesson might be appropriate. Remember what Jesus said: ‘Goats on the left, sheep on the right’ (Matthew 25:33).

Jesus also told Peter that if he wanted to catch fish do it from the other side of the boat, which was the right side of the boat. He did and filled the boat with fish.

John 21:6 (NIV) … He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.”

Origin of Left & Right..I have often wondered why it is that Conservatives are called the “right” and Liberals are called the “left”.

By chance I stumbled upon this verse in the Bible: Ecclesiastes 10:2 (NIV) – “The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.”

Thus sayeth the Lord. Amen

It surely can’t get any simpler than that.

Spelling Lesson:

The last four letters in American….. I Can
The last four letters in Republican…….. I Can
The last four letters in Democrats…….. Rats

End of lesson!Test to follow on November 6, 2018.

Remember, November 2018 is to be set aside as rodent removal month.
Please share this Bible Lesson with all your friends and email friends to help achieve that goal.

Never grow a wishbone where a backbone ought to be.

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Born in 1953 in Brisbane City, Queensland, Australia, R.P. BenDedek (pseudonym) is a divorced father of five who has been living and working in The People's Republic of China (Mainland China) since 2003. He is currently (2016) working in Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province.

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