Happy Birthday, George Washington: Born on February 22th,1732 in  Westmoreland County, Virginia

I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is always the best policy.

Of all the dispositions and habits, which lead to political prosperity, Religion and Morality are indispensable supports.

The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the republican model of government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.

cultural-goldmanism  asked:

I really wanna get into the occult/esoteric type of thing, but I'm having trouble internalizing the notion that it's efficacious and not just an intellectual exercise sort of thing. Do you have any advice?

Depends on what you mean by “just an intellectual exercise.” in many ways, it *is*- ritual and symbolism can only directly affect the mind, not physical reality, hence the necessity that the vibration of the symbol/ritual be able to pass through the Veil of Action if you want it to affect the material world. But in terms of whether it’s possible for it to do that, I think just observing the history of how religion has affected politics shows that symbolism, ritual, and myth have a profound sociological effect. Even outside of religious involvement, the role that symbolism plays in politics is vast. If symbolism had no effect on human psychology/sociology, it wouldn’t be so consistently central to virtually all efforts to organize human action.

The United States has always had a kind of love-hate relationship with immigration. In fact, the immigrants of the 19th and early 20th centuries had a saying: “America beckons, but Americans repel.” What they meant by that is that, on the one hand, the United States had tremendous employment opportunities for them, possibilities of education for their children, freedom of religion, political freedoms that they couldn’t enjoy in their home countries. And yet at the same time, the foreign-born represented a threat to some parts of the population.
—  Alan Kraut

Meet the lawyers who dropped everything to work for free rescuing airport detainees

  • When word came down that, thanks to President Donald Trump’s Friday executive order, visitors and would-be immigrants to the United States were being detained at airports across the country, an ad hoc contingent of lawyers sprang into action. 
  • While thousands protested outside the nation’s international airports, the lawyers’ mission was simple: show up at airports, talk to families of detained travelers caught up in Trump’s Muslim ban and offer legal services pro bono.

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Trump’s Muslim ban statement is no longer on his website

Less than 24 hours after Republican Donald Trump was elected president of the United States, his statement calling for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the U.S. mysteriously vanished from his campaign website. The page with the statement now redirects to a different page.

I was hired by NPR to cover the intersection of demographics and politics. My job required crisscrossing the country to talk to all kinds of voters. I attended rallies and town halls for nearly every candidate on both sides of the aisle, and I met people in their homes, churches and diners.

I am also visibly, identifiably Muslim. I wear a headscarf. So I stand out. And during this campaign, that Muslim identity became the first (and sometimes only) thing people saw, for good or for bad.

Reporter’s Notebook: What It Was Like As A Muslim To Cover The Election

Photo: Ariel Zambelich/NPR

Editor’s note: There is language in this piece that some will find offensive.
Why Don't Some People Believe In Science?
Some people don't believe in vaccines or climate change or other scientifically proven things. Why not? Why don't people trust evidence? Socrates: The Father...

Please take the time to watch this video, especially if it is speaking about you.

Many important facts in our world are not being accepted by a portion of the public because they are not taking in the evidence, do not believe the evidence/experts, and flat out make up their minds to go directly against reason and logic. This includes topics such as the validity of religion, climate change, vaccines, space travel, and more.

In case you were not aware, some people still argue the Earth is flat!! I’m not joking. I’m seriously not trying to be degrading, but religion and climate denying are in the same boat as a flat Earth. There is no valid evidence to support them, yet millions believe in these things. Don’t believe me? Send me your best arguments.

This is incredibly damaging to our society. If large numbers of voters are uninformed, and cultured to stay uninformed on serious issues, then it is impossible for us as a society to make the best decisions. Climate Change is a prime example. The evidence is full proof and people do not believe. They sight ridiculous observations such as snow as proof of the contrary. (If you do not understand why snow is not evidence that Climate Change is false then you have not done any research, but message me and I’ll explain it for you.) Many of our leaders are extremely biased and unwilling to objectively research topics and that is appalling in a democracy. Climate Change can and will literally kill us all, there is no room for arguing. Equally, the fight over which religion is correct has cost billions of lives. The truth is that they fight for nothing because no religion is true. That is the most deeply saddening truth in all of human history.

What can you do about this?

Make the effort to be a person who does not make snap judgement decisions, even if it challenges your current opinions, the opinions of people around you, and especially if it makes you uncomfortable. Do the research! Remember that an opinion without evidence is meaningless. Be logical in your daily life. Don’t do what you know is harmful or pointless. Don’t buy products because of what the tv commercial said. Evaluate the world around you. And ask WHY more often! Get curious and motivated to satisfy that desire.

What is really needed is a wide spread change in culture. We need to promote the act of thinking critically, evaluating objectively, and following evidence. We need to remember that our emotional response is not a truth, it is a reaction.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to message me. I am very friendly. If you have questions about climate change, religion, or other issues just ask!