Monday, November 28, 2016

To Gab or not to Gab?

I recently left Twitter for Gab. Unfortunately, I've gone back to Twitter as Gab has seriously disappointed me. I reserve the right to be critical of Gab and think it cannot improve without dissenting voices. Here's a rundown of everything I think is wrong with Gab:

  • To begin with, there was a lot of drama back in October involving this user. I was never able to figure out what went on exactly, but it seems there was a dispute between the founders of Gab and this user over his/her contribution to Gab. Some of the comments by one of the founders Ekrem Büyükkaya · @e were immature and strange coming from a founder. Here are some that haven't been deleted yet. Post1 Post2 Post3 Post4 (Screenshots below).What happened between these users exactly? Did a user contribute and get pushed out? A lot of questions were raised at the time and the only viewpoint which seems to have survived is that of the founders. This disturbed me then and still does.
  • It's essentially an 'alt-right echo chamber'. The 'popular' posts section is a daily recount of mostly the same users' posts about 'alt-right' topics. There are some good folks on Gab, don't get me wrong, but why should Gab users endure more Jew hatred (for example) by Gab 'verified' users who are followed by the founder? I'm waiting for people like @Pamela to speak up on Gab about their verification as it's no better, imo, than the Muslim Brotherhood being verified on Twitter. The fact that users who post such nonsense are 'verified' and so popular speaks volumes. And yes, I know we can mute such users and ignore them. Fine, if that's your solution then don't follow the Muslim Brotherhood on Twitter and don't complain that they've been verified by Twitter. Put up or shut up.
  • Gab features Reddit-style up-voting and down-voting. So they've imported everything wrong with sites like Reddit, features which are great for 12 year olds but terrible for adults. And what's more, when you go to any section (News/Politics, etc.) you don't see the most recent posts first but those that have been up-voted. Essentially making it impossible for users with little exposure to get more exposure. Again, it's an echo chamber much like Reddit. (Strangely, the popular posts don't follow this strictly, and intersperse posts with less down-votes among those with many up-votes. How does this work? Who knows!?)
  • Gab also features Twitter-style muting. I've hated muting since it appeared at Twitter because it's a permanent muting state. My question is, what's the point of being able to follow someone but never see their posts? There is none. I'd be fine with a temporary mute for when someone's on a post-bender, but permanent muting is just stupid. Un-follow someone if you don't like what they have to say. 
  • The stupid EULA that was pushed out recently which stipulates that any suggestions made by users become the property of Gab, Inc (or whatever the legal entity is). Come on.
Overall I admire Gab's efforts, and the idea. Unfortunately the execution on those ideas has developed a platform that essentially exists to hear itself speak. I'm not sure how you draw other voices into a platform like Gab without making some fundamental changes.

I'll hang around and peek in periodically to see what happens. But I honestly don't enjoy Gab all that much for the reasons above. And I'm sure the founders will respond to these kinds of criticisms by saying that I'm welcome to leave the platform if I don't like it, and that's fair. But I've noticed how thirsty they seem to be to gain more non-right-ish followers so they can not be labeled as the 'alt-right echo chamber'. Well, guys, welcome to reality: if you put shit on a table, no one eats. That's the deal. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Expel the moslems

Muslims have for so long filled the world with anti-Jewish propaganda and hate (as have many so-called Christians for that matter, but that's another story for another day) that it's quite ironic that in 2016, even the most 'mild' of Muslim behavior has gotten to such a fever pitch that they actually warrant expulsion from every continent on the globe. 

Unlike the false accusations and paranoid fantasies which led to Jewish expulsions, the evidence speaks for itself. They are incompatible. They must go. From everywhere, they must go. They must be sent back to the Arabian peninsula. We've all had enough, thank you very much.

A strong United States should pull nations together to expel all Muslims who incite hatred and violence to Bumfuck Middle-East. Maybe somewhere in the middle of nowheresville Syria, or drop them off in Saudi Arabia. Who cares really, so long as they are out of our hair and somewhere with their own kind.

A Must See Video From 2012

Thursday, October 6, 2016

New Lies For Old

Read New Lies For Old, which explains what is going on in the world today. Written by an Ex KGB agent, it's startling how accurate many of its predictions are.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Recent good reads

Some books I've read lately that I recommend:

 Epic and unflinching work by Roth. Has literally changed my reading interests. Roth is a genius.

 Another good, earlier book by Roth. It gets kind of maudlin and can make a man question whether any marriage could ever work.

 This book by Mogel has excellent parenting advice and a lot of the advice can be applied to inter-personal relationships as well, including marriages.

 Good Christian inspiration here. Some great "print out and hang on the wall" aphorisms in it. Plus an interesting take on the crucifixion, burial, resurrection and relationship between Jewish and Gentile believers.

 This book is in the references section of the Brown book. Aside from a few mis-steps where the author gets a little too Roman Catholic for my taste, this is an epic and amazing history of Jesus and his times.

...a new Letters to a Young Man is in the works, coming soon-ish...

Thursday, June 23, 2016

June 23rd, never forget

The greatest use of the word "meanwhile" in recent memory was in a brief statement issued by the Hong Kong Government on Edward Snowden. In this simple word is a direct challenge to US power, a way for the Chinese government, by way of Hong Kong officials, to say "up yours" to the US, and one can (especially in hindsight) see that it was warranted. In this brief bit of text, this small special administrative region, speaking on behalf of an empire, told the US to go fuck itself because it hadn't had the decency to be decent. And also, because it was too stupid to get Snowden's middle name correct. Whatever your feelings about Snowden, whether what he did was right or wrong, you have to admire the chutzpah.

Here's the full text of the statement (original is here):

HKSAR Government issues statement on Edward Snowden 
     The HKSAR Government today (June 23) issued the following statement on Mr Edward Snowden:

     Mr Edward Snowden left Hong Kong today (June 23) on his own accord for a third country through a lawful and normal channel.

     The US Government earlier on made a request to the HKSAR Government for the issue of a provisional warrant of arrest against Mr Snowden. Since the documents provided by the US Government did not fully comply with the legal requirements under Hong Kong law, the HKSAR Government has requested the US Government to provide additional information so that the Department of Justice could consider whether the US Government's request can meet the relevant legal conditions. As the HKSAR Government has yet to have sufficient information to process the request for provisional warrant of arrest, there is no legal basis to restrict Mr Snowden from leaving Hong Kong.

     The HKSAR Government has already informed the US Government of Mr Snowden's departure.

     Meanwhile, the HKSAR Government has formally written to the US Government requesting clarification on earlier reports about the hacking of computer systems in Hong Kong by US government agencies. The HKSAR Government will continue to follow up on the matter so as to protect the legal rights of the people of Hong Kong.
Ends/Sunday, June 23, 2013
Issued at HKT 16:05

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The wisdom of Marco Pierre White

From a man who reached the pinnacle of his field, some important life lessons.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr.

Recently happened upon a number of episodes of Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. on Amazon Instant Video. Totally worth watching.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Obesity Code

I pre-ordered this book and just recently finished reading it. It should win awards and be read widely. Jason Fung breaks down in easy-to-read and understand detail why everything that doctor's have been telling people for the last 30 years or so is dead wrong. How what you eat is as important as when you eat. And his take on fasting should be listened to because he successfully treats obese and diabetic patients with diet and fasting protocols in his clinic (read more here).

In this book you'll learn that it isn't just one caloric demon which is making you fat and unhealthy, but a combination of factors. And you'll learn how to live a more healthy life in a way that is sane and balanced. 

If someone you know is overweight or diabetic, you need to get them this book, and get a copy to their doctor as well. And if you're fasting because of lent or it's part of your regular practice anyway you will be happy to learn more about what exactly is happening when you fast. Good news, it's very healthy! You should get this book and spread the word. Tell your doctors, especially. 

On a personal note, Fung's writings encouraged me to take a five-day fast which changed my health and my life. I was stuck in a rut both weight-loss wise and spiritually. Fasting changed my life and I continue to fast regularly. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Letters to a young man 40

Hello my friend.

Things to ponder:

One of the most important challenges you will face in life, particularly as you get older, will be to adjust your habitual demeanor and manner towards family and friends. This will be especially true of your immediate family. You may find yourself unconsciously approaching situations with a certain attitude which frames the entire interaction in a way which, if you were more conscious of it, would make you cringe.

Keep on your toes and examine yourself and your behavior. Are you acting unconsciously, like some kind of robot? Are you giving your family all that you can? Are you building up mental responses in your mind before you're even spoken to, such that the words fly out of their own accord, in an unthinking manner? 

A great, and often untapped source of fulfillment and pleasure in life, is service to one's family. Focus on that and you will find more treasure than you might expect.

You will do well in life if you can know yourself and what you are doing. But you will excel if you realize your powerlessness and ask for God's grace, wisdom, and power, realizing that you have none.

Farewell for now.

Friday, January 29, 2016

God's powerful foolishness in a world of foolish power

This has to be one of the best talks given by N.T. Wright and touches on so many points that are important to us today, it really is a must watch.

Currently reading and recommended by N.T. Wright:

Thursday, January 7, 2016

The best series on fasting

Dr. Jason Fung has the best series on fasting, bar none. The series begins with the post "Do All Diets Fail? How to lose weight" and continues on from there. Highly recommend you read this if you are looking to be in better health. Dr. Fung treats type 2 diabetes patients with fasting and gets them off of insulin and metformin. He knows what he's talking about.

The full series can be found here.

His book can be pre-ordered on Amazon also. Click the image below to do so.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Rowan Williams Enthronement sermon in 2013


" the people who are in trouble are those who know everything about bread except that you're meant to eat it"

" gratitude and joy; orthodoxy flows from this, not the other way around, and we don't solve our deepest problems just by better discipline but by better discipleship"

A finer sermon you will rarely find.

Enthronement sermon