February 4th, 2011

green leaves

Religion quiz meme

I picked this up from browngirl, partly because I think it's an interesting topic and partly because her answer to the first question and mine are so similar. How many people like us are there? Could we form a pressure group?

1) Do you believe in God?
That depends on what you mean by God. I believe there's something behind our ordinary experience. I don't know whether my feeling of such (which used to be much more present hand has faded in recent decades) is based in my neurology or a perception of something real.

I don't see how you can base a religion on this-- either you have that sort of perception or you don't.

And it doesn't have a good match for most existing religions. It might be closest to Buddhist or Daoism or a little bit to Hinduism, but it doesn't lend itself to elaboration and it doesn't dissolve ordinary experience.

It seemed like an underlying joy, but there's no reason to think it especially likes people or has an interest in ethical behavior. The universe being Shiva dancing in the void has some plausibility.

Sometimes I think of God as a Hobbyist, and just hope he isn't Pugsly Adams.

See Core Transformation for a psychological system based on the premise that people have much better stuff in the back of their heads than they generally know.

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green leaves

Drug war outrage, one of an occasional series

Why some people use "for the children" as a curse:
Hell, this case wasn't even about drugs to begin with. The kid in question shop lifted a pack of candy bars and got placed on probation. Later the kid tested positive for the fake marijuana that was outlawed last legislative session. I wasn't aware that a test had even been developed for the fake stuff. However, when I googled it I found that they have indeed developed a test to rapidly detect any fun one might possibly have.

Then the parent sent me the paperwork for enrollment and it was right there in black and white.

"Parents, Guardians, or Custodians is/are made party to herein shall"

X Submit to and pass drug and alcohol screens at the request of the drug
court team.


I could just quote the whole damned thing, but you might as well follow the link. Parents not allowed to drink alcohol in their home, must get permission to give their kids drugs, even if the drugs are prescribed or over-the-counter, must allow access to any drug court team member at any time, and all of this with potential job/money consequences which could cost them their house.

All this tyranny is for white people-- black kids just get set to jail.

The Idaho Supreme Court has found that drug testing parents of juvenile criminals is a violation of the Fourth Amendment. It's a start.

Link thanks to The Agitator.

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