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      1. News & opinion from a libertarian angle

        Government IS NOT your friend!

        Invoking extremes just makes things worse. Government usually creates more problems to solve the problems it already created.
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        I had a blog, a big ole political blog with all sorts of entries and spanning two blogging platforms. It went through a catastrophic data scramble. Some content was lost. So here are the old directory links. As I find it useful, I'll probably end up rewriting it and putting in the new blog. But there are some mixups.
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        NeoWayland is a pagan philosopher, libertarian & part-time trouble maker. Keeping vigil, he shares beacons of individual freedom & responsibility while watching for threats to LIBERTY. There's more to life than just black & white.

        ?Essential Protests, Non Essential Work?

        “Our lovely and unbiased healthcare professionals are here to explain why your job and family are stupid and not a worthy reason to put lives at risk, but rubbing shoulders with 10,000 strangers to shake signs and burn cars is!”

        ?The lost neighborhood under New York's Central Park?

        “If you’ve been to New York, you’ve probably visited Central Park. But there’s a part of its story you won't see.

        It’s a story that goes back to the 1820s, when that part of New York was largely open countryside. Soon it became home to about 1,600 people. Among them was a predominantly black community that bought up affordable plots to build homes, churches and a school. It became known as Seneca Village. And when Irish and German immigrants moved in, it became a rare example at the time of an integrated neighborhood.

        Everything changed on July 21, 1853. New York took control of the land to create what would become the first major landscaped park in the US -- they called it “The Central Park.”

        In the Vox series Missing Chapter, Vox Senior Producer Ranjani Chakraborty revisits underreported and often overlooked moments from the past to give context to the present. Join her as she covers the histories that are often left out of our textbooks. Our first season tackles stories of racial injustice, political conflicts, even the hidden history of US medical experimentation.”

        ?Who Is Booker T. Washington??

        “In the years following the Civil War, Booker T. Washington devoted his life to helping blacks transition out of slavery and into freedom. While his ideas were never fully embraced in his time, today, more than a century later, they remain strikingly relevant. Derryck Green from Project 21 explains.”

        First Amendment

        “…the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

        Pinned to top until after the riots end.

        ?Graduation 2020: The Covid Class?

        “The 2020 graduating class faces challenges unlike any class before it. Uncertainty looms at every turn: job prospects, social interactions, and many other aspects of “normal life” once taken for granted. So what lessons can be learned from this unparalleled situation? Dennis Prager offers three.”

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        • ""The best heroes are the ones who don't know they are heroes before they are needed and still choose standing between harm and another."hero from my lexicon

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        • "Too many people are into religion for the politics."

          One of my pass-alongs.
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        • Not really.

          For example, I make it about a one in five chance that Biden will be pushed aside for someone with a high profile and high ego.

          But even that assumes the Republic will survive. I am not convinced it will.
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        • Okay, time for lesson one.

          Insults only work if the target respects the insulter or if the target is seeking approval or validation from the insulter.
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        • nods As I suspected. You're for "freedom," but only if it's what you approve for the people you've chosen.

          That isn't freedom, that is privilege.

          I wrote that was your hidden premise, not what you were going to say.

          In case you hadn't noticed, most of the people here are conservatives and believe in their causes.

          I have to give you fair warning. You've had a taste of what I can do. There are others here who can tie you into knots too. They might not make a stand unless provoked, but I might. Keep this up and you are going to get frustrated.
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        • In some of the spirited discussions I've had with certain people, I point out that Julian fit the mold of saint very nicely. Just not a Christian saint. The man defied political power in search of his faith when it was worth his life to do so. As Emperor Julian rolled back a the primacy of the faith that had replaced his. He didn't eliminate it, he just removed it's "most favored" status and made it one among many in the Empire.

          Yet because he wasn't Christian and because he did not place Christianity first and last, he is generally considered a betrayer. Compared to his immediate successors, Julian was very saintly in how he dealt with his political opponents. He tried to personify honor and reform the empire.

          But he wasn't Christian, and from a strict Christian perspective, he could not be a saint.

          Heroes step between harm and those they love. They make stands for the principles that shape their thought and actions. I could do no less. I'm not a hero, but I am sworn to veritas. Even when people don't want to hear it.
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        • Case in point, this thread.

          I said I did not trust Trump. I've not made a secret of it. It's something I've said many times before and certainly on this site. I was perfectly content to leave it at that, stating my disapproval and moving on. Three of the four people who responded to me directly including you were not satisfied. You wanted to me to make my case so you could disprove it and then convert me. It's a version of the same bit that was used to sell Obama. The Great Man chosen by Destiny come to save us all from our own folly.

          No, I wasn't banned from this site. And no, I haven't been physically threatened because of Trump. But I've had experiences with conservatives who would have punished me for my politics, faith, and social life if they had the government sanctioned power to do so. Some of them tried anyway. One big difference between conservatives and progressives is if conservatives don't like you, they'll tell you up front and they will be very open in opposing you. Progressives will seduce you and then stab you in the back later.
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        • Minor modifications on PV watching headlines page.

          Updated NWNW to include watching headlines link in dropdown menu and in news section.

        • The Pagan Vigil Reader is up and running. I'll have to change the RSS source when I get TPY resurrected, but I shouldn't have to make any more changes.

        • Reworked PV menus.

          Edited bear definition to include actual definition of what bears are.

          Added baizuo to lexicon.

        • Finished cross reference links in lexicon and published.

        • Minor rewrite of competition lexicon entry. Changes not published yet pending lexicon updates.

        • Tweaks on PV blog post layout page, including restricting blog post gallery to four images maximum. Added banner gallery to libertarian meme page. Redid code for sidebar and about box background uses new directory controlled by admin portal.

        • Cleaned up and unified UI on PV admin portal. Added backstage tab and moved appropriate items there.