Was Harvard Worth It? The Hidden Cost of Attending an Ivy League College Ahsante the Artist 1.3M views
The lowdown on the culture at Harvard college, from a recent grad. In a word: toxic. Let's be real about the mental health cost of attending Harvard (✏️Video Notes Below ↓↓↓) Mental...
Need to watch:
Notes and my thoughts:
Caitline Johnstone tweet. THEY won't help on so many issues at home. - I think there needs to be some type of price controls on hospitable profits (if not "medicare for all") and for states to vote on if they want tax payer money to pay for other peoples abortions - because, not everybody agrees and is okay with abortions! - I think $1000, maybe $2000 (or in-between those amounts) (would be a fair price for an abortion) - I would like to look at different prices and the invoices on the prices for abortions from different clinics and in different states. Personally I wouldn't want my tax money going to "unlimited" abortions...that's just me though (but I would be fine with it going to help a person with a sickness or injury or to orphans or homeless etc...).
Reading some of this:
H.R.3755 - Women's Health Protection Act of 2021
Still, I would vote yes on this bill, because of the reality of the state of our country and society (it sucks!) - and the red tape around abortions and abortion access if and when its truly needed. Our medical system and laws and intersecting laws I'm sure make it more expensive and so, then you do end up with a system that hurts the poor more than the rich - .
Weird thing kind of...that It was brought into Congress in 2021, voted down in the Senate along party lines for the most part in Feb. 2022, but very narrowly, and with some people abstaining from the vote...kind of weird, the timing of things and this and the Supreme Court's action and the leak draft to overturn Roe V. Wade...(along with the defense act being introduced even before Russia's Invasion of Ukraine...what?...)
Our democracy is suppose to work via you know, our elected officials actually doing what they say they are going to run on and are about...etc. But they want to narrow everything down to these two trains and limit your thinking and possibilities (thought control). Like, as a human, I can't have seperate and very complex moral stances on issues but still be more of a socialist on other matters (which actually produces more freedom and equality, for people, when you have limits to say, profits).
- Break free from this...poop -
Brings me to another point - I was receiving texts from a American "left" leaning organization called Work Money something or other and getting texts asking about like my economic situation. The options - the answers that I could respond with, we're mostly always all negative (like producing a maddening effect - I use to be like one of those more mad at billionaires and this and that kind of person). - Like, it wasn't about fixing the problems in the system itself, but about - like along the lines of "the system is broke, I need help, please send me money or more money and assistance, on behalf of the government (which is actually just taxpayer money)" - or "give me more government! I need you and it to like live and be secure" - in actuality, thats no good obviously at all. Thats a broke system.
- Some things which seemingly claim to be about understanding and working to fix things are really just about advancing an agenda - not about truth and working to solve the (real) problem(s).
- There is a reality to economics - (its global! (capitalism)) - just like if you raise the national minimum wage to $15/hr, its not going to magically fix the problem or the inflation etc. that will come about with it. It just resets to a new normal after an adjustment period that would probably hurt a lot of small businesses etc. -> We have to fix corrupt policies and politics -
Stop this parading! - get back to reality! The people are fed up with it! -> O, look, U.S. Marshalls is on Netflix now (top hot 5) - Me: that does seem like a good one, I remember it being pretty good. - -> I think, a lot of us (people) feel reminiscent of older times - feeling more free, back to reality, people, strong, smart, not all overly emotional (having to worry about hurting everyones feelings - and getting fired and/or sued) and PC and political (or sexual), etc. - Being a man wasn't a crime (like), there wasn't any thoughts about "toxic masculinity". Umm, these issues are complicated - society has effects especially on people under 40 years old, yep, I don't think it's just me.
- Even myself and my judgement - I really dislike thinking things or people are like "gay" and whatnot, its dumb. I wish I could scrub my brain...(lol). (Is mostly fine in real life but it really does create problems in real life of how men and women behave and how we relate to each other, etc., I believe anyway) - and I really like old movies with character and story, and old music as well, - often much more soul and are better.... - This is the West - The modern west...its materialistic. Individualistic (not totally bad but in actuality - I think we're being misled a bit and society has its effects). We've lost our way in a lot of ways...I believe anyway, it produces a lot of self-destructive behaviour and is fake. The real world, especially for working people and whatnot, its not all glam and glitz and all...I'm not the greatest...
(break free - break free - practice peace of mind - let go let go - hold on hold on)
I'm sensitive - Others are too. - Be nice.
- The brain - "the mind is the greatest weapon".
Global politics and news:
Haven't watched but yeah:
"That's Putin Propaganda" - (Richard Medhurst - Youtube Shorts) https://www.youtube.com/shorts/bhQpQtDRVDE
"If you're against the establishment, they will try to destroy you" (Tulsi Gabbard - Youtube Shorts) https://www.youtube.com/shorts/jR7n-E13Dsw
"There's No "Diversity" In Democrat's Policy" (Richard Medhurst - Youtube Shorts)
Interesting just watching the first few minutes while knowing that we have a serious homelessness problem in the U.S.:
Interesting but longer video, haven't watched much of it:
Why Millennials Hate Free Speech and What to Do About It ReasonTV 327K views
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Gravitas Plus: Which countries could go the Sri Lanka way WION 1.1M views
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Realpolitik - I like it, I like it - sounds good (learning).
Realpolitik (German: [ʁeˈaːlpoliˌtiːk];
from German real 'realistic, practical, actual', and Politik 'politics'), refers to enacting or engaging in diplomatic or political policies based primarily on considerations of given circumstances and factors, rather than strictly binding itself to explicit ideological notions or moral and ethical premises. In this respect, it shares aspects of its philosophical approach with those of realism and pragmatism. It is often simply referred to as "pragmatism" in politics, e.g. "pursuing pragmatic policies" or "realistic policies".
While often used as a positive and neutral term, the term Realpolitik is sometimes also used pejoratively to imply political policies that are perceived as being coercive, amoral, or machiavellian.
he term Realpolitik was coined by Ludwig von Rochau, a German writer and politician in the 19th century. His 1853 book Grundsätze der Realpolitik angewendet auf die staatlichen Zustände Deutschlands (“Principles of Realpolitik applied to the national state of affairs of Germany”) describes the meaning of the term:
The study of the forces that shape, maintain and alter the state is the basis of all political insight and leads to the understanding that the law of power governs the world of states just as the law of gravity governs the physical world. The older political science was fully aware of this truth but drew a wrong and detrimental conclusion—the right of the more powerful. The modern era has corrected this unethical fallacy, but while breaking with the alleged right of the more powerful one, the modern era was too much inclined to overlook the real might of the more powerful and the inevitability of its political influence.
Historian John Bew suggests that much of what stands for modern Realpolitik today deviates from the original meaning of the term. Realpolitik emerged in mid-19th century Europe from the collision of the Enlightenment with state formation and power politics. The concept, Bew argues, was an early attempt at answering the conundrum of how to achieve liberal enlightened goals in a world that does not follow liberal enlightened rules.
Good question: (Is Capitalism Devouring Democracy? - YES)
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Haven't watched but yeah, Scott Ritter is awesome:
Back a bit:
This video from 38:30 to 43:05...
No Governing Body Has Our Self Interests at Mind...(mind you, I think, at least here in Kansas, that my State and cities are still okay - KS just passed a law that will eliminate the food tax. Wichita and other places and people are decent, is just that on a macro level - the strategy is to divide and conquer divide and conquer (on issues such as abortion, when really, we can agree to disagree - I have my beliefs, you have your beliefs, its okay and fine. Is great to have diversity in the world and discussions. Is not about being right, its about learning and improving and digging for a more perfect answer and understanding. Peace. Peace.
Some cursing but...:
How would you feel about a 94% tax rate? https://www.cbsnews.com/news/how-would-you-feel-about-a-94-tax-rate/
I'm okay with it (I would support a very nuanced stepwise tax bracket and probably a "negative UBI")
How Much Would It Cost To End Homelessness In America?
According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, it would cost $20 billion to end homelessness in the United States. That is a big number, yes, but let’s put it into perspective:
Americans spend $19 billion a year on unplugged appliances.
Americans spend more than $35 billion a year on gym memberships.
The US government spent around $718 billion on its military in 2019 alone.
...Really good article and information. I'd be good with my tax dollars going to help people (end homelessness!). Help people here in the U.S. Pay teachers a great salary (also police, firefighters, nurses (shortage of nurses, getting worse - some news I read or watched), etc.) Support universal healthcare and/or fix our broken pricing atleast within the for profit healthcare system. End for profit prisons. Support trying to ease cost of childcare. Maternity leave (++ supports around that, like other countries).
Cut our military spending. Excess Government spending...(looking at ...https://www.govinfo.gov/app/collection/budget/2023/BUDGET-2023-BUD Budget of the United States Government - 2023 - Long Range Budget Projections for the FY 2023 Budget - the projections, at least what President Biden submitted are that the U.S. Government will go more and more in debt, running more of a deficit until 2050...while we know, the Federal Reserve is an independent body and the dollar and economics and things are rapidly declining and have been (is there a Zionist state or Zionist elites which control "the West"?) declining -> U.S. State Dept. - "China and Russia are the Enemies" - Why? Because they challenge and don't comply -> they've made a different system that challenges the petrodollar - that is, going against, I imagine, the West controlled and controlling World Banks - catalyzed (made to go in a faster motion/process - like an enzyme) by Russia's Special Military Operation in Ukraine. Upending the global economic system - with the U.S. dollar as the reserve global currency -> "Modern Economic Theory" (money printing - > Ups, Downs, Stocks and the rich) ( -> corruption - money politics - bought off politicians)(how much do we spend every year on elections? How much do the stupid inauguration parades cost? (ridiculous)) - "the system is made to be a boom system (perpetual fake growth -> propping up and having a booming stock market else the economy heads for recession...), if you have any tightening or pressure on the system, it starts to shake and rattle" (from E.B. Tucker in the Stansberry Research Video - Also - "it's all a game and you're being played") - > Left - Right. Divide and Conquer. Subvert Divert Deceive.
- Islamic Economics - recently learned - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iqtisaduna - I always thought, working as a delivery driver for Amazon or FedEx..."man, this is really hard work. I should be getting paid most of the profits from doing this work (and have always thought that oftentimes at whatever job) or that, you know, delivery drivers should be making like $30/hr atleast...". That firefighters should be getting like $200k or more a year, along with nurses. That teachers should be making atleast $70k a year or more. That scientists and scholars should be (possibly anyway) like the highest paid in society (if it was structured like in more of a way that made sense, for the advancement of people and society - that capitalism, yes, as I thought and had a notion of as a teenager, is an unjust system of nearly like servitude and slavery, but that it wasn't all bad either of course).
I believe actually, yes, Allah says he will tell us what we did and the effects it had on society...but if we (society and the world as a whole) actually incorporated more of that concept into the real world, it would make it a much better place - and real charitable acts such as helping the poor or people with problems or difficulties they may find themselves in in life without any care of personal gain and advancement, or helping the environment, etc. - that those deeds are really good (consistent with Biblical teaching of course and many of the religious or "spiritual" philosophies and lines of thinking).
And within Islam, Allah SWT says not to become divided into sects. ->
Applied even at a larger scale - the concept of, humanity as one - (follow the prophet Muhammed SAW and Jesus AS and all the prophets peace and blessings be upon them - which includes other unknown prophets that are not in the Abrahamic line as it mentions in the Holy Quran) -> Allah SWT knows all and is the most gracious, the most merciful...(Allah, God almighty, says he perfected our religion, Islam - the most pure monotheism, for all times, and for all the worlds going forward). -> Be humble, I am a human, every one is just a human. "Don't be an oppresive ruler (or "unjust" ruler)".
The works by Baqir al-Sadr contains traditional Shia thoughts, while they also suggest ways Shia could "accommodate modernity". The two major works by him are Iqtisaduna on Islamic economics, and Falsafatuna (Our Philosophy). They were detailed critiques of Marxism that presented his early ideas on an alternative Islamic form of government. They were critiques of both socialism and capitalism. He was subsequently commissioned by the government of Kuwait to assess how that country's oil wealth could be managed in keeping with Islamic principles. This led to a major work on Islamic banking, which still forms the basis for modern Islamic banks.
Using his knowledge of the Quran and a subject-based approach to Quranic exegesis, Al-Sadr extracted two concepts from the Holy text in relation to governance: khilafat al-insan (Man as heir or trustee of God) and shahadat al-anbiya (Prophets as witnesses). Al-Sadr explained that throughout history there have been "...two lines. Man's line and the Prophet's line. The former is the khalifa (trustee) who inherits the earth from God; the latter is the shahid (witness)".
Al-Sadr demonstrated that khilafa (governance) is "a right given to the whole of humanity" and defined it as an obligation given from God to the human race to "tend the globe and administer human affairs". This was a major advancement of Islamic political theory.
While Al-Sadr identified khilafa as the obligation and right of the people, he used a broad-based explanation of a Quranic verse  to identify who held the responsibility of shahada in an Islamic state. First were the Prophets (anbiya'). Second were the Imams who are considered a divine (rabbani) continuation of the Prophets in this line. The last were the marja'iyya (see Marja).
While the two functions of khilafa and shahada (witness; supervision) were united during the times of the Prophets, they diverged during the occultation so that khilafa returned to the people (umma) and shahada to the scholars.
Al-Sadr also presented a practical application of khilafa, in the absence of the twelfth Imam. He argued that khilafa required the establishment of a democratic system whereby the people regularly elect their representatives in government:
Islamic theory rejects monarchy as well as the various forms of dictatorial government; it also rejects the aristocratic regimes and proposes a form of government, which contains all the positive aspects of the democratic system.
He continued to champion this point until his final days:
Lastly, I demand, in the name of all of you and in the name of the values you uphold, to allow the people the opportunity truly to exercise their right in running the affairs of the country by holding elections in which a council representing the ummah (people) could truly emerge.' 
Some Islamic based Videos I watched:
Books I got (Amazon, I know, I kind of like supporting other places but anyway) :
Knee Ability Zero by the KneesoverToes guy - read pretty much, looks great, need to start practicing:
The Book of Certainty: The Sufi Doctrine of Faith, Vision and Gnosis (Golden Palm)
- What is Sufism? [Part 1] 140K views 3 years ago Let's Talk Religion
- How is Sufism related to Islam? 378K views 1 year ago Let's Talk Religion Imam Al-Ghazali Mukhtasar - "Ihya Ulum Ad-din"
https://productivemuslim.com/ - This book - "The Productive Muslim - Where Faith Meets Productivity https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KQGNY96/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1