Thoughts of a New World
Choice and Change

Should children be held responsible for their actions in the same way as adults?

Should the Roman Catholic Church (If they are unwilling to simply dissolve the church) do away with Church Laws regarding celibacy and marriage?

 if drone strikes, which terrorize civilian populations, with or without the presence of “terrorists”, are not terrorism, then the word has lost it’s meaning.

terrorism
ˈtɛrərɪzəm/
noun
the unofficial or unauthorized use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims.

none of the civilians killed by drone strikes authorized such strikes.

let’s have a look at what constitutes a war crime, shall we?

from wikipedia:
"-murdering, mistreating, or deporting civilian residents of an occupied territory to slave labor camps
-murdering or mistreating prisoners of war or civilian internees
forcing protected persons to serve in the forces of a hostile power
-killing hostages
-killing or punishing spies or other persons convicted of war crimes without a fair trial
-wantonly destroying cities, towns, villages, or any object not warranted by military necessity”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_crime

Drone Strikes qualify as war crimes on at least 2 counts

In fact, the Patriot act itself has permitted war crimes, since it has allowed several individuals to be killed or punished without a fair trial.

Can Beliefs Be Changed By Music →

Belief is stagnant thought.

people get an easy answer to a difficult question that makes sense to them, and they latch on to it.

to change the belief, they would have to understand more about the relative complexities of the subject, and mentally, it’s just easier to support the belief they think answers things.

Cognitive dissonance is easily the biggest problem we face as a global society. It’s what upholds the in-group/out-group biases that result in racism, sexism, bigotry… and political and theological fundamentalism.

The answer, it seems, may lie in music.

"We explore a possibility that the ‘Mozart effect’ points to a fundamental cognitive function of music. Would such an effect of music be due to the hedonicity, a fundamental dimension of mental experience? The present paper explores a recent hypothesis that music helps to tolerate cognitive dissonances and thus enabled accumulation of knowledge and human cultural evolution. We studied whether the influence of music is related to its hedonicity and whether pleasant or unpleasant music would influence scholarly test performance and cognitive dissonance. Specific hypotheses evaluated in this study are that during a test students experience contradictory cognitions that cause cognitive dissonances. If some music helps to tolerate cognitive dissonances, then first, this music should increase the duration during which participants can tolerate stressful conditions while evaluating test choices. Second, this should result in improved performance. These hypotheses are tentatively confirmed in the reported experiments as the agreeable music was correlated with longer duration of tests under stressful conditions and better performance above that under indifferent or unpleasant music. It follows that music likely performs a fundamental cognitive function explaining the origin and evolution of musical ability that have been considered a mystery."
http://www.sciencedirect.com/…/pii/S0166432813000557

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A quarter of the American population is now engaged in “guard labor”—defending property, supervising work, or otherwise keeping their fellow Americans in line.

Here’s my Syrian prediction (which i sincerely hope is wrong).

I think that the US Congress is going to slap Obama much like Brittain’s PM Cameron got slapped by his people. In the mean time, private corporate funders are going to pay people to pay people to pay people to go and blow the shit out of Syria, at which point Obama (as the corporate/banking puppet) is going to say “It has now become clear that steps should have been taken to intervene. These atrocities could have been avoided, but internet misdirection turned the people of responsible governments against their governments. This makes the internet a threat, not only to the American people, but to millions of people living without the freedom of democracy. Such as the people of Iran who (list of bullshit propaganda about Iranian tyranny). For these reasons, steps are now being taken to shut down those sources of disinformation who’s actions led to the needless slaughter of (death toll of false flag operation). I have also decided that if America can not be called upon to help out those in need when they need it, then it is the responsibility of each nation to contribute to the stability of the global economy and as such we have begun talks about establishing a global peace-keeping force who will not be limited by the biases of any one nation.”
The ‘hunt’ which is simply a process of systematically releasing names on a NSA list of flagged anti-american IP addresses, and then (il)legally seizing the assets of everyone officially attached to those addresses and if the global ‘peace-keeping force’ is established, prosecution and induction into the -now global- prison/industrial complex. And this will be the last step where ‘evidence’ will be ‘found’ justifying an invasion of Iran.

The VIAAC Oracle →

This Week’s Co-Operation Edition

Then came our Quantum theory, which totally transformed our image of matter. The old assumption that the microscopic world of atoms was simply a scaled-down version of the everyday world had to be abandoned. Newton’s deterministic machine was replaced by a shadowy and paradoxical conjunction of waves and particles, governed by the laws of chance, rather than the rigid rules of causality. An extension of the quantum theory goes beyond even this; it paints a picture in which solid matter dissolves away, to be replaced by weird excitations and vibrations of invisible field energy. Quantum physics undermines materialism because it reveals that matter has far less ‘substance’ than we might believe. But another development goes even further by demolishing Newton’s image of matter as inert lumps. This development is the theory of chaos, which has recently gained widespread attention.
Paul Davies and John Gribbin, (The Matter Myth)
People are not lacking for a desire to change, they are lacking for means. If we provide systems that encourage community oriented resource usage, then we serve the double purpose of creating community bonds, and reducing costs. If we combine a number of these systems into a single flexible framework, then any community can begin the conversion process, replacing what cannot be adapted as the means to do so becomes available. The problem, of course, is that this option is not being considered by centralized governments, because it does not further their power-base to do so.
Truth is a philosophical concept, and one that is more apt for use within the theological sub-sects of philosophy than in the physical science sub-sects.