Obsolete phrase: ‘independence of mind’

Like a car with high fins and long protruding tail lights, the phrase ‘independence of mind’ has gone out of style, especially at colleges and universities where it ought to be the most profound ideal. The thugs have taken over.
As recently as 2008, a professor of Jurisprudence at King’s College London, Timothy Macklem, described the phrase in this fashion:
‘Independence of Mind [explores] the ways in which the fundamental freedoms help us to achieve something even more profound, by enabling us to arrive at beliefs, convictions and voices of our own, so that we truly come to think, believe, and speak for ourselves in the rich and various ways that the freedoms then protect. Privacy grants us the distance and refuge from others necessary to develop views of our own; freedom of speech calls on us to imagine ways of expressing ourselves that are both true to the views we have developed and innovative in their own right; freedom of conscience enables each of us to create a distinctive rational personality in which to embed the convictions that we wish to treat as non-negotiable…’
If the professor taught at one of many American ‘liberal colleges’ today, a mere nine years after he wrote that description, he would be pilloried and subjected to prolonged attacks from students and even other faculty.
That’s the pace of change these days.

This post was published at Jon Rappoport on August 22, 2017.


A few hours ago the odds of this post or any future post being made on TBP ever again looked awfully slim. Just another uneventful trip to Penn State.
Our multi-pronged moving of my youngest son into his apartment at Penn State Altoona and my older son into his house (shared with 15 other guys) at State College went so smoothly I almost couldn’t believe it. We drove my youngest with his stuff jammed into our ‘new’ Honda Civic (bought after crazy lady in BMW destroyed our other Civic several weeks ago).
Jimmy drove the Honda Insight with his stuff to State College. The car was going to stay with my youngest because Jimmy doesn’t need a car at Main Campus. Everything is walk-able and they have shuttle buses running everywhere. We unloaded Mike’s stuff yesterday afternoon and then had to make the inevitable trip to the Altoona Wal-Mart to pick up some remaining necessities.

This post was published at The Burning Platform on August 20, 2017.

Art is dangerous to authorities

In 1891, Oscar Wilde wrote: ‘Art is individualism, and individualism is a disturbing and disintegrating force. There lies its immense value. For what it seeks is to disturb monotony of type, slavery of custom, tyranny of habit, and the reduction of man to the level of a machine.’
Authority wants limited perception.
It wants ‘things as they are’ to rule the day.
It wants the fire of creative exploration to go out and turn to ashes.
Art is dangerous. It makes people move out of standard-response channels.
They don’t see what they’re supposed to see anymore.
That’s why colleges teach brain-deadening courses in art history. Every attempt is made to codify the students’ reactions.
I’m not just talking about political art. I mean ANYTHING that truly comes out of reliance on imagination.

This post was published at Jon Rappoport on August 4, 2017.

How a gunshot changed everything

The bullet went through his jaw…
If it was 2cm lower, I wouldn’t be here today.
I’m here in Lithuania for the 8th annual Blacksmith Liberty Camp.
We have over 60 students from around the world. They came from Australia, Sri Lanka, Russia and the U. S.
But these aren’t your normal ‘students.’ These are entrepreneurs.
And entrepreneurs are value creators. We have actors, charity workers, teachers, employees. They’re free thinkers. Some of them own incredibly successful businesses. Some of them are wondering how to get started in business, or how to change careers.

This post was published at Sovereign Man on July 7, 2017.

UK, Netherlands: wrong sperm, three parents, ultimate agenda

Sperm bank mix-up of sperm samples; DNA from three people to produce a baby. What’s going on?
In 2016, as dw.com reports: ‘A Dutch medical center has launched an investigation after uncovering that dozens of women may have been fertilized by the wrong sperm. Half of the women who underwent IVF [in vitro fertilization] treatment are pregnant or had their babies.’
‘The University Medical Center in Utrecht (UMC) said on Tuesday that a ‘procedural error’ may have caused up to 26 women to be fertilized with the wrong sperm cells at its IVF treatment laboratory.’
Also in 2016, as dw.com reports: ‘Three-parent IVF techniques have been declared safe enough by British scientists to be offered in ‘specific circumstances.’ The treatments can reduce the risk of mothers passing hereditary diseases to their babies.’
‘The treatment is known as ‘three-parent’ IVF because the babies, born from genetically modified embryos, would have DNA from a mother, a father and from a female donor.’
And now we have this emerging scandal in the Netherlands: A sperm bank owner in Rotterdam, Jan Karbat, who died two months ago, is being accused of secretly fathering dozens of children. According to 23 families, Karbat switched sperm samples and substituted his own for the donors’.

This post was published at Jon Rappoport on JULY 3, 2017.

Cop Gets Off With Boating Violation for Handcuffing College Kid and Watching Him Drown

Nearly two years after Trooper Anthony Piercy was charged in the death of Brandon Ellingson, who drowned in the Lake of the Ozarks with his hands cuffed behind his back, the case has been closed. Predictably, the offending officer is getting off with less than a slap on the wrist.
For handcuffing a college student, negligently casting him into a lake, and watching as he drowned, Trooper Piercy pleaded guilty to a simple boating violation.
On May 31, 2014. Trooper Piercy arrested Ellingson under suspicion of OWI and negligently placed the wrong life jacket over the handcuffed 20-year-old’s torso. Piercy then drove his patrol boat away from the scene at a high rate of speed. Ellingson was thrown from the craft when it struck a sizeable wake, the life jacket came off, and he drowned with his hands still in cuffs while Piercy callously watched on.
‘He’s an evil person,’ Ellingson’s father Craig told The Daily Beast on Wednesday. ‘The reason we decided to go to the plea deal was it was tainted down there,’ in Morgan County, Missouri’s court system.
During the investigation, it was determined that Piercy did little to nothing as he watched Ellingson drown.
As the Beast reports:

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on June 30, 2017.

Russian Satellite Will Launch In Two Weeks, Will Be The Brightest Star In Sky

Mayak, a Russian satellite that will become one of the brightest stars in the night sky, is just two weeks away from launching into space. Their goal is to make the unique satellite bright with the use of a giant reflective sheet of material, but some scientists are warning that there may be negative consequences.
The satellite is small, roughly the size of a loaf of bread and in the form of a CubeSat. It will be launched on a Soyuz 2.1v vehicle on Friday, July 14, from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, as a secondary payload. The project, led by Moscow State Mechanical Engineering University (MAMI), raised more than $30,000 on Russian crowdfunding website Boomstarter.

This post was published at shtfplan on June 29th, 2017.

Memo to literate people: do you really want to shrink language?

Under the onslaught of political correctness, numbing education, fake mainstream news, and other covert techniques, an attack on language is taking place.
Anyone who hasn’t been living in a cave can see this.
The solution is: go the other way.
Refuse to back down. Refuse the pressure to shrink language.
Reject the attempt to shrink formal argument and logic to slogans and mottos and vague generalities. If necessary, educate your own children. Teach them English and literature and logic. Thus, make them smarter, not dumber.
Expand their capacity to use language.
Large numbers of people are heading deeper into idiocracy, but this is no reason to abandon the quest for greater intelligence. This is no reason to despair. Life is not a search for the lowest common denominator. Others may think so, but you don’t have to.
In my 12 years of formal education, the smartest thing I did was enroll in two college courses in logic. The professor was a brilliant hair-splitter. He could discern the differences between any two hairs you might offer up. As a result, his students sharpened their minds into well-made swords. The practical real-world effects weren’t immediately obvious, but as time passed, I could certainly see the benefits. For starters, I could distinguish between fake and real analysis of information. The fake brand was replete with generalities and obfuscations.
Great numbers of people buy the fake brand. So be it.
Why join the crowd?
Deciding that a whole host of words and phrases are ‘hate speech’ makes people dumber. Makes them less, not more, tolerant. Makes them resemble machines. If they can’t understand that, so be it.

This post was published at Jon Rappoport on June 21, 2017.

Tolerance-Preaching Professor: ‘Diversity Of Opinion’ Is “White Supremacist Bullshit”

At a recent conference on Critical Race Theory, professors discussed how “there is no virtue in whiteness,” with some saying “whiteness” is “inherently violent.” Other conference-goers reportedly called the concept of intellectual diversity “white supremacist bullshit,” while another said “research” is a “colonial, white supremacist, elite process.” ***
Professors at a recent conference hosted by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis reportedly called whiteness ‘inherently violent,’ saying ‘diversity of opinion’ is just ‘white supremacist bullshit.’
The conference, held between May 31 and June 2, was organized by the Critical Race Studies in Education Association (CRSEA), an organization that frequently hosts similar events to bring together an ‘interdisciplinary consortium of experts who recognize global implications of race and education for minoritized people.’
‘As a community, we are committed to (1) countering and combating systemic and structural racism with scholarship and praxis, (2) recognizing the multiple locations of oppression and the myriad manifestations and effects of their intersections and (3) co-constructing liberating knowledge that facilitates collective agency to transform schools and communities,’ the group describes itself on its website, a description supported by several attendees at its most recent conference, who quoted highlights from the event on Twitter.
‘Whiteness has already been constructed against blackness. There is no virtue in whiteness, it is inherently violent,’ one conference-goer tweeted, referencing a quote from Michael Dumas, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley who spoke at the event.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 8, 2017.