Today's resource suggestion is a short and entertainingvideo with a very strong point that is made. I think there may be some metaphysical commitments hiding in the video that I don't agree with, but those disagreements are immaterial to the case presented.
The time has come, I think, to purge some podcasts off my list. I have more podcasts than I have time, and some of them have ceased providing utility for my current situation... which happens a few times a year. Usually, when this time comes, I share on facebook the ones that I am abandoning and why. Now that I have a platform on which I talk about podcasts incessantly, I figure this may be a better place to do so.
Podcasts I continue to listen to (in order of priority):
Podcasts I no longer listen to:
Podcasts that have been discontinued:
This suggestion is a bit time consuming, but no more so than a few of the books I've suggested. Today's suggestion is a podcast series on the Trivium method of reason and it's relationship with NonViolent Communication.
I recommend listening to this series, as it effectively outlines NVC, the Trivium, and provides a summary education concerning CIA programs like MKUltra and the cultural zeitgeist of cybernetics. One can make do with listening to episodes 363 through 370, but if one wishes, tehy can listen to all of the videos on this page in order to get the full picture.
More economics, today; sorry people. As my more recent full posts have demonstrated, I find the influence of economics on every aspect of daily life to be unavoidable. Many people do not understand the relationship between economic principles and daily life, let alone how insidious the manipulations of the economically-minded can be with regards to individual flourishing.
For instance, many people claim that "Without government, there would be no way to be certain that our alcohol isn't poisoned." Interestingly enough, with government, we can be certain that our alcohol will be poisoned. By law, any drinkable alcohol (ethanol) that isn't explicitly approved for drinking (and taxed at the designated rate for drinking alcohol) must be poisoned so as to prevent arbitrage between affordable alcohol and artificially inflated drinking alcohol prices. This is actually the case in almost every consumer good industry. Industrial plastics vs. Dental plastics, and now even software that is designed to stop working at different points in time for different consumers are other prime examples.
I recommend, today, that one watch this video in order to get the basics on what price discrimination actually is, from an economics standpoint, and then read this article about the social impact government involvement in such practices has.
Today's resource is tied to last week's full post, and relates to future posts on property. It relates to my recent entreaty for prospective Windows 10 users, as well. Today's resource is a long-ish, but important video that gives a great overview on the role technology plays in our lives, the role cryptography plays in that technology, and the ridiculousness of the laws and social constructs we have built around that technology. While his suggested solutions are certainly flawed, at least this guy is willing to address the issues and their existential ramifications.
With this evocative title and a mere 10 minute video, I don't think I need to do much more by way of introduction.
There is a startling amount of information available (and it's growing) concerning how exactly the FBI "catches" the terrorists they trot out on the 6 o'clock news. This video is a good introduction and launching point. If you dig far enough, you'll find that there's a lot of publicly available information about how the whole program is bullshit. Digging further, you'll find some interesting confirmed government conspiracies. Digging a bit more will land you in full-blown conspiracy-theory town.
For today, though, I just recommend watching this 10-minute video.
All documentaries ought to have a "Based on a True Story" title card that they show at the start because, obviously, they are a movie like any other. They are trying to tell a story with a beginning, middle, and end with a compelling narrative that keeps people watching. As such, there is a lot of editing of reality, simply to fit a subject that spans the expanses of the human experience into a couple hours of film. What gets shown and not shown is ultimately the editor's choice, so one ought to be skeptical of a documentary and use it as a chance for starting an internal dialogue about an unfamiliar subject.
This documentary does a pretty good job of playing the middle-of-the-road as much as a documentary can, and it's fun to watch. It's about subliminal messages. While it's a little bit dated, so some of it's information is no longer accurate, it is still a fun watch which should encourage one to be selective in the entertainment.
Related to my post concerning conspiracy theories, I have a short list of conspiracies that were merely theorized about at one time, but later became a matter of historical fact. This list of 10 Conspiracy Theories that turned out to be True is not an attempt to make you join the 9/11 truth movement or to buy some expensive magnets to protect you from lizard jews, but it is an opportunity to falsify a common claim that conspiracy theories are never true or will never be verified. Several of these conspiracies would never have come to light, had conspiracy theorists not investigated them.
The questions raised in my blog post are still very important, but this list can add depth to the discussion presented.