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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. A "GOOD" FOR ALL OF US.


Children, Forward, Skin Color, Harmony



Creating a National Health Care Plan that Benefits all Americans, by Making Medical Insurance Affordable and Accessible, is a MORAL DECISION THAT HAS BEEN MADE BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. IT IS THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A PROGRAM THAT IS DESIGNED TO:

MAKE HEALTH INSURANCE AFFORDABLE FOR ALL AMERICANS. THIS IS DONE BY PROVIDING SUBSIDIES THAT ALLEVIATE THE FINANCIAL HARDSHIP OFTEN ASSOCIATED WITH OBTAINING DECENT/MINIMAL COVERAGE.

IT IS THE JUDGMENT THAT GOVERNMENT HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO THE CITIZENS OF THE U.S., TO AID THEM IN GETTING BASIC MEDICAL COVERAGE.  To Some it will be an Immediate Benefit, to Others a Safety Net Against Loss of Employment and a Reduction in Financial Status.  Many Americans may Never Need to Use it, but it REMAINS A SAFEGUARD TO PROTECT THE HEALTH AND WELL- BEING OF ALL.


BASICALLY IT IS A MORAL "GOOD" THAT TRANSCENDS THE ECONOMIC POSITIVES OR NEGATIVES THAT MAY ISSUE FROM THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THIS PLAN.  ALLOWING THIS LAW TO BECOME  AN ISSUE THAT WOULD BE LEFT TO THE WHIMS OF THE MAJORITY,  DEFEATS THE REASONING THAT LED TO ITS' CREATION.  IT DOES NOT CEASE BEING A "GOOD" or "ETHICALLY" DESIRABLE PROGRAM JUST BECAUSE NEW FACES INHABIT THE HALLS OF CONGRESS, OR THAT THE WHITE HOUSE HAS A NEW RESIDENT EVERY 4-8 YEARS.

Of course there are Economic Considerations that must be addressed, but these can be considered, and adjustments made, without scrapping the entire program. We do not shut down other Government Programs because they are imperfect or flawed, we look for new ways to make them better and more efficient. The NEEDS THAT LED TO THEIR CREATION ARE STILL THERE, AND ENDING THEM ONLY BREEDS ANIMOSITY AND FEAR.

Given Time, there are PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS THAT CAN LEAD TO ECONOMIC BENEFITS FOR THE NATIONAL ECONOMY, THAT WILL BE A PRODUCT OF THIS NEW LAW. However, that is AN ANALYSIS THAT CANNOT BE DONE AT THE INITIAL STAGES OF IMPLEMENTING THE SYSTEM.

FOR NOW, IT IS SIMPLY THE "RIGHT" THING TO DO.



Thursday, October 12, 2017

LOGIC. WHAT ARE DEDUCTIVE AND INDUCTIVE ARGUMENTS? PART 5. Shop now for great selection of toys!


Space, Star, Universe, All, Cosmos

















IF WE TAKE THE FOLLOWING EXAMPLE:

"TO BE A CHRISTIAN, ONE MUST ACCEPT THE DIVINE NATURE OF JESUS OF NAZARETH AS BEING THE SON OF GOD." 

AS A PROPER DEFINITION FOR BEING A CHRISTIAN, WE MUST ASK THE FOLLOWING:

WHY DOES SUCH A DEFINITION AUTOMATICALLY PLACE THOSE WHO ACCEPT IT AS TRUE, INTO AN ADDITIONAL CATEGORY OF BEING "ANTI-SCIENCE?"

THE ANSWER USUALLY REVOLVES AROUND THE FOLLOWING LINE OF REASONING...
                                (REPRINTED FROM PART 4.)


... That to Accept the Divine Nature of Jesus, Means you have to BELIEVE IN THE "MIRACLES" HE PERFORMED, AS ACTUAL EVENTS.  HOWEVER, THESE VIOLATED "NATURAL LAW", SO TO ACCEPT THE TRUTH OF THESE EPISODES RELATED IN THE CHRISTIAN BIBLE IS TO REJECT SCIENCE AND THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD.

The Problem with this Line of Reasoning, is the MIXING OF TWO DIFFERENT TYPES OF THINKING, OR BELIEFS, WHICH ARE NOT COMPARABLE OR COMPATIBLE. 

FAITH BASED  -  IS AN ACCEPTANCE OF A "SUPERNATURAL REALM", THAT EXISTS APART FROM THE NATURAL WORLD AND THE PHYSICAL UNIVERSE, AND IS NOT SUBJECT TO ITS LAWS, BUT MAY ENTER IT AT TIMES.

SCIENCE BASED  -  EXAMINES/STUDIES, THEORIZES AND ATTEMPTS TO UNDERSTAND THE UNIVERSE AND NATURAL LAW.  ANY ASSERTIONS OR CONCLUSIONS ABOUT EVENTS, PROCESSES, AND OBSERVABLE PHENOMENA THAT OCCUR WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF THE PHYSICAL UNIVERSE, ARE SUBJECT TO THE RULES OF LOGIC AND THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD, WHICH ARE CONSIDERED THE BEST WAYS TO PROPERLY EVALUATE THE REALITY AND TRUTH ABOUT ANYTHING THAT EXISTS AND INTERACTS WITH OTHER PARTS OF THE NATURAL WORLD.

HOWEVER, SYSTEMS OF FAITH DO NOT WORK THIS WAY.  IF YOU BELIEVE THAT GOD, OR ANY OTHER FORM OF SUPERNATURAL ENTITY EXISTS APART FROM THE PHYSICAL UNIVERSE, BUT CAN ENTER IT AND DETERMINE OR INFLUENCE ANY PART OF IT WITHOUT BEING SUBJECT TO ITS LAWS, MECHANISMS, OR RESTRICTIONS YOU ARE LEFT WITH THE FOLLOWING...

TO BE CONTINUED IN THE NEXT POST ON THIS SUBJECT.


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

QUICK HITTERS. FOR THE PEOPLE...?


As the UNITED STATES Endures the Horror and Tragedy of another Multiple Victim Shooting Incident, Involving Individual(s) who had access to Assault Weapons, will it finally motivate Republicans into adopting stricter gun control laws? Probably not. Let's face it, if the slaughter of small children at SANDY HOOK COULDN'T MOVE THEM INTO ACTION, WHY DO YOU THINK THE MASSACRE OF HELPLESS INDIVIDUALS IN LAS VEGAS WOULD LEAD TO CHANGE?

Hooded Man, Mystery, Scary, Hood, Horror


In the past, the NRA AND THEIR CRONIES* IN GOVERNMENT HAVE REFUSED TO ENACT LAWS MANDATING BACKGROUND CHECKS, WHICH WOULD INCLUDE CRIMINAL AND MENTAL HEALTH GUIDELINES. In addition, RESTRICTING ASSAULT WEAPONS TO THE MILITARY AND POLICE FORCES,(Who actually REQUIRE BACKGROUND CHECKS BEFORE YOU ARE HANDED A FIREARM, LET ALONE ONE THAT CAN CAUSE DOZENS OF CASUALTIES IN A FEW MINUTES), SEEMS TO BE A CONCEPT THEY HAVE TROUBLE GRASPING.
(* By Cronies I am referring mainly to Republicans)

Knowing what we do about INVALIDLY ELECTED PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP AND HIS ADMINISTRATION, CAN WE EXPECT LOGIC AND REASON TO FINALLY MOTIVATE THOSE WHO OPPOSE ANY FORM OF GUN CONTROL TO CHANGE?  

I have already written about the CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES, and will do so again in the future. However, LOGIC AND REASON IS NOT THEIR STRONG SUIT, SO REPUBLICANS USE DIFFERENT MESSAGES TO IGNORE, AVOID, AND CONFUSE THOSE WHO SEEK TO UNDERSTAND THE MOTIVATIONS FOR DOING NOTHING.

Before I answer that, consider the following, WHICH SHOULD REMIND YOU OF THE MENTALITY, WORLD VIEW, AND PRIORITIES OF THE NATIONAL REPUBLICAN PARTY. 

PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS                                      REPUBLICANS.
            SUPPORT.
                                                                                        
                                                                                         
-  UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE.                                         OPPOSE ALL

-  RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE.                                           OF

-  LEGALIZING SAME- SEX MARRIAGE.                              THESE.

-  RESTRICTIONS AND DISCLOSURE LAWS,                       
   ON CONTROLLING  CAMPAIGN SPENDING.

-  PROVIDING SANCTUARY FOR WAR REFUGEES 
   FROM SYRIA.

-  STRICT OVERSITE OF FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS.

...AND, OF COURSE, COMPREHENSIVE GUN CONTROL
   LAWS.


                                                   FOR THE PEOPLE...?

Now, add Donald Trump to the mix.  WHAT DO YOU THINK IS GOING TO HAPPEN?  HOW DOES THE OPPOSITION INTIMIDATE A "PRESIDENT" WHO ATTAINED OFFICE THROUGH A SHAM ELECTION, THAT THEY DIDN'T CONTEST.





Sunday, October 1, 2017

WHAT A SHAME- A look at the low points in the modern media. AN INTRODUCTION TO THE U.S. CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM- WHAT THEY DON'T TELL YOU ON T.V. PT 2.

Courtroom, Benches, Seats, Law, Justice


Anyone who has spent any amount of time in Court, be it Civil or Criminal, can say one thing with certainty;  The Majority of time a Courtroom in session is a boring and tedious venue, that most people outside the practice of law would find hard to comprehend.

Naturally, this does not translate well for attracting viewers to programs offered on Network or Cable Television, that focus on Trials currently being adjudicated.  The Answer?  Bring in Personable Hosts that "Mediate" debates conducted with "Special Guests" brought in to lend their expertise about the proceedings being broadcast over the air.  Since a Courtroom in session spends a great deal of time upon matters of proper procedure, which involves only the Attorneys and Presiding Judge, these interactions between Host and Guests must engage the viewer enough to prevent them from changing the Channel.


So, what do they choose to discuss, this panel of experts?  Many times it is the Conduct and Manner of the Counsel representing both sides.  Since most these shows focus on Criminal proceedings, it leads us to the next point;

- THE U.S. CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM IS ADVOCACY BASED, OR, "MAY THE BEST LAWYER WIN."  TRUTH, JUSTICE AND EXPEDIENCY ARE PREFERRED, BUT NOT NECESSARY.

When you listen to the commentary from the Host and Guests, you may notice that the criticisms seem to be less about the Law, and more about such things as Physical Appearance, Courtroom Behavior and the Ability to capture and hold the attention of the Judge, Jury and the attending Media.

This mirrors a concept that many Americans refuse to accept or acknowledge; ENTERTAINMENT OFTEN TRUMPS INTELLECT. 
Look for PT 3.


Thursday, September 28, 2017

North American Kant Society. WILFRID SELLARS ESSAY PRIZE.

Dear David McDonald,

Please see below for the announcement of the Sellars prize competition for 2018. (The announcement is also up on the website, and will be in the next newsletter.) I am grateful to a member for alerting me that it was time to announce this!

Best,
Rachel Zuckert

WILFRID SELLARS ESSAY PRIZE.

(Open to junior scholars.) 
 The North American Kant Society is pleased to announce the eighth  annual Wilfrid Sellars Essay Prize competition. This prize will be awarded for the best essay on any topic that demonstrates the continuing relevance of Kant’s philosophy. Essays must be single-authored, previously unpublished (work under review or forthcoming will be considered), and cannot exceed 8,000 words in length (including notes).                                


The Wilfrid Sellars Essay Prize is the natural continuation of the existing Markus Herz Prize, which is awarded to the best graduate student submission to the NAKS study groups. The intention behind the Wilfrid Sellars Essay Prize is to help promote original Kantian or Kant-inspired philosophical work of scholars in the early stages of their careers. Submissions will be blind-reviewed and judged by members of a review committee drawn from the NAKS Executive and Advisory Boards. The deadline for submission is January 15, 2018.  

Eligibility rules:
    * The essay must be written in English, single-authored, and not published prior to January 15, 2018.
    * “Junior” is defined here as: “PhD in hand; and 40 or younger (regardless of tenure status), or non-tenured  (regardless of age).” 
    * Authors must be members of NAKS at the time of submission.


Please send entries electronically to: Rachel Zuckert (r-zuckert@northwestern.edu). Entries should be submitted in Word format and state the word count at the end. They should be formatted for blind review. Submissions must be accompanied by a cover letter providing the author’s name, email contact information, and title of the paper, and including a three-part declaration stating that: (i) the essay has not been published by January 15, 2018, (ii) the author already has a PhD in hand, and is either 40 years of age or younger (regardless of employment status) or non-tenured (regardless of age),and (iii) the author is a member of NAKS in good standing.                               
The winner will be announced on June 15, 2018 and will receive a prize of $500.  The Award Committee reserves the right not to award a prize, if in its judgment none is warranted. 
The "North American Kant Society" is a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization.