Post by mimus99 Post by Peter Trei Post by mimus99 Post by Quadibloc
I just recently learned that *two* religions have science-fiction villains in
However, in Scientology, the bad guys are about taking souls which originated at
the beginning of the Universe - thetans - and fooling them into incarnating into
flesh bodies, where they can be burdened with neuroses (engrams).
Whereas, in the beliefs of the Nation of Islam, souls originate as new human
beings come into fleshly existence, and thus are limited by the characteristics of
the flesh from which they arise. Thus, the scientist Yakub, thousands of years
ago, could start a fiendish and cruel program of selective breeding to create that
un-natural abomination of science, the white man.
Thus, the theology of these two beliefs seems to be fundamentally incompatible,
and thus there is no chance of Xenu and Yakub having an adventure together as a
pair of science-fiction villains.
What do you expect from people (NoI) who rejected Christianity for its role
in African slavery and adopted _Islam_ (sort of) instead?
(And murdered Malcolm X when he started expanding his moral and political
horizons . . . .)
The thing that always bugged me about this is that Islamic slave traders moved vastly more slaves, and over a far longer period, than Christian ones ever did.
Wot was my point. And are still at it. (Moslem slave-raids from North into
South Sudan was a major cause of the war there.)
Of course, the criminalization of being a young black male in the US joined
with for-hire prison-labor is a method of circumventing the Thirteenth
Amendment that has been growing in popularity for years.
...especially when some of the initial "crimes" that get the young
and poor into the prison-industrial-complex are nonsense that shouldn't
be illegal, such as dealing weed.
If we have a 14th Amendment right to "control our own bodies,"* based on a
5th Amendment liberty right or a 9th Amendment "unenumerated right of the
people," then adults self-medicating with _whatever_ should not be illegal.
One adult selling recreational drugs, especially marijuana, ought to be
legal. The state could pass laws against fraud, either the harmless type -
selling oregeno and claiming it is pot - or against dangerous misrepresentation -
claiming you are selling clean, hydroponically grown, superganja, when you
are actually pushing ditchweed impregnated with pesticides. One could even
file a lawsuit against someone who sold you worthless or dangerous marijuana.
But winding up in the pokey for selling some bud to a bud? Ridiculous!
Then, once you have that "criminal record," and are paroled or released,
good luck getting employed. Violate probation and back you go. Get caught
doing something over the line, and your "form" earns you a tougher sentence
for the same offense compared to a "first offender." Get on that merry-go-round
and you may be lucky not to die in prison. Oh, yeah, the state will give
you a "compassionate release" if you are sick enough and old enoough, to
get your body off their medical budget and onto Medicaid's.
There's not enough restitution in our system, and too much incarceration.
We should save locking people up for serious criminal behavior by people
who need to be separated from the general public because they are a physical
threat to others.
We may lead the "league tables," but it isn't just the US, either:
...Yet I worry that prison discourse is too focused on the United States,
when in fact incarceration transcends the American experience. Most countries
have experienced growth. Ecuador, Indonesia, Cambodia, Israel, Serbia, and
Georgia don’t share much economic, partisan, or cultural American-ness, yet
all doubled their prison populations in a decade, while Britain took three.
[/quote] Daniel D'Amico 14 Sept, 2015, "Why Nations Jail"