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My new video: On Anti-SJWs and the YouTube "Skeptic" Community.


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American humor or British humour, who does it better? 

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Any suggestions for upcoming YouTube videos from me? (please note I've no interest in doing call-outs or responses to other YouTubers individually)
In the wake of every terror-like incident, various factions squabble and argue over whether it qualifies for the label "terrorism," dredging up other cases and heatedly calling one another out. 

If you somehow derive enjoyment from these call-outs and arguments, fine. If you don't, please pause and consider what a monumental waste of time it is, time that can be spent more productively. What we call it matters infinitely less than identifying and fixing the root causes, and doing so the right way. That's the real conversation, in my view.
Some woman just walked into my office, says she's from local channel six news. Asked us what we know about what happened this morning. We said we didn't know what she was talking about. Apparently a guy was shot and killed on a loading dock in a complex just next to our office. Now the increased police presence makes sense. 
Belgium invites terrorism with their hawkish foreign policy, always trying to be the policemen of the world, always invading, bombing, conquering, and occupying other countries. Wait a minute...

Have perspective - your chances of dying from terrorism are infinitesimal.
Be measured - don't turn your country into a police state out of fear.
Be honest - stop pretending the doctrines of martyrdom and jihad in Islam have nothing to do with this.
Be ethical - attack ideas, not people.
theTrueConfusions has a unique and interesting niche on deviantArt. He photographs Church signs or billboards, then offers commentary in the descriptions. Check out his page if you're so inclined.
An excellent discussion between Lalo Dagach Imam Tawhidi. Refreshingly, almost shockingly honest. It's good to know that there are reformers among the Islamic clergy as well.


Also: A few of Dagach's quotes from my gallery: 
It's so disingenuous when people suddenly care about something they've never cared about before only because it gives them an excuse to bash something else that they hate, something that they already hated.
Anyone who majored in anything artsy can relate. :rofl:
I'd like to thank my buddy Kajm for all the shout outs. I appreciate the boost in traffic. :thumbsup:
Why does a political setback or defeat prompt either resignation or calls for resignation in the UK? Maybe it's the American in me, but that seems strange.
My sister has asked that I canvas you fine folks for cat names for her pending new female sphynx cat (hairless). Go.

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As real as radical Islam is, never lose perspective that your chances of being killed by terrorism are infinitesimal. Don't give in to fear. Fear fuels terror and tyranny both.
We should try to avoid making snap judgments of people online, but it is unavoidable to a degree.

What's something you find yourself making snap judgments about?

I find that whenever someone says "red-pilled," my estimation of their intelligence tends to go in free-fall.
I'm thinking of putting together another collection or book reviews, perhaps a series, called "Essential reading," on various topics. American politics may be first.
www.skeptic.com/reading_room/c…

Peter Boghossian and James Lindsay, following in the footsteps of Alan Sokal, fabricated a bogus social science scholarly paper. It was titled "The Conceptual Penis as a Social Construct." They got it published in the peer-reviewed journal "Cogent Social Sciences." This is their analysis of the hoax, and what, like the Sokal Hoax before it, it exposes about the problems of academia, and in this case, gender studies in particular.
Something I run into increasingly (across the political spectrum):

When two parties are arguing some issue, and one presents data produced by a reputable source, the other side invariably disputes the veracity of that data (without offering a compelling argument as to how), or dismisses the importance of data altogether.

"Data can be spun" is the cop-out of those who don't have the data on their side of the argument. Such folks virtually never demonstrate that said data is corrupted or manipulated, it's just a post-truth throwaway to maintain the bubble. And of course, when the shoe is on the other foot, people uncritically accept data confirming their position, and find merit in the concept of data.

This isn't just dishonest, this is pernicious.
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I created a Skype username: "American Dreaming." Original, I know. I'll try to leave it on when I'm around. Feel free to communicate with me in whatever mode seems appropriate to you. Here we go.
Being unnecessarily mean-spirited, insensitive, or "edgy" (the euphemism we now give to things which used to be called by other names) just for the sake of it, are - and should remain - valid expressions of free speech. They are not, however, good expressions of free speech. They should not be banned, but they should never go uncriticized.

You are free to speak your mind (excluding incitements to violence). You are free to be mean or even hateful. You are free to be a child who does something simply because they can. You are also free to destroy your own reputation. You are free to make a pariah of yourself. You are free to advertise your moral or intellectual bankruptcy to the world. You are free to get as good as you give.

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:iconthetrueconfusions:
theTrueConfusions Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Hey thanks for the status update I appreciate it.
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:iconamericandreaming:
AmericanDreaming Featured By Owner 2 days ago   Writer
My pleasure, hopefully you see a bump in traffic.
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YamaLama1986 Featured By Owner Edited 3 days ago   Digital Artist
This picture of this quote appears like you made it, if not I think you would like this quote. It is from Joseph Campbell, a mythologist whose ideas helped George Lucas create Star Wars: s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/7…

If you could make a version of this for DeviantArt, I think many would appreciate it. :)
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AmericanDreaming Featured By Owner 3 days ago   Writer
That not my work, I almost never use raw photos, they're photo-manipulations (plus I use higher quality source images). The quote is half decent. Where did you find this original one?
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YamaLama1986 Featured By Owner 3 days ago   Digital Artist
I found it here in a YouTube search: s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/7…

Campbell discusses Star Wars in an interview with Bill Moyer called The Power of Myth I believe. He describes many mythological elements within the Star Wars story.
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AmericanDreaming Featured By Owner 2 days ago   Writer
I see. I'll put it in the queue. My sta.sh is always full of pictures waiting to be uploaded. I limit myself to one a day so as not to overwhelm my subscribers.
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Greatkingrat88 Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Just a question: are you familiar with the youtuber Contrapoints?
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:iconamericandreaming:
AmericanDreaming Featured By Owner 6 days ago   Writer
No, never heard of them.
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Greatkingrat88 Featured By Owner 6 days ago
He's part of the small pocket of left-wing youtubers. The reason I bring it up is because he made some really intelligent commentary about various political issues (being a former academic), and I wonder if you might enjoy his content. Seems like it could be good for perspective if nothing else.
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AmericanDreaming Featured By Owner 6 days ago   Writer
I see. Perhaps I'll look at their channel at some point.
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AmericanDreaming Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2017   Writer
Nice.
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DarkVikingMistress Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2017  Student Writer
The actual Comey testimony, which I need to watch in full (I'm too tired to take something that serious in today) was juicy and good enough already, but making it a song is even fucking better. (Not that the situation is any good)
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AmericanDreaming Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2017   Writer
Yah brah.
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AmericanDreaming Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017   Writer
A perfect example of this:
  Sniffing the Winds of Terror by AmericanDreaming
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GodsofWarAndRock Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017
is that directed at me or the idiots on the page
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:iconamericandreaming:
AmericanDreaming Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017   Writer
No, not at you. At the post itself and most of the commenters.
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DarkVikingMistress Featured By Owner Edited Jun 3, 2017  Student Writer
I want to get a cap that says "COVFEFE" in large letters on it like the MAGA hat made, and a pentagram t shirt and stroll around America like a troll this August :XD: I just felt the need to let you know lol.

I can't even believe someone in charge of such an important country in the world is really this dim oh my god! I thought shit was bad and then he pulled out of Paris...I mean Paris is such a loose agreement too that he really had no excuse to pull out of it. He could modify it to work around American workers, or maybe the US just needs to forge a new job market for people in green energy business.
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AmericanDreaming Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2017   Writer
It's funny that with all he's done, that this has gained the traction it has :laughing:
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DarkVikingMistress Featured By Owner Edited Jun 3, 2017  Student Writer
It's hilarious though, when it was reported Brian was screaming at the TV because of how embarrassed it made him feel. I just feel second hand embarrassed for most Americans everyday.
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AmericanDreaming Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2017   Writer
Everyone has their own threshold I suppose. :XD:
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victauron Featured By Owner May 31, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Despotism is a legitimate mode of government in dealing with barbarians, provided the end be their improvement.”
-John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

When I came across the aforementioned quote while reading On Liberty, I thought about the conditions of various underdeveloped or developing countries across the world, particularly the poorer ones. To what extent would you say it is true?  

Should poorer developing countries whose people are largely uneducated and know little about proper governance, and where corruption is common be ruled over by a benevolent dictator than a democracy?
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AmericanDreaming Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017   Writer
It may work as a transitional phase in between where they begin at and a true democracy. Countries with poor education, high levels of poverty, high religiosity, and a rocky or nonexistent history with democracy may have a hard time adjusting to it immediately, and we have seen that in some cases, democracy is used to vote in a tyrant... I have not thought deeply about this issue, but as of now, I'd say I think it could work, but I am unsure as to whether it would be better or needed.
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victauron Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When it comes to dictators in general, it is understandable one will be wary about such types of government, given how many dictators have ruined their countries in ways.  There are many instances of such individuals caring more about their personal power and luxury than the people's welfare.

While a benevolent dictator can be ideal for developing underdeveloped countries, do you feel such a leader can be hard to find, given most examples of dictators? 
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