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Lollie and Lily and Jacky and Billy.

It’s a human conceit to say that, “Things fall apart.”  In reality, things rise apart, grow apart, only to fall together. 

Armed insurrections? | The Salt Lake Tribune


— The last time I checked, the Constitution was comprised of more than the Bill of Rights.Thus, congressional war powers include the authority to “suppress insurrections” Art. I, Section 8, Clause 15; see also Clause 16 for a better understanding of what a well-regulated militia means …Executive use of these powers has also been deemed constitutional since 1795, when President Washington mustered a national militia to march and fight against the leaders of the so-called Whiskey Rebellion. So, chalk one up for tyranny, I guess, if some of the more strident voices on this forum are to be believed…In the political philosophy of the day 18th-c., revolt against tyranny was understood to be a natural right. As such, it can neither be granted nor revoked by any system of government.Claiming it to be a constitutional right e.g., one presumably granted by the Second Amendment… therefore rests on a fundamental category mistake, for which there is absolutely no warrant in the text of the Constitution itself.Keeping the provenance of these rights distinct should also help to mitigate the obvious amounts of confusion around this issue; viz. as if in logic or in law there could ever be such a thing as a constitutional right to take up arms against the authority of the federal government that the Constitution itself has established… Hint: there cant…Since the Founders understood the peoples right to revolt to be a natural right, it is finally not specifically bound to the enumerated rights in the Second Amendment, either. — This is a good thing, in my view, since it allows revolts against tyranny to exhaust innumerable non-violent paths –: via elections, impeachments, nullification proceedings, or whatever –, before the thought of ever taking up arms should even begin to arise.My concern is that far too many Americans these days seem overly prone to a media-induced state of hysteria, in which a 1% tax increase or a government program that is not to my liking is deemed to be a sufficient condition to shout Tyranny!…, or only figuratively?…: Lock and load!…The violence of such rhetoric itself may eventually lead some unstable souls to believe or: to imagine… that there are no other options left to them.And that would not only be a dangerous illusion. — It would be an evil slander against the state of the American republic and the continuing viability of its constitut

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Einstein comments on “God.”

Few people have had access to the thoughts and uncensored opinions of this brilliant mind as it relates to his personal views on God and religion. The personal nature of the letter and the timing of it in Albert Einstein’s life adds to the implication of the certainty with which he wrote it. The sureness of his script and the methodical nature with which he chose his words lend to the documents weight. The ideas expressed are the culmination of a lifetime of work exploring the most principle questions of existence. If there were a guide for seekers of answers, this letter would be the introduction.

The auction is for the original, handwritten, in German, letter and envelope, sent from Princeton NJ, to Eric B. Gutkind, on January 3, 1954, a year before Einstein passed away, sent as response to Gutkind’s book “Choose Life: The Biblical Call to Revolt”.

… I read a great deal in the last days of your book, and thank you very much for sending it to me. What especially struck me about it was this. With regard to the factual attitude to life and to the human community we have a great deal in common.

… The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this. These subtilised interpretations are highly manifold according to their nature and have almost nothing to do with the original text. For me the Jewish religion like all other religions is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions. And the Jewish people to whom I gladly belong and with whose mentality I have a deep affinity have no different quality for me than all other people. As far as my experience goes, they are also no better than other human groups, although they are protected from the worst cancers by a lack of power. Otherwise I cannot see anything ‘chosen’ about them.

In general I find it painful that you claim a privileged position and try to defend it by two walls of pride, an external one as a man and an internal one as a Jew. As a man you claim, so to speak, a dispensation from causality otherwise accepted, as a Jew the privilege of monotheism. But a limited causality is no longer a causality at all, as our wonderful Spinoza recognized with all incision, probably as the first one. And the animistic interpretations of the religions of nature are in principle not annulled by monopolization. With such walls we can only attain a certain self-deception, but our moral efforts are not furthered by them. On the contrary.

Now that I have quite openly stated our differences in intellectual convictions it is still clear to me that we are quite close to each other in essential things, i.e; in our evaluations of human behavior. What separates us are only intellectual ‘props’ and ‘rationalization’ in Freud’s language. Therefore I think that we would understand each other quite well if we talked about concrete things.

With friendly thanks and best wishes, Yours, A. Einstein

19. I Sing the Body Electric. Whitman, Walt. 1900. Leaves of Grass

19. I Sing the Body Electric. Whitman, Walt. 1900. Leaves of Grass.

Nutrition Facts and Analysis for Mushrooms, portabello

Nutrition Facts and Analysis for Mushrooms, portabella, grilled [Portobello]

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