Myths and Nonsense

Myths and Nonsense
When I was a little boy in the evangelical church, they would show us articles about Noah’s Ark being found. Sometimes, it was explorers, sometimes U.S. Air Force reconnaissance – but the story always had the same purpose validating literal interpretation as a way of viewing the Bible.

It was all nonsense of course, just a useful myth to give the kiddies a theological push in the right direction. I am sure the adults who pushed this stuff never thought they were doing any harm.
But teaching children nonsense is wrong and unwise. At the very least when we grow up and find that we’ve been mislead, we might be angry and resentful.

The article below talks about the myth of the black confederate soldier. I wish that it would finally exterminate the vile idea that Black men fought against the Union. But I don’t think it will have that effect.

There’s an old joke in business that if your job depends on believe nonsense, you’re going to believe nonsense. For many the idea that the South fought a noble cause is part of their self image. It’s hard to face the fact that slavery was the motivating cause that resulted in the deaths of 625,000 Americans.

The rise of the myth of the Black confederate soldier is part of the fascist and neo-fascist revival we are seeing on social media and on the streets of some of our cities. Fascism is a disease of the mind. For many people are unable to develop their own significance. Doing a good deed, analytical thinking and having strong experiences, the three gateways to self development is beyond them. So, they grasp the final empty straw of racial superiority and it must feel wonderful. You rise in the morning and the task of proving yourself and your value is done. You look in the mirror and see yourself as the end result of history, perfect in every way. It must be intoxicating.

These kinds of myths have long life spans and go away only after centuries. When the Normans conquered England it too centuries for the idea of Norma superiority to gradually merge into the idea of equality between the resident Anglo-Saxons and the Normans became the rule.
And so it will be here. We have some centuries to go. But one day, our descendants should we manage the job before of us of saving our planet, will be one race and one people.

James Pilant

The Best Essay Written This Year!

Harro and Libertas Schulze-Boysen
Harro and Libertas Schulze-Boysen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The Best Essay Written This Year!


After reading the first three paragraphs of Emily Bazelon’s essay, The Nazi Anatomists, How the corpses of Hitler’s victims are still haunting modern science—and American abortion politics, I realized I was hooked. She could’ve put the literary equivalent of the phone book after those three paragraphs, and I’d read every word.


This is the writing in the big leagues, top of the line, cream of the crop, etc. This essay is going to be used in schools and colleges to show others what possibilities the essay has to offer.


Read it. You’ll never forget it.


James Alan Pilant


Nazi anatomy history: The origins of conservatives’ anti-abortion claims that rape can’t cause pregnancy.


In 1941, Charlotte Pommer graduated from medical school at the University of Berlin and went to work for Hermann Stieve, head of the school’s Institute of Anatomy. The daughter of a bookseller, Pommer had grown up in Germany’s capital city as Hitler rose to power. But she didn’t appreciate what the Nazis meant for her chosen field until Dec. 22, 1942. What she saw in Stieve’s laboratory that day changed the course of her life—and led her to a singular act of protest.


Stieve got his “material,” as he called the bodies he used for research, from nearby Plötzensee Prison, where the courts sent defendants for execution after sentencing them to die. In the years following the war, Stieve would claim that he dissected the corpses of only “dangerous criminals.” But on that day, Pommer saw in his laboratory the bodies of political dissidents. She recognized these people. She knew them.


On one table lay Libertas Schulze-Boysen, granddaughter of a Prussian prince. She’d been raised in the family castle, gone to finishing school in Switzerland, and worked as the Berlin press officer for the Hollywood studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. She joined the Nazi Party in 1933. On a hunting party, she flirted with Hermann Göring, commander of the Luftwaffe, the German air force. But in 1937 Schulze-Boysen joined the resistance with her husband, Harro, a Luftwaffe lieutenant. They helped form a small rebel group the Nazis called the Red Orchestra. When Libertas started working for Hitler’s movie empire in 1941, she gathered photos of atrocities from the front for a secret archive. Harro was transferred to Göring’s command center and with other dissidents started passing to the Soviets detailed information about Hitler’s plan to invade Russia. The Gestapo decoded their radio messages in 1942 and arrested Harro at the end of August. They came for Libertas eight days later. Both she and her husband were sentenced to death for espionage and treason.


via Nazi anatomy history: The origins of conservatives’ anti-abortion claims that rape can’t cause pregnancy..


From around the web.


From the web site, Bullying Prevention.


No writer is better poised to explore this territory than Emily
Bazelon, who has established herself as a leading voice on the social
and legal aspects of teenage drama. In Sticks and Stones, she brings
readers on a deeply researched, clear-eyed journey into the
ever-shifting landscape of teenage meanness and its sometimes
devastating consequences. The result is an indispensable book that takes
us from school cafeterias to courtrooms to the offices of Facebook, the
website where so much teenage life, good and bad, now unfolds.


Along the way, Bazelon defines what bullying is and, just as
important, what it is not. She explores when intervention is essential
and when kids should be given the freedom to fend for themselves. She
also dispels persistent myths: that girls bully more than boys, that
online and in-person bullying are entirely distinct, that bullying is a
common cause of suicide, and that harsh criminal penalties are an
effective deterrent. Above all, she believes that to deal with the
problem, we must first understand it.


Rational Choice Beats Patriotism?

Chuck Schumer Denounces Eduardo Saverin Defenders, Nazi Comparisons As ‘Appalling’ (UPDATE)

Grover Norquist, the head of Americans for Tax Reform, said Schumer and Casey’s legislation was similar to laws the Nazis wrote before World War II to make Jews pay to leave the country. “He probably just plagiarized it and translated it from the original German,” said Norquist, according to The Hill.

Schumer, taking to the Senate floor, called the comparison outrageous.

“I know a thing or two about what the Nazis did. Some of my relatives were killed by them,” he said. “Saying that a person who made their fortune specifically because of the positive elements in American society, in turn, has a responsibility to do right by America is not even on the same planet as comparing to what Nazis did to Jews.”

Chuck Schumer Denounces Eduardo Saverin Defenders, Nazi Comparisons As ‘Appalling’ (UPDATE)

I remember watching the film, Gettysburg. At the high water mark of the South, Pickett’s Charge, the confederates are almost to the top of the ridge, then the Union troops stand up to meet the charge, the American flag unfurled in the wind. I was so proud, my heart beat fast, and I wanted to be with those troops to fight that fight.

Eduardo Saverin is abandoning the United States. The United States has showered him with benefits and protections during all the time that he has lived here. He owes his enormous fortune to the opportunities and the laws found here.

This seems to be less than apparent to some commentators who have likened laws meant to punish those who discard their citizenship and duties as a form of Nazism. These men have also said that Saverin is merely exercising “rational choice” in his behavior.

I am enraged by this.

Memorial day is next week. Several hundred thousand Americans died often in the most ghastly ways so that this person could have the benefits of citizenship.

Every single day, he was protected by millions of serving Americans who live as soldiers, sailors and airmen.

Locally, he was protected by harm by police, fireman and ambulance services – all paid for directly or subsidized by taxes.

For all the time that he lived in this country, he drove on public roads, walked on public sidewalks, and benefitted from the kindness and law abiding nature of the good and great people that make up this country.

By his actions he makes it clear that these mean nothing to him – they are responsibilities that get in the way of profit and profit is the only “rational” choice.

In this kind of morality, patriotism is merely a burden, an inconvenience, an obstacle on the path of financial maximization.

This person has renounced his American citizenship, an honored status for money.

There is no sum worth giving up being an American. Not now – not ever.

James Pilant

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Searching the Past – Looking for History in the Bunkers, Caves and Installations of World War II

There appears to be a movement in Europe among young people to explore the past by exploring these old constructs. It’s dangerous but at least in the instance of Hitler’s bunker, new information about the war is being found.

Take a look at one expedition – You Tube is full of these.