Critical Thinking is Mandatory in the Quest for Enlightenment

As I scrolled through my Facebook memories, I discovered the following artwork here, being shared by the page, “Voluntaryism is Freedom,” which I originally posted to my own wall in June of 2016, and decidedly re-shared it, along with commentary…

“Statism: The brilliant idea that we give a small group of people the right to kidnap, steal from, and kill us, so that we can be ‘protected’ from people who kidnap, steal from, and kill us.”

My Commentary: Critical thinking is mandatory in the quest for enlightenment.

(note: though I previously shared a slightly different version of this artwork in April of 2014, within my post, “The Ridiculous Logic of Statism,” I still felt compelled to offer up an alternative commentary when I saw it again, due to the inspiring nature of these words)

The Paradox of Peace…

As I scrolled through my Facebook news feed, I discovered the following artwork here, being shared by the page, “Zero Aggression,” and originally posted it to my own wall, along with commentary…

"He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach himself." - Thomas Paine

“He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach himself.” – Thomas Paine

My Commentary: The paradox of peace…

Discussing the North Dakota Access Pipeline (NDAP)

The following correspondence originally took place upon the Facebook wall of my friend, Daniel Sv, after he shared a captioned graphic from here

(all replies from third parties have been omitted for clarity)

Daniel Sv.:

So I still have friends on my page liking and sharing these anti-pipeline articles and memes. If you don't pipeline for a living, and you're not from North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, or Illinois then you should really stay out of this conversation, especially if you're just going to keep sharing the same lies over and over. I know everyone is entitled to their opinion, but this is not about opinions, it's about facts, and the facts are; the Dakota access pipeline DOES NOT cross the Standing Rock reservation, it DOES have all the necessary permits and approvals, and it is NOT disturbing any burial grounds This information is easily accessible online with a quick Google search, but I'll include a map anyway, in case you don't have time to research the lies you're sharing. And here are the links showing they have the permits, and that North Dakota's top archeologists surveyed these sites and found nothing. http://m.bismarcktribune.com/news/opinion/guest/all-eyes-on-north-dakota-full-story-isn-t-being/article_5dc1e955-fd71-5003-86be-0fa0f29d7fbc.htmlhttp://www.kcci.com/article/archaeologist-no-human-remains-found-at-pipeline-site/6922493And before you start in about possible water contamination, that's just another scare tactic. The Missouri river will be directionally drilled and the pipeline will have the latest technologies and monitoring systems to help prevent releases and will be constructed 90 feet below the riverbed to ensure nothing may reach the river — far above and beyond what’s required by federal regulations. Don't be fooled, the battle right now may be against this pipeline, but the war is on oil. I know some of you hate oil (even though you consume as much as the rest of us on a daily basis) but there simply is not enough renewable energy to meet the current demand, so this oil WILL be brought to market one way or another, and the safest way is via pipeline. They have a smaller carbon footprint and are 4.5 times less likely to cause a spill than trains. It's an easy choice. So don't tell me you're against pipelines because you care about the environment, because the two ideas are contradictory. With that being said, I will not hold back any longer, if you've got the nerve to post these lies, I will call you out on it, so you better do your research before you chime in on something that you know nothing about.

So I still have friends on my page liking and sharing these anti-pipeline articles and memes. If you don’t pipeline for a living, and you’re not from North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, or Illinois then you should really stay out of this conversation, especially if you’re just going to keep sharing the same lies over and over. I know everyone is entitled to their opinion, but this is not about opinions, it’s about facts, and the facts are; the Dakota access pipeline DOES NOT cross the Standing Rock reservation, it DOES have all the necessary permits and approvals, and it is NOT disturbing any burial grounds This information is easily accessible online with a quick Google search, but I’ll include a map anyway, in case you don’t have time to research the lies you’re sharing. And here are the links showing they have the permits, and that North Dakota’s top archeologists surveyed these sites and found nothing. http://m.bismarcktribune.com/news/opinion/guest/all-eyes-on-north-dakota-full-story-isn-t-being/article_5dc1e955-fd71-5003-86be-0fa0f29d7fbc.html

http://www.kcci.com/article/archaeologist-no-human-remains-found-at-pipeline-site/6922493

And before you start in about possible water contamination, that’s just another scare tactic. The Missouri river will be directionally drilled and the pipeline will have the latest technologies and monitoring systems to help prevent releases and will be constructed 90 feet below the riverbed to ensure nothing may reach the river — far above and beyond what’s required by federal regulations.
Don’t be fooled, the battle right now may be against this pipeline, but the war is on oil. I know some of you hate oil (even though you consume as much as the rest of us on a daily basis) but there simply is not enough renewable energy to meet the current demand, so this oil WILL be brought to market one way or another, and the safest way is via pipeline. They have a smaller carbon footprint and are 4.5 times less likely to cause a spill than trains. It’s an easy choice. So don’t tell me you’re against pipelines because you care about the environment, because the two ideas are contradictory.
With that being said, I will not hold back any longer, if you’ve got the nerve to post these lies, I will call you out on it, so you better do your research before you chime in on something that you know nothing about.

Rayn: The protesters, also called “water protectors,” are attempting to prevent the Missouri River from possible destruction in the event of a pipeline leak.

This much more detailed map accurately portrays this fact:

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Explaining the Complex Dynamics at Play Regarding Wikileaks.org

As I scrolled through my Facebook news feed, I discovered the following artwork here, being shared by the page, “Being Libertarian,” and originally posted it to my own wall, along with commentary…

"2016: The year hackers broke some of the biggest news stories, and the journalists tried to cover them up."

“2016: The year hackers broke some of the biggest news stories, and the journalists tried to cover them up.”

My Commentary: Since too many seem to lack understanding of the complex dynamics at play, I’ll try my best to clear things up. The “hackers” are those individuals securing and protecting high-value “leaked” data through various means, such as encryption, for example. Julian Assange, on the other hand, is a program coder, and the editor-in-chief of “Wikileaks.org,” where all of the various leaks, from all of their various different sources, are being disclosed for major public distribution and consumption. The “hackers” are also helping to keep Wikileaks, itself, secure and protected from being hacked, sabotaged, or otherwise shut down. The “leakers” are almost all anonymous whistle-blowers, mostly completely unrelated and unknown to each other. The “hackers” are helping to keep the “leakers” as anonymous, secure and protected as possible, for the safety of the “leakers,” and to keep more leaks flowing in, from both old and new sources.

The whole operation began as a sort of grass-roots movement, and has since become more centered in a crowd-sourcing model, especially since gaining popularity. All of those who are involved are working their hardest to provide a much-needed public service, in an effort to expose the dark, corrupt, and often criminal, underbelly of governmental operations with the understanding that the world deserves full transparency relating to the activities of our “public servants,” and our “tax dollars”. As you can read, the “hackers” are the glue that binds this operation together, and they are to be praised for their heroic efforts!

I hope this helps out everyone who’s taken the time to read this! And, if you have anything constructive or corrective to add, please feel free to comment below, as this information will be posted upon my website, AcidRayn.com, very shortly, and any helpful or clarifying comments will be added into a second post on the topic. Thanks! 🙂

American Government is a Rogue Entity, Representing Only Itself

The following correspondence originally took place here, on the Facebook page, “Indigenous Americans“…

(replies from all third parties have been omitted for clarity)

Indigenous Americans: 20 Protesters Arrested, While Police Shut Down Road Access to North Dakota Access Pipeline Near Standing Rock Reservation:

Your Comment Needed : COMMENT “YES” if you think what is happening to Natives is WRONG !

Around 20 people have just been arrested.Police have SHUT DOWN all road access to the site and are carrying assault rifles and less-lethal weapons.

WE NEED YOUR HELP. PLEASE SHARE IT. MAINSTREAM MEDIA IS NOT REPORTING IT

Rayn: The American government is a rogue entity, and represents ONLY itself. They are terrorists holding the majority of those living here hostage.