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The Addiction to Thinking

Date: 2021-02-06

Read time: 8 minutes

Summary: Thinking is the world's most common addiction and the first step to recovery is recognizing there's a problem.

[Documentary] The Norden: Prison

Date: 2021-02-03

Read time: 11 minutes

Summary: The Norden is a documentary series made in 2014 first aired by Finland's national public broadcasting company YLE. It presents the Nordic welfare model from an outsider's perspective. The first episode looks at the Norwegian prison system. It captures so much of what's wrong with "tough" prisons like those in America and most importantly it shows a better alternative. It promotes a prison model based on rehabilitation, not revenge.

Site Update 008

Date: 2021-01-31

Read time: 1 minute

Summary: Find out what's new on my blog.

[Book] Waking Up

Date: 2021-01-29

Read time: 3 minutes

Summary: Waking Up is a refreshing, rational middleground on spirituality avoiding both denial of spiritual experiences by skeptics and mystical woo-woo peddled by Deepak Chopra and other pseudointellectuals.

Dead Man's Switch

Date: 2021-01-27

Read time: 10 minutes

Summary: The dead man's switch is a powerful self-defense tool that is automatically triggered when the human operator dies. It is your insurance policy that contains digital dirt on your aggressor.

[Article] You Should Be Using an Old Computer

Date: 2021-01-22

Read time: 6 minutes

Summary: There is a war being waged on general-purpose computing. Every year manufacturers come up with new ways to make your computer harder to repair thereby increasing e-waste. Every year software companies make their ecosystems more locked down giving you less and less control over your own devices. To not use an old Thinkpad is to be on the wrong side of this war.

[Documentary] Sicko

Date: 2021-01-19

Read time: 4 minutes

Summary: In the documentary film Sicko Michael Moore does a great job of comparing the US healthcare system with healthcare in the rest of the civilized world by showcasing the wastefulness and cruelty of the US system.

Consumer Data Protection is a Distraction

Date: 2021-01-18

Read time: 4 minutes

Summary: "User data is protected by the strict privacy laws of (insert country here)", "We don't log your IP, trust us!" and "We provide next-generation security!" are all industry lies. Don't fall for them. No one knows how to fully secure data on a computer let alone an entire organization. Businesses can't protect your data. Don't give it to them.

On Spirituality

Date: 2021-01-17

Read time: 7 minutes

Summary: This post serves as a guide on how to interpret my previous posts on spirituality while explaining the purpose for future spiritual writing and suggests reasons why spiritual experiences and ideas are so hard to talk about.

[Video] Atheist Debates - Argument From Design, Part 1: Order and Purpose

Date: 2021-01-16

Read time: 1 minute

Summary: Matt Dillahunty refutes the argument that a god must exist because the universe requires a designer.

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