Most important thing in a functional society is a well-informed public

functional societyAs John Oliver correctly pointed out Sunday night, folks are being fed what they want to hear and they’re eating it up like a starving person. The most important thing in a functional society is a well-informed public. What we have now is not only uninformed but misinformed masses. That’s something that should scare us all.

The most important thing in a functional society is a well-informed public. What we have now is not only uninformed but misinformed masses.

1. Read first. Then share. I myself am guilty of basing comments or even clicking share based on the headline. This is the worst thing any of us could do. Stop being lazy.

2. Check the source (and their sources). In the age of new media true and valid information comes from non-traditional sources but so does a lot of garbage. Any article that posts facts, figures or quotes should provide a source for that information. If there is no backup for their claims, move on.

3. Watch out for recycled stories. One thing that seems to be feeding into the misinformation problem is when old stories are being presented as happening now. Check the date on the story before you read on. You’ll be shocked to see how many are from another time and aren’t applicable to the current event you thought they were talking about.

4. If you care about facts, ignore the blatantly slanted. Having a slant or taking a position on a story is not wrong in itself. What is wrong is when these ideas are taken as unbiased fact. You can avoid all of this by simply avoiding those sites to start with. Any website with the words: Conservative, Liberal, Democrat, Republican, etc. in the title are just advertising how slanted they are. That’s ok if you choose to live in your side’s bubble but please don’t have any delusions that these stories reflect the whole picture.

5. Google it. God (and Sergey) gave us Google for a reason. If you see a story that’s unbelievable or has no sources or even if it does, verify. See if the same facts are reported across multiple outlets. See if anyone disputes these facts. Read these pieces and then make up your mind.

If we could all take these simple steps our society would be a better place. We all have opinions and leanings. There is nothing wrong with that but could we at least all come from a starting point based on facts and reality?

The truth is, sharing illogical things begins to erode YOUR credibility and it makes you look foolish. Trust me, I speak from experience.

Now go share this, please. Be the well informed public. Be the functional society.

Through the process of reason we find our own truth

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When will be our next National Day of Reason?

Awakening Reason is a forum for new ideas that are coming forth as a result of the new wave of spiritual evolution. We are realizing that we are responsible for our opinions. We must seek out our own truth through verification of actual facts. We fact find by illuminating what we hear and allowing others to verify or invalidate by their own fact finding. We are responsible for deciding, for ourselves, through reason, what our truth is.

Why don’t we all just know the definitive truth? We only know for sure the facts that we can personally verify. We know where we live, we know where we buy groceries. We know the prices of the things because we have read the price on the shelf and this fact has been verified by what we are charged at the register for this item. We can further verify this fact by researching the item through other sources or settle for the known information as fact. One person my settle for this price as fact, but another may, though ruthless scrutiny, find other information that may raise questions. Thus the process either continues or comes to an end.

The world has become too complex for any of us to know as a palpable fact how the actions of others are affecting our lives. It may be a matter of understanding why these actions affect us. In this case we have the responsibility of learning how and why these actions matter to us. It is more difficult to verify facts because nothing is physically ascertained. We must share what we here continuously to secure the truth. Sometimes we may never prove definitively if the actions of others affects us. We may have to rely on our opinion. The process continues.

I am reintroducing Awakening Reason, because once again there is a dire need for it. Please follow and contribute to Awakening Reason by participating in the ideas shared here. It is the responsibility of everyone that breathes to help educate the people who have not yet learned that they are responsible for their own truth. All comments to this site will be approved except spam and hate. There is no place on earth where either of them is appropriate.

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Orlando ISIS Attack-Over 50 killed Orlando Gay Club

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Orlando shootings

ORLANDO ISIS ATTACK

Orlando ISIS Attack-An American-born man who’d pledged allegiance to ISIS gunned down 50 people early Sunday at a gay nightclub in Orlando — the deadliest mass shooting in the United States and the nation’s worst terror attack since 911, authorities said.

* The gunman, Omar Mateen, 29, of Fort Pierce, Florida, was interviewed by the FBI in 2013 and 2014 but was not found to be a threat, the FBI said.
* Mateen called 911 shortly before the attack to pledge allegiance to ISIS and mentioned the Boston Marathon bombers, according to a U.S. official.
* Orlando police shot and killed Mateen.
Mateen carried an assault rifle and a pistol into the packed Pulse club about 2 a.m. Friday and started shooting, killing 50 people and wounding at least 53, police said.

The Truth about Donald Trump and the Republican Party

TrumpThe Truth about Donald Trump and the Republican Party

Donald Trump and I have something in common: When right-wing radio host Hugh Hewitt asked the GOP front-runner about America’s nuclear triad at Tuesday night’s debate, neither of us had heard that phrase before.

But Donald Trump is running for president, and I’m not.

There’s another difference between us: I could glean from the context of Hewitt’s question that he was asking Trump what he would do to maintain our nuclear arsenal. (The triad refers to our land-, sea- and air-based systems for delivering nukes.) Trump had absolutely no idea what Hewitt was asking, and his answer was genuinely terrifying.

Trump has said a lot of scary (and racist) things on the campaign trail, from calling undocumented immigrants rapists to saying he’d ban Muslims from the country to urging supporters at his rallies to attack protesters.

But his answer Tuesday night was especially terrifying; it revealed what it means to put an ignorant blowhard with a head full of jagged rocks in charge of enough munitions to blow up the entire world several times over.

Let’s go through his answer. If you didn’t see it in real time, know that you should experience the stomach-churning terror you feel when you climb that first hill on an especially tall roller coaster.

First, Hewitt’s question:

“Mr. Trump, Dr. Carson just referenced the single most important job of the president, the command, the control and the care of our nuclear forces. And he mentioned the triad. The B-52s are older than I am. The missiles are old. The submarines are aging out. It’s an executive order. It’s a commander-in-chief decision.

“What’s your priority among our nuclear triad?”

No matter how little you know about the makeup of our nuclear forces, it’s clear Hewitt is suggesting the technologies we use to deliver a nuclear attack are too old, and asking Trump what his priority would be when it comes to maintaining them. Right? You’d have to be completely ignorant, an utter buffoon with the intelligence of an earthworm the other earthworms make fun of for being dumb not to get the gist of what Hewitt is asking here.

And yet.

This was Trump’s response:

“Well, first of all, I think we need somebody absolutely that we can trust, who is totally responsible, who really knows what he or she is doing. That is so powerful and so important.”

On the face of it, Trump’s first comments may seem reasonable. We do need someone we can trust, who is totally responsible, who knows what he or she is doing when it comes to taking charge of our nuclear arsenal. But this wasn’t an introduction to a fuller answer explaining why he knows what he’s doing (or what his plans are). To Trump, that was the substantive answer. Listen to Trump for 30 seconds at any of his rallies and you realize that’s the entirety of his thought process. “Make America Great Again” is a perfectly fine slogan if you have a plan to make America great again, but with Trump, the slogan is the entire agenda. There is no plan.

How do we know Trump is responsible enough to handle our nuclear arsenal? He went on:

“And one of the things that I’m frankly most proud of is that in 2003, 2004, I was totally against going into Iraq because you’re going to destabilize the Middle East. I called it. I called it very strongly. And it was very important.”

First of all, Trump is simply lying; he did not, in fact, strongly object to the Iraq War before it began. But even if he was against the Iraq War, that doesn’t qualify him to control and maintain the world’s largest collection of nuclear bombs. I opposed the war, marching with signs and everything. And please believe me when I tell you I have no business anywhere near a bomb with the power to evaporate a city.

Trump wasn’t done yet.

“But we have to be extremely vigilant and extremely careful when it comes to nuclear. Nuclear changes the whole ballgame. Frankly, I would have said get out of Syria; get out – if we didn’t have the power of weaponry today. The power is so massive that we can’t just leave areas that 50 years ago or 75 years ago we wouldn’t care. It was hand-to-hand combat.”

Yes, in 1940 soldiers only fought in hand-to-hand combat. The boxing-related deaths of World War II were truly devastating.

Again, Trump is right, in a childlike way. We do have to be careful with nuclear; it does change the whole ballgame. But these are generalities borne out of ignorance. In 145 words Trump has yet to approach anything remotely like an answer to Hewitt’s question. He hasn’t said what his priority would be when it comes to maintaining or upgrading our nukes. He hasn’t even said what his principles would be. But surely that’s coming soon, right?

You know what? Let’s just finish the exchange.

Trump: “The biggest problem this world has today is not President Obama with global warming, which is inconceivable, this is what he’s saying. The biggest problem we have is nuclear – nuclear proliferation and having some maniac, having some madman go out and get a nuclear weapon. That’s in my opinion, that is the single biggest problem that our country faces right now.”

Hewitt: “Of the three legs of the triad, though, do you have a priority? I want to go to Sen. Rubio after that and ask him.”

Trump: “I think – I think, for me, nuclear is just the power, the devastation is very important to me.”

The devastation is very important to him. That flailing nonsense is the best Trump can manage. A reasonably well-informed fifth grader could come up with something better.

The problem isn’t simply that Trump doesn’t have detailed plans to make sure our nuclear weapons are safely maintained. The problem is that he doesn’t understand even the most basic premise of a relatively simple question. He couldn’t muster a “I’ll make sure we have the most modern, best nuclear arsenal the world has ever seen,” because he didn’t know what he was being asked.

Imagine handing over the nuclear codes to a man with the comprehension skills of Donald J. Trump. Do you honestly believe he would understand the consequences of using them? Trump is obsessed with tough-guy machismo. How much provocation does he need to press that button?

Trump hasn’t walked back any of the racist, ignorant, stupid things he’s said over the course of the campaign, and he certainly won’t admit to making a mistake last night. But his inability to muster ten remotely sensible words about what he would do as president with the most destructive collection of weapons in the history of mankind should be an automatic disqualifier for the presidency.

This moment should be the beginning of the end for his campaign. Just like all the other moments should have been.

The end of Trumps Campaign

Banking Regulations-here we go again

Most people don’t know what banking regulations are and why they are important. I am hoping that with a few suggestions for reading some clarity may come to the majority of the people in the country who aren’t even aware of the problem.

Here are 2 articles that explain banking regulations pretty well. Feel free to ask questions and start a discussion if the threat is still unclear.

History of Banking Regulatio

Banking Deregulation

Once you understand that there is a problem with banking regulation, please read this article on what Congress is doing-AGAIN!

Congress chooses to bail out banks and bail on the people

Banking Regulations-Tell your representatives how you will vote

Now that you are convinced that Congress is not representing you, contact your Representative and your Senator
and tell them that you will be voting for somebody the will.

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Here we go AGAIN!

Awakening reason is the day we empower a government for the people and by the people.

Awakening Reason is the dawning of a new era in our society. It is the day we empower a government for the people and by the people. The government will stop overspending, the rich will pay their fair share, and there will be no more lobbyism, bribery and backroom deals. Laws will be clear and protect the people. We will go back to banking and corporate regulation.

Awakening Reason is what happens when the people are informed with facts. It is what happens when we tell our representatives what we want and they act on our behalf. Awakening reason is when we sanction the government for all of its actions.

Awakening Reason is a phenomenon that has been growing in our society in recent years. It has always been around, but it has struggled to find its voice. Today, Awakening Reason has a voice. It is getting stronger. It is your voice. It is my voice. It is the voice of American citizens who are realizing that the government is not protecting the best interests of the people. We are the people, not the corporations, not big business and definitely not hate groups.

Americans are becoming informed.
This is Awakening Reason.

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