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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

UPDATE

UPDATE: FOR ANYONE READING THIS ON BLOGSPOT; 301 REDIRECTION SHOULD BE SUCCESSFUL AND NO ONE SHOULD SEE THIS, BUT IN THE OFF CHANCE IT'S NOT, THE BLOG IS NOW AT http://www.petersaysstuff.com/

ALL THE COMMENTS AND POSTS SHOULD BE THERE AS WELL BUT IF YOU NOTICE ANYTHING IS WRONG OR AUTOMATIC REDIRECTION ISN'T WORKING, PLEASE, PLEASE, EMAIL ME AT piotr.heft@gmail.com

THANK YOU ALL!

-Peter :)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Why I Do Criticize Israel - A Response to Sam Harris

A few weeks ago, prominent author and skeptic Sam Harris, recorded a podcast entitled "Why Don't I Criticize Israel?" wherein Harris made a case for Israel as a state and tried to preemptively attack some claims made by modern critics of Israel.

Given the nature of this blog and my views on the subject, I figured that a response to Mr. Harris is in order. However, I thought I'd change it up a bit and record my own little podcast. Please take a listen and I ask that you forgive any cuts that are still audible - this was 20 different takes with different thoughts compressed into one version I think I like.

So, without further ado, I give you Why I Do Criticize Israel:



Here is Asmaa al-Ghoul's piece entitled Never ask me about peace again.

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Update - Sam Harris

Quick update: within the next few days I will be posting a response to Sam Harris' commentary "Why Don't I Criticize Israel?". I suggest you all read/listen to the podcast (it's 15 minutes) because my reply will make more sense.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Arm Iran - The Case for the Nuclear State

With the Middle East being as contentious as it is now and the fact that the only state in the region that has nuclear weapons also happens to be the one that is most hated and refuses to sign arms agreements (Israel), a different approach is needed. I argue that Iran, the state Israel is so deeply afraid of, should acquire nuclear weapons and be the regional counterbalance.


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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Part 3: The State of Nature - The Individual, The Environment, and The Rise of the State

This is a post I've been putting of writing for a while now because I didn't really know how to start it and, although I'm not confident, I'll give you what I have.

"Liberal" theorists from Mencius to Augustine to Locke have argued, in some form or another, that humans are innately good - that is, humans are born pure and clean and are corrupted and/or succumb to evil desires due to extraneous circumstances. John Locke, for example, popularized the idea of tabula rasa, or "blank slate", which states that all humans are born empty, arguably without any intrinsic behaviors, and learn how to act (thus becoming "good" or "evil") based on interactions with other humans.

Conversely, theorists such as Hobbes, Machiavelli, and Schmitt have argued that humans are innately bad and have a tendency to act selfishly and in ways that harm greater society and, more often than not, degenerate in pure hedonism and personal expansion.

It is my view, and the view that will be advanced after the jump, that humans are fundamentally irrational and, when unrestrained, resort to violence, environmental degradation, and societal destruction to further their self interests. The result of the above is not "spontaneous order", which anarchists like to argue, but rather chaos.

Albeit cliché, I believe the statement made in Deus Ex: Human Revolution, "Absolute freedom is no better than chaos", is fundamentally correct and is a good tool for analyzing governmental institutions.


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Sunday, July 13, 2014

TrueCrypt is Still Safe

I want to preface this with a note from me: "Hey all, I apologize for not publishing anything recently; I've had writer's block and now I'm doing research for my next big post (get ready for it!) amidst dealing with crashed hard drives and OS transfers. 

But, inspired by a the comment "dude, truecrypt is dead" that I saw on IRC, I want to write a short statement about TrueCrypt. Now it's no secret I'm a TrueCrypt fanboy so this will be a tad biased, but please hang with me."

Since 2004, TrueCrypt has been the go to OTF encryption tool and has served probably millions of users (myself included). TrueCrypt had been in active development getting to version 7.1a when, on May 28, 2014, truecrypt.org displayed a very odd message warning of the insecurity of the software.

Although no one knows for sure why the develops suddenly stopped (although there are a few conspiracy theories), we do know that TrueCrypt is still safe.


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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Update: Brief Hiatus

Just a quick update for everyone from my phone: I'm experiencing slight computer problems and thus I need to get those resolved before I can return to any kind of normality.

Thanks for understanding.