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"though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not its own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth"
"if by supporting the rights of mankind... I shall contribute to save from the agonies of death one unfortunate victim of tyranny, or of ignorance, equally fatal, his blessing and tears of transport will be a sufficient consolation to me for the contempt of all mankind."-Marchese di Beccaria
"Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder."
Watch Dogs allows players to hack into cell phones, ATMs, drawbridges, even helicopters. Through cameras and laptops and televisions players can peer into someone’s fictional files and bedrooms to wholly envelope the lives of others. The game’s primary goal is to track down the killers of Aiden’s niece and halt a potential evil of the all-seeing corporation. That’s much apparent after recent interview with ubisoft members and an exclusive 2 hour peak at the game.
The idea here is they’re teaching you to hack and then to become the ultimate voyer in other people’s lives, including their bedrooms, by hacking into their phones; everything that we talked about, when I said that hey ‘how many times do you go to bed at night and have a conversation with your wife?’ And you put this, your iPad or phone in the docking station right there at the edge of your bed. This game is teaching you to hack into right here, whatever is docked in your bedroom. What the heck is wrong with us, what is wrong with us, what are we thinking. We are inviting this into our homes and our lives. We are teaching our kids [voyeurism] for entertainment purposes.
Last night I had a conversation with Raife… Now he’s not playing video games at home, he’s playing video games when he goes to his friend’s house. No video games. [Is Glenn’s rule as a parent]. And you know, you just get worn down. What are you gonna do? Stop seeing friends? Stop going over to people’s houses?… We want to believe that somehow or another it’s going to be okay. Somehow or another it’s going to be okay. It’s just ‘not our kid’. I can’t tell you that. I don’t know. It could be your kid. It could be Pat’s kid, it could be my kid. I don’t know, it could be all of our kids. We don’t know. And I sat down with my son and I said “these games rewire your brain”. We don’t even know what they do yet. This is brand new stuff. I told you yesterday that just reading your books on a [e]reader, changes the way you remember things. We are losing vital information and you know this to be true if you’ve used a reader instead of a hard bound book. When you use a reader, nothing looks different [but] you have no tactile memory… You can pick up a book, ‘oh I remember it was here hang on let me find it’ and you can find it. Try to do that with your reader. Without the highlights. You can’t, because you have no idea where in the book you saw it… and it is harming, just our memory; to be able to recall… Everyone wants to talk about guns. Everyone wants to talk about hollywood movies. Everyone wants to talk about the guys who made these video games. It’s not their fault. It’s not their fault… We’re addicted…
The first paragraph was plainly from an article Beck was reading fyi.
People who want to be outraged. People who are slaves to their confirmation bias. They will ignore the obvious. And they will not seek out previous arguments this discussion has been built upon.
Given this statement “The vast majority of studies conclude that there is a cause-and-effect relationship between media violence and real-life violence. This link is undeniable and incontestable.”
– American Academy of Pediatrics 1995
It is a reasonable conclusion to come to, that a game teaching voyerism should be of grave concern to parents.
given this statement “I’m a technology guy!… I don’t want the FDA of electronics, I don’t want anyone to have to put warning labels on it.”
– Glenn Beck
and this statement
"I don’t believe that violent video games can turn a normal kid into a cold-blooded killer. I don’t believe that watching violent TV shows can take a kid who loves his life and respects his family and turn him into a monster. I don’t believe that violent movies or music videos or rap songs can force kids to massacre their classmates. Because I don’t believe any of that, I also don’t think the answer is to ban video games or television shows or movies. I believe in the first amendment just as much as the second;”
why are all these gamers attacking Glenn??? With statements that can be explained away? Because they can, he’s an established punching bag, and associated his mud dragged name makes them feel like they have a stronger leg to stand on.
“Two percent of Americans think racism is the biggest problem in America.
Three percent believe that Paul McCartney died in a car crash in 1966 and was replaced with another look alike Beetle…”
“To put this fully into perspective, three years ago Media Matters did a list of ‘Glenn Beck’s top five conspiracies’. Today President Barack Obama is bombing Iraq to stop number one on that list. The Caliphate. They Listed it as your number one conspiracy theory, and we’re currently at war over it.”
Ted Nugent laughs at ‘journalists’ for stupidity of the slander/libel.
“Through no fault of their own, [the immigrant children] are caught in political crossfire. And while we continue to put pressure on Washington and change its course of lawlessness, we must also help. It is not either, or. It is both. We have to be active in the political game, and we must open our hearts.”
Immigration policy 100% aside, I’ve got to give Beck kudos for this. He’s organizing a significant effort to bring food, water, and toys to churches and other organizations caring for the undocumented immigrant children who have been such a regular feature of the news cycle lately.
I’ve not been a fan of Glenn Beck in the past, particularly during his time on Fox News. His style was hysterical; he was often misinformed; and he was hardly a voice for sensible and peaceful foreign policy.
In recent years, however, Beck seems to have swung toward a more libertarian position. He’s been honest about the fact that he’s still learning, which I appreciate.
And while many libertarians remain suspicious of him because of his past views, to the extent that Beck becomes more consistently pro-liberty, I applaud him. It’s not an easy thing to make such a dramatic philosophical shift with such a large audience watching. Nonetheless, I’m not big on talk radio, so I don’t really follow his work.
Now, back to this quote. I’m not fully informed on Glenn Beck’s immigration policy. It’s probably not the same as my own preferences. And I can’t know all his exact motives for this plan to help. But what he’s doing here is fantastic. Beck is using his enormous network to bring real help to people in need regardless of what the government does or what their legal situation is. I love it on a political and theological level both.
It’s voluntarism. It’s serving the “least of these.” It’s awesome.
“[This is] not a lecture, not a rant, no scolding,” Beck began. “Just a conversation from one parent to another: dad to dad, man to man, heart to heart.”
“So you know up front, while I am against illegal immigration, I believe in justice,” Beck told the parents of Latin America. “I also believe in mercy and I, as a private citizen, have decided to use my resources to go down to the border where your children, perhaps, are being held in churches. They are being held, quite honestly … in squalor.”
“But I, my viewers, and my listeners, have raised over $2 million to bring your children a teddy bear or a soccer ball,” Beck remarked. “We have brought shoes, and we are bringing over a million dollars worth of food, as well. … I believe deeply in God and I believe if I can’t help your child, I’m going to be held responsible for it.”
Beck said many in Central and South America have probably heard that America is “the land of milk and honey,” and he won’t deny that.
“But I will tell you that milk and honey does not make a family,” Beck said, his voice beginning to shake. “Even though you may face the unimaginable, your child will be possibly much worse off making the treacherous journey through Mexico to the United States.”
Beck highlighted the physical dangers of the journey, saying the children are “lucky to make it alive” if they survive the “death trains” and extreme terrain.
“Others are not abandoned,” Beck continued. “They are targeted, boys and girls, both, and their humanness stripped from them, their dignity, their worth is robbed from them as they are sold into sex slavery.”
Beck spoke about his friend Tim Ballard of Operation Underground Railroad, who he has worked with to free children from sex slavery word-wide.
“I can’t imagine what your child will be feeling,” Beck said. “I can’t imagine what goes through the minds of these children who are trapped and scared — offered up as a prize for the slime of humanity to abuse and throw away.”
“You can’t comfort them,” Beck continued. “You can’t answer their cries. They are alone. They are alone, except for their God. That is not a better life.”
“I believe that the Lord God almighty gave us our children personally, and it is our job to care for and nurture them, to love them, to experience the joy of seeing them grow,” Beck said. “You are not giving them a better life if you are not part of it, no matter where they are.”
“The hope of liberty had always been allowed to the slave to cheer the hardships of his condition. But the Americans of the South are well aware that emancipation cannot but be dangerous, when the freed man can never be assimilated to his former master. To give a man his freedom, and to leave him in wretchedness and ignominy, is nothing less than to prepare a future chief for a revolt of the slaves. Moreover, it has long been remarked that the presence of a free negro vaguely agitates the minds of his less fortunate brethren, and conveys to them a dim notion of their rights. The Americans of the South have consequently taken measures to prevent slave-owners from emancipating their slaves in most cases; not indeed by a positive prohibition, but by subjecting that step to various forms which it is difficult to comply with.”