Is God Libertarian?

‘Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law’ is the often misinterpreted saying of one Aleister Crowley. He did not mean ‘Ah sod it, just do what the hell you like’. He meant, roughly, ‘Attempt to achieve those things you feel you should achieve’. Maybe that’s not the best way of putting it. Maybe the original quote was the best way after all.

Modern Pagans (some versions) have something similar – ‘An’ it harm none, do as thou will’, which is perhaps a little clearer. Do whatever you want as long as you cause no harm to anyone else.

Mainstream religions, as far as I can discover, have no equivalent to either of those sayings. They are all based on a great big sign saying ‘Obey, or be damned forever’.

Which is Libertarian? I doubt anyone needs it explained.

The last few random and often wandering babbles have been skirting around an underlying point. One hinted at in the middle by the mention of Alex Jones, the groaning fighter for everyone’s freedoms – except the ones he doesn’t like. In Alex Jones’ Libertarianism, everyone should have freedom except smokers. He doesn’t like smokers. They are not real people in the eyes of the antismoker so do not deserve even one single meeting place where they can have a drink and a smoke and not be forced into another lifestyle.

God, Allah, whatever you want to call him, is not a Libertarian. Okay, even Libertarians can agree with some of those commandments. No killing, no stealing, no fraud (‘false witness’), that sort of thing. All perfectly legitimate and justifiably enforceable rules. We might want anarchy but we don’t want to live in bloody chaos. Letting everyone make their own decisions can only work where there are real consequences for those decisions that cause harm to others.

Religion demands much more. You must live as directed, down (in some cases) to minute details such as how you wash and how you dress. Who you associate with and what foods you can eat. All those not of your religion are Wrong and must be shown the error of their ways. That is not libertarianism.

Neither is the Dawkins version of ‘atheism’ which really should come down to ‘You believe it if you like, I have other stuff to do over here so if you don’t mind, just leave me alone, okay?’ but that is no longer what atheism is. Now it is big signs on buses, and books and meetings and derision aimed at those who beleive differently and a determination to convince the world that all religion is Wrong because they do not think the atheist way. That is why I no longer refer to myself as atheist. I am an apathist.

In the past I have defined ‘apathist’ as ‘there may or may not be a God, I don’t care’ but it is perhaps more accurately defined as ‘I don’t care what you believe and have no interest in changing your mind’.

Evolution does not disprove God. All it disproves is the 6000-year limit imposed as the age of the Earth. There are no dates in the Bible. None. The 6000 years was the invention of a man, working with an incomplete manuscript. We know the early Church edited the Bible and took out quite a few books it didn’t like. Some of those books are found but how many more were there, that have not been found? Adding up all the ages of the Biblical past is going to have some very large gaps in the sum.

Also, I cannot fathom why the religious will insist that Adam counted his age from the date of his creation. He had no knowledge of numbers until he ate of the Tree of Knowledge. He lived in a perfect garden with no seasons so had no means to keep track of years. He was immortal so had no reason to keep track of anything. If his age counts from the date he learned about age and years and seasons and the rest of the world, and was then summarily expelled into it, there is no limit to how long he would have been in Eden. That alone would demolish the 6000 years argument and end the bickering about evolution.

Is Science better? In theory, yes. In practice it is exactly the same. You won’t believe the trouble I had publishing my work on oxygen levels in the intestine back in the 1990s. ‘There is no oxygen in the intestine’ was the mantra. There isn’t much, it’s true, and it declines to zero in the middle of the intestine, away from that vast surface area of the blood-infused gut wall, but it is there and it is measurable. And it matters. In terms of gut bacterial metabolism and the location of species within the digesta, it matters a lot. Yet I came up against idiot reviewers who tried to convert my mmol/l figures into Pascals and claimed that my trace detections were greater than atmospheric oxygen. One particularly daft professor claimed that oxygen could not possibly transfer from the blood to the intestinal contents because haemoglobin bound oxygen too tightly for it to be released… which makes blood pretty damn usless for supplying internal organs with oxygen.

I won in the end, but that’s all in the past now.

Incidentally, one of my PhD supervisors came up with a real outside-the-box gadget for measuring nanomolar levels of oxygen. A membrane-covered tiny cell filled with a culture of Vibrio fischeri on the end of an optical fibre linked to a photomultiplier. V. fischeri is one of the bacteria that makes the sea glow at night. I’ve seen that and it’s amazing.  It produces light depending on how much oxygen is around, and it’ll produce light in direct relation to how much oxygen there is – even at extremely low levels. There were many brilliant people in science in the past. That was before the political grant-suckers took control.

Science should be a perfect example of libertarianism but it is infested with control freaks and idiots and dogmatic fools. In some parts it still works but a lot of it is now no better than religion. Believe in the Established Way and do not dare question the Hallowed Ones.

I try to be Libertarian, ever since I heard about the concept on Devil’s Kitchen and realised that mostly I was already there anyway. I really don’t care if people want to believe in Salvation after death. It does not harm me. It does not even harm me when various religions want to chat with me at my door or in the street. If I have no time I just say ‘No time, sorry’ and carry on. If I have time I will hear what they have to say. None have convinced me but to my mind, they should always be free to try. The Dawkins Cult would not allow them that freedom.

Science can claim that living this way or that way is bad for us and should be free to say it. As we should be free to ignore it or to take it on board, judge the risk and either change or carry on as before. Science and especially political pseudoscience should have no power to impose their way of life on the rest of us. The Scientific Inquisition is now a reality in almost every GP’s surgery. Is that what we want?

That is the result of selective libertarianism. ‘Everyone should be free to live as they wish except…’

Libertarianism is an absolute. You are or you are not. There is no middle road.

I do not agree with UKIP’s curbs on immigration. There is no need. All we have to do is stop paying them to come. The problem is not immigration, it is benefits and free healthcare for any bugger from anywhere on the planet. Someone comes here for a better life and is prepared to work for it, fine. Someone comes here for a free house, free money and the right to force us to live like the place they ‘escaped’ from, stop giving them freebies and they won’t come. It’s not rocket science.

I do not rail against religion because I cannot prove that religion is wrong.  I do not believe but am I right to not believe? I don’t know for sure. Can anyone provide absolute proof that I am right to not believe? Nobody can. One day I will find out and it will either be oblivion or a very, very red face.

Even antismokers have the right to be sanctimonious gits. When they impose their views by closing all options to us they violate that ultimately libertarian ‘An’ it harm none…’ principle and shift into totalitarianism.

So what’s it going to be then, droogies? Are we libertarians or are we ‘libertarians except for the ones we don’t approve of’? Are we humans or are we Nazis? No in between there is, young Jedi.

Either we accept that other people are different and might sincerely hold beliefs we might personally find mad, or we try to force others to believe as we do.

There is no in between.

Which world do you want?

 

 

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15 thoughts on “Is God Libertarian?

  1. “I do not agree with UKIP’s curbs on immigration. There is no need. All we have to do is stop paying them to come. The problem is not immigration, it is benefits and free healthcare for any bugger from anywhere on the planet. Someone comes here for a better life and is prepared to work for it, fine. Someone comes here for a free house, free money and the right to force us to live like the place they ‘escaped’ from, stop giving them freebies and they won’t come. It’s not rocket science.”

    That, plus, idiots like Abu Panda, who publicly proclaim they want to kill us or convert us all to Islam, deport them with the biggest trebuchet ever made, which should be built at Dover. (I reckon with modern composite materials like CF and kevlar you could make a huge fucker today, should be able to launch a cow or an idiot pretty much to the middle east)

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    • Public proclamation of intent to kill should result in arrest and charge. Especially where it is done repeatedly.

      That doesn’t happen – unless some native Brit makes a casual remark on Twitter…

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  2. ATHEISTS ARE THE LEAST LIBERTARIAN

    Do ‘atheists’ think of themselves as libertarian? There are campaigns at the Humanist and Secular societies to ban various concepts, like faith schools. Except that every school will be a faith school, based on their atheism/Paganism.

    Some people shout about getting religion out of schools. What they mean is get Christianity out of schools. There’s still plenty of religion there.

    I read yesterday that everybody has a need to worship something. I don’t disbelieve it.

    Despite ‘atheists’ making up a fraction of the population, they think they can boss everyone else around.

    Someone at Frank’s linked to this blog post yesterday: If You Disagree You Are Full Of Hate, You Bigot. He writes,

    “Remember that Colorado bakery who refused to bake a cake for a homosexual couple? So-called same-sex marriage is illegal in Colorado, incidentally. No matter. The government said the man must still bake the cake in spite of his religious beliefs. And that he must undergo “sensitivity training”, which is the current euphemism for Reeducation Camp.”

    The story in which these homosexuals take the hump shows how far some governments will go to attack an individual’s precious conscience because they worship ‘equality’ which means someone’s sex life (if you call that sex) is valued much higher than a conscience. This is how out of touch these people are who think they own ‘reason’.

    A conscience is far more important than allegedly causing a few seconds of ‘offence’.

    Not only that:

    “In its decision, the panel required Phillips to submit quarterly reports for two years that show how he has worked to change discriminatory practices by altering company policies and training employees. Phillips also must disclose the names of any clients who are turned away.”

    He is not planning on complying.

    But he is up against religious fundamentalist ‘atheists’ in the seats of power. If there really is a human’s need to worship, it explains why militant ‘atheists’ get so protective of their beliefs and want to spread them by force – because they can.

    I vote ‘atheists’ as the least libertarian inhabitant of earth. Even Muslim regimes will allow ‘dhimmis’ certain rights according to their way of life.

    You could argue that atheism IS Paganism, but that’s a whole other topic.

    Other people worship the earth and believe every word of climate ‘science’ and get very angry if you don’t. Some even demand ‘climate change denial’ be made a criminal offence. It is blasphemy to them. They have even banned us from having patio heaters and non-toxic light bulbs to appease their green god(dess).

    As a believer in Christ, I’m pretty libertarian. If everyone followed His laws then we’d all get along far better than we do now and that’s a fact, but I feel no need to demand that ‘atheists’ accept my beliefs – or else. It doesn’t work that way, anyway.

    The c6,000 year Biblical span is based on the genealogy, which I think is pretty accurate. True, we don’t know how long Eden was inhabited before Adam and Eve became as gods, knowing good and evil. But no Christian should believe the Theory of Evolution. Actually, no logical, rational person who has studied it and really considered it should. As for Christians, the order is wrong and also, with God being all-knowing, he is a genetics expert, so to create man in His image would obviously be a doddle, as well as providing us with the trees we needed for shelter and heat and gorgeous things to eat and amazing animals.

    But, yes, Constantine and his cronies decided which books to include in the Bible. I think this has to be looked at. Of course, people can read the other scriptures themselves, but few do.

    So, as a Christian, I would probably not be considered a libertarian by ‘atheists’ because I am against abortion (thou shalt not kill) and like the baker, “gay marriage”. But so is UKIP against SSM.

    Another question is – can you really have a libertarian society? Would it work? We allegedly live in a ‘democracy’. But we don’t. We live in a demagoguecracy (rule by emotion rather than reason).

    And who wants to live in a democracy anyway? 51% of the people telling the other 49% how to live. Two wolves and a sheep discussing what’s for dinner, etc.

    The US had it right with the Constitution and Bill of Rights (as with our old English/British versions) wherewith we are endowed with inalienable rights which cannot be changed because of delicate flowers who feel ‘offended’ or anything else which comes along.

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    • I don’t know if a ‘libertarian society’ is possible. The Libertarian Party failed, remember, because it was made of individuals. To get any kind of party together you need some leaders and an awful lot of people who are prepared to follow those leaders. Libertarians just won’t stay in line long enough to do it.

      You could get a faux-libertarian society where you convince a bunch of drones to follow you becasue of your libertarianism. The drones are still drones, they still want to be followers, but they would be the followers who pretty much want their government to deal with infrastructure and leave their personal lives alone.

      Evolution – I don’t ‘believe’ in it either. I haven’t studied it in great detail because it’s not in my area of science, It’s a good idea backed up by a lot of evidence but has yet to provide absolute proof. Also, as someone else said, it’s not really science in that it is purely historical and not predictive. Plate tectonics can predict where the continets will slide to by next week (a few millimetres or so to the left) but evolution cannot predict what the next species will be.

      Nonetheless, it is a coherent theory and the best science has at the moment.

      As for those missing books of the Bible, I have copies here.

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  3. Bugger. Stuart, I actually like you. But notwithstanding, I reckon you are madder than mad Jack MacMad on a particularly mad day. Clearly you believe what you spout, and for that you deserve some credit. But modern scientific thought seems to have bypassed you somehow. I’m bewildered how someone can believe that the earth is 6,000 years old. That takes some doing considering the overwhelming evidence to the contrary. This time I read your mixture, in its entirety. In future, keep your musings, shorter. Less is more and there is much to be achieved with succinctness and restrained brevity. Mad old sausage, that you are.

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    • What is the evidence? You never say anything that’s not an insult or about the Inquisition. I know what I’m talking about. You don’t. And I don’t write to be liked, but to try and get some truth into thick skulls.

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      • Anti-religionists (who are not necessarily atheist or agnostic) need thick skulls precisely to fend off the bullshit projected by Creationists and other scripture-slaves. Look around you, Cowan, FFS just look around you! Does it look designed to you? Haemorrhoids, tsunamis, hardened earwax, myxamatosis, meteorites, … and why do we need so many species of humming bird?
        Doryfera
        johannae Blue-fronted Lancebill
        ludovicae Green-fronted Lancebill

        Androdon
        aequatorialis Tooth-billed Hummingbird

        Ramphodon
        naevius Saw-billed Hermit

        Glaucis
        *dohrnii Hook-billed Hermit
        aenea Bronzy Hermit
        hirsuta Rufous-breasted Hermit

        Threnetes
        niger Sooty Barbthroat
        loehkeni Bronze-tailed Barbthroat
        leucurus Pale-tailed Barbthroat
        ruckeri Band-tailed Barbthroat

        Phaethornis
        yaruqui White-whiskered Hermit
        guy Green Hermit
        syrmatophorus Tawny-bellied Hermit
        superciliosus Long-tailed Hermit
        malaris Great-billed Hermit
        margarettae Margaretta Hermit
        eurynome Scale-throated Hermit
        *nigrirostris Black-billed Hermit
        hispidus White-bearded Hermit
        anthophilus Pale-bellied Hermit
        bourcieri Straight-billed Hermit
        philippii Needle-billed Hermit
        squalidus Dusky-throated Hermit
        augusti Sooty-capped Hermit
        pretrei Planalto Hermit
        subochraceus Buff-bellied Hermit
        nattereri Cinnamon-throated Hermit
        maranhaoensis Maranhao Hermit
        gounellei Broad-tipped Hermit
        ruber Reddish Hermit
        stuarti White-browed Hermit
        griseogularis Gray-chinned Hermit
        longuemareus Little Hermit
        idaliae Minute Hermit

        Eutoxeres
        aquila White-tipped Sicklebill
        condamini Buff-tailed Sicklebill

        Phaeochroa
        cuvierii Scaly-breasted Hummingbird

        Campylopterus
        curvipennis Wedge-tailed Sabrewing
        largipennis Gray-breasted Sabrewing
        rufus Rufous Sabrewing
        hyperythrus Rufous-breasted Sabrewing
        duidae Buff-breasted Sabrewing
        hemileucureus Violet Sabrewing
        *ensipennis White-tailed Sabrewing
        falcatus Lazuline Sabrewing
        phainopeplus Santa Marta Sabrewing
        villaviscensio Napo Sabrewing

        Eupetomena
        macroura Swallow-tailed Hummingbird

        Florisuga
        mellivora White-necked Jacobin

        Melanotrochilus
        fuscus Black Jacobin

        Colibri
        delphinae Brown Violet-ear
        thalassinus Green Violet-ear
        coruscans Sparkling Violet-ear
        serrirostris White-vented Violet-ear

        Anthracothorax
        viridigula Green-throated Mango
        prevostii Green-breasted Mango
        nigricollis Black-throated Mango
        veraguensis Veraguan Mango
        dominicus Antillean Mango
        viridis Green Mango
        mango Jamaican Mango

        Avocettula
        recurvirostris Fiery-tailed Awlbill

        Eulampis
        holosericeus Green-throated Carib
        jugularis Purple-throated Carib

        Chrysolampis
        mosquitus Ruby-topaz Hummingbird

        Orthorhyncus
        cristatus Antillean Crested Hummingbird

        Klais
        guimeti Violet-headed Hummingbird

        Abeillia
        abeillei Emerald-chinned Hummingbird

        Stephanoxis
        lalandi Black-breasted Plovercrest

        Lophornis
        ornata Tufted Coquette
        gouldii Dot-eared Coquette
        magnifica Frilled Coquette
        delattrei Rufous-crested Coquette
        stictolopha Spangled Coquette
        melaniae Dusky Coquette
        chalybea Festive Coquette
        pavonina Peacock Coquette
        insignibarbis Bearded Coquette

        Paphosia
        helenae Black-crested Coquette
        adorabilis White-crested Coquette

        Popelairia
        popelairii Wire-crested Thorntail
        langsdorffi Black-bellied Thorntail
        *letitiae Coppery Thorntail
        conversii Green Thorntail

        Discosura
        longicauda Racket-tailed Coquette

        Chlorestes
        notatus Blue-chinned Sapphire

        Chlorostilbon
        mellisugus Blue-tailed Emerald
        aureoventris Glittering Emerald
        canivetti Fork-tailed Emerald
        ricordii Cuban Emerald
        swainsonii Hispaniolan Emerald
        maugaeus Puerto-Rican Emerald
        gibsoni Red-billed Emerald
        russatus Coppery Emerald
        inexpectatus Berlepsch Emerald
        stenura Narrow-tailed Emerald
        alice Green-tailed Emerald
        poortmani Short-tailed Emerald
        auratus Cabanis Emerald

        Cynanthus
        sordidus Dusky Hummingbird
        latirostris Broad-billed Hummingbird

        Ptochoptera
        iolaima Natterer Emerald

        Cyanophaia
        bicolor Blue-headed Hummingbird

        Thalurania
        furcata Crowned Woodnymph
        watertonii Long-tailed Woodnymph
        glaucopis Violet-capped Woodnymph
        lerchi Lerch Woodnymph

        Augasmall
        cyaneoberyllina Berlioz Woodnymph
        smaragdinea Emerald Woodnymph

        Neolesbia
        nehrkorni Nehrkorn Hummingbird

        Panterpe
        insignis Fiery-throated Hummingbird

        Damophila
        julie Violet-bellied Hummingbird

        Lepidopyga
        coeruleogularis Sapphire-throated Hummingbird
        *lilliae Sapphire-bellied Hummingbird
        goudoti Shining-green Hummingbird

        Hylocharis
        (Basilinna)
        xantusii Black-fronted Hummingbird
        leucotis White-eared Hummingbird
        (Hylocharis)
        eliciae Blue-throated Goldentail
        sapphirina Rufous-throated Sapphire
        cyanus White-chinned Sapphire
        pyropygia Flame-rumped Sapphire
        chrysura Gilded Hummingbird
        (Eucephala)
        grayi Blue-headed Sapphire

        Chrysuronia
        oenone Golden-tailed Sapphire

        Goldmania
        violiceps Violet-capped Hummingbird

        Goethalsia
        bella Pirre Hummingbird

        Trochilus
        polytmus Western Streamertail
        scitulus Eastern Streamertail

        Leucochloris
        albicollis White-throated Hummingbird

        Polytmus
        guainumbi White-tailed Goldenthroat
        milleri Tepui Goldenthroat
        theresiae Green-tailed Goldenthroat

        Leucippus
        fallax Buffy Hummingbird
        baeri Tumbes Hummingbird
        taczanowskii Spot-throated Hummingbird
        chlorocercus Olive-spotted Hummingbird

        Taphrospilus
        hypostictus Many-spotted Hummingbird

        Amazilia
        (Chionogaster)
        chionogaster White-bellied Hummingbird
        viridicauda Green-and-white Hummingbird
        (Polyerata)
        candida White-bellied Emerald
        chionopectus White-chested Emerald
        versicolor Versicolored Emerald
        *luciae Honduras Emerald
        fimbriata Glittering-throated Emerald
        *distans Tachira Emerald
        lactea Sapphire-spangled Emerald
        amabilis Blue-chested Hummingbird
        cyaneotincta Blue-spotted Hummingbird
        rosenbergi Purple-chested Hummingbird
        *boucardi Mangrove Hummingbird
        franciae Andean Emerald
        leucogaster Plain-bellied Emerald
        cyanocephala Red-billed Azurecrown
        microrhyncha Small-billed Azurecrown
        (Saucerottia)
        cyanifrons Indigo-capped Hummingbird
        beryllina Berylline Hummingbird
        cyanura Blue-tailed Hummingbird
        saucerrottei Steely-vented Hummingbird
        tobaci Copper-rumped Hummingbird
        viridigaster Green-bellied Hummingbird
        edward Snowy-breasted Hummingbird
        (Amazilia)
        rutila Cinnamon Hummingbird
        yucatanensis Buff-bellied Hummingbird
        tzacatl Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
        handleyi Escudo Hummingbird
        *castaneiventris Chestnut-bellied Hummingbird
        amazilia Amazilia Hummingbird
        viridifron Green-fronted Hummingbird
        violiceps Violet-crowned Hummingbird

        Eupherusa
        *poliocerca White-tailed Hummingbird
        eximia Stripe-tailed Hummingbird
        *cyanophrys Blue-capped Hummingbird
        nigriventris Black-bellied Hummingbird

        Elvira
        chionura White-tailed Emerald
        cupreiceps Coppery-headed Emerald

        Microchera
        albocoronata Snowcap

        Chalybura
        buffonii White-vented Plumeleteer
        urochrysia Bronze-tailed Plumeleteer

        Aphantochroa
        cirrochloris Sombre Hummingbird

        Lampornis
        clemenciae Blue-throated Hummingbird
        amethystinus Amethyst-throated Hummingbird
        viridipallens Green-throated Mountain-gem
        hemileucus White-bellied Mountain-gem
        castaneoventris White-throated Mountain-gem
        cinereicauda Gray-tailed Mountain-gem

        Lamprolaima
        rhami Garnet-throated Hummingbird

        Adelomyia
        melanogenys Speckled Hummingbird

        Anthocephala
        floriceps Blossomcrown

        Urosticte
        benjamini Whitetip

        Phlogophilus
        hemileucurus Eucadorean Piedtail
        harterti Peruvian Piedtail

        Clytolaema
        rubricauda Brazilian Ruby

        Polyplancta
        aurescens Gould Jewelfront

        Heliodoxa
        rubinoides Fawn-breasted Brilliant
        leadbeateri Violet-fronted Brilliant
        jacula Green-crowned Brilliant
        xanthogonys Velvet-browed Brilliant
        schreibersii Black-throated Brilliant
        gularis Pink-throated Brilliant
        branickii Rufous-webbed Brilliant
        imperatrix Empress Brilliant

        Eugenes
        fulgens Magnificent Hummingbird

        Hylonympha
        *macrocerca Scissor-tailed Hummingbird

        Sternoclyta
        cyanopectus Violet-chested Hummingbird

        Topaza
        pella Crimson Topaz
        pyra Fiery Topaz

        Oreotrochilus
        melanogaster Black-breasted Hillstar
        estella Andean Hillstar
        leucopleurus White-sided Hillstar
        adela Wedge-tailed Hillstar

        Urochroa
        bougueri White-tailed Hillstar

        Patagona
        gigas Giant Hummingbird

        Aglaeactis
        cupripennis Shining Sunbeam
        *aliciae Purple-backed Sunbeam
        castelnaudii White-tufuted Sunbeam
        pamela Black-hooded Sunbeam

        Lafresnaya
        lafresnayi Mountain Velvetbreast

        Pterophanes
        cyanopterus Great Sapphirewing

        Coeligena
        coeligena Bronzy Inca
        wilsoni Brown Inca
        *prunellei Black Inca
        torquata Collared Inca
        phalerata White-tailed Starfrontlet
        bonapartei Golden-bellied Starfrontlet
        orina Dusky Starfrontlet
        helianthea Blue-throated Starfrontlet
        lutetiae Buff-winged Starfrontlet
        violifer Violet-throated Starfrontlet
        iris Rainbow Starfrontlet

        Ensifera
        ensifera Sword-billed Hummingbird

        Sephanoides
        sephanoides Green-backed Firecrown
        *fernandensis Juan Fernandez Firecrown

        Boissonneaua
        flavescens Buff-tailed Coronet
        matthewsii Chestnut-breasted Coronet
        hardini Velvet-purple Coronet

        Heliangelus
        mavors Orange-throated Sunangel
        spencei Merida Sunangel
        amethysticollis Amethyst-throated Sunangel
        strophianus Gorgeted Sunangel
        exortis Tourmaline Sunangel
        viola Purple-throated Sunangel
        micraster Little Sunangel
        squamigularis Olive-throated Sunangel
        speciosa Green-throated Sunangel
        rothschildi Rothschild Sunangel
        luminosus Glistening Sunangel
        regalis Royal Sunangel
        zusii Bogota Sunangel

        Ericnemis
        *nigrivestis Black-breasted Puffleg
        soderstromi Soderstrom Puffleg
        vestitus Glowing Puffleg
        *godini Turquoise-throated Puffleg
        cupreoventris Coppery-bellied Puffleg
        luciani Sapphire-vented Puffleg
        isaacsonii Isaacson Puffleg
        mosquera Golden-breasted Puffleg
        glaucopoides Blue-capped Puffleg
        *mirabilis Colorful Puffleg
        alinae Emerald-bellied Puffleg
        *derbyi Black-thighed Puffleg

        Haplophaedia
        aureliae Greenish Puffleg
        *lugens Hoary Puffleg

        Ocreatus
        underwoodii Booted Racket-tail

        Lesbia
        victortiae Black-tailed Trainbearer
        nuna Green-tailed Trainbearer

        Sappho
        sparganura Red-tailed Comet

        Polyonymus
        caroli Bronze-tailed Comet

        Zodalia
        glyceria Purple-tailed Comet

        Ramphomicron
        microrhynchum Purple-backed Thornbill
        dorsale Black-backed Thornbill

        Metallura
        phoebe Black Metaltail
        theresiae Coppery Metaltail
        purpureicauda Purple-tailed Thornbill
        aeneocauda Scaled Metaltail
        *baroni Violet-throated Metaltail
        eupogon Fire-throated Metaltail
        williami Viridian Metaltail
        tyrianthina Tyrian Metaltail
        iracunda Perija Metaltail

        Chalcostigma
        ruficeps Rufous-capped Thronbill
        olivaceum Olivaceous Thornbill
        stanleyi Blue-mantled Thornbill
        heteropogon Bronze-tailed Thornbill
        herrani Rainbow-bearded Thornbill

        Oxypogon
        guerinii Bearded Helmetcrest

        Opisthoprora
        euryptera Mountain Avocetbill

        Taphrolesbia
        *griseiventris Gray-bellied Comet

        Aglaiocercus
        kingi Long-tailed Sylph
        coelestis Violet-tailed Sylph

        Oreonympha
        nobilis Bearded Mountaineer

        Augastes
        *scutatus Hyacinth Visorbearer
        lumachellus Hooded Visorbearer

        Schistes
        geoffroyi Wedge-billed Hummingbird

        Heliothryx
        barroti Purple-crowned Fairy
        aurita Black-eared Fairy

        Heliactin
        cornuta Horned Sungem

        Loddigesia
        *mirabilis Marvelous Spatuletail

        Heliomaster
        constantii Plain-capped Starthroat
        longirostris Long-billed Starthroat
        squamosus Stripe-breasted Starthroat
        furcifer Blue-tufted Starthroat

        Rhodopis
        vesper Oasis Hummingbird

        Thaumastura
        cora Peruvian Sheartail

        Philodice
        mitchellii Purple-throated Woodstar

        Doricha
        enicura Slender Sheartail
        eliza Mexican Sheartail

        Tilmatura
        dupontii Sparkling-tailed Hummingbird

        Microstilbon
        burmeisteri Slender-tailed Woodstar

        Calothorax
        lucifer Lucifer Hummingbird
        pulcher Beautiful Hummingbird

        Archilochus
        colubris Ruby-throated Hummingbird
        alexandri Black-chinned Hummingbird

        Calliphlox
        evelynae Bahama Woodstar
        bryantae Magenta-throated Woodstar
        amethystina Amethyst Woodstar

        Mellisuga
        minima Vervain Hummingbird
        *helenae Bee Hummingbird

        Calypte
        anna Anna’s Hummingbird
        costae Costa’s Hummingbird

        Stellula
        calliope Calliope Hummingbird

        Atthis
        heloisa Bumblebee Hummingbird
        ellioti Wine-throated Hummingbird

        Myrtis
        fanny Purple-collared Woodstar

        Eulidia
        *yarrellii Chilean Woodstar

        Myrmia
        micrura Short-tailed Woodstar

        Acestrura
        mulsant White-bellied Woodstar
        decorata Decorated Woodstar
        *bombus Little Woodstar
        heliodor Gorgeted Woodstar
        *berlepschi Esmeralda Woodstar
        harterti Hartert Woodstar

        Chaetocercus
        jourdanii Rufous-shafted Woodstar

        Selasphorus
        platycercus Broad-tailed Hummingbird
        rufus Rufous Hummingbird
        sasin Allen’s Hummingbird
        flammula Volcano Hummingbird
        torridus Heliotrope-throated Hummingbird
        simoni Cerise-throated Hummingbird
        *ardens Glow-throated Hummingbird
        scintilla Scintillant Hummingbird

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  4. Alex Jones is a bit of an odd one. I have been a listener for many years now (since about 2002) and Jones actually does still smoke every now and again, when he does occasionally demonize smokers he is doing it to promote something that he is selling.

    He does talk a lot of truth but he has such a drive for selling things that he will demonize anything in order to get a sale. He’s sell his own granny for a few bucks.

    He’s still worth listening to though despite all his faults. 🙂

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  5. “Mainstream religions, as far as I can discover, have no equivalent to either of those sayings. They are all based on a great big sign saying ‘Obey, or be damned forever’.

    Just obeying, doing good works, is not enough.
    Faith, not good works, is what matters “lest any man should boast”.

    For most religious people on this Earth, ‘The Golden Rule’ and, the flip-side of it, the ‘Silver Rule’ of “Don’t do unto others what you do NOT want them to do unto you” is a condition of their beliefs.
    Golden Rule in Islam

    Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you.
    —Muhammad, The Farewell Sermon

    The Qur’an commends:

    “None of you [truly] believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.”
    —An-Nawawi’s Forty Hadith 13 (p. 56)

    This is a very ‘Libertarian’ concept.
    Some religion leaders seem to have gotten astray from that.

    As for ‘Evolution’, you are talking of a theory based on a very small sample size.

    It is based on observations made on one planet in one solar syatem in a Universe that contains about 90,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 such systems.

    Even if only one system per 1 billion had a life bearing planet, that leaves about 90,000,000,000,000 (90 trillion) such planets.

    It is based on a world in the visible matter area, 85% of the matter in the Universe is not ‘visible matter’.

    Visible matter is only about 2% of the ‘total’ content of the Universe.

    Non-dark and dark energy make up about 70% of the ‘total’ content of the Universe.

    If there are critters that are made of energy, they would be the dominent life form in the Universe.

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  6. As far as I know all religions seem to have a central shared theme. That is, be good and behave as best as you can when you are alive and that will get you into heaven which will be wonderful. Probably the best control ever conceived eh?

    With that as a starting point, and the guilt added on top so if you do something you have to atone, for some it’s pretty ideal life although it’s pretty dull.

    There was a period in my life when I tried various chapels, Salvation Army etc. and there was one I went to fairly often. The guy that ran it was pretty okay, down with the kids etc. anyway I went along with my girlfriend and some other teenagers. One Saturday I was going to a football match so I let everyone know I’d be late back and late to the chapel.

    It turned out that I got back earlier and went to the chapel about half an hour after it started but still much earlier than I said I would be. There was the main man chatting up my girlfriend and telling her to pack me in. This was a man of god apparently. Maybe he’d got muddled and thought he was god. He must have done because he was in his thirties and my girlfriend was 17.

    Religion works for some people and good for them. Libertarians probably a lot less so. Religion is far too much a tool of power which is there to subjugate people and to make them as passive as possible until their religion tells them to don weapons and fight the good fight.

    Sticking to my own principles of toleration, peace and self responsibility work fine for me. I don’t expect anyone to agree with me I just do my thing.

    Simples.

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  7. Labels not required here.
    Do no harm is as simple and effective as any ‘way of life mantra’ needs to be.
    All religions even the one truly global religion the, religion of authority are created by man. They are all designed to trap men and women into ‘taking sides’ as all religion needs a divide to enable it to conquer the mind and spirit of man and woman.

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