Get a Free Copy of J Neil Schulman’s The Heartmost Desire!


Novelist and filmmaker J. Neil Schulman is
offering free Kindle editions of his book The Heartmost Desire
through November 5.

From the Amazon description:

The Heartmost Desire is author/filmmaker J. Neil Schulman’s most
personal book, containing his manifesto for why liberty is
necessary for human self-realization and happiness, and his
autobiographical description of the experiences that led him from
atheism to God, but still relying on reason and rejecting religion,
scripture, and faith. 

More info on the book, including link to Amazon page, after the
jump.

From the preface and foreword by fellow Prometheus-award-winning
novelist, Brad Linaweaver: 

Over the years many fans of J. Neil Schulman have said they want
another book by him. Sometimes you get what you ask for … but
it’s not always what you think you want. 

Neil Schulman is one of those writers who doesn’t just write the
same book over and over and over. He writes a book when he has
something to say. 

Neil crams more into single paragraphs than other libertarians
put into entire boring tomes. He can rattle off more limitations on
our supposed free speech that most of us ever consider. He can
recite a list of cultural taboos to frighten the staunchest social
conservative. Neil is a libertarian. So why is he so often in hot
water with other libertarians, the natural audience for this book?
… 

A libertarian defends the right to be wrong. It takes a lot of
effort to initiate force or fraud. Short of that, the libertarian
is tolerant of actions that liberals and conservatives cannot
understand. But a libertarian also has the right to judge the value
of values. 

A libertarian can have common sense. He can weigh the good and
the bad in the shadowlands where ideas have yet to be put into
practice. There is one kind of libertarian who will derive no
benefit from the words that follow. That is someone who has no
heart. 

“The Lord ain’t my shepherd Cause I ain’t no sheep. I’m a god in
a body Not Little Bo Peep.” 
By Steven Vandervelde on September 4, 2013 
Review of J Neil Schulman’s new book, The Heartmost
Desire 

“The Lord ain’t my shepherd 
Cause I ain’t no sheep. 
I’m a god in a body 
Not Little Bo Peep.” 

What is the essence of the individual human identity? We might
call it the personality or the ego, that which makes me, me. Is it
any less real to call it the soul, the spirit or the divine spark?
I do not see why it should be, if we are talking about the same
thing. Thus, the above poem could be misleading to anyone who
decides not to read further. 

Schulman is a philosopher, not a theologian. He writes about his
own personal experience and his interpretation of that experience,
and never demands that we accept his view on faith. He is not
trying to create a cult following. He is attempting to open a
reasoned discussion. Basically, his is telling us a story, a story
about what happened to him, and what he thinks it means. We are
free to take it or leave it, to accept the possibility that he
believes what he is saying and not trying to fool us, or to refuse
to understand and misrepresent his intention, as, unfortunately,
many have done. 

In the end, it does not really matter if Neil’s personal
understanding of his experience is true or false. It is his
experience, not ours. What matters is how we chose to understand
what he is telling us. No understanding will be gained by a swift
and superficial reading of his thoughts. 

It is crystal clear to anyone who has written poetry, to anyone
how has written fiction, or told a story, that there are other
forms of communication besides solid logic and hard
reason. 

Imagination.


Get yer free copy here.

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Get a Free Copy of J Neil Schulman's The Heartmost Desire!


Novelist and filmmaker J. Neil Schulman is
offering free Kindle editions of his book The Heartmost Desire
through November 5.

From the Amazon description:

The Heartmost Desire is author/filmmaker J. Neil Schulman’s most
personal book, containing his manifesto for why liberty is
necessary for human self-realization and happiness, and his
autobiographical description of the experiences that led him from
atheism to God, but still relying on reason and rejecting religion,
scripture, and faith. 

More info on the book, including link to Amazon page, after the
jump.

From the preface and foreword by fellow Prometheus-award-winning
novelist, Brad Linaweaver: 

Over the years many fans of J. Neil Schulman have said they want
another book by him. Sometimes you get what you ask for … but
it’s not always what you think you want. 

Neil Schulman is one of those writers who doesn’t just write the
same book over and over and over. He writes a book when he has
something to say. 

Neil crams more into single paragraphs than other libertarians
put into entire boring tomes. He can rattle off more limitations on
our supposed free speech that most of us ever consider. He can
recite a list of cultural taboos to frighten the staunchest social
conservative. Neil is a libertarian. So why is he so often in hot
water with other libertarians, the natural audience for this book?
… 

A libertarian defends the right to be wrong. It takes a lot of
effort to initiate force or fraud. Short of that, the libertarian
is tolerant of actions that liberals and conservatives cannot
understand. But a libertarian also has the right to judge the value
of values. 

A libertarian can have common sense. He can weigh the good and
the bad in the shadowlands where ideas have yet to be put into
practice. There is one kind of libertarian who will derive no
benefit from the words that follow. That is someone who has no
heart. 

“The Lord ain’t my shepherd Cause I ain’t no sheep. I’m a god in
a body Not Little Bo Peep.” 
By Steven Vandervelde on September 4, 2013 
Review of J Neil Schulman’s new book, The Heartmost
Desire 

“The Lord ain’t my shepherd 
Cause I ain’t no sheep. 
I’m a god in a body 
Not Little Bo Peep.” 

What is the essence of the individual human identity? We might
call it the personality or the ego, that which makes me, me. Is it
any less real to call it the soul, the spirit or the divine spark?
I do not see why it should be, if we are talking about the same
thing. Thus, the above poem could be misleading to anyone who
decides not to read further. 

Schulman is a philosopher, not a theologian. He writes about his
own personal experience and his interpretation of that experience,
and never demands that we accept his view on faith. He is not
trying to create a cult following. He is attempting to open a
reasoned discussion. Basically, his is telling us a story, a story
about what happened to him, and what he thinks it means. We are
free to take it or leave it, to accept the possibility that he
believes what he is saying and not trying to fool us, or to refuse
to understand and misrepresent his intention, as, unfortunately,
many have done. 

In the end, it does not really matter if Neil’s personal
understanding of his experience is true or false. It is his
experience, not ours. What matters is how we chose to understand
what he is telling us. No understanding will be gained by a swift
and superficial reading of his thoughts. 

It is crystal clear to anyone who has written poetry, to anyone
how has written fiction, or told a story, that there are other
forms of communication besides solid logic and hard
reason. 

Imagination.


Get yer free copy here.

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Navy Commander Allegedly Swapped Confidential Info For Prostitutes, Brazil Acknowledges Spying on U.S. Diplomats, Negative Opinions of Obamacare Are Up: P.M. Links

  • According to court documents, Navy commander
    Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz
    passed confidential information
    to a company run by a Malaysian businessman nicknamed “Fat
    Leonard” in exchange for prostitutes and Lady Gaga tickets.
  • The Brazilian government, which has complained about the NSA’s
    behavior in the past, has acknowledged that
    Brazil’s intelligence agency has spied
    on American
    diplomats.

  • Only 35 percent
    of voters think that American elections are
    fair.
  • Negative opinions of
    Obamacare are up
    , with 53 percent of likely American voters
    saying they view the legislation at least somewhat unfavorably.
     

  • Twitter
    has raised the price range for its IPO to between $23
    and $25.
  • Some 1,500 pieces of artwork confiscated by
    the Nazis
    have been found in Munich. The collection reportedly
    includes pieces by Matisse and Picasso.

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Hillary’s Speaking Fee Reminds Us of Clinton Business History, Says Ira Stoll

The news that Hillary Clinton has earned what the
Washington Post characterized as “close to $500,000” for
two recent speeches to Goldman Sachs is generating a certain amount
of excitement. Ira Stoll says that after the Obama presidency,
perhaps Americans would find it refreshing to have a president,
like Hillary Clinton, who doesn’t seem hostile to business. Still,
voters will seek reassurance that Mrs. Clinton’s enthusiasm for
profits extends beyond those earned by her clients, her husband,
and herself.

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Hillary's Speaking Fee Reminds Us of Clinton Business History, Says Ira Stoll

The news that Hillary Clinton has earned what the
Washington Post characterized as “close to $500,000” for
two recent speeches to Goldman Sachs is generating a certain amount
of excitement. Ira Stoll says that after the Obama presidency,
perhaps Americans would find it refreshing to have a president,
like Hillary Clinton, who doesn’t seem hostile to business. Still,
voters will seek reassurance that Mrs. Clinton’s enthusiasm for
profits extends beyond those earned by her clients, her husband,
and herself.

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Las Vegas Cites Public Safety in Bid To Ban News Racks

The commission of Clark County,
Nevada is expected to make a decision about a proposed ban on news
racks on and around Las Vegas Boulevard. Although the government
says the racks are a safety issue, people are fighting back,
calling the proposal an affront to local businesses and First
Amendment-protected rights.

There are an estimated 311 news racks along the Las Vegas Strip,
as well as on cross streets, that could be eliminated. They feature
everything from magazines and tourist information to advertisements
for call girls. If the county commission has its way in a battle it
has been waging
for years
, the businesses that operate the racks would have to
remove them by Jan. 1.

Now, people are pushing back in defense of free speech, business
freedom, and common sense.

The Las Vegas Sun quotes one rack owner, Kathryn
Gentile, who
speculated
, “I don’t think it’s a secret that adult-oriented
businesses and advertisements have always been disfavored. I
believe this is simply another attempt to ban that and circumvent
the First Amendment.”

The ACLU is taking sides with Gentile. Allen Lichtenstein, the
general counsel of the ACLU’s Nevada branch
said
, “The biggest problem with the proposal is that it
completely does away with a particular mode of communication, not
just within a small area, but within a much wider area — the resort
corridor. They don’t really have a justification for getting rid of
this First Amendment outlet.” Lichtenstein also pointed out that
eliminating news racks will not eliminate sidewalk congestion.
Instead, the problem could be exacerbated by an influx of people
handing out ads to replace the stationary bins.

Erik Pappa, a county spokesperson
disagreed
, insisting that the issue was over safety. “We did
this pedestrian study… We had these guys look at pedestrian flow
up and down the Strip, and they found a bunch of bottlenecks. They
need to remove the obstructions.” He assured, “It’s strictly based
on the need to improve traffic flow because of the safety issues
involved,” he said.

“This is my livelihood. I was going to hand this down to my
kids. It’s a family-owned business,” explained another rack owner,
Eddie Munoz. He
told
the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he plans to
file a lawsuit if the commission approves the ban.

One could also question if this is the best allocation of time
and resources for the government to improve safety on the streets
of Las Vegas. After all, the city has nearly
double
the national median violent crime rate, and experiences
more than four times the number of crimes per mile as the national
median.

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Military and CIA Order Military Docs: Do Some Harm to Terror Suspects Via Torture

More reporting from the ethical and moral horror show of
America’s “war on terror,”
via the UK Guardian
:

Doctors and psychologists working for the US military violated
the ethical codes of their profession under instruction from the
defence department and the CIA to become involved in
the torture and degrading treatment of suspected terrorists, an
investigation has concluded.

The report of the Taskforce on Preserving Medical
Professionalism in National Security Detention Centres concludes
that after 9/11, health professionals working with the military and
intelligence services “designed and participated in cruel, inhumane
and degrading treatment and torture of detainees”.

Medical professionals were in effect told that their ethical
mantra “first do no harm” did not apply, because they were not
treating people who were ill.

The report lays blame primarily on the defence department (DoD)
and the CIA, which required their healthcare staff to put aside any
scruples in the interests of intelligence gathering and security
practices that caused severe harm to detainees, from waterboarding
to sleep deprivation and force-feeding.

The two-year review by the 19-member taskforce, Ethics Abandoned:
Medical Professionalism and Detainee Abuse in the War on Terror,
supported by the Institute
on Medicine as a Profession (IMAP)
 and the Open Society
Foundations, says that the DoD termed those involved in
interrogation “safety officers” rather than doctors. Doctors and
nurses were required to participate in the force-feeding of
prisoners on hunger strike, against the rules of the World Medical
Association and the American Medical Association. Doctors and
psychologists working for the DoD were required to breach patient
confidentiality and share what they knew of the prisoner’s physical
and psychological condition with interrogators and were used as
interrogators themselves. They also failed to comply with
recommendations from the army surgeon general on reporting abuse of
detainees….

“Putting on a uniform does not and should not abrogate the
fundamental principles of medical professionalism,” said IMAP
president David Rothman. “‘Do no harm’ and ‘put patient interest
first’ must apply to all physicians regardless of where they
practise.”The taskforce wants a full investigation into the
involvement of the medical profession in detention centres. It is
also calling for publication of the Senate intelligence committee’s
inquiry into CIA practices and wants rules to ensure doctors and
psychiatrists working for the military are allowed to abide by the
ethical obligations of their profession; they should be prohibited
from taking part in interrogation, sharing information from
detainees’ medical records with interrogators, or participating in
force-feeding, and they should be required to report abuse of
detainees.

The full report
can be downloaded here
.

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Jacob Sullum on Crack and Meth Myths in Forbes

While most
people have discovered through personal experience that the
government was lying to them about marijuana’s hazards, Jacob
Sullum says, it is easier to demonize less popular drugs such as
crack cocaine and methamphetamine. Any attempt to question the use
of force in dealing with these drugs therefore must begin by
separating reality from horror stories, Sullum writes in
Forbes, and that is where Columbia
neuropsychopharmacologist Carl Hart comes in.


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Video: Psychedelic Science: Magic Mushrooms

“Psychedelic Science: Magic Mushrooms” is the latest video from
ReasonTV. Watch above or click on the link below for video, full
text, supporting links, downloadable versions, and more Reason TV
clips.

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