Matthew Kolasinski

Middletown, CA, United States

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Matthew Kolasinski
Posted about 4 years ago
What do you want from the news?
Hitting all the bases on the basics would be nice: who, what, where, when and why... When a circuit court judge decides that it's fine for the police to sneak onto private property without a warrant of any kind in order to install tracking equipment on a vehicle, name the judge for petesake! Wait 'till it happens to report it. I've been finding AP stories recently about upcoming events which may happen. Unless they're selling tickets, wait 'till it happens and tell me how it turned out. I miss hard hitting investigative journalism. There isn't much of that any more. Where's the muckrakers? We could use 'em. Accuracy! Check the facts. When you say that the weapons used by the Mexican drug cartels are coming from the US, cite the authority for the info- that's Mexico's claim, diverting attention from their own failings. The hand grenades, explosives and full-auto weapons are certainly not from here; most of the small arms they are getting originate in Asia, not the US. If you cite an external source, 'according to such and such a study...', be specific about the name of the paper, author and where i might find a copy of the specific report that i can make sure you aren't bending the truth a little. Pictures are always good, they're a must for stories of a visual nature. They're easy to do these days. Show me Bradley Manning in his prison cell. Al Jazeera is the best place for video for what's going on in the Arab world these days. While it's still slim, they've also had some of the best coverage of what's going on in Afghanistan. This one video, the reporter asks a US commanding officer who had cut a deal with some tribal leaders in one village, "Did you know that this had upset this other tribe in such and such a village?..." Eeh, no. What did yo say their names were?" What a hoot! The reporters are more on it than those involved in what they're reporting on... I go to the BBC to find out what's happening here in the US. DATE blog posts! Don't lie to me.
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Matthew Kolasinski
Posted about 4 years ago
There is no such thing as free will.
free will... This implies an autonomous subject to act. There is a subject/object relationship in this. If you remove the subject from context of home, friends and family, work, it gets very challenging to identify a discrete 'self' to be having any volition. The consideration of whether something which doesn't exist can have a volition lands us in the realm of theologians and mystics. In that in any given event, the event will be unique and there will be one and only one choice which we actualize, there is no repeatability of the 'experiment' possible in this. Thus it is not possible to determine verifiable quantitative components of any 'free will' or lack there of. We're left with speculation. But in a cultural context, things are what we say they are and free will has meaning, whether it has a measurable existence or not. Of course, you're free to believe differently. :-) matt k.