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Christopher Nowlan
Worked at Mill Grove UMC - Indian Trail, NC
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"...pending abolition of the state, [we] should want to limit as far as possible its power to commit injustice, to mistreat people or deprive them of their dignity. One way to do that is to eliminate or at least restrict its power to discriminate irrationally or invidiously. Government should not have the power to issue marriage licenses, but when it exercises that power, it should not be free to deny them to gay and lesbian couples."
The state should not be involved in marriage. But libertarians who think that this is all that need be said are wrong.
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"...all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

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Unconscionable.
 
A fifth-grader's comments about marijuana lead to felony charges against his mother.
A fifth-grader's comments about marijuana lead to felony charges against his mother.
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"So: the government has used the grand jury to subpoena a news magazine for the identity of anonymous commenters who have engaged in political rhetoric that is clearly protected by the First Amendment."
A group complaint about law, liberty, and leisure
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"As a wide variety of media outlets have noted, such actions on the part of the government are not only fundamentally misguided and misdirected, they have a tangible chilling effect on free expression by commenters and publications alike."
Yes, the feds can compel magazines and websites to cough up user information about obviously non-threatening trolls, while barring them from even acknowledging
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Older woman outside of Best Buy this morning, just before the store opened, had all sorts of opinions to share about these darned smartphone things.

"Look at everyone looking down at their phones, no one talking to each other about anything."

"In 30 years when you all need surgery from all that looking down and terrible posture, you'll all be shocked that your gadgets were the cause."

"Those things are why kids get in so many accidents nowadays, they ought to be illegal in the car. "

You, madam, are everything wrong with this conversation.

First of all, I pulled my phone out because you wandered up to the door with a desktop in your hand, muttering all the way across the parking lot about how broken it was. I wasn't interested in engaging you on how terrible you thought this device was, so when you mentioned how much you hated Windows 8 I pulled my phone out and turned away. Your self-proclaimed tech ignorance wasn't going be fixed in this parking lot, and I don't know you nearly well enough to listen to your complaints on purpose.

I find it fascinating that no one ever told me holding a book in the exact way I hold my phone was bad for my posture. I'm tempted to get a case for my phone that makes it look like I'm holding a paperback, just to see what happens. As for my posture, I'm well aware it could be better.

The accidents comment, though, really set me off. Blaming the smartphone, and not the behavior, is embarrassing. These drivers haven't been taught proper respect for the massive vehicle they are currently controlling, and everyone around them paid the price. How dare you blame some imaginary addiction for an lack of personal responsibility?

Acting like technology is the problem is flawed on the face of it. A lazy answer and a cheap excuse at best.


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"...[Many] suggest that the government has whatever authority the people give it, (I’m assuming) so long as it does not directly violate the Constitution. I’ve already made clear the case for individual Liberty and autonomy, and I will now add that simply, the government’s authority ends with the powers expressly granted to it by the Constitution. This fundamental document of law does not say what government _can't_ do, but what it _can_ do. Therefore, any powers beyond those expressly enumerated in the Constitution are inherently _un_constitutional. This is not just a simple matter of semantics." +Christopher Nowlan​, 2013

I don't recall there being anything in the Constitution that gave any government dominion over anything to do with marriage, do you? Get government out of marriage, completely!

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"Permit me to make this clear: no man has the right to abridge the natural rights of another, much less to strip him of any of those rights entirely. In doing so, man places himself above nature and the Almighty. And since no man has this right, no institution of man can be given this right. Every individual has an absolute, natural right to life and to Liberty. To infringe upon these rights is despotism—_tyranny_. Tyranny has been the primary justification for nearly every revolution in history; its evil is unquestionable and indefensible." +Christopher Nowlan​, 2013

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The letter we got is kind of like using SteamVR—out of this world.
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One of +Google Photos​' creations that popped up today. A little heavy-handed, but I still dig it.
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  • Mill Grove UMC - Indian Trail, NC
    Interim Music Director, 2014 - 2014
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I am a hobbyist photographer, baritone vocalist, and all-around technical guy based in North Carolina.

To learn more about me, visit https://christophernowlan.com/.

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"I did not wish to take a cabin passage, but rather to go before the mast and on the deck of the world, for there I could best see the moonlight amid the mountains. I do not wish to go below now." -Henry David Thoreau, Walden
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    Computer Engineering, 2008 - 2014
  • North Carolina State University
    Electrical Engineering, 2008 - 2014
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