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Saturday, December 3. 2016
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One way to become poor
What are the freest countries in the world?
What is hers?
U. Toronto lecturer: ‘Misconception’ that there’s a thing called ‘biological sex’
Somebody should inform the birds and the bees
Swedish Union Sets Up 'Mansplaining' Hotline - Workers could call in to receive advice from a cadre of gender experts and feminist politicians.
Sweden's biggest problem, no doubt
Virginia School System Considers Banning 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' and 'To Kill a Mockingbird'
Althouse and Rush on low-information voters
Mexico on Carrier deal: 'Trump is telling the truth' about saving US jobs
Barone: So I find myself leaning reluctantly toward the conclusion that no other Republican could have won, at least the way Trump did.
Trumped-up, trickle-down outrage - On the popular reaction to the presidential election.
Trump’s Narrow Win Is Not a Landslide, It’s an Opportunity:
Trump’s Charm of Not Being Obama - The new White House won’t fail to embrace the jobs that fracking and pipelines can bring
Europe: The peasants are revolting
Trumpian "diplomacy" - no rules, no protocol
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The truth about the Scopes trial
teaching creationism anywhere is bullshit.
Yep. Secularist/Aethist/Leftist/Neo-Darwinian Rightist: The Bible itself accounts a Big Bang therefore evolution is Science!.
Yet the Big Bang is obviously the greatest, from-nothing creation myth yet devised, one from which all other relativistic Science! flows even while it violates the purported Laws of Nature. Somehow teaching this line of complete speculation is not bullshit, however.
Rightist social Christians especially disappoint. Suddenly it's all fashionable to be as secular and hedonistic and contemporary and therefore as worldly cool as possibly while invoking G-d in vague snippets just to make the important distinction.
Something like the big bang which explains a GREAT deal about the universe including the distribution of background radiation, the expansion of the universe, the quantities of different elements and the make up of stars (both the old dead ones and the currently active ones) matches up very well with currently established particle physics.
The alternative is to speculate that some magical being (whether the Christian God or any of thousands of others who different people believe) just did this on a whim. No evidence, though. As they say 'where's the math?'
Nothing in the Big Bang theory proves anything about God's existence either way.
A pointless argument. Either way.
The alternative is to speculate...
You mean an, not the.
On its very face the Big Bang raises as many questions as it purportedly answers. It's an obvious article of faith and as if to prove it its believers are as likely as not full-on dogmatists who humblebrag that they know little scientifically while refusing to let anyone else to see through the metaphoric, metaphysical glass darkly. That misses about nine-tenths of the bigger picture right off which tends to throw its premise for a loop it can never recover from.
About this instantaneous creation myth of theirs they know nothing; this we all know because its both incumbent and admitted, even boasted. Rather they know the appearances of some effects they claim derive from their generous endowment of their own creation myth. And they do this locked inside a "Universe" the inherent property thereof All simply because uni = one. Being cramped there, they, just as faithfully and speculatively, write themselves an escape logical wormhole from it that instead invokes a polyverse where they can handily ascribe Origin any number of unknowable impetuses outside of reality.
Add in this ironic but acceptably scientific quantum nature - where existence is a state and probability and not a material construct - and interestingly the Genesis account is as philosophically or allegorically fitting as anything. In the end the Big Banger is faced with the essential Dancing Wu Li Master, not material reality and not an origin at all. The Big Bang may never be an origin explanation but it is forever a creation myth.
But that's just not scientific. However if you ask them about it surely all this may not be ascribed purpose either, which is the fundamental problem with Big Bang believers: Their central tenet is an insistence on passive accidentalism in a system that's nothing but active purpose. Yet that's their whole premise, really, and it makes them philosophers who've somehow rejected all philosophy because they insist they're really strict materialists, and materialists who reject the physical beyond a certain point because there they are admittedly faithful about it instead! It's a whole set of delicious contradictions.
Where that leaves you, actually, is wrestling with two completely unknown and unknowable alternatives, which I think is what you may mean to say: That in the "beginning" G-d, by intent, created from nothing a purpose and caused it to be conveyed on entities that came to be called material and compose a discipline called "science". Since to exist is to eventually reason and to reason is to prove or be Mind, Mind is inextricably bound to a trajectory in which you are an active quality because that's its central, evident purpose.
Hence purpose is the purpose of everything, so to put it, and with purpose, necessarily choice arises. Wham, right back to Mind we go, like it or not.
Then, to deny that G-d = Mind is not a tenable position. Since the Universe can't but invoke Mind - even the Big Banging Scientist realizes that at worst Mind is the Universe's work product - the Universe by definition contains G-d at the same time as it literally cannot be defined by material science or even one of its practitioners. It's a bit of a problem.
We don't even know what gravity is. To think we know origins is folly.
You can no more riddle that by way of a magical, spontaneous eruption of existence in complete violation of its own incumbent "laws" than you cannot attribute it to a G-d anyone can identify the ways and means of and whose properties cannot but include Unknowingness.
And vice versa. If this magical Big Bang is real, so is its G-d.
So even that dynamic involves choice, hence Mind. Or, the Big Bang is just another dumb placeholder for not knowing. Either way it explains nothing it purports to explain.
When I was a boy I went to church every Sunday as did everyone I knew. I listened in church and during bible studies. I always thought that the adults (including the priests) didn't really believe the stories they were telling. even as a 4 year old and then a 6 year old and 8 and 10 I thought it was more about teaching right from wrong and living a good life and not ever really that they believed the "crazy" stories in the bible or that god created it all in 6 days. It was more like the Santa Claus myth where "you better be good or else" than it was gospel (sorry no pun intended). By about 11 I realized that yes many, not all (about half of them), did indeed believe in god and creationism and it wasn't all a story made up to make us be good or teach us right from wrong. I truly wondered then what else I had been taught/told that was not true or superstition by these adults who blindly believed in god.
I liked church, liked to sing out loud and enjoyed the friends there. I believe in right and wrong and teaching children right and wrong, even with a myth. I respect religious people and don't argue or criticize their beliefs. But I don't believe in god or the bible (except as a history with myth and superstition thrown in) and never did even when I was young and impressionable.
I could go to church tomorrow and be comfortable at least as comfortable as the half of the people who attend church and don't believe in god either. I bow my head when I'm supposed to and I'm not sure what others think during a prayer or grace but I think the sentiment is good and wouldn't it be nice if it were all true.
did you want me to specify which of the two mutually inconsistent Genesis creation stories?
>>>Resurrecting Honor (h/t Am. Digest)
the way to do this is to re-eastablish society as a patriarchy, not a pussified, hen pecked matriarchy. Because we are presently a victim culture. Step one would be to remove gubmint as sugar daddy and kids raised by single mothers.
>>U. Toronto lecturer: ‘Misconception’ that there’s a thing called ‘biological sex’
“In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is...in some small way to become evil oneself. One's standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.”
― Theodore Dalrymple
>>Professor Says Human Extinction in 10 Years is "A Lock"
Professor should just kill himself. Beat the rush.
Swedish Union Sets Up 'Mansplaining' Hotline
Having succesfully neutered all the testosterone bearing individuals in Sweden, the elites want the rest to be tortured as much as possible before they commit to euthaniasia.
Regarding the "driver decapitated after claiming car's cruise control was stuck" -
Listen to Malcolm Gladwell's podcast at Revisionist History, podcast #8 "Blame Game."
He argues that most such incidents are due to driver error.
And as long as the brakes weren't malfunctioning, even at full throttle they would easily be able to stop the car.
I call full BS on this story. It has been demonstrated that a hard stomp on the brakes WILL stop any car (though just timidly riding the brakes can cause overheating).
My gut reaction is suicide, with an attempt to provide a nest egg for his family.
It's a weird story however.
The Skoda Octavia car is a VW product on the same platform as the Audi A3 and VW Jetta. With so many made, you would think there would be rumors of similar issues if this was not driver error.
We're told in great detail about when and to what extent the accelerator pedal was pressed, but if we are trying to rule out the throttle being unresponsive to driver input, why are we to conclude that the data recorded was responsive to driver input and not somehow corrupted by the same fault(s) that the driver reported?
Unlike the Golf and A3, AFAIK Skoda kept a manual lever-between-the-seats handbrake which operates on the rear wheels. Police collision investigator Andrew Evans said that that applying the handbrake could have saved Mr Gandhi’s life by forcing the car’s rear wheels to lock up and turn it around so it skidded backwards. Yet in the universe that I inhabit, locking the rear wheels when traveling straight on dry pavement would never cause the car to decide to go rear-end-first.
My understanding is that on this VW platform the accelerator position and the gear selector are both data on the CAN bus, as would be the electronic emergency brake if fitted. I've had a car where a cold solder-joint on the local oscillator for the CAN bus caused it intermittently to go haywire, and generally it would not misbehave in the presence of a mechanic. Combined with the fact that the electronic e-brake is press to engage, press again to release when parked, but magically changes to momentary hold to engage, release to release when in motion, it would be easy to understand someone not knowing how to apply the emergency brake in an emergency.
When I did driver-training, it was assumed that brakes can fade or fail, and we were trained on what to do in that eventuality. With electronic mediation of controls from gear-selector to ignition switch to e-brake, it is no longer clear what one would need to do in such a situation.
As a cautionary tale the lesson is that with a new car it is well worth investigating how one can turn off the ignition when the car is in motion, how one downshifts the transmission, and whether the controls for the e-brake operate the same way for parking as they do for actual emergency use.
When a company like Carrier moves offshore it instantly avoids most U.S. taxes. Yes it gets cheap labor but it also avoids taxes, fees and regulations that American companies have to deal with. In fairness and to help keep jobs in the U.S. we should tax all imported goods and services. A 25% tax on the retail price of imported goods and services would go a long way towards bringing back jobs. Additionally federal business income taxes should be reduced to 0 to incentivize business to move back to the U.S. Jobs are the engine of our economy, not government, not imports but jobs right here in the good old US of A. Our policies should put America first and our goal should be full employment and zero welfare.
obviously not our current goal, which is monopolistic concentration of wealth and power in the control of a few who buy special favor. (owning a congresscritter or secretary of state is surprisingly affordable in our crony socialism)
You wouldn't believe the number of irrational emails I've gotten from my leftwing friends ranting and raving about the audacity of Trump actually saving American workers' jobs. (Carrier and perhaps now Ford.)
And the Democrats still consider themselves to be the party of "labor" and "working families."
Fact is, looks like Trump will save more jobs before he even starts in office than Obama and the Democrats did in 8 years. He's already making them look really bad.
thank you for your informed input. Please tell us what "CAN" stands for --thank you! However, let me remind readers of the Brietbart accident which was fatal and in a new car speeding out of control. Why did he take 8 or 9 minutes to find something to run into if it was suicide? But, then again if he was THAT dumb maybe ---
fjord: thank you for the Dalrymple quote !
I am somewhat wary of these stories about cars that accelerate beyond control. It is true that the brakes can stop the car even with the engine at full power. But on the other hand electronic control of many functions that used to be mechanical and inherently intuitive have been replaced with electronic controls which themselves are controlled by computers and logic conclusions outside of our knowledge or input. Is there something in the car that changes the braking function?
In the 50's I briefly drove a car where the clutch was broken and was always engaged. So I made sure to park it where I could start the car and simply drive away without needing to clutch. Today's cars would allow this. There are all kinds of interlocks and safety devices. With all this complexity it is possible for a multiple malfunction situation to occur where two or more non related 'features' failed at the same time.
Something is going on that cannot be explained away in all of the cases of these runaway car accidents. I don't expect the car manufacturers to discover the problem though and it is only slightly more likely that government will.
Control Area Network (CAN). It is a communication protocol that allows various systems (computers) in a vehicle, to communicate with each other.
Regarding Trump's claim that millions voted illegally: http://www.newsmaxtv.vegas/huuuge-nevada-voter-fraud-uncovered-worse-than-acorn/
This doesn't just happen. It is the result of months of prep work by Democrat operatives and cannot happen without criminal acquiescence on the part of officials. This is why Alt-left groups lobby hard to prevent voter Id laws and why the racist claims are thrown around like confetti.