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Tuesday, October 8. 2019
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The centre of the Milky Way exploded three million years ago
Exercise could slow withering effects of Alzheimer's - Imaging shows less brain deterioration in physically active people at risk for dementia
Primary dementia risks are overweight and maternal history
Feelings Now Acceptable As Answers To Math Problems
Teacher Allegedly Displays Graphic Saying Confederate Flag Means ‘You Intend To Marry Your Sister’
Pope Francis Considers Lifting Celibacy Requirement for Priests
Might make sense
Is Yale a cesspit of sex crime?
Obviously should be an all-girl school
The Weaponization of the MeToo Movement: America’s Due Process Crisis
The U.K. Must Ban Pointy Knives, Says Church of England - When the human condition resists perfection through legislation, the answer always seems to be more—and stupider—laws.
Hammers next. First they came for my guns...
What if there is no Climate Emergency?
Is it legal to wonder?
They say that Disneyland is the happiest place on earth, but Hillaryland must be the saddest.
No. Disneyland is the saddest. People spend a lot of money to pretend to be happy in a sad, sad, phony place.
MacDonald: San Francisco, Hostage to the Homeless - Failure to enforce basic standards of public behavior has made one of America’s great cities increasingly unlivable.
Ben Stein: Nixon: Victim of a Media Riot - For friends who ask, here’s the man I knew. And please remember him especially on Yom Kippur.
CNN: Joe Biden Avoided Interviews Because He Didn’t Want To Be Asked About Hunter Biden
VDH: The Madness of Progressive Projection - The only Trump “crime” was in his winning an election he was not supposed to win. So after the election, prior illegal acts were redefined as legal, and legal ones as illegal.
93 Media Mistakes in the Trump Era: The Definitive List
Constructing an obstruction trap
For example, Dems Subpoena Pentagon And Office Of Management And Budget In Impeachment Probe
This is civil war, Washington vs the people.
Why Are They Trying to Destroy Trump?
Intel Community IG Stonewalling Congress On Backdated Whistleblower Rule Changes - Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for U.S. intelligence agencies, acknowledged that his office secretly changed key whistleblower forms and rules in September, but refused to explain to lawmakers why those changes were backdated to August.
Audio Of Ukrainian Official Admitting He Interfered In U.S. Election To Help ‘Hillary’
KOWTOWING, South Park Style
Primo Levi and Israel
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Re: 93 Media Mistakes in the Trump Era
Sharyl gives the media too much credit. Most of those weren't mistakes.
I would have said that most of these are mistakes, because the media is both lazy and sloppy and naturally inclined to error. But I would also say that none of them were inadvertent. Because the media is also malicious, bearing an animus for everything Trump and Trump-related. And every one of these mistakes were begotten in animosity rather than informed journalistic inquiry.
I've forgotten: When is Punch-a-Reporter day, again?
DC is looking more and more like a blasted snakepit.
They're trying to destroy Trump because he challenges the status quo. Here's someone who didn't work their way up through the normal channels - approved and vetted by the party at lower positions, corrupted in the time-tested methods so he'll be beholden to the proper people.
Trump isn't properly corrupt. Neither does he owe the 'right' people in the 'proper places' so they've got a handle on him.
He does what he thinks is right for the country. How DARE he do that?
One of many amazing and frightening things I've seen lately is (Democratic) members of the Senate Judiciary Committee say that we should believe somebody because of their gender (what's that?) and their charge and their was no push back from the media or sane Democrats. That concept is abhorrent to a rule by law and common decency and fairness. The only reason someone would propose such a unfair practice is that they know they will never be subjected to it which tells you a lot about their expectations of Republicans, their fellow Democrats, and the press.
Early Bill Nye standup comedy.
Without a doubt the most cringe thing I have ever seen on screen. Creepy. Disturbing. And the absolute worst Capt. Kirk impersonation in the history of television.
(Warning: this is 10 minutes of your life you will never, ever, get back.)
re Exercise could slow withering effects of Alzheimer's - Imaging shows less brain deterioration in physically active people at risk for dementia
Vigorous exercise seems to slow the advance of Parkinson's.
I wonder if it's the same for other types of dementia.
Lewy's bodies, vascular and Frontotemperal ?
re What if there is no Climate Emergency?
A good piece. Worth the read. Thanks for posting.
It is a good piece. Helps to have something like this timeline to better understand the context:
[url] https://humanhistorytimeline.com/ [/url]
So, 15,000 years after the Bering land bridge had been crossed and N America started being populated, the geographical UK was connected to Europe and Europe was connected to Norway, which was covered by a retreating ice sheet - as was most of Canada. And this, at the same time that farm animals were being domesticated and crop agriculture was becoming common in the Fertile Crescent. The walls of Jericho were still standing. The first beer had not yet been brewed. The plow, wheel, and making of metals had not yet been discovered, but clay pots were in use.
The climate has always been changing and affecting humans, and always will be. The good news is, it's so slow that you won't notice it (or properly understand it) until you actually read some history.
Saw a vlog this past weekend that explained the process going on pretty well. It's pretty much the whole Marxist/Hegelian dynamic in play. there are not two classes, oppressor and oppressed, but three, an additional liberator class. This liberator class rises out of the oppressed and leads them against the oppressor. Anything this liberator class does is justified if it furthers the goal of smashing the oppressor: lying, cheating, stealing, even murder is all ethical if performed in the name of the liberation.
And there is not a single Democrat in congress who will stand up and disagree with this Kangaroo court illegal investigation. The House is conducting the "investigation" in the House Intelligence Committee so that everything can be secret. It should be held in the House Judiciary Committee But they would then not be able to hide their actions BUT additionally the Republicans would be legally allowed to subpoena witnesses AND to publicly question Democrat witnesses. What the Democrats are creating is a Star Chamber where they hope to secretly overthrow our government aided by the MSM and selective leaks. All of this is being orchestrated by a shady left wing organization of lawyers and fellow travelers who are operating in the shadows and above the law.
This liberator class rises out of the oppressed..
Minor objection .. the liberators don't rise up out of the oppressed. As evidenced by what's going on right now, it's much more the way Lenin decided it needed to happen - the 'liberators' are usually oppressors who decide to switch sides, i.e. become 'woke', because they benefit from it.
(Before someone brings up MLK or Gandhi, I will note that this doesn't mean the objective of the revolution is automatically a bad thing, and that no minority can hope to overthrow a majority without people adopting the minority position.)
I have to respond at length to the Pope's opening the possibility of married and non-celebate (hopefully the same person) to the Catholic Priesthood. First, there are already married, Catholic Priests…mostly it seems Anglicans who were married and welcomed into the Church. Dwight Longenecker comes to mind.
Why then celibacy? Two reasons…”[L] ike Jesus, the priest is a witness to the life of the world to come. That is why it is nonsensical to speak of getting rid of celibacy so that the priest can get on with helping people get to heaven. By his celibacy, that is what he is doing. That is, in part, one of the implications of Jesus’ saying that, “in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven." (Matthew 22:30)
Secondly: “Because the virginity of Jesus is significant. And signs signify. What does the virginity of Jesus signify? The fact that he already has a girl. Her name is Holy Church, the Bride of Christ (Ephesians 5:21-33). That’s why Jesus’ first sign is done at a wedding (John 2:1-11). And it’s why when you turn the page of John’s gospel, John the Baptist is telling you who the real Bridegroom is: Jesus (John 3:29-30). He does not mean, like Dan Brown, that Jesus was the one getting married at Cana. Rather, following the prophets who speak of God as the husband of the Virgin Daughter of Zion, John means that Jesus is the Cosmic Bridegroom and his Church is the Bride and that every marriage (including the one at Cana) is an image of this.”
Read the rest by searching for Mark Shea on celibacy.
One of the reasons that the priesthood became a gay enclave with all the child molestations that brought with it was the celibacy requirement which keeps the more "normal" men from choosing the priesthood.
Mark - celibacy wasn't always the rule. St Peter, after all, was married.
I commend to you the excellent book, "The Knight, the Lady, and the Priest" by Georges Duby. Besides looking at the evolution of marriage, it discusses at some length Pope Urban II's reforms of the Church.
The U.K. Must Ban Pointy Knives, Says Church of England: Don't let those Inuits and other Alaskans and Canadians in with their ulus! Some have no points on them; others have points on both sides, but the rounded profile is sharrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrp.
re Bummer: Electric/Hybrid Vehicle Owners To See $75 Extra Fee
As the people driving these cars tend to be lefty global warming believers, what's the fuss?
$75/yr is a small price to pay to save the planet from global warming, don't you think?
Besides, they voted those progressives into office. They are getting what they deserve.