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Monday, November 25. 2019
Science isn't facts, it's process
The Biochemistry Challenge to Darwin
The move to cancel Gauguin could kill off Western culture
Pope Cites French Epic Poem to Prove Christianity Is as Violent as Islam
THIS WEEK IN KAMPUS KRAZY
Heads Should Roll at CDC after Botched Vaping Investigation
Who Is Winning The Climate Wars?
Whatever happened to "Trow da bums out?"
Good-Bye Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
As It Turns Out, Socialist Politicians Can Be Crooks Too
Socialists are all about the benjamins
Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg Enters Dem 2020 Race with a Thud
Elizabeth Warren Lies To Activist About Her Son Going To Public School
NYT: Draft IG Report Claims Russiagate FISA Application Was “Sloppy And Unprofessional” In Parts But Won’t Claim Anti-Trump Bias Among Top Officials
DNC Operative Alexandra Chalupa Behind Trump-Russia Hoax – Is Linked to Obama DOJ Hacking Attacks on State’s Voting Systems in Nov. 2016
Two (!) polls find black approval of Trump at 34%
‘ARREST BY ALGORITHM’: China Uses Artificial Intelligence To Flag Entire Groups Of People For Arrest, Report Says
As Africa Drowns In Debt To China, IMF Sounds The Alarm
China is clever. All the US did was send them free money and stuff. China is buying Africa.
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PjMedia link goes to an article about Iran.
Also a good article about socialist parasitism.
The ChiComs are also sending tens of thousands of Chinese colonists to Africa. This will end badly for native Africans.
I am not an expert but I don't believe "Life begins at conception". I think it is passed on at that time.
The same old argument that since life is so complex it couldn't have occurred naturally or by chance thus some superior being must have created all that we see. The irony of this argument is simply stated as "then who created the superior beings???
Darwin's theory is elegant, logical and provable. It is irrefutable and yet they keep refuting it. Evolution is visible everywhere and in everything. Almost every food we eat today was virtually inedible until humans "evolved" it into something tasty.
until humans "evolved" it
That's not evolution. What humans do is Intelligent Design.
That's a word game. What humans do is use their understanding of how evolution happens and they push it in the desired direction.
I remain skeptical about Darwin's theory, primarily because the mathematicians have had problems with it for quite some time. Dr. Berlinski has a number of interesting comments on it, the gist of which is summarised in these excerpts of one of his interviews:
[url] https://youtu.be/_Qx0doX8eXE [/url]
He doesn't understand Darwin's theory. Ironic in a way to speak so eloquently on something he does not understand. I will give him a break and say that he is not ignorant but rather duplicitous. Darwin's theory is based on what he observed. The naysayers don't try to tell you that Darwin didn't observe what he observed. Darwin's theory is a "theory" !! No better and no worse than any theory. And like very theory in history there are those who agree with it, those who disagree and those who feel it is incomplete. Darwin's theory is incomplete; necessarily so, because it was arrived at looking at a small cross section of life and on a remote island. Of course he had his training of other life on the planet and common sense to sort through it all but it was this little slice of life on a remote island that brought the concept into the sunshine and made it possible to create his theory. After that, and certainly after Darwin's death it is up to scientists and non-scientists too to flesh it out providing proof or refutation. I have seen a lot of both of these but without exception all of the refutation of Darwin's theory boils down to one simple thing: i.e. that "I" have a prior bias and therefore will spend all my effort proving him wrong even if I am forced to deny my own knowledge/education. I have never seen, read or heard a valid refutation of Darwin's theory. I have seen endless lamenting that it is incomplete usually followed by a gigantic leap to state that "therefore it must not be true".
I could go on and on about the bias and willful blindness of the evolution deniers, but I won't. One fact remains: all the scientific evidence supports Darwin's basic theory. Simple as that. All of the arguments against it lack evidence.
Could it be wrong? Sure! Prove it.
So what one reason do you offer for his being wrong? Is he wrong because he disagrees with that which is held up as scientific orthodoxy? Einstein, Galileo and Copernicus, to name only three, have all heard the same argument. If you propose to make an argument from consensus, there is certainly a consensus among mathematicians that the odds are quite long.
Back in the old old days, when I was in grade school, the standards of scientific proof were far more rigorous. It is weak persuasion to characterise those who question Darwin by the inflammatory term deniers when their worst offense is merely to doubt the theory because the numbers would tend to indicate that it is at least highly improbable.
I remain skeptical.
The odds are long, really long, on winning powerball and yet someone wins every week or so. "Odds" are often misunderstood or misinterpreted. Look up the "infinite monkey theorem" for unbelievable odds. And yet the amount of time and the universe of events leading from first living organism to today is astronomically larger.
Where he is wrong is he is citing opinion, kinda like the impeachment hearings. Show me a single scintilla of proof that it was intelligent design or that it was NOT evolution.
Consensus: two or more people agreeing on something. Doesn't make it fact/true. History is replete with great minds forming a consensus and later proved wrong. Consensus literally means nothing in fact finding. It can lead to understanding motive i.e. bias but it cannot lead to finding the truth.
Life on earth began 3.465-billion years ago. This is an unfathomable amount of time for life to evolve. That it did evolve is not in doubt and that it took that long is not in doubt.
I have long suspected that the majority of great artists (not just visual) have been intensely sexual. Perhaps an overlap of mental characteristics that drives both channels.
I don't doubt that Gauguin stayed in Polynesia because of the sexual culture there. So what? The argument seems to be that he had sex with underaged girls. By what standard? By the Polynesian standard he did not. By the standard of the time in most of the world he did not. By the standard today in some places in the world he did. I suppose if he could have predicted the future he would have known that someday someone would shake their finger at him for doing what was normal and legal at the time. I suppose that those who criticize Gauguin also criticize all of the Polynesians who did the same thing and in their culture was the right thing. Should young girls have sex??? Duh! What do you think puberty was all about. Regardless of how "we" feel about it clearly god intended that girls and boys have sex after puberty.
Tulsi: As I have reported a couple of times, in addition to Trump signs, I see Tulsi signs around where I live in southern NH. However, just recently, I have seen a couple in Mayor Pete signs.
This morning I heard the Bloomberg and Steyer campaigns discussed on the radio. Bloomberg doesn't seem to have a message beyond Orange Man Bad and gun control, whereas Steyer's is Orange Man Bad and eliminating fossil fuels. To me, they both sound silly and histrionic over Trump, adolescent even. If they think Trump has a big stupid mouth and is not presidential in his demeanor or, if they believe that the effort to bring employment back to African Americans and the rest of Middle America is counter productive, or if they believe women, small people, handicapped people, elderly people, should not be able to defend themselves against a larger more violent predator, then they ought to make your best case. My take is neither one seems to have an interest in giving the Middle a say in their futures or issues and, like the rest of the Uniparty, they are fine with America being China's bitch.
Can't have an 'Elite' without having an underclass - and the Dems definitely love the idea of an underclass. If they've got to import one because the people already here aren't going to cooperate and descend to their proper station, that's just a cost of doing business.
Bloomberg didn't do that great a job (IMO) running NYC - I don't see any reason to allow him to screw up the country. Steyer - nope - again, I see no reason to allow someone to screw up what's actually working.
The Vitality of Six-Man Football
Six-man football was developed during the Great Depression in Chester, Neb., just 50 miles down Highway 81, so boys from small farm towns could still play. The field is smaller: 80 yards long and 40 yards wide. The game is 40 minutes long instead of 48, and a first down is 15 yards. McCool Junction’s head coach, Jarrod Weiss, describes it as “basketball on grass.” He’s not far off.
I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who suspects that thermodynamics places the direction arrow on time. It's always seemed to me (physics minor in college) that the argument worked as well in the other direction - that it is the direction of time that determines the direction of entropy increase.
In more earthly pursuits, I got a Steyer ad in my Facebook feed this weekend. Apparently he has to show grassroots support in the form of 200,000 unique donors in order to qualify for the next debate. So he's asking people to send him $1 and in return receive a "free" Impeach button.
Send him your money and get something free in return. The Democratic Party platform in a single sentence.
Regarding Victoria's Secret, I find this to be both funny and strange. Women dress to attract men. Yes I know after a certain age they don't always and aren't really interested in men. But 100% of women (not counting those who must where burkas and hijabs) who are interested in men dress to attract men. So a store caters to women and offers them clothing items to help them dress to attract men. And some women, those who no longer care about men, resent it. Why? Jealousy pure and simple. They are now too old to attract men and resent the women who are still pretty and like men. Call it feminism if you will but it seems to have it's base in misandry and jealousy. In fact the single common factor for all feminists seems to be their hatred of men.
As a side bar men don't give a fig about Victoria's Secret or their products. They like women and the attraction is not the clothes they wear.
It's not older women who resent VS. It's feminists. Who probably screw other women because men see the crazy in their eyes and stay faaaaar away.
Statues of founding fathers and war heros scrubbed from the city square and replaced by homages to street bums. Artistic masterpieces expunged for re-interpreted transgressions on the part of a long-dead creative genius. Fashion runway events terminated because sexy clothing on beautiful women should be more properly seen as disgusting. Weakness and infantile outrage used as a cudgels against administrative cowards, exploiting their authority to change things for the worse for all, in the name of the few 'offended'. Flagrant lies that insult below-average intelligence become the new standard from our putative leaders and actual bureaucratic government - and the more outrageous, the better. Unconfronted, these activists envision the world turned to grayness and squalor. If you want the outcome to be different, you will have to do something about it, and convince others as well. As the gulag survivors have said, there is no act of defiance and rejection that is too small. I prefer to see fine art, beautiful women, and rules-based public order.
The Democratic Cold War on Christianity Heating Up
Democrats can no longer hide their contempt and hatred towards those who “cling to religion” and believe that the Bible is God’s word and means what it says. That’s really the rub. Liberals hate the Bible and they know if they can force people to compromise on Biblical teaching, Christianity will lose its effectiveness as a countercultural force.
The LGBTQ movement is best understood as a liberal weapon, and it is an effective one. It has become the spearhead in the attack against Christianity and it will increasingly be used in an attempt to achieve the goal of driving meaningful Christian thought from the public square.
. . . As the left has grown more secular and fiercer in its attacks on people of faith, the number of people identifying as Christians in America is rapidly trending downwards. Currently, 65% of American adults identify as Christians. But, that is down from 85% in 1990 and 82% in 2001. Church membership among Democrats dropped precipitously, from 71% to 48% over the course of a couple decades.
. . . Bible-believing white Christians are now largely gone from the Democrat party.
Socialism is theft, it is based on plunder your neighbor. Remember the slogan by Marx, "from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs" means the socialists take you stuff and give it to somebody else.
Socialism is theft in a particularly harmful form. Society can deal with a certain amount of random, unpredictable theft. What it can't deal with is systematic theft that undermines the connection between effort and reward.
And make no mistake, socialism is authoritarianism and requires a police state to enforce. I grudgingly pay taxes and fees to my governments (federal, state and local). I do it because some things must be done by government AND to the extent they have grown too large it is yet not too oppressive (i.e. I have about half my earnings left after they take their share). But socialism, even the moderate socialism of Bernie and Warren, requires much more than 50%. I will not pay it, either legally or illegally I will not pay it. And THAT is where the police state comes in. They will have to weaponize the IRS and they will have to extend far more control over our free will to take from us that which we will not willingly give them. That is why they want gun control and confiscations because trying to force socialism on an armed population comes with unacceptable repercussions.
Myles Garrett exercised his black privilege last week and claimed that Mason Rudolph verbalized a racist slur. This is apparently a lie because if it were true that would have been the first thing Garrett would have said to excuse/justify his action. But black privilege comes with a delay clause that allows you to suddenly after a few days "remember" that someone was a racist. We all remember when Rep. John Lewis used his black privilege to claim that the tea party hurled a racial slur at him when they were protesting the ramrodding of Obama care through congress. It worked then, it took the attention off congress and put it on the tea party who had to play defense against most of the media and political pundits. Purely coincidental that it was exactly the same media and the same political pundits who now back impeachment. Try that next time as a white man you want to get away with a crime or pass offensive legislation. Let me know if you have white power.
Re: Statue of a bum in Santa Monica
A picture of the statue was not included in the story. Is the statue of a bum pooping on the sidewalk?
"Whilst he physicist would generally say that this familiar table is really a curvature of space, and its colour is really electro-magnetic length, I do not think he would say that the familiar moving-on of time is really an entropy-gradient." - Eddington