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Wednesday, February 27. 2008
The snows of Kilimanjaro are back.
People make bad decisions, but they make them in systematic ways. It's about behavioral economics.
McArdle to Repubs: the wrong way to frame health care debate. It's about emotion, not facts.
In favor of language extinctions.
Social Justice High. Pajamas
Love cannot exist without pain. S,C&A
Urban heat islands and temperature measurement error: Phoenix
Complaints choirs. Sounds like the American electorate
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"The snows of Kilimanjaro are back."
Perhaps we'd better wait for the Real Climate blogsite to check in before coming to any final conclusions. :)
Actually, I'm starting to feel a little sorry for the warmists. This isn't shaping up to be a very good year:
- The snows of Kilimanjaro are back.
- The arctic ice is coming back.
- The antarctic ice is coming back.
- Biggest national snowpack since 1966.
- According to NASA, the earth hasn't warmed in over a decade (1996 was the last 'warm' year).
- And, of course, the absence of continent-destroying hurricanes, tornados, forest fires and earthquakes.
On the other hand, a distinguished panel of scientists met with President Bush the other day in an effort to convince him that major cities will be flooded in seven years' time due to rampant global warming.
So they've got that going for them.
Well, I don't feel sorry for them at all. They make me look at pictures of Al Gore, pictures which remind me not to trust politicians. Hey -- on second thought -- that's a good thing.
I just want to know one thing. If an Ice Age returns will Maggies Farm continue to post those beautiful pictures of Theo's girl's or some from a similar venue. I mean we do have concerns.
Contra position: Love cannot exists without pain Anchoress
Why I Am Not A Christian
by Bertrand Russell
The Existence of God
To come to this question of the existence of God: it is a large and serious question, and if I were to attempt to deal with it in any adequate manner I should have to keep you here until Kingdom Come, so that you will have to excuse me if I deal with it in a somewhat summary fashion. You know, of course, that the Catholic Church has laid it down as a dogma that the existence of God can be proved by the unaided reason. That is a somewhat curious dogma, but it is one of their dogmas. They had to introduce it because at one time the freethinkers adopted the habit of saying that there were such and such arguments which mere reason might urge against the existence of God, but of course they knew as a matter of faith that God did exist. The arguments and the reasons were set out at great length, and the Catholic Church felt that they must stop it. Therefore they laid it down that the existence of God can be proved by the unaided reason and they had to set up what they considered were arguments to prove it. There are, of course, a number of them, but I shall take only a few.
• The First-cause Argument
• The Natural-law Argument
• The Argument from Design
• The Moral Arguments for Deity
• The Argument for the Remedying of Injustice
• The Character of Christ
• Defects in Christ's Teaching
• The Moral Problem
• The Emotional Factor
• How the Churches Have Retarded Progress
• Fear, the Foundation of Religion
• What We Must Do
Caution: Not recommended reading unless you want to have your beliefs severely challenged.
This is what the meaning of "is" isn't.
See "category error": God the knowable.
It's been a while since I read Bertrand Russell's Why I'm not a Christian, but I remember I was no more impressed by his efforts than I have been by various apologetical efforts. 'God does not exist, because there is no prior proof of God's existence' and all of that nonsense never seemed a substantial rebuttal to faith. I have many faiths that exist apart from proof, but I've adopted Rilke's admonition to embrace the question and move on...always living.
Specific theological systems of belief are fair game for dissection and debate, though. It's amusing, too. The faithful have a strong dislike for the iconoclast... I once had a pastor accuse me of apostasy, (which was more amusing to me after he was convicted of child molestation).
Faith doesn't have to be about ignorance, but rather it can be an acknowledgement of not knowing while still moving forward; it's faith in God's non-existence, or faith in God's existence, but it's better to sh*t or get off the pot, rather than wait for Godot like Aristotle's ass.
Russell made his choice. I've made mine.
PS: Sorry if this is written a bit rough, but the pain of love is harassing me to empty the trash and tidy up a bit. Onward...
Great words of wisdom and insight. I do not subscribe to Russell I simply threw him out there. Your "I have many faiths that exist apart from proof, but I've adopted Rilke's admonition to embrace the question and move on...always living", is as good a human approach as I can think of.
Since ultimately God's existence rests on faith, I believe I'll go with the faith part.
Thanks for the great insight.
Msr. Russell is another, over eddicated idiot.
Amusing y'all be taking up with a pascifist and socialist, desperato revolutionary and despoiler of democracies that ya, in your own mind, be.
Russel could find nothing worth dieng for but all his foolishness ended hellbound, nonetheless.
The fool says in his heart there is no god.
Muslims do, too.
.....The fool says in his heart there is no god.....
That's the trouble with fools, they allow their hearts to do their thinking.
While idiots do all their 'intellectualizationin' with their mouths.
At least Russell took the time to meticulously collate and then present his thoughts.
When y'all get yer mind made up, try to get a firm grip on it, desperado.
Yesterday large parts of Florida went "grid down". The cause remains definitively undefined to the general public but one thing does not.
Bringing the US to a total "grid down" situation is noy a difficult task. As my wife and I have traveled this state I have often pointed out "soft points" to attack in bringing down large parts of the grid. Many of these soft point are no more than thirty feet off the road, protected by only a chain link fence.
From my 30 year old training in sabotage I can tell you that a length of chain thrown over the fence will often times do the trick. Things today are much more sophisticated and a computer hack is probably the best way. It can be done from half way around the globe or from outer space.
The point here is that you'd better damn well be prepared for a "grid down" situation lasting at least a week if not a month or two ( look no further than Katrina, a natural disaster , not an operational attack)...food , water ,medicines, armed protection from marauders all come into play. Be prepared..and most of you aren't.
Read Survival Blog daily http://survivalblog.com/
Yep. I'm looking at a M1A Socom II to add to my survival kit. If it ever does hit the fan it'll get ugly out there and I'd like that one little advantage between myself and discovering if my theological inclinations were right.
I just finished reading Phyllis Chesler's piece on Obama, and his being our first Muslim Presidential contender.
Great article... she asks questions that the MSM would be asking if they had any nerve and/or brains.
I find it very ironic that our very tolerance and respect for freedom of religion... a concept for which I have fought, and would fight for again... may very well lead to the end of this country as a bastion of freedom and liberty.
Great article http://pajamasmedia.com/xpress/phyllischesler/
I have mentioned before that our Constitution and Bill of Rights was not meant to be a suicide pact. That Islam is allowed the status of a religion is fine and dandy for the world, but the United States would be better served by classifying it as an ideology, a clear and present danger philosophy , given it's history and ideology.
If we can recognize nations as legitimate or illegitimate then we can certainly do the same to false "religions" whose professed ideololgy is to subjugate us into slavery.
I know it is difficult to get over local or long standing prejudices, yet if we will suffer ourselves to examine the component parts of Islam we shall find them to be the base of tyrannies, compounded with some trappings of "religion"
We can not allow this ideology to take hold in this country under the guise of a "religion", for if we do we will soon find our foundations challenged by philosophical ideologies inimical to the freedoms we now possess.
I challenge the warmest advocate for reconciliation, to show, a single advantage that this continent can reap, by harboring Islam within our shores. I repeat the challenge, not a single advantage is derived.
But the injuries and disadvantages we sustain by that connection, are without number; and our duty to mankind at large, as well as to ourselves, instruct us to renounce Islam as a religion and formalize it as an inimical ideology just as was National Socialism or Communism: Because, any submission to Islam will eventually involve this continent in a civil war, as the variances of goals between Islam and the Judeo Christian ethic are too great to overcome peacefully.
Habu, maybe one of the IMOMS will pull a Jim Jones and have them all drink Kool Aid. You really scare the piss out of me when talking about the national grid, it's a real scary situation. More reason for me to go out and buy that .45 you're talking about. I like Jephnol M1A socom II or an AK47 7.62. I've just spent my refund check from the government, now I'll have to explain it to my wife.
I can't emphasize enough reading Survival Blog every day.
I would also buy his book, Patriots, which has a good story line laced with practical knowledge, It's a page turner.
Here is a small portion of Patriots....just to get the wheels turning http://tinyurl.com/2v8xwu
I've also included another section of the Survival blogs writing:
Have your wife read the book excerpt and see what she has to say..it usually scares the hell out of people who believe this could never happen.
No argument from here Habu. We just need convince sixty percent of the folks in this country to clearly understand what it is you say... and what Phyllis Schesler said, and so many others. Treat it as an ideology... you're right. I choose sixty percent as that is what it would require for our government to take seriously the threat we face. If our leaders can't see the danger then we need throw the bums out. And elect those who can.
But I don't believe I will see that happen in my lifetime... short of a flattened New York or Los Angeles.
The necessarily sacred cow of freedom of religion will take decades to become more 'nuanced' if you will. By that time the left and its idealism of fascist ideologies will have succeeded in destroying us. Or, as you suggest, lead to civil war... with a huge unknown at the end of it.
I believe you're right. The one possible shot we have short of a massive attack on the US is that used by the conservative movement. It took from the late 1950's, and really the 1964 run by Barry Goldwater and the riveting speech by Ron Reagan for the movement to begin to gel. By 1980, just 16 years, Ronald Reagan was in the WH and conservatism was a force. It's still is a force ,just now leadership is the problem.
If we continue to let our Congressmen know our feelings their are some who will carry that water. If that fails I truly believe we're in for a shooting war on this continent. I simply do not see any other way out given Islams avowed pledge to place us in submission. I will not submit, nor I would bet, will you.
Agree on the leadership issue... good ones are hard to find. Especially the type of leader who is needed for the task ahead.
I used the sixty percent number because we require a veto proof majority in both houses. And a willing President.
Not much of a risk, your bet.
Wages,money, what money ?
Most Americans have to work; they depend on their earnings to live. Without the income from their labor, they'd be destitute in a matter of weeks.
But inflation reduces the value of wages. The gold-linked dollar was never a perfectly stable currency. It went up and down. But the dollar of 1930 was still worth about as much as the dollar from Washington's era. Then, the link with gold was weakened; between '30 and '71, the greenback lost about 70% of its value. After 1971, there was no link to gold at all and the dollar fell even faster. If a dollar was worth 100 cents in 1930, by 1971 it was worth only 30 cents…and by 2007…only about 5 cents.
The decline of the dollar, along with the competition from low-cost Asian and Mexican laborers, is why Americans have had no real wage increases in 30 years. For every gain they make, the dollar goes down in value to offset it. In the last 6 years alone, the dollar has lost 36% of its value - as measured against other currencies. Shops in New York are beginning to take euros, reports the Washington Post