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Saturday, February 21. 2015
A farewell note from Oliver Sachs
... we all know that men form governments to tell them what to eat.
Belfast, Aspiring for Normal - How does a city move on from war?
Anti-vaping campaign is more about ideology than public health.
Bill Bennett and Robert White on Marijuana legalization
ENGLISH PROFESSOR Gives Students Extra Credit For Attending Rally Against Scott Walker’s Budget
David Stockman Interview: The Clock Is Ticking, The Carnage Is Coming Soon
Rudy is right: Obama doesn't even like America
Sultan: ISIS is the same old Islam
Newspaper in India shut down for printing 2006 Charlie Hebdo cover
Administration Mouthpieces Defend Fantasyland Strategy
Beware of innocent-sounding NGOs
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I'm very sorry to hear this, He is my favorite neuroscientist and one of my favorite authors.
Forming govts to tell us what to eat:
We knew this was coming, FIrst it'll be the welfare EBT class, then all of us. Because a starved, brain energy deprived class of people (protein and cholesterol is necessary for synaptic activity- look at all the brain dead vegan hippies) is easier to enslave. OF course, we're all enslaved already. Look at all the under 20 class who think Gvt IS the answer.
I've been telling my husband this for over a year now, when the beef feeder price skyrocketed to higher than finished cattle price/lb. It's to squish us little guy out of the self sufficiency market and give all the power to corporate interests. (Not just the stock market is being manipulated and false) And it worked. Everyone I know quit raising beef because they'd have to borrow money in order to replenish their herds and the ranchers quit because BLM and EPA have forced them to.
Pushing a low calorie grain/veg/fruit diet is what got us obese and they are doubling down on the same. Cholesterol scare was just that- Junk science to scare us, and eating saturated fat doesn't make you fat, it makes you full and you eat less.
And the #'s are all faked, fabricated and hocus-pocus on global worming, but let's push this shit on the masses extra hard. To save Gaia.
Let's keep rearranging the deck chairs on the titanic. Better yet, let's buy new slipcovers and discuss the menu for the picnic on deck tomorrow while we're at it.
Office romances - never had one, really. Too problematic. I did wind up dating a temp once, but only after she left. Unfortunately, she came back for 3 weeks, and it was the strangest 3 weeks I ever had. Everyone could tell we were both awkward.
Today, if you want to be legit, you have to register with HR, which makes it all the more problematic. There are issues of title and then there are all kinds of landmines if you break up.
Overall, I've felt you just don't crap where you eat. It helps that I simply don't find people I work with to be attractive or interesting. They know too much about what I do for a living, and going home with them would be terribly annoying. We'd wind up talking business and that's one thing I try to avoid at home.
As for God and Evolution - why do they have to be one or the other? Darwin didn't feel it was one or the other. He did recognize that his findings may cause problems with literal translations of the Bible, but in the long run I think it's hard to accept everything in the Bible as literal. There is truth, and that is fine. The stories themselves don't have to be precisely correct to make their point.
I believe in God and I believe in evolution, and I don't see how they are opposed. If God 'created' the process of evolution, everybody wins, even the atheists, because they don't have to believe God 'created' anything.
Black History Month - Videos on why these Black Leaders are Conservatives and Republicans:
I do not "believe in" evolution. I do find it interesting.
All scientific theories are theories, just the most recent guesses.
All theories fall in time.
From Sachs: "When people die, they cannot be replaced. They leave holes that cannot be filled, for it is the fate — the genetic and neural fate — of every human being to be a unique individual, to find his own path, to live his own life, to die his own death."
What does that say about abortion, ISIL, or war? The taking of human life bedfore its natural end.
"NGOs are either naïve, or driven by ideology, or both".
Even NGOs that were created with the best intentions are soon taken over by radicals who replace the original intent with their own agenda. They literally take over the "body" and turn the NGO into a zombie. The best thing that can happen is that the NGO self destructs and goes away but many continue to do their damage. All of these radical NGOs are marxist centric and have hidden ties with Marxist/communist governments.
Re: Office Romances
Office romances are great if they work. I met Mrs. Mudbug at work and she was very hesitant to get involved. When her sister asked her where she was going to meet men if not at work, that made it a bit easier for her but she was still not totally comfortable with the situation. Her idea was that she needed a job more than a boyfriend. When I moved to a different job, things were much easier for her and the rest, as they say, is history.
On the other hand, a friend of ours married a woman he worked with. Everything was fine till she started cheating on him. I don't know the details, but apparently the supposition at work was that all the stories she was telling coworkers were true (they were not) and the resulting fallout (besides his losing contact with her kids - whom he adored - and a divorce) was that he was almost fired several times. Eventually, the situation settled enough that his job is now secure again, but they still both work at the same place which must be incredibly uncomfortable. He doesn't show it - much to his credit.
ENGLISH PROFESSOR Gives Students Extra Credit For Attending Rally Against Scott Walker’s Budget
Were they at least required to use good grammar and spelling on their protest signs?
Panromantic Grey-Asexual - everybody needs a label these days. But really, perhaps it is just a more simple way to explain why you aren't meeting the Hollywood driven "normal" dating/sex standards. Sex sells but if you buy it you end up sticky and needing some of the soap that opera selling. It's actually good that people are now able to overtly accept their less than "normal" romance/sex drive and not feel like they are missing out.
As Schneiderman posits toward the end of his article, if you believe in evolution, doesn't that push all the expansive gender identifications into religion/ideology? Evolutionary Theory supports only two genders. However, to meet your evolutionary requirements only requires sex one time if you make a connection. All pleasure sex is a belief not supported by evolutionary theory except the pleasure as a means to cause more sex for higher procreation odds. All non-procreative potential sex is not scientifically supported by a evolutionary theory and falls into the religious/ideology or social construct realms.
Evolutionists rely on magical thinking to make their case. In the beginning they rely on spontaneous existence to get the ball rolling. The fossil record is very incomplete and there is no fossil record showing progressive steps in evolution. Just bits an pieces. Species 'appear' and then disappear. Like man made global warming huge assumptions have to be made to make the theory work.
Furthermore, think about the intricacies and complexities of higher forms of life. Animals that are able to see, hear, smell, and feel with specialized organs to do the tasks. Being able to consume food and breathe with organs designed to that at as well, and all run by a brain that we still don't understand. The elegance of DNA and the remixing of genes during reproduction.
How could this all have happened by chance? Can anyone calculate the odds? I find it inconceivable.
OTOH, to the evolutionists, anything other than evolution is based on magical thinking. If not for evolution, where do new species come from? Has anyone ever seen God plunk a new species down on Earth?
I dunno. It's all too complex for my feeble mind to comprehend.
One wonders if we'll ever have the answer? Perhaps God wants it that way?
Stockman is voice crying in the wilderness, everyone important knows the recursive cycle of debt backed by debt buttressed by bayonets will continue. When it does collapse it will be Stockman and his crew held accountable because they did nt have happy thoughts.
The state department's poster look like a more wordy, cutesy recycle of the antigang posters that were the rage in the 80's at urban NGO's.
BTW, the IBD link is broken.
Re evolution, Others have my permission to believe they are decended from Chimps. I believe I am a special creation of a loving God.
I hope the English Professor required an essay on the budget process and student analysis on balancing the budget.
You do understand the peril in trying to discredit evolution by stating that the "complexities of higher forms of life" couldn't have happened by accident? Than compounding the error by claiming it must have been an even higher form of life that created what we see today. So what created that higher form of life? By your logic it could ONLY be an even higher form of life. Then the obvious question is; well, what created that even higher form of life that created the higher form of life that was capable of creating man? To which the reply can only be another even much higher form of life... Until you run out of superlatives. Your arguement only works for those who already believe what you believe.
Ghettocide: Why did she spell it wrong? Before Political Correctness, cops here said, "Give them all the crack cocaine and bullets they want". You know: Government by the people--Let them have what they want.