December 03, 2023

Scientists Say Religion Is Unnecessary for Morality

Selwyn Duke

"Let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion,” warned George Washington during his farewell address in 1796. Increasingly, however, this supposition is indulged....

Claim: It’s "Official” — Scientists Say Religion Is Unnecessary for Morality
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The Foolish Parson

Timothy Birdnow

The Missouri state legislature is considering a bill that would prevent the state from taking Palestinian "refugees". Unfortunately Missouri's idiot Republican governor is threatening to veto the bill.

Parsons, an Evangelical Christian, no doubt believes it is our Christian duty to take these thugs in because, like, refugees and all. He understands only one half of the passage in the Gospel of Matthew:

" be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves"

He's obviously lovey-dovey but his wisdom seems sorely lacking.

Even if any of these people are in fact real refugees there will be a large admixture of terrorists coming in with them. We have no way to vet any of these people.

Also, it does nothing but increase the number of Muslims in America. That is not a good thing; when Muslims reach 10% of the population, history has shown, they invariably start demanding Sharia Law be imposed, and in fact impose it themselves. The nations of Europe that have allowed a lot of Muslim in - France, Sweden, etc. now suffer from Islamic abuses - terrorist attacks, murders, rapes, etc. Britain too.

Furthermore these are just more people who do not love or believe in America coming here to "do the work of remaking America" as Barack Obama used to say. We don't want American remade into an Islamic hell-hole.

America does not need any more immigrants. There are 49 MILLION of them here now - more than Canada, Argentina, Venezuela, Australia, and a host of other countries. We cannot enculturate the ones we have. Joe Biden has let over 8 million in himself. And now we're going to bring a bunch of Palestinians?

Why can't we build a settlement camp somewhere outside the U.S. to temporarily house these people? Why must they come here and be shipped to Red State Missouri?

I was watching a "point/counterpoint" show called Hancock and Kelly. Both men seemed to agree we need immigrants (we don't). Hancock, a former Speaker of the Missouri House, was a bit more reluctant to take these people than was Mike Kelly, but both pretty much thought Missouri had no right to deal with this "immigration is a Federal issue". The Feds control the BORDER but have no authority over the state in this regard. OF COURSE Missouri can ban these people!

I once wrote a piece for American Thinker about Missouri's strict immigration laws and how they helped keep Missouri from being overrun (as is happening to neighboring Illinois). At the time the Biden DOJ was suing Arizona for laws that were almost identical to Federal laws on immigration - and very similar to ones in Missouri. Arizona lost in court, but not because they were enforcing laws inside their state but because they were enforcing border laws. Missouri never faced any legal action over it's residency laws and those laws are still in place.

So the Governor has no real legal justification to oppose this, and Hancock and Kelly are wrong in saying the state has no right to stop certain people from coming.

We did this before. During the Obama Administration there was a move to bring Syrians to Missouri. St. Louis wanted them because the city is losing so many people and they hoped to repopulate decimated communities. Catholic Charities never met a dirtbag they didn't want to settle next door to good people. And the International Institute here has always been a big advocate for anyone who hates America.

And this didn't just happen in Missouri, but all over the country.

That was just a few short years ago. Now the political class thinks we can't do such a thing. Amazing how much the thinking has changed in those few years.

The sad thing is Missouri is cherry red. The Governor, and both houses of the legislature, are Republican. In fact the GOP has a supermajority in Congress. Yet the Governor is rubber-spined and cowardly and won't fight for Missouri.

Parsons became governor when Eric "the shutterbug" Greitens was forced to resign in a shameful act of political terrorism by Democrats and no Republican pushback. He won election easily, for reasons that are baffling to me (the man has the personality of a turnip and his RINO leanings make him a feckless and pale champion for the GOP). Fortunately the Big Zero is term-limited since he served more than two years of Greiten's term.

So he's going to take Missouri down with him, I suppose.

At any rate, there is no sane reason to take a bunch of Hamas-loving Palestinians into our state.

We should resettle them at Guantanamo Bay. The prison at Gitmo is closed anyway. Why not send these folks there for now, until they can be repatriated? This was will end in months, at most.

After the Mariel Boatlift in 1979 Jimmy Carter realized he'd been duped by Castro, who sent a bunch of criminals to America rather than dissidents. Carter at least realized his mistake and after that made refugees go to Gitmo. Thousands of Cubans were housed there awaiting admission to the U.S. There is no reason we can't do that with Palestinians.

In fact we should be able to use a number of military bases outside the U.S. Guam perhaps. Or build a camp on one of the Aleutian islands. But we should not in any way just ship them into the interior of the U.S.

The population of the U.S. is 330 million. We are the third most populous nation on Earth, behind China and India.That was before Biden took in eight million illegals (and probably more we don't know about). At what point do we turn the "No Vacancy" sign on and close?

Christian charity is not a suicide pact. We do not have to lose our nation to be like Jesus.

Immigration control is in fact Biblical.

When the prophet Nehemiah returned to Jerusalem with the blessing of the Persian king the first thing he did was build a wall to protect the city. Walls were fairly common in those days, and for a reason; to keep unwanted people out.

The Israelites also absorbed many groups by forcing them to become Jews or die. So this notion it is somehow unbiblical to not allow the country to be overrun and that we had to take in people who undoubtedly will include terrorists and do so at our expense is not justifiable. God Himself told Israel to do it that way.

Yes, the ancient Israelites were ordered to treat resident aliens as they would themselves. BUT A gertoshav - resident alien - had to follow the 7 Laws of Noah which included prohibitions against blasphemy, idolatry, adultery, bloodshed, theft, and eating the blood of a living animal . In other words, they had to behave like Jews to no small degree.

That isn't happening here and won't as these Islamic peoples have no intention of being Americans.

I wish Mike Parson and the other wishy-washy meek Christian republicans would actually read the WHOLE Bible and understand it. We are under no obligation to settle potential terrorists in the middle of our country. Nor are we legally required to help the Biden Administration in it's quest to erase the America we knew.

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December 02, 2023

Is God fighting on Israel's side? It would seem so!

Dana Mathewson

Found this article on World Net Daily:

Rabbi Yigal Cohen related a story of a miracle that happened during the current war that soon spread. According to the rabbi, a group of soldiers in Gaza had a break in their fighting, and some of the soldiers took the opportunity to sit and have a meal together while others were chatting. Some of the soldiers were cleaning their weapons, a routine and necessary task that requires constant attention.

Soldiers are trained to treat any weapon as if it is loaded and should never be pointed at something they do not want to shoot. Before cleaning, a rifle must be checked which requires removing the magazine, cocking it twice, and pulling the trigger while pointing the weapon away from any people. This should eject any bullet that was in the chamber and if in the unlikely chance a bullet is still in the chamber, it should fire, leaving the weapon empty.

In this case, one soldier checked his weapon. He removed the magazine and cocked it twice. No bullet ejected. In theory, there should not have been any bullets in the chamber. But adhering to the safety routine, he pointed the weapon towards an empty field and pulled the trigger.

To his surprise, the gun fired. The soldiers were unaware that a pair of terrorists had just exited a tunnel in the adjacent field. One terrorist was aiming a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) at the group of resting soldiers. The stray bullet hit RPG, causing it to explode and neutralizing both terrorists.
Also this:

The rabbi also presented a video of an IDF Seren (captain) relating yet another story from the battlefield. The Seren told of a group of soldiers traveling through the battlefield in Gaza in an armored personnel carrier (APC). The Major in the APC told his driver to advance. For some inexplicable reason, the driver put the APC into reverse and drove backwards. The officer repeated his order to drive forward and advance.

The captain relating the story noted that it was bizarre for a soldier to ignore a direct order from a Major.

"Why would he do the exact opposite?” he asked.

Suddenly, the soldiers in the jeep felt a bump and heard a grinding noise. The jeep had just run over a terrorist who, unbeknownst to them, had succeeded in sneaking up on the jeep and was about to attach an explosive device to the metal body.

"This is a tactic used by the terrorists and can, unfortunately, be successful,” the captain noted. "But in this case, there was no longer a terrorist or an explosive so the IDF soldiers were safe. You might think that the driver saw the terrorist but in these APCs, the driver can only see forward, and even that, not very well. So why did he go backwards?”

At this, the captain pointed up to heaven and nodded.

"The driver had a navigator guiding him from above,” the captain said.

There's more here https://www.israel365news.com/379805/war-time-miracles/?utm_source=wnd&utm_medium=wnd&utm_campaign=syndicated which I urge you to read; especially if you are so misguided as to think there is any moral equivalence in this war (but surely none of you think that). There are no stories like this on the other side.

Mazel Tov to the IDF!

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How AI works

Carlos F Velázquez

Not good.

Google Researchers’ Attack Prompts ChatGPT to Reveal Its Training Data
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China's Decline

Timothy Birdnow

Chna's industrial output is circling the drain these days.

China has to see robust economic growth or they lose ground, and Xi cannot afford high unemployment lest he public rise up to overthrow him. He knows this.

China will need a diversion. If I were in Taiwan I would be worried.

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J6 Tapes Disappear

Timothy Birdnow

Jan. 6 Committee Tapes Have Disappeared, Says House Republican

Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.), who chairs the House Administration Oversight Subcommittee that is currently investigating security lapses connected to the Capitol riot and potential ramifications for upcoming criminal trials, is questioning the disappearance of the video evidence.
"All of the videotapes of all depositions are gone,” Mr. Loudermilk told the "Just the News, No Noise" television show Thursday night.

"We found out about this early in the investigation when I received a call from someone who was looking for some information off one of the videotapes, and we started searching, and we had none,” Mr. Loudermilk explained. "I wrote a letter to Bennie Thompson asking for them. And he confirmed that they did not preserve those types. He didn't feel that they had to."

According to Mr. Loudermilk, the videotapes met the requirements for congressional evidence under House rules because some of the segments were shown at hearings, and the now-defunct J6 committee, led by Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss), ought to have kept all of the recordings.

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12 Years for Trespassing

Timothy Birdnow

A former sheriff is facing over 12 years in prison for showing up at the J6 self-guided Capitol tour.

Prosecutors admitted he committed no acts of violence. He is guilty of trespassing and shlepping around with a tool (a hatchet.)

There is no justice with any of these prosecutions. No justice no peace!

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Biden the Only Choice

Timothy Birdnow

Florida Democrats are refusing to put any name but Joe Biden on the ballot for the March primary.

I'm all in; let Mr. Biden be unopposed and go up against Trump - or any other Republican.

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Poofter Pteradons

Timothy Birdnow

Really?

Queer Dinosaurs!

These people are nuts!

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The Coming Recession

Diane Kimura

If past indicators on unemployment hold true, we are about to enter a recession.

In the chart plots the US Unemployment figures in millions (white line) next to the recessions (red bars).

There is a clear correlation. Shortly after the unemployment figures start rising, a recession usually follows.

Unemployment numbers have recently started rising. Expect a recession to follow.

May be an image of text that says 'Recesssions are shown red Thenumbe of unemployed people in the USA increasing. This may signal an upcoming recession. UNEMPLOY, 1M Unemployment.Level 16M 14M 1953 1958 1963 1968 1973 1978 983 988 1993 1998 2003 2008 2013 2018 2023'

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They Just Can't Catch a Break

Maurizio Morabitu

"Heavy snow and ice has frozen jets in Munich bound for Dubai's global warming conference.”

I’m happy to report it’s not snowing in Dubai.

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God at the Bottom of the Science Glass

David Nabhan

I'm not very religious, but I know enough to know when to keep my tongue still--unlike people so much stupider than even I who love to flap theirs about how science supposedly screams there's "no God!" The genius, Werner Heisenberg, who few fake "science!" illiterates either know or understand, said it best: "The first sip of science can turn one into an atheist, but at the bottom of the glass God is waiting for you."

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December 01, 2023

Why Ocean Acidification is a Farce

Carl Franklin

At most there might be enough fossil fuels in the ground to raise CO2 from current 400 ppm to 800 ppm. But in the past there was several times this much CO2 and the oceans did not acidify, but only became slightly less caustic (currently about 8.2 pH). This paper explains why the pH does not change very much (buffering)

Un-refutable Evidence of Alarmists’ Ocean Acidification Misinformation in 3 Easy Lessons

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U.S. Steel Shuts Plant, Lays Off 1000 Workers

Timothy Birdnow

U.S. Steel is shutting down a major foundry in Granite City Illinois. A thousand employees are expected to be laid off.

Granite City is a suburb of St. Louis. I grew up just across the river from there.

That is another manufacturing plant now gone from America and a thousand workers now going on the dole.

This is a sign of the times. Joe Biden is deindustrializing America and  doing a fine job of it too.

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The Erasing of America

Timothy  Birdnow

It's official; the number of foreign-born people in the U.S. is 49 million.

That is more than the entire country of Canada,which has but 38.25 million. It is almost double the population of Australia (at 25.69 million). It is more than the population of Argentina at 45.81 million. Way more than the population of Chile at 19.49 million, and it beats Venezuela at 28.2 million.

California, the most populous state in the U.S., has but 39,029,342 million people, meaning the foreign-born outnumber the entire state by ten million.

How do you  preserve a culture with that many people from elsewhere?

And that number is probably quite low; it's more las the number of illegals is probably seriously undercounted.

It's an entire nation of immigrants alone.

America has been erased, and Americans are now training our replacements.

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GOP in the Catbird Seat

Timothy Birdnow

Good news these days on the political front.

First, 21 Democrats in the House of Representatives are not seeking reelection compared to just 11 Republicans. Meanwhile in the Senate four Demcrats are retiring compared to 2 Republicans.

This on top of the fact that more Democrats are defending their Senate seats then Republicans. 20 Democrats are defending while only 10 Republicans.

And a new Gallup poll finds Joe Biden with just a puny 27% support among Independents, the demographic we are told is vital to electoral success.

Granted,we are still a year out from the election and a lot can happen. But things are looking good at this point.

Oh, and Donald Trump has won repeatedly in state courts to remain on the ballot despite efforts to call him an insurrectionist and disqualify him from public office via the 14th amendment.

AND the latest polling shows Trump cleaning Biden'sclock in every battleground state.

But fear not! The GOP can snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in the most amazing fashion. I have faith in McDaniels,McConnell, and the rest of the Republican leadership to turn near-certain victory into a squeeker, or a total disaster.

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The High Cost of Illegals

Diane Kimura

Migrant crisis has US taxpayers on the hook for up to $451B, House GOP report says
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Faith and Science

This from Vincent Thomas Ignatious:

Many believe that faith and reason, or religion and science, contradict each other. They see God or faith in Him, as irrational, since God cannot be proven to exist with our limited understanding and limited science.
However, we are learning more about our universe, and advances in our understanding of science, such as seen in Quantum physics, is thinning the line between faith and science. They do not contradict each other, but compliment each other.
One of the things I love about the Catholic Church is its dedication to truth, the scientific method, and it's natural skepticism to claims of the supernatural. For miracles to be accepted, there is a long process the church goes through to either validate it or reject it.
In cases of alleged demonic possession, the church goes through an exhaustive process. They delve into the medical and psychological history of the subject. Only when all earthly explanations are ruled out, they then look for known signs of the demonic, such as knowledge of events or personal information of others which the subject possesses that he or she could not have possibly known. Speaking in a foreign language, usually Latin, is another sign.
Then, even after all that, a bishop has to give the okay to a priest to perform the ritual of exorcism.
The Shroud of Turin, seen by many as the burial cloth of Christ, is another example. As our science and testing improves, there seems to be little doubt that it is indeed, the burial cloth of Jesus. Yet the church refuses to take a stand on it. It only says that it is an object worthy of meditation and a reminder of what Christ suffered for us.
Moreover, most of the biggest scientific discoveries were made by Catholic priests and laymen, who were motivated by their faith in a Creator, and saw the understanding of science and the universe as a service to God.
The Big Bang Theory was discovered by a Catholic priest.
Hospitals and universities were started by the Catholic Church. Classical education was and is highly valued by the Church. To this day, the education and curriculum in Catholic seminaries is second to none.
The claim that God does not exist because our sciences can't detect Him is what's irrational.
If God did create us and this universe, which includes space, time and matter, such a Creator exists outside of space, time, and matter. He has no beginning and no end. He cannot be measured or studied by a science limited to space, time, and matter.
We experience time as lineal...past, present, and future. Quantum Mechanics tells us that is a type of illusion. That time...past, present, and future, all happen together as one. We experience it as lineal.
QM also tells us matter is made up of mostly empty space. Solid objects have more empty space than solid matter.
There is so much we don't know. We are in our infancy of scientific understanding, and we have the hubris to claim God does not exist because we, in our infancy and extremely limited understanding, cannot detect him. Is that rational?
If God exists, created us, loves us, and wanted a personal relationship with us, how would He communicate His nature to us? We, with such limited minds and knowledge?
He would tell us that faith is the substance of things hoped for. The evidence of things not seen...or understood. He would tell us that unless we become child like in our embrace of Him, we cannot enter the Kingdom of God, or His kingdom cannot enter us.
Pope John Paul II wrote a book called faith and reason. I hear it's a very good book. That will be my next read.
May the God who is greater than our sciences and above it, pierce the walls of resistance we built in our hubris and fear, and grace us with the knowledge of His immeasurable love for us.

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November 30, 2023

Photons Don't Matter!

Richard Cronin

Just got to thinking a bit more.

The more and more I study, the P & T within our planet plus the ready presence of simple industrial catalysts, principally metal oxides, drives an unbelievable number of exothermic reactions. Moreover, slow upward flow brings reagents into contact with one another with significant dwell times. As a final measure, L.B. Bezrukov and colleagues have identified that heat transfer via convection is a sadly under-appreciat ed means of heat transfer. Until now everyone considered only conduction through solid rock strata, while the real Earth has layers of molten carbonates and silicates plus gases and liquids. It’s like a big-ass multi-product extrusion reactor.

In the total energy balance on the surface of this planet radiation is doodely. The only industrial application that I know using radiation for heating is paint booths — say for cars. Other than that, it’s microwave ovens and heat lamps to keep the French fries warm. That’s it.

Solar radiation delivers UV radiation which can dry clothing and give you a sunburn. Visible light is 50/50. Dark surfaces absorb, mostly into the oceans to drive photosynthesis via phytoplankton, Cyanobacteria, and algae. The ocean photosynthetic life forms are a vastly greater Carbon sink than any green stuff on land. Hard shell phytoplankton, Cyanobacteria and algae. Algae is a principal food for snails, sea horses and small tropical fish. When all of these critters die their vertebras sink to the ocean floor. The largest Carbon sequestration system possibly known.

Of course, white clouds and snow & ice reflect radiation (albedo).

Long Wave Infrared Radiation (LWIR) is strictly a cooling mechanism. The Stefan Boltzmann effect (black body radiation).

Photons are g-d Gauge Bosons, not Matter.

All manifestations of Energy involve Mass in Motion

Newton:
F = 1/2 • m • v2

Einstein:
E = m • c2

In my best Johnny Cochrane (O.J.’s lawyer):
"Photons have no Matter, so Photons don’t Matter.”

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Altering Burn Records

Carl Franklin

The government had burn records prior to 1985 deleted from the official data base so they could claim forest fires are setting all time record highs. They do the same with temperature records by creating a database that only started recently. The government has stooped to ignoring science and logic in support of their narrative.
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