Monday, December 16, 2019

Why Trump "can" win

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For those of you who still watch real news, you'll notice that in many countries and places--Hong Kong, India, Iraq, Chile, Bolivia, etc.--you hear of citizens in the streets by the thousands protesting threats against civil rights.  Is there any news about Americans in the streets. No, nada, zip.

Americans no longer care. It's all about the show, not the substance. Is that a gross generalization? I hope so. But one thing is certain, those who you know will vote for Trump, will vote. Those who oppose him, may not.
--Trump supporters could care less about impeachment, especially since there's no chance the Senate will convict. They believe in the "witch hunt" scenario.
--They don't care about the Saudis. They have oil, good enough. And, since they don't really watch the news, one more dead journalist is no concern.
--They don't care or even believe in climate change science. To them, it's all about the weather today and not what evil climate changes cometh. In all likelihood, they don't understand the terminology so ignore it. For that matter, probably most science is beyond their understanding.
--Their total take on economics is "if I get a paycheck and can buy a beer and can go shoot something, life is good." Tarifs have no meaning and if Trump says China is paying them it must be true.
--Health care? Damned socialists.
--Education? "We don't need no education ...." And besides, education creates liberals.
--Pollution? Water doesn't taste any different. Skies still blue, sometimes, and who cares about bugs and birds?
--Immigrants? You've got to be kidding. They take our jobs and don't speak good english.

You see, it's about the antics, the show, the Archy Bunker factor. The guy swears and makes fun of people. He's just like us.

These people WILL vote.

If the Democrats do not vote Blue No Matter Who, Trump wins. If they don't vote Blue because the nominee doesn't promote all the things they want. Trump wins. If they don't have the most massive, biggest, best of all time voter turn out, TRUMP WINS.

Keep in mind, Trump, et al want a disruptive election. They want to claim voter tampering by "whoever" if the election is close so they can nullify it.

Trump can win. Polls will be purposely misleading (remember the Boris Johnson election). News will be skewed. Fake news and websites will be everywhere. Lies and deceit will be rampant. Intimidation and voter purges abundant. 

There are few protests in the US. Is this apathy? If so, we're in trouble.

There can be no rest until the "forces of tyranny" are clearly and overwhelmingly defeated. Otherwise, Trump WILL win.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Woe to you, GOP

 What might he say if He were here now?

Yes, some liberties have been taken. 

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-But woe unto you, hypocrites! for ye shut up the doors to a better life for the working person.

-Woe unto you,  hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make speeches that you care: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.

-Woe unto you, hypocrites! for ye travel the sea and land to make converts from other dictators and allies of our enemies, and they are made, ye make them twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

-Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear under oath, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the Trump tower, he is a better!

-Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or those who have slaved to make the gold?

-And, Whosoever shall swear by that all that is just, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift moved secretly to your bank is holy.

-Woe unto you, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe to the banker, the broker, and the corporation, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done.

-Ye blind guides, which strain at the truth, and swallow the lies and propaganda from the Tower.

-Woe unto you hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup by hiding on secret drivers and accusing others of the sins you commit, but within you are full of extortion and excess.

-Thou blind Republican, cleanse first that which is within the cup that those you deceive may be cleaned also.

-Woe unto you hypocrites! for ye are like perfected sculptures, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.

-You outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

- Woe unto you hypocrites! because ye build the towers for the rich and attend the rallies of the liars,

 -And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would probably shed their blood also. 

- Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

- Wherefore, behold, I send unto you those who tell the truth: and some of them ye shall kill and demonize, and some of them shall ye persecute them from city to city.

- Behold, your house in 2020 is left unto you desolate.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Why the Only Issue That Matters is Impeachment

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I listened to an NPR report in which numerous people interviewed stated that they were more concerned with issues like health care, education, wages, jobs, etc. than the impeachment of Donald Trump. This made me laugh and then sigh. Why don't those who aren't concerned with impeachment get the fact that all else revolves around the crimes, misdimeanors, negligence, and destructive actions of Trump?

The current administration has been on a quest, a Sherman's march, to gut public education, environmental protection, affordable health care, national public land treasures, voting rights, LGBQT rights, the rights of the disabled, worker rights, women's rights, programs to feed those in need,  the rights of asylum seekers, programs to support small scale farming, safe drinking water water protections, our relationsip with allies, treaties that prevent nuclear proliferation, the constitutional separation of powers and the right of oversight, to name a few. Nothing positive has been enacted, unless you consider billions of dollars in tax breaks for the rich to be positive. And, his plans for a second term, if, God forbid he actually gets that far, are too scary to even contemplate.

When someone says Congress should not waste time on impeachment it syas to me, We should not waste time protecting American democracy and the health and welfare of its our citizens. Instead, we should sit idly back while Trump inplements his distopian agenda for the rich and powerful while the masses just do what they're told and get whatever the rich decide they should get.

This is why impeachment is the only issue that matters.

Monday, July 8, 2019

What Does the Bible Say About Extinct Hominins?



What Does the Bible Say About Extinct Hominins?

By Daniel Friedmann

You’ve probably heard of Lucy, a diminutive hominin that looked a little bit like us. The collection of fossilized bones constituting the Lucy specimen has been dated to about 3.2 million years ago. It presents a small skull similar to that of non-hominin apes, plus evidence of a walking gait that was bipedal and upright, akin to that of humans’. Scientists have actually found about 15 to 20 types of primates that existed in the past and looked a bit more like us than apes do. These are called hominins.

Scientists struggle to define “human.” Essentially, the view is that we have all these bones and other remains of extinct earlier creatures that resembled us physically, and we have all the apes today, and it looks like at some point in the past, there was an ancestor common to chimpanzees and humans that branched into two types of creature. After that, different looking creatures evolved, becoming closer and closer to us—spending more time standing upright, having bigger and more complex brains, and so on. Scientists place all of those creatures in the “human” lineage (meaning they were more like humans than like apes) and describe this as human evolution.

Where in the Bible are all these creatures?
The Bible contains a crystal-clear definition of “human.” Our body, it says, is very similar to the body of animals and was originally made in a similar way. What makes us uniquely human is the soul that God breathed into Adam’s nostrils. This part of God, our soul, comes with very specific human behaviors defined in the Torah, including speech.

Science does not deal with souls, but scientists who study human behavior have identified particular behaviors they believe no other species exhibits now or has exhibited in the past. These turn out to be the same behaviors that the Bible—thousands of years earlier than modern science—connected with the divine soul that makes us human.

So if we defined humans by the behaviors unique to our species, science and the Bible would agree. But science does not define humans by behavior; it looks at all the fossils we have discovered, and if they possess similarities to modern humans (as Lucy does, for example), they are in the human lineage. The Bible would disagree with the scientific definition of “human,” saying that Lucy and the 15 to 20 other somewhat human-looking creatures we know to have existed didn’t exhibit our unique human behaviors, so they did not have divine souls like we do and therefore were not human.
Now, you may ask, “If they were animals, why aren’t they mentioned in Genesis?” The Bible is a manual for life, not a biology book. The first chapter of Genesis talks about beasts and cattle and creeping beings; it doesn’t describe elephants, tigers, and the millions of other specific kinds of animals, so why should we hear about Lucy and other hominins?

In short, the Bible definition of a human is straightforward: a creature with a divine soul. All the other creatures in the past that looked a bit like us but didn’t behave like us were simply animals.

About the Author 

Daniel Friedmann is presently Chairman of the Board of Carbon Engineering. A company dedicated to removing CO2 from the air to reduce climate change. He has a master's in engineering physics and 30 years' experience in the space industry. He is also a longtime student of cosmology and religion. to learn more about Daniel Friedmann, his work and his book The Biblical Clock visit and  Amazon.