A Terrorist By Any Other Name … — Filosofa’s Word


On February 15th, just over two months ago, Christopher Paul Hasson, a U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant and white supremacist was arrested after federal investigators uncovered a cache of weapons and ammunition in his Maryland home. His plan was, in his words … “I am dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on […]

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197 Myths, Ice Melt And Conservative Apathy


 

Remember when wannabe president Trump tweeted –

How about Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe, Republican chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, tossing a snowball in February 2015?

“God is still up there, and He promised to maintain the seasons and that cold and heat would never cease as long as the earth remains.”

“The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous,” he said.

Inhofe mocked Obama for saying climate change was a greater threat to Americans than terrorism. He spewed lists of terrorist atrocities and enemy nations, accusing the Obama administration of trivializing national security threats in favour of climate propaganda. Inhofe accused liberal news media of using climate propaganda to create fear.

Trump blames China, Inhofe calls on God – how does a reasonable person crack these nuts? Visual aides?

Image courtesy – https://climate.nasa.gov/climate_resources/4/graphic-dramatic-glacier-melt/

Stunning video documentation?

Gone are the days when skepticism demanded verifiable truth. Collective denial is a modern reality perpetuated by numskulls with money, power and political agendas oblivious to ramifications of climate apathy. That said, I stumbled upon a list of 197 climate myths at Skeptical Science. I challenge anyone to find a more complete, user friendly resource –

https://skepticalscience.com/argument.php

 

Dear America, Please Watch This Video


I’ll reblog this video to the end of time or the day America listens, whichever comes first.

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Dear America,

Despite several attempts to reach you, previous requests to watch a clip from The Newsroom remain unanswered. Understandably there’s a lot on your mind. I know how difficult it is to pull yourselves away from Trump tweets, partisan jibber-jabber, criminal investigations and threat of  government shut down if your leader doesn’t get his wall. That said, surely you can spare six minutes to watch this video. If America matters to you, watch to remember what you once cared about…..

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Newsroom_(U.S._TV_series)

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clouded


Peter had me at murmuration, his perspective sealed the deal.

Life Unscripted

murmuration of starlings

The photo is a murmuration of Starlings surrounding the Statue of Liberty but it made me think about the way in which the values that made this country what it has become have themselves been clouded and obscured.

Society seems no longer to care about values.  I blame that on the movement to deny any absolute values that began with questioning religion and religious morality.  Once we began (as a society) to question whether “right” existed, or whether “wrong” was something that could be applied universally it became easy to say that “no one” was really altruistic, that ethical matters only really applied in… well… maybe they don’t… oh, heck, lets’ throw ethics out anyway, who needs to be judged….  You see how it all goes pear shaped once you start questioning.

I wonder, can you question things and still uphold some set of values? Speed limits for example —…

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Who’s Killing the World?


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Why is it that we humans are in such a big hurry to place blame.Who's Killing the World When things aren’t just the way we want them it seems the most logical thing in the world to blame someone else for whatever has happened.  From our earliest days as a child when Mom or Dad find us with mud all over our clothes, or when we’ve tried to drown the neighbor’s cat — it seems the easiest, most natural thing to say, “It’s Johnny’s fault” or “It’s Sarah’s fault” or it’s the bogeyman’s fault!

In recent years I’ve heard that “Millennials are killing…”  and then the noun  of the hour is inserted as appropriate to the immediate circumstance.  Whatever is wrong is somehow the fault of the generation coming up.  When I was younger the faults of the world have been the responsibility of:

  • Gen X
  • Gen Y
  • Hippies
  • Rock & Roll
  • Baby…

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Happy Pi Day


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The circumference of a circle, regardless of size is 3.14 times longer than the diameter (distance across). Circumference divided by diameter is a mathematical constant known as Pi. By definition Pi is a mathematical constant because it isn’t changed by the size of numbers it’s used to equate. Pi is irrational, meaning it has an infinite number of digits which never repeat. In 2018 physicist Peter Trueb calculated Pi to 22.4 trillion digits – 22,459,157,718,361 to be precise. Limitless as Pi may be, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory requires a mere 15 Pi digits to calculate interplanetary travel, mathematician James Grime argues 39 digits is enough to calculate circumference of the known universe. In 1988 physicist Larry Shaw organized the first Pi Day at San Francisco’s Exploratorium science museum on 3.14. In 2009 U.S. Congress officially recognized the fourteenth day of the third month as Pi Day.

Antiquity was no stranger…

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