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Philosophy (News/Activism)

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  • Darwinism has remade Western society—for the worse

    05/26/2017 8:46:18 AM PDT · by fishtank · 48 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | 5-26-17 | John Woodmorappe
    Darwinism has remade Western society—for the worse Review of The Darwin Effect: Its Influence on Nazism, Eugenics, Racism, Communism, Capitalism, and Sexism by John Woodmorappe This work covers the effects of the Darwinian revolution on 19th and 20th century thinking. It is striking how pervasive and harmful this effect has been. Because this work is so rich in diverse topics, I focus on only some of them and concentrate on developments in the latter part of the 20th century. Darwin was not simply a product of his time and culture. To the contrary, he effectively steered his culture. His ideas...
  • Crews begin dismantling Joe Arpaio's controversial "Tent City" complex in Arizona

    05/26/2017 7:05:08 AM PDT · by rktman · 24 replies ^ | 5/24/2017 | unknonw
    Crews have started to dismantle some of the tents in a controversial outdoor jail complex in Phoenix that helped make former Sheriff Joe Arpaio a national law enforcement figure. One of the five jail yards within "Tent City" has already been completely dismantled, and workers on Wednesday were in the process of tearing down a second yard.
  • Scientists Are About to Perform an Experiment to See if The Human Mind Is Bound by Physics

    05/25/2017 8:02:24 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 74 replies
    Science Alert ^ | May 25, 2017 | Dom Galeon
    Perhaps one of the most intriguing and interesting phenomena in quantum physics is what Einstein referred to as a "spooky action at a distance" - also known as quantum entanglement. This quantum effect is behind what makes quantum computers work, as quantum bits (qubits) generally rely on entanglement to process data and information. It's also the working theory behind the possibility of quantum teleportation. The long and short of it is this: entangled particles affect one another regardless of distance, where a measurement of the state of one would instantly influence the state of the other. However, it remains "spooky"...
  • GOP House candidate 'body slams' liberal reporter (MT)

    05/25/2017 4:04:26 PM PDT · by rktman · 57 replies ^ | 5/25/2017 | Rick Moran
    The race to fill the lone Montana House seat vacated by Rep. Ryan Zinke who was named Interior Secretary, just got a lot more interesting. Already considered too close to call by both sides, GOP candidate Gianforte was involved in an altercation with a reporter for the ultra-liberal Guardian newspaper where eyewitnesses say the tech millionaire body slammed the journalist and began to punch him.
  • The Popes of Global Warming Religion Write a Book

    05/25/2017 3:58:02 PM PDT · by rktman · 3 replies ^ | 5/25/2017 | Norman Rogers
    Michael Bloomberg, according to Forbes, is the 10th richest man in the world, with a net worth of $47.5 billion. Bloomberg graduated from the Harvard Business School, and built a huge business. He is no dummy. So, why has he given millions of dollars to the extremist Sierra Club? Why did he co-write Climate of Hope, an ignorant, anti-science book, with Carl Pope, the former head of the Sierra Club? Bloomberg studied electrical engineering as an undergraduate, so he can’t plead that he is a science-dumb liberal arts major. Sadly, Bloomberg seems to believe what he wrote.
  • Learning the lessons of Mount St Helens. How its eruption backs biblical history

    05/24/2017 10:53:13 AM PDT · by fishtank · 30 replies
    Creation ^ | 5-24-17 | Tas Walker
    Learning the lessons of Mount St Helens. How its eruption backs biblical history by Tas Walker It was not until I visited Mount St Helens volcano in Washington State, USA, that I fully appreciated the immensity of its 1980 explosion. Over many years, I had learned a lot about the eruption, watching videos, listening to lectures, and reading reports. When the mountain blew up physically, it also blew away many false ideas about geology, ideas that were wrong, but had been believed for more than a century. After decades of inactivity, Mount St Helens coughed to life in March 1980,...
  • Pulse Attack Survivor Struggles with Distrust and Gratitude Toward Law Enforcement

    05/23/2017 7:14:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies ^ | 5/21/2017 | Karl Herchenroeder
    For Carter, the fractured relationship between police and the African-American communities they serve is an issue of trust. “I feel like the police don’t trust the communities that they’re protecting, and I feel like the police don’t trust the people that they’re supposed to be protecting, and if we can figure out a way to build this trust between the police and the community, I think we’ll have a better dynamic going forward,” Carter said.
  • Let’s Be a Little More Careful, Please

    05/23/2017 6:52:49 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 27 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 19, 2017 | Aaron Barlow
    Editor's Note: This blog originally appeared at Academe Blog, the blog of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). A decade or more ago, at a faculty party in New York City, I listened in as a diverse group of faculty spoke casually and disparagingly of "hillbillies," "rednecks" and "white trash." I reminded them that they were speaking of my own people (my ancestry is completely Appalachian), though they shouldn't really be demeaning any group, no matter who might be around. I was met by fish-eyed responses, including the comment, "Well, you left there." My experience is not unusual. Author...
  • Report: Concealed Carry Witnesses Largest One-Year Surge Ever

    05/23/2017 6:48:17 AM PDT · by rktman · 19 replies ^ | 5/22/2017 | AWR Hawkins
    A report from the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) shows the demand for concealed carry witnessed its greatest surge ever between May 2016 and May 2017. The number of permits nationwide has now surpassed 15 million. That means more than 15 million law-abiding Americans have permits to carry a gun every day for defense of their own lives and the lives of others. And that 15 million-plus does not include the untold number of residents who legally carry without a permit in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Vermont, Wyoming, and West Virginia.
  • Pope Francis, Donald Trump to Seek Common Ground at Vatican

    05/23/2017 6:07:23 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 14 replies
    WSJ ^ | 23 May 2017 | Francis X. Rocca
    VATICAN CITY—When President Donald Trump visits Pope Francis on Wednesday, at the halfway point of a trip the White House has cast as a pilgrimage of peace, the two leaders will have a chance to reset an acrimonious public relationship. Yet the two men, famously divided on the pope’s signature issues of migration and climate change, could struggle to find significant areas of agreement. As of last week, representatives of the White House and the Vatican working on the agenda for the meeting had found few common policy priorities, according to someone familiar with the preparations. Vatican meetings between pontiffs...
  • Congressional Republicans: Worse than Democrats

    05/23/2017 6:00:09 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies ^ | 5/23/2017 | Mychal Massie
    Have the Republicans encamped around our president and supported him? The answer is an emphatic no. Not only have Republicans not rallied around Republican President Donald Trump, but the abysmal cabal of feckless, craven infidels continue to do their collective best to undermine President Trump at every turn. They are worse than the vilest Democrats. We expect liberal progressive Democrats to behave as they do, and we expect Republicans to represent the best interest of America and her citizens – instead they embody the worst character traits of Democrats.

    05/22/2017 7:36:02 PM PDT · by vannrox · 32 replies ^ | 20MAY17 | Faye Higbee
    SecDef Mattis: Working Toward Merciless Annihilation of ISIS By Faye Higbee Posted May 20, 2017 People have asked about the Pentagon’s strategy for defeating ISIS. On Friday, SecDef Mattis responded: “merciless annihilation.” (Which is totally a Mattis response.) The Pentagon is looking to stop ISIS fighters from scattering like cockroaches back to other countries after they lose their caliphate. He stood shoulder to shoulder with General Joseph Dunford, and Presidential Envoy to the ISIS Coalition Brett McGurk to explain the strategy to the Pentagon Press Corps. “The foreign fighters are the strategic threat should they return home to Tunis, to...
  • Mark Zuckerberg: We Need a ‘Global Superstructure to Advance Humanity’

    05/22/2017 5:59:05 AM PDT · by rktman · 89 replies ^ | 5/22/2017 | Lucas Nolan
    “There’s a social infrastructure that needs to get built for modern problems in order for humanity to get to the next level,” he stated. “Having more people oriented not just toward short-term things but toward building the long-term social infrastructure that needs to get built across all these things in order to enable people to come together is going to be a really important thing over the next decades.”
  • WTF? Prominent CONSERVATIVE Author And Speaker POISONED After Speech

    05/21/2017 11:06:17 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 13 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | March 19, 2017 | Doug Giles
    Robert Spencer, prominent author, and leader in the ‘counter-jihad’ movement says that he should have seen it coming. Spencer isn’t to be confused with Richard Spencer, prominent white supremacist that popularized the ‘Punch A Nazi’ craze sweeping the American Leftists. Robert Spencer is an expert in Islam, and has written multiple books, including the bestsellers, ‘The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World’s Most Intolerant Religion‘ and ‘The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (And the Crusades)’. Spencer is best known, for his blog, Jihad Watch that chronicles news of international jihad. Because of his stance on Islam, he has been...
  • LGBTQ Saves [mega-Barf Alert]

    05/21/2017 3:03:03 PM PDT · by fwdude · 15 replies
    Fort Worth Weekly ^ | May 17, 2017 | Edward Brown
    The young boy fidgeted in response to the question. Sitting in a large room at an Eastside church recently, he was among a dozen other children and teenagers introducing themselves to one another as part of a regular meeting hosted by LGBTQ Saves, a seven-year-old Fort Worth nonprofit that provides mentors and support for LGBTQ youth. Lisa Earley, an LGBTQ Saves youth leader, had asked, “What’s your preferred gender pronoun?”
  • ‘Potential Apocalypse’: NYT Warns Of Global Warming Floods Of Biblical Proportions

    05/21/2017 7:39:51 AM PDT · by rktman · 91 replies ^ | 5/20/2017 | Michael Bastasch
    The New York Times has taken warnings about global warming to a whole new level, publishing a three-part series suggesting a “potential apocalypse” from melting ice sheets if humans keep pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. “If that ice sheet were to disintegrate, it could raise the level of the sea by more than 160 feet — a potential apocalypse, depending on exactly how fast it happened,” NYT reporter Justin Gillis wrote of what some scientists predict could happen to Antarctica. Gillis points to recent research suggesting “the collapse of the ice sheet will become inevitable,” likening the projected 160-foot...
  • Trump Controversies Making Waves in Cannes(more winning)

    05/21/2017 7:23:41 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies ^ | 5/21/2017 | Brent Lang
    At premieres, beach parties, wine-soaked dinners and business meetings, the topic du jour at this year’s Cannes Film Festival: Trump. Buyers and sellers, studios executives and stars confess they’re glued to their smartphones, waiting for email alerts and updates on the latest White House scandal. “I’m obsessed with it,” said Stuart Ford, CEO of sales and production company IM Global. “The first thing I do in the morning is check the news. The last thing I do at night is check the news.” Some of the films searching for distribution along the Croisette grapple directly or indirectly with Trump and...
  • NAACP fires its president, will embrace Black Lives Matter

    05/21/2017 6:22:38 AM PDT · by rktman · 32 replies ^ | 5/21/2017 | Rick Moran
    The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the 109 year old civil rights organization, will not renew the contract of its president, Cornell Brooks, and will "recast" its mission by conducting "a systemwide and strategic revisioning process that will ensure that the NAACP can address these 21st century challenges." Reading between the lines isn't difficult; the NAACP will become more like Black Lives Matter and less like a mainstream organization dedicated to advancing the economic interests of blacks.
  • Barack the BS Master Brags about Humility

    05/21/2017 6:16:01 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies ^ | 5/21/2017 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    Forgetting that it's less than six months since the reign of illusion and delusion ended, the cover of the May 29, 2017 edition of People magazine recently featured a nostalgic story entitled "The Obamas: Their Lives Now." The caption below the photo read: "How Michelle and Barack are enjoying downtime with each other and their girls – and planning their surprising next moves." Irrespective of what People magazine attempted to represent, the goal of the glossy exploitation was to give the couple yet another excuse to denigrate Donald Trump. That's why the title should have read: "The Obamas: Still Belittling...
  • Scientific Study: Journalists Are a Bunch of Drunks With Sub-Average Brain Function

    05/21/2017 6:05:22 AM PDT · by rktman · 33 replies ^ | 5/21/2017 | Guy Benson
    According to a study released Thursday by neuroscientist Dr. Tara Swart in association with the London Press Club, the highest functions of the human brain operate at a lower level in journalists than the average population. Her research titled “Study Into The Mental Resilience of Journalists,” blames journalists’ cognitive shortcomings on dehydration caused by excessive alcohol consumption along with poor diet, including higher levels of sugar and caffeine. Less than 5% of journalists drink enough — or any — water while 41% drank more than 18 alcoholic drinks per week.