Friday, December 26, 2014
Monday, December 22, 2014
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Being female isn't a disability. But she doesn't go far enough. Being a mother isn't a disability either, and it's high time we stopped treating mothers as less valuable citizens.
A close second is this conservative rant from the world of Open Source libertarianism.
Note that BOTH articles, despite being anti-feminist; are written by women, about women, for women.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Prayers partially answered, but keep praying! He received his new lungs on January 4, and is in recovery. Additional need: if you are retired and would like room and board in Seattle for two months in exchange for being present at night and able to dial 911, please contact me at email@example.com.
Monday, December 1, 2014
The Lion and his Fellow Hunters, By Aesop
Once, a lion, a fox, a jackal, and a wolf went hunting. They caught a stag and killed it, and quartered the meat. "This quarter," said the lion, "is for me, as I am the King of Beasts. And this quarter is mine as the arbiter of the spoils. The third quarter is mine because of my part in chasing down the stag. And as for the fourth – well, I'd like to see any of you dare to put so much as a paw on it." The other three animals were bitterly disappointed, but they slunk away, unwilling or unable to fight for their share of the meat.
Just because you help a lion doesn't mean he'll share.
So remember boys and girls, just because you help a rich man to run his business, does not mean he'll share the profits with you. Which leads us right back to an entirely Different Leo and his successors.
Friday, November 28, 2014
Monday, November 24, 2014
Friday, November 21, 2014
If you are a follower of mine in this blog, you already know that I'm struggling with my hope over the last couple of years. Despair is something I keep tripping over.
I see my volunteering for this program as being a major step towards beginning to have hope again, beginning to find my way to hope that Catholic families will continue at St. Clare's.
If you can spare a couple of bucks for this purpose- for getting families more involved in their faith and towards us drawing families in with a movie night on December 12- then click on the Donate button below. Knights of Columbus is a 501c8, so give only if you can out of your generosity, you can't write off donations to fraternal societies.
We are now within $45 of having the total needed for the copyright license.
We have enough, First Movie Night is December 12, everybody's invited.
The first, according to a report in the press on 20th October of this year, took place in a lake in Scotland 385 million years ago. It was then, according to this new discovery, that two fish came together to perform the first instance of sexual reproduction known to science. Until then all life had propagated itself asexually, by cell division, budding, fragmentation or parthenogenesis, all of which are far simpler and more economical than the division of life into male and female, each with a different role in creating and sustaining life.
When we consider, even in the animal kingdom, how much effort and energy the coming together of male and female takes, in terms of displays, courtship rituals, rivalries and violence, it is astonishing that sexual reproduction ever happened at all. Biologists are still not quite sure why it did. Some say to offer protection against parasites, or immunities against disease. Others say it’s simply that the meeting of opposites generates diversity. But one way or another, the fish in Scotland discovered something new and beautiful that’s been copied ever since by virtually all advanced forms of life. Life begins when male and female meet and embrace.
You can go to the link to read the rest- but Adam and Eve is the END of the story, not the beginning. I've been fond of saying that homosexuality denies 6000 years of human history and research into marriage, and while that is true, I think I'm now going to change it to say that homosexuality denies 385 million years of evolution.
Monday, November 17, 2014
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
We have human brains and imperfect knowledge about our world and our future. Due to this, there is no such thing as a coercion free contract. ALL contracts, supposedly signed in freedom, contain things people need to survive, otherwise there would be no basis for economics. ALL contracts, supposedly signed in freedom, have one party profiting more than the other party, this is why business is profitable.
And that is why consent is a myth- a leap of faith in unjustified trust at best. There is no reason behind it.
Friday, November 7, 2014
Due to this, I would like to see Oregon adopt an electoral college methodology, based on county and population, to even things out a bit for statewide races like governor and the senate.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
- Once a farm gains TAU classification, it can no longer be subdivided, even if covered by an expanding urban growth boundary.
- Minimum 25% of land area must be for human food production of some sort.
- TAU farms may include onsite food processing, as long as food input is limited to food grown on either the same farm as the processing equipment or another nearby farm owned by the same family
- TAU farms are limited to single proprietorship inherited by biological family, and if sold, revert to EFU status, even if contained within an urban growth boundary.
- TAU farms may offer complementary services to consumers, such as hotels, bed and breakfasts, farm produce stores, wedding services, playgrounds, and restaurants, as long as such activities are restricted to 10% of the total land area owned by the family.
- TAU farms must include at least one single family dwelling for the caretaking portion of the family.
- All local ordinances for the various types of allowable enterprises apply.
Monday, November 3, 2014
Friday, October 31, 2014
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
It is impossible for a Democrat to lose in a majority urban voting block; it is equally impossible for a Republican to lose in a majority rural voting block. But where you live dictates your core principles far more than what party you belong to. A rural person is going to be far less tolerant of evil, far more pro-human-life, for where he lives, humans are rare. An urban person is far more likely to tolerate evil, for how else is he to get along with his neighbors less than 100 feet away?
Monday, October 27, 2014
Surprise! You're not God. But since when did you expect to be God?
Monday, October 20, 2014
Until this morning, when I suddenly realized Pope Francis's view on the Holy Spirit is essentially the same as Loki
Friday, October 17, 2014
We should also be concerned about children: in many cases, it is the children of a heterosexual couple in which one spouse or partner has changed his life. Children are often more mature than one would think. They put up with the situation, but that does not mean they do not suffer.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Monday, October 13, 2014
Friday, October 10, 2014
Thursday, October 9, 2014
People say I'm crazy to equate fornication with rape; to suggest that fornication contains dire consequences for women and that consent isn't defined strictly enough. But recently, California changed that with the Yes means Yes act- which strictly defines consent for sex. Maybe not as much as sacramental marriage does, but at least it's a step in the right direction.
What California Consent Teaches Us About Women’s Needs:
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
St. Peter's List: Islam as a Christian Heresy: 8 Quotes from St. John Damascene A.D. 749:
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Monday, October 6, 2014
Here is my analysis of what I think the synod CAN accomplish:
Canon Law is made up of dogma, doctrine, and discipline. Not taking communion when in a state of mortal sin, is dogma, and is not specific to marriage. Annulments in general are a Doctrine- they are a natural development of Christ's teaching that a man who marries again after divorce, is committing adultery. Proving that the original marriage wasn't a marriage is a way out of that, and that is why the doctrine developed, it isn't likely to change. The ONLY way for a Catholic in a second marriage to stop mortal sin is to get an annulment. But that leads us to discipline, which is how the Church uses doctrine to teach moral truth. The current discipline surrounding annulments is broken. They're expensive, they take a long time, they're horrendous to go through, and maybe worst of all, there is a sense that they're just rubber stamping the secular divorce for the rich. The process can and should be made better.
Synods in general can't change dogma or doctrine, but they can change discipline. For the sake of the wounded modern family, the Synod should change this.
And then it should go on to discuss all the other stuff in the working document.
American College of Pediatrics Blasts Medical Group for Promoting Myth of "Safe Sex" - Aleteia:
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Experts Discuss Devastating Breakdown of Marriage, but Believe Church Can Turn It Around - Aleteia:
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Friday, October 3, 2014
Monday, September 29, 2014
The three things you need to remember when asking this question:
1. The pope is a “dream catcher”; we project our dreams of unity or division on him.
2. The Pope is divisive and uniting because he is above all a pastor.
3. Pope Francis is that guy who challenges our assumptions and stretches our understanding.
I for one am really frustrated with #2. Oh, I understand the need to go running after the lost sheep. But in the mean time, on both the left and right sides of the pen, there's a hungry wolf who has cut a hole in the fence and is stealing sheep while the shepherd is away.
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Friday, September 26, 2014
Alarmist? yes. Accurate? Yes.
There is a dark side to many liberal organizations. And as the article points out, conservative organizations are not immune to seeking state support.
But I've got a question- How does an "Institute" in the United States, running on a budget of a mere $54,494/year, lobby governments in Moldova, Russia, and Poland and actually accomplish their goals enough to get on a hate crimes report? Or Family Watch International, who has apparently been lobbying the UN on a budget of $26,569/year (maybe Sharon Slater is cleaning their toilets?).
Scott Lively is the one who has been receiving the actual death threats from the Human Rights Campaign, alledgedly for singlhandly being responsible for anti-gay legislation in Uganda, Eastern Europe, Russia, and the United Kingdom. All on a budget of less than $100,000/year (I challenge you to even take a vacation in those four areas in a year on such a budget).
Apparently undercutting the gay bullyboys is worse than cutting the heads off of reporters....
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
The real problem is that Scientism isn't really a form of atheism. It just replaces the authority of God with the authority of Science (tm) of a form that most people don't understand is really just materialism.
Monday, September 15, 2014
The following story is from This is True dated 17 July 2005. It is Copyright 2005 Randy Cassingham, all rights reserved, and reprinted here with permission:
After more than 100 dead dogs were dumped in a trash dumpster over four weeks, police in Ahoskie, N.C., kept an eye on the trash receptacle behind a supermarket. Sure enough, a van drove up and officers watched the occupants throw in heavy plastic bags. They detained the two people in the van and found 18 dead dogs in plastic bags in the dumpster, including puppies; 13 more dead dogs were still in the van. Police say the van is registered to the headquarters of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and the two occupants, Andrew B. Cook, 24, and Adria Joy Hinkle, 27, identified themselves as PETA employees. An autopsy performed on one of the dogs found it was healthy before it was killed. Police say PETA has been picking up the animals -- alive -- from North Carolina animal shelters, promising to find them good homes. Cook and Hinkle have been charged with 62 felony counts of animal cruelty. In response to the arrests PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said it's against the group's policy for employees to dump animals in the trash, but "that for some animals in North Carolina, there is no kinder option than euthanasia." (Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald) ...Oops, my mistake: that's "Playing God" Defined.
In his author's notes section, Cassingham had more to say about this story:
The more I learn about PETA, the less I think of them. The story of them killing animals isn't even unusual. According to PETA's own filings, in 2004 PETA killed 86.3 percent of the animals entrusted to its care -- a number that's rising, not falling. Meanwhile, the SPCA in PETA's home town (Norfolk, Va.) was able to find loving homes for 73 percent of the animals put in its care. A shortage of funds? Nope: last year PETA took in $29 million in tax-exempt donations. It simply has other priorities for the funds, like funding terrorism (yes, really). But don't take my word for it: I got my figures from http://www.PETAkillsAnimals.com -- and they have copies of PETA's state and federal filings to back it up. The bottom line: if you donate money to PETA because you think they care for and about animals, you need to think some more. PETA literally yells and screams about how others "kill animals" but this is how they operate? Pathetic.
And you know what I wonder? PETA's official count of animals they kill is 86.3 percent. But if they're going around picking up animals, killing them while they drive around and not even giving them a chance to be adopted, and then destroying the evidence by dumping the bodies in the trash, are those deaths being reported? My guess: no. While 86.3 percent is awful, the actual number is probably much, much higher. How dare they lecture anyone about the "ethical" treatment of animals!
(This is True is a weekly column featuring weird-but-true news stories from around the world, and has been published since 1994. Click the link for info about free subscriptions.)
Friday, September 12, 2014
Friday, September 5, 2014
Back in the 1980's, when all music sucked and men dressed like sissies, a bunch of sissy Europeans got together in a passionate effort to overstandardize computer networking. They created this thing called the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) networking suite. Anyone who has taken a CS (Computer Science) or CIS (Computer Information Systems) course knows this; they cram this fact down the student's throat from day freaking one. It is only when the student enters the real world do they realise that the OSI seven layer model is a sham.
First off, what the hell is any European organization doing dictating standards that have to do with computers or networking? (Well...besides that paradigm shifting Linux stuff and all that other huge shit) Hello! How many bleeding edge computer or networking innovations have we seen come out of the European continent? Are they even participating in this revolution? Part of this is not really directly their fault; it probably has something to do with the fact that a minimum of venture capital spent in Europe even goes into high tech; most of it goes into high fashion and entertainment instead. No wonder we booger eating Yanks think the Europeans are sissies. Hey, we may be pigs, but at least we are running the Internet. Nah nah na-na nah.
Secondly, the seven layers proposed by OSI are completely out of touch with reality. The defacto networking standard is TCP/IP. TCP/IP is the grandaddy of XNS, IPX/SPX, Banyan, AppleTalk, and a host of other protocols and pre-dates that seven layer thing because it was funded by the largest organization in the world devoted to maintaining Eurocentric socioeconomic domination; the US Military. And for some reason, that makes it better. Yeah.
And yet this seven layer curse won't go away. Companies still have staffs of Marketing inspired artists drawing up elaborate maps of how their protocol maps to the OSI Seven Layer Model. Sham! Its a sham I say! To hell with the OSI Seven Layer Model!
To its credit, we have found that there are indeed a few things in this world that actually follow the seven layer model; but none of them have anything relevant to do with today's high tech world. Case in point; the Taco Bell Seven Layer Burrito.
You can currently buy one of these babies for just a buck (well, 99 cents anyway) and experience for yourself a portable example of what happens when pure Hispanic culinary brilliance gets flattened into consistency by the grinding blandness of American commercialization. I should know; I eat there once a week and suggest Taco Bell to all my friends.
To illustrate my point, I have included a table that compares the Taco Bell Seven Layer Burrito to the sham that is the OSI seven layer model.
|Layer 1: The Physical Layer
The Physical Layer describes physical properties of the media, such as the electrical properties and interpretation of exchanged signals.
|Layer 1: Refried Beans|
Refried beans are always the first thing to be placed on any kind of intelligently built burrito. They not only make a great foundation, but also act as a glue to hold the tortilla together. And due to their high levels of sugars, they are also the largest reason you'll get gas after eating one of them. The resulting gas causes electrical exchanges, most often between married couples aproximately 6-8 hours after ingestion.
|Layer 2: The Data Link Layer
The Datalink Layer describes the logical organization of data bits transmitted on a particular medium, for example the logical addressing of Ethernet packets.
|Layer 2: Seasoned Rice|
Rice is logically the second ingredient on a burrito. It is also a filler, just as beans are, but don't qualify as a foundation and cannot hold the tortilla together like beans can. Therefore, rice builds upon the foundation that beans have built, and rightfully deserve to always be the second ingredient.
|Layer 3: The Network Layer
The Network Layer describes how a series of exchanges over various data links can deliver data between any two nodes in a network; basically describing how packets get routed through the 'net.
|Layer 3: Lettuce|
One of the most wonderful properties of Iceberg Lettuce is its almost complete lack of nutritional value and its ability to route itself directly through your digestive tract to your back door. And it, like beans, also gives you gas.
|Layer 4: The Transport Layer
The Transport Layer describes the quality and nature of the data delivery.
|Layer 4: Tomatoes|
Tomatoes are added to the burrito to give the eater the impression that they are eating something healthy and natural.
|Layer 5: The Session Layer
The Session Layer describes the organization of data sequences larger than the packets handled by the lower layers. Basically, its the job of the Session Layer to fix what the other layers have screwed up.
|Layer 5: Guacamole|
Guacamole is added to hide any kind of poor or bland flavor that may have come with the Iceberg Lettuce, the rice, or the beans.
|Layer 6: The Presentation Layer
The Presentation Layer describes the syntax of data being transferred for communication with dissimilar systems.
|Layer 6: Cheese|
There isn't a whole lot of combinations of incompatable foods a bunch of cheese can't gloss over with its unique mixture of fats, cholesterol, and salt. When in doubt, throw in some cheese.
|Layer 7: The Application Layer
The Application Layer describes how real work actually gets done; its the reason we do things in the first place.
|Layer 7: Sour Cream|
Its been said that the purpose of sour cream is to allow white dudes to eat spicy food. Without sour cream, most white folks couldn't bear to eat exotic foods like the kind that Taco Bell are serving up.
Try and see how many things you can find that honestly conform to this sham of a model, and let me know what you find.
Ok, so this is flawed. I spaced that there is an eighth layer; the flour tortilla. No biggy; here's a better one:
- Two all beef patties
- Special sauce
- On a sesame seed bun
[H O M E]
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Radical traditionalists are also considered to have some affiliation with the old Jansenist heresy, which was a form of Catholic Calvinism- fierce loyalty to the Pope but hopelessly elitist, they treated the sacraments, especially the Eucharist, more as reward than as Grace, requiring long years of study to be admitted to the sacraments. And certainly, no non-Christian could be saved in their predestined view of the world.
Which leads us to an interesting bit of prooftexting. Could the modern Popes be right about the lack of any need to evangelize the Jews? Romans 11:25-26 seems to indicate so:
25 Lest you be wise in your own sight, I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers:[a] a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. 26 And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written,
“The Deliverer will come from Zion,
he will banish ungodliness from Jacob”;
Perhaps the Jews really are our elder brothers in faith. But then again, we know from Luke 15 what elder brothers are like, don't we?
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Friday, August 22, 2014
This isn't about what I thought it was about. Instead, it's generalized rules for building social credit. Rules like:
Start with a text
Stick to the text
Get to the point
Call them to commit
Give them legitimate hope
It's from the Mises Institute, so it's ideologically impure. But Catholics and Libertarians do have a lot in common; especially since they're both minorities in morality. What this video is really about, every leader should know.
Ok, I've listened to it- and the ending was highly disappointing. Don't trust government is his entire real message. Sad. That's where I always part with the libertarians- because a good Catholic knows there is a form of government he CAN trust- a decentralized government that respects solidarity and subsidiarity.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
I encourage all members of John Clare Council to spread this link around.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
American "White Hat" hacker wants to see how gullible people are. So he invents a story that he discovered 1.2 billion passwords hacked by a mysterious gang in Russia he calls CyberVor. He reports it through the New York Times, paying them to plant a false story. They hire "a security expert" that they do not name to verify at least that he's got a database of 1.2 billion fake e-mail addresses and fake passwords. He then offers on his website a "service" free for the first 30 days, $10/month thereafter, to let you enter your e-mail address and password to check against the fake database- at which point your e-mail address and password go into the real database, which he then sells at the upcoming "Black Hat" conference as proof that users are stupid.
Monday, August 4, 2014
Here’s a hint: if both major parties can agree that it’s a dumb idea, it’s probably a dumb idea.
Some of us are so cynical, so fed up with the Democrats and Republicans, that we think that both major parties agreeing that something is a dumb idea, is a pretty darn good indication that it's a good idea. So good that closer to November, I'm likely to write a blog post on this particular idea, specifically for Californicators.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
The Palestinians don't have much, but they do have junk- some of which floats. I wonder what the Israeli gunships would do if faced with a massive seasteading flotilla , taking advantage of the 1.5 km/hr current to evacuate to Crete?
It would be a harrowing journey, but given the warm waters of the Mediterranian, quite possible.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Thursday, July 17, 2014
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This is the Gaza Strip. The Joke John Steward made is "They have two borders- Israel and Egypt- and both are closed. Where are they supposed to evacuate to?"
"Gaza Strip map2" by Gringer (talk) 14:01, 8 January 2009 (UTC) - SVG version of File:Gaza_Strip_map.png, created using Inkscape v. 0.46. with help from GIMP 2.4.7.: For Country Borders: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Gaza-Strip Overview Map For roads, text, and population areas, I traced/typed from File:Gaza_Strip_map.png Minimap made using Israel location map.svg by User:NordNordWest Colours in the main map were changed to those in w:Wikipedia:WikiProject_Maps#Map_colors. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
What many people don't know is "Palestine" is a foreign word, an Ottoman name for "Filistinian" or "Philistine", also known as South Syria. The Philistines were the successors to the great Phoenecian Empire, the greatest sailing trade empire of the region. Look at that map, look at that other border- do you think we western countries have a way to evacuate civilians out of the area?
At least three rockets were fired from Gaza toward southern Israel, about two hours after a temporary lull in hostilities began to allow humanitarian supplies to be delivered to Gaza, the Israeli military said.
Hamas to the rest of the world: We don't need your stinkin' humanitarian supplies.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Belief in God.
Belief in Christ Jesus’ deity and humanity – that He is both God and man (Cf. John 1:1; Colossians 2:9; 1 John 4:1-4; Romans 10:9).
Belief that you are a sinner in need of God’s mercy (Cf. 1 John 1:10).
Belief that Christ Jesus died on the Cross and rose bodily from the grave (Cf. John 2:19-21; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
Belief that grace through faith in Christ is necessary for salvation (Romans 5:1; Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 3:1-2, 5:1-4)."
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Also known as "Heads I win, Tails the Church Loses".
Monday, July 14, 2014
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Weird Al has a degree in architecture?!?!? I now want to hire him to build a theme park.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Judge compares incest and paedophilia to past attitudes towards homosexuality, claiming they might not be taboo anymore
Judge compares incest and paedophilia to past attitudes towards homosexuality, claiming they might not be taboo anymore: "A Sydney judge has compared incest and paedophilia to homosexuality, saying the community may no longer see sexual contact between siblings and between adults and children as “unnatural” or “taboo”."
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Thursday, July 10, 2014
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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An interesting letter from a most interesting personality. I heard him on the Lars Larson show yesterday on the way home. He's "not a billionaire" in that his net worth is only in the high 950s. $950 million that is.
He has a very interesting economic theory in which wealth is created not by production, but by consumerism. And to have consumerism, you need consumers- you need people making enough money to buy what you are selling. Therefore, the inflation of the minimum wage is a good thing- because it means more people, who have the money to pay higher prices.
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Yep, that's exactly why euthanasia and abortion- one at the end of life, the other at the beginning, but both taking away life that could be lived- is wrong.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
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I wonder if a good student of St. Francis of Assisi can turn this caliphate into a sultanate?
Toffler is a physician in Portland, Ore., who opposes assisted suicide. He is critical of Ganzini's study, saying that it includes too few people to make the assertions it makes about assisted suicide not harming family members, particularly since it doesn't include family members like him, who fundamentally oppose suicide for any reason.
"I know personally, having lived in Oregon, that there are people who are hurt — grieved very much by a loved one who thought so little of their relationship that they ended their life," Toffler says.
But Toffler does agree that finding a way to gather before death to memorialize life and acknowledge its end is profoundly helpful. Like the Bems, his family went through the dying process with his wife, Marlene Benedetti Toffler. At the very end, there were four of them there — Bill, a daughter and a son, and a close friend.
They gathered around this person they loved, helping her — and themselves — as she passed."
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Monday, July 7, 2014
Nevada woman whose Obamacare enrollment was delayed died of cancer - NY Daily News: "Linda Rolain, who has battled an aggressive brain tumor but didn’t receive insurance coverage until it was too late — despite numerous attempts to enroll in Nevada’s problem-plagued insurance exchange — succumbed to her cancer Monday, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported."
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Sunday, July 6, 2014
Last week Pope Francis said this- and the Catholic blogosphere exploded. But what I don't understand is what did he say that Henry Kissinger didn't tell President Ford in 1974?
Friday, July 4, 2014
"So why don't you just make yourself legal?" How immigration process works (and doesn't) in the U.S.
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Jose Vargas is a Filipino whose mother made what I would consider a major parental mistake- when he was 12, she gave up her parental rights, turned his welfare over to smugglers, and sent him to relatives who themselves were undocumented. I don't understand why she thought newspapers would pay more in the United States or be around longer than in Manila; or why she was willing to turn the welfare of a child over to criminals. But that's what she did. And in response, I've learned something that I have been wondering for a long time- that our current green card system cares only about ethnic country of origin, not about individuals.
On this 4th of July of 2014, that is hopelessly outdated.
We have this new thing, Total Information Awareness. It has been called spying, those who think we still have privacy don't like it, but it is basically anything you do, outside of your house, is recorded. It's possible with computers today to record the entire economic history of every one of the 7 billion human beings on the planet, with plenty of processing time left over for another 80 billion.
With this, we have opportunities. For one thing, we can make green card processing individual, not quota based. We have the full public history of every human being on the planet, it's a basic database lookup for criminals and such, and we can give any individual an answer in 30 minutes or less.
But we can do a lot more if we invest in this technology. We'll know the dietary habits of every human being on the planet, and can rearrange our supply chains to eliminate hunger and open new markets.
This is also the force multiplier we need if we're going to defeat theSola Jihadi of the Muwahiddun. The key to solo jihad warfare is the individual; the individual needs tools to attack, and with watching every transaction on the planet, we'll be alerted to purchases of those tools- by anybody.
Privacy is used primarily to do evil things. To harm our neighbor. It's time to step up to a new morality- and stop harming our neighbor.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
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Viva Christo Rey!
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Sesame Street Tells Lies that Hurt Kids (OR, Why “Any Group of People / Living Together And Loving Each Other” ISN’T “Doing the Family Thing”)
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Monday, June 30, 2014
They believe they are evil and their mothers should have aborted them.
They believe America is evil and that the Native American culture should have prevailed and white people don't belong in America.
It's an interesting theory. And certainly some political rants I've read recently from the liberal side would lend it some force. But I would say there's a bit of pot, kettle, black going on, because conservatives have the same problem with rich folks and guilt over being poor.
Friday, June 27, 2014
In the face of this, it's anthropology that the Bishops are turning to, which while a good intellectual start, doesn't exactly warm the heart and doesn't appeal to today's soundbyte, philosophically free and emotion based culture.
But one area hasn't yielded to the dictatorship of relativism and consent: Popular music still longs for monogamous, heterosexual relationships in a way that the modern and postmodern zeitgiest can't fulfill. So perhaps, that's where we should start: In a love so strong that it even gives one another fertility, to create new life. That is the one arena where traditional marriage still has the ability to be superior- perhaps the only area.
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This is a year before I noticed that the civil union debate had suddenly, overnight, turned into an attack on the family and on marriage.
Justice Scalia, is a prophet.
Infant gender assignment: Unnecessary and potentially harmful.:
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And from a former homosexual turned therapist the way you should really respond to gender confusion in your son or daughter.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Who has the war on women now? 6% of all the girls conceived in the United States, will be executed by a Planned Parenthood employee. 6%.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
At least my old insurance would pay for prescriptions. Both my wife and I are on medications, and we knew our medication cost was high, so when we chose a plan on Cover Oregon, one of our criteria was cheap copay on prescriptions. We were thrilled to find a Bronze plan that promised $0 copay on prescriptions, so we went with Lifewise. The cards came, and sure enough, they said Retail Rx Copay $0. Over the last several weeks, I've had the worst allergy season I've ever had- and it's given me severe asthma. My doctor is very worried, so he prescribed Predisone and Adivar. Adivar was utterly denied, so I ended up going with Q-Var, and then I got hit with this massive co-pay.
Thanks loads, Obamacare. You are WORTHLESS.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
If you truly want to wipe out an infectious disease in a given population of human beings, it only takes four steps. Billions of dollars worth of effort, but only four steps.
1. Create a cheap test that shows positive or negative for the infectious agent, and test *everybody*.
2. Those who test positive, physically separate into a quarantined area.
3. Hire researchers and caretakers to care for and treat the quarantined.
4. Use the quarantined population as a test bed to work on cures.
If you are working for the eradication of an infectious illness, and are not doing these four steps, you simply aren't trying very hard.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Friday, June 20, 2014
Fatal Distraction: Forgetting a Child in the Backseat of a Car Is a Horrifying Mistake. Is It a Crime? - The Washington Post
'via Blog this'
This horrific story, in this paragraph, tells me that there is a technological solution. I do forget my cell phone in the car from time to time; but I have a technological hint that I've done so: My bluetooth headset says "Phone disconnected".
What if carseats had a small, low power bluetooth signal to our smartphones, on whenever the seatbelt is engaged, and an app that detected whether that signal was present or not?
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
The answer is the beautiful tradition the Croatian people of Siroki-Brijeg have for marriage. In fact the Croatian marriage tradition is beginning to take hold in the rest of Europe and America among devout Catholics who have seen the blessings it bestows!
For centuries the people in Siroki-Brijeg have suffered cruelly as their Christian Faith was always threatened by first the Moslem Turks and then the Communists. They knew through experience, that the source of salvation comes through the Cross of Christ! It does not come from humanitarian aid, peace treaties or disarmament plans, even if these things may bring limited benefits.
These people possess a wisdom that does not allow them to be duped over questions of life and death. That is why they have indissolubly linked marriage with the Cross of Christ. They have founded marriage, which brings forth human life, on the Cross, which brings forth divine life.
When the bride and bridegroom go to the church to be married they carry a Crucifix with them. The priest blesses the Crucifix and instead of saying that they have found the ideal partner with whom to share their lives, he exclaims, “You have found your Cross! It is a Cross to love, to carry with you, a Cross that is not to be thrown off, but rather cherished.”"
'via Blog this'
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
We've all heard about the sad case of anonymous graves at this unwed mother's home in Ireland. Thankfully, the early reports have been proven false, but the 796 children who died at this home in the 20th century are still buried in unmarked graves. This whole story broke because of the attempt to build a memorial for these children. Give if you can.
'via Blog this'
Monday, June 16, 2014
'via Blog this'
Oh, cool, I just found another way to use "blog this", it autoquotes. Now for the joke:
The only way the Italians could get a woman to go to space is if they guaranteed her the ability to have coffee when she gets there.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Thursday, May 29, 2014
This is a real danger to the autistic community- craving touch, fearing touch, and acting inappropriately because of the push-pull of human touch. I don't have a solution this time, I'm just identifying the problem.
This isn't important to teenagers, but it is important as people grow older. In my extended family, I know at least four heterosexual couples who have gotten divorced over infertility issues. I expect the same, now that same sex marriage is legal in Oregon, will happen to homosexual couples at a much higher rate.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
1 Operation Rescue
2 Hillary Clinton on abortion
3 Five bad ways to argue
4 Five minutes
5 Unborn Victims of Violence Act
Monday, May 26, 2014
Friday, May 23, 2014
Of course, to understand this, you have to be working in a framework of objective right and wrong.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
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Friday, May 16, 2014
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Does Mr. Rubio think scientists are lying? Or that they don’t know what they’re talking about? Either way, what leads him to believe that the “portrait” of climate change offered by scientists is inaccurate?.
The answer to your questions are: Yes, Yes, and because they have been unable to accurately predict the climate change over the past 15 years- our observations do not match their models. In fact, there is a distinct possibility that while climate change scientists have been playing the blame game on causes, we've hit a tipping point beyond which killing off the human race isn't a solution anymore.
The window of opportunity on this closed sometime between 1995 and 2003. What we need to do now is stop arguing over the *cause* and start adapting to the *observed effect*. Not the effects the climate change models predict, but the effects we are *observing* in our own neighborhoods, farms, villages, and cities.
Observation beats modeling any day of the week. And journalists like Labidos whose only science is a mere appeal to authority? They don't know anything at all.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
CDF: “Sisters, do you believe and affirm that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of the Father, begotten and not made, the second Person of the Holy Trinity?”
LCWR: “Why are you asking us that question? What gives you the authority to ask it?”
CDF: “Again, Sisters, do you believe and affirm that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of the Father, incarnate by the Holy Ghost in the womb of the Virgin Mary?”
LCWR: “You have no right to pick on us simply because we’re women. You arrogant misogynists! We believe that hierarchical structures must be dismantled!”
CDF: “Sisters, you seem to argue that you are ‘beyond Jesus.’ Do you in fact believe that man may be saved in the name of Jesus alone? That Christ alone reveals the Father to man, and man to himself?”
LCWR: “Why are you using sexist language? We are offended by your pronouns.”
CDF: “Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of the Father?”
LCWR: “We have advanced degrees in theology. We have received awards from our friends – we mean, from prestigious theological societies. Why are you suggesting that we are incompetent? Is it because we’re women?”
Of course, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the United States isn't a democracy either, and the congitive dissonance of that may be what is driving these nuns.
Monday, May 12, 2014
But it's not just the Left. It's the Right as well, but largely on economics. No hint of actual social justice is allowed. Have compassion for your fellow neighbor? That's foolishness.
This is why I'm a Catholic first, and an American second.
But there's a much harder, and more important nut to crack. Fundamentalist Christianity can't withstand the light of the internet- in fact, many of the smaller churches actually forbid their members to go on the internet.
But fundamentalist Islam is the bigger threat, and its theology is even more logically incoherant. And it is on the rise- in a very violent way. So I suggest that perhaps a better use of time would be in disproving Allah, rather than Yahweh. Try the Koran on for size next time you want to criticize a scripture.
Friday, May 9, 2014
But this busting article points out something I have been trying to get across for a long time: anonymity leads to immoral ethics. Publically traded companies will NEVER be pure Christian investing.
If there is any doubt left that prenatal testing is pro-abortion and that abortion is a genocide, I offer those two links as my proof.
Just one more link in the chain of why I am the unfit and why I oppose the bigotry against the unplanned.
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
There will always be bad corporate actors. Maybe not as bad as this McDonald's CEO but bad all the same. And there will always be entry level jobs, done by people who are at the very bottom of society.
The moral argument for a minimum wage is clear. But is a dollar value minimum wage, in a large country, where cost of living varies greatly is a single minimum wage just?
Also, when thinking about, how do we encourage a living wage instead of a minimum wage, perhaps a better question would be "what is a just wage?". I'd like to steal something from Plato in this. In The Republic, he suggests that a minimum wage should be a percentage of the maximum wage- 10%. But he was dealing with a simpler time, not a time of abundance, but a time of scarcity. So I'd like to suggest that this equation should be used *instead* of a minimum wage- and that it is both impersonal enough to be used by the most impersonal public corporation, yet personal enough that a business based on justice can change it:
The minimum wage should be ((LastYearCEOSalary+LastYearCEOBonus+LastYearCEOExpenseAccount)/2080)*.01). A more just business might adjust that .01 to some higher percentage based on what they feel their people are worth, but that should be the minimum.
The only thing I can't decide is, based on that bloomberg article I linked to first, whether McDonald's should be paying a minimum wage of $42/hr, or a CEO compensation package of $1.716 million. Most likely something in between.
Cross Reference Catechism of the Catholic Church 2426-2436
Monday, May 5, 2014
Ever hear of an electromagnet? Wonderful invention for separating ferrous metal from sand......
BTW, if you're wondering who Mrs Slee is (I kept hearing Sleen and thinking about the Slitheen- monsters who wear human skins on Dr. Who) then this Wikipedia article may be in order- especially note in the right hand section under husbands. Interesting that she also exemplified the modern form of a gold digger- used up the fortune of one husband, became estranged from him, divorced him, then found another sugar daddy to finance her dilettante with death.
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Thursday, May 1, 2014
There is a great deal of pain involved in being disabled. You get excluded from all sorts of social opportunities. But with an invisible disability (I grew up with undiagnosed Asperger's) there is additional pain involved because nobody ever tells you WHY. WHY you are picked last for every team sport, WHY you aren't invited to parties, WHY you can't date. NONE of that is ever explained, all you get are the jokers and the bullies.
It took me until I was 28 to live that down and get married, and it took until I was 30 before I had the diagnosis that turned my life around.
So I guess the moral of the story is, get your kids screened. The knowledge you give them about themselves is invaluable.
But his execution did not include penance, did not include recompense to the family of his victim. And I've got to say, having a doctor step in to interfere with the execution was a mercy he didn't give to poor Stephanie.
For this reason, I would still prefer slavery over the death penalty- the inmate should be made to work, hard, and all profit of his work should belong to the family of his victim, until he can work no more and dies of exhaustion.
The interesting thing is that in certain industries, that sentence might actually be *quicker* than the death penalty as currently practiced in the United States.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Stephen Cobert interprets Nostra Aetate for Americans who can't speak Latin. The only thing he misses- even within the Church, some paths to Heaven are straight and narrow and some are wide, twisty, and with cliffs on either side.
Catholic In The Ozarks: Protestantism for Catholics:
This is something very important to understand when doing ecumenicism.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Liberals today have a strange clash between the sexual revolution and the feminist revolution. The one side hates rules about sex, the other side hates rape, which has one potential definition of "sex outside of the rules", three of those rules being force, fraud, and rational thought, the combination of those three items commonly being called consent.
The problem with consent is there is no way to know after the fact, even with a video recording, whether or not it has happened. Even Traditional Marriage isn't good enough for some feminists to prove that consent has happened, rape within marriage is possible.
In software, when we run into a problem like this, documentation is the key. VERY extensive documentation. Extremely extensive documentation. Legally it's the same, and it is called a contract.
So my advice to you kids, is don't have sex without a contract. Ever. Because People are Complicated.