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  • How climate change caused the world's first empire to collapse

    01/07/2019 10:15:43 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 35 replies
    Phys dot org (relying on non-science source for science article) ^ | January 3, 2019 | Vasile Ersek, The Conversation
    Gol-e-Zard Cave lies in the shadow of Mount Damavand, which at more than 5,000 metres dominates the landscape of northern Iran. In this cave, stalagmites and stalactites are growing slowly over millennia and preserve in them clues about past climate events. Changes in stalagmite chemistry from this cave have now linked the collapse of the Akkadian Empire to climate changes more than 4,000 years ago... It appears that the empire became increasingly dependent on the productivity of the northern lands and used the grains sourced from this region to feed the army and redistribute the food supplies to key supporters....
  • The Line in the Sand- Now What?

    07/13/2018 7:07:40 PM PDT · by vannrox
    Metallicman ^ | July 2018 | editorial staff
    ---snip--- Government has three primary functions. It should [1] provide for military defense of the nation. It should [2] enforce contract between individuals. It [3] should protect citizens from crimes against themselves or their property. When government, in pursuit of good intentions tries to rearrange the economy, legislate morality, or help special interests, the costs come in inefficiency, lack of motivation, and loss of freedom. Government should be a referee, not an active player.” —Milton Friedman I found this on numerous blogs. There is an amazing amount of truth behind this heartfelt meme. Come to your own conclusions regarding ---snip---
  • There Are No 'Myths' Or Exceptions About Free Trade: It's Always Unrelentingly Good

    10/10/2016 4:05:47 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 44 replies
    Forbes ^ | Oct 9, 2016 @ 09:00 AM | John Tamny
    For those who ever find themselves questioning the good of free trade, arguably the best cure for such a lapse of reason is a quick read of Henry Hazlitt’s Economics In One Lesson. In it Hazlitt wrote that “What is harmful or disastrous to an individual must be equally harmful or disastrous to the collection of individuals that make up a nation.” Hazlitt’s powerful quote will cure Keynesians of just about everything they believe, including the horrid idea that war is good for the economy. As for conservatives who occasionally find themselves swimming in a protectionist direction, the Hazlitt quote...
  • Six Christian White Magic Spells Worse Than Fantasy Magic

    Recently a Facebook friend shared an example of Christian white magic in the real world. You’ll never guess what magic book it was. His family owned a “book of magic,” a fantasy novel. That wasn’t the dangerous magic. Instead, someone he knew became alarmed at the book. She effectively cast a spell against his family. She removed herself from their contaminated space and created a magic circle. This phrasing is only mild hyperbole. But unfortunately, this is what many Christians do. We believe in magic, and even practice types of spells, all in an attempt to avoid bad magic. Deuteronomy...
  • God Has Not Called Us to Be Nice

    08/27/2016 4:18:53 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 37 replies
    AFA.Net ^ | 8/26/2016 | Bryan Fischer
    Many Christians believe that the highest calling God has placed on us is to be nice. These Christians are wrong. God has not called us to be nice. Rather, he has called us to be good. Here’s the difference: nice people never confront evil. Good people do. Nice people are weak. Good people are strong. Jesus wasn’t nice. He was kind, he was compassionate, he was caring, but he was unbending and unflinching when it came to standing for the truth. And it cost him his life. Jo Swinney, in a column posted on Christian Today, says this: “Somewhere along...
  • Pence Saves Republican Party After Cruz Disaster

    07/22/2016 9:40:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 95 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2016 | Larry Kudlow
    Ted Cruz essentially gave a career-ending speech at the GOP convention on Wednesday night. Cruz's speech was a slap in the face to GOP nominee Donald Trump. "Vote your conscience" is a wonderful-sounding phrase. But we all know what he meant: Don't vote for Donald Trump. I was in the convention hall and the crowd's reaction was unbelievable. It started out as a few hands waving in the air and some booing, and then it just grew and grew throughout the entire convention hall. And then boom! It was absolute bedlam. I've been to most of the GOP conventions since...
  • These Men are From Mars

    06/09/2016 8:43:19 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 13 replies
    WSJ ^ | 8 June 2016 | DAVID J. MORRIS
    Then Mr. Junger came home and set to work describing the surprisingly deadly environment that returning veterans face. In “Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging,” he argues that contemporary culture has divorced man from his roots as a tribal creature. A lack of intimacy and low levels of trust, he writes, have created “a sprawling and anonymous” society in which “people can get away with incredible levels of dishonesty” and misbehavior. This causes big problems, ranging from citizens being alienated from their neighbors to high rates of suicide, mental illness, homelessness, gun violence and financial fraud. Post-traumatic stress disorder, as Mr....
  • North Carolina’s ISIS Beachhead: Slain Sisters & Father’s Terror Connections. Media Blackout.

    02/15/2015 5:38:55 PM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 15 replies
    Adina Kutnicki ^ | 2/15/2015 | Adina Kutnicki
    REFLEXIVELY, as if in lockstep, westerners look on in horror when citizens are gunned down. Agreed, this is a natural response. Not only that, when the “other” is the victim, well, the wailing increases to an exponential level. Nevertheless, it is good (western) advice to take a pause, to reflect on who’s who and what’s what. In other words, when addicts are eliminated by their pushers; when prostitutes fall victim to their pimps; and when Mafia thugs are buried by their bosses, are said deaths the same as the truly innocent? Get real. Skells. IN light of certain (disinfecting) truths,...
  • Putin's Creeping War of Aggression Will Continue Unless the West Responds

    04/30/2014 8:46:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 30, 2014 | Austin Bay
    On April 28, around noon, according to one report, Mr. Gennady Kernes, mayor of the eastern Ukraine city of Kharkiv, went for a cross-training jog in a city park. En route, an assassin shot the mayor in the back. According to his bodyguards, a sniper fired at Kernes from long range. Hitting the back of a running man at a distance -- the upper body mass, to use the lingo -- indicates a crack sniper fired the shot. But even at close range, a running man can be a tough target. Bullet to the head, bullet to the heart --...
  • White House considering prime-time address as Obama presses case for Syria

    09/06/2013 3:25:40 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 62 replies
    NBC ^ | 9/5/13 | Erin McClam
    ... Obama, arguing for an attack on Syria but confronted with a war-weary public and deep skepticism in Congress, is considering the gravest option any president has to sell a military strike — a prime-time address to the nation. Members of Congress, during two days of occasionally combative hearings on Syria earlier this week, have pushed for the president to make a more direct case to the public before the United States punishes Syria for using chemical weapons.
  • THE OFFICIAL FRIDAY SILLINESS THREAD

    10/22/2010 5:45:14 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 76 replies
    Blatherskites, mark this day on your calendar. For today is Babbling Day. This isn't a day to remain silent. Tell everyone you know about this special day. What's all the chatter about over this special day? Well, on Babbling Day, we celebrate those of us with a glib tongue. You know them when you hear them. They're talking gibberish. They never stop talking. They babble on and on. They can turn a simple one sentence statement into an endless dissertation. Spend this day babbling like a baby, if you must. As for me, I will spend it by a babbling...
  • You know what? (Vanity?)

    07/30/2009 9:54:14 AM PDT · by don-o · 46 replies · 769+ views
    Little House on Unaka | July 29, 2009 | don-o
    You know what....? Is it just me or are people increasingly using that nonsense phrase? I know I hear it from talking heads on the television; (actually) I just get audio on XM radio. Today, I heard a baseball broadcaster begin an answer to a question with.. You know what...? What is going on?
  • Darwinism, Medical Progress, and Eugenics

    02/04/2009 6:06:06 AM PST · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 40 replies · 622+ views
    Inbred Science ^ | 1912 | Karl Pearson
    Darwinism, Medical Progress, and Eugenics Excerpts from Darwinism, Medical Progress and Eugenics: The Cavendish Lecture, 1912, An Address to the Medical Profession. [1] Originally published in the West London Medical Journal, vol. 17, pg. 165--193, 1912. Abridged.Karl Pearson [2]Mr. President, Gentlemen, -- I confess to strangely mixed feelings in venturing as a layman to stand up and address you -- a professional audience -- to-night. When I look through the long list of names borne by those who have, during more than a quarter of a century, given the Cavendish Lecture, I find all that is best in English...
  • Rice: US has not forgotten Palestinians

    07/25/2006 11:02:57 AM PDT · by APRPEH · 23 replies · 507+ views
    Guardian Unlimited ^ | July 25, 2006 | Staff and agencies
    The United States has not forgotten the Palestinian people, despite the current crisis in Lebanon, the US secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, insisted today after meeting the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, in the West Bank. "The Palestinian people have lived too long with violence and the daily humiliations that go along with the circumstances here," Ms Rice said in Ramallah. "I assured the president that we had great concerns about the sufferings of innocent people throughout the region," she told reporters, saying "even as the Lebanon situation resolves, we must remain focused on what is happening here." "You have our...
  • Church mulls 'phrasing' change for Holy Trinity

    06/20/2006 4:35:44 AM PDT · by pageonetoo · 213 replies · 3,235+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 20, 2006 | Richard Ostling
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- At some Presbyterian churches the Holy Trinity -- "Father, Son and Holy Spirit" -- will be out. "Mother, Child and Womb" is in. Delegates to the national assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted yesterday to "receive" a policy paper on sex-inclusive language for the Trinity, a step short of approving it. Church officials are enabled to propose "experimental liturgies" with "alternative phrasings" for the Trinity, but congregations won't be required to use them. Besides "Mother, Child and Womb" and "Rock, Redeemer, Friend," options include: • "Lover, Beloved, Love" • "Creator, Savior, Sanctifier" • "King of Glory,...
  • I am an American, of Chinese ancestry, who moved here 3 years ago...

    11/03/2005 1:02:24 PM PST · by Iratus discipulus · 272 replies · 2,198+ views
    November 3, 2005 | A FED UP college student
    I am the odd loner in my community who enjoys hearing tales of our American founding fathers, our heroes and was always completely fascinated by the letter of Sullivan Ballou by the civil war, the human struggle for an ideal they, themselves perhaps know little of... I would not go into detail what promted me to write this, perhaps I needed a channel to spout out my intense discomfort after having to constantly listen to and deal with professors in my college and their utter hypocrisy. I Love this country, I love it personally. I love the people; I love...
  • Intelligent Design Revisited (D Limbaugh)

    08/24/2005 10:47:29 AM PDT · by joyspring777 · 358 replies · 3,076+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 8-22-05 | David Limbaugh
    On those rare occasions that I write a column touching remotely on science, especially if I depart from the conventional wisdom of the greater scientific community, the contemptuous e-mails fill my inbox. Such was the case a few columns ago when I broached the subject of Intelligent Design (ID) after President Bush indicated his receptiveness to ID theory being taught alongside evolution in the public schools. The hostile e-mailers pointed out what a consummate idiot and criminal trespasser I was for treading on their real estate. They demanded I stick to law and politics, not because I know much more...
  • ABOUT THOSE FALSE EXIT POLLS

    11/06/2004 12:25:33 PM PST · by forest · 62 replies · 5,256+ views
    Fiedor Report On the News #324 ^ | 11-7-04 | Doug Fiedor
    The first thing we have to realize is that media liberals tried to throw the election for the party of the ass again. Of course, this newsletter's readers were alerted[1] back in issue 321 (Another Election Reporting SNAFU Coming Up). In a nutshell, the failed Voter News Service was replaced by two groups headed by former CBS News reporters with their election results funneled to Associated Press to tabulate and disseminate to media outlets. So, we had the very-left (Bush Administration haters) AP essentially programming most news outlets on election results. AP will never be confused with fair and balanced...
  • Derrida’s Bluff

    10/15/2004 5:49:34 AM PDT · by dennisw · 7 replies · 437+ views
    spectator ^ | Published 10/15/2004 12:04:18 AM | Christopher Orlet
    Derrida’s Bluff By Christopher Orlet Published 10/15/2004 12:04:18 AM The most charming and practical thing about the obituary is that the writer has at most a thousand words to sum up the life of the deceased. He must be concise. This fact provided especial relief when the French philosopher Jacques Derrida died this week. Most of us, I'll wager, have heard of Derrida, some of us even had heard of his brainchild deconstruction theory, but few of us could have said what all the fuss was about. Even in death Doc Derrida continued to baffle and confuse, in particular the...