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Posts by varmintman

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  • The Next Redskin Debacle.Will Grocers Have To Rename Redskins Potatoes?

    06/19/2014 7:38:55 PM PDT · 20 of 32
    varmintman to Cruz_West_Paul2016

    A name is the least of the Redskins’ problems...

  • Prosecutors: Gov. Walker part of criminal scheme

    06/19/2014 4:50:46 PM PDT · 38 of 85
    varmintman to kingattax

    We cannot allow our Tom Delays and Scott Walkers to be taken out of the game by this sort of crap.

  • Great White Shark Tracked in Gulf Could Be Headed for Mississippi

    06/19/2014 11:55:34 AM PDT · 4 of 45
    varmintman to nickcarraway

    We’d only need to exterminate four or five species of sharks and there would never be another attack on a human. There would still be 295 species of the fricking things for “scientists” to “study”...

  • Russia not an "Advanced or Developed" Country, by Barack Obama's Measure

    06/19/2014 10:16:31 AM PDT · 10 of 13
    varmintman to grania
    Believe it or not there are little towns in Texas with their own opera theaters and what not:

  • Russia not an "Advanced or Developed" Country, by Barack Obama's Measure

    06/19/2014 10:13:14 AM PDT · 9 of 13
    varmintman to grania

    Glad to see I’m not the only person on Earth to have noticed that...

  • Newt Gingrich : 2014-06-18 : The IRS Scandal Just Got Much Worse

    06/18/2014 7:14:49 PM PDT · 20 of 54
    varmintman to Jim Robinson

    I don’t believe we have the time to go through any sort of an impeachment process at this point. Isn’t there some way the 2012 election could simply be declared null/void at this point due to fraud and this weaponization of the IRS being a factor in the election?

  • Update on Podkletnov gravity modification work and rumors

    06/18/2014 2:41:13 AM PDT · 8 of 19
    varmintman to Renfield

    Interesting, thanks.

  • Itís time for evangelicals to come out for evolution

    06/18/2014 2:06:08 AM PDT · 71 of 199
    varmintman to RinaseaofDs
    The Big Bang idea is BS just like evolution. It was based on the claim of an expanding universe, which was never based on anything better than a faulty interpretation of redshift as distance and velocity and that has been dispelled by Halton Arp's studies as well as by newer studies (Lerner et. al.) of light density.

  • How to deal with greentards

    06/18/2014 2:00:59 AM PDT · 1 of 7
  • Justice for Justina: Judge orders Connecticut girl to be returned to family

    06/17/2014 9:34:36 PM PDT · 25 of 44
    varmintman to HKMk23

    Idiots who do this kind of thing need to be made to pay some sort of a personal price for it.

  • Itís time for evangelicals to come out for evolution

    06/17/2014 9:00:06 PM PDT · 60 of 199
    varmintman to INVAR
    “It’s time for evangelicals to come out for Homosexuality, beastiality, transgenderism and man-child love”.

    You forgot the man/goat love association...

  • Itís time for evangelicals to come out for evolution

    06/17/2014 8:57:27 PM PDT · 59 of 199
    varmintman to mills044


    Alexander Mebane, ‘Darwin’s Creation Myth’

    Donald E. Johnson, ‘Programming of life’

    Walter Remine ‘Biotic Message’

    Sir Arthur Keith ‘Evolution and Ethics’

    and possibly this page:

    That should do for starters...

  • Itís time for evangelicals to come out for evolution

    06/17/2014 7:22:09 PM PDT · 43 of 199
    varmintman to ravenwolf

    Splifford the bat says: Always remember

    A mind is a terrible thing to waste; especially on an evolutionist.
    Just say no to narcotic drugs, alcohol abuse, and corrupt ideological

  • Itís time for evangelicals to come out for evolution

    06/17/2014 6:55:43 PM PDT · 31 of 199
    varmintman to cripplecreek
    I have no intent of engaging this argument.

    Like Clint Eastwood said, a man has to know his limitations....

  • Itís time for evangelicals to come out for evolution

    06/17/2014 6:53:23 PM PDT · 29 of 199
    varmintman to SeekAndFind
    “I am a Baptist minister, but I am not a science-denying Baptist minister who thinks that dinosaurs lived alongside humans a few thousand years ago.”

    In other words, somebody here isn't keeping up with the news...

    Soft tissue is increasingly being found in dinosaur remains That sort of tissue could not plausibly last even one million years.

    Good radiocarbon dates are turning up for dinosaur remains. Most of those dates are coming in as 20K - 40K years.

    Good images of known dinosaur types are turning up in native American petroglyphs, e.g. the stegosaur glyph at Agawa Rock, Lake Superior:

    And before you try to tell me that stegosaurs did not have horns... Indians were in the habit of touching those glyphs up every couple of decades which is why they survive; the horns were added long after the creature itself went extinct by an artist who simply figured a creature that size needed them. Indian oral traditions note that the stegosaur ('Mishipishu' in Ojibway language) had a sawblade back (dorsal spikes as per the image), red fur, a cat-like face, and a "great spiked tail" which he used as a weapon. That description fits the stegosaur and nothing else which has ever walked in North America. Such glyphs apparently were common in 1800, Lewis and Clark said that their native guides were in mortal terror of them.

  • Itís time for evangelicals to come out for evolution

    06/17/2014 6:42:06 PM PDT · 18 of 199
    varmintman to cripplecreek; SeekAndFind
    The big lie which is being promulgated by evolutionites is that there is some sort of a dialectic between evolution and religion. There isn't. In order to have a meaningful dialectic between evolution and religion, you would need a religion which operated on an intellectual level similar to that of evolution, and the only two possible candidates would be voodoo and Rastafari.

    The dialectic is between evolution and mathematics. Professing belief in evolution at this juncture amounts to the same thing as claiming not to believe in modern mathematics, probability theory, and logic. It's basically ignorant.

    Evolution has been so thoroughly discredited at this point that you assume nobody is defending it because they believe in it anymore, and that they are defending it because they do not like the prospects of having to defend or explain some expect of their lifestyles to God, St. Peter, Muhammed...

    To these people I say, you've still got a problem. The problem is that evolution, as a doctrine, is so overwhelmingly STUPID that, faced with a choice of wearing a sweatshirt with a scarlet letter A for Adulteror, F for Fornicator or some such traditional design, or or a big scarlet letter I for IDIOT, you'd actually be better off sticking with one of the traditional choices because, as Clint Eastwood noted in The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly:

    God hates IDIOTS, too!

    The best illustration of how stupid evolutionism really is involves trying to become some totally new animal with new organs, a new basic plan for existence, and new requirements for integration between both old and new organs.

    Take flying birds for example; suppose you aren't one, and you want to become one. You'll need a baker's dozen highly specialized systems, including wings, flight feathers, a specialized light bone structure, specialized flow-through design heart and lungs, specialized tail, specialized general balance parameters etc.

    For starters, every one of these things would be antifunctional until the day on which the whole thing came together, so that the chances of evolving any of these things by any process resembling evolution (mutations plus selection) would amount to an infinitessimal, i.e. one divided by some gigantic number.

    In probability theory, to compute the probability of two things happening at once, you multiply the probabilities together. That says that the likelihood of all these things ever happening, best case, is ten or twelve such infinitessimals multiplied together, i.e. a tenth or twelth-order infinitessimal. The whole history of the universe isn't long enough for that to happen once.

    All of that was the best case. In real life, it's even worse than that. In real life, natural selection could not plausibly select for hoped-for functionality, which is what would be required in order to evolve flight feathers on something which could not fly apriori. In real life, all you'd ever get would some sort of a random walk around some starting point, rather than the unidircetional march towards a future requirement which evolution requires.

    And the real killer, i.e. the thing which simply kills evolutionism dead, is the following consideration: In real life, assuming you were to somehow miraculously evolve the first feature you'd need to become a flying bird, then by the time another 10,000 generations rolled around and you evolved the second such reature, the first, having been disfunctional/antifunctional all the while, would have DE-EVOLVED and either disappeared altogether or become vestigial.

    Now, it would be miraculous if, given all the above, some new kind of complex creature with new organs and a new basic plan for life had ever evolved ONCE.

    Evolutionism, however (the Theory of Evolution) requires that this has happened countless billions of times, i.e. an essentially infinite number of absolutely zero probability events.

    And, if you were starting to think that nothing could possibly be any stupider than believing in evolution despite all of the above (i.e. that the basic stupidity of evolutionism starting from 1980 or thereabouts could not possibly be improved upon), think again. Because there is zero evidence in the fossil record (despite the BS claims of "crew" and others of their ilk) to support any sort of a theory involving macroevolution, and because the original conceptions of evolution are flatly refuted by developments in population genetics since the 1950's, the latest incarnation of this theory, Steve Gould and Niles Eldredge's "Punctuated Equilibrium or punc-eek" attempts to claim that these wholesale violations of probabilistic laws all occurred so suddenly as to never leave evidence in the fossil record, and that they all occurred amongst tiny groups of animals living in "peripheral" areas. That says that some velocirapter who wanted to be a bird got together with fifty of his friends and said:

    Guys, we need flight feathers, and wings, and specialized bones, hearts, lungs, and tails, and we need em NOW; not two years from now. Everybody ready, all together now:

    You could devise a new religion by taking the single stupidest doctrine from each of the existing religions, and it would not be as stupid as THAT.

    But it gets even stupider.

    Again, the original Darwinian vision of gradualistic evolution is flatly refuted by the fossil record (Darwinian evolution demanded that the vast bulk of ALL fossils be intermediates) and by the findings of population genetics, particularly the Haldane dilemma and the impossible time requirements for spreading genetic changes through any sizeable herd of animals.

    Consider what Gould and other punk-eekers are saying. Punc-eek amounts to a claim that all meaningful evolutionary change takes place in peripheral areas, amongst tiny groups of animals which develop some genetic advantage, and then move out and overwhelm, outcompete, and replace the larger herds. They are claiming that this eliminates the need to spread genetic change through any sizeable herd of animals and, at the same time, is why we never find intermediate fossils (since there are never enough of these CHANGELINGS to leave fossil evidence).

    Obvious problems with punctuated equilibria include, minimally:

    1. It is a pure pseudoscience seeking to explain and actually be proved by a lack of evidence rather than by evidence (all the missing intermediate fossils). Similarly, Cotton Mather claimed that the fact that nobody had ever seen or heard a witch was proof they were there (if you could SEE them, they wouldn't BE witches...) This kind of logic is less inhibiting than the logic they used to teach in American schools. For instance, I could as easily claim that the fact that I'd never been seen with Tina Turner was all the proof anybody should need that I was sleeping with her. In other words, it might not work terribly well for science, but it's great for fantasies...

    2. PE amounts to a claim that inbreeding is the most major source of genetic advancement in the world. Apparently Steve Gould never saw Deliverance...

    3. PE requires these tiny peripheral groups to conquer vastly larger groups of animals millions if not billions of times, which is like requiring Custer to win at the little Big Horn every day, for millions of years.

    4. PE requires an eternal victory of animals specifically adapted to localized and parochial conditions over animals which are globally adapted, which never happens in real life.

    5. For any number of reasons, you need a minimal population of any animal to be viable. This is before the tiny group even gets started in overwhelming the vast herds. A number of American species such as the heath hen became non-viable when their numbers were reduced to a few thousand; at that point, any stroke of bad luck at all, a hard winter, a skewed sex ratio in one generation, a disease of some sort, and it's all over. The heath hen was fine as long as it was spread out over the East coast of the U.S. The point at which it got penned into one of these "peripheral" areas which Gould and Eldredge see as the salvation for evolutionism, it was all over.

    The sort of things noted in items 3 and 5 are generally referred to as the "gambler's problem", in this case, the problem facing the tiny group of "peripheral" animals being similar to that facing a gambler trying to beat the house in blackjack or roulette; the house could lose many hands of cards or rolls of the dice without flinching, and the globally-adapted species spread out over a continent could withstand just about anything short of a continental-scale catastrophe without going extinct, while two or three bad rolls of the dice will bankrupt the gambler, and any combination of two or three strokes of bad luck will wipe out the "peripheral" species. Gould's basic method of handling this problem is to ignore it.

    And there's one other thing which should be obvious to anybody attempting to read through Gould and Eldridge's BS:

    The don't even bother to try to provide a mechanism or technical explaination of any sort for this "punk-eek"

    They are claiming that at certain times, amongst tiny groups of animals living in peripheral areas, a "speciation event(TM)" happens, and THEN the rest of it takes place. In other words, they are saying:

    ASSUMING that Abracadabra-Shazaam(TM) happens, then the rest of the business proceeds as we have described in our scholarly discourse above!

    Again, Gould and Eldridge require that the Abracadabra-Shazaam(TM) happen not just once, but countless billions of times, i.e. at least once for every kind of complex creature which has ever walked the Earth. They do not specify whether this amounts to the same Abracadabra-Shazaam each time, or a different kind of Abracadabra-Shazaam for each creature.

    I ask you: How could anything be stupider or worse than that? What could possibly be worse than professing to believe in such a thing?

  • Mosin caliber Vepr, Russian anti-hog device

    06/17/2014 6:32:17 AM PDT · 20 of 27
    varmintman to Candor7 usually works best once you get used to their business model and can line up somebody with an FFL to ship firearms to and transfer them. You should look at Savage rifles as well, they’re as good as anything else out there, easier to work on, and don’t involve paying for a name. The lock-nut system of head spacing Savage uses really is a better idea.

  • Energy Report Calls for Reliance on Nuclear Power (3 Meltdowns Trumped by Global Warming)

    06/16/2014 9:17:50 PM PDT · 2 of 9
    varmintman to Up Yours Marxists

    A thorium reactor could be built on top of a mountain...

  • Lyme-Carrying Ticks Are Going To Be 'Gangbusters' This Summer

    06/16/2014 9:15:49 PM PDT · 7 of 50
    varmintman to blam


  • Mosin caliber Vepr, Russian anti-hog device

    06/16/2014 8:35:30 PM PDT · 11 of 27
    varmintman to GladesGuru

    I’d call this one a pure hunting gun. You don’t need anything that big for military purposes other than sniper rifles and this isn’t a sniper rifle.