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On Protests vs. Wanton Destruction

Postings by presumed well-meaning people, attempting to guilt the innocent into assuming responsibility for others’ crimes and others’ racist acts or beliefs is not helpful and will not advance the cause of retribution for those who have been wronged. They only foment more of the division we seek to correct and perpetuate the wrong-doing.

Too, I have seen posts and memes justifying destruction of our cities and thereby innocents’ livelihoods–some of these coming from Christians who might do well to recall:Romans 12:17-19 English Standard Version (ESV)”17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it[a] to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.'”

By all means, peacefully protest injustices, but please, let’s not assume what is in the hearts of our friends because they do not use social media to express it the way we’ve decided they “should.” It does not signal our virtue, it only signals our desire to rid ourselves of our own guilt at our friends’ expense.

I feel sorry for Nancy Pelosi

Watching Nancy Pelosi during the SOTU address by President Trump last night reminded me of a little child who pouts when she doesn’t get her way. She did everything in her power to distract the audience to watch her instead of listen to the president. Or, if she wasn’t intentionally distracting, someone ought to have shot her a text message telling her to knock off the histrionics. Oh, whatever.

It was a sight to behold, and not a very becoming one. She has rammed through a bogus impeachment but then last night expected the president to shake her hand? When he snubbed her, she embarrassed and demeaned herself by throwing a tantrum and ignoring tradition to make her big pout obvious. She then spent the entire duration of the speech letting everyone know that she hates the president and resents any and all of his administration’s achievements, leading her white-suited acolytes to do likewise in the most unbecoming display. They were like high school girls passing notes and nattering among themselves during the speech.

Honestly, I could hardly believe what I was seeing. I don’t care that she hates Donald Trump. Lots of people didn’t like Barry either. But, even those of us who disagreed with his policies respected the office and the American people and our country enough to applaud when good things were happening or were laudable.

But, not resentful Nancy. She looked about to work herself into apoplexy. I used to think she was smart, if wrong-headed in her politics. But, she had to know that her supporting this impeachment stunt was going to backfire on her and her party.

Trump is the least mysterious man to ever walk the Earth. Pelosi really should have anticipated the backlash and saved face by putting on her best dignified suit, and applauding the country’s successes. Instead she may well have made Trump a shoo in for 2020.

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The Overpopulation Myth

I was about to pen my own thoughts on the over-population myth, but the below blog post is a better articulation than I could construct. One thing Kiser does not say, however, and what I believe, is to wit…

That people keep forgetting that Earth has been taking care of herself for countless eons. She will let us know when (if ever) there are too many people (or animals, trees, weeds, or anything else).

It is such incredible hubris to think we have the power we think we have. Years ago, I coined a phrase to describe this hubris before we knew there were dimensions beyond the fourth, and that is “living in the second dimension, and cannot conceive of the third [or beyond]”.

I do not care if I’m laughed at for these thoughts. Neither does Mother Earth. She knows what she’s doing and how to handle herself and her domain.

As for humans, what’s wonderful about humans is that they, like every other living creature, instinctively seek survival, but unlike other creatures, human have brains giving them the ability to create and adapt faster to changes. Fear mongering bogus scenarios of running out of food or water is unhelpful.

Anyway, click here for the WUWT article I wish share on this topic.

Disclaimer: Nothing I say here or elsewhere is to be interpreted to mean that I do not believe humans should be responsible to their environment. Of course they should, and we have been gifted with the brains to work out how best to advance our civilization while maintaining the environment so that civilization can be sustained and advanced for as long as Earth allows.

“Twitter is canceling the Dalai Lama because he said a female successor should be ‘attractive’ “

Well, strike me dumbfounded…. In my wildest dreams I would never have expected this to be the subject of headlines.

The Dalai Lama speaks what the majority of people think and because of PC and “feminism” (the religion of Woman), neither of which existed when he was born and raised and became the Dalai Lama, he is ostracized for saying it is helpful if a female successor Dalai Lama is pleasant to look at.

So he should hand in his Nobel Peace Prize and Congressional Gold Medal? All his accomplishments mean nothing? I don’t think so.

“According to Buddhist belief, the Dalai Lamas are earthly incarnations of Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig, the bodhisattva of compassion and patron saint of Tibet. In Buddhist tradition, bodhisattvas are enlightened beings who chose rebirth, rather than moving on to the afterlife, in order to serve humanity.”

The man has dedicated his life to serving mankind and until Twitter now judges him for a commonly held opinion (and scientifically demonstrated), he has been revered as Holy. Twitter’s accomplishments and importance in the world compared to His Holiness the Dalai Lama are what? Right. I can’t think of any, actually.

Heaven help future generations who have NO ONE to look to for spiritual or any guidance whatever because Twitter, Facebook, Google, and Feminists, Vagina-hat-wearers, and other butt-hurt negative-self-esteem ignoramuses and our omniscient Media destroy all our heroes and people who have actually made a difference in the world.

The remaining sensible people of whatever “gender” need to stand up and be counted. Well, perhaps they should read a book like “12 Rules” and figure out what is actually important in a world where not long ago 6 million people of a particular faith were summarily exterminated, and where countless millions died at the hands of Mao Zedong, the mass murderer from whom the Dalai Lama fled to India and established his Tibetan government and embarked on his life’s humanitarian work.

No. I don’t think we need worry about what the man’s view is concerning what a female Dalai Lama ought to look like.

CORRECTION:

Adding this comment from Lynn, now, several hours later because it corrects the misleading information that Twitter acted improperly as Yahoo and MSN in their ever-growing incompetence said.

“This headline is misleading. Twitter is not banning his account. There are people on Twitter saying the Dalai Lama is “cancelled” which I suppose means they no longer consider him enlightened.”

So we see that is Twitter idiots who are “canceling” the Dalai Lama for his remarks about a would-be female Dalai Lama.

Thank you, Lynn.

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Skepticblog » Conspiracy Thinking

I do love how many of the comments to Steven’s blog item on Conspiracy Thinking prove exactly what he says in his article!

SkepticBlog is a collaboration among some of the most recognized names in promoting science, critical thinking, and skepticism. Regular bloggers include: Brian Dunning, Daniel Loxton, Donald Prothero, Mark Edward, Michael Shermer, and Steven Novella. This site is hosted by the Skeptics Society.

Source: Skepticblog » Conspiracy Thinking

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A new book in which I [Anthony Watts] have a chapter: Climate Change: The Facts

A very worthwhile read for those of us who refuse to just accept global climate alarmism unsupported by science.

Watts Up With That?

climate-change-facts-bookFrom Steynonline:

Climate Change: The Facts has been put together by our friends at the Institute of Public Affairs in Australia, edited by Alan Moran, and features 22 essays on the science, politics and economics of “climate change”.

[It features Mark Steyn on the Mann Hockey Stick debacle,] Joanne Nova on the climate-change gravy train; Britain’s former Chancellor Nigel Lawson on the economic consequences of abandoning fossil fuels; Patrick Michaels on the growing chasm between the predictions of the IPCC and real-world temperatures, Garth Paltridge on the damage such failed forecasts are doing to science, and Donna Laframboise on the damage the Big Climate alarmists have done to the IPCC; professors Richard Lindzen, Bob Carter and Willie Soon on climate sensitivity and factors such as greenhouse gases, natural variability, and the role of the sun…

Oh, don’t worry, Michael E Mann and his “hockey stick” are in the book…

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