September 30, 2010
Unrelated, but to my mind, equally important:
Space.com: Odds of Life on Newfound Earth-Size Planet '100 Percent'
YouTube Video of Megan Kelly: DOJ Whistleblower Claims Massive Voter Fraud Approved by Adminstration
Sam Samford Video: Ronald Reagan "It's Morning in America Again"
Sam Samford Video: Stan Jones, "Communist World Government is Coming"
And now that I have gathered these here for your reading and viewing pleasure, I am going to go play City of Heroes.
I have done everything in my power to provide the modern world the information it needs to face the next ten years. For seven years I have kept this blog. There are 336 posts. Some of them are silly, some of them are serious, but all of them are honest. I have given the world everything I have to offer. About 15 people a day visit this blog. Probably they are all different. According to the new "stats" tab that Blogger has provided, over the past two months 1,706 people from a dozen countries have stopped in to see what I have to say. I am overwhelmed.
But mostly, right now I am on vacation and probably should be concentrating on emptying my mind of politics, business, the collapsing economy, and the future of humanity. Someone I haven't heard from in over two months sent me an article today called "UN Report says "Humanity at Risk" if Climate Problems are Not Tackled".
The real point of all this randomness is quite simple: The Earth will kill off people long before people are powerful enough to kill off the Earth.
Sorry folks, but dem's da facts! The Earth is not in danger. If we screw the system up enough, we will die off completely and some other species will evolve to take our place. Why do I believe this? Because I believe in both science and divinity. There is a master plan unfolding right before our very eyes. Our individual choices have a profound influence on how that plan unfolds, but all six billion of us together are still not powerful enough to stop it from unfolding.
The future is in God's hands. Our sacred duty is to earn our place in that future, not in the sense of heaven and hell and judgement, but in the sense of building a society open enough and productive enough to carry humanity beyond the confines of our homeworld. If we cannot accomplish this one task, then God will try a different form of sentience and he will keep trying until he succeeds.
If he has to, he will wipe the slate and start over again. That is, after all, his perogative.
So as you go about your daily lives, as you work, play, make love, make war, find new friends, and create new enemies, try to keep in mind that if humanity cannot break free from the bonds of Earth and our miniscule solar system, then we have no real future at all! Your life, my life, each individual life holds the absolute key to carrying our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren into the vastness of infinite space. Out there, among the stars, galaxies, and universes, there is no limit to how many people can survive and how long our species can carry forward. If you are not doing something to help us break free of Gaia's loving embrace, then you are contributing to our eventual doom.
Make your choices count. In your personal life, in the lives of your friends and family, and in the lives of your community. Not because it is right or moral, but because if you do not live your live in honesty and service then you condemn yourself to an early grave and you condemn your descendents to a certain and most unpleasant death when our Sun finally expands enough to transform Earth into a global desert.
The future of humanity lies in the choices you make every single day. Like it or not, everything rests on your individual shoulders. Theist or atheist, Marxist or Jeffersonian, none of that really matters. The only thing that really matters is how honestly you live your life and how well you serve the people around you. There is no other reality worth considering. None whatsoever.
September 27, 2010
...or so it seems.
I have been in Japan for about ten days now. I am not at all happy to be here. So far I have been drafted into unpacking boxes and boxes of personal items that do not belong to me and that I will never use. Twice I have been dragged down to an open stadium and made to watch professional baseball games in the rain. Although, the first time we did leave early. Not yesterday, though. Yesterday we stayed until the very end. Last time I spent that much time sitting in rain for no reason at all I was in the Army. I don't even like professional sports, let alone Japanese baseball.
It's not a total loss. I did buy a new camera. It's waterproof down to about 20 feet, mildly shockproof, and has a titanium case. I got a 32 GB Smart Card to go with it, which will allow about 7000 pictures or 10 hours of video at the highest quality settings on the camera. Now all I have to do is find something worth recording!
September 14, 2010
At first glance, the video above seems nothing more than a racist effort to create a pure Jewish homeland. However, there are a couple of important subtexts that need pointing out:
1> Many Jews and Jewish politicians object to this policy
2> It only applies to children not enrolled in school who don't speak Hebrew
Then there is also this:
Y-Net Op-ed: Who are the Palestinians?
AFP: Hamas says peace talks are "humiliating and degrading"
AFP: Clinton resuming "last chance" peace talks
Sydney Morning Herald: Urgent moves to avert peace talks failure
CNN: U.S. Preparing massive arms deal for Saudi Arabia
CNN: Three Palestinians dead in shelling
UPI: Iran's "invisible man" runs terror network
Arab News: Assad says peace with Israel "hard to imagine"
American Thinker: Reaping the whirlwind
Right from the very beginning Pres. Obama has clearly communicated that in the Middle East his first loyalty is to the Palestinian Arabs because he considers them an oppressed people. Of the hundreds of references to Israel and the Palestinians in speeches and interviews only once has he clearly stated that there is a long and beneficial relationship between the United States and Israel and even then he stopped short of dedicating himself to the defense of Israel should the surrounding nations attack. The Jewish people and their elected representatives are not fools. They know that Pres. Obama does not support them, nor does he support their right to exist. In the event of a coordinated attack on Israel he will not immediately leap to their defense. He will delay an American response as long as he can in the hope that the Jewish nation will be destroyed long before American forces can be sent to their aid.
The Jewish people are expecting the peace talks to fail. After the talks fail, they expect to be attacked. What we are seeing in Israel is an effort to quietly draw together and tighten their ranks in preparation for a war that now appears to be inevitable. Biblical and Qu'ranic prophecy aside, a war between Israel and the surrounding Arab nations here and now would have a polarizing effect on the world at large. Anti-semitic neo-Nazi groups throughout Europe and the United States would be galvanized in opposition to any move on behalf of their governments to assist Israel. They would be joined by local Muslim communities that in some European countries now make up nearly one-third of the total population. Al Qaeda, Hamas, and Hezbollah would immediately take up arms in support of their Arab financial backers and execute terror strikes throughout the Western World. The Unholy Alliance I wrote about back in June would immediately spring into action with a massive propoganda campaign in support of the Arabs and Palestinians. Our entire world would be at war with itself. Your neighbors and friends would suddenly be your enemies and violent confrontations would break out in local bars, offices, and shopping malls.
There is no way to overestimate the damage such a conflict would have on our modern world. We can only underestimate it. Oil exports from the Middle East would slow to a trickle and possibly stop altogether, bringing trade and industry worldwide to a complete halt. Food, clothing, and even building supplies would become scarce commodities. Water pumps feeding towns and cities throughout the industrialized world would grind to a halt. When the dust finaly settled and the smoke cleared, China would be the only nation left with a stable economy and a standing army of any size.
September 10, 2010
From "The Mind of Jihad", by Laurent Murawiec, page 108:
"In the history of Islam, one myth has powerfully anchored millenarian phantasies of all kinds virtually from the beginnings of the religion: that of the Mahdi."
Fanaticism, regardless of what drives it, is the eternal enemy of civilization. Hitler, Tojo, Mao, Stalin, these are the nightmares of our most recent past and all of them drew their power from the fires of fanatic devotion to some imagined ideal that could not be realized in the everyday world of work, children, family, and friends. These men, like countless others before them and thousands around us in today's world, could not be bothered to think, reason, feel, or forgive. Their passion drove them to what in their minds were godlike powers and achievements but for the rest of us these same goals created a living hell on Earth. They believed themselves so far above the rest of us that by comparison we were insects and they were gods.
This problem is not new. Consider Gudea of Lagash. Gudea rose to prominence sometime after an external group known only as the "Gutians" swept through the various city-states of Sumer and Akkad leaving destruction and terror in their wake. Gudea drove them from his hometown of Lagash, re-established trade with territories still free of Gutian control, and rebuilt the critical temple to Ningishzida, the patron diety of the city. He led his people on the basis of honor, devotion to the gods, and piety. So powerful was the memory of his short reign over Lagash that his statues remained objects of worship and devotion until the Muslim onslaught of the Southern Mesopotamian plain in the 7th Century A.D. And what did the Muslim raiders do when they discovered dozens of diorite statues dedicated to this simple, pious leader who led his people from slavery to freedom? They chopped off the heads and buried them in a separate location from the bodies of the statues.
Christianity is not free from such history, naturally. Salem will forever burn in the memory of Americans as one place that symbolizes the excesses that Christianity can produce. But the Crusaders did not destroy mosques, palaces, and merchant houses when they swept through the Levant. They did pillage them, and sent many items back to their hometowns as trophies of war, but they did not desecrate the Muslim holy sites, they did not forbid the Muslims from meeting in their mosques and praying, nor did they prohibit Muslims living in the Levant from trading with other people. This tolerance of non-military Muslim residents proved to be their undoing, however, as many of these people who they lived side-by-side with provided both intelligence and support to the spies and troops of Saladin during the Third Crusade.
Greed drove the Akkadians to conquer the Southern Mesopotamian city-states in 2350 B.C. Fanaticism drove the Gutians to sweep through both Sumer and Akkad in 2150 B.C., leaving only misery in their wake. Piety drove Gudea to rebel against the Gutians and rebuild the temple to his city's patron god. Then fanaticism once again buried Lagash beneath the sands of Southern Iraq in about 650 A.D. where it lay hidden until it was first uncovered in 1887 A.D. and only finally identified in 1953 A.D.
Simple, everyday fanaticism ranges from the Qu'ran burning Rev. Terry Jones to the Victory Mosque building Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf. This kind of personal fanaticism in turn provides propoganda fuel for the terrorism of Al Qaeda and the militancy of the Taliban. The sad truth of fanaticism is that it has been part and parcel of human existence from the very dawn of recorded history and will no doubt remain with us until we finally destroy ourselves completely.
Unless, of course, God himself uses an act of nature to destroy us first.