Read the Article at HuffingtonPost
"IPSWICH, England — The Ipswich Museum contains many alluring and potentially theft-worthy items, including a spectacular 2,000-year-old gold-leaf Egyptian death mask on loan from the British Museum and a rare Hawaiian cape featuring feathers from the extinct o’o bird. But when two thieves forced their way in after midnight on July 28, they were seeking something else entirely.Never mind that their target, a large rhinoceros horn, was still attached to its owner, which had been standing blamelessly in the museum since 1907."
An emerging Christian movement that seeks to take dominion over politics, business and culture in preparation for the end times and the return of Jesus, is becoming more of a presence in American politics. The leaders are considered apostles and prophets, gifted by God for this role.I am not sure if to be worried or happy. Perry must not become President. I don't think that is likely if the Republicans nominate him, but the fact that he could be nominated is frightening in itself. Like Richard Dawkins recently said:
" There is surely something wrong with a system for choosing a leader when, given a pool of such talent and a process that occupies more than a year and consumes billions of dollars, what rises to the top of the heap is George W Bush. Or when the likes of Rick Perry or Michele Bachmann or Sarah Palin can be mentioned as even remote possibilities."
"For the past several years... the NAR has run a campaign to reclaim what it calls the "seven mountains of culture" from demonic influence. The "mountains" are arts and entertainment; business; family; government; media; religion; and education.
"They teach quite literally that these 'mountains' have fallen under the control of demonic influences in society," says Tabachnick. "And therefore, they must reclaim them for God in order to bring about the kingdom of God on Earth. .."They are looking to gain control and remove the demons that are preventing the second coming of Christ.
this is a cool letter from my friend Myles.Our ancestors made it through the age of the dinosaur - I think we can make it thorough this.
We are not out of bullets - what we are lacking is a historical perspective. When the world reacted with fear and pulling back in 1929 it exacerbated the problems and exacerbated, if not led to, a massive world wide depression. Many of the wise heads have been saying, and I have been agreeing, that the turn around will happen if the government steps in and starts stimulating the economy with public works/repairs. It is not sexy and it increases our debt but our debt can not be paid off if we are not paying taxes and unemployed people do not pay taxes.
Look at California where a minor increase in jobs has caused our debt to go way down. What we have needed - all along and long before this crisis - is jobs. That is a major reason why the Arab world is rebelling - jobs - they want jobs. There is plenty to do. Even I could come up with enough ideas ideas to keep millions employed. If we put our heads together we could turn this mess into a bright future.
But we continue to recoil in fear and as we cower the walls fall around us - when we should be bracing the walls we are just staring in shock as they fall. The so called conservatives among us need to be sidelined before they can get us all the way back to the middle ages where a tiny percent owned everything and nearly everyone else lived short hard lives in perpetual poverty.
I am looking at the bright side also - there seems to be a faint noise in the land of people realizing that we do not need this monster military. In my opinion we could turn a large portion of that enterprise towards fixing our infrastructure - at least then we the people would have something when the dust cleared - instead of mountains of spent shell casings we could have fixed bridges and built new schools. And the builders would actually learn something useful - as opposed to the latest method of killing each other they could learn how to work with concrete (I know... I know...)
As the some of the wise founders saw it, and I agree, we can fight when we need to fight. We don't need to be constantly fully prepared for every war like contingency. When the Canadians attack just give me 6 weeks of training and I will be able to pull whatever trigger they tell me to pull. After all - our species has excelled at fighting for countless millennia.
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Subject: Chevron and Texaco Credit Card Billing Inquiries
Sent: July 31, 2011 03:12 PM EDT
Hey, thanks for the nice note in my bill saying my minimum payment has increased because of my past late payments. I didn't bother going through the calculations to see if my current minimum payment was right. Strangely it fails to mention late fees that were refunded due to your inability to get GE money to correct their billing emails which caused the problems to begin with. I've always paid my bill in full whenever I could discern I had a bill.
I wish I could avoid in the future any more use of Chevron products and this credit card. But you are the only aviation fuel supplier at my airport so we are stuck with each other.
Jenai stops me on my way into the building and apologizes for falling asleep in a big design review meeting last week.
1. I didn’t notice
2. I fall asleep in meetings all the time
3.   ; I’ve had about 4 hours of sleep, the likelihood is high I will again today
WATSONVILLE — Four members of a Santa Cruz family headed to a weekend getaway with relatives near Yosemite National Park were killed when their four-seater plane plummeted into the grounds of Watsonville Community Hospital, authorities said Friday.
David Houghton, 44, wife Dede, 44, and sons Luke, 12, and Ryan, 10, all perished in Thursday's crash, which witnesses say occurred after the plane turned sharply offline after taking off from Watsonville Municipal Airport.
"Space Systems, which currently employs approximately 16,000 employees in 12 states, will implement a broad-based workforce reduction of roughly 1,200 employees by year-end. It is anticipated that middle management will be reduced by 25 percent, with significantly smaller percentage impacts in other levels and disciplines."Oh hell. Here we go again. I wonder if I should start looking for a new job just to head off the pain and agony of WARN notices and wondering if I'll get replaced. Probably.
"A philosopher designs a marvellous sausage machine. A scientist comes
to marvel at this wonderful creation, and raises an eyebrow.
The philosopher says, 'Ah, behold the wonderful cogs and sprockets and
temperature-controlled mixing chambers in my wonderful machine -
surely you can see how it must produce the most fantastic sausages!'
The scientist says 'Yes, that is all very interesting. Show me the sausages.'
The philosopher says 'How dare you, a mere scientist, question my
wonderful philosophical reasoning?'
Scientist: 'I'm not questioning your reasoning - I want to know if
your machine really produces sausages.'
Philosopher: 'Can you point to any flaw in my argument that it
Sci: 'I don't know - I just want to know if it produces sausages. Here
is some meat. Why don't you feed it through and see if you get any
Phil: 'And sully my wonderful machine with mere offal?'
Sci: 'You said it was a sausage machine. I want to see the sausages.'
Phil: 'Are you questioning my ingredients?'
Sci: 'I'm just questioning whether it produces sausages or not. Show
me the sausages.'
Phil: 'Ah, so you cannot attack my premises and you cannot attack my
argument. Therefore I'm right and you lose.'
Sci: 'Don't be such a melodramatic prancing arse. Show me the sausages.'
Phil: 'The sausages inevitably flow from the argument. You see my fine
machine. You can even inspect the meat & onions. The sausages
Sci: 'Show me the sausages or I'm off to Tesco.'
Phil: 'You are a mere scientist with no understanding of philosophical matters.'
"I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark"
God I hate sanctimony. I hate it more than some worse things, probably – it grates on me more. I hate it when people make it very obvious that they think they’re super-good people, sent to Enlighten all the rest of us.
The truly “nice” people I’ve known didn’t/don’t do that. They don’t do anything even resembling that. They just are kind and unself-obsessed and easygoing. They just do it, they don’t tell you they’re doing it, they’d laugh if you told them they were doing it, they don’t lecture you about doing it, they don’t talk solemn bullshit about doing it, they don’t give themselves big hugs every ten seconds for doing it. Not one of them is remotely sanctimonious.
complexity and design are independent properties of an object. One does not imply the other. You cannot determine whether something was designed by looking at whether it is complicated or not.
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Sent: April 15, 2011 05:13 PM EDT
I am pretty pissed at getting another late charge. I went to paperless
statements and set up an alert 10 days before due date but your alert
message obviously was not enough to catch my eye... the 'Sender' is 'GE
Money for your Chevron and Texaco Credit Card'.... that doesn't even fit
within the Sender field and what do I care about GE? CHEVRON is who I
am Paying! The first characters should be CHEVRON! The subject is
'Account Alerts'. You know how much junk mail I get with that? Put
'Chevron Bill' in it!
Additionally, your web system won't allow my online bill pay to access
this account and send it my bills so I can easily see a bill is in,
balance, due date and pay it. Chase does it fine, what is wrong with GE
& Chevron? Get with the 21st century. I am about to stop using the
card. I was because I got a discount on fuel for my airplane, but
getting another late charge has wiped all the savings out.
I suspect you are just making it so that fees get collected. Make it
easy for me to miss a bill so you collect another $20. Prove me wrong
Subject:Re: Chevron and Texaco Credit Card Billing Inquiries
Sent:April 18, 2011 01:16 PM EDT
Customer Service Wrote:
Thank you for your recent inquiry regarding your Chevron and Texaco
credit card, and the opportunity to be of service to you.
Account is owned by GE Money Bank - Member FDIC. GE Money Bank is
considered a federally chartered bank.
After reviewing your account history and in the interest of good
customer service, we are crediting your account for Late Payment Fees in
the amount(s) shown below (if applicable). The credit for this amount
will appear on your next billing statement. Please refer to your Credit
Card Account Agreement for information about fees that may be assessed
and how those fees may be avoided.
Late Payment Fees: $20.00
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Subject: Re: Chevron and Texaco Credit Card Billing Inquiries
Sent: April 24, 2011 01:56 AM EDT
Thanks for the $20 back. I suggest you get with GE Money Bank and get
them to clarify their alert text. Telling me to read my Account
Agreement is not a solution to the problem. Your customers are humans,
not machines. It is up to you (a customer of GE Money Bank) to make the
system friendly to your customers. I am one of your customers. I have
choices. I may not choose you in the future.
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Sent: April 25, 2011 01:58 PM EDT
Customer Service Wrote:
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We appreciate the time you took to provide your input. We strive to learn from our past experiences and your feedback is very important to us.
Great customer service and satisfaction are an integral part of our business. We understand your disappointment and would like to keep you as a valued customer.
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Excellent listening skills Chevron!
Obama: “Eliminating the health care bill would cost us $1 trillion dollars,” the president said. “It would add $1 trillion to the deficit. So when Paul Ryan says his priority is to make sure, he’s just being America’s accountant and trying to you know be responsible, this is the same guy that voted for two wars that were unpaid for, voted for the Bush tax cuts that were unpaid for, voted for the prescription drug bill that cost as much as my health care bill — but wasn't paid for. So it’s not on the level. And we've got to keep on you know, keep on shining a light on that.”
"I would like to hear what Ryan has to say on why when Bush was the president, being worried about spending and deficits didn't matter.Yes, "America's accountant" says he has things to do like destroying Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. He can't answer for his votes under Bush honestly because then it would shine a light on him that confirms he's nothing more than an ideological partisan hack and professor of junk science.Bob: So what about that Congressman?Ryan: Look, I can go point by point on all of those things, but I don't see how productive it would be to get into a partisan bickering match with the president. I'm just not going to do that because we got things to do.
Why hasn't the media asked the same of all Republicans who voted to destroy the government's budget surplus under George Bush by voting for his tax cuts for the rich and not funding two wars? If you look at real dollars, those funds could have fixed Medicare and Social Security possibly for generations.
I'm sick of hearing that Ryan's plan was courageous. I like Fareed Zakaria's show and find him credible on many levels, but he said the same thing about Ryan. It wasn't brave, it is a bill of lunacy aimed at destroying everything FDR and the Great Society stood for. It's like the Beltway hasn't noticed what Tea Party and conservative lawmakers have been doing the last few months. Everything that ensures this country will protect the working class, the sick, the poor and our seniors has been targeted. Ryan's Junk Science plan would not only make the rich richer, but painfully cripple the other 98% of America for generations to come. That's not bold, that's mad. Ryan absolutely should have to explain his votes under Bush--and what he thinks Americans 45-54 should do under his plan if something catastrophic happens.Oh, and Ryan also voted for TARP and the auto industry bail outs if any Tea Party patriots care to remember? If anything, it shows he's a corporate shill in the highest order."
What puzzles me is why there isn't more indignation. The Tea Party is the most indignant domestic political movement since Norman Thomas's Socialist Party, but its wrath is turned in the wrong direction. It favors policies that are favorable to corporations and unfavorable to individuals. Its opposition to Obamacare is a textbook example. Insurance companies and the health care industry finance a "populist" movement that is manipulated to oppose its own interests. The billionaire Koch brothers payroll right wing front organizations that oppose labor unions and financial reform. The patriots wave their flags and don't realize they're being duped.
"I’m pretty sure that Rabbi Jacobs, like nearly all Christians and Jews, picks and chooses his Biblically-based ethics. Why? Because he has an innate sense of what actions are right or wrong, or because he doesn’t think that god’s expressed will comports with modern secular reason and “well being.”
Those, by the way, are also the sources of atheist ethics."
"His outspoken advocacy of atheism made Hitchens a very public figure, and has made his illness a very public one, casting him as some sort of antagonist in a battle with fate, the Almighty or, if you believe in neither, random and merciless bodily malfunction. As he has written, 'To the dumb question, “Why me?” the cosmos barely bothers to return the reply, “Why not?”’"
First LockMart-Built Milstar II Satellite Marks 10 Years In Service: "The first Milstar II military communications satellite, built by a Lockheed Martin team for the U.S. Air Force, has surpassed its 10-year design life of on-orbit service, providing our nation's warfighters with secure and reliable communications since its successful launch on Feb. 27, 2001."My, time flies... That was actually a rough time in my life and for my daughters. Their mother and I had just separated the summer before and nobody was happy. The greatest regret in my life is the hurt I caused my daughters in that time period. I don't know what I could have done better. It was a hard time. The good thing is I met Liz two months after this launch, things got better after that.
"For if he is not competent to stop an earthquake or save its victims, he is definitely not competent to create a world. And if he is powerful enough to do both, but created a dangerous world that inflicts violent and agonizing sufferings arbitrarily on sentient creatures, then he is vile."Why bother worship that which can't help, won't help, or is incompetent to help.
"The crank's name is Harold Camping out of Oakland, CA. "
“the gift of creativity that God bestowed on the creation” – meaning the blood and screams when animals are shredded by predators. Thanks a lot for the “gift.” ~ Ophelia BensonIf that "loving" god dumped us off after creating life to sit back and watch what happens, it is a fucking bastard. Almost every animal on this planet dies a violent, messy, painful death. Evolution is messy. All life is messy and almost nothing perfect involved in it anywhere. Everything is a compromise from what existed before.