Category: Off Topic
Don’t expect a quick end to the war on free speech The momentum of the campaign will be hard to stop
|May 16, 2017||Posted by News under Culture, Intellectual freedom, Off Topic|
From Denyse O’Leary at MercatorNet: Here are four reasons why the war against freedom will not just somehow lose itself, without our taking any action: 2. Progressive academics are training “child soldiers” to carry out their revolution against intellectual freedom. Put simply, they are teaching their rioting students attitudes, values, and beliefs that guarantee failure […]
|April 14, 2017||Posted by News under Culture, Intelligent Design, Media, News, Off Topic|
From Denyse O’Leary at MercatorNet: Mick Hume’s analysis converges closely with traditionalist/conservative streams of thought, especially in criticising claims that fake news determined election outcomes such as Brexit and Trump. The underlying assumption of many pundits is that the public cannot be trusted to make reasonable judgments in the face of fake news, and that […]
|February 21, 2017||Posted by Barry Arrington under Off Topic|
UPDATE: Dear readers, the movie version of The Shack will be out soon, so I thought it might be a good time to dust off my December 2009 review of the book. The Shack by William P. Young is an unlikely publishing phenomenon. The book was first conceived as a private gift to the author’s […]
|January 25, 2017||Posted by Barry Arrington under Off Topic|
Some people have an aura. I’m not talking about spooky New Age weirdness here. Some people just radiate a vibe, and you don’t have to be a swami to pick up on it. Joe was like that. If you could take a picture of quite joy mixed with contented serenity, it would look like Joe. […]
|June 24, 2016||Posted by kairosfocus under General interest, Geo-strategic issues, governance, News, Off Topic, Politics/policy and origins issues|
. . . including, regarding major trends of our civilisation vis a vis the IslamISTS, also as a civilisation, we face “seven mountains of influence” issues. Drudge headline: The initial fall of the Pound off the cliff on the announcement from Sunderland that was the first clear indicator of which way the referendum would go: […]
|June 24, 2016||Posted by kairosfocus under Geo-strategic issues, governance, News, Of General Interest, Off Topic, Politics/policy and origins issues|
Initial thoughts, here. (It looks like WP servers are giving traffic troubles, so a try to get through.) END
|June 16, 2016||Posted by News under Media, News, Off Topic|
From Yahoo: WASHINGTON, June 15, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — “Allowing the FCC to rule the Internet like a public utility under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act will do nothing but produce a broadband shortage,” said George Gilder, bestselling technology author and Discovery Institute senior fellow. “This just creates new incentives for broadband providers to […]
|June 12, 2016||Posted by kairosfocus under Geo-strategic issues, News, Of General Interest, Off Topic|
Drudge headline: A bit of background: The club may have attracted terrorist attention. Info re believed shooter. Allegiance to Islamic State Worst mass shooting in US? Islamic State claims responsibility US Prez: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of the victims.“ Sky News: embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt I add, […]
|March 22, 2016||Posted by kairosfocus under Geo-strategic issues, News, Of General Interest, Off Topic, Video|
The developing pattern of terrorist attacks in the West continues. Looks like a bombing at an airport and a metro station in Brussels after a terrorist mastermind was captured Friday last. It seems so far, 26 dead, dozens wounded. The airport bombing may be a suicide bombing. Sky News, live: embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt […]
DEVELOPING NEWS: San Bernardino incident may be [lone wolf/ independent Razzia/ Assassin Cult] IslamIST terrorism
|December 3, 2015||Posted by kairosfocus under News, Off Topic|
Here (video unlikely to embed at UD). Live TV: http://livestream.com/accounts/9262780/events/3189705 Live radio: http://player.radio.com/listen/station/knx-1070-newsradio U/D Dec 4, looks like we have pics of recovered weapons, looks like Semi-auto AR15s with stabilising front hand grips, low mag optical sights and two 9mm parabellum semiauto pistols: Confirmation of explosive devices on live TV just now, that is not […]
|November 18, 2015||Posted by kairosfocus under News, Off Topic|
Sky News: embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt 3 fatalities reported, a passerby, a female suicide bomber and one terrorist shot by a police sniper. (I noticed the sniper rifle Friday evening, along with the Beretta M12 sub machine guns favoured by French Police. Also notice, police use of modified Ruger Mini 14s which seem to […]
|November 13, 2015||Posted by kairosfocus under News, Off Topic|
A terrorist attack in progress, Sky News live feed: embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt Heads up. END
|September 17, 2015||Posted by Barry Arrington under Off Topic|
In the thread to a prior post I wrote: The documents constituting the New Testament are vouchsafed with the blood of the martyrs. Nothing else comes remotely close. Orloog scoffs and mocks: The willingness of an Islamic terrorist to become a martyr of his course isn’t a testament for the existence of 72 virgins waiting for […]
|September 11, 2015||Posted by kairosfocus under News, Off Topic||
Let us watch: embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt Let us remember, especially those who died and their families. END
|August 2, 2015||Posted by News under News, Off Topic|
At MercatorNet Connecting: Banned words? How about better speech! Needed discussions can get shut down by claims that one is victimized by “hate speech” The Internet makes sins public In a way no previous medium easily could. Twitter is losing influence? It’s not who is saying it; it’s who listens. Will robots really take over? That […]
|December 8, 2014||Posted by News under News, Off Topic|
The News desk’s other desk)
|November 11, 2014||Posted by News under News, Off Topic|
You heard it somewhere ELSE first, right, that nobody helps (the selfish gene and all that)…
|October 19, 2014||Posted by Barry Arrington under Off Topic|
This morning a friend said she had recently heard an atheist make the “I am atheistic about just one more god than you are” argument. Ricky Gervais makes the argument this way: So next time someone tells me they believe in God, I’ll say “Oh which one? Zeus? Hades? Jupiter? Mars? Odin? Thor? Krishna? Vishnu? […]
|August 2, 2014||Posted by News under Media, News, Off Topic|
iao Facebook? The kids are moving on? That’s the word from Europe…
BA77’s Off Topic Thread, Volume 5 — Aerobatic Ballet, what ID has done for me, Cyd Charisse, Tango jealousy, Butterfly
|July 21, 2014||Posted by scordova under Off Topic|
This is a thread for UD commenters to speak their mind. Please keep it civil. Off topic #1 If I could be a ballet dancer, I’d be this man: embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt Off topic #2 It’s no secret I’m rather chummy with agnostics, atheists, free-thinkers and academics, and even some of the less […]
Off topic #2
It’s no secret I’m rather chummy with agnostics, atheists, free-thinkers and academics, and even some of the less reputable elements of society (professional gamblers). My love of the arts and drama often touches on realms the church sometimes frowns on. The irony is I’m a right wing conservative young earth creationist. Why is this so?
First I wasn’t always a YEC. I was raised in a Roman Catholic home, my lifestyle was worldly and I found church often boring and suffocating, and this persisted to some extent even after I became a Protestant.
I found more solace in music, the performing arts, drama and science than I did from the majority of sermons (often more like nagging and bullying sessions). There are very few pastors I can say that I look forward to listening to on Sunday morning…
Many of my mentors were Darwinists (the physicists, engineers, mathematicians, chemists) in academia and to this day I look at their intellectual accomplishments with awe.
For a season in my life, the home TV would be tuned into a mix of NFL Football, figure skating and classical music concerts. More recently, I’ve watched the history channel and all the retelling of great battles of the past.
I used to enjoy the thrill of flying airplanes. Flying upside down and going weightless and then getting squashed into my seat in a high G maneuver. I loved hang gliding until I broke my arm in a crash in Carolina and was hauled off in an ambulance. But even then, to me, that was living life….and I often confess these things were often more enjoyable than much of the church service experience.
Added to that, I’ve often been utterly disappointed in behavior of the clergy and laity. I’ve endured seeing pastor after pastor fall from grace — adulterous affairs, theft and abuse of donations, lies, family abuse, outright charlatanry, etc.
Some years ago Bill Gothard used to be widely praised in evangelical circles. I always suspected he was a rat. Now it turns out, he used to send his young staff to his brother Steve at an expensive resort built on charitable donations. The resort had an airport and was used for a Leer jet paid by for by charitable donations as well. Steve Gothard basically made sex slaves of the girls that his brother Bill sent his way. Bill didn’t stop the abuse of women despite knowing about it, and by all measures looked like a willing accomplice. Bill was noted for promoting the notion of obedience to leaders. He and brother Steve obviously used their teachings for their own ends. See what has been swept under the carpet by the Evangelical Community:
Gotherd 1980’s Scandal
I’ve hung around atheist circles because vicariously they express my frustrations with my own church family — the bad behavior, lack of critical thinking, often blind uninformed obedience…
What has kept me believing, and why have I stayed in the church? 2 reasons. Number 1: atheism and agnosticism offers no genuine hope of eternal life or an eternally better world. My favorite Agnostic/Atheist Bertrand Russell ironically gave me reason to search for answers outside of agnosticism and atheism:
Such, in outline, but even more purposeless, more void of meaning, is the world which Science presents for our belief. Amid such a world, if anywhere, our ideals henceforward must find a home. That man is the product of causes which had no prevision of the end they were achieving; that his origin, his growth, his hopes and fears, his loves and his beliefs, are but the outcome of accidental collocations of atoms; that no fire, no heroism, no intensity of thought and feeling, can preserve an individual life beyond the grave; that all the labours of the ages, all the devotion, all the inspiration, all the noonday brightness of human genius, are destined to extinction in the vast death of the solar system, and that the whole temple of Man’s achievement must inevitably be buried beneath the debris of a universe in ruins — all these things, if not quite beyond dispute, are yet so nearly certain, that no philosophy which rejects them can hope to stand.
No matter how much science and technology there is, it will be destroyed as the universe dies out….
Sometimes in the midst of anxiety over the world’s troubles, I find it natural to call out for God’s help in prayer, and when there are moments that I feel I’ve caught a break in life I didn’t deserve, I can’t help but offer thanks. I think I have indeed seen miracles.
Number 2, the circumstantial evidence points to the historical claims of the Bible as more authentic than it is given credit for — the major points: creation of life, Noah’s flood, resurrection of Jesus. And if these things are historically true, it is reasonable they are also theologically true.
For sure, there are formal uncertainties in the proof of beliefs we hold dear. Could there be no God and is the multiverse the answer to problem of OOL? My reply — is it rational to wager one’s soul on the idea of multiverse? In light of what little evidences we have in hand for certain beliefs but in view of the potential payoffs, Pascal was most certainly right in his wager.
Despite my frustration with the church and despite my obviously being enamored with the compelling beauty and drama in a world that is passing away, it seems obvious there is design in the universe by some Intelligence far beyond human comprehension, and Intelligence capable of observing and knowing details of every molecule in the universe….
I’ve embraced Christianity reluctantly after nearly leaving it many years ago. Darwinists have actually strengthened my convictions after many years of debating them. In a strange sort of way, I thank God for them because they have helped me critically examine the case for ID and creation, and as a result, I’m more convinced now of God’s design and miraculous work than ever.
I still have attachment to the material world and all its passing beauty and drama and the illusion that all is well and will evolve to a better state. I’ve always been tempted to leave the church and just try to live it up, but I know utopia cannot be found in this life, and the longing to return to the Garden of Eden through human means cannot be met…
The evil in the world is sobering, but ID has been a source of hope that the can be ultimate meaning after all.
What do I gain if, humanly speaking, I fought with beasts at Ephesus? If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.”
Off Topic #3
Cyd Charisse is a miracle. She was crippled by polio when young, but you can see for yourself how she turned out. As far as I can tell, relative to Hollywood culture, she lived a clean life and was a life-long practicing Methodist (she probably couldn’t have been a Baptist given the prohibitions against dancing). She is a work of art!
Off topic #4
I normally don’t like Tango music, but here is the best Tango, “Tango Tzigane” aka “Tango Jealousy”. It is an incredible mix of Argentine Tango form composed by Danish violinist Jacob Gade during the roaring 1920’s for virtuoso classical violin. The composition conveys so well the mood of the roaring 20’s almost utopian view of the world. He became rich on that one composition and retired.
The winner of supposedly family friendly “Ukraine’s got talent” was pole dancer Anastasia Sokolova. 😯 You can google here “Ukraine’s got talent” performance. I found Sokolova’s performance while googling “acrobatic dance”.
Pole dancing is generally lewd, Jenyne Butterfly (who performed on the Ellen DeGeneres show) and Anastasia Sokolova (performed on “Ukraine’s got talent”) added some class to this dance form (still a tad lewd, but wow,the athletic ability of Sokolova and Butterfly is incredible). Most of the screaming cheers for Jenyne Buttefly were coming from women! Jenyne almost defies gravity!