Why Are Egyptian Sarcophagi Not Worthy of the Same Respect Shown to Modern Era Graves?

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The longer one lives, ideas or questions which should have been obvious seem to pop up from nowhere and stun the thoughtful.

Recent example: since it’s disrespectful to disturb graves (outside of criminal investigations), why is it OK to open the sarcophagi(elaborate coffins) of Egyptian mummies?  Is there an arbitrary waiting period so that some day all existing cemeteries can be opened at will?

Or are the ancient civilizations considered somewhat “less than human”?  This is disturbingly similar to how some view “primitive” cultures or the unborn.

 

1 – a stone coffin, especially one bearing sculpture, inscriptions, etc., often displayed as a monument, http://www.dictionary.com/browse/sarcophagi

 

 

 

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If You Are Opposed to the Electoral College, Then You Must Also be Against Having the Senate

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Hillary Clinton’s supporters are pushing for the abolition of the electoral college after she became the fourth candidate to win the popular vote, but lose the electoral college.  (The other elections were in 1876, 1888 and 2000.1 ) They say it would be justice for a democracy.

First of all, the United States is not a pure democracy where all eligible voters would vote personally on all legislative matters.  We are a constitutional republic.  We elect people to represent us in the decisions at the federal, state and local levels.

Our founding fathers created an ingenious legislature consisting of a Senate and House of Representatives.  Why two sections of Congress?  Because they understood the need to respect each state and they didn’t want the largest states dominating the smallest ones. They wanted to limit the impact of inevitable factions within our nation.  Consequently, for a law to be enacted it must pass both houses:  one which is based on population (House) and one which gives each state two representatives regardless of its population (Senate).  When the states agreed to be connected into one nation, it was with the understanding that their autonomy would not disappear — something the Democrats who push for bigger and bigger federal government seem to have forgotten.

If the electoral college were to be abolished, presidential elections would be relegated to “ten pockets of population” as Larry Arnn, president of Hillsdale College, described today on Fox News.  It would make those areas all-important and render the rest of the nation irrelevant when it came to campaigning.  Without the electoral college, we would have had twenty states deciding for the other thirty in this election.  Our founding fathers had a wise idea.

 

1 – “Presidents Winning Without Popular Vote,”  http://www.factcheck.org/2008/03/presidents-winning-without-popular-vote/

2 – “By a faction, I understand a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or a minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adversed to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.

There are two methods of curing the mischiefs of faction: the one, by removing its causes; the other, by controlling its effects.

There are again two methods of removing the causes of faction: the one, by destroying the liberty which is essential to its existence; the other, by giving to every citizen the same opinions, the same passions, and the same interests.

It could never be more truly said than of the first remedy, that it was worse than the disease.  Liberty is to faction what air is to fire, an aliment without which it instantly expires.  But it could not be less folly to abolish liberty, which is essential to political life, because it nourishes faction, than it would be to wish the annihilation of air, which is essential to animal life, because it imparts to fire its destructive agency.

The second expedient is as impracticable as the first would be unwise.  As long as the reason of man continues fallible, and he is at liberty to exercise it, different opinions will be formed.  As long as the connection subsists between his reason and his self-love, his opinions and his passions will have a reciprocal influence on each other; and the former will be objects to which the latter will attach themselves.  The diversity in the faculties of men, from which the rights of property originate, is not less an insuperable obstacle to a uniformity of interests.  The protection of these faculties is the first object of government.  From the protection of different and unequal faculties of acquiring property, the possession of different degrees and kinds of property immediately results; and from the influence of these on the sentiments and views of the respective proprietors, ensues a division of the society into different interests and parties.”

Part of Federalist paper #10, http://www.let.rug.nl/usa/documents/1786-1800/the-federalist-papers/the-federalist-10.php

Electing Hillary Over “Dangerous Donald” Would Be As Detrimental as Chamberlain’s Fateful Appeasement of Hitler

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For those with a passing knowledge of history, it is clear that despite society’s claim to be advancing, a disturbing amount of history’s blunders have a way of repeating themselves. A parallel potential is available in our upcoming election amid the haunting memories of British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s doomed appeasement of Hitler seventy-eight years ago.

Some  of  Hillary’s  Criticisms  of  Donald  Trump

He Depresses National Pride:  Hillary Clinton cannot refute Donald Trump’s assessment of the negative impact  the Democrats have had on the economic and social health of our nation over the last fifty years.  So, she fabricates that Trump is trying to depress people as her campaign chairman John Podesta said: “Tonight, Donald Trump painted a dark picture of an America in decline.”1  She added last night in Cincinnati, “He has a dark and divisive vision for America that could tear our country apart.”2  Hillary sees herself as the beacon of hope and national unity to counter this.

She also takes issue with Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan by declaring, “America is already is great. But we are great because we are good, and we will respect each other.”3
[That’s true except for the unborn, when religious freedom clashes with the pagan morals of secular world, etc.  But that’s for another article.]

The “1%” is Our Enemy:  Despite the large fees and other concessions she has received from speaking to the world of Wall Street and others (see footnote #4), she claims to be on the side of the little guy in the financial world.  Hillary Clinton pretends solidarity with the average American by declaring that our economy requires the “toppling” of the top 1% of earners because their real income (including hers as she likes to ignore) has risen dramatically unlike the rest of the stagnant economy.5 

Give  Hillary  What  She  Wants  and  We’ll  Be  Safe:    Her biggest push is that Trump is a threat to world peace.  She feels he should not be trusted with the codes to our nuclear arsenal and, “He’s not just unprepared — he’s temperamentally unfit to hold an office that requires knowledge, stability and immense responsibility… We cannot put the safety of our children and grandchildren in Donald Trump’s hands. We cannot let him roll the dice with America… I will leave it to the psychiatrists to explain his attraction to tyrants… You know, there’s no risk of people losing their lives if you blow up a golf-course deal, but it doesn’t work like that in world affairs.”6

In other words, give Hillary what she wants – the presidency – and the world will be stable and safer with the threat of major war eliminated.

What  Does  This  Have  to  do  With  the  1930’s?

After World War I, the victorious Allies (of which the U.S. was a part of) wanted to ensure that the “war to end all wars” would never be repeated.  Consequently, the penalties on the Axis powers (of which Germany was a member) were significant.

Restoring national pride and establishing a common enemy:  Unfortunately, the severity of the surrender terms made it likely that a leader would rise to reinstate the Germans sense of national pride which had been severely bruised.  Thus, it produced Adolph Hitler who attained the title of chancellor in 1933 and began his quest for multinational dominance.  Needing a target to rally his people further, he blamed the Jews for Germany’s economic woes.  At that time, the Jewish people which were about 0.75 per cent of the German population.7

In effect, Hitler made the Jews the “One Per Cent” villains of his time.  Wall Street anyone?

Hitler’s Ego and Plan for Domination  Cause  Great  Concern:  Hitler began his quest for territory by cleverly pulling off an annexation of Austria through political pressure, then with troops.8  After that, he decided to look elsewhere to add natural resources to his control.  He turned to the Sudetenland.  It had become part of Czechoslovakia as a result of the World War I surrender agreement.  Of its three million people, a high percentage was Germans.  The conditions were ripe for trouble as a result of “the German nationalist, anti-Czech, anti-Semitic propaganda disseminated by the Sudeten German (or Nazi) Party during the mid-1930s.”9

Background  of  the  Road  to  Appeasement,  Simply:  Give  Hitler  What  He  Wanted  and  We’d  Be  Safe

Therefore, “starting in 1938, the Nazi propaganda machine fabricated false stories of the three million ethnic Germans being oppressed in Czechoslovakia, and demanded to gain control of these lands.”  Hitler decided, “”It is my unalterable decision to smash Czechoslovakia by military action in the near future.”  But this would be more difficult as Czechoslovakia counted Great Britain, France and the Soviet Union as friends.

Because Hitler was aware of much appeasement sentiment among the leaders of Great Britain and France, he proceeded with pressure.  In September 1938, “France, for example, went as far as demanding Czechoslovakia to cede the territory to Germany, otherwise France would not honor the mutual protection treaty that they had previously signed.”  Here comes British leader Neville Chamberlain who convinced Hitler that a multi-national power convention be held to settle this.

Hitler got his way in that two Czech representatives were allowed in the building of the convention, but only in an adjacent room and were not permitted to take part.  According to Wilhelm Keitel, [French leader Edouard] Daladier was adamant in doing what it takes to avoid war, saying “[w]e won’t tolerate war over this, the Czechs will just have to give way. We will simply have to force them to the cession.” The four decided the fate for Czechoslovakia by granting Germany Sudetenland.10

It  Didn’t  Work  Then  and  It  Won’t  Now

History shows how badly appeasement works.  The concentration camps had been in existence for six years11 already when, twelve months later, Germany invaded Poland and the worst world war began.

If we choose Hillary over Donald because of the fear he would shatter a fragile world peace, what are our chances for a better life?

Health  Insurance:  Let’s see, with Hillary we know we’ll have an acceleration of the health industry debacle known as Obamacare.  It must be remembered that the poorly named “Affordable Health Care Act” was never the end game of Obama and the Left to begin with.  The ultimate goal was a “single payer system” which means socialized medicine.

How can we believe this?  Look at Colorado.  The financial disaster caused by Obamacare (and which the President and his chief architect knew all along) has resulted in huge losses for insurance companies.  Since pride discourages legislators from going back and replacing this feel-good idea, we have:

Amendment 69 would establish Colorado Care, a single-payer government-run health insurer that would be the first of its kind in the country… Under the plan, private health insurance would likely cease to exist in the state.  Instead a 21-member elected board would administer the coverage on behalf of the government.”

“It would cost more than $30 billion and it would be paid for with a 6.6 percent increase in employers’ payroll taxes and a 3.3 percent increase in employees’ payroll taxes.”12

So is this bad?  This is total government  control over one-sixth of the entire economy and the imposed priorities regarding what “health care” choices will be required.  It includes abortion, contraceptives and abortifacients, gender “reassignment” (which ultimately does not solve the emotional problems causing the individual’s turmoil 13, 14) and human/ animal hybrid research (already in progress 15).  It also forces citizens to pay for these morally reprehensible items and implements the rationing of medical services only for those deemed useful enough for society to receive them.  In other words, a true war on human life from conception onward.

By the way, Hillary defends abortion all the way up to birth.  This legal form of murder has accounted for more than 55 million deaths in the U.S., or about six times the number of Jews and Russian prisoners killed by Hitler.16

Freedom  of  Religion:  We need to be reminded that Hillary has said

“…deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.” 17

Enough said.

Peace  in  the  World:  There are many others serious concerns about the impact of an H. R. Clinton presidency, but this one must be addressed because it was mentioned in this article’s title!  She paints the picture of Trump as one who is out-of-control and likely to blow up the world one way or another.  Perhaps she doesn’t recognize what being assertive is – something the current administration is unfamiliar with (“red line” in the sand for Syria, caving in to Iran’s wants by not using the strength we had during the negotiations then giving them ransom money later, promising to help Ukraine and under-delivering 18, etc.).  Regarding Hillary herself, there’s the inaction on Ambassador Stevens’ multiple requests for security in Benghazi then doing nothing as the four were killed while directives kept changing regarding our military’s attire which might upset the lawless nation.

Hillary Clinton’s proposals include irresponsible immigration from terrorist nations which will bring the war to our doorstep.  With her Democratic platform in place, we will be able to choose between more frequent attacks overseas or at home.  If that isn’t enough, there’s control of 20% of our uranium ending up in Russia’s hands while money from the Canadian company owners flowed to the Clinton Foundation. 19

Knowing all of this, why would we pull a Chamberlain and elect Hillary Clinton because she is trying to scare us into ignoring the real dangers she poses?

1 – “Clinton: Trump ‘painted a dark picture of America’,” by Ben Kamisar, http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/288834-clinton-trump-painted-a-dark-picture-of-america, 7/22/2016.

2 – “Hillary Clinton Hints of Civil War, Nuclear War if Donald Trump is Elected,” by Charlie Spiering, http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/11/01/hillary-clinton-hints-of-civil-war-nuclear-war-if-donald-trump-is-elected/, 11/1/2016.

3 – “Clinton blasts Trump: ‘We are great because we are good’,” by Dan Mangan, http://www.cnbc.com/2016/10/09/clinton-blasts-trump-we-are-great-because-we-are-good.html, 10/9/2016.

4 – “The speech in 2013 was one of three Clinton made on behalf of Goldman Sachs. According to public records, Clinton gave 92 speeches between 2013 and 2015. Her standard fee is $225,000, and she collected $21.6 million dollars in just under two years. Clinton made 8 speeches to big banks, netting $1.8 million, according to a CNN analysis… According to the memo, Clinton requires travel by private jet, and even specifies that she prefers a Gulfstream 450 or larger. Her staff requires first class and business class tickets. And two members of her staff require up to three days on site to prepare, with all local – “with up to three separate rooms attached.”  From “The truth about Hillary Clinton’s Wall Street speeches,” by Drew Griffin, David Fitzpatrick and Curt Devine, http://money.cnn.com/2016/04/20/news/economy/hillary-clinton-goldman-sachs/, 4/20/2016.

– ”Hillary Clinton called for ‘toppling’ the 1%,” by Colin Campbell, http://www.businessinsider.com/report-hillary-clinton-called-for-toppling-the-1-2015-4, 4/21/2015.

6 – “Hillary Clinton’s evisceration of Donald Trump,” by Stephen Collinson and Dan Merica, http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/02/politics/hillary-clinton-donald-trump-foreign-policy-speech/, 6/3/2016.

7 – “Germany:  Jewish Population in 1933,” https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005276

8 – http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/germany-annexes-austria

9 – https://www.britannica.com/place/Sudetenland

10 – “Munich Conference and the Annexation of Sudetenland,” by C. Peter Chen, http://ww2db.com/battle_spec.php?battle_id=87

11 – “CONCENTRATION CAMPS, 1933–1939,” https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005263

12 – “Coloradans to vote on ‘single payer’ health insurance proposal,” by Joe St. George, http://kdvr.com/2016/08/05/colorado-to-vote-on-single-payer-health-insurance-proposal/, updated 8/5/2016.

13 – “Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, said that transgenderism is a ‘mental disorder’ that merits treatment, that sex change is ‘biologically impossible,’ and that people who promote sexual reassignment surgery are collaborating with and promoting a mental disorder… he explained that transgender surgery is not the solution for people who suffer a “disorder of ‘assumption’” – the notion that their maleness or femaleness is different than what nature assigned to them biologically… Dr. McHugh further noted studies from Vanderbilt University and London’s Portman Clinic of children who had expressed transgender feelings but for whom, over time, 70%-80% “spontaneously lost those feelings.”
From “Johns Hopkins Psychiatrist: Transgender is ‘Mental Disorder;’ Sex Change ‘Biologically Impossible’,” by Michael W. Chapman, http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/michael-w-chapman/johns-hopkins-psychiatrist-transgender-mental-disorder-sex-change, 6/2/2015.


14 – “And so at Hopkins we stopped doing sex-reassignment surgery, since producing a “satisfied” but still troubled patient seemed an inadequate reason for surgically amputating normal organs.”

“It now appears that our long-ago decision was a wise one. A 2011 study at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden produced the most illuminating results yet regarding the transgendered, evidence that should give advocates pause. The long-term study—up to 30 years—followed 324 people who had sex-reassignment surgery. The study revealed that beginning about 10 years after having the surgery, the transgendered began to experience increasing mental difficulties. Most shockingly, their suicide mortality rose almost 20-fold above the comparable nontransgender population. This disturbing result has as yet no explanation but probably reflects the growing sense of isolation reported by the aging transgendered after surgery. The high suicide rate certainly challenges the surgery prescription.” From “Transgender Surgery Isn’t the Solution,” by Dr. Paul McHugh, http://www.wsj.com/articles/paul-mchugh-transgender-surgery-isnt-the-solution-1402615120, updated 5/13/2016.

15 – “NIH Plans To Lift Ban On Research Funds For Part-Human, Part-Animal Embryos,” by Rob Stein, http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/08/04/488387729/nih-plans-to-lift-ban-on-research-funds-for-part-human-part-animal-embryos, 8/4/2016.

16 – “The Holocaust death toll,” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/1481975/The-Holocaust-death-toll.html, 1/26/2005.

17 — “Hillary: ‘Deep-seated … religious beliefs’ have to be changed for abortion,” by Ed Morrissey, http://hotair.com/archives/2015/04/24/hillary-deep-seated-religious-beliefs-have-to-be-changed-for-abortion/, 4/24/2015.

18 – “U.S. Hasn’t Kept Ukraine Aid Promises,” by Josh Rogin, https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2015-02-05/u-s-hasn-t-kept-ukraine-aid-promises, 2/5/2015.

19 – “At the heart of the tale are several men, leaders of the Canadian mining industry, who have been major donors to the charitable endeavors of former President Bill Clinton and his family… Beyond mines in Kazakhstan that are among the most lucrative in the world, the sale gave the Russians control of one-fifth of all uranium production capacity in the United States. Since uranium is considered a strategic asset, with implications for national security, the deal had to be approved by a committee composed of representatives from a number of United States government agencies. Among the agencies that eventually signed off was the State Department, then headed by Mr. Clinton’s wife,Hillary Rodham Clinton…”

“As the Russians gradually assumed control of Uranium One in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, Canadian records show, a flow of cash made its way to the Clinton Foundation. Uranium One’s chairman used his family foundation to make four donations totaling $2.35 million… And shortly after the Russians announced their intention to acquire a majority stake in Uranium One, Mr. Clinton received $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank with links to the Kremlin that was promoting Uranium One stock…”

“Whether the donations played any role in the approval of the uranium deal is unknown.´ —  [note:  Why?  Weren’t the receipts sent to the Government Accounting Office like all good Secretary of States do?]  From “Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal,” by Jo Becker and Mike McIntire, http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/24/us/cash-flowed-to-clinton-foundation-as-russians-pressed-for-control-of-uranium-company.html, 4/23/2015,

BLM Wants Reparations — Irish Americans Are Deserving, too

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The Black Lives Matter, officially the Movement for Black Lives, released its platform of six demands this week.  Number two on the list is “reparations for past and continuing harms.”1

The U.S. fight for civil rights has been going on as a result of slavery which began on North America’s soil centuries ago.  Progress was realized in the 1960’s with various laws, but racial discrimination has not been eradicated, from both sides.

Obscured in the on-going strife is the fact black Americans have been not the only group poorly treated during our nation’s history.  The common misunderstanding is so pervasive to the point that most U.S. citizens would think “race” when the word discrimination is mentioned.  Women might be a second response, but most likely a distant second.

Irish Iberian

(see Footnote 2 for text and credit)

Time for a history refresher.  Irish immigrants were very poorly treated for generations after their initial influx as a result of the potato famine in the 1840’s.  Examples:

  • “They were forced to live in cellars and shanties, partly because of poverty but also because they were considered bad for the neighborhood…they were unfamiliar with plumbing and running water. These living conditions bred sickness and early death. It was estimated that 80% of all infants born to Irish immigrants in New York City died. Their brogue and dress provoked ridicule; their poverty and illiteracy provoked scorn.”4

  • “They became chamber maids, cooks, and the caretakers of children. Early Americans disdained this type of work, fit only for servants, the common sentiment being, “Let Negroes be servants, and if not Negroes, let Irishmen fill their place… The Blacks hated the Irish and it appeared to be a mutual feeling. They were the first to call the Irish ‘white nigger.'”4
  • “The Know-Nothing Party- a political party in the late 19th century—developed with “native” Americans who hated the immigrant influx particularly the Irish.”5
  • “Employers would place signs with NINA scrawled across the front. NINA spelled out is No Irish Need Apply, this would often be seen next to the No Dogs Allowed signs.”5
  • “The Irish were ostracized from American society for many things besides just being newcomers. The Irish were ostracized for being Catholic.  Many Protestants and ‘native’ Americans were distrustful of a religion that was, as they viewed it, highly irregular with its beads, meditative prayers to Jesus’ mother, oils, saints and statues.  The Irish were also categorized as angry, alcoholic beings – (the term ‘don’t get your Irish up’, stemmed from a stereotypical belief in the volatile Irish temper) who drank all the time in saloons and had regular bar brawls and parties filled with revelry and debauchery.”5
  • Even though early major league had Irish players, around the turn of the 20th century,” the large numbers of Irish fans misled the public into believing that the Irish dominated the game.”  The same book printed this:6

 

Baseball and No Irish need apply

Despite the cruel treatment, the Irish kept moving forward:

“The Irish were unique among immigrants… In New York City, during the Civil War, they rioted against the draft lottery after the first drawing showed most of the names were Irish.  For three days the city was terrorized by Irish mobs and only after an appeal for peace by Archbishop Hughes did it end.  In Pennsylvania they formed a secret organization called the Molly Maguires to fight mine owners who brutalized the miners and their families. They ambushed mine bosses, beat, and even killed them in their homes.  The Irish used brutal methods to fight brutal oppression.  They loved America and gladly fought in her wars… The days of ‘No Irish Need Apply’ passed. St.Patrick day paraded [sic] replaced violent confrontations…Through poverty and subhuman living conditions, the Irish tenaciously clung to each other.  With their ingenuity for organization, they were able to gain power and acceptance.  In 1850 at the crest of the Potato Famine immigration, Orestes Brownson, a celebrated convert to Catholicism, stated: ‘Out of these narrow lanes, dirty streets, damp cellars, and suffocating garrets, will come forth some of the noblest sons of our country, whom she will delight to own and honor.’  In little more than a century his prophecy rang true.  Irish-Americans had moved from the position of the despised to the oval office.”4

Our American history has its proud moments, but we also need to remember those groups who were not always treated properly.  Let’s not allow the tunnel-vision of political correctness to narrow our sense of fairness.

 

1 – “Black Lives Matter Releases Policy Agenda,” by Trymaine Lee, http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/black-lives-matter-releases-policy-agenda-n620966, 8/1/2016.

2 – “The Iberians are believed to have been originally an African race, who thousands of years ago spread themselves through Spain (undecipherable) Western Europe.  Their remains are found in the barrows or burying places in sundry parts of these countries.  The skulls are of low prognathous3 type.  They came to Ireland and mixed with the natives of the South and West, who themselves are supposed to have been of low type and descendants of savages of the Stone Age, who, in consequence of isolation from the rest of the world, had never been  (undecipherable) competed in the healthy struggle of life, and thus made way, according to the laws of nature for superior races.”  Credited as coming from Harper’s Weekly, 1899. Artist Unknown, Misusing Darwin’s science theories as a basis, the idea of the Irish as less than fully white persisted. This 1899 cartoon showing the Irish stereotype as less evolved, presented as scientific fact 11 years after Nast’s last cartoon was published by Harper’s. Source: Wikipedia Commons, as published I “Irish As Subhuman,” https://thomasnastcartoons.com/category/irish-americans/, 3/1/2016.

3 – “being or having an upper or lower jaw that projects abnormally forward, http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prognathous

4 – “Irish Immigrants in America in the 19th Century,” http://www.kinsella.org/history/histira.htm

5 – “The Irish in America: 1840’s- 1930’s,” http://xroads.virginia.edu/~ug03/omara-alwala/irishkennedys.html

6 – From page 88 of “Baseball as America,” by George Plimpton, W.P.Kinsella, Paul Simon, Roger Angell, John Grisham, Jules Tygiel and others, National Geographic, Washington D.C., copyright National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, 2002.

 

To Clinton Campaign: Russians Aren’t Waiting for the Green Light to Hack Our Government

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How the Left can spin anything to attempt taking the focus away from their ineptitude and corruption.  Here is what gave their followers what they perceived was an opening:

“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Trump said, according to the New York Times. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”1

So, Hillary Clinton’s campaign says this:

“This has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent,” said Jake Sullivan, Mrs. Clinton’s chief foreign policy adviser. “This has gone from being a matter of curiosity, and a matter of politics, to being a national security issue.”2

You had better believe it’s a national security issue and foreign powers were encouraged, not by Trump today, but years ago whenever they discovered Mrs. Clinton took it upon herself to circumvent State Department procedures and put sensitive and classified emails on a private and unsecure server.

Russians  Don’t  Have  to  Be  Invited  to  Initiate  Mayhem

Since when have the Russians needed invitations or permission to cause trouble?  Ask Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia who have faced domination from outside powers for centuries, including last decade when Russia used its natural gas as a political tool.3  Or, how about Ukraine and Crimea?4

No, if Russia steals any of our secrets, it won’t be because Donald Trump encouraged them. They have shown repeatedly that they are very adept at being an international nuisance on their own.  Sure,  the Democrats will try to blame Trump, but the only ones who believe that are those who get their news from social media (or as Watters World discovered when a Democratic voter said Cuba is a successful socialist country and another who wasn’t sure who won our Civil War)….(!)… Then again, with the sad state of average public awareness of current events, Trump just might need damage control on his harmless comment.

 

1 – From “Donald Trump on Twitter:  Russia Should Give the FBI Hillary’s Emails,” by Rider Torrance, http://www.inquisitr.com/3354505/donald-trump-twitter-russia-treason-clinton-emails-news/, 7/27/2016.

2 – From “Donald Trump Calls on Russia to Find Hillary Clinton’s Missing Emails,” by Ashley Parker, http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/28/us/politics/donald-trump-russia-clinton-emails.html?_r=0, 7/27/2016.

3 – ” Attempts to control them began in the Middle Ages, with a period of Scandinavian domination in which Sweden and Denmark took prominent roles. By the end of the 18th century, the Baltic states were swept into the growing Russian Empire. Their subordination was briefly broken by a short period of independence in the early 20th century, before Nazi Germany invaded during World War II. Not long after, the region was annexed into the Soviet Union. After regaining independence in 1990 just prior to the Soviet Union’s collapse, the three nations entered a new phase: integrating with the West. It culminated with each of the Baltic states joining the European Union and NATO in 2004…”

“This became problematic when Russia resumed its role as a regional powerhouse with the rapid defeat of Georgia in August 2008 and use of natural gas cutoffs to punish Ukraine in 2006 and 2009. The small and vulnerable Baltic states became increasingly nervous that Moscow would set its sights on them next.”  From “Russian Influence Fades in the Baltics,” https://www.stratfor.com/analysis/russian-influence-fades-baltics, 6/10/2016.

4https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annexation_of_Crimea_by_the_Russian_Federation

Today was “Back to the Future II Day” (but, Real World 2015 or Biff’s 1985 World?)

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(as seen on the Discovery Family channel, 10/17/2015)

The “Back to the Future” movies were a trilogy named I, II and III and released in 1985, 1989 and 1990.1 As fans of the series remember, BTF II was the only one which portrayed a look at the future twenty-six years later. The actual date used in the movie, October 21, 2015 – has arrived!

As with other movies attempting to predict the future, it’s interesting to compare the creativity of the past with what actually came to be. Such is the case with Back to the Future II. Following is a comparison of the predicted future created in the late 1980’s with what we have today.

1) FLYING AUTOMOBILES: In the 1960’s, the year 2000 was thought of with much imagination, as if it would represent a threshold where our lives would be so fantastic that they would have little resemblance with the early years of the Space Age. While flying automobiles in 1989 might have been viewed as merely an extension of that unrealistic vision, it came much closer to reality after all.

AeroMobil had prototypes since at least 2007 and its AeroMobil 3.0 “is now finalised and has been in regular flight-testing program in real flight conditions since October 2014.”2
Terrafugia also began its prototyping in 2007. Its second generation prototype made its “debut outside of the aviation world at the New York International Auto Show in April 2012 for a crowd of over a million attendees and continues to attend EAA AirVenture annually.”3

2) SLEEP INDUCING ALPHA RHYTHM GENERATOR: In the movie, Doc Brown, Marty and his girlfriend Jennifer travelled to 10/21/2015 to prevent a future family crisis. Doc had not planned on bringing her along, but he stated he couldn’t leave her behind with the knowledge of the flying DeLorean/ time machine. In addition, her curiosity about her future could lead to dangerous attempts at intervention upon her return. Therefore, he used the sleep generator to make her unconscious and when she would awaken, would have no conscious knowledge of what happened – it would seem as a dream.

Well, in 1999, someone posted that he had heard about a supposed invention of the Russians in the 1950’s which reportedly accomplished this. Unfortunately, “My exhaustive Internet research has turned up a schematic of the device, but no solid information as to whether it actually worked. Larry Niven, who has used the concept in several of his stories, swears that he’s seen research proving that it performed as advertised.”4

Current technology hasn’t produced such a device yet. However, we do have: “Aiming a little lower than instant-sleep-inducing technology, we find ourselves among a range of devices that won’t make you fall asleep, but might make you sleep better.”5

3) WEATHER PREDICTION TO THE MINUTE: BTF II had the full range of prognostication from “since when can weathermen predict weather” by Marty in 1955 when the radio predicted clear weather hours before the storm to when Doc Brown noted that the rain ended exactly as predicted to the minute in 2015.

Of course, we aren’t there yet, although rain delayed major league baseball games are often given a 5-10 minute window for bad weather to start or end based on radar scans. We have come a long way from the early days of satellite meteorology when the newest available forecast was relatively accurate only for the day after next.

4) SELF-LACING SHOES: Ah, they’re here! “Adding to the fact that year 2015 marks the 30th anniversary of Back to The Future franchise, this makes it the perfect time to officially release the Nike Mag powerlace shoes, which should be more improved than the former version, considering it took Nike almost four years to come up with the final product.”6

5) SELF-ADJUSTING or SELF-DRYING JACKETS: Not quite here yet. “The self-drying jacket doesn’t really exist at this moment,” says Pailes-Friedman, who has worked on wearable technology for NASA and is a fellow at the Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator. “I think that there are really exciting technologies that are happening—technologies where water will just be repelled by the fabric and never really absorbed, so the jacket will never actually get wet.”7

6) KIDS WEAR THEIR PANTS POCKETS INSIDE-OUT IN 2015: This was found to be rather amusing when this movie was released in 1989 and many probably find it just as strange today. But why? After all, it has been fashionable for several year years to buy new jeans with slashes and rips throughout. Inside-out pockets can be fixed, but “distressed” is forever.

7) “The justice system works swiftly in the future now that they’ve abolished all lawyers.”:
The closest we have in this regard is the “three strikes and you’re out” laws. By 2012, twenty-seven states had implemented the modern version of statute by which it “significantly increases the prison sentences of persons convicted of a felony who have been previously convicted of two or more violent crimes or serious felonies, and limits the ability of these offenders to receive a punishment other than a life sentence.” It’s considered “modern” because New York has had a habitual felon law since 1797.8 There continue to be individuals and organizations with some justifiable concern over the well-meaning, but restrictive laws potentially in conflict with the first section of the 14th Amendment (due process).9

More dangerous, and somehow disregarded by most on the Left, are the current trends to neutralize the 1st and 2nd Amendments. Many are trying to demote freedom of religion to “freedom of worship.”10 In other words, one may practice his faith— just keep it inside the church’s walls (even though this right does not originate with the state which, therefore, has no authority to limit it). The most recent example is the Obama Administration’s actions against the Little Sisters of the Poor. To date, lower courts have upheld the validity of the President’s “accommodation” for religious objections to the abortion, contraception and sterilization provisions of “Obamacare.” The misnamed accommodation requires the nuns and other faithful to sign over the legal right to a third party to carry out the objectionable aspects of the law. It’s as if the government says, “OK, you don’t want to drive your car as the get-away vehicle in a crime, so just sign this which allows someone else to use your car for the purpose you are strongly opposed to.”

The 2nd Amendment isn’t doing so well either and it’s not the sanctuary cities which are paradise for gun-carrying criminals. In January 2014, John Stossel of Fox News attempted to purchase a gun legally in New York City. The hoops he was told to jump through were sadly reminiscent of the unfair tactics southern states often used to prevent African-Americans from their right to vote. The net result was that he was unable to exercise his constitutional right because he was unable to satisfy Big Brother Apple that he needed a gun (death threats didn’t count). 11

8) BINOCULARS with COORDINATES and DATA: When Doc was looking at Marty, Jr. from a distance, his binoculars appeared to give data on the subject’s travel. Maybe not binoculars, but we do have StatCast which gives data on replays of home runs, great defensive plays and baserunning such as distance, speed, route efficiency, etc .

9) TAKE A $50 BILL TO BUY A PEPSI?: In all fairness, Doc didn’t tell Marty that he would need most of that $50 to get a Pepsi. The implication was that prices would accelerate as they had been throughout the early part of the decade of the 1980’s so that a lot more would be needed for such a purchase in our time.

Inflation ranged from a monthly annualized rate of 14.8% (during the last year of the Carter Administration when the prime rate hit 20%) to 1.1% in late 1986.12 Using the median inflation rate of 4.3% for that decade, the 2-liter of Pepsi priced at 89 cents13 would be about $3.15 today. With the median inflation taken from 1980 (13.5%), we arrive at a 2-liter price of $21.10. So, it’s a combination of leftover fear of high inflation (just ask Baby Boomers) and a little Hollywood license.

10) “He has a few short-circuits in his bionic implants”: This was likely inspired by the earlier television series, “The Six Million Dollar Man” which aired on ABC for five seasons, 1974-78, after three television movies in 1973. The Bionic Woman ran from 1976-78.14

What about reality? More good news, a “first” was carried out in the U.K. Eighty-year old Ray Flynn had suffered the total loss of central vision caused by dry age-related macular degeneration. The four-hour surgery was led by Paulo Stanga, consultant ophthalmologist and vitreo-retinal surgeon at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. Here’s how it works:

“The bionic eye implant receives its visual information from a miniature camera mounted on glasses worn by the patient. The images are converted into electrical pulses and transmitted wirelessly to an array of electrodes attached to the retina. The electrodes stimulate the remaining retina’s remaining cells which send the information to the brain.”15

Other technologies which help those with disabilities include the 220,000 worldwide who have cochlear implants to reduce hearing loss. Tens of thousands have deep brain stimulators which help to control the effects of Parkinson’s disease and are now showing results in tests with those suffering from severe depression and obsessive compulsive disorders. An Iraq war veteran has had a nerve-controlled bionic hand replace his hand lost in combat. Experiments with monkeys have reached the point where a brain implant can control a robot arm 7,000 miles away.16

As wondrous as these inventions are, how soon before some attempt to use electronics to create the super-humans Hitler could only dream about? It’s an ethical and moral dilemma. The use of medication and technology to cure or minimize a disability is not the same as attempting to gain “an edge” on other humans by going beyond the natural boundaries of human capability.

Why are there objections to ‘transhumanism”? Ray Kurzwell wrote in his book, The Singularity is Near, that the “human body 2.0” will be mostly “non-biological” with nanobots replacing our heart, lungs, nervous and digestive systems. The new human would be ultra-strong and fast and be able to create virtual realities, including a virtual lover, inside ourselves. – This new human would also never die.17

Trouble with that? Absolutely. We can start with the “logo of the Second International Congress of Eugenics (which) proudly proclaimed, ‘Eugenics is the self-direction of human evolution.’… In Dignitas Personae, published in 2008 by the Catholic Church’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, it said ‘such manipulation would promote a eugenic mentality and would lead to indirect social stigma with regard to people who lack certain qualities,’ which ‘would be in contrast with the fundamental truth of the equality of all human beings’… ‘that in the attempt to create a new type of human being one can recognize an ideological element in which man tried to take the place of his Creator.’”17 For those of faith who acknowledge the existence of an eternal after-life, trying to live forever is contrary is thumbing our noses at God and His creation.

11) “CAFÉ ‘80’s”: Returning to a lighter topic, we certainly have much interest in “vintage” items, styles and practices today! Sadly, no one envisioned that the Michael Jackson on the café’s screens would not be with us on this day.

12) FULLY AUTOMATED GASOLINE STATIONS: Self-service gas stations begin springing up in the 1970’s when the gasoline shortages began raising prices and people wanted ways to save a little on their gas costs. But now, a Swedish based company, Fuelmatic Systems AB, is testing a robotic fueling method. It is being tested and fine-tuned at the Husky Corp. factory near St. Louis. The system operates in this way:

“The robotic machine operates along a track and is designed for installation at a traditional gas station fueling bay by taking the place of a stationary pump. As the driver pulls up to the bay, an infrared scanner on the robot casts a light to locate the vehicle’s fuel door by identifying the shadow that is created by the gap between the fuel door and the vehicle’s body panel.

A suction cup attached to an adjustable arm on the robot opens the vehicle’s fuel door. The system works with a pull-out, push-in or latch-release fuel door. If the fuel door is locked, the driver will be alerted to spring the latch, officials at Husky demonstrated during the run-through at the plant using a mock-up of the driver’s side panel of a Ford Mustang.

The driver, meanwhile, rolls down his or her window and, using a touch screen, selects the grade of fuel and how much to purchase, paying with a credit or debit card.”18

Regarding automobile on-board diagnostics (OBD), they have been more common since the early 1980’s usually with the limitation of “idiot lights” glowing and no additional information. The first instance of an on-board computer with scanning capability was in 1968 with Volkswagen’s fuelinjected Type 3 models.19

13) “Jaws 19”: Fortunately, we have not been subjected to that number of its sequels. But what movies have had the most? It comes down to a matter of how it’s counted. If it’s by the main character, then there were eighty-nine in the Wong Fei Hung series about a Chinese folk hero (Hopalong Cassidy had sixty-six and The Durango Kid sixty-four.) For non-sexually explicit films, the greatest numerical series was The Land Before Time which will release “XIV” next year.20

14) “CUBS WIN THE WORLD SERIES — OVER MIAMI?”: A little future shock for baseball fans in 1989. At the movie’s release, the Cubs hadn’t been to the World Series since 1945. (And the MLB team based in southern Florida didn’t arrive until 1993.) That forty-four year drought is now seventy years with a little help from manager Dusty Baker allowing the Steve Bartman foul ball incident in 2003 to overshadow the game and produce the managerial brain-freeze which cost the Cubs a shot at the World Series… Ironically against the Florida Marlins who are now designated “Miami”! Unfortunately, the 2015 New York Mets didn’t follow the script and eliminated the Cubs in the NLCS last evening.

15) NO-HANDS VIDEO GAMES: After Marty shows off his shooting expertise on a vintage game machine, the young boys scoff at the notion of a video game so primitive that hands are required to operate it.

Of course, telepathic games are nowhere to be found yet. However,“in a recent experiment, a person in India said ‘hola’ and ‘ciao’ to three other people in France. Today, the Web, smartphones and international calling might make that not seem like an impressive feat, but it was. The greetings were not spoken, typed or texted. The communication in question happened between the brains of a set of study subjects, marking one of the first instances of brain-to-brain communication on record.”21 The process was a very slow one (see the accompanying footnote), but gives reason for optimism.

Those of us in 2015 are much more familiar with “touch-screens.” It was surprising to learn that the first article describing research on capacitive touchscreens was published by E.A.Johnson in 1965! George Samuel Hurst developed a resistive touchscreen. His patent was granted in 1975 and first produced in 1982.22

16) “Gramps, what the hell am I paying you for?”: This was Biff’s grandson, Griff, being disrespectful. It’s not possible to know exactly to what extent this nonsense is common in families today. But if misbehavior in our schools is any indication:

“In my 41 years of teaching I have not seen such an avalanche of bad behavior, disrespectful like behavior, mob like behavior of children in schools,” said Memphis Education Association President Keith Williams. “It is to the point of teachers are leaving this profession in droves. “23

“A record 209,800 primary and secondary school teachers reported being physically attacked by a student during the 2011-2012 school year, according to new data released… by the federal government. The data was published in “Indicators of School Crime and Safety,” which was released yesterday by the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics and the Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics.
The 209,800 teachers who were attacked by students in 2011-2012 outnumber the population of Salt Lake City, Utah, which is 189,384.

On average, 1,175 teachers were physically attacked each day of the school year, according to data, which is derived from the NCES’ Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS).”24

17) HOVER-BOARDS: Where are we on creating this levitating skateboard? The good news is that this technology has advanced from the Stone Age! Before we become too excited, we must remember that something of this magnitude will take a lot more time and $. As it stands, or rather floats, the “Hendo hoverboard” (named by Arx Pax founders, Greg and Jill Henderson) is noisy and lasts for just seven minutes. Still, this is a breakthrough.

The company Arx Pax was started initially to figure out a way to make buildings more earthquake-proof by lifting them off the ground in a way similar to technology used in bullet trains. So, the founders reasoned it made sense to prove the technology on a small scale before advancing. Thus, we have the Hendo, priced at $10,000.25 Stay tuned.

18) “DOOR LOCK ENTRY USING FINGERPRINT”: A subdued Jennifer of 1985, brought to her home of the future by the policewomen who found her, was able to unlock the door to her home because it was fingerprint sensitive, which does not change with age. BTF II nailed this one, too! There more technologies than just this one.26 (see the accompanying footnote)

19) “LITHIUM MODE ‘ON’”: So said the intelligent home climate control when the Marty of the future arrived after work. “Intelligent” homes can control many facets of the house, but not the mood of ourselves yet. Modern technology makes hvac and lighting more efficient by adjusting usage to actual needs. Parameters can be programmed by the homeowner or sensors which can determine whether someone is in a particular room or even at home. Cost-saving “yes” – security and privacy “NO.” Something to consider.

20) “THE ATROCITY CHANNEL”: Marty Jr. referred to this during some friendly parent/teenager banter at dinner. With the proliferation of television channels currently available and the increasing interest in degenerate forms of “reality” shows, can this be far off?

21) “I monitored that scan you just interfaced. YOU ARE TERMINATED!”:
This was spoken by the boss future Marty seconds after he used a card scanner to enter into an illegal deal with a fellow worker. Two things here. One, the large phone television screen, known today as “Skype,” was first available in 2003.27 Two, it shows the interconnectedness of our Electronic Age. Many things can be done “seamlessly.” As with any advancing technology, we need to be on our guard that the basic respect for human dignity (security, privacy) is not compromised. The need-to-be-connected-at-all-times mentality has become more prevalent due to the increased impersonal nature of our jobs, communications and lives.

22) $174 CAB RIDE AND FINGERPRINT PAYMENT: Biff had been following the DeLorean to where the policewomen took the Jennifer of 1985 to her home in 2015. The cab ride was paid for by Biff using his fingerprint on a payment machine. The cab fare isn’t far off. A friend of mine recently paid $90 for a ride from the Nashville airport to Murfreesboro.

Now as for the payment, yep, PayPal has a way: fingerprint and a Samsung Galaxie S5, Tab S, Note 4 or Alpha device.28 Or, one can take the Nexus route: “With Nexus Smart Pay you can pay with just your finger, for free!… At any merchant that accepts Nexus Smart Pay, all you need is you. We’ll e-mail you a receipt after your purchase and we draft the original payment automatically.”29

23) “The school burned down six years ago.”: This came from the Mr. Strickland of the distorted 1985 in response to Marty’s “Don’t you remember you gave me detention last week?” Well, the social deterioration in schools as noted in item #16 hasn’t reached this stage yet. However, unless the well-being of the family and timeless values are re-established in our communities, we can be sure this current trend joined with recent Supreme Court decisions and implementation of social engineering promoted by Common Core will produce this inevitable chaos.

24) Destroyed Library: Marty and Doc Brown find the Hill Valley library is a complete wreck. Knowledge is no longer a priority in this time. For those who criticize skeptics of Common Core, please see the 5-part series on the subject at the http://www.ohioconservativereview.com.

And free speech is being discouraged on college campuses as “Brandeis University officials were intimidated into rescinding their invitation to Somali writer and American Enterprise Institute scholar Ayaan Hirsi Ali, whose criticisms of radical Islam were said to have violated the school’s ‘core values.’ Brandeis decided that allowing her to speak would be hurtful to Muslim students. I take it that Brandeis students and officials would see criticism of deadly Islamist terrorist gang Boko Haram’s kidnapping of nearly 300 Nigerian girls, some of whom have been sold off as brides, as unacceptable and violative of the university’s core values.“ 30

And, “Azusa Pacific University, a private Christian university, canceled a planned address by distinguished libertarian scholar Charles Murray out of fear that his lecture might upset ‘faculty and students of color.’ In response to the cancellation, Murray wrote an open letter to the students, which in part read: ‘The task of the scholar is to present a case for his or her position based on evidence and logic. Another task of the scholar is to do so in a way that invites everybody into the discussion rather than demonize those who disagree. Try to find anything under my name that is not written in that spirit. Try to find even a paragraph that is written in anger, takes a cheap shot, or attacks women, African Americans, Latinos, Asians, or anyone else.’ Unfortunately, such a scholarly vision is greeted with hostility at some universities.”30

25) “CRACKPOT INVENTOR DECLARED LEGALLY INSANE”: Such was the headline in a newspaper in the distorted 1985. This was clearly a libelous, smear campaign getting back at people who did not consent to the new society which the greedy, future Biff had created. We wouldn’t have that now, would we?

Not to that extent – yet. It starts with misusing the language to imply that those who don’t fall in line with politically correct thinking are made to appear unstable psychologically. “Islamophobia” may be correct if the individual has an unfounded fear of all who practice that faith. However, it is now a favorite label given to anyone who believes that we are in a religious war, which we are.31 Then, there’s the favorite of the Left: “homophobia” (which actually means an irrational fear of human beings). Those who understand that marriage does not come from the state and that even the Church cannot change the requirement that it must be between one man and one woman are not fearful of those who have homosexual tendencies as the fabricated term implies.

This brings up another future possibility. It is clear that Natural Law and common sense are being discarded in favor of relativism.32 It would also be logical, then, for advocates of stricter requirements for gun ownership to distort what is considered legally insane to make it essentially impossible for any law-abiding citizen to own one.

26) THE RICHEST AND MOST POWERFUL MAN IN HILL VALLEY: Here is a town which is run and over-burdened by the guy with the casino who’s in it for himself. Could that happen on the Presidential level?…..

27) “Kid, I OWN the police.”: Except for a few stray, rural communities, this practice is all but dead. But what is the state of our local law enforcements across the nation?

From 2-1/2 years ago to now, we have from: “”Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago… His remarks, which lasted about 20 minutes, escalated a nationwide debate on the verdict that has prompted protests, including some that turned violent.”33

To this: “While we tried to make sure that they were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on. We also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well. And we work very hard to keep that balance and to put ourselves in the best position to deescalate, and that’s what you saw… Let them loot, it’s only property.”34

Perhaps no one “owns” the police. Nevertheless, their induced reluctance to enforce the law has led to a 104% increase in Baltimore shootings for the three months starting in May of this year and a 97% increase in robbery/ car jacking, etc.35 Meanwhile, for the nation as a whole, the greatest increase in murders for the first eight months of the year occurred in these cities: Milwaukee (76%), St. Louis (60%), Baltimore (56%), Washington D.C. (44%) and New Orleans (22%). “The equilibrium has changed between police and offenders,” said Alfred Blumstein, a professor and a criminologist at Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University.36

… Much has changed since the actual 1985. The question remains: Are we experiencing the progression from the actual 1985, or from Biff’s 1985? And is “Brave New World” far off? Becoming a butthead will be the least of our worries.

1 — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Back_to_the_Future_(franchise)

2 — http://www.aeromobil.com/#s-about

3 — http://www.terrafugia.com/company

4 — http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=2426

5 – “Why There’s Still No Electronic Technology That Can Put You To Sleep,” by Meg Cramer, http://paleofuture.gizmodo.com/technology-cant-make-you-fall-asleep-1681121140, 1/22/2015

6 – “Brace Yourselves, Nike Self-Lacing Shoes Might Arrive in October, by Azalea Pena, http://www.psfk.com/2015/09/nike-mag-self-lacing-shoes-back-to-the-future.html, 9/11/2015

7 – “’Back to the Future’s’ self-drying coat? Not yet.” By Ben Johnson, http://www.marketplace.org/topics/tech/back-futures-self-drying-coat-not-yet, 2/12/2015

8 — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three-strikes_law, also has a reference to the New York statute: Arrigo, Bruce A. (2014). Encyclopedia of Criminal Justice Ethics in addition to footnotes for the other states

9 – text of the entire Amendment can be found in https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/amendmentxiv

10 — “Why ‘Freedom of Worship’ is Not Enough,” by Ashley E. Samelson, http://www.firstthings.com,
2/22/2010

11 – “The 50-page procedure required Stossel to answer questions which included obscure weapons terms which had no relevance to the application (e.g.”dirk,”stiletto,” and “gravity knife”)… Stossel on the required fee: “I can afford the $430 application fee, but there are poor people who can’t afford that and can’t afford to take the time off from work to apply… Stossel was denied a gun because he could not present a “special need” for having one. He produced copies of death threats against him, but they were discounted because he had not reported them to the police. ” from https://cartaremi.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/anti-second-amendment-proponents-simulate-tactics-from-minority-voter-discrimination-days/, taken from the 1/14/2014 edition of “the O’Reilly Factor.

12 — http://www.usinflationcalculator.com/inflation/historical-inflation-rates/

13 – http://www.foodtimeline.org/foodfaq5.html#cocacola

14 — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Six_Million_Dollar_Man

15 – “Bionic implant world’s first,” by Fergus Walsh, http://www.bbc.com/news/health-33571412, 7/21/2015

16 – “Are bionic superhumans on the horizon,” by Ramez Naam, http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/24/opinion/bionic-superhumans-ramez-naam/, updated 4/23/2013

17 – “Tranhumanism: Taking the Place of Our Creator,” by Rebecca Taylor, 11/18/2012 edition of the National Catholic Register.”

18 – “Full-service gas with a robot attendant?,” by Jon Hilkevitch, http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-03-03/news/ct-getting-around-robot-vehicle-fueling-met-0224-20140303_1_gas-station-full-service-gas-own-gas, 3/3/2014

19 — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On-board_diagnostics

20 — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_film_series_with_more_than_ten_entries

21 – “First, the team had to establish binary-code equivalents of letters; for example “h” is “0-0-1-1-1.” Then, with EEG (electroencephalography) sensors attached to the scalp, the sender moved either his hands or feet to indicate a 1 or a 0. The code then passed to the recipient over email. On the other end, the receiver was blindfolded with a transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) system on his head. (TMS is a non-invasive method of stimulating neurons in the brain; it’s most commonly used to treat depression.) The TMS headset stimulated the recipient’s brain, causing him to see quick flashes of light. A flash was equivalent to a “1” and a blank was a “0.” From there, the code was translated back into text. It took about 70 minutes to relay the message.” From “Scientists Prove That Telepathic Communication Is Within Reach,” by Corinne Iozzio, http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scientists-prove-that-telepathic-communication-is-within-reach-180952868/?no-ist, 10/2/2014

22 — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Touchscreen, with footnotes A) Johnson, E.A. (1965). “Touch Display – A novel input/output device for computers”. Electronics Letters 1 (8): 219-220. doi:10.1049/el:19650200, B) USPTO. “DISCRIMINATING CONTACT SENSOR”. Google. Retrieved6 April 2013 and C) oakridger.com, “G. Samuel Hurst — the ‘Tom Edison’ of ORNL”, December 14 2010.

23 – “Teachers under attack in their own classrooms,” by April Thompson, http://wreg.com/2015/05/18/teachers-under-attack-in-their-own-classrooms/, 5/18/2015

24 – “Student Attacks on Teachers Up34.5%; Record 209,800 in 2011-12 School Year,” by Lauretta Brown, http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/lauretta-brown/student-attacks-teachers-345-record-209800-2011-12-school-year, 6/10/2014

25 – “Architect’s Dream Of Levitating Houses Turns Into A Hoverboard,” by Aaron Tilley, http://www.forbes.com/sites/aarontilley/2014/10/21/hendo-hoverboard/, 10/21/2014

26 – “As biometrics become more and more prominent as a recognized means of positive identification, their use in security systems increases. Some new electronic locks take advantage of technologies such as fingerprint scanning, retinal scanning, iris scanning and voice print identification to authenticate users.” From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_lock

27 – “Skype was created in 2003 at a company founded by Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis. Originally called Skyper, it was later shortened to Skype when it was discovered that Skyper wasn’t available with all Internet domains… Basically, Skype converts voice signals into data, sends that over the Internet from the host computer, and then restores the audio on the receiving computer. You might hear people refer to it as “VoIP” which stands for “Voice over IP”. The system is free between two Skype-linked computers, and has only a small fee if the person on one end is using a conventional phone.” From “A Brief History of Skype,” by Rob Whent, http://www.itbusiness.ca/blog/a-brief-history-of-skype/20750, 6/21/2012.

28 — https://www.paypal-pages.com/samsunggalaxys5/us/index.html

29 — https://www.nexussmartpay.com/Home.aspx

30 – “America’s budding tyrants on university campuses,” by Walter Williams, http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/americas-budding-tyrants-on-university-campuses/article/2548643, 5/20/2014

31 — https://cartaremi.wordpress.com/2015/02/26/to-those-influenced-by-secular-humanism-the-world-is-in-a-religious-war/

32 – “Relativism is the philosophical position that all points of view are equally valid and that all truth is relative to the individual… Our pluralistic society wants to avoid the idea that there really is a right and wrong.” from “What is Relativism?” by Matt Slick, https://carm.org/what-relativism

33 – remark by President Obama as reported in “Obama: ‘Trayvon Martin could have been me,” by Tom Cohen, http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/19/politics/obama-zimmerman/, 7/19/2013.

34 – remark from Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake as reported in “Baltimore Officials Admit They Gave Police Stand Down Order During Violent Riots,” by Jim Hoft, http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2015/07/baltimore-officials-admit-they-gave-police-stand-down-order-during-violent-riots/, 7/1/2015.

35 – “Police Departments Walk Fine Line After Shootings,” by Scott Calvert and Zusha Elinson, The Wall Street Journal, 8/7/2015.

36 – “Murder Rates Rising Sharply in Many U.S. Cities,” by Monica Davey and Mitch Smith, http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/01/us/murder-rates-rising-sharply-in-many-us-cities.html?_r=0, 8/31/2015.

To Those Influenced by Secular Humanism: The World IS in a Religious War

Secular Humanism: Offshoot of the Enlightenment

Secular humanism, the greatest of the silent killers, has become increasingly prevalent in the U.S. since the 1960’s. It unwittingly became the modern version of the Enlightenment (1685-1815) which “questioned traditional authority and embraced the notion that humanity could be improved through rational change.”1

John Locke, the “Father of Classic Liberalism” and one of the early writers of the Enlightenment, influenced leaders beyond his time, including Thomas Jefferson the author of the Declaration of Independence.2

While many good things resulted from this awakening, it appears to be doomed to being a net loss for society as a whole by going too far in its primary belief “that everything in the universe could be rationally demystified and cataloged.” Locke believed that all knowledge was obtained by our senses and experiences.2 Unfortunately, his successors have used this to rule out any vestige of pre-programming such as our innate morality possessed before our knowing of the Ten Commandments. We United States citizens have benefitted from the victory in the Revolutionary War inspired by this era. However, an overbearing amount of harm has been caused by the expansion of the Enlightenment from its original philosophy, the first example being the French Revolution and the rise of Napoleon.1

How could there be so much trouble from something so innocently called the “Age of Reason”? The destruction it caused has gained momentum as “Christians sought to reposition their faith along rational lines and deists and materialists argued that the universe seemed to determine its own course without God’s intervention.”1 Just ask CNN’s Chris Cuomo, who said recently,” “Our rights do not come from God, your honor and you know that. They come from man.” He was conveniently forgetting President Kennedy’s inaugural address where he said on January 20, 1961,“ the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God”3 as well as the “inalienable rights” mentioned in the Declaration of Independence.

In the process of going it alone in a manner of speaking, the predecessors of today’s secular humanists discarded George Washington’s warning in his farewell address:

“Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”4

Many current “Christians” have joined the deists and materialists without realizing it.

From the Age of Reason to Today’s Version

The new Enlightenment isn’t being heralded by its followers with the same public fanfare as the previous one. It is like weeds gradually, but decisively, taking over what could have been the Garden of Eden in a fallen earth. And, unlike Locke who believed “the denial of God’s existence would undermine the social order and lead to chaos,”5 the actions of today’s advocates proclaim that belief in God and a judgment day are quaint sentiments which should not interfere with their view of what a progressive society should be.

For example, we have the subtle but potentially devastating change going from “freedom of religion” to “freedom of worship” as espoused by President Obama and Hillary Clinton. In other words, one may worship all he wants, just confine all practice to church structures. Followers of this aspect of secular humanism work to keep church’s influence behind the scenes.

Resulting Political Philosophy Mislabels “Islamic Terrorists” as Merely “Insurgents”

The diminished respect for timeless morality is swiftly eroding the foundation of a responsible society. The debate on how this impacts sexual morality and business ethics, while very important, is for another time.

The concern for this article centers on the embarrassing lack of response by our U.S. government to the multiplying atrocities committed by the numerous Islamic movements worldwide. This unwillingness to offend any Muslim has prevented our President from publically recognizing that religion is the inspiration for these inhumane acts of violence. It is a belief that religion no longer inspires the “enlightened” and results in political correctness defeating truth.

It is expressed in other ways such as during the most recent National Prayer Breakfast. Our President chastised those who criticize terrorists acting in the name of Islam. He pointed out that many evil deeds had been done by Christians over the centuries in the name of Christ. For starters, he promoted the popular mistaken notion that the Crusades were evil from the start. Those of us who are of the pre-Common Core generation know that the Crusades were not a land-grabbing exercise by the Church, but a response to the Islamic invasions determined to form a worldwide caliphate.6,7,8 The year 1492 is very dear to Spaniards for a reason beyond Columbus’ discovery. That was the year centuries of Moorish (Islamic) occupation of their country were put to an end. Killing to advance Muslim faith has been their trademark since its seventh century origins.9

True, many misdeeds have been done under the umbrella of Christianity during the Crusades and even later with slavery, etc. The difference is that these actions were contrary to Jesus’ message.

Unlike the Muslims inspired by, “And when ye meet those who misbelieve – then striking off heads until you have massacred them, and bind fast the bonds!”10

It IS a War of Religion

Back to the refusal to acknowledge that we’re in a religious war, even as the enemy proclaims it to be. It stems from a clear lack of knowledge of history. An example of this surrounds the date of the attacks of September 11, 2001. Going back a few years and from a book originally written in 1938:

“The last effort they [Muslims] made to destroy Christendom was contemporary with the end of the reign of Charles II in England and of his brother James and of the usurper William III. It failed during the last years of the seventeenth century…Vienna, as we saw, was almost taken and only saved by the Christian army under the command of the King of Poland on a date that ought to be among the most famous in history – September 11, 1683.”11

This well-known historian wrote later in that same chapter, 77 years ago:

“The final fruit of this tenacity, the second period of Islamic power, may be delayed: – but I doubt whether it can be permanently postponed… Now it is probable enough along these lines – unity under a leader – the return of Islam may arrive. There is no leader as yet, but enthusiasm might bring one and there signs enough in the political heavens today of what we may have to expect from the revolt of Islam at some future date – perhaps not far distant.”12

Mr. President, your dismissal of history is dangerous. Unlike times of economic depression when socialism and communism tend to resurface when it’s all about jobs, we’re in a religious war where the enemy doesn’t care how long it takes. One thousand three hundred ninety-one years and counting.13

1 – from “Enlightenment,” http://www.history.com/topics/enlightenment

2 – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Locke

3 – from “Chris Cuomo: ‘Our Rights do not come from God,” by Cal Thomas, http://www.dailypress.net/page/content.detail/id/557987/Chris-Cuomo—Our-rights-do-not-come-from-God-.html?nav=5097, 2/26/2015

4 – quote from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington%27s_Farewell_Address, posted in https://cartaremi.wordpress.com/2013/07/04/happy-birthday-u-s-a-with-a-word-of-caution/, 7/4/2013

5 — Waldron, Jeremy (2002), God, Locke, and Equality: Christian Foundations in Locke’s Political Thought, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-0-521-89057-1, as quoted in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Locke

6 – “Pope Urban II called the first Crusade in 1095. A mission to convert, kill, or subdue non-Christians does not seem to have formed any part of his conscious intentions… (quoting the pope) ‘…For as most f you have heard, the Turks and Arabs have attacked them and have conquered the territory of Romania [the Greek empire] as far west as the shore of the Mediterranean and the Hellespont… They have killed and captured many, and have destroyed the churches and devastated the empire… On this account I, or rather the Lord, beseech you as Christ’s heralds to publish this everywhere and to persuade all people of whatever rank, foot-soldiers and knights, poor and rich, to carry id promptly to those Christians and to destroy that vile race from the lands of our friends.’” From page 119 of “Inside Islam: A Guide for Catholics,” by Daniel Ali and Robert Spencer; Ascension Press; West Chester, Pennsylvania, 2003, taken from “Gesta Dei per Francos,” trans. In Oliver J. Thatcher and Edgar Holmes McNeal, editors, A Source Book for Medieval History, New York: Scribners 1905.

7 – “The office or jurisdiction of a caliph. The last caliphate was held by Ottoman Turkish sultans until it was abolished by Kemal Attaturk in 1924.” From http://www.thefreedictionary.com/caliphate

8 – A caliphate is “the political-religious state comprising the Muslim community and the lands and peoples under its dominion in the centuries following the death (632 CE) of the Prophet Muhammad.” From http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/89739/Caliphate

9 – “Muslims rapidly swept through Christian North Africa, home of St. Cyprian of Carthage and St. Augustine of Hippo, and by 711 were in a position to invade Spain. Thus, Christian Europe was beset from both the East and the West. The campaign went well – so well, in fact, that the Muslim commander, Tarik, exceeded his orders and pressed his victorious army forward. When he was upbraided by the North African emir Musa and asked why he had gone so far into Christian Spain in defiance of orders, Tarik replied simply, “To serve Islam.” From page 114 of “Inside Islam: A Guide for Catholics,” by Daniel Ali and Robert Spencer; Ascension Press; West Chester, Pennsylvania, 2003.

10 – Sura XLVII:4 as translated in page 460 of “The Koran, the Holy Book of Islam with Introduction and Notes, translated by E. H. Palmer; Watkins Publishing, London; first published in 1900, reprinted 2008 and distributed in the U.S. and Canada by Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., New York City

11 – from pages 70-71 of “The Great Heresies,” by Hilaire Belloc, Tan Books and Publishers, Inc.; Rockford, Illinois; 1991.

12 – from pages 76-77, Ibid.

13 – “In 624, he [Muhammad] began a series of raids on the surrounding tribes and defeated a large force from his own tribe, the Quraysh, at Mecca. Other victorious battles followed…” From pages 43-44 of “Inside Islam: A Guide for Catholics,” by Daniel Ali and Robert Spencer; Ascension Press; West Chester, Pennsylvania, 2003.