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Political Threads / FBI knew about plans
« on: January 12, 2021, 06:53:03 pm »
See link.

From the article:

The FBI warned law enforcement agencies ahead of last week’s breach of the U.S. Capitol about the potential for extremist-driven violence, U.S. officials said on Tuesday, contradicting earlier statements that they were caught off guard by the assault by supporters of President Donald Trump.

Choose Your Own Topic / Jerry Junior
« on: August 10, 2020, 08:10:49 pm »
So. Basic question. Do most atheists think that Jerry Falwell Jr. is your typical evangelical? I have my own opinion but would like some feedback.

Choose Your Own Topic / AI Nirvana song (for hatsoff)
« on: June 18, 2020, 12:14:49 pm »
AI produced this song by consuming all Nirvana lyrics.

Choose Your Own Topic / Happy Easter
« on: April 13, 2020, 02:05:12 pm »
A couple of random thoughts - In Exodus we learn about the first Passover: The angel of death literally passed over those that trusted that the blood of the lamb would save them. Does that sound at all familiar?

21 Then Moses summoned all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go at once and select the animals for your families and slaughter the Passover lamb. 22 Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the doorframe. None of you shall go out of the door of your house until morning. 23 When the Lord goes through the land to strike down the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe and will pass over that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down.

How about if I add what Abraham said in faith about sacrifice:

8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.

God provided the lamb. Are you trusting in His blood?

Happy Easter.

Choose Your Own Topic / Conspiracy theories and Covid-19
« on: April 04, 2020, 04:18:24 am »
A 5G tower was set on fire in Birmingham yesterday. I understand this is not the only 5G tower that was set on fire. The theory goes that Wuhan was the first city with ubiquitous 5G coverage and thus Covid-19. Or something like that.

Political Threads / Voting dementia in 2020!
« on: March 09, 2020, 12:29:26 pm »
Good article on the sad state of affairs in American politics. I think at this point I would bet money that neither Trump nor Biden will serve out the next term and at the same time be the first president deemed mentally unfit for office.
The two people most likely to control the U.S nuclear arsenal, and with it the capacity to blow up civilization, through January 2025 are both well into their 70s and facing pervasive public speculation that they are becoming senile.

President Donald Trump’s own public blunders—saying that his father was born in Germany when it was really his grandfather or referring to Apple CEO Tim Cook as “Tim Apple”—have prompted commentary throughout his term questioning whether his cognitive faculties are deteriorating.

Trump—seemingly indifferent to the glass-houses maxim—in recent days has upped the ante in what is becoming the senility sweepstakes.
On Monday, he said if Biden is elected, “They are going to put him in a home and other people are going to be running the country.” At a “town hall” on Fox on Thursday, Trump cited verbal stumbles by Biden and asserted, “There’s something going on there.” Friday morning on Twitter, he said Biden would destroy Medicare and Social Security “and not even know he’s doing it.”

What has happened to our country? Are these two even close to the best the parties have to offer? If not, then what needs to change moving forward so that we don't elect nursing home candidates moving forward?

Choose Your Own Topic / Quantum time
« on: March 04, 2020, 06:32:57 am »
Cool article

According to the research, the collapse from superposition to ultimate state is not instantaneous. The press release described it as occurring “gradually under the influence of the measurement.” As this represents what might be our closest, most-detailed observation of a quantum function unfolding, it stands to reason that it’s our clearest view yet of how time works in the quantum universe.

This is important because time is a sort of bedrock thread tying the classical and quantum universes together. By-and-large the scientific community treats “time” as an external background parameter, meaning it should work the same way in the quantum world as it does in the one we naturally observe.

Yet the results of the European team’s experiment appear to confirm what Einstein’s Relativity has shown us all along: time may be a malleable, physical property of the universe.

The classical and quantum worlds should be a clear case of “as above, so below.” If that’s true, is the idea of an ‘exact moment’ something that’s not fundamentally supported in nature?

Choose Your Own Topic / Undesigned coincidences
« on: January 13, 2020, 07:09:39 am »
Talk by Timothy McGrew.

Of course, it must be a conspiracy.

Choose Your Own Topic / Betelgeuse
« on: January 07, 2020, 07:02:38 am »

Political Threads / Trump's greatest accomplishment
« on: November 11, 2019, 11:16:44 am »
He has driven up the value of the dollar while driving down the value of truth.

Choose Your Own Topic / Jesus is King
« on: October 27, 2019, 10:31:20 am »
So Kanye released a gospel album. Curious what Christians think about a mainstream artist proclaiming the gospel. Does it help or harm evangelistic efforts?

BTW, not sure what I think about the album yet.

Choose Your Own Topic / Social commentary through music
« on: October 14, 2019, 08:41:51 am »
Heard this song. It is by a band called Broken Bells and is called Good Luck. There was a time when (maybe) social protests were led by musicians that were unafraid to call evil what it is. Over the past few years it seems to have shifted to more sports celebrity driven in my opinion. I don't have a problem with sports celebrities sharing their social opinions but I think their personalities more often lead them to conflicts of interest and they are less inclined to put a poetic spin on a protest.

Anyway, you should listen. It is a really good song as well.


Yeah, the face
The face of evil's on the news tonight
We see the darkness over light
But have we ever really lived in better times?
Hey, strange, they say we're coming to the end of the line
But is there still a chance to change your mind?
Or have all the colors turned to black and white?

I had another dream, I had another life
No one saw the blood on my hands
When I woke, I was there alone
Where will it end?

After the twilight, always a sunrise
But the glow of morning comes from small arms fire
Ignore the deadline, there's no divine right
Enter the gods and all the sacred signs
At the end of your line

Good luck, my friend
In time it ends
Heads up, dead land
My heart your hands
Good luck, my friend
In time it ends
Heads up, dead land
My heart, your hands

Choose Your Own Topic / Mindhunter and Sociopaths
« on: October 09, 2019, 11:42:53 am »
So I am currently watching Mindhunter season 1 and the topic of sociopaths came up in episode 3 with regards to the presidency. There is a scene where Dr. Carr makes a comment of "The question is how do you get to be president of the United States if you're not?" Not naming names, but the comment seemed directly appropriate to today's times.

The whole scene sparked a lot of thought on my part about success in the corporate world. Which led me to this article. Interestingly, my first thought after reading the article was that it reminded me of some of you. My second thought was that it:

a. explained a lot
b. made sense

A quote that stuck with me and I had mostly thought of prior to reading the article and after watching Mindhunter:

"In their professional careers, higher-functioning sociopaths and psychopaths are nakedly ambitious, shrewdly exploitative, and ruthlessly aggressive. They often maneuver their way to positions of power and status in business, finance, politics, media, and other prominent fields. They attain success at the unethical expense of using and abusing others. Examples may include the business executive who cuts employees’ living wage and healthcare for higher profit, the financial advisor who defrauds clients’ life savings for unscrupulous investment, the politician who scapegoats and demonizes “undesirable” groups to incite his following, and the media talking head who shocks and offends to gain notoriety and exposure. Sociopaths and psychopaths achieve their objectives through the relentless, immoral pursuit of power and personal gain, leaving a trail of human suffering and societal damage in their wake."

Are there good reasons not to be a sociopath?

Choose Your Own Topic / On works and faith
« on: September 09, 2019, 11:14:16 am »
In a separate thread kravarnik had the below response to a reply of mine in which I stated that the Sermon on the Mount made it obvious (to me at least) that the expectations of God upon man are such that they are not attainable without divine assistance. For who has not lusted or coveted? And who can pay the price for their own sins? Or perhaps, who has cut off their own hand or gouged out their own eye?

Although my comments were related to why we should strive for obedience (John 14:15, John 15:14), kravarnik contends per below that it is pointless if we are reliant upon faith for salvation. So I moved the topic here for a separate discussion.

I could be reading you improperly, of course, so if I've misunderstood something, please correct me. I think that saying God expects of us to do what is unattainable for man, thus that translates into trusting him mainly, then that makes works redundant and pointless. And it's inexplicable, then, why He would  hold us accountable in the first place.

Feel free to modify that if I've misrepresented you.
I don't think you have misrepresented me except for the works being redundant and pointless (which is your extrapolation from my suggestion that perfection is unattainable), but I do think it it was tangential to my point, thus my initial confusion. I don't want to represent what you think here as far as works so I will simply state how I see it.

I do not think man is capable of living a sin free life. I do think man is at God's mercy and grace for salvation and there is nothing he can do on his own to please God. I am not wholly convinced of the Calvinistic version of total depravity but I do feel that's a good starting place. With the law there is obligation, guilt, and condemnation.

I believe that we are saved by grace through faith. Faith is evidenced by how we show love for God and our neighbor as those are the two greatest commands. The two verses I cited above are what I suggest as the proper motivation for works. "If you love me you will do as I command"; "you are my friends if you do what I command". I see works as an out-flowing of a believer's love for God. If we are not doing them then how can we rightly say that we love God?

So anyway, I don't see how trusting him mainly results in works being redundant, pointless, or obviated.

I'm probably more flexible in my beliefs than some so I'm perfectly fine with others being motivated by the law. I just feel that with the law comes obligation. A failure to meet your obligation results in guilt. Guilt brings punishment. I'm not sure how this all fits together with a more works based faith. Can you clarify? I tried to not put any words in your mouth here or strawman your position, this is just my current understanding of the contrast between the two views.

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