In Observance of Good Friday

. . . I will remind everyone that Friday is not the day that Jesus died, and the Bible is both unambiguous and true on this point.  Jesus was dead by what we would call Wednesday night.  Read all about it!

and here’s an archive link, for just in cases: http://archive.is/GjpEu

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VFD, how can you be a skeptic about man-caused global warming?

Simple: I look at the data instead of the political spin on the data, and then I think.  Watts Up With That is better than literally all mainstream press as a source of climate news.  It was there that I found a link to this .pdf book that you can read for yourself.  It’s free. You like things that are free, don’t you?  It’s not even a long book.  Check it out:

Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming

Cuba from A Cuban Perspective

I’m working on my voter guide. It’s taking a long time because this ballot is much longer than usual.  While researching candidates, I found that one of them translates articles from Cuban authors.  These are very interesting to me, and perhaps they will be to you as well.

Have a look: http://translatingcuba.com/category/translators/translator-mlk/

Most. Transparent. Ever.

“This is the most transparent administration ever” -President B.H. Obama

“You are suspicious and will be prohibited from domestic and international travel, based only on suspicion of an anonymous government agent. You will not be told if, or why, you are on our lists. You can appeal it but we won’t tell you if you prevail. And we’ll be scanning everything in your pocket, including your library card and the business card you got from a paint salesman – and god help you if he’s on the list.” – the Obama administration

Man, These are Good Stuff

Woman, not so much, but man, you should at least have a peek at these sites: Shrink for Men and A Voice for Men

A declaration that modern feminism is actually full of sexual assault, in public, against MEN.

A warning about a particular crazy lady who pretends to be sane and writes articles full of crazy.

Advice for men who are victims of Cluster B Personality Disordered women and going through the divorce process.

On The Anniversary

On the anniversary of the publication of Orwell’s 1984, we were treated to news that Congress is not very outraged that data about all our phone calls (who/when/how long) is being recorded in accordance with the order from a secret court, AND we found out that our government is also data-mining our Internet Service Providers.

On the anniversary of the publication of 1984, this is just about as bad of news as one could get.  It occurs to me, however, that Big Brother doesn’t have to actually watch us through our television sets.  Orwell could not have imagined the capacity of our data systems way back in the 1940s, but they had TV.  If he had an inkling of even DARPANET, I bet he’d have had the NSA examining our internet activities in his book.

Just remember, the next time you use your browser’s Inprivate/Private Window features . . . Big Brother is still watching you.

The "We Are The 99" Sign Holders

You may recall during protests against evildisgustingrichassrichpeople a few years ago, some of the smelly hippy protesters were holding signs declaring themselves to be “the 99%” of America that for some reason resents the people who got to the top of the heap by their own effort.

Well here’s a fun factoid for you: the people holding those signs are, in fact, the 1%.  If you have a few minutes, read this fine piece by Willis Eschenbach and then come back and tell me how not getting 99 weeks of unemployment benefits is some kind of hardship.

We have met the 1%, and he is us 

Kudos to Watts Up With That for hosting this fine writing!

Global Non-Warming Getting Harder to Deny!

The temperature plot for the last decade is a solid no-change ZERO increase/decrease average. But you don’t get research grant money to continue to “study” anthropogenic global warming when the globe is neither warming nor cooling.

Watt's Up With That Trend?
Image from WUWT

If you are still on the fence with regard to AGW, here are a few more points to ponder:

We Don’t Need No Stinking Badges!

I had never read this before. I had heard the word Areopagitica before a few times in reference to the freedom of the Press, but never took the time to track down what it meant.

It took me an hour and a half to read, but it was worth the time. Set aside two or three hours (I can read pretty quickly) and read this speech. Then, the next time somebody mentions this smart idea they have of licensing bloggers, reporters, &c., you will understand that they are either ignorant or malignant. In either case, they are wrong.

A couple of quotes from Areopagitica to make a couple of points. The recent discussion about licensing bloggers does indeed come from people who think you are stupid.

“Nor is it to the common people less than a reproach; for if we be so jealous over them, as that we dare not trust them with an English pamphlet, what do we but censure them for a giddy, vicious, and ungrounded people; in such a sick and weak state of faith and discretion, as to be able to take nothing down but through the pipe of a licenser.”

The argument that you people must have guardians over your information sources is as weak now as it was at the time of the Inquisition. Truth stands the test of time, and unless the proponents of licensure suspect they themselves are on the wrong side of the line, there is no reason for them to try to pursue this idea.

“And though all the winds of doctrine were let loose to play upon the earth, so Truth be in the field, we do injuriously, by licensing and prohibiting, to misdoubt her strength. Let her and Falsehood grapple; who ever knew Truth put to the worse, in a free and open encounter?”

“For who knows not that Truth is strong, next to the Almighty? She needs no policies, nor stratagems, nor licensings to make her victorious; those are the shifts and the defences that error uses against her power.”

The very first Amendment to the Constitution for the United States of America established the freedom of the Press. For those unfamiliar with the concept: requiring approval from the government to speak or to publish ideas is something only the worst of tyrants would seek to do. To quote one of the worse tyrants of modern times:

“Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas?” – Joseph Stalin

You Will Read This:

The departed Bane told a story he claimed was true. I believe it. You may not. Set aside a few minutes and read it for yourself. You might try not to read these where it is dark and cold.

Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four
Part Five
Part Six
Part Seven

The links are to Google’s cache of the pages, in case you are behind a server that blocks Blogger. Plus, if you click through his archives be warned that some of Bane Rants is/was VERY not safe for work.