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7.25.2011

A Teachable Moment - Norway Bomber Was a Right Wing Christian Extremist

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I think it is my moral obligation to take advantage of this teachable moment.

The Oslo Norway bomber was driven by his extremist fundamentalist Christianity and zealous hatred of multiculturalism. Yet, we don't condemn all of Christianity because of one sicko.

Think about how it makes you feel when someone condemns your entire religion for the acts of one or a few. What if, because of this nut case, the Norwegians began rounding up fundamentalist Christians spouting hate speech and imprisoned them off the coast of Denmark for years on end, with no Habeus Corpus rights.

If you are a fundamentalist Christian, ask yourself, what if police came for you in the middle of the night, verbally abused your family and dragged you off to jail indefinitely.

I'll bet you wouldn't like it.

But that is how Muslims feel when you demonize their entire religion and culture because a handful of murderers affiliating themselves with that religion do acts in the name of it.

Now shut up and leave Muslims alone.

7.18.2011

Why Humankind is Doomed: The Population vs. Individual Conundrum

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There are a lot of smart people in the world. There are a lot of people who know what we need to do to avoid global climate change and its destructive impact on the human race. I am not one of these people, but I know they exist, and I read their books.

We have the intelligence, ingenuity and technology to create a sustainable earth.

The problem is, even though there are smart human beings, the population as a whole is largely ignorant. It is the dichotomy of the individual vs. the population.

In any species on earth, there is a range of variation of traits. Some individuals are exsquisitely adapted to their environment and some aren't. Over time, the less adaptable die off. The problem with humanity is that the population willfully destroys its own habitat, so adaptation becomes irrelevant. The most adapted members find themselves in an environment that is changing and they have no where to migrate to. In the human population, the less fit individuals from an adaptive standpoint help to drag everyone down.

Collectively, we either don't know, don't give a damn, or have given up. And this is to the great detriment of our species. Unless someone can convince the large majority of the world that we need to change our ways when it comes to the environment and sustainability, the human population is going to drag everyone down, intelligent scientists and global warming skeptics alike.

That's my prediction and I'd love to hear your thoughts, so please comment.

Scorched Earth Policy

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Update: UW only cooling essential buildings; chillers under repair http://bit.ly/qz3hih.

The earth is cooking itself in its own man made juices. Water supplies will dwindle and crops will wither. War will ensue as humans compete for limited resources.

It is not "if" it is "when?"