Evolution…150 Years And Still Going Strong

“Any theory that can stand up to 150 years of continuous testing is a pretty darn good theory. We use evolution to develop drugs. We use evolution to develop vaccines. We use evolution to manage wildlife. We use evolution to interpret our own genome. Every one of these uses of evolution is a test, because if the use turns out to be inadequate, we would then go back and question the very idea of evolution itself. But evolution has turned out to be such a powerful, productive, and hardworking theory that it’s survived that test of time.”  “Dr. Kenneth Miller for Nova on PBS.  He is a professor of biology at Brown University and coauthor (with Joe Levine) of the standard high-school textbook ‘Biology’, Miller testified at the Dover trial as an expert witness for the plaintiffs…”
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/evolution/defense-evolution.html


Further:
http://ncse.com/evolution/science/evolution-primers
http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/home.php

Personally I think it ought to be called the ‘Fact of Evolution’ now

Militarized Police in America

The military like counterinsurgency tactics that police used to subdue peaceful and unarmed demonstrators at various Occupy Wall Street (OWS) encampments around the country have left many citizens shocked at the monstrous and evil treatment the police used against non-confrontational peaceful protestors…they were treated like enemy combatants in a war.  We see machine gun carrying policemen dressed in military like combat gear…military grade equipment and military tactics.

When your local police force is armed with military equipment and has a head fill of military tactics learned at seminars that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Defense (DoD) puts on for police forces all around the country, you may not want to attend any protests like OWS and possibly get disabled or killed.

They are teaching these tactics so the citizens right to peaceably protest anything our government does will be quickly smothered and others will be persuaded that it’s too dangerous to dissent.  If your friend or neighbor is sent to the hospital with a brain concussion for marching to protest government graft and incompetence…like OWS is…you might not go out on the next day’s march or protest.

Government does not like anyone to dissent from their use of power, to object to the illegal and/or underhanded things they do.  After all we are the world leaders in everything, and we have God on our side and cannot do any wrong.  If you don’t like it move to Russia or Iraq.  If you are a dissenter you are unpatriotic and probably a communist or socialist.  If you disagree with our government you need to die.

 

Heard or read sentiments like these have you?  Our American government Disinformation and Propaganda Bureau is on the job…heh–so is Fox News.

Anyway, the police forces were established to protect the peace and safety of its citizens and the community; not to use SS tactics on peaceful people who happen to be demonstrating.  Our military is created for killing foreign, hostile armed forces, the enemies of freedom, and the jackals who oppose our freedoms.  Today our police forces have military grade equipment and military tactical training; this is a disaster waiting to happen…remember the Kent State shootings; military armament and soldiers against ‘flower power’ civilians?  How about ‘Ruby Ridge’ and ‘Waco’; military might and tactics against civilians?

Ever hear those conspiracy theories about our armed forces being trained to kill their own countrymen?   You know like those soldiers in Egypt, Syria, and Libya did.

Exactly what type of military equipment is in the arsenal of police departments in America today?

The average patrol officer carries a usually semi-automatic handgun and perhaps a backup gun, a pepper spray canister, a taser, a baton or nightstick and handcuffs.  This is normal and expected, after all these men go into strange and deadly scenes with some regularity, they need to defend themselves.  Nowadays however, with having so many strategic alliances with the military and DHS agencies, the list of equipment has grown exponentially and it’s very deadly stuff.  The New York PD boasts that they can take down a 747 airliner.

In 1994 a Memorandum of Understanding between the Dept. of Justice and the Dept. of Defense authorized the transfer of military technology to local police departments around the country.  This was surplus equipment normally reserved for use in wartime.

As a result of equipment sharing the Department of Defense, by 1997, had handed over a million + military items to law enforcement agencies around the country. Among the items were almost 4,000 M-16s, 185 M-14s, 73 grenade launchers (grenade launchers for Christ’s sake) and over 110 armored personnel carriers.

At the end of 2005 nearly three quarters of a billion dollars worth of military grade equipment was distributed to some 17,000 police departments.  This included such things as over a thousand night-vision goggles, a few hundred more grenade launchers for Christ’s sake, almost 8,000 M-16 rifles, and some Blackhawk military, missile & 50 Cal. machine gun carrying helicopters…for Christ’s sake.

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After the War on Terror started and the Department of Homeland Security was created, the money started flowing rapidly to our police departments everywhere.  It helped with everyday equipment such as walkie-talkies, bulletproof vests, ammo and such, but it also started a run on really out there apparatus such as a 9 ton bullet proof vehicle called a Bearcat G3, that has gun ports, tear gas dispenser and a battering ram, and even weaponized drones…you know like they use in Afghanistan to spy on the bad guys from the air…I just had a flash day dream of drones using their Hellfire missiles to take out a OWS protest in Dallas….

I fear for my country

Scientology….is it Real?

Wow, I have just perused a bunch of literature and websites regarding Scientology…. Pretty scary stuff.

Seems if you disagree with them (scientologists) you are automatically assigned the label of anti-religious hate monger or some such crap. They run a website called “Religious Freedom Watch” that goes after people that get too loud in their disapproval or bashing of the brethren. Reading the articles on the site, you can just feel the hate emanating from it.

I don’t know if the stories they tell about people threatening to bomb, kill, or destroy the “church” are true, but one thing I walked away from the site with was the feeling that they will do anything possible to make people stop expressing any negative feelings about the “Church.” In any manner.

Some of the stories going around is that the CoS (church of Scientology), hired private detectives to find dirt on a blogger that was saying something negative about them. They accused the blogger of being a terrorist. Others on their hit list are accused of being anarchists, neo-Nazi’s, propagandists, Anti-religious extremists, eugenicists, they are hiring the PI’s to search out old arrest records, and saying that they are vilifying “minority religions.” Oh, one woman was criticized for leaving her hubby and kids alone, for a short time, to participate in a picket line of a CoS facility
They go so far as to criticize one man because he is a proponent of James Randi, who they say is “a so-called Skeptic dedicated to attacking any belief for which he considers there is insufficient proof.” Well, yes, that is James Randi’s thing. He used to perform as a magician on various show business circuits, and he says that he knows a scam when he sees it. He’ll pay anyone a million bucks if they can prove something regarded as “supernatural.

I remember reading “elron” when I was a boy in the 60’s. His Sci-Fi writing was pretty good. I considered him one of the better ones, almost up there with Arthur C. Clark, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and Robert Silverberg. But, then one day I came across “Dianetics.” I was pretty young then, but I still recognized that the level of bull crap was rising quickly. The talk about “Engrams” and “Auditing” with their little “E-meters” and “Thetans” was such obvious quackery that I was turned off of any of his works.

I never could have imagined that that book would have led eventually to a worldwide scam. Who would think that such luminary’s as: Will Smith, Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Kirsty Alley, Mimi Rogers, Ann Archer, and “Bart Simpson” (Nancy Cartwright) would fall for it? And they have contributed perhaps millions of dollars…each!

An excerpt from Wikipedia that I think rightly categorizes Dianetics and Scientology:

“Hubbard’s original book on Dianetics attracted highly critical reviews from science and medical writers and organizations. The American Psychological Association passed a resolution in 1950 calling “attention to the fact that these claims are not supported by empirical evidence of the sort required for the establishment of scientific generalizations.”
Subsequently, Dianetics has achieved no general acceptance as a bona fide scientific theory. Many scientists have described Dianetics as a classic example of pseudoscience.

Few scientific investigations into the effectiveness of Dianetics have been published. Professor John A. Lee states in his 1970 evaluation of Dianetics:

“Objective experimental verification of Hubbard’s physiological and psychological doctrines is lacking. To date, no regular scientific agency has established the validity of his theories of prenatal perception and engrams, or cellular memory, or Dianetic reverie, or the effects of Scientology auditing routines. Existing knowledge contradicts Hubbard’s theory of recording of perceptions during periods of unconsciousness.”

Scientology seems to go to great pains to hide some of their core beliefs. They have their own ideas on where mankind came from (We’re space aliens), and what will happen at the-end-of-the-world (I’ll never tell), but you can spend years of time and tens of thousands of dollars to find out for yourself. I think the main requirement is the “tens of thousands of dollars.”

I wonder what their currant status is with the IRS?

The IRS, early on, proved that Hubbard skimmed millions of dollars from the “church” through dummy corporations. By the mid eighties defectors from the organization alleged that Hubbard had stolen as much as 200 million bucks. Wow. The IRS was hot on his trail (he was hiding out by then) when he died. Hubbard reportedly called new recruits “raw meat” and the prices he exacted from them were exorbitant…auditing sessions that cost as much as a thousand dollars per hour.

There are people out there who are falling for this scam just as fast as Islam or Christianity.

Remember Phineas T. Barnum? “There’s a sucker born every minute”

When some people deviate from reality, others are often hurt.”
Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance