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19Dec/160

Leadership and Trump.

Posted by Nate

LEADERSHIP

I listen sometimes to respected political commentators discussing the president-elect...what he does, what he tweets, who he selects for his cabinet and the White house. What strikes me is they talk about all this as if there is a serious person, a Leader who has been elected to be a leader of the Free World.

Qualities of a good leader: honesty, compassion, integrity, confidence, knowledge, curiosity.

Leadership

Con Artist

Why Trump cannot be a leader.

Integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness. It is generally a personal choice to hold oneself to consistent moral and ethical standards.

Compassion is the response to the suffering of others that motivates a desire to help.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compassion

The so-called intellectuals have conveniently forgotten the election campaign and all the outrageous things that Trump said during the campaign. Charlie Rose said this about Trump, the President-elect, that is fascinating - Trump sometimes behaves like a normal person. Not a word about Trump's qualifications and his character.

It is abundantly clear to any intelligent person that this man is a pathological liar, a con man, a psychopath - thin-skinned and vindictive. He has managed to insult almost every group in our country and abroad.

10Dec/160

Invasive Species

Posted by Nate

Humans.

Humanity footprint

Destroying our home planet

Invasive species: "animals, plants or other organisms introduced by man into places out of their natural range of distribution, where they become established and disperse, generating a negative impact on the local ecosystem and species." And a 2004 paper in Diversity and Distributions that examines the terminology of invasiveness notes that there is a lack of consensus on this topic and lists five dominant definitions for 'invasive,' the most popular of which is "widespread that have adverse effects on the invaded habitat."
Read more:
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/are-humans-an-invasive-species-42999965/#67GjHJStkA1H1lps.99

One time I was playing a computer game where you, the player, create the planet's ecology and are trying to make a sustainable ecological system. In this game humans are listed under “natural disaster”.

I have been thinking about our place on this planet and lately came to the conclusion that we humans are the invasive species killing off everything living on Earth.

That the planet would be better off without us.

Forests

Humanity footprint

Now, scientists say, the Earth is on the brink of a sixth “mass extinction event.” Only this time, the culprit isn’t a massive asteroid impact or volcanic explosions or the inexorable drifting of continents. It’s us.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/06/22/the-earth-is-on-the-brink-of-a-sixth-mass-extinction-scientists-say-and-its-humans-fault/

There is plenty of information on the extent of the damage we humans have inflicted on our planet. Disappearing rain forests.

Extinction of animal species. A report by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has found that populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish have declined on average of 52 per cent in the last 40 years.

And for freshwater creatures the situation is even bleaker, with population collapse of more than three quarters over the same period.

Almost the entire decline is down to human activity, through habitat loss, deforestation, climate change, over-fishing and hunting.

Anyone born in 1970 or before would have lived in a world teeming with animals compared to life today. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/wildlife/11129163/Half-of-worlds-animals-have-disappeared-since-1970.html

We humans are so proud of our accomplishments...science, the arts, philosophy.

Humans are sending spaceships to other planets and are dreaming about going to the stars.

Extinction

Only humans

And yet we are not able to save our home planet. Selfishness, greed, ignorance, hate and apathy are ruling our species. None of these attributes are associated with other life forms on Earth.

Only humans are capable of killing their own species for so many “reasons” that are invented by humans. Religion, race, natural resources and many other excuses human species use to fight and kill each other.

We are deeply flawed creatures. Any scientific advances are being used first and foremost on inventing new ways of destruction.

There is a natural delicate ecological balance of life forms on Earth. The only exception – humans. Why are we here? Was Mother Nature aware of what will become of us humans? Do we have reason, logic and intelligence just to use it against ourselves and our planet? Is there a future for our species?

Is Darwinism working on a planetary scale?

Nature will be better without people.

Humans are gone. Finally.

There have got to be millions of habitable worlds even in our Galaxy. But is there a critical time in evolution when most intelligent species die out? Are we humans at that threshold presently? 

There could be many causes for extinction...a killer virus, meteorites, infertility or wars.

Are we humans capable of coming to our senses and surviving?

I give us a 50/50 chance.

And if we vanish from the face of the Earth, no living thing will miss us.

6Jul/160

“Lord protect me from my friends, I can take care of my enemies”

Posted by Nate

A good example of when fanaticism and idiocy of an organization that calls itself “friends of parks" caused great damage to a great city. You are not "friends of parks". You are militant fundamentalists who needed to show to the world that you matter. I agree that you matter. You matter the same way as ISIS or Hamas matter. You are a destructive force that does more harm than good.

Juanita

Well meaning idiot?

 

Fanatics

Juanita?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friends of parks

What parks? One on the left?

Juanita Irizarry is a homegrown leader who brings years of advocacy and community-based organizing experience to the cause. Her expertise and energy will be applied to staying the course charted by the organization’s board of directors to protect public trust land and promote and preserve Chicago’s parks.

http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/friends-parks-nixed-lucas-museum-parking-lot-plan/Content?oid=21868920

“The butt-ugly expanse of asphalt where the museum would have gone is Soldier Field's south lot, located on prime lakefront real estate between the football stadium and McCormick Place's monolithic Lakeside Center.”

"At a time when Chicago needs an organization like yours to protect actual parks, please do not waste the time and resources generously donated to you to protect a parking lot from the fate of becoming a world-class cultural institution".

So was Friends of the Parks' opposition to the original Lucas proposal a case of letting the perfect be the enemy of the good? Or is the group the spiritual heir to mail-order tycoon Aaron Montgomery Ward, who famously fought to keep Chicago's shoreline "forever open, clear and free"?

Preserve Chicago's parks!? What parks? Is this a park?

Soldier fiels lot

That is what these "friends" protecting from Lucas museum.

The future goan

What could have been

8Jun/160

THE 4TH REICH.

Posted by Nate

Presidency

Hail Drumpf!

Here it begins...

The rise of stupid in America.

Donald Trump, the new Fuhrer!

A scary thought

I was born after the War but I've read history, the rise of the Nazis.

The mob angry at the world, the mob full of poisonous hate.

Ready to follow the “leader”

The Somebody who will point to the enemy, the culprit, the source of all the problems

These outsiders who are responsible for the suffering of the “great people” of this great country

Bigots of America support Trump

Drumpf and KKK

Hail Hitler

Hail Trump

History is about to repeat itself

Another country, same mentality

The mob is the same throughout the ages

He, the Leader is promising to make America great again!

And who are the supporters of this new “great leader?”

Who is going to make America “great again”?

The Ku Klux Klan, white supremacists, all denominations of bigots and misguided or just ignorant middle class schmucks.

These useful idiots are not interested in the details of Trump's plan on how to “rebuild America”

These rednecks, Trump followers, will not know how to build bridges and space ships.

They don't know nor are they willing to invent, research, use science or any of the “smart” liberal things.

They are anti-smart, anti-education, anti-intellectuals.

A Superior race.

It is a mob, my friends.

And the mob does not have intelligence or reasoning or compassion.

The mob is soulless, mindless, a cruel organism that can do one thing: follow the leader.

It kills, exterminates, destroys, builds concentration camps.

Remember the Third Reich?

I am thinking about all of this and it is hard to believe.

Hard to believe that it can happen again.

But I know it can. People have not changed.

Not at all.

This sinking feeling, this dark and cold fog creeps up inside me

Fascism is alive in the world.

It was just waiting for the right moment to take over power, to rise again

And now is this moment, the moment it has been waiting for.

The world is rapidly changing around us.

Rapid technological changes, global economy,

A disintegrating Republican party, the anti-intellectual culture promoting ignorance

The Trump moment.

And I want to ask Trump and his supporters: what does the phrase mean, the Greatness of America?

The good old time of slavery, no women rights, among many other “perks”

You cannot invent and build. You destroy.

Just like Muslim terrorists you are promising to annihilate.

Some rich Jews support Trump

Trump Supporter.

And lastly to these Jews that support Trump.

I don't know your motivations but, to me, it is a nasty way to commit suicide.

And murder.  Jews for Hitler.

Because by voting for Trump, you are subjecting the whole world to grave danger,

In conclusion I have to say that I am ashamed, embarrassed for our country

This great democracy...dissolving into fascism.

2May/160

Not only is the universe stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine. Sir Arthur Eddington

Posted by Nate

https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/neil-degrasse-tyson-thinks-theres-130300649.html

Is our universe a simulation?

It is a pointless question. This does not help the bigger question: Who or what is simulating the simulators? As you can see this hypothesis just complicates the picture.

Now there is another question: is our universe real?

What is “real”?

As we know by now there are no “hard” objects in this universe.

All is just unpredictable clouds of “energy”.

What is this energy? Do we know?

Our universe is just INFORMATION. Everything we are able to see or detect is just information changing and developing according to some algorithm.

Who or what created this algorithm?

The moment we ask “who”, we destroy any possible answer because the question leads to “nested” questions without an end.

Whatever it is our universe (or multiverse) is the only reality. There is no city of Zion. Matrix is our only reality.

Where does it came from, this reality? Anybody can guess. Even if the Big Bang happened, nobody knows how and why.

There has got to be a reason and right conditions for any action.

universe

Something there

Despite the scientific progress human knowledge of the universe if minuscule, about 0.01%

Dark matter, dark energy-scientists call it “dark” because they have no clue what it is.

Our telescopes can see the distant objects in our universe billions of light years away.

Yes. But we see a distant past and scientists can just guess how these objects look now (if they still exist).

So here is just a crazy guess.

There was no causality before our universe. So maybe the universe appeared here in order to create the universe? To pull itself into existence by its boot straps...a snake swallowing it's tail.

snake swallowing it's tail

After I wrote this I stumbled on a post about Stephen Hawking's new book.

The realization that time can behave like another direction of space means one can get rid of the problem of time having a beginning, in a similar way in which we got rid of the edge of the world. Suppose the beginning of the universe was like the South Pole of the earth, with degrees of latitude playing the role of time. As one moves north, the circles of constant latitude, representing the size of the universe, would expand. The universe would start as a point at the South Pole, but the South Pole is much like any other point. To ask what happened before the beginning of the universe would become a meaningless question, because there is nothing south of the South Pole. In this picture space-time has no boundary—the same laws of nature hold at the South Pole as in other places (pp. 134-5).

"The idea that being could arise without a cause from non-being seems metaphysically absurd."

Read more: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/stephen-hawking-and-god#ixzz46z4cxfzp

27Apr/160

Campaign by Turkey to distort history.

Posted by Nate

Today in the Chicago Tribune is a full-page ad by the “Turkish Platform” from Istambul

"Truth = Peace"

Unlike Germany that admitted its crimes and teaching their children about their terrible past, Turkey is trying to whitewash its past. It would be much easier to reconcile if the Turkish government owned up to past crimes.

http://www.armenian-history.com/Nyuter/HISTORY/ARMENIA20/armenian_genocide.htm

History site

Armenian genocide.

You cannot change history.

In 1915, leaders of the Turkish government set in motion a plan to expel and massacre Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire. Though reports vary, most sources agree that there were about 2 million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire at the time of the massacre. By the early 1920s, when the massacres and deportations finally ended, some 1.5 million of Turkey’s Armenians were dead. http://www.history.com/topics/armenian-genocide

Pro Turkish site: There is no legal consensus to support the Armenians’ attempts to portray these actions as a willful, deliberate attempt to commit genocide of the Armenian people – a specific crime defined by international law. Despite being given multiple opportunities to do so, international courts have never designated these tragic events as genocide. http://factcheckarmenia.com/

FALSE! The events of 1915 constitute a clear-cut genocide against the Armenian people.

100 years have past since the official commencement of the Armenian Genocide – a dark chapter of human history which sadly we have yet to come to grips with. Despite overwhelming evidence, there are still those who deny that the Armenian Genocide occurred at all. 100 years later, no one has held the Ottomans – and their direct successor, Turkey – accountable for the unconscionable barbaric acts they committed. Shockingly, even countries such as Israel and the United States have yet to recognize this horrific event in human history that nearly eliminated the entire Armenian population.  http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Lessons-not-learned-The-Armenian-genocide-396478

13Apr/160

The Last Leaf

Posted by Nate

Late fall

The last leaf

I am looking through the window

All is gray, wet and cold.

Droplets bombard the glass.

A black tree skeleton on the low heavy gray sky.

Air is mixed with water and dust and feels cold even from the inside

It makes my room feel warm and cozy.

Anticipation of winter in the air

Nature is ready for a long slumber.

Sleepy trees are shaking off their last yellow and brown leaves.

I noticed a single leaf

Still there, clinging to the black branch

Refusing to let go

The last leaf, it looked cold and lonely

The tree doesn't want it anymore

But for the leaf it is so hard to let go

It was born there

There is a desperate hope, an illusion

The last leaf

It does not want to die

It does not know - it is dead already

But the tree knows.

The spring will come again

It will wake up to a new bright sunshine

Sun will paint the sky blue

Eagerly anticipating summer

The tree will grow new leaves, a new beautiful coat

The last leaf does not know that it is dead already

It is holding on

It feels that the Universe will end if it let go.

The last leaf.

New leaves.

A gust of wind

The leaf falls now indistinguishable from others

Nobody noticed this drama except me

Life goes on

Nothing changed in the universe

There will be another stubborn leaf next fall

And I wonder about us humans.

11Apr/160

Barbarians are at the gate. My old article from 2014.

Posted by Nate

The Barbarian invasions of Rome in Late Antiquity are inextricably bound up with the decline of Western Roman imperialism (ca. CE 300–550), and seen by many historians as inaugurating the Middle Ages http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/12012013/article/barbarians-at-the-gates-of-rome

ISIS in Europe

London

The real danger for the world democracies is their failure to recognize and to act upon the growing danger of the barbaric 7th century wave of Muslim extremists whose goal is to establish a worldwide caliphate.

Today, the terrorist threat has transformed from a single group to the Global Jihad Movement, consisting of AL-Qaeda and its operationally associated groups in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Caucuses, as well as the self-radicalized homegrown cells. As the spearhead of the Global Jihad Movement, AL-Qaeda presents the most significant threat both to Muslim regimes and Western societies. AL-Qaeda’s philosophy of global jihad and methodology of suicide attacks has gained popularity and traction within politicized and radicalized Muslims. Its philosophy urging Muslims to fight their local governments [local jihad], the US and its Allies [global jihad] is gaining worldwide acceptance.” http://news.siteintelgroup.com/blog/index.php/submissions/21-jihad/44-reassess

The silent majority.

So while I understand that most Muslims are not at war with us, they’ve proven in their silence and inaction against jihad that they’re not on our side either, and there’s nothing we can say or do to change that. We just have to finally accept it and stop expecting them to come around, while doing our best to kill those who are trying to kill us.”

We didn’t use terms such as “Radical Nazism”, “Extremist Shinto” and “Militant Communism” in the past. “Militant Islam”, Political Islam”, etc., are redundant terms. Our pretending otherwise has proven disastrous. Thousands of American lives, both civilian and military, have been sacrificed because of policies predicated on the myth that “Islam means peace.” We didn’t try to reform Shinto or Nazism during World War II; the major changes in those cultures took place only after we thoroughly DE-militarized them.”

http://www.frontpagemag.com/2011/bosch-fawstin/non-muslim-muslims-and-the-jihad-against-the-west/

The appeasers.

As the Israeli government counterattacks against terrorism, we need a parallel counterattack against today’s intellectual and ideological support structure for totalitarian terrorism, which emboldens extremists, intentionally or not. In this battle of ideas we must accept complexity, acknowledge fluidity, reject false moral equivalences, and question biases, no matter how trendy.

As an academic, I feel betrayed by my many colleagues who enable totalitarian terrorism with their simplistic slogans regarding Israel. Academics thrive on complexity; we can complicate anything, leveraging it into papers, lectures, and cocktail riffs. Yet, when Israel is involved, oversimplification and obfuscation prevail, encouraging demonization.” http://blogs.jpost.com/content/counterattack-fight-totalitarian-terrorists-and-their-enablers

Diversion: “Military. A feint intended to draw off attention from the point of main attack.” http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/diversion

I wonder if Muslims are using Europe's organic antisemitism to divert the European's attention from Islam's real goal – the world caliphate.

"As a universal religion, Islam envisages a global political order in which all humankind will live under Muslim rule as either believers or subject communities. In order to achieve this goal it is incumbent on all free, male, adult Muslims to carry out an uncompromising struggle 'in the path of Allah,' or jihad. This in turn makes those parts of the world that have not yet been conquered by the House of Islam an abode of permanent conflict (Dar al-Harb, the house of War) which will only end with Islam's eventual triumph.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worldwide_Caliphate

Unfortunately it is impossible for Israel alone to defeat the caliphate. And if the world will not wake up from it's delusion soon it better get ready for a new order – Islam.

ISIS plans

Not just Israel

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