“Speaking on CNN’s “Situation Room,” Mr. Trump told host Wolf Blitzer his reason for endorsing Mr. Romney: “After four years of a President who was born overseas, its time for a President who was born here and sends his money overseas.”

Romney and Trump
From horse's mouth

From Andy Borowitz

“Speaking on CNN’s “Situation Room,” Mr. Trump told host Wolf Blitzer his reason for endorsing Mr. Romney: “After four years of a President who was born overseas, its time for a President who was born here and sends his money overseas.”

http://www.borowitzreport.com/

In God’s Name…

How dressing a certain way helps the purpose? How wearing a beard advances the purpose? How covering up women, hiding their beauty, helps the purpose? How spending one’s life worshiping and praying serves the purpose? Is our reason for living to dedicate our life to God and then to die and go to heaven? And then what? What do you do when you get there? Live happily ever after?

Nathan
The author

In God’s name…

The questions humans have been asking since the dawn of history…

Using God as an excuse
Ignorance is bliss.

Who are we?

Why are we here?

What is our purpose?

Is there a purpose?

There is a need for people to have a purpose, a need to know.  That is where God comes in. The omnipotent God.

God knows all.  God has a purpose for us.  We just need to follow.

But I have questions.

Any orthodox religion practices women discrimination
God's will. Women not allowed.

How dressing a certain way helps the purpose?  How wearing a beard advances the purpose? How covering up women, hiding their beauty, helps the purpose?  How spending one’s life worshiping and praying serves the purpose?  Is our reason for living to dedicate our life to God and then to die and go to heaven?  And then what?  What do you do when you get there? Live happily ever after?

Doing what?  Just existing?  Like cows?  Then the question, what is happiness?  God created humans for a purpose, for a reason.  People are not cows.  Most of us cannot be happy just existing.  Is the omnipotent God so small, so selfish to demand people to worship him?  Is it because of God’s lack of self-esteem? Aren’t we making God smaller by by attributing all the petty things we are doing in God’s name? Aren’t we degrading ourselves by by not allowing men and women to sit together or shake hands?

I do think there is a high intelligence out there.  And, if it is so, I believe that we are a part of it.  Just like each cell is a part of our body, parts of us.  We are inseparable from that vast intelligence just like ripples in the ocean are the ocean.

In God's name
God-loving bigots

We humans have free will and that is how it is meant to be.  Fanatics or “true believers” have done a lot in the name of God.  Good and bad.  But so have the non-believers.

Are fanatics just selfish servants of a selfish God?

I think that many who are following these religious laws to the letter are just avoiding responsibility for their own lives, avoiding the need to make decisions in their lives.

God tells them what to wear, what to eat, when to worship.  And they follow these laws to the smallest detail.  And that gives “true believers” their purpose:  to serve God.

But why does God need their prayers?

Bigots in God's name.
No! You hate!

I guess nobody knows.  But they believe.  And that absolves “true believers” of trying to understand life’s purpose.  They believe in their God.  And they do not have to know, their God knows.

There may be a vastly higher intelligence and humanity is a  minuscule part of it.  This intelligence postulated the basic laws of the Universe and the Universe functions according to these laws.

Laws like gravity, weak and strong force, thermodynamics and so on.

I think one of the basic laws is the law of natural selection.  And God is not involved in  micromanagement.

Why God wants women covered under burka?
Why hide the beauty?

So God, in my opinion, could care less whether one wears a burka or nothing at all.  And people are using God’s name for their own convenience and as an excuse for their actions.

There is one word that can describe any organized religion…Hypocrisy.

So Now What?

Global Economic Collapse Imminent: MIT Researchers Predict Next Great Depression By 2030

Global Economic Collapse Imminent:  MIT Researchers Predict Next Great Depression By 2030.

Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/215867/global-economic-collapse-imminent-mit-researchers-predict-next-great-depression-2030/#Ov0LZbxmshgaF2Ez.99

“The world is on track for disaster.”

Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/215867/global-economic-collapse-imminent-mit-researchers-predict-next-great-depression-2030/#Ov0LZbxmshgaF2Ez.99

Mac Slavo

Researchers at one of the world’s leading think tanks have developed a computer model that predicts serious implications for our way of life as a result of our incessant need to consume resources like oil, food and fresh water. According to a team of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the breaking point will come no later than 2030, and when it does, we can expect a paradigm shift unlike any we have seen before in human history – one that will not only collapse the economies of the world, but will cause food and energy production to decrease so significantly that it will lead to the deaths of hundreds of millions of people in the process.

http://www.pakalertpress.com/2012/04/09/peak-civilization-mit-research-team-predicts-global-economic-collapse-and-precipitous-population-decline/

 

Consumption based economy
Everything is fine!

Via Smithsonian Magazine:  Recent research supports the conclusions of a controversial environmental study released 40 years ago:  the world is on track for disaster.  So says Australian physicist Graham Turner, who revisited perhaps the most groundbreaking academic work of the 1970s, The Limits to Growth.

Written by MIT researchers for an international think tank, the Club of Rome, the study used computers to model several possible future scenarios.  The business-as-usual scenario estimated that if human beings continued to consume more than nature was capable of providing, global economic collapse and precipitous population decline could occur by 2030.

http://www.pakalertpress.com/2012/04/09/peak-civilization-mit-research-team-predicts-global-economic-collapse-and-precipitous-population-decline/

Of course nobody can predict the future.  But it is a warning.  If humanity continues this mindless exploitation of our planet, if we continue our addiction to consumption, if we insist on the unsustainable path of economic growth, Western civilization will collapse.

I disagree with the idea in this documentary that by destroying the machines we will solve the problem.  It has been done before by the Luddites;  it didn’t work.  I don’t think that technology is the problem.  It is how we use the technology.  Technology might even help ameliorate some problems.  For example, the e-readers and e-books  save a lot of trees.  Smaller devices like the i-Pad and smart phones will save raw materials.  Also one universal device will replace laptops, desktops and TVs.  Thanks to the internet many of us can work from home. Humanity eventually will spread to other planets.

But technology cannot solve all the problems humanity is facing.  Due to technology advancements many will lose their jobs.  And then what? 

If people continue to use technological advancements in order to devise better ways to kill each other, we are doomed as a species.

I do believe that intelligent species capable of interstellar travel were able to advance spiritually to avoid self distraction and were able to use enormous power needed for star ships without killing themselves in the process. Assuming there are millions of habitable planets just in our galaxy, there are likely advanced civilization capable of interstellar travel.  The reason we had no contact is that advanced species prefer not to interfere with primitive species and allowed the natural selection do the work.  Did all intelligent species survive the crucial transitional period that we are just entering?  Probably not.  Natural selection at work.

According to the MIT findings and numerous others (including my opinion), we are rapidly approaching a major crisis for humanity.  And I doubt that it is preventable.  I hope I am wrong.  But so far,  I don’t see any indications that governments are doing anything to prevent the crisis.

Will humanity survive this crisis?  Probably. But in much smaller numbers.

Entrepreneurs and Anarchy

Our society cannot function nor be innovative without teachers , policemen, firefighters, carpenters, electricians and road-builders. Complex societies need an infrastructure, and one that is maintained.

NathanI am all for entrepreneurs.  I am all for our risk-takers.

Movers and shakers
Risk taking

Entrepreneurs are the ones who move the world and any society should encourage and help them.

There are millions of entrepreneurs in our country and around the world.

Entrepreneurs founded Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Intel, Tesla Motors and PayPal just to name a few.  But entrepreneurs cannot exist in a vacuum; they are in a symbiotic relationship with the whole society, a society which empowers and enables the risk-taker and innovator.

Our society cannot function nor be innovative without teachers, policemen, firefighters, carpenters, electricians and road-builders.  Complex societies need an infrastructure and one that is maintained.

Complex society
We need each other.

We all enjoy the arts. Our society would have no life, no vitality without the arts.  It needs writers and singers, composers and painters.

Every facet of our society is necessary and is supported by its other parts.

I am an entrepreneur and small business owner.  To be successful, I need customers for my services and products;  I need computers;  I need a functioning internet;  I need marketing and shipping services and I need food.

Yes, even entrepreneurs need food to survive.

So, my fellow entrepreneurs, in order for us all to succeed, we had better make sure that our life support system, our society, is healthy and functional.  Simply put,  we all can’t be entrepreneurs and if we imagine the Republican dream comes through and everyone will be an entrepreneur, we would have a society that could be described in one word, that word –  “anarchy”.

Cole’s Theory of Relative Relativity

Apparently there is a correlation between pulse rate and personal closeness. Thus, I have a devised Cole’s Theory of Relativity Concerning Relatives and Friends: “The greater the connectedness between you and me, the less tolerant I become when you express values that are diametrically opposed to mine.”

Democracyinactionblog editor
Matt

A burly man dons a soiled vest emblazoned with Confederate flag.  He foists a banner declaring, “God Hates All Fags”.   I am sickened; I am angry, but my

We Ain't No Racists

systolic and diastolic readings remain steady.  I errantly tune to FOX NEWS; the face of Sean Hannity despoils the screen; I grimace; I grab the remote, but I don’t suffer an intracranial bleed.

I encounter strangers espousing their support for Romney or Santorum.  I am somewhat astonished that they appear friendly, rational and normal.  I engage them in conversation.  I gently and calmly attempt to nudge them away from the dark side.

Yet, I become apoplectic when a racist remark emerges from the lips of Uncle Bill, Aunt Phyllis, or best friend Bob.  Temporal veins throb and engorge when Cousin Roberta  states our cultural group has been endowed by the lord with unparalleled skill, learning, and righteousness.   Inner rage and anger threaten to erupt when people I love support superstition over science.   Time to take a walk and get some Prozac.

Apparently there is  a correlation between pulse rate and personal closeness.  Thus, I have a devised Cole’s Theory of Relativity Concerning Relatives and Friends:  “The greater the connectedness between you and me, the less tolerant I become when you express values that are diametrically opposed to mine.”

In the very near future I shall be attending a family reunion.  My wife, who knows my passion for politics, warns me, “You must be respectful; they are family; they are good people.” I know they are good people; they are our family.  I get similar warnings when we go out to dinner with friends. My close friends are good people too, or they wouldn’t be my friends.

We're All Family

Truth be told, I know I am limited when it comes keeping my cool, and modulating my voice when political and religious debate erupt among people I care about. The simple fact is that I expect people I know and care about to share my most dearly held values.  Sometimes those expectations are not met.  My own dad became a Reagan supporter.  How could MY dad be so dumb?

It takes little effort to remain calm when it comes to non-value issues.   I  don’t become crimson when we disagree about sports, or Apple vs. Microsoft.  I am fully capable of speaking softly when disagreeing on some political issue like whether the Supreme Court erred in its Citizens United decision, or should the nation revise its tax code.

This year, if you are a dear family member or friend, and you are a Republican, I think we had better avoid politics.  I know that you and I  have led a life of relative privilege; you are educated;  you are not ignorant, hateful or intolerant.   I fully trust that you believe in that “do unto to others” thing.  I know that greed and avarice are not your motivators.  I cannot fathom your  believing that the mythology of religion trumps good science.  Thus it is terribly frustrating and downright painful  that you could be a supporter of party antithetical to all I believe in. You are my friend; you are family. You have to know better.

It is in-your- face-apparent that the 2012 Republican Party tramples on the  rights of minorities, devalues women, and treats LGBT people as less than equals.  It panders to  bigots, haters, gun-nuts, science deniers and the religious zealots.   It employs miscreants like Rush and Hannity to garner political momentum by spreading hate and falsehood.  It is either a party of greedy puppeteers playing on fear, hate and ignorance, or it is an amalgam of ignorant bigots. Either way, it is a threat to me, our relatives and the ones I love.  It is a threat to all of us.  It deserves my wrath;  it should raise my blood pressure.  The thought of these people leading my country is terrifying.

So to my friends and relatives, please don’t expect me to accept any reason for your  support of, or voting  for,  Republicans this year.  Please, for the sake of your relative’s and friend’s circulatory health, take off the Romney button in my presence, and let’s stick to discussing the Cubs or how cute Aunt Myrtle’s grandbaby is.

You're Gonna Vote for Who!

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