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But He Loves You

I miss George Carlin. Nobody could tell it like it was  better than he.

Carlin could be vulgar, but this short video is entirely clean. It’s one more example of how a vulgar funny man can still be funny without being vulgar. But even more than that, it’s one more example how somebody like him or Bill Maher can just state the obvious and make it hilarious.

A cousin of mine recently sent me this. (Thanks, Johnny.) Watch as George once again demolishes our favorite adult fairy tale.

First Santa Clause; now Him.

Here’s Harvey.

Golden retriever mix Otis in survival mode, carrying a bag of dog food in Corpus Christi after Hurricane Harvey
Golden retriever mix Otis in survival mode, carrying a bag of dog food in Corpus Christi after Hurricane Harvey

Otis, a golden retriever mix, was apparently in survival mode yesterday morning in Corpus Christi, after hurricane Harvey tore through the city, when he was seen carrying a large bag of dog food down the street.

“Must be a Texas dog, cause he can survive without help,” one commenter wrote. I’m not sure who the commenter was, but he must not have been a Texan. Even in Texas, the home of the Lone Ranger, this is not the lesson to be learned. Texans do what we can for ourselves, as Otis is doing; but we also help each other, as plenty of other Texans are doing.

The La Quinta Inn in Victoria, for example, sheltered about 70 people plus a collection of dogs, cats, and at least one rabbit Saturday afternoon, after the storm hit the city with winds of over 100 mph. That’s what Texans really do. Even the Lone Ranger had to depend on Tonto sometimes.

It’s not over yet by any means. “It’s going to last four to five days,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, who urged drivers to stay off the road. “This is Day One.” That was yesterday.

Take care of yourself, and remember to help somebody. And don’t forget the animals.

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666 Users? Significant?

2017-08-25 666 Users. Significant? Nah. Probably not.
2017-08-25 666 Users. Significant? Nah. Probably not.

Am I really seeing that number right? 666 subscribers? I think so.

What does it mean? Nothing, of course. It’s just an interesting number for superstitious reasons, which means nothing here. I’m not even sure it’s accurate, but it’s what the system tells me. So add your email address to receive each new post in your email account, as 666 other people have already chosen to do.

Wrong for 5,500 years? And wrong about that!

Anthony Scaramucci - Trump’s New Communications Chief Anti-Science Climate Change Denier
Anthony Scaramucci – Trump’s New Communications Chief Anti-Science Climate Change Denier

Anthony Scaramucci, Pres. Trump’s new appointee for White House communications director, is the very epitome of ignorance. He claims civilization on earth is only 5500 years old. It is far older. I don’t know for sure where this number came from, but I assume it came from the approximate 6000 year figure calculated by students of the Bible, based on adding up all the “begats” in the Old Testament. This implies a religious reason for his willful ignorance.

He thinks science cannot be trusted because, “People have gotten things wrong throughout the 5500 year history of our planet.” And because of “overwhelming scientific consensus that the earth was flat and that we were at the center of the world.” Even assuming he meant to say universe, instead of world, this is still amazing Ignorance. It was never scientists who claimed the earth was flat and that it was the center of the universe. It was religion. It was the Church. More specifically, it was the Papacy. Remember Galileo?

Scaramucci repeatedly questioned anthropogenic — man made — climate change with the excuse, “I honestly don’t know. I’m not a scientist.” He claims to have no idea whether or not climate change Is real. This is possibly the most important question we face about the long-term future of our planet. (Assuming we don’t blow ourselves up or succumb to chemicals or biological weapons.) For the President’s spokesman not to have  even an opinion — much less genuine knowledge of the truth — about climate change is inexcusable!

More than 97% of scientists polled recently said anthropogenic climate change is real. If we limit our poll to scientists actually involved in studying climate, the number climbs to way over 99%. There is no longer any serious question among scientists that anthropogenic climate change is both real and deadly serious. The argument is among laymen who do not understand the science. For the President spokesman to say, “I don’t know. I’m not a scientist,” is embarrassing. Scientists are still studying the details, but they agree that climate change is real. Everybody on earth should know that.

Pres. Trump recently named Scaramucci to be the White House communications director. It is obsurd that the greatest country in the world — the most powerful scientific force on earth — should have such an ignorant man In such a high office for communication. From this position, he’ll undoubtedly spread his ignorance to the world.

In the short video below alone, he makes several incorrect statements and Indicates his disdain for science.

There were several other mistakes In the video. For example, interviewer Chris Cuomo said “science” one time when he evidently meant to say “climate.” Scaramucci referred to somebody — presumably Pres. Trump — as the President-elect. These were obviously slips of the tongue, not indications of ignorance. But when did we start governing our country from from the Trump Tower?

This grossly ignorant man wants the names of those who worked on global warming at the Department of Energy, and refuses to say why, claiming “it’s about intellectual curiosity.” Well, I agree he seems pretty curious, But I wouldn’t want him knowing anything about me. I wouldn’t feel safe.

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Aiden: Future Zoologist

This young man’s name is Aiden. I don’t know anything else about him except the very little I was able to glean from Yotube and Go Fund Me. I just found the video on Youtube a few hours ago.

According to his Go  Fund Me page, his older sister is accepting contributions for his college fund. I cannot vouch for this. I have no  idea whether or not it is legitimate. For what it’s worth, here’s the text from there.

Aiden has a passion for animals and nature and dreams of being a zoologist in the future. I noticed all the support and love he’s getting from the video, so I decided to start a college fund for him early so that he can be set in the future and choose from whatever college he dreams of attending! This is a college fund for Aiden being raised by his older sister, donors are those he has inspired with his nature videos on YouTube and Twitter.

It mentions Miramar, Florida,  so I assume that’s where he lives.

Aiden’s knowledge of backyard wildlife is phenomenal, as well as his language skills and vocabulary and the ease with which he shows us the things most of us always missed in our own backyards.

He wants to be a zoologist. He might be the Richard Dawkins of his generation. In fact, now that I think of it. Dawkins says he wasn’t even unusually Interested in nature until he was in college, so this young man has a big head start on him.

With George Bush’s awesome sounding No Child Left Behind Program, we’ve spent so many resources trying to educate kids that will wear diapers all their lives and never learn to read–kids who perhaps should indeed have been left behind–that we have little left for  kids like Aiden. Our public school system can’t even begin to meet their educational needs. (And now our President and his Education Secretary want to gut the system instead of improving it. But that’s another story for another day.)

I hope, for the future of humanity, that Aiden is able to get the education he needs. It is young people like him who will build our tomorrows.

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Laboratories of Democracy

CRUDE LANGUAGE WARNING: Something else to think about from Bill Maher. I wish he’d clean up his language, but what he has to say is often too good to let how he says it (for those few of us who care) get in the way.

In this editorial New Rule, he makes the case that, if Republicans are going to call states the “laboratories of democracy,” they have to start looking at the results from the lab.” Original air date: July 1, 2016.

Comedian Bill Maher
Comedian Bill Maher

Remember a couple of years ago when California was virtually bankrupt? An “economic basket case,” we were told. “Unmanageable.” “A failed state.” They raised taxes on the wealthy. A lot, he says. “And our economy is booming.” He adds that “we just passed France and India to become … the world’s sixth largest economy.”

“A $26 billion deficit became an $11 billion surplus. For a rainy day,” he jokes, “whatever that is.” Well, evidently it takes more than a regime change to break a drought.

“The results from the lab are in,” he says. “Our mice are thriving. Yours are dead!”

Maher is tough on conservatives, but he’s tough on everybody when it’s called for. Maybe it’s time to pay attention.

“God is watching over us.” Really?

Devastation from Saturday's tornado in and near DallasViolent storms ripped through the North Texas area late Saturday, spawning tornadoes that killed 11 people, damaged more than 100 homes, and destroyed at least 39 others. Destruction was widespread and terrible in Dallas, GarlandRowlett, and nearby areas.

I found this post on Facebook, and it expresses my thoughts perfectly.

Joyce Rutter quote from Facebook

I couldn’t find the quote, but I have no doubt somebody said it. It’s the kind of stupid thing somebody always says.

Tornado damage Decembr 27, 2015 in Rowlett, TXGod gets thanks but not blame?

A tornado kills people and wrecks homes and property and God gets thanks because it wasn’t worse. People forget God is reputedly the One Who sent the tornado in the first place.

If He gets credit for the good, why doesn’t He get blame for the devastation He apparently sent?
Heavily damaged area in Rowlett, TX December 2, 2015If God was “watching over” somebody, it must not have been those eleven people who died. Or the many more who were injured. Or those who lost their homes.

An all-powerful god who could help a few people could just as easily have saved everybody, if He wanted to. So the question has to become, “Why didn’t He want to?”Debris of homes after tornado in Garland, TX December 27, 2015

Why did God only “watch over” some people?

Isn’t He supposed to be a god of love? Well, do loving people let other people suffer and die when they could easily prevent it?

And that’s not all.

Heavily damaged residence is seen December 27, 2015 in the aftermath of a tornado in Rowlett, TX

Days of violent storms caused chaos on highways across the South and raised the death toll to at least a total of 28.

Yeah, God was watching over us, all right.

If a loving, all-powerful god had been watching out for us, there would have been no tornado. Any 8-year-old ought to understand that.

Car in a flooded drainage ditch after Saturday's tornado in Rowlett, TX, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015

Yet leaders and followers alike feel their faith has been strengthened after every disaster. Why? Because THEY didn’t die. So they “know” their Imaginary Friend was looking out for them.

Just them, and nobody else? Well, them and whoever else was lucky enough to have survived.

Damaged mobile home park after Saturday's tornado in Garland, TX, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015

Most of us were just lucky. That’s all.

Why can’t people just realize they were lucky? Lots of people were lucky, but others suffered and died. No loving God watched over North Texas Saturday night.

In fact, there is not the slightest shred of convincing evidence that any god even exists.

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Ahmed Mohamed Moving to Qatar

Ahmed Mohammed

Ahmed Mohamed and his family are moving to Qatar.

Mohamed’s sister, Eyman, reportedly confirmed that the family will only be in the U.S. for a few more days before relocating to Doha. Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, the teen’s controversial father, added that he looks forward to moving his children to a nation in which they “can study and learn” while “being accepted by that country.”

Yes, Ahmed is the same 14-year-old boy who was arrested recently in Irving, Texas, for bringing a clock to school. His English teacher and principal said it was a “hoax bomb,” even though there was nothing in it that looked like an explosive.

Evidently Qatar appreciates bright students.

Eyman Mohamed asserted that Qatar is “basically like America,” noting that the decision to move was based on a generous offer her brother received from the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. “Our family has been overwhelmed by the many offers of support we have received since the unfortunate incident of Ahmed’s arrest,” a family statement explained.

I have no idea why she thinks Qatar is “basically like America,” but that’s beside the point.

I’ve known several exceptionally intelligent boys and girls in my lifetime who would now be young or middle-age men and women. I hope I had some beneficial influence on several of them, possibly encouraging an interest in science or technology. Or, at least, education. In the long run, it’s usually difficult to be sure. I would have loved to have met Ahmed.

Unfortunately, he will apparently be lost to the United States; and that’s a crying shame. We need to keep our brightest students and encourage them to complete their education here and help make our nation great again. It is insane to drive them somewhere else to help make some other country great instead!


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“It looks like a bomb.”

Ahmed's clock

Nearly everybody seems to say “It looks like a bomb.” Of course, I’m talking again — hopefully for the last time — about Ahmed Mohammed’s clock (above) that caused all the commotion recently.

Ahmed didn’t “invent” a clock. That seems clear enough. What was different about this clock that made him think he had invented something is not clear. Nevertheless, he was proud enough of it that he wanted to show it off to his engineering teacher.

Unfortunately, the alarm went off during English class, and the English teacher and Principal went bonkers. You’ll remember, I’m sure, that nobody thought it was a bomb. The boy was arrested and taken away in handcuffs because they thought it was a “hoax bomb.” They said it looks like a bomb!

suitcase bomb

Here’s a real suitcase bomb on the left and another on the right. See the difference?

These bombs have actual explosives, which you can see in both of them. Ahmed’s “hoax bomb” doesn’t have anything to explode. It’s just a tangle of wires and electronic elements.

Hackett Suitcase Bomb

I wonder what an actual hoax bomb clock would look like? Here are a couple I found on Google.

The clock on the left definitely looks like a bomb to me. It was meant to.

clock hoax bomb

The “hoax dynamite” explosive is just wooden dowel pins covered with brown paper and bound with electrical tape, but it looks real to me. This definitely looks like a bomb.

The clock on the right (below) is designed to look like a C4 bomb.

clock hoax bomb

The fake C4 plastic explosive is nothing but gray modeling clay, but it looks like a bomb.

Ahmed Mohammed has a reputation as a tinkerer and likes to think of himself as an “inventor.” His friends pay him actual money for some of his gadgets. So nobody should have been alarmed (no pun intended) when it dinged. This “model student” who had never been in trouble before brought his current project to school to show it off to people he thought would appreciate it.

Who would have thought so many supposedly intelligent, educated, and trained people would have thought it looks like a bomb? Who would have thought such an exceptionally bright and well behaved student would have been (mis)treated like a terrorist by people he trusted? People he thought were on his side?