The Case Against Evolution – turning Chick on its head!!

Another good strip cartoon arguing for evolution in the style of Jack Chick  – without the spite

 

Source: The Case Against Evolution

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How to Kill Dialogue

Sadly this is the case for many environmental issues. There is a desire to keep those who ask questions out.

That also applies in Christian green groups……………..

Why do some not want rational dialogue?

The Risk-Monger

Are we entering into a post-dialogue world? When did we stop listening to other ideas? Why are so many resorting to ad hominem attacks rather than engaging with people who disagree?
This post-dialogue world didn’t just happen – it was premeditated.

The third and final part of the Insignificant Trilogy will look at how the environmental activist cults impose their new authority by denying dialogue or a role for expertise. The first part looked at how activist gurus have skewed our understanding of leadership in order to profit from the fear they promulgate. The second part examined how the naturopathic cult populism has created an “entitled elite” who impose an intolerance towards others. This populism would do well to block dialogue, condemn any opponents to the ideology as threats and put a premium on emotional rhetoric. A Jacobin Terror script has been played out in every populist uprising. Part Three…

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Orion Magazine | Dark Ecology; A weird article

I reblog this six year old blog from a Cumbrian poet and scythe, not because I agree with it – I don’t – but because it shows a nihilistic turn of some environmentalists.This is seen by the author looking to the Unabomber who murdered 3 people before being caught in 1996 and is now in jail with no hope of parole. Not a moral inspiration.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Kaczynski

Dark Ecology is gaining traction in some circles  – including among Christians who are supposed to have HOPE.

My feeling is that Dark Ecology lies behind some of what is going on today.

I was guided to this on the A Rocha international FB page  https://www.facebook.com/pg/arocha.international/posts/

It has six likes and one not with favourable comment

Read it and mark it, but don’t digest it.

 

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Take the only tree that’s left, Stuff it up the hole in your culture. —Leonard Cohen Retreat to the desert, and fight. —D. H. Lawrence

Source: Orion Magazine | Dark Ecology

Risk In Perspective: Zero Risk Is an Impossible Dream

An interesting blog on RISK. It shows how dangerous a grilled steak is !!!!

Thoughtscapism

This series is a collaboration between neuroscientist Alison Bernstein and biologist Iida Ruishalme. Errors in risk perception are at the core of so many issues in science communication that we think this is a critical topic to explore in detail. This series is cross-posted on SciMoms and Thoughtscapism.

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“Evil” GE foods and “eco-friendly” organics

Far too often Green Groups – no names of course –  oppose GMOs as dangerous and organic is the best. Yet as we found with Friends of the Earth the claims are simply false. This blog deals with the issues and should shame those who misguidedly support them as the answer for food, whether for the affluent west or the poorer countries.

I do hate their virtue signalling

GMO EU action

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Evil GE foods and eco-friendly organics, Misrepresentations by radical greens promote myths of GE dangers and organic benefits, eradicate food poverty, genetically modified foods

Source: “Evil” GE foods and “eco-friendly” organics

 

When the road is rough and steep, fix your eyes upon Jesus

When the road is rough and steep, fix your eyes upon Jesus

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The final climb on Ingleborough

So ran a chorus we often sang at a youth group many decades ago and it seems very apt when climbing a mountain. At times climbing a mountain is a sweat when the path is particularly steep and unrelenting. This month I went up Skiddaw and the first part was simply straight up and steep!

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There are many parallels between climbing a mountain and following Jesus. Five hours is a short day! Often it can be seven or eight hours and ten is a bit on the long side!! However, it is more the vertical height gained than the actual horizontal distance and once I did nine miles in eight hours going up Triglav in Slovenia. But that did include well over 6000ft of vertical climbing – often over a great drop!

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That was a day and a half but ascending over 3000ft in a day is common as I did on Skiddaw.

Apart from everything else, from proper equipment to preparing the route, a key aspect is to stop every hour for five minutes, to look at the view, drink, a nibble – and allowing muscles to recover. All mountain advice holds this and for enjoyment I follow it. The results are surprising. After your rest you set off of with a new spring in your step, and you find you are no longer flagging. The longer the day the more important it is. In fact, it is totally irresponsible and dangerous not to stop for regular rests. Not stopping for rests puts you and all your party at risk. On mountains that can mean death, or, at best, an unenjoyable experience.

So back to chorus, what is the parallel with our daily life as Christians. Yes, we can flog our guts out and find the whole Christian way is tedious and tiring. That is wrong as we need to rest – and pray.

Stopping for private prayer and worship is not a luxury, or something we do when we feel like it, but something we should be doing all the time. That includes Sunday worship and private prayer. (I can hear someone saying, “you don’t need to go to church to be a Christian.” True, but you don’t have to eat, drink or sleep to be alive, but if you neglect those you’ll soon be dead.)

Time spent in worship and prayer is like a mountaineer stopping for a rest. It may seem to be of little use as you could do other things in that time. BUT, you are renewed and then can carry on further without conking out. It should be obvious that someone who doesn’t worship or pray will find their faith slowly but surely fades away.

You don’t really NEED to stop every hour on a mountain but you are liable to get knackered and have to turn back if you don’t. You will soon give up mountain-climbing.

You don’t NEED to pray to be a Christian!

But if you want fix your eyes on Jesus when the road is rough and steep, you will be as rigorous about prayer and worship as a hardened mountaineer is about taking rests on the mountain.

Michael Roberts

 

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Sea-level rise following a Snowball Earth

I’ve long wondered if the high Ca ions in the post-glacial seas facilitated the formation of hard parts/exoskeletons in animals

The Cryogenian Period (850 to 635 Ma) of the Neoproterozoic is named for the intense glacial episodes recorded in strata of that age. There were two that palaeomagnetism  in glaciogenic sedimentary rocks indicates that ice covered all of the continents including those in the tropics, and a third, less extreme one. These episodes, when documented in the 1990s, became dubbed, aptly enough, as ‘Snowball Earth’ events. But evidence for frigidity does not pervade the entire Cryogenian, the glacial events being separated by long periods with no sign anywhere of tillites or glaciomarine diamictites shed by floating ice. Each Snowball Earth episode is everywhere overlain by thick carbonate deposits indicating clear, shallow seas and a massive supply of calcium and magnesium ions to seawater. The geochemical change is a clear indicator of intense chemical weathering of the exposed continents. The combination of Ca and Mg with carbonate ions likewise…

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