It never ceases to amaze me that some physicists insist that there are different types of nothing - that there's a real nothing, and a nothing that's really something - and that if only we could fugure out how to get from 'real nothing' to 'something nothing', then we would understand how something comes from nothing.
The economy is sick. Stimulate spending.But people won't spend. Charge them for saving their money selfishly in banks.But people will stuff their cash under the matress! Well, let's just get rid of cash! Then they'll go out and buy even more rubbish that they don't really need, and we'll all be happy again.But people won't stand for that.
It is often said that if it can be imagined, it will inevitably be done. And such a sentiment could not be any truer in terms of applying genetic engineering and synthetic biology to the genomes of our planet’s organisms including humans themselves.
This book had quite an impact upon me when I first read it several years ago, so I thought I'd let you know about the free ebook version that's been made available at the Christian Classics Ethereal Library. (Just click the above link to go to the download page.)
Red Moon Rising is the band’s first new release since Weapons of Mass Deception (2012), and follows the ambition of that album with the immediacy of the band's earlier albums: We’re Not Grasshoppers (1996), 21st Century Spin (2002), Modern Man (2005).
Dr. Nafeez Ahmed, founder and Chief Editor of INSURGE intelligence, provides important analysis of a recently-released US goverment document [external PDF] obtained by Judical Watch, arguing that it shows that "Western governments deliberately allied with al-Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups to topple Syrian dictator Bashir al-Assad."
Good news (for a change)! Patrick Wood reports that the US Senate has blocked Obama's attempt to get Fast Track legislation in place for trade deals like TPP and TTIP, drawing attention to this headline: "Senate deals stinging defeat to Obama trade agenda".
The Discovery Institute, "Privileged Species", DiscoveryScienceNews YouTube channel (24 March 2015)
I saw this recently and thought it was pretty well done. It's certainly a refreshing change from the standard "science" programmes on TV, in which we're often told (or it's heavily implied) that human beings are just the accidental by-products of undirected physical processes. Maybe it's down to what you want to see through your science...
As this year's UK General (S)election approaches, many are wondering if there's any point in voting at all. Those who exercise their very reasonable right to abstain and decide not to 'turn up' at the polling stations, will be officially dismissed as disengaged from politics altogether (given that the establishment view of political engagement equals participation in the party-political charade). Those who protest by spoiling their ballot papers will, under UK Electoral Commission guidelines, find their political statements categorised as "voter's intention uncertain" along with those who misunderstand the voting process and vote for more than one candidate. So what's to be done?
The ongoing conflict in Syria has always been a proxy conflict aimed at Iran, as well as nearby Russia, and more distant China. As far back as 2007, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Seymour Hersh warned in his 9-page New Yorker report “The Redirection Is the Administration’s new policy benefitting our enemies in the war on terrorism?” that a region-wide sectarian war was being engineered by the US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel – all of whom were working in concert even in 2007, to build the foundation of a sectarian militant army.
As we approach Good Friday and contemplate the suffering and death that Jesus went through for our sakes, John W. Whitehead reminds us of an aspect that often gets forgotten: Jesus died in a police state. Speaking theologically, of course, Jesus' death was foreknown by God, and thus (I would argue) factored into God's Plan for the redemption of humanity; but speaking historically, that death took place within a specific set of historical circumstances: Jesus died, victim of an authoritarian, militaristic, imperial machine, and a corrupt religious elite.
Natalina, "A Bubbling Cauldron : Young Girls Embrace the Cultural Re-Emergence of Witchcraft", ExtraordinaryIntelligence.com (12 March 2015)
Recently, in preparation for my last podcast, I was looking into the permeation of occultism and paganism both inside and outside of the church. During my search, I happened upon a very recent article that I found to be particularly chilling. The article was printed in The Guardian, and the title of the piece was "Season of the witch: why young women are flocking to the ancient craft."