Why Google May Be More ‘Evil’ than the NSA: Interview with Taylor Lincoln of Public Citizen

Mike:

It’s hard to imagine anything being worse than gun toting thugs having all of your phone and internet communications. The real question is, why hasn’t Congress acted to pass laws that protect out privacy? Legislatures in Europe are acting. Why not here in the USA? Who owns this information is a matter of law not nature. It’s time for upgrading this country’s privacy laws.

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Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone! I’m thankful for you who take time to read, comment and even follow This Got My Attention. And, I’m thankful for WordPress which enables us to get together. I’ve run into a lot of really terrific people from all over the world thanks to this little blog. You make it fun and interesting. Thank you!

By the way. If you’ve ever wondered what a Romanian turkey looks like, well, here’s one of Uncle Nitsa’s turkeys. I took the photo a couple of years ago when Uncle was still on his farm. Yes, Romanian turkeys look like turkeys here in Sconnieland and other parts of the fruited plain. They sing the same song, too. Gobble Gobble Gobble! :-)

Uncle Nitsa's Turkey

Uncle Nitsa’s Turkey

New study: gamma ray bursts make life impossible in 90% of galaxies

Mike:

Interesting!

Originally posted on Wintery Knight:

Galactic Habitable Zone

Galactic Habitable Zone

When you argue for theism from science, you typically use arguments like these:

  • the origin of the universe from nothing (the Big Bang)
  • the fine-tuning of cosmic constants and quantities
  • the origin of the first living cell
  • the sudden origin of animal phyla in the Cambrian explosion
  • the fine-tuning of the galaxy for complex, embodied mind
  • the fine-tuning of the solar system for complex, embodied mind
  • the fine-tuning of the planet (and moon)  for complex, embodied mind

This is a peer-reviewed article from Science, one of the most prestigious peer-reviewed journals. It speaks to the fine-tuning of the galaxy for life.

The article says:

Of the estimated 100 billion galaxies in the observable universe, only one in 10 can support complex life like that on Earth, a pair of astrophysicists argues. Everywhere else, stellar explosions known as gamma ray bursts would regularly wipe out any life forms more…

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HL Mencken on Government and Voting.

Looking through HL Mencken’s “Minority Report” I found a couple of lines that seem to escape those who want government to have it’s big nose in practically every part of our lives and then implement their wish through a vote.

The plain fact is that government is always an imposition. It represents in the last analysis a conquest, and when that conquest is made with ballots they are no more than surrogates for bullets, for as someone has truly said, voting is simply a way of determining which side is the stronger without putting it to the test of fighting.

Looting Breaks Out In Ferguson After Grand Jury Refuses Charges Against Wilson

Mike:

“Justice” is a fashionable word these days. I wish more of those screaming it as they riot and loot knew even a smidgen about “justice”.

Originally posted on JONATHAN TURLEY:

Screen Shot 2014-11-25 at 7.45.44 AMScreen Shot 2014-11-25 at 7.45.10 AMYesterday, I ran a column discussing the curious sight of rioters and looters demanding “justice” when what they are really describing is mob justice in Ferguson, Missouri. I noted that the evidence did not support the initial claims of the shooting of Michael Brown and that demonstrations are not substitutes for demonstrated evidence in a criminal case. The response, however, to the declination of charges has been precisely what President Obama and the Brown family sought to avoid in their public comments. In perhaps the most symbolic incident, Ferguson Market and Liquor, the store that Michael Brown robbed before he was killed, was looted by people demanding “justice” for Brown.

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Morning photo: Ice!

Mike:

Winter really shows up in Colorado’s high country.

Originally posted on Summit County Citizens Voice:

Watching winter …

FRISCO — Sure, we all love snow, but I say ice is underrated. There’s such beauty in watching winter take hold across streams, lakes, reservoirs and ponds. Later in the winter it will all be covered with snow, so now’s the time to venture out to the edge of the water and watch the weird and wonderful development of the mountain cryosphere. At times, you can hear the ice sing and ping as it stretches, cracks and grows. In other places, where shards of ice are blown by the wind, it can sound like thousands of little ringing bells. Check out our daily photo feed on Instagram and visit our Fine Art America online gallery for more landscape shots from Colorado.

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When Boss Hogg gives you lemons teach him to make lemonade!

These Palestinian youth have taken Boss Hogg’s lemons and turned them into lemonade. Check out the super photos of parcours Palestinian style. Honestly, you have to admire the resiliency of the Palestinian people. After 70 years of incessant attacks and ethnic cleansing they go on with life. As Robert Frost once wrote about what he’d learned about life, “It goes on.”

Dostoyevsky’s Demons and the Obama “progressives”

It sounds like Dostoyevsky had Obama and his “progressive” crew, from Washington to Madison, in mind in his novel “Demons”. From an article in BBC Magazine.

We tend to think of a nihilist as someone who believes in nothing, but the Russian nihilists of the 1860s were very different. They were fervent believers in science, who wanted to destroy the religious and moral traditions that had guided humankind in the past in order that a new and better world could come into being. There are plenty of people who believe something similar today.

Dostoyevsky’s indictment of nihilism is presented in his great novel Demons. Published in 1872, the book has been criticised for being didactic in tone, and there can be no doubt that he wanted to show that the dominant ideas of his generation were harmful. But the story Dostoyevsky tells is also a dark comedy, cruelly funny in its depiction of high-minded intellectuals toying with revolutionary notions without understanding anything of what revolution means in practice.

I hear people proudly proclaiming themselves to be “progressives”. It’s a fashionable thing to be here in the People’s Republic of Madison and other similar locales where Big Education, Big Business and Big Government are in a cozy often incestuous partnership. But progress as most people understand the word, the improvement of individuals’ lives, is mashed, mixed and formed in a Scientistic laboratory. Not true Science but a phony process that seeks to give the appearance of science without little of the genuine inquiry, the “sifting and winnowing” that people in Big Education here in Madison once took seriously. This “progress” increasingly makes individuals little more than servants of the State and its grand plans.

Forget Orwell And Rand, We’ve Gone To Full On Plato

From Zero Hedge

The Constitution states no person or law supercedes it, however, by way of executive order the chief philosopher king has granted the philosopher kings a level of authority that supercedes that of the Constitution.  And as comfortable cattle do, we paid no attention but strode forward with the herd.

So for those inclined to not only reflect on the prophetic worlds of Orwell and Rand but to understand the arguments for such a world by the philosopher kings themselves, refresh yourself with a read of Plato’s Republic.  For wars are won not by force of might but by force of knowledge.  Plato was correct in understanding that freedom is found in knowledge.  If we accept a shadow of truth we will enjoy a shadow of freedom.  But if we fight for absolute truth we will win absolute freedom.

via Forget Orwell And Rand, We’ve Gone To Full On Plato.

Msc Kvetch: “You are a Medical Statistic”, or “How Medical Care Is Being Corrupted”

Mike:

Terrific points! It’s not what it best for you from your point of view. Medicine is now about what others think is best for you given their priorities for “society” at-large.

Originally posted on Error Statistics Philosophy:

1119OPEDmerto-master495A NYT op-ed the other day,”How Medical Care Is Being Corrupted” (by Pamela Hartzband and Jerome Groopman, physicians on the faculty of Harvard Medical School), gives a good sum-up of what I fear is becoming the new normal, even under so-called “personalized medicine”. 

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