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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Compliments of the Hershel Space Telescope, European Space Agency. Each dot is an entire galaxy containing billions of stars. I just shared it from their Facebook page to help put our lives into perspective...

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  • Independent
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    Yes Schmidt; like I tell the evangelicals: You are nothing in the "universe" let alone anything up there cares about how much you pray. Your voice/sound waves carries on a few yards and dies. Humans are "microbes" who fight amongst each other; the universe does not care what "humans" do or think. We are here on our own and create our own destiny or ruin it forever. Amen
  • Center Left
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    Interesting image. We are nothing in the bigger picture.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    But to think it was all created just 6,000 years ago. Wink
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Oops. I missed it by 3,000 years. According to Rep. Paul Broun, (former Representative from Georgia).

    “God’s word is true. I’ve come to understand that. All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the big bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell,” said Broun, who is an MD. “It’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior.”

    He continued:

    “You see, there are a lot of scientific data that I’ve found out as a scientist that actually show that this is really a young Earth. I don’t believe that the earth’s but about 9,000 years old. I believe it was created in six days as we know them. That’s what the Bible says.”

    How could I have been so wrong? Broun served on the House Science Committee so that gives him credentials...

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Our Universe May Exist Inside A Supermassive Black Hole.

    "Physicists agree that 13-15 billion years ago our universe was shaped by a Big Bang. But where did that Big Bang come from? A new theory suggested by a group of physicists offers the likelihood that our universe is nestled inside a black hole. We may have a mother universe that is one of many universes, and black holes may be the passageways among them, as reported by National Geographic."

    Sorry about sharing all this outer space stuff. Every now and then I have to escape from the political fanaticism of this earth into something that is more comforting, reassuring and stimulating to the mind. This is the stuff I think about when I wake up at 3:00 am.

  • Center Left
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    A very healthy diversion.
  • Strongly Liberal
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    It makes me feel better.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    What's it all about? ..........Alfie

    Picture reminds me of an old playboy cartoon putting it all in perspective . Cartoon showed the earth Teed up like a golf ball with a huge club head about to hit.

  • Independent
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    Considering all of this, I believe "earth" is just an piece of a huge puzzle and likely an "atom" in the "balls" of a huge camel.Wink But just go bravely to church; the "camel" won't hear you.
  • Independent
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    Schmidt, if all of that was "created" in six days, then we have to hire those guys out of the "bible" to fix our "infrastructure" in six days; should be peanuts compared to build an whole earth with humans, talking snakes, dinosaurs, and a zillion other animals. Ask your preacher to call 3456-9765238975 (heaven) then enter your "church social number" and listen to the taped message and punch 8 to get a direct line to "god's" cellphone. Say first that you are "loyal" and "donate" a "million bucks"Crying to his account on Mars. Ha ha.

    I guess according to what you wrote then "god" is also only 9000 years old; I guess the "non polluted air" up there as well the "space doctors" keep him alive with a miracle potion only found on Jupiter.Happy

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Montana just last year elected the "body slamming" Greg Gianforte to the House, although he lost the governors race the year before.

    AlterNet, June13,2015: Montana Republican: Noah Was 600 Years Old When He Built the Ark, So Why Do Americans Need Retirement?

    "Speaking at the Montana Bible College in February, Gianforte told students, “There’s nothing in the Bible that talks about retirement. And yet it’s been an accepted concept in our culture today. Nowhere does it say, ‘Well, he was a good and faithful servant, so he went to the beach.’ It doesn’t say that anywhere.”

    “The example I think of is Noah,” Gianforte continued. “How old was Noah when he built the Ark? 600. He wasn’t like, cashing Social Security checks. He wasn’t hanging out; he was working. So, I think we have an obligation to work. The role we have in work may change over time, but the concept of retirement is not biblical.”

    Is this the ideology behind the Republicans effort to slash Social Security benefits? Who needs social security if people would just work 'til their deaths...maybe to 600 years old? Noah might be the new role model for Republicans...at least those in Montana. This fact was well known by Montanans who elected him. But maybe it also had something to do with the "folk singer" opponent who the Dems put up against him...the "Bernie guy" with zero experience in government or much of anything else.

    Sorry, I am off topic, but it does highlight the conflict in mindsets between those who are religiously driven, the zealots, and the science minded community. However, the biggest difference is that the zealots vote in huge numbers, and even if the young people are slowly rejecting religion, the zealots are even more energized by their religion. They are on a crusade.

    I think I'll go back to star gazing.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Thanks for sharing these pictures, Schmidt. My friend and I spent the day at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago yesterday, so this thread is aptly timed.
  • Independent
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    Schmidt Wrote:

    Montana just last year elected the "body slamming" Greg Gianforte to the House, although he lost the governors race the year before.

    AlterNet, June13,2015: Montana Republican: Noah Was 600 Years Old When He Built the Ark, So Why Do Americans Need Retirement?

    "Speaking at the Montana Bible College in February, Gianforte told students, “There’s nothing in the Bible that talks about retirement. And yet it’s been an accepted concept in our culture today. Nowhere does it say, ‘Well, he was a good and faithful servant, so he went to the beach.’ It doesn’t say that anywhere.”

    “The example I think of is Noah,” Gianforte continued. “How old was Noah when he built the Ark? 600. He wasn’t like, cashing Social Security checks. He wasn’t hanging out; he was working. So, I think we have an obligation to work. The role we have in work may change over time, but the concept of retirement is not biblical.”

    Is this the ideology behind the Republicans effort to slash Social Security benefits? Who needs social security if people would just work 'til their deaths...maybe to 600 years old? Noah might be the new role model for Republicans...at least those in Montana. This fact was well known by Montanans who elected him. But maybe it also had something to do with the "folk singer" opponent who the Dems put up against him...the "Bernie guy" with zero experience in government or much of anything else.

    Sorry, I am off topic, but it does highlight the conflict in mindsets between those who are religiously driven, the zealots, and the science minded community. However, the biggest difference is that the zealots vote in huge numbers, and even if the young people are slowly rejecting religion, the zealots are even more energized by their religion. They are on a crusade.

    I think I'll go back to star gazing.

    Yes Schmidt; how come there are so many "crazies" here? Is it the climate, the booze, the air they breeze, doctors pills, crazy preachers, the "mob", gun laws, no education, living in la la land, FOX news, sniffing too much "white" stuff , smoking too much "pot"etc etc. "Brains" are optional in this country; you buy those in"church" I guess.