The extrapolation of information I'd wanted to post regarding guns and who owns them and what should be done about them (the guns and those that own them) . . . . . .just isn't going to work by pasting to this forum. And I'm not ambitious enough to re-type (rather than copy/paste) charts of stats re. socioeconomic levels and gun ownership -- regional ownership and crime rates -- education level and gun ownership -- and other interesting non-correlations of gun possession and gun crime.
Where there are more guns there are perhaps prevalently less gun crimes (other than if you're a deer or varmint making the judgment) than where there are overall less. The exception, of course, is inner cities where the problem is guns in the possession of violent or desperate people.
The incidences of gun massacres (schools, theater, snipers) are statistically insignificant other than for the tragedy of innocents, especially children, as the victims. But the attribution of the device (gun) to a pervasive problem is somewhat comparable to the reaction to commercial airline crashes as a criterion of the danger of flying.
The probability of being killed in an airline crash is less than by perhaps thousands of other unfortunate occurrances such as falls and alcohol overdoses and excess speeding on skateboards and . . . . . on and on. The same statistical correlations apply regarding the threat of guns per se.
But, again, I maintain that for anyone to resist requirements to purchase and own and operate a weapon including background checks and training programs, is short-sighted at least. And at least special licensing should be required for those who would be allowed to have assault weapons -- similar to special training and licensing required if one wants to drive a tractor-trailer rather than a sedan.
If anyone is interested in the presentation I refer to above (that I can't just present here in segments), the title is GUNSGUNSGUNS Guns, who has them,
who does what with them, what should be done with them . . . guns and those who have them? Available on www.LULU.com and also Amazon.
Continuing information regarding gun ownership and the results thereof -- begun last week.
I take no responsibility for skewed lines of charts or other discrepancies. Also, the accuracy of internet information
is subject to confirmation by others.
UNODC murder rates for recent years
Americas (No & So) rate per 100,000 16.3 count l57,000
Africa 12.5 135,000
World 6.2 437,000
Europe 3.0 22,000
Oceania 3.0 1,100
Asia 2.9 122,000
China and United Kingdom – public possession of fire arms banned
Australia, Japan, Singapore – strict and difficult requirements
Canada – must be registered and have training and personal risk
assessment, criminal background check, and two references
High income countries averaged 1.66 million crimes in 2002
Eurozone average -- 980,998.22
Emerging markets average – 743,210.43
As of 2012, 13 of the 14 "battleground states" - gun ownership 30% or more. All ten of them with highest gun ownership (50% or more) are Republican. Nine of the ten states with the lowest gun ownership (all less than 30%) are Dem., sole exception being Florida, a "battleground state" with 24.5 gun ownership.
Honduras, far fewer guns but highest 68/100,000 gun murders.
US - highest per capita gun ownership but gun homicides 3/100,000
Variance of gun ownership by state
crime % gun murder by college % white
rate pop ownrs /100th gun grad
Wash. DC 13.9 604,723 3.6 21.8 16.5 65.6 38.5
Louisiana 10.8 4,533,572 44.1 9.6 7.7 20.5 62.6
New Mexico 6,6 2,059,179 34.8 5.7 3.3 24.8 68.4
Maryland 6.3 5,773,552 21.3 7.3 5.1 35.2 58.2
Tennessee 6.0 6.346,105 43.9 5.6 3.5 21.8 77.6
Alabama 7.1 4,779,736 51.7 4.2 2.8 21.4 68.5
Mississippi 7.4 2,967,297 55.3 5.6 4.0 18.9 59.1
Missouri 6.5 5,988,927 41.7 7.0 6.4 24.5 82.8
Michigan 7.0 9.993,640 38.4 5.6 4.2 24.7 78.9
S Carolina 6.9 4,625,364 42.3 6.1 4.5 23.5 66.2
Arkansas 5.9 2,915,918 55.3 4.5 3.2 19.3 77
Oklahoma 5.7 3,751,351 42.9 5.0 3.0 22.6 72.2
Illinois 5.8 12,830,632 20.2 3.5 2.8 29.5 71.3
Nevada 4.5 2,700,551 33.8 6.9 3.1 21.8 66.2
Georgia 5.9 9,920,000 40.3 5.3 3.8 27.1 59.7
Florida 5.2 19,687,653 24.5 5.0 3.9 25.8 75
Arizona 5.5 6,392,017 31.1 5.5 3.6 26.0 73
Texas 4.4 25.145.561 35.9 5.0 3.2 25.2 70.4
California 5.0 37,253,956 21.3 4.9 3.4 29.5 57.6
N Carolina 4.9 9,535,483 41.3 4.7 3.0 25.6 68.5
Pennsylvania 5.4 12,702,279 34.7 5.1 3.6 25.8 81.9
Indiana 4.7 6,483,802 39.1 3.1 2.2 22.1 84.3
Delaware 6.2 893,934 25.5 5.3 6.2 26.1 68.9
W Virginia 3.9 6,724,540 33.1 2.2 1.4 17.3 93.9
Ohio 4.3 11,536,504 32.4 4.0 2.7 24.1 82.7
Virginia 3.8 8,001,024 35.1 4.6 3.1 33.6 68.6
Kansas 2.9 2,853,118 42.1 3.5 2.2 28.8 83.8
Kentucky 4.5 4,339,367 47.7 4.6 2.7 20.0 87.8
New York 3.5 19,378,102 l8.0 4.4 2.7 31.7 65.7
New Jersey 4.4 8,791,894 12.3 4,1 2,7 33.9 68.6
Colorado 3.1 5,029,196 34.7 2.3 1.3 35.0 81.3
Alaska 4.1 710,231 57.8 4.4 2.7 21.4 66.7
Connecticut 4.1 3,574,097 16.7 3.7 2.7 34.7 77.8
Montana 2.7 989,415 57.7 2.1 1.2 27.0 89.4
Rhode Isl. 3.2 1,052,567 12.8 2.8 1.5 29.8 81.4
Washington 3.0 6,724,540 33.1 2.2 1.4 30.3 77.3
Massachusetts1.8 6,547,629 12.6 3,2 1,8 37.9 80.4
So. Dakota 3.0 814,180 56.6 1.7 1.0 25.0 85.9
Wisconsin 3.0 5,686,986 44.4 2.7 1.7 25.4 86.2
Wyoming 2.4 536,626 59.7 1.4 .9 23.4 35.4
Nebraska 2.9 1,826,341 38.6 2.8 1.8 27.5 86.1
Oregon 2.4 3,831,074 39.8 2.0 .9 28.3 83.6
Maine 1.9 2,328,361 40.5 1.8 .8 26.7 95.2
Hawaii 2.1 ????????????????????????????????????????????????????
No Dakota 4.0 672,591 50.7 1.3 .6 25.7 90
Idaho 1.6 1,567,582 55.3 1.3 .8 24.5 89.1
Minnesota 1.8 5,303,925 41.7 1.7 1.0 31.0 85.3
Utah 1.8 2,763,885 43.9 1.9 .8 28.7 86.1
Iowa 1.6 3,036,355 42.9 1.2 .7 24.3 91.3
Vermont 1.3 625,741 42.0 1.1 .3 33.6 99.3
New Hamp 1.1 1,316,470 30.0 1.0 ,4 32.5 93.9
Wyoming 2.4 563,626 59.7 1.4 .9 23.4 90.7
Montana 2.9 989,415 57.7 2.1 1.2 27.0 89.4
“The pattern is staggering. A number of U. S. cities have gun homicide rates in line with the most deadly nations in the world.
If a country: New Orleans (rate of 62.1 gun murders per 100,000) would rank second in the world.
During the last few weeks I researched the Web and came up with quite a bit of information.
Sandwiching the charts and lists between my own essays (most past posts hereon), I published GUNSGUNSGUNS, who has them, who does what with them, and what should be done with them . . . guns and those who have them . ISBN 5800109831896 (www.LULU.com, also thru Amazon).
Were there no guns there'd be no gun crime or gun fatalities. In this country there's no possibility of getting rid of guns. What would happen is legitimate gun owners would be prosecuted and persecuted and criminals and lunatics would be the gun owners exclusive echelon.
But no sooner than anyone should be allowed to just take off on a Harley or fly an airplane or broadcast on certain wavelengths . . should anyone be able to just legally buy a gun and walk off with it. There needs to be background survelllance, and probably even some mandated course in "gun ownership protocol and protection".
And also there has to be restriction on just what kinds of guns can be privately owned.
From what I found, the regions of the country where there are the most guns owned (and used -- hunting) have extremely low crime rates and gun fatalities. The crimes-to-guns correlation is a fallacy except within confined contexts such as inner cities and socioeconomically deprived demographics. And there, the guns are contraband, illegal, untraceable. Otherwise and other places, all kinds of guns even openly carried.
The rabid extremists on both sides should educate themselves to what's actually involved in gun ownership, gun crime, and comparisons to other countries. In my brief compilation of information and inspirations, I've tried to present a sort of synopsis of where it's at and where the where of it's being at.
From the cohesive info (far from comprehensive) I've written up, the reader should arrive at what I've concluded.
Which I'll leave up to the reader.
For the next few weekends I'll try to paste a portion of my researched info. as my thread. I'd hope that someone might be interested in my whole book.
1st. segment: Compared to conveyance carnage, gunnings by firearms are of slight statistical significance.
Where there are more automobiles there will be more automobile accidents and injuries and deaths.
Where there are more sky divers there will be more deaths due to parachutes.
Where there are more ice cliff climbers there will be more deaths due to slipping and sliding and this variation on the theme of plummeting from on high.
Where there are more smokers there will be more emphesemaics and the cancerous.
Where there are more of anythings there will be more "stuff happens" happenings.
Except for automobiles, the above (and so many more) "stuffs of the disastrous happenings" have been, or at least could be somewhat controlled.
Per 100,000 population per region (urban, rural, American, different foreign) what number of deaths due to lightning, electrocution, drowning, autos, bikes, bicycles, overdoses of prescriptions, gas explosions, CO2 poisoning, suicide, knifings, sexual exertion, medical error, . . . is the gun less dangerous than the Gyn? or more significantly the surgeon? . . . . boating mishaps sharks, spontaneous human combustion, snake bites, bat bites, dog bites, overbites, domestic violence with power tools, venomous pets, post traumatic stress disorder, postal workers, Monsanto Corporation, Monopoly game disputes, falling architectural elements, falling in general (on ice, in tubs, off whatever) . . . . . . According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, car accidents happen every minute of the day. Motor vehicle accidents occur in any part of the world every 60 seconds.
And if it’s all summed up in a yearly basis, there are 5.25 million driving accidents that take place per year. Statistics show that each year,43,000 or more of the United States’ population die due to vehicular accidents and around 2.9 million people end up suffering light or severe injuries. In a certain five year period, there had been recorded a 25% of the driving population who encountered or were involved in car accidents. It is also affirmed that car accidents kill a child every 3 minutes. Statistics on the number of car accidents taking place in every state or country is normally based on medical or insurance records filed.
Based on a research conducted years back, an estimated number of 1.2 million car accident deaths occurred last 2004 and 50 million people injured worldwide. In the Global Status Report on Road Safety 2009 made by the World Health Organization, more than 90% of the world’s road casualties happen in low and middle income countries which comprise only 48% of the world’s registered vehicles. The escalating death rates pertaining to driving accidents over the years have already become one of the most serious global issues. It is estimated that by 2020, road accident casualties will exceed HIV/AIDS mortality and disability rate.
There were several legislative amendments and technical changes made such as brakes innovation to reduce fatal accident rates but the contributing factors to vehicular accidents especially driver impairment or behavior surmounted. The factors that contribute to roadway accidents are mostly preventable and only require reasonable care.
In a study concerning car crashes, it shows that the ultimate contributing factor in vehicular accidents is driver impairment or error such as poor eyesight, phone distractions and drunk driving. Other road accident contributing factors are traffic violations, equipment or vehicle failure and road conditions.
Driving accidents are also considered the ultimate cause of permanent disability of in most countries. These tragic accidents take the lives of thousands of people while millions of surviving vehicular accident victims suffers from injuries and permanent disabilities on the part of those who are severely hurt. The aftermath of vehicular accidents aside from bodily injuries or death is the financial damage which is suffered by the parties involved. The financial burden as a result of car damages and the loss of income or wage typically involves a great deal of money.It is the paramount interest of the state to protect the safety of its people and although numerous precautionary measures are taken to prevent or lessen car accident related deaths, this will always be a long term global concern if people will not constantly practice the discipline required to ensure safety.
Burying nuts etc.
By some mysterious means, the squirrels remember. Kind of analogous to how fish that hatch in some river return to that river after thousands of miles of ocean travel. Turtles come back to the same breeding beaches.
The albatross, airborne for days' duration on currents, comes back to the nest after even a thousand mile recorded round-trip.
The monarch butterfly whose migration takes place spanning a couple (or more) generations, so it's not learned.
It's like there's a geographic or location or migratory "template" as a neurological program. The "template" is a representation of the existential actuality. The "template" is that "in the image of" that I've written and babbled about -- with man, the image being (potentially) the universal whole scope.
Other creatures have "cognitive images" that humans don't -- such as the exponential olfactory sensitivity of canids, far greater spectrum visuality (even infrared) of birds and others, and for some species even cognitive interfaces (for location, destination) based on celestial configurations.
Our usual assumption of "mentality" is a narrow band of the whole scope of species-possibility. The integration of awareness and "existentiality" is mind-surpassing (it gets more into an autonomic/organic interface more basal than cognition).
But only the human has the scope of universality (from the sub-substantive level of energy or strings or waves) unto the very cosmic macrocosms such as galaxies), from the image introduced into the neurology to the replication of image (which includes painting, sculpture, ciphering representation/description, even algorithms which are the "mentality" of computers.
And the "animal analogous behaviors" of plants take one even further into contemplations beyond comprehension. The apparent is that there are "levels" of systematologies, from the material-actual up to the cognitive-realization (and representation). These are like instrumentations of awareness, the various species the members of the orchestra. But the symphony is a synchrony with an overall wholistic complex . . . BEING.
Who other than Hillary has the experience, the contacts, and even the conniving and conspiring credentials -- and Bill? The world's leaders are not a bunch of nice guys, ethical, honest, humanitarian. At least we can recognize those attributes in both Hillary and, before, in Bill (the perspective being their political, not his personal, standards).
Anything questionable regarding Hillary recently (such as the private emails) could be focussed on some aspect of just about anyone "up there" in politics, I imagine.
So far, I think only she has the qualifications for the position of President. Not because she's a woman. Because she's been in the world arena of negotiations and collusions and compromises and all else that we, the people, don't (and probably don't want to) know about. It takes a highly educated and trained preparation to be a brain surgeon. In a very symbolic way, that's the role of a world leader, especially the President of the U. S. When to cut, when to splice, How to prevent hemorrhage (reprisals), how to prevent paralysis (such as the Middle East situation.
In the Presidency an actor or peanut farmer or even senator is just a "front", a pubic relations position for the military industrial complex, the corporate conglomerates, the Pentagon, and mega-moneyed interests (such as Adelson, the Hunts, and even the Soros-sort.
With Hillary, of the "Clinton Dynasty" (so to speak), there's the background and experience, yes, There's the dimension of deviousness necessary to deal with deviousness and deviants running other countries, ruining other countries by terrrorism.
With Hillary/Bill "heritage" in office, of course the interests of the preponderant procedures of the country would continue (corporate, military-industrial, etc.) But there would be that dimension of "checks and balances" because of her (and his) network of influence and thus importance.
Also, just having a woman President might be good for world relations.
With no threat of a repeat of former illicit relations.
Food for thought. And thoughts of food.
One of the couple MEALS ON WHEELS recipients I deliver to just discontinued due to salt content. From what I see, what's served is not quite health food.
But for awhile I ended up with enough extras that had I chosen to live off MEALS I'd only have had to buy wine, cookies, and cheese for the rest of my life.
There was one recipient whose weekend order would be three hot and four frozen MEALS. A little leprechaunish looking guy (assuming the leprechaun had leprosy), he'd sometimes be traipsing with his walker the mile and a half from the defunct motel unit (turned into subsidized vagrant housing) to the liquor store. And quite often when I'd knock on his door with his weekend supply he'd not be there. So I'd end up with it. Plus the couple or more extras the woman in the truck from the source of the MEALS would give me.
Bounty of the mealtiny -- (or something like that). Along with each meal there'd be a little plastic sack containing a fruit, slice of bread, and cup of pudding and mik. I don't drink milk (before, because I just don't care for the taste, and since reading recent books on animal farming and fattening and fiddling with biochemics . . . . . realizing that cows are injected with hormonals that increased their milk output some 60% but also the occurrence of mastitis and udder disorders . . . . milk drinking has inlicted cow-torture). But I just came to realize that recently. Until only a couple weeks ago there was no ethical or animal-hugging or udder sucking sympathetic simpering involved. I just didn't like milk.
Where was I?
Oh yes. So I'd keep the MEALS of the missing "man (and others off and on not at home. I’d eat the surplus salt and other dietary detrimentals that even MEALS ON WHEELS contain in their meals.
But far worse the non-antiquarian dietary deluge that we eat. Look at the “contents” labels of just about anything. We eat monstrosity (as well as monstrously) in this country. And we're infecting the rest of the world with our appetites which are based on the nutritional needs of the bottom lines of the fast food industries and farming factory enterprises. Healthy nutrition for those who eat? Why would that be factored into economics?
No sooner does food have to provide nutrition than a share of stock have to represent a company that will ever make any money It’s profit, not the benefit from the burger, bubby. Like, it’s the share price increment which (dot.com for example) can have nothing to do with enterprise income for you to make a killing (as long as you know when to take profit and bail, bubby).
Those foreign hordes? Their depleted farmland soils are taken over by mono-crop soybeans or feed-grains for livestock to end up as burgers? The lands are pumped up with fertilizers and pesticides or Monsanto’s GMOs to feed the process of resistance mutation of the pests. That’s where the value is in farming. Food per se? How retro.
Corn is for other than biofuel?
Crops are for cornering the market with patented seeds and required Roundup spraying. Viva Monsanto.
Soys and grains are to feed future burgers the world over. Also growth hormones and antibiotics and maybe that partly explains the obesity epidemic.
It’s almost as if that French bitch’s spirit is running the whole agribusiness and factory farming regime and ruin.
“Let them eat cuh-cuh!!!”
And them are, of course. Fecal contamination of chicken, beef, and even plants now and then.
Maybe the salt in everything is an antidote?
Were it not for MEALS I’d essentially live on chicken or salmon, lima beans or spinach, rice or nothing other then the aforementioned. Now and then a salad solely (with vinegar and olive oil). Were it not for habit, I might go for days without bothering to eat. At my age, hunger is one of those things that you don’t experience so you don’t experience the missing of. As much.
But I do still want my sweets. And I do now and then crave a huge, greasy, dangerously pre-medium-rare burger on the Forman grill. (Which George had nothing to do with the invention of, and even initially had no interest at all in the promotion of either!!!)
The reader of the following should consider that I’m possibly being satirical – or playing devil’s advocate. Serious? Moi? But whatever one’s assumption of my standpoint, that this is just one man’s opinion should be the reader’s judgment. Even if I’ve written serious commentary regarding some organizations, I could be wrong, misled, misinformed, or missing the state of sanctity achieved by those who believe – whichever.
Spent the afternoon watching a Scientology expose' on some TV channel at my son’s place. I've read a couple or more books on the "church". Amazing what psychopathology people will espouse as "religion" -- and frightening such mob mania that could so easily turn Nazi-ish. At least Scientology's fascistic procedures have been kept within the organization, primarily to keep people from leaving it.
So many examples of such craze-cult congregations: small scale was the Jim Jones event ending in mass suicide. Mormonism is enshrined lunacy (the angel Maroni appeared in a field, further revelations were from the founder's putting his head in a hat. There's the Unification Church whose members were called "Moonies" after the founder, "Reverend" Moon.
Amazing the mass membership. And maybe more so, the economic accumulation and power these organizations acquire. And in such short time-spans. L. Ron Hubbard founded Scientology (after the wane of Dianetics) only 60 or so years ago. And now it's an international econo-political powerhouse in ways. Mormons were despised and driven out of several of their "promised land" locales before settling in Utah mid-l800s or so. And by l900s they were building the Temple and already very influential and rich. Moon's scam has legitimized, so to speak, to the point of owning major newspapers and heaven knows what else.
Even "mainstream" religions are significantly based on beliefs which, from perspective other than the believers' would be considered childish, nonsense, fiction, or psychosis.
The actually observable and scientifically demonstrable ( and theoretically provable) phenomena of the earth, life, sky, space, . . . should be the "supernatural dimension of the Natural", the wonder and beauty and power and glory of it all what mankind seeks to be encompassed within. To become "one" with (through knowledge, yes, but just being amazed and enthralled.
Angels and visitations and "future-wives" of Mormonism . . . and spirits from failed former worlds escaped from the volcanoes to then "infest" those not "cleared" by Scientology's stunts . . . and even bearded old white men in the sky along with the revelations of Revelations (that some assert are prophecy of airplanes or automobiles)!!! A species capable of technology and medicine and art and comprehension of the universe's actual processes even from the sub-atomic unto the very expansionist galactic scope . . . . gathers in mumbling and mania and mutual hatred so often. Gathers to worship some god of glorification of their autonomy apart from the whole of Being?
What a sin religion, so much, is.
What worse, so often, what somehow cons terminology and tax exempt status, enterprises that people pour their culpability into. Perhaps the epic of this category is Scientology.
Definitely a "renewable" paradigm that should be developed. Battery bank storing from solar collection provides power when sun's not shining. For low power appliances and tech devices, considering what one gets out of a couple flashlight batteries (or even smaller), most of a residence's needs could be powered from a secondary "in-house-grid". With less light flooding of areas (more directed) where needed and LEDs, the light from such a solar/battery system should suffice. Already in rural countries, a single solar panel (often made from scrap mat'ls of mainstream panel construction) is sufficient to provide light and run the village tv.
Covering appropriately positioned surfaces with panels (including building walls), probably all illumination and tech device needs could be powered by solar with very large battery storage per area of a city, or per building.
Obviously higher power needs would require either "collaborating alternatives" (solar plus wind plus, perhaps input from aqueous sources which would include regional tidal and even gravity-flow aquaduct turbines). But unless there's a significant decrease in power usage, there will always be some demand for "conventional" grid electricity generated by coal, diesel, natural gas.
Industrial machinery power demands, servers, HVAC systems, electric heat especially . . . . no chance sufficient solar for those needs. Just one of the examples I ran across in researching DI VS: to power one diesel locomotive would require 128 acres of solar panels (and that's computed before the resistance power loss over distance. Yes, for example between Boston and NY there's electricity running Acela via overhead caternary. But that's not pulling the mass weight of freight trains. And that's electricity generated conventionally (fossil fuel burning). Even passenger trains would be impossible to power via solar given all the variables of length of day, intensity of sunlight, distance between input facilities to RR grid, temperatures, grades, etc.
But to have panels charging batteries powering low-demands and saving even 30% energy demands for even just residential . . . . it should be demanded, even required for new construction codes. The same type of revolution of systems would be the re-use of "gray-water" (rain and drain) for watering, washing car, flushing toilets.
There's so much we could do and eventually, I think, will have to -- in order for a world of increasing numbers of people in increasing regions of mech-tech affluence and advance to be able to survive.
Do any of these purported (and paranoid-delusional) "Christians" have any idea that their "religion" is not only an affront to what Christ is assumed to have been about (at least presented as having preached about)? What the hell has most modern "Christianity" to do with Christ-ianity?? Love thy neighbor. Give unto the poor. Heal the sick. Clothe the naked. FORGIVE AND JUDGE NOT AND DON'T CAST THE STONE . . .and all. Perhaps to the right-wing rightous wingnuts that lock down knock-down of others in their dungeons of denigration (and de-Negration) . . . .perhaps self-assumption is assumed ascention?
But they should perhaps not bother introspecting where distortion would compound the internal dissonance of their religiosity and what the religion of their nominal usurpation ("Christianity") really is. Not only would Jesus look on their discrimination and judgment and aggrandizement and pomposity as perversity of the soul far worse than any variations of love expressed between bodies . . . . He would the more adjudge as sin their condemnation of others. But the "mascot of the club-Jesus franchises) is not Christ of Christianity. He's the projection of the club-member-regional person. Nice Nordic face and almost Breck hair and add the intriguing S/M dimension of crucifixion . . . . and there's your avatar. And with the cross of Jesus marching before your tirade or legislation or discrimination, you are rolling holy?? Would the moral majority be turned on by a swarthy, hook-nosed, bulbous-bellied "savior" never nailed? There wouldn't have been those movies to be made -- the "rapture" of the rupture of the flogged blood vessels to savor.
Regarding what they believe and think and say (as opposed to, significantly, subconsciously picture) . . . . .
What would Jesus say? THE Jesus of the Bible. But who the hell reads the Bible? Yes, they recite. Line-items cherry-picked from this or that book and verse. "Ex context" non-continua like nonsense phrases or even paragraphs in juxtaposition to what the Bible actually represents, states, stands for, and in the Old Testament reveals as horrific inhumanity committed in the "projected name of " God . . . .on the one hand, and on the other, in many places, sheer contradictory and ludicry. (Not that the O. T. doesn't present fascinating documentary of a period of history -- but so much is such that if it weren't considered a holy book, the evangelicals would have had it banned and burned at least recently in the Southern " 'belt" states.)
And as for the New Testament (which also contains contradictory and questionable and overall, yes, blasphemous conclusion to the concept of a perfect, all-loving God and his incarnate Son whose sacrifice would salve the sins of the "Special Creation in God's own Image" (man) . . . it comes down to Jesus depicted and portrayed, on or off cross, as idolatry. God, envisioned, as heresy ( wait until I post specifics another time). Anything and anyone proclaiming to be Christian, not loving and accepting (doesn't mean approving or assimilating) others' differences and even deviances is not a Christian. Anyone assuming that a perfect God created such an imperfect universe that it has to be totally destroyed (this time, after previous -- flood -- completely . . . believes blasphemy. No matter what the Bible says. Because elsewhere it has said otherwise.
Theyre poseurs, pretenders, heretics in holy's clothing. They're the mindset that have the 3000+ dead on 9/11 due to gay marriage -- or, according to B. Graham's daughter, because "God, being the gentleman that he is" having been excluded from public schools preventing prayer, decided to let man do his thing and not get involved . . . . . . and Falwell . . . . and real rape results in automatic/autonomic termination by a woman's body . . . and such psychopathology propounded as . . . . . Christianity? Righteousness -- determined by its emanation from the RIGHT WING??
READ THE DAMNED BIBLE AS INFORMATION, EVEN SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION. AND THEN ALSO, ESPECIALLY THE NEW TESTAMENT AS A BOOK OF ETHICS OF THE MAIN CHARACTER. SOME GUY CALLED JESUS. A REAL FAR-LEFT LIBERAL LIFE-HUGGING ANTITHESIS TO ;ACQUISITION, PROGRESS, CAPITALISM (he should have made the widow invest her pittance in a hedge fund) . . . . CONDEMNATION OF HUMAN DIFFERENCES, AND "SINNER-LOVER".
Glacial melting? Like "global warming" a conspiracy of gays and socialists to overthrow Capitalism and establish an Islamic Caliphate.
It's not climate temperature change or sea level rising or atmospheric carbon increase or higher levels of acidic lakes or forests or other myths and manias of the lunatic, life-hugging, Left.
What's happened is incrementally faulty instruments used in calibrations and measurements and analyses and other determinations of levels and percentiles and degrees etc. The tools of the fools have been tinkered.
Let us respect the true American values and venues of self-determination and free markets and private sector privilege . . . . and let us restore our heritage as a Patriots, Not panderers to false prophecies.
BRING BACK OUR ASBESTOS, OUR CIGARETTES, OUR LEAD GASOLINE, OUR
OPEN-BURN DUMPS, OUR SOD BUSTING, OUR AEROSOL ELIXIRS, . . . . .
OUR SELF-DETERMINATION !!!!
(Al Gore and Obama are just two skin-colors of the Anti-Christ).
Re. seagulls . . . and W. Mass. companies (might have been Springfield) . . . . years ago I read of a company that made golf balls. For testing, as well as employee recreation, there were areas to drive and putt, and balls would not all be collected when the lunch break was over, or the tests completed. And seagulls didn't discern other than "roundish white things" -- and deluded that they were clams, the gulls would swoop down, pick up a ball, soar above, and drop it (to break open a clam) . . . . on windshields and convertible tops and even on people. It was an "onset" phenomenon, probably resulting from one diverting (or lost) gull who then returned and somehow conveyed to the rest of the flock, ". .. Western Mass ain't that far . . . . they're all over the ground. We don't even have to get wet!!! Drop from high enough and they break open. Taste kind of rubbery though . . . .
"I may be a Luddite. Others have decried the idea of sound or pictures through the air, notables have negated any chance of anyone traveling over 30 mph (would cause insanity), and on and on.
But to me, self-driving cars are an absurdity as well as a luxury. "Safety-assisted auto-tech" is commendable. But for the thing to totally drive itself? So the occupant (probably mostly just the one commuting) can spend more time working? Or watching TV?
And imagine the hassle of a self-drive car at inspection sticker time -- if something isn't quite right now not just with lights or tires or tire pressure monitors or the 100 other computerized gimmicks. Imagine what it will cost if you're rejected because the automatic driving complex is faulty? Gettin' that fixed won't be cheap.