To Thom primarily, and the Community....
I'm a long time listener and have actually called and talked once. I find you are a resonable and capable thinker. I've only been disappointed with this nonsense about evangelical Atheists, deities, and beliefs.
Der Kulturkampf is upon us, yet again; like it or not. As a crafter of all natural nativity creche display stalls (e.g. for domestic, church and office use) -- naturally, this issue grabbed a bit more of my attention than the others featured on Thom's show today. I've known about this creche distribution for roughly a month. At first glance, the whole idea seems innocent in comparison to the usually bombastic mishandlings of one of the most inspiring and innocent art forms associated with Christmas that one can imagine.
Thom, Thom, Thom,
Please do us all a favor and stay away from religion. You are so strong on politics, history, science, healthcare, economics, the environment and almost everything else. You seem to have a significant blind spot on religion. It's embarrising the way you twist and turn like pike on the line whenever it comes up. Just walk away from it until you get it straight in your own mind.
Either Thom or I are missing something here. Thom's position is (if I understand it correctly) "A religion is a group or individual that has a world view & tries to convince others that it is the correct one". Have I got it? By that definition a Science teacher that holds the world view that the laws of science rule the universe and that using science one can make predictions that in fact do come to pass and tries to convince students that this is the case they are then a religious evangelical. Two words: Horse Dung.
A Capital Idea Part 44: Re-meming Resources
I recently have come to realize that we have a problem with the language of resources. This is not surprising, since language is created to reflect existing memes. To me, memes -- in other words, the way we think about things and the type of language we use -- are crucially important. As progressives, we must build and promote truthful, progressive memes which will help all of us understand the world more accurately.
The failed theory of Climate Change was a business for the greedy, and intellectual fodder for the ignorants and ideologues and is now laughingly known to history as the era of environMENTAL Disco science.
Meanwhile, the UN had allowed carbon trading to trump 3rd world fresh water relief, starvation rescue and 3rd world education for just over 25 years of climate control instead of population control. BIG MISTAKE!
If you listen to the Obama administration, certain pols and the rhetoric of those associated with a certain previous administration, you would think Wiki Leak releases were the end of the world. Assets will dry up. People killed. Intelligence turn senseless, deaf, dumb and blind.
The recent 17, 18 and now 19 year old Arabic type just busted in Portland Oregon appears to have the same historical profile as do other people, plots and organiztions that, not only OUR, but other country's Intelligence agencies have infiltrated or penetrated for many years before their eventual "USE" by the Intel Agencies themselves.
Once again the Corps and the District, the two agencies most responsible for the irreparable environmental destruction of South Florida, and now in charge of its restoration, have immersed their booties in the ultimate dudu by disturbing an ancient sacred burial place of Florida Indian tribes after misrepresenting to the tribes that there were only 56 assorted bones on the site.