Philosophical Musings

Philosophical Musings

Sunday, September 29, 2013

It is time to retake America

We hold these truths to be self-evident:
1. That all men are created equal,
2. That they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
3. That among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
4. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed
5. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government.

America has become corrupted. It is long overdue for the citizens of America to retake their country. The government we have has NOT done it's prime directive, to secure our rights, but has been corrupted by greedy, self seeking opportunists. They are NOT operating with the consent of the governed, but are usurpers, seizing power & ignoring the constitution. This govt has failed in it's most basic duty to protect the freedoms & property of the citizens. We need to alter or abolish it. It is time.

1. Wars & meddling throughout the world. Instead of extending a hand of friendship, out govt bites the hands of other world citizens. They bite ours too, & we feed them. Our domestic problems are too severe for us to be meddling in other nation's affairs. We are on the verge of collapse, & civil unrest grows. Politicians waste the producers' labors supporting oppressive dictators & corporate business interests. This should stop.
2. Corrupt & racist redistribution policies. The welfare state has been a dismal failure, & has only institutionalized poverty. It is filled with fraud & encourages dependency. It does not help society, but ruins it, promoting crime & social dysfunction. Our own govt has convinced a large section of the electorate that they can provide something for nothing. They are scammers, promising easy living for votes. They tear down the productive elements of society, & promote dependency & an entitlement mentality. This should stop.  Local govts can determine the level of safety net that is needed.
3. Cronyism, election fraud, & govt corruption. This govt is filled with corruption. Back room deals, insider trading, extravagant govt jobs for electioneering, grants & contracts with PUBLIC money for political purposes.. this is standard procedure in our government. They have no shame, & no sense of justice or propriety. Instead of rewarding these crooks with re-election, we should tar & feather them.
4. They pass laws & policies for working Americans that they exempt themselves from. We are being scammed. Our elected representatives work only for themselves, not for the people. They are greedy & self serving, masking their motives in duplicitous speech & smooth talk.

It is time to retake america. Shut the govt down, & restart it under the constitution.

At $17 trillion in debt, with continued deficit spending, the currency is nearing collapse, & the economy has no stability. The government has no concept of a productive society. It is a leech upon those who produce, & all they do is take. It is time for the producers in america to remind the govt leeches that they work for us. They are not entitled lords, granting us rights & privileges to live in some utopia they create. They have nothing without us, & should be frugal, responsible stewards of the public trust. But instead, they act like entitled celebrities. Govt workers & our elected officials spend lavishly, tossing our money around like parade queens throwing candy.  You have forgotten your place.  You are servants, not lords. You are not the solution, you are the problem.

It is past time to retake america. De-fund the government, cut all departments, & begin anew.

Our military has taken an oath to 'Defend the constitution of the United States from all enemies, foreign & domestic'. It is time to fulfill your vows. Enemies have overrun the country, & are violating the constitution constantly. Do not oppose those who want to retake america, but help them. I call on law enforcement & the military to not be an arm of oppression, but serve the people as freedom providers. Promote justice & freedom.
Stop engaging in foreign aggression. Go on strike for this blatant disregard for the constitution in police actions that have no bearing on our national security. From Generals to privates, use your head & defend the constitution, not some politician's dreams of military glory or secret corporate agenda. Refuse to deploy to foreign lands. We are not at war. Stop enabling politician's military meddling. Your vow is to the constitution, not a hierarchy or corporate structure. Defend the constitution, & oppose those who oppose it.
State & local police should continue upholding the law & serving justice. If a revolution for America grows, find yourself on the side of the people, rather than the oppressors. Support the constitution, not those who trample it. Refuse to arrest people exercising their rights. Think. Don't be a pawn of the oppressors. Join the people in opposing the anti-constitutionalists. Be a force for freedom in america.

It is time to retake America. We need & are ready for action & reform.

1. Stop paying federal taxes. Send them an IOU, or put the money in escrow. Refuse to support those who do not abide by the constitution. Businesses & individuals can make a powerful statement by refusing to pay for the govt that is dismantling america. The best way to cut govt is to cut their money supply. They are mismanaging the public treasury, & we should take away the checkbook.
2. Bankers, if you want to be on the side of freedom & those who will win, do not support the seizing of assets by the govt. Ignore the irs. Count on local police & the citizens to back you.
3. Govt workers. See the handwriting on the wall. The current level of govt is unsustainable. Don't be a leech, but fulfill your duty as a public servant. The massive bureaucracy needs dismantled, as there are too many dependents in govt for the citizens to support. Be prepared. The gravy train is coming to a stop.
4. Elected officials, if there are any among you who are loyal to the constitution & sincerely wish to serve the public interests, use your influence to support this cause. As more & more people become disenchanted with the govt, do not punish them with oppressive laws, policy, & police state actions, but resist the growth of govt.. oppose the dismantling of the constitution. Be a force for real American freedom, not state centered oppression.  Serve the people, not the bloated govt monstrosity.

Americans need to unite to retake America. It is time for action.

If this is a haphazard movement of the fringe, it will have little effect. But if millions of dedicated Americans see the problem, & resolve to fix it for posterity, it can be done. We are not lawbreakers, but wish to see the foundation of law, the constitution, returned to it's place. We need selfless leaders in this cause, or America will fade to a footnote in history, rewritten by the statists who will become our lords. If we vocally, physically, & actively oppose all the state centered workings of the federal govt, we can turn things around. There can be real change & reform. It is up to us. 'We the people' have this power, no one else can do it. We need leaders from all segments of society to take a chance.. make a difference in history, not just fade to anonymity. Take a stand. Fight for freedom. It has come to us, in this generation, to decide whether to let this nation become another state centered system, or 'alter or abolish' it to serve the citizens. Will we be proactive & fight for freedom, or passively submit to the destruction of America?

I am not a military strategist, politician, or a tactician. Violence will no doubt be used against Americans who resist the current govt. But i call on all justice providers in america to look to your deepest loyalties. You are not obligated to enforce unjust or immoral laws or policies that punish or oppress the people.  Serve the people, don't oppress them. The goal here is to bring freedom & prosperity to America, not anarchy or oppression. I hope for reason & common sense to prevail, but history shows us these things do not happen without sacrifice & determination.

I am a 12th generation American. I have built homes in America all my life. I have worked with my hands, & have helped & watched America grow. I am not an activist, nor a strategist. I am an American & an idealist. I call for my fellow Americans to come together to preserve our nation. Americans from every state, locale, race, ethnicity, & heritage... we are all Americans, & need to come together to secure our freedoms.. for ourselves & our children. We need leaders who will stand & call for this reform. It will not come easily, or without cost. We must wrest power from the rulers.. they will not relinquish it voluntarily. We must take back our rights, our property & what we have worked for. We owe it to our forefathers who built this country. We owe it to our children & grandchildren. We owe it to ourselves.

It is time to retake America.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Missing link? Ardipithecus Ramidus

Ardipithecus Ramidus is very interesting, & a good example of trying to manipulate data to prove a theory, rather than letting the data speak for itself. There certainly is no overwhelming evidence for many of the claims & assumptions made by the discoverers of these fossils.
1. the dating is circular. It was found in strata that is assumed to be 4.4 M yrs old.
2. The conclusions are still a matter of debate, as many assumptions are made, & gaps are filled with speculation. The papers from 'Science' published in 2009 had 'probably' 78 times, & forms of 'suggest' 117 times. These are speculative guesses, not anything that can be construed as proven science.

"Is Ardipithecus a hominin?—that question will likely dominate the paleoanthropological debate over this fossil taxon for years to come." source

So even with the debate over these fossils not having any consensus within the evolutionary community, evolutionists are quick to trumpet this as a 'transitional species'. That is a pretty bold move, & smells more of desperation & bluff, rather than anything 'scientific'. All you have is an extinct apelike creature. You do not have a complete fossil skeleton, yet they make dogmatic assertions about this find, based completely on assumed dating & fitting it into the evolutionary timeline. This is not proof of anything, except the desperation of evolutionists, & the yearnings of researchers to make a name for themselves.

Not all paleoanthropologists are convinced that Ar. ramidus was our ancestor or even a hominin.  source

Here is the assumed drawing and the actual fossils. So many liberties have been taken, & assumptions made, i am surprised any self respecting scientists would go along with this fantasy.  I see no compelling reason to embrace evolution on account of this fossil. It is NOT a transitional species, definitively. It can be imagined as such, but that is speculation.

Do you see the same face as the drawing? It seems pretty plain to me the skull of the creature was much more protruded, rather than flat faced like a human. This is artistic license, used for propaganda, not science.

In 1992, the Middle Awash Research Team, co-led by [Tim] White, made a discovery that ended Lucy’s reign. About 75 kilometers south of Lucy’s resting place, at Aramis in the Afar depression of Ethiopia, the team found fossils of a chimp-sized ape dated to about 4.4 million years ago. … The team named this species Ardipithecus ramidus, drawing on two words from the Afar language suggesting that it was humanity’s root species. But skeptics argue that the published fossils are so chimplike that they may represent the long-lost ancestor of the chimp, not human, lineage. 

The next field season, team member Yohannes Haile-Selassie found the first of more than 100 fragments that make up about half of a single skeleton of this species, including a pelvis, leg, ankle and foot bones, wrist and hand bones, a lower jaw with teeth—and a skull. But in the past 8 years no details have been published on this skeleton. Why the delay? In part because the bones are so soft and crushed that preparing them requires a Herculean effort, says White. The skull is “squished,” he says, “and the bone is so chalky that when I clean an edge it erodes, so I have to mold every one of the broken pieces to reconstruct it.” The team hopes to publish in a year or so, and White claims that the skeleton is worth the wait, calling it a “phenomenal individual” that will be the “Rosetta stone for understanding bipedalism.” (Ann Gibbons, “In Search of the First Hominids,” Science, 295:1214-1219 (February 15, 2002).)

Now, for 15 yrs the researchers rebuilt & filled in the gaps of the skeleton with their assumptions, & polish the findings so it would be hailed as a groundbreaking discovery of human evolution. Instead of releasing their findings as they found them, we have manipulated data.. polishing the research & releasing only what they want to produce the desired effect. This is finely tuned propaganda, not peer reviewed science.

What about Neanderthals?

for a long time paleoanthropologists have viewed Neanderthals as too dull and too clumsy to use efficient tools, never mind organize a hunt and divvy up the game. Fact is, this site, along with others across Europe and in Asia, is helping overturn the familiar conception of Neanderthals as dumb brutes. Recent studies suggest they were imaginative enough to carve artful objects and perhaps clever enough to invent a language.
for a long time paleoanthropologists have viewed Neanderthals as too dull and too clumsy to use efficient tools, never mind organize a hunt and divvy up the game. Fact is, this site, along with others across Europe and in Asia, is helping overturn the familiar conception of Neanderthals as dumb brutes. Recent studies suggest they were imaginative enough to carve artful objects and perhaps clever enough to invent a language.

Neanderthals, traditionally designated Homo sapiens neanderthalensis, were not only “human” but also, it turns out, more “modern” than scientists previously allowed. “In the minds of the European anthropologists who first studied them, Neanderthals were the embodiment of primitive humans, subhumans if you will,” says Fred H. Smith, a physical anthropologist at LoyolaUniversity in Chicago who has been studying Neanderthal DNA. “They were believed to be scavengers who made primitive tools and were incapable of language or symbolic thought.”Now, he says, researchers believe that Neanderthals “were highly intelligent, able to adapt to a wide variety of ecologicalzones, and capable of developing highly functional tools to help them do so. They were quite accomplished.” source

Neanderthals were human. They buried their dead, used tools, had a complex social structure, employed language, and played musical instruments. Neanderthal anatomy differences are extremely minor and can be for the most part explained as a result of a genetically isolated people that lived a rigorous life in a harsh, cold climate. source

Since drawing about 60% of neanderthal dna, a lot has been discovered about them.
  • They interbred with homo sapien. ~ 2 Billion people have neanderthal genes in them.. mostly european & asian. What does this tell us? They were the same species. Separate species cannot interbreed. They were merely a 'tribe' of humans that had unique physical features.. like many tribes today. Their genetic 'line' can be traced. They did not evolve separately, nor were they a distinct hominid species. They just 'looked different' than whatever normal 'homo sapiens' looked like.

This was a problem for those in the evolution field.
“We were suspicious of the result,” Reich says. “We found signals of mixture and then worked very hard to make them go away.”
He tried for a year, to no avail. Finally, Reich and his colleagues had no choice but to conclude that Neanderthals had mated with humans. They estimated that the DNA of living Asians and Europeans was (on average) 2.5 percent Neanderthal. 

We are spoon fed these kinds of images from infancy..

They are the result of a creative mind, but not anything that can be called science. Evolutionists are so desperate to validate their 'theory' that the fall victim too easily to any scammer or self seeking con man looking to make a name for himself. Instead of trying to force the data into the theory, why not try something novel? Use the scientific method. Let the data speak for itself, rather than distorting it into some philosophical propaganda.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Population, energy, & food.

In a state therefore of great equality and virtue, where pure and simple manners prevailed, the increase of the human species would evidently be much greater than any increase that has been hitherto known. ~Thomas Malthus 

These are probably the biggest factors in the world today, & they are interrelated.  The data is immense, the analysis is complex, & conclusions are not certain.  Some trends can be reversed, others seem to be unsustainable & heading for disaster.  I have lots of charts, as they illustrate better than words.  This is a philosophical overview.. for perspective.

Populations use food & energy.  Energy can produce more food to sustain a population.  Shortages in either food or energy will affect a population.  These are all critical factors in human society.

1. Population.

A. Most of the increase in world population has been in developing countries, especially those in Africa.  Unfortunately, food production has decreased there, & energy resources are few.  The unstable political climate makes future improvement uncertain.

Population of the world by region:

B. Emigration.  In past centuries, overcrowded conditions were mitigated by emigration.  Europeans, especially, left the crowded cities of their homelands, & moved to north & south america, australia, & africa.  Emigration is still going on, but open lands are more scarce, & nations are restricting it more.  It no longer seems like a viable solution for overpopulation in a region.

C. Human resource.  Large populations can provide cheap labor for manufacturing products.  These goods can be exchanged for energy or food.  I don't have manufacturing as a factor in this list, but it is significant.  The only problem with it is if either food or energy are depleted, manufactured goods are secondary.  The most important part of manufacturing is in the production & distribution of food.

2. Energy.
A. Electricity.
The earth at night, showing the regions of high electricity output & generation.

B. Oil.  From wiki: "Peak oil is the point in time when the maximum rate of petroleum extraction is reached, after which the rate of production is expected to enter terminal decline.  Global production of oil fell from a high point in 2005 at 74 mb/d, but has since rebounded setting new records in both 2011 and 2012.  There is active debate as to when global peak oil will occur, how to measure peak oil, and whether peak oil production will be supply or demand driven."

The idea is that at some time, oil output will decrease, causing shortages & increase in price.  Poorer nations will not be able to compete with wealthier ones for the oil supplies, resulting in lower food production, & increasing famine.   Fossil fuels are limited in supply, & they will eventually be exhausted.

This chart shows proven oil reserves, as of 2009.

Oil is very significant for modern society.  It is the engine that generates the cheap, abundant food, that enables us to use our resources for luxury items & leisure pursuits.  It fuels both production AND distribution of our food.  Shortages & price increases in oil automatically translate to increases in food.

3. Food.  Here is a global view of land use.

A. Arable land for farming is decreasing.  Erosion, urbanization, & other factors have decreased the availability of cropland.  Reliance on chemical fertilizers has depleted the soil, & contributed to erosion.  Water shortages have also decreased arable cropland.

B. Improvements in methods, fertilization, hybridization, cheap fuel, & machinery have increased yields in the food supply steadily over the years, resulting in lower costs.  

C. World food production.  This chart shows global food production, by metric tons.

D. Water.  Fresh water supplies in croplands are depleting.  Natural droughts affect production, & lowering water tables will curtail future crop growth in those areas.

E. Problem areas.  Africa.  Most of the world has increased productivity, except for Africa.  Since the 1990s, their food production has decreased per capita, & they have imported increasingly more food.  They also have the worse population growth problem, outpacing their ability to feed new people.  Farming methods, political upheaval, reliance on rainwater, & other factors have contributed to this problem.  They also have the lowest development in the world, & the fewest energy resources.  The combination of all these factors will likely spell continued poverty & famine for the continent.  Much of the difference can be attributed to the massive population growth rate, which has outstripped their ability to feed themselves.


4. Analysis.  These projections are not new.  Doom & gloom predictors have warned of these things for millennia.  But the population of the earth has increased exponentially, without the usual constraints of war, famine, & plague.. at least those factors are not slowing the growth dramatically.

"What most frequently meets our view (and occasions complaint), is our teeming population: our numbers are burdensome to the world, [The earth] scarcely can provide for our needs; as our demands grow greater, our complaints against nature's inadequacy are heard by all. The scourges of pestilence, famine, wars, and earthquakes have come to be regarded as a blessing to overcrowded nations, since they serve to prune away the luxuriant growth of the human race." ~Tertullian (c. 155-220)

Famine seems to be the last, the most dreadful resource of nature. The power of population is so superior to the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man, that premature death must in some shape or other visit the human race. The vices of mankind are active and able ministers of depopulation. They are the precursors in the great army of destruction; and often finish the dreadful work themselves. But should they fail in this war of extermination, sickly seasons, epidemics, pestilence, and plague, advance in terrific array, and sweep off their thousands and ten thousands. Should success he still incomplete, gigantic inevitable famine stalks in the rear, and with one mighty blow, levels the population with the food of the world. ~Thomas Robert Malthus (1766-1834)

Fears of overpopulation in years past were over incremental increases.. a few million or even billion was considered unsustainable, even though the full extent of the earth's resources was not known, at the time.  Now, we have pretty much discovered the resources, & most of the 'good' farmland has been in production for centuries.  Add to that the exponential increase in population, from better sanitation & hygiene, longer life spans, better medical care & nutrition, & the population factor seems to loom larger than in generations past.

The nations with both oil reserves AND productive cropland seem to be poised to grow in wealth & prosperity, as nations without one or both have to export their wealth to meet their needs.  Some areas in Africa seemed destined to poverty, as they have neither productive cropland or energy sources.  Europe has good food production, but has little oil.  Much of the mid east has abundant oil reserves, but little food production.  Nations like Brazil, the US, China, & Russia seem to have both, & their outlook is good for both energy & food.

This is a lot of information, & there are many other factors in human society, but these are key issues.  Facts are useful in determining direction & perception.  What we conclude from these facts may vary widely, but they form the basis for an informed opinion.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

No, we will have a king..

In about the time of 900 BC.. almost 3000 years ago.

In those days, there was no king in Israel, everyone did what was right in his eyes. (Judges 21:25)

This is in 1 Samuel 8.
11 He said, "This is what the king who will reign over you will do: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. 12 Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14 He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. 15 He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. 16 Your menservants and maidservants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use. 17 He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. 18 When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, and the LORD will not answer you in that day." 19 But the people refused to listen to Samuel. "No!" they said. "We want a king over us. 20 Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles."

This was in a time of a religious theocracy, when the people were ruled by the Law.  There were judges that arose, to settle disputes.

I also see this as going from a quasi 'republic' where people are ruled by laws and the govt is modest, to more statism, where the king is supreme, does whatever he wants, & the role of govt increases. We like the idea of someone who will 'lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles', but when he (the state) becomes oppressive, then 'you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen'.

It doesn't seem to matter how far back you go in history.. the state becomes oppressive. The less power we give them, & the more we put in law, like the magna carta & the bill of rights, the less we are at the whim of those in power, be they individual or a group. The state always wants more.. it is always grasping & greedy for power & control. It is a constant struggle for each generation to limit & fight off the power mongers who wish to rule us.

If people really understood the consequences of statism, they would not want it. But we don't. We let the ruling elite convince us they have divine right as kings, or they can bring peace & prosperity to the people, or social justice. No one stands up & says, 'I want to be oppressed by a totalitarian state!' But throughout history, we have been, & continue to be.

We the people need to see that we can rule ourselves, with a representative republic. But we are like the israelites of old, who after escaping slavery in egypt, want a king to rule over them.

Just from an historical perspective, this illustrates the way we are. We are not really happy with freedom, but want a king.. a ruler ordained by god... a messiah or anointed one. We want someone who gives us a thrill up our leg when he speaks.

It is hard for us to see that we can do it without the ruling elite. We don't need divinely inspired ordination for our kings. We can do it ourselves, with honest representatives who will speak for us. If they don't, we need to fire them asap & find someone who will.