Posted by: spickering | February 14, 2009

Political Journalists Have No Business Discussing Business

The Mclaughlin Group, long a favorite program of mine on Friday nights, really rocked when it talked about Iran and Foreign Relations, but once again it stunk up the joint when it talked about business or as wonks refer to it: “The Economy.” As if it were this thing, like a car or a body, that we have to ‘fix.’ These reporters and most reporters, presumably students of journalism schools, have NO BUSINESS TALKING ABOUT BUSINESS. OK, we’ll let Mort talk, but that’s it. I love Pat Buchanan on Foreign Policy but his understanding of economics is just nuts. Expecting China, for example, whose economy is 1/12th of ours in size to import from us as much as we do from they is just crazy. And also when he talks with such disdain about so called ‘Toyota’ Republicans in the South who have car plants there. This is unbelievable. He rails incessantly about losing jobs to China, but then he rails when a Japanese Company ‘creates’ jobs here? Where is the consistency in that? This way to the looney bin please.

And then a few weeks ago Mclaughlin himself said that, get this, Globalism itself, was the cause of our so called ‘Global Crisis.’ I almost fell off the couch. I wanted to throw the laptop at the TV. And then you hear incessantly on the TV talk shows of how “Lack of Regulation” caused this (When in truth it was regulation itself that caused ‘this’) that markets left ‘unchecked’ will cause chaos and so forth. The bottom line to this thinking is that Capitalism is somehow ‘flawed.’ This is akin to the Levantine religions, the three biggest religions in the world, paradigm that Nature herself is flawed and ‘nasty’ 

The economy isn’t a ‘thing’ that needs to be stimulated. It’s our day to day lives and activities, good old-fashioned ‘trading.’ It creates efficiencies, wealth, and higher standards of living through either an individual or a group of people who organize a company around providing specific goods and or services. Since they specialize and have ‘intent’ in a specific area, they get the Adam Smith ‘bump’ of higher productivity.  The more successful they are, the RICHER THEY GET, the more benefit they are providing to society. If you don’t believe that, then you don’t believe in the theory of Capitalism. It’s ok if you don’t, but please do not call yourself a Capitalist. The Government is the monkey wrench. It provides no value and gets in the way. It’s sole purpose is plunder. So the only way to ‘stimulate’ the economy if you want to call it that, is to get out of its way. But that’s not happening any time soon, especially in these next 4 years.

Posted by: spickering | February 14, 2009

My Attempt to “Prove” Evolution

This is taken from a thread on the Gildertech Technology Forum which began with a post entitled “63% Reject Darwin’s Theory of Evolution”

Here’s a link to the story:  http://news.yahoo.com/s/pew/20090212/ts_pew/63rejectdarwinstheoryofevolution

 

Well, that got my feathers ruffled for I knew and know that Evolution is not a “Theory” open to a poll. I knew it was a fact. Anyway there are a lot of other posts in the thread. I’m not going to copy them all, just the one that caused me to try to write out an argument or “proof” that Evolution is a fact. Although no such argument really needs to be made to the scientific community. They already know its a fact. Still since it was a piece of my ‘writing’ and thinking I thought I would post it.

 

 

I said, in my first post on the topic:  “Evolution is not a theory. It’s a fact. Relativity is a theory, but so far its predictions have all been accurate.”

 

Another man, I’ll call him R.A. wrote this in response to me: “Gravity is a phenomenon, a fact, a theory and a law……proven mathematically to the satisfaction of all. 
Evolution is a phenomenon that has not been proven to the satisfaction of all. The collection of facts is not good enough to support the theory and it cannot be mathematically tested. 

Explanations on evolution must be observable, repeatable and testable. We must be able to conceive of an experiment that could refute our theory if it were wrong. If one were to propose an explanation for a phenomenon in such a way that no one could conceive of any way to test or refute it, it wouldn’t be a theory at all, but rather a belief. 

Evolutionists tell us that major evolutionary changes happen far too slowly, or too rarely, to be observable in the lifetime of human observers. Most living organisms and their offspring are said to remain largely unchanged for tens of thousands, or even millions, of years. According to the evolutionist Theodosius Dobzhansky, even when evolutionary changes do occur, they are by nature “unique, unrepeatable, and irreversible.” Dobzhansky tells us that the “applicability of the experimental method to the study of such unique historical processes is severely restricted.” The well-known evolutionist Paul Ehrlich says the theory of evolution “cannot be refuted by any possible observations” and thus is “outside of empirical science.” 

Still, the occurrence of evolution is widely believed to be a scientific “fact” and those who dare to doubt it are not endured gladly. What exactly is the “observable fact” of evolution? First you should be aware that evolutionists recognize two types of evolution — micro evolution, which is observable, and macro evolution, which isn’t. So called “micro evolution” is a process of limited variation among the individuals of a given species that produces the sort of variety we observe, for example, among dogs. Macro evolution, on the other hand, is a hypothetical process of unlimited variation that evolutionists believe transforms one kind of living organism into a fundamentally different kind such as the transformation of reptiles into birds or apes into people. Obviously, no one has ever observed anything remotely like this actually happen. 

The very name “micro evolution” is intended to imply that it is this kind of variation that accumulates to produce macro evolution though a growing number of evolutionists admit there is no evidence for this. Thus an observable phenomenon is extrapolated into an unobservable phenomenon for which there is no evidence, and then the latter is declared to be a “fact” on the strength of the former. It is this kind of limitless extrapolation that comprises much of the argument for evolution. 

In the beginning…….what? Evolution cannot explain origins. Even evolution needs its own dirt. That would be the most amazing fluke of all. 

R.”

 

Here was my attempt at a refutation of what he is saying:

“The empirical evidence is the fossil record. There are no human beings in it, but our ancestors are shaping up nicely all throughout the record from fish to amphibians, to reptiles, to mammals to Lucy to Homo Erectus, Java Man, Neanderthal Cro-Magnon, and finally us, Homo Sapiens Sapiens. 
The other evidence is genetic mutation which occurs through cosmic rays and the occasional 1 in a billion mistake by the RNA readers. 

The last piece of evidence is natural selection. It does occurs over thousands, hundreds of thousands of years, because genetic mutations occur so infrequently and those that do occur 999,000 out of a million are disadvantageous, as evidenced in many genetic diseases seen today. 

So how do we know natural selection existed and exists? Easy. It’s rapid cousin used by us to produce the traits in livestock and pets that we want: Artificial Selection. With artificial selection we have and do create entire new breeds in just a few generations, instead of hundreds of thousands of generations that natural selection takes. We select for the traits that we want. And 99.99999999999999999999999 to another thousand nines those traits bread true. 

We know that genes produce traits and we know that genes most of the time breed true, but we also know that genetic mutation exists. We’ve seen that in that laboratory and its effects in the real world. We also know through the science of Geology that the environment has changed tremendously over the 4 billion year life of the Earth. Then sex evolved quite by accident, but it was an advantageous mutation and was selected For, and it sped up the process quite a bit by combining the genes of different individuals in reproduction. Still, evolution was a mind numbingly slow process taking place over Eons because of the rarity of mutations themselves much less the rarity when they did occur of them being anything but something that would kill you. Also the environment changes very, very slow, continental plates moving a millionth of an inch a year etc. But with 4.3 billion years to work with Natural Selection combined with genetic mutation turned an atom of carbon it into us and all the life we see around us and that has ever been. 

If there are no human beings in the fossil record, and your saying evolution is not a fact, then where are you proposing that we came from? 
Did we beam down from the Enterprise? Where is the evidence for anything like that or anything that refutes evolution? There is none. And there never will be. 

Gravity is a force of nature that can be described, measured, and whose effects can be predicted, but no one knows its mechanism of action, not one scientist in the world, and what is more no one will ever know its mechanism of action. Any more than we know the mechanism of how the electormagnetic force that allows me to send and you to read this message, works. Or will we ever know. We can discover it, we can measure it, we can describe it, we can create theories and equations to predict it, we can produce machines that harness it but we don’t know how any of the forces really work on the most fundamental level. So the tension of Mystery and Immanence still lives out in the Psyche. There, you can have your religion and eat it too. For, not only is there such thing as a free lunch. The Universe, the Multi-Verse, and Hyperspace are the ultimate free lunches.”

Posted by: spickering | September 16, 2008

Quote I Came Across

I saw this on someone’s Orkut Webpage, I liked it.

People will forget what u said,people will forget what u did,but people will never forget how u made them feel..

Posted by: spickering | September 16, 2008

It’s Natural

The Metaphor of Nature is that It’s Here, It’s Now, and It’s Effortless. The problem is the Ego. Ego means “I”, I’m separate from all this, I’m better than all this, and I’m worse than all this. I want and desire all this, and yet I despise it. It’s “nasty.” I want to control it, dominate it, at times, and at others I’m terrified of it and run. About sums it it up don’t it?

Some good self talk scripts from this insight:

  1. “My Success and Happiness is right here and now, and it comes to me effortlessly.”
  2. “I am all this, and I love all this because it is a miracle. I am a miracle, and I am never afraid.”

P.S. I just had a thought, which is not a good thing (hehehehehheheeh) This awareness came to me as I was out for a walk not thinking about anything. Isn’t that one of the essences of “being,” doing things, being active, but in a non-tense, non-agitated way? The mind seems to be the blockage, not the solution. When you rest it, that’s when wisdom comes in. That seems to be “being.”

Posted by: spickering | September 16, 2008

I am a Musician, Porque?

I am a musician and a poet because music is inspiring and its beautiful, and like the other arts, dancing, acting, painting, it is a metaphor for the the inside life, the soul, expressing itself in the field of time and space, a life experience. Like that title to that John Mayer album “Inside Wants Out.” You know how the Hindu mystics say, “It’s here! It’s here!” Well, it is here. Bem, e aqui.

Posted by: spickering | January 27, 2008

Oh, I Need All The Love

Song by Josh Rouse

Posted by: spickering | January 26, 2008

Sweetie by Josh Rouse I did a YouTube Video For Fun

Posted by: spickering | December 8, 2007

A New Song “Let’s Do It Again”

I wrote this a few weeks ago. I’ve been working on the different tracks off and on since then. I’m sick of hearing it, I’ve been working on it for so long. But I always liked the little melody played on that little toy piano over the E chord.

Lyrics:

Let’s Do It Again

I touch the stars
Whenever you are in my arms
Something makes me free
Whenever we make up
Gonna make love
Let’s do it again

All things I know
Rest inside your soul
Something’s calling me
Just over my shoulder
Wanna hold ya’
Let’s do it again.

It’s a sacred place
The smile that’s on your face
Your heart makes me see
What holds it together lasts forever
Let’s do it again.

I’ll hold your sign
Whichever side your on
You are in my dreams
Don’t want to wake up
Just wanna’ make love
Let’s do it again.

Inside your soul
There are fields of gold
Dancing with your song
You show what your made of
Pure and sweet love
Let’s do it again.

Your eyes are the stars
There’s flowers in your heart.
Your lips are honey sweet.
They taste like the spring’s rain
Wash all life’s pain
Let’s do it again.

Posted by: spickering | December 8, 2007

Viajando através do Escuro

Viajando através do escuro, eu encontrei um cervo
Morto na beira da rua Canhão do Wilson.
Geralmente é melhor para lhe rolar no canhão:
Essa rua é estreita; para dar uma guinada poderia fazer mais mortos.

Pelo brilho da luz da cauda do carro – eu tropeçava para trás do carro.

Posted by: spickering | August 1, 2007

No More Posts of Pics of Me Until….

I go three days or 72 hours without tobacco, alcohol, or coffee. I’m setting my Google widget timer right now for 3 days. Let’s see, that will be Saturday at around 1pm. Maybe by then I’ll feel like being at the pool all day and get some healthy Sun.

I’d like to do the other things: working out, meditation, Self Hypnosis, Acupuncture, Massage, but those aren’t nearly as important as this. This is like my foundation. All I want to think about it is Saturday at 1pm, just getting there successfully. Proving this to myself. Restoring faith in myself.

I’m not even going to worry about my weight so much. I’m 183 right now. I almost think I have been losing to fast, trying for losses everyday. I don’t wish to gain any or anything. I mean, I’m still going to eat right. I can’t substitute food addiction for these other three, or anything like that.

OK, blog, I’ll report back to you in 3 days with a resounding cheer saying, “I did it! I believe in myself!”

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