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Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Problem with Religion

This is the world's number one problem, and it’s not Climate Change or Terrorism or Hillary Clinton-- it’s organized religion. Radical Islamic fundamentalism, like Christianity in the Middle Ages, is demonstrating once again why religious fundamentalism remains both the most egregious form of human thinking ever devised, and the most difficult to eradicate. Religiosity is not faith, but rather faithlessness. 

Trained religious beliefs are nothing more than opinionated dogma, wherein one becomes emotionally engaged with mantra and ends up "believing in belief". Organized religion in all forms, Christian and Muslim, must be afforded no respect. If we can somehow endeavor to turn away from religion and instead toward each other, perhaps then we will find our God. 

I agree with the philosophy attributed to Jesus in the gospels---you find God in the suffering of others. "When you do it to the least of mine, you do it to me." 

Don't go to church and support organized superstition; instead, spend that time lending someone a hand.

It's easy to receive; everyone wants to receive; but it's in the "giving" we find the tougher duty. 


Friday, December 25, 2015

Climate Change and Population Growth

     Planet Earth has too many people.

     Climate Change is real. It's been with us since the birth of the planet. In fact, its what made the planet. 

     As the earth warms and cools, the climate changes. The Sahara Dessert, millions of years ago, was a vast area of verdant growth, forests and abundant rainfall. Now, it's sand and heat. Millions of years ago, Kansas was under an ocean. Six hundred thousand years ago, the area around Topeka and Lawrence was under an icecap five hundred feet thick. The earth's climate has changed and the planet has warmed and cooled thousands of times, mostly during periods when there were no people and no fossil fuel industry.

    Demonizing a single industry as cause is nothing short of ludicrous. Fossil fuels help billions stay warm and provide for themselves.

    If climate change is caused by fossil fuels, if climate change will wreck havoc on worldwide coastal cities and crops by 2100, then Big Government had better start planning evacuations and food storage, because curtailing fossil fuels is never going to happen in time. China and India and other less developed countries are pumping carbons at historic levels, building coal plants and burning oil like never before. They have to; their populations are exploding. And they use old technology. They have no choice. When the planet grows from one billion people in the year 1800, to seven billion people today, there is necessarily going to be massive usage of every kind of fuel and energy source imaginable.

    By 2030 global population will have grown to 8.5 billion people. The birth rate worldwide exceeds the death rate by 1.4 million people per day! 

    And, we are running out of drinkable water, not because of pollution, but because there are too many people for the planet to absorb. 

    We must therefore advocate for population controls---for abortion on demand, and a one-child policy worldwide. We have no alternative.