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Saturday, August 19, 2017

today they said


Pope Francis: "This crime is a grave outrage against the Creator." (Speaking of the latest Muslim Jihad attacks in Spain.)

James Healy: "Well you should know. You brought them here."

obscenities

The Irish Independent newspaper on Friday managed to report on the latest slaughter in Spain without once mentioning Muslims, Islam, the Quran or the Prophet Muhammed.
That's quite an achievement in over six pages of reportage of a Jihad attack.
The blood is still flowing on the streets of Barcelona and Irish newspapers along with the international media, can't quite bring themselves to say who did it or why.
Here is the news.
The attacks in Spain are not modern terrorism.
The attacks in Spain are part of a 1300 year old Muslim Jihad against the human race, stemming from Muslims' adherence to the Quran, which is the testimony of the Prophet Muhammed and which instructs Muslims to wage war against anyone who is not a Muslim.
That is all.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

on the nature of being

Mankind has managed to conceive of two possible explanations for existence.

One explanation asserts that the universe was created by energy in an accidental undirected process. The energy itself is unthinking and exists for no reason. Whatever it does or causes to be done, has been done or caused to be done, by accident. Some source of this energy in some form has existed always. Life itself was a further accident in the endless permutations of energetic fluctuation. The creating energy is phenomenally powerful and must in some way be eternal. There is no explanation for the existence of the energy. It just is.

The second conception as to the origin of existence is that an eternal being made everything.
This explanation asserts that the universe is the handiwork of God and bears his imprint everywhere. It claims that there are no observable instances in human experience of life being initiated by physical processes or by chemical reactions. Nor is there any instance of anything (either a natural, physical or chemical process, or a life) being initiated by nothing. It suggests that the complexity of what we call a deoxyribonucleic molecule is unthinkable without a designer who is God. It accepts that God may be likened to an energy in that he is the source of all things including energy but that he is more properly and truly considered a person. His creation shows signs of personality, ie it is ordered yet wondrously and artistically made, as are we. This idea insists that God is an eternal spirit who knows each and every person and creature in his creation and has ordered existence in a particular way with consistencies we call the laws of  nature in part at least to provide a home for us. God is uncaused. He is the unmoved First Mover. That is to say, there is no explanation for the existence of God. He just is. From the evidence of his creation, he is all powerful, all knowing, all present, and all loving.

Either of these explanations requires an act of faith to believe in it.

Which do you believe?

obitcheries

The truck importer styled Pino Harris has died.
Sean Quinn attended his funeral.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

momentaria


the greatness of alan shatter

In the past I have been critical of Ireland's former Justice Minister Alan Shatter.
Mr Shatter is now calling for a full public enquiry into the still unexplained death of Malak Thawley on the operating table at Hollis Street hospital.
Last month Coroner's Court enquiry found that Mrs Thawley died through "medical misadventure," but that enquiry was not permitted to hear certain concerns that her husband wanted raised.
Lawyers for the hospital cynically and cruelly manipulated the proceedings to have his concerns excluded from the Court and thereby excised from the public domain.
"The court cannot consider these matters," thundered one of the hospital's lawyers, "these are matters for the police."
Indeed.
You all know that I believe there is a significant possibility that Mrs Thawley, a Syrian woman married to an American, was murdered on the operating table at Hollis Street Hospital in Dublin, Ireland.
Alan Shatter's public stance on the matter is his finest hour.

catweazle

Tea with the Welsh wizard.
His venerable cat Tiddles sidles over, looks at me, then passes back and forth rubbing against my leg a few times.
"That cat really wants to tell me she loves me," I murmur fondly.
The Welsh wizard is doubtful.
"What she's actually doing," sez he, "is leaving a chemical scent on you to mark out her territory."
I munch a shortbread biscuit.
"Your cat isn't some sort of Darwinian chemist," I assert. "She doesn't know anything about NaCO2 or PhSO4. She's a creature rejoicing in the creation and telling me quite clearly that she loves me."

bloodbath at the house of death i mean fox news

Oops they've done it again.
Fox News has suspended another of its high profile presenters in the wake of tenuous, unsubstantiated, opportunistic allegations of sexism emanating from anonymous accusers vying to smear him.
Eric Bolling is the latest Fox News presenter to feel the cold steel of guilt by innuendo.
You all know me.
I am a kindly fellow with a natural sympathy for octogenarian billionaires, so I did try to warn Fox owner Rupert Murdock that no good would come of it last year when he fired Chief Executive Officer Roger Ailes for the purely imaginary crime of asking Gretchen Carlsson out on a date.
As Gretchen put it: "I felt so... so... so... violated when he said to me maybe we should go out sometime. Oh boo hoo hoo."
Crumbs.
I mean, oh the humanity.
Coincidentally Gretchen Carlsson had filed her nonsense sexism complaint against Roger Ailes only after losing her job at Fox.
I ask you.
If he really did ask her out, what crime was committed, aside from bad taste in women?
Thank heavens I don't have a billion dollars.
I mean bims have been shooting me out of the saddle for asking that question for thirty years.
But at least none of em ever sought to get rich out of rejecting me.
Roger Ailes died shortly after Gretchen Carlsson launched her bid for a pension by assassinating his character.
Did her frivolous ruination of his career in order to obtain a twenty million dollar gratuity from Fox contribute to his early death?
Some would call that a crime, ie murder.
In any case Rupert had already divvied up the twenty million dollars.
How on earth did that man ever become a billionaire?
At the time I advised Rupert thusly:
"This is called paying the bimbo geld
And I'll tell you because you're a bit of a dimbo
Once you have paid her the bimbo geld
You'll never get rid of the bimbo."
Shortly after I issued my warning Rupert received another series of opportunistic, generalised, twenty year old, untestable allegations of sexism, this time relating to presenter Bill O'Reilly.
He promptly fired O'Reilly and paid out five million dollars to the opportunist du jour.
Within months further bimbo eruptions threatened to swamp the newsroom at Fox.
Among the more famous presenters with a target on his back, Sean Hannity hung tough and his slanderer evaporated in a welter of evasions, self contradictions and oh I didn't really mean it's.
Mr Hannity was only able to hang tough by the way because Rupert didn't simply fire him immediately on the off chance that he might have done something.
And now Bolling.
A capable presenter whose livelihood is threatened by pure subterfugean balderdash.
I do not approve.

Friday, August 11, 2017

an attempt to refute the atheistic propositions of professor richard dawkins


1. In his most famous, oft used, and oft quoted, analogy Richard Dawkins answers the truth claims of all religions by saying: "Why believe in your version of God? Why not believe in the Flying Spaghetti Monster?" His answer rejects all truth claims for whatever religions without assessing any of them. Such blanket reasoning if applied to what we call science would mean rejecting all science without assessing it simply because of the vast array of scientific theories and scientific approaches of the present era and centuries past, which have proved bunkum.

2. Mr Dawkins claims that the prime determinant in any decision to believe in God through the lens of a particular religion is the geographical accident of a person's birth. This may be sometimes true but is clearly not always true. People convert to other religions than the one in which they were raised. People abandon religion altogether as Mr Dawkins claims to have done. There is a dignity in our choices beyond geography. He should recognise it.

3. The field of endeavour which we call science could not exist without the religious notion that truth is sacrosanct.

4. Science would not exist without the literacy and numeracy of populations which followed the dissemination of the holy books variously styled the Talmud, the Bible and the Quran.

5. The scientific method itself could never have existed without the Eighth Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness Against Thy Neighbour. The commandment against lying is the foundation of all civil discourse and all honest investigations into the nature of reality, including science.

6. Christians claim that Jesus said: "If you make my word your home, you shall come to know the truth, and the truth will set you free." The notion of the primacy of truth has come to science from religion not vice versa. It is believers in Jesus' words who have founded and spread the unversity systems of the West which in turn produced the principles and values of the field of endeavour we call science. The idea that the truth itself is liberating has never been surpassed in human thinking. This idea did not come from the tag line for The Prince Of Tides, Nor did it come from Sigmund Freud. Nor from Charles Darwin. It came from Jesus.

7. Darwinian Atheism provided the justifying foundational motivation and delineator for the ideologies of Soviet Communism and German Nazism.

8. Mr Dawkins atheism appears to hinge on the Darwinian assertion that all life began spontaneously by chance as a result of an undirected natural process. The British astronomer Fred Hoyle famously stated: "The chances of life beginning spontaneously by chance and evolving to what we are today are the same as the chance of a tornado hitting a junk yard and assembling a 747 Jumbo Jet." I can find no public record of Mr Hoyle taking a further step and accepting the existence of God. Nonetheless I tend to agree with his assessment of Darwinian claims about the origin of life. To wit: Darwin's claims and the claims of Richard Dawkins about the origin of life are not true. Where then did we come from? Fred Hoyle before he died suggested aliens might have seeded us. The mathematician David Berlinski commented drolly on this explanation: "Ah yes. For some people the aliens will do it every time. But this only puts back the question. Then we have to ask: How did the aliens come to exist?"

9. Mr Dawkins appears to be an adherent of speculative scientific postulations which advocate the existence of a limitless number of alternative universes in which everything that can happen, does happen, so that over an infinite amount of alternative time lines, the appearance of human life spontaneously by undirected chance becomes not improbable but inevitable. I would suggest that this theory of Mr Dawkins has more in common with the notion of the Flying Spaghetti Monster than does any actual religious philosophy of existence. It's pure voodoo.

10. God made the world and and everyone and everything in it. He did not make any mistakes.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

considerations of the rhetorical atheisms advanced by richard dawkins

Some years ago a young woman asked atheistic scientist Richard Dawkins the following question:
"What if you're wrong?"

Mr Dawkins replied thusly:

"Well what if I'm wrong... I mean, well, anybody could be wrong. You could be wrong about the Flying Spaghetti Monster and the Pink Unicorn and the Flying Teapot. Erm... You happen to have been brought up, I would presume, in the Christian faith. You know what it is like not to believe in a particular faith because you're not a Muslim. You're not a Hindu. Why aren't you a Hindu? Because you happen to have been brought up in America not in India. If you'd been brought up in India, you'd have been a Hindu. If you were brought up in... in... erm... Denmark in the time of the Vikings, you would be believing in Wotan and Thor. If you were brought up in Classical Greece, you'd be believing in Zeus. If you were brought up in Central Africa, you would be believing in the Great Ju Ju up the moutain... in... There's no particular reason to pick on the Judaeo Christian God in which by the sheerest accident you happen to have been brought up, and... and... ask me the question what if I'm wrong. What if you're wrong about the Great Ju Ju at the bottom of the sea?"

I have been mightily intrigued by this brief exchange, this moment in time, when two worlds collided.
Mr Dawkins in his answer infers that since there are many alternative truth claims made by various religions, and since some of the imaginary religions that he cites are clearly ridiculous, then no religion can be true.
This is an untenable proposition, most likenable in its wrongness to suggesting that the various now debunked scientific postulations of the past five thousand years, render all branches of modern science inherently untrue.
One could thus by his own standards reply to Mr Dawkins: Why believe in your version of Atheistic Darwinism as science? Why not in other versions of science that existed centuries ago? Why not in Alchemy? Why not in Necromancy? Why not insist on the absolute truth of thousands of discredited theories of light? Why not believe any now debunked notion that has ever been passed off as science?
Mr Dawkins dismissal of the truth claims of any religion, simply because there are many religions, or because he can magine what seem to us thoroughly ridiculous ones, does not hold up to scrutiny.
If his reasoning was sound, clearly we could dismiss science similarly on the grounds of so many untrue scientific theories, postulations, practices and peregrinations.
Following Mr Dawkins Spaghetti Monster rationale, why not say that since the ancient theories of the atoms seem in no sensible modern way true, all atomic theory is permanently discredited? If the very notion of an untrue religion discredits all religions, should the same analytics not apply to Mr Dawkin's favoured atheistic perspective on science, ie that an untrue scientific theory having rendered all science void, there's no point to any of it. If Mr Dawkins is correct that his conjuring of non existent religions involving Pink Unicorns and Flying Tea Pots invalidates religion, then Mr Dawkins' own version of science cannot be deemed anything other than false since so many scientific theories of the past and present regularly prove and have been proven to be ludicrous.
Mr Dawkins' frank insistence that atheism is science, is then by his own lights invalidated by juxtaposing it with the science, say, of the fellows who've spent hundreds of millions of dollars to formulate and research String Theory, and who after forty years of burning money are now starting to coast around the admission that there's no theory there.
Why not consider Mr Dawkins wrong because someone else was wrong about something else somewhere else at some other time? Indeed by such blanket reasoning, why not consider Mr Dawkins corrupt because so many scientists have proved corrupt in falsifying data and making false claims for their experiments merely to obtain funding or to gain tenure at a university or to satisfy their backers from the pharmaceutical industry? That is after all the process of comparative reasoning which Mr Dawkins has applied in rejecting any truth claim relating to any religion.
Now ask yourself again. By his own standard of judgement, why elevate Mr Dawkins' niche of atheistic science above any other nonsense that scientists are known to have believed in at any time? Why not say that Richard Dawkins by his own Spaghetti Monster standard is permanently discredited on account of the fifteenth century pseudo scientific hokum of John Dee the magician? Or why not consider him discredited by the behaviour of the aforementioned pharmaceutical companies who lied when they claimed to have rectified brain chemistry with anti depressants? Why not consider their hijacking of science to have made all science invalid? Or again, pressing forward further into Spaghetti Monster territory, why not insist that the truth of all science is utterly discredited by the medical scientists who for two thousand years up to the nineteenth century insisted the primary treatment for human medical conditions should be the draining of blood using leeches? Those great men of establishment medical science were a lot less rational and did a lot more damage to humanity than the fellows worshipping Ju Ju's by the way...
We also might look at Mr Dawkins' Spaghetti Monster answer for its tone. Most of it, and especially the closing sentence, approximates to: How dare you question me!
Mr Dawkins never addresses himself to what he was asked, namely for a consideration of the consequences if he is wrong in claiming that his denial of the existence of God is a scientifically verifiable conclusion stemming from a proper assessment of evidence.
What are the consequences if he's wrong?
The consequences for himself.
The consequences for all who have followed him.
The consequences for the sciences which has been hugely influenced by him.
Now that would be an interesting speculation.
Mr Dawkins prefers to indict all religions through a spurious Spaghetti Monster analogy rather than consider even for a moment that he may ever have been wrong even on a single salient point.
Another thing.
His insistence that a person's choice of religion is determined by geography is as hollowly strategic as his evasion of the central question. I would suggest he talk to a few ex Muslims. Or listen to a few Hindus who've chosen to become Christian in the heartland of India.
In any case the body of Mr Dawkins answer is his rant about a pantheon of what he is suggesting are alternative Deistic possibilities, Spaghetti Monsters, Flying Teapots, Pink Unicorns, Ju Ju's and so on.
His reasoning and analysis of this seems untrue to me.
As I've said, Mr Dawkins' mode of thought in dismissing religion breaks down the moment it is extrapolated. For if we were to apply it consistently the very notion of truth would have to be abandoned not only in science but in all human experience.
The Spaghetti Monster as a standard for discrediting alternatives, devours everything.
He is the Godzilla of philosophies, destroying all around him and creating nothing.
Okay.
Here's the rub.
I am suggesting that there could be no science without the notion of truth.
More precisely there could be no science without the commandment from God: Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness, and without people who believed in that Commandment.
Science as a method of looking at the world has come from the religious notion that there is such a thing as truth, and that we should search for it, and not tell lies about it.
Without the notion of truth as something sacrosanct, science as a consistent, shared, honorable exploration of reality cannot exist.
I am saying that science itself was born of the Judaeo Christian tradition and of Islam.
The literacy and numeracy that came from the Holy Books, the principle of truth itself postulated by their adherents, these, and these only, are the underpinnings of science.
Without them Mr Dawkins himself would indeed still be invoking the Ju Ju in the Mountain to turn lead into gold.
Or something worse.
It was people of faith who rescued science from witchcraft, necromancy, alchemy and devil worship.
That is to say, all science and the scientific method, the part of it that functions I mean, the positive part, the bit where we don't tell lies to each other or sabotage each other's careers for daring to question Darwinism or dispute climate change, the principled procedurals whereby we don't falsify data to gain an endowment or the sponsorship of a corrupt and corrupting pharmaceutical corporation, that tradition in science, I say, where questions are asked and answered without an How Dare You Question Me response, that spirit of open enquiry whereby we are not so offended by the notion of a Creator that we consider proponents of such notions criminals to be deprived of their livelihoods forthwith by fair means or foul, that experience of science where a believer and an atheist look at the elctron flows together and murmur reverently in awe 'why do the electrons obey the laws,' (because we still don't know why they do or indeed why any of the observable consistencies we call laws of nature are laws at all), that civility between people of different convictions in a shared endeavour towards truth, all the good stuff, all the enabling definitors of scientific practice, all of them, I tell you, all over the world, all were invented, pioneered, cultivated, and spread by believers in God.
Whaddayathink folks!
Ah me.
I wonder what ever became of that girl who asked her famous question and provoked Mr Dawkins most famous answer at Lynchburg College, Virginia, way back in 2006.
Who was she?
What is she doing on Saturday night?
Her question was so simple and so perfect.
I think she was a genius.

Monday, August 07, 2017

all the gold in the world



Saturday, August 05, 2017

my favourite jews

There's a girl called Rachel who comes into the Starbucks at Wellesley Square in Boston.
Sort of demure. She wears a kerchief in her hair.
She has a certain way with her.
I'd love to show her my yarmulke.
Oy vey.
And indeed hubba hubba.
(Isn't that just a teensy weensy bit racist? - Ed note)
(It's not racist if I like them. - Heelers note)
(Hey - Seinfeld note)

the truth about men and women



A media campaign masquerading as reportage, is underway in Ireland at the moment, promoting the feminist conflict theory notion that women in the national television broadcaster RTE, are less well paid than men as part of a deliberate discriminatory policy against their gender.
So it is the dog days of August and our fair land's bankrupt newspaper groups with their usual unerring instinct for truth, ie they're reliably wrong about everything, are once more trying to drive the peasantry out of their tiny cotton picking minds with endless contrived stories about male patriarchies deliberating underpaying the wimmen.
You should keep in mind that this is a peasantry only barely sane to begin with.
Similar assertions vis a vis male patriarchies are being made about women's pay scales at the BBC in Britain.
The implication is that some arcane international cultural plot is behind an organised policy of misogynistic pay discrimination.
Mr Kevin Myers a contributor to the British based Sunday Times newspaper (owned by Rupert Murdock) has suggested that factors other than discrimination explain the apparent disparities in comparative male female remunerations.
Any of us who have worked in a Western European or American workplace in the last thirty years know that male female pay scales are the same. Such differences as exist occur mainly through statistical anomalies.
For his efforts to broach this subject Mr Myers has been fired from the Sunday Times.
The excuse for firing him was some reference he made in his article to the Jewishness of two BBC presenters which has led to his bosses accusing him of anti Semitism.
Mr Myers in noting the cultural ethnicity of Claudia Winkelman and Vanessa Feltz had added that Jews are not known to undersell their wares.
I don't think his reference was anti Semitic. It was worse. It was unfunny. But hardly a reason to fire him. The reference to the Jewishness of Claudia Winkleman and Vanessa Feltz was a Myers attempt at avant garde roguishness. Sometimes he carries it off. Sometimes it falls flat. I would assert that on the day in question, it was merely a pretext to fire him.
Mr Myers real crime was to question the pieties of modern conflict theory feminism.
Ho hum.
I would counsel Rupert Murdock that firing people in this way is a very unattractive thing to do.
The public won't like it.
And I think his newspaper will suffer for it.
If Mr Murdock really cares about all those newspapers he and his family own, he might like to think about public attitudes to robber barons firing people on a whim.
Truth be told, I'm not that sure that the Murdock family really are all that good at running newspapers and television stations. They're very good at borrowing money from banks to buy newspapers and television stations. That I'll admit. And the banks seem terrified to stop lending to them in case the whole edifice of the Murdock Corporation comes crashing down in a welter of frivolous staff firings and tasteless amoral content. So the banks keep giving them money. You know the old gag. If I owe the bank five thousand quid (and I do) that is a problem for me. If I owe the bank fifty billion quid (as Rupert does) that is a problem for the bank.
But is there any Murdock owned newspaper or television station on the planet earth with a sound business model, I mean an ongoing relationship with customers?
Are any Murdock businesses generating revenue?
Are any in profit?
Have any of them a future?
I don't think they do.
As for my own two cents on the issue which is the real cause of the firing of Mr Myers, ie his questioning of the clapped out feminist conspiracy theory currently being hawked around Ireland and Britain that evil males have for generations maliciously underpaid the unwatchable leg waxing harridans at RTE and the BBC just for a larf...
My views on men and women's pay issues are encapsulated in the brief yet interminable reminiscence below.


It was the dulcet Summer of 2004.
I was having tea with Rowena Baines, the Assistant Editor of the Leinster Leader, a newspaper from which I drew a salary at the time.
Rowena said: "We've handed the pay negotiations over to Rosie Probert and Clotilde Boule."
I was aghast.
"You put those two in charge of the union? Why would you do that? Why would you put two people in charge of the union who can barely pass themselves with the rest of us?"
"Well James they kept bitching about Trevor."
Trevor was Rowena's husband. He had been our union rep for a decade.
My eyes widened.
"Of course they kept bitching about him. They bitch about everybody. So you gave them the union?"
"James you've heard the old phrase: Set a thief to watch the cookie jar. Now we're going to see if it works."
"I've heard the phrase. It's about the most stupid piece of nonsense masquerading as a proverb in the history of stolen cookies. You're all mad. If you put a thief in charge of the cookie jar, you will have no cookies. If you put Rosie and Clotilde in charge of the union we will have no pay rise."
"We're going to find that out James."
"I think I know already."
A few weeks later we met again for lunch.
"How are the pay negotiations going?" I enquired.
"Rosie and Clotilde have finished putting together our claim and they're bringing it to Mr Stewart this evening," answered Rowena.
"Tell me more," quoth I.
"Okay," sez she, "the basis of our claim is that women are paid thirty percent less than men at the Leinster Leader."
There was a pregnant non sexist pause.
"But it's not true," I blurted out finally.
"It's statistically true," said Rowena.
"And how is that supposed to help the five men on the journalistic staff put in for their pay rise?" wondered I.
"The issue is inequity between the rates paid to men and to women..." said Rowena trailing off.
"But women in the Leinster Leader are better paid than the men," I exploded. "The basic pay is the same but most of you have negotiated personal deals that give you more money than most of the guys."
"Statistics show we're thirty percent behind you," insisted Rowena.
I stared at her.
If the honorable people are willing to propagate this stuff, what hope is there for the world.
"The only reason the statistics show a thirty percent disparity between male and female pay rates," I ground out, "is because the Sports Editor has been on the staff thirty years longer than all the rest of us. Phil Throgmore in the Sports Department has had thirty years more service and therefore three decades more bonuses and payrises. He's getting thirty percent more than the women and slightly more than thirty percent more than the men. He's getting paid what he's paid not because of some evil plot by the Freemasons against women and not because he's a man. He's paid what he's paid quite rightly because he's been here thirty full years longer than the rest of us. It's nothing to do with his gender. It's to do with him being here since 1962."
"James the statistics still show what they show. Women at the Leinster Leader are paid thirty percent less than the men."
I leaned across the table in a non threatening non paternalistic cuddly tree hugging hippy dippy new man kind of way.
"Gender politics," I said softly (I really did), "is much too important to use to tell lies."