Archive for October, 2011

A MEANS TO AN END

October 31, 2011

“The sky is falling! You must create a world government made up of enlightened people like me!”
Overpopulation myth

Supposedly today, the seven billionth baby has been born, increasing our world population over that number. As expected the usual suspects are trotting out all the same old overpopulation lines they’ve been using since before the planet had one billion people living on it, warning that we’re doomed soon, very soon, if we don’t do what they command.

And what do they command? Well, as Steven Den Beste notes at Powerline:

…a benevolent world dictatorship of the enlightened elite, and mass transfer of wealth from rich nations to poor nations.

That’s what they want to do about global warming. It’s what they wanted to do about overpopulation. It’s what they wanted to do about endangered species.

Its always the same answer, to every crisis they claim. Always the same basic solution: give me world power to establish a socialist redistribution scheme. Global cooling, starvation, lack of fresh water, acid rain, uneven tire wear, you name it.

One almost gets the impression that the alleged crisis isn’t really the point at all. That it is just a means to an end.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

October 31, 2011

Compare

The Tea Party movement and the #OWS guys have a lot of original complaints and concerns in common. We both are annoyed at bailouts of huge corporations, we both are angry at the way government ignores us, we both are frustrated by cronyism between the mega rich and government, and we both have taken to the streets.

The Tea Party took to the streets in response to the bailouts and stimulus. We’d had enough, after decades of tooth-grinding frustration and anger at the federal government, finally the final straw was reached. The catalyst, the trigger for the Tea Party was CNBC’s Rick Santelli having a rant on TV about abuse of power, government arrogance, and misuse of funds. That set us off.

What I want to know is: what was the trigger for the occupy movement? What set them off? Why at that point did they decide to camp all around America? What was their final straw? Because there was nothing that happened in culture or news to trigger it. So what made this start? And who? Because no one in the news seems to want to ask that.

REFORMATION DAY

October 31, 2011

“How can an unrighteous man be made right with God?”

Today is Reformation Day. This is the day Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the Wittenburg door, consisting primarily of objections to the theology and practice of the Roman Catholic Church. This is the day which the Protestant Reformation – one of the most important and most downplayed movements in human history – took place.

Because of the Protestant Reformation, the Renaissance was able to flower, science, art, industry, and culture was able to grow and move away from the medieval period, and the whole world changed. The Protestant Reformation was primarily focused on a basic dilemma: God is perfect and demands perfect righteousness, and humans are innately sinful. How can this possibly be reconciled?

The reformers studied scripture and understood that this could only happen through the doing and dying of the incarnate Christ, both man and God. By his doing and dying, through his perfect life lived in our place and his sacrificial death for our sins God brings us justice and righteousness through mercy and love. There is no other way.

Oh, yeah, there’s some masquerade going on involving candies and pumpkins too. Maybe during all that you can consider the reformation, too.

WOWPARK

October 31, 2011

“I’ve got the best deals, anywhere!”
-A Goblin Merchant

China isn’t real concerned about copyright laws. Businesses there make knockoffs of products to get rich off established brands, they make pirated copies of entertainment media, and even more blatant, they make entire theme parks out of copyrighted materials.

World of Warcraft is vastly popular in China, with more than half of the eleven million WoW subscriptions coming from that nation. At as much as $14.99 a month, that’s a nice income. To cash in on this interest, China has a whole World of Warcraft and Starcraft amusement park – unlicensed and in violation of copyright, naturally.

Blizzard, the company that puts out these games doesn’t seem terribly upset, as they keep doing special China-only promotions and items put in the game.

Some say that the upcoming Mists of Pandaren expansion is targeted at Chinese customers, with its heavily asian and Panda-based setting.


The park’s decor and themes are clearly ripped off from these two games but some of the imagery is subtly different with a more Chinese cultural feel.

The park is called “Joyland” and it is divided up into “Terrain of Magic” and “Universe of Starship,” which is WoW and Starcraft, respectively.

All these images and the news come from Unreality magazine, which has many more images. China is a “most favored nation” when it comes to US Trade policy.Every president for three decades has maintained this in the face of blatant Chinese hostility and human rights abuses.

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