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Darwin himself insisted that “nothing can be effected” by natural selection “unless favorable variations occur.” Or as Swedish evolutionary biologist Soren Lovtrup succinctly explains: “Without variation, no selection; without selection, no evolution. This assertion is based on logic of the simplest kind….Selection pressure as an evolutionary agent becomes void of sense unless the availability of the proper mutations is assumed.” Yet the “proper” kinds of mutations—the mutations that produce favorable changes to early-acting, body-plan-shaping, regulatory genes—do not occur.

Microevolutionary change is insufficient; macromutations—large-scale changes—are harmful. This paradox has beset Darwinism from its inception, but discoveries about the genetic regulation of development in animals have made this paradox more acute and cast serious doubt on the efficacy of the modern neo-Darwinian mechanism as an explanation for the new body plans that arise in the Cambrian period. (264)

Stephen C. Meyer in Darwin’s Doubt

"Yet the ‘proper’ kinds of mutations—the mutations that produce favorable changes to early-acting, body-plan-shaping, regulatory genes—do not occur.

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Cakes have gotten a bad rap. People equate virtue with turning down dessert. There is always one person at the table who holds up her hand when I serve the cake. No, really, I couldn’t she says, and then gives her flat stomach a conspiratorial little pat. Everyone who is pressing a fork into that first tender layer looks at the person who declined the plate, and they all think, That person is better than I am. That person has discipline. But that isn’t a person with discipline; that is a person who has completely lost touch with joy. A slice of cake never made anybody fat. You don’t eat the whole cake. You don’t eat a cake every day of your life. You take the cake when it is offered because the cake is delicious. You have a slice of cake and what it reminds you of is someplace that’s safe, uncomplicated, without stress. A cake is a party, a birthday, a wedding. A cake is what’s served on the happiest days of your life. This is a story of how my life was saved by cake, so, of course, if sides are to be taken, I will always take the side of cake.

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Income Inequality Institute Will Pay Paul Krugman $25,000 Per Month

As James Taranto quips"Yes, it turns out lamenting income inequality can be quite a lucrative occupation."

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posted 4 / 17 / 2014
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You won't believe how the EEOC tried to prove racial bias.

What do you expect from an administration that sees racism underpinning everything? When all you’ve got is a hammer, everything looks like a nail….

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The hacked toilet’s lid could be opened and closed remotely, or its bidet function suddenly turned on, leading to “discomfort or distress to user.” The unsecure refrigerator allows hackers into the same network as a person’s computer, which they used to send spam. Even a poorly secured internet-connected HVAC system can lead to disaster—that was the portal through which hackers gained access to tons of customer data at Target.

These are the kinds of vulnerabilities opened up by the Internet of Things. There are currently more than 10 billion internet-connected devices, and that number will only rise as more connected appliances, fitness trackers, and other devices enter the market. And anything that is connected can also be hacked. During a two-week long stretch at the end of December and the beginning of January, hackers tapped into smart TVs, at least one refrigerator, and routers to send out spam. That two-week long attack is considered one of the first Internet of Things hacks, and it’s a sign of things to come.

Now That Everything Is Connected, Everything Will Get Hacked

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Heh. Pretty much.

Heh. Pretty much.

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All it takes to write a pop song is 4 chords. This is pretty good.

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hipsterlibertarian:

This is so corny. It cracks me up.

Ha!

hipsterlibertarian:

This is so corny. It cracks me up.

Ha!

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Are Christians in America Persecuted?

woody:

The short answer is “Yes, all the time.”

The not as short answer is: “Yes, Christians in America are persecuted, but not as frequently, consistently, or with nearly the intensity that Christians are persecuted in many other parts of the world.”

For a longer answer, keep reading.

This paper is deeply flawed - no where in this report on American Christian persecution does it mention that 80% of americans self identify as believing in Abrahams god, nor does it mention that the single most unelectable belief structure in the USA is atheism.

It also tries to use the “biblical” definition of persecution - not a REAL definition of persecution, as in, trying to say “well the bible says we will be persecuted!” is silly. Lets talk about real world examples here, and real world meaning of the word “persecuted” - and btw, if Christians are so persecuted, why does every single major member of the US government publicly pronounce to be christian? why is god on our money, in our pledge of allegiance, in our national anthem, etc, etc, etc (none of these inconvenient truths are mentioned).

I’m curious why you think it odd that Christians would define persecution by what the Bible says. How would you define it? I’m guessing you would define it along the lines of what DeYoung describes as martyrdom.

As to your second point, everything you described is simply a veneer of Christianity, the vestiges of a Christianity-influenced heritage of a culture that is very clearly post-Christian. You really think that because our money says “In God We Trust” that this actually means American contemporary culture isn’t hostile to Christianity? It’s like seeing the homeless guy in a tattered Armani suit but whose shoes still have a slight gleam in them: “Look at that shine! He must be wealthy!”

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If John 15:20 is true, and 2 Timothy 3:13 is true, and the expectation of the entire New Testament is true, then no amount of PR work is going to rescue the church from being thought by some as backwards and bigoted. Where in the gospels did Jesus promise that the world would love us if we just kept our heads down and tried to be good neighbors? Where in Revelation is war with the dragon presented as anyone’s fault but the dragon’s? I know many outsiders think of the church as being very “unchristian” and evangelicals as being political operatives for the Republican Party. So let’s have the humility to see if we are as obnoxious and unintelligent as many people surmise. But let’s not assume that bad press with the world means we’ve done wrong by God. This is Holy Week after all, where Jesus was hated by the crowd and abandoned by his own disciples.
Kevin DeYoung - “Are Christians In America Persecuted?”
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Are Christians in America Persecuted?

The short answer is “Yes, all the time.”

The not as short answer is: “Yes, Christians in America are persecuted, but not as frequently, consistently, or with nearly the intensity that Christians are persecuted in many other parts of the world.”

For a longer answer, keep reading.

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Edward Snowden thinks of himself as a cyber-age guerrilla warrior, but in reality he is a self-publicizing narcissist. He did not find or expose anything illegal, nor did he exhaust all legal and constitutional options to express his reservations about the intelligence and security services. He did not attempt to limit any potential damage in making his point. He did not show that any agency activities were unreasonable in law. Let us not imbue his cowardice with higher motives. Let us not confuse his egotism with public service. Let’s not call his treachery by lesser terms. Let us be clear about the intent and impact of his actions. Let us be clear to the American people and their allies about the threats they now face from enemies inside and out, terrorist and criminal. For once, let’s say what we mean. Let us call treason by its name.

Liam Fox: “Snowden and his Accomplices”

This editorial is Exhibit A of a circle-the-wagons, defend the establishment, assuming-what-you’re-trying-to-prove argument in defense of a government so drunk on power it can’t distinguish between terrorists and the very citizens its tasked with protecting. The threats to our liberties imposed by our own government are far more imminent than any existential terrorist threat out there.

We need true conservatives (and true classical liberals) who are willing to reduce the size, scope, power, and authority of government in our lives. The biggest problem with our government isn’t that they have spied on us; it’s that they are even capable of it to begin with.

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