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World Population Clock

April 28th, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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How do they actually know all this??? It’s all statistical analysis but it has been proven to be monumentally precise. I’m looking at the births and deaths just today – which is mind-boggling; About 2 births a second and 1 death per second. So if you really look at the big picture….well, we’re individually pretty small and insignificant.

http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/

 

 

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Donald’s Reality

April 24th, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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Trump is a pathological liar – everyone knows this. What’s disconcerting is that he’s not at all subtle about his tall tales. He is so despicably obnoxious and arrogant that he blatantly lies to 100’s of millions of people and he’s completely shameless about it. He truly is in his own little fantasy world – Donald Trump reality. Manboy Lies and doesn’t give a FUCK!!!  Check this list of outrageous fabrications and this is just in 3 months since he became president. https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2017/04/11/daniel-dales-donald-trump-fact-check-updates.html

 

 

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The 70 year –old Man-Boy

April 24th, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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I’ve been saying this (I know, many other people have been too) that our President, Donald J. Trump, is a little boy in a man’s body. He’s still trapped inside that Freudian stage of development where a person thinks he’s the center of the universe. I’m not a parent and I’m certainly not an authority of which, but I’ve blogged about how spoiling a child or allowing a person to have all the toys in the world is BAD for you. Trump is and always has been an over privileged boy who never grew up. To his credit, I certainly admit that he seems to have an excellent work ethic but he also is what I like to call a person who is a connoisseur of vacationing and luxury – always the best for Donald. Btw, sure he shows up to work every day but the – “Populist President” or representative of the people or working class folk is absurd. No, Trump never worked in a coal mine but he condescendingly says he understands them and will save their jobs.

When I was a child, I thought everybody was a Catholic or Christian just like me. I also thought that this country was always right. We’re the good guys and everybody else is “other”. Us against them. Then you learn about the world and you realize that no, not everybody is Christian. Not everyone has the same culture as you have. Not everyone has the same beliefs as you do., etc. In other words, you grow up and become an adult.  Trump sadly never has had this revelation. Trump is a textbook narcissist who pathologically believes he’s entitled to all the money and power the world has to offer including the Presidency of the United States.

So WhaDaYaThink? What do you think? We’ve all witnessed his temper tantrums and his inability to not get rattled by every slight. Just like a little boy.

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Stop!!! Conspiracy Freaks – You’re Making People Crazy!!!

April 18th, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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Yes, the internet today is truly the sum of all information and knowledge but it is also full of bullshit and wacky CONSPIRACY THEORIES.  Alex Jones is the King of conspiracy theories followed by our fearless leader – Donald Trump.

Some crazy examples are: “Flat Earthers”, dinosaur deniers, fake moon landings, our own government was behind 9/11 , alien invasion, The illuminati (who btw, have access to the cure for all cancers, but are keeping it for themselves. Too much $$ to be made here.), climate change deniers, Boston Marathon hoax….the list is seemingly endless. However, the most disturbing conspiracy theory of late is the Newtown, Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting Massacre. Here is a copy and paste from Wikipedia. It’s super sinister:

On December 14, 2012, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occurred. Adam Lanza fatally shot his mother before murdering 20 students and six staff members at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, then committing suicide.[1] A number of fringe figures have promoted conspiracy theories that doubt or dispute what occurred at Sandy Hook. Various conspiracy theorists have claimed, for example, that the massacre was actually orchestrated by the U.S. Government as part of an elaborate plot to promote stricter gun control laws.[2] Other conspiracy theorists, such as Alex Jones, deny that the massacre actually occurred, asserting that it was “completely fake.”[3]

According to Live Science, “No one, regardless of what side of the gun control issue they are on, can deny that guns played a key role in the Sandy Hook killings. So the conspiracy theorists must instead challenge the claim that the attack even occurred. They believe it’s all a hoax to scare people into supporting more gun control and a step toward an outright repeal of the Second Amendment.” They also found that the vast majority of evidence used by conspiracy theorists to support the concept that Sandy Hook was a hoax is contradictory.[17] Snopes.com also debunked several claims of alleged United States government involvement in the shootings.[7]

So WhaDaYaThink? What do you think? I just finished watching a heart-wrenching documentary on Netflix called Newtown and I just finished reading the book ‘Newtown’ by Matthew Lysiak. I’m going to spend some time writing a few blogs about what happened and how the community is dealing with this unspeakable tragedy 4 years later as well as what I learned about the severely mentally – ill  killer , Adam Lanza.

 

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The Agony in The Garden

April 14th, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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Without question, my favorite Bible moment in the Gospels is when Jesus is in The Garden of Gethsemane. I thought this scene (Though the movie ‘Passion…”as a whole failed i.e. too much emphasis on the gratuitous violence visuals – like 90% of the film) was absolutely beautifully, powerfully, and poignantly depicted.  This is the Jesus I hold near and dear to my heart because you see and viscerally feel the HUMAN Jesus – scared, confused, and uncertain – like us, mere mortals. I’m moved more by the human (perhaps even flawed) side not the supernatural stuff i.e. miracles, etc.

So WhaDaYaThink? What do you think? My second favorite moment is when Jesus is dying on the cross and he says “My Father, My Father, why have you forsaken me?”

Here’s a clip…the soundtrack makes it ever so awesome. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsHH0HYgmSs

 

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Myth: Separation of Chuch and State

April 14th, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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Wow – I’ve been citing “separation of church and state” from the Constitution ever since I can remember and the fact of the matter is it’s not worded that way. I was wrong all this time. The first Amendment simply states Freedom of Religion and there is an establishment clause that says that government shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion. So it’s not necessarily anti-religion, rather it’s the government not sponsoring any “one type” of religion. INTERESTING!

Now considering myself a Universalist and no longer an Atheist or just a Christian for that matter, I feel better about our founding fathers. When I was in “atheist mode” I used to always pontificate about how the old-time framers of the Constitution were all really atheists. In fact, the opposite was probably true – they were believers of a sort. Check out this quote “A union of government and religion tends to destroy government and DEGRADE religion.

So WhaDaYaThink? What do you think ? I’m definitely not married to my positions, thoughts, beliefs, opinions, etc. I’d like to think of myself as an extremely open minded person weighing all the best evidence no matter where it leads. And true, though I was quite the strident atheist for some time, I now view the new atheists as quite frankly –ARROGANT and self-righteous in their own intellectually snobbery way! Arrogant in fact to a degree of a ranting and raving lunatic theologian. The truth is NOBODY knows – not the pope, not the new atheists, not Richard Dawkins, not Charles Darwin – NOBODY!!! Yes we now have quantum mechanics, string theory, Higgs Bosom and other science, but we still know virtually nothing about what consciousness is. That obviously leaves room for speculation about whether or not some sort of awareness survives the death of the physical body. I hope so anyway (but only if there’s no such thing as hell – lol. That scares the crap out of me. Those fucken nuns and priests ruined my life! They drilled that fiery hell stuff into my undeveloped child-brain and I STILL – at the age of 53 am terrified of eternal damnation. Don’t you think preaching eternal fiery hell to a child is tantamount to child abuse?)

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Can Trump Actually be Another Hitler ???

April 14th, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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Yesterday, I had a conversation with a very bright young man (pursuing his Ph.D. in Chemistry with a minor in German History, especially WWII, at Brown University) and I asked him pointedly if the Trump comparisons to Hitler were fair or just overblown rhetoric. He stated that not only were the similarities spot on, but the demagoguery is carbon copy. The good news is that for Trump to actually become a “Hitler-type” genocidal maniac would be virtually impossible for these reasons: 1. Though flawed, this country truly is a liberal democracy with all the checks and balances in place (congress, judiciary, media, etc.) 2. The U.S. is basically just too divided for him to pull off some sort of crazy majority rule. 3. Although many think that our economy is bad, Germany’s economy was unfathomably far worse (because instead of rebuilding Germany after WWI, we forced them to pay back reparations).  4. Trump would have to abolish the entire Constitution and establish a dictatorship, which is just not going to happen today in the United States – 2017. But having said that here is an uncanny laundry list of parallels:

1.     Both Trump, now, and Hitler, in the 1930’s, were viewed by most of the world as cartoonish caricatures of buffoonery. Nobody initially took Hitler seriously.  Remember Charlie Chaplain played Hitler in the satirical film ‘The Great Dictator’.  And well we now have SNL’s Alec Baldwin’s Trump impression… German historians still marvel at how Germany could have fallen for such a foolish man with a funny mustache. And we…well

2.     Both have their scapegoats: Hitler – Jews and communists and Trump – Mexicans and Muslims.

3.     Both EXTREME Nationalists i.e. Hitler – restore Germany to its prior greatness and Trump’s “Make America Great Again.’

4.     Both monomaniacally petty and vindictive.

5.     Both obsessed more with perception as opposed to facts and reality. Propaganda and lies are & were essential.

6.     Delusions of grandeur. Hitler believed as Trump now believes that they are the only human beings on the planet who could and would be able to “fix things. “Both demonize[d] “others” i.e. immigrants. (Exception for Trump is beautiful leggy East European super-models).

7.     Both obscenely vain, selfish, self-involved, and narcissistic.

8.     Both pursue[d] their twisted agenda even if it means/meant total self-destruction to themselves and to the nation as a whole.

9.     Both love[d] the maniacal adulation of the fanatics.

So there you go – 9 compelling similarities (I could probably think of more). One may ask – do you think Trump is actually genocidal and homicidal? My personal opinion is that if he’s confronted with an EXTREME situation (say a 9/11 event), I think he’s capable of unspeakable behavior and yes, atrocities.  WhaDaYaThink? What do you think? I pray for impeachment asap.

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Our Fearless Leader

April 12th, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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Everyone knows (especially if you pull the transcripts from his rallies) that President Trump’s command of the English language is at a “tremendously” impoverished level (Can you imagine the profound intellectual conversations he has with Melania?)  I just pulled this off twitter:

New studies show that Trump’s depth and breadth of vocabulary knowledge and reading comprehension is below that of a 6th grader.

 

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POTUS is a Carnival Barker – Sit Back and Enjoy the Freak Show

April 9th, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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I was listening to a Sam Harris podcast and he said something that is probably the absolute truth. Paraphrase – “If Trump were perhaps  1/10 as bad as he really is, we the people would simply not tolerate it and he would be impeached. The reasoning behind a statement like this is that anyone of his ridiculous remarks would be nakedly conspicuous if he weren’t in reality 10 TIMES crazier, obscenely incompetent, out of touch with reality and just clearly severely mentally ill. The public now it seems has literally become jaded with his lies, clownish bluster, and empty vacuous remarks. For example he basically recently stated that if China doesn’t do anything about N.Korea, we the United States will take care of it i.e. declare war against them. But, because Trump is such a delusional imbecile, nobody really takes what he says seriously because everything that comes out of his mouth is nonsensical drivel. As Sam Harris says everything that comes out of his stupid mouth is just a “blizzard of inanity”.  The POTUS is literally a joke.

Just think about it – The President of the United States talks about using nuclear weapons against a nation state in the same breath as when he’s criticizing Meryl Streep or Snoop Dog or the fact that Arnold Schwarzenegger has low ratings on The Apprentice. But, the theory goes, because he’s consistently bonkers it’s all par for the course. What an absolute embarrassment. WhaDaYaThink? What do you think?

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Splitting the Atom

April 9th, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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This is one of the most haunting clips I’ve ever seen. Oppenheimer, head of the Manhattan Project and the making of the atom bomb. “I am become death, the destroyer of worlds”. When I saw this clip I couldn’t help but think about our current situation and AGI. Unintended consequences of progress. It’s not exactly the same (we knew what we were doing…it was a race – a necessary evil. We thought the Nazis were much further along, but the absolute malevolence of Man)

This is an absolutely must-see clip:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lb13ynu3Iac

The absolute sadness and regret of it all!

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