Science! Strikes Again: Saving the Theory from the Data

Now, they could take the model and try changing it so that it actually reflects what is there, and run it again…..

Yard Sale of the Mind

An amusing headline: For 35 years, the Pacific Ocean has largely spared West’s mountain snow from effects of global warming. A “study” by “scientists” is used to explain what, in a saner world, might simply be stated as follows: “Western mountain snowpack shows no evidence of global warming over the the last 35 years.”

In the article, we learn that models predict that snowpack in Washington’s portion of the Cascade Range, for example, should have fallen by 2% – 44% over the the last 35 years, but in fact have shown no significant decline. Now a crass, narrow-minded person, clearly not in the cool kids club, might leap to the conclusion that the data here contradicts the model, therefore – you’re sitting down, right? – the model is wrong. The whole purpose and entire source of validation for a model is predictions. You build a model hoping to capture some…

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CNN Willing To Target Troops In War Zone

for abuse of rules.

Because some of them brought MAGA hats for Trump to sign. On Christmas.

Which CNN wants to declare to be political activity in uniform.

Junk like this is why we haven’t had even a pro-life bumper sticker on any of our vehicles in over a decade, even when those on the left had cars that looked like rolling campaign ads. Because they will abuse the rules to get you, and being right doesn’t do you any good if you’re fired.

(The troops are probably safe because there’s no photo of any of them wearing the hats.)

TAC: Messianic Prophecies: Genesis 49: 8-11

Continuing our Advent look at Messianic prophecies, a series which we began in Advent 2011 and continued in 2102, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, the earlier posts of the series may be read here, herehere, herehere,  here, hereherehereherehereherehere , hereherehere , here,   here, here herehere, here ,  here, here herehere ,   here,  here  , here, ,  here   and here , we come to Genesis 49: 8-11:

Go read it here.

Bumpersticker Theology

1 THESSALONIANS
Chapter 5

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We urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, cheer the fainthearted, support the weak, be patient with all.
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See that no one returns evil for evil; rather, always seek what is good [both] for each other and for all.g
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Rejoice always.
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Pray without ceasing.
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In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.h
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* Do not quench the Spirit.
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Do not despise prophetic utterances.
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Test everything; retain what is good.
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Refrain from every kind of evil.

…I have a big bumper.

How Not To Do Outreach

Listening to Called to Communion.

The November 19th, 2018 one, about 20 minutes in with Mathew from Oregon.

It’s kind of painful, because he obviously cares deeply– but he doesn’t understand.  Which makes it very, very hard to reach out to someone who doesn’t already agree, or doesn’t deeply trust you, specifically, in your judgment.

Since he doesn’t understand, when the hosts try to figure out where he’s coming from, and thus be able to give an answer that is true and satisfying– he gets upset.

The REAL Tower of Guard

Too cool!

A Song of Joy by Caroline Furlong

Upon seeing a photo of this iconic island with the tide out, my first thought was, “Holy cow – that looks like Minas Tirith!”

My second was, “Where is this place and what is it called?”

This is Mont-Saint-Michel, a mountain church and fortification turned monastery turned tourist attraction. It is in Normandy, France, and it could serve as a dead ringer at low tide for Tolkien’s fictional Minas Tirith (the Tower of Guard), formerly Minas Anor, the Tower of the Sun.

Could this have been the inspiration for the capital of the Gondorin? So far as I know from studying Tolkien and his magnum opus the answer is no, it isn’t. But it is fascinating to think that it might be. Learn more about Mont-Saint-Michel below, readers!

mont saint michel

Interesting facts about Mont Saint-Michel

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. It is located about 1 kilometer

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