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Medicare for 50+

with 68 comments

https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2019/02/13/debbie-stabenow-medicare-coverage-michigan/2860052002/

I totally support this.

1. It wouldn’t cost taxpayers any money, because the proposal is that the price would be equal to what it costs the government.

2. Medicare is way better than any Obamacare you can buy, because there’s no massive deductible, and every doctor takes it.

3. It would be optional, so if the price becomes too high, then you could go back and buy the crappy Obamacare insurance, but I doubt very much that it would be a worse deal than Obamacare.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 13, 2019 at EST pm

Governor Northam, not a cuck

with 18 comments

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ralph-northam-interview-virginia-governor-tells-gayle-king-i-definitely-overreacted-initial-apology-2019-02-11/

The governor of Virginia says that there’s no way in hell he’s going to resign because of some free speech from the 1980s, and you SJWs can take your PC bullshit and shove it back up your ass. Also, I take back my apology.

Those aren’t his exact words, but that’s what he meant. To his credit, he’s a lot less cucked than Republicans.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 11, 2019 at EST am

Computer science an increasingly popular major

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The New York Times reports that the number of computer science majors more than doubled between 2013 and 2017.

1. This invalidates the theory of certain blog commenters that everyone goes to college to major in bogus majors like women’s studies (which in reality is an extremely rare major). There is actually widespread, if not universal, acknowledgement by college students that they should be concerned with the marketability of their degree.

2. Perhaps the reason for this sudden increase (which I actually was surprised to learn about) is that the problem of young people getting saddled with student debt but with no corresponding high-paying job is becoming more widely known, and there’s a new rush to major in something practical.

3. The fact that people are going to college for vocational reasons goes completely against the liberal ideal of college as a humanist place where minds are expanded, and you can self-actualize by studying the world’s greatest works of literature, philosophy, etc. What college students really want is to major in something like plumbing or HVAC, but less blue-collar.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 24, 2019 at EST am

Catholic cucks

Notre Dame University is covering up murals depicting Christopher Columbus. Must click on link to see the scope of what they are doing.

Shame on them! This is disgusting. Columbus has always been admired for ushering in a new age of discovery.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 23, 2019 at EST am

Posted in Uncategorized

Who wins the Democratic nomination in 2020

Only a lot of old geezers running. That leaves Beto O’Roarke as the only non-old-geezer.

Could Hillary Clinton return?

The Democratic Party decided to abolish “superdelegates” for 2020.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 31, 2018 at EST am

Posted in Politics, Uncategorized

Star Trek TOS, S02E01: “Who Mourns for Adonais?” part 2

Read part 1 of the review.

I wasn’t expecting to write a part 2 of the review for this episode. But I realize that I failed to address a lot of important points about religion in the Federation.

To start with, the word in the title is “Adonais” and not “Adonis.” Adonis is a hero from ancient Greek myths, so some people think that’s what the title should be and there’s a misspelling. But no, the title is based on the word “Adonai” which is the standard English spelling for the Hebrew word that’s used in the place of God. And then an “s” is added at the end of the word to make it plural.

The episode has a powerful message for the rejection of religion. Kirk gives some great speeches.

No way is Kirk going to worship any gods:

KIRK: What is it you want?
APOLLO: You will worship me, as your fathers did before you.
KIRK: If you want to play god and call yourself Apollo, that’s your business, but you’re no god to us, Mister.
APOLLO: I said you would worship me.
KIRK: And you’ve got a lot to learn!

A miracle, to Kirk, is just a “bag of tricks”:

KIRK: Apollo, we’re willing to talk, but you’ll find we don’t bow to every creature who happens to have a bag of tricks.

And then again:

KIRK: You know nothing about our kind. You know only our remote ancestors who trembled before your tricks. Your tricks don’t frighten us, neither do you. We’ve come a long way in five thousand years.
APOLLO: But you’re of the same nature. I could sweep you out of existence with a wave of my hand and bring you back again. I can give life or death. What else does mankind demand of its gods?

In other words, belief in deities is superstition for our primitive ancestors who lacked the understanding of science, and now mankind has advanced beyond that.

And then, this brings us to the Sentence.

KIRK: Mankind has no need for gods. We find the one quite adequate.

If Kirk had just said “Mankind has no need of gods,” it would have been a powerful renunciation of god-worship.

It makes no sense to believe in monotheism after meeting Apollos. For next week, Kirk may encounter another super-powerful alien on a different planet who pretended to be the Hebrew “god” who sent plagues against the Egyptians and parted the Red Sea. And then a week later, Kirk might meet the alien who pretended to be Jesus.

So who put that second sentence into the screenplay where Kirk, out of the blue, appears to endorse monotheism, going counter to the message of the rest of the episode, and in fact the rest of Star Trek? No one knows for sure. Star Trek historians are certain that the Sentence is not the voice of Gene Roddenberry. It is generally believed that either NBC demanded that the line be inserted because the network censors were worried about the reaction from Christian viewers. Or that the line was inserted preemptively to ward off the network censors from rejecting the entire script.

Some have suggested that the Sentence could mean that monotheism has caused enough problems for mankind, so we certainly don’t need any more gods on top of that.

When Kirk tried to talk Caroline out of being in love with “Apollo,” if mankind of the future believed in Christianity, he could simply remind her of the First Commandment from the Old Testament. “I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”

Instead, Kirk gives a secular humanist speech:

KIRK: Give me your hand. Your hand. (she does) Now feel that. Human flesh against human flesh. We’re the same. We share the same history, the same heritage, the same lives. We’re tied together beyond any untying. Man or woman, it makes no difference. We’re human. We couldn’t escape from each other even if we wanted to. That’s how you do it, Lieutenant. By remembering who and what you are. A bit of flesh and blood afloat in a universe without end. The only thing that’s truly yours is the rest of humanity. That’s where our duty lies. Do you understand me?

Kirk’s final words to Apollo before he disappears forever:

APOLLO: I would have cherished you, cared for you. I would have loved you as a father loves his children. Did I ask so much?
KIRK: We’ve out grown you. You asked for something we could no longer give.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 29, 2018 at EST pm

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Elites hate the white working class

MikeCA writes in a comment:

Oh come on, stop trolling. Elites do not hate working class people.

Here are some comments posted to that NY Times article that would prove MikeCA wrong:

Why save those hotbeds of ignorance, jingoism and bigotry? Not on my dime, thanks.

I really don’t get what it is to about small town America that’s worth saving. They are breeding grounds for some of the most virulent hatred and prejudice there is.

Wait, these are the same people that go to their klan meetings and Trump rallies brimming with fear and bitter anger. The same people that see their childrens’ future in coal mines

White rural America is failing due to innate ignorant enduring mythical stupid bigoted white supremacist Darwinian natural selection meritocracy. White rural Americans are losers in a diverse evolving egalitarian plural secular democratic fair just moral objective world. Other than being white they mostly had and have no real merit for doing anything great and meaningful.

Small town America is the work of evil and the sooner these places turns to dust the better.

I agree with ‘Let It Die’. There isn’t anything of much value to save.

Seriously? These communities do nothing but mock, ridicule, deride and vote against the very areas of the country they are now demanding bail them out from their well earned situations. These communities routinely demand accountability and self-responsibility from every other area of the country, particularly urban city regions. I can’t generate an ounce of sympathy.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 23, 2018 at EST pm

Posted in Proles, Uncategorized

Build the Wall

I’m sick and tired of the Wall not being built. I fully support Trump shutting down the government until Congress funds a lousy $5 billion (out of a $4+ trillion budget) for the Wall.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 17, 2018 at EST am

Andrew Sullivan is on the right track (post-Christian religions)

He writes:

And so the young adherents of the Great Awokening exhibit the zeal of the Great Awakening. Like early modern Christians, they punish heresy by banishing sinners from society or coercing them to public demonstrations of shame, and provide an avenue for redemption in the form of a thorough public confession of sin. “Social justice” theory requires the admission of white privilege in ways that are strikingly like the admission of original sin. A Christian is born again; an activist gets woke.

It’s totally correct that old beliefs in Jesus and the Bible are being replaced by new beliefs that don’t obviously insult anyone who is the least bit literate in science or archaeology or the true history of the ancient world (with the Bible detailing many events for which there is no evidence they actually happened).

But Sullivan fails to mention things like veganism (dietary restriction is an important part of many religious including Judaism, Islam and Hinduism) and climate change (many religions have apocalypticism) which are also post-Christian religious beliefs.

However, Sullivan was smart to point out that “Buddhism’s genius is that it is a religion without God.” I previously wrote in a comment that “Asians came up with [something] better than Monotheism, they came up with Buddhism which is religion without a deity at all!”

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 10, 2018 at EST pm

Posted in Uncategorized

Upcoming Star Trek review

Will review This Side of Paradise from the first season of TOS. Great episode! I highly recommend watching it.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 3, 2018 at EST pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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