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Elijah’s Babylon and a Pre-school in California

Well, of course it is:

Elijah told the Sunday Times newspaper: “Clearly something major was going on in Hollywood. It was all organised. There are a lot of vipers in this industry, people who only have their own interests in mind. There is darkness in the underbelly – if you can imagine it, it’s probably happened.”

Elijah added that abuse victims cannot speak loudly enough to have their voices heard amid the glitz and glamour of Hollywood.

However, he remains grateful to his own mother for ensuring he was protected from sinister characters during his early years in the movie business.

He said: “She was far more concerned with raising me to be a good human than facilitating my career.”

Elijah’s claims echo those made previously by ‘Stand by Me’ star Corey Feldman, who argued in his autobiography ‘Coreyography: A Memoir’ that child abuse was rife in Hollywood.

You know I’ve not done a post on this sort of thing for a long time.…

The single greatest obstacle [2]

In Part one, the thing which really astounds in the real and extant danger facing us is the utter lack of political will outside the blogosphere and one or two within the MSM, e.g. Delingpole.

In Germany, at least they’re demonstrating in the streets and yet Merkel sets her flint-like heart against what is so bloody clear and obvious in the land. Over here, the anti-migrant feeling is also powerful and yet if the polls are to be believed, which they can’t be, there is a substantial number who don’t see any issue whatever with what is going on.

It’s all ISIS’s fault, they’re everywhere apparently. Muslims themselves are fine, say the women, as yet another girl is brutalized by random Moroccans. Astounding that women and male leftists are taking this line.

There was a headline on Friday about many Labour voters defying Corbyn and voting Brexit. Now I’m not suggesting the Muslim problem will stop as a result but it’s certainly a start, to get the EU off our backs.…

The Pope? How many divisions has he got?

Choosing his words carefully, Pope Francis recognized that the idea of conquest is integral to Islam as a religion, though he was quick to add that some might interpret Christianity in the same way.

In an extensive interview with the French Catholic daily La Croix published Tuesday, the Pope offered his thoughts on a number of issues ranging from French secularism to immigration to Islam.

Rocket retrieval v soul retrieval

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launches the JCSAT-14 communications satellite at Cape Canaveral, Fla, early Friday, May 6, 2016. The Falcon 9 first stage also landed on a droneship while the second stage continued on, delivering the spacecraft to a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit. (SpaceX via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launches the JCSAT-14 communications satellite at Cape Canaveral, Fla, early Friday, May 6, 2016. The Falcon 9 first stage also landed on a droneship while the second stage continued on, delivering the spacecraft to a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit. (SpaceX via AP)


 
Update: Despite the low odds of success the Falcon 9 rocket stuck its landing on an automated drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. Rockets landing at sea are now a thing, apparently.…

Professional corner cutting

Professional corner-cutting
by havoc

Steve Jobs famously cared about the unseen backs of cabinets. Antique furniture built with hand tools isn’t like that at all. Cabinetmakers made each part to the tolerance that mattered. The invisible parts were left rough, with plane and saw marks, to save time. The visible parts, however, were cleaned up and polished. Some surfaces were made precisely straight and square, for structural reasons; while nonstructural surfaces were only straight enough to look good to the eye.

Think about an apprentice in an old cabinet shop. An apprentice painstakingly smoothing an invisible surface would be yelled at for wasting time. An apprentice failing to smooth a visible surface would be yelled at for producing crappy work. To become a professional, the apprentice learned to work efficiently but still do a good job. Crucially, a “good job” was defined in terms of customer concerns. [1]

Cabinetmakers were focused on what their customers cared about.…

Charity begins at home

This is written by a Catholic, albeit not the type he describes here:

A pithy quote from Oswald Spengler that Christianity is the grandmother of Bolshevism and the case is settled. 

In fact, he’s more a type, the numbers in society of whom I’m not sure, who are vaguely for free enterprise, the rule of law, sanity in public life, ethics and a certain integrity in dealings with others. Plus leaving others alone to live their lives.

We, demanding these things in our officials, are actually miserable sinners ourselves, with chequered pasts, chequered but still adhering to some sort of general sense of sanity and fair play – that’s the only way I can describe it.  And in our eyes, no human being is beyond criticism.…

Palestine in the 1800s

9,000 Photos from Palestine in 1800’s – with no trace of Muslims or mosques

Félix Bonfils (1831-1885) was French photographer and writer who was active in the Middle East. Four years after his arrival he reported 15,000 prints of Egypt, Palestine, Syria, and Greece, and 9,000 stereoscopic-views. He traveled to the region several times and we hear of no mass population of Palestinians, which contradicts everything the Palestinians lie about to the world.

Ken Ham’s Ark

Oh I do like this one, via Chuckles, who headed it: “James at Work”:

Ark-Building Creationist Explains Why It Was Totally Cool

Yo, c’mon you Creationists, ra, ra, ra. Huffington Post, home of the godless and leftist:

Ken Ham, the creationist behind the giant Noah’s Ark replica nearing completion in Kentucky, received some pointed questions on Twitter from those who have a problem with the central message in the biblical story. 

Ken Ham?  Excellent name, excellent.  Naturally, the narrow-minded Huffposters who believe in nothing beyond their eyes see all sorts of nefarious doings in this on the part of God and they’ll find the kookiest individuals who claim to be Christian and make fun of them, just as the left does with the GOP RINOs who are not real conservatives.…

Palmyra

palmyra arch

There’s this thing you could call white noise, it gets in the way of understanding and comes down to unfounded prejudice.  Prejudice can be well founded, it can also be irrational.

The rejection of god is not irrational, though I believe it’s wrong. It comes down, not to facts and figures but to evidence and faith. That’s not what I’m referring to in this post.…

Started well, went downhill from there …

Mixed Sunday – good a.m. with friends from Oz on Twitter and the football. Turned to the Beeb and more good news:

boaty mcbf

Boaty McBoatface has become the overwhelming choice in a public vote to name a £200m polar research ship.

The name, suggested by former BBC Radio Jersey presenter James Hand, went viral, crashing the Natural Environment Research Council (Nerc) website.

Boaty McBoatface was the runaway winner with 124,109 votes. The second most popular choice, Poppy-Mai, had 34,245.

Scientism

It was either another post or some music. Let’s have the post now and the music tomorrow morning.

In 1932, the Dutch astronomer Jan Oort tallied the stars in the Milky Way and found that they came up short. Judging by the way the stars bob up and down like horses on a carousel as they go around the plane of the galaxy, Oort calculated that there ought to be twice as much matter gravitationally propelling them as he could see.

He postulated the presence of hidden “dark matter” to make up the difference and surmised that it must be concentrated in a disk to explain the stars’ motions.

But credit for the discovery of dark matter—the invisible, unidentified stuff that comprises five-sixths of the universe’s mass—usually goes to the Swiss-American astronomer Fritz Zwicky, who inferred its existence from the relative motions of galaxies in 1933. Oort is passed over on the grounds that he was trailing a false clue.

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