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Quote# 136809

Of course I understand what you are saying, but can you not discern a potential difference between physical determinism, defined entirely by the aimless nature of scientific laws and material properties, and non-physical determinism which is driven by something outside nature and is not constrained by the uncontrollable forces of nature.

The enormous creative potential within every human being offers ample evidence that the driving forces behind this potential come from a source which is not restricted to the outcome of the aimless uncontrollable forces of nature.

Alan Burns, Religion and Ethics 0 Comments [2/23/2018 12:52:10 PM]
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Submitted By: NearlySane

Quote# 136782

I can't help thinking about it when the gay community keep whinging for "equal rights". They don't want equal rights, they already have them. What they really want is to get their perversions legalized.

Mark, Patheos 21 Comments [2/22/2018 7:45:28 PM]
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Submitted By: Christopher

Quote# 136839

Honestly this is why Incels ascend in studies. They NEED to force themselves to be good in academics if they want anything in life. Chad never has to because he'll be naturally okay and do decently. Incels who get the same grades as Chad in uni are probably much more likely to be better in their field (unless it's a social field).

Poor iqcels though.

ropecel, incels.me 12 Comments [2/22/2018 1:03:45 PM]
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Submitted By: Katie

Quote# 136831

Why do you boast in evil, O mighty men. The goodness of the LORD endures forever. But your tongues devise destruction, like a sharp razor, working deceitfully. You love EVIL more than good, lying rather than speaking righteousness. You love all devouring words, you and your deceitful tongue. GOD WILL LIKEWISE DESTROY YOU FOREVER; HE shall take you away and pluck you out of your dwelling place, and uproot you from the land of the living. The righteous also shall see and fear, and shall laugh at him saying, "here is the men who did not make GOD their strength, but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened themselves in their wickedness". But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the MERCY of GOD forever and ever. I will praise You forever , because YOU HAVE DONE IT; and in the presence of Your saints I will wait on YOUR NAME, for it is good. PSALM 52 The FOOL has said in his heart "There is no God" You have deceived yourselves. It is not too late to turn from this wickedness. Repent and turn to the Lord. He is FULL of mercy and forgiveness. You are resisting HIM! Think of righteousness, compassion, peace, joy and love. Call upon His name while it is still called " Today". DO NOT continue to harden you heart. Think of ETERNITY. You KNOW how this ends. DO NOT REGRET THIS FOREVER...."weeping and gnashing of teeth"

BannerOfTruth, /r/greatawakening 11 Comments [2/22/2018 10:36:36 AM]
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Submitted By: pyro

Quote# 136827

US State dept. bullying of Eastern Europeans – particularly compliant, obedient ones like Estonians and Latvians – was commonplace during the Bush and Obama regimes. They pushed homosexuality, diversity, tolerance — all the usual stuff. This included upbraiding the natives for not being nice enough to the Russians who invaded them in the 40s.

The US embassy even went to the trouble of helping organize gay pride marches in these countries.

Also, ambassadors typically hailed from a particular ethnic group that doesn’t happen to like Eastern Europeans very much. It’s pretty amazing the amount of abuse these people put up with from State, but perhaps that’s the point of power: you use it when and where you can.

Bill P, Unz 8 Comments [2/21/2018 7:20:38 PM]
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Quote# 136826

I was alerted to a potential bombshell in the de Jesus Cruz shooting story by Ricky Vaughn’s Gab feed (@Ricky_Vaughn99). David Hogg, one of the self-proclaimed survivors who made an infamous tape while hiding out in a closet during the shooting, may have been caught lying on tape.

The media is telling us David Hogg interviewed his classmate in a closet DURING the shooting. In this video, he clearly states the time as 9:30 A.M.


But, as the timeline from the Sheriff’s office shows, the shooting did not start until 2:21 P.M.


What the hell is going on here? These student activists are LYING to us.


Folks, I have archived the video, so they cannot get away with this.

We need the truth, the public deserves to hear the truth.


I am NOT saying this is a false flag. I am NOT saying that these are crisis actors.

I am saying that these student shitlib activists are LYING to us, and we need answers. The public deserves to know, just what the hell is going on?


Here’s what I think happened: They had a drill that morning in order to scare kids into gun control. During the drill, they made these videos.

Then, that afternoon, there was an actual shooter.

They lied and said, “we made these videos during the shooting.”

First of all, why did they lie to us?

Second of all, were FBI agents online posing as Siegetards and goading this idiot, Cruz, into doing a school shooting that afternoon?

That way, they would have all the video and students who were anti-gun activists and media-trained all ready to roll for their massive anti-gun psy-op.

David Hogg, who is the face of this group of charlatans posing as “concerned activists,” is the son of a prominent FBI agent. What the hell is going on here, folks?

If true, this whole post-shooting “march against guns” activist movement is a HUGE chaimstream media-driven hoax, probably financed by that agent of Satan himself, George Soros.

More suspicious details about David Hogg that lend credence to the claim he’s a hired crisis actor tasked with pushing a major social movement to repeal the 2nd Amendment:

Hogg works for John Podesta’s Center for American Progress
From that same link, an antifa member claims Hogg didn’t go to Parkland HS; he went to school with him at Redondo Shores HS in California
Hogg really is the son of an FBI agent

Most hilariously, Hogg is seen feeding shitlib boilerplate scripted lines to a “schoolmate” in a video “interview” he supposedly shot “during” the Cruz shooting.


The whole hacktivist clown show has the feel of a top-down, rather than bottom-up, managed movement. A BIG LIE. Who’s behind the scenes, funding and directing the show? (((Curiouser and curiouser))).

Crisis actors and false narratives. It’s not like the Degenerate Leftoid Mob doesn’t have experience recruiting kids to tell whoppers. Turning out an army of child soldiers to shill for the cause du jour is the Left’s specialty.

America is drowning in lies. This age of chaos and spiraling decline will end, but not before the globohomos have tried every gaslighting weapon at their disposal. When the truth outs, the rats scurrying for cover will be a marvel to behold.

CH, Chateau Heartiste 18 Comments [2/21/2018 7:20:16 PM]
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Quote# 136825

Lady Checkmate's headline: "Trump Derangement Syndrome: An American Epidemic"

(Note: no actual story follows, despite this being called "News Network" - only a YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iD0CYKK_mMo)

I wasn't going to watch this but based on the comment below I glad I did. She's funny and cool

Lady Checkmate:
LOL...I LOVED this video :)!!

Conservatively Unambiguous:
I'm crying

Lady Checkmate:
Hilarious, isn't it??

Lady Checkmate, Disqus - News Network 13 Comments [2/21/2018 7:20:09 PM]
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Submitted By: Jocasta

Quote# 136824

Gay Mulatto used to say after a school shooting that “this just doesn’t happen in other countries”. Various leftoid media outfits picked up on it and the like-minded chaimchorus kicked into action, singsonging the Big Lie that mass shootings are a peculiarly America phenomenon. After the de Jesus Cruz shooting, NPR apparatchiks slipped into hysteria, challenging guests who were insufficiently anti-2nd Amendment with references to “this one study, and so many other studies if we had the time to cite them, that proves mass shootings only happen in America”.

Lies lies lies lies lies…all in service to the ultimate goal of disarming law-abiding White Gentiles who are the ONLY group in America capable of organized revolution against the globohomos.

John Lott already researched this issue, and concluded that the US, on a per capita basis, falls in the middle of the mass shooting pack when compared to European nations. Remarkable, considering that most European countries are….wait for it…”gun-free zones”.

The US is NOT uniquely violent in the world. Shitlibs are lying through their teefs.

The Leftoid Lie is even more pronounced when one controls for race. Nearly half of the mass shootings in the US between 1982 and 2017 were perpetrated by nonWhites, (and this number could go higher if we account for the disproportionate number of mischling mass shooters), which means that the native White mass shooting rate compares even more favorably to the mass shooting rates in European countries most of which are still predominately White populations.

So the next time one of these anti-White bigot haters sheds a Fake Tear…

…for the chillun, just remember that Chicago has had 60 murders by gunshot in 2018 to date, almost all of them the result of black-on-black or black-on-nonblack violence. Where are the Fake Soros-Funded Marches against the 2nd Amendment for all of those Chicongo murders?

America doesn’t have a gun problem; America has a n[REDACTED BY GOVERNING AUTHORITIES] problem. We need n[REDACTED BY GOVERNING AUTHORITIES] control, not gun control.

But this is a raw uncut truth that doublespeaking shitlibs…

…would rather hide from the public because it undermines their Get Whitey Narrative.

A conspiracist book written in 1991 by a former Naval Intelligence member gets much closer than the Gaystream Media to the truth behind the leftoid push for national gun control:

So far, the White middle class has held strong in defense of 2A. But the anti-Whites have turned up the heat following Parkland High, and the puppeteers and their puppets spy an opening to take on lawful gun ownership and mold the nation in their vision: an unarmed impotent babel of squabbling tribes rules over by a gated community elite.

CH, Chateau Heartiste 18 Comments [2/21/2018 7:20:01 PM]
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Quote# 136821

This is just sick and shows how far down we have fallen. We still have a way to go before we hit bottom.

Transgender issue is a weapon to change society norms and enact legislation facilitating LGBT access to potential sex partners, especially the mainstreaming of pedophilia and enabling sexual predators

The end result will be a NAMBLA pedo engaging in a homosexual “ relationship” with your 12 year old child and when you try to intervene YOU are the one that gets arrested and drug through a court system hostile to you and allied with the Pedos ( who will no longer be pedophiles, they will be lionized members of society exercising their basic human right to engage in beautiful, meaningful sexual relationships with your pre teen children)

We are almost there. A strong argument could be made that we already are there

rdcbn, Free Republic 15 Comments [2/21/2018 7:19:27 PM]
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Submitted By: Katie

Quote# 136817

While imprisoned due to the Chinese Communist Party’s persecution of Falun Dafa, I saw a frightening scene. The shocking vision sent me a clear message: only when we meet the required standards of a cultivator can we reach Consummation. I saw scenes in another dimension a little after midnight on December 31, 2007. Many people were gathered in a wide, open square. They were waiting for something. Some held flowers, some looked around, some were in deep thought, and some were discussing among themselves. A line of sapphire-colored buses was waiting outside the square. Each of the golden-colored seats had a big red number on the back.

Soon, those gathered in the square moved to open a path. Out walked Dafa practitioners who had reached the standards for the Fa-rectification period. They wore golden clothes with a number on the back. Each practitioner was young, beautiful, calm, and radiant. They walked to the coaches and took their respective seats. Practitioners who hadn't done well the three things and hadn't cultivated to the required standards also walked toward the coaches. However, an invisible line stopped them. When they got closer, the line gave out dazzling light. A stereo voice from another dimension called out: “He has not reached the standards of a Fa-rectification period Dafa disciple. He has deceived the Lord and failed to fulfill his oath. He has not fulfilled his responsibility and mission to save sentient beings. Drag him out.”

Four Fa-guardian gods immediately came to the practitioner. Two pulled him by the arms and two by his legs to throw him back into the crowd. Those practitioners who were thrown out got up and ran toward the buses again. They were thrown back again. After several attempts, they gave up. They knelt and wailed with desperation. Some kept kowtowing until blood dripped down their faces. “Master, please give me another chance,” they begged, “Please give me another chance. I will do well this time for sure...” One practitioner kept pulling out her hair while knocking her head on the ground, “Master, I am not worth your care. You have given me so many opportunities, but I missed all of them. Why am I so hopeless...”

People surrounding them also ridiculed and looked down on them. This scene told me that cultivation is a very serious matter and that we must treat it seriously. There is a standard for Dafa disciples that applies to every practitioner when the cultivation period ends. In this last opportunity for cultivation, we practitioners must be diligent.

Unknown author, Minghui 3 Comments [2/21/2018 7:19:11 PM]
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Submitted By: Katie

Quote# 136813

I read today in the news[1] that singer Taylor Swift spent $13,000 to rent a bunch of sadomasochistic gear and clothing from a sex shop to make her “Bad Blood” video. That is so evil! The Scriptures teach that the Word of God makes sin EXCEEDINGLY SINFUL. That's why Luciferians (aka, Illuminati) have removed the Holy Bible from the public school system since 1963, that is, because they want children to grow up amoral, confused and ungodly. The Apostle Paul said in Romans 7:13b, “that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.” This is why the most important thing every child needs is constant preaching and teaching from the inspired Word of God.

Notice in our text verse above that God warns us about worldly thinking, which steers us away from Jesus Christ. Young people, Taylor Swift's ungodly music and music videos are not of Jesus Christ, they are preparing the world for the Anti-Christ!!! Miss Swift has openly shown her support for the reprobate homosexual community. Swift's song “Welcome To New York” has been adopted by the gays as their theme song. James 4:4, “ Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?” Homosexuality is a sin, an abnormal deathstyle, and a form of child abuse when adopted youth are involved.

The sexually suggestive videos of Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus (aka, Hannah Montana), Adriana Grande, Madonna, Ke$ha, Katy Perry and hundreds of other sleazy entertainers are of the Devil. They have all signed Illuminati contracts with Satan! They've all sold their souls to do evil in the sight of the Lord. 1st Kings 21:20, “thou hast sold thyself to work evil in the sight of the LORD.” The reason why so many parents and youth tolerate the wicked filth of singers like Taylor Swift is because Americans no longer abide in the Word of God. Most people are not even born-again Christians. And so the spirit of the Devil works in them (Ephesians 2:2).

The Bible Warns About The Sin Of Lasciviousness!

As a grateful born-again Christian, although I admit I am far from perfect, I abide in the comforting promises of God's Word (Romans 15:4), and I see the wickedness of Taylor Swift's raunchy music videos (Colossians 3:4-5). The Bible uses a powerful word to describe Taylor Swift's sensual videos. It is the word “LASCIVIOUS,” which means “Driven by lust; preoccupied with or exhibiting lustful desires.” The following passage of Scripture practically gives us Taylor Swift's address...

Ephesians 4:17-20, “This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But ye have not so learned Christ.”

If Taylor Swift has any guilt or conscience at all about her ungodly music videos, it's not enough to compel her to stop doing it. The Bible warns us about such wicked people, who are PAST FEELING, who have GIVEN THEMSELVES OVER UNTO LASCIVIOUSNESS, TO WORK ALL UNCLEANLINESS WITH GREED! Miss Swift's net worth as of 2016 is an astounding $280,000,000! Just as the Word of God warns us, Miss Swift has greedily given herself over to LASCIVIOUSNESS, TO WORK ALL UNCLEANLINESS!!! Throughout history, people have sinfully sold themselves to do evil for money! They are evil to the core!!! It is the love of money that fuels Hollywood and the sexually suggestive music industry. The love of money is the ROOT OF ALL EVIL (1st Timothy 6:10).

David J. Stewart, Jesus is Precious 23 Comments [2/21/2018 7:18:14 PM]
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Quote# 136811

You can't ignore the vast amounts of evidence for the miraculous intercession of saints. I have personal experience of someone very close who has recently had a miraculous cure after asking for help to intercede from a deceased friend who was a very devout Christian.

Alan Burns, Religion and Ethics 12 Comments [2/21/2018 10:33:51 AM]
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Submitted By: NearlySane

Quote# 136807

That’s a highball of truth right there. The peculiar Jewish psychological profile of neuroticism coupled with psychopathy predicts this exact sort of behavior toward the majority culture. From a historical vantage, it’s incredibly short-sighted.

And we see this jewish predilection playing out in every imaginable way. Today, Jewish provocateurs assemble groups of child soldiers in Florida, following the de Jesus Cruz shooting, to agitate for gun control, which is really goyim control.

If the thesis that diaspora jews are most paranoid about a White Gentile uprising against them is true, then OF COURSE jews would want their Gentile hosts completely disarmed.

Yet instead of wisely reflecting on their own motivations and simmering resentments, jews prefer to take the moon shot of rendering the goyim toothless and impotent.

RIP Auster, you had a critical word or two to say about this blog, but you are honored here because your writing will be looked back on as prescient during a time of turbulence. You were one of the few jews who could cast a judgmental eye at the flaws and foibles of your own tribe. If only there were more like you in positions of influence.


Given that this post meandered a bit into the topic of gun control, a word from your esteemed host:

Trump should not concede an iota to the shrieking shitlibs on their “gun control” issue.

As sure as snide follows gay, that first tiny concession will lead to more concessions, and bigger concessions, until the 2nd Amendment is a historical relic.

This is because the goal of shitlibs is total disarmament of Heritage Whites. If it was about stopping violent crime, shitlibs would be all for effective methods like racial profiling and long prison sentences. But they aren’t. So they’re lying about their real motive.

CH, Chateau Heartiste 14 Comments [2/21/2018 12:17:58 AM]
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Quote# 136803

The irony is that people think science tells people to disregard their gut instinct, when it is in fact the engine behind all advances.

sickburnbro, Gab 8 Comments [2/20/2018 3:51:37 PM]
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Quote# 136801

RIP Mr. Edgar Ray Killen of Union, Mississippi, you along with many other courageous patriots fought the first wave of Cultural Marxism to prevent the rot of traditional America! TIMOTHY 4:7-8

Beloved Heritage, Twitter 11 Comments [2/20/2018 1:12:30 PM]
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Submitted By: JeanP

Quote# 136799

Is Elon Musk the Antichrist?

"And he performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down out of heaven to the earth in the presence of men." (Revelation 13:13). Flacon Heavy?

There are already too many signs, including his demonish mother Maye.

Anonymous Coward, Godlike Productions 15 Comments [2/20/2018 1:09:36 PM]
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Submitted By: Yossarian Lives

Quote# 136798

my new t-shirt!

Your Abortions
Kill More Children
Than My Guns

on the back...

2000 Dead Children
Every Day

Anonymous Coward, Godlike Productions 14 Comments [2/20/2018 1:09:27 PM]
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Submitted By: Yossarian Lives

Quote# 136791

[Bolding added, when you hate fat people so much that you consider it a mark against feeding the poor]

Sorry Bill. Not quite right. The 10% tithing does not go towards welfare at all.
The welfare program comes from a system we have where we are expected to fast for two meals a month, and pool that money to help the poor. Unlike taxes, we literally sacrifice our meals to feed others. The recipients of this assistance know that they are quite literally having others go hungry to help them out. While there are still abusers and freeloaders, of course, I think this cuts down substantially on the sense of entitlement I often see in tax-based government welfare programs.

Don’t get me wrong though — there is no public shaming or the like in the program. The congregation is unaware of who is receiving the funds, aside from a couple of trusted volunteers that are in the know in administrating the funds (which are fully audited as well, of course, to prevent abuses).

The program works quite well, and my son once did an analysis of data on hunger in the US that indicated that if this “skip two meals once a month to help others” program were deployed nationally, it could end hunger in the US.

Thanks for the info. So there’s actually a separate “tax” beyond the 10% tithing, which comes out to roughly what? I know Mormons know how to eat on the cheap (so do I; I have been known to visit the bulk aisles at Winco from time to time), so the cost of two meals could vary considerably.

Also, what about the hard cases? Say you have someone who just sleeps in until noon every day, spends the rest on social media and blows her child support check on frivolous entertainment and sexy clothes, yet still has an pharaonic sense of entitlement. This is actually a pretty common profile, BTW. How do you deal with her?

As to your son’s idea, I’m sure he’s correct. Skipping two meals a month would more than eliminate hunger in the US. However, it would have another less desirable consequence: it would exacerbate the class difference in obesity rates by making the middle class and above thinner while making the underclass even fatter.

Bill P, Unz 7 Comments [2/20/2018 1:08:32 PM]
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Quote# 136781

Second Amendment--necessary and Godly!

My esteemed fellow Christians,

I trust it that you have all seen the news relative to the shooting that occurred at a secular public school in Florida earlier today. In Parkland, FL, a servant of satan named Nikolas Cruz shot 17 high school students to death in the name of satan. This is exactly why that as a real Christian I encourage everyone to vote for the Constitution Party in all elections. They are far from being model Christians, but it is the best we've got and the best chance that the Christian has to start TRULY taking our country back!

Relative to today's shooting attack, we can certainly expect the membership of the Demoncratic party and all manner of other satanists (Matthew 12:30) attacking our Second Amendment rights and therefore attacking Jesus Himself and His KJV! How so? Simple: because the Second Amendment is Biblical, duh! Our Bible says the following, to wit: "Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one." Luke 22:36. Have these satanists forgotten that going against Jesus, they WILL get their just reward, and likely not just in the next life but also in this one (1 Samuel 5:12)?

As Christians it is our duty to come out in the defense of our Constitution and our Bible and against the heathens that want to undermine both. In fact, it is lack of proper Second Amendment protections that caused such fatalities during this shooting. Just imagine if the law was being applied properly, and all Christian students at that high school were allowed to carry firearms. That would've saved a lot of lives, including the pagan lives! If anything, the pagan/heathen/satanist element ought to be supportive of such glorious ideas, that would end up saving their lives, instead of opposing us!

I trust it that all real American Christians will contact their congressmen to express the need to strengthen our Second Amendment right, remove silly limits on Christian gun ownership, and start saving lives!

In the name of our Savior,
Brother T

Tony Demarcus, Ph.D., D.D., Disqus Grace and Truth 14 Comments [2/20/2018 1:05:17 PM]
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Quote# 136774

Lady Checkmate's headline: "'Big Bang Theory' star Mayim Bialik slams NRA, calls for 'civil disobedience' to change gun laws"

(cut-and-paste of Fox news story: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/02/18/big-bang-theory-star-mayim-bialik-slams-nra-calls-for-civil-disobedience-to-change-gun-laws.html)

I hate to tell it to you, Darlin'. You AREN'T the Brilliant Physicist you play on the small screen. You are an actor who speaks out the lines given to you (and woodenly at that).
Please let those who actually have a solution speak, rather than trying to draw attention to yourself without providing anything materially to solve the problem.

you are speaking out....why can't she?

Lady Checkmate:
JamesT8585 (Jamest8585), please comment on topic and not on [commenters]. "'Big Bang Theory' star Mayim Bialik slams NRA, calls for 'civil disobedience' to change gun laws" is the topic, [commenters] are NEVER the topic.
*Please read our community guidelines before commenting or posting here again...the link is in our channel's description (top right hand corner of your screen). Do not send me any off topic comments, nor questions nor concerns about my request here. If you have follow-up/clarifying questions or concerns please post them in the proper forum, not here, again, the link is in the guidelines. Sock accounts are both a Disqus TOS violation and a violation of our community guidelines.
Thanks for understanding.
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Mick Williams:
Another show I won't watch again.

Another leftist idiot.

I have the PERFECT solution to the American problem of teens entering schools and shooting their fellow students.
Let's pass a NEW law that makes it illegal for ANY person to enter a school and shoot students.
Problem solved.
I'll be here all week.

Blanche Dubois:
This isn't a humorous matter. Do you have solutions to offer? Because no matter how you feel about gun control, this can't continue. We can't keep sending our kids to school to be shot. There are real, viable answers and folks need to stop being defensive and be willing to have productive conversations.

Lady Checkmate (to Blanche):
Do you have solutions to offer OR are you here with a red pen to critique every one else's comments? Asking for a friend.
Seriously, comment on topic (not on [commenters]) or move on.
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Thanks for understanding.
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Lady Checkmate, Disqus - News Network 19 Comments [2/20/2018 1:04:43 PM]
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Submitted By: Jocasta

Quote# 136770

It’s really quite simple:

Mormon welfare (among other expenses) is paid for with a 10% flat tax on earnings (tithing). It is also administered by elders who apply Mormon moral tests to recipients.

You don’t get much welfare for being a single mother whose baby-daddy is in prison for gang-related activities. Nor do you get it for being an adulteress, a layabout or an addict.

Therefore, Mormons who have it together can afford more kids, even if they are working class. Since having it together is correlated with rational decisionmaking ability, it is correlated with IQ.

Traditional Christianity used to be the same. The New Testament makes it clear that if you don’t behave yourself, do your fair share of work and make the right choices you’re out of the community.

Bill P, Unz 7 Comments [2/20/2018 1:03:12 PM]
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Quote# 136768

no one asked for my opinion but I’m giving it anyways...we as a nation brought these mass school shootings upon ourselves when we legalized abortion. we made it legal to murder unborn babies so God is saying “alright fine, if this is what you want then I’ll release my blanket of protection over your birthed children.” we reap what we sow & by murdering God’s unborn children, he’s allowing the deranged to murder our kids who’re walking this earth. If we want to fix the issue how about we forget guns and go straight to the root of the issue, that being how we’ve become a Godless nation. Bring prayer back into school, ban abortions, start living for God again and maybe this will all end. You’d come to find out it’s amazing what God can do if you trust Him and put Him first. Regardless I think it’s safe to say we can all agree it’s an awful thing to have to witness, let alone experience. As always, my prayers go out to not only those impacted but also to everyone in this nation. May God Bless us all.

Briana, Twitter 18 Comments [2/20/2018 1:00:18 PM]
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Submitted By: Yossarian Lives

Quote# 136790

Maryland 'Psychic' Convicted of Scamming Clients Out of $340K

A Maryland woman who said she was a psychic and scammed customers out of $340,000 to cure them of "curses" pleaded guilty Friday to multiple counts of felony theft.

Gina Marie Marks, who identified herself as Natalie Miller in her meetings with clients, stole from five people who sought her help over the course of more than two years.

Marks said Friday that she would return all of the payments she received. She walked out of court in Montgomery County with her husband, who wrapped a coat over her head.

She was adamant that her services are legitimate and she really is a psychic.

“People are racist from gypsies,” Marks said from beneath a black, puffy coat. “They’re racist on my culture. We do have power. We’re not allowed to talk about it.”

Police first learned of Marks’ tactics in May 2016, after a 26-year-old Chinese immigrant learned that her boyfriend was married to another woman. Seeking guidance, the woman saw an online ad for “Readings by Natalie.”

When the woman contacted Marks, she told her she would be able to cast love spells. But she said she would need large amounts of cash to do it.

Marks had the woman meet her at stores, where Marks used the woman's credit card.

The customer got suspicious after Marks had received more than $80,000 from her in cash and purchases. The woman asked for her money back and called police and a private investigator.

On four other occasions, Marks told clients she had the ability to reverse curses. In June 2014, one victim paid Marks and said she was told she would get her money back once the curse was broken.

She never got back the $2,654 she paid.

As Marks received cash and shopping trips with her clients’ credit cards, she posted pictures to social media of herself with expensive clothes, jewelry and purses.

Eventually, the private investigator hired by one customer was able to track down Marks at Miami International Airport. She was arrested before she was able to flee the country.

Marks is facing as much as six years in prison and is scheduled to be sentenced in August.

Gina Marie Marks, NBC Washington 14 Comments [2/20/2018 4:52:54 AM]
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Fake Research Paper Based on Star Trek: Voyager's Worst Episode Was Published by a Scientific Journal

“Threshold” is one of the most infamous Star Trek episodes ever. You know what’ we’re talking about—the one with Warp 10 and the weird evolved amphibians. Well, it was also the recent subject of a fake scientific research paper submitted in a test to expose the ever-growing problem of “predatory” scientific journals.

An anonymous biologist looking to expose how easy it was to get fake news into supposedly peer-reviewed scientific journals—inspired by a recent attempt that got a paper about Star Wars’ midi-chlorians published in three different journals—recently submitted a paper titled “Rapid Genetic and Developmental Morphological Change Following Extreme Celerity.” The author was listed as “Doctor Lewis Zimmerman,” which is actually the name of the holoengineer that programmed Voyager’s Emergency Medical Hologram.

The paper was essentially a recap of the events of “Threshold,” the godawful season two episode in which Voyager’s helmsman Tom Paris attempts to break the theoretical “Warp 10” speed barrier, something never done in Trek’s universe. Turns out, it’s for good reason, because apparently when you do reach the “extreme celerity” of Warp 10, you turn into a weird amphibian-person, capture your captain, evolve them into a weird amphibian-person, and then fully evolve into actual space salamanders and mate with each other.

Look, there’s a reason even the people who made this episode call it a “real low point.”

But nonetheless, the paper—which, while obfuscating its language a bit, was still very clearly fake, including mentions of the transwarp barrier Paris breaks in the episode and even concluded by thanking the United Federation of Planets and Voyager producer Brannon Braga—was accepted by four different journals, and actually published in one, American Research Journal of Biosciences. According to a Space.com interview with the anonymous biologist who submitted the paper, the journal asked for just $50 to do so. ARJ have now pulled the text from their website in light of media reports discovering that the paper is essentially a fancier-worded Memory Alpha page.

In the world of science publishing, the rise of “predatory” journals and a lack of proper checks on the papers that get accepted into them is a growing, disconcerting problem. Multiple sting operations into exposing the issue—including an alarming report by journalist John Bohannon in 2015, who managed to get a scientifically accurate, but intentionally poor and catchily-presented study, into predatory journals that then went on to work its way into the media—have occurred in recent years.

But with efforts like this Trek-themed paper and last year’s midi-chlorian one, it shows that it’s not just poorly-conducted research making its way into journals, but blatantly false papers as well. In a time when public faith in science is more important than ever, practices that allow for jokey incidents like this to happen only help to erode public trust in even the best science publishing.

American Research Journal of Biosciences, io9 15 Comments [2/20/2018 4:52:51 AM]
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Mike Adams, Facebook 9 Comments [2/20/2018 4:52:43 AM]
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