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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Education, Propaganda and the Erosion of Freedoms

Posted by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

There is a radio show called "Stand Up for the Truththat I am going to discuss. Specifically, the second of two episodes. The first one is "The Eroding of the Freedoms We Knew". One of the topics that Mike LeMay and Amy Spreeman discuss is rather alarming, based on an article called "25 Signs That America Is Rapidly Becoming More Like Nazi Germany" by Michael Snyder. This episode sets up the second one, which is a the focus of this post. You can download or listen to the first one here.



In the second broadcast, Mike LeMay interviews Dave Drake from Freedom Project Education and JD King, the director of the film, "Blue Beats Green". There is some political content (although "Stand Up for the Truth" is not necessarily a political show, it is intended to inform and encourage Christians). There are comments about a conference that is over, just wait them out. 


Leftist environmentalism is prominent in American education, but kids are behind the rest of the world in many aspects of what should be taught. Environmentalism goes hand-in-hand with evolutionary indoctrination, since both reject that mankind is a special creation of God. This should not be surprising, since secular science often has a leftist political bias. Indeed, many environmentalist extremists see humanity as the enemy, and Earth worship has its own sin and redemption dogmas. (For that matter, sound the alarm, we only have five years left! See this article that was published almost five years ago.) Kids are being educated (read: indoctrinated) in evolutionism, but seldom understand it or the nature of science itself. The government is an ally in all this, too. After all, if you can dislodge the true God of the Bible, then the state can prop up its own god for the citizens to worship. Nebuchadnezzar tried that, and Darius tried something similar.


It is fashionable under a humanist worldview to mock Christians, especially creationists and those who doubt global warming (how very "human" and "tolerant" of them). Theistic evolutionists, old-earth creationists and atheists work together to attack biblical creationists. (Strange bedfellows should make people suspicious right there.) Freedoms of speech, expression and religion are being whittled away. From a governmental perspective, why not? In addition to removing God, controlling those things helps in the process of controlling thought. For that matter, the UK has banned teaching creation science from government-run schools




But enough of my nattering on. This is an interesting interview, and Mike has some hard truths for Christians. It is well worth your time to listen to "
Who's Filling the Brains of Our Next Generation".

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

A Shortcut and a Detour


by Cowboy Bob Sorensen


And now for something completely different.

I get several regular visitors to my sites by way of search engines. That baffles me, because a bookmark/favorite/desktop shortcut is so much more efficient.

It seems that a basic browser detail has been forgotten by many. Now, I assume that most of us know that Control (or Command) + D will add a bookmark (or favorite, the terminology differs with browser makers) into your bookmarks/favorites. Many know that we can modify our settings to have folders for our favorites. (I've gone as far as to tell the browser to show the "bookmarks bar", then add favorites, and folders of favorites, to that.) 

But sometimes, we do not want the bookmark in our browser. In that case, some of us like to save shortcuts to our desktops. In my case, I often want a desktop shortcut because I'll be deleting it soon, such as after using it for reference when composing an article. Internet Explorer ("The number one browser for downloading a better browser"; but let's be fair. After the increasing popularity of Firefox, then Chrome and some of the others, Microsoft did make significant improvements in function and safety for IE), it pretty much has this nailed down with a right-click and select "Create shortcut". For some reason, Mozilla did not see fit to add this shortcut function to Firefox, but there are add-ons like "deskCut" that will do the job quite nicely.

But why didn't Google's Chrome add this function, or allow add-ons? Google is very proprietary, too, and I cannot find a good, fast shortcut maker to add to the browser. Sure, they have an awkward process where you can create an "application shortcut". This is in a Menuland maze, which is annoying enough, but also launches the shortcut in Chrome (even if it's not your default browser) with menu settings at the top clipped off. I don't like that. Also, many people are furious that add-ons from other companies have been disabled by Google. They say it's for our safety. It's interesting that add-ons are only available in the Chrome Store, where people have to pay a fee to make their products available.

Sometimes I use Chrome or Dragon and do not want to switch over to my default browser for the sake of making a shortcut. In my opinion, the fastest way to get a Chrome shortcut is also the oldest way, which seems to have been forgotten by many people. At least, people I showed this to had forgotten it or never even known about it.

"Get on with it, Cowboy Bob!"

Right. I'm using screenshots of Chrome, because that what brought this article on in the first place. The method works with IE, Firefox, Comodo Dragon, Chrome, and probably with most others.

This will not be possible if you have your browser in full screen mode. We want to see empty space in the desktop. I can't tell you what to use on a Mac, but Windows calls it "Restore Down". That is, click on the thing that looks like double boxes so the browser gets smaller. 



You may have to use your mouse pointer, get it to show double arrows <---> , grab sides or corners of the browser to adjust it so that it doesn't take up your entire screen. Here is mine with some of my Windows 7 desktop showing (click for larger): 



From here, you want to find the icon next to the URL in the Address Bar. In this case, a green padlock because the site is secure (https):



Click, hold and drag it off the browser onto the desktop. You should see a shortcut arrow (did not appear in the screenshot) and the name of the site:



Sometimes they get fussy, so if you don't see any sign of shortcut-making activity, release and try again. When it is completely off the browser, you have your desktop shortcut, showing in Firefox because that is my current default browser, like so:



Bonus fun fact: This works in reverse. If you have an existing shortcut and do not wish to double-click on it, you can drag the shortcut onto the browser, release it, and it will toddle off to the site as ordered. 

Although there are several steps involved (resize the browser, drag the icon to the desktop, release, restore the browser to the way you want it), this series of steps is easy to master and the shortcut process ends up taking only a few seconds.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Leftists Want to Silence the Opposition



You might think it's just a bad joke, but it happens. People on the left, including militant atheists and evolutionists, political leftists, whatever, want to silence the opposition. Since they cannot defeat Christians, creationists and conservatives through logic, science and reason, they find other ways to try to silence us.

Some try to simply downplay our ideals and convince others that we have nothing worthwhile to say. There are those who try to convince places like Facebook to suspend our accounts. Then there are those who hate God, Christians, Conservatives, creationists and so on so much want to silence us permanently.


I've seen it, and even been on the receiving end. Yes, it happens. Just ask Matt Walsh.

To my leftwing friends: 
Last night, someone sent me an email threatening to murder me because they disagree with my opinions. It read, in part: 
“F*ck you… I will find a way to kill you. Make no god d*mn mistake, you filth.” 
Concise. Eloquent. And now on file with the state police. 
After I reported the threat to law enforcement, I didn’t pay it much mind. But then, a few minutes ago, I received this message from someone else: 
“Matt, you are so filled with hate in everything you write. You are part of the reason why conservative teabaggers in this country are nothing but hate mongers and bigots. Do you want to know why I’m a “liberal”? Because liberals know how to make a point without being hateful and spiteful.(Emphasis mine). 
I laughed quite heartily when I read that. Perfect timing. Mere hours after someone called me ‘filth’ and announced their plan to end my existence all because of my beliefs, I’m informed that these are precisely the people who ‘know how to make a point without being hateful and spiteful.’
Read the rest of the narrative at "This person is planning to kill me in order to teach me that I shouldn’t be mean and hateful".


Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Secular Scientists Make a Hard Left

Science has become increasingly religious in nature, and Scientism is on the increase. People are enamored with what science can do (turning "science" into some kind of entity, which is the fallacy of reification), and scientists are looked upon almost as if they were priests of this religion. Doubtless, many scientists want to just do science stuff, but others seem to like the illegitimate status they are accorded.

Evolution is a foundation for many kinds of evil thinking and practices, and it is equivocated with science; if you dispute particles-to-people evolution, then you are labeled as a "science denier". Similarly, evolutionary thinking is at the root of global warming hysteria (again, if you deny global warming, you are a "science denier"). People believe in evolution and global warming because scientists said so, and scientists must be right. Right?

Wrong.

Much of the political spectrum around the world is decidedly leftist. The United States is becoming more so every day. The secular media has a blatant leftist bias, misrepresenting biblical Christianity and Conservatives. (One example is the way an article about George Washington Carver conveniently neglected his faith, which was the most important thing in his life. Another is how Bill Nye the Propaganda Guy is revered by leftist media as an expert in evolution, global warming and other things.) The high priests of Scientism (who are almost all Darwinists) are supported by the media and politicians in upholding causes that not only uplift leftist ideology, but attack biblical Christianity. These scientists are pontificating on matters that do not concern real scientists, and the ruling elite are ignoring and even suppressing contrary views by other scientists.

You can read details and several examples at "Secular Scientists Continue to Push Leftist Agendas".