How Do We Address Injustice?

The reaction of the American public with regards to the events in both Ferguson, Missouri and New York City, New York has been mixed and greatly divided along the lines of race, gender, and social-economic strata.

Many men of women of Caucasian ethnicity agreed with the Grand Jury in Ferguson, Missouri which found that there was not enough evidence to take of police officer Darren Wilson to trial over the death of Michael Brown.  A large proportion of men and women of color were not sure if justice was truly served in this situation.

With regards to the death of Mr. Eric Garner in New York City, a great many Americans of all races and nationalities (57% according to a recent Fox News Poll) feel that the police used “excessive force” and should have left Mr. Garner alone as he was not doing anything to warrant the level of “police action” that was leveled against him.

What is to be done about all of this social confusion in our body politic?

Can we,” to quote the words of Mr. Rodney King more than twenty years ago, “just all get along?

This journalist believes that the answer to Rodney King’s question is a resounding yes, but first we must attempt to come to grips with the origin and nature of “evil.”

The use of the word “evil” alone is enough to cause great apoplexy among certain groups of people – most notably “ethical relativists” who do not believe that there is at least one universal truth principle that can be embraced by all people and at all times.

In Judeo-Christian parlance, the word evil – to quote Saint Augustine – is the complete absence of good; it is the absence of GOD’S Goodness.

(The atheist might ask, “Who or What is GOD and how would we know if GOD exists?”  This is a topic for another discussion…  Smile!)

Let us begin in the Hebrew Bible and in the book of JOB.

In the book of JOB which is located in the books of Hebrew poetry, the protagonist JOB is allowed to experience tremendous pain and suffering on an unprecedented scale.

We the human beings who read and absorb this “sacred literature” of the narrative of JOB are allowed to eavesdrop on a conversation between GOD (the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe) and the “evil” Adversary or the Accuser of JOB – and All humanity – (Satan).

The Holy Bible in both the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) and New Testament (Christian Bible) show that evil has a source or origin that goes back far before men and women inhabited planet earth.

Now in our world of “philosophical naturalism” talk of evil is dismissed as trivial or simple nonsense.

Many people in the academy have embraced a type of “blind macro-evolutionary” thought and thus they do not believe that anything exists beyond what you can see, test, or empirically measure.

The problem with this approach is that there are too many things associated with man as qua man and with human experience that cannot be measured in a “test tube” or in a “laboratory.”

A case in point is how do you measure abstract concepts and qualities such as love, hate, sacrifice, and human emotions?

How do you measure the mystery of human freedom and free will?

How do you explain the tremendous differentiation between Homo-Sapiens and the animal and the insect worlds?

Why is mankind speculative and reflective and why do animals exist simply through instinct?

Last, but not least, to quote C.S. Lewis how do we explain the fact that both the universe and life itself are miracles in themselves of first-rate proportions?

The men and women who embrace atheistic or secularist naturalism do not have an explanation that adequately explains the mystery of evil or possible ways to ameliorate and eliminate it.

Only men and women who embrace a Judeo-Christian worldview (a conceptual outlook or framework for evaluating reality) can address the many evils that beset the human community.

Jews and Christians historically have led Western Civilization in fighting against evils and injustices such as slavery, materialism (love of money and the atheistic worldview), sexism, infanticide, human narcissism, chauvinism, militarism, racism – and any other innumerous wrongs and slights

Throughout the centuries, people who live out a Judeo-Christian worldview have taught and informed people through their sacred literature (Old and New Testaments) and within their holy communities to turn from the evils and “isms” mentioned above and to turn to “The Living GOD who is the Father of the spirits of all flesh” (Numbers 16.22).

Because Jews and Christians believe that GOD is eternal and immortal they have been willing to battle and fight against the “spirit of Amalek” – this is a spirit of tremendous evil that always attempts to ensnare and abduct human beings into acts of impurity and horrendous treachery.

The relativist does not have an answer of why human beings commit evil and is therefore incapable of developing a long-range successful solution.

Even though Jews and Christians possess different faiths – Jews still await the promised “Messiah” while Christians believe that “Messiah or Yeshua has already come in the person of JESUS CHRIST”; they nonetheless, share a commonality of values.

Jews and Christians possess a singular belief that true truth occurs by looking to the GOD of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – as HE has revealed Himself in the first five books of The Holy Bible.

These first five books – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy –are commonly referred to as the “TORAH” (a word which means Teaching, Law, or Revelation…literally GOD’S Self-Disclosure).

In the next few weeks, I will explore the question of evil and how it is addressed within the framework of a Judeo-Christian worldview.

May GOD bless each and every one of you.

Thank You!

 

 

Time to put Greenpeace vandals out of business UPDATED with before & after photos

Note: This is a rant. Proceed accordingly.

Back in my much younger, stupider days, I sent Greenpeace a check for $25 of my hard-earned bucks. That was a couple of decades ago.

Yes, I recycle; yes, I don’t waste water or electricity; yes, I owned a house in a lot that had two dozen trees (which probably more than made up for whatever fumes the house may have generated), and their leaves and branches were mulched. So much for being “green.”

Vandalism is a crime.

Some vandalism is a misdemeanor. Toilet-paper a neighbor’s tree on mischief night, get caught, and you’ll find out what the word means.

Greenpeace, however, has engaged in felonies for the sake of publicity for years.

No, I don’t buy their “sustainability”, “renewability” excuses.

Greenpeace, in these days of moral equivalence, through their ends-justify-our-means methods, are descending to the levels of the Taliban.

To wit:
Back in 2001, the Taliban destroyed two ancient Buddhas at Bamiyan in Afghanistan, a World Heritage Site. The statues were over 1,500 years old:

Despite world-wide condemnation, the Taliban lined the statues with explosives and blew them up in the spring of 2001 because they considered them idols, and thus un-Islamic.

Fast-forward to this week in Peru, where Greenpeace vandals decided to post some graffiti at the Nazca Lines World Heritage Site,

The Nazca lines are huge figures depicting living creatures, stylised plants and imaginary figures scratched on the surface of the ground between 1,500 and 2,000 years ago. They are believed to have had ritual functions related to astronomy.

Take a look:

The letters are made of some kind of yellow material and were carried there on foot, and held down by rocks,

The damage caused by Greenpeace’s vandalism is inestimable,

The ground around the site is so sensitive and so sacred that Peru has even forbidden presidents and top officials to walk where the Greenpeace activists went. Peru’s Deputy Culture Ministertold the BBC: “You walk there, and the footprint is going to last hundreds or thousands of years.” Tourists generally get to see the site from the air, or, on rare occasions, are equipped with special foot gear.

“They are absolutely fragile. They are black rocks on a white background. You walk there and the footprint is going to last hundreds or thousands of years,” said the minister. “And the line that they have destroyed is the most visible and most recognized of all.”

Mind you, anyone even thinking of going to the Nazca site knows you can’t walk on it. Greenpeace willfully engaged in inflicting irreparable damage. In their breathtaking arrogance to say “the future is renewable”, they can’t see that the past is not.

What did Peru and mankind do to deserve this, in Greenpeace’s eyes?

The message was intended for delegates from 190 countries at the UN climate talks being held in Lima.

Sue Greenpeace out of business in countries where you can actually enforce the judgement; ban their activites as terrorism; identify the perpetrators and put them in jail.

Enough. It’s time for change: put Greenpeace out of business.

UPDATE:
Before Greenpeace:

After Greenpeace:

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

The Ocean Plastic Scare: Not enough to be a Drop in the Bucket

“Space,” it says, “is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space, listen…”

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

For all of those who are absolutely terrified by this report:

Using an oceanographic model of floating debris dispersal calibrated by our data, and correcting for wind-driven vertical mixing, we estimate a minimum of 5.25 trillion particles weighing 268,940 tons.

And to all those organs of the left ready to demand billions of your tax dollars be spent worldwide to NGO & even more billions be extracted by people who actually build things and provide employment let me provide you with the one thing that their argument dreads the most:

Context.   

Fact #1

Here is a map of the world

SkyWorld

That blue part is something we call  the Oceans.  

There are a total of 5 oceans, and they are the Arctic, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, and the Antarctic Ocean. Out of these five, there are three major oceans, the Atlantic, Pacific, and the Indian Ocean. They account for 90 percent of the area covered by oceans. The Pacific Ocean is the largest of oceans, its area is 181 million square kilometers, which covers nearly a third of the Earth’s surface. The Atlantic Ocean is the second largest, covering 94 million square kilometers, and the Indian Ocean is the third largest, covering about 74 million square kilometers.

Back when I was a kid there were only 4 oceans what is now call the “Antarctic Ocean” was considered part of the Indian, Atlantic & Pacific Oceans but I digress.  The point is the oceans of the world  They’re big, really big.

How big?

The planet Earth is a planet of oceans. The total area of the Earth is approximately 510 million square kilometers and the oceans cover about 71 percent of the Earth’s surface, which is about 360 million square kilometers.

Fact #2:

One of the things you will find traveling on the oceans are things called ships.  This is a type of ship we call an Aircraft Carrier:

aircraft carrier

 

A great example of an Aircraft Carrier is the US Nimitz Class.  Each one has a large crew and as far as ships go they’re pretty big.

The more recent Nimitz Class carriers (CVN72-CVN76) have a displacement of 102,000t when fully loaded. They have a length of 317m and beam of 40.8m.

That works out to about 4.5 acres  for  a carrier

The carrier reaches a maximum speed of over 30kt, and accommodates a complement of 3,184 personnel (with 203 officers); 2,800 aircrew (with 366 officers); and 70 flag (with 25 officers).

Notice that number 102,000 tons we’ll be getting back to that.

Fact #3

Aircraft carriers have around for 100 years (103 to be exact) but didn’t become common weapons of war till after world war 1.  Man made plastic has been around for a little longer:

The history of plastics goes back more than 100 years – however, compared to other materials, plastics are relatively modern. Their usage over the past century has enabled society to make huge technological advances to take us towards the new Millennium.

But mass production of plastic goes back to only the 1930’s.

Two developments during the 30s swept the plastics industry into mass production. Firstly, manufacturers learnt how to produce plastics from petroleum – polystyrene, acrylic polymers and polyvinyl chloride were all made in this way. Secondly, injection molding, which had always been problematical, became much improved and fully automated in 1937. Both developments were good news for the consumer as they brought down the price of the end-product and put plastics within easy grasp of everyone.

and it was during World War 2 when both Aircraft carriers & Plastics came into their own:

World War II meant a huge boost for plastics. As a domestically generated resource which had by this time become relatively cheap, plastic was able to take over from imported materials. In terms of design technology, consumer products benefited from the new techniques which had been developed out of necessity during the war. The production of plastics which are still used widely today – such as polyethylene, polystyrene, polyester, PET and silicones – all grew during the wartime period. Silicones, for example, became widely used as water repellants and in heat resistant paints.

So we are talking about 75 years of plastic being a common mass produced item commonly used by the average person.

So what do these three facts about the history of plastic, aircraft carriers & the size of the ocean tell us…

They tell us that in 75 years of mass use by the general public the entire amount of plastic pollution currently in the world’s 360 million square miles of ocean is less in weight than three Nimitz class aircraft carriers.

When you put it that way this isn’t the crisis that’s it’s made to be which means you can’t raise money, get grants, shake down people for taxes and spending or get the UN to host your NGO to solve this problem.  Such a thing could take thousands of leftists off the gravy train.

And that can’t be allowed, can it?

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