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Are You a Useful Idiot?

Do you support Barack Obama? How about Hillary Clinton, Harry Reid, Dianne Feinstein, or Barbara Boxer? Do you support the Democratic Party at all? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you are what is known in political parlance as a “useful idiot.”
No offense, I’m merely stating a fact. “Useful idiot” is the precise terminology that your own leaders use to describe you. Let me explain.
A useful idiot is someone who believes they are supporting a specific political agenda, while in reality they are supporting its exact opposite. The term was first coined by Vladimir Lenin to describe liberals and Democrats who thought they were working for a utopian society while in reality they were unwittingly supporting Communism. Under Communism, over a hundred million people were murdered in the 20th century. Hundreds of millions more were raped, tortured, enslaved, and beaten.
Today, these same godless Communists, calling themselves Progressives, have taken complete control over the Democratic Party. You can prove this to yourself by clicking on the links below. In fact, I dare anyone reading this to prove me wrong.
What does this mean for you? It means if you support Barack Obama, Hilary Clinton, Harry Reid, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, or the Democratic Party, you support Communism, pure and simple. And, by logical extension, you also support atheism, racism, intolerance, religious persecution, murder, torture, the eradication of the family, the removal of God from society and the replacement of God by the State, the destruction of Christianity and the Constitution, the end of free enterprise, the oppression of women, the genocide of the unborn, and the removal from society of everything that is noble and good within the United States and within the world. Again, I dare anyone reading this to prove me wrong.
Does this then mean that all Republicans are saints? Absolutely not. Corruption runs rampant within the Republican Party. However, by and large, the vast majority of Republicans in office support religious freedom, Christianity, the Constitution, the family, free enterprise, compassion for the poor, equality for women and minorities, and life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This is particularly true on the state and local level. Again, it’s not every Republican, but it is most.
Don’t expect to learn any of these facts from your daily newspaper, your television news, or your classes at school. Our country’s media and education system are filled with communist progressives and useful idiots, as well. If you think you’re learning the truth about American history from what you see on television or what you hear from your teachers and professors at school, then you are no different from a child who believes in Santa Claus.
Now the question becomes what are you going to do with your newfound knowledge? Are you going to bury your head in the sand like an ostrich and pretend that everything I just said isn’t true? If you’re a coward, then I suppose you could do that. But if that’s the case, then you are worse than a useful idiot. You are a slave who is undeserving of liberty.
Are you going to actually follow the links below and educate yourself? If that is your choice, then I applaud you. You have both courage and an open mind. There’s no shame in having been duped by the Left. Many of today’s leading conservative voices were once Democrats. David Horowitz was raised by communist parents and was once a Democrat. Ronald Reagan was also once a Democrat, before declaring, “I didn’t leave them, they left me.” Reagan was referring to the takeover of the Democratic Party by communist progressives.
Whichever choice you make, whether to expand and educate your mind or to remain a useful idiot, will have enormous consequences, not just for your life, but for the entire world. Please choose wisely.
https://commieblaster.com/progressives/index.html
https://commieblaster.com/commietunes/index.html
https://commieblaster.com/obama/index.html
https://www.henrymakow.com/liberals_are_shills_for_commun.html
https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2012/12/12/u-s-physicist-tom-fife-obama-was-groomed-to-be-president-by-soviet-communists/
https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2010/05/24/obama-a-sleeper-agent-for-world-communism/
https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2010/06/18/the-murderous-mind-of-the-radical-left/

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Leonardo DiCaprio and the decline of American culture

This is a stunning rebuke to the promoters of DiCaprio’s new movie, “The Wolf of Wall Street”. It appeared in LA Weekly on December 26, 2013. ~TD

LA WEEKLY / Above the Law

An Open Letter to the Makers of The Wolf of Wall Street, and the Wolf Himself

BY CHRISTINA MCDOWELL

Courtesy of Christina McDowell Christina McDowell (then Prousalis) with her father and his private plane during headier times.

Courtesy of Christina McDowell
Christina McDowell with her father and his private plane during headier times.


I hate to be the bearer of bad news, dear Kings of Hollywood, but you have been conned.
Let me introduce myself. My name is Christina McDowell, formerly Christina Prousalis. I am the daughter of Tom Prousalis, a man the Washington Post described as “just some guy on trial for penny-stock fraud.” (I had to change my name after my father stole my identity and then threatened to steal it again, but I’ll get to that part later.) I was eighteen and a freshman in college when my father and his attorneys forced me to attend his trial at New York City’s federal courthouse so that he “looked good” for the jury — the consummate family man.
And you, Jordan Belfort, Wall Street’s self-described Wolf: You remember my father, right? You were chosen to be the government’s star witness in testifying against him. You had pleaded guilty to money laundering and securities fraud (it was the least you could do) and become a government witness in two dozen cases involving your former business associate, but my father’s attorneys blocked your testimony because had you testified it would have revealed more than a half-dozen other corrupt stock offerings too. And, well, that would have been a disaster. It would have just been too many liars, and too many schemes for the jurors, attorneys or the judge to follow.
But the records shows you and my father were in cahoots together with MVSI Inc. of Vienna, e-Net Inc. of Germantown, Md., Octagon Corp. of Arlington, Va., and Czech Industries Inc. of Washington, D.C., and so on — a list of seemingly innocuous, legitimate companies that stretches on. I’ll spare you. Nobody cares. None of these companies actually existed, yet all of them were taken public by the one and only Wolf of Wall Street and his firm Stratton Oakmont Inc in order to defraud unwitting investors and enrich yourselves.
As an eighteen-year-old, I had no idea what was going on. But then again, did anyone? Certainly your investors didn’t — and they were left holding the bag when you cashed out your holdings and got rich off their money.
So Marty and Leo, while you glide through press junkets and look forward to awards season, let me tell you the truth — what happened to my mother, my two sisters, and me.
The day my father had to surrender to prison, I drove him. My mother had locked herself in the bathroom crying and throwing up, becoming nothing short of a more beautiful version of Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine. Ironically enough, Marty, she looks like a cross between Sharon Stone and Michelle Pfeiffer. Totally your leading ingénue type. Anyhow, after my father successfully laundered money in my name, hiding what was left of our assets from the government in a Wells Fargo bank account, I arrived home to discover multiple phone calls from creditors and attorneys threatening to sue me. He’d left me in nearly $100,000 worth of debt. He left and never told me.
After all of that liquidated money was gone from the Wells Fargo bank account, things got pretty bad. My younger sister ran away at seventeen. My older sister struggled to finish school in Texas. I couch surfed for two years, sometimes dressing out of my car and stealing pieces of salami out of my boyfriends’ refrigerators in the middle of the night, because I was so hungry and so ashamed that I couldn’t feed myself. Tips at the restaurant weren’t cutting it. It’s a pretty confusing experience to go from flying private with Dad to an evening where he’s begging you for a piece of your paycheck so he can buy food for dinner.
But, here’s the real kicker —
I believed him.
I believed everything my father told me. I believed it was the government’s fault he was going to prison and leaving his little princess, I believed it was your fault, Jordan Belfort. I believed that by taking out all those credit cards in my name, my father was attempting to save me. I believed him when he got out, and when he told me everything would be OK. I believed him until he tried to do the same thing all over again — until I was at risk of being arrested myself (and I’m saving that story for the memoir).
So here’s the deal. You people are dangerous. Your film is a reckless attempt at continuing to pretend that these sorts of schemes are entertaining, even as the country is reeling from yet another round of Wall Street scandals. We want to get lost in what? These phony financiers’ fun sexcapades and coke binges? Come on, we know the truth. This kind of behavior brought America to its knees.
And yet you’re glorifying it — you who call yourselves liberals. You were honored for career excellence and for your cultural influence by The Kennedy Center, Marty. You drive a Honda hybrid, Leo. Did you think about the cultural message you’d be sending when you decided to make this film? You have successfully aligned yourself with an accomplished criminal, a guy who still hasn’t made full restitution to his victims, exacerbating our national obsession with wealth and status and glorifying greed and psychopathic behavior. And don’t even get me started on the incomprehensible way in which your film degrades women, the misogynistic, ass-backwards message you endorse to younger generations of men.
But hey, listen boys, I get it. I was conned too. By. My. Own. Dad! I drove a white Range Rover in high school, snorted half of Colombia, and got any guy I ever wanted because my father would take them flying in his King Air.
And then I unraveled the truth. The truth about my father and his behavior: that behind all of it was really just insidious soul-sucking shame masked by addiction, which we love to call ambition, which is really just greed. Greed and the desire for fame (exactly what you’ve successfully given self-appointed motivational speaker/financial guru Jordan Belfort, whose business opportunities will surely multiply thanks to this film).
For me, it’s become goddamn unbearable.
But I refuse to give up.
Belfort’s victims, my father’s victims, don’t have a chance at keeping up with the Joneses. They’re left destitute, having lost their life savings at the age of 80. They can’t pay their medical bills or help send their children off to college because of characters like the ones glorified in Terry Winters’ screenplay.
Let me ask you guys something. What makes you think this man deserves to be the protagonist in this story? Do you think his victims are going to want to watch it? Did we forget about the damage that accompanied all those rollicking good times? Or are we sweeping it under the carpet for the sale of a movie ticket? And not just on any day, but onChristmas morning??
So here’s what I’m going to do first. I’m going to hand you my shame. Right now, in this very moment. The shame that I’ve been carrying for far too long as a result of being collateral damage. Because each of you should feel ashamed. And then I’m going to go pre-order my tickets to August: Osage County in support of Julia and Meryl — because at least, as screwed up as that family is, they talk about the truth.
I urge each and every human being in America NOT to support this film, because if you do, you’re simply continuing to feed the Wolves of Wall Street.
Yours truly,
Christina McDowell
PS. Quick update on Dad: He is now doing business with the Albanian government and, rumor has it, married to a 30-year-old Albanian translator — they always, always land on their feet.
Christina McDowell currently lives in Los Angeles. She volunteers with InsideOUT Writers, a nonprofit for children impacted by the criminal justice system, and is currently writing her memoir. You can reach her at christina.mcdowell1016@yahoo.com.
To read this story in it’s original publication, click this link: https://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2013/12/wolf_of_wall_street_prousalis.php
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Sunday afternoon cartoon

It’s been many years since I’ve watched a Looney Tunes cartoon.
I’ve forgotten how delightful they are!
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~Eowyn

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Mob of 400+ feral black teens loot NY shopping mall

If you want to corrupt the truth, start with corrupting the language.
To understand U.S. media’s news reports, we need to know their secret code. Here are some media code words:

  • “Flash mob,” “hundreds of teens,” “brawl” and “fights” are the codes for black race riot.
  • “Knockout game” is the code for assault — punching a stranger to the ground.

On Christmas Day, some 600 “teens” feral blacks converged in a “flash mob” on rioted at a movie theater in Jacksonville, Florida. 62 police officers were brought in to “curb the melee” put down the riot.
The next day, December 26, 2013, there was another “flash mob” riot of more than 400 “crazed teens” feral blacks who looted and assaulted shoppers in a Brooklyn, NY shopping mall.
Kings Plaza Brooklyn
In the news report below, the words between quotation marks are the reporters’.
Kevin Sheehan, Natasha Velez and Natalie O’Neill report for the New York Post, December 27, 2013, that a “wild flash mob” “stormed and trashed” the Kings Plaza Shopping Center in Brooklyn, New York, causing so much “chaos” that the mall was forced to close during post-Christmas sale.
Beginning at 5 p.m. on Dec. 26, 2013, more than 400 “crazed teens” — who mistakenly thought the rapper Fabolous would perform — erupted into “brawls” all over the shopping center.
The “troublemakers” looted and ransacked several stores as panicked shoppers ran for the exits and clerks scrambled to pull down metal gates.
Black mob in Brooklyn mall
Abu Taleb, 31, a clerk at the kiosk Candy Plaza 2, said, “I was begging them to stop. There were a lot of kids, hundreds of kids . . . [Security] would chase them out one door and they would come back in another door. I’ve been here seven years, and I have never seen anything like this before.”
Some of the “teens” staged a “game of knockout” on the top floor — and one may have been carrying a gun, sources said.
Shante, a 21-year-old perfume merchant, said, “They were playing the ‘knockout’ game. People were getting really scared.”
“Fights” at the mall also broke out in front of McDonald’s and Best Buy, where a group of girls began screaming and throwing punches as security guards struggled to break up the “brawl.”
Some of the “teens” — who had planned the “rowdy meet-up” on social media — later took to Facebook to brag about it. Ray Ray Sextana posted on Facebook, “[Kings Plaza] was on tilt today but n-ggas wasn’t catching me.” Another “teen,” Mark Wallace, posted, “S–t was crazy at Kings Plaza. So the security started shutting down the mall and kicking all teens out but it was so much of us they couldn’t get control. F–ked up my middle finger tryna fight them bitch ass security guards.”
Two security guards carried “a teenage boy” out by his wrists and ankles, video footage shows. Nobody was injured seriously and no arrests were made, police sources said. 
The mall was shuttered at around 7 p.m. for roughly an hour and has since issued a temporary “no teens” rule, in which anyone under 21 must be accompanied by an adult.
As if that’ll prevent another “flash mob” by those lovely “teens.”
In his bestseller on narcissism and evil, People of the Lie, the late psychiatrist M. Scott Peck, M.D., pointed out that we must name the problem if we are to solve it. Imagine doctors trying to cure cancer if they can’t even call it by its name, “cancer.”
That’s what the U.S. media are doing with the problem of black crimes and the hordes of feral young blacks — products of sexual promiscuity, absent fathers, and broken homes — who commit mayhem (hey, it’s just “flash mobs” and “knockout games”!) in HUNDREDS, thereby overwhelming the capability of security guards and law enforcement.
~Eowyn

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Somebody picked the wrong girl!

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Dog Center Europe treats soldiers — the canine kind — injured in war

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Stars and Stripes: It was a warm, sunny day in July when Tomi sprang from the back of a van like a jack-in-the-box.
He’s a bomb-sniffing dog, a high-energy Belgian Malinois. The only obvious sign of the shrapnel wound he had suffered the week before in Afghanistan was the red, white and blue cast on one of his hind legs, which thudded on the pavement as he bounced around to check out the people who were here to meet him. They were all surprised. They thought he’d come in on a stretcher.
It’s usually hard to tell what’s wrong with a dog when it arrives at Dog Center Europe, said Capt. Catherine Cook, an Army veterinarian and officer in charge of the working dog ward. “Sometimes it’s really bad,” she said. “Sometimes, you’re just like, ‘Oh.’ ”
Tomi was an “Oh,” case. His ears were up, his tongue was out. He looked like he wanted to play. But he also smelled like a urinal. Lying sedated in a kennel at Bagram Airfield, he had let himself go and didn’t know it.
Nobody mentioned his unfortunate smell as he was led into the examination room, nuzzling dog handlers and veterinarians and vet techs who treated him with the same reverence and care they would afford any other soldier injured in war.
Canine Landstuhl
About 15 minutes from the dog center is the U.S. military’s premier overseas hospital, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. Its reputation has been built on caring for thousands of military men and women injured in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Any servicemember who falls seriously ill or is badly injured in Afghanistan is evacuated to Landstuhl. Any servicemember, that is, except for military working dogs.
What Landstuhl is for humans, Dog Center Europe is to dogs. It’s the first stop for all working dogs evacuated from the war, and like Landstuhl, the center has a local base of patients it cares for, some of them working dogs, more of them pets.
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The center is on Pulaski Barracks, a small Army post with one main road lined with rectangular, off-white buildings with similar, rectangular brown signs out front. The center averages 40 patients a day, most of them pets coming in for routine checkups and vaccinations. During this year’s fighting season in Afghanistan, the center received just one injured dog — Tomi.
A long hall runs down the center’s spine. There’s a reception area at one end and examination rooms, storage rooms, an X-ray room and kennels in the middle. At the far end is the working dog area, with a full surgical theater, and two white boards listing the names and status of about 40 local military dogs cared for by the center. This end of the building was a busy place last year and the year before that. This year, as the troops draw down in Afghanistan, it’s been largely quiet.
Lt. Col. Kent Vince, the center director and lead surgeon, isn’t too upset about that. Like all the soldiers here who take care of the working dogs, Vince is passionate about the work.
“These are dogs that are a lot different than pets. And while pets play an incredibly important role in everybody’s lives and they bring happiness and comfort and meaning to so many people’s lives, the military working dog is a phenomenal creature in that they’re trained to save lives, find explosives, hunt down the bad guys and, you know, they’ve got a real-world mission that makes a real difference.”
Like Tomi, many of them shrug off injuries that would disable the average human, he said.
Vince recounted the case of an Australian Special Forces dog who suffered multiple gunshot wounds in a raid in Afghanistan. The Belgian Malinois was peppered with rounds as he ran toward his target and didn’t stop until the insurgent was subdued. One of his paws was nearly blown off in the engagement. The soldiers he was with scooped him up and put him on a medical evacuation flight to Germany, where Vince helped put him back together.
He’s proud of what he did. But if he doesn’t have to do another operation on a war-wounded dog, he said, it would be “a good thing.”
Dogs of war
There are hundreds of military dogs at work in Afghanistan. Some, like Tomi, are Tactical Explosives Detection Dogs, tasked with finding hidden bombs and triggers. Some accompany Special Forces on raids to capture high-level insurgents, some sniff out contraband. Still others provide therapy for servicemembers rattled by combat, assuming a role often filled by military chaplains.
“Something about a dog just makes life better when you’re deployed,” Sgt. Tami Bush, a veterinary technician at the dog center, said.  She looks at the dogs as soldiers. “I know what they do downrange. I know how many lives they save and how willing they are to work.
Before he was injured, Tomi and his handler, Spc. Michael Plemmons, found more than a dozen improvised bombs in Afghanistan. On one route-clearing mission, the duo and Army engineers turned up 14 devices, Plemmons said. Like all dog-and-handler teams, Tomi outranks his handler — he’s a sergeant.
Plemmons has a tattoo on his right arm of a dog’s paw and silhouette of a Malinois head inside a simple round bomb with a lighted fuse.
He’s not a dog handler by trade; he’s an infantryman. He volunteered for the handler job and trained with Tomi in the U.S. before deploying to eastern Afghanistan. Downrange, he said, Tomi was his closest buddy.
When Tomi got hurt, “I kept telling myself to keep calm. But I mean, it’s like watching your best friend get, you know …,” Plemmons said, trailing off.
Operation
The day Tomi arrived in Germany, vets took off his cast to assess the damage. He had a hole through his leg; a tendon was partly shredded if not gone. It looked like the shrapnel missed the bone.
Vince recast Tomi’s leg, and Plemmons was allowed to take him back to his temporary lodging.
Two days later, Tomi was back for surgery. After sedation, he was wheeled into the X-ray room. Vince looked at the images on a computer screen and explained his plan to Plemmons and the vet techs.
A short while later, after Bush shaved Tomi’s leg and Pfc. Monique Owens inserted a tube down his throat so he could breathe, Tomi was wheeled in for surgery.
The table was prepped and the instruments unwrapped from protective coverings in a routine that appeared no different from what happens at a hospital for humans.
For two hours, Vince cut, drilled and tied Tomi’s leg back together. Instruments and monitors beeped and whirred. Owens monitored Tomi’s vitals, noting them on a chart at regular intervals.
After Vince stitched the wound shut, Tomi was wheeled for another X-ray. “Any time we have a traumatic injury like this, you don’t always know what you’re gonna find,” Vince said. “And I think I was expecting a little bit worse-case scenario.”
The repair was easier than he expected.
They’re not all this easy.
In November, a chocolate lab named Weezy was evacuated here from Souda Bay, Greece, where he works for the Navy. He had shattered a hind leg while jumping for his favorite toy.
Vince had to do two operations to put Weezy back together. In an X-ray, Weezy’s leg is held together with so many screws that it looks less like a bone than a comb.
But by mid-December, Weezy looked to be in good shape. He goes back to the center at least twice a week for rehab. He spends about 15 minutes in a special hybrid pool-treadmill that takes some of the weight off his leg while providing resistance to help him build muscle.
Iras, an Army German shepherd, is going through the same treatment. He had started to lose control of his back legs, and Vince removed a piece of one of his vertebrae to release pressure on the affected nerves. He won’t go back to work. Instead, one of his handlers has asked to adopt him.
Recovery
Tomi was laid on a cushion on the floor of a kennel, and Plemmons slouched down with him, stroking his head. “It’s OK,” Plemmons said as Tomi tried unsuccessfully to rise. “OK. Hold still.”
Spc. Matthew Hugget, the vet tech in charge of the working dog ward, is no stranger to this kennel. During Huggett’s first year at the center, he worked with the Australian Special Forces Malinois who almost lost his paw.
“You would think a dog that is that injured would just be wanting to attack everyone and just be the most hostile patient ever,” Huggett said. But the dog was the sweetest he’s dealt with.
That dog’s recovery took three months, and Huggett stayed with him through much of it. He sleeps in the kennel often, sometimes on the floor, sometimes on a cot, so he can monitor his patients.
“I don’t know how many nights I’ve slept here,” he said. “I really do care for animals a lot.”
Plemmons said the care the military shows for these dogs is “awesome,” but he expects it. “I mean, they’re out there doing the same job that we are,” he said. “So they should get the same treatment, regardless.”
Hooah!
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Creation: "Goldilocks" Earth

We are told by astronomers that the Universe has countless Earth-like planets and, by implication, the possibility of intelligent life abounds.
Dr. Hugh Ross is an astronomer, physicist, Christian, and contrarian who holds a very different view.
According to Ross, our Earth is like the fairy tale Goldilocks: It is not too big nor too small, but somehow has just the right amounts of certain important minerals so as to support not just life, but intelligent life.
Too much water would mean an Earth of all oceans and no continents. Too much carbon would mean an atmosphere so thick as to make lungs inoperable and photosynthesis impossible. Too little phosphorous would mean no assembly of DNA and RNA molecules — the building blocks of life.
Can someone say “Intelligent Design”?
The frightening thing about this is: If our Earth is really unusual, perhaps unique, that means we human beings — we woefully flawed “tinder for sin” (fomes peccati, the Latin for the concupiscence of Original Sin) — are really alone in this infinitesimally vast Universe . . . .
~Eowyn
Earth

Earth’s Unique Element Abundances

December 21, 2009
By Dr. Hugh Ross
Earth is not at all ordinary in its assortment of elements and compounds.

For the planet’s size and distance from its star, it possesses an anomalous (abnormal) amount of every measurable element and compound. Today, the list of such uniquely abundant or scarce substances includes water, carbon, sulfur, phosphorus, uranium, and thorium. Each of these anomalous amounts proves to be a vital requirement for advanced life and a significant piece of evidence that Earth was supernaturally designed for humanity’s benefit.
study performed by two MIT planetary scientists showed that Earth is actually lacking in both water and carbon. They produced the most detailed model to date of degassing during the accretion phase of planetary formation for planets ranging in mass from 1 to 30 times the mass of Earth.1 The team based their models on measurements of the bulk compositions in the most primitive meteorites found in the solar system. These ancient remnants of the solar system’s protoplanetary disk represent the material from which Earth formed. They contain up to 20 percent by mass of water.
Using the range of water and carbon found in such meteorites and modeling how much of that water and carbon would be retained in the formation process by Earths and super-Earths, the MIT scientists determined that degassing during the accretion process alone would result in water and carbon compounds making up to 20 percent and 5 percent of the mass of Earths and super-Earths, respectively. They found, too, that using even modest estimates of water and carbon in the meteorites resulted in Earths and super-Earths ending up with very deep oceans and very thick atmospheres.
The problem posed by deep oceans is that no conceivable amount of plate tectonic activity would ever produce continents. Without continents there would be no possibility for land life, and many important nutrient-recycling mechanisms would be absent. The problem posed by thick atmospheres loaded with carbon compounds is that such atmospheres would trap tremendous amounts of heat, would result in such high atmospheric pressures as to make lungs inoperable, and would block out so much stellar light as to impede photosynthesis.
While water and carbon are essential for life, too little or too much proves deadly, especially in the case of advanced life. Earth possesses the just-right amount of each. The MIT team’s study underscored Earth’s uniqueness. For a planet as large as it is and as far away as it is from its star, Earth is miraculously water- and carbon-poor. Water makes up just 0.02 percent of Earth’s mass; carbon just 0.003 percent.
Measurements on Mars reveal another way in which our life-friendly home is unusual among its planetary peers. Earth is sulfur poor, especially in the sulfur compounds most hazardous to life. Two planetary scientists, Fabrice Gaillard and Bruno Scaillet, determined that the Martian mantle contains at least three to four times as much sulfur as does Earth’s and that volcanic gas emissions during the late stages of Mars’ history are ten to a hundred times richer in sulfur and sulfur compounds than similar emissions on Earth.2
Mars’ atmosphere was tenuous (just one bar or less) during the late stages of its history. Such a thin atmosphere implies that the sulfuric volcanic gases Mars retains are dominated by heavier sulfur dioxide rather than by hydrogen sulfide. This sulfur dioxide can penetrate any existing persistent water layer on Mars, making such water much too acidic for the origin of life or for the maintenance of anything other than the most extreme acidophilic bacterial species.
Too much sulfur on a planet is deadly to life. But Gaillard and Scaillet do not address whether Earth or Mars is the exception among planets.
Sulfur ranks as the tenth most abundant element in the universe. Its abundance by weight is 500 parts per million. This compares with 1,100, 700, and 600 parts per million, respectively, for iron, silicon, and magnesium, which rank seventh, eighth, and ninth. Yet in Earth’s crust, sulfur ranks as only the seventeenth most abundant element. There, its abundance by weight is 0.04 percent. The abundance levels for iron, silicon, and magnesium are 4.10, 27.71, and 2.30 percent, respectively. Thus, relative to iron and magnesium, sulfur is fifty times less abundant in Earth’s crust than it is in the universe.
Phosphorus, an element crucial for the assembly of DNA and RNA molecules, and likewise critical for metabolic reactions in all organisms, is super-abundant in Earth’s crust. Relative to magnesium and iron, phosphorus is four times more abundant in Earth’s crust than it is in the universe or the Sun.
Relative to magnesium and iron, uranium and thorium, which provide most of the energy driving plate tectonics, and thereby making continents possible, are about 10,000 and 1,000 times more abundant in Earth’s crust, respectively, than in the universe or the Sun. They are both much more abundant in the planet’s interior (the necessary location for the energy driving plate tectonics) than in the crust.
The table below summarizes Earth’s anomalous abundances of elements. Every one of our planet’s exceptional abundance characteristics discovered so far has proven to be essential for the support of life and of advanced life in particular. The evidence for the supernatural, super-intelligent design of Earth is mounting.
Earth’s Anomalous Abundances 
carbon 500 times less
water 250 times less
sulfur 50 times less
phosphorus 4 times more
uranium 10,000 times more
thorium 1,000 times more
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US sends missiles and drones to fight al-Qaeda in Iraq

More the POS’s right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing. The State Dept wants to have closer ties with jihadists in Syria, but the U.S. just sent 75 Hellfire missiles to fight jihadists in Iraq. Go figure!
~Eowyn

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CryptoLocker computer virus is real and nasty. Beware!

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There’s a very nasty computer virus called CryptoLocker that targets computers running Microsoft Windows.
First surfacing in September 2013, the virus may be disguised as a legitimate email attachment. When you open the attachment, however, unlike other viruses that simply delete your files, thereby allowing for the possibility of some file recovery, CryptoLocker will securely encrypt them using a special private key.
When your computer’s been infected by CryptoLocker, you’ll see a message like this:
CryptoLocker
Recovery of your files is impossible without CryptoLocker’s encryption key that they’ll give you only in exchange for a ransom payment.
That is why CryptoLocker is called a ransom malware.
The ransom must be paid by a stated deadline through either Bitcoin or a pre-paid voucher.
Although the CryptoLocker virus itself is readily removed, the files in your computer remain encrypted until you pay the ransom. Many say that the ransom should not be paid, but do not offer any way to recover files. To make things worse, paying the ransom is no guarantee that your files will be decrypted and restored to you. Other malware has employed similar tactics in the past, but CryptoLocker’s encryption is much more secure and is currently not possible to crack.
The steps to guard against CryptoLocker are the same good practices that should be employed to guard against any malware attack or hardware failure:
1. Make sure you’re using antivirus software and that it’s kept up to date. Thankfully, most antivirus applications can now detect and remove CryptoLocker, but are only of use if they catch it before the encryption occurs.
2. Make sure that you regularly back up all your data. These backups should be in a form that’s disconnected from your computer by using an external USB drive that you don’t keep permanently connected to your computer. CryptoLocker will seek out any connected USB drives and network shares, and attempt to encrypt those files, too. This can also apply to files being synced to Cloud services, although you should often be able to retrieve previous, and therefore unencrypted, versions of these files via the Cloud service provider. Users of Windows starting with XP Service Pack 2 may also be able to retrieve previous (and therefore unencrypted) versions of their files, by right-clicking on an encrypted file and selecting “Properties,” then “Previous Versions.”
3. Email is CryptoLocker’s primary mode of attack, so avoid opening any email attachments from untrusted sources or that appear in any way suspicious. This should include attachments sent from banks or financial institutions and, particularly in the case of CryptoLocker, from courier companies or from Companies House.
4. Make sure the email scanning feature of your antivirus software is configured and enabled.
PCAdvisor suggests that you check right now whether CryptoLocker has found its way onto your PC by downloading and run Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. This will scan for the Trojan and remove it for you if discovered.
I have Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, one of three antivirus software I use. Malwarebytes is free. In fact, it’s running a quick scan on my laptop right now.
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Sources: PCAdvisorWikipedia

H/t FOTM’s joandarc
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Gaystapo lose: A&E returns Phil Robertson to "Duck Dynasty"

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Fox News reports, Dec. 28, 2013:
The A&E Network announced Friday it would resume filming “Duck Dynasty” with Phil Robertson and the rest of his family next spring.
Robertson had been indefinitely suspended by the network on Dec. 18 for comments he made about homosexuality in an interview with GQ Magazine.
The removal of the 67-year-old family patriarch triggered support from gay rights organizations but objections from many fans of the show, including such political figures as former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
There was no immediate response from the Robertson family to A&E’s announcement.
The fifth season of the family series originally had been scheduled to start Jan. 15 but until Friday’s announcement,its future had been uncertain.
In a statement released late Friday afternoon, A&E said, “While Phil’s comments made in the (GQ) interview reflect his personal views based on his own beliefs, and his own personal journey, he and his family have publicly stated they regret the ‘coarse language’ he used and the misinterpretation of his core beliefs based only on the article. He also made it clear he would ‘never incite or encourage hate.’”
The network added that “Duck Dynasty is not a show about one man’s views. It resonates with a large audience because it is a show about family, a family that America has come to love. As you might have seen in many episodes, they come together to reflect and pray for unity, tolerance and forgiveness. These are three values that we at A&E Networks also feel strongly about. So after discussions with the Robertson family, as well as consulting with numerous advocacy groups, A&E has decided to resume filming Duck Dynasty later this spring with the entire Robertson family.”
“Duck Dynasty” is the top-rated reality program on cable, according to the Hollywood Reporter, with an average 13.4 million viewers and a marketing franchise in such outlets as Walmart, Sears and Cracker Barrel restaurants – which briefly removed the “Dynasty” items after Robertson’s suspension.
In a statement Friday night to Fox News, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Discrimination said “dialog” between Robertson and the black and gay communities was a critical next step.
“Phil Robertson should look African-American and gay people in the eyes and hear about the hurtful impact of praising Jim Crow laws and comparing gay people to terrorists,” the statement said. “If dialog with Phil is not part of next steps, then A&E has chosen profits over African-American and gay people — especially its employees and viewers.
Jindal released a statement Friday night saying, “I am glad to hear that the folks at A&E came to their senses and recognized that tolerance of religious views is more important than political correctness.  Today is a good day for the freedoms of speech and religious liberty.”
Family Research Council president Tony Perkins said in a statement following A&E’s announcement, “The attacks on Phil Robertson revealed to the American people that the push to redefine marriage is less about the marriage altar than it is fundamentally altering America’s moral, political and cultural landscape. A&E Network’s reversal in the face of backlash is quite telling to the American people who are growing tired of GLAAD and cultural elites who want to silence people and remove God and His word from every aspect of public life.”
H/t Clash Daily
This incident shows that Americans can rally together to fight back against the Left’s agenda.
But this victory is a small and transitory one in the long defeat of the Culture War.
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