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Albert Mohler – Brave New World of Cloning

“I was convinced that there was still plenty of time.” With those words the author Aldous Huxley looked back to 1931, and the publication of his famous novel Brave New World. Huxley’s vision of an oppressive culture of total authoritarian control and social engineering was among the most shocking literary events of the twentieth century. But just 27 years after the publication of Brave New World, Huxley was already aware of his underestimation of the threat represented by modern technocratic society.

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GM Soy Linked to Sterility, Infant Mortality … DuPont Just Approved to Begin Distributing New Type

This kind of makes me sick at my stomach. Just as a study is released within the past several months indicating genetically modified soy has been linked to sterility and infant mortality in hamsters (and thus likely humans as well), DuPont has been approved by the USDA to begin production of soy with yet another genetic modification.

Seeing how inept the government is at managing, well, anything these days, you can imagine my concern for what this means when the USDA claims to have vetted genetically modified food that we all will consume at some point in the near future. Read on and be prepared …

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Astronomy Picture of the Day – The Holiness of God

What a picture! This is a snapshot from a guy who climbed a mountain overlooking the eruption in Iceland that is wreaking havoc on all kinds of travel plans and logistical shipments of goods. The impact has been worse than the chaos of 9/11 even, one news report said. I have some friends who are going overseas to be missionaries who are currently stuck in Europe, waiting to travel on.

But aside from all of that, I couldn’t help but think this image looked similar to the depictions of God’s glory and His visibly-manifested presence in Exodus 19:16-20; Ezekiel 1:4-28; Isaiah 6:1-7; and several places in Revelation.

On a related note, I find it interesting how all of these descriptions parallel that of the description given of Christ in His risen, ascended, interceding glory in Revelation 1:12-20. In all of these instances where God makes Himself known in power, either through visible expressions or by the Person of Christ Himself, the people being spoken to fall on their faces in terror at His holiness.

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Was Soylent Green Population Reduction Propaganda?

For those who are not privy to nerdy, futuristic dystopian science fiction movies, Soylent Green is a classic. By today’s standards, it’s an awful movie (maybe even by that day’s standards as well). It’s pretty bad. Regardless, the plot is of particular interest here.

Released in 1973, the movie portrays a time in the future, specifically the year 2022, when the population of New York City (one slice of the world’s total population at the time) has exploded to a massive 40,000,000 people. Resources are scarce (especially food), poverty is rampant, streets are crowded, and all power has been consolidated into the hands of the government to control the masses of people who are out of control. Because of the lack of food, a company used by the government, Soylent Corporation, produces high-energy ration wafers that the people can consume for nutrition. There is Soylent Red, Soylent Yellow and a new product, Soylent Green. Long story short (here’s a spoiler), Soylent Green turns out to be processed dead people. It’s a sort of secret, government-sponsored recycling program. Yeah gross.

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Global Warming and the Rise of the Neo-Malthusians

Well, many of the conspiracy theorists have been right, I hate to say. Except in this instance, these aren’t conspiracies at all. They are just openly talking about their ideas.

Follow me here on the logic train concerning CO2 output and climate change: if global warming due to human interference is a frightening reality, then logically, what is the biggest step that needs to be taken by governments and people around the world to reduce carbon output, if we really want to make an impact at lightening speed? Well, you reduce the number of people. Makes sense right?

That is exactly what is being proposed at the Copenhagen climate change conference in Denmark. China has made a strong case for it, citing their policies as an example. In addition, the Canadian national newspaper is calling for a worldwide one child policy. On a practical level, these are the very things I’ve feared coming as a result of the global warming fear mongering: policies that go way beyond the environment.

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Worst Scientific Scandal of our Generation

Climate change: this is the worst scientific scandal of our generation

“The reason why even the Guardian’s George Monbiot has expressed total shock and dismay at the picture revealed by the [climate change] documents is that their authors are not just any old bunch of academics. Their importance cannot be overestimated, What we are looking at here is the small group of scientists who have for years been more influential in driving the worldwide alarm over global warming than any others, not least through the role they play at the heart of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).”

Latest on ClimateGate

Found on DrudgeReport:

UK: Pretending the climate email leak isn’t a crisis won’t make it go away…
US: Impression left by emails is that global warming game has been rigged from start…
AUSTRALIA: Five MPs lead the way by resigning in disgust over carbon tax…
NEW ZEALAND: Climate Science Coalition caught lying about temp trends…
RUSSIA: Что скрывают ученые о глобальном потеплении?…
…ONWARD COPENHAGEN!

They Blinded Us, With “Science”

Pertaining to the hacked servers (possibly the hack/leak of the century IMO) at the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit, in which many many emails and files were obtained and distributed around the internet, is this from the Wall Street Journal:

“This is horrible,” said Pat Michaels, a climate scientist at the Cato Institute in Washington who is mentioned negatively in the emails. “This is what everyone feared. Over the years, it has become increasingly difficult for anyone who does not view global warming as an end-of-the-world issue to publish papers. This isn’t questionable practice, this is unethical.”

John Christy, a scientist at the University of Alabama at Huntsville who was attacked in the emails, said, “It’s disconcerting to realize that legislative actions this nation is preparing to take, and which will cost trillions of dollars, are based upon a view of climate that has not been completely scientifically tested — but rather orchestrated.”

Right on.

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Climate Change Theory Once Again Shown For What it Is

Links found on DrudgeReport:

BBC: What happened to global warming?

Montana cold breaks records...

Records in Idaho threaten potato crops...

Austria: Earliest snowfall in history...

Man has microphone cut off after asking about 'errors' in Gore film...

Video...

Energy crisis postponed, new gas rescues world...

Washington state: Snow, extreme record cold...

Nebraska: Coldest early October...

Unexploded Thermitic Material in WTC Dust? Surely Not

In a study published in April of this year, a group of scientists claim to have found active thermitic particles in several separate  World Trade Center (WTC) pyroclastic dust samples (the white dust resulting from the collapse of the two towers). What is thermite, you ask? Well, just go here (wikipedia) or watch a video here and here to see what it does. I have sent this research paper to a friend of mine attending Georgia Tech to send on to the School of Chemistry there to check on 1) the respectability of the journal in which this study was published, 2) if this is a real or fake study, and 3) whether or not the science in this study is valid at all.

I’m not smart enough with chemistry or the scientific processes used here to determine the legitimacy of this information, which is why I forwarded it on to have it examined. Of course, everyone and their dog, with the exception of those in the 9/11 Truth Movement, are going to blast this study as fake, absurd, pushing an agenda, etc. I mean, how outrageous and nonsensical of a proposition is it that our own government would conspire to attack us, the people of the United States (continue reading below on Operation Northwoods)? But I just wanted to check on what a top tech school would have to say about all of this, trying to approach this critically.

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