I’ve opted for plain and simple for my format and layout. The default presentation gives you the last few articles I’ve written in a long, scrollable format. Sometimes I add a “more” tag, which takes you to the individual post, showing the remainder of what I wrote for that article, but usually you must click the heading (to the left of the primary text blocks) to get to the specific article, since I usually just write it all, letting all show on the scrolling composite. The basic reading format doesn’t include a comment box. If you click the heading and go to the specific posting, there is a reply box at the end, after the share buttons and the tags and categories. You can also click the quote-button comment link just below the title.

So, if you happen to read something you want to reply to, please do. I will almost certainly post your comment and reply to you. I’m not into censoring.

Lonnie E. Schubert:


For what it’s worth.

Originally posted on Naturalis Historia:

FOOTBALLs-deflatedI have only a passing interest in the fate of Tom Brady, though being a Peyton Manning fan—go Vols!—I am not unbiased. However, the six-month debate over Deflategate has captivated my interest. Why? Partly because I find some striking parallels between the rhetoric used by Tom Brady and his lawyers and the talking points emerging from creationist organizations such as Answers in Genesis. Both of them face a mountain of evidence that does not seem to support their claims.

Deflategate, of course, stems from the accusation that some of the playoff-game footballs used by the New England Patriots football team were deflated intentionally. I don’t want to rehearse all the evidence against the Patriots, but the independent investing team that looked into this affair found a high likelihood that two Patriots attendants had deflated the balls after the referees had prepared them for play. After all, when one of your…

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Lonnie E. Schubert:


Here is your engineering homework. Large assignment. Read and understand. The test will involve pain.

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

Review of Forbes On-line Magazine Article “Solar Energy Revolution: A Massive Opportunity”

By: Tom Tamarkin
Founder FuelRFuture & President USCL Corp

Abstract:

This paper discusses a recently published business magazine article projecting massive growth in the solar industry over the next 20 years. We have analyzed the business, scientific, and engineering backgrounds of two well-known gentlemen quoted in the article and searched for business interests that would benefit from such growth either by way of early investment and subsidy capital or long term net revenue. We have analyzed the utility industry’s need to replace an existing 440 GW of fully operational and cost effective generating capacity in light of its projected retirement of plants due to age coupled with the potential increase in demand based on partial electrification of the transportation system. We conclude with the analysis of the feasibility of powering the U.S. electricity needs by a solar-only generation…

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Lonnie E. Schubert:


SkS and Cook, despicable.

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

If it wasn’t enough that John Cook dresses himself up as a Nazi in his SkS uniform on his forum, now we have him caught in what looks to be identity theft of a well known scientist.

A WUWT reader writes via email:

I thought I might ask you for your comment on this before I rush to judge John cook.

The Reference Frame: Identity theft: the thief of Lubos_Motl turns out to be a well-known man

Specifically, I’m curious:
1) Why john would wish to post comments anywhere under any circumstances using another persons name?
2) How many other times has he done this?
3) Does he intend to do this again?
Thanks for your time.

This isn’t a brush away issue that he can ignore, as Dr. Lubos Motl found out yesterday, John Cook has been using the name of Dr. Lubos Motl to post comments that…

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Lonnie E. Schubert:


Dr. Michaels adds in comments:
michaelspj July 22, 2015 at 6:51 pm
Lowenthal went bat-shit crazy at the end of the hearing. Trying to find a link to the whole thing for all to see. He also claimed that one year destroyed the pause and induced a significant warming trend, and then he brought in Karl’s paper. I took Tom’s name in vain–seriously–in previous questioning from the Majority.

I was talking about the 2000 Assessment and that I had found that the models they used were worse than random numbers, and that Karl emailed me that indeed they (he was the science head for the report) had found the same. The congressman was a doctor so I pointed out that this would be like prescribing medication he knew did not work or would harm the patient. The other side was not pleased..

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

Climatologist Dr. Pat Michaels writes:

In his introductory remarks, Congressman Lowenthal (D-NY) went on the usual these-witnesses-are-climate-deniers rant.  As I was the next speaker, I re-wrote my oral testimony to point out, in three spots, that people who did not recognize the low-sensitivity papers, or the huge disparity between the midtropospheric observed and modeled data, or the low sensitivity in the multiauthored Otto study (15 of the authors were lead  authors in the last IPCC repor)t, were in fact “science deniers”.

Judging from his reaction at the end of the hearing, it really got to him.

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Lonnie E. Schubert:


What can a person say.

Originally posted on Pointman's:

If you write, there’s this magical thing that happens once in a while. A story or a character takes on a life of their own and begins to write itself. You’re relegated to just being the typist. It’s automatic writing. The first time it happens, you try to rein it in and plough on with the plan and end up with a complete mess.

That monster you’ve created isn’t having any of it.

You soon learn you’ve got a tiger by the tail in that situation, so you just hang on, hope for the best and let it take you where it will. The results are usually good, very good, so you learn to just go with the flow. Mostly, writing anything decent is plain hard work and you soon begin to appreciate such happy events.

The reverse applies too. Sometimes you can’t get into a piece for some reason. Usually, it’s…

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This post and the two from christianstudies.wordpress.com are for reference. I’m not commenting at this time.

I will point out that Paul was raised in strict Jewish heritage. He referred to himself as among the best. http://biblehub.com/philippians/3-5.htm It is unreasonable to assume that any of Paul’s references and statements can be taken apart from a context of Hebrew law and history.

http://biblehub.com/jude/1-7.htm

It is important to read exactly and not read in.

http://biblehub.com/1_corinthians/6-9.htm

It is a large statement, not to be abbreviated. http://biblehub.com/text/1_corinthians/6-9.htm

Warning Against False Teachers

3As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, 4nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardshipafrom God that is by faith. 5The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 6Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, 7desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions.

8Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, 9understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, 10the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers,b liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to soundc doctrine, 11in accordance with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted.

Context is important.

http://biblehub.com/1_timothy/1-10.htm

Paul’s context:

http://biblehub.com/leviticus/18-22.htm

http://biblehub.com/leviticus/20-13.htm

I will also add that I do not condone any sort of extreme punishment, much less death, for sinners.

I cannot support capital punishment in our modern context, but I assent to it in the general sense. I can only justify capital punishment for aggravated murder, and only when egregious, and for violent rape.

Lonnie E. Schubert:


For reference.

Originally posted on Christian Studies:

The Claim

The Greek word arsenokoitai (plural form of arsenokoitēs), is typically translated as referring to practicing homosexuals by standard English translations in 1 Corinthians 6:9[1] and 1 Timothy 1:10.[2] This is challenged by those seeking legitimization of homosexual behaviour within Christianity.

* 1975: Bailey[3] agreed the word refers to males involved in homosexual acts,[4] but not generally to ‘homosexuals’[5]

* 1980: Boswell[6] claimed the word only designates male prostitutes[7][8]

* 1983: Scroggs[9] interpreted the word as referring only to abusive pederasty[10][11]

* 1996: Martin[12] argued the traditional interpretation is false etymology[13][14][15][16]

Scholarly Commentary

Scobie[17] and Campbell argue against the restriction of the word to pederasty.[18] Hays, Scobie, and Malick point out that the meaning is identified by its derivation from the Greek translation of the Old Testament, where the component…

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Lonnie E. Schubert:


For reference.

Originally posted on Christian Studies:

The Claim

The Greek word malakoi (plural form of malakoi), is typically translated as referring to males practicing homosexual acts by standard English translations in 1 Corinthians 6:9.[1][2] This is challenged by those seeking legitimization of homosexual behaviour within Christianity.[3][4]

The Facts

Lexical evidence from Greek texts indicates the word was used to refer to the passive partner in a male homosexual act.[5][6][7][8] The meaning of the word is not confined to male prostitutes,[9] or sexually exploited males.[10][11][12]

Lexical Sources

Standard Greek lexicons and dictionaries understand this word as a reference to the passive partner in a male homosexual act.[13][14][15][16][17][18]

Scholarly Commentary

The majority of commentators and translators understand malakos to refer to the passive partner in a male homosexual act. [19][20][21]


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Dr. Ball wrote an article for Anthony, over at WattsUpWithThat.

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/07/18/climate-change-baltic-herring-and-the-reformation/

Very insightful article.

The rule of thumb regarding questions in headlines is that the answers must be assumed to be “no.”

So, is the Pope worried about prosperity? I’d say probably, but not in the general sense as asked in the question. The Pope may be getting such bad advice, and so much of it, that he thinks our current prosperity is only increasing as a bubble, and the crash is coming, and it will be worse than the dark ages.

Given the long view the church must take, I understand, but if the leadership of the church is trying to mitigate against loss of adherents, it has lost sight of the reason for the churches existence. Besides, Jesus himself declared He would build the church and hell would not prevail against it.

Lonnie E. Schubert:


The reason folks in very high HDI countries have so many problems is because we have no real problems.

It is telling that food and water are so low on the list. It seems people are willing to sacrifice the physical needs of the body today in hopes of better education that may empower the descendants of the future.

Despite the evidence that people really don’t know what is good for them, and the obvious fact that elitists try to take advantage of it (and people seem to not care so much), people still innately know that they cannot do anything about the weather and climate.

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

From the United Nations “MY World” initiative, which has recorded the opinions for All Countries & Country Groups with votes of 7,679,273 at the time of this writing. They describe it as:

MY World is a United Nations global survey for citizens. Working with partners, we aim to capture people’s voices, priorities and views, so world leaders can be informed as they begin the process of defining the next set of global goals to end poverty.

The data collected so far is telling, at least about opinions surrounding global warming aka climate change. It is dead last in the list of concerns queried:

UN-poll-AGW-dead-lastThis next graph is even more interesting:

UN-poll-AGW-dead-last-segments

Source: http://data.myworld2015.org/

It too shows “action taken on climate change” as dead last among all age groups, gender, and education, but there are three curious columns on the right where it doesn’t come in last, but comes in low. These…

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No degree needed. Well stated.

Climate Concern is Mis-directed | Somewhat Reasonable.

Originally posted on Pointman's:

I blog because there are certain things I feel strongly about. So many of those things are unfashionable amongst the media chatterati, who labour under the twin delusions that not only do the hold the one correct political viewpoint on any question, but they also represent some righteous but silent majority who also hold that same viewpoint. Of course they’re wrong on both counts but they all live in medialand and with a boring regularity get reminded they’re actually nothing more than media studies propagandists pretending to be journalists.

That chasm between reality and how informed and influential they think they are has been pretty stark this year – the UK general election that they said was neck and neck but turned out to be an outright majority for the Conservative Party who won a hundred more seats than Labour, and another supposedly neck and neck vote in Greece that…

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Lonnie E. Schubert:


Of note.

Originally posted on Vital Piety:

Occasionally I will see someone argue passionately that United Methodism is not a creedal church. The energy behind this argument has always surprised me, as I’ve tended to see the Creeds as unifying, not just among Methodists but even more broadly among much broader sections of the Body of Christ. The argument that United Methodism is not a creedal church is usually based on John Wesley’s omission of Article VIII “Of the Three Creeds” in his revision of the Anglican Articles of Religion for the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1784.

I have been heartened to see in the past week a number of posts discussing the positive role of the Creeds for United Methodism. David Watson started by asking whether John Wesley’s faith was a creedal faith? Joel L. Watts then wrote a post on the Wesleys living by the Creeds, and added to it here and here

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Lonnie E. Schubert:


This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation,

http://biblehub.com/esv/1_timothy/1.htm

Instruct people in the straightforward teachings of Jesus. Discourage them from considering mythological teachings and speculative interpretations of scripture. Discourage fellow believers from being concerned with genealogies. Such devotion builds up wrong thinking, improper considerations of times, and promotes pride in pedigree. Have nothing to do with it, but be a good steward of the faith of God.

http://biblehub.com/1_timothy/1-5.htm
http://biblehub.com/interlinear/1_timothy/1-5.htm

Specifically, the overriding goal and objective is to walk in love. Ensure your love flows from your heart, a heart that is pure, with no deceit, a conscience that is clear, never refusing truth, never rejecting facts, and show forth your faith. Confirm your true faith showing it with works that help, build up, and show mercy.

http://biblehub.com/james/2-18.htm

Our brother provides an excellent resource here. Worth your study.

Originally posted on Letters to Creationists:

SUMMARY

The Protestant consensus since the time of the Reformation has been that the physical universe and its history are real, not illusory. As God’s creation, the physical world conveys genuine information about the Creator and can serve to inform our interpretations of the Bible. Therefore, when geologists (many of them devout Christians) in the early 1800’s found that the rock layers showed the earth to be far older than the 6000 years derived from a literal reading of Genesis, Bible-believing Christians did not ignore, suppress, or lie about these findings. Rather, they adjusted their interpretation of the relevant Bible passages away from a simplistic literal reading, just as they had done 200 years earlier with the verses that depicted a stationary earth. Through about 1960, nearly all Christians, including conservative Old Testament scholars and most fundamentalists, were comfortable with interpretations of Genesis which accommodated an earth that was many…

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