Friday, November 29, 2019

Why Bother ?

Guest Post from Mustang.

Morality can only be defined within a single culture; never across two cultures.  An example of this is that we can study American Indian history and culture, but we can never compare their values with those of white persons.  We can form friendships with black people, but we cannot compare the moral compass of white people to that of blacks.  These groups never have been, are not now, and never will be culturally (morally) similar.

Human psychology causes us to reaffirm the integrity of our particular worldview.  We are always in search of information that confirms what we already believe, and we easily dismiss propositions that are hostile to our own core beliefs.  We become polarized and tend to listen less than we do talk, eager to convince others of the high moral value of our own point of view.  This leads us to an impasse when debating or conversing with others, who have their own moral compass.

Psychologists tell us that if we ever hoped to win an argument with someone with an opposing political position, our only chance of doing that is to frame our argument around what they claim to be their set of values.  It all has to do with the language one uses in their argument.  If one wants to sway an opponent, then one has to use language that reflects, in some way, what they believe to be true.  What we believe to be true is rooted in our moral foundations.

What influences our worldview is our moral foundation.  Progressives respond to such terms as equality, fairness, protecting the vulnerable, and humanity (globalism).  Conservatives respond well to such things as loyalty, purity, respect for authority, God, and Country.  This is why conservatives respond well to such phrases as, “Take our country back,” which causes progressives to retch.  But  the experts claim that moral foundations do not translate from one tribe to another.  You can’t win an argument with a German by speaking French.  You can’t win an argument with a progressive using words that reflect conservative values.

Key to having a debate with a friend, if you want to keep them as a friend, is to listen to what they are saying.  The manipulators among us refer to “listening” as “deep canvassing.”  In my view, this is a bit dishonest, not to mention disrespectful.  If you have a friend, if you respect that person, then you ought to be willing to listen carefully to what he or she is saying, without scoring a “slam dunk” with your own (contrasting) point of view.  Maybe there are occasions when a response isn’t even necessary.

But here’s the thing: if it is true that morality can only be defined within a single culture, and never between two cultures, should we begin to consider that progressive-minded persons are culturally and irretrievably removed from ourselves?  Think of this as two tribes, each with its own set of values (few to none of which are shared).  Conservatives view liberal values as “immoral,” and “Un-American,” but that only makes sense from the conservative perspective.  Likewise, progressives view their values as moral.  Hence, any conversation with a liberal is much like shoveling shit against the tide —which leads to the next question: why bother?

With this in mind, why would any conservative invite a liberal to Thanksgiving dinner, where the conversation always ends up centered on politics or politicians?  I’m sure there are hungry conservatives out there who could use a good meal.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Entertainment For Thanksgiving

I could watch this guy all day.  If you want to skip the intro go to 1:43.  If you do skip the intro, note that he won the million and now headlines in Las Vegas.

Notice in that first bit how he keeps shuffling the cards as he lays them out.

PS - If you don't want to see a mad crazy leftie waddle out onto the stage, stop the vid at 31:08.

Monday, November 25, 2019

For All You Speed Freaks

All you need to know to get there.

I've been to these things and yes they do shake the ground.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Update: Bloodhound LSR

Bloodhound did its last speed test this year and will be back next year for (I assume) heading on toward 1000 Mph.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Is This a Supernova Remnant ?

Or a cat playing with a ball of yarn on a floor made to look like deep space ?

Click the pic to find out.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The Lagoon Nebula

I see all kinds of images in this thing.

Click the image to go to the APOD site and read the description.  If you want to.  Like it's up to you.  Totally.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Oooh Pretty

New Stars.  I love new stars.

Talk amongst yourselves and of course click the picture to get the details or do 10 hours of community service in San FranSicko

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

I'm Quite Sure You Are All Dying to know What it is Like to Drive the Bloodhound LSR

Right then.

Click on this Link and there is a brief description about how the cockpit all came about, and a video very slightly down the page where Andy Green, RAF Wing Commander, explains how it all come together and the details of all the bits and bobs Andy deals with when driving the car.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Open Letter to Liberal Democrats

Blacks, Latino's, Women, and probably even LGBT people are enjoying the lowest unemployment rate in American History thanks to Donald Trump, who Loves America and all of it's law abiding inhabitants regardless of race, religion, or color.

You support all these groups correct?

By electing another Democrat administration like Obama's or worse, you must be aware that many of the people in these groups will once again be unemployed as they were under your hero Obama’s 8 years of reign.  Correct?  Got a problem with that?  You don’t believe that?  Go see a doctor.  Your bead on reality is off by several bubbles of plumb.
By electing democrats you are Assuring that many of the people in these groups will once again be unemployed and not nearly as able to work to maintain a better life for themselves and their families, let alone pay taxes instead of drawing federal and state tax money - a double whammy.
Now, tell me where I’m wrong.  You really don't care about any of these people do you ?

Sane people, please share this thought when appropriate.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Bloodhound LSR Hits 500 MPH

As it continues through it's planned testing of increasing the speed by 50 MPH for each successive run to flesh out any problems at various speeds.  I'm sure you all remember that the Thrust SSC which broke the sound barrier on land in 1999 got pretty squirreled around 600 MPH and wanted to go hard left.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Oh Look

A combination Bunny and Goat with Cat Feet and Woody from Toy Story giving a speech, to onlookers who are light years away to the left of the image, on it's fluffy butt.

No, I haven't had a drink yet.  Maybe that's the problem.

Click the pic or be sentenced to 100 hours of library Drag Queen Story Time with Adam Schiff as your escort.

Have a Great Weekend !

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Enjoy The Veil Nebula

My wonderful bunnies.....

Heck Yea, Click the pic for a description by a professional astronomer bunny.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Friday, November 1, 2019

Terminator? It's Here Right Now !

Yikers.  Will these be programmed to fight wars and otherwise kill people?  

You can bet your ass.