Daniel 1, the early years, new names, “the Daniel diet”

The “Einstein test” (maybe not from Einstein himself) simply states that for a prophesy to be proven it has to be written down before the event happened, and that the prophet could in no way himself make the prophesy to be fulfilled.

And now to the book of Daniel.

They submitted to new names, but when it came to food they resisted.

You guessed it. This has led to a new fad: “The Daniel diet” consisting of only vegetables, or vegetables and grain, meatless diets or even vegan diets, but they all miss the point. The four young men decided to obey God and only eat kosher food rather than the pagan delicacies, and not drink wine, but trust God and drink their water. This act of obedience is what God honored.

Genesis 36, Esau’s descendants and the rulers of Edom.

Edom, the hill country of Seir, is Southwest of the Dead sea, a dry near desert like land, but with winter rains and occasional rain at other times.

The descendants of Esau are well documented from Egyptian sources that corroborate the biblical account.

 

 

Genesis 35, The birth of Benjamin and Rachel’s death, Altar at Bethel, Jacob’s sons.

1 John 5:21  Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.

 

From Wikipedia:  After an attack on Joseph’s Tomb and its subsequent takeover by Arabs ceded to the Palestinian Authority after the Oslo accord, hundreds of residents of Bethlehem and the Aida refugee camp, led by the Palestinian Authority-appointed governor of Bethlehem, Muhammad Rashad al-Jabari, attacked Rachel’s Tomb. They set the scaffolding that had been erected around it on fire and tried to break in. The IDF dispersed the mob with gunfire and stun grenades, and dozens were wounded. In the following years, the Israeli-controlled site became a flashpoint between young Palestinians who hurled stones, bottles and firebombs and IDF troops, who responded with tear gas and rubber bullets.

At the end of 2000, when the second intifada broke out, the tomb came under attack for 41 days. Fatah operatives and members of the Palestinian security services who were responsible for curbing militant activity against Israelis actively participated in it. In May 2001, fifty Jews found themselves trapped inside by a firefight between the IDF and Palestinian Authority gunmen. In March 2002 the IDF returned to Bethlehem as part of Operation Defensive Shield and remained there for an extended period of time. In September 2002, the tomb was incorporated on the Israeli side of the West Bank barrier and surrounded by a concrete wall and watchtowers.

 

The March for Science Apr 22 2017. Is it real Science or “Politically Correct Science?”

We’ re marching for Science, Yippee!

Obama is gone. We are free

to explore what is true.

No more models will do.

The Climate has changed, totally!

The Climate doomsayers are out in force are out in force again. Here is a sign

What stands out is the headline “The “Debate” is over”

So, let’s see what facts are in.

CO2 is a strong greenhouse gas, second only to water vapor in affecting the climate on earth. If CO2 were to double from pre-industrial times, which it will have done in 50 years or so, global temperatures on earth will increase about 0.9 degree Celsius from pre-industrial times, if that was the only factor affecting the greenhouse effect. This corresponds to a radiative forcing of  4.9 W/m2. But water vapor is a stronger greenhouse gas than CO2, and, this is important, they are not orthogonal as defined by chemometrics, that means, the responses from water vapor and CO2 are not independent, and they are only partly additive. Check this figure: The bottom line is the absorption of water vapor, the green line is for CO2. The area of interest is between 8 and 20 microns, where CO2 absorbs more than H20 and is at the maximum of outgoing black body emission at 0F. The CO2 concentration is on the order of 400 ppm, the average global H2O concentration at surface level is around 12,500 ppm. Since both H2O and CO2 absorb in the same area, if water vapor concentration is more than 30 times higher, the CO2 con- centration doesn’t matter, it is all absorbed by H2O, and this is the reason there is no hotspot in the equatorial troposphere. All climate models predict there must be one, so there must be something seriously wrong with all climate models.

What does IPCC do with this evidence?

IPCC ignores it, and claim the models are still correct.

This is not science, but politically correct science denial.

We are now in a nineteen year Climate “pause”, where increasing cloud cover with its strong negative feedback cancels out the potential temperature rise of rising CO2.

We are in the bog-building phase of the inter-glacial period, and the long term temperature trend is down, rising CO2 will delay the onset of the next ice age by maybe 2000 years.

The real debate has just started, and this time, let us talk real science, verified by observations, not fear-mongering  political statements.

Pope Francis asked the mayor of Paris for “positive waves”. A Limerick.

pope-francisPope Francis implored Paris Mayor;

Instead of the matter of prayer

asked for “Positive waves.”

Not from God that us saves.

A deplorable state of affair.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo speaks during a news conference prior to runveiling the Euro 2016 Fan Zone at the Tour Eiffel in Paris, France, May 9, 2016. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo speaks during a news conference prior to runveiling the Euro 2016 Fan Zone at the Tour Eiffel in Paris, France, May 9, 2016. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

December 15, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — Pope Francis has asked the atheist mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, to send him “positive waves” as support for his pontificate in just the same way he asks for prayers from Catholics.

“I ask you in good faith to pray for me or to think of me and send me positive waves (onde positive),” Pope Francis said in the closing of his letter to Hidalgo, as Le Point reports.

California secede? Only west of San Andreas Fault, a Limerick.

Should California be divided into 2 states?

I have been thinking about the merit of dividing California into 2 states. It really makes sense on so many fronts.

The name of the states should be California and Pacifis – after Atlantis that sank into the ocean.

Pacifis should include all territory west of San Andreas Fault, and also including the whole southern portion of the San Francisco Bay up to San Pablo following the Hayward fault. The Northern portion of the bay will remain in California.

California already have inspection stations for agriculture goods and it would be relatively easy to set up more along the Fault lines. Then as the area west of the San Andreas fault physically secedes from the mainland it is logical to allow Pacifis to politically secede from the United States.

The Limerick:

Can part California secede?

Droughts, earthquakes all make it recede.

 For west of the fault line

Decline is the byline.

From Bay to LA all agreed.

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Linguistic paradigm shift. In honor of 2016 world series.

Many years ago, before air conditioning, the Seattle Symphony was doing Beethoven’s Ninth under the baton of Milton Katims.

At this point, you must understand two things:

  1. There’s a long segment in this symphony where the bass violins don’t have a thing to do. Not a single note for page after page.
  2. There used to be a tavern called Dez’s 400, right across the street from the Seattle Civic Auditorium, rather favored by local musicians.

It was the first performance of the season, and Seattle had one of its rare heat waves. The final rehearsal had been grueling, especially for the basses that were positioned on ledgers near the ceiling to make room for the choir. If it was this bad during the morning rehearsal, how bad would it be during the performance? So the basses decided that during the performance, after playing their parts in the opening of the Ninth, they were to quietly lay down their instruments and leave the stage rather than sit on their stools looking dumb and feeling uncomfortable for twenty minutes.

At the performance it was hot indeed, so the stage crew had brought in giant fans to blow the air around. The musicians scurried around for paper clips to tie down their music scores, and after a while the music could finally start.

At the appropriate time the basses listed backstage and quickly trot across the street to quaff a few brews. After they had downed the first couple rounds, one said, “Shouldn’t we be getting back? It’d be awfully embarrassing if we were late.”

Another, presumably the one who suggested this excursion in the first place, replied, “Oh, I anticipated we could use a little more time, so I tied a lot of paper clips around the last third of the conductor’s score. When he gets down to there, Milton’s going to have to slow the tempo way down while he waves the baton with one hand and fumbles with untying page after page with the other.

So they had another round and finally returned to the Opera House, a little tipsy by now. However, as they came back on stage, one look at their conductor’s face told them they were in serious trouble. Katims was furious! And why not? After all…

It was the bottom of the Ninth, the basses were loaded, the fans were going wild, and the score was tied!