June 30, 2012

Atheists Claim Everything Came from Nothing

Yours truly is amazed when evolutionists will believe "just so stories" based on guesswork, speculation, bad science and even fraud. And yet, they have the nerve to make fun of those of us who believe in a Creator.

Worse, their logic dictates that they believe everything came from nothing. Such "reasoning" is fundamentally flawed, old son.

"But Cowboy Bob, nobody believes that. Stop lying!"

Atheists ridicule Christians for the miracles we accept, but some claim that everything came from nothing. Then they redefine "nothing". Oh, please.
Don't believe me? Click here.
I have a link to a discussion about a book that makes the same claim. So, if you get hit with their denials about atheists claiming everything came from nothing, send them here. Of course, they'll ignore the evidence. Some try to weasel out of it by redefining "nothing"! It's their nature. But the truth is right here for your reference. How good is that?

And now, about the book:
If by definition something can never come from nothing, how could anything exist unless Someone put it there? This question has been used as a classic argument for the existence of God—an argument that theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss tries to tackle in his new book, A Universe from Nothing. Although the book's counterarguments were designed to close the door on God, they actually distill to failed atheist tactics. 
Krauss, fully convinced of the Big Bang, asserted that recent scientific discoveries show that something actually can come from nothing, and that the universe and all its laws did come from nothing. He wrote:
No, Nathaniel, you can find out what he wrote and read the rest of "New Book Says Universe Came from Nothing", here.


June 29, 2012

Truthers and Birthers and YECs, Oh My!

Buon giorno. Here's something short that occurred to me.

Republicans, and many Conservatives, distance themselves from people who have doubts that B. Hussein Obama was actually born in the United States. They even have a disparaging word, "Birthers". (Of course, leftists utterly detest anyone who does not bow down and worship Dumbobama, so they are not worth consideration.) There are nagging developments about his birth certificate that make the anti-birthers rethink their positions, however. But I don't want to get into that.

Then there are the "Truthers". In general, Republicans and Conservatives distance themselves from this lot, with good reason. I want to slap them until their heads spin for their belief in utterly ludicrous conspiracy theories, capice? It's usually cafones who want to believe sensational stuff, mostly leftists who hate liberty and freedom, who promote this crap. I wrote about this some time ago, go here for that article and the supporting links that defeat the brain-dead, hysterical "Truther" garbage.

Now we come to the YECs. Young Earth Creationists. I can call myself one of them, but I prefer the term "Biblical Creationist". Yes, I believe in a young Earth, and I believe in what the Bible teaches. But mainstream church-ianity distances itself from us, and OECs (Old Earth Creationists) actually call us liars and cultists.

The "Birther" position is a "maybe", and has some evidence going for it. "Truther" is sensationalistic nonsense that is soundly defeated except in weak minds who want to belive it. "YEC" (or Biblical Creationist) is, to swipe an expression from Chris Plante, "beaten like a girl scout at a Hell's Angels picnic" at the hands of Bible-denying compromisers.

Did you find this interesting? I did. A little.

June 25, 2012

Tricks and Tips for Information Gathering

First, an apology: Sorry for the confusion on the earlier publication. I was still working on this article under a similar title and had an argument with Blogger's software. It tried to print out the article. When I hit "cancel", it published the incomplete article in mid-sentence. That was annoying, and unfortunately went out into people's feeds. (You know that someone has not read the article when they "Like" something incomplete within seconds of its publication.) This was twelve days ago.

This information should prove useful for a variety of people. There is information about the Kindle, but if you do not have one, keep reading. I put things in there for non-Kindle owners as well.

Let me lay the foundation with my own situation, and you can substitute your own situation and needs.

I need to spend a great deal of time learning things in Christian apologetics and Biblical creationism. So, my need for information gets me into science, theology — and Internet technology. There are a number of sources for what I need, and I am rather overwhelmed at the wealth of materials available. What's a researcher (or student, or teacher, or pastor, or...) to do?

It startled me the first time I read, "You have subscribed to...", and I thought, "Waitaminnit! I didn't agree to pay for this!" But no, these are "feeds" and they are free. Instead of going to certain Websites several times a week (or several times a day, in some cases), you can have information conveniently delivered to your reader. Many feeds have the entire article. Other feeds are partials or just announcements. Well, then you know it's waiting for you.

Some Web browsers have feed readers built right in (check the "Help" files on how to use them). You can also use a reader that is built into mail clients like Outlook, Windows Live Mail, Thunderbird and others. If you have Gmail, you have a variety of Google's applications available. This includes their Reader, which resembles Web page with content that you have selected. I like using my Thunderbird mail client for feeds that are primarily text, and Google Reader for podcasts (audio).

Send it to an E-Book Reader
As I have made obvious here and elsewhere, I am a big fan of my Kindle Touch. (I know people who are quite pleased with their Nook devices, but I have never used one. Nook and Kindle dominate the market, but other readers are available.) There are several services that will send that fascinating Internet article to your Amazon account, which then routes it to your Kindle. They have bookmarklets and so forth that install in your browser. Free account, free software. How good is that? One of my favorites is SENDtoREADER, as it is the most consistent in rendering pages for the device.

Amazon has a small bit of software that will let you right-click and "Send to Kindle" documents on your desktop. It also integrates into your system software so that, if you can print something, you can send it to the Kindle in the PDF format.

Related to this is that you can make your own e-book. I will not go into the serious e-book stuff, but rather offer a "grab it and go" approach for the busy researcher. If you're putting a document together in Word (or using Google Drive, formerly Google Docs, or Zoho, or one of the Open Source word processor applications that will "Save As" a Word document, &c.), remember that it can become an e-book. Then your creation can be sent to the Kindle via that right-click option or your e-mail (with "convert" in the subject line). Other e-book systems can use Calibre to convert personal documents into e-books as well. I'm bringing this up partially because of my own forgetfulness, that there are powerful tools right in front of me to get my documents onto my e-reader. If you subscribe to Paul Taylor's newsletter, you can get a free e-book on how to make e-books.

PDF can be read on e-book readers, but many are awkward to read there. Use the iPad you spent $700 USD or for that, or your PC. Some PDFs are too full of graphics and do not convert well. Others are mostly text and convert adequately. It's up to you.

"But Cowboy Bob, what about people who don't have a Kindle?"

Glad you asked Tommy. Where's Nicky? Still sleeping it off?

Anyway, another effective tool is "Kindle It". The main operation is like others of its kind: Get a free account, install the free software in your browser, click a button and bada bing! Here's your article, Ashley. But Kindle It provides another option! You can right-click and save your document in Mobi or ePub formats. Then, you can fire it off to your e-book reader according to your configuration.

Video to Audio
Videos have exploded in popularity. There are several sources for videos, especially YouTube and Vimeo. I do not have time to watch lengthy ones, despite the fact that they contain interesting or valuable information. However, I can convert many videos to MP3s and listen to them with a player of some sort. (Do a search for "convert video to MP3" and you will see that quite a few kinds are available, many are Web browser bookmarklets or plug-ins.) When I listen to the former video file, I can still get the gist of what is being communicated even though I cannot see graphics that the lecturer may be discussing. If I feel that I'm missing out on too much, I can make a point of actually watching the video later on. Time, priorities and that sort of thing.

Speed Up Your Listening
Now I have a bucketful of MP3s from converted videos and from podcasts that will take days to get through. How nice for me. Fortunately, many players can run them at a higher rate. (Windows Media Player is not telling me, but I think I am playing at 2x speed.) A bit startling at first, but the human mind can process it. Fortunately, the pitch does not change so that the speakers do not sound like angry squirrels. I could not handle that. Some audios will not work well, they are just too fast. Interestingly, some people are so meticulous and measured in their speaking in real life, the fast playback makes them sound normal!

Book to Audio
Well, sort of. I have not reached the 3,000 book capacity of my Kindle Touch, but sometimes it feels like I have. But it has a text-to-speech feature, so I can listen to Electric Ernie or Digital Diane (I just made those names up), Amazon gives us a choice of two voices. (Text-to-speech has significantly advanced from the early days of sounding like Stephen Hawking's voice processor on sedatives.) To be blunt, it would drive me up the wall to listen to a work of fiction this way. Text-to-speech takes some getting used to in and of itself, plus it has some quirks that can be amusing. It is not a threat to the audio book industry.

Dr. James White plugs his Kindle into his computer and lets it read long text pieces while he records it. His software (I know not what) makes "chapters" like it was a real audio book. Then he puts it onto his MP3 player so he can listen to it on his long bicycle rides. As far as I know, text-to-speech is only available on certain Kindle devices. No worries, Mate! If you're interested, you can get software to do the job. Text-to-speech is available in free and pay versions.

By the way, I also have a hand-held digital voice recorder. When I'm occupied and I get an inspiration, I can make a quick note to myself so I can pursue the idea later. Since I am not trying to get EVPs, I did not get a high-end model.

So, there you have some options. Hopefully, I was able to tell you something that you did not already know.

June 22, 2012

Atheist Justifications for Bad Behavior

It should no longer amaze me when atheists act irrationally, but it does. They proclaim "reason" as if they had exclusive rights to it. In fact, I have seen precious little in the way of reasoning processes from atheists. (I suspect that more civil atheists are uninterested in trolling, and are embarrassed by the Internet trolls.) They commit multiple logical fallacies, and then justify their bad logic with more of it — I have lost count of the number of times I have experienced this online.

So many modern atheists use the fallacies and attempt to manipulate emotions to control the flow of conversations. (I recently trapped some particularly vituperative atheists by saying that they are incapable of rational discourse. When one with an obscene name attempted to dictate the terms of the conversation, I declined to go along with it. S/he reacted with railings, accusations and so forth, and others joined in. (Part of it was resentment at being caught in my trap and trying to put it back on me, other parts were just simple railing. I like being proved right.) So many hate following rules, and whine about being unable to say anything anytime or they whine about "censorship", cowardice or some use other attempt to manipulate.

These modern atheists seek to justify their bad behavior. One loathsome misotheist, when asked why he persecutes Christians, responded with:
It is often asked, usually by my Christian family members, why I am so bent on attacking Christianity? Why don't I attack Buddhism with the same zeal?

Well, Buddhists aren't, en mass, currently trying to restrict the rights of my homosexual friends to get married and be happy. My Buddhist friends aren't trying to dictate whether or woman can have an abortion or not and dictate what she can or cannot do with her own body. Buddhists aren't trying to control education policies by supplanting historical and scientific facts for their ancient myths.

But that's just one of my reasons for speaking out against Christianity. My other reason is more subtle. I want to educate Christians, because the truth of the matter is, many Christians don't seem to know all that much about Christianity. Granted, it might be unfair of me to expect over two billion people to have access to higher learning, and I feel much of the things which religious historians have understood for the past 300 years should be made more common knowledge to the general public, perhaps Christians most of all. But there is no reason we shouldn't have the right to correct a Christian when they are wrong about some straight forward fact. [1]
Note the noble victim tone, as well as the contradictions and absence of reason. Not only is he outright lying ("...en mass, currently trying to restrict the rights of my homosexual friends to get married and be happy"), but that statement appeals to emotion, has a straw man fallacy and uses a sweeping generality. Then, he contradicts himself by pretending that he is trying to do Christians a favor by "correcting" us. This is astonishingly arrogant. He knows more than all of the Christians? (Perhaps he knows more things about the Bible and Christianity than some Christians; that is a problem that some of us are attempting to correct.) But such a broad, narcissistic statement is laughable.

The whole thing is very transparent, and I suspect the better answer for why he persecutes Christians is that he simply wants a plausible-sounding excuse for acting like an angry schoolyard bully that was spanked for stealing a banana from the teacher's desk.

One of the most vile things I have read from an atheist unfortunately does not have documentation. You'll just have to take my word for it. (Naturally, atheopaths are going to accuse me of lying, but that's their nature, innit?) When Ray Comfort's Weblog was called "Atheist Central", I brought up the fact that atheists have been persecuting, torturing and murdering Christians in atheist-controlled countries for decades. Someone responded that "they deserved it"! Why did they "deserve it"? Because of what the Catholic church did in previous centuries. This is "reason" in action, folks.

What follows next is alarming. An atheist kept pestering me about my beliefs on the age of the Earth. I asked why it mattered to him what I believe about it. Here is his response:

Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! Restrain your equines, Pilgrim!

When we correctly point out that the greatest mass murderers in history have been atheists like Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao, Lenin and others, the response is the "no true atheist" fallacy [2]; the atheism of Stalin et al have nothing to do with their actions! First, that load of garbage that doesn't fool anyone. And yet, this atheo-fascist member of the Thought Police was worried that my beliefs affect my actions, and may motivate me to act in a way that is unacceptable to him. What an amazingly blatant display of double standards. A bit Stalinesque, I think. [3]

Bottom lines:Your worldview does affect your actions. Atheism is logically and philosophically self-refuting, tragically lacking in reason as well as substance. Manipulative control freaks are disgusting. People can attempt to justify acting arrogantly, but they are not fooling anyone.

They're worse after they've been drinking. That's a wrap on the rant. Be sure to catch the videos that follow (the longest is only about eight minutes long):

June 21, 2012

More Atheist "Freethinker" Nonsense

Tony Miano is a street preacher with experience and knowledge of theology. He has a burden for the lost and wants to keep people from going to Hell. Tony is affiliated with evangelist Ray Comfort.

He does not deserve this:

Strange...I thought atheists didn't believe in Hell. 

Anyway, so many atheists will say and do almost anything, no matter how vicious, no matter how utterly stupid, just to express hate for God and his people. The word "freethinker" is totally wrong, because their thinking is not free. No, they are doing the bidding of their father down below (John 8.44-45).

Hell is real. But they don't have to go there.

June 18, 2012

Strange Searches: My Secret Is Out!

Buon giorno. I tried to keep things under wraps, but it is so difficult to keep a secret when several people are involved. (It's been rightly said that "three people can keep a secret if two of them are dead".) My action-adventure biographical movie will be released in time for the Christmas rush of 2012. It's called "Stormbringer: Adventures of an Obstreperous Cowboy Apologist".

Obviously, you're all thrilled at the news. Christian Bale will play me, Ernie the Gambler is played by Chris Hemsworth, Hal the Hacker is played by David Tennant, Nicky will play himself (he's photogenic, better with firearms than any stunt actor, and the girls love him). Actresses include Mila Kunis, Angelina Jolie, Famke Janssen and others. It'll be worth your time and money, capice?

Here's the source of this jocularity:

June 16, 2012

Quick Sampling of Why Atheism is Dying

Within the past week, I posted some material on the fact that modern obstreperous atheism is fading, and how to deal with them [1, 2, 3]. Worse for them, Christianity is growing — especially in atheist-governed and Mohammedan-governed countries! I had supporting links, so I am not going to ruin my morning by repeating myself.

Instead, I am going to have a bit of fun by letting atheo-fascist humiliate themselves. You see, I posted those articles and let the, uh, whaddyacallit, auto-posting announce them on Twitter and Facebook. What to my wondering eyes did appear but more of the same old stuff: Personal attacks, misrepresentation, moving the goalposts, change the subject and try to get me to defend a different position — if they love "reason", they had jolly well better learn to actually use the stuff, capcie?So I decided to play.

Let me point out that I did not approach anyone. They saw the auto-posts and decided to demonstrate their debating skills. Not good. Edit: Forgot to mention that these misotheists gang up like piranhas, as you can see from the number of people involved in each attack. So, I replied to all.

Here are some examples with my comments. I hope my students of the "Logic Lessons" series are paying attention (I won't cover every fallacy, you have to do some work yourselves). By the way, I had to take screen shots because I've had these giants of intellect delete their Tweets. Shame? Anyway, have fun!

I bet I'm not the only one who thinks that this is a massive fail. I told him to back up his claims, this is what came back:

Typical straw man mixed with ridicule, followed by more lack of logic to defend lack of logic:

Many of these people could be consider hatetheists [4].

This one dodges the topic at hand. The failure of atheism (conveniently demonstrated by his own lack of logical thinking) is the topic. Changing the subject and childishly demanding something else goes into the "Fail" folder. By the way, scientific evidence disproving evolution can be found all over the Web, and at Piltdown Superman:

Ridicule is not a logical argument. Shay sneered:
@Stormbringer_5 Yes because believing in the
supernatural is a total #win. *sarcasm*

Straw man and mockery, as well as arbitrary assertion. Boring as well as annoying. David Preece ranted:
@Stormbringer_5 Ha Ha Ha. Like sleepy toddlers you creationists are way past the point of reasoning. After a nap try reading a factual book.

Try to figure this one out. I had to look up "necroposting", and it has nothing to do with the subject. Looks like just another weak excuse for throwing stones. Plus, an unsubstantiated assertion. Unless he's upset about the "fool" thing. Take it up with God (Psalm 14.1). The rest of it...fuggedaboudit:

One more. I have engaged this guy before, and he is still angry that I ran rings 'round him logically. (He made a few slurs and then did the courtesy of blocking me, for which I am thankful.) Anyway, it appears that he is angry that I call them on their fallacies. Can I help it that ridicule, mockery, ad hominem, poisoning the well, assertions and especially the straw man are their favorite (albeit useless) tactics? Have a looksee at what Michael Sizer-Watt raved:
@stormbringer_5 You call every fallacy (and many non-fallacies) strawmen. Good bye. Again.

BONUS EDIT! This astoundingly arrogant assertion is also fraught with fallacies. Count 'em:

There are some basic things in play here. First, atheism is failing, and that is documented (one reason is that atheism creates its own "Poes" with irrational, vituperative attacks like the ones demonstrated above [5]. Although they claim to love "reason", I see very few atheists who actually use reason (this was blatantly demonstrated at the failed "Reason Rally" [6]). But then, atheism itself is logically and philosophically irrational [7] and bigoted [8, 9].

Another reason is their worldview. Atheistic presuppostions are that, by virtue of their disbelief, they are somehow more intelligent than Christians — especially Biblical creationists. Part of their worldview is based on a genetic fallacy [10]! I'm just a st00pid dumb Xtian that won't listen to "reason". Well, I have my own worldview that is firmly rooted in reality instead of denial and assertions. Christianity is logically and philosophically consistent. One attacker in the above screen shots, who ironically calls himself "Oz", was being particularly petulant by claiming about me: "Not willing to listen and arrogantly determined to remain ignorant...There's just a dogged determination to not learn. He doesn't want to be taught and doesn't want to think". Well, aside from the tone of a spanked schoolboy, I do not want to "learn" by rejecting the truth.

Addendum — I had to add this gem, the fruit of atheism in action:

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