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    Yesterday, 05:50 PM
    Truth is coming out. The guy even looks like a commie. How much clearer does this all have to be made? Link 1801610725229498403
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    Yesterday, 08:27 AM
    So, what you're saying is that there was no America before 1913? :tears:
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    06-13-2024, 10:11 PM
    Because we know the locations of all of Russia's subs :rolleyes:
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    06-13-2024, 04:23 PM
    Here's a deep-dive on this paper for people who are interested. While Aschenbrenner is mostly just playing into the hype, he does raise a few valid points. Perhaps the biggest takeaway is that a lot more people need to start thinking about this issue a lot more. The public sadly confuses actual-AI with Hollywood-AI. Actual-AI is not Hollywood-AI (nor on a credible trajectory to it, yet) but that doesn't mean it's not dangerous. AIs don't think like us. If nation-states have already built strategic-scale AIs (and there is no reason to believe they haven't), the threats we are facing from AI are not like Skynet... they're a lot weirder than that. Already 4 years old, but everybody should watch this: Could Clown World be a symptom of a rogue AI, gone out-of-control? :frog:
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    06-13-2024, 03:26 PM
    This is why I don't like to debate "can anarchy work?" We already live under anarchy, doofus!! In fact, tyranny just is the failure mode of chaotic anarchy! Duh! The people who have hijacked the DC government are pirates. They are loyal to no flag (not even the rainbow flag). They are beholden to no law. They know no rules whatsoever. They are animals in human-suits, whether literally or metaphorically, it makes no practical difference. They might as well be lizard-people for all the difference it would make to their actual behavior. The first error in war is to not know who is friend and who is foe. The entire country has drunk the "DC is our friend" Kool-Aid, when it could not be made any more obvious that DC is a hostile, occupying power! The enemy is not "over there", the enemy is right here, on our turf. No, that is not code-speak for "Democrats". I have many relatives who are Democrats. They post the dumbest imaginable stuff on their Facebook feeds but they don't hate America. They're not very smart, and they're completely ignorant of all history before roughly 1980 or so (and even most of that seems to be a blur for them). So no, Democrats-as-Democrats are not the enemy and saying that just trivializes the actual enemy. The actual enemy truly hates America. The rah-rah-Republcans think of the US presidential election as though this is just a 4-year-cycle football game where we gotta psych ourselves up for "war". You're going out for "war", but the real enemy has a baseball bat and your name is Nancy Kerrigan. You're thinking "war"; they're doing actual war. WAKE UP!
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    06-13-2024, 01:24 PM
    Must-watch:
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    06-13-2024, 07:57 AM
    All I can say is that you grossly misunderstood 90+% of what I wrote. The name Jesus of Nazareth -- the name of that specific, historic person!! -- is the offense of the Gospel. I thought that was completely clear from what I wrote but I can see from your response that I'm going to have to make my phrasing even more absolutely water-tight against any possible misconstrual. The Hebrew name Yeshua, etc. is not, in itself, the offense. There is an entire book of the Hebrew Bible about someone of that name. The point is that we (Christians) are not talking about some mystical, generic "Christ", as in the phrase "Christ-consciousness". No, we are specifically talking about the historical person (by name!), Jesus of Nazareth. It is he, in particular, that we proclaim Lord. We proclaim the Gospel which is that he is Lord of all, including the Jews. That is offensive to them, because they crucified him, see Peter's sermon in Acts 2, especially Acts 2:36. The name of Jesus is, indeed, holy.
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    06-12-2024, 09:44 PM
    I'm about 2 months late on this particular social media blow-up, but I thought I'd add some additional theological clarity on the issue. Bishop Barron gives a good introduction to the topic on Megyn Kelly's show: The purpose of this post is to address a subtler and more insidious dynamic that can slip past our notice if we are not paying particular attention to it: the phrase "Christ is King" simply means "Messiah is King". Note that any Jew can say this, because this is a core belief of Judaism: the Messiah (when he comes at some future time) is the (one and only) King. That a Jew can say "Christ is King" should alert us that something fishy is going on when Jews are also being very offended by this supposedly "anti-semitic" phrase. One phrase that secular or non-messianic Jews definitely can't say is this: Jesus is Lord. The New Testament clearly explains that the coming conflict at the end of the Age is going to be fought not over "the Messiah" but, rather, over the name of Jesus. It is the specificity of Jesus of Nazareth that is the kernel of offense to unbelieving Jews. As a lover of God and his people, I have no desire to amplify that offense but neither am I at liberty to minimize it. The offense of the name of Jesus of Nazareth, specifically, is the core offense of the Gospel to the Jews, because it is he they crucified, not merely a generic "Christ". I don't mean to say that "Christ is King" is intentional weasel-wording, it's not, but the devil's weasels know how to twist even our best intentions around upon themselves. It is important that we be completely specific and explicit: Yes, Christ is King, that is, Jesus is Lord! One of the key reasons the offense of the Gospel to the Jews is so critical is that there is coming a false-messiah -- many of them, in fact. This was prophesied 2,000 years ago by Jesus himself. Terms like "Christ-consciousness" might seem to a Christian to be talking about Jesus but, in fact, they are not. They are talking about a mysterious, unspecified, New Age consciousness or "presence", which they call the Christ-consciousness. It would be better termed AntiChrist-consciousness because it is blatantly opposed to the Gospel. The phrase, "Christ is King" is true, but let's not substitute "Christ is King" for "Jesus is Lord". They are both equally true, and affirming the one requires affirming the other. Either both are true, or both must be renounced. You can't have Jesus and "Christ-consciousness". You can't serve two masters.
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    06-12-2024, 08:27 PM
    Singularity canceled? OpenAI CTO says models in labs not much better than what the public has already Link 1801022339162800336
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    06-12-2024, 03:05 PM
    They've picked the wrong fight. 1 Corinthians 4:20 2 Peter 2:6
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    06-12-2024, 12:05 PM
    Sure. But none of this is a surprise to us. Scripture prophesied from the very beginning that the church would be apostate, 2 Thess. 2:3. When I read this passage, it "seems" to indicate the church would have solidarity and unity until the very end, and then an apostasy would occur all at once. It appears from history that Paul actually meant that the church would be continually apostasizing, and there is also coming a Great Apostasy at the very end. This actually makes sense when you look at the history of Israel, which was continually idolatrous, right from day one, and was finally led off to the Babylonian captivity. Absolutely, the mere existence of the papacy is antichrist on its face. This can be seen from Matt. 23:9, "And do not call anyone on earth 'father,' for you have one Father, and he is in heaven." Protestants avoid calling anyone father, based on this verse, but I think that is a matter of conscience. The contrast being drawn here is not between a priest and the heavenly Father, rather, it is between a one-and-only "father" on earth, aka "The Father", aka "The Pope". So, it is the college of cardinals (and the rest of the Roman clergy) who are in error in giving the appellation to one, unique man, THE Father, on earth. Jesus told us we already have a Father, and he is in heaven. He is a spirit, John 4:24, not a human. I'm not going to fight you (generic) if you refer to your priest as father (spiritually), but to call one man, globally, THE Father, is blatant disobedience to the Lord's own command in Matthew 23:9. And no, the college of cardinals is not merely referring to the Pope as "father" (spiritually) in the way that a layman refers to their priest as father; rather, they are explicitly designating this one man as THE Father of the whole worldwide church, and they are emphatic that, from this title, he derives his imagined "authority" over the church. The entire construct is manifestly repugnant to the text of Scripture which is why Rome fought so hard to keep the Bible in Latin where only a very small minority of the population could read it, and that very small minority could be controlled from Rome by threats, bribes and, if necessary, murder. After the Bible became widely published in the vulgar tongues of Europe, the Reformation ensued immediately because any villager with the ability to sound out words off the page could directly see from the text that the papacy is apostate and antichrist. As for the "f*ggotry" quote, this is just a lame attempt to divert attention away from the blessing of gay-marriages. The Vatican is trying to spin around the Catholic conservatives with propaganda... "Well, I guess if the Pope talks like that behind closed doors, then he must not really be in favor of blessing gay marriages" even though that's exactly what he's in favor of, as proved by the letter permitting the blessing of gay marriages! It's really juvenile stuff, and quite transparent.
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    06-11-2024, 09:54 PM
    He's the pillar of the nation. Literally. :tears:
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    06-11-2024, 09:52 PM
    :shrugging: The Bible already tells us that they're going to keep winning until the day they lose. Their day is coming, Deut. 32:35.
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    06-11-2024, 07:42 PM
    THIS. So much THIS. GOFAI will have its day of revenge on LLMs!!!
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    06-11-2024, 07:06 PM
    Link 1800613327552262357 I mean, it looks to me like we're not gonna need either F-15s or rifles... :tears:
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    06-11-2024, 06:40 PM
    Good points. I know there were good bishops even in the church of Rome. I haven't done a study of the history to find specific examples. Sadly, the bad apples are quite numerous, so it will require some digging to find the good ones. But yes, the secularist smears of the church of Rome have to be resisted, even by Protestants who need to avoid the temptation to blindly agree to just any criticism of the church of Rome on partisan grounds. Rome has many problems but, when it comes to the faithful versus the Beast System, all believers are going to have to lock arms, regardless of which branch of the church they are from. I just hope and pray that this is not the only thing that would be able to unite us. I hope we can see reason and find unity without global persecution... :unamused:
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    06-11-2024, 06:34 PM
    This was the beginning of the end... easy-open lids made males obsolete... :tears:
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    06-11-2024, 02:22 PM
    Are the critiques of the church of Rome by the secularists accurate? Sometimes, but not often. They look at history through a pure "guilt-by-association" lens. The atrocities of any king or lord who claimed to be Christian, however heathen they may have been in reality, are treated as though the Pope was personally out on the battlefield, slitting throats. Clearly, this is erroneous. So we agree on that. My critique is more to the heart of the church of Rome -- she has long tolerated and even encouraged the vicious violence of the kings she was supposed to be fearlessly preaching the Gospel to. In other words, the clergy of Rome have, for many centuries, taken the path of Ahab's prophets, telling him what he wants to hear, rather than the path of John the Baptist decrying Herod's incestuous marriage, at the hazard of his head, or Jesus denouncing the entire religious and political Establishment at the hazard of his life. All the examples of how God's people are to relate to the carnal powers are dangerous, but the clergy of Rome has consistently chosen the cowardly path of ingratiating themselves to the carnal powers. That many of the Reformers would later fall prey to the same temptation does not excuse the church of Rome, either. It's just more evidence in the heap of evidence against the hypocrites in the church. I see the church of Rome as a duality. There is no doubt that she has within her the Gospel -- Martin Luther and the Reformers were Catholics! Clearly, there are believers and followers of Jesus in the church of Rome. The problem is the pride of the church of Rome, particularly the pride of its clergy. The Roman apologist will be quick to retort, "But aren't you equally proud by setting yourself up as your own mini-pope? Why should anybody listen to random-Internet-protestant?" And that's a great question, but it sidesteps the real issue -- the real issue is that God has manifestly applied the rod of correction to the church of Rome, not just once, but many times, and she has not yielded a single inch to his divine correction. Read the first 3 chapters of Revelation, nobody on Earth is exempt from the Lord's rod, no matter how fancy their robes and hats. So, even if I were to convert from Protestant to Catholic, the question facing me would still be the same: Why isn't this church repenting of its sins, even in the face of blatantly obvious divine rebuke that anybody with two eyes can see, whether "Pope" or pauper?! The problem with claiming to be the head of the worldwide church is that it proves too much. If Rome is the head of the worldwide church, it is obviously incompetent and should recuse itself from that position to someone else wise and competent unto it. Instead, Rome just doubles down in its pride and blames everyone else in the world for its own failures, adding carnality to pride. Recanting the false claim to be the head of the church on earth (which only Jesus is, obviously), and repenting of the flagrant idolatry and blasphemy of the papacy is the very first step that the church of Rome would have to take in order to address its manifest sins for which the Lord has beaten them severely with his shepherd's rod for centuries, without even the first hint of repentance from them. What is the likelihood of that happening? To all human appearances, zero. This was the main critique of the Reformers (among many other similarly weighty issues) and it remains the main problem with the church of Rome 500+ years later. Stubbornness in service to God is a blessed virtue, but stubbornness, like fire, is very dangerous. When it turns against its proper use, it becomes not a blessed virtue, but the most cursed vice. As you yourself said, the church is the Israel of the New Testament. But see the original pattern in the Old Testament. Stubbornness. Idolatry. Complete blindness and insensibility to God's obvious rebuke. This is spoken in humility not in judgment, as I am a sinner. Nevertheless, reality is...
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    06-11-2024, 11:58 AM
    OK, let us suppose that the serial killer Dennis Rader "many times" refrained from murdering someone he could have murdered. So what? The litany of the church of Rome's murders is practically endless. The Jesuit cardinal Robert Bellarmine wrote, "Almost an infinite number were either burned or otherwise put to death " and this justified (according to him) the ongoing use of violence and murder by the Roman church of his day. You can't have it every which way. When Rome doesn't have political power (as it does not, yet, in America), it's blameless and a hapless abuse-victim of the mean and cruel secular kings who simply refuse to listen to the pleadings for mercy by the church. But when Rome has political power, it transforms into super-Cartman "RESPECT MY AUTHORITAH"-mode and anyone who dares to deviate from church dictates by even a millimeter somehow magically turns up burned, quartered or otherwise viciously murdered. Of course, it's the secular State who does the actual wetwork, despite the hand-wringing pleas of the church to "show mercy", and to the heretic to "recant" so the church can "protect" them from the State. The silk-robed murderers in Rome are supremely skilled at the art of appearing blameless of the inevitable end result of their manifold labors, but it's a proven charade -- not once (which would be sufficient to declare the moral bankruptcy of the Roman church), not twice but, as the Jesuit above admitted, an infinite number of times over. The case that the church of Rome (as such!) is a vicious hive of murderers is not a 50/50 referee-call, it's a slam-dunk case.
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