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That’s Entertainment? ‘Brain-Controlled Movie’

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Remember this, from “A Clockwork Orange”? Are we tuning up for this?

The sages at the University of Nottingham have developed a special movie that can change its story line as you’re watching it, depending on how you feel (https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/local-news/check-out-brain-controlled-film-1610430)–sort of like you can change your gender from day to day, I guess.

They hook you up to an EEG machine that monitors your brain waves or something and changes the story in response to your readings. Y’mean, like, I’m watching Picnic at Hanging Rock and it’s boring the tar out of me because they keep throwing these little mysteries at you but never solve or explain them, and all the characters are just talking through their hats–the EEG will read this, and into the story, suddenly, comes the Blind Samurai who’s gonna stop the Velociraptors from eating everybody? Or better yet, they all do get eaten?

Well, no, it can’t go quite that far. They’ve made an experimental movie with three different story lines and the machine can go from one to another and back again, etc., depending on how the viewer’s brain responds.

The movie is called The Moment, and it’s a dystopian scary movie about a “brain-controlled society” and–gasp!–the “rise of far-right ideologies.” Hooo, boys ‘n’ girls, that’s Scary with a capital S! What will the machine do if some leftid commits suicide while watching this film? Maybe they ought to hand out free duct tape with the electrodes, in case the viewer’s head explodes. Damn that social media–giving a voice to people who are not liberals! Government should never have allowed that!

I wonder how much more they can charge for a movie ticket.


‘Costco Labels the Bible “Fiction”‘ (2013)

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This post is notable for the puerile question posed by a reader:

“Would you be willing to stand in a court of law and say that yes, Jonah did in fact spend three days in the belly of a great fish?”

https://leeduigon.com/2013/11/20/costco-labels-the-bible-fiction/

Oh, isn’t he smart! But let’s turn the question around a little. Would you be willing to stand with your court of law before the judgment seat of God and say yes, the Bible is a work of fiction?

But first you have to swear–usually on the Bible–to tell the truth.

Well, hey, let’s all be Smart and elevate our own “courts of law,” complete with corrupt and ignorant judges, shyster lawyers, and perjured witnesses to a status higher than God’s! Even giving us credit for honestly trying to do our best, it really isn’t good enough.

That’s why we need a Savior.

And that’s why we’ve got one.


The Rational Science of Creation

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All by pure chance? Really?

(Thanks to my chess buddy, “Ohio Chess Fan,” for posting this article on my “Playground Player” page at http://www.chessgames.com/ .)

Jeff Miller, Ph. D. (in biomechanical engineering), was asked how advocates ought to argue the science of Creation before their county school board. This is his answer.

http://apologeticspress.org/APContent.aspx?category=9&article=5544

Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.   –St. Paul (Romans 1:19-20)


Netflix: More Obama!

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You’d think eight interminable years of President *Batteries Not Included would have been enough for anybody, but Democrat ex-presidents never shut up and go away. Now Mr. and Mrs. Obama have struck a deal with Netflix to “produce stories” and “heal the political divide” in America (http://www.breitbart.com/big-hollywood/2018/05/24/obama-wants-netflix-projects-to-ease-americas-political-divide/). By calling everybody but liberals “bitter clingers,” as he once did?

Some of Netflix’s customers are, shall we say, unhappy with this and have threatened to cancel their subscriptions.

The purpose of the “stories,” the worst president ever said, is to “train the next generation of leaders.” Heaven forbid: that kind of leadership, no country needs. Where would such leaders take us? More “fundamental transformation”?

What’s deeply offensive is the Obamas and Netflix striking a pose of nonpartisanship. The CEO of Netflix endorsed Hillary Clinton, who refers to normal Americans as “deplorables,” and warned that unless we elected The Smartest Woman Ever, Donald Trump would “destroy America.”

But open borders, spying on your political rivals, politicizing the agencies of government that everybody has to pay for, “gay marriage” and transgenderism taught in grade school, and making it a crime to question Global Warming… won’t?

If there were just some way to get this guy out of our hair!


Arne Duncan: Boycott Schools Till Gun Laws Change

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Obama-era Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is in the nooze again, this time calling for a nationwide boycott of public schools “until the gun laws change” (https://patch.com/illinois/chicago/arne-duncan-calls-school-boycott-until-gun-laws-change).

For once we can agree with Arne. By all means pull the kids out of those schools! Because the “education” that they get there sucks. Let’s go a step farther: pull ’em out and never send ’em back.

Has Arne really thought this through? He calls on 50 million parents to pull their kids out of public school. For how long? “Until the laws change.” But what if that takes a long, long time? Do we keep on paying exorbitant school tax while the buildings sit unused? What about teacher salaries and pensions? True, we already get virtually nothing for all that money anyhow, but this is drastic. And what about salaries and benefits for administrators, first-grade guidance counselors, gender counselors, diversity experts, and the rest of the crew?

And what would he consider adequate changes in the gun laws? We already have scores of gun laws, dozens of which get broken whenever anyone decides to massacre his fellow citizens. What new gun laws do you want, Arne? Libs are usually afraid to admit they want to abolish our Second Amendment right to bear arms. Meanwhile in Merrie England, where private ownership of a gun for self-defense is all but forbidden, the murder rate in London has surpassed that of New York City. For some reason the criminals over there just aren’t obeying Britain’s gun laws.

Arne, old sport, be careful what you wish for. Take the kids out of public school, and the whole progressive project goes down the drain. Stop indoctrinatin’ and presto, no more new liberals!

The colleges won’t thank you for it, man.


Baptist President Ousted

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This is not a good time for church leadership.

Today’s church-leader-gone-sour story is the ouster of Paige Patterson as president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, because of assorted sexist comments he has made over the years–to say nothing of a letter of protest against him signed by several thousand Southern Baptist women (https://www.dallasnews.com/life/faith/2018/05/24/trustees-meet-fort-worth-seminary-new-accusations-southern-baptist-leader-surface), reports The Dallas Morning News.

In 2000 he is alleged to have advised an abused wife to pray for her husband and, well, stick it out. When he next saw her, she had two black eyes.

In 2003 he allegedly advised a female student who was raped by a male student to forgive her attacker and not report it to the police. In the Bible, and until recent years in most Western countries, rape was a capital offense.

Throughout the years Paige made a number of comments which he now admits were “insensitive” and “hurtful” to women. One wonders what he was thinking when he made them.

So the board of trustees voted him out as president, then turned around and made him President Emeritus of the seminary and voted to allow him and his wife to continue to live in its $2.5 million Baptist Heritage Center.

“Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head,” Jesus once said (Luke 9:58). What’s wrong with this picture?

You’d think a seminary president would know that there is nothing in the Bible giving husbands any warrant to abuse their wives, let alone allow a rapist to go scot-free. God is love, God is forgiveness, but God’s word is also a word of law. It seems to be getting hard to find a church leader who stands up for God’s laws.

And we will search the Scriptures in vain for any apostle who lives in a mansion.


Kook: Humans to Marry ‘Droids by 2045

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Warning: The article from the UK Sun contains material that can only be described as disgusting. Read at your own risk.

Hey! People are “already making love to sex robots”–merciful heaven, is that what they call it?–and robots will soon be able to “surpass” human beings in everything, and will “awaken” by 2035 and soon acquire full civil rights as if they were human… so by 2045, the stage will be set for humans to “marry” androids (https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/6366262/marry-robots-sophia-harmony-hanson-2045/).

It’s all in a paper by some kook of a scientist, released in conjunction with (oh, please) a video game.

“How would you like to be married to a hyper-intelligent hybrid?” asks the “news” article. Gee, would that mean I had totally lost the ability to relate to another human being?

Ever get the impression you took a wrong turn somewhere, and wound up in Oz? In any discussion of “Artificial Intelligence,” the key word, the word that really matters, is “Artificial.” Not real! A mere simulation of reality! And it will not be more “intelligent” than we are, although it could easily turn out to be just as bleeding stupid. 

A chess computer is held to be “good at chess,” for instance, A) because it has been programmed by experts who are real chess masters, B) because it’s a machine, an opponent cannot attack its psychology: it has no psychology, C) it can do chess calculations at lightning speed, almost infallibly picking the best move out of hundreds of possibilities, and D) although it has no genuine insight into anything that happens on the chessboard, it is immune to weariness or boredom and able to repeat its staggering number of calculations every time the situation changes because the opponent has made another move. The chess computer can defeat human players because of those factors listed above. “Intelligence” has nothing to do with it!

Just try explaining that to some numbskull of a reporter.

At best, the quest for Artificial Intelligence is a waste of resources. At worst it is a folly; and a folly can turn around and bite you. Hard.


‘Let’s Shut Everybody Up’ (2016)

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Here’s another reminder of the big fat bullet we dodged on Election Day 2016.

https://leeduigon.com/2016/03/17/lets-shut-everybody-up/

Lest we forget: the criminalization of “Climate Change Denial” was a plank in the Democrat platform. And at our colleges and looniversities where speech codes and intimidation reign supreme, 90% (or more!) of faculty and staff are Democrats.


My Newswithviews Column, May 24 (‘Moral Chaos’)

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I couldn’t decide which of the week’s news stories to write about, so I wrote about several at once. They’re all about the same thing: the moral chaos that threatens to overwhelm our civilization. Unlike the Romans, we have raised up our own barbarian hordes.

https://newswithviews.com/moral-chaos/

When the Boy Scouts go bad, it’s bad.


Why They Think It’s OK to Lie to Us

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You gotta read this column by Bernard Goldberg in townhall.com yesterday (https://townhall.com/columnists/bernardgoldberg/2018/05/22/fake-news–the-mainstream-media-version-n2482836).

Working as a newsman at CBS News in the 1980s, Goldberg recalls how his colleagues cooked up deeply bogus stories about “the homeless” (President Reagan’s fault: the homeless magically disappear when a Democrat is in the White House) and “the heterosexual AIDS epidemic.”

They knew they were lying, knew they were filling their broadcasts with purposeful misinformation. But it was all in a good cause! And that excuses everything. You don’t have to tell the truth, if lies will lead the public in the right direction. Sorta like scientists lying about Climbit Change to get the public to behave as the scientists think they should. If it brings about good results, it doesn’t have to be true.

The cost? In the long run, no one believes anybody. Because they’re sure that everybody’s lying.


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