Archive for February 24th, 2011

Website aimed at the lack of knowledge about Christianity

| February 24, 2011 | Reply
Website aimed at the lack of knowledge about Christianity

Truth Saves, a site designed by Joseph R. Hanson, is “not a website against Christianity.” Rather, it is against the lack of knowledge about Christianity.”

This site is not against religion, most religions are beautiful and helpful. This site is only against dogmatic systems. Christianity happens to a religion AND a dogma, it is both a system of beliefs and a system of claims. It is not the religious side of Christianity that this site is concerned about.

Truth Saves is an upbeat site filled with easily digested information about the Bible, skepticism and science (here’s the page on “evolution“). Here’s the site’s motto: “It’s time we all become more honest and knowledgeable about Christianity and its claims.”

If you know a Christian who is starting to ask skeptical questions, Truth Saves is an easily accessible place to send him/her.

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PayPal freezes account of Bradley Manning legal defense fund

| February 24, 2011 | 1 Reply
PayPal freezes account of Bradley Manning legal defense fund

Since when is it against the law to help anyone–ANYONE–afford their legal bills? Well, PayPal has decided that it has an “internal policy” that justifies shutting down the account of a group that is attempting to help Bradley Manning pay his legal bills. This shutdown is despicable. With this logic, we should also shut down all public defender offices and thus require all poor people accused of crimes to fend for themselves. If you would like to write to PayPal to express your opinion on this matter, follow this link provided by Firedoglake.

Here’s FDL’s suggested template:

According to the Bradley Manning Support Network, PayPal has frozen the account of the group that supports Pfc. Bradley Manning’s legal defense.

Citizens around the world have donated to the Bradley Manning Support Network to fund the legal defense of Pfc. Manning. This grassroots activism is now hindered because of a political policy decision by PayPal to block these funds.

The Bradley Manning Support Network has not been accused of any impropriety. Your company has essentially admitted that there is no legal reason to shut down account access, and that it is simply an internal policy decision. Additionally, the organization has complied with every reasonable demand from PayPal to restore access to its account – short of the extraordinary and unnecessary step of providing PayPal direct access to its checking account.

PayPal should drop its unreasonable demands of the Bradley Manning Support Network and restore access to the group’s PayPal account.

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Military Psy-ops, this time illegally directed at Congress

| February 24, 2011 | 3 Replies
Military Psy-ops, this time illegally directed at Congress

Keep President Eisenhower’s warning in mind as you read this post (see video below).

The U.S. Department of Defense defines “Psychological Operations” or “Psy-Ops” as “Planned operations to convey selected information and indicators to foreign audiences to influence their emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of foreign government, organizations, groups, and individuals.”

Such operations may be based upon truth or based upon deception, but the goal is the same: to alter perceptions and “ultimately the behavior” of others. As a matter of law, such actions are supposed to be directed against the “foreign hostile groups”, or at least not against Americans. Unfortunately, this law is routinely ignored:

  • In 2009, the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) awarded a multi-million dollar contract to General Dynamics to wage a psy-ops campaign aimed at France and Britain. The goal of the campaign was to create “influence websites” to build support for the Global War on Terror.
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Onion: Embarrassed GOP has been confusing Eisenhower for Reagan

| February 24, 2011 | 3 Replies
Onion: Embarrassed GOP has been confusing Eisenhower for Reagan

The Onion reports:

At a press conference Monday, visibly embarrassed leaders of the Republican National Committee acknowledged that their nonstop, effusive praise of Ronald Reagan has been wholly unintentional, admitting they somehow managed to confuse him with Dwight D. Eisenhower for years . . .

“When I heard about Eisenhower’s presidential accomplishments—holding down the national debt, keeping inflation in check, and fighting for balanced budgets—it hit me that we’d clearly gotten their names mixed up at some point,” Priebus told reporters. “I couldn’t believe we’d been associating terms like ‘visionary,’ ‘principled,’ and ‘bold’ with President Reagan. That wasn’t him at all—that was Ike.”

In other news reported by The Onion, “NASA Completes 52-Year Mission To Find, Kill God.”

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