Quantum 98 – Anti-Fascism: The new Fascism

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|   TOPICS   |

  • The New Fascism.
  • The New Judge?
  • Same Sex Marriage in the Churches of Norway and England.
  • Transgender Reversion.
  • UK Parliament votes to begin Article 50 Brexit negotiations.
  • Tam Dayell.
  • The Doomsday Clock.
  • Euthenasia murder.
  • Anti-Theist murder.

|   LINKS   |

The New Fascism.

The Guardian – When they go low, going high is not enough – video

CNN – Berkeley: ‘150 masked agitators’ ahead of Milo Yiannopoulos talk

 The new Judge? Gorsuch, abortion and the danger of confirmation bias in world views

BBC World News – Neil Gorsuch: The man who could shape American law for decades

BBC News – Trump picks Neil Gorsuch as nominee for Supreme Court

Desiring God- http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/wise-women-build

Democratic Congressman Eric Swalwell interviewed on Fox News about SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch and abortion.

Same Sex Marriage in the Churches of Norway and England

 BBC Radio 4  – Today Programme 26th January 2017

Transgender Reversion

Tam Dayell – His basic principles

The Doomsday Clock

Christian Today – As Doomsday Draws Near And The Devil Seeks To Swallow Us Up, The Only Answer Is In Jesus

Trump’s Ban

TheWeeFlea.com – Donald Trump, the American Immigration Crisis and the Hummus Revolution

Euthenasia murder

 Anti-Theist Murders Christian


  1. 1 Guardian article:

    This exposes the heart of frustrated liberalism and the universal equality of humanity and it’s fallen nature – the heart of darkness in us all. I think CS Lewis said it something like this – we can’t see rats in the cellar until we switch on the light – then they scurry around looking for somewhere to hide. Clearly an inelegant misquotation.

    2.1US Supreme Court nominee: There’s nothing wrong with his jurisprudence and canon of statutory interpretation/construction – that judges interpret and don’t make statute by looking at the intent of the legislators. In UK judges do make law. In England and Wales it’s called Common Law.

    I2.2 Interview of Democratic congressman & Abortion:

    Here is a marvellous contribution to the issue from Alistair Robert’s site:

    “My friend and fellow Mere Fidelity cast member Matt Lee Anderson had a piece on the subject of the pro-life focus on abortion over on Vox. It is well worth your time. The following are a few selected quotations:

    But for the pro-lifer, that “clump of cells” is as wondrous, as potent, as mysterious as, well, the cosmos. The recognition of the “baby” induces a hushed reverence. The universe once appeared out of nothing, a fact that reasonably seems to induce the strange vertigo of awe, but the formation of a new human being is not so different from this. The embryo contains a whole world of possibilities and adventures. The “newcomer,” Hannah Arendt once wrote, “possesses the capacity of beginning something anew.” For those weary and afraid, the opportunity for a new start that the embryo announces momentarily refreshes their spirits.

    These natural reverences permeate the pro-life movement’s ethos. While many pro-lifers are at home speaking the language of rights and respect required for democratic political discourse, we are — if our own rhetoric is at all truthful — animated by something much nearer to love. We cannot shed ourselves of the sense that there is something too powerful, something too good about the human being, to make its life or its death a matter for our choice. It is better for the embryo to go on existing, for it and for us and for the cosmos whose beauty new human life adorns and deepens.

    For the pro-lifer, there is no clearer instance of the marginalized, the voiceless, and the vulnerable than in the womb — and no more profound source of wonder at the limitless possibilities that human life is capable of achieving. The early embryo looks nothing like us, has none of our capabilities, drains the mother’s resources, and often requires the mother to sacrifice many of her interests. If in these conditions one can see something worthwhile, something that can be a benefit or a blessing to the world even when unwanted, then one can start to glimpse why pro-lifers are so animated and so patient in their efforts.

    Read the whole piece here.”

    3 BBC – great to have some civil, without hectoring, balance to the debate on marriage from Shaw and Allberry brought by Martin Bashir.

    4 Motherhood and BMC. Don’t know if they’ve had a Mumsnet focus group on the issue. This seems contrast with the apathy to goodfeldt’s contribution on the medical web site.

    Again, also of interest is this from Alistair Robert’s site:

    “Nassim Nicholas Taleb: The Most Intolerant Wins: The Dictatorship of the Small Minority

    The main idea behind complex systems is that the ensemble behaves in way not predicted by the components. The interactions matter more than the nature of the units. Studying individual ants will never (one can safely say never for most such situations), never give us an idea on how the ant colony operates. For that, one needs to understand an ant colony as an ant colony, no less, no more, not a collection of ants. This is called an “emergent” property of the whole, by which parts and whole differ because what matters is the interactions between such parts. And interactions can obey very simple rules. The rule we discuss in this chapter is the minority rule.

    The minority rule will show us how it all it takes is a small number of intolerant virtuous people with skin in the game, in the form of courage, for society to function properly.

    An important insight, with application to the current sexuality debates, for instance.”

    5 The Doomsday Clock.

    Without wishing to delve into the book of Revelation, as you are doing so, they could, unknowingly, be right, but that is beyond their comprehension, or control.

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  3. Art 50 &Populism

    If you’ve not watched this You Tube, could I encourage you to watch it, though it will take some time.

    The Rise of Populism and the Backlash Against the Elites, with Nick Clegg and Jonathan Haidt.
    If the link doesn’t work it can be found on Alistair Robert’s site.
    It relates to both sides of the Atlantic.
    This is the comment on it I’ve made so far, to hopefully whet your appetite.

    “Clegg & Haidt and Populism.
    Not a commentary, but I’ve watched 28 mins so far and look forward to viewing the rest when not so tired, but Haidt is excellent and Clegg, so far, looks like a politician out of his depth and at odds with the one who pontificated in the Commons on triggering of article 50. Did he absorb anything Haidt said up to min 28 event?
    He seems to have little self awareness, of his own place and espoused philosophy in UK’s, so called populism in the Brexit result. It seems that the new liberals have little ability to empathise, to walk a mile in their (the other’s shoes) or articulate the other’s philosophy. It was pertinent that he thought immigration was largely about numbers.
    It was also amusing to see Clegg’s non verbal response to Haidt’s quotation of John Lennon’s “Imagine” somewhere near the beginning.
    I’ve mentioned before, and I’ll mention again the highly relevant wisdom from GK Chesterton’s “Don’t take down the fence…..” which Haidt has demonstrated so far in his discourse.
    Many thanks for the link. I’ll seek to pass it on.”

  4. Apologies for being a pain, but I think this is the correct You Tube link to, “The Rise of Populism and the Backlash Against the Elites, with Nick Clegg and Jonathan Haidt ”

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