Thursday, June 19, 2014

Does FOX = 666 ?

Does FOX spell 666? Pythagoras says 'Yes'
Is Fox News 'The Image of The Beast' as foretold in Biblical Revelations?

Is the number '666' equal to 'FOX?'

There are many articles online about the numerological value of FOX being equivalent to the number 666 and what that means, if anything.

Listed here are the main examples cited in popular culture and undeniably, the coincidence is rather surprising.

The Pythagorean numerological systems are among the oldest and the most popular numerological systems on Earth. In the 6th century BCE, Greek mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras assigned numerical values to each letter based on its position in the alphabet.
Example 1):
The number value is assigned by the position in the sequence of the Western alphabet using number formulas which are based on the numbers 1 to 9.

1     2     3      4      5     6      7     8      9
A     B     C     D     E     F     G     H     I
J      K     L     M     N    O     P     Q     R
S     T     U     V     W    X     Y     Z

This method produces F O X = 666

Example 2):
To provide a unique numerical value to each letter, Jewish numerologists would multiply each set of 9 by a factor of 10. Sonosphere states, "The practice got little use in scripture, but a well-known example is in the New Testament book of Revelation, a highly symbolic text which the author presents as a record of a prophetic vision."

Ancient Hebrew number-letters to Western alphabet:

1     2     3      4      5     6      7     8      9
A     B     C     D     E     F     G     H     I     (multiply this row by 1)
J      K     L     M     N    O     P     Q     R    (multiply this row by 10)
S     T     U     V     W    X     Y     Z            (multiply this row by 100)

This results in FOX = 6 + 60 + 600 = 666.

Example 3):
Another version of the Pythagorean system assigned numbers based on their exact position in the Western alphabet.

F = 6th letter = 6
O = 15th letter 1 + 5 = 6
X = 24th letter 2 + 4 = 6

This method also equals 666.
It is rare to find a word or name which produces the same numerological result regardless of the method you use. Try it yourself. Very strange indeed.

If facts don't impress them, perhaps this will.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Surprise! Gun Control Is Not A Violation of Your Rights

I don't understand why you
left out half the quote
I recently spent a weekend camping with a gun-enthusiast friend. He owns nearly fifty firearms of various sizes and types. He is an NRA member, subscribes to several gun magazines and considers himself quite knowledgeable on the subject.

We got into a conversation about the Second Amendment and gun rights. He feels the government is trying to ban guns because there is a certain gun he wants which is illegal in this state. He feels he should be able to buy what he wants when he wants and anything else is a violation of the Constitution.

He quoted the line, "Congress shall pass no laws restricting the people's right to bear arms." I asked about the first part of the amendment, the part about "A well regulated militia". He looked puzzled.

I quoted the full text of the Second Amendment, "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." He said he had never heard the first part and wasn't sure if he believed me.

I was flabbergasted. How was that possible? This is Mr Guns. Mr. Second Amendment rights. How could he be exposed to all this gun information and never heard the full amendment?

His ignorance is not unusual. The part that permits, even requires regulation is purposefully omitted to change the meaning and deceive the public. Conflating all regulation with banning / seizing guns is dishonest, self serving and assumes American gun owners are easily fooled by scary propaganda. The depressing part is, it appears they were right.

Fear sells: Sales of guns skyrocket during the Obama administration. 
Gun sales had been slipping for decades. In 1980 about 55% of households owned a firearm. Those numbers fell steadily for the next thirty years and by 2010, only slightly more than 30% of Americans kept a gun at home.

Conspiracy theories surrounding President Obama and the deliberate deception that Americans are entitled to any and all weapons was a financial savior to the struggling gun industry.

Fear sells and US gun ownership has doubled during the Obama presidencies.

Gun enthusiasts bought up vast stores of ammo and guns in the years following President Obama's election. Spurred by rumors that Obama was going to seize their weapons, the run on guns and ammo resulted in a shortage for a time, which ironically was also blamed on Obama.

Smith and Wesson earned about 80 million dollars in profits in 2010. By 2013, profits had reached 136.5 million. Likewise, Sturm Ruger & Co made about 60 million dollars in 2010, but by 2013 those numbers had nearly doubled to 118 million dollars. The NRA now boasts 4.3 million members, and rakes in 205 million in revenue.

Talking to gun rights advocates, it seems they believe that any restriction on their desire to acquire weaponry is a violation of their rights. They proudly wave the flag and spout the portion of the Second Amendment which supports their uncompromising position.

The Supreme Court ruled in the 2008 District of Columbia vs. Heller that individuals held the right to own guns but the states had a reasonable right to regulate them. Even Justice Scalia, no friend to liberals, held in the majority opinion that the personal right to possess weapons was not unlimited.

Rumors of a secret Obama plot to seize guns resulted
in ammo shortages which were, ironically,
also blamed on President Obama
Justice Scalia felt that a complete ban on handguns was unconstitutional, but certain restrictions could apply. He specifically mentioned the mentally ill and felons should not be able to purchase guns, that the states can ban especially dangerous or unusual weapons, that weapons can be forbidden in sensitive locations such as schools and government buildings and the state had the right to regulate the commercial sale of guns.

How can these otherwise intelligent adults be so ignorant on a topic they obviously feel passionately about? I can only blame the gun lobbies whose job is to increase sales of weapons, ammo and most of all, fear.

The gun rights extremism seen today is corporate manufactured ignorance and fear. It is designed to confuse and frighten the population, drive right wing voters to the polls and increase sales of guns and ammunition.

As the gun and ammo manufacturers, the NRA and other big political and business interests ride high on profits derived from selling fear, lies and half truths, the ignorance spreads like a virus. Extremism, fed by corporate profits and fear, creeps into the collective thinking until lies are taken as truth.

Fight ignorance with facts. Question everything. Remember, they lie because they believe you are stupid. I share these facts because I believe you are smart.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The NRA's Solution to Gun Violence

If we could just arm teachers, bus drivers, waitresses, bankers, plumbers, construction workers, taxi drivers, priests, cashiers, mechanics, ushers, garbage collectors, stock brokers, PTA members and your neighbour (who sometimes likes to drink too much), then we will all be safe.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Romney Speak: Whine and Cheese

Mitt Romney has received lots of unsolicited advice lately regarding how best to meet President Obama in the upcoming debate. The three debates, including one VP debate, are highly anticipated and as many as 86% of Americans say they plan to watch some or all of them.

Romney's alarming slide in the polls has Republican talking heads pontificating about this being Mr. Romney's last chance to salvage his failing campaign.

May I offer one humble bit of advice that I haven't seen mentioned elsewhere? I suggest Mitt practice the tone and cadence of his voice, which strikes me as either condescending or whining, depending on which talking point he is discussing.

When questioned on specifics, he takes on a tone of an ever-patient parent speaking to a petulant child. He pulls out that fake 'ha-ha-ha' and with an exasperated shake of his head, responds as if he is correcting the hired help for serving the wrong wine with dinner.

But to me, the most annoying and difficult to listen to, is the whine he takes on when speaking about President Obama. Each sentence or significant phrase ends in a notable drop in tone which gives the line a whiny quality. If he could just practice keeping the tone of the sentence even through the end, it would sound like a statement of fact instead of a spoiled child complaining, "It's not fair!"

Although I am unabashedly a liberal Democrat, I have always listened to both sides, even when I disagree vehemently with the speaker. I gritted my teeth through every speech and public appearance by McCain, Reagan, Big Bush, and most tryingly, Little Bush with his deep drawl and penchant for making up words.

But no candidate in my memory has been so difficult to listen to speak as Mitt Romney. The condescension and whiny-ness are like fingernails on a chalkboard to my ears and I can't wait to turn him off.

There you go, Mitt. More unsolicited advice and coming from an Obama supporter you have no reason to take it. But please, just in case the unlikely happens I have to listen to you speak for the next four years, practice that tone. You can't make your point if your audience can't stand the sound of your voice.

First Published on Technorati as "Romney Speak: Whine and Cheese"

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Life is Hard for Ann Romney

Ann Romney showed a bit of humanity recently when she lashed out at critics of her husband saying, “Stop it. This is hard. You want to try it? Get in the ring.” Yes, Mrs. Romney, this is hard. I'm sure it is much harder than you expected it to be.

Likely you thought you wouldn't have to work too hard in the actual campaigning stuff. Mitt Romney has avoided rallies and public appearances like the plague. Instead he has focused on fund raising and hoping carefully crafted ads will fill the void.

You probably expected your wealth and the wealth of your influential friends to smooth the path to the White House, as it always has. Money oils the gears of success in business, it should work in politics too.

You counted on millions of dollars from corporate and special interest donors, hidden from view thanks to the Supreme Court, to flood the airwaves with negative and misleading ads. It worked in the primary, right?

You were assured that new voter suppression laws, which have sprung up in many swing and southern states, would shave enough votes to secure victory in a close election.

Your campaign repeated proven lies, campaigned on them and raised money on them. Explaining this strategy, Romney campaign pollster Neil Newhouse stated, "We're not going let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers." Who knew regular Americans cared about facts?

You didn't expect people to ask so many personal questions, like wanting to see your tax returns. Don't you know that asking about someone's finances is considered impolite among the upper class?

You didn't prepare any details for your plans since you expected to prevail simply because you are not Barack Obama. Your obviously superior business experience is all the country needs to know, right?

Truly, this has been a hard summer for the Romneys. It is painful and humbling to hear people say terrible things about you. It's worse when they are using your own words.
If you would like to see a good example of how to bear up under the onslaught of negativity and lies, perhaps you should look to the Obamas. They have been attacked and vilified in ways I have not seen in my lifetime. They have held their heads high through lies, racism, obstructionism and open hatred by the opposing party.

I have seen pictures of my President portrayed as a monkey, with a bone in his nose, with watermelons growing on the White House lawn and, memorably, the President as a pimp and the First Lady as a prostitute. He has been called 'terrorist' and 'un-American'. He was forced to 'show his papers' to quell the crazies the Romney's are courting.

How the Obama family has maintained their dignity under such unrelenting attacks is nothing short of inspirational. Perhaps Mrs. Romney can learn something from them too. Remember, 'class' is defined not by financial status, but by ,"Grace under pressure," which our First Family has personified.

First Published on Technorati as "Life is Hard for Ann Romney"

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Witnessing the Demise of the GOP

The GOP will loose in November 2012 and they deserve to do so.

The Republican Party has been hijacked by the extremists and the failure of the establishment, moderate wing of the party to control this fanatical wing has brought on its demise.

The GOP thought it could harness the energy of the Tea Party, the closet racists and the fanatical anti-abortionists whose one common thread is a loathing for Democrats in general and President Obama in particular.

The 2010 elections brought in a wave of ideological right wingers who immediately set to work on passing legislation dealing with their pet obsessions.

Immigration fears led to to extreme 'Papers Please' laws in six states.

A flood of anti-abortion legislation has been passed in dozens of states.

Irrational fears of a Muslim takeover has led to proposed legislation banning Sharia Law in twenty states.

Ultra Conservative state houses have proposed an avalanche of anti-union laws which primarily target public employees, including teachers, firefighters and police officers.

They have stoked imaginary fears of voter fraud in order to pass legislation designed to suppress votes among Democratic leaning groups.

Currently their attack is on womens' health care and in typical fashion have taken the issue to the illogical extreme. Right wing talk radio has compared women who use birth control to prostitutes and the silence of the Republican party is shocking.

Despite this flurry of legislation they have failed to do the job they were elected to do. Most were swept into office on promises to deal with jobs and the economy but their record on this issue is pathetic.

A few years ago there was an outcry for moderate Muslims to speak out against the extremists who were tarnishing the image of the peaceful majority.  Where is the outcry for voices of moderation within the GOP? Where have the reasonable Republicans gone? They have left office or cower in silence at the power of right wing TV and talk radio.

Their silence at the alarming level of vitriol and hate-speech among their ranks speaks volumes. This is a party which deserves to loose in November and may actually cease to exist within a few election cycles. How can a party which has alienated women, minorities, the working poor, the middle class and immigrants going to sustain itself? Why do they allow a minority within a minority to dominate their agenda?

As the tail wags the dog in the GOP and the cowardice of their leadership makes itself clear to all, the Republican party will loose at all levels in November and they deserve to do so.

Article first published as Witnessing the Demise of the GOP on Technorati.

Friday, March 2, 2012

The Hate Speech Must Stop. Boycott Rush's Advertisers

Rush vs. Fluke

The time has come to stand up against the assault on women in the Right Wing media. The hateful comments by Rush equating contraceptives to prostitution are offensive to all women and the refusal of any prominent Republicans to disavow his remarks shows the depths to which the GOP continues to sink.

A backlash seems to be brewing and a boycott of advertisers on the show has been organized. You can sign this online petition, or send your message directly to the corporate sponsors of the Rush hate-machine.

I have attempted to locate direct email addresses for the Press / Public Relations / Advertising Departments for these corporate sponsors of the Rush Limbaugh show. Copy/Paste the list into the 'To:' field in an email form. Write your own message or copy/paste the one below and sign your name at the bottom. Share this with every woman you know.

Its time for women to get involved and push back against these Neanderthals. (No offense intended to Neanderthals or their descendants)


Stop sponsoring Rush Limbaugh's hate speech

To Advertising / Public Relations / Press Department:

Rush Limbaugh has crossed the line too many times. His recent comments that a young Georgetown University student, speaking her opinion before congress is nothing more than a sl*t and prostitute are beyond offensive and inappropriate.

Rush characterized her as 'having so much sex that she couldn't afford it'. Actually, she testified about a friend who suffered from ovarian cancer and lost an ovary due to an inability to afford hormonal birth control pills which kept the cancer in check.

I am writing to you and all Rush's advertisers to remove your support of this sexist, racist buffoon who feeds the destructive divisions which are paralyzing this country.

I will be joining millions of women who are boycotting Rush's advertisers and sharing this information with every woman I know.

A Concerned American Consumer and Voter

Wrong Department? Please forward this message to the Public Relations/Press/Advertising Department of your company.

Published first as 'The Hate Speech Must Stop. Boycott Rush's Advertisers' on Technorati.