The No-Win Position of @BethMooreLPM (and Others)

She's taken a stand, all right: On Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, popular Bible teacher and speaker Beth Moore broke her silence on political issues and posted a series of tweets that sent waves through the evangelical community. Moore’s tweet-sized messages called out Christian leaders who have turned a blind eye to the plight of women …

NPO VNIIstroidormash: Soviet Construction Equipment Technology

On my companion site vulcanhammer.info, I have posted several articles on Soviet (and after that Russian) pile driving equipment, such as diesel hammers, concrete pile cutters, and vibratory and impact-vibration hammers. These are very specialised topics, even by construction industry standards; here I want to present some photos of more general interest to you heavy …

Maybe No One in the U.S. Really Likes Democracy Anymore

Jeet Heer thinks that the right has given up on democracy: Public-opinion polling shows that Trump’s low opinion of American elections has practically become Republican Party orthodoxy. According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday, Republicans have an “unprecedented” level of “concern and mistrust in the system.” Roughly 70 percent of Republican voters believe that …

We Should Challenge the Legitimacy of Our System's Outcome

Donald Trump's mushy statement about his acceptance of the outcome of the Presidential election has many up in the air.  Such a knee-jerk reaction--driven by a system which has been so successful for so long that people take it for granted--needs to be tempered by a reality check. First: it's not the first time the …

NC Political Firebombing Not a Recent First

It's scary, all right: Gov. Pat McCrory Sunday called the weekend firebombing of a North Carolina Republican headquarters “an attack on our democracy,” while one GOP official called it an act of “political terrorism.” In a tweet, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump blamed “Animals representing Hillary Clinton and Dems in North Carolina.” Hillsborough police said …

A Little Lesson in Subsidiarity

One of pot shots that Hillary Clinton and her operatives made at conservative Catholics is that they used terms like “subsidiarity” that no one understood. Since they may be right about that, I think an illustration is in order. Many of you know that I teach Civil Engineering. Six years ago, my department head (who …

Americans Aren't the Only Ones to Choose Between "Bad" and "Really Bad"

All of the blubbering and whining going on about how Americans (and especially Christians) are somehow criminal to vote for a certain candidate needs to be put in this perspective, from a 2013 post: A few months ago, when the Iranians elected themselves a new president, I asked an Iranian friend what he thought of …

Our Elites' Snotty Attitudes, Then and Now

Wikileaks' revelations that Hillary Clinton and her operatives take a dim view of social conservatives--following her characterization of large portions of the population as "deplorables"--has ignited a great deal of anger.  As someone who started out life growing up with the elites, I think some perspective is in order. Let me start by putting up …

Buoyancy and Stability: An Introduction

Ever since people set out to sea in ships, the issues of buoyancy and stability have been of importance. In spite of this, the treatment it receives in textbooks is often lacking. Following is an overview of the subject; basic understanding of the principles is essential in performing the experiment and interpreting the results. Buoyancy …

When Catholic Academia Bails on Philosophy, We're All in Trouble

Which is what some of it, at least, has done: A similar crisis has shaken the philosophical estate within the church. Before 1970 philosophy enjoyed an enviable prominence in the curriculum of Catholic colleges. This Neo-Scholastic philosophy was certainly structured around the perennial questions—Does God exist? What is virtue?—but it was an odd, manual Thomism …

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