Category Archives: Science

Psalm 14 or 53

Either way the atheist is a fool…

A decade ago, a group non-believers meeting publicly on a university campus like this one at Virgina Tech would have been rare, but over the last five years the number of student “freethinker” groups in the US, has begun to snowball: from 100 in 2007 their number has leapt to more than 350 today, according to the nationwide Secular Student Alliance. Their growth reflects a rapid shift in attitudes towards religion in America among young people, with one recent Pew poll finding that more than one third of Americans aged 18 to 29 now say they have “no religious affiliation”, compared with less than 10 per cent of their grandparents’ generation. While America still remains outwardly far more religious than Europe, the sudden rise of the “nones”, as they were dubbed by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, has raised the question of whether the US is on the cusp of a dramatic sea-change in attitude towards religion in public life.

Education can be a good thing….can be. Often, those who think consider themselves something more than what any of the rest of us are. We are mortals who have a proclivity to think ourselves more, better and endowed with self-righteousness.

Plainly, we are nothing. We have no rights. We have the inclination toward evil. But to talk to an atheist and convince them of such things is often futile simply because they are convinced of what they know. Were it not for the Superintending Supreme Omnipotent Being which atheists all too often indirectly focus their anger, they could not be the “freethinker” they so claim. It is God who makes us something. It is God who gives our rights. It is God who has changed the inclinations of man.

The Scriptures address atheists as fools for good reason, and anyone who is a believer must understand why. Atheists as fools are to be pitied, not scorned. There’s is a fantasy world with no basis, no grounds, no fundamental support. It is a mirage. They can not know anything without God. They can not study let alone champion science as their quintessential religion without God.

Atheists are a pitiful bunch.

Pickled Eggs, Third Attempt

The second attempt was much better than the first, without an overwhelming vinegar flavor. More pickling spice and Tabasco certainly made it more flavorful.

For this third attempt I’m turning a corner and adding a distinctive herb which I hope I’ve added in sufficient quantity to make a difference in taste. The 1/3 cup extra vinegar was due to using up the last of the half gallon of cider vinegar. I’m running low on Slap Ya Mama so I switched to Tony Chachere, and decided to add a little more Tabasco. This resulting solution left enough to 17 eggs in two jars with about 5 cups left over which I’ve saved.

4 1/3 cups cider vinegar
2 cups water
2 TBSP Tony Chachere‘s spice
3 TBSP Pickling Spice
2/3 Ounce fresh Dill
3/4 Sliced Yellow Onion, large
1 Red Pepper
1 TBSP Worcestershire
1 TBSP Peppercorns
4 1/2 TBSP Tabasco
3/4 TBSP Crushed Red Pepper

Pickled Eggs, Second Attempt

Now comes the second attempt at pickling solution based upon a revised first attempt:

2 cups cider vinegar
1 cup water
2 1/2 TBSP Slap Ya Mama spice
2 1/2 TBSP Pickling Spice
1 Sliced Onion, small
1/2 Green Pepper
1 TBSP Worcestershire
3 TBSP Peppercorns
3 TBSP Tabasco
Dash Crushed Red Pepper

I’ve decided to go for more spice, adding Tabasco, more Slap Ya Mama, peppercorns and pickling spice. I’ve also gone with a weaker solution of vinegar. Note to self: increase liquid portion at next attempt to 4 cups vinegar, 2 cups water.

We’ll see just how this comes out in about two weeks as before.

Pickled Eggs, First Attempt

First attempt at pickling solution from a combination of recipes, as follows:

3 cups cider vinegar
3/4 cup water
1 TBSP Slap Ya Mama spice
1 1/2 TBSP Pickling Spice
1 TSP Garlic Salt
1/2 Sliced Onion
1/4 Green Pepper
1 TSP Minced Garlic
1 1/2 TBSP Worcestershire
2 TBSP Peppercorns

Brought to boil, then simmer 10 minutes; packed dozen eggs in two jars; dated with formula; results to be posted.