Free Waves

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Even if you’re a skeptic with regards to wave theory, you might wish to check out EWI’s free week, which is offering access to their specialty services for the first time. I very much recommend them, as I began trying them out in March and have found them to be more effective than the short-term updates.

They’re not cheap, beginning at $200, but I can say that in my personal experience, it paid for itself three times over on the very first day. It’s not perfect, but it has definitely improved my trading performance. Suggestion: stick with the third waves at first and don’t get greedy; patience is definitely a virtue. I should also mention that in my experience, they don’t send out email solicitations to club members very often either.

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Mailvox: show me the Scripture

CDM requests some examples:

I noticed the Arminian-friendly here argue by philosophical perspectives, and seeming truths. How about backing your assertions up with Scripture? Christians shouldn’t care what one thinks if the Word contradicts one’s humanistic arguments.

Since Greg Boyd already went to the trouble of looking up more than a few verses which demonstrate this, I see no reason to reinvent the wheel.

When the Bible says that God “changed his mind” (e.g. Ex. 32:14; 2 Chr. 21:15; Jon.3:10, Jere. 26:2-3; Joel 2:13-14), I simply do not see anything, in the text which suggests it is intended to be taken as figurative. So too, when God adds fifteen years to Hezekiah’s life after he’s prophetically informed him of his intention to end it immediately (Isa., 38:1-5; 2 Ka. 20:1-6), 1 assume that God altered his plans. The same is true when God says he will reverse his prophesied decision to bless or curse a nation if that nation changes (Jere. 18:7-11). I don’t know how to faithfully interpret this passage unless God really changes his mind. And this, so far as I can discern, implies that the fate of the nation was not from eternity a foregone conclusion.

In just the same way, when the Lord says that he thought Israel would turn to him and expresses disappointment over the fact that they didn’t (Jere. 3:6-7, 19-20), I personally don’t know how to interpret this with integrity without concluding that what Israel was actually going to do was somewhat up in the air at the time God thought this. When the Lord says that he “regretted” the way even decisions which he made turned out, I have to take this as factual (Gen. 6:6, I Sam. 5:12, 35). And when the Lord speaks of the future using words like “if,” “perhaps” and “maybe,” as he frequently does, I don’t know how to acknowledge these words as absolutely authoritative in my thinking- without concluding that the aspects of the future to which he refers is genuinely a “maybe,” not a settled issues (e.g., Ex. 4:1-9; Jere. 38:17-18, 20-21, 23).

It is more than a little ironic that the omniderigistas require a figurative interpretation of the Bible in defense of their orthodoxy. They aren’t generally quite so eager to accept the non-literal argument when it comes to other matters, such as the Revelation or the Gospels.

Why the Democrats are doomed

Jay Nordlinger points out a howler:

Howard Dean, chairman of the National Democratic Committee. He said that Sen. Rick Santorum, the Pennsylvania Republican, should “stay in Virginia,” where he lives as he works on Capitol Hill. But, Dean cracked, “Santorum is too much of a right-winger for Virginia. How about Venezuela?”

Huh? Does he realize that Hugo Chávez, the Venezuelan strongman, is a Castroite?

But then, this is the Democratic leader whose favorite book in the New Testament is Job.

Remember, this is the CHAIRMAN OF THE DNC! The party that thinks they’re smarter. The party that thinks they’re better-educated. The party that thinks they’re morally superior.

I mean, I understand that most Democrats are too maleducated to know that the National Socialists were hard-core left-wingers. I’m used to that level of cluelessness. But to think Chavez, the worker’s champion and ally of Fidel Castro, is a right-winger takes a staggering level of ignorance of world affairs.

Even for a Democrat.

Mailvox: the great puppeteer pulls my strings

DB questions his own free will:

I was reading your blog awhile ago and was noticing your questioning about God sanctioned governments. I think what is hard for me is trying to take your arguments about something in the Bible seriously when you have openly advocated for “open theism.” Don’t you find it pretty amazing that historical Christianity doesn’t give any credence to “open theism?” With that in mind, how do you square going against guys like Edwards, Bunyan, Owen, Spurgeon, Luther, Calvin, Wesley, Packer, Grudem, Sproul, Piper and Lewis? You are basically putting Greg Boyd and Clark Pinnock up against those guys? Did Boyd and Pinnock just wake up one day and say, “You know, these good ol boys for hundreds of years have this whole God’s sovereignty think way wrong! Let me tell the world how the Bible REALLY is!”

Do you think our historic Christian leaders just completely missed the boat on this one? If so, that is a very daunting argument to make considering the above have led some of the most amazing revivals in history such as Edwards and the Great Awakening. I don’t hear anything like that with Boyd or Pinnock or even yourself. Doesn’t there have to be at least some proof in the pudding played out on an evangelical level rather than just sitting around thinking up stuff?

First, Piper has no credibility with me whatsoever. He’s a hand-waver and a name-caller, not someone who engages in substantial debate, and I don’t bother with people like that. Second, DB’s formulation is fundamentally flawed, because God can and will use people who don’t know or understand the first thing about Him or how He works. The fact that God has used an individual in an evangelical sense does not necessarily mean that this individual’s understanding of God is more accurate to any other believer’s. To put this in perspective, Satan almost surely has a better understanding of God and His works than your average minister, and yet the minister is likely to be more effective in an evangelical sense.

One reason that I am rather dismissive of “closed theism” is that its adherents are so quick to baselessly cast aspersions on those who don’t agree to shut off their minds and accept the assertion that God is amusing Himself by playing puppets with humanity. They seem to forget that it is one’s belief and confession in Jesus Christ that saves, not a superior understanding of supernatural operations. Also, given that the Bible states that we see through a glass darkly and are incapable understanding God’s ways, the common wisdom is assured of being more reliably incorrect than it is with regards to purely worldly matters.

I see far more intellectual humility and civility on the part of the open theory advocates than I do on the part of their opponents, whose actions reflect the same sort of anger and fear that one usually sees in those who doubt their own position. This is another factor that makes me more sympathetic to the open side, although I refuse to take a firm stand on it because regardless of what evangelical tradition or my reason might say, it is impossible to know the answer.

Finally, the omniderigence to which the closed theists subscribe is absolutely littered with both Biblical and logical flaws; perhaps one day I’ll have to write a column addressing this. The fact that many of the great evangelists believed that they had no choice but to do as they did does not mean that they were correct to believe so.

I don’t believe God is inflicting my cousin’s child with leukemia, I believe God wants to heal that child and He will if He can find a human agent of sufficient faith. One of Jesus Christ’s most oft-repeated themes was that all things are possible through faith, but Man has so little faith that he usually can’t accomplish anything. I suspect that many people find omniderigence to be comforting because it lets them off the hook for their own failures and the responsibility to confront the evil around them. But why would Jesus tell his disciples to feed the poor, heal the sick and raise the dead if it was God’s Will that the poor be poor, the sick be sick and the dead be dead?

Forza Milan

From the Corriere della Sera:

La prima al Milan: Stam e il solito Sheva affondano l’Inter. Massimo risultato con il minimo sforzo. Il Milan si aggiudica con un 2 a 0 il primo round dell’euroderby. Per gli uomini di Mancini, mai veramente incisivi, tutte le speranze sono ora riposte nel ritorno che si giocherà martedì 12 aprile.

The first game to Milan: Stam and Shevchenko, as usual, sink Inter. With a maximum result from a minimum of effort, Milan took a 2-0 lead in the first round of the Euroderby. For Mancini’s men, who were never very incisive, all of their hopes are now resting on the rematch, which will be played Tuesday, April 12.

It was nice to see Chelsea destroying Bryan Munich too. Milan shouldn’t have any trouble reaching the next stage, since one away goal will see them through even in the event of a draw. A Scudetto/Champion’s League double would certainly be a nice way to close out the season.

Machine love

The Original Cyberpunk shares his digital history in The Ranting Room:

In 1979, I started out with a Radio Shack TRS-80 Model 1 and a program called “Electric Pencil,” I believe. That was soon replaced by an Apple ][+ and a program called “Magic Window,” then “WordHandler,” which was one of those truly great, years ahead of its time, and completely forgotten products. I wrote and sold a lot of fiction using that old Apple ][+ and WordHandler, while simultaneously going through a lengthy succession of other Apples — I believe I have 10 of them up in the loft of the garage — before finally coming to the conclusion that there is nothing as worthless as last year’s Macintosh.

I started out with my Dad’s original IBM PC. He built a small technology empire on the basis of the memory board designs laid out in the appendices, so I have reason to be grateful to that first computer. Unfortunately, the games on that PC were few and far between – what was IBM thinking with giving you those particular three colors, Pink, Cyan and White – and they mostly blew anyhow.

A summer computer course was conducted on TI-99/4As, but there was an Apple II in the back of the room on which we used to play Akallabeth, Castle Wolfenstein and Swashbuckler. I was a pirate from Day One, and assembled a notebook full of floppies even before I had a computer to play them on. The local Radio Shack was great, as they’d let us bring our games in and play them on their display Apple II; they racked up at least one sale as my Dad finally bought me an Apple IIe.

I still love that computer. Some of my favorite memories from high school were down in the basement, playing Wizardry, Autoduel, Ultima III and other games. Getting a second disk drive for Christmas was huge, as it significantly furthered our pirate activities. Elephant Memory Systems! I think Big Chilly still has that yellow poster somewhere, although Chilliette won’t let him put it up in his office.

My parents gave me an original Macintosh when I went off to college. I sold that to Big Chilly’s little brother in favor of a CompuAdd 386/25 once VGA came out, the better to play Wing Commander. After Big Chilly and I quit our jobs to start our computer game company, my Dad bought us a brand new Pentium 90 to inaugurate the auspicious new venture and that was the last computer I bought for years, as our relationship with Intel kept us well-supplied with computers after that.

I scored two 500 MHz Dell laptops from The Perfect Aryan Male, who gave me one for a birthday present and sold me the other one for $200 when his megagargantuan employer went under and left him in charge of shutting down offices around the world and selling off the inventory. But a few years later, I finally broke down and bought a 3.4 GHz laptop with a 256 MB Radeon 9700 when I needed faster 3D performance for a certain technology project on which I’m still working.

Last week’s spill is still rendering my Linux partition inoperable, along with my > key in XP, but I’ve got a new keyboard on order and I’m hoping that will repair things. If not, well, I can always add to the list. And, OC, I have to say that knocking out fiction on the Apple II+ in 2005 isn’t lame at all, it’s MEGA-RETRO!

Hit it baby, one more time.