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  1. This may be true to an extent, but we saw conquest with Islam and have not seen significant conversion outside of some areas of North Africa. Early Christians in places like Japan and China were persecuted by institutions and yet it thrived. In Russian and Eastern Europe we sometimes see the same thing. Christianity spread organically through the Roman Empire too. The later institutionalization of Christianity by governments in Europe through state churches is likely why we've seen religious decline in Western Europe too. These were the former Empires. Christianity may have been spread by, but it didn't endure because of colonization.
  2. Define evangelical, I suppose. I suspect that the demographics for this group are defined by much more than just their religion. There might be more Christians in Asia today then there are in the United States. Also of interest, there are probably more Christians in Africa then there are in North America. Christianity is inherently more adaptable to indigenous cultures than any other religion, which is why it's not geographically limited like other world religions (Islam is limited mostly to the Middle East and Northern Africa, Hinduism to India, etc.). The gospel, we can conclude, holds some universal appeal which is why it's on every continent in significant numbers. This is particularly because unlike some of other faiths, it is not ethno-centric nor is it based on class or some other type of cultural stratification. So in this case, I think this is more the cultural paradigm of this demographic (I'm assuming Southern Baptist) exerting itself on their faith then it is their faith on their cultural paradigm. If their faith superseded their cultural and political beliefs, they couldn't possibly come to hold the beliefs they do. But I agree that this particular group of people who identify as evangelical or Christian are a problem. The reality is that they make up a very small number of Christians globally. Unfortunately they have a huge voice. Also, Nietzsche would, and has argued, that American values of liberty, equality, free speech, etc are really just Christian values. So there is that.
  3. There are water rights for the Colorado River since it flows into California, yes? I dont know of any transfers from Nevada to California. California is water rich compared to Nevada since the Sierras capture most of the moisture moving east. Also, there were no mandated utility fee increases. There were water reductions which lead to fee increases due to revenues being down from decreased consumption. Prices had to be increased to maintain the same budgets. Plus I would figure that San Diego wasn't fine when you considered agriculture. Perhaps the City itself had some reserves, but San Diegon is already supplementing the municipal water with tertiary treated water ("recycled"). It's not a water rich area.
  4. The spillways can be repaired after the end of the rain season. After that the inflows will be much more predictable and the reservoirs won't need to release at this rate to prepare for stormwater run off. (reservoirs often run at 80%~ capacity during the rain season to capture stormwater). This is very much a short term issue at the moment due to upcoming storms and due to the unusually wet season so far with alternating cold and warm storms. Most of California's reservoirs are near capacity. (perhaps less so in Southern California) Water districts are currently trying to take excess water and put them into recharge basins. Also, the snowpack throughout much of the Sierra's is around 180-200% above normal for this month, and about 140-150% above normal for an entire season. 50%~ of California is now out of the drought (virtually the entire northern part of the state) and all of it is now out of an exceptional drought. Most is now in "Moderate" Drought territory and it's possible that 75-80%~ of the state will be completely out of the drought if this season keeps up. (we're all certainly hoping so). At this point, the goal is to manage peak stormwater flows. We should see full water deliveries for the next couple years, barring some return to drought conditions. The point being made about the delta pipeline was that California is still investing in the water infrastructure. As it stands, the state discharges water from the Sacramento river into the delta and then pumps it back out from the south. There have been some environmental issues and issues with reverse flows from San Francisco bay (brackish water). The pipelines will provide a direct link that bypasses the delta (at least partially).
  5. From what I understand, the dam itself isn't in danger. The problem is that up until recently it was at 101% capacity and the main spillway was damaged several days earlier. Consequently, they've had to use the emergency spillway that is not reinforced, which has lead to some rapid erosion. They're releasing nearly 90,000-100,000 cubic feet per second of water in order to lower the dam's capacity in preparation for the next storm. (about 4-5 days away). The good news is that the erosion has reportedly slowed because of the presence of bedrock underneath. They're working at repairing both the main spillway and the hillside at the moment. Also, I'm sure the numbers posted are total nonsense. California still sends more money to the federal government then it gets back anyways. Water infrastructure projects are a moving target in California, but there is currently $15 billion delta pipeline project already underway. If California were to leave the union (which I would never vote for) it would be a net increase for tax revenue for us. Of course, I'm arguing with someone who won't reason.
  6. So, how's Tunsil doing?
  7. I don't see this at all. Ramsey looks like a significantly better athlete and his ball reactions were top notch.
  8. What's the consensus on UW Corner Sidney Jones? Two games in and I could see him going Top 15.
  9. Watching a little bit of Jonathan Allen. Dude is Jurrell Casey in a more svelte frame. Not sure if he's an All-Pro type guy, but he looks like a good prospect in his own right. I'd have to watch more, but I'm not sure where he fits on the Titans. @OILERMAN
  10. Just watched a little of Hooker, Adams and Baker. I like Budda Baker the best out of the three, but his height might be exploited more in the NFL. Adams may be a better coverage safety than Hooker, but he missed a lot of tackles against Alabama. I didn't count, but just don't see a player who misses half a dozen tackles as a safety being the type of guy Robinson would like. My guess is that the Titans keep Byard at FS and go and find another SS.
  11. Also, if you watch those games, you see Malik Hooker making quite a few mistakes. He missed some tackles and several plays (likely responsible for giving up a rush TD in the redzone). He gave up an important play to the Oklahoma Tight End on a snag route while in man coverage. He's been opportunistic when given the opportunity, but I don't see a guy who can erase other players mistakes like Earl Thomas.
  12. Watched two games of Malik Hooker (Clemson and Oklahoma). Obviously just my opinion, but looks like a second round prospect maybe. Athletically, he's strictly a safety. He's not particularly explosive or compact in his movement (can get leggy which limits his ability to click/close or re-direct). His ball reactions are OK. His tackling ability is OK. He's not much of a hitter and can take flat angles. He doesn't really fill the alley really well. (Looked to struggle sorting through the trash). So in that sense he's probably strictly a free safety. Has made some plays and made some nice interceptions. So ball skills are a plus. Just don't think there are many other special qualities and he has limitations. Probably a starter in the league, but I wouldn't expect much more unless he really was able to take the next step. I wouldn't have declared if I were him. Not sure where the Top 5 talk is coming from unless it's a really weak draft. (I've had zero time to watch players or follow the draft). I could see a team draft him Top 25 if there's a need and it's a poor to average draft class. In that case, you're just looking for a starting player at a position of need.
  13. The last scene with Vader was one of the best moments in all of Star Wars. Rogue One also addressed the most questionable plot mechanisms in the original trilogy in a very believable way. It was a good movie, with many great moments. I'm not sure what Jamal is on about. This supports the OT. In that way it's very lasting and the opposite of bubblegum. Also, the Bothan line was RE: the second Death Star, not the first.
  14. Don't aircast an Achilles. It's a broken ankle.
  15. If Matthews completes the catch near the goal line he probably falls in the endzone for the TD. He had some very good throws dropped. Despite some miscues, the quarterbacking was above average today. The receiver play was probably subpar. The RBs and offensive line carried the offense.