Stuff My Sisters Will Like

To Jenny, Katie and Laura, From Their Brother, Victor

“Do Humankind’s Best Days Lie Ahead?” November 9, 2015

Filed under: Economics,Funny,History,Neat,Sci-fi,Science,Stuff,Unconscionable actions,World Peace — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

An entertaining and interesting debate on the proposition: “Be it resolved humankind’s best days lie ahead…”

If you mean over the next few years, then this is very likely so. Things have been getting quietly and incrementally better in most places around the world for a long time. However, if humankind is worse off in 100 years (like following a global thermal nuclear war) then the optimists will have been victims of normalcy bias. It’s like what they say about going bankrupt: “At first you go bankrupt slowly, then all at once.” 

Click here for the results of the debate’s final voting.


Today is V-E Day May 8, 2014

Filed under: History,Neat,Politics,Stuff,Unconscionable actions,World Peace — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

Here is the Second World War in Europe depicted day-by-day, 1939-1945.


Borlaug Day March 25, 2014

Filed under: Economics,Neat,Science,Stuff,World Peace — wumpushunter @ 8:00 am

If you were going to give an award to a person for saving more lives than any other person, there are a couple of contenders for the top prize.  You could argue Edward Jenner, the person who invented the small pox vaccine.  You could argue Alexander Fleming, the person who discovered penicillin.  I’m going to go out on a limb and say that it was probably a little know character in history Norman Borloug, creator of a genetically modified dwarf wheat strain.

Today is Norman’s 100th birthday, so in celebration of this man’s contributions, I encourage you to watch:





Do Guns Reduce Murder? January 28, 2014

Filed under: Neat,Politics,Stuff,World Peace — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

U.N. statistics (circa 2007) point to an inverse relationship between the prevalence of gun ownership and homicides. (In other words, more guns => less murders, less guns => more murders.)


God Descended December 28, 2013

Filed under: Catholicism,Neat,Religion,Sad :-(,Stuff,World Peace — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

“What is your opinion? A man had two sons. He came to the first and said, ‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’ He said in reply, ‘I will not,’ but afterwards he changed his mind and went. The man came to the other son and gave the same order. He said in reply, ‘Yes, sir,’ but did not go. Which of the two did his father’s will?” They answered, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Amen, I say to you, tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you.” (Matthew 21:28-31)

Atheist: The people who Challenged my Atheism Most Were Drug Addicts and Prostitutes

The Secret Santa and the Heroine Addict’s Prayer


Lennon Ditched Marx September 22, 2013

Filed under: Economics,History,Neat,Politics,Religion,Stuff,World Peace — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

It turns out that John Lennon became more conservative late in his life.


Microloan FTW December 20, 2012

Filed under: Stuff,World Peace — wumpushunter @ 8:00 am

Efforts to raise the standard of living in Africa is certainly not a new thing.  There are a number of hurdles that arise from these valiant efforts, but things are changing.  The internet is going to have an enormous impact on what happens in Africa over the next generation.  One thing that I believe has the potential for enormous impact is Microloaning.  Small donations by people in the world to poor rural nations are going to put money in the hands of people that can make the biggest changes to infrastructure.  Traditional loaning to developing nations would go something like this…

World Bank gives the country several million dollars to put in a power plant (or other theoretically awesome thing)

None of the infrastructure is in place to take advantage of the power produced

The country can’t afford resources needed to power the power plant anyway because of fierce competition by industrial countries

Country prints vast sums of money to pay off World Bank, tanking the value of their currency

Rinse, Wash, Repeat.

Microloaning works more like this…

Farmer needs money to by a water pump to better irrigate his crops

Several people loan him the money he needs to buy a water pump

Farmer has higher yields on his farm, and is more immune to potential drought and has more crops to sell and export

He can use the extra money to pay down his debt and start investing in his farm

Developing countries don’t need any one big change, they need millions of small ones.

 The internet is going to change everything.