The NULL Solution = Episode 91

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The NULL Solution = Episode 91

…There is no replacing a good spacecraft, when it comes to going from here and there…

Ekcello, Supreme Elder of the High Council on Eridanus, is growing tired of life without his daughter. The natives are getting restless. Those calling themselves the “Gifted” are feeling less so. His daughter is more than a big deal here and her absence, along with a lack of explanation of why she cannot return posthaste, is an issue that only exacerbates his angst.

He sympathetically thanks the McKinneys’ “God” for the news on Cerella’s child, but that is increasingly not good enough. Using Celeste as a go-between is hardly better than a voice recording. His mind is already crammed to the brim with the unsatisfying voices of his people.

Proving that blood is thicker than the null of space between Eridanus and Earth, Ekcello summons his unintentional antagonist Sampson McKinney to ask him a rhetorical question. “Would you consider taking Defender back to your planet? I believe that my daughter and her child belong here with us.”

“That’s also my daughter-in-law and my grandchild you’re talking about. Isn’t that the plan I was pitching a couple moons ago?” That was then…

… “I am talking about now, Sampson. It appears that they cannot return on their own.”

“They need a ride don’t they?” He told him so. “There is no replacing a good spacecraft, when it comes to going from here and there. I never thought I would hear those words come out of that oversized brain of yours!”

“You have sufficient TSF piloting and navigational skills to complete the mission.”

“I could use a co-pilot. Defender is a handful for one person, so send Deke out with me… kiddo & daddio will make a good team!”

“Yes to a co-pilot. No to Deke.”

Ekcello places limits on his magnanimity.

The NULL Solution =

Episode 91

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THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 157

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THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 157

…“And please keep my Father and Mother alive in time to be rescued, Amen.” Deke McKinney speaks to God from his heart…

A sleeping giant has awoken. The righteous of the world have spoken.

Global missile defenses all over the world are at the highest possible alert. Every fleet, every army, all radars are at the ready. There are mandatory commercial air travel ground stops. The planet is taking a deep breath, in hopes that the SALT IV Nuclear Treaty will hold, especially for arsenals not in the control of responsible leaders–

–Such is the risk that was taken by the leader of the free world:

“My fellow Americans: Today I come before you to announce a global response to certain aggressions perpetrated without our knowledge and against our long-term interests…Image result for my fellow americans

“To this end, the Congress of these United States and the greater Space Colony Global Coalition has supported the necessary actions to seek out and destroy facilities of known enemies of mischief. The United Korean Peninsula is currently enduring the wrath of our Coalition, as is Talibanistan, who has conspired to attempt to deny the greater world from conquering space…

“The destruction of Space Colony 1 has been positively linked to both nations and their propensity to independently cause trouble, whether here on Earth or in space, has been cut away from them in a swift and humane manner.”

— Watching President Sanchez’ address to the world is Aldona Afridi Fletcher Fitch and his family, “Praise to the God of Israel, He has used His mighty hand to defeat His enemies, Amen.” —

— Huddled close in front of the fireplace, watching the Presidential announcement on the mantle television {and ten quick steps from the King Ranch bomb shelter}, are five people who know the meaning of holding those close to you near. The preceding events that cement their resolve are overshadowed by those which directly affect the security of the entire planet.

Braden King, the ranch patriarch speaks, “Dear Lord, we thank you for your bountiful Image result for god cartoongoodness, we praise you for the wonders of the Universe you created, and we pray for your blanket of protection, for us and your faithful around the world.” The mood is solemn, heads are bowed.

“And please keep my Father and Mother alive in time to be rescued, Amen.” Deke speaks to God from his heart.

Amen indeed.


GOD By Marian Avramescu

Episode 157

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Science and Religion

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Top 10 Scientists Who Were Also Religious

Despite some who may otherwise, science and religion are not irreconcilable fields of study. This has, in fact, never not always been the case; throughout history there have been many a great deal of men who have not only made significant scientific contributions to their fields, but did so while maintaining their religious beliefs. Here are ten of the most significant, with religious quotes included when available.

10. José Gabriel Funes (1963 – Present)


“It is possible to believe in God and in extraterrestrials. The existence of other worlds and other life, even more evolved than ours, can be accepted without this interfering in the discussion the faith of creation, the incarnation, the redemption.”

This guy is actually the odd duck out considering he’s still alive and kicking; nice going, Funes. However we’d be remiss not to mention him, considering the Argentinian is not only an ordained Jesuit priest, but the actual current director of the Vatican Observatory, an educational institution dedicated to astronomical research sponsored by the Holy See itself.

He holds not only a Master’s Degree in astronomy but also a Bachelor’s Degree in philosophy AND a Bachelor’s in theology, all from different universities. He joined the Observatory in 2000 and 6 years later was running the place. Nice resume.

On the subject of Science vs. Religion, he once stated in an interview that one of the biggest issues in its relationship was ignorance on both sides. He recommended scientists read up on the Bible to try and understand the truths of his faith, and theologians to stay up-to-date with current scientific discoveries, as to be able to effectively address the subject. In such a sense, he’s defined the Observatory as a “small bridge” between the worlds of science and the Church.

Keep on rocking, Funes!

9. Michael Faraday (1791 – 1867)


“Nothing is too wonderful to be true if it be consistent with the laws of nature.”

The son of a blacksmith, Faraday became an apprentice bookbinder and seized the chance to teach himself using those same books. He entered the world of science at the age of 22 as an assistant in the laboratory of the Royal Institution of Great Britain. He achieved this through the glowing recommendation of Sir Humphry Davy, a chemist who was impressed by the notes Faraday took during some of his lectures. He remained at the institute for 54 years and, while he wasn’t busy doing world-changing research, he found the time to remain active in his church, where he was an elder for over 20 years, leading the worshippers and preaching sermons that we’ll presume were highlighted by arcs of lighting.

His earlier research was into chemistry guided by his mentor, but his discoveries in the electrical area soon eclipsed it. By 1821, several scientists had tried and failed to construct an electric motor, an endeavor which Faraday naturally crushed when he went on to built two devices that produced electromagnetic rotation. Afterwards Faraday went on discover the principle of electromagnetic induction, diamagnetism, and the laws of electrolysis. He’s largely the reason why electricity became viable, which scores a solid “Not A Small Deal” on the scale of scientific impact.

8. Nicholas Copernicus (1473 – 1543)


“I am aware that a philosopher’s ideas are not subject to the judgment of ordinary persons, because it is his endeavor to seek the truth in all things, to the extent permitted to human reason by God.”

Copernicus was the polish mathematician and astronomer who challenged the then current Geocentric model. His book “On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres” placed the Sun at the center of the Universe instead of the Earth; he finished the aforementioned book shortly before his death at age 70, and it’s said he woke shortly from his coma, took a look at an advance copy which had arrived not long before, and then laid down to rest for the final time.

He most likely avoided persecution from his book by the Church due to his death. But during life he not only was a devout believer who made constant references to God within his works, but also became a canon in the Catholic Church in 1497. It remains uncertain, however, whether he was ever ordained as a priest or simply took minor orders.

7. Gregor Mendel (1822 – 1884)

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Mendel’s religious life was not as separate as the other scientists we’ve named in this list. He began his research into genetics during his time as a regular monk within the gardens of his monastery, and was later elected Abbot at 46 years old.

He worked as a gardener from an early age, and began his monastic life under the wings of his physics teacher, Friedrich Franz while attending the University of Olomouc. Soon afterwards, his experiments led him to his conclusions about heredity; the sum of his experiments are referred to as Mendel’s Laws of Inheritance. Sadly, he mostly abandoned his scientific pursuits after he became Abbot due to the increase in his responsibilities. In addition, his successor burnt all his papers after Mendel’s death, due to taxation disputes involving the monastery. The world didn’t acknowledge the importance of his work as the father of genetics until the arrival of the 20th century.

6. Francis Bacon (1561 – 1626)


“A little philosophy inclineth man’s mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men’s minds about to religion.”

Perhaps the most baffling entry in this list and unarguably the owner of the best name, Bacon is credited as the creator of the empirical scientific method. He also saw the clear method of scientific inquiry as a pathway to “restore mankind to Grace.” He regularly asserted that science was simply another aspect of religious belief and that discovery was an act of piety; as such, he never garnered the anger of the Anglican Church and actually enjoyed their favor. Smart move, Bacon.

5. Ferdinand Verbiest (1623 – 1688)


“It has pleased us especially, to learn from your letter with what wisdom and seasonableness you have made use of the profane sciences for … the advancement and benefit of the Christian faith: employing them to repel the false accusations and calumnies which have been heaped upon the Christian name …to restore to religion not only its former liberty and splendor, but to inspire it with the hope of daily progress … ” – Letter from the Pope to Verbiest.

Verbiest, a Flemish missionary envoy for China, spent many years in prison after losing a public astronomy competition, until his release after an earthquake destroyed part of it, around the same time the Imperial Palace caught fire and a meteor passed over the sky (you can’t make stuff like this up.) Having received the celestial message, Chinese authorities swiftly released all their prisoners until a trial was convened, and Verbiest was one of the few who wasn’t exiled.

When he wasn’t busy being imprisoned, he wrote around 30 books on subjects ranging from astronomical instruments to faith; once he was appointed the Head of the Mathematical Board and Director of the Observatory by the Emperor, he frequently tutored geometry, philosophy and music. He’s most famous for allegedly constructing what is believed to be the first ever self-propelled vehicle.

4. Ányos Jedlik (1800 – 1895)


You’d be forgiven for thinking that electric cars are a rather recent invention, but the truth is that the concept is almost as old as the first vehicles themselves. The first electric motor was built in 1827 by Jedlik – by then an engineer and physicist – who referred to it as a “lighting-magnetic-self-rotor”.

Jedlik became a Benedictine monk at 17 and remained in the order for the rest of his life, doing lectures at several schools. Although his electric motor was revolutionary, it wasn’t until many decades later that he premiered the dynamo, by mentioning it in passing while writing an inventory of the university. That document serves as proof that he was actually the inventor although, historically, credit has been shared by Siemens and Wheatstone. Business as usual in science.

3. Athanasius Kircher (1601 or 1602 – 1680)


“Nothing is more beautiful than to know all.”

The baby amongst 9 children, Kircher was a German Jesuit scholar often referred to as the “last Renaissance man” and brilliant enough to be compared with Da Vinci. His intellectual arrogance was without limits; during his time, there was seldom a field he didn’t cover in one of the 158 texts of his published works, which were distributed over 44 volumes.

Not content with being a mathematician, astronomer, geographer, geologist, physicist, chemist, and historian, he also did research on optics, magnetism, Egyptology, was an adept musician, and was fluent in 11 languages. Since he decided being awesome at everything wasn’t enough, he also cultivated fame for indestructibility, surviving everything from storms at sea, plagues, gangrene and volcanic eruptions, most of which he did while traipsing around in his Jesuit garb, which we’re confident saying wasn’t built for adventuring.

One of his obsessions was attempting to unite science and theology he joined the Society of Jesus because he believed that would be the choice most conductive to developing his intellect, due to their vast network of information exchange.

2. Francesco Lana de Terzi (1631 – 1687)


Terzi was another suicidal Jesuit who made the first serious attempt to build a flying vehicle “lighter than air,” even if the concepts on which he based his model were mistaken. In his own words, he intended to “fabricate a ship that walks upon the air on oars and sails.” Regretfully, or perhaps best for his physical health, the technology to manufacture the required parts wasn’t available back then. Other parts were simply physically impossible and, as such, he couldn’t test his vehicle. For his efforts however, he garnered the title of “Father of Aeronautics.”

1. André Tacquet (1612 – 1660)


Talk about far-reaching research. Born in Antwerp, Tacquet was described as “a gifted but somewhat delicate child.” Tacquet studied mathematics, physics, and logic under such renowned teachers as Gregory St. Vincent, after entering the order at 17. He studied Theology at Louvain and was later ordained in 1646, remaining dedicated to both his Order and church during the entirety of his life.

His works were translated into several languages, and his discoveries introduced several of the preliminary concepts necessary for Leibniz and Newton to perfect the system of calculus. Yes, Tacquet is partially responsible for the suffering of non-mathematically minded high-schoolers everywhere, but there’s still no denying the transcendental nature of his work.

Science and Religion

Curses Foiled Again 2 (see 2/27/2013) (Ch 21 270+271)

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Curses Foiled Again 2

Across the way, seated in the stands along the 3rd base line, Constance, Fanny, Daniels and AB discuss what the tangible results of this spectacle are.

“Here’s what I think Connie,” injects the man who best understands the role that Pentateuch has played in all this. “If you notice, the bread crumbled away and the wine was turned into water. Penty had poisoned both, and was going to execute everyone with Communion. God did His thing while he did that blackout, which by the way, was not just at the park or the city, and not just the US, but entire planet.”

“Yes I heard that this hemisphere world dark and the other side lost power all at once. Try to explain that way Mr. & Mrs. Atheist come on.” Connie, like all the other witnesses has seen the power of God and believes.

“And when we got power back, so did everyone else and TV’s still tuned to NBC.”

“What were those 3 white blobs we saw around,” the burning question of this fleeting day?

“I don’t think Angels appreciate being called blobs, Ace. God uses them to carry out His bidding on Earth. Now I hardly know them on a first name basis, but I’m pretty sure that MICHAEL was in charge of this one. And from what I’ve seen out at Tolentine, GABRIEL probably zapped Canisso (Vincent Wolfgram), so he was in on this and RAPHAEL may have been here to help some of those people who gobbled Communion down before they were supposed to.”

“See Ace buddy, it pays to listen to instructions,” Constance never passes up the chance to train her companion. Tragically, several dozen people, mostly those with predisposed physical problems (or it may have been their time and God allowed them to expire), died eating Penty’s poisoned portions. “They were told to wait but they figured, ‘it can’t hurt to eat this stuff now’?”

The mere thought of 40 or more thousand casualties boggles the mind. It would have been a disaster of epic proportions; unthinkable, unspeakable, inhumane, but none of that negativity entered into Pentateuch’s decision to kill a throng of innocent God seekers.

They were saved by the Father’s love.

But the one who seeks to devour was sent packing back to his  home in the lake of fire where every day is hot and every moment regretful, even more so for any of his indentured tenants, new or old.

“Pentateuch, the name I gave the Devil, has been banished for a good while, but don’t worry, he comes back later in the 1950’s. He is very effective to this day and will be until the last days.” 


Angels – God’s Helpers

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Elizabeth Knox

“You fainted and I caught you. It was the first time I’d supported a human. You had such heavy bones. I put myself between you and gravity. Impossible.”

― Elizabeth KnoxThe Vintner’s Luck

Jeffrey R. Holland

“I have spoken here of heavenly help, of angels dispatched to bless us in time of need. But when we speak of those who are instruments in the hand of God, we are reminded that not all angels are from the other side of the veil. Some of them we walk with and talk with—here, now, every day. Indeed heaven never seems closer than when we see the love of God manifested in the kindness and devotion of people so good and so pure that angelic is the only word that comes to mind.”
― Jeffrey R. Holland

“If you do not believe there is a devil, be sure that there are Angels, not to tempt and destroy, but to guide and aid.”

Gwenny Hoff


Man Schemes — God’s Does

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Agatha Christie

“Plots come to me at such odd moments, when I am walking along the street, or examining a hat shop…suddenly a splendid idea comes into my head.”

― Agatha Christie

John Henry Newman

“I sought to hear the voice of God and climbed the topmost steeple, but God declared: “Go down again – I dwell among the people.”
― John Henry Newman

Man schemes – God Does