GOP frontrunner Ben Carson has a rather unique perspective on why ancient Egyptians built the Great Pyramids.
The Great Pyramid of Giza was built around 2560 B.C. Dr. Ben Carson in a video unearthed by Buzzfeed today shared his own views of why the pyramids of Egypt, some of the oldest and greatest structuresÂ still in existence around the world, were constructed.
Joseph, of the Old Testament, built the pyramids, Carson said, to store grain. In other words, the pyramids, which most believe were created as tombs, are actually great big silos, according to Carson.Â
â€œMy own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain,â€ Dr. Carson told the graduating class in 1998 at Andrews University. â€œNow all the archeologists think that they were made for the pharaohsâ€™ graves. But, you know, it would have to be something awfully big if you stop and think about it. And I donâ€™t think itâ€™d just disappear over the course of time to store that much grain.â€
Andrews University is the first school of higher educationÂ started byÂ Seventh-day Adventists, Dr. Carson’s faith.
Buzzfeed notes that the Biblical story of Joseph says he “helped the Egyptians survive the famine.” Carson, in the video below, calls him one of his “favorite Bible characters.”
â€œAnd when you look at the way that the pyramids are made, with many chambers that are hermetically sealed, theyâ€™d have to be that way for various reasons. And various of scientists have said, â€˜Well, you know there were alien beings that came down and they have special knowledge and thatâ€™s howâ€”â€™ you know, it doesnâ€™t require an alien being when God is with you.â€
Carson goes on to explain why he believesÂ God exists, and then repeats a conversation he had with a scientist about the creation of the universe. Carson attacks scientists by saying, “they never have an answer for any of these things,” referring to scientific theories that don’t necessarily match up as able to co-exist.
“That’s the wonderful thing about having a relationship with God,” Carson tells the graduating students. “God has already told us what happened,” he said, suggesting an inquisitive mind isn’t necessary. “We don’t have to come up with fanciful theories so we can take the place of God.”
Of course, Twitter immediately convulsed in hysterics:
Ben Carson to ancient Egyptians: “You didn’t build that.” https://t.co/YRTgMEJlGg
â€” operator algebraist (@lutleylocutions) November 4, 2015
Seriously, Carson thinks Joseph the patriarch built the pyramidsâ€¦ and the Bible just failed to mention it. https://t.co/X0zJbk88kR
â€” Clio the Leo (@CliotheLeo) November 4, 2015
Presidential candidates should have bold/original ideas on lots of things. Origin of the pyramids is NOT one of them https://t.co/ImrvCM8wpL
â€” Secular Coalition (@seculardotorg) November 4, 2015
Hi, I have a theory that the Easter Island heads are prehistoric Pez dispensers. Plz make me president. https://t.co/rvj1YZfjRJ
â€” Hunter (@HunterDK) November 4, 2015
Carson sliding inexorably from “brain surgeon, so must be kinda smart” to “who let this man slice up our children” https://t.co/cb8YkrVXK5
â€” tres dessert (@tresdessert) November 4, 2015
â€” Jon Green (@_Jon_Green) November 4, 2015
Dr. Carson, they literally found dead people in the pyramids. Why would you put dead people by your grain stores?
â€” Kyle Feldscher (@Kyle_Feldscher) November 4, 2015
â€” Karen DaltonBeninato (@kbeninato) November 4, 2015
Ah, the republican front runner… “â€œMy own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain,â€… https://t.co/wufipzjufU
â€” Jesse Williams (@jessedw81) November 4, 2015
Editor’s note: This article has been updated to remove a reference to slaves.Â
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Court Slaps Down Trump’s Attempt to Intimidate Pennsylvania Voters
At a Friday night rally, Republican President Donald Trump talked about his attempts to have “poll watchers” in the swing state of Pennsylvania, an attempt that a local court recently ruled as illegal.
“I think we’re leading everywhere,” Trump said at the rally. “We think in Pennsylvania doing great. We got to be very careful Philadelphia. They play games in Philadelphia, and they won’t let us watch the count in Philadelphia… So we’re watching Philadelphia.”
Trump then told his White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to “please watch Philadelphia … because I don’t like what I’m hearing about Philadelphia…. I don’t like what I see going on in terms of what’s gone on over the past, and probably what’s going on. Think of it. They fought like hell that we can’t watch them. Count the vote, what’s wrong with watching? why can’t we have poll watchers? And so we’re in court right now poll watches in Philadelphia. But we’re doing great in Pennsylvania, gotta watch Philadelphia.”
"Why can't we have poll watchers? And so we're in court trying to have poll watchers in Philadelphia." — Trump pic.twitter.com/E4xCSFJqEk
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 24, 2020
First off, the so-called poll watchers are needless seeing as there’s zero evidence of voter fraud at polling places, so Trump’s “watchers” are little more than intimidators meant to make Democratic voters nervous.
Second off, it’s not Meadows’ job to handle poll monitoring, election monitors or lawsuits. The White House Chief of staff serves as a “liaison among members of the President’s cabinet and the White House [and is] is responsible for directing, managing and overseeing all policy development, daily operations, and staff activities for the President.”
Third off, on Friday, local Judge Gary Glazer ruled that the Trump campaign’s attempt to have poll-watchers at the state polls isn’t allowed under state law. The Trump campaign had sent unauthorized poll watchers into satellite poll offices where local election officials register voters and help people fill out their mail-in ballots, but the officials kicked the watchers out.
Trump said his watcher should be allowed to monitor such offices, but a bipartisan Philadelphia City Commission said that the satellite locations don’t qualify as official polling stations and therefore don’t qualify as a place allowed by state law to have poll watchers. Judge Glazer agreed.
On September 27, Politico wrote that Trump had hired dozens of lawyers from three major law firms and recruited thousands of volunteer attorneys to contest election results in 17 key states considered vital to his re-election.
In response, Biden campaign spokesperson Michael Gwin told the publication, “The Biden campaign has assembled the biggest voter protection program in history to ensure the election runs smoothly and to combat any attempt by Donald Trump to create fear and confusion with our voting system, or interfere in the democratic process.”
This Democrat Is Beating His GOP Opponent, So the Right-Wing Is Lying About Him Dressing Up As Hitler
Arizona senatorial candidate Mark Kelly is currently beating his Republican challenger Martha McSally by about 5 percentage points. So a right-wing media outlet decided to try and take Kelly down by posting a photo and lying about him dressing up as Nazi leader Adolf Hitler during his school days at the Merchant Marine Academy.
On Friday, the right-wing website the National File shared photographic “proof” that Kelley had dressed as Hitler, and the post quickly went viral. But Kelly’s former classmates Jennifer Boykin, Peter Lindsey, Mark Baden and Ed McDonald have all said that the image isn’t of Kelly.
Lindsey in particular said someone contacted him with the image via the professional social network LinkedIn asked “and asked if the person in the costume was Mark Kelly. I told them no, and want to say again, Mark is not in those photos. I have spoken to numerous classmates about this evening, and they concur that he is not in any of these pictures. The people spreading these lies should stop.”
“The person who reached out to Lindsey was identified by the campaign as a paid consultant for a super political action committee aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-K.Y., that is spending millions of dollars to help defeat Kelly,” AZCentral.com reports.
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On Friday, the U.S. reported its highest ever daily toll of new COVID-19 cases with 83,948 new cases, according to Reuters. Considering that there are 86,400 seconds in a day, that means that almost every second, a U.S. resident comes down with a new case of COVID-19, according to New York Times correspondent Mike Baker.
Meanwhile, Dr. Angela Rasumussen, a virologist at Columbia University, has predicted that the U.S. will likely have its highest-ever daily count of newly confirmed cases by Election Day with around 100,000 new cases in a single day.
We will have 100K cases per day by Election Day https://t.co/mFoJ2vmLx6
— Dr. Angela Rasmussen (@angie_rasmussen) October 24, 2020
As of October 23, an average of 800 U.S. residents are dying of COVID-19 each week and nationwide there are currently 41,000 hospitalizations related to the ongoing pandemic, reports The Guardian.
At the third and final debate last Thursday, Republican President Donald Trump said we’re “rounding the corner” on the epidemic, meaning that we’re improving towards sustainable change. There are no indicators that is actually happening. In fact, at a rally on Friday, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden quipped, “As many as 210,000 avoidable deaths, and there’s not much he would do differently? If this is a success, what’s a failure look like?”
In fact, multiple pandemic experts, including Dr. Anthont Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said cases are likely to rise even higher during the cold winter months as people cluster indoors and meet for fall and winter holidays.
As of October 23, the U.S. has had over 8,535,200 confirmed COVID-19 cases and over 223,900 related deaths. The epidemic has now killed more Americans than were killed in the U.S. military conflicts in Vietnam, Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan and World War I combined.
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