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The Supposed Skeptic

http://unreasonablefaith.com/2008/06/20/why-i-deny-the-virgin-birth-of-jesus/

Why didn’t he note that the approved Gospels are from the Greek, not any Hebrew translation?  Faith is faith.  “There is no scientific evidence” is his major point; science is as much a system of faith as is any other.  A controlled environment (one of the necessities for a scientific experiment) translates to an artificial one.  The assumption of causation is another–let alone linear and singular causation.  Should make for some good reading and good laughs, though.

–Glenn

(Language itself is a system of belief.)

April 7, 2009 at 5:00 pm Leave a comment

On Faith and Supposed Knowledge

http://unreasonablefaith.com/2009/04/06/7-things-you-need-to-know-about-chiropractic-therapy/

–read the comments.  A system of faith is just that.  I think my comment (if you could spot it) is fairly succinct and to the point.

–Glenn

April 7, 2009 at 1:56 pm Leave a comment

I always knew there was something about those guys…

and it looks like the police on the case are really feeling sheepish.  Cops chase car thieves that turn into grass-eaters?

–Glenn

February 3, 2009 at 2:19 pm Leave a comment

Yet Another Enemy

The sun.  No, not some asinine periodical.  A spaceborn EMF event (similar to but far greater than any produced by conventional atomic explosions) would in fact wipe out our electronically and electrically based civilization.  I’m surprised it took this long to hit public domain, in fact.  What happens is you have one of those nice flashy-looking solar storms.  They carry a lot of charge; enough, in fact, to bring down things like major transformers.  And we civilized people suddenly don’t have one of the absolutely necessary things for a city infrastructure.

–Glenn

This was the subject of at least one classified government study in the early seventies.

January 8, 2009 at 7:01 am Leave a comment

This would take true enthusiasm…

What I don’t get is what job description does entail getting infected.  I mean, other than enlisting in the military.  Not authorized to be exposed to infectious agents, is my rough recollection of this.  My.  Perhaps we have missed out on a few of the wilder working conditions.

–Glenn

January 7, 2009 at 8:55 pm Leave a comment

Andre Norton

I’m not going to link to anything.  I can’t say I was surprised when I looked.  After all, she was my first inspiration.  Certainly there were Wells and not least of all Mark Twain–Burroughs–the bloody Frenchman:  but even Aasimov and Heinlein somehow missed what she first managed to capture while within the spectacular; the believable.   Frodo isn’t human.  Lewis’ characters are the stiff-lipped sorts characteristic of those prone to puckering of orifices, the upper class British.  English.  United King…never mind.

Andre Norton was the first female science fiction of whom I’m aware who managed to unmistakably impress her femininity upon her writing while being more than competitive in a market where femininity was the first basis for discrimination.  I remember reading the “blurbs” on the backs of paperbacks and the hard-bound copies in the library for just one actual admission that she was indeed a she.

I thought of her because I am again re-reading C. J. Cherryh’s “Gates of Ivrel”, and once again re-read Norton’s introduction, and where she quietly wrote that she wished she could have written as well.  Indeed, she did.

–Glenn

January 6, 2009 at 6:14 am Leave a comment

MacIntosh vs. Windows…I mean, Obama and McCaine

First of all, I think whoever wins the election it will be a disaster.  The one thing the U.S. populace has shown over the years is an entire inability to adapt.  This has a lot to do with manipulated news media (“Yellow Journalism”–the name stemming from the short lifetime of the paper first used for papers like The National Enquirer–with us now and ever, with ever more faces), sure.  We’re also all sure it must be someone’s fault, just as long as it’s not our own.

I don’t buy Obama being born in Nigeria, and I didn’t buy stock from the Nigerian claiming to be his grandfather either.  McCaine isn’t a complete idiot and he is a Vietnam vet–and he tests out sane, which is better than I do (veteran of only that war).  Biden seems credible.  As far as Palin goes, I still can’t quite believe that she isn’t just a fraud–a joke, although that’s punishable by a heavy fine and possible imprisonment.

Both will make most decisions on the advice of officeholders.  The infrastructure holds the information.  And anger the infrastructure and you lose a lot of the control.  Give it up.  I mean, really.  One thing you can assume is that the first one who went to mud-slinging had the least to offer on his own in positive terms.  Unfortunately, I’m afraid some buck-toothed inbred will be unable to take it if Mr. Obama does make it to the presidency.  I’m also afraid of McCaine’s age, health and potential successor, because I wouldn’t want her running the neighborhood bar–personal opinion, mind.  I’m sure she’s very good at things.  Some things.  I just wouldn’t guess what, both from inability and fear of being labeled a sexist.  I would much rather see Paris Hilton as president, and that has absolutely nothing to do with anything but intelligence.

But each will bash the other.  The Republicans are blaming the Democrats, who are apparently in power (in the Oval Office, no less–the power behind the throne? the puppet master? Svengali?) for the financial mess, which was being predicted by anyone above retarded because of the loosening of controls on loans to non-existence on Greenspan’s instructions.  The Democrats, oddly enough, are saying a Republican was in office.  Odd idea, that.

And no matter who wins the election, it will be their fault and it should have been fixed yesterday.  Where would we be without edited news?   But I believe.  It’s the other guys’ fault.

–Glenn

October 25, 2008 at 4:34 am Leave a comment

On Communication Between the Sexes

This was sent to me by my wife.  The premise is “men really don’t get it”.  The reaction of men with only average intelligence would be… (I’ll give you a hint, ladies:  I won’t fill in the blank for you).  Anyway.

” .hmmessage P { margin:0px; padding:0px } body.hmmessage { FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY:Tahoma } 1) Fine: This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right and you need to shut up.

(2)
Five Minutes: If she is getting dressed, this means a half an hour. Five minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given five more minutes to watch the game before helping around the house.

(3)
Nothing: This is the calm before the storm. This means something, and you should be on your toes. Arguments that begin with nothing usually end in fine.

(4)
Go Ahead: This is a dare, not permission. Don’t Do It!

(5)
Loud Sigh: This is
actually a word, but is a non-verbal statement often misunderstood by men. A loud sigh means she thinks you are an idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you about nothing.   (Refer back to # 3 for the meaning of nothing.)


(6)
That’s Okay: This is one of the most dangerous statements a woman can make to a man. That’s okay means she wants to think long and hard before deciding how and when you will pay for your mistake.

(7)
Thanks: A woman is thanking you, do not question, or Faint. Just say you’re welcome. (I want to add in a
clause here – This is true, unless she says ‘Thanks a lot’ – that is PURE sarcasm and she is not thanking you at all.
DO NOT say ‘you’re welcome’ … that will bring on a ‘whatever’).

(8)
Whatever: Is a women’s way of saying NOT A CHANCE

(9)
Don’t worry about it, I got it: Another dangerous statement, meaning this is something that a woman has to ld a man to do several times, but is now doing it herself.
This will later result in a man asking ‘What’s wrong?’ For the woman’s response refer to # 3.

* Send this to the men you know, to warn them about arguments they can avoid if they remember the terminology.

* Send this to all the women you know to give them a good laugh, cause they know it’s true.

Egads.

–Glenn

October 16, 2008 at 3:16 pm Leave a comment

I Lied. Darwinian Evolution of Banking??

Since when?  It’s a Slate article to which I refer.  I’m in the process of reading the article.  “”The natural course of Darwinian banking has been interrupted by this plan,” a financial analyst said.”  I’m caught between laughter and outrage.  Darwin’s first note was that “natural” evolution basically requires an open as opposed to a closed environment.  Thus once a society has come into being, evolution is in terms of it.  We humans survive with respect to our immediate environment–our society.  That’s why the majority of us can’t survive without society.  It’s in the very first place quite literally unthinkable (just think of the countless comedy movies about the city-slickers trying to…fill in the blank), because we can’t manage to even express the ideas necessary for survival.  We don’t have the knowledge to cut down trees with a chainsaw let alone an axe.  A maul?  A splitting wedge??

My point?  Banks don’t evolve naturally.  That’s beyond a contradiction in terms.  And bear in mind the root word for the industry is actually usury and was morally impossible for Christians for a long time (per the pope) thus the slurs upon the Jews…and the Knights Templar.

One other thing.  Whisper this as you may, state ownership of “public enterprise”–business–is that “communist” thing that people have talked about for years.  The attempted division that political parties have attempted since the dawn of “yellow journalism” (sorry, guys, and technically that includes me) is mythical.  [Yellow journalism of course refers to the cheap paper that the first newspapers were printed on which aged rapidly and turned yellow in the process, and which was the biggest single teacher of reading in the {god, I hate the rabid racism implicit in the phrase} civilized world.

Happiness.  I won’t even address half the issues in the article, or I’d spend the rest of my day on it.  [I was the one who when forced to take history class toward my bachelor’s contributed so much in class the teacher decided it was utterly pointless for me to take a test.]

Bah.  Humbug.  Politics.  The best part about it (I checked, last time; really and for true, I did); the candidates have no obligation whatsoever to follow anything they say while on the campaign trail.  Free translation:  it’s a bunch of bullshit.

–Glenn

October 15, 2008 at 8:05 am Leave a comment

Life on Mars…a Different Take

Here is the link to…our brand new, inventive, breathless, exciting television series…is a rehash of a Brit one.  Re-written, of course.  I can but echo the author of the article: “God preserve us all.”

…Then again, maybe we should just sort of re-hash it all; politicians become (bad) screen writers, and screen writers become (bad) politicians.

–Glenn

October 7, 2008 at 12:09 pm Leave a comment

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