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29 January 2005

BAPTISTS BUY SEX DVD BY MISTAKE

Oh my god, those poor people!
"It was a pretty raunchy, explicit film. It certainly pulled no punches. My wife and I were very shocked, but we watched it until the end because we couldn't believe what we were seeing."

The couple had expected to see the harmless story of a bunch of women workers in a pajama factory.

Alan went on: "Topless women appeared and started talking in Italian. We were horrified.

27 January 2005

The Globe and Mail: Archeologist unearths biblical controversy

Canadian archeologist Russell Adams's interest is in Bronze Age and Iron Age copper production. He never intended to walk into archeology's vicious debate over the historical accuracy of the Old Testament -- a conflict likened by one historian to a pack of feral canines at each other's throats.

Psychic helps B.C. police find hiker's body

NELSON, B.C. - Police in Nelson, B.C., have found the body of a young woman who disappeared last March, and they credit a local psychic for pointing them in the right direction.

Last March, hmm, that's a bloody long time!

26 January 2005

Learn to Pray

The advice we provide here was originally written for a children's book. However, whether you are a child, young person or an adult, prayer is easier than you might imagine! Millions of people of every age pray every day.

21 January 2005

"Destruction to the Red-haired Hag!"

I'm off on two weeks' leave today, and I fervently hope to be nowhere near a computer for anything more than a few rounds of Caesar III during that time.
So I'm leaving you with Happy Lughnasadh thoughts.
Lughnasadh is celebrated by some of the Wiccans on the 1st or 2nd of February in this hemisphere, but O/C ex-pagans like Warren and myself will be burning the corn on the astronomically accurate date of 3rd Feb this year.
Image hosted by ImageHost.org Lugh dedicated this festival to his foster-mother, Tailtiu, the last queen of the Fir Bolg, who died from exhaustion after clearing a great forest so that the land could be cultivated. When the men of Ireland gathered at her death-bed, she told them to hold funeral games in her honor. As long as they were held, she prophesied Ireland would not be without song. Tailtiu’s name is from Old Celtic Talantiu, "The Great One of the Earth," suggesting she may originally have been a personification of the land itself, like so many Irish goddesses. In fact, Lughnasadh has an older name, Brón Trogain, which refers to the painful labor of childbirth. For at this time of year, the earth gives birth to her first fruits so that her children might live.
This was also an occasion for handfasting, or trial marriages. Young men and women lined up on either side of a wooden gate in a high wall, in which a hole was carved, large enough for a hand. One by one, girl and boy would grasp a hand in the hole, without being able to see who was on the other side. They were now married, and could live together for year and day to see if it worked out. If not, the couple returned to next year’s gathering and officially separated by standing back to back and walking away from each other.
In later times, the festival of Lughnasadh was christianized as Lammas, from the Anglo-Saxon, hlaf-mas, "Loaf-Mass," but in rural areas, it was often remembered as "Bilberry Sunday," for this was the day to climb the nearest "Lughnasadh Hill" and gather the earth’s freely-given gifts of the little black berries, which they might wear as special garlands or gather in baskets to take home for jam.
I'll also be making my famous, artery-clogging Colcannon, even though I have no known Irish antecedants.
Colcannon 6 servings: 1 medium cabbage, quartered and core removed 2 lb potatoes, scrubbed and sliced with skins left on 2 medium leeks, thoroughly washed and sliced 1 cup milk 1/2 teaspoons each mace, salt, pepper 2 garlic cloves 8 tablespoons unsalted butter Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and boil the cabbage until tender, about 12-15 minutes. Drain off the water and chop the cabbage. Set aside. Bring another pot of water to a boil and boil the potatoes until tender. Drain off the water and set aside. Put the leeks in a saucepan, cover with the milk, bring close to boiling and then turn down to a simmer until tender. Set aside. Add the mace, salt and pepper, and garlic to the pot with the potatoes and mash well with a hand masher. Now add the leeks and their milk and mix in with the potatoes, taking care not to break down the leeks too much. Add a little more milk if necessary to make it smooth. Now mash in the cabbage and lastly the butter. The texture that you want to achieve is smooth-buttery-potato with interesting pieces of leek and cabbage well distributed in it. Transfer the whole mixture to an ovenproof dish, make a pattern on the surface and place under the broiler to brown. After the first mouthful, Irish families might call out, "Destruction to the Red-haired Hag!" The red-haired hag is a personification of hunger.

20 January 2005

Columbia Astronauts See Odd Phenomenon

A new atmospheric phenomenon was caught on video by the crew of the space shuttle Columbia just days before the shuttle broke apart, new findings suggest.
The Israeli scientists working with the video material are gathering around the meteor explanation or just possibly an unusual form of lightning. In any case, a natural occurance. Image hosted by ImageHost.org But it's not enough for many folks to have such things explained naturally.Seems some conspiracy theorists were at it in April last year already, as witness these spelling-award candidates on “Above Top Secret”
Even better is this bozo ("One Who Knows") who seems to think that the Russians and the Americans are involved in a very complicated, not to mention illogical, conspiracy to hide the Enterprise shuttle and rename it Columbia.
What is it about the human race which needs must find the creepiest, least parsimonious answer to questions?
Is it a need to fill a boredom vacuum in our lives?
Is the universe not bloody magnificent enough already without having to invoke spirits, demons, angels, gods and little green men? Or World Government/Illuminati Conspiracies for chrissakes.
Says Yoav Yair of the Open University in Ra'anana:
...the observation of the TIGER adds to the scientific discoveries of the mission, honouring the lives of the lost astronauts. "Of course, it's no consolation. But it shows the astronauts didn't die for nothing - some science was achieved,"
Precisely.And that ought to be enough, godsdammit.

19 January 2005

Found It

Mostly for my own satisfaction, as battling it out with Stats SA Online is not my idea of fun.(Not content with being statistically inept, they find they have to have one of the slowest, most cumbersome web presences in the land). Lookee here (thanks for reminding me Nurtle):
· 53 percent belong to mainstream Christian churches · 24 percent are atheists · 14 percent are members of African Independent Churches · 3 percent of joburgers are Muslim · 1 percent practice Judaism · 1 percent follow Hinduism
You know how annoying the Jewish population can be in some suburbs? And the bloody Hindus as well? Well, we're 24 times their size! So let's get a little ubiquitous ourselves!

17 January 2005

The builder's tale

Ah, get your warm fuzzies here.

16 January 2005

A battle to save survivors' souls, too

Good news, the religionnewsblog has been upgraded, and it's online again.

Here, some of the good news then:

"These people need food but they also need Jesus," said Kosinski, who arrived this week from Malaysia. "God is trying to awaken people and help them realize that salvation is in Christ."
Why is it that acts of god always bring out the worst in religious people? Now that these people are vulnerable, now they need Jesus? Why is their god not trying harder? Instead he's sending the redneck bush baptists?
One Virginia-based ministry considered airlifting 300 orphans waiting at the Banda Aceh and Medan airports to a Christian children's home in Jakarta. WorldHelp started raising funds for the operation until it learned that the government banned non-Muslims from adopting Acehnese orphans.
Shame, Colin Powell is getting all his window dressing undone.

Evil Origami

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Bored? How about killing some time with these evil little origami patterns.

Here is an even better idea, make your own philosophical action figurines.

15 January 2005

Losing the faith in France

South Africa a few years from now ... I hope!

Haunted objects lastest fad on eBay

EBay's auction list is now the stuff of legend — a human kidney, a moist towelette from the 1970s, an atheist's soul, Justin Timberlake's half-eaten French toast, even "absolutely nothing," which sold for $1.03.

Now it appears eBay sellers have moved on to a new marketing strategy — the paranormal. Everything "haunted" is so hot, eBay could launch a new category. Last month, Mary Anderson of Hobart, Ind., sold her father's haunted walking cane for $65,000 to GoldenPalace .com, the publicity-hungry online gambling site that in November paid $28,000 for a grilled cheese sandwich that featured the image of the Virgin Mary.

14 January 2005

Godhaters

Meer as 150 000 mense sterf in die tsunami en uitgesoekte Xtene werk so aan hul PR.
From: "Koos" opperman@global.co.za
Date: Fri Jan 14, 2005 10:38 am
Subject: Re: [calvyn] Christene in nood

More Almal,
Ons het ook die saak in ons huis bespreek en tot die slotsom gekom dat die wereld oorreageer.Die lande wat getref is se inwoners is Godhaters.So,teenoor hulle het ek as gelowige net een taak en dis is om te bid dat God hulle siele sal begenadig.Ek kan niks aan hulle weredse nood doen nie.
Die vraag oor ons broers in die geloof uit SA,as daar is,is moeilik.My eerste vraag is wat het hulle daar gaan soek.Is dit nou nie weer die rykes wat daar tussen die klomp gaan speel het nie? As ek verkeerd redeneer,mag die HERE my sonde vergewe.

Groete

Koos Opperman
VeOp Rollermeule
Naboomspruit
082-447-6087
RSA

Want eendag gaan jy wat Koos Opperman is dalk jou naampie Google.

Pentagon reveals rejected chemical weapons

My stab at the Russians yesterday makes this even more appropriate.

THE Pentagon considered developing a host of non-lethal chemical weapons that would disrupt discipline and morale among enemy troops, newly declassified documents reveal.

Most bizarre among the plans was one for the development of an "aphrodisiac" chemical weapon that would make enemy soldiers sexually irresistible to each other. Provoking widespread homosexual behaviour among troops would cause a "distasteful but completely non-lethal" blow to morale, the proposal says.

Other ideas included chemical weapons that attract swarms of enraged wasps or angry rats to troop positions, making them uninhabitable. Another was to develop a chemical that caused "severe and lasting halitosis", making it easy to identify guerrillas trying to blend in with civilians. There was also the idea of making troops' skin unbearably sensitive to sunlight.

13 January 2005

Russia and Iran join efforts to struggle against invasion of UFOs

Sadly I don't know what to say about this! It came from here Science and Health - PRAVDA.Ru. Just look at these splendid headlines;

Unknown fire and jelly-like creatures live in Earth's atmosphere
Aliens live on Earth, under the ground
UFO clouds abduct humans
Russian scientist invents camera to take pictures of ghosts and past
Sexual contacts with aliens occur frequently
Underwater civilizations

"Astalavista baby Jesus"

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Eat this!
Terminator 3 - The Greatest Action Story Ever Told featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger!

While I'm doing the movie thing, have a look at the God Hates Rags Mockumentary.

via the memepool

11 January 2005

What Would George W. Do?

This page answers the question of what the lesser of two Bushes would have done, if he ran against Jesus in the 2004 election.

And Now for the Good News

Windhoek - The Namibian state broadcaster has suspended all religious programming from television and radio.
Surprisingly, Sam Njoma has something positive to add:
In 2001 he labelled Christianity a "foreign philosophy"
ah, but it was getting too good to be true, so here’s the catch:
and suggested that Namibians go back to their ancestral worship of the cattle god, known as Kalunga ya Nangombe.

Satan Sheets

(Not , unfortunatly, my title.But I steal a good one where I can) A HOTEL bed which belonged to devil-worshipper Aleister Crowley is to be exorcised The owner, who apparently purchased the place from that Page character of Led Zeppelin (who used to own the Crowley estate) seems to be a little unhinged:
Now Andy, 40, has called in Kevin Carlyon, High Priest of White Witches, to conduct a 'cleansing ceremony'
If you were not aware of Kev the Fruitcake, take a good look over his website. He’s an embarrassment to the Pagans, and you can imagine how far round the bend he actually has to be to accomplish that little trick.
He said: 'It is almost like trying to exorcise Satan himself. Crowley has such a reputation that it will be the ultimate battle between good and evil.'
I don’t know that Crowley would ever have been described as simplistically as ‘devil worshipper’, except by the braindead Christian crowd. Oh, and some of the braindead Pagans, OK. Sure, he was nuts.But I wasn’t aware of any actual devil worshiping going on at Boleskine. , which location I really like the look of, by the way. Perhaps that means I’m the reincarnation of old Aleister. You atheists had better watch out, lest I start sacrificing you.

10 January 2005

Nothing to see, but last year's news, again

Scanned through the news, nothing on the religious side that really made an impression on me, scanned my favourite blogs, seems like most are still just idling along after the holidays. Or maybe it’s just me, I mean how many times can one comment on invincible 'muti lemmings', or the Archbishop of Canterbury? Can we not devise some way of keeping track of these things as a means of developing a different perspective, because the déjà vu is poisoning me.

God’s finger in the ocean, like many Muslims refer to his recent accomplishments, is also saturating the blogosphere and traditional media to such an extent that very little of the juicy stuff can get through, driving me wild in the process. Oh, and with that my prediction for the next five years, “Never again shall a newspaper suffer a good filler between xmas and new year.”

06 January 2005

THE WORLD QUESTION CENTER 2005

Need an excuse to kill a productive day? The edge put this question to 120 scientists.
"WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IS TRUE EVEN THOUGH YOU
CANNOT PROVE IT?"

Great minds can sometimes guess the truth before they have either the evidence or arguments for it (Diderot called it having the "esprit de divination"). What do you believe is true even though you cannot prove it?

04 January 2005

Ask GMS

Here they come-out of the woodwork. The psychics and related conmen who claimed to have predicted the recent natural devastation. As a follow-on to the Turtle's blog about Madame-I'm-so-psychic-I'm-holy, I picked up the outlines of this character on The Skeptic's Dictionary Gordon-Michael Scallion (no I didn't put the hyphen between his names-it's supposed to make him appear more mystical I guess) seems to have resorted to writing in to his own web page in order to create the illusion that he forsaw it all. You've got to look at his Future Map of the World, available from his website at a price of course to see how accurate he was. In fact, most of that land hasn't been lost at all, as he claims. Most psychics and mystics have a very poor grasp of science, not to mention logic. This ought to make us feel relieved. However, most of their marks-that's a large percentage of the human population-share their handicaps. I've been there myself and should understand that you can't make them consider things rationally if they don't want to.But perhaps still, some of us have got to try. After all, someone managed to get through to me eventually. Or would that be some community?

Physicist Sucks Up To Religious Freaks

To keep the calendar in synchronisation with the seasons, Henry inserted an extra week - which is not part of any month - every five or six years. He named the addition "Newton Week" in honour of his favourite physicist, Isaac Newton. "If I had my way, everyone would get Newton Week off as a paid vacation and could spend the time doing physics, or other activities of their choice," he says.
He says previous calendar reform efforts have "crashed" because they disturbed the seven-day week considered sacrosanct by religious groups.

03 January 2005

Other Worlds Tomorrow (Die Ander Kant)

Been searching for Marrietta Theunissen's site for quite a while now, too bad it has gone stale in October already, damn. Maybe having a forum on a your clairvoyancy site isn’t such a grand idea. From what I could gather, all the most active forumites got themselves banned, so they started their own forum. Could Marrietta, with diplomas in "PAST LIFE REGRESSION, HEALING, MEDITATION, DREAM INTERPRETATION, TAROT, NUMEROLOGY, ASTROLOGY, JOURNEY WORK AND NLP", not see this coming?

02 January 2005

Godspam

The best response to godspam!
MORTIMER 8:69 -

And he spake unto them using old "Chick Tracts",
70 but when they assayed to reply,
he was struck dumb, for the Spirit of Intellect
was not within him.
71 Whereupon they didst cry out unto him,
"Begone! Get thee hence! Hasta la taco, pal!
72 For this is the place of the enlightened,
of which you are not one. So beat it!"

The Anomalist

The Anomalist for science news from beyond the fringe.

Evolving Thoughts

In his profile John Wilkins says:
My PhD is on "species concepts" - their history and analysis. This enables me to speak with authority on anything, of course...
So on his blog, he does.

SMS from the Supergirl

Jesus said onto John: " Come forth, and you will recieve eternal life!"
But John only came fifth, so he won a toaster ...

Grassy Knoll

So obviously I had to scour the net to see what the big names in the psychic industry had to say about the recent stuff that the gods have been hurling at us, and in my quest I stumbled upon the marvelous Grassy Knoll site. So if you missed it check out what really happened in 2004.

The only other site I could find contained the rather vague prognostications coming from Sue Yarmey, mentioning fault lines, quakes, 100 monkeys and stuff.

On the other side, this is what Richard Dawkins had to say. (from the The Guardian)

Not only does science know why the tsunami happened, it can give precious hours of warning. If a small fraction of the tax breaks handed out to churches, mosques and synagogues had been diverted into an early warning system, tens of thousands of people, now dead, would have been moved to safety.

Let's get up off our knees, stop cringing before bogeymen and virtual fathers, face reality, and help science to do something constructive about human suffering.

BTW Don’t miss the alien photographs on the Grassy Knoll site!

Contagious Africa

News from South America, our deepest darkest continent's sister.
The sound of atabaques, or African drums, rises in the night air from a squat brick house, and a full-throated tenor sings incantations in the ancient Yoruba tongue of Nigeria. Inside, slightly bored children play quietly while women in swirling skirts dance in a circle, chanting to invoke the Orixás -- the gods worshipped by their African ancestors.