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27 February 2005

Me Nerdy, Never!

I am nerdier than 91% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out! Who woulda thunk it?

24 February 2005

Me? Schizoid? Never!

DisorderRating
Paranoid:Moderate
Schizoid:High
Schizotypal:Low
Antisocial:Low
Borderline:Low
Histrionic:Low
Narcissistic:Moderate
Avoidant:Low
Dependent:Low
Obsessive-Compulsive:Low

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Schizoid People with schizoid personality disorder avoid relationships and do not show much emotion. They genuinely prefer to be alone and do not secretly wish for popularity. They tend to seek jobs that require little social contact. Their social skills are often weak and they do not show a need for attention or acceptance. They are perceived as humorless and distant and often are termed "loners."

23 February 2005

Sadness and dismay at actions of religious campaigners over Springer donation

Great sadness and dismay has been expressed by Christians, at the actions of a religious campaigning group, who exerted pressure on a Scottish charity to refuse a donation that would help cancer sufferers.

The Scottish charity, Maggie’s Centres, turned down a donation of several thousand pounds raised by a special performance of the controversial stage show 'Jerry Springer: The Opera' after pressure from 'Christian Voice'.

Ag for Christ's sake.

Wimpish Christians urged to fight their way into Heaven

It's a bestseller selling the biblical “deep and holy goodness of masculine aggression”. God, I can't wait for the islamic version to hit the shelves.

Psychic bought PhD by post

Jislaaik! The trouble these psychics get themselves into. This bugger got himself into trouble by using a PhD, bought through the post, to fool the public, and then he had this to say;
"People think of us as entertainment but we are here to help vulnerable people."

22 February 2005

Global blogger action day called

Happy "Free Mojtaba and Arash Day"

21 February 2005

The mind's alive even if body isn't

OK, you can try and find the original story on this freaky framed site, good luck!

But anyways this is the stuff my worst nightmares are made of. Many years ago my friends and I were playing around the pool, I fell off a ladder and I hit my head on the edge of the swimming pool. Everybody rushed over to me, and then I had probably one of the worst moments in my life. I tried to tell them that was ok, but suddenly all my words came out in Zulu, and those were the days of apartheid. I started stuttering, and this feeling of helplessness descended apon me, my brain was screaming out in perfect clarity, but there my body was blurting out gobbledygook.

A stunning new development in the field of neurology, researchers discovered that thousands of brain-damaged people who are treated as if they are no more alive than their bed post, may, in fact, hear and understand what is going on around them, though they are helpless to respond. The study, which appeared in the journal Neurology, is a boon to people like Schiavo's parents, who insist she is alive and should be kept alive, and something of a setback to those like her husband, who believe doctors should pull the proverbial plug. What researchers demonstrated, through magnetic-resonance imaging, is that they are more aware than we ever thought they were, poignantly trapped in their own bodily shells, unable to respond or, for all we know, reflect on what is happening to them.

Gay communists

Remember that post about the Americans an their gay bombs?
DARE to struggle, dare to win ... as married gays. After raiding a few Army camps, two communist guerrillas hid in a forest gorge and fell in love.
via Boing Boing

The God Squad

I’m going to take a crack at The God Squad this week before TRA gets in there. Rarely in my life have I read such absolute twaddle. In reply to someone questioning the motivation of god in re the recent tsunami:
The Bible does record that the rebels who sought to depose Moses and God were consumed in an earthquake, but just because God used that technique once doesn't mean that every earthquake is God's punishment for the wicked. And how could any spiritually sensitive person worship a God who would kill children and other innocents?
Well precisely, your Holy Learnednesses. How could any person worship such a psychopath is certainly beyond me, and beyond many atheists.

They go on to make this completely outrageous statement, mystifyingly in answer to a reader’s question about the diversity of gods being prayed to worldwide:
Although there are many kind and loving atheists, history indicates that people who have hated religion also have hated some other group of people
I’m flummoxed.Where the hell did they drag this conclusion from? Even a surface reading of most of this sorry world’s history will show that it is in fact religion which divides, religion which encourages hatred between groups-else how would so many different sects and faiths still be with us.Intolerance is the domain, and necessarily so, of religion, not lack-of-religion.

Sure, we can be damned intolerant, crabby old women as atheists-but the point here is the identical one I made in my last post-we don’t have a damned omnipotent universe-creator justifying our intolerance

I ask you again: when was the last time a gang of Metaphysical Naturalists flew a plane into a building?

17 February 2005

Apostasy

This article from the Times Online (thanks toGene Expression for the link) got me thinking about apostasy, while the wheels of one of my queries grinds exceedingly slow.

He and his family have been regularly jostled, abused, attacked, shouted at to move out of the area, and given death threats in the street. His wife has been held hostage inside their home for two hours by a mob. His car, walls and windows have been daubed in graffiti: “Christian bastard”.
I mean, the man is not just an unbeliever. He’s actually had the gall to drop one set of fairy-tale beliefs in favour of another, competing, set. Sam Harris, in his (I found) excellent book The End of Faith, which I’ve recently finished reading, mentions the fact that the death sentence is mandatory for an Islamic apostate, and is in fact frequently carried out. Obviously, one can’t have people running around saying that, although God certainly exists, your version of Who He Is is wrong. It makes one look something of a fool, not to mention undermines the Holy Power One Holds, in His Name. The Quran specifically commands its believers to put to death the apostate.

Lest we forget, and think that Islam is the Great Mother of Bloodthirsty religions, let’s see what the Holy Bible of the Christians has to say on the subject
Dt.13:6 "If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers; Namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you, nigh unto thee, or far off from thee, from the one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth; Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him: But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people. And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die."
2 Chr.15:13 "Whosoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel should be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman."
Old Testament.OK, we know they were pretty bloody in those days. But since Jesus came, we ‘re all sweetness and light. Err..
Mk.16:16 "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned."
(quotes courtesy of The Skeptics’ Annotated Bible) And we all know what happens to the damned, don’t we? Sorry, I’m eating breakfast, I can’t go on in this vein.But you get the picture. The thing is, and Sam Harris underlines this nicely, that even moderate, tolerant theistic beliefs are dangerous to humanity.
The sweetness and light liberal Christian or Muslim gives credence to the beliefs of the radical, or to put it more honestly, the truer believer,

I’ve seen atheists sneer down their noses at ex-atheists who turned to religion-and I’ve sneered, myself.But do we go after them with flambeaux and pitchforks, put out fatwas on them or kill their children for turning from the One True Way? The difference here is that we’re not obeying the dictates of the Omnipotent Creator of the Universe, which He just happens to have left written down for us in this really old book.

That means we can kill you.

14 February 2005

Hello Kitty Crop circle

OK this made my V-day :-)

13 February 2005

Passion of the Christ-Lite

Looks like Mel is looking at a less kinky version of his blockbuster film, in time for Easter, euphemistically called, The Passion Recut .

OK maybe it's just me but recut just does'nt sound right.

South African Psychics (can like to) Predict Massive Earthquakes in USA

A group of psychics led by colourful 'SilverJade', based in Johannesburg South Africa, have predicted that a series of earthquakes and other natural disasters will strike the western coast of the United States on or around the 23rd of February 2005.
Blah, blah, njarra, njarra ... Shame those poor Americans. Then this webmaster, where this was reported, felt the need to add this disclaimer:
Sometimes psychics are very predictable. Sometimes they're not.

Spiritual 'pills' can help with depression

Ok boys and girls, last week we learned how to pray, this week we'll be taking spiritual pills ... The Rev. Daryl here had an attention-grabbing reaction, careful now!

First, take the bitter medicine. Set your alarm clock and get up when it rings. Then take two body pills. Take a steaming hot shower. Wash your hair. But remember to take a cold rinse before you step out. This will cool off your skin, sealing in the warmth and making the air around you feel warm. The last thing you want is to start swearing to yourself because you feel cold and shivery when dressing. Second, do a few toe-touching and stretching exercises. This does not take much effort, but it will refresh you and relieve some of the pain you woke up with, so you feel like you can take on the day. Next, give yourself a mental pill. Look at yourself in the mirror and give yourself a pep talk.

Quote your favorite song, book or movie characters. If you feel silly, laugh at yourself, or make faces. Then take two spiritual pills. Quote a Bible verse like, "This is the day that the Lord has made" or "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

09 February 2005

GodPods, holy golf balls and JCUK

Other items vying for the "My Church Needs One of Those" award are "holy" golf balls and t-shirts with the JCUK (Jesus Christ United King) logo.

A Bible which bursts into flames at the touch of a button will also be on show during the Christian Resources Exhibition at the King's Hall.

A bible which bursts into flames ... intriguing.

Feeling Lazy, Some Fun...

08 February 2005

Carnival of the Godless 2

Perhaps one day we'll get in there too!

Adendum.I've just realised that this is the second version, at Pharyngula, a worthy site on its own.
Here's the original over at Unscrewing the Inscrutable.Apologies

07 February 2005

"Let me guess your ZIP code."

Shame, these poor buggers living on Satan Wood Drive.

have a dragon on your underpants

Hong Kong - If your horoscope is looking a bit worrying for the coming Lunar New Year, a Hong Kong company has just the thing to put it right: feng shui underpants. The lucky smalls have been designed by Yeung Tin Ming, a master of the ancient Chinese craft of spirit manipulation, or feng shui, and will ward off evil spirits and bring harmony, claims Life Enhance, a company that seeks to bring the wisdom of ancient China to the mass market.
Uhm ... no thanks, I think I'll keep going commando.