Archive for September, 2011

Apparently, it’s Blasphemy Day. It almost passed me by! It’s gone 10:30 PM here in the UK as I write this, but heigh-ho; out there in Internetland there’s still places that have most of the day left to enjoy taking the names of various gods in vain.

Problem is I’m not feeling very imaginative, so I’ll just start ranting and see where it takes me…


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Do you ever see comments that are so astoundingly dumb that your jaw bruises as it bounces off your chest? I have a name for them; I call them ‘why are there still monkeys’ comments. That’s how amazingly, stupefyingly silly I mean.

Yesterday I posted this graph, showing sea-ice shrinkage in the Arctic, on a post about climate change.

It wasn’t much of a post, just a whimsical analogy I thought of that seemed worth throwing out there, and I wasn’t really expecting any feedback off it at all. And I was nearly right in my expectation. Nearly. I did, however, get this comment:

“There are nice satellite photos to misspell[sic] the myth that Arctic ice is shrinking. That is, it’s shrinking in some places (hence you can draw a nice graph) and growing in other places.”

My jaw-thud registered on the Richter scale! After a mildly sarcastic reply, however, I left it alone.


It kept niggling at me; an itch in the back of my mind.


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If you can look at this graph, and not see doom in store for the company it portrays…


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The Rule Of The Saints

After the first English civil war, the country was riven by political divisions, many of which centred upon religious ideals. Seemingly every sect wanted the country to be ruled on grounds stipulated by their own particular interpretation of the Bible.

Most notable among this multiplicity of creeds were the Fifth Monarchists, who believed that Jesus would soon return as King of kings, and that the country should be ruled on purely religious grounds (by themselves, of course), in preparation for that great day. While they weren’t the only ones, by far, advocating religious rule, they actually came within a hair’s breadth of attaining it.

While it would be disingenuous to claim that all the problems faced during the Interregnum were caused by religious schism and bickering, it’s notable that any decently written history of the period generally expends much more wordage on the various religious sects than it does on more purely political issues. Even the various factions within the army, notably the Levellers, were informed more by their opinions on how to run the country according to God’s will (and how to enforce their brand of worship), than any other issue.


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This is another post from the old site that I hadn’t planned on migrating to this one. Not sure why I changed my mind but I did, so, erm, well… here it is.

Though I’ve corrected a lamentably huge number of typos, I’ve resisted the urge to edit several overrun sentences and other grammar/style horrors. They reflect my mood at the time, so ‘let ’em stand’, I say.

Originally published: 01 June 11

I’ve not been around on comment-boards much, the last few days. Here’s why…

Been a busy few days for me. Saturday morning I got some hideous computer virus that played audio advertising at me, redirected my browser to pages full of adverts, and basically made the web unusable. Closing every unrecognised process in Task Manager worked for a couple of minutes, as did booting into safe-mode, but nothing I did got rid of it. So after a couple of hours of restarting, booting into Ubuntu, where I could at least look for suggestions online, and then back into Windows to try them out, I gave up. I reinstalled Windows.


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When even Daily Fail readers think it’s bad, you just know it has to be a special kind of awful! My favourite comment under the line at the Mail post:

“Keep it to yourself whether you are heterosexual or homosexual.” Santorum says. So, under Santorum’s “DADT 2.0,” heterosexual male soldiers can’t talk about their wives? Or keep a photo of their girlfriend back home posted by their bunk? Wearing wedding rings would be out, since only heterosexuals can marry in many states it would be a dead giveaway. And no comments about breasts or “she’s so hot” allowed at all. It’s an interesting proposal, but a bold social experiment. Unlike the proven effective policy of allowing gays to serve openly, which many US allies have done for years with no ill effects, Santorum’s proposed policy of universal concealment has never been tried anywhere, to my knowledge. At least Santorum’s suggestion would treat all soldiers equally, unlike the original and recently struck-down DADT, which one-sidedly forced homosexual soldiers to pretend to be straight, but puts no penalties on heterosexual soldiers advertising their orientation.
—DMG, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, 23/9/2011 13:22

Gays haven’t been given ‘special’ rights; they’ve been given (some) equal rights.

Hat-tip, Psilomelane.

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I don’t know whether to feel glad that he’s found a straw to cling to, or horrified that the nature of that straw means he still worships a being he thinks has done this to his family.

A man whose family died in Brisbane’s worst house fire believes the tragedy is a blessing in disguise because it will attract more followers to his church.

Taukinukufili Taufa ran the Church of Baptism with Fire & Holy Spirit out of the Brisbane house which caught fire last month.

The blaze killed Mr Taufa’s wife, daughter and three of his grandchildren as well as six other extended family members.

Mr Taufa said God speaks to him directly and he believes in baptism through “heavenly fire”.

Read the rest of this story at NZ Herald

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