If this is Christianity, I'm glad I'm not a part of it.
It is not Christianity, it is Catholicism which is a different thing. Judging by that post you know how the Catholic church runs in detail, so 'you know this'. The last line of that post, was blantantly illogical, and the whole thing is a provocation - a troll, if you will, and a well crafted one.
just had my first coffee in weeks, stovetop espresso i am WIDE awake!
used to drink this stuff first thing every morning and never thought it did much...
Triplet: Papal Bullshit
History is being revised before our eyes, all the disastrous decisions and lack of progression of JPIIs papacy are incinerated in the flames of irrational grief. All the HIV-infected millions, the unsupported women reincarcerated by a man's decisions, the hidden and persecuted christian gay community, the faithful but disenfranchised divorcees, the long-term ignoring of the pleas for support from South American Catholics in favour of maintaining the power of the South American Catholic Church which supported the rich and the fascistic regimes (eventually things changed. In contrast, his support for Solidarnosc now translates into a single-handed destruction of Communism), the blatant and disgusting refusal to address the massive crimes of child abuse perpetrated by members of the church, and not least his authoritarian leadership and belief in papal infallibility...
If this is Christianity, I'm glad I'm not a part of it.
Either some respondees have misunderstood the question, or the question is badly phrased. The answers are to both the quesion above, and to the question "Which scientific discovery/theory should everyone learn about?"
This in itself teaches us something about science (as a process): always be sure what question it is you're trying to answer.
Apparently Blunkett will return to government as a barcode reader in the Houses of Parliament canteen.
GoogleNews Blunkett to see his high-visibility campaign for reacceptance. Read the heartache of his one true love. Swoon over his dedication to public service. Prostrate yourself at his humility. Gasp at his unswerving devotion to the public good, to impproving society. Shudder at the breadth and depth of his knowledge on the hot topics of the day.
And vomit over his blind faith that HE is right and EVERYONE ELSE is wrong regarding how to run things and how society should be rebuilt according to his model.
He is yet another perfect example of why those who wish to serve in public office should be the first ones barred from doing so.
A PASSENGER has been awarded £4,000 compensation after Manchester Airport took his photograph without permission.
The landmark pay-out, for breaking data protection rules, could open the floodgates to thousands of other claims. Another passenger has been given £2,000 in an out-of-court settlement and 20 other travellers have begun legal action against the airport. Two claims have been rejected.
Photographs are taken as people on domestic flights go through security and baggage checks at Terminals One and Three.
The pictures are scanned onto a barcode stuck on the back of boarding cards so staff can check the correct passenger is boarding a flight and stop domestic passengers buying goods at duty-free prices[...]
How a photo on a boarding card 'improves security' is lost on on me. To qoute one of the comments: If I explained that photographs were being taken without consent just because some people in Manchester decided they wanted it. This had nothing to do with security, I had photographic ID with me my passport, so why demand my photo, because I come from Belfast Perhaps? Its up to me who takes my photo and what happens to it. I had nothing to hide that's why I offered my Passport, but it appears that was not acceptable to Manchester Airport a British Passport !! so what would be ?
Alhough being 'required' to have a passport for an internal flight wouldn't be a good option either.
While the number 30 has many significations, its most fundamental significance is the fact that it is the number of the circle, or cycle. The circle, it will be noted, is the geometric expression of absolute completion and infinity. It symbolizes the continuous, yet fixed, nature of life, energy and matter along the timeline. It is the shape of every planet in the solar system and the fittest representation of all time cycles as the clock itself (being in the shape of a circle) testifies.
2. March 20, 2003 was Day "555" since the attacks on 9/11. As we demonstrated in NEWS1789, the Illuminati intended the attacks of 9/11 to be the first blow struck for the appearance of Antichrist; therefore, it is highly significant that the Iraqi War -- planned since 1952 -- to be the trigger for the larger Middle East war, did not begin until day "555" after 9/11. Since the occultist believes "5" to be the Number of Death, and the greatest intensification of any number to be a triplicate, a "555" literally means "Highest Death". The Illuminati is working to send this current civilization to its death so it can bring in the New World Order, also known as the Kingdom of Antichrist.
Despite the recent emergence of literate, topic-driven rappers like Kanye West, Talib Kweli, and the Roots, hip-hop remains a genre that subsists largely on messages of hyper-machismo, lechery, violence, and crass materialism. But for a brief, shining period in time -- from about 1988 to 1992 -- rappers bragged not about how much "bling" they had or how many people they shot, but about how intelligent they were.
In a time when rap music now hawks car insurance and peanut butter, when hip-hop has ceased to shock or challenge, ceased to raise issues, this short burst of expression stands out as a haven of intelligent discourse. It was a period when hip-hop flouted social convention by proclaiming that brains indeed were as marketable as money, power, and beauty. For a while it was actually cool to "drop knowledge", and dozens of acts had images that revolved around the concept. These self-styled teachers, with names like Wise Intelligent and Intelligent Hoodlum, adopted holier-than-thou, Afrocentric personas in stark contrast to the "gangstas" with which hip-hop is now widely associated. Rappers took the self-promoting lyrics that had previously trumpeted MCs' verbal and physical skills and adapted them into boasts about their mental capacity. Today, it would be surreal if 50 Cent or Nelly did anything more cerebral than find a rhyme for "titty"[...]
Interesting, maybe a bit of bias to NOI based stuff BWWIK. -
Meanwhile I dug out Scott Walker's Tilt recently, still a strange beast, I can get my head around the bleak-is-the-colour-of-my-true-life's-hair tracks like Farmer in the City and Bouncer see Bouncer,with their fragmentary glimmers of crippled beauty, and the of-kilter Tilt and Rosary whch manage to hang together like a haunted fairground ride, but the orchestration and phrasing on the not-pop tracks like Manhatten and Bolivia '95 I can't really handle (or rather it hurts to listen to them), anyway it's the only Walker album I have and it's still strong.
Recommended to anyone with the cash. I have gained a deeper understanding of the true nature of religion and God from these books than anywhere else. And about literature, and philosophy, and art, and about what is a poet.