Saturday, August 22, 2015
The box, in this case, it PEETS (in a strip-mall, of course). Inside the box, you have the usual cast of characters: The Bable Study folks, the OuiJa board folks, the Tarot readers, and the cathaholics. Outside the box, you get freethinkers. OuiJa folks, the tarot folks, and the cathaholics have just made way for people who think. Pagan is dead Roman's slang for 'village.' a compulsive-addictive personality disorder who is addicted to Roman Catholicism. We've had a dozen people show for the usual discussions - parallel universes, alien abductions, the IMF conspiracies, Jungian quantum psychology, and the debt before Obama was elected and reelected. Republicans and Xtians TEND TO have selective memories. They seem to remember the 'good' and attribute the 'bad' to liberals, democrats, and "them" who ain't like US (meaning fat, stupid, and gullible). Lee Iacocca is remembered for a recycled phrase. Lee Iacocca is not remembered for what he ACTUALLY said: "Safety doesn't sell." Business ethics? A quarter-century ago, another Trump named Lee Iacocca trailed Vice President George H.W. Bush by only three percentage points for the Republican nomination. While his political affiliation was questionable, nobody had any trouble identifying Iacocca's favorite target - the Japanese. The list of "Incomprehensibly Stupid Things Said by Republicans" would fill bookshelves! Right wingnuts brush it off with: "Well, Democrats do it too." Really? Send me a list. At least he didn't ride into Canada on a redneck Harley. whatever gods may be we don't see one parked in front of PEET's.
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Genesis 1:26: 'And the God(s) said, Let us make man in our image.' And that image is: Bloom Syndrome Canavan Disease Cystic Fibrosis Familial Dysautonomia Familial Hyperinsulinism Fanconi Anemia C Gaucher Disease Glycogen Storage Disease 1A Joubert Syndrome 2 Lipoamide Dehydrogenase Deficiency (E3) Maple Syrup Urine Disease 1B Mucolipidosis IV Nemaline Myopathy Niemann-Pick Disease Spinal Muscular Atrophy Tay-Sachs Disease Usher IF Usher III Walker Warburg 3-Phosphoglycerate Dehydrogenase Deficiency Abetalipoproteinemia Alport Syndrome, Autosomal Recessive Arthrogryposis, Mental Retardation and Seizures Bardet-Biedl Syndrome Carnitine Palmitoyltransferase ll Deficiency Congenital Amegakaryocytic Thrombocytopenia Congenital Disorder of Glycosylation la Dyskeratosis Congenita, Autosomal Recessive Ehlers-Danlos VllC Fragile X Syndrome Galactosemia Multiple Sulphatase Deficiency Polycystic Kidney Disease, Autosomal Recessive Retinitis Pigmentosa 59 Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome Tyrosinemia l Wilson Disease Zellweger Syndrome Alpha-Thalassemia Ataxia Telangiectasia Beta-Thalassemia (B-T) Corticosterone Methyloxidase Type II Deficiency Costeff Optic Atrophy (also known as Type III 3-methylglutaconic Aciduria) Cystic Fibrosis Familial Mediterranean Fever Familial Tumoral Calcinosis Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydogenase Deficiency (G6PD) Hereditary Inclusion Body Myopathy (HIBM)/GNE Myopathy Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy Type 2B Metachromatic Leukodystrophy Polyglandular Syndrome Pseudocholinesterase Deficiency Spinal Muscular Atrophy Wolman Disease For links to specific perfections, see HERE. Allah would never do this to the Arab Population [a PDF]. Or would he, she (they)? Scholars are well aware of the problems. ...they are genetic carriers for sickle cell disease. Who are THEY? THEY are merely the children of different gods... It seems gods' chosen few are marked by the disease and misery that they pass on to their progeny. Try Magic? HERE or not - HERE. 20 minutes of pleasure result in 18 years of poverty for many. Thank whatever gods may be that we no longer have debtors prisons in the USA. We have Home Depot, instead. On planet Earth, let us make stupidity = religiosity. Then, to test our simulation, let us map the planet based on religions. And let us map populations. And let us map misery, poverty, and suffering. We'll call this "a good start." "Among US states, suffering and belief in god are highly correlated, even after controlling for income and education." "...Gray and Wegner created a U.S. state-by-state “suffering index” and found a positive correlation between a state’s relative misery (compared to the rest of the country) and its population’s belief in God. To create an objective measure of such relative misery, the investigators used data from the 2008 United Health Foundation’s comprehensive State Health Index. Among other manifestations of suffering, this regularly compiled index includes rates of infant mortality, cancer deaths, infectious disease, violent crime, and environmental pathogens. What Gray and Wegner discovered was that suffering and belief in God were highly correlated, even after controlling for income and education. In other words, belief in God is especially high in places such as Mississippi, Alabama, and South Carolina— and so is misery, at least as it was defined in this particular study. And that, say the authors, is no coincidence." Perhaps it's not god (or gods) that are the problem, it's BELIEF.