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Sunday School 15th November 2020.

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    Join in on the launch of the 2020 “Freedom of Thought” report next month for free.

    Previous Popes knew about the accusations against McCarrick. It is still a worldwide problem so don’t let them near children.

    A school in Kansas has decided to respect the Constitution.

    A Polish blasphemy case tests the country’s commitment to freedom and tolerance.

    This weeks’ Woo: Dismantling Astrology and pseudoscience arguments. (long read).

    Climate Crisis: Nobel prize-winning economics of climate change is misleading and dangerous.

    If I can get my hands on these nails and can extract DNA from them, I will create a “Jesussiac Park” full of little baby Jesus clones in time for Christmas. The little fronkeys are salivating already.

    On first reading, this post by a Catholic apologetic sounded like a masterclass in waffle. He seems sure that their God is the “transcendent cause” of the Universe. Some easy fallacies to spot this week.

    The election result was a disaster for public health in America.

    Another look at the Flat Earther community.

    Is the QAnon fantasy unravelling?

    Is secular modernity under theocratic assault? The NYT continues to blame Islamic terrorism on France.

    Why a good philosophical aphorism can be so powerful.

    Charles Darwin’s hunch about early life was probably right.

    How long do most species last before going extinct?

    A two-million-year-old hominin skull has been uncovered in South Africa.

    Are we already in a “post-truth” world as we engage in a communal race to find our individuality?

    Mistakes from the past demonstrate the reliability of science as it error corrects.

    The nuclear reaction in the moments after the Big Bang.

    Many sites offer to be “Covid Free News Zones” but I think we need to understand the reality of it.

    Long Reads: The lone wolf that was loved to death. The El Paso experiment. On causality between Politics and Faith. Why haven’t we found alien life yet?

    This week I am ordering this book: Sapiens. A graphic history.

    Some photographs taken last week.

    While you are waiting for the kettle to boil……

    Coffee Break Video:  TED Talk: How to disagree productively. The Voter Fraud fraud.

    #34414

    Have a great week everyone!

    #34415

    onyangomakagutu
    Participant

    Thanks Reg.

    Now if only i could read a book a week i would be comfortably at 52 books by end of year

    #34418

    @onyangomakagutu – I try to read as much as I can. I will often listen to audiobook versions when out walking (at least 90 minutes a day). Over half way through Anne Karenina at the moment……only 98 chapters left!!

    #34439

    Strega
    Moderator

    Thanks, Reg!

    #34452

    onyangomakagutu
    Participant

    Reg, it took me forever to finish Anna Karenina but it wasn’t as bad as War and Peace. I don’t like audiobooks.

    #34454

    Guess which audiobook is next on my list 😉

    #34495

    TheEncogitationer
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    Reg,

    Regarding the Crucifixion nails: Were they nine inches?

    So I hear, that is where Trent Reznor derived the name of his band Nine ainch Nails.

    As someone wryly noted: “*Sigh!*  Never send a boy to do a man’s job!” 😁

    I know this much: You could probably build multiple apartment complexes with all the pieces of wood sold with the claim that they came from the cross of Jesus.  I’m sure all the nails attributed to the Crucifixion could have built The Transcontinental Railroad. 😁

    There are also hucksters selling pieces of rock they claim came from the manger where Jesus was born.  Funny; all the creches or manger scenes I’ve ever seen at Christmastime are all portrayed as made of wood.  So which version of this fairy tale is right?   Hmmm…🤔

    The Qanon story from Right Wing Watch wrote;

    Others spammed the forums with biblical passages comparing Moses’ miraculous parting of the Red Sea to QAnon’s ongoing fight against the deep state.

    So Qanon is doing a nonexistent parting of waters to assist nonexistent people fleeing from a nonexistent 400-year enslavement that has no forensic archeological evidence?  Sounds legit. 😉

    I wonder what Qanon-ers think about The Roman Catholic Church, The Southern Baptist Convention, The U.S. Boy Scouts, or government schools throughout the U.S.  The evidence for their abuse of children is more than just “Q-drops” but oceans!

    And if someone legitimately has evidence of a child abuse ring, why release word of it in “Q-drops” or “bread-crumbs?” (“Bread-crumbs” is another term I’ve heard, obviously a reference to “Hansel and Gretel” by The Brothers Gtimm.)  Why not let all the information flow free Edward Snowden-style or Chelsea (neé Bradley) Manning-style?

    And finally, Trump has a big enough mouth and a non-stop Twitter page, plus increasingly limitless Executive power, and he’s not out yet.  Why does he need Qanon-ers to be his proxies for “The Storm?”

    The whole Q-Anon cult is the McMartin Day Care/Ritual Satanic Abuse scare of the Eighties and Nineties brought back from the dead and made political.  Somebody shine the blinding klieg-lights on this rabble with torches and pitchforks!

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    TheEncogitationer
    Participant

    Correction again: The Brothers Grimm.  And their stories lived up to their name.

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    Unseen
    Participant

    If I can get my hands on these nails and can extract DNA from them, I will create a “Jesussiac Park” full of little baby Jesus clones in time for Christmas. The little fronkeys are salivating already.

    I can see it now: A DNA reconstructed savior would be a major attraction, and we could have our sins washed away yet again! And everybody could adopt and take home with them their own baby Jesius!

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    Once everyone understands that having a baby Jesus is a lifetime commitment and not just for Christmas, then I would be delighted to see them adopted. Of course I would not be too keen on Catholics adopting one.

    I think the Johnny Cash version of Hurt is superb (written by the Nine Inch Nails).

    Yes, there are strong similarities between QAnon and the Satanic Panic of a few decades ago. I have met a few of them. None are atheists.  Quelle surprise!

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    Glen D
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    I find the South Park clip below more amusing.

    Caveat; coarse language, lots.

    #34505

    Yes, as Highlander said….there can be only one!

    #34506

    Unseen
    Participant

    Once everyone understands that having a baby Jesus is a lifetime commitment and not just for Christmas, then I would be delighted to see them adopted. Of course I would not be too keen on Catholics adopting one. I think the Johnny Cash version of Hurt is superb (written by the Nine Inch Nails). Yes, there are strong similarities between QAnon and the Satanic Panic of a few decades ago. I have met a few of them. None are atheists. Quelle surprise!

    When you adopt a Baby Jesus, you get a complimentary 20 lb. sack of Purina Baby Jesus Chow.

    Agreed about Johnny Cash’s rendition of Hurt. Apparently when Cash asked Trent Reznor for permission to cover it, Trent was puzzled. But when he heard it, he was pleased.

    Anyway, you’re clearly not into industrial rock, or you’d know there is no “The” in “Nine Inch Nails.” LOL

    #34507

    TheEncogitationer
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    Glen D,

    Both Jesus and Saint Nicholas were pretty scuzzy, violent Muthahs if only a fraction of their legends are true.

    Jesus not only broke mad with merchants and moneychangers, but demanded that anyone who didn’t want him as king be brought before him and slain (Luke 19:27.)  And, of course, not satisfied with destroying the world with flood, Big Daddy, Junior, and The Spook want to destroy the world again in Revelation.

    Saint Nicholas isn’t on the same cosmic scale of violence and cruelty as Jesus, but not for lack of trying.  Saint Nicholas is said to have given Arius a beat-down at The Council of Not-So-Nicea because Arius denied that God is a three-in-one Trinity.

    Saint Nicholas also paid three bags of gold as a bribe to keep a father from selling his 3 daughters into slavery.  The bags of gold were meant to be a dowry to marry off the daughters.  Nicholas never denied the wrong of treating humans as property, he only wanted it done within the bonds of matrimony.

    I say if you handicap Jesus’ supernatural powers and give both equsl weaponry, it would he an pretty even fight, though no heroes no matter who wins.

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