Daily Archives: 5 Jun 2011

And This Week’s Dilly Goes To…

The hunt for Atlantis/Eden

ATLANTIS researcher Robert Sarmast has returned to Cyprus after a four-year hiatus ahead of a third expedition to try and locate the lost ancient city, he believes is underwater off Cyprus.  Sarmast said yesterday he wanted to be here for the Kataklysmos festival, or the ‘festival of the flood’. This will be held islandwide next weekend.  “The Kataklysmos festival is really about the great flood that sunk Atlantis, so it’s not surprising to me that the celebrations are unique to Cyprus,” said Sarmast.  Sarmast’s team plan to film a documentary during the Kataklysmos festival, while preparing for a third expedition.

And

Their attempt to prove that the legendary lost island was more than a myth was funded in part by the History Channel, private investors, and the CTO.

Yup, the History Channel is helping to fund this foolishness.

“There is really a mystery within a mystery associated with this project, regarding Atlantis and the Garden of Eden, and it’s time for Cypriots to know the full story,” said Sarmast.

Right.  Eden and Atlantis go hand in hand like turkey and pinto beans…

Anyway the Dilly this week goes to both the History Channel and the quester.  Congrats.  Enjoy!

Thanks to Eric Cline for the tip.

What’s This??? A Reporter Does a Story on the Bible and Actually Gets it Right and Interviews People who Know it???

It’s a miracle.  And it’s about time that reporters actually research biblical topics instead of just consulting Wikipedia or whatever idiotic source they stream to.

So thank you, Mr. Blake, for restoring my faith, momentarily, in the Fourth Estate.

“It is a great Protestant tradition for anyone – milkmaid, cobbler, or innkeeper – to be able to pick up the Bible and read for herself. No need for a highly trained scholar or cleric to walk a lay person through the text,” says Craig Hazen, director of the Christian Apologetics program at Biola University in Southern California.  But often the milkmaid, the cobbler – and the NFL coach – start creating biblical passages without the guidance of biblical experts, he says.  “You can see this manifest today in living room Bible studies across North America where lovely Christian people, with no training whatsoever, drink decaf, eat brownies and ask each other, ‘What does this text mean to you?’’’ Hazen says.  “Not only do they get the interpretation wrong, but very often end up quoting verses that really aren’t there.”

Ah.  Someone with sense is out there.  It’s a miracle!

Bank of America: Corporate Thievery at its Lowest

Here’s the story:

Have you heard the one about a homeowner foreclosing on a bank?  Well, it has happened in Florida and involves a North Carolina based bank.  Instead of Bank of America foreclosing on some Florida homeowner, the homeowners had sheriff’s deputies foreclose on the bank.

There’s much more.  Read it all.  It tells the tale of how big corporations like Bank of America steal property (and sometimes succeed) and then ignore the order of a judge to make things right.  It illustrates how corporations like B of A are populated by greedy thieves who are bereft of any sort of sense of ethics.  And it illuminates the singularly self evident truth that every person banking with Bank of America ought to close their account and take it somewhere else.

Still More Proof of the Pointlessness of Wikipedia

According to Christian

Well, I guess when you’re an intellectual lightweight and your fans are even less intelligent, this sort of shenanigans only makes sense. It seems that Palin’s fans, upset at the rest of the world for laughing at Palin’s version of Paul Revere‘s Midnight Ride, are now attempting, en masse, to change the Wikipedia entry for Paul Revere to make it match Palin’s F-minus version of history.

Yes, completely unsurprising.

It’s Hard to Resist the Irony

Two women succeeded in dodging France’s same-sex marriage ban to say “I do” on Saturday — because one of the happy couple is still, legally, a man.  Stephanie Nicot, 59, wed 27-year-old partner Elise in a town hall ceremony in Nancy in eastern France in what is said to be the first marriage of its kind in the country.

I’ll let you uncover the irony and relish it for yourself.  Irony always tastes better when it’s self-served.

Sarcasm Works

Truly, it apparently gets people working, literally…

Sarcasm prompts employees to speed through tasks that require creative problem-solving, Israeli research suggests. Simple fury at your staff can also get them working quickly, but it’s only effective for more straightforward tasks. “The incongruent information inherent in sarcasm appears to stimulate complex thinking and to attenuate the otherwise negative effects of anger,” says a researcher, adding that the sarcastic expression of anger should include “some irony and humor.”

So there ya go.  Be sarcastic and people will respond.

Fear That’s Wrong, and Fear That’s Right

MATTHEW 10:24-31

24“A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; 25it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household!  26“So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. 27What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops. 28Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30And even the hairs of your head are all counted. 31So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.

 

Republicans: Playing the ‘God Card’, Again

Republican contenders for the 2012 presidential nomination are making a concerted bid to woo Christian conservatives as the movement recovers popularity lost in a series of scandals.

Voting for someone because they call themselves a Christian is like voting for a wolf to be leader of the sheep because he happens to be wearing sheep’s clothing at the local party meeting.

Who should Christians vote for?  People who are honest, hard working, reliable, truthful, dedicated, devout, Godly, and moral.

Good luck.

Digi20: Theology and Biblical Studies

Digi20 is a project which

was developed in the context of the long-term project “Digitalization of the DFG (German Research Society) special subject fields”. It concentrates on the digitalization of literature not in public domain, predominantly in the field of humanities and social sciences with an emphasis on monographs.

The link above is to the theology and biblical studies segment of the site.  I’m also putting a link on the sidebar under ‘useful sites’ section.  With thanks to Eibert Tigchelaar for the tip.

Men, Sign Your Wives Up…

Because if they have any sense or self respect at all they won’t do it for themselves…

As a new bride, 22-year-old Ummu Atirah believes she knows the secret to a blissful marriage: obey her husband and ensure he is sexually satisfied.  Ummu and some 800 other Muslim women in Malaysia are members of the “Obedient Wives Club” that is generating controversy in one of the most modern and progressive Muslim-majority nations, where many Muslim Malaysian women hold high posts in the government and corporate world.  The new club, launched Saturday, says it can cure social ills such as prostitution and divorce by teaching women to be submissive and keep their men happy in the bedroom.

Those are some deluded and deceived people.

Five Reasons Parents Should Oppose Teacher Evaluations Based on Test Scores

Or perhaps more exactly, five excellent reasons.

That’s Not Art

It’s a little kid tossing paint at a canvas and her clever Aussie parents marketing her as some sort of ‘prodigy’.

And though it’s not art, it does show nicely that people will chase any fad and silliness and make an idol out of it.  The little prodigy is a big hit in New York.

People are idol making factories, churning them out with more speed than a fighter jet crosses a street.

Zionism in the Eyes of Bruce Waltke

Zionists who claim the Land on the basis of the Bible wrongly fail to distinguish between the cursed Canaanites and non-cursed Palestinians, between holy war and secular war, between covenant fidelity and the denial of its relevance, and above all, between being politically “in the Land” and its fulfillment of being spiritually “in Christ.”   – Bruce Waltke, ‘An Old Testament Theology’.

(via George Athas)

Four Dead in Israeli Cross-Border Shooting

Israeli troops opened fire across the Syrian frontier on Sunday to disperse hundreds of pro-Palestinian protesters who stormed the border of the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, reportedly killing four people in unrest marking the anniversary of the Arab defeat in the 1967 Mideast war.  The Israeli military accused Syria of instigating the disturbances to deflect attention from its bloody crackdown on a popular uprising at home.

Then

Israel had promised to prevent a repeat of a deadly protest last month, in which hundreds of people burst across the frontier, entered the Golan and clashed with Israeli forces. Thousands of troops were mobilized in anticipation of possible unrest.

So Israel prevent deadly violence by killing persons across its border…  Sounds very much like rather than preventing violence it perpetrated violence.

That’s how they roll in the Mid East- I’ll kill you before you can kill me even if you’re not planning to kill me at all.