#ICYMI: NT Wright Ascends to Heaven From Bible Conference in Houston!

Witnesses say that just before he was seen to fly skyward without a rocket pack, he spread out his arms, and then up he went, shouting ‘buy my giant book which is very much like all my other less giant books or the wrath of God will descend onto your unrighteous heads… sinners…’

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Witness stories diverge at this point but many swear that as he disappeared out of sight through a giant hole in the ceiling created by the hurling of his new book through it that he was received either by Chuck Norris or Ryan Seacrest.

He promised to return.  Oh that we will all still be alive when he does…  Meanwhile, many will come in his name, proclaiming his gospel and urging souls to follow Tom’s teachings (also known as TT).  If you want to get to heaven, and spend eternity with Tom, you have to embrace TT.

The Weirdest Thing on The Internet Today…

Is this:

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I can understand why Wales would like to boost its profile and correct erroneous material on wikipedia (the last refuge of the dilettante).  But that’s like trying to improve the surface of the sea.  As soon as you’ve calmed one bit and removed your hand, it’s in turmoil again.

Wikipedia needs to be ignored, not improved.  Because it can’t be improved.  As soon as it is improved, the imbeciles descend and undo it.  And, sadly, there are far more imbeciles than others using Wikipedia.

Wickedpedia: Another Reason To Disdain the Worlds Largest Assembly of Dilettantes

Small British businesses and minor celebrities have been targeted by blackmailers who charged money to create positive profiles on Wikipedia.  The victims were asked for hundreds of pounds to “protect” or update online pages about their businesses, according to The Independent.  Wikipedia has blocked 381 accounts for what it calls “black hat” editing – charging money for the creation of promotional articles.   The accounts were reportedly run by a “coordinated group” of fraudsters who targeted firms struggling to get pages about their businesses on Wikipedia.  Victims are said to have included a wedding photographer in Dorset, a high-end jewellery shop in Shoreditch, east London and a former Britain’s Got Talent contestant.  Among them was British holiday company Quality Villas, based in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire.

Where there’s fraud and misprision, there’s Wikipedia.

Bloggers Show Off Their Body Art

Bloggers are an interesting lot, as you have doubtless learned.  But did you know that every year many of them trek to Caracas and show off their newest body modifications…

Behold…

The Vatican’s Secret Plan to Fill Empty Churches with Cyborgs

The Church may have a Pope the people love but that love sure hasn’t shown itself in devotion to God (funny how that works, isn’t it.  The cult of personality never leads people to God- just to personalities).  Consequently, the church needs a new plan to fill its halls.

downloadThe Congregation for the Development of Mechanical Persons (CDMP) announced today that they have successfully developed their first batch of cyborg parishioners to help fill pews. The exciting news comes as the Church struggles with a world-wide Mass attendance shortage. But the move is being seen by some skeptics as a “cheap fix.” “You can’t simply fill a Church with mindless robots and think you’ve solved the issue,” said an anonymous Church official. “This isn’t SSPV.”

But lead scientist for the CDMP Lorenzo Botticelli disagrees with skeptics and says that seeing packed churches will not only help morale with parishioners that actually live and breathe, but might also lead to a rise in vocations in the soon-to-be mechanical Catholic demographic. “We not only hope to see more living, breathing Catholics attending Mass because of this, but we also believe that a rise of the mechanical priesthood may come into play. Should that happen, we can begin to seriously consider calling upon them to proclaim the gospel in the most dangerous regions in the world.”

Wikipedia isn’t Just an Intellectual Scam

Wikipedia-bully-imageIt’s that time of year again. As the Christmas lights go up, Wikipedia’s donation drive kicks off. Wikipedia claims that the donations are needed to keep the site online. Guilt-tripped journalists including Heather Brooke and Toby Young have contributed to Wikipedia in the belief that donations help fund operating costs. Students, who are already heavily in debt, are urged to donate in case Wikipedia “disappears”.

But what Wikipedia doesn’t tell us is that it is awash with cash – and raises far more money each year than it needs to keep operating.

Donations are funding a huge expansion in professional administrative staff and “research projects”. Amazingly, this year for the first time Wikipedia – the web encyclopaedia anyone can edit – has even found the cash to fund a lobbyist.

All this has been met with dismay by the loyal enthusiasts who do all the hard work of keeping the project afloat by editing and contributing words – and who still aren’t paid. For the first time, Wikipedians are beginning to examine the cash awards – and are making some interesting discoveries.

First, let’s have a look at the finances.

So go and look at the scam.  Wikipedia isn’t just about the dissemination of misinformation, it’s also about the collection of massive sums of cash.  From people that are foolish.  I.e., users of Wikipedia.

Dear Lunatics and Nutbags and Weirdos… I’m NOT Interested in What You Have to Say…

So you can STOP sending your unhinged book notices. Thanks.

Global Education à la HEGEL, SCHELLING, FICHTE, AND KANT is the Solution to Our World’s Problems

“In this book, Dr. Foldes takes his previous work to a higher level and makes it accessible to a wider audience. The Handbook may well prove to be of central importance in solving some of our most corrosive problems. Foldes grounds ‘global education’ in the philosophical Science (Wissenschaft) of Hegel and other idealists and shows its application to bothersome issues in politics, religion, personal relations, health and business. A tour de force.”
—John Lachs, Centennial Professor of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University

“Both engaging and erudite, both accessible and challenging, this Handbook appeals to scientific and to New Age communities alike in order to make the case that Hegel’s philosophical Science is not only relevant but is indeed essential for the genuine healing of our planet.”
—Michael Baur, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Fordham University

Really? Someone was ignorant enough to write a blurb for you? Really? Or are these just names you cooked up…  But the next one… well it’s just…

The Jedi Handbook of Global Education: A Guide to Healing Your Planet and Bringing Balance to The Force, 526 pages

Ken Foldes, Fulbright Scholar, a member of The Hegel Society of America, The North American Fichte Society, and The North American Schelling Society

Erghhh…. that doesn’t speak well of either the Hegel Society or the Schelling Society.

The Jedi Handbook of Global Education is unprecedented. It is the first book of its kind to appear anywhere and is the result of 35 years of research and collaboration with some of the greatest minds of the century, John McDermott, Norman O. Brown, Alan Watts, Stan Grof, Amit Goswami, Eckhart Tolle, Tom Altizer, John Sallis, Stanley Rosen, Tom Rockmore, Quentin Lauer, Otto Pöggeler, and Kenley Dove.

I’ve never heard of a single one of these pretend people.

The Handbook offers a global educational program designed to heal our planet, solve all of its problems without exception, and actualize an incredible new world and humanity (“The Jedi Order”). It offers a program that cannot fail to achieve its end, as it is based on an “Absolute Science” that is the culmination of 2,000 years of the history of philosophy and science. The book shows how only Global “Jedi” Education can resolve our many problems and world crises such as war, terrorism, political/religious instability, economic inequality, worldwide poverty, homelessness, nihilism, disease, and “death.” It is unprecedented in its scope. Its program includes not only hands-on methods for transforming K-12 and university education, but also for transforming our major global institutions—politics, religion, science, business, health (medicine & psychiatry), the arts and media—which by their very nature educate and shape the consciousness of nations and individuals. It is superior to other similar programs to heal our planet based on merely “relative” sciences such as quantum physics, which are sense-based and unable to definitively ground the absolute reality of consciousness and the New Holistic Science now coming on the scene as a result of the global “paradigm shift” now occurring on our planet.

Oh for the love of…

Please, nutbags, lose my email address. Instead, send your stuff to Joel Watts. He’s easy to find on Google.

The Stupidest ‘Holiday’ on the Calendar is Just Around the Corner…

It should be banned.  It being ‘Halloween’.  Or at least renamed to ‘beggars being trained by beggars to beg for things they don’t need that are only going to go to waste and learning to go through life with their little hands out expecting something for nothing’.

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Wikipedia Thinks a Monkey Can Copyright a Picture…

Not only does wikipedia offer misinformation by the truckload, it also thinks a monkey can hold copyright of a picture

Wikimedia, the non-profit organisation behind Wikipedia, has refused a photographer’s repeated requests to stop distributing his most famous shot for free – because a monkey pressed the shutter button and should own the copyright.

Did the monkey post the photo too, Wikimedia? Has the monkey written in and said that he likes his selfie a lot and wants it to be online? Did, Wikimedia, the monkey give his permission for his image to be used? If not, then the monkey has grounds to complain. If not, then he doesn’t.

But, anyway, thanks Wikimedia, for reminding us how really useless and senseless your ‘service’ is.

It’s Depressing Getting Old…. A Cautionary Tale

Once upon a time (today) I was making my daily (nearly) visit to a local coffee shop (called Starbucks).  As I opened the door of the car and got out it DELUGED.  By the time I got to the door I was soaked to the bone.

Unfortunately, I decided today in my choice of clothing a white polo shirt.  Do you know what happens to white shirts when they get wet?  That’s right, they become white see-through shirts.

To my HORROR as I opened the door of the coffee place I saw my reflection in the glass!  Oh despair.  Oh horror.  Oh dismay.  Staring back at me, was, old grossness…

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The heartache wouldn’t have been so profound had I not been giggled at by a group of teen girls who, instead of being in school, were in Starbucks…  little satanists.  Along similar lines, the shock wouldn’t have been so pronounced if I didn’t have quite a different mental image of myself.  For, you see, in my mind I look like this:

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The disparity is appalling, isn’t it.

I tell this heartbreaking story simply to make two points for the benefit of my fellow senior citizen pilgrims:

1- Never wear white when it’s raining.

2- Never ever ever look in a mirror.  Ever.  DON’T DO IT!  The image of yourself which you carry around in your mind is much more pleasant than what people actually see.

In Case You Didn’t Already Know It: Wikipedia is Worthless- Here’s Yet More Proof

Peter Head shows in one article why Wikipedia shouldn’t be consulted by students.  They simply have no way of knowing how bad it is.

Give it a read and show it to your students.  And if you continue to direct your students to Wikipedia, well, shame on you, you’re simply perpetrating the perpetuation of ignorance and misinformation.

A Site as Bad as Wikipedia: ‘tlogical’

I was looking for something and happened upon this:

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I couldn’t get any further than the top of the entry because the picture they’ve used of Zwingli isn’t of Zwingli and honestly, if they can’t get that right what can they?

People, please, ask before you post.  Otherwise you’ll just be wrong.  And really wrong.  You’ll be as bad as wikipedia.

‘Jesus’ Suffers on Wikipedia

Ref.ch reports the unsurprising news that

«Jesus» gehört zu den umstrittensten Einträgen auf Wikipedia. In sogenannten «edit wars» werden Wikipedia-Einträge häufig geändert und wieder zurückgesetzt. Eine Studie unter zehn Sprachversionen zeigt, dass um Politik und Religion am meisten gerungen wird.

Wissenschaftler haben für Englisch, Deutsch, Französisch, Spanisch, Tschechisch, Ungarisch, Rumänisch, Arabisch, Persisch und Hebräisch je eine Liste mit den zehn umstrittensten Wikipedia-Themen erstellt. Viermal war «Jesus» unter den Top-Ten: 3. Platz auf Französisch, 6. Platz auf Tschechisch, 7. Platz auf Deutsch und 8. Platz auf Englisch.

Die Mehrautorenschaft der freiwilligen Verfasser auf Wikipedia gehört zum Erfolgsrezept des Online-Nachschlagewerks. Das führt auch zu Streitereien: «Erkläre mir mal, wieso in dem Artikel kein Abschnitt zur Passion und zum Tod Jesu und zur Höllenfahrt drin ist! Ein grosses Manko! Ich finde dein Verhalten … gelinde gesagt erbärmlich», reklamiert Autor «Theophilus77» zum Beispiel in einer Diskussion mit einem anderen Autor.

Der Ton in den Diskussionen ist direkt: «Deine Epitheta zur Forschungsmethodologie sind unsachlich und unzutreffend», schreibt «der wahre Jakob» an «Theophilus77» in einer weiteren Diskussion. Wikipedia archiviert die Diskussionen und Versionen der Artikel. Die Versionsgeschichte von «Jesus» in der deutschsprachigen Wikipedia verzeichnet seit 2004 rund 1000 Änderungen.

Wikipedia is worthless for research. The fact that anonymous and pseudonymous persons can manipulate and alter at will means that to be reliable the entry on just this one topic alone would require a full time team of professional, named, scholars. There isn’t time for all the academics in the world to police all the biblical studies and theological studies entries on Wikipedia. And even if they did, as soon as they corrected the pseudonymous dilettantes their work would be undone.

Teachers need to stop suggesting students refer to Wikipedia and if students do so they should receive failing grades. Wikipedia is utterly useless.

The Tennessee State Legislature Hasn’t Adopted my ‘Do Whatever it Takes Not to Offend’ Mission Statement…

The Tennessee state constitution defines marriage as being between a man and a woman, so state lawmakers have designated a day each year to celebrate just that.   Last week, lawmakers in both the House and the Senate passed a resolution making Aug. 31 “ido4life Traditional Marriage Day” in Tennessee.   The resolution cites emotionally, financial and physical benefits of individuals engaged in traditional marriage versus single individuals.

Boy are they going to lose friends over that…  If only they were more sensitive.  Like me.

On Posts and The Value of Friendship: A Turning Point…

The deluge of negative comments which have been sent along in the last week and the second hand reports of worse being said behind the scenes have led me to reconsider my posts and to make drastic adjustments so as not to offend or drive off any of my remaining friends (the few that are actually left).

For instance

“You’re a terrible little man and I want nothing to do with you” – D.K.
“Ditto” – T.V.
“I hope someone takes you out” – M.P.
“When you die I will be as happy as I was when Margaret Thatcher did” – M.C.

And many more, even nastier and laced with the sort of profanity one only finds at ports of call when sailors arrive on shore-leave.

Consequently, because, as we all must surely be aware, friends must agree on every point or they can no longer either be friends, or even friendly (one point of disagreement, or two, or more meaning that the friendship has to be over), and because I wish to retain any friends I may have – from henceforth and forever more I shall no longer post on any issue which may cause others even the slightest quiver of discomfort or disagreement.

In accordance with this new rule, there will be no further posts on-

1- Zwingli (not everyone loves him)
2- Luther or Calvin (for the same reason, and I don’t want those who dislike them to be caused discomfort)
3- Cats (for obvious reasons)
4- News of any kind (because every news story has another side and even the most inappropriate behavior has its defenders)
5- Gay stuff (again, obviously, for if you disagree with gay marriage you’re the absolute worst person on the planet. Even Hitler is better than you)
6- Politics (again, for obvious reasons)
7- Dogs (because there are people who love them, literally, and even they must have their tender sentiments respected)
8- NAMBLA
9- NAMGLA (that’s the north american man/gun love association)
10- Everything listed here because when it comes right down to it, anything can drive a wedge between friends. And who wants that?

These are the categories on which I shan’t from hence post. If you think of anything else I should avoid, do be sure to comment below. I wouldn’t want to alienate anyone because, again, if we disagree about ANYTHING, we just can’t be friends anymore.

Wikipedia Isn’t Just Wrong and Worthless, It’s Also Sexist

From the New York Times

I JUST noticed something strange on Wikipedia. It appears that gradually, over time, editors have begun the process of moving women, one by one, alphabetically, from the “American Novelists” category to the “American Women Novelists” subcategory. So far, female authors whose last names begin with A or B have been most affected, although many others have, too.

The intention appears to be to create a list of “American Novelists” on Wikipedia that is made up almost entirely of men. The category lists 3,837 authors, and the first few hundred of them are mainly men. The explanation at the top of the page is that the list of “American Novelists” is too long, and therefore the novelists have to be put in subcategories whenever possible.

Too bad there isn’t a subcategory for “American Men Novelists.”

People who go to Wikipedia to get ideas for whom to hire, or honor, or read, and look at that list of “American Novelists” for inspiration, might not even notice that the first page of it includes far more men than women. They might simply use that list without thinking twice about it. It’s probably small, easily fixable things like this that make it harder and slower for women to gain equality in the literary world.

People who go to Wikipedia should be told that they are just as likely (and more than likely) to be misled than informed.  And now, it seems, alos the victims of Wikipedian prejudice and sexism.