News Briefs 07-12-2015

Let’s do this, fam.

Gratz to Patrick Huyghe for sending me a few of these links.

Quote of the day:

“Remember that your enemy is never a villain in his own eyes. This may leave you an opening to become his friend.”
– Robert A. Heinlein

  1. Prank
    No I don’t think I would fall for the Bible prank, only because I am very familiar with legends, myths, and quotes from the Bible and Qur’an. I’m not religious, I just studied it a lot because I love the legends of other cultures. Interestingly enough there is a lot of similarities between the three main religions of the world and all of them have influences from other religions. In the end it’s all how you interpret the verse. I used to have a professor that said “If you want to find an excuse for killing puppies in the Bible, you will find it.” He didn’t mean there was literally a verse that says you should kill puppies. He meant if you are already the type of person who would hurt others, you will go looking for an excuse to do it in your religion. Most of us have moved beyond looking towards the sky for answers and realize it’s us that needs to fix our problems. But if you are the type of corrupted mind that goes to a book, whichever one it may be, to start a holy war, than you are the type of person who could finger through a children’s book and find an excuse to slap your mother. In other words, those individuals are fucking evil, and no specific book is really needed as a crutch for your ideas. It saddens me how many people think all Muslims are evil.

    I’d like to see this litmus test done on Donald Trump. He holds up the Bible like a giant shield to the point it’s disgraceful and any true religious person should be disgusted as well. Always pulling out his Bible and making the idiots cheer when I’m sure he would fail at this test. I doubt he has read it, but he definitely is looking for an excuse to “kill puppies.”

  2. Long, Beautiful Hair
    Keratin is not a conductor or “antenna, but it is an insulator, and its function vis a vis “Indian trackers” and such may be to act as a shield against distracting thoughtforms and other energetic pollution.

    Goosebumps and erectile hair are of course classic indications of the presence of disembodied energy nearby, but it may not be the “hair” doing the reacting. It’s more likely the skin and nervous system that is reacting with the consequence that the hair stands up. That is part of the ancient mammalian system of “raising hackles” in order to look larger as part of an intimidating defense strategy in response to perceived danger.

  3. The Bullshitting Spirit
    One of the most curious passages is in the Bible is where “the Lord” has to find a way to deceive the wily Ahab.

    “Finally, a spirit came forward, stood before the Lord and said, ‘I will lure him.’ ‘By what means?’ the Lord asked. ‘I will go and be a lying spirit in the mouths of all his prophets,’ he said. ‘You will succeed in luring him,’ said the Lord. ‘Go and do it’ ” 2 Chron. 18:20-21 (NIV)

    The historical context of this is the war between “the Lord” Akhenaten and his nemesis King Aye.

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