Friday, October 29, 2010

This made me laugh :-)

Halliburton has admitted that it skipped a crucial test on the final formulation of cement used to seal the BP oil well that blew out in the Gulf of Mexico.

According to the Press Association, Halliburton - which was BP's cementing contractor - increased the amount of a critical ingredient in the cement mix at the last minute and did not carry out a stability test on the new blend.

The cement's failure to prevent oil and gas from entering the Deepwater Horizon well was one of the causes of the April 20 disaster which killed 11 workers and led to the largest offshore oil spill in US history.

Halliburton made the admission in a six-page statement issued in response to findings by US president Barack Obama's oil spill commission.

Commission investigators said that tests performed before the blowout should have raised doubts about the cement used to seal the well.

Halliburton is the world's second largest oilfield services corporation with operations in more than 70 countries. It has hundreds of subsidiaries, affiliates, branches, brands and divisions worldwide and employs over 50,000 people.

Guess who used to be CEO of Halliburton?: Mr 'War Profiteer' himself, Dick Cheney!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Catholic groups shun Halloween for 'Holyween' - yeah, right!

The world's in such a continual fucking mess that it's getting increasingly more difficult to find news items that really STAND OUT.

This one caught my attention, though:

While a great many generally normal kids (if there is such a thing!) will spend Halloween dressed up as witches and wizards,  young members of the Roman Catholic groups 'Sentinels of the Morning' (Sentinelle del Mattino) and the 'National Papa Boys Association' (what the fuck!!!) will spend October 31 hanging pictures of saints from their windows and balconies to celebrate the eve of All Saint's Day.

"We're not against Halloween as such. It's just that we celebrate All Saint's Day and want to share it with other young people," said a student from the Sentinels of the Morning group.

"We'll be hanging images of saints from the front of churches and gathering in the streets. Last year it was great fun. People were fairly curious about what we were doing," she added.

Can you believe it? What a bunch of brainwashed assholes! And these people are the future of the planet? We're fucked!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Utterely disgraceful: China blocks news of Nobel peace prize winner

Imprisoned Chinese democracy campaigner Liu Xiaobo has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize ... but he almost certainly doesn't know it yet.

Roads around the prison in the Chinese city of Jin Zhou have been blocked by security, and the Chinese state media has blacked out the news. Chinese government censors have also blocked Nobel Prize reports on Internet websites.

How much more pathetic can you get!

The awarding of the Nobel Prize to Liu - who was sentenced last year to 11 years in a prison for subversion - has drawn furious condemnation from the Chinese government.

On Friday, US President Barack Obama called on China to release the imprisoned Nobel laureate saying that he has "sacrificed his freedom for his beliefs."

Come on China! How can you expect to win global support and friendship when you suppress freedom of speech? Hundreds of thousands of young people from your country study all over the world. UK and US universities are full of them. It's time to stop being an asshole!

Friday, October 8, 2010

It's official: Great Britain is the worst place to live in Europe

Research by uSwitch - one of the first price comparison sites - has revealed that high living costs, below average government spending on health and education, lack of holidays and late retirement have contributed to Britain being (in my opinion justifiably) labelled the worst place in Europe to live.

Add to this the fact that the British (with the exception of my mother and my girlfriend) are ugly, miserable, aggressive, anti-social, mean, uncouth, selfish, have terrible dress sense and are intrinsically stupid (plus the weather is shitty and British houses are crap), and there really is no argument. This country sucks!

I could tell you were you'd find a better quality of life, but I won't. When I move there, I don't want all of you buggers following me.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Further proof that humans are the most stupid species on the planet: If you want to play with poisonous snakes, the Church of the Lord Jesus in West Virginia will gladly show you the way

This dishevelled-looking guy who's about to remove a box of copperheads from his pickup is called David Payne. He's the brother of Harvey Payne, the 'pastor' of the Church of the Lord Jesus. It is one of America's last 'Signs' churches - a folk religion that encourages followers to speak in tongues and to handle poisonous snakes. This practice (it was in one of the X Files' episodes) stems from a Biblical passage in the Book of Mark and was very popular throughout Appalachia in the 1920s (which just about says it all!!!).

I found the article on If you want a really good laugh, check out the readers' comments  after you've looked at the photos :-)

Rufus 'Buddy' Jewell holds a timber rattlesnake as he prays during the church's homecoming service:

Member Justin Fletcher (L) is anointed with oil as member Nancy Kennedy (R) whirls in a trance and speaks in tongues:

A handwritten sign on the altar of the Church of the Lord Jesus warns members of the consequences of picking up snakes and drinking strychnine:

Would you handle a poisonous snake?

This is what some readers of the article said:

The only snake I'll get near is a Used Car Salesman.

Diana Diamond
Average educational level of these folks is the 3rd grade and they are so inbred over the centuries that the IQ level is about 70.

Having lived in West Virginia all my life, I get appalled every time I see this kind of crap. It just furthers the notion that all West Virginian's are ignorant, backward, "hill" people with no education or sense. Let me assure you, nothing could be further from the truth. While people hear may seem to live simply, it is not because we lack in brains. Most of us lead common, ordinary lives. We mainly have common, ordinary, religious organizations. When photos, such as these, turn up, it makes us all seem like a bunch of "hicks".

I think you mean "While people here" not "While people hear," Jethro.

I had the gift of tongues and, believe me, it is not a bunch of spontaneous "garbage" falling from one's mouth... which I trust the above photo is! The handling of serpent? HA! "Serpents", as I know it to be used in Scriptures, does NOT mean "reptiles" as in the photos above.

And the snake is praying, please let this redneck put me the f down.

HAHAHA its hard to believe such ignorance still exists there.

Those folks are nuts and need to be castrated to avoid any more inbred ofspring!

I'm hoping that the snakes and poison will take these people out of the gene pool.

Handling snakes and allowing the lord to protect you from being bit, is a pretty good test of faith. But perhaps these faithful could choose some more modern methods of proving that god is on their side.

Some suggestions:

- Juggling vials of nitroglycerine while riding a buckin' bronco - if they don't blow up, Jesus loves ya.

- Jumping into tubs of water with plugged-in appliances - if the circuit breaker works, the lord is with ya.

- Leaping off skyscrapers, and trusting in god to break your fall.

Just because your religion is more "common" or "ordinary", doesn't mean it makes you any less "ignorant" or "backward" with "no education or sense". Your post does nothing but confirm the ideas you are so upset about. Where you write Virginian's you mean Virginians. Where you write hear you mean here. And there are 3 extra commas in your last sentence. Your welcome.

Hey, grammar police...
Your welcome.
When you write "Your welcome" you mean "You're welcome."
You're welcome.

I would handle a poisonous snake. I would not handle a venomous snake. Big difference.

It should be noted that the passage in question from the Gospel According to Saint Mark is of dubious authenticity.
In older Greek manuscripts, the Gospel According to Saint Mark ends abruptly with Chapter 16, verse 8. Some manuscripts added a shorter ending, a verse 9. But the Textus Receptus (which is only a few centuries old) has the longer ending, which reads very much as if written by a different author than the rest of Chapter 16, or the rest of the Gospel According to Saint Mark for that matter. It also starts off by rehashing what was just said in the earlier verses, as if they didn't exist.
Here's the NLT (New Living Translation) of the sixteenth chapter, as older documents show it:
The next evening, when the Sabbath ended, Mary Magdalene and Salome and Mary the mother of James went out and purchased burial spices to put on Jesus' body. Very early on Sunday morning, just at sunrise, they came to the tomb. On the way they were discussing who would roll the stone away from the entrance to the tomb. But when they arrived, they looked up and saw that the stone — a very large one — had already been rolled aside. So they entered the tomb, and there on the right sat a young man clothed in a white robe. The women were startled, but the angel said, "Do not be so surprised. You are looking for Jesus, the Nazarene, who was crucified. He isn't here! He has been raised from the dead! Look, this is where they laid his body. Now go and give this message to his disciples, including Peter: Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you before he died!"
The women fled from the tomb, trembling and bewildered, saying nothing to anyone because they were too frightened to talk.
As you can see, that's a pretty abrupt ending: the women were too afraid to tell anyone, end of story?

Here's the shorter ending, also from the NLT:
Then they reported all these instructions briefly to Peter and his companions. Afterward Jesus himself sent them out from east to west with the sacred and unfailing message of salvation that gives eternal life. Amen.
You won't find that verse in a KJV. It, like many others, includes the longer ending instead, found only in more recent manuscripts:
It was early on Sunday morning when Jesus rose from the dead, and the first person who saw him was Mary Magdalene, the woman from whom he had cast out seven demons. She went and found the disciples, who were grieving and weeping. But when she told them that Jesus was alive and she had seen him, they didn't believe her. Afterward he appeared to two who were walking from Jerusalem into the country, but they didn't recognize him at first because he had changed his appearance. When they realized who he was, they rushed back to tell the others, but no one believed them. And then he told them, "Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone, everywhere. Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned. These signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak new languages. They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won't hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick and heal them."
When the Lord Jesus had finished talking with them, he was taken up into heaven and sat down in the place of honor at God's right hand. And the disciples went everywhere and preached, and the Lord worked with them, confirming what they said by many miraculous signs.
Now, the problem with discounting the snake-handling and poison-drinking promise passage is that this section also includes what's known as the Great Commission, the commandment from Jesus to preach the Gospel ("Good News") "to everyone, everywhere." Most Christians would rather not

It should be noted that the passage in question from the Gospel According to Saint Mark is of dubious authenticity.
Very true. As you pointed out, the passage in Mark concerning snake handling is not found in the oldest and most reliable Bible manuscripts. It was evidently added long after the book of Mark was written and is therefore not a genuine part of the inspired Bible.
Now, the problem with discounting the snake-handling and poison-drinking promise passage is that this section also includes what's known as the Great Commission, the commandment from Jesus to preach the Gospel ("Good News") "to everyone, everywhere." Most Christians would rather not
It's important to note that this is not the only location where such a commission is mentioned in the Bible. Jesus also mentions this international preaching work at Mark 13:10, as well as the following verses in Matthew:

(Matthew 24:14) "And this good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations; and then the end will come."

(Matthew 28:19-20) "Go therefore and make disciples of people of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit, teaching them to observe all the things I have commanded you. And, look! I am with you all the days until the conclusion of the system of things."

David Krider
I'm an Apostolic Pentecostal, for about 20 years, now. I am fully down with all the "stuff" about the Spirit -- the tongues and the gifts, et. al. I believe the way I do for 2 reasons.

First, it is the only belief system (and I've studied most of them) that explains the most scripture _and— human experience of any other. Second, the Holy Spirit itself works with and within you to make sense of the big picture.

The Bible itself shows how to interpret the scripture in Mark 16:18, and that passage is in Acts 28:2-6. Paul didn't go purposefully handling the snake. It was an accident. God used the situation to open the eyes of the people around Paul to let them see that there was more going on there than they first realized. It also opened the door to Paul being able to fulfill another part of the scripture from Mark, that of healing by the laying on of hands.

The Dog's Cojones says: The world is full of crazy bastards!!!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

U.S. scientific researchers infected hundreds of Guatemalan mental patients with sexually transmitted diseases from 1946 to 1948

On Friday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius issued a formal apology to Guatemala, and to Guatemalan residents of the United States, for carrying out secret experiments in the 1940s - a practice that only came to light recently (yeah, right!).

"Although these events occurred more than 64 years ago, we are outraged that such reprehensible research could have occurred under the guise of public health," said Clinton and Sebelius in a joint statement. "We deeply regret that it happened, and we apologize to all the individuals who were affected by such abhorrent research practices."

The discovery stems from another episode in the U.S - the "Tuskegee experiment" -  which  involved 399 poor black men from Macon County, Alabama, who were 'diagnosed' with syphilis but were told by Federal scientists that they only had "bad blood".

The study, which began in 1932 and continued until 1972 when it was exposed by the media, monitored untreated syphilis (usually fatal) in the male Negro, even after penicillin proved to be an effective syphilis treatment.

Susan Reverby, a professor of women's and gender studies at Wellesley College and an expert on the Tuskegee scandal, learned of the Guatemalan project while she was doing research for a book.

She discovered that researchers from the U.S. Public Health Service, with permission from the Guatemalan government, conducted experiments on 696 male and female patients who were housed at Guatemala's National Mental Health Hospital.

The patients were injected with gonorrhea and syphilis and were encouraged to pass the disease on to others.

Reverby was instrumental in getting Bill Clinton to offer an apology for the Tuskegee experiment in 1997.