Common abrahamic excuses that hold little water
"God gaves us free will, ergo it's pur own fault": Except that the Bible nor the Qu'ran put emphasis on free will. Hell, this excuse is so very recent, that, until a few centuries ago, the idea that God had absolute control over our lives was very popular.
"Its our fault; Adam and Eve's sin created evil, not God!": If you have read Genesis, you'll know this is bullshit (Hell, even Yahweh admits he created evil!). Likewise, at no point is the first sin ever considered a "Pandora's Box" situation.
"God is goodness incarnate! Evil is against his nature!":...have you even read the Bible? Yahweh is also considered to not be goodness incarnate until the NT and Qu'ran; in the OT, he is treated as a Lawful Neutral agent.
"Your're putting everything out of context!": Considering I actually bother to read the Bible/Qu'ran, while you only cherry pick passages your pastor dictates...
"He died for your sins! You should be grateful!":
1- His sacrifice was pointless, He only rescued saints from Sheol
Catholic church, you so wackyWacky in the sense of closeted bigotry, that is.Catholic church, you so wacky3 years ago in Personal More Like This
So I watched an episode of the Australian TV Show Q&A yesterday on Youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD1QHO_AVZA It was Richard Dawkins discussing- what else?- religion with Cardinal Pell, a senior catholic leader in Australia. While Professor Dawkins was jetlagged, he did pretty okay.
The cardinal, though...
Let's just get to the juicy bits right away: Pell comments, when asked why god would reveal himself only to a small nation of illiterate shepherds, that "they were morally an intellectually inferior" to the Egypians and Babylonians, and that "...they still are."
Up until that moment, Pell had seemed halfway sympathetic: accepting of other viewpoints, insisting that atheists too can go to heaven (a direct contradiction of biblical dogma, but the catholics aren't really big on staying consistent). Liberal, accepting, though terribly ignorant.
But it gets better.
On the question of Jews, holocaust etc, Pell manages to say that ".
The Greatest Experiment in Capitalism: AnalyzedWhat gives the government the right to forcibly redistribute wealth from the rich to fulfill the needs of the poor?The Greatest Experiment in Capitalism: Analyzed3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
The above seems to be the battle cry of many free market idealists, which inspired me to write this article. Surprisingly, many people who offer this contention aren't rich, and are unwitting beneficiaries of government control.
My initial thought was a bit cheeky. The middle class is currently paying about 50% of their income in taxes, while the rich pay about 15%. The rich buy politicians to keep it this way. What gives a rich person the right to steal from the middle class not for their needs but for sport?
Although there is a lot of truth to that, it's still important to address the main point: the aversion to the government using force to redistribute wealth. This sounds good in concept, and if you keep it in abstract terms it's hard to disagree with it. However, the supe
But of courseFundamentalists are so laughably predictable. When a natural disaster comes, you can always count on hearing them blame it on homosexuals or liberals or some "sin". And then you can always count on some others saying something to the effect of "not all of us are like that...but homosexuality is a sin". You can always count on religious people to back up other religious people, the lack of real accountability is really quite sad. And since this election is (finally) about to end, you can count on who the fundamentalists will vote for (despite calling that candidate's religion false, whether Romney's Mormonism or Santorum's Catholicism), and if their candidate loses then you can count on the cries of apocalyptic rage and fear. For the past 2000 years, as horrible or excellent leaders have taken the reins of some government Christians have been screaming about something and promising the very near end of the world. You can count on fundamentalists to rant and rave over just about anBut of course2 years ago in Personal More Like This
But is it Art?Watch depthRADIUSBut is it Art?3 years ago in Personal More Like This
But Is It Art?
Perhaps the eternally unanswerable question. But definitely something to chew on... When I first saw it, I was instantly captivated.
At first thought, what a brilliant example of modern pointillism! Has some unknown artist taken up the long abandoned banner of Georges Seurat and presented us with a new manifesto championing art as points of light illuminating our waking dreams?!
Gum Wall in Seattle
by Paul Balcerak
OK, I see now it’s not a painting at all, so my pointillism exuberance is dashed. It’s more likely one of those photo collages with thousands of
Sharks are more important than you thinkThe Earth is an ocean planet. 99% of all living space on it is water, and 80% of all species live in the ocean. We know from decades of careful research that the oceans have shaped this world - whenever something happened to them, whenever life in the oceans changed, life on Earth changed as a whole. We humans are a wave of extinction, a new event that is suddenly rippling across the tree of life. And as we interfere so strongly with this complex system of interdependence that has taken its shape in millions of years, we change the only world, the only home, our species has ever known.Sharks are more important than you think3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Sharks have lived in the oceans for over 400 million years, since before the dinosaurs evolved. As apex predators, they are critically important to the food chain in the ocean and have significantly shaped the world through time. Sharks are intelligent, have long and short term memory and the ability to learn. And they are afraid of us. Most sharks won't come near us if we are not perfectly calm, because
Boycotting 'The Grey' is CensorshipAs many of us are now aware, "The Grey" is a new film coming to theaters this Friday (January 27th) about a group of people surviving an airplane crash that are being hunted down by a pack of wolves. This film is nothing out of the ordinary, and wouldn't be getting much attention except for one fact that seems to be bugging the ever-living-crap out of a small minority: the wolves.Boycotting 'The Grey' is Censorship3 years ago in Personal More Like This
You see, if this movie had absolutely nothing to do with wolves, you can bet that there wouldn't be half as much attention given to this film as there is right now. Environmental groups are up in arms and the tiny fringe groups are attempting to persuade (read as: harass) Scott Free Productions, Joe Carnahan and Liam Neeson into slapping a "disclaimer" at the beginning and the ending of the movie that says "WARNING: WOLVES DO NOT ACTUALLY KILL HUMANS!" and to actually join the pro-wolf side and speak against wolf management. They have started several online petitions and are attempting (yet f
Animal Rights activists vs Invasive SpeciesFrom the indominable Retrieverman:Animal Rights activists vs Invasive Species3 years ago in Personal More Like This
It is well-known to readers of this blog that I am ultimately quite contemptuous of the animal rights movement.
And after reading William Stolzenburg’s Rat Island: Predators in Paradise and the World’s Greatest Wildlife Rescue, I’ve become even more so.
Stolzenburg is one of the best writers about ecology who writes for a general audience. His previous book, Where the Wild Things Were, carefully chronicles the scientific discoveries that have shown that large predators are a great asset to ecosystems. In a world where human activities have so severely pared back the ranges of so many large predators and forced some of them into extinction, ecosystems are now suffering great imbalances. These imbalances include overpopulation of grazing or browsing species– such as the overpopulation of white-tailed deer in North America– and a phenomenon known as “mesopredator release,
Exposing the "Shadowland Wolf Foundation"I posted this before on AW's comment section, but I'd like to bring it to the attention of a wider audience, as it does appear that this obviously fraudulent organisation has quite a large following, and its representatives have appeared on chat shows to lecture people on the subject of wolves, which I hope this blog entry will demonstrate they have absolutely no qualifications to do so.Exposing the "Shadowland Wolf Foundation"1 year ago in Personal More Like This
The Foundation is based in California, and purports to offer "a once-in-a-lifetime-experience for individuals, families, school groups, youth organizations, corporations, social clubs, etc. to meet and play with our pack of nine Alaskan Timber Wolves", as well as "educating children of ALL ages about the true nature of wolves."
Here's their homepage: http://www.shadowlandfoundation.org/
FB page: https://www.facebook.com/shadowlandfoundation
And their blog page: http://playingwithwolves.blogspot.co.uk/
Well, a young friend of mine recently returned from there, and told me that he had a goo
The Roman RedressThe Roman Redress2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
The Roman Redress
Nearly a year after the events of How to Train your Dragon, and Berk is barely recognizable. Humans and dragon live side-by-side, managing, after much trial and error, to find a symbiotic existence. The interspecies peace is maintained by Hiccup and his personally-trained peers through the Dragon Training Academy. Astrid and Hiccup have grown closer over time; their teetering relationship slowly drifts from uncertain to comfortable.
Things are well for the Hooligans but not quite smooth. Already burdened by responsibilities no Viking has faced before, Hiccup’s father is now "gently" pressuring him to take on even more—the Becoming Chief sort of responsibilities. His relationship with Astrid bears some strain from
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DA Artists vol.7DA Artists vol.73 years ago in Art Features More Like This
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Soshi Miroki by MarioWibisonoThe Road to Mae'Estaa by TheEchoDragonThe Earth's Womb by albino-ZWorst ahead by sketchboook
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... to catch a wind by StanOdThe Pain of Loss by LuizDGSurrounded By Distances by j3ff3rsonSpirits in the Night by crilleb50
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Aphid Affinity... by goRillA-iNKTwo For Fun - And now the exciting begins :) by ZoranPhotoClimb by Shutter-ShooterSnowflakes with Amurshaya by Eltasia
Satan and Lucifer love Fiskefyren :iconAllHailSatanLucifer: featuring :iconfiskefyren:Satan and Lucifer love Fiskefyren4 days ago in Personal More Like This
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Beauties FeatureHello, my friends and watchers!Beauties Feature1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Here is a small selection from my "Beauties" favorites for your viewing pleasure!
Blue Fall by Ton-K300
Woodwork Nature Scene by Sleepwalker1803
Yai Yai by Joe-Maccer
Alice by coby01
Two by Brian-B-Photography
Star light, star bright by teddybearcholla
Green Dragon by malverro
Featuring a little somethingsFeaturing a little somethings before signing of for 2013. See you guys next yearFeaturing a little somethings11 months ago in Personal More Like This
The Unfurling Fractal by recycledrelativesStar Wars R2-D2 - Jawa Taxi Service by graughtODST Drop by LordHayabusa357Broken by AelarethElennar
The New Frontier by LuddoxFrost Whisper by RGUSPearl Harbor by dugazmMetal Binding Protein by vmulliganLincoln by boraltayThe Forest by Trenton-ShuckKingdom of Heaven by Wesley-SouzaOne Sick Puppy by RGUSHard Target by zulumikeG4M1 by dugazmCreature of the Night~Fashion Week: LA by ArtemisAestheticThe Chase.1. by MasPixZombies vs Aliens by LuckyLilithFan Beauty by Dark-FirefliesMonument of the Iron city by NanikonaPower Wagon by pjs19981931 Packard by finhead4everA Plymouth Street Rod by TheMan268
Just a wee selection ... and heybeen a bit dA absent but workin away, life and art...Just a wee selection ... and hey2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Thanks to all for continued support and always great to see so much moving on in so many nice directions..
just a little selection of sweet things ..try my best to do 1 a week
:iconrelhom: :icondorianoart: CAMELOT by DorianoArt
:iconclepsidras: Necklace by Clepsidras :iconDarkRiderDLMC: blight by DarkRiderDLMC
:iconchewupablotter: L.2058 Acid Rain by chewupablotter
:icondwsel: 12-10-02 Abstract by dwsel :iconfractkali: Bioluminescence III by FractKali
Angry Christians vs PlantuYes. They did it again. Some very angry people are pressing charges against famous French cartoonist Jean Plantureux a.k.a. Plantu. Plantu has always been very satirical and created caustic sketches concerning the Catholic pedophilia scandals and that Pope and the Catholic church tried to "bury" them by just re-locating priests and bribing victims with money. Now, the people that are after him are the AGRIF, which is supposed to be an institution against racism and retaining the French and Christian cultural identity...They say that he is provoking hate and violence towards Christians. Um....no he isn't.Angry Christians vs Plantu3 years ago in Personal More Like This
What Plantu is doing is more or less the same as everybody else that is doing satirical criticism on religions and religious leaders such as the Pope. These people are so afraid that their beloved Pope is a common criminal that they are unwilling to look at the facts and they concentrate on what they think is "hate" towards their religion. How blind are these people? I don't dare to sa
One issue I have with the MLP fadIf the bronies want to set themselves out from the other fads and be different.One issue I have with the MLP fad3 years ago in Personal More Like This
How about this... This is all I really ask for. You want us to simply "Ignore" the art you make. Fine. we can do that. One on condition, we don't see it everywhere.
"Turn to the next page"
Fine. I will turn to it and see more MLP "art". Tell me to ignore it and go to the next page. more MLP stuff. tell me to not search it up. Fine. I will instead search up Megaman.EXE and find... what a surprise more MLP stuff.
You want us to ignore it but we simply can't when you post it everywhere. I only have one request, this isn't a very big one when you think about it. Moderation. Please just don't post MLP art all the time and try your hand at some other stuff. Don't overdo it and we can actually ignore it, why? Because it won't be everywhere!
A bit of moderation in the stuff you do is all I am asking for. I don't let one thing completely fill my gallery. I do many different things. Moderation is all we ask for. is t
301st feature - Artisan CraftsJournal CSS by Jamaal10301st feature - Artisan Crafts2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
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Resources For Artists: Colour Scheme ToolsColour Scheme ToolsResources For Artists: Colour Scheme Tools2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
So I have been thinking of doing a few articles apart from feature articles to link some useful resources for artists and this is the first one of these. While this is a mini one, it's helped me a lot on several occassions.
Sometimes it gets confusing to decide which colours to choose. "'Should I go with a turquoise and a gold for the face? What about the room? I was going for a chic cool modern palette which is minimalistic!" Surely, a lot of us have gone through those decisive moments. Below are some colour scheme tools that would help you with your colour scheme choices. Click the titles or the links in asterisk to go to the following sites.
A big resource community for colour palettes*, user named
How art tutoring should be nowadaysYes. Another one of my rants that starts with a personal experience.How art tutoring should be nowadays1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
It was a day like any other, and I was just surfing DeviantArt, browsing the many deviations in my inbox. While I did so, my eye wandered to something that was called an 'tutorial on manga anatomy'. As usual, I was curious about the content. And as the preview image was pretty small, I wanted to check this out. It seems like this girl, let's name her Abbey (it's not her real name, but I think calling her 'that girl' is so damn confusing) had made a tutorial on male manga anatomy. Nothing wrong with that, you'd say. But I've been following Abbey for a while already. I originally met her in the forums, asking for feedback on one of her fanart drawings. Mostly anatomy related stuff. I gave her some tips. We talked a bit. And I followed her soon after, as I thought her art looked pretty promising altogether.
Now, I didn't know Abbey in real life. But she was a beginning artist, nowhere towards a level
GREATESTS HITS VOL XXVIIIGREATESTS HITS VOL XXVIII2 years ago in Personal More Like This
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Scarecrow #2 by JaretvonJekyll NC SPINESVEN by NAKT-HAG Last, but not least by sicilianterrorart :thumb214555710:
A human with his three Faces by Jiluo Concrete tears by MimiNakmo Montrewall by Joekanuck Nostalgia by WhoAm-Irony
Atomic Garden by misscarissarose Print Skeleton by Kittysdead Omen Sinistrum by ArtOfAsthar monstruo by OLIVEGIRL
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Posting online is like dancing in a busy streetBefore you share anything online; be it art, photograph, or commentary, you should sit there and just envision this scenario:Posting online is like dancing in a busy street3 years ago in Personal More Like This
"EVERY PERSON ON THE INTERNET EVER IS GOING TO SEE THIS."
And really picture what people who don't know you, and don't care to know you, would say.
Then prepare yourself for it.
Because as terribly unlikely as that particular scenario is; your DA profile, journal, and gallery are still not your private little getaway of the internet for you and your buddies.
And you never know when something you did or said will be featured somewhere with a much bigger (and louder. and meaner.) audience than you're used to.
How to embed videos in your DeviantART journalThe DA code.How to embed videos in your DeviantART journal2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Make sure there is no spaces between the / and > at the end of the code!
How to combine the YouTube code and the DA code.
1: So here is a YouTube Video link!
2: This is what you want to look for:
3: You then transfer "H-TxFFJM48I" into the DA code:
And this is how it should look!
Again make sure there is no spaces between the / and > at the end of the code!
How to find the code
Sometimes your code will look like this, hard to find! Well I've highlighted the code so it's easier for you to find!
Here is the screen shot of it.
And sometimes your code will come up without a whole load of numbers and letters following on after it!
So here is a screen shot of it.
FREE SEX!!Now i´ve your attention again, ladies and gentleman, you perverts... I just want to write why of all that journals. I feature the art i love from here since day one, i think i´ve 30 or 40 journals doing it. So one thing is so clear: i don´t do it for return the favor, second intentions, or whatever you can think. I do it because i want and i do it because i can. And the most important, i do it because i really love that works.FREE SEX!!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Some artist are assholes, some are so cool, some people are nice but to be honest their art is not my style, so i´ll never feature works for friendship or whatever you want call it. I believe in support and promote art, is just simple as that. I know how feels when nobody gives a shit for your art and how fuck up is to be rejected again and again, is cool because it makes you be better every day but damn, if somebody can help you, then is fucking cool. And if you´ve time, check please this interesting and awesome magazine calle