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
Church Corruption ($11 million building?)Anyone that knows me here knows I'm pretty private and can be a little weird about my identity. I don't share very much personal information, I enjoy a certain amount of anonymity on the internet. But I'm about to share some things that are very personal, I hope that in itself shows how important I think this issue is.Church Corruption ($11 million building?)3 years ago in Personal More Like This
As much as it may shock some people, I have stated before and am pretty open about the fact that I was once a devoted Christian. At a certain point of my life, I was even pretty radical and possibly a little fundamentalist, I was a 6 day creationist and bible literalist. However, I was always more concerned with Christian ideas of charity, caring for the poor, homeless, widows, and less fortunate. I saw Jesus as a pacifist, not a warmonger, and I put more stock in verses like "love thy neighbor" and "it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven" than
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
URGENT!!! URGENT!!! EMAIL THE ECUADOREAN EMBASSY!A few hours ago, Assange made an announcement stating that he's seeking asylum in Ecuador, he's staying at the Ecuadorean Embassy in the UK, this has been made official by the Foreign Minister of Ecuador,URGENT!!! URGENT!!! EMAIL THE ECUADOREAN EMBASSY!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
The Friends of Wikileaks aka FOWL, have written a letter for all of us to email the Embassy to persuade them to grant asylum to him. Over the last two years, Ecuador has been supportive of Assange and his work with Wikileaks.
The letter is in the link: http://www.wikileaks-forum.com/index.php/topic,12239.msg35616.html#new
The email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
SEND THE EMAIL RIGHT AWAY.
Also, if you hadn't done so, David Cameron's letter and the Queen's letter are needed to be mailed, IMMEDIATELY!
the link for that is here: https://network23.org/ukfowl/files/2012/06/David-Cameron-has-the-power-to-halt-the-extradition-of-Julian-Assange2.pdf
Send the first letter, by post, to:
David Cameron, Prime Minister
10 Downing Street,
The other letter attached is to the Qu
But is it Art?But 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 small imag
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
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
Weekly Deviation Winners. Dec, 27!!!Hello dear members!!!Weekly Deviation Winners. Dec, 27!!!1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
It's the last Friday of the year and the last WDA this year.
Here are the Winners of our WDA
025 - Bloody sea ghost by Scarlett-Aimpyh
Lost by Saraais
rounding with fireworks by Andrea1981G
Candyland by 2Plus2Equals
Art Made with my Stock - Feature 33Quick Update - I am now walking with one crutch, but my ankle is still exceedingly painful - physio and exercise continues!Art Made with my Stock - Feature 331 month ago in Personal More Like This
Thank you all for the beautiful art
Ice Queen by annemaria48
Tower Room - Premade Background by la-voisin
Gorge by annewipf
An Elegant Couple by BlancaAmane
Until the end... by Steel-Reflections
Winter child by annemaria48
Winter Queen by annemaria48
Ash N Kim by houzeofmizfitzdesign
Dark Winter Tale Contest!!! by Deena-Lee-Sauve
Welcome in the another world by mrscats
waiting by erool
Broken Dreams VI by ladyjudina
The Dresden Files: Grave Peril, Chapter 21 by AndreaGonzales
Duality by Whendell
Snow Princess by annemaria48
Cat Woman by SimplyDefinedArt
It's Over by RyanFachs
some september favesCoiled by SuicideBySafetyPinAttack of the replicators II by hmnIncendia Ex by nic022Time Lost by Len1Engine Curves by Kaeltykroots of the inner product by piethein21SPACE VEGETATION by DorianoArtIncendia Ex by nic022White Room by eReSaWIncendia Ex by nic022Fractal 3D by nic022Almost A Leaf by HalTennyBecause I Met You by m-chloeIncendia Ex by nic022:thumb329151924:GSV MainBay II by MarkJayBeeThe Rusty Remains of a Pointless Structure by FractKaliThuban dam by VidomPerdono by VidomThe Scream of the Crown with the Crypt by MANDELWERKEmbellishment by GrahamSymStrange Attractors by TABASCO-RAREMASTERLiving Forest by ChaosFissureThe Faraday Tesla Project by TABASCO-RAREMASTERSimply Julia by waste-and-tragedy:thumb327492973:TheliMoreSurf_7_MidDE_DOF by Schmiegelsome september faves2 years ago in Personal More Like This
DA Artists vol.7DA Artists vol.73 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Worm by fmikeartstrings fin by imagist
Soshi Miroki by MarioWibisono:thumb83375005:The Earth's Womb by albino-ZWorst ahead by sketchboook
sketch that never made it by eWKn:thumb299981739:Assassin's Creed - Another Tale, chapter 4 by ChaoyuanXuLaputa's world by DangMyLinh
:thumb288419969:Rivendell by PhilipstraubThe Death Cure by Philipstraubalien invasion by ramsesmelendeze
:thumb285825429:The Arrival by PhilipstraubXanth: Luck of the Draw by juliedillon:thumb293277526:
... to catch a wind by StanOdThe Pain of Loss by LuizDGSurrounded By Distances by j3ff3rsonSpirits in the Night by crilleb50
Wicked Thought by InperFectionCreationFace of fear.... by H0opssDiogenes XXI by inObrAS:thumb300167758:
Morning Dew by JennLaaplanetopia by grohsARTigThe spell of the princess by LuLebelJe suis belle, o mortel by Ariel87
Gallery Serpintine II by koukeiVikencia V by armeneNUDE 05 by mariostheologis:thumb298542244:
gate of life in blue by mariostheologis284 by AmeliaPhotographyThe Others by ikai-zixiedon't tell mom. by Senju-HiMe
jackal redux by NikytaGaiaThe Drop by mrkInsidious Optimism: Lucky Me... by goRillA-iNKParadise Lost by Ian-Plant
Aphid Affinity... by goRillA-iNKTwo For Fun - And now the exciting begins :) by ZoranPhotoClimb by Shutter-ShooterSnowflakes with Amurshaya by Eltasia
Abstract & Surreal DDs for NovemberI think we're much smarter than we were.Abstract & Surreal DDs for November3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Everybody knows that abstract art can be art,
and most people know that they may not like it,
even if they understand there's another purpose to it.
Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only
what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.
Enjoy this summary of last month's DDs for Abstract & Surreal Photography:
Square Leaves 3 by FiLH razor blade_bw by Lunox-baik
Look Who's coming To Dinner by johnmallon7 Cracked But Not Broken by ParallelDeviant
a little boat on the lake by morgondotter did it happen by birgzett
im_schloss by ChristianBurtscher hurry.. by tuminka
Coffe over the city by Epytafe
Green arcs by bwoman2008 World through different eyes by JPtHart
storm-tossed by Einuhr comme si by edredon
in silence by ra-gro
Calligraphy by BriceChallamel
Mother and Child by kparks
Thank you to the featured artists for your wonderful artwork
and thank you
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
Calling out the so-called "Red Wolf"Okay guys, we've had our fun calling out the hypocrisy of fanatical wolfaboos and Animal Rights proponents. Now, I think it's time we focus more on Anti-Wolf's educational side. In this case, I'd like to draw your attention to that taxonomical mess that is the red wolf.Calling out the so-called "Red Wolf"3 years ago in Personal More Like This
You'll have doubtlessly heard numerous differing view points on just what the hell this animal is meant to be: is it a unique canid species, or is it simply a coywolf? Well, it turns out that we've had the answer to that question since last year, but for some reason *cough*, it has not been widely publicised (hmmm...).
It turns out (through undertaking the most in-depth and advanced genetic study so far performed on wolves) that the red wolf is indeed a watered down coywolf (indeed, it's only 20-25% wolf... the coyotes in the East coast can do better than that!)
Seeing as the media and wildlife services have seemingly completely ignored this, and insist on not updating their wolf websites, I think we owe it to our fanba
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 somethings1 year 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
God ThinksEver have a conversation with one of those religious types that claims to speak for their god and becomes indignant when you don't believe them?God Thinks2 weeks ago in Personal More Like This
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
Parasite Eve Artbook - Monsterslong, long ago, i found a little fan website that had nice big pictures of a bunch of the monster artwork in parasite eve. i've since lost all but one and the website seems to have disappeared off the face of the internet. plenty of character artwork, but one of my favorite aspects of the game was the monstersParasite Eve Artbook - Monsters5 years ago in Personal More Like This
BUT i have recently obtained something very wonderful in the mail. and now i will share it.
i took these with my camera; scanner kinda fucks up the pages. if anyone wants a better or a hi res or like the monster's info paragraph/cg image if i didn't get it in the shot, just ask.
and uh, crap, some of the bigger pictures got cut off by the journal so just right click > view image to see the whole thing if it did that
(/the one image I retained from that website)
plenty of other artwork in the book, too. map art, characters (you can find characters online easily though), storyboard stuff for the cutscenes... if you want to see something then I'll see if it's in the book and
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
Satan and Lucifer love Fiskefyren :iconAllHailSatanLucifer: featuring :iconfiskefyren:Satan and Lucifer love Fiskefyren1 month ago in Personal More Like This
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