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(Salon)   New poll: More than two thirds of Republicans believe in demonic possession, while less than half believe in climate change. Well, that explains a lot   (salon.com) divider line 74
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2012-11-02 12:55:09 PM  
4 votes:
Just tell them that the climate is possessed by demons and a cap and trade system is the means to an exorcism.

Problem solved.
2012-11-02 02:12:13 PM  
3 votes:

Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: rtaylor92: is believing in demonic possession really any more absurd than believing in Christianity, which most of the country does anyway? I don't find that statistic particularly remarkable as I would expect that if you believe in some sort of paradise alternate dimension where you get to live forever after you die and the world being created in a matter of days by magic, you would, at the very least, consider the possibility of demons, ghosts and manbearpig as plausbile.

That's what I don't understand about religion. Where do you draw the line on what you believe? Jesus is kosher but leprechauns are laughable? Your house is haunted, but the guy down the street is crazy for thinking his brainwaves are being monitored by aliens? I tried to ask a religious person about this, and they were genuinely confused, like I was speaking another language.


Not only that but there is plenty of stuff within the bible that coule be cherry picked and presented to people and they would say they didn't believe it. It's just most of them don't dig very deep into their faith. They are indoctrinated when they are young to basically believe there is a god, he came to earth, died on a cross, believe that and you go to heaven and live in paradise forever. The rest is details. Oh and hate the gays.
2012-11-02 12:53:34 PM  
3 votes:

BMulligan: I'm too lazy to look it up, but I'm pretty sure I saw a poll recently that showed more Americans believe in the terrestrial influence of angels than accept the reality Darwinian evolution.


Yep. Something like 70% of the country thinks Angels are real, and like 49% of the country accepts evolution. This explains why we are still re-litigating birth control and marital rape in 2012.
2012-11-02 10:31:06 AM  
3 votes:
Some of the Republicans I've met lately make ME believe in demonic possession.
2012-11-02 05:35:22 PM  
2 votes:

PonceAlyosha: Mouldy Squid: PonceAlyosha: Mouldy Squid: It's more a bronze-age sky/war cult

Volcano cult, actually.

In all my years at grad school studying comparative mythology, I have never heard that. It's an interesting theory. I shall have to do some more research. I can see where people could conclude that considering some of the biblical descriptions of YHWH. I am not convinced yet, I'll need some real scholarship on the subject, not just a bunch of blog posts and webpages. In my opinion the EL=YHWH is a more compelling argument considering the geography and what we can determine about the history of the Hebrews.

Thanks for that. You have found my holiday reading for me.

I have citations in a book somewhere, but the original/earliest depictions of what would become the Yah-he-ha-weh deity (and his wife) were tied to specific active and thunderous mountain. This is one of the reasons his visual sign is a pillar of fire and smoke, aka a the visual signs of an volcanic eruption. I want to say he was mainly worshipped at Ararat, but I'm pretty sure that's not right.


It's not a bad theory, just one that doesn't fit all of the facts as we know them. The Hebrews were further north than the mountain chain (Mt. Bedr) where volcanic activity could occur when they adopted YHWH worship. This is not to say that they couldn't have adopted or subsumed another god or god-aspects into YHWH at a later time (they did this a lot). I am not an expert in ancient Hebrew henotheism, but I am fairly familiar the other stuff that was happening in the area.

In any case, this is does warrant further research on my part.
2012-11-02 05:27:44 PM  
2 votes:

whidbey: PonceAlyosha: Fascinating stuff.

There are a lot of very unexplainable things in that canon. Like people living to be a thousand years old.

I'm not surprised if the whole thing was ripped off from an even earlier time, like thousands of years before Exodus.


Well it's not even "ripping off." Tribal boundaries, especially before Judaism/the rules of the Hebrew Tribe were codified, were very fluid. As nomadic pastoralists like Abraham would have been crossed territory, they'd come across and absorb different folk lore, and ideas would percolate. It's important to remember that these tribes were not monotheistic or polytheists, they were henotheists, meaning they'd accept the existence of other gods, but not view them as worth worshiping because they weren't theirs. They viewed their deity as having a literal domain on the Earth with boundaries that their powers could not extend across. It wasn't until you the development/emergence of more metaphysical religions like Zoroastrianism that you see [big scare quotes] "consistent religious worldviews."
2012-11-02 03:45:21 PM  
2 votes:

jasimo: Yesterday on the news I saw a middle-aged woman surveying the broken timbers of what used to be her house in NJ/NY. She shook her head solemnly and said, "Well, nobody died. God Poseidon sure has been good to us."

2012-11-02 03:42:18 PM  
2 votes:
I don't really care that people with faith believe weird stuff. That's been happening forever and I don't see it stopping soon. What matters is when they use faith (or the highly politicized version of faith that they have been fed) to deny obvious scientific facts. There are plenty of religious scientists and religious people who don't deny science. That's not really the issue. The issue is people being gullible enough to be misled because of misinformation spread by those who find science politically inconvenient.
2012-11-02 03:20:01 PM  
2 votes:
btw - i do find it amusing when christians (or muslims or jews or zoroasterians or whatever) make fun of scientologists or mormons. as if their religions are any less crazy. the only difference is how long they've been around.
2012-11-02 02:02:06 PM  
2 votes:

thurstonxhowell: I hate to say it, but Dems don't have much to feel good about here. Nearly half of them believe in demonic possession. That's not something to be proud of or enough to gloat about Reps being a "bronze-age death cult".


True, the number of people who believe that the myths of bronze age goat herders are true is simply appalling. The fact that they hold up their ability to believe such obviously ridiculous propositions in the complete absence of evidence or rationality as a good thing is even worse.

Whenever I hear someone going on about "God" I mentally substitute "Odin" or "Zeus" to give their statements the proper perspective.
2012-11-02 01:46:06 PM  
2 votes:
bronze-age death cult. in 2012.

*headdesk*
2012-11-02 01:12:48 PM  
2 votes:
let's see what Google says?

obama demonic possession - About 928,000 results

A few grabs from the results:

Obama is Possessed By A Demon (with pictures) | ChristWire
Obama has Satan In His Corner! www.truthtube.tv - Video Dailymotion
Reader speculates on demonic possession of Obama in relation to .
demonic possession takes over the government and white house
The GREAT Deceiver....Obama - Topix
Gordo: Obama Controlled by 50 Demons | Dispatches from the ...

Yup. There is a whole lot of stupid going on out there.
2012-11-02 12:52:26 PM  
2 votes:
We're dealing with a group of zealots who believe the world is going to be destroyed by the Apocalypse anyway, so who gives a shiat what we do to it.
2012-11-02 10:21:22 AM  
2 votes:
Yeah. This country has a bright farking future, doesn't it?
2012-11-02 10:06:08 AM  
2 votes:
they seriously want to party like it's 1399.
2012-11-02 10:42:33 PM  
1 votes:
2/3 of Republicans and 1/2 of Democrats. Not surprising, since we basically inherited every country's stupidest people. From the Puritans all the way to the Mariel boat lift, every nation has disgorged its largest supply of idiots and sent them our way.

There was of course a very small minority of smart people who were opressed by their home government for being too smart and liked the idea of living somewhere totally new, and that's why we aren't completely hopeless, and against all odds we've done a fairly decent job of educating our idiot masses. But idiots tend to raise idiots, and that's kept the idiot majority going strong.
2012-11-02 10:15:24 PM  
1 votes:

Hobodeluxe: In case anyone needs inspiration to go to the polls or gotv


Oh, my
2012-11-02 10:14:16 PM  
1 votes:

MrBentor: So, what do I tell a Xian that I am actually a demon who is possessing the body of a human, however the human I am possessing is much more dangerous and evil than I am.


Like that sort of moral quandary would keep a nutty Christian from killing the both of you?

Seriously, man. This doesn't end well for you either way.
2012-11-02 09:50:55 PM  
1 votes:
So, what do I tell a Xian that I am actually a demon who is possessing the body of a human, however the human I am possessing is much more dangerous and evil than I am.
2012-11-02 09:36:16 PM  
1 votes:
Jesus wept, shook his head, wiped his eyes and laughed,
Said "You can believe what you what but that won't make it last,
You nail some poor boy to a tree, brother he ain't coming back,
So don't look to me when you're trying to see the presence that you lack.
2012-11-02 08:19:32 PM  
1 votes:
As the God-Emperor learned to his chagrin, simply pretending demons do not exist will not starve them to death, you must create an equally-powerful warp entity to combat them or they will simply feed on the emotions and strife your wars of enlightenment create.

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2012-11-02 06:58:20 PM  
1 votes:

Dion Fortune: Demonic possession is no joke. There are plenty of books on the subject for anyone who is genuinely interested in the truth. The rest of y'all, I respect your illusions. Having it really sink in that there are intelligent conscious forces out there bigger and badder than humans can be very disturbing, and sobering, and trigger a deep existential crisis.


can you prove that there is actual demonic possession? As opposed to people acting up because of schizophrenia or other mental illness, epilepsy, drugs, or just plain' ol' defiance?

BTW, take the time to do a Google search of deaths from so-called exorcisms. Steady trickle of people (especially kids) have been murdered over the years during completely stupid rituals.
2012-11-02 06:29:53 PM  
1 votes:

PonceAlyosha: whidbey: PonceAlyosha: neuro-feedback.

Makes a lot more sense to me than "Baphomet possessed that poor girl for weeks."

O rly?

Neuro-feedback is the process by which a person learns to modulate their own "mental signals/rhytmns" [I'm actually a neuroscientist by trade so just let me use my dumbass words because it's way more complicated and not really pertinent], usually with outside technological help [an EEG or qEEG are the most common]. Contemporary magic[k] is pretty much what the ancient would call "theatre," the act of playing a role to reach ex-stasis. It's internal self modulation through symbolism and acting, the same way that "contemporary religion" is for the active participants.


Changing brain patterns through meditation/biofeedback/neurofeedback etc. is one thing, ascribing the changes to angels, demons and gods, is another.
2012-11-02 06:19:00 PM  
1 votes:
Here's the one that seems to have possessed the entire GOP:

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2012-11-02 05:59:59 PM  
1 votes:

Mouldy Squid: What is pretty clear though is the linguistic evidence that YHWH was a sky/storm god (and hence war god). The very same passages that provide arguments of a volcanic origin can also be interpreted in a sky/storm cloud context (pillar of fire could be a euphemism for lightning, and pillar of smoke one for thunderclouds which do look like pillars).


Yes but their is often the invocation of sulfur and the trembling of mountains in conjunction to fire, which would not be associated with the sky or a storm.
2012-11-02 05:57:18 PM  
1 votes:

PonceAlyosha: Mouldy Squid: PonceAlyosha: Mouldy Squid: PonceAlyosha: Mouldy Squid: It's more a bronze-age sky/war cult

Volcano cult, actually.

In all my years at grad school studying comparative mythology, I have never heard that. It's an interesting theory. I shall have to do some more research. I can see where people could conclude that considering some of the biblical descriptions of YHWH. I am not convinced yet, I'll need some real scholarship on the subject, not just a bunch of blog posts and webpages. In my opinion the EL=YHWH is a more compelling argument considering the geography and what we can determine about the history of the Hebrews.

Thanks for that. You have found my holiday reading for me.

I have citations in a book somewhere, but the original/earliest depictions of what would become the Yah-he-ha-weh deity (and his wife) were tied to specific active and thunderous mountain. This is one of the reasons his visual sign is a pillar of fire and smoke, aka a the visual signs of an volcanic eruption. I want to say he was mainly worshipped at Ararat, but I'm pretty sure that's not right.

There is some evidence that Ararat did play some part in the early Hebrew pantheon, but as far as I know it isn't an active volcano. My cursory googling turns up Mt. Bedr as the primary suspect of this theory (see my above post).

From what I've dug up in two seconds of searching, some people mention Sinai, but note that there's no real scholarship showing that what is now called Mt. Sinai was the same mountain that was called Sinai in the ancient times, which seems kind of bulslhituous to me. .


Well, a lot of times when ancient peoples named places (particularly things like mountains) they meant a wider area than we do now. For instance Mount Sinai could be a hill, a discrete mountain, a high desert plateau, a range of mountains (where the "Mount Sinai" is the most distinguishing feature). That modern (by which I mean anything 0 CE and on) scholars have chosen a particular geographical feature to be Mount Sinai doesn't really mean that it is the same one ancient nomads thought it to be. Ancient geography is always a crap shoot since not only can there be errors in translation, there can be errors in interpretation. Hell, they could have named it Mount Sinai because it looked like the Mount Sinai their great-great-great-great-great-great grandfathers used to camp at.

What is pretty clear though is the linguistic evidence that YHWH was a sky/storm god (and hence war god). The very same passages that provide arguments of a volcanic origin can also be interpreted in a sky/storm cloud context (pillar of fire could be a euphemism for lightning, and pillar of smoke one for thunderclouds which do look like pillars).
2012-11-02 05:44:58 PM  
1 votes:

whidbey: PonceAlyosha: neuro-feedback.

Makes a lot more sense to me than "Baphomet possessed that poor girl for weeks."

O rly?


Neuro-feedback is the process by which a person learns to modulate their own "mental signals/rhytmns" [I'm actually a neuroscientist by trade so just let me use my dumbass words because it's way more complicated and not really pertinent], usually with outside technological help [an EEG or qEEG are the most common]. Contemporary magic[k] is pretty much what the ancient would call "theatre," the act of playing a role to reach ex-stasis. It's internal self modulation through symbolism and acting, the same way that "contemporary religion" is for the active participants.
2012-11-02 05:41:52 PM  
1 votes:

Mouldy Squid: PonceAlyosha: Mouldy Squid: PonceAlyosha: Mouldy Squid: It's more a bronze-age sky/war cult

Volcano cult, actually.

In all my years at grad school studying comparative mythology, I have never heard that. It's an interesting theory. I shall have to do some more research. I can see where people could conclude that considering some of the biblical descriptions of YHWH. I am not convinced yet, I'll need some real scholarship on the subject, not just a bunch of blog posts and webpages. In my opinion the EL=YHWH is a more compelling argument considering the geography and what we can determine about the history of the Hebrews.

Thanks for that. You have found my holiday reading for me.

I have citations in a book somewhere, but the original/earliest depictions of what would become the Yah-he-ha-weh deity (and his wife) were tied to specific active and thunderous mountain. This is one of the reasons his visual sign is a pillar of fire and smoke, aka a the visual signs of an volcanic eruption. I want to say he was mainly worshipped at Ararat, but I'm pretty sure that's not right.

There is some evidence that Ararat did play some part in the early Hebrew pantheon, but as far as I know it isn't an active volcano. My cursory googling turns up Mt. Bedr as the primary suspect of this theory (see my above post).


From what I've dug up in two seconds of searching, some people mention Sinai, but note that there's no real scholarship showing that what is now called Mt. Sinai was the same mountain that was called Sinai in the ancient times, which seems kind of bulslhituous to me. .
2012-11-02 05:38:41 PM  
1 votes:

PonceAlyosha: neuro-feedback.


Makes a lot more sense to me than "Baphomet possessed that poor girl for weeks."

O rly?
2012-11-02 05:37:52 PM  
1 votes:

PonceAlyosha: Mouldy Squid: PonceAlyosha: Mouldy Squid: It's more a bronze-age sky/war cult

Volcano cult, actually.

In all my years at grad school studying comparative mythology, I have never heard that. It's an interesting theory. I shall have to do some more research. I can see where people could conclude that considering some of the biblical descriptions of YHWH. I am not convinced yet, I'll need some real scholarship on the subject, not just a bunch of blog posts and webpages. In my opinion the EL=YHWH is a more compelling argument considering the geography and what we can determine about the history of the Hebrews.

Thanks for that. You have found my holiday reading for me.

I have citations in a book somewhere, but the original/earliest depictions of what would become the Yah-he-ha-weh deity (and his wife) were tied to specific active and thunderous mountain. This is one of the reasons his visual sign is a pillar of fire and smoke, aka a the visual signs of an volcanic eruption. I want to say he was mainly worshipped at Ararat, but I'm pretty sure that's not right.


There is some evidence that Ararat did play some part in the early Hebrew pantheon, but as far as I know it isn't an active volcano. My cursory googling turns up Mt. Bedr as the primary suspect of this theory (see my above post).
2012-11-02 05:32:55 PM  
1 votes:

PonceAlyosha: BAH. theology should be TELEOLOGY. Sorry.


No worries. Most of that went over my head, anyway.

I'll brush up on my Rupert Sheldrake for next time, 'k?
;)
2012-11-02 05:30:07 PM  
1 votes:

PonceAlyosha: PonceAlyosha: whidbey: PonceAlyosha: Fascinating stuff.

There are a lot of very unexplainable things in that canon. Like people living to be a thousand years old.

I'm not surprised if the whole thing was ripped off from an even earlier time, like thousands of years before Exodus.

Well it's not even "ripping off." Tribal boundaries, especially before Judaism/the rules of the Hebrew Tribe were codified, were very fluid. As nomadic pastoralists like Abraham would have been crossed territory, they'd come across and absorb different folk lore, and ideas would percolate. It's important to remember that these tribes were not monotheistic or polytheists, they were henotheists, meaning they'd accept the existence of other gods, but not view them as worth worshiping because they weren't theirs. They viewed their deity as having a literal domain on the Earth with boundaries that their powers could not extend across. It wasn't until you the development/emergence of more metaphysical religions like Zoroastrianism that you see [big scare quotes] "consistent religious worldviews."

Bah that needs another sentence to clarify. "Consistent religious worldviews" should read more like "religious cosmology/theology." Before that, the point of religion was to keep your god happy, not, for example in the case of Zoroastrians, to help the universe tilt the cosmic balance between opposites.


BAH. theology should be TELEOLOGY. Sorry.
2012-11-02 05:29:32 PM  
1 votes:

PonceAlyosha: whidbey: PonceAlyosha: Fascinating stuff.

There are a lot of very unexplainable things in that canon. Like people living to be a thousand years old.

I'm not surprised if the whole thing was ripped off from an even earlier time, like thousands of years before Exodus.

Well it's not even "ripping off." Tribal boundaries, especially before Judaism/the rules of the Hebrew Tribe were codified, were very fluid. As nomadic pastoralists like Abraham would have been crossed territory, they'd come across and absorb different folk lore, and ideas would percolate. It's important to remember that these tribes were not monotheistic or polytheists, they were henotheists, meaning they'd accept the existence of other gods, but not view them as worth worshiping because they weren't theirs. They viewed their deity as having a literal domain on the Earth with boundaries that their powers could not extend across. It wasn't until you the development/emergence of more metaphysical religions like Zoroastrianism that you see [big scare quotes] "consistent religious worldviews."


Bah that needs another sentence to clarify. "Consistent religious worldviews" should read more like "religious cosmology/theology." Before that, the point of religion was to keep your god happy, not, for example in the case of Zoroastrians, to help the universe tilt the cosmic balance between opposites.
2012-11-02 05:20:35 PM  
1 votes:

PonceAlyosha: Fascinating stuff.


There are a lot of very unexplainable things in that canon. Like people living to be a thousand years old.

I'm not surprised if the whole thing was ripped off from an even earlier time, like thousands of years before Exodus.
2012-11-02 05:15:59 PM  
1 votes:

whidbey: PonceAlyosha: Mouldy Squid: PonceAlyosha: Mouldy Squid: It's more a bronze-age sky/war cult

Volcano cult, actually.

In all my years at grad school studying comparative mythology, I have never heard that. It's an interesting theory. I shall have to do some more research. I can see where people could conclude that considering some of the biblical descriptions of YHWH. I am not convinced yet, I'll need some real scholarship on the subject, not just a bunch of blog posts and webpages. In my opinion the EL=YHWH is a more compelling argument considering the geography and what we can determine about the history of the Hebrews.

Thanks for that. You have found my holiday reading for me.

I have citations in a book somewhere, but the original/earliest depictions of what would become the Yah-he-ha-weh deity (and his wife) were tied to specific active and thunderous mountain. This is one of the reasons his visual sign is a pillar of fire and smoke, aka a the visual signs of an volcanic eruption. I want to say he was mainly worshipped at Ararat, but I'm pretty sure that's not right.

Makes sense. Moses probably went up there during an eruptive process and "found" the 10 Commandments.


While potentially an interesting story, the actual deity himself/itself culturally predates [or wasn't synchretized until later, it's been a long time since antiquarian religions class] the Hebrew tribe/culture by quite a bit. Fascinating stuff.
2012-11-02 05:13:02 PM  
1 votes:

PonceAlyosha: Mouldy Squid: PonceAlyosha: Mouldy Squid: It's more a bronze-age sky/war cult

Volcano cult, actually.

In all my years at grad school studying comparative mythology, I have never heard that. It's an interesting theory. I shall have to do some more research. I can see where people could conclude that considering some of the biblical descriptions of YHWH. I am not convinced yet, I'll need some real scholarship on the subject, not just a bunch of blog posts and webpages. In my opinion the EL=YHWH is a more compelling argument considering the geography and what we can determine about the history of the Hebrews.

Thanks for that. You have found my holiday reading for me.

I have citations in a book somewhere, but the original/earliest depictions of what would become the Yah-he-ha-weh deity (and his wife) were tied to specific active and thunderous mountain. This is one of the reasons his visual sign is a pillar of fire and smoke, aka a the visual signs of an volcanic eruption. I want to say he was mainly worshipped at Ararat, but I'm pretty sure that's not right.


Makes sense. Moses probably went up there during an eruptive process and "found" the 10 Commandments.
2012-11-02 05:07:22 PM  
1 votes:

Mouldy Squid: PonceAlyosha: Mouldy Squid: It's more a bronze-age sky/war cult

Volcano cult, actually.

In all my years at grad school studying comparative mythology, I have never heard that. It's an interesting theory. I shall have to do some more research. I can see where people could conclude that considering some of the biblical descriptions of YHWH. I am not convinced yet, I'll need some real scholarship on the subject, not just a bunch of blog posts and webpages. In my opinion the EL=YHWH is a more compelling argument considering the geography and what we can determine about the history of the Hebrews.

Thanks for that. You have found my holiday reading for me.


I have citations in a book somewhere, but the original/earliest depictions of what would become the Yah-he-ha-weh deity (and his wife) were tied to specific active and thunderous mountain. This is one of the reasons his visual sign is a pillar of fire and smoke, aka a the visual signs of an volcanic eruption. I want to say he was mainly worshipped at Ararat, but I'm pretty sure that's not right.
2012-11-02 05:03:30 PM  
1 votes:

Dion Fortune: Demonic possession is no joke. There are plenty of books on the subject for anyone who is genuinely interested in the truth. The rest of y'all, I respect your illusions. Having it really sink in that there are intelligent conscious forces out there bigger and badder than humans can be very disturbing, and sobering, and trigger a deep existential crisis.


Because pointing out that there is absolutely no evidence of demons, let alone abilities to "possess" people is our "illusion."

Got it.
2012-11-02 04:57:23 PM  
1 votes:
Demonic possession is no joke. There are plenty of books on the subject for anyone who is genuinely interested in the truth. The rest of y'all, I respect your illusions. Having it really sink in that there are intelligent conscious forces out there bigger and badder than humans can be very disturbing, and sobering, and trigger a deep existential crisis.
2012-11-02 04:08:00 PM  
1 votes:

Saiga410: Q13 Do you think it's possible for people to become
possessed by demons, or not?
Yes......................... .57%
No .......................... .35%


LOL
2012-11-02 04:02:32 PM  
1 votes:

thurstonxhowell: FlashHarry: btw - i do find it amusing when christians (or muslims or jews or zoroasterians or whatever) make fun of scientologists or mormons. as if their religions are any less crazy. the only difference is how long they've been around.

Scientology is considerably crazier than the rest of those.


crazier than a woman being raped by an invisible sky wizard and giving birth to a son who is also the father and who rises from the dead, zombie-like, and ascends into a mythical dimension inhabited by more zombies?

man, i dunno...
2012-11-02 03:38:16 PM  
1 votes:
why o why o why does this not strike at least some Republicans as primitive??? If you believe in demonic possession, you might as well be sacrificing animals to a voodoo idol, or eating dog crap to cure yourself of bad karma. Sheesh.

I had a fundamentalist friend in H.S., we were arguing about demonic possession. She copped the attitude that sure, there's no demonic possession or witchcraft NOW, but back in the (Biblical) day it was rampant.
2012-11-02 03:37:47 PM  
1 votes:

give me doughnuts: HairBolus: Gordo: Obama Controlled by 50 Demons | Dispatches from the ...

50 of them? Sounds like an overacheiver.


That's as many as five tens. And that's terrible.
2012-11-02 03:21:16 PM  
1 votes:

PonceAlyosha: Mouldy Squid: It's more a bronze-age sky/war cult

Volcano cult, actually.


In all my years at grad school studying comparative mythology, I have never heard that. It's an interesting theory. I shall have to do some more research. I can see where people could conclude that considering some of the biblical descriptions of YHWH. I am not convinced yet, I'll need some real scholarship on the subject, not just a bunch of blog posts and webpages. In my opinion the EL=YHWH is a more compelling argument considering the geography and what we can determine about the history of the Hebrews.

Thanks for that. You have found my holiday reading for me.
2012-11-02 03:12:41 PM  
1 votes:

meat0918: then I go look at the fights in King County, Washington, and despair a bit


Well, that's because King County is completely dysfunctional, especially when you need to get a permit of any sort. It is the perfect storm of complex regulation (not necessarily bad) meeting incompetent bureaucracy (very bad).

Snohomish County at least has some sanity.
2012-11-02 03:07:40 PM  
1 votes:

Mouldy Squid: If by death cult you mean the death and resurrection of Jesus, that part is definitely iron age.


i did - and you're right; it should be iron-age.
2012-11-02 03:01:22 PM  
1 votes:

Mouldy Squid: It's more a bronze-age sky/war cult


Volcano cult, actually.
2012-11-02 03:00:02 PM  
1 votes:

Dinjiin: meat0918: The electoral college and more importantly the artificial 435 congresscritter cap gives undo sway to far less populated areas than necessary.

The same argument was made when the COTUS was being written. Low population states get more political power per resident than high population ones. That's just the way things are.


meat0918: Let's not forget that the cities are generally what funds improvements in infrastructure for the rural areas...

And it could be argued that cities couldn't exist without the infrastructure provided to rural areas for growing crops.

Subsidizing some infrastructure in rural areas isn't a terrible thing. Subsidizing suburban and exhurban sprawl is.


Cities and rural areas need each other.

Sprawl is bad, especially when it pushes the farms to the marginal land.

It'd be nice if we could have a less antagonistic relationship between urban and rural, but then I go look at the fights in King County, Washington, and despair a bit.

Hell the fights in my own city, not even getting into some of the rural issues, has a bunch of longer term residents refusing to allow growth are spectacular, and have resulted in problem after problem as the growth happens anyways, but in such a way as to make existing transportation and infrastructure problems worse.

//Briefly, they don't want to sprawl which means you have to do infill and build up. But they don't want to do infill and refuse to build much beyond 5 story buildings...
2012-11-02 02:52:07 PM  
1 votes:

jigger: If you are a real Christian that believes the Bible, especially the New Testament, then you too are supposed to believe in demonic possession.

If you don't believe that Jesus cast demons out of people, as it says he did in the Bible, then you aren't a Bible-believing Christian.

What religion is Obama again?


I think a lot of smart politicians are agnostic/atheist, but they're smart enough to know that, by and large, you cannot get elected in this country if you don't believe in Jeebus.

Not saying Obama is atheist/agnostic, but it wouldn't surprise me a bit.
2012-11-02 02:46:33 PM  
1 votes:

Dinjiin: Pharque-it: ROW except third world : Pro-science & Anti-fairytale

Except that it isn't that clear-cut. You still have backwards thinking folks in every country, especially when you leave the cities for rural areas with higher participation in religion.

The difference is that the ideas in the cities of those countries dominate policy. In the US, that's not the case. Of course, our two party system doesn't help since we lack a diverse set of candidates to chose from.


The electoral college and more importantly the artificial 435 congresscritter cap gives undo sway to far less populated areas than necessary. It is important that their concerns and issues be addressed, but 80.7% of Americans live in urban areas, while the rest are in rural areas Link. Again, I'm not saying we should ignore the issues affecting rural areas, but allowing rural sentiment to dictate what happens in urbanized, densely populated areas is a very bad idea.

//Let's not forget that the cities are generally what funds improvements in infrastructure for the rural areas...
2012-11-02 02:46:11 PM  
1 votes:

dameron: rtaylor92: is believing in demonic possession really any more absurd than believing in Christianity, which most of the country does anyway?

Jesus cast out demons. If someone takes the Bible literally then they MUST believe in demonic possession. And ghosts and devils and angels and hell and all kinds of crazy shiat.


Not only should they believe in demonic possession, they should cast the demons out too, but I bet most biblical literalists didn't even read that bit. There's some weird shiat in there.
2012-11-02 02:22:21 PM  
1 votes:

FlashHarry: bronze-age death cult. in 2012.

*headdesk*


It's more a bronze-age sky/war cult. In ancient middle-eastern religions sky gods also tend to be war gods (the Indo-Europeans had this quirk too). If by death cult you mean the death and resurrection of Jesus, that part is definitely iron age. Yes, there are antecedents (Osiris, Mithras, Odin etc) that are bronze-age, but the Jews (that became Christians) didn't include them until the iron-age. Come to think of it Odin is really iron-age too.

Now, if you want to claim that war cults are by definition death cults, I won't argue with you.
2012-11-02 02:19:14 PM  
1 votes:

Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: That's what I don't understand about religion. Where do you draw the line on what you believe? Jesus is kosher but leprechauns are laughable? Your house is haunted, but the guy down the street is crazy for thinking his brainwaves are being monitored by aliens? I tried to ask a religious person about this, and they were genuinely confused, like I was speaking another language.


My favorite is when you point out that the bible talks about unicorns in a number of places. Don't believe in unicorns? I guess you're not a bible believing christian after all.
2012-11-02 02:09:04 PM  
1 votes:

CapeFearCadaver: I don't see any Frost Giants around, do you?


Good point. I'll keep in mind that there is more evidence for the existence of the Asgardean pantheon than the Trinity.
2012-11-02 01:59:44 PM  
1 votes:

give me doughnuts: Aquapope: So the takeaway from this poll is that republicans are gullible and/or stupid? Got it.

How else do you explain Mitt Romney's candidacy?


I'm still a little surprised that Mitt was chosen as the Republican nominee after seeing the look on Rick Perry's face when he offered to bet him $10K. If Rick Perry is looking at you like you're a giant douchenozzle, it should be blindingly obvious that you've got problems. And yet, he got the nomination. It's baffling.
2012-11-02 01:57:24 PM  
1 votes:

thurstonxhowell: FlashHarry: bronze-age death cult. in 2012.

*headdesk*

I hate to say it, but Dems don't have much to feel good about here. Nearly half of them believe in demonic possession. That's not something to be proud of or enough to gloat about Reps being a "bronze-age death cult".


my *headdesk* was in reference to both parties. i find the adherence of any sentient being to this ancient mythology baffling in this day and age.
2012-11-02 01:51:54 PM  
1 votes:

FlashHarry: bronze-age death cult. in 2012.

*headdesk*


I hate to say it, but Dems don't have much to feel good about here. Nearly half of them believe in demonic possession. That's not something to be proud of or enough to gloat about Reps being a "bronze-age death cult".
2012-11-02 01:34:29 PM  
1 votes:

Stile4aly: Just tell them that the climate is possessed by demons and a cap and trade system is the means to an exorcism.

Problem solved.


It'll be a cold day in Hell before the climate is possessed by demons!

Oh, wait...
2012-11-02 01:24:34 PM  
1 votes:
My Psychic said these people are nuts.
2012-11-02 01:23:44 PM  
1 votes:
Hispanics really have issues with zombies.
2012-11-02 01:23:34 PM  
1 votes:

rtaylor92: is believing in demonic possession really any more absurd than believing in Christianity, which most of the country does anyway?


Jesus cast out demons. If someone takes the Bible literally then they MUST believe in demonic possession. And ghosts and devils and angels and hell and all kinds of crazy shiat.
2012-11-02 01:19:36 PM  
1 votes:

meat0918: Optimist 15% say humans evolved, but that God had no part in the process.


You know what. I'll still take that over "If man came from monkeys how come there are still monkeys". Even if you think God created evolution and then sat back to watch his petri dish, or God is a micromanager who is constantly tweaking the DNA of His creations? Fine. At least you accept that the process exists.
2012-11-02 01:11:48 PM  
1 votes:

rtaylor92: is believing in demonic possession really any more absurd than believing in Christianity, which most of the country does anyway? I don't find that statistic particularly remarkable as I would expect that if you believe in some sort of paradise alternate dimension where you get to live forever after you die and the world being created in a matter of days by magic, you would, at the very least, consider the possibility of demons, ghosts and manbearpig as plausbile.


That's what I don't understand about religion. Where do you draw the line on what you believe? Jesus is kosher but leprechauns are laughable? Your house is haunted, but the guy down the street is crazy for thinking his brainwaves are being monitored by aliens? I tried to ask a religious person about this, and they were genuinely confused, like I was speaking another language.
2012-11-02 01:08:44 PM  
1 votes:

there their theyre: This cannot be real, people are not that stupid right?


Most people aren't. Most Republicans are. Sucks living in America sometimes.
2012-11-02 01:06:49 PM  
1 votes:
Demonic possession? That sounds like a dodge to me. The party of personal responsibility would never allow such shenanigans.
2012-11-02 12:57:50 PM  
1 votes:

BSABSVR: BMulligan: I'm too lazy to look it up, but I'm pretty sure I saw a poll recently that showed more Americans believe in the terrestrial influence of angels than accept the reality Darwinian evolution.

Yep. Something like 70% of the country thinks Angels are real, and like 49% of the country accepts evolution. This explains why we are still re-litigating birth control and marital rape in 2012.


Optimist 15% say humans evolved, but that God had no part in the process.
2012-11-02 12:57:26 PM  
1 votes:
That should be question number one on the ballot - Do you believe in demonic possession? If you answer in the affirmative there will be no need to answer any more questions, we'll simply light your ballot on fire and escort you to a padded cell.
2012-11-02 12:53:18 PM  
1 votes:
I thought a demon was terrorizing me growing up.

Then I grew up, got tired of all the "Mysteries of the Unknown" or whatever books my dad had from Time-Life, learned about sleep paralysis and night terrors, and moved on.

Possession stories still creep me out, but then, so do Alzheimer's stories. 

//And any Asian horror stories like Ringu, Ju-on, etc.
2012-11-02 12:52:26 PM  
1 votes:

Marcus Aurelius: Some of the Republicans I've met lately make ME believe in demonic possession.


Came here to say this.
2012-11-02 12:52:07 PM  
1 votes:
So the takeaway from this poll is that republicans are gullible and/or stupid? Got it.
2012-11-02 12:45:16 PM  
1 votes:

there their theyre: This cannot be real, people are not that stupid right?


hahahaha
2012-11-02 12:42:40 PM  
1 votes:
Republicans believe The Handmaid's Tale was an instruction manual, thought Heinlein's "If This Goes On" had a sad ending, and think "The Exorcist" was a documentary.
2012-11-02 12:39:08 PM  
1 votes:
Being a wizard, I don't want to throw fireballs from my castle made of ice, but at what point does this stop being a legitimate viewpoint and become psychosis?
2012-11-02 10:55:28 AM  
1 votes:
Suppose it's time to exorcise them all.
 
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