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1) Message boards : Politics : Damned hard to be a Christian these days.......... (Message 1701514)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile John Neale
Destroy, destruction ... those are strong, angry words.

Attempting the destruction of ideologues, whether they are secular, religious, left wing, right wing, or any combination thereof, strikes me as being an exercise in futility - much like a game of whack-a-mole. Which particular ideology is the "greater enemy" (and therefore, in your world, up for early obliteration) is a matter of subjective opinion - and your opinion is that it is a numbers game. Well, good luck with that. More moles to whack, I guess.

I think that Tim Lott's opinion piece published in The Guardian earlier this year, shortly after the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, presents an interesting take on ideologues. Could it be said that proposing the destruction of "left wing/right wing secular ideology" is itself an ideology that has the potential to snuff out a few hundred million, perhaps even a couple of billion, people?
2) Message boards : Politics : Damned hard to be a Christian these days.......... (Message 1701425)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile John Neale
Meanwhile, in South Africa, the grand apartheid experiment and all of its institutionalised crime and oppression was underpinned, to a very large extent, by Christians and their beliefs. I know; I spent 30 years living through the apartheid years. The religious propaganda that the ruling Afrikaner nationalists spouted to support their evil system was nauseating.

"Christianity has evolved beyond what they did in the past?" Yeah, right.
3) Message boards : News : SETI@home World Visualization (Message 1669398)
Posted 24 Apr 2015 by Profile John Neale
Deceptive fiction...

Neither Greenbamk or LoFar provide data to SETI at this time. To tout this as a visualization of SETI traffic is farcical. Tell us when it actually is occurring. Also the sneaker net to Aericibo should be shown as well.

Ideally this connectivity would exist. It doesn't for now..

The graphic itself clearly states that "current data is (sic) entirely collected at Arecibo. We are working to include data from GBT and LOFAR". The map shows the location of GBT and LOFAR, but that is all. No deception; quite the opposite.
4) Message boards : Politics : Cricket 2 (Message 1654490)
Posted 19 Mar 2015 by Profile John Neale
Glenn, the impact that Kerry Packer and World Series Cricket had on the game is not in dispute, but to credit him with the invention of limited overs cricket is stretching things a tad. Read this.
5) Message boards : Politics : Cricket 2 (Message 1648818)
Posted 3 Mar 2015 by Profile John Neale
Hard luck Sirius, the plucky Irish were no match for South Africa today. But they still have a chance to qualify for the knock-out phase of the tournament.
6) Message boards : Politics : Cricket 2 (Message 1647985)
Posted 28 Feb 2015 by Profile John Neale
Excellent acknowledgement of AB De V

Thanks, Sirius, that's a great article. I especially enjoyed the comments at the end.
7) Message boards : Politics : Cricket 2 (Message 1647190)
Posted 27 Feb 2015 by Profile John Neale
Another masterclass from ABdeV! 162 not out off just 66 balls.

In reply, Gayle lasted four balls and Samuels gone for a duck. Looking good at 30/2.
8) Message boards : Politics : Cricket 2 (Message 1646877)
Posted 26 Feb 2015 by Profile John Neale
I've been away for a while. Computer problems and a few other distractions. This is a nicely active thread! Time for some support for a team other than Australia, England or the amazing Ireland.

Tomorrow, injury- and seemingly doubt-plagued South Africa will have to pick themselves up after being pummeled by India to try and overcome a resurgent West Indies. Maybe doing what Zimbabwe almost did - getting Chris Gayle out first ball - is the key, along with a bit of #ProteaFire, particularly in the top order batting stakes.
9) Message boards : Politics : Cricket 2 (Message 1629521)
Posted 18 Jan 2015 by Profile John Neale
There were a few fireworks down the road today at the Wanderers!

(Float like a butterfly, sting like AB.)
10) Message boards : Politics : Cricket 2 (Message 1617209)
Posted 22 Dec 2014 by Profile John Neale
After Mike Hussey's knock in the T20 last night 96 runs of 60 balls maybe he should come out of retirement and join the world cup squad and then we can't lose . He is still in form well done Mike Hussey "Mr Cricket" a true gentleman of the sport

Jacques Kallis, who is also retired from international cricket, opened the batting with Hussey, and finished on 97 not out off 55 balls, including seven fours and six sixes. Did you miss that? ;)
11) Message boards : Politics : Cricket 2 (Message 1616923)
Posted 21 Dec 2014 by Profile John Neale
Well, an Englishman by the name of Jack Charlton (1966 World Cup Winner) got the Republic of Ireland to the World Cup finals in 1990...

Irishman to captain England for the World Cup

...maybe he can go one better & win the thing :-)

Good move (for England) to remove Cook from the ODI captaincy. But they're still cutting off their noses to spite their faces, IMO.
12) Message boards : Politics : Cricket 2 (Message 1616921)
Posted 21 Dec 2014 by Profile John Neale
Comprehensive and emphatic!

Nine lives?
13) Message boards : Politics : Are you a psychopath? (Message 1615340)
Posted 17 Dec 2014 by Profile John Neale
Let's agree to Respectfully disagree, and return to the original Topic.

Agreed, on both points! ;)
14) Message boards : Politics : Are you a psychopath? (Message 1615327)
Posted 17 Dec 2014 by Profile John Neale
I dunno, the fact that in certain places Atheists rank just above sex offenders of people who parents trust to look after their child doesn't say a lot of good about your public image.

Source for this statement? (And, if true, what does it say about those who have that view?)

The point is that the church gets criticized if it sticks to the old outdated social norms on those norms but just as much gets criticized by the same people if the church admits that parts of it were outdated and updates its views. People criticize religion because the bible contains some really messed up parts in the old testament but when the church says 'look, we know thats outdated thats why we no longer advocate parents stoning their disobedient children' those same people say 'but now you are just picking and choosing what parts of your holy book you take literally'.

Science updates itself based on evidence that suggests the previous idea was wrong and gets applauded for it, religion updates itself based on evidence that suggests their previous idea was wrong but it gets criticized for it. Oh yeah sure, it keeps believing in a supernatural entity. But is that wrong? No, no that is not wrong. Its something that falls outside the realm of science, but that doesn't make it wrong to keep believing in it.

This argument provides strong support for the atheistic view that religions and their gods are man-made constructs.
15) Message boards : Politics : Are you a psychopath? (Message 1615322)
Posted 17 Dec 2014 by Profile John Neale
Just a thought, is every one in here agreed that the universe needs a God?

No.
16) Message boards : Politics : Are you a psychopath? (Message 1615243)
Posted 17 Dec 2014 by Profile John Neale
And is it bad that the church is hypocritical in what parts of the bible it takes seriously and what parts it ignores? No, I don't think its bad to update your believes to fit with modern standards of what is acceptable. You guys say science is great because of its ability to recognize when it was wrong or outdated, so why is the church suddenly evil when it recognizes that parts of its doctrine are wrong or outdated? Why must the church confirm to some medieval standard in order to not be evil (only to then be condemned as evil for being so outdated).

The problem with your argument is that the advancement of science is evidence-based, whereas religion requires a belief in the supernatural, no matter how many times, or for whatever reasons, the particular religion reinvents or updates itself. (The reasons, I suspect, are usually based on public opinion and a fear of losing followers, which will have, shall we say, negative economic consequences.)
17) Message boards : Politics : Are you a psychopath? (Message 1615238)
Posted 17 Dec 2014 by Profile John Neale
Which says a lot about Atheists, given how Atheists for the most part believe that science and religion are indeed mutually exclusive, and argue that true Christians take their bibles literally.

What is your basis for stating this?

Dawkins himself. Read his book, at pretty much no point does he even acknowledge that what he's tearing into are essentially the views of a tiny minority of Christians. In reality, and research supports this, most people simply accept the theory of evolution regardless of religion.

And every single time I meet an Atheist on the internet and we get this discussion about religion, their arguments are always the same and they are always geared towards people who take the bible literally. There is an example of that right here in this thread just a few posts back where someone pretty much states that you can't really be a Christian if you don't take the bible literally. Excuse me? I can't be a member of the Catholic church according to some dude on the internet because I have the sense to recognize that the Bible is not a historical account?

(To be fair, I don't subscribe to Christianity, but that is so because I have decided that I've got not enough with Christianity in common to be a Christian and not because some Atheist says I can't be a Christian because I don't fit in his dogmatic view of what Christians are. Technically I'm probably still a member of the Catholic church).

So you concede that your opinion of atheists is based upon the words written by one person, and because of "some dude(s) on the internet" that you have interacted with. With respect, I don't think that's an authoritative set of sources.

I'm an atheist, but in my family and social circles, it's something I keep to myself, because of the risk of ridicule and stigmatisation by believers of all descriptions. I find the "dogmatic views" you mention to characterise many of the believers I know of or interact with. I think that having a few very intelligent but blunt spokespersons for atheism is a good thing; among other benefits, it provides a very necessary refutation of the volume of dogmatic propaganda that is spewed forth endlessly by all the religions of the world.
18) Message boards : Politics : Racist? [yes you are] (Message 1615230)
Posted 17 Dec 2014 by Profile John Neale
I'm a white male, and where I live, I'm decidedly in the minority. How, do you think, does that change things?
19) Message boards : Politics : Are you a psychopath? (Message 1614718)
Posted 16 Dec 2014 by Profile John Neale
Which says a lot about Atheists, given how Atheists for the most part believe that science and religion are indeed mutually exclusive, and argue that true Christians take their bibles literally.

What is your basis for stating this?
20) Message boards : Politics : Oh Aussies, I Feel Your Pain. GOoD Luck with This. (Message 1614217)
Posted 15 Dec 2014 by Profile John Neale
Watched the gunfight live as the Aussie police stormed the cafe an hour ago. Reports say several injured, and two fatalities.


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