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The Pope Is Hatin’ On Max.

byronius, 2007/11/30 

You best be wary.

Washington Post

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Benedict, in an encyclical released on Friday, said atheism was responsible for some of the “greatest forms of cruelty and violations of justice” in history.

The 75-page “Spe Salvi,” which takes its Latin title from a quote by St Paul (in hope we were saved), is an appeal to a pessimistic world to find strength in Christian hope.

In the second encyclical of his papacy, Benedict urges Christians to put their hope for the future in God and not in technology, wealth or political ideologies.

Atheism could be regarded by some as a “type of moralism,” particularly in the 19th and 20th centuries, to protest against the injustices of the world and world history, he said.

Reciting arguments made by atheists, he said: “A world marked by so much injustice, innocent suffering and cynicism of power cannot be the work of a good God. A God with responsibility for such a world would not be a just God, much less a good God.”

History has proven wrong ideologies such as Marxism which say humans had to establish social justice because God did not exist, the Pope wrote.

“It is no accident that this idea has led to the greatest forms of cruelty and violations of justice,” the Pope said. Such a concept was grounded in “intrinsic falsity.”

This is offensive, and the latest in a series of grievous miscalculations by a reeling church, especially the tendency to close ranks, shuffle personnel off elsewhere, deny, obfuscate, and then attack the victim in the hundreds of cases of molestation. It is patent evidence that these men do not know God, or understand Christianity. It is embarassing to Catholicism as a philosophy.

Jeez.

girls just wanna have fun

raison detre,  

just lovely….

Megan Meier, a 13-year-old from Dardenne Prairie, Missouri, killed herself last year after an online relationship she believed she was having with a cute 16-year-old boy named Josh went very sour. What she didn’t know – what her parents would learn six weeks after her death – was that “Josh” was the fictitious creation of Lori Drew, a then-47-year-old neighbor and the mother of one of Megan’s friends.

read the police statement, first attempt

read the next police statement…

I Need To Vennt.

byronius,  

Venn Intelligent Design

Edwards On Charlie Rose.

byronius,  

I watched John Edwards on Charlie Rose last night; not all of it, but enough to figure him out. There was a moment — Rose asked him what the five most important policy decisions he would make as president were. Edward’s reply was shortened — Rose moved on before he could complete the list — but by the third point, I was overwhelmed by emotion. His first was getting out of Iraq, on which Rose pressed him for detail later, and on which Edwards presented a clear, detailed, and realistic plan. His second was restoring America’s moral leadership, stating that we are needed to be the Light, not the belligerent bully —

His demeanor suddenly reminded me of someone — Bobby Kennedy. Edwards is intelligent, informed, historically knowledgeable, and Awake. Such a president would an Amazing Event. Such honesty, and capability — this is the first time I’ve seen him in this sort of venue, and it stunned me. His similarities in depth, philosophy, and moral courage to Bobby Kennedy were suddenly striking, and aroused very powerful emotions in me.

We don’t really deserve a president like him. We need him, desperately, and I perceive that he’s utterly electable; but I’ve lost trust my sense of American Destiny, I suppose. We haven’t yet reaped the Stupid Harvest we have sown.

John Edwards could help us all get by these Terrible Days — I know it.

Edwards On Charlie Rose

Must… Control… Incandescent Rage…

Max, 2007/11/29 

Copied verbatim from the incomparable Hunter at Daily Kos, ’cause it’s just too good not to.

I can’t do it. Maybe it’s the cough medication talking. Maybe it’s the season. Maybe it’s the knowledge that we’re about to launch into a new presidency which seems already, by many of the most important measures, to be destined for either completely out-in-the-open Republican insanity or fear-spangled Democratic timidity. But I have Outrage Overload, and I can’t manage anything pithy to say about the current environment that doesn’t involve just climbing the nearest church steeple and swearing at the top of my lungs.

Let’s review the stories currently on the radar.

(1) The Wapo publishes completely false smears against Obama — truly, the most poorly premised and written article I have seen since half past forever. Akin to what the Swiftboat Vet stories would have been, if the Swiftboat Vets had not even been seasoned Republican operatives but just “some paranoid guy ranting incoherently from his South Carolina basement.” Truly, the story reads like something plagiarized from the racist Human Events and rewritten into “Washington Post journalism” format just barely enough to make it by the apparently heavily drugged editors.

(2) Rove, trying an instance of the Great Conservative Walkback against… well, himself… claims the Democrats goaded Bush into the Iraq War. This was apparently not done on a dare, or while under the influence of drugs, though it was done under the influence of Rove-style conservative Republicanism. Whatever, I don’t know: but this is the sort of insane claim for which tarring and feathering was invented. Can we please bring it back? I know, I know, I have previously written against torture. I’ve changed my mind. If you can’t torture someone for attempting to alter the fabric of spacetime through the power of their own proclamatory farts, then this world is no longer worth living in.

(3) Oh, this is wonderful. No, really. We find out that Rudy had the fuckin’ city of New York provide an official city-paid Booty Call Car And Driver Set for his secret non-wifely hump buddy. Seriously, he had the city provide his mistress a car and police driver. And, upon learning all of this, which managed to stay under the radar for years and years in spite of being trivally easy to suss out and presumably a felony to boot, we’re sitting here wondering if the media is going to get off their asses and bother to give two shits, since they don’t have their usual Republican faxes telling them how to push the story… since presumably, the Republican faxes right now all have to do with whether or not Barack Obama got muslim cooties from some brown-looking kid in second grade, which is far more important.

(4) Supposedly intelligent Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton says “yeah, that Colin Powell is a guy worth listening to!”, under the apparent premise that the one guy singularly and most famously known for having the Most Total Lifetime Opportunities To Do The Right Thing During A Complete Clusterfuck Without Ever Goddamn Actually Doing It Even Once Even While Every Shred Of His Own Integrity Got Shoveled Into George W. Bush’s Boxer Shorts in fact represents the kind of moderation and foreign policy “bipartisanship” worth the attention of Democrats.

No, this is what seriously counts as “reasonable”, these days, even among prominent Democrats. You don’t actually have to do the right thing. You don’t have to do the right thing when given one opportunity, or two, or five, or twenty. You just have to be declared the guy who seems like the guy most likely to maybe have done the right thing, except that you didn’t, and that’s all it takes. That’s “moderation”. That’s being an “intelligent voice”, among the crew of the biggest ship of fools ever to set sail from the confines of their own hollow heads. That’s enough to get all the Broders and, god help me, Clintons of the world saying by golly, that’s what we need. After seven years of complete, disasterous clusterfuckery, the right thing to do would be to have an administration that is willing to take equal parts sensible policy and total clusterfuckery, adds them together, and we’re done! Instant reasonableness!

And then we should torture half the people we normally do, and restore half the rights that should be restored, and help half the Americans that need our help, and get into half as many disastrously mismanaged trillion-dollar wars, and fix half the budget, and indict only half the criminals, and the entire Washington establishment will come to a shattering, orgasmic printed climax in honor of such reasonableness and bipartisanship. Equal parts insanity plus non-insanity equals, in Washington eyes, the only approach worthy of respect. God help you if you try anything more.

Because there’s nothing you can do to be discredited, these days. And nothing Colin Powell ever did — or pointedly prevented himself from doing — will reflect in the slightest upon him.

(5) Joe Klein continues to walk the earth unraped by drunken bears. This is evidence enough for me to doubt the existence of God.

(6) Oh — and some Democratic-leaning military guy asked a question about teh gays at a Republican debate, thus rending the well-constructed Fortress of Republitude asunder, and causing all the Petraeus-loving patriots of the right to suddenly wonder if maybe military folks might be traitorous opinionated bastards injecting themselves into politics after all.

Does that about cover it? No, it doesn’t. It’s not even half.

I mean, what the Holy. Porcine. Fuck???

To hell with being polite about any of this — apparently there’s no point. To hell with trying to make the press “better”, or trying to keep Republicans “honest”, or pretending that Democrats are anything more than the battered spouses of their own bunglefucked advisors and consultants and hangers on and punditorial freebased stupidity pushers.

Right now I just want to run every last reporter and politician on earth through a cheese grater.

Maybe it’s the damn season.

Bad News For Humans (And Critters).

byronius,  

moulin

Glacial Acceleration – A Sea of Troubles
by Paul Brown

It is hard to shock journalists and at the same time leave them in awe of the power of nature. A group returning from a helicopter trip flying over, then landing on, the Greenland ice cap at the time of maximum ice melt last month were shaken. One shrugged and said:”It is too late already.”

What they were all talking about was the moulins, not one moulin but hundreds, possibly thousands. “Moulin” is a word I had only just become familiar with. It is the name for a giant hole in a glacier through which millions of gallons of melt water cascade through to the rock below. The water has the effect of lubricating the glaciers so they move at three times the rate that they did previously.

Some of these moulins in Greenland are so big that they run on the scale of Niagra Falls. The scientists who accompanied these journalists on the trip were almost as alarmed. That is pretty significant because they are world experts on ice and Greenland in particular.

…Robert Correll, chairman of the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment, from Washington told me: “We have seen a massive acceleration of the speed with which these glaciers are moving into the sea. The ice is moving at 2 metres an hour on a front five kilometres long and 1,500 metres deep. “That means that this one glacier puts enough fresh water into the sea in one day to provide drinking water for a city the size New York or London for a year.” Professor Correll, who is also director of the global change programme at the Heinz Centre in Washington said the estimates of sea level rise in the IPCC report in February 2007 had been “conservative” and based on data two years old. The range of rise this century had been predicted to be 20 to 60 centimetres, but would be the upper end of this range at a minimum and some now believed it could be two metres. This would have catastrophic effects for European and US coastlines.

He said newly invented ice penetrating radar showed that the melt water was pouring through to the bottom of the glacier creating a melt water lake 500 metres deep causing the glacier “to float on land. “These melt water rivers are lubricating the glacier, like applying oil to a surface and causing it to slide into the sea. It is causing a massive acceleration which could be catastrophic. The glacier is now moving at 15 kilometres a year into the sea although in periodic surges it moves even faster. He has seen a surge, which he had measured as moving five kilometres in 90 minutes – an extraordinary event.

Nothing to see here, folks. Just another eco-alarmist, looking for money. Move along.

Good news for critters

Max,  

Agency reverses endangered species rulings

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday reversed seven rulings that denied endangered species increased protection, after an investigation found the actions were tainted by political pressure from a former senior Interior Department official.

They Live.

byronius, 2007/11/28 

republicans from space

Location Poetry.

byronius, 2007/11/27 

Three years ago, I founded this style of expression as a joke. It grew more serious with time, and several other creative artists jumped in to push the envelope of this form. Done right, it’s capable of great depth. The form allows for time, date, and place; the more specific the place, the better, but the place need not be real. Two examples:

June 2, 1971
Ostrovka, Russia
Under the dock by the river-boat station
Inside the second piling back from the southeast edge
two-and-a-half feet down

Here’s my favorite, done by the Murder Merchant:

1954 — December
Ashland, OR
The blue house
on 2nd Ave
under the living room
table

Ooooooo. That’s so intense. A little scary, don’t you think?

A billion light years of zilch

Max,  

space-void

Here’s an intriguing article (in an unusual place- paternity testing labs?) that suggests the giant void observed by astronomers in the the constellation Eridanus is “the unmistakable imprint of another universe beyond the edge of our own.”

According to the scientist quoted, the theory is testable in that it predicts a similar void in the opposite hemisphere of the universe. This would be a clear sign of “entangled universes.”

Cool.

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