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Re: I want a 'Religion In The News' section
« Reply #29 on: October 02, 2011, 06:35:32 PM »
Another great day for exorcisms!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/8792357/Teenage-girl-dies-in-Japan-exorcism.html
See?  Take your daughter to the monks, and all the other problems will go away!

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5i5dAKspxaJL4UGRwIeMoowpENxlg?docId=060c0b7015224b18bbe826cb37c9a19a
Islamic exorcisms on the rise!  Faith healing!  It's not just for Christians wackos anymore!

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Re: I want a 'Religion In The News' section
« Reply #30 on: October 02, 2011, 10:49:20 PM »
Quote the bibble, get a discount.

http://tumblr.thedailywh.at/post/10959530596/jesus-saves-of-the-day-the-owner-of-an-auto-shop

16 So liek teh Ceiling Kitteh lieks teh ppl lots and he sez 'Oh hai I givez u me only kitteh and ifs u beleeves him u wont evr diez no moar, kthxbai!'
http://www.lolcatbible.com/index.php?title=John_3

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Re: I want a 'Religion In The News' section
« Reply #31 on: October 03, 2011, 01:13:20 AM »
Quote the bibble, get a discount.

http://tumblr.thedailywh.at/post/10959530596/jesus-saves-of-the-day-the-owner-of-an-auto-shop

16 So liek teh Ceiling Kitteh lieks teh ppl lots and he sez 'Oh hai I givez u me only kitteh and ifs u beleeves him u wont evr diez no moar, kthxbai!'
http://www.lolcatbible.com/index.php?title=John_3
Is there a LOL cat to English translator?
I bet more people speak LOL cat than Klingon.

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Re: I want a 'Religion In The News' section
« Reply #33 on: October 03, 2011, 09:36:40 PM »
Mark 9:47
And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2044605/Horrific-scenes-British-born-worshipper-tears-eyes-Mass-BARE-HANDS.html

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Sunday School Teacher Gets Off...
« Reply #34 on: October 03, 2011, 09:59:24 PM »
... scott free for pasting the faces of children onto adult bodies engaged in explicit acts.
http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2011/09/florida_court_rules_pasting_ki.php

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Re: I want a 'Religion In The News' section
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Re: I want a 'Religion In The News' section
« Reply #36 on: October 06, 2011, 08:04:37 PM »
Westboro to picket Steve Jobs' funeral.  You know, on general principle!
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-20116880-71/church-leader-tweets-picket-of-jobs-funeral-via-iphone/

Sends a tweet from an iPhone to announce it.

Further honors!

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Re: I want a 'Religion In The News' section
« Reply #37 on: October 06, 2011, 09:58:45 PM »
pingnak  you are doing a superb job with this unofficial stickie  an endless source of delight and horror, of despair and wonder.   

Come on mods  can we please have some feed back regarding an official religion in the news section
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Re: I want a 'Religion In The News' section
« Reply #39 on: October 07, 2011, 12:28:16 AM »
Blow Me Down!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/should-our-bodies-become-bullets-after-death/2011/10/06/gIQAlw0oQL_story.html

“I will rest in peace knowing that the last thing that turkey will see is me screaming at him at about 900 feet per second,” says Parnell, 59.

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Re: I want a 'Religion In The News' section
« Reply #40 on: October 07, 2011, 12:33:48 AM »
http://www.fox59.com/news/wxin-police-mother-arrested-after-killing-dog-in-exorcism-ritual-20111003,0,7789052.column

The uncle told police his nephews said their mother drowned the family dog in a bucket of water and then sliced open the dog’s stomach to remove the insides.  The uncle said the boys further stated their mother performed an exorcism on the dog, because she believed the dog was possessed by something evil.

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Re: I want a 'Religion In The News' section
« Reply #41 on: October 07, 2011, 12:41:13 AM »
http://www.fox59.com/news/wxin-police-mother-arrested-after-killing-dog-in-exorcism-ritual-20111003,0,7789052.column

The uncle told police his nephews said their mother drowned the family dog in a bucket of water and then sliced open the dog’s stomach to remove the insides.  The uncle said the boys further stated their mother performed an exorcism on the dog, because she believed the dog was possessed by something evil.

This one is a little off the mark.
I show affection for my pets by holding them against me and whispering, "I love you" repeatedly as they struggle to break free.

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Re: I want a 'Religion In The News' section
« Reply #42 on: October 07, 2011, 12:44:46 AM »
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For about $850, a customer will receive 250 shotgun shells, 100 rifle cartridges or 250 pistol cartridges packed with the deceased’s ashes.

*coughs* bullshit

Keep your eye on this story...not long from now we will learn that they just dumped the bodies and sold the family's regular bullets at a premium.
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Re: I want a 'Religion In The News' section
« Reply #43 on: October 07, 2011, 02:58:00 AM »
Blow Me Down!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/should-our-bodies-become-bullets-after-death/2011/10/06/gIQAlw0oQL_story.html

“I will rest in peace knowing that the last thing that turkey will see is me screaming at him at about 900 feet per second,” says Parnell, 59.
What does he have against the turkey?
 “We want to give people an alternative to celebrate a person’s life.”
Oh what joy in packing my relatives ashes into shotgun shells.
It is amazing how creative people can get in creating new ways to make money.
I want to be turned into fertilizer so that I can literally be pushing up the daisies.

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Re: I want a 'Religion In The News' section
« Reply #44 on: October 07, 2011, 03:01:42 AM »
http://www.fox59.com/news/wxin-police-mother-arrested-after-killing-dog-in-exorcism-ritual-20111003,0,7789052.column

The uncle told police his nephews said their mother drowned the family dog in a bucket of water and then sliced open the dog’s stomach to remove the insides.  The uncle said the boys further stated their mother performed an exorcism on the dog, because she believed the dog was possessed by something evil.
I knew a woman who was found trying to drown her children because they were possessed by the devil, who was really our preschool teacher. I saw her a year later shopping at the grocery. I guess God and the state forgave her.

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Re: I want a 'Religion In The News' section
« Reply #45 on: October 07, 2011, 06:19:39 AM »
What does he have against the turkey?

Probably nothing, actually.  More likely, it's just that he has a love of hunting.  I can kind of understand this.  It's kind of like the New Horizons probe that's on its way to Pluto... Clyde Tombaugh, the man who discovered Pluto, was also cremated, and there's a small vial of his ashes on the probe.  I'm sure he would have liked that.
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Re: I want a 'Religion In The News' section
« Reply #46 on: October 07, 2011, 07:09:51 AM »
I want to be turned into fertilizer so that I can literally be pushing up the daisies.
Doable!  See:
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (2004) by Mary Roach.

In one of the last chapters she traveled to Sweden to meet an ecoactivist who is dealing with 2 problems:  (1) Not enough land for graveyards; (2) Cremation releases toxic amounts of mercury from people's teeth.

The answer is (and it is in practice, not just a proposal) to freeze dry the body and shatter it with ultrasound.  Then the remains are put in a small cardboard coffin and a memorial tree is planted over it.  Someday parents can take the children to go look at the great grandmother tree.



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Re: I want a 'Religion In The News' section
« Reply #47 on: October 07, 2011, 03:01:43 PM »
http://www.google.com/search?q=green+burial

If you want to compost and be nibbled away by bugs and whatnot, as nature intended, that's do-able, too.

Though they won't feed you to a tiger or wolves or hyenas, vultures, etc. or anything like that, as nature ALSO intended.

Or if you want cremation, but the fire and smoke and pollution makes you queasy, there's always 'resomation', though that's not available everywhere.

Or plastination.

Or you can donate your body to science.  Most of them want to chop it up and send the pieces to various labs.  Hips to hip replacement.  Eyes to another place.  Arms to another place.  Legs to another place.  After a few months, your family can get some cremains that they can pretend were yours.


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Re: I want a 'Religion In The News' section
« Reply #48 on: October 08, 2011, 03:20:55 PM »
What does he have against the turkey?

Probably nothing, actually.  More likely, it's just that he has a love of hunting.  I can kind of understand this.  It's kind of like the New Horizons probe that's on its way to Pluto... Clyde Tombaugh, the man who discovered Pluto, was also cremated, and there's a small vial of his ashes on the probe.  I'm sure he would have liked that.
I can understand thinking that your remains will permanently become part of Pluto. But in the case of the turkey, someone is going to eat that turkey and throw what's left of the bullet in the trash.

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Re: I want a 'Religion In The News' section
« Reply #49 on: October 08, 2011, 03:39:29 PM »
http://www.google.com/search?q=green+burial

If you want to compost and be nibbled away by bugs and whatnot, as nature intended, that's do-able, too.

Though they won't feed you to a tiger or wolves or hyenas, vultures, etc. or anything like that, as nature ALSO intended.

Or if you want cremation, but the fire and smoke and pollution makes you queasy, there's always 'resomation', though that's not available everywhere.

Or plastination.

Or you can donate your body to science.  Most of them want to chop it up and send the pieces to various labs.  Hips to hip replacement.  Eyes to another place.  Arms to another place.  Legs to another place.  After a few months, your family can get some cremains that they can pretend were yours.


The appeal of donating your body to science is that it is free.
How many people really care where their remains end up? The religious people think that their soul has gone to heaven so why do they care what happens to their body?

Resomation is only available in Florida. Afterwards, your remains end up in the sewer system.
Turning dead bodies into animal food is an interesting idea. Some people think that once an animal has a taste of human flesh, they will start attacking the living because we are so delicious.

The idea of having my body slowly nibbled away by bugs is not appealing which is why I would rather be cremated, but after that, I don't really care what happens to the ashes.
If you are concerned about the environment, although cremation may pollute the air, it is preferable because you are not permanently taking up a piece of land that could be used in a more productive way.
I wouldn't keep a container of a dead person's ashes in my home, no matter how much the person meant to me when they were alive.

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Re: I want a 'Religion In The News' section
« Reply #50 on: October 11, 2011, 03:43:38 AM »
While catching up on the damningly under reported Occupy wall Street

http://www.amny.com/urbanite-1.812039/occupy-wall-street-set-to-march-to-ues-against-millionaires-1.3235180

I noticed a certain cynicism expressed regarding the visits to the protests by various celebrities.
There was an awareness of the possible value of celebrity backing, but in parallel a very real understanding that most of the high end earning celebs solidarity may well be  opportunistic posturing


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Celebrity image and marketing consultant Adam Kluger said the recent trips to Zuccotti Park by pop culture icons is likely “political posturing.”

“When celebrities go somewhere, they have an agenda and they’re trying to get behind something or someone,” he said. “They can be very opportunistic. If they can see a chance to use their popularity for good or for their own personal interest, they generally do it.”

and then I read

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The Rev. Al Sharpton was also at the park yesterday to record his syndicated radio show, “Keepin’ it Real.”

and every thing about it just cracked me up   right down to the sublimely ironic "Keepin' it Real"

particularly when the earliest philosophical position of the OWS crew was a very loud outcry at the lack of taxation of the uberwealthy, and Sharpton, displaying exemplary Christian ethics (render unto Ceasar, thou shalt not steal, and all that).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Sharpton#Tax_issues

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On May 9, 2008, the Associated Press reported that Sharpton and his businesses owed almost $1.5 million in unpaid taxes and penalties. Sharpton owed $931,000 in federal income tax and $366,000 to New York, and his for-profit company, Rev. Al Communications, owed another $176,000 to the state.[9]
On June 19, 2008, the New York Post reported that the Internal Revenue Service had sent subpoenas to several corporations that had donated to Sharpton's National Action Network. In 2007 New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo began investigating the National Action Network, because it failed to make proper financial reports, as required for non-profits.[84] According to the Post, several major corporations, including Anheuser-Busch and Colgate-Palmolive, have donated thousands of dollars to the National Action Network. The Post asserted that the donations were made to prevent boycotts or rallies by the National Action Network.[85]
Sharpton countered the investigative actions with a charge that they reflected a political agenda by United States agencies.[86]
On September 29, 2010, Robert Snell of the Detroit News reported that the Internal Revenue Service had filed a notice of federal tax lien against Sharpton in New York City in the amount of over $538,000.[87] Sharpton's lawyer asserts that the notice of federal tax lien relates to Sharpton's year 2009 federal income tax return, the due date of which has been extended to October 15, 2010, according to the lawyer. However, the Snell report states that the lien relates to taxes assessed during 2009.[88]


opportunistic, insensitive and hypocritical thief     Keepin it real
"...but on a lighter note, demons were driven from a pig today in Gloucester."  Bill Bailey

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Re: I want a 'Religion In The News' section
« Reply #51 on: October 13, 2011, 08:43:36 PM »
IMHO, just take a flat tax.

The 1040 should be three lines:

Enter gross income.
Multiply by (tax rate).  If the tax rate is 10%, that would be Income x 1.10.
Pay that much.

If you made $10 all year, your tax burden would be $1.

If you made $10,000, your tax burden would be $1,000.

If you made $100,000, your tax burden would be $10,000.

If you made $1,000,000, your tax burden would be $100,000.

If you're married, filing jointly, you add your income together, multiply by (tax rate), and there's your bill.

SIMPLE.

And don't withhold.  Let the wage slaves SEE how much they're paying.  FEEL IT, come April 15th.  Write that big, fat check and watch it fall, fall, fall into the mailbox.  Being self-employed, you bet your arse I feel it when I write a check big enough to buy a new car, seal it in the envelope and hand the envelope over to the person at the post office, and get nothing but the 'reward' of not being thrown into prison at gunpoint this year.  Oh, and then do the same thing with a slightly smaller check, big enough for a new computer or some kind of appliance or major home electronics for the state.  Not to mention the property taxes, sales taxes, layers of utility and communications taxes, etc.

Too many idiots over-withhold and get a check back, and literally believe that they're receiving 'free money' from the government, when they're only receiving THE EXCESS MONEY that they already paid the government, that the government enjoyed all year long, while they didn't.  There are WAY better saving plans that earn INTEREST.


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Re: I want a 'Religion In The News' section
« Reply #52 on: October 13, 2011, 10:35:18 PM »
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/french-teacher-self-immolates-over-rowdy-pupils/story-e6frg6so-1226166539686

French Teacher Self Immolates

Karim, a pupil, said: "It was a vision of the apocalypse. It seemed totally strange and unreal. I saw a body on fire going forward with her hands on her head. Several of us tried to put it out. She kept saying, 'No, leave me, I don't need your help. God told me to do this'.

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A Little Light Therapy
« Reply #53 on: October 13, 2011, 10:44:31 PM »
http://triblocal.com/elgin/2011/09/28/minister-investigated-for-naked-rituals-with-followers-in-elgin/

Calling it “light therapy,” the minister, Philip Livingston, testified in a Kane County case that he repeatedly performed the naked ritual — claiming it helped cure everything from drug addictions to yeast infections. He said it was done only with consenting adults who were members of his donor-funded Light of the World Ministries. But one participant testified that a teenage girl was involved too.

Added:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-naked-minister-20110928,0,670397.story
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Re: I want a 'Religion In The News' section
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Re: I want a 'Religion In The News' section
« Reply #55 on: October 13, 2011, 11:03:01 PM »
http://www.getreligion.org/

This site is about religion in the news.  After reading it for a bit, I can't decide whether it's pro/anti/neutral (which is actually promising for a site about news), but it is interesting reading, and whatever 'spin' you want to read into it (or not), it makes for another nice source for stories.


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Re: I want a 'Religion In The News' section
« Reply #56 on: October 14, 2011, 10:28:22 PM »
The French (math) teacher died.
http://www.thejournal.ie/teacher-immolates-herself-in-french-school-playground-254282-Oct2011/

You know, when 'god' tells teachers to light themselves on fire at school, it makes me worry just a little more about politicians whom 'god' instructs to run for president, and who would have access to nukes.

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Re: I want a 'Religion In The News' section
« Reply #57 on: October 16, 2011, 03:44:11 AM »
http://www.getreligion.org/

This site is about religion in the news.  After reading it for a bit, I can't decide whether it's pro/anti/neutral (which is actually promising for a site about news), but it is interesting reading, and whatever 'spin' you want to read into it (or not), it makes for another nice source for stories.

thanks for the link mate
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