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There was a member here not that long ago who essentially defined 'magick' as 'doing stuff', though apparently 'magick' was in some way different than just 'doing stuff'.  S/he went away before any traction could be made in the conversation.

Ahhhh classic.
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Chatter / Re: Fact surfing - Random Enlightenment
« Last post by Graybeard on Yesterday at 03:35:43 PM »
In 1943, the U.S. Office of Strategic Services, noting that Shintoists believed a fox to be a harbinger of bad times, they started by experimenting with fox-shaped balloons covered in luminous paint and dangled by fishing line, and then began spraying live foxes with luminous paint, hoping to release them across the “entire field of combat.”

To test the plan, the agency actually released 30 foxes in Central Park that “were painted with a radiant chemical which glowed in the dark.” As a result. “Horrified citizens, shocked by the sudden sight of the leaping ghostlike animals, fled from the dark recesses of the park with the ‘screaming jeemies.’”

Heartened at this result, the planners set about procuring as many foxes as possible from China and Australia. Only the war’s sudden conclusion, with the dropping of the atomic bomb, stopped the operation from going forward.

http://www.futilitycloset.com/category/oddities/
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Chatter / Re: Fact surfing - Random Enlightenment
« Last post by jdawg70 on Yesterday at 02:21:29 PM »
3 - You should really watch QI. It's full of this type of unguessable facts.

Thank you so much for bringing that show to my attention.  Finally got around to watching some[1] of it.  It is ridiculously entertaining!
 1. And by some, I mean marathon-style 5 hour sit-on-my-a$$-fest.
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I think the word 'magic' carries its own baggage - I know that when I hear the word I immediately conjure (ha!) the image of a guy wearing a cape pulling a rabbit out of a hat. Can the word magic be replaced with anything else?

There was a member here not that long ago who essentially defined 'magick' as 'doing stuff', though apparently 'magick' was in some way different than just 'doing stuff'.  S/he went away before any traction could be made in the conversation.
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Forum Questions & Suggestions / Re: Darwins
« Last post by jynnan tonnix on Yesterday at 02:06:37 PM »
Or, find a couple of active threads in which you have any sort of interest at all, post an opinion, and you are basically there (someone would no doubt welcome you, and you could thank them, for example, making up your third post). Is there, really, only one topic in this entire forum which interests you enough to comment on? If so, then unless you plan on spending your entire time here harping on one thing (which both you and other members here would probably tire of fairly quickly), then joining might not be particularly worthwhile for you in any case.
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General Religious Discussion / Re: Theists, forget everything you know.
« Last post by jdawg70 on Yesterday at 01:42:14 PM »
We're on the same planet, right?

If your new avatar is indicative of what planet you're posting from, I think the answer is 'no, the two of you are not on the same planet'.

You should go back to the stick figure headdesking himself into a pile of mush.  I miss the stick figure headdesking.  BRING BACK THE HEADDESKER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Chatter / Re: Gun Fails
« Last post by Chronos on Yesterday at 01:40:56 PM »
When you hear the same story 100 times it makes it sound like it is happening 1,000 times.
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General Religious Discussion / Re: Atheism is a Religion
« Last post by jdawg70 on Yesterday at 01:34:15 PM »
skeptic54768, you're really, really, really committed to this 'atheism is a belief' schtick.  This certainly isn't the first time this type of discussion has popped up with you[1].  As far as I'm concerned, I think that you're essentially having a semantic debate with people in this matter and that, typically, it's merely a topic of distraction more than anything else.  However, since it's been brought up several times, perhaps it warrants further discussion to try to pinpoint where/how, exactly, this discrepancy between how you view atheism and how the others here view atheism exists.

Let's play a game.  Box on a pedestal time.

You are in a room with a closed box on a pedestal.  The box is completely opaque.  The Gamemaster enters the room and starts the game off with a question:

Do you believe that the box contains flobort?
(a) I believe that the box contains flobort.
(b) I do not believe that the box contains flobort.
(c) I believe that the box does not contain flobort.
(d) Other (explain)

Pick an answer and explain why you picked it.

Full disclosure:
I have a rather rough, bias-laden idea of how I picture this conversation going.  And I suspect you've probably got a rough, bias-laden idea of how you picture this conversation going.  I'm going to try my best to ignore that, and I suggest you do the same.  Let's see where we land.
 1. For example: http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/forums/index.php/topic,26445.msg605635.html#msg605635
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Religion In The News / Re: ISIS
« Last post by shnozzola on Yesterday at 12:58:37 PM »
Go Germany.

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Chancellor Angela Merkel defended her government's decision on Monday, calling ISIS a major security threat to Germany and Europe as a whole.

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/iraq-turmoil/post-war-shift-germany-sending-weapons-anti-isis-fighters-n193211

Go Britain.  Must be bad chatter on the airwaves.

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/iraq-turmoil/britain-gives-police-power-strip-suspected-terrorists-passports-n193236

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The announcement came days after Britain raised its terror threat level from "substantial" to "severe," and follows the death of American journalist James Foley at the hands of an ISIS fighter who appeared to have a British accent. Cameron said British intelligence believes 500 people have traveled from Britain to fight with extremists groups in Syria and Iraq.

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General Religious Discussion / Re: Someone...
« Last post by wiswit on Yesterday at 12:45:52 PM »
Guilty, that and part 2......No good source?
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