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Philosophy, Religion & Society / The Bible supports abortion
« on: July 24, 2013, 08:26:39 PM »

The Test for an Unfaithful Wife

11 Then the Lord said to Moses, 12 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘If a man’s wife goes astray and is unfaithful to him 13 so that another man has sexual relations with her, and this is hidden from her husband and her impurity is undetected (since there is no witness against her and she has not been caught in the act), 14 and if feelings of jealousy come over her husband and he suspects his wife and she is impure—or if he is jealous and suspects her even though she is not impure— 15 then he is to take his wife to the priest. He must also take an offering of a tenth of an ephah[c] of barley flour on her behalf. He must not pour olive oil on it or put incense on it, because it is a grain offering for jealousy, a reminder-offering to draw attention to wrongdoing.

16 “‘The priest shall bring her and have her stand before the Lord. 17 Then he shall take some holy water in a clay jar and put some dust from the tabernacle floor into the water. 18 After the priest has had the woman stand before the Lord, he shall loosen her hair and place in her hands the reminder-offering, the grain offering for jealousy, while he himself holds the bitter water that brings a curse. 19 Then the priest shall put the woman under oath and say to her, “If no other man has had sexual relations with you and you have not gone astray and become impure while married to your husband, may this bitter water that brings a curse not harm you. 20 But if you have gone astray while married to your husband and you have made yourself impure by having sexual relations with a man other than your husband”— 21 here the priest is to put the woman under this curse—“may the Lord cause you to become a curse[d] among your people when he makes your womb miscarry and your abdomen swell. 22 May this water that brings a curse enter your body so that your abdomen swells or your womb miscarries.”  --Numbers 5

God sanctions baby killing.

Arts & Entertainment / Assassin's Creed III
« on: November 05, 2012, 07:12:46 AM »
I've been busy slaughtering some brits for the past few days.

The Lounge / Stuck in an elevator by myself
« on: September 27, 2012, 09:24:28 AM »
Glad i don't have to shit.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Rape rarely causes pregnancy
« on: August 20, 2012, 08:01:00 AM »
This guy has no business being on the House Science and Technology committee.

The Lounge / New Car!
« on: August 03, 2012, 01:37:33 PM »
3 dealers and about 6 hours of haggling, I finally got the price I wanted.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Free speech or no?
« on: July 23, 2012, 11:20:13 AM »

Yeah i know it was a plea deal.  But does a judge have the power to order a private citizen to be silent about something under threat of jail time?

Note, she was unaware of the plea deal before it was announced, so presumably she signed no legal contract not to speak of it, so how can a judge have control over somebody in this manor?  She wasn't the one on trial.

Also gag orders i thought only apply to officers of the court which makes perfect sense.

The Lounge / in the hospital
« on: June 04, 2012, 12:33:12 PM »
Worst day ever.

Arts & Entertainment / Diablo III
« on: May 18, 2012, 07:24:03 PM »
Downloading it now, does anybody play?

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Maryland gun permits
« on: March 05, 2012, 03:40:48 PM »
Looks like my state may have to finally allow regular law abiding citizens the right to get a handgun permit.  I always thought it was ridiculous to deny rights until you can show that you need them.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Tim Tebow
« on: February 04, 2012, 06:09:34 PM »
“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
Matthew 6:1

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.  Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Matthew 6:5-8


If authorities cannot force you in an interrogation to reveal information that would incriminate you, why can they force you to decrypt a hard drive to incriminate you?  In essence, you are still being forced to reveal information in your brain that will be used to incriminate you.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / law enforcement and gps tracking.
« on: January 24, 2012, 07:26:16 AM »
It looks like law enforcement will now be forced to get a warrant before they can place a GPS tracker on somebody's car.

Technology, Science & Alt Science / Screenshots from a console (XBOX/PS3)
« on: October 29, 2011, 05:41:05 PM »
Does anybody know if there is an easy way to do this?  It certainly does not appear to be a built in feature, but people post screenshots and create youtube videos all the time. 

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Climate gate debunked
« on: October 27, 2011, 09:14:00 AM »
I saw this earlier in the week, but I figured somebody else would post about it.  My question is, what more do scientists have to do to show evidence for global warming?  Now even a skeptic, who conducted his own independent research on the data, came to the exact same conclusion as the climate scientists!

Arts & Entertainment / Dark Souls
« on: October 25, 2011, 02:33:45 PM »
I think every waking moment that I am not working I have been playing this game for a week.  It's greatest strength is also one of it's most frustrating parts, the freedom to build your character how you want.  There are so many choices I don't know which way I want to go. 

I just beat the depths, going to blighttown next.

Anybody else have it?

The Lounge / Amanda Knox
« on: October 03, 2011, 02:43:10 PM »
First let me get this out of the way.  I'm a little perturbed about the media's obsession with this woman.  Murders happen all the time, but it seems whenever it's an attractive white woman that's accused, or killed, both being the case here, the media can't get enough of it.

That said, at least from what I'm hearing from the U.S. media, it appears the acquittal was justified.  What they called a "confession" was laughable, the prosecutions motives for her being involved in the murder seemed to change over and over again, and the DNA evidence on the murder weapon was a kitchen knife from the house, of course it's going to have both the accused and the victims DNA on it, they lived in the same house.

All it seems they had on her was some shoddy character attacks that she was a sex crazed lunatic druggy, so she and her boyfriend must have killed her in some sort of twisted sex game gone wrong.

I'm curious how the media has been portraying this in other parts of the world.  What does everybody think?

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Al Qaeda Burn!
« on: September 28, 2011, 08:32:47 AM »

I thought according to Einstein this was impossible.  That's one of the basic principles of physics out the window, unless I am reading this wrong.

The Lounge / I hate Aurelius thread
« on: September 19, 2011, 01:24:09 PM »
I am now over 4000 posts.  This thread is therefore dedicated to bawwing about how awful I am.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / God's response to "the response"
« on: September 19, 2011, 11:45:01 AM »
So, how well did Rick Perry's prayer rally really do over one month later?

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Michael Egnor
« on: August 14, 2011, 05:42:41 PM »
This creationist is actually a neurosurgeon.  I was reading some of his blog and came across this gem:

There are several ways to understand reality: theology, philosophy, deductive logic, mathematics, science, engineering, humanities, emotion, etc.  Each has its proper place. Some folks, usually scientists, assert the superiority of science for understanding truth.

However, science can only investigate one aspect of truth-- empirically demonstrable facts about nature.

This is one of the biggest examples of doublethink (as I understand the term) that I have ever encountered.  Seriously, he admits right there that Science is the best method to determine truths about nature, yet he is a creationist.

Technology, Science & Alt Science / 3D printer
« on: August 01, 2011, 10:49:22 AM »
Very cool, but is it really applicable to anything?  It would be nice to find out whether the costs of producing 1 replica wrench is more or less than one real wrench.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Man robs bank for 1 dollar
« on: June 21, 2011, 09:16:18 AM »
Is this what our country is coming too?  Where a man is so desperate to get healthcare that he is willing to be incarcerated to get it?

Also, if it is a life or death situation, and other options are off the table (it sounds like a bad back would seriously limit his qualifications for employment), is doing something like this okay?

Philosophy, Religion & Society / RESPECT MY ATHORITAH!
« on: May 28, 2011, 10:58:57 PM »
That's pretty much the feeling I got from the police when I saw this happen:

Apparently if you decide to dance at a national monument (or anywhere else that may piss the police off, who knows now days?) you are a dangerous criminal who deserved to be arrested and made an example of in front of people so they don't dare cross the police state again.

Didn't work this time though, people came to their defense it looks like, deciding to defy their "authoritah", and more people were arrested.  At one point a cop violently assaults a citizen for continuing to record the scene from their cell phone, threatening others with arrest if they continued to document how public servants treat the citizens they serve.

Now I may not know the entire story here, but really who were the ones causing the scene, dancers, or the armed men with guns?  Who was really disturbing the peace here?

More and more it seems that the police get to do pretty much whatever the hell they want and it annoys the shit out of me.  Unless there was a compelling public interest for these people to be arrested for their actions than these cops should be fired, that one cop should be charged with assault and fired.

Arts & Entertainment / Firefly
« on: May 23, 2011, 01:27:28 PM »
I just watched the entire series on netflix for the first time.  It is a crime that such an awesome show was cancelled after only one season.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Indiana Supreme Court
« on: May 18, 2011, 09:46:11 AM »
So apparently, it is now illegal in indiana to resist illegal home invasion?

Is there a right to privacy anymore?  Also, nothing happens to the police officer for committing illegal home invasion because he was doing his job, which is apparently illegal home invasion if it suits him/her.

Granted, I'm not suggesting you wrestle the officer or assault him.  But you should be able to shut the door in his face, or stand in his way.  If a police officer wishes to rape my asshole illegally, am I allowed to resist him?  Other than the seriousness of the crime (protection of self vs. protection of privacy), is there a difference?

I've seen threads derailed time and again over this, so I'd like to take the time to create a thread dedicated to this discussion.

Whenever somebody uses a Catholic belief or ritual as an example of Christianity there is always somebody who is quick to point out that Catholics are not Christian.  Eastern Orthodox also insists that all other denominations are not Christians.  The Catholic Church considers itself the one true Christian church, etc.

In my opinion, all of the denominations are Christianity in the sense that they are simply different variations of a particular set of core beliefs and teachings.  Christianity as a core belief system has broken into a reported 38,000 different denominations around the world, as the main branches continued to divide further and further.  That doesn't mean these branches are no longer Christian does it?  They still all share a common belief in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, his death, resurrection, ascension, and divinity.  Is there any current denomination of Christianity that even remotely resembles it's roots?

Insisting that Catholics, or any other denomination that is not yours are not Christians, or not "true Christians", is the same as saying Judaism and Islam are not Abrahamic religions.

Arts & Entertainment / PlayStation Network compromise of PII
« on: April 25, 2011, 02:50:22 PM »
I just heard unconfirmed reports that the recent outage of the Playstation Network (since last week) was due to a security breach that may have compromised Personally Identifiable Information (PII) such as credit card numbers of gamers.

That's pretty serious if it's true, I have used my credit card to download movies and games.  Has anybody else heard of this?  Is anybody else effected by this?

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