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Religion claims to require ‘Faith’ – but does it really?

“You have to have faith” is the rallying cry of any believer you talk to once you’ve decimated their arguments with science, proof, and rational thought. It’s their last line of defense. “God cannot be proven or dis-proven – he requires Faith!” Perhaps ‘a god’ or the possibility of ‘a god or gods’ cannot, at this time, be proven, but there is ample evidence disproving the current versions of god going around (god, allah, Ra, etc). But who needs evidence when one has faith right?

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May 10, 2007 Posted by | Discussion, People, Religion | 13 Comments

They don’t build them like they used to

So I decided to delve into the ancient wiring of my house. We had an incident about 2 years ago where our breaker box fried and the main house breaker fused open. I followed the smells of burnt wood and plastic into the basement to find the breaker actually glowing red hot for the one breaker. We had always had trouble with the breaker popping off because about 90% of the house was wired into the same one. After getting a new breaker box we tried to break the wires up, but because of the old wiring style of the house we still had about 85% of the house on one 15 amp breaker.

No longer! I meticulously went through the wiring in the basement and separated everything off those old double strand wires into new wires and tried to break the house up into rooms on the breaker. Unfortunately the builders of the house split most of the rooms off in the walls so I could not seperate some, but there has defiantly been an improvement over what we had.

I think the hardest part of the job was trying to figure out when the wires where hot or ground. Todays wires have a hot, ground, and nuetral and those older ones usually only had 2 colors without a neutral so it made it tricky to trace the circuit at some points. I often found a wire vanishing up into the floor from the hot line and then several feet later finding the ground coming out of the floor no where near where the hot vanished. I’m sure those old electricians knew exactly what they were doing in their time, but I had the distinct impression that a monkey wired this house at some points!

Update : As a side note, when I showed the old wire I had pulled of the basement to a few people and pointed out how fragile, cracked, and exposed it had become I got a response of “Wow, you’ve had so many close calls with this house. For certain you cannot deny that you are being watched over and protected”!

Gag. I had to agree. Someone WAS watching over our house for us to miss so many near disasters (shorted fuse box, old exposed wiring, ceiling fan that was jammed and had been running all day and gotten very hot by the time it was discovered, a car with the oil level nearly empty, and a shorted clothes dryer that had a heating element running cherry red; to name a few). Thinking back on it, I have come to the conclusion that I know exactly who it is and who I need to thank for saving our  house and properties so many times …

Me. Either the smell of something burning, the sound of something humming, routine maintenance checks, or a planned examination have allowed me to detect that something was wrong in each case so that I could correct the problem. In all events it was attention and response that saved us from some terrible and/or costly calamity. Nothing supernatural about it. Just me with my eyes open and a bit of common sense of tracking things down when there are strange smells or sounds in the air.

May 2, 2007 Posted by | Discussion | Leave a comment

Religion advocates ignorance

While watching television today I experienced a commercial for religion that makes me wonder if people of religion are really that stupid or really that blind.

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February 25, 2007 Posted by | Discussion, People, Religion, Scams | 4 Comments

You can tell I’m a blog Newbie

Ok, this is silly. I just realized that I think I have to allow someone to comment. I’ve noticed that a few dozen people have read the site, but no one was commenting. Was a bit disappointed until I realized that I was suppose to be checking ‘spam comments’ to see if they were spam or real before allowing them to post. I have to tack this down to being a newbie blogger. My lister shows 6 people have commented, but only 1 remains as they get deleted after 15 days 😦

I’ll be keeping a closer eye on comments now. Sorry to all those I missed.

February 8, 2007 Posted by | Discussion, People | Leave a comment

Did people recognize they were moving into something bad?

I look around at the world today and it honestly makes me wonder if people realized what direction the world was moving just before it did during those horrific times in history such as Nazi Germany, The Inquisitions, the Crusades, etc. Surely some people would have recognized that things were on the verge of changing for the worse. One can only imagine how someone during the Salem witch trials would view their small community changing overnight from something safe and comforting into something confusing and wrong.

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January 30, 2007 Posted by | Discussion, People, Religion, television | Leave a comment

Are people really so stupid?

Ever hear of the Nigerian scam? Or Nigerian 419? Perhaps you’ve received one of these in your email :

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January 26, 2007 Posted by | Discussion, People, Scams | 1 Comment

“Trump”ed Charges of Quitting

What’s with Trump and Apprentice anymore? The guy is really turning into a prick. This season has been filled with allot of lame humiliation stunts and when one of the players wises up and realizes that she’s not doing what she signed up for Trump goes on the assault and calls her a quitter as if she’s a loser or a failure. Continue reading

January 23, 2007 Posted by | Discussion, Entertainment, television | Leave a comment

Embracing Ignorance

The other day I was treated to one of those inane chain emails that people send out that include an attachment you must open to find several layers of nested forward emails within it. By the time I got down to the actual email body I’d opened about 3 nested forwards – each layer heavily checked by my virus scanners, of course. Eventually I made it down to the nugget of knowledge being passed on entitled ‘“The definition of Rotten” Personified‘. Continue reading

January 19, 2007 Posted by | Discussion, People | Leave a comment

Intelligent Design of the Evil Genius sort

One of the largest religious farces ever created is the whole “intelligent design” argument. This is the idea that when one stands back and simply examines their surroundings they will see patterns and intricate designs that could simply not have come about without some guiding intelligent. I won’t get into what I think on this whole subject other than to say its bunk, but I am thinking that perhaps there may be some intelligent design behind these flu bugs coming out anymore. Evil mad scientist type intelligent design! Continue reading

January 13, 2007 Posted by | Discussion | Leave a comment

Believers (‘Fundies’) do indeed say some of the darndest things

If you are ever in need of some hilarious reading then you must check out the “Fundies say the Darnedest Things” website to see what those crazy believers are saying. It truly is amazing at the depths of ignorance these people voluntarily take themselves. Most of what you read will have you rolling in your seat, while some of it will simply piss you off that such ideals and beliefs actually exist today. Or perhaps it may even make you sad that there are such people in this world? Continue reading

January 9, 2007 Posted by | Discussion, Religion | Leave a comment