Well ... let me break out my Xylophone and see if I can locate us an extra planet or two. (17 hrs ago | post #11073)
Oh yeah ... Cosmic Consciousness ... I think I remember reading about that on the back of one of my "Archie" comics when I was a kid. LOL. Seems like those 'cosmic' secrets could by YOURS for a couple quarters and a self-addressed-sta mped-envelope. (17 hrs ago | post #11072)
Higher states of consciousness "? What are you? Some kind of hippy? Picked a few too many mushrooms perhaps? Maybe you've communed with the minor god, Mescalito, a time or two too often. Besides 'living' and 'dead' how many states of consciousness do you think there are? Inducing some kind of trance state is merely isolating oneself further from reality than you, clearly, already are. How about increasing your AWARENESS? You are most fully aware when you correctly and accurately assess your environment, not by chasing fairy tales. LOL. Imagination and creativity are wonderful things but you can't let them interfere with your perception of reality. Psychosis is NOT a higher state of consciousness. (18 hrs ago | post #11068)
I prefer Bode's Law ... Pythagoras should have stuck to geometry. "http://www.g rantchronicles.com /astro30.htm" Godbots are blind. (18 hrs ago | post #11067)
Wow .. where to begin? 01 'Prophecy' is a necessary part of any religion. It's one of the few 'miracles' that can be made to happen all within the covers of the same book. Prophesied in Chapter 2, comes true in Chapter 12 ... ohhhhh, magic! Of course, 'knowing the future' is a necessary power of any god worth his salt. Our gods have to be able to perform tricks otherwise we'd look pretty silly worshiping them. Clever writing, the innate gullibility of godbots and their pitiful desperation for the divine combine to make this particular 'miracle' all too easy. The pity is that all the predictions, by all the prophets and soothsayers and astrologers give us nothing useful. 100% of the time, events unfold and are 'cut and pasted' to fit 'predictions' so vague they must 'come true' over and over again as generations of godbots come and go. Has any disaster been averted, life been saved, train not derailed, building been made not to collapse, war not been fought based on prophecy? No. In fact, you poor godbots are so anxious for your scriptures to be fulfilled, you'll actually go out of your way to make things happen. Pitiful really. That would be the true measure of a prophet and they all fall short. But, that's just the way it is. You see, Nature has rules ... one of them is "nobody can predict the future". Nobody ever has, nobody ever will. End of story. 02 I have no need to camouflage anything. How would that profit me? How has the young lives lost or the National Treasure squandered profited my country? Are we safer now, from mad Jihadists? Has our stature in the world community increased? Have we met any goals, real or imagined? No. Mistakes, folly, foolishness ... and people scurry to hide their mistakes. Who has profited? The people who make bullets and bandages? The weapons makers and brokers? Is our government so evil as to place these interests above the welfare of the citizens they were sworn to protect? Perhaps. I would prefer to think not. I would prefer to believe they are bumblers and fools but ultimately just 'trying to do the right thing'. They are Human, after all and that's what we do best. (22 hrs ago | post #11061)
Oh well ... he seems to have developed a disdain for both sides, sort of cancelling himself out of the equation. I'm sure he found it all rather tiresome and distracting. Tune your radio off channel ... that static you hear is 'the music of the spheres' ... echos of the Big Bang. It is the Universe playing a Funeral Dirge for your god. (Yesterday | post #11045)
To bad he were not alive today, when he wouldn't have to throw such pitiful bones to placate the god-drunk religious hounds that were always nipping at his heals. (Yesterday | post #11041)
Surely you've been trounced soundly enough on the Einstein / god thing. Do we really need another round of Swap-a-Quote? LOL. Some tiny bits of reality must occasionally penetrate the Holy Armor encasing your misconceptions. (Yesterday | post #11037)
If only reality were susceptible to analysis by consensus, you might be on to something. But it's not. Unfortunately, a lot of scientists have to drag their religious brain-washing into their everyday lives, just like the rest of us ordinary folk. It's kind of what we're trying to change here. Despite expressing some questionable 'professional' opinions, I don't think any godbots-turned-scientist have cranked out any reproducible miracles in the lab or published any of their flights-of-whimsy opinions in recognized journals. (Tuesday | post #11028)
I dunno. Decisions were made based on the best possible information. We knew (from satellite imagery) they had SCUD missiles, capable of raining chemical/biological (dare I say nuclear) warheads on neighboring countries. They quickly demonstrated this capability by firing these missiles into Israel for the sole purpose of antagonizing them into entering the conflict. Fact is, getting good intelligence information out of Arab countries is very difficult, these regimes are paranoid to a point that is difficult to believe. Admittedly, we were 'out for blood' in response to 9/11 and in the clarity of hindsight ... so yeah, stupid ... maybe, illegal, don't think so. But that's just my opinion and that and dime won't get you a cup of coffee. (Tuesday | post #11021)
1. I would think you could expect reliable prophecies from a good prophet. Knowledge of things that no one could know. Did your favorite prophet make any good guesses? 2. I'm going strictly from memory here. I seem to recall warnings, UN sanctions & resolutions, blockades, the formation of a rather formidable multi-national coalition and lots of diplomats exercising their skills (to no avail) before a single shot was fired or bomb dropped. We had the co-operation of the Saudis (our dearest friends) and many other Arab nations giving their implicit approval or at least promising to turn their heads the other way. I also remember, after the shooting started, the cowardly use of 'human shields' and Iraq's most elite troops surrendering in droves. You people don't even know how to fight for yourselves or your convictions honorably. Yet, you will disfigure young girls for 'honor' reasons while chanting prayers out of your holy books. I'm not saying the entire effort wasn't CRAZY. You can't 'give' people democracy and freedom. It's like continually giving a child money ... they have no appreciation for it, they do not know the VALUE of it. We should have zapped Sadam, cleaned house a little bit and got the HELL out of there. Same goes for Afghanistan. We got what we came for, get out. Was it illegal? I don't think so. Was it INSANE, FABULOUSLY EXPENSIVE and ultimately POINTLESS? 'Fraid so. (Tuesday | post #11015)
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