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    Once in a while the EU and European Parliament...

    Once in a while the EU and European Parliament does something useful, and they just past a law banning such practice. Of course the free marketeers (neoliberals/conservatives, European equivalent of...
  2. You might want to apply that same attitude to the...

    You might want to apply that same attitude to the high wage earners. They tend to be bigger whiners than the rest combined....you no screaming bloody murder that they are not allowed to earn 200x...
  3. No - I think he is saying that many religious...

    No - I think he is saying that many religious folk would have no qualms about keying a car of an avowed atheist...
  4. Of course the claim of Brazilian growth is...

    Of course the claim of Brazilian growth is supported by the most misleading statistic of all, GDP. Which says nothing about wealth (and growth of wealth) distribution.

    And as far as a growing...
  5. Yup - serious problem. And yes, they police are...

    Yup - serious problem. And yes, they police are raiding the poorer areas, not only for the Olympics but also the World Cup. Newsreport over here reported that in city (Salvador ?) there was a strike...
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    That will be deemed irrelevant. Free marketeers...

    That will be deemed irrelevant. Free marketeers and privatizationists are very adept at blaming eveyrthing and everyone for the failure of the system they prefer to deliver, time and again -> even if...
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    The builder of the subway tunnel. IIRC it was a...

    The builder of the subway tunnel. IIRC it was a subcontractor who was responsible for nicking the rebar. Probably it was a combination of bad research before construction (insufficient soil...
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    Not only there - in Cologne, the City archives...

    Not only there - in Cologne, the City archives collapsed into the subway-tunnel under construction. Leading to the collapse and loss of arguably the most important historical archive in NW Europe...
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    Which makes you wonder WTF people were thinking...

    Which makes you wonder WTF people were thinking over there...
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    Apparently Salisbury Cathedral begs to differ -...

    Apparently Salisbury Cathedral begs to differ - the crossing tower allegedly should not exist (the hole building should not), with a foundation of something like less than 4 ft deep! Admittedly there...
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    Nowhere did I say that Christianity in itself is...

    Nowhere did I say that Christianity in itself is a copy-cat (and neither AFAIK know does this Assyriologist). But it is undeniable Christianity does share elements with known myths/religions of the...
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    I would like to add that quite possible the New...

    I would like to add that quite possible the New Testament itself was already shaped by it - definitely Paul's background would make it feasible, living in a Hellenistic world, and a 'traditional'...
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    And to ruffle Walsh's feathers a bit more -...

    And to ruffle Walsh's feathers a bit more - apparently much if not most of the description of the final days of Christ until his resurrection is a carbon copy of a Sumerian poem about the herdsman...
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    When reading his argumentation in posts # 124 and...

    When reading his argumentation in posts # 124 and # 125 I see little difference in his reasoning skills and those of say the Iranian or Taliban Mullahs...
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    Ahum, except that in order to that 'just to be...

    Ahum, except that in order to that 'just to be true' we have to ignore a lot of contemporary evidence (indeed, direct writings by people living at the time and involved in the disputes), say people...
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    And that is not how things work in science... ...

    And that is not how things work in science...



    Nope... some would say Pilatus was invented, most would say he was not (considering the gaps in the record of governors as well as corroborating...
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    Please enlighten me on the 1907 date... was that...

    Please enlighten me on the 1907 date... was that when some Baptists decided to found their own form of Christianity?

    I was aware that quite a few people seem to think the Bible was not correctly...
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    Yup... and sometimes, currently in my line of...

    Yup... and sometimes, currently in my line of work, when I get someone on the phone whining about premiums being high I itch to simply say that they are whining - and to slap them in the face with...
  19. Somehow I think there is sacasm involved in one...

    Somehow I think there is sacasm involved in one of the posts above (or at least I hope there is)....
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    They probably do - but their success is largely...

    They probably do - but their success is largely dependent in who has the ultimate say so on what's going on, and whether actual evidence of efficacy is demanded before something is implemented....
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    You do realise that where you disagree with BPM...

    You do realise that where you disagree with BPM is similar to if not the exact same issue as what was debated about for the first few centuries after the death of Jesus? And that your view has become...
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    And I do not see any minister doing that here -...

    And I do not see any minister doing that here - only Walshie's accusation of him doing that, by using typical Walshian mental gymnastics and selfrighteous attitude (Walshie declares, and therefore it...
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    Ah, polite Walshie strikes again. Merely...

    Ah, polite Walshie strikes again.

    Merely suggesting that an inscription bearing the name of Pontius Pilatus is actual proof of validity of the Bible again shows the stunning critical thinking...
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    The only way you can maintain these views is by...

    The only way you can maintain these views is by taking the Bible literally without any attempt critical thinking while believing it states the absolute truth, and by deliberately ignoring anything...
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    Somewhat - though many of our remaining sources...

    Somewhat - though many of our remaining sources are either outright hostile, or love gossip (Suetonius is our primary source for much of the empire, for instance), and the raunchier the better. In...
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