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Wow... I got to experience an even more brutal slice of avian nature than the time I saw the raptor nail a smaller bird a couple of years ago. I was walking Hudson the wonder dog when we noticed a commotion on a roof where several robins were all hopping about making agitated noises. It quickly became apparent what was going on when a crow landed in their midst holding one of their mates in his mouth. He lazily took off again, obviously unconcerned that the smaller birds could actually do anything about the abduction, and slowly made his way off with several robins giving noisy, but futile chase. It's more comforting seeing nature take its own course rather than having critters become roadkill and such, but I certainly felt bad for the robins over their lost battle and comrade. Seeing how small and helpless the captured bird looked in the crow's beak gave me that much more respect for the feistiness of blue jays as well, as they are about the same size as robins, but I regularly see jays actually chasing crows in the ongoing battles for domination of the skies of suburbia.

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50. Re: No subject May 25, 2004, 06:16 quorn2002
 
>He would have said christianity is a sad farce that contributes nothing but destruction and misery to the world, and continually chips away at the freedom of the minds of men

probably. you're a good man space captain.

 
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49. Re: No subject May 24, 2004, 15:24 nin
 
Trackballs su><orz!

You forgot us heathens who use "invert mouse".

And I'm trackball and invert mouse for life!!!


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48. Re: No subject May 24, 2004, 15:16 JediLuke
 
George W. Bush, War in Iraq, Halsy Halsy Halsy, Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh. Abu Ghraib prison, Israel. Halsy.

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47. Re: No subject May 24, 2004, 14:57 Ray Marden
 
Mice rule!

Trackballs su><orz!

Beating up a MAC user with my PC while I post this :o,
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46. Re: No subject May 24, 2004, 14:11 JediLuke
 
P.S. Gay marriage

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45. Re: No subject May 24, 2004, 13:44 nin
 
But not as fun as an argument about which is better, Doom 3 or Half Life 2!

What about ATI vs. Nvidia? That causes a few people to start foaming at the mouth...


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44. Re: No subject May 24, 2004, 13:25 Enahs
 
Religious arguments are even more fun than grammar arguments, wheee!

But not as fun as an argument about which is better, Doom 3 or Half Life 2!



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43. Re: No subject May 24, 2004, 13:10 JediLuke
 
Religious arguments are even more fun than grammar arguments, wheee!

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42. Re: No subject May 24, 2004, 12:26 NSi
 
"The Isrealis and Palestinians are two of the most secular societies on earth. They are fighting over land, not gods."

Maybe, but they are using gods as a historically proven method of mass control. You need people to do something? just say you found a manuscript, or you heard god's voice, make up a holy rule, a holy enemy, or whatever. Works like a charm.
Personally, i think organized religions are pure evil.
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41. Re: No subject May 24, 2004, 12:08 Ray Marden
 
I just wish more people could make their own decision rather than fall back on a given god's ways to rationalize behavior - both the "good" and "bizarre" types.

More agnostic than atheist due to my inability to completely explain life,
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40. Re: No subject May 24, 2004, 11:21 Fang
 
Yes, I'm an atheist, but I might've wound up an agnostic or non-denominational Christian if it wasn't for all the hypocrisy and stupidity in organized religion.

If you follow men, you will always be disappointed.

 
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39. Re: No subject May 24, 2004, 11:08 Zathrus
 
He said lots of things which are difficult to take, many aimed at those in positions of power, to do with justice and the poor.

Agreed, the problem is (as you appear to know) is that organized religion has gone off and ignored those very teachings by and large.

It's not all bad. I've seen the good that organized religion can do in 3rd world countries, where the church is still one of the primary focal points of the community. Of course, all you have to do is look at places like the Middle East to see some of the horrors that that very same focus can cause.

Neither are following the teaching of their religious leaders

No... depending on the sect they very well may be. There are extremely zealous factions of both Judaism and Islam that believe that God's law is still "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth" and can cite holy scripture to back them up. Of course, both groups are extremists and not supported by the majority of the faith, but as long as the moderate majority is unwilling to expel them from their midst (which is difficult for both groups; Judaism has been forever changed by the Holocaust, becoming nationalistic for the first time in nearly 2000 years, and Islam specifically states that you should never hurt another Muslim) their insane policies are going to continue to shape the world.

Yes, I'm an atheist, but I might've wound up an agnostic or non-denominational Christian if it wasn't for all the hypocrisy and stupidity in organized religion.

 
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38. No subject May 24, 2004, 10:28 space captain
 
He would have said christianity is a sad farce that contributes nothing but destruction and misery to the world, and continually chips away at the freedom of the minds of men

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37. Re: No subject May 24, 2004, 10:22 quorn2002
 
>What would Jesus have said about the Crusades? Or the Spanish Inquisition?

What do you think?

 
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36. No subject May 24, 2004, 10:15 space captain
 
What would Jesus have said about the Crusades? Or the Spanish Inquisition?

Unfortunately christianity was usurped by politics long ago and has served nothing more than the expansion of political power or the pockets of priests for two thousand years

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35. Re: No subject May 24, 2004, 09:38 quorn2002
 
I'm a Christian.

I follow the teachings of Christ. He said lots of things which are difficult to take, many aimed at those in positions of power, to do with justice and the poor. He said very challenging things and turned upside down the Jewish teachings. For example it said in the Jewish Scriptures "An eye for and eye and a tooth for a tooth". This was a simple law to help govern a developing society, to stop things escalating out of control. It is the basis of the Judicial system - a punishment that fits the crime. However it has become a source of justification for revenge "I am allowed to take this persons eye out".

Jesus came along and said "You've heard about the eye for an eye thing. I say you should turn the other cheek. Pray for your enemies". (I'm paraphrasing of course)

The Palestinians don't understand this teaching and the Israelis say they will kill two for every one of their own killed. Neither are following the teaching of their religious leaders.

The United States, whether Jewish or Christian is similarly guilty.

Anyway, thought I'd set the record straight. Peace all and if you want to chat more about what following Jesus means ask for my email.

Pete

 
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34. Re: No subject May 24, 2004, 05:44 Ray Marden
 
Er...that was quite hateful.

Wrinkling my agnostic nose,
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33. Re: No subject May 24, 2004, 05:41 Ray Marden
 
I always find it peculiar when you get five, six, and seven year olds fighting wars that started long, long before they were ever born.

At what point to they have one another in the scopes of their weapons, do they make eye contact, pause for the slightest second, just ask themselves "Er...what the fuck?," and move on?

Look - look up in the sky. Look at that vast, open world full of planets, stars, and unknow possibilities. Now look back down at this crap and tell me why we are fighting over the petty things?

Thiking House of Sand and Fog was remarkably good,
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32. Blue... May 24, 2004, 04:18 Halsy
 
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'Sir, I exist!'
'However,' replied the universe,
'The fact has not created in me
A sense of obligation.'

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31. Re: On a lighter note May 24, 2004, 01:56 tunis5000
 
I thought Willy Hungs 5 minutes were up a month ago, people still find this shit funny?  
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