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The Rabbi Who Believes in Zeus: Why All Intuitions of God Are Incomplete

The Rabbi Who Believes in Zeus: Why All Intuitions of God Are Incomplete

Commented Feb 6, 2011 at 07:13:20 in Religion

“Too convenient to merely turn other's religious figures into symbolism or metaphor thus neutralizing their differences in substance. Different religions and their respective beliefs are not compatible unless the following is applied: Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Greek Gods, Roman Pantheon > What do you say we just call them even? Pure mental gymnastics in a devine contortionist's box. Don't worry, he'll fit!”

LintLass on Feb 6, 2011 at 09:37:46

“That's definitely often the case. But it doesn't mean that tales of the Gods *don't* carry deep symbolism. Deeper than most are aware of.”
huffingtonpost entry

Sunday Roundup

Commented Feb 7, 2010 at 13:17:11 in Politics

“When is the press going to start noting what we are all thinking.....that Palin is nothing but an opportunist who seeks her own gain when given a door to march through. I cannot think of a less qualified person to whom we could all be directed for opinion or for a run on the US presidency. I wish the press would simply bring silence to the fore and stop giving Palin a voice and platform from which to spout and pursue her self interests.”

NotStarvingArtist on Feb 7, 2010 at 13:42:06

“For that to happen, we all have to stop clicking on and commenting on every post we see about her. The number of clicks is counted, not the number of positive or negative comments. As long as interest is shown in stories about her, they will continue to be written. Unfortunately, she is like a trainwreck. We don't want to see the carnage, but we can't keep ourselves from looking.”

zerotimes10 on Feb 7, 2010 at 13:34:05

“I saw John Stewart live this Friday and he said something that I liked.

"Seventy percent of us are too busy working and trying to get by. You will probably never see us in the streets. So don't let the 30 percent of the extremists on ANY side, Left or Right decide your future." I was paraphrasing. But his point was that the Media grabs onto these "issues" that a very small part of the American people are concerned about. Remember that the Media is trying to make a buck and sensationalism sells. Try not to get caught up in all the blabbering.

By the way, John Stewart was very funny and a great guy. It was a packed house and he got a standing ovation. For some reason, I find myself with friends who are mostly Conservative or not political at all but we have very good friendships. So, it was nice to be surrounded by Liberals for once. LOL”
Haiti Earthquake: Breaking News, Updates (VIDEO)

Haiti Earthquake: Breaking News, Updates (VIDEO)

Commented Jan 14, 2010 at 21:36:45 in World

“You have noted the very thing I was discussing with my wife over dinner. If I were sent as a reporter I would have told the cameraman to work with me to find a building with someone in it that no one is helping or digging for and we would start digging. Film and not dig? - Not for a second. There are unlimited numbers of buried people. There must be a number of people who are still alive but no one is digging or searching for them and any signs of life. I'd be searching and digging for someone! Time is running out for the buried. TV can wait (or be passively filmed). What are these reporters thinking? They have lost their minds if they think we want to watch a display or stage of empathy.”
Haiti Earthquake Pictures: The Damage As Seen From Space (PHOTOS)

Haiti Earthquake Pictures: The Damage As Seen From Space (PHOTOS)

Commented Jan 14, 2010 at 18:30:04 in Technology

“it is not "as simple as" but personal direct involvement in the betterment of each other's lives, particularly of the poor, would go a long way to a better world and life for each of us. The costs are minimal compared to the programs, wars, and government engine that we feed with our taxes.”
Haiti Earthquake Pictures: The Damage As Seen From Space (PHOTOS)

Haiti Earthquake Pictures: The Damage As Seen From Space (PHOTOS)

Commented Jan 14, 2010 at 18:20:23 in Technology

“$15 per year from each American would support every Haitian for an entire year. 4 cents per day from each of us - that is it. That comes to 7.5 billion per year. Now if you want to double their income it is 8 cents per day. Addressing poverty in America has a price tag at least 10 times that much. Even so, ending poverty in America would cost 40 cents a day for each of us or 75 billion total. In America it is as simple as raising minimum wage and providing better education. In Haiti it is as simple as the spare pennies we leave in the floorboard of our car. If banks can be handed hundreds of billions and we can commit $700 billion to Iraq and wars in Afghanistan, why is it so hard to devote such small amounts per day per American to investing in the lives of the poor for better living standards, education and pay standards? If we don't rely on our federal government to do our giving we cut out the expense and excessive cost and abuse of government run programs. I think it is time for Americans to start giving directly to the needs we see around us. The more needs that are met, the less government action will be called for, needed and wasted.”

BREWSTERSOWN on Jan 14, 2010 at 18:30:04

“it is not "as simple as" but personal direct involvement in the betterment of each other's lives, particularly of the poor, would go a long way to a better world and life for each of us. The costs are minimal compared to the programs, wars, and government engine that we feed with our taxes.”
Haiti Earthquake: Breaking News, Updates (VIDEO)

Haiti Earthquake: Breaking News, Updates (VIDEO)

Commented Jan 14, 2010 at 09:16:08 in World

“Wait and see who is right about the solution - you or me? I think the fact that people are walking out of the city is proof enough that there is nothing that is available for them in Port au Prince for their survival. Once rescue and immediate survival is past people will not just sit in the rubble. There is only so much scavenging and World aid that will serve to help the need. The solution lies in finding basic needs elsewhere in Haiti. No one said a hotel was waiting for them in another city. People will leave the area - watch and see for yourself.”
Haiti Earthquake: Breaking News, Updates (VIDEO)

Haiti Earthquake: Breaking News, Updates (VIDEO)

Commented Jan 14, 2010 at 09:03:26 in World

“Digging out the 10,000 or so bodies of their relatives first. Rebuilding? Spoken like a true ignoramus.”
Haiti Earthquake: Breaking News, Updates (VIDEO)

Haiti Earthquake: Breaking News, Updates (VIDEO)

Commented Jan 14, 2010 at 08:55:15 in World

“You do well to work for the bankers. Ruthless!”

nkhogan on Jan 14, 2010 at 08:59:20

“Either that or is a Maddox clone!”
Haiti Earthquake: Breaking News, Updates (VIDEO)

Haiti Earthquake: Breaking News, Updates (VIDEO)

Commented Jan 14, 2010 at 08:53:04 in World

“exactly!”
Haiti Earthquake: Breaking News, Updates (VIDEO)

Haiti Earthquake: Breaking News, Updates (VIDEO)

Commented Jan 14, 2010 at 08:51:43 in World

“Relocate to where the other 7 million Haitians live and were unaffected by the quake - north of Port au Prince. What are they going to do, sit in the rubble for the next 3 years and be fed by the World? This calamity did not collapse all of Haiti's buildings and infrastructure beyond the Port au Prince surroundings. This was an earthquake and had localized damage. Devastating as it is, the solution to establishing a future for most will lie elsewhere in Haiti.”

SusanFromTX on Jan 14, 2010 at 09:04:22

“You obviously know NOTHING about Haiti. You think there is actually infrastructure outside Port-au-Prince? It's not like fleeing New Orleans for Houston, you know... Ignor.ant!”

NotARhetoricalQuestion on Jan 14, 2010 at 09:01:23

“I wouldn't say that the seven million Haitians living outside of Port au Prince were "unaffected." The destruction of this city will certainly have a negative impact on them, economically and emotionally.

Haiti is very poor. I don't think the rest of Haiti is prepared to absorb hundreds of thousands of refugees. They will need our help.”
Haiti Earthquake: Breaking News, Updates (VIDEO)

Haiti Earthquake: Breaking News, Updates (VIDEO)

Commented Jan 14, 2010 at 08:42:18 in World

“Haiti has 9 million people. 7 million were unaffected. Thus, there are other population centers and villages that are still functioning as they were prior to the quake. True that the roads are still mostly intact in Port au Prince, but the other utilities, water are going to take years to fix, and the surrounding hills are forever demolished. While migration is not an all encompassing solution it is probably the best bet for so many of the people affected.”

FreeMarket25 on Jan 14, 2010 at 08:45:36

“Migration where? To the US?”
Haiti Earthquake: Breaking News, Updates (VIDEO)

Haiti Earthquake: Breaking News, Updates (VIDEO)

Commented Jan 14, 2010 at 08:33:10 in World

“Haiti has 9 million people. 7 million were unaffected. Thus, there are other population centers and villages that are still functioning as they were prior to the quake. True that the roads are still mostly intact in Port au Prince, but the other utilities, water are going to take years to fix, and the surrounding hills are forever demolished. While migration is not an all encompassing solution it is probably the best bet for so many of the people affected.”
Haiti Earthquake: Breaking News, Updates (VIDEO)

Haiti Earthquake: Breaking News, Updates (VIDEO)

Commented Jan 14, 2010 at 07:34:42 in World

“If the average Haitian spends $2 a day to live and survive that amounts to $4 million per day for the people affected. Initially rescue, first aid and temporary shelter needs to be the focus, but soon thereafter I think the aid needs to be directed toward living costs and migration of survivors. Sustaining people in a devastated area/city is not the solution. Getting people some money to relocate and begin anew is the only effective solution for their problems.”

Pluribus Unim on Jan 14, 2010 at 07:49:25

“but to where? Port au Prince is the main population center of the country, and one of the few concentrations of planned infrastructure and services, desperate thought it may have been. Relocation works if you have somewhere to go....Haiti beyond the towns and villages is jungle”
Haiti Earthquake: Breaking News, Updates (VIDEO)

Haiti Earthquake: Breaking News, Updates (VIDEO)

Commented Jan 14, 2010 at 07:33:31 in World

“The majority of the city and its surroundings will most likely never be cleaned up. The debris is just too immense and widespread. Survivors need to begin walking and find another town or city in which to live and get water and begin a new life. The capital city is not going to function again soon. Towns and cities to the north were unaffected by the quake. Migration is the only solution in the short term (and perhaps the long term). Collapsed homes in the hills will remain there and never be cleaned up. When there is this widespread and immense devastation there is no solution that is cost effective (even for the US and the World). Rescue crews sent from around the world will only be able to treat or help a few thousand people out of the millions affected.”

learntofly on Jan 14, 2010 at 07:45:54

“Probably most people there are in complete shock right now. I just hope they are able to take take of their immediate medical care and other needs. I agree that many will walk away from Port au Prince as soon as they are able, out of necessity. But this is going to be a very long recovery for Haiti.”
Haiti Earthquake: Breaking News, Updates (VIDEO)

Haiti Earthquake: Breaking News, Updates (VIDEO)

Commented Jan 13, 2010 at 21:23:48 in World

“Now that I see the arial view, the damage is so widespread I think the small number of rescue people headed to Haiti will have little effect. What effect they will have will of course be good. The task at hand is really hard to grasp. Rain will come soon. Shelter will be an even higher priority.”

deckard70 on Jan 13, 2010 at 21:34:06

“I had the opposite reaction! The aerial video makes it look like damage is not widespread. But then again, it is almost impossible to tell whether a building is fine or not from a tiny YouTube video. But it certainly did not show every building flattened.”
Haiti Earthquake PICTURES: Photos Of The Disaster

Haiti Earthquake PICTURES: Photos Of The Disaster

Commented Jan 13, 2010 at 11:24:41 in World

“Sorry, got the Sumatra Dec 26, 2004 tsunami/quake size wrong. It was a 9.2 quake. Largest recorded quake on record. Twenty-two times larger than the Haiti quake.”
Haiti Earthquake PICTURES: Photos Of The Disaster

Haiti Earthquake PICTURES: Photos Of The Disaster

Commented Jan 13, 2010 at 11:07:03 in World

“Having lived in CA and having been shaken in a few large quakes, a 7.0 is a big quake. The 1989 Loma Prieta quake in San Francisco was 7.0 and collapsed the freeways. The Northridge quake in 1994 was 6.7 but felt bigger due to the rapid upthrust. It applied around 7 G's of force to a building and its many joints and connections (7 times its weight). A 7.0 is three times more force than a 6.7. The Sumatra quake that caused the tsunami was a 7.6 magnitude quake. Six times bigger than the quake in Haiti or almost ten times bigger than the Northridge quake in CA. The Sumatra quake was HUGE and literally changed the length of a day and the overall shape of the earth. A 7.0 is still so incredibly violent you would not be able to run/walk to safety or do anything. It freezes you in place with utter fear as it knocks you to the ground and tosses you about. You literally watch the ground and buildings rise, fall, roll and twist. Having the epicenter below the town/buildings is what did them in. They will probably try to apply better building practices and reinforcing, but it is true that a 7.0 quake is a BIG quake.”

deepfreezevideo on Jan 13, 2010 at 14:19:37

“There is no way a nation like Haiti could build to a code that works with 7.0 quakes, they could not afford it. Even the top developed industrial nations can barely afford it.”

BREWSTERSOWN on Jan 13, 2010 at 11:24:41

“Sorry, got the Sumatra Dec 26, 2004 tsunami/quake size wrong. It was a 9.2 quake. Largest recorded quake on record. Twenty-two times larger than the Haiti quake.”

coveark on Jan 13, 2010 at 11:19:35

“Quakes are so disorienting while in progress......................this is awful............poor people.................................horrible”
Haiti Earthquake PICTURES: Photos Of The Disaster

Haiti Earthquake PICTURES: Photos Of The Disaster

Commented Jan 13, 2010 at 08:56:58 in World

“Ah, a photo was added that shows a few bars of steel reinforcing. Clearly not much was used, and probably not used and installed with a proper understanding of how reinforcing works. Structural issues are a hurdle the Haitians will need to address once they recover from the crisis at hand. For now it is a matter of saving lives and restoring basic operations and services. Thankfully their second largest city (90 miles to the north) made it through the quake with little or no damage.”

stillable2think on Jan 13, 2010 at 09:56:37

“I saw a documentary on the rebuilding of San Francisco after the earth quake. They had a tremendous opportunity to learn and do it right. They didn't. They chose expediency over quality and corruption was rampant. Building regulations were considered government interference and were resented and dismissed for slowing rebuilding. They also had a problem with inspectors --too few and lots of corruption.”
Haiti Earthquake PICTURES: Photos Of The Disaster

Haiti Earthquake PICTURES: Photos Of The Disaster

Commented Jan 13, 2010 at 07:37:05 in World

“Like everyone else I am shocked and saddened by the suffering and loss of life. Catastrophic collapse of buildings is the cause of the loss of human life. The solution to the terrible loss of life and infrastructure is steel reinforcing and adequate building codes. Perhaps Haiti has some sort of building codes, but the fact that a grocery store collapsed leads me to believe that building requirements are lax. Note how there is not a single rod of steel reinforcing bar sticking out of any of the rubble in the photos. If the buildings had been reinforced loss of life would have been minimal. A 7.0 quake would still have caused widespread structural damage but adequate building codes and reinforcing go a long way toward preventing total building collapse and loss of life. Many countries with old buildings have suffered loss like in Haiti. I can recall a quake in Turkey much the same. Iran has had untold destruction of old structures due to quakes. Hopefully when rebuilding begins there will close(r) attention to the necessity of (steel) reinforcing. Properly installed reinforcing is a very small price to pay to prevent such high loss of life and catastrophic building collapse. While Haiti is poor, there are further options for smaller structures that have been developed using a flexible type mesh worked into the stucco.”
ABC News Profiles Move Your Money (VIDEO)

ABC News Profiles Move Your Money (VIDEO)

Commented Jan 9, 2010 at 12:17:15 in Business

“I wonder why there are high fees with a suggestion like that?”
ABC News Profiles Move Your Money (VIDEO)

ABC News Profiles Move Your Money (VIDEO)

Commented Jan 9, 2010 at 09:28:11 in Business

“Their charge is for the days between the time they printed the bill and the time they received your payment. Credit card interest rates should not be able to be changed at will, but credit cards are issued on such terms and the consumer agrees to such nonsense. I pay my cc off every month. Good thing you just paid it off entirely. Unfortunately you still have the lingering charge for the last moments you had interest/credit on your balance before they received your payment.”
ABC News Profiles Move Your Money (VIDEO)

ABC News Profiles Move Your Money (VIDEO)

Commented Jan 9, 2010 at 09:24:02 in Business

“Easy credit was the problem in the credit crisis. Having enough money in your accounts and a consistent and secure income to deserve a loan is the point here. It's not about easy money. BUT, I agree fully with your appreciation of simple courtesy from a business when common errors occur in keeping things going and their recognizing that there is a mutual business relationship involved. I enjoy a small bank's services and they are different from the large banks who apply no flexibility in their dealings. Been there. Done that. Wouldn't go back.”

Zrae on Jan 9, 2010 at 11:52:03

“No actually, I had been pusuing a loan at a bigger bank. My loan officer left in the middle of it and the bank did not pick up the ball with me. I had a dead line for a loan confirmation the day I found out the loan officer was gone.
I got rid of my credit cards over a year ago. BOA and Chase. I use a walmart one where you put cash in. That is used for when I travel and for my online fax service which requires a credit card.
I don't make a lot, But I don't spend more than I have setting aside a cushion for emergencies. Currently witing for delivery of a new washer after the old one gave out. Didn't buy into all the features and paid cash. Just pay attention to where the salesman is steering you away from.”
ABC News Profiles Move Your Money (VIDEO)

ABC News Profiles Move Your Money (VIDEO)

Commented Jan 9, 2010 at 09:17:16 in Business

“Congratulations to HP and all those who desire to move their money. While there is not a big bank in my area, I just make it a point to live within my means and then I don't need to worry about interest rates, piles of fees, etc. Americans need to stop living off of their credit cards. I am glad that this past month showed the largest drop in personal debt in history in the US. Maybe people are getting on the right track. The banks were only half of the problem. The irresponsible borrower is the other half!”

Patriot86 on Jan 9, 2010 at 14:23:49

“Wrong...I will not allow the blame shifted from the banks to average Americans who were suckered in many cases into very bad loans because of the lax regulations of the Bush years...not to mention many people are in trouble because they have lost their jobs...the banks basically crashed our entire economy with a little help from their friend AIG, Bear Sterns and of course Goldmans.”
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