2019 years and 9 months ago, Jesus was born.
So that’s why we celebrate on the birth date of the pagan god Mithras/Sol Invictus. Makes sense, doesn’t it?
Well, the xtians weren’t the only ones to screw dates up. Sol Invictus’ birthdate was supposed to coincide with the lengthening of days after the shortest day of the year, so the pagans were off by a couple of days.
The xtians really have chronological problems though – Jesus was born (probably, if he existed as such) in March of 5 BC. March, fwiw, was the first month of the Roman year (thus September is the 7th month).
But what does truthiness have to do with xtianity? It’s a sect of judaism and it’s divorced itself from almost all things Jewish. So-called judeo-xtian values are, in reality, offshoots of good-old Stoic philosophy. To recruit the faithful they adopted traditional pagan holidays and changed their names. It’s the ultimate conspiracy theory – some very manipulative men co-opted a sect, adopted it to be acceptable to the pagans, and created a clergy that (unlike pagan priests) had/has political/spiritual and even temporal power. An alternative government, if you will, that has almost always aspired to govern on is own – directly or through the manipulation of temporal governments.
IMHPOV, xtianity is one of the most pernicious cults ever created by the diseased imagination of man. A few hundred xtians were martyred by the Romans, and once in power, they commenced to kill pagans and those xtians that didn’t agree with orthodox ideas – and they still do so today. Islam’s violent streak was inherited from past masters of violent actions, those peace-loving xtians. Xtianity destroyed the classical world and brought about the Dark Ages.
So forgive me for saying Merry Xmas – and allow me to say Happy Mithras Day! Even if it’s a few days late.
Oh, and Io Saturnalia!
How are you guys doing negotiating the newest version of the site?
This song is played in Philly every year at Christmas time. (And yes, conservatives, you hateful bigoted fucks, I typed “Christmas” without bursting into flames. Deal with it.)
Read the backstory at this link.
…the new format is much more phone friendly.
I believe in evolution.
Date:December 10, 2015
Source:Royal Astronomical Society (RAS)
Summary:From 13 to 15 December, weather permitting, skywatchers across the world will be looking up as the Geminid meteor shower reaches its peak, in potentially one of the best night sky events of the year.
Viewing guide to the 2015 Geminid meteor shower
December 9, 2015 by Bob King, Universe Today
Don’t misunderstand me. If she’s the Democratic party’s nominee, I’m voting for her. But I’m voting Bernie in the primary…
Link: A Legacy of Pushing the Democratic Party to the Right
I don’t want “Obama-light”. I want “change I can believe in”.
But I’m voting for Hillary if her opponent is _______________ (any candidate from the Republican clown car).
It just makes me feel so icky…
IOW, it sickens me to know that my choice will be Hillary, or some far-right leaning loon who will bring about global economic destruction.
“NEOLIBERALISM (TM)” has no home if not in the Republican party.
Why don’t we have a choice, any more? Is it the media? The RW noise machine? The stupid, reality-hating evangelicals? Wall Street? Citizens United and/or rampant money in politics? Bad court decisions?
It’s gotten so bad I can’t nail it down, any more. All of the above?
I guess I can advocate for Bernie until the cows come home, but I can’t make America any smarter, or make voters care more about what a train-nwreck, for example, Ted Cruz or Rand Paul would be.
I’m hoping for massive voter turnout in the general election because Republicans only win when “no one” shows up. Because they REALLY suck that bad.
As the Republican clown car of presidential candidates continues to merrily roll along, there has been an interesting development over the past couple weeks. Ted Cruz is suddenly rising in the polls, inching above Ben Carson and closer to puzzlingly perpetual leader Donald Trump. It’s been so noticeable that some are even warning that the country should prepare for President Cruz.
Note: Video is a bit more than an hour. It’s a PBS documentary from a few years back. The audio is a bit faint in this YouTube version.
An official request for citizens to avoid tweeting anything that could inform terrorists what is going on resulted in a national outbreak of pet pics
Ten years ago, it was wildly controversial to talk about psychological differences between liberals and conservatives. Today, it’s becoming hard not to.
In other words, the conservative ideology, and especially one of its major facets—centered on a strong military, tough law enforcement, resistance to immigration, widespread availability of guns—would seem well tailored for an underlying, threat-oriented biology.
The authors go on to speculate that this ultimately reflects an evolutionary imperative. “One possibility,” they write, “is that a strong negativity bias was extremely useful in the Pleistocene,” when it would have been super-helpful in preventing you from getting killed.
All of this matters, of course, because we still operate in politics and in media as if minds can be changed by the best honed arguments, the most compelling facts. And yet if our political opponents are simply perceiving the world differently, that idea starts to crumble. Out of the rubble just might arise a better way of acting in politics that leads to less dysfunction and less gridlock…thanks to science.
IOW, conservatives operate out of fear and a herd mentality. No surprise, I know, but now it’s backed up by solid science that conservatives are deer, looking out for predators, while liberals are free spirits looking for new experiences. Kinda like tigers, but less likely to start killing other people.