xaminmo: (Josh 2004 Happy)
When researching E27 light bulbs, I found out that "Mazda" is actually a trademark of General Electric. The Japanese company licensed the name for automotive products. GE kept the trademark registered from 1904 to 1990.

The name "Mazda" comes from "Ahura Mazda", an ancient, Iranian God who was adopted as the central figure in Zoroastrianism. Ahura Mazda is the uncreated God, wholly wise, benevolent and good, as well as the creator and upholder of Arta ("truth"). Ahura Mazda is the omniscient and omnipotent god, who created the universe.

The literal meaning of the word Ahura means light. "Ahura" was originally an adjective meaning ahuric. AHU means that being who is self-sustaining, that is unlike a mortal does not need any sustenance of say food or oxygen to continue existence. RAA means radiance.

"Mazda", or rather the Avestan stem-form Mazdā-, nominative Mazdå, reflects Proto-Iranian *Mazdāh (female). It is generally taken to be the proper name of the God, and like its Sanskrit cognate medhā, means "intelligence" or "wisdom".

Ahura Mazda first appeared in the Achaemenid period (c. 550 – 330 BCE) of the first Persian Empire under Darius I's Behistun Inscription. The name may be attested in the form Assara Mazaš on cuneiform tablets of Assyrian Assurbanipal (Asenappar in Ezra 4:10) (668 BC – c. 627 BC). This collection, known as the Library of Ashurbanipal, is now housed at the British Museum.

Ahura Mazda is the source of all goodness and is the only Ahura worthy of the highest worship. Ahura Mazda created spirits known as yazatas to aid him, who also merit devotion. All of the other "gods" are demons and deserve no worship. These demons were created by Angra Mainyu, the hostile and evil spirit. The existence of Angra Mainyu was the source of all sin and misery in the universe.

Ahura Mazda is Angra Mainyu's superior, not his equal. Angra Mainyu and his demons which attempt to afflict humans away from the path of righteousness (oasha) will eventually be destroyed.

Ahura Mazda is also known as Ohrmazd, Ahuramazda, Hourmazd, Hormazd, and Hurmuz. Ahura Mazda is also merged with various other deities in various other religions.

True Colors

May. 2nd, 2011 03:47 pm
xaminmo: Josh 2016 (Default)
I'm really disappointed at the amount of hatred that's being spewed.

I recently got an email telling me, "I hope they wrapped his body in pigskin before the dropped him in the ocean!"

I feel that for a nation that claims to be so heavily Christian, this is about the most un-Christian sentiment possible.

Further, it's exactly this kind of disrespect, hostility, anger, etc that has perpetuated this global feud.

Finally, I fear it will fuel anti-American movements, just as the 2001 "now the Americans get to see what it's like..." statements fueled anti-Islam and anti-middle-east sentiment in the US.

On the flip side, I know people need to vent. I'm just worried about global escalation.
xaminmo: (Drama)
Some interpretations of some religions prevent their parisoners from using proper taxonomy due to the perceived implication that it somehow speaks against various religious tomes' authority over the possibility of creation by a supreme being, or that humans are anything less than the sole purpose for the existence of the Earth.

This is not a Christian specific limitation. Other religions have this limitation, and many Christians (big or little C) also do not find limitation in using proper taxonomy.

Therefore, claiming on one webpage that a homeschool augmentation program is Christian based does not serve as prior warning of the intent to promulgate such non-scientific views in a science-based summer camp.

As such, I find it inappropriate that an authority figure at said science camp would tell my son that humans aren't mammals, rather they're mammal like.

It makes me want to tell my son that said authority figure is not sentient, only sentient-like in their behaviors.
xaminmo: Josh 2016 (Default)
"Art. 11. As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen; and, as the said States never entered into any war, or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties, that no pretext arising from religious opinions, shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries."

Ref: http://www.stephenjaygould.org/ctrl/treaty_tripoli.html

"Mass"

Jul. 3rd, 2009 11:07 am
xaminmo: Josh 2016 (Default)
"Mass" in the Catholic sense, comes from Lattin "missa", which means "dismissal". It's the part of the service where the unbaptized were dismissed from the assembly.

Ref: http://catholicfaqs.org
xaminmo: Josh 2016 (Default)
friend I don't know how you go from what we have to anything else. Greed is encouraged, as is a sense of entitlement to that greed

me Yah, Sweden seems doing fairly well, though there's generational cultural differences.

friend Well, I think that's true across countries, really

me If people are trained to comprehend exactly what they have, and what it's like without, and how they can benefit things even tangentally.
me Religion helps. "trust in god" means "you'll never understand, but keep moving forward anyway"
me which is good advice

friend Well, really, faith in something is important
friend My therapist uses the word "abundance". Since she's not into religion
friend bio break, brb

me I see meta. Meta is my spirituality.
me If I put money on the ground and leave, it will be picked up.
me then spent, taxed, and spent again.
me etc. ad nauseum.

me I can't see this happen, but it will.
me It's measurable, but tracing all of the impacts are more difficult.
me The tracing costs more resources than were imparted by the initial input, and would affect the thresholds and triggers for the propagation of this information called money

me So, the same thing happens with neurons. Mind comes from not the transmission of electricity, but the complexity of the segmenting of the packets of that information.
me This happens anywhere there is communication.
me A swarm of ants has a meta intelligence which far exceeds the capabilities of a jumbo-ant

me So it seems logical that a swarm of chemicals might also have some level of consciousness
me ie, the Earth seems like a natural candidate for this, of which we are a part.
me Society, it also is a meta creature, as are corporations and Governments, and communities, and households, and a slice of brain matter spliced onto a computer chip.

me So, Pluto is alive. The Earth is alive. The universe is alive. Money, fire, water, etc. All alive in sufficient quantities, and all effectively performing uncountable computations.

me What would you call the meta of the universe? What's an acceptable term? What would it's bounds be?
me Providing labels for these sorts of things are difficult. I would use the term "God" as a semi-transation for others, but some people don't seem to like this translation once it's revealed to them.
me Because it threatens to redefine what they believe without their consent

me anyway, that's enough essay for you until you're back
xaminmo: Josh 2016 (Default)
http://lh6.google.com/tedstoltz/Rp-ME5LT6EI/AAAAAAAAABI/aQTIQFtO_1E/lolcat_bible_sml.jpg?imgmax=576

Genesis

1 in teh beginning, Invisible Man make univerz. 2Invisible Earth wuz invisible. 3Invisible Man say, "I can has light." Gots light. 4Light iz good, iz not dark. 5Invisible Man can has day and nite. it be furst.

6Invisible Man can has expanz. 7Below expanz is water. It happen. 8Above expanz he call 'sky'. it get dark, then lite: nex day

9Invisible man can has water over here, no water over ther. It happen. 10Not water iz 'land'. Water iz 'seas'. Iz good.

11Invisible Man say, "I can has vegitashun." It happen. 12Land has lots vegetashun, all kindz. Iz good. 13It get dark again, then lite: day tree.
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xaminmo: Josh 2016 (Default)
Just so you know, the roots of this war go all the way back to the beginning of recorded Sumerian history. This is the border rival between Mesopotamia and Persia.

The US conflicts in the middle east have been based on:
___A) Protecting existing oil investments over the last 100 years.
______1. CIA overthrows governments who nationalize US oil interests
______2. Military conflict where countries invade countries harboring US oil interests
___B) Preventing the spread of groups which oppose US intervention.
______1. aka communism from the 1950 through 1990.
______2. aka radical Sharia Muslims, not mainstream from 1990 to present.

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In 1992, United States Secretary of Defense during the war, Dick Cheney, made the point:
"I would guess if we had gone in there, I would still have forces in Baghdad today. We'd be running the country. We would not have been able to get everybody out and bring everybody home.

And the final point that I think needs to be made is this question of casualties. I don't think you could have done all of that without significant additional U.S. casualties, and while everybody was tremendously impressed with the low cost of the (1991) conflict, for the 146 Americans who were killed in action and for their families, it wasn't a cheap war.

And the question in my mind is, how many additional American casualties is Saddam (Hussein) worth? And the answer is, not that damned many. So, I think we got it right, both when we decided to expel him from Kuwait, but also when the President made the decision that we'd achieved our objectives and we were not going to go get bogged down in the problems of trying to take over and govern Iraq."
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"In 1993, al-Qaeda associate Ramzi Yousef used a truck bomb to attack the World Trade Center in New York City. The attack killed six people, injured 1,042, and caused nearly $300 million in property damage, but did not destroy the complex."

In 1994, due to Laden's radical contacts, he was expatriated by Saudia Arabia and disavowed by his family. Laden's resentment of US involvement in Middle Eastern affairs flared, since the US was in a "cozy relationship" with the Saudi royal family.

In 1996, under US and Egyptian pressure, Laden was expelled from Sudan and returned to Afghanistan where he was under the protection of the Taliban (literally "Students"). By this time, the Taliban had a sizable territory in Afghanistan, posessing 12 of the 34 provinces, including Kabul, the Afghan capitol.

Prior to this capture, each province was ruled by only the local warlord, and the central government was very weak. Laden was able to gain sizable establishment of al-Qaeda, literally "The Base", as a major component of the Taliban ministry of defense.

Because of their human rights violations, the Taliban were not recognized by most nations as a valid government. The US and its allies supported the anti-Taliban group, the "Northern Alliance" (aka UIF or United Islamic Front for the Salvation of Afghanistan).

In Feb 1998, Laden issued a "fatwa"
“The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies — civilians and military — is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it, in order to liberate the al-Aqsa Mosque (in Jerusalem) and the holy mosque (in Mecca, Saudi Arabia,) from their grip, and in order for their armies to move out of all lands of Islam, defeated and unable to threaten any Muslim.”
On Aug 7, 1998, US embassies in multiple Eastern African cities were bombed by members of al-Qaeda.

June 1999 marked his addition to FBI most wanted list, and $5mil reward for his capture.

The US intelligence community recommended against assassination of bin Ladin; however, his death during capture attempt would be acceptable.

In October 2000, al-Qaeda militants in Yemen bombed the missile destroyer U.S.S. Cole in a suicide attack, killing 17 U.S. servicemen

Intelligence grew, and Laden was spotted in late 2000. This would have been the ideal time to take him down; however, the surveilance craft that found him was unarmed.

Sept 9, 2001, the Taliban killed the leader of the UIF.

On Sept 11, 2001, the Taliban / al-Qaeda captured several commercial airliners and used them as ramming weapons against the tallest two towers of the New York City offices of the World Trade Center, as well as the US military headquarters, "The Pentagon". Another plane was captured, but forced down by passengers.

The direct impact was the loss of around 3500 lives, and indirectly, financial damage rippled and echoed for years.

The reward against Osama bin Laden grew to $25 million.

Throughout November and December, the US led a massive campaign of airstrikes against the Taliban, enabling the UIF to regain control of all of Afghanistan.

The US has since locked down security fairly substantially, and maintains focus on anti-US groups under the title of "The War on Terror", meaning, a war against non-standard attacks against the American (or World) confidence.

Additionaly, US Secretary of Defense wanted plans to hit Saddam at the same time as bin Laden. "Sweep it all up. Things related and not."

In 2002, the Taliban were creating insurgencies in Pakistan in attempt to destabilize the existing government by raising tensions with India, thereby reducing pressure on the growing al-Qaeda presents therein.

The NATO forces in Afghanistan enforced destruction of opium poppies, which had been one of the primary funding sources of the Taliban, but also of rural farmers.

Bush's administration pushed for support of invasion of Iraq. Justification was "Weapons of Mass Destruction" and ties to al-Qaeda, provided by Secretary of State Colin Powell, which have since been discredited. UN declined authorization.

In 2003, President GW Bush sent US forces, with backing from the UK, "to disarm Iraq of weapons of mass destruction,to end Saddam Hussein's support for terrorism, and to free the Iraqi people."

When people said, "show us the weapons", they couldn't be found. Evidential documentation of nuclear WMD efforts were determined by the IAEA as being fraudulent.






This is where I need to finish copyediting

Bin Laden set up camps in Iraq to train anti-US insurgents.

In 2004, bin Laden issued a statement, taking responsibility for the attacks on the WTC in 2001.

President Hussein was captured, tried and controversially executed. Iraq continued to destabilize, and is now in civil war with multiple factions, groups, and the coalition forces, all at play. Only Saddam and his harsh, iron fist, was able to maintain control of these three factions.

Since our "War on Iraq" has begun, we've lost around 3500 people in Iraq. Add in amputees, brain trauma, 9/11 casualties, and the US has about 12k physically crippled or dead. This excludes the estimation that roughly 25% of returning US soldiers have lasting physical or mental health problems.

Estimates of Iraqi casualties range from 350k to 950k, most of them being Iraqi citizens, with conflict over how many are combatants vs noncombatants.

In 2004, the Army War College, and in 2006, the US Congress both issued reports that the "War on Iraq" is a major distraction from the "War on Terror" and that resources should be pulled out of Iraq and used to continue pursuit of al-Qaeda.

We marginally increased troop counts in both Afghanistan and Iraq. (need counts here)

Present estimates are that the US spends $12 billion per month on the two wars, $2bil on Afghanistan and $10bil on Iraq. Overall, we've spent $640bil since 9/11, just on these projects.

We're demanding war reparations in the way of oil royalties from the Iraqi government. Halliburton and the US Govt support mortgaging Iraqi oil futures to pay for the rebuilding. These debts would be "preferred" over the existing $90-130bil already owed to Russia, France and Germany from the Saddam administration. Further, those helping rebuild would be legally untouchable in the US per EO 13303.

And, if that wasn't enough, we're already picking fights with North Korea, Iran, and even our old Cold War buddies in Russia.

In the summer of 2006, a resurgence of anti-NATO activity has been under way in northern Afghanistan.




References:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_on_Iraq
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casualties_of_the_conflict_in_Iraq_since_2003
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070710/ap_on_go_co/us_iraq_costs
http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=11171
http://reclaimdemocracy.org/articles_2003/executive_order_13303.html
http://vcnv.org/war-reparations-iraq-questions-answers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran-Iraq_War
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulf_War
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iranian_hostage_crisis
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algiers_Accords
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,985183,00.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/2694885.stm
Andrew and Patrick Cockburn, "Out of the Ashes, TheResurrection of Saddam Hussein"
http://military.discovery.com/randr/interactives/iraq/timelines/us_iraq/us_iraq.html
http://usinfo.state.gov/media/Archive/2005/Jan/24-318760.html
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3907198/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Qaeda
http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2002/05/29/taliban-kashmir.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taliban
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Islamic_Front_for_the_Salvation_of_Afghanistan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1998_United_States_embassy_bombings
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2003_invasion_of_Iraq
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saddam_Hussein_and_al-Qaeda
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_on_Terrorism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joint_Resolution_to_Authorize_the_Use_of_United_States_Armed_Forces_Against_Iraq
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraq_and_weapons_of_mass_destruction
xaminmo: Josh 2016 (Default)
#775869 +(3160)- [X]

<@HEMI> I got in a car accident on the way home from work.
<@HEMI> I rear-ended someone.
<@HEMI> Guy gets out of his car; I get out of mine. He's a dwarf.
<@HEMI> We're sitting there waiting for the police to arrive 
and he goes, "I'm not happy."
<@HEMI> I said, "so which one are you?"


#775791 +(470)- [X]

 these dumbass church people on tv
 they just said god made the internet
 Bet they're internet creationists and reject ARPANET

#775778 +(985)- [X]

cromar: If there is a God, why does he/she allow disasters like earthquakes
and Microsoft?
dvice_null: Are you comparing a disaster that causes billions of dollars
financial losses and thousands of people to lose their home every year,
to a natural movement of tectonic plates? That's low.
xaminmo: Josh 2016 (Default)
I like when governments think they should get involved with civic affairs.

An acclaimed author was knighted recently. He has published 13 or 14 books, many of which have won awards.

But, one of them portrayed the religion of his childhood in less than ideal light.

So, religious leaders basically put out a contract on his head.

The guy stayed in hiding for over a decade because of it.

So, now he's been knighted for his literary contribution, but a country's government which neighbored his childhood homeland, has declared that this honour be retracted. They say that this award is an attack on them as a people, and that the UK is just hatemongering by awarding this author any acclaims. Further, they state that that anyone would do well to suicide bomb themselves if they killed this author.

How can you possibly consider any request of a religious subgroup and of a national government that authorizes, condones, and publicly promotes this sort of behavior?
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I'm not saying our government or leaders are "good". I mean, hell, the US puffs its chest internationally. The undersecretary of state, Mr. Burns, publicly hatemongers and amplifies things. Our international reputation is not sufficient to support the level of pride and command we try to exert.

Anyway, our world is full of jackasses.
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If you can't filter what you say and when you say it, then you have no fucking business representing me or my people to anyone, let alone the world media.

This is one of the major reasons I should never be in politics, but these fuckers... not historians, not PR experts... They're oil tycoons.

So, I ask you, as a friend. When you vote for the leader of your country, vote for someone who is clear, concise, and has a strong background in history, geography, social and political sciences, and who is not a religious extremist.

Let them be intelligent, educated, moderately tempered, patient and understanding of the diversity of people.

Let them not be motivated, hatemongering businessmen.

Time to do some research, no?
xaminmo: Josh 2016 (Default)
Outraged Indian leaders in Brazil said on Monday they were offended by Pope Benedict's "arrogant and disrespectful" comments that the Roman Catholic Church had purified them and a revival of their religions would be a backward step.

In a speech to Latin American and Caribbean bishops at the end of a visit to Brazil, the Pope said the Church had not imposed itself on the indigenous peoples of the Americas.

They had welcomed the arrival of European priests at the time of the conquest as they were "silently longing" for Christianity, he said.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070514/wl_nm/pope_brazil_indians_dc
xaminmo: Josh 2016 (Default)
You can all just get me Gift Certificates for Christmas.

You know, the American holiday of commercialism, which was put on the same day as a previous holiday of the same name. That old holiday was to worship a Jewish messiah named, roughly, Joshua, or Yesua, or Jesus. It's not on his birth or death day, but rather was placed on a date which coincided to an Egyption holiday worshiping another holiday.

And the reason for choosing same dates on each iteration is to subvert the believers of the previous holiday into the new religion.

So, happy commercialism day!

Um, yah, like anyone will buy me gift certs NOW.

:)

Veils

Nov. 14th, 2006 04:45 pm
xaminmo: Josh 2016 (Default)
So, I think America is sort of like other veiled societies.

It's just the veils are different.

So many women are afraid to go outside without 1 to 12 layers of makeup.

Quick. Hide yourself.

I know, different reasons, somewhat, but it's still about hiding in some regards.
xaminmo: Josh 2016 (Default)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20061001/wl_mideast_afp/iraqusshiitesjesus

On an unrelated note, LJ intermittantly swaps my posts between CDT and GMT, making things difficult to actually post since it whines about timestamps.
xaminmo: Josh 2016 (Default)
Morality police turn witch hunters
RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's powerful morality police is launching a witch hunt in the birthplace of Islam.

The Authority for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice is setting up special centers in all cities to "register complaints on sorcerers and charlatans, track them and terminate them," the authority's chief Sheikh Ibrahim bin Abdallah al-Ghaith told al-Madinah newspaper.

Islam forbids magic and practicing it is considered blasphemy.

Saudi newspapers often report incidents involving so-called sorcerers, mainly from the Indian subcontinent and Africa.

Some Saudis pay them vast amounts of money, hoping to uncover hidden treasures or get jobs, according to the papers.

The religious police have wide powers in Saudi Arabia, which imposes a strict version of Sunni Islam, to prevent the spread of drugs, alcohol and prostitution as well as stop unrelated men and women mixing in public.
xaminmo: Josh 2016 (Default)
Lioness in zoo kills man who invoked God
KIEV (Reuters) - A man shouting that God would keep him safe was mauled to death by a lioness in Kiev zoo after he crept into the animal's enclosure, a zoo official said on Monday.

"The man shouted 'God will save me, if he exists', lowered himself by a rope into the enclosure, took his shoes off and went up to the lions," the official said.

"A lioness went straight for him, knocked him down and severed his carotid artery."

The incident, Sunday evening when the zoo was packed with visitors, was the first of its kind at the attraction. Lions and tigers are kept in an "animal island" protected by thick concrete blocks.
xaminmo: Josh 2016 (Christ Healing)
Put aside the fact that I'm completely disenchanted by the institution for its exploitation of meme in the name of riteousness, in no way should 2.5 minutes of out of tune, sick and sad sounding repetition of "bless-ed be the name -- of the lord" over a loudspeaker with faint accompanyment be construed as art warranting woots and cheers and hollars. Talent, once again, replaced by memetic exploitation.
xaminmo: Josh 2016 (BoB Dobbs)
Offered by His Holiness the Dalai Lama at American University, Washington, D.C. in November, 1998.
By thinking of all sentient beings
as even better than the wish-granting gem
for accomplishing the highest aim
may I always consider them precious.

Wherever I go, with whomever I go
may I see myself as less than all others,
and from the depth of my heart
may I consider them supremely precious.

May I examine my mind in all actions
and as soon as a negative state occurs,
since it endangers myself and others,
may I firmly face and avert it.

When I see beings of a negative disposition
or those oppressed by negativity or pain,
may I, as if finding a treasure,
consider them precious, for they are rarely met.

Whenever others, due to their jealousy,
revile and treat me in other unjust ways,
may I accept this defeat myself,
and offer the victory to others.

When someone whom I have helped
or in whom I have placed great hope
harms me with great injustice,
may I see that one as a sacred friend.

In short, may I offer both directly and indirectly
all joy and benefit to all beings, my mothers,
and may I myself secretly take on all of their hurt and suffering.

May they not be defiled by the concepts
of the eight mundane concerns,
and aware that all things are illusory,
may they, ungrasping, be free
from bondage.


Sometimes it's hard to forgive, because the knowledge of how to protect ourselves from harm in the future is unknown. So we forgive not, perpetuating enmity as a way to self preservation. I know I've been guilty of this many times.

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