You’re all fools!

On facebook, a pastor “friend” — named Shannon (a male) from high school posted a prayer request this morning. It seems someone has died and the pastor asked for prayers for the loved ones that the deceased has left behind.

Oh, did I fail to mention the deceased died in a plane crash and he left behind his wife and two small children.

I cannot be sarcastic enough when I say, “And this was god’s plan?”

Just a few minutes ago, Shannon updated again. This time, he posted Ecclesiastes 10:2.

A wise man’s heart directs him toward the right, but the foolish (A)man’s heart directs him toward the left.

Surely he didn’t say whether he was speaking politically, but there is a movement of right-y tighties to use this verse to validate their political affiliation.

Shannon and I have battled over politics before on facebook. I blogged it, but I can’t find it now. He advised his flock via facebook about a local story and how it reflected what they were teaching about Christianity and its connection to right-wing politics. I was appalled, and one of his Christian buddies and I laid into him.

Hard.

The Ecclesiastical verse is referring to the ancient notion of good and evil. The ancients code named good and evil, right and left. Hence why sitting at the right hand of Jesus is considered special. Culturally it has no relevant context in terms of American politics. Tell that to a tea-baggin’ loud mouth.

It’s where you get the term “righteous” in English. It even informed the notion of left-handed wickedness, before science could do a great PR move on that one (My left-handed brother thanks you, science.).

So I responded to Shannon with a simple verse reference. He responded immediately. Screen cap:

To be clear, Matthew 5:22 says:

“But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before (A)the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘[a]You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before [b](B)the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the [c](C)fiery hell.

The great thing is, there’s a couple things wrong with my response.

One, I was being a dick. Calling people a fool is contradictory in the bible. Ol’ Solomon seems to be fond of the term. Jesus chastised those who used it. I lean toward calling people out who favor calling people a fool. Which makes me a complete dick.

Two, I used the Matthew verse out of context. I was hoping to scare Shannon into not calling people fools by threatening hell on him. We all know that hell doesn’t exist. So why use it as a threat?

If there’s one thing you can find out beyond a shadow of a doubt, it’s that hell — as a supernatural place for torment and punishment — is a complete cultural ruse. And this verse is one of the greats to point to.

The footnote connected to the “fire of hell” in the verse says, “Literally Gehenna of Fire” (wiki link).  When Jesus refers to hell, he’s referring to an actual place outside of Jerusalem. It’s literally on the map. It’s not some mysterious place found in the supernatural afterlife. It’s not a place where the devil lives. Even Jesus — taken in context — taught this. Hell makes much more sense once you read the bible that way. I’m not sure how many times I need to address this.

Gehenna was a dump where outcasts and homeless people started fires, and they seemed to burn constantly. Even at the time, the place was considered a shithole. Why? Because it’s where people threw out their shit. Mythologies developed over the centuries and turned the notion from a literal place to a supernatural dwelling for the devil and bad people.

So to Shannon and any of you Christian readers out there, I apologize for misleading my readers to thinking that 1) I was a dick and 2) the supernatural version of hell exists.

Many apologies.

And if “hell” is the recompense for calling someone a fool … surely, you’re all fools.

Honk!

Make it a point to call someone a fool today. You’ll feel great!

Asteroid Discovery From 1980 – 2010

View of the solar system showing the locations of all the asteroids starting in 1980, as asteroids are discovered they are added to the map and highlighted white so you can pick out the new ones.
The final colour of an asteroids indicates how closely it comes to the inner solar system.
Earth Crossers are Red
Earth Approachers (Perihelion less than 1.3AU) are Yellow
All Others are Green

Notice now the pattern of discovery follows the Earth around its orbit, most discoveries are made in the region directly opposite the Sun. You’ll also notice some clusters of discoveries on the line between Earth and Jupiter, these are the result of surveys looking for Jovian moons. Similar clusters of discoveries can be tied to the other outer planets, but those are not visible in this video.

As the video moves into the mid 1990’s we see much higher discovery rates as automated sky scanning systems come online. Most of the surveys are imaging the sky directly opposite the sun and you’ll see a region of high discovery rates aligned in this manner.

At the beginning of 2010 a new discovery pattern becomes evident, with discovery zones in a line perpendicular to the Sun-Earth vector. These new observations are the result of the WISE (Widefield Infrared Survey Explorer) which is a space mission that’s tasked with imaging the entire sky in infrared wavelengths.

Currently we have observed over half a million minor planets, and the discovery rates snow no sign that we’re running out of undiscovered objects.

Orbital elements were taken from the ‘astorb.dat’ data created by Ted Bowell and associates athttp://www.naic.edu/~nolan/astorb.html

Spend a little time with a Glock

I just rolled by regular-reader and comment contributor* Glock’s neighborhood, and noticed a couple posts you should check out.

This is a great one on Bush’s third term. Check out the video of President Obama versus Senator Obama. It’s priceless.

This one about FOX news supporting terrorism is a gem.

And of course the narcisistic attention whore in me loves it when there’s a post about Le Café.

So go read them already.

And I say, “Comment Contributor” because I like all my regular readers, but I’m starting to show favoritism toward the commenters.

I mean, I talk about you guys daily as if you’re my close circle of friends. At any given point during the day, I might say, “Glock said supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! It was so cool.” Or Kilre said, “Were you looking at my bum?” Or biodork said, “Minestrone Minnesota!” Or Jude said, “Get a dog!” or Petursey said, “Bollocks Sandra Bullock!” Or Xina said, “I’ll box your face in!” Or Luis said, “I heart NYC.” Or SAW said, “I sell sea shells by the sea shore.” Or … well, you get the point. Do I have to name all of you? You all know each other by now, too.

So all you sweet-ass commenting cool people … Thanks.

To all you lurkers (yes you!), get your collective heads out of your asses. You’re contributing to reading, but the lack of responses are killing me.

By all means, keep reading. But grow a pair of ovum or balls and put yourself out there.

I mean, you have to have an opinion, don’t you?