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23-yr-old engineer commits suicide. Reason: A crow sat on his head
Bangalore Mirror ^ | July 20, 2013 | HM Chaithanya Swamy

Posted on 07/23/2013 7:55:25 PM PDT by Kip Russell

Before taking the extreme step, he told his mother who, after consulting an astrologer, said that praying at a temple would help. But the youth was not convinced.

Anand V H was all of 23, and an engineering graduate to boot. But he was superstitious too — so superstitious that he ended his life on Thursday, all because a crow perched itself on his head -- twice -- the previous day. Anand committed suicide allegedly by consuming poison at his rented accommodation on 3rd Cross, 5th Main, Manjunath Nagar in Rajajinagar. The incident came to light Thursday morning after his older brother, who was in Gadag (420 km from Bangalore near Dharwad), got worried and came to check on him.

Preliminary investigations revealed that Anand got very upset after a crow sat on his head on Wednesday. He immediately called up his mother and narrated the entire incident to her, expressing fears that it augured ill — a belief among a section of Hindus. His mother tried to allay his fears and told him to visit the Hanumantharaya Swamy temple and light a lamp. Anand, however, was not convinced and went home and locked himself up before taking the drastic step.

“My brother had called my mother, Parvathi, and told her about the crow. He was very tense when he spoke. My mother rushed to an astrologer and on his advice told Anand to pray at the Hanumantharaya Swamy temple," V H Hampanna, elder brother of the victim, told Bangalore Mirror.

He went on to add that a few minutes later he called up Anand, but didn’t get any response. He presumed his younger sibling was resting as he used to wake up by 5.30 am to go to work and take a nap after returning from work around 4.45 pm.

Hampanna said he came to Bangalore on Thursday morning, and when Anand failed to open the door despite repeated knocking, he let himself in with his spare keys. “Once I opened the door, I found my brother lying on the floor with froth coming out of his mouth. I immediately rushed him to a private hospital where doctors declared him brought dead,” he said.

Colleagues told the police a visibly disturbed Anand had narrated the incident to them on reaching office on Wednesday morning. He had told them the first time the crow perched itself on his head, he took to his heels. But he had a second brush with the persistent crow, following which he again fled the spot. Later, he took the office bus.

Hampanna and Anand were living together in the rented house. Hampanna had gone to Gadag when Anand took the extreme step. Anand, who had completed his BE from a college in Gadag, had been a trainee engineer with HAL for the past seven months.

Hampanna, however, said they were awaiting the post-mortem report as no poison bottle was found in the house. “I am waiting for the post-mortem report, but even I think he took the extreme step due to the crow incident.”

Police said it was likely Anand consumed the poison elsewhere, and had then come home and locked himself in. His body was handed over to the family after post-mortem. A case of unnatural death was registered at Basaveshwaranagar police station, and investigation is on.

Crow Chronicles

With a clientele that includes VVIPs, astrologer Chandrashekhar Swami who made headlines after he matched the horoscopes of Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai and gave his consent for the marriage offers an insight into the incident. He says people generally have a wrong belief about the crow because the bird is the vehicle of Lord Shani. “But there is a positive sign behind a crow sitting on anyone’s head. It means the crow has sensed danger ahead and is alerting the person. If something like this happens, one should conduct a puja and correct mistakes, if any,” said the swami, adding one should, in fact, thank the crow for sending out an advance warning.

Apart from this, it is believed that a crow lives for 1,000 years and, hence, it would have seen our ancestors. “They come in the form of a crow and alert us about problems. So, take corrective measures. Suicide is not the solution,” he added.

Astrologer Banu Prakash Sharma says according to astrology the soul of a person who ends his life unnaturally, is said to reside in the crow. “After death, such a soul will not have or find any place to settle down, so it enters the eggs of a crow,” says Sharma.

Hence, it is considered a bad omen if it enters a house or touches a human being. Sharma said crows never die a natural death. “That’s why the family members of a deceased offer curd rice to crows to ensure the soul of the dead person is at peace,” Sharma added.


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Astrology...idiotic no matter where it's practiced!
1 posted on 07/23/2013 7:55:25 PM PDT by Kip Russell
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To: Kip Russell

The Crow was right!


2 posted on 07/23/2013 7:58:10 PM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong.)
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To: Kip Russell; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows
I know how he feelz.


3 posted on 07/23/2013 7:58:25 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Kip Russell

Very Game of Thrones.


4 posted on 07/23/2013 8:00:38 PM PDT by Stentor
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To: a fool in paradise

that is a sacred black chicken


5 posted on 07/23/2013 8:01:04 PM PDT by bigheadfred (INFIDEL)
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To: Kip Russell

Is Johnny Depp OK?


6 posted on 07/23/2013 8:03:00 PM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: Kip Russell

No wonder I’m still on hold.


7 posted on 07/23/2013 8:03:20 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: All

And still the raven remains in my room
No matter how much I implore
No words can soothe him
No prayer remove him
And I must hear for evermore


8 posted on 07/23/2013 8:06:38 PM PDT by Klemper
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To: Kip Russell
Sad.
Some people can not help obsessing over things that most of us would treat with a shrug of the shoulders. It is real to them, and it is tragic to the lengths they are driven.
9 posted on 07/23/2013 8:07:04 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: Kip Russell

Somehow, the fact that a flock of crows is referred to as a “murder” of crows seems to fit, here.


10 posted on 07/23/2013 8:07:57 PM PDT by jonascord (Hurrah for the Bonny Blue Flag that bears a Single Star!)
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To: Kip Russell

Natural Selection at work. Dip$it..


11 posted on 07/23/2013 8:08:15 PM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: Kip Russell

Quoth the Raven
Nevermore


12 posted on 07/23/2013 8:09:05 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama: the bearded lady of Muslim Brotherhood))
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To: Kip Russell

The worst thing about having a crow sit on your head is all those crow flies.


13 posted on 07/23/2013 8:12:34 PM PDT by Misterioso (The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody has decided not to see.)
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To: Kip Russell

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
`’Tis some visitor,’ I muttered, `tapping at my chamber door -
Only this, and nothing more.’

Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December,
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
Eagerly I wished the morrow; - vainly I had sought to borrow
From my books surcease of sorrow - sorrow for the lost Lenore -
For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels named Lenore -
Nameless here for evermore.

And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain
Thrilled me - filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before;
So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating
`’Tis some visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door -
Some late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door; -
This it is, and nothing more,’

Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer,
`Sir,’ said I, `or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore;
But the fact is I was napping, and so gently you came rapping,
And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door,
That I scarce was sure I heard you’ - here I opened wide the door; -
Darkness there, and nothing more.

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before;
But the silence was unbroken, and the darkness gave no token,
And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, `Lenore!’
This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, `Lenore!’
Merely this and nothing more.

Back into the chamber turning, all my soul within me burning,
Soon again I heard a tapping somewhat louder than before.
`Surely,’ said I, `surely that is something at my window lattice;
Let me see then, what thereat is, and this mystery explore -
Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore; -
‘Tis the wind and nothing more!’

Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter,
In there stepped a stately raven of the saintly days of yore.
Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he;
But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door -
Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door -
Perched, and sat, and nothing more.

Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,
By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore,
`Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou,’ I said, `art sure no craven.
Ghastly grim and ancient raven wandering from the nightly shore -
Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night’s Plutonian shore!’
Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.’

Much I marvelled this ungainly fowl to hear discourse so plainly,
Though its answer little meaning - little relevancy bore;
For we cannot help agreeing that no living human being
Ever yet was blessed with seeing bird above his chamber door -
Bird or beast above the sculptured bust above his chamber door,
With such name as `Nevermore.’

But the raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only,
That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.
Nothing further then he uttered - not a feather then he fluttered -
Till I scarcely more than muttered `Other friends have flown before -
On the morrow he will leave me, as my hopes have flown before.’
Then the bird said, `Nevermore.’

Startled at the stillness broken by reply so aptly spoken,
`Doubtless,’ said I, `what it utters is its only stock and store,
Caught from some unhappy master whom unmerciful disaster
Followed fast and followed faster till his songs one burden bore -
Till the dirges of his hope that melancholy burden bore
Of “Never-nevermore.”’

But the raven still beguiling all my sad soul into smiling,
Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird and bust and door;
Then, upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking
Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of yore -
What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of yore
Meant in croaking `Nevermore.’

This I sat engaged in guessing, but no syllable expressing
To the fowl whose fiery eyes now burned into my bosom’s core;
This and more I sat divining, with my head at ease reclining
On the cushion’s velvet lining that the lamp-light gloated o’er,
But whose velvet violet lining with the lamp-light gloating o’er,
She shall press, ah, nevermore!

Then, methought, the air grew denser, perfumed from an unseen censer
Swung by Seraphim whose foot-falls tinkled on the tufted floor.
`Wretch,’ I cried, `thy God hath lent thee - by these angels he has sent thee
Respite - respite and nepenthe from thy memories of Lenore!
Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe, and forget this lost Lenore!’
Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.’

`Prophet!’ said I, `thing of evil! - prophet still, if bird or devil! -
Whether tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore,
Desolate yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted -
On this home by horror haunted - tell me truly, I implore -
Is there - is there balm in Gilead? - tell me - tell me, I implore!’
Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.’

`Prophet!’ said I, `thing of evil! - prophet still, if bird or devil!
By that Heaven that bends above us - by that God we both adore -
Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn,
It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels named Lenore -
Clasp a rare and radiant maiden, whom the angels named Lenore?’
Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.’

`Be that word our sign of parting, bird or fiend!’ I shrieked upstarting -
`Get thee back into the tempest and the Night’s Plutonian shore!
Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken!
Leave my loneliness unbroken! - quit the bust above my door!
Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!’
Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.’

And the raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;
And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is dreaming,
And the lamp-light o’er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted - nevermore!

— Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven


14 posted on 07/23/2013 8:13:01 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Life. Liberty. Property. Marriage. Family. Sovereignty. Security. Borders. The Oath.)
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To: Kip Russell

What!? Sheryl Crow sat on his head? (Sorry, that’s the way I first read it.)


15 posted on 07/23/2013 8:14:02 PM PDT by windsorknot (>>>)
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To: Kip Russell

Hmmmm, must have been that same crow that crapped all over Disney’s Lone Ranger, bombing both Johnny Depp and the box office.

Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to DVD we go.


16 posted on 07/23/2013 8:14:17 PM PDT by DeFault User
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To: Kip Russell

Well let’s not be narrow minded here. The crow was obviously a messenger from the great beyond who chose this young man’s body to inhabit after the young man croaked. Or was it a frog?


17 posted on 07/23/2013 8:14:49 PM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely expressed as advice)
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To: Kip Russell

Well, as a trained astrologer, I disagree. The crow thing had nothing to do with astrology - it had to do with a religious belief.
Astrology isn’t a religion - it’s mathematics - and FYI, it was used by Newton and all the serious scientists of that era.


18 posted on 07/23/2013 8:17:07 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: Kip Russell

Mr. Crow, meet Mr. Remington...


19 posted on 07/23/2013 8:20:18 PM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (The emperor < still > has no pedigree.)
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To: Kip Russell

“...a crow sat on his head on Wednesday. He immediately called up his mother and narrated the entire incident to her, expressing fears that it augured ill...”

More ill than taking poison? The logic is hard to understand.

“I think I’m going to have a bad thing happen, the crow on my head is an omen, so I’ll take some really painful poison to escape the, I don’t know what, ill, that this crow thing might mean”

? Crisis of mental illness here.


20 posted on 07/23/2013 8:24:52 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Kip Russell

Jesus can free from any curse even imagined ones such as these!


21 posted on 07/23/2013 8:25:13 PM PDT by JSDude1 (Is John Boehner the Neville Chamberlain of American Politics?)
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To: Kip Russell

One fewer H1-B to compete with an American for a job.


22 posted on 07/23/2013 8:25:58 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: Kip Russell

It doesn’t appear that he believed the astrologer.

This is Hinduism in action.


23 posted on 07/23/2013 8:29:16 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: null and void

There are quite alot of crows in the SC valley...


24 posted on 07/23/2013 8:30:23 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: Kip Russell

He musta been from Cleveland.


25 posted on 07/23/2013 8:30:53 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 (("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.))
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To: a fool in paradise

Jay Silverheels is rolling in his grave, Kimo-sabe.


26 posted on 07/23/2013 8:31:26 PM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: kabumpo

>> “and FYI, it was used by Newton and all the serious scientists of that era.” <<

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Take another hit on the bong and try again.


27 posted on 07/23/2013 8:32:29 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: editor-surveyor

If only we could train them!


28 posted on 07/23/2013 8:33:25 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: editor-surveyor

It happens to be true.


29 posted on 07/23/2013 8:34:05 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: Kip Russell

Let’s see- you are an atheist, over fifty, never been married, and would never have children- yet, you find astrology idiotic. You are the well kept Colorado kipper. Hedonist perhaps?


30 posted on 07/23/2013 8:34:44 PM PDT by RedHeeler
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To: Kip Russell
He got too close to the crow’s nest, that’s all it was. I had a cardinal swoop down on my head a few weeks ago. Too bad!
31 posted on 07/23/2013 8:35:32 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Vince Ferrer

“No wonder I’m still on hold.”

THAT is the funniest thing I have read or heard all day!


32 posted on 07/23/2013 8:36:12 PM PDT by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: Misterioso
The worst thing about having a crow sit on your head is all those crow flies.

How does one get a crow to sit in his head? Crows are afraid of humans.

33 posted on 07/23/2013 8:37:52 PM PDT by Mark17 (A creepy a$$ cracker, retiring in the Philippines)
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To: Nik Naym; Vince Ferrer

Was that “Peggy?”


34 posted on 07/23/2013 8:38:04 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: Kip Russell

He coulda been a lead character in a movie.


35 posted on 07/23/2013 8:43:05 PM PDT by kaehurowing
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To: Kip Russell

Good riddance! This moron would have off-ed himself anyway. Life is too short to worry about idiots.


36 posted on 07/23/2013 8:44:02 PM PDT by sagar
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To: Beowulf9

“...expressing fears that it augured ill.”

I’m not sure what you folks have against their beliefs. He WAS right ya know.

Funny, just today I saw a crow hopping around a puddle I was standing near - he was working up the courage to take a drink. Finally he got in (about 4 feet from me) and took several drinks - with a wary eye on me as I stood stock still. Cool to watch. Then he took off - right past me - his wing missing my cheek by a few inches!

It would have been really cool if it had landed on my head!


37 posted on 07/23/2013 8:44:06 PM PDT by 21twelve ("We've got the guns, and we got the numbers" adapted and revised from Jim M.)
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To: Kip Russell

Geez...I read it as a cow sat on his head.


38 posted on 07/23/2013 8:45:20 PM PDT by Conservative4Ever (I'm going Galt)
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To: Kip Russell

39 posted on 07/23/2013 8:46:17 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: RedHeeler
Let’s see- you are an atheist, over fifty, never been married, and would never have children- yet, you find astrology idiotic.

I also find Flat Earth Theory, Velikovsky, seances, ghost hunting, homeopathy, and Dianetics idiotic...and that's just for a start.

Disagree?

Hedonist perhaps?

If I am, I'm lousy at it. Have never done illegal drugs so much as once, have never smoked, can count the number of alcoholic drinks I've ever had on two hands, and I've never had a romantic relationship in my life.

"Pleasures of the flesh" simply don't interest me.

40 posted on 07/23/2013 8:48:20 PM PDT by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: null and void

Were They Astrologers? — Big League Scientists and Astrology

http://www.mountainastrologer.com/standards/editor’s%20choice/articles/science_ast.html


41 posted on 07/23/2013 8:48:43 PM PDT by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: Conservative4Ever

>> “Geez...I read it as a cow sat on his head.” <<

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Same here!

It sure would have saved him lots of trouble.


42 posted on 07/23/2013 8:49:08 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: katana

No, Johnny is definitely not OK.


43 posted on 07/23/2013 8:49:21 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: windsorknot
What!? Sheryl Crow sat on his head?

Considering her (lack of) wiping beliefs/practices, that might put him over the edge.............

44 posted on 07/23/2013 8:50:47 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: kabumpo
"Astrology isn’t a religion - it’s mathematics"

Calculating charts is mathematics. Thinking the positions of planets affect your life or personality is delusion.

45 posted on 07/23/2013 8:51:07 PM PDT by mlo
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To: Kip Russell

Good.


46 posted on 07/23/2013 8:54:32 PM PDT by RedHeeler
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To: Kip Russell

>> “I also find Flat Earth Theory...” <<

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Just what is “Flat Earth Theory?”

I can find no evidence that anyone ever believed that the Earth was flat until school teachers began talking about it in the 1950s.

The Bible, and every other ancient volume speak of a spherical Earth.


47 posted on 07/23/2013 8:56:28 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: mlo; kabumpo; editor-surveyor
“In astrology the rules happen to be about stars and planets, but they could be about ducks and drakes for all the difference it would make. It's just a way of thinking about a problem which lets the shape of that problem begin to emerge. The more rules, the tinier the rules, the more arbitrary they are, the better. It's like throwing a handful of fine graphite dust on a piece of paper to see where the hidden indentations are. It lets you see the words that were written on the piece of paper above it that's now been taken away and hidden. The graphite's not important. It's just the means of revealing the indentations. So you see, astrology's nothing to do with astronomy. It's just to do with people thinking about people.”

~ Douglas Adams, Mostly Harmless

48 posted on 07/23/2013 9:01:11 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: editor-surveyor
Just what is “Flat Earth Theory?”

I can find no evidence that anyone ever believed that the Earth was flat until school teachers began talking about it in the 1950s.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flat_Earth

The Flat Earth model is an archaic belief that the Earth's shape is a plane or disk. Many ancient cultures have had conceptions of a flat Earth, including Greece until the classical period, the Bronze Age and Iron Age civilizations of the Near East until the Hellenistic period, India until the Gupta period (early centuries AD) and China until the 17th century. It was also typically held in the aboriginal cultures of the Americas, and a flat Earth domed by the firmament in the shape of an inverted bowl is common in pre-scientific societies.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flat_Earth#Modern_period
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flat_Earth#Modern_flat-Earthers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flat_Earth_Society

49 posted on 07/23/2013 9:03:25 PM PDT by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Kip Russell

Laughable in the highest!

Anyone that has ever stood on a bluff overlooking the ocean instantly knows that the Earth is quite curved.


50 posted on 07/23/2013 9:06:33 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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