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Posts by Lonely Bull

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  • 6 Grammatical Errors That Need to Stop Now

    08/30/2015 12:56:37 PM PDT · 227 of 349
    Lonely Bull to Joe 6-pack
    I think there are two things in play with such ambiguity: laziness and self-centeredness. Being precise takes a little more effort. People may think they are streamlining things on their end and making a process more efficient, when in fact, they're muddying the waters and jamming up the works on the other end. I have multiple clients, some of whom will use the same acronym or abbreviation as others, with entirely different meanings. Fortunately, I'm pretty good at reading them in context.

    I can think of other things as well, at least in some cases: here I'm thinking of baby forums that extensively use their own semi-secret acronyms and other coy phrases.

    I haven't frequented those forums at all, but I've read about other things, such as odd choices for baby names, and sometimes the discussion drifts into talking about the language on baby forums. A search easily yields multiple complaints online that this style of writing makes understanding posts harder for beginners and other outsiders. I've speculated, and others have posted in discussions, that maybe part of using some secret language is precisely to create a sort of in-group. I sympathize a lot more, though, with the uninitiated parents who simply want to discuss a matter without having to learn a sort of second language, especially because it's simply unnecessary for plain discussion.

    In fact, here's one example of using the same acronym in different ways. On those baby forums, "BM" can mean "breast milk." As you readers probably already know, "BM" is more often used for something rather different. If you're anything like me, you'll have great difficulty reading certain baby posts without bursting into laughter--and great difficulty understanding how anyone who knows the more common meaning of "BM" can use it to mean "breast milk" as well.

  • 6 Grammatical Errors That Need to Stop Now

    08/30/2015 12:27:00 PM PDT · 199 of 349
    Lonely Bull to llmc1
    “That” thrown in for no reason:
    She knows that there are books at the library.

    Your example, though, works grammatically; this "that" isn't simply gratuitous.

  • Selecting Boys Over Girls Is A Trend In More And More Countries

    08/26/2015 6:41:50 PM PDT · 17 of 26
    Lonely Bull to nickcarraway
    They are just realizing this now? I thought, "it's between a woman and her doctor."

    This sort of discussion has been around for some time, along with agonized discussion about what sort of "abortion rights" is most properly feminist.

    For example, see this 2013 thread: Why women have a right to sex-selective abortion

    [...] even the most terrible reason for having an abortion holds more sway than the best imaginable reason for compelling a woman to carry to term.
  • Biblical Teaching on the Use of Colorful and Harsh Language

    08/24/2015 8:58:31 AM PDT · 10 of 13
    Lonely Bull to Salvation
    Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and now am here. I have not come on my own; but he sent me. … You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. … He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God” (John 8:42-47).

    Yet notice that none of these statements is immediately followed by an attempted stoning; the one that does, though, ends with "...before Abraham was, I am" (v. 58). I do grant that there was likely to be building anger anyway, but notice the difference between that society and ours.

  • De Blasio’s Proposal to Destroy Pedestrian Times Square Is the Opposite of Progressive

    08/21/2015 8:03:14 PM PDT · 4 of 7
    Lonely Bull to nickcarraway

    The source is nymag.com, not nypost.com.

  • A look at the biblical foreshadowing of The Blessed Virgin Mary’s Immaculate Conception

    08/19/2015 11:04:52 AM PDT · 5 of 59
    Lonely Bull to defconw
    Might want to Caucus this thread. Just a suggestion.

    If my reading of the guidelines is correct, this thread won't qualify: "Unlike the 'caucus' threads, the article and reply posts of an 'ecumenical' thread may discuss more than one belief."

    It may be more likely to qualify as one of those "ecumenical" threads, which allows discussion but not antagonism. A proper "ecumenical" thread has neither the exclusion of the "caucus" threads (if this were a caucus thread, I couldn't post here) nor the rampant antagonism of the "open" threads. I don't know why more people don't use it; my best guess is simply not knowing about it (it's not used very often), and I will take advantage of a good opportunity to promote it.

  • Poverty, Anyone? Why the First Evangelical Counsel Is a Gift for Us All

    08/19/2015 9:30:41 AM PDT · 35 of 35
    Lonely Bull to Jeff Chandler
    For goodness’ sake please label these posts caucus so we can have a civilized discussion.

    I like the "ecumenical" label, which explicitly excludes antagonism while allowing what you may call outsiders to post.

    (I, for one, do not fit neatly into any of the most common caucus labels. Therefore, I do not post in such threads--even though I sometimes have ideas for posts that I intend to be helpful, written in good faith, and otherwise within the guidelines for a caucus thread, such as "The 'caucus' article and posts must not compare beliefs or speak in behalf of a belief outside the caucus." As you can probably guess, my support of the "caucus" option is tepid at most.)

  • Woman Desperate to Have Baby Used IVF to Conceive, Then After a Natural Pregnancy She Aborted

    08/19/2015 8:12:34 AM PDT · 2 of 20
    Lonely Bull to Morgana
    Additionally, Hannah said she uses an analogy to help people understand why she wanted an abortion after struggling to conceive for so long. She explained, “It’s like wanting a Snickers bar in the morning, eating three, and then being presented with yet another Snickers bar that you no longer want.”

    Because a child is a lot like a Snickers bar--thanks for the reminder, Hannah!--I am reminded of Goya's painting "Saturn Devouring His Son." If it weren't so startling, I'd add the image here.

  • Gov. Abbott gets flak for Facebook post about Virgin Mary

    08/17/2015 5:09:59 PM PDT · 24 of 48
    Lonely Bull to southern rock
    Democratic consultant Colin Strother couldn’t resist a shot at Abbott over the heated comments. “This is what you get for catering to religious nuts. Enjoy!” Strother wrote.

    Why isn't this the story? Hmmmm?

    If he were a Republican consultant mocking members of Unacceptable Target Religions, it would be.

  • D.C., New York area airports put flights on hold [problems with air traffic control]

    08/15/2015 10:37:28 AM PDT · 1 of 19
    Lonely Bull
  • A Brief Biblical Manual on the Problem of Deception

    08/14/2015 5:57:24 PM PDT · 8 of 8
    Lonely Bull to Salvation

    I went to that page, skimmed the post, and was alarmed at first. I’d mistaken his six lettered points near the end (after “What are some of the common ways people ‘want’ to be deceived?”) as beginning with statements to be affirmed instead of statements to be refuted. :p

    I’d prefer that these beginning statements were more clearly marked as false and more clearly distinguished from the contrasting scriptural quotations following them.

  • Airbus Scientist to Announce 'Major Theoretical Breakthrough' in Cold Fusion in October

    08/14/2015 2:18:29 PM PDT · 38 of 43
    Lonely Bull to Normandy
    Also, the author is French.

    Yes. One thing that did occur to me as I was writing my first post is that French usage in this matter (I'm not aware of international variation) seems to be closer to the "British" than to the "American."

    I don't know just how much influence that fact has here, though. In other words, maybe French usage influenced him to choose the British style, maybe he meant to use the American style but used something closer to French--or maybe his French background didn't matter much here.

    My main message (directed not mainly at you but in general) is broader than his example:

    Placing the period outside quotation marks does happen in respectable English-language writing in other countries. Someone from Britain may even wonder if the American style is "proper." I tend to use the American style simply because it's what I know and most of my readers know; I've heard the British style called "more logical," and I can see why.

  • Airbus Scientist to Announce 'Major Theoretical Breakthrough' in Cold Fusion in October

    08/14/2015 1:11:19 PM PDT · 20 of 43
    Lonely Bull to E. Pluribus Unum
    And why doesn't anybody use proper punctuation at the end of a sentence with quotes? Did they pass a law against it or something?

    I don't know if the writer is using what many call a "British style," but it calls for placing that period outside the quotation mark. I've seen multiple examples from countries that tend to follow that style. (The rest of the quotation has other things that I'd edit: for example, I'd remove the comma from "The only way my theory leaves them, is to find a counter example to our theory.")

  • Men, Fornication is for Cowards

    08/09/2015 3:35:33 PM PDT · 93 of 150
    Lonely Bull to NorthstarMom
    And, you are right, there is no irony. Both fornication and sodomy are sins against a holy God.

    I thought about the matter for a little while longer, and I haven't changed my mind about irony in terms of what I'll call the thoughts in themselves. Even so, there's a certain kind of irony in terms of the people who disapprove of homosexuality for ostensibly moral reasons while approving of heterosexual fornication for...well, "ostensibly moral reasons" doesn't really fit here, you'll notice.

    (I can imagine an attempt at a moral system in which fornicating with the opposite sex is good and fornicating with the same sex is bad, but it would be an unfamilar idea, and most people on this forum wouldn't subscribe to it.)

  • Men, Fornication is for Cowards

    08/09/2015 2:56:29 PM PDT · 74 of 150
    Lonely Bull to BwanaNdege
    “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against THEIR own body.” – 1 Corinthians 6:18 _______________________________________________________ I’ve been seeing these ungrammatical quotations from Scripture hear (sic) and there for awhile. Is there REALLY a published version of Scripture out there using this abominable non-English?

    Sorry, but I do not see any "abominable non-English". What are you talking about? The syntax of the entire verse?

    I suppose that the problem here is the use of "their" for the singular.

    A search points me to the recent revised NIV ("gender neutrality" is one of the controversies surrounding it). I do happen to have a copy of the older one, and it uses masculine forms here (such as "man" and "his").

  • Men, Fornication is for Cowards

    08/09/2015 2:48:43 PM PDT · 70 of 150
    Lonely Bull to NorthstarMom
    Mocking God’s commands, as well as those who strive to follow them, is about as unbiblical as one can get.

    Notice that mocking God's commands also has some connection to the promotion of homosexual behavior. I was tempted to add "ironically enough" to that last sentence, but a little thought will show that the deeper similarity isn't actually very ironic.

    Remember, whether you the reader are 14 or 114: it's better to be called a "homo" for being chaste than to win the approval of anonymous people on the internet.

  • Santa Cruz boy accused of murdering, raping Madyson charged as adult

    07/29/2015 2:29:55 PM PDT · 26 of 30
    Lonely Bull to El Cid
    I doubt it. Most likely a homegrown psycho.

    This thread began yesterday:

    Missing Santa Cruz 8 year old girl was raped and strangled (by illegal alien?)

    We'll see what is revealed, though I've been sharing your doubts and also think that if he is indeed here illegally, there'll be an article with more substantial evidence sooner or later.

  • The 5-point anatomy of a Hillary youth flyer gone VERY wrong

    07/27/2015 3:27:13 PM PDT · 31 of 38
    Lonely Bull to right way right
    If the tags dissapeared it would indicate how huge her support is. The tags are probably still all there.

    I can imagine (though the fact would still say more to me about the size of her support than about the effectiveness of using tags). I've been wondering how the party went. Were there, indeed, lots of the promised young people? Even old people?

  • The 5-point anatomy of a Hillary youth flyer gone VERY wrong

    07/27/2015 2:56:31 PM PDT · 29 of 38
    Lonely Bull to The Looking Spoon
    I can’t speak for other phones, but you don’t even need to unlock your iPhone to access the camera, and you do it on one fast swipe. From there you can use it to share with friends in a variety of ways that would make more sense than offering a finite number of tags on a flyer.

    All that is part of why I wrote "can be faster" instead of "is faster." In any case, what I've seen recently hints to me that these tags are still relevant enough to be used, even in places where seemingly every normal young student has a working smart phone and not a few students involve themselves in political activism. If there's enough room at the bottom of the paper, I don't see the use of tags per se as a general problem, such as in terms of perception.

    You could even frame the whole thing as being environmentally conscious, which is BS, but still.

    That reminds me:

    Although the two things don't exactly match, I see the use of paper tags as something akin to the use of paper flyers themselves. I even think of the use of paper in offices today, years after the "paperless office" was first promised.

    Of course, few people would like to return to an all-paper office--

    The point is, there are more effective (and less analog) ways to capture a youth audience and hold their attention. The fact there are these shreds of paper kids can and will lose for one event and no Facebook or Instagram profile for them to follow the entire movement shows a tone deafness that makes the age of the organizer irrelevant.

    I do agree that now there are more effective ways. I just don't think that paper tags are ineffective just yet, even in areas where most interested passers-by will have something digital handy.

    I also agree that the lack of anything newer than e-mail will be a problem. As lots of people reading this have probably seen online and on paper--I'm not revealing secrets to Hillary supporters--it's not hard to provide a pretty good deal of information about social media in a relatively small space.

  • The 5-point anatomy of a Hillary youth flyer gone VERY wrong

    07/27/2015 1:44:17 PM PDT · 19 of 38
    Lonely Bull to The Looking Spoon
    2.the "take me" tags are a nice touch (even though they look untouched) for young people who still don't know how to add events to the calendar on their phones, or about cameras on their phones, or how to use their phones (oh wait, that's their parents grandparents). At least there's an email address, email was still sort of new when I was this kid's age so that's young-ish.

    These tags are still popular enough today on political flyers that I've seen recently in places with lots of these young people and lots of technology. Tearing off a tag can be faster than even using a camera. Not even two weeks ago, I saw one sheet with nearly every tag gone (I remember it mainly because I find the related cause particularly repugnant).

    I haven't looked closely at these current examples, but most probably do contain things newer than e-mail addresses.

  • Civilian guards ordered to leave [recruiting station] after one accidentally fires rifle

    07/25/2015 8:15:18 AM PDT · 24 of 51
    Lonely Bull to ClearCase_guy
    I just wonder if some Obama supporter might have shown up with an AR-15 and pulled a good ol' boy routine:

    "Why, shucks, fellas, it sure is good to be heah with y'all. Got to keep them A-rabs in line, y'know" [BAM!] "Well, gosh darn it, looks like I done fired mah assault rifle. Must be my magazine was too durn big. I surely hope they don't chase y'all away on account 'o me."

    Though similar suspicions aren't my best (current!) guess about what happened there, they were quick to come to my mind.

  • The question: How will Kathryn Steinle’s death push us forward?

    07/14/2015 3:34:31 PM PDT · 14 of 17
    Lonely Bull to Islander2
    Three young black men who committed crimes were killed by police. Quick responses from the White House in support of the black men, even sending representatives to talk to the surviving families and in some cases calling for a federal investigation.
    One white young woman shot and killed by an ILLEGAL alien. From the White House nothing. No phone call, no representative contacting the family of the deceased. NOTHING.
    People who are neither Black nor White say the reason is very obvious. The 3 young men were Black, but the 1 young woman was White.

    I have a hard time believing that the White House would be more sympathetic had that bullet hit a black woman that evening, even if the killer turned out to be Obviously White, and maybe even if the killer's motives turned out to be Obviously Racist. Though we'll never hear this admission from certain parties, it'd still be more significant that the killer was here illegally with the help of "sanctuary city" policies promoted by those who are politically like this president. Even thinking through that "obviously racist" scenario, I have a hard time imagining that certain people would take harsher actions against illegal immigration than what they've already taken against the Confederate flag.

  • Why is Kate Steinle's death not important enough for Barack Obama?

    07/14/2015 2:35:09 PM PDT · 9 of 22
    Lonely Bull to Zakeet
    Was there Obama administration representation at the funeral of Jamiel Shaw, Jr.?

    Jamiel Shaw's Family Warned Us of Sanctuary Dangers

    President Obama, who calls gay basketball players when they come out of the closet, has not as yet called Kathryn Steinle's father and family, just as he did not issue a statement at the time saying that if he had a son, he might look like Jamiel Shaw, Jr., which he said of Trayvon Martin after he was shot and killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.

  • Commentary: Obama's silence on Kathryn Steinle killing is deafening

    07/14/2015 2:30:38 PM PDT · 17 of 30
    Lonely Bull to willibeaux
    Oldec.... Because she ain’t the right color??

    As it so happened, this thread appeared earlier today:

    Jamiel Shaw's Family Warned Us of Sanctuary Dangers
    (original article)

    Jamiel was black.

    President Obama, who calls gay basketball players when they come out of the closet, has not as yet called Kathryn Steinle's father and family, just as he did not issue a statement at the time saying that if he had a son, he might look like Jamiel Shaw, Jr., which he said of Trayvon Martin after he was shot and killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.

  • Mother Miriam's Heart for the Family and Church (former Jew & Evangelical)

    07/07/2015 3:24:05 PM PDT · 21 of 35
    Lonely Bull to af_vet_1981
    What is the point about consistency ?

    The world does contain consistency: people consistently shout the loudest when their own oxen are being gored.

  • Opinion: Will California use congestion to coerce motorists?

    07/06/2015 5:57:21 PM PDT · 17 of 20
    Lonely Bull to ProtectOurFreedom
    The kooks are also trying to take away one of three lanes from El Camino Real from San Mateo to San Jose and make it a fully dedicated bus lane — all part of the “We know what’s best for you” elitist attitude to get you out of your car and onto a bicycle, carpool, bus, or train.

    I know about the effort, though I'm not deeply familiar with it. The region has similar efforts, such as in Oakland. I understand that there has been opposition from businesses along the route, since this plan sacrifices much parking. Of course, the plans have been approved. (Parking is bad!!!!! Yes, people actually believe that.)

    These people are absolutely insane and they infect every level of government.

    Depending on the person, I might use words other than "insane"; at least to me, "insanity" suggests an "insanity defense" and a possible mitigation of culpability.

  • Opinion: Will California use congestion to coerce motorists?

    07/06/2015 5:32:23 PM PDT · 14 of 20
    Lonely Bull to Extremely Extreme Extremist
    Now the state is nothing more than Haiti.

    No, California is better because Haiti probably doesn't have many bike lanes. They make everything vibrant and livable! (Yes, those two words are actually quite popular among a certain crowd. I even looked up "two wheels good, four wheels bad," and there seem to be people using it unironically.)

  • Condemnation and Execution of John Hus [600 years ago today]

    07/06/2015 3:17:36 PM PDT · 22 of 116
    Lonely Bull to hosepipe
    Can’t have all them christians getting uppity..
    They could learn that they don’t even need an organized church..
    Or Priests.. Cardinals or Popes.. Pastors or even Deacons..

    or you know.. vestments, wafers, statues, pews or crosses..

    sorry to say it.. BUT God would be enough..

    Then they don't need Bibles, either? (I am asking because I've noticed "God would be enough" from multiple people of multiple theological persuasions, but I've also never really heard a matching account of how this idea would work as a guiding principle in life--for example, in missions.)

  • Opinion: Will California use congestion to coerce motorists?

    07/06/2015 2:55:41 PM PDT · 1 of 20
    Lonely Bull
  • Jerusalem family finds 2,000-year old mikveh underneath living room

    07/01/2015 4:24:25 PM PDT · 5 of 21
    Lonely Bull to ForYourChildren
    66-70 CE?? Christian Era?

    Sometimes "CE" is meant that way, but more often it's "Common Era." I wouldn't be surprised to see this usage at Haaretz.

  • In Vain Do They Worship Me

    06/23/2015 6:01:18 PM PDT · 132 of 281
    Lonely Bull to caww
    Scroll on by then... let the Word of God do what it’s intended to do against false teachings and teachers....which it’s been doing regarding catholicism for centuries in order to being out those who would come out from the bondage they are in.

    How many converts do these threads make?

  • 5 dead, 8 injured in balcony collapse in (Berkeley) California, police say

    06/16/2015 5:48:36 AM PDT · 36 of 45
    Lonely Bull to Zakeet

    This turns out to be the “Library Gardens” building. It’s not very old. As the name hints, it’s right next to the main branch of the Berkeley Public Library. (This balcony was across the street from the back side of the main post office, and another side of this building is across from Berkeley High School.) When I was in downtown Berkeley—more often than now—roughly ten years ago, I remember seeing this building under construction, and I’ve been on that very sidewalk.

    (I’ve never been in the building and never really looked up at the balconies. I’m not simply dismissing any possibibility of problems in design or construction, but I do wonder just how large this one was.)

  • Freedom From Religion founder Anne Nicol Gaylor dies

    06/15/2015 3:52:21 PM PDT · 43 of 57
    Lonely Bull to x1stcav
    Please refer to post 36.

    How do you read those passages in conjunction with, for example, Ezekiel 18? (I can think of a few ways in which you may do so, but they may not be what you had in mind.)

  • Freedom From Religion founder Anne Nicol Gaylor dies

    06/15/2015 3:48:09 PM PDT · 39 of 57
    Lonely Bull to x1stcav
    Anyway, save me from your piousness.

    Presumably the Freedom from Religion Foundation exists for such a purpose. ;)

  • Freedom From Religion founder Anne Nicol Gaylor dies

    06/15/2015 3:46:21 PM PDT · 37 of 57
    Lonely Bull to x1stcav
    For the last time. I didn’t say HE celebrates.

    I do.

    So in other words, you celebrate something in which God takes "no pleasure"?

  • Freedom From Religion founder Anne Nicol Gaylor dies

    06/15/2015 3:27:35 PM PDT · 29 of 57
    Lonely Bull to x1stcav
    I am puzzled by your response. And please believe me when I say I am not trying to be contentious.

    This person wasn’t a simple benign non-believer. She was actively hostile to, and antagonistic toward, Christianity.

    So, I rejoice in her passing.

    If there is a flicker in the twilight tonight it may be her realizing her life was a mistake.

    I am not a fan of the current view of our God as a feminized kinder and gentler God.

    I much prefer the idea that he is stern, demanding, and vengeful.

    I personally think he is pissed at all of us.

    [Ezekiel 18:29] Yet saith the house of Israel, The way of the Lord is not equal. O house of Israel, are not my ways equal? are not your ways unequal?
    [30] Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord God. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.
    [31] Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?
    [32] For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.

  • Mary Statue Rebuilt in Ancient Syrian Christian Town

    06/13/2015 6:25:58 PM PDT · 85 of 242
    Lonely Bull to ealgeone
    I stand corrected, and I just reviewed what I did the first time. Probably something didn't align correctly in my window, and I didn't look carefully at the post numbers.

    If this were the playground this is when the fun begins.

    The playground's different when it's filled with peaceful, patient, loving Christians. So I am told.

  • Mary Statue Rebuilt in Ancient Syrian Christian Town

    06/13/2015 5:16:32 PM PDT · 52 of 242
    Lonely Bull to ealgeone
    is profanity allowed?? on my little reply box it says:

    no profanity, no personal attacks, no racism or violence in posts

    I've never been a moderator here, but when I posted, I was thinking primarily of the ping to the Religion Moderator, who doesn't "patrol" the other forums.

    In terms of those rules, I'm primarily thinking of "liar." The Religion Forum rules will probably consider such an accusation a form of "making it personal," but I've never heard of that rule applying specifically to the News Forum as well. The use of "liar" here may qualify as a "personal attack" in what you quoted, but there's a somewhat different set of rules in the News Forum, and I wouldn't pretend to know how the rule applies in this case.

    I won't ask you to repeat what you consider profanity if you'd prefer not to quote it. I looked at the chain of reply posts, though, and didn't see what I'd consider profanity. (I did see a possible example elsewhere in this thread.)

  • Mary Statue Rebuilt in Ancient Syrian Christian Town

    06/13/2015 4:55:37 PM PDT · 39 of 242
    Lonely Bull to WVKayaker; ealgeone
    Dear FR, it is against forum rules to make such crass statements.

    (This thread is in the News Forum, where the specific Religion Forum rules do not necessarily apply.)

  • Why I'm Catholic. Sola Scriptura isn't workable Part 1

    06/13/2015 2:32:50 PM PDT · 35 of 37
    Lonely Bull to Idaho_Cowboy
    Any time we rely on men to tell us what the Bible says then we are in danger of putting ourselves under the authority of man rather than God.

    I wonder how often, though, people interpret the Bible while believing that they are under "the authority of God" yet are simply deceiving themselves. I'm reminded of 2 Peter 3:15b-16: "...even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; [16] As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction."

    (This state, too, is arguably a state of being "under the authority of man," a sort of self-authority--but it's a state that's probably harder to detect than others, such as "I believe my pastor in everything having to do with biblical interpretation.")

    Hard scriptures and there are many should lead us to God in prayer not to an expert.

    How will we know if we have the right answer instead of being deceived by ourselves or even something else?

  • How the English language became such a mess

    06/09/2015 7:49:50 PM PDT · 40 of 143
    Lonely Bull to the OlLine Rebel
    If there is one thing I would change, it would be the alphabet we use. 1 letter for every sound. “A” has so many versions, e.g.

    Only problem is we would probably end up with 75 letters.

    The number would depend on how many different variations we chose to represent.

    Another potential problem is dialectal: even within the same country, different dialects and accents use different pronunciations. Which pronunciations do we follow in devising a "phonetic" alphabet? I imagine a range of solutions, each of which sacrifices something.

    Even so, I probably would prefer an English alphabet that at least better represented different vowels.

  • Led Zeppelin cartoon mystery

    06/09/2015 11:56:02 AM PDT · 64 of 119
    Lonely Bull to NewJerseyJoe; Bloody Sam Roberts; Kirkwood; Cboldt
    I'm writing this other post in part because I forgot to include two others when I sent post #58.

    I also forgot to mention a few other things:

    As I was reading this thread, my guess was that this cartoon came from another source, but I was expecting this cartoon to be something like a panel from a larger work, not an apparently isolated joke that looks more thematic and less like anything too obviously related to the examples in this piece.

    Cboldt wrote in post #38: "What's up with the Segway and 'Yamaha' placement?" I've been wondering the same thing, though I'm tempted to call the Segway part of the general nerdiness of the band, and the Yamaha references would probably make more sense to someone with more knowledge of such things.

  • Led Zeppelin cartoon mystery

    06/09/2015 11:36:00 AM PDT · 58 of 119
    Lonely Bull to Kirkwood
    If we saw the actual article it might give some context to the joke. Maybe the joke is about confusing song lyrics attributed to the wrong band.

    I did find a way (which was indirect) to track down the page, and I was just spending some time looking to see if the site is on a banned list. Since it's apparently not, here's the page:

    5 Famous Songs That Prove Musicians Don't Understand Science

    No, Led Zeppelin isn't one of the five artists mentioned. The cartoon is simply at the very end, after the last line "And that's why scientists aren't songwriters," and I see no further explanation here for the details of this cartoon, such as why it at least appears to be a parody of Led Zeppelin. There are nearly 2,000 comments; I'm not going to read through all of them right now.

    Since this cartoon looks to me to be in the same art style as the cartoons illustrating the five examples, and it doesn't seem to be from a older source, I'm guessing that it was produced for the sake of this piece. I was wondering if it came from an older source and partially inspired this piece, but then it would probably be more famous.

    Since we now have the article, I was eyeing some of the previous examples, such as #5 and #3 given on the first page. #5 is "Eagle's calling and it's calling your name / Tides are turning, bringing winds of change" ("'Promise of a New Day' by Paula Abdul"), and #3 is "It's that pivotal moment, it's a feeling like this / It's centrifugal motion, it's perpetual bliss" ("'This Kiss' by Faith Hill").

  • California Senate approves increase in legal age to buy tobacco [from 18 to 21]

    06/03/2015 8:27:22 PM PDT · 3 of 24
    Lonely Bull to Lonely Bull

    I wrote, “SB 24 and SB 151”; that should be “SB 24 and SB 140.”

  • California Senate approves increase in legal age to buy tobacco [from 18 to 21]

    06/03/2015 8:23:39 PM PDT · 1 of 24
    Lonely Bull
  • Earthquake Fact & Earthquake Fiction

    06/02/2015 3:46:12 PM PDT · 3 of 35
    Lonely Bull to JimSEA

    Since this is a fairly long piece, here are the “fact,” “fiction,” and similar headings, in case anyone wants a quick look at what’s in the entire piece:

    FACT: Earthquakes are sudden rolling or shaking events caused by movement under the Earth’s surface.

    FICTION: “Mega Quakes” can really happen.

    FICTION: Earthquakes only occur on the West Coast in the United States.

    FICTION: The 1906 San Francisco earthquake was the deadliest ever.

    PARTIALLY FACT: California has the most earthquakes in the United States.

    FACT: Earthquakes can occur near the surface or deep below the surface.

    FICTION: The ground can open up during an earthquake.

    FICTION: California will eventually fall into the ocean.

    FICTION: An earthquake on the San Andreas fault can cause a large tsunami.

    PARTIALLY FACT: An “Aftershock” can be greater than the initial earthquake.

    NOT LIKELY: Two major earthquakes occurred on the same day, so they must be related.

    PARTIALLY FACT: People can cause earthquakes.

    FICTION: People can stop earthquakes.

    FICTION: Nuclear explosions can start or stop earthquakes.

    FICTION: You can prevent large earthquakes by making lots of small ones, or by “lubricating” the fault with water.

    FICTION: We can predict earthquakes.

    FICTION: Animals can predict earthquakes.

    MAYBE: Some people can sense that an earthquake is about to happen.

    FICTION: It’s been raining a lot, or very hot—it must be earthquake weather!

    NOT LIKELY: The Golden Gate Bridge, Seattle Space Needle and other buildings will all eventually fall during an earthquake.

    FACT: Earthquakes don’t kill people, buildings and their contents do.

    FICTION: During an earthquake you should head for the doorway.

    FICTION: Everyone will panic during the Big One.

    FICTION: You can’t plan ahead for an earthquake.

    FACT: The U.S. Geological Survey is conducting research to better forecast the effects of potentially damaging earthquakes throughout the United States and mitigate their effects.

  • [California:] Davis ordinance seeks middle ground in sugary beverage debate

    05/27/2015 10:52:49 PM PDT · 1 of 34
    Lonely Bull
  • We Are All The Duggars

    05/27/2015 9:09:20 AM PDT · 55 of 85
    Lonely Bull to mountainbunny
    That’s the thing.

    They didn’t ask for forgiveness. They went from pedophile to pedophile looking for justification that what their son did was okay.

    I can see what you mean there. (I wrote "can" just because I don't know the facts of the matter; I've never watched the show and have only the slightest familiarity with the Duggars.)

    But my posts here aren't referring most directly to the Duggars. In fact, I was thinking earlier about including an explicit note that my allusion to the parable is not an attempt to compare Josh Duggar himself to the tax collector. For example, I do not claim to have any idea how repentent he has been, is, or will be.

    Instead, if anything, I'd compare myself to the Pharisee.

    I started quoting at Luke 18:13 because of a juxtaposition that struck me in your post. Otherwise, I would've been more likely to quote the whole parable, starting at v. 9. I myself have been tempted before to be one of the "certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others" (that same v. 9).

    Do I "claim kinship with [the Duggars]"? I avoid the exact language of the article title because of the misunderstandings that will result. (I've never been very fond of expressions like "we are all _____" when the identification is at most a bit metaphorical and prone to problems.) Even so, claiming such kinship is probably more honest than disclaiming kinship in a sense that would have me commending myself because I am not one of the publicans or the harlots.

  • We Are All The Duggars

    05/27/2015 8:04:16 AM PDT · 38 of 85
    Lonely Bull to mountainbunny
    But if you claim kinship with them, may God have mercy on you.

    [Luke 18:13] And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
    [14] I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

  • We Are All The Duggars

    05/27/2015 6:40:35 AM PDT · 6 of 85
    Lonely Bull to grame
    We are all the Duggars. We are all dysfunctional sinners living in flawed families upheld by grace.

    God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this Duggar. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.