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1  Other / Politics & Society / Why does the cosmos exist at all? on: January 14, 2019, 03:29:04 PM
This question is for some heavy thinkers.

The multiverse theory is probably correct.  Many-Worlds Interpretation is also probably correct as well.
Talk about infinities!!!

But the bigger question is why, not how, the cosmos exists at all?

I've been thinking about it lately and the only explanation I can come up is that there no reason.  It just does.

What do you guys think?

PS. Please refrain from posting your religious mambo jumbo. I am talking about the cosmos, not just our universe.  Why is it there?
2  Other / Politics & Society / Was Abraham mentally ill? on: December 24, 2018, 03:18:43 PM
https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2018/12/20/woman-who-drowned-and-burned-daughter-to-please-god-cleared-of-murder-charges/

3  Other / Politics & Society / Top Ten Signs You're a Fundamentalist Christian - Merry Christmas to all!!! on: December 24, 2018, 02:09:59 PM
Top Ten Signs You're a Fundamentalist Christian:
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10 - You vigorously deny the existence of thousands of gods claimed by other religions, but feel outraged when someone denies the existence of yours.

9 - You feel insulted and "dehumanized" when scientists say that people evolved from other life forms, but you have no problem with the Biblical claim that we were created from dirt.

8 - You laugh at polytheists, but you have no problem believing in a Triune God.

7 - Your face turns purple when you hear of the "atrocities" attributed to Allah, but you don't even flinch when hearing about how God/Jehovah slaughtered all the babies of Egypt in "Exodus" and ordered the elimination of entire ethnic groups in "Joshua" including women, children, and trees!

6 - You laugh at Hindu beliefs that deify humans, and Greek claims about gods sleeping with women, but you have no problem believing that the Holy Spirit impregnated Mary, who then gave birth to a man-god who got killed, came back to life and then ascended into the sky.

5 - You are willing to spend your life looking for little loopholes in the scientifically established age of Earth (few billion years), but you find nothing wrong with believing dates recorded by Bronze Age tribesmen sitting in their tents and guessing that Earth is a few generations old.

4 - You believe that the entire population of this planet with the exception of those who share your beliefs -- though excluding those in all rival sects - will spend Eternity in an infinite Hell of Suffering. And yet consider your religion the most "tolerant" and "loving."

3 - While modern science, history, geology, biology, and physics have failed to convince you otherwise, some idiot rolling around on the floor speaking in "tongues" may be all the evidence you need to "prove" Christianity.

2 - You define 0.01% as a "high success rate" when it comes to answered prayers. You consider that to be evidence that prayer works. And you think that the remaining 99.99% FAILURE was simply the will of God.

1 - You actually know a lot less than many atheists and agnostics do about the Bible, Christianity, and church history - but still call yourself a Christian.
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The above list can be also applied to Muslims or Jews with small corrections.  Just replace the atrocities, name of the holy book and the name of the religion.  All other details apply equally.

PS.  Few bonus signs:

1. You constantly reinterpret and redefine words like slavery, stoning, killing or murder to make sense of the sadistic passages in the Bible.
 ... more to follow ...
4  Other / Politics & Society / German TV just reported - armed gunman wounded at least 25 in a movie theater on: June 23, 2016, 02:53:34 PM
masked gunman wounded at least 25, more to come...

He barricaded himself....

Viernheim, Germany

They just killed the motherfucker.
5  Other / Politics & Society / Who wrote the Bible? on: February 19, 2016, 11:48:36 PM
I always wondered about the historical roots of the books in the Bible.  

Who wrote the books of the Bible?  When were they written?  Why someone wrote them?

Were they inspired by God?

Wikipedia does not list the author(s):

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Authorship_of_the_Bible

It seems weird that 2 billion people in the world follow this book but nobody knows who wrote it.

Comparison of Genesis' first Creation Story with Enuma Elish, a Babylonian creation story

The Babylonian creation story is called by its first two words "Enuma Elish."
According to archaeologists, it was originally written circa 1120 BCE.

It was discovered in 1875 CE. It bears many points of similarity to the first creation story
in the Bible:

ItemAncient Israelite Creation StoryBabylonian Creation Story
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SourceGenesis 1:1 to 2:3Enuma Elish
Date of writing (liberal belief)8th or 9th century BCELate 12th century BCE
Date of writing (conservative belief)13th century BCE, the time of MosesLate 12th century BCE.
Author (liberal belief)"P," authors of the Priestly tradition.Unknown.
Author (conservative belief)Moses.Unknown.
Creator(s) of the universeMultiple Gods, Elohim.A God battling a Goddess.
Initial state of the earthDesolate waste; covered in darkness.Chaos; enveloped in darkness.
First developmentLight created.Light created.
Next developmentFirmament created - a rigid dome over the earth separating the earth and heaven.Firmament created; also perceived as a rigid dome.
Next developmentDry land created.Dry land created.
Next developmentSun, moon, stars created.Sun, moon, stars created.
Next developmentCreation of men and women.Creation of men and women.
Final developmentGod rests and sanctify the Sabbath.Gods rest and celebrate.


source:
http://www.religioustolerance.org/com_geba.htm

According to Christian History, the Earth is 7330 years old. Bible (66 books) was written by 40 writers over 1400 years period.

source: http://www.bible.ca/b-bible-timeline-religious-history.htm

Some disturbing verses from it:

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1367154.0

6  Other / Politics & Society / Crazy shit Bible says, crazy shit Christians say on: February 17, 2016, 03:14:53 AM

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Crazy shit Bible says
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OLD TESTAMENT:

Kings 6:29 - cannibalism
Judges 11:29-40 - human sacrifice
Leviticus 25:44 - slavery
Deuteronomy 13:12-15 - genocide
Leviticus 10:6 - you will die if you rip your clothes
Leviticus 19:19 - breeding cattle is illegal
Leviticus 21 - some bat crazy rules for priests, do not fuck young boys should be somewhere there....
Leviticus 20:10 - killing of adulterers
Leviticus 20:13 - killing of gays
Leviticus 20:9 - killing children who dishonor mother or father
Leviticus 24:16 - stoning people if they say God's name
Deuteronomy 28:53 - more cannibalism
Genesis 19:8 - prostituting your virgin daughters
Leviticus 19:19 - not mixing two kinds of material for clothing :-)
Deuteronomy 22:20-21 - more stoning for not being a virgin
Exodus 31:14-15 - killing of people who work on Sabbath
Deuteronomy 25:11-12 - cutting off hands
Deuteronomy 23:1 - you'll not go to heaven if your testicles are damaged
Leviticus 19:27 - no haircuts of any kind
Leviticus 19:28 - no tattoos, or else
Leviticus 11:7-8 - eating pork is forbidden

NEW TESTAMENT (written thousands of years after the OLD testament):

Matthew 5:29 - plucking out eyes
Matthew 5:30 - cutting off hands
Matthew 10:34 - waging wars by a sword
Corinthians 14:34-35 - women should be quiet and obey
Mark 10:11-12 - only marry once otherwise check Leviticus 20:10 for remedy
Luke 19:26-2 - genocide
Romans 1:20-32 - killing sinners
Revelation 2:5 - more killing
Revelation 2:23 - killing children
Psalm 137:9 - killing babies

Crazy things Bible says, #1:
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrWslruLvPo

Crazy things Bible says, #2:
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tT0TXzeUbAE

Crazy things Bible says, #3:
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkl_PefewXc&index=3&list=PLlWVv7VJx45a57Qu74jPvikH78wleNTmd

Crazy things Bible says, #4:
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adzi_XbxcPE

Crazy things Bible says, #5:
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6cb0GNc1WY

....


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Crazy shit Christians say
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Pat Robertson: Quit Your Job Over Voodoo doll:
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X65odgRN6FM

What our Christian, bitcointalk members said:
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You misunderstand: God created the angels, Jesus was one of them, he sent Jesus to Earth, we crucified him.

I follow the Bible completely and accurately by not following it completely and accurately.

...
Attacking science and understanding is NOT attacking people, except under one circumstance. That circumstance is when the people have science and understanding as their religion.

All Coincube attacks is science and understanding with other science and understanding. But you take it as a personal attack, thereby showing that your religion is science and understanding. So YOU are the one who hates science when you hate religion.

...

But, try thinking a little more. Here's some more thoughts.

1. The book compilation had other writings considered. These other writings don't change the book regarding the way we are talking. In addition, the compilation was done to clarify what was the truth. It was done by comparing the basics of the Hebrew canon with the Books that would go into the New Testament, and with the Apocrypha. Books that added things that weren't supported by the canon were left out. Books that had items that weren't verified by other N.T. books were left out of the N.T.  The process was meticulously done.

2. The universe is believed to have started about 6,000 years ago by many. The fact that others believe it to have started billions of years ago, shows that they have a religious belief. Pick your religion.

3. If I have the power to create something on the scale of the universe, how in the world can something as tiny as you second guess me or what I have in mind? My thoughts would be way beyond yours... to say nothing about the fact that you can't even read the minds of your fellow humans.

4. God says in the writings he authorized, that His focus in creation was making and supporting mankind.

5. The Bible talks about 13 classes of angels. Some of them take care of the forces in the whole of outer space - the universe. --- Look in the Revelation for the part about the Dragon's tail sweeping a third of the stars out of the sky. The standard understanding is that these stars were angels. Satan, the Dragon, the Devil, whose name means Destroyer (in Revelation), thought that taking a third of the supporting angels out of the universe, would certainly destroy the universe. What He found out is that the whole universe is upheld by God... through the angels, or not through them.

6. The idea of humans going to space is my idea. But consider the context of it. If people had remained perfect, and never died, it wouldn't really take long for standing room only to be achieved on Earth... and faster than ever considering how healthy the earth was back then.

But thanks for giving me the chance to explain some of these things.
7  Other / Politics & Society / Televangelists/Christians in the US - tax free, legal scams on: February 17, 2016, 12:57:27 AM
Televangelists in America.  Angels, born again Christians, "angels on your body", ointments, devil, bad angels, all nine yards.

Exposť of religious crooks.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXVwkLQR3GM

TELEVANGELISTS: 'Fleecing the Flock':
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N82YvHx9Cek

Crazy things preachers say:
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUP7r5S6rRw

Crazy things creationists say:
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aK7i-dtMaWk

Preachers gone wild:
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTCiMxPz2Qg

Crazy things Christians say:
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfUSzaKrxD8

Kirk Cameron - How God created man? (He is not joking):
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8GvccVRub8

Speaking in Tongues Exposed:
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kcd1a68YQq0

Jesus camp for kids (very disturbing):
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LACyLTsH4ac

Christian child abuse (al-Qaeda style):
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3gPpPoWEBg

Raising a monster.  Christian Home Schooling:
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEPn9spdr5A

Brainwashing children: Jesus Camp - 2006 Documentary (full version):
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oy_u4U7-cn8

Sarah Palin witchcraft ceremony:
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwkb9_zB2Pg

The craziest claim by a creationist (how dragons were created):
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sK6tkcxAHIw

Warning: PG rated.


8  Other / Politics & Society / Gravitational waves detected!!! on: February 11, 2016, 05:46:57 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxG9I7oujGM

I guess Bible, Quran & Talmud needs to be updated (again)  Cool

This is huge.  Black holes are not just theoretical concept now.
9  Economy / Service Discussion / Ebay added bitcoin and other cryptos categories on: April 04, 2014, 04:37:15 AM
http://www.ebay.com/chp/Currency-/179170

10  Economy / Computer hardware / SOLD on: September 27, 2013, 01:28:53 AM
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11  Economy / Computer hardware / SOLD on: September 09, 2013, 12:10:52 PM
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12  Economy / Computer hardware / SOLD on: September 06, 2013, 07:56:01 PM
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13  Economy / Computer hardware / SOLD on: September 04, 2013, 04:42:47 AM
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14  Economy / Computer hardware / SOLD on: August 28, 2013, 08:16:59 PM
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15  Economy / Auctions / [WTB] 1 x Jalapeno - Reverse auction on: August 27, 2013, 10:26:03 PM
This is a reverse auction for one Jalapeno (5GH/s or 8GH/s models).

If you have one in hand and would like to sell it, please post or PM me your price.

I only want to buy one.
16  Other / Archival / [AUCTION] BFL MiniRig SC ~ 500 GH/s IN HAND, available for pickup on: August 08, 2013, 04:05:10 PM
Hi all,

I have a BFL MiniRig SC in hand, available for pickup in Toronto area.

rules for this auction:

1. Minimum bid: 300 BTC, all others will be ignored.
2. Buy-now price is: 1250 BTC
3. Bid increments are 5 BTC
4. Winning bidder will be required to come to Toronto to pick it up and pay on pickup, or pay in full before I ship (Fedex,UPS, DHL)
   Please be prepared to use your ISP email address for all communication and provide your name and your land line phone number
5. I reserve the right to cancel any bid, all bids or this auction all together
6. This auction is for serious buyers only. 

Here are some pictures:





17  Bitcoin / Hardware / BFL sample Chips on: July 05, 2013, 05:08:07 PM
Has anyone who ordered BFL chips actually received them? 

It has been more than 14 days since the first orders were placed.

BFL promised to ship sample chips 14 days after order has been placed.

Just curious.  Anyone?

18  Economy / Digital goods / SOLD on: June 01, 2013, 01:07:29 PM
SOLD
19  Economy / Computer hardware / SOLD on: May 31, 2013, 10:56:24 AM
SOLD
20  Bitcoin / Group buys / CLOSED on: May 29, 2013, 02:39:35 PM
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