The Cult of Global Warming

From Climate Depot:

Gore preaches climate urgency at seminary: Allowing global warming is ‘Heaping contempt upon God’s creation’

Gore preached about his views on how we should treat the Earth based on Biblical concepts. “Being given dominion does not mean that we have been given a license to exploit for the purposes of satisfying our own green passions or desires without respecting the integrity of God’s creation,” Gore said.

He called the climate change issue an “unprecedented assault’ upon the Earth.
“If the purpose of life is to glorify God in the way we live our life. It is inconsistent with that mandate and purpose to heap contempt on God’s creation,” Gore said.

Catholics are being asked to join in:

Cardinal Dolan urges Catholics to join People’s Climate March: ‘It would be wonderful if there were a strong Catholic presence at the march, to indicate our prayerful support of God’s creation’

Even the Huffington Post is in on the act.

Green Jesus. That is the image that now greets visitors to the Huffington Post Religion page at the very top. If you think that the Huffington Post has an agenda it is pushing, you would be correct. A total of seven stories are devoted to the topic of global warming in general and Sunday’s “People’s Climate March NYC” in particular.

In fact, I think this is global warming alarmism “coming out” with what it really is, and always has been: a religious cult. It’s just a religious cult that hides behind the language of science, a religious cult that pretends to be science.

Antismoking healthism is no different. That’s a religious cult too. In fact it’s the same religious cult as global warming alarmism. Both are pushing fear and guilt and remorse and sackcloth and ashes.

It’s just that the puritanical religious underpinning has been hidden. The monks and priests and preachers have been replaced by “experts” and “scientists”. And the Bible has been replaced by “peer-reviewed studies.” And the Devil is now carbon dioxide and tobacco smoke.

It shouldn’t be too much of a surprise. All my life, I’ve been watching friends of mine being sucked into one cult or other. It started with the Beatles guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and grew and multiplied from there. Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh was another guru. Subud had yet another guru. And so on. There seem to have been literally hundreds of these cults over the past 50 years.

It seems to have been the consequence of some sort of spiritual vacuum, some profound loss of confidence, that sent millions of people looking for someone – anyone – to tell them what to believe, what to think, how to live.

And while most of these cults were peripheral to the main culture, and posed little threat to it, sooner or later one was bound to appear that absorbed more or less the entire culture into itself – including science, the universities, the media, and the political class. And that’s what global-warming-healthism seems to be. And it’s as if half the world has signed up to Scientology or something.

Somehow or other, I’ve been immune to all of them. I never joined any. Not even for half an hour. I’ve never felt any need to find someone to tell me what to believe, what to think, or how to live. I’ve doggedly stuck to trying to figure things out for myself. I’ll happily listen to other people, but then I’ll decide for myself whether I think they’re right or wrong.

The end will come, I hope, much like it did in Quatermass and the Pit, after half of London had been driven mad by the titanic Martian vision triggered by the disinterment of an alien spaceship under Hobbs Lane, until Professor Quatermass bravely….

Well, you’ll have to watch, won’t you? (It’s the 6-part 1958 TV version that scared the wits out of me.)

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58 Responses to The Cult of Global Warming

  1. harleyrider1978 says:

    Lets see we went from a white Jesus to a Black Jesus to now a Green Jesus………………With Gore he doesn’t believe in any Jesus just his own Wallet.

  2. Interesting that they should invoke the Almighty when it suits them, but ignore Him at most other times. Politicians talking of His Creation, yet children being ‘taught’ that nothing exploded to become everything and that we are descended from pond slime (and people wonder why behaviour and manners are getting worse?). Off the back of this Godless worldview they introduced moral relativity and ‘human rights’ which involves miscarriages of justice and ‘victim’ status for criminals.

    That’s complaint #1.

    #2 – If ‘carbon footprints’ is Mr Gore’s concern, why is his the size of a 20-mile high Godzilla?

    #3 – Churches these days seem to buy into everything except the gospel. The one I used to go to was into raising money for certain ‘Christian’ charities. I tried explaining that, in my view, these aren’t Christian, but it was a waste of time. Some of them run marathons to raise money for said charities, but wouldn’t spend a minute of their time helping a fellow churchgoer in their hour of need.

    #4 – The people haven’t changed in respect to caring for the earth, so why preach to us? Anyway, we are legislated into changing our behaviour. They need to get a congregation of politicians and CEOs of transnational corporations who are the ones raping the earth and abusing the people.

    #5 – Most religions are now so confused and diluted that there are many ‘multifaith’ organisations, as can be seen on the website of the Religions for the Earth Conference.

    #6 ‘Green Jesus’? Green is the colour of evil and of pagan ‘gods’.

    I agree that there’s a spiritual vacuum. We are spiritual beings, so there’s a great need for fulfilment, so having abandoned God, people look to other areas to try to plug the hole, like ‘good causes’ of healthism and environmentalism and ‘equality’. Their version of evil is smoking, eating food which contains more than 2% fat, not recycling your potato peelings and not rejoicing in everyone’s ‘lifestyle choice’.

    I was a Mormon for thirty months. There’s something very comforting about being in a cult. The camaraderie, the support, the common belief. When I realised it was all based on a lie; a sick joke by Freemasons, I soon left. We were advised never to look up anti-Mormon websites because the Devil was inspiring people to lie about the ‘only true church on earth’.

    Going back to yesterday’s comments, I suppose I had been sucked into the Alex Jones cult.

    • Some French bloke says:

      I’d like to take the opportunity of your bringing up the subject of Mormons to ask around in case anyone came across reliable, no-nonsense LDS (Latter Day Saints) morbidity/mortality statistics, as these are quite hard to come by. In the few studies I found, they usually tend to simply lump together a dozen cancer sites (namely “lip, oral cavity, throat and esophagus, stomach, pancreas, larynx, trachea, lung and bronchus, kidney and bladder.”) where smokers are supposed to be typically affected: “Given the LDS (Latter Day Saints) proscription of tobacco use, we divided the neoplasms into tobacco and non-tobacco related in order to obtain a clearer comparison of cancer mortality between the LDS and non-LDS groups.” Of course, ‘clearer‘ translates as ‘more convenient’ from an anti-smoking maniac’s point of view.
      It appears the rates of ‘tobacco neoplasia’ for LDS members were about half those of the rest of the Utahn population – needless to say the Mormons’ high socio-economic status was not taken into account, the implied explanation obviously being the exemplary, ultra healthy Mormons lifestyle.
      It would also be interesting to know the crude rates of e.g. aortic aneurysm among this religious group, since there was no known environmental risk factor for this condition until the Surgeon General (2004 Report) and acolytes trumped up a ‘strong’ link between it and smoking (with nine out of ten victims supposed to be smokers or ex-smokers), as I noted in a recent post:
      https://cfrankdavis.wordpress.com/2014/09/13/the-disintegrating-eu/#comment-104134

      • I cannot answer any of that. What I can tell you is that the Mormon ‘church’ in Glasgow I used to attend had the most poorly bunch of people outside of a hospital. Of course, many were fairly recent converts having previously lived a good healthy Glaswegian lifestyle!

        You would have thought that Utah would have lower rates of all manner of diseases if the ‘Word of Wisdom’ was true: no tobacco, alcohol, tea or coffee and to eat meat sparingly.

      • carol2000 says:

        There was a “healthy volunteer” bias in those studies. I don’t have details immediately at hand.

    • Edgar says:

      ” …that nothing exploded to become everything and that we are descended from pond slime …” Since you know, Stewart, that that is NOT what evolutionists claim, then you, yourself, are a deceiver. So, if it isn’t God who is guiding your words, who is it?

      • So that’s twice you’ve falsely called me a deceiver. Email me your address and I’ll gladly send you a dictionary.

        It is generally accepted that “nothing exploded to become everything”. Some people try to explain it away, like the New Scientist, but as you can read in the comments, readers aren’t buying it. http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/nstv/2011/07/how-the-universe-appeared-from-nothing.html

        Evolutionists claim explicitly that we are descended from the most ‘basic’ lifeform (even though a ‘basic’ lifeform is still incredibly complex).

        Who is guiding your words and thoughts? Why do you try to comment on things you clearly know absolutely nothing about? Try explaining that!

  3. harleyrider1978 says:

    KUALA LUMPUR: The Government’s aim to curb cigarette smoking might just have received a shot in the arm, thanks to the Petrosains Science Festival 2014.

    The forum “Cigarette – The Ticking Bomb”, designed to nip smoking in the bud, particularly among youths, had mostly children attending.

    Kids were taught the harmful effects of the “cancer stick” and its social impact.

    “Every six seconds, one person around the world dies because of smoking. I learnt that seven million chemicals in cigarettes are bad for the throat, lungs and heart,” said Ina Sarah, nine, who added that she was going to advise her uncle to stop smoking.

    http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/09/21/Shot-in-the-arm-for-antismoking-drive/

    Did you spot it………………roflmao

  4. junican says:

    As a good catholic boy (lapsed), I must point out that the Catholic Teaching, decades ago, was against mixed marriages between blacks and whites. The reason was typical eugenicist and anti-tobacco reasoning: “We do not know what the result might be”. I remember these strictures clearly – blacks should not marry whites. Of course, the word ‘marry’ means ‘have sex with and have babies with’.
    It is easy to say that these strictures were from a different age, but NO! That is not acceptable. Those strictures were unethical and unworthy and dishonest. There is no reason whatsoever that black and white people should not pro-create. None whatsoever.

    As a good catholic boy (lapsed), it hurts me to find that, decades ago, people I trusted, like Priests, Bishops and Cardinals were “eugenicists” in the worst possible meaning of the word. They really, really meant that black Africans were somewhat inferior, and somewhat retarded, in the sense of evolutionary development.
    The horrible thing is that it could be true! Oh dear! What can of worms have I opened! But it is manifestly true that not a single scientific advance has originated from the whole continent of Africa. Not a one. Nor, to my knowledge, has a single musical or artistic advance originated from the African Continent. My stats show utterly minuscule interest from ‘the dark continent’. I should imagine that other sites are the same.
    In the same way that the Scottish Independence stuff has energised English rights NOT to subsidies Scotland or anywhere else, so must we stop funding the horror of the EU. Just stop. Cameron, Clegg and Miliband just do not understand. There is no need at all for negotiation. Just stop giving the New Aristocrats our money. Just stop. Let them kick us out. Do not implement any directives. Just stop. You see, the whole EU thing is just based upon a Treaty, but treaties are just temporary agreements. You do not need to rescind them. You need only stop doing what the treaty says that you should do. The ‘Tobacco Control Directive’ has included e-cigs, which are not tobacco in any reasonable sense of the word e-cigarette. Thus, it is obvious that the EU is corrupt. It has only been in existence for a short time and it is already in the same state as the Roman Empire in its decline – a bureaucratic nightmare.

    The worst sort of politician is a fearful one. I see no evidence, despite their public faces, that Cameron, Clegg and Miliband are anything other than terrified.
    Excuse any typos – it is late.

    • There is only one race, so there’s no such thing as interracial marriage. We’re all related through Noah’s family from about 150 generations ago. The different people groups developed after the dispersion from Babel, but the difference is mainly skin deep – differing amounts of melanin.

      “Not a single scientific advance has originated from the whole continent of Africa.”

      So Ancient Egypt doesn’t count? Ancient sub-Saharan Africa had well organised cultures, with farming and smelting for tools, weapons, jewellery, etc. Same as most other places. Maybe it went pear-shaped when Europeans arrived to assume ownership of the continent and plunge it into the darkness of servitude?

      Anyway, it’s like comparing apples and oranges. Racism dramatically increased after the Theory of Evolution became popularised. From a scriptural perspective, there is no inherent reason why more melanin = less intelligence.

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        Stewart Unfortunately the school testing system would prove otherwise. IQ wise people of African decent nearly always end up at the bottom of the education table. With Orientals at the top followed by whites and on and on down the trail.

        That’s not always true theres always exceptions but for the norm its always dranataically true. Today we have whites acting black in fashion,speech and especially crimes that were predominately black crimes. the term Wigger came about because of such things and the prisons still remain highy black in their populations and also in the FBI stats for who does capitol crimes and also in Felony crime. Then there is the magic drug crimes of which the most are imprisoned for.

        Then we have the Hood mentality of being black. These are things that should be addressed and changed. Bringing the black community up to acting white and acceptable and ending careers in crime just because a racial unit thinks its the cool thing to do,or the fanatical belief in you dissed me or you didn’t respect me and then they shoot each other over it……………Its a crazed world when we just allow the apparent and factual wrongs within the black communities to just be allowed to continue and we end up tossing the key away after they keep on with the same so called street mentality that’s puts them behind bars to start with.

        The above has always been and will always likely be unless we move with intervention to change those attitudes in the Hood mentality.

        • harleyrider1978 says:

          BTW Ive lived in the projects as a kid. Spent a whole year there back in the late 60s. I saw my sister chased down by the blacks and nearly raped save for me and 2 other guys one of whom was black and beat the attackers off. We had snowballs with rocks packed inside them thrown thru our windows for being white in a black hood. I was chased and shot at with arrows and even at times by handguns just for being in there hood.

          That mentality hasn’t changed hardly at all in the following decades its just expanded as HUD force planted blacks into white neighborhoods during the 80s and 90s.

          Today thru habitat for humanity HUD is building new housing areas for moving the blacks from the projects into nicer homes. Unfortunately they cant take the hood out of the blacks they moved there.

          In Nashville they have a completed 400 unit housing hood done and well its the new DODGE CITY of Nashville as the 8th avenue projects had been called since the 1950s when they were first built.

          Its the same all over,even in Spain for the Gypsies. Only their the Spanish authorites forced them into hidden projects with 30 foot fences and barb wire along with a public address system and horn to tell them to get into their houses as a curfew was just called for and then the gates are locked and the Guads surround the compound.

          It doesn’t matter the country or the people,we all have the same systemic population problems with minorities or whatever they maybe.

          How do we cure such problems? That’s the age old question………….

        • You have to separate the ‘cultural’ side from this. Some young white people (actually pale brown pinkos) act like black people (actually darker brown, but not black) because in these dumbed-down days it’s cool to act like a thicko.

          I see stupidity all around. Even when I look in the mirror.

      • Edgar says:

        “The different people groups developed after the dispersion from Babel, but the difference is mainly skin deep.” The difference is genetic, clearly, unequivocally, with no room at all for honest doubt. But genetics blows the whole Noah fairy story right out of the flood waters, doesn’t it? Deceiver.

        • Actually, Edgar, you couldn’t be further from the truth. Genetics backs up Noah and the Flood to the hilt. For example, evolutionists talk about Y-chromosome Adam from which all people living are descended. They also talk about Mitochondrial Eve. These are *evolutionist* terms, but they refer more to Noah. The genetics of the world’s population strongly backs up that only one man’s Y-chromosome was passed to all other men alive today and the mitochondrial DNA is suggestive that we are all descended from three women, i.e the three daughters in law of Noah.

        • carol2000 says:

          Stewart, that “Y-chromosome Adam” and that “mitochondrial Eve” were NOT the first of humankind. They were two people among many, and the others disappeared by attrition, just as your own Y would disappear from your line if you only had female children. And you don’t pass down the mtDNA anyhow. On top of that, the original Ys and mtDNAs have branched out into new forms, thanks to those mutations you don’t believe in. And then there is autosomal DNA, which is a much larger proportion of our DNA, and it’s inherited from both parents.

        • Carol, the ‘others disappeared’ by way of the Flood. Isn’t that a far more straightforward answer to the genetic reality we know of today?

          Of course I believe in evolution. Mutations occur all the time, but molecules-to-man evolution by way of totally random mutations, extremely few of which are ‘uphill’, really pushes credulity (as do many other aspects of the Theory).

          Evolution is how the basic ark animals managed to fill the earth, by adapting through mutations and natural selection (also true). People mistakingly think that one of every species was on board, so the ark wasn’t nearly large enough even though it was over 500 feet long with a capacity of around 15,000 tons, although…

          Noah’s Ark would have floated even with two of every animal in the world packed inside, scientists have calculated.

          Although researchers are unsure if all the creatures could have squeezed into the huge boat, they are confident it would have handled the weight of 70,000 creatures without sinking.

          Using the dimensions, the Archimedes principal of buoyancy and approximate animal wrights they were astonished to find out that the Ark would have floated.

          http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/10740451/Noahs-Ark-would-have-floated…even-with-70000-animals.html

          They were actually ‘astonished’ that scripture holds up to scrutiny yet again.

          BTW, those apemen, like Neanderthal and Homo erectus are starting to be considered fully human by evolutionists. The others can be categorised as fully ape.

        • Nope. Must be the three consecutive dots in the URL. You’ll have to copy and paste it.

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Those strictures were unethical and unworthy and dishonest. There is no reason whatsoever that black and white people should not pro-create. None whatsoever.

      Being a southerner I can say Ive never believed in interacial anything but then that’s just my opinion and today my best friends wife is black. But they didn’t marry to pro-create just happens she likes white guys for sex and he prefers black girls……………..So I didn’t have a problem with it.

      Its just when the world gets full of half caste humans all sorts of things emerge from not knowing who you are culturally to others not allowing you into their societal conclave or politics. Family Divisions and the like.

      I still find it non acceptable but that’s just me on a personal level. On the front side live and let live is what its really all about,not my opinions but what each of them wants.

    • Frank Davis says:

      As a good catholic boy (lapsed)

      Me too.

  5. Marvin says:

    “It’s the 6-part 1958 TV version that scared the wits out of me”…
    ———–
    You’re not the only one!! – I was about 8 at the time and I nagged and nagged my parents to let me stay up and watch it. Eventually they gave in and let me, but I wish they hadn’t, it scared the crap out of me too!!!

    I watched it again a few months ago, for the first time since then and although it’s obviously showing its age it’s still a cracking Sci-Fi/horror yarn and surprisingly still made me feel a little uneasy.

    • Zaphod says:

      Thanks Frank, I hadn’t seen Quatermass since I was seven! I didn’t get what was going on, but it certainly left an impact! As Marvin says, still a cracking Sci-Fi/horror yarn!

    • Frank Davis says:

      I watched the whole thing again last night. The suspense builds beautifully over the six episodes, but the grand finale seemed a bit missing. It was made into a movie a few years later, with a lot better special effects. But the movie lacked the slow build of suspense.

  6. waltc says:

    Michael Crichton (RIP) was calling these things religious cults in essays 20 yrs ago. Both of you are right. Yes, born in a spiritual vacuum and of a basic need (that I’ve never had either) to belong to something Larger Than Oneself. The need for a Purpose and the need for a Cause. Existential loneliness.

    However, as an agnostic (lacking the courage to be an out and out atheist in the presence of so many foxholes) I don’t see that either the Big Bang or evolution are incompatible with some kind of deity or driving spiritual force, tho I’m more inclined to think that man created God–the idea of a God– rather than the other way around. God being the answer to the ever unanswerable Why?

    • The ‘Big Bang’ and the Creation story are quite similar in the sense that everything came from nothing. That can only happen supernaturally if you ask me. I read that (some) ‘experts’ believe that the universe expanded to its current size in under a second after the Bang, which resonates with Psalm 104, where God “stretchest out the heavens like a curtain.”

      But the evolutionists’ creation story differs in order from the Genesis account. And God, being omniscient, obviously knows everything about genetics, so to create man in His image he would have known exactly how to encode our DNA. Taking the chance that random mutations over billions of years would eventually produce humans would be daft in comparison.

      • Zaphod says:

        Inflation theory suggests that the universe expanded to about four inches (not “its current size”) in about a hundredth of a millionth of a millionth of a millionth of a millionth of a millionth of a second. Then it settled down to about the speed of light.
        That sounds daft too. But it fits the current knowledge, and will be rewritten when more knowledge emerges. Science constantly evolves, and makes predictions which can be tested. When the predictions fail, the scientists try another approach. (Unless the politicians control the funding.)
        Religions cannot advance, they are stuck with an immutable book. The only chance is an occasional schism, producing a new cult, like Christianity or Islam or the Mormons. Like evolution, occasionally a new cult has staying power. New cults have a higher success rate than random mutations though, because there is an element of design. That’s why they come along a lot more often than new mammals.

        • The article I read a few months ago said the universe reached its current size in less than a second after the ‘Big Bang’. It was in the Huffington Post, so it must be true!

          “Religions cannot advance, they are stuck with an immutable book.”

          I’m not talking about “religions”. Some religions say that everything is an illusion. I’m talking about the specific Genesis account. And it is immutable because it’s true.

          Creation science is well-founded and is a better explanation than cosmological, geological and biological evolution.

      • prog says:

        ‘I read that (some) ‘experts’ believe that the universe expanded to its current size in under a second after the Bang’.

        That would defy the scientific consensus that nothing travels faster than light. I recently watched a documentary narrated by Stephen Hawkins. Wasn’t paying full attention, but I’m fairly sure he stated that post Big Bang the universe expanded by millions of light years in c.20 seconds. Might have been trillions. Whatever, it was much faster than the speed of light. But I guess he is about as expert as it gets….

        On a related note, did anyone see the Horizon doc on black holes last week? Apparently, whilst ‘feeding’, they are by far the brightest and hottest known phenomena in the universe and lie at the centre of galaxies. Basically, without them we wouldn’t exist (though you might disagree Stuart).

        http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b036bv0z/horizon-20122013-15-swallowed-by-a-black-hole

        Awe inspiring stuff by real scientists.

        • Edgar says:

          I’m not defending the Inflation idea: I think it is an ad-hoc explanation and, therefore, currently belongs in the tentative box, although still more believeable than flying fairies and angry gods. But it doesn’t defy special relativity because that is a theory restricted to inertial frames of reference, of which inflating universes are most definitely not examples.

      • carol2000 says:

        Maybe you don’t understand just how long “billions of years” is, and that primitive forms of life, such as bacteria, can cheat by directly acquiring mutations from each other. If you think the world is only 6,000 years old that would seem to be the case.

  7. harleyrider1978 says:

    FOX News just came out PRO-TOBACCO after a story on Popeye the Sailor having his Pipe and Tattoo removed. They then stated America was built on Tobacco not Liberals that hated tobacco!

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      The NOLA/ TIMES PICIYUNE in New Orleans runs a pro-tobacco story that garnered 500 comments and lets us on the pro-smoking side fight it out,then the next day they ran a anti-smoking piece that was less anti-smoking than it was anything and there again they let us fight it out…………..Oh a few comments got cut on the anti-smoking story but not mnay and it marks the first time they ever in 4 years let me stay to toss up more than one comment before banning me………………Times are a changing freedom fighters and its about time!

      The enemy is LOSING THE MEDIA…………….

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        BTW Im still not banned on Nola……………..

        • harleyrider1978 says:

          Im guessing Nigels meeting in NYC 2 weeks ago with Rupert Murdoch is paying us americans some dividends in the pro-tobacco fight. Lets hope the BBC soon see’s the errors of their ways and comes back to the fold!

        • carol2000 says:

          That’s because the anti-smokers repeatedly kicked your behind and made you look like a fool, thanks to your poorly chosen cut-and-pastes. The sheer volume of your posts obstructs discussion as well, which is what the anti-smokers like. And you STILL haven’t updated your link to my page, which is the only one you ever use.
          http://www.nola.com/opinions/index.ssf/2014/09/new_orleans_and_smoking_are_li.html

        • Frank Davis says:

          The sheer volume of your posts obstructs discussion as well

          This is my blog, and I’ll be the judge of that.

          And anyway I’m more inclined to think that it’s the sheer anger in many of your comments that really obstructs discussion.

        • carol2000 says:

          @FrankDavis – NOLA, to which I referred, is not your blog.

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        Poorly chosen cut and pastes…………….They couldn’t answer a single charge put to them could they. Carol you run a single issue fight not broad based against all their arguments. I try too and any other argument they make. That’s why Ive kept a large library of nearly every approach or attempt they’ve made…………… I didn’t see a one of them countering anything. What I did see them try and do as they always do is strawman tactics.

        • carol2000 says:

          Your attempt to claim that a drink puts more carcinogens into the air than a cigarette looks lame all by itself, because alcoholics don’t get liver cancer from inhaling the fumes. The digressions about alcohol are all a gigantic waste of space, because they neither defend tobacco nor attack anti-smoker junk science. The same for your lengthy digressions about arsenic and every other irrelevancy. Readers will not be impressed with how supposedly learned you are; it merely looks as if you’re dodging the issue by being pedantic. You praised the WHO’s junk science, which is the same as the rest of the anti-smoker junk, merely because you approve of its results. They got away with smearing Naeye as a tobacco industry stooge, because you did not point out the crucial difference between that study and the anti-smokers’ studies, namely pathological examinations.

  8. harleyrider1978 says:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/…/Leonard-Cohen-at-80-The…

    Leonard Cohen at 80: ‘The other side of the hill is no time to tarry’ – Telegraph

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk

    To mark turning 80, Leonard Cohen is releasing an extraordinary new album dwelling on the world’s big issues, says Neil McCormick

  9. kin_free says:

    I think Marx got it right when he said ‘religion is the opium of the masses’. ( a tool to keep some people in power and others out – religion is an illusion whose chief purpose is to provide reasons and excuses to keep society functioning just as it is, or as SOME sections of society want the rest of society to function.)

    As traditional religion has faded in the developed world, I suppose it was inevitable that the void would need to be filled to maintain that illusion, and the new mass opiates of Gaia, Healthism, AGW, anti-smoking etc. fitted the bill (a sort of neo-paganism?). Those who lend support tend to deny the religious aspect – Cos it’s science init, but I think most who read this blog know that their ‘science’ is more closely related to religious faith than in seeking any truth.

    ps.
    If you didn’t know, there is another public consultation regarding proposed prohibition of smoking in cars in Wales – to maintain the illusion that power has been devolved to them from central govt. (as with the Scots, devolved power is merely how quickly they move the central agenda on, rather than determine what the agenda should be);

    http://wales.gov.uk/consultations/healthsocialcare/smoke-free/?lang=en
    Start of consultation: 11/09/2014 – End of consultation: 24/10/2014

    I hope we all take advantage of this opportunity to draw attention to our points of view within the political arena, wherever that may be?

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      People who respect other peoples rights and liberty need neither religion nor the religion of politics to live in a civil society. We are quite able to live together without the aide of radicals from whatever source. The only thing we need is police to keep the un-peaceful in check……………..

    • carol2000 says:

      There’s also an official “Consultation response form,” that is advisable to use so they can’t blow it off on the grounds that we didn’t use the official form.

  10. Barry Homan says:

    Okay, just a small contribution, somewhat on topic: have any of you seen the very low-budget film called “The Man from Earth”?

    Takes place in a little cabin out in the wilderness. Eight university people having a cosy little get-together – one of them has a big secret.

    Very good story, good film. I hope it’s available in your area:

    • carol2000 says:

      “This video is not available in your country.”

      • Barry Homan says:

        Sorry, it happens : ( : (

        • Marvin says:

          Thanks, I’ll watch that later…

          On the subject of classic Sci-Fi/horror, there is a 1972 BBC production called “The Stone Tape” (yes they used to make some good stuff). The whole program used to be on YouTube, but it’s been removed, now we only have two or three minute clips. Briefly, a group of researchers build a lab in an old victorian house to conduct research into a new recording medium, unknown to them a maid was murdered in that house 100 years ago and the emotional intensity of the murder somehow imprinted itself into the stone of the walls (hence the title). Anyway during the course of their experiments, the researchers accidentally manage to replay the “tape” and ghostly images of the murdered maid start to appear. It’s an intelligent (and scary) drama, written by Nigel Kneale of Quatermass fame, if you ever get the chance to see it, don’t miss it.

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