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BBC goes BCE over BC

 

 

 

BBC has stopped using the traditional B.C. (Before Christ) and A.D. (Anno Domini, or Year of the Lord) for dates and has replaced it with the increasingly popular B.C.E. (Before Common Era) and C.E. (Common Era).

 

The BBC said in an official statement that since it is “committed to impartiality, it is appropriate that we use terms that do not offend or alienate non-Christians.”

 

Proponents say that BCE and CE provide “a religiously neutral alternative to B.C./A.D.”, without having to rework all our dates, and still bases the system around the birth of Jesus.  But even though the terms are still centered around the birth of Jesus, a large (and very sensitive) group people have had their faith shaken.

I believe they are fearful that a hurricane will be sent to punish humanity for not using a Latin term for time-keeping.  There is also some debate over whether or not you can get into heaven if you say “CE” instead of “AD” once a year, which is as much as anyone who isn’t a history teacher ever says “AD”.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/27/bbc-drops-bc-ad-dating-method_n_984081.html

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September 29, 2011 at 3:14 pm Leave a comment

Remember When…

September 28, 2011 at 10:12 pm 1 comment

Yea! Protection for Wolves and others

On September 9th, a federal court approved our settlement agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to advance protection for nearly 900 imperiled species, including decisions that will likely lead to Endangered Species Act listing for more than 250 of them.

WildEarth Guardians’ campaign to fundamentally change the Service’s endangered species listing process required a major long-term financial commitment. All told we spent more than a decade and hundreds of thousands of hours of staff time to achieve this historic outcome.

Now we need your help to have the staying power to ensure that over the next six years – the timeframe for the settlement’s implementation – the Service upholds its promise to address every one of the species in our agreement.

http://wg.convio.net/site/R?i=iJbrypeJxWqwhtPvtgx1LQ

Will you step up and help us to ensure our Nation’s most imperiled flora and fauna are protected? There is still so much work to be done. Please support our Endangered
Species Candidate Fund today.

http://wg.convio.net/site/R?i=xo-fGUkuim74IciDSXlFXQ

This is one of the biggest milestones in the history of the Endangered Species Act.

http://wg.convio.net/site/R?i=_CAhlDBUMboCjf_F_iEesw

Collectively, these species occur – or once occurred – in all 50 states. They are all a vibrant part of the rich natural heritage in our country, and all deserve to live.
http://wg.convio.net/site/R?i=VQHEeNRkb3fblw3hO2uCOA

September 23, 2011 at 3:06 pm Leave a comment

The Response to The Response

On Jay Leno’s show, Bill Maher said of Rick Perry:
“Here’s a guy who has a terrible drought in his state, and literally asked people to pray for rain….and now the state’s on fire“.

I’m guessing that a massive fire wasn’t “the response” Rick was hoping for when he held The Response last month.  But I guess it’s an answer!
More from Maher:

“We have a plane, the F-22, has already cost over $100 billion.  We’ve never used it.  We’ve got 3 wars going….we have never used this plane.  Phil Spector has killed more people than this plane.”

“If you were reading about some country where they were having some sort of disaster and the leader asked for the gods to fix it, you’d think they were talking about a tribal chieftan with a bone in his nose.”

“They will never like [Obama].  He’s the wrong age, the wrong party, the wrong color…and he will never pry their fear from their cold-dead-mind.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/10/bill-maher-has-advice-for-obama_n_956894.html
https://twitter.com/#!/billmaher
http://www.facebook.com/Maher

September 12, 2011 at 8:33 pm Leave a comment

About Religious Headgear

Niko Alm wanted to be able to wear religious headgear in his drivers license photo, just like members of any other faith are allowed to wear their head-coverings. It took him a few years, including a requirement by authorities that he be checked by a doctor to see if he is “mentally fit”.

Niko’s religious headgear is a pasta strainer. That makes sense because he is a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is a light-hearted US-based faith whose members call themselves Pastafarians. The group originated as a protest when the Kansas School Board ruled that Intelligent Design should be taught in schools.

The Pastafarians say on their site that “by design, the only dogma allowed in the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is the rejection of dogma.”

http://www.venganza.org/
http://www.businessinsider.com/niko-alm-2011-7
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/13/niko-alm-pastafarian-colander_n_897700.html#s308409&title=Pastafarian_Niko_Alm

September 3, 2011 at 6:35 pm Leave a comment


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