Sylvia’s great power was in conning people, like Montel Williams, while often being spectacularly wrong despite her claimed 85% accuracy. Along with her prognostifail aboot her own demise, we have the following tiny sampling of her BS:
“Of the 115 [criminal] cases reviewed with LexisNexis and newspaper sources, Browne was wrong in twenty-five, and the remaining ninety either have no available details outside of the transcript or the crime is unsolved, leaving no way to confirm Browne’s claims.”
“During the Sago Mining Disaster, she claimed the miners were alive when they were actually dead. She also said Richard Kneebone was alive in Canada, but his decomposed body was discovered a few days later in California. More recently, she predicted that a 9/11 firefighter was alive, but his body was found in the World Trade Center rubble two weeks later.”
“In 1999, Browne did a reading for Opal Jo Jennings’ grandmother, who wanted to know what happened to Jennings, a six-year-old abducted from her front yard in Texas. Browne told the grandmother, “She’s . . . not . . . dead. But what bothers me—now I’ve never heard of this before, but for some reason, she was taken and put into some kind of a slavery thing and taken into Japan. The place is Kukouro. Or Kukoura.”
Browne was wrong. Child molester Richard Lee Franks was charged with the kidnapping that same year and convicted the following year. Jennings’ remains were discovered in 2003. Medical examiners concluded that Opal was killed by trauma to the head with[in] several hours of her abduction.”
She preyed on grief-stricken people in mourning @ $2400 per hour. The witch deserved a dunking as per Exodus 22:18.
and our Large Intoxicated Mayor has plenty at home
ollow Ford’s follies by clicking on the pic to read a nice, sad overview @ NOW. I almost fell for his populist rants, but ended up voting for one of the “unknown unknowns” type of candidates we get with every election. Ford reminded me of Mike Harris and I said to Mrs. K. “Watch Ford turn out to be like Mike Harris on crack.” Who knew? A coupla days ago, we heard a helicopter cruising the neighbourhood and Mrs. K. quips “They’re chasing Ford through the Creek.” The Etobicoke Creek, and the maggots were at it again the next morning.
I dropped by a local bar (now closed) one night 10 years ago and ran into some people I knew with a stranger at the table. He was drunk when I got there and had three beers in 45 minutes before wobbling off in a drunken stupor to drive home. A detective on the force. My brother once sold car insurance. “Don’t bring me cops”, he says, “they don’t get busted for DUIs”…
So, covering for our Large Intoxicated Mayor isn’t much of a stretch.
A city employee at Etobicoke City Hall a coupla years ago told me His Wooziness spends a lot of time at his office there, FWIW.
Sideshow Rob, Toronto’s Highest Magistrate in so many ways
ustice Antonin Scalia is a smart man. He must be. Lawyer, judge and not just any judge. He sits on the Supreme Court of the supremest nation ever. Therefore, his opinions must be those of a well educated, informed and thoughtful man.
Indeed, checking his bona fides reveals he graduated summa cum laude from both Georgetown University and Harvard Law, with some slumming in Switzerland at Fribourg. He’s considered a bright light of fright-wing intellectuals.
ery carefully it would seem. I stumbled into this convenient Mormon Flow Chart for Your Soul over at Molly Muses… She’s an apostate of that cult and has some fun with their convoluted process of becoming a god Celestial Bully in your own right.
Molly has a post aboot the comments received over the year since she put the chart up. They range from helpful in pointing out minor errors or omissions to congratulatory. Molly’s graphic really is quite good. Quelle surprise, the responses to the chart from those still indoctrinated in the cult of Mormon lend an appropriate title to the piece – How to Discreditan Apostate.
indsight being 20/20, we have the CEO of a multinational corporation making the BuyBull all science-like with another claim of nailing the underlying numerical code, and the Toronto Star yet again publishes credulous palaver as Insight.
The feel good Father’s Day story begins with:
You would think of engineering physicist Daniel Friedmann, 56, as the kind of guy who scoffs at biblical notions of creation. But the CEO of Canada’s leading aerospace company, MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates, doesn’t at all reject the “God made” and “God created” versions of how the universe came to be.
There’s nothing that precludes someone being in one of the fields of science and a devout godbotherer. This isn’t uncommon and given the greater percentage of the population who grovel to YahwehGodAllah, not to be unexpected. Notice all the front-loaded authority: physics, engineering, letters and a CEO!
The Perimeter of Ignorance is vast in this one as he describes his interpretation as “unique” “science” and “religion” while trying “very hard… not to push my point of view”.
Then, why all the books? Well, I imagine they sell well. As Friedmann says, “The vast majority of the population is in their minds in some way reconciling evolution and creation.” According to the polls, says the author. According to Gallup it would seem the vast majority of Americans, at least, have indeed reconciled this apparent conundrum:
As the graphic shows, unsurprisingly, Goddidit and it has been fairly consistent for some time.
By a factor a wee better than 5-1. Which the man of letters explains as “the general population is actually quite in the middle on this issue”.
What is this new insight into the numerical reconciliation of rationality and reason with the cobbling of Bronze Age myths into an Iron Age apocalyptic death cult primer? An insight BTW, with concepts that will “make the Old Testament make sense, even for those of littlest faith” and are not made “up from science, or from what I know today” and pushed “back on the Bible.”
The age of our universe divided by the six days of creation reveals the scale of 2.56 billion years per day and it all fits the sciencey timeline. An important man of letter says so.
The timeline of our universe the man suggests, which he says is quite accurate but does not represent his point of view, is 2.56B years X 6 days for an age of 15.36 billion years – without scaling in the seventh day
“Yes, with three exceptions. Only three and those three things correspond with, match with, the three unanswered questions within science today.
The most famous one is the beginning. If you look at the Big Bang theory, it explains absolutely everything from the beginning until today very nicely but it has no idea how the beginning came about.
That’s right, The Big Bang doesn’t explain that, neither does doG anymore, so maybe the answer is, I don’t know.
The next most famous one is what the Bible calls the human soul. The Bible says the bodies of humans were made just like the bodies of animals. In some cases science recognizes the soul, in some cases it says there is no soul, we’re just super-intelligent. The key thing is, what does a soul bring to a human that it doesn’t bring to anyone else? The ability to speak and the ability to envision the future.
We’re the only species according to science that can do that. That leads to painting and art and things that in an evolutionary context are completely useless. The Bible tells us that these behaviours come from the soul, the divine soul, from the outside. Science agrees that these behaviours are completely unique to humans but they don’t have an explanation for where they come from.
Speech and planning ahead are the result of vocal chords and imagination, aren’t they? Aren’t all these things partly responsible for “painting and art and things”, like music? Ask any musician why they got into music and a large number will say “chicks”. Evolutionary useless? I don’t think Picasso, Dali or even wee Toulouse had problems getting laid.
The third thing is the appearance of sea creatures during what science calls the Cambrian explosion. What happened then came out outside of the scientific natural process. God interfered and did something miraculous.
Why did the Cambrian explosion happen when it did, and why was it such a unique event?
While there is no current consensus among scientists, most researchers agree the explosion cannot be ascribed to a single, simple causal mechanism.
The potential triggers can be classified in three main categories: environmental, genetic, and ecological. Deciphering the impact of each of these factors remains one of the most important challenges faced by palaeontologists today.
So, scientists have some leads, but nothing solid yet. Apparently, Mr. Friedmann has no patience for he knows with divine certainty what the answer is.
Those are the only three times that something was happening that was not just cause and effect within the normal laws of nature.
Are you a religious man yourself?
Yes, getting more and more. I have become more observant in recent years. We’ve gone kosher. That’s the key one. The other key one is the Sabbath of course. I do try to keep it. So yes. Because of all my research.”
“In this I am convinced that true Christianity is precisely the same as true science. Both are required to be totally open to whatever is authentically given in each situation. This is no mere coincidence. For it is Jesus Christ who definitively makes it clear that the universe is truly open to truly scientific investigation.” — David Jenkins
“On balance, theism is vastly more hospitable to science than naturalism, a much better home to it. Indeed, it is theism, not naturalism, that deserves to be called ‘the scientific worldview.’” — Alvin Plantinga
There are many others, although none as cringe inducing as that last one, IMHO. To show the hollowness of these claims, Jerry provides us with the top 10 scientific discoveries and accomplishments of 2012 from Wired Science. Along with the Higgs Boson and others, there are Curiosity roving on Mars, drilling through two miles of Antarctic ice to Lake Vostok (new life?) and finding an Earth-like planet orbiting Alpha Centauri B.
His simple graphic, below, shows the same for religion.
I propose a different list, although not necessarily from 2012 alone or in any particular order.
Mother Mary, Christianity’s first rape victim
I always thought Big Mama Theresa was a bun-head for making those suffering, suffer even more in her clinics.
Pope John Paul, The Sequel, ablaze, just like the ol’ timey heretics or witch-children in Africa today
Mary again, in a Larch
Here’s Mary, hiding on the plastron of a wee turtle
doG must love the Irish, the way he rots them taters so pretty
A stoned Virgin Mary
Toasted Madonna, or the weerjin Mary. You decide. No, Marlene Dietrich
Buddy Jebus, crucified on the inner roof of a catfish skull.
This is a common Kudzu crucifixion, Christian symbol of torture
Jebus in a nacho pan or some left over goo that vaguely resembles Jeffery Hunter.
If you’ve read the BuyBull, like I have, you would find this quite accurate.