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rants: blood diamonds & Saint Valentine

Antique Valentine 1909 01Today’s Valentine’s Day. Some people even call it Saint Valentine’s Day. I don’t see anything holy, godly or spiritually related to the traditions of this day.

“Saint Valentine’s Day, also known as Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is observed on February 14 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, although it is not a holiday in most of them.
St. Valentine’s Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. Several martyrdom stories were invented for the various Valentines that belonged to February 14, and added to later martyrologies. A popular hagiographical account of Saint Valentine of Rome states that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. According to legend, during his imprisonment, he healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius. An embellishment to this story states that before his execution he wrote her a letter signed ‘Your Valentine’ as a farewell. Today, Saint Valentine’s Day is an official feast day in the Anglican Communion, as well as in the Lutheran Church. The Eastern Orthodox Church also celebrates Saint Valentine’s Day, albeit on July 6 and July 30, the former date in honor of the Roman presbyter Saint Valentine, and the latter date in honor of Hieromartyr Valentine, the Bishop of Interamna (modern Terni). In Brazil, the Dia de São Valentim is recognized on June 12.”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine%27s_Day

It’s merely a made-up festivity to sell diamonds (dumb, poor men spending their hard-earned money on crystals made from pressurized carbon (C) molecules to sustain someone’s ill vanity, which could be used to project concentrated light beams with the help of coils of thin threads made of gold (Au) usually referred to as lasers) and chocolate. I don’t see any reason worthwhile aside from decaying commercialism and blood diamonds.

what if IBM Watson becomes an ordained minister? maybe

IBM Watson Power 7 (taken from Slashdot)IBM Watson Power 7 might become an ordained minister after all. Several people are already getting married this way. Now this is really cool!

ULC Ministers Join in ‘Robot Wedding’ Trend
But robots have have also played instrumental roles in the ceremonies themselves. At the wedding of Neeva Reese and Moe McLendon in San Juan Capistrano, California, a robot with glowing red eyes named Father Emiglio served as wedding officiant. The groom constructed the unusual wedding minister using the shell of an Italian toy robot called Emiglio, an array of Lego blocks, vacuum tubes, and antennae, a Star Wars Y-wing starfighter for a nose, and ribbon cables for mutton chops. Meanwhile, mechanical engineer Laura Wong used a robot from work to serve as ring-bearer at her wedding.”

http://www.themonastery.org/blog/2014/01/ulc-ministers-join-in-robot-wedding-trend/

Before anyone complains about having a robot minister — especially IBM Watson Power 7, read the following from the program director in IBM’s Watson Solutions Group.

Michael Holmes 10/10/2012 at 09:00:17
Hi. Michael Holmes here, program director in IBM’s Watson Solutions Group. Just to be clear, Watson has no role in ‘becoming’ any kind of human role and will continue to focus on helping professionals make more informed, evidence-based decisions based on its ability to consume and understand vast quantities of written documents. ie- it’s not a doctor. But it is being trained to help oncologists better use the medical literature to make better diagnosis, test, and treatment recommendations for cancer patients.”

interesting: Bill Nye Debates Ken Ham

rants: Can the Pope Block the UN’s Child Abuse Investigation? maybe NOT!

Although I don’t think these perverts will comply, it seems like good news.

Vatican ‘must immediately remove’ child abusers – UN
The UN has said that the Vatican should ‘immediately remove’ all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers.
The UN watchdog for children’s rights denounced the Holy See for adopting policies which allowed priests to sexually abuse thousands of children.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26044852

rants: what if?

what if there’s no God & religion’s a waste of time?
what if there’s only one real God & his name’s not whatever we think it could be?
what if the real religion’s not what you practice?
what if all relgions were wrong & all faiths could be one?

what if government could work & policians were honest?
what if we could all work hard for a paycheck & it could last more than a day?
what if moderm medicine wasn’t based on big pharma‘s money & children weren’t sick?
what if I didn’t write for nothing & you cared to answer my questions above?

what if? what if?

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