Thursday nightCap

Leech v Worm (no, not the Labour leadership battle. On the other hand…)

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Today’s Trivia [UPDATED]

Oh dear.  Oh dear oh dear.  I got an email earlier today that I had to do the Trivia posts for a few days.  I thought “I’ll do that later”.  Just got another email from James.

Oopsie…

Check back soon.  It’ll be here shortly.


 

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For the first Moon landing, the average age of NASA controllers was 26 years old. (source)   Read more »

Game of Thrones meets Ennio Morriconi

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Chop chop

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Daily roundup

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Chief Whip one day, speaker the next.  Even being thought of as a possible Labour Leader… Chippy’s on a fast track to prime Minister!

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Jesus Christ did not exist

Now, before you get all worked up, check this out

Historical researcher Michael Paulkovich has claimed that Jesus of Nazareth was a ‘mythical character’ and never existed.

The controversial discovery was apparently made after he found no verifiable mention of Christ from 126 writers during the ‘time of Jesus’ from the first to third centuries.

He says he is a fictional character invented by followers of Christianity to create a figure to worship.

The 126 texts he studied were all written in the period during or soon after the supposed existence of Jesus, when Paulkovich says they would surely have heard of someone as famous as Jesus – but none mention him.

‘When I consider those 126 writers, all of whom should have heard of Jesus but did not – and Paul and Marcion and Athenagoras and Matthew with a tetralogy of opposing Christs, the silence from Qumram and Nazareth and Bethlehem, conflicting Bible stories, and so many other mysteries and omissions – I must conclude that Christ is a mythical character,’ he writes.

‘”Jesus of Nazareth” was nothing more than urban (or desert) legend, likely an agglomeration of several evangelic and deluded rabbis who might have existed.’

Of the writings he examined, written from the first to third centuries, he found only one book that contained a mention of Jesus – The Jewish Wars by the Roman historian Josephus Flavius written in 95 CE, but he claims it is fabricated.

Paulkovich says the mentions of Jesus were added later by editors, not by Josephus.

Even in the Bible Paulkovich says Paul, often credited with spreading what would become Christianity, never refers to Jesus as a real person.

‘Paul is unaware of the virgin mother, and ignorant of Jesus’ nativity, parentage, life events, ministry, miracles, apostles, betrayal, trial and harrowing passion,’ he writes.

‘Paul knows neither where nor when Jesus lived, and considers the crucifixion metaphorical.’ Read more »

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Group to take on Len Brown’s taniwha

A group calling themselves Democracy Action has got into gear to take on Len Brown’s requirements for you to go and get a certificate that no Taniwha exist before you make minor alternations to your house (the PC term is “Cultural Impact Assessment”).

Sir Bob Jones wrote about his experience with Cultural Impact Assessments a few weeks back:
Recently, a shop tenancy changed in a modern 17-storey Auckland CBD office building owned by my company. The previous tenant had blocked off some of its window which we now intended putting back to the conventional shop front.

At this stage, sit down with a stiff drink and accept my assurance I’m not making this up.

For we were then informed by a planner my Auckland office uses for council dealings (which can be laborious) that under the new council rules, changes to a building’s appearance require resource consent and we would be subject to penalty if we simply put back the window.

If that’s not outrageously absurd enough, things then became truly Kafkaesque and illustrate why the Government, against ill-considered opposition parties’ objections, wishes to tone down the Resource Management Act.

For we were then told that under the new Draft Unitary Plan, not yet enacted, our building being within 50 metres of a designated Maori heritage site, we needed RMA approval (for a new shop window, for God’s sake), this instantly forthcoming at a cost of $4500 plus the approval of 13 iwi.

The council refused to advise the addresses of these iwi outfits, yet added that without their consent, we can’t put back the window.

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What a tangled web we weave

I can’t help but want to really, really see the video of the birth of this happy little baby

A white lesbian mother is suing a Chicago sperm bank after she claims she was mistakenly sent a black man’s sperm and gave birth to a mixed-race daughter.

Jennifer Cramblett, 36, claims the mistake has caused her stress and anguish because her family is racist and she lives in a small, all-white Uniontown in northeast Ohio.

In a lawsuit filed this week in Cook County, Illinois, Ms Cramblett says Midwest Sperm Bank sent her several vials of a black man’s sperm by mistake because the clinic keeps paper records and accidentally transposed numbers on her order.

The couple had specifically chosen a white donor to be the father of their child.

It’s nice enough that nobody has suggested that Jennifer stepped out on her lesbian lover and had a roll in the hay with a local black man.   However… an IVF clinic that keeps paper records might just be a warning signal by itself?   Read more »