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Comment Re:Let's face it... (Score 1) 260

I agree that an alternative religious figure probably existed, but I was talking about the existence of the purported biblical Jesus.

We can speculate a cult leader or preacher existed. We have no evidence that he did the deeds narrated in the Gospels. I'm all for historical curiosity. However, this small piece of information is not terribly relevant to faith and religion. In particular, it's not relevant to a claim like the one made by the AC to which I replied (the claim that we have evidence of Jesus' resurrection).

Comment Re:Let's face it... (Score 1) 260

We have no physical evidence whatsoever and no reports of Jesus from the time when he supposedly lived. It's not believable that an agitator with such a strong following and influence could have lived in the Roman Empire and gone unrecorded. The Romans were serious record-keepers. The earliest non-Christian references to Jesus surfaced decades after the gospels, when Christianity was already a thing, and the gospels are obviously a fictitious tale.

Comment Re:30 years and the same annoyances (Score 1) 118

And... a minor clarification:

One way to prevent Excel from automagically guessing how it should treat the pasted data is to set the destination's cells format to "Text" before pasting (rather than the default "General")

...and paste using the "match destination formatting" option.

Comment Re:30 years and the same annoyances (Score 1) 118

One way to prevent Excel from automagically guessing how it should treat the pasted data is to set the destination's cells format to "Text" before pasting (rather than the default "General"). Then, after pasting the data, some manual formatting is necessary, but at least you won't get unwanted roundings, nonsensical string-to-date conversions, scientific notations, etc.

Comment Re:Well, that's embarrassing (Score 1) 622

one thing you cannot explain away is how the Apostles died, fully convinced that what they believed is true.

Citation from a historical non-Christian source needed. Otherwise, it's circular reasoning.

Not to mention the whole host of evidence which is outlined in Josh McDowell's "Evidence that Demands a Verdict" work. Josh set out to prove all this hoopla about this Jesus guy was untrue.

No, that guy is an apologist, who had been a Christian minister for many years before becoming a writer.

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Comment Re:Drop the hammer on them. (Score 1) 1307

Sigh... It's frustrating how many people believe that money that was loaned into existence has no cost

That's not what I said. I was replying to someone who claimed Greece owed him money. That's simply false - the money is owed to a series of banks. Belgium (and other countries, including mine) irresponsibly guaranteed the loan. The debt is unpayable in the terms of the troika. That doesn't necessarily mean it has to be cancelled - the repayment could be postponed, the ECB could assume the loans, etc. but if we come to that and our governments have to take a hole in their budgets, let it be a lesson for irresponsible lenders and guarantors.

Comment Re: Drop the hammer on them. (Score 2) 1307

- Retirement age is a myth. Average has historically been higher than the EU. For example, Eurostat data for 2005: 61.7. Higher than the EU and Germany.
- Huge military: maybe. I hope NATO doesn't bitch and moan if they downscale. Greece is at a key geopolitical location, sitting at the edge of the West's sphere of influence.
- Public service: used to be true, not now that they have grinding austerity. The Greek people have paid many times over.
- Tax enforcement: there's no discussion it has to be improved. In all fairness, it's nowhere as bad as commonly thought (with tax revenue at 39 percent of GDP). The standard VAT at 23% is crazy, by the way.

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