Too, I haven't been to a church in over 10 years, and I am no longer interested in christianity, so I can't really claim to know what's going on these days. I was, however, raised in a christian environment till I was about 19. And I actually believed it, too.
It's my experience that each church is a microreligion in and of itself, with its own rituals and celebrations. In my later teenage years several friends and I attended a few dozen local churches of vairous denominations, to better understand christianity. The fundamentals (Jesus, sins, the priest having the divine power, martyrdom) remains the same, but how they control you is up to their interpretation. And I intend no offense in saying this. I view each religion as a guideline-- as a path to walk in life with complete with guard rails and construction signs. Most churches weren't arrogant enough to say that their path was the only right one. They would just quote the familiar 'Jesus is the only way to heaven,' until you were black and blue with it. If you asked them to talk about the legitimacy of the bible, which, when I was growing up, was aflame with revelations that the books weren't written for some 70-200 years after their apparent writer's death, they would, overwhelmingly, state that the holy spirit moved the writers of the new testament to write the books. That the bible, as it is today, is perfect, and as it was intended. That despite many cultural, environmental, governmental, etc. changes, that the rules still applied-- if in a different manner of their choice. Those that accepted that it may be flawed, and even taught its other translations, still found ways to encompass the lessons as they felt was right. And this was the case in most churches that I visited.
And, to bring back my original point-- after studying these different christian denominations for years, I found it all to be highly convenient.
Of course, The Faithful claim that $DEITY in his glorious omnipotence has kept The Holy Word pure and absolutely identical to The Original.
Actually, many Christians are taught that the bible is a living thing, that changes and adopts to culture and society so as to always give us the meaning god truly intended. Many churches also teach that we all get from the bible that which we need at that time, allowing for our interpretation of the writing to change as we want/need.
Mighty convenient, if you ask me.
What she didn't know, and what the sales associate failed to inform her of, was that 6 months earlier BluRay had squashed HDDVD's. So next time I went to her house, and she asked me to set up her brand new HDDVD player, I just about went berserk. I should have asked where she bought it from before telling her why I was so angry. I suppose she thought I'd kill someone.
In hindsight, it's probably good she didn't tell me. I have a hard time stomaching any place that would take advantage of an old woman.
A ship journeys from the east, Muspell's people are coming,
over the waves, and Loki steers
There are the monstrous brood with all the raveners,
The brother of Byleist is in company with them.
Alright, not really. But I do take this as a sign my imagination still works.
I'm with you, though-- I doubt it'll happen in my lifetime. But, I didn't expect people to quit using nuclear energy in my lifetime, either. There's nothing like disaster and the threat of imminent collapse to spur breathroughs.
Even so, if there are two nations with a history and will capable of innovating new tech for energy, it's Japan and Germany. I wish them the best in the effort. Who knows, the whole world might benefit from the research. Can you imagine a world not handicapped by the need for fossil fuels? Many oppressive regimes would lose the foundation on which they stand.
So while I understand the need for corporations to make profit-- and, while I understand your general, apparent disdain for piracy-- the gp did have a point. Sociey-- that being, human beings and our culture-- are quite a bit more 'wealthy' because of it. At least, if the priates ever intend to release the music without extorting it in some way, or hoarding it. Heh.
If Sony were smart, they'd come out with their music before the hackers torrent them. Then again, as this happened a year ago, and Sony still hasn't released the files, it seems to me that they have no interest in that idea. I'm glad someone out there is enjoying the music.
I guess I'll have to buy a real doorstop, instead of relegating the most recent yellowbook that honor. With the money I'd save, I could afford one of those really fancy 'stops.
It would pay for itself after two or three trips, and the filter will last quite a while.
That being said, aside from the whole thing being a joke, it's a shame TSA doesn't offer you suggestions to make your flight more enjoyable. Instead, they shy away from any form of convenience and stick to their controlling factors.