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Comment: Re:How about a straight answer? (Score 2) 329

by professionalfurryele (#48563377) Attached to: Warmer Pacific Ocean Could Release Millions of Tons of Methane

The impact associated with the Chicxulub crater is associated with the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event, not the Permian–Triassic.

The impact sites associated with the Permian–Triassic extinction are ones like the Bedout structure, but no impact sufficient (on its own) to explain the kind of extinction we see is known. The Permian–Triassic is special because it was so severe and because of the extreme impact on marine life. This is why the methane hydrate gasification hypothesis enjoys comparatively wide support, although as you say most experts don't think it is enough on its own, possibly being a consequence of some other event (such as increased volcanism or an impact).

Comment: Re:Oh yeah, almost forgot about Ebola... (Score 1) 70

by professionalfurryele (#48468041) Attached to: Canada's Ebola Vaccine Nets Millions For Tiny US Biotech Firm

"It helps if the people who catch it are fit and well before they catch it."

Depends on what you mean by fit and well. Being seriously immunocompromised probably wont help, but a major way Ebola kills is by triggering a cytokine storm. Ebola attacks the immune system in a very unpleasant way inhibiting many of the standard responses to a viral infection. As a result when confronted by Ebola the immune system often responds with its last resort 'WMD', a cytokine storm which might be described as setting the immune system into overdrive killing both the Ebola virus and healthy cells in a desperate scorched earth attack. Because this run away process is basically the immune system acting with maximum ferocity the healthier and stronger your immune system the more damage it does. If you have a particularly strong immune system then the onset of a cytokine storm just kills you.

Comment: Re: What am I doing wrong? (Score 1) 574

by professionalfurryele (#48312843) Attached to: The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said

Sounds like a good move. A decent employee is going to look at the whole package, but they are going to be very suspicious of the stuff you leave out. If I get a 38 hour week, telecommuting and good benefits I'm going to put a dollar value on that and add it to your salary as a first pass to filter places to apply for (ones at the top get custom CV, custom cover letter, I do some research on thier business; next lot get generic CV, etc.; next lot get the circular file). Employees can only apply to a finite number of jobs, and they can only give a suitable amount of attention to a subset of those, especially if they are already employed (which many of the better applicants might be). If you want to be in the top fractions of places people apply to you need to give them enough information to beat out your competition.

Comment: Re:The perennial disconnect... (Score 4, Insightful) 574

by professionalfurryele (#48307969) Attached to: The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said

"But the market does set rates" - You clearly don't understand how markets work. If you make an offering and no one takes it (assuming the reasons why aren't some substantial intervention in the market by some large actor), your offering is below market rate. That is pretty much the definition of what those words mean. Either you don't need the position filled (it will bring in $X dollars and cost $Y and X Y), or you need to pay more.

If those software houses in Pittsburgh cant sell software for a profit offering developers market rate then the market doesn't need the software those software houses provide because it costs too much to make. Either company Y needs to (and can afford to) pay more, or it needs to shut up shop because it is not viable (or at least not do the project it cant afford to hire people for). The one thing it cannot do is complain that it has to compete with other companies both in selling it's goods and sources it's raw materials (which include human resources).

Comment: Re:What am I doing wrong? (Score 5, Insightful) 574

by professionalfurryele (#48307897) Attached to: The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said

You aren't paying enough. It is sort of obvious. Youe offering is below market so no one applies and those that do apply get promotions or can reasonably expect much better pay and conditions. Either you don't need the position filled, or you need to pay more to fill it.

Can I ask, why is it when it comes to hiring technical staff business people have such a hard time understanding supply and demand. You never hear them saying 'Why cant I buy a top of the line server rack for $1?", but are shocked that no one applies for their job offered at half market rate.

Comment: Re:DAESH, not ISIL (Score 1) 478

by professionalfurryele (#48008253) Attached to: US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

That is a legitimate criticism, you are essentially proposing that we treat religious adherents in a similar way to the way we treat countries, if the relevant actors consider you X then you are X. Your definition has problems too though.

First by your definition there is evidence of Catholics (Catholic priests no less), who are atheists. If a Catholic priest loses their job often they don't have much to fall back on, and apostasized priests have kept preaching believing that the little lies they percieve themselves as telling are bringng people hope. While they might have moments of candor with those close to them their public face is one of a good Catholic priest who most other folks (including the Supreme Pontiff) would recognise as Christian.

Next you have the problem of what constitutes 'mainstream'. The early Jewish sect that sprung up after Jesus had comparatively little organisation and structure (which was far more congruent with Jesus' teachings). But a few centuries after Jesus death it had all but vanished. By your definition the religious movement which more closely matched the religion of Jesus' would not be Christian as by that point the Roman Empire had spread Paulian Christianity to much of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

A final problem, and this is more technical, is that typically definitions of descriptive nouns / adjectives like this refer to properties of the thing they describe, not properties of someone else describing the thing. A ball is considered a ball because it matches the conditions to be a ball (being sufficiently round, being sufficiently small, etc). The reason for this is that ultimately the meaning of words is derived from their usage (to convey meaning some set of people have to use a word), so it is basically tautological to imply someone can be described as 'a noun' or a 'adjective person' if the right people use the word that way as what we are asking isn't the fundamental reason words have meaning. It is like answering the question of why my toast popped out the toaster early this morning with 'the big bang'. Sure technically true, but completely irrelevant. In this instance you are arguing for specific authorities to determine the meaning of words which is a common way to circumvent this problem, but that just brings us back to the last paragraph. I'm out in cricket if the umpire says I'm out. Here the authority is not so clear. Are Southern Baptists Christians? What about Christian heresys that explicitly reject central authority like Catharism, were they Christian?

You do have a point though, I don't consider someone a Christian just because they claim to be one, I don't think it is enough to just claim you are a Christian I would say you are a Christian if you genuinely believe you are following the teachings of Jesus. Now this has some interesting consequences. For instance under this definition I don't think most of the Westboro Baptist Church are Christians. If you look at how they operate they are clearly a legal scam who likely don't believe a word they are saying. Enough members of the KKK and DAESH are Christian and Muslim respectively under this definition (which coupled with the groups making religion part of their mission statement), so I will call them Christian and Muslim.

But ultimately however we define words like 'Christian' and 'Muslim' we wont find a perfect definition. So if these are problems you can live with and you like your definition that is fine. I admire what you are trying to achieve with your definition, to make it clear to people that adherents of Islam are not fundamentally distinct from people in the West, and that extremists like this don't represent your typical Muslim. You want to avoid labelling the extremists of a particular religion by that religion because it has the odd property of putting me in the same box as Stalin, the nice lady at the soup kitchen in the same box as Raynald of Châtillon and al-Khwarizmi in the same box as Osama Bin Laden.

You are right, as far as I know DAESH aren't supported by any mainstream Clerics. I wish the media would report on them in a similar way to the ways the report on the KKK, bringing up their religion only when it is relevant, I think some reporting at the moment is irresponsible ignoring that most of DAESH victims are Shia Muslims with no interest in this so-called 'Jihad'. But I'm unwilling to use language in such a way that we completely ignore the religious motivations of the participants because like the Crusaders, like the KKK, like many religious extremists, religion is playing a role in motivating DAESHes actions.

Comment: Re:DAESH, not ISIL (Score 1) 478

by professionalfurryele (#47997229) Attached to: US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

Never said Paul was unreasonable, just that his teachings ran counter to those of Jesus. Jesus was a zealous and pious Jew, at that time that meant he was likely unreasonable about Jewish practices.

The Gnostic Gospels were excluded for a variety of reasons, but as long as John is in the canon the claim that it is to any major degree about quality control is just laughable. Mark (without the bit that was clearly added in at the end) seems the most reliable of the Gospels and it paints a pretty clear picture of Jesus. Most other Gospels are less reliable to some degree (often being copied from Mark or Q, or some combinations there of). It isn't that I think the Gnostic Gospels are reliable, but those consistent with Mark (and to a lesser extent Matthew and Luke) and congruent with the teachings of those most close to Jesus (his brother and the disciples, particularly Peter) are far more reliable than anything found in John and Paul's biggest supporter amoung the Gospels is John, that is why it was included in the Catholic canon.

You'll note your quote is from John, while Mark has a fair bit of similar language it is considerably de-emphasised. As I said, John doesn't count, John is written about 200 years after Jesus was born, and is basically someone trying to propagandize for Pauls perspective, and frankly doing it badly, the Jesus of John is nothing like the far more plain spoken Jesus of Mark.

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Comment: Re:DAESH, not ISIL (Score 1) 478

by professionalfurryele (#47994495) Attached to: US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

There was a fair old bit of contention between James (brother of Jesus) and Paul. One book covering the topic is James Dunn's "The Canon Debate". Basic summary is that Paul and James didn't exactly see eye-to-eye, especially on things like Jewish customs. This disagreement caused friction such as the Incident at Antioch, you can read Pauls version of events in the Epistle to the Galatians 2:11-14. Basically Paul says the Jews shouldn't expect the Gentiles to conform to Jewish custom, and James and his largely Jewish followers were having none of that. Mark 7:27 and surrounding passages should be an indication of why I don't think Pauls cultural relativism was something Jesus would have been a fan of. As you point out, Peter might have been in a more representative place doctrinally. It strikes me as likely James may have taken things a bit too far as well in the other direction, doctrinally it seems Peter was somewhere between the two trying desperately to keep the early Christians together, although I think he took on a bit more of Pauls ideas that is justified.

Paulian (often more commonly rendered as Pauline if you decide to go googling) Christianity adds a whole bunch of things to Christian teachings not found in the Gospels (and contradicted by some of the gnostic Gospels). Differences include things like the shift from an earthly to a heavenly kingdom or salvation being derived from belief in Jesus regardless of requirements of Jewish Law, and heirachical established churches. Even something as basic (and problematic) as the nature of Original sin and Jesus death as atonement for human imperfection.

Paul basically viewed Jesus as a blood sacrafice, which if you confine yourself to the gospels is something that seems wholly incongruous with Jesus message. It is a massive topic but hopefully that is enough to get started.

Comment: Re:DAESH, not ISIL (Score 1) 478

by professionalfurryele (#47992307) Attached to: US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

Key word is 'particular'. The Cult of Isis has a particular theology within the Ancient Egyptian religion. Sure, the Ancient Egyptian religion had a theology, but it is more general. In the same way Christianity has the theology, but the Paulian Cult has a particular theology.

In any case, the point I was making stands even if we adopt your definition. When the Paulian cult started it had a single, charismatic leader (Paul) and a comparatively small number of followers. Paul's beliefs and practicisewere considered deviant and novel by both other Christians and Jews.

The point I was making is that by the parents reasoning the Paulian Cult (and thus all of its descendants) is not Christianity because Jesus (if he existed and is recorded reasonably accurately in the gospels) would be unlikely to endorse Paul's bizzare theology. Pretty much any of the Christian Jewish sects which sprung up after Jesus death are far more likely to be accurate renditions of Jesus' philosophy than Pauls. Given that almost all self-identified Christians are Paulian Christians this is clearly a foolhardy way to assign meaning to the word 'Christian'.

Comment: Re:DAESH, not ISIL (Score 1) 478

by professionalfurryele (#47978843) Attached to: US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

You are right, but there really isn't a good word for it. To be clear I'm using the term in a technical theological sense as in "A cult is a religious group that follows a particular theological system.". I used this term because I wanted to avoid terms like 'heresy' since they are value loaded and I'm not making a value statement or 'sect' because sects are more specific. You can substitute 'Paulian cult' for 'those follow the Paulian theology' if you like.

Comment: Re:DAESH, not ISIL (Score 1) 478

by professionalfurryele (#47976315) Attached to: US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

By that standard almost every Christian who has ever existed is not Christian. You do know the Paulian cult is a complete butchering of Jesus' (assume he existed and is reasonably well represented in the surviving gospels) teachings right? Religions have lots of sects and interpretations, comes with the territory and the big label we use for religions is often very broad. Same with lots of labels.

You can define words how you like, but I would suggest rendering almost everyone who has even identified as Christian as being not Christian renders your definition impractical. If you try to come up with a more encompassing definition which doesn't go question begging (defining Christians in such a way that they are only capable of praiseworth actions for instance) you will find that like any other movement Christianity has it share of splendid saints and sickening sinners.

Comment: Re:DAESH, not ISIL (Score 5, Insightful) 478

by professionalfurryele (#47973507) Attached to: US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

The KKK are Christian. They aren't exactly representative of modern Christianity (or of Christianity back when the KKK was more substantial), although there was a big subset of the South who were sympathetic to them. The comparison is actually very apt. IS or Daesh or whatever you want to call them (I'd prefer Daesh as it is what the locals call them when they aren't pointing guns at them), is Islamic. It isn't representative of modern Islam, or even of Islam in the region. Thier theology is also a pretty piss poor interpretation of the source text of Islam, an argument you would be right to make, just like the KKK bastardised the Bible (note, I don't like the Quran and think it has some horrid ideas but it is pretty fucking clear that many of Daesh actions are reprehensible). But you cant ignore the fact that they appear to be sincere a fair chunk of the time when they say part of their motivation is religious.

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