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Comment Re:This is why we can't have nice things (Score 4, Interesting) 272

Sadly, you're both wrong. Keystone XL is private, is all about resource extraction (well, transportation of extracted resources) and is being eternally delayed in much the same way. In Canada, we have two more proposed pipelines that are experiencing the same opposition. ("Northern Gateway" and "Energy East")

Comment Re:Haven't noticed a thing... (Score 3, Informative) 149

I was wondering why siteuptime was reporting brief outages on my Linode. I guess this explains why I've had the worst uptime in years... just got my December report. 99.66% uptime. I've been with Linode for a very long time and can honestly not say a bad word about them. I've really only ever had one bad outage, when the UPSes at HE Dallas blew up. I think that one ended up being about 8 hours. They kept us updated and even set up a webcam so we could watch them working in the datacentre getting things booted back up after power was restored.

Comment Re:hahaha "years ago" (Score 1) 161

My 2001 GMC Jimmy had a "secondary oxygen injector pump." When it failed, I tried to figure out what it did. Near as I could tell, all it did was blow extra air into the exhaust while the engine was cold. I guess that reduced the percentage of pollutants coming out the tailpipe before the cat gets warmed up and working. This is really nothing new. The government makes arbitrary tests. Corporations make devices that will pass those tests.

Comment Re:Awesome Jedi Mind Trick (Score 1) 1258

Joseph married Mary and, presumably, would have adopted Jesus as his son. To the Jews that should be enough to establish his legal right to the throne. Gentiles wouldn't buy that argument, so another way is also established.

Why do we "need" two accounts? For that matter, why do we need four gospels? Each one records different events, has a different audience, and more generally, supports a different aspect of Jesus.

Matthew is written to the Jews. It makes a pile of "Old Testament" references without really explaining them. The Jews would have understood. Matthew establishes Jesus as the Messiah, which is also a Jewish thing. (The Gentiles may not understand, and probably wouldn't care.) Matthew, as a government official, may have been skilled in shorthand, explaining why his gospel contains the most direct quotations of Jesus. To re-iterate the genealogy point above, Matthew includes a genealogy that makes the most sense to a Jew, to establish the Messiahship of Jesus.

Mark contains at least 7 instances where a translation is given for an Aramaic term. His readership was probably not Jews. (Aramaic being the day-to-day language of the Jews at that time.) Also, he includes a number of Latinisms... Latin transliterations, and idioms. His audience is probably the Romans. Mark is short and fast paced. It's purpose is probably to document the ministry and passion of Jesus. (the crucifixion story, that is.) This gospel begins with John the Baptist baptizing Jesus (a genealogy, of sorts?) and ends abruptly with the resurrection.

Luke is a very carefully researched document written for a Gentile audience. It establishes the humanity of Jesus. The genealogy follows his bloodline and also goes back to Adam rather than stopping at Abraham as in Matthew. Some have suggested that Luke together with Acts was written as a defense document for Paul's trial in Rome. Romans are cast in a more positive light in Luke than in the other gospels.

John is easy because near the end he states the purpose of the book -- "that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God..." John focuses on the deity of Jesus. This is also reflected in the "genealogy" in the first verse: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." (If you have trouble with "the Word" being Jesus skip down to verse 14: "and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us")

So, why four accounts? Each one provides a different viewpoint that can give us a more complete understanding of Jesus. It's basically the same as why a police officer would ask multiple witnesses for their accounts of a traffic accident... each one may have seen something different, and when you put them all together you get a better picture.

Comment Re:Awesome Jedi Mind Trick (Score 2) 1258

I _have_ looked into it and you're right. A little analytical thinking can shed a lot of light on this so-called conflict. First, Matthew was written for a Jewish audience. Luke was written for a Gentile audience. The Jews would know that the Messiah needed to be a "son of David." (descendant) The genealogy in Matthew, therefore, traces Jesus' "legal" right to sit on the throne. That is, it traces the male line from David. The Gentiles would recognize, though, that if the story of a virgin conception is true, Joseph was NOT the father of Jesus. So, the line is traced through Jesus' mother instead. In addition to that, in Jeremiah 22:30, we learn that "no seed" of Jehoakim (Jechonias in Greek) will sit on the throne of David. So, the virgin birth is actually a clever end-run around this curse. And, if you think about it, John 1:1 provides yet another "Genealogy" of Jesus, in a way. The more I've analyzed scripture, the more I've discovered that, at the very least, it is very carefully and cleverly written.

Comment Re:Well... (Score 1) 365

and the orange/green light on the plug that tells us at a glance whether or not the battery is charged.

Grrr... I know I'm in the minority, but I hate the orange/green light used on so many electronics. I'm red/green deficient and it falls EXACTLY in my dead zone. I really, honestly, can't tell the two colours apart... even if they're right beside each other.

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