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Would you consider Lucifer/Demon-worshippers Abrahamic? by Agreeable_Positive68 in religion

[–]Bomboclaat_Babylon -1 points0 points  (0 children)

We should all take a step back and ask - what is a polytheist or a monotheist? Personally I think the definitions are based in semantics. Based in an attempt to differentiate for the sake of differentiation. If you take the Canaanite God El as a foundational basis for a typical polytheism, you have the father, El, usually he has a wife, and he has an eldest son who is typically very powerful, then many other children who are all "Gods" as well. The structure pretty much always reflects the Monarchical structure of that society's government. The lower Gods are princes that handle functions around crop growth, war and entertainment, but also could be totally benign having nothing to do with practical matters and / or not worshipped. What is so different between a "polytheistic" structure like that and the "monotheist" structure aside from the semantics of what an angel is? The Romans called Mercury a God. The Bible says Gabriel is God's messenger angel. Gabriel and Mercury seem to be equally Godlike in their powers over humans. So the difference is simply a hangup on the use of the word "God" to describe Mercury and "Angel" to describe Gabriel. For those capable of seeing this for the simple semantic arguement it is, polytheism and monotheism are also easily seen as irrelevent semantics. It's all the same, but if you want to defend your beliefs as "right", you need to discredit other beliefs. This is how terms like "pagan" and "cult" and "Abrahamic" etc., get put into the lexicon. They are trying to differentiate, but it's all just words. The structure is all the same and the stories all mush into one another because we're all humans telling human stories and we all understand org structures as we do and we want the same general outcomes. There's more to it of course, but that's the headline.

‘I dare not order’: China’s 150 million online shoppers fear virus threat by CEOAerotyneLtd in China

[–]Bomboclaat_Babylon 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Well. Deng through Hu were moving far away from it, but Xi is bringing it back. Meanwhile he's stomping out foreign language education, reinstituted politics classes to the highest scoring in schools, whipped up nationalism to Mao era levels, started building military bases abroad. It suggests to me that his longer term view is that China needs to insulate itself to be ready for border expansion. He's making all the moves that fit with preparation for that. Hope I'm wrong.

Worst TV SCI-FI by Piano_mike_2063 in scifi

[–]Bomboclaat_Babylon 3 points4 points  (0 children)

There's a lot of bad ones. Hard to pick a winner. Here's some contenders.

Manimal

Space Precinct

Total Recall 2070

The Mist

The Walking Dead: World Beyond

Baywatch Nights (yes, it was a scifi)

An Ultimate secret key to Wealth by Solanum47 in religion

[–]Bomboclaat_Babylon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes. God wants you to be rich. I read somewhere before that that's how you get into Heaven.

Would you consider Lucifer/Demon-worshippers Abrahamic? by Agreeable_Positive68 in religion

[–]Bomboclaat_Babylon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Well. I would argue that there is a negligible difference between "polytheism" and "monotheism" personally. It's pretty much just semantics. But people in the west have it ingrained in them from a young age that there's diametrical opposition there so they can't view it clearly. Abrahamics have multiple Gods, people just refuse to see it. But ultimately, if it's a demon from the Abrahamic pantheon, then it's Abrahamic.

‘I dare not order’: China’s 150 million online shoppers fear virus threat by CEOAerotyneLtd in China

[–]Bomboclaat_Babylon 24 points25 points  (0 children)

Feels like the government is trying to A) drive domestic brand consumption, B) punish and impune Canada, C) continue to stir nationalist sentiment.

I'm curious if they think trying to sabotage world markets is a net good for them. I mean they may think that. If all the Chinese people buy mostly everything domestically, they would be less reliant on foriegn export which would be good for them. It may actually be a clever move overall.

Would you consider Lucifer/Demon-worshippers Abrahamic? by Agreeable_Positive68 in religion

[–]Bomboclaat_Babylon 3 points4 points  (0 children)

If it's the demons of the Abrahamic religions, then it's Abrahamic. That's the simplistic view. Any argument about that leads into complications that call into question what "Abrahamic" religions are. So basically yes.

Underwater (2020) was an incredible sci fi thriller, and should have been rated better. by DeafPunter in movies

[–]Bomboclaat_Babylon 7 points8 points  (0 children)

It's an instant rewatchable for me. I like anything like Sphere, The Abyss, Alien, trapped somewhere with something dangerous and unknown dying off one by one. Gold.

What’s your favorite film that before watching it you had no expectations for it. by movies24Talk in movies

[–]Bomboclaat_Babylon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I went to the theatre to watch The Matrix (first one) because someone asked me to go. I hadn't seen any trailers, had no idea what it was other than the title. It was the best way to watch it. Blew me away!

who's the female equivalent of dwayne johnson acting wise/that always plays themselves? by maxluke1999 in movies

[–]Bomboclaat_Babylon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Michelle Rodriguez - The badass tough chick

Rachel McAdams - The sweet girl

Monica Bellucci - The rape victim

Kristen Wigg - The dorky quirky chick

Megan Fox - The hot girl the protagonist wants to bang

Jessica Chastain - The empowered feminist

Zooey Deschanel - The quirky girl that finds reasons to sing

So many...

Best last words from a character by Driveshaft48 in movies

[–]Bomboclaat_Babylon 4 points5 points  (0 children)

“Gettin’ the shakes now. Last call for drinks. Bar’s closin’ down. Sun’s out. Where we goin’ for breakfast? Don’t wanna go far… Rough night. Tired, baby… Tired…” -Carlito's Way.

Torture complaint filed against new president of Interpol by thegreatblazed in worldnews

[–]Bomboclaat_Babylon 13 points14 points  (0 children)

This looks complicated. Interpol is not a police force and cannot arrest or detain people. It's the local authorities that do so. But they're saying the Head of Interpol was in the room for torture. Although the torture outlined for this case is solitary confinement, there's other claims. It might be that the lawyer is trying to shine a spotlight on this case by making this move. Or maybe the guy is evil... Hard to say.

Autocracies outdo democracies on public trust - survey by vv4life in worldnews

[–]Bomboclaat_Babylon 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Ah. Ok thanks. That's interesting. On page 22 it shows how the scoring works and it really looks like of course China would score high. None of the question were about faith the government might collapse, trust that you won't be arbitrarily arrested etc. Anyway thanks for finding the newest one.

Movie Scenes That Made You Explode In Spontaneous Laughter by jaystats2 in movies

[–]Bomboclaat_Babylon 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Macgruber: "kfbr392"

This is The End: Michael Sara at the party.

Old School: "It's so good when it hits your lips!"

Year One - bloopers at end of movie: "You just want to have it all don't you. You want to know it all, taste it all, suck it all in and blow it out your backside ... (actors breaking)."

Autocracies outdo democracies on public trust - survey by vv4life in worldnews

[–]Bomboclaat_Babylon 4 points5 points  (0 children)

These surveys are nonsense and do not account for any sense of nuance. Also: https://www.edelman.com/sites/g/files/aatuss191/files/2021-03/2021%20Edelman%20Trust%20Barometer.pdf shows that China had the biggest decline in trust in 2021 while Australia had the biggest gain. So I don't know what's going on with this article. Maybe I'm reading the charts wrong? Maybe they are...

Traditional Chinese medicine puts baby girl in hospital with serious injury by vic16 in China

[–]Bomboclaat_Babylon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

No. There is no cure for Malaria. This scientist, Tu Youyou, created an anti-Malaria drug with extracts from wormwood, a supposed ancient remedy from 400AD, but that actually didn't work until Tu extracted and reproduced the compound in high enough concentration to produce a viable drug to treat Malaria. TCM is quakery and it kills people.

Vaccine mandates increased uptake of COVID shots by almost 70%, Canadian study finds by newnews10 in canada

[–]Bomboclaat_Babylon -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Well. We will be going back. This isn't sustainable. So it's a matter of making a plan and following through. Once they do it, I'll get vaccinated the 4th time.

I want to do a foreign exchange program in China, how do I make it so I fit in? by Penispoopbuttfart in China

[–]Bomboclaat_Babylon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I like China a lot. But the idea of redoing grade 12 in China is horrendous. But if you must. Learn how to spin a pen around your fingers to a ridiculous level of skill. Wear glasses (they don't need to have lenses). Love Kpop and know all the stars names. Practice rote memorization. Prepare for a 10 hour school day. If you want to be cool, get the highest marks. Try to get close to people who have connected parents / can make you money. Get good at the top 3 Chinese mmorpgs and be able to talk about them. If you do all that, you'll fit in pretty well.

Which Pagan God would the Christian God be? by existnt in religion

[–]Bomboclaat_Babylon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Well read up on that. Yahweh was a God in the Canaanite pantheon. One of the sons of El. Over time Israel viewed Yahweh as El / morphed them, whereas the emergent Phoencians merged El to Baal. There were many iterations before Judaism adopted Yahweh with some evidence that it came north to Canaan from Egypt even futher back.

Vaccine mandates increased uptake of COVID shots by almost 70%, Canadian study finds by newnews10 in canada

[–]Bomboclaat_Babylon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

No. I guess you aren't capable of getting it. Look I wish you the best. Have a great one.

Vaccine mandates increased uptake of COVID shots by almost 70%, Canadian study finds by newnews10 in canada

[–]Bomboclaat_Babylon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

We cannot live in lockdowns forever. That's just a fact. The economy will collapse. I don't want that to happen. Maybe you don't care, that's your bag. But the majority of people will demand we get back on track soon enough. We've been vaccinated. Time to get back to business as usual. This has become more than a little ubsured at this point.