Operation Rescue

Music: Operation Rescue – Bad Religion

I was walking to the bank this morning, enjoying an amazing sunny day in Salem, when I was harassed by some Christian, who tried to give me free tickets (to heaven I presume) then proceded to witness to me about Jesus Christ, the final blow was delt when he asked if he could pray with me…
Now I have lots of convictions, but never would I walk around aimlessy harassing people, to talk to them about what I believe. What drives the fucking kooks, and they are always some form of Christian…Jews don’t do this, Muslims don’t, the fucking Krishna’s do but they don’t count because to they obviously have a pre-existing mental condition to beleive in the steaming pile of dogmatic bullshit…

it is an s.o.s. sent out telepathically, signs of our distress don’t allow complacency, we need restoration now of our integrity and a drastic bold reminder of our morality, the rectifying troop is here, the ones we’ve needed all these years to stop the heinous wrongdoings and verify our moral benevolence as a people operation, operation rescue, they’re here to right our fall, they’ve heard a troubled call, operation, operation rescue, you wonder where they come from, but i just wonder why they’re here at all, ya-ya-ya-ya-ya (x3) ya-ya-ya-ya life ever-after is what they’re in business for, see them brandish the key to their kingdom’s door, it’s persuasive, it’s a part of you and me but it’s not overwhelming as they wish it to be, if no one believed in fairy tales, there’s nothing they could do but fail yet everywhere we look someone is trying to reassure our moral benevolence as a people, operation, operation rescue, they’re here to right our fall, they’ve heard someone’s troubled call, operation, operation rescue, you wonder where they come from, but i just wonder what compels them all, operation, operation rescue, operation, operation rescue, you may wonder where they come from, but i just wonder what compels them all, ya-ya-ya-ya-ya (x3) – Operation Rescue, Bad Religion

More Atheists in Foxholes

June 1, 2004: The old adage that there are “no atheists in foxholes” does not appear to apply as much as it used to. It turns out that the active duty troops in the American armed forces are somewhat less religious than the population as a whole. 

Americans over all are 78 percent Christian, 1.3 percent Jewish, .5 percent Moslem, .4 percent Hindu, 13 percent unknown or none and the rest various other sects and faiths. But the troops are 55 percent Christian, .3 percent Moslem, .27 percent Jewish, .04 percent Hindu, .24 percent Buddhist and 34 percent unknown or no preference. Part of this may be a generational thing, as the troops are younger than the population as a whole. People become more religious as they get older. Another factor is probably education, as the high education standards for recruits means those in uniform have several years more formal education than their civilian peers. More literate too, as people in uniform read at a level a full year ahead of civilians. As people become more educated, they tend to be less religious. 

Read the full article here
Thanks to Guav for pointing out this article…

New G5 architecture…

The Busy Girl Buys Beauty – Billy Bragg
All Pigs Must Die – Death In June

Read only if you are a mac geek, freak, faggot, or junkie…

The Power Mac G5 architecture is about to recieve a major overhaul. Apple sometimes prepares stock photography of products prior to their release. With revisions of the Power Mac G5 previously scheduled to arrive months ago, source said it is likely that these photos could represent an overview of the new 90-nanometer Power Mac G5, now destined for a late June introduction…

Watch Out…

I found this on The Guardian

‘Terror’ text contained punk lyrics

Press Association
Thursday June 3, 2004

A Special Branch officer questioned a punk rock musician as a terror suspect after he sent a text message containing lyrics from a Clash song to the wrong person, it was reported today.

Band member Mike Devine, from Bristol, said he had been approached by the officer and shown a copy of a text he had sent in April, which contained the words “gun” and “jet airliner”.

The 35-year-old, who plays bass in a Clash tribute group called London Calling, had intended to text the lyrics – from the Clash song Tommy Gun – to singer Reg Shaw. Instead, he sent the message to the wrong number.

Avon and Somerset police said a Special Branch officer had visited Mr Devine after the person who received the message, sent on April 30, became concerned about its content and contacted police.

Mr Devine said he had been worried when an officer from the Special Branch confronted him at his office, and added: “I had no idea why they could want to talk to me.”

The father of two said the officer had then produced a printout of the text message, which read: “How about this for Tommy Gun? OK – so let’s agree about the price and make it one jet airliner for 10 prisoners.”

He said he had then been asked to explain what the message meant, and described how the detective had looked “puzzled” when told the words were by the Clash. The officer seemed “a little embarrassed” when he left, Mr Devine added.

A spokeswoman for Avon and Somerset police said the force had been contacted by officers from Norfolk after Mr Devine’s text message was traced to a Bristol address. She added that Mr Devine had not been arrested or cautioned.

Apple readying 60GB iPod

Toshiba today announced that it will offer a 60GB version of its 1.8-inch hard drive in the coming months and that Apple has already placed its order. Cindy Lee, deputy manager of Toshiba’s hard disk drive division, said the drive will enter mass production during July or August. All three iPod models (15GB, 20GB and 40GB) use Toshiba drives, while the iPod mini uses a 4GB 1-inch drive from Hitachi. Lee noted that Toshiba is currently shipping 350,000 of the 1.8-inch drives per month to Apple.

Christianity bedevils talks on EU treaty

The controversial question of Christianity returned to the EU yesterday when seven states, led by Italy, urged the union to recognise a “historical truth” and refer explicitly to the “Christian roots of Europe” in its new constitution.

Britain’s foreign secretary, Jack Straw, and his fellow foreign ministers were forced to divert into a theological and cultural minefield at the meeting in Brussels called to tackle highly charged but technical issues, such as voting weights and budget procedures.

The preamble of the current draft treaty, drawn up by the former French president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing’s convention, refers only to the “cultural, religious and humanist inheritance of Europe”. Specifically mentioning Christianity or God was considered too controversial in the face of furious opposition from secular France and Protestant northerners such as Sweden and Denmark.

Opponents argued that it would be wrong to exclude Muslims and Jews, and would therefore be better to avoid any religious reference.

The European parliament even rejected a proposal from Christian Democrat MEPs to mention the continent’s “Judaeo-Christian roots”.

But the largely Catholic states of Italy Poland, Lithuania, Malta, Portugal, the Czech Republic and Slovakia have made clear they want more.

“This issue remains a priority for our governments as well as for millions of European citizens,” they wrote to Ireland, the current holder of the EU presidency.

Spain had previously supported them, but changed its policy when the Socialists won the March general election.

Spain’s foreign minister, Miguel Angel Moratinos, said: “Spain is a Catholic country, but in the European constitution our government is rather secular, and in this sense we want to respect the text as it currently stands.”

Poland would like a reference based on its own national constitution, which refers to “both those who believe in God as the source of truth, justice, good and beauty, as well as those not sharing such faith but respecting those universal values from other sources”.

The Vatican has made clear that it wants a reference to Christianity in the document.

“If you are the prime minister of a Catholic country it would be very useful to have the Pope on your side, especially when you hold a referendum on the constitution,” said one diplomat.

Mr Straw, aware of the feelings of British Muslims, told reporters that if there was a reference to one religious tradition, “we would have to make reference to others”.

This issue is not expected to be settled before the Brussels summit on June 17, when the constitution is due to be agreed.

The biggest disagreements are still over voting weights in the EU council of ministers. The current Irish proposal is that a decision is taken when supported by 50% of member states representing 60% of the EU population. But that has been rejected by Spain and Poland, as it would mean that Europe’s big three – Britain, France and Germany – could form a blocking minority on any decisions they do not like.

Christian roots of Europe? Umm not sure if they know this but Europe was around way before Christ…

Macintosh Fag Hint

Apparently, in order to render obsolete flashing pages that can occurs when a webpage loads, (due to the client getting data from any number of sources; the stylesheet, various data sources, etc) web browsers are programmed with a little delay. The delay is, appropriately, conservative. But by adjusting a variable in the Safari preference file you can speed Safari’s delay time up.

Highlight and copy the following line of code and go to the terminal after Safari has quit and after you login to the terminal paste this:

defaults write com.apple.Safari WebKitInitialTimedLayoutDelay 0.25

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If you are a mac user and you don’t use Safari, “then you sir are a fool, a damn fool” as Dignan would say…