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Important tip for bakers: When using extracts which may be of iffy age, smell them first before putting them into the batter. I casually poured in lemon extract I've had for a while (I do keep them in the fridge) and then the sharp smell of, well, alcohol or liniment or something really nasty (not lemony) hit me. It destroyed the cake mix, the eggs, the oil, and the butter which was already in the mix. {sigh} I dumped it all out and started over. Fortunately, I had another cake mix.

My heart is aching for the folks in New Orleans and the surrounding area. I can't believe the devastation. Fires and floods, famine and plague. Maybe the rapture will come and take them away (okay, that's a little light-hearted, but... well...)

It occasionally burns me up to listen to what "Christians" say and watch what they do. My latest "tear-my-hair-out" issue is of course "intelligent design." The spin doctors who handle the far right amaze me. If they can't get support for some crackpot idea one way, they'll repackage the exact same thing and somehow amazingly get people to support it. "It's not creationism, it's intelligent design! Nobody said anything about God, but of course there had to be a designer..." I'd like to talk seriously to some of these people and see if there's any way in hell I could understand what makes them tick, but I'm afraid that kind of blind-stupid idiocy just irritates me so much I don't know how coherent I'd be. I believe in the deity, but I also don't believe that the Almighty, Everlasting, Infinite God can be confined to, or described by, a book which was written by men. Perhaps divinely inspired men, but men nonetheless, and men whose ideas were formed by the limited knowledge they had of the earth they lived on.

To those who go for that "intelligent design" thing? I say one thing: Platypus.

The whole point is that science requires proof, while religion is based on faith. And anyone whose faith needs "proof," well, that's not really faith, then, is it? They demand solid proof of every moment in the evolutionary record to accept that evolution is real, yet provide no proof whatsoever of their "intelligent designer." I suppose that's faith. But you can't deny the basic, solid evidence provided by scientific evidence. Any "ology" you want to point to can prove their theories through experimentation, and yes, even evolution. Evolution has been observed in insects, who have short lives and evolve quickly to adapt to their circumstances.

Anyway... I have two reviews to do on Friday and then we fly to Albuquerque. So, um, three more days (more or less).

I actually feel pretty good, ranting and raving to the contrary. :)


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Sep. 1st, 2005 02:12 am (UTC)
To those who go for that "intelligent design" thing? I say one thing: Platypus.

[playing devil's advocate, for a moment] Intelligence does not preclude a twisted sense of humor.
Sep. 1st, 2005 04:59 am (UTC)
Ooo, good point. But then, I've always liked the quote:

"Just remember: even God has a sense of humor. Just look at the platypus." -- View Askew

So that's not the first time I've heard it. ;)

Sep. 1st, 2005 05:54 am (UTC)
Leavin, on a jet plane,
Don't know when you'll be back again...

I love the platypus.
Sep. 1st, 2005 12:12 pm (UTC)
Sunday afternoon. (Takes the romance out of the song, don't it? You know, I was listening to a version of that sung by a man and I'm so used to it being sung by a woman I never realized before it's a war song...)

Platypuses is nifty. But then, most of the marsupial-type critters is nifty (and also really good evidence of evolution, much like the critters on the Gallapagos).
Sep. 1st, 2005 05:39 pm (UTC)
Baking is absolutely a science...anything can make it go 100% bad. Even if you accidently put too much of something, things can go terribly wrong.

Christians...don't get me started. That's why the romans used to sacrifice them, remember? ;)
Sep. 1st, 2005 11:58 pm (UTC)
Yep. You can always fix cooking, but baking... not so much. I'm good enough that I can actually fudge a recipe a little, but something like that--bang. It's dead.

The thing is, I AM Christian. Only thing is, I honestly believe in the actual words of that poor carpenter who lived some 2000 years ago, not the dogmatic crap that's been done in His name ever since. I wish there were another word for them, but the simple fact is fundamentalists are scary suckers no matter which version of the Judaea-Christian mythos one believes: Jews, Christians, or Muslims. None of them seem to be really able to grok what their own prophets told them, and boy, howdy, do fundamentalist Christians forget all the things Jesus actually implored them to do. (See here.)

Sep. 2nd, 2005 12:06 am (UTC)
Well, I'm jewish, but admittly a very BAD jew. I'm also sucky when it comes to politics because frankly, I'm taken my brain powers and used it for evil purposes (i.e. memorizing stupid shit). So...I sort of blink a lot, smile and giggle. I get by. ::hee-hee:: See!


But I have many friends that are MANY types of relgions...I have no issues with them...BUT it is the "christian" or "true" of that nature that make me scared. As they usually are the hypocrite, much like that site I was reading. Jesus was a jew...yet whenever I say I am a jew, most "true" psycho christians usually bash me over the head with "so when are you going to believe in Jesus as my savior?" I tell them, "Why should I believe in him, if Jesus himself believed in god? I may as well believe in what he believe in. Go to the source, right?

Usually that confuses them enough for me to run away. ;)
Sep. 2nd, 2005 12:30 am (UTC)
I suppose the important word is "Fundamentalist." The hardline Jews in Israel who honestly believe that everyone else in the world are NOT God's chosen; the Fundamentalist Christians who believe that everyone else in the world is going to hell; the Fundamentalist Muslims who believe that everyone else in the world likewise. I hate being lumped in with the fundamentalists who so badly twist Jesus's teachings. Jesus never demanded that people accept him, he just hoped they would; and if not him the man, at least his message.

You know, all that radical stuff like love your neighbor, live in peace, compassion, honesty, charity. He hated the hypocrites and warmongers, and he said so. Frequently. Yet those quotes are rarely bandied about. Usually fundamentalist "Christians" pull their Biblical quotes from the Old Testament (which is mostly the Torah and Talmud). Not a single one will answer me when they get out Leviticus to explain their homophobia, but they don't keep kosher.

Sep. 2nd, 2005 12:38 am (UTC)
Hey, you're preaching to the choir! My roomate knows Leviticus very well and has to argue that quite a lot as she is very vocal about homophobia. It's rather sad how people look at things like the bible and just warp what is being said and use it to their own means anyhow.
Sep. 2nd, 2005 02:48 am (UTC)
Very true!!! And boy, do they not listen to the "you used the Bible to justify slavery, too" argument! :)
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