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Bling_bling_Angel
I'm reading Scarlet Pimpernel... tongue.gif
mei_tenshi
^ Great book, that! How far in are you? *repressing spoilers*
Quistis88
I love The Scarlet Pimpernel, too. Such a lovable main character. laugh.gif
Carnal Malefactor
George Carlin: When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?
Quistis88
Anything extremely worthy of quoting in that book, Bacon?
Carnal Malefactor
QUOTE(Quistis88 @ Jan 19 2005, 06:49 AM)
Anything extremely worthy of quoting in that book, Bacon?

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I find it discouraging - and a bit depressing - when I notice the unequal treatment afforded by the media to UFO believers on the one hand, and on the other, to those who believe in an invisible supreme being who inhabits the sky. Especially as the latter belief applies to that whole Jesus-Messiah-Son-of-God fable.
You may have noticed that, in the media, UFO believers are usually referred to as 'buffs', a term used to diminish and marginalize them by relegating them to the ranks of hobbyists and mere enthusiasts. They are made to seem like kooks and quaint dingbats who have the nerve to believe that, in an observable universe of trillions upon trillions of stars, and most likely many hundreds of billions of potentially inhabitable planets, some of those planets may have produced life-forms capable of doing things that we can't do.
On the other hand those who believe in an eternal, all-powerful being, a being who demands to be loved and adored unconditionally and who punishes and rewards people according to his whims are thought to be worthy, upright, credible people. This, inspite of the large numbers of believers who are clearly close-minded fanatics.
To my way of thinking, there is every bit as much evidence for the existence of UFOs as there is for the existence of God. Probably far more. At least in the case of UFOs there have been countless taped and filmed - and, by the way, unexplained - sightings from all over the world, along with documented radar evidence seen by experienced military and civilian radar operators.
This does not even begin to include the widespread testimony of not only highly trained, experienced military and civilian pilots who are selected for their jobs, in part, for their above-average eyesight and mental stability, but also of equally well-trained, experienced law-enforcement officers. Such pilots and law-enforcement people are known to be serious, sober individuals who would have quite a bit to lose if they were to be associated with anything resembling kooky, outlandish beliefs. Nonetheless, they have taken the risk of revealing their experiences because they are convinced they have seen something objectively real that they consider important.
All of these accounts are ignored by the media.
Granted, the world of UFO-belief has its share of kooks, nuts and fringe people, but have you ever listened to some of these religious true-believers? Have you ever heard of any extreme, bizarre behavior and outlandish claims associated with religious zealots? Could any of them be considered kooks, nuts or dingbats? A fair person would have to say yes.
But the marginal people in these two groups don't matter in this argument. What matters is the prejudice and superstition built into the media coverage of the two sets of beliefs. One is treated reverently and accepted as received truth, the other is treated laughingly and dismissed out of hand. As evidence of the above premise, I offer one version of a typical television news story heard each year on the final Friday of Lent:
"Today is Good Friday, observed by Christians worldwide as a day that commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, whose death redeemed the sins of mankind."
Here is the way it should be written:
"Today is Good Friday, observed worldwide by Jesus buffs as the day on which the popular, bearded cultural figure, sometimes referred to as 'The Messiah', was allegedly crucified and - according to legend - died for mankind's so-called sins. Today kicks off a 'holy' weekend that culminates on Easter Sunday, when, it is widely believed, this dead 'savior' - who also, by the way, claimed to be the son of a sky-dwelling, invisible being known as God - mysteriously 'rose from the dead.'
"According to the legend, by volunteering to be killed and actually going through with it, Jesus saved every person who has ever lived - and every person who ever will live - from an eternity of suffering in a fiery region popularly known as hell, providing - so the story goes - that the person to be 'saved' firmly believes this rather fanciful tale."
That would be an example of unbiased news reporting. Don't wait around for it to happen. The aliens will land first.
Bling_bling_Angel
QUOTE(mei_tenshi @ Jan 18 2005, 10:51 PM)
^ Great book, that! How far in are you? *repressing spoilers*

This is my 7th time reading it... happy.gif
Quistis88
How can you read something 7 times? Even if it's good, I rarely read something twice. Or maybe it's because I have too many books.
Carnal Malefactor
QUOTE(Quistis88 @ Jan 19 2005, 07:19 AM)
How can you read something 7 times?  Even if it's good, I rarely read something twice.  Or maybe it's because I have too many books.

I was about to say...
Quistis88
Was that exactly what you were about to say? Or just part of it?
Carnal Malefactor
QUOTE(Quistis88 @ Jan 19 2005, 07:20 AM)
Was that exactly what you were about to say?  Or just part of it?

Pretty much word-for-word.

Great minds think alike. biggrin.gif
Quistis88
Wow, a semi-compliment from Bacon. biggrin.gif That's rare. I must cherish this.
Bling_bling_Angel
Hell, I juss like the book, is all... laugh.gif
Carnal Malefactor
QUOTE(Bling_bling_Angel @ Jan 19 2005, 07:22 AM)
Hell, I juss like the book, is all...  laugh.gif

...to the exclusion of all else? huh.gif
Bling_bling_Angel
No, not really... I read my other books as well... 9_9
Carnal Malefactor
QUOTE(Bling_bling_Angel @ Jan 19 2005, 07:25 AM)
No, not really... I read my other books as well... 9_9

Fashion catalogs don't count. tongue.gif
Quistis88
What else do you read?
Le Monkey
im reading 'the tick tock man' by Terance strong

great book smile.gif
Black Rose
Kingdom Hearts/FF8 Stratagy guide lol laugh.gif
Le Monkey
they dont count tongue.gif
telepika
Mei Tenshi, you're reading The Tale of the Body Thief!!! blink.gif I loved that book!!! Man, I took as long as possible reading it because I didn't want to finish it.

Sorry, Anne Rice is one of my favorite authors. laugh.gif

Ok, FFX calls.
Le Monkey
anne rice is a good authour, who elce do you like?
telepika
Hmmm... I guess she is my favorite author. I've read a lot of books in my lifetime but I never grew attached to any other particular author. Amy Tan? Dan Brown (Demons and Angels was good!!!)? J. K. Rowling? Tolkien? I like Darren Shan too only because he can come up with a good story, but... he needs to work on his writing wink.gif.
Le Monkey
DID YOU LIKE HARRY POTTER?
the books not the movies
ἀρχή
Another book I've been reading is Brave Potatoes ~ Well, I read it to my daughter, but it's really fun tongue.gif
Le Monkey
QUOTE(arche @ Jan 19 2005, 04:37 AM)
Another book I've been reading is Brave Potatoes ~ Well, I read it to my daughter, but it's really fun tongue.gif

wow, what high standards of book reading you have, but awww, aint it sweet that you reed to your daughter most parents dont bother
alchemist x
Yeah I had to pretty much teach my self to read, but I was reading by the age of 4.

Dragon singer. macathry
Le Monkey
it took you till four to read?
That exsplains your lack of grammer then! tongue.gif tongue.gif
thearchitect
I just finished reading Niel Gaiman's American Gods. A very good book I think, though not perhaps as good as his book Good Omen's, but Terry Pratchet did help him with that one and it is a completely different style. However I must say my favorite book is Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. Gotta love the classics.
telepika
Harry Potter's ok, but I think it's a bit overrated. Some people think its the god of all books... DaVinci Code's also overrated.

Btw, I didn't start reading until I was 7. laugh.gif No one taught me either, but one day I just got it so there was no need for me to be taught.
alchemist x
I kinda knew how to read when I was 3, but i didn't start chapter books till the age of 4.

Do you think my grammar is that bad?

, and I'm 13
eerabbit
i just finished middlesex by jeffrey eugenides now im almost done with life expectancy by dean koontz

@alchemist x:no its not that bad

you people should read false memory by dean koontz...its a bit creepy O_o
edsgirl
I'm just now getting into the Davinci Code , it has been pretty good thus far. Anyone else read it?
love_me_destroyer
I just finished off Of Mice and Men. It is amazing how much the two guys are like me and my little brother.
Carnal Malefactor
QUOTE(le monkey @ Jan 19 2005, 01:34 PM)
it took you till four to read?
That exsplains your lack of grammer then! tongue.gif  tongue.gif

Hypocrisy is a no-no.
xrninja
QUOTE(edsgirl @ Jan 19 2005, 07:45 PM)
I'm just now getting into the Davinci Code , it has been pretty good thus far. Anyone else read it?

great book, both me and quisty have read it biggrin.gif it's one of those can't-put-it-down books; i managed to finish it in two days between standardized testing at school tongue.gif i still have yet to read angels and demons, though.
Quistis88
QUOTE(edsgirl @ Jan 19 2005, 08:45 PM)
I'm just now getting into the Davinci Code , it has been pretty good thus far. Anyone else read it?

I've read it, yes. It was really good at the time I read it and for a while afterwards, but then I look back on it and thought about it some more and it's actually not quite as good as other things I've read (but it's still good). It was like watching a treasure hunt and not being able to participate, though. Takes some of the fun out of it. If it was interactive, however . . .
edsgirl
Awesome, I hope it lives up to the hype I've heard about it! I've yet to read Angels and Demons too.
Quistis88
I haven't read Angels & Demons either. But I did buy Deception Point, and chose that one over Digital Fortress. Apparently, the former is better than the latter.
definingmind
I'm working my way through the Forgotten Realms series. My cousin got my started on it, though unfortantly he started me way near the end of it with the first book in the Hunter's Blade Trilogy; The 1,000 Orcs. I've also read through the next book in that particular trilogy.
In any rate, it's good stuff. In my opinon, the series is definaitly better than L.O.T.R. .biggrin.gif
edsgirl
OMG, My baby's daddy (asshole) is really into those books. He has the whole series! Even the first book that came out. Your probably a freak like he is!
Gashole
QUOTE(edsgirl @ Jan 19 2005, 08:45 PM)
I'm just now getting into the Davinci Code , it has been pretty good thus far. Anyone else read it?

It's fine as long as you know how to read French. huh.gif
A bit predictable.
blueices
re: DaVinci Code


It's an entertaining read but something about the writer's style irked me.

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Gashole
QUOTE(blueices @ Jan 19 2005, 11:20 PM)
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The way he put off the climax was so obvious and annoying that by the time he got to it, I didn't care very much anymore. 

Ah, that's what I kind of meant. If he uses the same style in his other book I'm probably gonna skip his next book.

Excuse me, I had too much R. L. Stine as a kid.
Quistis88
QUOTE(Gashole @ Jan 19 2005, 11:14 PM)
It's fine as long as you know how to read French. huh.gif

The French bits made it seem a little exclusive, like you wouldn't entirely understand if you didn't know French. Good thing I knew much of the words he used, otherwise, I think I might not have enjoyed the book quite as much. Every little bit counts, I guess.

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The way he put off the climax was so obvious and annoying that by the time he got to it, I didn't care very much anymore.
It also seemed odd that a Harvard Professor, an investigator, and a Scholar took so long to figure out some clues.


Ahh, yes, I found it all too predictable as well, and even solved some of the stuff before they did (does that mean I could be a Harvard Professor, too? ohmy.gif ). Everything moved kind of slow at times, especially when you know what's going to happen, but it takes forever to get there.

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Excuse me, I had too much R. L. Stine as a kid.

Good ol' Stine. biggrin.gif
Black Rose
Darren Shans Vampire rites
v v v good book
alchemist x
QUOTE(love_me_destroyer @ Jan 19 2005, 09:47 PM)
I just finished off Of Mice and Men. It is amazing how much the two guys are like me and my little brother.

Oh I love that book!
Foolio
i just finished 'the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy' and now im at the beggining of 'the restraunt at the end of the universe'
alchemist x
What are they about?
eerabbit
davinci code and angel and demons are both really good..you should also read digital fortress and deception point by the same guy..though it gets a bit repetitive after a while
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