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A migratory bird has caused alarm in a village in south-eastern Turkey after locals mistook it for an Israeli spy.

Villagers' suspicions were aroused when the bird, a common European bee-eater, was found dead in a field with a metal ring around its leg stamped "Israel".

They called the police after deciding its nostrils were unusually large and may have carried a microchip fitted by Israeli intelligence for spying.

It was taken to government experts for examination and declared safe.


 

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ah, so israeli birds have "big nostrils"? racists! (thoroughly chuffed to have an article on ogm dedicated to me, thought i had to say SOMETHING.)

I just wanted to see your guitar icon again, it's been too long, or as the pythonians say good to see you're not dead yet.

re: Peanuts

"Has it ever occurred to you that you might be wrong?"

Hah. A perfect title indeed. I especially love those theologians who assert a literal interpretation of God's word as printed in the King James Version of the Bible (Of course, what other language would God choose?).

Often in error but never in doubt....had a boss like that once.

Since I've been here in the US, I met my first honest-to-goodness Spanish-speaking (a compatriot, even) creationist a few days ago. She was raised Catholic like most of us, but now she's a member of Saddleback Church. I didn't know Rick Warren was a creationist, but then again I never cared to find out the details of his religious beliefs.

It was interesting. I could not have the conversation I'd wanted, like I did with a couple with Jehovah's Witnesses a few years ago, cause it was kind of a business call and it was her place, and she's a friend of friends. But it's bizarre when someone right there tells you with a straight face that they believe Noah's Ark happened, and that it's "scientifically proven" that we all descend from Noah.

Before she told me that, I was talking about how catholics don't believe in the old testament literally, and she kind of scoffed at it and said: "oh, so they pick and choose what they want to believe!" Which is why some catholics and wishy washy agnostics, and postmodernist-type people sometimes annoy me more than creationists. It's more productive to argue with a person who follows some sort of logic even if their premise is absolutely twisted, rather than someone who doesn't and only makes up excuses.

re: "she kind of scoffed at it and said: "oh, so they pick and choose what they want to believe!"

Some years back a friend left the LDS Church. Joined the Methodists. His son, all irate, said, "Methodists!! They can believe anything they want!"

what a concept.

A theme that's popular with a certain segment science fiction fans is that 'aliens come to Earth and thereby negate the underpinnings of most religious belief' either by virtue of their very existence or by virtue of their having observed the human race in the eras when religious mythologies originated (and knowing the mythology is bullshit.)

People who think such an alien visitation would have much effect on religious belief are demonstrably wrong. Several years ago, I recall reading that a few Mormons were genuinely upset with a genetic study that showed that the inhabitants of the western hemisphere before Europeans arrived could not have been closely derived from middle eastern peoples (as is claimed by the LDS). But it was apparently a very few Mormons who were upset. The big picture is that the genetic facts have virtually zero impact on Mormonism. That is "believ[ing] anything they want!" Not that there's anything unique about Mormons in their imperviousness to reality.

See how it works: "... it was kind of a business call and it was her place, and she's a friend of friends. But it's bizarre when someone right there tells you with a straight face that they believe Noah's Ark happened, and that it's "scientifically proven" that we all descend from Noah."

She was a friend of friends and it was a business call and yet she apparently deemed it inoffensive to tell you such ridiculous horseshit, but you "could not have the conversation [youI'd] wanted."

I really didn't mind nor I was offended. And of course, like most religious people when they tell you their beliefs, they're being oblivious about that stuff.

The "conversation I'd have wanted" wouldn't have been too confrontational either, like I did with the JW's, I was just kind of curious and started to ask them about their specific beliefs, and then asked them if they believed in gravity or evolution and such.

Further, we were just waiting cause I was going to take some photos of her daughter for her graduation, so she's my client in the business end of things, and I don't wanna be like the guy who didn't wanna rent his piano to Tim Minchin... I'll even let creationists pay me money! I'm an equal-opportunity money-taker.

BTW, I was the one that brought up Saddleback church, only cause she mentioned something about Saddleback college, and I didn't know that the church was in the area. Then she told me "hey, that's the church I go to!"

I see. I was just reminded of a recent argument I had with my wife over one of my neice's neverending proselytizing facebook posts. My wife kept saying that I would be creating bad blood if I was even a little snarky in response to her daily nauseating flogging of the LORD to all her "friends" on FB. You know the drill: I would be offensive if I expressed even the mildest snark over her crap. (She's been muted.) Anyway, that was my point, it fine for them to be oblivious about their willful ignorance - it's to be expected.

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