Archive for August, 2013

WoD – Evil Genius

So, by now most of you know that I pretty much think we will end the human race either through some horrific tinkering with viruses (i.e. Viruses Gone Wild), or due to genetic tinkering of our food supply or other some such transgenic activity from big companies like Monsanto.  This one is brilliant though.

There is a growing preponderance of people who will not eat products made with GMO (genetically modified organism), in particular milk/dairy products.  Here’s one reason why:

Dairy products – It has been discovered that 22 percent of cows in the U.S. were injected with recombinant (genetically modified) bovine growth hormone (rbGH). This Monsanto created hormone artificially forces cows to increase their milk production by 15 percent. Milk from cows treated with this milk inducing hormone contains increased levels of IGF-1 (insulin growth factors-1). Humans also have IGF-1 in their system. Scientists have expressed concerns that increased levels of IGF-1 in humans have been associated with colon and breast cancer.

This group are looking for organic products only, made with soy as a substitute to GMO-altered dairy.  “Boo Monsanto!  We hate Monsanto!  Let’s eat organic only!”  Etc.

So, these folks are all switching to organic soy.  Which of course, is a boon to the soy farmers.  And of course, to the soy seed companies.  (Can you guess what’s coming next…?)   Yes, the largest soy seed manufacturer in the world is… Monsanto.

Pure genius…

 

Wednesday

NESHOMELE (nehSHOHmehleh)

Little soul (term of endearment)

“Come now, my little Neshomele, eat your genetically-altered soy-based insect-resistant hormone-laden faux yogurt.  It’s good for you…”

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WoD – The Pope, Twitter, and Purgatory

Hi all.  Yeah, it has been a while, I know.  (It’s not for lack of ideas, just time to type ’em up.)

Anyway, what better way to dive back in than something that involves the Pope, Twitter, and Purgatory.  You just can’t make this stuff up…

There are so many things I could comment on here.  So so many.  But this just struck me — is Purgatory a strictly Catholic or Christian notion?  I can’t actually even say ‘notion,’ since in the faith it is a real thing and place.  So if a place, do Catholics believe that non-Catholics go there, too?  I genuinely don’t know the answer to this.

So what I am then wondering is, what if I follow the Pope on Twitter.  If I am not going to Purgatory because I am not Catholic, then I don’t have to follow the Pope.  But if I do get included in Purgatory, then as a non-Catholic do I still qualify for “indulgences,” or are these reserved for purgatory-bound Catholics only?  Is being bound for Purgatory even a good thing?  It is a hot, nasty place ruled by a three-headed man with a very hot multi-pronged poker, who eats people.  See here.

 Purgatory

But I think the path to heaven is through Purgatory?  Or something like this.  Anyway, I just want to know if I need to follow the Pope on Twitter so that I don’t have to get sodomized by Satan for thousands of years.  Because that seems like a fair trade.

Thursday:

SHUND  (SHOOND)

Literary trash

Before you go thinking the headline below is shund, read on.  It’s legit!

http://mobile.theverge.com/2013/7/17/4531048/follow-pope-twitter-indulgence-purgatory

Follow the Pope on Twitter and spend less time in Purgatory, says Vatican

The Vatican has taken another step in its efforts to embrace social media by offering “indulgences” to followers of Pope Francis’ (@Pontifex) Twitter account. Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reports that the church will reduce the time Catholics have to spend in purgatory if they follow official Vatican events on TV, radio, and through social media.

One such event is the Catholic World Youth Day, commencing in Rio de Janeiro on July 22nd. The Apostolic Penitentiary, a Vatican tribunal responsible for issues relating to the forgiveness of sins, will award the privilege to the faithful that follow the event using different forms of media. Pope Francis’ followers are not immediately granted an indulgence for tracking the event, with the penitentiary noting that it would hinge on the user having previously confessed and being “truly penitent and contrite.” Indulgences are given out when a Catholic performs an action recommended by the church. They’re meant to encourage Catholics to lead a pious life, devoting themselves to charity and generally treating others with a Christian spirit.

“”Producing authentic spiritual fruit in the hearts of everyone.””

“What really counts is that the tweets the Pope sends from Brazil or the photos of the Catholic World Youth Day that go up on Pinterest produce authentic spiritual fruit in the hearts of everyone,” said Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, head of the pontifical council for social communication. Alongside its papal Twitter account, the Vatican offers an online news website (and app), a Facebook page, and is currently planning to engage with users on Pinterest.



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