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ashbird

My understanding is being "religious" in one particular sort of way makes you whiter, and brighter.
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guest-aalwlian in reply to A. Andros

You really are as bad as many other Readers of The Economist say you are. A. Andros. You do not represent us white Americans. You are a disgrace to us. Utter disgrace. As another commenter pointed out, if you need to defecate, The Economist is not your personal toilet.

roddalitz in reply to nannite

The logical problem with that approach is that, if the rapture is imminent, why bother to pile or worldly goods which will be of no value, or even negative value as they weigh down you soul - easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, and all that??

guest-ajwsjeaa in reply to A. Andros

Sounds like you are the one who doesn't like the color of your own skin, A. Andros, from the way you have defiled it on behalf of the rest of us, over and over again.

It is miserable folks like you who gives America a bad name.

ashbird in reply to guest-ajwsjeaa

The commenter to whom you reply has been observed by numerous other readers to be Mr. Know-it-all by knowing next to nothing. He is also getting worse and worse on this.
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He is insanely jealous of anyone who knows anything about anything at all more than he, which is just about anybody and everybody, on any subject.
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Anyone with any intelligence can't say anything on TE without being harasses by him.
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He trolls TE to rant. And to pick fights with people. Check his comment history. It speaks for itself the plainest and the loudest.
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Ad homiem insults is his specialty. People with colors is his special target interest.
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He frequently posts stuff that has got nothing to do whatsoever with a Blog Post, whatever the topic of the post.
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He is also paranoid .
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He will be posting a lot more of the same.
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I don't think he can help it.
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I personally think ignoring him is the best thing to do. I NEVER reply to him regardless how he baits.
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That is his ploy - he will utter the most offensive AD HOMINEM attack in order to provoke a response. Anyone who knows his comment history has learned to IGNORE him. He is not a well man.

ashbird in reply to guest-ajwsjeaa

PS: He may come back with more "odious" things. The man is capable of the vilest, most vulgar insults, including sexual innuendos. Don't pay attention if/when it happens. Remember, he is not a well man.

guest-ajwsjeaa in reply to ashbird

You are magnanimous. I believe folks like him need to have a taste of thier own medicine.

This man is odious. I also agree with another commenter he is a disgrace to ALL WHITE FOLKS and to the country of America. Incidentally, if it is of interest to you, I am not a Democrat and I don't think Trump is a racist. I voted for Trump. This man Andros, however, is.

ashbird in reply to guest-ajwsjeaa

No problem, guest-ajwsjeaa. I have friends of ALL colors who are Republicans (indeed used to be one. I am now an Independent). In fact, some of them are in the government, including senators and federal court judges and state court judges and one Cabinet person, a personal friend. The point is they are of ALL colors, NOT just one color. Most people know a world bigger than a cave.
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Certainly the "odious" man does NOT represent ALL Americans. Don't worry about that. Shouldn't worry about that.
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Nor, as you and the other commenter observe, does he represent ALL white people. There are many many white folks on the face of the earth who are NOT like him (for example, the writer of the Erasmus blog and virtually writers of all Blogs on TE (!), including the Editor (a woman, whom he loves to hate just because she is a woman* - that's another complex of his, but that's for another time. :)) *Check his posting history.
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He represents himself ONLY . He knows he doesn't come up to scratch compared with many people (indeed, millions and millions of them, of ALL colors) That is why he has a compulsion to insult when a pang of inferiority hits, which is often, just so he could feel better. That is all.
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As I said, he is not a well man. Don't expect him to change. He will get worse as time goes on. Be "magnanimous", if that's the word. He is not worth your time. Just ignore him.

guest-aasjwnsa in reply to A. Andros

Good God! You truly are stupid, A. Andros. Besides ignorant. Never took Organic Chemistry, did you? On top, you are incoherent. Please, do us the favor of not defecating in public. There is a proper place for it.

Sense Seeker in reply to Euroslayer

"... so they accept at face value the unutterably ridiculous garbage trotted out by the warmists and green enviro wasters ..."
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Sure, like all major independent scientific organisations of the world, including the US National Academies of Sciences, NOAA, NASA, Met Office, CSIRO and the national top scientific bodies from nearly every nation on the planet.
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Generally, it is good advice to listen to your friends and consider their views, rather than dismissing them off hand. Indeed, do some reading on real climate science, rather than the denier blogs and Murdoch outfits that you seem to be citing.
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Consider that perrhaps the idiot in the room is you, and not your friends.

sikko6

Pope endorsed Aung San Syuki's genocide.
Then he went on to blame sexual harassment victims.
Pope is mad. He should be impeached.

rusholmeruffian in reply to nannite

Indeed, there's good evidence that EPA Dismantler Scott Pruitt subscribes to this belief system.

The percentage of Americans who believe that the Second Coming will occur within their lifetimes is astonishingly high, and happens to be heavily concentrated in areas that depend particularly heavily on extractive industry and/or coal-fired electricity (especially the southern Great Plains and the Upper South).

Shockingly, people pick ideologies that serve their material interests. I know, it's real knock-me-over-with-a-feather stuff.

Euroslayer

Erasmus needs to widen his reading. Ask any skeptic about the nodding dogs who smile and accept all that they are told by 'authority figures' and they will tell you they are known as 'useful idiots'. I have many friends in this category. Lovely people who I really like and treasure for their friendship and personality. But intellectually they are not on the bus.

To begin with, they believe in some kind of God and a life hereafter. Just engage the brain for a few minutes and you'll see how ridiculous that is. But mankind is weak and needs belief to provide succour. These same people and, to be fair, some non-religious types also want to love and support planet Earth (and let's face it who wouldn't?) so they accept at face value the unutterably ridiculous garbage trotted out by the warmists and green enviro wasters because they believe they are helping to save the planet.

Please. Do some reading. Learn and understand about Ice Ages, interglacials and Milankovitch cycles. Read up about the earth's obliquity and its effect on our seasons. Try to embrace the idea of eternal blackness after our lovely time in the sun. And above all, please stop being so pathetically dumb and accepting of everything. Thank you.

A. Andros

Truly -- it is encouraging to think that "Christian leaders" are paying less heed to the environment. Personally, I doubt this is true because of all the goofiness that seems endemic in so-called "Mainline" Protestantism and, also, the Crazy Uncle schtick of our current pope. (Francis increasingly seems like the tedious relative who, at Thanksgiving, insists on propounding his theory that the American Indians are really the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel.)
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The environment is not our mother and we humans are not its "stewards." It is mostly just rocks. These rocks can be mined, crushed and processed into useful devices such as stainless-steel one-cup coffee makers. We should, at least, be grateful for that.
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My "green" friends are a hoot. I inhabit a modest apartment in which I rarely turn-on the heat because of the ambient warmth from other tenants. I have put 59,000 miles on my elderly car since 2007 and have a "carbon-footprint" about the size of a chipmunk's footprint in the snow. My "green" friends invariably live on large lots and drive SUVs. Then, I hear lectures from them on how the Earth depends on separating green from brown glass bottles.
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Environmentalism is what we get when we lose a spiritual relationship with the Cosmos. Mooing and lowing about our "stewardship" offers a spurious "relationship" with matter that is especially rewarding because it makes no moral demands on us. (Quick! -- what is the environment's teaching on Grand Theft Auto?)
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If the universe, including our Rock, consists of nothing but dead matter then who the hell cares what happens to it? If life has no non-material dimension that connects us with All That Exists, then where is the harm in having braised Whooping Crane tonight for dinner with the cooking grease dumped into the nearest creek or river?
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Dead is dead. If so, the environment cannot feel, think or thanks us. It is just there to be gradually demolished for our own greater prosperity.
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If, however, we ARE part of a larger, sensate whole then we had better mind our "P"s and "Q"s. Otherwise, the Exxon Valdez was nothing more significant than a large marine claim at Lloyds of London.

A. Andros in reply to Jaysonrex

Well, let's be fair to dear old TE -- it really is a bitch trying to keep up with the obsession du jour. In just the past few years a with-it editor has had to insincerely emote over:
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* Ferguson (cop cleared)
* Baltimore (cops innocent: black judge, mayor, council and half of jury.)
* Confederate flags
* Confederate statues
* Trump
* Trans (for those who don't know what sex they are)
* And, now, "sexual misconduct."
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That is a lot to fake in just a couple years -- and I left a lot out.