The annual Godsquad Day

And the religious leaders trot out their usual crap about how we should live more frugally, less materialistically and that we should embrace our differences. They’ll be the same leaders that live in relative opulence in their ivory towers.

Oh ffs just fuck off.

How on earth anyone can believe in this made up thing called “God” is utterly beyond me.

How do religious people on Github justify
“Could not replicate. Invalid”
with their belief in a sky wizard?

Get a grip people.

There is no God.

You are born, you live, you die. That’s it. Deal with it.

The Pope is wrong! GASP!

“If my good friend Doctor Gasparri [who organises the Pope’s trips] speaks badly of my mother, he can expect to get punched,” he said, throwing a pretend punch at the doctor, who was standing beside him.

Fair enough – the Pope’s mother is real. She existed.

“You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others. There is a limit.”
BBC

Of course you can. If you decide to believe in a God (or as is more likely you were indoctrinated as a child who was taught about God before you were taught about Right and Wrong) then fine for you. As someone who does not believe in YOUR god of course I can mock, provoke and ignore. Just like YOU ignore all the other gods from other religions because hey, they are WRONG and you are RIGHT, yes?

Religion is madness for the masses.

There are no gods. Accept it.

Take responsibility for yourself.

Kill them then

“You’re fighting people who love death more than you love life.”
Guardian

So drop nukes on them. Give them death. Let them die thinking their “imaginary friend” will give them their 72 virgins. Or just send female pilots so they don’t even get that.

There is no reason at all for these people to stay alive. None. They want death? Give it to them. Now. Kill them.

It makes sense.

And hey, then Obama and Cameron would have their names in history because right now they’ve done fuck all.

Israel is still wrong

First of all, Benjamin Netanyahu said he couldn’t talk to Palestinian “President” Mahmoud Abbas because he didn’t also represent Hamas.

Then when Abbas formed a unity government, Netanyahu said he couldn’t talk to Abbas because he had unified himself with the “terrorist” Hamas.

Now he says he can only talk to him if he breaks with Hamas – even though he won’t then represent Hamas.
Independent

Netanyahu is a murderer, a war criminal.

If you believe different then killing so many civilians must be okay, yes?

kids

Israel will reap what it sows and if you think there will be peace you need your head felt.

Quitting Kiva lending

According to my Kiva Lender page I signed up at Kiva in 2006. I don’t know when i actually started paying attention more but as of today I have made a fair number of loans.
kiva
It’s not spectacular but it’s been a steady rotation of money lent back out as it was repaid. Recently though I’ve been thinking more about the interest that people are having to pay on what I lend.

I did know that my Kiva lending was funding loans already made. I was okay with that even though this fact is less than clear on their site. What I was less clear about and was becoming more concerned with was the interest that people were having to pay. I couldn’t find that information. It was also concerning to me that I was seeing more loans for items that did not generate a profit – lending $25 to someone who will buy fishing gear to then sell more fish means they should be able to repay it. But a home improvement? Can they really afford the loan? What interest will they pay? While I accept the risk of default what happens to the person from the Kiva Lending Partner? Are they threatened? Doorstepped? Added to some Debtor list for evermore? I could not find out.

It was also bugging me that when you checkout Kiva automatically add their “cut” and you have to edit that to zero. How you did that changed a few times. They really pushed their “cut” at you I thought.

I just read this post: The Kiva Fairytale: It’s a microlending superstar – but who is it really serving? and found it unsettling. The financial aspects as I read pushed me very close to the “Okay, time to stop lending” line. And then I read about a connection between Kiva and Opus Dei. I find that horrendous. Even if all the financial matters were clear and up front that connection really does mean I have made my last ever Kiva loan.

Papal hypocrisy

“The Catholic church is the biggest financial power, wealth accumulator and property owner in existence. She is a greater possessor of material riches than any other single institution, corporation, bank, giant trust, government or state of the whole globe. The pope, as the visible ruler of this immense amassment of wealth, is consequently the richest individual of the twentieth century. No one can realistically assess how much he is worth in terms of billions of dollars.” (ref)

Pope Benedict XVI has condemned “unregulated capitalism” for contributing to world tension, in a new year address to worshippers.
BBC

For the love of money is the root of all evil
The Bible

Does no Catholic see anything wrong with this?

Religion. Nothing is blinder than a religious person.