God particle discovered

5 07 2012

Scientists at CERN have announced that they have discovered the elusive Higgs Boson   otherwise known as the “God Particle”  Scientists say it is a 5 sigma result which means they are 99.999% sure they have found a new particle.

The historic announcement came in a progress report from the Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator.

Professor John Womersley, chief executive of the Science and technology Facilities Council, told reporters at a briefing in London: “They have discovered a particle consistent with the Higgs boson.

“Discovery is the important word. That is confirmed. It’s a momentous day for science.”

Finding the God Particle is akin to finding the missing piece of a jigsaw puzzle, it fills a gaping hole in the Standard Model, the theory that describes all the particles, forces and interactions that make up the universe.

Had the Higgs been shown not to exist, it would have meant revisiting the entirety of the  Standard Model and going back to the drawing board.

Stephen HawkingWhilst most scientists are partying like it 1999 not everyone is happy, Stephen Hawking , theoretical physicist and über-brain extraordinaire, says he threw down $100 on a bet that the God Particle wouldn’t be found….Oops backed the losing horse there didn’t you!

I guess what is of more interest to me is how some people are managing to get themselves all bent out of shape that the discovery of the God Particle somehow proves the existence of God.

I think they are somehow missing the point as in a lot of ways it proves the exact opposite, oh well back to looking for Jesus’ face on a naan bread then guys.





Happy Summer Solstice!

21 06 2011

Well even though the weather is doing it’s very best to convince me otherwise it is indeed the 21st June so happy Summer Solstice, enjoy the sunshine if  indeed you are lucky enough to have any.

 

 

 





Louis Theroux: America’s Most Hated Family In Crisis

3 04 2011

America’s Most Hated Family In Crisis is a follow-up to his acclaimed 2007 documentary The Most Hated Family In America, and sees Theroux return to Topeka, Kansas for a second visit to the Westboro Baptist Church.

A fire-and-brimstone Christian group, made up of 80 members of the Phelps family, has garnered worldwide notoriety thanks to their funeral picketing of soldiers killed in action.

Believing they were killed as God’s punishment for America’s toleration of homosexuality, the family wield anti-gay placards while singing their own disturbing lyrics to Lady Gaga tunes.

In the four years since Theroux’s first documentary, a series of defections of family members has shaken up the church. They’ve also been at the centre of a landmark supreme court case (the court ruled that vicious anti-gay rhetoric was constitutionally protected) and their beliefs have become increasingly bizarre.

For Theroux the story has moved on, which is partly why he wanted to return. That and the fact he admits he’s “fascinated” by the Phelps family.

“It sounds really odd to say this but there are aspects of them that are quite nice, given how hateful they and the pickets are,” he says, adding he found his attitude towards them “modulated”.

“When you’re on the pickets you find yourself shocked and sometimes upset by what they’re doing, and then at other times you see them as normal people. The challenge is to try and manage your reaction,” he explains.

“I mean we’re human beings, they’re human beings, in some way you have to guard against demonising them too much, and against becoming desensitised by being around them.”

The documentary is being broadcast tonight at 9pm on BBC2 – make sure you tune in.





Westboro Baptist reply to Anonymous…good luck with that!

21 02 2011

 





Megan Phelps-Roper Whorish Face

21 10 2010

I have only just come across this so excuse me for being a little late but I still feel that I have to share this, if only to prove even further that the Westboro Baptist Church are as nutty as a bar of squirrel shit.

It has been very well documented that the so called “Reverend” Fred Phelps, leader of the Westboro Baptist Church has a beef with a lot of people: gays, soldiers, Americans, Lady Diana and of course and perhaps the one that I find  most puzzling Lady GaGa.

Well it turns out that Megan Phelps-Roper, has gone one further using  Gaga’s own song “Poker Face” to illustrate her families’s case.

I haven’t been able to find any sort of statement from Megan Phelps-Roper to accompany this re-release of Lady GaGa’s catchy hit but if you can bring yourself to listen to this then it is quite self explanatory; the general gist of it being that everything that Lady GaGa does and indeed her mere existence, offends God.

The same message was also contained in a press statement issued by the Reverend some time ago when he called for a boycott of a Lady GaGa gig at the Fox Theater.

The general thrust of the Reverend’s argument was that Lady GaGa is basically a whore who uses her music and fame to corrupt the nations youngsters, as usual there were a slew of Bible quotes which he twisted to suit his hateful purposes.

“‘Art’ and ‘fashion’ are the euphemisms, the guise under which proud [expletive] Lady Gaga teaches rebellion against God (incidentally, her claim to the title of ‘lady’ is sound only if she tacks on ‘of the night,’ thereby alluding to another euphemism of what she is.) As much as she’d like to pretend otherwise, there’s nothing new or different about this particular [expletive]’s pretentious prancing. Does the simple [expletive] truly think that she can change God’s standards by seducing a generation of rebels into joining her in fist-raised, stiff-necked, hard-hearted rebellion against Him? Get real!” the Phelps wrote.

To add to this Phelps also claimed that far from liberating her young fans GaGa was actually leading them into slavery to Satan, maybe that is what she was getting at in “Just Dance”??

Seriously here Fred, you accuse GaGa of being nothing new, maybe you should have a quick look back at the ranting and raving that used to be directed at the Rolling Stones et al back in the day. Railing on musicians for leading youth astray / encouraging devil worship predates even your outdated torrent of vitriol…

Anyway here for your listening and viewing pleasure is Megan Phelps-Roper’s rendition of Poker Face complete with accompanying video.

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Britain recognises Druids Yay :)

11 10 2010

Britain has officially recognised druidry as being an official religion for the first time, despite the fact that the ancient Celtic religion has been around for thousands of years.

The Charities Commission has granted the Druid Network, an organisation representing the religion in Britain,  full charitable status ensuring not only that people can make tax free donations but that Druidry is finally able to take it’s place alongside the more widely accepted “mainstream” religions.

In a statement made after the Charities Commission made their announcement The Druid Network said “This has been a long hard struggle, taking over five years to complete,”

In its ruling on the group’s application, the commission said it accepted that druidry was an “ancient pagan religion” in its own right involving the worship of nature, particularly the sun and the earth.

There had also been some official recognition already, it added, including a provision by Her Majesty’s Prison Service for the practice of druidry and the attendance of a pagan chaplain at services.

“The board members concluded that The Druid Network is established for exclusively charitable purposes for the advancement of religion for the public benefit,” the Charity Commission said.

Having initially emerged in Britain and Ireland Druidry eventually spread into mainland Europe in the Iron Age it continued  to propster until  being suppressed along with other pagan religions  by the rise of Christianity In Europe.

Like many older religions Druidry has continued in some form or another through to the modern day, Druidry has become  more popular in modern times as it  has a strong focus on ecology and because of it’s pantheistic approach.

There are currently somewhere in the region of 10, 000 practising Druids in the UK and with the recent ruling from the Charities Commission I wouldn’t be surprised to see this number grow.

Earth and nature based rel igions take you closer to the land and can help lift your spirit and bring you into harmony with your surroundings in a way that many more “mainstream” religions can’t.

If you are English, Irish, Scottish or Welsh then this is the true religion of your ancient ancestors and the religion that your lands gave birth to; you should check it out if only to feel a connection with your past.





Keith Allen Vs. West Boro Baptist Church

22 07 2010

I have previously mentioned my distaste for the “work” of Fred Phelps and the West Boro Baptist Church.

If you have read my previous posts about the WBC you might have read about a documentary I particularly enjoyed by British comedian/actor Keith Allen in which he tears Shirley Phelps Roper a new one for being a nasty small minded hypocrite.
Well I finally managed to find this documentary online in a version that is actually of a watchable quality, so here it is:








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