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Comes from a family with a history of working in horticulture, grew up running wild in the country and hated school. I have a life interest in the natural world a passion for gardening and also enjoy walking, travel, music, natural history and helping with the running of several gardening and natural history groups. I have been lucky enough to be asked to write a number of articles for books and magazines and also find employment as a public speaker. I continue to run the family business, though due to bereavements I am now left running it alone.

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How long can a debacle the size of Putin's Ukraine adventure be kept under wraps?
Fernapple comments on May 11, 2022:
Don't worry, all those oligarchs, generals, and corrupt officials around Putin will only wait a little while longer. After all, they did not set him up to fail in the first place, for no reason you know.
If a fertilized egg is a person, then why don't we celebrate conception days instead of birthdays?
Fernapple comments on May 11, 2022:
Yes but. "Did you not tell me, that daddy was away at sea on that day ?"
New UK government data shows the COVID vaccines kill more people than they save I've been asking ...
Fernapple comments on May 10, 2022:
I live in the UK, and after several attempts, plus following the links in the webpage cited which do not lead to anything of the sort, and checking the data bases, and news media, I can say certainly that no such government data exists. This is a complete fake.
11 brutally honest reasons millenials don't want kids
Fernapple comments on May 10, 2022:
They all seem like very reasonable and perfectly valid reasons.
New research uncovers stereotype differences between agnostics and atheists
Fernapple comments on May 10, 2022:
Interesting but not exactly ground breaking, fairly predictable results.
"Instead of teaching children the evil of Third Reich and to never let that happen again Putin used ...
Fernapple comments on May 9, 2022:
Of course he did, he is a perfect fascist, his big failing is to forget to look in the mirror. People who know him well, have nearly all said, that his basic understanding of history is completely lacking, he does not read foreign news media, does not use the internet, and even thinks that he can get away with faking not understanding English. Which silly childish trick, no doubt inherited from his KGB days, when it was a daft idea even then, shows just how out of touch with reality he is.
“Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession.
Fernapple comments on May 9, 2022:
Politics was the third, priest was the second, and those two bear a very close resemblance.
Jane is indeed a fucking genius.
Fernapple comments on May 9, 2022:
And. If it is someone who opinion you care about. "Sorry, I had to rush out in an emergency, in the middle cleaning, that's why the house is a mess. "
Proper labeling products is important
Fernapple comments on May 9, 2022:
Where can you buy reals of those stickers ?
I agree…..
Fernapple comments on May 9, 2022:
Life may not be immortal, but it will probably last, and has already lasted, for as long as this planet remains and was habitable. And relative to a single human life, that is, all but immortal.
Why the Lack of Religion Breeds Mental Illness [youtu.be] .
Fernapple comments on May 9, 2022:
That is not possible, if you identify religion correctly as a mental illness.
Planting time in the northern part of the US is usually Memorial Day weekend…get ready!
Fernapple comments on May 9, 2022:
When you weed, prune and dig, you are a hunter gatherer once more, just as nature designed you to be.
I named my cats...
Fernapple comments on May 8, 2022:
Yes but I bet they are not boring.
Oppressors vs. oppressed …
Fernapple comments on May 8, 2022:
The winners wrote the history. Fortunately they did not do too good a job, and their lies can be seen through.
Did I mention that I'd fail miserably at trying to leave agnostic.com for a week?
Fernapple comments on May 8, 2022:
Yes but we all had a great week. LOL
Vladimir Putin is an atheist, but he's not above using churches and religion to persuade and control...
Fernapple comments on May 7, 2022:
If my ideal leads me into pretty deceits, what value and use are my ideals. Life is short, there is no time to waste on ideas that do not make me, or anyone else, a better person.
I'm thinking of signing up as a driver for whenever someone needs to go camping.
Fernapple comments on May 6, 2022:
Well done. Sadly a small increase in the number of camping trips expected soon, you will find a need no doubt.
Oh shit and here was I thinking that I might a get few days of relative peace and quiet.
Fernapple comments on May 5, 2022:
Wow, sixteen Celsius, you are so lucky ! In the UK that counts as a heat wave, we can go for six months without the temp getting that high. ( I would guess the false alarm came from next door ?)
“Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its ...
Fernapple comments on May 5, 2022:
Up to a point yes, but mainly I think whether you are happy or not, also depends simply upon genetics. If you are disposed by genes to have glands which generate happy hormones, you will be happy, if you get sad ones you will be sad.
It's that time of year that I welcome back my fern friends! And yes, I am somewhat obsessed with ...
Fernapple comments on May 5, 2022:
I love to see them unfurl. Especially as with photo five, where the Polystichum still shows the silvery gray curls along the edges of the fronds.
What's with the humanist website" I tried to go to it and my browser warned me as follows: ...
Fernapple comments on May 4, 2022:
It is a sister site to this one, so that it is possible that Firefox just thinks you are being redirected away from the site you normally log in to, and thinks that is suspicious. Just tried the link, and it does the same to me, then I tried getting to it from an on line search, and it just sent me here like skado says. maybe admin. has just merged the sites so it is just an invalid link.
Fetus and baby - what is the ethical difference?
Fernapple comments on May 4, 2022:
The ancient Greeks and Romans were not just subjective in their choice, they actually set the age at which killing an infant became murder, at two years. Because that was they age at which they thought you first became aware of your self as a person, and with that your own mortality. Which while I would not advocate for it, it is in many ways a much more logical and realistic choice, than the common modern. "When they are able to live outside of the womb. "
I don't know if you get it, but this is a typical English way of showing sympathy for the ...
Fernapple comments on May 4, 2022:
Yep, viewed from this side of the Atlantic, that is about normal.
Know thine enemy. Know thine friend.
Fernapple comments on May 4, 2022:
I wonder, if you did a list of religious groups by, need to improve their public image by earning a reputation for being morality champions. Would it look similar ? See also Redbai's post. https://agnostic.com/post/664217/a-pastor-i-agree-with-an-event-so-rare-i-had-to-post-the-cause I also notice that atheist and agnostic, both have exactly the same percentages. Which makes you wonder about how the survey was conducted. Was it only very small samples, did it originally just have a "non" box or did people tick both boxes, or is it just coincidence.
A pastor I agree with. An event so rare I had to post the cause.
Fernapple comments on May 4, 2022:
And put simply, if you wish to pose as a morality crusader and big yourself up, the unborn are the one group you can champion, who will never say. "No thank you, we don't need your help."
I will be back...
Fernapple comments on May 3, 2022:
Just make sure you still have at least one friend left. ( Someone has to put the list in your coffin, you will never remember all those names.)
Hi! Nice to meet.
Fernapple comments on May 3, 2022:
Hello and welcome. Good tip, start by doing your bio. See you have, well done, a bit short though.
Anyone who's been on friendster or myspace is laughing at the desperate attempts to "save" Facebook ...
Fernapple comments on May 2, 2022:
Yes but it may be a mistake to think that everything is always an improvement, progress is not always linear.
This one for the ladies, it's not a dirty meme like some posted by other guys.
Fernapple comments on May 2, 2022:
And you got some likes from ladies !
103 Bits of Advice I Wish I Had Known
Fernapple comments on May 2, 2022:
Well the first five are pretty good. And I may copy the rest to read later.
Not a bad idea.
Fernapple comments on May 2, 2022:
Double it.
I'm gonna be alone forever.
Fernapple comments on May 2, 2022:
There are two very simple things you can do. If you are lonely, the best thing that you can do is to try to help others. Join some charitable groups, volunteer, and do as much as you can, that way you do four things, you get out, you occupy your time, you meet people, and you start to build a place and a role in a community, all of which relieves the feeling of being alone. But even more it vastly increases your social network and with it the chances of meeting people who could become a significant part of your life. And the second thing is. Why should an accident of birth, or the company you work for, determine where you live. Travel widely at first and seriously contemplate a move. The South is only about one percent of the worlds land surface. That's it, tiny. If you walk into a prison and then shut yourself into a cell, then you will find yourself alone, why stay there, when the door is not locked ?
Science: the place where all gods go to die.
Fernapple comments on May 2, 2022:
Nah, honesty alone kills religion, science is just one of many nails in the coffin lid.
I FOUND THE G-SPOT!!! It was behind the couch.
Fernapple comments on May 1, 2022:
Bicarbonate of soda usually shifts gravy and sauce stains on carpets.
Why they never listen?
Fernapple comments on May 1, 2022:
That's a relief, I went to a church once, and was worried I could have changed into a Christian.
"Nothing would be done at all, if a man waited till he could do it so well that no one could find ...
Fernapple comments on May 1, 2022:
Its doing too much that got us all these problems in the first place.
“Your habitually unhappy person resents it when you try to cheer them up, because that means they ...
Fernapple comments on May 1, 2022:
Sad narcissism. Perhaps the most common type, and also perhaps the greatest crime of religion, that it feeds and fosters narcissism, because the narcissist is needy and they keep coming back for more. Religion always tries to prevent the victim from growing up, and developing the natural nihilism which comes with maturing, because if they are told that they are special and important, then they will need constant proof of that to abolish doubts.
"Liberty, as we all know, cannot flourish in a country that is permanently on a war footing, or even...
Fernapple comments on May 1, 2022:
And that is the reason why failed dictators, who can not fix the economics and get the trains running, always start a war. And with that they can finally quash any doubts the people have, that it is foreigners they should blame for everything that goes wrong.
Christians joining FFRF to counter the Christian Nationalism idea spreading in this country.
Fernapple comments on Apr 30, 2022:
The moderates only tend to stand up until someone knocks them down, sadly.
MP Neil Parish says he may have opened porn in Commons by mistake
Fernapple comments on Apr 30, 2022:
That's the oldest excuse in the book and the least believable. I have traveled though many corners of the web for years, and only once did I get into approaching porn by mistake, and then it was so obvious where the search was leading, it was more than possible to turn back in good time. Is he so out of touch that he thinks he is the only one who ever did a web search ?
Let it grow… let it groooow… Mother Nature doesn't nag at me for being lazy like the lady next ...
Fernapple comments on Apr 30, 2022:
The only slight problem with that, is that you have one heck of a big hot sweaty dirty job on in June.
Another song for the Atheist Hymnal: [youtu.be]
Fernapple comments on Apr 30, 2022:
I don't agree with. "I don't wanna face my sins." Atheism to me at least, means taking responsibility for your actions, even if not maybe, the supposed inherited sins handed down from Adam and Eve. However, I do like the irony of the title "Thank god i'm an atheist." and the "Its the worst kind of evil, when everybody thinks its good. " is just a great line.
Propagating a new plant from my 51-year-old Christmas Cactus.
Fernapple comments on Apr 30, 2022:
I love the two colour flowers, it must be a really good type well worth the effort.
Hello people, I need some advice.
Fernapple comments on Apr 30, 2022:
Depends a lot on size and your patience. The quickest way to clear the weeds is herbicide, but only if you are not organic, then after a couple of doses and three to four weeks, you may cultivate or not as you like. The second easiest is a black plastic sheet, but that will take several months. The third way would be cultivation, which if they are only annual weeds and smaller less deep rooted grasses, will take only a couple of months, but if there are deep rooted weeds then it may take you the whole first year. Without a photo and or more details, especially about the types of weed, it is not possible to say much more.
Lawrence: Ron DeSantis Is $1 Billion Stupider Than We Thought - YouTube
Fernapple comments on Apr 29, 2022:
Is it OK for people who don't live in Florida to laugh ?
An image I got from Twitter this AM that has a lot of alarming parallels;
Fernapple comments on Apr 29, 2022:
Same logic.
I have decided to give up on learning Welsh.
Fernapple comments on Apr 28, 2022:
Australian history can not really be understood without learning Strine, and you will find that is a lot harder than Welsh. Just sayin.
These 10 "non-commandments" seem reasonable to me. How about you?
Fernapple comments on Apr 28, 2022:
Good list. Though I would add the word "Try" to the start of ten, and possibly eight as well. Number five is a bit specific to someone living in a theist culture, and not therefore a general principle as such.
I could have resisted posting this, but I didn't.
Fernapple comments on Apr 27, 2022:
Super big groan.
Go to bed earlier..
Fernapple comments on Apr 27, 2022:
I have heard that one before, when you are tired it is harder to find ways of keeping entertained, and your moral strength is less, so you grab a piece of cake.
The struggle is real :(
Fernapple comments on Apr 27, 2022:
Mine get reborn again, as even fatter cells, after every three days..
People who endorse conspiracy theories tend to be more religious, and this may be due to ideological...
Fernapple comments on Apr 27, 2022:
Well yes, you could actually call conspiracy theories, "religions" , or at least include them in that group anyway.
Anybody want to go to this church and Spindale, North Carolina?
Fernapple comments on Apr 27, 2022:
So much fun, it must be exhausting !!!
I appreciated the replies to my post concerning the promotion of my blog site to fellow members.
Fernapple comments on Apr 26, 2022:
Glad to have you.
How can the cruel irony of 'corporations are people' be ethical rather than undemocratic?
Fernapple comments on Apr 26, 2022:
Your first amendment should have been. "Your country may not be sold." Too late now, people who live in Costa Rica, bank in the Maldives, pay taxes in Switzerland and have twenty passports on their yacht in Cyprus now go to the to stock exchange in China to sell shares in USA inc. to each other.
I was asked once. How do I remain so happy and peaceful?
Fernapple comments on Apr 26, 2022:
For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning. Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun, So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth. • All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life’s heart. But if in your fear you would seek only love’s peace and love’s pleasure, Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love’s threshing-floor, Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears. K. Gibran
Good read: “Here lies the paradox of solitude.
Fernapple comments on Apr 26, 2022:
Or even with a good friend. Flow gently, sweet Afton, among thy green braes, Flow gently, sweet river, the theme of my lays; My Mary's asleep by thy murmuring stream, Flow gently, sweet Afton, disturb not her dream. R Burns.
I'm in. Who's with me?
Fernapple comments on Apr 25, 2022:
Now that sounds fun.
The larger picture...
Fernapple comments on Apr 25, 2022:
There are no differences between religion and science, only between bad religion, ( including a lot of bad metaphorical religion, ) and good moral humane pursuits and behaviour, of which good science is only a part.
The larger picture...
Fernapple comments on Apr 25, 2022:
It does not mater if you express ideas literally or metaphorically, it is the quality of the ideas which mater. And making a god out of metaphor is still mindless faith.
Snapped this photo today between rain showers.
Fernapple comments on Apr 25, 2022:
Looks great, you are so lucky not to have those horrible regulations that many in America do, which forbid anything but lawn in front gardens.
A good point
Fernapple comments on Apr 24, 2022:
It also tells you how to cook and garden.
Hello.
Fernapple comments on Apr 24, 2022:
Hello and welcome back. Start again, it does not take long to get most of the benefits of the group. I had the same problem with Amazon, but thinking about it, it has actually saved me a fortune.
The majority of Robins.
Fernapple comments on Apr 23, 2022:
That is common in nature, those who survive to adulthood, have a chance of a long life but most never get that far.
So now we have open admission that it is America's war against Russia.
Fernapple comments on Apr 23, 2022:
You must be feeling really sad. Here is a video I found of a really pretty girl singing, which should help to cheer you up a bit. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZztmQsSAqfo=RDZztmQsSAqfo=1
The mayor of a town of 25,000 people is accused of treason because on behalf of the citizens he ...
Fernapple comments on Apr 23, 2022:
There is only one person in the world, two including yourself, who believes that the Ukraine is not at war.
Alone with depression
Fernapple comments on Apr 23, 2022:
The first and most important thing to do, is to understand that problems often do solve themselves in the most surprising ways. Human lives are long and things change, frequently in ways you can not even begin to guess. But the second thing to understand, is that, to give yourself the best chance of seeing things change, you have to be active and willing to adventure. The only people for whom nothing ever changes, is those who sit on their hands. The first thing to try, if trying to find a way out of aloneness is. If you want society, then make a contribution to society. Since the churches are closed to you, find a secular charity or two and become a worker for them, be it raising funds for cancer research, helping run the local museum, a wildlife sanctuary, taking old people out, the list is endless and there is something for every taste. You will soon find lots of sub-communities you can become a part of without going to church. And you never know, as you build a place for yourself in that world, you may get really lucky, and one day one of your co-workers may say. "There is someone you really should meet, you have so much in common." The second thing is understand there is a big world out there beyond the limits of Carolina. Travel and learn about it, then even move house, if you have to. Why should you not choose where you live for yourself, rather than leaving it to the accident of birth or the company you work for, to choose it for you ? Would you choose a marriage partner, by picking a name out of a hat ? Therefore why let your home and travel limits be chosen for you, just by chance ? And lastly understand that you are not alone, even if it sometimes seems that you are, there are a lot of connections to a lot of people, that you have made already, just count the comments below. And this is just one strand of life.
It is not about peace
Fernapple comments on Apr 23, 2022:
True to a degree, but like all simple statements it is more what it misses that is important, wisdom is always in the nuance. You could for example say. Not by the quality of its truth, but by the quality of its lies. ( Be good at telling people what they want to hear, rather than the truth, and you are bound to be popular. ) And several other things.
Sciece Fun Fact...
Fernapple comments on Apr 22, 2022:
A HUMAN gets more factual information from sniffing a dogs ass, than reading the bible.
I had a question building up in me about cougars and mountain lions, until I finally got the good ...
Fernapple comments on Apr 22, 2022:
Great post.
The Earth IS Flat Despite what some people think, since the world is arguably 75% water that is ...
Fernapple comments on Apr 21, 2022:
Groan.
Joe Rogan believes atheists "substitute God for other things" like socio-political ideologies
Fernapple comments on Apr 21, 2022:
Your quote sadly is not readable, it is running of the edge of the page.
Joe Rogan believes atheists "substitute God for other things" like socio-political ideologies
Fernapple comments on Apr 21, 2022:
He is probably to a degree on the right track. It is just that he has the cart and the horse mixed up. Christians substitute their god/faith/religion/dogma (It is all one.) for socio-political ideals, humanity, respect for the world and moral accountability.
Why do some people feel a need to always be insulting some other individual or group?
Fernapple comments on Apr 21, 2022:
Some people are not aware that they are being insulting. Some do it out of laziness because they do not care. Some are left with no other resort by their respondents. Some feel that telling the truth is more important than another's feelings. Some have been raised in sub-cultures where they are not taught any other response. Some feel that belittling others is a way to overcome their own feelings of inferiority. Some enjoy drama. Some want to gain attention. Some want to attract the attention or approval of a third party. Some want to attract attention to what they feel are neglected ideas, which will not get attention unless spiced with drama. Some feel that other human groups are not worthy of respect and that giving them such belittles the respect they give their own group. Some want to attract violence to themselves, as an act of self sacrifice. Some do it to manipulate the mental state of the insulted. Some don't do it, but are thought to have done it. And probably a lot more reasons.
Three Questions: 1.
Fernapple comments on Apr 21, 2022:
"If you truly loved yourself, you would not hurt another." Buddha And several others like it, take it back to at least six hundred BCE.
Ugh. It’s already tourist season. Oops…. I mean fucking tourist season.
Fernapple comments on Apr 21, 2022:
Well if the tourists consent, and they are of age, and someone wants to have sex with tourists, then that is their business, and if you find it repulsive, then nobody is forcing you to take part.
Is there any appreciable difference between a cult and a religion or are all religions cults ...
Fernapple comments on Apr 21, 2022:
A religion, is any cult which has gained enough popularity, age, money, power or respectability, to demand consideration from government, and therefore influence political choices. While a cult is any religion weak enough for politicians to kick when they need a scape goat.
About time.
Fernapple comments on Apr 20, 2022:
M. Thatcher started the downward spiral, when it was plain that reform was needed even back then. But instead of well thought through reform of course , she went for cheap money saving stunts called "Care in the community." which opened the doors to all forms of cuts, and money saving spins.
Oddly enough, the 'talking heads' from our public health agencies never once advocated for proper ...
Fernapple comments on Apr 20, 2022:
Because they have been advocating that for so long it is a given.
...and before you know it you are flashing your zucchini?
Fernapple comments on Apr 20, 2022:
No, that was what I used to do when I, was, young hip and carefree. Now I am old enough to know that nobody is interested in the size of my veg.
REGARDING THE RECENT ARCANE DIALOG ABOUT NEAR EASTERN AND SOUTHERN EUROPEAN MYTHOLOGY.
Fernapple comments on Apr 20, 2022:
"White entitlement" is not an example of Orwellian "new thought", but quite real. I know this for the very simple reason, if for no other reason than, that, being white, I have enjoyed the benefits of it though my whole life. Since I am confident that I would certainly not have enjoyed my limited success, if I had been exactly the same person, but with a darker skin coloration. That is only a single example, based upon no more than personal experience, so it is technically a very weak argument, if you wish to dismiss it, you are welcome. Where people are unable to enjoy equal levels of entitlement, then it naturally follows, that they will suffer higher levels of, "criminality and social disintegration", both in real terms and in the biased judgments that the entitled pass upon them. But that is a symptom of the injustice caused by false entitlement, probably even a proof of that entitlements existence, and the very opposite of a proof of any natural trend towards "criminality and social disintegration ". And now to the "ad hominem" part of the argument, so that you can dismiss me cheaply. Which is to say that I do not really know why I wasted time on this, and so far as it goes, I am quite content that my argument is based on the weak, generalization from the particular, fallacy, and no better than that. Because if you can dismiss the good clear points made by TheMiddleWay, towkneed and before being goaded into it Flyingsaucesir, below as mere ad hominem attacks, then I am sure that you can find spurious reasons to dismiss any argument, and I am therefore quite content to have only given a second rate statement.
I need to remind myself of this often.
Fernapple comments on Apr 20, 2022:
Life only truly begins when you mature. Sadly many never make it. You I think are one of the lucky ones.
My nearby woods are beginning to look like this.
Fernapple comments on Apr 19, 2022:
Under threat from the Spanish Hyacinth, and now from the introduced deer. Not for much longer to wake the spring woods beneath the duvet of blue.
You know what?
Fernapple comments on Apr 19, 2022:
I always thought that mask wearing in public, which is commonplace in much of Asia, was a good idea, even before Covid. There are a lot more nasty diseases out there, plus pollution particulates and other stuff like pollen. Besides which, I have a big nose, and it helps to keep it warm in winter and out of the sun in summer.
Gaze at the photo.
Fernapple comments on Apr 18, 2022:
The two may not be mutually exclusive, in fact, I find that the two are mutually dependent.
A pic you can taste
Fernapple comments on Apr 18, 2022:
Warm, funny, friendly and wise memes just like always. But just a point of fact, 2020, 2021, 2022 were bad, but they did not have a sound track by Yoko Ono.
I have realized there are some illogical atheist that believe some theist trolls are running around ...
Fernapple comments on Apr 18, 2022:
Trolls exist. Just go look under any bridge in Norway. ( But theist trolls, now that is quite a different matter. )
I know most of you hate Facebook.
Fernapple comments on Apr 18, 2022:
Yep, this is one of the reasons for hating FB.
Questions for the Christians who loudly sang worship music on a plane
Fernapple comments on Apr 18, 2022:
As the shot shows, there is a world of wonder and beauty just to be seen outside the window, for no more price than just turning your head. " But we prefer to spend time with our god. Because our god is a little god, a small insular god, who invites us to hide inside the church with him and his mother, who he still lives with, and avoid the great big, scary, grown up world outside. "
Well …… [vm.tiktok.com]
Fernapple comments on Apr 18, 2022:
Its when they get to the bit about, he never did any housework and spent almost all his spare time on line that I start to worry.
Happy Easter! I would say that Easter is one of the most misunderstood holidays, but in ...
Fernapple comments on Apr 17, 2022:
Whoa Gwen. In spring Persephone rises and smiles, indulgently on lovers, in her wild gardens. A Book of Verses underneath the Bough, A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread-and Gwen Beside me singing in the Wilderness- O, Wilderness were Paradise enow! Apos. Edward Fitzgerald
Just thought it funny.
Fernapple comments on Apr 17, 2022:
You feed them too well, nobody wants to leave when they are well fed.
Happy Easter! I would say that Easter is one of the most misunderstood holidays, but in ...
Fernapple comments on Apr 17, 2022:
Very good.
It remains a mystery to me why every year people celebrate 'Passover', since it is obviously the ...
Fernapple comments on Apr 17, 2022:
Hello and welcome. Yes it does seem quite immoral does it not, they also don't seem to notice, that god sent a "Satan" to do the deed. Which raises the two other questions. When did Satan become singular, and stop being "a" satan, as in one of many, and when did he stop taking orders ? And if he was still taking orders in the Egyptian Passover, why do some people think that he was the same person as the snake in the garden of Eden, and if, as some think, the snake was only a snake and was only persuading them to do what god wanted anyway, then why was the snake punished ? Does any of this make sense to you ? LOL
I recently attended a memorial service also attended by the children and grandchildren of the ...
Fernapple comments on Apr 17, 2022:
Maybe there is a lot of truth in that. But there is a lot of evidence and history which indicates that it was, in the main, much more brutally simple than that. The South European cultures especially the Roman and Greek simply had a cultural history of colonization, knew how to do it well, and when the Roman Empire failed as a military power, the churches, both Greek and Roman, simply carried on with the cultural imperialism. They could do that in part because of the prestige of the former empire, was seen as both a military and national ideal, and also as a prize to be won, by many they wished to colonize. Which made the conquest easy, since the ruling classes were all too willing to be colonized, and then to force their adopted culture on to the much more reluctant, and slower to uptake, people. Especially since the Southern cultures still enjoyed the better climate, plus access to the trading routes of the Mediterranean sea etc.. And many think that you win the cultural wars, by adopting the most prestigious culture as well as its trade for yourself, often the reverse of a military conquest. So that the mythology of the Norse, Germanic and Slavic, were simply the ones who lost the culture wars and got colonized, by the imperial churches. In part because the leaders of the of those lands were willing to sell out their gods for silks, wines, some fancy titles and paintings.
[abolt.newsweek.com] Tombs of Irish Kings
Fernapple comments on Apr 17, 2022:
I think the story which follows it, about the ancient butter surviving into modern times intact, is even more interesting.
I am currently trying to get rid of ivy growing in my courtyard trying to overtake everything.
Fernapple comments on Apr 17, 2022:
You could try a systemic weedkiller, but you will have to add lots of washing-up liquid to the mix, since the wax on ivy leaves resists take up. But perhaps the best way is to put weedkiller in bowls, cut the stem ends and pin them down so that they are in the bowls of weedkiller. That will get them to take it up and transport it through the whole plant.
Why do men on dating sites think that a photo of them holding a dead fish might be just the thing ...
Fernapple comments on Apr 16, 2022:
How do you know the fish is dead ?
In the bible, Jesus is put to death on Good Friday.
Fernapple comments on Apr 16, 2022:
I think the bible actually is usually translated as. "On the third day." Not. "After three days." Depends of course on the translation edition you use of course. But, on the third day, would be the Sunday if you counted Friday as day one. Perhaps therefore it is not so clear cut.
Irrefutable Godly Contact?
Fernapple comments on Apr 16, 2022:
Hello and welcome. The other thing that you have to factor in, is that if there is a creator god, how do you know that the god, does not prefer atheists anyway. After all they do not set up false gods in its name, use its name and supposed authority to exploit others, claim to have a special relationship denied to others with it, claim to understand its mind, or tell it what to do. In fact atheists must be the most god friendly people on the planet.

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