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At last an end to the religious debate…

The end of the religeous debate


  1. Flaxen Saxon says:

    Shit, and there was me a worshiping Woden.

  2. Julie near Chicago says:

    Well, Flaxen, at least we can enjoy the delight and comfort of Schadenfreude, as we contemplate the multitude of Gaia-worshippers who thought they’d be shoo-ins. ;)

    . . .

    JG, that’s inspired. Thank you! I have all sorts of riffs going off in my head. Here’s one: “At least he’s not a dead white male.” :>)))!!!

  3. NickM says:

    Live, from Sochi via the BBC, “He’s got absolute carte blanche to do what he likes,,,”

    That’s about the snowboarding. It made me laugh.

  4. John Galt says:

    Speaking of Sochi, I did think the Indian Luger Shiva Keshavan made a bloody good recovery.

  5. Except for one thing. Zeus spends his time on Mount Olympus, when he is not otherwise turning himself into swans or bulls and ravishing fair maidens, and is not to be found in Elysium. If I’m not mistaken, Cronus rules in the Isles of the Blessed

  6. Why are my comments awaiting moderation?

  7. John Galt says:

    Why are my comments awaiting moderation?

    As I’ve said to you before, the only form of moderation on this server is an anti-spam engine called Akismet. We didn’t write it, it comes as an extension to the WordPress software that this blog runs on. In its many lines of code there is something which says if an e-mail address contains a profanity (in the case of your e-mail address the word “f*ck”), then it will place the comment in “Pending” until someone, i.e. muggins here, takes it out of “Pending”.

    Which I did this morning at 7:03 AM in Malaysia as I was eating my breakfast of tea and cheese on toast – yummy.

    Counting Cats in Zanzibar is a not for profit blog which carries no advertising, it is owned and operated by Mr. Cats from his home on his own internet connection on his own purchased hardware and maintained by him on his own time, flavoured with periodic outages caused by hackers and his moggy Dennis.

    Those that post articles here are from all over the world and do so because they feel they have something to contribute to the libertarian world view, the commentators like yourself similarly.

    One thing that is common to all of us is a virulent opposition to censorship, which is why the only form of censorship of comments is done post-publication and *ONLY* when they are death threats, threats of violence or other illegal acts – and yes, I’m aware of a few of these over the years.

    Mr. Cats periodically berates us for our profanity and we in turn call him an old woman, but still try to keep profanity to a minimum as per the old libertarian adage “his gaff, his rules”.

    So no-one is attempting to censor or silence you, it is just computer software. Fortunately for all of us it has not yet reached sentience, but I suspect that day will one day come and we will all be murdered in our beds.

    Current Askismet Statistics for CCiZ

    As you will see from the above stats for the site, only around 10% of the comments received are genuine, the rest is spam.

    You don’t notice this due to the work of Askismet invisibly filtering them out. Mr. Cats and us bloggers periodically go through stuff sat in pending or the spam queue to pick up anything that’s missed – again on our own time.

  8. NickM says:

    I have only once deep-sixed a comment and that is from someone who threatened specifically to kill me. I reckon that is OK. I say stuff and our commentators say stuff and often we disagree and that is fine. That is great. A blog which is a chorus of everyone agreeing is as pointless as a Rugby match where England always wins. But there is a limit. And we have to control this, alas. Do any bugger here really want to be told about the latest kitchen scraping scheme? Or they could get a “cheap” deal on insurance. Or…

    No, we don’t do that.

  9. Roue le Jour says:

    Getting back to the topic, then. The idea of evaluating religions on the strength of the paradise offered is not a new one, I decided decades ago that it was probably The Great God Pan for me. (Inspired in part by a very good short story about the death of Pan’s last believer.) So, I’m with the guy in the furry trousers, and I’m expecting nymphs, wine and pipe music. You guys can make your own arrangements.

  10. Flaxen Saxon says:

    One man’s heaven is one man’s hell. I’m sticking with Woden until a better deity emerges. At least he offers smiting (where can you get a double headed Danish war axe, these days?), feasting and wenching, with every second Monday off to watch day time tele- or is this hell?

  11. NickM says:

    As long as it doesn’t involve pipe music…

  12. Julie near Chicago says:


    What’s the short story? *expectant expression*

  13. John Galt says:

    I’m sticking with Woden until a better deity emerges.

    This is why I’m a bit suspicious of this whole link between Islam, Christianity and Judaism. I mean you wait thousands of years and then three deities turn up at once…

  14. Paul Marks says:

    This comment thing is a mess.

    Every time anyone writes a comment they have to type in their e.mail address – and lots of e.mail addresses flash up on the screen (all of which are wrong). It is very difficult for someone to comment.

    On most sites once one has commented once – there is no need to endlessly type in the e.mail address every single time.

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