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50% Chance of Brimstone

10:30 AM -- Step aside, Farmer's Almanac. There's a more highly connected forecaster in town, according to The Virginia Pilot:

    Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson is warning that, according to God, storms and possibly a tidal wave will pound America this year.

    Robertson made the forecasts on "The 700 Club," produced by the Christian Broadcasting Network in Virginia Beach. He founded CBN and hosts the program.

    He said the revelations came to him during his annual personal prayer retreat in January.

    "If I heard the Lord right about 2006, the coasts of America will be lashed by storms," Robertson said May 8.
Snow also likely in Minnesota. Crackpots in Virginia.

— Larry, Attack Monkey, Light Reading

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fgoldstein 12/5/2012 | 3:53:07 AM
re: 50% Chance of Brimstone Aw, cmon. Which makes more sense, the typical Pat Robertson speech, or Daler Mehndi's lyrics?

Would Pat make more sense if he were preaching in Punjabi? Would he make more sense to someone who only spoke Punjabi?

* TUNAK TUNAK TUN
TUNAK TUNAK TUN
TUNAK TUNAK TUN
DA DA DA

DHOLNA VAJJE TUMBE VAALI TAAR
SUN DIL DI PUKAAR
AAJA KAR LAYIEH PYAAR
DHOLNAGǪ

* REPEAT

** DUNIYA YAARA RANG BIRANGI
NA EH BHERI NA EH CHANGI
OH DUNIYA YAARA RANG BIRANGI
NA EH BHERI NA EH CHANGI

REPEAT

SUN YAARA BOLE IK TARA
MEHNDI DA YAARA

* REPEAT

DHOLNA KADEH MERE NAL HASS
MAINU DIL VALLI DASS
NAHIN TAAN TERI MERI BASS
DHOLNAGǪ

* REPEAT

** REPEAT

Larry, Monkey 12/5/2012 | 3:53:07 AM
re: 50% Chance of Brimstone As Bertrand Russell said: "The man who has fed the chicken every day throughout its life at last wrings its neck instead, showing that more refined views as to the uniformity of nature would have been useful to the chicken."

But would they really, Bertie? And what does it have to do with David Hasselhoff?

Lite Rock 12/5/2012 | 3:53:09 AM
re: 50% Chance of Brimstone So the point is, people will believe only what they want to believe and that makes reality relative.

We are like cows winding our way through the feedlot of life never knowing when we are going to get our steel pin to the head.

That's cheery!

Thanks RJ
rjmcmahon 12/5/2012 | 3:53:10 AM
re: 50% Chance of Brimstone One would think that experiencing failed prophecies would cause people to reject the organizations and leaders which made those prophecies. Leon Festinger's theory of cognitive dissonance say this isn't the case but failed prophecies can actually strengthen the belief system of such organizations.

http://www.freeminds.org/psych...

What Festinger and his associates demonstrated in the end was that the failure of prophecy often has the opposite effect of what the average person might expect; the cult following often gets stronger and the members even more convinced of the truth of their actions and beliefs!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

Cognitions which contradict each other are said to be "dissonant," while cognitions which agree with each other are said to be "consonant." Cognitions which neither agree nor disagree with each other are said to be "irrelevant."

The introduction of new cognition that is dissonant with a currently held cognition creates a state of "dissonance," the magnitude of which relates to the relative importance of the involved cognitions. Dissonance can be reduced either by eliminating dissonant cognitions, or by adding new consonant cognitions. The maximum possible dissonance is equal to the resistance to change of the less resistant cognition; therefore, once dissonance reaches a level that overcomes the resistance of one of the cognitions involved, that cognition will be changed or eliminated, and dissonance will be reduced.

This leads some people who feel dissonance to seek information that will reduce dissonance and avoid information that will increase dissonance. People who are involuntarily exposed to information that increases dissonance are likely to discount that information, either by ignoring it, misinterpreting it, or denying it.
paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 3:53:10 AM
re: 50% Chance of Brimstone
There is one cure for all of these....

MORE COWBELL!

I have a fever.

seven
Goeran 12/5/2012 | 3:53:11 AM
re: 50% Chance of Brimstone Quote: "The Hasselhoff video is actually quite easy to watch and listen to."

Come on!!! His video is ridiculous!

And no - I don't belong to "the secret society of inferior men that are uncomfortable with Hasselhoff's style of coolness." lol

;-)
Goeran 12/5/2012 | 3:53:11 AM
re: 50% Chance of Brimstone Quote:"I could only endure about 10 seconds. Can somebody tell me how it turns out?"

You're missing the best part of the video! Watch a bit longer. :-)
CoolLightGeek 12/5/2012 | 3:53:13 AM
re: 50% Chance of Brimstone Great link!

Does "daler mehndi - tunak tunak tun "
translate to "finger nails on chalkboard" ?
I could only endure about 10 seconds. Can somebody tell me how it turns out?

The Hasselhoff video is actually quite easy to watch and listen to. Maybe it should make the "most embarrassing" list but not the "worst" list.

Unless, of course, if you belong to the secret society of inferior men that are uncomfortable with Hasselhoff's style of coolness.

If so, buy a fast expensive sports car: it may make you feel less inadequate.
You actually won't be any less inadequate but you might feel better and feel less envy of Hasselhoff.

;)
Goeran 12/5/2012 | 3:53:13 AM
re: 50% Chance of Brimstone The worst music videos of all time. Hilarious!

http://www.clipbin.blogspot.co...

:-)
"Ill" Duce 12/5/2012 | 3:53:15 AM
re: 50% Chance of Brimstone Pat really deserves the title Il Duce. With each paragraph he tracks along with many of Britt's fourteen points of fascism. The falacious notion of persecution has been a basic tenant of both fascism and paranoid populism. To say Christians are persecuted is ridiculous. It reminds me of the propaganda from O'relilly and his ilk about the "war on Christianity." Ha! you want to see a war on Christianity, check out any North African country that has a mixed Muslim/Christian population. Then again, what you'll find is that the Christians forced out the native animists long ago.

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