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Dominion Power should hire more local workers

Editor:
I represent electrical workers in the Shenandoah Valley. Approximately 400 qualified, unemployed electricians live within a 50-mile radius of the Dominion natural gas plant project site. They are taxpaying Virginia citizens willing to work locally in their community.

This letter is in response to the Northern Virginia Daily article of April 21, 2012 titled, "Applicants outside Va. land jobs in valley". The article states prime contractor Zachry Industrial Inc. of San Antonio, Texas, has confirmed most jobs at the Dominion Power project in Front Royal have been filled by residents from outside of the Northern Shenandoah Valley. The article says representatives of Zachry Industrial Inc. confirmed that local people are looking for work.

A company spokesman confirmed that Zachry Industrial Inc. has completed another large utility project in Virginia and the project employed about 30 percent local workers in the Buckingham County area. That is an extremely low standard for local hiring, particularly in Virginia where the work force is qualified and looking for work. A hiring rate of 70 percent non-local residents should be unacceptable.

A more reasonable goal for local employment is a minimum of 50 percent available, qualified, local residents. Dominion, a Virginia business, will most certainly benefit from such hiring practices. Hiring locally eliminates unemployment payments from the Commonwealth's treasury, puts tax revenues back into state and local coffers, and stimulates local economies.

Dominion Power is a powerful business in the Commonwealth. It should press Zachry to adopt more local-friendly hiring practices. It is too late for Dominion Power to contractually require Zachry Industrial Inc. to hire a minimum of 50 percent of local workers in Front Royal. However, there are other Dominion Power projects planned in the future, including a similar project in Loudoun County. I hope, for the sake of our local workers, the local economy and the economy here in the Commonwealth of Virginia, our politicians and local residents will insist on at least 50 percent local resident contractual requirements on future projects by Dominion Power.

Butch Ramos, Middletown
President, International Brotherhood
of Electrical Workers, Local Union 26

Scouts have right to speak at meeting

Editor:

Well, well, well...

If Boy Scout Jacob French was out of order and Stuart Williams of the Boy Scouts of America's Shenandoah Area Council needed to apologize to Conrad Helsley (Board of Supervisors Chairman), then what does the board need to say to the taxpayers of Shenandoah County?

If any Boy Scout can't wear his uniform to show his pride, and then speak his mind in an open meeting, then Conrad has his priorities mixed up.

What's this all about Conrad? Seldom does the truth from a 12 year old hurt this much? Three hundred and fifty people attended the meeting and only nine were for the supervisor's jail. What does that tell the six of you? Are all of you really doing what the people want?

As a (former) Scoutmaster for nearly 10 years, I required all Scouts to wear their uniforms while attending public meetings while working on requirements for merit badges. I would think one of you four men were a Boy Scout once upon a time --although maybe not by the way you've been acting here of late. You were elected by the people to represent the people of this county! Can all six of you honestly say that you are representing the majority of your given district? I'd say not!

From what the Daily quoted Stuart Williams as saying to the public was not the Scouts lacking manners ... and surely not disrespectful to anyone. The calls complaining to the council office in Winchester instead of the local Scoutmaster seems odd, don't you think? Why would anyone call the council president for such a trivial personal opinion? Each troop has a Scoutmaster, call them!

How would you have handled it if a member of our Armed Forces came to the meeting in his or her class A uniform? Do you also think because of the uniform he would be speaking for the entire branch? I guess you would have called President Obama. Oh that's right. You couldn't. He's a Democrat!

I "think" Conrad made the comment "the boys " sort of" made a "derogatory comment" about us, (so has about 90 percent of the taxpayers of Shenandoah County). Conrad, so what's your point?

That's a great statement to raise all this over the Boy Scouts. Conrad, you are not as powerful as you think you are. The next election will show you and the others!

Ronnie Zerkel, Mt. Jackson

Natural evolution affecting solar system

Editor:

My last letter spoke of chaotic nodes, coming from the center of the Milky Way. NASA is now verifying this information. This cosmic event is what The Mayan calendar indicates regarding 2012, along with planetary positioning. This natural evolution affects the solar system in ways that are understood only by spiritual means, because of the divine nature of the universe. Science helps us understand to some degree, but is influenced by corporate interests. Due to organized religion's tampering of sacred texts, much spiritual knowledge has been suppressed through the ages: few Christians know anything significant about King James, and his bible alterations. Yet religion presents this contaminated information as truth.

2012 represents the beginning of a new shift in consciousness. The earth's changes will become severe as the magnetic poles respond to the universal commands emanating from the center of this Creation. NASA will verify that all planets in our solar system are heating up, responding to the instructions of divine influence, which cannot be understood by superstitious mainstream religion, nor explained away by inadequate scientific understanding of nature. The energy wave approaching earth will indeed conduct a form of "judgment day," but its meaning cannot be explained by science or religion, both of which are minus key insights, and heavily influenced by corporate interests of control. 2012 is understood by spiritual alignment to the universe and its laws on the universe's terms.

That the earth's crust is increasingly shifting independent of its core is a known fact. Evidence that the poles are seriously shifting is verifiable. Phenomena around the globe are being conspicuously withheld from the mainstream media which is owned by the same corporate interests controlling science and religion. They dare not speak of dimensional shifts, and understanding such shifts requires focus, not spoon-fed propaganda.

I invite your readers to visit my website for information regarding 2012. We try to present the facts without sensationalism or drama: two emotions to be avoided in understanding this cosmic upheaval. Search for halfpast oceanfalls online to view "2012 Survival Kit," which was created to present reliable information. I ask that you read it with an open mind.

Roy Andrew Stokes, Maurertown


34 Comments



Ronnie Zerkel, great letter to the on behalf of the Boy Scout speaking up. Bravo! You hit it on the head.

More people need to speak up and speak out. Maybe one day these elected officials will start listening to the people.

TRUTH hurts, doesn't it?

I guess I need another cup of Java, I left out a word. "...great letter to the Editor on behalf of the Boy Scout speaking up!"

Mr. Stokes letter writing specialty is pseudo-scientific jargon baffle-gab. Once again, he continues to out do himself, predicting the end of the world..... again. If that prediction fails to come true, as expected, Mr. Stokes, reliable as clock work, will surely find new signals invisible to other better qualified observers.

WHAT MAKES ATHEIST A BETTER QUALIFIED OBSERVER REGARDING ANYTHING RELATIVE TO FAITH OR RELIGION?

As regards your question, " What makes atheist a better qualified observer regarding anything relative to faith of religion?" The answer is atheists will not substitute magic as the answer to an observation.

Please tell if you see and understand the same "chaotic nodes" claimed by Mr. Stokes? What exactly is a "chaotic node"?

Mr. Stokes claims "NASA is now verifying this information." Where is the budget line item that funds this NASA research? What is the dollar amount of the funding? Under what NASA research program name is the investigation being conducted? What is/are the name(s) of the investigator(s)? Have any interim progress reports been published?

Now a question for you:
Name an ethical statement or action, made or performed by a person of faith, that could not have been made or performed by a nonbeliever.

Mr. Athiest might want to visit my website for the information I claim in my letter. In fact, I have taken my 'letter to the editor' and posted it there with all referrences to sources, including NASA videos.

Much as I can't tell you how to be an athiest, please do not make assumptions regarding the spiritual nature of humans: I strive to make a clear distinction between religious and spiritual. My website is spiritual~metaphysics information and discussion. As most athieistic belief systems are dependant on science totally for their own validation, we see the free radcial's influence in Mr. Athiest's post, in regards to missing areas (incompletedness) of the thinking process.

"Assumptive" was the Mayan article the NVD ran 2 days ago. I saw no demand for facts from readers regarding that article, which was rife with "maybe", "they think" and "might be, but who knows?"

I present facts at my site. NVD rules disallowed my publishing the site's URL completely. A Google search does get you there, and Mr. Athiest's questions are more than adequately addressed.

I cannot stress enough the importance of understanding the 6,500-year cycle we are in the midst of. Assumptions, speculation and personal trumping have no place in understanding the nature of the greater cosmos.


Bad news for Roy Stokes: spirits do not exist. The Nobel Committee, the academic community, the world of religion, and I would like to see your UNDISPUTABLE proof spirits exist. Metaphysical ramblings will not suffice as proof.

Stokes brings the always popular Mayan calendar into the discussion, implying only spiritual means can understand Stokes charlatan spiritual implications. Bad news for Stokes - the keys to knowledge are not entrusted solely to Roy Stokes. Here are the latest archaeological findings concerning the Mayan calendar -- spirits are expressly NOT mentioned:

"www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=xultun-mayan-calendar&WT.mc_id=SA_CAT_BS_20120511"

Further reading --

GOOGLE: "NASA Crushes 2012 Mayan Apocalypse Claims"

Stokes mentions a video proof of his claims.

GOOGLE: " nasa-crushes-2012-mayan-apocalypse-myths"

One by one, cult leader Roy Stokes doomsday statements can be demonstrated as false and inaccurate descriptions of natural phenomena.

More bad news for Roy Stokes - his style of rants are regularly attributed to deluded mad man.

FRANKLY, I HAVE NEVER AGREED WITH ANY COMMENTS MADE BY MR. STOKES THAT I HAVE READ. I AM CURIOUS, THOUGH, IF HE IS DESCRIBED AS A MADMAN, THEN HOW DO WE DESCRIBE THOSE OF US WHO DO BELIEVE IN A HIGHER POWER, CREATION, FAITH, AND RELIGION?

It is indeed sad that TGFMMAA needs to resort to personal attacks, exaggeration of information, and child-like taunting as a response to information available to the public. I do not engage with such personality disorders as it is a proven waste of time.

In response to SFJ:
As a Friend Of Bill, I have deep respect for everyone's "God of their understanding. I do not ask anyone to agree with me in any affair: I simply ask that facts be considered in thier entirety.

I will answer this little riddle:
"Now a question for you:
Name an ethical statement or action, made or performed by a person of faith, that could not have been made or performed by a nonbeliever."

Two words: "I AM".

More gasoline on the fire, anybody? OK, fine, the spirits tell me the vote was unanimous for more gasoline. If the ghosts tell me something, I'm listening.

Oh yeah, I believe every word. And I too ask Mr. Stokes to prove his convictions the end of the world is coming on 12 December, 2012 as predicted by the Roy Stokes unequivocal interpretation of the Mayan calendar -- WE IS DOOMED..... DOOMED I TELLS YA.

And just in case Mr. Stokes is mistaken I want to take that conviction to the bank..... literally.

Nothing could be easier, Mr. Stokes, since the world will cease to exist on 12 December, 2012, please prepare your Last Will And Testament naming ROFLMAO as sole heir to all your worldly goods effective 13 December, 2012, without the requirement that you actually be deceased, dead, kaput, OR in the spirit world before I can inherit 100% of your extensive material and spiritual wealth.

Whaddayasay, huh? Let's make this deal, OK?

I would like to point out how disinformation is spread. Discernment is key.

At no point whatsoever did I state that the world is coming to an end. This was an assertion made by Mr. Athiest, not myself.

In fact, Mr. Athiest's posts exaggerate statements, insert assumptions and skew the whole content of my letter. His posts were designed to prompt defensive arguements while bolstering perceived threats to his belief system. In reading his posts, it is clear he possesses sociopathic traits. If his posts are how he talks to someone he doesn't know, I can only imagine how he interacts with those he does know.

His character assassinations are classic and decidedly textbook.

It is my hope that other readers are taking the information I pass along and following up on what to look for in the coming months, and how to deal with it.

If "I AM" is your best metaphysical answer, you have already lost.

You are prepared to explain why a nonbeliever could not make the same statement?

Perhaps you meant to say "Why, oh why, AM I me?"

As with spiritualist séances, which cynically offer burbling from the otherworldly beyond to relatives of the late deceased, nothing truly interesting is ever said or done. Mr. Stokes long history of cultist pandering to weak willed gullible believers cannot withstand scrutiny of the details he provides as facts, conveniently making it easy for fakers to defend the indefensible. It is tough to be held accountable when nobody understands what you are talking about.

What exactly is a cosmic node and what has NASA done to investigate your claims?

ONCE AGAIN, IF MR STOKES IS THE MADMAN THAN HOW ARE THOSE OF US WHO ARE BELIEVERS IN A HIGHER POWER, CREATION, AND HAVE TRADITIONAL WORSHIP IN OUR LIVES TO BE DESCRIBED. HOW CAN SO MANY BE SO WRONG?

I wish to apologise to sfj and those of steadfast faith: 350 words is not enough to qualify many statements. I am grateful that we have the comments section to expand upon details.

I have no qualms with organised religion other than the control it has over the masses. My own spiritual roots are founded in mainstream Christianity. Jesus spoke of the I AM consciousness, which remains the basic DNA of all eternity. The bible, although tampered with, still contains the whole truth in fractal form. It is by taking that faith and understanding that we are able to move higher in understanding, as Jesus instructed us to do. The church insists we worship Jesus. The I AM suggests we follow the teachings and surpass Him, as He, Himself, promised we would do.

Throughout history, the messenger is often the target of those refusing to consider the message. In ridiculing the messenger, the message is not altered. Nor does it go away.

Those whose arrogance is based on 100 years of corporate-based science in the face of tens of thousands of years of historical truths are indeed lost, often ridiculing the very answers that can help them.

I am always open to amiable discussion with those who disagree with me: in dialogue, everybody learns. I stand firm in my convictions, and unlike Mr. Athiest and ROFLMAO I am recognisable in the community: I do not lob insults from faceless, anonymous usernames or imploy cowardice toward those I disagree with. I do thank those two persons for allowing me to stand firm in my knowing, and in exposing themselves as commentors who, if they had any credence, have squandered it for all to see by using schoolyard bully tactics. In the future, their usernames will be synonimous with opinions least likely to serve any purpose except to inflate their egos and bolster their beleifs.

My hope is that sane and intelligent readers will continue to ponder the message of my letter. many thanks to Linda Ash for her corrospondance, and my thanks to the Daily for printing it.

Deja vu all over again.

Way back in July, 2008, Roy Stokes, Woodville Road, Mauertown, wrote a letter to the editor of NVD and had this to say:

· Atlantis was a factual civilization, the physical location of which is found in Antarctica.

· A hierarchy was established to keep information secret, and the caretakers of these secrets were referred to as "Illuminate."

· The study of UFOs (as they are referred to) gleans insights on communications conveyed from various civilizations, some of which have monitored Earth since the first life forms began to sprout.

· American Indians are most likely the purest spiritual refugees from Atlantis and, in understanding the various cultures, it is almost certain that the perpetrators of Atlantis' demise, using the reincarnation stream, stalked these people to continue an agenda of elimination.

· The Mayan calendar ends in 2012 when a spiritual awakening occurs. This is compatible with Christian beliefs. The wise will calibrate their information and who provided it. The superstitious will not.

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Still crazy after all these years.

Awwww, jeez, I did it again.... my ISP crashed.... dogs and cats were playing together.... pyramids stopped sharpening old razor blades.... flying saucers kidnapped earthlings.... the flux capacitor discharged before 88 miles per hour... and my May 13th NVD comment disappeared from this article, probably for creating too much heat in the kitchen.

This guy Stokes is all about glorified horoscopes based on astrology and.... now those dastardly Russians know the secret codes behind those mysterious crop circles. WOW, this is some crazy.... uh,.... stuff. Must be more than one flying saucer hiding behind the moon, huh?

Crop Circles? Can it get any crazier? YES!! Excuse me for answering my own question (Roy won't).

Quote by Roy A. (The Royster) Stokes, the resident space physicist over at whacky world.

"Reliable reports have been received which essentially state the Russian scientists have figured out the code being conveyed by crop circles. These messages have been occurring for several years, and have been studied by all branches of science. The crop circles have been sending serious warnings to Earth's humanity, not regarding invasion, unreasonable 'miracles' or demands for obedience. Rather, they illustrate cataclysmic events which are unavoidable, but necessary to the solar system's evolution. While the news is alarming, it is not without much hope, and even means of avoiding serious Earth shifting, which will trigger a very chaotic era in which keen awareness is essential for both survival and ascension."

Cataclysmic events? Sounds like Royster is predicting the end of the world without actually saying the world is coming to an end. Yep, it is tough to be held accountable when nobody understands what you are talking about.

Every Pied Piper needs a flute to help explain how ancient civilizations sent messages into the future to warn us about flute players.

ROFLMAO

Bwwaaaaaaaaaaa hahahaha

You need to keep reading: there's a thread about how I worked with the Shenandoah County Sherrif's Department Internet Crimes Division regarding cyber stalkers.

They have some very fine agents there.

By the way, as Administrator of both websites, I have your IP number and computer indentification information. I have the cooperation of Shentel AND the NVD.

One of the benefits of being a respected community member, who does not abuse trust or privelage, is the benefit of the doubt.

No matter HOW 'kooky' I might sound.

I extend a heartfelt "thanks" to ROFLMAO who has provided two very winning situations for me:

One is an indictment of his own cyber-stalking, there for all to see. And it will remain there unless the editor removes it. Should I press charges, I'm sure the Honorable Judge Hupp would be quite interested in hearing, face to face in a courtroom, why ROFLMAO found it necessary to post personal information in response to a general letter to the editor. What coukld the motive possibly be?


The other is, while he may think those posts are outlandinsh, for many others, it is full of information they can use.

Yes, I have played flute for 30 years. In fact, I am probably the only bluegrass flute player in the area. Thanks for noticing. It takes focus to be a musician, and making music is a human joy.

When you're ready to stop making fun of that which you don't understand, and therefore fear, I am more than willing to help you understand.

I work with people who have had UFO and off-world contact, and it is a very real experience that they don't have the luxury of ignoring or explaining away.

Phenomina can be a very fear-producing event, and there are few instituions that address the matters presented by the unexplained. UFO contact in the Shenandoah Valley, alone, is a lot more common that most people know, because contactees are affraid to speak about it. Why? Because of the very ridicule this thread has received.

My website also addresses childhood abuses, spousal abuse, and substance abuse recovery. I have a board just for autistic people to have a place on the internet.

I don't mind being ridiculed. But invariably, those you make fun of, you are damaging more. The more you make fun of others, the more it becomes obvious you, yourself, have been very damaged.

I choose to stop the damage, and initiate the healing.

Peace, Dawg. :)

Hey Roy, do you enjoy the taste of shoe leather?

FYI - The "personal information" you objected to was posted on YOUR website by YOU posting as screen name "Royster" and subsequently, thanks to my NVD published comment containing YOUR information, YOU then edited YOUR website post at least once to remove the reference to the restaurant associated with Trevor. Ask me why I did a screen capture of YOUR web page information to protect myself? I have the original NVD time stamp posting of my comment that was redacted. Your full home address, including house number, was published numerous times in the past by the NV Daily each time you (or anybody else for that matter) had a letter-to-the-editor published in print or online. As you threaten to turn the sky dark with circling attorneys, please call Ghostbusters (weasel division) to assist you with your prosecutions.

I too have friends in high places. Almost on a daily basis I claim I am in intimate personal contact with Elliot Ness, Robert Stack, and J. Edgar Hoover, who always seek my wisdom and unsolicited advice before making any decisions that could end the universe as we know it. (You can thank me later.) I tell them all about the New Madrid earthquake fault zone and how spiritual cults are concentrating all their mind waves to prevent another 9.4 earthquake.... quite a lofty goal considering how these same spiritualists failed to sharpen any razor blades placed under the direct influence of wire pyramids. Maybe your otherworldly spirits refuse to listen to your members? My spirits are all onboard to answer my every beck and call. Lightening bolts out of the blue sky are a specialty. Please don't be jealous. However, it requires all of my vast spiritual powers to keep them from running amuck and causing uncontrolled frivolity at the expense of serious cults such as yours.

What gives with your website? I applied for membership and was refused. No matter. I have now decided I wouldn't join any organization that would have someone like me as a member.

Speaking of your website, Royster, you are the all-powerful gatekeeper and website administrator? Nobody gets past the gatekeeper without your say so? You approve membership? You receive, screen, edit, and censor all member posts? You wouldn't alter a post then claim you didn't, would you? Nobody can criticize you unless you allow it? Coming over here to the public forum at NV Daily must be quite a shock when someone gets all up in your business, huh?

How many cyber stalkers have you prosecuted at the request of "the Shenandoah County Sherrif's (sic) Department Internet Crimes Division"? How in the world did you ever qualify as an expert witness? It must be the flute playing. I play trumpet and 6 other instruments... maybe we should get together for a jam session sometime? Can you tell us where to go to find the official public listings of every "respected community member, who does not abuse trust or privelage"(sic)? What with there being so many pretenders to the throne I surely don't want to be guilty of consulting a phony unofficial list.

Say, do you have any affiliation with any of these cult groups listed below (other than great minds thinking alike)? A few groups on this short list, like your merry band of scallywags, were fond of flying saucers or alien space ships operated by intergalactic citizens of the universe exercising mind control using high power thought waves beamed into the implanted microchip brains of everybody not wearing a helmet constructed with high quality metal shielding:
Peoples Temple - Jonestown - 918 deaths - 1978
Solar Temple - Quebec - 74 deaths - 1997 -
Heavens Gate - San Diego - 39 deaths - 1997
Branch Davidians - Waco - 81 deaths - 1993
The Family International - Uganda -
Heide - Canary Islands - charged with plotting 32 deaths -
Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God - Uganda - 778 deaths - 2000

ROFLMAO

Bwwaaaaaahhhhhhh hahahahahah

MR.STOKES I DO APPRECIATE THE COURTESY OF YOUR REPLY. HOWEVER, THE QUESTION WAS INTENDED FOR ATHEIST.

Researching available information derives a fairly clear picture of what 2012 holds in store for the planet. Nibiru (“Planet X”) is not out of the question, and in fact appears to be a main component of the shift.

Astronomers tell us that Jupiter will pass between the earth and the sun beginning June 5th. This will affect the magnetosphere in many chaotic respects, but the primary concern is the passing of Nibiru. This is not just a planet, it is another solar system.
In lieu of this, there is no way the average person can survive such a cataclysm, with the exception of what we have been given all along: a spiritual approach. It also becomes clear that the [I]absence[/I] of a fear-based mentality is essential in order to embrace the change this event represents.

It is interesting to note that the ancients not only knew of this cyclic event, but managed to live through it. And live through it more than once. Further, as the pyramids and ancient temples concur with astrological clockwork, one must wonder how the pyramids returned to alignment once the event passed. There can only be one answer: their insight was so keen, that the ancient leyline markers have been calculated to encompass the pattern of these chaotic changes, much like an abacus. That, in itself, is a stunning revelation.

What is hopeful is that civilizations survived previous shifts, and all indications point to the spiritual approach. “Spiritual” in respects to the willingness and ability to communicate with the universe on the universe’s terms, which are readily available to all if one but seeks and listens. Religion, on the other hand, is man’s terms of the universe. Science is also man’s way of defining the universe. Neither will work to survive this event, because neither prepares one for understanding the reasons of this eternal clockwork, nor do they provide any means of passage. As we start to view the bible with a different approach, we see that "no man comes unto the father but by Me" translates to the I AM consciousness, which is the pattern of reality the universe sustainably operates by. Religion has tainted this information, and science will not acknowledge it. Religion fails to see the multiple meanings in biblical verse, and in fact is instrumental in covering up the deeper meanings. Neither organised religion nor science will acknowledge the seven human chakras: the chakras being the energy centers in every physical body, and also the Seven Seals the bible refers to. Absent that information (and more), religion relies on minimal dissemination of information, while spiritual shares all of it openly, once you understand the basic pattern. Science cannot acknowledge any of this, because it would lose funding, and also eventually discredit itself...which it does in slow-motion, anyway..."Science doesn't know..."..."This changes how science views"..."As of yet, science cannot explain..."

So in fact, those with a basic knowledge of the Christed teachings have a very good chance of grasping a higher spiritual understanding.

Those holding me solely accountable for imparting this information are simply operating on a fear-based mentality. Attacking me, personally, does nothing to change the facts. The universe is pretty old, and modern science is fairly new. The ancients knew a lot more than most give them credit for.

You can copy and paste this title onto your browser at YouTube for a rather amusing explanation of nibiru's passing.

NASA EMPLOYEE SPEAKS OUT ABOUT NIBIRU, PLANET X

Incidentally, if you simply place your cursor on my avatar, it gives you my website address. There is a wealth of information for the serious-minded there.

Again, my gratitude to the Daily for this privelage to post.

"SIF", I am not ignoring your inquiry - I have prepared a lengthy response, confident you will find no solace creating specious counter arguments against my assertions.

However, now is the time to savor Stokes' self-inflicted downfall for claiming himself as a privileged non-abuser of trust, said claim of trustworthiness now revealed to be the other side of a two-faced blasphemous deception made worse by the accompanying display of narcissistic arrogance laid bare for the world to see.


What other artifact of humanity from the Bronze age do we hold in high regard today? Knowledge is the power that dooms religion to the dust bin of history. It was never that difficult to see that religion is man-made, that it is a cause of hatred and conflict, and that its maintenance depended upon ignorance and superstition. Satirists and poets, as well as philosophers and men of science, were capable of pointing out that if triangles had gods their gods would have three sides, just as Thracian gods had blond hair and blue eyes.

The demand of religion to give up the illusions about its condition is the demand to give up a condition that needs illusions.

There still remain four irreducible objections to religious faith:

· that religion wholly misrepresents the origins of man and the cosmos
· that because of this original error, the practice of religion manages to combine the maximum of servility with the maximum of extreme egotistical self-absorption
· that religion is both the result and the cause of dangerous sexual repression
· that religion is ultimately grounded on wishful thinking.

The assumption by the religious faithful of an all-powerful creator or designer only raises the unanswerable question of who designed the designer or created the creator. Religion and theology simply falls back on the hopeless position that the existence of god can only be demonstrated by faith. This answer is absurd. It is impossible to quarrel seriously with such a view. If one must have faith in order to believe something, or believe in something, then the likelihood of that something having any truth or value is considerably diminished. The scientifically harder work of inquiry, proof, and demonstration is infinitely more rewarding, and has confronted us with findings far more "miraculous" and "transcendent" than any theology.

Actually, the "leap of faith" is a pretense. It is not a "leap" that can be made once and for all. It is a leap that has to go on and on being performed, in spite of mounting evidence religion is man-made. No wonder religion leads to delusions and manias. Religion understands perfectly well that the "leap" is subject to sharply diminishing returns, which is why it often doesn't rely on "faith" at all, but instead corrupts faith. Religion insults reason by offering bogus "evidence" and pointing to confected "proofs." This evidence and these proofs include arguments from design, revelations, punishments, and miracles. Now that religion's monopoly has been broken, it is within the capabilities any literate human being to see these evidences and proofs as the feeble-minded inventions that they are.

Here is the point, about myself and my co-thinkers. Our belief is not a belief. Our principles are not a faith. We do not rely solely upon science and reason, because these are necessary rather than sufficient factors, but we distrust anything that contradicts science or outrages reason. We may differ on many things, but what we respect is free inquiry, open mindedness, and the pursuit of ideas for their own sake. We do not hold our convictions dogmatically; the disagreement between Professor Stephen Jay Gould and Professor Richard Dawkins, concerning "punctuated evolution" and the unfilled gaps in post Darwinian theory, is quite wide as well as quite deep, but we shall resolve it by evidence and reasoning and not by mutual excommunication.

We are not immune to the lure of wonder and mystery and awe: we have music and art and literature, and find that the serious ethical dilemmas are better handled by Shakespeare and Tolstoy and Schiller and Dostoyevsky and George Eliot than in the mythical morality tales of the holy books. Literature, not scripture, sustains the mind and -- since there is no other metaphor -- also the soul. We do not believe in heaven or hell, yet no statistic will ever find that without these blandishments and threats we commit more crimes of greed or violence than the faithful.

We are reconciled to living only once, except through our children, for whom we are perfectly happy to notice that we must make way, and room. We speculate that it is at least possible that once people accepted the fact of their short and struggling lives they might behave better toward each other and not worse.

We believe with certainty that an ethical life can be lived without religion. And we know for a fact that the corollary holds true -- that religion has caused innumerable people not just to conduct themselves no better than others, but to award themselves permission to behave in ways that would make a brothel-keeper or an ethnic cleanser raise an eyebrow.

Most important of all, perhaps, we infidels do not need any machinery of reinforcement.

There is no need for us to gather every day, or every seven days, or on any high and auspicious day, to proclaim our rectitude or to grovel and wallow in our unworthiness. We atheists do not require any priests, or any hierarchy above them, to police our doctrine. Sacrifices and ceremonies are abhorrent to us, as are relics and the worship of any images or objects (even including objects in the form of one of man's most useful innovations: the bound book). To us no spot on earth is or could be "holier" than another: to the ostentatious absurdity of the pilgrimage, or the plain horror of killing civilians in the name of some sacred wall or cave or shrine or rock, we can counterpose a leisurely or urgent walk from one side of the library or the gallery to another, or to lunch with an agreeable friend, in pursuit of truth or beauty.

Religion spoke its last intelligible or noble or inspiring words a long time ago: either that or it mutated into an admirable but nebulous humanism. We shall have no more prophets or sages from the ancient quarter, which is why the devotions of today are only the echoing repetitions of yesterday, sometimes ratcheted up to screaming point so as to ward off the terrible emptiness.

It is tough to believe a compassionate and divine god, if such a concept actually existed, would communicate with ordinary people only through the medium of shamen, magicians, sooth-sayers, Popes, television evangelists, rabbis, the Pat Robertson / Billy Graham fakers, and ordained priests of organized religions or images magically appearing on burnt toast, each with its own perpetuation of the tyranny that is religion.

Why would not an all-powerful god eliminate these unnecessary and greed-driven middlemen and simply speak directly to every individual, letting all believers throughout the world simultaneously hear that voice in their heads, eliminating wars between feuding Arab and Jewish states, and unifying all flavors of religion under one all-encompassing deity?

These are the simple questions that cause the faithful to honestly question the validity of their faith or continue to delude themselves consuming the unsatisfying slop, 'my god works in strange ways'. Strange, indeed, is the tyrannical truth and a tyrannical lie spoken at the same time.

I refuse to allow the substitution of a magic-based reality for my own. I am not surprised the everyday dictionary interpretation of "piety" as used worldwide in everyday literature and conversation is twisted into a different self-serving doublespeak meaning for religious purposes. World history is full of examples.

Christian conservatives are playing an ancient game using religion to separate the world into “us” and “them.” All religion has poisoned and hampered the growth of civilization, becoming more dangerous when the “us and them” worldview grows rigid — when the “we” claim moral (or theological) superiority over others, keeping faith and family the top priority while attempting to impose religious beliefs on non-believers. Pray all you want, as often as you need, wherever the need; the problems comes when you try forcing me against my will to bend a knee, bow down, or submit to magic.

Simply stated, religion comes from a period of human prehistory where nobody - not even the mighty Democritus who concluded that all matter was made from atoms - had the smallest idea what was going on. It comes from the bawling and fearful infancy of our species, and is a babyish attempt to meet our inescapable demand for knowledge (as well as for comfort, reassurance, and other infantile needs). Today the least educated of my children knows much more about the natural order than any of the founders of religion. Perhaps this is why they seem so uninterested in sending fellow humans to hell. Knowledge will always be the bane of religion and is the primary reason for homeschooling -- preventing children the knowledge that contradicts religious ideology.

Many religions now come before us with ingratiating smirks and outspread hands, like an unctuous merchant in a bazaar, except today television is replacing the bazaar. They offer consolation and solidarity and uplift, competing as they do in a marketplace.

But we have a right to remember how barbarically they behaved when they were strong and were making an offer that people could not refuse under penalty of death. And if we chance to forget what that must have been like, we have only to look to those states and societies where the clergy still has the power to dictate its own terms. The pathetic vestiges of this can still be seen, in modern societies, in the efforts made by religion to secure control over society, control over education, control over a woman's reproductive health, or to exempt itself from tax, or to pass laws forbidding people to insult its omnipotent and omniscient deity, or even his prophet, often represented as a bearded magical man living in the sky who grants wishes while the diety threatens damnation (or worse) for failures.

Religion's weaknesses always point to, "the greater the absurdity, the stronger the belief in it"... faith is at its greatest when its teachings are least amenable to reason. All major confrontations over the right to free thought, free speech, and free inquiry have taken the same form, that of a religious attempt to assert the literal and limited mind over the ironic and inquiring one. It is always a foregone conclusion the religious faithful will self-anoint themselves as victims of a government gone wild, a persecution the religious faithful believes is unjustly deserved.

YOUR EXPLANATION AND REPLY REFLECTS A VERY ELEQUENT AND INTELLIGENT DISPENSATION THAT I AM AFRAID IS ABOVE MY LEVEL OF INTELLIGENCE. I WOULD NOT KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN TO REPLY TO THIS AND I AM BEING TOTALLY HONEST!!! HOWEVER, I STILL CAN FIND NO REASON TO BELIEVE MY FAITH IS NOT GOOD FOR ME AND THOSE IN MY FAMILY. ONCE YOU FIRST HOLD THE NEWBORN CHILD OR FIND STRENTH TO ENDURE TRAGEDY AND PERSONAL LOSS, YOU FEEL THERE HAS TO BE A HIGHER POWER IN PLAY. I WAS NEVER FORCED TO ATTEND CHURCH, ETC. EVEN A CHILD. IT WAS A CHOICE MADE MANY YEARS AGO AND SOMETHING STILL IMPORTANT TODAY. I BELIEVE FAITH TO BE A SIMPLE, UNCOMPLICATED PART OF MY LIFE AND SCIENCE JUST CANNOT TAKE THE PLACE OF THAT!! HOPEFULLY, THE GENERATIONS FOLLOWING ME WILL BE ABLE TO DO THE SAME. THERE IS ONE THING I AM STILL CURIOUS ABOUT. DID YOU HAVE TRADITIONAL RELIGION IN YOUR LIFE? IF SO, WHAT HAPPENED?

SJF, I'm not quite sure how to encourage the faithful, other than to say you are not wrong. I would that you take your faith higher, and focus on it more. You have the elements of every truth within you, and your faith WILL lead you to higher appreciation.

Those relying on scientific "facts" are not privy to many of the fundamentals of universal energetics, due to their very approach to understanding energy. The universe is built such that energy responds to energy: observers with microscopes are immediately detected and the results are nothing close to how the universe functions. I do understand my critics (across the board) saying I am arrogant: there is no question i wrestle with the ego as many do. However, I have adhered to a path of spiritual understanding, and it is this path Jesus (and many other Masters) spoke so clearly about. The patterns of thought necessary for spiritual growth and enlightenment are available to the seeker. Those who stake their claims on science are betting on an inconclussive formula. For such individuals, compartmentalisation of facts and experiences are necessary. "Spiritual" is simply acknowledging the universe, on the universe's terms. Science cannot define the entierty of the Big Picture, because by its very approach, the answers are kept from the scientist.

As regards athiests: they are having a human experience devoid of God, and it is useful in the greater scheme of understanding. When we begin to take eternity seriously, we understand we need to keep our intentions pure. All human experiences facilitate this. Essentially, even wrong answers take us in the right direction.

As you begin to understand spiritual~metaphysics, you start to see the answers are literally within you, not outward. As you begin to understand and respect nature, it begins to interact with you. This will never happen to a scientist, and those remaining in the cycle of religion...depending on others (outward) for their inner truth cannot see their own inner guidance.

The universe asked each of us to go out and turn around: report what you see. As with the car accident at an intersection, the witnesses will give different reports, from their unique view.

Therefore, ALL reports are valid.

My intention for this last published letter was for people to become aware that there is much more going on in the cosmos than is being reported. In order to survive the energy shifts of 2012, it is essential to have the facts which are withheld from the public. As we accept we live in the 3rd dimension, by implications we believe there are 2 dimensions below us. With the right guidance, we can understand a 4th dimension within us, and around us. It is by taking a step into that dimension (on its terms, not our own) that we access the higher dimensions.

Science has defined what the human body is. Jesus proved that it is capable of much more, and gave instructions on how to access that energy manipulation. These ancient secrets are not haphazardly discovered in a laboratory, but rather hands-on experience.

We each have Free Will. What we do with it is up to us.

It is difficult to hold Stokes accountable when nobody understands what he is talking about. This is the beauty of double-talk wielded by deception.

Pied Piper Stokes is a fountainhead spouting quasi-religious mumbo jumbo that mysteriously promises the secrets of the universe will be revealed and eternal joy will be yours.... if only you will surrender your disbelief in magic and have a long sip of his special blend of Kool-Aid and explanatory blather. Stokes is a copycat of numerous like minded internet soothsayers preying on ignorance and gullibility. Can you remember the warning your parents gave you about being wary when something sounds too good to be true?

It is impossible for Stokes to possess any special or secret knowledge knowable only to himself, except perhaps which hand is preferred when performing a private act of self-gratification.

However, it is possible for Stokes to create his own set of secret magical facts unknown and unknowable to anybody but himself.

Stokes is all about glorified horoscopes based on astrology and.... now those dastardly Russians know the secret codes behind those mysterious crop circles. WOW, this is some crazy.... uh,.... stuff. Must be more than one flying saucer offering free rides to the moon, huh?

Stokes promotes belief in crop circles ? Can it get any crazier? YES!! Excuse me for answering my own question (Roy won't).

Quote by Roy A. (The Royster) Stokes:

"Reliable reports have been received which essentially state the Russian scientists have figured out the code being conveyed by crop circles. These messages have been occurring for several years, and have been studied by all branches of science. The crop circles have been sending serious warnings to Earth's humanity, not regarding invasion, unreasonable 'miracles' or demands for obedience. Rather, they illustrate cataclysmic events which are unavoidable, but necessary to the solar system's evolution. While the news is alarming, it is not without much hope, and even means of avoiding serious Earth shifting, which will trigger a very chaotic era in which keen awareness is essential for both survival and ascension."

Cataclysmic events? Sounds like Royster is predicting the end of the world without actually saying the world is coming to an end. Yep, it is tough to be held accountable when nobody understands what you are talking about.

I will never dismiss or fail to remind Stokes of the false accusations he fabricated, then publicly threatened to make against me as a "cyber-stalker", implying a Circuit Court judge would treat me harshly for this transgression.

You can always tell when somebody finished school in the bottom half of the class.

ROFLMAO

Bwaaahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahaaaaaaaaaaaa

Roy I've always enjoyed your writing! :) Only people who open their minds can understand that there is more here than meets the eye.

I've saved most of your writings. Very interesting and I LOVE the way you handle these nasty people.

I've tried to speak about animal issues many times (here) and the cruelty of the slaughterhouses, abuse of the creatures and the health issues of eating animals. It's amazing how ugly people can get and how ignorant they are.

How R U? Glad to know you are alive and well.

Thank you, Diana.
There are those who share their energy for the greater good of community/humanity.

Then there are those who feel entitled to steal energy from others for their own egos, in order to bolster belief systems. Those who maintain belief systems by energy theft are totally unaware that their beliefs are not even original, but 98% mainstream-fed since birth. Some have the courage to dismantle the systems and hear the greater truth life offers. Those who feel it necessary to tear down others in order to build themselves up never realise that they have to do this on a daily basis just to stay at the lowest level. The examples abound on this very page. ;)

As you're probably aware, those who steal human energy are referred to as "energy vampires". You'll always feel drained after interacting with an energy vampire. Energy GIVERS are those who share freely good thoughts, laughter and reasonable hopes. They are always willing to share a good word, regardless of the social climate.

Thanks, Diana, for sharing a good word.

Re: Animals -
I am reminded of Gandhi's words: "You can tell a lot about a society by the way they treat their animals". In fact, the American homogenization has become, across the board, that all life is to be "poisoned, cut and burned". Please know that there are still millions out here who do not subscribe to that mainstream standard, but continue to strive for a higher ideal for ALL life.

Namaste.

I have all the "energy" I need. How dare you accuse me of "stealing your energy". The truth about what I am doing is best described as "stealing your thunder", which, as we can plainly see, has forced you staying away from your usual crackpot fare of crop circles, secret codes only you can interpret, planets flying into the sun, flying saucers, and mysterious beings exerting mysterious controlling forces over all of humanity as predicted by the calendar of an ancient civilization. When asked to explain your extraordinary claims you always fail to provide extraordinary evidence, preferring instead to trot out more language of the metaphysical huckster mumbo-jumbo to hide the ignorance.

No, sir, your particular form of hucksterism takes a more sinister form.

In the immortal children's Christmas pantomime Peter Pan, there comes a climactic moment when the little angel Tinkerbell seems to be dying. The glowing light that represents her on the stage begins to dim, and there is only one possible way to save the dire situation. An actor steps up to the front of the house and asks all the children, "Do you believe in fairies?" If they keep confidently answering "YES!" then the tiny light will start to brighten again. Who can object to this? One wants not to spoil children's belief in magic-- there will be plenty of time later for disillusionment -- and nobody is waiting at the exit asking them hoarsely to contribute their piggy banks to the Tinkerbell Salvation Church

The thirst for money and worldly comfort is only a subtext of the mind-numbing story of Marjoe Gortner, the "infant phenomenon" of American evangelical hucksterism. Renouncing his sins, Gortner once invited a film crew to follow him as he ostensibly "returned" to preach the gospel, and took the trouble to explain how all the tricks are pulled.... This is how you induce motherly women (he was a handsome lad) to part with their savings.... This is how you time the music to create an ecstatic effect.... This is when you speak of how Jesus visited you personally.... Here is how you put invisible ink on your forehead, in the shape of a cross, so that it will suddenly show up when you start perspiring.... This is when you really move in for the kill.

Marjoe keeps all his promises, telling the film's director in advance what he can and will do and then going out into the auditorium to enact it with absolute conviction. People weep and yell, and collapse in spasms and fits, shrieking their savior's name. Cynical, coarse, brutish old men and women wait for the psychological moment to demand money, and start counting it gleefully before the charade of the "service" is even over. In the film one occasionally sees the face of a small child, dragged to the tent and looking wretched and uncomfortable as its parents writhe and moan and give away their hard-won pay.

One knows, of course, that the whole racket of American evangelism was just that: a heartless con run by the second-string characters from Chaucer's "Pardoner's Tale." (You saps keep the faith. We'll just keep the money.) And this is what it must have been like when indulgences were openly sold in Rome, and when a nail or a splinter from the Crucifixion could fetch a nice price in any flea market in Christendom. But to see the crime exposed by Marjoe Gortner, someone who was both a victim and a profiteer, is nonetheless quite shocking even to a hardened unbeliever. After such knowledge, what forgiveness? The film Marjoe won an Academy Award in 1972, and has made absolutely no difference at all. The mills of the TV preachers continue to grind, the internet hucksters continue promising "emotional energy", and the poor continue to finance the rich, just as if the glittering temples and palaces of Las Vegas had been built by the money of those who won rather than those who lost.

We may laugh now at the foam-flecked hell-and-damnation preachers who loved to shrivel young souls with pornographic depictions of eternal torture, but this phenomenon has reappeared in a more troubling form with the unholy alliance between the hucksters and what they can borrow or steal from the world of science to prey upon gullible, ignorant minds.

For your transgressions against nature, Mr. Stokes, I am happy to steal your thunder.

HOPI ELDERS STATEMENT

"You have been telling people that this is the eleventh hour.
Now you must go back and tell people that this is the hour!
And there are things to be considered:
Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
Where is your garden?

Know your Garden.
It is time to speak your truth.
Create your community.
Be good to yourself.
And not look outside of yourself for a leader.
This could be a good time!
There is a river flowing very fast.
It is so great and fast that there are those who will be afraid.
They will hold on to the shore.
They will feel that they are being torn apart, and they will suffer greatly.
Know that the river has its destination.

The elders say that we must let go of the shore,
push off into the middle of the river,
keep our eyes open,
and our heads above the water.
See who is in there with you and celebrate.
At this time we are to take nothing personally,
least of all, ourselves.
For the moment that we do,
our spiritual growth comes to a halt.
The time of the lone wolf is over.
Gather yourselves!
Banish the word struggle from your attitude and your vocabulary.
All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.
We are the ones that we have been waiting for."


- The Elders, Oraibi, Arizona Hopi Nation

ALL religions and cults have end of world scenarios where the devout members are saved from their earthly deaths and rewarded by a spiritual eternity while the remainder unfaithful are doomed to an eternity of physical death and spiritual torture.

This seems to be the mantra most often repeated by Roy Stokes to lure the gullible for his ulterior motives. Latest ancient religion now joining the Stokes list of "proofs" the world will end comes ancient poetry of Hopi Indian origin joining the Mayan calendar predictions, UFO sightings, and crop circle codes deciphered by the Russians. The path to credibility chosen by Mr. Stokes appears to encompass the invocation of long dead and forgotten gods from obscure civilizations. And there are many forgotten religions to pick and choose from.

Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956) is remembered for his accounts of the famous Scopes "monkey trial" in Tennessee in 1925. Less well remembered is his memorial service asking the question, " Where is the graveyard of dead gods? Who waters the grave flowers in remembrance?"

Mencken reported there once was a day when Jupiter was the king of the gods, and any man who doubted his puissance was ipso facto a barbarian and an ignoramus. But where in the entire world is there a man who worships Jupiter today? Planets Mars, Venus, Mercury and Saturn also became gods of ancient Mediterranean societies, equally powerful, equally forgotten. Where are they now?

And what of Huitzilopochtli? In one year -- and it is no more than five hundred years ago -- fifty thousand youths and maidens were slain in sacrifice to him. Today, if Huitzilopochtli is remembered at all, it is only by some vagrant savage in the depths of the Mexican forest. Huitzilopochtli, like many other gods, had no human father; his mother was a virtuous widow; he was born of an apparently innocent flirtation that she carried on with the sun. When he frowned, his father, the sun, stood still. When he roared with rage, earthquakes engulfed whole cities. When he thirsted he was watered with ten thousand gallons of human blood. But today Huitzilopochtli is as magnificently forgotten as A. G. Thurman, once the peer of Allah, Buddha and Wotan.

Speaking of Huitzilopochtli recalls his brother, Tezcatilpoca. Tezcatilpoca was almost as powerful: he consumed twenty-five thousand virgins a year. Lead me to his tomb: I would weep, and hang a couronne des perles. But who knows where it is? Or where the grave of Quetzalcoatl is? Or Tialoc? Or Chalchihuitlicue? Or Xiehtecutli? Or Centeotl, that sweet one? Or Tlazolteotl, the goddess of love? Or Mictlan? Or Ixtlilton? Or Omacatl? Or Yacatecutli? Or Mixcoatl? Or Xipe? Or all the host of Tzitzimitles? Where are their bones? Where is the willow on which they hung their harps? In what forlorn and unheard of hell do they await the resurrection morning? Who enjoys their residuary estates?

Or that of Dis, found to be the chief god of the Celts? Or that of Tarves, the bull? Or that of Moccos, the pig? Or that of Epona, the mare? Or that of Mullo, the celestial jackass? There was a time when the Irish revered all these gods as violently as they now hate the English. But today even the drunkest Irishman laughs at them.

But they have company in oblivion: the hell of dead gods is as crowded as the Presbyterian hell for babies. Damona is there, and Esus, and Drunemeton, and Silvana, and Dervones, and Adsalluta, and Deva, and Belisama, and Axona, and Vintios, and Taranuous, and Sulis, and Cocidius, and Adsmerius, and Dumiatis, and Caletos, and Moccus, and Ollovidius, and Albiorix, and Leucitius, and Vitucadrus, and Ogmios, and Uxellimus, and Borvo, and Grannos, and Mogons.

All mighty gods in their day, worshiped by millions, full of demands and impositions, able to bind and loose -- all gods of the first class, not dilettanti. Men labored for generations to build vast temples to them -- temples with stones as large as hay-wagons. The business of interpreting their whims occupied thousands of priests, wizards, archdeacons, evangelists, haruspices, bishops, archbishops, and hucksters currying favor with today's ignorant followers. To doubt these gods was to die, usually at the stake, but always a horrific way to depart this life to meet the next one. Armies took to the field to defend them against infidels: villages were burned, women and children were butchered, cattle were driven off. Yet in the end they all withered and died, and today there is none so poor to do them reverence. Worse, the very tombs in which they lie are lost, and so even a respectful stranger is debarred from paying them the slightest and politest homage. What has become of Sutekh, once the high god of the whole Nile valley? What has become of:
Resheph, Baal, Anath, Astarte, Ashtoreth, Hadad, El, Addu, Nergal, Shalem, Nebo, Dagon, Ninib, Sharrab, Melek, Yau, Ahijah, Amon-Re, Isis, Osiris, Ptah, Sebek, Anubis, Molech?

All these were once gods of the highest eminence. Many of them are mentioned with fear and trembling in the Old Testament. They ranked, five or six thousand years ago, with Jahveh himself; the worst of them stood far higher than Thor. Yet they have all gone down the chute, and with them the following:
Bile, Ler, Arianrod, Morrigu, Govannon, Gunfled, Sokk-mimi, Memetona, Dagda, Kerridwen, Pwyll, Ogyrvan, DeaDia, Ceros, Vaticanus, Edulia, Adeona, Luno, Lucina, Saturn, Furrina, Vediovis, Consus, Cronos, Enki, Engurra, Belus, Dimmer, Mu-ul-lil, Ubargisi, Ubilulu, Gasan-lil, U-dimmer-an-kia, Enurestu, U-sab-sib, U-Mersi, Tammuz, Venus, Gwydion, Manawyddan, Nuada, Argetlam, Tagd, Goibniu, Odin, Liaw, Gyffes, Lieu, Ogma, Mider, Rigantona, Marzin, Mars, Jupiter, Cunina, Potina, Statilinus, Diana of Ephesus, Robigus, Pluto, Ops, Meditrina, Vesta, Tilmun, Zer-panitu, Merodach, U-ki, Dauke, Gasan-abzu, Elum, U-Tin-dir ki, Marduk, Nin-lil-la, Nin, Persephone, Istar, Lagas, Mulu-hursang, Bau, U-urugal, Zagaga, Ueras, Sirtumu, Anu, Ea, Beltis, Nirig, Nusku, Nebo, Ni-zu, Samas, Sahi, Ma-banba-anna, Aa, En-Mersi, Allatu, Amurru, Sin, Assur, AbilAddu, Aku, Apsu, Beltu, Dagan, Dumu-zi-abzu, Elali, Kuski-banda, Isum, Kaawanu, Mami, Nin-azu, Nin-man, Lugal-Amarada, Zaraqu, Qarradu, Suqamunu, and Ura-gala.

You may think I spoof That I invent the names. I do not. Ask the rector to lend you any good treatise on comparative religion: you will find them all listed. They were gods of the highest standing and dignity -- gods of civilized peoples worshipped and believed in by millions. All were theoretically omnipotent, omniscient, and immortal. And all are dead.

It would appear we are doomed to an endless trotting out of long lost messages from the long lost past offered as Mr. Stokes "proof" ancient gods predicted the end of the world. The fact is, ALL religions have end of the world scenarios. Even science, not a religion, predicts the end of the world when, five billion or so years from now, our sun will follow the path suns like ours follow of swelling up in size to swallow the earth as the atomic fires tamp down.

I like a five billion year future over Stokes' December 2012 future. Soon, you will know which prediction is more likely true and why religions die before the world dies.

I also predict Stokes is already working on his January 2013 apology.



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