Friday

MARK TINDALL "PERFECT TITLE" (2014)



My 2014 album "Perfect Title" is available in full for free download at http://www.soundclick.com/marktindall Follow the cover photo. I play all the instruments (lead and rhythm guitars, bass, piano, organ, synthesizers, drums) and do all the vocals on these 11 original rock songs - many of which are Soundclick Top 10 Songs.

SONG LIST

- Staring At The Wall (Parts 1, 2 & 3)
- Doubt
- The Name (Overwhelming Love)
- Goodbye, Farewell
- Dream Away
- Life Is Good (But Could Be Better)
- Open Up Your Eyes
- I Want Love To Hold Me
- I Can't Believe You're Gone (John)
- Walking Shadows And Stones
- Crazy

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Tuesday

STARING AT THE WALL (Parts 1, 2 & 3)



My latest song "Staring At The Wall (Parts 1,2 & 3)" from the 2014 album "Perfect Title". Listen or download as free mp3 at http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=12981381

Part 1 vocal motif, Part 2 instrumental, Part 3 wait and hear. Drums, 2 basses, Hammond organ, 2 guitars, synthesizer.

LYRICS


Part 1

You don’t know what I’ve been thinking
You don’t know at all
You don’t know what I’ve been thinking
Staring at the wall

You don’t know what I’ve been doing
You don’t know at all
You don’t know what I’ve been doing
Staring at the wall

You don’t know what I’ve been planning
You don’t know at all
You don’t know what I’ve been planning
Staring at the wall


Part 2


Instrumental


Part 3

You don’t know at all
You don’t know at all
You don’t know at all
You don’t know at all
You don’t know at all
You don’t know at all
You don’t know at all
You don’t know at all
You don’t know at all
You don’t know at all
You don’t know at all

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DOUBT



My latest song "Doubt" from the 2014 album "Perfect Title". Listen or download as free mp3 at http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=12960677

LYRICS

CH:

I don’t know where I can go
Doubt
I don’t know where I can go
Doubt

VS:

Rock is here, hard is there
Don’t know what to do
Version one or version three
Don’t know which is true
Stay with this or go with that
Don’t know what to do
Yes, it’s right or no it’s not
Don’t know which is true

Simple choice or maybe not
Don’t know what to do
Better this or better that
Don’t know which is true
Move to here or move to where
Don’t know what to do
Yes, it’s nice or no it’s not
Don’t know which is true

CHORDAL PROGRESSION

//: A AG://
G D

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Sunday

THE NAME (Overwhelming Love)



My latest song "The Name (Overwhelming Love)" from the 2014 album "Perfect Title". Listen or download as free mp3 at http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=12947087

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LYRICS

CH:

Overwhelming love
Like nothing that I’ve known
Overwhelming love

VS:

Speechless, tongue tied
You take my breath away
Words can only fail me
I’ve got no words to say

Words can only fail me
I’ve got no words to say
A brand new adventure
Unique in every way

A brand new adventure
Unique in every way
Speechless, tongue tied
You take my breath away

Hashem

A brand new adventure
Unique in every way
Words can only fail me
I’ve got no words to say

Words can only fail me
I’ve got no words to say
Speechless, tongue tied
You take my breath away

Speechless, tongue tied
You take my breath away
A brand new adventure
Unique in every way

Hashem

CHORDAL SEQUENCE

Chorus //: D9 / Em / G6 / A ://
Verse //: D9 / Em7 ://
Middle Em7

Monday

GOODBYE, FAREWELL



My latest song "Goodbye, Farewell" from the 2014 album "Perfect Title". Listen or download as free mp3 at http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=12909295

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LYRICS

VS:

I think I ought to let off steam
Help to save my self-esteem
Your cruel abuse is way too much
You use it like a cripple’s crutch

CH:

Goodbye
Farewell
Goodbye
Farewell

You think you’re smart, it’s understood
But you’re a thug within the hood
You’re obnoxious, you’re a pain
You spew your bile and swear again

You spread your muck without a thought
That’s the way your logic’s taught
You insult, barf and laugh away
Empty can, no thought to say

You’re a bully and a liar
Liar, liar, pants on fire
You push and shove and hurt the weak
Rancid slime in all you speak

You’re not worth a second glance
You have used your final chance
Hope your hatred rots away
There’s no worth in what you say

CHORDAL SEQUENCE: //: Am / D / G / D ://

Wednesday

Answering atheist NonStampCollector

Everything stated in the video could also be stated about atheism and atheists themselves.

The video argument summarised in reverse:

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"In a serious mood because it's time to knock something on the head. When atheists run out of comebacks in these debates, rather than coming up with verifiable evidence to support their claims they tend to try other tactics to stay in the game for reasons that are, ironically, self evident. It's nothing new but I've been seeing a lot of this lately. The old unverified idea that we believers are all delusional and that all religion is a virus that should be destroyed. Seeing as it is going to fall on deaf ears I really don't know why I'm bothering because even when their ideas are held up to them and they see for themselves the transparent rubbish that these arguments are, they tend to hold onto them and keep repeating them anyway. So not knowing why I am bothering, here I go.

Atheists do things that believers usually don't bother emulating:
- Some actively campaign daily against something they don't believe exists
- Some seem to think that insult is a form of valid argument (It isn't)
- Some seem to think that they are more intelligent because they are atheist (They aren't)
- Some want the laws of the land they live in changed to discriminate against believers
- Some have a blind acceptance of scientism with knowledge of the flaws as demonstrated by the philosophy of science (The problems of induction and verification)
- Some have a blind acceptance of empiricism without understanding it's problems as demonstrated in philosophy
- Some want all religious knowledge banned in schools and universities
- Some discriminate against all religions and want all religion destroyed
- Some want to describe themselves as persecuted minority and state that this is why they should be so aggressive, insulting and abusive (Compare to the pacifist tactics of the minority group led by Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr)
- Some want to imitate the religion that they hate and form atheist churches and atheist TV programs and channels
- Some openly state that they are reactionary protest group against believers and without a God / gods or believers there would be absolutely no need for atheism.
- Some taunt believers with straw man fallacies such as "You believe in a sky daddy". (It would really help if atheists knew about that which they are against.)
-Some believe that belief in a God has a detrimental affect on society and believers themselves (Atheists really should study more history and read outside their quaint little books written by people with no qualifications in the subject area)
- Some pontificate about matters outside their area of expertise (A biologist ranting about religion is an example.)
- Some want to force all people to become atheists with no freewill choice of belief in a God / gods.
- Some believe they are entitled to wave their lack of belief around and demand special respect for it
- Some wish to deny believers the same equal rights as atheists
- Some think that they do not have to provide any verification or positive logical rational argument for their lack of belief. (Atheism has no positive argument for its existence - it proceeds from a negative argument against theism.)
- Some repeatedly shift the burden of proof for atheist claims away from atheists even when confronted with verifiable atheist claims that "God probably doesn't exist" in the atheist British bus campaign.
- Some repeatedly lie that "atheists never make any claims about God" (despite a verifiable plethora of atheist books and websites that do make claims about God)
- Some think they have rational justification to destroy another's belief. (They don't.)
- Some hold on to cruelty, prejudice, bigotry, hate, terrorism and war.
- Some are guilty of the very same hypocrisy that they claim to see in others

A-theism is as irrelevant to daily life as a-invisiblepinkunicornism or a-fairyism or a-flyingspaghettimonsterism or a-santaclausism or a-toothfairyism or a-leprechaunism.

The new atheists have adopted empiricism, verificationism, scientism and humanism on top of their lack of belief in a God. Empiricism, scientism and humanism do not directly and logically flow from a lack of belief in a God.

Atheists, do you see how pathetic these arguments and tactics are? These arguments that you use against us believers are irrational and illogical and sometimes plain spiteful. We believers will stand up against your atheism when you want to militantly attempt to destroy our religion and God / gods. If you want atheism then keep it to yourself. If you choose to take it into the public arena, which is your right also, then expect that believers will demand that you provide a verifiable positive rational logical argument for your lack of belief in a God / gods. You have not yet done so as a negative argument against theism is not a positive argument for atheism. Both could be wrong. Also expect that your hypocrisy and lack of knowledge about religion, theology and philosophy of religion and philosophy of science will be exposed. Just don't make ridiculous unverified claims and straw man fallacies about believers and their God / gods.

Sunday

DREAM AWAY

My latest song "Dream Away" from the 2014 album "Perfect Title". Listen or download as free mp3 at http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=12875005

LYRICS

CH:

Dream away
Dream, dream, dream away
Dream away
Dream away the pain

VS

Now you’re gone I said goodbye
Final farewell, tear in eye
No regrets or forget in the flow
I thought I’d let you know

I walk away from your wake
Feeling sad without mistake
All the things we shared and won
Precious gifts now life is done

One day here and next you’re gone
Far too short to sing your song
You flew away, God knows where
I’m left here to stare

I miss you much. It’s my loss
Grief is strange, mysterious
I saw your smile, it’s in my brain
I take it out and play again

Seconds, minutes, hours and days
One by one they slip away
I saw your face in the night
I think you’ll be alright

CHORDAL PROGRESSION

CH: //: Am / G / Am / C ://

VS: //: D / Am / D / Am ;//

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Wednesday

Dusty Smith & The Cult Of Dusty


I find it interesting that an atheist requires a cult. Dusty Smith's "Cult Of Dusty" also has many features of a cult such as:
- cult leader speaking outside his area of expertise
- asking for money
- brainwashing
- calling for the destruction of those he disagrees with
- cult leader advocating practices that he doesn't himself use. Example his catchphrase "Logic!"

Is this the pinnacle of atheism? Is this how atheists want everyone to be?

Capitals for emphasis.

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FROM http://www.cultofdusty.com/about-dusty/

Dusty Smith is an American comedian, author, actor, Internet entrepreneur, and musician. ...

At 20, Dusty discovered a loophole in popular search engines that allowed him to dominate the search results for many of the most searched keywords and by 24 had MADE HIS FIRST MILLION IN ONLINE REVENUE. ...

At 30, Dusty began to research heavily into Christianity in order to prove to an atheist friend that it was true. However, this research led him to become one of the world’s most outspoken atheists. ...

The Cult of Dusty is currently one of the most popular Atheist channels on Youtube with tens of thousands of subscribers and millions of video views worldwide.

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Where did the million dollars go? Dusty Smith asking for money after his wife's car accident and his failure to buy insurance. (His wife has recently left him and he moved house.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHxbEGk25QA

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A sample of Dusty Smith's "logic". (NSFW)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DZd91j3R9g

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Dusty Smith's recent posts on Facebook.

Dusty Smith
18 hours ago · Edited

So people ask me all the time, "How can we destroy Christianity?" Well its actually pretty simple. Christianity is one large Meme made up of many smaller memes. To destroy Christianity you simply have to learn the counter-memes. It's like a video game. When a Christian tries to infect you with a Christian meme, you simply turn the tables and infect them instead with the "counter-meme". Memes are just mental viruses and once you infect a Christian's mind with enough counter-memes, eventually Christianity dies the death of a hundred viruses. I have deprogrammed thousands of cult members and its always the same.

Dusty Smith
17 hours ago · Edited

Just got a good question. "Why bother to try to change a 40 year old's mind about God?" Because it actually benefits you to destroy religion as soon as possible. They are holding back the evolution of our society. An evolution that could help you live much longer with a much higher quality of life. The sooner it's destroyed, the more benefit you get out of it. You'd really have to be an idiot not to get involved and try to make our society evolve as quickly as it can. If for nothing more than selfish reasons alone.

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FROM https://www.facebook.com/cultofdusty

ABOUT

Cult Leader at Cult of Dusty

Studied at Google
2005 to present
...
Followed by 11,601 people

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It appears that Dusty Smith is the "William Lane Craig of atheism."

Friday

Direct Benefits For Society Of Atheism



What are the direct benefits for society of atheism? I am not speaking of the adopted scientism of the new atheists or adopted humanism or adopted non-theist religion or adopted whatever but what is directly caused by a lack of belief in God. Science is not atheism - atheism is not science.
The direct benefits of religion ( i.e. directly caused by a belief in a God and the religious doctrine of the Golden Rule) include:
- schools
- universities
- orphanages
- hospitals
- homeless shelters
- charities
- marriages
- funerals
- help senior citizens with housing
- help with leper colonies
- pay utility bills for the poor
- feeding and sheltering people in times of natural disasters (eg Salvation Army)
- civil rights (eg Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jnr)
- abolishing slavery (eg William Wilberforce)
- prison reform
- works of art ( books, paintings, music, film, etc)
- visiting and helping the sick
- visiting and helping those in prisons
- visiting and comforting those in grief

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FROM http://www.onenessonline.com/

Quoting directly from the scriptures of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Bahá'í, Buddhism, and others, Oneness: Great Principles Shared by all Religions strips away the superficial differences between faiths by showing that the great religious principles are expressed almost word for word in every religion.

The Golden Rule, Love Thy Neighbor, Speak Truth, It is More Blessed to Give than to Receive—these principles and more than sixty others are shown to be common to all religions. ...

"As this book shows … every major religion of the world has similar ideals of love, the same goal of benefiting humanity through spiritual practice, and the same effect of making their followers into better human beings." - The Dalai Lama

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FROM http://uhj.net/the-golden-rule.html

THE GOLDEN RULE ...

BUDDHISM:

"Hurt not others with that which pains yourself or in ways that you yourself would find hurtful. One should seek for others the happiness one desires for one's self"
(Udana-Varqa, 5:18)

HINDUISM:

"This is the sum of duty: do naught unto others that which would cause pain if done unto you."
(Mahabharata 5:1517)

"Do not to others what ye do not wish done to yourself; and wish for others too, what ye desire and long for, for yourself. This is the whole of Dharma, heed it well."
(The Celestial Song, 2:65)

ZOROASTRIANISM:

"That nature ONLY is good when it shall NOT DO unto another whatever is not good for its own self."
(Dadistan-i-Dinik, 94:5)

"Whatsoever is disagreeable to yourself do not do unto others."
(Shayast-na-Shayast 13:29)

That which is good for all and any one, for whomsoever - that is good for me. What I hold good for self, I should for all. Only Law Universal, is true Law."
(Zoroaster, Yasana-Gathas)

JAINIST:

"A man should wander about treating all creatures as he himself would be treated."
(Sutrakritanga 1.11.33)

SIKH:

"Precious like jewels are the minds of all. To hurt them is not at all good. If thou desirest thy Beloved, then hurt thou not anyone's heart."
(Guru Aranj Devji 259, Guru Granth Sahib)

CONFUCIANISM:

"Do not unto others what you would not have them do unto you."
(Analects, 15:23)

"If one strives to treat others as he would be treated by them, he will come near the perfect life."
(Book of Meng Tzu) ...

TAO:

"Pity the misfortunes of others; rejoice in the well-being of others; help those who are in want; save men in danger; rejoice at the success of others; and sympathise with their reverses, even as though YOU WERE in their place."

"The sage has no interests of his own, but regards the interests of the people as his own. He is kind to the kind, he is also kind to the unkind: for virtue is kind."
(T'ai Shang Kan Ying P'ien)

NATIVE AMERICAN:

"Love your friend and never desert him. If you see him surrounded by the enemy do not run away; go to him, and if you cannot save him, be killed together and let your bones lie side by side."
(Sur-AR-Ale-Shar, The Lessons of the Lone Chief)

"Do not kill or injure your neighbor, for it is not him that you injure, you injure yourself. But do good to him, therefore add to his days of happiness as you add to your own. Do not wrong or hate your neighbor, for it is not him that you wrong, you wrong yourself. But love him, for The Great Spirit (Moneto) loves him also as he loves you."
(Shawnee)

"Respect for all life is the foundation."
(The Great Law of Peace)

AFRICAN TRADITIONAL RELIGION:

"A SAGE is ingenuous and leads his life after comprehending the parity of the killed and the killer. THEREFORE, neither does he cause violence to others nor does he make others do so."
(Yoruba Proverb, Nigeria)

"One going to take a pointed stick to pinch a baby bird should first try it on himself to feel how it hurts."
(Yoruba Proverb, Nigeria)

ISLAM:

"Not one of you is a believer until he desires for another that which he desires for himself."
(Muhammad, 40 Hadith of an-Nawawi 13)

"Do unto all men as you would they should do unto you, and reject for them that which you would reject for yourself."
(Mishkat-el-Masabih)

JUDAISM:

"What is hateful to you, DO NOT to your fellow man. That is the law: all the rest is commentary."
(Talmud, Shabbat 31a)

"Thou shalt LOVE thy neighbor as thyself: I am the LORD."
(Moses, Leviticus 19:18)

CHRISTIANITY:

"All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them."
(Matthew 7:12)

"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
(Luke 6:31) ...

Wednesday

RESPECTFUL DIALOGUE - Facebook Group


Join the discussion at https://www.facebook.com/groups/respectful.dialogue/

WHY DID I START THIS GROUP?

This group was started because of my experience with atheists.

The vast majority of atheists that I encountered in atheist forums eventually resorted to insult and / or ad hominem fallacy when I did not agree with them 100%. ( There were also many polite, educated atheists with whom it was a joy to discuss.) The Moderators approved of atheists insulting non-atheists but those who insulted atheists were warned or banned. This type of hypocrisy was rampant in the vast majority of atheist forums I was a member of or visited.

The obnoxious type of atheists were as “angry [mean], argumentative, dogmatic [closeminded]" as any fundamentalist creationist Christian I had ever met. (See http://shadowtolight.wordpress.com/2013/07/18/science-shows-new-atheists-to-be-mean-and-closed-minded/ & http://www.atheismresearch.com/ ) Many philosophers and theologians indeed call them "fundamentalist atheists". The only difference was that fundamentalist creationist Christians were not as insulting as the atheists.

Along with being “angry [mean], argumentative, dogmatic [closeminded]" the obnoxious type of atheists wrongly assumed that they had a higher IQ and were more logical and rational than any non- atheist though the vast majority had never studied the domain of logic and rationality - philosophy. Many atheists had never read the religious texts that they criticised or, if they did, could only read them in a naive amateur literalist manner. They knew very little about the nuances of hermeneutics. They regularly criticised religions though they had never met in person anyone from the religion they were criticising. They, again, knew very little about the religion's various dogmas and the different denominations within the religion.

One quite famous atheist who has a "cult" regularly uses his catch phrase of "Logic!" while at the same time sprouting some of the most illogical and irrational nonsense in an “angry [mean], argumentative, dogmatic [closeminded]" manner peppered with as many swear words that he can think of. “angry [mean], argumentative, dogmatic [closeminded]" isn't any way to persuade people to adopt your worldview.

Each month new atheists are added to this group. I have blocked more atheists for not following the group rules than any other group of people.

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1. No personal insult of members or individuals.
2. No insult of deities / prophets / spokespeople
3. No posting threads irrelevant to the aim of the group.
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One would think that these minimal rules would be easy to follow but apparently they are quite difficult for some atheists who are regularly encouraged to to do the exact opposite on many forums.

Learn how to dialogue.

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FROM http://www.emotionalcompetency.com/dialogue.htm

Dialogue is the creative thinking together that can emerge when genuine empathetic listening, respect for all participants, safety, peer relationships, suspending judgment, sincere inquiry, courageous speech, and discovering and disclosing assumptions work together to guide our conversations. It is an activity of curiosity, cooperation, creativity, discovery, and learning rather than persuasion, competition, fear, and conflict. Dialogue is the only symmetrical form of communication. Dialogue emerges from trusting relationships. ...

- Balance Inquiry and Advocacy ...

- Listening to understand ...

- Suspending judgment ...

- Respecting all: Attribute positive motives and constructive intent to each participant. Appreciate all that is good about them, all that you share in common with them, and all they can contribute. Acknowledge the dignity, legitimacy, worth, and humanity of the person speaking. Allow for differing viewpoints and learn all you can from them. Examine the origins within your self of any tendency you have to disrespect participants. Resist your temptation to blame. Remain humble and accept that they can teach us and we can learn from them. Attain and appreciate their viewpoint; do not attack, intrude, deny, dismiss, dispute, or discount their comments. Banish violence.

- Speaking your voice ...

Quotations:

“People don't listen, they reload.” ...

“The unity of contraries is the mystery at the innermost core of dialogue.” ~ Martin Buber ...

“Inquiry and violence cannot coexist.” ~ Peter Garrett

“The magic of dialogue is that it really does enhance respect and acceptance of others.” ~ Daniel Yankelovich ...

“There is something valid in every position.” ~ Johan Galtung ...

Monday

LIFE IS GOOD (BUT COULD BE BETTER)


My newest song "Life Is Good (But Could Be Better)" from the 2014 album "Perfect Title". Listen or download as free mp3 at http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=12826020

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A reminder that I have composed, played, engineered and produced everything that you hear. On this particular song:
- 17 drum tracks including overhead and room mikes
- 1 tambourine track
- 1 bass track
- 2 rhythm guitar tracks
- 2 lead guitar tracks
- 1 organ track
- 1 piano track
- 1 vocal track

It took about a month from conception to finished product. Lots of studio trickery added.

LYRICS

VS:

The age of entitlement’s gone it seems
Got to redream all my dreams
I’m okay, alive I’ll stay
Though I’d like a bit less pain

CH:

Life is good but could be better
Life is good but could be better
Now

I work and study all the time
Strive for clean but live in grime
I do my best, it’s what I teach
But things I’d like are out of reach

Middle class and dying fast
Hoping that my savings last
Pinching pennies for the Doc
House and car are into hock

Drink in life and sip a wine
I’d like more cash to own as mine
Chill with friends and warm in sun
Catch my breath while on the run

CHORDAL SEQUENCE

G riff
C / D / G

Tuesday

STALKING TROLL "DARREN B"

I have recently been stalked and trolled by a student from around 1980 who erroneously thinks he knows all about me from his limited search on the net. He claims to have been bullied in the classroom and has kept this grudge for 35 years. As he has searched and read this blog I give far warning that all his messages to me have now been sent to my solicitor and legal action is pending.  It isn't rocket science.

** M********* Cl, K*** ***** *** ****
(0*) **** ****
email: b****@s********r********.com
website: www.s********r********.com

Thursday

TONY ABBOTT'S LIES (DUMP THE CHUMP)



My latest song "Tony Abbott's Lies (Dump The Chump)" from the 2014 album "Perfect Title". Listen or download as free mp3 at http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=12797907

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You Tube clip at http://youtu.be/3dS2j4t3QIU

LYRICS

CH:

We’re suffering from the lies of the Right
No compassion in the dark of the night
Hear the Mad Monk’s multiple lies
Lie upon lie upon lie (lie upon lie upon lie upon lie)

VS:

This is the pain of the sick and tired
Whose dreams are shattered and arses fired
This is the pain of the down and out
Whose tight gagged mouths cannot shout

This is the pain of the old and grey
Whose cash is gone at the end of the day
This is the pain of the young and poor
Who try to keep wolf from the door

We’re in need so cut the lies
You're a liar, no surprise
Enough’s enough, Enough’s enough
Enough’s enough, Enough’s enough

Middle

Bye bye Phony Tony
Dump the Chump

CHORDAL PROGRESSION

CH
//: G (D) / D / C / D /
G (D) / D / C / Em//

VS
//: Am C6 / Am C6 / Em Em(G) / Em Em(G) ://

Middle

//Em / Em7sus4 / Em / Em7sus4 //

Monday

OPEN UP YOUR EYES


My latest song "Open Up Your Eyes" from the 2014 album "Perfect Title". Listen or download as free mp3 at http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=12780355

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LYRICS

CH:

Open up your eyes
Open up your eyes

VS:

You can’t see the forest for the trees
You can’t see the ocean for the seas
You can’t see the Ground beneath your feet
There’s none so blind who will not see

Wrestle with the angel
Wrestle with your demons
Wrestle with the angel
Wrestle with your demons

CHORDAL PROGRESSION

CH
Em7 A7 G F#m Em

VS
Em7 A7 D9 Em
Em7 A7 D9 Em

MIDDLE
Em7

Friday

THE PREMISES OF ATHEISM


Atheism is defined as a " disbelief or lack of belief" in God. ( See http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/atheism - Origin late 16th century: from French athéisme, from Greek atheos, from a- 'without' + theos 'god'.)

The problem is that most contemporary atheists add on a number of other items. They assume scientism, empricism, evidentialism and a host of other philosophies which muddies the waters.

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FROM http://www.iep.utm.edu/n-atheis/#H8

... A standard observation is that New Atheist authors exhibit an unusually high level of confidence in their views. Reviewers have noted that these authors tend to be motivated by a sense of moral concern and even outrage about the effects of religious beliefs on the global scene. It is difficult to identify anything philosophically unprecedented in their positions and arguments, but the New Atheists have provoked considerable controversy with their body of work.

In spite of their different approaches and occupations (only Dennett is a professional philosopher), the New Atheists tend to share a general set of assumptions and viewpoints. These positions constitute the background theoretical framework that is known as the New Atheism. The framework has a metaphysical component, an epistemological component, and an ethical component. Regarding the metaphysical component, the New Atheist authors share the central belief that there is no supernatural or divine reality of any kind. The epistemological component is their common claim that religious belief is irrational. The moral component is the assumption that there is a universal and objective secular moral standard. This moral component sets them apart from other prominent historical atheists such as Nietzsche and Sartre, and it plays a pivotal role in their arguments because it is used to conclude that religion is bad in various ways, although Dennett is more reserved than the other three.

The New Atheists make substantial use of the natural sciences in both their criticisms of theistic belief and in their proposed explanations of its origin and evolution. They draw on science for recommended alternatives to religion. They believe empirical science is the only (or at least the best) basis for genuine knowledge of the world, and they insist that a belief can be epistemically justified only if it is based on adequate evidence. Their conclusion is that science fails to show that there is a God and even supports the claim that such a being probably does not exist. What science will show about religious belief, they claim, is that this belief can be explained as a product of biological evolution. Moreover, they think that it is possible to live a satisfying non-religious life on the basis of secular morals and scientific discoveries. ...

The New Atheists subscribe to some version or other of scientism as their criterion for rational belief. According to scientism, empirical science is the only source of our knowledge of the world (strong scientism) or, more moderately, the best source of rational belief about the way things are (weak scientism). ... The New Atheists’ conclusion that belief in God is unjustified follows, then, from their addition of the claim that there is inadequate scientific evidence for God’s existence (and even adequate scientific evidence for God’s non-existence). ... Given these New Atheist epistemological assumptions (and their consequences for religious epistemology), it is not surprising that some criticism of their views has included questions about whether there is adequate scientific support for scientism and whether there is adequate evidence for evidentialism. ...

Since atheism continues to be a highly controversial philosophical position, one would expect that the New Atheists would devote a fair amount of space to a careful (and, of course, critical) consideration of arguments for God’s existence and that they would also spend a corresponding amount of time formulating a case for the non-existence of God. However, none of them addresses either theistic or atheistic arguments to any great extent. ...

Clearly, the range of philosophical issues raised by the New Atheists’ claims and arguments is broad. As might be expected, attention has been focused on their epistemological views, their metaphysical assumptions, and their axiological positions. Their presuppositions should prompt more discussion in the fields of philosophical theology, philosophy of science, philosophical hermeneutics, the relation between science and religion, and historiography. ...

Monday

I WANT LOVE TO HOLD ME


My latest song "I Want Love To Hold Me" from the 2014 album "Perfect Title". Listen or download as free mp3 at http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=12756137

LYRICS

CH:

I want love to hold me
Keep me warm
In the night
I want love to hold me
Keep me warm
I want love

VS:

The wind creeps and chills me
Leaves me standing stone
Frozen in the darkness
Blinds me all alone

The heart has many reasons
Sometimes never said
Say it now with meaning
Before the time is dead

Descending fear upon me
Coldness all around
All the values cherished
Twisted upside down

CHORDAL SEQUENCE

CH: //: G Em C D7 :// G

VS: C G Am G C G Em D7

MIDDLE:

C Csus4 D Dsus4 G Gsus4 G
Gsus4 G Dsus4 D Csus4 C G

OUTRO:
C Csus4 D Dsus4 G Gsus4 G

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I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU'RE GONE (JOHN)


My latest song "I Can't Believe You're Gone (John)" from the 2013 album "Perfect Title". For my friend Lindsay John Allen. Time marching on in an incessant kick drum and bass riff. Reverb drenched vocals. Listen or download as free mp3 at http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=12739170

LYRICS

CH:

I can’t believe you’re gone
I can’t believe you’re gone
Gone

VS:

So many memories
A lifetime of dreams

Friends until the end
Best friends until the end

CHORDAL PROGRESSION

//: Am / D :// G

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Friday

IQ TESTS FOR POLITICIANS

The time has come for IQ tests in order to be a politician. Those with less than 120 should be instantly dismissed. One should also have academic qualifications that address agreed standards in areas such as politics, philosophy and the arts or sciences as well as a well rounded tertiary education. Bean counters need not apply. All jobs, except those for politicians, have skill and knowledge requirements and levels for employment. The only current qualifications to be a politician in Australia are:
- be over 18 years old
- not be a criminal
- have money for associated fees
- fool enough sheeple so that they will vote for you (Of course, 50% of the voters have a less than average IQ which explains a lot. The regulations also mean that 50% of politicians have a less than average IQ which also explains a lot. )

Thus any idiot can become a politician in Australia ... and usually does. I could point to some ignorant members of Federal, State and Local government.

The following article also works for all levels of Australian politics.

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From http://nypost.com/2013/04/08/we-need-an-iq-test-for-politicians/

... I’m starting to think that what we really need are IQ tests for political officeholders. The only problem is, that might leave us with a lot of vacancies in Congress and America’s statehouses.

... ignorance and incompetence are on regular display among our political class. Its members are good at what they do — but what they do, really, is raise money and win elections. There’s no particular correlation between those skills and any other kind of competence. In fact, given their record of passing increasingly dumb laws, if there’s any correlation at all, it’s a negative one. ...

Politicians getting smarter on their own is probably too much to hope for. But maybe if voters wise up, a smarter crop of politicians will follow.

Sunday

WALKING SHADOWS AND STONES



My latest song "Walking Shadows And Stones" from the 2013 album "Perfect Title". Listen or download as free mp3 at http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=12697040

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Features a riff and a guitar duel in the outro.

LYRICS

Darkness turns into dawn
Creatures creep on the lawn

VS: Walking shadows and stones

Callous heart in this place
Empty shells in your face

Mindless dead in the street
Turning heads into meat

Stagnant pools in their eyes
Drowning buckets of flies

Daily strangle of thought
Inane following taught

Vacant stare from the brain
Colour all with a stain

Pointless words from the tongue
Turning gold into dung

Hollow meaning of life
Senseless start of the strife

Chordal sequence

//: Am riff / F / G / Am / F / G / Am ://

Middle
1. Am Aaug Bdim7 Am
2. Am Aaug Bdim7 Am Bdim7 Am7

ATHEIST LOGIC - Dusty Smith ( Cult leader of The Cult Of Dusty)


"The bible is nothing more than an ancient monkey text written by primitive screwheads who didn't know hat the fuck the were talking about." - Dusty Smith, Facebook 27/01/2014

A very logical comment by Dusty that is empirically verified ... or maybe not.

What academic qualification does Dusty have in logic or biblical scholarship? Oh, that's right - none. Dusty boasts that his logic and knowledge all comes from Google and YouTube which are hardly definitively true. As a philosopher trained in logic at a university I could tell Dusty about the logical fallacies that atheism is built upon.

First, the rationale for non-belief is that there this is no empirical evidence for God therefore God does not exist. Therefore atheists demand empirical evidence from all believers in God for the existence of a non-empirical God. That is a category mistake. One can never provide empirical evidence for a non-empirical God. The non-empirical is not empirical.

Secondly, it is also a Straw Man fallacy as no contemporary theologian posits an empirical God yet atheists wrongly assume that all theists somehow believe in an empirical God. It is a really good idea to understand the type of God that you are arguing against and not to misrepresent it.

Science cannot measure non-empirical items such as consciousness or beauty or God. There are no empirical units of measurement that one can use on the non-empirical.

Dusty Smith's catch phrase is "Logic."

I have presented logic above by one who has studied at a university and knows logic.

Logic is part of the domain of philosophy. It should be noted that logic does not automatically lead to atheism.

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phi·los·o·phy (fĭ-lŏs′ə-fē)
n. pl. phi·los·o·phies
...
2. Investigation of the nature, causes, or principles of reality, knowledge, or values, based on logical reasoning rather than empirical methods.
...
6. The discipline comprising logic, ethics, aesthetics, metaphysics, and epistemology.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

Saturday

ATHEIST LOGIC - Marcus Mergett case study


It is utterly amazing how many atheists boast of using logic yet have no formal training in logic and have arguments that are quite illogical.

Marcus Mergett (using a clown face for his Facebook profile) is a case in point. Quoting his own words from Facebook on 24/1/2014:

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Anyone who claims to be a scholar of the bible is the scholar of a fictional fairy tale book full of murder, rape, genocide, misogyny etc.... no history classes use it as material..... atheism is the ability to think logically and look at evidence with a skeptical eye.   

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He then posted the first paragraphs of an article by Dr Joel Hoffman in the Huffington Post without attribution thus leaving readers to think that he had written the text himself. Marcus Mergett stated that no church ever mentioned such things. He is absolutely incorrect. Many liberal churches do say exactly the same as Joel Hoffman. See http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-joel-hoffman/the-bible-isnt-history_b_2803409.html This is worth quoting at length ....

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One way to understand the difference between history and fiction in the Bible is through the Old Testament's natural division into three parts:

Sometimes 'believing the Bible' means believing that a story in it didn't happen.

The world and its nature (Adam to Terah).

The Israelites and their purpose (Abraham to Moses).

The Kingdom of Israel and life in Jerusalem (roughly from King David onward).

Even a cursory look reveals a clear and significant pattern. In the first section, characters live many hundreds of years, and in the second, well into their second century. Only in the third section do biblical figures tend to live biologically reasonable lives.

For example, Adam, in the first section, lives to the symbolic age of 930, and Noah lives even twenty years longer than that. Abraham, from the second section, lives to be 175, his son Issac to 180, and Jacob "dies young" at the age of 147. But the lifespans from King David onward, in the third section, are in line with generally accepted human biology. ...

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Marcus Mergett quoted the above paragraphs to prove that the bible was a complete work of fiction and unrelated to history. Marcus failed to either read or comprehend the next part of the article which contradicts everything that Marcus previously stated. I quote again (captials for emphasis):

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... Furthermore, HISTORIANS mostly agree that only the third section represents actual HISTORY. ... HISTORY and fiction mingle throughout the Old Testament ... Jeremiah's HISTORICAL description of the siege on Jerusalem is not the same as Ezekiel's non-historical vision of the dry bones, just as there are HISTORICAL elements (like the invention of fire-hardened bricks) even in the non-historical account of the Tower of Babel. ... The New Testament similarly offers more than just stories, and, as with the Old Testament, only some of the stories in the New Testament were meant as HISTORY. Others were intended to convey things like theology and morality. ...

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Marcus Mergett fails in logic on all the points he mentioned:

1. "The bible is a fictional fairy tale."

Incorrect. The bible is a collection of books by different authors and at different times that has been edited. It contains some history.

2. "No history classes use the bible as material."

Incorrect. Many universities use the bible as source material for the history of ancient Israel.

3. "Atheism is the ability to think logically and look at evidence with a skeptical eye."

Incorrect.  One does not automatically become logical by being an atheist. Nor does logic automatically lead to atheism. "The ability to think logically and look at evidence with a skeptical eye" is the domain of philosophy and not atheism.

Monday

CRAZY


My latest song "Crazy" from the 2013 album "Perfect Title". Listen or download as free mp3 at http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=12644125

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Chordal Sequence:

vs

//: D D sus4://
//:A Asus 4://
//:D Dsus 4://

ch

C / G / D
C / G / D
C /D / G
C / D

middle

D9 / D / D sus 4 / D

VS:

Crazy people, crazy times
Crazy world, crazy crimes
Crazy me, crazy you
Crazy living, crazy fools

CH

Mummy, I’m losing my mind
Daddy ain’t got enough time
He’s going crazy in this crazy world
He’s going crazy, crazy

Crazy school, crazy taught
Crazy scene, crazy thought
Crazy plot, crazy game
Crazy stars, crazy fame

Crazy acts, crazy talk
Crazy running, crazy walk
Crazy living, crazy dying
Crazy laughter, crazy crying

Crazy work, crazy fun
Crazy living, crazy money
Money, money money, money
Money, money, money

A female Christ?

Think about the possibility of Christianity with a Christ named Jessica, the Daughter of God. What would Jessica Christ say about the male dominance in Christianity? Would you want to wear a crucifix featuring a crucified Jessica around your neck? Would a Jessica Christ be beautiful and sexy? Or would she be ugly? ( See Isaiah 53:2 adapted "when we shall see HER, there is no beauty that we should desire HER.") Would a resurrected Jessica come back to vanquish all Christian foes in a huge bloody battle of Armageddon? Is Jessica Christ a type of female Amazon warrior? Would males want to follow a female Lord Jessica? Would you want to eat Christ Jessica's body and drink her blood in remembrance of her? Would Christian males want a women to rule them considering Colossians 3:18, Ephesians 5:22-24 & 1 Peter 3:1? Would the Catholic church then decree that only women could become priestesses? How would males feel about that?

Jessica Christ would change everything.