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once in the ball park we might refine definitions to be more precise. In this Christian region then, let’s do just that—




“Seventh Day Adventist!”


Bugger it … I could be here for the rest of the week, I’ll do a double-cheat now and ask good ol’ Wiki 🙂

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Historical Protestantism – 300–400 million[17]
Modern Protestantism – 400–500 million

Eastern Orthodox Church – 270 million

A map of Eastern Orthodoxy by population percentage.

The most common estimate of the number of Eastern Orthodox Christians worldwide is 225–300 million, forming a single communion, making it the second largest, single Christian denomination behind the Catholic Church.[177] These are the adherents of the recognized Orthodox jurisdictions (autocephalous and autonomous churches) that are in full communion with each other. In addition, there are some Orthodox splinter groups and non-universally recognized churches.

Autocephalous churches – 230 million
Autonomous churches – 13 million
Non-universally recognized churches – 24 million
Other separated Orthodox groups – 6 million


Anglicanism – 85 million[edit]

A map of the Anglican Communion (blue), the Porvoo Communion (green), comprising European Anglican and Lutheran churches, and the Union of Utrecht (Old Catholic) (red), a federation of Old Catholic Churches.

Anglican Communion – 80 million[185][disputed ]
Continuing Anglican movement and independent churches – 0.4 million

Oriental Orthodoxy – 80 million[edit]

A map of Oriental Orthodoxy by population percentage.

Oriental Orthodox churches are the churches descended from those that rejected the Council of Chalcedon in 451. Despite the similar name, they are therefore a different branch of Christianity from the Eastern Orthodox (see above).

Autocephalous churches – 78.7 million
Autonomous churches – 0.01 million
Churches not in communion – 0.07 million

Non-trinitarian Restorationism – 35 million[edit]

Note that these groups are quite distinct from orthodox Trinitarian restorationist groups such as the Disciples of Christ, despite some shared history.

Latter Day Saint movement (Mormonism) – 16.4 million
Jehovah’s Witnesses – 8.5 million [222]
Oneness Pentecostalism – 6 million
Minor denominations – 4.4 million

Miscellaneous branches – 2 million[edit]

Reformed Eastern Christianity – 1.1 million
Former Church of the East (Nestorianism) – 0.6 million
Messianic Judaism – 0.3 million[228]

See also[edit]


(Bloody hell~! A joke’s a joke but mine coffee has gotten colden — if you knew me at all, you’d know that is something SERIOUS!)





Screen Shot 2019-12-04 at 20.31.14.png(it’s inefficient, I know … but I blitz a book first to see if it’s worth reading; and what bits will be worth dwelling on when I get there) (then I read it “For effect”.)

So—the blitzer is from the library in town, and thus far it looks as if the keeper will eventually be from Amazon.

Anyway, this—

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—is the beast in question. Pretty well unquestionable, which is a pity ‘cos I’d like to see some discussion. So far as I’ve got already Mr Dawkins (ever the gentleman) has been kind where I’d be outright sarcastic evil. To each his own, he’s nice and I’m a fleabag but at least we’re philosophically in the same kennel (so to speak).

Strangely enough I was under the impression that Mr Dawkins had ‘popped his clogs’ and now knows the answers to all questions—but Wikipedia has set my mind at rest there; and we can look forward to more of his gentle but unarguable gems. (If it were me with his talents I’d go for the jugular …)




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—which may (or not) be of interest to anyone with a few hours to spare. I have no idea how true it is or even if the writer is just a wee bit paranoid. (For all I know it could be American counter-counter-propaganda~?)*


A Chinese battlejunk—

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And totally unrelated, a wee while ago I came across this sample pic of the latest Chinese battlejunk—

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—nearing completion. But do not fret … they will only ever use it in home waters, where it can be of no threat to anyone complying with international law. AND—

—even if it did stay afloat long enough to reach international waters, any crew aboard would all be unwilling conscript paddy farmers, quite unable to see enough through those hooded slitty eyes to reliably land safely anyway—

“Mr Argus!”

(Oops) “Yes, Little Virginia?”

“Mr Argus, Sir! Your racist comments read like racist World War 2 racist propaganda!”

(Bugger …) Do not fret, Pet. I’m sure that any other nice reader out there will divine my drift—?”

  … … (Or maybe not.)

Anyway, I’m off to look up all possible meanings of the word ‘hubris’ … so I shall leave you wondering if this, too, may be relevant?   CLICK HERE

dodo  dodo

* Naaaaahhhh … si vis pacem parabellum




with the grey bit silent.

I offer nothing more this time than

(a) this snippet—

“But when Oshima said in 1943 that the raids were having little effect, and when he said the following year that German armaments production was in fact increasing, the Allies refused to believe him. First-hand evidence was no match for the biases of Bomber Command” … and

(b) history itself (doncha just love hindsight?); and

(c) human nature (the great eternal).


stop a moment to ponder whether the word can be applied to anyone you know, or may know of—and be advised, this is a mental exercise offered for your amusement only (no prizes are offered beyond a certain joyless smugness if you get it right).

Snippet snup from—

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—with thanks.

(If you want a look at the future it pays to look at the past and GP objectively lays it bare for the looking.)





(bilingual pun and not very good—I nearly got creamed by a blasted Southland driver this afternoon and am still swearing. Thank heavens for reflexes. Spouse wasn’t impressed but that’s the gentle-gender for you …) (speaking of which—)

aroow, down, smart

35 Servicewomen Evacuated From Royal Navy Ships Due to Pregnancy

Aug 02, 2019 04:14 pm 

The figures are only related to those pregnant servicewomen who were evacuated by UK Defence Ministry flights, with female sailors who had to return home on their own not recorded. At least 35 sailors have been airlifted from Royal Navy ships since 2005 after discovering they were pregnant, according to freedom of information documents obtained by the Daily Star. The documents revealed that the servicewomen were “medically evacuated” from operational duty after becoming pregnant and that about 18 warships were involved.

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Some of the pregnant sailors were specifically airlifted from the state-of-the-art destroyer HMS DUNCAN, which arrived en route to the Persian Gulf, and the HMS OCEAN. All the servicewomen reportedly became pregnant when on duty or “unknowingly conceived onshore,” the documents claimed. The Daily Star cited an unnamed defence source as admitting that “relationships do occur” and that “providing the intimate side takes place onshore it isn’t usually a problem”. “But if a couple is found to be having a physical relationship while at sea they will probably both be disciplined and removed from

the ship,” the source added They also pointed out that “the welfare of our personnel is of the utmost importance,” and that “to suggest personnel become pregnant while serving on an operation is pure speculation.” The source was referring to the fact that crews of all Royal Navy ships are obliged to stick to a tough no-touching rule which even pertains to married couples serving on the same vessels.

Source: Sputnik


As a grumpy old seadog who saw the beginnings of the transition from war-ready to frills … I right at the beginning suggested that if we had to have ladies afloat surely the decent thing to do would be to give ’em ships of their very own? Perhaps it is different these days; my suggestion that a degree of healthy competition could be engendered if they had ships of their own wasn’t well received either.

After I’d left the service I got chatting with a crusty old army warrant officer who told me (without my leading the witness) that “Wimmin are good for up to four days in the field … after that they turn to shit”. (Note: his words, not mine.)


I am a product of

  • my time, environment, heredity; and
  • my self

But I still hold about the separate ships.


that a lady can be just as ferocious as a man—you know, Boadicea, Amazons; ladies ladling out the hot oil from atop their castles under siege whilst the Old Man is away gallivanting about the Holy Lands—

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Russian lady sniper WW2

—but on warships?

(SFX: cue theme here, please …)

images(… make it good~!)

(oh … thanks. I owe ya!)





but often it’s the only tool left in the box. To be effective it needs cross cultural divides, because a goal on home turf sometimes becomes an ‘own goal’ in international correspondences. So be it.

We are all products of our heritage. So we are all different. And as some great mind in the past brilliantly summarised:

“one man’s meat

is another man’s poison


so in our writings we need hold in mind cultural gaps and philosophical divides. Often we make allowance for the ignorance of the barbarians—

—which can be an own goal of epic (suicidal) proportions. Barbarians, sub-human as some may well seem by our own standards … are nevertheless people and capable of reasoning. To a degree. To the degree that their own programming permits.

It is when their programming runs contrary to mine that I begin to fret. Let them, by all means, have their own ‘civilisations’ within their own boundaries … but when their wannabe ‘civilisations’ collapse—implode—our humanity and charity should not (r) NOT be invoked by them against us.


the infamous Law Of Contradiction—

Contradictions Law

—and implore every being capable of Reason to use it. Now please excuse me, more and more boatloads of Islamic refugees are washing up on the beaches and we must rush down to save as many as we can. And change our laws so that they can have as many wives and children as our taxes can support (and for God’s sake please stop all that coercive bleating about their systems being better than ours, based as they are on Love and compassion and mercy and charity … and how we must change ourselves to better accommodate them.)

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And we must realise the true meaning of empathy—not everyone understands our versions of humour, or satire*

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“Efforts to define Islam by the actions of its individual devotees are generally frivolous. If a single Islamic fanatic blowing himself up at a children’s concert is not indicative of Islam being a religion of violence, then a single Islamic moderate helping to carry the resulting corpses from the rubble is not indicative of it being one of peace.” 



do NOT watch

the attached movie clipARROW DOWN

unless you can devote the resources (it’s not for the light-hearted).

It calls for a minor investment in time (less than four minutes) and it majors in meaning.

Thanks again, JZ

you’ll keep …


How dare you de-stabilise my complacency!