BLACK SMOKE: No pope tonight
March 12th, 2013
03:12 PM ET

BLACK SMOKE: No pope tonight

By Laura Smith-Spark, Richard Allen Greene and Dan Rivers, CNN

Rome (CNN) - Black smoke billowed from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel Tuesday night, indicating that cardinals gathered at the Vatican to elect a new pope had not chosen one in the first ballot of their conclave.

The start of the secret election got underway earlier in the day, as the heavy wooden doors to the chapel swung closed on the 115 Roman Catholic cardinals charged with selecting the next pontiff.

The next round of voting will begin Wednesday morning. Results will be revealed by puffs of smoke from the chimney following each ballot.

Black smoke, no pope. White smoke, success.

On a day rich with symbolism, the scarlet-clad cardinals entered the Sistine Chapel in solemn procession, chanting prayers and watched over by the paintings of Renaissance artist Michelangelo.

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. Science

    Free speech helps educate the masses................POLITICIANS too !

    Where do morals come from?

    By Kelly Murray, CNN

    Gravity is not up for debate !

    BY the way ...................Splat goes a fairy in the sky !...............bye bye tinker bell !

    Einstein's Gravity Theory Passes Toughest Test Yet..............................E = mc2..........(U–Pb).................two math formulas.

    Apr. 25, 2013 — A strange stellar pair nearly 7,000 light-years from Earth has provided physicists with a unique cosmic laboratory for studying the nature of gravity. The extremely strong gravity of a massive neutron star in orbit with a companion white dwarf star puts competing theories of gravity to a test more stringent than any available before


    Hey James Madison................religion has none it looks like.............with the comments on this blog.

    The Big question is ETHICS ! does religion have any ?

    The Ethics of Resurrecting Extinct Species

    Apr. 8, 2013 — At some point, scientists may be able to bring back extinct animals, and perhaps early humans, raising questions of ethics and environmental disruption.


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    Dinosaur Egg Study Supports Evolutionary Link Between Birds and Dinosaurs: How Troodon Likely Hatched Its Young


    And NO ANGELS the pope KICKED them OFF the TEAM last year !

    From Soup to Cells—the Origin of Life


    the wrong path is Adam and Eve !

    Human Y Chromosome Much Older Than Previously Thought

    Mar. 4, 2013 — The discovery and analysis of an extremely rare African American Y chromosome pushes back the time of the most recent common ancestor for the Y chromosome lineage tree to 338,000 years ago. This time predates the age of the oldest known anatomically modern human fossils.


    No god(s) needed or required to graduate from public schools in the US

    Remember : Adam had to POKE himself hard with his OWN BONE to create Eve.

    No god(s) needed................... Old. DNA works..................also catches crooks !

    Ancient DNA Reveals Europe's Dynamic Genetic History

    Apr. 23, 2013 — Ancient DNA recovered from a series of skeletons in central Germany up to 7,500 years old has been used to reconstruct the first detailed genetic history of modern Europe.


    Ca-nabis and Cannabinoids (PDQ®) – National Cancer Insti-tute


    Mar 21, 2013 – [1,2] These plant-derived compounds may be referred to as phytocannabinoids. ... have a protective effect against the development of certain types of tumors. ... In lung cancer cell lines, CBD upregulated ICAM-1, leading to ...

    Good stuff !

    The fact...............the earth is to old for this nonsemse ! Time to EVOLVE !

    Ancient Earth Crust Stored in Deep Mantle

    Apr. 24, 2013 — Scientists have long believed that lava erupted from certain oceanic volcanoes contains materials from the early Earth's crust. But decisive evidence for this phenomenon has proven elusive. New research from a team including Carnegie's Erik Hauri demonstrates that oceanic volcanic rocks contain samples of recycled crust dating back to the Archean era 2.5 billion years ago. Their work is published in Nature.


    For what...................... ? Make sure to read what the pope said !

    Where do morals come from?

    By Kelly Murray, CNN


    Learning is fun with facts.......................... and facts work when teaching children.

    Atheist Prof. Peter Higgs: Stop calling Higgs boson the ‘God particle’

    Professor Peter Higgs said recently that there is no God and so people should stop referring to the theoretical partial that
    bears his name as the “God particle.”


    Pope praises science, but insists God created world updated Thur October 28, 2010
    Stephen Hawking is wrong, Pope Benedict XVI said Thursday – God did create the universe. The pope didn't actually mention the world-famous scientist, who argues in a book published last month that the laws of physics show there is no need for a supreme... \



    Heaven is 'a fairy story,' scientist Stephen Hawking says updated Tue May 17, 2011
    By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor The concept of heaven or any kind of afterlife is a "fairy story," famed British scientist Stephen Hawking said in a newspaper interview this week. "I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when...


    April 7th, 2012

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    The Jesus debate: Man vs. myth


    Make sure to read comments

    April 18, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |

    Breaking News

    NASA: Three planets found are some of best candidates so far for habitable worlds outside our solar system.


    NASA: Mars could have supported life

    Star Dust we are


    Holy Hallucinations 35


    The ORIGIN story is bullsh-it...............so is the bible............... nasty !

    From Soup to Cells—the Origin of Life


    Scientists have unearthed the first direct signs of cheesemaking, at a site in Poland that dates back 7,500 years.

    Human Evolution


    BBC. Planet of the Apemen. Battle for Earth 1. Ho-mo Erectus


    BACKFILL on E =mc2.....

    Einstein letter, set for auction, shows scientist challenging idea of God, being 'chosen'

    By Jessica Ravitz, CNN

    Decades before atheist scientist and author Richard Dawkins called God a "delusion," one world-renowned physicist – Albert Einstein – was weighing in on faith matters with his own strong words.

    “The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still primitive legends,” Einstein wrote in German in a 1954 letter that will be auctioned on eBay later this month. "No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this.”


    May 4, 2013 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |

    Cheech & Chong's History of 420


    All cults...........creationists, ID believers and devil cults.................

    The fact...............the earth is to old ...........time to EVOLVE !.

    Ancient Earth Crust Stored in Deep Mantle

    Apr. 24, 2013 — Scientists have long believed that lava erupted from certain oceanic volcanoes contains materials from the early Earth's crust. But decisive evidence for this phenomenon has proven elusive. New research from a team including Carnegie's Erik Hauri demonstrates that oceanic volcanic rocks contain samples of recycled crust dating back to the Archean era 2.5 billion years ago. Their work is published in Nature.



    May 4, 2013 at 1:13 pm |
  2. kevobx

    The Most High told us to warn the people, if they heed not warning their blood is on them, just like Pilate told the people, he washed his hands of it. *Ezekiel 33:5 He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul; *Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified. *Isaiah 28:15 when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves: *Isaiah 28:18 when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down. *Luke 21:19 In your patience possess ye your souls. *Jeremiah 13:25 This is thy lot, the portion of thy measures from me, saith the Lord; because thou hast forgotten me, and trusted in falsehood.

    March 14, 2013 at 1:50 pm |
  3. kevobx

    The world speaks on how humbled they are, why? (*Acts 8:33 humilation*) *1st Corinthians 11:30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. (What is sleep?) *John 11:11-14 but I go that I may awake him out of sleep. Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead. (Who drank from the cup of Christ *Mark 10:38-39 But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? And be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; ) *1st Corinthians 11:28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. (Those who hide behind honesty must prove all things. God is he: Satan is him; The truth sets you free.) *Revelation 19:10 worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. *Amos 7:16 Now therefore hear thou the word of the Lord: Thou sayest, Prophesy not against Israel, and drop not thy word against the house of Isaac. *1st Chronicles 1:34 And Abraham begat Isaac. The sons of Isaac; Esau and Israel. *Exodus 15:15 Then the dukes of Edom shall be amazed; (No man should call another man lord, but the world is shut up *Daniel 10:17*) The God of Jacob and the twelves tribes the children of Israel are at the end the 144,000 in Revelation 21:12. The Most High is waiting for the Gentiles to come to truth and my people thee to wake up! Read Galatians 3:14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

    March 14, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
  4. fintastic

    More like smoke and mirrors...

    March 14, 2013 at 12:42 pm |
  5. kevobx

    Why is the world afraid of the Bible? They hate truth, because they love their things more. The religious claim to put God first, but where is the truth! The proud are the wicked. Jesus Christ is grace and truth, and he was hung on a tree. And black men were also hung on trees, who idea was that? *Galatians 3:10 Christ hath redeem us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: *Exodus 18:11 Now I know that the Lord is greater than all gods: for in the thing wherein they dealt proudly he was above them. *Psalm 82:6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. *Numbers 18:15 Every thing that openeth the matrix in all flesh, which they bring unto the Lord, whether it be of men or beasts, shall be thine: nevertheless the firstborn of man shalt thou surely redeem, and the firstling of unclean beasts shalt thou redeem. *Psalm 77:15 Thou hast with thine arm redeemed thy people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah. (The last days are here now! *Isaiah 2:1-3*)

    March 14, 2013 at 11:29 am |
    • fintastic

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      March 14, 2013 at 12:50 pm |
  6. Goranesh

    I just bought a top of the range Aston Martin DB5 after bringing in $4865 this past month and over ten grand last-month. It's definitely the most comfortable job I have ever had. I began this eight months ago and straight away was making over $82, per-hour. I use the details on this website, Epic2.C0M__

    March 13, 2013 at 7:10 pm |

      just click report abuse to get rid of this trash.

      March 13, 2013 at 7:20 pm |
  7. boy

    funny. i thought black smoke was the hellgod's wolf color. what color is it sposed to be?

    March 13, 2013 at 4:58 pm |
    • Yuppers

      The black smoke is the crack, and the white smoke is the meth.

      March 13, 2013 at 5:00 pm |
  8. kevobx

    Matthew 9:5 For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise and walk? *Micah 4:5 For all the people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever. *Hebrews 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire. *Obadiah 18 And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall kindle in them, and devour them; and there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau; for the Lord hath spoken it. *Exodus 15:15 Then the dukes of Edom shall be amazed; the mighty men of Moab, trembling shall take hold upon them; all the inhabitants of Canaan shelt melt away. (Psalm 83:6) Isaiah 59:4 None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief and bring forth iniquity. *Jeremiah 5:14 Wherefore thus saith the Lord God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.

    March 13, 2013 at 4:42 pm |
    • End Religion

      did you forget your crazy pills this morning, oaf?

      March 13, 2013 at 5:04 pm |
    • fintastic

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      March 14, 2013 at 12:52 pm |
  9. kevobx

    Satanists worship man and his traditions, and the world itself is the biggest customer. *Acts 5:30-31 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. *Acts 13:29 And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre. *Isaiah 2:2-3 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains and shall be exalted above the hills; and all the nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

    March 13, 2013 at 4:03 pm |
    • End Religion

      Hey ya crazy fool, how's it going with your insanity today?

      March 13, 2013 at 5:04 pm |
  10. Sara Howells


    March 13, 2013 at 3:54 pm |

      This video is garbage, don't bother viewing it. This troll is only here to get hits for their youtube site.

      Click the report abuse link to take out the trash!

      March 13, 2013 at 5:39 pm |
  11. boy

    Which god? The christian leaders' BushObama hellgod. Some call it wolfgod. (shrug)

    March 13, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
  12. kevobx

    Revelation 22:21The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

    March 13, 2013 at 3:33 pm |
    • End Religion

      May you be touched by His Noodly Appendage.

      March 13, 2013 at 3:35 pm |
  13. boy

    if they pour some old oil from a lawnmower on it the smoke will get even blacker.

    March 13, 2013 at 2:41 pm |
  14. Over 40,000 denominations of insanity

    Some believe that celibacy is appropriate for certain people, or for certain positions. It's ridiculous. Celibacy is unnatural and will continue to cause problems for the religious institutions that employ it.

    Many of the people from these same institutions advocate against abortion, but don't understand the realistic benefit of the morning after pill or even basic contraception; their unrealistic wishful thinking is causing the death of many at the hands of disease. Realistically, many abortions could be avoided if a morning-after pill were not viewed as such an evil option. Many of these same people bring children into the world at a high pace, and then would prefer that the rest of society take over and educate their children in their particular brand of religion when they don't plan well.

    In the U.S. recently we learned of the head of LCMS chastising a minister of that church for participating in a joint service for the victims of the Newtown school shooting.

    One sect calls homosexuality an abomination while the next one in the same denomination is already performing gay marriage.

    One sect, the Westboro Baptist Church believes Americans are being killed at war because America is too kind to "fags".

    One sect believes that Jesus and Satan were brothers and that Christ will return to Jerusalem AND Jackson County, Missouri.

    One sect believes women to be subservient, while another sect in the same denomination promotes equality between the sexes.

    Conflicted right from the very beginning, Christianity continues to splinter and create divisions and more extremism as it goes.

    Has anything improved with Christianity since 200+ years ago?

    Thomas Jefferson, POTUS #3 (from Notes on the State of Virginia):

    Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth.

    James Madison, POTUS #4, chief architect of the U.S. Constitution & the Bill of Rights (from A Memorial and Remonstrance delivered to the Virginia General Assembly in 1785):

    During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry, and persecution.

    John Adams, POTUS #2 (in a letter to Thomas Jefferson, 09/03/1816):

    I almost shudder at the thought of alluding to the most fatal example of the abuses of grief which the history of mankind has preserved – the Cross. Consider what calamities that engine of grief has produced! With the rational respect that is due to it, knavish priests have added prostitutions of it, that fill or might fill the blackest and bloodiest pages of human history.

    Ben Franklin (from a letter to The London Packet, 3 June 1772):

    If we look back into history for the character of present sects in Christianity, we shall find few that have not in their turns been persecutors, and complainers of persecution. The primitive Christians thought persecution extremely wrong in the Pagans, but practised it on one another. The first Protestants of the Church of England, blamed persecution in the Roman church, but practised it against the Puritans: these found it wrong in the Bishops, but fell into the same practice themselves both here and in New England.

    Thomas Paine (from The Age of Reason):

    All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.

    March 13, 2013 at 2:31 pm |
  15. kevobx

    *Galatians 5:18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. *Acts 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. *1st Corinthians 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. *Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. *1st John 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. *Zechariah 14:9 And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one. *1st Corinthians 8:6-7 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge:

    March 13, 2013 at 2:27 pm |
    • End Religion

      hey you nutcase, how's it hanging today? Have you thought about hell today? Have you feared the sulphur stench of it yet today? How about the poking of prodding from demons, have you considered that today yet? Gotta keep you petrified, in Jeebus' name.

      March 13, 2013 at 2:30 pm |
    • fintastic

      "Asphodel and Wormwood make a sleeping potion so powerful it is known as the Draught of the Living Death, a Bezoar is a stone taken from the stomach of a goat and it will save you from most poisons. As for Monkshood and Wolfbane, they are the same plant which also goes by the name of Aconite."

      March 14, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
  16. kevobx

    Deny the truth, and thy Father denies you his Spirit. *Luke 16:29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. *John 8:33 They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? *Exodus 6:9 And Moses spake so unto the children of Israel: but they hearken not unto Moses for anguish of spirit, and for cruel bondage. *Luke 16:31 And he said said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. *Matthew 22:32 I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living. *Isaiah 38:18 For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth. *John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. *Exodus *24:10 And they saw the God of Israel: *2nd Corinthians 3:15-17 But even unto this, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. *Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

    March 13, 2013 at 1:52 pm |
    • sam stone

      Wow, a quote!

      Nothing as convincing as that, nosireebob

      March 13, 2013 at 2:26 pm |
    • Which God?

      Yes, Sam. He's getting good at quoting fairy tlea.

      March 13, 2013 at 2:41 pm |
    • Which God?

      Opps, typo. "ales".

      March 13, 2013 at 2:42 pm |
    • Which God?

      Dang keyboard hangin up. Need a new one. "tales."

      March 13, 2013 at 2:43 pm |
  17. EX catholic

    Wherever and whenever there's smoke there's fire. In the other Place that’s NOT Heaven there's Eternal Fire. Idolaters will NOT enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

    March 13, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
    • End Religion

      ex-cat are you upset you'll not be going to heaven either?

      March 13, 2013 at 1:02 pm |
  18. Answerman

    I:ve got an old LG Lotus 3G. 🙂 I'd still be using Windows 95 if updates weren't cut off in '98. 🙂

    March 13, 2013 at 11:39 am |
    • End Religion

      This would be an example of why we have to drag caveman into the future kicking and screaming.

      March 13, 2013 at 11:41 am |
  19. Answerman

    Just as christians leading America built Homeland Security Prisons said to be for "terrorists" who did 9/11, christians leading NAZI Germany built Fatherland Security Prisons said to be for the "terrorists" who torched The Reichstag, Germany's Parliment buildings.
    Of course all know these are things true Christians are commanded not to do.

    March 13, 2013 at 11:05 am |
    • Billy

      An iPhone shows a reply button in the standard browser for replying to posts. What kind of a cell phone are you using that you can't reply from leaving everyone wondering where your shit belongs? (Regarding other posts that should have been replies.)

      March 13, 2013 at 11:09 am |
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