Skin Horse by Shaenon K. Garrity and Jeffrey C. Wells

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  1. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, almost 4 years ago

    B.C. is the official abbrieviation, with the singular exception of Israel, which uses B.C.E.

  2. Three Steps Over Japan

    Three Steps Over Japan said, almost 4 years ago

    Where else would you have the 300 Spartans?

  3. thomascall

    thomascall said, almost 4 years ago

    @Nabuquduriuzhur
    BC is the old abbreviation, Before Christ, BCE, Before Current Era, is secular version, and is now more official

  4. Andrew_C

    Andrew_C said, almost 4 years ago

    @Nabuquduriuzhur

    Actually BCE has been the official terminology for quite a while, it’s just not the popular terminology in most places.

  5. kroykali

    kroykali said, almost 4 years ago

    BC – Before Christ.
    BCE – Before Common Era.

    Anything to take God out of everything, right?

  6. Three Steps Over Japan

    Three Steps Over Japan said, almost 4 years ago

    @Nabuquduriuzhur

    Where do you get this stuff? Official according to which regulatory agency?

  7. Eddurd

    Eddurd said, almost 4 years ago

    (TUNE: “Five Hundred Miles”, Hedy West)

    Now I’ve got to save the day!
    It’s just like Thermopylae,
    With the Spartans in 480 BCE!
    In BCE, in BCE,
    Agnostic scientists agree,
    They refer to ancient years as BCE!

    Oh, the things that I could do
    With Leonidas and his crew!
    Kicking Persian ass with just 300 guys!
    Three hundred guys, three hundred guys,
    They sure gave Xerxes a surprise!
    Cut them down to size with just 300 guys!

    I wish they were here again,
    All those sweaty, muscled men,
    Wish I had 300 Spartans at my back!
    At my back, at my back,
    When the zombie hordes attack,
    I need Spartan muscle coming from the back!

  8. QuiteDragon

    QuiteDragon said, almost 4 years ago

    @kroykali

    Metaphysically absurd. How can you take God, if She exists, out of anything?

  9. puddleglum1066

    puddleglum1066 said, almost 4 years ago

    @Nabuquduriuzhur

    I thought Israel, having been around since long before the BC/BCE-AD/CE thing, just uses the Hebrew year (currently 5773). Does away with all that having to count up or down nonsense.

    I think we should use an absolute date from the Big Bang, which would make this 14500005773. Give or take…

  10. Gopher Baroque

    Gopher Baroque GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    By the way, while Leonidas was preparing to hold the pass, a Persian envoy arrived. The envoy explained to Leonidas the futility of trying to resist the advance of the huge Persian army and demanded that the Spartans lay down their arms. Leonidas told Xerxes “MOLON LABE”, or “Come And Get Them.”
    Although successful in holding the pass for several days, they were finally overrun after being betrayed by a local resident named Ephialtes, who showed the Persians another small pass flanking the defenders.

  11. atreyuhibiki

    atreyuhibiki said, almost 4 years ago

    Re: BC/BCE.
    In the USA, at least, most public schools “officially” teach the BCE terminology, but very few people I know actually use the term. Generally, it tends to be used by very active atheists or very scientifically minded people.

    The BCE term exists for the express purpose of removing reference to a religious figure (Christ) out of a scientific field (chronology).

    Most people who aren’t active about that kind of thing seem to prefer to take the lazier way and not say an extra syllable.

    It’s possible that it’s very common in non-Christian religious areas, such as Jewish or Muslim homes. I have no idea.

    (Yes, I’m generalizing a lot because I’m speaking from personal experience, not any kind of survey or anything.)

  12. t0c

    t0c said, almost 4 years ago

    @kroykali

    Changing the terminology so that it doesn’t put off a rather huge portion of the population of the planet doesn’t take God out of anything. God is, was, and will be, and doesn’t need us to start all kinds of discord over such things. BCE makes more sense to Muslims, Buddhists, Animists, and all the other -ists who have as much say in the history of the world as we do.

    Lighten up, the war against Christianity, at least in the US, exists only in the minds of those who think that their brand of Christianity should be shoved down everyone’s throats.

    Try turning the other cheek. You know, like Jesus said.

  13. c14

    c14 said, almost 4 years ago

    @puddleglum1066 How does it do that? Even Jericho’s older than that.
    Anyway … what does Sergio’s use of obscure date terminology at times of stress say about his character?

  14. Miserichord

    Miserichord said, almost 4 years ago

    @t0c

    In addition, Dionysius Exiguus, who first stated the AD numeration system in @ 525 CE, messed up the count.
    He used a system that had the incarnation (conception) of Jesus of Nazareth in March of AD 1, which would have put his birth around December 25 of 1 AD.
    Studies of both historical and biblical records suggest that Jesus was born in the Spring (lambing season in Palestine) somewhere between 3 and 7 BCE.
    The association of the birth of Jesus and December 25 appears to be 2nd century creation, based on the incarnation being at the spring equinox and the birth at the winter solstice.

  15. Larry

    Larry said, almost 4 years ago

    BCE = Before Christian Era

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