Has Christianity Really Been Usurped By Jews?

It is the last day in the month of June and it is also time for me to go back to my daily ritual of bashing all of those who practice the monotheistic faith.  Today, the Christians and the Christian religion shall be the next ones to get analyzed.  Often I hear from Christian Conservatives that it was the Jews who usurped their religion, tainted it and corrupted it for the cause of destroying their belief system.  Those who know me very well know that I would love to take them up on the opportunity to bash the Destroyers also called the Jews.  However, I am also a student of history and as such, I am very aware of the past as it relates to religious beliefs and how things came to be.

Is it even possible that the Jews ever usurped the Christian religion when they were at the forefront of creating it; after all, imitation is the ultimate form of flattery and the religion called modern day Christianity is nothing more than a compilation of Jewish beliefs, pagan idolaters, myths, fables, and lies that began during the reign of King Josiah of Judah.  Those who have an acute understating of ancient history would know very well from reading the Book of Chronicles that the entire Judaic religion as it is known today had its true origins when the elders and King Josiah “found” a book of laws that became the Book of Deuteronomy and from that moment on, they began to create a set of religious beliefs centered upon the worship of their god Yahweh.

In the book, The Bible Unearthed (written by Jews none the less), there was a long lasting struggle between the monotheistics and the polytheists of the ancient land of Palestine.  For it was the Kingdom of Israel that was the more powerful state as Judah didn’t have much of a population other than a poor countryside population.  When the northern kingdom was sacked by the Assyrians, a lot of Judean villages became cities and that’s when the struggle between the polytheists and the monotheists began.  The Bible even manages to touch upon such conflicts beginning with King Hezekiah and his plans to force monotheism upon the people.  However, his son, Manasseh quickly saw the foolishness of this and returned the nation to monotheism in order to placate the people and the elders.  If one reads the bible very carefully, they will see that the authors had an innate bias against all of the kings before Hezekiah and those that came after Josiah for these kings were very much tolerant of the pagan ways of the ancient Israelites.  Also, one would be quite intelligent to also notice that the ancient kings of Israel were all noted as “evil” merely for being pagans while the monotheists were declared as “just”, yet they openly killed pagans and those who wouldn’t succumb to their rules.

Then there is also the issue of who really ruled over the united Kingdom of Israel as the christian and Jewish idiots proclaim that it was King David, but archaeology has already given us the truth on this matter.  The city of Jerusalem has a very small population and not enough to provide as a capital for an empire at the time of David’s rule; though there has been evidence that a King David ruled over a city stated near Jerusalem.  It was King Omri, a proud pagan who led the Israelites and had a successive long dynasty that ruled over Israel and during his time, it was Judah that was a tribute state for Israel until the Assyrians sacked the capital city of Samaria.

At the end of the day the christian fools must admit that their own religion was created by Jews, Jews like Paul of Taursus and the very first Christians were those of the Jewish faith as well.  So if Christianity is being “tainted”, it is because the christian fools had the foolishness to even trust the juden and as a result, they are reaping the seeds of their own stupidity and are now watching their own religion fade away into oblivion.  Maybe if the Christians would go back to the ancient days of the Catholic Church when Jews were kept in their own place and away from any roles in society.  The Byzantine Empire has given us a great blueprint to solve the Jewish problem and they were able to exist for thousands of years by placing the Jewish disease at a safe distance by keeping Jews away from government, banking, finance, education, media, entertainment, and any state structures that the Jews would infect.  Maybe that is what the Christians need to consider before proclaiming that the so called Jews are the reason that their religion is turning into a joke that is already was when the Jews got their dirty hands upon it.

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SIX black churches stretching from Georgia to Ohio are burned down in seven days: Fears of tide of ‘racist’ violence as three are confirmed as arson

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  • Places of worship in North and South Carolina, Ohio, Georgia and two in Tennessee caught fire this week
  • Authorities said three are definitely arson; other three under investigation
  • Congregants of some churches prayed in parking lots instead
  • SPLC’s Hatewatch blog said the attacks ‘may not be a coincidence’
  • This week President Obama reference church burnings as tactic to ‘terrorize and oppress’ black people

A string of black churches have been ravaged by fire in the past week, in what could potentially be a string of racially-motivated arson attacks.

Places of worship in Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Ohio were ravaged by flames this week.

Authorities have confirmed that three of the attacks were arson, while investigations are still underway for the remaining two.

The attacks come as national attention centers on racial divisions in the wake of the church massacre in Charleston, South Carolina, where nine people were gunned down by Dylann Roof.

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Flames: Pictured is the Briar Creek Road Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, which started burning Wednesday around 1am

Flames: Pictured is the Briar Creek Road Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, which started burning Wednesday around 1am

Blackened: Pictured is the interior of Briar Creek Road later Wednesday, after the blaze had died down

Blackened: Pictured is the interior of Briar Creek Road later Wednesday, after the blaze had died down

The College Hills Seventh Day Adventist Church in Knoxville was attacked Monday.

Church sources told WTLV that hay bales were heaped up by a church entrance then set alight, eventually engulfing the building.

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, God’s Power Church of Christ in Macon, Georgia, was also set ablaze.

Authorities told the Macon Telegraph the attack has the hallmarks of arson – though tests are still being carried out to discover how the fire stared.

In Charlotte, North Carolina, the Briar Creek Road Baptist Church started burning around 1am Wednesday.

Burned: Seen above are the gutted remains of the Glover Grove Baptist Church in Warrenville, South Carolina, which caught fire on Friday 

Burned: Seen above are the gutted remains of the Glover Grove Baptist Church in Warrenville, South Carolina, which caught fire on Friday

Arson? Pictured is the Fruitland Presbyterian Church in Gibson County, Tennessee, which caught fire on Wednesday

Fire authorities are sure that blaze was arson as well, though they have not revealed their evidence.

Despite the huge damage to the building, congregants had returned by Sunday to worship at the site.

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Affordable Housing Crisis Grows Across the Country, as Apartment Rents Skyrocket

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On Monday, New York City took a dramatic step that highlights just how out-of-control rental housing costs have become in the Big Apple and in many cities nationwide: For the first time, New York froze rents for one-year leases on a million rent-stabilized apartments.

“Today’s decision means relief,” Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters. “We know tenants have been forced to make painful choices that pitted ever-rising rent against necessities like groceries, child care and medical bills.”

Of course, landlords balked and citicized City Hall, calling the move an “inconscionable, politically driven decision.” But Rent Board chair, Rachel Godsil, was having none of it. Her staff had found that landlord incomes had grown for nine years in a row, including by 3.4 percent last year—while costs only grew by 0.5 percent last year. In contrast, a majority of most stabilized renters faced continuing income stagnation.

New York City’s struggle with affordable rental housing is part of a nationwide trend that has seen rental housing costs skyrocket in recent years as the housing market has mostly recovered from the 2008 Recession, which was in part, fueled by real estate speculation and Wall Street aggressively repackaging and reselling risky high-interest mortgages.

According to a new study by Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, vast stretches of the county are facing a rental housing crisis marked by big rent spikes. “The number of cost-burdened renters [paying more than 30 percent of incomes]… set a new high in 2013 of 20.8 million, totaling just under half of all renter households,” Harvard’s researchers found. “Although the number of severely burdened renters edged down slightly, the number of moderately burdened renters climbed by a larger amount.”

Simply stated, most low-to-moderate income households are feeling a very big pinch. The researchers said that 80 percent of households with annual incomes under $15,000, three-quarters of renters with incomes up between $15,000 and $29,999, and 45 percent of households earning up to $44,999, all were “severely burdened,” with non-whites and single mothers homes facing the greatest financial stress.

“Minorities and certain types of households are especially likely to have severe housing cost burdens,” it said. “Indeed, 26 percent of black households, 23 percent of Hispanic households, and 20 percent of Asian and other minority households were severely burdened in 2013, compared with just 14 percent of white households. Nearly a third of single-parent families also had severe burdens, compared with a tenth of married couples with children. Finally, more than half of households headed by an unemployed individual in 2013 were severely housing cost burdened.”

Cities where these pressures were prevalent included Los Angeles, New York, Honolulu, Miami, Las Vegas and Orlando, they said. “Moreover, affordability pressures in the 10 most expensive markets reach further up the income scale. In fact, nearly half (48 percent) of households with incomes of $45,000–74,999 were housing cost burdened in these metros—more than twice the share (22 percent) nationally. As a result, the nearly 20 million households living in the 10 highest-cost metros must earn well above the national median income of $51,900 to live in housing they can afford.”

The causes for these spikes in rent come from a mix of private and public sector trends. On the private sector side, the housing market crash has led to a slow down in building or improving rental housing stock in many regions, which has boosted rents when housing becomes available. Meanwhile, government affordable housing subsidies available for renters have effectively shrunk, because they have failed to keep up with increases.

“Unmet need has continued to grow despite real increases in federal appropriations for two of HUD’s largest programs—housing choice vouchers and project-based rental assistance—between FY2005 and FY2015,” it reported. “But instead of serving more households, most of the increased funding was offset by the higher costs of assistance due to rising market rents.”

One major consequence of a costlier rental market is that recent efforts to find housing for the homeless is backtracking in some regions, the researchers said.

“The lack of affordable housing in the United States continues to leave nearly 600,000 people homeless,” they wrote. “More than a third are people in families, including 130,000 children under the age of 18. By comparison, chronically homeless individuals (those who have been without a place to live for at least a year or have had repeated episodes of homelessness over the past few years) account for a much smaller share (15 percent) of the homeless population.”

The researchers said homelessness is on the rise, even though “recent increases in federal funding have aided progress in reducing both homelessness overall and among the most vulnerable groups.”

“The national reduction in homelessness is not apparent in all markets,” it said. “Rising rents and a dwindling supply of affordable rentals continue to put people at risk, especially in high-cost locations. Indeed, total homelessness jumped by 29 percent in New York and 40 percent in Massachusetts between 2007 and 2014. The increase in the District of Columbia was even larger, at 46 percent. Family homelessness is particularly acute in major cities, which were home to 45 percent of this population in 2014. New York City headed the list with 41,600 homeless people in families, or nearly 20 percent of the national total.”

High Blood Pressure Linked To Reduced Risk of Alzheimer’s

http://www.universityherald.com/articles/20571/20150630/high-blood-pressure-linked-to-reduced-risk-of-alzheimers.htm

Researchers at Brigham Young University (BYU) found that the connection between  people with a genetic predisposition to high blood pressure and their lower risk for Alzheimer’s disease may have more to do with anti-hypertension medication than the condition itself, The State Column reported.

“It’s likely that this protective effect is coming from antihypertensive drugs,” John Kauwe, co-author of the study and an associate professor of biology at Brigham Young University, said in a statement. “These drugs are already FDA approved. We need to take a serious look at them for Alzheimer’s prevention.”

For the study, researchers collected and analyzed data from more than 17,000 individuals with Alzheimer’s and more than 37,000 people without the disease, UPI reported.  Researchers from BYU collaborated with scholars from the University of Cambridge, Aarhus University in Denmark and the University of Washington on this study.

They looked for links between Alzheimer’s disease and a number of health conditions — including diabetes, obesity, and high cholesterol — but only found a significant association between higher systolic blood pressure and reduced Alzheimer’s risk.

“Our results are the opposite of what people might think,” Paul Crane, co-author of the study and a University of Washington associate professor of internal medicine, said in a statement. “It may be that high blood pressure is protective, or it may be that something that people with high blood pressure are exposed to more often, such as antihypertensive medication, is protecting them from Alzheimer’s disease.”

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Cuba first country to end mother-to-infant transmission of HIV and syphilis

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The World Health Organization on Tuesday designated Cuba the first country on the planet to entirely eliminate mother-to-child transmission of syphilis and HIV, the virus that leads to AIDS.

“Eliminating transmission of a virus is one of the greatest public health achievements possible,” said WHO Director-General Margaret Chan in a statement co-released with UNAIDS, the United Nations’ AIDS agency. “This is a major victory in our long fight against HIV and sexually transmitted infections, and an important step towards having an AIDS-free generation.”

Syphilis and HIV are two of the most devastating sexually-transmitted diseases, and they often afflict women who are pregnant. The WHO estimates that nearly 1 million pregnant women around the world are infected with syphilis and around 1.4 women living with HIV get pregnant, leading to a host of potential complications for the babies.

Since 2010, Cuba has been working with the WHO and the Pan-American Health Organization, PAHO, to eliminate mother-to-child transmissions of the two diseases, including increased
access to early prenatal care, HIV and syphilis testing, treatment for those who test positive, caesarean deliveries and formula feeding.

WHO told The New York Times countries with 95 elimination targets can be certified – and Cuban was the first country to request certification. More than 20 have requested the certification since, a WHO spokesperson told the Times.

“This is a celebration for Cuba and a celebration for children and families everywhere,” said Michel Sidibé, executive director of UNAIDS. “It shows that ending the AIDS epidemic is possible, and we expect Cuba to be the first of many countries coming forward to seek validation that they have ended their epidemics among children.”

Nearly one in three Americans owns a gun

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(Reuters Health) – Almost a third of American adults own a gun, but the rate varies widely by state and tops out at almost 62 percent of people in Alaska, new survey data show.

Gun ownership was closely tied to “social gun culture,” wherein family and friends also own guns and think less of non-gun owners, researchers found.

“Considering the presence of deeply rooted gun culture and the estimated number of guns in the U.S. to be 310 million, we (suspected) that social gun culture is associated with gun ownership,” said lead author Dr. Bindu Kalesan of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York.

“This association was strong even after removing the effect of other factors such as presence of gun laws and gun deaths,” Kalesan told Reuters Health by email.

The researchers used data from a 2013 online survey of 4,000 people over age 18 from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Participants were selected to be representative of the U.S. population as a whole.

About 29 percent of people nationwide reported owning a gun. Only five percent of people in Delaware and six percent in Rhode Island owned a gun, compared to almost 62 percent in Alaska.

More than half of people reported owning a gun in West Virginia, Arkansas, Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. Regionally, gun ownership was least common in the Northeast and most common in the South and West.

About 5 percent of people said they used their gun for hunting, and 10 percent reported attending gun safety classes.

The authors found that 32 percent of gun owners were exposed to “social gun culture” compared to six percent of non-gun owners.

White males over age 55 were most likely to own guns, compared to other demographics, according to a report of the study in Injury Prevention.

In general, gun ownership is on the decline in the U.S., although sales are up, so those who do own them may be buying more than one, Kalesan said.

In comparison with other developed countries, ownership of guns by civilians in the U.S. is extremely high, she said.

Australia, faced with increased gun deaths, made it mandatory to turn in guns in 1996, and since then gun deaths have plummeted, she said.

In the new survey, gun ownership was least common in states with stricter gun control policies, but it is not clear whether those laws change the culture of the state, or if the culture of the state brings the laws about, according to Dr. Michael Siegel of the department of Community Health Sciences at Boston University School of Public Health.

Siegel was not part of the new study.

“It is well established that higher gun ownership levels by state are tied to higher homicide levels,” he told Reuters Health by phone. “No one has asked the question of why certain states have higher ownership rates.”

“Gun culture” may explain it, and may help public health experts implement policies to decrease gun prevalence, he said.

Decades of public health messaging, TV and media campaigns have successfully changed the social norms surrounding tobacco, another public health hazard, and smoking has been on the decline, Siegel said.

“It’s pretty widely acknowledged that people shouldn’t smoke in public,” he said. “Someone may say with guns, there’s no way you can change social norms about that, but we would have said that about smoking 30 or 40 years ago.”

Owning a firearm has health effects, increasing the probability of your own injury, and education campaigns could highlight this, he said.

“It’s not clear that it will protect you,” Siegel said. “There’s a lot of evidence that it results in accidents, and is more likely to be used in a way that injures the owner or someone in the household.”

Other industrialized countries do not tolerate the problem of gun violence, but for some reason people in the U.S. do, he said.

“Do we really want to accept this? We don’t have to accept the way things are, we can change our culture,” he said.

Policy makers should keep in mind the pervasive gun culture and the strong association with gun ownership, Kalesan said.

Universal background checks for purchasing guns and ammunition tend to be the most effective laws in discouraging gun ownership, she said.

‘Hairy Monster’: Scientists discover new species of ‘super-armored’ worm

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The well-preserved fossils of the strange creature that inhabited the Earth some 518 million years ago during the Cambrian explosion, a period of rapid flourishing of the variety of species, have been recently found in Yunnan Province in southern China. Paleontologists at the University of Cambridge and Yunnan University in China published the results of their research in the journal PNAS on Monday.

The worm was named Collinsium ciliosum, or Hairy Collins’ Monster to pay homage to Desmond Collins, the paleontologist who was first to discover and illustrate a similar Canadian fossil in the 1980s.

“Animals during the Cambrian were incredibly diverse, with lots of interesting behaviors and modes of living,” said Javier Ortega-Hernandez, one of the paper’s lead authors in the press-release. “The Chinese Collins’ Monster was one of these evolutionary ‘experiments’ – one which ultimately failed as they have no living direct ancestors – but it’s amazing to see how specialized many animals were hundreds of millions of years ago.”

The recently found “eccentric” fossils include traces of the organization of their full body, including the digestive tract and hair-like structures. The team established that the Monster had “a soft and squishy body, six pairs of feather-like front legs, and nine pairs of rear legs ending in claws”.

It had sedentary lifestyle, clinging onto seafloor sponges with its back claws and filtering nutrients out of the water with its front legs. However, it wasn’t a sitting duck, as 72 spikes of various sizes covered its body to frighten away any predator.

Dorsal spines and annulations of Collinsium ciliosum. (Image from PNAS journal)

Dorsal spines and annulations of Collinsium ciliosum. (Image from PNAS journal)

The ‘monster’ worm presumably was a distant ancestor of modern velvet worms, or onychophorans, that now inhabit tropical forests.

“Modern velvet worms are all pretty similar in terms of their general body organization and not that exciting in terms of their lifestyle,”said Ortega-Hernandez of Cambridge’s Department of Earth Sciences. “But during the Cambrian, the distant relatives of velvet worms were stunningly diverse and came in a surprising variety of bizarre shapes and sizes.”

The creature also resembles Hallucigenia, another weird Cambrian fossil that had a mouth with a ring of teeth which could have been used for suction.

University of Cambridge paleontologist Martin Smith, who published a study on Hallucigenia last week in the journal Nature, told Reuters that “Their compatriots included such beasts as Wiwaxia, a slug covered in leaf-like scales and towering spines; Anomalocaris, resembling a cross between a lobster and a can-opener; Nectocaris, a boggle-eyed two-armed squid, and Opabinia, which looks like a shrimp that swallowed a vacuum cleaner.”

113 feared dead in Indonesian military plane crash

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All 113 people on board a Hercules C-130 military cargo aircraft were feared killed when the military plane crashed into a residential area in Medan city on Indonesia’s Sumatra island on Tuesday, media reported.

A total of 101 passengers and 12 military crew members — comprising three pilots, one navigator and eight technicians — were on board the plane, Air Marshall Agus Supriatna told a TV channel in Medan.

The air force chief said 23 bodies have been identified in Adam Malik hospital in Medan from 49 body bags received by the hospital as of Tuesday afternoon, Xinhua news agency reported.

“In the PAUM (Military Air Transport Flight) mission, besides carrying logistics, the plane also carried troops transferred to serve in several regions along with their family members. We are yet to have information on how many family members each trooper had carried along in the plane,” Agus said.

However, media reports said the plane was also carrying civilian passengers who were not from military families, and who were picked up from airports it stopped over prior to the crash.

Agus said the plane, serving Malang air force base, departed from Halim Perdanakusumah airport in Jakarta early Tuesday morning and made stopovers in Pekanbaru, Riau and Dumai to pick up troops being transferred to other regions.

He said the plane was enroute to transport logistics and personnel to Tanjung Pinang and Natuna islands.

An official at Indonesia’s Search and Rescue (Basarnas) Medan branch told Xinhua earlier in the day that manifest of the crashed plane indicates that the plane was boarded by 55 persons. That figure did not include 12 crew members operating the ill-fated plane.

According to Agus, the plane’s pilot asked for RTB (Return to Base) procedure to air traffic control officers before the crash, which happened shortly before noon. He said the request suggested that a problem had occurred in the plane. Indonesian military has set up a team to investigate the plane crash.

Agus said the plane was manufactured in 1964 and served the air forces’ 32 Squadron based in Malang, East Java. Indonesia has 28 C-130 Hercules planes in service at the moment.

Islamic State scores up gains and losses in Syrian fighting

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Islamic State fighters stormed the Syrian town of Tel Abyad on the Turkish border on Tuesday and captured a neighborhood from the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, but suffered setbacks in the northeastern city of Hasaka, a monitor and the army said.

Islamic State has launched simultaneous attacks against Syrian government and Kurdish militia this past week in the multi-sided Syrian civil war after losing ground to Kurdish-led forces near the capital of its “caliphate”.

Backed by U.S.-led air strikes, the YPG militia has advanced deep into the militants’ stronghold province, Raqqa, capturing key positions from the jihadists, including Tel Abyad.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said there were heavy clashes on Tuesday around Tel Abyad, which serves as a border crossing, and that militants had taken control of an area in the eastern part of the town.

YPG spokesman Redur Xelil said clashes were ongoing with the militants who had infiltrated a village on the outskirts of the town. “They are encircled … this will be mass suicide for them,” he told Reuters.

The British-based Observatory, which tracks violence across Syria through sources on the ground, said Islamic State had deployed scores of fighters across several villages.

The ultra-radical group, which holds large tracts of Syria’s thinly populated east, launched a lighting assault on the strategic northeastern city of Hasaka last Thursday in a bid to capture government-held districts.

But in the last two days, the Syrian army has been able to regain most of the areas of the city the militants had seized.

The Syrian army’s ability to hold on to Hasaka and also separately repel a major rebel assault on the provincial capital of the southern province of Deraa on the border with Jordan, stands in stark contrast to a string of recent setbacks.

Hasaka is important for all sides, because it sits between Islamic State-held territory inSyria and in nearby Iraq.

SUICIDE BOMBERS

Syrian state television said in a newsflash the army had retaken most of Ghwyran district, the largest populated area in the city, and one of several districts that were recently overrun by insurgents.

In the Aziziya neighborhood, further east of Hasaka, the army had gained the upper hand with help from Kurdish-led forces, residents said. On Monday, the army said it took back most of Nashwa district. [ID:nL5N0ZF1P8]

The Islamist insurgents have deployed scores of suicide bombers against army checkpoints in Hasaka, enabling them to move into positions deeper inside the city.

Hasaka has been divided into areas run separately by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government and regional Kurdish authorities, and has an ethnically and religiously mixed population of Arabs and Kurds.

Although the militants had been mainly driven out, fighting continued in some streets where they had taken up sniper positions, locals said.

“Islamic State had withdrawn from most of the districts but did not leave it completely and their snipers in some areas are preventing the full advance of the army,” said Ali Hreith, a Hasaka resident on the Turkish-Syrian border.

State television said the army had destroyed a fire engine laden with explosives that the militants had sought to ram into an army post inside the city’s Nashwa district.

It looks like Apple is headed to the Supreme Court

It looks like Apple is headed to the Supreme Court

After losing its e-book antitrust appeal in a split decision with a strong dissent, the company has little choice.

The two competing theories of law that ran through Apple’s e-book antitrust case run right through the middle the appellate court ruling issued today.

Apple lost the appeal, as it lost the original case. But it was a split decision, 2-1, along the same legal fault lines.

And from the harsh language in both the majority decision and the dissent, it sounds like the three judges had a helluva fight.

Two of the judges agreed with District Judge Denise Cote. She held that anybody involved in a conspiracy that results in higher prices to consumers has violated the Sherman Antitrust Act. Period. No ifs, ands or buts.

Judge Dennis Jacobs, writing the dissent, took Apple’s side. He argued that market conditions (i.e. Amazon’s e-book monopoly) mattered, as did the fact that Apple was a book distributor, not a book publisher, and that the courts have given vertical players considerable leeway in their negotiations with horizontal competitors.

“In arriving at this startling conclusion,” sniped Debra Ann Livingston, writing for the majority, “the dissent makes two fundamental errors.”

Judge Jacobs sniped right back:

“A further and pervasive error (by the district court and by my colleagues on this appeal) is the implicit assumption that competition should be genteel, lawyer-designed, and fair under sporting rules, and that antitrust law is offended by gloves-off competition.”

Since Livingston and Jacobs cite the same high court precedents, the Supreme Court may be the only court that can settle this.

Apple declined to tip its hand, but having fought the case this far, the company doesn’t seem inclined to give up now.

This is the statement it released to Fortune:

“Apple did not conspire to fix e-book pricing, and this ruling does nothing to change the facts. We are disappointed the Court does not recognize the innovation and choice the iBooks Store brought for consumers. While we want to put this behind us, the case is about principles and values. We know we did nothing wrong back in 2010 and are assessing next steps.”

My colleague Jeff John Roberts, who thinks an appeal to the Supreme Court is unlikely, has the text of the decision and the dissent. See Apple conspired with book publishers, appeals court confirms.