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"Yes Means Yes" bill really means "No"

Full text of SB-967 from the California Legislature site

The bill puts upon the accused the too strong an onus. From the bill, signed into law just now: 

not valid excuse ... if the accused knew or reasonably should have known that the complainant was unable to consent to the sexual activity:

(A) The complainant was asleep or…
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Added by Čenek Sekavec on September 29, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Urban Myths and Other Bullshit

This is from a speech I gave in 1999 as we were about to move into 2000. I am republishing it because a friend of mine (the conspirator) believes the weirdest stuff that has absolutely no basis in reality. Please forgive because it was a speech and a bit long. 



First, let’s look at the popular conceptions and misconception about a mysterious group called the…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on September 29, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Why Atheist Are Jerks

Atheists aren't really jerks, but we sure can act like it sometimes. Can we create a friendlier, less angry atheism? Here's a blog post on the topic, inspired by Ara Norenzayan and Sam Harris.

http://jonathan-tweet.blogspot.com/2014/09/why-atheists-are-jerks.html

Added by Jonathan Tweet on September 28, 2014 at 4:46pm — 29 Comments

Unwanted Children at the Border and the Evil Legacy of Catholicism

A major immigrant crisis is brewing along the Mexico-US border where thousands of children are crossing without their parents, fleeing what seems like gang warfare. According to some estimates, nearly 70,000 people have died recently in Mexico as a result of drug-related conflict. While we must not diminish the importance of US foreign…

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Added by Hiram on September 27, 2014 at 2:01pm — 4 Comments

Fix your Linux Bash

Not really atheism related, but I know a lot of atheists that use linux (the rational choice for an operating system, just as atheism is the rational position on god claims - LOL). Here is how I fixed my bash vulnerability issue, aka the "Shell Shock" issue.

env X="() { :;} ; echo busted" /bin/sh -c "echo completed"

env X="() { :;} ; echo busted" `which bash` -c "echo completed"



#If you get busted, then do all of this:



mkdir src

cd src

wget…

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Added by Gregory Phillip Dearth on September 26, 2014 at 9:21am — 10 Comments

Hollyhocks

In about 1994, I ordered a huge bunch of daffodils when the price was right and forgot about the order. I was packed and ready to go to a conference in Europe. I can't remember what or where ... must have been an interesting conference. Then to Turkey to seek out ancient female goddesses. The day before I was to leave, the order arrived - 300 daffodils bulbs. My son, Cary, called to wish me a good trip. I told him the bulbs arrived and he came and planted all…

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Added by Joan Denoo on September 26, 2014 at 4:07am — 8 Comments

Rise of the Non-Working Rich, 2014-09-15

Rise of the Non-Working Rich, 2014-09-15 

More than three out of four self-described conservatives believe “poor people have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything.”

The reality is that most of the USA's poor work two or more jobs. 

David Brooks has never made much sense to me, but his recent statement that "…

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Added by Joan Denoo on September 25, 2014 at 10:34pm — 7 Comments

God is a woman

Did you know the Vatican is built upon the foundation of a goddess temple with Cybele as the Magna Mater ("Great Mother")? This goddess is so old, she was originally an Anatolian mother goddess. She was, perhaps, a possible precursor in the earliest neolithic at …

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Added by Joan Denoo on September 23, 2014 at 11:14am — 19 Comments

Life is Good

This post has nothing to do with religion (or lack thereof), politics, or anything controversial. I'm not hawking a book, pushing a cause, or bragging about my golf score.



What this blog IS about is simply a statement of happiness, satisfaction, and contentment with my life.



I'm one of the lucky ones. No, I'm not "blessed". I don't "thank god". I'm just fortunate, that's all.



My life at the moment is good. Actually, it's always been good (Okay, 95% good). I'm… Continue

Added by Randall Smith on September 23, 2014 at 7:34am — 10 Comments

The Argument from Incorporeality

The Argument from Incorporeality



So, I have been using this counter-apologetic for a while now on Twitter:



1. A being is a thing has the ability to exhibit intelligent behaviour equivalent to, or indistinguishable from, that of a human (including consciousness and sentience).



2. All known beings exist in time and space.

3. If the theist claims that god is immaterial (outside time and space).

4. Therefore, god cannot exist.



What do you…

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Added by Justin Murray on September 22, 2014 at 10:00pm — 11 Comments

An exhaustive study of THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

I had added a review of the 10 commandments in my second edition of my book "Tools for Debating Atheism" wherein I not only listed the two versions of the 10 commandments, but referenced the prescribed punishments for each commandment, a feature overlooked largely (and thankfully) by Christians. As most commandments require a punisment of death, it is a good thing that most Christians ignore THOSE orders from their god by using their own morality. Of course, as atheists see it, we can just…

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Added by Gregory Phillip Dearth on September 22, 2014 at 1:38am — 6 Comments

Is Christianity for Losers?

About Christianity through history, the winners and the losers. Latest post to my blog, Atheist Sunday School.

http://jonathan-tweet.blogspot.com/2014/09/is-christianity-for-losers.html

Added by Jonathan Tweet on September 21, 2014 at 10:50am — 4 Comments

Please give me a Link. Need help!

Guys I'd really appreciate it if you were to show me a website where I can get a cheap bus ride to Florida.  I don't care if it takes 50 hours.  Ideally Tampa but wherever else a cheap bus goes to is fine.  I'll call my brother when I get there.  I need to get the Hell out of here.

 

I'm going to get discharged from this facility soon and want to be on the Bus that day.  Will let you know the day of my Discharge.  I'm in the twin cities.

 

I had 600 bucks but…

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Added by MattyLJ on September 20, 2014 at 2:55pm — 2 Comments

Capitalism can't work without a poverty class.

Capitalism can't work without a poverty class. In order to increase the numbers of people in the poverty class,

* withhold the kind of education that teaches critical thinking, stress obedience; 

* educate children to remain dependent on church and government as adults; 

* tax wages at a higher rate than investment income, otherwise known as unearned income; 

* spends tax dollars on expensive warring humans and material that creates wealth for the owners of…

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Added by Joan Denoo on September 19, 2014 at 12:00pm — 10 Comments

What next?

Do you think we live in a democracy where we have opportunity, freedom, and equality? Well, take a look at what is happening all around us. If you are honest, take off your blinders, unwrap yourself from the patriotic flag and see what is really happening, you will understand that these words, beautiful as they are, just simply do not stand up to scrutiny. Those fine expressions in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America…

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Added by Joan Denoo on September 18, 2014 at 11:39pm — 10 Comments

Islamic Mauritania ♥'s Modern Slavery

This via The Friendly Atheist Blog, with links as added.  A big aspect of the story is one courageous Muslim man -  Biram Dah Abeid -   who is fighting Islamic - supported slavery in Mauritania.

 

"Slavery in Mauritania Is Alive and Well, Thanks In No Small Part to Islamic…

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Added by Sentient Biped on September 18, 2014 at 8:02pm — 1 Comment

Theodicy and the Black Experience

Why Lord?: Suffering and Evil in Black Theology—Anthony Pinn—Theodicy has to do with suffering under a loving and benevolent God. It is a difficult subject because it challenges why bad things sometimes happen to good people. This book will not make it any better, but you will see that someone is at least trying to explain it in a religious context.

As Harvard University’s Humanist Chaplaincy “Humanist of the Year" in 2006, Pinn provides a clear look at the idea of…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on September 18, 2014 at 2:00pm — 6 Comments

A Query to Political Candidates Regarding Separation of Religion and Government

This post is prepared specifically for political candidates concerning their positions on policy issues related to church-state separation.  It is adapted from The Reason Revolution: Atheism, Secular Humanism, and the Collapse of Religion, a short, free e-book available at dandana.us/atheism

The number of nontheistic Americans is now about 20% of the general population (higher among those with college degrees), and is…

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Added by DAN DANA on September 17, 2014 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

The Middle East

     I’m at that point with the Middle East where honestly, I feel the ISIS issue is, well, their issue.

I also get the impression from the Arab League that they are just going to sit on their bottoms, sip tea and wait for the west, or NATO or the US to handle the situation.  But this seems the norm over there.

     As one person pointed out they (the Arabs) don’t or won’t attack another because they want to be “friend” and not upset anyone.

     Well maybe it is time…

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Added by Rick on September 17, 2014 at 3:33am — 1 Comment

I am offended

I am offended 

There is a peculiar phenomenon going around that I want to address. 

I feel deeply rooted offense when I see a person insult another, or belittle them, or assault another physically, mentally and emotionally. 

I am offended by parents who deliberately do not educate their children claiming they prepare their children for 21st…

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Added by Joan Denoo on September 16, 2014 at 10:35pm — 32 Comments

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