Outgoing lunatic, ravager of civilization, source of all sorrows and US President George W. Bush announced
today he is establishing by executive order the Mariana Trench, Pacific Remote Islands and Rose Atoll Marine National Monuments. Mysteriously, this action is within the law, completely constitutional, and does not appear to involve anyone being slain or horribly mutilated while Dick Cheney… Continue
Added by Planetologist on January 6, 2009 at 3:59pm —
Ariane Sherine explains where the idea for the Atheist Bus Campaign came from and Polly Toynbee talks to Richard Dawkins about the word 'probably'
Link to this video:
Today, thanks to many Cif readers, the overall total raised for the Atheist Bus Campaign stands at a truly overwhelming £135,000, breaking our original target… Continue
Added by stagendogs on January 6, 2009 at 1:30pm —
I just joined after finding the Nexus on the Atheist Blogroll. If anyone is interested in some regularly updated commentary on atheism, secularism, politics and world events, I write a blog called LibraryGrape at http://www.LibraryGrape.com
. I hope you'll consider checking it out.
Added by Library Grape on January 6, 2009 at 1:20pm —
I am finally getting around to telling of how my atheism came to be. I guess it really did begin as a child. I must admit though that I have grown up in church surroundings and have not been an atheist all my life (or maybe I subconciously have been). I was christened as an infant in to the Catholic church, attended pre-school at a church, and have attended many churches growing up. I think I was more in love with the buildings and the architecture than god, or the idea of god. I think I just… Continue
Added by Leslee Love on January 6, 2009 at 12:39pm —
In the movie Serenity, the preacher Shepherd Book asks the doubter Captain Reynolds:
"Why when I talk about faith, do you always assume I'm talking about God? "
I met a pair of singers recently who pulled a bait-and-switch on me, with the result that for the first time in my life, I have some sense of the positive value of faith. They started their set with songs from their youth on the usual song topics, romance and heartbreak. By the end of the set, their songs were… Continue
Added by Shoe on January 6, 2009 at 12:11pm —
The purpose of this email is to make certain accusations against the Chinese government and my cry for help. Thank you for your time and your help will be highly appreciated.
Are you aware that the news you are watching is interlaced with Communist China's propaganda,as Communist China maps a realm of news with innocent lives?
Communist China is scheming a millennial terrorist activity by manipulating… Continue
Added by Chen,Shun-Chuan on January 6, 2009 at 3:43am —
I lost my way in '87
And turned my heart and thoughts to heaven
A foolish boy
What could you do?
I thought I was open but I was closed
I thought I had answers to show the world
I thought that the good light would guide me home
For thirteen years I hid away
And waited out the final days
But now there's time to live my life
As it decays
As it decays
I thought I was open but I was closed
I thought I… Continue
Added by George S. on January 6, 2009 at 12:02am —
Props to the Bad Astronomer for posting this amazing YouTube video
. The steampunk style animation is gorgeous, depicting machines that evolve over the ages from clanking fishbots to torrid cyberpunk perfection.
It’s doubtful such a blatant commercial as this German one could be aired in the US. Not blatant because of the sexy fembot… blatant in its… Continue
Added by Planetologist on January 5, 2009 at 4:55pm —
Compared to some of the blogs and comments on AN and in other places across the internet, I'm a relatively newbie of a free thinker. I'm 53 years old and have only been free of religion for almost 3 years. I won't go into detail of my journey here as it's nothing monumental or fantastic. Let's just say that my hubby got me to thinking along those lines (we're both atheists now) and George Bush sealed the deal. Huh. Never thought I'd thank Georgie for anything...
I tried going back to… Continue
Added by Whalehugger on January 5, 2009 at 2:47pm —
The last day of freedom. Tomorrow I'll be back at health school, trying to get the bit of paper that says I'm qualified to do the job I've been doing for the past 12 years. Actually, it's long overdue but it was only in 2008 it became possible to get work experience credited and only take the theory part of the training. The other option has been to start again as a trainee on a trainee salary and spen 8 months in work experience as well as 6 months at school, so it's not so bad. I'll be… Continue
Added by Ian Mason on January 5, 2009 at 2:09pm —
I found a video that put me over the edge
last night. I tried to sleep on it, but it just made me so angry. islam is such a hypocritical lie. How dare they call themselves the religion of peace? See the picture of the little girl? She's 9. Does she look like she should be married? Does she look like she's ready for sex? NO. Freaking… Continue
Added by Neece on January 5, 2009 at 1:32pm —
Does atheism define you?
Absolutely not. Atheism doesn't reflect something you are, it reflects something you are not. It is of no substance by itself. Not believing in something doesn't define who you are, just like not believing in fairies doesn't define who you are. Most people are "afairiest," in that they don't believe in fairies. Does your afairiesm define you? Of course not. Have you even heard of the term? Probably not, because it is as meaningless as the term atheism. We can… Continue
Added by TJMorgan on January 5, 2009 at 12:04pm —
My wife's sixteen-year-old brother committed suicide on Saturday night. Apparently, he was upset because his girlfriend wouldn't kiss him and he hated the military school he was in (surely among other things). There is nothing that can prepare you for the horror of such a thing happening to someone really close to you.
Though there is nothing that can prepare you, there are definitely some things which some say in order to offer comfort which makes everything considerably worse! At the top… Continue
Added by Daniel on January 5, 2009 at 8:43am —
My post Atheist showdown… netted a number of comments and visits to the blog, as suggested in the comments I sent Morgan Mathew, the impetus behind Think Atheist some questions which he has kindly answered below.
Morgan can you give us a rundown on your road to Atheism(were you always an atheist)?
I was always an atheist, I just did not know it. My parents tried to get me baptized as a baby and found out quickly that the church wanted all kinds of money to get a… Continue
Added by Sean the Blogonaut on January 5, 2009 at 7:49am —
2001- $73 million
2008- $204 million
Grand Total: $1.5 Billion
Given the current state of affairs I pretty much place trust in an Abstinence program as mush as I do Wall Street. To Quote Ellen Goodman of the Boston Globe “Our national investment in abstinence-only may not be a scam on the scale of Bernie Madoff. But this industry has had standards for truth as loose as some mortgage lenders. It manufactures a product as ill-suited to the… Continue
Added by Michael S on January 4, 2009 at 10:21pm —
Is Adam Smith's "Invisible Hand" theory of economic prosperity part and parcel of a theocratic fiscal policy?
Added by Clarence Dember on January 4, 2009 at 10:00pm —
found this video... lololol
Added by markystar on January 4, 2009 at 8:46pm —
Ha. No, really...hahahaaaa
Added by IsThatLatin on January 4, 2009 at 7:21pm —
Good day all, let me start by saying this is my first social networking site and first blog post of all time! I could only fight against the times for so long.
A little about myself: I've been an atheist since I was very young. I can't recall any one event that drove me to freeing myself from the bonds of the christian faith, but rather a long progression of little things that made me question and wonder. My family knows and has come to accept it over time, though I find myself in a… Continue
Added by NoImaginaryFriends on January 4, 2009 at 3:26pm —
Tomorrow our semester starts back, which means I have to return to the classroom. It is always hard to go back after a semester break. For me the dread is not because of teaching - necessarily - but because of all the useless wastes of time that accompany a semester in term. Faculty meetings rise to the top of the hate list. Perhaps I'll do more blogging during faculty meetings this time around... I think that helps.
Anyway, this semester I'm teaching a course on the environment,… Continue
Added by Planetologist on January 4, 2009 at 12:50pm —