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AC/DC? Mercy Me!

I might have been 15 when AC/DC became popular in the San Francisco area. I was a born again Christian, and they scared the crap out of me back then. Every stoner in town (which was practically every guy in my high school) blasted their satanic message out of his cassete player over the roar of his open headers as he jammed through town and out into the countryside. They toured out here and played at this mega-concert called the "Day on the Green" at this coloseum in Oakland, I think. I might… Continue

Added by HotMess on October 17, 2008 at 11:12pm — 4 Comments

Friday, 17 October, 2008 22:20

Friday, 17 October, 2008 22:20



Nilknarf Daily Haiku

damn, oblate, oblate

the moon, the weird description...

displays many quirks.



Letter: We can heed lesson



The Capital-Journal

Published Monday, October 13, 2008



People can get smarter, sometimes even congresspeople.



I admire Nancy Boyda's take on the bailout: "He's trying to ram it through with little debate by sowing fear and anxiety. I don't like those tactics, and I… Continue

Added by Douglas Franklin on October 17, 2008 at 10:33pm — No Comments

sam harris on sarah palin

http://www.newsweek.com/id/160080/page/1

Added by markystar on October 17, 2008 at 6:12pm — 2 Comments

Thursday, 16 October, 2008 20:45

Thursday, 16 October, 2008 20:45



Nilknarf Daily Haiku

the things you don't know

they may or may not kill you;

some make you happy.



wELL, MY "HEALTHY" dose of cough syrup may have been too much... I couldn't get up for my dentist appointment today.



Nor could I waken for the numerous phone calls... I was aware of the phone ringing, but that's about it.



I think that I hit the snooze once, and then turned the damned alarm clock… Continue

Added by Douglas Franklin on October 16, 2008 at 9:03pm — No Comments

Pascal's Wager (A tired argument)

I know that most atheists are simply sick of this argument, but I need to address it briefly in my book so that the pseudo-debate can be quickly discarded with the rest of the rubbish. I'm trying to put my own personal spin on it here, so let me know what you think (any feedback is appreciated).



Belief as a Safety Net



A popular argument among Christians is that it's better to believe in god "just in case" such a character exists. If you believe & you’re wrong, there's… Continue

Added by Rodoso on October 16, 2008 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

What Is A Scientist, A True Scientist?

WHAT IS A SCIENTIST, A SINCERE AND GENUINE SCIENTIST?



This question about scientists arises whenever there are people hoping to claim that science and religion can be compatible. Most such commentators get the matter entirely wrong.



Obviously to start with, a minimum requirement is that for somebody to be considered as even a candidate to be a scientist he or she must have had adequate scientific training OR scientific experience to a suitably high level maintained for a… Continue

Added by Dr. Terence Meaden on October 15, 2008 at 5:30pm — No Comments

The white-bearded red herring...or YES, I'm talking to YOU, Lisa Miller

by Dale McGowan

Author/editor of Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion



pythongod340909 The world is full of ignorant nonsense, and that's okay. Well, it's not okay, but it seems to be part of the unavoidable deal, what with unequal access to education and a thousand other things. What I've had quite enough of is ignorant nonsense from people who really have no… Continue

Added by Dale McGowan on October 14, 2008 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

Abortion and little brothers





I just love this place because it gives me somewhere to post about what I have to deal with in my family. My brother who is younger than me by two years posted the following in his facebook along with a really gruesome picture of a bloody, fully formed baby. I posted a calm comment on it, ending in 'I love you!' but really I was nearly shaking with disgust. I would like to educate him on the… Continue

Added by Krista on October 13, 2008 at 7:21pm — 5 Comments

Calling All Bloggers!

If anyone is interested in doing a guest post on my blog, www.createcognitivedissonance.wordpress.com - please contact me. I've got a great set of debates going on my site, and will also have several religious folks posting their views. The hope is that by inviting participation by all types, the debate will cover a great deal of philosophical ground. Maybe some minds will be changed, if only in small ways. I think the defense of Reason within the competitive marketplace of ideas is essential.… Continue

Added by Ben Barnett on October 13, 2008 at 4:15pm — No Comments

Name the Brazilians!

Most of the time, our family life is typical. But every so often, without warning, a Monty Python sketch breaks loose.



Connor (13) asked the other day why there are bad names for black people but not for others. At first I didn't understand what he meant. Then I realized he meant exactly what he had asked.



It's not the first time I've been made aware that he is growing up in a very different day-to-day environment than I did. I once asked him if middle school kids still… Continue

Added by Dale McGowan on October 13, 2008 at 11:42am — 2 Comments

R.E.S.P.E.C.T-What it means to mean with regard to Religion.

This blog will be different for me since this one won't be loaded with facts, figures, cites and other drab blather that I normally write. This blog is about respecting religious views. Faith. An illogical belief that is devoid of proof. Where else in our discourse do we actually use this word properly? I don't mean the colloquial meaning, in sentences such as "I have faith in him/her". For instance, when has anybody (that isn't completely deranged) actually had faith in any material object?… Continue

Added by Metro State Atheists on October 13, 2008 at 9:13am — No Comments

Was Hitler An Atheist?

See for yourself.



"My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God's truth! was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter. In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of… Continue

Added by Metro State Atheists on October 13, 2008 at 9:13am — 1 Comment

Peanuts - by Charles Bukowski

This stuff is priceless -



http://progressiveboink.com/archive/peanuts-by-charles-bukowski/





I don't know who's actually responsible for it, but they nailed it precisely.



Though never explicitly stated, Buk was as atheist and cynical as they come. but could create more beauty and hope in a single poem… Continue

Added by Фелч Гроган on October 13, 2008 at 8:00am — No Comments

Past life regression mumbo-jumbo

[apologies to Kristy - I assumed she took this stuff more seriously than she actually does]



This thread -



Any useful help on hypnosis and past life therapy?



reminded me of an anecdote from the formative years of my cynicism. Some of it refers to posts in the thread.



===



Let me give you an… Continue

Added by Фелч Гроган on October 13, 2008 at 3:00am — No Comments

WTTF

Added by Krista on October 13, 2008 at 12:18am — No Comments

Sunday, 12 October, 2008 21:43

Sunday, 12 October, 2008 21:43



Nilknarf Daily Haiku

murky moon, cloudy...

not entirely excluded

by the frontal skuds.



Very, very tired after having a wonderful day with my old friend Gaylen.



We did throw some horseshoes and play some pool and drank a little whisky and beer.



And sat around in his woods and beside his woods and talked and looked at the sky and the forest and philosophized impressively.



We are both excellent… Continue

Added by Douglas Franklin on October 12, 2008 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Heterosexual Privilege Checklist.

(This is blatant thievery, so let me give credit where it's due. The original post can be found at The Queers United Blog. And boy, am I glad they posted it!)



Most of you have seen the post about the…
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Added by NH Baritone on October 12, 2008 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Zeitgeist Addendum, and The Venus Project

It's late I'm tired, but I feel the need to get this on my page.


Also see Future by design

Seth

Added by Seth R. on October 12, 2008 at 1:05am — 2 Comments

Saturday, 11 October, 2008 19:26

Saturday, 11 October, 2008 19:26



Nilknarf Daily Haiku

murky moon, cloudy...

not entirely excluded

by the frontal skuds.



Again, a nice day... beautiful weather once more, just perfect, in fact.



I didn't get up until 10:30, and remained foggy for a while... didn't get dressed until noonish.



I mentioned yesterday that Lana had a funeral to go to in Arkansas, so I kinda wanted to spend some time with her today and deep-six the plans that I… Continue

Added by Douglas Franklin on October 11, 2008 at 9:32pm — No Comments

Marketing Christian Teen Sex

There is a significant subset of Christians who somehow find great comfort in products stamped with a "Christian" label. While they proclaim the rejection of "worldly ways" they often adopt them by dressing up inferior knock off products in Christian god talk language and act as if that somehow provides value and morals. They feel they get automatic points for using a PrayStation instead of PlayStation, taking Scripture Mints instead of Altoids, or starting a collection of Holy Bears instead of… Continue

Added by Russ on October 11, 2008 at 6:30am — No Comments

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