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Punk'd Again, By God!

The following was written last year, after a tornado ripped through a nearby area. I thought it would be enjoyed by my fellows in faithlessness.



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Once more, that loving Christian god has shown his capricious sense of irony by hurling killer tornadoes at still another Florida trailer park. (Oops.. make that “mobile home community”…wouldn’t want to be p.i. in a godicle). The sick humor here is that this most recent assault was on a retirement community,… Continue

Added by Ruth Dickson on September 28, 2008 at 1:55pm — 29 Comments

I know I'm not alone, but it sure feels like it.

Here in Springfield, Illinois the culture is predominantly religious based, so activities in the community that don't cost any money are awash with religious-based programs and activities that require exposure to "scripture."



I am aware of local Freethinker Meetups that gather once a month, but the last few I missed because of my work schedule. There is one Unitarian Universalist Congregation here, but I totally reject all religion and organizations that tolerate all… Continue

Added by Atheist Insurgency on September 28, 2008 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Saturday, 27 September, 2008 23:04

Saturday, 27 September, 2008 23:04

Nilknarf Daily Haiku
existence might be...
but again, it might not be;
maybe forever.

Eh, I like being optimistic, and I hate being wrong.

Lately, I am both.

I have slept 20 out of the last 24 hours, and I'm all set to do it again, dammit.

I did watch Righteous Kill and enjoyed it... it kept me awake, at least.

I am going to be optimistic about tomorrow.

Added by Douglas Franklin on September 27, 2008 at 11:11pm — No Comments

Friday, 26 September, 2008 22:00

Friday, 26 September, 2008 22:00



Nilknarf Daily Haiku

existence might be...

but again, it might not be;

maybe forever.



Interesting day... or night, or whatever the hell it was.



I got to sleep about 19:00 last night, and woke up at... 22:30.



With the itchies.



Well, I had mentioned the three days without a shower, so I was able to stand up OK and shower, so I spent a half-hour soaking and scrubbing... no problem standing up at… Continue

Added by Douglas Franklin on September 26, 2008 at 10:38pm — No Comments

Jehovah's Witnesses On Mission From God Murdered 13 People.

Source - Mail Online

More reasons to get rid of religion.



Two Jehovah's Witnesses, claiming to be on mission from God to cleanse world of sinners, murdered 13 people during a nine-month period according to news report.

The report say that the two accused suspected serial killer were "twisted". The… Continue

Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on September 26, 2008 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

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You can read my blog at My Pants

Added by bullet on September 26, 2008 at 5:15pm — No Comments

Love of money, idols, and power

So, is there a drinking game based on how many time the candidates mention "God" and "Jebus" tonight?



I have a rant to rant and I'm just going to rant it without really editing it down...



The hypocrisy never ends in the C of C:



Paraphrasing from the New Testament, Benedict decried "insatiable greed" and said "the love of money is the…
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Added by AtheistJoy on September 26, 2008 at 3:46pm — 2 Comments

I Daresay ...

Obama's got this election wrapped up now.
He could spend the rest of this campaign just sitting at his breakfast table, sipping a cup of coffee, and posting clips about his plans for our nation on YouTube for all I care; he's the man!

Added by HotMess on September 26, 2008 at 12:13pm — 5 Comments

Obama Too Cool?

Now I've heard everything. This...this is just ridiculous.

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Where many politicians would have aspired to show anger, Senator Barack Obama spoke in a soft, even tone as he reached the crescendo of his speech Wednesday about government mismanagement of the economy...

(Read the Rest here...links on Blog)

Added by IsThatLatin on September 26, 2008 at 9:37am — 2 Comments

Artificial Intelligence

If the intelligence of the human mind is the product of the a physical mind, and thusly its actions dictated by physical laws, then it is reasonable to conclude that an artificial mind of equal physical capacity would be necessarily intelligent. This is the principle of multiple realizability (1). For any process that produces an affect, there is no reason to assume that said process is the only means of producing the very same affect. That a form produces or infers a specific action does not… Continue

Added by Metro State Atheists on September 25, 2008 at 9:51pm — No Comments

Critiquing Descartes

When Descartes investigated the implications of skepticism, i.e., that because we can cast doubt on any supposition, we can never be certain that our supposition is correct, he proposed that doubting ones own existence necessarily affirms it and, thus, of at least one thing a person can be certain beyond any doubt; that they exist. In order for an entity doubt anything at all, even that it exist, it must first exist to do so. Descartes proposal is immune to the skeptics doubt because the very… Continue

Added by Metro State Atheists on September 25, 2008 at 9:49pm — No Comments

Dualism Blurb

I wrote this for my introduction to philosophy class.



According to dualism, the mind can exist separately of the body and is not dependent upon the body to exist. The body is a physical entity that exists wholly in the material world. The mind, though, is analogous to the soul or the conscious and, unlike eating or breathing, is not considered a function of the physical form.



Descartes’ believed that our idea of perfection, which he assumed does not exist in the real… Continue

Added by Metro State Atheists on September 25, 2008 at 9:48pm — No Comments

The mind-body problem

The mind-body problem deals with questions about the nature of the mind and how it is related to the physical world. Questions as to whether the mind is immaterial and distinct from the physical or an emergent property of a physical reality are of primary interest to the mind-body problem. I am of the opinion that the mind is an emergent property of a physical reality. Physical, in the context of this discussion, would include all forms of matter, energy, and the laws by which they… Continue

Added by Metro State Atheists on September 25, 2008 at 9:47pm — No Comments

Thursday, 25 September, 2008 18:38

Thursday, 25 September, 2008 18:38



Nilknarf Daily Haiku

the days... blank pages;

to be writ boldly or not...

but they must be writ.



No new haiku, and almost no entry....



The meds are pretty much kicking my ass, but doing their job, I think.



The back is much better, hasn't grabbed me but once today... and it's way too early for the pneumonia to be getting better, of course.



I woke up about 06"30 today, then snugly dozed off… Continue

Added by Douglas Franklin on September 25, 2008 at 6:59pm — 1 Comment

David Grinspoon: The Science and The Hype

This October 23rd from 3 to 5 pm, Metro State Atheists will be hosting a lecture by David Grinspoon, author of “Lonely Planets” and curator of astrobiology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, entitled “The Science and the Hype: Why Denver Doesn’t eed an Extraterrestrial Affairs Commision.”. Lucia Guatney, author of the popular blog “Splendid Elles”, will be presenting Grinspoon.

Location
Auraria Campus, North Classroom
9000 Auraria Parkway
Denver, CO, 80217

Added by Metro State Atheists on September 25, 2008 at 3:11pm — No Comments

Drugs are bad...m'kay?

mkay329881 I had an unusual interview two weeks ago.



I sleep through most media interviews now, since the questions tend to be the same, and in about the same order: Tell me a little about your book, Why do nonreligious parents need their own separate resource, How do you deal with moral development, How can you help kids deal with death without an afterlife, Isn't it important to believe in something greater than ourselves, Before I know it, I'm being thanked for a… Continue

Added by Dale McGowan on September 25, 2008 at 12:17pm — 1 Comment

Girls Can Marry At 9 say Fatwa From Morocco

More reasons to get rid of religion.



In Morocco a Salafi preacher name Mohamed Al-Maghrawi issued a "Fatwa" that permits girls 9-years-old to marry.

Interisting, why is the "Fatwa" or the author of the "Fatwa" saying that they 'permits' these babies to marry. You can't permit a baby to marry. A 9-year-old have no idea of what marriage is and mean. How do you let these babies know that you gave them the permission to marry? Do you go to them saying here is the "Fatwa" we… Continue

Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on September 25, 2008 at 9:57am — 1 Comment

Smell the flowers

A slow day yesterday for deep thinking, so I'll just have to dredge up an old favorite my wife is tired of hearing about.



Imagine a race of alien creatures from a far off planet. These creatures have a very different evolutionary past than humans. By chance, one of their cultural quirks is to give gifts to of unusual items to someone they would like to mate with. This space faring group routinely combs the stars and the planets around them looking for aesthetically pleasing… Continue

Added by Roger Rotge on September 25, 2008 at 9:06am — 1 Comment

The Problem With Prayer

THE PROBLEM WITH PRAYER



One of the most common beliefs found throughout the various theistic faiths, is that of prayer being a useful tool to communicate with ones deity. Some theists such as Muslims will pray many times a day, while others pray only when some type of tragedy befalls upon them creating a need for "divine intervention." Regardless of how often people pray they all are equally deluded into believing that such actions produce some type of positive results. I can already… Continue

Added by Rodoso on September 25, 2008 at 3:58am — 1 Comment

Wednesday, 24 September, 2008 19:58

Wednesday, 24 September, 2008 19:58



Nilknarf Daily Haiku



the days... blank pages;

to be writ boldly or not...

but they must be writ.









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It has been a day, certainly. It didn't begin until about 12:30.



Crummy sleep, as usual, but besides the cough, the back problems make it even harder to sleep comfortably.



I've got a lot to… Continue

Added by Douglas Franklin on September 24, 2008 at 8:21pm — No Comments

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