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Stupid wins out?

After the debacle Saturday, I began to wonder. Why do ignorant people seem to do better in life than intelligent people? I read that people that take larger risks, on average, reap larger rewards. The article was referring to the game show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” The author was noting that contestants rarely went for the million dollars and therefore very few ever received it. If the real world is this way, then the most successful people should be the ones that take the most risks. I… Continue

Added by Roger Rotge on September 23, 2008 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

A Yale Jr. Prof Reviews THE GOD DELUSION

If you've read this book, I'd sure love to have any of you visit my blog to read the latest guest post by Neil Shenvi. Neil received his PhD from Berkeley and is now at Yale University doing research & teaching Theoretical Physical Chemistry.

Neil's review is the front page topic on - check it out!! It would be great to have a few atheist/agnostic responses.

Ben Barnett

Added by Ben Barnett on September 23, 2008 at 12:16am — No Comments

Monday, 22 September, 2008 22:49

Monday, 22 September, 2008 22:49

Nilknarf Daily Haiku

Monday Monday hah!

Means nothing to me anymore!

Neither does Friday....

First, my response to a blogger who thinks that Obama is a non-patriotic Muslim:

People who look at all sides of the questions... question their sources. It appears that you haven't done that. And I find that it's strange for anyone who has a memory before 8/11 can look at America today and say, "Ooooo! It's so much better… Continue

Added by Douglas Franklin on September 22, 2008 at 11:29pm — No Comments

Water Powered Car?

On Monday, September 8, 2008, a Ford mini-van was towed into the dealership where I work and I was delighted. It was the first vehicle I have seen in two years that advertised it was water powered.

I have some familiarity with "water powered" cars since I initially choose that to be my seventh grade science project. I submitted building a car that runs on water. Coach Jones said no.

I settled with using a 5 quart ice cream bucket filled with water and two metal plates… Continue

Added by Roger Rotge on September 22, 2008 at 9:40pm — No Comments

Don't push your beliefs on me!

How many of us have heard our friends and relatives say those few words: Don't push your beliefs on me? I can not count the times I have heard from people that their biggest complaint about religion, any religion, is when the practitioners push their beliefs. This can manifest in a look, a snide comment, or the phrase, "holier than thou" being tossed around.

Sometimes, the person who is feeling pressured is the same religion as the person doing the pressuring. A believer may chastise… Continue

Added by Roger Rotge on September 22, 2008 at 9:38pm — 1 Comment

I don't have enough brain for a title.

I've got to write it. It's been a full day since Saturday when I made a mistake. This isn't to imply that it's the only mistake I've made since then, this account is just the mistake at the forefront of my weekend.

I will let you guys know upfront that this isn't a complete record. The conversation lasted hours on and off. I'll just hit the highlights and give my thoughts.

It all began innocently enough Friday night. I also belong to another networking website called… Continue

Added by Roger Rotge on September 22, 2008 at 9:32pm — No Comments

Is God Pro Life?

Added by Mike Grattan on September 22, 2008 at 12:11am — No Comments

Sunday, 21 September, 2008 21:51

Sunday, 21 September, 2008 21:51

Nilknarf Daily Haiku

autumnal mem'ries....

burning leaves, pumpkins and all...

and those hay-rack-rides.

First day of fall... and I've spent it inside, mostly.

And it was yet again a beautiful day.

I didn't get to sleep until 05:00 or so this morning, and I got up at 12:30 or maybe it was 13:30....

Still feel crappy, still got a fever and a fucking cough.

Tomorrow I'll get an… Continue

Added by Douglas Franklin on September 21, 2008 at 10:10pm — No Comments

Think about it: the story of Noah and the flood.

Why do atheists have a problem accepting the bible as the word of God? I think one example is the story of Noah and the flood. Now I am not a big reader of the bible. I know for some atheists reading the bible was the catalyst that drove them to nonbelief. I am not as familiar with the bible as most so if I misunderstand the story of Noah feel free to correct me.

To summarize, for those even less familiar then me, God looks upon the… Continue

Added by Dennis on September 21, 2008 at 6:56pm — 3 Comments

First, and perhaps only, blog post

It would appear that the world of blogging has added yet another newbie to its ranks - yours truly.

I've never written a single blog post in my life, and, as I'm writing this, I'm not altogether certain there will ever be a second. Quite frankly, I doubt I am up to the task, but there is not much harm in trying, so here goes.

I grew up in a rather religious part of an otherwise secular country. Still, I didn't realise that other people actually believed in a deity before I… Continue

Added by Mari on September 21, 2008 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments


One member of our family has had a life long dream; to re-visit the ruins of the ancient city of Pompeii in Italy.

This is one of two towns covered by volcanic ash and molten lava which was produced from the 79AD eruption of the Volcanic Mt. Vesuvius.

Having visited the Ruins of Pompeii in its early stages of Archological digs during his Navy Days of the early "60's" he has always had a burning desire to return.

Finances however do not permit him to make the… Continue

Added by Doug Harrington on September 21, 2008 at 3:35pm — No Comments

Saturday, 20 September, 2008 19:53

Saturday, 20 September, 2008 19:53

Nilknarf Daily Haiku

fuck mortality

and fuck time too, its' best friend...

always killing folks.

I spent a lot of time in bed, but none it was good sleep... feverish nightmares in the early part, then off/on dazing.

I went to bed at 18:30 or so, and I got up at 12:30 this afternoon... if that would have all been sleep I would be feeling great right now, I'm sure.

Running a temp of 100.4 right now,… Continue

Added by Douglas Franklin on September 20, 2008 at 8:22pm — 1 Comment

the blog

I probably won't post anything here... ever.... and if I did it would suck so don't bother coming back here ever again...

Added by The Flying Spaghetti Monster on September 20, 2008 at 1:43pm — No Comments

Almost Religous

We host Friday evening outdoor volleball games throughout the summer. Last night was our last evening for the year as the daylight wains earlier and earlier.

It was a great season, and last night was as good play as ever.

At one point I had a perfect set and spiked the ball so hard and solidly I could feel it oblique and knew that as it rocketed away from… Continue

Added by MIDVALCRE on September 20, 2008 at 10:27am — No Comments

Friday, 19 September, 2008 18:30

Friday, 19 September, 2008 18:30

Nilknarf Daily Haiku

the shortening days...

energize my faint very soul

cool crisp autumn days.....


Short entry... not enough sleep, feel like shit in general.

More specific today, though.

Face hurts. Bones hurt.

Diaphragm hurts from coughing.

Chest hurts from coughing.

And I can sleep when I take cough medicine... which jacks my BP up, but I'm gonna… Continue

Added by Douglas Franklin on September 19, 2008 at 6:55pm — No Comments

A bit more poetry

My last one was a little sappy, so i thought I'd go with something different. Written in 2004 after reading about one reporter's horrible experience when he got rounded up with a group of peaceful protesters. You can read the article here:



the dust of yesterday

still fills my nostrils

I'll never wake up in a good mood again

never eyes closed in the afternoon sun

but blanched white and… Continue

Added by Jerome on September 19, 2008 at 12:30pm — No Comments

They're not even wrong.

CNN's story led with a provocative and possibly-alarming header: "Cell phones can affect sperm quality, researcher says". That's distressing by virtually any rational standard, no?

Cellular phones have a long history of being feared and mistrusted. There is an abundance of people who believe they cause brain cancer, despite… Continue

Added by warreno on September 19, 2008 at 10:59am — No Comments


Not sure I will be posting here. I already have a blog and even at times post about theology (or lack thereof) sometimes to the aggreement of others, sometimes not. But I kinda like not preaching to the choir either. But we sall see.


Added by MIDVALCRE on September 19, 2008 at 10:09am — No Comments

Atheism is not the opposite of Christianity

though you could be forgiven for thinking so.

No the opposite of Atheism is Theism. Two different answers to the question - Do you believe in god (assuming of course their can be agreement on exactly what god is, but I digress)?

Now belief or disbelief in a god does not cause one to go out and commit acts of atrocity, or of loving kindness for that matter. No for that something extra has to be added.

Steven Weinberg, Nobel Laureate and Physicist is quoted as…


Added by Sean the Blogonaut on September 19, 2008 at 12:31am — 2 Comments

Christian Schools ABC's Compass

For international readers Compass is a program that examines religion, mostly in Australian society.

This weeks program focused on Christian Schooling, last weeks was on Muslim schooling in Australia.

For more information, the program website is here. You may also be able to watch the program for free over the ABC's iview…


Added by Sean the Blogonaut on September 19, 2008 at 12:26am — No Comments

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