Like most people, John Edwards's affair doesn't thrill me. It's not the decision I would have personally had him make. That being said, I fail to see what this has to do with politics, except as a supposed misstep in political strategy, which is all the media seems to care about these days. Not important issues such as Iraq/Afghanistan and the economy. Not direct political wrong-doings
of BushCo. No. Day after day we're subjected to fluff pieces, who 'looks' more Presidential (sorry,… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on August 9, 2008 at 7:04am —
I had a discussion with a friend the other day about religion - surprise, eh? - and in the wake of that I should probably briefly clarify my views.
I would love religion to vanish, but that's not a reasonable thing to want or strive for. I really don't mind religion as long as it doesn't affect the outside world. My main issue, which I think a few people have misunderstood (probably because I ramble and rant) is that religion isn't open to question and criticism, seemingly because… Continue
Added by Blue on August 9, 2008 at 6:59am —
Further to my note of a few days ago, about the Sikh girl who managed to get her personal delusions championed over mere secular beliefs.
It occurs to me that the position religion occupies within the British judicial system – or seeks to occupy, with a great deal of success – is similar to the position it seeks to occupy in science. Fundamentalist religion challenges a varied range of scientific theories, but the alternative hypotheses supplied often function as refutations of… Continue
Added by Blue on August 9, 2008 at 6:55am —
This just in: the world is stupid. Again.
A Sikh girl, attending a school with a no jewellery policy, was excluded for wearing a religious bracelet. The report on this, which was dripping with shots of the girl staring bleakly through windows, detailed how she was winning support and legal advice on the issue.
To me, it seems reasonably simple. No jewellery. Religious jewellery is still just jewellery, worn for entirely personal reasons. See my rant on Secular\Non Secular… Continue
Added by Blue on August 9, 2008 at 6:53am —
I’ve been thinking about some stuff recently. It’s sort of interesting, but hardly very original. Stick around, though – this will likely anger or confuse you.
I work in Vodafone now, which as you may know is a nest of fouls. My job so far has required me to stand at the door and apprehend all comers for the purposes of selling them a Nokia N95. This means I see a lot of people per day. Some of them are hilarious. Here’s some examples:
The utterly punked-up guy who had… Continue
Added by Blue on August 9, 2008 at 6:30am —
My atheist jaunt on Facebook stirred some feathers, it seems. I got some drunken heckling for it from someone that used to be a friend, and since as far as my ideology is concerned I REALLY care about this, I'm going to respond. I don't give a shit if you don't like it. You know who you is.
Firstly, issues were taken with me even having the audacity to argue with christians and what they believe. Why can't I just leave them alone, eh? Why can't I keep my mouth shut?
Ok . .… Continue
Added by Blue on August 9, 2008 at 6:15am —
Top fundamentalist\creationist Christian responses to science, intellectualism, reason and empirical evidence. These are only common responses that have arisen within the short time I’ve really started using the internet to rape fundamentalists; there are, of course, countless other hilarious things that come up in conversation, and countless other hilarious proofs against God. This is a very small starting point, but it amused me.
1. “Biological life cannot come into existence from… Continue
Added by Blue on August 9, 2008 at 6:06am —
My life has obviously been devoid of joy and happiness until this very moment. I've been eating my bread lightly toasted without a religious figure lovingly pressed into it! How did I ever manage to enjoy carbs until now?!
I couldn't make this kind of shit up if I tried. Fool, money, parted...blah blah…
Added by Hessenroots on August 8, 2008 at 6:00pm —
Okay, so I totally ripped off this list from cartoonist Francesco Marciuliano. It's hilarious.
Things You Will Never Overhear at the 2008 Summer Olympics
"Breathe in deep that fresh Beijing air. Smell that? That's the smell of freedom, my boy."
“Wow, NBC hasn’t focused on a single American athlete yet.”
“If you ever needed proof that rhythmic gymnastics is a real sport, there it is.”
“Remember, this broadcast is our big chance… Continue
Added by Wordplayer on August 8, 2008 at 3:43pm —
is beyond tasteless, but what can we expect from the wide-eyed chinchilla-buggerers at Peta?
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to eat an entire fucking cow.
[Crosspost from my dive
Added by warreno on August 8, 2008 at 1:09pm —
My geekyness is aflutter. Not only is the Large Hadron Collider scheduled to start on Sunday
but CERN is going to webcast the launch live. (linkage:… Continue
Added by Hessenroots on August 8, 2008 at 10:00am —
Yay for the Canadians. Hoorah to our neighbors from the North. According to the Angus Reid online poll:
58% of Canucks think humans evolved from less advanced life forms over millions of years, and 22% believe God created people in their present form within the last 10,000 years.
Hip hip hooray! Nice nice! Yah boo! Phillips is a German and he have my pen! Um...excuse me...…
Added by IsThatLatin on August 8, 2008 at 7:58am —
I'm on a Quest of biblical proportions! (pun intended)
I've spent the last two days scouring the web for cold hard facts about the origins of christianity and how it basically stole most of its symbolism and myths from previous pagan religions.
I've found several sources but they are either biased and laden with agenda, or simply not cited. And while they basically agree, that doesn't make it fact.
There must be some resources out there that are… Continue
Added by Neece on August 8, 2008 at 12:11am —
I can't believe I'm actually linking a 'news' story from WorldNetDaily...but here it is. (btw, if you want a good source for extreme right wing christian wackyness, that site is it...hands down)
Modern-day loaves-and-fishes miracle reported:3,500 box lunches feed 5,000 ... with leftovers
"It happened in such a way that [my ministry] was not at all associated with it, which left local… Continue
Added by Hessenroots on August 8, 2008 at 12:00am —
I am ashamed to admit, this is near where I grew up.
From the article:
"A report of a large animal at the Bruce Harne residence in rural Staples around midnight July 23 is believed to be a bear, according to local law enforcement and conservation officials.
The Wadena County… Continue
Added by CriticalMessiah on August 7, 2008 at 9:00pm —
On July 31, 2008 Salon.com posted an articled titled: What's wrong with science as religion, by Karl Giberson. Giberson, who has a PhD in physics and is the author of “Saving Darwin: How to be a Christian and believe in Evolution” was responding to a July 24th web posting by PZ Meyers on Meyers’ blog Pharyngula. (http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/) In the web posting Meyers stuck a rusty nail in a communion cracker, and then used the nail to impale pages of the Qur’an and Richard Dawkin’s “The… Continue
Added by Terry Osburn-Sharff on August 7, 2008 at 8:00pm —
A guest blogger at Pharyngula invited regulars to answer the question, "Why do you like science?" What follows is a slightly modified version of my answering comment.
I have always experienced what Carl Sagan called "the romance of science"; it was only when he expressed the phrase that I knew that to be what it was.
I am especially awed by natural sciences and the phenomena they encompass (as opposed to the breathtaking accomplishments such as have been done with… Continue
Added by Wordplayer on August 7, 2008 at 7:30pm —
Ray Comfort is a vacuous chode. This isn't exactly new but I had to say it. I don't hate the guy, I've never met him. I think his views are skewed and his polarizing opinions are nothing but damaging but I don't hate him. Heck, there's even a chance, albeit slim, that we might get along as long as things stayed completely neutral on religion. Anyway...
He's changed the name of his blog to "atheist central", which is probably true considering the number of links his site gets from… Continue
Added by Hessenroots on August 7, 2008 at 2:34pm —
Warreno posted a blog
today featuring what many voters probably just don't see: 'the caliber of person who fears immigrants, queers and a black president.' Warreno is from Arizona. I'm from Pennsylvania. I imagine, really, that ignorant rednecks are everywhere, in every state, at least. But I do come across people that are often surprised to see the type...for them, it's like going to the zoo and seeing… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on August 7, 2008 at 10:00am —
(from forum post Re-Defining Atheism
Andre M Smith Jr: "I don't know about the rest of you but I am of the mind that Atheism needs a new definition. I think we need to get away from the word "BELIEF" as much as humanly possible"
I side firmly with Sam Harris - I think that “atheist” is a term that we do not need, in the same way that we don’t need a word for someone who rejects… Continue
Added by Фелч Гроган on August 7, 2008 at 9:31am —