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More about creations and science

In the past couple of days, I’ve been fielding an increasing number of, um, interesting questions from School Girl. Yesterday, we talked about “how the earth was created”. Last night, there were another couple of interesting questions, which found their way into the breakfast conversation this morning.

“How was the moon created? Is it really white, or black, or green?” Green? Huh…

Closely followed by…”If there’s nothing in space, is it white or black?” White being in the… Continue

Added by Karen Mohler on August 25, 2008 at 10:35am — 2 Comments

Finks ahoy!

by Dale McGowan, author/editor, Parenting Beyond Belief


There's plenty of nonsensical meme creation on the Internet (just so you know). One of my least favorites is what I'll call the Fictional Narrative Cartoon (FNC, or 'Fink'). Follow these steps to write a Fink of your own:

1. Select a life stance you have never held nor attempted to… Continue

Added by Dale McGowan on August 25, 2008 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Where is God?

Dear reader,

A simple question from a simple person: Where is God? If he exists, he must be somewhere. I don't mean in the metaphorical sense, as in, "Wow I am going through a bad patch right now, God where are you?" but rather as in physically, where the fuck is he? I mean, for a person to believe in something, typically it has to BE somewhere. Is he in Australia? Is he down a mine shaft? Is he on Uranus? Is he on the other side of the galaxy? Is he far, far away, in the outer… Continue

Added by Buford Twain on August 25, 2008 at 1:50am — 8 Comments

Devastated Family

I have had a few people welcome me into the "community" here on Atheist Nexus, but I haven't had a chance to answer and say "Hi" back. You see, we have lost a cherished member of our family and I won't be posting for a while after this, but I will be back later. This Saturday in the wee hours, my Father in Law passed away. The family was there to see him go as he lay in his hospital bed in intensive care. We knew he was sick with leukemia since early spring of this year, and so were trying to… Continue

Added by Natalie on August 25, 2008 at 1:20am — 1 Comment

RNC protest

If anyone else plans on being here, and you want to meet up, send me a message :)

Added by Hessenroots on August 25, 2008 at 12:28am — No Comments

Just an excuse to fiddle

*says* something smart

Added by Fiona on August 24, 2008 at 11:27pm — 1 Comment

Dragon*Con 2008 Parties

I'm going to be at Dragon*Con 2008 in Atlanta on Labor Day weekend and will be involved in throwing a large party in the Hyatt. It's usually one of the larger parties of the con. We will have lots of alcohol and lots of fun. If anyone is going to be there and is interested in meeting up or finding the party, hit me back with a comment or a message.

Added by Jeremy on August 24, 2008 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Sunday, 24 August, 2008 19:31

Sunday, 24 August, 2008 19:31

Nilknarf Daily Haiku


by love and understanding...

alone in sorrow.

Lanas' mother died last night.

I had never met her.

I really feel for Lana and her family... even though you know it's coming, it's hard, very hard, to say goodbye to a loved one.

My day started at 03:00... I had gone to bed and right to sleep at 22:00 last night.

I tried to sleep for about two hours, but it… Continue

Added by Douglas Franklin on August 24, 2008 at 8:28pm — No Comments

The Catholic Church and Hitler

Recently I saw that a bible thumper laid the blame of atheism on Hitler and the Nazis. Of course, I thought that was crazy, and wrote up a blog post about it. What I wonder is, seriously, has anything truly good ever come out of religion? Anything? I mean, wars, the Dark Ages, so much bad stuff, but I can't think of anything good.

And apparently my… Continue

Added by Neece on August 24, 2008 at 8:28pm — No Comments

Listening to the waves

It is a cacophony of noise.

The sound of the moon pulling at its tether
The sound of molecules churning and clashing
The hidden roar of hurricanes and typhoons

Yet it calms me and lulls me to sleep.

Added by Brian on August 24, 2008 at 7:38pm — 3 Comments

"I have learned that death is scary and that means that I can enjoy life."

I'm about to move about an hour away where I got a job that provides a little apartment for free. I hauled a box out of my closet that contains about twenty journals that I've kept since I was a kid. I couldn't resist pulling them out and reading them and now I'm wasting my time on it when I should be packing. Anyway. This page made me smile. I wrote it right after deconverting. I was about nineteen years old.

Previously I stated that "I have learned that death is scary and that… Continue

Added by Krista on August 24, 2008 at 4:57pm — 1 Comment

"Eugenics is applied Darwinism"

Typical evolution = Hitler crap...again. Good for a Sunday afternoon chuckle though :)

Stunning documentary links Darwin, Hitler

Here's the 'documentary' thing on YouTube if you're up for an hour of punishment.

Added by Hessenroots on August 24, 2008 at 1:59pm — No Comments

“A Deck of Cards” (originally published in Polluto Magazine Issue 1) in the articles section

A deck of cards is an amazing teaching tool. With it, I’ve taught students elementary concepts such as addition and subtraction as well as advanced concepts in Algebra and Geometry. As a teacher trainer and lead teacher for my district, I have built up my reputation with eleven years of dedicated teaching, yet a few seconds could demolish my reputation and possibly cost me my job if word got out that I am an atheist.

Although I teach in a public school, the vast majority of the… Continue

Added by Jess Freeborn on August 24, 2008 at 11:50am — No Comments

When a Poe isn't: A new breed of crazy

I stated very early on that it wasn’t my sole intent to make this blog a constant source of fundamentalist ridicule. I hold to that (see my post on Tardigrades) but being as the bigfoot scandal is over, the raelians are quiet and scientologists haven’t tried to kill anyone in a while…I’m at a loss. Some fairly interesting stuff happened in the Olympics this week but I imagine you’re just as sick of hearing about Phelps (not fred) as I am. That aside, and in my own defense, some of this stuff is… Continue

Added by Hessenroots on August 24, 2008 at 2:30am — No Comments

Saturday, 23 August, 2008 21:49

Saturday, 23 August, 2008 21:49

Nilknarf Daily Haiku

twice the energy

maybe three times, wasted on hate;

but love wastes nothing.

weird night... I went to be about 20:00, being very tired.

Fucking woke up at midnight. Irrevolkably.

We had a nice storm come through from the northwest, kinda unusual; got quite a bit of rain and a little wind, and it lasted for quite a while. Lotsa lightning.

I decided to start the crock pot… Continue

Added by Douglas Franklin on August 23, 2008 at 10:14pm — 1 Comment

Why do you need a public forum?

The local daily newspaper has a section wherein it publishes letters from readers. Generally, the letters are commentaries on current events, but least a couple of times a week someone writes in espousing their religious views. Today's ditty is a real gem. There are floods, fires, hurricanes and tornadoes because - get this - prayer isn't allowed in public schools. I supposed those things never happened at any time in history prior to the U.S. Supreme Court enforcing the First Amendment. That's… Continue

Added by Oh-Oh-Oreo on August 23, 2008 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Webster's Dictionary Is Biased Towards Christianity

Over at our new home, Heaving Dead Cats, I talked a bit about how important words are, and then look into some definitions. It seems that Webster's is biased towards christianity. I would have thought dictionaries would be a bastion of objectivity.

Also, for those of you who have been so kind to support Believers Anonymous, Heaving Dead Cats is our new home! WOOT! :D… Continue

Added by Neece on August 23, 2008 at 12:37pm — No Comments

Awesome Hi-Rez photos

The Boston Globe website has a newer feature, detailing various topics with some gigantically hi-rez photos, called The Big Picture.

There's a number of different features here but the Large Hadron Collider and 'Views of Jupiter' tickled my geekier side.

Added by Hessenroots on August 23, 2008 at 10:30am — No Comments

Obama's 3:00 AM Phone Call

Although I'm certain that I will be far from the only one to draw the parallel, let me be the first one to note it here.

Hillary had her "3 AM Phone Call" ad, where she awoke to answer a crisis phone call. Now some of us know how Hillary would have felt, particularly if the call were not a true crisis. Barack Obama has just PLACED a 3 AM phone call to those whom he can least afford to offend by an early…

Added by NH Baritone on August 23, 2008 at 4:00am — No Comments

What's a Girl to Do?

Bat for Lashes, 2006. Two takes.

The fun part is finding the break.

Get the album… Continue

Added by warreno on August 23, 2008 at 3:39am — 1 Comment

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