Фелч Гроган's Blog (45)

Re: Some thoughts upon the popular idea of deriding Agnostics as "fence-sitters".

It really is beyond just annoying when folks choose to grace the front page of a|n with their blogging wisdom, and then proceed to lock all commentary when it deviates from what they wish to hear. It really is the ultimate expression of weeniedom. The original blog entry can be seen here and is worth a look to grasp the whole context. It starts off quite vigorously -…


Added by Фелч Гроган on April 15, 2010 at 7:29am — 24 Comments

Re: What about those darn Extraterrestrials?

What about those darn Extraterrestrials?

Y'know, this is more than a tad annoying, and it's not the first time it's happened. If you want to post an article making extraordinary claims, you should -

a) provide extraordinary evidence, and

b) not lock it so you can control what commentary is permissable regarding it

JONATHAN UNDERWOOD: Listen carefully to the first… Continue

Added by Фелч Гроган on November 21, 2009 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

New group - The Sandbox, an area to test all of your fancy web creation tricks first

Make all your html nightmares come to life. Test your widgets and embedded code disasters. Admin rights for whoever wants them - totally destroy the admin options. Do it here, where it doesn't matter how much you screw up.


Added by Фелч Гроган on August 6, 2009 at 10:28pm — 2 Comments

Helen Ukpabio and Nigeria's Liberty Gospel Church

To the best of my knowledge, Helen Ukpabio and Nigeria's Liberty Gospel Church haven't been posted about here before (hint: it's considerate to do a search for existing discussions before generating a whole new one. Both 'Hitler' and 'abortion' have shelf lives). Child witches in Africa have been discussed, but Liberty Gospel takes the horror and idiocy to a whole new level. I am pretty speechless.… Continue

Added by Фелч Гроган on June 24, 2009 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Questions to ask spooks

I've used a standard question to throw voodoo spooks when they start babbling excessively for many years now (so long I can't cite the original idea) -

Why aren't there any psychics barred from casinos ?

Surely, if casinos can instantly spot and eject card counters, it shouldn't be too hard to deal with psychics ?

More recently, I've come up with another one -

Why don't professional dowsers volunteer their services to clear third world… Continue

Added by Фелч Гроган on June 17, 2009 at 12:30am — 11 Comments

Leaving the Fold - Hasidic Atheist kids

Not embeddable:


Follows young Hasidic Jews aged 18 – 25 in Montreal, New York and Jerusalem who decide they can no longer live in their ultra orthodox communities, so they venture into the secular world. To do so they have to turn their backs on their relationships with their parents and their siblings.

A film about spiritual journeys in the opposite direction; from…

Added by Фелч Гроган on June 15, 2009 at 8:05pm — 5 Comments

Trolling 101

Language corruption by the stupid is a fact of life, but enough is enough.

Overuse, abuse and misuse of the term "troll" has become endemic. More disturbingly, it has begun to have a distinct McCarthyist slant to it. It has come to have no relation to it's original meaning, and has become a term to attempt to silence criticism by slander, insinuation and guilt by association.

What a troll is -…


Added by Фелч Гроган on June 10, 2009 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

Do you worry about how A|N presents itself to the world ?

[Please direct pertinent commentary to the forum copy of this post (full details are posted there)]

9/11, nutjobs, selective blog editing and Clarence

This has reached a point of ludicrousness that is on par with the worst nutjobs I have ever encountered. However, it is not something I feel can be ignored nor… Continue

Added by Фелч Гроган on June 5, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

Re: Richard Gage, a credentialed questioner of collapsing steel framed buildings amid molten steel and nano-thermite; the story of Bldg 7 World Trade Center.

[continued here due to dissenting commentary being shutdown as inconvenient to the original conspiracy expose]

* Posted by Clarence Dember on 1 June 2009 at 8:00am

Richard Gage is an Architect and says 700 Architects and Engineers are coming together demanding an enquiry into the veracity of the story of the near free fall collapsing of steel frame buildings at the World Trade Center caused… Continue

Added by Фелч Гроган on June 3, 2009 at 12:00pm — 5 Comments

Dark Age memetics

Both creationism and environmental denial are almost daily news. Their vile triplet, anti-vaccination crusading, hasn't reached quite the same level yet, but this article is a fascinating read -

A Broken Trust: Lessons from the Vaccine–Autism Wars

It's quite a sobering reminder of the actual scale of the assault being mounted against reason. Recommended for those who are still… Continue

Added by Фелч Гроган on May 30, 2009 at 11:08am — 7 Comments

Re: To My Community of Athiest People

Everything Justine Rodrigues is now set to private, which isn't really fair when posting into the main public space. "Justine" is also lazy - this is an obvious copy-n-paste theft, pretty obvious because the genuine pea-brain only stands out in the subject line which was manually typed. Unless it was intentional. Assuming it's not, this post really needs some… Continue

Added by Фелч Гроган on May 13, 2009 at 10:00pm — 7 Comments

What universities are for

Julian relates the following anecdote: "Once when Diogenes was in a crowd of people, a certain youth farted. Diogenes poked him with his staff and said, 'And so, vile wretch, though you have done nothing that would give you the right to take such liberties in public, are you beginning here and now to show your scorn of opinion ?'" Here Diogenes himself explains indirectly the Cynic method for criticizing conventional opinion: he regards the fart as social comment, equal to outspokenness or… Continue

Added by Фелч Гроган on May 10, 2009 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Stupidynamics, or Neo-[insert] socialism / fascism / theism / atheism

Or, (Occam's razor)^-1, the flipside.

The jury is out as to whether a brutal encounter with tragedy flips a person into religiosity or atheism - I don't think its a debate that will ever be settled, because I don't think there is an answer. It all depends on each individual's wiring. That thing that happened on 9/11 pushed me from indifferent agnosticism, to committed atheism with the realisation that there is nothing harmless about religion - that it is capable of… Continue

Added by Фелч Гроган on May 5, 2009 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Poll corruption - a practical demonstration

Now that the dust has settled - what happened at YouTube is nothing out of the ordinary. See how it was done to Time 100 Most Influential -

[link 1][link 2]

Take note, the occassional posters here who call for volunteers to stack… Continue

Added by Фелч Гроган on April 16, 2009 at 2:07am — No Comments

Privacy and Anonymity group

Digital Hubris - "I'm not doing anything wrong, so I have nothing to hide, therefore I have nothing to fear"


Discussion, tools and resources for ensuring online privacy and anonymity. It's no longer a case of "if" these issues will affect you, it's "when". As Joni Mitchell sang - "That you don't know what you've got. Till its gone".

Folks, you are the… Continue

Added by Фелч Гроган on April 5, 2009 at 9:58am — No Comments

What to do when the bus company rejects your ads ?

Take a tip from our Spanish friends -

Added by Фелч Гроган on March 31, 2009 at 12:25am — 2 Comments

My new favourite nutjob

Yet again, making the line between satire and fundamentalism even blurrier... I present the Brother Steve Winter's Winterband. Just listen to the lyrics before following the link - guaranteed awesomeness.


Shame, shame, shame

I Corinthians 14: 34, 35

34: Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith…

Added by Фелч Гроган on March 20, 2009 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

Censorship, Australian style

Hi folks,

Rather than rehash everything, you can read all about it in our group here. Its a real late night for me watching this happening in real time.

Currently (3am Oz time) there are major changes being done at the backbone level to our DNS system. I'm sitting here and watching websites vanish. I… Continue

Added by Фелч Гроган on March 19, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Elders of Zion to Retire

[Certified 100% true (fnord)]

The Elders of Zion [*], the venerable and shadowy Jewish organization that controls the international banking industry, news media and Hollywood, has announced that it is disbanding so that members can retire to Florida and live out their golden…

Added by Фелч Гроган on March 15, 2009 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Christianity promotes human progress, pope says

No, this is not from The Onion...



Christianity promotes human progress, pope says

By Carol Glatz

Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Because Christianity promotes a culture of values, it aids in human… Continue

Added by Фелч Гроган on March 13, 2009 at 10:08am — 3 Comments

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