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On a Lighter Note



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Added by Creature on January 31, 2009 at 4:33pm — 1 Comment

The selfishness of religion

Taken from my blog



It’s been a while since I last posted since classes just started up a little bit ago. One of the classes I’m taking is a comparative religion’s class. The class covers christianity, islam, and judaism. What transpired yesterday in the class really infuriated me.



We were talking about how people always try to rationalize bad events, like tsunami’s, floods, terrorist attacks, etc… One guy raised his hand… Continue

Added by Dustin Sanders on January 31, 2009 at 1:16pm — 5 Comments

Because I feel like it

I'm going to start blogging whatever useless nonsense I happen to be thinking about or doing whenever I feel like it.

For instance right now, I would like to announce the following:



After Dark Horror Fest... Some of their "Films to Die For" are really, well... Not. One of three so far has been decent.

I think the worst part is they claim that they're films "so disturbing they don't make it to the box-office," or something of that nature anyway. Okay, if by "disturbing" they… Continue

Added by Jas Brimstone on January 30, 2009 at 10:10pm — 2 Comments

Meet the parents

No big deal really, my brother has his new girlfriend over to my parents house for lunch. Nothing that anyone even really gets excited about. But immediately I'm upset again because for the hundredth time I'm watching one of my siblings enjoy normal, inclusive treatment from our parents that I'm not given. For me, it's enough to cry over. It's enough to make me blow off lunch and go hungry instead. Part of me asks, should I be upset? Am I overreacting? But wouldn't anyone feel the same… Continue

Added by Krista on January 30, 2009 at 6:33pm — 9 Comments

Ads

Every time I see a Christian ad I'm gonna click on it. It's gonna be them tything to us! Yay!!

Added by Luke on January 30, 2009 at 6:13pm — 2 Comments

Israelis shoot zoo animals, apparently for fun

Just in case the absolute futility and nihilism of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict wasn't apparent enough, some Israeli soldiers have decided to emphasize the point by deliberately shooting - with small arms and with rockets - animals in the Gaza Zoo. I suppose the soldiers weren't content with conventional ethnic cleansing, and decided that their supremacy needed demonstration against other species, too. Perhaps the soldiers… Continue

Added by Planetologist on January 30, 2009 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

Sour Sweets

The other day an acquaintance asked for my opinion on an article about mercury contamination in high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Here’s my response—corrections welcome:
My first smart-ass response is “good thing I only drink cane sugar or diet sodas.” ;) My initial, unreasoned, reactionary response to the article itself is… Continue

Added by Matthew Orlando on January 30, 2009 at 12:12pm — 1 Comment

A purposeless life

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Added by Jeremy on January 30, 2009 at 11:39am — No Comments

Inauguration

I was elated to hear President Obama recognize "non-believers." Now we need to move forward to ensure we are never left out of the mainstream political conversation. It is a great time to be a freethinker. Looking at the various meetups for freethinkers, atheists, Brights, etc., many of them have been started in just the last 18 months or so. Seems we are getting together and comparing notes in a much more public fashion. I see and hear many people "coming out" as never before. It was quite… Continue

Added by Darrel Ray on January 30, 2009 at 10:44am — No Comments

I draw too...

I got a Wacom Bamboo tablet for xmas, and have been practicing with it on a site I used to mess around on some a while back. (I post as Rook on that site because it is my favorite chess piece.)
Anyway, this is a work in progress the subject of which some people here should be familiar with.

Edit: This is it finished now.

Added by Charles Hollingshead on January 30, 2009 at 2:09am — 4 Comments

Hypocrite among christians?

Sometimes I feel such a hypocrite...



Am I? The reason I ask myself this question and now put it to all of you is what started the last summer and continued until a couple of weeks ago.



During the summer I was working with a couple of guys at my college. Both of them really nice, a Japanese guy and an American of Lao descent. The Japanese guy, let's call him Taro, one Friday invited me to a party "for international students". I said sure, let's go. I hadn't gone to any… Continue

Added by Diego on January 30, 2009 at 12:48am — 6 Comments

A brilliant tactic used by the religious right



How great is it that every time anyone decides it is not appropriate for the religious right to force their beliefs upon the public at large, specifically other peoples children, they accuse the complainers of doing the exact thing they are being asked to stop?



It's a confusing and brilliant way to argue if you ask me. It's as if you walked into a room and found a man punching a baby and the guy made eye contact, pointed at you and screamed "CHILD ABUSER!"… Continue

Added by Jeremy on January 29, 2009 at 7:54pm — 1 Comment

Someone please explain to me why

the US government is spending $650 million on the analog/digital converter box program.



Seriously, I don't get it. I know a good Democratic government can only run with an informed citizenry; however, I don't see how or why it is the government's responsibility to pay for people to be able to watch TV. TV is a luxury, not a right and certainly not a necessity. Of all the spending that is proposed in the latest economic stimulus package this one makes the least amount of sense to… Continue

Added by Jas Brimstone on January 29, 2009 at 4:01pm — 4 Comments

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (My Exit Interview)

Well it's time to move on to more interesting and rewarding activities, but my time here has been well spent. I've learned many things, among them, that many atheists are just as ignorant and uninterested in the reality and history of their world-view as are their theist counterparts, they just happened to fall off on the correct side of the fence. I've also learned that I more enjoy talking to people who disagree with me and will put up a fight, than to those who agree with me most of the… Continue

Added by Kozz on January 29, 2009 at 3:00pm — 28 Comments

Another physician displays crippling ignorance about evolution

Pharyngula posted a very good criticism of yet another newcomer to the ranks of the proudly ignorant in an article on OpenSalon's new beta. Hopefully the profound lack of knowledge displayed in the original anti-evolution post is not representative of the clientele in which OpenSalon intends to specialize. The original author of the OpenSalon post appears to be both complimented and annoyed to be… Continue

Added by Planetologist on January 29, 2009 at 1:10pm — 2 Comments

Pale Blue Dot

Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and… Continue

Added by sara garcia on January 29, 2009 at 1:03pm — No Comments

Atheists Don't Believe in God

You know it: I know it, but why don't they know it?  It's pretty obvious that atheists don't believe in God, but for some reason, a fair number of people seem to think atheists believe in God but just choose not to worship God.  While some people who may believe in God may choose not to worship it doesn't make them atheists. 

 

Because I kept bumping into this weird idea that atheists believe in God but have…

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Added by Kylyssa Shay on January 29, 2009 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Do you believe in luck?

I've found that my belief in the concept of "luck" went away with my theism. Have any of you experienced anything similar?



Merriam Webster's first definition of luck is: "a force that brings good fortune or adversity"

And fortune: "a hypothetical force or personified power that unpredictably determines events and issues favorably or unfavorably"



What IS this force? I think I thought it had to do with god. (Or maybe Star Wars?? tee hee… Continue

Added by Jude Johnson on January 29, 2009 at 12:00pm — 7 Comments

What good is History?

I found this today as I was looking for some paperwork. It is a position paper from a History class I wrote sometime last year. Just some food for thought.



What good is History? (A question proposed by Dr. McGee)



This is a simple question, with a complex answer. History means something different to all. History can be something spiritual, rhetorical, and sometimes literal. It is difficult to know who we are until we know who we have been. We all need a sense of beginning.… Continue

Added by Leslee Love on January 29, 2009 at 11:18am — 2 Comments

The Unbearable Lightness of Materialism

Sometimes theists leave comments on my primary blog, planetologist.net. Recently a comment in response to my screed against Rick Warren prompted a reader - actually not a raving lunatic, rather a pretty calm but (sadly) theist writer - to leave a comment that invoked the M word... materialism. There were also a fair number of "quote me and then argue against my quote" comments, which I find almost as… Continue

Added by Planetologist on January 29, 2009 at 10:34am — No Comments

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