Oh, bloody hell it's cold outside! Right now it's 9 degrees with a wind chill factor of -12 degrees. We got almost a foot of snow yesterday and may get as much as eight inches today with gusting winds up to 40 miles per hour.
I've got to move out of this frelling frigid place! Cold weather does not mix well with fibromyalgia, arthritis, or lupus. My aches and pains have aches and pains.
Added by Kylyssa Shay on December 21, 2008 at 12:49pm —
But, as one might expect, they do a poor job. Why is science reporting always so bad in the mainstream media?
The CNN article suffers from two flaws: 1) artificial two-sidedness, and 2) lack of context. In the first instance, the article attempts to present the issue of an institutionalized carbon trading market in the US as another “teach both sides” issue, where proponents and opponents get equal time. Fair enough, you might say, except that without a skeptical examination both… Continue
Added by Planetologist on December 21, 2008 at 11:51am —
ORIGIN OF CHRISTMAS — A True Christmas Story
Long ago, country peoples from the Neolithic onwards celebrated the winter and summer solstices as the prime celestial events of significance to agriculturists in need of a simple calendar. 21st December is the year’s shortest day. For some days about then in the northern-hemisphere, the day length between sunrise and sunset hardly changes, and the point of sunrise on the far horizon scarcely changes either between any of the days from… Continue
Added by Dr. Terence Meaden on December 21, 2008 at 10:46am —
For those who like to keep score when NASA research produces something of major practical benefit, here is NASA’s choice for their Invention of the Year for 2007
: Polyimide foam. NASA picked this winner from a long list of candidates, apparently. Polyimide foam is a kind of high-efficiency insulator, capable of resisting sound, heat and cold, and was developed for applications in space. Now that polyimide… Continue
Added by Planetologist on December 21, 2008 at 10:44am —
A while back, some friends of mine and I went to see "Religulous" in Indianapolis with the Center for Inquiry. It was a great show, great conversation, and a great time over all.
On the way home, we were discussing the topic of "faith" and what that entails. Key players here were Margaret (sitting in the back seat) and Jon (driving), and myself (passenger seat).
The discussion was whether or not Atheism takes faith.
I have always been of the opinion that Atheism… Continue
Added by Aaron on December 21, 2008 at 8:00am —
-Warning: Nothing smart to say, just updating for my friends-
It is finally winter break and I have Brent (my partner) all to myself.
He has had tons of Xmas concerts (all secular) to conduct for the past 2 weeks and our time has been limited. We also swore off MySpace and the like (Yes, the Nexus) for AN ENTIRE WEEK along with TELEVISION (except for Sanctuary, Chase and Estate of Panic! - best shows) in order to stimulate creativity. We played games and baked… Continue
Added by Daley on December 21, 2008 at 1:55am —
Yeah, I finally gave in and did it. But if you want to read it, this time you're going to have to go to my personal blog
. I normally cross-post, but I don't have time right now!
Added by Andrew on December 20, 2008 at 2:42pm —
Hi everyone! It is good to be here with like-minded people. As an atheist for 25 years, I am finally becoming increasingly active in this cause. I believe in the advancement of humanity. Religion, I feel, suppresses this.
This time of year, outside of "easter," truly concerns me. The hypocrisy, commercialism, consumerism, and religious thumping bring out the worst and most annoying of even the slightest religious. Why does "charity" increase only during this holiday? Doesn't these… Continue
Added by sjtoupin on December 20, 2008 at 2:20pm —
I haven't dated anyone in a year or so. Maybe this is causing my mom to think my gay is over or something. But really I doubt it, she's just totally delusional. This isn't the first time her or anyone in my family has made comments like this. Ok so..
Me: *waves a hand at the open door and says "smoky" because the neighbor is burning leaves again*
Me: It's smoky. Can I close the door?
Mom: Hahaha! I thought there was some guy out there and you were saying oooh… Continue
Added by Krista on December 20, 2008 at 11:03am —
i asked brother richard why the hell did the surey need to know anyones sexual oriantation , this is what his reply was ,
Brother Richard has sent you a message on Atheist Nexus.
Hey, thanks for the question. One of the primary purposes for the survey is comparing "coming out" atheist with "coming out" gay. This is the only reason for such questions.
SO i ask again why and what the hell does that have to do with atheism,?
am i the only one that finds… Continue
Added by michelliberty on December 20, 2008 at 10:09am —
why the hell would any survey dwell so much on you sexual orientation , if there any gay people in this place what the hell does it matter if there strait ,bi or into rubber dolls , i guess he just looking around for some dirt on atheists.
Added by michelliberty on December 20, 2008 at 9:04am —
what the hell is this survey ,its so transparent that this guys is trying ti make us say yes we some how think there is some thing supernatural out there , or at he very least that atheist are gay , lol what a jack ass , this sucks that some one can put some a survey up and spoil this otherwise great site , hey dude take your survey and shove it up your god loving assss, he says he is an exbeliever , i think he is a believer trying to recruit .
Added by michelliberty on December 20, 2008 at 9:00am —
AAI is finally on myspace.
Please, add to your friends list and spread the word.
Added by V1ktor on December 19, 2008 at 8:50pm —
I look at my search engine results quite a bit and have noticed that several people find my blog by typing in the phrase, “How to come out as an atheist” so I’ve decided to write a bit from my own experience for those who are seeking inspiration.
Step One: Realize you’re an atheist. This may seem to be a given but for the longest time people will have the knowledge that they don’t believe in a god and still label themselves otherwise. You’re an atheist. If you can’t share this with… Continue
Added by Kate Holden on December 19, 2008 at 8:31pm —
Originally posted on my personal blag, re-posted here.
We are all very excited about the upcoming holidays. Our presents are packed (and most of them shipped / delivered), the tree and lights are up and decorated, we've made cookies, and we've dove headfirst into the Winter Season media: The Grinch, Bing Crosby, Ultra Lounge, Muppet Christmas, etc.
The thing is, although all of this looks like the holiday we commonly… Continue
Added by Aaron on December 19, 2008 at 8:27pm —
I just finished a blog post on RationalityNow.com about a letter to the editor that I read in the CantonRep.com news site. The author has an issue with the Freedom From Religion Foundation's "Imagine No Religion" billboard in Canton, Ohio and tried to use logic to refute statements made by Annie Laurie Gaylor. He was also making statements that blatantly showed his lack of understanding of the difference between protecting the First Amendment and protesting God.
In my longest blog… Continue
Added by Dan Gilbert on December 19, 2008 at 8:09pm —
[Cross-posted on Artificial Habitat
, including links (which I haven't embedded here) and a selection of photographs from the Natural History Museum]
Yesterday (Thursday 18th) was my birthday. What better way to celebrate than attending a godless Christmas show in London (along with a visit to the Natural History Museum and over 4 hours of walking around London)!
Comedian Robin Ince was inspired by an encounter with the… Continue
Added by Andrew on December 19, 2008 at 7:30pm —
This is my guilty pleasure:
Added by Kevin on December 19, 2008 at 7:23pm —
Good Waffles!? What the fuck is wrong with these people!
I'm sitting in my living room, cold because I'm too lazy to start the fire (leaving in an hour anyway) and I am streaming Air America Minnesota (airamericaminnesota.com, if you're so inclined, put in a MN zip code, like 55404 for instance), and they have news breaks by CNN at the top of the hour every hour.
This whole day, at least a solid minute of these have been devoted to the "finding" of Caylee Anthony.
Yes, the… Continue
Added by Kevin on December 19, 2008 at 6:12pm —
I sometimes pick up christian magazines that my parents have laying around the house and flip through, reading any articles that seem interesting (know your enemy, right? ha.) and December's issue of Christianity Today has a depiction of Scrooge on it, hoarding his money. The article is something like "Christian Scrooges, why people aren't tything more". Right away I said out loud, "What does Scrooge have to do with tything? That doesn't make any sense." Sister is behind me making Oreo balls… Continue
Added by Krista on December 19, 2008 at 5:57pm —