Richard ∑wald's Blog (16)

National Day of Reason, May 3 2012

I'll be attending the NDOR events in Raleigh, NC with some of my friends from our local Coalition of Reason group in the Piedmont Triad, NC. Greta Christina, Dan Barker, Todd Stiefel and more will be there.

For any reading this who feel that they are the "only non-believer I know", they should check to see what events will be taking place in their home towns, or…


Added by Richard ∑wald on May 2, 2012 at 5:01pm — 3 Comments

Making Christians Pay For….

…this site?

Why not?

Are you tired of all the tax dollars being spent on "faith initiatives", "Christian propaganda" and things like The Boy Scouts of America, …who don't allow kids from atheist or GLBT families to join?

Are you sick of the so-called "Prosperity Ministries" able to operate tax-free, while their owners build bigger and more luxurious tax-free mansions?

Are you tired of religious organizations getting to operate…


Added by Richard ∑wald on April 21, 2012 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Rock Beyond Belief …on PBS

A few weeks back I posted a blog about this event. I just spotted this on Hemant Mehta's blog.


Last night (Friday, 20th of April) PBS broadcast a segment, "Godless Chaplains" with some great…


Added by Richard ∑wald on April 21, 2012 at 2:00am — No Comments

Nominate Jessica Ahlquist - White House Citizen's Medal

Okay, here's a chance to do some good. P.Z. Myers (and, J.T. Eberhard) have links up for this, let's give what little extra push we can from here. Put a link to this on Facebook, Tweet it, tell your friends, call the neighbors, wake the kids...


The White House is …


Added by Richard ∑wald on April 18, 2012 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Life, Death and Afterlife as Legacy.

Yesterday would have been my father's 88th birthday, tomorrow will be my 50th. My father was probably a theist, …but it wasn't who he was, nor did he or my mother ever impress their beliefs on us. My father did stress reason, critical thinking and logic; as far back as memory serves me. I was never condescended to, nor did I ever once seem him condescending towards a single person in my life, same with my mother. Whatever their beliefs were they would have told me if I asked, but I never…


Added by Richard ∑wald on April 10, 2012 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Rock Beyond Belief

Add Justin Griffith to my list of Real American Heros, his efforts to overcome obstacles I can't even imagine cannot be described without using the term "heroic". I am utterly exhausted, even after more than 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. What an event! While not of the scale of the…


Added by Richard ∑wald on April 2, 2012 at 1:00am — 16 Comments

Real American (atheist) Heros and Real American (theist) Villains


By now all should be familiar with Jessica Ahlquist, the 16 y/o student in R.I. who took her school to court to defend the U.S. Constitution. She received (and deservedly so)…


Added by Richard ∑wald on March 30, 2012 at 4:00pm — 19 Comments

The Reason Rally - My experience

We're Here! We're Godless!…


Added by Richard ∑wald on March 25, 2012 at 10:00pm — 39 Comments

Theocratic encroachment on secular institutions, …like a child's game.

"Paper beats rock"

...reminds me of theism.

 It doesn't make any sense, but we're all just supposed to let that…


Added by Richard ∑wald on March 17, 2012 at 10:54pm — No Comments

Live video feed from the International Space Station

Camera view changes from night to day (about 45 minutes each for ISS), it's slow to change but this is indeed a live feed. Some cool stuff, even when it's dark (insert evil laugh, cue ominous music).

Link is here.

You can track where the ISS is, and so figure out what you're looking at,…


Added by Richard ∑wald on March 17, 2012 at 12:30am — 9 Comments

The Republican War on Women ...and cows, pigs and chickens.

The Republican "War on Women" has yet another proponent. No joke, the WTF?'s from the GOP have been coming fast and furious of late, but this one takes the cake!

“Life gives us many experiences…I’ve had the experience of delivering calves, dead and alive. Delivering pigs, dead or alive."

Friends of Terry England…


Added by Richard ∑wald on March 14, 2012 at 7:00am — 10 Comments

Atheist billboard, …offensive?

A few thoughts...

There is no way to make…


Added by Richard ∑wald on March 7, 2012 at 3:30pm — 6 Comments

This week in; Autocrats and Corruption - Putin PUNditry

Autocratic authoritarianism;  knows no right-wing or left-wing, it's corruption dressed up as populist democracy...

According to Russia's Central Election Commission "Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin received 63.64 percent of the vote with almost 100% of the votes counted." According to independent observers, that number is actually as low as 29%...

"Come let's mix where Rockefellers walk with sticks

Or umbrellas in their…


Added by Richard ∑wald on March 5, 2012 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

Illinois Nazis? I hate Illinois Nazis...

Republican Congressional Candidate Says 'Holocaust Never Happened'


Arthur Jones


“As far as I’m concerned, the Holocaust is nothing more than an international extortion racket by the Jews,” Jones said. “It’s the blackest…


Added by Richard ∑wald on March 3, 2012 at 3:23am — 3 Comments

Where Are You?

In the US, when people mention the word Libertarian, I think of Ayn Rand, …and have to fight a gag response. This to me is usually a neo-liberal/right wing/anarcho-capitalist simplification.


But, this is all relative, the word libertarian (small "L") meant an entirely different thing to my father, who also equated it with a strong sense of socially responsible governance as a means to achieve a greater good. Conservatives like to tout their "fiscally conservative" positions,…


Added by Richard ∑wald on February 27, 2012 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

My first blog post, a dirty (science) joke.

From memory, I can't remember where I first read it, but it was pre-internet. All I can remember was the premise and punchline, the original author (whomever they are) should not be held responsible for anything, other than the original idea -> if it is badly told, the fault is entirely mine.

~ R


In the far future, man discovers not just a convenient means of inter-stellar space travel, but the first alien race as…


Added by Richard ∑wald on February 26, 2012 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments



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