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Republicans continue to be the villains of history

Feeling: Happy

2015-06-30

Someone wrote a wikiHow guide for confusing atheists, so I wrote a nice commentary on their drivel.

So far, the United States Air Force has spent an estimated $400,000,000,000 of the taxpayer's money developing the F-35 Lightning II fighter jet, over twice what they originally planned. Once in production, each jet will cost at least $80,000,000 to build and the fleet will cost an estimated $13,000,000,000 every year to operate and maintain. Of course, the project has hit so many roadblocks, it won't even be ready for production until at least 2018, and not be really functional until 2022. To make matters worse, the test pilots who have flow the jet complain that, even after over a decade of development, it's still not as maneuverable as existing fighter jets! The real icing on the cake comes from that fact that, even if Lockheed Martin somehow gets their act together and manages to solve all of these horrible problems and produces a competent jet, it will just sit in a hangar and rust! We are not at war with any industrialized nation where this amount of firepower would be necessary, and there is no reason to think we will be during the life of the F-35!

Conservative Americans fought tooth and nail to keep segregation in the USA, but in 1954 it was outlawed. But the Conservatives, even the self-righteous Christians, continued to fight it for another 20+ years until now, thanks to the work of decent people, segregation is isolated to only a few small barbaric Conservative areas where they people can't even openly admit to segregating. Well, here we are in 2015. Conservatives have been fighting to keep homosexuality on the fringe, but loving people, and now the law, are bringing it into the light, and while we see plenty of parallels from the Conservatives who refused to accept racial integration, we can expect homosexuality to find its place among the caring as well.

All things evolve, even popular music.

Texas Republican Governor, Greg Abbott, has appointed a new head for the Board of Education. Donna Bahorich is now in charge of handling all the affairs of the state's public school system, which is odd considering she is an advocate of home-schooling, and none of her children ever attended a public school. She's also a young-earth Creationist.

Several simple comics that explain consent.

Don't believe in evolution? Try thinking harder.

What happens when Republicans take away sexual education from schools? You start getting adults who don't know where babies come from! Tony Perkins, president of the Christian hate group, the Family Research Council, suggests that by allowing same-sex marriage, we will see an increase in the number of unwed mothers.


But the dear green place is gone

Feeling: Happy

2015-06-29

Even the the Supreme Court has ruled that states cannot take away the civil rights of same-sex couples, this doesn't mean they can expect to married by everyone. Same-sex couples will still have to find someone willing to officiate their wedding who accepts with their sexuality. Just like how Protestants shouldn't expect a to be married by a Catholic priest, same-sex couples will have a hard time finding a Evangelical or Mainline Christian willing to perform their marriage. This type of discrimination is protected by the first amendment of the US Constitution, and, even if it weren't, there are few Americans who want to change that. So, why then are Tennessee Republicans trying to make a law that would protect Christian preachers who refuse to marry same-sex couples, something that nobody wants them to do? Of course, this is different if you're an employee of our secular government. Part of the job of, say, the Justice of the Peace, is to solemnize marriages without question, regardless of their personal views, just like a Christian police officer isn't allowed to only arrest non-Christians or a Christian patent clerk isn't allowed to only grant patents to Christian inventors. However, the Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton, who is both Christians and Republican, has just decided that Christian government workers may choose to not solemnize their marriages of anyone they disagree with (i.e., same-sex couples). We can always trust Conservatives to know what "traditional" marriage is all about, just watch Donald Trump talk about his third wife. Or what about the Christian hate group, AFTAH? They're doubling-down on their stance against same-sex marriage and continuing to make Christians everywhere look bad with their latest published Core Principles and Beliefs.

Speaking of unacceptable encroachments of Christianity into secular government, the Army is trying to force their brand of Christianity on their graduating soldiers.

Enjoy yourself some 1980s-esque Kung Fury.

After a year of having the state of Florida make up reasons to prevent an atheist monument from being erected next to a monument of the Ten Commandments on state land, the Williston Atheists have had enough and are suing the state to force them to be fair.

What would God's birthday party be like? Probably like this.

Mother Jones has found a way to replace Antonin Scalia with a random phrase generator.

Neil deGrasse Tyson talks about the intersection between science and religion.


Suck it homophobes! Literally.

Feeling: Happy

2015-06-26

Ladies and gentlemen, despite the best attempts of Roberts, Thomas, Scalia, and Alito to try and stop it, same-sex marriage is finally legal in every state in the USA! As you can expect, there are some pissed off Conservatives out there, like the person who wrote this letter. Christians are seeing the dismantling of their cultural control as a blessing in disguise thinking, now that same-sex marriage is legal, maybe people will want to become Christian again.

Had lunch and the table next to me had two kids. One was watching TV on a phone at full volume, the other was crying because the battery in his grandmother's phone had died and he couldn't play games. Even when their food came, the older boy continued to watch TV despite of his parents telling him to stop. The parents seemed totally unfazed by this lack of obedience and the overall disrespect of all the neighboring patrons. I kind of feel bad for the kids. Even though they're entirely obnoxious, it's really their useless parent's fault.

Kung Fury.

Obama's response to a heckler on matters of gay-rights is perfect.

Clementine Ford recently posted a racy (though non-nude) photo of herself protesting the Australian television show Sunrise for blaming women who had their private nude photos had been used as revenge by jilted ex-lovers. Ford was then met with hundreds of highly offensive and violent message from horrible men, to which she reported as abuse on Facebook. Facebook's staff looked at these posts and rejected many of them, even the ones where men were violently demanding that she kill herself. Rather than let it slide, Ford reposted the men's comments with Facebook's response that they weren't abuse. And while Facebook doesn't care if men send her death threats, they do care when Ford informs her readers that Facebook doesn't care, and they gave her account a 30-day suspension. Thankfully, there was a huge backlash, and Facebook reinstated her account, but they should be quite ashamed of themselves.

Vsauce talks about the science of dinosaurs.

Even though she's been paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to preach abstinence to children, Bristol Palin has just explained that she is pregnant with her second out-of-wedlock child from a man different from her first child. I don't have any problem with her having sex outside of marriage, or having children from multiple men. What I have a problem with, is all the time she was telling children not to have sex unless you're married, she was being a hypocrite.

Look kids, pencils move in the breeze. Nothing supernatural about it.


Pay attention!

Feeling: Happy

2015-06-25

The USA went from 12th place to 23rd place in the latest Gallup-Healthways Country Well-Being Report which measures the overall well-being of a nation's citizens.

Enjoy this Libertarian pamphlet about university professors indoctrinating students with inconvenient truths.

Jamie Oliver discusses America's obsession with torture including Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's referencing the television series 24 as evidence that it works.

It didn't take long, but when the Freedom From Religion Foundation was informed about a Christian flag being flown at a courthouse in Warren, Arkansas, they explained to them why it was illegal, and the courthouse took it down shortly thereafter. Equal rights is often just as simple as asking.

Guitarist Eddie Van Halen was diagnosed with cancer of the tongue and esophagus, and treatment required the removal of one-third of his tongue. Interestingly, Van Halen attributes his cancer to using metal guitar picks and often placing them in his mouth (he thinks brass and copper cause cancer), and spending a lot of his time in a recording studio (he thinks being near electrical wires causes cancer). He explained this to an interviewer while smoking a vaporizer and admitting to having been a cigarette smoker for decades. Nobody ever said being a rock star made you smart.

Some rather shocking poll results have been published by the Public Religion Research Institute. When asked if protesting helps America be a better country, most Americans (63%) say yes. When asked if a crowd of mostly white protesters is good, even more Americans (67%) say yes, but when asked if a crowd of mostly black protesters is good, suddenly most Americans (65%) say NO! Also, most Americans (62%) believe that God made America special. Most Americans (52%) feel you must believe in God to be truly American. There is some good news though. The younger generations was much less-likely to share the older crowd's racist, jingoistic, and bigoted views, and only a third of Americans (33%) believe it's very important to be Christian or born in America to be a true American.

A very interesting talk about the pros and cons of the decline of global languages.

Churches are implementing some nice Big Brother tactics to figure out who is in attendance, including closed-circuit video monitoring and facial recognition software.


Seriously folks, read a book!

Feeling: Happy

2015-06-24

Does Fox News create racists, or do racists gravitate toward Fox News? Either way, polling data shows that it is the preferred channel for racists.

If you sync up these two videos, you'll see how the Coriolis Force only affects pools of water in extreme circumstances, not the water in your bathtub or toilet.

Sureshbhai Patel is left paralyzed after two cops smash his face to the ground for looking into someone's garage around a neighborhood while having dark skin and not speaking English.

Top secret documents were recently leaked which show the US government spying on top French government officials, including the nation's presidents, since 2006. The American response was effectively, "well, we're not doing it any more." That's so bad, it's not even a non-apology! Great work America, burn those bridges; who needs allies?

There are some impressive costumes seen in these pictures from gay pride festivals from around the world.

Why has college tuition gone up so much?

Christianity is the number one majority religion for most nations. But what do you think is the number two majority religion of most nations? According to a new Pew Forum poll, it's unaffiliated!

Even though the city attorney reminded the City Council members that they can't say prayers themselves, the officials of Flint, Michigan (my nearest metropolitan area) went right ahead and prayed anyway. This may result in a lawsuit, but pending that, the Michigan Satanists are looking to recite their prayers at the Flint City Council. Satanists have a way of sticking in the cralw of Christians, like their lawsuit against the state of Missouri for placing unnecessary restrictions on abortion.

I probably wouldn't vote for God.


The Internet is a wretched hive of scum and villainy

Feeling: Happy

2015-06-23

The US military has a duty to retired soldiers to keep them alive, not just during combat, but for the rest of their lives. It sickens me to see them ignore all the damage they caused to veterans.

John Oliver talks about just how awful people can be toward women on the Internet.

Another megachurch preacher demonstrates that, just because you're telling tens of thousands of people how to live a moral life, doesn't mean you can't cheat on your wife as a form of payback.

SciShow explains what it would take to upload your mind onto a computer, and teaches us about mega-droughts.

Atheists are no longer the least electable people in the USA! That prize his now held by Socialists (i.e., people who subscribe to the political and economic model of sharing and helping the less fortunate). Catholics are still number one in spite of their rampant pedophilia and desecration of women's rights, because you can't be a good moral leader without those. Good job America, you made me remember why I do what I do!

Some interesting facts about the Punch-out!! franchise.

India is facing a deadly heatwave, and Christians have figured out a way to help them. No, not with huge amounts of clean water, shaded shelters, fans, air conditioning units, no, no, how would any of that help? No, Christians are sending them something that will actually help them! They're sending them radios so that they can listen to Christian broadcasts! Because, it may be hot in India, but not nearly as hot as the fires of HELL!

A primer in the chemical evolution form of abiogenesis.


Rolling in the nickels!

Feeling: Happy

2015-06-22

The High Resolution Flag Database has just reached 100 sales!

I'm always a little terrified at the sheer ignorance of people who declare that the USA is a Christian Nation, and to hell with everyone else, but I'm a lot terrified when those people are government officials.

What it's like to be a cool American dad.

With the US Supreme Court case on same-sex marriage reaching it's final ruling (which will most likely favor same-sex couples) several Republican politicians are trying to preemptively stop it. Todd Courser, from Lapeer, Michigan (which is literally 20 minutes from my house), is trying to pass a law that will require marriage licenses to be a solemnized by ministers, even if both people are atheists. Courser's hope is that, since even the Federal ruling making same-sex marriage legal won't force ministers to marry against their barbaric beliefs, they'll just turn down every same-sex couple so they'll never be allowed to marry. Courser, of course, is only prolonging the inevitable and continuing to hold back the Republican Party, to which he has my gratitude.

Jurassic World could have been a good movie if they replaced all the dinosaurs with wiener dogs.

Tennessee police officer, Michael Wilson, didn't like the noise a group of children were making while playing volleyball at the church next to his house, so he took out a BB gun and started shooting the children. Police were called, but he was not arrested.

Why people who use the term "Islamaphobia" are the real bigots.

Despite their recent drop in numbers, probably due to their hatred of women and homosexuals, Christians continually cry that they're being discriminated against. Want an example? Christian pastor, Rick Scarborough, is convinced that, if same-sex marriage becomes legal, there will be mass-executions of Christians. He can have is imagined discrimination, but what does actual discrimination look like? Ask Amos Yee, a 16-year-old Singaporean teen who was thrown in prison and will be subjected to a possible three years of "Reformative Training" while in prison. His crime? According to the Singapore government, one of his YouTube videos wounded Christianity.

Slow Club's Complete Surrender has a pretty cool video.


Faking software with software faking hardware

Feeling: Okay

2015-06-19

The thing about religions is, even if their barbaric views toward women, homosexuals, and children don't kill them, they'll end up killing themselves by protecting child-rapists. While it's traditionally Catholic priests with their vow of celibacy that causes them to turn to the helpless, it seems the rigid monogamy isn't doing any favors for Jehovah's Witnesses either. They just had to pay out another six-figure settlement for knowingly putting a girl in the presence of child-rapist, Peter Stewart.

Garfunkel and Oates put out another hilarious song about becoming a mom.

The US Treasury is finally breaking up the boy's club and preparing to change the face on the 10-dollar bill to a woman.

Want to know how the vitamins got their names? Or how the break the Internet?

Fundamentalist Christian Greg Gianforte is looking to run for governor of Montana. He's very much against the concept of retirement because it's not mentioned in the bible. As he says, "How old was Noah when he built the ark? 600. He wasn't like, cashing Social Security checks, he wasn't hanging out, he was working. So, I think we have an obligation to work. The role we have in work may change over time, but the concept of retirement is not biblical." But it's not just telling people in their 80s to suck it up and get back to the mill, Gianforte also wants your children to believe, as he does, that The Flintstones was a documentary, not fiction.

An artificial intelligence created through neural net evolution that learns to play Super Mario World.

Dylann Roof, the white supremest drug addict from South Carolina who murdered nine black church-goers, has been caught and is in jail pending his trial. It doesn't take a genius to figure out what to expect from a pill-popping racist with a gun, but Conservative pundits can't quite seem to figure it out. Here is a growing list of what they think is to blame.

Steve Urkel controls everything in Family Matters.

When talking about climate change, usually you bring up pollution, scarcity of fuel, that sort of thing. Of course, if you're the Pope talking about climate change, you remind people not to use birth control or have abortions.

Republican Jody Hice believes that separation between church and state is a false belief (never mind that pesky First Amendment), and that secular beliefs lead to divorce, crime, and teen pregnancy. Of course, the truth is exactly the opposite. Secular nations, on average, have less divorce, lower crime, and far fewer pregnant teens.


Machine within a machine, within a machine

Feeling: Okay

2015-06-18

More police corruption in the news. Santa Ana police raided a medical marijuana dispensary with guns drawn because the dispensary didn't have a permit. Seems a bit excessive for a place of business, but it gets much worse. The police then systematically destroyed all the surveillance cameras, but ineptly missed a few. The remaining cameras show the police spending the day playing darts, making fun of the shops disabled worker, and eating what appear to be pot brownies. That's good work boys!

The number of people in the country who have a great deal of confidence in organized religion is the lowest it has ever been since the questions has been asked!

Game Theory tries to construct a time line for Mario and Luigi.

One day, it is my dream that my yard be described as "relentlessly gay!"

Instant Karma's gonna get you!

Your home has been burned to the ground by angry militants trying to overthrow the government? What you need is a bible!

Jeez! Haven't you ever stripped for dogs before?

Walter Masocha, a Christian preacher who calls himself "The Prophet" sexually assaulted a little girl and an adult woman. But rather than throw him in jail, Sheriff of Stirling, Scotland, Kenneth McGowan decided to punish him by giving him community service because the Sheriff thinks he's suffered enough.

It's nice to see that Neil Pert of Rush finally outgrew his selfish ideals.

Those poor Christians who hold about 95% of the positions of power in the USA are being discriminated against!


But bitblting in a virtual machine is good times!

Feeling: Blah

2015-06-17

Add Mexico to the list of countries that have effectively legalized same-sex marriage before the USA!

The same Republicans who side with corporations over actual people because that's where they get tons of bribes are often found violating the laws of corporations especially during election season. Case in point, Donald Trump used Neil Young's "Rockin' In the Free World" as his campaign theme song without Young's permission.

This is the sort of thing Christians think kids are into.

Ontario, Canada is banning anti-gay conversion "therapy" for anyone under 18.

GMOs give us our delicious cheese, specifically, cheese that doesn't require the butchering of baby cows.

SciShow gives us virgin births and the complexities of curing cancer.

Actually, I would be totally cool with a city whose visitors were welcomed by Superman.


No bitblting in non-visible desktops!

Feeling: Sick

2015-06-16

Seeing as I'm sick, it's nice to know why only half of my nose works at a time. It's also good to know how recycling plants function.

Jeb! Bush's presidential logo is humor fodder.

Scientists have performed some bizarre studies in the past.

Fox News anchor, on the topic of being transgender, "If I self-identify as a cat do I have to pay taxes?" Aw man, what a great plan! Tell you what, go through several painful surgeries to add a tail, retractable claws, and pointed ears on the top of your head. Then, start taking hormones that cause you to grow hair all over your body. And if you figure out a way to develop superior night vision, then no... you will no longer have to pay taxes!

When is the best time in the day to drink coffee?

What an interview with God would probably be like.

Now here is a religion I could get into, Zone Theory!


Sick for Monday

Feeling: Sick

2015-06-15

Over the weekend Emily and I saw Jurassic World (lame) and had a fun fire in the back with Wallee, Danielle, and Matt (awesome). Nothing better than staying up until the wee hours of the morning while sick. At least alcohol numbs the throat.

A digital Magna Carta is a good idea, though the current demands are a little redundant.

UK police are violating the privacy of a few thousand people by digitally scanning the faces of every single person who attends Download Festival. The police have made no mention of how long they'll keep the recorded data, but they have given a reason for why they're giving Orwell's Big Brother a run for his money. Have they had bomb threats? Terrorist activity? No... they're trying to curb the theft of mobile phones.

The Large Hadron Collider may have discovered the Higgs Boson, but that doesn't mean there's nothing left to do.

Jozef Wesolowski, the Vatican's envoy to the Dominican Republic, is headed to trial for sexually abusing children.

Evangelical Christian and Fox "News" pundit Cal Thomas recently said that if we don't follow the bible on issues of marriage, we'll soon have polygamy and adults marrying children. Of course, both of those practices were widely condoned in the bible, which makes you wonder if Thomas has ever actually read the thing!

It's probably best to keep yogis out of your American yoga class.

What will comics be like if the authors remove anything that any religious group might find offensive? Find out in the latest Pearls Before Swine.

The Friendly Atheist comments on the incompatibility of science and religion, swearing an oath on the bible, and the fine-tuning argument.

The United States has some serious problems with water. Texas had a devastating drought which gave way to severe flooding, and California is also seeing extreme drought. Scientists will probably say that some extreme weather conditions are the result of the ebb and flow of chaotic systems exacerbated by global climate change, but who cares what scientists have to say when we can get our information from an ignorant Fundamentalist like California State Assembly member Shannon Grove who says that drought is caused by God getting angry that states allow abortion.


Sick for the weekend

Feeling: Sick

2015-06-12

So-called "Australian" shepherds were actually bred in the USA!

In an effort to prove Tim Hunt right, female scientists have been posting pictures of themselves in their sexy laboratory attire.

New Horizons is getting closer to Pluto, and we're already getting some interesting images.

Some info about the women who helped put a stop to one of the most awful diseases children can get, whooping cough.

If people want to sell homemade food or drink to the public, are you okay with the idea of them needing to get an okay from a health inspector to ensure they're preparing their food or drink in a sanitary manner? After all, nobody wants to pay for food-borne illness, and if the seller didn't go through the process of getting a health permit, you can probably be sure they also don't have insurance to cover the doctor expenses for each of their customers. When adults try to sell food or drink to the public, this is expected. When kids do it, suddenly we're appalled at a nanny state that has gone too far.

Preaching religion, so easy, a child can do it.

I am so spiritual, I've become Ultra Spiritual!

On one hand, I think it's great that the USA takes separation of church and state seriously enough that, in order to force their religion upon others, Christians need to lie about their intentions. One the other hand, I think it's just despicable to see Christians lie about their intentions.

Dealing with the question, can science disprove gods?


Conspiracy 2.0!

Feeling: Happy

2015-06-11

So-called "Doctor" Seuss didn't have a real degree!

Despite being smart enough to win a Nobel Prize, Tim Hunt couldn't wrap his brain around the idea of working alongside women in a laboratory. As he said, they either cry when you criticize them, or they become a distraction to the males. Thankfully, he decided to resign due to the backlash.

Bill Nye helps explain some NSFW science.

Japanese Legend of Zelda played in America.

Devout Christians Sarah and Nick Jensen want the rest of Australia to know, if the country votes for the legalization of same-sex marriage, they will get a divorce! To which the rest of Australia says, who cares? Also, even though same-sex marriage is here to stay, and most civilized countries have embraced it, Christianity Today is doubling-down and reminds its readers that they are still firmly anti-homosexual.

PZ Myers explains how good science requires constant vigilance.

Fox "News" made a fuss about Harvard Students accepting what their teachers taught them about the USA being a huge global threat, but they never bothered to address their claims.


Conspiracy!

Feeling: Happy

2015-06-10

The so-called "Swedish Fish" that are distributed in North America are manufactured in CANADA!

Poor Rick Santorum. He was really hoping to give a detailed speech to his throngs of voters, but when he got to his campaign stop, only a single lone supporter was there to greet him! I wonder if this had anything to do with him, in an effort to chastise the Pope for accepting global warming, saying that we should leave science to the scientists?

Christians are always trying to paint doctors as villains for providing abortions, but here are a couple of profiles to show what they're really like.

People in power are usually very effective at quelling the masses, regardless of whether they deserve their ire.

At least the USA isn't the only country where the government listens in on their conversations. The UK government refuses to deny that they use their own cellular towers to which nearby phones will attach and allow them to capture sensitive data about every caller in the area. And yes, US police use these as well.

In an effort to keep his money in a bank that it just as bigoted as he, Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham, closed his ministry's account at Wells Fargo, because the company aired an ad featuring a lesbian couple. Graham moved his vast wealth to North Carolina-based BB&T, a good Southern bank where they hate fags in the name of Jesus. But it turns out, that BB&T is actually quite progressive for a Southern company, and a proud supporter of the Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade! You really stuck it to the man, Graham! Pun intended.


Another day ruined by the paranoid, uneducated, and dogmatic

Feeling: Happy

2015-06-09

The NSA's spying and surveillance of foreign and domestic users of American tech are expected to cost US companies about $35 billion in losses as people continue to go elsewhere for their tech needs. It's almost as if people don't like having all their personal information illegally scrutinized by the US government.

The board members of Rowan Country, North Carolina are not pleased with the precedence set forth by Greece v. Galloway or their judge's decision to uphold the Constitution and tell them they can't pray to Jesus at their meetings, so they've decided to use taxpayer money to appeal. Well that's a much better use of money than roads or schools! Well done gentleman! Please keep it up as long as possible and send your city down the tubes!

Measles was mostly eradicated thanks to vaccinations, but the antivaxers think retro is cool, so they're bringing it back. In their eyes, it's "natural" for a child to get their immunities by actually contracting a life-threatening disease rather than getting inoculated. Scientists have been studying the disease with modern tools that weren't available back when measles was rampant, and they're finding that the disease is more dangerous than we previously thought. While a child contracts measles, their immune system becomes compromised. Now, an immune system in an otherwise healthy child will bounce back and generate antigens capable of stopping the virus, but in this process, the majority of the body's other antigen producers are lost, and the body again becomes susceptible to diseases to which they were once immune. So, even if you were immune to mumps, whooping cough, rubella, etc. prior to getting the measles, the infection can make you susceptible to them again. However, when you're given a vaccination, your immune system begins producing antigens without first becoming compromised, which allows you to remain inoculated to all the other diseases.

If you are formally kicked out of the Jehovah's Witness church, you must go through an apostasy trial to see if you're really the evil sinner they think you are. If your are found guilty of apostasy, you will not only be kicked out of the church, but your family and friends inside of the church are expected to disown you entirely, or be accused of apostasy themselves. Normally, these trials are held behind closed doors, but former Witness Isaac decided it was best that outsiders see just how ridiculous these trials are. By having a spycam on his person, he was able to record the entire meeting: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4.

James reviews the Ouija Board and Domino Rally.


Game over

Feeling: Happy

2015-06-08

Just finished reading Ready Player One. It was a lot of fun, if you're a huge nerd from the 1980s.

Abortion rates are on the decline all around the country, must be all those Conservative Christians who are trying to outlaw sexual education and ban aboortion, right? Ha, no! It's thanks to more comprehensive sex-ed and better access to birth control. And if that doesn't do it, I know one thing that will!

That a person can be held in the US prison system for three years without a trial is not only a violation of the Sixth Amendment, but a travesty of humanity. Kalief Browder's death is on all of our hands for allowing this to happen.

If you're trusting Donald "Hair Piece" Trump and Rob "Making Copies" Schneider to make medical decisions for your infant, maybe you shouldn't be allowed to have children.

Just in case anyone forgot, the USA has a young-earth Creationists on its most supreme court.

It seems, no matter how many psychics you go to, they'll all be able to help you communicate with your dead sister... even if you never had one.

When people think "evil" they no longer think of devils with pointed tails and pitchforks, they think of the Catholic church.


I could use a weekend.

Feeling: Happy

2015-06-05

Making your way down to Negrotown!

We're finally gonna see boner pills for women!

Neil DeGrasse Tyson talks Mars and Super Heroes on the Daily Show.

Pricilla Delmaro and her husband Bobby Evans will be enjoying jail for some time after getting caught trying to steal $700,000 from a man who wanted a psychic to help him get over the death of his girlfriend. The difference between these "psychics" stealing close to a million dollars and people like James Van Praagh and John Edward, is that one of them isn't popular enough to claim it's legit.

Arctic ice continues to shrink at an unprecedented rate.

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners adds their name to the ever-growing list of doctors who say homeopathy is junk.

The the continuing decrease of Conservative Christians in America, the most insane possible Republican presidential candidate is probably a good thing.


Still don't like the Windows API.

Feeling: Happy

2015-06-04

The kid on the Fruity Pebbles box is seriously terrifying.

Saudi Arabia, the country that likes to execute men for singing in public or women for driving a car, wants to be the new head of the Human Rights Council for the United Nations. Hell, why not North Korea?

Baby goats in pajamas.

The Fox News Duggar interview is just as horrific as you'd expect. Shockingly, Funny or Die accurately predicted how it would go down.

The Daily Show finds out the future of Christianity... is robots.

Until just a few days ago, Diptheria hadn't been seen in Spain for near three decades, but some antivaxer parents allowed her son to bring the infection back!

Mr. Deity doesn't want to give away the good bits up front.


Workin' like a dog!

Feeling: Happy

2015-06-03

Did you ever have a centimeter-wide strip of rubber tear off from your tires while you're driving and wrap around your axle and slap against the ground and your car? It's not a pleasant sound!

Columbia passes harsher punishment for hate crimes toward women. Good on you!

Disney really cheaped-out in its earlier years.

Zach Kopplin explains how the bible is the science textbook if choice for many schools in Louisiana.

The Muppets help explain why tooth brushing ruins the flavor of orange juice and sing along with Lindsey Stirling & Josh Gorban.

Looks like the Josh Duggar Story is even worse than previously thought and more instances of sexual molestation have come out.

God is a brand.


Soooo annoyed by the Windows GDI API

Feeling: Happy

2015-06-02

Your genes change with the seasons? WTF? And info on the Nepal Earthquake and then some.

Mike Huckabee doesn't understand that people who go through years of gender reassignment surgery aren't doing it because they want to watch girls shower.

Lindsey Stirling's new music video is a trippy vertigo inducer.

When a woman discovered that her husband, Jordan Root, loved child pornography, she decided to get a divorce, but the church they belonged to, The Village Church, told her that if she tried to get a divorce, they would have to discipline her!

A brief interview of Dawkins and how biology changes the world.


Microsoft is now an adware company

Feeling: Happy

2015-06-01

Microsoft bundled adware into the latest round of Windows Updates under a false description. Kind of reminds me of Gator/Gain spyware from the early 2000s. You can remove it by following the instructions on this site.

Taco Bell and Pizza Hut claim they're going "natural," but when natural doesn't have an agreed upon definition, what does that really mean?

Ian McEwan explains the importance of free speech, especially unpopular speech.

This is the current state of US politics. Seriously?

Good Christian steps for raping coercing your wife into having sex with you.

Before leaving office, Nigeria's President, Goodluck Jonathan, bans female genital mutilation.

City officials in Pittsylvania County, Pennsylvania have lost a total of $75,000 of tax payer's money in their multiple failed attempts to defend praying to Jesus at their meetings.

Lewis and Clark battle Bill and Ted in an Epic Rap Battle.

Islam's sexism expands to Canada while Judaism's sexism expands to the UK.

Making it fun when a Jehovah's Witness shows up at your door.


There but for the grace of God go I!

Feeling: Happy

2015-05-29

Best turn around high school yearbook quote ever.

Why does Amsterdam have some of the lowest rates of unplanned teen pregnancy and STIs while still having a population of sexually active adults? Probably because they do such a great job with comprehensive sexual education.

The web site Natural News is just entirely crazy. Conspiracy theorists will pretty much believe anything, to which Rebecca Watson responds, no shit!

Jenny Lewis's new music video makes me swoon.

Pastor Robby Dawkins is claiming that he raised a man from the dead. However, when the man's family explains that the man didn't die, but only had a temporary seizure, the pastor blocked them from his web site to prevent them from ruining his amazing tale of resurrection.

A tribute to The Hitch.

When it comes to white Christian folk committing crimes, Fox News does their typical routine of sweeping it under the rug.

Several reasons why we know astrology doesn't work.

I created a better list of the albums I own in my Wiki, but it's still missing all my vinyl and several recent purchases.


Speed of darkness

Feeling: Happy

2015-05-28

How to travel faster than light without violating physics.

We've all pulled a few boners in the past, but at least you didn't send ten samples of live anthrax through commercial shipping routes all over the country like the Department of Defense.

I'm just saying, if receiving a text message crashes your phone, maybe you should stop buying Apple.

Why are their so few geek girls? Because of geek guys.

Glad to see that not everyone considers it an honor to be honored by a hate group like the Palmetto Family Council.

Science explains the atheist.

Dear Republican Party, please continue to say that homosexuality creates a real and present danger to the USA. Signed, Everyone Who Wants You to Fail.

Hold my bible while I Duggar you!

What happens when our computers become smarter than us?


I don't want to have to adult today

Feeling: Happy

2015-05-27

Scottland to join England and Whales by banning Creationism in the science classroom.

For those of you who want to know what the current level of scientific evidence in favor of life-after death, watch this debate. Each of the four debaters are well-educated. However, those in favor of an afterlife are unable to bring up any evidence beyond anecdotes, and also believe in all manner of crazy things.

Have something that needs to be permanently frozen? Can't afford to lose power or have your freezer fail? Why not ship it to Antarctica where it will stay frozen all year round? Well, even that isn't true anymore. Climate change has gotten so severe that scientists are literally shipping ice to Antarctica!

How high can you count?

David Washington was seen driving the wrong way down a one-way street before finally stopping in an intersection. Assuming him to be high, Officer Shaun Jurgens ran up to his car and immediately Tased Washington. Rather than writhe in agony from the pain of the electricity, Washington just sat there. Then, Officer Jurgens pulled out his pepper spray and covered the face of Washington. Again, rather than scream, Washington just sat there. Finally, Officer Jurgens demanded Washington onto the street, threatening to murder him if he doesn't. Very slowly, Washington unbuckles his seatbelt, so Officer Jurgens dragged him onto the street. He's left there, face covered in caustic pepper spray, while the police run his license. Eventually, Washington was taken to a hospital where doctors determined that the reason he was so unresponsive was because he had a stroke!

Overheard on the phone: "He's that new black kid. I think he's Cambodian, but he speaks good English." *facepalm*

One thing that is common in a group is to judge outsiders more harshly. For example, when a good-old Southern boy gets caught stealing, he may be given a stiff fine, but if a black man is caught stealing he may be jailed or lynched. For those who want a just society, it's very important to recognize in-group bias, and correct it. I bring this up because of the recent in-group bias seen among Christians trying to protect child-molester Josh Duggar. Had this been a Muslim, Hindu, or atheist, would we see prominent Christians and politicians rushing to their defense? Hell, Josh's own father, Jim Bob Duggar, once held the view that rape and incest (Josh is now guilty of both) should be punished with execution, but it turns out, not if the rapist is Christian.

Alternate endings for Thelma & Louise.


Yard work. Everywhere, yard work.

Feeling: Happy

2015-05-26

Guess how I spent my three-day-weekend?

Texas Republicans weren't able to pass their intrusive law banning even private corporations from paying for abortion because Republican women pulled out at the last moment.

Teen boy couldn't get a girl to like him, so he sent a SWAT team to her house.

The online game RUST randomly assigns race to players, and white guys are freaking out that they have to play as a black guy.

Looks like Ireland is going to another one of the countries that beats us in allowing same-sex marriage.

Christians Ray Comfort and Eric Hovind aren't afraid to stand in solidarity with admitted child molester Josh Duggar. And Judge Stacey Zimmerman, isn't afraid to have his criminal record destroyed, possibly due to her ties with Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee who also supports the admitted child molester.

What if a real plumber went to the Mushroom Kingdom?

Getting caught having sex with another man in the back of his church's van wasn't enough for Pastor Boyd Watson Holder, Jr. No, he had to go and steal $60,000 from his church as well.

You probably don't know this, but when you masturbate, your hand becomes pregnant in heaven.

Some more of the wonderful things religion has contributed to the world.


Protecting Christian child rapists is still a thing

Feeling: Happy

2015-05-22

The Duggars of 19 and Counting "fame" is a very strong Christian family. Of course, "very strong Christian" usually translates to "hates homosexuals, atheists, feminists, etc." In fact, the patriarch of the family, Jim Bob, has campaigned against allowing a loving same-sex couple to have the right to get married. So, it came as a great shock to the Christian community, but not the those of us who have been paying attention, that the family has been harboring a child molester for years. Turns out, eldest son Josh Duggar has been molesting the younger girls in his family ever since he was a teen, and, rather than seek professional counseling or alert the police, the family prayed for him to get better and had him talk to an unlicensed "mentor".

John Oliver doesn't care much for standardized testing.

Remember Bou Bou, the infant who had his face and chest burned open after a SWAT team threw a flash bang grenade into his playpen at 3:00 AM because someone who used to live in the house sold $50 worth of drugs? Well, the lawsuit is now over and the family has received restitution, unfortunately, it won't be enough to even cover the child's medical expenses, let alone the damages to their home. And the money will be paid by taxpayers, not the individual police responsible. The final response essentially states: if you ever sell $50 of drugs in your house, you should expect your home to be broken into at 3:00 AM by several gun-toting men, you should expected to have grenades detonated in your home, and you should expect to be responsible for the thousands of dollars of medical expenses and damages.

What happens when you spend all of your time reading doomsday prophecy rather than learning about basic astronomy and red-shifted light? You start thinking a lunar eclipse is proof of the apocalypse.

What would websites be like on a date? Bonus points for cute pixies who love Zelda.

Khaled Al-Gindi is a modern Egyptian. He wears a modern suit, with modern cuff-links, and a modern open collar. Yes, despite his modern appearance, his views are still quite Medieval. He claims to speak for his entire country, he claims his religion is the original one, he claims his DNA requires him to believe in a god, and those who disagree with his view, should be forced to leave his country.

Physics just keeps getting more and more weird.

People who grew up Christian know that the religion has an amazing knack for taking something cool and making it lame. You know what I'm talking about, instead of dressing up like a vampire for trick-or-treating on Halloween your dressing up like a cartoon character at church, corporate logos get re-purposed with cringe-worthy bible messages, and let's not forget how a high school dance becomes a ridiculous charade of respecting authority. Case in point, Praise Prom, for teens whose parents won't let them go to the real prom. While it's common for men of Scottish ancestry to wear a kilt to formal events, the fashion police from Praise Prom refuse to let any male wear anything that isn't dress pants, so David Leix never got to attend his fake Christian prom. Those who run the event may think that wearing a kilt turns men into transvestites, but they don't seem to have a problem with not respecting a woman's right to say no. According to their etiquette guide, women are expected to dance with any man who requests one!

A mash-up of the final cut of various movies.


Racism in law enforcement is still a thing

Feeling: Happy

2015-05-21

What's the difference between police responding to a white man and a black man legally carrying an AR-15 assault rifle in public? About ten police cars, several drawn and pointed weapons, handcuffs, and plenty of racism.

The Internet takes a lot of energy to run and don't you just love Bucky balls?

Emma Sulkowicz, accused a fellow college classmate of raping her, but the man was cleared of any wrong doing because Sulkowicz couldn't produce any evidence of his guilt. I can't offer any evidence myself, other than saying decades of data show us that campus rapes are under-reported, and under-punished. Rather than continue on unheard, Sulkowicz turned her experience into an enduring art piece by carrying around a mattress similar to the one she claims she was raped on. She said she would carry it around campus until the college removed her classmate, and true to her work, she kept it with her every day until her graduation.

What if there were sexual positions for feminists?

Biologist Jerry Coyne weighs in on religious people watching their children die because they refuse to give them medicine.

This church wants you to plant your seed in other people.

Bill Nye continues to explain science with emoji.


More of the same

Feeling: Happy

2015-05-20

Yet another Christian preacher is found on a gay dating site.

Want to help take part in a scam? Give money to these so-called cancer charities.

Many people say, "I don't care if the government listens to my phone calls to my mom," but what happens when you place tape recorders all over New York and publish the taped conversations?

Why eating unfiltered honey will not help your seasonal allergies.

Don't forget to draw Muhammad today!

What it's like to fear for your life because Muslims want to murder you for leaving their religion.

After Esau Jardon, a Christian jeweler accepted money from a lesbian couple for wedding rings, he put up an anti-same-sex marriage banner and said he won't be bullied into apologizing for his beliefs. Well, bullied? No. But I'll bet after everyone learns that you're a hateful bigot and stop shopping at your store, you'll suddenly learn how to say, "I'm sorry." The couple already got their money back and is taking their business elsewhere, and owners of a neighboring franchise distanced themselves from Jardon saying they accept everyone, and I'll bet they won't be the only ones.

Texas has a long history of trying to force their religion upon public school students, particularly Birdville school district. After several Constitutional violations were uncovered, a lawsuit was threatened, and while the Christian school administrators claimed they would remove the violations, they lied. A lawsuit is now going forth. More taxpayer money wasted on legal fees rather than helping students, all because the Christians in charge refuse to play fair. Thankfully, the lawsuit is calling out the individual administrators to be fined as well, maybe when they have to spend their own money they'll understand?


Chilly today

Feeling: Happy

2015-05-19

Republican Ed Orcutt back-pedals after saying that riding a bike creates more CO2 than driving a car.

Muslim-controlled Iran is the kind of place where you can be sent to prison for mocking the country's restrictions on birth control.

Pamela Ronald explains the importance of genetically modifying food.

PZ Myers makes a good analogy about people who claim that they don't care if religion is true or not, it gives them comfort, though the analogy only really works if you're interested in physics and engineering.

Finally, God takes the blame for doing such a bad job playing football.

Catholic League spokesperson, and all around shit-eater, Bill Donohue demands an explanation from Louis C.K. about why he has child rape on his mind. I don't know Bill, you think it might have something to do with all of the child rapists you've been defending?


Sun's a burning!

Feeling: Happy

2015-05-18

Upgraded to a smart phone. It's more powerful than the first iPhone, cost $40, and has unlimited phone, text, and data for $35 a month. See what waiting a decade can do for your bills?

Recently beat the games Cave Story +, a really fun Metroidvania platformer with fantastic music, and Gone Home, a story-based adventure game with all the feels.

Flint, Michigan is up for mayoral reelection, and the choices are between a convicted felon, a convicted felon, and Giggles the Pig.

The dark side of saving your virginity until marriage. And on that topic, a New Zealand school distributed a pamphlet to students explaining when non-married couples live together, the man is a coward who turns his girlfriend into a cheap prostitutes, and that they are sinful and will be sent to Hell. Certainly the kind of stuff you'd want to give a fifteen-year-old student rather than actually educate them about sex. Of course, if these people are prostitutes, they can be saved by a reality TV show that will exploit them and never follow through on helping them.

How would the average American feel if their city's sheriff went to a Sikh temple clad in their police uniform and preached about how the world would be a better place if more people behaved like Sikhs? Or what if he took property paid for by taxpayers and gave it away to a Hindu temple? How would they feel if he explained that Allah wants him to try and convert as many prisoners to Islam as he possibly could? You can bet that they would freak out, throw a tantrum, demand the sheriff's resignation. So, why is it okay when Sheriff Grady Judd does it?

You're religion is stupid, mine's legit! Sorry, they're all stupid.


Stop it sky! Don't you realize your rain is making my lawn grow faster?

Feeling: Happy

2015-05-15

Amtrak train derails killing seven people... spokesperson for a Christian hate group, and Fox News pundit, "I wonder if it happened because the engineer was gay?"

Feminist Frequency covers a game that actually helps empower women.

Last chance to see the Kakapo before we make it go extinct!

Kristen Schaal gives her take on "dad bods."

You'll probably want to read your laws a little more carefully before submitting them.

The Paleo diet fad isn't very historically accurate.

Nobody likes 3rd party controllers.


Kneel before the king of miniature golf!

Feeling: Happy

2015-05-14

Emily and I met with Kelly in Royal Oak for mini golf and dinner. Twas a good time had by all! Especially the winner of mini golf... me!

Fox News is so ridiculously conservative, and vilifies the female body so much, they won't even show an uncensored Picasso painting. Apparently, cartoonish blue and yellow breasts with black nipples are just too racy for the Fox News viewer. Oh lordy! I do declare, this gives me a case of the vapors!

Protesting Christians have been inadvertently advertising for a gay porn site after forgetting to pay for their warningsofwrath.com Web domain.

The sunset on Mars is blue.

I would love to see this everywhere, but for now, I have to tip my hat to California. A judge ruled that abstinence-only is not sexual education, and therefore cannot be used in public schools unless it is accompanied by actual sexual education. While his ruling only affects a single school district, you can bet that others will follow this precedence!

In Arizona, several churches band together to help fight a growing threat among their ranks: Christians who don't hate. Yes, Lutherans, Baptists, Presbyterians, they're all ganging up to make sure that churches who believe you don't have to be anti-science, you don't have to hate homosexuals, and you don't have to believe the bible is 100% literal to be a Christian, will be shut down! The part of me who loves watching bigots shoot themselves in the foot is hoping they succeed.

Here is a time line of the recent atheists in Bangladesh who have been murdered by Muslims.

Christian group First Priority Blue Ridge has a history of, not only forcing their religion on others, but trying to write laws that require all people to force their religion on others. Their recent "victory" is convincing Tennessee Republicans to pass a law allowing students to pray on a specific weekend, something they've had a right to do since the formation of the country, but now their right to do it is in the law books -twice-!

Ly Moyne College, a private Catholic school in New York is inviting Cardinal Timothy Dolan to speak at their graduation. Dolan is an interesting choice because he did a particularly sleazy move where he drained the coffers of his diocese just before they lost a massive lawsuit for protecting child rapists. So, instead of paying for the psychological counseling of all these people who were raped by priests, the church said, sorry, we're out of cash, can't help you! Thankfully, quite a few of the students at the school are protesting Dolan's invitation showing that, while the new guard isn't complacent with people who protect child rapists.


The new Google Maps is garbage

Feeling: Happy

2015-05-13

I really hate it when software designers take away features, or hide features in later versions and call it "streamlining." You didn't streamline anything, you just made it more cumbersome to use. Normally, it's morons like Microsoft that are guilty of this, but have you seen the new Google Maps? Rather than give directions they show you a picture of the map. If you want directions, you have to expand the directions section. But that only gives you partial directions. If you want full directions, you have to manually open each of the partial directions. This is probably useful if you're on your phone, but I can't exactly carry around my desktop while I'm driving, and you know full well that I'm on a desktop. Booo!

Don't fall asleep in North Korea.

John Oliver points out just how much Americans, but Republicans especially, hate mothers.

Pointing a finger at Deputy Chase Wright or he will slam you so hard to the ground he will kill you.

Fake gamer guys never stop being funny.

Now this is the guy you want teaching your children!

The clue you don't want to get when you're playing Pictionary.

If you want to throw your hat into the ring of science, expect to be critiqued, especially if you're claiming something that conflicts with prior studies. Case in point, Christians tout the Regnerus study, which shows that same-sex couples make poor parents, but when other scientists look through the list of people in the study, they found some rather... unlikely results. For example, there is a person in the study who is 7'8", 88 lbs., married 8 times, with 8 children. There is also a person who was arrested at the age of 1. Maybe this study wasn't well vetted, hm?

Arnold Schwarzenegger's acting career shrunken down to 6 minutes.


I use my hair to express myself

Feeling: Happy

2015-05-12

I may bitch an moan about how atheists are treated like second-class citizens here in the USA, but at least there aren't people trying to hack me into pieces for what I write like in Bangladesh. Ananta Bijoy Das is the third recent atheist blogger to be chopped up by Muslims.

The Pew Forum has released data on comprehensive study of religion in the USA, and it's a doozy! Evangelicals, Catholics, and Protestants all see a decline, while non-religious and atheists see a surge. The unaffiliated now outnumber all religious groups except Evangelicals, and even their numbers are dwindling. People identifying as atheists now outnumber Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, Orthodox Christians, unaffiliated Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and all other non-Christian religions!

In Paraguay, a poor a ten-year-old girl was raped by her step-father and became pregnant. In addition to the horrors she endured from the rape, there is the danger of such a small frame, only 4'6" and a mere 75 lbs., having to carry a baby. In civilized countries, doctors would suggest abortion, and the family would agree, and the poor child wouldn't have to deal with the pain and agony of childbirth or be saddled with the financial burden of a child she can't possibly afford, but Paraguay is controlled by Catholics, and Catholics are always against abortion (well, at least after 1917, when God finally made up his mind that it was a sin). The child cannot have an abortion because the country doesn't allow abortion unless the mother is expected to die, and even then, it's unlikely. Sadly, little girls being forced to give birth to their rapist's child isn't that uncommon in Paraguay, as in the past couple years it's happened several times, once to a child as young as 9!

Christian Evangelist Phil Kidd was driving along in his brand new Jaguar (which Jesus paid for) and got into a terrible car accident. Thankfully, the engineers who designed the car equipped it with seat belts airbags, a roll cage, and a crumpling frame that kept him alive. Of course, Kidd's phrasing is a bit different. He believes he was sheltered in the arms of his god because he didn't have a scratch! Yes, sheltered in the arms of his god! Oh by the way, his wife has a fractured spine. I guess his god's sheltering arms are only so big.


Stupid rain making the grass grow

Feeling: Happy

2015-05-11

What goes through a woman's mind when they have to drive 814 miles to have an abortion.

Norway does something wonderful. In a response to the Muslim terrorists who murdered several civilians at the Charlie Hebdo offices because they published blasphemy, the country has decided to eliminate its own blasphemy law making the country safe for other would-be free speech advocates.

United Airlines decides to divert a flight just so it can kick off a mother and her special-needs daughter.

The atheist movement is seeing a nice influx of women and racial minorities, something it has seriously lacked in the past.

Carrol Mitchem, chairman of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners, North Carolina just witnessed a Federal Judge rule against the Board of Commissioners of Rowan County, just a few miles away, because the county officials refused to let non-Christians lead invocations during their meetings. But is that stopping him from doing the Christian thing? No! Mitchem not only refuses to allow non-Christians to pray at his meetings, but tells Muslims to, "stay the hell away," and go pray to, "Allah, or whoever the hell they pray to." All I can say is, I'm looking forward to when they lose their lawsuit and squander money of the local taxpayers.

Republican Elbert Guillory explains how in the past, scientists used to burn people at the stake for not agreeing with them. Zach Kopplin reminds the Senator that, no, it wasn't scientists who did that, it was the Christian Church.

In general, I think allowing for-profit institutions to battle for greater control of the market is a good way get the highest quality products for the lowest prices, and in the fastest amount of time. The trouble is, in order for a for-profit institution to do well, they usually resort to unethical practices, and they're highly susceptible to being driven into the ground by ego-maniacal sociopaths who are willing to sacrifice employees and customers in order to make a quick buck. This is why well-regulated oversight is necessary. However, when it comes to one company, this oversight came too little, too late. Corinthian Colleges (which includes Heald, WyoTech, and Everest) had over 100 schools, all of which are now going to be sold or closed. This follows after several investigations which demonstrate the company persuading its students into high-interest student loans even though the school's graduation rates were particularly low, and knowingly misleading students into paying for classes for which they wouldn't receive accreditation, or credits that would transfer to schools that would offer accreditation, making their diploma essentially worthless. The damage has already been done as countless students have either dropped out with massive student debt, or graduated with a worthless degree with even more student debt, and to make matters worse, many of these students still received government assistance preventing it from being used on students who went to real colleges.

Jeb Bush puts it plain and simple: When he leads, he leads according to his faith as a Christian, not according to some non-biblical document like the US Constitution.


Yes, please, I will have a weekend.

Feeling: Happy

2015-05-08

The Game of Life (not the board game) is a lot of fun for people who enjoy seeing emergent properties in action. This video interviews the game's creator. The reason I enjoy this game so much is because it shows how extremely basic rules can result in unimaginable order and function, something that Creationists always contend is impossible.

There are laws in place for many different things, including the size of signs that can be placed along federal highways, because really, who wants to drive past behemoth billboards every few feet? However, Christians in Oklahoma don't like playing fair, and even convinced their state lawmakers to pass a law allowing larger signs for non profits (i.e., churches). But the federal government isn't too keen on letting people play by their own rules, and has told Oklahoma to get rid of the law, or they won't get as much funding for their roads. Naturally, the Christians in Oklahoma are crying religious persecution because they aren't getting preferential treatment!

Betty Bowers indulges in the Joni Mitchell song, Tax Free.

Let's say you're taking a test in school, but suddenly you realize that you don't know any of the answers because you didn't study the night before. But thankfully, someone gives you all the answers to every problem, and you wind up acing the test. Anyone who knows the value of studying would consider this cheating, right? But if you're religious, and a presidential hopeful, this isn't cheating, it's a miracle.

So what's the deal with the Religious Freedom Restoration Act?


Stupid adultness

Feeling: Happy

2015-05-07

Had to mow a lawn for the first time in 15 years... I still hate the tedium, but it is less annoying when it's your own house.

We're one step closer the the NSA being held accountable for their years of spying on Americans.

Conservatives want to know how to spot a feminist at a glance, so actual feminists give him some great tips on what to look for. Another hilarious hashtag that's trending is #AtheistsHaveNoMorals, where you can find such crimes as, "I eat devils food cake," "I remove my USB drive without safely ejecting it first," and, "I ate Pringles and stopped after I popped."

Shockingly, a judge threw out the case of Sylvia Driskell, the Nebraska woman who wanted to sue all homosexuals.

The New Yorker is spot on with this one.

The city council of Cochran, Georgia was all set to use their authority to promote Christianity by flying the Christian flag at City Hall and hosting a bible reading marathon, but some quick work by equal rights group and made them change their mind. When atheists speak up, Christian favoritism goes down!

Texas Republicans decide that insurance providers, both governmental and even private, can not be allowed to pay for abortions. Yes, the party who brands themselves pro small government and thinks the government shouldn't affect private enterprise is trying to make it illegal for private enterprise to perform a perfectly legal service. Turns out, Republicans are hypocrites. I know, you're all shocked.


Don't forget to vote... yesterday. Ah never mind, thankfully, Prop 1 failed.

Feeling: Happy

2015-05-06

The police in Granby, Quebec saw that someone had made a Facebook page mocking them, so they responded the way you would expect. The city passed a local law that makes it illegal to use the Internet to insult the police! There was already a law which made it illegal to insult police or city officials in person, but now you can't even blog about the city's incompetent impotent imbecilic officials. Things have changed a bit since Norman Rockwell's America.

Though, Quebec is still coming in second to Iran who is deciding which haircuts and personal grooming methods are inappropriate for men. If you spike your hair, you better expect punishment!

Once again the South shows us the fruit of not teaching comprehensive sexual education: chlamydia.

Carolyn Petit, Katherine Cross, and Anita Sarkeesian give a panel discussion about the dangers of Internetting while female.

Why people become atheists is usually very different than the reason religious people think they become atheists. And despite their suggestion that they want to have the reasons explained to them, that doesn't stop them from claiming to already know and make decisions based on their false beliefs.

John Hargrove, former Sea World employee may not be a model citizen, but Rebecca Watson explains how using an ad homenem him won't change the fact that Sea World has a history of abusing its animals.

You know a Christian business owner is a great guy when they create a computer game called, Kill the Faggot. Speaking of homophobia, Sylvia Driskell, from Auburn, Nebraska is trying to sue all gay people.

Back in 2007, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles had to pay out $660 million after it was demonstrated that they had been protecting child rapists for decades. Now the details of some of those cases is coming out, like Catholic Friar Gregory Atherton's sexual molestation of three boys. Atherton never served a night in jail for his crimes, but the LA Archdiocese did take him out of the public ministry and send him to an undisclosed home and gave him new job. Atherton even apologized, to the other members of his parish, but of course, not to the children he abused.

You may fear GMO foods, but I bet dollars to donuts you'd get a genetically modified porcine valve to save your life.


Don't forget to vote today!

Feeling: Happy

2015-05-05

If you're curious about how to vote today, have a look at Michigan's Proposal 1.

Why do we look upside-down when looking into a spoon?

The highest placing students at North Middle School in Joplin, Missouri will be receiving a wonderful treat! A trip to a Christian sports center where they can be preached at!

John Oliver's smackdown of Dr. Oz.

Rowan County, North Carolina was trying so hard to exclude all but Christian prayers at their meetings, but darn it, if that pesky US Constitution got the better of them again! They'll be forced to pay the court fees of the ACLU (and by "they," I mean the North Carolina taxpayers), and have to allow non-Christian invocations.

Can your likelihood to get a divorce be determined by a mathematical equation?

Pointing out the flaws with teleological and cosmological arguments for the existence of a god, with a cartoon.


Feeling the need to create

Feeling: Happy

2015-05-04

Emily and I spent the weekend painting the shutters on my house and shopping for a lawnmower. Being an adult sucks, but the shutters look great.

Rebecca Watson points out that abstinence is the Creationism of sexual education.

Republican Matt Schaefer wants to prevent women from having abortions even when doctors agree that the fetus is 100% going to die. His rational to forcing this suffering upon women is, people deserve to suffer because people are sinful. Does that mean Schaefer is volunteering to be tortured because he's so sinful?

The Nostalgia Chick and Rantasmo discuss the lack of gay characters in Disney.

Al Qaeda brags about murdering Avijit Roy and maiming his wife because he spoke ill toward Islam.

Howard Scott Warshaw does a post mortem on his game, and one of my favorites for the Atari 2600, Yars' Revenge.

Climate change is still happening, it's still our fault, and it's getting worse.

Santa Monica, California has had a pretty controversial park in the past few years. Christians had been putting up Nativity displays on the lawn of Palisades Park, but in 2011, atheists reminded the city that they can't favor any one group, and demanded a place to put their own displays. So, up went the atheist displays along side the Christian displays, and the Christians cried persecution. How dare they be expected to share with others? Rather than deal with all this headache again, the next year city officials decided not to allow any displays in the park. Again, Christians cried persecution, only this time, they sued the state from discrimination--because in their minds, having the same rules as everyone else is discrimination. The judge naturally ruled against them, and said the city was acting correctly, so the Christians appealed. And again, the appeals court ruled against them, saying essentially, "We know you're pissed, but get over it."

Nightwish members, Tuomas Holopainen and Troy Donockley, explain why they're openly secular.


Never give up! Never surrender!

Feeling: Happy

2015-05-01

Antivaxers can suck it! Vaccinations have wiped out it's third disease in the Western Hemisphere.

It's probably best that Disney characters don't have sex.

It's a case of too little, too late. After the media finally comes to their sense about the all the bullshit spewed forth by Dr. Oz, Oprah finally decides to drop the quack she helped bring to stardom.

Turns out, you can't cure diabetes in a child by taking them off insulin and slapping them until they have bruises. They just end up dying.

When a mega church in California successfully votes preachers into the majority of public school board positions, you can pretty much be certain they're going to violate the US Constitution, and violate it they did! In addition to having the church tell all their sheep who to vote for, the President of the Board uses more bible verses in his meetings than original thoughts, and the board member's views regarding abortion and Zionism seem to be relevant somehow. Thankfully, the FFRF is fighting this in court, and while the Christians in charge think they're safe by procuring a defense lawyer who will do everything pro bono, they aren't taking into account the fact that they'll have to pay the FFRF's court costs when they lose. That money will come out of the tax payer's coffers, which means fewer teachers and books for the students.

SciShow explains why you shouldn't throw out organic matter, but instead allow your city to capture the energy for later use. Also, why using a #2 pencil isn't that important any more.

Councilor Mark Wildenhain, of the Pawtucket City Council, Rhode Island publicly shamed a man for refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance telling him that his actions are on par with burning the American flag, both of which are illegal! Of course, refusing to say a prayer to a flag is not illegal, nor is burning it. This is something a person who fancies himself a city leader should really know.

Christians are notorious for their ignorance and disgust for the US Constitution, as I demonstrate nearly every day, and today isn't any different. What do Christians do when they're reminded that they can't use public schools to force their religion on children? They threaten to murder the person who reminded them.


Oooh, a piece of candy

Feeling: Happy

2015-04-30

Colorado's teen pregnancy program has been a boon for the state, saving money by reducing rate of unwed teenage mothers by 40%, and the teen abortion rate by 35%. So naturally, the Republicans are trying to kill it.

Learned helplessness is a real thing that people should be aware of.

A science journal reveals some serious sexism by telling the authors of a paper (both women) that they should get a man's name on the paper to improve it.

1960s Public Service Announcement about venereal diseases? Yes please!

The USA is supposed to be a secular nation, but the reality is that a good portion of the laws are entirely religious in nature. Well, if a religion can make those laws, perhaps another religion can nullify those laws. Enter Satanism.

Success often kills a collectible product, so why do some products stick around?

Obama's anger translator is pretty fitting.

The author of Doonesbury seems to be okay with people murdering those who disagrees with their religious beliefs, but the author of Tom the Dancing Bug demonstrates the natural outcome of such a belief.

The Nostalgia Chick weighs in on Wild Wild West.


I'm a sweet piece of work

Feeling: Happy

2015-04-29

North Dakota State Representative, Republican Randy Boehning votes to keep discrimination against homosexuals legal, which is odd considering the fact he sends unsolicited dick pics to 21-year-old homosexual males on Grindr.

Considering the human population continuing to rise, are we ever going to run out of names?

The American torture center in Guantanamo, Cuba is still a black mark for us. The most telling part of this article is at the end where it says, "what to do with some three dozen detainees considered too dangerous to release but who cannot be tried for lack of evidence." If there is no evidence to convict them, how do we know they're too dangerous to release? Probably the hatred from years and years of us torturing them.

The Surgeon General explains to Elmo why he needs to get vaccinated. Also, I don't care for Elmo's new voice actor.

Zoologists and farmers keep reminding us to save the bees, but they're not talking about honey bees.

Play Truth of Drink with your parents, or with your spouse.

Want to have a fun joy ride? Let the police take you on a Nickel Ride.


Stuff and junk and things

Feeling: Happy

2015-04-28

John Oliver points out some of the severe flaws in the US Patent System.

When black people riot because of massive civil rights violations, it's awful. When white people riot because their sports team won, it's business as usual.

The Nostalgia Chick reviews the top five Disney sequels she hated the least: part 1, part 2.

The post mortem on Loom is pretty touching.

Belle Gibson went on a whirlwind tour making over a million dollars promoting her cancer-fighting diet book and phone app. She was in magazines, on television, all over media in general, and then it came out that she never had cancer at all, and she lied about everything, and her diet would only harm those who followed it rather than seek real medicine. So, what are we to do with all these reporters and media networks that promoted her? Shouldn't they bear responsibility as well? Isn't it their job to make sure what they're reporting is the truth? Do they not even care any more? From the way some of them are responding, it certainly seems that way.

Even 30 years after the Chernobyl meltdown, the city of Pripyat is still an eerie ghost town.


Back in the groove

Feeling: Happy

2015-04-27

When a truly tragic event happens, like the Germanwings Flight 9525 which the pilot purposely flew into the mountains killing everyone on board, many people turn to religion to make sense of the cold hard reality. Unfortunately, religion responds to these events by making them even worse by saying that everyone on that plane deserved to die! Or what about the earthquake in Nepal that has so far claimed close to 2,000 lives? Religion responds by saying that they're thrilled that all those Buddhist and Hindu temples were destroyed!

When is it not okay to come out as an atheist?

The American branch of PEN (a writer's community) is giving its annual Freedom of Expression Courage award to Charlie Hebdo, the newspaper where Muslim terrorists murdered several people for publishing cartoons criticizing Islam. Just the right candidate in my opinion. However, six authors who were invited to the event are so dissatisfied with the winner that they have refused to attend! The six include Peter Carey, Michael Ondaatje, Francine Prose, Teju Cole, Rachel Kushner and Taiye Selasi. Each has their own reasons for protesting, and I'm sure they're varied and nuanced, but I only have snippets from two available to comment on. Peter Carey wrote, "A hideous crime was committed, but was it a freedom-of-speech issue for PEN America to be self-righteous about?" Yes! Having to deal with people murdering you for pointing out the facts of their violent religion is a very good reason to receive an award of courage, and for the situation to be publicized! Teju Cole wrote that Charlie Hebdo, "has gone specifically for racist and Islamophobic provocations." No. Islam is not a race (the majority of Muslims are not even Arabic), but it is violent. The vast majority of Muslims think anyone who leaves Islam should be executed, so yes, there is a very good reason to fear them!

If a man asks a total stranger on walking down the street if she wants to have sex with him, you can pretty much guess the result. Well, what happens when a woman asks a man she's never met for sex?

Same-sex marriage is all but a done deal in this country. For one, we're playing catch-up to the majority of industrial nations where it's already the norm. Two, the majority of Americans are in favor of it. Three, the majority of states have made it legal. Four, as a civil rights issue, it's pretty cut and dry. The only people with any political power who are still trying to stop it are Republicans and Christians, which mostly overlap anyway. Well, I have a message for these two groups: Please keep fighting it! Please continue to stand up and say it's evil, and that you're against it! Please keep refusing to serve homosexual customers! And please PLEASE keep saying you're doing this because of your Christian faith, and because the bible tells you to do it! The more you do it, the more you'll be like the Westboro Baptists and sacrifice the last vestiges of your political authority!

Enjoy these Studio Ghibli easter eggs.

It's a bit long, but here is a Pole's take on the struggle of atheists in Great Britain.


Ready for a long weekend of sleep!

Feeling: Sleepy

2015-04-24

Here's a fun game where you have to adjust JavaScript code to solve puzzles.

The students at this public school in Atlanta, Georgia have a strong message for their gay classmate Tim Jefferson, if you ever come back, we'll shoot you!

An unarmed man is shot several times in the back for fleeing police officer Adams Lin. The man is now paralyzed, and Lin has been cleared of all charges. Also, Ervin Leon Edwards became belligerent after being arrested for wearing sagging pants, as I think any other sane person would. But after an altercation in the jail cell, he was tased by police officers for what they claim was five seconds, which shouldn't be enough to kill a person, but the cell video shows what appears to be Edwards being tased for much longer, and then he was left to die in the jail cell. Naturally, the local police denied any wrong doing, but the matter is being taken up with the Department of Justice (but don't hold your breath).

There just aren't enough men in the arts and positions of power.

Humans and dogs have evolved to love each other!

St. Joseph Catholic Middle School wanted to remind student Rose McGrath what is means to be a Catholic, so they expelled her for missing to much class while she was recovering from cancer.

Nostalgia Chick reviews the worst Disney sequels: part 1, part 2.

Astrology is just a fancy word for bigotry.

Warren Robinett gives a nice postmortem of his 1979 Atari game, Adventure.


Come and knock on our door

Feeling: Sleepy

2015-04-23

40 questions to determine the true religion... with commentary!

In a good example of how words can have frighteningly differing etymologies, Tisdale, Saskatchewan is considering changing its current motto of, "Land of Rape and Honey."

Even though it's perfectly legal, US Marshals do not like being filmed and will destroy your property when you try to do it.

After Belle Gibson was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, but after dealing with the awful side-effects of radiation and chemotherapy she decided, like many other people before her, to forgo medical treatment and try to fight the cancer with diet, exercise, and unproven "cures." She became online famous by writing about her experience dealing with the horrors of brain cancer and the seizures it causes, but also how her all-natural regime was helping her. Wanting to help others follow her cancer-fighting diet, she put together a phone app and a $1 million in the process, leading to her story being covered in Elle Magazine. Now, she's publishing a book on her story! There was just one tiny problem... Belle Gibson never had cancer. She lied about it all for attention and money, and with her lie came the eventual death of countless people who stopped their medical treatment to follow her. Elle Magazine has not written an article explaining how they were taken in by this fraud.

What's the difference between being objectified and being empowered? Perhaps it should be based on where the power lies in the situation.

You probably don't want to watch NBC's made-for-TV remix of the bible, but perhaps you can stomach this 5-minute condensed version.

Nutrition and diet fads are pretty much the same dogma behind the Garden of Eden re-branded.

Well that's an interesting star/nebula/binary system/death cannon.

The US Supreme Court has ruled that invocations are fine at government meetings, even those that revere a specific god, but if a government wants to do it, they can't exclude anyone. Well, tell that to Greenville, South Carolina. They refuse to let atheists give an invocation. But just to show how diverse they are, they explain how they're invocations have run the gamut between [Christian denomination], [another Christian denomination], and [a third Christian denomination], oh yeah, and a token Jew.

We're actively warming the planet at an irreversible rate which is causing all the sequestered water in glaciers to melt. Well, what happens to our coastal cities when all the ice is melted?


Motherfucking Oedipus!

Feeling: Sleepy

2015-04-22

There have been studies that suggest that religious people are more mentally stable than non-religious people, but these are usually comparing highly religious people to non very religious people. When you compare highly religious people to highly secular people, they're both about equally mentally stable. This suggests that it's not religion, but a confident world-view that helps with stability.

Lawrence Krauss gives a wonderful lecture on the science of nothing.

John Kirk Councilman demonstrates how you can use the bible to justify anything, even raping a child.

Aron Ra gives a primer on organic chemistry.

Yet another study shows no link between autism and vaccinations.

Brentalfloss adds lyrics to the Super Mario Land 2 theme.

It isn't enough that the NSA is listening to your phone calls, reading your emails, and seeing your dickpics. Now they're working with Congress to pass a bill that will protect companies who want to send your personal data to the NSA without a warrant.

What goes on under your computer's hood when you click a link?


And some junk

Feeling: Sleepy

2015-04-21

I've written some commentary to a Internet forward called, 11 Little Known Facts About Islam.

The FBI admits that from 1972 to 1999, their forensics department was over-stating to judges and juries their accuracy with hair analysis. In reality, they were not using rigorous scientific standards to match hair. This accounted for about 95% of the cases where they used hair analysis, which may have led to the conviction of potentially hundreds of innocent people, including 32 cases that resulted in death sentences.

Aron Ra's wonderful lecture on faith, AKA, believing what you know ain't so.

Michigan Dieseltec owner Brian Klawiter is having a hell of a time trying to recover from openly refusing to serve members of the LGBT community. After admitting that Jesus probably wouldn't turn away homosexual customers, he reminded his audience that Jesus didn't have children to protect from the gay. That's right, he's terrified that homosexuals will expose themselves to his children. Sadly, Klawiter doesn't know the difference between a pedophile and a homosexual. All of this bad press has put a target on his back; his company's online presence is in the gutter, his criminal history is being brought back to haunt him, and his fund-raiser was shut down due to his hate-speech. All he has left to fall back on is his religion, which unfortunately is what is causing him to lose his livelihood in the first place. Having once been a hate-filled Christian myself, I really feel bad for the guy.

The Nostalgia Chick reviews The Fifth Element.

Republican Allen West explains how, when he played high school football, nobody ever got injured because they had prayers before the games. Sounds like someone took so many shots to the head, his memory is failing.

Here is why fluoride is good for your teeth.

Jehovah's Witnesses did something that religious apologists should never do, quote a -living- scientist. I say this because, as anyone who watches a lot of religious debates knows, when religious people quote scientists, they're almost always misquoting them to further their religious agenda. This is fine when you misquote a dead scientist who can't defend themselves, but when you quote a living scientist, there is always the problem of them calling you out on it. Sure enough, when the Jehovah's Witnesses quoted biologist Rama Singh in their January edition of Awake! magazine saying that many educated people disagree with evolution, word of this quote found its way to Singh who thoroughly and completely called them out on it saying that he doesn't believe in Creationism, he doesn't know of even a minority of scientists who do, and that the Jehovah's Witnesses knowingly misrepresented him. The offending quote was removed from the digital version of Awake!, but the church never acknowledged the lie and has yet to apologized for it.

Religion is false because I can kill this angel with a shovel.


Elf needs sleep, badly!

Feeling: Sleepy

2015-04-20

With one co-worker on vacation and the other on-location for an installation, I have to get up two hours early every day this week. I'm not amused.

For the past 37 years, Parma, Missouri has been run by Mayor Randall Ramsey. But for the first time ever, the city elected a black female for Mayor, Ms Tyrus Byrd. This change caused 5 out of 6 of the city's police officers to immediately quit. Kind of makes you wonder, is it just racism, or is there some deeper corruption involved with the previous mayor?

Australia is wisely putting a stop to people pretending that their religion doesn't allow them to vaccinate their children. It would be nice to see a similar law in the USA.

14-year-old DezJuan Sanders was shot and killed in Elkhart, Indiana after an altercation with a yet unknown person. When asked about the shooting, Elkhart Sheriff Chris Snyder said, "A lot of it falls on the parents. They need to take some responsibility to make sure their guns are locked up," and then, ""You take God and prayer out of schools and you take discipline away from parents and teachers and you want the Sheriff to solve it? No." Ah yes, the old, "how can you expect me to do my job when I can't force your child to read a book that advocates murder?" line! Gets 'em every time!

It's not always a good idea to prank your mother and tell her you were arrested for being a male prostitute.

Just like "family values" is code for homosexual bigotry, "religious freedom" pretty much means the same thing. Just ask Joan Cheever of San Antonio, Texas. She tried to invoke the state's religious freedom law that allows business owners the right to deny homosexuals entrance to their stores, but it doesn't seem to protect her from being ticketed for feeding the homeless! Sure, Jesus said absolutely nothing about homosexuality and tons of stuff about helping the poor, but for some reason, Texas thinks religious freedom means gay-bashing and not following the teachings of Christ.

If you can handle an hour and a half debate on a few passages from the bible, here's an interesting one about God commanding genocide.

Several doctors from all around the country recently sent a letter to Columbia University where Dr. Oz holds a vice chair position. In short, they asked the university to reevaluate his position and listed several very good reasons why Dr. Oz is an unethical greedy corporate shill. The university's response was a simple, we let our doctors say and do whatever the hell they want without consequence.


Long live the King baby!

Feeling: Happy

2015-04-17

In order to prove the Republican party wants small unobtrusive government, Molly White is trying to make a law protecting the discrimination of homosexuals. And in order to prove that she's a good leader who hears the voice of her constituents, she's refusing to meet with anyone who disagrees with her because, as she says, it would be a waste of time.

Cheryl Rios doesn't think women should be allowed to become president because they're too moody. Ironically, Rios is the president of her company. It would be refreshing to have a president who isn't burdened by such religious-borne ignorance, but an atheist president is pretty unlikely.

The USA continues to rank at the bottom of world nations when it comes to paid maternity, time off, vacation time, minimum wage, and so forth.

The racist, privileged, bigot, conspiracy theorists at Dieseltec Auto Repair in Grandville, Michigan are refusing to serve homosexuals. This has led to some rather hilarious Yelp reviews, and hopefully, an out-of-business sign.

You can only prank Luigi so much.

Here's a list of the most widely banned books of 2014.

Bjørn Lomborg is a Danish climate change denialist in the sense that he agrees that the Earth is getting warmer, and that humans are to blame, but he denies the scientific consensus that this is a bad thing. In 2003, Lomborg's was convicted of scientific dishonesty by his home government, but not sentenced to any punishment because the Danes agreed that he was too ignorant on the subject of climate change to be guilty. Nevertheless, they stripped his funding, so Lomborg left the country looking for other groups who prefer to continue with business as usual rather than address our impending self-imposed cataclysm. Naturally, he turned to the USA where Republicans and Libertarians have been giving him roughly $1 million a year, but this wasn't enough, so he convinced the Australian prime minister Tony Abbott (anti-birth control, anti-same-sex marriage, anti-euthanasia, anti-stem-cell research, anti-divorce!) to give him $4 million, all the while Abbott's administration continues to cut the nation's education budget.

Let's all take a moment to remember the Radium Girls.

Even after the Tennessee Attorney General told them it was unconstitutional, House Republicans continued to try and get their bill passed that would make the bible the official state book. Well, the Senate refused to go along with their bigotry and killed the bill, impressive since the Senate is also a Republican majority. So, the Republicans can't even blame Democrats for this one, so do they blame themselves? No. The Senate blames Satan for introducing the bill in the first place. Wait, what?

The Texas-based Liberty Institute is trying to bring up a case against the US Military because it's finally starting to crack down on Christian bullying. That's the mindset of the "Persecuted" Christian: If you won't let me bully you, you're persecuting me!


Why are all Linux-based form designers so horrible?

Feeling: Happy

2015-04-16

What happens when a parent sits in on her child's sex-ed class in Lansing, Michigan and live Tweets it?

Richard Dawkins answers a couple more questions about evolution: Are all offspring slightly different species? And how do instincts arise?

Orthodox Jews aren't allowed to use light bulbs on the Sabbath, because they consider turning on lights to be making fire (it isn't), and making fire on the Sabbath is considered work, and work isn't allowed on the Sabbath, as mandated by God... through Moses... through several generations of oral history, through whatever random dude actually wrote the passage in the Torah. The point is, no switching on the lights from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. Thankfully, someone has invented a work-around that Yahweh won't notice! It's a light switch that works as a backward circuit breaker! The lights are always trying to be on, but a plastic breaker prevents them. By flipping the switch, you're not turning on a light, you're removing the breaker from the circuit, allowing electricity to flow like normal. Of course, the end result is a light turning on, but that's okay because you're following the letter of the law and Yahweh is too stupid to enforce the spirit of the law!

Can the federal government see your dick pics? John Oliver interviews Edward Snowden who says yes. There are several NSA programs which collect the content of your phone messages and email and store it on their servers for viewing.

Bill O'Reilly: It's not enough that my religion is the vast majority in this country, I also want it to be made illegal to criticize my beliefs, never mind that nuisance Constitution crap!.

Daniel Tosh is ready to become the new poster child for Scientology.


Beware the ides of April

Feeling: Happy

2015-04-15

Wanna get super powers? Just visit one of these highly contaminated places.

If you're an antivaxer, this is what you sound like to science-minded people.

With their incredibly impractical mating habits, you may wonder how pandas even exist at all.

Bob Vander Plaats, Republican leader of the Christian hate group The Family Leader, acknowledges that Iowa is totally within its rights to allow a Wiccan priestess to give an invocation... totally within its rights, but they're still making a mockery of his god!.

Rebecca Watson points out the real difference between a cult and a religion. It's not just a matter of size or acceptance.

Demonstrating that the Republican party stands for small incorruptible government, senator Bruce Thompson just altered a bill that would give a $300,000 tax break to the Christian college to which he is affiliated.

Anyone else play the Omega Virus board game?


Northern lights and skies ablaze

Feeling: Happy

2015-04-14

Why would you need to tase a woman to death when she's already handcuffed, shackled, gagged, and surrounded by six police officers? Ask the Fairfax police.

This is what happens when you call the cops.

Unless you want to sound like a complete imbecile, it's probably best not to repost from any of these sites.

For the first time in their lives, Australians taste food from Outback Steakhouse.

Andy hikes from Mexico to Canada, a total of 2,600 miles, and takes a picture at every mile marker. It's amazing to see how much weight he loses through the process.

Despite the Tennessee Attorney General explaining that making the Bible the official book of the state would be a Constitutional violation, Republican Jerry Sexton will continue to try and make forcing his religion on the state a reality.

Taking Christian sex lectures out of context is HILARIOUS!


Impeccable timing your majesty.

Feeling: Happy

2015-04-13

Now that I'm 35, I can run for president!

There is a Wiki-How for converting atheists to Christianity, and it's really quite despicable. The author use flowery language, and reminds the Christian not to trick anyone or lie to them, but when you read the steps, they're all about not being openly honest, dodging any difficult questions, and ignoring all scientific facts. It's pretty telling when the best they can hope for is to talk about how Christianity makes them feel, and not about if it's true.

This is just one heckuva weird fish.

11% of the world's population identifies as atheist, but 27% are not religious, (AKA atheist). We're almost up to a full third!

This is what happens when you add annotations to the promotional video of Scientology Neurotology.

Republican Ben Carson asks of the LGBT community, keeping in mind that I don't think you should be allowed to marry the person you love, what can I do to win your vote?

It's time to tell Indiana that they can't sit with the cool states anymore. Oh, how I wish Michigan were one of the cool states.

Pastor Fred Smith at his church in Wisconsin has been preaching to his congregates to vote for specific political candidates. This is illegal for a church, or any other tax-exempt institution. The idea of the tax-exempt status is, if your primary claim is to help people, then you don't have to pay taxes, but you also have to put helping people over politics. It's the job of the IRS to monitor tax-exempt institutions for rule-breaking, and when they see a tax-exempt institution not playing by the rules, they revoke their tax-exempt status. This has happened to many organizations in the past few decades, but not a single church. This is because the position at the IRS responsible for investigating churches has sat vacant for years, and the IRS has had no plans for filling it. Recently, the Freedom From Religion Foundation took the IRS to court over their failure to do their job, especially since churches continue to be more open about their contempt for the law. In order to end the lawsuit, the IRS agreed to finally start enforcing their own rules, and being monitoring these law-breaking churches. Well, it's been quite awhile, and still the position goes unfilled. This has led a Christian group called the Alliance Defending Freedom to file their own lawsuit against the IRS demanding to know what happened with the FFRF lawsuit. The irony is, the IRS will probably just start removing church tax-exempt statuses just to avoid the Christian lawsuit!

Simon's Cat doesn't as such like the rain.


Half-way to 70

Feeling: Happy

2015-04-10

You can teach a parent to stop being ignorant and vaccinate their children, it just takes seven cases of whooping cough in a single family.

Adding carbon into the air causes acid rain, which falls into the oceans which kills delicate sea life which is food for the predators, which disrupts entire aquatic ecosystems, which many land-based organisms are dependent upon, which greatly affects humans. And we're making the oceans as acidic as the were during the last great extinction.

Here is a list of several things that men do, many of whom never realize just how awful these things are.

In demanding a prayer at their state government meetings, Iowa Christians got more than they bargained for when a Wiccan Priestess prayed to gods and goddesses.

Richard Dawkins has been answering several questions in honor of Darwin Day last month. Here's a sampling:
Is Evolution a Fact?
What if DNA was infallible?
Is Homosexuality Nature's Population Control?

After witnessing a student refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance a Pennsylvania public school nurse decided she didn't have to give a student medical attention!

Top Ten Disney Deaths!


You don't know what you got until... you make a checklist

Feeling: Happy

2015-04-09

In general, I think Obama is a pretty shitty president, but every now and then, he does something like this that I appreciate.

I'm glad I wasn't the only one who hated Interstellar.

Private schools are allowed to hire and fire who they want, and I'm fine with that. So, when Dowling Catholic High School decided not to bring a qualified substitute teacher on full-time because he's gay, I'm not the least bit surprised. After all, Catholics are haters, and haters gonna hate. But what does warm my cold black heart with hearing about the students of the school organizing a walkout protest for the administration's hateful views. Despite their indoctrination, these students are learning to be decent human beings!

An interesting documentary about the life of a Neanderthal.

When you infiltrate Christian pregnancy crisis center conventions you can learn just how shady and evil these people are. They systematically teach people to lie to vulnerable women to try and prevent their abortion and convert them to Christianity.

One of the NRA's convention locations doesn't allow guns, and in the places where they do allow guns, all of their display guns are non-functional. What ever happened to that whole, guns are perfectly safe in the proper hands bullshit? Are NRA members all the proper hands? Hell, everyone should be allowed to bring loaded guns to these things! And grenades.

Titanic was also pretty awful.


There's a new boss in town

Feeling: Happy

2015-04-08

Generic YouTube gamer reviews games.

A North Carolina cop shot an man in the back, claiming self-defense because he feared for his life after the man stole his taser, but the video evidence doesn't seem to fit the cop's story. From the video, it sure looks like the cop shot an unarmed man in the back.

SciShow pay homage to Benjamin Franklin, back when heads of state were expected to be intelligent, and talks about modifying the human genome.

An interesting lecture on the importance of story telling.

The Nostalgia Chick covers Men In Black and its sequel.

Cult of Dusty covers Pascal's Wager and this absolute proof of Jesus appearing in the sky!


When is there going to be a good moon rising?

Feeling: Happy

2015-04-07

In only a few years, lab-grown beef went from around $300,000.00 for a burger to about $11.00. I'm ready to eat a sustainable pain-free burger.

SciShow teaches us about plant cancer.

Utah police don't like children's cardboard forts.

It's tragic when anyone gets a debilitating disease, and I don't wish them on anyone. But expecting it to be magicked away by God while relying on doctors is not the way to fix it.

Vani Hari is completely incompetent, so why do so many people take her dieting advice seriously?

The Nostalgia Chick rips apart Cruel Intentions.

Republican Carly Fiorina denies the science of climate change. And even though scientists have been saying for years that our growing pollution problem will lead to erratic weather patterns and horrible drought, Fiorina continues to deny them. So, what does a science denier do when faced with evidence of the science they deny, like the severe drought in California? They're forced to come up with a scapegoat, in this case, Fiorina blames environmentalists for the drought! Yes, if they hadn't prevented the state from building more dams and reservoirs, there wouldn't be a drought. Of course, environmentalists have pointed out to her that they've only been able to stop less than 1% of the dams which now ruin the ecosystem of every major river in the state, but the drought continues unabated. But a science denier is not persuaded by ridiculous notions like logic or evidence!

Here is the trailer for a documentary about the continuing decline of the church in America.

Atheists aren't quite as hated in Canada as the are in the US.

The GoFundMe crowd fund to keep the anti-gay Indiana pizzeria open made more money than the fund for cancer and the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.


He just kept talking in one long incredibly unbroken sentence, moving from topic to topic, so that no one had the chance to interrupt him

Feeling: Happy

2015-04-06

Ultra-Conservative website, The Blaze, recently put together a crowd-fund for the pizzeria in Indiana that openly refuses to serve gay patrons, raising over $500,000 for them.

A wonderful lecture by Sean Carroll called "From Particles to People."

In showing off his gun skills to children, Tyler Lewis accidentally shot a 9-year-old girl.

Vsauce explains what would happen if you turned on your headlights while driving at the speed of light.

Presidential hopeful, Republican Ted Cruz, doesn't understand that there is a difference between discriminating against people and forcing a rabbi to eat pork.

An honest trailer for The Hobbit, part 3.

How would you respond when your in-laws tell your children that their daddy is going to burn in hell forever if they don't become Christians and pray hard enough?

The Angry Videogame Nerd reviews the (thankfully) unreleased Hong Kong 97.

Nancy Perry can show you a great way to put your employment status as a teacher in jeopardy. Tell all your students that Barack Obama isn't a Christian, and if any student's parents voted for him, they aren't Christians either!

The Nostalgia Chick reviews You've Got Mail.

Missouri Republicans are trying to force all students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance every day, IN ENGLISH, cuz 'Murica! Despite the fact that the US Supreme Court ruled way back in 1943 that it's illegal to force students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, and that was even before the Catholics successfully lobbied to turn it into a prayer by injecting into the pledge the words "under god."

Cult of Dusty comments on the rape fantasy of Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson.

Lutheran Minister Dave Wendt resigned after it came to light that he sent a horrific rape threat to a woman online.

The trailer for a documentary called Losing God.


The point isn't mute, it's moot.

Feeling: Happy

2015-04-03

For Easter, enjoy this infographic about all the contradictions in the crucification and resurrection story in the Gospels.

What if Christians, instead of picking and choosing which rules of the bible they want to follow when it comes to discriminating against people, actually discriminated to all the people viewed negatively in their book? Instead, we get people like Republican Tom Cotton who thinks it's okay to discriminate against people in small ways because in other countries they're being discriminated against in big ways.

John Oliver talks about the corruption in local governments and their extravagant payment methods.

Turns out, people are much more likely to accept ideas whether they culturally identify with the idea rather than what the evidence says. So, if you want to change people's minds about topics like evolution or climate change, it's better to first get them in the mindset that the idea is acceptable to their culture before presenting evidence.

Antivaxer parents take a ride on the Magic School Bus.

Conservative Canadian politician James Lunney talked about evolution and religion for awhile demonstrating that he knew very little about either topics. After his colleagues mocked him for his idiotic science denial, he quit the Conservative party and became an Independent. What I find the most interesting is that the Conservative party in Canada actually believes the reality of evolution!

The Nostalgia Chick reviews that hot mess called Spice World.


A cougar, a motorcycle, a kilo of meth, and other children's toys.

Feeling: Happy

2015-04-02

The kind of shit talk that women have to put up with in the tech industry.

SciShow reminds us that your face is covered with arachnids, teaches us why toothpaste makes things taste awful, and explains how some animals are made up of other animals.

Slate has an interesting article on the history of the condom, and the work toward making a better condom.

If you care about children, it's very important to look into an Good News Clubs in your local school districts to see if they're bullying children and scaring them into joining their horrible religion.

Kentucky Governor, Steve Beshear, a Democrat no less, argues that a law only allowing heterosexual couples the right to marry is actually neutral because it allows -all- people the right to marry someone of the opposite sex. By Beshear's logic, a state where people could only marry other people of the same sex is equally as neutral as well. What Beshear doesn't seem to understand (actually, I'm sure he does understand this, he just doesn't care because the discrimination doesn't affect him) is that there is the difference between equality and fairness.

FINALLY! A trailer for Half-Life 3!

Wisconsin becomes the first state of the Union to add a law preventing the discrimination of non-religious people.

Some of Neil deGrasse Tyson's best rants.


A beginning to April!

Feeling: Happy

2015-04-01

On the same day, on the same news channel, with the same reporter, for the same crime of burglary, the white criminals were depicted with their year-book photos while the black criminals were depicted with their mugshots. The racist drivel in the comments doesn't help.

Based on the physics of the games, can we determine on which planet Mario games take place?

Why you shouldn't play videogames with a new age mother.

Chemical elements at a party.

In Melbourne, Australia, Serial rapist, Adrian Bayley, raped and murdered 29-year-old Jill Meagher, which prompted Catholic priest, Joseph Olickal, to mention that if the woman led a "more faith-filled" life, she, "would have been home in bed," rather than raped and murdered. His church assures everyone that he recognized what he said was inappropriate, but he has not apologized, nor do I think we can expect him to. Commenting about the legal system in Melbourne, this was the rapist's TWENTIETH rape conviction, yet he was still wandering the streets! How does that happen?

Why are female celebrities who don't even know what feminism is asked if they're a feminist?

The administration in this Louisiana school district went a little crazy trying to force their religion down the throats of their students, giving them Christian prayers to pray, making them attend church-sponsored Easter rap concert with a Christian rapper, and putting bible messages on the shirts of their sports teams.

Why the bible is actually poorly written.


An end to March.

Feeling: Happy

2015-03-31

Attended a funeral on Monday for my wife's cousin who was murdered in a robbery. So tragic.

Renewable energy continues to grow world wide, though the US is still falling second to China.

Some of the protocols for the US Department of Homeland Security's junk science security program SPOT has been leaked. Here are some of the tell-tale terrorist signs, we paid a billion dollars to train Department officials to look for: complaining about the security, rubbing hands, yawning, whistling, staring, and throat clearing. Truly the mark of a terrorist!

The highlights of the career of Tom Hanks in seven minutes.

Arizona Republicans, the party who likes to believe they're against government interference, are requiring doctors to tell their patients who take a drug to induce abortion that the process is reversible if they change their minds soon enough. Of course, there is no credible evidence that the process is reversible, at least not yet, so Republicans are effectively forcing doctors to lie to their patients.

Ancient wisdom is actually pretty terrible.

Young-Earth Creationist, Eric Hovind, was invited to the Troup County Comprehensive High School, a public school in Georgia, to lie to students about evolution under the guise of "critical thinking." Naturally, when someone whose profession is to subvert critical thinking to promote their religious agenda, there is something awfully fishy about their business in a public school. Hovind's responses to queries about his talk were just as slippery and slimy as the man himself. Thankfully, his poorly-constructed Power Point slide show was leaked and you can see just how devious he was.

Donald Duck as a Nazi? Thanks Nostalgia Chick!

What it's like behind the scenes in the telephone psychic industry.

The science behind your awkward behavior.

It's almost as if you can't trust the DEA!

One of the leaders of the Men's Rights Activist movement, Mike Cernovich, is an ignorant homophobic bigot.

Why is Mississippi Judge Albert Fountain giving criminals a more lenient sentence if they write an essay about the bible? Probably for the same reason that the city council of Orleans, Michigan decided to open each meeting with a prayer conducted by a city council member, all of whom are ensuring a non-Christian prayer will never be said, or the reason why Adam White, a student at Brigham Young University was attacked by his roommate and evicted by his landlord because he is gay. Because their religions teach that anyone who doesn't believe like you is evil, or, at the very lease, beneath you.


There's no Canada like French-Canada, it's the best Canada in the land!

Feeling: Happy

2015-03-27

Indiana Governor, Republican Mike Pence, recently said this about a new bill he signed into law, "This bill is not about discrimination, and if I thought it legalized discrimination I would have vetoed it." Naturally, the bill in question allows religious people the freedom to discriminate against anyone who they don't like for any reason. While the argument is that it benefits all religious people, Indiana is a majority Christian state, which means the discrimination will especially injure non-Christians, homosexuals, and single mothers. Michigan also protects people who would rather discriminate against innocent people rather than do their job, and you'll often find pharmacists refusing to fill prescriptions because the pharmacist thinks their god knows the health of a patient more than the patient's doctor. Luckily, these pro-discrimination laws can't possibly ridiculously backfire, like to the point where a postal worker refuses to deliver your mail because it violates their religion.

DarkMatter2525 continues his story-based series about God. In this episode, he explains how, if a god creates a paradise and damnation afterlife system, it completely ruin any chance at a personal relationship with that god.

Another secular survey shows the prominence of the not-religiously affiliated sector in the USA, accounting for a full third of the 18-34 population. In addition to not subscribing to any particular religious faction, they're also much more progressive and less bigoted. And even surveys conducted by religious organizations are showing the ever growing non-religious attitude of the entire country, especially among the educated, youth, and women.

SciShow covers the formation of fingerprints.

Republican and Young-Earth Creationist Sylvia Allen suggests forcing all Americans to attend church every week.

This is unbelievably nerve wracking, but watch as some skiers lose their friend in an avalanche, but thankfully recover him.

Lehigh County, Pennsylvania refuses to remove a cross from their official seal because, as they claim, the cross, "has the secular purpose of recognizing the history of the county." That's right, the leaders of Lehigh County think the revered holy symbol of the Protestant Christian religion is a secular historical symbol. Adding their two cents is the Pennsylvania Pastors Network (which is exactly who you would expect to chime in on a matter that has nothing to do with religion, right?), referring to the call for the removal of the cross as a, "hostility toward Christianity, but also gross ignorance of our nation's founding documents." First of all, telling Christians they have to follow the same rules as everyone else is not hostility. Second, I wonder which documents they're talking about? The deist Declaration of Independence, or the secular Constitution? I'm a little torn on cities refusing to secularize themselves and going to court. On one hand, I'm saddened by the loss of taxpayer money that is being taken from schools and infrastructure and wasted on a hopeless lawsuit. On the other hand, I'm pleased to watch bigoted leaders fail their constituents and more money being added into the coffers of legal groups that oppose systematic indoctrination.

Dr. Meghan Gray, whose voice I could listen to forever, gives a demonstration about ultra violet light.


I smile but it doesn't make things right

Feeling: Happy

2015-03-26

Why are so many parents unwilling to vaccinate their children? According to a recent study, the primary reason isn't cost or complacency, but rather the fear that vaccines may be dangerous and ineffective. This could be translated to "ignorance" since all the scientific evidence shows that vaccines are both incredibly safe and effective.

Things wouldn't be very good for Mario if Sega owned the franchise.

It seems that role-playing nerds are a lot more inclusive and understanding than jocks who still think the idea of a gay professional ball-player is shameful.

I'd buy a Hill-Dog action figure.

Michael Sibley left two homemade bombs in a Georgia park in order to frame Muslims. When asked why he did it, Sibley said because he was a patriot and wanted to remind people that Muslims can attack at any time. First of all, if you're planting bombs in local parks where innocent people will be killed by them, you're not a patriot. Second, you don't need to frame Muslims, much like Christians, they do plenty of horrific things without your help.

How many times do you need to beat a man for a rolling stop sign violation? Apparently a lot!

Apparently, she's not all that.

Finding Nemo had some minor problems.


Here comes Johnny Yen again

Feeling: Happy

2015-03-25

Repeal the Patriot Act? Yes please!

As if anyone would need them, here are 5 reasons why you shouldn't indoctrinate your child with religion.

Another child dies because their parent's religious views conflict with life saving treatment.

SciShow addressed the notion of left or right brained individuals and the shape of snow flakes.

The Latin alphabet has changed quite a bit over the years!

A wonderful compilation of dance scenes in movies.

Some of the more obvious ways that religious people are privileged over non-religious people.

Pinky and The Brain would actually be horrifying in real life.


Sittin' on the dock of the bay...

Feeling: Happy

2015-03-24

Another reason we still need feminism. Even in fields that are often thought of as "women's jobs," like nursing, males still earn more than their female counterparts.

The TSA has spent around a billion dollars on a security program called SPOT (Screening Passengers by Observation Techniques). Why this training costs a billion dollars is almost as exasperating as the fact that any psychologist will tell you the techniques used in SPOT don't work, and we've known they don't work for several decades. The "training" basically involves telling guards to look for suspicious activity like seeing if people get nervous when they're stared down by security guards or if they stammer when a man with a gun barrages them with complicated questions, you know, the kind of stress only a terrorist would have.

Ted Cruz didn't get much love on the Internet.

Rebecca Watson talks about courts forcing charlatans to pay up.

Vani Hari, who calls herself the "food babe" lacks even the most basic understanding of nutrition and physiology. She thinks that lemon juice (with all that citric acid in it) is not acidic, but alkaline! It's surprising that she hasn't poisoned herself to death trying to change her body's pH level. Actually, this ridiculous manner of thinking is quite popular among the new age ignorati.

The science behind why your tongue sticks to the flag pole.

Faith healer has heart problems and goes directly to the hospital.

The Nostalgia Chick goes old school with a Betty Boop cartoon.

Phil Robertson, of Duck Dynasty fame, described the horrible assault, rape, and murder of a fictional family of atheists as an example of how, if his god didn't exist, there can be no morality.

A Muslim mob gathered around a teacher of Islamic studies named Farkhunda in Kabul, Afghanistan because there was a rumor that she had burned a Koran. The mob proceeded to beat her, stomp on her, and bash her head in with a brick until she finally died from the assault. Both a Muslim imam and a local police department are in agreement that what the mob did was the right thing to do, because anyone criticizing their religion must be swiftly and brutally murdered, and if any outside law enforcement tries to stop them, there will be trouble! Well, it turns out that, after actually investigating the woman, the criminal investigator found absolutely no evidence to suggest that Farkhunda had defaced a Koran, and that she was totally innocent. Unfortunately, this is common place in Muslim-controlled countries.

Cult of Dusty isn't too thrilled with ignorant Creationists.


How would you feel if nobody chased you?

Feeling: Cheery

2015-03-23

Overheard today: "When you hold your baby for the first time, they just steal your heart."
My immediate thought: "I hope not, I need that to live!"

What is the difference between American police and British police? About 47 bullets.

Dr. Steven Naymagon calls out Bill Maher on all his science denial bullshit.

If you think that feminism is no longer needed, realize that there are still 79 countries in the world that restrict women in the workplace.

Is it that the San Antonio Police Department doesn't know that they're violating the US Constitution with their morning prayers, or that they just don't care? Maybe they can hire Officer Brad Rice who will tell them they're going to Hell for not being Christian enough and discourage all their female employees from coming to work?

An introduction to cell theory.

Tea Party activist and self-professed "Catholic Warrior," Susan Hemeryck tried to steal a Satanic display from the Florida State Capitol with the intent to destroy it because it was an attack on her right to be a Christian. We know this because she was filmed stealing it, and even admitted later that she wanted to destroy it. Before police stopped Hemeryck from stealing the display, she damaged it, so she was arrested for vandalism. Despite all this evidence, the charges against her have been dropped because the state claimed there wasn't any evidence that the display was damaged, but merely that it disassembled because it wasn't constructed solidly enough. After letting her go, Hemeryck crowed at how God gave her victory over Satan and that she was doing the work of the Catholic Church. Great work on dissuading theft Florida, I'm sure she'll never do anything like that ever again!

Korean ladies don't much care for American snacks.

Haven't picked on Hindus in a while, so how about the fact that Hindus around the world ban their children from viewing a solar eclipse because of their superstition that they're evil?

The Nostalgia Chick really doesn't like Reality Bites.

Republican Sam Johnson will not sit idly by and let non-Christians into the US Air Force!

Ben Wikler talks about his program to describe real-life underdog success stories.


I never felt so wicked as when I willed our love to die

Feeling: Cheery

2015-03-20

Heard Rilo Kiley's Silver Lining at lunch today. Still upset that there won't be any more albums.

Bedroom set arrived yesterday; looks great. Just waiting on our living room set, and we'll have all the necessary furnishings, and all the necessary debt!

In order to learn how a bill becomes a law, a bunch of fourth graders in New Hampshire put together a bill to make the Red Tail Hawk the official state raptor. They drafted the bill and got the approval through the state's Environment and Agriculture committee, but failed to get it past the House of Representatives. I'm fine with the bill failing, I mean, how many "official" whatevers does a state really need? The part that disgusts me is Republican Warren Groen who told the children that something with talons and a razor sharp beak that rips its prey apart limb from limb should be a mascot for Planned Parenthood!

Jimmy Kimmel's team of doctors tell people how stupid they are for not vaccinating their children.

In order to prove just how pathetic the laws surrounding "all-natural" medicine are, this group put together a fake medicine for treating pain and fever in children and used the pages of a homoepathy book from 1902 as evidence of their sham product's effectiveness. Sure enough, Health Canada approved the product so it could be listed as " safe and effective!"

John Oliver gives his two cents on the NCAA.

Want to watch a Conservative to have a meltdown? Have a child recite the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic. One nation, under Allah!

Some of the more interesting changes in licensed videogames in various regions.

Dallas police murder a man at his mother's home by shooting him six times because he wouldn't drop a screwdriver.

New York mayor Bill de Blasio is really working overtime to give preferential treatment to the religious voters in New York, offering them days off, prayer time in school, religious services in public schools, and even making it easier for the baby-penis-sucking Jews the right to continue spreading herpes to infants.

Animals have evolved some crazy weapons!


So tired of being an adult

Feeling: Happy

2015-03-19

I recently finished two books, Carl Sagan's Billions and Billions and the first book in the Dragonlance Chronicles, Dragons of Autumn Twilight.

I know I bitch a lot about the evils of religion and churches, but, despite all their failures, you really have to admire them for all the work they do to take care of the homeless?

It's important not to forget that there was a time, not that long ago, when an openly hateful group like the KKK numbered in the millions.

After it came to light that the NSA has been intercepting network equipment en-route and installing backdoors into the devices so they can spy on private networks, Cisco has announced that they will start shipping to completely unrelated locations so it will make it harder for the NSA to trace which customers are receiving their hardware, and thus, harder for the NSA to infiltrate private citizens.

The Nostalgia Chick reviews Matilda with Matilda and Reality Bites.

An Ohio public school wisely moves their Ten Commandments plaque to the local historical society rather than pay out a costly lawsuit which leads one Christian student to boycott his school work until it's brought back.

Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.

Buddhists still can't hold a candle to the Muslims who murder people for drawing Muhammad, but they're getting closer by putting three men in prison for two years each for depicting Buddha with headphones.

Exercise for Jesus!

California has a law which bans its judges from belonging to hate groups, and now that includes the Boy Scouts of America because of their anti-LGBT stance.

Mean Tweets, President Obama edition.


The Irish don't celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Feeling: Happy

2015-03-18

Vani Hari, the woman who calls herself "The Food Babe" continues to display her sheer ignorance about food and organic chemistry.

Robotic arms, made on the cheap with 3D printing!

Tennessee is so fond of William Jennings Bryan, the lawyer who represented Creationism in the Scopes Monkey Trial, that the made a statue of him at the Dayton courthouse where the trial took place. Well, ten years later, the people of Dayton are slowly seeing the light and are considering adding a statue of Clarence Darrow, the lawyer who defended John Scopes. Although, personally, I think Scopes is the real hero of this story.

What Anita Sarkeesian wish she could have said in her professional speech, but couldn't.

Republican Aaron Schock may have washboard abs and a clean-cut face, but that doesn't mean he's not a corrupt politician swindling the American tax payer.

You may be a street preacher telling homosexuals they're evil, but they're a street band singing Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!

What is this world coming to? These days a decent Christian pastor can't even fire a few warning shots at his inlaw's house without being brought up on charges!

Ear candling is not only useless, it's also dangerous.

In addition to the continued exploration of the universe, NASA is instrumental in learning about the myriad issues of our planet. They have been instrument in discovering the purpose of the O-zone layer, what is depleting it, and how to fix it, as well as a host of other environmental issues. To use a metaphor, NASA is like a fire alarm, carbon monoxide detector, and security camera of a house, all rolled into one. And like those devices, NASA requires very little to operate, only 0.7% of our national budget. Now, there are people who remove their home's smoke detectors because they think the money they're wasting on 9-volt batteries could better be spent elsewhere. These are people who not only put their own lives at risk, but the lives of their entire families. And what do we call these short-sighted people? Republicans.

What it's like for an atheist to grow up in the bible belt of Texas.


Yard work is for suckers.

Feeling: Happy

2015-03-17

Started raking my yard yesterday. I haven't raked in 12 years...

Dog bites man, and another Catholic arch bishop has been charged with protecting a child rapist. But it's not just the Catholics, sexual abuse is rampant among Jehovah's Witnesses as well.

Guile doesn't fight with eyebrows.

Rick Santorum wants everyone to know that it wasn't the US Supreme Court that took bibles out of schools (which is technically true, they only banned teachers from preaching), but I doubt that's what Santorum means. No, he wants to make it so that teachers can preach to students again. Awesome! I'll start. Santorum, let me teach your children about the bible!

Some animals have really weird sex organs.


Played disc golf for the first time!

Feeling: Happy

2015-03-16

Another perfectly sane gun owner who couldn't use a dollar-off coupon shows us why it's perfectly safe to give a gun to everyone.

Republican Tom Cotton, the rookie senator behind the letter to Iran where they said any treaty they make with the president probably wouldn't be honored by the Republican Congress, is very upset that Iran is in control of Tehran... which is their capital city. That's like a someone being very upset that the United States controls Washington D.C.!

Conservative Irish politician, Fidelma Healy Eames, is deeply concerned that Mother's Day will cease to exist if the same-sex couples are allowed to marry. I guess Irish Conservatives are just as bad at Geography as American Conservative because she cites two American states where Mother's Day is already banned, New York and Nova Scotia!

Tara Sharpe called the police to help assist her mentally ill 22-year-old son, Kyle Sharpe, to the hospital for evaluation because he was beginning to act belligerent. Regina Tasca arrived and began talking to Kyle gently to calm him down. Then, two other officers arrived, Joseph Rella and Chris Thibault. The addition of these two police officers spooked Kyle, and he began to leave, so officers Rella and Thibault tackled him to the ground and began hitting him. Officer Tasca tried to stop them from beating the young man who did nothing wrong, and for her trouble, she was going to be fired. Well, during her hearing it came out that Joseph Rella lied and said he never punched Kyle Sharpe, and had to admit that he violated police protocol by attacking an unarmed non-violent man. It also came out that, Jim Sepp, Tasca's superior who was trying to get her fired, lied in his report, failed to interview witnesses, and destroyed evidence from the event. Due to the incompetence and corruption of Rella and Sepp, Tasca was not fired, but neither Rella or Sepp have faced any disciplinary action.

Do all dogs really go to heaven? The Nostalgia Chick weighs in.

Panama City Beach's Life Center, a church in Florida, has lost it's tax-exempt status because they were caught hosting various alcohol and sexual-themed parties. The local sheriff was quoted saying, "They’re trying to get around the laws, and they’re using the church to get there." Well, yes, that's what the majority of churches today are doing. After all, doesn't the government allow television stations that perform no services or public works to call themselves churches? Doesn't it allow pastors to claim multi-million dollar homes as parsonages? Who is to say that wet T-shirt contests and alcohol aren't how these people honor their god? Does the government really want to be in the business of making rules that all churches must adhere to? I think a much more sensible system would be to remove tax-exempt status from all churches and let them create non-political charities for all their projects that benefit society, and keep their religious views private.

Why is Fox voted the nation's most trusted news source? Because it's a popularity contest.

Conservative writer Miranda Devine knows what draws children into religious terrorist cults... atheism!


Still rocking away

Feeling: Happy

2015-03-13

The number of non-religious people continued to grow in 2014. In a few short years, "non-religious" may be bigger than any other religious group in the nation!

Vsauce asks, did the past really happen?

Christian swindler Kent Hovind is looking at more jail time for contempt of court.

SciShow talks about super bugs and super colliders and the science behind the anti-vaccine movement.

German virologist Stefan Lanka offered a €100,000 reward to anyone who could prove that the measles virus exists. This is because, Lenka is not only an AIDS denier, but also an Ebola denier, and even a measles denier! Offering huge sums of money for proof of something that the scientific community accepts is a pretty typical tactic from cranks, but they usually leave the contest vague enough to allow them to squirm out of ever having to pay, even if iron-clad evidence is brought to bear. Doctor David Barden took Lanka up on his offer and produced the requested evidence in the form of multiple clinical studies, but Lanka refused to accept his evidence. But Barden wasn't about to back down and took Lanka to court, and, unfortunately for Lanka, he wasn't very slimy when it came to putting together the terms of his reward, and a German court is demanding that he pay Barden the €100,000, as his evidence did indeed meet Lanka's terms!

Even though marrying later in life leads to stronger marriages, and more stable families, Christians continually try to push marriage earlier. Why is this? Two reasons in particular. They know they can't out-logic non-Christians, so they're trying to out-breed them. Two, masturbation and sex before marriage are evil tools of SATAN, and if you marry when you're still a writhing mass hormones, you're less likely have non-Christian sex.

Heaven would actually really suck.

So why did Republican Justin Harris give away his two adopted daughters to a rapist? Because he says they were possessed by demons! Well, yes, Republican Justin Harris is certainly a demon.

Obi-Wan's ghost could have actually been quite helpful.


More furniture bought, more debt accrued.

Feeling: Happy

2015-03-12

Christians are urging parents to keep their children home during the Day of Silence where students remain silent all day to stand in solidarity with the LGBT community that is often forced to remain silent about their sexuality. In particular, they Christians don't like it when students push their political views in school. This is particularly hypocritical considering the LGBT Day of Silence is modeled after the Christian Day of Silence used to promote the anti-abortion agenda.

SciShow presents, a History of Robots and answers the question, do fish drink water?

Pastor Shaun O. Harrison Sr. may have claimed to be anti-gang and anti-violence, but that didn't stop him from getting arrested for running drugs and trying to murder a 17-year-old.

Does hydrofluoric acids really eat flesh? Yes, but slowly.

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone is trying to get Catholic Schools in San Francisco, California to adopt language against homosexuality, same-sex marriage, abortion, birth control, and artificial insemination, but surprisingly, the Catholic school administrators are fighting his bigoted rules!

Most people don't know why we have Daylight Saving Time, but I still like having more daylight in the summer evenings!

U.S. District Judge Robin Cauthron dismissed the American Atheists lawsuit against the state of Oklahoma for erecting a Ten Commandments monument at the state capitol on the grounds that it doesn't hurt anyone. Apparently, having your own government promote someone else's religion isn't hurtful. Never fear though, the ACLU lawsuit continues, and even if that fails, the Oklahoma Satanists and Hindus have monuments of their own ready to be displayed at their state capitol.

Oh, and speaking of that backward state, Oklahoma Republicans are also trying to make it so only religious people get to decide who can marry.

And one more jab at the state's history.

What losing your virginity is actually like for a lot of guys.


You know you're a homeowner when "date night" means staying at home replacing the strike plates and stoppers on all of the doors.

Feeling: Happy

2015-03-11

The CIA has annual gatherings to discuss their progress toward hacking into civilian smart phones so they can spy on Americans.

Could humans be on the brink of extinction?

Way back in 1963, the US Supreme Court ruled that public school faculty members were not allowed to read the bible to students because it was a violation of their first amendment rights. Despite this ruling, Dan Noll and Michael Gilbert, two public school workers in Texas, are okay with reading the bible to their students because, according to them, it's legal to read the bible in schools as part of theology class. Of course, they're not teaching theology class, but rather reading verses during the morning announcements. I guess, in Texas, morning announcements double as a theology class.

Eugenie Scott talks about the future of the ridiculous Creationism movement.

A bunch of religious fanatics with guns claimed a little boy was helping other religious fanatics with guns who don't agree with the first group of religious fanatics with guns. In order to prove that they are the one true religious fanatics with guns, the men repeatedly shot the little boy with their guns until he died. Only one man had the courage to tell his fellow religious fanatics not to murder the little boy, but he was quickly pushed aside so that the religious fanatics with guns could do God's will. So far, there is no way to tell which religious fanatic sect the shooters call their own, but does it really matter?

Want to be cheered up after that? Watch the Nostalgia Chick's review of The Worst Witch.


Already a third of the way through March?

Feeling: Happy

2015-03-10

When I was in elementary school, a classmate of mine never stood for the Pledge of Allegiance while the rest of the class did. Thinking that it wasn't fair that he got to remain seated, the next day I tried sitting through the ritual myself, only to be reprimanded by the teacher. When I responded with the typical question, "then how come he gets to stay seated?" my teacher angrily informed me that he, as a Jehovah's Witness, doesn't stand for pledges, but since I wasn't a Jehovah's Witness, I had to stand. That was all it took for little 8-year-old me to stand for every Pledge of Allegiance for the rest of my public school tenure. Well, times have changed quite a bit since then, and many Americans are demanding that they and their children be exempt from any jingoistic rituals, especially those that have been perverted into prayers by the American government. The US Government these days reminds its citizens that they are under no obligation to recite daily loyalty oaths or prayers, however, this edict hasn't yet seem to have reached several principals and teachers.

Cara Santa Maria enjoys her science with a side of atheism.

WikiMedia has filed a lawsuit against the NSA's illegal spying tactics! All the best to you.

Why free speech is a fundamental human right.

While Michigan doctors are busy watching homosexuals die from blood loss because they don't like treating dem queers, Ontario is making sure that all people are treated equally and that bigoted Christians will pay a penalty for failing to do their jobs.

Speaking of Christian bigots, Bishop Kevin Doran went on quite the tirade comparing homosexuality to Down syndrome and saying that parents who can't procreate and adopt children to care over, aren't real parents. He also suggested that women who become pregnant due to rape will have abortions, not because they don't want to endure the years of caring for a child that was forced upon them by a criminal, not because they don't want to be drained of their time and money while at the same time carrying the social stigma of being an unwed mother from other venom-spewing Christians, but because they just want revenge on their rapists, and killing the rapist's child is the way they do it.

Hmm... maybe I won't take up parkour.

Brian May (of Queen) and his best guitar solos.


And I was hoping you could drag me up from down here towards my recovery.

Feeling: Okay

2015-03-09

Spent the weekend healing and helping my friends Rachel and Adam move. Throat snot is decreasing!

While trying to explain the difficulties in protecting wild gray wolves, Republican Don Young suggests introducing them into urban districts to solve their problem with the homeless. Naturally, Young was only joking... but then, he is a Republican.

Australian doctor Gabrielle McMullin says that sexism is so rife in her profession, that, unless female doctors want to ruin their career, they should just accept the unwanted sexual advances of their bosses rather than risk being shunned out of a career by the good old boys club. Obviously, Dr. McMullin hasn't quite lost the courage to fight, because she's willing to have her story heard, and I don't blame her horrific statements. Instead, I blame the male dominated Australian physician's culture that drives her to make these statements.

Republican Governor of Florida, Rick Scott, has banned the state's Department of Environmental Protection from using the phrases "global warming, climate change, and sustainability." This is because, in the magical fairy land where Scott lives, humans can't make an environmental impact.

Religion is still on the decline, but the amount of personal prayers seem to remain unchanged.

Antivaxers are bringing sexy back. Oh wait, did I say sexy? I meant measles. Antivaxers are bringing measles back.

French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira just compared free speech to pedophilia as she pushes to make laws that will allow the French government to shut down web sites that publish, what she deems, racist or anti-religious literature, and why wouldn't you want to trust the government to tell you which ideas are right and wrong?

You didn't know it, but in your favorite videogames, you were the villain!

In an effort to promote diversity, and not to cash in on the memory of a civil rights activist, Fox is hiring Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King Jr. She is both anti-abortion and anti-divorce, despite having had two abortions and three divorces. Being a massive hypocrite, she fits right in with the existing Fox crowd!

Why it helps to look at a globe instead of a map.

American author Mark Twain will soon be honored with his likeness on US currency. His face will be embossed right next to the motto, "In God We Trust," which is especially ironic, because Twain was against the motto, and its inclusion on US currency.

Fox "News" guest inadvertently explains precisely why Google should rank pages with facts higher than those with ignorance.

In an effort to follow in the footsteps of his pedophile prophet, a Lebanese man "married" a 12-year-old girl and had sex with her, although this isn't quite the same as Muhammad whose child-wife was only 9 when he had sex with her.


Ready to be healthy again

Feeling: Okay

2015-03-06

When they're in power, Republicans tell everyone that God himself has endorsed their agenda, and if you disagree with them, not only are you wrong, but you're also going to BURN IN HELL!. When Democrats are in control, Republicans tell everyone to boycott the government altogether.

On scaring someone to death.

While his Applebee's sizzling fajita skillet was still sizzling, a New Jersey man bowed his head to pray over his meal. Unfortunately, he didn't seem to realize that the sizzling sound comes from grease boiling on the metal serving plate. As you can guess, the man received a popping grease facial. However, rather than thank God for retaining his vision after such an ill-conceived stunt, the man decided to sue Applebee's because the server didn't tell him his boiling grease plate with all the smoke coming off of it was hot. Thankfully, New Jersey courts refused to accept the argument, even after his appeal. Isn't there a bible verse about, if a man splashes boiling grease on your cheek, turn the other cheek and let them splash grease there as well?

Dealing with the argument that women shouldn't be allowed to do things on their own because they'll get raped.

While follow-up studies are needed to verify the results, this test is demonstrating that belief in God causes you to take bigger risks.

Some unusual cloud formations you've probably never seen, and an explanation for why eggs are egg-shaped.

Awhile ago, the Christian hate group, the American Family Association, put together an online bigotry map. Of course, if you're being accused of bigotry by a hate group, it's usually a good sign. Well, recently, a reporter started looking into these groups that the AFA list as, "openly display bigotry toward the Christian faith." Turns out, they do awful things like, try to provide a safe haven for the LGBT community, and identify when government officials are violating the US Constitution! FOR SHAME!

And speaking of violating the US Constitution, here are a couple more cases which is why non-Christians must always be vigilant. A Texas principal is still trying to read the bible over the morning announcements, despite Abington School District v. Schempp. Even students aren't allowed to do this because of Santa Fe Independent School Dist. v. Doe. Also, a Michigan school only wants to hire a superintendent with a strong Christian background and philosophy, which spits in the face of the No Religious Test Clause.

Take a trip down memory lane with 10 years of YouTube.


Feeling slightly better

Feeling: Okay

2015-03-04

Didn't have to go through an entire box of tissues today. Things are getting better!

Google plans to help add credibility to the Internet by adding more weight to sites that have factual information rather than erroneous tripe.

Republican Justin Harris and his wife adopted two daughters, only to pawn them off to a man named Eric Cameron Francis, who is now serving 40 years for raping them. In an effort to avoid the press, Harris has taken to quoting bible verses at them.

Republican Ben Carson proves that people choose their sexual orientation because a straight man sometimes choose to have gay sex with men in prison. That's check and mate!

It's still tough to be an atheist in Turkey.


My anchor has detached

Feeling: Blah

2015-03-04

Alabama continues to broadcast its bigotry and hatred for the human race with the state Supreme Court demanding that all Alabama judges cease issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couple, even though the Federal Government is requiring them do to so and over half of the states in the union have already legalized it.

People often claim that the vast majority of Muslims aren't fundamentalists, but are more like moderate Christians. Of course, then it was revealed that a shocking number of Muslims are in favor of the death penalty for any Muslims who leaves the religion, in Muslim dominate countries this percentage can be as high as 86%!. This ties in with a recent poll showing that most Republican Christians are in favor of dismantling the Constitution and replacing the supreme law in the US with the bible, a book which also demands the execution of apostates. I guess those people who think Muslims are like Christians are right after all!

Why you should never trust before and after fitness photos.

Republican Steve Vick is fine with prayers during the city council meetings in Idaho, just as long as they're not Hindu prayers. Vick doesn't like Hindus. He's outraged that they worship cows—they don't—and he hates their caste system—which is a political not religious, and was probably introduced by British Colonialists (i.e., Christians), not that it matters since it was banned in India over 60 years ago. Vick only wants to hear prayers that honor his idea of the country's Judeo-Christian heritage—also bullshit, as the Christians have predominately hated the Jews throughout the entire history of the country.

Hide yo wife, hide yo kids, and hide yo sonograms, cuz witches rapin' errybody up here!

Micky Maurer remembers the time when Johnson County, Indiana meeting was closed with a prayer and the preacher explained how he would be burn in Hell for being Jewish. This memory was brought back after the Indiana city voted to change their lawn into a free speech area so they wouldn't have to take down their Nativity Scene. I look forward to seeing the upcoming Satanist display.

The Nostalgia Chick watches Kate and Leopold.

ChristianLogic™ says that the Christian flag with a Christian cross is not a symbol of the Christian religion. Thankfully, the good people of Windsor, Ontario aren't falling for it.

The Engineer Guy talks about the mammoth scale it took to build the Titanic.

Evangelical Preacher Kent Hovind continues to assert that he can't be taxed by the government because his possessions belong to God, and you can't tax God. The IRS doesn't seem to agree with him, which is why he's in prison right now, and will probably be increasing the duration of his visit.

Liquids on extremely hot surfaces are weird.


Need to escape for awhile.

Feeling: Blah

2015-03-03

Michigan Republicans are quite happy about their religious discrimination bill that grants legal protection to those medical employees who prefer to watch people die because that's what Jesus would do.

So what's the deal with Isaac in Binding of Isaac?

You best be careful when creating videogame characters.

John Oliver explains the problem with doctors accepting bribes favors from drug companies.

Why babies suck.

The Nostalgia Chick tackles the awful Charlie's Angels movie.

Plasma is awfully common in the universe.


Still sick from the throat!

Feeling: Blah

2015-03-02

The Republican CPAC Twitter campaign has backfired wonderfully.

Last year, the volleyball team at Erskine College, a private Christian school in South Carolina, had an amazing year both in victories, and in the fact that the two gay members of the team came out and were still accepted by the rest of the team. Well, Christians doesn't like it when homosexuals are treated like people, so they just issued an official statement condemning homosexuality and same-sex marriage. However, as the author of this article points out, they will continue to have practice and games on the Sabbath, because then Ten Commandments aren't as important as gay-bashing.

This explains why ISIS is trying so hard to keep women covered up and hidden away.

Yet another instance of Bill O'Reilly mis-remembering his history has come to light. Still waiting for that apology.

While it has certainly happened more, here are some of those worst cases of when Fox was immediately proven wrong on the air.

Jesus has finally been captured and will face charges for raping several girls. And when I say Jesus, I mean Victor Barnard who convinced a group of people that he was Jesus so he could molest their children.

Simon's Cat and his would-be girlfriend.

After allowing a Muslim witness to swear on a bible, an English court is conducting a retrial for what they view as a mistake. Obviously, they can't trust the testimony of a Muslim who has taken an oath not to lie if they swear on a bible!

Some similes of atheism and religion.

Republican James Inhofe explains how climate change can't exist because he has a snowball. Then, Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse give him several minutes of evidence and quotes from authorities on how Inhofe and his snowball share the same level of intelligence.

Domestication had some odd side-effects on wolves.

The Nostalgia Chick covers Anastasia.


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