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I read The Second Epistle of Peter. I was not impressed.

Microsoft had been making strides toward becoming more user-friendly and open, releasing free versions of its development environments, and even letting them easily compile to Linux devices. But now they're taking a step back with their Cortana assistant in Windows 10. They're forcing all users to use their Edge browser, while also using Bing for all searches. Google and Chrome are forbidden.

The Onion comments on the Flint water crisis.

Harriet Tubman will be gracing the front of the next $20 bill.

When bad science reporting makes ignorant religious people swoon.

What has the European Convention of Human Rights ever done fore us?

Heatmaps showing just how effective vaccines have been.

The Creation "Museum" encourages field trips from public schools.

Mr. Deity is all about the killing.

Michael "Hair Piece" Voris explains that God cured him of his homosexuality by killing his mother with cancer.

After Republican John Boehner says that Ted Cruz is, "Lucifer in the flesh," spokesperson for the Satanic Temple says, don't give Satan a bad name! Just look at one of Ted Cruz's favorite Christian pastors explaining that gay people love each other the way that cannibals love their victims and Nazis love their children.

Yet, you keep voting for them

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I read The First Epistle of Peter. I was not impressed.

Alabama's Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore is now the target of an ethics investigation due to his long history of using his position of authority to force his Christian agenda on the public (including putting an illegal Ten Commandments display on the courthouse lawn in the middle of the night, and trying to stop people from issuing same-sex marriage licenses, even though they're entirely legal. To defend himself, Moore blamed atheists and the LGBT community. That's cool, I'll cop to that!

The reality behind videogame commercials.

Back in 1998, Robert L. Livingston was preparing to become the new Republican Speaker of the House and all ready to stick it to Bill Clinton because of his affair. Of course, then it came out that Livingston himself was having an affair, so he resigned from congress. That left the Republicans with their second place nomination, a real family-values champion, Dennis Hastert. But was we later learned, Hastert had skeletons of his own and the former Republican Speaker of the House has just been sentenced to 15 months in prison after being found guilty, not for molesting at least four boys, but of structuring bank transactions to pay them hush money.

What's it like to fight a losing war? Just ask Cruz and Kasich.

Looking back at history is always a little embarrassing what with the acid washed jeans and poofy hairdos. But sometimes, history causes more than embarrassment, it causes shame. For example, George Wallace's famous, "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!" speech when he became Governor of Alabama. Unfortunately, we're seeing America's South continue to shame itself with the anti-LGBT push. Just listen to North Carolina's Senator, Buck Newton's speech where he tells his applauding audience that they, "must fight to keep our state straight!"

Rebecca Watson's take on the tanning beds that cure cancer.

Please review this collection of Awful Library Books.

Carrie Poppy reads Of Pandas and People so you don't have to.

Biology is weird

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I read the Epistle to Philemon. I was not impressed.

I'm not sure if I have a cold sore, or just a blister. I burned my lip on some of Emily's pasta two days ago, and it immediately formed a blister; or so I thought. Yesterday, the blister began taking the shape of a cold sore (multiple smaller blisters with a golden crust over them), and today they've formed the expected scabs. It looks like a cold sore, and it wouldn't be out of the ordinary, as I still have a cough due to the hell day of getting back from Mexico, but it isn't as painful as a cold sore normally is. It's also pretty convenient that it would form exactly where the burn occurred on the same day of the the burn, but then, cold sores tend to be opportunistic with skin damage. They also start forming without any notice, but then you realize that the site itches and is more sore to stimuli, so it's possible the burn wasn't as bad as it felt, but was just amplified by the budding cold sore. Even if it is just my lip healing from the burn, it looks awful, and I would prefer it to heal up post haste.

Watch this Muslim explain the correct way to beat your wife.

Alberta, Canada sets an important precedence. If you refuse to give your children real medicine, and they die from a treatable illness, you will be punished.

Matt Dillahunty talks about the Sermon On the Mount.

Pastor Greg Locke thinks transgendered people are perverts and pedophiles and is very angered that Target would choose to accommodate them in their restrooms. And Locke knows a thing or two about pedophiles, as he hires them to work at his church.

The Ten Commandments story in Exodus is really messed up.


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I read the Epistle to the Galatians. I was not impressed.

Apple continues to hate their customers with sneaky tactics. While I think their anti-consumer tactics are pretty sleazy, I do stand with Apple in their defiance of government demands that they purposely cripple their security. So, I pleased to hear the FBI has dropped another lawsuit against them demanding that they remove security so that the FBI can have access to a drug dealer's phone. However, the reason they dropped the lawsuit is because they claim that they have already cracked Apple's security, which is kind of a black mark for Apple.

Take a look of some of Ted Cruz's biggest fans.

The Heritage Foundation, a "think" tank run by Republicans, is making a last ditch effort to stop same-sex marriage with the argument, same-sex marriage causes straight people to stop getting married, and makes women much more likely to have abortions.

Even people that want to like God's Not Dead 2 can't find any redeeming qualities.

Dennis Hastert has been found guilty of dodging banking regulations and is looking at up to six months in jail. Which caused a lot of prominent Republicans to write glowing letters of endorsement to the judge in charge of sentencing. Many of these letters came from important Republican politicians like Tom DeLay who wrote that, "[Hastert] is a good man that loves the Lord. He doesn't deserve what he is going through." Of course, then it was discovered that the reason Hastert was being sneaky with the banks was because he was paying hush money to children he molested in the past! He used his position of authority to sexually assault at least four boys, but Tom DeLay calls him a "good man that loves the Lord!"

The reveal of the latest South Pole.

Bangladesh's problem with roving bands of Muslim murderers keeps getting worse. Just a few days ago, Muslims murdered a professor who they believed was an atheist, and this time, they killed two more people involved in the nation's first LGBT magazine.


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I read the Epistle of Jude. I was not impressed.

Christian Republicans all across America are trying very hard to force doctors to tell pregnant women that they may try an untested, ineffective, and potentially dangerous drug. While they failed in Arizona, they're likely to succeed in South Dakota.

Through our unbridled climate change, we're actively destroying the Great Barrier Reef.

Chiropractic is the belief that all forms of illness (cancer, the flu, HIV, depression, etc.) are caused, not by infectious agents or chemical imbalances, but by misalignment of the spine. When chiropractic was created in 1895, this guess wasn't too outlandish since bacteria and viruses were just then being discovered. However, epidemiology has shown us the true origin of many diseases, and we now know that most of what was taught about chiropractic is demonstrably wrong. In fact, from what I've read, chiropractic is really only helpful for conditions like back pain, and even then, less effective than, and having far more side effects than, physical therapy. Despite these faults, most health insurance companies in the US pay for chiropractic treatments, even when performed quite dangerously on children and infants.

Watch a fat bald man in a Cosby sweater point to a young woman in an 80s bikini and a Satanist turned Christian sporting a godly mullet as they review staged crime scenes as they teach police what to look for in the age of the Satanic Panic!

Mormon leader tells new students to Brigham Young that they should immediately disconnect with anyone who doesn't believe their faith. But they're not a cult.

Yau-Man Chan talks skepticism.

Aron Ra talks in the Czech Republic.

Everybody's working for the weekend

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Muslims are going to murder a man because he made fun of their religion of peace.

Oklahoma Republicans were pissed off when their state's Supreme Court agreed that their Constitution forbade using public money to buy religious monuments, so they decided that, rather than accept they are wrong, they just need to scrub their Constitution.

Poor Rachel.

When someone says they're trying to detox their body, I think it's fun to ask them what specific toxin they're trying to get rid of, and how whatever they're drinking will get rid of it.

An interesting criticism of object oriented programming, though I found most of his arguments unrelated to OOP, but a few really good ones.

Kansas Christians tried suing the state because they believe that by teaching children science, you're promoting atheism. The specific science they had a problem with was evolution, but thankfully, the state's judicial system knows stupidity when it sees it and dismissed the case.

Favorite sketches from Monty Python as picked by John Cleese.

Gamers gonna game

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I read the Epistle to Titus. I was not impressed.

Abolitionist and suffragist Harriet Tubman, will replace the racist bigot Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill... eventually. Maybe they can ditch the "In God We Trust" motto while they're at it?

The Jungle Book gets the Honest Trailers treatment.

It's been 31 years since the first wide publication of covered-up sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, so why are major news organizations still reporting about it? It's not just because more evidence is brought to light every day, it's also because as time goes by, survivors of the abuse slowly work up the courage to tell their stories.

A quick synopsis of Lord of the Flies.

It took several years, but the Jesus fish on a public war memorial has finally been removed.

Criticizing the broadcast of the Jehovah's Witnesses.

It looks like this LGBT-friendly Christian pastor lied about anti-gay persecution and created a lawsuit. If so, why?

Trees are budding

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I read the Epistle of James. I was not impressed.

A new package of Easy Cheats have been added to the NES Hacker Wiki. There are now 2,100+ cheats for 218 games.

Christianity is when you have to sue your parents so you can get a lung transplant.

Five reasons why you shouldn't vaccinate your children. And remember, there are still places in the world where people will murder you for trying to vaccinate children.

Missouri Republicans are trying to pass a law that would consider embryos without arms, legs, hearts, lungs, or even brains, persons in order to make all forms of abortion illegal, even if a girl is raped by her father, even if the fetus has a severe abnormality that would kill the mother before it's brought to term, they don't care. Republicans claim that they're doing this because the believe that all life is sacred, but that's hard to believe when last year the took away government food assistance from starving families.

Nadine Al-Budair reminds Muslims that terrorists are the product of their culture.

Poor babies don't deserve diapers.

What it's like being a female musician in a Muslim country.

The important thing to remember about climate change.

Peter Popoff, the Christian preacher, is basically a hydra. No amount of chopping off its heads will stop him. Years after being exposed as a charlatan by James Randi, and others he continues to rake in the millions selling people magical spring water that comes from Costco.

Lying about the dead sells books, and Christians lying about atheists converting to Christianity on their deathbed sells lots of books.

Wearing a waist "trainer" will not make you thinner, but it may cause permanent damage.


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Mother Brain is nothing more than a pile of gray matter and spent rocket fuel!

God's Not Dead 2 is generating a lot of press. Too bad all of it is mocking the movie.

Joseph Mercola, a doctor with no ethics to speak of, has settled his lawsuit for $5.3 million. What was the lawsuit? He was selling people tanning beds, and telling them to use them frequently because exposure to UV radiation would reduce their risk of cancer! Mercola is also a antivaxer, supplement seller, homeopath, and AIDS denier. Basically, if it's bullshit, he believes it, and if it has tons of evidence, he denies it.

Religious freedom means denying service to gays and refusing contraception to women. It doesn't mean ensuring permits to Muslims.

Things aren't looking good for Alabama's Republican Governor, Robert Bentley, a moral ethical Southern Baptist, who used the tax payer's money to have an affair with a married woman 30-years his junior, and fired his staff for refusing to lie to law enforcement. It also didn't help that his administration wasted $1,800 worth of tax payer's money to retrieve his forgotten wallet with a helicopter.

Evolution is a fact, whether you believe it or not.

Thomas Hopper raped a thirteen-year-old girl and threatened to slit her throat with a razor. Pastor Mike Orten just hired him for his church, claiming the girl is just as guilty as her rapist.

Still haven't beat Metroid

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In my youth, I would have spent more time grinding away at the game, trying over and over again, until I eventually beat it, but now, I only have the patience for one try a day. If I'm killed by the the bloody rinkas, I'll wait until tomorrow to try again. Sure, this will make it take a lot longer, but it will also let me hold on to my sanity.

CGA graphics weren't as bad as they were often displayed.

Mississippi: still racist.

South West Airlines: still bigots.

Feminist Frequency talks about why women can't seem to walk normally in videogames.

Thankfully, we no longer use the phrase, "free, white, and 21."?

Transgendered people don't want to spy on your child while they pee, but Republicans sure do. Maybe we should take a closer look.

Iran's parliament is banning one of its elected politicians from entering because she shook hands with a man who wasn't a relative which is against the country's Islamic values.

What happens when a Slav tries to pronounce the names of 50 US states?

Mother Brain is a bitch

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And I've learned not to waste missiles on the Metroids.

Remember back in 2011, the students who were performing a peaceful protest on the campus of UC Davis in California that were pepper sprayed by police? Turns out, that school has spent over $175,000 trying to scour all traces of that incident from the Internet. It was not money well spent.

New world record speed run of Super Mario Bros. shaves 1/100th of a second off the old record for a new time of 4:57.41!

The judges of Ecuador Got Talent are sanctimonious bigots. They tell this girl that, even though she's a great singer, they refuse to give her a favorable score because she doesn't believe in their god.

Kentucky has given plenty of tax exceptions (to the tune of $18,000,000) to a religious theme park that will effectively be writing on its work applications, "Jews, Catholics, Muslims, Hindus, or other non-Christians need not apply!"

Muslims are bringing their hate from the Middle East to the UK. Of British Muslism, 52% believe homosexuality should be criminalized, 39% don't think married women should be allowed to have a say in their own lives, 34% believe Jews should shut up about the Holocaust, and 66% wouldn't tell the police if they found out someone was a terrorist.

Why are so many atheists in Bangladesh being murdered in the streets? It doesn't help that the country's Prime Minister says that the "filthy words" of atheists shouldn't be tolerated.

Arizona Christians are now holding a private prayer before city council meetings to avoid lawsuits, and also to prevent people from praying in ways that they don't approve of, like in the medium of rap. But that's not as bad as the Christians in Madison, Wisconsin who are using the guise of free food to coax students off school property during lunch time to preach to them. The school has explained to the parents that what they're doing is illegal for several reasons, (the food is not being prepared according to public safety standards, while student-led groups are legal, adult-led groups are not, etc.), but the Christian parents don't care about the law, they're too busy saving the souls of someone else's children!

Time to wipe out the Zebetites

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Kraid and Ridley defeated, all energy tanks, varia, ice beam, screw attack, high jump, long beam, over 200 missiles. Ready to defeat Mother Brain!

What it feels like to be stopped all the time by police for the crime of being black.

Republican Jeremy Durham, advocate of discriminatory bathroom policies to keep transgendered people out of bathrooms that best fit their current biology, has been deemed a "continuing risk to unsuspecting women" by an attorney general because of numerous unsolicited lewd suggestions to women at the Capitol.

The last Republican non-Trump hope is Ted Cruz. This is a man who thinks that masturbation and sex toys should be made illegal. He just doesn't see how policing the world's bedroom activities is inconsistent with his supposed belief in small government.

A meta study of over 1,800 papers on homeopathy concludes that homeopathy doesn't work.

God's Not Dead 2 is garbage.

James David Manning is a hateful Christian who is losing his church because he's incapable of conning convincing his dwindling parish to cough up their money to listen to his hate speech. In a delicious case of schadenfreude, the building may be bought by a gay-rights group to create a shelter for LGBT youths. Manning isn't pleased.

John Oliver's take on conspiracy theorists.

As adorable as drug-sniffing dogs are, there is a lot of evidence showing that they're not very good at their job, often are influenced by their handlers, and rarely find drugs.

Being a human rights lawyer in China isn't easy... actually, it's impossible.

Emergency Order from the Galaxy Federal Police M510

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Trying to play through the original Metroid is a difficult chore!

US Government to the American people, "Classified means whatever we want it to mean."

When NASA responds to your stupid anti-climate change Facebook posts.

A public school in Texas had a biblical excerpt about David going out to meet Goliath, probably to promote courage among their students. The FFRF reminded the school that they were breaking the law, so the school replaced the quotation with a description of the story, which is technically legal, but, like most bible stories, teaches some rather shady ethics. Allow me to paraphrase the family-friendly story that Texas wants their students to learn:

The armies of Israel and the Philistines are at a standoff. Goliath, a nine-foot-tall soldier, demands the Israelites send out a champion to fight him in single combat to determine the outcome of the entire war; whichever side loses pledges to become the life-long slaves of the other side. The Israelites are too afraid, so nobody volunteers. So Goliath continues taunting them, every day, twice a day, for FORTY DAYS! Most boring war ever. Saul then swings into action and offers a reward to anyone who can defeat Goliath: they will receive wealth, tax except status, and his daughter's hand in marriage (sans consent). So David, a young shepherd, tells Saul he will fight Goliath and win because he's experienced at saving sheep from predators, and the uncircumcised Philistine will be no different. Saul, as kings are wont to do, gambles all his money, status, and kingdom, as well as that of all his subjects, on a snot-nosed teen who refuses even to wear armor, defeating a hulking soldier in single combat. David, being the hard-ass that he is, even explains to Goliath precisely how he intends to kill him, before doing just that. He slings a stone at Goliath so hard that it penetrates his bronze helmet and sinks into his forehead, killing the giant (David has a bionic arm). David walks up to Goliath's corpse, and uses the man's own sword to chop off his head. Seeing their champion felled, the Philistines turned to run, so the Israelites pursue and killed them all, leaving their bodies to rot along the road and then looted their tents. David, being the creep that he was, kept Goliath's head as a trophy, and all the Israelites adored him. This made Saul super jealous so a demon possessed him and forced him to try and murder David, but he failed. The End!

Sean Hayes stars in a Broadway play called An Act of God.

As everyone knows, just because the holy text of a religion requires its followers to do something violent, that doesn't mean the adherents are actually going to do it. The bible has hundreds of passages about who should be killed including anyone working on the Sabbath, women who don't scream loudly enough when their being raped, and children who talk back to their parents. But nearly every Christian and Jew has come up with a way to ignore those horrible passages usually by saying they no longer apply (though their reasoning is awfully shoddy). This shows the domestication of religion in secular societies. Islam, however, still hasn't been properly domesticated, as staggeringly large numbers of Muslims are still willing to say that anyone who ever leaves their religion must be executed, as the Koran commands. For example, in Egypt, 86% of Muslims polled were in favor of executing Muslims who de-convert.

Does wi-fi make you sick?

Scalp sunburn is peeling, which looks like dandruff

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The Guardian recently did a study to see who from among their writers received the most hateful abusive comments. Of the top ten, eight were women, two were black men.

100 horrible one-liners before the kill.

Popular culture tells men that they need to be extremely vigilante, lest their wife find some better man to impregnate her, and their stuck raising another man's child, and the results of paternity tests seem to agree with that notion, until you realize that paternity tests are only ever used when cheating is suspected. The real rate of wives getting pregnant on the side is less than 1%. Sorry men, we're still vastly more likely to cheat than women.

Carl Sagan's words beautifully illustrated.

Around two years ago, Pennsylvania Republicans tried to get an "in God we trust" plaque hung up in every public school in the state so that students would be constantly reminded of important historical phrases. I have three points about this. One, "in God we trust," wasn't adopted as the country's motto until 1956, so it's not very historic. Two, no context was to be included with the plaque, just the motto alone, making it devoid of any educational value. Three, there are hundreds of phrases, mottoes, quotes, and slogans that are more important to the history of the USA, but the Republicans only wanted this one. This makes it clear to me that their argument was a canard. They weren't interested in educating students about the history of the country, but were instead using the government to force their religion on other people. Thankfully, the bill was never ratified. You can call Pennsylvanian Republicans wasteful, authoritarian, and jingoistic, but you can't say they're inconsistent--Cris Dush has decided to introduce the failed bill a second time!

While her arguments aren't that great, I enjoy her pro Bernie Sanders comedy.

Mexico was awesome

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The trip home was awful, a full 23 hours in airports and planes, but since it was expected, it wasn't hard to cope with. I was really happy to goggy Lucy when we got home, but scared that she ate some pills from our luggage, disgusted at having to sift through her vomit, but glad she's feeling fine now.

Everyone seems to be fawning over the new pope, but the Boston Globe points out an important fact, despite all his rhetoric he still hasn't actually done anything to prevent priests from abusing children.

On that topic, the longest serving Speaker of the House in American history, Dennis Hastert, a Republican hero for his years of promoting Christian family values, has been found guilty of illegal bank structuring to pay hush money to some of the children he molested.

An interesting article about how we shouldn't look at thought in a single dimension (e.g., humans are smarter than chimps which are smarter than dogs which are smarter than fish), but rather, understand that brains are evolving toward what most helps the species. For example, squirrels can bury hundreds of nuts all over, and remember most of the locations months later, but humans can't even remember where they put a single set of car keys.

Republican Rick Scott has reached an all-time low. I can understand a governor attacking the CEO of a major company or another politician, you know, someone with serious clout, but this is a man who will go out of his way and spend campaign funds to ruin a single private citizen

A police officer was recently fired because whenever he'd pull someone over, he would tell them why it's important to worship Allah, and invite them to his mosque. After several citizens complained, his superiors officially reprimanded him and ordered him to stop preaching Islam while on the job, but reminded him that he may do it as much as he wants on his own time. But the officer continued to ask drivers about their religious beliefs and continued to invite people to his mosque, so he was fired. When asked, why he was fired, the officer explained, "Allah teaches me to spread the word of Muhammad and the Koran, and they fired me because of my religious beliefs." When you read this story, you know that the officer wasn't fired because of his religious beliefs, he was fired because he was violating the rules of his job; government officials aren't allowed to push their religion on other people, especially when they have authority over them. However, a funny thing happens when you point out that the officer's name is Brian L. Hamilton, and he was preaching Christianity to the people he pulled over. Suddenly, Christians not only agree that this is religious persecution, but they want all officers to push Christianity on people!

Just as Bangladesh formed their own Skeptics Society, another secular activist in the country was murdered by a mob of Muslims.

Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adams have both canceled concerts in the South to protest their new discrimination laws. I hope we see more of this in the future.

It took a lot of work, in fact, they were even told by a government official that their existence would ruin society, but the Atheists In Kenya have finally received official recognition. This is a big deal for a country that is still lousy with Christian interference.

1 more day(s)

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Tomorrow morning, I'll be flying out to sunny Mexico and leaving behind this dreary Michigan scene for the remainder of the week! Later nerds!

Republican Jud McMillin, a truly awful human being, is resigning after, so he claims, someone stole his phone and sent a sex video he had made to a bunch of people in his contacts. Ironically, such an action would be illegal, but McMillin actively fought against such a law being passed.

With all my Republican bashing, you'd think I'd cheerfully be part of the Democratic party, but you know what, there are a lot of stupid Dems as well. Case in point, John Milkovich who wants to teach Christian Creationism in public schools. Truth is, I don't care what political party to which a person belongs, I only care about what they say and do. That being said, I do often generalize Republicans as all being stupid, anti-Constitution, and pro-evil, and while I know that doesn't account for 100% of the party, I very rarely see a Republican that says something even remotely intelligent.

Rebecca Watson points out the stupidity of Alabama's evolution disclaimer.

You know that Sheriff Louis M. Ackal is a God-fearing Christian man because he forced all of his officers to drive squad cards emblazoned with a "In God we trust" logo. He also made it a point to force inmates to his jail's chapel where he would order his officers to severely beat the inmates with batons.

If you think atheism is a religion, you don't understand theism or religion.

Texas Christian performed a rain dance prayer, and, a mere two years later, God answered their prayer with rain, and the drought is over!

Another Christian teacher is fired, not for talking about Jesus, but for being a really hateful person.

Christians want their religious freedom restored to the good old days, like back when they could burn witches.

4 more days

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Missouri politicians are so poorly educated, one of them is trying to pass a resolution forcing them to learn proper grammar. They keep saying "physical" when they should be saying "fiscal."

Currently, it's legal in every state for police to take untested rape kits and just throw them away, even if the statute of limitations hasn't yet been reached, and Republicans are trying their best to block any attempts to make a law to prevents this, partially because they think women are faking it.

Republicans try their best to explain why they will continue to refuse to do their job.

Why is it we're more interested in fascinating stories rather than hard data?

Delta Public Middle school in Colorado will be handing out Satanic literature and anti-Christian propaganda, although, some if it will be censored because, ironically, the school has a problem with students seeing classical artwork depicting scenes from the bible!

Christian preacher Robert Jaynes pleaded guilty to producing over 100 tons of synthetic marijuana in Indiana, and several members of his church, along with two former sheriff's deputies, were arrested as well.

Pastor Jim Bakker is concerned about your bowel movements.

I forgot March had 31 days

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Republicans are doing their damnedest to stop women from having their constitutionally guaranteed right to an abortion. Thankfully, the FDA is making it easier and safer!

Early life got its jump-start from physics which allows nonliving things to function as though they're alive.

Wired wrote an article about 10 cool new features for Windows 10, and they're mostly garbage:

  1. Your face is your password: Because why remember an impossible-to-guess password when someone can crack your computer with a printout of your Facebook photo?
  2. Better sticky notes: For people who carry their desktop wherever they go because they don't own a smart phone.
  3. Better pen input: Nice if you have a tablet, but if you have a tablet, you're running Android or iOS.
  4. Facebook app: You mean the crippled version of the web site? Wow!
  5. Better XBox and PC crossover: Your gaming console is now more like a word processor! You can thank us later.
  6. Virtual Reality: It isn't ready, but might be... someday. Probably for Windows 35.
  7. Voice input: "Hey Cortana, play some rock music." "Getting directions to Wal-Mart." "Cortana, you're useless." "Reading Ulysses."
  8. Clippy: You want me to give Clippy my credit card number? Seriously?
  9. Skype: The thing that I've had on my computer for like ten years is considered a new feature?
  10. Linux commands: It's about damn time.

The age-old question of butt hair remains a mystery.

An Ohio teacher thought she could get away with telling her students to write essays about bible verses by putting the word "optional" next to each assignment. Nope! Thanks to the FFRF, she was exposed and her proselytizing was put to an end.

Explaining what's so impressive about an AI that plays go better than humans.

Alison Rapp is a spokesperson for Nintendo who has been trying to get more gender equality in games. Because of this, disgusting male gamer trolls published all her personal information and branded her a pedophile. Sadly, Nintendo didn't want to deal with the smear campaign, and fired her.

Is it soup yet?

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Well, the FBI cracked Apple's phone security without Apple's help, temporarily ending the stand off, and underscoring the holes in Apple's security that they will eventually fix, and create the same problem all over again. On this topic, here's an interesting comic demonstrating what it's like to have the NSA collecting your personal information.

Churches are already exempt from taxation, but in Mississippi, they want to be exempt from laws against murder, and they may get it. Republicans are one step closer to passing a bill that will give legal protection to a church members to kill any trespassers who they deem a threat to their church.

You know a law is bad when even your own state's attorney general refuses to defend it.

The Friends of Red Deer Regional Hospital is holding a fund-raiser to help ailing patients, and they hired a "psychic" for a host. Families with sick and dying people need a "psychic" like they need a parasite, and, in this case, they'll get both.

While I'm a Bernie booster, that doesn't mean I hate Hilldog, and I think she's not nearly as bad as Republicans try and get everyone to believe.

St. Joseph Chaldean Catholic Church in London, Ontario raised over $500,000 to help re-home Iraqi refugees, and Father Amer Saka lost it all gambling.

Look at my horse, my horse is amazing

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When Muslims kill other Muslims for not being Muslim enough.

Rachel Bloom and her heavy boobs.

A man pulled a gun at the US Capitol building and Fox News suggested that it may be an ISIS terrorist attack! Turns out, the man's name is Larry Russell Dawson, and he's a Christian preacher from Tennessee. That's good work Fox News!

The exciting conclusion to Refuting the Irrefutable Proof of God, parts VI, VII, and VIII.

Donald Trump is proud of his daughter's Easter baby, to him, Easter babies are beautiful, and Sarah Palin joined in to congratulate Ivanka on her Easter baby! Happy Easter to all. Never mind that Ivanka is Jewish, and Jews not only don't celebrate Easter, but view it as blasphemy.

Need a guide to the GOP?

But Easter's over. Shh! They don't know that.

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Ten Commandments party was a blast, and here are the rules to my Ten Commandments Drinking Game which added to the fun.

Republicans keep trying to ban transsexuals from bathrooms, but why? As far as I know, there aren't any documented cases of them being arrested for uncivil behavior. If Republicans were really interested in banning trouble makers from bathrooms, they should be banning themselves.

Professional Quack, Andrew Wakefield, a man who ordered unnecessary dangerous procedures on children without their parent's consent had his "documentary" pulled from Robert De Niro's film festival, to which he's crying censorship and violation of due process. It seems Wakefield is just as incompetent on matters of free speech issues as he is medicine.

Kentucky parents gave their son a .22-caliber rifle for his 5th birthday, and shortly thereafter, her shot his 2-year-old sister to death. Naturally, Republicans will prevent any legal action from being taken against the woefully negligent parents. The grandmother told the press, "It was God's will. It was her time to go, I guess. I just know she's in heaven right now and I know she's in good hands with the Lord." Does this mean we can make a legal case against her god?

Do we believe in gods because our brains make us? They certainly make us forget being a baby.

In case you're thinking things would be better if only Trump lost the Republican nomination, just remember that Ted Cruz is second in line, and he wants to make sure that the Federal government can actively discriminate against homosexuals, transgendered people, everyone wanting birth control, and all non-Christians.

Gift cards are a scam.

In order to prove just how important traditional godly family values are, Republican Governor Robert Bentley and his wife divorced amidst a sexual scandal between Bentley and one of his staffers.


Feeling: Happy


There any many terrible complications that can afflict fetuses like Potter sequence which prevents key components, like their kidneys, from developing. Even though the rest of the body forms, once the umbilical cord is severed, death is nearly 100% likely. While this developmental defect is thankfully rare, around 1 in 6,000 potential parents will have to deal with it. Many opt to abort the fetus rather than bring to full term a child guaranteed to die hours later. Of course, Republicans are here to make sure that nobody has that option. Rather than allow the people to vote, Indiana Governor Mike Pence and his fellow Republicans passed a new law making it illegal for women to get an abortion if the reason is due to the fetus having a physical abnormality. And to add insult to injury, while signing the bill into law, he said a prayer to the Christian god.

8-year-old McKayla Dyer had some puppies, and her neighbor, an 11-year-old boy, wanted to play with her puppies. He asked her to bring them outside, but Dyer refused, so the boy went home, got his father's pistol, and shot McKayla to death. Tennessee Democrats decided it was high-time they created a law that makes parents responsible when they leave firearms out where their children can get them, and, true to form, Republicans shot it down. Okay, so they don't want to burden parents with actually having to keep their guns out of the hands of their children, but at least they don't want children to shooting people, right? Hey, that reminds me, the NRA has rewritten children's fairy tales, giving the children in the stories guns so they can shoot people.

Finally, some justice to the Cruz-Hernandez brothers after being robbed by the police. It's one thing to take drug money, it's another thing to call something "drug money" without evidence and take it without ever charging anyone with a crime.

Christians are getting pissed off that some chocolate makers aren't labeling their eggs and bunnies as "Easter" candies, because, as we all know, Jesus fed the multitudes with chocolate bunnies and colorful eggs, any any attempt to squelch such truths is blasphemy!

Georgia Republicans are trying to make life hell for transgendered people, but the NFL, Disney, and Marvel are fighting back by making life hell for Georgia Republicans!

Best rapper ever!

Delta Middle School in Colorado will be handing out Satanic coloring books.

Watching Ten Commandments with my buds this Saturday. Gonna drink every time it doesn't match up with the bible!

A rich and dull American

Feeling: Happy


Kansas Governor, Republican Sam Brownback, has bankrupted the state after years of massive tax cuts on the wealthy, and in order to cover his state's huge debt, he's selling confiscated porn and cutting the education budget of elementary school programs.

Republican Paul Ryan finally gets it.

After the standoff between the Feds and the terrorists who fancy themselves as patriots who took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge ended, we get to see just how "patriots" treat America. They destroyed the place, stole electronics, broken into safes, destroyed artifacts, and, after the pipes burst, turned the entire building into their own private toilet.

Speaking of toilets, North Carolina Republicans have passed a law that now forces transgendered men with beards to use the ladies room. They're even calling this a "bipartisan" bill when all of the state democrats walked out in protest. Sure, they're bigots, but at least they're liars too. And since Republicans are all about small government, they made sure that this law would override all city legislation that allowed accurate bathroom usage.

The Huffington Post publishes garbage like this in its section for science.

Norway has become the latest country to have a majority non-religious populace.

Samantha Bee follows around the American Atheists at Conservative PAC.

Richard Martinez, a coach at a public high school in New Mexico, wouldn't stop making his students pray with him, and despite his team's state championship victory, the school wisely put him on a leave of absence to decide if he wanted to be a preacher or a coach.

A panel discussing critical thinking.

Selling our love like a garage sale

Feeling: Happy


The grim reality that would come is a demagogue like Trump were elected president.

In response to the Brussels terrorist attack, Ted Cruz, and his band of merry policy men have said some rather disturbing things like, we should "empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized," and, "Islam is not a religion and does not deserve First Amendment protections." Trump's position was just as stupid, dissolve our military treaties with all other North American and European countries.

In Minnesota, Republicans who chant the mantra of small government are trying to pass a law that would make it illegal for private businesses to have gender-neutral bathrooms.

Bigotry exists, even among really smart people.

The Bechdel Test is showing up in broadcast television shows!


Utah's Governor is feels his religion is under attack. In fact, it's so under attack, he's giving people a discount if they buy the state license plate that features the phrase, "In God We Trust."

We will be victorious

Feeling: Happy


Try to murder your wife in a house fire, and suddenly people think you're not a good Christian pastor.

Wanna see some examples of evolution in your own body?

College campuses are a hotbed of teenage drinking, partying, and fighting, and Kansas has figured out a way to make them even more interesting, by introducing guns! State Republicans believe that, if a whole bunch of students are carrying guns, the next crazed shooter will be taken out after they kill only a couple people rather than a dozen people. Here's my prediction: the paranoid students will be carrying guns, they will be drinking a lot of alcohol, and they will be getting into arguments, and some of them will lead to shootouts. In the end, the number of gun-deaths from fighting students will be substantially higher than the number from lunatics. I hope I'm proved wrong.

John Oliver talks about Trump's utterly ridiculous Mexican-built wall.

Kasey Medlin created a wonderful photo-collage about leaving religion.

Rather than tax churches, it would be more beneficial to get them out of politics.

You damn fool!

Feeling: Happy


Had a wonderful time at Cody's over the weekend. Beat Bionic Commando with an audience and nearly beat Super C (half-way through the last stage when I lost my last life), helped Jon build a new computer, and had wonderful conversations about philosophy and theology.

Michigan Republicans have succeeded in creating a law that makes it so that women have to purchase additional health insurance to cover abortions, even when they've become pregnant after being raped.

After a slew of concerned doctors commented on People Magazine's article about a celebrity's recipe for homemade baby formula which contained ingredients that pediatricians say you shouldn't feed an infant, the magazine finally pulled the article. I'm pretty sure they did this, not because they care about your children, but because they feared a lawsuit. The sad reality is that the kind of people who read People are probably willing to take the dietary advice of an ignorant celebrity's over that suggested by an institution of doctors.

You've probably seen plenty of pictures of space from false-color images, but this collection tries to come as close as possible to true-color.

A list of some of the things for which the bible demands execution.

Erika Moen explains what it means to be sex positive.

The name "The American College of Pediatricians" sounds pretty impressive, and when they tell you that they value science of wishy-washy cultural norms, it sounds legit. But, when you start reading their list of core values, you start learning that this is actually a politically-motivated religious organization. They're against pre-marital sex, they're against same-sex marriage, they're against a woman's right to choose, etc. So, when they publish an article saying that allowing a child to wear clothing that Conservatives deem inappropriate for their sex, is tantamount to child abuse, it's hard to take them seriously.

Oklahoma Republicans didn't take very well their state's Supreme Court ruling that the Ten Commandments on government property was a violation of their state's Constitution. They're so mad they have to follow the same rules as everyone else, they're using tax dollars to try and change the rules!

I love Elizabeth Warren.

You an yer vidja games!

Feeling: Happy


Well this is adorable, the FBI, the same group that is trying to get Apple to weaken their encryption, is warning all Americans that their new computer-controlled cars are vulnerable to hackers. It's true, a hacker can use various wireless technologies to remotely unlock your vehicle doors, start the engine, and even disable you car entirely while you're driving down the highway. And you know what car companies could use the prevent this from happening? Strong encryption. The very thing the FBI is trying to eliminate!

I took the liberty of solving the maze in this Jehovah's Witness activity book.

As promised, Republican Mitch McConnell is obstructing Obama's Supreme Court nomination, Merrick Garland, a pretty Conservative judge. Even with a Republican-controlled congress that would certainly vote in the best interest of Conservatives, McConnell is too scared to even hold a vote, proving just how impotent he is.

Soon to be Republican loser, Ted Cruz, has assembled his crack team of foreign policy advisors, and it should be no shock to learn that they're a collection of paranoid conspiracy theorists demanding an immediate war against the entire Middle East.

Well, this is at least promising: despite Conservative lies, the public at large is starting to accept the scientific consensus that global climate change is caused by humans.

As police were hauling Adedayo Adeniyi out of a Trump rally, not because he was black, but because... well... anyway, a man slapped Adeniyi in the face as police were escorting him out, and though they saw it happen, and Adeniyi recorded the event, the police never bothered to arrest someone committing assault right in front of them! It wasn't until several videos of the incident surfaced on the Internet, that the police finally decided to take it seriously.

Heading to a videogame party this weekend to try and beat a bunch of games in rapid succession! Awesome.


Feeling: Happy


John Oliver helps people understand just what the FBI is asking from Apple when they demand they purposely cripple their encryption.

Ben Carson recently endorsed Trump, which he explained he didn't additionally want to do, but Trump offered him a position in his cabinet if he did. Apparently, Carson didn't know that such a form of cronyism is a federal crime.

Republican Micah Van Huss is trying to pass a bill that would take away all of the funding of the University of Tennessee's Office for Diversity and Inclusion, a total of $100,000, and use it to buy "In God We Trust" stickers to put on state police cars. Not only does the new bill take away the Office's funding entirely, but it also prevents them from ever getting any additional money in the future unless they stop promoting sexual education and gender-neutral pronouns. I guess you can't expect much from a man who tried to change the Tennessee constitution to say that governance doesn't come from the government, but from the Christian god.

An exposé on the the Vatican's upcoming saint.

Trump's popularity is an inconvenient reminder of just how many racist people still live in the USA.

I am a note, in a chord, in a song, in a play, with no tickets, no lines, no jack ass commercials. A performance of sweat!

Feeling: Happy


The latest project by Feminist Frequency looks really cool.

Today, Obama is set to nominate his first choice for Supreme Court Justice, which is part of his job. Republican Mitch McConnell, however, has refused to do his job, and will deny anyone the president picks regardless of who it is. When asked to defend his inability to function, McConnell said he believes the US voters should decide who should appoint the next Supreme Court Justice. Well, the people already did when 65,915,795 voted for Obama, but only around 800,000 voted for you... so maybe you should just shut up and do your job, hm?

How far back in time could you travel before you wouldn't be able to understand English?

Three more Pennsylvanian priests are charged with actively keeping a child-rapist safe from law enforcement in the child sexual abuse scandal.

From the creators of the Muslim videogame that taught preteen girls to cover their sinful bodies is a new game about how the Jews are evil and need to be killed.

In order to illustrate just how incorruptible he is at his job, Justice Minister of Egypt, Ahmed al-Zind, said that anyone who commits a crime will be put in jail, no matter how well-connected they may be, he would even jail the prophet Muhammad if he broke the law! Of course, lacking a sense of humor, the Muslim-controlled government immediately fired him. I'm not sure what's worse, that the Muslim government fired someone for saying they would do their job competently, or that they would refuse to jail Muhammad, even if he broke the law.

Actual quotes Donald Trump has said regarding women.

Dentist visit shows no cavities!

Feeling: Happy


I'm trying to limit my caloric intake so I won't embarrass myself too much over Spring break, and my work puts out a jar of Butterfingers.

When you're used to getting your way all the time, equality feels like oppression.

Oh good, the Catholics are making a saint out of a woman who tortured to death thousands of sick people.

Google's go-playing AI fished its match with the world's best go player to a 4-1 victory.

The horror of the blasphemy laws in Pakistan and the systematic murder of atheists in Bangladesh. And even though the religion says death to anyone who leaves Islam, there is still hope.

Why is it called a special offer when it's given to everybody?

Feeling: Happy


Happy pi day!

We have successfully entered Daylight Saving Time, or, the time we should all just stick to and be done with.

What it's like to be a non-white reporter at a Trump rally, and what it's like to be sane at a Trump rally, and what it's like when Trump is too afraid to show up. And no, this isn't a violation of his First Amendment right, as he believes it is. And no, the problem will not be solved by more violence as believed by Ann Coulter.

Computer experts explain the wide-range of damage that would be caused if the FBI succeeds in forcing Apple into purposely adding a backdoor to their encryption, by explaining the failures of previous companies who did the same thing and lost big.

In her attempt to beatify Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton gets her history very wrong and suggests that the Regan administration got people talking about AIDS.

In an effort to seem relevant, Jehovah's Witnesses purchased \ a film award. Maybe this will help understate their years of protecting child rapists, as they refuse to acknowledge that one of their elders raped a child unless there were two witnesses!

Hollywood is all about casting proper white folk to fill the role of those silly foreigners.

NASA: Last February was the hottest February in recorded history. Republicans: There was snow, therefore climate change doesn't exist.

The BBC takes a wide-angle lens to the Large Hadron Collider.

Hope the weekend is glorious

Feeling: Happy


Recycling is kind of pretty.

Google's AlphaGo, an AI that plays go, is one game away from becoming the world's best go player. I for one welcome our new robot overlords!

Another yet another "missing link" fossil has been found, this one is the common ancestor to crocodilians, dinosaurs, and birds.

Donald Trump needs to nut up or shut up.

Christians tell young women that they're basically an iPad: if they don't look pristine, they're worthless. This "interesting" analogy was designed to get them to dress more modestly. It certainly reminds me of this iPad app for kids that teaches them that if they don't dress modestly, they're nearing to Satan!

La la la, I can't hear you!

Feeling: Happy


With a Facebook page called "Jamie Gilt For Gun Sense" you know that Gilt is a gun enthusiast who takes gun responsibility very seriously. In fact, the woman teaches her four-year-old to shoot and keeps a loaded gun in her car... you already know how this ends.

What kind of legacy did Nancy Reagan leave behind? Anti-feminism and using astrology to make State decisions.

And just to be clear, feminists don't hate men.

Lawmakers in West Virginia celebrated their new law to legalize the sale of raw milk by each kicking back a glass of the unpasteurized white stuff, and immediately fell ill to what they claim, has nothing to do with all the bacteria in the raw milk. To be fair, I think raw milk should be legal, but with a prominent warning label.

Male gamers are still horrible.

Words that are their own opposites are called auto-antonyms or contronyms.

A creepy Christian father puts out a marriage ad in Christianity Today for his daughter describing her as a godly, gorgeous, virgin, and men who seek her are unworthy, but should consult him about courting her. Once Christianity Today got a lot of letters from disgusted people, they issued an apology.

Harding University, a Christian school, publishes their dress code which appears to be designed for kindergartners, which tells women they should cover their bodies so to not be a stumbling block to men. Funny, that's just what ISIS says.

Imagine what would happen if you took the time to actually understand Common Core.

Ready to be in Mexico

Feeling: Happy


Despite political groups estimating that Clinton would win Michigan by a landslide, Sanders won the vote. I appreciate my fellow Michigander Dems, but you Republicans dropped the ball and gave Trump another win. I expected that from a state as racist as Mississippi, but I hang my head in shame for Michigan.

To give you just a taste what a world would be like if governments could take away anonymity from Internet users, look at how Amsterdam is bullying Google. Some people made some negative reviews about a company on Google using false names, so the Amsterdam government is requiring Google to pay the company €1,500 for allowing the posts to be made and forcing them to turn over the personal information of the posters to the company to give them the ability to pursue punitive measures. Think about how many times you've posted a negative review online, then imagine the government not only giving that company your full name and home address so they can make a civil lawsuit against you, but also forcing the web review site to pay the company thousands of dollars! The Apple FBI case is a thousand times worse!

The history of the at symbol.

Fingerprints, bullet grooves, bite marks, and hair samples, all have something in common, not just that they're used as evidence in criminal cases, but also that they're often incorrectly matched to an innocent person.

Republican Bobby Jindal used the typical Republican gamble; create massive tax breaks for the wealthy in hopes that this would encourage rich people to spend more money on new businesses than what you lost in tax revenue. But like many before him, the gamble didn't pay off, and now the state is woefully in debt and on track to become the poorest state in the nation. The new governor has his hands full, and even if he were to raise taxes back to the way they were (which seems unlikely because the Republican-controlled legislature won't let that happen), he won't get as much income because Jindal sold off a lot of state's public land to private companies and used up all the state's trust funds to make it look like he still had his head above water. Unfortunately, the state is economically doomed.

The religious right may refer to Las Vegas or Atlantic City as modern day Sodom, but the real den of iniquity was Altoona, Pennsylvania.

David and Collet Stephan watched their son die while they treated his unknown illness with fruits, vegetables, and maple syrup, never bothering to ask a doctor to identify the disease. After a slow and painful deterioration, the child died. Since not taking a sick child to a doctor is a sign of neglect, an autopsy was done on the child and it was discovered that he died of childhood meningitis, a disease that is now very rare because it's usually vaccinated against. Of course, the couple didn't vaccinate their child. Despite posting on Facebook how they forgive the people who have been persecuting them and hoping that God will bless them, they're on their way to court. If you want to follow the ABCs of bullshit, be my guest, but when you kill your child because of it, I have a problem.

What kind of bigot did Republican Scott Walker appointed to his state's Supreme Court? Rebecca Bradley.

Shore looks nice!

Feeling: Happy


I voted today, so we don't have another 2010 on our hands! After all, the following are the kind of people who vote for Trump.

What happens when you add captions to illustrations from the bible?

The FBI is wasting more taxpayer dollars appealing the decision that Apple doesn't have to break their own security for the government.

Shouldn't it be The Legend of Link?

The new typeface for highway signs isn't as stylish, but it's easier to read, and when you're driving 80 MPH, that's probably for the best.

I'm really becoming disenfranchised with Sam Harris. If he wants a free debate of ideas, which he suggests is lacking in the modern era, then ask for a debate. Don't invite someone on your show, make them defend their essay by interrupting them every few minutes with a critique, refuse to let them record it, and then when you're not happy with the result, throw away the talk, and tell them, "better luck next time."

Christians vandalized the Planned Parenthood in Columbus, Ohio, but they didn't understand the bible verse they painted on the building.

Feast on the beast

Feeling: Happy


Had a great time up in Frankenmuth with Matt and Danielle yesterday. Ate all the foods!

Back in 2012, Indiana police flashed their lights at an old Lincoln which they claim was "going to the hood," but the driver didn't immediately pull over. Finally, the driver pulled over and insisted that his wife had gone into labor, and they needed to get to the hospital. Officers Anthony Dandurand and Travis Thomas didn't care, and forced the driver to the ground at gunpoint, cutting his face. After the driver was securely handcuffed on the ground, they told him they didn't care that his wife was in labor, and it wasn't too late to tase him if he didn't cooperate. They even threatened to destroy their dashcam video so they could abuse him without evidence! Only after pleading with the officers that her water broke on the side of the road did they finally call an ambulance to take the wife to the hospital. The doctor who delivered the baby had to be especially careful because that baby had its umbilical cord wrapped around its neck, and he said that if they had taken any longer getting to the hospital, the baby would have died. The father, however, wasn't present at his daughter's birth, because the Indiana police officers had arrested him. Thankfully, a lawsuit was filed, and while it was settled out of court, the family won.

An archbishop who diligently worked to keep child rapist out of prison doesn't want you to buy Girl Scout cookies.

Amazon hops back on the encryption bandwagon after customers learned that devices with Fire OS had their encryption turned off. And why is this such a big deal? It's not just protecting yourself from corrupt government institutions like the NSA, FBI, and CIA, you also need to protect yourself from hackers who can very quickly ruin your entire life.

Dat's a distant galaxy!

Republicans are so out of touch they believe the KKK is a Liberal terrorist organization.

Arizona Christians just can't let non-Christian give invocations at state government meetings.

What is the one thing that Trump supporters have in common more than any other? Racism? Bigotry? Fear? According to this poll, it's authoritarianism. The desire for a leader to rule with an iron fist, and for people to be obedient and subservient.

Despite what Marco Rubio believes, the bible doesn't have all the answers.

A victory in West Virgina of all places, where a religious "freedom" bill, the Republicans created to protect the bigoted Christian majority's right to abuse and mistreat homosexuals, women, and non-Christians, and racial minorities was shot down by the Senate.


Feeling: Happy


Police Lieutenant Robert Edwards purposely ran his car into a motorcyclist, pulled a gun on him, and kicked him in the chest because... speeding. While Edwards insists the motorcyclist was evading him, the rider explained that Edward's unmarked police car had lights hidden in the grill that couldn't be seen from the mirrors of his motorcycle, but when he came to the intersection, he stopped and pulled over. That's when the cop smashed into him, kicked him in the chest while he was trying to lie on the ground, thrown to the pavement, and kneed in the back. The rider had a broken rib and broken collar bone that needed surgery a metal plate screwed into it to fix. The attorney for the police really wanted to bring up the cyclist's criminal history, but couldn't (as it had no bearing on the case; the officer didn't have time to run a background check on the rider, so how could it?). And despite Lieutenant Edwards claiming he should be immune to punishment because he's a cop, that hitting the rider was due to brake failure, and that he saw the rider lying down but couldn't stop the kick because he "already had the muscles fired," (that's science!) the jury found him guilty of violating the cyclist's civil rights and awarded him $181,000. This was a shock to the Oregon State Police, because they claim Edwards followed the established procedures of the department (by purposely running someone over?). Of course, Edwards himself won't be paying that bill, the Oregon tax payers will be paying it. So what happened to the officer, was he fired or suspended without pay? Of course not! He was given an official reprimand, no, not for trying to murder someone with a car, but for failing to report that he had kicked the rider. Then, he was promoted to Captain and transferred to the Oregon State Police Headquarters!

While America's stupid and greedy are all for Donald Trump, the more intelligent Christians are seeing him for the fake he is, and one Christian organization is doing something they've never done before, telling its readers not to vote for the Republican front-runner! After all, it's hard to trust a Drumpf?

Microsoft... trying really hard to be Apple.

A bit late, but Neil DeGrasse Tyson explains the leap year.

With Scalia out of the picture, things are looking up for the Supreme Court, and it's both funny and sad that Republicans trying to restrict abortion rights don't actually know how abortion works.

In 1972, Bangladesh changed to a secular government, but in 1988, they changed to an Islamic state. Shortly after that, violence against non-Sunni Muslims began to rise to become a serious problem to the point where roving gangs of Muslims are hacking people to death in the streets with machetes and even upon being caught, are not punished. The government has decided that maybe they'll reconsider becoming an Islamic nation.

Storms will rise up

Feeling: Happy


Thanks to a ruling from a Federal Judge, your private phone data is safe from the FBI... temporarily. Also, it's important to look at exactly what the FBI is trying to force Apple to do. They're not just asking them to hand over the data for one man's phone (actually several phones). Apple doesn't have access to the data because it is encrypted and even they don't have the key. Instead, the FBI is trying to force Apple to build them a device that will break their own encryption, and give that device to the FBI, so they can unlock any phone they want, whenever they see fit. For my less technological readers, imagine Apple as a company that manufacturers safes. In fact, the safes they make are so good, they can't be picked, cracked, or broken into, even by the manufacturer. What the FBI wants is the safe company to, not only creating a way to unlock existing safes without the key, but also create a "skeleton key" that will easily unlock all future safes, for just the FBI. There are many problems with these demands. First, it's going to cost a lot of time and money to crack the existing safes. They were specifically designed to be uncrackable, and all the while Apple is working on cracking them, they aren't working on the next iPhone. Second, the existence of a skeleton key means that anyone half-decent locksmith (a computer hacker) will probably be able to study the lock and construct their own skeleton key and be able to unlock anyone's safe just like the FBI. Word will get out and nobody will ever buy the safes again. The only way to fix this is to make a new safe with a new skeleton key, which costs even more time and money, but, because it has a built-in flaw, will surely get cracked again. Third, the FBI doesn't even know if there is any information in the safe that's relevant to the case, but we all know there is tons of other people's personal data to which the FBI will now have access. Think of your own phone. How many texts and messages are on their from your family, friends, and loved-ones? And, of course this won't stop at phones. The US government has made it clear they don't want anyone to have access to strong encryption. This means everything on your computer, tablet, cloud storage, etc. Did you ever ask a friend to buy you some marijuana? The government wants to read it. Did your lover every send you a sexy photo? The government wants to see it. Did you ever tell an embarrassing secret to your best friend? The government wants to read it. Thankfully, both tech companies and civil liberty groups are against the FBI.

Our brains have a built-in compensation for when sound arrives at our ears later than light hitting our eyes, but it doesn't work in reverse!

If your abortion restrictions were created to protect women's health, why are you encouraging women to leave the state to go to a facility that doesn't have your state's protective laws? -Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Explaining to non-Americans how Americans think that God loves them more than any other country.

A man in Russia is facing a year in prison just for writing, "there is no God."

Every now and then, a Republican does something right.

Reverends Stephen F. Dawber, James Talbot, and Francis J. McManus were all suspended after several students accused them of sexually molesting them over the years, and now that they story is out, many more victims are talking about their abuse.

Governor Synder: Sure my administration poisoned everyone in Flint, but we created 81 jobs to clean up the poison, so I should be congratulated!

More snow to shovel saves on gym membership

Feeling: Happy


As Republicans continue to fail to do their job, journalists find more evidence that they're obstruction is without precedent. And lest we forget Scalia, the monster who died, here is his legacy described by one of his clerks.

After a grand jury investigation of the Catholic Diocese of Pennsylvania, it was discovered that the Church has successfully prevented police from arresting over 50 priests who were wanted on charges of sexual assault for hundreds of children. In fact, in the 40-year-span Catholics have been doing this, none of the priests who were wanted for child abuse were arrested! So how does the Diocese's leader respond to all of this? By saying, "I urge the faithful to join me in praying for all victims of abuse."

Just in time for the new election, Roy Zimmerman releases a new video for his song, Socialist.

Some interesting stats on how misinformed the nation is regarding abortion. Around 30% of women will get an abortion in their life time, but the public thinks it's less. Abortion rates are on the decline, but the public thinks it's on the rise or stagnant. Giving birth is more dangerous than having an abortion, but the public thinks it's less dangerous. Most abortion is not surgical, but the public doesn't know. Most Americans think that the current intrusive laws against abortion should be made illegal. Most Americans are unaware of the current case regarding abortion being heard by the Supreme Court.

Finally! There is a church for people who are "spiritual, but not religious."

18-year-old Owen Labrie participated in a "Senior Salute," a disgusting contest where high school seniors try to sleep with as many underclassmen as possible before graduation. For Labrie, this included forcing a 15-year-old girl into a closet and raping her while she begged him to stop. Thankfully, he was caught and found guilty, but he received a very lenient punishment: only a year in jail. So how does Vanity Fair report his crime? By saying a college-bound star athlete's life had been ruined because of an encounter that turned sexual. Give me a break. Granted, something was obviously amiss in the teen's life that allowed him to become a rapist, but that doesn't change the fact that he manipulated, coerced, and raped a 15-year-old girl.

Even after being told it isn't true, Trump continues to repeat a story about an American General who executed 49 Muslims with bullets dipped in pig's blood. The story is extremely bigoted, but watch how his supporters cheer!

Lousy Smarch weather!

Feeling: Happy


Got my eyes checked yesterday; pretty much the same as before. Not bad for someone who stares at light-bulbs all day.

Republicans are not only trying to do away with the FCCs Net Neutrality regulations, but they're trying to make it impossible for them to ever be allowed to require neutrality again, all under a bill with the doublespeak title, "The Resorting Internet Freedom Act."

When asked how homosexuals can be good members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, an Elder explained that "there aren't any homosexuals in their church!" To be fair, he wasn't saying that every single member of the LDS religion was hetero, but rather that the religion doesn't accept that people can be homosexual, just confused about their sexuality (which isn't much better).

What does it sound like when Disney Princesses sing their iconic songs in the native language of the fairy tale? Part 1 and Part 2.

When your religion requires you to murder homosexuals, don't be surprised when someone accuses you of homosexuality to have you killed.

What it's like to be hounded by the Mormon Church because you're a lesbian, even when you haven't been there in 15 years.

Despite Republicans claiming that he was a Liberal extremest and blaming Planned Parenthood for Robert Lewis Dear shooting 12 people, killing three, Dear has made his point very clear, he believed he was taking part in a religious crusade to stop abortion even if it meant murdering people.

Christian politicians in Florida show their love of small government and religious freedom by requiring all women, Christian and non-Christian alike to wait 24-hours before being allowed to get an abortion.

Happy leap day!

Feeling: Happy


Republican fore-runner Donald Trump doesn't know enough about the KKK to say they're bad. That pretty much sums up the Republican Party, doesn't it? He does kind of act like a catty gay man.

Cardinal Pell, the Australian Catholic responsible for protecting an unknown number of child-raping priests, and is now serves as the Vatican's top financial advisor in Rome, which conveniently makes it difficult for him to be tried in Australia, sort-of apologized for all he did to keep pedophile priests out of jail saying he had, "mucked things up and let people down." To all the people who were sexually abused under his watch he said, they could come to Rome and meet with him for counseling. I'd have to say, Tim Minchin's response is spot on.

It's not the most historically useful video on the videogame crash of the early 1980s, but it's graphically beautiful.

This Muslim cleric explains that when women make attractive looking food and post it on social media, people get cancer. Of course, what can you expect from a religion that sentences people to 2,000 lashes and 10 years in prison for publicly stating, there is no god.

What happens when you put lithium in 7-Up?

Back in 2000, the US Supreme Court ruled that even student-led prayer in public schools violated the Establishment Clause of the Constitution, but that isn't stopping Republican Ric Metzgar from trying to make a law that would force public school students to listen to student-led prayers during mandatory school assemblies.

These may be some of the oldest songs in recorded history, but that doesn't mean they're not dull.

This shouldn't be much of a surprise, but South Carolina's polling data was looked at, and some interesting trends were discovered. Namely, that there are a lot of people there who think that the state should criminalize Islam, close all mosques, and deport all Muslims, that the state capitol should be flying the Confederate Flag, that they wish the South had won the Civil War, that homosexuality should be banned from the country, that the World War II internment of Japanese Americans was a good idea, and, naturally, the majority of these people identify as Christian and are planning to vote for Donald Trump.

Sleeping in your car is a good way to be shot and killed by the police.

Two straight days of shoveling wet snow

Feeling: Injured


It's not enough that the NSA has access to our emails and phone messages, now Obama wants to give access to it all to the FBI and CIA as well!

Aron Ra's lecture on correcting Darwin's critics.

Of all the businesses you could run in the USA, which one is the hardest? When you hear the answer, it's not very surprising.

Chiropractors can't help you, but they can kill you.

Bishop Robert Cunningham says, "the age of reason is 7, so if you’re at least 7 you're culpable for your actions." This may not sound that terrible until you realize that he's talking about victims of sexual assault from priests! Yes, according to a Catholic Bishop, if a priest rapes a six-year-old, it's the priest's fault, but if he rapes a seven-year-old, the little boy was asking for it!

What would it be like it Mario and Yoshi changed places.

Ever notice how the average Fox News viewer is a gold mine for The Onion?

Her dizzy head is conscience-laden

Feeling: Happy


Republican John Kasich isn't the moderate Conservatives try to make him out to be, he's actually quite sexist.

What it's like to be an actor in Hollywood... when you're not a straight white male.

Arch Bishop Robert Carlson isn't calling for a boycott of the Girl Scouts, he justs wondering if Catholics should be buying cookies from a group that thinks women should be allowed to have access to birth control. This is the kind of person who sees how the HPV vaccine drastically reduces the rate of cancer in women, but still thinks they shouldn't get it.

Now that the Texas is allowing students to come to class while carrying guns, the faculty is advising professors how to avoid getting shot by their students (I'm not joking). Some of the suggestions for professors include, avoiding challenging students on topics that may make them angry and changing curricular to exclude any controversial topics. Since this is Texas, it should probably be interpreted as, political science teachers shouldn't talk about gun violence, biology teachers shouldn't talk about evolution, anthropology teachers shouldn't talk about non-Christian religions, and so forth. Good luck trying to get educated Texans.

Turner Classic Movies is doing a month-long tribute to movies condemned by Catholics!

People who identify as "pro-life" should more honestly call themselves "pro-punishing-people-who-have-sex-for-pleasure" because that's really what their actions describe. For example, if a physician says a pregnant woman's life was in serious jeopardy without an abortion, who in their right mind would consider it "pro-life" to say she shouldn't be allowed to have an abortion? Republican Scott Walker, that's who. This is a man who will appoint you to his cabinet if you are a Christian who gets paid to lie to pregnant women about abortion, or if you just pay him enough.

Another cop caught lying to convict a young black teen, let off without so much as a slap on the wrist.

The National Organization For Marriage a Christian group trying to prevent loving people from getting married, and has a long history of lying with pictures, but their latest lie is just hilarious! In an effort to show a huge crowd of supporters, they stole a picture of a same-sex marriage rally and tried to pass it off as one of their hate rallies. Somehow they missed all the rainbow flags in the crowd!

Weather is no longer

Feeling: Happy


Don't kid yourselves, the FBI is not asking Apple to unlock a terrorist's phone, they're asking Apple to create a tool for them that would allow them to unlock everyone's phone whenever they deem it "necessary." And if you believe that Apple and the FBI will be the only ones with access to that tool, you've obviously never met a hacker.

Anti-abortion people are just terrible.

"Make America great again," appears to be a slogan of the white working-class because life for the upper-class has only gotten better, and non-whites never had it great to begin with.

Like all the others, the Mormon Church has a long history of being wrong.

Republicans in Illinois are cracking down on those evil single mothers. Their latest bill says that if an unmarried woman gives birth, the father's name must either be given voluntarily or through a paternity test, but if neither of these conditions occurs, say, the father refuses to get a paternity test and denies it's his child, the woman has 30 days to try and convince him to do the responsible thing or else he is not required to ever pay child support and the child will not be issued a birth certificate!

I for one welcome our new robotic overlords.

Weather's just fine!

Feeling: Happy


With their handling of the the next Supreme Court judge, the Republican Party is showing us that they are a bunch of useless hypocrites.

The pros and cons of school prayer that only The Onion can deliver.

Looks like Ludocity is making an Ittle Dew 2!

What it's like to live near the Great Lakes as the ice begins to stack.

When it's cheaper to legally change your name than pay a fee to have your name corrected on a Ryanair ticket.

Nah, I'm cool. I don't need any help.

South Carolina has an abysmal high school graduation rate of only 83.6%, putting it in 40th place among the states! Thankfully, the state's most pious Republicans came up with a solution. No, they're not going to hire better teachers, they're going to put an "In God We Trust" monument in every school. Problem solved!

Portal versus Half-Life in a battle for cake.

Good to be home

Feeling: Exhausted


MAG Fest was really amazing. Far more fun than any of the anime conventions I had gone to in the past. Far fewer obnoxious weeaboos running around with "free hugs" signs, although the number of neck-beards and mouth-breathers was dramatically higher. In fact, while walking through the hotel hall, I overheard someone saying, "Oh, I forgot to put deodorant on. Well, it doesn't matter." Yes, actually, it does matter. Some of my highlights included finding the person who made a cartridge version of my Castlevania II dialogue patch, getting my Mega Man cartridge signed by both Manami Matsumae and Keiji Inafune, and handing out cards for the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation and routinely hearing people say, "Oh yeah, I know that site." I enjoyed my time there immensely, but am glad to be home and done with that ten-hour drive!

It's nice to see Apple taking a change in stance and actually trying to protect the customers they gouge so much.

America's current religious zealots seem to be a reaction to progressives trying to teach children science and give women and homosexuals equal rights, but don't forget that one of the major reasons they became so well-organized was their fight to defend segregation. And, of course, they're still trying to destroy the lives of homosexuals, even if it means ruining prom.

Placebo research continues to remind us that we are merely puppets controlled by our wacky brains!

Iran is still not quite ready to join the rest of us at the big kid's table after reissuing a $600,000 bounty for the murder of author Salman Rushdie for the "crime" of blasphemy.

The South Carolinian government lawn is the new place for a rather interesting display.

Festival de la Music and Gaming

Feeling: Excited


I'm going to be gone for the rest of the week. Gotta finish packing, then it's up at 3:30 AM Wednesday morning for a nice ten-hour drive to the Washington D.C.! Then, for the rest of the week, I will be basking in the sonic goodness of MAG Fest! I'll probably be updating the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation while I'm there, but don't expect any updates here. Somehow the world will go on without my political and religious commentary.

Well, it took a few billion dollars in legal fees trying to protect their child-rapist priests, but the Vatican has finally learned its lesson, and their new rules state clearly that Bishops do not have to report pedophile priests to the authorities. Wait, what?

Dealing with the Binding of Isaac story.

M-A-G - F-E-S-T!

Feeling: Okay


While I don't like to revel in people's death, Supreme Court judge Antonin Scalia was a seriously flawed man, and I think life will be a whole lot better with him gone. This means that Obama will have to name a new judge to fill his position, but Republican Mitch McConnell has already said, without even hearing who Obama might pick, that he will veto every choice until Obama is out of office in the hopes that a Republican will win the presidency so that a Republican will pick the next judge. This is typical of the do-nothing attitude that Republicans have spawned over the years.

OK Go's new video is pretty awesome.

Oh good, the US isn't the only country bombing hospitals.

The latest buzz-word to come out of Creationism is "non-adaptive order."

Matt Dillahunty talks about the problems with the Exodus.

Public schools are still flabbergasted when they're told they can't use taxpayer money to hire a Christian preacher to pray for their football team.

Police we needed at the Chino Valley, Arizona city council meeting, not to stop Mayor Chris Marley who was breaking the law by delivering a Christian prayer (he was also lying because he said he wouldn't pray), but to remove Rabbi Adele Plotkin for protesting Marley's breaking of the law.

Dealing with the argument that lots of intelligent people believe in a god.

Kentucky's new Republican Governor, Matt Bevin, is trying to impede a woman's right to an abortion, so women are looking to him for advice regarding their vagina's.

Ted Cruz claims that, if elected, he won't be the "Pastor of the United States," but his wife tells a more revealing story.

Google Maps is really pissing me off. I want to print out a map of my route to Maryland, as a backup if I lose cell coverage, so I enter the start and end addresses, and I get a map. The map has the shortest route, an alternate route, a route without tolls, and an airplane route. Each route has a large box indicating the distance, time, and an icon identifying the mode of travel. There are several other icons indicating construction and traffic jams. While the primary route is blue on my monitor, each route is going to be gray on the printer, which won't matter anyway because there are so many boxes and icons, I can't only see about 75% of the route. I look for a way to clear all these unnecessary extra routes and unwanted information, but I can't find any. I do a Google search and find many other people who are as equally frustrated, but no solutions. I click on the print button, assuming it would eliminate the alternate routes since they're is not point in printing interactive features on a non-interactive printout, but they remain. Which is probably for the best anyway because all of the directions are also eliminated in the print version, not that the other ones were helpful anyway. Finally, I found a way to get a single route with turn-by-turn directions along the side without all the obnoxious boxes obscuring the map! If you click in the box where is reads "" and type, "" and hit enter, all the nonsense is gone! As much as it pains me to say it, Microsoft's maps are more useful than Google Maps right now!

Sickness subsiding early... not complaining!

Feeling: Blah


Have a big weekend planned of preparing for MagFest.

Mostly Muslim controlled Indonesia is trying to ban same-sex emoji from phones. What can you expect from a religion that results in the genital mutilation of nearly half of its female population?

I would have dropped out after the jalapeño!

Right now Congress is half-way through passing a law requiring the National Science Foundation to give a detailed written account for how every single endeavor they undergo will benefit the USA. This demand is coming from the government that has spent over a trillion dollars on a fighter jet that wasn't needed, doesn't work, and will probably never be released.

Despite their best efforts, Creationists cannot get their beliefs to behave like science.

The Internet is a terrible place to be a woman.

Dealing with people who demand you tell them where the universe came from or else goddidit!

You'd think we'd be done with this by now, but Republicans are still trying to make laws allowing the teaching of Christian Creationism in public schools.

I can't even

Feeling: Sick


What if Jesus said what the Republican presidential candidates are saying?

Iranian newscaster, Sheena Shirani, has fled the country in fear after exposing years of harassment, especially sexually harassment from her boss, Reza Emadi.

Why can't all history be taught like this?

When teachers have to deal with ignorant substitutes who refuse to teach science.

Dealing with the Liar, Lunatic, or Lord argument.

Not amused by illness

Feeling: Sick


Over a year after Tennessee instituted its mandatory drug screening for welfare recipients, a lot of money and time has been wasted, but very few drug addicts have been found.

Oh, the fun you can have replying to spam email.

The Clinton Administration was working on a plan to decrease the country's carbon footprint, but when Bush took office, issues like the environment were not even considered. Thankfully, the Obama Administration followed up and even empowered the EPA to impose tougher restrictions against the burning of fossil fuels. As expected, energy companies used their pull in state governments to challenge the new rules, and back in 2015 the US Supreme Court (Scalia in particular) ruled that the curbing climate change was just too darned inconvenient to be legal. Now, it won't be until June before we can even decide whether we're going to consider reducing the country's level of pollution!

A better way to talk to people about Christianity.

On a Russian wildlife preserve, there is a unlikely friendship between a goat and a tiger. However, the fact that they're both male animals has offended Alexei Krestyanov, a lawyer who is now investigating whether they're secretly promoting the homosexual agenda!

Reza Aslan is not a very impressive Muslim apologist.

Throat? Why you scratchin' me?

Feeling: Blah


What is it like when you go on a cruise with people who believe that the president is a reptilian alien in disguise, the Earth is hollow, vaccines cause autism, and they're haunted by psychic ghosts? Find out!

Easter egg hunting in the Zelda games.

You know that big lawsuit against Michigan Governor Rick Snyder alleging that he is negligent for Flint's current lead water crisis? Well, a random judge was selected to hear the case, but instead, Judge Michael J. Talbot, who has has a history of judging favorably for Snyder, took the case for himself, something that shouldn't happen. This means it's pretty likely that the Flint citizens will lose their case if Talbot doesn't throw it out first, and have to appeal. And who will be the appeals judge? Why, it's Judge Michael J. Talbot! Again!

Well, Michigan Republicans may be completely corrupt, but at least they're not trying to outlaw sodomy... aw crap!

Can the RIAA do anything right? When they're not suing children and the elderly, they're suggesting that an album can go platinum without ever having sold a single copy, it just needs to be streamed enough.

Misconceptions about companies.

If your friend is contemplating suicide, do not call the police to go to their house to check on them, or they might end up gunning your friend down in their own home.

We still live in a world where a man can create meetups for other men in order to teach them how to trick women into having sex with them, even if it means getting them so drunk that they can't say no.

Seven tips for Muslim women on how to go about removing their hijab.

Christian research organization, the Barna Group, recently conducted a study about children and pornography and found that, Christian children seek out porn more than ever before. And somehow, this is shocking to Christian adults.

I love when comedians cover issues like racism and abortion.

Christians are still trying to block Juan Mendez, an atheist, from giving an invocation in Arizona.

What's updog? Nothing much, how about you?

Feeling: Happy


I added the soundtrack of the original arcade version of Gauntlet to the VGMPF.

Neil deGrasse Tyson again schools the rapper who believes the Earth is flat.

Despite the amount of non-religious continuing to grow in the US, politicians still refuse to acknowledge us.

Don't believe this misconceptions about animals.

How would you feel if you were pulled over by the police, and they tried to convert you to Islam? What about if you received a flier in the mail about your local police department holding a concert and conversion ceremony with a well-known Muslim entertainer asking everyone to attend, because you don't want to piss off the police! Most people would not be okay with this, so why aren't more people complaining when Christians do it? By the way, I use Islam as my go to religion since research shows that American Christians are especially bigoted against them.

Why the burden of proof matters, and why believers try to shift it to you.

The Mormon Church espouses such high numbers because they make it very difficult to get out of the church. Thankfully, this web site makes the whole process much easier!


Feeling: Happy


Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, and professional embarrassed of corrupt politicians everywhere (especially in the USA), was judged by a United Nations panel to see if the case against him had any merit. Before the ruling, Assange insisted that if the UN found him guilty, he would leave the Ecuadorian embassy and enter the custody of the UK, but that if the UN cleared him of charges, he expected the UK to drop all charges and cease trying to arrest him. Well, the UN reached a ruling and said that, not only are the charges against Assange unwarranted, but the UK owes him compensation for forcing him to hide out in an embassy for so long! Naturally, the UK, US, and Swedish governments don't give a damn about objective rulings, and still plan on punishing Assange for exposing their massive corruption.

Stated Clearly give the evidence for evolution.

Texas defunded Planned Parenthood, and the number of unexpected pregnancies jumped, especially among low-income families. You're all shocked, I can tell. Since these families were having trouble making ends meet as it was, now they'll be filing for more government assistance. So let's do the math. Which is cheaper, paying for an IUD, or paying for food, clothing, and shelter for 18 years?

On the topic of Planned Parenthood, they have since been cleared of all wrong-doing by the group that investigated them, and the people who dishonestly edited the video together to try an make it look like PP was profiting off of fetal tissue is now under investigation for their fraudulent tactics. Despite these facts, 110,000 terrible people have signed a petition to exonerate the frauds and continue to waste public money re-investigating Planned Parenthood in hopes of finding something, anything, that can show they're guilty.

Is there a center of a triangle? Actually, there are three, and they all form a line.

A public elementary school -science- teacher though she could get away with handing out advertisements to all of her students in hopes that they would purchase a trip to a Christian bible camp!

A quick breakdown of the Palestine-Israel conflict.

Walkin' the dog

Feeling: Happy


The Democratic Senate reminds Comcast that they're evil, and they should stop.

What it's like to be the only skeptic in your group of friends.

If you ask college men, if they would never get caught, would they rape a woman, 14% say yes. But if you ask them, if they would never get caught, would they force a women to have sex with them, suddenly that number jumps to 32%. Do they just not know what rape is?

Why is it church videos with children in them are always horrifying?

"Evolution is not a fact. That's why it's called a theory! There's more evidence that the Bible is true," is the special breed of ignorance you would expect from someone who dropped out of elementary school to pursue a career in televangelism, so it's a bit shocking to learn that it came from Christina Wilkinson, headteacher of St Andrew's school in Lancashire, England. While Wilkinson may believe that biology can't quite compete with the evidence of talking animals and zombies walking through the city (Matthew 27:52-53), a lot of non-ignorant people have been schooling her.

What if Martin Scorsese directed Mario?

Secular victories! Phoenix, Arizona will stop giving Christian prayers before city council meetings and will now have a moment of silence because they refused to hear a Satanist prayer. Also, public schools in Portland, Oregon will no longer send their choir students to sing Christian-only songs. And what I'll call a partial victory, a Mississippi courthouse is replacing their Ten Commandments display with an "In God We Trust" banner. Still religious, but not nearly as discriminating.

Some old interviews with Queen during the A Kind of Magic days.

It's still difficult, and sometimes dangerous to be an atheist in Kenya.

Go home lady, find yourself happy, it's just a middle-aged crisis type thing.

Feeling: Happy


St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Minnesota tells an 84-year-old widow who had attended for the past 50 years, since you aren't attending church often enough, you will no longer be allowed to be buried next to your husband!

I would watch this movie.

When Islam rules the world, there will be affordable prostitution for all!

How to handle people who say, "Who are you to question God?"

Deadpool and Boba Fett in the latest Epic Rap Battle of History.

It certainly helps to forget

Feeling: Happy


This morning, I had a dream where I was telling a yoga instructor that his regular visitor couldn't come, but I couldn't remember the person's name. As I searched my phone's contact list for the person, I secretly hoped that the yoga instructor would invite me in to take the absent person's place. After anxiously searching through my phone, the yoga instructor did eventually invite me in. Knowing that yoga was supposed to be relaxing, I was careful to turn off my phone in case anyone called and I sat down on the yoga mat, and noticed the tan lines on the feet of the men who must have wore sandals all the time. Just as the yoga instructor began his class, my alarm clock started going off, but I didn't immediately wake up. Instead, I looked around embarrassed that I had left my alarm clock on and disrupted the class. Then, I woke up and realized I was in bed, and thankful that I don't have tan lines on my feet.

A simple, but effective explanation of privilege.

Why male characters in games have strategic butt coverings.

Joel A. Wright was in seminary school to become a Catholic priest, but he was also trying to purchase an infant sex slave from Mexico on craigslist.

What if Malcom Reynolds from Firefly were a Libertarian?

Bill Maher, who used to be beneficial to the atheist movement, has now become a burden. It wasn't enough that he was an anti-vaxer, now he supports quacks who claim they can cure HIV with goat milk.

Antarctica is a political nightmare.

Duck Dynasty father, Phil Robertson, endorses Ted Cruz by saying we need to "rid the earth" of people who believe people should be able to marry who they love. Cruz says the message was out of love and joyful and cheerful.

The history behind why so few companies make games for Macintosh.

John and Melissa Wood are suing their school district because their daughter had to learn about Islam in her World History class, but that's not how Fox News spins it.

February... it got even worse.

Feeling: Happy


The videogame party was a lot of fun. Despite having to sleep on a floor with the music of Zelda ringing in my ears, I had a wonderful time reliving the days of my childhood. And I got to beat Mega Man 10, bringing my total up to 160 games!

Why do Japanese cartoonists always draw their characters as white people? Turns out, only a white person would ask that.

The Call of Cthulhu done in the style of Dr. Seuss!

Marshall Middle School in Beaumont, Texas recently had a dangerous carbon monoxide leak that affected 200 students and faculty resulting in several people having to be taken to the hospital for treatment, and the closure of the entire school until the problem can be rectified. Now, clear-minded individuals would thank the people who demanded carbon monoxide detectors, routine evacuation drills, and a well-trained emergency team which probably saved the lives of dozens of people, but the school's principal, Brandon Basinger, thanked his god, who had the power to prevent the leak entirely, but decided to let it almost kill children instead!

An interesting video about the growth and spread of the human population.

Why is it Christians tend to sound like priests from a game of Dungeons and Dragons? Republican Kelly Townsend, doesn't want people from differing religions to be allowed to exercise their inalienable human rights, so she's praying to her god to casting the spell of hedge of protection!

Holy crap, a new version of Soldat has been released!

I'm all about those vidja games!

Feeling: Happy


In China, you can still get arrested for reading books.

A "God Bless America" sign adorning a US Post Office was taken down in Kansas. It's a small victory, but when we have sheriffs saying that they use their public offices to hold bible studies and make sure that Christianity is their trusted religion, every little bit helps.

Our memory is garbage.

Nurse tells a patient diagnosed with a mitochondrial disease, "you obviously don't have God in your life."

Swearing doesn't mean you're smarter.

I wonder how many more Christians there are who would prefer their children get hooked on drugs and be pregnant out of wed-lock, rather than be gay.

Stephen Colbert gets a lesson in white privilege from DeRay McKesson.

Heading down to Ohio this weekend for an all-night videogame and booze-a-thon! If I'm not back by Sunday evening, send Mario after me!

Steeples gonna steep

Feeling: Happy


Planned Parenthood has been found innocent of every accusation made by those Christians who put together the dishonest video of them selling fetal tissue, and the film makers are being investigated for criminal activity, but that doesn't stop Republicans from continuing to believe the lies.

After suggesting that feminists are like Muslims, Richard Dawkins is finally feeling the backlash he deserves NECSS is rescinding his invitation. I really wish Dawkins would wise up, because he used to do really important stuff for the scientific community like create the word meme.

Only women could be bothered to show up for work at the Senate!

You know your doctor is a quack when he suggests reading the bible will alter your body's chemistry so much you can stop taking medicine.

Rational Wiki has a nicely detailed time line of Gamergate.

Republicans love to talk about how they favor small government while at the same time creating laws to ban abortion. Case in point, Charles Van Zant, a Christian who feel's it's his duty to push his religion on everyone else. Well, his supporters showed their true colors explaining that abortion ruins "white culture" because the numbers will rise of those non-aborting brown people.

Apparently, being Muslim means being uncultured. When Hassan Rouhani, president of Iran, visited Rome, he requested all of the artistic nude statues be covered in plywood.

It's still career suicidie for a politician to out-right admit they don't believe in a god, but at least it's getting better.

Should have kept both hands on the wheel.

Sheeples gonna sheep

Feeling: Happy


Jim Cooper, a Democrat in California is trying to pass a law that would make it illegal to sell a cell phone in the state that supports encryption, a similar bill is being pushed in New York by Democrat Matthew Titone. Considering how often Democrats get caught using their cellphones to have affairs, this seems counter-intuitive.

Where the hell is Scandinavia anyway?

Everything you know about zebra stripes is a lie!

That's a big solar system!

Why God doesn't answer prayer.

To remind everyone just how bad science education is in our country, a rapper admired by over 2.3 million fans uses his celebrity to explain why he's convinced the Earth is flat. Thankfully, Neil deGrasse Tyson and his nephew are here to school him.

Marketing experts are really good at convincing you you're awful without their products, just ask Listerine.

Republican Michele Bachmann explains the law to David Barton (who is an expert in history that he makes up), that we shouldn't try to make laws that disagree with the bible, because they "degrade the nation." I can only assume then that Bachmann is pro-slavery because, in the bible, God tells us how much money we should ask for when selling our own children into slavery.

People gonna peep!

Feeling: Happy


I've added my 400th album to my collection.

It's pretty bad when the US Government's argument for warrantless cellphone tracking using StingRays is that, if you use a cellphone, you should expect us to be tracking you.

While I don't really care about the Oscars, I like people who mock their racism.

Remember that Planned Parenthood video that was purposely doctored to mislead viewers that PP was profiting off of fetal tissue? Well, the liars who put it together are going to have to explain themselves to a judge!

When you don't read the bible, it's probably best not to try and quote it at Christian university students.

When he's not busy attacking his producers and losing his job at the BBC, Jeremy Clarkson is buying luxury sports cars, insulting the poor, denying climate change, and mocking indigenous cultures. Now, he's writing for The Sunday Times, where he is attacking transgender people.

I know this is long since past, but just a reminder for next year, you probably shouldn't help the Salvation Army.

If there was a button that could be pressed, and instantly you'd know the truth about whether gods exist... would you press it?

Why is Rick Snyder, a man who is being accused as being directly linked to the Flint water crisis choosing one of his campaign supporters to "investigate" him for any wrong doing?

Posters gonna post!

Feeling: Happy


Over the weekend, I beat Final Fantasy Adventure, finished reading 30 Second Religion, and helped Matt and Danielle move into our place for the week until they can sign for their townhouse.

At lunch today, a man at the table next to mine handed his server a business card for his church and suggested she attend. After ordering, he asked the poor woman if he could expect to see her at his church next Sunday, and she awkwardly stammered, then suggested she put in their order, and walked away in a hurry. The man was clearly oblivious to how uncomfortable he was making her, because when she came back to bring them their food, he again asked her about attending his church. The woman, who from the looks of it didn't attend church at all, responded perfectly saying, she preferred her own church. The man nodded and said, that was what he thought the reason was. I really felt bad for her, and servers in general, because they probably have to deal with pushy religious people all the time. Imagine being in the server's position where, as part of your job, you have to act according to a code of conduct where the customer is always right, and they put you on the spot like this! You can't very well tell them you think their religion is crap, and you certainly can't explain to them why they're being rude, you just have to smile and lie to them.

Republican Mitch Holmes is preventing women from testifying in court if they don't dress according to his Christian ideals of modesty. Naturally, Holmes doesn't think men need to abide by a dress code.

Why do we need better gun control laws? Because people are willing to murder each other over a matter of $25.

How the human immune system works, and why taking a supplement won't boost it.

I doubt anything will come of this, but I'd love to see Exxon punished for lying to investors about their role in climate change.

Surly Amy reminds atheists that if all you care about is making fun of people who believe in Bigfoot and belittling the religious, you're not a good Skeptic, you're an asshole.

The Christian Anti-Defamation League explains what it necessary for someone to hold political office. Item 1, they must be an Evangelical Christian. Item 2, they must have a penis. That is all.

Todd Starnes of Fox News has been questioning the religiosity of Donald Trump for years, even as recently as last week, but with Trump continuing to lead in the polls, and becoming more and more likely to get the Republican nomination, Starnes has to do what any good puppet of a Republican pundit show must down, eat crow and endorse the Republican.

I know it's not that big of a deal, but I'm glad to see the Christian flag being removed from the School Board of Unicoi County, Tennessee.

Abdulaziz Al-Sheikh, top Muslim cleric of Saudi Arabia, has issued a fatwa on the game of chess saying that it's the work of Satan!

Haters gonna hate!

Feeling: Happy


Rebecca Watson was on Adam Savage's podcast: Still Untitled, and they talked about David Bowie and SciFi shows.

That moment when a Jew threatens to murder a person for being an atheist, but graffiti their house with wrong verse.

I know I'm late with this, but don't worry, it'll happen again next year. Here's a more in-depth break down of Fox News' fake War On Christmas.

What should an atheist want to have happen to their body after they die? It won't matter, just don't feed into the funeral industry.

I hate catchy choruses, and I am a hypocrite

Feeling: Happy


Mental Floss covers beverages.

It's amazing how much you'll change your mind about vaccines when your entire family gets whooping cough.

The Parochial argument against God.

Sarah Palin takes a very Republican approach to her son drunkenly beating his girlfriend and brandishing a pistol... it's Obama's fault!

Religion makes several appearances in the Super Mario franchise.


Feeling: Happy


I've nearing completion of Final Fantasy Adventure.

The science behind why you shouldn't feed the trolls.

While Sarah Palin was out endorsing Donald Trump (who else, right?), her son was beating his girlfriend and waving a gun around while drunk.

The US and Canada have a very odd border.

The head of the Orthodox Christian Church in Russia, Vladimir Mikhailovich Gundyayev (AKA Kirill I) is blaming homosexuals for the rise of ISIS. His argument is that Muslims are so woefully offended by gay pride parades, that they're leaving industrialized nations to join the murderous military cult of ISIS.

While Christian apologists are often fond of arguing that, if there is no god, life is meaningless, but it's really just the opposite. It is the existence of a god that makes life meaningless.

Learn the odds

Feeling: Happy


Glenn Fry's dead now too? What the hell, man?

Amy Schumer's argument supporting celebrities who rape.

Pakistan politicians were trying to make it illegal for grown men to marry sixteen-year-old girls. I say "were" because after Muslims in the Council of Islamic Ideology (the same group who believes Muslim men should be allowed to marry nine-year-olds, called the bill "blasphemous," it had to be withdrawn. This is what happens when religion rules.

When a country is inside another country.

Some of the more beautiful things Christians tell atheists.

How well do the teens of today know retro game music?

There are things in the world that scare me

Feeling: Happy


Spent the weekend helping my friends Matt and Danielle move, walking Lucy in -10°C weather, and playing Final Fantasy Adventure.

Who votes Republican? Mostly uneducated white people. Thankfully, their vote is counting less and less these days.

Robots are creepy!

Demarcus Smith, a Christian pastor, has been convicted of coercing a boy into sending the pastor nude pictures. While I'm sure he believes Jesus has already forgiven him, the legal system won't forgive him for another seven years.

It's amazing what you can do with a tiny amount of code.

I like to meat vegetarians

Feeling: Happy


There is a trial going on in Ireland right now where a woman who used Mifepristone, a drug which induces abortion, may receive life in prison because it's still against the law to have abortions in Ireland!

The Episcopal Church is now officially allowing its priests to officiate over same-sex marriages, if they so desire. While I applaud them for being one of the first Christian organizations to take a step into the present, they're still dragging their feet. Of course, their parent, the Anglican Church, is dragging its feet even more and after hearing that Episcopalians have the audacity to not be terrible without first asking Anglican's for their consent, are punishing them!

Take Seth's advice, and just skip church.

Iceland is the least religious country on the planet, but it's still shocking that, when those under the age of 25 were asked if they believe God created the universe out of nothing, a whopping 0.0% said yes! Every single young person polled said they didn't believe God created the universe ex nihilo!

Wanna feel old? Check out these things that turned 21 in 2015.

Republican Dave Brat claims that Conservatives own Christianity. They can keep it!

Seeing the total number of deaths from World War II really puts things into perspective.

I see you!

Feeling: Happy


Alan Rickman too? What the hell, man?

The Church of England has reached an all time attendance low, with less than 2% of the country regularly attending church, and this number is expected to continue to drop.

If you're going to rob a bank, it's best not to drop your bible on the way out.

Scientists accomplished some impressive stuff in 2015.

Of climate scientists, %99.9 agree that climate change is real, that humans are causing it, and that it's very dangerous. More Republicans in the US congress think climate change is fake than published scientists in the entire world!

Aleta Ledendecker became the first ever atheist to give an invocation before the city council meeting at Oak Ridge Tennessee, at least she would have if she hadn't been cut off early by the city mayor who didn't want to let people hear terrible things like, "[The council] should recognize that secular authority in government is not only sufficient, but preferable." The city's employee who kept notes of the council also left because she couldn't cope with the idea that not everyone is a Christian.

Are you still there?

Feeling: Happy


I've added Mega Man IV cheats to the NES Hacker Wiki.

Reality star turned Republican Representative Sean Duffy gives a lecture to the Congressional Black Caucus about why they don't care enough about the lives of black people, to which Congresswoman Gwen Moore is not impressed.

Aron Ra continues his review of the documentary series, "The Irrefutable Proof of God." Part IV, Part V.

Flint Water Department to residents: We know we've been poisoning you with water contaminated with high levels of lead all the while lying to you that it's safe, but we still expect you to pay us!

Don't get hit by a man-in-the-middle attack when using public key encryption.

What a pretty life you have

Feeling: Happy


I finished reading A Canticle For Leibowitz. I was not impressed.

A bit late, but your New Years resolutions need revision.

France is trying to ban their citizens from keeping secrets from the government.

Aron Ra goes is well into his review of the documentary series, "The Irrefutable Proof of God." Part I, Part II, Part III.

According to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, by itself, the US Catholic church has spent close to $3 billion from 2004 to 2012 on cases involving the sexual abuse of children. I'm curious how big this number would be if in included Catholics world wide!

Are science and religion really mortal enemies?

Still not a perfect world

Feeling: Happy


The murder mystery weekend was a lot of fun, and thanks to the help of Rob and Ranae, two veterans on our team, we ended up taking first place out of six teams, all of which had more members than ours!

I come home only to discover that, just after releasing his new album, David Bowie has died.

In order to prove that Republican's aren't racist, they hurls insults and bigoted remarks at a Muslim woman for the crime of showing up at a Republican talk.

As one who has been desiring gender-neutral pronouns in English, I'm okay with this.

Edward Archer, the Muslim who pledged his allegiance to Islam and ISIS, shot a police officer because he believed the police didn't properly enforce the laws of the Quran. Despite those facts, his lawyer is arguing that Archer's religious beliefs in no way affected his desire to murder a police officer.

The city seal of Whitesboro, New York depicts, what appears to be, a white man strangling or beating a Native American, but city officials say they're just involved in a friendly wrestling match with the Native losing, and have no plans on changing the seal.

Angelino Alfano is the Interior Minister of Italy. He's also a Conservative Catholic who wants to ditch Italy's current government and replace it with a Christian democracy. His current rhetoric is that couples who can't conceive a child on their own and ask another couple to be their surrogate parents are guilty of a sex crime and should be thrown in prison. Surrogacy is already a crime in Italy because of Christians like Alfano, but he's going the extra mile trying to shore up a loophole of parents traveling abroad to find surrogate parents.

Catholic Archbishop Braulio Plaza explains that the 50 Spanish women who were killed in 2015 in cases of domestic abuse were probably beaten to death by their husbands because they nagged them for a divorce.

If you're in Kentucky, telling someone you don't believe in their god can get you beaten and robbed!

How not to save a life

Feeling: Happy


About 20 years after first playing it, I finally got around to beating Illusion of Gaia. Read my review if you want to see my disappointment.

Being a tenured university professor gives you the freedom to teach pretty much whatever you want, regardless of how much it flies in the face of conventional wisdom, but it still won't protect you from telling the parents of a children who were murdered in an elementary school mass shooting by an insane gunman that they're actors paid by the government who staged the shooting to increase gun control laws. To that effect, the mentally disturbed teacher James Tracy has been fired.

DarkMatter2525 does a nice long video on what the universe should be like if Yahweh actually existed.

Ten of the most popular contradictions that theists make about their gods.

The history behind one of the many frauds in the history of the Mormon Church.

It's not religious discrimination to refuse to let people become foster parents when they admit they will beat their foster children.

I'll probably be out of communication for Friday until Sunday as I'm attending a fun murder mystery weekend at a hotel. Should be a blast!

Where to we go from here?

Feeling: Happy


Obama's executive order on gun safety contains 23 bullet points (no pun intended) and they include things like, require background checks to ensure the person buying a gun isn't a psychopath, help schools, churches, and the like to develop plans and training for how to deal with gunmen, and have the CDC research the causes of gun violence and how to alleviate those causes. All of the points look incredibly sane and beneficial, none of them take guns away from regular people, and I can't believe that Republicans have been stopping these measure for so long.

Thanks to antibiotic misuse, we may have to go back to using metals.

Michigan Republicans have sneaked in a ban on government officials using public money to inform voters about issues on an upcoming elections 60 days prior to every election. Unless Governor Snyder vetoes it, which seems unlikely, the only information voters will receive about issues relating to schools and libraries will come from the scant few individual citizens who care and the massive corporations endorsing this bill like the pyramid scheme Amway.

What does "religious liberty" mean to Christians? Being able to break the law whenever they want.

While older generations still believe that churches have a positive effect on the country, Millennials dropped over 20% to become the least likely to approve of churches!

Simon's Cat is all about the Pug Life.

Youth Pastor Callan Rice tells all his friends and followers that you shouldn't watch any movie that you would be uncomfortable watching with Jesus sitting next to you, and then molests a teenage girl.

Another day, another title

Feeling: Happy


White terrorism continues to be accepted in the USA. The Bundy family first brought a militia to hold the government at bay as they illegally grazed their cattle on Federal land, now the armed militia has taken over a Federal bird sanctuary, and the Feds are just passively sitting back and watching. I understand their unwillingness to start a fire-fight, but why is it our government will shoot an unarmed black protester, perform a strip search on a Muslim airplane passenger, and listen to the phone conversations of every single person calling a foreign country, but they had absolutely no intelligence on a couple hundred rednecks stockpiling assault rifles? Especially when the family in question owes the US government over $1 million in fees!

An illustrated history of what religion has accomplished in 2015.

Republican Donald Trump wants to ban Muslims from entering the country. How's that going to work?

Austin Null collected 350,000 subscribers on YouTube who wanted to hear what he had to say about his life as a Christian. Apparently, one of the things Christians do is send naked selfies to their mistresses. But don't worry, God has forgiven him.

It's all about the pennies.

Do you have Comcast's home security system? It's totally useless.

Being a black non-believer.

Still don't have a flying car

Feeling: Happy


Had a fun new year at two parties, and visited the fam for a late Christmas, but most of my three-day weekend was spent running Lucy and playing Illusion of Gaia. I've owned the game for about 20 years, so it's high time I beat it.

Antonin Scalia, one of the most powerful people in the US, explains that, while the First Amendment means government shouldn't favor a particular religion, in his mind, the government should favor religion over non-religion because his god helps America win wars.

Every time someone argues that everyone should be allowed to carry a gun, never forget that people are willing to shoot each other to death over something as trivial as tailgating.

In order to protest some ranchers serving 5 years for arson, several redneck Americans got their assault rifles and took over a bird sanctuary.

It's already been a year since Muslims murdered several people at Charlie Hebdo.

Facebook censors are such prudes they won't even allow nude artwork. I wonder if it's run by the same Republicans who feel that a woman breastfeeding in public is "reckless disregard" for morality and should be outlawed, and one Republican in particular, Josh Moore, suggested that, if woman exposes her breast in public, he should be allowed to sexually assault her.

Happy New Year Movie House!

Feeling: Happy


This year, police have killed just shy of 1,000 US citizens. To be fair, 75% of the killings were in defense against an armed assailant, but that still leaves 9% of the people who were completely unarmed, most of which were black. In fact, unarmed black men were seven times more likely to be killed by police than unarmed white men.

How to deal with Christians who suggest that science is a religion.

Most Americans are in favor of protecting religious freedom, but they seem to think that Christians need more freedom than Jews, Mormons, or Muslims.

Witnessing evolution in action.

The New York Times releases data on something that everyone already knew, but we're still surprised it's true. Donald Trump's fans are poor, uneducated, older white men, especially from the South-east.

John Oliver teaches you how to regift properly.

Connellsville Junior High East in Pennsylvania has wasted a total of $64,000 trying to keep a Ten Commandments monument on school grounds.

A collection of Christmas and winter themed Simon's Cat animations.

I think I'm a clone now

Feeling: Happy


Finally, an accurate Nativity play.

Wired releases their 2015 top 10 list of the most dangerous people on the Web.

When Europeans invaded the Americas, they brought with them so many plagues that the vast majority of natives died from their diseases. So why didn't the diseases of the Americas infect the Europeans?

A document has been found which details the correct ways to rape women according to Muslim law. If this shocks any Christians, don't worry, the bible details the exact same thing.

The struggles of being an atheist.

Gonna be healthy for the new year!

Feeling: Okay


Windows 10 (or Windows 9, if you know how to count) has a nice built-in feature of full hard drive encryption. That way, if your computer is ever stolen, the thief won't be able to access your data. Well, unless the thief is the US government! Microsoft automatically sends your encryption key to their servers, a "feature" you can't turn off, and Microsoft has a history of handing over private user data to Uncle Sam. So, while your data may be safe from petty thieves, it's not safe from federal thieves.

Now that it's over, here are some fun facts about Christmas.

Anitra Braxton shot a woman in the face, killing her, because she didn't believe in God. Then, Braxton kept the body on her couch as a trophy for three days before being arrested.

Should Christians who call for violence against doctors be arrested?

Another Christian preacher gets brought up on corruption charges after squandering people's retirement money on himself.

Will understanding cancer help us live longer?

Feeling better

Feeling: Okay


I've updated my videogame collection. At this point, I'm pretty sure if I quit my job and started playing full time, I still couldn't finish them all in my life.

While the US government claims they're not trying to institute a Federal ID card, they are trying to force every US state to create nearly identical driver's licenses and ID cards that include the owner's Federal Social Security number for immediate Federal-level identification (which is totally different than a Federal ID card). To make matters worse, they're preparing to refuse airport access to anyone whose state doesn't comply, which may expand to bus and train access as the TSA expands into those areas. The Federal government says that their new ID measures are meant to prevent identity theft, but including a person's Social Security number in an easily read format on a driver's license greatly increases a person's risk of identity theft!

Everyone has herpes, so stop worrying.

Thanks to Ted Cruz, Michigan Satanists were allowed to hold a ceremony at the state Capitol that ended with the phrase, "Hail Satan!"

Christians questioning other Christians.

War on Christmas.

Topology is weird.

4-day weekend!

Feeling: Blah


Texas Governor, Greg Abbott, has ordered the removal of a Freedom From Religion Foundation display which was legally placed in the State Capitol. The display depicts the Founding Fathers and the Statue of Liberty looking down on the Bill of Rights on what appears to be a manger. Among choice words for the display, Abbott includes "tasteless," "spiteful," compares it to Andres Serrano's Piss Christ, and says it "promotes ignorance and falsehood." Then, to prove that Washington was a devout Christian, Abbott quotes from Washington's personal prayer book. The only problem is, the Washington Prayer Book is a known forgery. So, the Republican Governor uses a fraudulent document to remove a display extolling the importance of free speech. Also, the Capitol still has a nativity up.

The TSA is a horrible government agency and their body scanners are garbage. While the TSA has a history of lying about the amount of ionizing radiation you would be exposed to from the backscatter scanners, the actual amount is probably pretty safe. Even still, the TSA switched to millimeter wave scanners which doesn't use ionizing radiation, and is therefore safer. Of course, we have to take the TSA's word on their scanners, because they won't let anyone do any long-term tests for safety. A modern body scanner is probably safe, assuming it's properly-maintained, but that doesn't mean they effective. In fact, there is a long history of reports show just how ineffective they are. People have sneaked through metal boxes, guns, explosives, razor blades, etc. Also, the scanners fail to detect anything in a body cavity. Want to bring a bomb? Put it up your butt. And let's not forget that they create an identifiable fully nude gray-scale photo of everyone that walks through. Of course, the TSA has said countless times that the photos are never stored, but they have a history of being wrong about that, and their own technical specifications show that all images must be allowed to be collected in an outside government database. So why is the country continuing to dump billions of dollars into a technology that has been proven to be ineffective? Probably because the politicians who are demanding their use are the same ones who work for the companies to manufacture them. And if you think you can skip out on the scanners by not flying, don't worry, they're showing up in court houses and bus and train depots. By now you're probably thinking, I can avoid them by opting out and having a severely under-trained government employee fondle my genitals instead. Nope, the TSA is shoring up that loophole as well and making them mandatory!

How to deal with Christians who use the moral argument.

Christian Republican Sylvia Allen has been made the head of the Education Committee in Arizona. Even though she never went to college, Allen is a great candidate for the job because she knows the Earth was created by God 6,000 years ago, that the government is controlling our minds with chemtrails, and that all Americans should be subject to mandatory church attendance.

An anti-religious speech by Ronald Reagan's son, Ron.

Marry Christmas? I don't even know her!

Feeling: Sick


Emily and I have been trying various vegetarian "meats" to try and reduce our animal torture quotient. Today, we tried vegetarian Polish sausage, which was awful. I suggested that it would take a lot of ketchup, mustard, relish, and onions to make them palatable, but Emily was convinced they could be made great as chili dogs... with meat.

Why is it women end up going to those Christian pregnancy centers? Not just because they use dishonest advertising, but because Republicans have been defunding Planned Parenthood and using the money to fund these Christian organizations. I mean, Ohio is a state where Republicans are trying to force women who have had abortions to provide a burial for a clump of cells too small to be seen, let alone need a coffin.

Why did God have to sacrifice himself to appease himself? Here's why!

Rather than say it doesn't exist, here's how men can actually help end sexism.

In general, Republicans are adult children. Trump said it was "disgusting" that Hilary Clinton had to use the bathroom during a debate, and mentioned that she had been "schlonged" (fucked) by Barack Obama in the 2008 election.

The US continues to fail to curb it's teen-pregnancy problem thanks to Conservatives. Alabama has the nation's highest teen pregnancy rate and the third highest for STIs thanks to their inability to teach sexual education.

Steve Harvey is in the news again, this time for not known what a "runner up" is in a contest, but it's not his incompetence that bothers me, it's his years of bigotry.

Turn to science to forget about the horrible politicians and learn about the awesomeness of black holes.

At least my stomach isn't infected

Feeling: Sick


One of the interesting things about documenting your life is that it gives you an interesting log to data mine. For example, I've been sick a staggering five times this year! Wait... that sucks.

Comparing how often politicians lie. Naturally, the five biggest liars are all Republicans, and the five most honest are all Democrats.

It's probably not a shock to most people, but as homosexuality has become more mainstream, the unchanging absolute morals of Christians have also changed to favor homosexuality.

Adam ruins hymens.

If you want a year-end wrap up of atheism this year, here are the top 10 atheism-related stories of 2015.

A nice interview with Dan Barker.

The President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Richard Mohler explains that the use of birth control leads to homosexual marriage.

Just a reminder, public schools are still coercing children into taking home Christian bibles.

Sick goat

Feeling: Sick


I never like getting sick, but I'm thankful when it happens at the end of the week, and I can spend the weekend warm and in bed to recover. Although, I do have to go to a birthday party.

I've written some answers to the 31 questions for atheists presented on an apologist's site.

Awhile ago, I convinced myself that unnecessarily killing animals for food, especially torturing them, is unethical. Of course, loving meat, it's been very difficult to become a vegetarian. But, recently, I've been trying to eat less meat and try various vegetarian alternatives, just to see if I can at least make some progress in that direction. So far, I've discovered that sweet-potato burgers are gross, but black bean burgers are pretty good.

In the 1950s, during the Cold War, the Soviet Union was using fascist propaganda to remove religion from their countries. Reactionary Americans, in an attempt to distinguish themselves from the Communists by ramping up their own religion. The US changed their motto from "Out of many, one," to, "In God we trust," and added it to our paper money, ten commandment monuments were placed on the front lawn of schools, court houses, and capitols, and Pledge of Allegiance was changed to the Prayed of Allegiance by injecting the phrase, "under God." US courts have acknowledged that the Pledge is now a prayer, and that it is a violation of the First Amendment of the US Constitution to force anyone to say it. But forcing people, especially children, to follow their beliefs is a Christian tradition, and now lawmakers in Florida are trying to pass a law that will make it harder for children to be excused from mandatory prayer.

Some Q&A at the Unholy Trinity Tour in Australia.

More Republicans cry that if the government is promoting anything that isn't specifically Christian, it's is an attack on their freedom to force people to be Christian.

Stated Clearly describes natural selection.


Feeling: Happy


Billy Woodward, director at the Emergency Christian Ministries has a problem. Homeless women are coming to his shelter and are so disparaging that they tragically feel the need to use sex as a bartering chip to have a warm place to stay for the holidays, and some of the shelter's employees are taking them up on their offer. As a Christian, Woodward knows how to deal with this sort of, as he put it, "ungodly sex," using the bible as his guide, he has decided that all of the women in the shelter must be kicked out onto the streets.

An 18-year-old woman told the police she had been raped, but upon finding discrepancies in her story (which exist in all recountS), and getting a phone call from someone saying she might be pretending to have been raped for attention, police eventually convinced the teen to admit she made the whole thing up. They charged her with wasting police resources, forced her to pay $500, go to a mental health counselor, and spend a year on probation. It came as a great shock to the police when they later arrested her rapist and found evidence unequivocally linking the rapist to the woman, and several other women. After an internal review and paying out $150,000 to the victim as compensation, all of the officers involved kept their jobs, and no disciplinary action was taken.

Monty Python, still funny after all these years.

It's sad when you have to sue a courthouse for not upholding the law.

Computer scientists describe their first computers.

The illusion of Christian persecution strikes again! Ryan Anderson, a Conservative Christian author, states that, in the USA, it's harder to be a Christian than a homosexual. Right. Think of all those poor Christian teens who were kicked out of their homes when they came out to their parents. Think of our nation's congress which isn't 90% Christian, but is 90% homosexual. Think of all those years that Christians worked to finally have their marriages approved by the government. Think of all those businesses that, for centuries, refused to hire Christians, and would only hire homosexuals. Ryan Anderson, you're a privileged asshole.

Bill Donohue, the bigot who runs the Catholic League, has annexed the month of December as property of Christians!

Please tell mom this is all her fault

Feeling: Happy


PBS fact-checks the Republican debate, and it's as expected. Lots of lies and ignorance.

A Muslim judge is sworn in on a Quran in America, and suddenly Christians figure out why it's a bad idea to use a disgustingly violent holy book. Too bad they can't figure out why it should apply to the bible, which is worse.

Global warming makes it harder to be a polar bear. And this chart shows why.

Bart Ehrman gives a lecture on the history of the King James bible.

Even though the higher courts routinely rule that ten commandment monuments have no business being on public school laws, public schools run by Christians continue to fight to keep them there. Why? Because lower courts still don't care much for justice, and hope that if they say no enough, people will be too discouraged to keep demanding equality. That won't stop the FFRF. Even after having their lawsuit thrown out to remove a religious monument from a public school, they will appeal, and probably win at a higher court.

Score one more for the Constitution! Joe Kennedy, the public school football coach who refused to stop coercing his students into praying, was put on permanent leave, and will not be rehired!

Once again, Christ's love is shown with spray paint and bullet holes.

Atheists in Orange County, Texas wanted to put up a banner next to a nativity scene at city hall. It was a tasteful, "No matter what you believe, we wish you happy holidays," style message. But, Christians couldn't abide letting atheists say something kind to people, so, instead of letting their banner go up, they took the nativity scene down. Apparently, the Christian message is, either only I get to talk, or nobody gets to talk!

Lewis's Law: The comments on any article about feminism justify feminism

Feeling: Happy


Republican Carly Fiorina explains, she doesn't want to outlaw encryption, she just wants to make it entirely useless for everyone except the government.

Maryam Namazie was invited to speak at Goldsmiths University about the terrible things the Muslims do, and just to prove her right, several Muslim students continued to try and ruin her speech to the point where campus security had to come and remove them.

Republican Marco Rubio explains that, if elected president, he will appoint a Supreme Court judge who will do his bidding to eliminate same-sex marriage. Because, to a Republican, that's how justice works.

Rachel Dratch plays Leah Remini in her escape from the cult of Scientology.

What's going on?

Feeling: Happy


Had a pretty good weekend. Put up more Christmas lights, went to a CFI dinner and lecture about how just being an atheist isn't enough, you actually have to help society as well, partied with my homies at a club, and recuperated on Sunday.

An old interview of Bart Ehrman about his book, Misquoting Jesus.

Iceland is seeing huge growth in an ancient Sumerian religion called Zuism, not because Icelanders are devout, but because they're sick of paying taxes to fund churches.

In God We Trust? is an interesting documentary about the violent and hateful rhetoric of American Christians who demand the government force religion down people's throats.

Citizens of Woodland, North Carolina refuse to allow any solar power plants from being built in the area because, as retired science teacher Jane Mann complained, solar power may cause cancer and robs plants of sunlight. Let me say it again, this is a person who taught North Carolina children science.

Some trivia about the South Park video game, The Stick of Truth.

Christmas in California is nice and sunny.

Let's get to the point

Feeling: Happy


Why is it when a Republican makes a horrifyingly xenophobic and bigoted statement, their poll numbers increase? Well, I guess I can't complain, as long as the Republican party continues to ruin itself.

The bad news is, the USA is no longer among the top ten best STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) graduates. The good news it, we haven't yet dropped out of the top forty.

Police officer Daniel Holtzclaw had to rape 36 women before people finally believed the victims.

Most internships are actually illegal, and the evidence suggests they don't help you get better jobs in the future.

Military Students at Citadel College in South Carolina after posting pictures of themselves online dressed like KKK klansmen.

Another Christian survey shows that the more Conservative of a Christian you are, the less likely it is that you've actually read the bible.

Anti-theist answers to Matt Slick's lame 31 questions for atheists.

Americans used to be okay with child faith healers (remember Marjoe?), but as faith healers began being exposed for the charlatans they are, we've kind of lost the taste for using children to scam people. Not in India though, they use three-year-olds!

It's really not necessary to sue people over herpes.

When Christians requested space to display the Nativity at the Nebraska's Capitol building for Christmas, they discovered that atheists had already reserved the space. They're now furious and believe that by having to play by the rules, their free speech has been violated!

Don't wanna see my little buddy down with a frown

Feeling: Happy


The CDC grades US public schools on how well they educate children on sexual health and personal relationships, and it's pretty frightening. Only about half of high schoolers get decent sex-ed, and only about 1/5 of middle schoolers do. Particularly ignorant states include Arizona, Kentucky, South Dakota, and Alaska (although no data was gathered from Louisiana or Texas, which are probably low on the totem as well). The best educated states are in the New England area.

You may enjoy football, and you may want your kid to play football, but don't expect them to not get more than a little brain damage.

In an effort to eliminate Affirmative Action, Supreme Court Judge Antonin Scalia explained how black people just aren't smart enough to succeed to prestigious universities.

A simple and concise video describing evolution.

Parents at an Australian school continue to believe that their children don't need to be vaccinated even after a quarter of the school develops chicken pox in two-weeks. So far there haven't been any deaths at the school, but chicken pox still kills around 7,000 people a year.

The bad news is, most countries in the world have capital or criminal punishments for "crimes" like blasphemy. The good news is, the Americas and Western Europe are pretty safe.

Why do so many people think videogames are just for boys? Marketing!

Elbert County Clerk Dallas Schroeder of Colorado is a bigot who wants to use his position as a governmental official to shame same-sex couples out of their marriage.

Easter Eggs in the Zelda franchise.

Just in case there was any doubt about the motives of Robert Dear, the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood murderer, he came right out and said, "I'm a warrior for the babies," and , "Protect the babies!" Like the murderers who came before him, Dear is an ignorant Conservative Christian.

You can stop looking now.

Feeling: Happy


Finally got around to adding the Ultima VII: The Black Gate soundtrack into the VGMPF.

SoCal Gas Co. can't be expected to tell people they've had a gas leak for days, then weeks, and eventually months.

The original Star Wars trilogy is 386 minutes long, and the vast majority of the dialogue is men speaking. When you eliminate Leia, the only female lead, you're left with only 1 minute of female dialogue.

Some interesting glitches in the Mario franchise.

As religion continues to die in the USA, even the South is losing its cultural stranglehold.

A lecture on how to better convince people that their religious beliefs are wrong without alienating them.

Hey girls, look at me!

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Republican Donald Trump is quite convinced he can keep Muslims off the Internet if he talks with Bill Gates. Because, Bill Gates owns the Internet.

If you bought a pair of Toms, you probably will feel bad right about now.

Fact checking the politicians. As expected, them Dems are more honest than the Repubs, but they're still both liars. Ted Cruz is currently clocked in with a mere 3% of his statements being identified as definitely true.

What happens when random people on the street read from the Quran, and comment on the horrors of it, only to find out that all along they were reading from the bible?

What kind of person who vandalize a mosque? This Christian douchebro.

The English alphabet has a lot of redundant letters.

What do Cambodia, Mozambique, Palestine, Jordan, Yemen, Turkey, Iran, Libya, Slovakia, and Russia all have in common? They all have fewer shooting deaths per capita than the USA. In fact, out of 147 countries measured, the USA is in 24th place, just behind Uganda and Nicaragua. But, if you exclude the drug cartels of Central America, and the civil wars of Africa, we're in 4th place! Of the modernized Western nations, we're in first place by a huge margin, about 6 times as many shooting deaths than second place! That's more than just a little embarrassing.

Fixing terrorism, by engaging in terrorism

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Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University in the aptly named city of Lynchburg, suggested that all of his students should carry guns and kill any Muslims before they even have a chance to enter a building. Naturally, suggesting the murder of anyone who looks like a Muslim has caused some backlash, so Falwell clarified his statement by saying, he was referring only to Muslim terrorists. And, as we all know, you can tell the difference between a Muslim non-terrorist and a Muslim terrorist at a distance of 50 yards.

A tribute to all those creepy Christian "I love my daughter" moments.

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville reminded their faculty that, if any of them plan on having an office party or are putting up decorations, they should be inclusive to all religions. Keep in mind that this was not directed at students, but the employees of the University. The university, knowing that they have a diverse set of students and faculty, doesn't want to exclude anyone. But this wasn't well-received by the state's Republicans. Their desire for small, unobtrusive government required them to get involved, not just by demanding the resignation of university employees, but they've also trying the defund any diversity programs at the university, and have threatened to put the university through an investigation.

The State Capitol of Illinois also features an anti-religious plaque, and Florida has decided to end religious displays all together rather than have another Satanic Nativity like last year.

What happens when you run Bohemian Rhapsody through Google Translate a few times?

When you donate money to the church, don't expect it to reach the poor, but rather buy new cars, vacations, and spa treatments.

The Pope recently visited Philadelphia, and the mayor assured the public that the World Meeting of Families, a religious organization, would cover all the expenses, but after the Pope left, and the bills were tallied up, the World Meeting of Families only ended up paying for about half of the cost, leaving Philadelphia taxpayers on the hook for about $ 8 million!

It's a little old, but here is Christopher Hitchen's exposé on Mother Teresa.

Never the famous balcony scene

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A nice long lecture by Bart Ehrman talking about illuminated biblical manuscripts.

Since 1996, Republicans and the NRA successfully put a ban on federal research into gun violence, and doctors are getting really sick of it.

Aron Ra points out some of the absurdities of the bible.

Religion is anti-science because it is all about unquestioningly preserving tradition even when it's been proven false. But it's not always Christians and Muslims who are anti-science, indigenous religions often stand in the way of scientific progress, like the Hawaiians who refuse to allow a telescope to be built on Mauna Kea mountain because that's where their gods live.

Sean goes to church.

Don't be a monopoly

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I finished reading Down and Out In the Magic Kingdom. Not that great.

Americans are still fighting Comcast and AT&T for equal access to bandwidth.

Guns don't kill people, people kill people, guns just make it easy for people to kill a whole lot of people in a very short time span.

Wisconsin's state Capitol building currently features a sign which reads, "There are no god, no devils, no angel, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds." This warms my black little atheist heart!

Politicans's responded to the mass-shooting in California by calling for more prayer, but the Daily News pointed out an uncomfortable truth. Of course, if the Republicans are praying for more people to be shot, which is believable, then maybe their prayers are working.

Robert L. Dear, Jr., the man who murdered three people at Planned Parenthood, is convinced that he will go to heaven because he's saved by Jesus. While many Christians may find this to completely go against everything their religion stands for, it actually fits perfectly with Evangelical Christian beliefs.

Don't you hate it when your television ministry is ruined, not by your own corruption and fraud, but by witches?

Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is not amused by a meme that he looks like Gollum, and may potentially put a man in jail for three years for posting it. The thing is... he does kind of look like Gollum.

Don't commit genocide

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Richard Carrier gives a nice talk about how science disproves the existence of gods.

Donald Trump explains that, if you want to stop terrorism, you have to kill the terrorists entire family.

An interesting supercut of computers in popular film.

Republican Alan Harper gives some advice to his state, if you buy products from anyone who isn't a Christian, you're funding terrorism.

What's the deal with that old-timey American accent?

Don't destroy the environment

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Syria isn't the only country to have refugees, the Marshall Islands has them too, but it isn't civil war or corruption causing its population to flee, it's the rising ocean. Global climate change is particularly disastrous to island nations with their densely populated coastal regions, and the Marshall Islands are only about two meters above sea level, so in a couple decades, they probably won't be even inhabitable anymore.

How to deal with people who use an argument from personal experience as evidence that their god exists.

This surprises no one, but people can't tell the difference between aphorisms from hucksters like Deepak Chopra and randomly-generated bullshit.

Rachel Bloom is a rockstar.

While Republicans were fighting to keep Syrian refugees out of the US for fear that they -might- be terrorists, six acts of -actual- terrorism were committed by Americans against Americans, nearly all of whom were white.

Imagine if non-Americans actually believed the war-on-Christianity propaganda of Fox News.

According to a study conducted by a Christian survey group, 70% of women who have had abortions in the US consider themselves to be Christians.

Stand aside red Solo cup, and make room for the red Starbucks cup.

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