January, 2011

How do you do I, see you've met my, faithful, handy man

Feeling: Happy

2011/01/31

It turns out that Ayn Rand, hater of helping people in need, accepted governmental health care under a false name, all the while preaching that it was evil. Sounds a lot like the methods of Christian preachers.

Joseph sends his brothers to a different table in the Blasphemer's Bible.

Got 40 hours to spare? Well, then you can become certified in exorcism!

The Mythbusters have shown that solar-powered death rays don't work very well at long distances. However, you can make an extremely hot beam of light with a hyperbolic mirror, but the range is very short. Still, it's hot enough to burn wood, dirt, even cinder blocks.

Republicans have always hated the fact the woman who are on Medicare and Medicaid can have abortions if they're the victims of rape or incest. Now, thanks to Republican New Jersey Representative Chris Smith, they won't have to as much. House Speaker John Boehner has made the new "No taxpayer funding for abortion act" top priority. The new act says that abortions for victims of rape can only be paid for by the government if the woman was -forcibly- raped. Basically, if screaming "no" through the entire things isn't enough, a woman must have wounds proving that she was beaten through the process. If the girl is 13, and is paralyzed by fear, well that's not good enough. Also, victims of incest can only have their abortion paid for if they're under 18-years-old. If an 18-year-old is raped by her father, she'll have to pay for her own abortion. Be sure to thank your Republican Representatives for this one folks.

Stephen Green, fundamental Christians and founder/director of Christian Voice is now the subject of a huge scandal. His wife left him after years of mental and physical abuse to her and their children.


You've arrived on a rather special night. It's one of the master affairs.

Feeling: Happy

2011/01/28

A rather disappointing study shows that 60% of the science teachers surveyed ignore the topic of evolution in class either to avoid controversy or because they don't think they know enough about the subject to teach it properly. This is why the rest of the world is beating us at everything!

But really, when you look at some of the people what are teaching our children, you have to facepalm. Take, for example, Tom Ritter, a Christian high school teacher in Pennsylvannia who is sueing his school district for teaching the scientific fact of evolution. Apparently, he didn't learn anything from Kitzmiller v Dover. If you read his letter you'll find that he is severely lacking an understanding of evolution. In his letter, point 1 doesn't even have anything to do with evolution; he may as well ask why gravity can't explain how his car's fuel-injection system works. Point 2 has already been proven in various laboratories throughout the world using various species. Point 3 says the humans have been making computers for 50 years, but have yet to come up with a computer that replicated the human brain (which has had 4 billion years to evolve), therefore, evolution is false. I weep for his student's education.

Joseph's bowels yearn for Benjamin in the Blasphemer's Bible.

If your healthcare provider is Ceridian Cobra Services, you might want to switch coverage lest you get passed over on a life saving procedure over a matter of 2 cents.

11 food & drinks banned in the USA, mostly for no actual reason other than, ew!

Water reservoir turned into the world's coolest Slip'n'Slide.

More fake bomb detectors are being purchased by the military. This time the UK is at fault for not only supplying their soldiers with little pieces of plastic that couldn't possibly work, but also pushing to help sell them. Why sign up for the military if your superiors are actively trying to kill you?

And yet again Sarah Palin embarasses herself on national television.


Again Warp Time The Do Let's

Feeling: Happy

2011/01/27

At 13.2 billion years old, NASA has found the oldest known galaxy (so far) in the universe. This is pretty cool, because it means that galaxies started forming only after 500,000,000 years after the big bang.

Joseph isn't much of a conversationalist in the Blasphemer's Bible.

Cereals that need to make a come back!

An interesting legal issue is being brought up because of the Power Balance fraud. If you remember, the company that makes those silicone bracelets that it sells for $60 and claims to increase your strength and balance through the power of a tiny holographic logo were sued by the Australian government and forced to admit that their is no scientific data supporting the claims they made about their product. This didn't seem to affect their bottom line, because shortly after they announced plans to buy the naming rights of the King's basketball arena, which would cost a massive amount of money. Well, a new class-action lawsuit has been brought up that not only seeks damages from the manufacturer of the product, but also from two athletes who have endorsed the bracelets, Shaquille O'Neal and Lamar Odom. This brings up an important issue, can spokespersons for sham products be held accountable for the company itself? Well, to use an analogy, what if it suddenly came to light that the company you worked for had been selling children on the black market? Now, obviously, you didn't know about this, so would you think it would be fair for you to face serious charges? Granted, these athletes could have spent ten seconds online and found hundreds of people saying the bracelets were trash, but they could have found just as many saying they were effective. Also, these are basketball players. They can barely read, let alone understand the reason for randomized double-blind clinical trials.

Texas is the bastions of Republicans everywhere and it is an extremely conservative state. So it's probably not that surprising that, when compared to other states, it ranks dead last in health care coverage for children, mental health services for children with diagnosed challenges, preventing childhood homelessness, preventing childhood food insecurity, and preventing obesity among adolescent girls. On the plus side, it's doing great economically.

The same people who brought you Intelligent Design in place of evolution, are trying to bring you Intelligent Falling in place of gravity. God bless The Onion.


I've got to keep control!

Feeling: Happy

2011/01/26

Went to the dentist this morning. No cavities FTW!

Try to forget about these 90s cultural touchstones that should never come back.

Joseph makes his slave lie in the name of God in the Blasphemer's Bible.

Some sports fans take the game a bit too seriously. For example, a Chicago salesman was fired for wearing his Green Bay Packers tie the day after the Packers defeated the Chicago Bears.

Churches are falling on hard times as of late. Milwaukee's Catholic archdiocese had to file for bankruptcy because their priests raped too many children. Even Fox-barely-News is reporting that hundreds of churches throughout the country are unable to pay their mortgages. I guess God has better things to do than pay their fees. Oh, and here's a father who lost custody of his children because he believe in God.


Madness takes its toll!

Feeling: Happy

2011/01/25

I tried for a 5K run last night, but I quit after 3.65 km. I probably could have finished, but I still wanted to have enough energy to hit the weights afterward.

The pope recently blessed social networking sites. This is great because, up until this point, Facebook had been struggling soooo much! Speaking of the pope, he also said that when schools teach sexual education to their students, that's an attack on religious freedom! This isn't that shocking, as we've know for years that religions can't abide the crime of people actually knowing how their bodies work.

Religious politicians especially hate it when you try and teach them history. Cape Coral mayor John Sullivan kicked John Kieffer out of the council chambers for wearing a shirt which read "One Nation, Indivisible." Those familiar with history, will recognize this as the wording in the original Pledge of Allegiance before it was altered in 1954 to include the phrase "Under God." Sullivan justified his call to have Kieffer removed on the grounds that his shirt violated the council's rules. Of course, no such rules exist, that was just made up on the spot by Sullivan.

American Christians often cry about being discriminated against, especially around Christmas. As it turns out they're hardly ever the target of hate crimes. Jews receive about 72% of all religious hate crime in the US, Catholics and Protestants combined only receive 6%.

The brothers arrive in Egypt for the second time in the Blasphemer's Bible.


It's astounding, time is fleeting!

Feeling: Happy

2011/01/24

Rocky rehearsal is going well. Things are shaping up to be a great show. We're still missing a Rocky though, just like last year. I hope something will spring up prior to the last minute like before.

This is the funniest church hymn I've ever seen. Now, a church is supposed to lose its nonprofit status if they have a political agenda, which this one obviously does, but I think if all political agendas were as hilarious as the Sarah Palin Battle Hymn, I wouldn't mind it.

You've seen those incredibly lame and rather homoerotic Shake Weights, right? Well, what if you actually took one of those to the gym?

Simeon might get saved by default after all in the Blasphemer's Bible.

From an outside observer, your religion is indistinguishable from this one.

Gym tonight, then Rocky dance practice.


Weekend makes me happy!

Feeling: Happy

2011/01/21

It's amazing what can be done to a city in 20 years.

National Geographic has put together an interactive map of the USA which shows the most common last names in each area.

Simeon is still left behind in the Blasphemer's Bible.

It's legal to own a skunk as a pet in Michigan. I wonder if I can convince my apartment complex that it's a striped cat?

New Music:

The Swell Season - In These Arms
Fol Chen - The Longer U Wait
Rubik - Wasteland


Can I get a double rainbow? If possible, make it all the way across the sky.

Feeling: Okay

2011/01/20

The top 50 most Loathsome Americans list is online!

The Republican House or Representatives voted to repeal health care reform. Never mind that they're telling millions of people that they're going to remain uninsured and slowly and very painfully die. As Republicans, they don't care about people, only money. Well then, they're still acting against their best interests because nearly every non-partisan economist agrees that the health care reform will actually save the country money.

It turns out Catholics are blood worshipping vampires. Who knew?

Jacob is -still- playing favorites in the Blasphemer's Bible.

New Music:

Langhorne Slim - I Love You, but Goodbye
Call the Doctor - For Your Leisure
Maps - I Dream of Crystal


As if getting killed to lower the price of oil wasn't enough

Feeling: Annoyed

2011/01/19

You know that military test that judges anyone who doesn't believe in an imaginary friend as "unfit"? Turns out that if you "fail" the spiritual part they will force you to see a Chaplin and listen to him rattle off his Christian sermon.

Did you know you can stop your baby from crying simply by holding it's face under a stream of cold water? At least, that's how the Mormons do it.

Jacob is still playing favorites in the Blasphemer's Bible.

After a couple of weeks trying to figure out where my rent check went, and why I had to pay a $40 fine for a late payment, I finally got a letter back from the post office. It turns out you have to use a stamp to get letters through the mail.


Stuff goes here

Feeling: Happy

2011/01/18

Put a feather in the cap of Bill Gates. A recent poll by USA Today and Gallup showed that more people admire him more than several spiritual leaders including the dalai lama, Billy Graham, and the pope! Strangely enough, there are still a lot of Americans who feel George W. Bush is worthy of praise, but over four times as many admire Barack Obama!

Speaking of the pope, it turns out the Vatican really has been doing everything it can to protect child raping priests. Vatican documents from 1997 and 1999 show that the organization rejected the recommendation that child raping priest be reported to the authorities, and that archbishops shouldn't even bother to try and accuse them because the Vatican would makes appeals to get the defrocked priests back in the churches.

Simeon is -left behind- in the Blasphemer's Bible.

Why isn't this mother in prison?

It's probably not a good idea, on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, to publicly tell people that they we are not all brothers. That is the kind of thing you expect from racist Klansmen, not from state governors. Although, in the South, they're pretty much one in the same. Republican (big shock, right?) governor of Alabama (big shock #2!), had this to say, "So anybody here today who has not accepted Jesus Christ as their savior, I'm telling you, you're not my brother and you're not my sister..." Translation: All of you Hindus, Taoists, Buddhists, Sikhs, Muslims, Jews, Shintoists, Pagans, and various non-religious folk, turn to Jesus or get the hell out of my state!


Manly enough for fishnets?

Feeling: Happy

2011/01/17

The ballet was amazing. The dancers were spot on, and except for one chick who had a proclivity of whispering to her friend when she thought I couldn't see, everything was amazing. Also, RHPS rehearsals are going well.

Submitted for all you fans of gay hobbits.

Another missed opportunity in the Blasphemer's Bible.

Remember folks, Jared Loughner was just a lone nut who was not influenced by any violent Conservative propaganda.

When magicians screw up.

The Catholic church assures us that God caused the big bang. Well, that's a relief! All you scientists can stop trying to figure it out now and just trust the Catholic church's flawless scientific record. For example, their explanation of child birth, the geocentric universe, evolution, and everything else that they never incorrectly explained by invoking God.

Dinner with my gal tonight!


Manly enough for ballet

Feeling: Excited

2011/01/14

Extreme Planet Makeover is a pretty informative Flash app.

Maybe Tennessee's abstinence only sex-education isn't working as well as they thought? That might explain why one school has a teen pregnancy level at 20%!

Poe John Paul the II is on his way to becoming a god in the polytheistic Catholic pantheon, or as they call it, sainthood.

Also, the blizzard was caused by God to prevent drivers from doing gay stuff.

Joseph makes some odd demands in the Blasphemer's Bible.

Biology is pretty crazy! 34,000-year-old bacteria was found alive and well inside of salt crystals.

Further annoyance of Windows 7: When you rename a file, but only change the capitalization of the letters (i.e., "test.txt" to "Test.txt"), the file will not refresh automatically. You have to manually refresh the explorer window to verify your change took.

Florida senator Gary Siplin wants you to say "Merry Christmas". In fact, he wants it so much, that he's trying to make it the state's official governmental greeting.

Want to watch your business go down the tubes? Keep hiring pharmacists who refuse to fill prescriptions based on their religion. Methergine is a drug used to control uterine bleeding that can occur in women after pregnancy, or in the case of an involuntary or elective abortion. However, you won't be able to get it from a pharmacist working at a Walgreens in Nampha, ID unless you can show proof that you didn't have an elective abortion. Doctor-patient confidentiality be damned, this pharmacist would rather you bleed to death!

RHPS rehearsals Saturday, then I'm going to see Swan Lake with my sweetie.


Would love to eat candy right about now

Feeling: Cheery

2011/01/13

Started working on RHPS last night. I like the cast, some old, some new. Looks like it will be a lot of fun.

How do you accidentally mistake a guinea pig farm for a marijuana factory?

It may be a comedy TV show, but it's still awfully funny! If you can really see into the future, maybe you should have ducked.

Joseph seeks vengeance in the Blasphemer's Bible.

Not the best way to start a bike race.

A much more detailed example of the US military's Comprehensive Soldier Fitness test has been made available, and it's worse than I expected. It is blatently religious in nature and it does affect how you are scored and treated in the military. You are asked about how often you pray, how often you attend church, and how much comfort you find in your religion.


Tummy is hungry

Feeling: Happy

2011/01/12

Stephen Cobert calls out Bill O'Reilly on his proof of God, which is really just an argument from ignorance. To paraphrase, "I don't know how the tide works, therefore, God exists." Leave it to Neil DeGrasse Tyson to set him straight.

Cindy Jacobs is quite convinced that the mass deaths of birds and fish are caused by God punishing us for repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell. It totally makes sense that he would murder birds rather than homosexuals. That'll learn us dagnabbit!

Jacob's sons are told to head to Egypt to buy food in the Blasphemer's Bible.

It's embarrassing when our nation's patent offices are so idiotic that they think Apple's "app store" is trademarkable. For my non-tech readers "app" is short for "application" and it has been in use for decades. This is equivalent to trying to trademark the "auto store" because auto is short for automobile. What's even more pathetic is that it took a lawyer-saturated company like Microsoft (also guilty of these generic patents) to point out to our moronic patent office that "app store" is far too generic. What's next, a patent on "book store"?

After listening to ignorant hate-spewing morons, why not cleanse the palette by checking out this beautiful video from NASA about the frontiers of science, narrated by Carl Sagan.

Right meow!


I would love for my daughter to grow up like Snooki

Feeling: Determined

2011/01/11

Signed up at a local gym last night and got some good cardio for the first time since the weather got cold. Also watched Shawn of the Dead for the first time. The movie is rubbish; barely funny.

It turns out that thunderstorms actually create antimatter.

You probably should have moved your car.

The seven-year famine begins in the Blasphemer's Bible.

OKCupid did some number crunching and found out that the number of times a woman is messaged isn't just related to the number of men who find her attractive, it's also related to the number of men who find her unattractive.

The first definitely rocky exoplanet has been discovered.

Scientists have created the largest molecule ever. It's actually as large as some viruses!

What happens when you throw a brick in a washing machine?

PZ Myers compares the suicide note of Bill Zeller to the story printed in the local paper. They're night and day. The suicide note depicts Zeller's parents as hateful religious zealots who disowned their son for not attending church every day. The newspaper article paints the home life a loving and educational, reading passages from the bible for fun. I imagine the real story is a bit in-between, but it never amazes he how untrustworthy journalists can be to give you the whole story.

The Snooki book signing makes me weep for humanity's future.

The European country with the lowest age of consent (12) also has the highest crime rate in the world. Any guesses? The Vatican.


I'll take you for a ride on my garbage truck

Feeling: Determined

2011/01/10

Spent the weekend with Emily. Did some shopping. Made delicious tacos. Had lots of fun. Did about 200 push-ups. Finished Reading Scott Pilgrim series.

Joseph has some spawn in the Blasphemer's Bible.

Regarding the Arizona shooting, Matt Bors has resurrected a comic from back in March. Sadly, little has changed. Many people have been targeting Sarah Palin and her history of inciting violence against Democrats. In particular she used cross hairs to mark Democrats on a map and referring to the marks as bulleyes, but after the shooting, she reneged and said they were generic map markers. She also said, on Twitter, "Don't Retreat, Instead RELOAD!", but quickly removed it after the shooting. A couple of comments found on the Internet:

  • "Sarah Palin rummages online frantically erasing her rabble-rousing Tweets like a Stalinist trimming non-persons out of photos." - Roger Ebert
  • "If a Detroit Muslim put a map on the web with cross hairs on 20 pols, then 1 of them got shot, where would he be sitting right now? Just asking." - Michael Moore
  • "Inspiring that our media pundits are so quick to reach for "everyone's to blame" when no conservative events have been terrorized by gunmen." - Jeffrey Feldman
  • "Weird: right-wingers say movies, video games affect behavior -- but real world violent rhetoric from leaders & radio talkers have NO impact!" - Tom Tomorrow
  • "I'll say this, if your first instinct after hearing about a tragedy is to scrub yr websites, you have a problem as a political movement." - digby56

Fox News couldn't even be bothered to cover the vigil properly. As soon as one of the speakers mentioned Sarah Palin, they cut to commercial rather than let their viewers see a dissenting opinion. While everyone is talking about congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, it's important to point out that, though she was the target, gunman Jared Loughner murdered other 6 people with stray bullets, including a nine-year-old girl.

Gallery of generic Dr. Pepper cans.

Turns out the Chick-fil-A puts quite a bit of money into anti-gay groups like the Pennsylvania Family Institute, and Focus On the Family. Pro Tip: If a conservative group has the word "family" in the name, they're anything but.

Not that it's really all that surprising, but atheists and Liberals tend to be more intelligent than their religious and conservative counterparts.


Everything louder than everything else!

Feeling: Happy

2011/01/07

I read the first two books in the Scott Pilgrim series. It's quite surprising how accurate the movie's dialog is.

The Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) in the UK is changing its name to "Platform 51" in an attempt to create a more inclusive name that doesn't alienate its large base of non-Christian members. The organization will continue to help women and girls, it will continue to provide valuable services to the community, but, as expected, Christians are up in arms. I guess, to them, it doesn't matter if you want to help people, it only matters that you claim to be Christian.

400 comics in the Blasphemer's Bible!

The Comprehensive Soldier Fitness is a $125 million tax-payer funded "holistic fitness program" in the US military. It's objective is to make sure that soldiers are fit, not just physically, but also mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. The spiritually part is conflicting with the non-religious people in the military, the questions are worded in such a way that if you don't believe in an invisible man in the sky, you'll score very poorly on the test and be considered unfit. Funny, you have to believe in God in order to be considered "fit" enough to kill people.

A study shows that women's tears may contain a chemical that decreases men's sex drive. The study found that even if a guy doesn't see a woman cry or come near her, just being exposed to her tears can make they guy less aroused.

Well, -that- was a waste of time! For their first order of business, the Republican House of Representatives, instead of actually getting any work done, read the US Constitution aloud. I should also point out that they read the Constitution in it's current modified form, so it didn't mention the fact that slaves are only considered 3/5 of a person, or that alcohol is illegal, but it did mention that Congress is allowed to impose a federal income tax (something that many conservatives claim to be unconstitutional). I say this is a waste of time, not to disrespect the Constitution, but in the same way it would be a waste of time for a judge to read the US penal code before every court case. If a Representative isn't already familiar with the Constitution, they have no business being in the House, and a quick run through isn't going to help.


Blugh!

Feeling: Okay

2011/01/06

I finally got around to watching Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, which was an awesome movie with tons of subtle (and not so subtle) videogame references. I recognized the origin of a good portion of the sound effects used.

In their first day at work, the newly Republicanized House of Representatives made it clear that they intend to cut out tons of government spending. Particularly, they're introducing a "cut as you go" rule where for every dollar they spend, a dollar somewhere else must be cut. Of course, they're really gunning for a repeal of health care reform, however, the health care reform bill includes a massive spending cut which the Congressional Budget Office claims will save $143 billion over the next ten years. So, how do the Republicans intend to honor their own policy, while at the same time repealing health care reform? If you guessed hypocracy, you're right! In their plan to cut spending, they wrote an exemption which basically says, we don't have to justify any of the spending that we'll use on repealing health care reform or the billions that will be lost when we repeal the health care reform tax cuts. Of course, what do you expect from the same group who told us, people who make over a million dollars a year should keep their tax cuts indefinitely, because otherwise they'll have to wait a week before they can afford that second ivory back-scratcher.

Pharaoh is easily duped in the Blasphemer's Bible.

Walker Digitial is a perfect example of everything wrong with the US patent system. The company is suing Facebook because they claim to have "invented" privicy controls, and they're suing several gaming companies for their "invention" of the online tournament. I can just picture a representative of Walker Digital entering the patent office and explaining their "invention" to the patent clerk...

Walker Digital: We've invented the tournament.
Patent Clerk: Tournaments have existed around for thousands of years.
WD: Our invention puts tournaments on a computer.
PC: That's not an invention, its an existing concept simulated on a computer.
WD: That's what makes it an invention.
PC: It doesn't matter anyway, people have been simulating tournaments on computers for decades.
WD: Ours uses the Internet.
PC: Still not an invention, and online tournaments have existed for years.
WD: Our invention uses a database to store user information.
PC: People have been doing that for years too. And again, you haven't invented anything.
WD: Nobody has ever tried to patent this before.
PC: That's because nobody would ever expect a patent to be granted for an idea that's thousands of years old.
WD: Still, we'd like to patent it just the same.
PC: Sounds great, here's your patent!
WD: We'd also like to patent our invention of privacy.
PC: Sure thing, here's your patent.

Also in the news, Fox Nation questions how appropriate it is for President Obama to wear flip flops.

Hey Discovery Channel, remember when you had integrity?

Andrew Wakefield, the man who started this whole vaccination scare, had his findings retracted and his his medical license revoked. While many loyalists are shouting, big pharma has struck again, let's look at the evidence to find out why his license was revoked. It turns out, he committed fraud in his study, not by just adjusting a few numbers, but by completely making up a good portion of the results. His motive for fraud is quite clear, he received close to a million dollars from a lawyer who was suing vaccination manufacturers. Check out the full story at Skepchick.

Best Web Site EVER!


Then the idiot who praises, with enthusiastic tone,
All centuries but this, and every country but his own

Feeling: Creative

2011/01/05

Pakistani governor Salman Taseer was assassinated because he publicly stated that the country's blasphemy law was being abused in order to kill innocent people. His own bodyguard shot him 27 times in the back because he opposed the blasphemy law. This is the ultimate result of Abrahamic monotheism. UPDATE: While Pakistan's main political parties oppose the murder, their mainstream religious groups applaud him. There are plenty of passages in the bible that command murder and assassination as well, as Sgt. Matthew Neu discovered.

In cancer research, many doctors are looking for the cure, and many charities have been setup to fund research for a cure. However, if the charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure has their way, they won't even be able to say the word "cure" in public. The Susan G. Komen for the Cure charity has, in a rather non-charitable manner, been suing other charities for using any variation of the phrase "for the cure" or having pink (the universal color of breast cancer research) in their logos. Some charities that have been sued include "Surfing for a Cure" and "Par for the Cure". In response to suing cancer research charities into bankruptcy, Komen's lawyers say they're not purposely intending to sue them into oblivion, they're just forced to because they have to protect there 200+ trademarks. In the same way, McDonald's would be forced into suing any fast food chain who started saying "I'm Lovin' It" or used golden arches. This is because, in American copyright law, if you don't protect your copyrights, you lose them. However, American copyright law is also supposed to prevent people from trademarking generic phrases like "for the cure". How can you succinctly say that your charity is trying to cure cancer if you can't even use the word "cure"? I don't know if I'm more angry at Susan G. Komen for the lawsuits, or the broken US courts for agreeing that using "for the cure" is a suable offense. As it is, Susan G. Komen dumps about a million dollars a year of donated money that should be helping cancer victims into the pockets of their lawyers for legal fees.

Joseph meets Pharaoh in the Blasphemer's Bible.

Want to forget the transgressions of our nation's past? Simply whitewash (emphasis on the white) our literature of all unappealing words. Mark Twain scholar Alan Gribben is publishing new versions of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "Huckleberry Finn" where the word "nigger" is being censored to a less offensive word like "slave" by publisher NewSouth (even the name is fitting). Though Mr. Gribben's intentions are good, he wants to get the books back into schools that have banned them, his actions are essentially robbing the books of their impact. When you alter a work of art to appease censors, you find yourself on a slippery slope. Cultures continually take offense to words and demand softer language. One day we might find the word "slave" distasteful, and someone will want to censor it to "companion". Eventually, the book carries none of the spirit of the original. One major aspect of "Huckleberry Finn" was to realize that, in Huck's time, it was perfectly acceptable to believe that God himself made black people to serve white people, so who cares if you call them niggers? When you redact such a provocative message, you're left with something as dull and uninspired as "Barney Goes to the Zoo".

Back in 2008, Judge Larry Alan Burns ruled that a gigantic cross was not a religious symbol, but a traditional symbol, and therefore could remain on public land. The judge failed to explain how many traditions other than those from Christians use such a cross, but no matter. Yesterday, his decision was overruled by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

I for one welcome our flaming overlords.


Then the idiot who praises, with enthusiastic tone,
All centuries but this, and every country but his own

Feeling: Creative

2011/01/04

Without separation of church and state, Canada finds that bibles are routienly distributed in public schools and creating a division in the community.

Power Balance, manufacturer of those flimsy silicone bracelets that sell for $60, have just received a slap on the wrist. They had to publicly admit that "In our advertising we stated that Power Balance wristbands improved your strength, balance and flexibility. We admit that there is no credible scientific evidence that supports our claims and therefore we engaged in misleading conduct in breach of s52 of the Trade Practices Act 1974." The company has been forced to give a full refund to anyone who asks for one. This is actually not a very big deal; the bracelets are still for sale, and in order to get your refund you must ship the bracelet to Australia with the proof of purchase that everyone has already thrown out.

Economist Ceyhun Elgin and his colleagues have found a link between wealth inequalities and religion. Basically stated, the more religious a country is, the larger the income gap between the rich and poor.

Joseph meets Pharaoh in the Blasphemer's Bible.

Anybody know of a program that will allow me to write an ebook that works on AndroidOS, iOS, and various other portable devices? Basically, I want an text viewer that allows searching and hyperlinks.

1,300 church-goers attending Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Massapequa Park in Long Island, New York discovered some unsettling news. Because the church takes communion in the traditional manner, that is, every person drinks from the same cup, there is now a hepatitis A scare. Everyone who attended church was told to get tested and vaccinated right away because apparently Jesus' blood doesn't cure illnesses very well after all.


You looked like an amateur, and that's the real crime

Feeling: Happy

2011/01/03

Enjoyed the New Year with my buddies and kissed my girl at midnight. Went to the first audition of RHPS, and chatter chitter with some of the new cast. Found some wonderful Engrish in an arcade game called Ninja Kids (1 and 2).

When science contradicts your religious views just cover your ears and shout, "La la la, I can't hear you!"

The Blasphemer's Bible is back up with new comics. We're currently witnessing Pharaoh's dreams.

Despite the fact that every credible organization who studies climate science, be they governmental or independent, can show incontrovertible evidence that the Earth is indeed warming, many people still don't believe in climate change. There are several reasons as to why people deny global climate change. Some people trust Fox News, an agency whose editor Bill Sammon actually ordered his reporters to cast doubt on climate change. Another reason to doubt global warming comes from all the snow we've been having. However, you must be careful not to confuse weather with climate. A warming of the average temperature on Earth actually predicts more bizarre weather, including more snow. A third problem comes from politicians like Pat Michaels who consistently misrepresent scientific data. This is the typical problem of having someone who has no scientific background making policy for scientific matters. There was also an issue where a bunch of emails from prominent climatologists were leaked and several news organizations said they contained incriminating evidence of scientists exaggerating climate change. However, after independent scientists reviewed the leaked emails, they found that the news groups who cried foul didn't do their homework, and everything in the leaked emails was on the up and up. The fact of the matter is, glaciers are melting, sea levels are rising, the planet's average temperature is increasing, and every major science group has evidence to prove it.

A church pastor got caught trying to rob one of her church attendees... on Christmas Eve.

Enjoy 101 famous atheists. Most of them are unimportant celebrities, but there are a lot of intellectuals in there too.