November, 2011

A Wish...

Feeling: Cold

2011/11/30

Michigan got its first big snow last night, about 9 inches in some parts of the state, but only around five here.

Why is it I didn't find out until today how pro-science Obama is?

A new algorithm has been released that can display photo retouching as a heat map. This will let you see just how much a photo has been touched up. Now you don't need to feel so bad comparing yourself to magazine models.

Why mental illness is important to address in the skeptic community. This talk is pretty moving.

More military chaplains violating the rules of the military in order to further their Christian agenda. And of course Fox News backs them up, despite them being illegal.

Students in Arkansas will now be more likely to have underage sex and become pregnant teens. Why? Because they're introducing abstinence only (lack of) sex education.

A talk from TAM about how to win people over to the idea of skepticism.

God picks favorites in The Blasphemer's Bible.


God is still not great

Feeling: Happy

2011/11/29

A Priest, a pedophile and a rapist walk into a bar... He orders a drink.

Watch this video of an Imam talk about what sex with your 72 virgins will be like in Paradise. It's hard to even consider this appealing unless you've grown up in a wholly misogynistic society.

Here's a couple more quirky science stunts.

All the information you need to know about that silly religion known as Mormonism.

There's a new Simon's Cat.

Why us atheists are so angry.

Mr. Deity ends season 4 with a big bang.

Jethro gives Moses a new legal system in The Blasphemer's Bible.


Had a productive Cyber Monday

Feeling: Happy

2011/11/28

If you want to know what's going on in the world, it's probably best to not get the USA edition of Time Magazine which is often censored for the sissy American palette.

What's the harm with astrology? How about hiring bias due to star sign?

What's the harm with alternative treatments? A family in the UK is trying to scrape gather £200,000 in order to treat their daughter's brain tumor with antineoplaston, a therapy which has failed show a benefit beyond placebo.

10 myths about the brain.

Religious pundits may claim that America has always been a nation dedicated to religion, but we can see from this research that it wasn't until the 1970s that the moral majority really began to start pushing their religious agenda in politics. Currently, they're spending close to $400 million a year.

Gabriele Amorth, chief exorcist of the Vatican, yes, they have a chief exorcist, writes that Harry Potter is just as evil as doing yoga!

The ultra-conservatives play the victim again this year with their bullshit war-on-Christmas. Christians account for the largest religion in the country, they have the most churches, they don't pay taxes, they have the most political support, and yet they still think they are victims. In fact, they even keep a list of companies that should be boycotted because they had the audacity to be inclusive of other religions. These people are demanding that everyone follow the nomenclature of their holiday, even though they stole 99% of it from various Pagan traditions. And thanks to Fox News, this same bullshit victimization occurs during Thanksgiving. Barack Obama gave his Thanksgiving address full of words like "faith" and "blessing", but because he didn't specifically say "God", he was being anti-Christian.

Christian T-Shirt printer refuses to print a T-shirt with nothing but a quote from the bible.

Moses meets up with Jethro in The Blasphemer's Bible.


I'll be seeing barcodes in my dreams

Feeling: Happy

2011/11/25

I woke up from a dream in which a small sharp piece of metal was lodged in between one of my canine teeth and broke it in half. I was able to remove the metal shard with pliers and reaffix the tooth, but the dentist was closed, and I didn't want to spend the money on a visit to the emergency room, so I just camped out at the dentist's door. After I woke up I lied in bed for awhile afraid to check my tooth for fear of it missing.

In a win for Internet users in the EU, court systems can not order ISPs to filter peer-to-peer packets.

The illustrated Alice's Restaurant. Part 1, Part 2.

Mac-N-Cheese... it's a black thing.

Australia takes a hard stance in fighting the anti-vax movement. Either vaccinate your children, or lose your tax benefits! While I'm all for getting more children vaccinated, I think this move might end up backfiring. Parents who don't trust vaccinations also don't trust doctors and medical associations to make medical decisions for them, so you can pretty much bet they're not going to trust their government to make medical decisions for them. I would love to see more vaccinations, but I think education is a much better tool than stripping benefits.

Wal-Mart refuses to sell an illustrated version of the bible because it faithfully illustrates the bible. The Brick Testament is an illustrated bible done completely in Legos, so it's not like there's any nudity or anything, just Lego characters in suggestive poses. But even after the author removed or changed over 1,000 pictures at Wal-Mart's demands, they still won't sell the book for fear of how the religious rite would respond.

Viacom, in their desire to control how you use the Internet, created a propaganda video in which they have their underlings talk about how important it is that they have control over how you use the Internet. Well, here's an annotated version of that video.

The Amalekites take a licking in The Blasphemer's Bible.


Turkey Day tomorrow!

Feeling: Happy

2011/11/23

A street poll was concluded at Fairleigh Dickinson University based on how informed the public is compared with which news source they use to get their information. Takers of the survey were asked some basic political questions like, "Did the protesters in Egypt successfully remove President Hosni Mubarak from power? Not surprising, NPR listeners were consistently rated as the most informed on political matters, and also not surprising, Fox News viewers consistently rated as the least informed. What did surprise me was that the viewers of the Daily Show With John Stewart knew more about politics than viewers of CNN or MSNBC! Of course, Fox News has dragged along the bottom for years when it comes to educating the public. What can you expect when they think that police-grade pepper spray, which is 400 times hotter than jalapeños and even twice as strong as the hottest chili pepper in the world, is "a food product, essentially." Imagine the juice of the hottest pepper in the world being dumped into your eyes. Is that, a food product, essentially?

Crazy helicopter crash in New Zealand caught on camera; the pilot walks away uninjured.

A 19-year-old Afghani teen became pregnant after being raped by her cousin's husband. Rather than lock the husband up for life, they Afghani justice system demanded that the woman marry her rapist or spend the next 12 years of her life in prison. And before you wretch in horror for how disgusting Afghani law is, let me remind you that the bible says that if a virgin refuses to marry her rapist, she doesn't get 12 years, she should be stoned to death. Praise God.

A church in Ohio recently put up a billboard which read, "There Is No God. Don't believe everything you hear." An Ohioan atheist group thought this was a pretty funny thing for a church to put on a billboard since it sounds as though the church is actually sending out an atheist message. In fact, they liked it so much, they they used the phrase verbatim when they went to make their own billboard. After getting the go-ahead from the billboard company, they suddenly received a letter saying their billboard was cancelled. The Ohio atheists group asked why the billboard was cancelled, and the company told them that they wouldn't publish messages that are, "obscene, unnecessarily offensive," even though it was the exact same message as the one a church put up in the town just a few months prior. The company who refused to publish the atheist billboard, Lind, is not the same company who published the church billboard, but Lind has plenty of history publishing other church billboards.

Mitt Romney is a liar. His attack ad purposely takes Obama out of context. So what happens when you take Mitt Romney out of context?

Want to convert your server to atheism? Leave them a religious note instead of a tip.

Suddenly Amalekites in The Blasphemer's Bible.


Ready to take on the world again

Feeling: Happy

2011/11/22

Scientists create something from nothing... sort of.

Five years of the Mars rover Spirit, time-lapsed.

14 amazing scientific advancements that have been made in 2011.

In order to help stamp out obscenity, Pakistan is demanding that telecom companies censor out 1,695 different words from their phone's text messages. The list includes the usual suspects like fuck and shit, but it also goes to a ridiculous level. Given the new rules, the following texts would be censored, "The test was harder than I thought," and, "My doctor told me I have athlete's foot." The word "harder", of course, could possibly refer to an erection, and the term "athlete's foot", according to urbandictionary.com, could be a euphemism for a yeast infection. This censorship is thanks to Islam having control over the Pakistani government. This is precisely why we need to keep religion and government separate here in the USA. You can bet that if we had some ultra-conservative Christians running the show, they would put similar bans on our texts.

What do the Republican candidates have in store for the USA? Nothing short of theocracy.

Finally! The company that deceptively markets Power Balance bracelets is expected to lose %57 million in a class-action lawsuit since they can't show that their product works. The company claims that even after it files for bankruptcy, it will regroup and stay in business. Considering how powerless the FTC is, I certainly expect they will weather this set back.

Moses makes water appear in The Blasphemer's Bible.


Better, much better

Feeling: Okay

2011/11/21

The most recent tests of the speed of a neutrino are still showing it traveling faster than light.

The result of National Geographic's photo contest of 2011.

Here's a pretty cool story about a soldier who was almost kicked out of his graduation ceremony because he refused to say a Christian prayer. After his superiors ordered him to pray multiple times, word finally reached a superior who said the soldier had every right to skip the prayer.

Chuck Phelps, the man who made a 15-year-old rape victim apologize to her church for reporting that she was raped, and moved her out of state so that she couldn't press charges against her rapist, Ernest Willis, is now a member of the board of directors at Bob Jones University, one of the most prestigious Evangelical schools.

The Streisand Effect strikes again.

God's chosen people have yet another lapse of faith in The Blasphemer's Bible.


Feeling a little better today; although, better than "like shit" isn't that impressive

Feeling: Sick

2011/11/18

Last night I threw a cough drop into my mouth just before bed to try and allow me to breathe through the night. I woke up this morning to find the tiny remains of the cough drop still tucked up under my lip.

Herman Cain uses a line that's awfully similar to The Simpsons. Even if it was accidental, surely he knows how incredibly ignorant this makes him look?

Hide those tempting eyes you insolent whore!

Speed record setting Flight of the Bumblebee played on an accordion.

Here's a short, but fun game called Katwalk. It's in the flavor of Knitt.

Google is working on a new image format called WebP in an attempt to replace JPEG, GIF, and PNG. I hope it works out for them.

Tom Wise explains the Pathology of White Privilege. This man talks as well as the best preacher.

God can't seem to talk in the present in The Blasphemer's Bible.


Sickness has migrated to the nose, so it's almost done

Feeling: Sick

2011/11/17

Full body scanners have just been banned in the European Union because they may cause cancer.

In another case of "corporate bottom lines are worth more than a child's health," Congress has agreed with the food industry lobby, pizza is a vegetable. You see, the tiny amount of pizza sauce on a single piece of pizza counts as an entire serving of vegetables. Of course, the US Department of Agriculture said that it takes about a half cup of tomato paste to count as a vegetable serving, which would result in a rather soggy pizza, but the food industry has pockets deep enough to buy off Congress. It only took $5.6 million.

Riverside Elementary, a public school in Wichita, Kansas, is sending its students somewhere special for Thanksgiving, it's sending them to church. Parent's were not asked for consent, and permission slips were not collected. While it appears that no public money is being spent on sending these children to church, you can bet they're going to prostelityze them something fierce.

Popular atheists explain why they don't believe in God.

More disobedient Jews in The Blasphemer's Bible.

How we are harmed by economic inequality.


Feeling a little better, but still not ready to go skinny dipping

Feeling: Sick

2011/11/16

Currently, a hamburger made from stem cells will run you $345,000.

Penn State may be in a huge scandal right now due to how they knowingly allowed coach Jerry Sandusky to rape children for a decade, but don't worry, everything's about to be taken care of. You see, they've asked the Catholic Church to step in and fix everything. And Lord knows, the Catholic Church knows everything there is to know about covering up child rape.

Don't let the Internet be controlled by the entertainment industry.

That is one big robot snake!

Americans are more likely to trust a rapist than an atheist. And speaking of rapists, this Mormon writer claims rape can't exist, because women deserve it.

What school children think about the anti-bullying bill turned pro-bullying bill thanks to Michigan Republicans.

Manna from the sky in The Blasphemer's Bible.

Churches need a new tithe called taxes.


Still teeming with parasites

Feeling: Sick

2011/11/15

The US Supreme Court has agreed to rule on the constitutionality of universal health care.

One church in Ohio put up a billboard with a message so vague that a local atheist group started getting credit for it! The atheist group decided to accept that credit by putting up their own billboard with the exact same message!

True 3D laser holograms? Yes please!

Where is Rosa Parks when you need her?

Hanging out in the Desert of Sin in The Blasphemer's Bible.


Aperture should get to work on curing the common cold

Feeling: Sick

2011/11/14

I acquired a minor head cold last Friday. So, I spent most of the weekend sitting at home resting... and playing Final Fantasy V. The job system is pretty awesome, but I feel it's going to be a nightmare for a completionist like me!

This is seriously waterproof.

50 popular atheists.

Catholics in the USA are rapidly becoming not-so-Catholic.

Waverley, New South Wales, Australia has rightfully decided to scrap the Serenity Prayer before their city meetings.

Looking for water in The Blasphemer's Bible.

Judgment Day: Intelligent Design On Trial is now being offered for free in its complete form on YouTube! If you're not familiar with Creationism re-branded as Intelligent Design, this will explain it in detail.

Liam Neeson does comedy.

Terence McKenna denounces relativism.


I'm the son of a bitch who named you Sue!

Feeling: Happy

2011/11/11

The West African subspecies of Black Rhinoceros has officially been declared extinct. Meanwhile, Penn State fans continue to riot because their head football coach, who did nothing to stop a child-rapist co-worker, was fired.

Here's a wonderful talk by PZ Myers about why atheists don't have to be upset about leaving behind religion.

Animals are dicks.

A really nice long talk by Doctor Luke Galen about how religion doesn't create morality, but in fact, religion changes as morality changes.

You need a boyfriend.

The Israelites cut a rug in The Blasphemer's Bible.


People write songs about girls like you

Feeling: Happy

2011/11/10

Scientists are saying that climate change might be irreversible in as little as five years. Meanwhile, politicians keep chanting, "drill baby drill!"

The board at Penn State decided to fire it's head coach Joe Paterno and assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Sandusky was fired for raping numerous children and Paterno was fired for not reporting Sandusky, even though he probably knew about the rapings for about 9 years. People in Pennsylvania are appalled and rioting, not because of the child-rape and subsequent cover-up, but because the coaches made the football team victorious and now they're being fired. Are all these people Catholic? Look people, if you care more about a winning football team than the fact that ten-year-old boys are getting raped in the football locker room, you might want to reassess your priorities.

Pretty happy songs are sung in The Blasphemer's Bible.

Tea Party darling Republican Joe Walsh doesn't like accurate criticism.

The first snow of the year in my area fell today. It will be enjoyable until January.

Here is a pretty cool HTML5 particle sandbox.

Batman isn't that good at riddles.

Christopher Hitchens has an wonderful response to people who ask if he's changed his mind due to his illness.


Leave time for love

Feeling: Happy

2011/11/09

Big political wins today! The 51st district recalled Paul Scott with yesterday's vote! Thank you everyone who voted! Maybe now our teachers can get some respect! Also, Mississippi's bill to make embryos people has failed. Which is sad, because this comic is now slightly less pertinent. At the country scale, Obama's health care bill has been ruled on again and found to be constitutional! And on the global scale, the UKs High Court has ruled that the Catholic church can be held responsible for how it diligently worked to keep its pedophile priests out of prison.

A poll shows that atheists are the most feared political group, even over Mormons and Muslims.

Pharaoh's army takes a dive in The Blasphemer's Bible.

Happy Carl Sagan Day!

The Michigan anti-bullying law is still a piece of junk thanks to the Republicans in the Senate, but hopefully the House can clean it up a bit. See the reaction of Senator Gretchen Whitmer.

Why Occupy Wall Street is important.

The media had a very nuanced view toward the same-sex wedding on Conan O'Brien.


Phew! What noisy little children! See what you get!

Feeling: Happy

2011/11/08

I beat Final Fantasy IV on the SNES last night... like a boss! I'm up to 117 finished games now.

Voted today; didn't die.

The mistreatment of atheists in the military is pathetic.

Myths about the animal kingdom you probably believe. I'm happy to report that I didn't believe any of them.

I'm starting to think that movie posters have a bit of a common theme going on.

Anti-vaxers are coming under fire with their new stunt of using the US Postal Service to mail viruses to other parents so they can purposely infect their children. Their goal is to inoculate their kids the natural way (i.e., the dangerous way), rather than having to rely on safe and effective vaccines which they believe are hazardous.

Sometimes videogame characters suffer from a case of mistaken identity.

The Israelites escape to the sea in The Blasphemer's Bible.

Charlie Hebdo has not shied away from free speech after his offices were firebombed. In fact, he's stepping it up by depicting himself making out with Muhammad on the cover of his latest publication.

Want to know how insignificant the Earth is compared to other celestial bodies in the universe?


ODBC drivers are not fun to work with.

Feeling: Happy

2011/11/07

In 2002, Matt Epling committed suicide after years of being bullied at school for being born gay. In the past decade, at least 10 other students have killed themselves due to the pressures of being bullied at school because of their sexuality. Matt's father wanted to make sure that this would never happen, so he spoke with Michigan law makers about drafting a law that would help stop bullying. A bill was all set to pass the Senate, and then the Republican stepped in. The initial bill was set to make schools report bullying, give administrators anti-bullying training, and make administrators responsible for bullying in their schools. The Republicans wouldn't agree to any of those measures. Further more, they added a clause that would exempt any bullying due to religious reasons. This added clause effectively made the bill useless because it for is religious reasons that these kids were bullied to begin with. Thus, this altered bill wouldn't have saved any of those kids. But even worse, the Republican amendment will effectively make bullying legal. Any bully can now state religious reasons for bullying, and they can't be stopped. Michigan Republicans justified their decision by stating that the bully's first amendment rights would be violated if they weren't allowed to bully other children about their sexuality.

Which fonts not to use.

That's some impressive katana cutting!

Moses parts the Reed Sea in The Blasphemer's Bible.

Police in Oakland, CA have no problem with shooting people with rubber bullets when they perform the heinous act of not committing a crime.

Women from stock photos are struggling to drink water!

It's always more fun to protest the protesters!

How is it that these people can witness Jerry Sandusky having sex with a ten-year-old boy, and not do anything? What's worse is the Penn State administrators didn't even try to report Jerry Sandusky.

Tell your children you ate their Halloween candy. It's hilarious!


The Goonies 'R' good enough, for you!

Feeling: Happy

2011/11/04

Congratulations to China for successfully testing their new rockets and successfully docking in space. More congratulations to Russia for putting their Cosmonauts through a simulated trip to Mars. Now, if only the USA could free up some of that war money and get our asses back in space, we'd be able to congratulate ourselves!

Charlie Hebdo, the man whose offices were firebombed due to a Muhammad publication, shows off his brass balls by republishing the same publication! You rule sir!

Pharaoh gets dangerously close in The Blasphemer's Bible.

Robert H. Schuller's wife Arvella is sick with pneumonia, and he asked if members of his church would be willing to help her by preparing meals for her. It's wonderful that he has such a friendly and caring community to turn to, and this is something with which churches really shine. However, his instructions seem a bit... well, out of touch. Rather than have the food delivered right to their house, Schuller asked the church members to drop the food off at the Tower of Hope (part of the $18 million church) where their limo driver would be waiting to take the food to the Schullers. Strangely enough, despite their frugal spending, the church had to declare bankruptcy back in 2010.

Wal-Mart bans another book from the Daily Show alumni.

The world's population in 1804 was about 1 billion, in just over two centuries we've leaped up to 7 billion. How did we get here so fast?

Movie of the century: Shark Pool!

Brian Dalton (AKA Mr. Deity) gives a nice long interview for Be Skeptical.


'85 was our best year.

Feeling: Okay

2011/11/03

While going to dinner Tuesday evening, a hostess cheerfully brought me to my table. "Oh, what are you reading?" she pointed to my book. "The God Delusion," I answered. "The God..." her cheery demeanor melted to fear as she realized what I said. She turned around and hurried away so fast I doubt she even heard me thank her. Halfway through my meal, she appeared again to clean one of the adjacent tables. She kept her back to me the entire time, no matter how awkward it was to clean. After I finished eating she was still at the door. Upon seeing me, her eyes darted to the floor. "Have a good night," I smiled. She mumbled something unintelligible, never looking up from the ground. I felt awful. This poor girl is terrified of me, not because I'm a rapist or murderer, but because the people she respected told her people like me are evil. I wanted to tell her I'm no threat, to show her I'm a good person, but her body language screamed for me to leave her alone.

For the first time in over a decade, IE appears to have dropped to less than 50% of Web traffic!

Faculty at Shorter University, a Christian school in Rome, Georgia, are being forced to sign a Statement of Faith or be fired. The Statement of Faith requires all faculty to be Trinitarian Christians, no surprise there, but it also demands that faculty not consume alcohol where students might be present (including restaurants, concerts, and sporting events). But the real kicker comes from the sexuality section. Faculty can and will be fired if they are homosexual or have sex out of wedlock! Now, this is a private school, so they can include any fascist rules they want, but it gives you an idea just how lock-down and controlling religious mentality gets. Want another example? How about a church telling this man that he no longer a Christian and they're handing him over to Satan.

Charlie Hebdo's France office was firebombed after he published a paper about Sharia law "guest edited" by Muhammad. However, unlike the sissies at Comedy Central, Hebdo refuses to be terrorized and plans on continuing to publish more negative reviews of Islam.

God brings back Pharaoh in The Blasphemer's Bible.

Why do the rich get richer? Because the ones making all the laws are the rich people.

Speaking of laws, William Adams is a Judge in Texas who has made numerous rulings based on child abuse. Well, it turns out his own daughter just uploaded a video of him severely beating her with a belt. The video is from 2004, when the girl was 16-years-old, and she was waiting for the right time to upload it. The Judge Adams has admitted to the video's authenticity but swears that it's not as bad as it looks. Well, have a look at the video and see if you agree.

Clay pigeons? No, these hunters shoot real pigeons. And they sure don't like being filmed. In fact, they attack the people who film them. Luckily, Pennsylvania law enforcement doesn't want to get involved, even when guns get pulled.

Tired of being bullied in school because you're gay? Essex teachers ask, "Have you tried acting less gay?" Here's an idea, maybe the problem lies with the bullies!

Bank of America forecloses on home that was destroyed by a hurricane. That's good work boys.

Archbishop John Sentamu petitions the National Health Services to provide spiritual care for people ill with demons. Sounds like a good use of public money to me!

Only one of Michigan's Representatives voted against the useless bill to reaffirm the "In God We Trust" motto, and that was Republican, yes Republican, Justin Amash, who gave a poignant statement about his vote. Democrat Hansen Clarke voted in favor of the bill. Quite the embarrassment for Democrats!

Took the day off yesterday for, shall we say, digestive reasons.


Dancin' with myself

Feeling: Okay

2011/11/01

Science meets Halloween.

With the change in Daylight Saving Time, children in Michigan are now trick-or-treating while it's still daylight. I think there is something inherently wrong with that.

Despite being paid a princely sum from Koch Industries to deny climate change, Richard Muller now agrees that the Earth is indeed warming.

God makes up new rules in The Blasphemer's Bible.

Yesterday, the US Supreme Court reached a decision on the Utah Cross Case. Basically, 12-foot tall Christian crosses were being erected alongside the road for fallen police officers. While the crosses were being put up by a private group, they were being affixed with the seal of the Utah Highway Patrol Association. It was this endorsement of state and religion that caused the American Atheists to file their lawsuit. The defense argued that they chose the symbol of a cross because it was an international symbol of peace with no religious significance. Sure, just ask a Muslim. Such an argument is really quite pathetic and disrespectful to the Christian religion. They're either lying about their symbol being secular (which violates one of their commandments), or they're so ignorant of world religions that they don't realize that the cross is only used by Christians. They could have put the symbol of the Highway Patrol, they could have used the US flag, or the Utah state flag, but they chose a cross. Well, the first court ruled in favor of the defendants, so the American Atheists appealed to a higher court and won. The defense then asked the US Supreme Court to make a ruling on the lower court's decision, but the Supreme Court refused to rule on it, which is a win by default for the American Atheists. The crosses will have to be taken down.

Is congress working to establish more jobs? What about getting our troops back safely? How about incorporating cleaner and safer technologies? Nope, they're too busy reaffirming the country's religious motto, "In God We Trust." Never mind from the country's founding, until 1956, the motto was unofficially E Pluribus Unum, "out of many, one," which is a much more worthy statement. We have Republican Randy Forbes, another rich white guy, to thank for this huge waste of time. Here's what I have to say to him.

How much money would you make at a mega church? A whole lot! And don't forget... no taxes!