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More problems for Genesis
How does America reward its biggest charlatans, liars, and quacks?
With oodles, and oodles, and oodles of money ... and fame (2:40)
Senator Ted Cruz says the government may be coming for preachers who ...
oppose gay marriage
(It's hard to believe that adults actually vote for this guy)
Dendrites are much more than simply passive wiring in the brain
Do Atheists commit any of these religiously endorsed attrocities?
•raping children in their care?
•hunting for witches in Africa and then setting them on fire?
•rioting over poorly-drawn caricatures of Richard Dawkins?
•stoning women to death for adultery?
•telling Air Force cadets to prepare for Armageddon?
•chopping off the hands of thieves?
•displacing and oppressing people because they live on land Hitchens said was theirs?
•pouring money into California to suppress the rights of gay couples?
•lying to children in the educational system?
•telling women they aren’t allowed to speak at their meetings?
•flying planes into buildings?
•chopping off the end of a baby's penis?
•inculcating shame and guilt in generations of children?
•denying children medical care because disease is Hawking’s will?
•strapping bombs to their bodies and boarding buses before detonating them?
•telling poor people they aren’t allowed to use family planning?
•butchering Albinos for body parts that they then use in their secret ceremonies?
•legislating death and imprisonment for sexual practices they disapprove of?
•making women dress up in bag-like tents before allowing them to go outside?
•dynamiting ancient works of religious art?
•dismantling the social support network?
•using their tax-free income to lobby politicians in their tax-exempt buildings?
•calling for pogroms and ethnic cleansing?
•setting their critics on fire?
So, do Atheists commit these religious atrocities?
Yeah ... sometimes.
This week's show was:
"Justice Scalia rewrites the Constitution - the way he wants it"
Featuring: Valerie Richardson
The Science Segment was:
"Cancer drugs delivered by anthrax"
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Tomorrow night a half-mile wide Comet will miss Mars by about 40 minutes
This rock is coming in at about 126,000 mph (5:07)
This is pure genius (2:52)
Nearly 60% of Americans now support equality for gay people.
Only 4% of Americans identify as Atheists.
So who are these Americans who are turning America into a modern, progressive society? Muslims? Hindus? Agnostics? Jews?
In America, there is only one possible answer ... Christians.
It is Christians who are rejecting the evil monster in the Old Testament and turning instead to the teachings of Jesus. They are the ones who have made this huge advancement in human rights in America possible.
Now. If only they can civilize the "Old Testament" Christians, we can finally start to make headway towards a modern society; one that lives up to the principles enshrined in our Constitution.
Solar flare on the sun (4:16)
Activists fight against the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation (17:05)
Scientific failure can sometimes contribute as much as success,
to the advancement of human knowledge.
Scientific failures plant big red flags at the front of tunnels warning people that this tunnel leads nowhere, and that their time and effort would be better spent elsewhere. One example would be the great scientist, Isaac Newton, who explored the alchemy tunnel so we don't have to.
Lesson: Honest scientific endeavor is never in vain ... even in failure.
Hope for patients in a vegetative state
Three 16-year-old girls win Google's global science competition
They discovered a naturally occurring bacteria in soil called Diazotroph.
They determined that the bacteria could be used to speed up
the germination process of certain crops, like barley and oats, by 50 percent,
potentially helping to fulfill the rising demand for food ... worldwide (4:45)
Christian persecution complex (4 pages)
If you find yourself getting bored with all this rationality,
and you are just looking to read something really delusional
to add some variety to your existence ...
It doesn't get much more delusional than this
Early bioenergetic evolution
Their definition of life:
"The harnessing of chemical energy in such a way
that the energy-harnessing device makes a copy of itself."
Most definitions of life do not take into account the evolutionary steps
that led from inorganic matter evolving into organisms that we recognize as alive.
This definition, however, recognizes that life is a process:
it is one direction that the evolution of matter can take.
How successful has the assault been, on FDR's New Deal?
See for yourself ...
The first set of bars represents America under Truman (Dem).
The next two sets of bars should be combined because
1) there is little difference between them, and
2) both represent America under Eisenhower (Rep).
During this period, there was a slight, but unmistakable increase
in income going to the rich at the expense of everyone else.
Under presidents Kennedy and Johnson (Dems),
the advance of the rich stalled out and we experienced status quo.
Under Nixon (Rep) the rich were on the move again.
(that is only good news ... for the rich)
Carter (Dem) pretty much held the rich in check.
Then the Heavens opened up and the Lord sent the rich ... Ronald Reagan (Rep).
The graph tells the story better than any words ever could.
Bush senior (Rep) was able to keep the momentum going for the rich.
Clinton (Dem) succeeded in reversing the disaster slightly,
but with the election of Bush junior (Rep), the dam broke.
By the end of his presidency, America was in "The Great Recession."
The only things that prevented a repeat of the Great Depression
were the social programs instituted by FDR (Dem).
But Obama's election defied the consistency of the graph. Why?
For one thing, Republicans were able to prevent a recovery
by obstructing America in every way possible.
They even opened up a new tax loophole called "inversion"
to steal billions more from dwindling American tax revenues.
But that wasn't the only reason why this Democrat
was the only one who failed to stop the rich.
After the rich crashed the economy,
Obama sacrificed American taxpayers
by bailing out the giant corporations who had raided our nation's wealth.
So who is left to fight for us?
No one. We must fight for ourselves.
Democracy gives us the power to do so. Unfortunately, many Americans have proven themselves too stupid and gullible to use that power. When any of the 99% of Americans (the non-rich) support Republicans, they are cooperating in their own demise by voting against their own interests. Until they develop the rational thinking skills necessary to defend themselves from the lies of the "Greedy Rich," they will continue to be ... sitting ducks.
How expensive is German college tuition?
And the story is the same in many E.U. countries.
(and you don't even want to know about their health care)
In those two areas, education and health care,
America is 35th in literacy and 34th in life expectancy
despite being the richest nation on Earth.
I smell rats ... big ones
The Bible states "And the wolf will dwell with the lamb, And the leopard will lie down with the kid, And the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; And a little boy will lead them." Isaiah 11:6 (NASB).
Okay, so we've kept our part of the prophecy ...
So where's Jesus?
How you can catch Ebola
John Adams was one of our most famous founding fathers.
So naturally, Christian Nationalists try to claim him as one of their own.
So what did Adams have to say about Christianity?
Turning a lemon ... into lemonade (1 page)
Remember the House Republican who humiliated himself in front of the entire nation when he asked the scientist, how could melting ice cause the oceans to rise since an ice cube melting in a glass of water ... doesn't raise the water level? Remember that guy?
Well, here to remind you is Jon Stewart (10:25)
Okay, now that you've had a chance to get up off the floor and stop laughing ...
Here is something that is not so funny
The Conservatives on the Supreme Court no longer even bother to make a pretense of upholding their oaths. They simply defecate on our Constitution and on our Democratic principles with impunity.
Their 5-4 decision this time, proves that the Conservative justices will continue to use their power to defeat Democracy whenever it rears its ugly head.
They are "judges" in name only ...
in the same way that North Korea is a "Democratic People's Republic."
Early voting in Ohio blocked by Republicans and Conservative justices
Until the thinking half of the country can convince the non-thinking half of the country ... to start thinking; we will continue to slide further into the abyss.
Do I support International Blasphemy Day?
Every day of the year
Jesus's Gay Marriage sing-a-long (2:06)
Oxygen anomaly in earliest rocks leads to the discovery of how they formed.
Genesis 3:16 - To the woman He said,
"I will greatly multiply your pain in childbirth, in pain you will bring forth children ...."
I think a Hyena must have stolen fruit from God's favorite tree
Scientists were surprised by the degree of variation
found among genomes of individual neurons ...
from the same brain
Classic Emails (2 pages)
The District Attorney of Bedford County Pennsylvania
is filing charges against a 14-year-old boy for what he did in the picture below.
Can you believe it - I didn't receive a single reply today ...
Is this microphone on?
Classic Emails (1 page)
YUC's (Yechy Ultra Conservatives) were passing around an old dishonest email
about Obama not attending D-Day ceremonies.
(it's a good thing we've got Snopes now)
I sent this back in response
(as you have probably guessed by now,
not one, out of more than 5 dozen Ghost Worshipers
had the courage to stand up and defend their invisible ghost)
John Fugelsang on Jesus (2:23)
If you liked it, you can watch the whole show (41:35) by clicking it near the end.
New drug uses a new method for stopping the flu virus
Terrence McKenna on Relativism (5:43)
The pile of evidence for the "Out of Africa" theory
just keeps getting bigger and bigger
Classic Emails (1 page)
I was feeling a little lonely the other day
since I can't seem to find anyone who wants to play with me anymore.
So I sent this email to my old buddy, Flip Benham, over at Operation Save America
Even though we don't see "eye to eye" on that whole abortion thingy,
I still get the feeling that Flip really appreciates the work that I do,
because he has yet to complain about, or even reply to, a single one of my emails.
To be a Christian - this is what you have to believe.
God's checklist (9:47)
Altruism in Meerkats
What an embarrassment for Objectivists: even lowly Meerkats ... get it.
"In God We Trust"
This video will explain why religions thrive in smaller towns (2:06:03)
But the internet is bringing a degree of safety, never before available,
even to those in small towns.
Animals don't feel pain?
If you don't believe animals feel pain, start twisting your dog's paw and see what happens. It's hard to imagine how anyone could be that stupid. But you have to remember - we are talking about William Lane Craig here; a man who regularly takes the meaning of the word "stupid" to a whole new level.
Why Chief Justice John Roberts allowed the ACA to stand
"Dusty" thanks Christians for showing everyone
just how disgusting their religion really is (4:13)
The aftermath of Robin Williams' suicide in the eyes of some Christians
Jenny McCarthy's child didn't develop autism because of a vaccine - that has been conclusively ruled out by scientific research. The evidence indicates that, in most cases, autism is inherited.
However, parents do not have to be helpless bystanders. They can have a dramatic impact on the severity of their child's autism. But this requires a huge investment of time and love; something that not all parents are willing, or able, to provide.
Helping kids with autism
McCarthy tried desperately to put the blame for her son's condition on the medical profession. But the evidence implicates, not the medical profession, but the parent's genetics; and the study you just read heaps more blame, not on the medical field, but on McCarthy herself, who could have done so much more, but chose instead, to invest her time in a glamorous career. So maybe the real motivation behind McCarthy's crusade ... is guilt?
So how much death and misery have been brought to Americans
as a result of the ignorance and influence of Jenny "Body Bags" McCarthy?
About twice as much, as brought by ... the 9/11 terrorists
(but the difference is, her carnage is still ongoing ... with no end in sight)
We've all heard the phrase "Correlation doesn't imply causation."
But that depends on which definition of "imply" one is using.
From Dictionary.com, imply:
1. to indicate or suggest without being explicitly stated:
"His words implied a lack of faith."
3. to involve as a necessary circumstance:
"Speech implies a speaker."
Definition #3 is the one used in logic. The statement "Correlation doesn't imply causation" is true when this definition of imply is used. But the statement is not necessarily true if definition #1 is applied. In that case, correlation often does imply (suggest or indicate) causation. If it didn't, humans would have almost nothing to go on, as to where to focus their scientific efforts.
New discovery turns human history on its head
But I think calling Homo Erectus "the first global human species"
is stretching the meaning of the word "global"
considering they missed the entire Western hemisphere.
Classic emails (2 pages)
The "About" page of Christian bigot, Matt Barber
For some odd reason, Matt never did respond to my email.
Nor did any of the dozen or so Ghost Worshipers that I included on the CC list.
Oh well, I guess my lonely quest to make new friends will just have continue elsewhere.
Light's journey: from the Big Bang - to striking our telescopes.
It didn't take the shortest path
How dishonest are "The Daily KOS" writers willing to be
in order to promote their ideology?
Well ... let's find out
Nearly a dozen of KOS' top writers humiliate themselves
And here is one example of the dishonest, illogical, herd mentality
representative of many of those who write for "The Daily KOS"
If I were black in America
there's a decent chance I'd already be dead
"Overcoming ideological thinking,
whether Liberal or Conservative,
is the equivalent of giving your brain an enema."
Schrodinger's cat slowly being revealed to physicists
This work was expected, as a direct follow-up on this ...
The 2012 Nobel Prize In Physics
Why are so many Brits fighting for ISIS? (2:22)
This story adds powerful evidence to the claim that many British mosques are teaching hate and violence. If these "warriors" (killers) had not gone to the Middle East, then Britain itself would have borne the brunt of their hatred. But before passing judgment on Muslims, make sure you understand that this is what many Christians were like for almost 2,000 years. Fundamentalist religion is a cancer that must be eradicated if our civilization is to survive.
Scientists close in on virus' ability to defeat the immune system
So what is income inequality's toll on the Middle Class?
About $18,000 a year
The Koch brothers thank you for your support
According to two of the hosts of "The Atheist Experience" cable TV show,
religion is "not" a mental disorder.
Let's see what Mr. Webster has to say about that (5 pages)
How do tall trees get water up to the top?
Tree biology (7:23)
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