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"Economic Inequality: the villains identified"
Featuring: the "Greedy Rich" and their political patrons
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Child brides: 21st century shame (2:52)
This is the story of a very smart man.
It is also an example of what can happen to a very smart man
when he allows his ego to experience "cosmic inflation."
When you have a scientific consensus backing you up:
you have every right to dig in and defend science.
But when you don't:
strutting around like a lovesick peacock ...
may not be the best strategy
Blasphemy laws threaten freedom of speech worldwide (8:58)
Now you know what Christian life was like for centuries, before they got dragged, kicking and screaming, out of the Dark Ages. Islam is waaay overdue.
Imagine an intelligent alien with a brain that is distributed throughout its many arms. Well that alien lives right here on Earth ... right now.
The Christian God is either impotent or evil by Sam Harris (10:06)
Even if God exists, He is either impotent or evil.
That's what I call ... a Lose-Lose.
So how did the Bush tax cuts work out for America
when we look back and do the math?
You need to read this to get the full effect of what was done to us
So was God ever married?
and if so, how did that marriage work out?
Aholah and Aholibah
Do you really think this guy, God, is in a position to be giving marital advice?
Jamy Ian Swiss explains how villians can look at themselves in the mirror (8:08)
Spanish town of Castrillo Matajudios votes to change its name
The next time you hear someone talk about "Judeo-Christian" values, as if those two are best friends, be sure to tell them about this story which represents the true history of Judeo-Christian relations.
Astronomers discover densest galaxy
Creeping Sharia in Britain
Total, complete control over every aspect of a person's life ... that defines religion.
Remember how the Supreme Court assured us that the Hobby Lobby decision was a narrow decision that did not mean that religious ideology would be allowed to run wild?
Well ... they lied.
And amazingly, they weren't proven to be liars by others,
but by contradicting their own position written only days earlier.
Justice Sotomayor opens up a can of whoop ass
At this point, they don't even bother with appearances anymore. They simply push their religious beliefs on everyone else, in smirking defiance of our Constitution.
"Constitution? We don't need no stinking Constitution."
Corporations are people and Jesus is Lord ... so says the Supreme Court.
Am I upset?
You must be kidding. I could not have been born at a better time; and there is no place on Earth I would rather be than at ground zero (Christian America). I live for combat - I could not be happier.
Physicist Sean Carroll on time travel (1:06:03)
I recommend you watch the whole video - it's very interesting.
See if you can spot any errors.
When Carroll talked about a party on Alpha Centauri
I'm sure he meant to say "a party on a planet orbiting Alpha Centauri."
I think we can give him a break on that one.
But the more serious disagreement I have with his lecture is this:
Beginning after the 29-minute mark and lasting for about 15 minutes, Carroll explains Einstein's theory. He presents a diagram showing someone entering a black hole, following the curved path of his light cone, and then meeting up with his past self (the one who entered the black hole).
The problem with this theory is that, if you meet your past self, then the atoms that make you "you" would have to be in two places at the same time. The laws of physics do not allow atoms to have this property. In Carroll's imaginary scenario, whatever you are looking at - it cannot be you. It may be something that looks like you ... but it cannot be you.
The argument that even if you aren't the same person, you still could have traveled back in time also fails because to do so would require that every particle in the Universe be in exactly the same position as it was at the time you entered the black hole, and obviously, that is impossible.
Survey finds Americans are becoming more skeptical of the Bible
So what took them so long? The Bible hasn't changed, has it?
(Oops! I almost forgot about all those dozens of different Bible versions)
I think the real reason why people are waking up is because of the anonymity granted by the internet, which has given people a degree of safety never known before. They can now express themselves with far less fear of reprisal. They can find support from groups of rational people, even if they live in a forsaken area like the Bible Belt.
And the best news is the demographic. This age group represents the future.
And the future is looking a whole lot brighter ... than the past.
Even after the United States passed Obamacare
We still rank last in healthcare
And if Republicans could have their way,
they would give new meaning to the word "last"
by returning America to its old system.
Look at that baby howling in pain
As the story said, the pain may not be the worst part; it can get a lot worse.
How much longer will modern nations refuse to protect children
from the barbaric religious practices of Ghost Worshiping parents?
(probably as long as they remain in the majority)
The Skeptic Arena's take on ... Alexander the Great (1 page)
Ideological Supreme Court votes 5-4 (as usual)
to defecate on our Constitution
I have a question - during all those years that Hobby Lobby owner Steve Green and his lovely, ultra-rich wife Barbara were providing health insurance for their employees (which included contraception coverage) ... why were their religious beliefs not offended?
Were they Atheists?
No - quite the opposite.
Did Jesus visit them one night and scold them for not being offended?
Did their business become financially strapped for cash?
No, they are America's largest arts and crafts chain.
Was it - oh, I don't know - maybe when Obamacare was ruled constitutional that the Greens became filled with the Holy Spirit, and suddenly decided that they had been wrong all those years during the Bush administration when they provided health care for their employees (which included contraception coverage)?
The Oklahoma Bible Belt strikes back at that uppity negro.
(whom they have failed to beat, twice, in democratic elections)
The entire premise of Hobby Lobby's argument is that their religious beliefs were offended. I have just proven that they were not. Their religious beliefs were fine with providing contraception under Bush. Therefore ... they have no valid argument. That point alone should have resulted in a 9-0 decision against Hobby Lobby.
Now you see the insidiousness of the decision by the Roberts Supreme Court to grant personhood to corporations. They have now extended that decision to include, not only freedom of speech, but also to grant religious freedom to corporations - freedoms originally designed for humans.
people any more than people are just atoms. In both cases ideologues intentionally try to mislead you by trying to convince you that the parts
the whole, when in fact, they only contribute to the whole.
Explanation: When atoms combine to form organs, the whole person gains new abilities, not available to the unorganized atoms. When people organize into groups and buy assets for a corporation, the corporation is now far more than just a collection of people. In each case, the whole is far more than merely the sum of its parts.
THAT is how they are trying to trick you.
Neuroscientists find biological basis for lack of empathy in psychopaths
So now we know how to fix Americans who identify with "The Tea Party":
A simple procedure that implants a functional ventromedial prefrontal cortex.
It's hard to believe how delusional Britain's Prime Minister, David Cameron is.
But when you look around at the world's leaders
and remember some of our own, like the Bush Boys
it just may be ...
a requirement of the job
Thad Cochran defeats Tea Party candidate in republican primary ...
Thanks to African-American democrats
Was that really a smart thing to do?
Democrats have a much better chance of defeating an extremist Tea Party candidate in the general election, than they do of beating long-time incumbent Thad Cochran.
In their zeal to stick it to the racist, they may have shot themselves in the foot.
If they had thought with their minds instead of with their emotions, African-American democrats would have turned out in force and voted for the Tea Party Asshole ... then in November, they could bask in sweet revenge by sending him home in tears. Now they're going to have to deal with Cochran.
No matter how big or how small you are ... life is brutal.
White killer cell hunts down bacterium (0:51)
Amoeba attacks 2 paramecium (0:44)
Classic Emails (2 pages)
Jeff Miller, PHD, responds to my show which featured him last Saturday ...
And I responded back
I haven't received a reply from him yet.
(Oh dear - I hope I didn't offend. PHD's can be so ... sensitive)
Here is a story which is becoming more and more common
Churches transformed into homes
Even Megyn Kelly of Fox News has finally reached the breaking point
with conservative bullshit (includes video - 10:40)
Here is the priceless quote from Dick Cheney:
“Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong,
about so much, at the expense of so many”
Oh ... the irony
ABC news attempts to whitewash Islam
but gets slammed by this Christian, whose excellent research
exposed ABC's shoddy work and obvious agenda (26:07)
It's unfortunate that the rational skills that David Wood
so aptly applies to other religions, desert him ...
when examining his own.
(Yes, this is the same David Wood whom I massacred awhile back:
see Hot Topics Archive / Miscellany / "Classic Emails")
Kathryn Schulz speaks at T.E.D. on "Being Wrong" (17:52)
Famous Quotes - Isaac Asimov:
"Imagine the people who believe such things
and who are not ashamed to ignore, totally,
all the patient findings of thinking minds
through all the centures since the Bible was written.
And it is these ignorant people, the most uneducated,
the most unimaginative, the most unthinking among us,
who would make themselves the guides and leaders of us all;
who would force their feeble and childish beliefs on us;
who would invade our schools and libraries and homes."
(Does it get any better than that?)
I've been waiting for this for a long time ...
Dr. Oz finally got his ass cooked.
If it were up to me, Oz would be sharing a cell and shower facilities with ...
Christians attack public education by diverting millions of tax dollars ...
to voucher programs
Every poll shows that Christians are losing the battle for the youth ... badly.
If they are to survive, they must focus their resources on the young.
And the news for planet Earth just keeps getting worse and worse
Religious extremists mount counteroffensive
against efforts by Europe to end barbaric practice of genital mutilation.
Your religious freedom ends where your baby's penis begins
Australians show America what good government looks like;
taking action that will save many innocent lives.
Senate stomps on Anti-vaxxers
Who are the main victims of Muslims?
Because competition is bad for business
Attention Young-Earth Creationists ...
Scientists discover that they have been wrong about the age of the Earth!
It's actually 60 million years older than previously thought
Pseudoscience: Gays are born that way
The age of Star Trek is arriving sooner than expected
Homosexuality once again illegal in India
So why this step backward into the Middle Ages?
I think this quote from the article says it all:
"The High court ruled in Naz's favor.
But the decision came under fire from Christian, Hindu and Muslim groups,
who filed an appeal to the Supreme Court."
Yep, it's the same old story:
superstitious Ghost Worshipers dictating their hideous morals onto society.
Ben Boychuk is fuming that the Boy Scouts have ended discrimination
Okay Moses, listen up:
here's what I want you to do ...
Cut off what?
And suck what?
(The only reason we don't see the horror in genital mutilation
is because we have become so accustomed to it)
Classic Emails (4 pages)
FatFist fights back; or at least ... he tries to
Homeopaths in India go on hunger strike
On the plus side, if they all die of hunger,
maybe they'll reincarnate as herbs ...
and be ground up into homeopathic pills
Why should Americans cherish their freedom of speech above all other rights?
Because this is what it is like elsewhere
That Ghost Worshipper can put out a public murder contract on this woman,
and still get his ass kissed by the local politicians.
But if she "hurts Islam's feelings" ...
THEN the police fly into action.
They will hit the jackpot when they can make it look like a human.
First Ghaddafi ... now Sharia.
I wonder what the people of Libya did to deserve this Hell on Earth?
Lybia to adopt Sharia Law
The picture at the top told the whole story.
DickHead was holding a flag and a holy book.
Why does that seem familiar?
Oh yeah, no matter where you go on Earth ...
Tea Parties are all the same.
Here is professor James D. Gwartney (seated in the middle)
preparing to speak at the right-wing think tank, the CATO Institute
As I continue on my mission to make as many friends as I can, before I die
I reached out to professor Gwartney (3 pages)
Of course she should be murdered for choosing the wrong ghost ...
isn't that the way we've always done it?
International pressure credited with freeing woman condemned to death
Is this the final nail in the coffin of the anti-fluoridation kooks?
Don't count on it. Kooks are like rubber duckies in a bathtub ...
nearly impossible to keep down.
Oh by the way,
here is an email exchange I had with some of the kooks (3 pages)
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