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Is this real life?

Feeling: Frustrated

  • Trump promised to bring back blue-collar jobs to the Rust Belt, but this isn't going to happen, and it's not just because so many business owners like Trump buy their products from overseas, it's also because automation has made the factory worker as relevant as the travel agent. In order to succeed with his promises, Trump not only has to convince businesses to relocate and pay drastically more for production costs, but he also has to convince them to trash their robots and replace them with people.
  • It's shocking, I know, but Republican politicians are unprincipled sellouts. They pretty much universally panned Trump during the election, but now they're kowtowing.
  • Racist Tomi Lahren defends Trump's racism with more racism.
  • We are going to have a president who is citing teenagers and random Americans as proof that the media is conspiring against him.
  • This is precisely why sane presidents don't go on the radio shows of mentally unstable conspiracy theorists like Alex Jones.
  • Who would have thought that most dishonest president in recent history would lie about his election? No, his election was not a mandate from the people, and he certainly didn't win in a landslide, but rather lost the popular vote by a substantial margin.
  • A little late now, but Trump's scam of a university was definitely a scam.
  • The president has the ability to send an unblockable text message to all Americans, and soon Trump will have that technology.

What if computer languages had personalities?

When we talk about female genital mutilation we usually think of places like Africa, but it was only a few decades ago when the practice was used in the USA by Christian doctors to prevent little girls from touching themselves.

With the pipeline on hold, the Standing Rock protesters are asked by their tribe chairman to go home.

Michael Shermer makes an anti-woman Tweet. Not really surprising considering his past involving several allegations of sexual assault.

At least one positive thing came out of 2016

Feeling: Relieved


Emily's surgery went well!

  • Trump claimed to save jobs by giving Carrier a huge tax break, and it turns out that Trump has commercial ties to Carrier and stands to profit from their success. Yay, corruption! So what is Carrier going to do with that extra money? Well, they're going to replace humans with automation and drop the jobs anyway! And what about all the other companies that are itching for tax breaks? Can't they just say they're going to move jobs out of the country to have their taxes lowered? And what about all the companies who can't move jobs overseas? Will they still have to pay higher taxes? Like of of his deals, Trump really botched this one.
  • Well, it looks like we can all relax, Trump has chosen a brain surgeon who has never held any form of public office or any job even related to housing to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development, but not just any brain surgeon, we're talking about the same man who thought the Egyptian pyramids were built to house grain, Ben Carson!
  • In 1996, Jeff Sessions, Trump's new Attorney General, tried to ban an LGBT conference from the University of Alabama because he believed it violated Alabama's anti-sodomy law which the state barbarically passed in 1992.
  • The North Carolina head of the KKK was going to attend the Trump rally, but he was arrested for stabbing someone during a pre-Trump white power rally.
  • Trump's pick for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, a woman who made her riches from pyramid schemes and is trying to eliminate public schools, said that her goal for education reform is to advance belief in her god.
  • Securing Trump Tower is costing the state of New York $500,000 a day, a bill that the state is trying to push on the entire country.
  • One of the things that pundits talked about after Clinton's loss was that she didn't address the working class, and that Democrats have lost touch with blue-collar workers. The reality is, Clinton addressed middle-class issues all the time during her campaign, so what excuses are we left with? The one thing I see with Republicans is that they have a very powerful fear and hate machine like Fox "News" and there really are still that many bigoted white people who just can't stand the idea of peeing in the same bathroom as a transgendered person, having a woman with authority over them, or not being allowed to make racist jokes in public.

There has been a temporary stay on the Dakota Access Pipeline. Many rags are calling this a victory, but the pipeline hasn't been canceled, or even re-routed yet, it has just been put on pause. People standing with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe can't afford to let their guard down now.

If you read fake news sites and think they're real, you may wind up in a pizzeria firing an assault rifle.

Seattle raised its local minimum wage and, while the Conservatives and Libertarians predicted the end of civilization, but two years later, unemployment is down, wages are up, and the city is doing just fine.

A Moroccan TV program shows women how to cover up bruises with makeup after their husbands beat them, because why address domestic abuse when you can pretend it doesn't exist?

A black man portraying Santa is enough out online racists.

Republican Paul Ryan, and actual piece of human garbage, explained how government assistance that feeds poor children gives them a "full stomach," but an, "empty soul."

If the US can't make progress, at least other countries can. Australia voted against their racist bigot of a candidate.

Oh no, from where will I steal my bibles?

Trump is a blowhard... and a suckhard

Feeling: Angry

  • Trump is turning the American presidency into a commercial for the businesses that kiss his ass the most.
  • Trump and his Republican cronies are doing their best to destroy the Affordable Care Act, which is odd, considering most Americans are in favor of it.
  • Trump's lead strategist, Kellyanne Conway is shocked, I repeat shocked that the Trump campaign is being accused of catering to white supremacists.
  • Despite losing the popular vote by a wide margin, Trump is doing a series of victory rallies. Is it normal for a presidential leader to hold victory rallies? Well, yes, if you live in Germany just before World War II.
  • Trump keeps blaming Clinton's huge popular vote lead on voter fraud, but there continues to be absolutely no evidence for his assertion.

Global warming is getting worse, the rain forests are being depleted at an increasing rate, the top ten hottest years ever recorded have all occurred since 1998, but the Republicans in charge of setting regulations on controlling the climate believe it's a vast conspiracy and the planet is actually getting colder. Hooray, we're doomed!

The mathematical problems with a Secret Santa, and how to solve them.

Gamergate is just a microcosm of alt-right terrorism.

Alex Dainis vlogs about being a scientist at conventions.

There is no Patient Zero when it comes to HIV, and the media was wrong to pin the blame on a single person.

The Courageous Life of Ida B. Wells.

Dr. Oz is once again being sued for making false claims on his show, this time about olive oil being magical.

Well, here we are again

Feeling: Upset

  • With the counts still coming in, Clinton is almost a full 2% above Trump, but he still feels the need to do a victory tour to show how much America loves him, even though most of us don't.
  • Awhile ago Trump Tweeted about how awful Pakistan was, and now he's sucking up to their Prime Minister.
  • Post-election Trump is really just horrifying.
  • Much of what Conservatives read and watch is a false reality created by Republican billionaires, many of whom are now in Trump's cabinet.
  • More details about Trump's many many conflicts of interest.
  • Trump is expected do devastate US water and wildlife by pushing forward on fracking.
  • Just a reminder, Trump's "charity" once donated $10,000 to an antivax group.
  • Samantha Bee has a hard time suggesting that Mike Pense will run the White House.

If you're a teacher living in Michigan, you may want to move to another state. Republicans are actively working to eliminate teacher Pensions.

Texas has always been an embarrassment of a state, and now the Republicans there are pushing the envelope by forcing women who have lost a pregnancy for any reason, even having a miscarriage, to buy a funeral for their fetus, as early as 1 day after conception. By punishing all women, they hope to decrease abortion, but all the evidence says this won't work.

Politics doesn't need any more liberal white men telling people of color what they're doing wrong.

Turning Point USA, a wretched hive of Republicans and villainy, has put together The Professor Watchlist where professors who teach their students real history and political science are named so Conservative students can remain ignorant to topics like climate change, racism, and LGBT issues. If you're a teacher, and you find yourself on this list, well done!

It just keeps getting worse

Feeling: Angry


I finally beat 2048!

  • So, it's official, Trump will actively deny scientific facts during his presidency.
  • For evidence to back up his claims, Trump is quoting random people who voted for him as credible sources.
  • More commentary on Trump's disregard of the first amendment.
  • Don't believe that Donald Trump is racist? Here's some of the details of his long history of racist actions.
  • I've seen my fair share of white people claiming that they are the ones who are the target of racism, not racial minorities, but they have the privileged of being ignorant to the massive wave of hate crimes against minorities.
  • Fearing censorship from the Trump administration, Internet Archive is building a backup server in Canada.
  • Despite claiming that he would support the LGBT community, every single person that Trump has brought into his cabinet has actively fought against the LGBT.
  • Wilbur Ross, Jr. is Trump's pick for Commerce Secretary, a thrice-married billionaire who bailed-out Trump's failed casinos and once owned a mine where 12 workers died because Ross refused to spend money on much needed safety improvements. Seems like a great guy!
  • If you want a look into the cluelessness of Trump's daughter Ivanka, read the highlights from her self-help book. Yes, she has a self-help book.
  • Fraudsters like Trump and the DeVos family became rich through scams, but they still feel justified blaming the poor for ruining the economy with their frivolous needs like pensions and medical insurance.

Oklahoma Republicans have passed a bill which makes abortion a felony and any doctor who provides the service may have their medical license revoked.

Needle exchange programs effectively reduce the rate of disease.

Some of the songs from the new season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

When you find a badly-burned page from an even more badly-burned bible in the wake of a wildfire and believe it's a miracle.

Several groups in Michigan have sued the state to force bottled water to be delivered to every house that is still being poisoned by Michigan Republicans (who also lied about the toxic levels of lead for months), which certainly seems like the least they could do, but Michigan Republicans have been fighting their efforts, probably because Flint has a lot of poor black people, and they don't see the harm in poisoning them to death. State officials are saying the bottled water delivery would cost tax payers $11 million, but I don't see why we don't just take that money directly from the Republicans who poisoned the city.

Constant vigilance

Feeling: Disgusted

  • Donald Trump is a draft dodger, so I can't expect much from him, but the fascism of saying that Americans who exercise their first amendment rights should put in prison for a year is just sick. The US Supreme Court has ruled twice on flag burning, and upheld the right each time, even Trump's idol, the monster Antonin Scalia, argued that flag burning is protected.
  • A quick review of just how bad Trump's cabinet picks are, there's Jeff Sessions, Attorney General and Tom Price, Health and Human Services.
  • Some things you can do to keep America free from Trump and his slime.

An interesting look at how America became a super power, and it wasn't from being ethical.

Veterans are joining the Standing Rock Sioux.

All the problems with Pocahontas.

A Tennessee woman has been arrested for trying to cause a late-term abortion, though the details are not yet out. Of course, if Tennessee Republicans hadn't been working hard to close all the abortion providers in the state, she wouldn't have needed a late-term abortion.

Turns out it's possible to make Christian preachers interesting.


Feeling: Annoyed

  • Trump can't even win gracefully. Every vote tally estimate shows that the popular vote was largely in Clinton's favor, by over 1% of the total, but Trump says that he won the popular vote as well, and all the votes in favor of Clinton were made illegally. Naturally, all of the evidence is against him, but he still feels justified saying the Democrats who took the largest portion of the vote were "badly defeated." As usual, Trump is lying because his fragile ego just can't handle the fact that most of the world thinks he's an asshole. When commenting on the Green party's plan for a recount, Trump said it was "impossible," (it's not) and, "a scam," and Trump know his scams, since they account for nearly all of his business ventures!
  • Coal country still has faith that Trump will bring back their jobs, but like most faith, it's misplaced.
  • Trump's cabinet continues to be as big of a crime as his conflicts of interest.
  • It pleases me to see that local government officials are vowing to defy Trump's racist agenda.

Jane Elliot gives students a rude awakening about what it's like to be the target of racism, and opens their eyes to just how racist they are.

Adam shows some of the most awful problems with the US prison system, like how private prisons cost tax payers more, how dangerous solitary confinement is, and how prisons fail to educate prisoners.

So, the Great Barrier Reef is incredibly unhealthy now, thanks to us causing climate change.

You can make a lot of money creating lies on the Internet thanks to Facebook and Twitter.

A report from the Australia government says that Jehovah's Witnesses are not doing a very good job of protecting their children from sexual abuse.

Crap! Maybe the weekend will fix the country?

Feeling: Overwhelmed

  • After calling everyone in the media liars, Trump then said he loves them and hopes they can all get along. No.
  • And there is a problem with the current weakened state of journalism in the USA, news outlets just don't have enough employees to independently research all the lies of the Trump regime.

  • An American teacher comments on Trump's appointing to Secretary of Education con-artist Betsy DeVos. And a former teacher comments on her family's desire to inject their religion into public schools. I don't expect much from DeVos, after all, she gave $1,280,000 to the Acton Institute which is trying to eliminate children's mandatory schooling and child labor laws.
  • Looks like the only promise Trump is keeping is his promise to ignore intelligence briefings.
  • Trump's campaign hasn't started, but it's already a joke, he's poised to use the presidency to fill his pockets and no amount of ridiculous Tweets can cover that up.
  • The teacher who taught his students to consider the similarities between the rise to power of Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler is retiring after his school refused him a public apology for the way they handled the issue.

Republicans refused to pass a bill that would make it illegal to discriminate against homosexuals. They claim they are trying to protect religious freedoms, but this is the same party that is trying to ban everyone from an entire religion from entering the country.

Julia Galef explains why we think we're right, even when we're wrong.

The hired thugs at Standing Rock continue to get worse and worse.

Well, this is freaking creepy!

Christian government officials in Kenya refuse to let local atheists donate food and clothing to a children's shelter.

Interesting pirate women.

Franklin Township in Indiana is dealing with a lawsuit for trying to force Christian prayers on its citizens. I guess they didn't learn they're lesson from Kenai Peninsula's wonderful Satanic prayer opener.

I'm going to take a day off, and when I come back, this Trump shit will all be just a big scary joke, right?

Feeling: Aggravated

  • Trump shows he really is little more than a troll to his voters. He's not going to investigate Hillary Clinton's emails (anyone who has been paying attention already knows there is nothing to find), and now it appears he's flip-flopping on climate change, saying it may be real, and that clean energy is good. This is certainly a step towards sanity, but he's a compulsive liar, so I don't trust anything he says, but what he does, like how he deals with the funding of NASA's climate research. At least I can find a little joy in how much he's mislead all his voters by reneging on pretty much every claim in his campaign.
  • SNL points out Trumps complete lack of experience or even an competent plan which has caused his first decisions to be pure chaos, just like his trusty Twitter account.
  • Trump's advisor is hoping you won't notice the myriad conflict of interests Trump refuses to deal with before being sworn in, or the fact that he admitted to charity corruption, and instead wants you to focus on the great sacrifice he's made by running for president.
  • Turns out Trump isn't just similar to Hitler, but also African dictators as well.
  • Trump's recent pick for UN Ambassador has literally zero experience in foreign relations and his pick for Secretary of Education is actively working to dismantle teachers unions and public schools altogether.
  • Why is it Trump supporters mock political correctness, but get their panties in a wad when people aren't politically correct toward them?

Well, this is terrifying. Most teens can't tell the difference between news and advertisements designed to look like news.

Prescription drugs are really just street drugs with a different name.

Jesus keeps winding up in the court room. Christians in Washington were really hoping he would let them discriminate against gay people, but that's not gonna happen. He was the defense lawyer for a man accused of sexually assaulting an eight-year-old girl. He couldn't help a public school teacher who refused to stop preaching to her students win her appeal. And, naturally, Jesus told his followers to send death threats to the Tri-State Freethinkers for pointing out all the Constitutional violations in their local school district.

There is a place for queer gamers, or, should I say, gay-mers.

The Southern Poverty Law Center usually does a good job tracking hate groups, but nobody can seem to understand why they tagged Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Maajid Nawaz as anti-Muslim extremists.

An interesting report by the Combating Terrorism Center claims that most people who join ISIS know very little about Islam when they join.

Our latest evil dictator

Feeling: Aggravated

  • Trump may not think of himself as der Furher, but his supporters sure do, like Richard Spencer, who is getting a pretty warm reception in the media, despite being a white supremest who has called for an ethnic cleansing to make America white.
  • With around 75 civil lawsuits against him from even before he became president, how is Trump going to run a country and handle all his legal liabilities?
  • Just as the police started using potentially deadly water cannons against protesters at Standing Rock, Trump signed a business deal with Sunoco, builders of the Dakota Access Pipeline. But don't worry, I'm sure we can expect him to remain impartial on this matter, and all these other ones.
  • Trump is working to dismantle the press and government jobs, unless of course they're military.
  • Since Trump's family will continue living in New York, it's going to cost American tax-payers $1,000,000 a day to pay the Secret Service to protect his odious family.
  • Trump and his cronies have a history of threatening to murder reporters, but then recant and say they mean murder them in a figurative manner. This is a man whose maturity level makes him cancel press interviews over Twitter.

Dave Chappelle does a pretty good SNL monologue.

Being an atheist is easy for me as a white male, I'm the stereotypical atheist. But things get a lot harder when you're a racial minority, especially one with strong ties to religion.

Living on a space station has its drawbacks.

The discoverer of evolution versus some dumb kid? Please!

It's gonna get worse

Feeling: Okay


For the next four years, we can expect to see a real shit-show of a presidency, but I don't want my entire blog to be this way, so I'm going to isolate all Trump-related news to a single section that you can just skip if you like:

  • In the past 30 years, Donald Trump has been accused of sexual harassment or sexual assault of at least 20 women.
  • Trump lost another $25,000,000 because his "university" was a con.
  • Our future Vice President, Mike Pence, who thinks you can "fix" gay people with religion went to see the musical Hamilton, only to be booed by the audience. Did he think he would be embraced by a bunch of theater-loving musical goers? But of course, Trump cries like the bitch he is and demands an apology from the entire audience.
  • Hillary Clinton is now showing a lead in the popular vote by over 1.5 million, or a full percentage point. Not only did Trump lose the popular vote, he lost bigly. The election was rigged, just in his favor.
  • Michael Flynn, who Trump picked to be his National Security Advisor, is very prejudiced against Islam saying, "Islam is a political definitely hides behind this notion of it being a religion," and, "it's like cancer...a malignant cancer in this case," and that militant Muslims, "are dead set on taking us over and drinking our blood." If you don't know the difference between Muslims and vampires, maybe you shouldn't be in office?
  • With Trump's victory, hate crimes against minorities have been on the rise so much, New York has had to create a special department to handle it all.
  • We already knew Trump was especially corrupt, but now that he's being put under a microscope, we're seeing a potential of corruption at an all time high for a president.
  • If you're one of those Christians who calls discriminating against the LGBT "religious freedom," you had better be screaming mad at Trump's desire to ban Muslims.
  • Anita Sarkeesian has some comforting post-election words.

A storm last Friday tore off a lot of shingles from my house. Poor thing has bald spots!

Samantha Bee takes a look at Syrian Refugees.

Police are now using water cannons on protesters at Standing Rock, in near-freezing weather, which has the potential to kill people. They're also still trying to block media coverage so there won't be any evidence of just how awful they are.

The FTC finally did something to help stop the spread of fake medicine like homeopathy. Now, if a homeopathic shame product wants to claim it works, they must show evidence from tests run at the same level of actual drugs. Whether this will actually change much remains to be seen, but it's about damn time they ended their special treatment.

Still angry about the election

Feeling: Okay


Donald Trump appoints three more cabinet members, and would it shock you to learn that they're all old white men, some with racism scandals?

Samantha Bee is my spirit animal.

Is everyone in the Republican Party white? Well, yes.

The awkwardness felt by actors when they're told to "act whiter."

John Oliver's wonderful piece on multi-level marketing.

Still angry about the election

Feeling: Okay


It took a couple weeks, but all of my web sites have been moved over to a new hosting company. I had nothing but problems with HostMonster ever since they were bought out by EIG, and their support staff was entirely incompetent. To give you an example, I noticed an unusual message in my php.ini file and asked what it meant. They said it was from malware and I needed to scan my computer and re-upload my files. I reminded them that the php.ini file was auto-generated by their server, so it was unlikely I was the cause. Rather than figure out where the message came from, the guy just removed the message and told me everything was fine. I explained that, if the problem was malware, simply removing the message wasn't going to solve anything, and I'd like an explanation. The tech said he'd have to ask his superiors and they would email me. They never did. After doing some searching, I found out that the message was indeed caused by their server as part of the program that generated the php.ini file, and it wasn't malware. I had several other problems like this where the support staff, ignorant to how their servers were configured, or even how computers work in general, suggested the fault lied with me, but after several hours of calling out their bullshit, they finally admitted the problem was on their end, and usually, they weren't able to fix it, but would definitely get back to me (and they never did). I've since learned that EIG has a habit of buying up web hosting companies and keeping their name and brand intact so that when people get fed up with their incompetence, and switch hosts, they inadvertently sign right back up with another EIG-owned company. Luckily, a lot of people online have become wise to this tactic and have created lists of all the web hosting companies owned by EIG. Anyway, if you're in the market for a web host, or find that your host is owned by EIG, I strongly suggest finding another company.

Donald Trump rise to power is eerily similar to that of Adolf Hitler. But unlike Hitler, Trump is actively robbing the USA and suing the USA while he's attacking minorities.

Gerrymandering didn't just help Republicans win the presidency, it also helps them win local offices.

Russia was all for signing a document denouncing war crimes, until they decided they wanted to commit war crimes, and removed their signature.

Body cameras and voice recording help keep police honest so they don't become corrupt and plant evidence or conspire to against innocent people.

The first ever After School Satan Club held its first meeting at a public school in Oregon.

Christian hate group, Liberty Counsel, has compiled their 2016 list of businesses where they don't want you to shop because they don't put up enough plastic Jesus crap.

Virginia's Republican Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife were found guilty of several counts of corruption and sentenced to two years in prison and he was fired from his position at Liberty University, a Christian school who really knows how to pick them. Just recently, the Virginia Supreme Court overturned his case saying that all the money, property, and services he had been given by private interest groups wasn't enough evidence for criminal charges. Now that he's a free man, he's decided to go back to teaching, this time at Pat Robertson's university, a Christian school that really knows how to pick them.

Alex Dainis's science videos continue to make me smile.

You can't keep a good man down

Feeling: Accomplished


Went to a activist meeting last night. Working on some civic changes. Feeling pretty good.

Donald Trump has cut the strings of his puppet-masters and got back on Twitter where he continues to embarrass himself crying that the media is being critical of the fact that talked to Russia before the Pentagon, and hasn't repudiated his racist followers.

I glad to see that the West Virginia Mayor Beverly Whaling, who publicly showed their appreciation for a racist joke, is resigning. Meanwhile, the Mayor of New York is encouraging people to continue protesting against Trump.

Holocaust scholar, Frank Navarro, was put on paid leave after pointing out to his high school students a lot of similarities between the rhetoric of Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler.

Minnesota Catholics are offering $132,000,000 to make all of their child sexual abuse lawsuits go away.

Some simple cartoons that illustrate what consent means.

It is expected that Donald Trump's own private Karl Rove, Mike Pence, will be taking a bigger leadership role in the presidency since Trump doesn't have a clue what he's doing.

Now that Iraqi forces have pushed the Islamic State (IS) out of the ancient city of Nimrud, they find that the Muslims destroyed pretty much all of the ancient artifacts left by their ancestors. This is like if modern Greek Orthodox Christians dynamited the Parthenon.

The US Supreme Court refuses to hear a ridiculous case where Christians were suing the Kansas State Board of Education because they were teaching biology, and they Christians believed that means they must also be teaching atheism.

Please take this hand-basket to hell

Feeling: Angry


John Oliver delivers a sobering recap of what Donald Trump has done since being elected.

Just a reminder, the Trump administration is trying to overture Roe v. Wade so they can criminalize abortion.

Seth Meyers talks about Trump.

These amazing women were all told, "you can't do that, you're a girl."

Before you move to Canada, hear out Stephen Colbert.

How much of your phone data was sent to China? This is why it's so important that our government stops trying to prevent the use of encryption.

You can't support a racist hate-monger and still consider yourself to be following the teachings of Jesus.

While they prefer to be called the "alt-right," I will continue calling them what they are, racists.

The Daily Show comments about Trump as well.

An elected official in Clay County West Virginia, namely, Mayor Beverly Whaling still okay with referring to black people as "apes."

More now than ever, we need to fight

Feeling: Okay


Donald Trump is making Steve Bannon, a White Nationalist anti-Semite, his Chief Strategist. He's making Reince Priebus, the Republican who created a racist lie about Hillary Clinton, the White House Chief of Staff. He's making Kris Kobach, a Republican who has actively fought along side a hate group to prevent minorities from voting as the head of immigration reform. And, he's making Republican Ken Blackwell, who works for another hate group, has been tapped for the head of domestic issues. And now, guy who spent his entire life harassing minorities, and who claims to be shocked that his supporters have increased racial slurs and attacks, tells his racist supporters to stop harassing minorities.

Now that Trump is going to be president, the people who also care about non-white straight men have their work cut out for them. We're already seeing an increase in money going to abortion providers to try and counteract the future religious ignorance of Mike Pence, but there are other things we can do as well.

More about the Republican plan to eliminate Medicare.

It looks like 2016 will be the hottest year ever recorded, and our president-elect believes climate change is a hoax created by the Chinese.

Republican racist Rudolf Giuliani tells black people that they need to teach their children to respect the police and fear other black people.

Who would have thought that a man with no political experience whatsoever would be oblivious to what the president does?

Why does the US use the Electoral College that keeps failing to give the people what they want? Possibly because of slavery.

When people make up statistics, they don't usually account for the random noise found in real world systems. This means you can use statistics to find out when people lie with statistics.

Anti-science believers often complain that biologists claim embryos feature "gill slits." I myself have certainly heard people arguing that the gill slits in embryos prove a fish ancestor of all amphibians, reptiles, and mammals. However, like most things in science, the truth is actually more complex, but suffice to say, real biologists don't call them gill slits.

A bunch of racist posters were put up around campus at the University of Ohio.

Another city is claiming that a Ten Commandments monument on government property surrounded by American flags doesn't endorse religion. Hopefully, this will be ruled and shut down before Trump puts another bigot in the Supreme Court.

Declo High School in Idaho settled their lawsuit with the ACLU, and had to pay all their legal fees and will change their policy about refusing to let non-Mormon students be class president.

I could use a weekend to mourn

Feeling: Blah


Wrote some commentary about the phrase, "Jesus died for your sins."

Commiserations with Samantha Bee. God, I love her.

A racist leader breeds racist followers. Also, there are racist people, but nobody thinks they're racist, even the KKK.

Republican Paul Ryan is saying that the Affordable Care Act is hurting Medicare so much it requires him to wrest it from the government and hand it over to private companies to remain solvent. Paul Ryan is a liar. Medicare was actually made stronger under the Affordable Care Act, and allowed to last much longer than it would have otherwise.

Women are trying to get long-term birth control before Trump cuts all funding to Planned Parenthood.

Is anyone surprised that Republicans are looking to start another witch hunt?

It makes me so depressed to watch pre-election videos. All that hope.

Nobody has to stand or recite the Pledge of Allegiance, and to force someone to do so is to violate the US Constitution. But when a girl refused at Dawson High School in Texas, the fascist administrators physically beat her!

I keep seeing people on social media echoing Trump's claim to respect LGBT people, but you can understand why I don't trust a compulsive liar. Even if Trump isn't actively trying to ban same-sex marriage and criminalize homosexuality, his supporters are expecting him to.

The Christians who claim they can reverse your abortion are lying, and the Catholics who refuse to help the dying let go of life are barbarians.

Throat's sore again

Feeling: Blah


Voting for Trump doesn't make you a racist, but it does mean you voted for a racist.

Trump may have won the presidency, but more Americans voted for Hillary Clinton. This is the fifth time this has happened in American history, and the most recent two times saw the loss of the Democrat.

PZ Myers offers a sobering, but motivational postmortem of the election.

Well, it's only been a day, and here is what happened so far thanks to Trump, as well as picking a science denier to manage the EPA. The ACLU is getting ready for a lot of lawsuits, which may be why Trump immediately removed from his web site his plan to deport Muslims.

Obama will be putting some road blocks in Trump's way, but they won't hold for long. Still, it makes me happy that he's trying. And speaking of Obama, here are 50 accomplishments that happened during his presidency.

If you want a good reason to sever any ties with Yahoo, listen to this. Back in September, they reported that they just learned of a hack from back in 2014 which compromised the passwords of around 500,000,000 users. Well, it turns out that they knew about the hack for the past two years and just didn't tell anyone!

The scary future of separation of church and state under a Trump presidency.

How did we let this happen?

Feeling: Disgusted


Despite the upset, I still stand with my fellow Americans, but I need to ask, why is it every few years we have to completely ruin all the progress we've made? Why are we so ignorant that we keep electing racist, misogynistic, incompetent men to positions of power where they can and do destroy the lives of the innocent and vulnerable? I try not to bore people by bringing up politics all the time and I try not to offend people by pointing out how they're working against their best interests, but that only makes me feel personally responsible for this outcome. If only I had pushed some people a little harder. I'm just heartbroken right now.

I saw a very salient post this morning. Each political party fears what the other will do, but while Republicans are afraid the Democrats will take away their guns or raise their taxes, Democrats are afraid Republicans will end their marriages, ignore their cries of rape, and tell them they can't have life-saving abortions. And you can see this in the exit polls. Most women voted for Clinton, most racial minorities voted for Clinton, most young people voted for Clinton. The only block that voted in favor of Trump are white men, and these are the people who have the very least to fear from a savage government.

Some disturbing facts have been made clear with this election:

  • 81% of Evangelical Christians are morally bankrupt and vote party lines rather than on the principals of their religion's founder.
  • 80% of Conservative Americans who claim to support "family values" prefer a man who cheats on his multiple wives over a woman who stays with her cheating husband.
  • Most white American men are racist, misogynistic, bigots, especially among the elderly and poorly educated.
  • Most Americans are too lazy or too ignorant to research an experienced political candidate to find out she's actually pretty honest and caring as politicians go.
  • Most Americans prefer a criminal who discriminates against black people, Mexicans, Veterans, women, and non-Christians, over someone who respects all of those groups, but happens to be female.

While the nation as a whole has chose the path of ignorance and bigotry, several states made improvements. And a handful of non-religious people were elected to office including Melissa Sargent, Ernie Chambers, Athena Salman, Jamie Raskin, and Juan Mendez.

Russian dictator Vladamir Putin is quite pleased with Trump's election, although things won't be so good for the press or women.

Don't forget to vote!

Feeling: Happy


Got up early to vote this morning, why on a Tuesday? Looking forward to another four years with a Democrat at the helm.

I recently finished reading Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Age: Or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer which was pretty good, and Women In Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World, which was really good.

Trump's education policy shows that he is in great need of some, while Clinton has been helping students for years.

Catholic Priest Frank Pavone shows just how much he thinks fetuses are people by using an aborted fetus as a political prop on what appears to be a candle-lit dinner table. From this, he tells people to vote for Trump because he is a disgusting person.

The Christians of California lost $203,000 of tax payer money by refusing to give up praying during their school board meetings. Of course, even after losing all that money, they still have to stop praying. The reality is, if you're a Christian person, and you're voting for Trump, you're a hypocrite on the same level as the Pharisees.

A compilation of Samantha Bee's quality descriptions of Trump.

What it would be like to have a member of Congress working at your company.

Tomorrow is the big day

Feeling: Okay


Voting Day tomorrow! And don't forget, if you vote Republican, you're a disgusting mockery of a human being. And if you don't vote, you're not much better! Hugs and kisses!

Another study confirms it; despite her critics calling her "Crooked Hillary," Clinton is very honest (as politicians go), and despite his fanboys saying Trump, "says it like it is," he's the most dishonest presidential candidate in history.

Pew Forum completed a survey of religious affiliation and education level, and, as you would expect, non-religious or mildly-religious people are the most educated, and Fundamentalists are the least educated.

The old guard laments good journalism as it has fallen prey to entertainment.

How to be a good ruler, be you dictator or democratic.

In 2014, Americans gave $114 billion to assorted churches across the country. Despite that mind-bogglingly large number, that number has been thankfully decreasing for the past 30 years.

Abusing your mother, waving a Confederate flag in front of black students, and murdering two cops will get you the awful label of "gentle loner," provided you're white.

Strangely, The Addams Family movie is the best at depicting a healthy BDSM relationship.

When big words are viewed as an insult.

Don't forget to fall back

Feeling: Okay


At this point, Donald Trump has no real chance of becoming president, (other then by suppressing the votes of minorities) but that isn't stopping the more ignorant Republicans from trying to overthrow democracy. Look people, the presidency isn't like Nestle Water. You can't just ignore the vote against you and do it anyway.

As of 2014, over a fifth of Americans refer to themselves as non-religious. This number is especially among younger people, but Iowa Republicans don't seem to care. Rod Blum refuses to even acknowledge non-religious voters, and Governor Terry Branstad thinks non-religious people are incomplete and need to be sent to church. Also, the Catholics of San Diego think people who vote for the Democratic party are going to go to Hell.

Honest Trailers does The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Some poignant words from Matt Dillahunty.

Almost back to normal!

Feeling: Okay


We're still not working hard enough to slow climate change.

An interview with some of the Russians who are paid by their government to try and help Trump become president. It makes sense that they would want us to have a president who can't read. I'm not positive Trump can't read, but people are saying that he can't.

You can always trust convicted felon Jim Bakker to tell you honestly, if we don't elect Trump, his god will punish us!

Crash Course Philosophy asks what it means to be a person, and where does your mind reside?

Republican Sid Miller is a cunt.

Slowly recovering from the party.

Feeling: Okay


As police were savagely beating Native Americans protesting the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline through their land, the Colonial Pipeline, which has dumped literally millions of gallons of gas and oil into the local ground water, exploded killing a construction worker and injuring several others.

Our nation's long history of eschewing science advisors.

I really love Samantha Bee.

I will continue to live my life in such a way that the KKK will never endorse me for anything. Too bad Donal Trump can't say the same thing. Speaking of Trump, he keeps claiming that voter fraud is a serious problem that will cause him to lose the election, but it turns out that the only people being arrested for voter fraud are Trump supporters.

Fuck the Pope.

Linux users, beware of Dirty Cow!

The science behind why Freddie Mercury was such an amazing singer.

What happens when you put burning charcoal in liquid oxygen?


Feeling: Okay


This last Chick Tract is pretty good.

The book was okay, the movie was pretty bad and had an awful lot wrong with it: The Da Vinci Code.

Louisiana's new law, if a child confesses to her priest that they are being sexually molested by another member of the church, the priest has no legal obligation to report her abuser to the authorities.

Captain Disillusionment's lecture about video debunking and special effects.

A belief in gods is not more rational than naturalism.


Feeling: Festive


It turns out, if you spend the whole night screaming like a Christian preacher and emceeing Halloween trivia while doing vodka shooters, it won't make your sore throat get better. I feel like I just finished deep-throating a cactus.

Slate has a good article about the corruption, law-breaking, and unethical practices of the two current presidential candidates.

The Southern Poverty Law Center may know an awful lot about racists, anti-Semites, and Christian terrorists, but they haven't yet figured out how to gauge critics of Islamic terrorism.

Chicago-area Christians were going to recreate a public shooting massacre as a vignette in their Hell House, but after a public backlash, they decided to cancel it.

That moment when you accidentally call one of your black supporters a thug.

The Satanic Panic of the 1980s is, in some ways, still alive and well in 2016.

Claiming that your magic potion will cure cancer is a good way to have the FTC ruin you. But claiming that Jesus will cure your cancer is perfectly legal. This is why so many quacks and charlatans like "Archbishop" Mark Grenonto use a church to sell their phony cures.

Boston-area Catholics are spending nearly $1,000,000 trying to prevent the legalization of marijuana.

Almost healthy again

Feeling: Okay


Gonna have a bitch'n Halloween Party tomorrow!

Being black means that there is a very real possibility that a police officer will shoot you to death even if you never break a law. Being Native American means the US government may decide to put a toxic oil pipeline through your land without your permission, and then threaten to kill you if you protest. Being white means if you protest your massive debt by walking into a government building covered in guns, threaten to murder anyone who enters, and cause tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage to the place, you will still be acquitted. Any of my friends was to protest their student loans by hijacking a city hall for a month? Apparently, if you're white, you can't be punished!.

Trump continues to be a punching bag.

Has your Syrian home been destroyed in a wave of bombing? Were your family members crushed to death in the rubble? Are nations refusing to offer you sanctuary because they fear the color of your skin? No food, no clean water, no shelter? Well, have I got just the cure for all your problems!

A moving talk with a woman on the street pontificating about her belief in a god.

For decades, the Mormons who run Brigham Young University would punish any woman who claimed she was sexually assaulted or raped because she's obviously a sexual deviant. Well, just like when the church decided to change their mind about black people, they finally got around to changing their mind about raped women too; maybe being raped isn't proof that a woman is a vicious slut after all?

If you're a Christian trying to convert an atheist, here is what won't help you.

Throat still sore

Feeling: Blah


Genesys Hospital, a Catholic institution, is being sued because of their refusal to help a women who might die. This hits close to home for me, not only because I live on the same street as the hospital, but because they're also refusing to treat my wife.

This is why you don't let administrators work on art.

Jack Chick in memoriam.

Christian pastor Terry Wayne Millender and his wife Brenda and their friend Grenetta Wells have all been arrested for fraud after $1.2 million of their church's money was used to buy a luxury car and a mansion.

Steven Pinker talks about the importance of reason.

Oh cool, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is getting a second season! Prepare by watching this gag reel from the first season and a song from the new season. Now if we could just get another season of The IT Crowd.

True feminism.

Can I just be healthy again?

Feeling: Blah


After reporting that Donald Trump bragged that he sexually assaulting women, and now has several women saying they were the ones he assaulted, Newt Gingrich accused a Fox "News" reporter of being, "fascinated with sex and [she doesn't] care about public policy." Thankfully, there aren't many big-named Trump supporters left. Marco Rubio is still on his bandwagon, but he;s getting booed off the stage! And all this in-house fighting is really ruining the Republican Party. Not to mention the fact that every major Florida newspaper is calling for Trump to be investigated over his scam of a university.

As Republican Governor Rick Snyder's administration continues to poison an entire city with lead water, he thought it would be smart to remind everyone that it is Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. And Twitter explodes.

Samantha Bee continues to hit home runs. She condemns Catholic Churches for letting their female patients die and talks to female world leaders about what it will be like when Hillary Clinton becomes president. Also, Seth Meyers is no fan of Trump, nor is John Oliver. In fact, you shouldn't support Trump if you're an atheist.

Renewable energy is surpassing coal? That's awesome! Oh... in China. Well, that's embarrassing.

Sheriff Steve Smith is holding a free seminar for the public about the Muslims called, "Understanding the Threat." After that landed him in hot water, he changed the name to, "Understanding the Jihidi [sic] Threat." Despite there being a lot of backlash, Smith is still going forward with his seminar about how Muslims are evil.

Glad to know the racists who hate Syrian refugees are living right next door to my neighborhood.

Been ready for the weekend since Sunday

Feeling: Blah


Wrote a little creative non-fiction about a run-in with a street preacher.

If you're a phone user, or even just a tax payer, you'd probably like to know that ever since 2007, the US government has been paying AT&T with your tax dollars so they can search your cell phone usage history. AT&T's call logs include everyone you ever talk to and text message, and a general idea of where you were at the time of the communication. This gives even municipal police departments the ability track every place you've been for the past 10 years. The US government and AT&T call this Project Hemisphere and claim that it's only ever used to stop drug smuggler and murderers. Of course, the entire project was conceived, built, run, and paid for in secret and AT&T even included into the government contract that the government could never tell anyone they got the surveillance data from AT&T, knowing how bad it would make them look. Want to know the really scary part about all of this? Every other major phone company has been asked if they have a similar project with the government, and they have all refused to answer, which means they do.

Showing up on a first date wearing a wedding dress.

"Don't vote for my opponent, because she's Jewish," is the kind of bigoted talk that will lose you an election, but, "don't vote for my opponent, because she's an atheist," is still considered a sound tactic.

Why secularism is so important.

Jack Chick is dead, but his legacy of making Christians look terrible will live on!

Dealing with people who tell you you're an agnostic, not an atheist.

All I want is a Halloween miracle!

Feeling: Sick


I was sick a month ago, what gives?

Republican Brian Babin puts himself on the same level of Donald Trump and says, "I think sometimes a lady needs to be told when she's being nasty."

Who wouldn't want to purposely sting themselves with a giant hornet?

Jill Stein and the Green Party never had a chance at the presidential election, but her implosion is only helping her win over nutjobs.

A brief comparison between Trump and Clinton's health care reform. Spoiler alert, Trump's is a terrible mess.

Did you know that atheists don't become fire fighters because they don't care about rescuing people and if a historical building burns down and everything in it is destroyed, but someone finds a fire-damaged bible, it's proof God has your back?

This pastor answers a question so poorly you can see why the same question made his daughter to become an atheist.

Remember when Pat Robertson said that Mitt Romney was going to win two consecutive presidential terms, and then Obama won two consecutive terms? Well, now he's even MORE sure that Trump is going to win!

If your school bans Fahrenheit 451, aren't they forcing children to live the book rather than just read it?

If you don't want to waste $40 plus travel expenses to visit the Ark Encounter, here is a lengthy review of just how bad it is.

The darkness must go down...

Feeling: Blah


The Rocky Horror Picture Show remake was abysmal. None of the actors were very good, only a handful of them could sing, all of the dramatic scenes were cut short, and all the risqué elements were removed. It was also sad to see Tim Curry so soon after his stroke. And all this staying out late hanging out with friends has left me with a sore throat.

If there is one thing that can be said about Trump's presidential candidacy, it's that it has shown American Christians they don't actually care about voting for Christians, they care about voting for Republicans. They used to refuse voting for a man who had cheated on his wife, now they're fine with it. They used to refuse to vote for anyone who wasn't devout, now, they'll vote for someone who can't name a single bible verse!

I'm glad other people are pointing out Chris Wallace's debate moderation dishonesty.

After Martin Blake repeatedly raped his 12-year-old daughter, Montana Judge John McKeon gave him 60 days in jail. Citizens are now trying to impeach Judge McKeon, but impeachment doesn't go nearly far enough. Judge McKeon should be put in jail for such a criminally short sentence!

Part of working in health care means you're going to be moving around between sick people all day. This makes health care workers not only susceptible to getting sick, but also makes them excellent vectors for carrying diseases from one room to the next. For the past several decades, nurses been dealing with this problem by staying up to date on a lot of different vaccinations. But, with the recent fraud of Andrew Wakefield, and the celebrity morons who were conned by him (Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey), a lot of nurses haven't been getting their vaccinations. While they're getting sick more often because of this, it's not really hurting them, because working nurses are otherwise healthy, but now they're spreading their diseases to their immuno-compromised elderly and infant patients and killing them. While some nurses maintain that, remaining ignorant and killing people by giving them preventable diseases is their right as an American, Australia is actually telling these idiots, until they get vaccinated, they're not going to get paid.

Chiropractors are still killing people by inadvertently tearing arteries in their necks giving them useless manipulations.

Pennsylvania's Bureau of Motor Vehicles is now apologizing for discriminating against atheists.

Autumn is getting colder and wetter

Feeling: Blah


Had a great time at Jen's watching the third debate with my pals. Here is the fact-checked transcript. Long story short, most of what Trump said was a lie, most of what Clinton said was true.

What kind of weather we can expect if Trump wins.

Another woman dies because her Catholic doctor, and Catholic hospital, cared more about her fetus than her life.

The problem of evil actually seems to point toward an evil god.

After Canada passed a law that allows doctor-assisted euthanasia, a Christian woman got a tattoo which reads, "Don't euthanize me," I guess, her fear is that a doctor will euthanize her without her consent?

There is nothing disrespectful about protesting the National Anthem.

The leaves are rotting as I type

Feeling: Happy


What a Trump speech would sound like a la Arrested Development narration.

The real enemy of America isn't foreigners, it's American ultra-Conservatives.

A detailed look at the past and present of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, and a not quite as detailed look at Gary Johnson and Jill Stein.

To give you an idea of just how thin-skinned some Christians can be, enough of them complained about a bill board that the owner felt obligated to take it down. The billboard simply read, "The Good Life without God? It's possible." That's it!

Monty Python deftly explains prophet worship.

In order to raise money for the Secular Student Alliance at the University of Austin, students held an event where donors could send the students to a church of their choice. There were several jars, each with the name of a local church, and the students would attend the church of whichever jar held the most money at the end of the drive. As a joke, they added a jar labeled "Hell." Guess which jar received the most money?

A Gears of War 4 review from a feminist's perspective.

The leaves are getting browner as I type

Feeling: Happy


Hillary Clinton hasn't officially been elected yet, and she hasn't selected a nomination for the US Supreme Court, but Republicans have already agreed that they will refuse anyone she chooses. They won't even consider her candidate, which means they won't even consider doing their job. This is why it's so important that Democrats not only win the presidency, but take back Congress too.

Darren Brown is an atheist who uses the same tactics as Evangelical preachers to perform "miracles."

Donald Trump and his ilk have convinced 30% of Americans of how easy it is to "rig" an election, but reality tells us this is extremely unlikely, and even if it were possible, it wouldn't be needed. Clinton is expected to win by a large margin, not that this excuses the people who still plan on voting for a troll like Trump.

What was probably going on in God's head when he tortured Job.

The Susan G. Komen Foundation may seem appealing with its pink breast cancer awareness covering everything from trashcans to guns, it actually has some pretty strong ties to the same political party that impedes women's health care and supports Donald Trump.

True Christians respond to the removal of the US military being allowed to force religion on soldiers.

The leaves are getting redder as I type

Feeling: Happy


Went to a Chaldean wedding last night. They danced for hours and served dinner at 10 PM on a Sunday. Crazy!

If a woman accuses you of sexual harassment, the correct thing to do is to deny the charges, seek legal aide, and explain how much you respect women and would never harass them. But one thing that will certainly not endear you to the public is to say the woman is far too ugly to sexually harass. But then, pretty much everything Trump says is the opposite of what you should say. For example, commenting on the terrorist attack of the a GOP headquarters in North Carolina, Hillary Clinton said the attack was "horrific and unacceptable," and that she is "grateful that everyone is safe," while Trump called the attackers, "animals representing Hillary Clinton," and asserted that they did this, "because [the Trump campaign is] winning." But, of course, while we can certainly guess the motives of the terrorists, until they're caught, Trump has no way of knowing the motives of the attackers or who they're affiliated with, but he does know his campaign is losing.

In the past few days, Kansas terrorists were arrested before they could murder Muslims and Colorado terrorists are expelled from their school for creating an online terrorist organization. So, it's not surprising that a recent study shows that, in the past 15 years, ultra-Conservative American terrorists have killed more Americans than Muslim terrorists.

As usual, the people who masturbate to the second amendment piss all over the first.

When Bill Cosby was accused by several women of sexual assault, none with any real evidence, his television shows were taken off the air and his endorsements were dropped. However, when Donald Trump, a man with a history of spousal abuse and adultery, is accused of sexual assault, people want him to become president of the United States!

24-hour news organizations are garbage. There really isn't enough stuff the bulk of the public is interested in, so they end up having to generate news. CNN does this by paying Trump Apologists to say utterly ridiculous things and to outright lie in order to create a controversy where none exists.

Jehovah's Witnesses are still refusing blood transfusions because of an unorthodox interpretation of the bible, often leading to their own deaths, like 26-year-old Éloïse Dupuis who bled to death shortly after giving birth.

Religious people often ask, if you're an atheist, why do you care what religious people believe? It's because religious people are rarely able to keep their religions to themselves. Most secular people wouldn't actively try to stop a complete stranger who is in constant agony from ending their own life. Most secular people wouldn't tell someone dying from bone cancer that they can't smoke marijuana to help alleviate some of the side-effects of chemotherapy. Most secular people wouldn't tell a loving couple they aren't allowed get married. But religious people don't seem to have any problem forcing their beliefs on other people.

The leaves are getting oranger as I type

Feeling: Happy


Can Christians at least agree that these verses from the Koran are evil?

Rush Limbaugh finally gets it and says it's okay for two people (or even three or four) to do whatever sexual things they want with one another, but the moment consent is eliminated, it's rape. Yes, Rush, thank you for finally understanding... what? You say he was being sarcastic when he said this? You say it's not the lack of consent that bothers him, but he hates the idea that more than two heterosexual people might engaging in sex? And, in fact, he's okay with men having sex with women without their consent, and even mocks women by calling them the "rape police?" Limbaugh really is nothing more than a disgusting man baby.

A really cool documentary about the history of videogame graphics.

The list of women bringing up allegations of sexual assault against Trump keeps growing. Meanwhile, Trump's son Don Jr. says women who can't handle being harassed at work shouldn't be working.

A British game show that pokes religion.

If you're going to try and stump people with five mysteries about fossils that point to Creationism, it would probably help if you cite mysteries instead of known lies.

If the energy it took for a single thought were converted to candy, how many thoughts would it take to make a Mars Bar?

The leaves are getting yellower as I type

Feeling: Happy


As John Oliver points out, simply having a female relative is not why you should be disgusted by Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women, it's because women are people, and as the Trump candidacy sinks deeper into the mire, I can't wait to hear what they're going to say about the latest recording of Trump talking about a young girl, and saying, "I'm going to be dating her in 10 years."

One person can accomplish a lot. Aliyah Saleem was expelled from her Islamic school in England, but when she went public with what the school was teaching, education regulators investigated the school and found that it was a mess of bullying, teaching outright lies, and failures at every level. The Islamic school, Jamia Al-Hudaa, is now being shut down!

Trying to make sense of the differences between the opposing plans of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump regarding tax reform.

Officer Scott Korhonen sexually assaulted a man by shoving a screwdriver up his ass while Officer Gerald Lodwich. Their actions cost tax payers $4 million. Both men will continue working as police officers, because why wouldn't you want someone who sexually tortures people protecting your children?

Texas Republican Louie Gohmert believes that gay people exist because, as a child, they were molested by men. His belief, of course, has nothing to do with reality, yet he still has a great deal of authority over LGBT people in Texas. I'm assuming Gohmert applies that same "wisdom" to fellow Republican Mike Yenni, a wholesome married Christian politician who, at the age of 39, sent sexually explicit text messages to the 17-year-old boy he made out with.

After Amber Pasztor murdered her two children, she had this to say, "I read the Bible every day; God forgives me and God knows why I did what I did, and nobody else needs to know."

Three ignorant Chevron contractors attacked a bearded man wearing a turban, most likely assuming he was a Muslim, severely beat him, and forcibly cut his hair. The man, Maan Singh Khalsa, is actually a Sikh, a completely different religion entirely, not that it matters, but if you're going to be a bigot, at least know who you're bigoted against.

Is it fall yet? Oh wait, it is!

Feeling: Happy


I finished reading Howl's Moving Castle. The movie is better.

Samantha Bee is just plain awesome.

If you want another reason to be disgusted with Trump supporters or delete your Twitter account, here's both. Also, it turns out that Trump would often walk into the dressing rooms of his beauty pageant contestants in order to see them nude. And it's really telling that so many Christians who believe they support the moral high ground are okay with his actions.

The CosmicSkeptic subscribed to a Creationist's Twitter feed so you don't have to.

The anti-vaccination group SafeMinds paid a research laboratory to conduct an independent test on the MMR vaccine, assuming that, when you eliminate the pharmaceutical industry from the equation, you'll get to the truth. Well, the research got to the truth, and to nobody's surprise but SafeMinds, they concluded that there is absolutely no link between autism and vaccinations. SafeMinds is very upset by this, they pointed out that the opinion of the lay public is that vaccines cause autism, and they can't understand why a rigorous scientific test shows they don't. Undaunted, SafeMinds is considering how they can change the test so that the next time they do it, it will give them the results they want. Because that's how science works.

If you're a scientist, your will be asked to make posters.

Can't we just let Hillary get to work already?

Feeling: Happy


Catcalling at women is not a compliment.

These comments about the second debate are hilarious.

Why is the United States still running a prison where innocent people are constantly tortured? Because Republicans.

Republican Jeff Sessions said that Trump bragging that he could kiss women without their consent and grab their genitals doesn't count as sexual assault, before saying that he his comments were inaccurate because he was confused about what Trump had said, and clarifying that assault is bad. Interestingly, in his clarification, he doesn't ever admit that what Trump was talking about is actually sexual assault.

Scientists continue to wonder about the fact there nothing doesn't exist.

Here is the quality of Fox "News" reporting from Bill O'Reilly: There is a big conspiracy with three specific media organizations to ruin Trump, but I can't say who is involved because I don't have any evidence.

Christians in the thug life.

I'm declaring Clinton the official president.

Feeling: Happy


Watched the second presidential debate last night with some friends. Clinton didn't do quite as well as the first debate, but thankfully Trump was even more ridiculous than before and legitimately is suggesting fascism, and while he patted himself on the back for not going into Bill Clinton's infidelity in the first debate, he made a huge stink about it in the second debate, as if Bill's cheating is somehow a failure of Hillary's. In the rare cases where he was able to form a coherent sentence, he used them to shoot himself in the foot; case in point. You can read the entire fact-checked transcript here.

As Trump continues to slide down into the abyss, his supporters are ramping up their voter fraud excuse.

Over the weekend I finished reading "I Am Error," which is a wonderful book about the technical aspects of the NES, Famicom, and Famicom Disk System. I also beat the true pacifist ending of Undertale and felt all the feels.

Libertarians tend to argue that regulations shouldn't be mandatory, they only create a non-competitive drag on the economy, but there is a reason governments create and enforce safety rules, and it's not to ruin the Airbnb model, it's to fairly decrease crime and accidents.

Yet another county bans religious displays on public grounds after realizing just how bad things get when you allow every religion to have their fair say.

Simone Giertz uses her engineering skills to make a robot to put on 1,000 layers of lipstick.

Glenn Beck's latest conspiracy theory: Bill Cosby's fall from fame wasn't because he was a serial rapist, but because he angered the Democrats.

There's no knowing where we're going...

Feeling: Happy


The Muslims of Iran have imposed a law, if you're female, your hair must be covered in public, even if you're not Muslim, even if you're from another country. Apparently, Iranian men are so prone to rape that they can't see hair without trying to rape it. Anyway, the FIDE (a major chess group) has scheduled their next tournament in Iran, and female chess players aren't too thrilled about the country's barbaric customs being forced upon them. Many have decided to boycott the tournament if Iran doesn't at least join the 16th century. Annoyingly, while the women are united against such horrible patriarchy, the male chess players don't seem to be boycotting along side the women. Are they not interested in equal rights because they're not the ones being oppressed? It reminds me of when Lawrence Krauss decided to leave a debate because the Muslims forced the women to sit behind the men.

For those of you who can't get enough of the first presidential debate, or you want a look at what happens when people decide to back a third party candidate to prove a point, or want to see how many times Mike Pence can lie or just how far the news has progressed about women since 1997, Samantha Bee has you covered.

You can argue that a person's private beliefs shouldn't matter when they're being considered for a job, all that should matter is if they can do the job properly. But what if your personal beliefs conflict with the entire philosophy of your field? Aren't you pretty much destined to fail to do your job? Take Mark Armitage for example. He believes the entire universe was created by magic about 3,000 years after the invention of the wheel, but he was hired as a electron microscopy technician at a university in California, probably because they thought his crazy beliefs wouldn't interfere with his ability to work on microscopes. The university even gave him a position teaching about microscopes, but his evangelism got the better of him, and he used his authority to preach about how a fossils prove dinosaurs lived alongside people only a few thousand years ago and evolution is wrong. Naturally, Armitage's scientific incompetence and degrees from unaccredited schools put him at odds with the actual science staff, and his inability to do his job properly caused the university to not renew his contract. But the Christian persecution is a powerful mistress and Armitage cried that he was being discriminated against because of his religion. The university lawyers ran the numbers and found that, even though California law pretty much guaranteed a legal victory, it would be far more expensive than settling out of court, and, caring more about money than his beliefs, Armitage sold out. The university made a costly mistake hiring a Young Earth Creationist into their science department, and it cost them over $100,000. We can only hope that the university has learned what many pharmacies across America have learned after their Christian pharmacists stopped filling prescriptions for women's health, when you hire someone who doesn't believe in reality, they're probably going to cost a lot of money in the long run!

What's the deal with those white spots on your nails?

Trump's stupid kid says his daddy shouldn't be held accountable for anything he said before he started running for president because he was ignorant back then... as if anything has changed?

Want to learn absolutely nothing about science? Use this home school guide!

Which direction we are going...

Feeling: Happy


I wrote an article about how to best respond when people ask you, "Can you prove God doesn't exist?"

We need more police accountability.

Religious nutjobs in Poland tried passing new legislation that would make abortion illegal in the country, even if the life of the mother was at risk. Such a ludicrous move was backed by the Vatican, but the Polish parliament wisely rejected the ban. Now, if they could just move in the direction and give comprehensive abortion coverage, they'd be on target.

Is your cancer treatable? Thank a zebra fish.

NASA sent seeds to orbit the moon just to see how it would affect their growth on Earth.

Great Britain hasn't learned anything from the massive environmental devastation the US has wrecked on itself with fracking, and decided to give it a go in their own land.

If it's awkward nervous sass you like, you can't do much better than Aubrey Plaza.

There's no earthly way of knowing...

Feeling: Happy


I finished re-reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and I don't have much good to say about it this time around.

If you believe that solar power is useless because the sun goes down at night, you might be Rush Limbaugh.

Just a handful of the many problems with the Exodus story.

Gary Johnson is a rich white man who is proud of how ignorant he is, and that seems to sum up the entire Libertarian Party.

It's amazing how much work went into the Super Mario 64 eye-blinking engine.

When you've been in the lab for so long you need to make a dance video.

Leaves are turning, pumpkin spice is brewing

Feeling: Festive


I know it's a bit late, but a quick recap of the first presidential debate. Despite obscene levels of criticism, Hillary was a great debater, Trump was barely coherent, his supporters are terrible, and he just couldn't help digging deeper.

A list of terrible things that women constantly have to fear that men rarely even consider.

The Muslims were the ones with a problem, so why does this woman have to give up her seat so that their barbaric superstitions can be respected?

Finally, there's an app that will send thoughts and prayers for you!

This won't come as a shock to people who are paying attention, but abortions rates decrease when Democrats are in power, most likely because they increase funding for sexual education and provide access to birth control.

If you want to save big animals, you should consider letting rich assholes hunt them.

Desire to kill rising...

Feeling: Annoyed


Microsoft has a history of making every other release of their OS terrible. Windows 3 was great, 95 had some serious flaws, 98 fixed most of those flaws, Me was trash, XP was pretty impressive, Vista was a punchline, 7 fixed most of the problems, 8 was an abortion. According to this pattern, 10 should have been great, but it isn't; it's not even decent. 10 is like trying to run a Windows 7 PC that's infected with a virus. I really tried to accept Windows 10. I tried to ignore the inability to change the god-awful user interface, I tried to ignore the mandatory icons in the system tray, the nag messages that require a registry hack to turn off, and the advertisements that appear in the notification box. But the straw that broke the camel's back came just after I had finally gotten the start menu the way I like it and unpinned the useless Microsoft software from the start bar. I returned after the update and Windows had reverted the start menu and start bar to the default. Nope! Nope! Nope! If I wanted a computer that wouldn't let me customize its shitty design or remove its shitty software, I would buy Apple products. For the time being, I wasted a good portion of my weekend reverting to Windows 7, and unless Windows 11 actually allows for customization, I'm probably going to ditch Microsoft all together and make Linux my primary OS.

Even before I got a pit bull, the idea of banning dogs based on their breed disgusted me. I assumed that the breed of a dog has little to do with how dangerous it is, what really mattered was how the animal was raised. In fact, the breed does matter quite a bit when talking about dog aggression, but it's not the pit bulls that are the most aggressive, it's Dachshunds, Chihuahuas, and Jack Russells that are the most aggressive breeds. Pit bulls have below average aggression, and are one of the most loyal dogs, although they tend to be more aggressive to other dogs. It's often pointed out that, in America, pit bulls kill more people than any other breed, but the number is still extremely low (about 17 in 2015) meaning you're more likely to be killed by lightning than a pit bull (or any type of dog, for that matter). However, since pit bulls are currently the "bad boy" dog breed of choice (remember when it was Rottweilers, Dobermans, German Shepherds, etc.?), they are the ones being targeted by bigotry. Montreal has passed a law restricting all dogs that even resemble pit bulls. They can no longer be sold, bought, or even adopted and existing owners must pay a special pit bull fee, pass special criminal background check, and keep their dog muzzled whenever it is outside, even in a fenced in yard!

Poland currently has very strict abortion restrictions. Currently, Polish women are legally allowed to get an abortion if a physician says the pregnancy will kill them, or if they can prove in court that they were raped, but Polish Conservatives, backed by the Catholic Church, are trying to eliminate all reasons. Religious people want to see a Poland where pregnant women are forced to die from pregnancy complications, rather than perform a simple life-saving procedure. Thankfully, there is a lot of protest.

Why hasn't Trump been paying Federal Taxes? Is it because he's such a smart business man? Just the opposite in fact. Turns out, you don't have to pay Federal Taxes if you lose close to a billion dollars, like Trump did.

Christopher Hutchinson, a Christian Youth Pastor, was arrested for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl. What I find the most shocking about this isn't that a Christian molested a child, that happens all the time, and it's not that Hutchinson will be serving a mere three months in jail, Christian routinely serve less-severe sentences, no, the thing that shocks me the most are the number of fellow Christians who wrote to the judge begging her to go easy on Hutchinson because he is such a wonderful guy!

Ryan Anthony Salandy is a Christian rapper who was just found guilty of murdering his producer by running him over with a car, just like Jesus wanted.

Worst operating system ever.

Feeling: Okay


Got a new computer that came pre-loaded with Windows 10. It's really as bad as everyone says it is.

Freddie Mercury's amazing voice without instrumentation.

Turns out Donald Trump used his "charity" to give $10,000 to Jenny McCarthy to help fight vaccinations.

Things you never read in the bible.

Republican Jason Christensen is a horrible person. After Braxton Taylor committed suicide at only 19-year-old (it is assumed because of the hate he faced as a gay teen), Christensen said, "Hopefully God will have mercy on both sins that this boy committed. The sins of homosexuality and the sins of murder."

The world's very last Encephalartos Woodii.

Time for a new computer.

Feeling: Okay


Effects of the cold are almost gone.

What happens when a lesbian shows a gay man her vagina.

Does being compared to an Imperial Wizard of the KKK count as a complement if it comes from someone like Bill I-protect-child-rapists Donohue?

The scientific taxonomy of dragons.

Trump's VP, Mike Pence believes that evolution is a hoax created by atheist scientists to get more money and ruin Christianity, but somehow he has decided that climate change is real, and that Trump never said the Chinese created climate change as a hoax, which he did.

A man explains how he left Islam.

Ugh. People.

Feeling: Okay


For those people saying that Clinton is the lesser of two evils, she's actually one of the most qualified presidential candidates we've ever had.

I've had five dogs in my life. The one who has been, by far, the most cuddly, well-tempered, and trainable is an American pitbull-mix. So when I see cities banning the entire breed causing the extermination of countless animals, it really makes my blood boil. You have to be pretty bigoted to think that an entire breed is evil. Besides, we all know that cats are the real killers here.

Political lobbyist continue to be corrupt.

In 1776, the USA ratified the Declaration of Independence, maintaining that it could sustain itself as a nation, and was willing to fight any foreign power who might try to rule us. In 2015, American Christians ratified the Declaration of Dependence, maintaining that they are subservient and meek, slaves to a tyrannical overlord.

Yes, I'd eat the Skittles, because we're not talking about poisoned candy, we're talking about human lives you disgusting monster.

Faith Christian and Our Lady of Sorrows, two private schools, have decided to forfeited all sporting events against teams that have female players because God made the girls inferior at sports, and it wouldn't be fair to beat them. They sound like a bunch of chickens to me!

I would totally watch a Zelda movie from Studio Ghibli.

I wish the moderators could just mute the mic every time someone lies, then we wouldn't have to hear Trump's voice

Feeling: Okay


The presidential debate last night was rage inducing. NPR has the full transcript with all the fact checking showing Trump telling lie after lie. Both Clinton and the moderator kept pointing out his lies, and he kept saying, "wrong!" One of the last things Clinton brought up, which Trump also denied, was how cruel her is to women, specifically how he called Alicia Machado, a Miss Universe Pageant winner, "Miss Piggy." Trump tried to fix his disgusting remarks by saying, "She was the worst we ever had, the worst, the absolute worst, she was impossible. She gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem." No, Trump, you're the problem.

Not that his failures will do anything to sway his deplorable supporters. Jimmy Kimmel made up ridiculous stories about Trump's unreleased tax returns, and his fans didn't even bat an eye at the most comically criminal lies. Meanwhile, a lot of voters still think that Trump and Clinton are equally bad, but as John Oliver points out, Trump is objectively more nefarious.

Catholicism seems to have a lot in common with the Voodoo practice of having a powerful gris-gris, they believe that icons and artifacts can have magical powers. Recently, they chopped the heart out of a Monk's corpse and are now parading it around the world so it can bestow magical enchantments onto the laity. Speaking of child rapists, the Catholics of Guam are warning Governor Eddie Calvo that his new law that eliminates the statute of limitations on child sex abuse will bankrupt the local Church! Wait, isn't that an admission of guilt?

My political wife Elizabeth Warren rails on Well Fargo for all his shady business practices, but he'll still go home to his giant mansion in the end.

Christian pro-lifers demand executions!

The science behind why the Cicret bracelet won't work, and why you shouldn't give money to a tech company that can't generate a prototype.

Morning are still a little rough, but I'm feeling much better

Feeling: Blah


Cory Cooper, a police officer who was fired for "inappropriate behavior," which later turned out to be coercing a teenage girl into giving him oral sex in order to ignore her marijuana use. Which isn't so much "inappropriate behavior" so much as rape. Well, Officer Cooper has entered a plea bargain to receive only one year in jail and will get to keep his law enforcement license! That's good work boys.

Scientific American grades the presidential responses to the 20 questions about science, and the answers aren't very shocking; Clinton scores the highest, Trump, the lowest.

If you wanted to teach students the importance of the First Amendment, it would help to give an example, like this teacher stood on an American Flag to show just how shocking protest might be, but how important it is to allow people to protest. Of course, if you live in a state where patriotism is more important than the Constitution, like North Carolina, teaching students what protesting means will ironically get you suspended.

Blasphemy laws were put in place in Western nations to protect, not religions, but solely Christianity. I say this, because, of all the Western nations that have blasphemy laws in place, all of them are Christian nations. However, as Christianity dies in Western nations, other religions are feeding on its carcass and fringe religions (i.e., scams) like Scientology are benefiting from these laws by making it practically impossible for critics to point out the flaws. Why can't they be more like the city of Victora, British Columbia, Canada?

Democrats aren't the best when it comes to wiping out racism, but the fact that they see it as an evil means their heart is in the right place. Republicans, on the other hand, don't even know what racism is. Take Dave Brat for example, who believes that not forcing public school students to read the Christian bible is an example or racism.

Libertarians thankfully have very little chance of holding national power in the country because their current elected leader thinks we shouldn't worry about the devastating effects of climate change because the sun just is going to destroy the earth in a few billion years.

Palmer Luckey, the guy who sold Oculus Rift to Facebook and became a multi-millionaire over night has decided that his millions would best be spent creating memes to "shitpost" Hillary Clinton in order to get Trump elected. What a piece of really rich garbage.

Another victory for the Constitution as a public school removes a giant Ten Commandments mural, and the after school Satanist clubs are really starting to make headway.

If several people made a public claim that I repeatedly committed acts of sexual harassment, and that resulted in, not jail time or fines, but merely the loss of several speaking engagements and having to find a new host for my web site, I think I would respond by making a public announcement explaining how much I am against sexual harassment, apologize profusely to the woman or women who made the accusation, and find an expert on sexual harassment to educate me on proper conduct. What I wouldn't do is throw a giant hissy fit and sue everyone involved for millions of dollars because that would not only make me look guilty, but also make me look like a huge asshole who doesn't care about women who feel like they've been sexually harassed. But then again, I'm not Richard Carrier.

And I try to see the light through the disease

Feeling: Sick


Now, in the sunset of the Obama Administration, we can look back to all those doomsday predictions from the ultra-Conservatives and realize that pretty much all of their fear and terror was unfounded.

The Ark Encounter theme park in Kentucky is not doing so well. Their opening day had more protesters than patrons, and they just recently decreased their projected attendance to their board (to a number that is still very optimistic). This isn't surprising considering that religion has been on the decline for the past several decades, but the failure of Ken Ham is the saving grace for a Chinese Canadian man who has decided to steal those paltry visitors from Kentucky by building another ark park in the incredibly populated Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan!

Christians lay hands on Donald Trump to shield him from a concentrated Satanic Attack, apparently not realizing that he is Satan. Well, him and Roger Ailes.

If you were a Catholic girl in Ireland the 1980s, you probably watched this wonderful video about how men deposit semen in your vagina. Instead, they should have shown you this.

There are about 50 different body types for men in videogames, but only one for women.

But the world will surely heal my ills

Feeling: Sick


Feeling too sick to be happy about the first day of autumn.

Oh how I love Samantha Bee. Finally a liberal show that doesn't phone it in and shows just how awful some Americans can be. Like when Hillary called 50% of Trump voters deplorable, well, yes, studies back that up or how news organizations are stupid enough to sit through infomercials of his shitty products before listening to a long string of lies.

Even religious polling groups are discovering the inconvenient truth: religion is dying.

Remember when Andrew Wakefield wanted to sell his vaccine so he told a bunch of ignorant people that all other vaccines cause autism, a lie that eventually led to the death of thousands of children?

It's probably best that Mario doesn't do crossovers with Undertale.

375 scientists write an open letter affirming that climate changes is real, it's human-caused, it's very dangerous, and we need to stop it.

One of the most expensive common liquids in the world is printer ink. Seriously, ounce-for-ounce it costs more than expensive vodka, penicillin, and even human blood. But it's not that ink has such an expensive manufacturing cost, it's just that companies like HP enjoy price-gouging their customers. There are plenty of third-party ink sellers that make ink cartridges at a much cheaper price. But leave it to digital restriction management (DRM) to ruin cheaper alternatives. HP is now putting special chips in their printers so that they will only work with over-priced HP printer cartridges an continue price-gouging. Do yourself a favor and stop buying HP printers!

I still love me some Calvin and Hobbes.

I've totaled another amp, I'm calling in sick

Feeling: Sick


Took a sick day yesterday because my throat feels like the devil just pissed in it.

Clinton's point about half of Trump's supporters being deplorable didn't go over well, but the polls show that she's actually spot on. But there are plenty black Republicans who disagree.

Police murder yet another unarmed black man with his hands in the air.

Why do we acknowledge a radio message with "Roger"? Because the Royal Air Force.

Obama may have taken us into a brave new world of governmental spying and drone strikes, but he's a pretty damn good motivational speaker.

Do dogs and your wallet a favor and don't give money to breeders who specialize in dogs with deformed faces.

It's a shame that her kids had nearly die for her to change her mind on the necessity of vaccines, but I'm glad this mother finally embraced science.

Mother Teresa is not a saint. People were donating millions to her assuming she was creating hospitals that would comfort the dying and cure the sick, but most of that money was given to the church while she forced her patients to remain in as much pain as possible until they died.

Don't let go

Feeling: Happy


Had a blast at Britt's baby shower. They had some fun games to play, and I don't think Britt's non-gamer friends realized how competitive we can be. Not that I'm showing off, but I did win more of the games than anyone else! Thanks for getting knocked up Britt!

If you and your fellow police officers are going to work together to frame an innocent man, it's best to make sure you're not recording yourself.

Vlamir Putin's political party won big in the Russian elections because he cheated. No wonder Trump adores him so much.

More 60s pop music today.

This is the academic rigor it takes to be a psychic these days.

Emma Goldman was pretty cool.

And when you see me for all that I am

Feeling: Happy


The US government just finished their evaluation of Edward Snowden (only took three years, you guys are really on the ball!). They have concluded that Snowden should not be pardoned for several reasons, and they've certainly convinced me:

  1. After it came out that the US has been routinely spying on its allies, the US government had to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to create new spying tactics in order to keep spying on its allies.
  2. The documents Snowden released had nothing to do with individual privacy, like the ones about how the US government reads the emails, web traffic, and phone messages of its private citizens.
  3. Snowden isn't a whistle blower because he didn't remain in the USA, you know, the country that spies on its citizens and has a long history of murdering political belligerents.
  4. Snowden once got into a fight with a co-worker and sometimes exaggerates his personal health, so he obviously can't be trusted.
  5. The NSA and CIA need to be more secretive, because they're obviously too transparent with their illegal spying tactics.

When a caged dog finally gets let out to go home with its new owners.

The reason I shop at Luxottica.

Christian-run pregnancy centers are still telling vulnerable women all sorts of lies in order to coerce them into having a baby. Abortion does not cause cancer and it does not decrease your chance of babies in the future.

Music video of a pastor who believes God wants him to have a private jet.

Jingoist American teachers and school administrators still think they can punish students for not performing political rituals.

All your mansplaining won't make you right and Marilyn Vos Savant wrong when it comes to the Monty Hall problem.

We're beggars and we're choosers

Feeling: Happy


Obama has modified the Title X program which makes it so that states cannot eliminate funding to organizations that provide low-income women with reproductive health care unless those organizations fail to perform their duties. Long story short, Republican-run states that are too stupid to see a criminally modified sting video must continue to fund Planned Parenthood.

Getting male students to understand how having mostly male policy makers benefits them is as easy as showing them what would happen if decisions were made by mostly women.

How a loophole in American law makes it perfectly legal for companies to make ridiculously untrue claims about a product.

Did you know that your intelligence comes from your mother's X chromosome? Neither did I. Probably because, it's not true. But that doesn't stop the Huffington Post, the Wall Street Journal, AOL, and other bastions of good science journalism from saying it's scientifically proven. Biologist PZ Myers explains the details of where intelligence actually comes from, while shooting down several other false scientific "proofs."

A few fair questions about the god of the bible.

Republican Steve King suggests that the studies which show that same-sex parents are just as good, if not better, than different-sex parents may be wrong... like climate change.

Speaking of climate change, what would happen if all ice on the planet melted?

Republican VP hopeful, Mike Pence, is pretty sure that smoking isn't very bad for you, and probably won't give you cancer. Paid for with the gobs of money given to Mike Pence by the tobacco industry.

We're heroes and we're pioneers

Feeling: Happy


The presidential candidates answer questions about science-related global issues. Democrat Clinton gives detailed answers to each question which show she's aware of the problems and potential solutions. Republican Trump, as a science denier, gives terse answers that expose his ignorance. Libertarian Johnson didn't answer any of the questions. Green Stein gave detailed answers, but some of them were far from scientific.

You don't have to be a criminal to support Trump, but it helps.

Cops usually get to keep their jobs after shooting an unarmed civilian in the back, but amazingly, they get fired when they don't kill people! Weirton Police Chief Rob Alexander and City Manager Travis Blosser are the real criminals here.

Dealing with interlaced video.

Richard Keenan is not only a Christian, he's also the Mayor of Hubbard, Ohio, and a child-rapist. But don't worry, as Mayor Keenan says, it's the four-year-old's fault.

Part of being religious means maintaining willful ignorance.

Why is it important to use encryption and understand computer security? To protect from hackers? Yes, but as it turns out, the hackers are the US government.

For my fellow programmers who have been stumped by git.

One day this will all be over

Feeling: Happy


Evolution deniers will say, "but it's still bacteria," but people who understand evolution will watch in awe as e. choli evolves a resistance to 1000x a fatal dose of antibiotics.

If you need a barometer that you're doing something wrong, just check to see if White Nationalists are big fans of yours. If they are, you're Donald Trump.

Here's what Mercury retrograde means to people who actually care about reality.

The chemistry behind the elephant's toothpaste experiment.

North Carolina Republicans passed a law eliminating governmental protection for LGBT people, and the NBA and NCAA responded by moving several important basketball games out of the state. Republicans responded with a press conference of sexist and bigoted jokes and accusations, but there is nothing they can do to dismiss the fact that their actions have lost the state millions of dollars every year from here on out.

Samantha Bee is back. Finally, we can get some real news coverage like Stephen Colbert.

Here we go again

Feeling: Happy


Trump rallies are much more interesting when they're not censored by the media.

Seeing the Martian surface up close for the first time.

A brief explanation of the RNA world hypothesis.

After the Federal Government saw the protest of the Dakota Access pipeline and halted the project, North Dakota state officials decided to take action. No, they're not require the pipeline manufacturers introduce better safety measures, they're trying to arrest the journalists who have been filming police and security guards sicking attack dogs on the protesters.

TLC has become your station for Christian reality shows starring child rapists.

After pruning out some of the more sexist and bigoted atheists from my feeds and replacing them with people who actually care about others, like Steve Shives, I'll let him speak to the divisions among atheists.

If you lead a hate group that spends $25,000 to try and make sure that gay people are executed, as Tony Perkins does, you deserve to be called deplorable.

Not so shocking news, Donald Trump's charity is a scam.

James Croft explains how difficult it can be, and what you need to do to convince people.

Brian Mitchell, a Christian youth paster at Columbia Road Baptist Church raped a 16-year-old girl, so his church responded by kicking the girl out and saying she couldn't come back until she apologized to the rapist's wife.


Feeling: Happy


I beat Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance (and got all three endings). It was an okay game, but a definite downgrade from Circle of the Moon.

People are willing to spend big money to put out a denial of service hit on a web site.

Alex Dainis explains why nectarines are really just peach mutants.

What Hillary can do to look more presidential, because Trump is concerned about her looks.

The complexity behind something as seemingly simple as resizing an image.

After several of Trump's own advisors all quit at once, they add their names to the long list of people who were stiffed out of payment.

New music that sounds like 50s bubblegum pop.

It's not the sky that revolves, it's the Earth.

Bang your bongos

Feeling: Happy


According to Catholic researcher, the church is losing members in droves, even among children, because mass is boring and people are attacking faith by demanding evidence for their beliefs. But the researcher says the church is totally on board with science! For example, the Catholics believe that priests have magical powers, like the ability to turn wine into the blood of a Jew who has been dead for 2,000 years. See? Science! Of course, the researcher ignores the elephant in the room; maybe all these children are leaving the church because they don't want to get raped by priests?

Apple is the terrible tech dinosaur that Apple warned you about. The iPhone 7 doesn't work with regular headphones so you have to buy $160 iHeadphones that must be recharged every couple hours.

Reasons for an against atheists getting confirmed.

David Barton continues to be a fraud.

Disney hates the poor, and so do you.

Heritage Academy, a for-profit charter school, is getting sued for trying to teach its students that patriots must believe in God, democracy doesn't work unless everyone agrees that a Christian-like religion is true, and only religious people can be moral.

Why religions punish doubt.

Is it fall yet?

Feeling: Happy


If you actually want a degree that means something, go to a real university.

The decisions of Michigan Republicans have led to the poisoning of everyone living in the city Flint, and they're still expected to pay their above-average water bills. Though media attention has waned, the water is still toxic. Thinking we need to clean up the environment, Republican Governor Rick Snyder elected a British Petroleum lobbyist as head of the Department of Environmental Quality. And the four Republican Senators who make up the Natural Resources Committee have collected $65,000 from the oil and gas industries. Problem solved!

Make sure you drink 500 glasses of water every hour.

Imagine a Republican presidential candidate publicly saying, "You know that guy has declared himself a Jew? I'm serious! What a weird thing. Why would a guy who has had all that success just, I mean, what the hell is wrong with him?" It probably wouldn't surprise you, but at least you'd hope it would hurt their political career. And maybe being a bigot about Judaism would hurt their career, but it sure won't hurt them to be a bigot against atheists.

Make sure your science isn't ruined by sensationalism.

Trump's immigration plan is meant to bring the country closer to God. The traditional god of the US, you know, the one who hates non-white people.

No, the bible isn't 100% accurate.

Gotta give credit to Obama, while he's not properly apologizing to foreign countries for all the innocent people killed by US bombings, at least he's admitting the country made mistakes.

Republicans. Are. Just. Plain. Awful.

Might as well be on Mars

Feeling: Happy


Several protesters from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, including one child, were attacked by dogs, but NBC decides to focus on the injured rent-a-cops.

If you ever need a good example for just how corrupt an Evangelical Christian family can be, look no further than the Hovinds.

Father Ryan High School in Nashville, Tennessee is involved in a scandal, and parents are outraged. They've just learned that the school they've entrusted to teach their children has been filling their precocious little heads with the correct names for the parts of their genitalia!

How easily cracked is your password?

One of Trump's African American cheerleaders, Christian pastor Mark Burns has just been called out on his biography which is full of lies.

The Vatican has canonized the terrible villain known as Mother Teresa. Time to showcase the documentary created by Christopher Hitchens.

The bible condensed into 30 seconds.

One of these days

Feeling: Happy


The founder of Latinos For Trump, which is celebrating adding its fourth member today, warned that if we don't elect Trump for president, there will be a taco truck on every corner. But he said that like it's a bad thing! I for one would welcome a taco over Trump any day! Trump also wants to make all immigrants take a test to see if their values and ideals match those of Americans, not understanding why such a test would be the antithesis of American values and ideals.

CGP Grey teaches us how to solve traffic problems.

The SpaceX rocket explosion didn't injure anyone, but it did create one of the most expensive fireworks in history.

Kurt Metzger does comedy about being a Jehovah's Witness.

A church's insurance company refuses to repair their damaged building because the church was destroyed by an act of god.

Tim Curry laughing.

Still going

Feeling: Happy


You don't have to be an ignorant racist to vote for Donald Trump... oh wait, yes you do. And his partner in crime, Mike Pence, is really, really, really stupid.

The Ten Commandments for the modern age.

Nico LaHood, the District Attorney of Texas, may be so gullible he can be hoodwinked by a quack like Andrew Wakefield, but real scientists have shown that the HPV vaccine has dropped the rate of cervical cancer in half in just ten years without a single case of autism!

Want to win an Oscar? Get out the old checkbook.

The NRA is hard at work to ensure that when a gun is used in a murder, it's very difficult to find out who owns it.

Simone Giertz shows us how to make a sandwich making robot.


Feeling: Happy


Why doesn't anyone consider the superior option of wiping side-to-side?

Republican keep complaining about voter fraud, so why is it always the Republicans who are found guilty of voter fraud?

Responding to the ridiculous argument that horrible suffering proves the existence of an all-powerful all-loving god.

"Reverend" Paul Monahan has been suspended after being accused of spying on boys as they went to the bathroom.

John Oliver is even great when he's not doing the news.

How do you get a bigot to stop preaching? Bagpipes.

If you're an atheist, you should be an organ donor.

Magic revealed.

Over actor!

Feeling: Happy


I know Brock Turner committed sexual assault, but he couldn't serve his full terribly long six-month sentence because he's an important swimmer.

Apple continues to its plan of saving money through tax avoision.

Aron Ra's speech at the Anti-Ark Rally.

The Republican candidate can't seem to come up with a single solid plan on immigration.

Just hanging out at the South Pole.

A Christian woman in Oklahoma murdered her daughter and literally shoved a cross down her throat because she believed her daughter was possessed by demons. And a Christian couple let their daughter starve to death because Jesus.

Sure that article was published in a science journal, but does that make it right?

All the cool kids are doing it

Feeling: Happy


Christian pastor, Kenneth Adkins, who said the gay men in Jacksonville who were murdered got what they deserved, has just been arrested for child molestation.

Christian pastor, Tony Yarber, who is also the Mayor of Jackson Mississippi and believe you can pray away potholes, has just been slapped with a sexual harassment case.

The National Anthem of the USA, the Star Spangled Banner, includes a line about celebrating the death of slaves at the hands of Americans.

Heather Bresch, the CEO of Mylan who took a $16,000,000 raise after increasing the price of EpiPens by 400%, explained the price hike by saying, "No one's more frustrated than me."

The news is abuzz about the ice bucket challenge having funded the discovery of a new gene relating to ALS research, but did it really?

Recently, a family of five all died in a tragic car accident which prompted a Christian writer to pen the headline, "Believing in God's wonderful plan." The author, after insulting her non-believing friend, explains that she'll be mad if someone feeds her the platitude, "God needed more angels in Heaven," but would appreciate the phrase, "It's a mystery," because, to her, two parents in their 20s and three children all under the age of four burning up in flaming wreckage proves to her that her god has, "a humane, benevolent will." This, unfortunately, is a common form of theodicy.

It's long been known that Catholics care more about refusing birth control than they do their patient's lives, but I had no idea they're so adverse to birth control that they won't even remove an IUD!

Do what I don't

Feeling: Happy


Fox "News" brings on sexist guests, it employs sexist reporters, it is run by sexist administrators. Fox "News" is sexist.

Racism is alive and well with Alabama politicians.

Want to ruin your child's education and divert badly needed funds away from the education of low-to-middle income families across the country? America has got you covered with failing charter schools.

God told Eric Cheeley to smear oily crossed all over the cubicles at the office where he worked, so Cheely did, and then left without telling anyone what he had done. Naturally, his co-workers were a bit freaked out by the ritual, and his boss decided to fire him. But Cheely knew right away the real reason why his boss was terminating his employment, it wasn't because he smeared oil all over the walls damaging them, no, it was because of Christian persecution! Cheeley tried suing his former company for religious discrimination, but the judge wasn't as insane as Cheeley and threw out the case.

It may take them a few centuries, but religions eventually have to accept scientific realities. And so does the Green Party.

Let's get real here

Feeling: Happy


Republicans hate wasting money on useless things like scientific research, but they don't seem to mind throwing away billions of dollars to remove sexual education from schools.

An interesting study shows that, states that are more religiously diverse are usually fewer religious believers over all. My guess is that, as people learn more about the crazy beliefs of others, they begin to see their own as being pretty crazy as well.

Mother Thresa was less of a saint, and more of a monster.

Fox News: the mouthpiece for jingoist rednecks.

Dealing with America's problem of Creationism.

Republicans tend to get their knickers in a bind whenever people talk about same-sex marriage, and one of their fears is that their good and wholesome ministers (who probably just finished molesting a little boy) might be forced by the big bad government to wed a same-sex couple; they actually believe a same-sex couple would want to be married by someone who hates them. A Christian polling group wanted to find out just how common this is, and they discovered that the vast majority of Christian ministers (88%) have never even been asked to perform a same-sex wedding, and of those who had been asked, the number who had been forced to officiate a wedding was precisely zero.


Feeling: Happy


"Fox News masquerades as a defender of traditional family values, but behind the scenes, it operates like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult, steeped in intimidation, indecency and misogyny," says another female employee who claims she was fired after she complained about her boss's unwanted sexual advances.

Nicholas Fifield raped an 18-year-old disabled girl while she pleaded with him to stop, but the case ended in a plea bargain and Fifield won't serve any time because, "prison would not do this kid any good." After all, we don't want to hurt his amazing tennis skills.

How small can we get these microchips?

If the police show up to your door after you call them because someone is trying to rob you, you probably wouldn't expect them to shoot you.

Another American "hero" to look up to: Ryan Lochte.

Misogyny is a deeply ingrained part of the Abrahamic religions. Muslims control how women dress and travel, the New Testament says women aren't allowed to speak in church or teach men at all, and Jew don't want women to go to school because an education is dangerous.

Looking forward to after school Satan clubs.

Your phone company probably isn't giving you timely updates because it won't make them money, and Google is trying to change that.

Things and stuff

Feeling: Happy


Some interesting facts about Seventh Day Adventists.

Conservative Floridians are fuming that their public schools sent home a waiver allowing parents to opt their children out of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. The humor is, the waiver was sent to parents, not by liberal Democrats, but by the state's Republicans. Even more interesting is that the waiver is entirely unnecessary since Florida ruled back in 2006 that no student can be punished or ridiculed for refusing to say the Pledge.

Genetic engineering is pretty much a given for our future, but what does that mean for humans?

If America persecutes minorities, how come so many of them won medals in the Olympics? Checkmate!

How the eye evolved, and why irreducible complexity is just ignorant.

Circumcision became popular in the US to try and eliminate masturbation.

Yay for love!

Feeling: Happy


Vegas was a lot of fun. Got to watch my lovely friends Wallee and Allan get married! Only got 2 hours of sleep before having to head back to the airport. Mostly recovered now.

When your religion convinces you to strap explosives onto the body of a child and blow them up in the middle of a crowded wedding, it is not a religion of peace.

After the US Supreme Court made their ruling on gun restrictions for violent people, Clarence Thomas finally spoke up to argue that men who have a history of violently beating their wives and children should still have easy access to guns.

When it comes to monetary value, which group of thieves steal the most? Pickpockets? Car thieves? People who break into homes? No, even if you add up the value of everything they stole together, both solved and unsolved crimes, that accounts to $341 million a year (as of 2012), but the thieves who steal the most money, estimated to be 20-50$ billion each year, and it comes from a group that you probably would never suspect because we tend to see them as the opposite of thieves: employers!

After years of creating an environment that encourages abuse, the US government will no longer outsource to private prisons.

Just in case you thought the US government stopped abusing the Native American population in order to help dangerous commercial growth, the Lakota and Dakota natives are having their water supply contaminated by oil companies, and the local government is making sure it happens.

Tony Perkins, head the the hate group, the Family Research Council just had his home destroyed in a flood... possibly by a vengeful god. But wait! Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser found an image of a cloud formation that looks kinda like Louisiana, thus, we don't need to worry about the 40,000 destroyed homes!

When you live in a country that still bans abortion, it requires a long journey to get one.

With Catholic organization buying up Walgreens across the country, they aren't being very forthright about their compliance with the Vatican's ban on contraception.

Waiting for them to come and take me away

Feeling: Happy


Heading to Las Vegas tomorrow for a vacation with Emily! Catch you nerds on Monday.

The safe harbor provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act means that, if someone posts something illegal on your web site, you're not held liable for their post assuming you work to remove it in a timely fashion. For years, the film and movie industries have been trying to get rid of this provision because they believe Google isn't doing enough to stop people from posting copyrighted videos to YouTube (even though they remove the content, punish the uploaders, and let companies easily make money through ads in the process). Now, a federal judge has even let a record company sue one of the smaller cable companies because the cable company wouldn't forward letters from the record company to their customers because the letters were threating and dishonest. The really obnoxious part of this is that if the film/record industry suddenly discovered that a hacker had been using their own severs to broadcast illegal content, you can be damn sure that they wouldn't accept any responsibility.

This is why you shouldn't trust 8-bit videogames.

Esten Ciboro is a Christian who has been protesting Target's policy of allowing transgendered customers the right to use whichever bathroom they like because. Ciboro believes that transgendered people are immoral and dangerous to children. This seems a bit hypocritical now that Ciboro has been arrested for having a 13-year-old girl chained up in his basement.

Because ruining the economy with toxic housing loans wasn't good enough, now we need to ruin the economy with toxic car loans too.

Apple isn't really an American company anymore because the bulk of their manufacturing, spending, and earning occurs in other countries so they can avoid paying their taxes.

If Olympic athletes were actually getting a boost from using alternative treatments, they're cheating. Luckily, they're just ignorant.

Jim Bakker and his wife are just plain horrifying.

Yer an Izzard Eddie

Feeling: Happy


In an effort to lend credence to Trump's lie that Obama and Hillary Clinton were the founders of ISIS, Republican Rudy Giuliani, says, "Before Obama came along, we didn't have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attacks." Of course, the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil occurred during W. Bush's administration on September 11th, 2001, when Giuliani was the Mayor of New York. It's not that Giuliani "forgot" about the 9/11 attack, after all, he spoke about it and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing just prior to saying that line, it's just that, he doesn't seem to understand that if he admits that Islamic terrorists have been doing this for decades, it means he's lying when he blames Obama and Clinton.

In about 250 million years, we can expect a new Pangaea. Thanks geologists! And while we're talking landmasses, revive your hatred of the Mercator Projection map.

North Carolina seems to be taking a page out of Flint, MI's book. A state coal plant has caused toxic vanadium and cancer-causing hexavalent chromium contamination in all the nearby wells where the public gets their drinking water. Just recently, Dr. Megan Davies, the state's toxicologist, resigned claiming that Republican Governor Pat McCrory told her to lie to the public and tell them the water is safe. Both Davis and another state employee have sworn that the Governor told them to lie, but Governor McCrory denies it. Dr. Davies has given her evidence for why the water is poisonous, but Governor McCrory, who has no scientific background whatsoever, says it's safe, so I think we should trust him.

Charlie Hebdo continues to be the bravest magazine in the world.

When every major climate science group agrees that humans are causing climate change, and a physicist shows you years of data, your only argument left is to say that all the experts are lying.

I'm not saying all Trump supporters are terrible people, but these sure are.

Haven't quite worked out world peace just yet

Feeling: Happy


Weekend was amazing. Played videogames into the wee hours of the morning with Cody, Lindsay, June, Patrick, Robin, Marquis, and Chelsea. I beat Super C, June beat Sonic the Hedgehog, and we played a couple other cool games as well.

I finished reading The Door Into Summer, which was both boring and disturbing.

An unfortunate fact about Hillary Clinton is that, from an economic standpoint, she's the perfect Republican.

A new bill was signed that will modernize the words used to describe various ethnicities in official US documents. Turns out that African Americans don't appreciate being referred to as "Negro," Asian Americans don't want to be called "Oriental," and so on. The new bill will change the documents to use their more culturally accepted words. To give you an idea of party affiliation, the bill features 75 Democrats, but only 2 Republicans.

Did you ever notice how the female villains in cartoons are always strong independent powerful women?

In order to prove that voter fraud is a big problem, James O'Keefe tries to commit voter fraud by trying to vote with someone else's identity. Turns out the person whose identity he assumed had already voted, which tipped off the police, but even if he hadn't, the lady at the polls immediately recognized that the man wasn't the same person she had seen voting for the past several years! They give him the necessary papers in hopes that he would vote and commit a crime so they could prosecute him, but he stopped just before breaking the law. Despite his utter failure, O'Keefe is claiming success believing he's proved that voter fraud is a problem. The reality is, voter fraud is extremely rare, but it's usually Republicans who commit it, and the people who want more stringent laws are doing so to prevent minorities from voting Democrat.

Fox News is still dealing with the resignation of their CEO, Roger Ailes, who quit because of multiple accusations of sexual harassment among the staff, so what do they do to help brighten their image? They bring on the racist rape-apologist Mike Cernovich. Problem solved.

After several outbreaks of disease among children, California is refusing school admittance to any unvaccinated kids, and they're even doing something that should have been done years ago, they're no longer letting parents abuse the religious exception.

Arkansas Republicans have given the green light on a giant Ten Commandments statue to be placed at the state Capitol. If erected, Arkansas Satanists will request a statue of Baphomet to be placed next to the Ten Commandments, preferably directly in front of it.

If you want a vanity license plate in New Jersey that identifies you as a Christian, no problem. If you want one that identifies you as an atheist, you're out of luck because the state says "atheist" is an offensive term. But thanks to a brave resident who was stonewalled by the state for months, a lawsuit finally got the state to stop discriminating against atheists.

Fade into you

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June and I are heading to Ohio to see our homie Cody this weekend so we can live-stream us playing vidjagames. I've been practicing Super C to try and beat it live.

Every couple days I get a request from some random ad agency saying they'll pay me to place their ads on my site. I can tell that they're really picky about who they trust with their ads because the most recent one said that my site would be a great endorsement for a sports news page. Let's see if this works as a good endorsement: Sports are harmful and wasteful. Sure, sports teach some positive ideals like friendship, trust, and physical exercise, but these are usually overshadowed by bullying, teasing, and the permanent physical damage that comes from coercing children to play while injured. All of the positive benefits can be found in more healthier unorganized play and cooperative games. Furthermore, I think sports "news" is a cancer on society as it tries to convince people that it's important to know which sports-ball player was the best at handling balls. But then, I've spent actual years playing videogames and have seen the movie Bloodsport more than once, so who am I to talk?

Trump claims saying Obama founded ISIS was sarcasm. In related news, Trump doesn't know how to use the word sarcasm. Also Pence thinks that condoms don't work, and that they are too Modern and too Liberal. Idiot.

This is why we need to be allowed to alter the software in our cars.

Why religions must indoctrinate children in order to survive.

Sometimes a man who knows nothing about feminism is less of a threat than a man who does.

Another local government meeting is opened with a Satanic invocation.

A history of measles and the measles vaccination.

Sheriff Eric Watson of Cleveland, Tennessee just couldn't resist using the police Facebook page as a pulpit and preach his version of Christianity, even after multiple warnings. Well, now he's cost taxpayers $41,000 in legal fees after losing a First Amendment lawsuit.

They sure know how to pick 'em!

Feeling: Happy


Thankfully, we have Trump to tell us all the facts the media refuses to say, like, did you know Barack Obama founded ISIS with help from co-founder Hillary Clinton? And VP hopeful Pence talks about how it won't be just Muslims immigrants that will be banned from the US, they're considering banning non-Christians from all "terrorist" regions! When all you do is lie, eventually you lie to yourself.

Finding bacteria in the 1600s needed a very special microscope.

The love for fat, salt, sugar, and television in the US seems to be the reason why we're the only developed nation that is seeing an increase in the rate of women dying during pregnancy.

After posting an article about how Christian parents should handle having their cherished white daughter marry a *shudder* black man, and dealing with the expected fallout of telling people not to call racist family members bigots, the author finally requests the site take down her article. But the Internet never forgets.

How big is the Earth compared to the universe?

Thankfully, a Christian church has figured out how to stop the religious wars in the Middle East. It's buying an army of drones, which anyone living there will see as a welcome sight, right? But, instead of the usual bombs, this church is dropping Christ Bombs! That's right, they're going to litter war zones with bibles!

An all new low

Feeling: Happy


There was a massive ant migration outside of my house yesterday.

Donald Trump makes a "joke" about assassinating Hillary Clinton. He certainly enjoys inciting people to violence. Great pick Republicans, thanks for handing the election to the Democrats.

It's probably best that videogames aren't realistic.

Four years ago, Olympic athletes were duped into buying a worthless tape with magical properties. Now they're being duped into paying someone to give them hickies.

Why do Jehovah's Witnesses allow convicted child molesters go door-to-door in communities with lots of children?

If you suddenly woke up with amnesia, would you still be religious?

I still got it

Feeling: Happy


Sure, it only took 20 years, but I finally beat Final Fantasy VI. I also beat Super C without getting killed for the first time last night!

I used to really adore the Olympics. I watched all the major events, kept track of the medals, and, when I was really young, dreamed of competing. Now, after learning that a large percentage of the athletes feel the need to use performance enhancing drugs, and seeing how much waste the games create, it's difficult to appreciate them anymore.

John Oliver points out the repercussions of the disappearing field of journalism.

Whose fault is it that record labels aren't making money any more? Is it online digital formats? No. Is it Spotify refusing to pay smaller bands for listens? No. Could it even be the fact that publishers release terrible trash and call it music? No. We all know the real villain is here, all the blame can be pointed at... Google.

Despite fearing attacks from their family, these ex-Muslims denounce the religion they were indoctrinated into.

Bigoted judge, Roy Moore, will he heading to his second ethics trial for refusing to treat homosexuals like human beings. The previous ethics trial lost him his job as a government judge, but the equally bigoted state of Alabama re-elected him.

Two people were kicked off their flight because Delta Airlines is racist.

Everything is peachy!

Feeling: Happy


I've been playing Final Fantasy VI for the past couple weeks, and as I near the end of the game, I realize that when I first started the game back in like 1996, I had almost beaten it then! Also finished reading Neal Stephen's Zodiac over the weekend.

The FBI has a program where they fly planes and helicopters to perform aerial surveillance on citizens below. These may include high-resolution cameras that can identify faces, infrared cameras to see heat signatures, and muffled exhaust so they're difficult to locate in the air. The FBI claims they are only performing surveillance on terrorism suspects and securing our borders, which I understand is a necessary evil, the trouble is, they continue to lie to Americans about their actions. They claim not to target specific groups, but Muslims specifically watched (even though white men are more likely to be terrorists in the US), they register their planes to false companies to make them harder to track, and of course, they employ stingrays which are capable of listening to the cellphone call of everyone within miles.

Clint Eastwood, who says he's not endorsing Trump, but says he'll vote for Trump, explains that, "We see people accusing people of being racist and all kinds of stuff. When I grew up, those things weren't called racist." Well, right, segregation, lynching, and church burnings weren't called racist, but it was still horribly racist. I'm sure you long for the good-old days when you could wear black face and pretend to be a "darkie," without the fear of being called "racist."

The Libertarian Party is a nightmare.

60% of American Catholics support same-sex marriage, including Vice President Joe Biden, despite the Vatican trying to stop it.

A Federal Judge threw out a lawsuit where a pregnant woman was suing the state of Missouri for violating her religious right to have an abortion because, after a year of stalling, the woman was no longer pregnant, and therefore the state restrictions no longer apply to her. By that logic, the Judge should throw out all murder cases too because dead people aren't protected by the Constitution.

Reverend Louis Brouillard admitted to sexually abusing around 20 boys to his fellow priests and they punished him by making him say long-winded prayers, but strangely never once told him to stop molesting children.

David Barton is a professional liar who has, for decades, been making up false history trying to inject Jesus into US history, but he also lies about having a doctorate degree.

Anthony Silva, Mayor of Stockton California, who once spent taxpayer money to give his god a key to the city, played strip-poker with some male teens at bible camp, gave them alcohol, and recorded the abuse.

Unplug for a weekend

Feeling: Happy


Turns out it's possible to put a bible in the trash in the game Gone Home.

Rebecca Watson shows another example of a "science" writer lying in order to get readers.

Turns out, Donald Trump is very similar to Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes. And even if Trump were elected, and died off, we'd still be stuck with Mike Pence who is just as stupid.

Explaining that strange plastic circle mirror illusion.

Crash course philosophy: episode 17, episode 18, episode 19, episode 20.

And down he goes

Feeling: Happy


Several of my clients have been hit with ransom viruses in the past week. Make sure you're vigilant with your security!

Rocket song!

Donald Trump just doesn't understand why the US shouldn't drop nuclear bombs on various countries around the world, or why it's wrong to attack the families who lost their son while serving in the US military. Add that to this long list of crazy things his campaign has done in the past 24-hours, and you've got yourself a serious shitstorm.

Here are just some of the sexist things the media has said about Hillary Clinton over the years.

While the current pope may have the look of a sweet grandpa, he sure talks like an old bigot.

The Republican Party is committing suicide, and I love it!

The American Pastors Network got together to explain why Hillary Clinton can't be president because the bible says that women have no place in politics, but they strangely have no problem with someone who embodies selfishness and hate, and can't even quote a single bible verse such as Trump.

It's shake and bake, and I helped!

Feeling: Happy


I wrote some commentary to an article titled, 3 Things to Say to an Atheist.

I've been doing a bit of pruning on YouTube, unsubscribing from atheist channels that have decide to take the bigoted side of history, and Steve Shives sums them up nicely.

Turns out, it's actually really difficult to shoot a rocket into the moon because you have to compensate for the Earth's velocity and gravity.

Because Christians had to demand the use of public schools as a place to spread their message, we now have Satanists in public schools. Although, the interesting thing is, the Satanists don't want to teach children about Satan, they want to teach them to think for themselves.

Brad Marshall, of the Democratic National Committee has resigned after it came out that he was trying to convince voters that Bernie Sanders was an atheist in hopes that Christians wouldn't vote for him.

John Oliver recaps the Democratic National Convention.

Green Party, you're supposed to be the sane ones, but now you're being represented by a nut who thinks that wireless signals are damaging children's brains! The waves used in wireless technology are not ionizing radiation (the type responsible for cancer), which explains why there has never been a study linking them to cancer, or any other disease.

The kids are alright

Feeling: Happy


Wanna get seriously messed up? Get hit by a gamma ray burst.

When a woman publicly accuses you of being sexually creepy, there are two ways to handle it. The first is to publicly apologize, and explain that you had no intention of making them feel uncomfortable, and that you're sorry, and you'll try to be more sensitive to other's feelings in the future. The other is to go crazy, make a big fuss, and try and sue them for defamation. One of those responses will blow over after a few days, the other will get you immortalized on the Internet as a litigious creep. Richard Carrier may be book smart, but he doesn't know how to handle himself around women!

Every gamer knows that women are just too hard to animate.

Slate takes a random sentence from a Trump talk and asks people to try and diagram it. Good luck!

Only a fool can't see all the conspiracies everywhere!

Crash course philosophy: episode 13, episode 14, episode 15, episode 16.

August, already?

Feeling: Happy


I kind of feel bad for people with brittle egos like Scott Adams, creator of the comic Dilbert. Seeing women getting a public voice makes him feel like less of a man.

Women can't be trusted to take a pregnancy test by themselves, what if, after finding out the result, they committed suicide?

Ray Comfort's "new" movie is just a rehash of his previous movie, he uses a tired apologist tactic and dishonest editing to convince random people who don't have any formal schooling in biology that DNA couldn't have occurred randomly, therefore, Adam and Eve were real people.

Crash course philosophy: episode 9, episode 10, episode 11, episode 12.

I'm getting a little tired of politicians and pundits "just asking questions." It's not that I have a problem with people honestly asking questions, it is, after all, vital to gaining knowledge, but a problem exists when people who ask questions and don't want an answer, despite how much evidence there is. I've always been a fan of the Green Party because they've been the liberals who actually cared about the environment and wanted social justice and political reform, unlike the so-called "liberal" Democrats. But when their presidential nominee is "just asking questions" about an area of science that has long since been laid to rest.

Repeat a lie enough times, and it becomes a truth.

Republicans are pissed that the Democratic VP can speak Spanish, and the hacked DNC emails are not very impressive.

Feed the system

Feeling: Happy


Fox "News" continues to have problems and it doesn't help that they're most watched reporter is a slavery apologist.

Most billing systems are still really sexist, even governmental ones.

The same politicians who fight to keep the terrible US copyright laws in place can't seem to learn how to ask permission to use copyrighted music?

Why are critics saying that Ghostbusters is "tanking" when it's doing better than several other movies that critics are saying are "dominating."

For all those who think Hillary Clinton worships Satan.

Roadside drug tests used by police are so bad, they can't even tell the difference between crystal meth and donut glaze. Insert donut/cop joke here.

Crash course philosophy: episode 5, episode 6, episode 7, episode 8.

One day closer

Feeling: Happy


I finished reading Quicksilver, a book that I started about 10 years ago, but just recently restarted! It was a lovely read.

Wrote a commentary to an article about atheism.

I know guys, I wanted Bernie too, but it's not going to happen. Focus! I don't get my politics from Sarah Silverman, but I enjoy hearing what she has to say.

Here's what the Republicans have been saying about Donald Trump.

When you've been secretly indoctrinating children into your religion on the taxpayer's dime, it's probably not a good idea to admit it on camera.

Some of the better Monty Python's Flying Circus sketches.

Sorry, even if you let preachers stay over at your house a couple times a year, you still need to pay taxes.

Want to learn the basics of philosophy? Take a crash course: episode 1, episode 2, episode 3, episode 4.

Of course they do

Feeling: Happy


Bill O'Reilly defends slavery because, as he says, slaves were well-fed and given decent lodging.

Samantha Bee gives us an idea of just how awful Trump supporters really are. And John Oliver's coverage of the RNC was hilarious.

34-year-old Alexander Rodriquez pleaded guilty to raping a 15-year-old girl, but he won't serve time in jail because the 15-year-old who claims Rodriguez forced her to give him oral sex just isn't very credible. I don't care if the girl was begging him, the whole point of statutory rape is to say that minors can't give consent.

So, Donald Trump just asked a foreign nuclear power, one that we're not on great terms with, to commit an act of government espionage against the USA. His followers will probably see this as an act of patriotism

A lot of people talk about when climate change eventually becomes a problem, but for people living in coastal or polar regions, it's already been a problem for years.

After 300 people died from bombs, Iraq has finally decided to stop using fake bomb detectors.

Howdy y'all!

Feeling: Happy


The first successful circumnavigation of the globe using solar-powered flight has finished!

Best period commercial ever.

Turns out, suggesting that a Democrat should be shot to death is exactly what Trump supporters want to hear. They also want to be lied to and told that crime is getting worse, even though, according to the FBI, it has been steadily dropping for the past 30 years, especially during the Obama administration. Republican response: The FBI has been lying about crime statistics for the past 30 years.

The Try Guys drink a lot of alcohol... for science.

Wisconsin public schools have solved the transgendered bathroom problem once and for all, by making transgendered students sew star patches on the front of their shirts. Wait, I mean, by making transgendered students wear bright green wristbands so everyone knows they're transgendered.

CFI's new living without religion commercial.

Stuff is still going down

Feeling: Happy


I saw the Ghostbusters reboot Sunday. While I don't see it becoming a cult classic, it was a lot of fun, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Suck it, MRAs

I enjoy the Good Guy Jew meme, but it's not entirely accurate.

Republican Senator Jeff Sessions thinks there is a big problem with the Judges of the US Supreme Court: they're not religious enough. Of course, I don't think Sessions spoke his true feelings, because would he be pleased if they were all Hindu? I think the reality is, most of the Judges are Catholic and Sessions is a Methodist.

Having multiple rounds in Mortal Kombat doesn't really make sense.

Tony Perkins, head of the hate-group "Family Research Council" applauded Republicans for allowing Peter Thiel, a gay man, to speak at the Nation Convention, and then not only repudiated everything he said, but accused Democrats of being too close-minded to allow an anti-gay speaker to talk at their convention. Well, yeah, they also won't let an anti-abolitionist speak either. Perkins is just too Christian to realize that some ideas are no longer worthy of discussion. Rational people no longer have debates on the positive benefits of slavery, the patriarchy, or Fascism.

Dropping burning iron into a liquid will cause a fiery explosion, if that liquid is liquid oxygen.

The FBI has amazing software when it comes to searching through digital data, including a project called Sentinel, which cost US taxpayers $425 million. But when it comes to the software that handled Freedom of Information Requests, they can't even provide a graphical user interface or even color display.

Want to see how quickly you'd die lost at sea in a life raft?

A man in Flushing, Michigan claims he doesn't realize why people are so mad at the sign he made for his front yard which reads, "Make the township white again!"

The word of the day is, "demagogue"

Feeling: Happy


It's not much of a shock to anyone who has been paying attention, but nearly everything Trump said during his acceptance speech of the Republican nomination was a lie.

At least one area of Cleveland is doing well because of the Republican National Convention, male prostitutes are making bank!

When a cop says that he needs to be careful when dealing with black people because or their "violent tendencies," and then slams a 2nd grade teacher to the pavement, maybe it's not black people who have violent tendencies. When a cop claims that a citizen was "resisting arrest" and may have been reaching for a weapon, and the police's attorney dismisses the charges after watching the dashcam video, maybe it's not the citizen who should be paying a fine?

Kentucky has some serious problems like taxpayers losing $18 million so a religious nut could build a life-sized Noah's Ark which has such poor ticket sales, it will probably never recoup its building costs let alone cover all its tax breaks, and, of course, their state abbreviation, is named after a personal lubricant. And now, the Republican governor is trying to undo years of legal progress preventing government-supported foster homes from brainwashing children.

New information in the case of the police officer who shot Charles Kinsey while he was lying on the ground with his hands up. An official spokesperson for the police say that this is not a case of police abuse since the officer was aiming at the man who wouldn't comply (the guy with autism) because the officer thought the man was attacking Kinsey. The cop had only a split second to react, and, being so far away from the two men, he couldn't tell if the supposed attacker was armed, so he shot at him and missed, accidentally hitting the person he thought was being attacked. While I'm not very inclined to believe the police, let's assume what he says is true. That doesn't help the case. You still have a police officer shooting someone at a distance too far to even discern whether they had a weapon and too far to get a clear shot, while there was an innocent bystander right next to him. That sounds like a pretty clear case of police abuse to me.

Despite what the MRAs have been saying, the new Ghostbusters movie is doing pretty good. I'll probably see it this weekend, not because it sounds entertaining, just to spite them.

Glad to see the NBA cares about the rights of the LGBT community. They're leaving North Carolina because of their bigoted politics.

In 2001, 75% of Americans believed that the church contributed to solving important social problems. Today, only 58% believe this, while 39% say that it doesn't contribute much or not at all.

What it feels like when men are photoshopped the same way that women are.

More news of the Vatican actively covering up child molestation crimes has been uncovered. When a memo arrived on the desk of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò detailing Archbishop John C. Nienstedt's horrible refusal to punish priests in Minnesota who had been raping children, Viganò decided the proper thing to do would be to destroy any traces of the memo and act like it never happened, but he obviously wasn't successful in eliminating everything. Viganò will probably never be punished for allowing so many children to be abused due to his neglect, and even Nienstedt, who had to resign for covering up so many child molestation cases, is still prominent in the Church.

Having to deal with roving gangs of machete-wielding Muslims is difficult for atheists.

The world needs a'changin'

Feeling: Happy


Charles Kinsey is a caregiver for people with mental health problems. One day, while watching over an autistic man playing with a toy truck, the police showed up and drew their guns on him. Kinsey lied on the ground, put his hands in the air, and explained that the other person was autistic and playing with a truck, and that neither were armed. So, naturally, the police shot him. Thankfully, Kinsey survived, but every time I hear people argue, it's only people who resist who get shot, I think of cases like this.

A large group of people were fleeing from a city controlled by the Islamic State and US forces attacked them. The people turned out to be civilians, and around 60 people, including children, were killed in a US air strike.

Sometimes, all it takes to get Christians to follow the law is a good old-fashioned lawsuit like the one against the police commander who demoted a fellow officer for not praying to Jesus, and sometimes it only takes the threat of a lawsuit, like the Georgia courthouse that reluctantly removed their Christian flag after their lawyer told them they didn't have a prayer in court. I wonder what's going to happen to Norco, California where city officials refuse to let a Hindu temple be built which follows every local building code, but it just, "won't fit in."

A rabbi brags about the fact that he has a history of using his religious status to get out of traffic violations including speeding, driving without a license, and even reckless driving. That is somethine you should be ashamed of, not proud of!

Every now and then, I feel like a loser; like I'm not nearly as cool as I want to be, and that people are making fun of how lame I am. But then, I think to myself, at least I'm not in a Christian music video.

Before you freak out about people getting robbed because of Pokémon Go, consider that people who don't play Pokémon Go also get robbed, and sometimes people get robbed -and- play Pokémon Go, but the fact that they play Pokémon Go has nothing to do with the fact that they got robbed.

All foods I would not eat.

The face of evil

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The official Republican platform has been released. It's 66 pages long, but here's a TLDR version: America is better than everyone else. America is a refuge (except to brown people). The US Constitution is not meant to be changed (even though it contains rules for how to change it). The political system of the US should be based on who has the most money. All of the progress that Obama made toward undoing the economic collapse of the Bush Administration doesn't exist, and things have only gotten worse. Bigotry and discrimination are bad, but same-sex couples shouldn't be allowed to marry, and transgender people shouldn't be allowed to use the bathroom of their gender, and the government shouldn't protect either of them because Jesus. If we allow people easier access to guns with larger magazines mass-shootings will decrease. We need more science majors which is why teachers should use the bible to prove that evolution and climate change are wrong. If we eliminate sex education from schools, there will be fewer teens having sex. We support helping women through their unwanted pregnancies by allowing states to force them to undergo a battery of unnecessary, humiliating, and expensive procedures if they choose abortion. Also, science says abortion causes terrible health problems (it doesn't). We want honest elections, which is why we prefer the Electoral College, a voting system that allows a president to win even when 78% of the population votes against him. We don't like judges who legislate from the bench, so we need to elect judges who will oppose abortion, same-sex marriage, and euthanasia. We support environmental conservation, so we need to use more fossil fuels because there is no such thing as pollution, and global warming doesn't exist and there is no reason to even attempt to move toward renewable energy. We should also do away with any environmental conservation law that makes it harder to do business, like clean air and water, and the protection of endangered species. We should be fiscally conservative (even though US debt is always worst during Republican administrations). We support Internet freedom by handing it over to private companies and eliminating fair use laws. We need to return to when health insurance providers could decline coverage to sick people. Doctors need to be allowed to let gay people die without lawsuits. We need to ban pornography because science says it's bad (it doesn't). Even though we spend more money on our military than almost half the planet, we're not spending enough. Despite Republican continually cutting Veteran benefits, we need to treat them better. We must support Israel, no matter what.

Wow, that was long. Here's a TLDR of the TLDR. Republicans are truly evil.

Samantha Bee looks at how American Evangelicals worship Trump, how unprepared Cleveland is for the RNC, and how the Republican Party is basically falling apart.

Trump's VP pick is Mike Pence, a real "winner" from Indiana. NPR exposed his unique way of dealing with education goals for the state. First, eliminate education standards; after all, Indiana students already ranks as the country's 39th highest SAT takers, so they don't want to get too smart. Second, take the money that would go to public schools so that everyone could get a decent education, and give it to parents who send their children to private religious schools that will teach them the horrors of evolution, condoms, and gays. Third, fund a preschool program. Wait, that actually sounds like a smart idea. Oh, because Indiana is one of the remaining 10 states that still haven't done this, and the Republicans are still against it. Well done Pence, I can see why Trump loves you so much!

When it comes to voting, millions of people are casting their ballots in a place of worship. While this is legal (as long as nobody proselytizes during the process), it certainly creates a lot of problems for fair voting. But Christians are showing their true colors in Boca Raton, Florida when an Islamic Center was picked as a polling location. Christians love the idea of freedom of religion when it favors them, but their disgusted at the idea of other religions being considered equal under the law.

William Shatner is a sexist asshole.

That moment when your country's entire political system is a punch line

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The Republican National Convention is a disaster. Trump walked out to Queen's "We Are the Champions," an unusual choice considering that the composer, Freddie Mercury, was openly bisexual. The band's guitarist, Brian May, explained that Trump never requested the rights to their song, and they wouldn't give them rights even if they did, showing that, even as a presidential candidate, Trump is still a thief. Melina Trump gave her speech and portions of it were word-for-word copies of Michelle Obama's speech (how did the Trump speech writers screw that up?). The rest of the night was what is loving being referred to as a dumpster fire.

Roy Zimmerman puts out two great songs, Driving While Black and TrumpPence (Feed the Birds).

Republican Congressman Steve King asks, "This whole 'white people' business, though, does get a little tired, Charlie. I mean, I'd ask you to go back through history and figure out, where are these contributions that have been made by these other categories of people that you're talking about? Where did any other sub-group of people contribute to civilization?" That's a great question King, take for example: writing, mathematics, agriculture, astronomy, jurisprudence, the wheel, measuring time... all invented by white people! Or were you meaning American civilization? Great question King! What did any black slave ever build? What did any Chinese railroad worker ever construct? Steve King isn't just racist, he's also woefully ignorant of history.

The Onion asks the important question about the Ghostbusters reboot, why aren't these ghosts where they belong, burning in Hell?

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was fired in 2003 for openly defying the US Constitution, but the state reelected him in 2012, and now he's probably going to be fired again for the same reason.

Germans taking Germany back from the Nazis.

When Jehovah's Witnesses tell you they're not a cult, look at how they expect parents to deal with their children who leave the church.

The US Navy has been killing whales with it's SONAR technology, and a Federal Judge has finally ordered them to stop.

They haven't stopped yet

Feeling: Happy


On Saturday, Emily, Danielle, Matt, and I went to the Pig and Whiskey in Ferndale. The name was quite accurate, for they sold both pig and whiskey. On Sunday, there was a family reunion of my mom's side. Got to see five of my six aunts and my grammy.

It's sad that the atheist community is so divided on social progress issues. So many people in the movement I once admired are embarrassing themselves by bringing up the exact same points that were brought up during the Civil Rights Movement. While I'm ashamed for the group I identify with, in a way, I see it as a good thing. Of the atheists who are creating videos attacking social progress and egalitarianism, every single one of them so far has been an obnoxious white male. While I have nothing against white males specifically (I am one, after all), I have come to realize that the privilege is strong with us, and we're usually pretty clueless about what life is like for a woman or racial minority. It will be nice to see these positions of acclaim be replaced by people better suited to speak on topics of social reform.

Herbalife, one of those "all natural" pyramid schemes got hit with a $200 million lawsuit for being a pyramid scheme. Last year, the company made $4.47 billion. Wow, FTC, way to slap their wrist.

Microsoft was really hoping to have Windows 10 installed on one billion devices by 2018, but already halfway through 2016, and only 350 million so far, things aren't looking so good. Maybe, if they stopped caring about trying to get the largest number of installs (by using malware installation tactics), and actually made a decent OS, people would upgrade. I can give them a quick tip, stop making an entire form a big white blob with no discernible areas! If your title bar, file menu, tool bar, and form are all white, it makes it very difficult to tell what you're looking it!

The man who drove a heavy-duty truck into a crowd of people, murdering over 80, in Nice, France was really only a Muslim by birth. He didn't go to Mosque, drank beer, and only recently developed ties with a radical group. While he had a history of petty crimes and domestic abuse, but that's not the sort of thing that gets a man tagged as a terrorist suspect.

The Republican Party is falling apart, and I love it. It's tradition for a political party to invite all the past heroes of the party to attend the National Convention to give their support to the latest nominee, but as it stands, George W. Bush will not offer support to Trump, George H. W. Bush will not offer support to Trump, most of the other presidential hopefuls, like Kasich, Romney, and McCain will not offer support to Trump. A large number of Governors, Senators, and Representatives will not offer their support to Trump. So, who is going to be there? Scott Baio. And, in addition to talking about how much they hate people of color, women, and homosexuals, they're also going to make the repeal of a 1954 law part of their campaign, the law that prevents churches from endorsing specific political candidates.

Qandeel Baloch, a model in Pakistan, was murdered by her brother because she wasn't modest enough for his Islamic sensibilities.

I like it when Christians destroy their own things because they're not Christian enough for them. A public building in Oswego, Illinois put up a sign which read, "Bless the USA." Most secular people wouldn't see the point in this, as it immediately raises the question, "Bless it by whom?" and since the majority of people who hold authority in this country are Christians, it can be safely assumed whoever erected the sign meant for it to imply, "God Bless the USA." However, a bunch of Christians complained that, by not actually prefixing the sign with "God," city officials are actively trying to remove God from the public square, and they will not stand quietly by and let that happen! So, the city said that they'll just take it down and never put it up again. This guarantees a properly secular building, the exact same thing secular people wanted in the first place.

Until the people stop being evil

Feeling: Happy


I wrote a brief review on a Christian book.

Being an atheist doesn't make you a good person. Case in point, a bunch of straight white male atheists banded together to create a video to bully SJWs (social justice warriors, i.e., people who try to change society for the better by making it safer and more inclusive for minorities). The 27 "questions" are really just insults with a question mark at the end, and remind me a lot of the questions asked by Young Earth Creationists after the Bill Nye Ken Ham debate. Even the real questions aren't very good questions, for example, "How can you possibly claim that the phrase, 'all lives matter' is racist?" For the same reason I can say that the Family Research Council, hates most families and the Pro-Life movement hates most life. I'm not going to bother answering all 27 questions, because plenty of people already have, but to give you an idea of just how terrible these neck-beards are, the video ends with one man "jokingly" telling people who are trying to make the world a better place for minorities to kill themselves by drinking bleach. Hilarious.

Michigan's Republican governor Rick Snyder was faced with an important task, to elect a new head of the Department of Environmental Quality. A large portion of Michigan tourism comes from fishing and boating; touching four of the five Great Lakes will do that for you. And lets not forget the horrible mistake Synder made appointing the people responsible for the Flint water crisis where thousands of people are still being poisoned with lead from their drinking water. So, how does Synder recover from potentially killing a whole lot of people? By hiring Heidi Grether, a woman who worked as a lobbyist for British Petroleum for 21 years. Yes, the woman who worked for the company responsible for the worst underwater oil spill in US history will be making sure the water we drink, swim in, and fish from will be nice and clean.

Another city council meeting in Florida is opened with a Satanist prayer.

When a Judge refuses to do their job unless people first accept his religion.

My work has just switched over to Slack for internal chatting. I don't like it. Slack won't let you change its ugly font, but it does give you five emoji sets to choose from. Slack doesn't let you make it play a notification sound when it has focus, but does let you choose between a dozen or for when it doesn't. This is a great example of an application that gives the illusion of customization. You can change everything, except the things that you actually want to change.

This just in

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It doesn't matter if you're a blue-collar worker or a Senator, police will profile you because you're black.

As Republicans continue to hone their message, it just gets worse and worse. Their main points are, pornography damages people (they've been saying this for decades, the evidence disagrees with them). Marriage is between a man and a woman (they already lost this one, but just because of the Constitution, but even among American desires). Children with a male and female influence are better (again, all the evidence disagrees with them). Trying to "fix" gay people not only works, but is ethical (it's neither). We should teach the bible in public schools (nearly a century of court cases say otherwise). Burning coal is clean energy (right, and climate change and the moon landing are hoaxes). They're basically against science and ethics in any form they may take.

I want to go to there.

The town hall meeting of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Florida opened with a wonderful Satanic prayer.

Nothing will ever be as cool as Christian rap videos about tithing.

This just in

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A common saying among authority figures is, "If you haven't done anything wrong, you have nothing to hide." So why is it Republicans in North Carolina have decided to make the video recorded from body and dashboard cameras inaccessible to the public? The state's chief law enforcement officer want the video open to the public both to protect officers who are the targets of false accusations, and for accountability of authority, but Republican politicians, who claim to be in favor of small government, think they know how to enforce law better than the state's law enforcement.

I'd prefer to have Bernie Sanders as the next president, but I also realize that politics doesn't work by catering to me. Meanwhile, Bernie's Bros are still thinking he has a chance.

Law enforcement often employs a gadget called a Stingray to track your cell phone. The device essentially mimics a powerful cell tower, which causes all cell phones in the area to report to it. Then it requests each cell phone's GPS location, giving officers a very accurate location of the whereabouts of everyone in the area, all day long. The idea of being constantly monitored by the police is not just unnerving, it's also unconstitutional. Government agencies like the DEA and local police are expected to obtain a search warrant before they can use tracking devices on citizens, but law enforcement claims that, since they didn't force you to buy a phone, they haven't actually put a tracking device on you, you've done it to yourself! It's a bullshit argument, but one that has been effectively used on judges for years. In fact, it wasn't until just recently that a judge actually ruled, at least in one case, that using Stingrays without a warrant violates the US Constitution. While it's still a far cry from law enforcement respecting the Constitution, at least one judge cares about your rights.

Mary Esther, a 28-year-old woman crashed her car into a house because she was driving with her eyes closed! When questioned further, she said her eyes were closed because she was praying.

Anyone who has written about controversial topics on the Internet will eventually receive a death threat. They often get very detailed and graphic, and include a lot of personal information like your home address, pictures of your family, etc., and it's usually far worse if you're female. A lot of people take these threats to the police where they will be told by officers, there is nothing they can do about it, and until the harasser actually makes good on their threats (by killing you, I guess?), you should just ignore them. It comes as a bit of a shock to hear that Detroit area police are currently arresting people for making social media posts siding with the Texas police murderers.

Now pay attention

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Cidney Fisk, a bright student at Delta High School in Colorado who had been pulling a 4.1 GPA in her senior year, pointed out that the school was forcing a specific form of religion on its students, questioned the purpose of a mandatory assembly about a sexual education speaker whose sole qualification was: Christianity, and made waves by pointing out that more money in the budget was going to the athletic department than toward textbooks. The school's teachers and administrators including, Renee Cronenberg, Shawna Magtutu, Kurt Clay, and a Mr. Miller, punished Fisk by giving her failing grades in an attempt to ruin her chances at college or even graduating high school. When Fisk's parents heard how their daughter's grades seemed to be tied, not to her test scores, but to her politics, the school feared a lawsuit and the grades mysteriously jumped back up. Fisk remained quiet until graduation, but now that she's safe from her corrupt school, she can finally tell her story.

When you look at the goals of the current Black Civil Rights Campaign, the ten goals they're trying to accomplish are so obvious, you'd wonder why they haven't been attained already.

Another common pro-gun argument is that, if more people are armed, there will be fewer mass-shootings, and the shootings won't be so expansive, because there will be so many people shooting back. Well, the snipers who killed several police officers took place in Texas where many people in the crowd were armed. According to the Mayor, having a group of armed civilians not only didn't help, but it made things worse. As cops were trying to find the shooters, they kept seeing people with guns drawn, making it very difficult to know who was a friend and who was a foe. Also, when sniper fire is raining down on you, you don't know where it's coming from, and if you shoot back, you're likely to hit an innocent person instead.

To all my friends playing Pokémon Go... you're worshiping SATAN!

Police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana aren't taking the protests very well, and the Minnesota police who refused to protect people because they wore "Black Lives Matter" T-shirts weren't chewed out, but rather commended by the city's Police Federation. Thankfully, the police in Georgia have a solution to all this strife, they're reminding everyone that they abide by the rules of their god, and expect everyone else to as well.

Conservatives are disgusted at people who use the inclusive phrase "happy holidays," but have no problem being inclusive when it comes to "all lives matter."

The Racist Republican subcommittee just finished voting on their most important issues, and they include teaching children that the Christian bible is a book of American history, that people who have undergone sex-change operations need to pee in the bathroom that no longer matches their sexual organs, that gay people should be sent to camps to be "fixed," that the government shouldn't be allowed to tell parents that can't beat their children or even educate them, and that history text books don't focus enough on white people.

GamerGate is strangely silent on the news about Warner Bros. paying YouTube stars to give positive reviews of their games. Funny, and here I was, thinking it was all about ethics in game journalism.

All the 7/11s in my area have closed down :-(

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It's strange, all the politicians who convinced UK voters to leave the EU are refusing to become the next prime minister. Is it that they've become painfully aware of how bad the next few years are going to be for the country, and don't want their names associated with the impending recession?

Police officers have these liquid chemical tests where they can drop in something from your house or car and, if it has cocaine on it, will change the color of the liquid. Police have been using these for for over 40 years, and have resulted in countless incarcerations. The only problem is, the liquid will also change color from dozens of other common household items like detergents and medicine. In fact, a recent review of the tests have show that one out of three tests is wrong, yet police still use them to send people to jail.

One popular argument to defend the police who kill civilians is that accidents are going to happen, especially in very dangerous cities where things are more tense. Of course, if this is the case, we should expect to see the rate at which police kill civilians to increase in more dangerous cities, but it turns out there is no correlation between the two. Dangerous or not, police kill civilians. And yes, most cops are good honest people, but the bad ones, especially when they've reached a level of authority, corrupt the good ones.

Archbishop Charles Chaput, refuses to have sex with women, likes to wear long black dresses, and tells people who have been divorced and remarried that they should treat their spouse like a sibling and never have sex with them. Chaput belongs to an organization that helped keep Father Tony Walsh out of jail, a priest who was just found guilty of raping another boy, and shoving his crucifix into the boy's rectum.

A letter from an ex-Muslim to those still indoctrinated.

This is one of those photos that is going to be an icon of the times. Police in riot gear descend upon an unarmed woman in a dress to arrest her for the crime of peaceful protest.

You're not helping

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Even though I'm white, I still don't trust the police and fear they will murder me or someone I love. And I'm certainly not impressed when Fox News publishes a story about a black man who wasn't shot to death in his car as evidence that everything is fine and dandy. However, randomly murdering police officers doesn't help. I'm not even a little bit surprised by the attack, we have a government that blindly takes the side of the police officers even when there is video evidence of them shooting unarmed civilians in the back, often times when the officer has a history of violence against unarmed civilians. You can only bully people for so long before they fight back, but random murder will only escalate the problem.

I bet you didn't know that Patrick Stewart is England's best known cowboy singer.

I love Sarah Silverman. After suffering from a serious throat infection that almost killed her, she thanks her doctors, her nurses, the hospital technicians, basically everyone except God, who played no role in the process whatsoever.

If America is a Christian nation, why isn't our motto, "In Jesus We Trust?"

After spending millions of tax payer's dollars to help fund the giant Evangelical Christian tourist trap known as the Ark Encounter, the thing is finally built! Roads were expanded to handle all the new traffic, and now that it's had it's opening day, you can see all the people flooding in (pun intended)!

I love sarcastic people.

Currently, Google cannot find a single instance of the phrase, "Everybody hurts differently, but everybody hurts," so I am therefore officially coining the phrase.

Party for your fighting rights

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I wrote an article on objective secular morality.

How to be Canadian.

Philando Castile was shot to death in his car by a police officer while the victim's girlfriend live-streamed video.

The history of human origins.

Defending yourself from religious bullies is very difficult, and it often creates dangerous backlash. Filing a lawsuit against a public school that forces its students to worship Jesus shouldn't ruin people's lives, but the Christian lawyers often convince the judge to require children to make their names known to the public in hopes that locals can frighten the victims into dropping the lawsuit. Sad to say, this is effective.

Jaws finally gets an honest trailer.

When you have to defend pedophilia, you might be a Muslim.

Fight for your right to party

Feeling: Happy


Planted a new tree, had a nice dinner, enjoyed our anniversary last night.

A couple weeks ago I got into a argument with a Conservative about Hillary Clinton's private email server. He was convinced that she was guilty of criminal negligence. I pointed out she had been investigated by several government agencies, and each one disagreed with his conclusion. He responded by saying the only investigative group that matters is the FBI, and Clinton was keeping them from investigating her. My retort was that it seemed like he was ignoring all the evidence that didn't agree with his narrative in hopes that the FBI would give the answer that he wanted, he disagreed. Well, the FBI has since investigated Clinton, and they too have found no criminal negligence. I'm not sure what his response would be to their findings, but if it's anything like Facebook, he'll probably claim that the FBI fears being murdered by Clinton.

When it comes to hacking, don't forget that one of the most dangerous hackers out there, the one that has infiltrated the most computer systems, stolen the most top secret information, and caused the most damage world wide is the US government.

There have been dozens of studies spanning decades, and they all show that wi-fi and cell phones do not cause cancer. Thankfully, the TV show Catalyst realized they had been duped and will be releasing an apology and retracting their episode, an action that the cranks will surely see as proof cell phones give you cancer.

Being an atheist doesn't make you a good person. Just look at Terroja Lee Kincaid, AKA The Amazing Atheist, who is a racist misogynistic bigot.

The study of epigenetics is already pretty fringe with a lot of hypotheses lacking merit, but now the study has been discovered by Deepak Chopra, so for the next decade or so, you can wave goodbye to any real science.

As a student, you can usually expect to have a few teachers bully you around and try to push their beliefs on you. When I was in fourth grade, there was a student who would always stay seated during the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. One day I decided it wasn't fair, so I remained seated as well. My teacher demanded that I stand and scolded me for sitting explaining that the other student couldn't stand because of his religion (Jehovah's Witness), but that I had to. I was too intimidated to argue, and to be honest, I didn't really have any idea what the Pledge meant, which I now realize is probably the best reason for why I shouldn't have been saying it in the first place. Today, I refuse to say it at all, and view it as a nationalistic form of brainwashing with a splash of religious bigotry, and this is exactly the sort of thing that Acadiana High School in Louisiana likes to force on its students. They will even actively lie to them and threaten them with illegal punishment if they refuse. Thankfully, one brave student stood strong in the face of the abusive staff, and after being schooled in Constitutional law by the American Humanist Association, the school is changing their tune!

Jim Bakker, the con-artist who stole millions of dollars from a church, got caught, was sentenced to 40 years in a Federal prison, but only served five, wants you to know that he forgives all the people who sent him to prison. What a guy!

A thousand years have been here and gone, since Kentigern saw the banks of Clyde

Feeling: Happy


Two years married! Where is my trophy?

Donald Trump posts a smear graphic of Hillary Clinton, a graphic that was first posted on White Supremacist group, a graphic with obvious anti-Semitic qualities, and CNN's correspondent and ex-campaign manager for Trump, blames political correctness. Really? Not the bigotry and xenophobia of Trump's campaign "looking into" the banning Muslims from government jobs?

Why you shouldn't entrust your children to people who subscribe to alternative medicine.

Illinois police kidnapped Bryton Mellott this morning. No, they didn't arrest him as they claim, they kidnapped him. Arresting is done as a precaution or result of someone committing a crime, but Mellott didn't commit a crime. Mellott burned an American flag in an act of protest, an action that the backward state of Illinois still likes to pretend is illegal, but way back in 1989, the US Supreme Court ruled that all flag desecration statutes are invalidated. Unless the law enforcement of Illinois is utterly incompetent, they know this, which means they knowingly apprehended a man against his will for no reason, i.e., kidnapping. Mellott is not only being charged with the non-crime of flag desecration, but also with the crime of requiring the police to take phone calls from people reporting the fact that he posted pictures of himself burning a flag. You probably didn't even know it was a crime to make the police do their job, did you? I would love for the Illinois police to not only be sued for damages, but also to have all the involved officers be punished for gross incompetence, but let's face it, police in the US are essentially mercenaries that can murder people in cold blood without so much as a slap on the wrist.

On that topic, police in Harper, Kansas put bible decals on their cars referencing a passage from the bible which talks about executing wrath with a sword against people who don't follow Jesus. Thankfully, the department saw reason and backed down after the FFRF got involved.

The spread of religion across the globe over time.

The Restoration Youth Academy in Alabama, a private Christian school, has been shut down, it's staff arrested, and police had to go in a rescue its students who were living in what can best be described as a Jesus-themed children's prison.

A customer review of... cats.

I can remember the fourth of July, runnin' through the backwood bare.

Feeling: Happy


U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves gives a nice middle finger to the religious bigots of Mississippi.

The political boundaries of the world since the dawn of civilization.

If Christians are being persecuted so much in the US, why are their examples always lies, and why are even their lies bad examples of persecution?

Samantha Bee addresses the Republicans who claim that Muslims don't denounce terrorism.

The latest US Supreme Court ruling basically says, it's okay to bribe a politician, that is, give them money and expect them to use their position of authority to help you, as long as you don't call it a bribe.

Rebecca Watson points out the ludicrousness of the FAA's desire to control drones.

Apple's latest patent will allow third parties to disable your camera. Great work!

A long list of problem with the myth of Noah's Ark.

Another day in paradise

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Both Samantha Bee and John Oliver have bad things to say about Trump's take on the UK's departure from the EU.

When you have to stand up to your gay-bashing father because he leads a political campaign attacking LGBT people.

Do you really regenerate your entire body every seven years? A lot of parts regenerate much faster, others not at all!

When the city council admits that they'd rather cancel prayers all together than have non-Christians give prayers.

Despite suggesting that Gilgamesh and Moses were legit people, this infovideo gives a nice history of the development of major cities.

Crap, I wasn't supposed to talk about that!

Feeling: Happy


Emily twisted her ankle pretty bad last night. She's fine, but she'll be wearing an air cast for awhile. We got to enjoy some poorly made emergency room instructional videos, so it wasn't a total loss!

Governor Snyder and his Republican friends say they're committed to helping our children, which is probably why they've cut funding to nearly every Michigan public school and given the money to private companies.

It's not too difficult to get out of a prostitution charge in Texas, just go to church.

Not everything out of the Supreme Court recently has been a win. For decades now, pharmacists have been refusing to fill prescriptions for drugs or patients they dislike. So, if a woman has endometriosis, and her doctor prescribes medicine to treat the painful symptoms (often a form of birth control), but the Christian pharmacist thinks birth control is evil, they can simply refuse to fill the prescription on religious grounds, causing the patient to suffer even further. A case trying to stop their negligence was denied by the courts. I kind of agree with them, even if these religious people are too stupid to know the difference between contraception and abortion, when it comes to forcing people to do something they don't want to do, we need to be very careful. However, the flip side of this argument is that the employers should be allowed to fire these incapable pharmacists without fear of a religious discrimination lawsuit. They're not being fired because of their religion, they're being fired because they're not capable of doing their jobs.

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to be an octopus?

Turns out, it was a fight club

Feeling: Happy


Last night, I got one of the neutral endings of Undertale.

Mississippi's District Court has ruled that government employees actually have to do their job, regardless if they want to use their religion as an excuse for bigotry. On that topic, Mike Huckabee settled with the band Survivor to pay a fee of $25,000 for using the song "Eye of the Tiger" without permission to celebrate the release of bigot, Kim Davis.

John Oliver shows how sports are even more irrelevant due to doping.

The politicians who sold leaving the EU to the UK pretty much lied about everything, and now that they've realized they can't do anything they claimed they could, they're backpedaling.

Affirmative Action is still okay in universities, despite whiny white people.

Yet another investigation of Hillary Clinton's handling of the Benghazi issue, this time by Republicans, comes to a close. They spent more time investigating her than they did on the World Trade Center attacks and the problems handling Hurricane Katrina, and costing US tax payers $7 million, but in the end, it's what they uncovered that counts. Oh yeah, they didn't uncover anything. Republican Kevin McCarthy bragged that the investigation was hurting Clinton's polling numbers, which shows the investigation for what it really is, not a search for justice, but using the deaths of four Americans for political gains.

Tim Tebow is a hero for praying for a man suffering a heart attack on a plane while the staff, which nobody cares enough to name, actually performed medicinal techniques to get his heart beating again. Tragically, the man ended up dying, but why isn't the same logic to call Tebow a hero for praying not used to call him a murderer for not praying hard enough?

Why does Mario purposely jump down sewer pipes?

Office is hot

Feeling: Happy


Had a wonderful time at the Secular Summer Retreat this year!

Dewey didn't defeat Truman, and Sanders didn't defeat Clinton.

Glad to hear Microsoft is losing money over the malware they tried forcing on people (AKA, Windows 10).

Back in March Christy Sheats posted to her Facebook, "It would be horribly tragic if my ability to protect myself or my family were to be taken away, but that's exactly what Democrats are determined to do by banning semi-automatic handguns." She recently used her gun to murder her two daughters, and was shot to death by police for refusing to drop her gun.

Once again, the pope says something nice, but won't back it up with changes in policy. It's cute to say the Catholic Church owes homosexuals an apology, but will he actually make a Papal Decree that homosexuals can become priests, allow same-sex marriage, or say LGBT people go to heaven? Of course not.

Wisconsin public schools know how to help students who aren't progressing as fast as the rest, make them learn about Jesus!

The Texas Supreme Court can't find any wrong-doing with the family who refused to allow their children to get an education since the world is going to end soon.

Thankfully, there is a court higher than the Texas courts and the US Supreme Court ruled that the entirely unnecessary laws restricting abortion providers in the state are unconstitutional! For the record, Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, and Chief Justice John Roberts are absolute shit heads. The Court also ruled that two men who had been convicted of beating their wives shouldn't be allowed to buy guns.

When asked, do you think American culture has changed for the better or for the worse since the 1950s, most white Christians say it's gotten worse, while more black, Hispanic, and religious minorities say it's gotten better.

Time to go

Feeling: Happy


Paul Ryan thinks the Affordable Care Act is a salvageable mess and wants to create a Republican version which is pretty much the exact same thing, only fewer people will get Medicare, and the market will be less regulated. This sounds an awful lot like the Republican mindset that worked so well for the banks in 2008.

The UK voted to leave the EU. While I'm all for countries having the freedom to enter or exit political conglomerate through voting, it's hard to be happy for them when the majority of economists have been calling it a terrible idea saying the country will lose gobs of money, also, the main reason I've heard in favor of leaving the EU is because there are a lot of racists who want to turn away immigrants. The UK may even lose Scotland in the exit since they were greatly in favor of remaining.

Read what it's like at a Trump rally, or just watch from the sidelines.

The Catholics of Montreal have done something I thought I would never see, they've barred priests from being alone with children! Did they finally learn their lesson? Did they finally admit they have a serious problem with pedophiles among their ranks? Not even remotely. No, Canadian Catholics are keeping the children away from priests because they can't trust children not to make up stories about priests abusing them in order to get money. Stories like those told by the girl who claimed the first time her priest molested her was during her first communion. You see, Catholics believe the problem is with their children lying, not their priests raping.

Religious people tend to have a very negative view of evolution because the only information they get about it comes from other religious people who don't understand it, and, likewise, fear it. For example, they think evolution means, survival of the strongest and might makes right. In reality, cooperation between species is the product of evolution.

Why is mercury so dangerous, even when you're not ingesting it? Because you can breathe it in when it evaporates into the air.

Skeptics In the Pub tonight, and Secular Summer Retreat tomorrow!

Suffering You, Suffering Me

Feeling: Happy


I finished reading Starship Troopers. While I didn't agree with it politically, I still found it to be quite entertaining.

Want to know the difference between a Republican and a Democrat? The last time the House Republicans staged a sit-in it's because they wanted to drill for more oil. The last time the House Democrats staged a sit-in it was to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists. Democrats will also fight for women's rights while Republicans wallow in their own filth.

What it's like when you learn you wasted $250,000 on a degree in "Naturalpathy," that Naturopaths are scam artists, and how to rectify the damage you caused to patients by studying to become a real doctor.

Hemet Mheta talks about the fun he had at The Reason Rally.

Check out this awesome demo that manages to get 1024 colors and sprites on a CGA card.

Slow Club has a pretty cool song/video.

Sending our thoughts and prayers

Feeling: Happy


The Tuskegee Experiment (where government doctors withheld treatment from black men with syphilis because they wanted to study the long-term effects of the disease) didn't end in 1972, when the program was finally shut down. Decades later, mistrust still prevents people of color from seeing doctors, resulting in shorter lifespans.

You probably saw that video of a kid who claimed to have evidence that vaccines cause autism only to reveal that his folder was full of blank paper, I didn't care much for it. If the kid thought up the entire thing on his own, kudos to him, but I suspect he took a cue from his parents, and while I totally agree with the message, I don't like it when parents put children in the political spotlight. However, that doesn't excuse the antivaxers who decided to dig up all the personal information they could on the family and post it publicly and encourage people to send vitriol their way.

When Conservatives talk about how they're feminists, and how being a feminist means not being told how to vote, or what policies to back, they're misusing the term. Feminism doesn't mean women should be allowed to do whatever they want, it means fighting for equality among the sexes. If you think you can be a feminist while also actively trying to eliminate access to abortion, repeal sexual-discrimination laws, and embrace the patriarchy, you're wrong. I think Steve Hofstetter make a good point with how he deals with a sexist.

Samantha Bee chimes in on the Republican's inability to pass a single law to stop terrorists from buying guns. Thankfully, Roy Zimmerman is sending the victims his thoughts and prayers.

The giant Christian Ark Park is a waste of $100,000,000, and with a policy that only hires other young-earth Christian, why did the Kentucky taxpayers foot a large portion of that bill?

By the way, if you don't believe that Zika virus even exists, why are you selling a sham potion to protect from it?

A Muslim imam is warning his fellow Muslims about a growing threat to their religion: well-reasoned argument.

For years now, several states have been requiring welfare recipients to take routine drug tests, so we're not paying to support their drug habits. This originally sounded like a good idea because many people (Republicans especially) were quite convinced that poor people trade their food stamps for crack. Unfortunately for tax payers, it turned out that very few welfare recipients actually do drugs and the drug tests cost far more than the amount saved by eliminating those who did drugs. However, this didn't stop Republican Governor Rick Snyder from giving the go-ahead to a similar program in Michigan, a program whose pilot is expected to cost $300,000. Well, the first phase of the pilot has completed, and out of 300 recipients, not a single one has tested positive for drugs. This isn't a shock to veteran state officials that were around the last time Michigan tried drug testing welfare recipients back in 2003. The program then was eliminated because it was found to be a huge waste of money. When asked about yet another one of his giant money-wasting schemes, Snyder refused to comment.

Happiness is a warm gun

Feeling: Happy


After the bloodiest mass-shooting in US history, you'd think we could finally pass at least one new law preventing dangerous people from buying guns, right? In fact, four new bills were voted on today, each trying to shore up a loophole that allows dangerous people to buy guns. For example, one of the four bills would prevent people from buying guns if they had recently been investigated by the FBI for terrorism connections, a law that would have prevented the Orlando shooter from legally obtaining his guns. This is similar to the federal No Fly List, but horrifyingly, someone deemed too dangerous to even board a plane in this country can still legally purchase an assault rifle! Republicans keep claiming they are in favor of keeping guns out of the hands of terrorists, they just can't seem to vote that way. Feeling it would be too restrictive to prevent suspected terrorists from legally buying assault rifles, Republicans voted against all four bills, blocking each one. After the vote, Democratic Senator Bill Nelson asked, "What am I going to tell 49 grieving families? I am going to tell them the N.R.A. won again."

Maybe Trump isn't trying to become president after all, maybe he's just performing a very elaborate commercial for his failing businesses. I think the general criticism of Elizabeth Warren is pretty spot on.

Giving up freedoms to a governing body is a dangerous necessity and should only be done if the government is trustworthy. Of course, governments are never trustworthy, so to prevent corruption, they need to be as transparent as possible and kept in check by the people they are governing. That's one of the purposes of the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution. It prevents government officials from just entering and searching through your private property whenever they want unless they have evidence you're doing something illegal. Well, at least, it used to prevent them from doing that. Before, if a police officer didn't have a warrant to search your property, they couldn't do anything to you, even if they found something illegal. This forced the police to actually do some legwork before violating a person's rights. But the latest Supreme Court ruling pretty much shot that to hell and ruled that cops can pull you over without cause, search your vehicle without cause, and if they find anything illegal, no pesky Fourth Amendment is going to stand in their way of locking you up. A dissent written by Sotomayor sums up the new reality of the police state, "your body is subject to invasion while courts excuse the violation of your rights. It implies that you are not a citizen of a democracy but the subject of a carceral state, just waiting to be cataloged."

Speaking of a failure of justice, the bill that would remove the statute of limitations on child rape was shot down. Knowing that they would certainly go bankrupt if they had to pay restitution to all the children who were raped by priests being protected by the Church, Catholics successfully lobbied to stop the new law. Head of the Catholic League, Bill Donohue said the bill was created to "rape the Catholic Church," and would take away the money that they planned on using to help the poor.

Rebecca Watson weighs in on the judge from the Stanford rape trial and how Utah doctors are required, by law, to lie to their patients.

For the past 13 months in a row, we've been experiencing the hottest average monthly temperatures we've ever recorded.

Reviewing Blade Runner from a typographic perspective.

Is the UK going to leave the EU? Only if they want to waste a lot of money.

The American Humanist Association succeeded in preventing the California Department of Corrections to focus only on religious treatment centers and start including secular treatment centers as well.

It's a little dry, but the BBC showed an interesting 3-part documentary on the history of atheism. Part 1, part 2, part 3.

Summer Solstice

Feeling: Happy


After the Orlando terrorist attack, a lot of Republicans issued statements claiming to stand in solidarity with the LGBT community, but when it came time to vote on a bill that would give protective hiring rights to LGBT people, we found out it was all an act.

If my Second Amendment right to own a gun and shoot it at a riding lawnmower filled with explosives so that when it explodes, my leg goes with it is taken away, the terrorists win.

Ever since women have attended universities, there has been a problem with the male students raping them. And it is just now, that the public outcry is forcing these universities to stop ignoring the problem, and actually report the rapists to the authorities. While college-rape is still widely underreported, we're at least making progress, but then there are people like Earl Ehrhart who use the Koch-brothers' money to sue universities. For him, women getting raped isn't nearly as problematic as rapists getting expelled.

It's bad if Christians kill Christians... other religions, not so much.

When a school is run by a Christian like principal Linda Harrell, a teacher can expect to lose their job if they sponsor the school's Gay-Straight Alliance.

Police in Trenton, New Jersey have the solution to children being out too late, force them to go to church.

The new Thoughts & Prayers videogame!

A school district in California just threw away $10,000 of taxpayer money because they refused to inform their students of a secular scholarship option.

Orange you glad I didn't say banana?

Feeling: Happy


When describing Mayte Lara, a high school valedictorian who graduated with a 4.5 GPA and earned a full scholarship to the University of Austin, who came out as an illegal immigrant, Fox News sports commentator Emily Austin wondered aloud, "Do you think this is real? ...I didn't even know Mexicans were that smart." Upon realizing just how racist she sounded, she quickly got even more racist, "I know that's fucked up! I didn't mean it like that, but you see that... I mean, you guys know that the Chinese guys are always the smartest guys in math class." To which her co-host agreed, "No, that's a good point." Well, no actually, that's not a good point; a person's race does not affect their intelligence. To try and save face, Austin explained, "I love black; I love all people. I don't care if you're white, yellow, brown, purple, Jew." I'll bet you didn't even know "Jew" was a skin tone! Things continued to derail as the hosts started making all sorts of racist comments like, "Mexicans are hard workers," and, "I think illegals are good, you get cheap labor out of them," and, "if you steal the scholarship, whatever," and, "when I have a gazillon Mexicans, who will redo my kitchen for cheap?" Fox isn't ready to fire their employee for making racist jokes, they just took her off the air for awhile, but the show she was on made an interesting non-apology writing, "How come no one's writing blogs about the 34 minutes and 36 seconds of thie video where she's not talking about Chinese people, Mexicans, and Jews?" I know, right? You do a nice show, and people only want to focus on the times when you're a racist bigot!

Speaking of bigots, when his acceptance of the LGBT community was questioned, Donald Trump told his viewers to, "ask the gays," who they think is their friend. As you can expect, most people in the LGBT community don't appreciate being referred to as, "the gays," and social media reflects that.

Want to watch something utterly terrible? Enter the world of an Islamic Charismatic cult of feminism.

Helen "Jo" Cox, a member of British Parliament, was shot and stabbed to death yesterday. Police currently have a suspect in custody, a British white supremacist, who probably murdered her because she was trying to help Syrian refugees.

Bart Ehrman gives an interesting talk about how Jesus was depicted before the Gospels were written.

Thanks to Christian missionaries, Keyna not only has made homosexual sex a crime, but now a national judge has ruled that it is not a violation of human rights to force a homosexual suspect to undergo an anal examination to determine if a person recently engaged in rectal intercourse.


Feeling: Happy


Woke up to a terribly loud thunder crash outside our bedroom window at 4:00 AM. Fell back asleep and had a dream about hitting a dog with my car and sobbing uncontrollably as I presented its broken body to the owners. I also have a scratch on my cornea or something, because my eye is killing me! All-in-all, a fun morning.

Aaron Persky, the judge who gave Brock Turner a mere six months in jail after he was convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman will not be hearing an upcoming case about a male nurse sexually assaulting a patient under sedation. District Attorney Jeff Rosen just doesn't trust him to be able to handle this case, although he doesn't appear to be making any real attempt to punish Persky.

Pam Bondi is the Republican Attorney General of Florida. For years, she spent a lot of her time trying to prevent same-sex marriage from becoming legal in Florida, but after the Orlando shootings, suddenly, she seems to care about the LGBT community. Anderson Cooper appreciates her new found understanding, but isn't going to let her forget about her past so easily.

Apple's latest money waster will give you meaningless Deepak Chopra quotes.

I've met a few Libertarians, and some of them are even relatively sane, but when you look at the party as a whole, you realize just how nutty these people are.

As the NRA is fond of saying, the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun. What they forget to tell you is that the good guy has a very real chance of missing the bad guy, and shooting another good guy.

If humans just poofed out of existence, Earth would be just fine without us.

And this is why you don't get an ocelot for a pet.


Feeling: Happy


I finished reading I, Robot. It was decent.

Wild turkeys outside my office window today.

Samantha Bee talks about the failure of Florida to adopt proper preventative mental health treatment and becomes outraged at the Republican politicians who refuse to even consider sane gun control laws. Meanwhile, the US continues to lead the civilized world in mass shootings as the religious right keeps telling us to pray and stand up against Islam. Want to see just how little your state cares about gun control? And with all the rhetoric, it's important to remember that the people who were murdered were real humans, and Anderson Cooper talks about their lives and puts names to the faces.

Obama identifies as a feminist, and people show just how pathetic they are.

If a woman is raped in the Muslim nation Qatar, even if her rapist is found guilty, she should still expect to be put in jail and fined because, according to the Qatar courts, she has violated the Islamic rule against having sex outside of marriage.

A good reason not to send an unsolicited picture of your penis to a stranger.

The devil inside

Feeling: Happy


I saw a male Northern flicker outside my office window this morning.

An Islamic Center in Florida recently invited Sheikh Farrokh Sekaleshfar to speak, which is an odd choice consider the mass-shooting by a Muslim in the state, and Sekaleshfar's outspoken beliefs that all homosexuals should be executed. This is what we've come to expect from the religion of peace, but is Christianity any better? An article in Christianity Today said that, while they will be praying for the families of the victims, don't forget that homosexuality is "destructive to society, to the church, and to relations between men and women."

The optical telescope on the Apollo lunar lander was an amazing feat of engineering.

If you get arrested for possession of illegal drugs in California, you have two options. Go through a special Christian rehab session where you are expected to admit that their god exists, or, go to jail. This is wonderful news if you're already a Christian, not so great if you're anything else.

A supercut of sexy ladies in film.

Seth Andrews comments on the Reason Rally.

When will it end?

Feeling: Happy


Sometimes I write commentary on atheist-related articles, like the Two Questions For Atheists.

Some facts about the Orlando shooting. The gunman, Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, was a US born citizen. Just before the shooting, Mateen called 9-1-1 and pledged his allegiance to ISIL. Despite having been interviewed three times by the FBI, Mateen was able to buy two guns. Mateen murdered at least 50 people and injured 50 more before being shot dead by police making this the worst mass-shooting in US history and the worst LGBT hate-crime in history.

Now onto the opinions. Donald Trump used the act of terrorism to promote his presidential candidacy. Christian politician Peter Madden reminds us that marriage equality has an agenda against children while Dan Patrick uses a bible verse to blame the victims. However, the Boston Globe adds a voice of reason saying Orlando has plenty of prayers, what they need is fewer guns.

The Dutch-built scale Noah's Ark just crashed into a coastguard ship in Norway. This is what happens when you let God take the wheel.

Brock Turner, the guy who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman, claims that the encounter was entirely consensual, even though the woman he was pushing his fingers into was entirely unresponsive. Now his mother has written a letter to the judge pleading that he don't send her poor son to jail saying that he is the, "most trustworthy and honest person [she knows]," and asks, "why him? Why? Why?" and begs, "please be kind and merciful to my beautiful son."

It only took roving gangs of Muslims murdering dozens of atheists, gay-rights activists, and religious minorities before the Bangladesh government finally stepped in and arrested 3,000 people involved in violent Islamic practices.

Christian politician David Perdue when describing Obama quotes Psalm 109:8, saying "May his days be few; and let another have his office." While this may seem like s funny jab, the verse goes on to read, "May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow. May his children be wandering beggars; may they be driven from their ruined homes." Uh, okay, that's getting a little messed up. Now, is it that Perdue really wants Obama dead, or has he, like so many Christians, not bothered to research the context of a verse before using it to fit his agenda?

Why is NASA giving $1,100,000 to a religious organization to study how evidence of extraterrestrial life would affect Christianity?

You've probably heard that if you remind someone about a stereotype against them before they perform, they tend to do worse. Interestingly, you don't have to state the stereotype explicitly, you just have to remind them of the context. For example, having people write down their sex before taking a test will cause women who are familiar with the stereotype to do worse. The hypothesis of new research is saying that the extra anxiety to not fall prey to the stereotype makes people under-perform, and this applies to Christians being reminded that they aren't as logical as non-religious people.

Still not perfect

Feeling: Happy


What causes a mother to beat her daughter into a bloody pulp and then light her on fire until she burns to death? Islam.

The US military has, so far, spent $1,508,000,000,000 (dats a lotta zeroes!) on its new F-35 fighter jet. And even if it were ready today--which it isn't, in fact, it doesn't even fly as well as existing jets--each jet will have a price tag of $100,000,000! If this seems wasteful, just remember that the US currently has ZERO enemies who are even remotely near the capabilities of our existing air force. Still not pissed enough? News has just come out every single pilot who plans on flying the jet will require a special helmet. Cost for each helmet? $400,000!

Larry Taunton, a Conservative Christian pundit just published a book about how notorious atheist Christopher Hitchens had a deathbed conversion to Christianity. Naturally, people who knew Hitchens aren't very impressed. Want to learn about the real Christopher Hitchens? Read his book, Hitch-22, or watch his biography.

How does racist anti-Semitic bigot make me think of Jesus? Because of Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ. How could this problem be rectified? By making a sequel!

Rape is still a big problem in the US military, and many politicians don't want to do anything about it.

Jason Rapert is a Republican Senator in Arkansas who just recently worked on two bills, one to punish drunk drivers, the other to punish fatigued drivers. Naturally, this guy cares a lot about safe driving. Then, he made a video of himself preaching about Jesus, while driving, while looking at a camera, forcing himself to take his eyes off the road off and on for the entire 18 minute video. He tried deleting his incredibly hypocritical video, but the Internet never forgets.

Make or break

Feeling: Happy


Actually, I did hear about Shell spilling 88,200 gallons of oil in the Gulf of Mexico, but that's because I've replaced television news with Internet news.

Feminist Frequency reminds game developers that lingerie is not armor.

The United Nations rules that Ireland's abortion ban subjects women to cruel, degrading, and discriminatory treatment.

Christian pastor Darrel Reid has been arrested several times for violent crimes, including aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, so why is it the police are treating his claim that he shot his wife in the head while "cleaning his gun," as an accident?

Yes Virginia, there are atheists in foxholes.

If you're an atheist in Bangladesh, you run the very real risk of being murdered by roving bands of Muslims, and having your government blame, not the murderers, but you for disrespecting your murderer's religion (the government is also majority Muslim). Up until just recently, there wasn't any evidence that the murdering Muslims were organized, but now data is pointing to at least two organized militant Muslim groups orchestrating these assassinations.

I'm sure it seemed like a great idea at the time, but in retrospect, electing an actor to the leader of the country was probably a bad idea.

If you're homeless in Oakland, California you can expect local police to give you a free meal... but only if you listen to them preach their version of Christianity to you first. It should go without saying that, if you already have authority over someone, coercing them into your religion is abusive. Thankfully, the American Humanist Association reminded them of this fact.

Samantha Bee and I are in agreement. We agree with every other thing that comes out of the mouths of Libertarians.

Am I the only one who has nightmares about my work computer getting infected with a virus?

Feeling: Happy


John Oliver points out the problems with buying debt for collection and proceeds to forgive $15,000,000 in debt!

All through the primaries, Republican's have been claiming that there was no way Trump would win, that he is a joke, and that they would never endorse him for president. So, when he did win, naturally, you would expect them to remain true to their word? Nah, they are politicians after all.

When a bunch of Christian talent judges mock a sixteen-year-old girl for not believing in their god.

Captain Disillusion has Beakman on to help debunk so-called perpetual motion and free energy machines.

After bragging that they didn't care about the disregard for "political correctness" when they used taxpayer's money to put crosses on their police vehicles, the police department in Brewster County, Texas now has to pay $22,000 and remove all the crosses. Turns out, it's not a matter of being "politically" correct, it's a matter of being Constitutionally correct.

Feel like a good cry? Watch this super cut of super sad moments in cinema.

If you're a black doctor, expect to make 35% less than a white doctor. If you're a female doctor, expect to make 40% less.

Now these points of data make a beautiful line

Feeling: Happy


I was involved in a lengthy debate with someone about Hillary Clinton. My argument was, while I'm a Bernie booster at heart, Hillary is going to win because there are more people who want her to win the Democratic nomination. His argument was: GOVERNMENT CONSPIRACY!

When atheists implode and become hate-mongers.

California's natural hippie parents have caused close to 6,000 cases of pertussis, and 10 deaths due to their stupidity regarding vaccinations.

What could be more shocking than a woman in pants?

No, bad science doesn't prove weight loss is impossible.

Naturally, if you're the head of the Family Research Council a group that Southern Poverty Law Center classifies as a hate group, you're not going to like it when people quote the bible to you.

The Angry Video Game Nerd plays Paperboy, a game which actually sucks, despite what your childhood says.

Follow the only road

Feeling: Happy


Got my hairs cut, saw the exciting Dark Side of the Moon Plane-arium light show, went to a barbecue at Sarah's and had to pull Lucy off of her irate Corie's neck, got bit in the process, and went to a Korean restaurant that was so fancy, they made us cook our own food!

I finished reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which is even more messed up than the movie.

Richard Huckle, the Christian missionary who raped countless children in Malaysia, is getting life in prison with a minimum of 23 years.

Brock Allen Turner was convicted of raping an unconscious student at Stanford University, but when it came time to sentencing, the judge only gave him six months in jail. Why such a lenient sentence? Well, according to the judge, he was afraid a longer sentence would have a severe impact on the rapist's life. Some media outlets are making sure to point out Turner's amazing swimming abilities, as if they should exonerate his rape. The man's father, who is helping his rapist son appeal the ruling, is very upset that he will be in jail for six month for a mere 20 minutes of action. Yes, his father referred to rape as "action," because, in his mind, having sex with an unconscious person isn't rape. Rather than admit he did something completely terrible, Turner is speaking out against the problems with alcohol making people promiscuous.

Jehovah's Witnesses have put together a video for teens showing just how awful their lives will be if they don't submit to the church because their parents will rightfully disown them, and they will hate their secular lives.

We've known for a long time that two parents do a better job at raising a child than a single parent, but more recently, we've learned something that shocked a lot of people, it doesn't matter what sex or gender the parents may be. Two men, two women, two transgendered parents, they all raise their children pretty much the same. Of course, since this doesn't fit with the Christian faith, they have no problem ignoring all the research and injecting their own flawed logic.

The trouble with being a know-it-all like Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

We may finally be seeing some much needed reform to the ill-fated Digital Millennium Copyright Act!

She walks these hills, in a long black veil

Feeling: Happy


I finished reading The Minister's Black Veil, which was also kind of lame.

If you're a police officer and you Taser a teen because they're asking you questions, bash their head on the ground, and put them into a coma, it's probably best that you first ask if their father is a cop.

According to Shankar Vedantam, arguing your position passionately is a good for preaching to the choir, but it won't win you many converts.

Awhile back scientists discovered that the universe was expanding, so they came up with calculations for figuring out how and why it could be expanding. When they were finally able to measure the expansion, they realized the rate was increasing! This helped with the theory of dark matter/energy. But head are being scratched even harder now that the latest measurements show an expansion rate even faster than previously thought!

I like this video because it allows Christians to defend themselves against the how hateful many Christians make the whole religion look, but it misses the mark in a lot of places. I'm glad to see Christians who are fine with homosexuality and loving all people regardless of conflicting beliefs, but I'm really not impressed to hear you say that you like wine. The biggest alcoholics I've met in my life were Christians. I'm also not impressed to hear that you like popular music; most people do, that's why it's called "popular." And while I think it's great that your idea of Christianity is a generic, "it's all about love," for many Christians, it's about enforcing a very narrow interpretation of the bible on the rest of the world, at any cost. And, yes, it's great to hear a religious person say they're not anti-science, but when you follow it up with, "I think science makes God look really cool," you're actually pretty anti-science. Science is a systematic approach to testing observable facts, faith and God are not those things. That's like saying, "I'm not anti-science, in fact, I think science makes flying unicorns look really cool!"

Judge William Mallory explained to a defendant being tried for an assault charge that even though he is a religious man, he doesn't try to impose his religious views on other people... except for sometimes in the court room, and then then sentenced the defendant to mandatory church service to a religious denomination contrary to the defendant's faith!

Like all good long-hairs, I'm going to the Longway Plane-arium tonight to see the Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon laser show.

Bare it with me

Feeling: Happy


I finished reading Young Goodman Brown, which was kind of lame.

I'm glad that we now live in an age where university presidents who protect rapists (i.e., Ken Starr) have to resign, but I'd rather live in an age where they don't first get to be demoted to test waters, and I'd much prefer to live in a world where they just get arrested.

Samantha Bee reminds us that the anti-abortion movement is just an extension of the pro-segregation political arm of Conservative politics.

Turkey's President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has filed nearly 2,000 defamation lawsuits since becoming president. How pathetic is a leader who is suing his own citizens at a rate of about 4 per day!

Explaining the entire universe in four minutes.

Timothy Ciboro says his, "number-one calling is telling people about Jesus Christ...That's my whole job and I love it with a passion," and wants his children to know that, if they has any questions, "all they have to do is open the Bible and they will have all the answers." Of course, he said this from prison where he is awaiting trial for handcuffing his 13-year-old daughter in the basement for several months because she was being disobedient.

If your first thought upon watching a doctor help your wife deliver her baby is to shoot him, you might be a Muslim.

Why we should ban the tipping system.

$2,000,000 is the amount of money that New York Catholics spent trying to block a bill that would make it easier to prosecute child-sex abusers.

Vednesday, vhen else?

Feeling: Happy


For all my bitching, I do recognize just how well I have it here in the USA. I don't have to worry about going to jail for criticizing religion like in Singapore, my president doesn't tell me that family planning and birth control are tantamount to treason like in Turkey. But that doesn't mean the US is safe from such encroaches of religion. For example, there are public swimming pools that are starting to segregate swimmers by their gender in order to appease Muslim prudes.

Brian Greene gives a visualization for how stars collapse.

California is in one of the worst droughts in history. Record heat, record low rainfall, record everything. And this doesn't appear to be an acute problem, but a chronic issue. Thankfully, Donald Trump knows how to fix it. Repeal the Endangered Species Act.

I don't care if the crowd was too uptight Larry Wilmore, your White House speech was hilarious.

Aron Ra continues tackling the Irrefutable Proof of God, part 9, part 10, and part 11.

Hangovers are not nearly as funny as television makes them out to be

Feeling: Happy


When your state forces you to display a motto insinuating that you believe in the god of the majority, you have to be creative.

For years, a little girl who attended the McMinnville Church of the Nazarene and had been telling the leaders how her father was raping with her. Not only did the church leaders not report this to the police, they didn't even report it to the little girl's mother! After contracting herpes from her father, the little girl finally worked up the courage to tell someone outside of her church, and they reported the crime to the authorities. When the church officials were asked why they didn't tell the mother or the police, they said that they thought the girl was accusing one of the church officials of rape, so they were protecting him! The mother is now suing the church.

In order to show a 70-year-old woman that Islam is a religion of peace, a mob of Muslims stripped her nude in public, beat her up, and burned several houses to the ground.

After a little boy climbed into its enclosure, Cincinnati Zoo employees had to shoot an endangered gorilla dead to save the child. At this, the mother thanked her god. Kind of like the woman who received a new kidney from her son's friend who died in a fire, to which she said, "God had a plan!"

Texas probably has like four Muslims living in the entire state, but that doesn't stop a bunch of gun fondlers from coming up with creative ways to murder them in the name of freedom.

Here are several female celebrities who aren't afraid to talk about their abortion.

Parents Emil and Rodica Radita refused to give their diabetic son insulin and he eventually died weighing just 37 pounds after his 15th birthday. Why any parent would refuse to give their child life-saving medicine for a well-understood and highly treatable condition may baffle you, but investigators found printouts of various bible verses about God being the ultimate healer.

Curse my lack of common sense and shrill whiny voice!

Feeling: Cold Sore


I read the Curse of Agade.

Why is it important that children understand evolution? Because evolution is why we now have strains of bacteria that are entirely resistant to antibiotics.

When Keith Strawn discovered that his 14-year-old daughter had become pregnant after being raped, he knew exactly what to do, he found the rapist and... forced him to marry his 14-year-old daughter, just like the bible says! Thankfully, both the father and the rapist are now in jail.

How would you feel if the government could read all of your emails and see your entire web history. Not just see it, but keep a record of it, and not have to even tell you that they did it? Well, that is the current text of a bill in the Senate, and so far, only one Senator (Ron Wyden, a Democrat) had the wisdom to vote against it.

Private Baptist school, Baylor University, is in the news lately with at least six students claiming they have been raped or sexually assaulted, most targeting the University's football players. Some of the cases led to rape conviction, but they all had one thing in common, being mishandled by the school's president, Ken Starr. Starr, who is probably best known for trying to oust President Clinton for having an affair, certainly has a problem with consensual sex outside of wedlock, but doesn't seem too bothered by the multiple cases of rape in his own school. He not only ignored the cases, but even went as far as blaming the women who were attacked. While the school has fired the football coach for letting this happen, they merely demoted Starr from President to Chancellor.

The importance of appreciating a culture without appropriating it.

When the students of Heidelberg Elementary began scoring at unprecedented levels of advanced-placement on standardized tests, Principal Lowanda Tyler-Jones knew that it was because she had anointed her students and their pencils with holy water. However, when the students began failing all of their classes after they graduated out of elementary, the questions started coming in. Tyler-Jones initially blamed the middle school, but it didn't take long before students and faculty began to come clean, Principal Lowanda Tyler-Jones ordered her teachers to help the students cheat.

In general, I don't care much for Obama as a President. He has done some good things to be sure, but over all, I see a lot of chipping away at the civil rights of US citizens. Another rather shocking report is that nuclear disarmament has slowed down considerably under his administration.

Don't you hate it when you lose your magical feral powers because you slept with a prostitute?

Feeling: Cold Sore


I read the Epic of Gilgamesh. It's a shame that being a hero doesn't mean doing good works, but just being strong, but beating the crap out of monsters does make for an exciting story.

As much as I prefer Bernie Sanders' policies, a lot of the reason he's losing isn't because the government is entirely corrupt, but because he truly isn't as popular as Hillary Clinton.

What would cause three students to gang up and shove a metal coat hanger into another boy's rectum? What would prevent the other students from stopping them? Why wouldn't the administration do anything to prevent it? If you guessed rampant racism, you're correct.

Skip the canned foods and just give soup kitchens money instead.

Ammon Bundy, the guy who ruined a bird sanctuary because he hates the government, is now in prison and trying to file a lawsuit because the prison isn't respecting his Constitutional rights. In addition to not being allowed to wear the special underwear his religion requires him to wear, they're also violating his second amendment right to carry a gun... in prison.

Honest Trailers does Wreck-It-Ralph.

Christian minister, Christopher Alan Hogge, is on his way to jail for possession of child pornography.

A long talk with David Silverman and Paul Provenza about atheism.

Everything old is wrong again

Feeling: Cold Sore


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

It seems, as Al Gore's speaking voice becomes more interesting, it increases our ability to combat global climate change.

When I think, religious believers aren't stupid, they were just presented with a story as a child to forced to believe it, and it's very hard to see past the story when everyone else around you keeps saying it's true, and there are lots of dishonest professional arguers using the story to enforce their political agenda, and our own physiology is working against logic, and so forth. But then I'm faced with people like Father Luis Roldan Patino, who thinks sprinkling holy water on potholes will work just as well as praying for rain, which also totally works.

Meet your new favorite snowy owl, Baltimore.

In England and Wales, the non-religious demographic is now larger than all of the various Christian denominations combined.

Getting everyone's salary out in the open at work is a good way to get collective bargaining power.

Once upon a time, a little girl lived in the big woods of Wisconsin.

Feeling: Happy


I finished The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, which was full of colorful imagery and a lot of words unknown to me. Actually, I've finished several books in the past two months, and I have to say, older literature seems to use a much wider variety of words. And while a fair amount of them are archaic, many still could be used by a modern speaker, just one with a large vocabulary. I wonder if anyone has performed a study on the trends for the quantity of unique words used in popular works over the years? If it is as it seems, that a published work had a broader vocabulary, what was the reason? Certainly there were fewer literate people a century ago, so was it was more stylish to use obscure words? Do publishers today purposely limit the complexity of an author's manuscript in order to reach a broader market? Even books written for younger audiences--like Anne of Green Gables, which is only about 100 years old--had me looking up a word every few pages.

I installed a copy of Windows 2 in DOSBox to see what it was like. While the interface is certainly more attractive than DOS, the slowness and lack of useful software really explains why so few people bothered to buy it. Windows 3 wasn't too much better OS-wise, but at least it had a pretty large collection of applications to boast.

Christian pastors Jason Kennedy and Zubin Parakh were both arrested after offering to pay an under-aged girl for sex, a girl who happened to be working for the police.

Why you should get a mutt instead of an inbred pure-bred dog.

When atheists point out that religion is often the catalyst for horrible wars, genocides, and various other atrocities, religious people often claiming that there have been atheist leaders who have done terrible things as well, as if that helps their position.

When do Christians win arguments? When they don't invite the competition.

Remember Harold Camping, the guy who predicted Judgment Day on May 21, 2011, and again pretty much every year after that? Well, even though he died in 2013, his cult followers are still coming up with new dates for the end of the world. Maybe they should watch this video on the top ten reasons why Jesus hasn't returned.

Christians are still trespassing in Target to protest their bathroom policy because they believe they're being persecuted by transgendered people.

Nolite te bastardes carborundorum

Feeling: Happy


I finished reading The Handmaid's Tale over the weekend.

The Disney musical, Beauty and the Beast, was pretty good. All the movie's songs (even "Human Again") as well as several others, and beautiful sets, costumes, and effects, but the Fox Theater really needs to do something about their audio. Don't they realize that a crowd full of children makes a lot of noise? I ended up not being able to hear a large portion of the dialogue (not a huge loss since I know the script very well, but still!).

Some new news about black holes from Janna Levin.

Liberty University had a star-studded graduation commencement speech including Mel "if you get raped by a pack of niggers, it will be your fault!" Gibson, comedian Vince Vaughn (whose films the students aren't allowed to even watch), a sports ball player, and a duck hunter. You'll notice they didn't have any of their famous graduates speaking, this is probably because the school boasts the fourth highest unemployed graduate rate in the country! Kind of reminds me of Trinity Academy which reserves the right to expel any student, not only if they're gay, but even if they have a gay family member!

John Oliver gives some problematic news about calling 911.

For years, Father Tony Anatrella has been the go-to therapist where young Catholic men are sent when their parents and pastors are concerned they may be gay, and for years, Father Anatrella has spoken out against homosexuality and same-sex marriage. You already know where this is going, don't you? Now, several of the gay men who have been in Anatrella's care have been coming forward saying that, while they were receiving "counsel" from Anatrella, he was having sex with them.

Aron Ra gives a talk about Humanism in Canada.

Be my guest

Feeling: Happy


Going to a Disney version of the Beauty and the Beast musical tonight!

Roe v. Wade was a monumental Supreme Court ruling that which interpreted the Constitution in a way that guarantees the right to abortion in all 50 states, while also letting the states create laws around the process as they saw fit. The Republicans of Oklahoma saw fit to make abortion entirely illegal. Naturally, the bill they passed is unenforceable, and if the Governor signs it into law, the state will be sued, will lose, will repeal to the Supreme Court, and hope that the current Court, with its many Catholics, will change their minds. Without Scalia there, it seems unlikely that they'll even hear the case, and instead just waste millions of the state's tax dollars.

Glenn Beck (he still exists?) it telling Whole Foods to prosecute the Liberal hippie Christian pastor who tried to sue the company after concocting a story about how they wrote "fags" on the cake he ordered. According to Beck, the only way Liberals will learn to stop waving false flags is to punish them so severely they'll be too afraid to do it. This is sort of ironic considering that Beck is currently being sued for accusing a man of terrorism without any evidence. As Ed Brayton points out, I'm sure the guy suing Beck appreciates the good advice.

I have no problem with sex as a service industry and think we should remove all laws preventing it as they are based on indefensible moral arguments. Take, for example, Hookers For Jesus, a religious group that wants to not only outlaw all acts of sex for money, but also believes that all women who have sex for money, even those who actively seek it out and enjoy it, are being enslaved.

Republican Kenneth Havard tried to pass a law banning strippers who are too old or too fat. He later claimed it was a joke, though not too many people found it amusing. That's not nearly as bad as Republican Paul Ryan has been touting the importance of getting more money in the hands of the working class, so when a bill came along to guarantee overtime pay to employees who work over 40 hours, did he vote for it? Of course not!

Despite really wanting to force public school children to sing hymns, this Ohio school will no longer force choir students to sing the Lord's Prayer.

Have any Trans people made problems in public restrooms? No. But Conservatives sure have been beating up a lot of innocent women.

Christians love to tout their superior morality, so why do we always see them in headlines full of corruption, theft, and rape?

Nothing there but steers and queers

Feeling: Happy


In a proposed bill to eliminate all federal agencies, Texans inadvertently write, "Homosexuality is a chosen behavior... shared by the majority of Texans."

Airport security doesn't work, it's purely for show, and even the airports know it. The Department of Homeland Security did a test where undercover agents tried to sneak weapons on board planes in their carry-on luggage and succeeded 95% of the time. TSA also cannot cite a single instance where they successfully thwarted a terrorist. Worst of all, by disenfranchising travelers so much, they're causing more people to drive, which actually increases the number of travel deaths each year.

After his world tour of China, Morocco, Spain, and Albania, Luke Cooke was finally extradited back to the USA where he will serve 11 years for molesting children when he was a youth pastor.

Kodi Maybir, a Christian music producer, was sentenced to 42 years after being found guilty of murdering his girlfriend's disabled 11-year-old boy.

It's pick a new title day!

Feeling: Happy


Samantha Bee reminds the world that American religious Conservatives have a long history of racism, sexism, and bigotry.

British Conservatives: "We're going to make sure only adults view Internet porn in the UK by enforcing mandatory age checks!"
People Who Use the Internet: "How?"
British Conservatives: "We don't know, but to religious zealots, it sounds like we're doing something useful!"

Yes, you can criticize religion without needing a theology degree.

Meet the Christian woman who is looking so hard for a sign from God, she finds one in her baby's poop. Then, meet the Christian man who, after burning his daughter's shirt because it was "Satanic," believed he needed to make a sacrifice to God to appease him. Rather than kill himself or his son, he decided to follow the bible's message and sacrifice the family dog.

It's garbage day!

Feeling: Happy


I watched a documentary on one of the world's most difficult ultramarathons. It takes place along about 130 miles of unmarked trails in the Tennessee mountains. For a racer to finish, they have to run the equivalent of up and down Mt. Everest twice in 60 hours, only then can they claim to have finished the Barkley Marathons.

That moment when oil spills are so common, they don't even make headlines.

The New Yorker goes full The Onion.

Make sure you get your videogame power ups in the right spot.

If you're trying to get on the Republican ticket for Congress, it's probably best that when you post screenshots of your computer on social media, you first close the porn sites.

Why are the Japanese so into tentacle porn? Blame the Americans.

Jesus can't stop killing in Mr. Deity.

The Christian preacher who tried to sue Whole Foods for selling him a cake with bigoted message on it finally admits he made the whole thing up.

How to deal with the argument that the Universe can't have been an accident.

Next time I just go to Ohio!

Feeling: Happy


I made a chart about who wrote the New Testament.

Last April was the hottest April in history. Want to know when the hottest March was? Last March. Want to know when the hottest February was? Last February. But global warming doesn't exist.

Billy Joel's, "For the Longest Time," parodied as, "Entropic Time," with a music video played entirely backwards.

Back in 2008, Republican Sally Kern said that homosexuals are more dangerous to America than terrorists. As she ends her final year in the House, she explains that her bigotry remains strong!

Honest Trailers covers the original Doom.

Republicans trying to squirm their way out of answering the question, "should a transgendered man be forced to use the ladies room even when they have a full beard?"

Veritasium talks about survivor bias.

Texas passed a law requiring all public schools with 10,000 or more students to record their school board meetings and make them available to the public, which has only given separation of church and state advocates recorded evidence to begin a lawsuit on the 50+ districts that hold illegal prayers.

Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan is now an ignorant conspiracy theorist who loves Donald Trump, thinks white people are being discriminated against, doesn't care much for artists using their medium to promote social justice issues, and hates that people freak out when he uses the n-word in public.

Red mottled tongue probably isn't healthy

Feeling: Happy


If you get arrested for selling heroin Pennsylvania Judge Anthony M. Mariani has got you covered. Just read a book written by Ben Carson about Jesus, tell all your friends about Jesus, and tell the judge what you learned about Jesus, and you won't have to serve time! Of course, if you aren't will to preach Christianity, you can always go to jail for 5-10 years.

If you're pregnant ans seeking information, nobody will lie to you like the Christians. If you're wondering if transgendered people should be allowed to share a restroom with you, nobody will lie to you like the Christians.

Republicans may refer to the country's Judeo-Christian heritage, but that doesn't stop people from spray painting "Jesus Saves" on a Jewish synagogue.

Teen girls talking about hashtags is scary enough, but it becomes horrifying in slow motion.

Heidi Cruz, wife of Ted Cruz, explained that her husband's failed presidential run was God doing things on his own time, just like how he did... with slavery.

Richard Simone led police on a high speed chase before finally pulling over. With several officers pointing their guns at him, Simone exited his truck, dropped to his knees, and laid flat on his stomach. Police then swarmed him and proceeded to beat the helpless man senseless. Yes, high speed chases endanger innocent lives, yes, Simone broke the law and deserves jail time, but there is no excuse for police officers violently attacking a prone unarmed man.

The March of Reason, part 3.

Coughing less, throat more sore. How does that work?

Feeling: Happy


I finished reading the book Hyperion yesterday. While I found the book to be decent, then ending was atrocious.

The Christians at the Spence Dream Center are not doctors, but they feel their belief in God gives them the wisdom to tell clinically depressed people to quit taking all mood stabilizers. Of course, a real doctor will tell you that this is extremely dangerous, even potentially fatal. But even after one of their "patients" slit his throat shortly after being told to not take his medication, they still haven't learned to leave medication to the real doctors.

The pistol used to murder Trayvon Martin is being auctioned off by the killer, George Zimmerman, who says he will use some of the money to fight against Black Lives Matter protesters.

In order to create a lesson about Christian obedience, pastor David Perry starved his dog for two days.

Trust Betty White to teach you about online password safety.

Reza Aslan is a Muslim apologist who promotes the idea of Islam being a religion of peace and equality. One of his key points is that the most Islamic country in the world, Indonesia, is a country of sexual equality. Of course, the evidence disagrees with him entirely. Aside from having their clothing and career choices chosen for them by the Muslim government, the country believe Islam requires that they cut off the external portion of their female children's genitalia, and the majority of Indonesian women have undergone such mutilation.

Dinosaurs walking past an adult human to see the size comparison.

If you're going to promote gender equality in the workplace, you should expect some backlash from your company... unless you're a while male.

Michelle Branch sings her latest song, "Goodbye, Ted Cruz."

Ruby Tuesday is followed by Emerald Wednesday

Feeling: Happy


People are willing to increase taxes in order to pay for what their public school students need. No, not new books. A mainframe computer? Don't be ridiculous. A world-class chemistry laboratory is nice, but not quite what we're looking for. Sure, additional teachers would be great, but let's get real here. What is really going to build our children a brighter future is a -second- $60,000,000 football stadium. And by future, I mean permanent brain damage.

John Oliver stresses the importance of scientific studies.

NASA identifies another 1,284 exoplanets, 9 of which are in the habitable zone!

After Reverend Kenneth Kaucheck was found guilty of sexual misconduct with a sixteen-year-old girl, and was kicked out of the Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit, he landed on his feet as the head of the Gianna House Pregnancy and Parenting where he counsels pregnant teenagers.

Best super hero movie evah!

People who think they're really good at videogames usually have never seen someone who is really good at videogames.

Yes, a Canadian teen did try matching constellations to existing Mayan cities, but no, he did not find a new city because of it.

Have you ever seen one of those "mail us 10$ and receive good fortune" scam letters, and thought to yourself, who is stupid enough to mail them money? Well, according to the Justice Department, before they were shut down for fraud, one company made $180 million doing it!

The March of Reason, part 2.

Remember remember the tenth of Mayvember.

Feeling: Happy


The Arab Spring was supposed to end government corruption in Muslim nations, but all it did was put a new form of corruption in power. Egypt now has a government that will arrest you if you criticize it.

The Brits know you can't force someone to hand over their passwords. Let's see if the Americans can figure it out after the extradition.

As the polar icecaps melt, and the oceans continue to rise, small islands are being lost.

A quick news recap for the cicadas.

Ted Cruz dropped out of the Republican race demonstrating that American Republicans just don't care enough about religion anymore to elect a zealot, and for good reason; we're talking about a group of people who think transvestites using public bathrooms is more dangerous than ISIS. One of Cruz's biggest disciples boosters, Glenn Beck, had a bit of a meltdown prophesying doom and gloom!

The sales pitch for the Ark Encounter needs a bit of work. They're trying to impress upon its visitors that the Ark wasn't a fun place with a smiling Noah with cute fuzzy animals, it is a monument to the deliberate and systematic extermination of millions, so bring the kids!

M in the P

Feeling: Happy


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

I've updated the latest NES Hacker cheat package. The new one uses No-Intro naming conventions which I find superior to the GoodNES standard.

This makes me moist.

With the defeat of Ted Cruz, American Conservatives have shown that their interest in Christianity isn't nearly as strong as their greed and hatred.

If someone is claiming that Islam is a dangerous religion, how do you prove to him, and the people who agree with him, that it is a religion of peace? Apparently, by murdering him.

Poor pastor Jack Schapp, just can't get a break. The Christian mega-church leader is already in jail for statutory rape, but now he's facing additional charges for investment fraud! He has it far worse than Reverend Corey MeGill Brown who was just taking church donations and depositing them directly into his secret personal account.

Seattle's City Council wisely voted against giving up city land to create another sports arena (like any private corporation, arena builders should be expected to purchase their own land), but because the women on the council were the ones who voted against it, horrific sexism is the result.

Why do Jehovah's Witnesses tell their gifted women to avoid academic pursuits?

If you're a well-educated Italian economist, don't do math on a plane, or you will be accused of being a terrorist!

Revenge of the Sixth!

Feeling: Happy


I read the Second Epistle to the Thessalonians. I was not impressed.

Jimmy Kimmel's response to Sarah Palin's "documentary" about climate change.

Want to see how Jehovah's Witnesses indoctrinate children about same-sex marriage? It's quite awful.

Vaughn Ohlman is a Christian leader who organized an event called "Get Them Married," which was a way for Christian parents to arrange marriages for their children, without their consent, even as young as 13! Unfortunately for Ohlman (and fortunately for the children), he had to cancel his event.

When reading Mean Tweets to women becomes more than just mean.

Using fighting game terminology to explain evolution.

May the fifth be with you?

Feeling: Happy


I read the First Epistle to the Thessalonians. I was not impressed.

If a student wants to enter a graduate program at a respected university to become a doctor, does the university have an obligation to reject that student if the student brazenly admits that they will assuredly violate the doctor's code of ethics? Todd Starnes of Fox News doesn't think so, in fact, he believes that University is at fault for trying only wanting to graduate ethical students!

A more effective way of debating with people on the street.

Republican Tila Hubrecht explains that getting pregnant from a rapist is God giving you a silver lining!

Matt Dillahunty covers numerology in the bible.

May the fourth be with you

Feeling: Happy


I read the Second Epistle of John and the Third Epistle of John. I was not impressed.

I also finished reading a child psychology book called Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons From the Myths of Boyhood. I was pretty good.

Isn't odd how people who are convinced that immigration will ruin the economy for the entire nation refuse to believe that centuries of unbridled pollution can affect the climate?

You've seen those, "Shit People Say" videos? Well, here's a long breakdown of "Shoot Christians Say!"

Over the years, more and more preachers have come out at homosexual, helping various churches usher in a new age of pro-LGBT religion. Bringing up the rear is Islam, where more adherents think homosexual sex is wrong than think abortion is wrong! Thankfully, there are people like Nur Warsame, a Muslim imam who has the courage to publicly out himself.

Interestingly, the term "Caucasian" has a history that's also very racist.

It's not enough for Christians to prevent their employees from having access to birth control, they also want to be allowed to fire them for using it.

Some interesting facts about the game Doom.


Feeling: Happy


I read the First Epistle of John. I was not impressed.

If I could boil down the Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution, I would say that it represents the principle that it's better to let a criminal go free than to lock up an innocent person. This principle exists to protect citizens from corrupt or over zealous law enforcement who have authority over them. It makes it so that police can't lock you up because they don't like you or because they think you're a criminal, they have to actually demonstrate that you've done something illegal. Furthermore, you don't have to volunteer evidence, they have to already have it. For example, lets say you detail all your most intimate moments of your life in a hidden diary. Suddenly, police arrive at your door believing you've done something illegal, and, having been told you keep a diary, demand to read it in hopes you've written down evidence of the crime. You know you're innocent, and you would be devastated to have your most personal moments read by the entire precinct, who would no doubt blab to everyone in your community. You refuse to tell them, and they throw you in a dank cell until you agree to hand over your diary. They have no idea if you committed the crime or not, they're just guessing, and they want to invade your privacy to satisfy their guessing, and they're willing to abuse you, an innocent person, until you submit! Is that justice? But let's say that, instead of hiding your diary, you keep it on your dresser, but rather than write in plain English, you've encoded your writing to be a series of numbers that only you can decipher. The police demand to know how you've encoded your diary so they may read it in hopes of finding you guilty of a crime. You refuse to tell them, and they throw you in jail until you do. Is this justice? It's certainly very similar to the first scenario, right? According to a judge in Pennsylvania, the first example is protected by the Fifth Amendment, the second one is not. The judge maintains that, until a man offers up the password to his encrypted hard drives, he will be held in jail forever. The judge justifies indefinite incarceration saying that he has committed the "crime" of refusing to cooperate with an investigation, but his refusal is to prevent self-incrimination, which is the whole point of the Fifth Amendment, otherwise, police could say that everyone who pleads the Fifth is refusing to cooperate with an investigation. The reality is, law enforcement has no evidence of a crime, and even though the charges are despicable, anyone can conjure up despicable charges. There is a similar case now involving a woman whose phone is encrypted with a biometric password. She has to place her thumb on her phone to unlock it. A judge has ruled that police are allowed to violently force her thumb onto her phone so that they may search through it. They need to do this because otherwise they have no evidence of a crime.

Donkey Kong, IRL.

People believe some crazy things when it comes to the powerful dangerous magical body of a woman.

When cereal manufacturers took out all their non-GMO ingredients, all the vitamins had to be removed as well.

YouTube comments are usually a wretched hive of scum and racism, but wait until you read Fox News comments!

Millennials know they suck.

Politicians are trying to remove or extend the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse, but one group in particular doesn't like the idea. Can you guess who? It's the Catholic League! According to them, nobody is doing more to prevent child molestation than the church, and these politicians only want to make all pedophiles go to jail because they're anti-Catholic!

You probably didn't know this, but Prince died from chemtrails.

Wake up and smell the hummus!

Feeling: Happy


Had the fam over for dinner on Sunday. Talked a lot of politics and science over chicken, vegetables, hummus, and tea. Good times!

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

It's not that uncommon for groups responsible for atrocities to want to distance themselves from them. The US is ashamed of a century of slavery, Germany is ashamed of the Jewish Holocaust, etc. But there is a difference between being ashamed of something and denying that something ever happened. For example, there are many people who claim that the Holocaust never happened. These people refuse to learn from the mistakes of their ancestors and their ignorance makes them problematic. Naturally, these claims should be ridiculed, because they are ridiculous, and no respectable organization would ever hand a microphone to someone who espouses such beliefs. Cue the Wall Street Journal, which printed a full page ad from a group denying the existence of the Armenian genocide.

Why you shouldn't trust Pokmon Daycare.

A mob of Muslims murdered another Bangladeshi man by hacking him to death with machetes, just as Muhammad would want.

Part one of the March of Reason series.

There is a fun Twitter hashtag trending right now called, #TheBibleHasTaughtMe, and it's yielding some interesting results.

Americans can't identify a Sikh.

What's the deal with people named McCarthy and being crazy. Tajuan McCarty was hired by the US military to tell soldiers that the only way to stop rape is to have everyone convert to her religion.

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