January, 2012

You betcha!

Feeling: Happy


Dentist this morning... one more cavity.

Thanks to Republican Senator Jill Holtzman Vogel, the state of Virginia now requires vaginal ultrasounds, which doctors call expensive and unnecessary, before women can get abortions. Unshockingly, the amendment to the bill by Democratic Senator Janet Howell, which would require men to get rectal and cardiac exams before getting erectile dysfunction medication, was not passed. Senator Janet Howell is my hero.

Tennessee Republican Senator Stacey Campfield, the guy who doesn't think straight men can get AIDS, was kicked out of a bistro for his homophobic rhetoric. When asked about it, Campfield said that it was awful how the restaurant thinks they have the right not to serve him just because of his views. And no, he doesn't see the irony of his statement and his fight to prevent same-sex marriage.

Yes, the Earth is getting warmer. Yes, humans are probably the cause. Yes, people continue to lie about it.

The ten things we all miss about Christian Fundamentalism.

Here's a pretty cool reading of Richard Dawkins' work.

Virgins can be purchased in The Blasphemer's Bible.

My finger hurts

Feeling: Injured


Weekend was pretty fancy. Friday was Skeptics In the Pub, Saturday was rehearsal for RHPS and the viewing of the original Anne of Green Gables miniseries, Sunday was sledding with the misses and a viewing of The Big Chill.

Canadian Muslim, Mohammad Shafia murdered his wife and three daughters because they betrayed Islam.

Turns out, women are better than men at parking after all.

Another person is killed by New Age craziness.

Pennsylvania is no different than the other states of the Union. Unemployment is too high, education is under-funded, the roads need fixing, and the slums need shrinking. Luckily, Republican Rep. Rick Saccone knows precisely how to solve all of those problems! Use tax-payer money to make 2012 the Year of the Bible! Though, I guess that's not nearly as bad as North Carolina Republican Rep. Larry Pittman who wants to publicly hang criminals, and especially those evil doctors. But at least he's not as utterly ignorant as the Republicans of Tennessee. Rep. John Ragan says that a homosexual is someone who is born with both male and female genitalia, and anyone born with only one set of genitalia must be heterosexual. But I think Senator Stacey Campfield is dangerously stupid, because he thinks it's practically impossible for a heterosexual man to contract HIV.

Okay, after losing brain cells to those ignoramuses, here's some things that will make you smarter. Here's a lecture by PZ Myers called "Design vs Chance" and the Q&A at the Skeptic's Science Symposium hosted by Michael Shermer, and featuring Bill Nye, James Randi, Donald Prothero, Brian Dalton.

Homeland Security doesn't understand British slang, and certainly doesn't have a sense of humor.

Yes, Ron Paul published racist literature.

God talks more about goats in The Blasphemer's Bible.

Outta here

Feeling: Excited


Are you a photographer? Did you take a nice picture that you want to sell? Be careful, you might be in violation of copyright law! The UK has ruled that composition aspects of a photograph can be copyrighted!

The USA was successful in blocking out SOPA and PIPA, but European countries weren't as successful at stopping their version of the bill, ACTA.

Probably the best church song I've heard in a long time.

New Hampshire Republicans are trying to offer more protection to men accused of beating their wives. Currently, when cops respond to a domestic abuse call, and they see evidence of abuse, they are allowed to arrest the man, even if they don't actually see the man striking his wife. However, this new Republican bill will take away that authority, and only allow police to arrest abusers if they actually see the men attack women.

Ohio State University football kicker, Jake Russell, recently showed just how much Christians are persecuted with the following post on Twitter: "my roommate max rouse (look him up on Facebook) is an atheist, please show him some hate." Lord love that Christian compassion.

Republican Indiana senator Dennis Kruse is wasting a serious amount of tax-payer money by trying to get Creationism taught in public schools, yes, the same thing that the US Supreme Court has ruled unconstitutional on a number of occasions. Sadly, the bill actually made it past the Senate Education Committee vote (which is mostly Republican), which means that it actually has a real chance at being voted on by state law makers. Even if it passes, it'll just get ruled unconstitutional, and millions of dollars will be taken away from Indiana students. And Indiana needs all of the education money it can get, it routinely ranks as one of the most uneducated states.

Mario is just too mainstream!

Parents in Minnesota are trying to change their schools so that AIDS is taught as the gay virus and they stop any of that awful inclusiveness like teaching that homosexuals are people too.

God's laws are easily corrupted in The Blasphemer's Bible.

Riding the sky like an eagle

Feeling: Happy


It only took 30 years, but Alaska Airlines has finally removed their lame prayer cards with their meals.

It only took multiple death-threats, but moderate Christians are finally speaking out against the crazies who are calling for Jessica Alquist's blood.

A quick rundown of 10 common misconceptions.

Rick Bartlett, pastor of the Bastrop, Texas Christian Church is being charged with animal cruelty after he threw his neighbor's cat off a bridge.

Here's an interesting interview with Richard Dawkins and athiest Jewish Rabbi Tamara Kolton.

Jerry Coyne explains why evolution is indeed true.

Updated my music collection.

More stupid animal laws in The Blasphemer's Bible.

I'm gonna finger bang bang you every night!

Feeling: Happy


New Jersey Republican governor Chris Christie says he will veto a same-sex marriage bill, and wants people to vote for whether his state will allow it. Why? Did his state vote on whether or not to allow different-sex couples the right to vote?

Mitt Romney makes 900 times more money than you, but only pays half the taxes.

What happens when lawmakers believe everything they find in their in-box? They create laws banning human fetuses in food. Apparently, it's easier to make a law than it is to check snopes.com.

Dubya Bush blocked stem cell research in the US, but thankfully, Obama reopened it. And what did we gain from this? The blind are able to see. It's not a total fix, but it's on it's way.

What does Bill O'Reilly do when he's busted on his lies? He lies to cover up his lies! Remember when O'Reilly said that nobody on Fox News said you would go to jail for not having health insurance, and Fox News even verified that nobody said it? Of course, it was pointed out that Fox News said this at least four times, from three different pundits. Rather than admit that they made a mistake, O'Reilly not only continues to say they never said it, but then makes up a story about receiving an apology about it!

Christopher Hitchens was certainly on form when her debated the topic of freedom of speech with Shashi Tharoor.

Jesus heals a man from the gay.

Thieves, slaves, and animals in The Blasphemer's Bible.

I'm riding a black unicorn down the side of an erupting volcano while drinking from a chalice filled with the laughter of small children

Feeling: Happy


SOPA and PIPA may be shelved in the USA, but now lawmakers in Canada are trying to pass something similar.

Another plus to Obama, he's forcing religious employers still have to cover birth control.

The US Supreme Court has wisely ruled that unwarranted GPS tracking is indeed illegal, and that police officers must have a warrant before planting a tracking device on your vehicle. My only question is, "Why did they ever think this wasn't an invasion of privacy that needed a warrant?"

Sometimes politics gets nasty, but is there ever a reason for killing a politician's pet and painting the word "liberal" on it's corpse?

Did you know you can trick wine experts into thinking a white wine is a red wine by simply adding food coloring?

Chinese astrologers believe in a completely different form of mysticism as Western astrologers, but they both share one common attribute, they're both stupidly gullible.

Republican Rick Santorum says that rape is a gift, albeit, a broken one.

Jessica Alquist gives a talk at the University of Alabama.

How the ten commandments fit into modern society.

I would have sex with Purity Bear.

Yosemite National Park in HD.

Thirty renowned writers speaking about god.

At night, it's freedom fighting, at day it's murder in The Blasphemer's Bible.

It's a shame there's no one to blame for all the pain that life brings

Feeling: Happy


If the theocrats of America get their way, this sort of thing will happen here.

Democratic governor of Kentucky, Steve Beshear has cut $50 million from the state's K-12 education budget so that he can give a $43 million tax break to the builders of the Young-Earth Creationist Ark Park, as well as another $11 million in highway improvements for them. Not only is he slashing his state's education, but he's replacing that education with the anti-education of a 6,000-year-old Earth where Noah had dinosaurs in his giant wooden box.

Kids these days... they just don't understand records.

Christian parents proceed to boo this poor girl for having the audacity to speak her mind.

What happens with you leave your camera on a plate at a Japanese sushi restaurant?

Kent Hovind can't seem to give an answer about the scientific applications of Creationism.

Fawns are cute.

Newt Gingrich, who says that gays can't get married because it would threaten the institution of marriage, asked his wife to let him have sex with other women, and when she said no, started cheating on her, while he was trying to impeach Bill Clinton for cheating on his wife.

Seriously, nobody at Fox News ever said that! We even checked! Well, they must not have checked very hard.

Yes, I'm charging people 6 months salary to cure the witchcraft from their evil children. Hilarious, isn't it?

Ridiculous rules in The Blasphemer's Bible.

I'll place the moon within your heart

Feeling: Happy


The US Government took down MegaUpload last night. If you're not familiar with the site, it's a simple file hosting web site. For example, let's say you have a family video that you want to share with your friends. It's too big to email, so you upload it to MegaUpload. Then, all you have to do is email your friends the link and they can all download it. But unlike YouTube, MegaUpload works for more than just video, you can upload pictures, music, programs, and anything else, and people can actually download those files so they have a copy for themselves. However, the entertainment industry complained that a lot people were using MegaUpload to pirate copyrighted movies and music. Just like with YouTube, the people who run MegaUpload can't prevent you from uploading something that has a copyright. However, also like YouTube, MegaUpload polices its site and takes down any copyrighted material the entertainment industry that points out to them. However, that wasn't enough for the US government, they've since arrested the owners of the site, and took down their website without any due process. To put this in perspective, imagine a huge car manufacturing plant. The purpose of the plant is to make cars, but it's been pointed out that some of the people working there have been sharing mixed tapes. Whenever the car company finds someone with a mixed tape, they destroy the tape and fire the worker, but it's obviously not possible to stop them all. So, the US government shuts down the entire plant and lays off all of the workers so that it can investigate the mixed tape sharing. This will probably take several years, in the meantime the car company will most likely go out of business.

In retaliation to this, activist hacker group Anonymous took down several websites including the RIAA and MPAA. Their response to being hacked was the typical bullshit you would expect, "Unfortunately, some groups believe that speech or ideas that they disagree with should be silenced. This could not be more wrong. No matter the point of view, everyone has a right to be heard." That's right, the same people who tried to remove a YouTube video of a baby because a song was playing on the radio in the background is trying to talk to us about free speech.

By the way, if you want to understand why SOPA and PIPA are so bad, here's a plain English explanation.

Bloopers from yester-year.

The American Museum of Natural History shows us the scale of the known universe, and don't miss the International Space Station viewing some stormy skies over Africa with the Milky Way in the background.

Ever since 1995, the worldwide rate of abortions has been decreasing, it reached a low in 2008 with only 28 per 1000 women. However, this rate of decline has stopped, and now we're looking at a new surge. So what's changed? More conservatives are cutting access to birth control. We've known for quite awhile now that when people have access to contraceptives, we have fewer abortions. But that still doesn't stop conservative prudes from trying to make the world abstainate.

Christopher Hitchens gives concrete examples of the wrongs of religion while Chris Hedges just spouts off affirmations.

Atheists secretly believe in gods like Christians secretly believe in Allah.

Hmm, the Canadian Party isn't looking so bad for 2012.

If only her friend didn't put sparkles on her nails, the Packers would have won.

600 comics in The Blasphemer's Bible.

And so it seems, only in dreams.

Feeling: Happy


SOPA supporters are notorious for violating copyrights on the Internet.

Sure the European Union has banned airport body scanners because they're a cancer risk, but here in America people prefer cancer along with the illusion of safety. Our law enforcement agencies are trying to put full-body scanners in every police car.

Forsyth County, North Carolina has spent a great deal of money trying to appeal their desire to continue saying Christian prayers before their board meetings, but they finally failed as the US Supreme Court refused to hear their case. So, there will no longer be government-sanctioned prayers coming out of Forsyth.

Jerry Coyne lays the smack down at the Bale Boone Symposium where he debates that religion and science are incompatible. It's worth suffering through the first guy, so you can see just how effectively Coyne responds to his claims.

Here's a couple other longer ones: David Silverman talks about the commonality of skeptics and atheists and how the movement is growing. Also, Joe Nickell talks about his paranormal investigations, and how he continually exposes frauds.

This is quality music that every child should be subjected to.

In 2009, Nick Christie was strapped naked to a chair at Lee County jail, gagged, and pepper-sprayed to death. The medical examiner even ruled his death was a homicide, but now the officers who killed him will face no disciplinary action at all.

Rocky Horror Picture Show auditions tonight!

Blinding slaves for fun in The Blasphemer's Bible.

Hey you, out there in the cold,
getting lonely, getting cold... can you fell me?

Feeling: Happy


In case you haven't noticed it, half of the Internet has been blocked out today in order to protest SOPA and PIPA which would give the entertainment industry the right to kill any web site they choose. The supporters of the bill say this is just a gimmick.

Hatemongers have a lot to say about homosexuals, and it's all ignorant, degrading, and violent. But despite this, those who fight for reason and equality have made a lot of progress.

Due to pressure from his rivals, Mitt Romney releases his tax returns. The average American pays up to 35% in taxes because they make their money by working. However, people extremely wealthy people like Mitt Romney, make most of their money through stocks, bonds, and real estate, which only carries a 15% tax--less than half of what the working class pays. Of course Romney, knowing that Republicans are going to vote for his rich cheating ass anyway, just shrugged it off.

Wisconsin has learned from their mistake of electing Republican Governor Scott Walker, and have collected over a million recall signatures, over double what they needed! It's a shame that the state allowed him to be elected to begin with, but at least their making amends.

Could you pass a US Citizenship test? You need at least 58 correct answers to pass. I got 87 out of 96.

Even when dying from esophageal cancer, Christopher Hitchens was still able to demonstrate how harmful religion has been for the world.

Here's an awesome Queen remix involving a Christian pastor talking about how Satanic rock music is.

That's a lot of jellybeans.

The National Center For Science Education has decided to also start tackling climate change denial.

New Age girls say a lot of stupid shit.

Possible pro-abortion verse in The Blasphemer's Bible.

So gather up your jackets, move it to the exits

Feeling: Happy


The amount of snow in a single winter doesn't really mean anything in the realm of climate change, but when we keep seeing an average increase in temperature over decades, it's a bad sign.

In general, football fans aren't that bright. In general, religious people have poor critical thinking skills. When you combine the two, you get Tebow fans. These are people who truly believe that a god is actively helping a person play football better. If these people were a minority, it wouldn't bother me much, but there are a wholelottadem!

Super Mario Bros. Crossover 2 looks amazing.

Jessica Alquist responds to questions about her life and the school prayer banner debacle.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles make your children worship SATAN!

Polish singer Dorota Rabczewska, AKA Dota, was fined the equivalent of $1,450 for breaking the country's blasphemy law by saying in regards to the bible, "because it's hard to believe in something that was written by someone drunk on wine and smoking some herbs." Poland has really stupid laws.

What if you had a live band playing the soundtrack to your videogames? It might go a little something like this!

A woman explains why it's so important that the US government redefined the crime of rape to be more encompassing.

Despite their naïve cohort, these news anchors don't let the failure of "psychic" Char Margolis go unnoticed.

Maybe we shouldn't be electing politicians who fight for the rights of bullies to keep bullying.

Even more crazy laws in The Blasphemer's Bible.

A man like that's like an unmade bed

Feeling: Happy


Mitt Romney can ignore the fact that you're slowly dieing a painful death, he can even ignore your wheelchair, but if somebody is smoking marijuana in the privacy and safety of their own home to treat a degenerative disease, that's the one thing Mitt Romney can't ignore.

No, they won't stop just because I'm posting this, but here are 10 myths about the human body that people continue to believe.

Two more victories for equality. No longer are the city council meetings of Greensboro, North Carolina allowed to start with a Christian prayer. A more inclusive moment of silence now precedes their meetings. I would prefer that they actually work instead of waste tax-payer money doing nothing, but at least they're no longer violating the US Constitution. Awhile back, New Heights Middle School in South Carolina invited a Christian rapper to perform at their school and preach about Christianity. Knowing that they would lose once a lawsuit was brought against them, the school district didn't even try to defend the school, and mandated that they change their policy to ensure that they will no longer try and preach religion to their students.

Democratic Representative of Rhode Island, Peter Palumbo call Jessica Alquist, "An evil little thing," who is, "being coerced by evil people." It doesn't matter that she was in the right when she demanded that her school take down an illegal Christian prayer banner, it doesn't matter that the courts sided with her, all that matters is that Peter Palumbo is an ass-hat who would rather cozy up to his Christian voters than follow the law.

Evolution has to be false, because new life doesn't sprout from my peanut butter.

This is incredibly heart-warming.

Bishop Bambera would like the University of Scranton to withdraw their invitation to a women's rights speaker who plans on encouraging women to be more politically involved. If you want more evidence that the priesthood doesn't deserve respect, how about this German priest who repeatedly raped and photographed two boys, ages 9 and 13, and defended himself by saying, "It was never my impression that the children did not consent."

Anything but atheist, a look at what some people say about atheism: Part 1, Part 2.

More crazy laws in The Blasphemer's Bible.

You know I am a liar

Feeling: Happy


Part of standing up for minorities and demanding equality for all means having to deal with privileged majorities threating to murder you. Jessica Alquist stood up for the minority rights of non-Christians at her school, however, the majority of the school is Christians. And if it's one thing Christians love to do, it's threaten non-Christians with murder. It's especially ironic when you consider the fact that the judge who ruled that the prayer must be taken down, judge Ronald Lagueux, was appointed by conservative Christian, Ronald Reagan.

Here's how the tides work, and why there are two of them in a day.

Republican Rick Brattin is trying to make the state of Missouri a little bit stupider by injecting Creationism in the science classroom. The failures of Louisiana, Kansas, and Pennsylvania didn't teach him a lesson, so all of the tax-payer money that he wastes in the fruitless endeavor may as well be burned.

Up until recently, IBM scientists needed about 1 million atoms to store a single bit of data on a hard drive. With their latest technology breakthrough they were able to store a bit with a slightly smaller number. Twelve.

Does the Quran have a magical scientific knowledge of fetuses? It sure doesn't.

I'm Comic Sans, asshole!

Republican congressman Lamar Smith, author of the Internet-killing SOPA bill, is a copyright violator. His web site features a photograph that violates the copyright of DJ Schulte. Ironically, if Smith's bill were to pass, his web site should be taken down. Not that it would. I'm going out on a limb here, but I think only large corporations will be able to take advantage of SOPA, leaving us common folk to continue to be ripped off.

How women alienate their gay friends.

Here's one of the very first animations of The Hobbit.

Everything ends in death in The Blasphemer's Bible.

I've got 99 birds, but a finch ain't one of them ~ Charles Darwin

Feeling: Happy


Just used the screwdriver set my mother got me for Christmas to fix my vacuum cleaner. I feel so manly now, I think I should become a lumberjack.

Jessica Alquist, as expected, has won her lawsuit to remove a Christian prayer from her public school. The judge agreed that a Christian prayer on the wall is not secular and was a violation of the first amendment, and therefore illegal. Specifically, the court made references to the school-board meeting where numerous citizens and school administrators infused their religious sentiments into the school prayer and told Jessica that she can burn in Hell. The banner will be taken down, and another victory for equality has been won. I'm curious to see how much of the taxpayer's money the school pissed away in their defense.

So, once again, the US courts tell us, that while every child is free to pray in church on their own, school-led prayer is still a no-no. Just don't tell the three moronic Republican Senators in Indiana (Jim Tomes, Dennis Kruse, and Travis Holdman) who want to force every student to recite the Lord's Prayer every morning.

Here's an interesting documentary from 1987 that investigates paranormal claims.

By using the distorted space around stars as a lens, astronomers have been discovering new extrasolar planets. In fact, it's highly probable that nearly every star in our galaxy has planets orbiting it.

Mississippi governor Republican Haley Barbour seems to be going for the record of pardoning the most convicted murders. Barbour pardoned an unprecedented 193 criminals during his administration, many of them worked at the governor's mansion.

Tiny frog is tiny.

How not to be racist to your black girlfriends.

This woman's mental disability is no match for this cop's anger management problems.

Kill killers to show killing is wrong in The Blasphemer's Bible.

Facts versus romance, you go and add it all you want

Feeling: Happy


I woke up to an odd dream this morning where, due to the unseasonably warm winter, I walked around nude all day. The next morning I realized that I was quite sunburned all over, including my bathing region, but I still had to go to school, so I stopped at Meijer to get lotion to try an cover up the redness and pain. Isn't 14 years out of high school enough time to stop dreaming about it?

Former preacher Dan Barker explains Christianity in a nutshell. If you want to watch the full lecture, it's here.

Women in Egypt fought back against some Islam extremists by beating the men with their own canes when they tried to tried to shut down their beauty salon. But not all women are claiming a victory over sexist religions. A gynecology conference in Jerusalem is allowing women to attend, but they must be segregated from the men and not allowed to speak during the conference. Quiet dear, the men are talking about your vagina.

Despite having a government sanctioned church, the United Kingdom has taken a bold step toward secularism by banning the teaching of Creationism from their public schools. I think I speak for all reasonable people when I say, it's about time!

Robin Ince gave a wonderful talk about Science Versus Wonder at TED.

Occasionally, the Obama administration does something that I agree with. This is one of them. They have expanded the definition of rape to include all forms of non-consented penetration. A huge step up from the highly limited previous definition.

A Christian Church in Texas is brining a real live witch executioner to speak at their church.

Noah Hathaway (Atreyu from The NeverEnding Story) from a 2010 interview.

God lets you sell your daughter into slavery in The Blasphemer's Bible.

The sensation you're feeling... is the quickening

Feeling: Happy


Texas Republican Rep. Lamar Smith dismisses the 83 Internet pioneers and 850 companies who oppose the Internet-crushing bill, SOPA. He says they can't point to a single area of the bill that would harm the Internet, even though they have gone to great lengths to do just that. The US government is already the bitch of any major corporation. Remember when Homeland Security took down dajaz1.com because the RIAA claimed the web site posted copyrighted music? Even after the host demonstrated that the posted music was given to him by the artists themselves, and therefore perfectly legal, the US government still took an -entire year- to reinstate the web site causing untold damages. SOPA will streamline this process by allowing corporations to shut down web sites without even having to prove any foul play.

Mitt Romney... also a hypocrite.

Amazing rapid-fire high-quality finger painting.

A school in Gwinnett County, Georgia gave math homework to it's 3rd grade students which included questions about how much cotton a slave could pick, and how many beatings he received in a week. It turns out that all nine of the 3rd grade teachers saw the questions and approved of them. Stay classy Georgia!

And you guys didn't believe me about the barbed cat penises.

Republican Arizona governor Jan Brewer is begin sued by the FFRF because of her state-sponsored Day of Prayer citing that the Arizona Constitution clearly says "No public money or property shall be appropriated for or applied to any religious worship, exercise, or instruction, or to the support of any religious establishment."

Well, years of misusing antibiotics have led to a strain of tuberculosis that is completely resistant to all knowns antibiotics.

Açaí berries don't do crap, and now a company is learning just how much false advertising costs.

Poor Sara Ackerman. Her anthropology teacher assigned her class to interview the Occupy Wall Street protesters in order to study cultural movements. She protested saying she didn't want to be around the "criminals, drug addicts, and mentally ill people". After making a huge ordeal for the school, she eventually did the assignment without incident. Then, she threatened to expose the school to the press and her 1,000 loyal Facebook friends if her professor didn't resign. She eventually posted the whole thing online which only served to show what a huge self-absorbed spoiled bigot she is, and also how poor of a writer she is (you don't need to use bold, italic, and underlining to get your point across!).

God begins his crazy laws in The Blasphemer's Bible.

If I owned a cat, I would name him "Stevens".

The Hospital? What is it? It's a big building with patients, but that's not important right now.

Feeling: Happy


A gym in Dubai called the Circuit Factory learns that it's still a little too soon for Halocaust humor in polite society.

Moore's Law has been given a later deadline now that researches have shown that nano-scale wires conduct electricity without being affected by quantum fluctuations.

Does sniffing lemons speed up the healing process? No. $374,000 of taxpayer money down the drain. Does putting brewed coffee in people's intestines treat pancreatic cancer? No. $406,000 of taxpayer money down the drain. Does praying for people dealing with AIDS help them? No. $666,000 of taxpayer money down the drain. This is the result of NCCAM, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. They use taxpayer money to test ridiculous treatments with practically no efficacy at all. Often times it's politicians who give get to delegate this tax money, and because they don't know anything about science, they squander billions on bullshit rather than putting that money toward testing medicine that could actually help people.

God is definitely talking to Moses, because Moses says so in The Blasphemer's Bible.

Ready for the weekend!

Feeling: Cheery


Back on track after my solid state hard drive died. This is the third one out of four computers at work. They're lightning fast, but they're also incredibly unreliable!

SOPA is big news on the Internet because if it passes, the content of the Internet will be controlled by the entertainment industry. But why is it so few Americans know about about SOPA? Because most Americans get their news from television, which is primarily controlled by the entertainment industry, and they're not reporting on it. Speaking of SOPA, Spain recently passed a similar bill not because they wanted to, but because the US government threatened to commercially black-list the country if they didn't. The US government tried to keep their involvement a secret, but that's why we have Wikileaks.

A woman finds out The Brick Testament, which illustrates the bible with Legos, isn't a very good tool for teaching Christianity, and certainly isn't appropriate for children. Why? Because it actually illustrates the bible!

This fish actually changes the color of its skin to mimic the arm the octopus that would otherwise eat it.

New Hampshire Republicans are trying to pass a bill that would require all new laws based on individual rights to include a passage from the Magna Carta. Yes, the actually 1215 CE document from England that barons used to limit the power of the king. While some of the document contains important restrictions to power (carried over to the US Constitution), a lot of the document is very topical to 13th century life in feudal England dealing with banishing foreign mercenaries or returning Welsh hostages. The document also contains racist passages including a limit to the interest rates paid to Jews. Democrat Ray Buckley jokes this kind of extremism Republican crap saves him the trouble of making Republicans look crazy. I'm not entirely sure why the Republicans want to include quotes from the Magna Carta, but it may because there are numerous articles that talk about God and the church. With this bill, they would be able to put all sorts of God references. They can't use the US Constitution because it doesn't have any references to God.

New Hampshire Republicans are also trying to limit the teaching of evolution in schools, and even science itself!

Some wonderfully vile quotes from Rick Santorum.

Despite being one of the most dangerous cities in the country, Detroit is laying off 100 police officers, and shutting down the departments at 4 PM. Thus, if there is a crime at 5 PM, you'll have to wait until 8 AM the next morning to speak to an officer.

The Christian Science Monitor has a surprisingly decent basic science quiz. I got 36 out of 50, how well will you do?

A public school in Buncombe County, North Carolina had no problem handing out bibles to their students because they weren't bought by the school, they were donated by Christians. So, a Pagan showed up and asked if the school would hand out books on witchcraft. Shockingly, the school refused.

Quick followup in The Blasphemer's Bible.

Well, he's gotta have a name right? So let's call him Flammie and be done with it

Feeling: Cheery


Last night I figured out how to rip SPC sound effects from SNES games so that I could help an artist who is making a Flammie (from Secret of Mana) plush toy with a sound chip that plays Flammie's cry. I took a few hours, but it was pretty awesome to do.

You're doing it wrong, and again!

Naturalistic arguments are fallacies. For example, David Barton tells us that you don't need the bible to know that abortion and homosexuality are wrong, because nature proves it's wrong since animals don't have abortions or engage in homosexual sex. He is wrong on two accounts. The first is that both abortion and homosexuality occur all the time in nature. Many animals have specialized genitals that cause the pregnant females they mate with to have abortions, and homosexual behavior occurs in nearly all species. But the second reason, the crux of Barton's argument, is the main fallacious aspect. If we assume that whatever animals do is moral, then we can murder children like lions do, murder people for getting too close to our property like wolves do, beat each other up to gain sexual access to a female like bighorn sheep do, cannibalize foreigners like chimpanzees do, eat our sexual partners like praying mantises do, and so on. Obviously, such an argument is ridiculous, but to David Barton, it's solid.

Republican hopeful, Rick Santorum is against abortion—even if a woman is raped, even if her father impregnates her, even if the fetus will certainly kill her—he is against all forms of abortion, except the one he encouraged his wife to have.

Tim Minchin's new song is Woody Allen Jesus.

The last of the ten commandments in The Blasphemer's Bible.

Enjoying life!

Feeling: Happy


This is why it's important to stop Internet censorship early. The country of Belarus has just banned all Internet traffic involving foreign web sites! If you're from Belarus, you have until Friday to visit my site, and then you're looking at a $125 fine for each visit. Because, you know, my web site is just sooooo dangerous you need to be protected from it.

A recent report shows that thousands of children were sexually abused by about 800 different Catholic authorities in The Netherlands. Why are people still Catholic?

Luckily, we have Muslim Imams to tell us why and how to beat our wives. Yes, you can use a stick, but not a big one. Yes, you can leave marks, but they should be gone in a day or two. Yes, you can hit her in the abdomen, but not in the face because she might get ugly. Yes, you can beat her if she won't have sex with you, but not if she screws up dinner. Glad that's finally settled.

What if old Atari box art had more interesting titles? Speaking of Atari, what if you could make a synthesizer out of the Atari sound chip?/p>

Almost done with ten commandments in The Blasphemer's Bible.

Off to the gym today to injure myself.

It's just a song about ping pong

Feeling: Okay


Why vote for a crazy Conservative president when we already have one? Obama recently signed into law a bill that gives the US government the right to detain indefinitely anyone who they claim is linked to al-Qaeda. While Obama says that this will not be used on US citizens, Congress shot down the caveat which would exclude US citizens. So, now, at any time, for no reason at all, the US government can arrest you. They will not read you your rights, because you no longer have any. Your family and friends will merely hear is that you've been linked to terrorism. They will not be able to visit you because you won't go to jail, you'll go to a military stockade. Rather than receive a trial by your peers, you will be sent to Cuba, thrown in a holding cell, and tortured every day for the rest of your life.

If that isn't enough, the US is also backing another push from the UN to try and limit free speech when it comes to religion. It comes down to this, if you say something that makes people angry enough to become violent, than whether it's true or not, you've committed a crime. I wonder if we'll allow our government to censor public Internet posts like the Indian government is doing to major social networking sites, or censor the scientific fact of evolution like Turkey.

John Lennon's song Imagine gets butchered from "and no religion too" to "and all religions true." I've never even heard of Cee Lo Green, but I already dislike him. His change doesn't even make sense. Many religions require that they be the only true religion, which makes them mutually exclusive, so they can't all be true.

The Crown College, a Christian college in Powell, Tennessee, demands that any interracial couple get approval in writing from the administration, and approval from both parents before being allowed to date. What a bunch of racist fuck-wits.

Around 100 Orthodox and Armenian priests tried to sweep each other off the face of the Earth in an unintentionally hilarious broom fight.

After Verizon received tons if negative feedback, and possible problems with the FCC, Verizon has decided not to charge its customers $2 for paying their phone bills online. Even still, if you're a Verizon customer, it's probably a good idea to switch carriers and let them know what you think of their ideas.

God can't decide which Republican candidate to back, so he wants all of them to win!

Google's cached web pages saves me again from overwriting a blog entry!