December, 2015

Happy New Year Movie House!

Feeling: Happy

2015-12-31

This year, police have killed just shy of 1,000 US citizens. To be fair, 75% of the killings were in defense against an armed assailant, but that still leaves 9% of the people who were completely unarmed, most of which were black. In fact, unarmed black men were seven times more likely to be killed by police than unarmed white men.

How to deal with Christians who suggest that science is a religion.

Most Americans are in favor of protecting religious freedom, but they seem to think that Christians need more freedom than Jews, Mormons, or Muslims.

Witnessing evolution in action.

The New York Times releases data on something that everyone already knew, but we're still surprised it's true. Donald Trump's fans are poor, uneducated, older white men, especially from the South-east.

John Oliver teaches you how to regift properly.

Connellsville Junior High East in Pennsylvania has wasted a total of $64,000 trying to keep a Ten Commandments monument on school grounds.

A collection of Christmas and winter themed Simon's Cat animations.


I think I'm a clone now

Feeling: Happy

2015-12-30

Finally, an accurate Nativity play.

Wired releases their 2015 top 10 list of the most dangerous people on the Web.

When Europeans invaded the Americas, they brought with them so many plagues that the vast majority of natives died from their diseases. So why didn't the diseases of the Americas infect the Europeans?

A document has been found which details the correct ways to rape women according to Muslim law. If this shocks any Christians, don't worry, the bible details the exact same thing.

The struggles of being an atheist.


Gonna be healthy for the new year!

Feeling: Okay

2015-12-29

Windows 10 (or Windows 9, if you know how to count) has a nice built-in feature of full hard drive encryption. That way, if your computer is ever stolen, the thief won't be able to access your data. Well, unless the thief is the US government! Microsoft automatically sends your encryption key to their servers, a "feature" you can't turn off, and Microsoft has a history of handing over private user data to Uncle Sam. So, while your data may be safe from petty thieves, it's not safe from federal thieves.

Now that it's over, here are some fun facts about Christmas.

Anitra Braxton shot a woman in the face, killing her, because she didn't believe in God. Then, Braxton kept the body on her couch as a trophy for three days before being arrested.

Should Christians who call for violence against doctors be arrested?

Another Christian preacher gets brought up on corruption charges after squandering people's retirement money on himself.

Will understanding cancer help us live longer?


Feeling better

Feeling: Okay

2015-12-28

I've updated my videogame collection. At this point, I'm pretty sure if I quit my job and started playing full time, I still couldn't finish them all in my life.

While the US government claims they're not trying to institute a Federal ID card, they are trying to force every US state to create nearly identical driver's licenses and ID cards that include the owner's Federal Social Security number for immediate Federal-level identification (which is totally different than a Federal ID card). To make matters worse, they're preparing to refuse airport access to anyone whose state doesn't comply, which may expand to bus and train access as the TSA expands into those areas. The Federal government says that their new ID measures are meant to prevent identity theft, but including a person's Social Security number in an easily read format on a driver's license greatly increases a person's risk of identity theft!

Everyone has herpes, so stop worrying.

Thanks to Ted Cruz, Michigan Satanists were allowed to hold a ceremony at the state Capitol that ended with the phrase, "Hail Satan!"

Christians questioning other Christians.

War on Christmas.

Topology is weird.


4-day weekend!

Feeling: Blah

2015-12-23

Texas Governor, Greg Abbott, has ordered the removal of a Freedom From Religion Foundation display which was legally placed in the State Capitol. The display depicts the Founding Fathers and the Statue of Liberty looking down on the Bill of Rights on what appears to be a manger. Among choice words for the display, Abbott includes "tasteless," "spiteful," compares it to Andres Serrano's Piss Christ, and says it "promotes ignorance and falsehood." Then, to prove that Washington was a devout Christian, Abbott quotes from Washington's personal prayer book. The only problem is, the Washington Prayer Book is a known forgery. So, the Republican Governor uses a fraudulent document to remove a display extolling the importance of free speech. Also, the Capitol still has a nativity up.

The TSA is a horrible government agency and their body scanners are garbage. While the TSA has a history of lying about the amount of ionizing radiation you would be exposed to from the backscatter scanners, the actual amount is probably pretty safe. Even still, the TSA switched to millimeter wave scanners which doesn't use ionizing radiation, and is therefore safer. Of course, we have to take the TSA's word on their scanners, because they won't let anyone do any long-term tests for safety. A modern body scanner is probably safe, assuming it's properly-maintained, but that doesn't mean they effective. In fact, there is a long history of reports show just how ineffective they are. People have sneaked through metal boxes, guns, explosives, razor blades, etc. Also, the scanners fail to detect anything in a body cavity. Want to bring a bomb? Put it up your butt. And let's not forget that they create an identifiable fully nude gray-scale photo of everyone that walks through. Of course, the TSA has said countless times that the photos are never stored, but they have a history of being wrong about that, and their own technical specifications show that all images must be allowed to be collected in an outside government database. So why is the country continuing to dump billions of dollars into a technology that has been proven to be ineffective? Probably because the politicians who are demanding their use are the same ones who work for the companies to manufacture them. And if you think you can skip out on the scanners by not flying, don't worry, they're showing up in court houses and bus and train depots. By now you're probably thinking, I can avoid them by opting out and having a severely under-trained government employee fondle my genitals instead. Nope, the TSA is shoring up that loophole as well and making them mandatory!

How to deal with Christians who use the moral argument.

Christian Republican Sylvia Allen has been made the head of the Education Committee in Arizona. Even though she never went to college, Allen is a great candidate for the job because she knows the Earth was created by God 6,000 years ago, that the government is controlling our minds with chemtrails, and that all Americans should be subject to mandatory church attendance.

An anti-religious speech by Ronald Reagan's son, Ron.


Marry Christmas? I don't even know her!

Feeling: Sick

2015-12-22

Emily and I have been trying various vegetarian "meats" to try and reduce our animal torture quotient. Today, we tried vegetarian Polish sausage, which was awful. I suggested that it would take a lot of ketchup, mustard, relish, and onions to make them palatable, but Emily was convinced they could be made great as chili dogs... with meat.

Why is it women end up going to those Christian pregnancy centers? Not just because they use dishonest advertising, but because Republicans have been defunding Planned Parenthood and using the money to fund these Christian organizations. I mean, Ohio is a state where Republicans are trying to force women who have had abortions to provide a burial for a clump of cells too small to be seen, let alone need a coffin.

Why did God have to sacrifice himself to appease himself? Here's why!

Rather than say it doesn't exist, here's how men can actually help end sexism.

In general, Republicans are adult children. Trump said it was "disgusting" that Hilary Clinton had to use the bathroom during a debate, and mentioned that she had been "schlonged" (fucked) by Barack Obama in the 2008 election.

The US continues to fail to curb it's teen-pregnancy problem thanks to Conservatives. Alabama has the nation's highest teen pregnancy rate and the third highest for STIs thanks to their inability to teach sexual education.

Steve Harvey is in the news again, this time for not known what a "runner up" is in a contest, but it's not his incompetence that bothers me, it's his years of bigotry.

Turn to science to forget about the horrible politicians and learn about the awesomeness of black holes.


At least my stomach isn't infected

Feeling: Sick

2015-12-21

One of the interesting things about documenting your life is that it gives you an interesting log to data mine. For example, I've been sick a staggering five times this year! Wait... that sucks.

Comparing how often politicians lie. Naturally, the five biggest liars are all Republicans, and the five most honest are all Democrats.

It's probably not a shock to most people, but as homosexuality has become more mainstream, the unchanging absolute morals of Christians have also changed to favor homosexuality.

Adam ruins hymens.

If you want a year-end wrap up of atheism this year, here are the top 10 atheism-related stories of 2015.

A nice interview with Dan Barker.

The President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Richard Mohler explains that the use of birth control leads to homosexual marriage.

Just a reminder, public schools are still coercing children into taking home Christian bibles.


Sick goat

Feeling: Sick

2015-12-18

I never like getting sick, but I'm thankful when it happens at the end of the week, and I can spend the weekend warm and in bed to recover. Although, I do have to go to a birthday party.

I've written some answers to the 31 questions for atheists presented on an apologist's site.

Awhile ago, I convinced myself that unnecessarily killing animals for food, especially torturing them, is unethical. Of course, loving meat, it's been very difficult to become a vegetarian. But, recently, I've been trying to eat less meat and try various vegetarian alternatives, just to see if I can at least make some progress in that direction. So far, I've discovered that sweet-potato burgers are gross, but black bean burgers are pretty good.

In the 1950s, during the Cold War, the Soviet Union was using fascist propaganda to remove religion from their countries. Reactionary Americans, in an attempt to distinguish themselves from the Communists by ramping up their own religion. The US changed their motto from "Out of many, one," to, "In God we trust," and added it to our paper money, ten commandment monuments were placed on the front lawn of schools, court houses, and capitols, and Pledge of Allegiance was changed to the Prayed of Allegiance by injecting the phrase, "under God." US courts have acknowledged that the Pledge is now a prayer, and that it is a violation of the First Amendment of the US Constitution to force anyone to say it. But forcing people, especially children, to follow their beliefs is a Christian tradition, and now lawmakers in Florida are trying to pass a law that will make it harder for children to be excused from mandatory prayer.

Some Q&A at the Unholy Trinity Tour in Australia.

More Republicans cry that if the government is promoting anything that isn't specifically Christian, it's is an attack on their freedom to force people to be Christian.

Stated Clearly describes natural selection.


Goat

Feeling: Happy

2015-12-17

Billy Woodward, director at the Emergency Christian Ministries has a problem. Homeless women are coming to his shelter and are so disparaging that they tragically feel the need to use sex as a bartering chip to have a warm place to stay for the holidays, and some of the shelter's employees are taking them up on their offer. As a Christian, Woodward knows how to deal with this sort of, as he put it, "ungodly sex," using the bible as his guide, he has decided that all of the women in the shelter must be kicked out onto the streets.

An 18-year-old woman told the police she had been raped, but upon finding discrepancies in her story (which exist in all recountS), and getting a phone call from someone saying she might be pretending to have been raped for attention, police eventually convinced the teen to admit she made the whole thing up. They charged her with wasting police resources, forced her to pay $500, go to a mental health counselor, and spend a year on probation. It came as a great shock to the police when they later arrested her rapist and found evidence unequivocally linking the rapist to the woman, and several other women. After an internal review and paying out $150,000 to the victim as compensation, all of the officers involved kept their jobs, and no disciplinary action was taken.

Monty Python, still funny after all these years.

It's sad when you have to sue a courthouse for not upholding the law.

Computer scientists describe their first computers.

The illusion of Christian persecution strikes again! Ryan Anderson, a Conservative Christian author, states that, in the USA, it's harder to be a Christian than a homosexual. Right. Think of all those poor Christian teens who were kicked out of their homes when they came out to their parents. Think of our nation's congress which isn't 90% Christian, but is 90% homosexual. Think of all those years that Christians worked to finally have their marriages approved by the government. Think of all those businesses that, for centuries, refused to hire Christians, and would only hire homosexuals. Ryan Anderson, you're a privileged asshole.

Bill Donohue, the bigot who runs the Catholic League, has annexed the month of December as property of Christians!


Please tell mom this is all her fault

Feeling: Happy

2015-12-16

PBS fact-checks the Republican debate, and it's as expected. Lots of lies and ignorance.

A Muslim judge is sworn in on a Quran in America, and suddenly Christians figure out why it's a bad idea to use a disgustingly violent holy book. Too bad they can't figure out why it should apply to the bible, which is worse.

Global warming makes it harder to be a polar bear. And this chart shows why.

Bart Ehrman gives a lecture on the history of the King James bible.

Even though the higher courts routinely rule that ten commandment monuments have no business being on public school laws, public schools run by Christians continue to fight to keep them there. Why? Because lower courts still don't care much for justice, and hope that if they say no enough, people will be too discouraged to keep demanding equality. That won't stop the FFRF. Even after having their lawsuit thrown out to remove a religious monument from a public school, they will appeal, and probably win at a higher court.

Score one more for the Constitution! Joe Kennedy, the public school football coach who refused to stop coercing his students into praying, was put on permanent leave, and will not be rehired!

Once again, Christ's love is shown with spray paint and bullet holes.

Atheists in Orange County, Texas wanted to put up a banner next to a nativity scene at city hall. It was a tasteful, "No matter what you believe, we wish you happy holidays," style message. But, Christians couldn't abide letting atheists say something kind to people, so, instead of letting their banner go up, they took the nativity scene down. Apparently, the Christian message is, either only I get to talk, or nobody gets to talk!


Lewis's Law: The comments on any article about feminism justify feminism

Feeling: Happy

2015-12-15

Republican Carly Fiorina explains, she doesn't want to outlaw encryption, she just wants to make it entirely useless for everyone except the government.

Maryam Namazie was invited to speak at Goldsmiths University about the terrible things the Muslims do, and just to prove her right, several Muslim students continued to try and ruin her speech to the point where campus security had to come and remove them.

Republican Marco Rubio explains that, if elected president, he will appoint a Supreme Court judge who will do his bidding to eliminate same-sex marriage. Because, to a Republican, that's how justice works.

Rachel Dratch plays Leah Remini in her escape from the cult of Scientology.


What's going on?

Feeling: Happy

2015-12-14

Had a pretty good weekend. Put up more Christmas lights, went to a CFI dinner and lecture about how just being an atheist isn't enough, you actually have to help society as well, partied with my homies at a club, and recuperated on Sunday.

An old interview of Bart Ehrman about his book, Misquoting Jesus.

Iceland is seeing huge growth in an ancient Sumerian religion called Zuism, not because Icelanders are devout, but because they're sick of paying taxes to fund churches.

In God We Trust? is an interesting documentary about the violent and hateful rhetoric of American Christians who demand the government force religion down people's throats.

Citizens of Woodland, North Carolina refuse to allow any solar power plants from being built in the area because, as retired science teacher Jane Mann complained, solar power may cause cancer and robs plants of sunlight. Let me say it again, this is a person who taught North Carolina children science.

Some trivia about the South Park video game, The Stick of Truth.

Christmas in California is nice and sunny.


Let's get to the point

Feeling: Happy

2015-12-11

Why is it when a Republican makes a horrifyingly xenophobic and bigoted statement, their poll numbers increase? Well, I guess I can't complain, as long as the Republican party continues to ruin itself.

The bad news is, the USA is no longer among the top ten best STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) graduates. The good news it, we haven't yet dropped out of the top forty.

Police officer Daniel Holtzclaw had to rape 36 women before people finally believed the victims.

Most internships are actually illegal, and the evidence suggests they don't help you get better jobs in the future.

Military Students at Citadel College in South Carolina after posting pictures of themselves online dressed like KKK klansmen.

Another Christian survey shows that the more Conservative of a Christian you are, the less likely it is that you've actually read the bible.

Anti-theist answers to Matt Slick's lame 31 questions for atheists.

Americans used to be okay with child faith healers (remember Marjoe?), but as faith healers began being exposed for the charlatans they are, we've kind of lost the taste for using children to scam people. Not in India though, they use three-year-olds!

It's really not necessary to sue people over herpes.

When Christians requested space to display the Nativity at the Nebraska's Capitol building for Christmas, they discovered that atheists had already reserved the space. They're now furious and believe that by having to play by the rules, their free speech has been violated!


Don't wanna see my little buddy down with a frown

Feeling: Happy

2015-12-10

The CDC grades US public schools on how well they educate children on sexual health and personal relationships, and it's pretty frightening. Only about half of high schoolers get decent sex-ed, and only about 1/5 of middle schoolers do. Particularly ignorant states include Arizona, Kentucky, South Dakota, and Alaska (although no data was gathered from Louisiana or Texas, which are probably low on the totem as well). The best educated states are in the New England area.

You may enjoy football, and you may want your kid to play football, but don't expect them to not get more than a little brain damage.

In an effort to eliminate Affirmative Action, Supreme Court Judge Antonin Scalia explained how black people just aren't smart enough to succeed to prestigious universities.

A simple and concise video describing evolution.

Parents at an Australian school continue to believe that their children don't need to be vaccinated even after a quarter of the school develops chicken pox in two-weeks. So far there haven't been any deaths at the school, but chicken pox still kills around 7,000 people a year.

The bad news is, most countries in the world have capital or criminal punishments for "crimes" like blasphemy. The good news is, the Americas and Western Europe are pretty safe.

Why do so many people think videogames are just for boys? Marketing!

Elbert County Clerk Dallas Schroeder of Colorado is a bigot who wants to use his position as a governmental official to shame same-sex couples out of their marriage.

Easter Eggs in the Zelda franchise.

Just in case there was any doubt about the motives of Robert Dear, the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood murderer, he came right out and said, "I'm a warrior for the babies," and , "Protect the babies!" Like the murderers who came before him, Dear is an ignorant Conservative Christian.


You can stop looking now.

Feeling: Happy

2015-12-09

Finally got around to adding the Ultima VII: The Black Gate soundtrack into the VGMPF.

SoCal Gas Co. can't be expected to tell people they've had a gas leak for days, then weeks, and eventually months.

The original Star Wars trilogy is 386 minutes long, and the vast majority of the dialogue is men speaking. When you eliminate Leia, the only female lead, you're left with only 1 minute of female dialogue.

Some interesting glitches in the Mario franchise.

As religion continues to die in the USA, even the South is losing its cultural stranglehold.

A lecture on how to better convince people that their religious beliefs are wrong without alienating them.


Hey girls, look at me!

Feeling: Happy

2015-12-08

Republican Donald Trump is quite convinced he can keep Muslims off the Internet if he talks with Bill Gates. Because, Bill Gates owns the Internet.

If you bought a pair of Toms, you probably will feel bad right about now.

Fact checking the politicians. As expected, them Dems are more honest than the Repubs, but they're still both liars. Ted Cruz is currently clocked in with a mere 3% of his statements being identified as definitely true.

What happens when random people on the street read from the Quran, and comment on the horrors of it, only to find out that all along they were reading from the bible?

What kind of person who vandalize a mosque? This Christian douchebro.

The English alphabet has a lot of redundant letters.

What do Cambodia, Mozambique, Palestine, Jordan, Yemen, Turkey, Iran, Libya, Slovakia, and Russia all have in common? They all have fewer shooting deaths per capita than the USA. In fact, out of 147 countries measured, the USA is in 24th place, just behind Uganda and Nicaragua. But, if you exclude the drug cartels of Central America, and the civil wars of Africa, we're in 4th place! Of the modernized Western nations, we're in first place by a huge margin, about 6 times as many shooting deaths than second place! That's more than just a little embarrassing.


Fixing terrorism, by engaging in terrorism

Feeling: Happy

2015-12-07

Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University in the aptly named city of Lynchburg, suggested that all of his students should carry guns and kill any Muslims before they even have a chance to enter a building. Naturally, suggesting the murder of anyone who looks like a Muslim has caused some backlash, so Falwell clarified his statement by saying, he was referring only to Muslim terrorists. And, as we all know, you can tell the difference between a Muslim non-terrorist and a Muslim terrorist at a distance of 50 yards.

A tribute to all those creepy Christian "I love my daughter" moments.

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville reminded their faculty that, if any of them plan on having an office party or are putting up decorations, they should be inclusive to all religions. Keep in mind that this was not directed at students, but the employees of the University. The university, knowing that they have a diverse set of students and faculty, doesn't want to exclude anyone. But this wasn't well-received by the state's Republicans. Their desire for small, unobtrusive government required them to get involved, not just by demanding the resignation of university employees, but they've also trying the defund any diversity programs at the university, and have threatened to put the university through an investigation.

The State Capitol of Illinois also features an anti-religious plaque, and Florida has decided to end religious displays all together rather than have another Satanic Nativity like last year.

What happens when you run Bohemian Rhapsody through Google Translate a few times?

When you donate money to the church, don't expect it to reach the poor, but rather buy new cars, vacations, and spa treatments.

The Pope recently visited Philadelphia, and the mayor assured the public that the World Meeting of Families, a religious organization, would cover all the expenses, but after the Pope left, and the bills were tallied up, the World Meeting of Families only ended up paying for about half of the cost, leaving Philadelphia taxpayers on the hook for about $ 8 million!

It's a little old, but here is Christopher Hitchen's exposé on Mother Teresa.


Never the famous balcony scene

Feeling: Happy

2015-12-04

A nice long lecture by Bart Ehrman talking about illuminated biblical manuscripts.

Since 1996, Republicans and the NRA successfully put a ban on federal research into gun violence, and doctors are getting really sick of it.

Aron Ra points out some of the absurdities of the bible.

Religion is anti-science because it is all about unquestioningly preserving tradition even when it's been proven false. But it's not always Christians and Muslims who are anti-science, indigenous religions often stand in the way of scientific progress, like the Hawaiians who refuse to allow a telescope to be built on Mauna Kea mountain because that's where their gods live.

Sean goes to church.


Don't be a monopoly

Feeling: Happy

2015-12-03

I finished reading Down and Out In the Magic Kingdom. Not that great.

Americans are still fighting Comcast and AT&T for equal access to bandwidth.

Guns don't kill people, people kill people, guns just make it easy for people to kill a whole lot of people in a very short time span.

Wisconsin's state Capitol building currently features a sign which reads, "There are no god, no devils, no angel, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds." This warms my black little atheist heart!

Politicans's responded to the mass-shooting in California by calling for more prayer, but the Daily News pointed out an uncomfortable truth. Of course, if the Republicans are praying for more people to be shot, which is believable, then maybe their prayers are working.

Robert L. Dear, Jr., the man who murdered three people at Planned Parenthood, is convinced that he will go to heaven because he's saved by Jesus. While many Christians may find this to completely go against everything their religion stands for, it actually fits perfectly with Evangelical Christian beliefs.

Don't you hate it when your television ministry is ruined, not by your own corruption and fraud, but by witches?

Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is not amused by a meme that he looks like Gollum, and may potentially put a man in jail for three years for posting it. The thing is... he does kind of look like Gollum.


Don't commit genocide

Feeling: Happy

2015-12-02

Richard Carrier gives a nice talk about how science disproves the existence of gods.

Donald Trump explains that, if you want to stop terrorism, you have to kill the terrorists entire family.

An interesting supercut of computers in popular film.

Republican Alan Harper gives some advice to his state, if you buy products from anyone who isn't a Christian, you're funding terrorism.

What's the deal with that old-timey American accent?


Don't destroy the environment

Feeling: Happy

2015-12-01

Syria isn't the only country to have refugees, the Marshall Islands has them too, but it isn't civil war or corruption causing its population to flee, it's the rising ocean. Global climate change is particularly disastrous to island nations with their densely populated coastal regions, and the Marshall Islands are only about two meters above sea level, so in a couple decades, they probably won't be even inhabitable anymore.

How to deal with people who use an argument from personal experience as evidence that their god exists.

This surprises no one, but people can't tell the difference between aphorisms from hucksters like Deepak Chopra and randomly-generated bullshit.

Rachel Bloom is a rockstar.

While Republicans were fighting to keep Syrian refugees out of the US for fear that they -might- be terrorists, six acts of -actual- terrorism were committed by Americans against Americans, nearly all of whom were white.

Imagine if non-Americans actually believed the war-on-Christianity propaganda of Fox News.

According to a study conducted by a Christian survey group, 70% of women who have had abortions in the US consider themselves to be Christians.

Stand aside red Solo cup, and make room for the red Starbucks cup.