January, 2016

I'm all about those vidja games!

Feeling: Happy

2016-01-29

In China, you can still get arrested for reading books.

A "God Bless America" sign adorning a US Post Office was taken down in Kansas. It's a small victory, but when we have sheriffs saying that they use their public offices to hold bible studies and make sure that Christianity is their trusted religion, every little bit helps.

Our memory is garbage.

Nurse tells a patient diagnosed with a mitochondrial disease, "you obviously don't have God in your life."

Swearing doesn't mean you're smarter.

I wonder how many more Christians there are who would prefer their children get hooked on drugs and be pregnant out of wed-lock, rather than be gay.

Stephen Colbert gets a lesson in white privilege from DeRay McKesson.

Heading down to Ohio this weekend for an all-night videogame and booze-a-thon! If I'm not back by Sunday evening, send Mario after me!


Steeples gonna steep

Feeling: Happy

2016-01-28

Planned Parenthood has been found innocent of every accusation made by those Christians who put together the dishonest video of them selling fetal tissue, and the film makers are being investigated for criminal activity, but that doesn't stop Republicans from continuing to believe the lies.

After suggesting that feminists are like Muslims, Richard Dawkins is finally feeling the backlash he deserves NECSS is rescinding his invitation. I really wish Dawkins would wise up, because he used to do really important stuff for the scientific community like create the word meme.

Only women could be bothered to show up for work at the Senate!

You know your doctor is a quack when he suggests reading the bible will alter your body's chemistry so much you can stop taking medicine.

Rational Wiki has a nicely detailed time line of Gamergate.

Republicans love to talk about how they favor small government while at the same time creating laws to ban abortion. Case in point, Charles Van Zant, a Christian who feel's it's his duty to push his religion on everyone else. Well, his supporters showed their true colors explaining that abortion ruins "white culture" because the numbers will rise of those non-aborting brown people.

Apparently, being Muslim means being uncultured. When Hassan Rouhani, president of Iran, visited Rome, he requested all of the artistic nude statues be covered in plywood.

It's still career suicidie for a politician to out-right admit they don't believe in a god, but at least it's getting better.

Should have kept both hands on the wheel.


Sheeples gonna sheep

Feeling: Happy

2016-01-27

Jim Cooper, a Democrat in California is trying to pass a law that would make it illegal to sell a cell phone in the state that supports encryption, a similar bill is being pushed in New York by Democrat Matthew Titone. Considering how often Democrats get caught using their cellphones to have affairs, this seems counter-intuitive.

Where the hell is Scandinavia anyway?

Everything you know about zebra stripes is a lie!

That's a big solar system!

Why God doesn't answer prayer.

To remind everyone just how bad science education is in our country, a rapper admired by over 2.3 million fans uses his celebrity to explain why he's convinced the Earth is flat. Thankfully, Neil deGrasse Tyson and his nephew are here to school him.

Marketing experts are really good at convincing you you're awful without their products, just ask Listerine.

Republican Michele Bachmann explains the law to David Barton (who is an expert in history that he makes up), that we shouldn't try to make laws that disagree with the bible, because they "degrade the nation." I can only assume then that Bachmann is pro-slavery because, in the bible, God tells us how much money we should ask for when selling our own children into slavery.


People gonna peep!

Feeling: Happy

2016-01-26

I've added my 400th album to my collection.

It's pretty bad when the US Government's argument for warrantless cellphone tracking using StingRays is that, if you use a cellphone, you should expect us to be tracking you.

While I don't really care about the Oscars, I like people who mock their racism.

Remember that Planned Parenthood video that was purposely doctored to mislead viewers that PP was profiting off of fetal tissue? Well, the liars who put it together are going to have to explain themselves to a judge!

When you don't read the bible, it's probably best not to try and quote it at Christian university students.

When he's not busy attacking his producers and losing his job at the BBC, Jeremy Clarkson is buying luxury sports cars, insulting the poor, denying climate change, and mocking indigenous cultures. Now, he's writing for The Sunday Times, where he is attacking transgender people.

I know this is long since past, but just a reminder for next year, you probably shouldn't help the Salvation Army.

If there was a button that could be pressed, and instantly you'd know the truth about whether gods exist... would you press it?

Why is Rick Snyder, a man who is being accused as being directly linked to the Flint water crisis choosing one of his campaign supporters to "investigate" him for any wrong doing?


Posters gonna post!

Feeling: Happy

2016-01-25

Over the weekend, I beat Final Fantasy Adventure, finished reading 30 Second Religion, and helped Matt and Danielle move into our place for the week until they can sign for their townhouse.

At lunch today, a man at the table next to mine handed his server a business card for his church and suggested she attend. After ordering, he asked the poor woman if he could expect to see her at his church next Sunday, and she awkwardly stammered, then suggested she put in their order, and walked away in a hurry. The man was clearly oblivious to how uncomfortable he was making her, because when she came back to bring them their food, he again asked her about attending his church. The woman, who from the looks of it didn't attend church at all, responded perfectly saying, she preferred her own church. The man nodded and said, that was what he thought the reason was. I really felt bad for her, and servers in general, because they probably have to deal with pushy religious people all the time. Imagine being in the server's position where, as part of your job, you have to act according to a code of conduct where the customer is always right, and they put you on the spot like this! You can't very well tell them you think their religion is crap, and you certainly can't explain to them why they're being rude, you just have to smile and lie to them.

Republican Mitch Holmes is preventing women from testifying in court if they don't dress according to his Christian ideals of modesty. Naturally, Holmes doesn't think men need to abide by a dress code.

Why do we need better gun control laws? Because people are willing to murder each other over a matter of $25.

How the human immune system works, and why taking a supplement won't boost it.

I doubt anything will come of this, but I'd love to see Exxon punished for lying to investors about their role in climate change.

Surly Amy reminds atheists that if all you care about is making fun of people who believe in Bigfoot and belittling the religious, you're not a good Skeptic, you're an asshole.

The Christian Anti-Defamation League explains what it necessary for someone to hold political office. Item 1, they must be an Evangelical Christian. Item 2, they must have a penis. That is all.

Todd Starnes of Fox News has been questioning the religiosity of Donald Trump for years, even as recently as last week, but with Trump continuing to lead in the polls, and becoming more and more likely to get the Republican nomination, Starnes has to do what any good puppet of a Republican pundit show must down, eat crow and endorse the Republican.

I know it's not that big of a deal, but I'm glad to see the Christian flag being removed from the School Board of Unicoi County, Tennessee.

Abdulaziz Al-Sheikh, top Muslim cleric of Saudi Arabia, has issued a fatwa on the game of chess saying that it's the work of Satan!


Haters gonna hate!

Feeling: Happy

2016-01-22

Rebecca Watson was on Adam Savage's podcast: Still Untitled, and they talked about David Bowie and SciFi shows.

That moment when a Jew threatens to murder a person for being an atheist, but graffiti their house with wrong verse.

I know I'm late with this, but don't worry, it'll happen again next year. Here's a more in-depth break down of Fox News' fake War On Christmas.

What should an atheist want to have happen to their body after they die? It won't matter, just don't feed into the funeral industry.


I hate catchy choruses, and I am a hypocrite

Feeling: Happy

2016-01-21

Mental Floss covers beverages.

It's amazing how much you'll change your mind about vaccines when your entire family gets whooping cough.

The Parochial argument against God.

Sarah Palin takes a very Republican approach to her son drunkenly beating his girlfriend and brandishing a pistol... it's Obama's fault!

Religion makes several appearances in the Super Mario franchise.


Alley-oop!

Feeling: Happy

2016-01-20

I've nearing completion of Final Fantasy Adventure.

The science behind why you shouldn't feed the trolls.

While Sarah Palin was out endorsing Donald Trump (who else, right?), her son was beating his girlfriend and waving a gun around while drunk.

The US and Canada have a very odd border.

The head of the Orthodox Christian Church in Russia, Vladimir Mikhailovich Gundyayev (AKA Kirill I) is blaming homosexuals for the rise of ISIS. His argument is that Muslims are so woefully offended by gay pride parades, that they're leaving industrialized nations to join the murderous military cult of ISIS.

While Christian apologists are often fond of arguing that, if there is no god, life is meaningless, but it's really just the opposite. It is the existence of a god that makes life meaningless.


Learn the odds

Feeling: Happy

2016-01-19

Glenn Fry's dead now too? What the hell, man?

Amy Schumer's argument supporting celebrities who rape.

Pakistan politicians were trying to make it illegal for grown men to marry sixteen-year-old girls. I say "were" because after Muslims in the Council of Islamic Ideology (the same group who believes Muslim men should be allowed to marry nine-year-olds, called the bill "blasphemous," it had to be withdrawn. This is what happens when religion rules.

When a country is inside another country.

Some of the more beautiful things Christians tell atheists.

How well do the teens of today know retro game music?


There are things in the world that scare me

Feeling: Happy

2016-01-18

Spent the weekend helping my friends Matt and Danielle move, walking Lucy in -10°C weather, and playing Final Fantasy Adventure.

Who votes Republican? Mostly uneducated white people. Thankfully, their vote is counting less and less these days.

Robots are creepy!

Demarcus Smith, a Christian pastor, has been convicted of coercing a boy into sending the pastor nude pictures. While I'm sure he believes Jesus has already forgiven him, the legal system won't forgive him for another seven years.

It's amazing what you can do with a tiny amount of code.


I like to meat vegetarians

Feeling: Happy

2016-01-15

There is a trial going on in Ireland right now where a woman who used Mifepristone, a drug which induces abortion, may receive life in prison because it's still against the law to have abortions in Ireland!

The Episcopal Church is now officially allowing its priests to officiate over same-sex marriages, if they so desire. While I applaud them for being one of the first Christian organizations to take a step into the present, they're still dragging their feet. Of course, their parent, the Anglican Church, is dragging its feet even more and after hearing that Episcopalians have the audacity to not be terrible without first asking Anglican's for their consent, are punishing them!

Take Seth's advice, and just skip church.

Iceland is the least religious country on the planet, but it's still shocking that, when those under the age of 25 were asked if they believe God created the universe out of nothing, a whopping 0.0% said yes! Every single young person polled said they didn't believe God created the universe ex nihilo!

Wanna feel old? Check out these things that turned 21 in 2015.

Republican Dave Brat claims that Conservatives own Christianity. They can keep it!

Seeing the total number of deaths from World War II really puts things into perspective.


I see you!

Feeling: Happy

2016-01-14

Alan Rickman too? What the hell, man?

The Church of England has reached an all time attendance low, with less than 2% of the country regularly attending church, and this number is expected to continue to drop.

If you're going to rob a bank, it's best not to drop your bible on the way out.

Scientists accomplished some impressive stuff in 2015.

Of climate scientists, %99.9 agree that climate change is real, that humans are causing it, and that it's very dangerous. More Republicans in the US congress think climate change is fake than published scientists in the entire world!

Aleta Ledendecker became the first ever atheist to give an invocation before the city council meeting at Oak Ridge Tennessee, at least she would have if she hadn't been cut off early by the city mayor who didn't want to let people hear terrible things like, "[The council] should recognize that secular authority in government is not only sufficient, but preferable." The city's employee who kept notes of the council also left because she couldn't cope with the idea that not everyone is a Christian.


Are you still there?

Feeling: Happy

2016-01-13

I've added Mega Man IV cheats to the NES Hacker Wiki.

Reality star turned Republican Representative Sean Duffy gives a lecture to the Congressional Black Caucus about why they don't care enough about the lives of black people, to which Congresswoman Gwen Moore is not impressed.

Aron Ra continues his review of the documentary series, "The Irrefutable Proof of God." Part IV, Part V.

Flint Water Department to residents: We know we've been poisoning you with water contaminated with high levels of lead all the while lying to you that it's safe, but we still expect you to pay us!

Don't get hit by a man-in-the-middle attack when using public key encryption.


What a pretty life you have

Feeling: Happy

2016-01-12

I finished reading A Canticle For Leibowitz. I was not impressed.

A bit late, but your New Years resolutions need revision.

France is trying to ban their citizens from keeping secrets from the government.

Aron Ra goes is well into his review of the documentary series, "The Irrefutable Proof of God." Part I, Part II, Part III.

According to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, by itself, the US Catholic church has spent close to $3 billion from 2004 to 2012 on cases involving the sexual abuse of children. I'm curious how big this number would be if in included Catholics world wide!

Are science and religion really mortal enemies?


Still not a perfect world

Feeling: Happy

2016-01-11

The murder mystery weekend was a lot of fun, and thanks to the help of Rob and Ranae, two veterans on our team, we ended up taking first place out of six teams, all of which had more members than ours!

I come home only to discover that, just after releasing his new album, David Bowie has died.

In order to prove that Republican's aren't racist, they hurls insults and bigoted remarks at a Muslim woman for the crime of showing up at a Republican talk.

As one who has been desiring gender-neutral pronouns in English, I'm okay with this.

Edward Archer, the Muslim who pledged his allegiance to Islam and ISIS, shot a police officer because he believed the police didn't properly enforce the laws of the Quran. Despite those facts, his lawyer is arguing that Archer's religious beliefs in no way affected his desire to murder a police officer.

The city seal of Whitesboro, New York depicts, what appears to be, a white man strangling or beating a Native American, but city officials say they're just involved in a friendly wrestling match with the Native losing, and have no plans on changing the seal.

Angelino Alfano is the Interior Minister of Italy. He's also a Conservative Catholic who wants to ditch Italy's current government and replace it with a Christian democracy. His current rhetoric is that couples who can't conceive a child on their own and ask another couple to be their surrogate parents are guilty of a sex crime and should be thrown in prison. Surrogacy is already a crime in Italy because of Christians like Alfano, but he's going the extra mile trying to shore up a loophole of parents traveling abroad to find surrogate parents.

Catholic Archbishop Braulio Plaza explains that the 50 Spanish women who were killed in 2015 in cases of domestic abuse were probably beaten to death by their husbands because they nagged them for a divorce.

If you're in Kentucky, telling someone you don't believe in their god can get you beaten and robbed!


How not to save a life

Feeling: Happy

2016-01-07

About 20 years after first playing it, I finally got around to beating Illusion of Gaia. Read my review if you want to see my disappointment.

Being a tenured university professor gives you the freedom to teach pretty much whatever you want, regardless of how much it flies in the face of conventional wisdom, but it still won't protect you from telling the parents of a children who were murdered in an elementary school mass shooting by an insane gunman that they're actors paid by the government who staged the shooting to increase gun control laws. To that effect, the mentally disturbed teacher James Tracy has been fired.

DarkMatter2525 does a nice long video on what the universe should be like if Yahweh actually existed.

Ten of the most popular contradictions that theists make about their gods.

The history behind one of the many frauds in the history of the Mormon Church.

It's not religious discrimination to refuse to let people become foster parents when they admit they will beat their foster children.

I'll probably be out of communication for Friday until Sunday as I'm attending a fun murder mystery weekend at a hotel. Should be a blast!


Where to we go from here?

Feeling: Happy

2016-01-06

Obama's executive order on gun safety contains 23 bullet points (no pun intended) and they include things like, require background checks to ensure the person buying a gun isn't a psychopath, help schools, churches, and the like to develop plans and training for how to deal with gunmen, and have the CDC research the causes of gun violence and how to alleviate those causes. All of the points look incredibly sane and beneficial, none of them take guns away from regular people, and I can't believe that Republicans have been stopping these measure for so long.

Thanks to antibiotic misuse, we may have to go back to using metals.

Michigan Republicans have sneaked in a ban on government officials using public money to inform voters about issues on an upcoming elections 60 days prior to every election. Unless Governor Snyder vetoes it, which seems unlikely, the only information voters will receive about issues relating to schools and libraries will come from the scant few individual citizens who care and the massive corporations endorsing this bill like the pyramid scheme Amway.

What does "religious liberty" mean to Christians? Being able to break the law whenever they want.

While older generations still believe that churches have a positive effect on the country, Millennials dropped over 20% to become the least likely to approve of churches!

Simon's Cat is all about the Pug Life.

Youth Pastor Callan Rice tells all his friends and followers that you shouldn't watch any movie that you would be uncomfortable watching with Jesus sitting next to you, and then molests a teenage girl.


Another day, another title

Feeling: Happy

2016-01-05

White terrorism continues to be accepted in the USA. The Bundy family first brought a militia to hold the government at bay as they illegally grazed their cattle on Federal land, now the armed militia has taken over a Federal bird sanctuary, and the Feds are just passively sitting back and watching. I understand their unwillingness to start a fire-fight, but why is it our government will shoot an unarmed black protester, perform a strip search on a Muslim airplane passenger, and listen to the phone conversations of every single person calling a foreign country, but they had absolutely no intelligence on a couple hundred rednecks stockpiling assault rifles? Especially when the family in question owes the US government over $1 million in fees!

An illustrated history of what religion has accomplished in 2015.

Republican Donald Trump wants to ban Muslims from entering the country. How's that going to work?

Austin Null collected 350,000 subscribers on YouTube who wanted to hear what he had to say about his life as a Christian. Apparently, one of the things Christians do is send naked selfies to their mistresses. But don't worry, God has forgiven him.

It's all about the pennies.

Do you have Comcast's home security system? It's totally useless.

Being a black non-believer.


Still don't have a flying car

Feeling: Happy

2016-01-04

Had a fun new year at two parties, and visited the fam for a late Christmas, but most of my three-day weekend was spent running Lucy and playing Illusion of Gaia. I've owned the game for about 20 years, so it's high time I beat it.

Antonin Scalia, one of the most powerful people in the US, explains that, while the First Amendment means government shouldn't favor a particular religion, in his mind, the government should favor religion over non-religion because his god helps America win wars.

Every time someone argues that everyone should be allowed to carry a gun, never forget that people are willing to shoot each other to death over something as trivial as tailgating.

In order to protest some ranchers serving 5 years for arson, several redneck Americans got their assault rifles and took over a bird sanctuary.

It's already been a year since Muslims murdered several people at Charlie Hebdo.

Facebook censors are such prudes they won't even allow nude artwork. I wonder if it's run by the same Republicans who feel that a woman breastfeeding in public is "reckless disregard" for morality and should be outlawed, and one Republican in particular, Josh Moore, suggested that, if woman exposes her breast in public, he should be allowed to sexually assault her.