June, 2016

Another day in paradise

Feeling: Happy

2016-06-30

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

2016-06-29

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

2016-06-28

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

2016-06-27

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

2016-06-24

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

2016-06-23

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

2016-06-22

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

2016-06-21

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

2016-06-20

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

2016-06-17

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.


Hexadecimal

Feeling: Happy

2016-06-16

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.


Ides

Feeling: Happy

2016-06-15

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

2016-06-14

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

2016-06-13

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

2016-06-10

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

2016-06-09

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

2016-06-08

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

2016-06-07

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

2016-06-06

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

2016-06-03

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

2016-06-02

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

2016-06-01

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.