This comic from Freethunk! looked like a must-post. Enjoy.
You may need to click it to read it.
I haven’t done a reading list in a while. So here’s one now. So stop bitching.
Above image from Reddit.
The mind looks for patterns. The mind finds patterns. The bizarre mind fixates from strong biases. This is the result.
Many of the paintings and sculptures at DIA contain hidden images of paganism
Play this trailer for this Christian parody of “40 year old Virgin” at your own risk. The trailer tells me one thing, the quality of Christian movie production has a LONG way to go before they reach “B” movie status.
Today was one of those mornings in which you wake up and say to yourself, “Today would be a great day for a checkup.”
And wouldn’t you know? I have a checkup today. I haven’t been to the doctor in a while. I’ll update more about it after the appointment.
It sucks, because I have been exhibiting signs of White Coat Syndrome since last week when we made the appointments. Sometimes I am a nervous nelly.
I hope your Memorial Day weekend went splendidly. Ours did. Chicago finally warmed up yesterday. I went from jeans, a sweatshirt and a knit cap on Sunday to shirtless, banana hammock while washing the car on Monday.
We actually turned on our A/C this morning. I can’t believe it. First time since last September.
“NASHVILLE DAILY UNION, November 20,1862. p. 3, c 3
A singular couple got married in Chester County, Penn., the other day, merely making the following declaration in the presence of friends.
“We, Orson S. Murray, and Lydia P. Jacobs, make known to these our friends that we have chosen each other for conjugal companionship, in prosperity and adversity, in life and till death. We ask no license. We submit to no dictation. We bow to no authority. We recognize no God nor Almighty power to guide or guard us. Our promises are to ourselves and each other, not to others. Our trust is not in others but in ourselves and each other.”
I liked this post from a blog called “No Godz” … and I thought you might like to read it.
via No Godz
Wendy Wright says: “What I’ve seen is that in the museums and in the textbooks whenever they claim to show the evolutionary differences from one species to another, it relies on illustrations and drawings … not any material evidence.”
Illustrative Richard Dawkins responds: “Which is funny, because what I’ve seen is that your attempts at religious persuasion, whenever you claim to show the existence of God, it relies on the bible and wishful thinking … not any material evidence.”
You may think it is a form of brainwashing to have kids repeat mantras and memorize bible verses, but it’s not.
Just keep telling yourself that.
It boggles my mind that if a man built Noah’s ark today, it must meet modern standards of safety according to this NYTimes article describing a Dutchman who built a Noah’s ark tourist
Even though the thing can’t sail, the eyesore attracts an astounding number of people willing to shell out their hard-earned money to see the parade of lunacy that is Noah’s ark.
Noah’s ark is a reminder of the completely impossible. It’s a reminder that many people believe that all of humanity are the product of incest upon incest, and that all the populations from China to Africa to Europe and the Americas come from a five-hundred-year-old man and his 480-year-old sons.
Somehow all that is supposed to make you feel better. It’s supposed to make everyone respect you when you repeat that you think it’s literally true. Despite all the evidence to the contrary, that there was no global flood, that all animals would never make it to one place on earth and re-disperse back where they originated.
It’s magical, though, isn’t it. And there’s a draw to magic like nothing else.
The same reason people are willing to line some guy’s pockets to see an unsailable boat is the same reason people are willing to pay Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol $262,500 to be the spokeswoman for abstinence-only pregnancy prevention education. They shell out another $160,000 in advertising fees, and a measly $35,000 to actual clinics.
The Palin’s need to take that magic act to Vegas.
Despite all the evidence that Bristol is not fit for abstinence-only pregnancy prevention leadership, she’s placed on a pedestal to the tune of more money than most people make in several years.
That is a mean slight of hand, you guys have there. Show me how you do that.
Abstinence-only pregnancy prevention should hire me. I produced zero children outside of marriage. Hell, I can’t produce a child within marriage.
That alone should make me ten times more qualified than Bristol Fucking Palin.
When I reached the dating age, my head was chockfull of abstinence-only education that completely
fucked screwed manipulated my view of sex and marriage. I have that working for me.
I can be charismatic and entertaining if I try. Also a plus, right?
Where’s the address for this organization? I’m sending them my resume.
In the meantime, someone hook me up with the magic it takes to make money off deceptions like these.