A mind explosion chart

February 14, 2011

This chart is a biblical contradictions graphic. It’s amazing.

Perhaps I should post it every day for the next 30 days as a Pope Honky declaration.

BTW, the graphic is huge because the contradictions in the bile are vast. Be patient while it downloads.

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Joe Heller draws the damndest comics

February 14, 2011

I don’t even know if “damndest” is a word.

Two aliens flying their space ship away from an earth that’s exploding. One says to the other:  “As near as I can tell, they’re fighting over which religion is the most peaceful.”

Edward Currant: Responding to Deluded Atheists

February 14, 2011

It’s true, the atheist movement isn’t going to prove that a label equals brilliance. It’s awful that there are many people jumping on the atheist bandwagon because it’s a fad.

Average Joe walks down the street and suddenly starts singing a show tune: “Atheism is FUN! You can look cool. Wear cool t-shirts. Hangout with intelligent people who bash religion. It’s AWESOME!”

Then he prances down the street in a skippy fashion holding his middle fingers up in the air.

Anyway, Edward Current puts out some decent videos. This isn’t one of his best, but it’s one to think about:

Are you the victim of fraud?

February 14, 2011

Dave Gamble at Skeptical Science says that you’re the victim of fraud if you fall for creationism. He posted a response regarding the question of creationism from Bill Nye “The Science Guy” today that explains it best.

Prompted by Michael B. Berkman and Eric Plutzer’s recent column in Science deploring “a pervasive reluctance of teachers to forthrightly explain evolutionary biology,” Popular Mechanics asked Bill Nye for his reaction. “It’s horrible,” Nye replied.

He explained, “Science is the key to our future, and if you don’t believe in science, then you’re holding everybody back. And it’s fine if you as an adult want to run around pretending or claiming that you don’t believe in evolution, but if we educate a generation of people who don’t believe in science, that’s a recipe for disaster. … The main idea in all of biology is evolution. To not teach it to our young people is wrong.”

Nye was particularly concerned with the characterization of evolution as “just a theory,” arguing, “People make flu vaccinations that stop people from getting sick. Farmers raise crops with science; they hybridize them and make them better with every generation. That’s all evolution. Evolution is a theory, and it’s a theory that you can test. We’ve tested evolution in many ways. You can’t present good evidence that says evolution is not a fact. ”

A Supporter of NCSE, Bill Nye “The Science Guy” was the host of the popular science education television programs Bill Nye the Science Guy— which won eighteen Emmys — and The Eyes of Nye; he is currently the executive director of the Planetary Society, the world’s large space interest organization.

Gamble restrains himself from being too energetically jerkish within his response. Go check it out.

Question of the Morning

February 14, 2011

If a woman should be forced to see a sonogram of her unborn fetus before an abortion, shouldn’t military decision-makers be forced to visit the civilians they bomb?

Via Reddit and UsuallySkeptical

Family Guy moments

February 14, 2011

Family Guy got me last night. If you missed it, here’s a link to the video. In the scene,  Brian and Peter were court ordered to a month of AA treatment.

Click here to watch (link opens in new window).

I’m not going to match it word for word, but to give an idea to you guys restricted by firewall or the video copyright people swing through and take it down:

AA Leader, “Peter it sounds like alcohol is a very destructive force in your life. You need to relinquish your dependence and give your life over to a higher power.”

Brian scoffs.

AA Leader: “Do you have a different view, Brian?”

Brian: “Oh I don’t know. Are we allowed to have a different view?”

AA Leader: “AA is the only way out for these people. Millions have been saved by AA.”

Brian: “Hey, people did just fine for thousands of years before AA. Just like they got along fine for thousands of years without religion.”

Cut to a scene with two men dressed in biblical-looking garb.

Man 1: “I like you and have no reason not to.”

Man 2: “I like you and have no reason not to.”

Man 3 enters, excitedly asks: “Hey, did you hear about that magic baby that was born in Bethlehem?”

All three men start screaming, donning swords and killing each other.

After watching the scene and the laughter subsided, Tina looked at me and said, “There was a time when you would have been offended by that.”

And I started screaming while stabbing the air.


It appears that the first link above was removed. Here’s one that’s on YouTube. It’s not the entire clip. If it gets taken down, please comment to let me know.

20,000 Tons Of Pubic Hair Trimmed In Preparation For Valentine’s Da

February 14, 2011

From a very reliable source:

WASHINGTON—Flushed with anticipation and ready to emerge from another long, cold winter, millions of Americans participated this week in the annual tradition of trimming their pubic regions in time for Valentine’s Day.

A ritual as old as time itself, this year’s pubis-shearing is expected to be among the largest in decades, with more than 20,000 tons of curly clippings predicted to fall by Feb. 14.

“My boyfriend and I are going to see As You Like It and then enjoy a nice candlelit three-course dinner,” said Brooklyn resident Lydia Simonson, who along with many other hopeful lovers will soon excuse herself from her daily duties, retreat to a nearby bathroom, and carefully tend to the area around her genitalia. “It’s going to be so romantic!”

Read on


Geolocating Zach Anner

February 14, 2011

Here’s a comeback video from Zach Anner after an indescribably long absence from the Internets. You should watch it.

The other thing you should watch this morning, if you can find it, because all videos seem to have been removed, is Wayne Rooney’s bicycle kick goal over the weekend. Described here, but no vid. We need the video!

Conversations on facebook are funny

February 14, 2011

I love these conversations that people post on imgur and reddit. They’re awesome. You should take a look at this one:

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“Steaming piles of fail”

February 14, 2011

When people become discouraged by youthful jargon, I make attempts to encourage them away from discouragement.

I love adventures in language, and I hope I never look at zeitgeists and say, “That’s wrong!”

I read this entry at reddit, and I found a lot wrong with it (namely a nine year old doesn’t know shit about science), but the writing and the language of the entry tripped me out. Here it is in full:

Back when I was around 9 yrs old, I’d sometimes wait 45 min or longer to get a connection on AOL. Being of a scientific mind, I decided to conduct an experiment.

Over the course of about a week, I alternated between praying that my connection would go through, and not praying at all. I kept a tally sheet of how many busy signals I got for each condition. I don’t think I have to tell you what the results showed. I renounced my faith in God because my empirical observations demonstrated that praying had the same results as not praying.

Needless to say, in the years since I was nine, I’ve found plenty of better reasons to think religion and deities are steaming piles of fail. But as hated as AOL was (do people even bother hating it anymore?) it helped spark something in me that changed my life, and I deem it for the better.


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