Cultural differences


This video is absolutely fascinating.

From Kottke (where I found it):

The short clip follows a group of young Sudanese men who move to the United States and remark on the cultural differences they observe.

Their reaction to the food and the characterization of the US as unfriendly are especially interesting.

Update: Several people wrote in to say that this clip is from the 2006 documentary God Grew Tired of Us.

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Quick! A collection of funny images and graphics


 
Mattress in dumpster. Someone wrote on it: “I don’t fit in anywhere.” 

Guy laying in bed awake in bed and his girlfriend/wife beside says, “Sometimes, late at night, I lay awake in bed and wonder … did I clear my internet history. 

 

Image of redhead girl saying, “Kurt Cobain is my hero. I’ve read his entire wikipedia article. 
Graphic Illustration of Rick Perry holding a church next to the Capitol building says, “Church & State, Rick Perry ponders his plan for a newer, holier U.S. Capitol building. 

 

 

 

 

 

Another 50 Renowned Academics Speaking About God


I would post this video just for the opening title screen that says:

The more scientifically literate, intellectually honest and objectively sceptical a person is, the more likely they are to disbelieve in anything supernatural, including god.

I have found the statement to be a truism.

What do you think about it, dear reader?

Below the fold, is a list of the 50 academics.

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What happens if you commit crimes and get saved?


I’ve posted the meat of this clip before, but I think it’s necessary to repost it. This caller is a resilient mental gymnast. Despite failing and floundering several times, he keeps getting back up and traipsing along like a half-witted numbnuts.

There’s a part in the conversation when the caller bemoans that Matt has a smarter-than-thou attitude (much like most us atheists have). Around 8:35-ish, Matt says (paraphrased with my comments), I was a Christian for 25-plus years (meaning: I really believed that stuff and I thought I was smart then too). I didn’t get smarter. I gained more knowledge, and I decided to actually care whether or not my beliefs are true.”

The caller admits that the only reason he’s a Christian is because he was born to Christian parents (borderline Poe award) and then he admits that Christians should only point toward the parts of the Bible that make god out to be great.

If this kid is legit, he does an excellent job selling the side of belief that looks all colors of inferior.

Like Matt, I don’t think I’m smarter than anyone else. I am more realistic with my morality. I call a spade a spade. If I do wrong, I should receive the proper response, punishment, etc. for my crime or issue.

If I murdered someone, I can’t hide behind Christianity and say, “See … god forgave me and you should too.” If I committed adultery, I can’t hide behind supernatural forgiveness, and hope my friends and family ignores my indiscretions, because god said I’m forgiven.

That kind of mindset is harmful and full of shit.

What might you think?

Warren Buffett sings the hits


From an evil, left-wing propaganda piece out of the New York Times called “Stop Coddling the Super-Rich,” Warren E. Buffett writes:

Last year my federal tax bill — the income tax I paid, as well as payroll taxes paid by me and on my behalf — was $6,938,744. That sounds like a lot of money. But what I paid was only 17.4 percent of my taxable income — and that’s actually a lower percentage than was paid by any of the other 20 people in our office. Their tax burdens ranged from 33 percent to 41 percent and averaged 36 percent.

Buffett ends with these two paragraphs:

But for those making more than $1 million — there were 236,883 such households in 2009 — I would raise rates immediately on taxable income in excess of $1 million, including, of course, dividends and capital gains. And for those who make $10 million or more — there were 8,274 in 2009 — I would suggest an additional increase in rate.

My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress. It’s time for our government to get serious about shared sacrifice.

Read the entire editorial here.