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Go to: Father, son and holy toast

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The title reminded me of this:

http://www.xkcd.com/459/

Fri, 08 Aug 2008 16:17:00 UTC | #214921

Go to: What's wrong with science as religion

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- Off Topic -

Ishruul - your avatar freaks me out, where is it from?

Thu, 31 Jul 2008 11:25:00 UTC | #210865

Go to: 'In Our Time': Trofim Lysenko

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I am squatting first post.

EDIT: Now that I have finished listening:

I find it depressing how arrogant and stubborn the soviet government were. You truly get a feeling from their policies that they were dogmatist and threw clear thinking out the window for the sake of politics (but then again doesn't any government?). So just because a scientist had noble or wealthy background he was ignored? Just another proof that blindly following something can cloud your judgment and cost lives and valuable resources.

That is why I am not an anti-theist but rather an anti-dogmatist.

Sat, 07 Jun 2008 09:37:00 UTC | #180314

Go to: 1968 Supreme Court case of Epperson v. Arkansas

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Guide for Windows users:
Go to www.free-codecs.com
Search for "Real Alternative" (left pane under "Tools")
Download and install (Preferably the non-"lite" version)
Run Media Player Classic (bundled with non-"lite")
Drag and drop the rtsp link into it (or copy and paste the link in File>Open File...)

I prefer to use Real Alternative because it is just the bare, reverse engineered, codec. Unlike the bloated application from Real with its annoying background processes and ads. There is a Quicktime Alternative also. Media Player Classic is a great little application if you want a light basic player that handles most audio and video formats, as long as you have the codec.

Wed, 28 May 2008 16:07:00 UTC | #176394

Go to: I Am Evolution

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rickenbacker77 wrote:

Merriam Webster:
believe -- 1 a: to have a firm religious faith b: to accept as true, genuine, or real

I think the writer is applying definition 1b. And if that's the test, then I too, believe evolution.


Ah yes, but creationists (in their "fudging the truth until it feels good" way) only read the definitions that fit their views. Type in "theory" at www.merriam-webster.com and they read definition 2 or 6b, instead of 1, 3 or 5.

Sun, 11 May 2008 14:54:00 UTC | #169441

Go to: Seven new deadly sins: are you guilty?

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I hope, dearly, that the pope gets a disease from which the only cure was derived from embryonic stem cell research. So he will have a choice: death or cure from the works of "sin".

Mon, 10 Mar 2008 14:16:00 UTC | #134257

Go to: Seven new deadly sins: are you guilty?

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Cartomancer - I got level 8 - which is frustrating since on level 9 you get to meet Bubba himself. Might have to work for level 1 - want to meet the heathen philosophers and leaders, should be fun. Wonder if Bertram Russell will be there?

The secret is loyalty to authority. If you aren't loyal to your benefactor (employer) or state then you get knocked a few levels. You see religion is all about control over the masses.

Mon, 10 Mar 2008 14:05:00 UTC | #134250

Go to: Most religious people are moderate, and don't hurt anybody

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Moderates are obviously going to defend their faith against atheists, and I don't have a problem with this. However, how do they do this and at the same time denounce the likes of the Phelps?


By using a combination of the "No True Scotsman" fallacy and the "Not my God" argument.

Which I would reply with: But He is doing nothing actively to stop the perversion in His Name. And if they say heaven/hell, then I say: Meanwhile people get hurt and faith gets tarnished. Loving God my ass.

Wed, 05 Mar 2008 08:27:00 UTC | #131996

Go to: Survey shows Non-Religious Outnumber Those of Every Single Faith (But One)

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"Evangelical Baptist at 10.8 percent"

Is that all? They sure have a lot of power then. (....scumbags)

I think Atheism needs some serious PR in the US. People still see it as a philosophical standing without morality. A lot of them utter it with disgust on their faces. Once it becomes common knowledge that this is not so, then I think we will see a higher number in these polls.

Even though Pascal's Wager is illogical for me, there is still a lot of people hedging their bets.

What bothers me is that people who live in multi religious/creed societies still don't see the logic of secularism.

@Rod-the-Farmer
Reminds me of Futurama when Bender the robot said: "Oh. Your. God" to Fry.

Mon, 03 Mar 2008 12:14:00 UTC | #130699

Go to: If you don't have religion, where do you find your sense of community?

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Does communities need God? Isn't God a excuse for some communities? Would there be more atheists if it wasn't for the sense of community that churches provide? - I think, yes.

The God meme is a virus that sucked on to culture and community.

Thu, 28 Feb 2008 10:06:00 UTC | #128095

Go to: State Approves Evolution As 'Scientific Theory'

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I am reposting a comment I left on "http://www2.tbo.com/content/2008/feb/19/tallahassee-debates-evolution/#comments" :


What pees me off is that YEC was unheard of in my culture. But they slowly invaded the churches of my childhood. Now we have former rational Christians (oxymoron I know, but I digress...) who accepted evolution since it was science, now denouncing it because ignorrant hicks managed the skill of video production and website design. School chums, who would have laughed if you told them the earth is 6000 years old, since science says "no", now affirming it since their Sundays was flooded with misinformation. Christianity is a mind virus, but creationism f*cked it up royally.

And it is true. I have a former friend who was an excellent science student in school. He got involved more and more with his church, which was alright with me then, since I knew his morality was enforced by the panopticon delusion. But when I ran into him now years later on Facebook, he totally changed. He was spewing YEC lunacy. He is now a former friend since our debates reached stalemate. I still have him in my friends list but I will not meet up with him when he is in town. And this case is not the only one. My former church, which I have to admit was the most liberal and forward thinking denomination in my culture, is now laden with this filth. I met a YEC returning from a sermon the other night. He is involved with a congregation of mostly students located off a univerity campus (!) and he spewed Hovind theories. I punched holes in them quickly but was shocked when I realised this shit has been growing there in the last 7 years...

OFF TOPIC - Imperion, cool avatar, where is it from?

Wed, 20 Feb 2008 14:11:00 UTC | #123922

Go to: The Dog Allusion

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Ive seen plenty of dogs and cats that wait by the door for an owner who just got home from work and they ignore the other people in the room.


I also interpreted this as love, until my mom's dog, Gina, went along to the family beach house. Grandma fed the dogs, and after a week grandma replaced mom in Gina's life. I think dogs are social creatures, for sure, but the same way the Golden Rule can be proved by Darwinian arguments, so can their loyalties and love be proven.

Another example, my grandad's spaniel, Ben (RIP, buddy). Ben grew up and loved and share everyday with my grandad, layed at his feet etc. Except when we are outside and there was a tennisball around. Ben knew I played more intensely with him, thus he flatly ignored my grandad, even though my grandad plays more regularly with him.

Tue, 19 Feb 2008 06:42:00 UTC | #122991

Go to: The Search for Truth, God and Braver Scientists in 'Expelled'

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comment 16 from jbacsa:

It also seems to me that a notable exception are a wealthy, privileged minority who have no use for God.


I have to quote RD when he was on Have Your Say (BBC):

"Well it still doesn't mean that God's existance is true"

A lot of believers use this, even my mom. She said that religion gave her hope. I said using a false belief as crutches is just mental masturbation. She frowned upon my frankness though...

Tue, 19 Feb 2008 06:29:00 UTC | #122985

Go to: King Me!

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HarryHUK:
I have a born again christian friend who,whenever we debate issues of faith,simply smiles at me and says "you really don't understand,do you",to which I reply "no"


Just add that there is nothing to understand, but being deluded is what worrying you.

Mon, 21 Jan 2008 05:02:00 UTC | #108565

Go to: Huckabee Wants A 'Faith-based' Constitution

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WTF!

EDIT: I agree with some of the comments on the original websites - I hope this fascist would be the Republican nominee, so that horrible party would fail dismally. At least the guy speaks what he thinks...

Wed, 16 Jan 2008 00:26:00 UTC | #106601

Go to: 'Christian God is not to blame'

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There's a political storm brewing in Sydney over the cost of the World Youth Day and the papal visit. State and Federal governments will be contributing at least A$95 million towards the jamboree.


Is the Aussie constitution secular? If yes, then case closed. If not then the other denominations and religions should voice their disdain. The Vatican can surely cover their own costs, (hiring a stadium/seating etc). How about charging a entrance fee to see Emperor Palpatine? The festival for ALL youths is alright for the government to cover, IMO.

Mon, 24 Dec 2007 02:17:00 UTC | #98130

Go to: 'Christian God is not to blame'

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"So too was the son of God, but every birth inspires hope, even when it is only hope against hope."

There is that h-word again, same with the f-word (faith). It seems that Church leaders like to emphasize how hope and faith gives you strength, and this can only be achieved in their mythological beings. Thus they only justify the existence of their organizations on wishful thinking since the evidence war is lost. Those who still claims evidence are shown as delusional nutters.

Seems the west is getting there slowly but surely...

Mon, 24 Dec 2007 02:07:00 UTC | #98128

Go to: Three wise men just legend: archbishop

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Just a thought but has any one else noticed that

Santa is an anagram of Satan?????


Yes, I have read a (alarmist) book about Satanist when I was 12 - saw it in the church bookshop. Satanist have a tendency for anagrams and such - because they believe in chaos and anarchy of society. Anyway, one of Satan's nicknames was St. Nic. The same St Nicolas that is refer to as Santa Claus (homophones if you say the names quickly)

Thu, 20 Dec 2007 23:11:00 UTC | #97065

Go to: Borders Tags Atheist Book with 'O Come All Ye Faithless' Cards

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What offends me:

- Atheism is just another religion.
- Atheists haven't discovered religion yet, or if you have lapsed into atheism, that "your faith is just weak", or "you haven't thought about God"
- The whole evil historical figures were atheist, thus you have the same ideology as those figures.
- Not "getting it" makes you stupid.

Wed, 19 Dec 2007 00:19:00 UTC | #95973

Go to: Borders Tags Atheist Book with 'O Come All Ye Faithless' Cards

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I suspect some thoughtful Christian employee must have started this with the hope of saving a few atheists. If so this is a terrible backfire.

I personally think it was blind ignorance over intent. "Atheist" is still a bad word in my part of the world, South Africa, even though we are an extremely multi-cultured country (11 official languages!) I can hear the mosque calling in my kitchen, not to mention the 5 Christian churches in a 2 kilometer radius from my (suburbian) garden-flat. 2 Dutch Reformed, 1 Pentecostal, 1 Baptist and 1 Evangelical. The mosque is about 3km away. We even have a freakin Mormon mission in town!

Tue, 18 Dec 2007 23:55:00 UTC | #95966

Go to: Borders Tags Atheist Book with 'O Come All Ye Faithless' Cards

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I was once in a news agent shop and they played gospel music proclaiming the greatness of Jesus over the intercom. When I was at the check-out I noticed the store-manager there, I just casually said: "Excuse me - but for a multi-cultural retail store I think the music you are playing is offensive." She asked me what I meant, so I replied that the music is offending my religion. She replied that it was just a random disk out of the music section, so I asked that they changed it, and they did!

When I see a Xmas tree in a public place I exclaim to my better half: "Look, what a beautiful Pagan tree" If I get a funny look from someone I reply with a smile: "Merry Mithras!" Usually then they slowly walk away with a frown. Love it.

Tue, 18 Dec 2007 23:21:00 UTC | #95958

Go to: Abstinence Programs Face Rejection

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I can't remember the comedian who said:
"Abstinence-only sex education is like just-hold-it-in potty training"

Simple and quick question to ask a religious fundie who is pro-abstinence-only sex ed:
Why did god create our bodies and hormones to have such urges at such a 'young' age?

Tue, 18 Dec 2007 23:06:00 UTC | #95953

Go to: Jumbo shrimp, creationist astronomy

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Steve99 - when I used VLC once because a HD .mov didn't work well on my (Windows) system, it worked beautifully, maybe VLC could work for you? http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-ubuntu.html

Fri, 14 Dec 2007 02:25:00 UTC | #94122

Go to: Jumbo shrimp, creationist astronomy

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I would say Ogg Vorbis (audio) and Theora (video) even if they are obscure-ish. RD.net should just post a link to their page ( www.xiph.org ) for the latest version of the codec like they do with Quicktime. There are links to plugins for Windows (DirectShow), Mac (Quicktime) and Linux/Unix users. Shouldn't be too hard since they are multi-platform and free. Obscured by Clouds , you guys could simply post the last page for the download of the filters for every platform.

Fri, 14 Dec 2007 01:58:00 UTC | #94114

Go to: Jumbo shrimp, creationist astronomy

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I don't think the Fraunhoffer institute would agree with you about the open nature of the mpeg standard.


MPEG 4 as an open container (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MPEG & http://www.chiariglione.org/mpeg/) set forth by ISO, not as a codec. Xvid is open/free, Divx is free to use non commercially, 3ivx too. Qt is almost the same as Divx, only with more restrictions on the use. They all are superior standards to MPEG 1 and 2. Rd.net should use a free to use codec that is MPEG 4 level 2, to maintain Win9x compatibility, unlike QT v7 which is MPEG 4 level 11.

Fraunhoffer was upset because their codec version of MPEG 1 level 3 aka .mp3 was abused - a codec for audio. That is why a lot of players & encoders now use a free standard of .mp3 - LAME etc.

Fri, 14 Dec 2007 01:36:00 UTC | #94104

Go to: Jumbo shrimp, creationist astronomy

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Diacanu here is a link to Quicktime Alternative v1.56 (last version to support Win9x) http://mirror.edskes.net/.

I personally like the open standard of mp4. I hate flash based players since I prefer to download than capture streams (latency is not good in my part of the world). It also uses better compression than mp1/2, thus smaller file sizes versus quality.

If rd.net would keep the compression non qt v7 then we wouldn't have the trouble of Win9x compatibility. This file is perfect IMO. Windows users can download K-Lite basic or standard over at www.free-codecs.com . The bundled Media Player Classic is a light resource using application that handles qt, real and flash.

Fri, 14 Dec 2007 00:33:00 UTC | #94087

Go to: This deadly religious resistance to vaccinations

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The Christian compassion of the local priest, PJ Dorsman, his words as she lay hospitalised were: "If it were not for polio, you would probably have been taken by a car accident."


WTF!?!?
I would have slapped him right there and then. This is what I read:
"If it wasn't for your (preventable, but wasn't because of the organized ignorance I stand for) disease, you would probably have been taken by a car accident (as in a totally random unplanned and unintentional tragedy)."

AAAAAARRRRGH!

Tue, 11 Dec 2007 01:31:00 UTC | #92369

Go to: This deadly religious resistance to vaccinations

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Phillips, Wakefield and the editors of Daily Mail should be charged with crimes against humanity.

We should actually petition the UN that the organized spread of any information that leads to deaths, despite the overwhelming evidence of the opposite available, should be investigated for a possible charge of crimes against humanity. Then we would probably see this behavior decline, and it could lead to an "enforced" path to reason.

Reason saved me,
yes I know,
for the court-rolls
tells me so...

Mon, 10 Dec 2007 23:31:00 UTC | #92343

Go to: Is Infant Male Circumcision An Abuse Of The Rights Of The Child?

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Didn't Hitch mention something like "hacking at the genitals of a male baby with a sharp stone" ?

Cutting off the center three toes of your foot will decrease your chances of an Athlete's Foot infection, but one still maintains balance.

This is what the arguments for circumcision sounds like to me. A bit ridiculous, no? Don't want HIV? Wear a condom when you are having an one-night-stand!

Sun, 09 Dec 2007 23:04:00 UTC | #91647

Go to: Former Evangelical Minister Has a New Message: Jesus Hearts Darwin

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Common ground needs to be found with Faithheads, it is called reason.

Thu, 06 Dec 2007 23:49:00 UTC | #90525