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Go to: Tired of arguing

papa lazaru's Avatar Jump to comment 6 by papa lazaru

Well there's always the 'Caped Crusader' method. An anonymous alternative identity to beat down the perps. Can be fun to troll back. Can be very childish, maybe not your style. You can take a more adult approach as well, which is more constructive, but be prepared to fight dirty.

Mon, 13 Aug 2012 21:15:59 UTC | #950761

Go to: How atheism helped me deal with cancer

papa lazaru's Avatar Jump to comment 4 by papa lazaru

I am really glad you pulled through. Cancer at 15, I can't even imagine what it must be like.

You've shown a lot of maturity, looks like you have a bright future ahead of you.

And don't be too harsh on your grand parents. You owe them :) That you are here in the first place thanks to them.

Mon, 13 Aug 2012 21:01:45 UTC | #950759

Go to: Tired of arguing

papa lazaru's Avatar Jump to comment 4 by papa lazaru

Internet rule #1 : Don't give in to trolls or feckless idiots. Don't reply to them, don't acknowledge them in any shape or form. These people are worth zero of your time.

Mon, 13 Aug 2012 20:30:44 UTC | #950756

Go to: Translating the British

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Comment 28 by kaiserkriss :

Anvil, I think you miss my point and I suggest you might be caught up in exactly what I was criticizing- a national fervour of feel good and superiority to the rest of the world. The show was more about celebrating and pointing out differences between Brits and the rest of the world vs an inclusive production pointing out and focusing on the things we all have in common and should ultimately bring us all closer together. Every culture has its quirks and idiosyncrasies- that is not uniquely British, but the ability to laugh at oneself and those quirks is very British- admirable and worth emulating and sharing with the rest of the world.

Just because a country hosts an event like the Olympics, does it give it the right to pound ones chest in a fit of nationalism? They all do it and I cringe every time I see it and I think its the wrong approach.

It would be truly unique, forward thinking and rational to make one of these ceremonies world inclusive, to include the best things on the planet- show ideals worth emulating, something as simple as rational thought, simple scientific truths, evolution, the literal brotherhood of man (e.g. 200k years common ancestor), something to really think about. Would it be controversial? Probably, but it would also be educational, and food for thought versus a fluff piece forgotten in a couple of weeks.

That is something I would have expected from the Brits at these Olympics, a leadership role in rational though and the sciences. Expecting something like that from Rio or Saudi Arabia, or some other lesser developed country couldn't be expected.jcw

One day, when we grow up. I can't bear chauvinism. I feel like we're going backwards. But I do respect the dedication, work ethics and spirit of the athletes. If you want to cheer, cheer for them, not for the fecken 'flag'.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEx5G-GOS1k

Sun, 12 Aug 2012 22:58:45 UTC | #950725

Go to: Effect of the concept of hell on children

papa lazaru's Avatar Jump to comment 10 by papa lazaru

Sounds like what you are experiencing is nothing more than the traumatic result of years of brainwashing and indoctrination.

Personally, I don't get it. The concept of heaven and hell are utterly ludicrous, so self-serving and clearly made-up human constructs.

  • First who are suppose to go to Hell. Non-Believers? So that makes what, 75% of the earth's population, you'll be in good company already.

  • You have to have faith first and foremost, and ask for forgiveness and you will be forgiven. How bloody convenient. Now ponder about the morality of that. Do you really want to side with such crass self-serving nonsense? The middle ages want their morality back.

  • What is hell anyway. You will suffer the most horrible tortures forever and ever and ever! Seriously? Funny how that sounds exactly like the kind of story one would make up to keep everyone in line.

  • What is heaven then. Eternal bliss. The best thing ever, and also, forever and ever and ever. ever. Yeah right, give me a break... Besides who'd want to spend an eternity with Christians while constantly on coke, forever. No thank you...

  • It's hogwash, plain and simple. Religions are viral diseases.

    Mon, 23 Jul 2012 19:51:39 UTC | #949915

    Go to: living in the watchtower

    papa lazaru's Avatar Jump to comment 6 by papa lazaru

    You were raised a catholic, right? And you didn't turn up too bad.

    When she discovers Santa or the tooth fairy aren't real, maybe it's a good time to point out that some people never grow out of it.

    Wed, 18 Jul 2012 22:19:04 UTC | #949526

    Go to: Teaching Primary Aged Children

    papa lazaru's Avatar Jump to comment 10 by papa lazaru

    If he reads the old testament and he likes it, then it's time to worry.

    Sun, 15 Jul 2012 01:02:20 UTC | #949216

    Go to: What would it take?

    papa lazaru's Avatar Jump to comment 301 by papa lazaru

    99.99999999.....% of the stuff in the universe is atheist. So there. We're in fact part of the majority.

    Some form of cogent message in irrational numbers would be a really cool prank.

    Wed, 11 Jul 2012 21:22:22 UTC | #948935

    Go to: A past Muslim . . . now an atheist in Pakistan

    papa lazaru's Avatar Jump to comment 17 by papa lazaru

    Don't let it drag you down. I have the good fortune to have never been in your situation, but I sympathise deeply.

    Threats and intimidations are the hallmark of a cornered animal or a bully, and who sides a bully but fools. Ultimately, this kind of response is self-defeating.

    Write a memoir to vent your frustration, seek like-minded people (anonymously), but stay safe. The Internet is a great tool for expressing your thoughts.

    Then who knows, times will hopefully change for the best, and you will be able to help your country shake loose that monkey on its back for good. It took Europe centuries, and it's still work in progress, but words and ideas travel fast these days.

    Wed, 11 Jul 2012 19:34:47 UTC | #948922

    Go to: Prayer at a working lunch?

    papa lazaru's Avatar Jump to comment 36 by papa lazaru

    Just bite your tongue. Don't mix business and politics. That will only reflect poorly on you.

    Sun, 08 Jul 2012 16:31:54 UTC | #948767

    Go to: Cleric says polio vaccination 'un-islamic', warns of jihad against docs

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    Comment 21 by PERSON :

    You don't have to be Muslim to believe this sort of stuff. There was the MMR fuss, and at the moment (mement?) the fundies are pushing conspiracy theories about contraception, abortion and HPV vaccination, the latter with help from the unaffiliated anti-vaccine crowd.

    But they don't go around calling for blood.

    Thu, 14 Jun 2012 19:20:53 UTC | #947442

    Go to: Church pastors become atheists

    papa lazaru's Avatar Jump to comment 10 by papa lazaru

    "It... rocks their world".

    More of that please!

    Tue, 12 Jun 2012 12:25:05 UTC | #947037

    Go to: Will we ever clone a mammoth?

    papa lazaru's Avatar Jump to comment 6 by papa lazaru

    What would be the point? We can't even keep the current wildlife alive.

    Wed, 06 Jun 2012 23:40:58 UTC | #945992

    Go to: Is Pleasure a Sin?

    papa lazaru's Avatar Jump to comment 4 by papa lazaru

    Eureka! I've disproved evolution by natural selection. The perpetuation of these moldy, sexless old farts.

    They must have a cloning facility somewhere, there is just no other possible way...

    Wed, 06 Jun 2012 23:36:34 UTC | #945991

    Go to: Classroom Clashes: Teaching evolution

    papa lazaru's Avatar Jump to comment 3 by papa lazaru

    “She said she couldn’t watch the video anymore — that it went against everything she believed.”

    So?

    They should start science education with critical thinking, scientific methodology, terminology, ethics, and why it is important.

    Here is an assignment. Have them do some research, write an essay to gather evidence that supports or denies a particular scientific theory. Then discuss salient points in class.

    Wed, 06 Jun 2012 23:26:15 UTC | #945986

    Go to: Sharia Law: neither equal nor free

    papa lazaru's Avatar Jump to comment 14 by papa lazaru

    disorderly and abusive. That's enough for me.

    Hitch says it best

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3Hg-Y7MugU

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xq1e4cfvUKE&feature=fvwrel

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3OTS5gSO0E&feature=related

    Wed, 30 May 2012 20:42:20 UTC | #944609

    Go to: Official: 160 girls poisoned at Afghan school

    papa lazaru's Avatar Jump to comment 28 by papa lazaru

    Comment 21 by QuestioningKat :

    The best one I heard was about why women weren’t allowed to pray in the same room as men, is because when the girls bend forward to submit to Allah, the men get distracted by the women’s asses. (this is not a joke, I’m serious)

    It is the best one and probably most reasonable, except I would switch the perspective. No woman wants some guy behind her looking at her ass. It's bad enough having some guy behind you when climbing up stairs, especially wearing a dress.

    It's a biological imperative. Sorry.

    We love to wear dresses, especially in summer time.

    Wed, 30 May 2012 12:25:51 UTC | #944473

    Go to: Moody Bible Radio Discovers 'The Clergy Project' - interview with Teresa MacBain

    papa lazaru's Avatar Jump to comment 4 by papa lazaru

    Bah. let them bark at the moon.

    Wed, 30 May 2012 08:49:52 UTC | #944418

    Go to: A Year After the Non-Apocalypse: Where Are They Now?

    papa lazaru's Avatar Jump to comment 26 by papa lazaru

    I'm gonna have a T-shirt made.

    "The World Ends Today".

    Let's see if I can gather up a crowd.

              [Comment 16](/articles/646005-a-year-after-the-non-apocalypse-where-are-they-now/comments?page=1#comment_943265) by  [Daniel Clear](/profiles/51034)          :
    
    
                     mordacious1"And what do you do with a T-shirt that says the world will end on a specific date? You'd look pretty stupid wearing it after the date has passed. Not that you didn't look stupid wearing it to begin with."au contrairestupid or not if you know of one of these t-shirts going for sale i'll have it and wear it with pride
    

    How about "The World Ends Today Or Tomorrow"?

    Thu, 24 May 2012 15:37:27 UTC | #943295

    Go to: Ultra-Orthodox Jews Rally to Discuss Risks of Internet

    papa lazaru's Avatar Jump to comment 31 by papa lazaru

              [Comment 27](/articles/645994-ultra-orthodox-jews-rally-to-discuss-risks-of-internet/comments?page=1#comment_943074) by  [Sample](/profiles/114436)          :
    
    
                     The last person in the video stated:> The beauty of America is, is that youcan have a rally which completely> denies what science has demonstrated,completely denies reports that are> coming in from psychologists, fromeducators, from parents, from spouses> and that's completely their prerogativeas Americans to have a rally that> denies all that and where they sticktheir head in the sand.> Mike          
    

    Oh absolutely.

    Wed, 23 May 2012 11:59:07 UTC | #943089

    Go to: Ultra-Orthodox Jews Rally to Discuss Risks of Internet

    papa lazaru's Avatar Jump to comment 8 by papa lazaru

    I think they should be more worried about the social enlightenment that could result from exposure to the Internet, free flow of information and other cultures, rather than all the matters of sexual deviancy they seem so obsessed with.

    Well, they are ultra-orthodox, they can always retreat to their shell or dig their heads in the sand, they are very good at that.

    Tue, 22 May 2012 23:49:25 UTC | #943003

    Go to: Ultra-Orthodox Shun Their Own for Reporting Child Sexual Abuse

    papa lazaru's Avatar Jump to comment 26 by papa lazaru

              [Comment 24](/articles/645896-ultra-orthodox-shun-their-own-for-reporting-child-sexual-abuse/comments?page=1#comment_941008) by  [jbkaffe](/profiles/164832)          :
    
    
                     @ katyI know it's widely regarded as a racial(biological) thing, but it still doesn't make any sense to me.Why not just call yourself middle-eastern(arabic) american?Or should that term only apply to israeli jews?I have a lot of respect for a man like Jon Stewart, but as soon as he starts to talk about his jewish traditions( descent ) I as a human being do not understand why.Maybe it's just an american thing, but I just don't see the attraction.PS. I hopes this makes sense.;-)
    

    Cultural identity. That's all really. Some feel strongly about it, some less so. It's not worth banging your head on the table over it.

    Fri, 11 May 2012 11:50:25 UTC | #941012

    Go to: Conversion on Mount Improbable: How Evolution Challenges Christian Dogma

    papa lazaru's Avatar Jump to comment 27 by papa lazaru

    they know that humanity will inevitably leave religion behind.

    Well there you go. And the battle starts with education. Hence all that creationist nonsense, and their obsession with early indoctrination. Mystical stories peddled as absolute truths, These have no place in a modern society. They take root in ignorance, and what better place than a child's mind. A child knows nothing, but wants to know everything.

    Mon, 07 May 2012 12:04:11 UTC | #940285

    Go to: Rhode Island cross controversy - legitimate or petty?

    papa lazaru's Avatar Jump to comment 52 by papa lazaru

    Comment 46 by Ignorant Amos :

    Comment 43 by paulmcuk

    Petty, pathetic and handing not just ammunition but an entire arsenal to those who want to paint atheists as small-minded, unfeeling, immoral etc.

    Please read Comment 2 by LaurieB & Comment 3 by Quine.

    You are talking about the same American public that rate Atheists lower than a snakes belly and on a level with rapists, right? So we are already "small-minded, unfeeling, immoral etc.". Sometimes to win a fight you have to expect to get hurt....even a bloody nose. Accommodating nonsense is not the way forward...but that is just my opinion.

    Yeah, and rubbing it in their face sure is gonna improve their views. Way to win the moral high ground! Can pick better fights than this.

    Sat, 28 Apr 2012 23:33:06 UTC | #938060

    Go to: Richard Dawkins on Beautiful Minds - BBC Four Wed April 25

    papa lazaru's Avatar Jump to comment 117 by papa lazaru

    Comment 105 by huzonfurst :

    I moved heaven and earth to get back home in time to watch this, and it won't play! If it isn't viewable from the States they should tell us!

    You tried using a proxy server?

    Wed, 25 Apr 2012 23:19:34 UTC | #937366

    Go to: Richard Dawkins on Beautiful Minds - BBC Four Wed April 25

    papa lazaru's Avatar Jump to comment 115 by papa lazaru

    45:20. Nice shorts Richard.

    Wed, 25 Apr 2012 22:50:31 UTC | #937359

    Go to: Religion as "comfort" to people in distress: fact or myth?

    papa lazaru's Avatar Jump to comment 37 by papa lazaru

    I really don't get the idea of believing in something because it makes you feel better. What's the point if it's not true?

    For kids however, that's different. They need that reassurance, and I wouldn't mind lying a little bit to ease his / her worries.

    It's part of growing up to let go of that.

    Wed, 25 Apr 2012 17:15:44 UTC | #937267

    Go to: Religion as "comfort" to people in distress: fact or myth?

    papa lazaru's Avatar Jump to comment 9 by papa lazaru

    I'd tell him that no one really knows what happens after death, and it's up to him to make up his mind.

    Tue, 24 Apr 2012 19:12:37 UTC | #937064

    Go to: Admitting you're an atheist while travelling in the Middle East

    papa lazaru's Avatar Jump to comment 3 by papa lazaru

    "so, you a muslim? " No.

    "Christian then?" No.

    "What, buddist?" No.

    "Jewish?" No.

    "What the hell are you?" Why does it matter to you? ....

    Tue, 24 Apr 2012 17:26:46 UTC | #937048

    Go to: How Social Interaction and Teamwork Led to Human Intelligence

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    Comment 5 by papa lazaru :

    Comment 1 by InYourFaceNewYorker :

    This is really interesting but one thing I do wonder about is this: What about people on the autism spectrum who have savant-like abilities at math, music, art, science, etc, but have no clue about basic social skills? I am interested to know how such a brain profile was "allowed" by evolution if it was social interaction that put selection pressures that resulted in the smartest people and the biggest brains. Ideas anyone?

    But these people do contribute to society through their ideas. Society's structures. The fact that we value their input and are able to perpetuate their ideas through language and writing. It sort of skews the genera idea of brute-force natural selection. Who'd want to live in a society govern by it :)

    The actual disabilities are just like anything else. Undesirable characteristics or genetic flaws sometimes slip through the net, just like good characteristics can be wasted. Not saying there is anything wrong with that, but it's not a black & white situation, although the outcome is (you either make it or you don't).

    Mon, 23 Apr 2012 00:07:42 UTC | #936562