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Go to: Biblical scholar's date for rapture: May 21, 2011

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It's almost like I don't care. Wait - I really don't!

Sat, 02 Jan 2010 23:43:00 UTC | #427872

Go to: Complete National Geographic

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not shippable outside of the U.S. and Canada


Legally, that is. The irony of copyright...

Btw, there is also a $60 DVD version available.

Thu, 31 Dec 2009 01:41:00 UTC | #427004

Go to: Climate Change for Idiots

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Does somebody have a valid visualization (e.g. graph) of the said "9/11" data? That would be very interesting.

Sat, 19 Dec 2009 20:11:00 UTC | #424642

Go to: List of Islamic Terror Attacks For the Past 2 Months

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I too get a blank page, which is odd as it worked normally two hours ago.

Except for the list - in which I do not recall seeing any links to sources - the site looked like botched-up work of somebody obsessed by 'islamophobia'.

Fri, 18 Dec 2009 20:41:00 UTC | #424420

Go to: IT SEEMS BIOLOGY (NOT RELIGION) EQUALS MORALITY

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Caps Lock = "()$=%§/%)§/=!

Wed, 09 Dec 2009 20:02:00 UTC | #421918

Go to: Bill O'Reilly: Atheists Are Jealous Of The Holiday

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Reminds me of that answer Richard once gave when asked about Christmas:

"I can celebrate every dopey festival I want."

(or something like that)

Sun, 06 Dec 2009 21:22:00 UTC | #420746

Go to: Tilting at symbols

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What a fine - and protected - constitution a country has if it can be altered by populist votes that easy.

By the way, at the same day the Swiss also gave a two thirds thumbs up to continue exporting weapons. One doesn't see that widely reported, does one...

Wed, 02 Dec 2009 07:34:00 UTC | #419322

Go to: Intelligence Squared Debate: Is Atheism the New Fundamentalism?

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32. Comment #437231 by zeerust2000

mp3 @ mediafire

Tue, 01 Dec 2009 09:28:00 UTC | #418793

Go to: Michelle Malkin: Atheists Should Be Treated Like ''Trolls''

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I'd like to request a separate idiot RSS feed for non-information such as this.

That way we would still have our "serious" main one - but fairly clean - and those of us who like to boil with indignation over crap like this could still get their share.

Thu, 26 Nov 2009 11:26:00 UTC | #416985

Go to: Sermon for All Saints' Day, Cologne Cathedral, 1st November 2009

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Goodness, there really goes by no year without this brain-dead imbecile Meisner vomiting from the pulpit. Worse still, he about always receives the attention and so gets to continue his schtick.

Thu, 05 Nov 2009 22:29:00 UTC | #411527

Go to: Churches involved in torture, murder of thousands of African children denounced as witches

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Can't help but be reminded of Nietzsche's The Antichrist. This article reads like a real-life chapter out of it.

Sun, 18 Oct 2009 18:59:00 UTC | #406487

Go to: LDS Apostle Compares Anti-Mormon Backlash To Blacks' Civil Rights Struggle

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Hilarious how they attempt to usurp the civil rights movement's capital to abuse it both as substitute and disguise for themselves as they have none of their own whatsoever...

Thu, 15 Oct 2009 10:33:00 UTC | #405622

Go to: Faith and Belief: Richard Dawkins evolves his arguments

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Comment #423173 by Friend Giskard

Imagine the indignant squawks that will ensue when Richard writes a book specifically targeted at children.

Probably something along the boring lines of

"Evolutionists, now they're coming for your children"

at least as far as The Times is concerned.

Wouldn't be surprised to also see the equivalents of many going as bonkers as this, though...

Mon, 12 Oct 2009 08:07:00 UTC | #405001

Go to: Bill O'Reilly vs. Atheist Richard Dawkins

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Something tells me Bill'O would have been the first to blow up in indignation if somebody he disagreed with called one of his points "fascistic". I'm just amazed this idiot is not ashamed to throw around a term associated with some of the worst atrocities that flippantly.

Anyway, I can't help but think that Dara O Briain's quote "Science knows it doesn't know everything, otherwise it would stop" could have been wonderfully used in this interview...

Sat, 10 Oct 2009 15:03:00 UTC | #404645

Go to: Richard Dawkins on The Colbert Report

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Given that Richard was already on Colbert in 2006, I am quite baffled he did not go to Stewart this time.

I - and probably many others - would have very much preferred that, anyway. His interviews actually have content; for instance, Hitchens' 2007 visit was both good fun and so far the best of Harris/Dawkins/Hitchens I have seen on Stewart/Colbert/Maher.

edit: That ought not to be interpreted as contempt for Colbert. The point is that I would have loved to hear "more Richard" - and the only host of the three mentioned that qualifies for this is imo Stewart. Colbert plays his act, sure, but I don't watch interviews for that. (Maher's Real Time too often comes across as an echo chamber for my taste, though that may be a bit unfair to say.)

Thu, 01 Oct 2009 14:17:00 UTC | #402567

Go to: [UPDATE 8-28]From mousy to blonde - in 8,000 years

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2. Comment #410272 by Dhamma
Even creationists should be able to understand this article.

Problem is, they will just declare it "microevolution" and tralalala all seems well.

Fri, 28 Aug 2009 13:16:00 UTC | #392496

Go to: Extract from Chapter One of The Greatest Show on Earth

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That Latin analogy could be extended to mention the development of the Latin language from its known origins into the "specialized" medieval derivatives. Might stretch it a bit too far, though, and I do not think I am the first to bring this up.

Anyway, here in Germany, whoever employs the Holocaust gun publicly against anything other then the far right is almost certain to have it backfire, regardless of its original target. The indignation complex is a very well trained one, though I honestly do not want to guess how it would / will turn out in this instance. But I will guess that Richard has very carefully considered the matter.

Mon, 24 Aug 2009 23:14:00 UTC | #391295

Go to: Atheists, 'Monster' fans say No to God, Yes to giving

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Or take Richard Walters, for instance.

Mon, 03 Aug 2009 13:57:00 UTC | #384628

Go to: RDF TV - Nebraska Vignettes #5 - Diatoms: The Evolution of a New Species

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These videos are magnificent. It would be really the killer if they were released in 1080p as well, though (supposing that they were filmed in that mode, of course).

Wed, 22 Jul 2009 11:34:00 UTC | #381417

Go to: Comment: The Dawkins dogma

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Oh my, such an article in Vague Scientist, who would have guessed that.

Mon, 20 Jul 2009 03:18:00 UTC | #380707

Go to: Abraham and Isaac

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Comment #397815 by bendigeidfran

And yet he still doesn't want it back.

Sat, 18 Jul 2009 11:05:00 UTC | #380423

Go to: Abraham and Isaac

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Here's a picture - doesn't come from Mitchell and Webb, though.
"Theological Humor"

The artist's blog is here:
http://bizarrocomic.blogspot.com/

Sat, 18 Jul 2009 10:00:00 UTC | #380407

Go to: Jesus and Mo on apophatic theology

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Might not precisely "fit", but I think it is funny anyway:

http://www.savagechickens.com/2009/07/schadenfreude.html

Thu, 09 Jul 2009 10:49:00 UTC | #377427

Go to: Christopher Hitchens vs William Lane Craig

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Goodness, every time Craig squanders "There is no objective 'atheist' foundation for morality" I just want to throw in his face "Use your freaking brain then, it's in our nature!" Prohibitions against rape and murder are almost universal cultural constants, at very least as far as the ritualized in-group is concerned, or as Hitchens puts it, are self-serving rules. The rock bottom of Craig's charade imho really was one of his pathetic self-serving declarations, this inane circular argument that human "evil" is merely a "derivation against god". At least it would not be that infuriating if he did not present himself with this deplorable pseudo loftiness.

Furthermore, I do not recall that Epicurus attempted to falsify any god (esp. since what happened to Socrates), but merely to point out that such is either - by our standards - indifferent or not benevolent resp. omnipotent; Craig's "third preposition" is precisely the excuse all those fascists and totalitarians put forth, á la "Well, we [you] might not like it, but for The Greater Go[o]d we must..."

Still, there are some points that bug me about Hitchens. One is that he frequently lets himself be pinpointed down to be "just" an atheist - why does he not reply that he obviously is more than that, that he is also a secular humanist, that atheism frequently causes - not just correlates with - one to be such? That fairness and happiness are evolved axioms of our nature - imagine how it would be if they were not! -, that life is for nothing but life itself (one's own and that of others), that together with this elaborate morality is deeply rooted in our evolved sociability? So what if that is no simplified absolute? Instead he frequently just drops the question and leaves the questioner most likely with a feeling of mere dissatisfaction, or lets Craig have it appear as if it was the atheists' duty to prove a negative while the positive has never even faintly been validated.

Also he repeatedly makes this really awkward claim that the Tennō claimed to be a "god". Even if this term were with sufficient convergence applicable to the "Japanese belief" or the "classical meaning" of kami [神], the Tennō was said to be a sort of "divine prism", the current prime - and therefore infallible - gateway between this sphere and the land of the gods, not really a "god" himself.

P.S.: The history of the "empty tomb" is a story for itself. Interestingly enough, the gospels get ever more fantastically detailed the more chronologically remote from it they were written, while the first leaves open the very well possible interpretation that whatsoever corpse was simply stolen (e. g. the first reports the tomb to be wide open, the others shift to it being closed etc.).

Tue, 30 Jun 2009 10:12:00 UTC | #375121

Go to: 'Prayer camps' chain mentally ill

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Four practising psychiatrists - Ghana must be Scientology heaven.

Sun, 10 May 2009 09:32:00 UTC | #358026

Go to: Berlin 'pro-religion' referendum soundly defeated

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>> Religion, compulsory in most other German states, is only optional in the capital.

Just a note: This sentence omits that the humanistic alternative to religious classes, "Humanistische Lebenskunde" (~ "Humanistic Tidings of Life"), is optional as well.

Wikipedia: Berliner (pastry)

Mon, 27 Apr 2009 08:35:00 UTC | #353864

Go to: Following atheist trend, Britons seek 'de-baptism'

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Richard,

Both the contemporary German and the previous Weimar constitution allows those denominations which have the legal status of a statutory corporation (Körperschaft des öffentlichen Rechts) to have the state collect taxes for them. They are typically calculated on the basis of the payroll resp. income tax [1] and account for ~ 70 % of the "income" of the "big three" (incl. the "Old Catholics"). That of course does not include all the other money Germany throws at them, afaik e. g. "Christian” kindergarten (schools, universities like the one in Eichstätt) are state-funded by 80 % and "Christian” hospitals even by a mere 100 %, but naturally they are nevertheless under almost total control of the churches with all the funny labour law that e. g. brings.

Needless to say, the entanglement of religion and state (not to mention the media) has been a notorious one in Germany ever since, regardless of any nominal separation. [2] Take crosses in our classrooms and courtrooms (there was some uproar when a Jewish woman refused to have her case heard in one of those). Even our Federal Constitutional Court declared in 1995 that this is a violation of the rights of non-believers and dissenters, but hey, they just ignore it.

Anyway, membership of a church – which, of course, is mostly decided by the entry in one's birth-certificate – with said status indeed leads to automatic taxation. Still, one is free to secede from it at any time, all it takes are two administrative acts (one is leaving the denomination by signing a paper in the registrar's office, the other is informing the local tax authority) – took me about 15 minutes, but I was lucky with the queue – however, it requires the payment of a regionally varying and in some places conspicuously high administration charge (I had to pay 25 € [3], which is actually rather low, given that I live in the Christian heartland that is Bavaria). People are working on that, though.


[1]: That is the most general way, but there are several others – there have to be, otherwise Germany would lose its reputation of having one of, if not the, world's most complicated tax law. Church tax regionally varies between ~ 8 - 10 % and the Income tax between 15 % (for a basic tax-free allowance of, in 2009, 7,834 €, which makes ~ 100 € < for the church) and 42 % / 45 % (for up to 52,552 € / more than 250,401 €, which makes > ~ 2,000 € / ~ 9,000 € <). There is still more: Certain states have place a limit to church tax progression: In Berlin it does not exceed 3 % of the gross income, but those rules apparently even vary within a state. The church tax also applies to the “flat rate withholding tax” (“Abgeltungsteuer”) for incomes from capital.

[2]: Helmut Schmidt noted in his book “Außer Dienst” (“Off duty”) that after WW2 he too was one of those who falsely - he would not say foolishly - believed in a “moral reconstruction” by the Christian churches, though he also states to have never regarded himself as an “actual” Christian. Talk about irony: When he was falling into despair at the Ostfront it was a young theologian and solider of his battalion who calmed him by invoking Romans 13,1 (“no authority except from God”) and claiming that nothing happens without god's will.

[3]: For comparison: A passport costs 37.50 € for people under the age of 25, 59 € for those older. They rip you off, really.

Mon, 30 Mar 2009 23:05:00 UTC | #341843