Friday, December 24, 2010

Friday Link Dump 12/24/10

We compiled a larger Link Dump this week for all you godless heathens to read while stuck with family (or if you’re really lucky stuck without family) this weekend.  Just remember: Not only did the Christians appropriate the holiday itself, but they stole loads of pagan traditions to celebrate the made up birthday of a man who was not only not divine, but likely never existed.

Having said all that; at least Xmas is less sufferable than Easter.  HUZZAH!

A Holiday Message From Ricky Gervais: Why I Am An Atheist

There Goes the Sun - Huh, so Christians don’t own the season?

Christmas in America

The Origins of Religion by Victor Stenger - "Shit Happened," indeed.
Barney Frank Makes a Fool Out of Conservative Reporter Over “Don’t ask, Don’t Tell.” - I wish Barney Frank was my relative so I could listen to his sarcasm over holiday meals.

It's Not Healthy to Have an Imaginary Friend - 1) scientific evidence that prayers are beneficial is not that same thing as prayers being answered.   see psychosomatic  2) Even though it is Fox; I am pretty sure everyone on that set wanted to point out how ludicrous the statement “I don’t think it’s very healthy to have an imaginary friend” and “If you have an imaginary friend there is something wrong with you” is coming from a priest.  

Merry War On Christmas - oops...sorry.  I meant to say Xmas...

Mommy, why Is there a War On Christmas? - I can’t wait for Xmas to be over so I can stop hearing about this bullshit , non-existent culture war.  

Christian Group Executes Plastic Santa by Firing Squad - Again, there is a serious lack of self-awareness to realize that everything you are saying to criticize Santa pertains to Jesus.  

Four in 10 Americans Believe in Strict Creationism - anything above zero is unacceptable.  

Life On Earth Began Three Billion Years Ago

An evolutionary biologist explains the one thing most people misunderstand about evolution - Thanks for the explanation...Meatloaf?

Skin was the first organ to evolve - Which, for whatever reason, made me think of QOTSA’s Skin On Skin.

Bones Gives Peek Into the Lives of Neanderthals - I have always theorized that the reason Neanderthals went extinct was due to their extreme yumminess.

Wild Chimps, Stick Dolls: What’s at Play Here? - I know some people are going to have a problem with this conclusion because it assigns a biological basis for gender roles and apparently that is a horrible, horrible thing to do.  Whether or not this particular study and it’s conclusions are correct I am of the opinion that gender roles - namely as they are used politically - do not matter.  Just because something is biologically dominant does not make the outliers morally or even biologically wrong.  There may be a statistically significant biological predisposition towards a gender role (one would expect this given the drive to propagate DNA), but ultimately the idea of “right vs. wrong” is entirely culturally assigned.  This is good since cultures are usually fluid and the mores of yesterday can change.  It is not necessary to automatically challenge the existence of biological gender roles.  It is wrong to assign a “right vs wrong” morality to it.  

Most Dinosaurs Were Vegetarian, Research Suggests and Beaks Transformed Dinosaurs, Expanding Diet

The “Government Takeover“of Heath Care, and Other Whoppers: Politifact Tabulates the Year’s Biggest Political Lies and Half-Truths

Meteorite Holds Amino Acid Surprise - Is it nougat?  I hope it’s nougat.  

The Sun’s gravity could be used to create an interstellar communications network

Antimatter Lightning Discovered

Pluto May Host an Ocean - It was going to host a Tupperware party, but cancelled when it was uninvited from all the big planet’s parties.  Snobs.  

Possible Ice Volcano Spied on Giant Saturn Moon

PhysicsWorld: Our Favorite Pictures of 2010

South Carolina Celebration of Secession Parks New Tensions - Don’t ever let someone get away with saying the Civil War was not about slavery.  That is a lie.  
I am an Ex-Mormon Video Channel - Mojoey posted one of these over at Deep Thoughts and I find that video incredibly sad.

Pope: Church must reflect on what allowed abuse - Can you guess who Pope Palpatine blames for priests raping children?  That’s right...godless secular heathens are responsible for PRIESTS RAPING CHILDREN!  

Dan Barker at the Colorado Christian University

some extra cartoons we missed earlier this week.  

Maybe this is why I am a godless, liberal heathen.  I never got an assault rifle for Xmas.

All jokes aside I want one!