Friday, January 14, 2011

Friday Link Dump 1/14/11

Why Do Atheists Read the Religion Section? - I could write a whole post on this but I’ll be as succinct as possible.  Most atheists are well read and educated especially on the subject of religion.  It’s kind of our thing.  This usually requires a continual self-education via reading not only atheist written materials, but theist written materials.  I think it is even fair to say that some atheists honestly do challenge themselves and their previously held beliefs when they read religious materials and the religion section of HuffPo.  And yes, some atheists are angry with theists and religion and lash out whenever and wherever they can.  There is a lot to be angry over.  However, what annoys me most about the religious attitudes towards atheism is expressed clearly in the two rabbis inherent self-congratulatory and dismissive attitudes toward atheists and atheism that most religious leaders express.  

"Deep down within every person is a yearning for belief in God," Rabbi Yitzchak

“‘Professional atheism' is far more about attacking religion than it is about non-belief in
God.” Rabbi Boteach

Their statements and attitudes perfectly illustrate the theist superiority complex and what they either cannot or refuse to understand about the entire subject:  they are wrong.  

Does CNN Condone Erickson's Tirades Against Nonbelievers?

Richard Dawkins demonstrates laryngeal nerve of the giraffe - This is a fantastic and simple explanation against design.  Forward this one around.

Thunderstorms Shoot Antimatter Beams Into Space - Whaaat?

Inside Story - Pakistan's Blasphemy Law

AZ Republicans Resign After Giffords Shooting, Citing Threats From Local Tea Partiers - How DARE anyone accuse the Tea Party of using violent language, imagery and intimidation?  

Sarah Palin Refudiates Sarah Palin

Was Jared Loughner's Act Political? - This article was censored by HuffPo.  

Door To Door Atheists Bother Mormons - I wouldn’t bother doing this, but next time someone knocks on my door instead of slamming the door in their face (my usual response) I think I’ll try and deconvert them.  



Report: Majority Of Money Donated At Church Doesn't Make It To God - There should be a Senate inquiry into this! Oh wait.  That already happened... Nothing like greed and religious self-preservation to assist in the continuation of corruption.

WHY MUSIC MAKES YOU HAPPY  - Music is my only true addiction.  I gave up smoking after 20+ years. I could live without beer (but who wants to).  Coffee would suck to quit, but I would give it all up for music.  


Shameless: Jim Hoft Falls For Fake Facebook Profile In Attempt To Link Loughner To Obama - The Right is successfully turning this tragedy into an attack on the Left.  Unfortunately, the Left jumped the gun and probably started it.  I don’t know.  The whole debate annoys me.  

NEW CLUE MAY SOLVE SOLAR MYSTERY & Physicists find new clue in coronal heating mystery

The Coming Out Godless Project

Twinkle, twinkle, twinkle: Three-star system found

Evolution: The Story of Life on Earth - I know I will be picking this up for my daughter.  

Earliest known winery found in Armenian cave - The archaeology of booze!

Hitchens: Reflections on Political Violence

The Scientology Expose We've Been Waiting For - This dude better watch his back.  The Scientologists are ruthless.  

A simple model could explain how the first cell came into being

Retracted autism study an 'elaborate fraud,' British journal finds - Old news (relatively speaking), but I figured I would include it.  

Whoops! GOP violates Constitution the day they read the Constitution - That won’t be the last time.  

A Challenge to Glenn Beck: Will He Cool His Anti-Government Rhetoric? - Short answer: No.  

Resist terror with more houses of worship - /facepalm

Psychic Proof? Skeptics Strike Back

Mystery Green Blob In Space Captured By Hubble

Muslim scholars praise killer of Pakistan governor - "There has been a steady erosion of reason from the public space. Words like liberal and secular have become demonized in Pakistan." Sound familiar?  

And finally, a horrifying video after the jump!

I know this is severely edited, but I guarantee you that the original is scarier.  
sidenote: one of the comments on youtube: This is the weirdest video about concentration camps I've ever seen. Did I say concentration camp? I mean Bible camp.”