Friday, August 5, 2011

Friday Link Dump ~ 8/5/11

Ah, the perfect woman...
-We have been a bit preoccupied with the “911 Cross” debate and the subsequent Christian/Atheist venom.  My two cents: The American Atheists have no shortage of things to file lawsuits about.  American culture is saturated with government supported religious iconography.  This particular event was not a Christian attempt to force theology on anyone.  It was just an aspect of the healing process for those who were traumatized by the 911 attacks.  It is a comfort totem.  This is not the part of Christianity that most of us get upset about.  This is way beyond attacking Christmas in October.  As for the Christians spitting death threats on Fox News Facebook and wishing for the rape and torture of non-believers for daring to challenge their privileged status in practically every aspect of American life, well...

9/11 Cross: In opposition

At The 9/11 Memorial, A Symbol In The Cross Hairs, So To Speak

Atheist group’s frivolous lawsuit aims to bar ‘cross’ from 9/11 museum

Ethics for Atheists: How to Deal with Hate and Death Threats Online  Another well-reasoned argument from Practical Doubt.  I don’t think American culture will be any better after this.  The time opportunity for meaningful dialog is long past.  Let’s move on...

Billboard scrutiny leads tax man to Ohio church

WASHINGTON: Native American Tribe Approves Same-Sex Marriage

Australian Catholics are also clueless

Robots Riot In Brixton – Eye-Popping Short Film Discusses Civil Rights With Machines

Monday Morning Quotes: Dan Barker

E Pluribus Lunum: Did Earth Once Have Two Moons?

TV Station Takes Four-Year-Old Child’s Quote Out of Context

If a Married Lesbian Couple Saves 40 Teens from the Norway Massacre and No One Writes About it, Did it Really Happen?

Mid-Week Rant: Matt Dillahunty "Faith is Useless"

The convergent evolution of butterflies is controlled by a single gene

Pluto has another moon!

Should We Out Other Atheists? If atheists are going to complain about theists not keeping their beliefs to themselves, then they should respect the atheist who views their (lack of) faith as a private matter.
Atheist asks Obama About Faith Based Absurdities Watch our Commander in Chief stammer over this question.

Quadriplegic Regains Control, Independence With Robot Helper This is the result of American research and development.  Get it while it lasts.

Artificial leaves make fuel from sunlight

Why Brains Get Creeped Out by Androids It looks and sounds alive, but logically I know that it is not.  If only I had some mental framework for anthropomorphizing this object.  Then I could believe it is alive in spite of all evidence to the contrary.

Federal Appeals Court: Call For Obama Assassination Is Free Speech « Alan Colmes' Liberaland  I think many of us can agree that this has much more to do with who makes the threat than that the threat is actually made.  Let’s try to remember this in five years when we have a white president.

if she were actually elected president, I just might abandon my logic and reason and begin a search for other signs of Armageddon.
Show Me The Transitional Forms A very clear explanation of biological history to use against one of the more exhausting Creationist Arguments.

American Psychological Association Policymaking Body Votes 157-0 to Support Marriage Equality to those who say that homosexuality is a mental illness, I direct your attention to the people who are actually qualified to make that determination.

Awesome short film via Singularity Hub