Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday Link Dump ~ 10/14/11

Monday Morning Quotes ~ Stephen Jay Gould It seems the height of antiquated hubris to claim that the universe carried on as it did for billions of years in order to form a comfortable abode for us. Chance and historical contingency give the world of life most of its glory and fascination. I sit here happy to be alive and sure that some reason must exist for ‘why me?’ Or the earth might have been totally covered with water, and an octopus might now be telling its children why the eight-legged God of all things had made such a perfect world for cephalopods. Sure we fit. We wouldn't be here if we didn't. But the world wasn't made for us and it will endure without us.”

Mid-Week Rant: Dawkins Interviews US vs UK

Hitchens at the Texas Freethought Convention

Random Quotes of Religious Hate: Dr. Robert Jeffress

Abraham & Other Lunatics

Top Ten Creationist Arguments: Part II

God of the Gaps w/Neil deGrasse Tyson  Tyson 2016!

Erasing History? Temporal Cloaks Adjust Light's Throttle to Hide an Event in Time

Excuse me sir, do you know where George Carlin Street is  Thanks Kriss

A Peek Inside A Christian Right Anti-Gay Strategy Session My favorite quote, “Do no use the term ‘gay’ because it normalizes and empowers people who are gay.” The last thing a group that has been peddling shame for centuries wants is an “empowered” outgroup. Second favorite quote: “Anti-bullying programs are meant to silence anti-gay beliefs.” Actually, they are meant to prevent the epidemic
of teen suicides. When people are actually killing themselves because of
your “expression of your beliefs” you may want to consider that you are at
least part of the problem. Just saying.

Solar Beat

Teen Sex: The "Holy"--vs. Humanistic--Approach

The Westboro Baptist Church leader damns Steve Jobs to Hell using her iPhone.  

Beck: Occupy Wall Street Is "Only Interested In Destruction," Which "Leads To Gas Chambers," "Guillotines," "Mao" Oh Mr. Beck, how I loooove
your deranged fear-mongering tirades. I have this vision of Glenn in
his basement late at night covered in peanut butter and rolling over a
pile of index cards. Whatever sticks to him when he stands up makes
the ‘connection list.’ “Gas chambers, Mao, hey Guillotines! I haven’t
threatened Guillotines in ages!”

Hubble Reveals Chaotic Heart of Milky Way in Infrared

Crab pulsar dazzles astronomers with its gamma-ray beams

As numbers shrink, Roman Catholic church in India urges flock to have more children It’s OK if you can’t feed them.  God will provide.  Just don’ forget to tithe that 10%.

Has science found its first white hole?

Glenn Beck’s Salvation Army

Bachmann's Last-Ditch Pitch to the Religious Right

Southern Poverty Law Center Reminds GOP Of The Hate Groups Behind Values Voter Summit The even is sponsored by the Family Research
Council and the American Family Association. If you look closely, the
actual ad in the Washington Post has footnotes that correspond with
the hateful quotes of both groups. This serves to increase the cognitive
dissonance of those who would dismiss the quotes as outright lies by the
godless liberals.

Creationism on Dallas School Website

Faith Healing Parents Found Guilty in Death of Son

Is Atheist Money Too Controversial for the American Cancer Society? OK so the title is a little misleading.  Read it anyway.

Is this the Best Possible World and does God have Free Will?

Widely used contraceptive in Africa could double the risk of HIV transmission

Thou Shalt Not Take The Name Of The Lord Thy God In Vain

The Blinding Fog of Religious Moderation “Religious moderates talk a
good game about peace, democracy, freedom of conscience, equal rights
for women and minorities, and so on. But when push comes to shove,
they almost always side with their fundamentalist brethren in arguing that faith is a good thing and shouldn't be criticized, even when faith is directly responsible for the evils they theoretically oppose.”

What Happened to Downtime? The Extinction of Deep Thinking and Sacred Space

The Solar System Scope

Deepak Chopra reviews Richard Dawkins  Every time Deepak says the word “quantum” I mentally say the word “smurf.”  It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

What Are White Supremacists Saying About Herman Cain? Well, what the hell did you think they were going to say?