Connecticut Shooting: Warm Lies, Cold Truth, Free Minds

This is a reaction to some of the goddy rhetoric surrounding the shooting in Connecticut:Even as an atheist good with words, I can barely express how repulsive I find the claim that those children are in Heaven, skipping along beside Jesus as he gives them a tour of Heaven. Yet we’ve heard exactly that, and more than once.When I posted on Facebook a day or so ago about a mental image related to the tragedy, one of my readers told me she almost threw up when that same image came to her: the p … [Read more...]

Dispatches from Dullardia: The War on Christmas (deep sigh)

Sorry, I couldn't resist responding to a couple of yesterday's stories.One is about a sign in Times Square, put up by American Atheists, that shows a picture of Santa above a picture of a statue of a crucified Jesus. The inscription says "Keep the MERRY!" and "Dump the MYTH!" (photo credit: American Atheists) Holiday message: Atheists dub Jesus a 'myth' on Times Square billboardGood on you, American Atheists! And fie upon the critics: "This year it's different," said Catholic League … [Read more...]

Book Of Good Living: Crowd-Sourcing How to Walk

I'm trying an experiment here. Long-time readers may remember a couple of posts a while back about something I call The Book of Good Living.I see this thing as a part of Beta Culture — a basic resource about living day-to-day. Something like Wikipedia, written and evolved by reader/contributors, and containing a great deal of advice and direction — which everybody is wholly welcome to ignore.But ... you know, a body of objective wisdom about life. Jeez, we get so much hyped and over-hyped shi … [Read more...]

A Study in Conflict Between Island Cultures (Repost)

It doesn’t get much play in the publicly-available cultural anthropology literature, but there’s an island in the Pacific where an interesting conflict has played out over generations.The island, which has an untranslatable name – generally rendered in English as  “Ryeezahn” –  is occupied by two tribes, the Kritsi and the Syenz, which have been at war for generations, a war temporarily restrained in an uneasy peace.The root of the conflict, as visiting anthropologists have documented, is une … [Read more...]

New Site Layout (Plus Brain-Stealing Radiation)

No doubt you've noticed the different appearance here, and on Freethought Blogs generally. The Hidden Masters of FTB are upgrading the design, as well as making changes such as a hypnotic opinion generator that will steal your mind and turn you into a willing minion of the World Atheist Conspiracy.I'm not totally convinced I like the new typeface. Certain other bloggers are tweaking their CSS to render posts in other fonts, and I might do the same after things shake out. Some bugs are being … [Read more...]

Offensive on Soooo Many Levels

Read this representative paragraph from an Elevate GF ad: SPECIAL REPORT: How To Grow 3+ Inches Taller in Just a Matter of Weeks Using This 1 Simple Trick That Celebrities Use. You may have heard of the enormously popular Elevate GF in the news. It's a completely organic supplement that celebrities & body builders use around the world that they don't want you knowing about. But today we are leaking the secret. Elevate GF offers many benefits primarily due to its high anti-oxidant content. … [Read more...]


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