Sorry You Got Hacked, But You Did Ask For It

A lot of people are aware that we got hacked.on Saturday and there are a lot of ideas flip flopping about on who is responsible for this and why.

My blog is one of the smaller blogs here, so being hit by an outage actually affects me in different ways. I don’t actually get paid for my work, the blog is my only source of income. It’s however used for

1. Plane Tickets home

2. Luxuries

3. Stuff like clothes

Now to most people this boils down to “Luxuries” but to me it’s important to have these things. I don’t have luxuries in my life. You are already home, you live in places comfortable to you and have social lives. [Read more…]

I Get Mail – How Can You Work With Alex Gabriel

I see you are against the segregation of genders in Islam, my question is this?

How do you manage to work with someone whose viewpoints are  different from yours such as Alex Gabriel? How can you accept someone who stands for the segregation of Muslims when you do not? Are your principles that cheap that you would stay on FTB for the money?

I am against the gender segregation of Muslims on public property. If an event or the equipment or location for an event is paid for by the tax payer and if the over-arching organisation has a duty to promote an equal dialogue then segregation is not helpful or useful. [Read more…]

Feedback

So it’s been a year of blogging at FTB and I wanted to see if there is any feedback from the readers of things you liked, things you didn’t like and things that could do with an improving.

So post your comments here!

Banned – Laila Rasheed

I think the god’s of India still have a hold on you, Avi.

The Jews have advanced while the Indians are up to their necks in shit!

The only advancement they made was by Colonial British rule, that has helped them join the 21st century.

Stop bitching!

The British Comitted Atrocities in India that resulted in the deaths of millions. To utter such nonsense shows that your are not just a religious extremist but also blind to actual history. Your statement is vile and it shows one thing.

That you aren’t a good person. No matter how much you claim to believe in your god you are not a good person. You demonstrate the fallacy that belief in a god makes you good, because what you are demonstrating is the poisonous thinking of racists and the missionaries who destroyed my culture.

The gods of India do have a hold on me my dear. I took the good from them to form my ethos on atheism. Hinduism is universal in that you don’t need to believe in it’s gods. It does not convert people by force to it and to do so is horrible. It gave me an understanding about sacrifice, about making your own personal rules, about sticking to your ethos and it gave me stories of amazing nuance that you will never read because you are a bigot.

And bigots never learn anything about the cultures they denigrate.

You speak for Jews as if they would appreciate the association with your bullshit. Most of the Jews I know are kind, loving people who would think you are not a good person.

And  the tragedy is you can’t even understand why you are not good.

To get banned by me you have to have crossed the line and made no act of contrition. I have warned you, I have told you, I have been polite.

But you crossed the line.

Fuck the Fuck Off. No one likes you, you bring nothing to the conversation. I am sure you will go yell about free speech or how that dirty atheist banned you when you were kicking his arse and frankly I don’t care. Anyone who associates with your bullshit ideology probably has nothing of value to say either.

Congratulations. You are the third person to be banned specifically by me. And that’s a fucking achievement.

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A lot of readers routinely complain about the ads. You know some of the ads are rather inappropriate since atheists are less likely to advertise about religion than religious people and quite honestly it amuses many a reader to see advertisements about the saving grace of Jesus alongside my distinctly atheist viewpoints and often ungodly ideas.

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Not Feeling Too Great

[important]Acceptance for who you are is extremely important and as many people don’t know Hera (My Girlfriend) had an abdominal hernia surgery and a stomach band put in. This wasn’t exactly done according to what she wanted. Despite objections I had I felt her family was way too “keen” about it. She did want the band and for the past 6 weeks was incredibly happy with it until the sepsis. I understand the fear of obesity and it’s effects on the human body. Let us get this straight, neither me or Hera think obesity is healthy. And both of us struggle to keep our weight down. I unfortunately came from a youth filled with rugby and the associated appetite that I don’t get to burn off and so am overweight. But Hera’s problem was exacerbated by PCOS and so a band was recommended. It’s just that normally you go through a lot of prep but that did not occur in her case due to her family hurrying things along. Honestly? It left a bad taste in my mouth. And for this? Hera wishes to speak on what happened and what it’s like to be denigrated for something you have trouble with. We both still want to keep our weight under control and in my case lose some more but her scars are real. She fears that the scars left make her unattractive. I frankly am covered in scars and frankly if I look good with mine then so does she. I don’t agree with the way she was treated and I didn’t realise how much she kept from me to make sure I was liked by her family. But this is painful to read.[/important] [Read more…]

FTBCon….science

I and other FTBloggers will be sitting about on a bunch of google hangouts discussing a variety of topics. We figured we could call this FTBCon.

The first “ever” inaugral super duper conference will have most of us sitting around discussing everything from video-games to charity and activism. So if you want to come say hello then check out the official page.

We will have a schedule up and running soon. Until then!