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Monthly Archive: September 2010

Sep 25 2010

I get e-mail! (TL;DR edition)

I have an account on OKCupid, mostly because I use it to take tests and answer questions, though I have in the past used it to date. I often get messages that are perfectly ignorable, but occasionally I get ones that are interested in my skeptical positions. A gentleman who is my age sent me …

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Sep 25 2010

Colbert on Immigration Reform

I watched the entire two hours on CSPAN so you don’t have to. I have to say it’s interesting how completely defensive the witnesses were, both on the Republican (anti-immigrant) and Democrat (pro-immigrant) sides. I get that people have a point of view and an argument they’re trying to make, but when someone has a …

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Sep 24 2010

Hitchens briefly on the immorality of Christianity

Let’s say that the consensus is that our species, being the higher primates, Homo Sapiens, has been on the planet for at least 100,000 years, maybe more. Francis Collins says maybe 100,000. Richard Dawkins thinks maybe a quarter-of-a-million. I’ll take 100,000. In order to be a Christian, you have to believe that for 98,000 years, …

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Sep 21 2010

Google Voice Transcription

It’s actually pretty good, but it cannot cope with my mother’s accent. I don’t get a lot of messages, but the other ones I get are basically correct on the words with maybe weird punctuation. This is how it interprets my mom: Hi Ash, on Monday the bed in about 15 minutes. I was just …

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Sep 20 2010

Real America – Roy Zimmerman

I couldn’t find these lyrics online anywhere, and I really love them, so I just… did them. You should buy Roy Zimmerman’s album of the same name. There’s a place called Real America. I heard about it from a rich politician. It magically appears, Especially in election years. Life is good in Real America. It’s …

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Sep 20 2010

50 Book Challenge: 41-45

5 Books left! It is the end of week 37, and I have just finished book 45.  I feel like I should continue reviewing books I finish after the fifty, keep counting to see how many I finish, because 50 is now basically inevitable.  Maybe my challenge for next year will be to try to …

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Sep 19 2010

Richard Dawkins Welcomes Ratzinger

Joseph Ratzinger is an enemy of humanity. He’s an enemy of children, whose bodies he’s allowed to be raped and whose minds he’s encouraged to be infected with guilt. It’s embarrassingly clear that the church is less concerned with saving child bodies from rapists than with saving priestly souls from hell. And most concerned with …

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Sep 19 2010

The South and God

I had forgotten how religious this place is.  I can’t tell if people here are genuinely more into religion or if they just like to talk about it more.  I have had religiousish conversations with far too many people today.  I will say this though, none of them have been at all horrible to me …

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Sep 14 2010

Why do atheists always have to mock religion?

I was asked this question, sincerely, by a relatively new convert to fundie christianity who had been, throughout the evening, talking an awful lot about church and god and such.  I had gotten bored of that and, over the course of about 10 seconds, referred to the xtian god as an invisible friend, sky daddy, …

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Sep 12 2010

On being number 11

I’m working from my phone, just got to South Carolina, haven’t got internet, so forgive any wonky formatting. I just read a piece by Thomas L. Friedman about a “Newsweek” article that ranks the US as the eleventh best country to live. I wonder sometimes if the rest of the world gets bored of us …

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