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Monthly Archive: January 2009

Jan 15 2009

This weekend on the show: End times theology for kids!

This Sunday afternoon, tune in to “The Atheist Experience,” where Tracie and I will be joined by a guest. Charity is an 18 year old ex-believer who will be discussing the series “Left Behind: the Kids” and other wacky end times beliefs. Update: Since I leaned heavily on the Slacktivist blog to get us through …

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Jan 15 2009

Apologists do not make good sci fi authors

Last weekend on “The Non-Prophets,” Matt read part of a a right wing Christian screed entitled “Letter from 2012 in Obama‚Äôs America.” At the time, I remember being much more interested in picking apart the literary shortcomings of the letter than worrying about the specific paranoid delusions of the author. For instance, the entire first …

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Jan 14 2009

Off-topic, but…

Damn! Danger Man and The Prisoner are two of my favorite classic TV shows. The Prisoner, especially, was a surreal odyssey that managed to be some of the most socially relevant television, then as now: an allegory about maintaining one’s individuality and integrity in a world determined to buy you, own you, corrupt you, sell …

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Jan 12 2009

More confusion about that darn church-and-state thing

Here’s an AP article talking about the existence of some of the new Washington dollar coins that managed to go into circulation without the “In God We Trust” motto stamped into the edge. These godless coins, legal tender all the way, are reportedly fetching around $50 apiece from collectors. In a display of the kind …

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Jan 12 2009

No, we aren’t Pharyngula…

…but here’s a poll worth crashing.

Jan 12 2009

A bit of artistic justice

Lurking on some of my usual movie sites today, I noticed a fun fact that has gone unnoticed by the godless blogosphere. I still haven’t seen Bill Maher’s Religulous; I understand the ACA had a little group movie night when it opened here, which I missed due to being out of town. No one saw …

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Jan 08 2009

On the same page: another atheist criticizes the FFRF

Just tripped over this editorial by atheist David Gleeson over at the Denver Post, where he lambastes the FFRF’s Christmas sign for most of the same reasons I did. Some good points here. My wife’s mind is not enslaved when she lights the Hanukkah candles and sings the blessings that have been handed down to …

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Jan 06 2009

If you’re looking for TalkOrigins.org…

…it seems to be down, though there is a mirror site at toarchive.org. The Talk Origins Archive has frequently (and not surprisingly) been the target of creationist malice over the years. It’s faced numerous DDOS attacks; someone hacked it and placed some code on it forwarding visitors to a pornographic site, which got TO delisted …

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Jan 06 2009

Interview in “MediaShift”

I was recently interviewed by a group that is loosely affiliated with PBS. The resulting online article is called Public-Access TV Fights for Relevance in the YouTube Age. A couple of other Access personalities and I discussed the difference between live TV and a pure internet show. There are a couple of quotes in there …

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Jan 04 2009

Oh, I just had to send off for one of these!

“Is America Going Under?” asks the hand-wringing wackaloons over at the Christian Worldview Network. Well, yes, guys, it has been. But remember who’s been in charge the past eight years: an extremist, Christian fundamentalist gang of right-wing thugs who view the Constitution as a list of bothersome technicalities to be skirted around, who honestly think …

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