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Monthly Archive: April 2012

Apr 30 2012

Neil DeGrasse Tyson posts a surprisingly disappointing video

Let me be clear here: I loves me some Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Whether he’s smacking down end-of-the-world predictions, or calling out James Cameron for putting the wrong sky in Titanic, or just letting Jon Stewart know that the latest private enterprise spacefaring scheme is no bullshit, the guy has a lot of charm, and has …

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Apr 24 2012

Because you just love it when we share our emails

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There’s a fine art to trolling, I am discovering. And when you’re an intensely devout evangelical type with a really awesome stack of scripture quotes and (what you don’t quite grasp are) fallacies that you can’t wait to unload on some pain-in-the-ass online atheists who think they’re so smart, it’s best if you first make …

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Apr 23 2012

Open thread on AETV #758

Dear people who have been writing in to explain that the “I worship the sun guy” was riffing on a George Carlin theme: Yes.  We know.  If we did not already know that, we would have gotten the message after the first three.  You can stop telling us about it now. Dear people who are …

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Apr 23 2012

The world experiences an infinitesimal decrease in bullshit

On the occasion of Chuck Colson’s death, I’d like to take one final opportunity to point out the online discussion I had with him before he died. I was too young for Watergate.  In fact, Richard Nixon resigned one month to the day before I was born.  Or as I like to think, Nixon saw …

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Apr 18 2012

[chant] Jess-i-CA! Jess-i-CA! Jess-i-CA! [/chant]

Plus she's presidentially adorable!

So there’s this thing called the Presidential Citizens Medal, and the White House is looking for nominees for this year “for exemplary deeds of service for their country or their fellow citizens.” I can think of someone.

Apr 17 2012

Is atheism easier for lifelong atheists?

I was very interested to read Greta Christina’s recent post, “Will Atheism Become Easier?”  Greta asks, And if we came to our atheism more or less on our own — if we came to the atheist community after we let go of God, not before — we had to re-invent the wheel. I certainly went …

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Apr 16 2012

Open thread on episode #757

Have at it. [Edit by Russell:] After the main show ended, Jeff said to me that this was one of the weirdest shows he’s ever done.  I can’t really disagree, and it’s pretty unusual that we wound up with so many calls in a row about Eastern religions.  I suppose it was kind of a …

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Apr 14 2012

Let’s Treat them Like a Country

The Vatican would like to be a religious concern when it wants to inflict its “moral teachings” on non-Catholics, control Cardinals and Bishops based on church teachings, and not pay taxes. On the other hand, the Vatican would like to be a country when the Pope is named in lawsuits or when they would like …

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Apr 12 2012

Sean Faircloth speaking at UT-Austin tonight

And click on me to buy Sean's book!

Just a quick reminder post, for us locals, about Sean Faircloth’s 7 PM talk tonight at UT relating to his activism and his new book Attack of the Theocrats. Info here. If you can’t make it, but want throw the SSA-UTA kids a buck or two to help them out with this or future events, …

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Apr 11 2012

I dont think they’re smiling

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So how was your day? This is what Jessica Ahlquist’s mailbox looked like today. Just to remind you all, here is the text of the prayer banner that was up in Jessica’s high school. Take note of the fifth sentence. Seems odd they’re so intensely defensive of a banner whose message they have no actual …

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