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Monthly Archive: September 2011

Sep 22 2011

The diagnosis is in

The court-required month-long psychiatric evaluation of Dennis Markuze is complete, and the diagnosis is “Bi-polar, compounded by alcohol and substance abuse”. He is now in a substance abuse rehab center, with another court date scheduled for 2 December. It sounds like he was a bigger mess than I expected. It’s a good thing he’s getting …

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Sep 22 2011

Boring old Lorem Ipsum

You’ve probably seen that placeholder text for websites in progress — piles of nonsense Latin that’s just there to represent sample text. Now there’s something better: the Samuel L. Ipsum generator. Next time you’re designing a website for a church or pre-school, use this program to build up some random text for your demonstration. (via …

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Sep 22 2011

Tanya Smith explains the world

It’s so confusing. As you may know, there was an amicable split between the imperialist American atheists and the rest of the world a while back: there is now an Atheist Alliance of America (AAA), and Atheist Alliance International (AAI) that gets the rest — it’s kind of like how the Treaty of Tordesilla divvied …

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Sep 22 2011

A weekend in Fargo

It’s not too late to sign up: Project 42 is this weekend in lovely downtown Fargo, North Dakota. I’ll be there, so will Michael Shermer and Richard Carrier and Richard Haynes. You might want to skip it if you’re a theist. There might be woodchippers around.

Sep 22 2011

More ugliness laid bare

I missed one example of ugliness in my last post. I already thoroughly detest Christianity, but if I didn’t, one way I’d learn to hate it would be by standing outside of Planned Parenthood and witness the faith on display in the horde of abortion clinic protestors. If we want to encourage more atheists, maybe …

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Sep 22 2011

This horror cannot be unseen

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield is very concerned: atheism has turned ugly, he says. Oh, no, I says, what atrocity have we perpetrated now? Have we been… raping children in our care? hunting for witches in Africa and setting them on fire? rioting over poorly-drawn caricatures of Madalyn Murray O’Hair? stoning women to death for adultery? telling …

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Sep 22 2011

Troy Davis, dead

The state of Georgia killed him. As I said before, I don’t care whether he was guilty or innocent, the death penalty is barbarous and irrevocable. There was no justice this evening, only vengeance.

Sep 22 2011

Episode CCLVI: America’s Best Christian explains prayer

At last, I understand. (Episode CCLV: Lack of affect.)

Sep 21 2011

Botanical Wednesday: Is it 4:00 yet?

I have no idea. I think my clock face is melting. (Also on Sb)

Sep 21 2011

The cool/lame quotient

That Anglican archbishop, Rowan Williams, is complaining about the atheists again. I’m not avoiding the point that the coolness of atheism is very much in evidence. The problem is it’s become a bit of a vicious circle. Atheism is cool, so books about atheism are cool. They get a high profile, and books that say …

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