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Megachurch shooting details December 10, 2007

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We’re seeing more details filtering out about the shooter at the two church sites in Colorado. Turns out Matthew Murray was a home schooled and deeply religious person.

We now know he was kicked out of Youth With a Mission, but why was he kicked out? I’ll be very interested to see that published.

All I can say is that I feel religion is a pox upon humanity. Isn’t it always the case the the ultra-religious are the ones who bounce off the wall and come back killing people?

It’s funny, I left a comment on a YouTube video about racism. Someone else mentioned hating because of religion but I’m going to take an argument that some religious have used against gay people and turn it back at them.

I don’t consider myself racist. I know that black people have darker skin because of genetic sequence changes due to environment.Or that Asians have different eyes because at one point there was a genetic advantage to not having the fold of skin.

But I reserve my scorn for religion and the religious. You choose a religion, or it’s chosen for you by your parents in the case of Catholicism. As such it deserves no respect from me.

In other words what I’m trying to say here is keep your religion to yourself, though I’d ultimately like to see the world freed from religious tyranny.

Corporate Fraud and Greed – End it Now! August 26, 2007

Posted by truthspew in atheism, broadband penetration, corporations, corruption, Error 10048, Grover Norquist, liberalism, neocons, people, politics, Progressive Politics, RIAA, Verizon.
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Rolling Stone has a very interesting article on the excesses of fraud and waste in the Iraq war.

What is happening to the United States is that corporations are looting the federal government. Grover Norquist eat your heart out, your fondest desire might actually be coming true but the consequences will be very bad for everyone. For corporations should never be in the business of providing government services. We’re seeing that push here in Rhode Island, our Republican governor who is also a Bush supporter wants to privatize just 1,000 state jobs. That’s the camel poking its nose into the tent.

How did corporations get so bold? It’s simple, under a fictional legal theory, little more than a comment inserted by a clerk who was paid by the Southern Pacific Railroad, corporations are under the mistaken notion that they have the same rights and privileges as a real person. They should have no such thing, for if they did not they wouldn’t be able to throw money to congress via PAC’s and other vehicles for corporate malfeasance like no bid contracts.

I interviewed with one firm mentioned in the article, Custer-Battles. First, I knew about the shell companies and had alarm bells ringing like crazy in my head. They had advertised the job as full time but when I had gotten to the car after the interview Battles calls and asks if I’d do contracting. I told him to kiss my ass. Turns out my alarm bells over Custer-Battles were correct but get this, even though they had a judgment against them, it was overturned by a Bush friendly jurist at the appellate level. How’s that for disgusting, I know they’re dirty, everyone knows but the courts that are supposed to protect us instead protect corporations that are defrauding the government and therefore the taxpayer for billions.

Consider the $544 Billion dollars spent in Iraq so far. Had we not gone there that $544 Billion might have helped victims of Katrina and maybe, just maybe, we could have a single payer health system in the United States.

I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it until it happens. We MUST change the 14th Amendment of the Constitution to specifically EXCLUDE corporations from the rights derived by that amendment.

How to do that is the conundrum. We cannot depend on our representatives since every single one of them has been bought and paid for many times over.

We’ve all seen how that works. We now have bankruptcy law that benefits the creditors rather than the debtors. We also have corporations like Verizon et al trying their damnedest to kill net neutrality, or the RIAA who won’t adapt to the times, instead they prefer to litigate their way through. Those are just three examples but I’m sure you can think of more, like maybe the oil and gas companies who reap obscene profits while we pay dearly at the pump. Just keep thinking about all the little ways corporations try to screw you and you should be getting very upset. Good, that’s precisely the kind of thing that moves our society forward.

We must lift ourselves into the fray and create a true opposition party that is funded by the people, and not by corporate interests. We have to start locally because constitutional amendments require ratification by the states, so start there and move onward. Howard Dean hit on this briefly when he had several million people chipping in $25 here and there to elect him as the Democratic President. It has to be grassroots and it will take time, I can only hope that it takes as short a time as possible to stop this craziness once and for all.

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Douglas Adams explains being an Atheist February 20, 2007

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Douglas Adams was brilliant. I’m so sad that he’s dead because he would have been a staunch defender of the rights of atheists.

And watch at 6:50 – it all became clear to him when he read, wait for it, Richard Dawkins’ “The Selfish Gene”. I only caught up to Dawkins recently, and when I read The God Delusion I was hooked.

It’s good to see atheism brought to the forefront. I find it interesting that being an atheist in England isn’t as big a deal as it is here in the United States. But I’m an out and proud atheist. And I work with other out and proud atheists, and even my doctor is an out and proud atheist.

So it is getting better for us in this country. But we all have to be open about who/what we are.

This is the video that prompted me to leave Google/YouTube/Blogger February 13, 2007

Posted by truthspew in atheism, Derren Brown, doctors, Islam, puritanical, radicalism, religion.
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I left not because I found the video offensive. I was rather delighted that someone pointed out that Islam is not the peaceful religion they purport it to be.

Yep, this is the video that caused YouTube(Google) management to remove all of Nick Gisburne’s videos and then delete his YouTube account.

I encourage everyone to at the very least move away from Blogger anyhow. WordPress is quite nice. I’m still getting used to it.

Take that you ID proponents January 31, 2007

Posted by truthspew in atheism, Derren Brown, doctors, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, ID, religion.
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Watch Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson rip apart intelligent design. I particularly like his description of our nether region, calling it putting a pleasure complex in the middle of a sewage treatment plant.

I always wondered how such a perfect deity could allow such imperfect beings to exist, particularly when those beings are supposedly created in the image of said deity. This would mean that the god of Christians, Jews and Muslims is an imperfect being. Then there’s the whole thing about the ‘others’ in the various versions of the Bible. Yes – who did Cain go off with hmm? Explain that one. While we’re at it, explain the various versions of that inerrant book, the Bible.

Tyson also brings up a good point with the frozen waterfall analogy. You have to take it in context, and that’s something that the Intelligent Design community consistently fails to do. You cannot have good without bad, and either your intelligent designer is completely infallible or the designer is fallible. Can’t be any combination in between.

Oh I could go on and on and on. Just sit back and watch.

Fox News Once Again in the Atheist Fray January 30, 2007

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This interview of Brian Flemming, creator of The Blasphemy Challenege on Fox is ludicrous. The host of the show ought to be brought out back and given at least 100 lashes of a wet noodle.

I knew that the sky fairy (aka God) was myth when I was a tender child of eight. Oh I was forced to go to church but that did no good, nor did twelve years of Catholic schools. I like to recommend that people send their kids to Catholic schools since if anything, they teach you how to think. If you can think, you immediately realize that religion is bullshit.

Here’s the Flemming interview:

And here’s my pronouncement:

Atheist Brigade on NPR December 17, 2006

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Oh my, this is good. All Things Considered has published the podcast of their show “Atheist Brigade Takes Arguments to the Tolerant”.

One of the initial quotes in the piece says that Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris wield logic like a bludgeon. A delightful way of saying that both are strident atheists.

Of course an earlier quote says that the new Atheist Brigade uses reason and ridicule, mostly ridicule. Of course religion is ridiculous, how can anyone not see that it is?

Look, belief in a sky fairy is ridiculous. It abdicates responsibility for self.