Excuse Me, I’m Looking for 144 Million Idiots …

June 19, 2012

… oh … never mind. I found them.

In U.S., 46% Hold Creationist View of Human Origins

Remember folks, if you do not believe in evolution, you do not believe in modern medicine.

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Happy Father’s Day to Joe the Carpenter — From Jesus

June 17, 2012

This is almost as funny as The Onion … but from a completely different and unexpected source.

See: My Real Dad

Contraception: Preventing Deaths Since 1850 BCE

June 13, 2012

Apparently, there are now people making the utterly ludicrous claim that contraception kills.

See: ‘Contraception Kills’

I should note that I am specifically responding to this quote from the FFRF blog post, not the one about the pill and cancer:

Midway through the rally, a glassy-eyed man with an infant came up to me, held up the baby, and solemnly told me: “Contraception would have killed her.”

In some cases, people really do seem to think that not conceiving a child is the same as killing one. Somewhat humorously, they do not seem to make the same claim about abstinence in general, or more specifically about the priests and nuns who disobey God’s command to “be fruitful and multiply.” (Actually, this may be a mistaken translation. I believe the original quote was “be useful and multiplex.”)

However, pointing out hypocrisies like priests, nuns, and religious murderers who let their own children die rather than use modern medicine to treat obviously treatable conditions like diabetes will only be a sidebar to this discussion.

The real point will of this post is the obvious fact that every person ever born has died or will die. No one gets out alive. Therefore, 100% of all human deaths have as the root cause conception.

Contraception prevents death.

For the purposes of this post, I am going to assume that those who mistakenly claim that contraception rather than conception causes death are the same induhviduals who believe life begins at conception. It seems a fair assumption. So, for those folks, I would point out not only that about 80% of all fertilized eggs “die” without implanting in the womb, but all of the others die as well. Every fertilized egg is a death waiting to happen, some will merely take longer than others.

So, to you religiose wackos who believe that contraception kills, I say this. Contraception has been preventing deaths since 1850 BCE. Contraception is the only means humanity has ever found to prevent death. Fairy tales won’t do it. Prayer won’t do it. Contraception succeeds where prayer fails.

Prevent death. Get a vasectomy or tubal ligation today. Not ready to make a permanent commitment to preventing death? Try contraception. Many types are quite effective at staving off the grim reaper. Ask your doctor which method is right for you.

May The 4th Be With You 2012 — Star Wars in the Subway

May 4, 2012

Courtesy Improv Everywhere

My favorite touch is the Galactic Rebellion for Dummies book. The Improv Everywhere website above has some good photos and explanations around this bit of subway theater.

Thanks to Alida for the find.

Christ Speaks Out Against Republican Budget

May 4, 2012

Well, not actually Christ. But, some who actually read the bible are finding little or no support for the Republican budget created by Paul Ryan. They’re claiming that, while he claims to be a Christian, he is instead a follower of Ayn Rand, a renowned atheist. In fact, Ryan also claims to be a Randroid. So, how can one reconcile his Ayn Randian politics with his stated Christian beliefs? One can’t.

I, for one, am not a Christian. But, as was Jesus Christ, I am a liberal. So, just as Jesus Christ would be, I am appalled by Republican politics. Anyway, here’s a couple of good clips from the Colbert Report about the Ryan budget.

Colbert Report — Paul Ryan Budget, Pt. 1

Colbert Report — Paul Ryan Budget, Pt. 2 (Father Reese)

Bike to Work in Your SUV? — Unfortunately, Not Really Humor

May 3, 2012

SUV with built-in stationary bike: It’s like biking to work, except stupid as hell

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Waterboarding Noah

April 25, 2012

I was recently surprised. I had what I thought were two original thoughts about Noah’s Ark. I googled both and found that I was far from the first to think of either, of course. But, there is a sub-thought to my second thought that does appear to be somewhat original.

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What if God exists?

April 25, 2012

What would you say upon meeting God at your death? For me, I’d do my best to get in one good shot. Before I get zapped for all eternity, I want to at least try to give God, whichever god I come to first, a punch in the nose.

But, I doubt if I could say anything much better than what Adam Brown says in this video.

West Wing Bible Scene

February 21, 2012

Here’s a scene from the TV show ‘The West Wing’ explaining why the Bible should not be taken literally. I’ve also received nearly identical text via email. I believe the email came first.

(google break)

Yup, snopes confirms that the email came first. Still, it’s somewhat more powerful to see it in a video, even though some of the great text of the email was missed. Specifically, the bit about whether one in the U.S. may own a Canadian is missing.


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8 Animal Misconceptions

February 15, 2012

I love the somewhat misanthropic tone of this as well as the obvious corrections on these misconceptions.

2 things I’d add:

1. Lemmings often over breed in good years only to be followed by very successful predator breeding as they feast on the lemmings, making it appear that the lemmings died en masse and possibly creating the myth about them.

2. Dodos did not die because of their behavior but rather because of ours. We humans killed them all.

Pennsylvania’s Year of the Bible, Bring It On!!

February 1, 2012

I doubt I can do any better to express the atheist opinion of a state declaring this to be the year of the bible than Ernest Perce V has done here. So, I’ll mostly just let this post stand on its own. There’s nothing like actually reading the bible to steer people toward atheism, or at the very least, away from religion.

All Pennsylvania Atheists to Celebrate 2012 As the Year of the Bible

Science Flies You to the Moon

January 27, 2012

Science Flies You to the Moon

Courtesy Richard Dawkins: http://richarddawkins.net

To Breed Or Not To Breed, That Is The Question

December 23, 2011

When Population Connection posted this on their official Facebook page, they warned of strong language. If 4 shits and a fuck are too much for you, you’ve come to the wrong blog. The cursing is neither particularly offensive nor in high enough quantity to detract from the content, IMNSHO.

We Have Enough Humans, Thanks.

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Unfortunate Wording: Evacuation Drill

May 25, 2011

Two words I did not want to hear or read together: evacuation drill.

My office is having one today. One might hope that this will be some bizarre ritual where the entire building gets together for the exercise of creating a large dung midden. This would be a rather unpleasant exercise at best.

However, when I read the words evacuation drill my mind went immediately to power tools. I had thoughts of a device that was a cross between a colonoscopy and a roto-rooter. BOHICA! (Bend over, hear it comes again.)

There’s an image I didn’t need stuck in my … um … brain.

Can we go back to calling these things fire drills please?

Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and now Statistics about Lies

March 17, 2010

Well, some of these can easily be interpreted as statistics about lies.

Click for larger image.

Courtesy of xkcd.

Corporation for Congress

February 24, 2010

This video might be hilarious if it weren’t so likely to become reality.

Thanks Parid.

The Bible Is True …

February 9, 2010

I’ll just let this one stand on its own … until I start getting the inevitable wacko comments.

Thanks Tony.

Everybody Kills Hitler On Their First Trip

October 21, 2009

Here’s a humorous time travelers’ forum.

International Association of Time Travelers: Members’ Forum Subforum: Europe – Twentieth Century – Second World War

To be different, I intend to go back to about 70-80,000 years ago. The population of humans was then just 2-5,000 people. I intend to hunt them down and kill them, thus eliminating the source of a great percentage of the suffering in the world. See you later … or not.

[ed. note: Link fixed, 2/10/2013]

There’s a Rep for that …

October 20, 2009

(Readers who’ve come here from Dvorak will recognize this as a post from there by Eidard. Thanks Eidard!)

Genesis Explained Scientifically

October 19, 2009

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