Saturday, July 28, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
I Are Serious Cat
Your Score: Serious Cat
37% Affectionate, 48% Excitable, 55% Hungry
Hungry for knowledge in any internet forum, you demand decorum. Any off-topic remarks, absurd statements, or tomfoolery on the interweb is deeply frowned upon by you. Truth has no room for drollery.
|Link: The Which Lolcat Are You? Test|
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Libertarianism in a Nutshell
If a liberal sees a starving child, they want to give them some food. If a conservative sees a starving child, they want to give them a Bible. And if a libertarian sees a starving child, they want to build a privacy fence so they don't have to look at that shit anymore.
The rest of it is well worth reading, as well.
(Help! Help! How did I get in this nutshell? This is a huge nutshell!)
Friday, July 20, 2007
Short Anwers to Hemant's Questions
Why do you not believe in God?
I see no evidence or need for such a being to exist. Reality is better explained by leaving such a being out.
Where do your morals come from?
Selfishness and empathy - that guy is getting mugged. How would I want others to react if it were me being mugged? Etc.
What is the meaning of life?
I create my own meaning for my own life. I’m personally fond of the goal “have grandchildren” - the idea that I can propagate beings similar to me into the future is cool. But there are other meanings for my life, too.
Should atheists be trying to convince others to stop believing in God?
Yes - religion isn’t the only cause of society’s problems, but it’s one of the major stumbling blocks.
Weren’t some of the worst atrocities in the 20th century committed by atheists?
Sure, but Stalin didn’t commit his deeds for Godlessness.
Why does the universe exist?
Who knows? Certainly not the priests. That it exists at all is good enough for me at this point.
How did life originate?
self-replicating chemicals came to be billions of years ago, and then through descent with modification, became complex organisms.
What’s so bad about religious moderates?
When the chips are down, they side with the fundies every time.
Is there anything redeeming about religion?
The music can be beautiful, and community has its advantages. I’d rather not tie up community with obeisance to fanciful myths, though.
What if you’re wrong about God (and He does exist)?
If the Christian god does exist, I still wouldn’t worship him. He’s a monstrous sociopath. (I pick on Yahweh here because I'm most familiar with him. Don't get the idea that other gods are much better.)
Shouldn’t all religious beliefs be respected?
No. I’ll tolerate you having silly superstitions, but I’m still going to snicker at you for having them. Likewise, you can snicker at me for being a nerd, if you like. Or for not liking sports. Or not believing in gods.
How do you deal with the historical Jesus if you don’t believe in his divinity?
If Jesus was a person and not an amalgamation of wandering messiahs and ancient myths, then he had some good ideas mixed in with some crazy ones.
What happens when we die?
Our bodies decompose, and our loved ones carry their memories of us with them into the future.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Friday, July 13, 2007
Friday Grog Blogging: Rogue Dead Guy Ale
Dead Guy Ale's a golden, murky amber. Rogue says it's a German-style Maibock, but it's different from other maibock's I've had. A hint of sweet aftertaste. A little hoppy, but good to swish around your mouth.
I'd say it was a Charlie beer, but I've been doing that a lot lately. I have to say it's a Mike.
Five and 7/8 out of eight pints.
Labels: Grog Blogging
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Pope Says: Non-Catholic=Non-Christian
A 16-page document, prepared by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which Pope Benedict used to head, described Christian Orthodox churches as true churches, but suffering from a "wound" since they do not recognize the primacy of the Pope.
But the document said the "wound is still more profound" in the Protestant denominations -- a view likely to further complicate relations with Protestants.
"Despite the fact that this teaching has created no little distress ... it is nevertheless difficult to see how the title of 'Church' could possibly be attributed to them,"
Oh, fine, Ratzi. Go ahead and start a few more holy wars. You're already the worst Pope since JPII, behind even The Space Pope, and he's completely fictional.
Jesus in a toaster.