Monday, December 14, 2009

More "Religious Left" propaganda:

The selling idea behind right wing talk shows is mainly gossip & innuendo, but it creates a hormonal response that passes for opinion, & a sense of righteousness that seems like morality. it's cultural manipulation for political ends. In an ideal society, everyone agrees on an action or it doesn't get done. This moral propaganda coordinates agreement. Like Moses on the mount, Top Down brings rules to keep people in line.

A plagiarized gift to theists from Richard Feynman, Carl Sagan, S. James Gates, and Freeman Dyson: Science, human knowledge and the unknown The Fine Art of Not Knowing ( The quotes by these scientists are taken out of context and possibly w/o their permission. Ave Maria playing in the background w/ clips of astronomical wonders, make a different statement than intended. (Who made this movie?) The fact that stuff is unknown doesn't suggest (much less prove) a coherent god, without additional instruction that define it as such. Those instructions are problematic.

There are no "blessed wars". Yet virtually all evangelical, conservative and many mainstream church leaders were active supporters of the Bush wars. This isn't a coincidence though, It has been an intentional program by some republican congressmen since the Reagan administration.

NY Times Book Review: The Evolution of God It's confusing when religious people use science to describe social-religious interactions, they should leave that stuff to the opinions of boffins and bloggers.

Sumerians Look On In Confusion As Christian God Creates World (The Onion)

Marcus Aurelius speaking on god(s)

A nations overall belief in god is inversely proportional to that nations average intelligence

The Flat Earth Society is "real"! (allvoices)

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Joe lived offshore in Sausalito for a few years on north San Francisco Bay (locally called Richardsons Bay). The offshore people there are an elite society of sociopaths. During winter storms, the offshore people get together for company in one of the houseboats while everything is rolling & pitching in the waves. Since not much can be accomplished under those conditions, a distraction is called for. To pass time during the storm, they smoke weed and drink Southern Comfort till the waves become irrelevant. Everyone sits on the floor below deck for safety, so they won't pitch overboard, or have far to fall if they loose balance. You can just feel the status while the room spins. It feels like being cold, numb, tossed and disoriented, while listening to idiots laugh and hurl. Oh heck yeah!

There was a story about a previous storm party that came unmoored. In their condition, nobody on board noticed as their boat blew out w/ the tide, into the shipping channel, out under the Golden Gate, and into the wide Pacific. The first anybody knew about it was when a Coast Guard seaman came down the hatchway, saw everybody blasted & said "... you guys ok?". Then put them all under arrest for drugs, reckless endangerment, and creating a hazard to shipping. It could have ended worse I suppose, but if they'd survived, their status would have probably been astronomical. At least among themselves.

For membership security, the true believer must say and do things that define the group. Shows of "enhanced" ideology often gain status, like having a bruise on ones forehead from diligent prayer, whacking a rival gang member, or being the most reckless fool on the ship. Most people will do desperately stupid things in order to belong. Belonging trades responsibility for group security.

Testosterone increases sensitivity to political "status", not aggression. (Eurekalert)

Study: Believers inferences about Gods Beliefs are uniquely egocentric (
and If you want to know the mind of God – look in the mirror. same study (
Probable source of The New Atheism (
Give some money to The Secular Coalition for America
Another glossy brochure to hand out on the street, or door to door. Remember: be sure to dress well & don't go naked smelling like brimstone.
And now: "BRAIN WAVES!" (Science Daily)

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

I've been breathing easier since the Religious Right scaled back its plan for world domination, but now I'm feeling insecure again. I just watched a CD by PBS on The National Parks by Ken Burns, and noticed most of the theme music is 'ol timy baptist hymns played stringband, and a recurring topic is something like "communing with nature is talking to god" w/ a bunch of quotes by John Muir and some left sounding intellectual talking heads. In other words: Subliminal propaganda, but targeting a new demographic. It looks like the (old) new-age left w/ dope & native americans, but now w/ implied govt backing. Could this be the beginnings of "The Religious Left"? I have to admit the only part about church I ever (sometimes) liked was singing. Now that, and my other weakness, wilderness, are being used to place me in some kind of politically exploitable demographic. So I'm just being paranoid right?

God associated with real estate is a problem. It's true that the national parks have some beautiful places, but my friend Joe avoids them because the tourists are cattle & rangers are cowboys who carry tasers as well as pistols, Mace, and assault rifles. Sacred land is probably more dangerous than private land because nobody is accountable, just look'it Israel.

Immorality causes disasters says minister (BBC)
Priest admits abusing 100 children (Video CNN)
Even more UNSPEAKABLE SCANDAL (Connecticut Post)
In the eyes of many, the reputation of the Catholic church is destroyed beyond repair. (Timesonline)
The Religious Wars (NY Times)
Why do Atheists care about religion? (scienceblogs)
Agressive Atheism (video)

While I would definitely be the last to berate G Bush for eternity, (or even longer) ...

My new favorite Canadian comic strip as of Wed. Nov 11 9:07 PM

A traditional god is part of the human experience
The Crocoduck controversy