Saturday, January 02, 2010
i just happened by chance to come across it here
i'm not knocking religions (here and now that is), i'm knocking you making 'blasphemy' a CRIME. holy shite (so to speak), wake up and smell the
communion personal choice
Irish atheists challenge new blasphemy lawsSecular campaigners publish series of anti-religious quotes and say they will challenge law if charged with blasphemy
Secular campaigners in the Irish Republic defied a strict new blasphemy law which came into force today by publishing a series of anti-religious quotations online and promising to fight the legislation in court.
The new law, which was passed in July, means that blasphemy in Ireland is now a crime punishable with a fine of up to €25,000 (£22,000).
It defines blasphemy as "publishing or uttering matter that is grossly abusive or insulting in relation to matters sacred by any religion, thereby intentionally causing outrage among a substantial number of adherents of that religion, with some defences permitted".
The justice minister, Dermot Ahern, said that the law was necessary because while immigration had brought a growing diversity of religious faiths, the 1936 constitution extended the protection of belief only to Christians.....................
Richard Dawkins: "The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully."
Björk: "The Buddhists say we come back as animals and they refer to them as lesser beings. Well, animals aren't lesser beings, they're just like us. So I say fuck the Buddhists."
Frank Zappa: "To hang all this desperate sociology on the idea of The Cloud Guy who has The Big Book, who knows if you've been bad or good – and cares about any of it – is the chimpanzee part of the brain working."
CNN’s Sanchez launches surprise attack on senator in sex-and-favors scandal
When Sen. John Ensign, Republican of Nevada, went on CNN Thursday to talk to host Rick Sanchez, the scandal-plagued politician thought he was going to have airtime to launch attacks against the Obama administration over the Flight 253 security breach. Instead, the Nevada politician found himself facing tough questions about allegations he helped secure a job for an aide with whose wife he was sleeping.
In June, Ensign admitted having an affair with the wife of Doug Hampton, an aide in his Capitol Hill office. Until that point, Ensign had been considered a contender for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. Allegations then emerged that Ensign may have violated ethics rules by paying $96,000 to Hampton and helping to arrange a job for his aide that involved lobbying efforts...........
Friday, January 01, 2010
(these are a couple i've downloaded and play all of the time. i'm NOT including the spelling or word games which i play MORE of)
p.s. i have few if any issues with what ms laurel is saying by the way.
(itouch ones): doodle jump
(when i saw this dude got 100,000 i was impressed. then i saw he got over a MILLION. dang, i'm NO WHERE near that)
edge by mobigame (due to legal action by a giant gatsu piedi, i don't think edge is available for the time being. if it becomes available again GET IT. not only is it lovely to look at, it's challenging and fun AND frustrating)
spider, the secret of bryce manor
hi how are you
i don't have it BUT i sure do have a hankerin' to play (are you sitting down???) l4d
In this video, Brenda Laurel discusses her successful computer game for girls. Detailing extensive research on what girls want, Laurel then shows us a some interviews with girls and a bit of the resulting video game, Rocket, which seems to focus heavily on navigating complicated high school relationships. Laurel says that all critics love her game except the “male gamer who thinks he knows what games ought to be” and “a certain flavor of feminists who thinks they know what little girls ought to be.”........
of the tasmanian kind that is.
i became aware of this disease a while ago watching growing up marsupial on animal planet.
Scientists find details of tumors killing off Tasmanian devils
The facial cancer devastating the species is a nerve tumor that escaped its original host, and is passed from one devil to another through bites. Researchers hope the discovery will lead to a vaccine.
The facial cancers that are devastating populations of Tasmanian devils in Australia are a nerve tumor that escaped its original host and became a parasite of the cultural icon, passing from one devil to the next by bites when the animals are fighting or mating, researchers reported Thursday.
A genetic analysis of tumors from Tasmanian devils widely separated geographically shows that all the tumors are virtually identical and distinct from the animals' own genomes, researchers in the United States and Australia reported in the journal Science. The tumors probably arose from Schwann cells, which normally play a role in protecting and cushioning nerves.
The analysis provides clues to a way to diagnose the disease early and represents a major step toward the development of a vaccine that could protect the remaining animals in the wild, said biologist Elizabeth P. Murchison of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., and the Australian National University in Canberra, lead author of the paper...........
pic: This Tasmanian devil, photographed at Healesville Sanctuary, is part of the Save the Devil program that has been established to help protect Australia's Tasmanian devils which are at risk of extinction from devil facial tumor disease. (Cameron Wells, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute)
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Rev. Rick Warren may have gotten top votes from many directions as religion newsmaker of the year (not me: I picked President Obama) but that hasn't translated to mega-bucks for his home megachurch.
Now, Warren put out an "urgent" plea to the nation's sixth largest congregation, Saddleback in Lake Forest, south of Los Angeles, for nearly $1 million -- by Jan.1, no less -- to support and continue a banner year of ministry efforts from Southern California to Africa..........
that all said, i also found this entry on frank schaeffer's blog please read it in it's entirety (click the link below)
it's an amazing piece (in my most humble opinion)
By Frank Schaeffer
Nothing illustrates the danger we face from our own Taliban better than the way American "Christians" are now tangled up with the homophobic—now potentially gay murdering – Ugandan Christian/political leadership.
The Ugandan Parliament is considering a bill that would impose the death penalty on gays. One American must be cheering from the grave. Here’s what the late R.J. Rushdoony, Reconstructionist theologian and founder of the modern movement of that name, wrote in a letter to gay rights activist Mel White: “God in His law requires the death penalty for homosexuals.”
Disclosure: Both Mel White and Rushdoony were friends of mine, back in the day I was a Religious Right leader and sidekick to my father – the late Francis Schaeffer – who is “credited” by many, including by Karen Armstrong and Max Blumenthal – with being a key father of the Religious Right… along with RJ Rushdoony. I quit the movement over its hate for the “other” and got out by the late 80s and started writing novels like Portofino, aimed at the heart of the movement through humor at fundamentalist’s expense.............
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Rattling the Cage: A taboo question for IsraelisBy LARRY DERFNER
There's a question we Israelis won't ask ourselves about the Palestinians, especially not about Gaza. The question is taboo. Not only won't anyone ask it out loud, but very, very few people will dare ask it in the privacy of their own minds.
However, I think it's time we start asking it, privately and in public. If we don't, I think there's going to be Operation Cast Lead II, then Operation Cast Lead III, and each one is going to be worse than the last, and the consequences for Palestinians and Israelis are going to be unimaginable.
The question we have to ask ourselves is this: If anybody treated us like we're treating the people in Gaza, what would we do?...........
i sure knew about barry goldberg though. i'm a giant bloomfield and kooper fan
looks like the album has just been re-released (with the original vocal tracks which ended up being re-recorded much to the dismay of mr goldberg)
A Secret Masterpiece: The Only Album "Bob Dylan" Ever Produced
By Michael Simmons, CounterPunch.
Thomas Wolfe said you can't go home again. Was he right?
One of the quiet gems of 2009 was an album originally produced by Bob Dylan in 1973. Other than his work under the pseudonymous Jack Frost, it's the only album Dylan ever produced. It's not, however, a Dylan record, it's a Barry Goldberg record. Even if you've never heard of Barry Goldberg, you've heard Barry Goldberg. Keyboardist/songwriter/producer, he wrote a #1 hit ("I've Got To Use My Imagination" by Gladys Knight & The Pips) and played on another ("Devil With A Blue Dress" by Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels). As part of the Chicago blues mafia of the 1960s, he ran with the late string king Mike Bloomfield. They co-founded Electric Flag (with Buddy Miles, among others), and Barry later played on the proto-jam Super Session with Mike and Al Kooper and another Bloomers collab, infamously titled Two Jew's Blues. And then there were the Phil Spector productions from Leonard Cohen to the Ramones.
The cat's been around, he's still playing, he's still cookin'. ........
my two cents: i loved the movie. it's NOT the best movie the coen's made though. i also think people tend to see things that aren't there and aren't meant to be there. they tend to OVER ANALYZE. the dude is the dude. no more. no less
Dissertations on His Dudeness
By DWIGHT GARNER
Joel and Ethan Coen’s 1998 movie, “The Big Lebowski,” which stars Jeff Bridges as a beatific, pot-smoking, bowling-obsessed slacker known as the Dude, snuck up on the English-speaking world during the ’00s: it became, stealthily, the decade’s most venerated cult film. It’s got that elusive and addictive quality that a great midnight movie has to have: it blissfully widens and expands in your mind upon repeat viewings. “The Big Lebowski” has spawned its own shaggy, fervid world: drinking games, Halloween costumes, bumper stickers (“This aggression will not stand, man”) and a drunken annual festival that took root in Louisville, Ky., and has spread to other cities. The movie is also the subject of an expanding shelf of books, including “The Dude Abides: The Gospel According to the Coen Brothers” and the forthcoming “The Tao of the Dude.”.......
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
the following is one of the MANY reasons i love boing boing
Demi Moore's lawyers threaten Boing Boing over photo analysis blog post
(Click for large size. Image above: two versions of a "W Magazine" cover featuring Demi Moore, one for the US edition, and one for the Korean edition. Note the apparent difference in the area around the hip.)
Lawyers representing Demi Moore sent a threatening letter to Boing Boing over the holidays which demanded that we remove a post I published in November, or face legal consequences. In the referenced Boing Boing post, I published photographer Anthony Citrano's speculation that a recent W Magazine cover image of the actress may have been crudely manipulated by magazine staff to alter her hip, and appear thinner...............
Posted on: December 28, 2009 9:16 AM, by Ed Brayton
This could easily also be a dumbass quote of the day, but since I already have several of those saved up we'll give it its own title. From a post by Mike Potemra at National Review Online:
Coincidentally, I have over the past couple of months been watching DVDs of Star Trek: The Next Generation, a show I missed completely in its run of 1987 to 1994; and I confess myself amazed that so many conservatives are fond of it. Its messages are unabashedly liberal ones of the early post-Cold War era - peace, tolerance, due process, progress (as opposed to skepticism about human perfectibility)..........
and from geekologie we coincidentally get THIS: (which is NSFW by the way)
GOP candidate runs ad citing ‘rumors’ opponent is gay
By Daniel Tencer
California county GOP launches campaign to out 'liberals posing as Republicans'
In a sign that the 2010 primary season is beginning to heat up, and is likely to get ugly, a Republican candidate for the Senate has "accused" a rival Republican of being a closeted homosexual.
Andy Martin, a journalist from Illinois with a long history of controversial anti-Semitic remarks and the man credited with starting the rumor that Barack Obama is a Muslim, released an ad Monday in which he cited "rumors" that Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL) is gay...............
and as if that wasn't bad enough
But Martin's history of controversial comments goes back much further than last year's presidential campaign. In 1996, his run for a Florida State Senate seat ended in failure when it emerged he had named the committee for a 1986 congressional campaign "The Anthony R. Martin-Trigona Congressional Campaign to Exterminate Jew Power in America."
And the New York Times reports that, in a 1983 bankruptcy case, Martin called the judge “a crooked, slimy Jew who has a history of lying and thieving common to members of his race.”.............
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it's important for us to know what's happening in iran. it's important for us to know THEY WANT THEIR FREEDOM just as much as we want ours
Video of protesters stopping Iran hanging hits Internet
Sunday, December 27, 2009
the ENTIRE crew of flight 253
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
The passenger who tackled a suspected terrorist on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 said Saturday that he’s “happy” to be alive.
Jasper Schuringa, a video director and producer from Amsterdam, told CNN how he helped the cabin crew to subdue Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the 23-year-old who reportedly ignited a small explosive device on board the plane Friday as it prepared to land in Detroit.
Schuringa said he heard a sound that reminded him of a firecracker and someone yelling, “Fire! .......Fire!”