27 Feb 2009

Ad Absurdum

The blog of Bjorn and Jeannette, a freethinking couple in Saint Paul, MN.

Much of the blog is about the activities in Minnesota with links to the Minnesota Atheists, the largest and most active atheist organization in the state.



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Aces Full of Links

A blog written by Dr Momentum. Includes all sorts of stuff, like politics, economics, science and mathematics, some humour and random thoughts and comments from an atheist perspective.

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26 Feb 2009

20 gram Soul

Welcome to 20 gram Soul. Here we discuss issues relating to religion, science and spirituality through links, reviews, general ramblings and (with any luck) some intelligent discussion.

The name “20 gram Soul” refers to the experiments of Duncan MacDougal in 1907, where he “weighed the soul” by measuring the weight of people just before and after they died. His results determined the soul weighs approximately 21 grams. Since I’m still on a journey to further my own spiritual views, my soul is a little bit lacking, and by my powers of “guesstimation“, what I lack weighs exactly 1 gram.

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1 2 3 Religious Comics

This is the blog companion site to http://www.religiouscartoons.net which is a photo-album site available to everybody to upload religious cartoons. This blog will display some of those cartoons and go into more detail about what they mean.

It is the authors belief that although religion can sometimes perform valuable social and psychological services, all religions are based on absurd premises.

For instance, there being an afterlife is merely human wishful thinking. And even if there were an afterlife, how arrogant is it of us to think we have any idea what it would be like or whether or not there is any criteria or prerequisite to gain admittance.

And the ultimate audacity is to ask people to give their time, money, and children to a church that preaches to put “God first” or you will burn burn burn for all eternity.

Lets break this spell religion has over us.

Go to 1 2 3 Religious Comics.



A-Deistic

Let us be clear, we are atheists opposed not to mild-mannered deism or theism, but to the menace to logic, knowledge, and humanism that has been promoted by fundamentalists and the Religious Right.

Christian apologists repeatedly demonstrate that it is insurmountably difficult to develop a worldview free of philosophical tension when one begins and ends all thinking with an inculcated-a-priori assumption of the existence of supernatural agencies.

This blog, then, is an appeal for rational thinking.

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You Can't Make This Shit Up XII

CALLER: I hope you all are not playing politics with this. People in South Carolina are hurting. You know how unemployment rates are high right now and going up higher. We are running out of money in the unemployment bank — we need money for that, the people that need help. And I’m one of them, I can’t get no help. […]

SANFORD: Well I’d say hello to Charleston because its home and I’d say hello to this fellow this morning and say that my prayers are going to be with him and his family because it sounds like he is in an awfully tough spot.

That is Sanford’s plan. Prayer.


You Can't Make This Shit Up XII from (((Billy))) the Atheist


19 Feb 2009

Quotations

A random list of quotations that I found either interesting or amusing.

"I want the general public to know that science isn’t run the way they read about it in the newspapers and magazines. I want lay people to understand that they cannot automatically accept scientists’ pronouncements at face value, for too often they’re self-serving and misleading. I want our citizens, nonscientists as well as investigators, to work to change the way research is administered. The way it's currently funded and evaluated, we're learning more and more about less and less, and science is becoming our enemy instead of our friend." - Robert O. Becker, The Body Electric

"The size of the lie is a definite factor in causing it to be believed, for the vast masses of the nation are in the depths of their hearts more easily deceived than they are consciously and intentionally bad. The primitive simplicity of their minds renders them a more easy prey to a big lie than a small one, for they themselves often tell little lies but would be ashamed to tell a big one." - Hitler

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
- Margaret Mead, anthropologist

18 Feb 2009

Daily Atheist

The intentions with this blog is to provide Atheists with useful content from various sources. We can all ramble about religion in a blog, but I think our ramblings become better with more facts. And also, I need to be inspired to ramble so I'd rather just present the news! (I do ramble a lot on forums though!)

Well, I decided to gather all the good and important stuff I come across here as safekeeping for myself and for everyone else. What's important and not important is not always so easy to say, although I tend to like science and the occasional good argument. I also have a fetish for statistics.

Some articles fall outside of what consider most pressing to post here, and since Google reader has a real nice "share" button and a page where my shared items go, I have decided to use it when I see stuff I like. You can of course subscribe to it.

Being Norwegian, I occasionally come across good articles in Norwegian, Danish and Swedish so I've set up a Scandinavian blog too at Dagens Ateist.

Go to Daily Atheist.

17 Feb 2009

Daily Bite of Disbelief - A Guide to Christian Clichés and Phrases

This is one of the most popular posts at Unreasonable Faith. I copy here just a small sample from A Guide to Christian Clichés and Phrases. It's worth a read and there are lots of comments too.

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“Save sex for marriage.”

Translation: “If I can’t have consequence-free sex, neither can you.”
Acceptable Response: “I pledge myself! Give me a promise ring!”
Unacceptable Response: “So how did that work out for you?” Or, “Where exactly does the Bible say that?”


“God is in control.”

Translation: “I only believe this about overwhelming situations. The rest of the time, I believe things are up to us and I act that way.”
Acceptable Response: “Amen.” Sometimes followed by an anecdote about some unexplained or coincidental experience that you attribute to God.
Unacceptable Response: “If God’s in control, then relax and don’t do anything about it! In fact, you don’t have to do anything at all ever, right? But that’s not right, and people still have to do everything, so what does it mean for God to be in control and why does it matter?”


“Here’s my testimony…”

Translation: “I was a guilt-ridden sinner until I hit rock-bottom and then believed in Jesus and my sins were forgiven!”
Acceptable Response: “That’s a great story, how can I have my sins forgiven and go to heaven?”
Unacceptable Response: “The reason you’re telling your story is because it’s impossible for me to say you didn’t have that experience. Unfortunately, people have religious experiences all the time, and many of them have nothing to do with Jesus. Your story is nice, but it’s easier to fool yourself than you might think. You don’t know the truth about God and Jesus and the Bible through an emotional experience, but through evidence, and you’ll find that lacking.”


“Atheism is a religion.”

Translation: “Atheism is a religion because everyone believes there is a god, right?”
Acceptable Response: “They know there is a God and they reject him and hate him! They will burn in hell forever!”
Unacceptable Response: ”Calling ‘atheism’ a religion is like calling ‘bald’ a hair color.” (Don Hirschberg) Or, “If atheism is a religion, then not collecting stamps is a hobby.” (Mystyk)

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OK, you get the drift. Now go read the whole article at A Guide to Christian Clichés and Phrases.

12 Feb 2009

State of Protest

State of Protest is an online journal run by skeptics, atheists, and other alleged undesirables dedicated to the dissemination of pertinent rational activist information. We maintain the idea that information and critical thinking are key elements in making progress against the status quo of a religiously controlled and threatened society and world.

Go to State of Protest.

11 Feb 2009

Trufax - Leading Edge International Research Group

Contrary to popular social belief systems which portray reality, the nature of reality is quite different and more expansive. Reality is an infinite multi-nested complex of overlapping energies, intents and purposes, within which a "dance" of consciousness and spiritual being occurs. In fact "Life on Earth" is a miniscule "grain of sand on the beach" . The "reality" picture humans are fed in terms of commercial media is both synthetic and suppressive, for the population, the planet, and all incarnated Spirit interacting on it.

How did it get this way, anyway? We examine many things on this website, including how subjective social reality perspectives are programmed into a population through cultural paradigms, how these are constructed and how they can be seen through. We examine a lot of suppressed information, alternative reality viewpoints, and add in contemporaneous discussions on the objective aspects of how realities, both local and general, appear to be laid out, based on experience involving non-local movement of consciousness and being and other sources, for your general evaluation, so that you may relate it to your own experience or use it to further your own experience, in the search for Self and a more accurate picture of reality.

We examine historical events and timelines, people, places and most importantly ideas, for ideas and information are what will shift the current stage of activity from one of conflict and polarity, to one of balance. This planet is the way it is at any one time, and because it is the way it is, we are all here to experience and learn "what not to do and how not to live", as well as personal objectives on a more expansive Spiritual basis.

Notice that most of the material on the internet, the libraries and all 'educational systems', ALL new age paradigms, governments, politics, focus on alien races, channeling, new age information, 'the light' bullshit and virtually everything else on this planet represents a fixation grounded in fear, polarities, and distractions that are intended to divert your attention from the real pursuit of the big questions in life: who you are, where you came from, why you're here, why what's going on is going on and what's next. Most of the internet, from an advanced perspective, is absolute bullshit.

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Trufax is one of the strangest websites I have ever come across. Once upon a time they had a lot of material on there but slowly a lot of it, and certainly much new material, is to be paid for by buying their publications. Having said that, there is still a lot on psychological manipulation and electromagnetic and biological weapons.


8 Feb 2009

BlackListed News

BlackListed News is an independent news media bulletin board. Our mission is to provide our readers daily world news, information and analysis that is not given the media exposure it often deserves.

The articles published on BlackListedNews.com cover a BROAD RANGE of topics, with a primary focus on politics, human rights, economic, democratic, scientific, and social justice issues. We post news and information from many different perspectives and independent media sources; although, the majority of our articles originate, or are directly derived from mainstream media news services.

Of course we do not necessarily agree with, or endorse, everything on our web page. We often publish articles we specifically disagree with. We trust and respect our readers ability to form his or her own opinion.

We hope that BlackListedNews.com is a helpful resource for researchers, bloggers, concerned citizens and philanthropists alike.


American Free Press

The MEDIA IS THE ENEMY

Find out why maverick, independent grass-roots media voices such as American Free Press have declared all-out war on the elite-controlled Big Media Monopoly in America and around the globe . . .

In the old Soviet Union, the government controlled the media. Not a word of substance could be published without prior approval from the Bolshevik commissars. Today, in the United States, the situation is starkly similar. But most Americans don’t even know it.

In the United States today, it is a select handful of super-rich families and tightly-knit financial interests—a plutocratic elite—who own the Big Media and who control the government through their ownership of that media. . . .

Every single one of the major media outlets is controlled by this powerful interlocking combine.

ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune—even such “regional” giants as The New Orleans Times-Picayune, The Miami Herald, The San Diego Herald-Tribune. . . . The list goes on and on.

And these media powerhouses control dozens—actually thousands—of other daily and weekly newspapers, magazines, and radio and television outlets across America (and around the globe).

PLUS: Did you know that every single supermarket tabloid is owned by just one, super-rich Wall Street banker?

To consolidate their influence, the Masters of the Media and their international corporate allies reward obedient journalists with membership in the Council on Foreign Relations or the Trilateral Com mission where they rub shoulders with others in the international policy-making networks. A handful get promoted to the higher ranks of the secret Bilderberg Group.

The so-called “mainstream” media is very much a “closed shop” and only those willing to do the bidding of the global power elite need apply. Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather and Peter Jennings and other puppets are just the public faces that the American people see.

Behind the scenes are the shadowy owners and corporate power brokers who dictate what you will (or will not) see in your daily newspaper or on the evening news.
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As we said: THE MEDIA IS THE ENEMY.

And that’s why American Free Press is right here on Capitol Hill taking up the challenge against this enemy. We’re in the forefront of the battle to reclaim America.

But American Free Press couldn’t exist without the support of its readers. That’s what makes this populist newspaper unique.

Aftermath News

“Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.”

- Seneca the Younger

“There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.”

- Henry David Thoreau.

News for independent thinkers in the “Post 9/11″ era

If you are too scared, too dumb or too corrupt to think for yourself, then this blog is not for you. If you are a sheep or a sheepherder, a victim or a persecutor, a prey or a predator, you will probably hate this blog because I challenge you to question your own cherished beliefs, think about what you are doing and how you are existing. I challenge you to stand up and be a real human being instead of a dumb animal, predator or prey. If you are truly an individual who is not the slave of any religion, cult, government or political party, and who understands the value of rational independent thought, then it might just interest you.

This site is a catalogue of evil in high places, and a guide to how that evil trickles down to infect the general population. Unfortunately, I do not have enough hours in the day or days in the week to sit here and share it all with you. The evil done by the elite aristocracy is so massive, so all-encompassing and so unfathomable to the averge person, that it is impossible to come anywhere close to describing just how diabolical these psychopaths really are.

We are all born into an essentially Masonic New World Order matrix that uses social-engineering which results in social-degeneration with most living in delusion, out of contact with reality. The latest phase of this New World Order system is moving us into the fulfillment of “predictive programming” presented in sci-fi horror books and films of the past. It is the enslavement of the human mind despite the warnings of George Orwell’s 1984. It is a time where most people are subject to mental or physical slavery to some degree, under the domination of the Illuminati.

These masters of manipulation rule with such pervasive influence that the majority of people do not even know they exist. Even though prominent historical figures like Carroll Quigley, Woodrow Wilson and Benjamin Disraeli have openly admitted they exist and that they have a secret agenda which they never openly share with the public, many people seem to think they are nothing more than a “conspiracy theory”. And that, of course, is by design. They are supposed to think that way and so they follow along like sheep headlong to their own slaughter.

The Illuminati have destroyed man’s ability to think for himself and question what is going on. They have accomplished this through the use of terror, psychological operations, media propaganda, manufactured wars, legal and illegal drugs, television, music, “education”, religion, masonic ritual initiation and other methods of mass mind-control.

This phase of history is known as “Aftermath”, the fifth and final stage in Adam Weishaupt’s scheme of total revolution, the deliberate building up and destroying of society that would condition humans to willingly submit to a ruthless and cunning elite. Aldous Huxley referred to it as learning to enjoy your servitude. Hitler said that man could be indoctrinated and conditioned into seeing hell as a paradise.

Zbigniew Brzezinski, protegé of David Rockefeller, CFR member, founding member of the Trilateral Commission, and National Security Advisor to five presidents puts it this way in his book “Between Two Ages” written in 1971:

“The technotronic era involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society. Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values…”

The purpose of Aftermath News is primarily to educate people as an antidote to the massive whitewashing and brainwashing provided by mainstream media whose primary function is to put people to sleep.

I urgently encourage you, the reader, to open your mind, to step out out of your programming and conditioning. Let go of the Left/Right paradigm and try harder to see the big picture of Reality. You can only achieve this by realizing that you are an individual human being with your own mind, able to think your own original thoughts.

Ideally, an informed public can come together to find ways to stop all the madness and chaos before it gets completely beyond our control. Informed people are empowered to both stand up to abuse and to pro-actively work for positive outcomes. We must not give in to fear, cynicism or fatalism and we must not give up hope for a better future. Study the New World Order. Pick your battles and act constructively with a positive mindset. This is the basic spirit behind Aftermath News.

This blog is authored by Paul Walker.


6 Feb 2009

Why Won't God Heal Amputees?

WhyWontGodHealAmputees.com is a web site that explores the existence of God. This blog accompanies the site and explores God and religion in our world today. For more information:

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