Sunday, September 30, 2012

Sweet Jesus! Joe Scarborough

On MSNBC's Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough reacts to a clip of Mitt Romney by covering his face and saying "Sweet Jesus."

Romney, Ryan!

Romney is a Horrible Politician!

September 26, 2012

Sukkot as a Festival of Peace and Security

Yom Kippur is now behind us and the next holiday is just around the corner, the festival of Sukkot. Sukkot is known as "Z'man Sim'chah'tay'nu," the time of our rejoicing. In ancient times when there was a sacificial rite in the Temple they brought 70 booths or 7 days. Why 70? According to Biblical calculations, there were 70 nations. What is interesting is that it is not until the 8th day, when we observe the holiday of Shemini Atzeret, was a sacrifice really brought for the Jews themselves. For the first 7 days, the Sukkot holiday is dedicated to the benefit of the nations of the world. God should shower them with blessing. God should give them water for their crops and bless them.

That same theme is also seen in the structure of the sukkah itself. Its generally built with four walls, like a house. It can have as few as 2 1/2 walls, but they must be able to withstand the elements like winds. The roof is made out of schach, piece of wood, tree limbs, etc. The sun can still come in while shade is still somewhat provided. While the walls protect us, the roof is open. So even as we take care of ourselves we are still looking up at the sun, stars, light and nations of the world. Even when you take the four species, the lulov and etrog, when we shake them we shake them all around us. Again, toward all the nations of the world. What we want to bring to the nations of the world is a message of peace and security. The message of Sukkot. This is very true today as we see what is happening at the UN and in Iran. We need to pray for the benefit of the nations of the world, that we can all live in peace and security. May this festival of joy be a festival for all the nations of the world and may we soon see peace prevail throughout the world.


This is post number 1300 in 2012


Should science be the death of faith?

Michael Nugent debating at Trinity College Dublin Historical Society on Wednesday 26 Sep 2012 on the motion that This house hopes that science will be the death of faith.

Michael Nugent debates at TCD Hist

Michael Nugen is Atheist Ireland chairperson

This House Hopes that Science will be the Death of Faith

This is the first half of the debate in the Trinity College Dublin Historical Society on 26 Sep 2012 on the resolution that This House Hopes that Science will be the Death of Faith.

TCD Hist Debate 1/2

TCD Hist Debate 2/2

The speakers in this first half of the debate are:

Gavin Tucker (Supporting)
John Engle (Opposing)
David McConnell (Supporting)
David Berman (Opposing)
William Dunne (Supporting)

How To Grow A Planet

How To Grow A Planet: We might think humans are the most powerful living thing on Earth, but it's plants that time and again have set the agenda for life. All animals rely on plants for their survival. This is not an accident - they are the most powerful evolutionary force on Earth. Plants enabled amphibians to leave the water, they had a hand in the rise and fall of the dinosaurs, and they ensured the ultimate triumph of insects, mammals, birds and even us - all for their own benefit. Because plants have only ever had one goal - the total domination of the planet. It is a story of ruthless ingenuity, seduction and deception; of unimaginable power and ambition. An epic tale, How to Grow a Planet offers a stunning new perspective on Earth history.

Life from Light: In this first episode Iain journeys from the spectacular caves of Vietnam to the remote deserts of Africa. He sees how plants first harnessed light from the sun and created our life-giving atmosphere. He uncovers the epic battle between the dinosaurs and the tallest trees on the planet. And, using remarkable imagery, he shows plants breathing - and for the first time talking to each other.

The Power of Flowers: In the second episode, Iain discovers how flowers have transformed our planet. He journeys to the remote islands of the South Pacific to track down the earliest flowers. In the deserts of Africa and rainforests of Vietnam, he sees how they brought brilliant colour to the most barren landscapes and sculpted the earth itself. And he learns how they drove the evolution of all animals - kick-starting our human story.

The Challenger: In the third episode, Iain discovers the remarkable impact of just one plant: grass. On the savannah of South Africa he sees how grass unleashed a firestorm to fight its greatest enemy, the forests. He shows how cutting your finger on a blade of grass shows us how it transformed life in the oceans. In Senegal, he meets the cleverest chimps in the world. And, in the ruins of the oldest temple on Earth, he tells the extraordinary story of how grass triggered human civilisation.

BBC broadcast 2012.

Tide For Mormons

The detergent made just for Mormons and their magic underwear. With special Purity Crystals™.

Fun video by Edward Current, September 2012

Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Progressive Movement Seeks to Create an 'Androgynous America'

Matt Barber says the Left hates God's design for the natural family, which is why it is pushing for gay marriage in order to create an "androgynous America" where gender doesn't exist.

September 2012 on Liberty Counsel.

Fasting and Prayer Ended the Civil War

John Hagee says Abraham Lincoln's declaration of a national day of prayer and fasting was responsible for ending the Civil War and saving the union.

John Hagee talking to Glen Beck. September 2012

Godless In America: Madalyn Murray O'Hair

The brave life & brutal murder of atheist "most hated woman in America" Madalyn Murray O'Hair.

Godless In America: Madalyn Murray O'Hair 1/6

Video 2/6

Incl. interview with Ellen Johnson then president of American Atheists. The orgasation Madalyn Murray O'Hair foundet.

Video 3/6


Video 5/6

Video 6/6

Godless In America, documentary by BBC 2006.

Todd Akin Recounts Arrest at Anti-Choice Demonstration

Todd Akin in 2011 describes himself as a "jail bird" after being arrested at a demonstration against abortion rights.

40 Days To Save America

For 40 days leading up to Election Day, we will humble ourselves before the Lord, and cry out to him with one voice to save America. Commit to observe 40 days of prayer, fasting and action from September 28 through November 6, 2012.

The evil is Secular Humanism

Pastor Rick Scarborough's prayer projects seem to work on natural disasters, which is a perfect match for the Romney campaign.

The Colbert Report. Wednesday September 26, 2012

The energy endgame - with Mario Molina and Robert Laughlin

In the next 100 years or so, we will run out of fossil fuels. In this film, Nobel laureates Mario Molina and Robert Laughlin challenge three young physicists to think seriously about the energy endgame and their children's futures. Molina believes we can solve the looming crisis through international collaboration -- as happened after he showed that CFCs were damaging the ozone layer. Laughlin disagrees. He wants engineering solutions, and says nations will go to war unless we find them.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Examining Post-Conviction Polygraph Testing

As part of the TAM 2012 Sunday paper presentation series, Dr. Jeffrey W. Rosky, assistant professor of criminal justice at the University of Central Florida, explores what he calls "correctional quackery" involving the use of lie detectors.

With an introduction by James Randi Educational Foundation research fellow Dr. Ray Hall.

Nude Fire Ninjas

This is not the actual topic of the show. But it damn sure got your attention, yes?

The Thinking Atheist Radio Podcast #73


The Thinking Atheist facebook-page

Kentucky Freethought Convention

Reason in the Rock

Article "Atheists Are Proof God Exists"

Pat Condell "A Word to Rioting Muslims"

Tory Christman on Cults

Tory Christman was in Scientology for 30 years. Since leaving the group, she has become one of its most vocal and loved critics.

Weekly Space Hangout Sep 27, 2012

This week we talk about the possibility that comet ISON will be the brightest ever, new picture of Phobos returned by Curiosity Rover, an anticipated date for record setting skydive, Hubble extreme deep field survey, first test of Grasshopper by SpaceX, plans for a base beyond the Moon, and a paddleboat mission to Titan in initial planning stage. We are joined by Jason Major, Nancy Atkinson, Alan Boyle, Michael Wall, and Ian O'Neill. Hosted by Fraser Cain.

48 minuts

Weekly Space Hangout September 27, 2012

Fischer on Whether Obama is the Antichrist: 'It's Too Early To Say'

A caller asks Bryan Fischer is Obama might be a forefunner to the Antichrist and Fischer says it is just "too early to say."

Video from Focal Point on AFA Channel, September 2012

Gale Crater on Mars (Science Hour)

Emily Lakdawalla and Fraser Cain explore Mars and map out plans for the Mars Science Lander, Curiosity....from a planetary geologist's perspective (Emily's).

Assessing Intelligent Design from a Communications Perspective

As part of the TAM 2012 Sunday paper presentation series, Ph.D. candidate Christine Shellska explores the social science behind the Discovery Institute and their promotion of intelligent design.

With an introduction by James Randi Educational Foundation research fellow Dr. Ray Hall.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Dodo's Guide To Surviving Extinction

In light of the extinction crisis facing the Earth and using the dodo's story as a cautionary tale, this documentary looks at the different causes of species extinction and asks whether there is anything we can do to stop them.

BBC broadcast 2007 documentary

The Catholic Church has become irrelevant

Atheist Ireland chairperson Michael Nugent debating at UCD Law Society on Tuesday 25 Sepember 2012 on the motion that the Catholic Church has become irrelevant.

Voting Democratic puts Soul at Risk, Party backs "Intrinsic Evils"

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of Springfield IL says the Democrats are in favor of "intrinsic evils" and supporters have put their eternal salvation in jeopardy.

Video from September 2012

SLAPP Writs: Barbra Streisand and the Skeptical Movement

As part of the TAM 2012 Sunday paper presentation series, Eran Segev, president of the Australian Skeptics, explains how skeptics in his country dealt with legal challenges in the fight against pseudoscience.

With an introduction by James Randi Educational Foundation research fellow Dr. Ray Hall.

Gay Activists Are The Most Intolerant Group In The World

Rick Joyner says Christians and conservatives are not anti-gay; it's just that gay activists are the most intolerant group in the entire world.

Video from MorningStar Ministries, September 2012

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Trump's Christian Message: Always Get Even

Donald Trump delivers his unique Christian message to the students of Liberty University: "Don't let people take advantagel; get even."

Donald Trump's Guide To Middle East Foreign Policy

Donald Trump explains to students at Jerry Falwell's Liberty University that the US is entitled to the oil in Libya and Iraq.

Video from September 2012

The Innocence of Muslims: Freedom & Foreign Policy

Sean Faircloth describes what the US government, and you, must do to protect human rights violated by religion in remarks delivered before the Tri-City Freethinkers in Kennewick, WA Sept 16, 2012.

Sean Faircloth helps organize the secular movement as Dir. of Strategy & Policy for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science US.

Sean Faircloth is author of Attack of the Theocrats: How the Religious Right Harms Us All & What We Can Do About It.

Solutions to the Fermi Paradox

In Episode 24 we presented the concept of the Fermi Paradox. In short: Where are all the aliens? Today we're going to examine the theoretical solutions to this problem. Maybe they're out there, but just don't want to talk to us. Maybe it's too hard to communicate? Maybe there are no other civilizations. Maybe civilizations wipe themselves out when they reach a certain point. So many solutions, none of them satisfactory.

Astronomy Cast Ep. 273 Solutions to the Fermi Paradox


Crazy Christians and crazy muslims.

This is why there are wars.

Tim Minchin - The Pope Song (live)

Tim Minchin performing The Pope Song live

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Staying Quiet on Gay Marriage Like Allowing 'Pedophiles to Play in the Public Parks'

James Robison explains the importance of Christians taking a stand to save the definition of marriage.

Video from 2012

Mr. Deity & The Signs

Mr. Deity and Jesus discuss signs big and small

Mr. Deity & The Signs (Part Deux)

International Observe the Moon Night

Regardless of where we are on Earth, we all share the same neighbor. Night after night, day after day, one thing remains the same. We eat, sleep, work, play, and live...

...under the same Moon.

This series of CosmoQuest Hangouts from September 22, 2012 celebrate our neighbor
and the International Observe the Moon Night.

Paul Zenon on 'Psychic' Sally Morgan, BBC News

After Pschic Sally Morgan gets accused in Dublin of receiving messages about people in the audience via an earpiece, Paul Zenon discusses the techniques of fake mediums.

Video by BBC News 2011

Monday, September 24, 2012

Some AMAZING facts about life!

Life can be pretty amazing, but what exactly is it at its core?
Life at its simplest is basically a series of chemical reactions that can replicate themselves.

Now all life we have yet come across is tied up with water. Waters a really common, and really polar molecule: theres nothing else really like it. Its strong polar interactions make it an excellent solvent for pretty much anything polar, and also a terrible solvent for non-polar molecules like oil. Life is interesting in that its a subtle interplay of things that are soluble, and not soluble in water. This leads to the changes in the structures of biomolecules that in the end play a key role in life.

Is Yoga Anti-Christian & Anti-Islam?

Video by The Young Turks

Embryology in the Quran, much ado about nothing

The Jinn And Tonic Show talking about Embryology in the Quran.

The Jinn And Tonic Show number 22nd September 2012

"The paper "Embryology in the Quran: Much Ado about Nothing" can be downloaded or read online at

Please mirror the following video that introduces the paper and provides an example of the dishonesty of Hamza Tzortzis"

Other links
Anti-Islam film: Pakistan minister's bounty condemned

An Optimist's Tour of the Future

Mark Stevenson has been to the future a few years ahead of the rest of us -- and came back believing we still have everything to play for. His voyage of discovery took him to Boston to visit a robot with mood swings, to an underwater cabinet meeting in the Indian Ocean, and Australia to question the Outback's smartest farmer, had his genome profiled, and glimpsed the next stage of human evolution ... then he tried to make sense of what's in store.

The speak is 1:02
Q&A from 1:04

The result was An Optimist's Tour of the Future, which is finding fans from schoolchildren through to Nobel Peace Prize winners. Mark will talk of the future of humanity and how technology will help remedy some of these problems.

Mark combines two careers -- one as a successful writer and comedian and as co-founder and director of the cultural learning agency Flow Associates and the science communication agency ReAgency, Roving Learner at The Age of Smart, a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce and Nibmaster General for the Ministry of Stories.

An Optimist's Tour of the Future
16th August 2012
The Head of Steam, Liverpool
Skeptics in the Pub By Merseyside Skeptics

American Muslims Stone Christians in Dearborn, MI

Christians physically attacked at the 2012 Dearborn Arab Festival then Christianse are watching the beginning of a new America, a MUSLIM AMERICA.

Video from June 2012

Violence at Dearborn Arab Festival

Tensions high as protestors arrive at Dearborn Arab International Festival

Susana Martinez-Conde: Faithful Resemblances

Susana Martinez-Conde of the Barrow Neurological Institute explores the neuroscience of visual illusions. Live on stage from TAM 2012.

With a special musical introduction from TAM emcee George Hrab.

Best Illusion of the year

Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Devil's Bible

It's a mysterious book that in its day was believed to contain all human knowledge. But why did medieval people believe that the author sold his soul to the devil to be able to write it?

The "Devil's Bible," a behemoth volume weighing in at 165 pounds, believed to have been produced by a single monk over the course of decades in the 13th Century, is the focus of a documentary that was featured on the National Geographic Channel.

The "Devil's Bible," a behemoth volume weighing in at 165 pounds, believed to have been produced by a single monk over the course of decades in the 13th Century, is the focus of a documentary that was featured on the National Geographic Channel.

Lewis Black: In God We Rust

Lewis Black explains all that is wrong with the world.


The Natural Bridge

Beneath this noble arch, men wondering stand;
"Twas fashioned here, by an Almighty hand,
An Architect Divine, whose voice can call
Words into being - or, decree their fall.

If I nad never know Jehova's Law,
This scene had taught me reverential awe,
Inspired my soul its feeble powers to raise,
Admiring nature-nature's God to praise.

Atheist! contemplate this grand scene, one hour
And thou shalt own there is a God of Power.

From the Lexington Gazette, 1819

Testing the "Shuzi" Sports Band

Merseyside Skeptics visit a local rugby club to put the Shuzi Flat Black Sports Bracelet to the test.

Stock footage supplied by:
The Royal Institution & iSaudeBrasil
used under a Creative Commons license

Music by
Kevin MacLeod
used under a Creative Commons license

What Jesus Said To God

Comedy Animation - What Jesus Said To God
Created by theUKatheist using Anime Studio.

Finches never produce rhinos or ferns

Warning: Exposure to Brad Harrub's logic may cause headaches or pain in the forehead. If you begin bleeding from the ears or nose, please consult a physician. Prolonged exposure may result in loss of IQ points.

More about Dollo's Law:

In future videos, we will talk about the difference between cladogenesis (new species splitting off an existing one) and anagenesis (the formation of a new species by the transformation of an existing one). Most creationists assume evolution proceeds entirely by anagenesis, when it is almost entirely by cladogenesis.

I'm is often forced to use terms that are imprecise in order to convey scientific ideas. The idea of the ancestral lineage of animals becoming more "specialized" is in the sense of "more like their own species". This means that a "generalized" bird is one that represents the common ancestor of the "genus". Each new adaptation that is acquired along an ancestral line goes into the evolutionary history of that species, but this acquisition is one-sided, not an equilibrium of change.

If it helps, think of Dollo's law as the "arrow of time" for evolutionary change.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Gay Marriage Will Open the Door to 'All Kinds of Crazy Stuff'

The Christian Bishop Harry Jackson tells black voters that they cannot vote for candidate who support gay marriage, as it will open the door to all kinds of crazy stuff.

Buddhism as a "Science of the Mind"

Kadam Morten Clausen is a Buddhist teacher in the New Kadampa tradition, a modern, worldwide tradition founded by Buddhist master Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. He is the Resident Teacher at the Kadampa Meditation Center NYC as well as the Vajra Light Buddhist Center in Hartsdale, NY.

Buddhism is just as crazy as other religion.

Rebirth upon rebirth for millions and millions of years. Sure!

Any murder will suffer in their next life (karma/samsara). Of cource, how did it not see that coming.

Buddhism is not science!


The whole sort of atheist critique of religion doesn't really address Buddhism insofar as Buddhism is established really as a science of the mind. It's based on observation of the mind. And everything that Buddha taught can be empirically verified through your own experience. In other words, you can test it. Actually, I think it's a very interesting science because you're the scientist. You're not just reading about what other scientists have done and, you know, confirmed and so forth like that, but you, yourself, are the experimenter. You experiment with your own mind.

What Buddha basically said is that we can understand through our own experience that happiness comes from inner peace. And we can explore that in our own experiences and see, well, that's true, happiness does come from inner peace. And maybe even more importantly, we can also then establish, I have the capacity for inner peace in my own mind. In fact, we might even say that through training of the mind, through practicing meditation, you can see that it's actually not difficult. All we need to do is learn to let go of our unhappy thoughts, and our mind automatically becomes peaceful.

So in other words, you don't have to, like, make your mind peaceful, you just have to let go of your unhappy thoughts, your angry thoughts or your anxious thoughts.
And what happens through that is that you then begin to experience a sense of peace, a deep inner peace. And you can verify that through your own experience. And through that, you get in touch then with your own potential for peace or other virtuous minds, like love or compassion or joy or kindness, generosity. In other words, you can verify it through your own experimentation that that is the case.

What we then discover is that the mind has this incredible capacity for profound peace or, we might say, for limitless love, for limitless kindness. That's where I find some fault with the -- you know, as you're calling it, the "new atheism." Simply because I don't think they are paying enough attention to the science of the mind through which we can establish, so to speak, an alternative science, but it's equally, empirically verifiable that there is a spiritual dimension to our being that you can discover through your own practice, in fact, that there is this, yeah, you might say a divine element to our nature because we discover that the mind has this capacity for limitless love, limitless compassion, limitless joy.

Directed / Produced by Jonathan Fowler & Elizabeth Rodd

CosmoQuest Science Hour TerraLuna

Dr Pamela L. Gay talks to CosmoQuest Education Lead Georgia Bracey and Post Doc Nicole Gugliucci about the TerraLuna Teaching Unit designed to introduce teachers and students to the Moon Mappers citizen scientist project.

Observe the Moon Night

Video from September 2012 by CosmoQuest

Obama Administration Could Be Behind Aurora Shooting

"Dreams From My Real Father" director Joel Gilbert warns Obama could be behind the movie theatre shooting in Aurora, Colorado

Joel Gilbert: Obama Administration Could Be Behind Aurora Shooting

September 2012

The Self Illusion: How Your Brain Creates You

Psychologist Bruce Hood explores how the brain creates the illusion of the self. Live on stage from TAM 2012.

With a special musical introduction from TAM emcee George Hrab.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Paul Ryan at RNC 2012. Watch full speech

Vice Presidential Nominee Paul Ryan addressed the Republican National Convention Wednesday night, and pledges to take on tough issues, take responsibility and stick to their "founding principles." Paul Ryan characterized Obama administration big government. He said: "I was on my own path, a distinct journey, an American journey ... that's what we do in this country - that's the American Dream. And I'll take it any day over the supervision and sanctimony of the central planners," Paul Ryan said.

Video from September 2012

Paul Ryan’s speech in 3 words Fox News

Paul Ryan’s breathtakingly dishonest speech. The Washington Post

Farewell to Faith

Jackie, William and Rachel each came from religious homes. So what made them question, and ultimately reject, the belief systems of their childhood? We let them their own words.

These interviews were filmed at the 2012 Ascent of Atheism Conference in Denver, Colorado. Special thanks to the Atheist Alliance of America for providing the venue.

Book: Brain Rules

Homo Sapiens - Who Are We?

An attempt to make a small scale science documentary on human evolution. This is Chapter Ten. Human evolution is a dynamic subject which is constantly being updated. The Information presented tries to be timely information.

A word to rioting Muslims

September 2012

Behead those who insult the prophet.

Sydney Islamofascist Riot Roundup

Six police officers were injured and 17 others were treated for the effects of capsicum spray.

The protest began when a group of people gathered at Town Hall as part of a global protest against an anti-Islamic film.

The group began walking along George Street towards Martin Place, where they attempted to enter the US consulate located in the MLC Centre, before moving on to Hyde Park.

Superintendent Mark Walton says it's believed some people went to the protest armed, with a view to cause damage and assault police.

The rally was the latest in a spate of demonstrations at US embassies and consulates in the Middle East, Africa, Britain and elsewhere against the film, Innocence of Muslims.

Atheism Plus: an open letter

This video is about a conflict in the atheist community.

By C0nc0rdance

Incest, Pedophilia, Bestiality Pride Days on Horizon Thanks to 'Homosexual Lobby'

AFA spokesman Bryan Fischer says gay and bisexual pride days will lead to days celebrating incest, pedophilia and bestiality.

Bryan Fischer should read about marriage in the bible... and learn.

Video from AFA Channel September 2012

Muslim Insurgents Sydney Riot

Muslim Insurgents Sydney Riot - 15 Sep 2012 - 1:30 min "Behead those who insult the Prophet"

Muslim Insurgents Sydney Riot

Sydney's Central Business District
Saturday 15 September 2012.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Climate change and evolution education under attack

Genie Scott talks about bills attacking climate change and evolution education, the dismal state of science education, and why NCSE is stepping into the climate change education fray.

When: 8/21/2012.
Where: American Chemical Society conference

Don't believe in God? Join the club

Report on the billboard in Kentucky with the message "Don't believe in God? Join the club" sponsored by the Bluegrass Coalition of Reason.

September 18, 2012

The Story of You: ENCODE and the human genome

Ever since a monk called Mendel started breeding pea plants we've been learning about our genomes. In 1953, Watson, Crick and Franklin described the structure of the molecule that makes up our genomes: the DNA double helix. Then, in 2001, scientists wrote down the entire 3-billion letter code contained in the average human genome.

Now they're trying to interpret that code; to work out how it's used to make different types of cells and different people. The ENCODE project, as it's called, is the latest chapter in the story of you.

Ask God to Change Election and End Curse

Harry Jackson says Christians must ask God to stop "chastening" the US and shift the upcoming election.

Video from September 2012

Don't believe in God? Bluegrass

Report on the billboard in Kentucky with the message "Don't believe in God? Join the club" sponsored by the Bluegrass Coalition of Reason.

Lexington, KY, USA. September 18, 2012

Future of Skepticism: New Adventures in Critical Thinking

Author and historian Jennifer Michael Hecht argues in favor of understanding the history of skepticism to build a foundation for skepticism of the future. Live on stage at TAM 2012.

Jennifer Michael Hecht - "Future of Skepticism: New Adventures in Critical Thinking" - TAM 2012

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Stop Complaining about Racism, Work with White Republicans

Harry Jackson says blacks and Hispanics are voting against the Bible by supporting Democrats and should instead stop complaining about racism and work with white Republicans

Video 2012

If America Doesn't Bless Israel, "We're Going To Incur The Curse Of God"

Tim LaHaye tries to mobilize Christian voters by claiming that secularists are the enemies of America and that if we stop defending Israel, then we will be cursed by God.

Video from September 2012

Abiogenesis - who did life start

The Theory of Evolution provides a rich explanation for why we see the diversity of life here on Earth. There are so many lines of evidence, from genetic drift to the fossil record. But how did life start?

How did things go from a collection of raw materials to the building blocks of life, giving evolution and natural selection a way to take over? That first step, from non-life to life is called "abiogenesis", and it's one of the most important questions science can answer.

Astronomy Cast Episode 272 Abiogenesis

A golden age? with Brian Schmidt and John Mather

The Hubble Space Telescope has shown us distant galaxies and planets orbiting other stars, deepening our knowledge of the Universe. Nobel prizewinner John Mather works on Hubble's replacement, the James Webb Space Telescope. He believes we are in a golden age of astronomy. But the young researchers he meets are not convinced. There are too many unanswered questions, they say. For example: what's causing the accelerated expansion of the Universe? Hear how Mather and fellow laureate Brian Schmidt, who first observed this expansion, handle their queries.

When We Solve Our Moral Problems, God Will Again Bless Us Economically

The Christian Bishop Harry Jackson says our economic problems are really spiritual and moral problems and once we get those fixed, then God will bless us economically again.

Video from September 2012

Mitt's Magical Mormon Undies: Penn Jillette's Rant Redux

Transcript --
Mitt Romney is wearing crazy underwear. He's wearing magic underwear. He is. I mean, under his pants, he is wearing magic underwear. Magic underwear. And he believes that a convicted con man got golden tablets that no one else could see, and sat with an angel to find out that the original Jews of the Bible were living in North America. Crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy. But... just more modern, not more crazy, than other religions. Not more crazy than Islam, you know, with your... not more crazy than virgin births and resurrections. Not more crazy than any of that stuff.

So when someone says, they believe in the word of God literally, I go back and think about Genesis, where people were living to be 900 years old. And I say bullshit! And then I think about Noah and the flood, killing everybody? God that loves us kills everybody? And he wants to get two of every species and seven of the ones that are clean onto a boat that floats for that amount of time? And I just go, really? Because you don't act that way. You're able to go to Home Depot, you're able to pay with a credit card, you're able to go to Starbucks, you know how to use a computer. Really? Do you really mean that? What do you mean literally? Do you really mean that you're going to stone someone to death who because they work on the Sabbath, are you really gonna do that? Really, honestly? You're gonna take a rock in your hand and throw at the mother-fucker's head because he worked on a Sunday to support his family? Are you really gonna do that? If you mix cotton and linen in your clothing are you really going to go to hell? What do you mean when you say that? 

And no one's ever answered me. There's a code going on that I need the Rosetta Stone. I need someone to sit me down and go, Penn, when Obama says he went to that church and they talked about all this stuff being literal, what he really meant was... fill in the blank! Tell me! What does he really mean? These people are good, honest, smart, not bat shit crazy people, so why the fuck are they saying bat shit crazy stuff to me?

Penn Jillette: An Atheist's Guide to the 2012 Election

In this (profane) installment of Penn Jillette's Atheist's Guide to the 2012 Election, the Penn and Teller illusionist (and outspoken atheist) sizes up Mitt Romney's religion.

If God Weren't Invisible

A great point made in a conversation I had with LiveLife8072 and NegationofP is that believers don't act like God is there, watching them. They act appropriately when someone real walks in and catches them in an uncompromising situation, like masturbating or something, but God was already supposed to be there. Perhaps this is a sign that, deep down, they don't truly believe.

"Every breath you take...every move you make...every bond you break...every step you take...I'll be watching you." ~ God (and Sting)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Rebutting Harrub: Argument from Historical Scientists

This is the second in C0nc0rdance's series on Dr. Brad Harrub's "Origins" talk in College Station, TX around August 9th, 2012.

In the section, C0nc0rdance address his argument from historical scientists. The key point: Many scientists throughout history have been religious, but it was not their religious beliefs that informed their science. The fact that Brad Harrub focuses on scientists who lived prior to Charles Darwin says a lot.

C0nc0rdance thought it might be interesting to explore the actual religious beliefs of the people being summoned to testify on Brad Harrub's behalf. Most of them were unorthodox by today's standards, and some of them can better testify to the negative; that religious or superstitious belief has hindered science and the progress of knowledge.

The context of the clip from Brad Harrub's talk is that he was addressing Bill Nye's comments that creationism can hold students back from understanding the actual science. This is true. When a person has a commitment to dogmatic doctrine that conflicts with truth or evidence, they face a difficult choice: either reject the truth, or reject the doctrine.

c0nc0rdance's wager:
Whenever a supernatural explanation competes with a natural explanation, so far in the history of science, the natural has always held up to more scrutiny.

Atheist Billboard - Lexington, KY

Report on the billboard in Kentucky with the message "Don't believe in God? Join the club" sponsored by the Bluegrass Coalition of Reason.

Video from September 17, 2012

Richard Dawkins BHA Award Acceptance Speech 2012

Richard Dawkins quotes a passages from Bertrand Russell and Julian Huxley, along with creating his own rhyme about Andrew Copson during his acceptance speech for the BHA award of Services to Humanism.

Richard speaks of his idea for a new degree course with evolution at the centre, branching out into philosophy, economics, engineering, medicine, agriculture, social science, linguistics, physics, cosmology, computer science, and more...

Charles Darwin is discussed with references to how all Doctors should be Darwinian's and how past mistakes could have been avoided if that were so.

Professor Dawkins also discusses Balliol College and talks of how classics and scientific disciplines can be tied in together, emphasising the importance of the study of classics in terms of evolution.

Because Of Obama's Ignorance "More Americans Will Come Home In Body Bags"

Gary Bauer blasts the administration for its "disgusting apologies" and says that because of its ignorance, "more Americans will come home in body bags in the days ahead."

Video from 2012

The Values of Science: Ignorance, Uncertainty, and Doubt

Dr. Stuart Firestein of Columbia University discusses the value of "thoroughly conscious ignorance" in propelling scientific advancement. Live on stage from TAM 2012.

Stuart Firestein - With a special musical introduction from TAM 2012 emcee George Hrab.

Akers: Gay Activism Is A Religion, So The Regnerus Study Is Heresy

Liberty Counsel's Shawn Akers says that gay activism is basically a religion, which is why it treats the study by Mark Regnerus as if it is heresy.

Liberty Counsel 2012

Monday, September 17, 2012

Ali G - Religion Roundtable

Ali G - Religion Roundtable - Funny!!

The Human Spark: So Human So Chimp

We are separated from our nearest relatives, the chimpanzees, by only one or two percent of our genes -- but also by some 6 million years of going our different evolutionary ways. So when we meet the eyes of a chimp we are reminded uncannily -- and perhaps a little uneasily -- of ourselves.

Part 1/4

But we are also aware that behind those eyes is a mind very different from our own. Alan Alda sets out to explore that difference, and quickly finds that the scientists studying chimps and other non-human primates are themselves separated into opposing worldviews. One camp emphasizes the continuity between us -- seeing everything we believe to be uniquely human present in at least a rudimentary form in our ape and even monkey cousins. The other camp sees a sharp discontinuity in our abilities, admiring chimps for their superb adaptation to their (rapidly disappearing) forest environment, but also granting to human minds a special status that has enabled us to conquer the planet (and cause those forests to disappear).

Part 2/4

What is the nature of human uniqueness? Where did "The Human Spark" ignite, and when? And perhaps most tantalizingly, why? In this three-part series, Alan Alda takes these questions personally, visiting with dozens of scientists on three continents, and participating directly in many experiments -- including the detailed examination of his own brain. Bringing his trademark humor and curiosity to face-to-face conversations with leading researchers, he seeks "The Human Spark" -- from archaeologists finding clues in the fossilized bones and tools of our ancestors; to primatologists studying our nearest living relatives to explore what we have in common and what sets us apart; to neuroscientists peering into his mind with the latest brain scanning technologies.

Part 3/4

Part 4/4

PBS Broadcast (2010)

A Christian Nation?

Was the United States of America founded as a Christian nation? We take a look at some of our most famous founding fathers' stance on religion, the U.S. Constitution and more.

The Thinking Atheist - September 2012

Staver: Efforts To Redefine Marriage Are "Unpatriotic"

Mat Staver says efforts to promote gay marriage are "ultimately, unpatriotic" and an insult to the dreams of the Founding Fathers.

Video from September 2012

Obama's "Leftist Minions" Are Working To Destroy America

Rep. Steve King, speaking at the Values Voter Summit, declared that President Obama and "his leftist minions" are working every day to undermine America.

Video from September 2012

Sunday, September 16, 2012

The HHS Mandate Has Made Sandra Fluke A National Icon For Sexual Promiscuity

Speaking at the Values Voter Summit, Star Parker blasted Sandra Fluke and hailed her own Christian conversion for saving her from her "sexual rampage."

Video from September 2012

Raymond Raines And The Myth Of Christian Persecution

Matt Barber and Shawn Akers cite a nearly twenty year old myth to prove that Christians are being persecuted in America.

Video by Liberty Counsil from September 2012

Curiosity Update September 12, 2012

Continuing this week, Emily Lakdawalla and Fraser Cain explore the science that is being done by the Mars Science Lander, Curiosity.

CosmoQuest Weekly Science Hour, Curiosity Update September 12, 2012

Rosh Hashanah: Science vs Religion

Religion and science are frequently set up as polar opposites; incompatible ways of thinking. The Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks begs to differ. For him, science and religion can, and should, work together. To mark Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, he puts his position to the test.

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks meets three non-believing scientists, each at the top of their field: neurologist Baroness Susan Greenfield, theoretical physicist Professor Jim Al-Khalili, and the person best known for leading the scientific attack on religion, Professor Richard Dawkins. Will the Chief Rabbi succeed in convincing the militant defender of atheism that science and religion need not be at war?

Non-Believers Giving Aid.

BBC1 12 September 2012

Hillary Clinton to Shut Churches Down Next Year

Phony ex-terrorist Kamal Saleem says Hillary Clinton has a secret plan to shut down America's churches and synagogues down.

Liberty Counsil. 2012.

Thank Goodness

Acts of genuine good happen every moment of every day. Human beings can be capable of wonderful acts of generosity and goodwill, of love and sacrifice, of genuine goodness.

The Thinking Atheist Radio Podcast #71

So often these acts are cloaked in accolades, not for those involved, but for the invisible deities of archaic holy books. A physician treats a patient toward good health, and the family thanks God. A couple qualifies with the bank to purchase their first home, and they thank God. Someone wins $50 with a convenience store lottery ticket, and he thanks God.

This show deals with gratitude, where it is directed (and misdirected). It's a chance to put the spotlight on those who genuinely bring about the positive. It's a chance to Thank Goodness.

Show date: September 11, 2012

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Saleem: Terrorists using Colleges to Brainwash Students

Phony ex-terrorist Kamal Saleem says he and his fellow terrorists met with professors to change course curriculum turn college students against America.

Tolerating the intolerant - riots throughout the Islamic world

Recently an amateur film maker in California made a video/film. That video/film has sparked riots throughout the Islamic world.

Cenk Uygur rants about protesters in the Middle East taking violent actions against American Ambassadors and Embassies. Cenk defends the American constitutional right of Free Speech and condemns the violence. Tell us in the comment section below if you agree or disagree.

Video by dprjones

Read the full comment by dprjones on youtube

See Bertrand Russel

What Does Repentance Mean In Judaism?

During the High Holiday season we think about teshuva (repentance). Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald, Director of NJOP, explains that according to tradition, the King is out in the fields, he's left the palace in order to greet the people who have come to see him. That's what the 10 Days of Penitence are all about. God is out there with us waiting for us to come and express our regret.

What exactly is teshuva? The first step of repentance is to recognize that we've done something wrong. Today we explain away all of our wrong actions. We say big deal. Or, how can it be bad if it feels so good? There is an idea of healthy guilt in Judaism. Recognizing that we could be better. That is what the first step of teshuva is about. Recognizing when we have done something wrong, and changing ourselves.

The next step is to articulate what we have done wrong. To hear ourselves admitting it. Jews don't get to confess to a priest, or a rabbi. We need to confess to ourselves.

Finally, we must resolve not to do it again. If you are confronted with that same mistake you will act differently. If confronted with that same threat, instead of succumbing, we overcome it.

Rabbi Buchwald prays that God will accept all of our prayers, that we will all repent fully and we will be inscribed in for a year of health, happiness and peace. Shana Tova, Happy New Year!

America's Favorite Celebrity Atheist

Bill Maher, 9-14-2012

The Pussy Riot Trial: Patty Gray

Patty Gray, professor of anthropology in NUI Maynooth, who has lived and worked in Russia, talks about the background to the Pussy Riot trial and conviction at Dublin Atheists in the Pub on 13 Sep 2012.

The Pussy Riot Trial: Patty Gray talks to Dublin Atheists in the Pub, Sep 2012

Why pray in a synagogue on the High Holidays?

Many people ask themselves, why do we need Rosh Hashana? Why do we need to go to synagogue? Why the ritual? Doesn't God already know what's in my heart? Wouldn't it be simpler to stay home and talk to God? Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald, Director of NJOP, explains that what we want to accomplish on Rosh Hashana is the whole picture. While its true that we can pray at home, its more efficacious for us to pray at the synagogue. For example, if you're on a TV game show and they are focusing on you, if you make an error you may look foolish. But if you're in a group, there is a chance you can blend in. If you're confessing your sins with others they might not seem as bad, a little safer for us perhaps. That is one way to look at it. On the other hand, there is the issue of offering a more perfect prayer. You can only say the things that are in your heart. But if you come together with a group and everyone offers their own little piece of the prayer, it may not be perfect, but each has his own strength. Put all those pieces together and offer your prayers up to God. That is way we all pray together. If we know Hebrew we pray in Hebrew. Jews around the world all pray facing Jerusalem. So we are all offering prayers to God together, as one. How can God not accept the perfect prayers of Israel? It is important for us to come together on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Its true that God know what is in our hearts. But we have to articulate it. Prayer is vital.

Rabbi Buchwald prays that all of our prayers will be accepted for good for the year 5773. Shana Tova u'Metuka, wishing you all a Happy and Sweet New Year!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Neti Pot: Safe and Effective?

An analysis of the safety and efficacy of neti pots.

Cochrane reviews of all the literature on the topic:

Want to learn more about Naegleria fowleri and PAM?

Want to learn more about Caddo Lake in East Texas?
Pay special attention to encroaching Salvinia and the frequent Bigfoot sightings (most of which I am sure are just sightings of particularly inbred, hairy locals).

Why Skepticism Matters - The Randi Show

In this special live recording from Dragon*Con 2012 in Atlanta, GA, James Randi leads a packed audience through his early years as a skeptic exposing faith healers and psychic charlatans on national television. He talks about how this work led into the creation of the James Randi Educational Foundation, which continues to use skepticism to educate, protect, and entertain the public to this day.

The Randi Show - "Why Skepticism Matters" - Live from Dragon*Con 2012

With a special cameo appearance from long-time Mario nemesis Wario.

Christians Cannot Support The Democratic Party

Jerry Boykin says Christians must leave the Democratic Party because it supports gay marriage, which is evil.

Video from September 2012

Astronomy Cast: Who Does What in Space and Astronomy

In past, if you looked up into the sky, you were an astronomer. But everything has gotten so complicated. Now we have astrophysicists, and cosmologists, planetary geologists, and even exobiologists. Who does what, and how do they all interact with one another. If you want to go into space research as a career, which one should you choose?

Astronomy Cast Ep. 271. September 2012

Does anybody like that I post all these videoes about astronomy/the universe?

Pat Robertson Explains Why Muslims 'Go Crazy' When Islam is Insulted

Pat Robertson can't understand why Muslims "go crazy" when people say that the Prophet Muhammad was a polygamist pedophile.

Video from September 2012 on CBN

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Can science and religion both be right?

Richard Dawkins
Jonathan Sack, chief rabbi lord

Video from Saturday Morning Live. On BBC1 9 September 2012

Dan Barker - Life Driven Purpose

Dan Barker was elected co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation with Annie Laurie Gaylor in 2004, his co-host of Freethought Radio, a national weekly talkshow on the Air America network. He is a contributing editor of Freethought Today and is involved with the Foundation's state/church lawsuits.

A Celebration of Reason - 2012 Global Atheist Convention
13-15th April - Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre
Presented by the Atheist Foundation of Australia

Bryan Fischer demans mass haning after Libya Attack

The Christian radiohost Bryan Fischer says that attack on the consulate in Libya was an "act of war" and demands that every member of the mob involved by publicly hung from the nearest bridge.

Bryan Fischer Demands Mass Public Executions In Response To Libya Attack

People Who Say The Constitution Is Secular Are Just 'Biblically Illiterate'

Yet again, David Barton falsely claims that the Constitution is full of "direct quotes" out of the Bible ... and people who can't see that are just "biblically illiterate."

Video from 2012

Kirk Cameron: "God IS The Platform"

Kirk Cameron speaks at iPledge Sunday and says that God should be the centerpiece of all politics and our Founding Fathers would be rolling over in the graves.

Video from September 2012

Hasta La Vesta

NASA's DAWN mission is leaving asteroid Vesta and beginning it's journey to the dwarf planet Ceres. Celebrate with DAWN mission scientists and engineers as they share mission stories and answer questions in this archival edition of the Hasta La Vesta interactive video event.

Tim Weise

The Human Spark: Becoming Us

In the caves and rock shelters of the Dordogne region of France, Alan Alda witnesses the spectacular paintings and carvings that date back some 30,000 years, artwork that archeologists once thought to be the first record of people with minds like our own. When this art was created, Europe had already been peopled for hundreds of thousands of years -- and thousands of lifetimes -- by humans we call Neanderthals.

Part 1/4

Alan Alda discovers, from visits to sites where Neanderthals once lived, that Neanderthals were tenacious and resourceful. But they appear to have lived in and of the moment; certainly they produced no art, and employed a stone tool technology that changed little over millennia. The people who painted the caves, our ancestors, were strikingly different, possessed of what we are calling the Human Spark, capable not only of art but of innovative technology and symbolic communication. The questions Alan explores: Where and when did the Human Spark first ignite? In these caves, as archeologists have long believed? Or at a much earlier time -- and on another continent?

Part 2/4

What is the nature of human uniqueness? Where did "The Human Spark" ignite, and when? And perhaps most tantalizingly, why? In this three-part series, Alan Alda takes these questions personally, visiting with dozens of scientists on three continents, and participating directly in many experiments -- including the detailed examination of his own brain.

Part 3/4

Bringing his trademark humor and curiosity to face-to-face conversations with leading researchers, he seeks "The Human Spark" -- from archaeologists finding clues in the fossilized bones and tools of our ancestors; to primatologists studying our nearest living relatives to explore what we have in common and what sets us apart; to neuroscientists peering into his mind with the latest brain scanning technologies.

Part 4/4

PBS broadcast 2010.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Innocence of Muslims

The story of Mohammed and early Islam

The film's 52-year-old writer, director and producer, Sam Bacile, said that he wanted to showcase his view of Islam as a hateful religion. "Islam is a cancer," he said in a telephone interview from his home. "The movie is a political movie. It's not a religious movie."

Bakker: Destruction Looming for New Orleans and California

Televangelist Jim Bakker prophesies New Orleans' destruction and California "ring of fire".

September 2012

'Pursuit of Happiness' Means 'To Pursue God's Will'

Rick Santorum says that when the Founding Fathers said we have the right to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," by "happiness," they meant do what God commands.

Christopher Hitchens' widow on his death: "God never came up"

Facing mortality

Carol Blue on Christopher Hitchens final book, "Mortality"

CBS This Morning, CBS News, co-host Charlie Rose, 9-7-2012

Pat Robertson Tells Man to Beat his Wife, Move to Saudi Arabia

Pat Robertson laments that it isn't legal to beat your wife in America, advises viewer to move to Saudi Arabia.

Virtual Star Party Sep 9th, 2012

Astronomy / universe

Telescopes by Mike Phillips and John Kramer.
Commentary by Gary Gonnella, Scott Lewis, and Pamela Gay.
Hosted by Fraser Cain.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Blacks and Hispanics Must Leave The Democrat's 'Ideological Plantation'

Harry Jackson says minority voters need to leave the 'ideological plantation' and vote Biblically because God is punishing America economically for supporting gay marriage.

Bishop Harry Jackson, founder High Impact Leadership Coalition.

Video from AFA Channel September 2012.

Are Christians being persecuted in Britain?

Andrew Copson, British Humanist Association

Sunday Morning Live. BBC1 9 September 2012

Your moral guide

Where does your moral come from?

Monday, September 10, 2012

Why Not Even Sarah Silverman Trashes Muslims

Penn lets you in on the alarming details behind why Sarah Silverman and a writer for The West Wing won't trash Muslims.

The article The Poet Versus the Prophet

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) - 1 hour special charity raiser

A Secular Spring Or An Islamist Winter?

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington DC, Ayaan is currently researching the relationship between the West and Islam. She established the AHA Foundation in 2007 to help protect and defend the rights of women in the West against militant Islam.

A Celebration of Reason - 2012 Global Atheist Convention
13-15th April - Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre
Presented by the Atheist Foundation of Australia

Ayaan Hirsi Ali - A Secular Spring Or An Islamist Winter?

Aristotle's Lagoon

In the 4th century BC the Greek philosopher Aristotle travelled to Lesvos, an island in the Aegean teeming, then as now, with wildlife. His fascination with what he found there, and his painstaking study of it, led to the birth of a new science - biology. Professor Armand Leroi follows in Aristotle's footsteps to discover the creatures, places and ideas that inspired the philosopher in his pioneering work.

BBC Documentary. Broadcast 2010.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Friday Free-For-All

On this impromptu podcast, we explored random topics and generally filled a Friday evening. Come as you are, find a comfortable seat and enjoy.

The Thinking Atheist Radio Podcast #70
Date: September 7, 2012

BLOG: Drama-Free Zone

BLOG: Why Can't You Leave Religion Alone

Hug An Atheist

Apologies for the typo! Atheists "grieve". I could kick myself over that one, sorry.

Hug an Atheist, a film about atheism in the USA.

God Wouldn't Want To Be In The Democratic Platform

Gary Bauer says that the Democratic platform was so radical that God wouldn't even want to be included in it.

Video from September 2012

Evolution is just a Theory - Rebutting Harrub

Evolution is just a Theory.

This point has been made many times before, but it never seems to sink in with creationists. Evolution is "just a theory" in the same sense that gravity is "just a theory" or cells are "just a theory" or atoms are "just a theory".

This will be an ongoing series. I've managed to make six videos already, and I'm barely a quarter of the way through the video. I don't take much pleasure in debunking creationist arguments, but it's an opportunity to explore some key ideas in biology. I'm not worried about convincing evolution denialists that they are wrong. Their psychological mechanisms prevent that. As Hitchens famously said: "You cannot reason someone out of a position they did not arrive at by reason"

Here's his publication (singular... he has only one, in spite of claiming "numerous publications"... hey, one *IS* a number)

Supernormal Stimuli by Deirdre Barrett

From The Amaz!ng Meeting 2012, author and psychologist Deirdre Barrett examines how "supernormal stimuli" have caused primal urges to overrun their evolutionary purpose.

Supernormal Stimuli: How Primal Uges Overran Their Evolutionary Purpose

With a special musical introduction from TAM 2012 emcee George Hrab.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Bill Federer Wildly Speculates About The October Surprise

Bill Federer says Obama might try to start a war between Iran and Israel ... or maybe just fake an attack on his life in order to win re-election.

Video by Focal Point on AFA Channel, September 2012

Why Does Rosh Hashana Matter?

With Rosh Hashana a little over a week away, we have to ask ourselves, why does Rosh Hashana matter? What makes it so important? Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald, Director of NJOP, discusses this important topic in this week's video

Its like in the story of Adam in the Garden of Eden. He's hiding from God after eating the forbidden fruit and God asks, where are you? Of course God knows where he is, what he's asking is, where is Adam existentially? Where are you spiritually? What have you done with your life? And where are you going? This is what God asks us each year on Rosh Hashana! We need to evaluate ourselves. We have a concept of Cheshbon Hanefesh, an accounting of our soul. We need to know we are going in the right direction, on the right path, doing the right thing, morally and ethically, in our behavior with ourselves and with other human beings. Rosh Hashana is the instrument that helps us face the world. When we make our own internal accounting of our deeds we know we're on the right track. That we will use every ounce of strength and moral conviction to do the right thing for ourselves and for human kind.

Rabbi Buchwald and the team at Jewish Treats wish you all a happy, sweet and healthy New Year. Shana Tova!

ENCODE: Encyclopedia Of DNA Elements

ENCODE, the Encyclopaedia of DNA Elements, is the most ambitious human genetics project to date. It takes the 3 billion letters described by the Human Genome Project in 2000, and tries to explain them. Remarkably, ENCODE scientists have managed to assign a biochemical function to 80% of the genome, including the genes and the parts of the genome that tell those genes what to do. This information is helping us understand how genomes are interpreted to make different types of cells and different people -- and crucially, how mistakes can lead to disease. In this video, ENCODE's lead coordinator, Ewan Birney, and Nature editor Magdalena Skipper talk about the challenges of managing this colossal project and what we've learnt about our genomes.

Video from Nature 2012

Things You Need To Know: Evolution

You might relish cabbage about as much as a two month bout of chickenpox, but would you consider it as a leafy long lost relative? James May does, thanks to the genius of a man who changed the world, Charles Darwin. But exactly how does Darwin's famous theory of natural selection explain why we are all mutants and what war is actually good for? James treks off into the wilderness with the natural advantage of fantastic motion graphics and vivid animation, to show us just how.

BBC Documentary 2012

Scientific test of the Dynactiv SR wristband

Live on stage at The Amaz!ng Meeting 2012, we test a claimant for the James Randi Educational Foundation's Million Dollar Challenge.

Join Jamy Ian Swiss, Banachek, and Richard Saunders as they conduct a scientific test of the Dynactiv SR wristband.

Can the creator of the Dynactiv SR really tell if his wristband has improved someone's strength and balance as claimed? A million dollars is on the line!

Live Million Dollar Challenge - TAM 2012

Friday, September 7, 2012

Oh Mayan! Armageddon Again? Benjamin Radford

In this talk from The Amaz!ng Meeting 2012, author and paranormal investigator Benjamin Radford examines the myths and misconceptions surrounding a supposed "doomsday prophecy" derived from the Mayan calendar.

Benjamin Radford - "Oh Mayan! Armageddon Again?" - TAM 2012

With a special musical introduction from TAM emcee George Hrab.

Waterworlds (documentary 2012)

Chris Packham travels across the world, from Iceland to Brazil, to Bangladesh and the Maldives. His aim: to reveal the secrets of our watery habitats, fresh and salty. The extra ingredients, carried in water and necessary for life, are oxygen and sediment. But it's how the animals manage these resources that determines whether a habitat can actually support much live.

In the Brazilian Pantanal, Chris witnesses a riot of life, in a land where everything seems to be a giant: the snakes, the big cats, the otters, the fish- even the lilies! The reason? Well, it comes down to a very unassuming mollusc, the apple snail. In the Sunderbans swamp of Bangladesh, Chris Packham shows us how crabs create an environment fit for mangroves, deer and tigers. In the Maldives, he meets the hero of the coral reef - the sponge. And in the deep ocean, Chris Packham meets the biggest (or smallest) hero of them all. Plankton not only feed our ocean giants, they even influence our atmosphere and climate.

Secrets of Our Living Planet showcases the incredible ecosystems that make life on Earth possible. Using beautifully shot scenes from all over the world, naturalist Chris Packham reveals the hidden wonder of the creatures that we share the planet with, and the intricate, clever and bizarre connections between the species, without which life just could not survive.

For Chris Packham, what is really beautiful about nature is not the amazing animals and plants that we share the planet with but the hidden relationships between them. Discover why a tiger needs a crab; or why a gecko needs a giraffe. Each week Chris Packham visits one of our planet's most vital and spectacular habitats and dissects it, to reveal the secrets of how our living planet works.

BBC broadcast 2012. Secrets of Our Living Planet, documentary.

Gain the Victory Over Masturbation

Jehovah's Witnesses want deaf people to stop mastubating.

This video is made by Jehovah's Witnesses and i called "God's Love" 22-Gain the Victory Over Masturbation (ASL).

Godless billboards

Report on the billboards in Florida with the messages "Don't believe in God? Join the club!" and "Don't believe in God? You are not alone" sponsored by the Tallahassee Coalition of Reason.

Local News September 5, 2012

We Seek To Take America Back To The Book Of Genesis

Bryan Fischer says Republicans don't want to take America back to the 1950's, but all the way back to the Garden of Eden in the Book of Genesis.

"Now I contend that we shed innocent blood and we honor sexual perversity to our national peril. This is not an incidental thing; it puts our nation in grave danger of the judgment of God. If we shed innocent blood and we embrace sexual deviancy, this will bring the judgment of God upon any nation that approves of those behaviors and gives them special protection in laws."

Bryan Fischer

Video from Focal Point on AFA Channel, September 2012

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Golden Crocoduck nominees 2012 (Part 3)

Coveted Golden Crocoduck nominees 2012

Golden Crocoduck nominees 2012 (Part 2)

Atheist Billboards in Tallahassee

Report on the billboards in Florida with the messages "Don't believe in God? Join the club!" and "Don't believe in God? You are not alone" sponsored by the Tallahassee Coalition of Reason.

Local News, September 5, 2012

Democrats the "Party of Gays, Godlessness and Whatever Else"

Pat Robertson warns that the Democratic Party is "going after God".

Video by cbn from 2012

Obama Omits 'Creator' When Citing The Declaration Of Independence

Mike Huckabee falsely suggests that President Obama routinely omits the word "Creatoor" when cititng the Declaration of Independence. Read the post at the link for the truth.

Scientology: The Ex-Files (documentary)

Ex-members of the Church of Scientology tell their stories of abuse and fraud.

Interview with:
Hana Eltringham Whitfield
Joe Reaiche
Liz Anderseon
Tommy Davis, Church of Scientology
Claire Headley
Marc Headley
Laura De Crescenzo

Reporter: Quentin McDermott

Video by Four Corners (4corners) on ABC 8 March 2010 - documentary

More on the Four Corner webiste Scientology: The Ex-Files

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

More on Atheism+

Matt Dillahunty talks more about Atheism+

Watch the first video by Matt Dillahunty On AtheismPlus (Atheism+)

Rick Joyner: Our Prayers Regrow Amputated Limbs

Rick Joyner recalls how a friend had his amputated finger almost completely regrown through prayer ... until they got distracted before it could be finished.

Why did they not restart the healing prayer?

Why won't God heal amputees?

Brian Culkin on Scientology Stats

Brian Culkin joined Scientology at the Boston Org then spent many months at Flag in Clearwater where he was regged constantly. In the course of nine months he gave Scientology $350,000. In this clip, Brian talks about how Scientology's use of stats is never really applied to its own membership rolls.

Knowledge Report: Brian Culkin on Scientology Stats

The Atheist Experience #777 (full episode)

The Atheist Experience #777 of September 2, 2012.

Russell Glasser and Josh Burkhart take viewer calls.


3:20 Ian (VA): evolution, mutations;
11:23 Coffey (ME): Bill Nye, Horus;
15:42 Tom (CA): Christian apologetics, Heaven;
24:25 Faron (NM): arguments from personal experience;
27:27 Doug (OH): questions for Christians;
32:42 Robert (GA): Mormonism, Judaism, faith;
39:15 Ann (VA): historical Jesus;
44:10 Kenny (CA): historicity of the Gospels.

Theme song: "Listen to Reason," written and performed by Bryan Steeksma.

Spiderman vs Jesus

Barton: Gay, Reproductive Rights Bringing America Down

David Barton and Kenneth Copeland warn that gay rights and reproductive rights will mean America's doom.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Copeland: My Books Helped Topple the Berlin Wall

Word-Faith televangelist Kenneth Copeland says German pastors used his books on "positive confession" to bring down the Berlin Wall.

Michael Nugent: Radio debates blasphemy laws

Michael Nugent, chairperson Atheist Ireland, and Dr Oliver Scharbrodt, lecturer in Islamic Studies UCC, debate Irish and international blasphemy laws on Today with PK on RTE Radio, hosted by Miriam O'Callaghan.

From the summer 2012

Monday, September 3, 2012

Andrew Copson on Magic Sandwich Show

On this show were Andrew Copson, Chief Executive of the The British Humanist Association. Michael Payton, National Director of the Centre for Inquiry, Canada. And c0nc0rdance.

Show 34 - Part 1 with Andrew Copson

Imam in Pakistan arrested

Show 34 - Part 2 - - with Andrew Copson
00:00 Faith Schools
21:00 Is the UK a christian country.

Show 34 - Part 3

This video is The Magic Sandwich Show number 34 from 2 September2012

The Soothsayer.

That Mitchell And Webb Look. Season 3, episode 4

Who wrote the Gospels?

Matt Dillahunty explains a little bit about evolution and the unknown authorship of the Gospels.

This video is an edited clip from The Atheist Experience #603 of May 3, 2009, with Matt Dillahunty and Jen Peeples.

Angels Are Nonsense?

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Alex Jones calls Mitt Romney a devil

Mitt Romney on abortion and climate change, the way Alex Jones understands it.

Alex Jones in his own words

Meet Alex Jones Crazy

In the Beginning: Explanations from Science and Religion

Eugenie C. Scott, Francisco Ayala, and Denis Lamoureux on the intersection (and collision) of faith and evolution.

Hosted by NPR's Neal Conan, sponsored by Ohio State University and the Center of Science and Industry.

Air date: 10/14/2009

Saturday, September 1, 2012

The Higgs Boson and 'Nothing' Brilliantly Explained

The Higgs Boson and 'Nothing' Brilliantly Explained On A Game Show!

Video from QI on BBC

Jon Stewart Exposes Bill O'Reilly's Stupidity on Bill-O's Own Show

The Future of the Creationism and Evolution Controversy

Dr. Eugenie Scott of the National Center for Science Education discusses the tactics employed by creationists in denying the science behind evolution. Live on stage at TAM 2012.

Video from USA 2012

John Cleese vs Extremism

John Cleese shows the pathology of extremism

Richard Dawkins on the Creationists

Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion, The Greatest Show on Earth, The Selfish Gene and other books talks to Irish Broadcaster and journalist, Karen Coleman about the Creationists who believe the world began less than 10,000 years ago.

The crisis of secularism

There isn't enough of it.

* Ten Commandments Judge Roy Moore: Secularism leads to sharia law

* Evangelical Leaders See Secularism as Greater Threat Than Islam

* Pope speaks to NZ bishops about impact of secularism

* New Evangelization needed to answer crisis of secularism, Pope says

* Cardinal Keith O'Brien warns of threat from 'aggressive secularism'

Video by Pat Condell, August 2012

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