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The horror of existing

11 May

I am a fan of the work of the director Lars von Trier and his viewpoint on the inherit evil of existence.

I am of the opinion that existing is a horrible, depressing thing. And we need to constantly distract ourselves from that horror, if we are left too long to examine life we will walk away feeling empty and go a little crazy. Just take a completely neutral look at nature, the sea, the forest, your own backyard. Get rid of the fantasies of butterflies, beautiful flowers, singing birds, playful dolphins and really look. You will see horror: animals eaten alive, starving to death, babies eaten by parents because they are unfit, cold emotionless evil at all levels of life. Sometimes we like to think that all the evil of this earth is the fault of evil men. But in the absence of people there is plenty of horror and evil.

Art by Karina Marandjian – http://daunhaus.deviantart.com/

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Mecca Royal Clock Hotel Tower is an insult to Islam and to taste

26 Aug

Let me introduce you to the Abraj Al-Bait Towers, also known as the The Mecca Royal Clock Hotel Tower.

Mecca Royal Clock Hotel Tower

The Abraj Al-Bait Towers are like a giant middle finger to taste and elegance

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Science is like religion

23 Jun

Common misunderstanding about science vs religion:

Religion and Science are the same since both believe things that can’t be 100% proven

Science (and LOGIC) dictates that NO BELIEF  can EVER be absolute. You can NEVER say ANYTHING is 100% true or 100% false.

You can only make REASONABLE assumptions. It is reasonable to go on your daily life assuming that you wont suddenly shoot off the earth or turn into a squirrel. We can write a law, called the law of people not spontaneously turning into squirrels. It can shown to be true after thousands of years of observable evidence. However, if even just one human spontaneously turns into a squirrel, we have to dump that law. It is no longer true.

We say a belief is reasonable when we have tons of observable and repeatable tests that confirm the belief, when we have a large body of knowledge that makes it reasonable to assume it is true.

The religious often want black and white, 100% or 0% true. This is not how science works.

The difference between a scientific belief and a religious one is usually that the scientific one is testable and can be written down mathematically.

Reasonable scientific belief: “The sun is a really large ball of gas at the center of our solar system”

unreasonable belief:  “there is an invisible man who is punishing all the descendants of the first two humans he created because they ate an apple he told them not to eat after they were misled by a talking snake”

Another major difference between religious and scientific beliefs is that which I mentioned earlier, that a scientific law, no matter how cherished, no matter how proven and verified and tested, can be refuted at any time when the opposite is observed.

Try doing that with religious beliefs, such as the earth being 6,000 years old or that women were created by an invisible being from the rib of a man, or the invisible man himself. These beliefs are so cherished they can never be tossed out, even if mounting evidence surfaces that makes those beliefs very unreasonable.

We have seen this with beliefs such as that the earth is the center of the universe..when religious beliefs are confronted by mounting scientific evidence that invalidates them. Or with evolution. Religion is unwilling to change their beliefs to accommodate new evidence. Science always is.

Understanding the right-wing crazy heads – why the right wing is so insane

9 Sep

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I used to facepalm the birthers and other right-wing crazies and decided I’d never understand them.

And then it dawned on me, I DO understand them. I used to be a cult member, raised as a Jehovah’s Witness. I bought everything hook line and sinker and was a model JW walking the party lines, so to speak. gays are bad, gays deserve aids, god hates fags, etc.

I never actually THOUGHT about ANY of my beliefs or positions. I was told what to believe, and never questioned it. Homosexuality is from Satan, Catholics are actually worshiping Satan, only 144,000 people will go to heaven, the rest will live forever on paradise on earth. The other 6 billion humans will be killed by God. I prayed every day for God to slaughter 6 billion humans.

We used to go house to house knocking on doors, talking about which house we’d live in once God killed everyone. Seriously.

And I firmly believe the nuttiest of the right-wing are exactly like this. it’s no coincidence many are religious. They are told what to believe, what to spout, and do it. Logic does not apply. It never does when you are indoctrinated.

So i think I finally understand the nuttiness.

How to choose a God to worship

22 Oct

Original Link

Choosing a god is a very important and difficult task as there are so many to choose from. Picking the wrong god could result in eternal damnation and fire. Can you take that chance? I thought not… Let’s get started…

  1. Assemble a complete list of all the gods ever worshiped. Many of these are well documented, so the task shouldn’t be too difficult. Google GOD. I’d estimate somewhere in the neighborhood of 10,000 gods, not counting all those minor ones. This should be easily achieved in a few days or weeks. If any of those pesky JW’s knock on the door, just ignore them. Ask the boss for some time off , if necessary, and tell him what you’re doing. I’m sure he/she will understand.
  2. List all the attributes associated with these gods. Some are maniacal punishing thugs, gods of hate, fire and all manor of brutality and damnation, eliminate these types, we’ll just stick with loving and rewarding gods. This may be somewhat more difficult than step one, but remember, the reward will be worth it. Don’t be influenced by the god your parents chose, they could be wrong, too. Lets keep it fair and honest. It may be necessary to hire a few unemployed scribes to help for a few months, but what the hell, er heck.
  3. Having once assembled all the good gods, the list may still be unmanageably long, so eliminate those whose names you cannot pronounce or spellings that seem weird and unreasonable. A real god should be easy to pronounce. I’m suspicious of gods whose heads and bodies are from differing species too, but who knows? This should bring the list to a few hundred or perhaps a thousand.
  4. To be fair, put the list in alphabetical order.(This will put Athena towards the top, she’s my favorite, anyway).
  5. Pray to the first god for 10 minutes, If he/she’s listening this should be enough time and then wait for 24 hours. If nothing good happens, move on to the next god and repeat the process. In a year or two, you should have narrowed the field to a mere handful at which time you again repeat the process keeping only those deities who seemed to show promise. The real god should show repeatability. Scratch all the others. By now you should have determined which god to keep and which to eliminate. I’m confident the real god will appreciate all your effort and determination, at least, he should. Having successfully determined the real god, ask him for the winning lotto numbers just to make life a little easier.

If none of this seems to work, you can give up and become a heathen atheist, at least forgoing all that guilt and fear and with the 10% tithing money you save, you can buy a good book or one of those new electronic gadgets. I assume all the gods have the same 10% service charge..?

By the way, if you think this seems silly, perhaps you’d do well to step back and review your god. Can any god look less silly than any other god? I think not.

Here is a great humorous book with a similar premise that I got for Christmas recently that I thought was hilarious:

http://www.amazon.com/Savvy-Converts-Guide-Choosing-Religion/dp/1601060343

Savvy Converts Guide to Choosing a Religion

Savvy Converts Guide to Choosing a Religion

Ecclesiastes / Qohelet and Hedonism

27 May

I recently re-read Ecclesiastes because it’s one of my favorite religious writings. It is part of the Christian "Old Testament" and part of the Jewish Talmud. I really feel this book advocates Hedonism as the only worth-while pursuit in life. of course, most religious scholars would disagree with me. As an atheist and enthusiastic subscriber to Hedonism, I see the idea come through clearly.

Hedonism is the philosophy that pleasure is of ultimate importance, the most important pursuit. The name derives from the Greek word for "delight"

Here are a few key verses I think support the idea that this particular ancient book advocates Hedonism, basically that life is meaningless, so have as much fun as you can while you can!:

Ecclesiastes 1: 11 – No one who lived in the past is remembered anymore, and everyone yet to be born will be forgotten too.

Ecclesiastes 2:24,25The best thing we can do is to enjoy eating, drinking, and working. I believe these are God’s gifts to us, and no one enjoys eating and living more than I do.

Ecclesiastes 3:19-22 – Humans and animals come to the same end—humans die, animals die. We all breathe the same air. So there’s really no advantage in being human. None.

Everything’s smoke. We all end up in the same place—we all came from dust, we all end up as dust. Nobody knows for sure that the human spirit rises to heaven or that the animal spirit sinks into the earth. So I made up my mind that there’s nothing better for us men and women than to have a good time in whatever we do—that’s our lot. Who knows if there’s anything else to life?

Ecclesiastes 4:7-8 – I turned my head and saw yet another wisp of smoke on its way to nothingness: a solitary person, completely alone—no children, no family, no friends—yet working obsessively late into the night, compulsively greedy for more and more, never bothering to ask, “Why am I working like a dog, never having any fun?"

Ecclesiastes 4:11Two in a bed warm each other. Alone, you shiver all night.

Ecclesiastes 5: 8-9 – Don’t be too upset when you see the poor kicked around, and justice and right violated all over the place. Exploitation filters down from one petty official to another. There’s no end to it, and nothing can be done about it.

Ecclesiastes 5:13-17 -Here’s a piece of bad luck I’ve seen happen:
    A man hoards far more wealth than is good for him
    And then loses it all in a bad business deal.
    He fathered a child but hasn’t a cent left to give him.
    He arrived naked from the womb of his mother;
    He’ll leave in the same condition—with nothing.

    This is bad luck, for sure—naked he came, naked he went.
    So what was the point of working for a salary of smoke?

Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 – After looking at the way things are on this earth, here’s what I’ve decided is the best way to live: Take care of yourself, have a good time, and make the most of whatever job you have for as long as God gives you life. And that’s about it. That’s the human lot

Yes, we should make the most of what God gives, both the bounty and the capacity to enjoy it, accepting what’s given and delighting in the work. It’s God’s gift! God deals out joy in the present, the now. It’s useless to brood over how long we might live.

Ecclesiastes 6: 6 – Even if someone lived a thousand years—make it two thousand!—but didn’t enjoy anything, what’s the point? Doesn’t everyone end up in the same place?

Ecclesiastes 7: 15-17 – I’ve seen it all in my brief and pointless life—here a good person cut down in the middle of doing good, there a bad person living a long life of sheer evil. So don’t knock yourself out being good, and don’t go overboard being wise. Believe me, you won’t get anything out of it.

Ecclesiastes 8:14-15 – Here’s something that happens all the time and makes no sense at all: Good people get what’s coming to the wicked, and bad people get what’s coming to the good. I tell you, this makes no sense. It’s smoke.

So, I’m all for just going ahead and having a good time—the best possible. The only earthly good men and women can look forward to is to eat and drink well and have a good time—compensation for the struggle for survival these few years God gives us on earth.

Ecclesiastes 9:3 – Anything’s possible. It’s one fate for everybody—righteous and wicked, good people, bad people, the nice and the nasty, worshipers and non-worshipers, committed and uncommitted. I find this outrageous—the worst thing about living on this earth—that everyone’s lumped together in one fate. Is it any wonder that so many people are obsessed with evil? Is it any wonder that people go crazy right and left? Life leads to death. That’s it.

Here is one bible verse you rarely hear at funerals LOL:

Ecclesiastes 9: 5 – The living at least know something, even if it’s only that they’re going to die. But the dead know nothing and get nothing. They’re a minus that no one remembers. Their loves, their hates, yes, even their dreams, are long gone. There’s not a trace of them left in the affairs of this earth.

This is probably the strongest verse in support of Hedonism due to life having no other meaning:

Ecclesiastes 9: 7-10Seize life! Eat bread with gusto,
    Drink wine with a robust heart.

    Oh yes—God takes pleasure in your pleasure!
    Dress festively every morning.
    Don’t skimp on colors and scarves.
    Relish life with the spouse you love
    Each and every day of your precarious life.
    Each day is God’s gift. It’s all you get in exchange
    For the hard work of staying alive.
    Make the most of each one!
    Whatever turns up, grab it and do it. And heartily!
    This is your last and only chance at it,

    For there’s neither work to do nor thoughts to think
    In the company of the dead, where you’re most certainly headed.

Ecclesiastes 11: 10 – Live footloose and fancy-free— You won’t be young forever. Youth lasts about as long as smoke.

Let me just add, Ecclesiastes is HILARIOUS in the lol cat bible

Einstein was an Atheist

13 May

Full Article

LONDON (AFP) – Albert Einstein described belief in God as “childish superstition” and said Jews were not the chosen people, in a letter to be sold in London this week, an auctioneer said Tuesday. The father of relativity, whose previously known views on religion have been more ambivalent and fueled much discussion, made the comments in response to a philosopher in 1954.

I especially love this quote:

‘”The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish.”

This should settle the debate once and for all in regards to Einstein’s belief in God.

Einstein

God and Satan

16 Jan

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This is a very thought-provoking bit of animation from the 1985 feature length movie “The Adventures of Mark Twain”

I LOVE this sequence.

The behavior that everyone finds so chilling is not anything remotely like what Satan is ever said to have done. It is, however, textbook God behavior from the Bible.

Creating a little human civilization then getting annoyed with what they’re doing and wiping them out? How many times does Satan do that in the Bible again? Oh what was that, zero? Hmm… interesting.

Now, how many times does God do that? How many times does God wipe out a city? or instruct his chosen people to do so in the most ruthless fashion possible? How many times does God personally wipe out almost all of humanity, except one family. Or an entire city, except one family? (1 Samuel 15: 1-3 )

Who is the one who has tantrums that result in wholesale slaughter? Who is the one who clearly is repulsed by his own creation as the claymation character here is? (Genesis 6:6,7) Who is the twisted creator who carelessly destroys his creation after getting annoyed with it? It is God, time and time again.

The names have been changed to protect the ignorant.

For as much fear as can be generated by the mere name “Satan” among the religious, and even some of the non-religious who have residual carryover from being raised AROUND the religious… can anyone actually site a single bad thing he ever did? One? anything? The main action we know him for in the Bible is *suggesting* that the first two humans rise out of the ignorant, mindless zombie stage God initially intended for them, by learning of knowledge, does that sound like a bad thing? Only the ignorant fear knowledge, and admire it’s absence.

At worst that sounds mischievous. So, compare that with all the killing and punishment and damning that God has tallied up for himself and you may begin to reassess who is the hero and who is the villain in this story.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t believe in either of them. And I also don’t find Satan to be a particularly inspiring or lovable character at all, but at least you could say one or two positive things for him, like he tried to save our species from ignorance, felt that maybe we deserved some knowledge too rather than to just be left as playthings with no real thought in them.

I just find it amazing how simply because you are TOLD he is the villain, that’s all it takes. All it takes to make the very mere use of the same name, enough to chill you to your bone. Indoctrination, brain washing, is an incredibly strong force isn’t it?

Megatron and Cobra Commander did worse on a daily basis than Satan is said to have done in the Bible. And the only time he killed (Job) it was under the blessing and permission of God.

The thing that SHOULD be chilling to you about this segment, is that Christians are capable of finding those exact type of actions praiseworthy, inspiring, whatever, when the name of the fictional character doing them is changed BACK to “God”

LOL CAT bible

10 Oct

LOLCATS bible main page

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A couple of hilarious highlites from Genesis:

1. Oh hai. In the beginnin Ceiling Cat waz invisible, & he maded the skiez & da earths, but he did not eated it.

2. The earths wus witout shapez & wus dark & scary & stufs, & he rode invisible bike over the waterz.

3. & Ceiling Cat sayz, i can has light? & light wuz.

4. & Ceiling Cat sawed the light, to sees stufs, & speraratered the light form dark & stufs but that wuz ok cuz cats can seez in the dark & not tripz ovr nethin.

This is a hilarious project that attempts to translate the entire bible into kitty pidgin.

So naturally, I translated the entire chapter 15 of 1 Samuel into kitty pidgin, the language of lolcats:

http://www.lolcatbible.com/index.php?title=1_Samuel_15

If you have lots of spare time, try your hand at this! http://speaklolcat.com is a great site to get the basic text translated into kitty pidgin, then go in and make it funny.

I also created a new image for Genesis Chapter 1:

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You might be a fundamentalist christian if:

17 Sep

You might be a fundamentalist Christian if:

  • You vigorously deny the existence of thousands of gods claimed by other religions, but feel outraged when someone denies the existence of yours.
  • You feel insulted when scientists say that people evolved from other life forms, but you have no problem with the Biblical claim that we were created from dirt.
  • You laugh at polytheists, but you have no problem believing in a Triune God.
  • Your face turns purple when you hear of the “atrocities” attributed to Allah, but you don’t even flinch when hearing about how God/Jehovah slaughtered all the babies of Egypt in “Exodus” and ordered the elimination of entire ethnic groups in “Joshua” including women, children, and trees!
  • You laugh at Hindu beliefs that deify humans, but you have no problem believing that the Holy Spirit impregnated Mary, who then gave birth to a man-god who got killed, came back to life and then ascended into the sky.
  • You believe that the entire population of this planet with the exception of those who share your beliefs — though excluding those in all rival sects – will spend Eternity in an infinite Hell of Suffering. And yet consider your religion the most “tolerant” and “loving.”
  • While modern science, history, geology, biology, and physics have failed to convince you otherwise, a book that tells of talking snakes, donkeys, and suicidal pigs possessed by supernatural beings may be all the evidence you need to “prove” Christianity.
  • You define 0.01% as a “high success rate” when it comes to answered prayers. You consider that to be evidence that prayer works. And you think that the remaining 99.99% FAILURE was simply the will of God.
  • You actually know a lot less than many atheists and agnostics do about the Bible, Christianity, and church history – but still call yourself a Christian.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a religion says court

12 Sep

Finally a court affirms what I have been saying for a long time: Alcoholics Anonymous is a religion.

Article from San Francisco Chronicle – Appeals court says requirement to attend AA unconstitutional

In fact, said the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, the constitutional dividing line between church and state in such cases is so clear that a parole officer can be sued for damages for ordering a parolee to go through rehabilitation at Alcoholics Anonymous or an affiliated program for drug addicts.

Not only that, I feel very strongly AA and NA do much more harm than good due to their teaching that you are powerless to stop your addiction, and can find salvation only by giving in to a ‘higher power’

“There is only one reason why men become addicted to drugs, they are weak men. Only strong men are cured, and they cure themselves.”

–Martin H. Fischer

AA is a cult – Website dedicated to exposing AA and other 12-step programs for what they are

This is one of the few songs that can make me cry

15 Dec

No Christmas for the Jehovahs Witness (remix) – Dusty Roze

This song is so accurate..really reflects how I feel about growing up with Christmas. It makes me very very sad.

Dusty Roze Myspace page (has original version of no xmas for jehovahs witness)

I made this image inspired after hearing the song:

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Apocalypto Movie Review – About as historically accurate as Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure

11 Dec

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Watch the trailer Here

I went and saw Apocalypto this past weekend, lured by overwhelmingly good reviews and by a interest in seeing a portrayal of the people who inhabited the land of my ancestors (I am Colombian).

First, let me say I am baffled by 3 things I kept reading in the reviews:

  1. The movie is good
  2. The movie has nothing to do with Jesus
  3. The movie is bloody

All are inaccurate, to put it mildly.

Historical Inaccuracy / Outright fabrication and Propaganda

First off, the movie focuses on Human sacrifice This is often as aspect of the culture of the Mayas/Aztecs that is brought up by Christians as an illustration to what happens to godless pagan cultures when they do not have Christ. Mel Gibson, during the Human Sacrifice scenes, goes to great lengths to portray the people engaging in the sacrifice as possessed. Eyes roll into the back of the head, bodies shake and convulse, deformed and hideous people smile wickedly at the blood letting. His message is clear: these people are possessed by evil force, by demons, and they do the bidding of the devil.

The movie ends with the calvary coming. The calvary being the Spanish conquistadors, bearing crosses and all. The message from Mel is clear as well..people without Jesus are ruled by the Devil, and only when the light of Christianity reaches them does the devil flee. He implies that without the Spanish and the Christianity they brought, the peoples of South America would have continued to slide into a moral decadence of orgies of blood and ritual sacrifice.

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The ironic thing about this is that the Maya barely partook of Human Sacrifice, and there is some debate as to whether they did Human Sacrifice at ALL. Why is there so much disagreement? Because the invading Spaniards used human sacrifice as a propaganda tool to justify slaughtering and conquering the Christless savages. “These godless brown people slaughter their own to their pagan god, they need Jesus.”

Modern archeology proves that tales of thousands upon thousands being ritually sacrificed was greatly exaggerated, if not outright fabricated. If anything, the Aztecs were guilty of the sacrifices. Mel even shows Aztec-style sacrifice ritual (painting body blue, tossing bodies and severed heads down steps). Why? This is supposed to be the Mayas, not the Aztecs. Why not use Maya rituals instead of Aztec? The simple reason is the Mayas didn’t do this stuff, and if they did, they barely did it at all. We don’t even know how they went about doing it, all records are lost or so saturated with politically motivated propaganda its impossible to know the truth. SO since we have no clue as to how, if at all, the Mayas engaged in ritual human sacrifice, Mel used the Aztec rituals instead. I guess he figures all them brown-skinned indigenous people are the same.

So thorough was the Spanish genocide of the Maya culture, peoples and religion that we can’t be sure of much anything about them any longer. An example is, the Spanish claimed the Mayas would slice open victims chests with an Obsidian knife and rip out the still-beating heart. The fact is, it’s impossible to slice open a human sternum with an obsidian cutting instrument, no matter how sharp. Same goes for the rib cage protecting the heart. The Mayas did not have metal tools.

Mel’s movie, despite it’s generous fabrication of History, realizes this simple fact. So the movie portrays the Mayas as cutting open victims stomach instead, and ripping out the heart by reaching under the sternum. Kind of long-winded solution to the obvious caught-in-a-lie scenario of cutting open a human chest, as the Conquistadors claimed.

In addition, Mel uses a total solar eclipse in the movie as a means to allow our hero to escape certain doom at the sacrificial altar. (lazy writing as well..Im thinking to myself..how the FUCK is he going to escape from this fate? and then bam Mel writes in “total..solar..eclipse..people get surprised..hero gets to escape” Way to go Mel! Amazingly slick writing there.)

I checked a catalog of Solar eclipses during the 16th Century. First contact by the Spanish with Maya civilization was around 1517. The movie shows first contact, or at least an early contact of the Spaniards shortly after the eclipse. This places the film’s setting at around 1517.

The two total solar eclipses that occurred during the year of 1517 at 49.6N 15.4E, and 45.7S 109.6E were visible no where near the Americas. The ones during late 1516 did not take place anywhere near the Americas either.

In addition, Mel has the Mayas completely taken by surprise at the Solar Eclipse. Uh mel,the Maya were HIGHLY advanced astronomers. I know you want to think of them as bloodthirsty savages, but no. The Maya astronomical codices include detailed tables for calculating recurrences of solar and lunar eclipses far far into the future and the cycles of the planet Venus. They were more advanced than the Europeans when it came to astronomy, and had a more accurate calendar to boot. No daylight savings time (otherwise known as oops, the Gregorian calendar sucks so bad we have to totally readjust every single year) for the Maya. The Maya were the only pre-telescopic civilization to know that the Orion Nebula was fuzzy / a group of stars, rather than an actual single point of light.

So yeah..the Mayas being totally surprised by eclipses would be like the general public being totally surprised at another pantiless photo of Paris Hilton cooter showing up again.

Mel is essentially using the same propaganda the Conquistadors used over 5 centuries ago..that the Maya were savage people who killed thousands of their own people to a pagan god in a gruesome and hideous manner.

I think that what is really sad, about the way Christianity spread throughout the world, is not only that it was spread via relentless bloodshed, but that it destroyed ancient cultures and religious beliefs. The Maya remain existence, they did not go totally extinct, but modern Maya have an almost total adoption of Roman Catholicism.

During the bloody Spanish conquest of the Maya, all written records of Maya history found were ordered to be burnt by zealous Christian Spanish priests. Way to go Jesus. I think something worse than Genocide alone, is Genocide combined with eradication of an entire cultures history. It’s like rubbing them TOTALLY out of existence forever.

The movie generally was not that good anyway

The Basic story of the film is village gets pillaged, Hero is capture, hero escapes and hero kills his six pursuers, except for the last two. He is saved in the end, by the invading Spanish Conquistadors. It;s not epic, he dosn’t retreat to the jungle and raise a giant army and gets revenge on the Maya. He dosn’t die. No tragedy. It’s not even that bloody. Contrary to many Reviews, it was not bloody at all to me. Maybe I am spoiled by Japanse horror films like Ichi the Killer, but there was barely any gore. I was expecting to see babies dashed against rocks, pregnant women cut open, fetuses ripped out, eyeballs pulled out with hooks etc. But none of that. I was disappointed in the low level of gore and violence. Even the human sacrifice scenes were PG-13 to me. We saw more graphic decapitations in India Jones and the Last Crusade.

The acting at least, is quite good. And there are a few boobies. And one somewhat ‘cool’ action sequence at the very very end.

But if you do go and watch this film, watch the Jaguar attack towards the end. It is so fake looking it is comical. It looks like someone struggling with a panther-shaped slipper pretending to be mauled. At least PETA won’t complain when the Jaguar is killed since it’s so blatantly obvious it is a fake Jaguar you’d have to be an idiot to believe otherwise.

In summary, Mel made another Christian propaganda film, and didn;t bother to consult history books at all or astronomical charts before writing this piece of shit.

About the only redeeming factor of this film was the beautiful on location scenery in Mexico.

Andrea Yates and The History of Infanticide

27 Jul

Andrea Yates

It’s interesting how in the case of Andrea Yates, society is shocked that a mother will methodically kill her own children.

In history, infanticide was very common in most of the advanced, cultured ancient societies, like those of ancient Rome, Greek, China, India, and Japan.

There is an interesting letter from a Roman citizen to his spouse, dated from around 1 BC that gives a glimpse as to how casually infanticide was viewed:

“Know that I am still in Alexandria. […] I ask and beg you to take good care of our
baby son, and as soon as I received payment I shall send it up to you. If you are
delivered [before I come home], if it is a boy, keep it, if a girl, discard it.”
– Naphtali Lewis, Life in Egypt Under Roman Rule.

Plato and Socrates both were heavy endorsers of infanticide. The logic is simple, if one has a child that one can not care for, discard it.

This is the ultimate example to me, that morality is 100% a creation of man. As Mark Twain said,

“Indecency, vulgarity, obscenity- these are strictly confined to man; he invented them. Among the higher animals there is no trace of them.”
-Mark Twain

The idea that infanticide is a immoral thing to do probably began when Rome adopted Christianity around 3 AD. Rome banned infanticide shortly before the 4th Century. Christianity is a religion that branched off from Judaism, and Judaism had traditionally viewed Infanticide as morally repugnant.

It’s also worth of note that Andrea Yates’ fundamentalist Christian church instructed / indoctrinated her to ignore her psychiatrist’s orders. Coming from a Fundie background myself, I can attest to the fact that most high control religions tend to distrust psychiatrists and psychologists. An extreme example is found in Scientology, which believes that ancient psychiatrists and psychologists conspired with an evil alien God to destroy humanity.

The reason behind this is due to the ability of mental health professional to quickly and accurately inform a patient that their high control religion is brainwashing the patient and that the environment is extremely unhealthy.

Another interesting note is her ‘logic’ behind why she killed her children is not as insane as people believe. I wrote about this previously, about the dangers of afterlife beliefs because they can make murder of the innocent a logical choice.

Here is how Yates reasoned the infanticides, in her own words:

“It was the seventh deadly sin. My children weren’t righteous. They stumbled because I
was evil. The way I was raising them they could never be saved. They were doomed to
perish in the fires of hell.”
– Andrea Yates

So it is logical for her to kill them now, before they had done any wrong, and therefore save them from Hell. Sure, she’d go to Hell herself for the murders, but she figured she was already on her way so she might as well do something ‘good’, that is, kill her children while they are still innocent, therefore sending them to Heaven. It makes a lot of sense if you believe in hellfire and heaven that is. In a way, she was being a good mother and ensuring the future of her children. She was making sure they would be happy.

Very long discussion about Religion

17 Jul

BboyNeko: it’s interesting also, you do not wish to discuss religion

RandomGirl: well i dont know anything about fashion, but egh, it was bad.

BboyNeko: why is that?

BboyNeko: i am very fond of discussion religious history

BboyNeko: despite being atheist

RandomGirl: well, basically because a lot of clueless people started thinking that my Jesus shirt meant I was Christian.. and then when i informed them that I wasnt after Christian Love they got all preachy.. and then I just gave up.

BboyNeko: lol

LOOONG discussion below cut

eHarmony review

2 Jul

eHarmony Funny

I made this because I was bored. In case you didn’t know, eHarmony is basically a huge Christian dating site that does not like atheists or unbeleivers in general joining.

The site’s founder, Neil Clark Warren, has appeared on several evangelical Christian television programs, and Warren has had books published by Focus on the Family.

Sophie Delezio – Why prayer is a waste of time

11 May

Oh the irony

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Little Five Year-old Sophie survives horrible fire from car crashing into her daycare, only to be hit by car 2 years later

Sophie was 2 years old when a car went through the fence then wall of her childcare centre then burst into flames.

She lost both feet, the fingers on her right hand, an ear and all the hair on one side of her scalp in the Christmas Eve 2003 inferno at the Roundhouse Childcare Centre in Australia.

Lots of news stories about church congregations praying for her. About 2 years later she is out of hospital and her father is pushing her wheelchair across a zebra marked pedestrian crossing when BAM she gets hit by a car, gets sent flying.

Sophie is now back in hospital fighting for her life again. So we can conclude that the previous 2 years of prayers were a total waste of time.

Presumably god decided to ignore them and punish this innocent little girl for his own amusement. But do we get any acknowledgement of that from the preachers? The Christians? No, they just hold more services asking us to pray for her again without a trace of irony in their voices.

“I pray to God that she’s going to be OK.” Peter Clark, 42 said (quoted in the article)

We truly live in a demon-haunted world. After all the advancements in science and technology, over 5 billion people still believe in spirits, demons and the like.

Sophie Delezio’s father has called on people to continue praying

He said he was touched that so many people were praying for his daughter.

“It’s heartening to see how many people love Sophie. We certainly love her. It makes us feel good that people are praying for Sophie.

“We urge people, if they want to do something, to first of all pray. What’s happening now is out of our control. It’s in the doctors’ hands but they can only do so much.”

When the majority of human beings stop being superstitious and use logic and reason to dominate their lives, we will truly advance as a species.

The Genocidal Maniac known as Yahweh / Jehovah

11 May

Hosea 13:16
“Samaria] will be punished for turning against me. It will be destroyed in war–children will be beaten against rocks, and pregnant women will be ripped open
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2 Kings 2:23-25
“Elisha left and headed toward Bethel. Along the way some boys started making fun of him by shouting, “Go away, baldy! Get out of here!”

Elisha turned around and stared at the boys. Then he cursed them in the name of the LORD. Right away two bears ran out of the woods and ripped to pieces forty-two of the boys.
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Ezekiel 9:5-7
I listened as he went on to address the executioners: “Follow him through the city and kill. Feel sorry for no one. Show no compassion. 6Kill old men and women, young men and women, mothers and children. But don’t lay a hand on anyone with the mark. Start at my Temple.”

They started with the leaders in front of the Temple. He told the executioners, “Desecrate the Temple. Fill it with corpses. Then go out and continue the killing.”
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1 Samuel 15:2-3.

This is the GOD-of-the-Angel-Armies speaking:

“”I’m about to get even with Amalek for ambushing Israel when Israel came up out of Egypt. 3Here’s what you are to do: Go to war against Amalek. Put everything connected with Amalek under a holy ban. And no exceptions! This is to be total destruction–men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys–the works.‘”
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People WORSHIP this God and call him Love.

There is a much longer example under this cut (egyptian exodus)

Children’s Movies and Books: Don’t think! Don’t use your critical thinking ability or logic.

21 Apr

From Internet Infidels Discussion Board

Has it ever struck anyone how hard the “you gotta have a-faith, a-faith a-faith” line is pushed in children’s books/movies/stories/etc – even the non-religious ones?

Look how often children are told (whether directly, or vicariously through the protagonists) that Above all else, retain the mental flexibility required for doublethink. We don’t care what you believe, so long as you learn to cripple your critical faculties on demand. We’ll promise you any kind of happiness, so long as you can believe things because you want to.

Backdoor religious agenda, self-contained quirky little metameme, or utterly meaningless?

What reckon?

That is so true. I also don’t like how people who don’t believe are labeled as bad people.

The Matrix is an acurate analogy for what it is to leave a cult

21 Apr

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I was thinking about the Matrix recently…

Being brought up in a cult (Jehovah’s witness) and then leaving..the scene when Keeanu wakes up and sees everyone is plugged into a machine..that level of shock to your reality is EXACTLY the same as when someone like me, who was raised in the cult, goes through when they finally are free of the mind control.

Just like Neo searches on the internet for answers to lingering doubts about his reality, I too found my freedom online. The internet freed me.

Just like the Hackers who held the key to Neo’s freedom were demonized by the men in suits, how they told Neo the hackers were terrorists..the men and women who would help me leave the control of my religion were also demonized. They were called ‘apostates’ and considered like demons or the Devil himself.

And just like in the Matrix, those evil men and women turned out to be my saviors. I could have taken the blue pill, and stayed in blissful ignorance. Allowed others to think for me, allow myself to believe that all I had to do to be a good person is follow the rules and regulations of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society. That I would not have to think for myself, that they, the “Faithful and Discreet” slave would think for me.

I rook the Red Pill. And again, just like in the movie, I experienced a shock, unlike anything..ANYTHING that anyone who has not awakened from brain washing can possibly fathom. I was born and raised in that world..and woke up in the real world at around the age of 17.

Now..10 years later..I am STIL in schock. I am still getting accustomed to what it is to be free. To develop moral codes from scratch, to decide what I am doing, where I am going, and how.

Now I’m free, every moral value I hold, every belief is backed by evidence and fact and science. By research, critical analysis and logic. No more magic books for me. No more sky daddies. It’s an amazing feeling to be free.

But there are so very many still hooked up to the giant machine. Trapped in a world that isn’t free. Convincing themselves they are happy. Too scared to question, too frightened to ask, too petrified to think.

The relationship between Language and creationism

26 Sep

The relationship between Language and creationism

I was reading today about Old English (Spoken from about the fifth century to some time after the Norman invasion of 1066) and other forms of the English language like the fascinating Pidgin English (Spoken in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea) which uses such phrases as “maritman” (obvious evolution of the phrase ‘married man’) for modern English ‘Husband’ or “i laikim tru” (obvious evolution of the phrase “I like it, true”) for modern English ‘Interesting’.

Compare also the modern English ‘Good day’ with the Old English Gódne dæg, modern Dutch Goedendag, or modern German Guten Tag. The similarity is of course, more than mere coincidence. All these languages share a common ancestor. Old English even shares similarities to old Norse and Iclandic languages.

Other examples include the similarities between French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. All Latin-based languages. They all evolved from one common ancestor language: Latin. Again, the similarities between the now separate and distinct modern languages is not coincidence, but is concrete evidence of a common ancestry and then evolution over time. Gradual changes in grammar rules and vocabulary that eventually resulted in the modern languages. As a result, a fluent Spanish speaker can probably understand enough Italian, French or Portuguese that they can pretty much get a general gist of the topic of conversation.

Now how does this relate to such topics as Evolutionary Biology and creationism? Take a look at modern life. Look at a Rat, and a Human. Or a Pig and a Human. They share many similarities, including organ placement (almost an exact duplicate of Human organ placement when you look at a pig) and such organs as the Vomeronasal Organ. (Humans possess it, but it no longer serves a function, it is a vestigial trait. Of course, many creationists would like to think there is no such thing as vestigial traits, and all organs present in all animals serve a purpose and are not relics of evolution) The more obvious similarities are of course present, from two eyes, central nervous system, reproduction, (placental mammals) skeletal structure. 4 limbs with 5 digits per limb. Look at our fingers, with nails, which is homologous to a claw in a rat. (again, creationists would like to say there is no such thing as homologous structures between organisms) The exception to the 5 digit example is of course, the Pig which is an ungulate of the Artiodactyla order (even-toed hoofed animals). Study the Phylogeny of Pigs, it’s pretty interesting how the hooves in all ungulates evolved from 5 toes.

Just as a spanish speaker can probably understand enough italian to get by, scientists can study the effects of drugs on animals such as lab rats and get a pretty good idea of how it will affects humans, since we share many biological similarities.

In any case, the point is that in the same manner that we can easily see common ancestry of many of today’s modern languages because of their similarities, we can also see that all modern life evolved from common ancestors due to their startling similarities. (primates and humans for example) It’s more than coincidence, and good concrete evidence of macro evolution, especially when combined with the vestigial organs present in all highly evolved life.

How Judaism Began

13 Jul

Alexis: do you know if there is an exact date of the begining of judaism
BboyNeko: this past tuesday
BboyNeko: around 12:41 pm
BboyNeko: BAM! insta-judaism
BboyNeko: it was quite spectacular
BboyNeko: jews EVERYWHERE
Alexis: hey!
BboyNeko: my car was damaged though by some heavy rabbi precipitation

My New Christian Children’s Book

9 May

Christian Childrens Book

Do you think it will be a hit with the kids?

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Some bible humor

18 Apr

And it came to be that Jesus said unto the disciples: “Verily I say unto thee, f( x) = 3x^2 + 4x + 8”

And they reasoned among themselves, saying, “but master….we don’t understand”

Did the Judeo-Christian god (YHWH) command human sacrifice?

24 Sep

Seems like good ol’ YHWH liked having babies killed, yet the majority of the western world worships him:

Ezekiel 20: 25-26

25 I also gave them over to statutes that were not good and laws they could not live by; 26 I let them become defiled through their gifts-the sacrifice of every firstborn -that I might fill them with horror so they would know that I am the LORD .’

Also don’t forget about when YHWH asked Abraham to sacrifice isaac..and Abraham wasn’t like “isn’t this out of character for you?”

I find it amazing how people don’t read about the passages in the bible where god slaughters children and babies for what their parents did and they don’t stop and think ..”hmm..maybe if god is depicted here in the bible as being a genocidal homicidal baby killing maniac, it may not be a book actually written by god but by men…”

God Kills da babies:

1 Samuel Chapter 15

2 This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt. 3 Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy everything that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.’ “

God punishes babies for what their parents did:

Exodus Chapter 20

5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me.

Exodus Chapter 37

Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.

Jeremiah 32:18

You show love to thousands but bring the punishment for the fathers’ sins into the laps of their children after them. O great and powerful God, whose name is the LORD Almighty,

But..god said it is WRONG to punish children for the sins of their parents:

2 Chronicles 25

4 Yet he did not put their sons to death, but acted in accordance with what is written in the Law, in the Book of Moses, where the LORD commanded: “Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor children put to death for their fathers; each is to die for his own sins.”

The bible is fun..so many contradictions..a homicidal maniac god..baby killing god at that..and everyone loves him *shrugs*

Don’t forget he command his people to commit ritual genital mutilation on their babies as a sign of their devotion to him. (circumcision)