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Links With Your Coffee - Sunday


  • It's Sunday Where is Healthcare?

  • The Faith Trap by Richard Dawkins

  • Religion Hits Bottoms

  • Sceptic challenges guru to kill him live on TV
    When a famous tantric guru boasted on television that he could kill another man using only his mystical powers, most viewers either gasped in awe or merely nodded unquestioningly. Sanal Edamaruku’s response was different. “Go on then — kill me,” he said.
    (tip to inwit inwit

  • Don't Ask Me by Paul Rudnick
    My name is Marine Corporal Roger T., and I am one gay soldier who agrees wholeheartedly with General McPeak, although I think that he doesn’t go far enough. Because my staying closeted, in fact, makes me a better soldier, through what I term sublimation. For example: Right before heading out into a firefight with Iraqi insurgents, I always imagine myself at the beach with Merrill A. McPeak, both of us in helmets, camouflage-print Speedos, combat boots, and sunglasses. I picture myself rubbing sunblock all over the luscious, leathery hide of General McPeak, and the adrenaline rockets through my veins, and by the time I leave the Green Zone I’m ready to kill anything that moves, and then make savage, passionate love to its corpse. I’m at what I like to call my sensual, combat-ready McPeak

    (tip to Joel)



on dawkins: oh, the poor guy had a difference of opinion with an oxymoron (a female rabbi) and got an article out of it. poor baby. the ayers quote is witty, but philosophically meaningless- the same as dawkins willingness to make meaningless statements in the name of politesse. he's a better diplomat than i, i suppose, and less willing to admit to hypocricy, which he could have ended the conversation by doing. it's not the worst thing in the world. he could have said "yes, i act hypocritically in the name of peace"- which would have been fair enough. i do it too. but no, he had to try and show how his action was not hypocrytical- and failed.

the oxymoron was right. dawkins is an idol worshipper- in this case, oxford university.

My name is Marine Corporal Roger T., and I am one gay soldier who agrees wholeheartedly with General McPeak,

To me this is suspect, because I don't know one Marine that would call him or herself a soldier.

Yeah, if not for that, his whole marine persona would have been very convincing indeed.

The skeptic challenge was hilarious. I was hoping that Edamaruku would suddenly grasp his heart and fall on the floor, and then rise up and say just kidding. He must have been tempted.


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