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The Advantages of Being a Skeptic

There are advantages to being a skeptic. The most commonly cited one is that you don't have to worry about being abducted by aliens, but there are other advantages that make a skeptical world view appealing.

You don't have to worry about being crucified, sealed in a tomb rising three days later having not taken a shower, and upon arriving home find that your house has been burglarized. *

You don't have to worry that when your friends arrive to commiserate that they will give you that what the fuck look, and note that you have been wearing those same clothes now for three days. If you are a skeptic they wont have to offer to take you to the Jesus Saves Thrift Store where you can purchase lightly used, and thankfully recently laundered attire.

If you're a skeptic you don't have to worry about running into Big Foot on a camping trip or Yeti if you're in the Himalayas, nor should you worry about being attacked by a giant snake like critter named Nettie.

When you gaze into the sky you won't have to put your imagination into hyperdrive when you see some object you can't identify. You'll go through life unable to identify many things, both in the sky and on the ground and feel okay about it.

And you won't ever get lost inside the sound stage where the moon landing was filmed, or look for multiple gunmen where there was only one, or join the ranks of the thousands of people keeping the secret of the World Trade Center bombing conspiracy.

You won't have to sort through thousands of supplements wondering if this time you've found the magic pill that will rescue from all those nasty diseases discovered by man, granting immortality in this world or another.

You may however be left out of the more popular groups, the naive and the gullible, you'll feel a bit like an alien. There are not many like you.

Chomsky on 9-11 Conspiracies

Noam Chomsky explains why he doesn't believe there was a conspiracy.

Required reading for the nuts
note: nuts is a term of endearment.
The author is a native New Yorker who works as a physicist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California with a PhD Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, from Princeton His technical interests are generally in fluid flow and energy, specifically in gas dynamics and plasma physics; and his working experience includes measurements on nuclear bomb tests, devising mathematical models of energetic physical effects, and trying to enlarge a union of weapons scientists.

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Bill Maher

I know exactly what you mean Bill I'm conspiracy weary too. Do they serve beer at Hooters?

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Brain Rot

Dyer: Film gives life to brain-rotting 9/11 conspiracy theories
The 9/11 conspiracy theory is back, in a much more virulent form, and normally sane people are being taken in by it: I am getting half a dozen earnest e-mails every day telling me I must see a film called "Loose Change." It has been around in various versions for almost two years, but it now seems to be gathering converts faster than ever.

Well, I have seen it, and I concede that it is a much slicker, more professional product than other 9/11 conspiracy films, and therefore more seductive. But the argument is pure paranoid fantasy and it is rotting people's brains.
update: I've deleted the comments and I'm not going to accept comments on this post. The brain-rotted hordes just use it as a place to link to their favorite conspiracy video. I'll let them indulge their fantasies on their own sites.

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"All truth is simple." Is that not doubly a lie?—Nietzsche

View of God can predict values, politics (tip to Bill)

The United States calls itself one nation under God, but Americans don't all have the same image of the Almighty in mind.

A new survey of religion in the USA finds four very different images of God — from a wrathful deity thundering at sinful humanity to a distant power uninvolved in mankind's affairs.

Artist Banksy targets Disney last year it was Israel's Wall

Here Pussy Pussy Pussy (tip to Jonathan)

Still laughing, did you miss this gem while you were there Peace

Getting His Goat

Some fun from the archives.

I'm not concerned I mean I'm really concerned I think about him every day .

Eisenhower had a thing or two to say about Preventive War

Debunking 9/11 Myths is not an invitation for comments about the 'conspiracy' theory. We've done all of that we're going to do on this blog. Consider it instead a public service, a view from the other side if you will. Comments on the topic pro or con will be deleted. Censorship, not really no one is preventing you from speaking on the topic. Start your own damn blog, write a letter to the editor, demonstrate on the streets of your city, but don't think you're going to use my voice to amplify your message.

Senate Intelligence Committee: No Link Between Administration and Reality

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Enron's Lay, Skilling Convicted of Conspiracy and Fraud Charges

Oh Kenney boy, the cell the cell is calling.
from now till then, you'll find it and besides
Your freedom's gone and all your friends are crying
Tis you, tis you must go and we must chide.

Great Minds think alike check out Mad Kane's effort in 2002

Colbert defending Delay Delay thinks so.

Keep smiling CONGRESS MAKES ENGLISH MUFFIN OFFICIAL BREAKFAST OF U.S. from Don Davis and this on the Times and the Republicans from Mad Kane

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Oh not again! Someone claiming there is something to Astrology after all. I see that the smugly complacent Ophelia Benson is already having some fun with it. By the way if you haven't already ordered her new book Truth Matters now would be a good time.


The 9/11 Conspiracy: A Skeptic's View

No testimony is sufficient to establish a miracle unless the testimony be of such a kind that its falsehood would be more miraculous than the fact which it endeavors to establish... —David Hume, On Miracles

Daniel Dennett and others on being good with god

Limbaugh's mug shot. A few bucks and an expensive lawyer, it appears, bought Rush a sweetheart deal.

I'm the Law Bush run amok

The Fight For Free Speech

Part Two of South Park's Cartoon Wars

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John Kasich Is Nuts

Former Ohio Congressman and the Fox News Host of Heartland John Kasich has made up his mind about the Gospel of Judas he says "I'm not very skeptical, I'm completely skeptical, I don't believe it." He ranks the Gospel of Judas it right along side the Da Vinci Code, all part of a conspiracy to destroy Christianity, and he's going to twitch and get red in the face until it goes away. Watch as he discusses the issue with James Barratt from the National Geographic It's amusing, but also quite disturbing watching a Fox News Pundit having a psychotic episode. ( note: Judging from the comments some didn't realize I edited the video leaving out some of what Britt Minshall said, in order to save some bandwidth. I've replaced the video with a smaller size to keep the bandwidth down and yet include the entire video.

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The Charlie Sheen Conspiracy

Concerned writes in the comments of an unrelated post, a no no by the way, "why is completely avoiding the recent charlie sheen/alex jones 9/11 challenging on cnn's showbiz tonight?". Funny isn't it, a conspiracy cognoscenti is concerned because I'm not covering his favorite conspiracy, and implies that I have some nefarious purpose in not jumping on his bandwagon. It's been a while since I've reminded readers that I choose what to post here based on my interests not theirs. I know it leaves me open to petty criticism, but to them I say get your own damn blog and post whatever you want. You could also do a google on it and read what others write. I'm not your tool, get it. That said, I'm not totally insensitive to others interests.



Washington Syndrome: Gaining Acceptance for Atheism

Andrew Sullivan has had some interesting discussion recently of the rampant anti-atheist sentiment in America. Here he notes Eugene Volokh's new article discussing the continuing open discrimination in child custody proceedings against atheist fathers. Sullivan:

Of course, this is an outrageous attack on religious liberty. Imagine if Christian parents were denied custody because of their faith. O'Reilly would have weeks of programming. But atheists? Naah. When Christianists declare that they are fighting for religious freedom, bring this issue up. It will determine whether they are in good faith, so to speak, or not. . .

Personally, I have a great deal of hope that this is going to start to change in the near future. Indeed, this is one area where the blogosphere could actually prove quite powerful. Ten years ago, I'm not sure there was anywhere that your average Christian American was exposed to openly atheistic viewpoints. These days, I'm constantly amazed how many prominent bloggers profess their atheism on a daily basis. On the list, with the help of The Raving Atheist: Daily Kos, Washington Monthly, The Volokh Conspiracy (Jim Lindgren), Pharyngula, Daily Pundit, onegoodmove, Matthew Yglesias, Vodkapundit, and of course many others, including me.

Of course, the average American still may not tune in to these atheist blogs, but a lot of people do. A lot more than used to face proud, open, secularism a few years ago. And since most of the hostility toward atheists, in my view, is based in the fact that so few people feel they know any, this could well start to have a dramatic effect. The informal nature of blogs, revealing much of a blogger's character and personality, has the potential to be quite powerful in this regard.

(Via Pharnyngula.)


Corruption Inquiry Threatens to Ensnare Lawmakers
The Justice Department has signaled for the first time in recent weeks that prominent members of Congress could be swept up in the corruption investigation of Jack Abramoff, the former Republican superlobbyist who diverted some of his tens of millions of dollars in fees to provide lavish travel, meals and campaign contributions to the lawmakers whose help he needed most.
The investigation by a federal grand jury, which began more than a year ago, has created alarm on Capitol Hill, especially with the announcement Friday of criminal charges against Michael Scanlon, Mr. Abramoff's former lobbying partner and a former top House aide to Representative Tom DeLay.
The charges against Mr. Scanlon identified no lawmakers by name, but a summary of the case released by the Justice Department accused him of being part of a broad conspiracy to provide "things of value, including money, meals, trips and entertainment to federal public officials in return for agreements to perform official acts" - an attempt at bribery, in other words, or something close to it.

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Dean On The Indictments

This article does a good job of explaining what's going on. What the indictments really mean, and what my be coming down the road. The bottom line. Fitzgerald was ready to charge Libby and perhaps Cheney with violation of the Espionage Act. If Libby had said he got the information from Cheney and passed it to reporters that is what he would have been charged with. The solution for Cheney and Libby throw dirt in the umpires eye. Lie and say you got it from reporters. Now the prosecutor can't prove intent because you have lied and are sticking to your lie and that explains the obstruction of justice charge. So when the apologists on the right say there is no underlying crime point them to the indictment and this article.

A Cheney-Libby Conspiracy

In my last column, I tried to deflate expectations a bit about the likely consequences of the work of Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald; to bring them down to the realistic level at which he was likely to proceed. I warned, for instance, that there might not be any indictments, and Fitzgerald might close up shop as the last days of the grand jury's term elapsed. And I was certain he would only indict if he had a patently clear case.

Now, however, one indictment has been issued -- naming Vice President Cheney's Chief of Staff Lewis "Scooter" Libby as the defendant, and charging false statements, perjury and obstruction of justice. If the indictment is to be believed, the case against Libby is, indeed, a clear one.

Having read the indictment against Libby, I am inclined to believe more will be issued. In fact, I will be stunned if no one else is indicted.

Indeed, when one studies the indictment, and carefully reads the transcript of the press conference, it appears Libby's saga may be only Act Two in a three-act play. And in my view, the person who should be tossing and turning at night, in anticipation of the last act, is the Vice President of the United States, Richard B. Cheney.

Conspiracy of Unfairness

Sunday on This Week, George Will said, "Alaska is sinking beneath the weight of federal dollars." Tom Coburn, the idiot Senator from Oklahoma agreed and dared to ask greedy Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska to give up his Bridge to Nowhere money for a bridge in New Orleans. Ted says no, but the fun is in the viewing.

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Role of Rove, Libby in CIA Leak Case Clearer

Bush and Cheney Aides' Testimony Contradicts Earlier White House Statement

a new theory about Fitzgerald's aim has emerged in recent weeks from two lawyers who have had extensive conversations with the prosecutor while representing witnesses in the case. They surmise that Fitzgerald is considering whether he can bring charges of a criminal conspiracy perpetrated by a group of senior Bush administration officials. Under this legal tactic, Fitzgerald would attempt to establish that at least two or more officials agreed to take affirmative steps to discredit and retaliate against Wilson and leak sensitive government information about his wife. To prove a criminal conspiracy, the actions need not have been criminal, but conspirators must have had a criminal purpose.

Could Fitzgerald be going after the whole gang. Oh my, I'm starting to get all tinglely.

update: Bush Directly Involved this from Think Progess.

THE FIRST ANNUAL AGITPROP "FOX NEWS ALERT" CHALLENGE Have you ever wondered what dramatic "news alerts" Fox would have broadcasted if they were around for the past 200 years?

Such A Tease (thanks to Nano for the heads up)

Jon Stewart is very funny and on his cult US television show he's a rare scourge of the rich and powerful, especially Bush and his court. Gary Younge puts it to him, is he really angry with America, or is he a man on a mission for the next joke?

The best God joke ever - and it's mine!

No not this one, but being from Utah I found it funny.

A Mormon told me that they don't drink coffee. I said, "A cup of coffee every day gives you wonderful benefits." He said, "Like what?" I said, "Well, it keeps you from being Mormon

Wild gorillas seen to use tools

What's fascinating is the similarity between what these creatures have done and what we do

Gorillas have been seen for the first time using simple tools to perform tasks in the wild, researchers say. Scientists observed gorillas in a remote Congolese forest using sticks to test the depth of muddy water and to cross swampy areas.

Go Ahead, Make My Day

DeLay Indicted in Texas Campaign Finance Probe

House Majority leader temporarily steps down from his post.

WASHINGTON -- A Texas grand jury today charged Rep. Tom DeLay and two political associates with conspiracy in a campaign finance scheme, forcing the House majority leader to temporarily relinquish his post.
DeLay attorney Steve Brittain said DeLay was accused of a criminal conspiracy along with two associates, John Colyandro, former executive director of a Texas political action committee formed by DeLay, and Jim Ellis, who heads DeLay's national political committee.
"I have notified the speaker that I will temporarily step aside from my position as majority leader pursuant to rules of the House Republican Conference and the actions of the Travis County district attorney today," DeLay said.
GOP congressional officials said Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., will recommend that Rep. David Dreier of California step into those duties. Some of the duties may go to the GOP whip, Rep. Roy Blunt of Missouri. The Republican rank and file may meet as early as this evening to act on Hastert's recommendation.
The charge carries a potential two-year sentence, which forces DeLay to step down under House Republican rules.

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Richard Dawkins on Coming Out Against Religious Mania

Giving Darwin The Finger Framing the debate with images.

'Vanity Fair' Rips Media 'Conspiracy' in Covering Up Role in Plame Scandal

Closer to home, kaboom!


A huge crater in the middle of Highway 6 in Spanish Fork Canyon, after a truck carrying explosives exploded Wednesday afternoon.
(Rick Egan/The Salt Lake Tribune)

CNN commits iChat AV experiment hmmm

Liberals Are So Intolerant!

The Right loves to sling this smug accusation at critics from the Left. Mark Morford has a reply

A Voice Crying in the Wilderness

If democracy only works when there is open discussion of opposing ideas and policies, and if the opposition party, in this case the Democrats, has hand-cuffed, blind-folded, gagged, and hog-tied itself to a failed invasion and occupation in the Middle East, where will the expanding majority of Americans look for a representative, a spokesperson, a voice for their anger, frustration, and distrust at being misled?

Green Day Video When September Ends. Oh

How to fold a shirt (flash) Just thought you should know.