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A rescue mission in Kansas City has barred atheists from helping to feed the homeless for Thanksgiving this year, even though the group has volunteered the past two years.
The Kansas City Atheist Coalition announced the bad news on their website on Saturday that the Kansas City Rescue Mission had turned down an offer to assist with this year’s Thanksgiving event.
“Kansas City Rescue Mission has decided to use the meals they deliver as a chance to proselytize to its recipients by inserting religious literature into the meals,” the coalition noted. “They informed us that we ‘would not be a good fit’ emphasis theirs for volunteering with them, and declined to respond to any further inquiries.”
If Jesus came back today, he’d slap these people right in their smug, self-righteous faces. And all this so they can put religious pamphlets in with the meals. Why the hell does charity have to have so many strings attached? Isn’t it enough to help others without having to preach to them too? I think we all know the answer to that one. These are the same type of scumbags who bring Bibles into starving African villages instead of food.
This is the kind of thing that makes me support secular charities. Fuck the discriminatory Salvation Army, and fuck these church-associated “charities” who only pretend to help the needy while they serve their larger agendas. Give to secular and humanist organizations who help others for no other reason than because it’s the right thing to do.
Roberta Stempfley highlighted one successful attack that is designed to deny access to the website called a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. A DDoS attack is designed to make a network unavailable to intended users, generally through a concerted effort to disrupt service such as repeatedly accessing the servers, saturating them with more traffic than the website is designed to handle.
Right wingers have been distributing the link to the necessary tools to perform the attacks on the Healthcare.gov website through social networking, as pointed out by Information Week, and other websites .
The name of the attack tool is called, “Destroy Obama Care!”
“Destroy Obama Care!”, that’s the advertised name given to the attack tool by “right wing patriots” who are distributing the DDoS tool through downloads on social networks, which promises to overwhelm the Healthcare.gov website.
So it’s come to this, has it? It’s unbelievable how crazy the Affordable Healthcare Act is making the right–their manufactured hysteria is pushing them right over the edge of sanity. I hope these fuckers get busted and punished in a very public manner.
We recently went a full day without power because a nasty windstorm. Not a big deal–but we didn’t have any good flashlights handy which was kind of annoying. The next day I thought it might be a good idea to put together a “bug out bag”, or maybe just a survival kit for the house, since far worse than a power outage can happen in this part of the country. When I lived in Arizona I never had to deal with anything but the occasional outage from lightning or whatever…but in the Pacific Northwest we have the potential for earthquakes and volcanoes, and other fun things.
Out of curiosity I was doing some web searches for lists of suggested items in case I was forgetting anything. I quickly found that most of these lists begin with massive, super-detailed sections on firearms and other combat-related stuff: camo pants, machetes, black zip ties “to secure bad guys”, etc. One even says to include “1 pair of combat style boots that are well broken in to your feet.” Seriously? Well all righty then, I’ll get right on that.
Geez–I understand the need for some self-defense, but is it really necessary to go that far? I just want to stock some bare essentials to get by for a few days, not prepare for an all-out war against the rest of humanity. It creeps me out that these guys are sitting around waiting for society to collapse (because of Obamacare or whatever) so they can dress up and play Army.
“But ya don’t know when ya might find yerself in a situation when ya gotta defend yer territory against mobs of people who want yer stuff! Ya might have to live for DAYS in the wilderness livin’ on ROOTS and SMALL ANIMALS!” Right. I’ll keep that in mind as I back slowly away….
One of my friends on Facebook posted this yesterday and I just had to share because it’s the kind of thing that always throws me for a loop. This is someone who’s been looking for work for nearly a year with no luck, and he finally passed an insurance exam which will lead to a full-time job. This is apparently a tough exam which 75% of the trainees flunk, but he studied hard and he passed. Very exciting! But to whom does he give credit for this achievement?
So the Supreme Being took time out of its busy schedule of running the infinite universe and all its infinite dimensions just to help you answer a few questions on a test? This simply doesn’t compute for me. Who did the studying, read all those books, and sweated over each test answer? Only him. It astounds me that people are willing to diminish their own intellect by believing that some mystical being is pulling all the strings of life’s minutiae. God shouldn’t need to help you retain facts and figures–he allegedly gave you a brain for that purpose. Must be a crappy brain he gave us if it needs special help remembering stuff.
But you can’t make these points to the devoutly religious, because to them everything happens according to god’s will. If he had failed the test, it would have been “just part of god’s plan” rather than his own failure. Yeah, whatever helps you sleep at night. With religion, you can rationalize literally anything.
However, I wasn’t going to shit all over his parade with these kinds of thoughts because I’m not a complete bastard, but I did say say “Congrats, that’s awesome! Give yourself some credit while you’re at it, you did all the grunt work after all.” It’s the least I could do.
Saying he has “tried to live a life of principle” a Bexar County, Texas judge has announced he no longer wishes to be a member of the Republican Party where “pragmatism and principle have been overtaken by pettiness and bigotry.” The judge has decided to run for reelection as a Democrat.
He says, “I cannot tolerate a political party that demeans Texans based on their sexual orientation, the color of their skin or their economic status.” He forgot to mention people with a vagina — Texas Republicans seem hell-bent on demeaning them as well. If you’re a woman in Texas, watch out! They’re all for less government, that is unless they can get up in your uterus and start bossing things around.
The conservative mindset is in decline. Stories of cabals and secret plots provide comfort as its power wanes.
The obsession that conservatives have with conspiracies continues to baffle me. They also seem to get off on the fantasy of something Big and Bad happening in the near future, just around the corner — usually it’s either the End Times or America turning to a post-apocalypse wasteland. I have a relative who is utterly convinced that Obamacare is going to lead to the collapse of the U.S. economy. She expects that we’re all going to end up holed up in our houses with shotguns, hoarding our food and defending our territory against roaming bands of half-starved crazies. All that from making healthcare available to those who previously couldn’t afford it, too! Pretty impressive.
I just don’t understand the disconnect from reality that leads these conspiracy nuts to believe the half-baked, batshit-crazy stuff that they do. I see why it’s entertaining, and I’ve done my fair share of reading about conspiracies over the years, but I see it only as entertainment. What makes someone believe that Lady Gaga is an agent of the Illuminati? Or that Obama staged the Sandy Hook shootings as a way to press for more gun control? What sad, scared little lives these people must lead, thinking that they’re living in a “Matrix”-style universe where nothing is as it seems and invisible hands are always pulling invisible strings in order to oppress them.
There is a form of mental illness which makes people believe that close family members have been replaced by duplicates or clones. Your daughter may look, walk, and talk like the daughter you raised, but it’s not really her — it’s an exact duplicate which was created in order to mess with you! This is an actual condition caused by a chemical imbalance, and it can be treated with the right medication. Could the desperate belief in wackadoo conspiracy theories also be considered a form of mental illness? I’m starting to think so.
Let’s get real. It doesn’t matter if you think Monsanto is evil. Genetically modified food is safe — no matter what logical fallacies will lead liberals like Bill Maher to believe. If Monsanto has anything to do with it, it must be evil.
Maher, who I think gets a lot of science right, gets the science of GM food so wrong because he is unable or unwilling to disentangle the politics from the science. Many liberals seem to have the same problem.
This is a veeeeerrrrrry interesting take on the demonization of GM crops by the Left. I’ve always wondered why GM crops are always labeled as the purest evil known to man, while there seems so little evidence as to its harmfulness. Where’s the actual proof that GM crops are going to kill and mutate us all? I’ve heard all the arguments before, but nobody seems to have anything except rhetoric about “Frankenfood”, and scary, anecdotal tales of gruesome mutations and whatnot. If you poke around online, you’ll find that the studies claiming proof of GMO’s toxicity have largely been discredited as bad science and sloppily conducted in order to produce a politically-motivated result. Why is this so hard to prove, after 20 years of GMOs being out there in the world? You’ll also find that many, many articles which give reasons why GMOs are evil also happen to be selling organic foods and products. It reminds me of when Splenda hit the market and became a sensation — the sugar industry went berzerk and launched a thousand attack ads against it, claiming it causes cancer and whatnot.
And then we get into the really unpleasant aspect of the matter: well-fed Westerners telling starving people in other countries what they can and can’t eat. Denying starving children a meal? Sure, why not? That rice might be POISON! I recently ran across this damning article about Greenpeace’s efforts to keep starving people hungry and it simply enrages me.
This descent into cruelty can be traced back to 2002 in Zambia. At the time, the country faced food shortages and people were starving. The U.S sent food to help alleviate the disaster. Then, in waltzed foreign activist groups who convinced the Zambian Government that the food was “poison.” Zambia then warehoused all the food aid and refused to distribute it to their starving people.
This is a crime against humanity.
My own problem with GM foods is with Monsanto’s seed patents and their habit of suing farmers out of business for allegedly infringing on them. Sometimes it happens purely by accident, as in the famous case of one farm next to a highway frequented by passing Monsanto seed trucks. This is where things get complicated — yes, the company did the research to create these crops, but what’s going to happen in the case of a worldwide food shortage? Will they be selling their special seeds at $500 each?
So while I’m not convinced that these things are toxic, I’m worried about the future of our food supply being potentially held hostage by corporations who only look out for their own best interests. I wonder why these activists aren’t focusing on this angle more than anything else.
Recently I became a refugee from the iPhone world: I ditched the old iPhone 4 and am now part of the Android flock. Usually you hear about people going the other direction, right? The iPhone has been (arguably) the best offering on the market for the past few years. It seemed like nothing could beat its ease of use, fluid interface, and gigantic app store. But Android has caught up at last, and the phones are good enough to tempt me away from my Fruit Phone for good. I love the larger screens, the ability to customize the interface to your heart’s content, and being able to install whatever the hell you want vs. being told by Apple what you’re allowed to install. Retro game emulators? Not a problem on Android…install and play all you want, no jailbreaking needed.
Anyway I’ve been waiting for the Nexus 5 for months, but with no clear release date I began looking at phones like the Moto X and the HTC One. I finally decided on the LG G2 and instantly fell in love! It’s the one to beat right now: fast as hell, smooth as buttah, big gorgeous screen, great camera, and minimal carrier bloat (at least on T-Mobile). It’s also easily rootable if you’re into that. I can even sync it with iTunes using a cheap app. Mmmm, gadgety!
I also finally got away from AT&T, which has become a bloatmonster of ridiculous pricing and fees. Even though buying two new phones adds an extra $40 to the new monthly bill, it’s still $20 lower than AT&T. Once we pay off the phones it’ll be even less, with no contract.
Anyway that’s my geek moment for the day… If you’re looking for something different than what the Fruit Company offers, check out this phone. The Nexus 5 is bound to be a winner too. I just wasn’t willing to wait for it.
What would you do if you could travel back in time? Assassinate Marilyn Monroe? Go on a date with Hitler? Obviously. But here’s what I’d do after that: grab all the modern technology I could find, take it to the late 70′s, superficially redesign it all to blend in, start a consumer electronics company to unleash it upon the world, then sit back as I rake in billions, trillions, or even millions of dollars.
These 70′s-styled modern gadgets really make my inner child-geek drool. That plastic, boxy look with the wood-panel sticker just screams “Atari and Motorola made a cellphone baby”! Check out the rest, they’re extremely well-done and look like they’re ripped right from the pages of a 70′s electronics mag.