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A few interesting links…

Don’t have much to say over this holiday weekend.  Feeling sick again for the 2nd time in a month.  Ever since I started taking public transportation…BAM I’m sick twice with a goddamn cold. (Yeah I said “GODDAMN” so what)

Here are a few links I found funny or interesting the last few days.

 

Lewis Black on The New Testatment:

 

Comedian Bo Burnham gives a ranting Atheist Rap.  Pretty good!

 

Nicholas Cage losing his shit!  He’s insane but I like him anyway.

 

Breakfast at Gingers

 

You Can’t Trust Science – The Thinking Atheist

 

America is England’s Fault by Greg Proops

 

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I Don’t Believe

I’ve decided to dedicate my latest blog to Religion and it’s untruths.  For many years I doubted the existence of God but was fearful to say so out loud.  Coming from a family of believers, as we almost all are,  to state unequivocally  that you don’t believe in God is a difficult thing to come to grips with and ultimately admit.  From childhood I was taught that there was this invisible Being who no matter where I hid was watching over me.  That this Being heard all things and saw all things and here is the main teaching…punished all things.   As I got older I tried to believe.  I went to church, took communion, I read the incoherent and nasty stories in The Bible, I studied the various teachings of religious men but to no avail, I could not feel anything but a void.  The dark void that Mother Teresa confesses she herself felt when praying to this invisible Being.  How she could continue to foolishly believe in something that she knew not to be there is beyond folly.

My personal revelation came when a friend took me to see a lecture by of all people, Deepak Chopra.  In this lecture he spoke about the big bang, the seemingly chaotic force of nature that created all around us.  His focus is mainly to explain God in a much different way from the Judeo Christian view of a father figure presiding over humanity & the world.  His idea is that nature itself is God.  I was still at that point claiming to be a believer and I came away from that lecture a little upset that he could claim that God was chaotic in nature.  How is it possible that a God that created a perfect rose can be chaotic?  What about our own bodies and the perfect symmetry that is our eyes, ears and nose, placed in exactly the right place on our faces.   Wait…I then began to think it’s perfect only because we don’t know any other design for our faces.  If man had evolved with a nose on top of his head we’d think that was perfect as well.  A rose is perfect only because we as humans find it aesthetically so.  Complexity & beauty in nature is not due to a designer but in the evolutionary process.   Slowly I began to think that maybe Chopra had a point.  In fact going further then he maybe the chaos in nature really has no thought, nor rhyme or reason.  Mind you these thoughts and revelations didn’t come to me over night or in a matter of days.  This took some time to simmer in my mind.  My clumsy writing here can’t describe the many nights I spent trying to think this through.

One morning I was showering and thinking about religion and The Bible and the story of Abraham and how God spoke to him.  I wondered, why didn’t God speak to someone in China?  How about India? Why the Middle East and how did he come to choose these people and make them his own?  Skeptic that I am it came to me that this was all one big con job.  Oppressed people discover the one true God and not only does he choose them to speak to but he makes them his people.  This idea can be misconstrued to be Anti-Semitic but I’d like for you to think of it more as anti-religion.  You can think of me what you will but I believe all of religion is one big con.  Like Christoper Hitchens, I believe it has poisoned everything it touches.  It’s evolved into a way of controlling people, situations and bending nations to the whims of a few men.  It’s all one big lie.

There is more I want to say but this is where I will stop today.  I post some videos and links below that I find interesting regarding this subject by people who are far more eloquent then I am in discussing it.  Enjoy!

The Best of Christopher Hitchens

The Humanist Society: http://www.humanist-society.org

American Atheists: http://www.atheists.org

Atheist Media Blog: http://www.atheistmedia.com

God is Imaginary: http://godisimaginary.com

The Thinking Atheist: http://www.thethinkingatheist.com

The Richard Dawkins Foundation: http://richarddawkins.net

Skeptic: http://www.skeptic.com

I am an atheist, out and out. It took me a long time to say it. I’ve been an atheist for years and years, but somehow I felt it was intellectually unrespectable to say one was an atheist, because it assumed knowledge that one didn’t have. Somehow, it was better to say one was a humanist or an agnostic. I finally decided that I’m a creature of emotion as well as of reason. Emotionally, I am an atheist. I don’t have the evidence to prove that God doesn’t exist, but I so strongly suspect he doesn’t that I don’t want to waste my time. ~ Isaac Asimov, Free Inquiry 1982

What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof. ~ Christopher Hitchens

George Carlin: Religion is Bullshit!

God – John Lennon, Atheist

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The Week So Far…

Everyday I post various links to Facebook & Twitter in the hopes of either making someone laugh or think.  I realized today that Facebook’s Newsfeed doesn’t really post all of my links.  I asked my sister if she saw a certain link and she said nope.  That sucks!  I think from now on I’m going to mostly post these links here.  Forget about Facebook for the most part.  Ok…I’m lying but I am going to gather the links here at various times of the week.

Monday, September 27, 2010

My first link this week was to the incredible story of Aroldis Chapman who on Friday evening made history by throwing a pitch 105-mph.  The Cincinnati Reds 22 year old pitcher came into the game and blew the opposing batters away by throwing 25 pitches, all over 100 mph.  Amazing…here’s the link to the story by Steve Hanson for Yahoo News:

Chapman Throws the Fastest Pitch Ever Recorded

The next story was about the owner of Segway going over a cliff riding a Segway.  I know it’s a tragedy but I couldn’t help thinking of Wyle E. Coyote riding an Acme scooter over a cliff in the hopes of catching that damn Road Runner…Beep-Beep!

Segway Tycoon Dies in Cliff Plunge

NIKE has an interesting Ad for women with big butts and why it’s ok to have one.  I agree, especially about the one in the ad.

Clear Perpectives, My Butt is Big.

The 15 most bizarre soother designs or as we Latinos call them…bobos.  Some of these designs are kind of gross but pretty funny.

15 Most Bizarre Soother (Bobos) Designs

Rolling Stone magazine released their 100 best guitarists of all time this past week.   At #1 was the unforgettable Jimi Hendrix.  Even though it’s been 40 years since his death and these lists are highly subjective, there is no doubt that he was an amazing artist and a Rock & Roll Icon.  Pete Townshend of The Who, no slouch himself, writes a nice tribute to Hendrix in the story.  My guy, Eric Clapton, comes in 4th on the list but I’m not complaining, it’s an amazing list of talent.  Enjoy!

Rolling Stone Magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists

Tuesday, September 28, 2010:

This week’s big Atheist news is a story in The New York Times about a poll by the Independent Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life that shows Atheists knowing more about religion then believers.  Why am I not surprised?

Basic Religion Test Stumps Many Americans

The Coen Brothers have always been interesting filmmakers.  Even when their films seem like their pulling your leg with a shaggy dog story you still come away impressed by their story-telling gifts.  This Christmas they remake a John Wayne ditty True Grit with Jeff Bridges.  Leave it to the Coen Brothers to turn The Duke into The Dude.  Enjoy the trailer:

In Katherine Heigl‘s new movie she plays a single girl who meets a guy she hates and slowly falls in love with him.  Is this woman really going to make the same movie over and over again?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010:

The Hollywood Reporter had a story that George Lucas is going to release all six Star Wars movies in 3D in 2012.  Can someone please take these films away from this guy?  He’s like a woman addicted to plastic surgery, he just can’t stop.

Star Wars Saga Set for 3D

The Kings Speech: One of the hot films that are due for the Fall starring Colin Firth and the always great Geoffrey Rush.  Enjoy the traler!

An interesting short film that I found this morning in Roger Ebert’s Club newsletter, The Gift by Carl Erick Rinsch.

Funny Book trailer for all the Trekkies out there and yes I do count myself as one.  Night of the Living Trekkies!

Arthur Penn died Tuesday evening, he was 88.  Penn was way ahead of his time when he directed the great film Bonnie and Clyde.   If you don’t know his work rent Bonnie & Clyde, Little Big Man, Alice’s Restaurant, The Miracle Worker and one of my favorite films of his, Four Friends.  He was an artist and a very special filmmaker.

Arthur Penn, Director of Bonnie and Clyde Dies at 88

Lastly on the way home I read the news that comedian Greg Giraldo had died of an apparent prescription drug overdose.  I first saw Giraldo on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn back in 2002.  I thought he was a very funny guy and was always very good on the Comedy Central Roasts.  First it was Robert Schimmel and now Giraldo.  Funny people shouldn’t die young, they have too much to offer our hum-drum lives.  It’s a shame. RIP Greg Giraldo.

That’s it for The Week So Far.  If  you liked this let me know, if not fuck you!  I kid, I kid…I’m such a kidder.  Seriously tell me what you think.   I hope you come back and tell your friends.  Oh yeah, and please subscribe!

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See you later in the week with more crap…uh I mean stuff.

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