Archive for December, 2005

And again...

December 27th, 2005 / Religion Inspired Murders / 3 comments

Judge Commits 8 Over Exorcism Killings MEXICO CITY - A judge committed eight relatives to the psychiatric ward of a prison Thursday for the ritualistic slayings of two young family members ...

Love Bombed

December 27th, 2005 / Religion / 20 comments

In true holiday spirit, some current or former CUT members have shown their colors in the comment section of "The Atheist Manifesto." This blog was started with the desire to include all viewpoints, and within a certain range, I try to do that. I've never banned any IP addresses--until now. The only other time I've deleted comments is after notifying the commenter he was not welcome, and having the commenter himself ask me to delete them.

Happy Holidays

December 26th, 2005 / Admin / 7 comments

I know this is late, but better late than never, Right? Still not too late to wish anyone Happy New Year! Hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable CHRISTMAS, or that ...

Another One

December 22nd, 2005 / Religion Inspired Murders / Comments Off on Another One

Father jailed over 'possessed' baby 22 December 2005 A school adviser who worked closely with police has been jailed for life for torturing and killing his baby because he thought she was ...

ABC News: Federal Investigators Probe High-Tech Explosives Theft

December 19th, 2005 / Current Affairs, Newswire / Comments Off on ABC News: Federal Investigators Probe High-Tech Explosives Theft

One hundred and fifty pounds of the plastic explosive compound C-4 and 250 pounds of undetectable "sheet explosives" — a flexible explosive material that can be hidden in books and ...

You get what you want

December 19th, 2005 / Religion / 4 comments

Adherents of faith often bemoan the lack of 'values' in modern culture. But don't they secretly enjoy the diversity provided by the secular world? The 85-90% of Americans who say ...

The Atheist Manifesto

December 17th, 2005 / Religion / 21 comments

Nothing I could say would match the power, insight, and sheer genius of this essay by Sam Harris. Thanks to Goosing the Antithesis for posting this first.

Server was down

December 16th, 2005 / Admin / 1 comment

Typepad took a major dump last night. So I'm commemorating the event with an appropriate image from Special Defects. Nothing ...

Is King Kong Racist?

December 15th, 2005 / Current Affairs, Newswire / Comments Off on Is King Kong Racist?

Pinkerton writes: Any movie that features white people sailing off to the Third World to capture a giant ape and carry it back to the West for exploitation is going ...

Stanley Crouch: Pryor's flawed legacy

December 12th, 2005 / Current Affairs, Newswire / Comments Off on Stanley Crouch: Pryor's flawed legacy

When we look at the remarkable descent this culture has made into smut, contempt, vulgarity and the pornagraphic, those of us who are not willing to drink the Kool-Aid marked ...

A Moral Code of Self-Interest

December 12th, 2005 / Psychology / 10 comments

From the comment files: Re: moral code, I think it's pretty clear cut that self-interest is the highest moral principle. This must be looked at in the long-term i.e. selfishness vs. self-interest. Selfishness would be short term taking advantage of others for personal gain--which would have long term consequences such as loss of reputation, running afoul of laws, etc. In a word, selfishness of this type would be just plain stupid. A person acting this way would quickly become a pariah, and thus lose the benefit of any short-term gain.

Choice

December 9th, 2005 / Current Affairs / 2 comments

Another of my salon letters in response to this article: Of all the circumstances that govern a families' food consumption, the most important is choice. If the fast food is ...

Privacy Follies

December 9th, 2005 / Current Affairs, Science / 10 comments

A recent article in the New York Times frets about government use of cell-tracking data. This highlights a strong paradox in the growing privacy debate: With a benign government, no ...

U.S. Life Expectancy Hits All-Time High

December 8th, 2005 / Future Tech, Newswire / Comments Off on U.S. Life Expectancy Hits All-Time High

U.S. Life Expectancy Hits All-Time High

Marxist pilgrims from China can't wait to get to the capitalist shops

December 8th, 2005 / Current Affairs, Newswire / Comments Off on Marxist pilgrims from China can't wait to get to the capitalist shops

Marxist pilgrims from China can't wait to get to the capitalist shops

You are not your face

December 8th, 2005 / Science / 2 comments

"Ethical" concerns seem to be sweeping the press and some sectors of the scientific world regarding the recent "face transplant" in France. People are concerned about many things: the identity confusion of a person having someone else's face whether the use of stem-cells should have been undertaken at the same time the mental health of the patient whether something less radical could have been done whether or not the patient should receive money for photographs Some perspective is needed: First, we should be celebrating the fact that medicine has advanced to the point where such an operation is possible. Second, we should be most concerned whether the procedure works, and whether the patient can tolerate the foreign tissue long-term. That answer won't be known for months. Let's hope she makes a full recovery.

UK: GIRL SENT HOME FROM SCHOOL FOR WEARING A CRUCIFIX

December 5th, 2005 / Newswire, Religion / Comments Off on UK: GIRL SENT HOME FROM SCHOOL FOR WEARING A CRUCIFIX

A school today defended its decision to exclude a pupil after she refused to take off her crucifix necklace. Sam Morris, 16, was told to remove her ...

Majority says Wal-Mart bad for America: poll

December 1st, 2005 / Current Affairs, Newswire / Comments Off on Majority says Wal-Mart bad for America: poll

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Some 56 percent of U.S. consumers think Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is bad for America, according to a Zogby International poll released on Thursday by one of the ...