Monthly Archives: March 2012

How to drive psychiatrists insane

This is a Super-8 film of the Velvet Underground’s first public appearance – at a psychiatrists’ convention in NYC, circa 1966. It’s also the best version of “I’ll Be Your Mirror” I’ve ever heard: fuzzed-out and ear-splitting. Here’s what happened: On … Continue reading

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Justifiable anger

“Coming out is the single most effective political action a godless person can take.” – Greta Christina I just bought Greta Christina’s new book, Why Are You Atheists So Angry: 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless. The title sold me on it … Continue reading

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Religion (ain’t) for atheists

I’ve read a couple of favorable reviews of Alain de Botton’s new book, Religion for Atheists. The book sounds absolutely horrible. Seeing as many atheists have had a pretty hard time getting away from religion in the first place, why … Continue reading

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The importance of being Catholic

There’s been a recent crackdown on religion teachers in Palermo, Sicily. Apparently, they’ve been asked (required is more like it) to produce a certificate of Catholic moral fitness in order to keep their jobs. These, mind you, are teachers of … Continue reading

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***BREAKING*** Millions of Italians are atheists!

Gosh, living in Italy is just too damn funny sometimes. I mean, where else can you meet people who say things like, “This is a Catholic country” and “Catholic traditions must be respected?” These are people, I might add, who … Continue reading

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Nightflight over Earth

Here’s a stunning time-lapse video of a nightflight over our blue planet from the International Space Station. In this film, we see lightning storms and Aurora Australis sequences and, as if that isn’t enough, it also includes a gorgeous soundtrack. … Continue reading

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Ask a question…

In a recent post, PZ Myers asks: …do you see religion as a kind of social glue, or do you see it as a disastrously stupid collection of bad ideas? If you are in the latter camp, you’re a New … Continue reading

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Knowledge increases wonder

My father was a chemical engineer. In the last year of his life he was reading Stephen Hawking’s “A Brief History of Time.” He used to talk my ear off about black holes and the speed of light. I was … Continue reading

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