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I guess if trying to scare them with hairy palms and blindness didn't work, they are gonna have to move on to something scarier. What happens when that doesnt work? "Porn will make your your dick detach" I can't even imagine what will be after that one.
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I'm sad when the most respected news sources and bloggers spend any tme on this dumb subject. Maybe we should worry about Icke's lizard people too, becuase you know maybe, just maybe he is right?
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whoa. I'm gonna have to finish that work I promised you.
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interesting... is there an opportunity here? Would you pay a few cents extra if the process of writing a real letter (not an email) were made easier? Is there already a site that does this? Lets you write an enelectronic letter and they send out the actual letter. I know this is lame, but the biggest part that stops me from writing a letter, is the printing, envelope stuffing, finding a dog forsaken stamp, and taking to the mail box.
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Big al: That is now my favorite rebuttal Skeptico, This is sounding a lot like the macroscopic/microscopic evolution qualm creationists have. They claim that microscopic evolution (small changes at the cellular level or within species) exists, but macroscopic (one species becoming another) doesnt. they make this claim without providing the mechanism by which this sort of change would be inhibited. I'm with you that if we see one universe, without a specific limiting mechanism that would prevent another one from coming into existence, then we should assume more, not that this one is unique.
Toggle Commented Apr 26, 2010 on Fine Tuning Arguments at Skeptico
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Shocking! He was recently divorced and his parents invited a lady to the gathering? Shocking, truly shocking. Next you are going to tell me that it was predicted that he would go to the store and see a bald man!
Toggle Commented Apr 21, 2010 on Chopra - as bad as ever at Skeptico
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do you think the increase in getting the H1N1 has anything to do with the seasonal flu shot HAVING H1N1 in it? At least that is what it says on the insert.. oh really now, and perhaps you can link to an actual picture of that insert from a 2009 era flu vax? H1N1 ANTIGENs, not the virus, is going to appear in the 2010 seasonal flu vaccine because its still around as a common strain. get your facts straight before you start babbling around like that. The number of dumb things you compressed into one post is astounding.
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LOL, perhaps.
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I'm sure you didn't lose your temper, and I agree with every word, but it reads that way, and he will still score a win. Then he will go back to his church buddies and say "every time I talk with one of these atheists, they lose their temper and start calling me a piece of shit" and completely ignore the disgusting conclusions he had made during the conversation. It's likely he doesnt even recognize them at all as such. It's your blog, I dont care what you do, I like to read your posts and your responses. I like the smackdown these dorks typically get. I hate what I know will be the result of it.
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Two things: 1) I am not at all surprised anymore by the reliance on "common sense" by religious as a basis for argument. It doesnt matter if "common sense" flies right in the face of data, it doesnt matter if common sense directly causes suffering, bigotry, enslavement, they will continue to revere their institutionalized biases (otherwise known as common sense to them)over actual data time and time again. Matt clearly showed this. 2) when you lose your temper, they think they won. Its not about who actually made a better claim, who supported their arguments with actual data. If they pressed a button, said something clearly awful, and you flip out, you can almost see the smug smile on the other side of the keyboard. I've seen this dozens of times. I'm not sure why they call that a win, but they do.
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I'm going to have to be on the lookout for the next time I can properly use the term "fellating a cactus".
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Weird, I totally fear death. I'm having a really hard time with it. This is all I get and I'm trying to squeeze every bit of joy, companionship, self growth, social improvement and a variety out of other things out of these short 80 years I might get. I dont fear death because I fear something dreadful on the other side, I fear death because I'm really enjoying my time and I don't want it to end.
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Never mind that the "rubber room" policy would have been just fine for priests. The priests would sit there all day with nothing to do and would have no more contact with kids. As for teachers its a bad policy as they are relegated to the rubber room for other reasons than being accused of a crime, and can literally languish there for months getting paid to do nothing.
Toggle Commented Mar 23, 2010 on Bill Donohue - Vile and Immoral at Skeptico
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LOL tom, what?
Toggle Commented Mar 23, 2010 on Celebrities Say the Darndest Things at Skeptico
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Yak, I meant to write: (or recognition of the lack there of) damn, its late.
Toggle Commented Mar 15, 2010 on Proof That God Exists (Not) at Skeptico
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Nico, Welcome to the world of skepticism. A place where its perfectly OK to say "I was wrong", as long as it was evidence (or lack there of) and reasoning that brought you there. We generally value the opinions of people who are able to change their minds.
Toggle Commented Mar 15, 2010 on Proof That God Exists (Not) at Skeptico
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I have personal experience with this type of awakening to the fact that we're all connected. So do i. It's called communication, emotion and imagination. Its hardly mystical or incomprehensible. Everyone experiences this every day, you are hardly special. Some people insist on pretending that it requires something supernatural for it to happen.
Toggle Commented Mar 15, 2010 on Chopra - as bad as ever at Skeptico
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I like these "two faced" posts. Continues to just show that no matter what happens, no matter what evidence arises, no matter how complete the proof is, to these jerks, it will always be the vaccines that cause autism. You know becuase it can't be age of the parent, genetic inheritance, changes in diagnosis criterion, or self deception on the part of parents. That would be impossible. You know... because its the vaccines.
Toggle Commented Feb 24, 2010 on The Two J.B. Handleys at Skeptico
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doesn't it make sense the human body and it's immune system is capable of handling anything imaginable when kept in a healthy stat I hear this over and over again. So, you are saying that out of the 300 babies in the US that died from H1N1, they all had their immune system compromised? Perhaps you can show us where you got that data. you are saying that all of the 4000 people who died, mostly comprised of people under 65, all of them were immunocompromised? Perhaps you can link us to the statistics of medical records that sort that out. Ebola doesnt care how healthy you are when it takes you down. Neither does Tetanus. And neither does the flu. you can't control other factors that may contribute to your health when you are sick (like having to go to the hospital and then getting MRSA), so you are better off teaching your immune system how to repel these things up front. You are confusing non-life threatening communicable diseases (like the cold, which people get when they are perfectly healthy) with deadly ones. Everyone here does in fact know what is in vaccines. Do you? Have you actually sorted out why the medical profession thinks squalene and other adjuvants are OK or do you just listen to hysteria? Have you figured on that there is not in fact aborted babies and antifreeze in vaccines, or have you just bought into whatever someone who heard it from someone told you?
Toggle Commented Feb 23, 2010 on Mike Adams Fails Again at Skeptico
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Remarkable, I tweeted about this exact study a while ago becuase it is exactly the situation that medicine and skeptics have been warning about for years. Someone unvaccinated goes to a country with a low vax rate (in this case it was england who is currently suffering from mass delusion about the safety and efficacy of MMR), returns home to infect a community. this community had a low vax rate (around 77%) so there was a widespread infection. Exactly as warned about. And Dorkranger, twists it this way. I just want to know, is he really this retarded or is this intetional?
Toggle Commented Feb 14, 2010 on Mike Adams Fails Again at Skeptico
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I havent seen YA here in a couple of days... ... Perhaps he ran into a burning building?
Toggle Commented Feb 8, 2010 on Proof That God Exists (Not) at Skeptico
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I recommend you investigate the resurrection of Christ. First provide evidence for the existence of god (and no other gods) Then provide evidence that your brand of religion is the one that this god wants Then provide evidence that your interpretation of christianity is the one that this god favors Then, I might take a look at anything that will be in your favorite story book.
Toggle Commented Feb 6, 2010 on Proof That God Exists (Not) at Skeptico
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He is not capable of contradicting himself. interesting. Ithought you said he was omnipotent. Now you are saying he is incapable of things? Follow BDs advince. Then follow mine, prove god exists before we start talking about you particular brand of god. If you have no evidence that god exists (you don't, no one ever does, you guys have had thousands of years to make this case and trilions of dollars, and here we are again listening to the same old tripe over and over again), then you have no evidence that Tom Foss isn't your god. Conversely you could make an attempt to understand our position. Nothing is true until there is evidence for it. If there is no evidence for it, then there is no reason to live in a way as if it exists. God, unicorns, or fairies. Doesnt matter.
Toggle Commented Feb 6, 2010 on Proof That God Exists (Not) at Skeptico
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Why arent you standing in front of bullets for people? Because God has not told me to do so. Really? I dont recall any bullets in the bible. Perhaps you mean he actually talked to you? As tom mentioned, there is no reason to pay attention to things like washing hands, or looking both ways when you cross. The epitome of sin is pride. Oh how cute biblical banalities. How is anything in the quote you responded to proud? A person's soul, once created, is never destroyed. At physical death, the soul is not destroyed. A human's soul has a beginning and no ending. Thus, it must go somewhere. What color is it? What does it sound like when it moves? Let me guess, there is no difference between a soul and the previously mentioned invisible dragons. You just know a) that it exists b)all the properties of it and c) how it behaves for all of eternity. Have you noticed that 100% of your knowledge of things that can't be seen, or touched or measured in any single way all comes from one single book? Have you noticed that the majority of the world must be wrong for you to be right? Its possible that you are right and most people are wrong, but this use usually determined by evidence and supporting sources of evidence. You have your interpretation of your book, just like the majority fo the world has their interpretation on their books. Talk about eggs in one basket. God is not willing that any should perish; he is saddened that anyone should have to suffer in hell, and so, God the Father sent God the Son to Earth to die, that whoever accepts him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. so god is now knowable? You know how he feels? How he will respond? Who is filled with sinful pride now? All have sinned, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus, whom gave himself to the worst death in the existence of time that we may be forgiven and purified in the eyes of God. You have got to be kidding. Isnt god eternal? Isnt he all powerful? You are telling me that a couple of days on a cross is the worst death in the existence of time? Oh please, that should be like a mosquito bite for me. Never mind that is hardly the worst death. Drawn and quartered is worse. Tons of young women are raped for weeks, then tortured, then killed. You are going to tell me that isnt worse? I mean really if they are going to make the claim that this was the worst death ever in your storybook, then it should really be the worst death ever. That was not an interpretation; that was verbatum the Bible's texts. Oh so now you are going to choose passages from the bible as truth verbatim? How about Pi=3? Or how about killing your kids if they talk back? Or that Gods power is stronger when you are weak. If you choose that to be verbatim, why not everything? That fact that you are picking and choosing what is real from the bible and not realizing that its ALL your interpretation (or your parents as the drilled it into your head) is kind of funny. Other christians read the same books as you and worship snakes. Hey, its right there in that book. Prayer is useless without faith, and it will only happen if it is God's plan. Then prayer is useless (which it totally is). Either something is in his plan or not. What, are you such a big guy as to make him change his mind? Since prayer is useless, then you are now living in a world where it simply doesnt matter if he exists or not. Hence not. I have much evidence, even though I myself may not be able to supply the exhaustive list. Apparently you are unable to supply any list at all. That is what he has done; but he has given you free will, and you refuse him in your will. More nonsense. We have free will in many things, but not in belief. If you had free will on that then tomorrow you would be able to go the whole day not believing in god. you are unable to do this. You can act the fool, but you will not be able to stop believing that he is not looking at you. we stand from a place where we are able to change our minds, but evidence is required. Strong evidence. Each of us have explained to you what should be a minor parlor trick for a god to perform, and yet no tiny frog appears ion my hand any time I have put it out there for a test (and no soda in BDs). You stand from a place where blind faith has forced you to take facts from a highly edited, repeatedly translated, text whose first incarnations were written decades after the events. Yeah, hardly a frog appearing in my hand as evidence. I am not fond of the usage of links in such manner. Please explain the dilemma yourself. Meh? you cant click a link? Methinks we are talking to daddy at the moment. You cannot know with any degree of certainty that a null hypothesis is correct without having unlimited knowledge. What an utter and absolute fail on your part. Are we still talking to daddy here? Seriously this is the most ignorant of basic logic thing you have said so far. Seriously, I know you are only 15 (again I am starting to think some sock puppetry is going on here), but if you are going to argue, you should at least know this part. Evidence is what takes you from the null hypothesis. Provide some, where is my frog? Evidence is not: God exists because its in the bible and god wrote the bible. Then anything exists, even Dr. Suess characters. you start with presuming (not "knowing") nonexistence then work your way from there. As mentioned 100 times so far, no one here says God in any form definitely doesnt exist. Provide something substantial. (click the link, its pretty cool). Otherwise, all the stories, all the morals, all the rules and regulations, all the things you think other people should do are completely worthless without providing strong evidence of existence. Until the null hypothesis is shown to be wrong, it simply doesnt matter what is in your book no matter how you try to dress it up with centuries old arguments. Logic and Arguments without evidence are completely and utterly useless. If God is the God of the Bible, then the Bible is divinely inspired, and He gives me the ability to understand it. That's a pretty big if that you have based your whole life around. Here is a bigger one: if god exists..... Start there first. Then we can talk about whether or not you happened to pick the right one. Hebrew writings transcribed over several times maintains a 99.9 (etc) accuracy, given the lack of diacritical marks to leave room for error. bzzt. Sorry, the only way you can know that is if you have the original texts. You don't, no one does. Lots of textural critics recognize massive amounts of changes from our earliest and best copies of bibles and the many forms of present day ones. You have not seen the Law of the Excluded Middle in the material world, and yet you believe in it. I know you meant that for Tom, but as for me, why do you assume this? The statement "The glass is full" is pretty true when the glass is 3/4 full. Its not completely true, its certainly not false. The world is rarely a set of absolutes. I suggest reading "fuzzy thinking" by Bart Kosko. Aristotle wasnt right on this. (and we see bringing up age old arguments again instead of actual evidence for a god) It is not God's will Oh there you go again presuming you know God's will. What height of arrogance! We (Christians) are to spread the Gospel to the world. yes and most of us find it very annoying, perhaps its god's will now that you stop annoying people.
Toggle Commented Feb 5, 2010 on Proof That God Exists (Not) at Skeptico
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Wait, so you are saying that a false dichotomy is a logical fallacy and that things that are true for quantum mechanics aren't true for macroscopic scale things? Shocking. Where did you cut and paste that silliness from? While I do find athiests to be far more life loving than any of the theists I have ever met, there is a reality of partying all the time. 1) it hurts 2) you have to eat 3) we have to live with each other. Those three things leads to all the other things we have to do before we are dead, so we try to enjoy the mundane parts to, because there isn't a second chance. Athiests have plenty besides nature to base morality on. Personal experience, history, logic, care for others. Gimme a break. Its like arguing with a 15 year old. Oh wait. Why arent you standing in front of bullets for people? It wouldnt be killing youself (why your god might care about that if you have confessed your sins and declared JC as your savior, but whatever), and it would quicken your pace to ever lasting life.
Toggle Commented Feb 4, 2010 on Proof That God Exists (Not) at Skeptico
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