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Sunday, 02 March, 2008
What happens when an atheist organization give out free water? An island of reason in a sea of delusion.
It was some kind of festival in Boulder, Colorado, with tents and exhibits and such...
The Boulder Atheists had set up a tent, and it had been assigned to the "Mind and Body" section, which placed it smack in the middle of pretty much every purveyor of new age mysticism in town. Directly across from us was the Psychic Horizons Center, who apparently employed a number of rather attractive looking women (if you dig the whole hippie thing), but also sold remote psychic readings for your pet (mailed to you on a tape) for $75 a pop, and apparently there's a market around here for that sort of thing.
So the atheist group gave out free bottles of water, with "Boulder Atheists" printed on the bottles.
Some people liked it: "So, you guys have your own water now, huh?" Others were pretty disturbed by it. One lady took a bottle, started to walk off with it, then brought it back, saying "I'm sorry, I can't accept this." Another lady approached interested in the water, then flat out refused when she noticed it was an atheist booth. I wondered what we must look like to them, and the only thing I could think of that would make me feel that way was if I went to a booth to get free water and it was being offered by Scientologists or the KKK.
(via Friendly Atheist)
A variation on an old Interweb theme: Falling Hillary.
If she gets stuck, just use your mouse to help her fall into oblivion.
I Voted For Mittens
Now it can't be said that I don't vote. Today, I voted for Mittens.
And you should too. It's not just a pretty face. I've actually met this cat. She's not the friendliest cat in the word (she's a feral cat, after all), but she has 35 years of experience, and she's not married to a former President. And she sure is cute.
Rapture Index Update
This is not good news, folks -- unless your among a tiny cult of Christians who will actually be raptured. As much as I've poked fun of these guys in the past, I'm starting to think that the end really is near. Numbers don't lie.
However, the RI has been has high as 182 (on September 24, 2001) -- and Jesus didn't come. But that was just a temporary terrorist-related blip.
Doug Geeting House Concert
I can't believe I forgot to listen to the Doug Geeting house concert last night on Whole Wheat Radio. I was looking forward to it all week, the I completely forgot about it.
When we were in Alaska, Doug took us on a flight over Denali, and we landed on a glacier. He's a great pilot, but he's an even better entertainer.
Fortunately, Mr. Kloss makes these events downloadable.
Monday, 03 March, 2008
Make Money From Dog Fights
A great money-making opportunity: Puppy Profits.
My name is Jose Rodriguez. Six years ago my life was in shambles. I was laid off from my job, my marriage was falling apart and I was out of money and running out of hope and was not documented so it was hard to get work.
That's when I discovered canine sport fighting (sometimes called "dog fights") through a friend and went to my first event. I was awestruck! What an amazing show of animal athleticism!
Not only was it the most powerful and moving spectator sport I had ever witnessed, he was also making boatloads of money. It was then that he showed me the system he had developed to generate incredible revenue from this fun and exciting sport.
The sign-up fee is only $6,998, but it includes a copy of the popular Fight Tracker software.
Once a month or so, a big truck turns over and makes the news. THen we're treated to photos of stuff spewed all over the road. Here's a site that collects these photos: Truck Spills.
It's like taking a trip down memory lane. Do you remember this one?
On September 26, 2007, a semi-truck overturned on I-471 South near Cincinatti at the Southgate, Ky. exit. The truck spilled rotten wieners, sausages, and other processed meats on the highway. One report listed hot-dogs, lunch meat, and hamburger meat. The road was closed for most of the day while crews cleaned up the disgusting mess. No one was hurt in the accident.
Scooby-Doo And The Occult
When I was 7 or 6 years old several years ago watching the cartoon Scooby-doo I was influenced by these occultic things.
What are these occultic things in Scooby-Doo show you ask? As I can remember there were witchcrafts, voodoo dolls, spells, levitation, witches, demons, satanic and occultic symbols.
And how did they influence me you ask? Not only me, but the children around me watching the show also. They and I were amazed and curious. We had this desire to make spells, learn magic and rituals, and "Put dangerous and inappropriate things in a large bowl with fire and sticks under it."
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All cities are dirty, but some are dirtier than others. Here are the dirtiest of the dirty: The World's Dirtiest Cities.
For residents of the 25 cities on this year's list, black plumes of smoke, acid rain and free-flowing sewage are part of everyday life. Not as immediately visible: the impact on the population's health and life expectancy.
- Baku, Azerbaija
- Dhaka, Bangladesh
- Antananarivo, Madagascar
- Port au Prince, Haiti
- Mexico City, Mexico
- Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
- Mumbai, India
- Baghdad, Iraq
- Almaty, Kazakhstan
- Brazzaville, Congo
- Ndjamena, Chad
- Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
- Bangui, Central African Republic
- Moscow, Russia
- Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
- Bamako, Mali
- Pointe Noire, Congo
- Lome, Togo
- Conakry, Guinea Republic
- Nouakchott, Mauritania
- Niamey, Niger
- Luanda, Angola
- Maputo, Mozambique
- New Delhi, India
I like soup. Just about any soup. But this doesn't look too good: Duck Blood Soup.
It's not cooked at all! They just slit the duck's or goose's throat, gather all the blood in a boll, add ginger, some vegetables and sometimes sprinkle peanuts on top and there you have it, that's your soup. It only takes about 15 minutes to prepare and it's regarded as a source of strength by those who cook and eat it.
Here's a variation that looks slightly more appetizing.
(via Bifurcated Rivets)
When this article was published in 1929, nobody thought that it would become one of the world's most popular sports 80 years later: Thrills of the Turf in Ostrich Racing.
FLOWING ostrich plumes once decked the helmets of gallant knights. Later, they were worn prominently on the hats of gay cavaliers. Today the quill feathers of their wings and tails are used principally by women for hats and fashionable apparel. But ostriches are raised in great numbers in Czecho-Slovakia for a purpose other than plucking their feathers for decorations. Ostrich racing is supplanting the usual horse classics of the turf in that country and, according to observers, is far more fascinating and exciting to watch.
The powerful leg muscles of the birds allow them to travel much faster than the fleetest horse. Special saddles that fit tightly around the ostrich's body permit the riders to "stay aboard" when the birds are going at full speed. They are controlled by means of reins and a small bit that fits firmly in the mouth. The birds are trained from birth in knowledge of the track. When full-grown, they stand from six to eight feet high. They are harder to manage than a horse.
Here's just one of many YouTube videos that show modern-day ostrich racing.
Standards For Stuff
David Allen asks: What's your standard for 'stuff'?
When the number of used glasses and cups in your living area reaches a certain point, you will clean them up. For some people one is too many. Someone puts one down, they pick it up. Some people, however, will only do something about the glasses and cups when there are no more clean ones. Different standards for "stuff."
At a certain point, you will clean up your email. For some people twenty is too many. And for some, it's five thousand. There are different standards for "stuff."
I would never think of leaving a glass or cup lying around the house. But me inbox currently has 464 items -- and I just cleared it out completely about a month ago.
The Offers Are Pouring In
This is what happens when you're down and out: Rock-Bottom Loser Entertaining Offers From Several Religions.
Local resident Owen Pritchard's recent downward spiral into drug addiction, unemployment, and complete and utter hopelessness has sparked the intense interest of several top world religions, each of which is vying for his services as a devotee, the 39-year-old uncommitted prospective convert reported Monday.
"I've finally reached a point in my life where all the big religions want me," said Pritchard, whose two failed marriages and mounting gambling debts have left him penniless and in a state of blind despair. "Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism-you name it, they've come to me. I have no job, no family, no direction whatsoever. So right now, I'm totally in the driver's seat." ...
Pritchard, however, said he was in no rush to accept just any offer, as he expects to remain at the end of his rope for a long time.
"Obviously, I bring a lot to the table," Pritchard said. "I'm a broken shell of a man with nowhere else to turn and I will believe just about anything at this point, so if a religion really wants me, they're going to have to sweeten the pot. For instance, Hinduism is promising me rebirth as a king and the unlocking of all the secrets of the universe. But at this stage, that's not enough. How about throwing in some final redemption, or a car, or complete and total spiritual transcendence?"
"You're going to have to do better than eternal life," Pritchard added. "Everyone's offering that."