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Victor Ganata
Richard Dawkins condemns Chapel Hill shooting suspected to have been carried out by 'anti-theist' that left three Muslims dead - The Independent http://www.independent.co.uk/news...
It seems pretty ridiculous for a single murdering atheist to represent all atheists everywhere—just as it's ridiculous for Muslim terrorists to represent all Muslims everywhere—so it seems bizarre that Dawkins finds it necessary to respond so. Although I guess he'd have no problem condemning entire religions if the situation were reversed. - Victor Ganata
I agree with Dawkins' sentiment here: "How could any decent person NOT condemn the vile murder of three young US Muslims in Chapel Hill?" (https://mobile.twitter.com/Richard...). The alleged perpetrator was an atheist: https://www.facebook.com/craig... -- and it appears many called for Dawkins to renounce the shooting. His response seems apt -- anyone would denounce this killing, theist or atheist. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
OK, that does make more sense. - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
Hate-crime charges to be explored in N.C. shooting deaths of 3 Muslims - L.A. Times http://www.latimes.com/nation...
"Authorities will investigate whether religious hate played a role in the shooting deaths of three young Muslims in an incident police said stemmed from a parking dispute at a housing complex in Chapel Hill near the University of North Carolina." - Victor Ganata
"…Hicks described himself on Facebook as an 'anti-theist' and has posted condemnations of all religions." - Victor Ganata
"'Based on the brutal nature of this crime, the past anti-religion statements of the alleged perpetrator, the religious attire of two of the victims, and the rising anti-Muslim rhetoric in American society, we urge state and federal law enforcement authorities to quickly address speculation of a possible bias motive in this case,' Nihad Awad, national executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations, said in a prepared statement." - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
Chapel Hill shooting and western media bigotry - The religious identity of violent perpetrators is only highlighted when they're Muslim - Al Jazeera http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth...
"When Christians, Jews and other non-Muslims are killed by Muslims, Islam is identified as playing a direct role. When Muslims are killed by Jews, Christians and other non-Muslims, however, the religious identity of the violent perpetrators is downplayed or ignored." - Victor Ganata
"In much of the western news discourse, the implication always seems clear; western societies should be suspicious of Muslims - all Muslims. Various pundits have taken to prominent media to offer up inflated estimates of the number of Muslim terrorists, with some suggesting that 'peaceful' Muslims are, in the first place, a minority, and, more importantly, only peaceful because they have misunderstood the teachings of their inherently violent religion." - Victor Ganata
"Always ignored is empirical evidence - of which there is no shortage - showing that Muslims aren't more violent than non-Muslims and that the overwhelming majority of Muslims believe terrorism to be an abomination." - Victor Ganata
Andrew C (✔)
'Pregnant Sims Can No Longer Brawl' And Other Amazing Sims Patch Notes - http://kotaku.com/pregnan...
"Over the past few years, EA's ridiculous simulation game has been chock full of ridiculous bugs, and rather than ruin them by paraphrasing, I've rounded up the best ones right here, all taken verbatim from actual Sims updates." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"Fixed an issue that could cause a teen to be trapped in a child's body when travelling to the future at the exact moment of a birthday." - Andrew C (✔)
"Sims can no longer 'Try for Baby' with the Grim Reaper." - Victor Ganata
"Toddlers can no longer get fleas." - Victor Ganata
"Sims who are on fire will no longer be forced to attend graduation before they can put themselves out." - Victor Ganata
Andrew C (✔)
Wait, there's been a ton of "'John & Paul & Ringo & George" parody T-shirts and not one "John & Paul & Ringo & George & Pete"?
& Stu - Brent Schaus
Our SIX members are surprise, fear... - Andrew C (✔)
Paul & Kanye & Rihanna…. - Victor Ganata
Andrew C (✔)
Shades of grey I can name: slate, gunmetal, concrete, ash, "nearly black", "almost white", silvery, "dark", "light" … "grey". D'oh.
Damn it, now I had to look it up. - Victor Ganata
TIL so far: gainsboro, Spanish gray (gris) - Victor Ganata
Heh. Confederate gray. - Victor Ganata
Cinereous sounds pretty cool. - Victor Ganata
Charcoal, heather, gravel, dust, mist, steel, elephant - Jennifer Dittrich
"kinda blue in the right light" - Steve C, Team Marina
battleship, English sky - Pete
I will accept "charcoal" and "steel" and I guess "elephant" as ones I knew at one point but forgot while writing the original tweet. The rest seem sketchy to me. - Andrew C (✔)
Earl - Brent Schaus from iPhone
Jennifer. - Anika
navy has: haze gray, deck gray, machinery gray (maybe others?) - Christina Pikas
I think Brent wins. :D - Anne Bouey
"About A Dozen Shades of Grey That I Can Name" -- a list-form novel of bondage and quick buck making by Andrew C. - Stephen Mack
list form novels: the "long form" of listicles. - Andrew C (✔)
Windows taskbar gray, old faded black jeans gray, senior hair gray, my black marker is running out of ink gray, overcooked steak gray - April Russo
Heather gray. - Joe
Davis. Spalding. Anatomy. - Corinne L
Jean - Jessie
Joel Grey, Macy Gray - Greg GuitarBuster
Luis Gray - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
Kiss from a rose on the Gray - Micah from FFHound!
Also vaguely related: shades of white. http://the-toast.net/2015... - Andrew C (✔)
Victor Ganata
Measles parties: encephalitis roulette.
it's vir-US, not vir-YOU - Pete
Lol - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Victor Ganata
Mumps outbreak linked to Idaho university spreads to Washington state - Reuters http://www.reuters.com/article...
Another potentially fatal, possibly sterilizing preventable disease makes a come back. - Victor Ganata
Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Not surprising that it spread over - students move freely between the two campuses and cities, and share a lot of the same watering holes. - Jennifer Dittrich
Victor Ganata
Whether it’s painkillers or heroin, we’re still in an opioid epidemic - The Incidental Economist http://blog.academyhealth.org/whether...
"As prescriptions for opioid painkillers have leveled off, heroin use has increased." - Victor Ganata
"The forgoing evidence suggests that policy interventions may have had their intended impact, though we can’t prove that. The authors wrote, for instance, that 'studies show that the introduction of a less desirable formulation of oxycodone can rapidly decrease demand for that formulation.' At the same time, they may have encouraged substitution of heroin for opioid painkillers, which certainly is not their intent." #UnintendedConsequences - Victor Ganata
Does this then give us the 'natural level' of ppl who will use opioids if available? And if so, is policy always going to fail? Edit: if not opioids, is it something else? - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
I am starting to believe there is something about our lifestyles and our culture that causes physical pain and drives a lot of people to use opioids. - Victor Ganata
Poor diet and lack of exercise? - Brent Schaus from iPhone
Financial stress, long work days and work weeks, resultant sleep deprivation, a culture that tends to see acknowledging pain as weakness that deserves disdain. Those sorts of things. - Victor Ganata
It would be interesting to see if there are significant differences in opioid among the industrialized nations. - Victor Ganata
Why "epidemic" instead of "glut"? - Andrew C (✔)
I remember a few research papers (using both rats and humans for tests) that show how addicts leave their addiction as their stress levels decrease. Yes, including an opioid addiction. I suppose that some percent of population is just stressed enough as not to see a better escape than a piece of chemical happiness. So the efforts should not be directed at preventing people from getting their fix, but rather on making them not need it. - 9000
Victor Ganata
He's ridiculous, but I ain't mad at 'Ye - Kanye Rushed The Grammys Stage When Beyoncé Lost Again - LAist http://laist.com/2015...
Prince's side-eye was pretty funny, too. https://twitter.com/PacSun... - Victor Ganata
^^ LOL I was just "watching" it on Twitter. Now I wish I'd seen the actual thing to watch the audience for "oh no, not again" looks. - Spidra Webster
Andrew C (✔)
Hey, in the "Frogger" game, why couldn't the frog just swim across rivers?
Alligators and turtles. - Victor Ganata
Oh, and snakes and otters. - Victor Ganata
Yeah, but the frog dies instantly in water. - Andrew C (✔)
LOL, I had to look it up and apparently the manual for the Atari 2600 version of Frogger explains that "the current is too strong" :D https://atariage.com/manual_... - Victor Ganata
Boooooooo - Andrew C (✔)
^^ impressed by Victor's research - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Victor Ganata
Mel Brooks Confirmed On A Podcast That He's Writing 'Spaceballs 2' As We Speak - Break http://www.break.com/article...
WHAT - Victor Ganata
I love him but I still haven't managed to see the first Spaceballs... - Spidra Webster
Victor Ganata
Rothbard’s Point About Child Neglect - Matt Bruenig http://mattbruenig.com/2015...
"In response to Rand Paul’s hilarious claim that parents own their children, Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig (ESB) posted at The New Republic about a slew of libertarian views about parenting that are stranger than even that." http://www.newrepublic.com/article... - Victor Ganata
"One of those views comes from Rothbard’s book Ethics of Liberty. In the book Rothbard applies the non-aggression, “no positive duty” brand of libertarianism to children and concludes, correctly, that it means that parents cannot be forced to care for their children and may even neglect them until they die…." - Victor Ganata
"First, to say someone’s helplessness creates legally-enforceable obligations in others to care for them is deeply dangerous. It might mean, for instance, that disabled people and sick people and people who can’t find work instantiate legally-enforceable obligations in others to provide for them as well. But, as we know, libertarianism is nothing if not the view that starving a disabled or unemployed person to death is not violence and legally forcing people to prevent that (through a tax for instance) is." - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
The Foolish, Historically Illiterate, Incredible Response to Obama's Prayer Breakfast Speech - Ta-Nehisi Coates - The Atlantic http://www.theatlantic.com/politic...
"Using religion to brutalize other people is not a Muslim invention, nor is it foreign to the American experience." - Victor Ganata
President Obama points out this fact: "Lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ." The usual suspects immediately lose their shit. - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
If It Happened There: Traditional Beliefs and Distrust of Authority Fueling Disease Outbreak - Slate http://www.slate.com/blogs... - how the media would cover the measles outbreak if it were in a foreign country
"Battling the country’s worst measles outbreak in years, medical professionals say that many Americans’ fears about Western medicine and distrust of the government are making it harder to combat the disease." - Victor Ganata
"Despite funding cuts that have impacted the country’s byzantine and often insufficient health care infrastructure, vaccines against measles and other diseases are widely available. But in most regions of the country, they are optional, and many parents—under the influence of celebrities, political ideologues, and radical clerics—choose not to have their children vaccinated, due to the mistaken belief that the vaccines are dangerous." - Victor Ganata
"As a result, this prosperous nation now has a lower vaccination rate than Zimbabwe." - Victor Ganata
"As in northern Nigeria and northwestern Pakistan, some American vaccine resisters are religious extremists. But many are educated, middle-class secularists under the influence of dubious health fads. Political scientists also say that years of war, social disruption, and political scandal have left many Americans highly distrustful of authority, whether represented by the government, the media, or health workers." - Victor Ganata
"While the nation’s health ministry and its embattled president have urged parents to have their children vaccinated, the message has been undermined by other prominent politicians." - Victor Ganata
"This week two potential presidential candidates—the strongman chief executive of a northeastern industrial state and a charismatic anti-government physician from the central agricultural region—expressed support for the right of parents not to have their children vaccinated. Both are members of a party known for its resistance to Western science." - Victor Ganata
"Researchers caution that the entrenched beliefs of a mistrustful population could take years for medical workers to overcome, meaning that more outbreaks could occur or even spread to other countries in the region, most of which have higher vaccination rates than the United States. Cases linked to the current outbreak have already been detected in neighboring Mexico." - Victor Ganata
"Despite setbacks, U.S. health authorities insist they have the outbreak under control and there have not yet been calls for international assistance or military intervention." - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
"The anti-vax and climate ‘skeptic’ strains of science denial have been with us for more than a decade. Until now, however, it's all seemed a bit theoretical ... But now along comes an outbreak of a once-beaten disease and — surprise — we suddenly see that science denial has actual real-world consequences, because it’s about the actual real world…"
—Adam Frank, commentator and astrophysicist professor via NPR https://www.facebook.com/NPR... - Victor Ganata
Science Denialism Has Consequences - NPR http://www.npr.org/blogs... - Victor Ganata
"The anti-vax movement, like climate change denialism, rests on the assumption that if you disagree with certain established scientific results you can just ignore them. You call the science lies — or claim the scientists have a political bias." - Victor Ganata
I think publics distrust of scientists and a lack of understanding about the science ie vacinations doesn't help. People read sensationlist news and believe it! - Halil
Well to paraphrase Barbie, "Science is hard." Seriously, people struggle with ambiguity and numbers in general ("AHA! So because there is a 1 in 10,000 chance [made up stat] that my child *might* get a /experience rash/have convulsions/whatever-unnamed-negative-reaction, THIS VACCINE IS DANGEROUS"). "Besides, my *grandma* never had got vaccinated and she lived to be 110." (which means absolutely nothing) - MoTO Boychick Devil
When we decided that we should seek medical and scientific knowledge from a Playboy Centerfold instead of actual doctors we went deep into the rabbit hole until now we have Republicans unsure if food workers "really" need to wash their hands after they take a shit.... We are doomed because worshiping celebrity makes us terminally stupid. I blame the Kardashians - WarLord
The fact that she was a playboy centerfold has absolutely nothing to do with her ability to comment intelligently on science or medicine. The fact that she completely uneducated in those fields and refuses to accept the evidence presented to her does. - DJF
She has some very smart girl glasses she wears for interviews that is like a doctors degree and yeah it IS relevant because her celebrity her "playboyness" has EVERYTHING to do with why she has the big megaphone she does in this vaccine debate. - WarLord
It's why she has a megaphone, but that doesn't mean you can disparage "seeking medical and scientific knowledge from a Playboy Centerfold". Being a playboy centerfold gave her the visibility; it did not make her stupid. Or should we ignore all of Gloria Steinem's scholarship too? - DJF
Gloria never got a pictorial, she had a waitress job that required wearing some ears. And no I emphatically disagree, we are indeed taking medical advice from someone whose qualification for celebrity was an ability to look lovely while naked. - WarLord
Well, thank god she didn't get naked. I mean, everyone knows flashing your tits in public kills brain cells every time you do it and means you should never be respected for any opinion you have afterwards. - Jennifer Dittrich
Andrew C (✔)
RT @tpm: GOP Sen. doesn't think we should force employees to wash their hands after using the bathroom http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewir... http://t.co/M8mEu0igNd
RT @tpm: GOP Sen. doesn't think we should force employees to wash their hands after using the bathroom http://bit.ly/16fYKzX http://t.co/M8mEu0igNd
Nasty-ass. - Anika
You know, you can use poop instead of soap, in an emergency. - Meg VMeg
I think they should interview the guy who's shaking his hand. - Greg GuitarBuster
To be fair, I guess he's not *really* advocating that people stop washing their hands after they take a crap. He's just suggesting that there shouldn't be any health regulations and if people get hepatitis A or E. coli O157:H7 from a restaurant or cafe, well, the free market will surely shut it down. - Victor Ganata
The Free Market knows all. And it will protect us. - MoTO Boychick Devil
Germs on hands are not due to human causes, but entirely natural fluctuations in germ levels that have existed forever. - Stephen Mack
But still, his position is incredibly asinine. In his perfect world, people still wash their hands, except it's the Invisible Hand that makes them do it (via employer mandates, I suppose) instead of government laws. What's the difference? Why isn't democracy -- which is where such laws came from -- just as valid as "voting with your wallet"? - Andrew C (✔)
SMAX JUST BLEW MY MIND! - MoTO Boychick Devil
Andrew, Andrew, Andrew, ... *sigh*. Democracy, schmemocracy. Corporations are people with important money things that make for better decisions than individuals. Haven't you been paying attention? - MoTO Boychick Devil
You don't want to wash the invisible hand? - Amit Patel
My friend pointed out that Senator Tillis proposes not to remove a regulation (washing hands) but REPLACE it with one where businesses that don't require employees to wash hands must post a sign to that effect. So he hasn't even removed any regulatory burden from businesses at all. - Andrew C (✔)
Is it me or does the GOP just plainly argue for killing everyone? Either through giving guns to idiots everywhere (including classrooms), say no to vaccines, say no to healthcare, say no to washing hands when you leave a restroom? - Me
THE HORROR! MURDERING ALL THOSE POOR INNOCENT BACTERIAL LIFE FORMS! - Joe
Every germ is sacred. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
*shakes Stephen's hand* - Jenny H. from Android
Sarah G.
Let's make a board game like Monopoly but with sharing, community and socialism as the answer to winning!
Mr 45 would HATE it. I'm in! - sglassme
(did you see the article that in France, they are putting real Euros into specially marked games? One will have all the monopoly money replaced with Euros) - sglassme
Growing up, my cousin would always try to get me to play Anti-Monopoly with him but I never understood the rules. - Victor Ganata
Not sure if you know, but Monopoly was originally designed as a 'serious games', aimed at demonstrating the evils of monopolistic capitalism. It did it quite successfully, and to some extent the introduction of the anti-monopoly laws in the US in the beginning of the 20th century could be connected to this salon game. Yet we know that eventually it became an epitome of this very evil it... more... - ⓒⓔⓐ
We actually have a Disney game where there's no "winner". It's basically a collaborative effort to reach the finish line. It's kind of fun. It's called "Eye Found It". http://www.amazon.com/World-D... - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Sglassme the next time we're all together lets play monopoly with mr 45 but we'll form a collective and beat him that way. Mr 13 would join but I don't trust miss 8 not to sell us out. - Sarah G. from iPhone
Miss 8 is pretty cut throat. - sglassme
Victor Ganata
Act Two. Freedom Fries. - This American Life http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-a... - so basically being annoyed with vocal fry is associated with misogyny and age discrimination against young people?
"A man wrote 'Listen, I know there's pressure to hire females, in particular young females just out of college. And besides, they're likely to work for less money. But do you have to choose the most irritating voices in the English-speaking world? I mean, are you forced to? Or maybe, as I imagine, NPR runs national contests looking for them.'" - Victor Ganata
"There's now robust evidence that men do this too. And like a lot of the other coverage, The Today Show story pathologizes vocal fry. It says that it's some kind of problem instead of just the way that some people talk." - Victor Ganata
"The Today Show story and other stories treat vocal fry as if it's a new phenomenon, on the rise, a fad, an epidemic. But as a linguist at the University of Pennsylvania, Mark Lieberman, has pointed out, there is still no evidence of that, pro or con-- no evidence that it is more common now than it's always been." - Victor Ganata
"What's striking in the dozens of emails about vocal fry that we've gotten here at our radio show is how vehement people are. These are some of the angriest emails we ever get." - Victor Ganata
"They call these women's voices unbearable, excruciating, annoyingly adolescent, beyond annoying, difficult to pay attention, so severe as to cause discomfort, can't stand the pain, distractingly disgusting, could not get over how annoyed I was, I am so appalled, detracts from the credibility of the journalist, degrades the value of the reportage, it's a choice, very unprofessional." - Victor Ganata
Is it really surprising, though? They're some of the easiest, safest targets for disdain. - Jennifer Dittrich
I guess I shouldn't be surprised. But I find the story of how the phenomenon of vocal fry got processed by the media as this terrible new affliction fascinating. And I'm always amused by how linguistic prescriptivism tends to go hand-in-hand with other regressive ideas. - Victor Ganata
I don't have disdain for people who talk like that. I talk with several people who have the affect. I enjoy our conversations, I just find their voices extremely grating. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I'm listening to the audio because I keep forgetting what "vocal fry" is. - MoTO Boychick Devil
To my ear Ira Glass has a touch of vocal fry. - Corinne L
*shrug*... *files under America's criticism of "black sounding names"* - MoTO Boychick Devil
I mean, sure, there are people with annoying voices, but it's fascinating that people will use that as a marker of education and professionalism (or the lack thereof). - Victor Ganata
"Listeners have always complained about young women reporting on our show. They used to complain about reporters using the word like and about upspeak, which is when you put a question mark at the end of a sentence and talk like this. But we don't get many emails like that anymore. People who don't like listening to young women on the radio have moved on to vocal fry." - Victor Ganata
see my previous comment. - MoTO Boychick Devil
I found the Lindy West piece quite gripping. She rocks. - MoTO Boychick Devil
Ira Glass: "Yeah. Have you noticed that I do it too?" - Victor Ganata
Ha! I listened to the audio but wasn't paying close attention to what he was saying in that portion. His vocal fry doesn't seem to be at the ends of sentences, though, more like certain words trigger it. - Corinne L
I couldn't even hear it in that piece. Found this video and now I can hear it https://www.youtube.com/watch... - Laura Norvig
Victor Ganata
OTOH, I guess I shouldn't be surprised that some people are against vaccinations considering how vehemently some guys will argue that they don't have to wash their hands after touching their penis.
Case in point: GOP Senator: Don't Force Employees To Wash Their Hands After Using Toilet - TPM Livewire http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewir... - Victor Ganata
who votes for these people? grrr - maʀtha
Stephen Mack
If FF were a university, would this be an academic question? #questionmark
Can a question be both academic *and* rhetorical? - Victor Ganata
The trajectory with which FF is developing mostly suggests eschatological questions. - ⓒⓔⓐ
Do you have a citation for this? - Joe
*skips class* - SAM
Is this going to be in the final? - bentley
Who's Mark? - Andrew C (✔)
FF isn't much of a university. Shouldn't at least a few have graduated by now? - Stephan from iPhone
We are on the 8 year plan. Changing majors 5 times wasn't the best idea. - Joe
I would be in academic probation. - imabonehead
Robot House! - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Victor Ganata
I choose to believe that when Data said "operations per second" he didn't mean FLOPS (via Cracked) http://www.cracked.com/photopl...
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For fun, I wanted to see if anyone had tried to compare the processing power of the human brain to a CPU. According to the first hit on Google, the human brain is estimated to be able to perform in the petaflop to exaflop range. "It seems reasonable to conclude that the human brain has a raw computational power between 10^13 and 10^16 operations per second." http://www.merkle.com/brainLi... - Victor Ganata
re: #19, equivalent to walking from LA to Chicago: fuck that, I'd rather fly. <trollface> - Andrew C (✔)
Mark H
Atheist Stephen Fry Delivers Incredible Answer When Asked What He Would Say If He Met God - http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015...
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""I’ll say: bone cancer in children, what’s that about? How dare you how dare you create a world where there is such misery that’s not our fault? It’s utterly, utterly evil. Why should I respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid god who creates a world which is so full of injustice and pain? The god who created this universe, if he created this universe, is quite clearly a maniac, an utter maniac, totally selfish. We have to spend our lives on our knees thanking him. What kind of god would do that? Yes the world is very splendid, but it also has in it insects whose whole life cycle is to burrow into the eyes of children and make them blind.”" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Attenboroughesque :) - Eivind from Android
see also Pratchett's Patrician :) - Pete
God might reply, "when you can create a world without injustice and pain, then we can talk" - Todd Hoff
Worl, as an individual I can't. Nor Stephen. Nor Todd. But God? God *could*. Question is, why not? Ah, theodicy. - Pete
Thus, god is not perfect. - Joe
God never said he was, it's people,that said that. And perfection doesn't aloow for free will, which is a handy thing to have. - Todd Hoff
Granted that the creator of the universe is not perfect. I would also say the force/energy/being is not all knowing either. (Edit to add- I would say that the creator is an experimenter.) - Joe
You guys are in full swing here but I guess I'd ask what your definition of perfect is? - MoTO Boychick Devil from Android
Generally, that which can't be improved. What is improved? There you go. - Todd Hoff
I think for a lot of us "perfect" is "what satisfies me" - MoTO Boychick Devil from Android
"The Problem of Evil" is what led me to abandon my faith when I was 11 or 12. No one around me at the time was willing or able to provide an answer to it. I've since reconciled it for myself, more or less, but it's an ongoing struggle, I must admit. - Brent Schaus from iPhone
Recently, for example, I've been reading "The Gulag Archipelago", and it's rattling my faith. I think a part of me seeks to learn about these things for that reason: to rattle my faith, and see how it fares. Probably why I stay on FriendFeed, too LOL - Brent Schaus from iPhone
Yeah, The Problem of Evil in the wake of 9/11 and the subsequent lies leading to the invasion of Iraq broke my belief as well. Coincidentally, I started reading a lot of Philip K Dick novels at the time, and his theodicy is probably the only one I'd be willing to believe: God isn't actually omnipotent. - Victor Ganata
I think Mr. Fry got it in one. Cancer. Why would anyone allow that if they had the power to prevent or stop it? And if they don't have that power, why the hell should we blindly hand over our lives to them? - Heather
Okay, God gets rid of cancer. Then what? - MoTO Boychick Devil from Android
If God is omnipotent and benevolent, why does cancer even exist in the first place? - Victor Ganata
Then cancer gets rid of God. #notatheologist #noideawhatthatmeans - Stephen Mack from iPhone
*reserves spot to comment from beyond the grave* - Micah from iPhone
Ya'll are going with the assumption that a creator thinks like its creation and feels as its creation feels. That's where modern religion seems to go off the rails in my mind. - Michael W. May
A Baha'i friend once asked me 'If you met God and he asked you what you had done with your life, what would you say?' I said 'I might ask the same of you.' - Pete
Could an imperfect human being possessing free will exist in such a way to rail against his creator (or really against the decaying, entropic universe he resides in) if everything was perfect, self-sustaining, and infinite? Guess it depends on what your assumptions or beliefs about God is. If it has human-like attributes but imbued with supreme power, then perhaps we can say the... more... - Mo Kargas
I dunno, wouldn't an omniscient and benevolent God understand and empathize with its creation? - Victor Ganata
I tend to think we imagined God as the omnipotent, omniscient version of ourselves, warts and all. Where we are vengeful, capricious, insecure - God is the Most vengeful, capricious, insecure. I tend to think that *if* there is a "creator," it is indifferent to us entirely. I can imagine that creator's response to Mr. Fry: "Cancer, blindness, bugs...they all fit within a cycle of... more... - Bren from iPhone
Inconsistent human qualities applied to something beyond us. - Mo Kargas
No really, nobody answered my question, what next? - MoTO Boychick Devil from Android
Well, ok. About what are we talking? The utterly apart Islamic God of Tawhid? The immanent yet transcendent God of the Incarnation? The Demiurge of the Gnostics? The utterly ineffable of Lovecraft? Cos if we don't know *that* all the rest of it is wandering in a maze. - Pete
But the original question isn't about "next". It's about why things are the way they are in the first place. - Victor Ganata
The monotheistic God Fry is likely talking of is *claimed* to value humans. But a Creator does not necessarily have to value or care, at least in a way which is understandable to us. - Pete
Sure, the easiest form of theodicy that doesn't do away with God entirely is to say that God isn't what we think God is, but the obvious logical consequence of that line of thinking is therefore many of the world's religions are utter bullshit. - Victor Ganata
It also assumes that we are the snake in the cage, not the mouse bred for food. - Johnny from iPhone
Well, and quite, Victor. - Pete
The original quote assumes both that God is powerful enough to affect th course of the world and demands worship. The God of many religions fits that. If you change the parameters, you are creating a new context. - Heather
That context will change from human to human regardless, due to that initial assumption. - Mo Kargas
Heather, like Isaac Newton's Clockwork Universe. Put all the pieces together and let it run. - Johnny from iPhone
Letting it run, to me, sounds like not having investment in the proceedings. Which (again just my perspective) would not require devotion and worship. If God made everything and walked away, why follow rules or pray? - Heather
The fact is that many world religions explicitly state that God is active in the proceedings of the Universe, though. - Victor Ganata
OTOH, we give our lives over to many entities that aren't omnipotent or omniscient but are nonetheless more powerful and/or (allegedly) more knowledgeable than we are—government, the free market, etc.—so if God isn't omnipotent nor omniscient, that isn't necessarily a reason not to worship or offer to service to Him/Her/Them. - Victor Ganata
Not all NDE's are of heaven. - Mike Nencetti
ooo dış mihraks fiğdini bulmasyone. otporumsu paralelizasyon - furi from Android
COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
I don't understand Roman numerals. Why is 49 XLIX instead of just IL? 51 is LI, so it's not a "L might be confused with I" thing
From Reddit - "You can only subtract a power of ten, and only from the next two higher "digits". The digits are {I, V, X, L, C, D, M}. I can be subtracted only from V and X, X can be subtracted only from L and C, C can be subtracted only from D and M" - Joe
Interesting. Thanks, Joe. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Note: For SuperBowl(tm) 50, they will be using Arabic numerals instead of Roman numerals. But they plan to return to Roman numerals after 50. - Brian Johns
People will tweet about #SuperbowlLI once the 50 is done? - Joe
I have seen IC for 99 before to represent 99 can be translated in Latin as undecentum (one from one hundred) as well as nonaginta novem (ninety and nine) - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
The current scientific theory of creation requires us to assume that all of this arose from a random quantum fluctuation that got expanded to massive scale by cosmological inflation. It doesn't require the existence of an underlying purpose or a superhuman entity guiding creation, but it doesn't preclude it either.
But once you start accepting the idea that random quantum fluctuations can influence large scale processes, you've opened the door to Boltzmann brains http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... and who is to say there *aren't* superhuman sapient entities floating around in our universe? - Victor Ganata
*cue appearance of Q* - Micah from FFHound!
"...who is to say there aren't superhuman sapient entities floating around in our universe?" - agnosticism in a nutshell. - Bren from iPhone
The same people who reject Russell's Teapot. - Heather
The difference is that Russell's Teapot doesn't affect your existence even if it exists, while a Boltzmann brain very well might. - Victor Ganata
Boltzmann brains are, probably, a delicacy in some multiverses. - Micah from FFHound!
Victor Ganata
"The procedure is performed as follows. Keep the patient supine and still to avoid potentially disrupting a stable pelvic hematoma. Obtain a baseline abdominal radiograph (KUB) and ensure the film captures the entire course of the urethra and bladder…."
"…Retract the foreskin, if present, and control the shaft of the penis with a 4 by 4 inch gauze pad to prevent slippage. Stretch the penis obliquely over the thigh to promote unfolding and visualization of the entire urethra. Fill a 60 mL syringe with 10 percent water-soluble contrast (diluted in sterile saline) and attach a Christmas tree adaptor. Insert the adaptor snugly into the urethral meatus ensuring a tight fit as leaking contrast will result in a spurious study." #InadvertentlyHorrifyingParagraphsInMedicalLiterature - Victor Ganata
"Christmas tree adaptor" caught my eye. - Victor Ganata
great hashtag - Marie
"urethral meatus" is way too many syllables for "peehole" - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
From Laundering To Profiteering, A Multitude Of Sins At The Vatican Bank - NPR http://www.npr.org/2015...
"By World War II, the church had sizable investments and created the Vatican Bank in order to hide its financial dealings with the Nazis from the U.S. and the U.K." - Victor Ganata
Kind of casts Pope Pius XII with a worse light than he already is, huh? - Victor Ganata
"They were just frozen by indecision and fear. They were afraid that if they spoke out, the Nazis might in fact move against Catholics in Germany and even move against the Pope and take him back to Germany as a prisoner. But that fear meant that they abdicated their moral position as the head of the world's largest religion, especially at a time that they continued to make money with the people committing the murder." - Victor Ganata
"One of the reasons the Vatican was frozen in fear against the Nazis and had made their alignment with the Fascists in the first place, was that they feared the Bolsheviks more." - Victor Ganata
"The thing about the Vatican Bank that makes it different in my view is that it's essentially an offshore bank in the middle of a foreign country…." - Victor Ganata
"So what does that result in? It results in the Vatican Bank being one of the top banks in the world for money laundering — a haven often for these business executives involved in scandals in Italy." - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
Unexplained phenomena Part VI: so the electric toothbrush that I'd given up for dead back in December (but which—because I am a hoarder—had not yet thrown away) decided to come back to life in the middle of the night for no particular reason except to scare the crap out of me.
On the plus side, the inexplicable puddle from yesterday http://friendfeed.com/aswang... did not rematerialize. - Victor Ganata
You need to contact Exorcisms Done Dirt Cheap. - Todd Hoff
Andrew C (✔)
It doesn't really make sense for a centaur to have two rib cages.
And two stomachs but (apparently) only one brain. - John (bird whisperer)
And six appendages. - Jennifer Dittrich from iPhone
I don't think you can really make sense of the actions of mad geneticists who create bizarre human-animal hybrids ;) - Victor Ganata
But there is a set of genes you could manipulate that would cause that sort of reduplication to give you two thoraces and an extra set of limbs #NotMedicalAdvice - Victor Ganata
@John:a cow has four stomachs, though. @Jennifer: the arms have hands with opposable thumbs, markedly different from the horse-derived limbs. - Andrew C (✔)
Yes, but that still adds up to six. It's part of why dragons are a bit WTF as well. - Jennifer Dittrich
Six limbs in mammals is not entirely unheard of, although certainly not normal http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... - Victor Ganata
The six limbs are probably easier to gengineer than the double thoraces. Although the redundant set of lungs would probably provide a selective advantage, assuming they're functional. - Victor Ganata
I bet the human-sized neck/throat limits how much air can be exchanged though. - Andrew C (✔)
NERD ALERT! NERD ALERT! HAHAHAHA - Anika
Help, I'm being cyberbullied! - Andrew C (✔)
People have obviously thought about this a great deal. - John (bird whisperer)
Victor Ganata
Unexplained phenomena Part V: woke up this morning to find a large puddle in the middle of the room downstairs. It wasn't next to a wall and the ceiling above it wasn't wet. It was enough water to completely saturate two bath towels.
I guess the exorcism—I mean, the blessing—done by a priest in 2013 didn't take. http://friendfeed.com/aswang... - Victor Ganata
What's under the floor? - bentley
Maybe that unicorn that jizzed glitter all over my living room curtain, 2 years ago, made its way to your home and pissed on your floor. http://friendfeed.com/bitchfe... - April Russo
There isn't a fridge in that area is there? - Arlan K.
Nope. The puddle was under the couch and a side table. And both are kind of in the middle of the room, not touching any walls. - Victor Ganata
It sounds like you're going to have to outfit your home with cameras, hygrometers, thermometers, etc. in the name of science. - Spidra Webster
Ok, that's freaky. - Arlan K.
The onion is getting revenge. - Anika
A spontaneous rain cloud in your living room! (also, obligatory Superintendant Chalmers quote: "The Aurora Borealis? At this time of year? At this time of day? In this part of the country? Localized entirely within your kitchen?" - Andrew C (✔)
When we encounter something like that in our line of work the water is usually coming from elsewhere but running to a 'low spot'. Or you could go with the localized auroa thing ... I like that better anyway :-) Good luck! - Shannon - GlassMistress
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