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12 July 2011 @ 06:17 am
Would you uproot your life and move to another city for someone that you love?


I did it for my imaginary friend, does that count?
 
 
Current Location: at work
 
 
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19 April 2011 @ 01:03 am

Found on Reddit.
 
 
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28 December 2009 @ 02:04 pm

PostSecret.

Change "write" to "draw" and this is a postcard I could have sent in.
 
 
Current Location: north campus, new delhi
 
 
 
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08 January 2009 @ 01:30 pm

Matt Bors strikes again.
 
 
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16 November 2008 @ 12:21 pm


Possible future atheism ads :)
 
 
Current Music: henry rollins
 
 
 
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19 September 2008 @ 03:49 am
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.

- Galileo Galilei

Sauce: antitheism.
 
 
 
 
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05 August 2008 @ 12:12 am
If you could make your own reality show, what would it be about and who would be on it?


I'd do a reality show on the church / ministry I worked for in Faridabad. It would reveal everything that really goes on behind the scenes of the church business (and make no mistake, it is a business), the manipulation, the lies, the hypocrisy, the abject and utter evil.

It would cover all the porn-watching, booze and sex that takes place in secret during the week while we preach living a holy and pure life and making churchgoers feel guilty for being naturally horny while they have no clue what really goes on behind the scenes.

It would cover church employees - working 18 hours a day, seven days a week, too poor to feed their family or buy their kids new clothes, living in shitty houses with no running water and sporadic electricity - being told by our boss (the senior pastor and reverend) about how as Christians we're all called to be humble and pious, making sacrifices as acts of worship to God, reminding us of how simply Jesus lived.... before he runs off in his chauffeur driven, Italian-leather-upholstered luxury car to his gigantic mansion-like house.

It would cover the ministry giving tours to very rich, well meaning, soft-hearted, generous American and European Christians who have never comprehended poverty at the magnitude you see it here in India - showing them people living in carboard boxes eating shit from garbage dumps, naked because they're too poor to even clothe themselves - causing said rich white visitors to openly sob like kids at their plight, understandably heartbroken... and then happily accepting their five and six figure donation checks and money orders so that they can continue building huge churches and buildings, get bigger houses, buy ipods and expensive laptops and suits that cost more than their church employees' earnings in a year, upgrade their cars to the next luxury vehicle fresh off the assembly lines, and fly to other countries on first class or business class tickets to give slideshows of starving people in India to even more rich people with soft hearts in other countries so they can generate more donations and then call it "God's provision." Also, see above about the state of church employees while they're doing all this.

Church leaders ass-kissing naiive and rich church members, while treating church employees slightly worse than a bowl of fresh dogshit.

Run a "bible college" for recent converts out of the villages, many of whom have hardly reached sixth grade, telling them they'll get "hands-on ministry training and experience" and then literally using them as slave labor for free, to do everything from cleaning the church toilets to moving heavy equipment to outeach programs and whatnot. Mention that recently one of them committed suicide and another had a nervous breakdown and had to be put into a psych ward.

I think it'd be... interesting to watch, to say the least.
 
 
 
 
 
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31 July 2008 @ 05:42 am
Old news, but posting for the benefit of those of you who may not have heard.

Brain scan study shows that biology and brain symmetry may determine gay/straight brains.

An edit of the rather verbose and technical article, cut down for clarity and brevity, is as follows:


According to a new Swedish study, some physical characteristics within the brains of homosexual people are also found in the brains of heterosexual people of the opposite sex.

The conclusions of the study showed that straight men and gay women both had "asymmetric" cerebral (front) parts of the brain, with the right hemisphere slightly larger than the left. Distinctly, the results of the study also showed that gay men and straight women both had "symmetrical" cerebral parts, with both brain hemispheres of the same size.

Thus, the brain scans produced in the study found important structures in the brain that control emotion, mood, anxiety, and aggressiveness are similar between gay people and straight people of the opposite sex. That is, the general structure of the amygdale in gay men was found to be similar to the structure found in straight women and, likewise, the structure of the amygdale in lesbians (gay women) was found to be similar to straight men.

This study and other similar studies have been very convincing at showing that sexual preference in humans is possibly determined at conception or developed while the fetus is developing in the mother’s womb.

In either case, it suggests that sexual preference is present at birth.

Other researchers, in previous studies of a similar nature, used responses from their subjects with respect to sexually explicit questions and actions to show a link with sexual preference and the structure of the brain.

For instance, a sample question could have included a picture of a man and a women with the question being asked: "Do you prefer one face over the other?" Such responses in these studies could have likely been learned after birth--thus, not determined before birth.

This study, however, places a direct biological link between sexual preference and brain development before birth.

Their June 16, 2008 paper entitled “PET and MRI show differences in cerebral asymmetry and functional connectivity between homo- and heterosexual subjects” was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academies of Science (PNAS).


The original article partly quoted above:
http://www.itwire.com/content/view/18827/1066/

The scientific paper itself:
http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/0801566105v1?maxtoshow=&HITS=10&hits=10&RESULTFORMAT=&fulltext=Ivanka+Savic&searchid=1&FIRSTINDEX=0&resourcetype=HWCIT

Also, for the benefit of those that still don't know, the truth is that homosexuality runs rampant in the animal kingdom. Therefore, strictly speaking, homosexuality is in fact natural:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homosexuality#Homosexual_behavior_in_animals
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homosexuality_in_animals
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9506EFD9113BF934A35751C0A9629C8B63

I'm not even getting into group sex, sex changes, lesbianism, exhibitionism, etc. that you generally may not have heard about in biology class or on National Geographic but that any biologist or scientist will tell you like it's as obvious and well known as the sky being blue.

If you want to get theological about it, animals can't / don't sin because they never bit the fruit of good and evil and don't have souls to go to heaven or hell when they die. Of course the supposed answer to this is that the Earth is fallen and that includes the animals, etc. But then just remember, kids: interracial marriage and women's rights were, up until fairly recently, also considered unnatural too. Just sayin'.

White supremacists and segregationalists thumped the Bible and preached against the abolition of slavery in exactly the same way that Christians are bemoaning the acceptance of gays and the legalization of gay marriage and gay parenting today.

Hey, don't take this heathen's word for it, ask respected Christian author Philip Yancey, he's the one that pointed that out to me in one of his books. True story.

For the record, I am one hundred percent straight.

But I have enough gay friends to know that it's not just a "choice" like, "oh, which pants should I wear today?" or "hey, where should we get dinner?" Even before Swedish scientists armed with MRIs proved it.

But that's a nice bonus too.
 
 
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26 July 2008 @ 04:02 am


Posted on antitheism
 
 
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