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Daniel Dennett: Ants, Terrorism, and the Awesome Power of Memes

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[Sociology]
Here's one of those talks that can change your view of the world forever. Starting with the deceptively simple story of an ant, Dan Dennett unleashes a dazzling sequence of ideas, making a powerful case for the existence of "memes" -- a term coined by Richard Dawkins for mental concepts that are literally alive and capable of spreading from brain to brain. On the way, look out for:
+ a powerful one-sentence secret of happiness
+ a compelling insight into terrorists' motivation
+ a chilling view of Islam
And just when you think you know where the talk's heading, it dramatically shifts direction and questions some of western culture's fundamental assumptions. This. Is. Unmissable.

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Richard Dawkins' The Root of all Evil?

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[Sociology]
Richard Dawkins steps away from his more traditional role as evolutionary biologist and talks more about the obsolete role religion has in society. Here's a show that was produced and aired in the UK that US network television would never have have the balls to air. Check it out. The extended DVD of this show has just recently been released.

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Vatican Priest "pretending to be gay to uncover satanic plot"

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[Sex]
A high-ranking Vatican priest has been suspended after a TV programme, using a hidden camera, recorded him making advances to a young man and asserting that gay sex was not sinful.

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What Do You Get When You Mix A Minister, A Wetsuit, And A Dildo?

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Being a soldier in the Army of Christ is one tough job--there are legions of heathens, pagans, hippies, democrats, and heretics out there who need to be shown how infinite God's love is (unless you disagree, then it's an express train to the eternal fires of Hell that God was kind enough to allow Satan to set up for us). In Montgomery, Alabama, we must now mourn for the first Navy Seal for Jesus.

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Praise The Lord And Pwn Some Noobs!

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As a brand, Christianity is pretty damn boring. Sure some Pharisees got crushed to death, some people got brought back to life after death in a non-zombie kinda way, and there are the occasional temple prostitutes--but it's just not as sexy as, say, light beer. How are churches, known throughout the land as the gathering places of squares, going to attract that tough teenage boy demographic? No, not porn. Not yet, anyway

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How To Make $100k When Your Senator Is Caught With A Prostitute

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[Get-Rich-Quick]
Meet Gene Mills, head of the Louisiana Family Forum, a fundamentalist Christian activist group that is seeking "to develop a plan to promote better science education." Their plan basically involves introducing creationism and discrediting evolution and normal scientific principals.

In addition to promoting good, strong Christian values, the Louisiana Family Forum also is in the business of defending Senator David Vitter in the scandal over his use of prostitutes in both D.C. and LA. And what's the reward? David Vitter sneaks an earmark into the US Farm Bill funneling a hundred thousand dollars to the Louisiana Family Forum.

Hello? FBI? Anyone paying attention?

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Bill Maher: We Can't Trust Theists In Government

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Bill Maher makes a provocative closing statement in this week's Real Time show on HBO, suggesting that if we had a president who didn't believe people go to heaven when they die, he might not be so willing to let them get killed in Iraq. Check out the video.

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New Host Of The View Denies Evolution, Thinks Earth Is Flat

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If you think television is getting dumber, that might be an understatement considering the new host of the morning show, "The View" isn't quite ready to admit the earth might not be flat.

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YouTube Becomes Battleground Between Creationists & Atheists

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[Activists]
Groups of atheists are up in arms due to the result of a fundamentalist Christian group firing off dozens of "copyright infringement claims" against their critics' videos and YouTube accounts. The result? Google/YouTube suspends first, and asks questions later and terminates a bunch of popular accounts of agnostics, atheists and others. The only problem is the copyright claims seem to be completely unfounded.

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The Soldier's Bible: In The Beginning God Created Kicking Ass

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There is now an essential tool for every soldier to take with them on their endless deployments to foreign lands. It's not dry socks, armor, guns, bullets, or cheesecake photos of their loved ones. No, friends, it's The Soldier's Bible.

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Kathy Griffin's Emmy Award Speech Censored

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[Vanity]
"Kathy Griffin’s offensive remarks will not be part of the E! telecast on Saturday night," the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said in a statement Monday. In her speech, Griffin said that "“a lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus."

Update: Instead of helping feed the poor or provide some other valued service, a christian group in Tennesse, the Miracle Theater group spent $90,440 on a full-page advertisement in USA Today that ran nationally Monday, proclaiming "enough is enough." in response to Kathy Griffin's acceptance speech.

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At Least Senator Vitter Picked An Honest Hooker

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For a hooker, Wendy Yow Ellis (her middle name is actually 'Yow'), does not like her integrity to be impugned. When Senator David Vitter called her a liar for alleging that they had a four month-long sexual affair the year he took Congressional office, she took some offense and was looking for a way to clear her name. Fortunately Larry Flynt, the wheeled rooter-out of both unclothed women AND hypocrisy, was happy to assist.

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Pastor Comes Forward Accusing Another Pastor Of Sexual Abuse

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[Sex]
A high-profile pastor from West Virginia says he's one of the sexual assault victims of another pastor -- and he's written a letter to the public.

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Appeals Court Rules Alcoholics Anonymous Is Sanctioned Religion

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Alcoholics Anonymous, the renowned 12-step program that directs problem drinkers to seek help from a higher power, says it's not a religion and is open to nonbelievers. But it has enough religious overtones that a parolee can't be ordered to attend its meetings as a condition of staying out of prison, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

In fact, said the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, the constitutional dividing line between church and state in such cases is so clear that a parole officer can be sued for damages for ordering a parolee to go through rehabilitation at Alcoholics Anonymous or an affiliated program for drug addicts.

We've also noted before, statistics show AA - Alcoholics Anonymous' program is no more effective than not attending ANY program.

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Catholic Nun Organization Calls For Bush/Cheney Impeachment

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[Beating Dead Horses]
A progressive group of U.S. nuns has called on Congress to impeach President Bush and Vice President Cheney because of their roles in the war in Iraq.

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Satan Hates Local Church, and Lima Beans

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Satan hates the New Life Center Church in Cedar Grove, West Virginia. How do we know? It's on a billboard...paid for by the church.

No word yet on whether Mammon, Loki, or the Easter Bunny also hate the New Life Center.

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Personal Letters Show Now-Sainted Mother Teresa Was An Atheist

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In life, Mother Teresa was an icon for believers of God's work on Earth. Her ministry to the poor of Calcutta was a world-renowned symbol of religious compassion. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

In a rare interview in 1986, Mother Teresa told CBS News she had a calling, based on unquestioned faith.

"They are all children of God, loved and created by the same heart of God," she said.

But now, it has emerged that Mother Teresa was so doubtful of her own faith that she feared being a hypocrite, according to a book of her letters which was recently released. Her doubts about faith were documented as far back as the 1950s.

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Church Group Launches "Prayer Assault" Over IRS Investigation

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Yesterday, Americans United asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the First Southern Baptist Church of Buena Park, Calif., for a potential violation of federal tax law barring electioneering by non-profit groups. Dr. Wiley S. Drake, pastor of the church, issued a press release on church letterhead endorsing Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and subsequently offered the endorsement on a church-affiliated radio show.

Instead of responding to Americans United’s concern of illegal activity, Drake issued yesterday afternoon a plea to his supporters to join in “imprecatory prayers” (curses) every morning for Americans United and its staff.

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Fallwell In Hell: A Most Irreverent Web Comic Book

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[Humor]
"As far as we can tell, this isn't exactly 'hell' in a classical sense, but more likely a place created by the powerful forces of irony released when Jerry Fallwell died of his own gluttony..."

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Bill Nye Boo'd In Texas For Saying The Moon Reflects The Sun

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[Astronomy]
Bill Nye, the harmless children's edu-tainer known as "The Science Guy," managed to offend a select group of adults in Waco, Texas at a presentation, when he suggested that the moon does not emit light, but instead reflects the light of the sun.

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