In a world dominated by magical thinking, superstition and misinformation, give yourself the benefit of doubt. This is one skeptic's view of the Universe; natural wonders and supernatural blunders.

"Tell people there’s an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure."

-George Carlin

“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed”.

-Albert Einstein

“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.”

-Carl Sagan

The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species. It may be a long farewell, but it has begun and, like all farewells, should not be protracted.

-Christopher Hitchens





Digby, “Bad behavior:”

I keep hearing how well behaved the Tea Partiers were compared to Occupy Wall Street, what with their polite and well mannered rallies and all. They are all over the place, getting face time as the supposedly civilized face of American protest, recalling the glory days of their “peaceful” movement.

They were anything but civilized. I’m just going to re-run this [video] again because I think it says everything that needs to be said…

Also, too, there was this. And just this past month at the GOP debates they’ve been cheering for executions, booing active duty soldiers, applauding the uninsured dying and, last night, clapping wildly for the comment “it’s your own fault” if you don’t have a job.

Humans are often not nice, and neither side in the political/cultural divide has a monopoly on goodness. But I really don’t want to hear any more nonsense about how “decent” the Tea partiers were in contrast to the Occupy Wall Streeters. Many of them behave very badly, very often and they have absolutely no room to be judgmental.

And don’t forget this nutjob.

Or this example of Tea Partiers in Yobra Linda, CA spewing disgusting Islamophobic remarks outside a mosque.

Oh, but the Wallstreet protesters are an unruly mob, and the Tea Party are such fine upstanding civilized people. /sarcasm

(Source: diadoumenos)