Chronicling the follies of religion and superstition, the virtues of skepticism, and the wonders of the real (natural) universe as revealed by science. Plus other interesting and educational stuff.

"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

 

ilovecharts:

Geography of Hate
Students from Humboldt State University have created a map of racism and homophobia in America after analysing 150,000 tweets containing hate words sent between June 2012-April 2013.
via rossabroad

ilovecharts:

Geography of Hate

Students from Humboldt State University have created a map of racism and homophobia in America after analysing 150,000 tweets containing hate words sent between June 2012-April 2013.

via rossabroad

My Twitter

The link on my blog was broken, it is now fixed.

vinegarwilliams:

paxamericana:


As reported  by Bloomberg– and confirmed on Sunday by the Saudi Arabian  billionaire’s holding company — Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has  bought $300 million worth of Twitter stock. Although it’s not clear  whether he acquired the shares on the secondary market or directly  from the company itself, the size of the investment sparked  concerns that the prince might try to influence Twitter — especially if  the revolutionary fervor of the “Arab spring” spreads to the kingdom.  Although the risk of this seems remote, that users are raising the issue  at all highlights the challenges for Twitter now that it has become a  major media entity.

Al-Waleed bin Talal is also holds the largest share of News Corp (Fox News, News International) outside of the Murdoch family. 

Just don’t let him buy tumblr. We should stop using twitter, so he loses money.

And then there’s this: JP Morgan Chase has invested in a fund that has bought $400 million in Twitter shares.

vinegarwilliams:

paxamericana:

As reported by Bloomberg– and confirmed on Sunday by the Saudi Arabian billionaire’s holding company — Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has bought $300 million worth of Twitter stock. Although it’s not clear whether he acquired the shares on the secondary market or directly from the company itself, the size of the investment sparked concerns that the prince might try to influence Twitter — especially if the revolutionary fervor of the “Arab spring” spreads to the kingdom. Although the risk of this seems remote, that users are raising the issue at all highlights the challenges for Twitter now that it has become a major media entity.

Al-Waleed bin Talal is also holds the largest share of News Corp (Fox News, News International) outside of the Murdoch family. 

Just don’t let him buy tumblr. We should stop using twitter, so he loses money.

And then there’s this: JP Morgan Chase has invested in a fund that has bought $400 million in Twitter shares.

The conversation for this has a strong and steady heartbeat that is spreading.

Mark Ghuneim, founder and chief executive officer of Trendrr, telling The New York Times that the Twitter conversation about #OccupyWallSt was producing an average of 10,000 to 15,000 posts an hour on Friday. (via thedeadline)

And yet still doesn’t appear as a ‘Trending Topic.’

(via joshsternberg)

10,000 - 15,000 posts PER HOUR.

A twitter account that retweets homophobes so they can be publicly shamed.

abaldwin360:

From the account’s creator:

It’s primarily a social experiment.

This is what I’m aiming for:

  • Seeing how homophobes react to @homophobes retweeting / following them. Will they tweet about @homophobes in response? If so, how will their followers react?
  • Making people realize how prevalent homophobia is and how much of a problem it is.
  • Making homophobes realize that what they just said was homophobic and is hurtful to some people.
  • To show others how thoughtless and/or unintelligent some people are on Twitter.
  • Making homophobes realized that even though most of their followers might support their opinion, LGBT people are everywhere and they should be careful about what they say.

I think this is a great idea, this is what I have been talking about as far as intolerance not being tolerated. Hate and bigotry should be slapped down wherever we see it.

These people need to know that society will not tolerate their hate. 

When we have political candidates that are running on a platform of discriminating against a particular group of people who are considered “immoral” because of their sexuality, we have a problem.

We will never completely get rid of homophobia, just like we’ll never completely get rid of racism, but maybe we can get it to the point where it is socially unacceptable.

Labor Day Twitter Bomb

occupywallstreet:

On Labor day tweet @KeithOlbermann @TMorello @MMFlint @CornellWest @DylanRatigan

Tweet @ each of them individually tagged #occupywallst

Ask them for their help and support, basically for their voice. Be interesting, funny, and/or persuasive, stroke egos.

“End American plutocracy. Sept 17th #occupywallst. Lend us your voice Mike. @MMFlint

“This is the last Labor Day we celebrate in bad faith. #occupywallst needs your voice @KeithOlbermann”

If you don’t have a twitter, get one (or two actually) and do this. Between them, they have millions of followers, viewers, active supporters, and fans. Tweets seem stupid I know, but if they mean a few hundred or a few thousand more attendees, they could bring us to critical mass; we can begin the end of corporate rule-by-wealth. Time is becoming crucial. Please do this.

abaldwin360:

Michele Bachmann says hurricane is a message from God to cut spending.  Funny how God never tells Republicans to cut bombing and torturing.

abaldwin360:

Michele Bachmann says hurricane is a message from God to cut spending. Funny how God never tells Republicans to cut bombing and torturing.

ilovecharts:

Ask Obama: Twitter Questions vs. Journalist Questions

Illustrating the disconnect between people and their media. I get the feeling that people watch what the media broadcasts, as opposed to the media broadcasting what the people want.

ALSO:
“Would you consider legalizing marijuana to increase revenue and save tax dollars by freeing up crowded prisons, court rooms?” was retweeted 4911 times, according to the analytics service. And when is the last time a journalist asked that question in a briefing?

ilovecharts:

Ask Obama: Twitter Questions vs. Journalist Questions

Illustrating the disconnect between people and their media. I get the feeling that people watch what the media broadcasts, as opposed to the media broadcasting what the people want.

ALSO: “Would you consider legalizing marijuana to increase revenue and save tax dollars by freeing up crowded prisons, court rooms?” was retweeted 4911 times, according to the analytics service. And when is the last time a journalist asked that question in a briefing?