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."
“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed”.
“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.”
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.
Ron Paul, R-TX, during the Republican debate at the Reagan Library.
I say go for it. And let’s not stop there:
—auto manufacturers never resisted seatbelts, airbags or antilock brakes (or fireproof gas tanks, or break away steering wheels, or … ), so I am sure they will spontaneously adopt new safety technologies going forward.
—the food and drug companies never put rat carcasses in sausages, or cocaine in “health pills” when they were unregulated, so I am sure they can be trusted to never do anything like that again.
—the financial markets have always been made up of sophisticated, self-interested investors who would never buy an interlocking set of mutually reinforcing investment packages that they actually didn’t understand, crashing the global economy as a consequence, so I am sure they’ll not do it in the future.
—manufacturers never used to make cribs that collapsed on babies’ heads, strangling them, or clothes that were fire hazards filled with toxic chemicals, so I am sure they’ll never do it in the future. The same can be said for food products, lead painted toys, etc.
I mean really—the market is perfectly self-regulating and all government ever does is wreck things.
Then again, if pigs had wings they might be able to fly.
Ron Paul (via apsies)
Oh, for fuck’s sake. If they gave everyone the same rights, we wouldn’t have to fucking fight for them separately, you stupid clown.
i really hate libertarians.
Here we have a perfect example of the libertarian delusion. ‘We don’t need gay rights.’ ‘We don’t need civil rights.’ ‘Those rights are granted by GOD and only taken away by governments!’ Right? …right? Hey, Mr. Libertarian, why don’t you take your privilege-denying white ass down to West Philadelphia. Walk through Harlem, visit Detroit. Take a look at history and see what it meant for a Black man to try to vote in the 50’s in the South. Did Brown V. Board of Ed. take away someone’s rights? Hey, maybe it did. The way you libertarian fuckers frame it, it took away the school’s right to segregate. Well, if that’s the case than no rights exist except at the expense of another’s. This whole free-market prayer you keep chanting is a fucking lie. It doesn’t exist. You’re not be practical. You’re not being logical. You’re being idealistic and, ultimately, a distraction.
The biggest crime here is enough of these pseudo-intellectual ninnies got together and elected Ron Paul to office. And then, just to show how ‘different’ they were than the regular Republicans, they voted his fucking son into office! Where have I heard this dynasty story before?(via goodreasonnews)
I can respect someone who has a libertarian viewpoint, for the most part. I mean, I don’t agree with it, and I don’t think an anarchial economic society will work without severe detriment to our most vulnerable, and the only way we were able to have such a robust “free market” during the first formative years of our nation was because of basic government regulation, but at least they’re consistent. While I don’t believe the libertarian concept of government is the best, it is a valid theory that is consistent and can make sense.
Mainstream conservatism, however? I want to punch these assholes in the face. Don’t sit there and talk about how *hard* your life is as a christian white male business owner. Don’t tell me how “America has always been and always will be right of center” and go on about small government when you support any government imposition into people’s private lives as long as it doesn’t affect you as a straight white christian business owner. Don’t talk about cutting government spending when you support our current military actions in the middle east, the drug war, and morality legislation. You’re a hypocritical piece of shit and I will tear you apart any time. And DON’T judge “kids these days” as ungrateful pieces of shit who haven’t had to work for anything ever, when the only reason you can bitch about the economy is because your personal liberties have never been threatened.
Right? These assholes like to fantasize about being patriot rebels in some 2011 mix of the revolutionary war and WWII. This fantasy casts the government as red coats, liberals as nazis and America as “Reagan Land”. For the conservatives, this delusion is much more pleasant than the reality that the times are a changing. The country is getting darker, younger and more liberal. And they are left like abandoned Japanese soldiers on islands who think the war is still going on years after it ended.
You’re telling me, that a CEO who makes 500x more than his average employee is simply 500x more intelligent and hard working??