Monthly Archives: October 2009

Kimberly Daniels Must Be a Dumbass

The Christian Broadcasting Network published, then retracted this ignorant essay by guest contributor Kimberly Daniels: [cached here]

Witchcraft works through dirty hearts and wrong spirits. For example, most of the candy sold during this season has been dedicated and prayed over by witches.

Do people really believe that 1) there are witches and 2) they’d spend time praying over candy 3) they’d cooperate with the chocolate-sugar industrial complex and 4) that any of this would be effective?

When people get all oogy-boogy about paganism I like to remind them that every Sunday they cannibalize their messiah and drink his blood.

via The Danger of Celebrating Halloween

Kiwi Mayor Suggest Paying People Not to Breed

Is it eugenics if it is voluntary? Or coerced? Or bought?

“That there is a group within our society who give their children no hope nor opportunity from the moment that they are born,” the regional mayor wrote on the New Zealand radio website where he broadcasts as a talkback DJ. “That these ‘parents’ are known to authorities … and yet the authorities can only intervene after children have been harmed.” Mr Laws goes on to write: “it would be far better for this appalling underclass to be offered financial inducements not to have children, given the toxic environment that they would provide for any child in their care.”

via Pay problem parents not to breed – mayor | News.com.au

Penn. Supreme Court Dismisses 6,500 Juvenile Convictions in Kickbacks Scandal

He got paid for funneling kids into juvie centers:P

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court yesterday dismissed thousands of juvenile convictions issued by a judge charged in a corruption scandal, saying that none of the young offenders got a fair hearing. The high court yesterday threw out more than five years’ worth of juvenile cases heard by disgraced former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella, who is charged with accepting millions of dollars in kickbacks to send youths to private detention centers.

via State’s high court dismisses juvenile convictions.

It’s Fall, F-ckfaces

From McSweeney’s:

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to get my hands on some fucking gourds and arrange them in a horn-shaped basket on my dining room table. That shit is going to look so seasonal.When my guests come over it’s gonna be like, BLAMMO! Check out my shellacked decorative vegetables, assholes. … And I’m just going to thread another gourd onto my necklace without breaking their gaze and quietly reply, “It’s fall, fuckfaces. You’re either ready to reap this freaky-assed harvest or you’re not.”

via It’s Decorative Gourd Season, Motherfuckers..

Trucks, Trees and Gallons of Ink

Der Spiegel:

Yes, newspapers are dying, but that’s not “journalism” in any more than a historically affected way. Newspapers are dying because of their ridiculous and last-century overhead involving trucks, trees and gallons of ink. Information is not dying, nor is the public’s desire for more of it. Just because we don’t buy buggies anymore doesn’t mean we are anti-travel.

via From Der Spiegel

Wal-Mart Starts Selling Caskets and Urns

Yeah but at Costco I can get a 16 pack of Charmin Ultra-soft:

The world’s largest retailer wants to keep its customers even after they die. Wal-Mart has started selling caskets on its Web site at prices that undercut many funeral homes, long the major seller of caskets. The move follows a similar one by discount rival Costco, which also sells caskets on its site.

via The Associated Press: Wal-Mart starts selling caskets, urns online.

Brother of Afghan President on CIA Payroll

I’m glad the CIA learned their lesson:

Ahmed Wali Karzai, the brother of the Afghan president and a suspected player in the country’s booming illegal opium trade, gets regular payments from the Central Intelligence Agency, and has for much of the past eight years, according to current and former American officials. The agency pays Mr. Karzai for a variety of services, including helping to recruit an Afghan paramilitary force that operates at the C.I.A.’s direction in and around the southern city of Kandahar, Mr. Karzai’s home.

via Brother of Afghan Leader Said to Be Paid by C.I.A. – NYTimes.com.

Darwin and Culture

From Nature:

The public reception of scientific ideas depends largely on two factors: people’s ability to grasp factual information and the cultural lens through which that information is filtered. The former is what scientists tend to focus on when they give popular accounts of issues such as climate change. The assumption is that if they explain things very, very clearly, everyone will understand. Unfortunately, this is an uphill battle. ..  The lesson for today’s scientists and policy-makers is simple: they cannot assume that a public presented with ‘the facts’ will come to the same conclusion as themselves.

Darwin and culture : Article : Nature.