Saturday, January 31, 2009

Canada: 'No God' Ads, Soon To Appear On TTC Vehicles

A controversial ad campaign by the Toronto-based Freethought Association of Canada has been approved by the Toronto Transit Commission to appear on buses and inside subway cars

Roy Zimmerman: Ted Haggard Is Completely Heterosexual

by Roy Zimmerman
(via Pharyngula)

Nature Video: David Attenborough on Darwin

British broadcaster Sir David Attenborough presents his views on Charles Darwin, natural selection, and how the Bible has put the natural world in peril in an exclusive interview for Nature Video.

To celebrate Darwin's bicentenary Nature is also providing selected content FREE online, including continuously updated news, research and analysis on Darwin's life, his science and his legacy.

James Randi: Does it Work?

Does it work? Homeopathy, Theta Healing and the like.
Links from JR:

Friday, January 30, 2009

Richard Dawkins Interviews Randolph Nesse

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This is the uncut interview with Randolph Nesse from the 'The Genius of Charles Darwin' presented by Richard Dawkins. Randolph Nesse is the author of Why We Get Sick: The New Science of Darwinian Medicine

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Egyptian Cleric Hopes for Another Holocaust

Aired January 26, 2009 on Al-Rahma TV (Egypt) - Transcript
Warning: Very graphic content
Egyptian Cleric Amin Al-Ansari Justifies the Holocaust, Airs Footage, and Declares: "This Is What We Hope Will Happen But, Allah Willing, at the Hand of the Muslims"

Tony Perkins: Obama sees unborn children as more of a threat than terrorists

January 26, 2009
CNN's John Roberts Interviews Tony Perkins from the Family Research Council about President Obama and the Christian right.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Glenn Beck Attacks Atheists and Interviews James Dobson on School Prayer

January 23, 2009 on Fox's new show 'The Glenn Beck Program'

Ted Haggard Faces More Gay Sex Accusations

January 24, 2009
Associated Press:
DENVER – Disgraced evangelical leader Ted Haggard's former church disclosed Friday that the gay sex scandal that caused his downfall extends to a young male church volunteer who reported having a sexual relationship with Haggard — a revelation that comes as Haggard tries to repair his public image.

Brady Boyd, who succeeded Haggard as senior pastor of the 10,000-member New Life Church in Colorado Springs, told The Associated Press that the man came forward to church officials in late 2006 shortly after a Denver male prostitute claimed to have had a three-year cash-for-sex relationship with Haggard. Read more
Thanks to Lydia for the tip

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Obama Overturns Ban on Abortion Funding

January 23, 2009 on CNN
President Barack Obama has signed an executive order ending the ban on federal funds for international groups that perform abortions or provide information on the option.

Barry Schuler: An Introduction to Genomics

What is genomics? How will it affect our lives? In this intriguing primer on the genomics revolution, entrepreneur Barry Schuler says we can at least expect healthier, tastier food. He suggests we start with the pinot noir grape, to build better wines.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life [Trailer + Preview clip]

Airs February 1, 2009 on BBC One
David Attenborough is a passionate Darwinian. He sees evolution as the cornerstone of all the programmes he has ever made. In this upcoming one-hour special - a highlight of the BBC's Darwin Season - David shares his personal view on Darwin's controversial idea.
Thanks TroisVitesse

James Randi Speaks: Who Gets the Credit?

by JREF (Youtube)
James Randi Speaks is a weekly video commentary of random topics that peaks James Randi's interest.
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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Stewart Lee at Weight Watchers

From Stewart Lee '41st Best Stand Up Ever!'
Thanks to Kelly for the link

Eugenie Scott: Bigfoot and Other Wild Men of the Forest

January 13, 2009
Ask a Scientist - San Francisco, CA
Presented in collaboration with the Bay Area Skeptics
Bummer. The recent claim by two Georgia men to have discovered the remains of a Bigfoot corpse turned out to be a hoax.

Sure, you didn't fall for it, but somehow a couple of blockheads and a frozen gorilla costume did manage to capture public attention and create a minor media stir.

After all, Bigfoot, Yeti, and hordes of other cryptoid missing links have been igniting human imagination for ages. Even the most skeptical of us must wonder if it's possible there really could be large, undiscovered primates on earth, still unknown to us humans.

Can we be so sure we've found them all? And if some enticing evidence presented itself, how would we test it scientifically?

Tonight physical anthropologist Eugenie Scott will help us answer the question of whether or not we might one day be able to welcome some long lost relatives to the family tree.

Outnumbered: What other religions have blown up planes?

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Monday, January 19, 2009

Saturday, January 17, 2009

The Rejection Show: Elna Baker

(via Friendly Atheist)

Rick Warren Urges Followers To Emulate Hitler Youth

James Randi: Problems with Miscommunication


Michael Shermer: Skeptic Contacted By Aliens

From Skepticblog:
It has finally happened. After decades of skeptics proclaiming that they would drop their skepticism about UFOs and alien abductions if only an extraterrestrial intelligence would contact them directly, it has finally happened right smack in the middle of the Skeptics Society offices. An ET appeared one day to lay to rest once and for all whether or not ETs have visited earth. And the aliens have a message and a warning about what we earthlings are doing to our planet. Read more

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Prop 8 - Did Mormons Go Too Far?

by American News Project
Activists claim that money from the Mormon Church was the deciding factor in passing Proposition 8 in California - banning gay marriage. The church claims to have only spent a few thousand dollars on the campaign, but ANP has uncovered evidence that may expose a gaping hole in that claim. Also, the IRS forbids religious organizations from "substantially" lobbying for political legislation. Did the Mormon Church violate this law?
(via onegoodmove)

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Congressman Joins Ministers to Anoint and Pray Over Obama Inaugural Walkway

January 7, 2009
From Earned Media:
WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 /Christian Newswire/ — In a first for presidential inaugurations, Congressman Paul Broun (pronounced BROWN) of Georgia joined the Reverends Rob Schenck (pronounced SHANK) of Faith and Action and Patrick J. Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition, both based in Washington, DC, in a prayer service inside the US Capitol today that included anointing the doorway President-Elect Barack Obama will pass through on his way to the platform to be sworn in as the 44th president of the United States on January 20.

"Anointing with oil is a rich tradition both in the Bible and in the history of the US Capitol," said Rev. Schenck. "Oil symbolizes consecration, or setting something apart for God's use. George Washington used oil during the dedication of the US Capitol. We used oil today to set apart the walkway and doors that will be the literal right of passage for Barack Obama as he ascends to the highest office in our land." Read more
(via Cynical-C Blog and Friendly Atheist)

Instruction Manual for Life

by TheraminTrees
Thanks to Brett for the link

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

BBC: Atheists Launch Bus Ad Campaign

January 6, 2009

The Guardian: All Aboard The Atheist Bus Campaign

January 6, 2009
From The Guardian by Ariane Sherine:
Today, thanks to many Cif readers, the overall total raised for the Atheist Bus Campaign stands at a truly overwhelming

£135,000, breaking our original target of £5,500 by over 2400%. Given this unexpected amount, I'm very excited to tell you that 800 buses – instead of the 30 we were initially aiming for – are now rolling out across the UK with the slogan, "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life", in locations all over England, Scotland and Wales, including Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, York, Cardiff, Devon, Leeds, Bristol and Aberdeen.  Read more
See also: The Official Atheist Bus Campaign Store

Apes that write, start fires and play Pac-Man

Savage-Rumbaugh's work with bonobo apes, which can understand spoken language and learn tasks by watching, forces the audience to rethink how much of what a species can do is determined by biology -- and how much by cultural exposure.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Richard Dawkins interviews Nicholas Humphrey

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This is the full uncut interview originally filmed for Channel 4's "The Enemies of Reason." Nicholas Humphrey is a Professor of Psychology at the London School of Economics. This video is brought to you free online by The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. If you enjoy the video, please consider supporting our work by purchasing "The Enemies of Reason: The Uncut Interviews" (which includes 8 other interviews) through our website here:

Pat Robertson Predicts 2009 After Talking to God

January 2, 2009 on The Christian Broadcasting Network