The Atheist Experience is a weekly cable access television show in Austin, Texas geared toward a non-atheist audience. Every week we field live calls from atheists and believers alike, and you never know what you’re going to get! Sometimes it can get quite feisty indeed! You don’t want to miss it.
Available as podcast too
I’ll have to check out the podcast! And in Austin, no less. o_Ô
“This morning I saw her photo on NYTimes.com and I started to cry. There are not so many people who can make me cry anymore. She was the first, the best, and any other celebrity who fought for us came after her. And she never stopped. Great activists know that you must never ever stop fighting, and she never did. She always showed up when others failed to. No matter how she felt or thought she looked, she got herself there. I shook her hands maybe half a dozen times at AmFAR events. It was like touching royalty. Well, she was that.”—Larry Kramer ~ AIDS activist, founder of GMHC and ACT UP, and author of the upcoming Broadway revival of The Normal Heart
Pat Tillman was born in 1976 in Fremont, California. Pat Tillman attended Leland High School in San Jose, California. (The same high school I attended.) He excelled in football and helped lead Leland to the Central Coast Division. Tillman’s skill in football helped him land a scholarship to…
“I didn’t learn until I was in college about all the other cultures, and I should have learned that in the first grade. A first grader should understand that his or her culture isn’t a rational invention; that there are thousands of other cultures and they all work pretty well; that all cultures function on faith rather than truth; that there are lots of alternatives to our own society. Cultural relativity is defensible and attractive. It’s also a source of hope. It means we don’t have to continue this way if we don’t like it.”—Kurt Vonnegut (via pandacake, therocktoyourbottom) (via dreadforks) (via therecipe)
On Monday night, around 2:00am, I woke up with my foot sitting in wetness…in my bed. It was one of those half in a dream/half awake kind of things, until I opened my eyes to find my dog, Louis, had — once again — shit in my bed.
This is probably about the 4th time he’s done this — he’s ruined two sets of sheets. I love the little guy SO much (honestly, anyone who’s met us would hardly disagree) but this has pushed me off the edge. He’s trained to not ‘go’ in the apartment and it’s not like he can’t get off the bed or anything.
I’m still SO mad at him I can hardly look at him and now — his little feelings are hurt. I can tell because of the way he’s tip-toeing around me…no, literally, he’s walking around here like the tiniest, little papillon ballerina on point EVAH! : (
Here’s the thing about Victoria Jackson, and what we should really be concerned about, in my opinion: Why on Earth do the senseless rantings of a hateful, washed-up 80’s comedienne rate as newsworthy? This woman deserves absolutely none of the attention she’s getting and, sadly, she gets more of it from us ‘outraged liberals’ than from her own conservative, fundamentalist compatriots. I say, whenever this ‘Dumb Blonde’ shows up on the TV — or anywhere else, for that matter — we simply turn the channel.
“When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called religion.”—Robert M. Pirsig - American author, best known for Zen, and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values - part novel, part autobiography, part philosophical treatise. Had an IQ of 170 at age nine. Flunked out of university. Studied Eastern philosophy in India. (via helvetebrann)
(E) Essential Start Your Day Item: Nothing, which is something I’m working on. Supposedly, according to my shrinks (and yes, that’s plural) giving one’s life some structure really helps coping with depression easier.
(F) Favorite Color: Orange
(G) Gold or Silver: Silver
(H) Height: 6’8” (No, that’s not a typo.)
(I) Instruments You Play: Skin-Flute? TromBoner? (Couldn’t resist, sorry.)
(J) Job Title: Funemployed
(K) Kids: Is one of my favorite Kylie Minogue songs (but with Bono, not Robbie Williams)
(L) Live: To Tell (Leave it to a giant ‘Mo to find some way to work Madonna into ANYTHING!)
(M) Mom’s Name: Madie Leona
(N) Nicknames: Technically, Jim’s a nickname, but I stopped going by James when I was nine. Besides that, there’s Jimbo occasionally, Swimmer, Jim Swimm Rude, SwimJim, and ‘Sweet Jimmy: The World’s Sweetest Pimp’
(O) Overnight Hospital Stays: I’ve stopped counting, but somewhere between 7 and 10
(P) Pet Peeve: People rushing into subway doors without giving people who are exiting a chance to get out first.
(Q) Quote from a Movie: “Transfer to Washington. Transfer to Jefferson. No one at Westerberg is going to let you play their reindeer games.” ~ Heathers
(R) Right or Left Handed: Right
(S) Siblings: Can Be Total As*holes (at least, that’s been my experience with my brother.)
(T) Time You Wake Up: Erratic (anywhere from 4:45a - 11:00a)
(U) Underwear: Are Sexy as Hell (If you ask me.)
(V) Vegetable You Dislike: Can’t Think of Any
(W) What Makes You Run Late: Umm…Everything?
(X) X-Rays You’ve Had Done: Pretty much my entire body has been x-rayed at least once.
(Y) Yummy Food You Make: I’m a pretty good cook, so there’s lots of ‘yummy’ food I make.
Here are some facts regarding circumcision that most parents are unaware of, and some websites and many physicians fail to mention. We thought you should know them.
About 117 boys die each year in the United States as a result of their circumcision, most from infections or blood loss.
The current U.S. circumcision rate is steadily declining. In 2010 it was 32% . That’s a huge drop from 56% in 2006 and 65% in 2002.
Most physicians do not have their sons circumcised. Why not, if circumcision is medically advisable? Since most have performed the surgery as part of their training, they are the ones who should know more about its consequences than anyone else.
Contrary to frequent claims, infants do feel pain as intensely as adults, and very possibly even more.
Circumcision regularly removes a shocking 3/4 of the penis’s sensitivity through the removal of the ridged band, foreskin “lips,” and most often the entire frenulum.
Anesthesia is used in only 45% of circumcisions; the type of anesthetic varies. The most effective method does not eliminate all pain, and the most common type used, a topical creme, does almost nothing to reduce it. In fact, a major clinical test of the various types of anesthetics, on actual infants, was halted for humane reasons because of the intense pain.
As adults, men circumcised in infancy are 4.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with erectile dysfunction (ED). They are also 1.6 times more likely to suffer from alexithymia, a psychological trait disorder which causes difficulty in identifying and expressing one’s emotions.
Circumcision has never been proven to be effective in either reducing or treating cervical cancer, penile cancer, urinary tract infections, or sexually transmitted diseases including HIV/AIDS.
Not one medical association in America, or anywhere else in the world, recommends infant circumcision; some even recommend against it.
I wanted to reblog this because awhile ago, I commented on a post that likened female genital mutilation to circumcision. I stand by my opinion that one is obviously more dangerous and morally offensive than the other but this post has brought some interesting information to light. I just wanted to share.
Oh, and also to say that I’ve heard that a lot of dudes that aren’t circumcised feel shitty about their wang. That sucks. That’s like girls feeling shitty about hair growing from their legs. Don’t be ashamed of biology, brah! Your dangle is not mangled, be happy!
What do you think of this site: http://americansfortruth.com/
Really? If you have to ask what I think of Peter LaBarbera and his hateful, homophobic, and bigotry-filled site…then you’ve obviously not seen many of my posts, have you, Anonymous?
I suppose if one’s “truth” is to broadcast hate, then that site’s for you, American or otherwise. Personally, I’ve done everything I can to remove hatred & fear from my life. I hope you’ll do the same.
“Gay is not enough, it used to be, but it’s not anymore. It’s a good start, but I think we have to be strong. There is such a thing as bad gay movies, there are some embarrassing things about gay culture, just like there were some embarrassing things in early black culture. I think we just have to never use being gay as an excuse for anything.”— John Waters (via gaysagainstgaga)
So…as of today, March 16th, I’ve been unemployed for one, whole year. I’m not going to lie, there have been some scary moments in this past year. Most notably, coming dangerously close to being evicted from my apartment.
But, there’s been some unexpected advantages to this longest period of unemployment I’ve had in life since high school. The idea that I’m in any way defined by what I do to earn a living has been thoroughly eradicated in me. You see, no matter what my job in the past (and I’ve had A LOT of different ones through the years), I’ve always felt this inner drive to do it the best I possibly could and throw myself into it entirely.
Now, after spending such a long period of time truly exploring my life and examining what is really important to me, I’ve been changed. Now, I’m still concerned and have some serious implications to worry about (namely, my insurance coverage and what’s going to happen to my HIV meds), but at the same time, I’ve discovered that life is far too short to devote my time, energy, & heart to something for which I feel no passion.