The Scathing Atheist Episode 403 Diatribe by Noah Lugeons (2020-11-05): https://audioboom.com/posts/7722800
So normally I try to record my diatribe before dinner on Wednesday so I can get the show out early for Patrons and get to be done working before midnight. But this week I didnít even start writing the damn thing ... Read more...
As a professor of science, I can assure you we did, in fact, evolve from filthy monkey-men."I appealed the decision and FB said, "Nope, still hate speech." I appealed the decision again and FB allowed me to give an explanation and I did:
This is just about a quote from the cartoon "Futurama", not hate speech. This is part of a podcast group and every episode of the podcast opens up with a quote from the Farnsworth character who says, "As a professor of science, I can assure you we did indeed evolve from filthy monkey-men." This isn't an attack on men, it's just a quote from a cartoon that is used as the opening to the podcast. It's literally one of the security questions you have to answer to even be allowed to join the group so that the admins know that... Read more...
Let's do away with this phrase: "Sunlight is the best disinfectant."
It's a great disinfectant, but you know what else does a great job even faster? Caustic chemicals.
But what if you aren't combating bacteria? What if the thing you're trying to disinfect is actually Poison Oak. Then sunlight is exactly what it wants.
I bring this up because throughout all of this bullshit with Milo people keep saying that he should be given a platform to spew his hateful bullshit because once people see his horrible ideas then he'll be destroyed... i.e. put him in the sunlight and he'll die.
But he didn't. Putting him in the sunlight gave him the energy he needed to grow. What killed him (or at least is killing him) was removing his platform and directly combating him... i.e. removing him the sunlight and pouring caustic chemicals on him.
If you understand that his hateful rhetoric is a weed and not a bacteria, then you'll suddenly understand why giving it sun... Read more...
I'm grieving over the loss of the America that I thought existed. I know America still struggles against problems with racism and sexism, but I thought we were getting better. I thought the long arc of history was bending toward justice. I thought American ideals were to accept the world's tired, the world's poor, the world's huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
But it's not. And it hasn't been.
So, I've been grieving. I've been switching back and forth between Anger and Depression and I've been talking to a therapist weekly. I can't watch political shows on TV (not even The Daily Show) because they enrage me when I hear about all of the shit going on and I don't have any kind of outlet for that rage. It doesn't make me feel better to yell at Trevor Noah or Rachel Maddow. Facebook has been a double-edged sword, because even though it gives me the ability to dump some of my rage, it is... Read more...
|Prop 51: Bonds to pay for Schools: Leaning towards No In general, I'm always in favor of more money for schools, but the fact that Gov Brown is against this one gives me pause. I think he does a pretty good job and he says the way this one works isn't good and doesn't get enough money and he's been working on getting it done properly. I've spoken to a teacher friend of mine and they are conflicted as well.|