onsdag, januar 30, 2008

MySpace: No place for Atheists?

MySpace Deletes Largest Atheist Group in the World.

Cleveland, OH.— Social networking site, MySpace.com, panders to religious intolerants by deleting atheist users, groups and content.

Early this month, MySpace again deleted the “Atheist and Agnostic Group (35,000 members). This deletion, due largely to complaints from people who find atheism offensive, marks the second time MySpace has cancelled the group since November 2007.

What’s unique in this case is that the Atheist and Agnostic Group was the largest collection of organized atheists in the world. The group had its own Wikipedia entry, and in April won the Excellence in Humanist Communication Award (2007) from the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University and the Secular Student Alliance.

“MySpace refuses to undelete the group, although it never violated any terms of service,” said Bryan Pesta, Ph.D., the group’s moderator. “When the largest Christian group was hacked, MySpace’s Founder, Tom Anderson, personally restored the group, and promised to protect it from future deletions.”

“It is an outrage if Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation and the world’s largest social networking site tolerate discrimination against atheists and agnostics-- and if this situation goes unresolved I’ll have little choice but to believe they do,” said Greg Epstein, humanist chaplain of Harvard University. News Corporation, Murdoch’s global media corporation which also includes Fox News, purchased MySpace in 2005.

“My personal profile was deleted as well, and despite weeks of emails to customer service, plus a petition signed by 500 group members, MySpace won’t budge. I think these actions send a clear message to the 30 million godless people in America (and to businesses whose money was spent displaying ads on our group) that we are not welcome on MySpace,” said Pesta.

For a Wikipedia article on the now defunct atheist and agnostic group, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atheist_and_Agnostic_Group.

For links to Pesta’s defunct group and profile, visit http://www.MySpace.com/aiffb.

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Hva er Den norske kirkes offisielle holdning til helvete?

Godt spørsmål! Avventer svar!

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Bestselger


Sam Harris har gjort det, Richard Dawkins har gjort det, Cristopher Hitchens har gjort det og nå ser det pinadø ut til at en nordmann også har kastet seg på bølgen med å gi ut en bok i ny-ateisme sjangeren. Denne boken gir ett dypere innblikk i forfatterens tidligere dobbeltmoral, hans selektive utvelgelse av bibelsteder som er "gode", ren ignoranse, hans manglende forståelse av vitenskap og hans dårlig skjulte homofobi. Det er også satt av ett eget kapittel om romerrikets fall!

Jeg tror den kan selge ganske bra!

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Con Artist Psychic

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100 Greatest Quotes from fundamentalist christian chat rooms

No, everyone is born Christian. Only later in life do people choose to stray from Jesus and worship satan instead. Atheists have the greatest "cover" of all, they insist they believe in no god yet most polls done and the latest research indicates that they are actually a different sect of Muslims.


One of the most basic laws in the universe is the Second Law of Thermodynamics. This states that as time goes by, entropy in an environment will increase. Evolution argues differently against a law that is accepted EVERYWHERE BY EVERYONE. Evolution says that we started out simple, and over time became more complex. That just isn't possible: UNLESS there is a giant outside source of energy supplying the Earth with huge amounts of energy. If there were such a source, scientists would certainly know about it.


There are a lot of things I have concluded to be wrong, without studying them in-depth. Evolution is one of them. The fact that I don't know that much about it does not bother me in the least.


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The Lucifer Effect by Philip Zimbardo

Welcome to LuciferEffect.org, official web site of The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil (Random House, 2007). In this book, I summarize more than 30 years of research on factors that can create a "perfect storm" which leads good people to engage in evil actions. This transformation of human character is what I call the "Lucifer Effect," named after God's favorite angel, Lucifer, who fell from grace and ultimately became Satan.

Rather than providing a religious analysis, however, I offer a psychological account of how ordinary people sometimes turn evil and commit unspeakable acts. As part of this account, The Lucifer Effect tells, for the first time, the full story behind the Stanford Prison Experiment, a now-classic study I conducted in 1971. In that study, normal college students were randomly assigned to play the role of guard or inmate for two weeks in a simulated prison, yet the guards quickly became so brutal that the experiment had to be shut down after only six days.

How and why did this transformation take place, and what does it tell us about recent events such as the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuses in Iraq? Equally important, what does it say about the "nature of human nature," and what does it suggest about effective ways to prevent such abuses in the future?

Please join me in a journey that the poet Milton might describe as making “darkness visible.” Although it is often hard to read about evil up close and personal, we must understand its causes in order to contain and transform it through wise decisions and innovative communal actions. Indeed, in my view, there is no more urgent task that faces us today.

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On Etiquette and Good Behavior

A gentleman may not accompany a lady unless he has been properly introduced. Whenever possible, a third party should handle these introduction ceremonies. If a mutual friend does not exist, a reputable robot may be commissioned to oversee and chaperone a gentleman and a lady on their first encounter. A gentleman does not hire a disreputable robot to introduce him to a lady, nor does a gentleman hire a disreputable robot to accost a lady, so that he may suddenly appear in the guise of a hero and ward off the miscreant machine to win her favor. No, a gentleman honors the laws and conventions of society and uses only appropriate channels when befriending a new lady.

When clad in a jetpack, a gentleman must refrain from showering a lady with exhaust or burning any part of her person or attire. A man who leaves a lady coughing in a cloud of black smoke is no more a gentleman than the common rogue or sky pirate. And indeed, a gentleman never wears his jetpack indoors. To do as much is to admit ignorance of or contempt for basic etiquette.

Should a man be required to carry a lady through the sky, such as to overcome a canyon or escape pirates or ornery robots, he must hold her in a respectable fashion. Never should a man attempt to carry a lady through the sky unnecessarily, or use an imaginary threat as grounds to carry her through the sky. Only a charlatan would place a lady in a situation where she must choose between the indignity of unscrupulous hands or falling to her death.

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Ej kolego cz 6 - Człowiek Słoń/Elephant Man

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Hvilken nettavis kommer denne historien i fra?

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tirsdag, januar 29, 2008

Kongar-ol Ondar on David Letterman's Late Show

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Isaac Newton - Rejector of The Trinity believer in one God

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CBC - Global Warming Doomsday Called Off

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mandag, januar 28, 2008

David Attenborough

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Sjekk ut videoene til Bill Hicks og Louis Theroux! De er veldig, veldig bra!

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"Global Warming" Polar Bear Photo

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The Whisperer in Darkness



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søndag, januar 27, 2008

Metal Søndag 27. januar


Gorgoroth - Pentagram
Embassy Productions, 1994

Gorgoroth trenger neppe noen introduksjon. De er en såpass viktig del av norsk black metal at alle har hørt om dem og jeg trenger neppe å nevne alt det bråket rundt dem akkurat nå.
Musikken til Gorgoroth kan ganske enkelt beskrives som typisk black metal. Riffene er raske og onde, trommene er simple og rett frem og alt er akkurat det som burde forventes fra typisk norsk andre bølge black metal.
Høres kanskje kjedelig ut? Tro det eller ei, det er alt annet enn kjedelig. Gorgoroth spiller med en intensitet uten like og gjør absolutt alt riktig. Stemningen er ond som bare Faen i Helvete kan være. Gorgoroth er det perfekte eksemplet på standard black metal spilt riktig.
En annen ting de gjorde var å gjøre vokalen til en del av dynamikken i musikken i stedet for at musikken er der for sangeren. Vi tar det nesten som en selvfølge i black metal i dag, men hører du på andre black metal band fra den perioden var dette på ingen måte en standard.

Dette er absolutt en av de beste og viktigste utgivelsene innfor black metal. Det kan kanskje ta en del gjennomlytninger for sette seg inn i musikken, men det er absolutt verd det.
Også hvis du kjøper digipack utgave av dette og de to neste Gorgoroth albumene danner coverryggen et lite pentagram i platehylla.

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Jordan Rudess Keyboard Solo


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Zywiolak er psychedelic folk metal band fra Polen som har gitt en demo og en EP etter at de ganske nylig fikk platekontrakt med Karrot Kommando. Hvis denne sjangerbeskrivelsen vekker nysgjerrigheten din burde du sjekke ut dere Myspace.

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Melvins - Queen

Tuatha de Danann - Tir Nan Og

Cliteater - Beaten senseless

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Gary Schwartz's afterlife

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Street Preaching Against Westboro Baptist Church-Fred Phelps

Teologisk seminar.

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Intelligent design vs. Spaghetti monsteret



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lørdag, januar 26, 2008

Mr. Deity and the Limbo - Season 2, Ep 7


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fredag, januar 25, 2008

Blue Stripe - The Life and Times of a Dalek Slave

My name is Liam Fowler and I am a Dalek wrangler. I believe I've got on to about 45 years by now. I can't be certain, seeing as how until a few months ago I was slave labour in a mine on Skaro.

I was captured by the Daleks during one of their little escapades back on earth. Mostly they snatched up the lads from UNIT and some scientists. I was just a bystander, pushing a broom for them at their secret Orkborne-on-Bog HQ in Harrogate. A few Quonset huts and a boarded-up church was all, don't know why the Daleks even bothered.

That was, hmm, I want to say 1981 or 1982 when that happened. I was 21 at the time. Had a girl named Shaz and a little one on the way what maybe wasn't mine. We were all crammed into a council flat while I was trying to touch ends doing odd jobs. Painting, papering, mowing, you get the idea. Saw the signs for the job in Orkborne and the rest is history.

Every single sorry sod that got picked up with me is dead, most of them from accidents in the dalekanium mines, but a few from the Daleks. Which is not to say I was working in the mines all by my lonesome. There are plenty of people left to work in the mines. The Daleks can travel all over space and time, exterminating life and bringing back a few slaves here and there to do the heavy lifting.

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Dear Cecil

Everybody knows 0 degrees on the Celsius scale is the freezing point of water and 100 degrees is the boiling point. On the Fahrenheit scale, however, freezing is 32 degrees and boiling 212. How on earth were these numbers arrived at? Do 0 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit mean anything?

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Heath Ledger - Westboro Baptist Church of Hate

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Mods - Tore Tang

Fantastisk!

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torsdag, januar 24, 2008

Ali Mohammed

Ali Mohammed has one hell of a resume. A sergeant in the Egyptian Army, a sergeant in the U.S. Special Forces, and a member of al Qaeda who served as Osama bin Laden's chief of security. Along the way, he did a stint as an FBI informant and a CIA agent.

Little is known of his childhood, other than that he was born in 1952 in Egypt. He joined the Egyptian Army (which has a compulsory service requirement) sometime around 1970 and remained for 14 years, advancing to the rank of sergeant in the field of military intellgence.

In the early 1980s, he took part in an Army exchange program with the Green Berets, at which time he learned English. Around the same time, according to his own account, he connected with members of Egyptian Islamic Jihad, a terrorist group headed by Ayman Al-Zawahiri.

After he left the Egyptian military in 1984, Mohammed's official resume included a stint as airline security consultant, but he claimed that he actually worked for the CIA. At the time, the CIA and Saudi intelligence were richly funding a jihad against the Soviet Union by Islamic fundamentalists in Afghanistan.

According to the CIA's version of events, Mohammed had approached them about working as an informant. The agency tried him out for a while, but they claim that they fired him because he made unauthorized contacts with Hezbollah operatives.

Ali Mohammed had envisioned a career path with the U.S. government, and by gum, he was going to live his dream. He moved to the U.S. in 1985, winning citizenship by marrying a woman he met on the flight over. He enlisted in the U.S. Army a year later.

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Jesus of the Week

Have an image of Jesus you feel sums the ol' Christ up? Well we're lookin' for the definitive visualization of JC for the millennium. Give us your Jesii!

The procedures are simple: you can send your images electronically or by mail.

Electronic submissions should be e-mailed to The Jesus Keeper and should be no larger than 3MB in file size (otherwise we'll delete 'em). Acceptable file formats are TIFF, PSD (Photoshop), GIF and JPG formats. Files will not be returned.

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Welcome to Spamradio

"Serving up delicious helpings of spam to all who are hungry."

Using a complex arrangement of pipes and funnels we turn the junk mail that we receive into a streaming audio broadcast that can be enjoyed from anywhere on the Internet.

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The Aztec UFO Scam

The Daily Times (Farmington, NM) reported on March 18th, 2004 that "A man, who said there is no Jesus — only alien creators — will speak at the 7th annual Aztec UFO Symposium Saturday. George Green claims religion is 'the biggest problem on the planet,' blinding mankind, so people can no longer think. ...Green said he made contact with the commander from the Pleiadian Star System, who is named Quetzl. It was Quetzl, who gave Green the truth about humanity and its upcoming demise. ... He has two destruction theories. The first he claims is a lowering of the population from six billion to 500 million with only 20 million Americans left by the year 2012. The second is a theory that the ETs will cause a nuclear war which 'would make this another sun.' This is not even a possibility, said nuclear physicist Dave Thomas of Albuquerque. 'Earth is a tiny little planet. It wouldn’t have enough atoms to go nuclear,' said Thomas, who is a former presenter at the symposium. If the Earth could be vaporized, it wouldn’t become a star, but a brown dwarf. This is because its mass would need to be increase by 26,000 to have the bare minimum to make it a star or sun-like object. Nuclear fusion would not be present in the blast, thus a brown dwarf would be created, Thomas said. ..."

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History of the Predictive Text Swearing

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How to Spot a "Quacky" Web Site

The best way to avoid being quacked is to reject quackery's promoters. Each item listed below signifies that a Web site is not a trustworthy information source. The hyperlinks will take you to articles on Quackwatch that explain why. The same criteria can be used to identify untrustworthy books, talk-show guests, etc.

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onsdag, januar 23, 2008

Iraq War Veteran Speaks Out

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Why Health Professionals Become Quacks

It is especially disappointing when an individual trained in the health sciences turns to promoting quackery. Friends and colleagues often wonder how this can happen. Some reasons appear to be:

Boredom. Daily practice can become humdrum. Pseudoscientific ideas can be exciting. The late Carl Sagan believed that the qualities that make pseudoscience appealing are the same that make scientific enterprises so fascinating. He said, "I make a distinction between those who perpetuate and promote borderline belief systems and those who accept them. The latter are often taken by the novelty of the systems, and the feeling of insight and grandeur they provide" [1] Sagan lamented the fact that so many are willing to settle for pseudoscience when true science offers so much to those willing to work at it.

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mandag, januar 21, 2008

TIl Dovre faller

"The stone age came to an end not for a lack of stones, and the oil age will end, but not for a lack of oil."
- Sheikh Yamani, former Oil minister of Saudi Arabia

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Helt vilt

Parasite turns ants into juicy berries to entice hungry birds.

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Spy vs Spy



Husker dere Spy vs Spy fra Mad? Her er en samling av de animerte utgavene.

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søndag, januar 20, 2008

Metal Søndag 20. januar


Atheist - Piece Of Time
Active Records, 1990

Atheist er uten tvil et av de beste bandene innfor teknisk death metal. Når jeg sier teknisk death metal mener jeg ikke den brutale typen, men den unike progressive typen som bare Atheist kan spille. Og når jeg sier unik mener jeg unik. Så unik at første gang du hører dem kommer det til å revolusjonere din oppfatning av death metal og teknisk/progressiv metal. Og tanken på at dette albumet ble spilt inn i 1988 kommer til å sprenge hodet ditt.

Atheist spiller death metal med en solid dose thrash. Det mange solide partier perfekt for headbanging og alle låtene er fylt opp med fantastiske riff. Trommingen er intens og teknisk, og har mye til felles med jazztromming (men jazz elementene er ikke så tydelig her som på senere album). Låtene er akkurat passe lange og går rett på saken.
Dette er med andre ord så nært perfeksjon du kan komme.
Dette albumet kommer til å knuse lytteren med teknisk spill og det uten å være kjedelig. Dette albumet har like mye stemning som teknikk, så du kommer til bli knust selv om du er den typen som ikke bryr seg om fancy instrumenthåndtering.

Liker du metal er det absolutt ingen grunn til å unngå dette albumet og dette bandet. Selv om du ikke bryr deg om death metal eller progressiv metal er alt av Atheist en nødvendig del av din platesamling.

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Dawn of Division er majestetisk black metal band fra Hellas som har gitt ut to demoer. Du kan høre låter fra dem på deres Myspace.

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Cirith Gorgor - Shadows Over Isengard

Skräpp Mettle - Slap Little Johnny Behind The Ear

Metallica - One

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lørdag, januar 19, 2008

Uri Geller's Top Four Excuses

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Do psychics help the police?

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fredag, januar 18, 2008

The Next Markus Kompa

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torsdag, januar 17, 2008

The Gullibility Test: Science and Nature

Pretend that you're an editor at a major newspaper. A reporter has just handed you a story that contains the following statements. Unfortunately, this reporter has a reputation for embellishing stories with wild claims that are completely untrue. Using common sense and whatever you happen to know about the subjects, you've got to decide which statements are true and which are false before the paper goes out to print. Saying 'I don't know' isn't an option.

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Daft Punk - Around The World

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How Quackery Sells

Modern health quacks are supersalesmen. They play on fear. They cater to hope. And once they have you, they'll keep you coming back for more . . . and more . . . and more. Seldom do their victims realize how often or how skillfully they are cheated. Does the mother who feels good as she hands her child a vitamin think to ask herself whether he really needs it? Do subscribers to "health food" publications realize that articles are slanted to stimulate business for their advertisers? Not usually.

Most people think that quackery is easy to spot. Often it is not. Its promoters wear the cloak of science. They use scientific terms and quote (or misquote) scientific references. Talk show hosts may refer to them as experts or as "scientists ahead of their time." The very word "quack" helps their camouflage by making us think of an outlandish character selling snake oil from the back of a covered wagon—and, of course, no intelligent people would buy snake oil nowadays, would they?

Well, maybe snake oil isn't selling so well, lately. But acupuncture? "Organic" foods? Hair analysis? The latest diet book? Megavitamins? "Stress formulas"? Cholesterol-lowering teas? Homeopathic remedies? Magnets? Nutritional "cures" for AIDS? Products that "cleanse your system"? Or shots to pep you up? Business is booming for health quacks. Their annual take is in the billions! Spot reducers, "immune boosters," water purifiers, "ergogenic aids," systems to "balance body chemistry," special diets for arthritis. Their product list is endless.

What sells is not the quality of their products, but their ability to influence their audience. To those in pain, they promise relief. To the incurable, they offer hope. To the nutrition-conscious, they say, "Make sure you have enough." To a public worried about pollution, they say, "Buy natural." To one and all, they promise better health and a longer life. Modern quacks can reach people emotionally. This article shows how they do it.

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Nå har jeg hørt alle episodene av The Skeptics' Guide To The Universe

Etter å ha arbeidet med bakover i arkivet deres har jeg nå hørt alle episodene av The Skeptics' Guide To The Universe. Det var en smule rart å høre stemmen til Perry DeAngelis etter at han døde, noe som gjør at jeg virkelig savner han i de nye episodene.
Å gå igjennom alle episodene var en lærerik opplevelse for meg. The Skeptics' Guide To The Universe er uten tvil den beste skepsis podcasten og er noe jeg anbefaler alle å høre på.

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onsdag, januar 16, 2008

3D格闘ツクール 続・若き日の過ち

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Et norsk nisseunivers

Ikke alle nisser kommer med gaver. Noen av dem har vært hjelpsomme, mens andre har vært mer til plage. Hvor kommer egentlig nissene fra, og hva har de med Adam og Eva å gjøre? Her er fortellinger om et utvalg av de elementene som inngår i hvordan den norske nissetradisjonen. Vi girer herved om til jul i Skepsisredaksjonen med dette utdraget fra Ane Ohrviks bok Nisser.

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Take a Journey & Visually See how big the Universe is.

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Louis Theroux - Behind Bars



You mean people in here can be closed-minded?

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Å bekjempe ubehagelige sannheter

For å ta i bruk ny kunnskap, må vi ofte gi avkall på gamle forklaringsmodeller. For mange er det en smertefull prosess, konstaterer BI-professor Tor W. Andreassen.

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Web Drifter


Det finnes en lett-versjon av Louis Theroux som besøker alle mulige slags rare folk som han har funnet på internett. Folk han har møtt er blant annet en kar med pyramide på hodet, en ufo-kult (virket ikke så kult), en som mener jorden er hul og mange flere. Ikke alle episodene er ikke like bra men det finnes en del perler her!

Web Drifter

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Astrology didn’t see that coming

You know what’s fun about irony? How ironic it is.

BABloggee Brian McCarty sends me the wonderful news (via the Straight Dope Message Board) that The Astrological Magazine had to close down shop. That’s good enough news, of course… but it gets better.

Why, you may ask, did it shut down?

Unforeseen circumstances.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

I love reality.



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James Randi vs Reverend AA Allen

Så trist, så uendelig trist.

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tirsdag, januar 15, 2008

Killed over supernatural sex

THE trio shared a bizarre interest in the supernatural and the occult.

Now a mother-of-two has been murdered, her friend is facing a possible prison term and the man in the middle is serving 19 years' jail for strangling the woman he loved.

Strange details surrounding the death of Malissa Mayfield emerged for the first time yesterday as her close friend Angela Wells pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact to her murder.

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mandag, januar 14, 2008

the white stripes - seven nation army

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Penn Says

Du finner ham her. Hvis du bruker RSS så kan du trykke her for å abonnere.

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søndag, januar 13, 2008

Atheism: The Newest Internet Trend

People will do anything to be cool, even if it is a bloated nonsensical mutation of its original meaning. Remember the violence surrounding Starter Jackets? Well, atheism is the Starter Jacket of the Internet. Innocent people are getting attacked everywhere because of this new trend, but with a lot less crack cocaine.

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Metal Søndag 13. januar


Black Sabbath - Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath
Warner Bros., 1973

Av alle de metal albumene jeg eier og hører på er Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath, et av de albumene som vekker de sterkeste følelsene og som betyr noe viktig for meg. Det er et av de få albumene jeg kan kalle for et favoritt album og er uten tvil en av de viktigste grunnene til at jeg hører på metal.
Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath er mye mer prog inspirert enn de tidligere albumene og eksperimenterer med langt flere instrumenter. Det er et veldig annerledes album. Det er ikke tvil om at det Black Sabbath du hører på, med tunge riff og den magiske stemningen bare de kan skape. Riffene er som vanlig så solide at det er nesten ikke til å tro og som vanlig er helheten så nær perfeksjon som man kommer.

I motsetning til mine tidligere Black Sabbath anmeldelser skal jeg ikke gjøre noe forsøk på noen klønete beskrivelser av hver eneste låt. Alle låtene kan oppsummeres med at alle i bandet gjør en fantastisk jobb, stemningen er fantastisk og lyrikken er betydningsfull (den er i det minste betydningsfull for meg). Den eneste låten som skiller seg ut er Fluff som er en instrumental låt spilt på akustiske gitarer. Den er varm og behagelig å høre på. Det er kanskje ikke det de fleste metalheads ønsker å høre på når skal høre på metal, men allikevel synes jeg den passer perfekt inn på albumet.
For meg er Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath en like stor klassiker som de fire første albumene. En hver metalhead som ønsker solid og meningsfylt metal burde ikke nøle et sekund med å skaffe seg Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath.

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Death Aura er ambient black metal band fra Hellas. De har gitt ut en demo som du kan høre på deres Myspace.

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Hezzakya - Spirit Gun

Kiko Loureiro - Escaping

The Cumshots - Øl
( Jokke & Valentinerne cover)

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lørdag, januar 12, 2008

Coming Soon: Phrenetic

EXT. CARIBBEAN ISLAND BEACH - DAY

We trail a smartly-dressed woman as as she approaches a man kneeling before the ocean, his back to the camera. Wind plays at the uncombed mop of salt-and-pepper hair upon his head and flaps his unbuttoned Hawaiian t-shirt about.

VOICEOVER
Brett Brady thought he was out of the game for good. As he's about to find out, when you're the best there is, you can never truly retire...

BRADY
(without looking up)
I knew you'd come sooner or later, agent... Peterson?

PETERSON
How did you know my name?

BRADY
Let's just say...

Cut to a front view of BRADY, a bemused grin on his sun-weathered and unshaven face. His hands are wrapped around the head of a seagull. BRADY's fingers gently push the bird's plumage aside and scan the features of its cranium. He looks up from the bird and takes in the ocean view with a sigh, knowing full well that he's about to be pulled away from paradise.

BRADY
... a little birdie told me.

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- Har jo ikke skadet guttene

Siste 3 minuttene har noe med denne saken å gjøre.

- Mener du at oralsex mellom mindreårige gutter og eldre ukjente menn generelt ikke kan medføre traumer eller skader?

- Det er ikke slikt gutter reagerer på, men det blir det når politiet gjør det til verdens verste forbrytelser, mener Staff.
DB.no

Nei herregud, hvorfor i all verden skulle unge gutter (og jenter?) reagere negativt på å få en penis trykket ned i halsen ufrivillig. Det er bare voksne som ikke liker sånt, unger elsker det.

(...)studies found that a wide range of psychological, emotional, physical, and social effects are associated with child sexual abuse, including depression,[28] post-traumatic stress disorder,[29] anxiety,[30] poor self-esteem, somatoform disorders, complex post-traumatic stress disorder, emotional dysregulation, neurosis, and other more general dysfunctions such as sexualized behavior, school/learning problems, behavior problems and destructive behavior.
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fredag, januar 11, 2008

Penn Jillette's video rant show

Penn Says is a new short video series where Penn Jillette turns on his webcam and talks about stuff on his mind, like time travel, gangs, and religion. From the press release:

Boing Boing

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Psychics respond to James Randi

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Penn & Teller on the Late Show 10/31/07

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Criss Angel challenges Uri Geller

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Test av video upload

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torsdag, januar 10, 2008

You Suck at Photoshop #2

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Scientology: Is Will Smith a Scientologist?



Videoen over er borte men jeg fant denne som en kompensasjon:

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Bill Hicks - Hooligans

Scallywag...

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Magnetterapi kan virke

Forskning.no skriver at magnetterapi kan virke og at ideen er vitenskapelig testet i den påfølgende setningen. Jeg hadde i grunn en mening å ytre om dette men Skepsis blog gjør det mye bedre enn meg så gå gå her for å finne ut hva jeg er enig i.

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Homofili er synd og bør kureres


Den islamske lederen tror aksept av homofili vil skape enda større problemer.

Dagbladet.no

Jeg foreslår at han begynner å lese andre bøker enn koranen.

I fra Wikipedia:
The medical and mental health consensus in the United States is that there is little or no scientific evidence that conversion therapies are effective at changing sexual orientation and some evidence that these therapies are potentially harmful.

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tirsdag, januar 08, 2008

The OC MPMM - Alsetalokin's Video Brighter

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Sam Harris makes a joke and a point

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The Amaz!ng Meeting 6

Er det noen av leserne som skal på TAM6 i år. Vi som drar burde holde sammen og derfor er det greit å få en oversikt over hvem du reiser sammen med.
Jeg laget en tråd på Herregud.com forumet for å få oversikt. Ønsker du å dra sammen med oss eller har spørsmål er det bare å legge igjen kommentar her i bloggen eller i forumstråden på Herregud.com.

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mandag, januar 07, 2008

Poll: Bullshit Is Most Important Issue For 2008 Voters


Poll: Bullshit Is Most Important Issue For 2008 Voters

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The Last Episode of Pimp My Ride

Du må gå her for å se den.

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Bare rykter men likevel

Penn Radio may be making a comeback!

MP3

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It Runs on Water



Siden denne ble laget i 1995 så vil jeg anta at de har hatt nok tid til å ferdigutvikle og lansert alle disse fantastiske produktene.

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søndag, januar 06, 2008

En lysere fremtid for selen


I posten her så ble det linket til en artikkel som tar for seg Bjørn Lomborgs bok Cool It hvor det ser ut til at Lomborg tråkker godt ut i salaten. Jeg har ikke lest boken selv men jeg regner med å få tak i den snarest. Jeg fant særlig ett parti rystende:

How will the bears survive the loss of their habitat? No problem, says Lomborg, they will evolve backwards (p. 6):

[T]hey will increasingly take up a lifestyle similar to that of brown bears, from which they evolved.

Doh! Lomborg is giving the bears a few decades to undo tens of thousands of years of evolution. In fact, most experts do not believe the bears can survive the loss of their habitat:


Når jeg først leste sitatet av Lomborg så oppfattet jeg det som om Lomborg foreslo at isbjørnen bare kunne haste på med en evolusjonsprosess tilbake til å bli en vanlig brun-bjørn igjen, noe som jo hadde vært ytterst tåpelig. Men det er jo ikke det som står!

Det er vel også ganske opplagt at isbjørnen kan være utrydningstruet hvis all isen smelter men isbjørnens habitat skulle vel også måtte inkludere Svalbard og Grønland og de nordlige deler av Canada og jeg har ikke sett noen prognoser som antyder at det vil skje (i så fall har vi sikkert helt andre ting å tenke på enn isbjørnens eksistens).

Jeg for min del er ingen såkalt klimaskeptiker, jeg ser ingen rimelig god grunn til å tvile på at vi står ovenfor en fremtid med menneskeskapt global oppvarming men det igjen betyr ikke at fremtiden er håpløs og at de aller verste spådommene kommer til å skje. At jeg mener klodens tilstand ikke er så ille som man ofte hører den er, er heller ikke det samme som at verden i dag er som den bør være. Men hvis vi skal foreta våre valg for fremtiden som er basert på myter, overdrivelser og usannheter så er faren absolutt tilstede for at vi kommer til å gjøre dårlige valg for fremtiden og hvem er vel interessert i det?

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Metal Søndag 6. januar


Lumsk - Åsmund Frægdegjevar
Tabu Recordings, 2003

Åsmund Frægdegjevar er en middelalder ballade fra Telemark om helten Åsmund som drar ut for å redde prinsessa fra trollene. Kongen gir han flaggskipet Ormin Lange som han bruker til å reise til slottet til trollet Skomegyvri. Prinsessen er forhekset til å tro at Skomegyvri er moren hennes og Åsmund bryter trolldommen, dreper trollene og plyndrer slottet.

Lumsk sin versjon av denne balladen er satt til metal, og når jeg sier metal mener jeg fucking ekte metal. Hvis du bare har hørt de senere utgivelsene deres kommer du nok til å bli positivt overasket når du hører på Åsmund Frægdegjevar. Riffene er blytunge og i en god gammeldags episk heavy metal stil. Folkemusikk elementene er selvsagt der, men de er der for å gjøre musikken enda mer episk og tøff. Det er flere låter som bare er folkemusikk uten metal elementer, men de er velig pene å høre på og er med på å fortelle historien.
En av de tingene som virkelig er med på å gjøre dette til en metal klassiker er at dette er et av de få albumene med kvinnelig vokal der den kvinnelige vokalen er nødvendig. Jeg har ingenting i mot kvinnelige metal vokalister, men veldig ofte er de bare der for å ha en kvinnelig vokalist, mens her hadde ikke albumet funket uten.

Dette albumet er en undervurdert klassiker innfor folk og viking metal. Dessuten er det perfekt for metalheads som ønsker å høre folk metal uten black metal elementer. Som sagt er det snakk om solid episk heavy metal på dette albumet og derfor er det perfekt folk metal for tradisjonelle metalheads.

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We Are the Romans er et amerikansk deathcore som har gitt ut en demo og en selvfinansiert EP. Har du lyst til å høre på deathcore som ikke suger burde du sjekke ut deres Myspace.

Dette årets første utgave av Metal Søndag. Jeg har ofte tenkt på å lage årets beste album lister og lignende, men jeg kan aldri klare å skrive noe sånt. Det er så mange album som går under radaren min bare for at jeg så oppdager dem året etter. Dessuten kommer jeg aldri til å klare å bestemme meg for hva som er årets beste uansett.

Nok babbel, her er metal musikkvideoer.

Abramis Brama - Mjolk & Honung

Godflesh - Slavestate

Born from Pain - The New Hate

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The Hour: Skeptical Environmentalist



Jeg klarer bare ikke å være skeptisk til Lomborg.

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Håper de filmer!

I just found out that there will be a LIVE test for James Randi’s $1,000,000 Challenge at TAM 5.5!


Bad Astronomy

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Hvordan er det mulig?



Hvordan er det mulig? er tittelen på en bok utgitt av Det Beste forlag i 1991. På side 146 stilles spørsmålet om hvordan man kan finne vann eller mineraler ved hjelp av en kvist. Merket i gult kan vi se at de er klar over at det finnes mange som er skeptiske til metoden, men som jeg har merket i svak-rosa så virker det ikke som om de bryr seg noe særlig mer med det. Man kan jo lure på hvordan det er mulig.

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lørdag, januar 05, 2008

Saker vi ikke hører om lenger


Evighetsmaskinen i fra Steorn. Den virker slik at vi først må vente i en evighet på den eller noe i den duren.

Organtyveriet i India. Kanskje det bare var litt massehysteri?

Jeg så aldri at Dagbladets revolver-journalist rettet opp noe her. Jeg forholder meg skeptisk.

Maddie er fortsatt savnet, noe som er nesten helt umulig.

Her er en strålende sak jeg faktisk tror vi kommer til å høre mer om.

Denne indianeren
kunne jeg gjerne likt å få høre mer om, men kanskje det ikke var så fantastisk likevel?


Og sånn kunne jeg fortsatt en hel stund til.

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Jeg mister ett argument

Randi vil ikke lenger tilby en million dollar til den som kan vise at de har overnaturlige evner. Forståelig men trist.

Link

Skepsis blog har litt mer om det.

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You Suck at Photoshop #1

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Neuroimaging Fails To Demonstrate ESP Is Real

Psychologists at Harvard University have developed a new method to study extrasensory perception that, they argue, can resolve the century-old debate over its existence. According to the authors, their study not only illustrates a new method for studying such phenomena, but also provides the strongest evidence yet obtained against the existence of extrasensory perception, or ESP.

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fredag, januar 04, 2008

Interviews with Criss Angel, Penn Jillette, and James Randi

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Marcus Brigstocke - The Late Edition Live

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James Randi tricks philosopher Dan Dennett

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Mr. Deity and the really cheap meal

Sesong 2 episode 5

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