May 2009

Some neat clips from The Baby Human program on self-awareness development.


Despite days of searching, the hunt continues for the body of an abducted and murdered Woodstock, Ont., girl.

By the time you read this, the grim discovery may have been made. Or, perhaps, another week or more will pass before the body of eight-year-old Tori Stafford can finally be recovered and laid to rest.

There may be some individuals who are in a position to tell us precisely or approximately where the body is, but I think we can safely conclude that those claiming paranormal abilities don’t have a damn clue.


It’s the start of the Jehovah Witnesses’ convention season, and this year they’ll be preparing for the end of the world.

Starting Friday, the Witnesses will host 14 consecutive weeks of conventions at the Christian Convention Center on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard.


This is the slogan that was put on 25 buses in Chicago this week, as a part of the Indiana Atheist Bus Campaign. The bus ads will be seen cruising all over Chicago through the month of June.
The Chicago Tribune reports that the Indiana Atheist Bus Campaign (IABC) has collected more than $10,000 USD in private donations to buy ads in Indiana and Illinois, with help from the AHA.

Charlie Sitzes, a spokesman for the group from Indiana says that “The intent of the campaign is to stimulate discussion of religion and its place in our society.”

They took the campaign from Indiana to Chicago after a similar campaign with a different slogan “you can be good without God” was reject by the public transportation authorities in Bloomington and stalled by officials in South Bend because they didn’t want the ads to be posted during the speech of President Obama at Notre Dame University.

In reaction to the Bloomington refusal, the Indiana chapter of the ACLU has sued the Bloomington Public Transportation Corporation on behalf of the IABC. The mayor of Bloomington, Mark Kruzan has denounced his own public transportation corporation, saying that he does not agree with government censorship.

“It would appear that where there is more opposition to the message that maybe that would be the place where we needed dialogue more,” Sitzes said, maintaining that the slogan is a simple fact.

“All non-believers believe God is a creation of man,” he said. “We used to have thousands of gods. Now we’re down to one. We’re getting closer to the true number.”

Hey, FIFers — Ingrid told me that I missed a great discussion/debate on Obama’s decision to NOT release photos showing US abuse of detainees.  I’d written a blog about it a few days before your FIF meeting — but if you want to see what I think, well, maybe the title tells you:  Obama’s moral compass is askew.  Hope to make it to a meeting soon!  (Oh, while I’m at it, the Herald-Trib is running a piece I wrote about volunteering in a homeless vet’s center in today’s paper — you can read it on page A12 or online under the op/ed page columns.


Sir David Attenborough on the announcement by scientists today of the unveiling of a 47m-year-old primate fossil


Full published study on this 47-million-year-old primate dubbed “Ida”:

Move videos on Ida.

The Link website

From AFP:

Former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld routinely used militaristic passages from the Bible on the cover pages of White House intelligence documents, according to startling new revelations by GQ.

The magazine said he displayed the passages over photographs of US forces in Iraq to curry favor with then president George W. Bush, despite concerns about the incendiary impact on Islamic opinion if they were ever made public.

One of the images was from March 31, 2003, showing a US tank roaring through the desert about 10 days after the United States invaded Iraq to topple the regime of Saddam Hussein.

Over the image was printed a verse from Ephesians: “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”

From CNN:

He says he’s not trying to destroy your faith. He’s not trying to bash the Bible. And, though his mother no longer talks to him about religion, Ehrman says some of his best friends are Christian.

Ehrman, a best-selling author and a professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a biblical sleuth whose investigations make some people very angry. Like the fictional Robert Langdon character played by actor Tom Hanks in the movie “Angels & Demons,” he delves into the past to challenge some of Christianity’s central claims.

In Ehrman’s latest book, “Jesus, Interrupted,” he concludes:

Doctrines such as the divinity of Jesus and heaven and hell are not based on anything Jesus or his earlier followers said.

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