5 Dumbass Comments of the Week #4

I owed you all an extra comment, so be prepared for even more dumbassery than usual.

1:49 A theist tries to redefine gravity to mean magnetic pull. He even performed an experiment to validate his results. He put a fridge magnet in water and it sunk to the bottom.

3:17 A theist tries to reconcile the fact that there was light on the first day of creation, although the stars were not created until the fourth day. He believes that god created a ball of fire that rotated around the earth until the sun was created on the fourth day. This ball of fire then went out in space to do what other balls of fire do.

5:30 A theist believes that Christianity was the first religion, but people just didn’t realize that they were really worshipping Jesus.

8:09 A black atheist doesn’t understand how black people can believe in a white Jesus, but then his gangster friend chimes in and tells him that Jesus put it in her heart to tell him to stop following that white devil’s religion and come back home.

15:15 A theist thinks that no one can actually be an atheist. He believes that everyone believes, but they just deny it. According to him, all people naturally believe, but the godless society, culture, and family are the reason they don’t believe.

22:34 A theist thinks, with incredibly poor spelling, grammar, and sentence structure, that we atheists haven’t begun to scratch the surface of the bible.

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Is Islam Misogynistic?

I am frequently told that Islam is about the liberation of women and freedom of expression. I am told that women willingly choose to don the hijab or burka and suppress their individuality as a way of pleasing Allah. I am told that I can find no misogyny in Islam, especially not in the Quran or the Hadith.

Here are 5 examples from the Quran and the Hadith that I think demonstrate the freedom of expression and the liberation the Muslims have been telling me about. These are not the worst, ahem, best five I could find, they are just five that I find interesting.

Al Baqarah 2:223
Women are like a dirty field for men to plow with their penises. Plow them whenever you like and however you like, as long as you do it righteously, but they better not be menstruating. Period blood juices make Allah queasy.

As-Saffat 37:22-23
Remember how women always have to submit to their husbands? Well, they better hope the husbands do not “do wrong” or else they will be tossed into hell with their husband.

Sahih Bukhari Vol 1:28
The majority of hell’s inhabitants are women. Why? Women whine and nag like ungrateful little sods. They deserve that hell fire because we all know that the men are not misogynists and treat their women with the utmost respect right?

Sahih Bukhari Vol 3:826
If you were ever wondering about the worth of a woman, here is it. A woman’s witness is worth half of the witness of a man. Why? It is because those women have deficient minds that render them incapable of thinking on the level of men.

Sahi Bukhari Vol 7:30-33
Men are not responsible for bad omens. If bad things are happening to you, there is a 33% chance that it is a woman’s fault. If you don’t have a horse, that number rises to 50%. Let’s be honest though, when has your house ever done anything except give you a nice place to live? That woman is 100% at fault!

As you can see from the examples above, Islam does not appear to be misogynistic and I am not just saying this because I could be the next American to be beheaded. Islam is the religion of piece… s… pieces of you scattered on the floor.

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5 Things You Should Know About Pain

1. Your brain is unable to feel pain.

There are no pain sensitive nerves in your brain. Your body has pain sensitive nerves that release chemicals, which send pain signals up through the spinal cord to receptors in the brain. The brain then sends the pain message back down to the part of the body that hurts. That doesn’t mean you should go poking around in your head, but… that’s exactly what scientists do. In technique called brain mapping, surgeons probe around while monitoring your body’s reactions to learn more about the brain—all while you are awake.

http://www.brainline.org/content/2012/07/can-the-brain-itself-feel-pain.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brain_mapping

2. The most painful insect bite is a Bullet Ant bite.

The Bullet Ant is one of three insects that have achieved the highest rating on the Schmidt sting pain index. The index, created by entomologist Justin Schmidt, is his way of classifying the pain of hymenopteran stings. The bullet ant’s sting is described as “pure intense, brilliant pain” and “fire walking over flaming charcoal with a 3 inch rusty nail grinding into your heel.” This pain remains at full strength for one to four hours and can linger for 12 hours.

Schmidt, Justin O. “Hymenopteran Venoms: Striving Toward the Ultimate Defense Against Vertabrates”, in Evans, David L. and Schmidt, Justin O. (eds.) Insect Defenses: Adaptive Mechanisms and Strategies of Prey and Predators Albany: State University of New York Press, 1990.
Starr, Christopher “A Simple Pain Scale for Field Comparison of Hymenopteran Stings” J. Entomol. Sci 20.2 (1985): 225-232.

3. The most excruciating pain a human can experience is a headache.

The cluster headache, also known as the suicide headache, is often classified as the “worst pain known to medical science.” It has been described by patients as worse than childbirth without anesthesia, while passing kidney stones and farting out a boulder. Okay, I made that last part up, but cluster headaches are no joke. The worst part is that scientists have no idea what is causing them or why them seem to occur on an alarm clock like schedule. Some current treatments for patients that do not commit suicide are psychedelic drugs and 100 percent oxygen.

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/11/cluster-headaches-the-worst-possible-pain/281524/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cluster_headache

4. Cursing helps us tolerate pain.

You ever stub your toe and scream out obscenities? Well it turns out that cursing actually helps you deal with the pain, thanks science. A study showed that students could keep their hand in a bucket of ice water longer when they would scream curse words instead of remaining silent. So next time you get a paper cut at work or get stung by a bee at your mother-in-law’s house while BBQing, you know just how to deal with the pain.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-do-we-swear/
http://scienceblogs.com/neurophilosophy/2009/07/13/swearing-increases-pain-tolerance/

5. Men (Supposedly) Have a Higher Pain Threshold Than Women

With the exception of around the time of child birth, men have a higher pain threshold, as women seem to have more pain receptors in their skin that amplify their exposure to aches and pains. To make matters worse, women can require up to double the amount of painkillers to get the same amount of relief as men. This is due to a protein called GIRK2 that is not usually found in women and it helps men with reducing pain sensation and increasing drug sensitivity.

http://www.livescience.com/433-ouch-women-feel-pain.html
http://www.livescience.com/3898-women-suffer-men.html
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn3185-why-males-bear-pain-better.html
http://www.utexas.edu/news/2002/12/16/nr_harris/

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Hypocrite of the Week #12: Pastor/Police Officer and Church Shame His 16-Year-Old Victim

What could be worse than a police officer/pastor abusing his power to have a sexual relationship with a minor? Imagine that the community and church members were shaming and blaming the victim, while proclaiming the offender innocent. That’s exactly what happened recently in the Bronx.

Officer Vladimir Sosa, an officer with the NYPD, is also a pastor at Iglesia Metodista Libre el Remanente in the Bronx. He has been arrested and is facing charges of rape, sexual misconduct, sex abuse, and endangering the welfare of a child after allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old girl he met at his church.

“He abused his two positions of authority, both public and vestal,” Bronx Assistant District Attorney Joelle Morabito said.

He is affiliated with the Iglesia Metodista Libre El Remanente on E. 180th St. in Tremont, the Bronx, where he met the teen, but often travels to preach at other houses of worship, said colleague Fernando Gonzalez, who helped found the church in 2001.

Gonzalez couldn’t believe the charges the Bronx cop is facing.

“It’s not true,” he said, adding that he’s always trusted Sosa with his three daughters. “It’s being made up.”

“Vladimir might have been trying to help the female in question with her spiritual life,” he said. “It might have happened that because of her young age, she confused the situation.

“Vladimir might have been trying to help the female in question with her spiritual life,” he said. “It might have happened that because of her young age, she confused the situation.

But a family friend of the victim, who want to remain anonymous, described the girl as an “innocent” who was seduced by the older man.

“She’s doing very bad … she used to be a top student, a virgin, a girl that was in love with God and this man seduced her,” said the woman, who also knew Sosa. “She is crying, very depressed … I can say that he destroyed her life.”

“This man used to be a good man, but only God knows when he let the devil take control of his life,” she said.

The teen’s family learned of the relationship when the girl’s mother found some incriminating texts on her child’s cell phone last month.

The teen admitted the relationship to her mom, who alerted authorities, according to police.

While it is clear from the story it seems that Sosa had a relationship with the girl, it is still illegal and an abuse of power from a pastor and police officer.

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New Science this Week #5: Your Poop is a Gold Mine, Literally!

Poop could be a goldmine — literally. Surprisingly, treated solid waste contains gold, silver and other metals, as well as rare elements such as palladium and vanadium that are used in electronics and alloys. Now researchers are looking at identifying the metals that are getting flushed and how they can be recovered. This could decrease the need for mining and reduce the unwanted release of metals into the environment.

“If you can get rid of some of the nuisance metals that currently limit how much of these biosolids we can use on fields and forests, and at the same time recover valuable metals and other elements, that’s a win-win,” says Kathleen Smith, who spearheaded this research.

In a recent Environmental Science & Technology paper, another research group also studying this issue calculated that the waste from 1 million Americans could contain as much as $13 million worth of metals. That’s $280 per ton of sludge. Shit, that’s a lot of money. One of the problems is that we have no idea what other valuables are in our poop. There is so much other shit in that shit that we don’t know about.

Smith and her team are on a mission to find out exactly what is in our waste. “We have a two-pronged approach,” she says. “In one part of the study, we are looking at removing some regulated metals from the biosolids that limit their use for land application.

“In the other part of the project, we’re interested in collecting valuable metals that could be sold, including some of the more technologically important metals, such as vanadium and copper that are in cell phones, computers and alloys,” Smith said. To do this, they are taking a page from the industrial mining operations’ method book and are experimenting with some of the same chemicals, called leachates, which this industry uses to pull metals out of rock. While some of these leachates have a bad reputation for damaging ecosystems when they leak or spill into the environment, Smith says that in a controlled setting, they could safely be used to recover metals in treated solid waste.

Are you collecting your poop now?


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Singing God Hates Girls Live w/The Belligerent Atheist

Last night on REASON, we linked up with the Belligerent Atheist and he gave us the unique opportunity to sing his parody song, “God Hates Girls”, live alongside him. I am going to tell you right now that our live rendition was no eargasm, but we did have an awesome time doing it.

When you are done listening to us howl like werewolves, you can head over to the Belligerent Atheist’s channel and hear the official version.

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