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Archive for June, 2010

Fraud Alert Fun

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

I have been selling a few things on Craigslist recently to prepare to be back in NYC more full-time. Mostly small stuff – a DVD player, a lawnmower – but in the process, received two clearly fraudulent requests. Both indicated that I must take the posting down immediately and their desire to make the purchase immediately. Both were, mysteriously deaf and therefore unable to communicate via telephone. Both wanted to wire money.

What I don’t really get is why the wire would be such a useful scam. Wouldn’t the scammee not just cancel the order before it could be processed once they found out? And why go through the trouble? Or maybe that’s just it – you go through almost no trouble and even if you’re rewarded once, you net serious cash for an hour’s worth of work.

Anyway, I came to a great video after Googling around a bit on it – what makes it great is just the style and tone of it. Good job, FTC.

Recovering Catholics

Friday, June 18th, 2010

My distaste for organized religion, like my latent racism and directional sense, is not driven down any one path. If I had to give a point-by-point in that regard, I’d say it’s based on the following:

  • Religion requires me to believe in things that make no sense
  • Religion asks me to dislike, discriminate, or judge people I don’t know
  • Religion takes the rules and regs of dead men and elevates them above reason and sense

Atheism, if taken in the proper use of the term, is not an active belief in nothing, or a conscious disbelief (which is the same), rather it is a passive unbelief.  Atheists don’t not believe in the sacraments, or not believe in the Divine Word of God – we just don’t believe in it.  You never have to ask a Jew or a Muslim or any believer (that’s what we call you in politer company) if they don’t believe in Thor, or the Flying Spaghetti monster.  Atheism is the default position.  So – become and atheist and try to run for office, and see if the world agrees…

In any case, as an active member in the movement, and webmaster for atheists.org, I get requests from time to time – often for product endorsements like some witty bumper sticker or a book.  This morning, I received a note about this music video – and it wasn’t half-bad so, here it is:

I can’t abide by not sharing a video burning of the pope. The Hitler Youth pope, who obsessively went after spiritually impure things like music but had little issue with child abusers deserves nothing less.

Doogie Horner, 30

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Let me start by saying, wait – is it relevant that he’s thirty? I don’t watch a lot of America’s Got Talent, or anything that doesn’t involve Tina Fey, Jon Stewart, or saucy puppets, but is that a thing? Would they have mentioned his age if he were… 27? I guess I’m just feeling particularly mortal – what with a birthday coming up and not being a Highlander. I’m not a Highlander, by the way.

I love this video because… maybe it’s mean-spirited, and maybe the kind of people who watch this sort of thing seem to have it coming, but whatever, I like him just kind of holding himself in while the crowd cackled away – he seemed very… likable, and I just appreciated him.

Also, take away line: I don’t trust pregnant people. It feels like they’re hiding something.