Saturday, August 18, 2018

What I wrote at the New York Times about bullfights.

It's not politically correct to say this in America but I love the real bullfights they have in Spain. It's not a contest. The bull has to die. It's just a beautiful thing to watch.

I recommend "Death in the Afternoon" by Ernest Hemingway to help people understand.

"You better think" Aretha Franklin 1942-2018

The breathtaking stupidity of evolution deniers, also known as creationists because they think their magic god fairy magically created 350,000 species of beetles.

This explains the ridiculous fantasy called "Magical Intelligent Design Creationism".

"Several thousand years ago, a small tribe of ignorant near-savages wrote various collections of myths, wild tales, lies, and gibberish. Over the centuries, the stories were embroidered, garbled, mutilated, and torn into small pieces that were then repeatedly shuffled. Finally, this material was badly translated into several languages successively. The resultant text, creationists feel, is the best guide to this complex and technical subject."
—Science Made Stupid (1985)

Everything you always want to know about the most moronic anti-science fantasy ever invented: Rational Wiki - Creationism

Evolution Shmevolution!

Friday, August 17, 2018

YouTube videos: Normal person (aka atheist) pretends he is a Christian fucktard.

Several years ago I saw some YouTube videos from an atheist (aka normal person) who pretended to be a Christian creationist moron. All his videos were excellent. I couldn't remember his name but then I thought it might be "Edward". I was right. I found his videos. Here is one of them. I might provide more videos later or you can see the list yourself using these links:

EdwardCurrent - YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/user/EdwardCurrent/videos

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I found this at Rational Wiki: https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Edward_Current

Edward Current is a YouTube contributor. He is an atheist who plays a bigoted and ignorant Christian in his videos. Said videos parody common arguments from creationists. (That said, they are usually pretty close to the real arguments. Poe's Law doesn't mean that the satire isn't biting.)

As of March 2016, Current's channel has over 82k subscribers, 22 million views, and 177k "prayers said for Edward Current". No, really.[1]

One of his most popular videos features his boneheaded persona smugly rattling off a series of absurd fallacies[2] and spawned the satirical "Checkmate, Atheists!" Internet phenomenon. Current satirizes the "atheists hate god", saying: "As always, waging war on the atheists who hate our Heavenly Father. And by atheists I also mean agnostics, who are people who aren't sure if they hate our Heavenly Father."

Some of Current's videos are also pseudo-educational, e.g. in his "Christian meets Invisible Pink Unicorn" cartoon video he demonstrates the meaning of "emergence."[3]

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When Mr. Edward Current pretends to be a Christian fucktard it's virtually the same as listening to a real Christian fucktard.

Anyone who thinks the dead Magic Jeebus Man magically became a zombie is just plain fucking stupid and all Christians have to believe the zombie bullshit.

There are 2.2 billion Christians on this planet and everyone of them is a fucking retard. If you think some of them have a brain then how to do you explain their love for ridiculous moronic impossible fantasies? They might be successful at their careers but they're still extremely stupid, not to mention batshit crazy.

"Duh, duh, Jeebus died for our sins, duh, then the thing became a zombie, duh."

If you're a Christian and you're reading this, grow up FFS. Stop being a moron. You can do it. Don't be afraid. All you got to do is stop believing in bullshit.

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Some advice for Catholic morons.

Hey Catholics, did you notice you belong to the world's largest child abuse organization? Did you know you're part of the problem?

What if all of you idiots did the right thing and threw the moronic Catholic death cult into the garbage where it belongs? The pope's corporation (aka the Catholic Church) would go out of business. Perverted priests, bishops, and cardinals would have to get a real job. And that would be the end of the child abuse.

If you did business with a bank and that bank was famous for disgusting atrocious like in your church, would you close your account and take your business elsewhere? Of course you would. You're a bunch of fucktards but you have enough common sense to do the right thing. So why can't you do the right thing with your disgusting cult?

One more thing Catholic fucktards. Your Magic Jeebus Man is dead. Your magical Mary is dead. Your pope who wears a funny hat and an expensive dress is a fucking idiot. Your magical 2nd life fantasy is nothing more than the wishful thinking of feeble-minded cowards. So why don't you grow up, educate yourselves, and face facts. Your magic god fairy is not real. The thing is not necessary and it's totally impossible. There is no magic in the universe.

Grow up. You can do it. Don't be afraid. Just stop wasting your life being completely wrong about everything. It's easy to do and you will like being a free person for the first time in your life.

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New York Times - Letters - Calls for Punishing Abusive Priests

Readers are shocked by the news of over 1,000 victims of child sexual abuse and urge the Catholic Church to “address its demons.”

To the Editor:

Re “Church Hid Abuse of 1,000 Children, Grand Jury Finds” (front page, Aug. 15):

If the Catholic Church were a corporation, it would be the largest in the world, with more employees and far more locations than any other. Now imagine that a large corporation systematically aided and abetted the abuse and rape of children at its locations and then hid the evidence for decades.

If that happened, hundreds of employees, including senior management, would be in jail. Yet only a very few priests have ever been jailed. Why on earth do we allow this terrible double standard to exist? The entire leadership of the church should be held to account and, where evidence exists, those responsible should be arrested and tried for their crimes.

Tobias Seggerman
Needham, Mass.

To the Editor:

One of the major recommendations of the Pennsylvania grand jury in this groundbreaking report is the need to extend the statute of limitations that prevents the pursuit of justice against child abusers after a number of years. The Catholic Church and some other religious denominations are in favor of maintaining the statute in the hope that it will prevent legal action against them.

Putting the organization ahead of the individual is part of the plan to protect the church at the expense of the abused. Out of a sense of fear most individuals who are abused in childhood do not report their abusers for many years.

Most religious laws have no statutes that limit religious consequences of horrific behaviors perpetrated against others. Perhaps it is time to acknowledge this duplicity and act against it.

Michael J. Salamon
Hewlett, N.Y.
The writer is a psychologist and the author of “Abuse in the Jewish Community.”

Thursday, August 16, 2018

One of the strongest facts of science: Whales evolved from land animals.

Whales evolved from land animals. The fossil record is complete. And all this is confirmed by DNA sequencing.

From page 51 of Why Evolution is True by Jerry Coyne:

"Finally, at 40 million years ago, we find the fossils Basilosaurus and Dorudon--clearly fully aquatic mammals, with short necks and blowholes atop the skull. They could not have spent any time on land, for their pelvis and hindlimbs were reduced (the fifty-foot Dorudon had legs only two feet long) and were unconnected to the rest of the skeleton."

Some ancient stuff I found about the Soviet Union, their love for science, their failed attempt to get rid of religious stupidity, and their moronic socialism.

Wikipedia - League of Militant Atheists

This was Soviet Union stuff. I'm a capitalist because communism doesn't work.

I like their anti-religion ideas. The idea is science is good, religion is bullshit. They tried to kill religion. Unfortunately that didn't work. People are too fucking stupid to understand reality.

Pachelbel's Canon in D on Harp

If Catholics had any moral values they would have thrown out the Catholic Church child abuse organization a long time ago.

If Catholic morons want to fix the out-of-control child abuse problem then they should stop being Catholics. I suggest reality, aka atheism.

Growing up and facing facts is not difficult, Catholic scum. All you got to do is admit you have wasted your entire pathetic life believing in bullshit.

Your Magic Jeebus Man is dead. Your "assumption of Mary into heaven" is ridiculous, not to mention impossible. Is there any bullshit you fucktards don't believe?

Your magical 2nd life fantasy is impossible. Catholicism is not the one true religion because all religions are bullshit.

Of course you will never grow up because reality makes you cry. You would rather pay the Church's legal bills the rest of your life. I never met a Catholic who wasn't a stupid fucking asshole.

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A comment I wrote at the New York Times:

If Catholics really wanted to fix the child abuse problem they would stop being Catholics.

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Somebody else wrote this comment:

Try becoming an atheist. As Bill Maher observed, it requires very little of your time. You can do good things for others because it’s the right thing to do as opposed to doing good things because you were ordered to by some deity. Plus, you get to take the credit for your own accomplishments.

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New York Times - With Revulsion, Resignation and Hope, Catholics Take Stock.

‘It’s Really Hard to Be a Catholic’: The Pain of Reading the Sex Abuse Report.

By Campbell Robertson and Sharon Otterman

August 15, 2018

PITTSBURGH — John Cabon stood quietly and crossed himself before a statue of the Virgin Mary outside St. Paul’s, the mother church of the Pittsburgh Diocese.

“I keep the faith” said Mr. Cabon, 64, on the way to noon Mass. His sister, he said, had left the faith when explosive revelations of sexual abuse rocked the Roman Catholic Church in 2002. He had refused. “You don’t really believe everything, you know.”

But inside the church, there was no escaping the abuse scandal, which has entered a new chapter after monstrous revelations were released in a grand jury report on Tuesday, describing the abuse of more than 1,000 young people at the hands of hundreds of priests in Pennsylvania.

The priest at St Paul’s spoke of “horrendous and evil acts,” “moral failure” by church leaders, and the “grief, sadness, feelings of betrayal, even anger” that followed. One woman wept silently in her pew.

In Pittsburgh — site of some of the most ghastly acts in the report — and in dioceses around the country, Catholics grappled with the report’s findings.

Some had stayed with the church after explosive revelations of priest abuse over a decade ago, which implicated leaders but prompted promises by the church hierarchy of atonement. And now came descriptions of priests engaged in rape and child pornography for decades, using “whips, violence and sadism,” and in one case joining together in a secret cabal of abusers. Even more painful, the report contained accounts of bishops who had actively defended the accused priests.

“I think right now it’s really hard to be a Catholic,” said John Gehring, the Catholic program director of Faith in Public Life, a national network of faith leaders. “Everywhere you look, things seem to be falling apart.”

[Listen to an episode of “The Daily” about how the report sheds light on the systemic nature of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.]

The fallout is not limited to Pennsylvania.

In Nebraska’s Diocese of Lincoln, the bishop has apologized in recent days for his handling of misconduct allegations against priests, including one he told “not to be alone with females” and another who he said had an “emotionally inappropriate, non-sexual relationship with a 19-year-old male.”

A Catholic school in Baltimore will no longer be named for William H. Keeler, the cardinal who died last year and was once seen as a champion for sexual abuse victims but who was singled out in the grand jury report for failing to take action on more than one priest accused of abuse.

On Wednesday, Cardinal Seán O’Malley, archbishop of Boston and chairman of the Vatican’s Commission for the Protection of Minors, announced that he will not be attending the World Meeting of Families in Dublin this month, a major event the pope will attend.

In a statement, Cardinal O’Malley said that he must remain in Boston to handle issues at St. John’s seminary in Brighton, Mass. Last week, he placed the rector on leave and launched an investigation into the seminary’s culture following allegations of sexual misconduct at the school.

Wednesday was also the day that Catholics celebrated the assumption of Mary into heaven. The dissonance was not lost on people.

“Here we are, on the Feast of the Assumption, and Jesus is looking at his mother and saying, ‘Look what they have done to my church,’” said Jessica Bede, a parishioner of Our Lady of Peace Church in Manhattan, which was shuttered in a round of church closings. “They have chewed it up.”

Along with others interviewed on Wednesday, Ms. Bede said she believed the church leadership had not been living up to its people. Several said that if church leaders had trusted in the unshakable faith of the parishioners, they would not have engaged in such extraordinary cover-ups. But the leaders had fallen short, again.

In Boston, Barbara Bowe, a nurse who had grown up in Catholic schools, said she had fallen away from the church. And with the latest round of revelations, she seemed unlikely to return anytime soon.

“As far as priests and nuns being believed, that’s gone,” she said. “The authority is gone.”

A few blocks away from the white cross towering above the pastoral center of the Archdiocese of Miami, Mirta Criswell, 77, was loading dollar-store provisions into the back of a sedan. Of the report, she said, “I believe it 100 percent.”

Ms. Criswell said the sex abuse scandal that began in Boston in 2002 had been painful enough, but the latest reports had left her ever more exasperated. While the scandals would not erode her commitment to the faith, she believed they showed that some of the church rules needed to be revisited.

“The Catholic Church has to change,” Ms. Criswell said. “They have to let their priests marry, to have a family. Humans need sex.”

But others said the report was just more evidence of the frailty of humans, and that it would not shake their faith.

“There’s a lot of bad apples, and they’ve got to be cleaned out,” said Robert Romano, 62, after praying at Holy Innocents Church on West 37th Street in Midtown Manhattan. But, he added, “I’m not coming to church for a priest. I’m coming because in my heart, there’s something else.”

A few Catholics even saw the revelations, as horrific as they were, as cause for hope.

“This is a very good and healthy thing,” said David Williams, leaving noon Mass at St. Paul’s in Pittsburgh. The report was indeed terrible, he said, and he assumed more was to come.

It was painful on a personal level: One of his 15 children is a priest, and one of his grandchildren is in seminary in Rome. But at 88 years old, Mr. Williams said he has seen plenty of bad in his time, and he was fully optimistic that the church would be healed. “You can’t atone without facing the fact that you have sinned,” he said.

The pain among Catholics was nationwide, but there was a special anguish in Pittsburgh, where many knew one or more of the 99 priests from the diocese listed in the report.

“To flip through the pages and have a name leap out at me like that, you know, my childhood priest,” said Brett Sullivan Santry, 44. He grew up as an altar server, later lapsing in his faith while going through a divorce. More recently, drawn by Pope Francis and inspired by his daughter’s education in Catholic schools, he felt as if he might be turning back to the church. And then, on Tuesday, he read the report.

“Painfully, to realize almost a sense of relief that it hadn’t been an altar server that he’d abused,” he said of his childhood priest, the Rev. George Koychick, who was described in the report as having molested multiple underage girls.

Mr. Santry was not sure what this would all mean for his faith, or for his daughter’s. He still identified as Catholic and saw all the genuine good the church had done for them.

“For that I’m thankful,” he said. “But now someday I’m going to have to explain to her, you know —” he paused to think of the right word — “this.We may have a conversation at some point in the future about this. What the hell do I say?”

Campbell Robertson reported from Pittsburgh and Sharon Otterman from New York. Reporting was contributed by Elizabeth Dias in Pittsburgh, Jess Bidgood in Miami, Katharine Q. Seelye in Boston, and Mitch Smith in Kansas City, Kan.

A version of this article appears in print on Aug. 16, 2018, on Page A1 of the New York edition with the headline: With Revulsion, Resignation and Hope, Catholics Take Stock.

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My contempt for Republican assholes grows everyday. "The Republican-controlled State Legislature has resisted calls to lift the statute of limitations." “The church is literally spending millions of dollars buying up politicians here and making sure every avenue victims take are shut down.”

New York Times - Why the Explosive Report on Catholic Church Abuse Is Unlikely to Yield Criminal Charges

By Dan Levin

August 15, 2018

The searing grand jury report issued Tuesday in Pennsylvania that accuses bishops and other Roman Catholic Church leaders in that state of covering up child sexual abuse by more than 300 priests has prompted growing calls for justice, while leaving Americans wondering about the broader impact of the revelations on the church and other institutions.

But a web of legal barriers stands in the way of prosecuting most of the cases, and efforts to ease those barriers have repeatedly run into political opposition and fierce lobbying by the church and other groups. Pennsylvania lags behind many other states in coming to grips with the problem, despite a series of grand jury investigations stretching back 15 years.

What happens next?

Not much, legal experts and victims advocates say.

The nearly 900-page grand jury report is unlikely to lead to any new criminal charges or civil lawsuits over the abuse that it catalogs, because the statute of limitations has expired on those cases. Current state law allows victims of abuse as children 12 years to sue after they come of age at 18, meaning they must do so by age 30. Criminal complaints must be filed by the time the victim is 50. Those rules leave the vast majority of abuse survivors, who came forward later in life — the grand jury said they include people as old as 83 — with no legal recourse. Only two of the cases in the report have so far led to criminal charges.

[Read: Seven powerful excerpts from the grand jury report.]

The grand jury made four recommendations for enhancing protections for children and allowing victims to obtain justice for past abuse: eliminate the limit for criminal complaints completely; set aside the expired civil statutes of limitations for abuse cases; amend the state’s mandatory reporting law so that repeated failures to comply face harsher penalties; and bar confidentiality agreements that are meant to shield abusers.

For civil lawsuits, the attorney general and grand jury also recommended opening a temporary “window” to permit older victims to sue abusers, and the church. Earlier grand juries in Pennsylvania made similar recommendations.

But the Republican-controlled State Legislature has resisted calls to lift the statute of limitations, despite several attempts by lawmakers over the past dozen years.

A bill last year that would eliminate the criminal statute of limitations for child sexual abuse was passed in the State House, but when the Senate took it up, it stripped out a provision that would open a two-year window for victims who have aged out to file suit.

For it to become law, the State House must pass the amended version, but it has been stalled there by opposition to the removal of that retroactive provision.

Why is change taking so long?

The church has lobbied fiercely against changing the statute or opening a window for lawsuits. The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, whose president is Bishop Ronald W. Gainer of Harrisburg, one of the dioceses covered by the grand jury report, argues that the proposal would “force the people who make up an organization like the Catholic Church today defend themselves against a crime that was committed in their parish, school, or charitable program years ago.”

That claim has found support from the president of the State Senate, Joe Scarnati, a Republican who opposed the retroactive provision and has said it was unconstitutional.

Several former members of Mr. Scarnati’s staff and the wife of his current chief of staff work at a Harrisburg lobbying firm, Long, Nyquist and Associates, whose clients include the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, the church’s statewide public policy arm.

“The church is literally spending millions of dollars buying up politicians here and making sure every avenue victims take are shut down,” said State Representative Mark Rozzi, a Democrat from Berks County, who said he was raped by a priest when he was 13. Mr. Rozzi has become a tireless advocate for victims of church sexual abuse.

“It’s been a battle from Day 1,” he said.

What have other states done?

Most other states have already extended or abolished statutes of limitations for criminal prosecution of child sexual abuse felonies. Some states, including Minnesota, Delaware, Massachusetts and Hawaii, have also restored victims’ expired rights to file civil suits. But Pennsylvania has not.

“The barrier is the bishops’ extraordinary power over leading Republicans,” said Marci Hamilton, a law professor at the University of Pennsylvania who founded Child U.S.A., which researches and proposes policies to address child sexual abuse.

Attempts to extend statutes of limitations have fallen short in some states, including Maryland, New Jersey and New York. But New Jersey has no criminal statute of limitations for sexual assaults, and New York has no restrictions for first-degree felonies of any kind. New bills on the issue are pending in both New York and New Jersey.

[Read a report from Child USA, an advocacy group, that summarizes the statute of limitations laws across the country, including pending legislation.]

Why don’t the federal authorities investigate church sexual abuse?

So far, the federal government has left all investigations of church sexual abuse to the states, even though the church hierarchy has repeatedly been found to have transferred pedophile priests from one part of the country to another to conceal their abuse.

The F.B.I. spent a year investigating sexual-abuse allegations against the former team doctor for the national gymnastics team, Larry Nassar, and the United States Senate conducted an inquiry into the case. But there appears to be little political appetite in Washington for any comparable federal scrutiny of the Roman Catholic Church, even though abuse of minors by priests has been exponentially more widespread and has been documented in 10 previous reports by grand juries and attorneys general, according to the research and advocacy group BishopAccountability.org.

A version of this article appears in print on Aug. 16, 2018, on Page A12 of the New York edition with the headline: Scathing Report on Abuse Is Unlikely to Change Laws.

Is Islam a human race?

Is Islam a human race? No, of course not. Islam is a religion, or to be more accurate Islam is the world's largest terrorist organization.

This should be obvious to everyone but liberal crybabies cry like babies whenever somebody doesn't suck up to Muslim morons. Liberals, when they're not crying, like to call anyone who doesn't agree with them about everything "racists".

For example if I said the best way to keep America safe is never let Muslim assholes enter this country a liberal moron would call me a racist. They do this to suppress freedom of speech. Their other favorite word is "Islamophobia" which means "knows too much about Islam". Liberals use these ridiculous words because that's the only way they can defend their stupid ideas.

Recently an Australian politician during a speech in Parliament proposed a national plebiscite on banning all Muslims from entering the country. Of course the liberal crybabies who think everyone should suck up to Muslim assholes called the politician (Senator Fraser Anning) a racist as if Islam is a human race which is bullshit. Islam is an organization of stupid fucking assholes who force women to cover their hair. Women make Muslims cry. Muslims also are evolution deniers, aka uneducated morons. Their worst problem is their love for violence.

Here a liberal crybaby would say "Duh, duh, not all Muslims blow themselves up, duh."

No shirt Sherlock. The problem is some of them will kill Australians and it's impossible to be certain who will be a terrorist and who would be just a moron who harasses women. Also, many or perhaps most Muslims think suicide bombings can sometimes be justified. Should they be allowed to enter Australia? No, of course not.

The only way to be 100% certain there would be no atrocities is never let a Muslim enter Australia or any other country.

Who decides who gets in? The Muslims or the people who live there? Let the Muslims stay in the worthless disgusting theocracies they came from.

I'm not sure who is worse, the liberal crybabies or the Muslim assholes they suck up to.

Typical liberal: "Duh, duh, you are a racist because you said something that isn't politically correct, duh."

Take your political correctness and shove it somewhere liberal morons.

I answered this question: "Why are people becoming atheists?"

"Why are people becoming atheists?"

Atheism is an acceptance of reality.

Theism requires throwing reality out.

The problem for the god-soaked is reality can't be thrown out. Eventually the more intelligent theists figure this out and they throw out their childish religious fantasies. This is called growing up and facing facts.

Most of the god-soaked are extremely stupid and gullible. They are cowards, willing to believe any bullshit that makes them feel good. There is no cure for their disease.

Thanks to the internet, scientific progress, and science education, more people have realized the magic-god-fairy fantasy is ridiculous.

Everything you always wanted to know about Kyrgyzstan.

I just played chess with somebody who lives in Kyrgyzstan. I didn't know anything about Kyrgyzstan so I looked it up. Wikipedia is my friend.

Wikipedia - Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan is a landlocked country with mountainous terrain. It is bordered by Kazakhstan to the north, Uzbekistan to the west and southwest, Tajikistan to the southwest and China to the east.

Kyrgyzstan's recorded history spans over 2,000 years, encompassing a variety of cultures and empires. Although geographically isolated by its highly mountainous terrain, which has helped preserve its ancient culture, Kyrgyzstan has been at the crossroads of several great civilizations as part of the Silk Road and other commercial and cultural routes. Though long inhabited by a succession of independent tribes and clans, Kyrgyzstan has periodically fallen under foreign domination and attained sovereignty as a nation-state only after the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Kyrgyzstan's population is estimated at 5.6 million in 2013.[67] Of those, 34.4% are under the age of 15 and 6.2% are over 65. The country is rural: only about one-third of the population live in urban areas. The average population density is 25 people per km².

The nation's largest ethnic group are the Kyrgyz, a Turkic people, who comprise 73.2% of the population. Other ethnic groups include Russians (5.8%) concentrated in the north and Uzbeks(14.6%) living in the south. Small but noticeable minorities include Dungans (1.1%), Uyghurs(1.1%), Tajiks (1.1%), Kazakhs (0.7%), and Ukrainians (0.5%) and other smaller ethnic minorities (1.7%).[68] The country has over 80 ethnic groups.[69]

The Kyrgyz have historically been semi-nomadic herders, living in round tents called yurts and tending sheep, horses and yaks. This nomadic tradition continues to function seasonally (see transhumance) as herding families return to the high mountain pasture (or jailoo) in the summer. The sedentary Uzbeks and Tajiks traditionally have farmed lower-lying irrigated land in the Fergana valley.[70]

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Muslims like to blow themselves up. Good riddance when that happens.

A bloody day in Afghanistan.

Dozens were killed in the north after Taliban insurgents overran an Afghan Army base and a police checkpoint, killing at least 39 soldiers and police officers.

Separately, in Kabul, a suicide bomber carried out an attack inside a classroom, leaving at least 48 dead.

The attacks cap a tense period, which began on Friday with a Taliban assault on Ghazni City, in the east. President Ashraf Ghani said the Taliban control of that area had been contained, but residents said the fighting continued. Here’s what’s at stake.

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KABUL, Afghanistan — The American-led invasion of Afghanistan routed Taliban extremists from power after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Nearly 17 years later, after tens of thousands of deaths, hundreds of billions of dollars spent and two White House administrations come and gone, those extremists are not only undefeated but seem as strong as ever.

"The report said there are likely thousands more victims whose records were lost or who were too afraid to come forward."

New York Times - Catholic Priests Abused 1,000 Children in Pennsylvania, Report Says

By Laurie Goodstein and Sharon Otterman

August 14, 2018

Bishops and other leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania covered up child sexual abuse by more than 300 priests over a period of 70 years, persuading victims not to report the abuse and law enforcement not to investigate it, according to a searing report issued by a grand jury on Tuesday.

The report, which covered six of the state’s eight Catholic dioceses and found more than 1,000 identifiable victims, is the broadest examination yet by a government agency in the United States of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. The report said there are likely thousands more victims whose records were lost or who were too afraid to come forward.

It catalogs horrific instances of abuse: a priest who raped a young girl in the hospital after she had her tonsils out; a victim tied up and whipped with leather straps by a priest; and another priest who was allowed to stay in ministry after impregnating a young girl and arranging for her to have an abortion.

The sexual abuse scandal has shaken the Catholic Church for more than 15 years, ever since explosive allegations emerged out of Boston in 2002. But even after paying billions of dollars in settlements and adding new prevention programs, the church has been dogged by a scandal that is now reaching its highest ranks. The Pennsylvania report comes soon after the resignation of Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, who is accused of sexually abusing young priests and seminarians, as well as minors.

“Despite some institutional reform, individual leaders of the church have largely escaped public accountability,” the grand jury wrote. “Priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they hid it all. For decades.”

The grand jury said that while some accused priests were removed from ministry, the church officials who protected them remained in office or even got promotions. One bishop named in the report as vouching for an abusive priest was Cardinal Donald Wuerl, now the archbishop of Washington. “Until that changes, we think it is too early to close the book on the Catholic Church sex scandal,” the jury wrote.

The report is unlikely to lead to new criminal charges or civil lawsuits under the current law because the statute of limitations has expired. Only two of the cases in the report so far have led to criminal charges.

In statements released on Tuesday, Pennsylvania’s Catholic bishops called for prayers for victims and for the church, promised greater openness and said that measures instituted in recent years were already making the church safer.

But several bishops, including Bishop David A. Zubik of Pittsburgh, rejected the idea the church had concealed abuse.

“There was no cover-up going on,” Bishop Zubik said in a news conference on Tuesday. “I think that it’s important to be able to state that. We have over the course of the last 30 years, for sure, been transparent about everything that has in fact been transpiring.”

Church officials followed a “playbook for concealing the truth,” the grand jury said, minimizing the abuse by using words like “inappropriate contact” instead of “rape”; assigning priests untrained in sexual abuse cases to investigate their colleagues; and not informing the community of the real reasons behind removing an accused priest.

“Tell his parishioners that he is on ‘sick leave,’ or suffering from ‘nervous exhaustion.’ Or say nothing at all,” the report said.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro, whose office initiated the investigation, said in a news conference, “They protected their institution at all costs. As the grand jury found, the church showed a complete disdain for victims.”

He said that the cover-up by senior church officials “stretched in some cases all the way up to the Vatican.”

No other state has seen more grand jury investigations of abuses in the church than Pennsylvania, where about one of every four residents is Catholic and the local attorneys general have been particularly responsive to victims. Previous grand juries examined the dioceses of Philadelphia and Altoona-Johnstown; the new report covers the rest of the state.

Mr. Shapiro was surrounded on Tuesday by about 20 abuse victims and their family members, who gasped and wept when he revealed that one priest had abused five sisters in the same family, including one girl beginning when she was 18 months old.

Some victims said in interviews that they were relieved to finally be heard and to have their perpetrators publicly named.

“I had gone to two bishops with allegations over five years, and they ignored and downplayed my allegations,” said the Rev. James Faluszczak, an Erie priest on extended leave who was abused as a child and who testified before the grand jury. “It’s that very management of secrets that has given cover to predators.”

For others, it was too little, too late. Frances Samber, whose brother Michael was abused by a priest in Pittsburgh and committed suicide in 2010, said, “It’s good that the public sees this, but where is the justice? What do you do about it? Why aren’t these people in prison?”

There has been no comprehensive measurement of the full scope of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in the United States, though some have tried. American abuse survivors have pushed for years for the government to undertake a nationwide inquiry similar to the one conducted in Australia, where a royal commission spent four years examining the sexual abuse of children by a variety of religious and civic institutions, including the Catholic Church.

There have been 10 previous reports by grand juries and attorneys general in the United States, according to the research and advocacy group BishopAccountability.org, but those examined single dioceses or counties.

The Pennsylvania grand jury report lands as the sex abuse scandal in the church has reached a new stage, with calls to discipline bishops who sexually abused younger priests and seminarians, or who have covered up for abusive colleagues.

Catholics are calling for independent investigations into why Cardinal McCarrick was advanced up the hierarchy despite warnings to his superiors in Rome and fellow bishops that he had molested seminarians and young priests. Cardinal McCarrick resigned in July over allegations of sexually abusing minors, but since then priests in the diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska, and seminarians in Boston and elsewhere have publicly accused their superiors of turning a blind eye to sexual misconduct.

The Pennsylvania grand jury met for two years, reviewed 500,000 documents from dioceses’ secret archives, and heard testimony from dozens of victims and the bishop of Erie. The report covers the dioceses of Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton. Two of the dioceses — Greensburg and Harrisburg — tried to quash the grand jury investigation last year, but later backed off that stance.

The report lists each of the accused priests and documents how they were sent from parish to parish, and even sometimes out of state. The grand jury said that while the list is long, “we don’t think we got them all.” The report added, “We feel certain that many victims never came forward, and that the dioceses did not create written records every single time they heard something about abuse.”

In the Greensburg diocese, the Rev. John Sweeney was charged by the attorney general’s office with sexually abusing a boy in the early 1990s. Father Sweeney pleaded guilty this month and awaits sentencing. In the Erie diocese, the Rev. David Poulson was arrested in May and charged with sexually assaulting a boy for eight years, starting at age 8. Father Poulson has yet to enter a plea.

The Pennsylvania State Legislature has so far resisted calls to lift the statute of limitations, which has prevented childhood victims from filing civil lawsuits against the church after they turn 30. For many victims, it has taken decades to gain the courage to speak about the abuse, long past when the law would allow them to sue.

The grand jury and the attorney general strongly recommended that the statute of limitations be extended in civil and criminal cases. They recommended opening a temporary “window” that would permit older victims to file civil lawsuits against perpetrators, and the church.

The church has lobbied against any change to the statute or to open such a window, its efforts led by Bishop Ronald W. Gainer of Harrisburg, president of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference. But abuse survivors and advocates say that in September they plan to begin a fresh campaign to press lawmakers and Bishop Gainer to drop their opposition.

“If this doesn’t start a serious debate on the elimination of the statute of limitation, there’s something seriously wrong with my fellow Pennsylvanians,” said Shaun Dougherty, now 48, who testified before the Altoona-Johnstown grand jury about being abused by a priest for three years starting at age 10.

About two dozen people named in the report petitioned the court to have their names redacted from it.

In the news conference, Mr. Shapiro, the attorney general, described the “intense legal battle” that played out over the last several months as some people named in the report appealed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to block its release.

“They wanted to cover up the cover-up,” he said.

Mr. Shapiro said his office would continue to fight for a full version of the report to be released with no redactions.

One example of a cover-up detailed in the report concerns the Rev. Ernest Paone, a priest who was caught molesting boys and using guns with young children in Pittsburgh. A fellow pastor intervened in 1962 to stop the police from arresting him. The district attorney at the time, Robert Masters, wrote to the diocese in 1964 to say that he had halted his investigation of the case “in order to prevent unfavorable publicity” for the diocese.

In testimony before the grand jury, Mr. Masters said that he had wanted the church’s support for his political career.

Father Paone was relocated successively to Los Angeles, San Diego and Reno in the following years, with Pittsburgh’s bishops attesting to his fitness as a priest. Among those bishops was Cardinal Wuerl, now the archbishop of Washington. He accepted Father Paone’s resignation from ministry in good standing in 2003, allowing him to collect his pension.

Cardinal Wuerl released a letter to his priests on Monday, saying that while the grand jury report would be “critical of some of my actions, I believe the report also confirms that I acted with diligence, with concern for the survivors and to prevent future acts of abuse.”

As of Tuesday, all six of the dioceses covered by the report had released the names of priests with allegations against them.

Bishop Gainer in Harrisburg recently ordered that the names of accused priests and of bishops who mishandled abuse cases be taken down from all church buildings in the diocese.

The report says that one of the victims who had testified before the grand jury tried to commit suicide while they were deliberating.

“From her hospital bed, she asked for one thing,” the grand jury wrote in the report, “that we finish our work and tell the world what really happened.”

A version of this article appears in print on Aug. 15, 2018, on Page A1 of the New York edition with the headline: Church Hid Abuse of 1,000 Children, Grand Jury Finds.
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"I’m infuriated and upset at the Catholic Church. I’m a practicing member with two young sons and I don’t trust my kids around anyone in the church without me present. I stay Catholic due to my love of the Eucharist and the veneration of Mary and the saints. However, if there isn’t a radical demand for transparency soon, I will probably find myself in an Episcopalian pew."

Why not throw out Christianity and the Magic Man? This is the 21st century FFS. It's about time for you people to grow up and face facts. There is no magic in the universe. Jeebus was an uneducated moron. Religions are for suckers. What is wrong with you people? How many more religious atrocities do you need to realize religions are bullshit?

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This New York Times article has 14 links. I suggest look at some of them.

Assholes for Allah

Wikipedia - September 11 attacks

The September 11 attacks (also referred to as 9/11)[a] were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda against the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. The attacks killed 2,996 people, injured over 6,000 others, and caused at least $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage.[2][3] Additional people died of 9/11-related cancer and respiratory diseases in the months and years following the attacks.


"But what about the right of women and girls not to wear the hijab or any other head covering, and to go out with faces unveiled?"

This was written 3 years ago but it's still a problem today.

JIHAD WATCH - Islamic State stones five women to death for not wearing the veil

August 19, 2015 BY ROBERT SPENCER

Our moral superiors are very concerned about the right of Muslim women in Western countries to cover their heads. Barack Obama has affirmed this: “Moreover, freedom in America is indivisible from the freedom to practice one’s religion. That is why there is a mosque in every state in our union, and over 1,200 mosques within our borders. That’s why the United States government has gone to court to protect the right of women and girls to wear the hijab and to punish those who would deny it.” — Obama, Cairo, June 4, 2009

But what about the right of women and girls not to wear the hijab or any other head covering, and to go out with faces unveiled? Who is speaking up for the rights of Aqsa Parvez, whose Muslim father choked her to death with her hijab after she refused to wear it; and of Amina Muse Ali, a Christian woman in Somalia whom Muslims murdered because she wasn’t wearing a hijab; and of the 40 women who were murdered in Iraq in 2007 for not wearing the hijab; and of Alya Al-Safar, whose Muslim cousin threatened to kill her and harm her family because she stopped wearing the hijab in Britain; and of Amira Osman Hamid, who faces whipping in Sudan for refusing to wear the hijab; and of the Egyptian girl, also named Amira, who committed suicide after being brutalized for her family for refusing to wear the hijab; and of the Muslim and non-Muslim teachers at the Islamic College of South Australia who were told that they had to wear the hijab or be fired; and of the women in Chechnya whom police shot with paintballs because they weren’t wearing hijab; and of the women also in Chechnya who were threatened by men with automatic rifles for not wearing hijab; and of the elementary school teachers in Tunisia who were threatened with death for not wearing hijab; and of the Syrian schoolgirls who were forbidden to go to school unless they wore hijab; and of the women in Gaza whom Hamas has forced to wear hijab; and of the women in Iran who protested against the regime by daring to take off their legally-required hijab; and of the women in London whom Muslim thugs threatened to murder if they didn’t wear hijab; and of the anonymous young Muslim woman who doffed her hijab outside her home and started living a double life in fear of her parents, and all the other women and girls who have been killed or threatened, or who live in fear for daring not to wear the hijab.

When will anyone stand in solidarity with them? Women who don’t wear hijab in Muslim countries are far more likely to be victims of violence than hijabis in the West. Who speaks for them?

“ISIS stones five women to death for not wearing the veil, says Mamouzini,” by Abdelhak Mamoun, Iraqi News, August 18, 2015 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

(IraqiNews.com) Dohuk – Media official of the Kurdistan Democratic Party in Mosul Saeed Mamouzini revealed on Tuesday, that ISIS has stoned five women to death in Mosul.

Mamouzini said in an interview for IraqiNews.com, “ISIS elements stoned five women to death in Ghazlani camp in Mosul.”

Mamouzini added that “This came under the pretext of not wearing the veil and refusing to comply with the orders of the organization.”

The Christian stupidity in Idiot America is much worse than I thought was possible.

41 percent of Americans say people and dinosaurs co-existed

"Do you believe that dinosaurs and humans once lived on the planet at the same time?"

Definitely 14%
Probably 27%
Probably not 18%
Definitely not 25%
Not sure 16%

This poll shows that only 25% of Americans are certain we did not live at the same time as Tyrannosaurus.

This poll also shows that 75% of Americans are uneducated morons (aka Christian fucktards).

This is from the link:

Note that with 16 percent "not sure," it's entirely possible that I'm actually living in a country where most people disregard the scientific consensus that dinosaurs lived tens of millions of years ago and tens of millions of years before the first humans emerged.

Perhaps these results shouldn't be so shocking when we consider that there are entire museums, like Kentucky's Creation Museum, devoted to showing how dinosaurs fit into the biblical timeline of history, complete with this animatronic display of a dinosaur hanging out with an Old Testament kid tending a fire.

A New York Times editorial is about what Democrats must do to defeat President Fucktard Trump in 2020.

Here is a comment I wrote there:

If the Democrats want to win in 2020 they should be for free trade and capitalism. Socialism doesn't work.

"Vote for me because I'm not Trump" is not going to work.

The rest of this article is excellent. Trump is trying to destroy the environment. Democrats need to explain why we need to save this planet and how we can do it.

If the Democrats lose again it would be a disaster for the entire world.

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Here is the entire article:

New York Times - What if Mother Nature Is on the Ballot in 2020?

Democrats could have a strong issue to run on if the extreme weather persists and President Trump continues to dismiss climate change.

By Thomas L. Friedman

Opinion Columnist

August 14, 2018

What if this time is different?

There is an assumption that the 2020 presidential election will be business as usual: Donald Trump will run on the economy, social issues and immigration, and the Democratic candidate will run on income inequality, Democratic socialism and Trump’s character — the 2020 version of right-left U.S. politics.

But I believe there’s a sleeper issue out there that could force its way into the election. What if Mother Nature is on the ballot?

What if all the extreme weather this year — linked to climate change — gets even worse and more costly? What if the big 2020 issue is not left-right — but hot-cold or wet-dry? What if the big 2020 issue is not “Who lost Russia?” or “Who lost North Korea?” but “Who lost planet Earth?”

We’re talking about the natural world, so one has to be cautious. But if you look at all the destructive extreme weather buffeting the world this summer alone, it’s as if Mother Nature were saying to us: “Oh, you didn’t notice me tapping on your shoulder these past few years? O.K. Well, how about a little fire, Scarecrow? How about this:

“How about I bake Europe, set the biggest wildfire California has ever seen and more active wildfires — 460 in one day — than British Columbia has ever seen, and also start the worst forest fires in decades in Sweden, even extending north of the Arctic Circle where temperatures this month reached 86 degrees. Meanwhile, I’ll subject Japan to the heaviest rainfall it’s ever recorded, and then a couple weeks later the highest temperature it’s ever recorded — 106 degrees in Kumagaya, northwest of Tokyo. And for a punctuation mark, I’ll break the heat record in Death Valley, reaching 127 degrees, and burn the worst drought in living memory into Eastern Australia, where the BBC last week quoted a dairy farmer as saying, “It’s gotten to the point where it’s cheaper to shoot your cows than it is to feed them.”

While climate scientists have long argued that you can’t attribute any single weather event to climate change, a study last year by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine concluded: “The science has advanced to the point that this is no longer true as an unqualified blanket statement. In many cases, it is now often possible to make and defend quantitative statements about the extent to which human-induced climate change … has influenced either the magnitude or the probability of occurrence of specific types of events or event classes.”

Climate change makes the hots hotter, the wets wetter and the dries drier.

Heidi Cullen, chief scientist for Climate Central, an environmental organization, was quoted as telling the Weather Channel in July that the national academies’ report connecting global warming to the increased risk and severity of certain classes of extreme weather — like some of the heat waves, floods and droughts we’re experiencing — carries the same scientific import as the U.S. surgeon general’s 1964 report connecting smoking to lung cancer.

In other words: Mother Nature is done letting us pretend that we don’t know and can’t connect the dots — and that could create some very interesting politics.

Democrats have been casting about for a big idea to propel them in 2020. My free advice: If Democratic socialism or Democratic Trotskyism or abolishing ICE — the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency — is what will get you elected as a Democrat in your district in 2018, go for it. The Democrats must take the House back. But Trump would feast on those issues in a national election.

However, if in 2020 we’re in the midst of even more damaging droughts and storms than we are today, Democrats may be able to run against Trump’s make-America-polluted-again environmental strategy and his refusal to either acknowledge the threat of climate change or seize the incredible opportunity it offers America to become richer, healthier, more secure and more respected by leading the world in clean energy technologies.

Trump has no answer for that. He doesn’t believe the climate science that NASA is telling him is true. He is trying to bring back coal precisely when wind, solar and efficiency are becoming cheaper, cleaner, healthier alternatives — precisely when four of the five biggest wind states are red states and precisely when China has committed itself to owning the clean power and electric car markets of the future! He’s trying to force the U.S. auto industry to bring back gas guzzlers when the last time we did that — from the 1980s to the 2000s — Japan and Korea bankrupted Detroit and we enriched petro-dictators from Venezuela to Russia to the Arab world to Iran.

Trump is the president who’s throwing away our umbrella right before the storm.

Sure, Trump will sneer that “green” is girlyman, uneconomic, unpatriotic and vaguely French. But Democrats can easily counter that green is globally strategic, locally profitable and working class — green is the new red, white and blue. That message can play today in Rust Belt battleground states like Michigan and Ohio. One recent clean energy industry study found that 714,257 people in 12 Midwestern states work in renewable energy generation, clean transmission, energy efficiency, clean fuels and advanced transportation. Some 108,000 in Ohio alone do, compared with 38,000 in the coal, oil and gas fields.

The Democratic message could start with some simple math: There are currently 7.6 billion people on the planet, and in 2030 there will be 8.6 billion — another one billion in just over a decade! If even half of them get cars, have air-conditioners and eat high-protein diets like Americans now do, we will devour and burn up the planet beyond recognition. So what does that mean? It means clean energy and efficiency have to be the next great global industry or we’re going to be a bad biological experiment, whether there is climate change or not. Does anyone — other than Trump — believe that America can continue to dominate the world economy and not lead the next great global industry, but leave that to China?

The Democratic strategy should be built around putting together the performance standards, research and carbon pricing to achieve what Energy Innovation C.E.O. Hal Harvey calls “the four zeros.” These are, Harvey explains: 1. “A zero-carbon grid. Right now, Republican states like Texas and Wyoming dominate the U.S. wind industry and are reaping most of the jobs and environmental benefits. That should go national. 2. Zero-emission vehicles. When you combine a zero-carbon grid with electric vehicles, bingo, you have zero-carbon transportation. 3. Zero-net energy buildings. What if you could build a well-insulated home, put today’s inexpensive solar panels on the roof and, over the course of a year, produce as much energy as you consume? Fantastical? No. It’s now the law in Santa Monica, and getting most of the way there is already feasible — and cost-effective — throughout the country. 4. Zero-waste manufacturing. New techniques in manufacturing, such as 3-D printing or advanced chemistry, can slash waste — and waste is a tax on both the budget and the earth.”

Now that’s a platform worth running on, and it’s one that can do what Democrats need most: make them the party of strengthening the working class and American security.

Clean power, clean cars, clean manufacturing and efficient buildings make everything we want to achieve in our society easier. They can lower our health care costs, cut heating bills for the poor, drive 21st-century innovation, foster decent jobs, mitigate climate change, create more competitive export industries, weaken petro-dictators — and enhance U.S. national security and moral leadership.

Let Trump fight that idea. If Mother Nature keeps on this destructive track into 2020, well, Trump’s favorite mantra about strong women, “Lock her up,” will look awfully silly.

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I never met a Catholic who wasn't a stupid fucking asshole.

A Catholic fucktard wrote this bullshit:

"There has only been one person on earth who has been free of sin, and the vast majority of priest attempt to attain such ideals, but often fall short as all men do. As a society we have to be very careful that we provide Catholic priests with a fair judgment and not a hysterical witch hunt."

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This is what I wrote for the fucking moron:

"As a society we have to be very careful that we provide Catholic priests with a fair judgment and not a hysterical witch hunt."

Did you read the article and the numerous other articles about the totally out-of-control child abuse problem and cover ups at the Catholic Church?

Your "a hysterical witch hunt" fantasy is ridiculous. Why don't you be honest and admit your Catholic Church is the world's largest child abuse organization.

Catholics who haven't thrown out your disgusting cult are part of the problem.

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The idiot's "There has only been one person on earth who has been free of sin" is about the Magic Jeebus Man. Jeebus was "the son of god" and god would never do anything wrong (except for its love for genocide and slavery).

"Sin" is a moronic religious word. Normal people never use it.

Sin: an immoral act considered to be a transgression against divine law.

According to the myth every baby is born with "sin" as if babies are criminals. How can anyone be so gullible and so hopelessly fucking stupid?

I never met a Catholic who wasn't a stupid fucking asshole.

Something interesting I found while wasting my time on the internet.

On this day, August 15: 1769 Napoleon Bonaparte was born on the island of Corsica.

I never heard of Corsica so I looked it up. It's a beautiful island in the Mediterranean Sea.

Corsica, a mountainous Mediterranean island, presents a mix of stylish coastal towns, dense forest and craggy peaks (Monte Cinto is the highest). Nearly half the island falls within a park whose hiking trails include the challenging GR 20. Its beaches range from busy Pietracorbara to remote Saleccia and Rondinara. It's been part of France since 1768, but retains a distinct Italian culture.

Official languages: French

Capital: Ajaccio

Population: 330,000 (2017)





Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture (Full with Cannons)


WARNING: Cannons may make dogs bark, scare your mom, leave your neighbor dumbfounded, make cats panic, wake you up in the middle of the night shouting at the top of your lungs because you think you are being robbed, scare the crap out of you, and/or blow up your ears and brains; among other things... The 1812 Overture, composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1880. This version with cannons!

Richard Wagner - Ride Of The Valkyries

What I wrote at a news website about the Catholic Church's out-of-control child abuse problem.

"Pennsylvania Report Alleges Child Sex Abuse by More Than 300 Priests. Grand-jury report says Catholic Church officials in the state failed to intervene and covered up crimes."

This is just one state out of 50 states, not to mention numerous other countries. The Catholic Church is the world's largest child abuse organization. The Catholics who help pay the legal bills are part of the problem. If Catholics had any moral values they would throw Catholicism in the garbage where it belongs.

Christian assholes use censorship to defend their childish fantasies.

I answered this question:

"Is this evidence of Christian intolerance? I asked a question asking Christians if they realize why atheists find resurrection of Jesus ridiculous exactly the same way Christians finding the idea of Mohammad flying to heaven in winged horse ridiculous. The question got deleted within 1 minute."

Christian morons can't defend their disgusting childish fantasies so they use censorship to suppress freedom of speech. I never met a Christian who wasn't a stupid fucking asshole.

The resurrection of the Magic Jeebus Man is more than ridiculous. It's insane. Christians think zombies are real.

The extreme stupid, it burns.

Steven Paul Novella is an American clinical neurologist and assistant professor at Yale University School of Medicine. Novella is best known for his involvement in the skeptical movement.

Wikipedia - Steven Novella

Novella is a proponent of scientific skepticism, which he defines as: ... one who prefers beliefs and conclusions that are reliable and valid to ones that are comforting or convenient, and therefore rigorously and openly applies the methods of science and reason to all empirical claims, especially their own. A skeptic provisionally proportions acceptance of any claim to valid logic and a fair and thorough assessment of available evidence, and studies the pitfalls of human reason and the mechanisms of deception so as to avoid being deceived by others or themselves. Skepticism values method over any particular conclusion.[6]

In response to an editorial in The New York Times in which Paul Davies concluded "until science comes up with a testable theory of the laws of the universe, its claim to be free of faith is manifestly bogus,"[7] Novella said, It's not actually true because science is not dependent upon faith in a naturalistic world. It just follows the methods as if it is naturalistic... it is not a system of beliefs. People often ask me and they will ask you as skeptics what do you believe? Well, it's not about belief. Do you believe in ESP? It doesn't matter if I believe in ESP. The only thing that matters is what is the evidence for ESP? ...It's very important I think to present skepticism as a method of inquiry not a set of conclusions, not a set of beliefs.[8]

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Another quote from Steven Novella he wrote for some god-soaked idiot:

“What do you think science is? There's nothing magical about science. It is simply a systematic way for carefully and thoroughly observing nature and using consistent logic to evaluate results. Which part of that exactly do you disagree with? Do you disagree with being thorough? Using careful observation? Being systematic? Or using consistent logic?” Steven Novella

Monday, August 13, 2018

The world's most happy squirrel

The 3rd President of the United States said Christianity is bullshit.

Thomas Jefferson was the 3rd President of the United States and the author of our Declaration of Independence.

"And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter."

-- Thomas Jefferson, Letter to John Adams, April 11, 1823

Birds aren’t just the closest living relatives of dinosaurs — they are dinosaurs. Everyday I eat dinosaur thighs (aka chicken thighs).

Wikipedia - Dinosaur

Reverse genetic engineering[4] and the fossil record both demonstrate that birds are modern feathered dinosaurs,[5] having evolved from earlier theropods during the late Jurassic Period.[6] As such, birds were the only dinosaur lineage to survive the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event 66 million years ago.[7]

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inverse.com - Birds aren’t just the closest living relatives of dinosaurs — they are dinosaurs.

I own a Apple Mac Mini desktop computer. I'm getting a new operating system in 2 months (free of course). It's called "MacOS Mojave".



MacOS Mojave: Everything you need to know about the new Macintosh operating system.

By Roman Loyola

Senior Editor, Macworld | AUGUST 13, 2018

Apple next major revision to its Macintosh operating system is called macOS Mojave. The company revealed the update at its 2018 Worldwide Developers Conference in June, and it features several user interface improvements to make the experience on the Mac better.
In this FAQ, we’ll give you the general details on macOS Mojave: When it will be release, what Macs are compatible, etc. We’ll add more details to this article as they become available.
Updated 8/13/18: Apple on Monday released the seventh developer beta of macOS Mojave, which removes Group FaceTime.

Can I try the macOS Mojave beta?

Apple is currently on the sixth version of the macOS Mojave developer beta, and the fifth version of the public beta.
Developers can get a beta of macOS Mojave through the Apple Developer Program. The developer beta costs $99 per year.
Apple also releases a free beta to the general public. Since the software is beta, it isn’t as reliable as officially-released versions to the general public and it could cause problems on your Mac. The public beta is a few cycles behind the developer beta, so they’re not the same. Learn more about the macOS Mojave public beta program
If you try out the beta and decide later that you don’t want to use it anymore, you can go back to macOS High Sierra.
You can continue to participate in the beta program after the Mojave golden master has been released. You’ll get beta versions of the Mojave updates.

What are macOS Mojave’s major new features?

The features that Apple highlighted during WWDC focused on the user interface. They’ll make your Mac easier and more efficient to use. Here’s a list of some of the new features. Click on the link to get more information, including instructions on how to use the feature in macOS Mojave. (If there’s no link, we’re working on the article and will post it soon.)
Apple had touted Group FaceTime as a new feature, but with the seventh Mojave developer beta, the company announced in the release notes that Group FaceTime will not be available in the initial release of Mojave. It will be available as a software update later in the fall.
Group FaceTime will allow you to perform a group chat with up to 32 people at the same time, either audio or video. The feature works on both Mojave Macs and iOS devices running iOS 12.

What other macOS Mojave features should I know about?

The features listed above will have the greatest appeal, but there are a lot of other features in Mojave that you’ll find useful.
  • Siri will have several improvements, including the ability to control HomeKit devices from your Mac and the ability to use Find My iPhone.
  • Safari will have Favicons in tabs and intelligent tracking protection.
  • Quick Look will have editing tools.
  • Apple Mail will support emojis and be able to suggest a mailbox in which to file an email.
  • Enhanced support for passwords, including the ability to automatically create strong passwords, autofill of passcodes sent via text, and password auditing.
  • APFS format support for Fusion Drives.
  • eGPU support on a per-application basis.

Is macOS merging with iOS?

No—and Apple was emphatic about that. But Apple did announce at WWDC that they are working on giving developers that ability to more easily port their iOS apps over to macOS. In fact, Mojave has three new apps that were originally iOS apps, and they were brought over to macOS using the new framework. Apple says that they are planning to have the iOS-to-macOS tools available in 2019.

What new apps are in macOS Mojave?

As mentioned above, Mojave has three new apps that were originally iOS apps: Apple News, Stocks, and Voice Memos. There’s also a new Home app for managing internet-of-things devices.
The Mac App Store isn’t a new app, but it gets a major redesign that makes it look more like the iOS App Store.

Which Macs are compatible with macOS Mojave?

  • MacBook (Early 2015 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Mid 2012 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Late 2012 or newer)
  • iMac (Late 2012 or newer)
  • iMac Pro (2017)
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013, plus mid-2010 and mid-2012 models with recommended Metal-capable GPU)
If your Mac isn’t on this list, you can continue to run macOS Sierra or High Sierra.

When will macOS Mojave be released?

Apple does its major operating system releases in the Fall. So expect macOS Mojave to be released around the end of September.

How can I get macOS Mojave?

Apple will make macOS Mojave available through the Mac App Store. The download will probably be over 2GB, and the installation will take several minutes, so use a reliable internet connection and be prepare to not be able to use you Mac for anything else other than the installation. Updates to Mojave will happen through the Software Update system preference, a change from previous versions that did updates through the App Store.

How much will macOS Mojave cost?

It’s free.

Why is the new macOS called ‘Mojave’?

Apple names macOS after California locations, a method adopted in 2014 with OS X Yosemite. In case you’re wondering, it’s pronounced “Mo-HA-vey.” Mojave is a national preserve in the area between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Nevada.
In 2015, Apple decided to switch from calling the Mac operating system “OS X” to “macOS.”

What version is macOS Mojave?

Officially, it’s macOS 10.14 Mojave.