It is timely and easy to dispel the compelling narrative put forward by those opposed to equal rights, that there is some sort of tension between opposing rights. Social conservatives/bigots would have you believe that their right to freedom of speech or religion is somehow at odds with that of LGBT people to live their lives parallel and equal in law. This is not true. LGBT people are not asking for the right to burn bibles, or churches, or dissolve heterosexual marriages or refuse to serve social conservatives. All LGBT people are asking for is equality. This argument is hard to refute, so often religion is brought in as a ballast.
Well, it looks like the old studio computer is DEAD.
The hard drive isn’t really the problem after all.
It is the motherboard that is fucked-up.
So, I guess we need to replace the computer altogether.
I will be looking around for a decent system compatible with our other hardware/software.
We will be working with what gear we have left and try to have some new material ready to record by the time we replace the computer (whenever THAT is).
I am doing some internet housecleaning.
MySpace is such a piece of crap.
Over 7,500 “friends” on there.
Do they even look at MySpace anymore?
It is okay that you can put your band’s page up there and people can listen to your music…if the damn site doesn’t crash your computer first.
Reverbnation & Facebook can do that without the glitches.
I thought about sending them all a message, “HEY! I’m over HERE now! Check it out!”…and close the account.
That’s maybe not a bad idea.
Maybe I’ll leave the account to rot instead of closing it though.
Please “like” or “become a fan” eh?
Mike Nobody The Island of Misfit Noise @ Facebook
In 1980, Andy filmed this pilot for ABC. Though ABC didn’t pick up the series, this would become the basis for Paul Reuben’s show, “Pee Wee’s Playhouse”. 3 years after the pilot was filmed, Paul Reubens would ask Andy for permission to base his show off of the pilot. Andy agreed. This is the first filmed appearance of “Little Tony”, and “Knuckles” who were designed for Andy by the Legendary Norman Tempia (Of “Team America” fame).
The alternate title for this pilot is, “Buckshot”
Why All Religions Are Scams
What is a “True Believer?”
A scam is defined as a claim that gives results that are something other than what was promised. The truth of the matter is that all religions are scams by virtue of the claims they make. Their core beliefs cannot be proven, and this includes the very existence of their gods, angels, demons, miracles, etc.
Christianity, itself, has failed to even prove the historicity of it’s central character, Jesus Christ, or the existence of his core group of followers that we know as the Apostles. The entire Christian religion is built upon a house of cards that is dismantled with ease. Islam has it’s own set of problems with this issue, and the inumerable gods and related doctrines surrounding other religions cannot be ignored as well. The problem with religions in general is that each one teaches theirs is the unadulterated truth without the benefit of evidence and cannot reconcile the difference between what they promise to deliver and what they actually do, ergo, scams.
The purveyors of religion have convinced millions of people to exchange the truth for a lie. Where the Abrahamic religions are concerned, believers have been duped into believing as truth the narrow-minded, ignorant, archaic ideologies of primitive, iron-age men who taught that imaginary beings bring about changes in weather patterns or cause diseases, natural disasters and birth defects in response to disobedience of fairy tale commandments and that it is perfectly normal to believe that a deity has granted their request for a decent parking spot over the wholesale starvation of millions of innocent children.
Yet atheists are asked to be diplomatic, tolerant and accepting of religion. While there is a place for diplomacy in certain situations when discussing the personal faith of individuals, it is painfully obvious that where religion as a whole is concerned, the diplomacy that has been fostered by many atheists has miserably failed. Atheists are not immune to emotional outbursts and polemic inspiration, and occasionally get incensed, enraged and just plain angy at some of the “god-given” commandments in the Bible and the Koran that when followed to the letter, result in the destruction of individual freedoms and loss of life. Religion is also directly or indirectly responsible for the vast majority of the wholesale slaughter, torture and terrorism that has been, and continues to be, inflicted upon humanity.
The Abrahamic religions may have peaceful attributes, but at their core, they are far from peaceful. They are poisonous, and cause otherwise intelligent people to act in ways that are antithetical to the positive growth of our societies. They foster discrimination, bigotry, unfair judgment and in extreme cases, cause otherwise sane people to rationalize and advocate sociopathic and psychopathic behaviors. The recent “Judgment Day” fiasco is a perfect example of this, and while there are many who accuse these particular wingnuts of being “False Christians,” they are able to justify their beliefs using the same Bible that even the most liberal, progressive Christians have sitting on their bedsides.
The fact remains that diplomacy only works when both sides are willing to compromise. While many people of faith are nice folks who generally keep their personal beliefs to themselves, when backed into a corner, they are not generally willing to compromise on the issue that affect the lives, livelihoods and personal freedoms of those who choose reality over the world of make-believe. Thus, there is a growing intolerance toward the prevalence of myths and legends being taught in the place of real sciences in the classroom, as well as Christian revisionist history replacing actual facts.
Atheists Speaking Out
While some unbelievers may choose to remain silent or non-confrontational, there are a growing number who have decided that the time has come to vocalize the truth that all religions are scams. The days of handling with kid-gloves those who have been deluded into believing that ancient myths, legends and fairy tales and giving them all sorts of accommodation are rapidly coming to an end. Someone has got to tell the kids that there is no Santa Claus.
Atheists are weary of trying to fight for acceptance in society and are increasingly unwilling to put up with being forced to accept the proliferation of what amounts to be the biggest Ponzi scheme in the known universe. Many unbelievers don’t feel any obligation to turn the other cheek and have chosen to leave the niceties, tolerance and accommodation to the diplomats.
Jackie O., A “Conspiracy Nut”?
Aug 28, 2011
Tapes that were recorded within months of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and that have been sealed in a vault at the Kennedy Library in Boston are soon to be released. In the tapes, former First Lady Jackie Kennedy reveals that she believed Vice President Lyndon Baines Johnson and other influential individuals orchestrated the Dallas shooting that killed her husband.
Jackie went on to marry Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis, of course. Mrs. Kennedy had ordered that the tapes should not be released until 50 years after her death. She died 17 years ago from cancer at the age of 64. Now, her daughter, Caroline Kennedy, has agreed to release the recordings early. According to press reports, the tapes will be aired by ABC and by British broadcasters as well. The tapes are also said to reveal illicit affairs by both President Kennedy and Jackie.
According to DailyMail, “Jackie Onassis believed that Lyndon B. Johnson and a cabal of Texas tycoons were involved in the assassination of her husband John F. Kennedy, ‘explosive’ recordings are set to reveal.
“The secret tapes will show that the former first lady felt that her husband’s successor was at the heart of the plot to murder him.
“She became convinced that the then vice president, along with businessmen in the South, had orchestrated the Dallas shooting, with gunman Lee Harvey Oswald–long claimed to have been a lone assassin–merely part of a much larger conspiracy.”
See the DailyMail report at:
So, now I suppose we can add Jackie-Kennedy-Onassis to the list of “conspiracy nuts.” Right? Isn’t that what anyone is called who believes that the federal government hides the truth about what happens and conjures up a convenient “official” story to sell to the American people? Isn’t that what the media calls anyone who dares to question any “official” report? Isn’t that what Glenn Beck calls them? Isn’t that what Joe Scarborough calls them? Isn’t that what Bill O’Reilly calls them? Isn’t that what Rush Limbaugh calls them? They are “conspiracy nuts.” Right? I wonder if we will now hear any of these talking heads call Jackie Onassis a “conspiracy nut”?
And since we are talking about conspiracies, I want to go ahead and just say up front: I believe that anyone who thinks that there are no conspiracies that many times involve people and agencies at the highest levels of government and business is downright simple minded, willingly ignorant, incredibly naïve, or has a personal, vested reason to remain clueless.
The John F. Kennedy Assassination
Is there really anyone reading this column who actually believes the “official” story that Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated President Kennedy in the manner in which he is purportedly to have done it: all by himself? Get real! Now we know that even Jackie Kennedy, who was in the limo when her husband was killed, didn’t believe it!
I further believe that the assassination of John Kennedy was a major turning point in US history. It was at this point that a criminal cabal wrested control of the federal government from the hands of “We the People” and turned it into a giant mafia. I don’t believe the people and their representatives in Washington, D.C., have had much to do with their federal government (especially at the executive level) ever since.
TWA Flight 800 “Explosion”
While we are talking about conspiracies, let’s just go ahead a mention a few more. Do you really believe the “official” story of the crash of TWA flight 800 in 1996? What if an American missile accidentally shot down that jetliner? Do you really think the federal government would come clean about it?
Read this report from The Washington Weekly, if you are willing to be enlightened:
Oklahoma City Bombing
Do readers really believe the “official” story that Timothy McVeigh acted alone in igniting the explosion that took down the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and that there was no cover-up as to what actually happened? I don’t.
Here are a couple places to get started on this one:
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
9/11 Twin Towers and Pentagon Attacks
There has been so much written on this subject, I will let readers fend for themselves as to personal research on the matter. Without wading too deeply into this discussion (and for the sake of column space), let me ask just one simple question. Pray tell, what took down Building 7? To this good hour, I have not heard one single plausible explanation proffered by any government or media representative that explains why Building 7 collapsed.
Do I believe that the government is purposefully keeping the American people in the dark as to what really happened on 9/11/01? You bet I do! Do I believe that there is a cover-up of crucial evidence related to 9/11 by both the federal government and the national news media? You bet I do!
Another event that the “official” version is just completely unbelievable to me is the earthquake in Haiti in January of last year. I will always believe that there was so much to this story that we were not being told. It didn’t “smell” right to me when it happened; it doesn’t “smell” right to me now. If you’re interested, try perusing through some of this information:
Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syrian Wars
Let me round out my personal list of conspiracies with all the wars America is waging in the Middle East. I believe virtually every reason George W. Bush gave the American people for attacking and invading Iraq was a premeditated, bald-faced lie! I believe the so-called “war on terror” (and the “war on drugs,” for that matter) that justifies endless wars abroad and endless surveillance at home is completely manufactured by those in government and business for personal economic and political interests.
In fact, if you really want to get sick to your stomach over what this so-called “war on terror” is accomplishing, take a look at this report:
So, nearly 50 years since President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, we now learn that First Lady Jackie Kennedy believed that there was a conspiracy to kill her husband and that Lyndon Johnson was neck-deep in it. I wonder what future generations will learn about many of these other “official” stories of the federal government that just didn’t add up?
And wouldn’t it be nice if the national news media were actually honest and interested in the truth and would do their jobs to inform the American people as to what is truly going on in their federal government? Of course, if they did, the American people would probably tar and feather the whole bunch and start all over! Hmm. Sounds kind of inviting, doesn’t it? I bet Jackie would agree.
P.S. If readers are still skeptical of how many “conspiracy theories” are, in reality, “conspiracy facts,” I urge you to read this enlightening column: