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Happy New Years! I bought us a server present today!

I just wanted to tell you folks we really appreciate the support. When we started this site we never imagined it would be a meeting ground for so many, build a site for Margaret Downey, adopt Jake's "asktheatheist.com," or become the most popular atheist website in America. We bought a new server today and will soon have a donate module for you to help us cover the costs if you want (the old chip in for that about to become defunct) . If you are a top 666,666 Alexa site and would like to come on our network, send me a message.

 Moves are being made to ensure we have room to grow and bring on websites of friends that we want to help like our friend Troy Conrad, Comedy Jesus. We have an ETA of April 1st at the latest to bring his site(s) on board. Every single one of our sites will be overhauled for the better. RRS will seek to be fully compliant in all of the leading browswers.... including IE!

Some content, extra features, and site functions will only be available to subscribers. For example subscribers get blogs, and several levels of private forums to access depending on subscription level. Consider subscribing to RRS now.

Here are the specs of the new and old server:

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Defending RRS against uninformed haters on friendlyatheist.com

RECOVERED FROM GOOGLE CACHE AFTER A TWO WEEK LOSS OF DATA ON SERVER. 

Hemant Mehta, the Friendly Atheist posted a blog which supports our collective effort, as he's always done. His "friendly" community however had a bunch of comments that I have decided to respond to. I don't expect the "haters" to pick it up, but if you are someone that hears objections like these leveled at the RRS hopefully you'll take something away from it. I spoke to Hemant before I wrote this, asking if it was ok that I responded at length on my own site, he approved of the idea and suggested he would repost it, although I won't hold him to it due to it's length and it's lack of friendliness. Sticking out tongue

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Ranting defense of RRS and some positive comments about us

RECOVERED FROM GOOGLE CACHE AFTER LOSING TWO WEEKS WORTH OF DATA 

Recently an atheist blogger asked his audience what they thought of The Rational Response Squad. Now I recognize and expect for about half of the atheist community to disagree with us. I think that's a good thing. I do however find it ironic that people who disagree with us rarely take the time to find out that we think a passive atheist is needed as well. We wish we could be the passive atheist, and it's only after many years of experience in this realm (and being the passive atheist for a while) that we decided a more blunt approach from a few intellectuals is necessary and vital. We recognized this niche wasn't being filled properly and have fallen into it quite nicely. When we started our group we envisioned it as a jump off point for strident ideas. We envisioned ourselves as a united front of people who agree that religion must go, and that our collective activist power would be strong enough to actually make an impact on a wider front, this was the "Squad" aspect we were hoping for. We see ourselves as the people who shake up those comfortable with irrational beliefs, a passive atheist can spend compassionate dialogue time helping the theist overcome religion, and will have a more receptive candidate after the individual was "shaken up" a bit. However it is entirely possible that the passive atheist will have little chance to help a friend overcome theism if that friend never had the RRS "shake up."

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Restoring lost content, determination

How determined are you?

I'm not posting long, just wanted you to take note of the restored content from Kelly, myself, andthe rationalresponsesquad account. Kelly and I are working hard. She's been up 48 hours and wont last much longer. I tried to relax a little yesterday so I could come back refreshed (she relaxed during her sick time on Christmas day). Yes we get a little downtime, but we bust our ass, day and night, nothing deters us. We fight the good fight, and don't let setbacks get us too down. We are determined and relentless. We think this is a quality we all should embrace. Do you?

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As far as I know, I'm not actually Satan

Because of this, and the obvious idiocy that plagues a large base of listeners from infowars.com I am pulling our ad there for good. Initially, I thought some of the conspiracy theory crowd would enjoy a good "religion is bullshit and takes over the world" conspiracy. I do not, however, wish to bring in people who are this crazy...

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Kelly at ya throat.

"I think instead of doing the introduction paragraph I might go straight for the throat this time." - Kelly (sitting next to me as she's two paragraphs in to her next blog)

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Radar Magazine homepage and OutCampaign news

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A ton of work was done behind the scenes today. One of the items I'm proud to report on is that RDF has accepted my suggestion to make the "A" logo from the Richard Dawkins OutCampaign one that can be used by anyone to sell shirts that would enable atheists to "out" themselves. Profit made from sales of your own "A" shirt creations would be your own.

The Rational Response Squad store will have "A" shirts for sale soon, with RRS links and an rdf link on each shirt. Evolvefish.com will probably have them, too. I encourage every atheist vendor to sell these shirts and hope that others will sell them, as well. Please purchase the shirts from an atheist organization that you support, so that they will receive the valuable funds needed to maintain their organizations. Please alert your favorite organization to this new information.

There will be an official statement as to any rules soon coming from the outcampaign site. I suggested that all atheist organizations should sell the shirts for the same price of $20. I hope that they write about this soon.

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AAI Videos, Dawkins, Downey, our Youtube

It's been a hectic morning, as usual. Jake is in town and we've spent several hours brainstorming and picking ourselves apart to become better at what we do. Our conversation has been stopped a few times to help handle a "situation" with videos that were posted on our RationalResponse Youtube Channel. The videos were removed at first due to the AAI videos that will be coming out for sale next month. I believe RDF was also licensed to make a dvd, and AAI didn't expect so much material to get onto youtube. So AAI asked for RDF who uses our youtube account to upload videos to pull the videos. They complied swiftly.

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Things you can do to help us grow, and what I'm doing (long)

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Blog or Digg our post on Digg which mentions our new video site, the first of its kind.

We (the RRS) have been working with Margaret Downey on the "atheist unity" thing, which includes helping other atheist organizations get exposure. We will be adding many new sites to our network and soon you'll be able to hop from site to site, leave comments, R.S.V.P. for events and participate in projects that embrace the goals and aims of The Rational Response Squad.

And, last week, http://www.MargaretDowney.com was brought online.

Today we learned that Margaret's site has had around 3,000,000 hits. According to Alexa traffic ranking, this is extremely high... almost a million more than Greg Epstein (and dozens of other popular atheist sites) Greg Epstein!.

The IE warning will soon be on all of our sites, although it will be reduced in size... get Firefox with Google Toolbar now!!

IF YOU DIGG A STORY ON OUR SITE OR POST ONE ON REDDIT, PLEASE POST THE LINK IN MY COMMENTS SECTION HERE TO BUMP UP THIS BLOG. How many can you post in a day? 3? 4?

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