to get some blood drawn. I am supposed to get it checked every three weeks, but it's been over a month, so I'm glad I was finally able to get to it. At any rate, I stopped at a local mall afterward to wait for a ride home. While at the mall, I picked up a book called (something like) 'An Atheists Guide to Christmas.' I don't know if it will be any good or not, but there was a mention of 42 authors, and Richard Dawkins was one of them, so I expect it will be enjoyable, if a month or so too late.
I also failed to stop myself from buying a pack of cigarettes. No big surprise there. I will keep trying to stop the cigarettes, but NO TELLING THE FAMILY. I don't want to hear it from them.
make a comment on facebook without it getting back to people who are not fb friends of mine. ~sighs~ I think it is time to start pearing down my friends list.
I cannot begin to say how happy I am to leave 2010 behind. While it is true that I survived two major medical events against all (known) odds, and am therefore grateful (to medicine) for said survival, in all other respects the year has been one I would happily forget.
Let us hope that 2011 will be better.
For a start, I have decided to at least attempt to stop smoking. I gave myself until 31 December to smoke, and yes I did actually have two cigarettes on the 1st, but I think I have at least a decent chance of stopping. I figure a few slip-ups here and there will happen. I'm not going to abuse myself over that - even if I completely fail to stop. I am also not telling my family about this decision. Their support would be the death of me.
The other challenges left from the last year is my need to find regular and substantial employment, and a place to live. A car would be nice, but I am perfectly happy to leave that struggle for the future. There is enough public transportation in the area to make do. I don't remember whether or not I've actually put any blog entries in here before. It has been a while since I've even visited the RRS site - mostly due to my lack of a computer - but that is something I would like to change in this new year as well.
I have a lot to do, so I will be off for now.
Happy New Year to all of you here at the Rational Response Squad.
Thanks very much to Logidea University for the nice video about my work, I appreciate it:
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I recently watched Richard Dawkins on The Big Debate on youtube.com. The subject was on religious education in Britain’s Schools. I can speak from personal experience on the issue first hand. I want to give a little background on myself, so you understand where I’m coming from as an Atheist on these views. I have and always seen myself as an Atheist. In Dawkin’s ‘The God delusion’ he lists 7 possibly categories one considers themselves to belong to. He states that you wouldn’t find too many in the 7 category, but I believe I fall into that category. Meaning I have never believed in anyway shape or form in a higher being or supernatural order at work, no question, absolutely no agnosticism. I always questioned religion, even at a young age. From the moment I could speak, I always questioned, inquired and severely dismissed as fairy tales.
I just posted a comment in response to a blog post that discussed new atheists and the Blasphemy Challenge. (I still encourage creating Blasphemy Challenge videos)
Here is what I had to say...
We are not assaulting children and the naive. We are trying to help them escape their fear. You would have people believe there is an eternal torture that awaits them if they don't believe and think certain things. Those things are not proven or provable in any meaningful sense... yet millions believe due in large part to fear. You may not think much of the fear of hell today, but as a child it is essential to the brainwashing of almost all Christians.
So sir, for you to use language claiming it is atheists who are "assaulting" others, is highly ironic considering you are using more fear tactics to scare someone back into faith. We are doing this for you, or anyone who was brainwashed by religion... not because we're into Satan or assaulting people. Watch some Blasphemy Challenge videos and you'll see just what kind of people took the challenge, the point was to show off how normal atheists are, we're not a group of devil worshipping baby eating child assaulters as you and your ilk would like to scare Christians into thinking.
Here's a snippet...
Brian Sapient is a self-described:
"Pacifist agnostic atheist non-cognitivist freethinking darwin loving scientific treehugger who loves Philly Sports. Proudly led thousands away from religion!"
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*UPDATE 7-29-11* Jeff Owens was released from the Philadelphia Eagles today. I don't think he ever got playing time. Today he was waived/didn't pass physical. I sent him a tweet, but feel bad for him.