The Non Believers Beliefs with PZ Myers (by winnipegskeptics)

wilwheaton:

Godammit, Rule 34.
(via @bobdehn)

wilwheaton:

Godammit, Rule 34.

(via @bobdehn)

Nikki Reed Asks You to Give a Shit (by giveashitvideo)

lawrencefuckingkansas:

brownbackmeme:

SUCKs!

Governor SD “SUCKS DICK” Brownback 

lawrencefuckingkansas:

brownbackmeme:

SUCKs!

Governor SD “SUCKS DICK” Brownback 

Nonviolence seeks to ‘win’ not by destroying or even by humiliating the adversary, but by convincing [the adversary] that there is a higher and more certain common good than can be attained by bombs and blood. Nonviolence, ideally speaking, does not try to overcome the adversary by winning over [them], but to turn [them] from an adversary into a collaborator by winning [them] over.

Thomas Merton, from Faith and Violence: Christian Teaching and Christian Practice

~reblogged by Trent Gilliss, senior editor

(via beingblog)

laphamsquarterly:

Are you on the clock? Are you wasting time? Multitasking? In our Workaday World list we’ve got the facts and figures on what you, the worker, do every single day.
Oh yes that’s right, the minimum wage in 2010 was $7.25.
In 1968, when adjusted for inflation, it was $8.54.

laphamsquarterly:

Are you on the clock? Are you wasting time? Multitasking? In our Workaday World list we’ve got the facts and figures on what you, the worker, do every single day.

Oh yes that’s right, the minimum wage in 2010 was $7.25.

In 1968, when adjusted for inflation, it was $8.54.

Track: Cosmic Origami and What We Don't Know
Artist: On Being
Album: On Being, from APM

beingblog:

Cosmic Origami and What We Don’t Know: An Invitation to Picture Parallel Realities

by Krista Tippett, host

Hubble Legacy National Air and Space MuseumAn audience watches IMAX 3D footage filmed by astronauts during the STS-125 Hubble Repair Mission in 2009. (photo: Bill Ingalls/NASA)

With Martin Rees as with other scientists I’ve interviewed across the years, I’m utterly intrigued by the language he uses to describe the stuff of his inquiry, the ideas that drive the work of his days — the deep structure of space and time, extreme phenomena in the cosmos.

He is an aristocrat in several senses in the world of British science. He’s a member of the House of Lords and holds the honorific title of Astronomer Royal. He recently ended a five-year term as president of The Royal Society, the august scientific fellowship to which Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, and Stephen Hawking have all belonged. Yet the great value of this conversation, I think, is Martin Rees’ skill in bringing the vast frontiers of science down to earth, so to speak. He sees them, and is able to describe them, as matters for public understanding and pondering.

So, for example, he uses an analogy that became the playful title of this show. As he discusses the possibility of parallel realities — once the stuff of science fiction — he asks us to picture worlds that might be out of our range of perception because they are tightly rolled up in space like origami. Or we might be like ants on a flat plane, assured that the contours of our known world are all there is. But just beyond of our range of perception, other planes also teem with life.

Martin Rees Gives The Reith LecturesIn his conversation with me as in the prestigious Reith Lectures he gave in Britain in 2010, Martin Rees is especially good at evoking the great puzzles that physics carried from the 20th century into our own. There are the predictable laws of physics at cosmic scales that Einstein brilliantly described. Then there is the wild, anything goes “microworld” of reality at the smallest scales — the scale where cosmic origami might happen. I remember another great physicist, Freeman Dyson, describing this as the difference between the rules of nature at the “mountaintops” and in the “rainforest.”

And I find a great and strange comfort in Martin Rees’ desire to loop in a third level of complexity that begs for some kind of unity with the other two — that of life. He makes the remarkable assertion that human beings are the most extreme complex phenomena in the cosmos by far. It is possible, he says, to say definitively true things about the workings of stars — but not to say anything that is even remotely definitively true about dieting or child care.

In fact, on scientific frontiers from cosmology to genetics, new and complicated ethical and philosophical questions are being raised that need deliberation precisely in relation to complex human life. In his Reith Lectures, he named a few: How will our lengthening life spans effect society? Who should access the readout of our personal genetic code? Should the law allow designer babies? Should we use nuclear power or wind farms?

For pursuing this kind of inquiry, Martin Rees was awarded the 2011 Templeton Prize for “an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works.” He took some sharp criticism from some scientists and atheists for accepting the prize.

In the spirit of full disclosure, On Being receives funding for some of our shows from the John Templeton Foundation. But what brought him to our attention, compellingly, is that Martin Rees himself is firmly atheist. He is in fact as little interested in science-religion dialogue as in science-religion battles. Rather, in his third way between the two, he sees religious people as essential allies in the philosophical and ethical challenges that are being raised on scientific frontiers.

I’m grateful for the language Martin Rees uses to describe the role he’s discovered along this path — a calling to be a “science citizen.” His is an eloquent voice for many of our listeners, I think, who find the labels of “atheist” and “agnostic” too narrow if they seem to rule out ethical and spiritual life, however broadly defined. And he helpfully points at practical starting points for non-religious and religious to pursue meaning and mystery in our age — together, and with humility all around.

Track: I Just Hugged the Man Who Murdered My Son
Artist: StoryCorps
Album: Mary Johnson and Oshea Israel

beingblog:

Two Friends Who Could Have Been Enemies: Forgiveness and Mercy from a Mother to Her Son’s Killer

by Trent Gilliss, senior editor

Mary Johnson and Oshea IsraelMary Johnson and Oshea Israel (photo: Brian Mogren)

The death of one’s child, I’ve been told by several people, including my grandmother, is something you never get over. My uncle Dennis died of an accidental gunshot wound when he was a young boy living on a farm outside of New Rockford, North Dakota. My grandma once said that she’d rather lose a husband or her parents before she ever lost another child again. Nearly four decades later, the pain is physically present, palpable and thick with grief and sorrow. It breaks my heart to think about it. And Dennis’ death was just an unfortunate accident.

So what Mary Johnson endured 18 years ago and has seen her way through is almost incomprehensible, but it’s a marvelous story to behold. 

“I just hugged the man who murdered my son.”

Necklace with Pictures of Mary Johnson and Her SonIn 1993, Oshea Israel was a teenage gang member in Minneapolis, Minnesota. One night at a party, he got into a fight with Laramiun Byrd — Mary Johnson’s only child — pulled a gun, and shot and killed him.

Convicted of second-degree murder, Israel was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Twelve years after his sentencing, Johnson asked to meet her son’s killer.

The experience transformed both Israel and Johnson. Now 34, Oshea has finished serving his prison sentence. They are friends working together to share their story.

In this interview from StoryCorps (audio above), they speak in loving terms about one another and talk about forgiveness, pain, and the love and mercy of a woman who embraces a man she could rightfully have hated.

Unnatural deaths caused by accidents are unbearable enough, but to lose a child at the willing hands of another individual, I imagine for most parents, might precipitate into bitterness, anger, rage. For Mary Johnson, it became a redemptive moment, an opportunity to transcend the violence. She founded From Death to Life, an organization that supports mothers who have lost children to homicide, and encourages forgiveness between families of murderers and victims. And, Oshea Israel, he’s going to college.

dadsaretheoriginalhipster:

Your dad read everything before you did and he had the pants granite  inducing collection of first editions to prove it. This oxford clad  Kerouac consumed language with a ferocity only rivaled by  Merriam-Webster. The written word was an obsession and his free hours  were spent getting copiously intoxicated off the eloquent arrangements  of literary demigods. So hipsters, next time you’re quoting a Palahniuk passage from your  Urban Outfitters library, remember this…Your dad read it first  and he summoned those poetically penned prose to wobble women’s knees. P.S. How can you hipsters call yourself intellectuals when your  actions help breed the biggest bastard children known to the English  language, text speak and emoticons. You pricks.
Awesome dad photo submitted by Communistdaughters on Tumblr. Thank you.

dadsaretheoriginalhipster:

Your dad read everything before you did and he had the pants granite inducing collection of first editions to prove it. This oxford clad Kerouac consumed language with a ferocity only rivaled by Merriam-Webster. The written word was an obsession and his free hours were spent getting copiously intoxicated off the eloquent arrangements of literary demigods.

So hipsters, next time you’re quoting a Palahniuk passage from your Urban Outfitters library, remember this…

Your dad read it first and he summoned those poetically penned prose to wobble women’s knees.

P.S. How can you hipsters call yourself intellectuals when your actions help breed the biggest bastard children known to the English language, text speak and emoticons. You pricks.

Awesome dad photo submitted by Communistdaughters on Tumblr. Thank you.

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