Archive for November, 2010

Fox TV Is American Atheists Biggest Fan

Posted in atheists on November 30th, 2010 by Phil Ferguson – Comments Off

Another Cardinal Opens His Mouth And Says Stupid Shit

Posted in Catholic Church on November 30th, 2010 by Phil Ferguson – Comments Off

From Sydney.

The lives of people without faith have ”nothing beyond the constructs they confect to cover the abyss”, Cardinal George Pell said yesterday at a Mass to install the former Defence Force chief General Peter Cosgrove as chancellor of the Australian Catholic University.

What Abyss?  Does this religion destroy the brain?  No don’t answer that…..

”A minority of people, usually people without religion, are frightened by the future,”

I am only frightened if more religious nutters are in charge.

We should not create an ”ideological apartheid” between faith and reason, Cardinal Pell said.

There is an inherent conflict between faith and reason.  As Mark Twain said, “Faith is believing what you know ain’t so.”  Martin Luther said, “Reason is the greatest enemy that faith has…”  They are both right.  You cannot have faith and reason.

Hitchens Interview By Paxman On BBC2 November 29 2010

Posted in Uncategorized on November 30th, 2010 by Phil Ferguson – Comments Off

CUFREE December 2010

Posted in local events on November 29th, 2010 by Phil Ferguson – Comments Off

Date:          Tuesday – December 7, 2010 (note: not Wednesday!)
What:          Skeptics at the pub
Time:          7PM -
Location:    
Esquire Lounge
106 North Walnut
Champaign Illinois
217-398-5858

Skeptics at the Pub – We have two meetings per month.

First Tuesday of every month in Champaign or Urbana (location may vary and all students are welcome)

Third Thursday of every month, we will join in with the student group ISSA (Illini Secular Student Alliance) at Murphy’s Pub on corner of 6th and Green near the U of I campus.

Date:          Thursday – December 16, 2010
What:          Skeptics at the pub
Time:          7PM -
Location:    
Murphy’s Pub
604 E Green St
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 344-4372

Skeptics at the Pub - We have two meetings per month.

First Tuesday of every month in Champaign or Urbana (location may vary and all students are welcome)

Third Thursday of every month, we will join in with the student group ISSA (Illini Secular Student Alliance) at Murphy’s Pub on corner of 6th and Green near the U of I campus.

christians Pissed Off At Tim Minchin

Posted in Idiots, secular xmas music on November 29th, 2010 by Phil Ferguson – 1 Comment

Via Chortle.

I could not make up stuff this funny.

Religious groups have lined up to slam Tim Minchin for his atheist Christmas song – after he donated it to a Christian charity.

Here that – he donated it.  They used it for free and made money.  Now they are pissed that they did not listen to it before they made a zillion CDs. 

Can somebody get me a copy of the CD?

His track White Wine In The Sun appears on a new CD called The Spirit Of Christmas, which raises money for the Salvation Army’s charity work in Australia.

Yuck – The salvation army.

The song – which celebrates the joy of family reunions over any religious meaning – was dubbed ‘disrespectful’ and ‘a sick joke’ by campaigners… even ones supposedly supporting family values.

Even the Salvation Army itself said it was disappointed with the track, with spokesman Neil Venables saying: ‘We do not in any way support the statements made in this song.’

He said the charity only became aware of the song once the annual CD was finished and would take a ‘more active role’ in compiling future discs.

They did not even know what was on the CD?  Minchin responds in his classic style.

‘I gave my song for free, putting aside my philosophical objection to the Salvation Army for the sake of beneficiaries. Imbeciles.’

‘I think the Salvos are idiots. I didn’t know they would benefit from the CD, but by the time I found out I didn’t want to make too much of a fuss. So I gave my song free, then they turn around and say that they don’t agree with the sentiment of the song.

‘Part of me is hugely outraged by what imbeciles they are, to bite the hand that feeds them and put their proselytising above charity.

‘I won’t make this mistake again. I tweeted that if people want to buy my version of the song independently, I’ll give the proceeds away to the Autism Trust, a non-proselytising charity.’

‘Christmas means much to billions of people who don’t believe in Jesus, and if you think that Christmas without Jesus is not Christmas, then you’re out of touch, and if you think altruism without Jesus is not altruism, then you’re a dick.

Once again he made me laugh out loud.  The nutters ad to the fame of someone that wished they just all go away.  It’s just too good to be real.  Here is the song that has caused all of the drama.

 

2010 Black Friday Weekend Results

Posted in Money Monday on November 29th, 2010 by Phil Ferguson – Comments Off

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Money Monday

We just finished the Black Friday Weekend.  This weekend is an indicator of sales for the christmas season.  For most retailers this is the make or brake time of year.  Some news from the National Retail Foundation.

According to the survey, 212 million shoppers visited stores and websites over Black Friday weekend*, up from 195 million last year. People also spent more, with the average shopper this weekend spending $365.34, up from last year’s $343.31. Total spending reached an estimated $45.0 billion.

Good news!  Almost 9% more shoppers and they spent 6% per person than last year.  A combined increase of 16% – WOW!

On-line sales were also up.  This is from Coremetrics

Delivered as part of Coremetrics, an IBM Company’s third annual Black Friday Benchmark Report, the analysis of the online retail sector reveals the following trends as of 12:00 am PST compared to Black Friday 2009 (year/year):

  • Consumer Spending Increases: Online sales were up a healthy 15.9 percent, with consumers pushing the average order value (AOV) up from $170.19 to $190.80  for an increase of 12.1 percent.
  • Luxury Goods Make a Comeback: Jewelry retailers reported a 17.6 percent increase in sales. These affluent shoppers appear very willing to open their wallets.