2. skepticalavenger:


    Sincerely, All agnostics 

    Well, to be technical…

    Agnosticism is the stance that ultimately the existence of a god or gods is unknowable.

    Atheism is the lack of belief in a god.

    So it is possible to be an agnostic atheist, as I am and as are most atheists.  I acknowledge that ultimately it is impossible to prove or disprove a god’s existence, but I personally see no reason to believe in one.

    Likewise, it is possible to be an agnostic theist, which is belief in a god but acknowledging that ultimately your god’s existence can’t be proved.

    Many people think that an atheist is someone who is certain that a god does not exist.  This would be a gnostic atheist, and in my experience people with this viewpoint are in the minority.

    On the other hand, gnostic theists, that is, people who are certain that a god exists, are very common.

    Here’s a handy-dandy chart with circles and stuff.


  3. skepticalavenger:

    Secretary of State Kerry has called this not just intolerable, but grotesque.  I fucking agree.  

    History repeating? Let’s not…

  4. dynamicafrica:

    Africa’s mineral wealth and abundant natural resources are no secret. What we also know of much of these commodities is that, in many African countries, the profits yielded from the industries established with the purpose of securing the wealth and inheritance of the citizens of these nations, more often than not, end up in the hands of greedy politicians, easily bribed leaders, and in the pockets of the mostly foreign multinational CEOs and the companies they work for.

    For decades, this has been the narrative of a dire situation that only seems to be worsening, and having equally devastating effects in both the lives of those who live in these areas, and the environment surrounding them.

    Nigerian photographer, George Osodi, who comes from Nigeria’s oil rich southeastern Niger Delta region, has seen firsthand just how disastrous and traumatic the exploitation of these communities and the natural resources in these regions they occupy can be. These images show two specific areas where these distressing conditions have become the norm - in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region, and in an illegal gold mine in Ghana.

    ©George Osodi

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  5. dakotapuma:


    New Report Reveals Two-Thirds of European Honeybee Pollen Contaminated By Dozens of Pesticides

    Poor bees ….



    “This study on contaminated pollen reveals the unbearable burden of bees and other vital pollinators,” said Matthias Wüthrich, aGreenpeace ecological farming campaigner. “Bees are exposed to a cocktail of toxic pesticides. This is yet more proof that there is something fundamentally wrong in the current agricultural model which is based on the intensive use of toxic pesticides, large-scale monocultures and corporate control of farming by a few companies like Bayer, Syngenta & Co. It shows the need for a fundamental shift towards ecological farming.”


  6. "Is it political if I tell you that if we burn coal, you’re going to warm the atmosphere? Or is that a statement of fact that you’ve made political? It’s a scientific statement. The fact that there are elements of society that have made it political, that’s a whole other thing."
    — Neil deGrasse Tyson (via socio-logic)

    (Source: alwaysmoneyinthebnanastand, via skepticalavenger)


  7. joehillsthrills:

    One-quarter of the year down and I figure it’s time for a report on the best of what I’ve read, seen, and heard in the first leg of 2014. Someone has to make sure you’re all properly entertained. I feel like if I don’t take action you might wind up sitting at home in your Captain Caveman jammies,…

  8. What I find so beautiful about Frida Kahlo, beyond her colour and poise, is her strength, confidence and inner surety. Confidence in herself, art, politics, & womanhood. It’s in her eyes, and the slight lift in the corners of her mouth. I feel it is as if she has seen the world, understood it, knows it’s flaws yet still loves it - and us. Far more than any contemporary ‘celebrity’, she is a woman in whose light I would follow.

    (Source: tuviejaentangarosa, via thatneonlife)


  9. "

    The Berlin Wall made news every day. From morning till night we read saw, heard: the Wall of Shame, the Wall of Infamy, the Iron Curtain…

    In the end, a wall which deserved to fall, fell. But other walls sprouted and continue sprouting across the world. Though they are much larger than the one in Berlin, we rarely hear of them.

    Little is said about the wall the United States is building along the Mexican border, and less is said about the barbed-wire barriers surrounding the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla on the African coast.

    Practically nothing is said about the West Bank Wall, which perpetuates the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and will be fifteen times longer than the Berlin Wall. And nothing, nothing at all, is said about the Morocco Wall, which perpetuates the seizure of the Saharan homeland by the Kingdom of Morocco, and is sixty times the length of the Berlin Wall.

    Why are some walls so loud and others mute?


    Eduardo Galeano in Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone  (via penultimateairbender)

    because some walls are for white people

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  10. eraofstories:


    At least three dead in two shootings at Jewish centers in Kansas. 15-year-old boy reported to be critically wounded; police report one person was in custody; man reportedly yelled ‘Heil Hitler’ when police arrested him.

    Click here for the full story and breaking developments

    Reblogging again to add: 

    Also, non-Jews, please spread this. People will forget about it otherwise. The police say they aren’t ready to call it a hate crime, despite the fact that witnesses have said that the man was asking people if they were Jewish and waiting for an affirmative response before shooting. The more people who are paying attention to this story the harder it will be for it to be swept under the rug. 

    A lot of people are currently very excited about the recent Cap movie. If you believe that it was worthwhile for Steve Rogers to fight fictional nazis, please show that you care about the people harmed by those in the real world who still agree with Nazi ideology. If you can get super excited and make tons of posts about Cap, then you can do this too, right? (obviously there are people who are upset/triggered by this stuff, which is an entirely different situation. but if you can spread the word please do)

    He is being charged with capital murder, and “federal prosecutors say there’s enough evidence to warrant putting the case before a grand jury as a hate crime.” It agree that it’s important to raise awareness of this kind of hate, but it doesn’t sound as it this is being treated lightly by authorities.


    (via quasiflexuralthrusting)