TGA Podcast: Episode 132

This week, Ryan joins me for a conversation about the dangers of psychics, why racism makes my job so crappy, and we talk about Evan Emory's 2 month jail sentence for a stupid YouTube video. Don't miss out! ...

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Fighting Irrationality is hard

A fan of the site sent me this depressing letter, and it's just another example of the difficulty we have fighting stupidity in today's society: Hi Jake, Your stuff is always entertaining. This is connected with your latest tirade (and well-justified, I might add!) about so-called psychics. I have been trying to get something done about them here in the UK but am having little success. I did get an ad. feat ...

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Doug Stanhope on making up your Christianity

If you picked up the Bible and tried reading it cover to cover, it's doubtful you'd make it past Exodus before you'd put it down, utterly disgusted by the characters and their evil actions. If anyone was later to tell you this was a moral guide to live your life by, would you believe them? ...

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Sam Harris on his new book, The Moral Landscape

Sam is continuing his book tour, and as is typical with this kind of affair, he's drawn a of number criticisms for his strong stance against religious beliefs. While his critics lament the fact that he is so antithetical to religious beliefs, they never seem to be able to prove him wrong. Instead, he's portrayed as just another kind of fundamentalist by the mainstream media. The latest "article written like ...

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Psychic steals $250,000 from victim

It takes a special kind of scumbag to be a psychic. Seriously. I mean, your job is basically to manipulate people who are at a low point in their lives. Lonely, sad, desperate and terribly uneducated people are seduced by these charlatans intent on bilking them out of their hard earned money. It's easy to feel judgmental about the suckers, like the case of "Jane Doe", defrauded to the tune of 250,000 dollar ...

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Suicide Bombings are not political in nature

In a large Suffi shrine in Southern Pakistan, two young men with explosives strapped on their backs navigate nervously through a packed crowd. They are looking for an ideal place to murder as many of their fellow human beings as possible. The plan is surprisingly evil: the second boy is there to detonate himself the moment help arrives to care for the victims of the first attack. As chance would have it, Um ...

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Atheist Where’s Waldo

I hope I'm not too anachronistic here, but if you'll humor me for a second, I think you'll enjoy spotting the kid in the crowd who quite rightly feels like he's surrounded by a bunch of childish morons. Stop jumping up and down waiting for your sky-pappy to show up and give you presents and hugs. It's embarrassing not just to us, but to the human race. ...

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Bill Donohue sucks hard

You've got to admire Bill Donohue - in a rather sick and twisted way - for his unique ability to always "up the ante" of shitty things to say. He's really an artist of sorts, effortlessly dispatching the truth whenever it seems to be inconvenient, and compensating by making outlandishly false statements, all in a futile attempt to defend what is arguably one of the most corrupt institutions in the world. To ...

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