Dan's Blog – July 2009 Archive (11)

North Korea 'executes Christians'

North Korea 'executes Christians'

A cross and candle (file image)

North Korea views religion as a threat to its state ideology

Human rights groups in South Korea say North Korea has stepped up executions of Christians, some of them in public.

The communist country, the world's most closed society, views religion as a major threat.

Only the founder of the country, Kim Il-sung, and his son, Kim Jong-il, may… Continue

Added by Dan on July 24, 2009 at 2:51pm — 1 Comment

Modern take on medieval method falls flat

Modern take on medieval method falls flat

How on earth was it that people believed the world was flat? Dr Karl wonders whether they ever did.


Added by Dan on July 24, 2009 at 4:07am — 1 Comment

Two appear in court over sulphuric acid 'honour attack'

This was sent to me from Gaytor.

Two appear in court over sulphuric acid 'honour attack'

Two men appeared in court today charged with attempted murder after a man was stabbed, beaten with bricks and had sulphuric acid forced down his throat during an apparent "honour" attack.

The 24-year-old victim, believed to be a Danish man… Continue

Added by Dan on July 24, 2009 at 12:42am — 4 Comments

God May Become Part of Kissimmee(FL) Logo

God May Become Part of Kissimmee Logo

KISSIMMEE (FL)| City commissioners in the Central Florida city of Kissimmee are considering changing their logo to incorporate the motto “In God We Trust.”

Commissioner Art Otero proposed the addition. He said he suggested the change because he disagrees with the direction the country is going under President Obama.

The town’s logo currently includes a Brahman bull and palm trees against a lake and setting… Continue

Added by Dan on July 23, 2009 at 1:09pm — 3 Comments

Atheists put own stamp on summer camp in Sierra foothills

Atheists put own stamp on summer camp in Sierra foothills

Camp leader Neil Polzin talks about Greek philosopher Socrates at Camp Quest, a gathering for the children of atheists in the Sierra foothills.

NEVADA CITY – At Camp Quest, campers may not believe in God, but they do have faith in their community.

On Sunday evening, 49 children from across the western United States arrived at the camp nestled in the hills… Continue

Added by Dan on July 20, 2009 at 10:54pm — 9 Comments

Saudi 'genie' sued for harassment

Saudi 'genie' sued for harassment

Not actual genie

A family in Saudi Arabia is taking a "genie" to court, accusing it of theft and harassment, reports say.

They accuse the spirit of threatening them, throwing stones and stealing mobile phones, Al Watan newspaper said.

The family have lived in the same house near the city of Medina for 15 years but say they only recently became… Continue

Added by Dan on July 11, 2009 at 5:02pm — 5 Comments

Something Nelson would post... :P

...And I mean that in a good way. Very informative.


* Biological evolution does not address the origin of life; for that, see abiogenesis. The two are commonly and mistakenly conflated. Evolution describes (and through the theory of evolution, endeavors to explain) the changes in gene frequencies that occur in populations of living organisms over time, and thus, presupposes that life already exists. Evolution likewise says nothing about cosmology, the Big… Continue

Added by Dan on July 7, 2009 at 3:00am — 7 Comments

Coffee 'may reverse Alzheimer's'

Coffee 'may reverse Alzheimer's'

Drinking five cups of coffee a day could reverse memory problems seen in Alzheimer's disease, US scientists say.

The Florida research, carried out on mice, also suggested caffeine hampered the production of the protein plaques which are the hallmark of the disease.

Previous research has also suggested a protective effect from caffeine.

But British experts said the… Continue

Added by Dan on July 6, 2009 at 2:56am — 6 Comments


The story itself is a sad one, however the quote from our local Sheriff makes it worth reading....

LAKELAND | Lightning struck a festive church event Saturday, killing one and possibly injuring 18 others, the Sheriff's Office said.

About 100 members of the church were gathered at 4444 Viola Road about 4:40 p.m. when lightning struck near the soccer field in the midst of a game.

Benjamin Gonzalez, 30, of Lakeland… Continue

Added by Dan on July 5, 2009 at 8:34pm — 3 Comments

Parents in faith-healing case never considered calling a doctor

Carl Worthington (center) confers with attorney Mark Cogan as Raylene Worthington listens to opening statements in their trial.

by Steve Mayes, The Oregonian

OREGON CITY -- Carl and Raylene Worthington told detectives that they never considered calling a doctor, even as their 15-month-old daughter deteriorated and died.

"I don't believe in them," Carl Worthington said of doctors. "I believe in faith… Continue

Added by Dan on July 3, 2009 at 1:00am — 3 Comments

27 Celebrities You Probably Didn’t Know Are Atheists

Atheism: Disbelief in or denial of the existence of God or gods.

Usually a taboo subject for mainstream media and general dinner-table talks, atheism has recently become somewhat of a comfortable stance for people as a way of life. A lot of closed-minded people consider Atheists and non-believers to be evil, often comparing them to the likes of people like Adolf Hitler and saying such things as “Hitler was an atheist, and look how that turned out”… when in fact Hitler…


Added by Dan on July 2, 2009 at 11:30pm — 9 Comments

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