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I feel so lucky to have been raised by Secular Humanist parents!
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+Bakr Aishash you discuss it with westerners proof is proof according the scientific method. You are the claimant and the onus is in you to provide the evidence. For us Islam is repulsive. For the reason the founder had sexual relations with a minor. Ok he lived in the 7th century we live in the 21st and in our eyes it is repulsive. Not the sort example we expect our children to follow. I could write a book why Islam is false teachings and this forum doesn't provide enough space. To sum it up for me and lot of other people your religion is false teaching and repulsive. The reason I don't visit Islamic countries. You undoubtedly find us repulsive as well and if I were in your shoes I would go back from where I came from. 
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Agree! For example if a person believes the Bible is the Word of God they have to be able to justify why it's permissible to keep slaves, according to that same god.

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One of the best examples that shows the moral bankruptcy of the Bible. Proof that the Bible (and the same is true for the Torah and the Koran) was made up by man and not inspired by a morally perfect god.
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It doesn't even really say that you should treat your slaves well.  The closest I've found so far is "Anyone who beats their male or female slave with a rod must be punished if the slave dies as a direct result, but they are not to be punished if the slave recovers after a day or two, since the slave is their property." (Exodus 21:20-21)
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The Star Wars Saga through the Machete Order

A colleague at work had already introduced me to this well argued order of watching the Star Wars movies in order to get the best flow of the story of Luke Skywalker. Reading more about it and especially WHY this order is chosen was interesting and entertaining. It makes sense this way. :-)
Brace yourselves, what follows is an amazingly long blog post about the best order in which to watch Star Wars. First, let me say this: for people that couldn't care less about the prequel trilogy, I suggest Harmy's Despecialized Editions. They are 720p videos that are the result of "Harmy" from ...
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Bah!  I told you about this order years ago! :P
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Yup, can't argue with that. 

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God before country is unconstitutional! 
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Every now and then people who are casually irreligious (not religious but also not outspoken about it) wonder why I am outspoken Atheist and why I am regularly 'preaching' about something I do not believe in.

What I always tell them is: 
If religious people kept their religion and faith private and to themselves, I would have absolutely no problem with their personal believes. But the fundamental problem with religion is: it wants to spread. It wants to proselytize to unbelievers. It wants to dominate and control according to its 'divine' rules!
Some examples:
- Devout Protestant Christians want the Sunday Rest to be observed. Which means they want all shops, restaurants, businesses etc. to be closed on Sundays. They also want to stop women from having abortions, or prevent loving gay couples to get married.
- When Catholics were in power in Europe they burned at the stakes anyone who questioned the Catholic dogmas or who was otherwise accused of being a heretic. The Catholic church is also strongly opposed to abortion and contraceptives.
- Muslims want Sharia Law instead of secular law. Not just for themselves but for everyone. They also want only halal food in the stores which also means all pork food banned. They want to kill people who leave Islam or who insult their prophet.

This list is not exhaustive by far and many more examples can be made. These examples are just given to illustrate why I am openly and vocally Atheist and why I will NOT keep my mouth against the Curse on Mankind that religion is!
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In a way you could add a fith picture about yaself ;)
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Reflections on the habitability of Planet Earth

On the habitability index our Planet Earth scores only 82 percent. And there are multiple exo-planets that score higher on that index, meaning they would have a higher chance for developing life than our own planet. I find this hugely interesting!
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It's things like this that make me want to get involved in planetary science.
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Waarschuwing: FAKE Netflix email! 

Deze valse Netflix email kwam probleemloos door de normaal erg goede GMail spam-filter heen. Afzender: netflix@abonnee.nl.
Als je op PDF drukt wordt een .zip bestand gedownload waarin waarschijnlijk een virus aanwezig is. Niet doen dus!
Email handmatig aangemerkt als Spam.
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You can't fix stupid. 
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Wow, this looks STUNNING and I want to see it!
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Yes.. Yesyesyesyes YES!
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Reshared from a +Yonatan Zunger post who reshared it from +Andreas Schou who added the following information:
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I just want to amplify what Tshaka Armstrong said about how awesome Robert Smalls was. Just to give you some details which fall between the big bullet points here:

* Born into slavery. 

* Started out with seriously unpleasant menial jobs. Taught himself to read. More importantly, taught himself navigational trigonometry. This is not simple to do yourself. This is especially not simple to do when you grew up speaking Gullah creole, and your first exposure to standard-dialect English was when you were ten. 

* In general, was seriously awful at being a slave. Ran away. Resold tobacco and candy to make money his master didn't have access to. Bailed out of slave lockup over and over again because, despite the fact he never took to the whip, he was too competent to punish.

* Stole a Confederate ship. Sailed off with it. Gave it to the Union.

* Pushed for Congress to pay him the bounty, and was paid about $37,000 for it. Which is to say, "more money than a slave would likely see in five lifetimes." 

* Joined the US Navy. Which is notable, because the US Navy was not admitting black sailors at this point. 

* Convinced the US Army to admit black soldiers. You know. Like you do.

* Oh, did I mention that all of this happened before he turned 23? Because it all did.

* Assigned to pilot an experimental ironclad steamship in an attack on Charleston harbor. This fails. The ship sinks. Smalls is nonetheless commended for bravery.

* Reassigned to the Planter, the ship he stole less than two years ago, with some of the black crew which originally stole it. The captain of the Planter, caught in crossfire between Confederate and Union ships, attempts to surrender to the Confederates.

* Decided he's going to have none of that, because black soldiers and sailors are killed on capture. Sails the ship back to the Union lines against his captain's orders, saving the lives of his black crew. 

* Commended for bravery again. And promoted. Which makes him the first black naval captain in US history. He's actually captain of the Planter, the ship he stole less than two years ago. 

* The war ends.

* Used the money he got from stealing Confederate ships to buy the house he lived in when he was a slave. Moves in. Runs for Congress.

* Won.

* Kept running for Congress. Kept winning. Became the longest-serving black Congressman until the late 20th century. 

* Reconstruction ended. Gerrymandering, poll violence, and the like keep him from running again.

* Stayed active in politics. Attempted to return the black vote to South Carolina. Fails, but consider that this is precisely the sort of thing which would get you lynched between the years of 1876 and 1920.

* Appointed to be customs inspector. Which, again: this is a math-heavy job, and Smalls had no formal education. 

Name an important thing which a human being could have done between the Civil War and World War I, and Smalls did it. He didn't just rise up from poverty: he rose up from the most abject position an American could be consigned to, and just ... kept rising. Even after the tragedy that ended Reconstruction, he somehow managed to keep his head above water. 

He died the owner of the house in which he had been a slave, serving the country which had both rewarded and betrayed him.
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Hot Damn, what a guy! I want a big budget Hollywood movie made out of this! I want it to be so good it wins all the major Oscars for it.
 
#BAMF for #BlackHistoryMonth  Now THIS is a cat I'd love to see a biopic about!

From Wikipedia: As a politician, Smalls authored state legislation providing for South Carolina to have the first free and compulsory public school system in the United States, and founded the Republican Party of South Carolina.
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Wow! A genius and humanitarian. 
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Damn, teary-eyed here, all thanks to +Gordz.
 
The Present, A Touching Animated Short Film About a Boy and His New Dog
The Present is a touching animated short film, created by Jacob Frey, about a young boy and his new dog. Frey’s short film is based on artist Fabio Coala’s equally emotional comic strip…
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Mostly your very average guy with a wife, a son and a daughter. Working full time to provide a decent living and enjoy a good life in my spare time.

A little bit of a geek, a little bit of a nerd, a little bit of a gamer, definitely a movie-lover. But I also love to read good books (sci-fi and fantasy mostly) and take long walks in nature (preferably in the mountains of Austria and Switzerland).

My Google passion
I love to keep updated on new technology and the ongoing developments in social media. I'm a big fan of all things Google: Gmail, Google+, Android, Nexus devicesIngress, and I use all of it on a daily basis. In Ingress I chose the Enlightened faction because it suits my progressive outlook at life and my sense of optimism for the future of Mankind. :-)

Travel
I like to travel to new interesting places to experience different sights, sounds and cultures. But I also love to return to my own cosy comfy home again. Countries I've visited so far are: Belgium, Germany, England, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Jordan, Singapore and The Philippines.

Photography
Late 2011 I bought a mirror-less interchangeable lens camera, the Sony NEX C3, which sports an excellent APS-C sensor. Some nice photos taken with it are shared in this G+ photo album here. Please feel free to visit the album and leave comments on my photos there.

My old hobby: pencil drawing
Some 20 years ago I had a hobby of making pencil drawings of beautiful women. Recently I scanned them and put them in an album. A selection of these drawings are visible publicly here. The full album is not publicly visible because of some nudity. Anyone who likes to view all of the uncensored drawings can just ask me for full access to that album.

Belief, or rather lack thereof
I've been born and raised into a Humanist family. I've attended a Protestant-Christian elementary school, not because of the religion but because their education quality was higher than that of the Catholic and the Public elementary schools situated next to it. 
For the same reason I attended a Catholic secondary school because it was better than the Public secondary school. During my teenager years I got involved with the Pentecostal Church but realised it's not for me. I've also studied about Zen Buddhism which is more a philosophy than a religion. More recently I read an abridged Dutch translation of the Quran to know more about that religion as well. 
But all these ventures into different religions make me realise only more that I am an unbeliever to the core of my being. I can't accept or believe in something that denies or conflicts with scientific findings and generally accepted scientific theories. I also don't entertain superstitions or other irrational fears. I prefer rationality. :-) So if you want to classify me, I'd say I am a Secular Humanist.
For any theist (religious believer) who has questions or doubts, this is a good website to visit and read up about it: God is imaginary.
I'm also not interested in engaging in debates/arguments about religion, for all the possible arguments that theists can come up with have already been countered by far greater minds than me, and in a much better way than I ever could. So, any theist who feels like arguing about his/her faith, please go here instead: So you're a theist who wants to comment on an atheist blog, read this first. 
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Read The Lord of the Rings (in Dutch) when I was 12. Was an early adopter of Google (Search) when everyone else still used Altavista, of Gmail when everyone else still used Hotmail, of G+ when everyone else still used Facebook. Proud owner of an Android phone and an Android tablet.
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