Google is investing an undisclosed amount of money to install enough solar panels to offset about a third of their energy consumption. They say the project should pay for itself in lower electricity bills within 5-10 years.
I think that's exciting.
The latest Skeptics' Circle has been up for a little while now, but I figured I should announce it, so that the latest Carnival of the Godless didn't feel too lonely in the announcement. Unlike the Skeptics' Circle, however, the CotG features two of my posts. But don't worry, there's also a lot of really good stuff there.
I had kind of hoped to do something a little more substantive for my hundredth post but, well, there you have it.
He has come up with the top ten reasons religion is like pornography.
While I'm making you click through to see the original top ten, in the comments several people have added other reasons religion is like pornography. I'm listing some of the most apt below:
11. Both are most heinous when inflicted on children.*#13 (the soundtracks to both are crap.), however, is pure bullshit. The Anglican and Catholic churches have done some great things, musically.
14. "Oh God, oh God, oh God, oh God!"
What I really like about this post, though, is the last paragraph:
Basically, I'm saying we ought to regard religion like we do other human foibles: regulate it, curb it's excesses, shame those who overindulge, and for jebus' sake, stop treating it like some exalted, privileged, glorious endeavor. Any idiot can be religious, after all, and many are.I really wish people would stop telling each other that believing in something for which there is no evidence makes you a good (or at least better) person.
*I am in no way trying to say that inflicting religion on children is anywhere near as bad as inflicting pornography on children, only that religion, like pornography, is at its worst when children are involved.