Archive for February 2010

Update to the Blogs Page and Call To Action

I updated the Blogs page here on Everyday Freethought. It is a list of agnostic/atheist/skeptical blogs written by people in the state of Illinois. I became aware of these thanks to Skeptic Money, a blog run by my guest from Episode 2.

Recently there was a debate at UIUC between John Loftus And Dinesh D’sousa. A lot of people in the atheosphere thought D’sousa did better. Loftus seemed sick, and so his speaking voice was not very good. A lot of people also thought that D’sousa made a few whoppers (I think First Cause and the Ontological Argument were his favorites) and Loftus just let them go repeatedly. One of the attendees is a local atheist who recorded it and has a blog called Le Café Witteveen. I left a comment on his blog and gave him a link to my Groups page, and he signed up for a few of the Meetup groups. So far he has only been interacting with other atheists online, but says he may start coming to the groups. I think he “crossed over” recently.

Skeptic Money also had a post about a lawsuit by Rob Sherman against the State Of Illinois because there are appropriations to churches, including some appropriations to churches with connections to lawmakers and/or their relatives. Not only is it unconstitutional, but it is bad budgeting as well as a lot of conflicts of interest.

In case you have not heard, a lot of states are not doing well. Recently, the Pew Center On the States released a report about the finances of all fifty states in the USA. I have not read the actual report, but I have read about it in the media, downloaded their PDF files, and read a few of them. A lot of states have not funded their state employee pensions, in addition to having trouble funding their day to day operations. Illinois is one of the states in the worst condition. The $2 billion that Sherman is challenging is not as large as the budget gap (which may be from $8 billion to $12 billion), but every bit helps.

Rob Sherman was on Dogma Free America recently to talk about his lawsuit.

On a few of his posts Rob Sherman has Paypal links, as well as an address to which you could send checks. If you live in Illinois, I think you should send him some money. He says that even $20 would help. I will send him a few dollars.

I added #skepchicamp link to Bitly

I added a bitly link to the Skepchicamp hashtag on twitter here. Now you can see who is putting #skepchicamp in their tweets.

I got my ticket, and the big day is March 6.

So far it is mostly me, which I am a bit surprised by.

I have succumbed to Facebook

I added an account to Facebook. I am getting requests from a few people I do not know. They are friends of people I do know. Should I accept them? Should I send them a message asking them why they friended me? Perhaps they want to be on the podcast.


Atheist Nexus Profile

I added a link on this site to my profile on Atheist Nexus. Atheist Nexus is a social networking site for non-theists using the Ning platform.

Episode 004

The guest is Dan Fester, a board member of Center For Inquiry Chicago. We discuss his life, as well as events in Chicago, including Skepchicamp and upcoming plans of CFI/Chicago.

You can find the feed at Feedburner here. The mp3 for the episode is here.

The links for the episode:

The theme is GameDay by Seraphic Panopoly, via PodsafeAudio.

Added a link to the Ethical Humanist Society

I added a link on the Groups page to the Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago (which is actually in Skokie). According to their site, they are “a democratic fellowship and spiritual home for those who seek a rational, compassionate philosophy of life without regard to belief or nonbelief in a supreme being.” The Chicago Branch of the Center For Inquiry will have their February lecture there on February 28.

More Skepchicamp Fundraiser Photos

There is a Chicago Skeptics group on Facebook. There is a photos page with more pictures of the fundraiser a week ago.