Episode 133 – The One Where We Clardic Fug Hitler’s Bylfgoam Glosd

In this week’s show, episode 133, we find new fabulous colors for the marriage rainbow until some super uncool Russians tried to submit “Auschwitz Spanked Bottom Red.”

Now, grab a beer and help us test the god hypothesis — because, while Supay (the Incan god of death and their underworld, Uku Pacha) hasn’t struck us down yet, we are trying his patience!

Shea’s Life Lesson

This week I decided that after I die I want my remains spread at Disney World. I also decided that I don’t want to be cremated…

Jenn’s Actual Lesson

Did you know that snakes (among many other animals) were sacred to the Incans? Called Amaru, the snake represents our own way through this world, as we moved crawling, trying to evolve and find our destiny and sense in the universe.

But before we get to all that, let’s have a beer!

This Week’s Beer

Red Velvet (Nitro) | Ballast Point Brewing Company

From the Ox’s!

  • Ba Link:bit.ly/2qPgfG1
  • BA Score: 80
  • ABV: 5.5
  • Style: Oatmeal Stout
  • Aaron: 8
  • Jenn: 4
  • Shea: 5
  •  Steve: 5

This Week’s Show

Round Table Discussion

RIP Chris Cornell

New iTunes reviews

Waiting 4 Episodes

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Rating: ★★★★★

Crack open a beer, take a listen, believe that Shea is your spirit animal until jenn brings you back to your senses. Then crack open another beer.

Great laughs and good beer

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Rating: ★★★★★

Been listening for about a year and have not missed listening to a show yet.

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Special thanks to Dave and Reb’Ox for texting in some awesome looking beers to our Drunk Dial Line: (513) 760–0463! Those look tasty. Also, there are reasons why Jenn is in charge of communications – because when I do it you get weird leg pics then overly self-conscious justifications for it… [cough]. On a related note, everyone should check this week’s Bonus Cat Videos in the show notes for one of my favorite versions of Charlie Chaplin’s final speech in The Great Dictator.

Voicemail

We have a fabulous voice mail from a fabulous guest host!

This week marks the third anniversary of Waiting 4 Wrath.

While it did take a long while to get those first few shows out — and even longer to round out the show with enough hosts to make the title relevant — this pseudo-noteworthy date comes on the heels of our 100th Patreon show! So I kinda feel like by their powers combined it’s a good time to get a little mushy.

And to that end, I’d like to thank all our generous supporters, our amazing listeners and perhaps most importantly, the very fine folks who come into the studio and make up for my lack of personality, facts, research, humor, a diverse view-point, sobriety, social skills and audio production.

So, to Jim, Jenn, Shea & Steve, you’re the best co-hosts an angry young atheist podcasting hopeful could have asked for and I can’t wait to see what the next 3 years and 150 episodes bring!

Headlines

New colors mean better ways to describe the world around me! Oh, wait…bit.ly/2rWv7zC

Research scientist and neural network goofball Janelle Shane decided to train a neural network to generate new paint colors, complete with appropriate names. The results are possibly the greatest work of artificial intelligence to date…

Shane explained on her Tumblr, “For this experiment, I gave the neural network a list of about 7,700 Sherwin-Williams paint colors along with their RGB values. Could the neural network learn to invent new paint colors and give them attractive names?”

She chose a neural network algorithm called char-rnn, which predicts the next character in a sequence. So basically the algorithm was working on two tasks: coming up with sequences of letters to form color names, and coming up with sequences of numbers that map to an RGB value.

Shane notes that, at first, the algorithm seemed to be forming words that are a combination of brown, blue, and gray.

  • Caae Brae
  • Saa Ble

The longer it processed the dataset, the closer the algorithm got to making legit color names, though they were still mostly surreal: “Soreer Gray” is a kind of greenish color, and “Sane Green” is a purplish blue. When Shane cranked up “creativity” on the algorithm’s output, it gave her a violet color called “Dondarf” and a Kelly green called “Bylfgoam Glosd.”

In the end, she concludes: “1. The neural network really likes brown, beige, and grey; 2. The neural network has really, really bad ideas for paint names.”

Honestly, I just can’t wait for crayons with names like; Snowbonk, Bunflow, Bank Butt, Sink, Light of Blast, Clardic Fug, Stargoon, Dorkwood, Sindis Poop, Stoner Blue, Stanky Bean, Turdly,

On a side note, Janelle Shane seems pretty awesome and you can check out everything else she has unleashed her neural network on, from Dr. Who to heavy metal band names,

The Russians Summon Their Most Powerful Hero To Defeat The Evil Demon WannaCrybit.ly/2rWwIWo

Holy water is not typically your first line of defense when dealing with malicious computer software but as we all have learned, Russia doesn’t do anything typical.

Last week, in case you haven’t heard, there was a worldwide cyberattack by the WannaCry ransomware crypto worm, which targets computers running Windows by encrypting data and demanding ransom payments in the Bitcoin cryptocurrency.

The attack started on Friday, 12 May 2017,[8] and within a day was reported to have infected more than 230,000 computers in over 150 countries.

Russia, inevitably, was also hit and WannaCry and managed to compromise the systems of Russian banks in some isolated cases. Vladmir Putin, being the pragmatist that he is, probably called up his good friend Patriarch Kirill to erect some magic spirit barriers to protect the computers from the evil virus!

Although this story hasn’t been confirmed there has been an older picture of Kirill blessing some government computers floating around the web, so we know he has blessed them it the past. Also knowing that Vald and Kirill have been close for years I feel like its not a long jump to assume he called up Super Sayin Pope to deal with this, probably demonic, threat.

This Week’s Stories

To make up for the ridiculousness of last week’s story, here’s some history:

Gisella Perl, The Angel of Auschwitz.

This story has some unusual historical significance, and probably a lot of people would actually condemn her, but her story is inspiring and it’s a tragedy more people aren’t familiar with her work and bravery.

Gisella was born in Hungary in 1907. She was shown to be extremely bright and talented at an early age, graduating secondary school at age 16 (the first woman and the only Jew to have done this up to this time). side note, secondary school in Hungary is usually not even started until a student is 16\

She decided early she wanted to go into medicine. Her father attempted to change her mind because he felt it would cause her to abandon her Jewish faith, but despite his misgivings, she completed medical school and became a licensed gynecologist.  She was working as such, living with her surgeon husband and children in Romania until 1944 when the Germans invaded.

It was that very year she, her husband and her son ended up being sent to Auschwitz. This death camp is notorious enough in itself to understand what being sent there could mean, but there was an added element of awful that is sometimes forgotten. Auschwitz was the domain of Dr. Josef Mengele, Captain of the SS and a seriously fucked up son of a bitch. Most people have heard of him, but not everyone knows exactly why he has been made so infamous and that he is referred to as ‘The Angel of Death’ and “the cruelest Nazi of the Holocaust”.

Not to delve too deeply in the horror pit that is his history, but Mengele is most well known for his grotesquely cruel medical experiments on living prisoners. He fancied himself an early geneticist, so was on the lookout for victims with ‘interesting’ genetic characteristics. His (ugh) “work” on twins is probably his most well-known, but he also looked for victims with birth defects, genetic abnormalities, and pregnant female prisoners.

*quick side story from train drop off and how J.M. selected his ‘patients’

In addition to being on the lookout for potential new victims, he also made sure to have any prisoners with medical training sent to his offices to basically be interviewed as an assistant. (As a proud Nazi he couldn’t be expected to foul his hands touching the nasty prisoners; he forced those working for him to administer the treatments/tortures.)

This brings us back to Gisella Perl. Upon reaching Auschwitz she was immediately separated from her husband and son (who sadly were almost immediately killed. Her daughter, however, was able to be hidden with a non-Jewish family and survived the war.) Because of her medical training, she was quickly snatched up by Mengele, who upon discovering her training in gynecology, put her to oversee the work done on the pregnant prisoners:

”Dr. Mengele told me that it was my duty to report every pregnant woman to him,” Dr. Perl said. ”He said that they would go to another camp for better nutrition, even for milk. So women began to run directly to him, telling him, ‘I am pregnant.’ I learned that they were all taken to the research block to be used as guinea pigs, and then two lives would be thrown into the crematorium. I decided that never again would there be a pregnant woman in Auschwitz.”

So Gisella began her incredibly brave, incredibly dangerous mission of administering abortions to any pregnant woman she could. Literally hundreds of abortions. Due to her position, she had access to all of the medicines in the camp, what there was of it. As one of five doctors and four nurses were chosen by Dr. Mengele to operate a hospital ward that had no beds, no bandages, no drugs and no instruments, she tended to every disease and injury wrought by torture. She would later recall in her autobiography, ‘I Was a Doctor in Auschwitz’ ”I treated patients with my voice, telling them beautiful stories, telling them that one day we would have birthdays again, that one day we would sing again. I didn’t know when it was Rosh ha-Shanah, but I had a sense of it when the weather turned cool. So I made a party with the bread, margarine and dirty pieces of sausage we received for meals. I said tonight will be the New Year, tomorrow a better year will come.”

So this brave woman would hold and care for her patients the only way she still had. Not only was she risking the wrath of the SS and Mengele by these secret abortions, but she was forced to perform deliveries where she knew the birth couldn’t be successful.

“Occasionally, a woman would get to the final stages of her pregnancy, unnoticed by the SS and, sometimes, without even knowing it herself. Dr. Perl would perform the births, and when requested, would silently take the breath away from newborns in order to save the mothers. She envisioned a world where these women would have children with their loved ones after the war, raising a family outside of the horrors of a concentration camp.”

“Hundreds of times I had premature deliveries,” she told The New York Times “No one will ever know what it meant to me to destroy those babies, but if I had not done it, both mother and child would have been cruelly murdered.”

As the Allied forces began to move closer, Auschwitz and its gas chambers were closed and the prisoners shipped to other camps still in operation. Dr. Perl was moved to a camp near Hamburg, then, two months later, to Bergen-Belsen, a camp in Germany that she described in a book she wrote after the war as ”the supreme fulfillment of German sadism and bestiality.” At the precise moment that British troops were moving in to liberate Bergen-Belsen, Dr. Perl was delivering a baby, the first free child born there.

She remained in the camp for several months after its liberation working in medical aid. Her story at this point is still one of tragedy as she discovers the fates of her family members and country, but relief was on its way. Eventually, she is reunited with her daughter and is granted American citizenship in 1951.  She was never very far from her guilt of her time as a “doctor who hastens death”, but recounts a story of a luncheon with previous First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt where she was encouraged to become a doctor again. Gisella took these words to heart and in less than a year she became an infertility specialist at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital, where it was estimated she performed over 3,000 healthy deliveries. In 1979 (interestingly the same year Mengele died in Brazil) she, her daughter and her daughter’s family relocated to Israel. She lived until 1988 when she passed away at the age of 81.

Patreon Story

Bad news, “Atheism is the Uncoolest Choice Ever, and [this tool bag] Can Prove It”! – bit.ly/2rWodue

So, what filth falls from this fools fur-fringed fubar facuett, what does Jim have to say about it and how are these episodes of Atheism 101 realted? Find out right now at Patreon.com/W4W!

  • Episode 170: Martin Luther Pt1; The Road to the Reformation – Atheism 101 Podcast – bit.ly/2rWBCT6 
  • Episode 174: Martin Luther Pt2 – Atheism 101 Podcast –bit.ly/2rWk7SK
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Next Week’s Beer

Bavarian dry hop lager– Himbrugs Braukunst Keller

  • Ba Links: bit.ly/2qPlGoh
  • BA Score: n/a
  • ABV: 5.3
  • Style: American Pale Lager

Faith In Humanity Restored

Keeping the Catholic train a roll’n (see this week’s patreon story atpatreon.com/w4w) we’re visiting a Catholic schoolboy asked to defend church’s morals… who then turned in a 127-page “Gay Marriage is Fabulous” paper!

bit.ly/2rWsFJm

The 11th grader, who goes by reddit username is AverageSmurf, was asked to write a paper defending the morals of one of the church’s teachings.

“The assignment is to write a ‘Summa Theologica’ style paper where you present a ‘moral dilemma,’ which is where you give the objections to church teaching and then the replies from the church. The exact words my teacher said in class were that you have to provide the church teaching to ‘show and prove that the church’s position is right,’” the student writes on Reddit.

Instead, he turned in a 127-page whopper of a paper, simply titled Gay Marriage is Fabulous.

When the issue of “why is the church so against gay marriage” came up, I asked for the little “talking ball” and just started going for like 15 minutes on how the bible isn’t a condemnation of homosexuality and in all ways affirms love rather than hate and how god doesn’t make mistakes when he makes us, we are who we are. After which, when she started quoting Aquinas on natural law, I stood up and said that natural law has no basis in scripture, science, and fails the is-ought fallacy presented by David Hume and is bases heavily on divine command theory which fails the Euthyphro dilemma. Then I went on about how, when conceiving natural law, Aquinas bases his argument on a law by the Byzantine emperor, Justinian, who wasn’t very intelligent and believed gay people caused “famines and pestilences”.

In the next class, she changed the format of the class. She did not allow discussions and showed a video the whole class (link). The video insinuates that homosexuality is basically a choice or something caused by abuse and “unhealthy relationships”. Furthermore, during class she’s spouted off standard, conservative bull-sh*t arguments like the “sanctity of marriage”, “gay = aids”, “gay relationships are unhealthy”, “kids need a mom and a dad”, “Gay men are much more likely to be pedophiles”, etc.

For instance, in class, when we were talking about “gay = pedophilia”, i said that there was no evidence nor science to back the claim up, but rather much to discredit such a laughable theory. Furthermore, I went on to say that the only people who have higher rates of pedophilia are priests who molest little boys. Her response was, “is that a fact? or is that just something the media wants you to believe.” She went on to totally deny that priests had ever molested children.

He later commented on his paper that bit.ly/2rWvme0

I’ve received many questions or comments on how a teacher would “never assign that” or that I choose this topic, here’s what happened: In class we were told to choose 3 topics that we were either interested in or passionate about and that we would be writing a paper on their relationship with the church, as well as the morality of that issue. So, of course, I choose gay marriage as one of them (I think the others were “Justified War” and Nuclear Armament). We were then given a few days to come up with a thesis for our paper. If I remember correctly, mine was along the lines of “If Jesus were alive today, he’d be a supporter of gay marriage”.

In the next class, I was then informed that I had to write in support of the view of the church. Furthermore, this was also the class where she said we had to prove and support the Church’s teachings. It’s not that I’m incapable of writing something I don’t agree with, it’s just that, in this case, that was not the right choice, for a number of reasons: – I just recently came out and thought this would be a great way to display to kids how homosexuality is nothing to take issue with. – After her comments in class, there was no way I could stand to write that paper. – I knew writing something like this would impress my grandfather, who is a devout catholic and spent 7 years in the seminary, and, just maybe, would offer some information that helped him understand me. – I just wanted people to have a resource where they could find information on why it’s okay to be catholic and pro-gay, to, hopefully, spread a little bit of love and enlightenment.

So you know what AverageSmurf? You’re right, your teachers are dumb as bricks, and you are our BAMF of the week!

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  • B.C. woman’s idea to create ‘garden Spicer’ goes viral around the world – bit.ly/2rWwpL5
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver 5/21/17: Stupid Watergate –bit.ly/2rWpdyC
  • This Is How We Know Earth Isn’t Flat bit.ly/2rWlZLD
  • How Marilyn Monroe Inspired the Creation of ‘Twin Peaks –bit.ly/2rWwvSX
  • The history of tea – Shunan Teng – bit.ly/2rWBO4M
  • Where do superstitions come from? – Stuart Vyse – bit.ly/2rWQz7B
  • How did Hitler rise to power? – Alex Gendler and Anthony Hazard –bit.ly/2rWwwpZ 

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