In this week’s show, episode 144, the Catholic church blames a bipolar woman’s drinking the holy koolaid, then orating for Satan, on her poverty.
Now, grab a beer and help us test the god hypothesis — because, while Senx(the creator and spirit of the sun of the Bella Coola tribe)hasn’t struck us down yet, we are trying his patience!
Shea’s Life Lesson
Doop dep doop. I’m Shea and I don’t enter my show notes. Deep doop.
Jenn’s Actual Lesson
Did you know that the Bella Coola tribe is a First Nations indigenous people from the province of British Columbia? Their home in the afterlife is called the Home of the Sun and is the gateway to ‘Afraid of Nothing’, their Mother Goddess.
But before we get to all that, let’s have a beer!
This Week’s Beer
Cara De Luna – Crazy Mountain.
From: Queen Jenn
- BA Link: http://bit.ly/2jPTxKb
BA Rating: 83
Style: American Black Ale
This Week’s Show
Round Table Discussion
New Patrons Cristian (oh, the irony!!) and Craig (T. Nelson?-Mr. Incredible)
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I’d like to give a heartfelt shout out to the fine folks who texted our Drunk Dial Line: (513) 760–0463 this week!
- The tractor driving atheist himself, Mr. Bearpig
Buttered Bread, who might be related to Jenn after all — seriously, is the south’s gene-pool just a stagnant lake you all crawl out of or what?
And of course, Dave the Ox! Normally I’d say a man can’t own enough pint glasses… but then… wow.
Joey contacted the show with some good news! Turns out the “Don’t Be Mean To People Ale” is going to be made again this year and, perhaps, years to come!
Next week Jenn will be the first guest on the new show, Problem Addict, brought to you by Daniel Duncan and Big Bang Betty McGee! Find out more about that at
A quick note from Daniel.
The first 2 pre-recorded episodes are available to the public, for free, atPatreon.com/ProblemAddict
They’ll be launching on iTunes and Spreaker after the live show next week.
Alive In Spite Of… – http://bit.ly/2wNDqzv
- A couple of days ago, a young kindergarten teacher who’d been missing for three weeks was finally found
Jamie Devenport-Tull of Modesto, CA was in a car accident and missing ever since
She is bipolar and had gone off her meds about 6 months ago at the advice of her pastor and his wife
Fuckhead pastor said that the bipolar medication was a gateway drug to the devil
She was found near a cattle trough, barely able to move due to severe sunburns
She said she was trying to get to Yosemite which is over 60 miles from where she was located
You’re Not Trying Hard Enough – http://bit.ly/2wNrrll
- In April, a Washington Post poll asked 1686 Americans,
“Which is generally more often to blame if a person is poor: lack of effort on their own part, or difficult circumstances beyond their control?”
Shockingly, 46% of Christians said that a lack of effort was the cause of poverty (only 29% of non-christians believe this way)
The gulf widens further among specific Christian groups: 53 percent of white evangelical Protestants blamed lack of effort while 41 percent blamed circumstances, and 50 percent of Catholics blamed the lack of effort while 45 percent blamed circumstances.
In contrast, by more than 2 to 1, Americans who are an atheist, agnostic or have no particular affiliation said difficult circumstances are more to blame when a person is poor than lack of effort (65 percent to 31 percent).
white evangelicals were 3.2 times more likely than the non-religious to blame poverty on lack of effort.
Hail Satan – http://bit.ly/2wNCKdp
- Grand Junction, CO had a satanist invocation at a city council meeting just this last week
Atheist, Scott Iles, gave his spot over to Andrew Vodopich, who is an outspoken satanist and long-time resident of Grand Junction
Prior to the start of the council’s regular meeting Wednesday night, a group of Christians gathered in protest outside City Hall. They prayed in a circle as members of the Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers entered the building.
His speech, which lasted under a minute,
We exhort all officials and stewards of the public good, including those here tonight, to be unified in your endeavors for honesty, truth and wisdom.
We beseech all those present to shun primitive hatreds and superstition, bigotry, prejudice and atavism and instead seek equality in justice and thereby safeguard all worldviews and treat them equally and with respect.
We counsel this entire community to allow the light of truth to shine unobstructed on all matters, and to let not one coveted assumption be spared examination, to let not one archaic belief be spared disgrace, and thus leave no room for ignorance and assumption.
So say we all in the name of reason, in the name of free inquiry and in the name of rebellion against theocracy.
This Week’s Stories
Find out what Jenn left behind at Patreon.com/W4W right now!
I guess the Left Behind Series was right after all Micro chipping employees starts Apocalypse talk
A Wisconsin company (Three Squares Market—a fiendish name if there ever was one) has developed a tiny microchip to be implanted in the wrists of its employees, acting both as an entry key, computer login, and vending payment, is frightening credulous Evangelicals with thoughts of Marks of the Beast and Antichrists.
Many of us who were force fed a hysterical diet of end times claptrap have heard of The Mark. Per Left Behind, etc. it’s a Mark employed by the Antichrist (on either the back of the hand or forehead) that is required as a show of loyalty during the years of Tribulation. Not surprisingly, however, generations of feverishly proselytizing Baptists have misinterpreted the Biblical verses they cite and are getting most of their ideas from books and movies.
Chris Vlachos, a New Testament professor at Wheaton College in Chicago:
“Reading the Book of Revelation is complex, said Vlachos, who teaches a class on it. “The first chapter points out that some of it is meant to be taken symbolically.”
But even if a believer interprets the entire text literally, Vlachos said the “mark of the beast” verses specifically mentions two key details.
“Taking the mark goes hand in hand with the conscience decision of publicly pledging ones allegiance or loyalty to the beast and worshiping his image,” Vlachos said.
The mark is not a random number either. It always names the Antichrist, either numerically or alphabetically.
I’d also like to add that the Book of Revelation has an unknown author who basically spent a lot of time hallucinating on an island. So there’s that.
This isn’t the first time a kerfuffle has started because of Apocalyptic fears in the workplace. A court case out of West Virginia (whose governor proved this week that it may be currently our stupidest state) saw a coal miner win over half a million dollars in a religious discrimination lawsuit.
Beverly R. Butcher Jr., an evangelical Christian and minister, worked for decades in a mine owned by Consol Energy but was forced to retire when the company refused to accommodate his religious objection to its newly implemented biometric hand scanner, court documents say.
The scanner tracked employee attendance and hours worked by assigning a number to an image of a worker’s hand. Citing the Book of Revelation, Butcher feared the could link him to the Antichrist.
As of now, forty employees in Wisconsin have allowed a tattoo artist to embed the rice-sized chip. No word yet on what compensation they will receive for DAMNING THEIR IMMORTAL SOULS.
Second Half: Holy Koolaid Time!
Discussion with Thomas Westbrook of Holy Koolaid
You can find Thomas and literally fucking everything everywhere! Seriously, I didn’t even have to look for this list…
Thomas mentions another show called “Podunk Polymath,” if you’re curious you can find it here: https://thepodunkpolymath.com
Next Week’s Beer
Oberon – Bell’s Brewer.
From: Reeva (RW)
- BA Link: http://bit.ly/2wNsUIA
BA Rating: 86
Style: American Pale Wheat Ale
Faith In Humanity Restored
FGM – Yeah, There’s An App To Stop That. – http://bit.ly/2wNtE0l
Five Kenyan teens who call themselves “The Restorers” are taking a stand to end female genital mutilation (FGM) with their innovative cell phone app.
The app, known as i-Cut, is a program that allows girls to call for help, seek assistance, and report abuse to reputable law enforcement organizations. When utilized by a user, the app connects her with the legal, medical, and therapeutic counseling and resources required—all at the touch of a button.
For their ingenuity, the Restorers were invited, and became, the only African participants to attend the Technovation Challenge in Silicon Valley, California – a competition for women who are using technology to address problems in their community.
If i-Cut wins the challenge, Technovation—which is sponsored by Google and the UN—will award the team $15,000.
The girls’ own community has denounced the practice of FGM, but since the tradition is deeply embedded in the social structure of many African villages, some Kenyan women are still subjected to the “rite of passage”.
“FGM is a big problem affecting girls worldwide and it is a problem we want to solve,” team member Stacy Owino told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “This whole experience will change our lives. Whether we win or not, our perspective of the world and the possibilities it has will change for the better.”
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