Friday, December 14, 2007

Ayaan Hirsi Ali Security Trust

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a Somali born ex Muslim who, having been brought up in Islam and with the prospect of a forced arranged marriage to a relative stranger, fled to the Netherlands in 1992. She became amongst other things a translator, a politician and a public speaker, speaking out for women’s rights and against the threat of Islam. In 1994 she collaborated with Theo van Gogh, a Dutch film maker, to make a short film called Submission, which portrayed many of the horrors that face women in Islam.

Not surprisingly the film was condemned by Islamic fundamentalists and both Hirsi Ali and van Gogh were advised to seek protection. Van Gogh chose to ignore that advice and was brutally murdered as a result. On his chest, his murderer pinned a warning to Hirsi Ali that she would be next. As a result, she fled to the United States were she continues to speak out against Islam and until recently her protection was paid for by the Dutch authorities.

Earlier this year, she was told that her protection would no longer be funded while she lived on American soil. Given that her protection would cost a lot more, and be significantly harder to maintain, were she to return to the Netherlands (it is there that she would be the most vulnerable) she has decided to remain in the States and to fund her own protection. This protection requires 24 hour bodyguards and must be maintained whenever she needs to travel. Obviously this protection very costly and although author of two books, it is well beyond her means to sustain for very long.

In response, the American Author Sam Harris has set up a trust which can accept monthly or one off donations which will help fund her protection.

If anyone would like to donate to this trust the following link has all the details of how to subscribe as well as further links to related articles by Sam Harris, Salamn Rushdie, Christopher Hitchens and others.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali recently spoke at the Athiest Alliance International Convention in Washington DC. Here is a link to her talk in which she describes her story.

The Richard Dawkins Foundation has produced a DVD of the AAI Convention which can be purchased here. All proceeds go to the Ayaan Hirsi Ali Security Trust.

I think that she is an amazing and courageous person, and so I have subscribed to the trust. I urge anyone who reads this to follow these links with a view to doing the same.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Facebook is shit

I succumbed to peer pressure about a month ago and started a Facebook account. I feel that I have given it a fair crack of the whip, and once the initial novelty wore off I found it to be a load of childish boollacks. I have, therefore, deactivated my account and in doing so I instantly felt more grown-up and mature.

EDIT 8 Sep 2012

I started this blog in 2005 and, disappointingly,  this post, written nearly 5 years ago, represents my biggest impact on the internet to date.
At the time of writing it has been viewed 4,531 times and received 177 comments, the most recent of which is only a week old.
Admittedly, this level of traffic is pretty paltry by today's standards but, be that as it may, it remains my most effective advertising platform. With this in mind, I am going to be an absolute whore and use it as such:

I have written a book...

...and no one wants to read it. Well, no agent at any rate. I have decided to admit defeat, give in to vanity, and publish the blasted thing myself. I've created a new blog to document the process. I'm not sure why - it just seemed the thing to do.
The book is called 'Unbelievable: Christianity as a House of Cards', a title that, I hope, speaks for itself. A brief synopsis of the book can be found here, but the following is the blurb that adorns the back cover, as well as the description section on the Amazon web page:

What happens if, for the sake of argument, one indulges the faithful by accepting as many of their claims as possible?

What happens if one accepts the existence of God and the Gospel account of Jesus?

In short, what happens if one takes Christianity seriously and then plays it at its own game?

It would appear that even with these rather charitable concessions, Christianity still doesn't make sense.

If any of you fellow Facebook haters want to buy the book, please follow this link where you will find further links to Amazon, Amazon Kindle, the iBookstore, and NOOK books.
You would be making a chubby nobody very happy, and that should be reward enough in itself.



Friday, July 06, 2007

Dr Dino is a bell-end

While basically an atheist at heart, I have nevertheless recently decided to immerse myself in the whole evolution/intelligent degisn "debate".

In the past I have posted on Ray Comfort, an evangelical writer, preacher and broadcaster. The man is a fucking glans, but entertaining nonetheless because he is so unintentionally funny.

However, one other chap that I've come across is Kent Hovind. Now this guy really is a contemptible moron. He is supposedly a doctor and an ex-teacher who goes around taking seminars and debating the subject of creation and evolution. He also calls himself Dr Dino because of his love of dinosaurs.

The trouble with Hovind is that he might be a dick, but he's not stupid. He talks well. By that, I don't mean that he is persuasive in what he says, just in how he says it. Typical preacher really. However, all you have to do is concentrate on the words and you'll see the flaws in his arguments. The trouble is, I don't think that many of the people in his audience do that.

One of his favorite things to say, and he has said at least once in every seminar and debate that I've listened to, is, "If you want to believe in evolution, go ahead. Just don't use my tax dollars to teach this stuff to the kids". Fair comment? Well it might be if Mr Hovind had ever paid any fucking taxes. This twat is currently doing a ten stretch for tax evasion and owes the US governement $600,000.00. The man is a liar and a thief and therefore, everything he says is suspect.

Here is an amusing tribute to him that I found on YouTube.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Star Text

Type telnet into the windows run cmd, or the linux terminal and enjoy.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007


Hello my fellows

I haven't posted in a while, not sure why, just didn't have much to say.

A little while ago, I think I posted something about , the online book publisher that prints on demand. Well I have finally got round to submitting something:

It really is the most dreadful piece of shit, cobbled together as an experiment more than anything else, and is packed with rubbish like this:

Like I say, it is only an experiment, although I do plan to publish more serious stuff in the future. The only real reason for mentioning it here is so that I can shamelessly pimp it to a wider audience.