Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Books: Reading List 1

Reading List
Annotations: Reading List: 

 1. Why Orwell Matters, Christopher Hitchens, Chapter 1, Orwell and Empire, p 15 

 2. Hitch-22 A Memoir, Christopher Hitchens, Chapter 9, Martin, p 154 

 3. Signature in the Cell, DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design, Stephen C Meyer, Chapter 4, Signature in the Cell p 85 

 4. Collapse, How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive, Jared Diamond, Chapter 1, Under the Big Montana Sky, Attitudes to Regulation, p 63 

 5. Scepticism, and the Possibility of Knowledge, A C Grayling, Chapter 1, Berkeley's Argument for Immaterialism, p 25 

 6. Mismatch, Why Our World No Longer Fits Our Bodies, Peter Gluckman and Mark Hanson, Chapter 4, Things Are Not What they Used to be, p 110 

 7. Relics of Eden, The Powerful Evidence of Evolution in Human DNA, Daniel J Fairbanks. Chapter 9, When Faith and Reason Clash, p 133 

 8. The Family, Power, Politics and Fundamentalism's Shadow Elite, Jeff Sharlet, Chapter 4 Unit Number One, p87

Clifford M Dubery 
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Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Young Atheists in Melbourne

Actually in Grey St. at the Unitarian Church, East Melbourne. Jason Ball gave us a talk covering his experience as a student with Atheism, Skepticism etc . Covering the establishment of the Secular Society at Melbourne University The Young Australian Skeptics. Jason and I are friends on Facebook and he and I are expecting the CFI to set up here in Melbourne Australia. This would assist us contradicting the woo here in Australia. My friend Debbie Goddard on Facebook referred it to the person at CFI who will do that. Also, I listen to a weekly podcast from that same organization called Point of Enquiry which I download from iTunes. This one has another friend Chris Mooney who interviews another friend Carl Zimmer discussing his new book Brain Cuttings an eBook only, a brave response from Carl. Clifford Dubery- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Location:Wellington Parade,,Australia

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Dr. George Tiller Investigation Expanded

Rachel Maddow on Monday Night US Eastern Time told us that the Justice Department has empaneled a Grand Jury in Wichita Kansas to investigate whether the murderer of Tiller, Scott Roeder, worked alone. Was there a conspiracy to murder Tiller in Kansas, egged on by Fox TV and the likes of Rush Limbaugh on his radio show. The FBI, was an observer of the trial of Roader and must have become interested in the people who attended in the gallery. Supporters of Roeder, consisting of previously convicted bombers and failed assassins along with friends and family. The FBI agents must have observed enough from that crowd to open a Federal Enquiry. The Homeland Security and other agencies were called in to enhance this investigation. Perhaps we will find out more of this un Christian group that proclaims murder is OK and hate is good. Clifford Dubery- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Location:Rosslyn St,West Melbourne,Australia

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

News Dissector

I have just listened to Danny Schecter's podcast and radio show called The News Dissector. I am impressed that he was able to have a whole range of international journalists in the studio with him. Discussing anti-militarism and the Empire behavior of the US today and in the past. I recommend this podcast via iTunes for all progressives and those who have doubts about the current unsatisfactory media nonsense from the usual suspects. Did you hear that Rupert Murdoch? Clifford Dubery- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Location:Station St,Malvern,Australia

FFRF and Freedom of Religion

I am pleased to here Dan Barker of the Freedom From Religion Foundation Foundation reiterate a policy that gets lost in the rhetoric sometimes. That is they support freedom of religion as well. The religiously inclined in the US that comment about the activities of the FFRF need to understand that they are defending their rights to associate and speak and the First Amendment that separates Church and State, something the Founding Fathers were wise to include.

Location:Mansion House Ln,West Melbourne,Australia

Monday, October 11, 2010

Update on Cliff

I have just begun a new job and today is the first day of training. Wish me well on this change in my life? :)

Location:Rosslyn St,West Melbourne,Australia

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Russel Blackford interview A.C.Grayling

Date: 11 March 2010 10:14:39

Today I attended this interview at the Nova Cinemas in Lygon Street, Carlton at 6:30 tonight. It went for an hour and consisted of each writer giving their testimonies about why they became athiests.

Each had come to it from reason where the beliefs of Christianity were based on Ancient Greek Myths of one kind or the other. Usually from Secondary School to undergraduate studies at Univercity.

Not all of us can claim such priveleges, and some of us concluded to stay in their particular traditions. Grayling explained that the recent stridentism of the New Atheists began as a reaction to 911, that horrible attack on the Twin Towers in New York City in 2001. This was caused by religiously inspired Radical Fundamentalist Muslims.

The response by the US and UK seemed to have been inspired by Fundamentalist Christians seeking a way forward to Armageddon. So irrationalist thinking on both sides moved this New Atheist movement forward with the assistance of Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennet, Sam Harris and Chriistopher Hitchins.

All six people mentioned are worth reading on the subject and I will list the books as an addendum to this post.

Graylings explanation as to why Atheist is a better descriptive than Agnostisms was interesting as a reply to a question. Agnostisism posits we don't know whether their is a god and Atheism states that the probabilty is so low of the existence of a deity that it is reasonable and logical that there is no god and therefore Atheism is a better descriptor.

In my opinion, I agree with Grayling, then it is up to the believer to bring forward the extraordinary evidence required to establish the extraordinary proof required when all scientific endeavors have contradicted all the thrusts believe.

Clifford M Dubery

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Fwd: Friday Night at the Global Atheist Convention


> Today is Friday after the evening opening session of the Global
> Atheist Convention. The speakers were, David Nichols, Stuart Beckman
> and Kylie Sturgess who were the opening and introduction. David
> Nicholls, President, Atheist Foundation of Australia spoke of the
> successful set up and preparation for the Convention and the failed
> attempt to garner State Government assistance unlike The World
> Congress of Churches which recieved 5 million AUD from the State
> Government. I understand the application for the Atheists is still
> circulating in Spring Street!
> Stuart Bechman, President, Atheist Alliance International didn't say
> much except for a few jokes.
> Kylie Sturgess from Skepticzone podcast and her own podcast which
> escapes my memory now, riding this train home.
> more later
> Clifford
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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Back Pain and WorkCover Insurance

My son James is struggling with a shoulder injury and chronic backpain caused by the work he does for Safeway here in Australia. It seems to me the workers in our modern world are back at the stone age of the early 20th century. - Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Location:Foot St,Frankston South,Australia