IFS 94 – Freedom Sauce

Dave ‘The Happy’ Singer, Martin S Pribble and Gregg Savage join the show to talk royal commissions into Catholic sex abuse; HIV is a deadly weapon; 14 YO married necrophiliacs in Egypt and; Nuns gone wild! Enjoy.

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Peace and love.

Jake.

Jake is the author of ‘Letters to Christian Leaders; Hollow be thy claims’, the book which takes the specific claims that the most prominent Christian Leaders make and directly refutes them using the latest research and evidence, reason, logic, and a dash of snarky humour. Get it here for your sexy kindleOr if you prefer the authenticity of a book (and are too cheap for a kindle) get the hardcopy here.

In Soviet Russia, Rockets Fire You

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has threatened punishment, including criminal penalties and fines, for officials of Russia’s space agency following seven notable failures.

When NASA decommissioned their manned space program earlier this year, Russia was poised to pick up a great many international contracts to place satellites in orbit, as well as fly manned missions to the International Space Agency. The recent spate of issues, however, threatens to restrict Russia’s ability to fulfil these obligations.

Speaking during a televised broadcast, Medvedev said, “the latest failures [in the space industry] seriously harm Russia’s competitiveness.

“This means that we need to conduct a serious analysis and punish those responsible.”

The warnings come after a series of large-scale and costly failures including several failed launches and the loss of digital TV, secure communications and military satellites.

In total, seven major failures have led to the current situation:

1-3 In December 2010, a rocket failed, grounding three separate satellites.

4    In February, a booster rocket carrying a military satellite failed to launch.

5    In August, a rocket misfired and the space agency lost a digital TV and secure government communications satellite.

6    Also in August, the debris of cargo spacecraft fell to South Siberia after a malfunction prevented it from reaching orbit.

7        In early November, the Russian Space agency placed, and subsequently lost contact with, a probe destined for Mars into the wrong orbit, which may see it pulled back down to Earth as early as January.

While the European Space Agency was able to reinitiate some contact with the Mars probe, it has not yet been determined whether it will be enough to prevent it crashing back to earth.

Nonetheless, as NASA is without a functioning space program, and despite the Russian failures, the international community is left with little option but use Russia, for better or worse.

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Eviscerating Noah’s Flood Myth

This is numero uno in a new series of podcast that I hope to do regularly, tentatively called, ‘Eviscerating morons with science’. I’m sure I’ll change it to be more inclusive. This week we kill the Noachian Flood myth.

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Peace and love.

Jake.

Jake is the author of ‘Letters to Christian Leaders; Hollow be thy claims’, the book which takes the specific claims that the most prominent Christian Leaders make and directly refutes them using the latest research and evidence, reason, logic, and a dash of snarky humour. Get it here for your sexy kindleOr if you prefer the authenticity of a book (and are too cheap for a kindle) get the hardcopy here.

Episode 67 – Condoms for everybody!

Wassup ninjas?

This week, the gang talk blame for gay teen suicide, atheist existentialism, placing your cremated remains in bullets, condom advertisements and a whole bunch of other stuff. Enjoy.

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Peace and love.

Jake.

Jake is the author of ‘Letters to Christian Leaders; Hollow be thy claims’, the book which takes the specific claims that the most prominent Christian Leaders make and directly refutes them using the latest research and evidence, reason, logic, and a dash of snarky humour. Get it here for your sexy kindleOr if you prefer the authenticity of a book (and are too cheap for a kindle) get the hardcopy here.

Neil deGrasse Tyson and Cristina Rad – Charity Rocks

Dear Bikini Clad Heffalumps,

The is the audio from the MSF/Doctors Without Borders event recorded live from the Think Inc conference in Melbourne. We chat to Cristina Rad and my mother-flipping idol, Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson, the man who killed pluto!

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Peace and love.

Jake.

Jake is the author of ‘Letters to Christian Leaders; Hollow be thy claims’, the book which takes the specific claims that the most prominent Christian Leaders make and directly refutes them using the latest research and evidence, reason, logic, and a dash of snarky humour. Get it here for your sexy kindleOr if you prefer the authenticity of a book (and are too cheap for a kindle) get the hardcopy here.

Episode 66 – Size does matter!

Dear Desiccated Goji Berries,

This episode we talk about the omnipresence of Steve Jobs, Sarah Palin pulling out of indecision 2012, American politics, Slut Walk NYC, the fingerprint that god left on John Lennox and Muslim superheroes! Enjoy!

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Jake.

Jake is the author of ‘Letters to Christian Leaders; Hollow be thy claims’, the book which takes the specific claims that the most prominent Christian Leaders make and directly refutes them using the latest research and evidence, reason, logic, and a dash of snarky humour. Get it here for your sexy kindleOr if you prefer the authenticity of a book (and are too cheap for a kindle) get the hardcopy here.

Episode 50 – And Poof, They’re All Asians


Dear Captain Ahab Enthusiasts (and sympathisers),

The 50th episode of the ImaginaryFriendsShow.com Podcast has been infused by the quivering electrons from a lightning storm and is, in a manner of speaking, alive. With that said, the towns-folk have brandished their pitchforks and torches and are ambling up the mountain pass to throw some sort of pitch-fork and torch themed modelling show, I assume.

Short show this week because I’ve got exams this week, but a great show nonetheless. In this show we talk about what will happen when gay marriage is legalised, i.e. we’ll all turn into Asians. We also talk about the Democrat’s Weiner problem and the Republican mass-debate… because there were 7… it was a mass-debate.

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Cheers, big-ears,

Jake Farr-Wharton.

Jake is the author of ‘Letters to Christian Leaders; Hollow be thy claims’, the book which takes the specific claims that the most prominent Christian Leaders make and directly refutes them using the latest research and evidence, reason, logic, and a dash of snarky humour. Get it here for your sexy kindle. Or if you prefer the authenticity of a book (and are too cheap for a kindle) get the hardcopy here.

Come to the Dark Side, we have numbers

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There’s a census coming up soon here in the UK. Now, just as in most countries, the stuff the Government learns from the census is taken far more seriously by ‘Them, the Government’ than it ever is by ‘We, the people’ ticking the boxes.

The information on religion has in the past been used to attribute cash – real, hard, taxpayer’s cash – to religious projects and organisations rather than secular ones, on the grounds of there being significantly more people who claim to have a faith than those who come straight out with it and say ‘Nah, it’s all nonsense.’

The trouble with such a system, and letting the great British public loose with it, is that the nature of the great British public is fundamentally to take the piss and go for the gag. No really – we’re a nation that, above all – above its ability to queue, above its insensitivity to flavour and its casual racism, above even its own staggering apathy, prides itself on its over-inflated Sense of Humour. Get a Brit in an airport and watch them physically struggle not to make jokes about the bomb in their luggage in loud theatrical whispers. We’re just that funny.

Now, what that means in real terms is that while there are genuinely a minority of people who have a strong, guiding faith, and a minority who don’t believe in anything and are quite prepared to say so, the actual majority of British people are piss-taking shruggers who really couldn’t give a toss about religion.

That means, when faced with the census, and having to define their ‘religious affiliation’, they do one of two things. Either they shrug and go ‘ah to Hell with it, I’ll tick the box I was brought up in’…or, if you give them a comedy option, they will flock to it in droves.

Which is why in the 2001 census, Christianity claimed 70% of the population, despite dwindling church attendance records, and why a staggering 0.7% of the population of England and Wales chose ‘Jedi’. Yes, really.

Now, on the one hand, I love this, and it genuinely does represent the sense of humour – and largely the position – of the more than 390,000 people in England and Wales, who really, frankly, couldn’t give a damn about religion, and chose to be a Jedi in 2001. It was a movement that wasn’t confined to England and Wales – in Scotland, there were 14,000 Jedi. In Australia, more than 70,000. Over 53,000 in New Zealand, and 21,000 in Canada. Worldwide, there were enough Jedi hanging about the Earth in 2001 to kick the Sith’s ass back to a galaxy far far away. I even toyed with the idea myself, before going for the more accurate and honest ‘No Religion’ option (You could tell, couldn’t you?).

On the other hand, every Jedi contributes to the idea that Britain (and the other countries where the Jedi option is on the list) is a country ‘of faith’ – as indeed do those who choose the faith of their childhood if they no longer actively espouse it. And while I’m not about to tell anyone they don’t believe in a religion they say they do, the latest research shows that just 15%  – rather than 70% – of people in the UK go to church at least once a month.

In the 2001 census, incidentally, those who had the courage of their atheism in England and Wales amounted to 14.7% of the population. Now let’s do the maths. 14.7 plus 0.7 would equal 15.4% – that’s more than the UK population of regular churchgoers.

So how about this: If you can persuade Imperial Stormtroopers these aren’t the droids they’re looking for; if you can pull spaceships out of swamps with the power of your mind; and if you can come back from the dead for cameos in other people’s lives, looking all blue and fuzzy, and just occasionally being played by an entirely different actor – then you can call yourself a Jedi. Unless you can bring the Force-mojo, save the laugh for people who appreciate it – the British Government don’t – and come join the dark side; tick the ‘No Religion’ box in the 2011 census.

Imaginary Friends Show – Episode 10

Dear Anthropomorphic Robots,

We have for you, this week, a decadent melange of news, music, interviews and sexy Korean pizza dances. If you don?t love it, you may have broken your funny bone… or you?re a Muslim. Speaking of which, here?s a picture I drew of Mohamma… wait, who are you, what are you doing here, put down that kni…. ahahh.

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Lastly, we recorded an interview with the author of Disproving Christianity, David G McAfee. Listen to the interview (to be released on Wednesday evening) for the chance to win a copy of David’s awesome book, which I personally endorse!

Enjoy!

Jake Farr-Wharton

Dear Australia: Vote Below The Line!

Dear Australia, 

While I acknowledge that we’re not all lazy bludgers, in the coming weeks, there will be a great opportunity to vote in a new government or vote out the substantiative government.

The importance of your vote is not just with the House of Representatives either, your senate votes count just as much – a government with a greater numbers in the House of Reps and the Senate have a greater chance of having legislation passed.

While it’s tempting, I know, to vote “above the line”, and get it over with as quickly as possible so as to get to the sausage sizzle outside the booths, but there is a very good reason why you should spend the extra 90 seconds, filling out all of the boxes: if you don’t you’ve thrown your vote away to your chosen party’s preferences.

 From the site, “Vote Below the Line”:

“Did you know that ALP and Democrat voters helped elect Steven Fielding of the Family First Party to the Senate in 2004?

They may not have intended to but that’s what happened when they voted above the line in the Senate. When you vote above the line, you’re letting that party determine the way you vote and their preferred vote may not be what you expect. The only way to be completely sure that your vote goes the way you want is to check where your party’s preferences are going and if they’re not going the way you want then vote below the line.”

For your information, Senator Steven Fielding, of the Family First Party is a young earth creationist. He believes, in spite of the insurmountable evidence, that the earth is less than 10,000 years old, the Biblical Genesis account of direct creation by his god. This man will make decisions on behalf of the country, but is apparently unable to understand basic geology, let alone chemistry, biology, mathematics and physics.

So, a lazy vote ‘above the line’, does have ramifications.

Essentially, when you don’t personally spend the time to number your preferences (i.e. actually voting), you run the risk of your personal preference not matching up to those of the party you’re voting for. 

Why? Because when you align yourself with a party, and they give their preferences to someone else to strategically strengthen their chances of election, you let them fill in all of the boxes below the line FOR YOU.

For example, were you to vote 1 in ‘QLD Group T: Australian Labor Party’ (I am in Queensland), then your preferences will look like this: https://www.belowtheline.org.au/qld/group_t.html. This is because this is the sequence of preferences that the Australian Secular Party has preselected.

Another example, were you to vote in the Australian Secular Party in ‘Group L’ above the line, your vote will actually look like this: https://www.belowtheline.org.au/qld/group_l.html.  

 Filling out 80 boxes in order of your preference is necessary to ensure that your vote counts.