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About in shade

A cocktail of personality traits hard to digest for some but ultimately soothing for those who can. I observe, enjoy, travel, interact, photograph, dance, contemplate, write and love my way through this life's countless occurrences. This blog is a way to share with the world and its people some of the treasures they give me every day.

ONLY good without god/s: why if you are a believer you are terribly immoral.

I’ll keep this one very short. You are watching a terrible scene – someone is torturing an innocent little child (I know, I know, it’s a terrible cliché alongside with being a terrible scene, but bear with me) for absolutely … Continue reading

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God deserves to burn in hell

There is no god. But let’s think for a second about a scenario where there would have been an architect of the universe of some sorts, whether a magical god of any type, or simply a higher form of physical … Continue reading

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Gods’ PR agents – why do they suck?

It’s very often the case that people on ‘team god’ (regardless of which god it happens to be) who are the most zealous, outspoken and ‘thy shalt definitely follow my god, why can’t you understand that?!?!?!’-like are also the same … Continue reading

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What it is like to be a Muslim woman, and why we know what freedom is (and you may not)

Things that stay behind the veil…

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New Year’s Eve Message to the World 2013: Fear of Success

Hello, hello to my dear friends! I am blessed to have so many of you that every now and then I choose to write a collective message instead of personal ones because writing individually would take months :). But also … Continue reading

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Dirty laundry

Aaaaaand as it sometimes happens, I have created a monster – wheee! So today, kids, the things that we are going to look at are censorship, politeness and airing dirty laundry. On the one hand, there is a certain ‘rule’ … Continue reading

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The immoral, unhappy, angry, traumatized, lost, purposeless, dimwit atheist

Show of hands, fellow heathens: how many of you have been called anything from one to all of the above by believers? Show of hands, dear believers: how many of you think that anything from one to all of the … Continue reading

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15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy – or maybe not…

“Here is a list of 15 things which, if you give up on them, will make your life a lot easier and much, much happier”, claims the author of 15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy. I expected a … Continue reading

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Murderer can walk free… And it’s somehow perfectly ‘reasonable’, too.

ARE you flipping kidding me??!!! In case you live on a different planet and haven’t heard the news, here is the gist of it: On top of me being more incredibly mad than I can recall myself being in a … Continue reading

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Turns out pedophilia is okay…

Well, having joined the  ATHEISM DEBUNKED BY UNITED MUSLIM UMMAH! group on Facebook out of my boundless curiosity (and due to encroaching boredom in the Christian group…), I guess I should have seen it coming… Never, however, in my worst nightmare could … Continue reading

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You make me sick and tired, so I challenge you to answer the following:

Whenever I encounter people who are willingly settling for magical cognitive shortcuts instead of seeking true answers, people willfully choosing to remain ignorant, and some of the mental gymnastics they engage into – it makes my brain cells beg me … Continue reading

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Transgender child who is lucky to have amazing parents

Led by the child who simply knew The twin boys were identical in every way but one. Wyatt was a girl to the core, and now lives as one, with the help of a brave, loving family and a path-breaking … Continue reading

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Rot in prison!

Dealing with punishment for antisocial behavior* is a challenge faced by all of the societies, but are we going about it in the right way? Is throwing a bunch of wide-range-offense perpetrators into one crowded place doing the job well? … Continue reading

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Nothing personal

I promised some people I’d post a quick note on why a personal god (ANY personal god, and if you don’t know what that means – look it up first) is in defiance of the very definition of a god … Continue reading

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Crushed by the intellect…

A few times I had been accused of being too “pushy” in discussions and of “crushing” people with my “intellect”. As you can probably infer from the fact that I am writing about it in the first place, I have … Continue reading

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‘Theory of evolution’ and science: dictionary for dummies

We run into a lot of circular arguments with people when basic terminology remains grossly misunderstood, so here is a quick easy break-down for anyone who ever runs into “evolution is/isn’t true” wall with other people. It’s nothing more than … Continue reading

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Top 20 Logical Fallacies – how well do you score?

(From  The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe) What is a logical fallacy? All arguments have the same basic structure: A therefore B. They begin with one or more premises (A), which is a fact or assumption upon which the argument is … Continue reading

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Authors@Google: Tim Keller DEBUNKED

Someone asked me to watch the video of Tim Keller’s speech, as an example of very plausible and sound argument for the existence of god… I wish I hadn’t done it because it made my brain hurt just counting the … Continue reading

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Sex with close relatives… Yip, I DARE ponder!

I hope I am already renown for wrecking all imaginable havoc, although usually more so among people who encounter me personally. Something tells me, though, that this one will be a much hotter topic than many others I may touch … Continue reading

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On matters of belief…

This is the map of the strength of religious belief in the world. It very closely corresponds to the map of the GDP distribution in the world… As some of you have noticed on my Facebook, I had recently been engaged … Continue reading

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Thought of the night 11.01.11

I’ve dreamt of an awakening my whole life, I’ve waited, summoned strength, I’ve kept my cool Only to realize – oh, fruitless fool! – That I had been awake for all the while…   (p.s. that’s what showering does to … Continue reading

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The Marijuana Conspiracy: The true reasons why hemp is illegal

I have come across the article summarized below and it is another piece of knowledge I wish to share. Every time when it is appropriate, I include in my university presentations information on hemp and its immense potential. If you … Continue reading

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Watch out for “The Corporation”

“The Corporation” is an award-winning Canadian documentary that dissects and exposes an entity we have come to view as an integral part of our existence. It is tale of the inherently flawed design of the global market’s basic units. Avoiding … Continue reading

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New year’s message to the world edition 2010

Depending on the calendar you might choose to use, a new year had, once again, began. Hopefully, it will bring on positive changes in our lives and in this entire world… This time I am writing after the holidays again, … Continue reading

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