Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Atheist Bible Study: Winter is Coming, also Joe Dirt

Hugo and Jake do their best to decipher the political drama that is Second Samuel.

Atheist Bible Study #63: Winter is Coming, also Joe Dirt
The Bible Reloaded, November 2014

An Evening with Matt Dillahunty - Interviewed at the Atheist Community of San Jose

Matt Dillahunty was interviewed at the Atheist Community of San Jose by Brian Broome on October 1, 2014. Q&A follows the interview.

We apologize for the camera issues, as we had one person running three cameras. There are no slides or charts, just a simple interview.

Dan Harris: Think You're a Good Multitasker? Stop Lying

ABC News Correspondent Dan Harris explains why anyone who boasts about their ability to multitask is lying to themselves. "We literally neurologically cannot do more than one thing at a time," says Harris, who instead defines what we consider multitasking as "doing many things poorly." Harris is the author of 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story (

Dan Harris: What I love about this notion of multitasking is people brag about how good they are at it. In fact, it’s a lie. It’s a lie we’re telling ourselves over and over again. I have a friend named Janice Marturano who’s a former executive at General Mills and she now teaches meditation to corporate executives all over America and all over the world. As she pointed out to me, multitasking is a computer derived term. Computers have many processors. We have only one processor. We literally neurologically cannot do more than one thing at a time.

So every time you think you’re multitasking, essentially that’s a short way of saying you’re doing many things poorly. What I’ve learned to do – and it’s hard – is to try to do one thing at a time. So if I’m on the phone I turn off my computer monitor and actually listen, radical as it may sound, to the person to whom I’m speaking. If I’m working on a story at work, writing a story, I shut down my email and try to actually focus on what I’m doing. And what I’ve found is that I move through my tasks in a much more rapid way, in a much more effective way and I’m doing a better job. Now I’m not gonna lie to you, there are times when we have to multitask. There’s no question about it. Things get so hectic in my office and I’m sure in the lives of anybody who’s watching this where multitasking becomes impossible to avoid. I found myself walking down the hallway the other day with a glass of water hanging out of my mouth and I’m typing away on my Blackberry and walking at the same time. So I’m a huge hypocrite on this score, there’s no question about it. But I do my best to avoid it because I know I do my best work when I’m only doing one thing at a time.

Directed / Produced by Jonathan Fowler, Elizabeth Rodd, and Dillon Fitton

Skeptic's Review - The Bible: Ruth & Esther: Part 2

Gabby and Lili tell us some stories through art.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

12-Year-Old With BB Gun Killed by Police on Playground

"The police shooting death of a 12-year-old boy with a toy gun in Cleveland has sparked an investigation — and questions over why officers opened fire instead of using a stun gun. Two officers have been placed on administrative leave pending a probe into Saturday's shooting of Tamir Rice.

Police said officers responded to a report of a person waving a gun around at a playground and that Tamir was shot after he allegedly refused to put his hands up and reached in his waistband for what appeared to be a handgun.”*

Lissette Padilla (, Steve Oh ( and Ben Mankiewicz (What The Flick?! & Turner Classic Movies; discuss.

God Is All Hands Over a Prospective Ben Carson Presidential Run

"As he’s made abundantly clear by now, famed neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson believes God will talk to him about running for president in 2016. As we draw closer to primary season, it appears as though those vague whispers have turned into physical contact.

"In a sit-down interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody, Carson suggested God has been gently touching him with his heavenly fingers." *

The Young Turks hosts John Iadarola (TYT University), Dave Rubin (The Rubin Report), Jimmy Dore (The Jimmy Dore Show) and Ben Mankiewicz (What The Flick?!) break down the story.

No trial for officer in Ferguson shooting

A grand jury decides the white police officer who shot an unarmed black teenager in Missouri will not face trial. Paul Chapman reports

Reuters, November 2014


A look at Robert P. McCulloch, the St. Louis County prosecutor in the grand jury case of Officer Darren Wilson. Protesters argue that he should have recused himself from the case.

Video by The New York Times, 2014

NO Indictment for Ferguson Cop Darren Wilson in Killing of Michael Brown - Cenk Uygur's Reaction

St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced Monday night that a grand jury has decided not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. (Nov. 24, 2014)

Video by Associated Press


A grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for killing 18-year-old Michael Brown, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch announced Monday. Here are Cenk Uygur's initial thoughts immediately after learning about the grand jury's decision.

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