Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Atheist Heros? A response to Thunderf00t

Thunderf00t today put out a really good video, as he often does, and for the most part I agree. America's perception of atheists is changing. No longer does the visions of Madelin Murray O'Hare or the rising tide of communism come to mind when we hear the word Atheist. Of course our image is still far from perfect. Thankfully education and the Internet are having a positive effect on the world by making us less religious.

If you want to stem the tide of fanaticism, you need to educate your citizens and give them access to information so that they can learn for themselves instead of relying on what they are told.

Thunderf00t then concludes his video by mentioning a new movie coming out called "The Ledge" It is touted by Thunderf00t as a movie with an Atheist as the lead hero of the movie. Below is a trailer for the new movie, judge for yourself.

The issue I take with this movie is that it promotes a stereotype of atheists. The stereotype is that we atheists lack morals because we don't believe in a god or judgement in the afterlife. When in reality, atheists get our morals the same way the Christians, Muslims, and everyone else does. We learn our morals first from our parents, later from our friends and teachers. We learn our morals from those around us.

The movie "The Ledge" appears to be about a man who falls in love with a married woman and the two of them have an affair. Call me old fashioned but it is very immoral to cheat on your spouse. I may be wrong about this movie, and to be honest, I don't intend to watch it, however this movie does not show the atheist in a very moral light.

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

I call shenanigans

Note the above video has been removed for TOS so here is a copy

Ok, let me make this perfectly clear. If someone has hacked into his account, what you are doing is wrong and you should give it back. That is not the right way to shut him down. If his videos violate the Terms of Service or Community Guidelines then that is what the flag button is for.

Now let's do some brief history here. TheRealNickBravo announced that he was going to start flagging all of my videos. The video is no longer on his channel but my friend iShatOnU has a copy.

So the question I posed to my audience was this, should I report him. After all, this is the same person who has accused me of pedophilia, rape, assault, being wanted in the state of Texas, lying about my liver for sympathy, ect. Everyone is certainly entitled to their opinions about me, and this is just the internet. However, it is utterly foolish to announce you are going to flag down someone's videos and then act surprised when people start to flag you instead.

However, the latest video from his channel claims to have hacked him. Sorry but I call bullwinkle on that. This is not the behavior of someone who hacks into an account. If the intention was to get him off youtube, then all the person would have to do is upload some porn and get him flagged and terminated. Or at least deleting the old videos. The fact that the videos still exist leads me to believe this is another cry for sympathy.

Lets review, he posted a video claiming to live in a brand new house, a house that has a iron fence behind it as well as a clear view of the mountains. Later he claims to be hanging out by the pool, no mountains in view and no iron fence. Instead we have a concrete fence.

All of his videos have been filmed outdoors and he is on foot, with exception to one that was filmed from a bus.

This leads credibility to my theory that his van was either impounded or broken down.

If his dream is to become an actor, why is he not spending his time going on auditions. Trying to get fame via YouTube is not a realistic goal. Even becoming a Partner has it's limits. As YouTube pays anywhere from $0.50 to $1.00 per every thousand views it takes a miracle to get a video with any kind of decent traffic. Most of my money comes from 10 old videos that still get a lot of traffic.

Sorry Nick, but you have a proven track record of deceit. I don't believe this for a second. Note, because I mostly interact via my YouTube channel, if you wish to discuss this blog please do so via PM here