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So, you all know those ludicrous Chick Tracts, right?

The badly-drawn hysterical "Save yourself and go to heaven with Jesus!" comics produced by this guy:

Fundies love to slip them into people's bags, into post boxes, bus seats, library books, Halloween gift bags etc. Very popular over at loony bins like Rapture Ready.

Anyhoo, one of my fave Chick Tracts is the infamous:

in which a group of naive college kids are led away from Jebus by the evil Dungeons and Dragons

You can read this tract here: http://www.chick.com/m/reading/tracts/readtract.asp?stk=0046

and some dissections of other tracts here: http://enterthejabberwock.com/category/dissections/jack-chick/

Believe me, some of these make you want to have your brain washed when you've read them. Bigotry, anti-gay, anti-women, anti-Catholic, anti-Jewish, anti-Arab anti-everybody right-wing nasty paranoid bullshit. But, of course, God Loves You! (it's Tough Love, but there you go).

Well, Zombie Orpheus Entertainment is making a movie based on my fave Dark Dungeons.
Freindly Atheist describes it as: "it wasn’t a Christian movie, per se. It was more like the movie atheists would make if they wanted to turn Chick’s work into a really shitty Christian movie."

It's more fun if you've read the original tract but, here's part 1:
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The fascist origins of much of the Vatican's wealth

How the Vatican built a secret property empire using Mussolini's millions

Papacy used offshore tax havens to create £500m international portfolio, featuring real estate in UK, France and Switzerland

Few passing London tourists would ever guess that the premises of Bulgari, the upmarket jewellers in New Bond Street, had anything to do with the pope. Nor indeed the nearby headquarters of the wealthy investment bank Altium Capital, on the corner of St James's Square and Pall Mall.

But these office blocks in one of London's most expensive districts are part of a surprising secret commercial property empire owned by the Vatican.

Behind a disguised offshore company structure, the church's international portfolio has been built up over the years, using cash originally handed over by Mussolini in return for papal recognition of the Italian fascist regime in 1929.

Since then the international value of Mussolini's nest-egg has mounted until it now exceeds £500m. In 2006, at the height of the recent property bubble, the Vatican spent £15m of those funds to buy 30 St James's Square. Other UK properties are at 168 New Bond Street and in the city of Coventry. It also owns blocks of flats in Paris and Switzerland.

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/21/vatican-secret-property-empire-mussolini

No wonder Ratzo can afford all those shoes.

Olympics - you won't believe how bizarre the opening ceremony is.

I couldn't care less about the games, but this is fucking weird!

No spoilers but trust me, it's a laugh.

Penn Jillette: An Atheist's Guide to the 2012 Election

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I know it's Penn Jillette (although I have seen it said here that he's smarter and more articulate than Dawkins) and it's nearly 20 minutes long, but starting around th1e 6-minute mark he has some interesting things to say about the term "Christian".
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