Penn Jillette

Penn Jillette says we should end religion, but what would Andrei and Lucia use for a crutch then?

Penn Jillette is a well known atheist and he says we should end religion, but if that happened what would Andrei and Lucia use for a crutch then?

Religion cannot and should not be replaced by atheism. Religion needs to go away and not be replaced by anything. Atheism is not a religion. It’s the absence of religion, and that’s a wonderful thing.

Religion is not morality. Theists ask me, ‚ÄúIf there‚Äôs no god, what would stop me from raping and killing everyone I want to.‚ÄĚ My answer is always: ‚ÄúI, myself, have raped and killed everyone I want to … and the number for both is zero.‚ÄĚ Behaving morally because of a hope of reward or a fear of punishment is not morality. Morality is not bribery or threats. Religion is bribery and threats. Humans have morality. We don‚Äôt need religion.

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Fascinating look at how pickpockets work

via Kottke

New Yorker has a profile about pickpocket and magician Apollo Robbins:

A few years ago, at a Las Vegas convention for magicians, Penn Jillette, of the act Penn and Teller, was introduced to a soft-spoken young man named Apollo Robbins, who has a reputation as a pickpocket of almost supernatural ability. Jillette, who ranks pickpockets, he says, ‚Äúa few notches below hypnotists on the show-biz totem pole,‚ÄĚ was holding court at a table of colleagues, and he asked Robbins for a demonstration, ready to be unimpressed. Robbins demurred, claiming that he felt uncomfortable working in front of other magicians. He pointed out that, since Jillette was wearing only shorts and a sports shirt, he wouldn‚Äôt have much to work with.

‚ÄúCome on,‚ÄĚ Jillette said. ‚ÄúSteal something from me.‚ÄĚ

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Whale Week What Was

QC7kkThe blog started Saturday by having a look at a number of Christchurch¬†people taking pictures up women’s skirts¬†at malls. ¬†And wouldn’t you know it? ¬†A teacher was arrested as well. ¬†Iain Lees-Galloway shows he is a slimy git by opening a Burger King and then refusing to take a bite, preferring to preach sensible food choices. ¬†Cam then called for nominations for Worst Political Journalist, and Barry Soper and John Campbell appeared hot favourites. ¬† Next we had a vote on Best Political Journalist, which Larry Williams took out with a massive 47% of the vote. ¬†Graham McCready withdrew¬†litigation¬†against John Banks because it made no sense to anyone – as in – they couldn’t understand what it said. ¬†Whale then claims a win on his Hekia Parata predictions and wonders why Key has let this train wreck happen. ¬†We raise our eyebrows about Nelson looking for a scooter riding bottom pincher and then watch a video of what happens to a pig at the bottom of the sea over 7 days. ¬†Next a post where Greens are fighting Greens over the Google solar plant. ¬†On the one side: solar energy. ¬†On the other? Turtles. ¬† Charles Krauthammer explains why gun control alone isn’t the solution to mass shootings. ¬† A MENSA spokesperson calls people with low IQs carrots and the BBC feels they have to apologise. ¬†There is a property for sale next to Kim Dotcom‘s place. ¬†Cam suggests the GCSB or the US should have bought it to set up spying operations. ¬† WOBH is calling for The Whale Army to send in their holiday snaps, in a new feature called Snapped! ¬†Cam takes a brief look at who will enter parliament if Tim Groser leaves for the WTO. ¬†To close the day, a¬†WhaleTech post looks at a the cull-de-sac that’s the QII roll-up keyboard. Read more »

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Penn Jillette and three morons on gun control

A reader emails:

In relation to your posts on gun control in the USA, thought your readers might be interested in this clip:

Penn Jillette on a panel talk show with 3 womens. Penn is the voice of logic and reason regarding gun control but is on his own against 3 clucking hens wanting to ban or blame everything but the shooter. I did some googling on one of the points Penn makes Рin 2005 there were 810 accidental drownings in the USA in 0-14 year olds, in the same year there were 305 firearm deaths (both accidental and homicide) in the same age bracket. Source cdc.gov.

I have no problem with media attention on the tragedy at Sandy Hook, but when will the media lead the charge on amending swimming pool fencing regulations, like they are now doing with gun control?

Penn Jillette rants about Obama’s drug policy

Penn Jillette and Michael Goudeau talk about President Barack Obama’s appearance on Jimmy Fallon and his previous drug use.