May 26, 2017
In This Week’s Show, we find new fabulous colors for the marriage rainbow until some super uncool Russians tried to submit “Auschwitz Spanked Bottom Red.”
Now, grab a beer and help us test the god hypothesis — because, while Supay (the Incan god of death and their underworld, Uku Pacha) hasn’t struck us down yet, we are trying his patience!
Shea’s Life Lesson
This week I decided that after I die I want my remains spread at Disney World. I also decided that I don't want to be cremated...
Did you know that snakes (among many other animals) were sacred to the Incans? Called Amaru, the snake represents our own way through this world, as we moved crawling, trying to evolve and find our destiny and sense in the universe.
But before we get to all that, let’s have a beer!
This Week’s Beer
Red Velvet (Nitro) | Ballast Point Brewing Company
BA Score: 80
Style: Oatmeal Stout
This Week’s Show
by Odysseus2k7 on May 19, 2017
Crack open a beer, take a listen, believe that Shea is your spirit animal until jenn brings you back to your senses. Then crack open another beer.
Great laughs and good beer
Been listening for about a year and have not missed listening to a show yet.
Special thanks to Dave and Reb’Ox for texting in some awesome looking beers to our Drunk Dial Line: (513) 760–0463! Those look tasty. Also, there are reasons why Jenn is in charge of communications - because when I do it you get weird leg pics then overly self conscious justifications for it… [cough]. On a related note, everyone should check this week’s Bonus Cat Videos in the show notes for one of my favorite versions of Charlie Chaplin’s final speech in The Great Dictator.
We have a fabulous voice mail from a fabulous guest host!
This week marks the third anniversary of Waiting 4 Wrath.
While it did take a long while to get those first few shows out — and even longer to round out the show with enough hosts to make the title relevant — this pseudo-noteworthy date comes on the heels of our 100th Patreon show! So I kinda feel like by their powers combined it’s a good time to get a little mushy.
And to that end, I’d like to thank all our generous supporters, our amazing listeners and perhaps most importantly, the very fine folks who come into the studio and make up for my lack of personality, facts, research, humor, a diverse view-point, sobriety, social skills and audio production.
So, to Jim, Jenn, Shea & Steve, you’re the best co-hosts an angry young atheist podcasting hopeful could have asked for and I can’t wait to see what the next 3 years and 150 episodes bring!
Research scientist and neural network goofball Janelle Shane decided to train a neural network to generate new paint colors, complete with appropriate names. The results are possibly the greatest work of artificial intelligence to date…
Shane explained on her Tumblr, "For this experiment, I gave the neural network a list of about 7,700 Sherwin-Williams paint colors along with their RGB values. Could the neural network learn to invent new paint colors and give them attractive names?"
She chose a neural network algorithm called char-rnn, which predicts the next character in a sequence. So basically the algorithm was working on two tasks: coming up with sequences of letters to form color names, and coming up with sequences of numbers that map to an RGB value.
Shane notes that, at first, the algorithm seemed to be forming words that are a combination of brown, blue, and gray.
The longer it processed the dataset, the closer the algorithm got to making legit color names, though they were still mostly surreal: "Soreer Gray" is a kind of greenish color, and "Sane Green" is a purplish blue. When Shane cranked up "creativity" on the algorithm's output, it gave her a violet color called "Dondarf" and a Kelly green called "Bylfgoam Glosd."
In the end, she concludes: "1. The neural network really likes brown, beige, and grey; 2. The neural network has really, really bad ideas for paint names."
Honestly, I just can’t wait for crayons with names like; Snowbonk, Bunflow, Bank Butt, Sink, Light of Blast, Clardic Fug, Stargoon, Dorkwood, Sindis Poop, Stoner Blue, Stanky Bean, Turdly,
On a side note, Janelle Shane seems pretty awesome and you can check out everything else she has unleashed her neural network on, from Dr. Who to heavy metal band names,
The Russians Summon Their Most Powerful Hero To Defeat The Evil Demon WannaCry - http://bit.ly/2rWwIWo
Holy water is not typically your first line of defense when dealing with malicious computer software but as we all have learned, Russia doesn’t do anything typical.
Last week, in case you haven’t heard, there was a worldwide cyberattack by the WannaCry ransomware crypto worm, which targets computers running Windows by encrypting data and demanding ransom payments in the Bitcoin cryptocurrency.
The attack started on Friday, 12 May 2017, and within a day was reported to have infected more than 230,000 computers in over 150 countries.
Russia, inevitably, was also hit and WannaCry and managed to compromise the systems of Russian banks in some isolated cases. Vladmir Putin, being the pragmatist that he is, probably called up his good friend Patriarch Kirill to erect some magic spirit barriers to protect the computers from the evil virus!
Although this story hasn’t been confirmed there has been an older picture of Kirill blessing some government computers floating around the web, so we know he has blessed them it the past. Also knowing that Vald and Kirill have been close for years I feel like its not a long jump to assume he called up Super Sayin Pope to deal with this, probably demonic, threat.
This Week’s Stories
To make up for the ridiculousness of last week’s story, here’s some history:
Gisella Perl, The Angel of Auschwitz.
This story has some unusual historical significance, and probably a lot of people would actually condemn her, but her story is inspiring and it’s a tragedy more people aren’t familiar with her work and bravery.
Gisella was born in Hungary in 1907. She was shown to be extremely bright and talented at an early age, graduating secondary school at age 16 (the first woman and the only Jew to have done this up to this time). *side note, secondary school in Hungary is usually not even started until a student is 16*
She decided early she wanted to go into medicine. Her father attempted to change her mind because he felt it would cause her to abandon her Jewish faith, but despite his misgivings, she completed medical school and became a licensed gynecologist. She was working as such, living with her surgeon husband and children in Romania until 1944 when the Germans invaded.
It was that very year she, her husband and her son ended up being sent to Auschwitz. This death camp is notorious enough in itself to understand what being sent there could mean, but there was an added element of awful that is sometimes forgotten. Auschwitz was the domain of Dr. Josef Mengele, Captain of the SS and a seriously fucked up son of a bitch. Most people have heard of him, but not everyone knows exactly why he has been made so infamous and that he is referred to as ‘The Angel of Death’ and “the cruelest Nazi of the Holocaust”.
Bad news, “Atheism is the Uncoolest Choice Ever, and [this tool bag] Can Prove It”! - http://bit.ly/2rWodue
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Episode 170: Martin Luther Pt1; The Road to the Reformation - Atheism 101 Podcast - http://bit.ly/2rWBCT6
Episode 174: Martin Luther Pt2 - Atheism 101 Podcast - http://bit.ly/2rWk7SK
Episode 176: Martin Luther Pt3 – 95 Thesesusasusus and the Fallout - Atheism 101 Podcast - http://bit.ly/2rWwOgI
Next Week's Beer
Bavarian dry hop lager - Himbrugs Braukunst Keller
Faith In Humanity Restored
Keeping the Catholic train a roll’n (see this week’s patreon story at http://patreon.com/w4w) we’re visiting a Catholic schoolboy asked to defend church’s morals… who then turned in a 127-page “Gay Marriage is Fabulous” paper!
The 11th grader, who goes by reddit username is AverageSmurf, was asked to write a paper defending the morals of one of the church’s teachings.
“The assignment is to write a ‘Summa Theologica’ style paper where you present a ‘moral dilemma,’ which is where you give the objections to church teaching and then the replies from the church. The exact words my teacher said in class were that you have to provide the church teaching to ‘show and prove that the church’s position is right,’” the student writes on Reddit.
Instead, he turned in a 127-page whopper of a paper, simply titled Gay Marriage is Fabulous.
When the issue of “why is the church so against gay marriage” came up, I asked for the little “talking ball” and just started going for like 15 minutes on how the bible isn’t a condemnation of homosexuality and in all ways affirms love rather than hate and how god doesn’t make mistakes when he makes us, we are who we are. After which, when she started quoting Aquinas on natural law, I stood up and said that natural law has no basis in scripture, science, and fails the is-ought fallacy presented by David Hume and is bases heavily on divine command theory which fails the Euthyphro dilemma. Then I went on about how, when conceiving natural law, Aquinas bases his argument on a law by the Byzantine emperor, Justinian, who wasn’t very intelligent and believed gay people caused “famines and pestilences”.
In the next class, she changed the format of the class. She did not allow discussions and showed a video the whole class (link). The video insinuates that homosexuality is basically a choice or something caused by abuse and “unhealthy relationships”. Furthermore, during class she’s spouted off standard, conservative bull-sh*t arguments like the “sanctity of marriage”, “gay = aids”, “gay relationships are unhealthy”, “kids need a mom and a dad”, “Gay men are much more likely to be pedophiles”, etc.
For instance, in class, when we were talking about “gay = pedophilia”, i said that there was no evidence nor science to back the claim up, but rather much to discredit such a laughable theory. Furthermore, I went on to say that the only people who have higher rates of pedophilia are priests who molest little boys. Her response was, “is that a fact? or is that just something the media wants you to believe.” She went on to totally deny that priests had ever molested children.
He later commented on his paper that http://bit.ly/2rWvme0
I've received many questions or comments on how a teacher would "never assign that" or that I choose this topic, here's what happened: In class we were told to choose 3 topics that we were either interested in or passionate about and that we would be writing a paper on their relationship with the church, as well as the morality of that issue. So, of course, I choose gay marriage as one of them (I think the others were "Justified War" and Nuclear Armament). We were then given a few days to come up with a thesis for our paper. If I remember correctly, mine was along the lines of "If Jesus were alive today, he'd be a supporter of gay marriage".
In the next class, I was then informed that I had to write in support of the view of the church. Furthermore, this was also the class where she said we had to prove and support the Church's teachings. It's not that I'm incapable of writing something I don't agree with, it's just that, in this case, that was not the right choice, for a number of reasons: - I just recently came out and thought this would be a great way to display to kids how homosexuality is nothing to take issue with. - After her comments in class, there was no way I could stand to write that paper. - I knew writing something like this would impress my grandfather, who is a devout catholic and spent 7 years in the seminary, and, just maybe, would offer some information that helped him understand me. - I just wanted people to have a resource where they could find information on why it's okay to be catholic and pro-gay, to, hopefully, spread a little bit of love and enlightenment.
So you know what AverageSmurf? You’re right, your teachers are dumb as bricks, and you are our BAMF of the week!
Bonus Cat Video
- B.C. woman’s idea to create ‘garden Spicer’ goes viral around the world - http://bit.ly/2rWwpL5
- Last Week Tonight with John Oliver 5/21/17: Stupid Watergate - http://bit.ly/2rWpdyC
- This Is How We Know Earth Isn't Flat http://bit.ly/2rWlZLD
- How Marilyn Monroe Inspired the Creation of 'Twin Peaks - http://bit.ly/2rWwvSX
- The history of tea - Shunan Teng - http://bit.ly/2rWBO4M
- Where do superstitions come from? - Stuart Vyse - http://bit.ly/2rWQz7B
- How did Hitler rise to power? - Alex Gendler and Anthony Hazard - http://bit.ly/2rWwwpZ
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