Showing posts with label video. Show all posts
Showing posts with label video. Show all posts

Monday, 30 November 2015

Watch LogosPilgrim's Talk at CFI Ottawa

Back in June, LogosPilgrim was kind enough to write a guest post for us about her long brave voyage from religion to Humanism.
When the box, the “refuge” I’d lived began to waver like a mirage, one of the first things I did was start wearing men’s clothes, and it felt wonderful. More and more, I reintegrated, in a manner of speaking, the material nature of what I am. I saw that being material isn’t inferior to being a “spirit.” I learned, finally, about evolution, which made so more sense than any of the woo and fairy tales I’d been taught, and I realized that my brain is a fantastic illusionist. It’s vital to be knowledgeable about the nature of things, otherwise we’ll be fooled not only by every peddler of hogwash out there, but by our own brain, because of the way it works.
Then in September, she was kind enough to be on my fledgling podcast! It was a fun interview which covered her trip down to the 2015 Non Conference, her current book, There’s a Hula Girl on my Dashboard: How I Left Faith Behind and Embraced Life and a new book she's working on too!

Well, LogosPilgrim (aka Quiet Professor) recently did a talk for CFI Ottawa and AtheismTV has released the video.

In addition to all this, a second new book is also in the works!
Oh, and apart from Atheist Tiki Hour: Your Guide to a Secular Blast, I'll be working on another book, The Rollicking Adventures of an Unrepentant Tomboy. I'm including a picture of the cover, because I thought you'd get a kick out of it.
You'll find a cropped version of the image up top. If you want to see the whole thing, you'll have to check back when she's done writing the book!

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Instructional Video: How to Become a Cult Leader

Stop whatever you're doing! A friend of mine shared this valuable instructional video on how to set up a cult - and by cult we actually mean pretty much any religion out there. I'm talking about Mind Control Made Easy - Or How to Become a Cult Leader. 
Since the death of God, there's been a vacancy open. You could fill that void. Here's how.
According to my new favourite website, Underground Film Journal, it was screened in the 2001 New York Underground Film Festival but didn't really appear on the web - hence didn't really exist - until ten years later.
In these difficult economic times, there’s one job that’s always in demand and that pays huge dividends: Cult leader! Didn’t you always want to become a cult leader, but didn’t know where to start? Luckily, filmmaker Carey Burtt has uploaded his classic underground instructional film Mind Control Made Easy (or how to become a cult leader) to set you on the right career path. Just follow these easy to understand steps and, in no time, you’ll have a devoted flock giving you all their money, their bodies and their humanity. Don’t be a follower. Be a leader! A cult leader!
The article goes on to point out that after watching the entire film - with droning music - you may just feel like you've fallen into the cult of Carey Burtt!

Here's the film, you must watch it to purge evil Zetans from your Earth vessel.

What strikes me is that you find many of these tactics in mainstream religions not considered to be cults.

You can find filmmaker Carey Burtt on Youtube.

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Saturday, 5 September 2015

Video: Dowsing For Moles? I'm Skeptical.

Video time! You remember dowsing, right? Last year, I posted about how Californians are using it out of desperation because the drought there was so bad (now it's worse).

Well, apparently you can dowse for more than just water. An unknown groundskeeper is featured in this video that popped up a few days ago. He is supposedly able to dowse for moles. He says his grandfather taught him how to just pick moles out of the ground.

Something about it looks fake to me. How could it be this easy to know where a mole is and then yank it out of the ground unless it was planted there? Folks over at Some Ecards jokingly suggest it's authentic because of the guy's rustic accent - sort of like Groundskeeper Willie. I'm way more skeptical, but it's funny and the mole's cute.

Anyone got some knowledge of how this was done? He probably knows roughly where the mole is because there would be one or two tunnel openings in the area.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Miracles! - Fucking magnets, how do they work?

It rained a lot last night and so I saw this rainbow in the sky this morning while on my way to work. I Instagramed the thing and my wife pointed out that rainbows and miracles too!  It comes from this music video from Insane Clown... which is quite something. (Audio NSFW)

I cannot tell if it's serious or a parody. Either way, it acts as a sort of satirical exposition of some religious attitudes to miracles.  Stuff's just so beautiful and complicated that it couldn't have happened randomly right? Definitely not by nature alone - gotta be miracles! Is there a God hiding in this song? Who knows.

Here's some of the exceptional lyrics:
[VJ] If magic is all we've ever known
Then it's easy to miss what really goes on
But I've seen miracles in every way
[S2D] And I see miracles every day
Oceans spanning beyond my sight
You know? Tides goes in, tides goes out.

This must be a joke because:
[S2D] Fucking rainbows, after it rains
There's enough miracles here to blow your brains
[VJ] I fed a fish to a pelican at Frisco Bay
It tried to eat my cell phone, [S2D] he ran away
And my all time favourite:
[VJ] Water, fire, air and dirt
[S2D] Fucking magnets, how do they work?
And I don't wanna talk to a scientist
Y'all motherfuckers lying, and getting me pissed

Sunday, 2 August 2015

The Next Time They Come Knocking?

I'll admit that I've been so busy lately with the podcast, housework and family life, that I've missed several important stories. I yearn to focus my satire and cynicism at some big fat juicy targets - but I just don't have time.

I did have time to watch this video Twitter user @KissMyAssparagus sent me earlier today.

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Sunday, 19 July 2015

Teach the Controversy: 'Unicorn and Toast'

Here's a cute video by PeachyFiend (@PeachyFiend) from her Youtube channel. It just might explain to some creationists how it feels for the rest of us.

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Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Egyptian Belly Dancer Sentenced to One Year of Jail and Hard Labor for Making a Music Video

Still from the probably NSFW Hands Off. (source)
Egyptian belly dancer, Reda el-Fouly, made this breast-ful and probably NSFW music video with her boyfriend, Wael Elsedeki. It's pretty awful...
An Egyptian belly dancer has been jailed for a year for posting a raunchy music video in which she sings about enjoying being groped on the bus.
... but does it warrant a jail sentence and hard labor?

The Egyptian government sure thinks so.
Ahmed Bakly of the Giza prosecution said in a statement that the clip “disrupted morality.” He also ordered the arrest of Wael Elsedeki, whom he described as el-Fouly’s boyfriend who had left the country for Tunisia after some social media users called the video scandalous, as well as a third person involved in the video.

Egypt is one of several Islamic countries that enforce modest-dress laws in the Middle East. Last year, Qatar’s state-run Islamic Culture Center launched the “Reflect your Respect” campaign to encourage tourists to adhere to the country’s dress codes and to dress modestly.
In fact, Egyptian clerics have already declared belly dancing to be dangerous - just like homosexuality and atheism! So this is no surprise.

I've already covered the rampant censorship in Egypt when it comes to movies with sex, nudity and atheism.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Things I Like: Jonathan Miller's 'Alice In Wonderland'

Still from Alice In Wonderland, 1966 television play on BBC directed by Jonathan Miller.
While searching for image for debate posts with fellow blogger Anthony Freeland over at Truth Interrupted, I was compelled to look at Alice In Wonderland movies. I've always been curiously drawn Lewis Carroll's work and the story itself has been reinterpreted dozens of times.

While looking, I found the most visually appealing to be from a BBC 1966 television play directed by Jonathan Miller.

You may recall that Miller is a prominent atheist in Britain, who recently produced the marvelous documentary series tracing the known history of declared atheism, Atheism: A Rough History of Disbelief. There is a scene which takes place in an Anglican Church which is rather perfectly explained by that fact.

I watched it Friday evening and I think I'll watch it again. That's very rare for me.

The production is full of gloomy black and white photography which plays efficiently with strange camera angles with Alice in the extreme foreground -- usually looking downright weary. This goes along well with a story which appears to be a satirical view of upper class British society. It doesn't look like it was expensive to make, but it was very well done and really does convey a trippy opiate-induced wonderland not unlike what 1966 London must have been like.

The soundtrack is by Ravi Shankar!

If this isn't wild enough, the King of Hearts is played by Peter Sellers!

There are other somewhat unlikely additions to this psychedelic movie. Malcolm Muggeridge --whom is still absolutely not posthumously invited to my dinner party -- plays the Gryphon. Apparently, before converting to Christianity, becoming a Mother Teresa fanboy, and berating the Pythons for making the Life of Brian, Muggridge considered himself an agnostic. 

You'll also remember that Christopher Hitchens took issue with previously agnostic, sixties psychedelic play actor, Malcolm Muggeridge in his scathing exposé of Mother Teresa's human misery factory in India.

I mean, take a look at this cast:
The play featured a number of prominent British actors including Michael Redgrave (as the Caterpillar), John Gielgud (as the Mock Turtle),and Peter Sellers (as the King of Hearts), as well as two of Miller's fellow cast members from Beyond the Fringe, Peter Cook and Alan Bennett as the Mad Hatter and the Mouse, respectively. The title role was played by Anne-Marie Mallik, the 13-year-old daughter of a Surrey barrister, this being her only known acting performance. Wilfrid Brambell played the White Rabbit, Michael Gough (who later appeared in Tim Burton's 2010 film adaptation) and Wilfrid Lawson were the March Hare and the Dormouse, Alison Leggatt was the Queen of Hearts, and Leo McKern did a drag turn as the Ugly Duchess. The journalist and broadcasting personality Malcolm Muggeridge was The Gryphon. John Bird played the Fish Footman. The play also featured a young Eric Idle, several years before Monty Python brought him notice, uncredited as a member of the Caucus Race. David Battley appears briefly as the Executioner.
The only person who's not a famous actor was Anne-Marie Mallik -- Alice herself. Some have criticised her for being too rigid and shallow. Personally, I think she was absolutely perfect for this role. Her indifference, gloominess and dissatisfaction shone a sort of negative light on the absurdity around her.

Throughout the entire play, she kept repeating the question, who am I? Who am I now? I apologize for this spoiler, but I don't think she even found herself by the end of the play. She's probably still out there searching just like all of us.

Part I:

Alice In Wonderland (1966) BBC ~ Part 1 by seasonwitch

You can also watch Part II, Part III, and Part IV.

This is a beautiful movie.

I might just also be into odd movies from the sixties as a general rule.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Video: Mild Mannered Insurance Clerk vs. God

Still from short film Ike Interviews God.
Here's a thought-provoking short by filmmaker Eli Shapiro about how theist just might have misunderstood their god. Basically, god's done with the Earth and humanity and wants to move on to other more rewarding challenges -- like human men with two penises instead of one.

Only Ike, a mild-mannered, completely typical insurance clerk can possibly save humanity. If only he could have a decent conversation with the all-mighty about anything other than cookery.

In an email I received about his film, Eli gives a little background on the short:
The film takes a cynical view of God: What if there were a God, but She didn't care about us? I made the short on a shoe-string student budget, it won 1st Prize at NYU's New Visions and Voices Festival, played a bunch of festivals, and is now getting some attention online.
Check it out! I found it quite entertaining. You can send feedback to Eli from his website or on his Twitter, @elikshapiro.

IKE INTERVIEWS GOD from Eli Shapiro on Vimeo.

Saturday, 30 May 2015

My Appearance on The Infidel: Podcast for the Damned!

Hey! The nice folks at The Infidel Podcast let me talk about stuff on their podcast yesterday! Thanks so much to David and Nicol! You can watch me here.

You know, I get nervous before doing these shows but then when I get onto them I have a lot of fun. So if anyone wants me to ramble on their podcasts or whatever, just give me a ring.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Atheist, Agnostic... I'm Both, You Know!

There's an okay video trying to explain Why Atheism Is More Popular Than Ever by TestTube, which is a Discovery Digital Network.

It all goes okay, I suppose, until they explain that people can be atheist or agnostic. At this point, I and many of the commentors to the video died a little inside. It seems like whoever put the video together pretty much assumed that they understood the definitions. I guess they looked them up in a dictionary rather than actually check out how many atheists self-identify and self-define.

Screen capture from video.
It's really simple. All you need to do is look up the actual meaning of each word to figure out they are not mutually exclusive.

Is this really that difficult? Actually, I've had people come to me and point to the same classic definitions this video used. I can imagine their hands tightly clasped around some dog-eared faded yellow-paged Harper Collins dictionary pointing enthusiastically at the pages. We've got it all wrong, guys.

Note: Removed Harper Collins definition shortly after publishing.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

'I Support Free Speech... BUT' : Great Interview on David Pakman Show

Recently blogger Jerry Coyne wrote about that ...but that always seems to creep into talk about freedom of speech. Specifically, well-meaning progressives when then talk about the Charlie Hebdo case or the more recent Garland, Texas terrorists.
Here’s a melange of media commentary on the Texas cartoon shootings. The first part of the video shows the dutiful nods to free speech, the second the inevitable “buts”. There seems to be much more passion in the second bit!
I grow weary of progressives who will go to their deaths defending speech offensive to some groups -- like, say, Catholics -- while simultaneously working against anyone who would criticize Islam -- who would punch down. It seems like concern for Muslims -- who are indeed marginalized in the West -- overrides their concern for basic principles like being able to speak openly and candidly about oppressive traits within the religion of Islam.

Freedom of speech is no longer free if fettered with caveats about whom is being offended.

That's why I found this interview on the David Pakman Show with Dave Rubin so refreshing. This sums up the problem of 'I Support Free Speech... EXCEPT'

I know we're not talking about scholarly works here, but could you imagine what would have happened to Thomas Paine or Thomas Jefferson in this day and age? How do you think The Age of Reason or Jefferson Bible would have been handled if they were written as critiques of Islam and the Quran? Would they have been disowned by progressives?

Friday, 15 May 2015

Documentary: Joy & Meaning in a World Without God

Scene from trailer. (source)
Last May, I posted about an exquisite picture book created by photographer and filmmaker Chris Johnson,  A Better Life: 100 Atheists Speak Out on Joy & Meaning in a World Without God.

Back then, I wanted the book. Now I think I know what I'm watching this weekend. Chris has made it into a inspiring and beautiful movieA Better Life: An Exploration of Joy & Meaning in a World Without God.

Like the original book it's based on interviews with influential people in the atheist and freethought movement. Hemant Mehta describes the kind of inspiration the film brings.
I had a chance to watch the film the other day and it was beautiful — not just how it looked, but what the atheists had to say. I wish I could’ve heard them when I first became an atheists. This is like an extended “It Gets Better” video, featuring Matt Dillahunty, Julia Sweeney, Cara Santa Maria, and several others.
Looking at the preview, I couldn't help but think that we've really reached a sort of tipping point. The trailer gave me a similar feeling as that atheist Superbowl commercial that ended up being a doctored version of a Scientology spot -- except this is new movie is not a doctored anything, this is real. It really seems like it's not just finally okay or acceptable to be atheist nowadays, it's fantastic to be free of religion.

I'll be ordering it this weekend as soon as I figure out how to stream the Youtube machine to my television machine.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

ISIS Opens Luxury Hotel In Iraq

Fireworks at the hotel's re-opening ceremony on May 1st.
With long summer days come relaxing vacations to far off places. My wife and I have always been huge fans of 4 or 5 star hotels. You know, a nice hotel can make or break any trip.

Now lets say you find yourself in modern day Mosul, Iraq. You could probably use a little relaxing if you don't get killed first. Well, why not spend a night or two -- or maybe get beaten or executed -- in ISIS's very first five star hotel!
Dreaded Islamic State terror group has purportedly opened its own 5-star hotel complete with 262 rooms, restaurants, ballrooms and gym in Iraq's Mosul city for its Jihadist commanders, according to a media report.

The hotel is believed to be the Ninawa International Hotel, which received a number of positive reviews before being overtaken by militants and stripped of its branding, The Independent reported.
Why not watch this excellent satirical promotional video by Paul Detrick over from ReasonTV!

You won't find the hotel on any of the regular Internet booking websites and apparently, it was re-opened for visiting (ISIL) commanders -- along with their wives. Something romantic for everyone, apparently.
Reports suggest the hotel will be reserved only for commanders, but jihadi brides apparently will be welcome for weddings. Drinks will be soft, only, there’ll be no smoking, a strict dress code will be enforced, and punishments for infractions, if you are woman, will range from the application by female enforcers of a medieval-style spiked device to your breast, whippings, beatings, and death by a wide variety of means.
Mediaite lets us know that:
... activities including drinking alcohol, dancing, smoking or gambling, and those who don’t obey risk being flogged, crucified or beheaded.
I wonder if guests will be tortured, dismembered or beheaded at the hotel itself or somewhere offsite. Will they reserve a special floor for the killings or will this take place in the basement near the linen washing rooms?
And don’t be checking in as Mr. and Mrs. Smith when the Ninawa opens to the general public. Adultery will get the missus stoned to death. If you are a gay couple, check into separate rooms. Otherwise you risk being hurled off the hotel roof or, yet again, stoned. (You might get an expiating hug before you are killed, but that’s not much consolation.)
The bar itself no longer has alcohol and I'm pretty sure the lobby is muzzak free.

Theory is that all of this is a propanganda move to project an air of stability and prosperity in conquered regions. This is likely the very same motive behind ISIS's very first shopping mall venture in the region on May 2.
Called Khalifah Mall, the place is crammed with pots and pans, cleaning equipment, cooking oils and chick peas, reported Daily Star.

The terror outfit has banned top sportswear brands such as, Nike for being un-Islamic. Apparels carrying logos have also been outlawed under idolatry laws and shopkeepers are forbidden from selling anything linked to the United States
I'm guessing you won't be able to find a replacement charger for your IPhone at this place.

Friday, 8 May 2015

Fallout After Malaysian Sex Blogger Releases 'Cover Version' of Muslim Call to Prayer

Alvin Tan (source)
If you've been reading this blog for awhile, you might remember the Malaysian sex blogging duo Alvivi which was made up of Alvin Tan and Vivian Lee. They had a Youtube channel about sex topics which was pretty naughty by Malaysian standards and apparently even released a sex tape online. This got them into some trouble.

However, what really got them into big time trouble in Islamic majority Malaysia -- where they do things like ban Halloween -- was posting this.

That would be them eating a pork dish at Ramadan with the halal sign on the bottom left. This is definitely inflammatory.

Sadly, Malaysia has some blasphemy laws on the books and they enforce them too. They both ended up in jail for awhile, but were released while waiting for trial. They were facing significant fines and up to five years in jail. However, they were granted permission to go to Singapore to shoot a documentary. Vivian returned to Malaysia, while Alvin escaped to the US where he's now seeking Asylum in California.

While in California, he released this video, which has apparently received quite a few views in its various incarnations on Youtube.

It's his own R&B version of the Muslim Call to Prayer. Reaction to it seems pretty negative, as you might expect. Alvin has every right to make videos like this without threat of legal action against him. If people have problems with this, they can complain and maybe make videos back at him criticizing him.

Like the pork incident, the messaging may seem so strong to some as to perhaps drown out any sort of meaning. These attempts at ridicule may be over the top for many, but I am hesitant to jump onto any sort of Tan-bashing-bandwagon. You might say the same thing about Egyptian women's rights activist Aliaa Magda Elmahdy and her graphic protest against ISIS -- she bled menstrual blood onto an ISIL flag while her comrade took a dump on said flag while giving the finger. Different messages for different people.

That said, I assure you that the message itself is actually much more coherent than the above display. Here's one of his responses from an interview with The Malaysian Insider.
TMI: Your rebuke appears to be targeted at the government and Muslims, can you explain why this is so?

Tan: The reason I target Muslims is that they do not seem to understand the concept of separation of church and state. They seem to want to legislate every single religious principle or rule into the law book, and they seem to be especially blind to the distinction between immorality and illegality. In any country with such a situation, Islam is really a political idea, not merely personal faith.

If they insist on applying Islam in politics and governance, they should also know that criticism to Islam would be inevitable and part and parcel of political discourse. They can no longer say it is something sacred and untouchable and impervious to flak, because Islam is now used as a basis to govern other people's lives.

This is, in fact, the basis of my political asylum claim. My satirical attempts at ridiculing Muslims is an expression of my political disapproval of Muslims and Islam. Given how pervasive the influence of Islam is in our government institutions, ridiculing Muslims is tantamount to, say, ridiculing conservatives or socialists. It is the same thing.

The American courts know it. Even my San Francisco asylum officer in his independent assessment agrees that my Ramadan pork photograph was political satire, nothing more.

Friday, 1 May 2015

Feedback From a Reader Who Watched Toronto Screening of 'A Sinner in Mecca'

Parvez Sharma. (source)
Yesterday I posted about gay Muslim filmmaker Parvez Sharma's screening of A Sinner in Mecca at the HotDocs film festival in Toronto. Predictably, he got a whole lot of vicious hate mail for it.

Interestingly, one of my readers, Brian Green Adams, attended the screening and left some interesting words in a comment. I thought I would republish them here in a new post.
I was at the premiere and Sharma was clearly shaken by the threats. There were a number of other gay Muslims in the audience who were very appreciative of the film.

I would say that what comes clear is that Sharma feels his religious tradition has been hijacked by an extremist variety, Wahabism, and the Saudis.

The film was a great window into the reality of the Hajj more than anything else, but we also get some indication of the varieties of Islam, Sunni, Shia and Sharma's own Sufi tradition.

It is also a moving personal story, though like you, I cannot understand what keeps him Muslim. He is openly cherry picking, saying that he accepts Islam on his own terms, which is pretty common in a any religion I guess.

The problem I had with it was that he is obviously being disrespectful of the prohibition on filming in a number of places in Mecca. He justifies this by rationalizing that since he is a filmmaker, how could he not film his Hajj? I guess, but this did not dispel the feeling that he was that jerk with his phone out that the museum guard had to keep admonishing.

On the whole worth seeing, but his first picture likely gets more into why gay Muslims don't always leave the faith. 
This first film is A Jihad for Love. Here's the trailer for that one.

Thanks to Brian for this excellent insight into a film I'll have to catch.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Openly Gay Muslim Visits Mecca In New Movie to Premiere at Toronto HotDocs Festival

Still from A Sinner in Mecca trailer. (source)
Here's something you don't see every day. Openly gay Muslim filmmaker Parvez Sharma made pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia and filmed it for his new movie A Sinner in Mecca.
He videotaped his journey to Mecca surreptitiously on his iPhone and other small cameras that looked like phones since filming isn't permitted in Saudi Arabia and homosexuality can be punished by death.

"I was terrified because they reserve the death penalty for people like me," Sharma said.
The film will be premiering at the HotDocs festival in Toronto, tonight. The festival has already hired extra security because some wonderfully peaceful and pious souls have sent Sharma death threats.
The threats, which don’t mention Toronto or Hot Docs, have come in via the film’s website and on message boards, which “have completely lit up where people are denouncing the film and me,” said Sharma. Iranian state media have denounced A Sinner in Mecca as part of a “Western conspiracy” to legitimize the “despicable sin of homosexuality.”
In fact, the Iranian government has denounced the film outright (original).
The film was also denounced by the Iranian government for promoting homosexuality. The Hot Docs festival has added extra security for the filmmaker's safety and for patrons attending the three sold-out screenings.
Why not watch this trailer and try to figure out why anyone would wish to remain a member of a religion that apparently finds him an abomination and go on a pilgrimage to a country that regularly beheads people for witchcraft, oppresses women, and jails and beats people for blogging?

It's a mystery to me.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Noam Chomsky & Lawrence Krauss Talk About Important Things

It's Saturday! Interested in engaging your brain machine for yourself rather than for 'the man' like you probably end up doing during the week -- assuming you work a nine-to-five?

Ever since I took a couple of Linguistics courses in university, I've been a fan of Noam Chomsky. Later on, I started to hear his politics and I generally like what I hear. A couple of years ago, Noam even supported our fundraiser to help the Kasese Humanist Primary School in Uganda. Noam's a pretty cool dude.

Lawrence Krauss is also a pretty cool dude. So these two videos are two pretty cool dudes talking about some pretty amazingly important things. Watch them and learn.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

"Earthing" Is The Most Ridiculous Woo I've Ever Heard

Ever hear about some piece of woo, go research it and find out it's such a big thing you start to wonder if perhaps you're the nutty one? That's sort of how I feel after running into this thing called earthing in the natural healing community.

Watch the following video:

I thought it must have been some sort of satire or comedy, but their website really looks like it's selling mats and blankets with wires that plug into the grounded part of your electrical socket -- which is hooked up to your house's ground wire.
Just as the sun gives us warmth and vitamin D, the Earth underfoot gives us food and water, a surface to walk, sit, stand, play, and build on, and something you never, ever thought about—an eternal, natural, and gentle energy.  Think of it perhaps as vitamin G—G for ground. What does that mean to you?  Maybe the difference between feeling good and not so good, of having little or a lot of energy, or sleeping well or not so well.  
Ahhhhhhhhhhhrrrrrrrrgh!  You're just connecting up to the ground wire in your house! If it's connected properly to ground -- they're selling most likely legit detectors for this too -- then any excess energy in the form of electrons are flowing down into the earth. That's why it's a ground wire!

Look, I like walking barefoot on the grass too -- it's been months, but someday I shall again! -- but I don't need to buy a stupid pad to hook myself up to the ground wire of my house, to get energy -- whatever the hell that is -- from the ground.

Their website even includes a medication advisory!

Research indicates that Earthing the body affects physiological functioning in a variety of ways. Because of this, we strongly recommend that any individual taking medication to thin the blood, regulate blood sugar, control blood pressure, or to supplement thyroid activity should consult with their doctor before using Earthing products, and then monitor the medication. An adjustment in medication may be necessary.

And what happens if the house gets struck by lightening while you're on your pad? That would be a hot mess.

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