Friday, April 27, 2007

Christians are such lovely people

There's a new little forum I've been visiting.
It's called Russell's Teapot
I'd recommend this site for a number of reasons, not least because of the EXCELLENT cartoons by Chaz Braman, and their BRILLIANT series of "know your Bible" posters.
If you have not seen the cartoons or posters before, stop reading this post and click on the links to go there NOW. Go on, I can wait . . .
The site is named after, of course, Bertrand Russell who said of the ability to disprove the existance of god:
If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful telescopes. But if I were to go on to say that, since my assertion cannot be disproved, it is intolerable presumption on the part of human reason to doubt it, I should rightly be thought to be talking nonsense. If, however, the existence of such a teapot were affirmed in ancient books, taught as the sacred truth every Sunday, and instilled into the minds of children at school, hesitation to believe in its existence would become a mark of eccentricity and entitle the doubter to the attentions of the psychiatrist in an enlightened age or of the Inquisitor in an earlier time

Now this excellent site has a little, young forum, so far only 36 registered users and not many posts. As a result of their comics and posters content (which you've just been to see, haven't you?) Their server receives constant attack. Chaz says:
It's interesting to note that the site is almost constantly under malicious attack by hackers. ... there's a big group out there working very hard to shut us down. Maybe Jason, my admin, can share some specifics about the attacks we receive. The numbers are pretty amazing actually.

Jason replied:
In the last 24 hours, we've had...
- +2000 brute-force break-in attempts.
- 13 distinct types of SSH, Apache, PHP, and MySQL attacks
- +500 spam e-mail addresses to various accounts
- 2 attempts to spoof or misroute our internet packets

and, my favourite by far...

- Over 100 distinct attempts to logon to the server, webpage, and forum as "JesusHatesYou"

The people involved probably think they are frontline soldiers in spiritual warfare. More likely they are bitter nerds who are breaking the law.

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At 8:48 pm, Blogger Chris Bradley said...

Going through those posters, what struck me was how much of it was similiar to online flame war comments. The stuff about whores, eating shit, stuff like that. I was going, "Huh, this is all familiar. It sounds just like what fourteen year old kids that are pissed off say on comments to posts they don't like." ;)

At 8:58 pm, Blogger King Aardvark said...

Russell's teapot is great. I especially like the Cain and Abel one a month ago or so.

But I admit completely forgot about the "know your bible" posters. Good stuff that.

At 9:29 pm, Blogger Stew said...

They reminded me of the Demotivation posters:

At 2:55 am, Blogger Sacred Slut said...

Everybody talks trash about whores. A person could get offended, you know?


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