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14 January 2010 @ 01:36 pm
 
 
Further_Ahem
16 December 2009 @ 01:32 pm
A post on a huffington Post page ( http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeff-schweitzer/asheville-atheism-attacke_b_391976.html ) succinctly encapsulated a problem i have with people who class atheism as a "religion"

"Atheist" is derived from the ancient Greek adjective atheos, which means "without gods." Defining anybody or any movement as the negative of another is a bad start. I refuse to be defined as an absence of what somebody else supposedly has; I simply cannot be without something that does not exist. The idea is ridiculous. Calling me an atheist is like defining me as a man without a dragon tail, and then denying me my rights because I do not have a dragon tail! I cannot be absent something that is nothing but another's myth. I am a rationalist, and if others wish to believe in an invisible man in the sky with magical powers, we can label them arationalists. Denying my right to hold office because I refuse to acknowledge dragon tails has no place in modern American society.

Thank you Jeff Schweizer, the same holds true internationally.

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mr
 
 
Further_Ahem
12 October 2009 @ 09:54 am
I just heard someone pose the question, "Suppose God waved a magic wand..."

I just liked the idea that the person who uttered this question believes that the wand was the object that was imaginary.

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mr
 
 
Further_Ahem
26 September 2009 @ 09:38 am
Rush Limbaugh on Leno.

From: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/24/rush-limbaugh-jay-leno-sh_n_299190.html

Leno also tried to get Limbaugh to agree that Wall Street CEOs should not be making billions of dollars off schemes that hurt investors. Limbaugh strongly disagreed. "The market will fix itself," he said. "It's none of my business what they make, Jay, it's certainly none of yours, and it's certainly not Barack Obama's what anybody makes ... If you believe in the capitalist system, you have to erase from your whole worldview what somebody needs."

What a douche....

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mr
 
 
Further_Ahem
04 September 2009 @ 10:28 am
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/03/obama-schoolchildren-spee_n_276544.html

This would be highly amusing if it didn't mean that actual people with actual microphones were actually spreading these reactionary lies, half-truths and general shit-stirrings to actual highly suggestible people.

Amazing.

Aside from anything else, I believe the right-wing are floundering, without a leader, without any idea of what to do - screaming about nothing in a room with only themselves as an audience, slowly getting crazier and crazier. It could lead to nuttier people doing much, much nuttier things.

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mr
 
 
 
 
Further_Ahem
12 August 2009 @ 11:37 am
Sometimes I have been known to base what i think of a person (or their actions) on their listening or viewing preferences.

ie. "There's no way (insert name here) could have done (insert horrible thing here). He listens to (insert band name here)!"

I am aware that this is obviously a strange and flawed way of judging people but I have found it to be surprisingly accurate sometimes!

Are there musical acts or movies/TV shows that would change your mind about a person, based on theri love of it? Or conversely, are there people who you don't like, who, if you found out they had a soft spot for, say... Belle & Sebastian, you would change your opinion of?

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mr

PS. I mention Belle & Sebastian as a "soft option" because they still have a little bit of edgy, indie cred - as opposed to, for instance, Air Supply - which is just creepy.
 
 
 
Further_Ahem
31 July 2009 @ 02:20 pm
Bill Maher, on his show "Real Time", in interviews he has had, and on The Huffington Post, has made an excellent point which I have had trouble putting into words for years - and yet he managed it, succinctly, very quickly.

Not everything has to make a profit.

A quote from the aired version on Real Time:

"...Now I know what you're thinking, "But Bill, the profit motive is what sustains capitalism!" Yes, and our sex drive is what sustains the human species, but we don't try to fuck everything. It's OK for some things to remain non-profit just like when it comes to sexual relations, some people are off limits. Like your cousin, or your sister, or if you're a leading Republican, your wife."
Here's the link to then Huffington Post essay. Please read, it makes a very, very valid point - one to which our right-leaning friends could put into practice. It's real short and Bill's a funny guy.

Yes, it's skewed towards America, but we basically mirror what's going on there socially. And republicans are by no means the world's only right-leaning peoples

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mr
 
 
Further_Ahem
27 July 2009 @ 01:51 pm
Surely they could have used a better selection of words?



I know scientists are excited about it, but this is ridiculous.

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mr