…resumed

October 10, 2009

After that lengthy bout of Pig Lung, I’m back to writing stuff that’s longer then 140 characters. Feels good. A few things to catch up on… One of my perennial points of incomprehension is why people with ‘deeply-held’ religious beliefs find it so very difficult to step away from them, to consider that other possibilities […]

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Mocking the king, not the subjects

April 4, 2009

I’ve made it clear before that though I think that mockery and satire are a good and necessary thing, but only when applied upwards – by the relatively powerless to the powerful. Mockery by the strong of the weak is merely cruelty. Fred Clark gets this, completely. In this weeks installment of his deconstruction of […]

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Making a mockery

February 11, 2009

“Censorship, like charity, should begin at home. Unlike charity, it should stay there.” – Dorothy Parker So the new song by Amanda Palmer has been refused air play by every TV and radio network in the UK. It’s been described as “making light of rape, religion and abortion”. Here it is. [youtube=http://youtube.com/watch?v=1vVnhBqKXSQ] Understandably, Ms. Palmer […]

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God and pasta, stoning and scorn

January 24, 2009

“They’re just your beliefs. They’re not real.” – Bill Hicks “Death to all fanatics!” – Old Discordian saying. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… What people believe and how they act on the basis of their beliefs fascinates me. Consider the Flying Spaghetti Monster . You know the story, I’m sure… a silly alternative to Xtian creationist ideas is created […]

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