Rainbows are God’s smiles, obviously

February 5, 2010 at 10:04 am | Posted in LGBT, Rants | Leave a comment


Gay organizations should claim credit when something good happens. For example, if a rainbow appears in the sky, the local gay-straight alliance should put out a press release claiming that it is a sign of God’s approval for the gay lifestyle.

It won’t be any less true than the usual anti-gay claims about God’s wrath in reaction to natural disasters.

That thought occurred to me while reading a 2008 story about an Israeli MP blaming gays for an earthquake.

Of course, Pat Robertson recently made basically the same claim in response to the Haiti earthquake last month. You stay classy Pat.

EDIT: Just to add a more current example of blaming earthquakes and blizzards on homosexuality, multiple felon James Hartline:

Despite the impending catastrophes, the vast majority of Americans are ignoring the warning signs and the desperate need for this nation to return to God. In Washington D. C., the city council is pressing into the demands of corrupt city politicians who are determined to force homosexual marriages on the nation’s capitol. Washington D. C. is also suffering its worst winter storms in the city’s history.

via Joe My God

Drug Wars in Mexico, Right Wing Extremism in America

April 23, 2009 at 2:35 pm | Posted in Politics, Rants | Leave a comment

United States White House tries to combat drug demand with rehab:gavel and pills

It’s a campaign pledge that the Obama administration thinks will give nonviolent offenders “a chance to serve their sentence, where appropriate, in the type of drug rehabilitation programs that have proven to work better than a prison term in changing bad behavior,” according to the White House Web site. Judge Paul Gluchowski, who works with the Prince William County Juvenile Drug Court in Virginia, dismissed the notion that a drug treatment program is the easy way out.

If anyone thinks that, he said he’d tell them they should “come and talk to some of the participants. A lot of them probably wish they never agreed to undergo drug court. And a lot of them have given up because it’s too hard.”

alleged Mexican kidnapping gang with weaponsUnited States Mexico Obama, Calderon Pledge To Fight Drug War:

“[Obama] says it isn’t just Mexico’s problem to solve. He says the United States needs to work against the demand for drugs from Mexico, and against the flow of guns into Mexico”. In the past year, Mexico’s civil drug war has claimed approximately 6,300 lives.

United States You’re Doing a Heck of a Job, Amigo:

“I think that President Calderon has done an outstanding and heroic job in dealing with what is a big problem right now along the borders with the drug cartels,” Obama said on CNN.

But if by “outstanding and heroic,” Obama means that Mexico—with the help of $400 million in US funding last year—is pushing one of the most lethal, unproductive drug-enforcement programs in North America’s history, then, yes, it’s “outstanding and heroic.”

United States President Obama renews his support for the ‘Assault Gun Ban’:

From John Amato @ Crooks and Liars: “President Obama said he’s still for the “assault weapons” ban, but he knows it will be difficult to get passed. Well, duh? I know the freak-show teabaggers will get armed if you make this a priority, but some things that are difficult must be acted upon.”

It looks like guns in America are an issue to be dealt with whether or not Obama thinks the time is right:

Michigan Anger boils among Michigan militia members

“Am I angry?” asked the unemployed commander, with a semi-automatic rifle strapped across his pectorals. “Yeah, it sets you off a little bit.”

Come to a Michigan Militia picnic and you realize the commander is not alone. The farm where they rallied was chockfull of people like him, people boiling on the back burner, struggling to make ends meet, carrying around a knapsack of resentment for a government that they claim has taken almost everything from them and given nothing in return.

CaliforniaAnd in California, a militia organizer is openly planning to take over the city and declare martial law.

I was most interested to hear from Alan Pettet himself. Pettet, 66, is the organizer of this group, which he said numbers 270. Pettet said he has a rainbow coalition (my words, not his) of rifle-wielding men and 11 women ready to be sworn in by an unidentified federal judge on the steps of Stockton City Hall on July 1.

That’s scary enough, although you have to question why any judge would participate in this ceremony. Now here is a turn that sounds even more ridiculous. But don’t take my word for it, here it is in Pettet’s own words:

“Five minutes after we’re sworn in, we oust the mayor and City Council and then we can declare martial law.”

And what would you say to having a million armed militia members invade Washington DC? Ohio“Seriously, how can this go wrong? The Ohio Militia, which has maintained a YouTube account since October, is up with a video asking “a million armed militia members” to march on Washington on July 4″.

A peaceful demonstration of at least a million — hey, if we can 10 million, even better — but at least one million armed militia men marching on Washington. A peaceful demonstration. No shooting, no one gets hurt. Just a demonstration. The only difference from any typical demonstration is we will all be armed.

redneck with big ass gunOh that’s all. The only difference is that there will be a million rednecks with guns. What could possibly go wrong?

Now, these guys are just a bunch of ‘all talk, no action’ rednecks right? Even though they’ve been buying up all the ammo in the county, nothings really going to happen right?

… right?

… … … right?

United States Homeland Security Report Warns Of Rising Right-Wing Extremism:

The agency warns that an extended economic downturn with real estate foreclosures, unemployment and an inability to obtain credit could foster an environment for extremists to recruit new members who may not have been supportive of these causes in the past.
prussian blue nazi 13 year olds

In November, law enforcement officials were seeing more threats and unusual interest against then- President-elect Barack Obama than ever before.

John Aravosis @ AmericaBlog highlights this passage:

Paralleling the current national climate, rightwing extremists during the1990s exploited a variety of social issues and political themes to increase group visibility and recruit new members. Prominent among these themes were the militia movement’s opposition to gun control efforts, criticism of free trade agreements (particularly thosewith Mexico), and highlighting perceived government infringement on civil liberties as well as white supremacists’ longstanding exploitation of social issues such as abortion, inter-racial crimes, and same-sex marriage. During the 1990s, these issues contributed tothe growth in the number of domestic rightwing terrorist and extremist groups and an increase in violent acts targeting government facilities, law enforcement officers, banks, and infrastructure sectors.

…and offers further analysis…

The religious right is not made up of good Americans who simply disagree with you and me. They’re not even good Christians. They’re angry, intolerant, hateful bigots. They’re America’s Taliban. They are the offspring of the racists who supported slavery and miscegenation laws. The Internet is their fire hose, but other than that, they are no different than the hate that came before them.

Predictably, the Right go insane, citing the report as proof that “rogue homosexual elements” are operating within Homeland Security, engaged in “extra-constitutional activity”.

LOL JesusIn a totally sane and legal move, Pat Robertson urges his callers to crash Homeland Security hotline. Why is Pat Robertson not in jail? If I incited violence and anti-government action half as much as he has I would be in one of those Hannibal Lecter restraints by now.

What’s all the hysteria aboot? Why would the American Right want to deny or dismiss the possibility of home grown terrorism?

if you read the report, it couldn’t be clearer that it is concerned almost exclusively with far-right extremists: neo-Nazis, skinheads, anti-abortion bombers, and their assorted fellow travelers. What the teeth-gnashing from the right suggests is that they recognize themselves, and their influence, all too readily in the thugs and terrorists who take their beliefs and twist them into something violent. Guilty conscience, much?

In case your wondering if this just may be a bunch of liberal nonsense, George Bush’s FBI and DOD documented “thousands” of US military members joining far-right extremist groups. I guess John McCain won’t be demanding for an apology from Bush, or from the U.S. Marine arrested at Boston’s Logan International Airport “after screeners found bomb-making materials, a gun and ammunition in his checked baggage” (as Charles Mudede sez: If this guy had been an Arab, they would have flown him to some secret place, tortured him, and detained him indefinitely).

Summary from smokeymonkey

From torture to religious idiocy to embracing a racist fascism, today’s republican party and its underlying conservative ideology should be considered dangerous. Marginalizing the teabaggers or KKK parades is a great technique. It is important, though, to remember that these people do take themselves seriously, and they are, therefore, actually dangerous.

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What exactly is Zionism anyways?

March 30, 2009 at 1:06 pm | Posted in Politics, Rants, Videos | Leave a comment

Palestinian children sing for Holocaust survivors:

Most of the Holocaust survivors did not know the youths were Palestinians from the West Bank, a rare sight in Israel these days. And the youths had no idea they were performing for people who lived through Nazi genocide — or even what the Holocaust was.

What !!1! Never heard of the H-caust?!? Apparently, “Ignorance and even denial of the Holocaust is widespread in Palestinian society”. Wow, I really gotta pay more attention to what’s going on over there.

what is Zionism anyways?

One of the reasons that I write this blog is to force myself to learn aboot issues that I hear aboot, but never really look into. For example, I sheepishly admit that until today I wasn’t sure what ‘Zionism’ is. That’s ba-aa-aa-ad. But apparently I’m not the only one.

Mainstream Zionism is a political ideology that supports the creation of an exclusively Jewish state in the land of Palestine. The creation of the state of Israel and its many actions in violently repressing the indigenous Palestinian people, denying their human rights and repeatedly violating international law is a direct consequence of this Zionist ideology.
It is completely fallacious to equate the term “Zionist” with the term “Jew”. There are many in the Jewish community, including ourselves, who are very critical of the policies of the Israeli state and have strong disagreement with the Zionist organizations and individuals in Canada and elsewhere who defend these policies.

Charlie Smith @ The Georgia Straight offers a gentler definition:

The term “Zionist” describes someone who supports the establishment of a Jewish homeland in the Middle East.

[snip]

The Zionist movement was created in the late 19th century by journalist Theodor Herzl to encourage the migration of people to the land now known as Israel. The term is used regularly in the Israeli media.

Herzl’s idea probably prevented some of his fellow Jews from being killed by the Nazis.

Yet we’ve come to a state in B.C. in which a politician can’t utter the word “Zionist” in conversation because this has somehow become offensive. I bet they’re guffawing at us in Tel Aviv.

Godwin’s Law FAIL

Tennessee Republican senator Dewayne Bunch calls Jewish colleague a Nazi:

Why? Because the “Nazi” opposes new legislation that would increase the size of pop cans the kids can buy from 8 oz. to 12 oz. Watch the video, the Nazi part starts around 1:41. Watch the colleague behind Bunch cringe as he makes the reference about Senator Andy Berke, the only Jewish member of the state Senate. Don’t forget that the Tennessee Republican party is about as racist and backward as you can get.

rules against PETA Holocaust ad campaign:

The posters, sponsored by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), bear photographs of concentration camp inmates, both alive and dead, along with pictures of plates piled with meat and animals ready for slaughter, accompanied by the slogan: “The Holocaust on your plate.”

The Constitutional Court decision, reached on February 20 but announced now, said the campaign would have made “the fate of the victims of the Holocaust appear banal and trivial.”

Thanks for the tip-offJoe

How aboot saying “Facist”? Would that be OK? Instead of trivializing the H-caust, and making yourself look like an idiot, by calling someone a Nazi, call them a Facist instead. Come on people, let’s keep the hyperbole fresh.

I would continue my rant, but Jon Stewart has already nailed this issue like the Romans nailed you-know-who to the you-know-what.

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All Aboot teh Animals

March 26, 2009 at 4:25 pm | Posted in interesting (to moose), Rants, Videos | Leave a comment

Cat Cleans Fennec Fox:

Parrot awarded Denver Red Cross’s Animal Lifesaver Award for Saving Baby:

Borrow A Cat’s Affection At Japan’s Cat Cafés:

Belfast zoo is looking for a mystery woman who took one of their elephants home during WWII to protect it from German bombs:

Monkey kills abusive owner:

Komodo dragons kill Indonesian fisherman:

Giant Rabbits:

Kangaroos escape from zoo in France:

Canadian Goose shrugs off arrow lodged in back:

Speaking of Geese…

Geese should be shot, fed to the poor, says senator:

I don’t know aboot feeding them to the poor. I certainly wouldn’t eat one. But for a long time I’ve felt that if that goose didn’t have the word in it’s name, that there is no way that it would be illegal to shoot them. They really are just big crotchety poop machines.

Ms. Ruth isn’t the first to call for a Canada geese cull.

In 1997, a report commissioned by a multi-municipality committee in the Toronto area said culling geese and donating the meat to local banks may be the answer to the growing problem of the mess on beaches and in parks.

In an interview, Ms. Ruth later said her proposal for cottage country would work for Toronto as well.

“It’s downtown Toronto, too, where I also have a home . . . Why don’t we kill them and feed them to the poor in Toronto? There’s always been this discussion. We cull other animals. Why would we not cull the goose, especially when we have more and more people using food banks?”

Ms. Ruth said the reaction of her colleagues earlier Tuesday speaks to a recognition that something must be done.

“The amount of laughter you heard in committee, I’m not the only one who has this problem with swimmer’s itch.”

Bear Scratching Back + Stipper Music = Pole Dancing Bear:

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How Aboot Teaching Children How to Not Live in Self Denial?

March 26, 2009 at 9:03 am | Posted in Politics, Rants | Leave a comment

U.S. Fed Trade Commission Requires Advertisers To Show Typical Results:“a new FTC rule banning commercial testimonials that warn ‘results not typical‘ or ‘individual results may vary.’ Under the new rule, marketers using, say, body builders to advertise weight loss pills are also going to have to show an average lardass whose results might be more typical. You can guess how advertisers are reacting to the change…”

*sigh* Of course, it would be much better if there was an education system in place, in the U.S. or Canada, that taught the “average lardass” to recognize horse hockey when they saw it. But there isn’t. What I’d like to see is something like The Critical Thinking Community for grade school curriculum. If anyone knows of such an organization, please tell me aboot it.

BTW a few years ago when I was at BCIT, I did a spit take when I saw a poster for Competition Bureau Canada claiming that they were protecting Canadians from Misleading Advertisements. At the time I though ridiculous! almost every ad on TV is balderdash!, but in researching who they are I found out that they actually do a lot.

Adam Bradwanski @ the Globe and Mail kind of agrees with me:

People in my line of work – some of us, anyway – are fond of rambling on about the need for schools to do a better job of teaching civics. If you want a more active and informed electorate and a greater sense of civic responsibility, the first step is to give kids a better understanding of our democracy and their role within it.

A few months ago, a friend of mine who works in securities came back at me with the Bay Street version of this. If you really want to prepare students to survive and thrive in today’s society, what about giving them some basic understanding of how to manage their personal finances?

It was a good point. Unless they learn it from their parents, a great number of kids are at risk of coming out of high school – and university, for that matter – with no practical knowledge of how to responsibly handle their own money.

Again it’s aboot rethinking children’s education to equip them with more life skills.

Narcissism and the Economic Crisis?:

In his seminal book the Culture of Narcissism , Christoper Lasch lamented the degree to which the Western Psyche had shifted toward traits that by any measure would be seen as predominantly narcissistic. In spite of his grim assessment and dire warnings, even he would be impressed by how deeply we have plunged into the emptiness of narcissism.What impact do narcissistic traits and characteristics have in the face of the ongoing economic crisis? First of all grandiosity and denial are common features of the condition which I think can easily be seen as the two horsemen of the apocalypse that lead us down the path to our current situation.

Again, how aboot taking a long term approach to this problem by introducing some Basic Psychology into the elementary curriculum. I don’t expect eight year olds to be able to digest a college level text book, but you could take one chapter oot of that book and spread it oot over the course of a school year with examples that children wold understand.

Of course you can’t expect children to learn every subject at once. If you introduce new material, something will have to be cut in order to make room. And that’s when the fighting begins. What kinda edumacation system don’t teach my son what the capital of Paraguay is?!?

Also, if you teach children to think, they might just disagree with you on issues that you have strong opinions aboot. They might learn to stand up to authori-teh:

American historian, professor, and long time social critic Howard Zinn once said, “Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that numbers of people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience . . . Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty.”

For those reasons changes often/would have a problem finding political will, and in my opinion are not likely to happen. Still, if anyone knows of a group that is trying to introduce more life skills to children, I’d love to hear aboot it.

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Say Sayonara Pancreatic Cancer

March 11, 2009 at 6:36 pm | Posted in interesting (to moose), Interweb, Medical, Rants | Leave a comment

  • Six Organs Removed from Child during Surgery

    Super-Bad Ass Surgeon Dr. Tomoaki Kato of New York Presbyterian Hospital doesn’t know the MEANING of the word inoperable !! He should probably look it up though; he is doctor.

  • XUP delights his “legion of fan (Hi Elliot)” with some good-natured ribbing of three age groups.

    XUP’s age puts him in the third category. “Despite it all, I enjoy being middle-aged (sort of). I’m wise and superior and I can laugh at everyone else (for now). And that’s something no amount of money can buy.”

  • Micheal Spencer writes an article for the Christian Science Monitor predicting that “We are on the verge – within 10 years – of a major collapse of evangelical Christianity. This breakdown will follow the deterioration of the mainline Protestant world and it will fundamentally alter the religious and cultural environment in the West.”
  • The Beatles vs LCD Soundsystem vs The Kinks Mashup from FAROFF **Warning: MySpace Page**
    Thanks for the tip-off Popped Culture.

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Ebert (and me) on Snarking

March 11, 2009 at 9:35 am | Posted in Rants | Leave a comment


Roger Ebert:Hunt not the Snark but the Snarker

Snarking has been part of the air we breathe for a long time. It is said to have entered American pop culture in the 1950s, with Mad magazine, Stan Freberg, and so on. Not at all. They were practitioners of the honorable art of Satire. They exaggerated traits rather than punishing them. There was affection involved.

When it comes to “practitioners of the honorable art of Satire”, I hope that Roger Ebert does not forget to add himself to that list. When a snark is to be made, the chorus of bitter critics is muffled by Ebert’s often affectionate criticisms. His satire is not so much a rapier through the gullet as it is a fraternal punch on the shoulder, as if to say “you’ll get ’em next time”.

For Ebert, snark and sarcasm are garnish, rather than the main course.

What concerns me is that snark functions as a device to punish human spontaneity, eccentricity, non-conformity and simple error. Everyone is being snarked into line. All celebrities are under unremitting scrutiny. How dare Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, or Mia Farrow before them, adopt more than one Third World baby? Do they have nothing better to do with their money?

See? Ebert is making a snarky comment about snarking itself. From a less talented satirist, this might come off as “Leave _____ alone! I’m SERIOUS!”, but Ebert uses his well honed snark-powers as part of his argument, not as the whole thing.

Ebert continues, “Snarking seems to be moving beyond specific occasions and becoming a deliberately chosen posture.”

Exactly! I am tired of faux-counter culturalists and snobbish anti-pop culture types. I have no great love for celebrity/reality show culture myself, but snarking for the sake of snarking is just as shallow and ultimately soul-draining.

Snarking is cultural vandalism. I have arrived at this conclusion belatedly. I have been guilty of snarking, and of enjoying snarks. In the matter of snarking, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child. But it has grown entirely out of hand. It is time to put away childish things.

Just to be clear, neither Ebert nor I (as if we’re buddies) are suggesting that snark be given up entirely or that it’s necessarily a bad thing devoid of context. I for one am just saying that I could go for a little more substance and a little less style. Less sizzle and more more stir fry if you will.

And if you’re going to snark, then for God’s sake, at least be good at it.

Thank for the tip-off Sullivan.

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I Think I’m In Love

March 5, 2009 at 1:49 am | Posted in Rants | 1 Comment

Someone pointed me to a couple of delicious rants in the women-seeking-men section of Craigslist.

Chemotaxis! Kinase! Ciprofloxacin! Lipopolysaccharide!

“So, here’s a little bit about me: I’m 28 and currently going to school, working on a BSc in Microbiology and Immunology. Science is my passion, and I’m a huge biology and chemistry nerd. I’m looking for…

Ah, forget it. What’s the point of describing who I am and what I’m looking for when most guys clearly don’t read what I have written? I’m so frustrated and fed-up with trying to meet someone, but unfortunately, I’m heterosexual, so I must continue the search, as becoming a Crazy Cat Lady is not an attractive option. “

Re:Chemotaxis! Kinase! Ciprofloxacin! Lipopolysaccharide!

“As a fellow woman I could not agree with you more. The men in this city lack manners and dress like they rolled out of a dumpster. Hard to tell the homeless guy from the regular Vancouver guy. A majority of men do not know how to spell let alone speak proper English. Most of them speak and act like Spicoli out of Fast Times at Ridgemont High. If I have to meet another guy for a dinner date wearing a dirty ripped hoodie and Ipod stuck in his ears I’m going to scream. I’ve done Lava, POF, bars, clubs etc they are all the same. Lots of guys too busy to return messages. Unless you are the president of the US or an astronaut you are not too busy guys. Make an effort and get off your ass. Also too many screwed up from some ex girlfriend don’t want a relationship but of course they all want to have sex with you and be bed buddies with very little effort of course. They all claim they don’t like drama or play games yet, I’ve found Vancouver men to be the worst offenders of this. Most of them date these crazy women that they always complain about who treat them like crap and then pine over them saying they could never love anyone else again. They seem to be emotionally incapable of having true intimacy (and I’m not talking sex) with women. Did they all have poor relationships with their mother or watch their fathers treat their motherss like crap? What is wrong with Vancouver men? You go to any other city i.e Toronto, Montreal, any American or european city and men talk to you appropriately, show interest, engage you in conversation etc, ask you out, ask about you etc. Here the women have to do all the work and put in all the effort. It would appear Vancouver men hate women.”

I suspect that they exaggerate, but I don’t know. I’ve never been a ‘woman seeking man’ online. I’ve been on and off of craigslist personals for the past few months. I could make a rant of two myself, but I’d rather hear yours. Tell me about your rant worthy adventures in dating. Let it out; it’s cathartic!

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Marketing Safe Sex To A Clueless Generation “Y”

March 3, 2009 at 6:10 pm | Posted in Rants | Leave a comment
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From Scout Magazine

“According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, two-thirds of those affected by STDs are under the age of 25. Nevermind how it happened (too busy playing Nintendo during the act to remember protection?). It’s a big problem – a crisis of prevention – that needs to be addressed more strongly than ever before. Education hasn’t worked. Statistics haven’t worked. So what’s the solution?

Speak to them in the only language they understand: marketing

Here are Scout’s picks for print ads and posters designed to work for the kiddies. Some are funny, some are sexy, and some make you never want to get undressed again…”

Some of them are pretty freaky, and they’re not safe for work.

Facebook remark teenager is fired

March 1, 2009 at 10:48 pm | Posted in Rants | Leave a comment

Details at the BBC

The headline pretty much says it all. The company is Ivell Marketing. The remark was that her job was boring. She didn’t mention the company’s name.

Here’s my favorite bit of pseudo-justification from the company:

“Had Miss Swann put up a poster on the staff notice board making the same comments and invited other staff to read it there would have been the same result.”

Well yeah, had Miss Swan bla bla bla ….

But she didn’t did she? That’s a completely hypothetical situation. You might as well say, had Miss Swan shown her nickers to the Prince of Wales he might have gotten a chuckle out of it.

That statement was made by Steve Ivell. Now that I think about it, his statement is pretty consistent with market practices.

Hey Dudes! Wouldn’t it be awesome if some hypothetical hot women came onto you?? That would be so sweet!! Here, buy this deodorant.

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Bill O’Reilly is a Big Fat Idiot

March 1, 2009 at 7:27 pm | Posted in Politics, Rants | Leave a comment


The fact that Bill O’Reilly is an idiot isn’t really worth noting. I’m posting this video because it answers a question that I have about right wing boobs such as O’Reilly and Limbaugh: Are they genuinely stupid, or is it at least partially an act to make money? You know, is O’Reilly really just a Stephen Colbert without talent?

In this video O’Reilly claims “Communist Al Fran- excuse me, comedian Al Franken” is jealous of him. At least that’s what he said. What I heard was an invitation for a very talented comedian to cut him down to size. I think that I’m fairly witty, but I would never challenge a man like Franken to a war of words. He would kick my ass from here to … well, I can’t think of a good way to finish that statement. But I bet Al Franken could.

In other Right Wing Idiot news, CNN “lost” their signal during a broadcast of the Conservative Political Action Conferencejust as Rush Limbaugh was launching into an impression of openly gay democratic US house representative Barney Frank. Hooray for the Liberal Media Agenda.

I got this information from Joe My God.

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the two most misunderstood words in “Survival of the Fittest” are ‘Survival’ and ‘Fittest’

February 27, 2009 at 9:58 am | Posted in Rants | Leave a comment


Michael Shermer has an article atScientific American A Skeptic’s Take on the Public Misunderstanding of Darwin.

“Two myths about evolution that persist today: that there is a prescient directionality to evolution and that survival depends entirely on cutthroat competitive fitness.”

In the one biology class that I took, my instructor spent a good part of the first class lamenting about how, unfortunately, the phrase Survival of the Fittest has given people the impression that giraffes survived because they chose to grow long necks and moose are good fighters because they chose to grow large antlers.

I don’t think that the phrase is really to blame though. I think it’s more the wish that people have to believe that they have much more control over their own existence than they actually do. If you believe that the physical barriers that your body presents are of your own choosing, then you may be down on yourself, but at least you won’t have to acknowledge the inherent unfairness of the human condition.

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Wha – wha – wawa – wha wha

December 6, 2008 at 7:11 pm | Posted in Rants | Leave a comment

I’ve only watched 11 minutes of I Want a Dog for Christmas Charlie Brown but I’m giving it a thumbs down.

It features Rerun, the youngest van Pelt child. He’s like a young Andy Rooney. He says things like “If you kick over my block I won’t do anything at the moment, but later after you’re married and you want me to co-sign a note so that you can buy a house I’ll refuse”.

HA! Please stop! My stitches!

“This is ANNOYING!!”

August 2, 2008 at 6:34 am | Posted in Rants | Leave a comment

That’s something that people sometimes say when they’ve lost an argument. For example, you might suggest that using the word ‘retard’ as an insult is a cowardly thing. After about five minutes of claiming that they are actually a free speech warrior, your fellow debater may suddenly blurt out, “This is ANNOYING!!” It seems to mean, “My mind is SHUT!”

In case you’re wondering, my theory is that the word ‘gay’ used to be the coward’s insult of choice because it was assumed that a gay person would never, could never, fight back. Before that I’m sure that more than one person has said something along the lines of “My car won’t start; damn nigger car”.

But, surprise surprise, black people do fight back and so to gay people. Furthermore, quel shock, mentally retarded people have relatives and friends and advocates to speak on their behalf.

And that may be annoying, but I’d rather be annoying than be a coward.

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This Post is not about any of my past girlfriends

May 31, 2008 at 11:17 am | Posted in Interweb, Rants | Leave a comment

However, I am reminded of more than one.

Here is an excerpt from Things my Girlfriend and I Have Argued About:

Margret thinks I’m vain because… I use a mirror when I shave. During this argument in the bathroom – our fourth most popular location for arguments, it will delight and charm you to learn – Margret proved that shaving with a mirror could only be seen as outrageous narcissism by saying, ‘None of the other men I’ve been with,’ (my, but it’s all I can do to stop myself hugging her when she begins sentences like that) ‘None of the other men I’ve been with used a mirror to shave.’
‘Ha! Difficult to check up on that, isn’t it? As all the other men you’ve been with can now only communicate by blinking their eyes!’ I said. Much later. When Margret had left the house.

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The Best Rant on the Interweeb

March 10, 2008 at 5:23 am | Posted in Rants | Leave a comment

In case I haven’t ranted about it to you personally, I HATE British Columbia’s new slogan “The Best Place on Earth”.

It sounds like the same kind of pompous attitude that we regularly criticize Americans for. And was there something wrong with the old slogan “Beautiful British Columbia”?

Sometimes rebranding makes sense, but often it’s done just so that marketing people can justify their existence.

Thumbs down.

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OMG, he’s entertaining

January 3, 2008 at 11:41 pm | Posted in Rants, Raves | Leave a comment

I’m watch Jay Leno’s monologue.

Some people have predicted that Jay is going to suck because his writers are on strike.

However, this is the first Jay Leno monologue I’ve ever seen that is actually funny.

It’s a shame that David Letterman’s writers are not longer on strike, because they suck.

EDIT:

A quote from Jay. He said this during the first comedy bit:

This is the loosest show in years. I hope the writers win so that we can go back to the boring old Tonight Show.

Girlfriend Baggage

August 12, 2007 at 8:18 pm | Posted in Personal, Rants | 2 Comments

I had this girlfriend once who was crazy.

Of course, you should take that claim with a grain of salt. I am talking about an ex. For all I know she might describe me as being the crazy one. In fact since she was crazy, she probably does remember and describe our relationship differently than it actually happened.

One of the crazy things that she did while we were together was to just make up stuff about me and tell everyone that we knew. Since most of the people that we knew liked her a lot more than me, they automatically believed her.

Some of the stuff that she made up about me included:

  • I masturbated for hours a day
  • I hated her sister (whom I actually adored)
  • I was violent
  • I was dyslexic

That last one was particularly head-scratching because it was so out of the blue. She spread that rumour about me for a month before I heard of it. At that point she didn’t even remember why she thought that I was dyslexic, but stuck by her belief that I was.

I asked her to show me some kind of credential to indicate that she was qualified to diagnose dyslexia. She thought that request was crazy.

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Why does some technology reach market before others?

August 1, 2007 at 4:03 pm | Posted in Rants, Tech Talk | 1 Comment
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whimsicalzephyr has posted about the wheelchair that can climb stairs.

Much like the electric car, this is a technology where every five years or so there is supposedly some big breakthrough but then nothing seems to happen.

And yet, fully functioning bionic arms are now commercially available.

Does that make sense? Isn’t there a larger market for a stairclimbing wheelchair? And shouldn’t a stairclimbing wheelchair be easier to make than a cyborg?

From vancouverfreecycle@yahoogroups.com

October 25, 2006 at 11:35 am | Posted in Rants | 5 Comments
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Copy paper box full of cans. If you want them please bring a garbage
bag. Please don’t e-mail me to ask how many, its a full, regular sized
box. Office dowtown Georgia/Hornby area.

Wow! What a great offer! I think I’ll zip right down to pick them up.

OR

You could boost your lazy ass out of that chair and take them down to the street. They would be gone in 20 minutes.

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