Thursday, August 17, 2017

Intolerance


Nice little cartoon illustrating the problem with intolerance and why it should be resisted at all costs. A topic highly relevant to the current "fake moral-equivalence" and "is it OK to punch a Nazi" predicament we find playing out in Charlottesville, USA and elsewhere in the world.

Retardation


New cartoon from the excellent J&M ; this time it's talking about the retarding effect of religions on people, the way in which being enslaved to ancient ideas is problematic and leads to the fragmentation of societies and almost inevitable conflict. Of course religion isn't the only reason that societies fracture, sometimes it's pure tribalism, despotism or simply squabbles over resources, but who has the biggest and best imaginary friend is probably the most prevalent and certainly the least worthy reason.

I was watching a programme on TV last night about the events surrounding partition in India in 1947, it's a subject I know little about as it's not really taught as history here or even discussed much. It was incredible to learn that roughly a million people lost their lives simply because of their religious differences as nearly 15 million people scrambled across newly created borders to escape sectarian violence. The idea of the program was to follow the stories of a handful of UK born people of Indian heritage who wanted to discover what happened to their own families at that time, each person was either Hindu, Muslim or Sikh. 

The stories were pretty much identical, what were fairly harmonious societies in different parts of the country, where people of different religions lived side by side and got on, disintegrated into mob violence and genocide along purely religious lines. It's interesting to note that pretty much all other factors were identical, i.e. wealth, biology, language, geography etc. the people that were slaughtering each other were effectively the same, apart from, the mythology that they were indoctrinated with as children. If you ever wanted an example of why ignorance, religion and stultifying incredulity is bad for human beings then the partition of India is an excellent case-study. Some of the people who witnessed events first-hand were interviewed, quite incredibly the response of many was simply to shrug and say "it was God's will". There's not much hope for humanity when vast numbers of people remain enslaved to fantasy like this, the saddest thing is that the stupidity of insisting that morality and ethics should be eternally locked onto ancient myths continues to this day in both India and Pakistan.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Alt-intelligence


Been following the news from the USA with increasing alarm over the last week or so. It seems that not only have many Americans forgotten what those with humanist morality on their side were fighting for in their civil war, but also what their grand-parents fought and died for in Europe just 75 odd years ago. 

As someone once said, "those that cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it". Comparing lard-arsed, gun-toting, gas-guzzling racist slobs with those that oppose them is ridiculous, it's like demonizing fire-fighters for making burning buildings wet! False equivalence is fast becoming the butt-covering (and you need a lot of it to cover those butts!) mantra of the right, let's hope Americans who have read more than just one book gain the political ascendancy again very soon.

Anti-social media


I feel an idea coming on..

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Backlash


I posted about the Google memo scandal a few days ago, the backlash has started, many anti-Google posters and notices have sprung up around Silicon valley, free speech is a potent force against injustice and stupidity. You can certainly understand why the powerful of the day, whether it be religions, governments or companies, hate it so much.

Not bitter


Whilst in London yesterday I couldn't resist dropping into a craft beer bar (Charlotte Street) to have a look at what was on. I only had time for a swift pint so picked something I wouldn't normally choose. A sour beer from a brewery down in Sussex. The beer was called "Saison l'ete" or Summer Saison and the brewery called "Burning Sky". Saison beers are essentially ales or pale ales that have a particular kind of bacteria added to them during fermentation that essentially turns them sour, it's not a lemon kind of sour more a yogurt kind of sour (I'm not doing it justice) it's quite a complex set of flavours and I can imagine not to everyone's taste. I must say I wasn't overly impressed to begin with but like a lot of things in this life, after a few sips it was growing on me, after a whole pint I could have easily drank another. Unfortunately I didn't have time as my Son was eager to visit a shop on Percy Street that specialized in fancy sneakers, it was an impressive shop but what blew me away was that quite a lot of the shoes on display there were priced at over £1,000 pounds, yes you read that right, a thousand quid! Apparently the leading shoe companies like Nike, Adidas etc. release limited edition shoes that are often endorsed by rappers and other celebrities, these small batches become highly sought after and are collected by enthusiasts, such a diverse and multi-layered world we live in, I learn something new every day!

Up the smoke


Spent a great day in London with the family yesterday, visited the museums, big lunch, shopping and to cap it all we watched Dunkirk at the IMAX in Leicester square. WOW what a movie, really enjoyed it, gripping from start to finish (even though we all know the ending!) very cleverly put together, overlapping of timelines and observations from different characters' perspectives; the Supermarine Spitfires were magnificent. Thoroughly recommended if you get a chance to see it on the big screen!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Foolish senses


So here's an optical illusion that had me going for a while.. if you stare at this seemingly straightforward set of square "door-panel" patterns for long enough you eventually start to see circles! It's true! The trick is to stare at the horizontal divides between the squares - spooky..


Next we have some wonky blue lines with patterns in them.. or so you think. But look at this image from the side and you realise that the blue lines are in fact parallel! NO WAY! It's amazing how easily our senses are fooled.

Don't be evil (unless it's PC)


Last week it emerged that a Google engineer had sent an email around (representing his personal opinion) discussing the differences between men and women, exploring the fact that even today the majority of engineering jobs in Silicon valley are occupied by males rather than females. The memo was basically sent as a set of counter arguments to some of the gender diversity policies being implemented within the company and pointed out some of the differences between the sexes and surmised that (most) women just don't want to do the same kinds of jobs as men. The email was jumped on by the "PC/Feminist brigade" and the author derided and hounded via social media. We learn this week that Google have ended up actually firing him (WTF!)

There are lot's of problems with this story, the more you look into it, the more it stinks. Having read the document in full, I conclude that it's a thoughtful, well-researched opinion piece that in no way promotes or advocates sexism. It's not just me that thinks that, many social commentators have chipped in and supported the engineer and his right to free-speech. The bottom line is that he got the science right, men are indeed different from women (no shit Sherlock!) and tend to have different interests, goals and methods, HOWEVER, this isn't the same thing as discrimination. 

Basically Google just fired someone for telling the truth!

It's a screwed up world when feminists can hound someone like this for an opinion that essentially concurs with scientific truth, and yet remain silent on cases of real sexism. You don't hear people screaming sexism about the fact that only 3% of garbage collectors working at Google are female and yet the mainstream (left/liberal) media constantly moans about the fact that there aren't enough Technology company CEO's who are female. Then we have the third world, coincidentally the BBC ran a story just today about a change in the law in Nepal, the Government there have finally made it illegal to banish menstruating Women to huts at the outskirts of the village! I don't see much feminist condemnation of real sexism like that in mainstream or social-media outlets. 

We can all see the problem with this picture, call it "culture" or call it "religion" and sexism seems to get a free pass however when you challenge irrational feminist ideology with actual "facts" then all hell breaks loose. What this engineer should have done is to claim that his (factual) opinions were his deeply felt religious beliefs and none of these feminazis would have gone within a mile of it.

Hobson


See if you can spot the over-compensating, ego-maniacal, trigger-happy, wanker - tricky isn't it.

Cakes & plates


Another compelling Brexit analogy, this one's a bit "technical"...

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Bird in a bag


J&M covering the little known advantages of Islamic feminism..

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Balding in Lyme


My Son and I strolling down the high-street in Lyme Regis a couple of weekends ago; two bothersome things... a) pretty soon he'll be as tall as me and b) definite bald spot appearing on the back of the old bonce! (no wonder those mosquitoes had a field day the other evening..!)

BTW. If there was a league table of the most "English" towns then Lyme must surely be in the premiership?

Bloodsuckers part II


The picture above shows a group of Malaysian atheists enjoying a recent get-together in KL to celebrate their activities, such as, raising money for disaster victims in the Philippines. Looks harmless enough (actually it looks like a nice group of people) but apparently the Malaysian Government have taken a very different view. The thought police within that state have become suspicious that some of the people in this group may have been Muslims, and if that's true then they must be punished. 

In theory, Malaysia has freedom of religion, but there are different rules for Muslims and it's very difficult for people of that faith to de-convert to Atheism (or any other religion), like the mosquitoes in my previous post, it would seem that once the Malaysian version of Islam has it's blood-sucking mouth parts stuck into you then it's difficult to escape without them extracting their pound of flesh. All of this because a handful of Atheists wanted to hangout together and enjoy some like-minded company.

It seems hard to believe that this kind of thing goes on in the 21st century; I guess Malaysia is another country that I have to cross off my list, shame, I really love the (regular) people and the food from that region. Atheists in the (free) world will need to watch out for these guys now, hopefully the international media attention will go some way to helping their cause and ensuring they don't "disappear" into the Malaysian legal system for the crime of "thinking differently".

Monday, August 07, 2017

Bloodsuckers


Spent a lovely evening celebrating the birthday of two good friends last Saturday, the gazebo assembled without a hitch and the wine flowed, but unfortunately so did our blood! The venue for the event featured a large pond that looked great on the postcard, but was a bit on the "swampy" side. This meant that as soon as dusk fell the mosquito hoards descended en-mass, it was impossible to avoid them. I'm sitting in the office today and my scalp feels like a pin-cushion, I even think I was bitten through my (long sleeved) shirt, having several very itchy lumps up and down both arms!

It's really fascinating (and somewhat annoying) to consider how evolution has sculpted these insects to prey on us mammals, providing them with all the equipment and anaesthetic chemicals necessary to inject hypodermic mouth-parts through our skin into the capillaries beneath, extract blood, insert bacteria and then fly off with us being aware of a thing (until the next day of course!) This kind of biological complexity is often cited by our creationist brothers and sisters as evidence for their particular "god", of course since Darwin, any thinking person knows this to be bunkum but if you think about it, the existence of such fiendishly efficient bacteria spreading creatures begs a somewhat more challenging question for them...  

Why would an all-loving God create a planet and a biosphere just for Human beings then put disease spreading biting insects in it too? 

Sounds more like evidence for the absence of such a being to me, regardless, the genetic drift of such critters seems quite sufficient to explain the lumps on my head this morning for me, God or no God, praise the Lord but pass the "Deet"!!

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Past it


Watching the Athletics last night, sad to see Usain Bolt just losing out to Justin Gatlin in the 100 m final, is this the end of an era we ask? 

Still, even if Bolt never wins another race, his performances will remain legendary. The list above shows the fastest 100 m runs in history with the athletes who have been caught taking drugs crossed out, says it all really; I doubt if I'll see another like him in my lifetime.

Friday, August 04, 2017

That Friday feeling...


2:30 sounds good to me!

Visualisation


Whilst on the subject of climate change, here's average temperature data organised by country over time; as you can see the trend over this period (1900-2016) is for significant warming. Someone should sit down and explain this to US and UK politicians who stubbornly hold onto the parochial view that a) there is no significant climate change and b) even if there is it's not man made.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Phew, what a scorcher


We love to moan about the weather here in the UK, this last couple of weeks has been particularly poor in terms of rain (rather than sunshine) but if we zoom out a bit and look at averages world-wide we see a somewhat different picture. This chart shows the number of record-breaking (temperature-wise) years there's been in recent decades (going back to the 1880's) as anyone can see the frequency of records for the hottest average temperatures is becoming worse (i.e. hotter) and more frequent the closer we get to the current day. 

Sometimes I do worry about the future well-being of my children and grandchildren (as I'm sure most people do), issues around ISIS and North Korea fade into insignificance if these trend continue, climate change should be (by far) the biggest source of concern for thinking people today.

Happy with your wash?



You would have thought that being the recipients of a "special" message from the creator of the universe and the promise of eternal bliss that they'd be as happy as Larry, but apparently not, many don't seem content until YOU believe it too! 

The Christian lady in the photo above is an NHS worker who was recently disciplined for using her position to proselytize her religion to colleagues. She denied the charge and claimed "religious discrimination", which as we know, is often a reaction that religious people have to not getting their own way. This feeling of indignation is based on hundreds of years of privilege and positive discrimination in this land, which many believe should continue, "this is a Christian country after all" you hear them claim. The complainant in this case claimed harassment and bullying, ultimately an industrial tribunal found Victoria Wasteney (above) guilty of gross misconduct, suspending her for 9 months. Many patients at the Trust where she worked are vulnerable people with mental health conditions and several work colleagues expressed concerns about Wasteney's behaviour and that of her church.

Of course, many people (including me) are quite happy to discuss and debate religious topics at work, just as we would political, sport, music or indeed any other field of interest that might come up. But I've never come across anyone who exploited their position to proselytize or harass (either for or against). When you occupy a position of seniority care and humility is required, however, I believe that if challenged, anyone should feel free to offer robust arguments for or against the various theistic positions. In my experience, most religious people (arguing for) find this approach difficult to deal with, they often seem totally unaware of the depth and breadth of the arguments against their position and are surprised, if not slightly shocked, when exposed to them in a coherent way. Whilst I would never try to convince someone to change their conviction (especially at work), I wouldn't hesitate (if invited) to make the strength of the atheistic/rational position clear, if nothing else I find it helps engender respect for the ideas if not the people that hold them, something religious people don't seen to get much from their books and churches.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Nothing to see here..


Trying to think of something to post today, but I'm feeling particularly lethargic so here's an amusing sign I spotted the other day, says it perfectly.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Friday smirk


Couldn't resist a little "rapture" humour on a rainy Friday afternoon from the wonderful xkcd, anyway, it's about time we had another end-of-the-world scare isn't it?

Faith in faith


The subject of "faith schools" is in the news again lately, our current Prime Minister is keen on them, being an intelligent vicar's daughter and a practising Christian she will be well aware of the benefits and  power of childhood indoctrination. Advocates of these kinds of schools nearly always trot out the same old arguments when these matters are debated, i.e. that existing faith schools out-perform non-faith schools so therefore detractors are simply jealous and should shut-up, certainly a very religiously stereotypical attitude.

The truth of the situation, as always, is slightly more complex. Most faith schools have some kind of selection process and any school that selects it's pupils will have some advantages over those that do not and will therefore create a selection pressure of their own, regardless of the particular flavour of cult they choose to indoctrinate the children with. The whole thing becomes a downward spiral of selection and division leading to absurd situations where people with resources physically move house and/or adopt the particular faith just to get their kids into a school that is perceived to be good. In addition to this it seems a matter of simple logic that separating children on the basis of the religion of their parents is inherently divisive, we wouldn't dream of doing it on the basis of politics or skin colour, so if it's not about indoctrination then what is it really about?

I would much prefer it if learning was a purely secular endeavour, I have no problem with kids learning about different religions (in fact I would insist on it) but denying children the advantages of properly experiencing and mixing with their peers and reaping the benefits of diversity seems to be bordering on the abusive and/or paranoid to me.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Still feel that way..


Pretty much sums up how I (still) feel about Brexit..

Collecting wine


One of the great things about collecting wine over many years is that occasionally you forget what you bought and re-discover it years later. This happened to me today as I was having a clear out of old boxes and rubbish from the room I use as a cellar and I discovered a large format bottle that I'd completely forgotten about. I bought it in an auction back in 2003 and it's from a chateau in Bordeaux (the St. Estephe region) called Chateau de Pez, the vintage is 1975! The format is an Imperial which is 8 standard bottles in one, so pretty big!

Now this isn't one of those wines that's worth thousands or anything, I seem to recall only paying around a hundred quid for it back in 2003, for me it's more about the idea of drinking a wine this old (I was 13 years old when it was made) and seeing what it tastes like (of course there's some good probability that it's vinegar by now) Hopefully it will be a complex, smooth and wonderful old claret that I can enjoy with friends and good conversation, but now my problem is finding enough friends to consume such a large bottle (it won't last more than one sitting) As fortune would have it, there's one friend who's having a "big" birthday in a few weeks, he might just provide the opportunity I'm looking for, if so I'll let you know if it was brilliant or just balsamic.

Rocks


One for the geologists among you.... (interesting "rock" formation?)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Good reasons


New J&M - reason is the good reason to read it..

Bad press


Brilliant - I'm sensing a whole new kind of advertising emerging here.. :)

Room with a view


I think this is possibly the best "breakfast view" I've seen from a hotel restaurant window, it's from our Summer holiday in Tuscany this year and is taken from the hotel we were staying in at the hilltop village of San Gimignano (about an hour south of Florence) We hadn't even realised this particular hotel even had a nice view having booked it because it was cheap and also closest to the village car-park (less distance to lug the suitcases etc.) All the streets there are traffic free so if you're staying in the village itself you have to transport your own bags to where you're staying (no small feat with my lot!)

PS. Only snapped with an iPhone through a window, even better in reality.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Flat-earthers


J&M on the money again (this guy is GOOD!) I always find it amusing to listen to the "moderate" and well-educated Christians and Muslims scoff and scorn at Atheists who continue to point out how ridiculous these beliefs are but totally ignore the actual numbers of their brethren (42% of Americans believe in the garden of Eden story) who categorically believe such things; the dissonance seems not to phase them one bit (I guess they're used to it?)

Monday, July 24, 2017

Homage to Galileo


Whilst in Tuscany (Florence) I felt obliged to perform a little scientific pilgrimage to the final resting place of Galileo Galilei (who Pisa airport is now named after) Here is his tomb in all it's splendour. I'm not sure why it's quite this splendid or indeed why it's in the famous church that it is since he had such a public falling out with the Catholic Church but there we are, I guess when it comes to that organisation even bad publicity is somehow turned into cash. Interestingly, in the same church I found a little side chapel (built by the Medici family) that was the initial tomb of the great man. I know there's a linkage between the scientist and this super-rich dynasty but I hadn't perhaps realised the strength of it (must do some Goggling on the subject) without Medici support I doubt Galileo had the political clout or required degree of fame (even though he was infamous) to have his bones put in such a vain-glorious building. I was also surprised to see that the corner of the nave Galileo inhabits has now been put aside for "scientists", Fermi and Marconi also had plaques, not sure if they were actually buried there though. Amusingly on the opposite side of the room there's a row of "artists" tombs, Dante (which is empty) and Michelangelo etc. is this a case of divide and conquer?


His original tomb is shown in the photo above, as you can see it's not as ostentatious as the one he's got now, I guess in the end it's not about what you know, but who you know.

PS. I also visited the Galileo Museum in Florence, well worth an hour or two.

Berkeley berks


I see that Richard Dawkins (Atheist in Chief) has been "de-platformed" from speaking at Berkeley University (wherever that is?) after the radio program sponsoring a lecture/talk discovered that he's an Atheist and in the past has said some horrifically obscene and abusive things about Islam. Apparently, in "The God Delusion" book back in 2006 (you'd have thought they'd have guessed his position just from the title) Dawkins said that Islam isn't true and in politicized form (Islamism) represents a dangerous set of ideas. You may disagree, as is your right, but if you do it's likely that you've had your head firmly lodged up your bum for the last 10-20 years, or possibly even 1400.

Now, I'm not going to get on any high-horses about free-speech or what constitutes abusive talk, the lefties at Berkeley are entitled to do whatever they like on their own campus, including making themselves look like twits, but I will offer sympathy to those that brought tickets expecting to listen to one of the worlds leading scientific and atheistic writers. Ironically, at the home of the "free speech movement" they seem to have forgotten two important principals that back in the day they supposedly championed. Firstly the right of people to HEAR views and positions that may oppose their own and secondly, the importance of treating ALL IDEAS equally, i.e. able to be critiqued. 

Dawkins has said equally negative things about every religion I can think of at some point or other, so why the special treatment for Islam? For those that know the origin of the English rhyming slang "berk" it seems as though over the bay they're trying their hardest to look like a bunch of them.

First day back


That first day back to work after your Summer holiday feeling..

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Homos


Italian wines


As you can probably guess I've been on holiday this last couple of weeks in Italy (Tuscany), had some top quality R&R with the family and also sampled some of the great wines of the region, a couple of new ones and some old favourites, here are my notes. 

First off (above) we have Flaccianello Della Pieve, made from 100% Sangiovese grapes plus some loving care and attention including 18 months in new oak barrels, an absolute belter! As a side note we drank this beauty in a wine shop slash restaurant in Florence where you could wander around the shelves and pick something nice then have it with dinner for no more than the normal retail ticket price - what a brilliant idea, shame there are no such places in the UK (or at least they're as rare as hen's teeth). It means wine lovers can actually afford to drink decent bottles of wine without the obligatory 2-3 X price mark up for the pleasure of having the bottle opened for you. This bottle was just under 60 Euro's, in a UK restaurant you would pay at least £120 for the exact same thing, probably more, quite sobering.


Next, Il Poggione, a classic Brunello di Montalcino made from the same grape as the previous wine but totally different in character, really classy and full bodied with spice and tobacco under-tones and a great life ahead of it. Great value for money in a restaurant in Florence, only 50 Euros with a retail price in the UK of around £50-60, again the absence of a ridiculous mark-up was refreshing, and the food was excellent too. Note the home-made limoncello in the plastic bottle straight out of the freezer in the background, things got a bit messy after this.


Next we have an old favourite, Tignanello from the Antinori estate; a classic "Super Tuscan" wine that blends the Italian grape Sangiovese with more "international" varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. A super wine, bursting with flavours of red and black berries, vanilla, chocolate with hints of mint and coffee on the finish. Another stunning price too; back home you'd pay at least £200 for this in a London restaurant but in a rustic hotel in San Gimignano it sets you back less than 80 Euro's I couldn't resist (even though it was the most expensive wine on their list!)


Now a wild-card. Italy isn't normally associated with the Syrah grape, it's more at home in Australia (where it's called Shiraz) or the Northern Rhone in France but this one came the coastal region of Tuscany called Bolgheri. Not expensive (around 20 Euro's in a restaurant in Chianti) but a great value wine, plum and violet with super acidity, easy to drink with Italian staples like Ravioli or Spaghetti with meat and tomato sauce; unfortunately, probably impossible to get in the UK.


Lastly a new wine for me, Il Bruciato, again from the Antinori estate and again from Bolgheri, but this time a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah (65/20/15%) this one was a little more pricey at around 30 Euro in a restaurant in San Gimignano, but a real surprise. I was expecting a rather ordinary commercial (large production) wine but this was really good; nice vanilla/oak, red berries, good balance and a great finish with some spice notes, delightful with steak and cannellini beans. The production of this wine is large so it's easily obtainable in the UK, around £22 in Waitrose if you're that way inclined!

In summary a fine-wine extravaganza, super Italian wines paired with splendid food; what more can you ask for?


Monday, July 10, 2017

Proudly secular

Many people get confused about what a properly "secular" state should look like (the UK is not one BTW) It's not about promoting or establishing the religion of the majority, it's about promoting (or persecuting) NONE by maintaining a separation of state machinery and religions (or lack of) so that theocracy or atheistic totalitarianism becomes impossible.

An arm and a leg


Another great Brexit analogy I couldn't resist..

Enlightened


(only some people believe these things)

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Bluffing for beginners


Apparently God doesn't approve of gluten-free bread for use in Catholic rituals. According to official Catholic instruction, bread used to celebrate the Eucharist can be "low gluten" but must contain enough protein in the wheat to make it without additives. One wonders how the bronze age goat herds who wrote the scripture upon which their religion is based, knew about Gluten and wheat proteins sufficiently to under-pin Catholic dogma, but apparently, they did! Or at least the current day (scientifically educated) Catholics are sufficiently good bluffers to make it seem as though their prescriptions regarding the gluten content of communion bread are sufficient and credible enough to please the creator of the universe, and importantly, are in some way any more credible than mere random cherry-picking or as I like to put it, "making shit up as you go". 

The rest of us non-Catholic primates can see right though this nonsense of course. We know that the only truly holy bread substitute is brioche, with apricot jam and unsalted butter, ideally served with a nice Chianti or failing that, Cotes du Rhone, at a push.

Darwin awards


I'm put in mind of this famous quote whenever I hear about the "running of the bulls" in Pamplona, Spain - what is it about jocks and their fascination with male cows?

A real smoothie


In the spirit of supporting my local economy I bought a couple of bottles of the new beer from Siren Craft Brew (based just up the road from me in Finchampstead, Berks.) It's called "Comfortable Silence" and is made in a fruity, sweet style with tons of hops, lactose and with hardly any bitterness at all; it's a real fruit bomb of a beer. They also added peaches, apricots and sweet cherries to the mix giving a tremendous fruit smoothie feel to it; highly recommended.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Mr Angry of Mayfair..


Superb letter in the FT; surely one of the more astute commentaries on the whole Brexit fiasco.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Mid-week musings


If you follow the news these days I reckon you'd be quite justified in being seriously concerned about the health of certain Western governments, particularly in the US and the UK. It's like some cosmic force has slammed the bus we're all travelling in into reverse and is pressing down hard on the accelerator without once looking in the rear-view mirror.

In the UK we have Brexit, May and the DUP and to top all that, the revelation yesterday, that one of the main "vote leave" campaign leaders is now saying that leaving the EU might be a big mistake! At least we agree on that point. In America things aren't that much better, we have Trump narrating a barely coherent stream of narcissistic consciousness, mixed with highly sensitive international policy matters on social media platforms like Twitter! All rounded off by Syria and Putin with a dash of nuclear holocaust fancying Asian dictators with their pudgy little fingers on the big red button.

Ho hum..


Reasonable Doubt


I feel for Jesus in this J&M cartoon, it's like most conversations you have with Theists, i.e impermeable to reasonable doubt.