An Unpopular View of Pets — and Pet “Lovers”

sphynx

I'm conducting an argument on Facebook with a "lover" of cats, following the announcement of her soon-to-be-acquired hairless Sphynx cat. Argument follows: ... SF: This is the Sphynx kitten I will be getting in a few weeks. [ Photo attached, not the one shown here ] Right now he will be two weeks on the 28th. If you have any idea's for names let me know. Right now Mr. Wrinkles is what we have so far lol Hank Fox: If this is one of those hairless cats ... argh. I would never, ever own one, … [Read more...]

Beta Culture: The Footprint of the Past

War Dead

One of my many interests is the residual social / societal effects of historical events and social movements. For instance, the fact that we still say “God bless you” when people sneeze, 14 centuries after the supposed origin of the practice ... One explanation holds that the custom originally began as an actual blessing. Gregory I became Pope in AD 590 as an outbreak of the bubonic plague was reaching Rome. In hopes of fighting off the disease, he ordered unending prayer and parades of … [Read more...]

Killing People, With Kindness

euthanasia

Watch this video of a 94-year-old man in an epic 65-meter footrace last year. Would it sadden you to know the winner, European masters athletics champion Emiel Pauwels, is now dead? And that he deliberately ended his own life a week or so ago? 95-year-old ‘Belgian Bolt’ holds big party before ending life by euthanasia In his hometown of Bruges he held a big party with friends and family two days before his death – and even downed two glasses of champagne for the … [Read more...]

Susan K. Perry Reviews My Book!

Multiply-published author and Creative Atheist blogger here at Patheos, Susan K. Perry, reviewed my book! Who Would Have Thought? Reason makes strange bedfellows, so to speak. Sharp thinkers aren’t limited to blue states or big cities. Those who “get it,” those who think rationally rather than having mindless faith in the impossible, are everywhere. Even after you've written and published a book or two, you still tend to think an "author" is somebody distant and impossible. Can't be … [Read more...]

Well, This Is Just Sad As Hell

Crying Soldier

Got this thing on Facebook, but it's very little different from stuff I've been getting for years via email. Here it is in full, with picture attached: ***A MUST SHARE***A young man working in the army was constantly humiliated because he believed in God. One day the captain wanted to humiliate him before the troops. He called the young man and said: – Young man come here, take the key and go and park the Jeep in front. the young man replied: – I cannot drive! The captain said: – … [Read more...]

Help (Really, Sort-Of, But Often Maybe Not Really) Wanted

Help Wanted

I know from my own experience of reading blogs that I generally expect the voice behind the screen to TELL me something, to clarify or assist me in understanding. Which builds a sort of weight into the fact that I'm a blogger myself. I do try to live up to that sort of expectation. I look at larger issues – mainly atheism, sometimes politics, but lately also Beta Culture – so I can present more understandable or balanced analyses of each subject for readers. At the same time, I'm also … [Read more...]


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