Beta Culture: The Healthy Dog Registry

Pug dogs are an abomination. There, I said it. Someone had to.But seriously ...A few years back, I was taking pictures of people's dogs for the fun (and sometimes money) of it, and a lady called me asking if I would take pics of her little black pug. We met to discuss the project, exactly what she wanted and expected, and I got to meet her little dog.The entire time we talked, the dog in her arms made a growling noise. I baby-talked to him "Yes, you're scaring me! You're scaring me … [Read more...]

Power: The Source is the Limit, the Source is Us

power

Would you believe me if I told you "government" doesn't really exist? That when we talk about government, there's nothing really there? It's as fictional as religion?So where do I think all those government buildings come from? What's all that business you see in Washington DC -- Congress and the White House, the Supreme Court and all those museums and monuments and stuff? What's the deal with all the cop cars, and the uniformed people driving them? What do I think the IRS is, or the U.S. … [Read more...]

The Book of Good Living: Self-Contained Living

“The right to swing your fists ends where your neighbor's nose begins.” I first heard that saying something like 50 years ago, and it made immediate sense. Obviously, you have no “right” to be hitting other people in the nose, accidentally or deliberately. Besides the fact that Fist vs. Nose is a fight nose always loses – meaning you hurt this other person – it also sparks Other Fist into action, putting your own nose in danger. Other people can be drawn in, starting a melee. Property can be dam … [Read more...]

Beta Culture: Mapping the Parasites

St Johns

Here's a little idle exercise: Open up Google Maps, and put this word in the search window: "churches."Wait for it to do its thing, and you will see the map fill up with little red dots, like the worst case of chicken pox you ever saw.Look at the lower right of the map for the scale, and zoom on your town to where the "one mile" is about an inch long. Zoom out to where that same scale says "five miles." You'll see that the entire countryside is ... infected.Zoom out a bit more, to … [Read more...]

Get Your Motor Runnin’: Reason Riders Going National

Brian Christian 1

If you are 1), an atheist, and 2) ride a motorcycle, you seriously need to join and support Reason Riders.I first wrote about the idea of an atheist motorcycle club a little more than two years ago. I tinkered up a rough logo and a name -- Reason Riders -- and just dropped it out there.Pierino Walker picked up on it soon after, redesigning the logo and turning it into patches for his motorcycle jacket. He sent me a couple, and supplied them for fellow riders in Northern California and … [Read more...]

Beta Culture: Dealing With Conservatives

Had a little epiphany today about the sense of humor, and why ultra-conservatives don't seem to have much of it.Humor requires a certain flexibility of mind, a capacity to quickly change mental directions. The lead-in to a joke sets up a certain expectation, then the punchline forces a radical departure from that expectation. The unexpectedness makes us laugh. A Hasidic Jew walks into a New York City bar with a frog on his shoulder. The bartender says "Where the heck did you get THAT?" The … [Read more...]


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