Monday, April 30, 2012

I’ve been a little sick in your mouth

Daily Mail articles that decide various very young girls are ‘all grown up’ and therefore…what? It's OK to show their various parts or to describe them lasciviously?

But porn is bad.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Not beyond belief

Here it says that a local newspaper mistakenly cited Rev Michael McMahon, the headmaster of a Catholic school in Georgetown, as the author of a letter to the editor which supported gay rights.  So McMahon is suing the newspaper for defamation.

Let’s be perfectly clear: McMahon thinks that being wrongly accused of being sensitive to social problems faced by a large number of people is such a terrible thing that the newspaper must be punished and he must be paid.

He thinks rumoured compassion equals a stain on his character. 

He thinks that caring about people’s rights is disgusting and despicable.

Some of the students in his school will be gay.  I do not envy them.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

An idiotic conclusion

The Daily (sigh) Mail concludes that people get more religious as they get older

The data? Well, according to the Mail more older people than younger people said they believe in god.  Therefore people get more religious as they get older. 

Or…. maybe religiosity is declining and only old people still say they believe the bullshit.  Squeal! We can do an experiment to work out which is the proper explanation!  We can track people’s attitudes over time rather than taking a snapshot and forcing it into some bollocks pre-determined attitude!

This photo says so much about what we’re about


PZ will explain.

Monday, April 09, 2012

Man- (well, it had to be 'man-’) kind threatened by ill-defined ‘darkness’

The pope says that mankind is “groping in darkness, unable to distinguish good from evil.”

I see.

Life is stronger than death. Good is stronger than evil. Love is stronger than hate. Truth is stronger than lies, he said.

Perhaps I don’t see. These are very odd applications of strength. Death is the end of life: how is life ‘stronger’ than death?  What could that mean?  Good things and evil things happen: in what way is good ‘stronger’?  Does he mean that good always triumphs over evil (obviously not true) or that good is more desirable to most people than evil (obviously true but nothing to do with ‘strength’)?  And truth is stronger than lies? Puh-LEASE: the truth is TRUER than lies, but the Vatican doesn’t have anything to do with truth.

“The darkness that poses a real threat to mankind, after all, is the fact that he can see and investigate tangible material things, but cannot see where the world is going or whence it comes, where our own life is going, what is good and what is evil.'

So… the pope says that science and skeptical enquiry are the worst things people can do. Unless, of course, he himself is in charge of what scientists are allowed to do.

'If God and moral values, the difference between good and evil, remain in darkness, then all other 'lights,' that put such incredible technical feats within our reach, are not only progress but also dangers that put us and the world at risk,' Benedict added.

Oh come on. At risk of fucking *what*, you imbecile? And there’s no ‘darkness’, is there? Darkness is the Catholic way. The atheist way is to make sure everyone knows about and can argue with the governing body. The definition of light, which shines everywhere, whether you want it to or not.

'Today we can illuminate our cities so brightly that the stars in the sky are no longer visible,' he said. 'Is this not an image of the problems caused by our version of enlightenment?'

We light our cities to make people safe. I’m not very concerned about popes having limited views of stars.

'With regard to material things, our knowledge and our technical accomplishments are legion, but what reaches beyond, the things of God and the question of good, we can no longer identify,

What the fuck does any of that mean? 

Sunday, April 08, 2012

I wrote this about Easter a few weeks ago

Worth repeating on Easter Sunday:

Just a few of the inconsistencies in the Christian Easter story

Easter wrings out the stupid like fetid water from a soiled mop

You can always rely on Rowan Williams for sub-standard thinking and he hasn’t disappointed this Easter weekend. Religious education is being “downgraded” in schools, he says, and that’s wrong.

Younger people take religion seriously when they have the chance to learn about it, he said.

I think he’s lying.  When I was young, the more I learned about religion, the more I recognised it was bullshit.  Williams doesn’t want children to learn about religion, he wants us to be told about it, by authority figures.

Dr Williams said a hostility towards faith and religion in public life may have been tempered by a recent appreciation of the social value of religion.

Hostility toward faith seems likely to have been forged in recent times by things like churches systematically covering up child rape by priests to save the church by throwing the victims under the bus.  I don’t think ‘tempered’ means what Williams thinks it means.  Hostility toward faith, forged in the fires of the church's own making, is being tempered by their consistent inability to admit their wrongdoing; their blithering attacks on secular thinking; and their dithering between religious literalism and wishy-washy metaphorical interpretations depending on the whims of political expediency.

But he said the ultimate test of Christianity was not whether it was beneficial to the human race, but whether the resurrection of Jesus Christ actually happened.

For once, I agree with him!  So presumably he’ll spend the remaining months of his office providing evidence that it happened?  Since that’s the most important thing?  Right?

He won’t once again contradict himself by saying that some of that stuff is metaphorical and what matters is a deep, ingrained spirituality? And then ten minutes later insist that homosexuality is wrong?

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Priest silenced by the Vatican for saying raping children might be wrong

Oh, it’s the usual stuff.

Father Tony Flannery, a Catholic priest who has been outspoken in his criticism of the abuse crisis in Ireland, has found himself under investigation by the Vatican for his liberal views.

They’ve told him to stop writing articles. Yeah, I know, it’s not surprising but fuck me when will this organisation run out of evil?  Just when you think there must be none left, they come up with a fresh supply.  It’s easy enough to see where they get it from though, just look at the comments to that article:

irishpjk | Apr 06, 2012, 07:55 PM EDT

When you become a priest you agree to follow the laws of the Catholic Church. Your job is to teach those laws to your flock and encourage them to do their best to live within those laws. The Pope, Cardinals and bishops are responsible for making changes to the laws as they deem necessary for the good of the church. The problem with the liberals and some of the conservatives is they think they have a right to change the church’s laws to fit their own agenda. All changes should come from the top down; recommendations for change should go from the bottom up for consideration.

So if your boss tells you that raping children is totally fine, you should just get on with it. How fucking charming.

Friday, April 06, 2012

Die spammers die

Due to stupid levels of spam, comments now need word verification.

Monday, April 02, 2012


I bought a train ticket from a ticket machine and instead of a receipt it gave me this:


This doesn’t make any sense at all. What possible reason could the ticket machine have for creating this object?