Tea is more complicated than I thought...
Everyone knows the shocking scale of the Tory-led coalition government's proposed changes to the NHS and degree to which they disregard public and expert concerns.
If you care about public healthcare in the UK, write to your MP. NOW.
Below the fold is the letter I have sent to my MP and to various members of the House of Lords, complete with references.
Look at that. You can see fetid cogs in his tiny brain grinding against each other, spraying his cryptoreligious, sub-Victorian horseshit propaganda across the nation's children.
If those unwealthy masses want to learn something, they can damn well learn some family values. Look at them, breeding and scrounging. Single mothers and fags — the buck of every problem in this Broken Britain stops with them. Maybe if we can get their birth rate down they'll stop rioting, get docile and let us keep the money we worked hard to earn, dammit. That's what a conservative government ought to do. Protect the interests of those which make this country great.
Apparently there are no bounds on the lack of respect I have for this corrupt party.
The Guradian's published a Comment is free article by Christian author Charlotte Allen. It's called "Atheists: No God, just whining", with jovial abstract: "Atheists are a tiresome, self-pitying bunch whose primary motivation isn't rationalism but anger". Oh yes, this is already looking like a good one. Well, I read it. And the only thing that struck me was the bizarre irony of someone complaining about whining taking the place of valid argument, by whining in place of valid argument. There are fifteen paragraphs in Charlotte's essay, and I think only one valid point is made throughout. I'm going to reproduce and deconstruct it briefly because, well, because I can. And I think it's interesting that an essay of such meagre calibre has been published in not one but two major newspapers. Let me begin:
I can't stand atheists – but it's not because they don't believe in God. It's because they're crashing bores.
Well we're off to a good start. Allen opens with a short paragraph which really serves as an excellent preview for the rest of the essay — it's a sweeping generalisation, offensively bigoted (try rehashing with "jew" in place of "atheist" and submitting this to The Guardian), contains no argument, and displays a startling lack of self-awareness. Continue reading
Mr Ahern yesterday defended a fine of up to €100,000 that will be imposed on blasphemers. ... Gardai will now have the power to seize blasphemous material from the home or any other premises used by a person convicted of blasphemy.
Okay, seriously now guys, stop it.
This kind of thing used to be funny. We'd be all "heh, glad I don't live in Saudi Arabia" or "oh, that crazy pope, what'll he get up to next?". But the joke's run its course and it's time to give it up and move along, ok?
Remember, we're trying to build a better world here, and hilarious though pranks like this are, they're getting a little tiresome.
Oh no. You're not serious...
Reason Weekly writes:
The outbreak of swine flu should be renamed “Mexican” influenza in deference to Muslim and Jewish sensitivities over pork, said an Israeli health official Monday.
Deputy Health Minister Yakov Litzman said the reference to pigs is offensive to both religions and “we should call this Mexican flu and not swine flu,” he told a news conference at a hospital in central Israel.
Nice to see the men of god have their priorities right.
Oh fucking hell. The Guardian writes:
[Sir Alasdair] Macdonald said: "What we're trying to do, and I accept it's difficult, is find a balance between young people having an entitlement to knowledge, facts, information but where schools, particularly schools with a particular faith interest or other disposition, also have a right to put that in context of their particular institution. "
Think about that — a balance between young people having an entitlement to knowledge, and an institution's particular faith interests. This is just so irresponsible.
What a beautifully irony-laced headline from Spiegel Online International.
From the article:
Since 2006, ethics has been a compulsory subject for all high school students in Germany's capital city, while religion is an optional course. The "Pro Reli" campaign wants to change those rules so that pupils would have to choose between ethics and a faith-based religion class. Those classes would be strictly divided along religious lines, with Protestants, Catholics and Muslims being taught separately.
I actually can't believe this. It's like a piece of science fiction.
This mysterious letter arrived in the mail the other day:
Though I live with other people, I naturally assumed that such an envelope was intended for me. "Who do I know in Glasgow? A long-lost sibling? A secret admirer?" I thought. I opened it up:
That's right. I want to draw your attention to a few choice quotes:
We'd like to be in control, but too often we feel out of control.
[This is because we] go against God's plan for living.
Sound advice. If you feel out of control, instead submit your will to an invisible and unaccountable master who literally owns your soul instead of looking at any real problems and their causes. Now that's a healthy and productive way to think.
[Jesus'] death on the cross, and resurrection three days later broke the power of sin over us
Yes. Because that makes complete sense.
Making fun of ridiculous Christians used to be fun! It's like they're not even trying anymore.