Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Blogger bastards

I was prompted by blogger to try out their new snazzy template maker. So I did and got the one previous to this with the bokeh background. Problem was it took too long to load up. I liked that my blog was quick to load on slower machines because not everyone has a new computer. So I went to try and fix it and the links are gone! I can't find the new snazzy template maker thing that they had special links for. So Now I have to revert to this boring non-fun, non-me template until I get the energy to scrounge up a new one and fuck about with HTML codes all day.

You suck blogger! A year of no orgasms for you.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Perfectly quiet morning ruined...

I had planned for this morning to be a nice quiet one at the café with coffee, poached eggs and the crossword puzzles. It's the last one I'll have to myself for the next two weeks as the kids are on school break from this afternoon.

Page three of the Herald Sun, (which I don't normally read as I prefer The Age but they were all gone and the Herald has the jumble puzzle), has a picture of a guy holding a bible in front of a waterfall, smiling with the headline "Ablett warns of drug, booze crisis" I read the snippet and being unimpressed, I wrote the word "TWAT!!" across his forehead and turned the page.

He so is.

Page 40-41 I'm assaulted again by Mr Ablett, who's been given a two page spread to tell us how he thinks becoming more christian and forgetting all this science stuff will bring Australia back the being the once great nation it once was. Stupidly, I began to read the article. After the first column I pulled out my highlighter and began marking passages. Then I began arguing aloud to the pages while highlighting.

Frustration

Here's some of his advice for modern Australians:

I believe without a doubt that our nation is in crisis and is in its current predicament because we have deliberately disconnected ourselves from our Christian heritage and history. We are a nation that was originally founded upon the word of God and established on the authority of biblical truth. Our political system, our judicial system and most of our schools and hospitals were begun by godly men and women who based their lives and work on godly principles.

Sound familiar? It's the same tripe the evangelists in America say. What's prompted him to speak out suddenly? Let's guess...

One of the things that triggered my response was that I became aware that there was an atheist convention in Melbourne last week. Richard Dawkins, a renowned atheist, gave a message entitled, "From goo to you through the zoo". Now it is bad enough misleading us by telling us we descended from convicts but to tell us we descended from "apes" - come on!

Looks like someone doesn't like ideas that don't gel with his own. But is he denying that Australia was originally a collection of penal colonies? That's a new kind of denialism. Maybe he isn't descended (har har) but he could use a history book. And, as he goes on to prove, he needs a few science books, too.

The fact is that fossil records do not support Darwin's theory. Experts have come to realise that the gaps in the fossil records and the absence of precursor and intermediate forms are such that they can no longer be ignored or his theory be taken seriously. I submit to you that the theory of evolution is not only lacking in facts, but has absolutely no foundation whatsoever. If it was only ever a theory, how did it find its way into our classrooms and society as fact?

Same argument the creationists use over and over and it's been debunked and won over a zillion times. Yet they continue to spout the same tripe. (In fact, I'm going to wager that this and it's following paragraphs were plagiarized). You can't fill the gaps with "God did it!" I'll spare you his babbling on about peanut butter jars because he also has no knowledge of the sterilization processes. He probably thinks a shirt placed in a box of wheat makes mice, too.

To attempt to derive the morning's news from the chemistry of the paper alone without the input of information is absurd. Even in a simple newspaper we can appreciate "Intelligent Design". It is the same as a genetic code imprinted according to the laws of information and language on to matter.

Please, just stop already.

...people like Richard Dawkins will try and tell us that we humans as well as the entire universe, which are immeasurably more complex than any passenger jet could ever be, all happened by chance. It's like having an explosion of ink in a printing room and coming up with the English Dictionary. It's a fallacy. Every cell in the universe came from another cell, you never see a new cell come into existence on its own. Organisms do not spontaneously arise in nature from non-life.
No instead a magic man in the sky just wished it all into existence one week. *poof*

What I find frustrating is the section of religious folk who piss all over science because the silly fools dare to seek answers when really all they have to do is read the bible to know God did It. They disparage the facts that have been found to disprove many of their myths, use the "rebellious teenager" arguments and just make themselves look pitiable. Worse, they give the more open-minded Christians a bad name because they all get lumped in together, which really winds them up.

the last straw...

Unfortunately, Western civilization has embraced the "lie" of evolution as fact, and we have been completely blinded to the profound effect and impact it is having upon our society and nation. We tell ourselves and our children that it was all just an accident and we are nothing more than "cosmic orphans", with no real purpose, value or destiny, completely without hope for a great future and then wonder why our country is "self-destructing" and our society's attitude has become "Let's eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die". And, if life gets too hard or painful let's just end it. And that's just the beginning. No wonder our society if out of control, the consequences are horrendous.


Ok, now it's not funny - now you've pissed me off. I've never told my kids they are an accident or "Cosmic orphans" - what tosh. I certainly don't tell them to "Eat, drink and make merry for tomorrow we die." I tell them they are special, unique and amazing and that they have an opportunity to make this world spectacular and to enjoy all the beautiful diversity available to them. This life is precious because it's the only one we get. I want to fill my life with beauty, happiness and if anything makes me depressed it's that I spent a few years of my life not doing anything because I stupidly thought an afterlife would be better.

I'll never encourage anyone to "Just end it." because life is hard. Life is hard and the hard parts make us stronger, wiser and resilient. It makes us appreciate the good parts all the more.

The cherry on the top was when my friend, Jason Ball posted a link for those of us who won't know who Ablett is, which tells of his arrest in 2000 in connection to the drug overdose death of a 20 year old woman in his hotel room. Amazing he now feels he has any fucking right to tell other people how to be moral.

I think I can live without the jumble puzzle if this is the tripe Herald Sun thinks is news. I wrote a complaint to the Editor.

***Edit to add: I fucking knew it! That plagiarizing bastard!! C-word cword cword. (I can't say it, the kids are listening.)


Thursday, March 25, 2010

Been busy...

I've spent the past week getting information together and editing that information down and then re-adding, cutting - you know my usual nightmare of writing. But this time it was for a guest post over at The Friendly Atheist. I'd written a quick note to Hemant Metha about the Christian Religious Education and Chaplaincy programs that I've been trying to get my head around for the past few months and he asked if I'd write something up. Enter panic. Dithering about on my blog about bras, periods and my goofy but lovable kids is one thing, but something serious on an activism blog - big step for me. But I did it.

Hard enough trying to balance this blog between not annoying some family who are Christian and politely ignore my atheism so I kind of don't go too much into the issues, and then thinking, fuck that - it's my blog! Where else am I supposed to talk about this stuff? Feeling guilty because I've lost quite a few regular readers/commenters over the past few years with coming out as an atheist and talking about some of my issues with religion in the world. Yet, finding that I have gained lots of friends who agree and support me has been wonderful. I also have a few folks who tell me "You're being obnoxious and attacking chrisitans. Get a better argument." which I think every atheist needs to hear as does anyone who takes it upon themselves to break the social taboo of discussing religion or politics in public. On the flip, I've also had to talk a few christian friends down from their indignation because any word of criticism of Christianity is taken as a personal attack.

Learning to deal with folks who are highly reactive and happy to condemn my opinion but shut down on any kind of counter has been invaluable.

I've received a ton of emails and links to read and get caught up on. The flow of information is becoming overwhelming - but exciting. Finding the answers and then more questions. Making contact with like minded people.

I need to make an update video, but will have to wax my mustache first and wait for the redness to go down.

Tenterhooks.

Had coffee with other moms this morning which was great. I even talked at length with the CRE teacher who it turns out, has a lot in common with me. She was born and raised in the UK, lived for a few years in Boston MA and now lives in Melbourne with her two daughters. She didn't ask why Shorty wasn't in CRE, but we did talk about how the USA goes well over the top on holidays like Halloween and St. Patrick's day, where it's a much smaller affair everywhere else.

Was talking to Shorty last night about CRE and how she feels about being the only kid separated from the rest of the group for that time. She says she's ok with it. I do worry at some time she'll feel excluded, or the kids will ask questions she'll not know how to answer. Which turned out to be good instincts because when I asked her "Do you understand why we don't want you in the CRE class?" she answered with "Because it's all rubbish," and I realise have to get better about talking in whispers with my husband - this kid has batlike hearing! So we had a talk. Fingers crossed she understood, but may take a couple more chats to reinforce.

Must bake!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Always the optimist...

Was talking to a friend this morning who noticed I was a tad pale. I confessed I had a griping belly and would need to be near the toilet for most of the day.

"But first I'll go buy some Snickers bars and peanut M&Ms and have a candy binge. Since the calories won't stick, I may as well indulge."

"Only you would find a silver lining to diarrhea."

And she's right.

Bad habit confessed

For some reason I've been forgetting to eat breakfast. I then eat my leftovers lunch at about 10:30, skip lunch and am starving by 4pm. After school the kids are constantly nagging me for snacks but I tell them they can finish what they didn't eat from their lunchbox, or have fruit but after that they hear "You can wait until dinner" which leads to frustration and crying and hateful glares.

...all the while I'm sneaking bites here and there because I'm starving too. Then when dinner is done, I'm not hungry. I tell the girls I'll wait and eat with Daddy but most of the time, I plate up my dinner and have it for 10:30 lunch the next day.

It's so naughty. But I'm sure I'm not the only one who does this.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

These have perked me up...

As did half a big bag of peanut M&Ms

Reading Rainbow!

Mien Kampf:



Lolita:



and my favourite, American Psycho! :



Unicorns and glitter, bitches!!

The Dark Side

I'm a bit grumpy. I'm preoccupied with the CRE stuff. I'm a bit flat on my bento hobby insofar as I'm going through the motions but not really finding any new inspirations - I say this as I've figured out how to make nice pot stickers and rice paper wraps but I don't think those things would be nice cold in a bento...I just don't know. Try? Maybe. Blah. Perhaps.

I've been invited to write a guest post over at The Friendly Atheist regarding CRE, which I'm honored and terrified over. I've gotten the support of Hugh Wilson at the Australian Secular Lobby to put some information forward too,* and share the spotlight - what can I say, I've got stage fright! When that's up, sometime next week, I'll post a link.

My computer, she struggles to keep up. I should be more patient, understand her limitations but I get frustrated. This is how it is when you get old. Thankfully she lets me know when I'm being unreasonable and crashes spectacularly. She made need a visit to the Mac Dr and get cleaned and lubed and upgraded.

Payday seemed a long way away for a long time even though it's the shortest time between paypackets. These kids!! They keep growing! I just bought those jeans! Why are they above your ankles??? Sassy in particular is getting an inch a week it seems. She's now taller than most of the boys of in her class. It won't last, but for now I think she kind of likes it.

I've had a raging case of PMS this week. I rarely get proper PMS. My usual symptom is a sudden burst of energy and a need to go to the gym and be active and I have renewed ability to organize and motivate. This week: Bitchfest. I'm not fun, I'm not tolerant, I'm not smiling. I had a drink induced day of high spirits, but after that I was the Glum Goddess. I better get some chocolate fast or someone's gonna get cut. I've been expecting it for days and it finally appeared an hour ago. Now I just want it over with, and hope everything stays where it belongs.

Onward, forward, here I go.

Guilt trips from home. Fucking annoying. Not going to even bother going on about it. Apparently email isn't the same as real mail, and a phone call counts for nothing. I'm sorry I'm so lax about thank you cards but you have known this for 14 years. It's why I call, it's more personable. If I'd known you filed them away to check at a later date to tally up against items sent, I would've told you earlier you were being obnoxious. Then I still would've called and not sent a thank you note.

I need to do push ups, and I don't know why. How can hormones inspire guilt over push-ups?

I really am the second happiest person I know. Shorty is the first. I need more happy grown-ups around me. Where have all the happy grown-ups gone?

For fuck sake! ...no reason that time. Just speaking aloud.

*I'm fucking stressing over where that damned comma should go! It's not like it's the all important fucking comma in the whole fucking world but I had it in my head that a comma always precedes the word too but when I put one before and then after to separate the thought it looked fucking stupid and now I'm just annoyed at how fucking spurious our language is with its damned fucking rules. If I look it up I give in. And don't one of you dare tell me! I'll figure it out. FUCK! I started a sentence with and and that's bad too!! I'm going out for chocolate...after I double check. OH - now it's ok to start a sentence with and and but? Dickheads changing the rules. I'm still mad about the comma though and think it's best to let that one pass.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Me? I'm a spy, duh!



Also here's a recruitment video for chaplains to schools. Things to note: Creationism, prayer and "God's my friend" and imagine the Hindu, Muslim or Buddhist kid in the class and how they must feel. No child should be put in that position of confusion and insecurity.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

The Lovely Toes

When they say that when you put a picture on the internet it stays there forever, they mean it. Although they may be hinting "Don't put naked pictures of yourself online" doesn't really matter what you put up; someone is going to appreciate it.



Flickr®
Hi Lyvvie!

one_wakey2 has sent you a message on Flickr.
Subject: hello
Date: 9th March, 2010

i like u pictures so much u have so beautifull ones i like special those i could see u feet (i have a feet fetish ) wish I post some comments also but was affraid i will ofend u about that sorry if somehow i upset or offend with that i have to say u have so sweet hot and sexy feet i like u color toes shape of u feet perfect arch

*heebie-jeebies*

This isn't the first time I've read this kind of thing regarding my feet. I'm pretty sure he's talking about the pictures I took of my new Birkenstocks when I tried to photograph my feet in romantic light among a bed of flowers. I was being silly. Yet the picture was picked up and put around to some foot fetish sites and I've received emails like the one above ever since.

CRE - We opt the kids out

An update on the CRE situation and the next questions I want to ask.



That fucking screen grab will be changed. Done. No more half blink freak-eye.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Did I mention we had a huge hailstorm yesterday?

While watching The Bridges of Madison county and trying to not think of the fact it was old people having sex on afternoon TV (Well not so bothered by Meryl Streep, but Clint.) when I heard a loud bang on the roof. Then another. Then the wind picked up and lots of bangs and I thought a tree had come down on the roof. Husband rushes out to see if it's me making me the noise and we both go to the window and see, for the first time in our lives, golf ball sized hail. First though was - are the kids inside? They were out playing just before. They were safe. Then we thought about the car. and got that moved. A bit more "WTF?!" and a rare "Holy crap!" then I woke up and got my video camera out. I caught the last few minutes of the storm.

I hate the sound of my own voice. I hate how it doesn't sound as excited as I felt witnessing this.

The news report was worse. There was a "mini cyclone" passed right through the city center. The streets flooded, I'm guessing because the drains got stopped up with hailstones. There were two young women interviewed for the news with painful, swollen round welts up their legs and cuts on their backs from being caught in the storm. I wish I could find that interview because it was a shocker. My escapade pales by comparison. I was too chicken to go out and grab one of the big stones.

Modernized 10 Commandments

Christopher Hitchens has come out with his own version of the 10 commandments to suit a modern day. In his article in Vanity Fair.



Although, George Carlin did it first, and with far more infectious humour. Bringing about the term "Waxing his carrot".

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

CRE, the revenge.

I posted a rant up at YouTube, and am putting it here too. I think I'm most wound up that there doesn't seem to be anyone else around me who also finds these Christian Religious Education classes disgusting. Most people shrug, they're not bothered. They don't think it's harmful. I don't think I'm overreacting.



Access Ministries and their plans for our kids:



There is the girl who says she's not a christian but she likes that it's about values and it's not all god and Jesus. Unfortunately, from the syllabus, that's just not true. Not in the two grades I've seen. Also, I don't know how AM can use the bushfires as an impetus to inject more religion into schools across the whole state.

Monday, March 01, 2010

I try to be artsy...

but I can't help but think it looks a lot like a pan of arseholes.

Sliced figsSliced figsSliced figs

More fig jam. Too much fig jam.