shakers    Imagine if you would a salt shaker on your dinner table.  Now imagine another shaker on your table, only filled with bullshit.  Most of organized religion is this shaker filled with shit that people add (voluntary or not) to the various dishes and activities in their lives.  Our happy thought experiment plays on the funny human expectations surrounding how we perceive concepts like ‘purity’ and ‘contamination’; the takeaway for our purposes is that it only takes a little bit of shit to ruin your meal or experience; if you still happen to be following the larger meta-thought that I’m artlessly crafting.

We can boil our fruitful thought experiment down even further and generalize.  Take any situation, add shit religion to it, and surprisingly(?) it becomes markedly worse.  Take for instance the phenomena in American society known as “Black Friday”.   The mythological notion that come the last Friday in November businesses are finally out of the red and into the black ink in their ledgers and to celebrate their profitability they are going to sell stuff at wildly discounted prices to demonstrate their thanks to the public for purchasing their stuff.

consumptionorgy   Orgies of consumerism are nothing new in the purposefully designed consumer society, but if we take the shit-shaker of christian religion and add it to the mix we get this:

“Onward, Christian soldiers: Research shows the majority of states where shoppers are most likely to experience violence while shopping on Black Friday are located in the Bible Belt.

According to research recently released by Estately management the top ten states where people are most likely to get into fights over discounted deals on Black Friday are 1) Arkansas, 2) Tennessee, 3) Alabama, 4) Louisiana, 5) Missouri, 6) West Virginia, 7) Oklahoma, 8) Indiana, 9) Kansas, and 10) South Carolina.”

So in the home of the great Moral Majority you’re more likely to get into a fight for that last plasma screen TV at your local retailer.  Now we shouldn’t read too too much into this unscientific poll, but the results hint at the notion that endorsing religious thought (aka delusional shit) makes you a more aggressive, more selfish, let’s just say it; less Christ-like, than people who don’t partake in magical beliefs.
Apparently, the religious table shakers come pre-loaded with a generous portion of irony as well.


[Source:Progressive Secular Humanist]


little grey cat snuggled under a purple blanket

The other night, V learned to make a blanket fort!


little grey cat in a purple blanket, and a big white cat

He was so warm and cozy, he tolerated Fiona almost cuddling him.

Brief hissticuffs ensued (not photographed).


Grey cat and white cat holding hands

But then cozy snuggles won the day and they held hands for quite a while.


This earworm will not go away.  I cannot escape because I have to practice the damn piece for our upcoming choir performances.  So what’s better than an earworm?  Sharing one, of course. :)

This is the best version I can find on youtube, so until we bust out our version, this will have to do. :)


The notion we have a fair playing field, a balance, whatever you’d like to call it is quite patently false.  We have not all just fallen out of some sort of Rawlsian simulator into a just society.  Injustice and anti-egalitarian ideals are normative in society, they are the water we swim in, the air we breathe.  Otherwise interactions like the below just wouldn’t happen.





Later than usual this year, but here we be in temperatures colder than -20 degrees centigrade along with our first 20 cm of snow.   We’re walking in the Winter Wonderland now.  *cheers*


The kitteh’s are ready for the cold though. :)

I’m tired and not braining much today, so sit back and enjoy this astronomical short on Mars. :)


With the downturn of the economy we are now facing a crisis in terms of food for those that need some extra help. In an article by the CBC:


The HungerCount 2015 report compiled by Food Banks Canada says 852,137 people, including 305,366 children, accessed a food bank in this country during March, a slight increase over March of last year.


Usage in Alberta is up by almost 83 per cent since March 2008 — right before the start of the global financial crisis — when the number of people turning to food banks was at an all-time low across the country.

While asking for increased donations is not sustainable, I think it’s time we all gave it a shot. And to that effect, let me link to this funny and informative video on how to donate to a food bank properly.

That’s right, cold hard cash. It’s easier and cost effective. And the good news is that you can even do it online!  Go to the Alberta food banks and make a donation today! You might just stop a toddler from going hungry today!





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