Archive for month: January, 2015

Friday Quote – Phil Plait

16 Jan
January 16, 2015

I’m tired of ignorance held up as inspiration, where vicious anti-intellectualism is considered a positive trait, and where uninformed opinion is held up as fact.

Phil Plait

Or where emotion is held up as proof.

Limits and Limits

15 Jan
January 15, 2015

The Pope has waded into the controversy around the Charlie Hebdo murders by telling us it’s wrong to kill in the name of God and that there needs to be limits on insulting other religions.

“One cannot provoke, one cannot insult other people’s faith, one cannot make fun of faith,” Francis said on the flight from Colombo, Sri Lanka, to Manila.

Emphasis mine.

My response to the Pope: Bullshit. Insults and comedy are part of the natural critique for any faith/belief system/philosophy. The marketplace of ideas is harmed without the full width and breadth of nonviolent critique.

I make fun of religions because I find them foolish. I make jokes of their inconsistencies. I fully expect others to make jokes about atheists.

Here’s where it comes to limits and limits. More to the point, moral limits and legal limits.

If the Pope is calling for moral limits on expression, then that’s fine. He’s the moral leader for millions of people and they expect him to tell them his interpretation of Big Sky Daddy’s will. Breaking the moral limit may get someone excluded from Thanksgiving dinner, but not get thrown in jail.

On the other hand, we’re going to have a problem if he’s calling for legal limits on expression, that becomes dangerous for a society. The problem is that what is offensive is highly subjective, and legally limiting speech becomes a tyranny of the most sensitive. Improvements in science and philosophy are lost because thinkers are not allowed pathways due to “offense”.

Limits and limits.

Metal Tuesday- Iron Maiden- Run To the Hills

13 Jan
January 13, 2015

Iron Maiden is one of those bands that are almost required before one can call themselves Metalheads. Out of their extensive repertoire, we’re doing “Run For the Hills.” Partly, because it’s a damned good song, and partly so I can use this graphic:

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Lyrics in the YouTube video.

Friday Quote – Sean Sorrentino

09 Jan
January 9, 2015

The problem with gun people is not getting them to tell you information, most of the time it’s getting them to shut up.

Sean Sorrentino, on episode 20 of the Gun Blog Variety Cast

I may have been guilty of this.

Remember, there is a careful balance of knowledge transfer when dealing with people new to guns and shooting. Worse, it’s going to be different for each new shooter.

Barbarians At the Gate

08 Jan
January 8, 2015

Barbarian thugs attacked a French newspaper and killed 12 because the newspaper published “offensive” satirical cartoons of Muhammad.

Over the past twenty-four hours, I’ve heard a lot of varying commenting. Many going off on Islam. I’m not going to repeat that most Muslims are peaceful. It really comes down to whether you are a civilized person or a barbarian. Currently, many – maybe most – of the barbarian cultures in the world today worship their magic sky-daddy as Allah.

Worse, the powers that be seem to have two responses to the barbarians: cower or emulate the barbarians.

Proving once again that we are on our own. The barbarians are inside the gates. Be prepared.

We Must Protect Them!

06 Jan
January 6, 2015

Stolen completely from Borepatch:

Goober on “Social Justice Warriors”:

“You take a guy that lived his entire life in the Amazonian jungle, fighting for every meal he’s ever eaten, making his own living/clothing/abode/etc at huge expense of labor, and living every day with the fear of that next cut becoming septic and killing him, or that next sniffle being the cold that brings him down, or the next monsoon not being monsooney enough and his family starving to death, and you give him a pair of Levi jeans, some tennis shoes, a first world education, and modern medicine, and HE WILL CUT YOUR FUCKING THROAT before he will let you stick him back in that jungle.

But SJWs want to keep him there, unmolested by western “cultural pollution” like modern medicine and central air conditioning, in order to “preserve his culture”, without giving him an educated say in the decision at all. More of that SJW superiority.

This idea of “allowing the brown people too stay in their place” smacks an awful, awful lot like “keeping the brown people in their place.”

Yup.

If anthropology has taught us anything, it’s that culture is not supposed to stay stagnant as a museum piece. It is expected to evolve as new technologies and conditions emerge. You don’t protect people by limiting their choices.

Metal Tuesday – Messiah’s Kiss – The Ancient Cries

06 Jan
January 6, 2015

New Year means a new band debuting on Metal Tuesday. This week we have Messiah’s Kiss and their song “The Ancient Cries.”

Lyrics:

I am the one to blaze in the sky
Fearless l shattered the dawn
Caught in the crossfire, faceless, unknown
Awaited salvation to call

The seal has been broken when destiny calls
God of salvation arise
Bury my soul on altars of pain
Show me the way to eternal skies

Wide fire’s kissin’ the sun
Pounding the world for all eternity
Black clouds cover the sky escorting your ride
To the land of the ancient cries

I am the son of pleasure and pain
Rulers of darkness and light
Magic and wisdom, thunder and rain
Welcome this magical night

The seal has been broken when destiny calls
God of salvation arise
Bury my soul on altars of pain
Show me the way to eternal skies

Wide fire’s kissin’ the sun
Pounding the world for all eternity
Black clouds cover the sky escorting your ride
To the land of the ancient cries

Wide fire’s kissin’ the sun
Pounding the world for all eternity
Black clouds cover the sky escorting your ride
To the land of the ancient cries

Wide fire’s kissin’ the sun
Pounding the world for all eternity
Black clouds cover the sky escorting your ride
To the land of the ancient cries

To the land of the ancient
To the land of the ancient cries

Monday Fiction still on hiatus

05 Jan
January 5, 2015

Due to some really nasty gunk I picked up over the holidays and crash project at work.

I have no idea when I will have the chance to get back to Avalon, but will beg patience for those of you trying to keep up with the story.

Friday Quote – Alexis Carrel

02 Jan
January 2, 2015

First quote of the new year, and I’m sure many of us have made resolutions to be better humans.

Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor.

Alexis Carrel

This is not to discourage you, but to reinforce how sweet victory is.