Daily Archives: October 4, 2017

The Cremation of Sam McGee…


Date: October 04, 2017

01) The Cremation of Sam McGee

“A reading of the poem by Robert W. Service (Jan. 16, 1874 – Sept. 11, 1958).

Most people reading this poem treat it as lightweight fare, a funny parody of a horror story. Service probably intended it that way.

But for my own amusement, and as a gesture towards Halloween, I’ve attempted to reinterpret the poem as genuine horror. It wasn’t easy! The climactic stanza is hilarious, not scary. I’ll rely on you folks to tell me if I succeeded.”


Dr. Marty Klein: Is Fear of Social Media Rage Censoring Your Sexuality?…

Date: October 04, 2017

01) Is Fear of Social Media Rage Censoring Your Sexuality?

“Government, religion, and the media are still major obstacles to healthy sexual expression. But now social media and an extraordinary meanness in public discourse has led to a dangerous self-censorship. People loudly criticize things they haven’t actually read, lying about them across cyberspace. The words “I disagree” have been replaced with forceful insults (“misogynist,” “rape apologist”), attempts to get people censured or fired (Laura Kipnis, John McAdams, Trent Bertrand), and violent action to prevent people from speaking in public.

As a lifelong “liberal” it breaks my heart to say this, but more of us need to: “liberals” and “progressives” are making it harder and harder to write about things that matter. While I want my writing and speaking to have an impact, I don’t want to risk aggressive pickets and physical threats just for the privilege of expressing myself. I’ve (warily) lectured in Communist Vietnam, mainland China, and the old Soviet Union; it shouldn’t be scary like that here in the U.S.”

It’s one of the oldest social wars that wont go away…It’s plagued us as a species…

The dirty little secret is…if they can control your sexuality…they can control you.

One of the primary reasons why those of us who continue to fight back get so much venom, murder threats, and the like…is because we are no longer fully controlled by them…

…We refuse, and deny, their purported authority.

…We identify them, for the aggressors and terrorists they factually are.

People like that, don’t like having a spotlight shown back on themselves.

When the masses can clearly see the many faults of these aggressors…it takes away the illusion, that these aggressors possess the moral high ground.

…It exposes their own morally bankrupt beliefs, practices and agendas…

…It makes it harder for the terrorists, when everybody else can see them for what they are.

So Much of the Media Deserves This Specific Kind of Mockery…

Date: October 04, 2017

01) The Prescience of Brass Eye, 15 Years Later [2016]

“Chris Morris’s brutal satire aired its last and most controversial episode in 2001, but its skewering of the news media feels more relevant than ever.


“Paedogeddon,” like so much satire, can only stand in context. Its main target might have been the news media, but as a result of its intentionally manic presentation, it feels broadly dismissive of almost every kind of victimhood. The episode presents itself as a serious warning about the dangers of sex offenders living among us. Then it quickly turns into a hyperactive call for vigilante justice, in which every scared parent is a maniacal fool and every child molester is a monstrous goblin, too absurdly caricatured to exist in real life.

It’s beyond ridiculous—and yet, that’s exactly the direction in which political and journalistic discourse has trended in the intervening 15 years. Morris was mocking the weekly news show with Brass Eye, but he was also envisioning its apocalyptic future. At the end of “Paedogeddon,” a mob sets a man named “Peter Phile” on fire in his car, but the anchors dismiss his death as necessary collateral damage. “There’s an astonishing sense of community here … a sense of a job well done, a shared sigh of relief, very much like the bizarre euphoria at the end of an hour’s vomiting,” a reporter tells the camera, as the streets burn behind him.

That’s the world Morris was warning us about: One where every hero can do no wrong, and every villain is a lunatic worthy of public shaming. The mob justice “Paedogeddon” mocked now might now play out online, rather than in front of a TV camera, but its power remains just as frightening. Nuance, in an era of instant news, will be in scarcer and scarcer supply, and for all of Brass Eye’s shocking humor, that idea is the show’s most searing takeaway.”

I applauded “Brass Eye” and it’s creator Chris Morris, when this came out…and I continue to applaud.

The sheer level and degree of shoddy representation MAPs have been subjected too, at the hands of the media over the past several decades, has left me with the conclusion…that if equal karma ever comes back around and visits the people behind this media…metaphorically, they and their projects will be left mangled and in a body bag, abandoned in a landfill or left to feed the vultures…The roundabout would be both severe, and inhumane…if they were getting every bit as good, as they’ve greatly enjoyed dishing out

We all know that’s never going to happen…and the best we can anticipate, is social commentary on how out of control, vindictive and malicious the media has gotten.

We need a lot more of this style of mockery, aimed at what the media has been getting away with.



Date: October 04, 2017

01) Belief-O-Matic®

“Even if YOU don’t know what faith you are, Belief-O-Matic® knows. Answer 20 questions about your concept of God, the afterlife, human nature, and more, and Belief-O-Matic® will tell you what religion (if any) you practice…or ought to consider practicing.”

“Your beliefs match closest with Secular Humanism!”

Well…There you go!

This is exactly what I was expecting.

Sub-Blog Archive

Katherine Ozment: Grace Without God (TTA Podcast 348)…

Date: October 04, 2017

01) Katherine Ozment: Grace Without God (TTA Podcast 348)

“Katherine Ozment is an award-winning journalist and author, with credits that include National Geographic, The New York Times, and Salon. Katherine navigated her own journey toward secular meaning, purpose and “grace.” She speaks with Seth Andrews about “Grace Without God.”

Katherine’s website: http://katherineozment.com/

Michigan’s sex offender registry needs reform, U.S. Supreme Court decides…

Date: October 04, 2017

01) Michigan’s sex offender registry needs reform, U.S. Supreme Court decides

“The U.S. Supreme Court opened its new term yesterday, and one of its first actions has direct repercussions in Michigan.

The court decided it would not take up the state of Michigan’s appeal of a unanimous decision by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Thirteen months ago, the Sixth Circuit found the state was treating people as “moral lepers” with its sex offender registry.

“[The court] decided, on the basis of this case brought by six individuals, that indeed the law can’t be applied to them because it violates the ex post facto restriction of the constitution,” said J.J. Prescott, a University of Michigan law professor and expert on sex offender laws.

That means the decision essentially said the state can’t apply the sex offender registry laws to people retroactively, which it has been doing.

Because the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to take up the state’s appeal of this decision, “for all intents and purposes, the decision is final,” Prescott said.

The upshot? Michigan likely has to go back to the drawing board and change the registry.

When it was originally being crafted, the argument for the sex offender registry law was that it’d make everybody safe. But Prescott said that’s not actually the case.

“What we forget is actually in many ways, these laws operate as anti-reentry laws,” he said. “In other words, they make life so difficult, even for those who never would have committed a crime again, that it’s actually not all that different from being in prison. And if you think about how somebody who is homeless or can’t find a job or can’t see or interact with their family very often because of all of these restrictions, turns out that a number of them start to wonder, you know, what’s in it for them? Why should they continue trying hard to integrate into society given how difficult it is for them to be on the outside?”