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Pigeons as film critics

mediated through the lens of fundamentalism. Is that too strong?
If only we knew in advance what concepts were going to be presented in a movie that we might actually have to explain to our children. Otherwise we might actually have to make sure our kids understood that people have sex, that people die, that people can lie and steal and that pagans worshop satan and after the rapture they’re all going to dammed for all eternity in the firey lake. And Jesus loves you.
It’s becoming harder and
harder to identify a movie
that can be enjoyed by
the entire family.
Because most family
movies are shit.
Monsters Vs. Aliens
Content Description:
Sex: A female character kisses another character on the head.
Language: Su*k-1; Bo*bies-1; Holy Cheeze Its-1; G/OMG-2
Violence: There are several exciting chase scenes and parents should realize that their really young children might possibly be alarmed; a character jumps through a window; A character is shot with a needle; a woman strikes a large cockroach; a large robot attacks and is taken down; characters are chased; accidents on road; some explosions and threats.
Drugs: Medication used in a needle; a robot says, “I’m so buzzing”.
Nudity: An animated man is briefly seen on a toilet but it is not graphic.
Other: There is a scene of a church wedding; a character is supposed to be a missing link.

Who do Christians turn to when they need someone to tell them how to think what to watch? Why the Dove Foundation!

Is it a bird? Is it a cake mix? It's a bird.

Is it a bird? Is it a cake mix? It's a bird.

Because what I want to know before going to see a film is “What would I want to think Jesus would want to tell us to tell our children?”

If only we knew in advance what concepts were going to be presented in a movie that we might actually have to explain to our children. Otherwise we might actually have to make sure our kids understood that people have sex, that people die, that people can lie and steal and that pagans worshop satan and after the rapture they’re all going to be dammed for all eternity in the firey lake. And Jesus loves you.

Now there’s no need to worry. Or think for yourself.

It’s becoming harder and harder to identify a movie that can be enjoyed by the entire family.

Because most deliberately ‘family’ movies are shit.

Monsters Vs. Aliens

Content Description:

Sex: A female character kisses another character on the head.

Language: Su*k-1; Bo*bies-1; Holy Cheeze Its-1; G/OMG-2

Violence: There are several exciting chase scenes and parents should realize that their really young children might possibly be alarmed; a character jumps through a window; A character is shot with a needle; a woman strikes a large cockroach; a large robot attacks and is taken down; characters are chased; accidents on road; some explosions and threats.

Drugs: Medication used in a needle; a robot says, “I’m so buzzing”.

Nudity: An animated man is briefly seen on a toilet but it is not graphic.

Other: There is a scene of a church wedding; a character is supposed to be a missing link.

The satanic evolutionary link between man and fish

The satanic evolutionary link between man and fish

Nationalism and Religion in a Global Age

In case you missed it at RMIT Storey Hall in March, you can now listen to the very interesting 2009 Tom Nairn lecture by Professor Mark Juergensmeyer, University of California.

Global Rebellion: Religious Challenges to the Secular State 
If you don’t have a spare hour and eighteen minutes, here is the text version of the lecture (PDF 193 KB)
From his site…
Professor Mark Juergensmeyer is director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, professor of sociology, and affiliate professor of religious studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is an expert on religious violence, conflict resolution and South Asian religion and politics, and has published more than two hundred articles and twenty books, including the recently-released Global Rebellion: Religious Challenges to the Secular State (University of California Press 2008). His widely-read Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence (University of California Press, revised edition 2003), is based on interviews with religious activists around the world–including individuals convicted of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, leaders of Hamas, and abortion clinic bombers in the United States–and was listed by the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times as one of the best nonfiction books of the year.

Nazipedia

How many different version of reality are out there? As many as there are people. How many are ludicrously racist? Slightly less, but still a lot. One of the more bizarre is Metapedia, or to put it another way – Nazipedia, which unfortunately isn’t an example of Poe’s Law. But definitely Godwin’s law

Ah, the good old days of Wolfenstein 3D

Ah, the good old days of Wolfenstein 3D

From their preamble…

Metapedia is an electronic encyclopedia about culture, art, science, philosophy and politics.
The word ‘Metapedia’ is derived from two concepts from classical greek: ‘meta’ that means ‘outside’ or ‘beyond’; and ‘enkyklios paideia’ that means ‘encyclopedia’. The name has a dual symbolic meaning:

  • Metapedia sets its focus on topics that usually are not covered in — i.e. that falls outside of — mainstream encyclopedias.
  • Metapedia has a metapolitical purpose, to influence the mainstream debate, culture and historical view.

The project is still in its early stages, but the database is growing every day and you are heartily welcome to contribute to the growth of this valuable and unique encyclopedia.

At least they claim it’s unique. I certainly hope there aren’t more like it lurking out there. But what they really mean is…

Hey everybody, we’re Nazis! National Socialism, which is the polite name for the Nazi party, was really misunderstood – we just wanted to rule the world for 1000 years (for starters), in which time we would have killed everyone who was the least bit different from us and by us we mean some idealised version of the Aryan race (but not actually Aryans as they came from India which is full of brown skinned people) and people who think Nazi apologist David Irving is actually an historian instead of an hysterical racist.

The Register has a good take on it.

Conservapedia too pinko? Try Metapedia

Even Conservapedia finds it too strange a bedfellow. But that might make it homosexual, which it really isn’t, really.

And at time of writing, Consversapedia have this on their front page

The YouTube video producer Swordsman of Faith continues to battle evolutionists over his anti-evolution video which cites the Conservapedia evolution article and the video was produced over 60 days ago! It appears as if many Darwinist cannot face the truth that Adolf Hitler was an evolutionist and that the Nazi eugenics program and the Holocaust have their roots in Darwinism!

The Black Knight always triumphs!

The Black Knight always triumphs!

Take that you dammed evolved beings and windmills! Yes, this animated gif went with the text. Classy.

And speaking of windmills – Metapedia — The Encyclopedia for Racists, by Racists

But perhaps the last word should go to somewhat dubious and dramatic Encyclopedia Dramatica.

Metapedia is a Nazi wiki ridden with a prime example of arrogant white trash who think that they’re well cultured in the fine arts of philosophy and science. Encyclopedia Dramatica is often mistaken for this horrible website for some inexplicable reason. As of May 10th 2009, Metapedia.org was voted number one in Cracked.com’s 5 Terrifying Bastardizations of the Wikipedia Model(though metapedia put it on their current events section of their site that they were voted number one alternative wiki.). In what can only be described as a tragedy, Encyclopedia Dramatica was only voted number three, but that’s fine, seeing as how batshit crazy the other two were. (in case you were wondering, number two was some shitty website about paganism whose domain expired in 2008)

So maybe the final last word can go to Cracked.

5 terrifying bastardizations of the wikipedia model

  1. Metapedia
  2. Pagan Wiki
  3. Encyclopedia Dramatica
  4. Wikifur
  5. Conservapedia

Operation sock monkey

What’s not to like about this?

Sock monkey

Sock monkey medicine

From the Operation sock monkey web site:
“Operation Sock Monkey is an initiative in support of Clowns Without Borders South Africa (CWBSA) providing laughter, hope and healing to communities affected by HIV/AIDS. Handmade Sock Monkeys can be purchased for you or someone you love or sponsored to be sent to children in need of a smile. All proceeds donated to CWBSA.”

[thanks Carolyn]

Buried nine feet deep in horse manure

The sky appears to have been falling since Julius Caesar ruled Rome.

From Horse Power to Horsepower (PDF 799 kB), by Eric Morris

“The situation seemed dire. In 1894, the Times of London estimated that by 1950 every street in the city would be buried nine feet deep in horse manure. One New York prognosticator of the 1890s concluded that by 1930 the horse droppings would rise to Manhattan’s third-story windows. A public health and sanitation crisis of almost unimaginable dimensions loomed.”

“…The horse pollution problem was not a new one. Julius Caesar banned horse-drawn carts from ancient Rome between dawn and dusk in an effort to curb gridlock, noise, accidents, and other unpleasant byproducts of the urban equine.”

Published twice yearly, ACCESS is the official magazine of the University of California Transportation Center. That article is from 2007, but history doesn’t change. Much.

Issue 30 also has a good article about how much traffic is actually made up of cars looking for parking – in Sydney around 30%, average time spent looking 8 minutes.


And so on and so forth

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