Archive for December, 2010

Choosing the Best….

Posted on December 10, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

My good friend Ahab has a post up at his blog that should make you furious and frightened all at once.  I want you to go to his blog, Republic of Gilead,  and read the post in it’s entirety, so I will offer the following taste of absolute inanity to tempt you over to his site:

This basis of this conversation comes directly from a U.S. Government funded abstinence program…..

“Moral of the story: Occasional suggestions and assistance may be alright, but too much of it will lessen a man’s confidence or even turn him away from his princess.” (Choosing the Best, Inc., Choosing the Best Soulmate, 2003, p. 51)

via: Republic of Gilead

Republic of Gilead is a must-bookmark for anyone curious about what the Organized Right is up to.  Be sure to support his blog!

 

 

 

 

 

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2012:Doomsday- Worst Movie Ever Or Just In Recent Memory?

Posted on December 9, 2010. Filed under: Astrology and Related Bunk, Humour, Personal, Science |

I recently got Netflix on my Wii console.  There are not a lot of  “A-list” movies on Netflix, so I have done some browsing to try and find good action movies to soak up between the documentaries and the remote being commandeered by my children to watch the entire Sonic the Hedgehog TV series.  I wouldn’t have chosen 2012: Doomsday to waste two hours of my life on until I read a conversation about it over at Lousy Canuck.  The people who had watched it said it was really, really bad; and just like passing a car accident or renting Weekend At Bernie’s 2, I just had to see the clusterfuck for myself……

I had mentioned over at Lousy Canuck that I might blog about the movie.  I just needed to have some angle.  So in this post I have decided to give my opinion on three movies at once.  I’ll build up to 2012:DD by first reviewing 2012- the recent Hollywood blockbuster, then Doomsday- an apocalyptic action film from Britain, then finally 2012:DD-the movie that is roughly as entertaining as listening to your drunk Uncle Louie spoil the plot of the aforementioned films while doing his best Fran Drescher impression.

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Does Righteousness Recuse One From A Rape Investigation? A Re-Post.

Posted on December 9, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Note: This post  is a re-post of the post I made yesterday, with changes I think make my point a little clearer:  I have not convicted Assange in the “court of public opinion”, but I worry some have done the opposite.  As before, this post uses strong language and opinions-if you don’t like one of those two things, then stop reading now….

Assange: Monster or Martyr: You Decide

I love Wikileaks. Watching governments scramble to spin information that was never supposed to be fodder for water cooler conversation fuels my two greatest loves, politics and Schadenfreude.  I enjoy feeling like I am doing my part in “sticking it to the man” every time I come across an embarrassing revelation that diplomats are far from diplomatic, that the arrogant and power drunk world Governments are powerless to being brought down a notch by the changing dynamics of the information age.   We all love a good David and Goliath story.  I am heartened to know that the web of conspiracy I regularly envision going on in the smokey backrooms of government is real and my tin foil hat just became a little more fashionable.

These leaked memos are not what I want to talk about though.  Nor do I want to talk about the apparent Shakespearean flaw that allows Governments to condemn Wikileaks for disseminating information that was apparently easier to access than a Twelfth Grade Math class pop quiz.  Those subjects are better described by other media sources and bloggers.

I want to talk instead about the sexual assault allegations being levelled at Julian Assange, the public face of Wikileaks and the current poster boy for martyrdom in the cult of personality.  If you want to read some background on these allegations as well as a leveled insight into the facts at hand, I suggest these two posts by my friends Stephanie and Jason.  I won’t be quite as diplomatic as them, but I think that my analysis is fair and accurate none the less. (more…)

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Wikileaks And The Issue With “We Report-You Decide”

Posted on December 8, 2010. Filed under: Personal, Politics, Social Justice |

Assange: Monster or Martyr: You Decide

Note: This post uses strong language and opinions-if you don’t like one of those two things, then stop reading now….

I love Wikileaks. Watching governments scramble to spin information that was never supposed to be fodder for water cooler conversation fuels my two greatest loves, politics and Schadenfreude.  I enjoy feeling like I am doing my part in “sticking it to the man” every time I come across an embarrassing revelation that diplomats are far from diplomatic, that the arrogant and power drunk world Governments are powerless to being brought down a notch by the changing dynamics of the information age.   We all love a good David and Goliath story.  I am heartened to know that the web of conspiracy I regularly envision going on in the smokey backrooms of government is real and my tin foil hat just became a little more fashionable.

These leaked memos are not what I want to talk about though.  Nor do I want to talk about the apparent Shakespearean flaw that allows Governments to condemn Wikileaks for disseminating information that was apparently easier to access than a Twelfth Grade Math class pop quiz.  Those subjects are better described by other media sources and bloggers.

I want to talk instead about the sexual assault allegations being levelled at Julian Assange, the public face of Wikileaks and the current poster boy for martyrdom in the cult of personality.  If you want to read some background on these allegations as well as a leveled insight into the facts at hand, I suggest these two posts by my friends Stephanie and Jason.  I won’t be quite as diplomatic as them, but I think that my analysis is fair and accurate none the less. (more…)

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Welcome To (Back To?) Misplaced Grace

Posted on December 6, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Welcome Planet Atheism Readers!

reason for the season

via Cafe Witeveen

After a few weeks away from my blog and the internet, I come back to find out that I have finally been included in the Planet Atheism blogroll!   I am overjoyed and honored at the prospect of reaching a much larger audience.

For those of you who are reading this blog for the first time, Misplaced Grace is the blog of George W., a  part time blogger from Northern Ontario, Canada.  Expect to see a focus on atheism, skepticism, and science treated both seriously and lightly.  I also regularly blog about whatever else piques my interest; politics, social justice issues, philosophy, Canadiana, and nerd-crack.   In fact, if you are an American reading this, you may want to completely ignore my posts during a Canadian election cycle unless you really have an interest in Canadian politics.

Happy Holidays Everyone!

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