Monday, July 10, 2017

Proudly secular

Many people get confused about what a properly "secular" state should look like (the UK is not one BTW) It's not about promoting or establishing the religion of the majority, it's about promoting (or persecuting) NONE by maintaining a separation of state machinery and religions (or lack of) so that theocracy or atheistic totalitarianism becomes impossible.

An arm and a leg


Another great Brexit analogy I couldn't resist..

Enlightened


(only some people believe these things)

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Bluffing for beginners


Apparently God doesn't approve of gluten-free bread for use in Catholic rituals. According to official Catholic instruction, bread used to celebrate the Eucharist can be "low gluten" but must contain enough protein in the wheat to make it without additives. One wonders how the bronze age goat herds who wrote the scripture upon which their religion is based, knew about Gluten and wheat proteins sufficiently to under-pin Catholic dogma, but apparently, they did! Or at least the current day (scientifically educated) Catholics are sufficiently good bluffers to make it seem as though their prescriptions regarding the gluten content of communion bread are sufficient and credible enough to please the creator of the universe, and importantly, are in some way any more credible than mere random cherry-picking or as I like to put it, "making shit up as you go". 

The rest of us non-Catholic primates can see right though this nonsense of course. We know that the only truly holy bread substitute is brioche, with apricot jam and unsalted butter, ideally served with a nice Chianti or failing that, Cotes du Rhone, at a push.

Darwin awards


I'm put in mind of this famous quote whenever I hear about the "running of the bulls" in Pamplona, Spain - what is it about jocks and their fascination with male cows?

A real smoothie


In the spirit of supporting my local economy I bought a couple of bottles of the new beer from Siren Craft Brew (based just up the road from me in Finchampstead, Berks.) It's called "Comfortable Silence" and is made in a fruity, sweet style with tons of hops, lactose and with hardly any bitterness at all; it's a real fruit bomb of a beer. They also added peaches, apricots and sweet cherries to the mix giving a tremendous fruit smoothie feel to it; highly recommended.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Mr Angry of Mayfair..


Superb letter in the FT; surely one of the more astute commentaries on the whole Brexit fiasco.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Mid-week musings


If you follow the news these days I reckon you'd be quite justified in being seriously concerned about the health of certain Western governments, particularly in the US and the UK. It's like some cosmic force has slammed the bus we're all travelling in into reverse and is pressing down hard on the accelerator without once looking in the rear-view mirror.

In the UK we have Brexit, May and the DUP and to top all that, the revelation yesterday, that one of the main "vote leave" campaign leaders is now saying that leaving the EU might be a big mistake! At least we agree on that point. In America things aren't that much better, we have Trump narrating a barely coherent stream of narcissistic consciousness, mixed with highly sensitive international policy matters on social media platforms like Twitter! All rounded off by Syria and Putin with a dash of nuclear holocaust fancying Asian dictators with their pudgy little fingers on the big red button.

Ho hum..


Reasonable Doubt


I feel for Jesus in this J&M cartoon, it's like most conversations you have with Theists, i.e impermeable to reasonable doubt.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Progress